Wednesday, October 29, 2014

New Report Examines Philanthropy's Role in Hurricane Sandy Relief and Recovery

New York, NY — October 28, 2014. A new report released today examines the response of foundations, corporations, and other institutional donors to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. Numbering nearly 600, these funders have so far committed more than $380 million for relief, recovery, and building efforts. The hard data and reflective observations in the report contribute to the growing body of knowledge that helps foundations and corporations be strategic and effective with their giving when disaster strikes.

Two years after the historic storm,Philanthropy & Hurricane Sandy: A Report on the Foundation & Corporate Responsebreaks down the allocation of dollars contributed thus far and offers perspective on the role of private giving in disaster response and lessons to be taken from this one. The report was published by New York-based Foundation Center in cooperation with the funder associations Philanthropy New York and the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers, and with support from the Washington, DC-based Center for Disaster Philanthropy.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Thousands vote for community service

From The Moultrie News
Just 10 days after that other election day, thousands of tri-county residents will vote with their hearts and their hands as part of Trident United Way's Day of Caring. One of the most successful one-day volunteer efforts in the world, Day of Caring is Nov. 14.

  The 15th annual Trident United Way Day of Caring corresponds with Trident United Way's 70th anniversary. Fittingly, the event is chaired this year by Fleetwood Hassell, a Charleston native and president and CEO of the Bank of South Carolina, a venerable local bank started by Hugh Lane Jr., whose family was among the founders of Trident United Way back in 1944.

 Thousands of people representing hundreds of organizations will be at nonprofits and schools throughout Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties doing projects the nonprofits couldn't do for themselves.
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Friday, October 24, 2014

Boeing SC’s first humanitarian flight delivers aid to Kenya

By Liz Segrist
Charleston Regional Business Journal
Published Oct. 20, 2014

Boeing South Carolina participated in its first humanitarian drop Sunday, sending nearly 1,600 pounds of medical supplies to children via a 787 Dreamliner from North Charleston to Kenya.

Kenya Airways and Boeing South Carolina partnered with First Baptist Church in Baytown, Texas, to transport medical equipment to Kajiado, Kenya.

The medical equipment and examination tables that were sent will benefit Kenyan children served by the Africa Inland Church Childcare Center in Kajiado. The center provides care and treatment for children with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.

Kenya Airways officials and flight attendants celebrated with Boeing officials during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sunday at the North Charleston facility. 

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Community Foundation Atlas Now Available -- Most Comprehensive Dataset About Community Foundations Just Published

New York, NY — October 20, 2014. Today at the 2014 Fall Conference for Community Foundations, an international research collaboration unveiled the "Community Foundation Atlas," the most comprehensive directory of the world's community foundation movement that has ever been published. The online platform, available, maps the identities, locations, assets, roles and achievements of place-based philanthropies around the world.
Among the key findings:

The global community foundation movement is gaining momentum. Embracing an inclusive definition of "community philanthropy" field, the Atlas has identified 1,827 place-based foundations in 67 countries. While the movement began 100 years ago, the last three decades have seen explosive growth. In just the past 14 years, the number of known community foundations and community philanthropies nearly doubled, growing from approximately 1,000 in 2000 to more than 1,800 in 2014.

As Wealthy Give Smaller Share of Income to Charity, Middle Class Digs Deeper

By Alex Daniels
Chronicle of Philanthropy

As the recession lifted, poor and middle class Americans dug deeper into their wallets to give to charity, even though they were earning less. At the same time, according to a new Chronicle analysis of tax data, wealthy Americans earned more, but the portion of the income they gave to charity declined.
 The Chronicle study found that Americans give, on average, about 3 percent of their income to charity, a figure that has not budged significantly for decades. However, that figure belies big differences in giving patterns between the rich and the poor.
Using the IRS data, The Chronicle was able to track gifts to charity at the state, county, metropolitan-area, and ZIP code levels. The data were for gifts to charity among taxpayers who itemize deductions on their tax forms. It captured $180-billion that was given to charity in 2012, or about 80 percent of the total amount given to charity as tabulated by "Giving USA."

Monday, October 20, 2014

Charleston Association of Grant Professionals (CAGP) to meet Oct. 21

The Charleston Association of Grant Professionals will meet Tuesday, October 21 in the auditorium of the Charleston County Public Library from 5:45 – 7:30 p.m.

The speaker will be Amanda Holling, Business Librarian, Charleston County Public Library.  Her topic will be Demonstration of Research Databases with Information for Nonprofit Grant Writers”

Amanda will demonstrate databases such as the DemographicsNow which has lots of easy-to-find demographics & statistics that would be helpful for grant writing,

Other databases demonstrated include the Small Business Reference Center (SBRC) and Business Source Premiere. SBRC has the full text of several of the Nolo Press books including a couple on fundraising and running nonprofits.  Business Source Premiere has a large number of trade journal articles including journals covering the nonprofit sector. 

If time allows, we will also have a “Q&A Session” to address questions on grant writing.
Hope you can be with us tomorrow night and enjoy Mary Jo’s Annual Delicious Halloween Treats!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

US Charitable Aid Lags in West Africa’s Ebola Fight

Voice of America

Despite the U.S. government’s widespread effort to fight Ebola in West Africa, with thousands of troops and hundreds of millions of dollars, the private sector has shown little enthusiasm for charitable giving to the beleaguered region.

A few individuals and organizations have shown largesse. Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan recently pledged $25 million of the couple’s Facebook fortune to the CDC Foundation to combat the virus. Earlier, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundationcommitted $50 million to international efforts, and Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen’s family foundationdonated at least $20 million.

However, for most Americans, Ebola is "on our news radar, but it doesn’t seem to be on our philanthropic radar," said Patrick Rooney, associate dean of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Since March, the virus ravaging West Africa has killed more than 4,500 and sickened at least twice as many, almost entirely in Guinea, Sierra Leone and especially Liberia. While recent infections in the United States have brought home the disease’s worldwide threat, to date “overall giving in this disaster has been pretty low – particularly by households and corporations,” Rooney said.

He and other experts attribute the tepid response to several factors:  Americans’ limited familiarity with the continent, uncertainty about how best to help, and a perception among some potential donors that the U.S. government already is responding sufficiently on their behalf.