Bezos gives $5 million to Virginia nonprofits fighting homelessness

Loudoun Times-Mirror | November 25, 2018

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is giving $5 million to two Virginia charities that help homeless families. Bezos announced he was donating $97.5 million to 24 groups around the country that work to help families in need of shelter. They include a $2.5 million grant to Housing Families First in Henrico County and a $2.5 million gift to Northern Virginia Family Service in Oakton. Bezos said the donations were meant to “shine a light and support” praiseworthy nonprofits.

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Network for Good: Americans Open Their Wallets in Times of Crisis but Have Short Attention Spans

Network for Good | June 17, 2022

New data released by nonprofit online charitable giving platform Network for Good reveals you can count on American generosity in times of crisis. Donations to support people during natural and man-made disasters, both in America and abroad, was consistently one of the most popular online giving categories over the course of the organization’s 20-year history, during which it has processed and disbursed more than $4.3 billion in donations to more than 350,000 U.S. charities. Despite economic and job instability in 2020, charitable donations processed by Network for Good increased by 37.5 percent compared to the previous year. While there was a slight decrease in 2021, online giving by Americans is still 10 percent above pre-pandemic levels, suggesting the tendency towards generosity remains high. Network for Good is forecasting Americans will continue to give generously in 2022, with donations to support the people of Ukraine via Network for Good partners quickly reaching more than $12M through May of this year. Network for Good was founded in 2001 to enable online donations following the 911 attacks, and since then, we’ve seen Americans consistently answer the call to help others in need. People want to help, and we work closely with our corporate and online partners as technology and consumer behavior evolve to continue to make it safe and easy for donors to give to causes they care about.” Abby Ross, CEO, Network for Good Donor Advised Fund In between crisis events, giving to causes that support animals, religious development and the arts have seen growing interest by donors, whereas donations to education and healthcare have decreased in popularity relative to other causes in recent years. Americans’ willingness to help in times of crisis also means their attention may be fleeting as the next emergency unfolds. Online giving to civic and social justice causes more than doubled from 2019 to 2020 in response to the murder of George Floyd, but saw a nearly 50 percent drop the following year. While donations supporting environmental causes have been growing steadily over the years, its share of total giving has declined from 6 percent to 3 percent. Mental health charities have seen increasing awareness over time yet only secure just over 2 percent of overall giving. While crises and news events can generate large volumes of donations in a very short time, nonprofits and the people they support also have long-term needs that may go unmet once the news cycle has moved on. “There is a simple way to make your donation go farther. Rather than giving one lump sum, donate smaller amounts throughout the year to allow the charity you choose to more efficiently use those dollars to maximize their impact,” said Ross. Network for Good provides the following tips to help Americans ensure their donations reach the charities that matter most to them: Consider the source – donate through a trusted platform. Giving to a Donor Advised Fund via a social or corporate platform that works with an organization like Network for Good provides a level of security and safety for your donation. Do your research – make sure the organization is a registered 501(c)(3) charity, or give through a platform, like Network for Good, which does this vetting on your behalf. Maximize impact – give sustained monthly donations versus a lump sum to help your charity of choice better manage their finances and help your dollars go further. About Network for Good Network for Good is a 501(c)(3) Donor Advised Fund (DAF) committed to unleashing generosity through online giving. We power causes through an innovative giving platform that securely and efficiently enables people to donate funds to their favorite charities. Since 2001, we have disbursed more than $4 billion dollars to more than 350,000 unique charities across the United States.

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Blackbaud Releases 2021 Social Responsibility Report Highlighting Its Impact and Outlining Key Commitments to Build a Better World

Blackbaud | May 18, 2022

Blackbaud, the world's leading cloud software company powering social good, released its 2021 Social Responsibility Report, sharing how the company is growing and strengthening the entire social good community, empowering its people, stewarding the environment and expanding responsible business practices. 2021 was a year of perseverance and adopting a 'new normal,' despite the continued uncertainty of a global pandemic. Organizations and individuals didn't just accept the status quo—they re-imagined what was possible in a now-hybrid world. And Blackbaud was right there with them, enabling impact through our technology, expertise, partnership and people. We're proud to share our achievements and priorities, and how we drive powerful impact to help good take over." Mike Gianoni, president and CEO, Blackbaud Blackbaud's priorities and 2021 progress are categorized by several key commitments: Commitment to the Social Good Community Nearly 150,000 organizations across the globe receive funds thanks to a Blackbaud solution, and Blackbaud makes it a priority to support this community of nonprofits, K-12 schools, universities, companies, healthcare institutions, foundations, arts and cultural organizations, faith organizations and individual change agents. Highlights of Blackbaud's investment in 2021 include: Providing free resources and engaging in cross-sector initiatives to help strengthen the entire social good community, like providing cutting-edge philanthropic research from the Blackbaud Institute, supporting the Giving Institute and Giving USA and recruiting early-stage startups to the Blackbaud Social Good Startup Program Making donations in support of COVID-19 relief and disaster recovery, and announcing a new multi-year, six-figure gift to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lowcountry to build greater equity, social capital and a stronger, more diverse workforce More than 70% of Blackbaud employees volunteering in 2021, and 20% serving on nonprofit boards Growing the Blackbaud Partner Network by 43%, making it easier for customers to access leading technology and services firms, all focused on helping them make a bigger difference Enabling customers through training and insights, which led to a 95% customer support satisfaction rating Commitment to People, Culture, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Blackbaud believes success comes from prioritizing employees' personal and professional well-being and development, and it can only be realized by embracing diverse perspectives and experiences. Blackbaud's remote-first strategy provides opportunity for all regardless of location. Highlights of Blackbaud's 2021 workplace progress include: Attracting top talent—55% of all new hires in 2021 came from historically underrepresented groups, and 91% of employees said the fact that Blackbaud operates in a socially responsible manner was important to them Investing in employee development—40% of employees experienced career progression in 2021, 99% of employees completed the Blackbaud Way interaction training, and 85% of people managers attended engagement labs and inclusive culture trainings Caring for employee well-being through a global wellness program, bi-monthly education sessions and encouraging participation in employee affinity groups to enhance community and belonging in the virtual setting Commitment to Climate As part of its responsibility to act in the fight against climate change, Blackbaud is dedicated to proactively protecting the environment. 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Highlights of Blackbaud's climate progress include: Transitioning to a remote-first workforce approach, which fast-tracked the company's ability to minimize the environmental impact of its operations Achieving carbon neutrality across its business operations and data centers by reducing emissions and investing in renewable energy credits and carbon offset projects Passionate members of Blackbaud's sustainability employee affinity group educating and engaging their colleagues in environmental efforts and volunteer events Commitment to Data Privacy and Protection Blackbaud continues to make significant investments in its cybersecurity program to provide customers with confidence that their technology and data are secure. This is further strengthened by incorporating data privacy and protection education into the customer onboarding and implementation process, and providing ongoing resources such as webinars, best practices content and one-on-one consultations. Learn more about Blackbaud's commitment to data privacy and protection here. ESG Progress and Metrics Blackbaud seeks to drive long-term sustainable value for all stakeholders by living out its higher purpose of helping good take over, and by operating as a socially responsible business. In addition to these core commitments, Blackbaud transparently tracks and reports on its operations through a robust environmental, social and governance (ESG) program. As part of its ESG program, Blackbaud has: Joined the UN Global Compact and signed on to its 10 principles that outline the fundamental responsibilities of business for human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption Developed a structure to guide and provide oversight of ESG initiatives, including CEO sponsorship, board oversight, an employee-led, cross functional steering committee, employee impact teams and affinity groups Tracked impact through the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—particularly SDGs 3, 4 and 16 About Blackbaud Blackbaud is the world's leading cloud software company powering social good. Serving the entire social good community—nonprofits, higher education institutions, K–12 schools, healthcare organizations, faith communities, arts and cultural organizations, foundations, companies and individual change agents—Blackbaud connects and empowers organizations to increase their impact through cloud software, services, expertise and data intelligence. 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Tech Industry Non-Profits sea.citi and WTIA merge

Washington Technology Industry Association | May 21, 2022

Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA), a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering a robust, equity-centered technology sector that empowers thriving communities, announced sea.citi, a tech industry nonprofit that promotes civic engagement and builds relationships between community, government and innovation workers, has merged with the organization. sea.citi will retain its brand and mission, and be governed by a WTIA steering committee that will initially consist of current sea.citi board members. sea.citi's membership is made up of tech companies representing more than 150,000 local workers. The organization increases civic involvement within the tech workforce by engaging in local elections through nonpartisan content, workshops, and get-out-the-vote campaigns. sea.citi has helped distribute nearly $500,000 to local education programs that focus on digital equity and career-connected learning. Seated at the intersection of tech and community, sea.citi is driving important conversations about building a stronger, more vibrant, and equitable region for all. sea.citi has made a significant impact in the region, driving widespread community engagement within the tech sector and serving as an influential voice on key civic issues. There are many synergies between our organizations, including our focus on activating the tech community and building pathways for action in the private and public sectors. We are proud to carry forward sea.citi initiatives that build civic engagement and productive working relationships among technology companies, government agencies and community-based organizations." Michael Schutzler, CEO of WTIA "Joining WTIA provides sea.citi a tremendous opportunity to continue to build stronger community ties with the tech workforce," said sea.citi Board President Eileen Sullivan. "Our region is at an inflection point as we recover from the pandemic. After four successful years of tapping into the expertise and energy of tech and innovation workers, we think WTIA has the leadership and resources to take sea.citi to the next level. WTIA is a strong advocate for the tech industry and tech workers, and we are confident that this partnership will continue to bolster collaboration in our community." About WTIA Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) isa consortium that includes a not-for-profit member trade association, a not-for-profit tech apprenticeship intermediary (Apprenti), and a for-profit corporation providing business services (HRBI). The organization's mission is to foster a robust, equity-centered technology sector that empowers thriving communities. We recruit technology companies and allies that view diversity as a competitive advantage, value collaboration as essential to sustainable growth, and fully embrace the opportunity to partner with and empower the communities in which we operate.

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