Gout Support Group of America | May 20, 2022
A new nonprofit, the Gout Support Group of America, now stands to offer reliable information and a national support network to people living with gout. Launched by rheumatologist Dr. Christopher Parker and gout patient Gary Ho, who's lived with gout for 28 years, the nonprofit stems from a 13,000-member Facebook group of the same name.
"I know first-hand how lonely and frustrating living with gout can be," Ho explained. "There is so much misinformation out there and very few people who actually understand what gout is like."
Clear information that allows you to manage your disease can be transformative. I see that with my patients, and I see that with members of the Gout Support Group of America too."
Dr. Christopher Parker, Rheumatologist
The need for reliable information and support led Ho and Dr. Parker to begin hosting informal local support meetings near their hometown of Austin, Texas more than 15 years ago. Building upon early success, they then established a Facebook group, whose membership grew steadily.
As the Gout Support Group of America assumes official nonprofit status, Ho and Dr. Parker hope to empower more gout patients to take back control of their lives.
"People with gout shouldn't have to suffer and struggle in isolation," Dr. Parker insisted, adding, "Gary and I are committed to offering education and community to as many gout patients as we can reach."
Membership is free and open to all people with gout.
Gout is a form of arthritis that leads to sudden, intense pain and swollen joints that may become red and hot. More than 9 million Americans live with gout.
GoFundMe | May 19, 2022
GoFundMe, the trusted leader in online fundraising, announced that Margaret Richardson has joined the company as its Chief Corporate Affairs Officer. She will be responsible for building and leading GoFundMe’s corporate affairs team consisting of government relations, public policy, and corporate communications. Richardson will join the company’s executive team, reporting to and working closely with CEO Tim Cadogan.
Richardson has decades of experience in both the public and private sectors, most recently Director of Trust & Safety for Services at Apple overseeing initiatives focused on personal safety, account integrity, and content standards. She has spent the last six years helping fast-growing technology companies scale and operate responsibly in current and new markets. Prior to Apple, Richardson held senior leadership positions at Airbnb for four years, guiding the company through regulatory changes by partnering with governments and community-based organizations in more than 220 countries and regions around the world.
Prior to Richardson’s private-sector work, she served as Chief of Staff and Counselor to Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., in the U.S. Department of Justice for over six years.
The throughline in Margaret’s career is her focus and passion for building trust between companies and governments and the people they serve. Her extensive experience developing trust in both public and private sectors make her uniquely positioned for this role. As the leader of our Corporate Affairs team, she will focus on ensuring we operate with consistency and clarity in service of our mission to help people help each other.”
Tim Cadogan, GoFundMe CEO
“GoFundMe exists to help people help each other - strengthening communities all around the world. The support that our platform enables transforms individuals’ lives and communities for the better. It is hard to imagine a service more urgent or important at this moment in history,” said Margaret Richardson. “As the company continues to grow internationally, I look forward to partnering with local, regional and national governments, advocacy organizations, and consumers so that together, we can help more people to help each other.”
Richardson joins the company at an important time as world events are increasingly reflected in how people use GoFundMe. For example, more than $100 million has been raised for Ukraine humanitarian aid from nearly 725,000 donors globally. Since 2010, the GoFundMe community has raised more than $17 billion for people, nonprofits and causes across the world.
Richardson is the recipient of the Edmund J. Randolph Award for outstanding service, the highest award bestowed by the Department of Justice. She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia, a Master's in Public Administration from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a Law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.
Since 2010, GoFundMe has become a trusted global leader in online fundraising, helping to raise and deliver more than $17 billion from over 200 million donations. Our vision is to become the most helpful place in the world.
UHSM Health Share | May 24, 2022
UHSM Health Share, a faith-based health care nonprofit founded on Christian beliefs and values, announced its ambassador athlete Grant Lottering, extreme endurance cyclist, international motivational speaker and Laureus Sport for Good Ambassador, will attempt his first ‘Im’possible Tour’ in the US, starting 1 June in Shaver Lake, Sierra National Forest.
Lottering will embark on a 700-mile non-stop continuous cycle from Shaver Lake to Irvine, Orange County in the fastest time possible, climbing an agonizing 63,000ft in one ride, to raise awareness and support for the Laureus Sport for Good Charity, which uses sports as a powerful tool to help children and young people overcome violence, discrimination and disadvantages.
They say adversity is merely a test which breeds success, and for South Africa’s most accomplished extreme-endurance cyclist, this has been a theme of Grant’s extreme brand of fundraising. We are proud to have Grant as a UHSM ambassador – he is living proof that one can achieve unbelievable levels of success while persevering in the face of challenges and storms. At UHSM, we affirm that caring for people and their overall health encompasses the body, mind and spirit. And as supporters of Grant’s mission and vision for inspiring others and sharing positivity across the world, we believe that his message deeply aligns with our own values. We couldn’t be more thrilled to watch him accomplish this amazing feat; he always makes the impossible possible!”
Christopher Jin, UHSM president
Lottering suffered a horrendous cycling accident during a world championship preparation race In the Italian Alps in 2013 and was declared medically dead on the scene. He suffered 22 fractured bones and extensive internal injuries and bleeding. He miraculously survived and resolved to make a difference with his second chance at life he believes God gave him. Since then, and despite undergoing 12 surgeries since 2013, plus emergency cancer surgery, he has astonished the medical profession and audiences alike with his annual extreme cycling attempts for charity dubbed The Im’possible Tour. Lottering’s remarkable story and life journey has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for underprivileged children across the world and has reached over 90 million people globally as he continues to inspire and challenge audiences to be resilient and persevere in the face of adversity.
His first-ever US Im’possible Tour, sponsored by UHSM and Mercedes-Benz Vans USA, will see Lottering ride from Shaver Lake in the Sierra National Forest, through the Sequoia National Forest, down to Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles Counties, covering most of the famous mountain roads along the way including Refugio Road, Gibraltar Road, Crystal Lake and Mt Baldy, before heading down to Irvine in Orange County. A mammoth ride that will see Lottering climbing over 63,000 feet in one continuous ride that should take him three days and three nights of straight riding to complete. The aim will be to finish on Saturday, 4 June at the Orange County Great Park Soccer Stadium in Irvine, California just ahead of the OC Soccer Club match against New Mexico United.
UHSM Health Share is a nonprofit, faith-based health sharing ministry that facilitates member-to-member health sharing among fellow Christians, serving as a connector to administer medical cost sharing through its We Share programs. Christian healthcare is chosen by millions each year over traditional insurance plans, and We Share programs by UHSM stand alone as the only health sharing that offers members true prescription coverage through the CVS Caremark network plus access to basic care through CVS Minute Clinic and Health Hub. We Share and UHSM members can also access care through nearly one million doctors, hospitals and specialists in the First Health PPO Network, a wholly owned subsidiary of Aetna Inc. Additionally, all members can contact the DocDay telehealth network seven days a week for diagnoses, treatment, lab orders and prescriptions related to more than 40 health conditions. Headquartered in Norfolk, VA, UHSM offers its members simple, fair, and friendly healthcare programs. The UHSM mission is to help Christian families fulfill their God-given purpose to care for one another, foster holistic wellbeing, and positively impact our communities in need.
Engaging Networks | August 17, 2022
Engaging Networks, a globally-trusted online fundraising and campaigning platform, will launch new texting capabilities, specifically designed for nonprofits and charities. The tools leverage a Twilio integration to support bulk sending of SMS and MMS messages to opted-in supporters and keyword management.
"Many nonprofits can't afford the high cost to start a texting program or have to sparse data together in siloed systems to reach their supporters, Our new tools make texting more accessible and integrated for organizations to engage their supporters in seconds."
-Dan Szymczak, Senior Director of Product at Engaging Networks.
The new texting tools launch later this fall, just ahead of the 2022 year-end giving season. The tools build on innovative technology already available on the platform to enable features such as one-click donations and conditional content. In 2021, Twilio texting technology helped nonprofits send 17 billion messages across 195 countries. The addition of this important feature to Engaging Networks further positions the platform as the leading all-in-one digital engagement tool for nonprofits and charities.
The launch is part of a larger redesign of the platform's email suite to allow for multi-channel messaging, with an easy-to-use interface across technical levels. The integrated texting and email tools come in response to the evolving digital landscape and growing power of text as a key nonprofit engagement channel.
Layering rich data with advanced features, Engaging Networks' new messaging tools are designed to help nonprofits raise more money, win more campaigns, and instantly connect with their most loyal supporters.
About Engaging Networks:
Engaging Networks is an innovative digital engagement technology platform with the ability to fully adapt to a nonprofit's fundraising and advocacy needs. Engaging Networks proudly works with a variety of important organizations such as The Humane Society of the United States, National Wildlife Federation, The Nature Conservancy, Human Rights Campaign, PETA and Amnesty International.