Nonprofit fires director accused of theft at previous job

WWLP.com | January 23, 2017

A domestic abuse agency has fired its new director after she was arrested on charges that she stole from her previous employer. The nonprofit group Healing Abuse Working for Change fired Rachel Morgan after police arrested her Wednesday at the organization’s Salem office. An arrest warrant charged Morgan with theft of between $2,500 and $30,000 from the Grayson Crisis Center, a nonprofit in Sherman, Texas, that Morgan formerly directed.

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FUNDRAISING,NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT

Sober October U.S. Fundraiser Challenges Americans to Go Sober and Raise Funds for People in Recovery

SMART Recovery | September 13, 2022

The Sober October U.S. fundraising campaign launched today, encouraging Americans to abstain from alcohol in October and raise funds to support the mental health of people in recovery. Individuals or teams of co-workers, friends or family members that are of the legal drinking age can sign-up in September to participate throughout October. All proceeds from Sober October will benefit SMART Recovery, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that helps people overcome problematic addictive behaviors through free in-person and online meetings, to help the organization continue facilitating change for people who want to find life beyond addiction. "We are honored to be the beneficiary of the inaugural Sober October U.S. campaign, Social drinkers who take a month away from alcohol may be surprised by the positive health effects, especially given the compounding emotional impact of the pandemic. We hope this campaign can inspire positive behavioral change leading into the commonly stressful holiday season." -Luke Frazier, director of marketing and communications at SMART Recovery. Sober October aims to support the mental health of people in recovery and provides health benefits to the fundraiser participants, including better sleep, a clearer head, and more energy. So you're not only helping others, but you're also helping yourself. It's a win-win! A national survey of U.S. adults found that excessive drinking increased 21% during the COVID-19 pandemic, which could lead to 19-35% higher mortality rates. Nearly 20.4 million Americans were diagnosed with substance use disorders in the past year, but only 10.3% of people received treatment for those substance use disorders. Interested participants can sign-up for free at SoberOctober.com and follow these tips to prepare for Sober October. Once registered, participants can access a suite of tools to support their fundraising efforts, including social media and email templates. The challenge starts on October 1 and ends on October 31, and the results are published in real-time on www.soberoctober.com. Donations can be made through the end of November. Anyone can donate even if they do not take the Sober October pledge. About Sober October U.S: Sober October U.S. is an online third-party fundraiser run by Ezy Raise Pty Ltd. that challenges people to go alcohol-free for a month in support of SMART Recovery. It helps participants to get healthy and clear their heads while also raising funds for an important cause. The campaign follows the success of abstinence campaigns in Canada, UK, NZ and Australia, which are supported and powered by Ezy Raise. About SMART Recovery: SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training) is a global, nonprofit organization that helps people overcome problematic addictive behavior through free in-person and online meetings. Founded in 1994, the organization uses science-based techniques and practical tools that have proven to be effective in helping individuals overcome addiction to drugs, alcohol, and harmful activities such as gambling. SMART has been endorsed by the leading government and medical authorities in Australia, the UK, and the U.S.

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NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY,PHILANTHROPY

Silent Donor Drives Innovation in Philanthropy with Unique Anonymous Donation Platform

Silent Donor | October 06, 2022

Silent Donor has publicly launched their online service that provides an easy, accessible way for donors to send anonymous donations to established nonprofit or charitable 501(c)(3) organizations. They are the first online donation platform designed from the ground up to protect the privacy of donors. "Growing numbers of individuals and companies, for a variety of reasons, want to carry out their charitable giving anonymously, Our platform offers the privacy and security that these donors are looking for. We're confident that our company can help increase philanthropic efforts across the nation and around the world, While the individual reasons for wanting to remain anonymous vary, the underlying gravity that holds these donors together is their desire to bring about positive change in the world through a nonprofit or charitable cause. Compared to the 2021 US online donation average, those using Silent Donor gave three times more on a per-donation basis during the same year, The benefit of privacy clearly encourages certain donors to give more to the causes they want to support." -Tim Sanders, Founder & CEO of Silent Donor. Sanders notes there are many different reasons why donors choose to remain anonymous. Some hold strong altruistic beliefs; some cite religious values. Other donors simply seek more privacy and are frustrated by constant emails, physical mail, and phone calls that come in the wake of sending a donation. Some donors also prefer to give anonymously to causes that other groups might find controversial to avoid being publicly renounced or 'canceled' for their donation choices. Silent Donor is already at work, helping people send donations to charitable organizations, and partnering with organizations to allow them to easily accept anonymous donations from their supporters. They recently became the official anonymous donation partner for United24, the global fundraising vehicle started by the President of Ukraine to provide philanthropic assistance to the country. Among others, Silent Donor also assisted in running an international anonymous donation campaign for the charity SameYou, founded by Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke. Notable exceptions to the service provided by Silent Donor include political donations of any kind, and donations to 501(c)(4) organizations. To use the service, donors simply complete a short donation form on the Silent Donor platform and write in the organization they want to receive their donation. Donations can be made via credit card, bank transfer, or Bitcoin. The donation is then sent anonymously to the charity or nonprofit of their choosing. The executive team at Silent Donor created a 501(c)(3) registered donor-advised fund called the AnonDo Fund specifically to protect the privacy of their donors. This fund is used to seamlessly send donations on behalf of donors without including any of their personal information. About Silent Donor: Silent Donor is the first and largest anonymous donation platform, with operations and partnerships across the globe. Its mission is to enable people and companies to privately donate funds to nonprofit or charitable causes, without receiving any unwanted attention from the receiving organization or from the public. Silent Donor operates through a 501(c)(3) registered donor-advised fund partner, which they specifically created to shield and protect the privacy of donors. This fund allows them to accept and send tax-deductible donations on behalf of donors without including any personal information.

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Orion180 Donates $150,000 in H1 2022 Through "Star Outreach Program," A Charitable Initiative to Support Nonprofit Organizations Across the Southeast

Orion180 | August 26, 2022

Orion180, a homeowners insurance provider leveraging advanced technology to serve independent insurance agents in the Southeastern U.S., today announced that it has donated $150,000 in the first six months of the year to various charitable organizations through the company's "Star Outreach Program," which provides support to local communities across the Southeast. Orion180 launched the Star Outreach Program in August 2021. For each new policy that the company writes, they allocate a fixed amount towards a charitable fund, which is distributed to local organizations and causes that are important to the company and its agency partners. The latest round of donations took place this August impacting eight charities nominated by Orion180 and its agency partners, including Bright Blessings, First Light Shelter, Habitat for Humanity MS Capital Area, Shannon Home of Hope, The Lighthouse Academy For Dyslexia, Mulherin Home, The Rise Center, Stone Magnet Middle School, Women's Center of Brevard, and Make a Wish (Alabama). Together, these organizations improve thousands of lives by providing support to local communities, children, and families. "We are constantly inspired by our agency partners with the time and support they give to various causes throughout their communities, Our Star Outreach Program has allowed us to further support these charities that make a real difference in the lives of those in need in our communities. We are grateful to have such wonderful agency partners whose commitment to community empowerment and betterment aligns with our mission at Orion180." -Ken Gregg, founder and CEO of Orion180. This round of donations was made in partnership with the Brightway Insurance (NC), PointeNorth Insurance Group LLC (AL), Pyron Group Inc. (MS), Riverside Insurance Agency, Inc. (MS), Southern Insurance Professionals LLC (MS), Thomas, Harrison and Associates Ins Agy, Inc. (AL), Reynolds Independent Insurance Agency (AL), and Alabama Independent Insurance Agents (AIIA). Each organization was presented with a check from its respective Orion180 agency partner. Make a Wish Alabama hosted an event in which its agency partner, Alabama Independent Insurance Agents (AIIA) and local beneficiaries attended the ceremony. Orion180 is committed to continuing its charitable giving throughout this year and expects to allocate an additional $350,000 by December 2022. Headquartered in Florida, Orion180 operates in North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Georgia with plans to continue expanding in 2022. About Orion180: Orion180 is a homeowners insurance provider leveraging advanced technology to serve independent insurance agents in the Southeastern United States. Providing a combination of human interaction and unsurpassed technology, Orion180 enables real time quoting, binding, and issue functions in a matter of minutes. The company simplifies the homeowners insurance process, providing products that are innovative, fast, and secure. Its product has an A- A.M. Best rating, which means consumers are protected even for the most severe losses.

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Burlington Stores Exceeds $10 Million Fundraising Goal to Support AdoptAClassroom.org, Benefitting Local Teachers and Students Nationwide

ADOPTACLASSROOM.ORG | September 29, 2022

The award-winning national non-profit AdoptAClassroom.org announced that Burlington Stores, the major off-price retailer offering WOW deals on customers' favorite brands for the entire family and home, collected more than $1.7 million from its customers and associates during the recent back-to-school time period. Funds raised benefitted local K-12 teachers and their students nationwide. This year's donations resulted in more than $10 million raised over the six years of partnership with AdoptAClassroom.org, benefitting over 1 million students nationwide. According to AdoptAClassroom.org's 2021 Teacher Spending Survey, teachers spent an average of $750 on school supplies out of pocket during the 2020-2021 school year, and the cost of school supplies is rising with inflation, some items by nearly 60%. According to the organization's 2022 State of Teaching Survey, 71% of teachers are spending more of their own money on classroom materials than previous school years. "Burlington is committed to the ongoing support for teachers as they continue to spend out of their own pockets on supplies for their students to better learn and succeed, In the 6th year of our partnership with AdoptAClassroom.org, we're proud to have reached this milestone in our fundraising efforts. We're grateful to our generous customers and associates who made this donation possible." -Michael O'Sullivan, CEO, Burlington Stores. Burlington has once again proven its dedication to education and supporting students within their store communities across the country, said Ann Pifer, executive director, AdoptAClassroom.org. Collectively, we've been able to showcase our appreciation to educators by providing them with funds to purchase the school supplies they need, when they need them, and better support their students. Burlington is appreciative of their customers' and associates' continued commitment to AdoptAClassroom.org, providing much needed funding to teachers so that their students can better succeed. For more information on AdoptAClassroom.org, including recent survey results from thousands of teachers nationwide, visit AdoptAClassroom.org. ABOUT BURLINGTON STORES, INC.  Burlington Stores, Inc., headquartered in New Jersey, is a nationally recognized off-price retailer with Fiscal 2021 net sales of $9.3 billion. The Company is a Fortune 500 company and its common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "BURL." The Company operated 877 stores as of the end of the second quarter of Fiscal 2022, in 46 states and Puerto Rico, principally under the name Burlington Stores. At Burlington, customers will be amazed to find their favorite brands and the latest trends at a fantastic value with fresh, seasonal items arriving regularly. The Company delivers savings at up to 60% off other retailers' prices every day on a wide assortment of merchandise including everything for ladies, men, kids, baby, along with home décor. Shoppers are sure to discover amazing finds at wow prices in store every day. ABOUT ADOPTACLASSROOM.ORG: AdoptAClassroom.org believes every child deserves the tools and materials they need to learn and succeed in school. The national, tech-based nonprofit connects donors and sponsors with PreK-12 teachers and schools to help equip more classrooms and students with school supplies. Since 1998, AdoptAClassroom.org has raised $57 million and supported more than 5.8 million students across the U.S. The 501(c)(3) holds the highest 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and the highest transparency rating offered by GuideStar. For more information, or to make a donation, please visit www.adoptaclassroom.org.

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