New Survey Will Illuminate the Promise and Peril of Government Contracts with Nonprofits

The Nonprofit Quarterly | August 23, 2017

NPQ closely examined the bankruptcy of the Federation Employment and Guidance Service in 2015, better known as FEGS, including this update a few weeks ago. Writing for NYN Media, Michelle Jackson, the New York Human Services Council’s deputy director and general counsel, informs us of a new HSC report on how this behemoth nonprofit human services provider with an annual budget of $250 million failed and closed.

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David L. Thompson, Vice President of Public Policy, discusses the National Council of Nonprofits' position on nonprofits and nonpartisanship.


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NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT

Ready, Set, Bring Joy! Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation Announces Third Annual Dunkin’ JOY Run to Support Kids Battling Hunger and Illness

Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation | May 13, 2022

The Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation is calling on Dunkin’ fans nationwide to lace up their sneakers to bring joy to kids with every step this June. The Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation announced it is hosting its third annual Dunkin’ JOY Run, a virtual month-long challenge to support its mission to bring joy to kids battling hunger or illness. The program takes place June 1 through June 30, and Dunkin' fans are invited to participate and get active by running or walking toward fundraising and mile marker challenges to help support local children’s hospitals and hunger relief organizations through the Foundation. The runners and walkers can register to participate in the 2022 Dunkin’ JOY Run. Participants can create their own fundraising page and invite friends and family to join in the fun. Runners and walkers are encouraged to set mileage and fundraising goals and will be recognized along the way for these milestone achievements with prizes including Dunkin’ JOY socks, water bottles, backpacks and more! The Foundation encourages runners and walkers of all fitness levels to get involved for a great cause. To participate in the challenge, runners and walkers will register with a group based on their level of commitment. Starting June 1, runners and walkers will need to log into their Participant Portal to record their miles daily using the Mile Tracker Tool. Dunkin’ VIP Runner ($100): For runners or walkers who set a goal of completing and tracking 100 miles. This group will be eligible for fundraising incentives. Dunkin’ VIP Runners will receive an event t-shirt and an official Dunkin’ Runner hat. Dunkin’ Runner ($65): For runners or walkers who set a goal of completing and tracking 100 miles. This group will be eligible for fundraising incentives and will also receive an event t-shirt. Original Brew Crew ($35): For people of all abilities. This group is eligible for fundraising incentives. Munchkin Milers ($10): For younger walkers and runners. Our team is thrilled to announce our third annual Dunkin’ JOY Run. We invite fans to join us out in communities across the country to support kids facing hunger or illness. We’ve designed this event so that people of all fitness levels can participate and stay active for a great cause – it’s a Joy Run, not a race. It’s been incredible to see the support and generosity from runners and walkers over the past two Dunkin’ JOY Runs, and we are excited to make an even bigger impact this year.” April McGonnigal, Director of Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation The virtual event follows last year’s Dunkin’ JOY Run challenge where 924 participants logged more than 90,000 miles collectively across 40 states, raising over $186,000 for the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation to support health and hunger relief grants for local organizations nationwide. About the Dunkin' Joy in Childhood Foundation The Dunkin' Joy in Childhood Foundation, the charitable foundation supported by Dunkin' and the generosity of its franchisees, guests, vendor partners and employees, provides the simple joys of childhood to kids battling hunger or illness. The Foundation partners with food banks, children's hospitals and nonprofit organizations to fund joyful environments and joyful experiences for kids when they need it most. Since 2006, the Joy in Childhood Foundation has granted more than $40 million to hundreds of national and local charities across the country.

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FUNDRAISING

Warm Up America!'s 30th anniversary fundraising campaign ends a success

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.

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FUNDRAISING

Community Brands Collects 7 TrustRadius Top Rated Awards

Community Brands | May 16, 2022

Community Brands, the leading provider of cloud-based software and payment solutions for associations, nonprofits, and K-12 schools, earned seven 2022 Top Rated Awards from TrustRadius with multiple accolades for both its GiveSmart and MIP Fund Accounting brands. GiveSmart, the leading fundraising management system for nonprofits and schools, earned four Top Rated Awards, receiving acclaim in the Nonprofit Fundraising, Event Management, Virtual Event, and Donor Management categories. The recognition for its Event Management and Virtual Event solutions marked GiveSmart's second consecutive year with Top Awards in the two categories. GiveSmart's Top Rated Award for Donor Management came before the full implementation of SimplyFundraisingCRM, which it acquired in March to further strengthen its powerful platform. These awards are based directly on feedback from their customers. TrustRadius reviewers highlight GiveSmart's ease of use and scalability for larger events, as well as their helpful support staff."  Megan Headley, VP of Research at TrustRadius MIP Fund Accounting, the nation's leading nonprofit cloud-based, SaaS fund accounting software, took a trio of Top Rated Awards for Nonprofit Accounting, Accounts Payable, and Expense Management. After earning the 2022 Most Loved Award earlier this year, MIP repeated its 2021 Top Rated awards in the Accounts Payable/Accounts Receivable and Expense Management categories. MIP, currently celebrating its 40th anniversary, continues to build on a history of excellence. In 2021, it garnered three Best of Awards for Feature Set, Support, and Usability attributes. "MIP reviewers on TrustRadius value the custom reporting that improves their organization's flexibility and experience with external audits, along with reliable customer support," added Headley. Since 2016, the TrustRadius Top Rated Awards have become the B2B's industry standard for unbiased recognition of technology products. Based entirely on customer feedback, the awards have never been influenced by analyst opinion or status as a TrustRadius customer. This year's Top Rated Awards program assessed 60,000+ customer reviews and chose software product winners across 501 technology categories. GiveSmart and MIP Fund Accounting by Community Brands are proud to create products that inspire such gracious feedback in our user communities. About Community Brands  Community Brands is the leading provider of cloud-based software and payment solutions to associations, nonprofits, and K-12 schools powering organizations to engage the people they serve through programs and events, raise funds to enable their mission, and manage their financial operations. The Community Brands portfolio provides the industry's most complete set of software solutions for nonprofits and K-12 schools of all sizes with purpose-built award-winning solutions. Community Brands' products are bound by a common purpose to serve the organizations that make communities a better place to live. About GiveSmart  GiveSmart is a mobile bidding, fundraising, event management, and donor management software. Our mission is to help nonprofits, schools, and foundations reach their fundraising goals while creating an engaging, exciting, and easy giving experience for their donors. All. Year. Round. GiveSmart has helped our partners raise over $5.4 billion. About MIP Fund Accounting  MIP Fund Accounting is accounting for your nonprofit's future. Designed to track unlimited funds and manage your financial books with ease, MIP is the nation's leading cloud-based, SaaS fund accounting solution for nonprofits, K-12 schools, healthcare organizations, and government organizations across the country. Our software handles the intricate financial process in a streamlined, user-friendly system. Manage your nonprofit's finances, track every fund, and follow every dollar. About TrustRadius TrustRadius is the most trusted research and review platform for business leaders to find and select the right software for their needs. Decision-makers across industries rely on verified, peer-based guidance and research from TrustRadius. Vendors engage and convert high-intent buyers by telling their unique stories through rich reviews. Over 12 million visitors a year create and engage with high-quality review content and data on Trustradius.com. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, TrustRadius was founded by successful entrepreneurs and is backed by Mayfield Fund, LiveOak Venture Partners, and Next Coast Ventures.

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NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY

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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