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.
CompTIA | July 20, 2022
A new effort to expand the nation's cybersecurity and technology workforce through paid apprenticeships was launched today by CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the information technology (IT) industry and workforce, and ConnectWise, the world's leading software company dedicated to the success of IT solution providers.
CompTIA and ConnectWise made their announcement in conjunction with today's Cyber Workforce and Education Summit at the White House, where Secretary of Labor Martin J. Walsh unveiled a Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Sprint, challenging industry and labor partners to help expand Registered Apprenticeships in cybersecurity.
The crux of the effort announced by the two organizations involves pairing new IT professionals, certified by CompTIA, with eager IT businesses, self-identified through the ConnectWise partner community, for registered apprenticeships.
"We focus so much on top level cybersecurity experts that we forget the majority of this work is done by rank-and-file cyber professionals, who participated in the White House summit. They work with end users, maintain and secure networks and defend against phishing and other threats to keep everyone and everything working securely. It is with these frontline positions where the most sizable staffing deficits exist, something we intend to address with this program."
-Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO, CompTIA.
We have thousands of partners across the IT industry who regularly tell us about the challenges of finding qualified talent, said Jason Magee, CEO, ConnectWise. With the backing of the White House, and in partnership with CompTIA as an established educator of IT professionals, we have a unique opportunity to move hiring forward by matching trained workers with a robust group of potential employers.
U.S. employers deployed 714,548 job postings for cybersecurity job roles and skills during the 12-month period running through April 2022, according to data from CyberSeek™, a joint initiative between the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), CompTIA and Lightcast. Almost 40% of those job postings were listed in the first four months of 2022, indicating that demand is speeding up as more organizations look to strengthen defenses against a multitude of threats.
As a newly designated National Program Sponsor for Apprenticeship, CompTIA will use its world-class education, training and certifications to equip apprentices with the skills and training needed for employment in technology occupations, including cybersecurity roles. More than 3.1 million CompTIA certifications are held by IT professionals around the world.
ConnectWise, through its extensive network of IT service providers, is the employer partner in the new apprenticeship initiative. These service providers deliver technology solutions and support to small, mid-sized and large customers in all industries and locales, placing them on the front line of cybersecurity and support for businesses. Dozens of service providers have already expressed interest in participating in the apprenticeship program.
CompTIA and ConnectWise will offer training, certification and employment opportunities in five high-demand tech occupations: Tech Support Specialist, Network Support Specialist, Cybersecurity Support Technician, Tech Project Coordinator and Data Analyst. Training is based on National Guideline Standards created by CompTIA and approved by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL). These standards detail the competencies in technical and employability skills that apprentices need to join the IT workforce.
The ability to anticipate, identify and respond to cyber threats is essential in each of these job roles, said Amy Kardel, senior vice president for strategic workforce partnerships at CompTIA. Apprentices will receive comprehensive cybersecurity training in the knowledge and skills they will need to protect American businesses.
Today's announcement expands CompTIA's involvement with IT apprenticeships. Since 2020 CompTIA has partnered with the American Institutes for Research to grow the nation's IT workforce across industries through apprenticeships, while simultaneously creating career opportunities for diverse populations underrepresented in the tech workforce, including women, individuals with disabilities and people of color.
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a leading voice and advocate for the $5 trillion global information technology ecosystem; and the estimated 75 million industry and tech professionals who design, implement, manage, and safeguard the technology that powers the world's economy. Through education, training, certifications, advocacy, philanthropy, and market research, CompTIA is the hub for unlocking the potential of the tech industry and its workforce.
ConnectWise is the world's leading software company dedicated to the success of IT solution providers (TSPs) through unmatched software, services, community, and marketplace of integrations. ConnectWise offers an innovative, integrated, and security-centric platform—Asio™—which provides unmatched flexibility that fuels profitable, long-term growth for partners. ConnectWise enables TSPs to drive business efficiency with automation, IT documentation, and data management capabilities. And increase revenue using remote monitoring, cybersecurity, and backup and disaster recovery technologies.
Sionic | July 08, 2022
Sionic, a leading provider of omni-commerce, consumer-to-business payments solutions, today announced it is releasing online and mobile widgets to accept real-time, bank-to-bank digital donations, enabling instant, lower-cost cash deposits from donors to nonprofits. The service enables nonprofit organizations to receive direct deposit, one-time or recurring donations while bypassing expensive credit card swipe fees and providing immediate access to funds.
Previously, Sionic successfully facilitated digital donations for nonprofits via its Shop2Give mobile app and platform. Building on this experience, Sionic is now the first provider to offer nonprofits the ability to accept real-time payments (RTP) for donations. The company is aligning with top financial institutions, payments processors and eCommerce providers to bring Pay-by-Bank to the checkout experience.
“Sionic is leveraging its rich history of creating practical and meaningful fundraising solutions for the nonprofit community, Delivering direct cash deposits from donors to nonprofits’ bank accounts while bypassing expensive card swipe fees is a win-win for both parties.”
William C. Brown, Chief Marketing Officer for Sionic
Sionic is also offering a “Bundled Payments” package, enabling nonprofits to access both Pay-by-Bank and Pay-by-Card widgets, consolidating all donations within a single platform. Sionic will securely process all card payments through Cybersource®, a Visa solution, and bank payments through The RTP Network®.
Atlanta-based Sionic is leading The Great Reallocation in digital payments by delivering instant bank-to-bank transfers from consumers to merchants. Sionic's market first, ULink™, is bringing real-time direct deposits to the point of sale via mobile, online, in-store, or in-vehicle experiences. The company has partnered with top financial institution owners of The RTP Network for bank payments and CyberSource, a Visa solution, for secure card payment processing. Merchants accepting real-time payments bypass expensive card swipe fees and receive POS cash deposits immediately. Consumers receive special perks for paying with their bank accounts.