Independent Financial Group | May 26, 2022
Independent Financial Group, LLC, a San Diego-based independent broker-dealer, donated a combined $232,500 to seven charities in 2021: Promises2Kids ($50,000); Wayfinder Family Services ($50,000); Challenged Athletes Foundation ($50,000); The Mitchell Thorp Foundation ($50,000); Just in Time for Foster Youth ($25,000); The San Diego Nice Guys ($5,000); and the Well Community For Women ($2,500).
IFG's donations went to charities operating in San Diego and in the state of California, supporting foster children, youth, and adults; children with critical illnesses; children and adults with disabilities; and families facing economic hardships.
When Joe Miller, David Fischer, and I founded IFG, we agreed that giving back to our community, quietly and consistently, would be a central part of our mission. The three of us are fathers, and our community has been good to us and to our families. We want to make sure that all children and young adults in San Diego, and in the state of California, are being raised with the support and opportunities they need to thrive."
Scott Heising,IFG CEO and Co-Founder
To date, IFG has donated nearly one million dollars to various charitable organizations.
About IFG's Selected Charities
Promises2Kids responds to the needs of foster children and those who have been removed from their home due to abuse and neglect. The Challenged Athletes Foundation provides opportunities and support for physically disabled athletes so they can pursue active lifestyles and competitive athletics. Wayfinder Family Services (formerly Junior Blind of America) offers a full range of essential services that meet the needs of people of all ages, including the visually impaired, foster youth, youth with serious medical conditions or trauma, and their families. In memory of their son Mitchell, Brad and Beth Thorp founded the Mitchell Thorp Foundation with the goal of supporting families whose children suffer from life-threatening illnesses and disorders. Just in Time for Foster Youth aims to help foster youth as they transition to adulthood, supporting their efforts to achieve self-sufficiency and well-being. The Nice Guys of San Diego have worked since 1979 to support local families who have fallen on tough times. The Well Community for Women is a San Diego-based nonprofit dedicated to serving women by offering coworking spaces, childcare support, after-school enrichment programs, and other programs and events.
About Independent Financial Group
Independent Financial Group, LLC (IFG) is a privately held independent broker-dealer based in San Diego, California. Founded in 2003, IFG provides an array of business solutions supporting more than 640 independent financial professionals across 389 offices nationwide. IFG was named among the "Fastest Growing Private Companies in the US" by Inc. 5000 in 2020, for the eighth time since 2010. San Diego Business Journal ranked IFG "#12 Among the Largest Private Companies in San Diego" in 2020. In 2022, IFG was ranked 19th largest among national independent broker-dealers by Financial Advisor Magazine, based on revenue.
American Water Charitable Foundation | June 13, 2022
The American Water Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization established by American Water, the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company, announces last call for Water and Environment grant applications with a submission deadline of June 30, 2022.
The Water and Environment grant opportunity, part of the Foundation’s Keep Communities Flowing Grant Program, supports projects or programs focused on clean water, conservation, environmental education, climate variability and water-based recreation projects, including splashpads. Eligible organizations can apply here.
The American Water Charitable Foundation’s Keep Communities Flowing Grant Program supports impactful initiatives and programs throughout American Water’s national footprint. The Water and the Environment grant will fund efforts focused on our core passion – water – while engaging community members in learning how every drop counts.”
Carrie Williams, president of the American Water Charitable Foundation
The Keep Communities Flowing Grant Program focuses on three pillars of giving: Water, People and Communities. Within these pillars, three new grant opportunities will be available to eligible non-profit organizations throughout the year. Each grant cycle will be open for approximately 90 days. In addition to the Water and Environment grant, a Workforce Readiness grant opportunity will launch in July 2022 followed by STEM Education in October 2022.
Since 2012, the American Water Charitable Foundation has invested more than $9 million in funding through grants and matching gifts that are important to our employees and positively impacting our communities.
About American Water
With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,400 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and regulated-like drinking water and wastewater services to more than 14 million people in 24 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to help keep their lives flowing.
American Water Charitable Foundation
The American Water Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides a formal way to demonstrate the company’s ongoing commitment to be a good neighbor, citizen, and contributor to the communities where American Water and its employees live, work and operate.
GoFundMe | May 19, 2022
GoFundMe, the trusted leader in online fundraising, announced that Margaret Richardson has joined the company as its Chief Corporate Affairs Officer. She will be responsible for building and leading GoFundMe’s corporate affairs team consisting of government relations, public policy, and corporate communications. Richardson will join the company’s executive team, reporting to and working closely with CEO Tim Cadogan.
Richardson has decades of experience in both the public and private sectors, most recently Director of Trust & Safety for Services at Apple overseeing initiatives focused on personal safety, account integrity, and content standards. She has spent the last six years helping fast-growing technology companies scale and operate responsibly in current and new markets. Prior to Apple, Richardson held senior leadership positions at Airbnb for four years, guiding the company through regulatory changes by partnering with governments and community-based organizations in more than 220 countries and regions around the world.
Prior to Richardson’s private-sector work, she served as Chief of Staff and Counselor to Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., in the U.S. Department of Justice for over six years.
The throughline in Margaret’s career is her focus and passion for building trust between companies and governments and the people they serve. Her extensive experience developing trust in both public and private sectors make her uniquely positioned for this role. As the leader of our Corporate Affairs team, she will focus on ensuring we operate with consistency and clarity in service of our mission to help people help each other.”
Tim Cadogan, GoFundMe CEO
“GoFundMe exists to help people help each other - strengthening communities all around the world. The support that our platform enables transforms individuals’ lives and communities for the better. It is hard to imagine a service more urgent or important at this moment in history,” said Margaret Richardson. “As the company continues to grow internationally, I look forward to partnering with local, regional and national governments, advocacy organizations, and consumers so that together, we can help more people to help each other.”
Richardson joins the company at an important time as world events are increasingly reflected in how people use GoFundMe. For example, more than $100 million has been raised for Ukraine humanitarian aid from nearly 725,000 donors globally. Since 2010, the GoFundMe community has raised more than $17 billion for people, nonprofits and causes across the world.
Richardson is the recipient of the Edmund J. Randolph Award for outstanding service, the highest award bestowed by the Department of Justice. She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia, a Master's in Public Administration from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a Law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.
Since 2010, GoFundMe has become a trusted global leader in online fundraising, helping to raise and deliver more than $17 billion from over 200 million donations. Our vision is to become the most helpful place in the world.
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.
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.