Microsoft Is the Best Dividend Stock on the Fortune 500

Microsoft | June 22, 2016

Last year’s best-performing Fortune 500 stocks had something in common: They didn’t pay dividends. The top two companies, Netflix (NFLX) and Amazon.com (AMZN) (up 134% and 118%, respectively, in 2015), were the epitome of momentum stocks that, until recently, were all the rage with investors—stocks to own because they were on a hot streak, not stocks to rely on for long-term growth and security.

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If you’re reading this article and you work or volunteer for a nonprofit, your organization is still here. Tens of thousands of nonprofits in the US and Canada went under during the 2008-2010 recession and its still lingering aftermathAll that celebrating aside, many nonprofits came through the recession having learned a very valuable lesson; recessions are brutal on weak organizations, for-profit and nonprofit.


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NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY

American Water Charitable Foundation Announces Last Call for Water and Environment Grant Applications

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.

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AAA-ICDR Foundation Welcomes Applications for 2023 Grant Cycle

AAA-ICDR Foundation | June 10, 2022

The American Arbitration Association-International Centre for Dispute Resolution Foundation® (AAA-ICDR Foundation) has issued a request for proposals from nonprofit and community organizations to receive grants in 2023. The Foundation encourages applications to support projects that meet its areas of focus in next year's grant cycle. The AAA-ICDR Foundation is now accepting grant proposals seeking between $50,000 and $250,000 for programs addressing any of the 2023 grant cycle's priorities: Bridge Community Conflict with a focus on civil discourse seeking to mend societal divisions. Prevent and Reduce Violence with a focus on vulnerable and underserved communities and police/social service partnerships. Support Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with a focus on access to justice. The deadline for interested organizations to submit preliminary applications is September 9, 2022. A limited number of applicants will be selected by the AAA-ICDR Foundation to draft more extensive proposals. Our considered approach to selecting the projects we support is crucial for ensuring that we maximize the impact we can make in communities across the country. Constructive dialogue and other methods of alternative dispute resolution can do so much good when they are used to address longstanding community and societal divisions, and inequities. We look forward to receiving and reviewing grant applications from programs that harness the principles and processes of ADR to bring communities together to tackle issues of urgency both in the Unites States and abroad." India Johnson, President and CEO of the AAA-ICDR The AAA-ICDR Foundation has awarded more than $3.75 million since its inception in 2015. The Foundation's 2021 Annual Report, which includes more information about its mission and the grants it has funded, can be viewed here. About the AAA-ICDR Foundation The American Arbitration Association-International Centre for Dispute Resolution Foundation (AAA-ICDR Foundation) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that is able to solicit donations and provide grants to fund a range of worthy causes that promote the Foundation's wide-reaching mission, which is to support the prevention and resolution of conflicts by expanding access to alternative dispute resolution. Its priorities includes fostering measures that prevent and reduce violence, bridge community conflict, and support diversity, equity, and inclusion with a focus on access to justice. The Foundation is not involved in any way in the oversight, administration or decision making of the AAA-ICDR® cases or in the maintenance of the AAA-ICDR's various rosters of arbitrators and mediators.

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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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SpartanNash Foundation Hosts In-Store Fundraiser to Benefit Military Heroes

SpartanNash | July 01, 2022

Food solutions company SpartanNash is proud to join forces with store guests in its annual companywide fundraising campaign to support military servicemembers, veterans and their families. As part of a commitment to serve those who bravely serve, the SpartanNash Foundation fundraiser will run from June 29 to July 10. All money raised will be divided evenly between three nonprofit organizations – Team Red, White and Blue, Operation Homefront and Honor and Remember – providing critical funding. “Our partner organizations go above and beyond every day to serve our troops, veterans and their families who have given so much, many who have been seriously injured or have paid the ultimate sacrifice,” said Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer David Sisk, who oversees SpartanNash Military (formerly MDV), a division of the Company and a leading distributor of grocery products to U.S. military commissaries and exchanges worldwide. “We see firsthand the sacrifices our servicemen and women – and their families – make to protect our freedoms every day, and this is an impactful and meaningful way we can continue to support our American heroes regardless of where they live or the care they need within the community.” The three organizations benefiting from this fundraiser support the military community in a variety of ways, including physical and social activity, providing critical financial assistance and family services and honoring those who lost their lives defending American freedoms. “We are able to deliver upon our mission to build strong, stable and secure military families because of the steadfast commitment of supporters like SpartanNash,” said Operation Homefront Chief Revenue Officer Margi Kirst. “SpartanNash allows us to be there for our fellow Americans in their time of need after all they have done for us in our nation’s time of need.” SpartanNash has consistently been on the patriotic forefront of recognizing and identifying the needs of the military community. Through our partnership, we can broaden the message to thousands more who may or may not understand that freedom comes at a very high price.” George Lutz, founder and executive director at Honor and Remember Store guests who visit any participating SpartanNash-owned retail store or fuel center during the fundraising period will have the opportunity to donate $1, $5 or $10 at any checkout lane, or round their total up to the nearest dollar to support the three patriotic partners. Customers, and others interested in participating in this fundraising campaign, can also donate online through Fast Lane. Since 2015, the SpartanNash community has provided $1.75 million in donations to patriotic partners through the SpartanNash Foundation, benefiting veterans service organizations such as Give an Hour, Fisher House Foundation, Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. and Disabled Veterans National Foundation, in addition to its trio of patriotic partners for 2022. SpartanNash also proudly hires veterans and military-connected Associates as a military-friendly and veteran-friendly employer. About SpartanNash SpartanNash is a food solutions company that delivers the ingredients for a better life. As a distributor, wholesaler and retailer with a global supply chain network, SpartanNash customers span a diverse group of national accounts, independent and chain grocers, e-commerce retailers, U.S. military commissaries and exchanges, and the Company's own brick-and-mortar grocery stores, pharmacies and fuel centers. SpartanNash distributes grocery and household goods, including fresh produce and its Our Family® portfolio of products, to locations in all 50 states, in addition to distributing to the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Honduras, Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Djibouti, Korea and Japan. In addition, the Company owns and operates 148 supermarkets - primarily under the banners of Family Fare, Martin's Super Markets and D&W Fresh Market - and shares its operational insights to drive innovative solutions for SpartanNash food retail customers. Committed to fostering a People First culture, the SpartanNash family of Associates is 17,500 strong and growing.

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If you’re reading this article and you work or volunteer for a nonprofit, your organization is still here. Tens of thousands of nonprofits in the US and Canada went under during the 2008-2010 recession and its still lingering aftermathAll that celebrating aside, many nonprofits came through the recession having learned a very valuable lesson; recessions are brutal on weak organizations, for-profit and nonprofit.

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