Messari | August 05, 2022
Messari, a leading provider of crypto market intelligence products, today announced its acquisition of the assets and business of Dove Metrics of Blackrose Capital. Dove Metrics is a leading provider of fundraising data and intelligence for the crypto fundraising landscape.
"At Messari, we strive to be the leading data and research provider in the crypto space in order to create greater transparency around the industry, The acquisition of Dove Metrics will enable us to offer new datasets and tools that further allow our users to stay on top of industry trends and monitor, in real-time, the top projects and technologies that investors are backing."
-Eric Turner, Vice President of Market Intelligence, Messari.
Dove Metrics' database continuously monitors crypto funding rounds and offers insights into the portfolios of over 8,000 investors including VC funds, hedge funds, investment DAOs, corporate funds, and angels. The database additionally offers insight into approximately 3,000 funding rounds, covers over 300 fundraising rounds by funds themselves, and 200 crypto merger & acquisition transactions.
"We started Dove Metrics to bring transparency to crypto fundraising. Messari has been focused on bringing transparency to the overall industry for years, so we're excited to see how Messari will expand and grow the product."
-Pierre Chuzeville Co-Founder Dove Metrics.
About Dove Metrics:
Dove Metrics is crypto's leading fundraising database, with more than 3,200 funding rounds and 8,000 investors tracked. It is led by Regan Bozman and Pierre Chuzeville, who also run Lattice, an early-stage crypto VC fund.
Messari is the leading provider of market intelligence products that help professionals navigate crypto with confidence. For individuals and institutions alike, Messari combines deep analysis, data, news and powerful tools to improve industry transparency and drive smarter participation in crypto.
LifeLegacy | July 22, 2022
LifeLegacy, a platform created to allow all Americans leave a legacy for their families and favorite charities, has announced a strategic partnership with PlannedGiving.com, one of the most trusted planned giving marketing and donor relations companies in the nonprofit sector. LifeLegacy's proprietary product platform, including online wills, life insurance, advanced directives, power of attorney and more will now be available to thousands of PlannedGiving.com's clients through its LegacyPlanner suite.
The partnership is focused on allowing everyone, no matter their means, to leave the world a better place.
"LifeLegacy and PlannedGiving.com have similar goals. We want to bring human touch and technology together to help charitable organizations receive more planned gifts from donors, Our new LegacyPlanner wills and associated end-of-life planning documents are built on the LifeLegacy digital platform. LegacyPlanner gives fundraising leaders a tool that is accessible, simple, personal, secure and free to donors."
-Viken Mikaelian, CEO of Plannedgiving.com.
LifeLegacy's technology complements PlannedGiving.com's products and services and will support PlannedGiving.com's mission to help thousands of nonprofits, educational institutions and religious organizations drive more planned gifts.
Jordan Cassidy, co-founder of LifeLegacy, will join PlannedGiving.com as Head of Client Legacy Planning to lead all redistribution efforts.
A strong planned giving strategy with powerful online tools is critical to smooth the ebbs and flows of annual giving, says Jordan Cassidy. In uncertain times, annual donations may be reduced, but planning to give in the future takes on added importance. Leveraging tools available from LifeLegacy and PlannedGiving.com is a fiscally sound route for donors. Nonprofits can now secure the longevity of their mission and financial health via this unique partnership.
LifeLegacy's Legacy Planning platform democratizes legacy planning for all Americans and enables nonprofits, financial institutions, and PEOs to broaden the accessibility of estate planning for their donors, clients, and worksite employees.
PlannedGiving.com offers a suite of estate planning products such as LegacyPlanner and an estate planning kit called Live Well, Leave Well. PlannedGiving.com activates individuals of all demographics to think about and plan for the inevitable, while inspiring them to shape their legacy, and sparing their families unnecessary heartache.
Sony Electronics, Inc. | June 13, 2022
Sony Electronics Inc. marked the first anniversary of CREATE ACTION by renewing the initiative for its second year. CREATE ACTION, part of Sony's broader social justice efforts, is a $1 million grant program to support people in underserved communities by celebrating and amplifying the efforts of local, community-based nonprofit organizations. The program is now open for applications from all qualifying organizations in the United States and also Canada (excluding Quebec).
In its first year, CREATE ACTION recognized and rewarded a total of 10 organizations with funding and additional support. Areas of focus included: reading, financial education, STEM education and career development, as well as creative fields like social media/branding, photography, film/television, animation and more.
One such organization was Totem Star, a Seattle-based non-profit focused on helping young music artists build communication and critical thinking skills.
"At Totem Star we've impacted the lives of nearly 5,000 aspiring young recording artists since 2010, and the CREATE ACTION grant has led to exciting developments for our organization and specifically, our young participants," commented Daniel Pak, Totem Star co-founder and executive director. "Sony's support helps us pair youth with impactful mentors providing positive identity development and career-connected learning. In our new recording studio inside Seattle's historic landmark King Street Station, the Sony gear will help our youth thrive as they create the highest version of their music and build a loving community in the process."
CREATE ACTION grant recipients in the first year of the program represented a variety of different communities across the Unities States. Organizations that received the grant recognition include:
Heart and Soul Design Center | Los Angeles, CA: Provides underserved communities with affordable quality production services and introduces them to the world of innovative digital technology.
Josephine Herrick Project | New York, NY: Works to amplify underrepresented voices through photography education, art exhibition and visual storytelling.
New Era Creative Space | Peekskill, NY: Provides hands-on learning experiences that empower young people to think critically, creatively and collaboratively.
Pockets Change | Brooklyn, NY: Teaches skills to build intergenerational financial resilience with students, families and educators.
Reading Quest | Santa Fe, NM: Provides tailored tutoring services to help improve students' reading levels and build confidence.
STEM Greenhouse | Grand Rapids, MI: Increases STEM proficiency among low-income, minority K-12 students.
The Alliance98 | Chicago, IL: Reduces young adult unemployment with career development and helps youth hone their creative skills through activities like photography, graphic design and digital marketing.
The Firehouse Dream | Maywood, IL: Provides mentoring in film, photography, social media strategy, and brand identity, along with workshops in financial wellness, resume and narrative writing, within communities that identify as BIPOC.
Totem Star | Seattle, WA: Helps young artists build communication, collaboration, critical thinking and life skills through their creative pursuits in music production and performance.
Youth Beat | Oakland, CA: Offers extensive digital media training, youth development, and employment opportunities for inner-city Oakland public school students.
We all have the power to make a positive impact on our community. It takes dedication and hard work, and we're proud to partner with local nonprofits because of their ability to make a significant, immediate impact on the youth within their community. Our inaugural class of CREATE ACTION partners were chosen because they exemplified core Sony values like integrity, diversity and curiosity. We're excited to expand this program and help support ten new organizations across North America in our second year."
Neal Manowitz, President and COO of Sony Electronics Inc
Why CREATE ACTION?
88% of nonprofits, over one million organizations in the U.S., have annual budgets of less than $500,000. Marketing and fundraising are the two most cited challenges for these smaller organizations. Many times, they lack the necessary budget, creative resources or accessibility to larger platforms to help spread their message. In the first year of CREATE ACTION, grant recipients were nonprofit organizations holding 501(c)(3) status within the 50 United States and D.C. (excluding territories) which received no more than $500,000 in annual donations per year for 2019 and 2020, among other qualifications.
About Sony Electronics Inc.
Sony Electronics is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America and an affiliate of Sony Group Corporation, one of the most comprehensive entertainment companies in the world, with a portfolio that encompasses electronics, music, motion pictures, mobile, gaming, robotics and financial services. Headquartered in San Diego, California, Sony Electronics is a leader in electronics for the consumer and professional markets. Operations include research and development, engineering, sales, marketing, distribution and customer service. Sony Electronics creates products that innovate and inspire generations, such as the award-winning Alpha Interchangeable Lens Cameras and revolutionary high-resolution audio products. Sony is also a leading manufacturer of end-to-end solutions from 4K professional broadcast and A/V equipment to industry leading 4K and 8K Ultra HD TVs.