Cal Wellness Awards More Than $7 Million in Grants

Philanthropy News Digest | November 27, 2017

The California Wellness Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $7 million to organizations working to respond to threats to the well-being of Californians.Awarded through the foundation's Advancing Wellness program, the grants focus on efforts to help Californians recover from October wildfires in the state; programs that support the health and well-being of immigrants; and assistance for homeless youth.

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Exceptional Children's Foundation Names Veronica Arteaga President and CEO

Exceptional Children's Foundation | May 27, 2022

The Exceptional Children's Foundation (ECF) Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Veronica Arteaga, LCSW as President and CEO. Arteaga will join the nonprofit human services organization effective June 1st, succeeding Scott D. Bowling as ECF's third President and CEO in its 76 years of service. She will be responsible for leadership of ECF's 15 service sites throughout Los Angeles County, 375 employees, a 20 member board of directors, and the provision of service to more than 5,000 children and adults with special needs and their family members annually. We are delighted to welcome Veronica to ECF. She is a passionate, innovative leader with a collaborative approach and a track record of strategic success in organizational systems and service delivery. We look forward to the contributions of her leadership in the ongoing service and impact of our founding mission." Steve Beltran,ECF Board of Directors Chair Arteaga brings more than 15 years of experience leading and providing social services, having previously served as Chief Program Officer for Wayfinder Family Services, and Vice President, Housing Programs for St. Anne's Family Services in Los Angeles. She is a licensed clinical social worker and is pupil personnel services credentialed (K-12 counseling), and is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Institute. She holds a Master of Social Work from University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. "Exceptional Children's Foundation has a rich history and longstanding reputation for successful stewardship and innovation in advancing person-centered services for children and adults challenged with developmental, learning and emotional barriers," said Arteaga, adding, "I am humbled to follow in the footsteps of the organization's founding President, Dr. Robert Shushan and my predecessor Dr. Scott Bowling, who have advanced the ECF mission for 76 years, and am excited to join in this tradition of leadership for the future of the community we serve." About Exceptional Children's Foundation The Exceptional Children's Foundation (ECF) was created in 1946 by a group of concerned parents who pooled their resources to create a daycare program for children with developmental disabilities. Over 76 years, ECF has evolved into a nationally-recognized organization serving more than 5,000 people with developmental disabilities and their families annually from 15 program sites, in homes and in the community across Los Angeles County. ECF is the only organization of its kind in California to provide a lifespan of services for children and adults challenged with developmental, learning and emotional barriers—empowering them to reach their greatest potential.

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New Nonprofit Offers Education, Community for People with Gout

Gout Support Group of America | May 20, 2022

A new nonprofit, the Gout Support Group of America, now stands to offer reliable information and a national support network to people living with gout. Launched by rheumatologist Dr. Christopher Parker and gout patient Gary Ho, who's lived with gout for 28 years, the nonprofit stems from a 13,000-member Facebook group of the same name. "I know first-hand how lonely and frustrating living with gout can be," Ho explained. "There is so much misinformation out there and very few people who actually understand what gout is like." Clear information that allows you to manage your disease can be transformative. I see that with my patients, and I see that with members of the Gout Support Group of America too." Dr. Christopher Parker, Rheumatologist The need for reliable information and support led Ho and Dr. Parker to begin hosting informal local support meetings near their hometown of Austin, Texas more than 15 years ago. Building upon early success, they then established a Facebook group, whose membership grew steadily. As the Gout Support Group of America assumes official nonprofit status, Ho and Dr. Parker hope to empower more gout patients to take back control of their lives. "People with gout shouldn't have to suffer and struggle in isolation," Dr. Parker insisted, adding, "Gary and I are committed to offering education and community to as many gout patients as we can reach." Membership is free and open to all people with gout. About Gout Gout is a form of arthritis that leads to sudden, intense pain and swollen joints that may become red and hot. More than 9 million Americans live with gout.

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Miracle Cyclist Brings Extreme Brand of Fundraising to California

UHSM Health Share | May 24, 2022

UHSM Health Share, a faith-based health care nonprofit founded on Christian beliefs and values, announced its ambassador athlete Grant Lottering, extreme endurance cyclist, international motivational speaker and Laureus Sport for Good Ambassador, will attempt his first ‘Im’possible Tour’ in the US, starting 1 June in Shaver Lake, Sierra National Forest. Lottering will embark on a 700-mile non-stop continuous cycle from Shaver Lake to Irvine, Orange County in the fastest time possible, climbing an agonizing 63,000ft in one ride, to raise awareness and support for the Laureus Sport for Good Charity, which uses sports as a powerful tool to help children and young people overcome violence, discrimination and disadvantages. They say adversity is merely a test which breeds success, and for South Africa’s most accomplished extreme-endurance cyclist, this has been a theme of Grant’s extreme brand of fundraising. We are proud to have Grant as a UHSM ambassador – he is living proof that one can achieve unbelievable levels of success while persevering in the face of challenges and storms. At UHSM, we affirm that caring for people and their overall health encompasses the body, mind and spirit. And as supporters of Grant’s mission and vision for inspiring others and sharing positivity across the world, we believe that his message deeply aligns with our own values. We couldn’t be more thrilled to watch him accomplish this amazing feat; he always makes the impossible possible!” Christopher Jin, UHSM president Lottering suffered a horrendous cycling accident during a world championship preparation race In the Italian Alps in 2013 and was declared medically dead on the scene. He suffered 22 fractured bones and extensive internal injuries and bleeding. He miraculously survived and resolved to make a difference with his second chance at life he believes God gave him. Since then, and despite undergoing 12 surgeries since 2013, plus emergency cancer surgery, he has astonished the medical profession and audiences alike with his annual extreme cycling attempts for charity dubbed The Im’possible Tour. Lottering’s remarkable story and life journey has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for underprivileged children across the world and has reached over 90 million people globally as he continues to inspire and challenge audiences to be resilient and persevere in the face of adversity. His first-ever US Im’possible Tour, sponsored by UHSM and Mercedes-Benz Vans USA, will see Lottering ride from Shaver Lake in the Sierra National Forest, through the Sequoia National Forest, down to Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties, covering most of the famous mountain roads along the way including Refugio Road, Gibraltar Road, Crystal Lake and Mt Baldy, before heading down to Irvine in Orange County. A mammoth ride that will see Lottering climbing over 63,000 feet in one continuous ride that should take him three days and three nights of straight riding to complete. The aim will be to finish on Saturday, 4 June at the Orange County Great Park Soccer Stadium in Irvine, California just ahead of the OC Soccer Club match against New Mexico United. About UHSM UHSM Health Share is a nonprofit, faith-based health sharing ministry that facilitates member-to-member health sharing among fellow Christians, serving as a connector to administer medical cost sharing through its We Share programs. Christian healthcare is chosen by millions each year over traditional insurance plans, and We Share programs by UHSM stand alone as the only health sharing that offers members true prescription coverage through the CVS Caremark network plus access to basic care through CVS Minute Clinic and Health Hub. We Share and UHSM members can also access care through nearly one million doctors, hospitals and specialists in the First Health PPO Network, a wholly owned subsidiary of Aetna Inc. Additionally, all members can contact the DocDay telehealth network seven days a week for diagnoses, treatment, lab orders and prescriptions related to more than 40 health conditions. Headquartered in Norfolk, VA, UHSM offers its members simple, fair, and friendly healthcare programs. The UHSM mission is to help Christian families fulfill their God-given purpose to care for one another, foster holistic wellbeing, and positively impact our communities in need.

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Givebacks Selects Wildfire Systems' White Label Rewards Platform to Drive Nonprofit Fundraising

Wildfire Systems | May 18, 2022

Wildfire Systems Inc., an innovative financial technology platform that powers reward programs and shopping companions, today announced that Givebacks is harnessing the power of Wildfire's white label rewards platform to fuel fundraising initiatives for over 1 million 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Givebacks is leveraging Wildfire's cashback rewards technologies to create programs for nonprofits to earn a share of the e-commerce purchases made by their supporters. This approach to fundraising automatically provides causes with 1% of each shopper's online purchase and allows consumers to donate additional cashback funds from purchases made at tens of thousands of brands in Wildfire's global merchant network. "We're excited to work with Givebacks to help nonprofits achieve their fundraising goals," said Jordan Glazier, CEO, Wildfire Systems. "This novel use of our platform allows people to easily support their favorite causes simply by shopping online while using the Givebacks desktop and mobile extensions powered by Wildfire." Our partnership with Wildfire has allowed us to create an entirely new way for nonprofits to scale passive fundraising efforts, generating regular donations from their supporters, which we call Backers. With more than 25,000 merchants to earn shopping rewards from, we've made it simple for Backers to receive cashback on their purchases, which benefits them as well as the cause they've chosen to support. The Wildfire rewards platform allows Givebacks to reach more people and raise more funds for organizations such as PTAs that depend on donations from small donors." Robert Costa, COO, Givebacks Wildfire's enterprise platform allows partners such as Givebacks, as well as banks, fintechs, and technology companies to deploy turnkey rewards programs with a suite of offerings including cashback offers, coupons, and turnkey shopping assistants across all mobile and desktop interactions. About Wildfire Systems, Inc. Wildfire Systems provides an enterprise platform which enables clients to embed social commerce, cashback rewards, digital coupons, and shopping companions within their existing services. Wildfire's patented suite of technologies rewards online shopping and harnesses digital word-of-mouth, delivering enhanced user experiences, consumer loyalty, and new revenue streams for clients. Wildfire drives incremental revenue for over 50,000 online merchant programs in over 50 countries. The company is based in San Diego and was founded in 2017.

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