4 Reasons Nonprofits Should Pay Attention to Snapchat

Snapchat | November 30, 2016

Snapchat has rapidly become one of the most popular social media apps, surpassing Twitter’s daily users in 2016 and coming in third among millennials behind Instagram and Facebook. Since its launch in 2011, Snapchat has transformed from a simple way to share video clips and pictures with friends to an innovative news source for its mobile users. Stories have become a useful vehicle for relaying news, giving Snapchat users the ability to share their snaps and story posts and submit them into a compilation of breaking news or current events they may be located near. For example, Snapchat’s news team used their app to encourage Snapchatters to follow the stories of victims who were impacted by the devastating floods in Louisiana past this summer.

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Habitat for Humanity International launches initiative to address the Black homeownership gap in the U.S.

Habitat for Humanity International | June 14, 2022

Leveraging funds provided in part by MacKenzie Scott's transformational donation, Habitat for Humanity International is launching a new initiative to address the racial homeownership gap—which now stands at nearly 30 percent, the widest it has been in more than 40 years. Habitat's Advancing Black Homeownership initiative deepens our commitment to increase homeownership opportunities for Black individuals and families—and address the racial and systemic bias that has stymied access to homeownership for generations—through programs that will help end the social and economic disparity many Black people and communities of color continue to face. Habitat is initially investing more than $25 million over the next three to five years—with a goal of raising $100 million or more—to develop and launch a slate of new programs, including an equitable commercial lending strategy and property acquisition fund through Habitat Mortgage Solutions, our community development financial institution. "These efforts are designed to help Black families build intergenerational wealth through homeownership and other strategic supports, such as developing more inclusive communities, increasing the availability of affordable homes near public transportation and jobs, and transforming concentrated areas of poverty into areas of opportunity," said Adrienne Goolsby, senior vice president of the U.S. and Canada for Habitat for Humanity International. "Ultimately, we want to reduce the impact a century of discriminatory housing policies has had on the Black community." Other initiative programs include financial coaching and counseling to help Habitat affiliates address the needs of applicants along their homeownership journey; a national Black homeowner advisory group to help Habitat for Humanity International develop strategies and implement programs to help increase Black homeownership; expanded advocacy outreach through the Cost of Home campaign; and collaborative efforts with affordable housing partners. Funding opportunities will also be made available to Habitat affiliates doing innovative work to help increase Black homeownership. Our mission is driven by our theological imperative to seek justice and to have mercy. Doing so through this work, we put God's love into action and help further our mission to build homes, communities and hope." Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International About Habitat for Humanity International Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity found its earliest inspirations as a grassroots movement on an interracial community farm in south Georgia. Since its founding in 1976, the Christian housing organization has grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower.

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AAA-ICDR Foundation Welcomes Applications for 2023 Grant Cycle

AAA-ICDR Foundation | June 10, 2022

The American Arbitration Association-International Centre for Dispute Resolution Foundation® (AAA-ICDR Foundation) has issued a request for proposals from nonprofit and community organizations to receive grants in 2023. The Foundation encourages applications to support projects that meet its areas of focus in next year's grant cycle. The AAA-ICDR Foundation is now accepting grant proposals seeking between $50,000 and $250,000 for programs addressing any of the 2023 grant cycle's priorities: Bridge Community Conflict with a focus on civil discourse seeking to mend societal divisions. Prevent and Reduce Violence with a focus on vulnerable and underserved communities and police/social service partnerships. Support Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with a focus on access to justice. The deadline for interested organizations to submit preliminary applications is September 9, 2022. A limited number of applicants will be selected by the AAA-ICDR Foundation to draft more extensive proposals. Our considered approach to selecting the projects we support is crucial for ensuring that we maximize the impact we can make in communities across the country. Constructive dialogue and other methods of alternative dispute resolution can do so much good when they are used to address longstanding community and societal divisions, and inequities. We look forward to receiving and reviewing grant applications from programs that harness the principles and processes of ADR to bring communities together to tackle issues of urgency both in the Unites States and abroad." India Johnson, President and CEO of the AAA-ICDR The AAA-ICDR Foundation has awarded more than $3.75 million since its inception in 2015. The Foundation's 2021 Annual Report, which includes more information about its mission and the grants it has funded, can be viewed here. About the AAA-ICDR Foundation The American Arbitration Association-International Centre for Dispute Resolution Foundation (AAA-ICDR Foundation) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that is able to solicit donations and provide grants to fund a range of worthy causes that promote the Foundation's wide-reaching mission, which is to support the prevention and resolution of conflicts by expanding access to alternative dispute resolution. Its priorities includes fostering measures that prevent and reduce violence, bridge community conflict, and support diversity, equity, and inclusion with a focus on access to justice. The Foundation is not involved in any way in the oversight, administration or decision making of the AAA-ICDR® cases or in the maintenance of the AAA-ICDR's various rosters of arbitrators and mediators.

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Philanthropi Expands Its Charitable Giving Platform, Offering New Ways for Individuals to Give

Philanthropi | June 16, 2022

Philanthropi, a company leading the next generation of philanthropy through technology, announced that it has expanded its charitable Giving as a Service™ platform to provide everyday donors with new ways to give. Beginning in July 2022, all consumers with ACH capabilities through their banks will be able to set up a Philanthropi Impact Account™ and start their own personal charitable foundations, much like those of large donors. Philanthropi's charitable Giving as a Service platform enables consumers to create Impact Accounts, which are donor advised funds (DAFs) that support giving by everyone. These accounts simplify and organize giving by allowing individuals to track when, where, and how much is given from their personal foundation through a comprehensive and intuitive dashboard. The platform also provides easy-to-access tax information for year-end tax returns, removing the friction of manual tracking. Additionally, when donations are made through Impact Accounts, Philanthropi validates the recipient to ensure dollars are given to official non-profit organizations that meet the local, state, and federal non-profit status requirements. We are excited to take this next step in expanding our ability to support everyday donors in giving to the causes they care about most. Through their own personal Impact Accounts, individuals can directly donate funds to a growing number of non-profit organizations through the click of a button. Our mission at Philanthropi is to tap into the largest donor segment — the everyday philanthropist — so that we can truly unlock the power of philanthropy for all. In this new era of philanthropy, the concept is no longer synonymous with wealth or large donations, but with the collective impact of many individuals who care." Keith Leaphart, Founder & CEO of Philanthropi Individuals who wish to set up an Impact Account, can sign up for the Philanthropi Waitlist by clicking the "Register" button on the Philanthropi website. By opting into the Waitlist, individuals can receive notifications and instructions for when enrollment officially begins in early July. In 2019, Philanthropi launched its Giving as a Service platform to support employer-sponsored charitable giving, and help enterprises build a culture of giving and caring among employees. The company has seen great success among participating employers to date, empowering employees across the U.S. to make more than 4,000 grants through their personal foundations that all together have totaled nearly $3 million. These grants went to over 700 nonprofits and hardship relief funds, which are specialized funds that are aimed at providing financial support to organizations' internal communities during periods of unexpected adversity. The expansion of the Philanthropi Giving as a Service platform also enables Philanthropi to grow its partnership base with financial institutions, universities, and non-profit organizations, as well as employers. About Philanthropi Philanthropi is leading the next generation of philanthropy through its innovative giving platform, which democratizes giving for everyone and amplifies its impact. By partnering with financial institutions, employers, universities, and non-profit organizations, Philanthropi fosters new levels of engagement and empowers everyday donors to support their favorite non-profit organizations with the click of a button. Tapping into the largest donor segment – the everyday philanthropist – Philanthropi unlocks the potential of the charitable ecosystem.

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NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT

RAM Veterans Foundation Unrolls "Charities For Vets" Initiative

RAM Veterans Foundation Fundraising costs | May 23, 2022

Ahead of the Memorial Day weekend, the Robert Alexander Mercer (RAM) Veterans Foundation launched a new initiative called "Charities For Vets," a public information campaign to encourage effective management of veterans' charitable organizations and allow well-meaning Americans to donate with confidence. In 2021, more than $960 million dollars were donated to lower-rated veteran charities -nearly triple ($350 million) sent to well-rated veterans' groups. The RAM Veterans Foundation intends to make Charities For Vets the Consumer Reports of veteran charities. The problem is clear, and our goal is to provide facts and figures to not only divert donations from poorly-rated organizations, but also increase support and applaud those groups who are already excelling. Transparency is the best disinfectant, and by shining a bright light on the financial paper trail of these organizations, we can root out waste and abuse while better supporting the men and women who served our country so honorably." Peter T. Metzger, Chairman of the Advisory Board and retired Colonel in the United States Marine Corps. Charities For Vets uses publicly available information (including Form 990 tax returns) to group veterans' charitable organizations into three categories: Highly Recommended Honorable Not Recommended Four distinct metrics are examined to place an organization into one of the above categories: Overhead percentage: must be lower than 25% of total budget Joint accounting costs: must be less than 5% of total budget Fundraising costs: charities must keep 50% of money raised in reported solicitation campaigns Asset reserves: must be fewer than three years' budget Unlike other charity evaluation platforms, the RAM Veterans Foundation uses a more strict pass/fail approach. If an organization falls short of any of the metrics, they receive an automatic "not recommended." Founded in 2022, the RAM Veterans Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) organization named after Robert Alexander Mercer, who died on November 11, 1944 during the battle to liberate France from the Nazi occupation. The RAM Veterans Foundation is dedicated to RAM and those who have given life and limb in defense of America and our allies. "For any American looking to meaningfully give back this Memorial Day, please join us in this effort," added Metzger. "Putting an end to veteran charity scams is a high-impact way to show support for those veterans in need."

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