Tech Alpharetta | June 28, 2022
Tech Alpharetta, the nonprofit organization helping the City of Alpharetta to lead in innovation, announces that YARDZ has graduated from its Innovation Center.
YARDZ becomes the 20th graduate from Tech Alpharetta’s startup incubator, which opened in the City of Alpharetta in 2015.
YARDZ is a construction asset tracking platform that enables its construction industry customers to aggregate, automate, and manage the lifecycle of equipment rented or owned by those customers. YARDZ joined Tech Alpharetta in March 2020. The company has grown significantly since its founding, outgrowing its Innovation Center office, and now, headquartering in the City of Alpharetta.
“YARDZ’s team members worked long hours at our Center every day for more than two years, but they always found the time to pay it forward, by volunteering their time and expertise to other entrepreneurs and to the community,” notes Tech Alpharetta President and CEO, Karen Cashion. “We’re so happy that they’ve chosen to headquarter and grow their company here in Alpharetta.”
Tech Alpharetta provided us with so much valuable support, from introductions and connections, to mentoring and resources, along with a welcoming community of tech entrepreneurs. Headquartering here in Alpharetta was the obvious choice for us.”
Jason Perez,YARDZ co-founder and CEO
Tech Alpharetta’s Innovation Center is a thriving tech-startup incubator in Alpharetta that provides education, mentoring and other resources to its startup members to help them grow and succeed.
About Tech Alpharetta
Tech Alpharetta (previously the Alpharetta Technology Commission), the first organization of its kind in Georgia, was established in 2012 by the City of Alpharetta and is an independent, 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization today. The organization, whose mission is to help grow technology and innovation in Alpharetta, includes a strategic advisory board of Alpharetta’s leading technology companies, thought leadership events for area tech executives, and the Tech Alpharetta Innovation Center, a flourishing tech startup incubator that is home to more than 40 tech startups.
Republic Services | May 17, 2022
The Republic Services, Inc. Charitable Foundation named 10 grant recipients for its 2022 National Neighborhood Promise program, a nationwide community revitalization initiative. The grants will primarily support local chapters of national nonprofit organizations – Rebuilding Together, Habitat for Humanity International and NeighborWorks America – to build sustainable green spaces, refresh community spaces and provide housing for those in need.
We believe it is essential to invest in the communities where our customers and employees live and work, so it's a privilege to support proven organizations delivering critical resources locally. These neighborhood revitalization projects strengthen both our communities and business for the long-term, which is why we've embedded charitable giving into Republic's sustainability goals."
Jon Vander Ark, president and chief executive officer, Republic Services
Since 2018, National Neighborhood Promise has provided partner organizations with funding, products and services, serving as an engine for local revitalization efforts. In addition, the Foundation prioritizes volunteerism by providing employees opportunities to give back to the communities in which they live and work. To date, the Foundation has funded nearly 70 National Neighborhood Promise projects and, across all Republic Services' charitable giving efforts, positively impacted nearly 6 million people.
The 2022 Foundation recipients, receiving grants ranging from $125,000 to $250,000, include:
California: Bracken's Kitchen, Orange County
Colorado: Rebuilding Together Metro Denver
Illinois: Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago
Louisiana: Rebuilding Together Baton Rouge
Massachusetts: NewVue Communities, Fitchburg
North Carolina: Rebuilding Together of Greater Charlotte
Ohio: Famicos Foundation, Cleveland
Oregon: Mid-Willamette Family YMCA
Pennsylvania: Rebuilding Together Philadelphia
Texas: Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity
This year's projects include the construction of community centers, the revitalization of neighborhood playgrounds and the expansion of a meals program for those experiencing food insecurity. In 2022, the Foundation's charitable projects include Baton Rouge, La., and Albany, Ore., for the first time.
This year also represents the continuation of successful past relationships, including the Foundation's second project with Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago – an example of how Republic Services and community leaders are working together to leave a lasting legacy.
"Our ongoing partnership with the Republic Services Charitable Foundation has brought so much joy and relief to Chicago's most vulnerable neighborhoods," said Wanda Ramirez, CEO of Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago. "With the Foundation's help, we plan to repair and revitalize Margaret's Village, a crucial community space for women and families seeking transitional housing. It's this kind of continued impact in the community that inspires our organization to continue to seek out invaluable partners like Republic Services."
The National Neighborhood Promise projects support Republic's long-term sustainability goal to positively impact 20 million people through charitable giving by 2030 and are another way the Company is demonstrating sustainability in action.
About Republic Services
Republic Services, Inc. is a leader in the U.S. environmental services industry. Through its subsidiaries, the Company provides superior service offerings while partnering with customers to create a more sustainable world.
Blackbaud Institute | June 01, 2022
The Blackbaud Institute, a research division of Blackbaud, the world's leading cloud software company powering social good, is celebrating 10 years of its quarterly charitable giving index. The Blackbaud Institute aims to keep nonprofit executives informed with sector trends, industry insights and timely, relevant research to help guide their organizations and their teams to success.
Tracking over $40 billion in US-based charitable giving from over 8,400 organizations, the Blackbaud Institute Index is updated each quarter and reports year-over-year percent changes and giving to-date for the last 12 months. The Index features overall giving trends and can be viewed by organization size and by subsector. In addition to providing quarterly insights, the Index offers the context that organizations need to leverage the data as a benchmark against their efforts.
Conversations for Social Good Professionals
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Index, the Blackbaud Institute will host a series of free, virtual "fireside chats" with the sector's foremost thought leaders and experts to give nonprofit leaders a clear picture of the trends that have shaped, and will continue to shape, the philanthropic landscape. Invited experts will cover trends and provide new insights around donor engagement, direct marketing, events and leadership.
In today's giving climate, social good organizations are continuing to support pandemic-related causes, while responding to heightened awareness of social issues, adopting digital-first strategies, and navigating a new environment with inflation on the rise. Leaders of nonprofit organizations need to be aware of the trends shaping the philanthropic space so they can best position themselves for the future. We're proud to provide charitable trends through the Blackbaud Institute Index, and tactical expertise through our upcoming series celebrating the Index's 10th anniversary."
Ashley Thompson, managing director, Blackbaud Institute
The Blackbaud Institute's mission is to convene the best minds in philanthropy to develop and share leading edge research and insight that accelerates the impact of the social good community. Operating as part of Blackbaud's commitment to the Ecosystem of Good®, all Blackbaud Institute resources are provided to the social good community free of cost.
About the Blackbaud Institute
The Blackbaud Institute drives research and insight to accelerate the impact of the social good community. It convenes expert partners from across the philanthropic sector to foster diverse perspectives, collective thinking, and collaborative solutions to the world's greatest challenges. Using the most comprehensive data set in the social good community, the Blackbaud Institute and its partners conduct research, uncover strategic insight and share results broadly to drive effective philanthropy at every stage, from fundraising to outcomes. Knowledge is powering the future of social good, and the Blackbaud Institute is an engine of that progress.
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.
Warm Up America! | June 21, 2022
Warm Up America! (WUA!), a national nonprofit that collects hand knitted and crochet items like hats, scarves, and gloves, has long been known for its charitable contributions around both the United States and the world. Founded in 1991 by Evie Rosen, a knitting instructor and philanthropist endorsed by TIME Magazine and Oprah Winfrey, WUA! has since donated over 1.4 million items to people in need made by over 30,000 volunteers.
Warm Up America!'s 30th anniversary was in 2021 and to celebrate, the organization raised money all year long to continue its mission of providing warmth to people in need. Volunteers who donated $30 or more to the organization were given access to 90 knit and crochet patterns for 7" by 9" blanket sections - WUA!'s prime need. Since its anniversary in 2021, Warm Up America! has raised over $80,000.
We are truly speechless at the generous monetary and material donations we've received from our volunteers and corporate partners. We couldn't sustain our organization without their support and we look forward to their continued partnership in helping us fulfill our mission."
Jenny Bessonette, executive director of Warm Up America!
WUA!'s ambitious volunteers, who set a goal of making 199,130 sections (1991 + 30) by the end of May, exceeded their target by over 10,000 sections. The 210,956 sections they donated are the most ever collected in one year. This number of sections amounts to over 4,300 adult blankets. The blankets made from these sections are going directly into the hands of people who need a dose of warmth and love.
All money raised for WUA! goes directly toward operating costs. The biggest expense is shipping - WUA! sends hundreds of boxes a year containing items made by volunteers to organizations helping people in need. As WUA! continues to grow, so do its shipping costs. Monetary donations are the best way to support Warm Up America! in its mission of providing warmth to people in need.
About Warm Up America!
Started in a small Wisconsin town with neighbors knitting and crocheting afghans for people in need, Warm Up America! is a charity that has warmed people's lives since 1991. Founder Evie Rosen came up with the idea of having volunteers knit or crochet small sections and others joining them together into blankets, which quickly caught on. Thanks to the generosity of knitters and crocheters around the country, today Warm Up America! distributes warm blankets, hats and other items to tens of thousands of people in need.