Nonprofit turns shipping containers into veterans' housing

Greenzone Facilities Management Limited | March 16, 2017

In the heart of this small town, on a patch of grass near historic homes and antique shops, is an old shipping container. It's like ones used in the Port of Houston, hardly a sight to behold. At least not yet.

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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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NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT

New Nonprofit Offers Education, Community for People with Gout

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. About 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.

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FUNDRAISING

SpartanNash Foundation Hosts In-Store Fundraiser to Benefit Military Heroes

SpartanNash | July 01, 2022

Food solutions company SpartanNash is proud to join forces with store guests in its annual companywide fundraising campaign to support military servicemembers, veterans and their families. As part of a commitment to serve those who bravely serve, the SpartanNash Foundation fundraiser will run from June 29 to July 10. All money raised will be divided evenly between three nonprofit organizations – Team Red, White and Blue, Operation Homefront and Honor and Remember – providing critical funding. “Our partner organizations go above and beyond every day to serve our troops, veterans and their families who have given so much, many who have been seriously injured or have paid the ultimate sacrifice,” said Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer David Sisk, who oversees SpartanNash Military (formerly MDV), a division of the Company and a leading distributor of grocery products to U.S. military commissaries and exchanges worldwide. “We see firsthand the sacrifices our servicemen and women – and their families – make to protect our freedoms every day, and this is an impactful and meaningful way we can continue to support our American heroes regardless of where they live or the care they need within the community.” The three organizations benefiting from this fundraiser support the military community in a variety of ways, including physical and social activity, providing critical financial assistance and family services and honoring those who lost their lives defending American freedoms. “We are able to deliver upon our mission to build strong, stable and secure military families because of the steadfast commitment of supporters like SpartanNash,” said Operation Homefront Chief Revenue Officer Margi Kirst. “SpartanNash allows us to be there for our fellow Americans in their time of need after all they have done for us in our nation’s time of need.” SpartanNash has consistently been on the patriotic forefront of recognizing and identifying the needs of the military community. Through our partnership, we can broaden the message to thousands more who may or may not understand that freedom comes at a very high price.” George Lutz, founder and executive director at Honor and Remember Store guests who visit any participating SpartanNash-owned retail store or fuel center during the fundraising period will have the opportunity to donate $1, $5 or $10 at any checkout lane, or round their total up to the nearest dollar to support the three patriotic partners. Customers, and others interested in participating in this fundraising campaign, can also donate online through Fast Lane. Since 2015, the SpartanNash community has provided $1.75 million in donations to patriotic partners through the SpartanNash Foundation, benefiting veterans service organizations such as Give an Hour, Fisher House Foundation, Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. and Disabled Veterans National Foundation, in addition to its trio of patriotic partners for 2022. SpartanNash also proudly hires veterans and military-connected Associates as a military-friendly and veteran-friendly employer. About SpartanNash SpartanNash is a food solutions company that delivers the ingredients for a better life. As a distributor, wholesaler and retailer with a global supply chain network, SpartanNash customers span a diverse group of national accounts, independent and chain grocers, e-commerce retailers, U.S. military commissaries and exchanges, and the Company's own brick-and-mortar grocery stores, pharmacies and fuel centers. SpartanNash distributes grocery and household goods, including fresh produce and its Our Family® portfolio of products, to locations in all 50 states, in addition to distributing to the District of Columbia, Europe, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Honduras, Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Djibouti, Korea and Japan. In addition, the Company owns and operates 148 supermarkets - primarily under the banners of Family Fare, Martin's Super Markets and D&W Fresh Market - and shares its operational insights to drive innovative solutions for SpartanNash food retail customers. Committed to fostering a People First culture, the SpartanNash family of Associates is 17,500 strong and growing.

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PHILANTHROPY

Abby Axelrod-Wunderman CAP Joins Fiduciary Trust International as Philanthropic Director for Family Office Services, Foundations & Endowments

Fiduciary Trust International | June 20, 2022

Fiduciary Trust International, a global wealth manager and wholly-owned subsidiary of Franklin Templeton, announces that Abby Axelrod has joined the firm as philanthropic director for family office services, foundations, and endowments. In her new role, Ms. Axelrod will assist families and nonprofit organizations across the country with board governance and dynamics, next-generation education, grantmaking, strategic visioning, fundraising and revenue diversification, and high-impact investing. Abby’s experience working with nonprofits and high-net-worth families will help us continue to enhance our nationwide philanthropic strategy, planning, and administrative support offering. We remain committed to meeting the complex, evolving needs of our clients, and enabling them to maximize the community impact they can make using their wealth.” Paul Cummings, head of family office services, foundations, and endowments Prior to Fiduciary Trust International, Ms. Axelrod served as director of charitable giving at the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. Earlier in her career, she launched a private family foundation for a top hedge fund manager. Ms. Axelrod has been a consultant to various nonprofit organizations in Florida, South Carolina, and Virginia, and continues to serve on the advisory board of Impact the Palm Beaches. She is also a member of the board of the Elite Foundation. “Fiduciary Trust International has an outstanding reputation in the nonprofit community as a trusted advisor to foundations and endowments,” said Ms. Axelrod. “I am proud to join this firm’s team of dedicated professionals as it continues to grow its philanthropic solutions.” Ms. Axelrod contributes content about philanthropy to The Daily Drip, a Florida-based media company. She earned a master’s degree from Winthrop University in South Carolina, and graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts from the University of Kent in Canterbury, England. Ms. Axelrod holds the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) designation from the American College of Financial Services. About Fiduciary Trust International Fiduciary Trust International, a global wealth management firm headquartered in New York, NY, has served individuals, families, endowments and foundations since 1931. With over $98 billion in assets under management and administration as of March 31, 2022, the firm specializes in strategic wealth planning, investment management and trust and estate services, as well as tax and custody services. The New York-based firm and its subsidiaries maintain offices in Coral Gables, FL; Boca Raton, FL; St. Petersburg, FL; Radnor, PA; Lincoln, MA; Los Angeles, CA; San Mateo, CA; San Francisco, CA; Washington, DC; Wilmington, DE; Reston, VA; and Atlanta, GA. About Franklin Templeton Franklin Resources, Inc. is a global investment management organization with subsidiaries operating as Franklin Templeton and serving clients in over 155 countries. Franklin Templeton’s mission is to help clients achieve better outcomes through investment management expertise, wealth management and technology solutions. Through its specialist investment managers, the company offers boutique specialization on a global scale, bringing extensive capabilities in equity, fixed income, multi-asset solutions and alternatives. With offices in more than 30 countries and approximately 1,300 investment professionals, the California-based company has 75 years of investment experience and approximately $1.45 trillion in assets under management as of May 31, 2022.

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