Nonprofit developers oppose campaign donation ban

sfchronicle | March 14, 2017

Supervisor Mark Farrell’s attempt to regulate money in politics may backfire, as nonprofit developers are lining up to oppose what they say is an ill-conceived piece of legislation that would prevent them from spending public funds on political campaigns.

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RAM Veterans Foundation Unrolls "Charities For Vets" Initiative

RAM Veterans Foundation Fundraising costs | May 23, 2022

Ahead of the Memorial Day weekend, the Robert Alexander Mercer (RAM) Veterans Foundation launched a new initiative called "Charities For Vets," a public information campaign to encourage effective management of veterans' charitable organizations and allow well-meaning Americans to donate with confidence. In 2021, more than $960 million dollars were donated to lower-rated veteran charities -nearly triple ($350 million) sent to well-rated veterans' groups. The RAM Veterans Foundation intends to make Charities For Vets the Consumer Reports of veteran charities. The problem is clear, and our goal is to provide facts and figures to not only divert donations from poorly-rated organizations, but also increase support and applaud those groups who are already excelling. Transparency is the best disinfectant, and by shining a bright light on the financial paper trail of these organizations, we can root out waste and abuse while better supporting the men and women who served our country so honorably." Peter T. Metzger, Chairman of the Advisory Board and retired Colonel in the United States Marine Corps. Charities For Vets uses publicly available information (including Form 990 tax returns) to group veterans' charitable organizations into three categories: Highly Recommended Honorable Not Recommended Four distinct metrics are examined to place an organization into one of the above categories: Overhead percentage: must be lower than 25% of total budget Joint accounting costs: must be less than 5% of total budget Fundraising costs: charities must keep 50% of money raised in reported solicitation campaigns Asset reserves: must be fewer than three years' budget Unlike other charity evaluation platforms, the RAM Veterans Foundation uses a more strict pass/fail approach. If an organization falls short of any of the metrics, they receive an automatic "not recommended." Founded in 2022, the RAM Veterans Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) organization named after Robert Alexander Mercer, who died on November 11, 1944 during the battle to liberate France from the Nazi occupation. The RAM Veterans Foundation is dedicated to RAM and those who have given life and limb in defense of America and our allies. "For any American looking to meaningfully give back this Memorial Day, please join us in this effort," added Metzger. "Putting an end to veteran charity scams is a high-impact way to show support for those veterans in need."

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OneCause Wins Multiple Best Place to Work Awards

OneCause | May 21, 2022

OneCause, an Indianapolis-based event and online fundraising software company, was honored with two "best places to work" awards in the Indianapolis Star Top Workplaces and Indiana Chamber Best Places to Work in Indiana programs. The programs highlight Indiana workplaces with exceptional company cultures and high levels of team engagement. This is the fourth year in a row OneCause has been recognized by the Indiana Chamber as an outstanding Best Place to Work and the first time being named a Top Workplace by the Indianapolis Star. Comprehensive employee surveys and a company culture review of policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics are the main drivers in determining which companies are honored in the Indiana Chamber's Best Places to Work program. The Indianapolis Star Top Workplaces program solely uses employee feedback to determine its list of honorees, highlighting how important it is to maintain a supportive company culture centered on employee well-being. Building an exceptional company culture means creating an environment where people feel supported, where their contributions are meaningful, and their talents valued. Companies are a reflection of their people — we need to embrace the wide range of experiences and viewpoints they bring and create a safe environment that fosters learning and innovation. We spend a lot of time listening to and acting on what our team needs, wants, and expects so we can maintain a people-first culture where they can flourish. It's an honor to be recognized by multiple programs for this ongoing effort." Steve Johns, OneCause CEO In addition to the third-party surveys utilized to determine top workplace winners, OneCause regularly conducts internal employee engagement surveys. The leadership team reviews results to create programs or take positive action based on the feedback. During the pandemic, they assembled a Future of Work taskforce to address the rapidly changing needs of an increasingly distributed workforce. "It's refreshing to work for a company where my voice matters," said Stefanie Zachary, senior consultant for enablement, learning and development at OneCause. "There isn't one small group deciding what our company culture looks like — we're all a part of deciding that. Seeing one of my ideas or a coworker's feedback being turned into a benefit, committee or community activity feels really good. That doesn't happen everywhere." Some recently implemented initiatives based on employee ideas and feedback include: Work-from-anywhere opportunities to provide improved work-life balance Ongoing professional development and management training to boost skillsets and provide a clearer path for progression An expanded set of company benefits, including a sabbatical for employees with 10 years of service, paid volunteer time off and paid parental leave Employee feedback and suggestions will continue to be sought and analyzed as staff and workplace needs evolve. OneCause has grown its full-time team 79% since 2020 and plans on increasing hiring over the next year. About OneCause OneCause is driving the future of fundraising with easy-to-use event and online fundraising solutions that help nonprofits improve the giving experience and raise more money. OneCause builds technology that optimizes everyday generosity, making it easier for nonprofit organizations to fundraise and for nonprofit supporters to give. Since 2008, OneCause has helped over 10,000 nonprofits raise more than $4 billion for their missions. Headquartered in Indianapolis, OneCause is committed to driving innovation in the charitable sector, bringing together nonprofit professionals across the world for the annual Raise Conference to exchange ideas that further fundraising.

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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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2022 Im’Possible Tour Update: Day 1 for Grant Lottering

UHSM Health Share | June 03, 2022

UHSM Health Share, a faith-based health care nonprofit founded on Christian beliefs and values, updates audiences on the progress of Grant Lottering’s first Im’Possible, USA Tour. Grant Lottering pivoted early in the morning when his starting location was closed, due to a rockslide and a road closure. Grant and his team made their way to another mountain, just past Lake Huntington, CA, to start his route for the first day. Grant and his team have reported a crash from Grant, as he hit a gravel patch during a descent, but was thrilled to report that a bush supported his fall. Grant Lottering got back onto his bike and has made good progress for the first day. We left at 6:30 this morning… We’ve made it down, been riding for three and a half hours, been going good, had a crash though… Fortunately, landed in a back bush… Unfortunately, for me, ended up with a couple thorns in my butt… We all had a good laugh, it’s all going good. About to head out of Sierra Forest.” Grant Lottering Grant gave fans updates and photos via social media, particularly his Instagram. Fans can follow along and view his latest updates as they happen via his page. The path ahead for extreme endurance cycling athlete Grant Lottering includes a 700-mile cycle along the Mission Trail in California, peaking over 10 different mountaintops, acting as a metaphor for overcoming one’s obstacles in life. Lottering started his first-ever US Im’Possible Tour yesterday, June 1, with a projected finish on June 4. Grant Lottering is an international motivational speaker and an Ambassador of UHSM and Laureus Sport for Good USA. Grant Lottering also holds special recognition and / or partnership with Mercedes-Benz Vans, South Africa; Mercedes-Benz Vans, USA; Giant Cycles; Arcsona; Fitbod; Athletic Brew, non-alcoholic beer; Thrive Christian Conferences; and Pray.com, all towards the benefit of Laureus Sport for Good USA’s message of fostering youth through sport. After miraculously surviving a cycling accident requiring 12 surgeries and later emergency cancer treatment, Lottering would go on to do the impossible by completing multiple extreme cycling events for charity dubbed the Im’Possible Tours. Over European mountains and across South Africa, he continues to astonish the medical profession and audiences alike, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for underprivileged children worldwide. Lottering’s remarkable story and life journey inspire and challenge audiences to be resilient and persevere in the face of adversity, reaching over 90 million people globally. For his latest Im’Possible Tour, sponsored by UHSM, Lottering will attempt a 700-mile non-stop traverse, climbing 63,000 feet through Southern California. About UHSM 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.

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