Affinity Foundation | December 15, 2022
The Affinity Foundation and its Board of Trustees are pleased to announce the launch of the Foundation’s new multi-year grant program. This program will provide significant funding opportunities to community partners who serve disadvantaged populations in support of programs that align with the Foundation’s three pillars of focus: education, financial wellbeing and healthcare. The Foundation has committed $360,000 to six organizations, which is its biggest contribution since its founding in 2005. Each nonprofit will receive $60,000 over three years.
“We are extremely proud to launch this program, Multi-year grants provide reliable grant revenue that leads to transformational results, and yet they are incredibly hard to find. Each of these worthy organizations will now be able to implement a program or project they would not have been able to otherwise.”
-Karla Wallack, Executive Director of the Affinity Foundation.
The Foundation awarded multi-year grants to the following organizations:
America’s Grow-a-Row (AGAR) in Pittstown, NJ – America’s Grow-a-Row serves low- to moderate-income individuals and families of all backgrounds and ethnicities who are suffering from food insecurity and related health issues. They face higher rates of diet-related chronic disease such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity. Their grant will support:
Produce Prescription Program in partnership with Hunterdon Healthcare’s Center for Nutrition and Diabetes Management.
Healthcare Partner Free Farm Markets in partnership with Zufall Health, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, and Rowan Community Health Center.
Train the Trainer culinary workshops for healthcare professionals linking food insecurity with chronic disease.
Community Hope in Parsippany, NJ – Community Hope serves individuals and families affected by serious mental illness and homelessness, at-risk veterans and their families, and individuals with substance abuse diagnoses and/or various disabilities. They focus on ensuring quality, safe housing and providing support services to individuals to help them maintain healthy lives. Their grant will support their Subsidized Housing Improvement Plan which will ensure compliance with property maintenance codes, preserve the physical condition of their housing and protect the health and wellbeing of their residents.
Homeless Solutions in Cedar Knolls, NJ – Homeless Solutions provides shelter facilities, extensive programs and services, a community-based outreach program, and multiple affordable housing options to help get (and keep) children and adults out of homelessness. Their grant will support the launch of a three-year pilot program for the women living at their Mt. Kemble Home. The program will provide them with the knowledge, skills, and experience they need to lead better, healthier, more fulfilling lives through a curriculum of educational and financial workshops, hands-on learning experiences, wellness activities, one-on-one counseling sessions and more.
Midland Foundation in North Branch, NJ – The Midland Foundation offers a comprehensive special education program dedicated to the individual, social, emotional, academic, and career needs of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Their grant will support the following improvements:
A new “Active Floor” for the Wellness Program so that all students, regardless of attention deficits or fine motor skill deficits will be able to fully participate in lessons. The Wellness Program focuses on social-emotional learning, the process of developing self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision making.
Security enhancements to the Midland School’s entrance to the gymnasium to add increased protection to students and staff, and drainage remediation of the same area to eliminate the potential health and safety hazards of future flooding at the school.
Purchase and installation of sixteen new classroom computers to enable students to participate in lessons using specialized educational software or internet websites which will enrich their educational experience.
Norwescap in Flemington, NJ – Norwescap provides low-income individuals and families with access to healthy food and nutritional assistance, services to address and prevent homelessness and assistance with meeting financial obligations to help stabilize them. They provide “upstream” strategies to help individuals work towards a stable future through education, employment and financial empowerment, and address the social determinants of health which disproportionately affect the low-income families they serve. Their grant will support the Engagement Partner Initiative which partners caseworkers with their participants, fostering the ultimate connection between them and the services they need to meet their short- and long-term goals.
Rutgers University Foundation in New Brunswick, NJ – The Rutgers University Foundation’s grant will support the Health Outreach Practice Experience (H.O.P.E.) Clinic. The H.O.P.E. Clinic is a primary care practice led by Rutgers School of Health Professions Physician Assistant faculty and students in partnership with local community organizations. The H.O.P.E. Clinic is committed to reducing health disparities by addressing the primary healthcare needs of underserved populations and promoting the development of socially responsible, humanistic healthcare providers and serves residents of Plainfield. The grant will allow the clinic to expand services to two days per week, doubling their annual number of visits.
About the Affinity Foundation:
The Affinity Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded in 2005 to carry out the philanthropic work of Affinity Federal Credit Union. We invest in local organizations that deliver programs aimed at alleviating financial stress and helping people reach financial independence, empowering them in the pursuit of educational, employment and individual goals, and providing peace of mind for financially disadvantaged individuals and their families. Through our volunteer efforts, we connect charities with skilled professionals to elevate their mission, provide financial education resources and strengthen communities.
NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY, PHILANTHROPY
The Rockefeller Foundation | February 01, 2023
On January 31, 2023, an impact-driven and independent nonprofit organization GREENMAP supporting governments in emerging and developing countries, announced that it has received a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. The grant was to recognize the key factors underlying the development of a flourishing and investable clean power sector in emerging markets.
During this year, GREENMAP will identify, incorporate, and capture the key dimensions required to create a new diagnostic tool. The new tool is useful in scaling climate financing to assist governments and investors.
GREENMAP, which has worked on risk assessment, bankability, and auction design to encourage private investments in clean energy in the Global South, will move the research and analysis forward in a complementary and all-encompassing way, creating a consistent method that can be used widely and at scale. The research would improve the already available tools and methodologies. It will expand and complement tools and technologies to build a toolkit to guide investments from governments, clean energy investors and philanthropies.
The collaboration with GREENMAP is part of the Rockefeller Foundation's effort to bring climate change into the focus of all the other work, including launching the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP) at COP26 with a $500 million commitment; it is the largest commitment made in the 110 years of Rockefeller Foundation along with additional funding from Bezos Earth Fund and IKEA Foundation. GEAPP's aim is shifting to clean energy and supporting developing countries. The goal of GEAPP is to create 150 million new jobs, cut future carbon emissions by four gigatons, and give 1 billion more people access to clean energy.
Global Renewable Energy Mass Adoption Program (GREENMAP) is a nonprofit organization that is impact-driven and independent. The organization's goal is to help eradicate energy poverty in the developing world by lowering the risks of long-term infrastructure investments, promoting clear and stable rules to encourage competition, and promoting the use of clean energy solutions and technologies. It was founded in 2020 to mobilize investments to install a minimum of 200 GW of new renewable capacity by implementing its solution in more than 25 developing countries in ten years.
About The Rockefeller Foundation
Founded in 1913, the Rockefeller Foundation has built on collaborative partnerships at the frontlines of technology, science, and innovation that enable families, individuals, and communities to flourish. The company focuses on scaling renewable energy for all, encouraging economic mobility and ensuring equitable access to healthcare.
NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT,NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY,PHILANTHROPY
Moore | January 05, 2023
Moore, a company that provides data-driven constituent experience management (CXM) to non-profits, has acquired Merkle Response Management Group (RMG) in order to expand its processing operations. By combining the power of Moore's CXM technology with Merkle RMG's processing capabilities, the newly merged organization will be able to provide even better services for clients. This merger will create a powerful, data-driven organization with the capability to provide end-to-end constituent experience management solutions.
Merkle RMG is a processing company that works with nonprofits, businesses, and the government. It offers data capture, multi-platform customer relationship management (CRM), and banking integration as single integration response processing solutions. Moore is hoping to leverage Merkle RMG's extensive experience in the field of response processing, which includes data capture, multi-platform customer relationship management (CRM), and banking integration as single integrated solutions.
"Becoming a Moore company is a synergistic step that is the best fit for our customers and the Merkle RMG team. This is an exciting new chapter in our 39-year history. The leadership team at Moore has great respect for our company, employees, vendors, and customers and is excited about the opportunity to enable our success to power our clients’ growth." Kent Grove, president of Merkle RMG.
Moore will rebrand Merkle RMG as Moore RMG, and the acquisition will allow Moore to provide its clients with increased capacity and redundancy. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. With the acquisition of Merkle RMG, Moore will now offer a more comprehensive range of response processing solutions.
Moore is a data-driven constituent experience management (CXM) organization that focuses on integrating the donor experience across all platforms, channels, and devices. Moore is the largest North American marketing and fundraising firm serving the nonprofit sector, with approximately 5,000 employees in 43 locations. The company provides strategy, creative, production, media, data, and analytic services that are supported by an ongoing investment in artificial intelligence and machine learning of the next generation.