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MassMutual Foundation Honors Dedication of Financial Professionals With $275,000 in Grants to Nonprofit Organizations for 25th Year

MassMutual | July 11, 2022 | Read time : 1:11 min

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The MassMutual Foundation has awarded $275,000 to eligible nonprofit organizations through its annual Community Service Awards (CSA) program. These charitable contributions – which include two $25,000 awards, fifteen $10,000 awards, and fifteen $5,000 awards – are given in honor of financial professionals who demonstrate outstanding commitment to nonprofit organizations in their local communities. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the CSA program.

“In 2021, participating financial professionals in our CSA program donated more than 15,000 hours of service to nonprofit organizations across the country, We are proud to recognize these individuals who are making a difference in their communities and demonstrating what it means to live mutual through their volunteer efforts and dedication to the causes they support.”

Dennis Duquette, president of the MassMutual Foundation

This year’s two $25,000 CSA grants are being awarded to The Base in honor of John Navien with BayState Financial and the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas in honor of Daniel Drabinski with BlueCrest Financial Alliances. The Base leverages youth sports to connect with urban young people around their passion point, and then engages them in robust academic, career, and wellness programming. The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas’ mission is dedicated to strengthening the foundation of community. With a commitment to nurturing youth development, energizing healthy living, and inspiring social responsibility.

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2018 was a landmark year for many nonprofits. In the face of political uncertainty, individuals and communities turned to the causes and organizations close to their hearts to unite them. Organizations with diverse missions, from protecting the environment, to providing education and healthcare, to promoting the arts, served as an anchor to many Americans looking to invest their time and talents in the things they care about.

Spotlight

2018 was a landmark year for many nonprofits. In the face of political uncertainty, individuals and communities turned to the causes and organizations close to their hearts to unite them. Organizations with diverse missions, from protecting the environment, to providing education and healthcare, to promoting the arts, served as an anchor to many Americans looking to invest their time and talents in the things they care about.

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Institute For Entrepreneurial Leadership Receives $100,000 Grant From The Surdna Foundation

SURDNA FOUNDATION | September 02, 2022

The Institute For Entrepreneurial Leadership (IFEL) today announced it has been awarded $100,000 by the Surdna Foundation to help launch the Women of Color Connecting Capital (WOCCON) Access Accelerator Program. IFEL is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to eradicate the systemic barriers that prevent historically excluded populations from being able to access the knowledge, networks, and capital required for entrepreneurial success and wealth creation. While $330B was spent in VC funding in 2021, only 0.34% went to Black female founders. The WOCCON Capital Access Accelerator program will focus on accelerating the path to capital for women of color entrepreneurs, especially for Black and Latinx women outside of the tech ecosystem. "The difference between the access to and availability of capital for people in resource-rich communities is striking, We are proud to partner with the Surdna Foundation to work toward redefining how risk is assessed in lending and how founders are evaluated as worthy." -IFEL CEO and Co-Founder Jill Johnson. A core tenet of the WOCCON Capital Access Accelerator is that people invest in people who they know, like, and trust and that the vast majority of investors do not know, like, or trust enough women of color—thus the lack of diversity in their pipelines and their portfolios. Accelerator leadership seeks to leverage its network to facilitate relationship building that leads to capital access for more women of color. "Everyone deserves a fair shot at success in our economy, especially women of color entrepreneurs who face far more roadblocks than their white counterparts, We believe that the WOCCON Capital Access Accelerator—and the entrepreneurs it supports—will help level the playing field, spark innovation, and create more wealth and services for communities of color." -Patrice R. Green, Interim Director of Inclusive Economies, Surdna Foundation. ABOUT THE SURDNA FOUNDATION: The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster sustainable communities in the United States — communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, inclusive economies, and thriving cultures. For over five generations, Surdna has been governed largely by descendants of John Andrus and has developed a tradition of innovative service for those in need of help or opportunity. ABOUT THE INSTITUTE FOR ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIP: IFEL is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that leverages the power of relationship capital to create pathways to success for Black and Latinx entrepreneurs and small business owners. Founded in 2002, IFEL's mission is to eradicate the systemic barriers that prevent people from historically excluded populations from being able to access the knowledge, networks, and capital required for entrepreneurial success and wealth creation.

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Dormie Network Supports the Next Generation with Donations to Make-A-Wish and Sisters Across America

Make-A-Wish | September 01, 2022

Dormie Network, a collection of private destination golf clubs, is pleased to announce two winners of the second annual Play It Forward giveaway: Make-A-Wish Foundation and Sisters Across America. The giveaway, presented in partnership with leading golf event management and fundraising platform GolfStatus, celebrates those who are golfing for good. Entrants were asked to nominate a golf tournament fundraiser for a $10K donation, and were entered to win their own one-year private golf membership and $10K to spend onsite. The Pro-Am for Wishes at Penn Oaks Golf Club, held on August 15, 2022, benefits Make-A-Wish, Philadelphia, Delaware, and Susquehanna Valley, in support of life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Since the chapter's founding in 1986, more than 7,500 wishes have been granted for children in the local community, helping them build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight their illness. Sisters Across America provides support and mentoring for young minority women pursuing professional golfing careers, raising money through two annual golf fundraisers. Current mentee Lakareber Abe, a 26-year-old alum of the University of Alabama, recently qualified to play in her first LPGA event. Sisters Across America's support helps remove the mentees' concerns for financial viability and allows them to focus on improving their game. The group also teaches juniors, to further expand access to the game. "We wanted to support the next era of young players, and because tomorrow is a promise to no one, we decided to start right then." -Cassandra Doty, co-founder and President of Sisters Across America. The Play It Forward giveaway is part of Dormie Network and the Dormie Network Foundation's commitment to supporting organizations in its four giving pillars of youth golf, environmental initiatives, military / first responder organizations, and healthcare / humanitarian efforts. About Make-A-Wish: Make-A-Wish creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Make-A-Wish is the world's leading children's wish-granting organization, operating in every community in the United States and in nearly 50 countries worldwide. Together with generous donors, supporters, staff and more than 24,000 volunteers across the U.S., Make-A-Wish delivers hope and joy to children and their families when they need it most. Make-A-Wish aims to bring the power of wishing to every child with a critical illness because wish experiences can help improve emotional and physical health. Since 1980, Make-A-Wish has granted more than 520,000 wishes worldwide; more than 350,000 wishes in the U.S. and its territories alone. About Sisters Across America: Sisters Across America, Inc. consists of golfers and non-golfers who are bound by passion for the mission. Since its 2006 inception, the organization continues to embrace activities with respect, integrity, and teamwork. Sisters Across America, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit corporation of women from across America, committed to carrying out its mission, vision and goals. About GolfStatus: GolfStatus is golf's premier tournament management solution and golfer engagement platform. Its full-service event management software streamlines outings from start to finish, yielding professional, high-end events while also saving time and improving the event experience for golfers, sponsors, and golf facilities. Through GolfStatus.org, its powerful technology is accessible to nonprofits to streamline golf fundraisers and help event organizers use them to engage more supporters, raise more mission-critical funds, drive impact, and do more good. About Dormie Network: Dormie Network is a national network of private destination golf clubs that includes ArborLinks in Nebraska City, Nebraska; Ballyhack Golf Club in Roanoke, Virginia; Briggs Ranch Golf Club in San Antonio, Texas; Dormie Club in West End, North Carolina; Hidden Creek Golf Club in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey; Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh, Indiana; and a seventh course built from the ground up in the Nebraska Sandhills, with a planned opening of 2024. Each offers a premier golf experience in a relaxing and accommodating environment ideal for business or leisure.

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Code for America Expands Free, Mobile-Friendly GetCTC Portal to Puerto Rico Residents

Code for America | July 15, 2022

the leading nonprofit tech organization that works with community leaders and governments to deliver equitable, accessible digital tools and services—today extended its free, mobile-friendly GetCTC sign-up portal to Puerto Rico residents, making it easier for families to access the Child Tax Credit. The expanded portal, which is available in Spanish and English, was launched today in collaboration with the White House and the U.S. Department of Treasury. Trusted community partners, including the Hispanic Federation, UnidosUS, the Instituto del Desarrollo de la Juventud, and Espacios Abiertos are leading local outreach efforts in communities across Puerto Rico to help residents access the Child Tax Credit. Since September 2021, Code for America's GetCTC portal has helped nearly 135,000 families access nearly $500 million in tax benefits for which they are eligible. This is the first year that Puerto Rico residents are eligible to receive the full tax benefit. Puerto Rico residents, who were not eligible for advance monthly payments in 2021, will receive full payments in 2022: $3,600 for children ages 5 and younger at the end of 2021; and $3,000 for children ages 6 through 17 at the end of 2021. "Today's GetCTC portal expansion removes enormous barriers that have blocked people in Puerto Rico from accessing the Child Tax Credit, Now, this will make it far easier for potentially hundreds of thousands of people living in Puerto Rico to sign up for the Child Tax Credit through an easy-to-use digital tool that ensures families are getting the flexible cash that they are due." -David Newville, Senior Program Director for Tax Benefits, Code for America. With over 100,000 low-income families claiming nearly $440 million in benefits last year through GetCTC, we know that simplified filing works. We are proud to have worked on this expansion with the White House, Treasury, and our community partners who have been tirelessly working to ensure that Puerto Rico residents have easy access to the Child Tax Credit. Tax-filing can be an intimidating and expensive process for many people. This type of tool allows families to apply for this benefit on their own so they don't miss out, said Carmen I. Rodríguez, Advocacy Director, Instituto del Desarrollo de la Juventud. "The goal is that all eligible families receive this money to alleviate the ever-increasing costs associated with raising a child. Opening access to the GetCTC portal for Puerto Rico residents brings us one step closer to equity in the Child Tax Credit, stated Charlotte Gossett Navarro, Chief Director, Hispanic Federation Puerto Rico. We have been working closely with local nonprofit organizations throughout this tax season to help ensure no family is left out of the 2021 Child Tax Credit expansion, but there are barriers that make it difficult to assist communities with the traditional federal tax filing process. This new tool will make it much simpler for eligible families who have not yet filed to do so for free and with the support of trusted community organizations. Thousands of families have already received their benefit, and I hope with GetCTC we can soon reach all families in Puerto Rico. "At a time when the economic crisis is worsening as a result of inflation, it is imperative that families living in Puerto Rico be able to access all the benefits available to improve their economic security, The access of the GetCTC portal to Puerto Rico will facilitate the use of technology at the service of the people in that direction." -Cecille Blondet, Executive Director, Espacios Abiertos. The GetCTC portal is the first online application made available to Puerto Rico residents following a recent update to the filing process. In May, the Internal Revenue Service issued guidance allowing most Puerto Rico residents with children to file a simplified tax return in order to claim the Child Tax Credit if they did not have a federal filing requirement in 2021. Up to this point, eligible residents had to file using Form 1040-PR, a burdensome process that created a huge barrier to access. Many applicants had to visit the IRS's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) services or pay for tax preparation software that was poorly aligned to their needs. By using the GetCTC portal, Puerto Rico residents will be able file a simplified tax return containing just the information needed to issue the Child Tax Credit with a user-friendly, interview-style format that prompts clients to answer one question at time and guides them through the criteria that apply. A demo of how to use the tool is available in Spanish and English. In May, Code for America relaunched the GetCTC portal for the second year in a row to give more families in America access to the Child Tax Credit and other tax benefits. Last year, over 115,000 families used the tool to successfully claim tax benefits with the majority of clients typically finishing in 10-15 minutes. Code for America published lessons from last year's effort in this report. About Code for America- Code for America, a nonprofit founded in 2009, believes that government can work for the people, and by the people, in the digital age. We work with government at all levels across the country to make the delivery of public services equitable with technology. Together with thousands of volunteers across over 80 Brigade chapters in the U.S., we work with community organizations and governments to build digital tools, change policies, and improve programs. Our goal: a resilient government that effectively and equitably serves everyone.

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