Nonprofit Evicted Me and Posted False Fliers Calling Me a Sex Offender: Vet

MAG-V | February 15, 2017

A nonprofit that purports to help and house homeless veterans illegally evicted a former serviceman, put up bogus posters saying he's a sex offender and then defied a judge's order to stop locking him out of his Brooklyn apartment, court records and lawyers charge.

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Survey of US Nonprofits: The Pandemic and an Increased Focus on Racial Equity Are Changing the Sector

Nonprofit Finance Fund | June 09, 2022

The results of the 2022 State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey, released, offer new insights into the well-being of a sector buffeted by the COVID-19 pandemic, deeply impacted by racial injustice, and central to advancing the aspirations of our communities. The survey of 1,168 nonprofits was conducted earlier this year by Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) in partnership with Ambit 360 Consulting and EVITARUS. Here is what we learned about the impact of COVID-19 and how the experiences of nonprofits led by people of color compared with those of white-led organizations. As a result of the pandemic, 88% of respondents developed new or different ways of working that led to positive outcomes; 51% of those think these could be permanent changes. As the pandemic took hold, nonprofit leaders pivoted to respond to changing needs – providing home deliveries instead of communal meals, training administrators to provide direct client care, opening childcare for frontline workers, and more. Nonprofits led by people of color saw the sharpest increase in demand, and the survey spotlights the need for more equitable access to resources as communities continue to rely on neighborhood nonprofits." Jen Talansky, vice president of marketing and communications at NFF Demand is rising: 71% of respondents reported that demand rose during the last two years; 86% expect it to continue to rise in 2022, but just 53% think they will be able to meet that demand. While most nonprofits saw an increase in demand for services over the past two years, nonprofits led by Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) saw the most marked increase, with 64% reporting a significant (10%+) increase in demand, compared to 47% of white-led organizations. Adapting to demand has had a direct impact on nonprofit employees. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, 57% of BIPOC-led organizations and 45% of white-led organizations report that employees have carried out duties outside of their job description all or most of the time. "Because of systemic racism, funders need to take purposeful action to advance equity and invest in BIPOC-led nonprofits," said Shakari Byerly, Partner and Principal Researcher at EVITARUS. "We ask a lot from nonprofits, and too often, workers carry the burden when governments and foundations don't pay organizations fairly for the essential services they provide." 70% of respondents overall saw their funding rise during the pandemic from 2019 levels; 71% of all respondents received one or more Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. BIPOC-led orgs were less likely to receive federal funding in 2021 – excluding PPP, 32% of BIPOC-led orgs received federal funding compared with 46% of white-led orgs. BIPOC-led orgs were also less likely to receive corporate donations (58% of BIPOC-led orgs vs 71% for white-led orgs) or to have revenue from investment income (16% of BIPOC-led vs 33% for white-led orgs). "Our organization and the people in our communities benefited greatly from COVID-related support and funding," said Claudia Ramirez, Executive Director of The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County. "Now, emergency funding has decreased significantly, while we are seeing increased demand for critical services like housing assistance, food, and medical and dental care." Flexible funds help: 57% of nonprofits report that since March 2020, foundation funders have been more flexible with how they use funds. "It is unclear if the improvements in financial health reported at this moment represent a short-term exception due to PPP loans and other emergency funding, or an inflection point for a sector plagued by systemic funding hurdles and persistent inequities," said Larry McGill, Founder and Principal of Ambit 360 consulting. "Having seen trust-based funding work during the pandemic, it's clear that part of the answer is not just increased funding but also loosening funding restrictions so nonprofits can decide for themselves how to spend money in their own communities." Lived experience matters: 57% of BIPOC organizational leaders have lived experience that is representative of the communities their organization serves, as compared to 18% of white leaders. "The survey findings are another clear demonstration of why NFF is doubling down on our commitment to community-centered, BIPOC-led organizations," said Trella Walker, NFF's Interim CEO and President. "It is not enough to sit with declarations of change, it is time to follow the lead of communities of color and support the changes they need." Since 2010, Bank of America has supported NFF's State of the Nonprofit Sector surveys. "Nonprofit organizations continue to be on the frontlines in helping our communities get back on their feet," said Andrew Plepler, global head of Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) at Bank of America. "The results in the 2022 survey speak to how they've had to recalibrate their efforts and the vital role that public, private, nonprofit partnerships must play if we want to see long-term, sustainable improvement." In the coming months, NFF will offer additional analyses of survey data, including in late July a comparison between the 311 nonprofits who completed NFF's State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey both in 2018 and 2022 to more fully examine the impact of COVID-19 on organizational health. About Nonprofit Finance Fund Nonprofit Finance Fund is a nonprofit lender, consultant, and advocate. For more than 40 years, we've worked to strengthen nonprofit organizations and improve the way money flows to social good. We believe that alongside others we must build a more equitable and just social sector, and are committed to helping community-centered organizations led by and serving people of color access the money and resources they need to realize their communities' aspirations.

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Leading Pediatric Osteosarcoma Nonprofit Awards 350-percent increase in Research Grants at Conference

MIB Agents | June 18, 2022

MIB Agents, a leading pediatric osteosarcoma nonprofit, will award six Outsmarting Osteosarcoma grants totaling $450,000, a 350-percent increase from previous gifts, during its annual FACTOR event, June 23-25 in San Diego, CA. The research dollars will support the improvement of treatment options and outcomes for this rare cancer by investing in the researchers who are paving the way for a cure. Osteosarcoma is an aggressive, malignant, primary bone cancer affecting 800-900 people in the U.S. each year and is the most common bone cancer affecting children and young adults. This tremendous increase in support comes directly from the MIB Agents Family Funds, who make all our grants possible. It is an incredible representation of our community's commitment to partner with the scientific community, accelerate research efforts, and find a cure for this devastating disease." Ann Graham, Founder and Executive Director of MIB Agents The Outsmarting Osteosarcoma Award, $100,000 each, funding research investigating immunotherapy approaches to osteosarcoma will be awarded to: Michael Leibowitz, MD, PhD | University of Colorado/ Children's Hospital Colorado Dan Regan, DVM, PhD | Colorado State University Jason Yustein, MD, PhD | Emory University The Young Investigator Research Awards, worth $50,000 each and sponsored by Family Funds honoring their children who passed from osteosarcoma, will be awarded to: John Ligon, MD | University of Florida - granted Because Of Dylan Eunice Lopez-Fuentes, PhD | University of California, San Francisco - granted Because Of Charlotte Kristen VanHeyst, DO | University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital - granted Because Of Charlotte The FACTOR conference is a unique gathering of leading osteosarcoma researchers and clinicians, survivors, patient and bereaved families to work together toward our goal of improving outcomes for kids affected by Osteosarcoma. Part of FACTOR includes a "Headquarters" camplike experience for survivors, patients and family members. This includes a luncheon where young adults affected by osteosarcoma who are pursuing a career in healthcare are partnered with physicians for one-on-one experiences. From this session MIB Agents has seen six survivors go on to work closely with the physicians they met and pursue careers medical field. About MIB Agents Founded in 2012, MIB Agents is a leading pediatric osteosarcoma nonprofit dedicated to making it better for our community of patients, caregivers, doctors, and researchers through programs, education, and research.

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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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NABA Announces $1M CLA Foundation Grant to Grow Black Talent in Accounting

NABA | June 27, 2022

NABA, Inc., a nonprofit member-based association for accounting, finance, and business professionals announced that it received a grant of $1 million from the CLA Foundation to seed the nonprofit’s new Pathway to College program, support human capital needs, and create scholarships. “I am excited to path and pave a more just world together with the CLA team,” said NABA President and CEO Guylaine Saint Juste. “The $1 million grant allows us to design programs and services to give more young Black Business Leaders a sense of belonging that increases their propensity to choose accounting as a field of study and career pathway.” CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen LLP) and NABA commemorated their relationship in September 2021 with a first of its kind corporate sponsorship to help fuel the organization’s mission to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion within the profession. Through this work with NABA, CLA continues to increase workforce diversity and expand its pool of talent and improve the representation of Black individuals within the firm and the accounting profession. We’re working to significantly increase the number of accountants in the United States, not just for CLA, but across the industry. And we’re doing it with an inclusive mindset. Attracting and retaining talented diverse professionals is essential to the future of the profession. NABA is helping us do this within our own walls, even as we help NABA advance its programs and initiatives.” Jen Leary, CEO of CLA, one of the leading professional service firms in the United States The CLA Foundation grant was presented to Saint Juste at the NABA RECHARGE convention held in Hollywood, Florida June 21 – 24. CLA sponsored the NABA RECHARGE convention at the ”Pacesetter” level and hosted two sessions: “Be Well and Belong — Investing in Your Authentic Self” (for students) and “Living Your Inspired Career” (for professionals). “Our relationship with CLA is so much more than a dollar figure,” said Saint Juste. “From shared work spaces to strategic visioning to leadership consulting, we give each other energy and insights to continue to make headway toward our goals.” NABA’s Pathway to College program is designed to support Black high school, community college, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities students’ pathway into the public accounting and advisory profession, offering work experience along the journey. In addition to supporting the Pathway to College program over the next five years, a portion of the grant funds will be set aside to create a base for scholarships with lasting impact. CLA also plans to offer paid internships to students throughout the five-year grant commitment. These internships will provide students with real work experience to support them on their journey to becoming accounting professionals. CLA’s promise is “to know you and help you” and this includes its clients, its people and its communities. This grant is an example of how CLA is working with NABA to truly impact the Black community. “I believe the impact we have with NABA in the Black community will be replicated in the future,” said Leary. “I’ve seen our CLA Foundation contributions rise every year since inception. I couldn’t be more thrilled about the opportunities we have to support the communities in which we work and live, with equity, inclusion, and a dose of joy.” All CLA Foundation grant nominations originate with CLA team members. Since 2015, the CLA family has awarded over $6.5 million through 388 grants to organizations across the country. Learn more about the CLA Foundation. About NABA NABA, Inc. is a nonprofit membership association dedicated to bridging the opportunity gap for Black professionals in the accounting, finance, and related business professions. Representing more than 200,000 Black professionals in these fields, NABA advances people, careers, and the mission by providing education, resources, and meaningful career connections to both professional and student members, fulfilling the principle of our motto: Lifting as We Climb. About CLA CLA exists to create opportunities for our clients, our people, and our communities through industry-focused wealth advisory, digital, audit, tax, consulting, and outsourcing services. With more than 7,500 people, 121 U.S. locations, and a global vision, we promise to know you and help you.

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