Local park conservancy to get $2M from Kinder Foundation, H-E-B, endowment

Kinder Foundation | January 10, 2017

The Emancipation Park Conservancy announced Jan. 9 that the Kinder Foundation, San Antonio-based H-E-B Grocery Co. and the Houston Endowment have committed a combined $2 million to the conservancy. The Kinder Foundation, created by Houston billionaire Rich Kinder and his wife, Nancy, will provide a multiyear $750,000 grant. The foundation also committed to supporting an additional $250,000 challenge grant should the Emancipation Park Conservancy secure an equivalent amount of matching funds during the same fiscal year. During the conservancy's Jan. 9 press conference, Winell Herron, H-E-B group vice president of diversity and inclusion, immediately announced her company accepted the challenge.

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Big promises are being made about artificial intelligence (AI) and how it will impact our lives. Experts say AI is slowly “edging” its way into daily life, but tectonic changes in transportation, the workplace, and lifestyle have yet to pass. So, when will AI truly “arrive”? In some areas, it already has. One such area generating substantial value is, perhaps surprisingly, the nonprofit space. While nonprofits aren’t historically at the forefront of technological advancement, this sector is quietly becoming an early adopter of AI.


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NABA Announces $1M CLA Foundation Grant to Grow Black Talent in Accounting

NABA | June 27, 2022

NABA, Inc., a nonprofit member-based association for accounting, finance, and business professionals announced that it received a grant of $1 million from the CLA Foundation to seed the nonprofit’s new Pathway to College program, support human capital needs, and create scholarships. “I am excited to path and pave a more just world together with the CLA team,” said NABA President and CEO Guylaine Saint Juste. “The $1 million grant allows us to design programs and services to give more young Black Business Leaders a sense of belonging that increases their propensity to choose accounting as a field of study and career pathway.” CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen LLP) and NABA commemorated their relationship in September 2021 with a first of its kind corporate sponsorship to help fuel the organization’s mission to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion within the profession. Through this work with NABA, CLA continues to increase workforce diversity and expand its pool of talent and improve the representation of Black individuals within the firm and the accounting profession. We’re working to significantly increase the number of accountants in the United States, not just for CLA, but across the industry. And we’re doing it with an inclusive mindset. Attracting and retaining talented diverse professionals is essential to the future of the profession. NABA is helping us do this within our own walls, even as we help NABA advance its programs and initiatives.” Jen Leary, CEO of CLA, one of the leading professional service firms in the United States The CLA Foundation grant was presented to Saint Juste at the NABA RECHARGE convention held in Hollywood, Florida June 21 – 24. CLA sponsored the NABA RECHARGE convention at the ”Pacesetter” level and hosted two sessions: “Be Well and Belong — Investing in Your Authentic Self” (for students) and “Living Your Inspired Career” (for professionals). “Our relationship with CLA is so much more than a dollar figure,” said Saint Juste. “From shared work spaces to strategic visioning to leadership consulting, we give each other energy and insights to continue to make headway toward our goals.” NABA’s Pathway to College program is designed to support Black high school, community college, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities students’ pathway into the public accounting and advisory profession, offering work experience along the journey. In addition to supporting the Pathway to College program over the next five years, a portion of the grant funds will be set aside to create a base for scholarships with lasting impact. CLA also plans to offer paid internships to students throughout the five-year grant commitment. These internships will provide students with real work experience to support them on their journey to becoming accounting professionals. CLA’s promise is “to know you and help you” and this includes its clients, its people and its communities. This grant is an example of how CLA is working with NABA to truly impact the Black community. “I believe the impact we have with NABA in the Black community will be replicated in the future,” said Leary. “I’ve seen our CLA Foundation contributions rise every year since inception. I couldn’t be more thrilled about the opportunities we have to support the communities in which we work and live, with equity, inclusion, and a dose of joy.” All CLA Foundation grant nominations originate with CLA team members. Since 2015, the CLA family has awarded over $6.5 million through 388 grants to organizations across the country. Learn more about the CLA Foundation. About NABA NABA, Inc. is a nonprofit membership association dedicated to bridging the opportunity gap for Black professionals in the accounting, finance, and related business professions. Representing more than 200,000 Black professionals in these fields, NABA advances people, careers, and the mission by providing education, resources, and meaningful career connections to both professional and student members, fulfilling the principle of our motto: Lifting as We Climb. About CLA CLA exists to create opportunities for our clients, our people, and our communities through industry-focused wealth advisory, digital, audit, tax, consulting, and outsourcing services. With more than 7,500 people, 121 U.S. locations, and a global vision, we promise to know you and help you.

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CyberGrants Kicks Off Social Impact Leadership Conference

CyberGrants | June 07, 2022

Today marks the beginning of the Social Impact Leadership Conference (SILC), hosted by CyberGrants, a Bonterra company. The event runs June 6-8 and is being held in Austin, Texas. For the first time since 2019, SILC returns in-person to bring together the corporate social responsibility (CSR) community, offering presentations from industry thought leaders, breakout sessions with professionals representing grant making, workplace giving, volunteerism, nonprofit engagement, and networking opportunities to reconnect with nonprofit and CSR leaders. SILC sessions and panels will be focusing on a variety of CSR topics, including nonprofit collaboration, employee and community engagement, grant management, disaster and crisis philanthropy, impact measurement perspective of corporations' nonprofits and investors, and data-driven corporate social responsibility. SILC will also feature a session with Bonterra's Chief People Officer, Terilyn Monroe, and CyberGrant's General Manager and Chief Product Officer of Corporate Social Responsibility, Pete Karns, to offer perspectives on how CSR is an essential element of high-functioning HR outcomes by turning the great resignation into an opportunity to attract and retain talent. Additionally, Bonterra CEO, Erin Mulligan Nelson, will speak regarding the recent announcement that the technology and people behind CyberGrants, EveryAction™, Network for Good®, Social Solutions®, and their respective entities, have come together as Bonterra. Announced in March, Bonterra is creating an industry-defining software platform to power those who power social impact, enabling unprecedented connectivity between social good organizations and their community of supporters and constituents. I'm excited to be reconnecting personally with our industry for SILC 2022. Corporate philanthropy is more critical now than ever to help raise the bar for how social change happens, and the insights, conversation, and connections happening at SILC are an important part of that ongoing mission. Our conference has always been about community and a forum for inspiration and empowerment. We are proud to serve those in need by supporting the corporate giving community with the tools, support, and knowledge required to achieve their missions." Erin Mulligan Nelson, CEO of Bonterra About Bonterra Bonterra is the second-largest and fastest-growing social good software company in the world with solutions from CyberGrants, EveryAction, Network for Good, Social Solutions, and their respective entities making up its product family. Bonterra, which stems from the French word for "good" (bon) and the Latin word for "land" (terra) represents the exponential good that can be accomplished with the right foundation and supports the company's purpose to power those who power social impact. Bonterra's differentiated, end-to-end solutions collectively support a unique network of over 19,000 customers, including over 15,000 nonprofit organizations and over 50 percent of Fortune 100 companies. About CyberGrants CyberGrants is a leading provider of software-as-a-service solutions for corporate social responsibility. Since its founding in 1999, CyberGrants has delivered fully-hosted web-based SaaS solutions to many of the largest companies and foundations in the world, including 40% of the Fortune 100. Through its integrated grants management and employee engagement suite, CyberGrants connects companies, foundations, employees, and not-for-profits to support the delivery of more than $2.5 billion of charitable giving annually.

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Leading Nonprofit Baby2Baby to Provide Much Needed Aid to Address the Baby Formula Shortage in the Pittsburgh Area

Baby2Baby | May 31, 2022

Baby2Baby, the national organization that has been at the forefront of providing relief to vulnerable families dealing with the U.S.’ baby formula shortage, announced it will distribute 12,000 cans of formula to the greater Pittsburgh region by the end of this week. Distribution to hospitals, diaper banks, childcare centers and family resource centers across the area began yesterday, and was made possible through a donation from local Pittsburgh resident Thomas Tull and his wife Alba through their philanthropic organization, the Tull Family Foundation. The formula shortage is still an absolute emergency for the families we serve. Our mission at Baby2Baby is to provide families with diapers, formula and other essentials that every child deserves, and that mission has become even more critical during this crisis. It has been horrible for every parent, but even more devastating for families living in poverty who don’t have the luxury of switching to a more expensive brand or access to multiple stores to find anything in stock. We are so grateful to Thomas and Alba Tull, and the Tull Family Foundation, for their extremely generous gift which is enabling us to provide hundreds of thousands of bottles of lifesaving formula to families in need across Pittsburgh." Norah Weinstein and Kelly Sawyer Patricof,Baby2Baby Co-CEOs “Like many other essential items, the baby formula shortage in this country has become a major crisis since the onset of COVID. It is unimaginable what parents, especially those living below the poverty line, are having to deal with,” said Cathy Battle, Executive Director of the Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank. “We are seeing this heart wrenching crisis unfold every day and are incredibly grateful for Baby2Baby’s work and support. This distribution will help provide relief to many babies and families in need in the greater Pittsburgh areas.” Baby2Baby distributes to foster care agencies, hospitals, clinics, homeless and domestic violence shelters and resource centers. Since the pandemic began, it has delivered more than 300,000 cans. At the start of 2022, even before the recalls, they had requests for over 8.8 million cans. The organization has been using all of the resources at its disposal to support families impacted by the current shortage – including working directly with their wholesale partners to have formula made for a fraction of the retail cost and distributing donations from formula companies that weren’t impacted by the recalls. They have already sent formula to Pennsylvania, California, Virginia, Florida, Michigan, Alabama and South Dakota, and have more on the way to communities in need across the country. About Baby2Baby Baby2Baby, a non-profit organization led by Co-CEOs Kelly Sawyer Patricof and Norah Weinstein that was named #1 nonprofit on Fast Company’s World’s Most Innovative Companies List for 2022, provides children living in poverty with diapers, clothing and all the basic necessities that every child deserves. In the last 11 years, Baby2Baby has distributed more than 240 million items – more than any organization of its kind – to children in homeless shelters, domestic violence programs, foster care, hospitals and underserved schools as well as to children who have lost everything in the wake of disaster. Since the COVID-19 crisis began, Baby2Baby has distributed more than 150 million items to families in need, serving over one million children across the country impacted by the pandemic.

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Blackbaud Institute Hosts Content Series Reflecting on the Last Decade of Charitable Giving

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. About Blackbaud 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.

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Big promises are being made about artificial intelligence (AI) and how it will impact our lives. Experts say AI is slowly “edging” its way into daily life, but tectonic changes in transportation, the workplace, and lifestyle have yet to pass. So, when will AI truly “arrive”? In some areas, it already has. One such area generating substantial value is, perhaps surprisingly, the nonprofit space. While nonprofits aren’t historically at the forefront of technological advancement, this sector is quietly becoming an early adopter of AI.

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