Native American Agriculture Fund to Distribute $266 Million

Philanthropy News Digest | August 14, 2018

A decades-long battle to resolve claims that the U.S. Department of Agriculture systematically discriminated against Native American farmers and ranchers has come to an end with the establishment of a trust that will distribute $266 million from a 2010 civil rights settlement in which the U.S. government agreed to pay $680 million in damages for nearly twenty years of systematic discrimination in the awarding of farm loans. The Native American Agriculture Fund, the largest U.S. philanthropy focused exclusively on Native American farmers and ranchers, will redistribute funds left over from the class-action settlement after only about thirty-six hundred successful claims instead of the ten thousand anticipated were filed, leaving $380 million undisbursed. In 2014, the plaintiff's lawyers proposed that a foundation headed by Native leaders be established to re-grant the remaining $380 million instead of distributing it equally among Native American nonprofit organizations, as called for in the original settlement. In 2016, U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan approved an agreement to distribute an additional $76 million in cash and tax payments to the original claimants, award $38 million to nonprofit groups chosen by the plaintiffs' lawyers, and endow the trust with the remaining $265 million.

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Smart & Final Charitable Foundation Annual Fundraising Campaign to Support Olive Crest Launches Today

Smart & Final Charitable Foundation | June 23, 2022

Smart & Final, the smaller, faster grocery warehouse store for household and business customers, announces the return of its annual fundraiser for Olive Crest, an organization dedicated to preventing child abuse and treating and educating at-risk children. Beginning today through July 5, customers at every Smart & Final location throughout California, Arizona and Nevada can support kids in crisis with a $1 donation at checkout. All proceeds go directly to Olive Crest’s Child Abuse Stops Here Network of agencies, including Olive Crest, Safe Refuge and Christian Family Care. For more than a decade we’ve been proud to support at-risk children through our partnership with Olive Crest. The past few years have been incredibly challenging for Olive Crest kids and their families. We’re grateful to their Child Abuse Stops Here Network for providing resources to help stop child abuse in the communities we serve.” Tinamarie Squieri, Manager, Smart & Final Charitable Foundation Olive Crest’s Child Abuse Stops Here Network provides loving homes, counseling, and education services for more than 24,000 children and their families each year. In 2021, Smart & Final raised $515,000 for Olive Crest. “We continue to be inspired by and grateful for the generosity of Smart & Final customers and associates in their ongoing support of Olive Crest,” said Rhonda Tagge, National Director, Olive Crest. “The work our Child Abuse Stops Here Network does to build strong families and keep kids safe continues to be critical through the additional hardships the pandemic has brought on. We simply couldn’t provide the services we do without the support we receive from the Smart & Final Charitable Foundation and their supporters.” The Smart & Final Charitable Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life and nourishing the communities Smart & Final serves. The Foundation aids nonprofit organizations with a focus on hunger relief, health and wellness, team sports and youth development, education, and disaster relief. In 2021, the Charitable Foundation raised almost $2 million to support 1,500 causes with the help of Smart & Final customers and associates. About Smart & Final Smart & Final is the smaller, faster grocery warehouse store, headquartered near Los Angeles in Commerce, California. Smart & Final’s 254 store locations offer quality products in a variety of sizes, saving customers time and money without a membership fee. Its larger format stores, Smart & Final Extra!, combine the warehouse store with traditional grocery offerings like farm-fresh produce and natural and organic options, to provide a one-stop shop for all. In business since 1871, Smart & Final remains committed to giving back to its communities through employee volunteer opportunities and donations to local nonprofits. About the Smart & Final Charitable Foundation Established in 2002, the Smart & Final Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that strives to give back, improve the quality of life, and nourish the communities we serve throughout California, Arizona and Nevada. The Foundation has donated millions of dollars to non-profits and organizations focused on health and wellness, education, hunger relief, team sports and youth development, and disaster relief. The Smart & Final Charitable Foundation raises funds through vendor and associate donations, and in-store fundraising. About Olive Crest Since 1973, Olive Crest has transformed the lives of over 100,000 abused, neglected, and at-risk children and their families. We work tirelessly to meet the individual needs of kids in crisis by providing safe homes, counseling, and education for both youth and parents. Our many innovative programs reflect our conviction that strengthening the family is one of the most powerful ways to help heal children. With unwavering compassion, the Olive Crest family maintains a lifelong commitment to the youth and families we serve even after they have graduated from our programs.

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NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY

Jelenew sponsors the amfAR Gala Cannes charity dinner of the American Foundation for AIDS Research to help global AIDS research

Jelenew | May 30, 2022

American cycling brand Jelenew has been committed to charity. During the 75th Cannes Film Festival, Jelenew becomes the signature sponsor of amfAR Gala Cannes for the first time. The charity dinner aims to raise funds for the American AIDS Foundation Research (amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research) for AIDS research and raise public awareness of AIDS treatment philanthropy. On the evening of May 26th local time in France, the cycling pants-dress newlook co-created by Jelenew and Stéphane Rolland for amfAR will be presented with Armani, Oscar de la Renta, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Givenchy, Valentino, Giambattista Valli, Versace, Dior, Tom Ford, Balenciaga, Saint Laurent, Alaïa and many masterpieces from top brands appeared in the annual fashion show "Let's get married" hosted by Carine Roitfeld. These works will then be part of an auction led by legendary auctioneer Simon de Pury to raise money for amfAR and contribute to the global fight against AIDS. Di Liu, Jelenew's creative director, said that amfAR is a global leader in dedicating resources and research to effectively identify a cure for AIDS, which can help them fight AIDS. Jelenew is so proud of that. Jelenew and Stéphane Rolland specially crafted a cycling pants-dress newlook for amfAR for the charity auction, hoping to contribute to the charity cause against AIDS. This time, Jelenew and Stéphane Rolland cooperated with the theme of this amfAR Cannes Gala, "Let's get married," to create a cycling pants-dress newlook. Its inspiration comes from the 17th-century, the Spanish Golden Age. This is a "dark cycling bride" dress with feminine avant-garde. The paintings design the black dress of Stéphane Rolland by Goya and Velasquez, a sizeable black tunic with moiré stripes and sleeves are embroidered with Art Deco crystals. Jelenew is based on the first professional cycling pants with outer pads developed by Jelenew. It is inspired by the "Goddess of Victory" in the Louvre Museum and draws inspiration from the Spanish 17th-century noble knight pants to create a pair of cycling pants with feminine avant-garde. When sports technology meets the haute couture designer, we create an elegant, dignified yet independent, and confident "dark cycling bride." This ingenious cycling pants-dress newlook is sure to make an indelible impression on all those lucky enough to see it. As a professional cycling brand born for women, Jelenew has always regarded women's health and women's care as the brand's sense of social responsibility and mission. When tracing the evolutionary history of cycling pants, the Jelenew R&D team found that although there are significant structural differences and needs between men and women, in the past 100 years, male and female riders have worn cycling pants with built-in pads of the same structure. They know that cycling pants are the core elements that affect cycling comfort, sports performance, and health and hygiene index. Unscientific structure and design will obliterate women's health, comfort, and beauty. To allow female cyclists to enjoy healthy riding as well as male cyclists, former core member of Chanel Haute Couture Di Liu set up Jelenew's research and product development teams in Paris, France. According to the dismantling and differentiated needs of women's cycling force data, they introduced the moulage technique into the design of professional cycling pants. They led the development of the first professional cycling pants for women, namely Jelenew's 1+ 1 model of detachable outer padded cycling pants, including one pair of tight-fitting cycling leggings and one pair of detachable outer pad cycling shorts with built-in protection pad. The Jelenew x Stéphane Rolland cycling pants-dress newlook is based on the 1+1 model cycling pants. It is reported that the amfAR Cannes dinner includes cocktails, dinner, live performances by Christina Aguilera, Ricky Martin, and Charli XCX, an annual fashion show hosted by Carine Roitfeld and a live charity auction led by Simon de Pury. Hollywood icon Robert De Niro will be the guest of honor at the event. In addition, guests attending this dinner will also include a dream team, including Jelenew creative director Di Liu, Carine Roitfeld, Caroline Scheufele, Cynthia Erivo, Ever Gabo Anderson, Kate Hudson, LaKeith Stanfield, Laura Linney, Lauren Remington Platt, Michelle Williams, Milla Jovovich, Mohammed Al-Turki, Sam Bankman-Fried, Vanessa Hudgens, amfAR Board Co-Chairs T. Ryan Greenawalt and Kevin McClatchy, and celebrities such as amfAR director Vin Roberti. The amfAR charity dinner is one of the highest standard charity dinners. Every charity dinner attracts many celebrities, top stars, and supermodels everywhere. The gala has raised more than $245 million in cumulative funding for amfAR's critical AIDS research. Jelenew, who is keen on public welfare, is proud to participate in it and contribute to charity in the name of fashion. About Jelenew Jelenew is an American avant-garde cycling brand born for women. It creates the first cycling pants truly made for women in the world. It brings the groundbreaking combination of "Haute Couture and Sportswear" and carefully designs each product with "luxury moulage technique" to provide a more refined sports experience and promote a healthy lifestyle for cyclists to enjoy elegant and stylish suburban cycling. About amfAR and amfAR Gala amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is one of the world's leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and advocacy. Since 1985, amfAR has invested nearly $617 million in its programs and has awarded more than 3,500 grants to research teams worldwide. Celebrities frequently donate items to be auctioned off for the foundation. Past donors have included Uma Thurman, Karlie Kloss, and Milla Jovovich. The 25th annual gala embraced the #MeToo movement. 25 prominent women chaired it on stage and screen, namely: Alessandra Ambrosio, Poppy Delevigne, Linda Evangelista, Sylvia Fendi, Aileen Getty, Kate Hudson, Scarlett Johansson, Milla Jovovich, Heidi Klum, Daphna Krim (daughter of Mathilde Krim), Karolina Kurkova, Sienna Miller, Angela Missoni, Mary Parent, Katy Perry, Natasha Poly, Aishwarya Rai, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, Carine Roitfeld, Caroline Scheufele, Irina Shayk, Lara Stone, Donatella Versace, and Michelle Yeoh. Past items auctioned have included numerous photographs by Andy Warhol, Annie Leibovitz portrait sessions, stays in fashion moguls and celebrity houses, and 53-karat diamond jewelry. Heidi Klum notably donated her Bentley S3 convertible to garner one of the highest bids at €200,000.

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The Giving Block Creates First-Ever Crypto Donations Fund for Miami Nonprofits

The Giving Block | May 25, 2022

The Giving Block, a Shift4 company, announced the launch of the "Miami Impact Index Fund", a first-of-its-kind fund that enables donors to give to numerous local nonprofit organizations with a single crypto donation. The Giving Block is a leader in crypto philanthropy, making cryptocurrency fundraising easy for nonprofits while empowering donors to give cryptocurrencies to their favorite causes. This is the first time that The Giving Block is working with a city to highlight local charities through the platform. Miami has been so welcoming to the crypto community and it is the perfect city to work with to create our first-ever local impact index fund. We are excited to work with Mayor Suarez to bring crypto philanthropy to Miami, through our Miami Impact Index Fund. All donations to the impact index fund will be matched through our 'Caring with Crypto Campaign." Alex Wilson, Co-Founder of The Giving Block "Caring with Crypto" is a historic crypto fundraising campaign designed to raise more than $20 million for nonprofit organizations on The Giving Block in partnership with parent company Shift4. Shift4 CEO Jared Isaacman will personally match the first $10 million in crypto donations through the initiative, with the company aiming to create the largest cryptocurrency fundraising campaign in history. To date, Caring with Crypto has raised more than $12 million for hundreds of charities. The Miami Impact Index Fund will allow donors to give to Miami area nonprofits on The Giving Block's platform with one donation. All donations to the fund will be split evenly to all participating causes. Participating causes include: Chapman Partnership, Jackson Health Foundation, Legal Services of Greater Miami, Nicklaus Children's Health System, NU Deco Ensemble Inc., Third Wave Volunteers Inc., and United Way Miami, among others. The Giving Block also brings crypto philanthropy to Miami through a partnership with The Miami Foundation for "Give Miami Day" on November 17th, allowing donors to give crypto for the first time since the event's inception in 2012. "Giving back to our community is the core reason behind the Miami Movement. Innovative companies, just like The Giving Block, are a clear sign that we are on the right track of building an economy—and a future—that delivers for everyone," said Miami Mayor, Francis Suarez. About The Giving Block Founded in 2018, The Giving Block, a Shift4 company, is turning Crypto Philanthropy into one of the greatest forces for good on the planet by making cryptocurrency fundraising easy for nonprofits while empowering donors to give Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to their favorite causes. The Giving Block currently enables more than 1,000 mission-driven organizations, charities, universities, and faith-based organizations of all sizes to accept cryptocurrency donations and helps them maximize their fundraising outcomes with strategic consulting and personal support.

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PHILANTHROPY

Abby Axelrod-Wunderman CAP Joins Fiduciary Trust International as Philanthropic Director for Family Office Services, Foundations & Endowments

Fiduciary Trust International | June 20, 2022

Fiduciary Trust International, a global wealth manager and wholly-owned subsidiary of Franklin Templeton, announces that Abby Axelrod has joined the firm as philanthropic director for family office services, foundations, and endowments. In her new role, Ms. Axelrod will assist families and nonprofit organizations across the country with board governance and dynamics, next-generation education, grantmaking, strategic visioning, fundraising and revenue diversification, and high-impact investing. Abby’s experience working with nonprofits and high-net-worth families will help us continue to enhance our nationwide philanthropic strategy, planning, and administrative support offering. We remain committed to meeting the complex, evolving needs of our clients, and enabling them to maximize the community impact they can make using their wealth.” Paul Cummings, head of family office services, foundations, and endowments Prior to Fiduciary Trust International, Ms. Axelrod served as director of charitable giving at the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. Earlier in her career, she launched a private family foundation for a top hedge fund manager. Ms. Axelrod has been a consultant to various nonprofit organizations in Florida, South Carolina, and Virginia, and continues to serve on the advisory board of Impact the Palm Beaches. She is also a member of the board of the Elite Foundation. “Fiduciary Trust International has an outstanding reputation in the nonprofit community as a trusted advisor to foundations and endowments,” said Ms. Axelrod. “I am proud to join this firm’s team of dedicated professionals as it continues to grow its philanthropic solutions.” Ms. Axelrod contributes content about philanthropy to The Daily Drip, a Florida-based media company. She earned a master’s degree from Winthrop University in South Carolina, and graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts from the University of Kent in Canterbury, England. Ms. Axelrod holds the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) designation from the American College of Financial Services. About Fiduciary Trust International Fiduciary Trust International, a global wealth management firm headquartered in New York, NY, has served individuals, families, endowments and foundations since 1931. With over $98 billion in assets under management and administration as of March 31, 2022, the firm specializes in strategic wealth planning, investment management and trust and estate services, as well as tax and custody services. The New York-based firm and its subsidiaries maintain offices in Coral Gables, FL; Boca Raton, FL; St. Petersburg, FL; Radnor, PA; Lincoln, MA; Los Angeles, CA; San Mateo, CA; San Francisco, CA; Washington, DC; Wilmington, DE; Reston, VA; and Atlanta, GA. About Franklin Templeton Franklin Resources, Inc. is a global investment management organization with subsidiaries operating as Franklin Templeton and serving clients in over 155 countries. Franklin Templeton’s mission is to help clients achieve better outcomes through investment management expertise, wealth management and technology solutions. Through its specialist investment managers, the company offers boutique specialization on a global scale, bringing extensive capabilities in equity, fixed income, multi-asset solutions and alternatives. With offices in more than 30 countries and approximately 1,300 investment professionals, the California-based company has 75 years of investment experience and approximately $1.45 trillion in assets under management as of May 31, 2022.

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