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.
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.
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. Blackbaud has set out to achieve this through responsible operations, decarbonization, philanthropic partnerships and employee engagement. Since 2019, Blackbaud has reduced its global real estate footprint by 50%, reduced the emissions required to run its office space by 63% and reduced employee commuting emissions by 75%.
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
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. The Blackbaud portfolio is tailored to the unique needs of vertical markets, with solutions for fundraising and CRM, marketing, advocacy, peer-to-peer fundraising, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and environmental, social and governance (ESG), school management, ticketing, grantmaking, financial management, payment processing and analytics. Serving the industry for more than four decades, Blackbaud is a remote-first company headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, with operations in the United States, Australia, Canada, Costa Rica and the United Kingdom.