Funder Collaboratives for Systems Change Gaining Momentum, Study Finds

Philanthropy News Digest | September 28, 2018

For funders seeking to create change at the systems level, collaborations can be more effective than going it alone, a report from Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors argues. Based on interviews with three dozen individuals who work with or in funder collaboratives or organizations focused on achieving the kind of scale needed to create systemic change, the report, Scaling Solutions Toward Shifting Systems: Approaches for Impact, Approaches for Learning (48 pages, PDF), highlights many of the practices that have gained traction. Among them, the study found that successful collaboratives tend to be launched with a small number of funders with existing relationships and that they grow organically, which keeps the emphasis on creating learning and impact rather than negotiating process details; that they identify and support strong leaders; and that they are aligned on theory of change and are willing to embrace the complexity of systems change. The case studies in the report also found that funder collaboratives are interested in delving more deeply into monitoring and evaluation processes for assessing systems-level progress and are seeking more guidance with respect to measurement, and that they face many of the same obstacles including limitations on the duration of funding commitments, varying degrees of risk tolerance, different ideas about and approaches to what should be measured, and cumbersome reporting and relationship-building responsibilities.

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Joan Blight was recognized as an Outstanding Professional Fundraiser at the 2018 Manitoba Philanthropy Awards hosted by AFP Manitoba and held on November 15 at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg.


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MB2 Dental Launches Charitable Organization

MB2 Dental | July 15, 2022

The dental partnership organization, MB2 Dental, has launched its own charitable Foundation – The MB2 Family Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit with a mission to provide financial assistance to its 5,000 plus employees in the event they experience unforeseen, life-altering hardships such as natural disasters, extended illnesses, injuries, and more. Team members may nominate themselves or others for consideration for a monetary donation. The work of the Foundation will also include providing donations to local charities and organizations at the request of MB2 Dental's doctor partners and employees. The Foundation thrives through the generosity of its team members. Funding for the Foundation will come from MB2 Dental's doctor partners and team members through optional paycheck deductions and other fundraising events. "The number one priority of any family is to take care of each other; this is our dental family, With affiliated practices in over 35 states, supporting our doctor partners and their teams in any way possible is a top priority. The individuals who make up our MB2 family have always been ready to jump into action and help one another without hesitation. The Foundation allows us to streamline this." -Dr. Chris Steven Villanueva CEO and Founder, MB2 Dental. MB2 Dental's previous charitable initiatives include annual doctor-led mission trips and donating to local organizations such as the North Texas Food Bank, The Genesis Women's Shelter, and Salvation Army. MB2 Dental also annually conducts The Elves Initiative, a cause led by Dr. Villanueva encouraging MB2 Dental home office employees to nominate coworkers, family, friends, and neighbors for financial assistance around the holidays. The success and growth of the Elves Initiative served as inspiration for the MB2 Family Foundation. About MB2 Dental- Dallas, Texas-based MB2 Dental is a first-of-its-kind Dental Partnership Organization (DPO) founded and led by dentist and entrepreneur CEO Dr. Chris Steven Villanueva, with a mission to empower dentists to preserve their profession. Since its founding in 2007, MB2 has partnered with hundreds of dentists to help them stay in the driver's seat as they maximize their talents, connect as part of a community and build exceptional wealth. MB2 currently partners with dentists and specialists in more than 35 states.

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Honda and the Honda USA Foundation's Annual Charitable Funding Cycle Launches Today

American Honda Motor Company | September 02, 2022

Honda and the Honda USA Foundation today announced the opening of its annual funding cycle for eligible nonprofit organizations and schools based on the company's long-standing commitment to give back to the communities where its associates live and work. Applications for funding will be accepted now through the deadline of October 31, 2022, with awards to be announced in spring 2023. Honda and the Honda USA Foundation provide funding to national and local organizations that provide support to communities located near Honda operations and align with the company's five strategic CSR pillars of Education, Environment, Mobility, Traffic Safety and Community. Funding is available through both corporate and the company's Foundation. Funding opportunities from Honda will be available in all five pillars, with a renewed focus on support for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) in the Education pillar. Funding available through the Honda USA Foundation will continue to support three of those pillars: Environment, Mobility and Traffic Safety. The funding cycle is part of a new approach to Honda CSR activities initiated in 2021, based on the five-pillar strategy to drive change within local communities. Through Honda and the Honda USA Foundation, the company has increased its philanthropic investment to better align with Honda being a company society wants to exist. About Honda Corporate Social Responsibility and the Honda USA Foundation: For more than 60 years in the U.S., Honda has been committed to making positive contributions to the communities where its associates live and work. Honda's mission is to create products and services that help people fulfill their life's potential, while conducting business in a sustainable manner and fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. Advancing its corporate social responsibility, Honda and the Honda USA Foundation support this direction through giving focused on education, the environment, mobility, traffic safety and community.

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Nonprofit Funding Platform Heroe5 Launches The Good Society, Embracing Web3 Approach to the Sustainable Financial Benefit for Charities

The Good Society | August 10, 2022

Nonprofit funding platform Heroe5™ announced today the creation of The Good Society™ to address the growing need for sustainable funding platforms for charitable organizations. The Good Society becomes the first project focused on Web3 solutions to raise awareness and support global causes working to positively impact our communities. “The Good Society is a vital next step in the evolution of the fundraising industry: a Web3 platform to create art impact experiences, As the world moves to Web3, charities need more fundraising tools to stay ahead of the curve and embrace new ways to engage potential donors. The Good Society will provide those innovations, allowing them to raise critical funding and awareness for vital causes while feeding the public’s growing interest in digital collectables.” -Sebastien Heimann, founding member and CEO of Heroe5 and The Good Society. With each drop 1800 digital collectibles designed by acclaimed artists will be released each month supporting a broad range of nonprofits working to improve the environment, wildlife, human rights, and our collective health and wellbeing. A percentage of these art impact experiences will grant token carriers access to unique events in perpetuity. Artist Nate Mohler created Out of Sight | Out of Mind” for The Good Society’s first program, which benefits Lonely Whale, No More Plastic, and Oceanic Global. The digital collectables, scaled to 3840 x 3840 pixels, 26 seconds in length and layered with white sound, emphasize the risk to fragile ocean ecosystems from the human-caused plastic pollution in urban environments and highlight how much there is left to learn. Three of the many cities featured in Out of Sight | Out of Mind include London, Los Angeles, and Paris. No matter where you live, the oceans provide the oxygen you breathe, nurture the food you eat, and regulate the temperature of the air. Without a healthy ocean we’d have a very different experience on land, said Mohler. This series is not of the oceans but of major cities, which emit 60% of all carbon emissions and make up less than 1% of the Earth’s surface. Similar to my ongoing series ‘Painted Cities’ there are three unique styles intended to bring a more ephemeral and dreamlike memory of the city. One of every 15 of the digital collectibles will also provide owners access to experiences that are provided by the benefiting organizations and artists for each drop. Some of the experiences tied to this premier release include: Two front row seats at Paris Fashion Week Two passes to Oceanic Global’s annual gathering for ocean conservation An annual artist critique call with Nate Mohler Invitations to Lonely Whale's annual leadership virtual town hall which discuss its programs and preview its impact report Digital collectors will easily be able to purchase the artwork with a credit card or Tez, cryptocurrency of the Tezos blockchain, when they are minted on August 12 at 2pm ET. Once sold out, more than $1M (US) in new funding will be available to the benefiting organizations and, as the digital collectables are resold, the organizations will receive residual payments from each transaction. “Lonely Whale’s goal is simple - to keep plastic out of the ocean. We want to thank each person who buys one of Nate Mohler’s striking NFTs through The Good Society, which will support the creative development and market adoption of alternatives to thin-film plastic and directly address the nearly 180 billion polybags used every year by the fashion industry.” - Harry Bernstein, Chief Creative Officer, Lonely Whale. Plastic pollution has become one of the biggest environmental scourges of our time. Microplastics are everywhere: in the deep ocean, in Antarctic ice, even falling rain over mountains and cities. Plastic pollution not only pollutes our planet; it pollutes our blood. We must act and the time is now. We are grateful to The Good Society for entrusting No More Plastic Foundation with this generous funding. With it, we will continue our work to end the cycle of plastics and microplastics flowing into our ocean.Rosalie Mann, Founder & President, No More Plastic. We live on a blue planet. The ocean covers 70% of the surface of the earth and produces every other breath we take. Our well-being is intrinsically tied to the ocean. Thanks to The Good Society and their innovative fundraising platform and model – and to artiste extraordinaire Nate Mohler – Oceanic Global will be able to keep empowering individuals, communities, and industries to create positive change for a thriving ocean, Lea d'Auriol, Founder & Executive Director, Oceanic Global About The Good Society: The Good Society harnesses the power of non fungible tokens to fund global initiatives. Designed by acclaimed digital artists, every month a new NFT will drop that raises awareness and secures funding for nonprofits working to improve the environment, human rights, and our collective health and wellbeing. Led by Sebastien Heimann, the Co-founder & CEO of fundraising platform Heroe5, The Good Society leverages the uniqueness of Web3 to deliver a powerful and recurring source of funding.

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Burlington Stores Exceeds $10 Million Fundraising Goal to Support AdoptAClassroom.org, Benefitting Local Teachers and Students Nationwide

ADOPTACLASSROOM.ORG | September 29, 2022

The award-winning national non-profit AdoptAClassroom.org announced that Burlington Stores, the major off-price retailer offering WOW deals on customers' favorite brands for the entire family and home, collected more than $1.7 million from its customers and associates during the recent back-to-school time period. Funds raised benefitted local K-12 teachers and their students nationwide. This year's donations resulted in more than $10 million raised over the six years of partnership with AdoptAClassroom.org, benefitting over 1 million students nationwide. According to AdoptAClassroom.org's 2021 Teacher Spending Survey, teachers spent an average of $750 on school supplies out of pocket during the 2020-2021 school year, and the cost of school supplies is rising with inflation, some items by nearly 60%. According to the organization's 2022 State of Teaching Survey, 71% of teachers are spending more of their own money on classroom materials than previous school years. "Burlington is committed to the ongoing support for teachers as they continue to spend out of their own pockets on supplies for their students to better learn and succeed, In the 6th year of our partnership with AdoptAClassroom.org, we're proud to have reached this milestone in our fundraising efforts. We're grateful to our generous customers and associates who made this donation possible." -Michael O'Sullivan, CEO, Burlington Stores. Burlington has once again proven its dedication to education and supporting students within their store communities across the country, said Ann Pifer, executive director, AdoptAClassroom.org. Collectively, we've been able to showcase our appreciation to educators by providing them with funds to purchase the school supplies they need, when they need them, and better support their students. Burlington is appreciative of their customers' and associates' continued commitment to AdoptAClassroom.org, providing much needed funding to teachers so that their students can better succeed. For more information on AdoptAClassroom.org, including recent survey results from thousands of teachers nationwide, visit AdoptAClassroom.org. ABOUT BURLINGTON STORES, INC.  Burlington Stores, Inc., headquartered in New Jersey, is a nationally recognized off-price retailer with Fiscal 2021 net sales of $9.3 billion. The Company is a Fortune 500 company and its common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "BURL." The Company operated 877 stores as of the end of the second quarter of Fiscal 2022, in 46 states and Puerto Rico, principally under the name Burlington Stores. At Burlington, customers will be amazed to find their favorite brands and the latest trends at a fantastic value with fresh, seasonal items arriving regularly. The Company delivers savings at up to 60% off other retailers' prices every day on a wide assortment of merchandise including everything for ladies, men, kids, baby, along with home décor. Shoppers are sure to discover amazing finds at wow prices in store every day. ABOUT ADOPTACLASSROOM.ORG: AdoptAClassroom.org believes every child deserves the tools and materials they need to learn and succeed in school. The national, tech-based nonprofit connects donors and sponsors with PreK-12 teachers and schools to help equip more classrooms and students with school supplies. Since 1998, AdoptAClassroom.org has raised $57 million and supported more than 5.8 million students across the U.S. The 501(c)(3) holds the highest 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and the highest transparency rating offered by GuideStar. For more information, or to make a donation, please visit www.adoptaclassroom.org.

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