Nonprofits can apply for grants and learn about new innovative tool

Marietta Daily Journal | January 07, 2019

The Cobb Community Foundation staff is offering 2019 Cobb Community Impact Grant overview and training to help nonprofit organizations learn more about this grant and the application process. Participants can choose between two sessions Jan. 22 and Jan. 24 from 9 to 11 a.m. Both sessions will be held at in the community room of the Cobb Chamber building, 240 Interstate North Parkway in the Cumberland area. In April, foundation staff will award $100,000 in Cobb Community Impact Grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 each.

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The FinOps Foundation Announces AIA as a Premier Member

FinOps Foundation | September 12, 2022

The FinOps Foundation, a part of The Linux Foundation's non-profit technology consortium focused on advancing the people and practice of cloud financial management, announced today that insurance giant, AIA Group, is joining as a Premier Member company. As part of AIA's Premier Membership, Keith Austin, Associate Director of Cloud Services, leading the Cloud Centre of Excellence at AIA, will join the FinOps Governing Board as a voting member to help craft Foundation strategy and direction. The Governing Board sets the strategy of the program, including where to invest resources and funds in support of the Technical Advisory Council's work. For more than a century, AIA has strived to make a significant, positive impact for customers and communities across Asia. As the largest independent publicly listed pan-Asian life insurance group—with a presence in 18 markets across Asia—how it evolves impacts millions of people every day. Amid the growth of cloud computing, AIA's transition to the cloud has been enormous, increasing cloud adoption to 78%, ahead of the global average in the financial services and insurance industry. FinOps teams and practices enable companies to gain greater control over their cloud spend forecasting and migration planning. FinOps is now practiced in every major industry and AIA will lead the early growth of FinOps in the Asia-Pacific region, which is following North America and Europe in FinOps adoption, research shows. "The common thread that unites our Technology, Digital, Analytics (TDA) team is that everybody is an expert in their respective fields. We bring together the best providers and hire top talent, and we empower our teams to build frictionless, world-class systems and products. This will now include the FinOps Foundation, By leveraging the power of TDA to transform into a customer-centric, world-class digitally-enabled insurer, we enhance our resilience and abilities to capture the growth opportunities. This also deepens our purpose to help millions of people in Asia to live healthier, longer, better lives." -Marcel Malan, AIA Group's Head of Group IT Operations. AIA's cloud first strategy is a fundamental pillar for AIA to be able to scale and modernize with the needs of customers, agencies and distributors, and it leads its peers in Asia in doing so. "AIA's rapid cloud adoption takes courage, leadership and a committed team and partnership, We welcome AIA as a Premier Member. Its commitment to evolve to the cloud computing world is an example of how all companies, whether deeply established or brand new, can and must take advantage of technological advances to better meet their customer needs and stay ahead of competitors. AIA's membership in the FinOps Foundation will be a huge asset to the larger FinOps community as we develop and instill best practices across industries and continents." -J.R. Storment, Executive Director of the FinOps Foundation. The FinOps Foundation has continued its rapid expansion. It now serves over 7,500 community members from more than 2,500 organizations. End user members gain exposure in the FinOps community, have easy access to training and enhanced recruitment opportunities - accelerating the adoption, and are coached on the development of their FinOps practices. The latest FinOps Foundation research indicates that large companies will continue to adopt FinOps, due to the complexity of their cloud environments, reporting requirements and the sheer number of disparate teams requiring collaboration. Also, the research found that financial services and IT industries practice FinOps most, followed by other industries. About the FinOps Foundation: The FinOps Foundation (F2) is a non-profit trade association made up of FinOps practitioners around the world including Atlassian, Autodesk, Gannett, HERE Technologies, Just Eat, Nationwide and Spotify. Grounded in real world stories, expertise, and inspiration for and by FinOps practitioners, the FinOps Foundation is focused on codifying and promoting cloud financial management best practices and standards to help community members and their teams become better at cloud financial management. About AIA Group: AIA Group Limited and its subsidiaries (collectively "AIA" or the "Group") comprise the largest independent publicly listed pan-Asian life insurance group. It has a presence in 18 markets – wholly-owned branches and subsidiaries in Mainland China, Hong Kong SAR(1), Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan (China), Vietnam, Brunei and Macau SAR(2), and a 49 per cent joint venture in India. The business that is now AIA was first established in Shanghai more than a century ago in 1919. It is a market leader in Asia (ex-Japan) based on life insurance premiums and holds leading positions across the majority of its markets. It had total assets of US$340 billion as of 31 December 2021. AIA meets the long-term savings and protection needs of individuals by offering a range of products and services including life insurance, accident and health insurance and savings plans. The Group also provides employee benefits, credit life and pension services to corporate clients. Through an extensive network of agents, partners and employees across Asia, AIA serves the holders of more than 39 million individual policies and over 16 million participating members of group insurance schemes.

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Onepak Signs Digitunity's Corporate Pledge to End Digital Divide

Digitunity | September 07, 2022

Digitunity, a national nonprofit organization that connects low-income people with the computer donations they need, today announced that Onepak has signed The Corporate Pledge to End the Digital Divide as a Cornerstone Partner in the quest to improve digital equity throughout the country. Since the mid-1980s, Digitunity, its predecessor organization, and community partners have placed hundreds of thousands of computers with people in need. Providing that technology is essential for helping people to succeed in school, participate in the economy, and improve their communities. "We're thrilled to have an organization like Onepak, with its foresight, social consciousness, and reach, join us in our mission to close the digital divide, With Onepak as a partner, we'll be able to elevate the issue, accelerate our efforts, and help more community-based organizations obtain the technology they need for their constituents." -Scot Henley, Executive Director of Digitunity. Onepak is a logistics technology company whose software platform and services facilitate the return, reuse, and recycling of IT and other hardware assets. As organizations of all sizes focus increasingly on sustainability, Onepak can track and report the impact of ESG efforts and help facilitate Digitunity's mission at the same time. Onepak is uniquely positioned to redirect the flow of used IT assets toward organizations that address digital equity in the U.S. "As a company committed to bending the supply chain into a circle with sustainability at the core of our mission, partnering with Digitunity not only makes sense as a business but aligns with our values entirely, We're eager to turn this pledge into genuine action to close the digital divide in our society to the betterment of everyone involved." -Steve Andon, CEO and Co-founder of Onepak. An estimated 36 million people in the U.S. don't have a computer at home, and tens of millions of households lack access to basic technology most people take for granted, including reliable internet access, a computer, and the skills to use digitally-connected devices. The problem disproportionately affects communities of color, but persists across all boundaries. This disparity between resourced and under-resourced communities is known as the "digital divide." It permeates into every aspect of life, creating educational, economic, and career disenfranchisement. Children are unable to complete homework. Parents cannot search for and apply for jobs. Families are cut off from access to community services. Through the Corporate Pledge to End the Digital Divide, Digitunity hopes to align the support and collective voice of influential, resourceful organizations in business, government, education, philanthropy, and community organizations with the passion and dedication of their Digital Opportunity Network, which includes nearly 1,500 frontline, community-level groups. The solution to expanding device ownership cannot be to simply buy new devices. Instead, a sustainable, long-term solution is to shift the way corporate IT assets are handled at end of life, according to Susan Krautbauer, Senior Director of Strategy and Development at Digitunity. This decommissioned technology, repurposed for community support, can make owning a computer more attainable for more people. Technology reuse is a practical, environmentally friendly solution for expanding device ownership. This national-scale gap in opportunity is multi-faceted and pervasive. It results from a number of interwoven, systemic issues. Solving it will require building and expanding collaborations on a similar scale. It is the reason Digitunity launched the Corporate Pledge to End the Digital Divide. Because of the nature of this issue, we believe fostering collaboration and relationships between entities throughout the community, businesses, service providers, community leaders, volunteers, government representatives, academics, and the media is critical for creating an inclusive future, said Krautbauer. No one organization can do this alone. But together, we can ensure underrepresented, marginalized people have access to the technology they need to thrive in the modern economy. The four pillars of Digitunity's pledge are: Access to Technology - People must have access to secure, reliable, and connected large-screen devices to work, learn, and develop the skills they need. Digital Skills & Education - Digital literacy is fundamental to education, finance, employment, telehealth, communication, security, community, and efficiency. Community Engagement & Impact - Those in need benefit most from engaged people and organizations in their communities. Those systems need to enable and sustain impact. Achieving Change - There is a direct line from racial inequity to poverty, and poverty to the digital divide. The corporate sector is a critical partner in developing innovative solutions that can benefit marginalized communities while having broad societal benefits. Each organization that commits to the Corporate Pledge to End the Digital Divide is: Provided ongoing opportunities for active participation and engagement to bolster desired outcomes. Receiving access to a variety of tools, resources, research, and thought-leadership opportunities. Recognized by name and organization on the Corporate Pledge webpage on the Digitunity website. Included in a quarterly press release announcing new organizations that join. Featured in promotional and media campaigns to promote overall participation and adoption. We're thrilled with the commitments we've received so far. We welcome everyone who wants to join in the coming months, adds Krautbauer. Together, we can move beyond incremental change to create a future where everyone can thrive in education, employment, and connectedness. About Digitunity: Since the 1980s, Digitunity has advanced digital inclusion by connecting donors of technology with organizations serving people in need. Our mission is to ensure everyone who needs a computer has one, along with robust internet connectivity and digital literacy skills. About Onepak: Onepak bends the traditional linear supply chain into a sustainable circle. ReturnCenter, the company's online carbon-neutral logistics platform, connects shippers, receivers, carriers, and their enterprise management tools on one scalable system. The platform delivers complete visibility into the chain of custody, access to a flexible network of over 400 trained logistics partners covering every U.S. zip code, and numerous tracking and reporting capabilities. As a demonstration of Onepak's focus on being an authentic ESG-driven company, the company has sustainably executed more than two billion pounds of product returns for a global customer base that features leading organizations like Dell, IBM, United Technologies, Carrier, Diebold, General Motors, Toyota, US Bank and DLL Group.

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Natural Grocers® Honors Organic Month in September with Beyond Pesticides Fundraiser

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage | September 01, 2022

Natural Grocers®, known as the nation's Organic Headquarters®, honors Organic Month with a fundraiser for Beyond Pesticides throughout September. Customers will have an opportunity to support the retailer's goal of raising $100,000 for the grassroots organization with donations at the register and a portion of proceeds from the sales of themed reusable shopping bags. Additionally, Natural Grocers will focus its monthly community educational efforts, discounts, samples and giveaways on the organic food movement. ORGANIC HEADQUARTERS: Natural Grocers first introduced itself as the nation's "Organic Headquarters" in September of 2016 to honor the company's longtime history as leaders in the organic movement. The grocery retailer sells only 100% USDA certified organic produce and has been active since its founding in promoting and protecting the integrity of the organic label. All stores are Certified Organic Food Handlers and are inspected annually by an organic certifying agency to ensure they are only using organic-approved processes and cleaning products. This certification, plus the company's commitment to selling only 100% Certified Organic Produce, helps to ensure its integrity from farm to basket to table. Six years later, the company continues its quest to be a national industry model for organic advocacy with customer education and its support for Beyond Pesticides. BEYOND PESTICIDES FUNDRAISER: Beyond Pesticides is a 501(c)3 nonprofit advocacy and grassroots organization that aims to protect public health and the environment by leading the transition to a world free of toxic pesticides. Throughout September, customers can join Natural Grocers in directly contributing to Beyond Pesticides' critical mission of creating synthetic pesticide-free local parks and playing fields. Organic practices mean a healthier food supply – a principle Natural Grocers has been championing since 1955. "As we face existential health and environmental threats from fossil fuel-based pesticides and fertilizers, organic food production and land management provide a real solution, Our partnership with Natural Grocers during Organic Month and year-round is powerful in advancing needed change because organic supporters play a critical role through organic purchasing decisions and support of community efforts to manage parks and playing fields organically. This contributes to safer food production and healthier communities, while protecting our air, land, water, and biodiversity and fighting the climate crisis. Though we're active in our advocacy efforts year-round, we place special emphasis on Organic Month, to recognize and praise our organic supporters!" -Jay Feldman, executive director of Beyond Pesticides. Natural Grocers aims to raise $100,000 in September for the Organic Parks Project with Beyond Pesticides with the following in-store fundraising opportunities: Natural Grocers will donate $1.00 to Beyond Pesticides for every limited-edition Organic Month reusable shopping bag sold (retail $1.99). For every Ladybug Zip Pouch sold (retail $2.99), Natural Grocers will donate $2 to Beyond Pesticides. Customers will have the opportunity to make contributions to Beyond Pesticides ($1, $5 or $10) upon checkout at any one of Natural Grocers' 163 store locations nationwide. GO ORGANIC WITH NATURAL GROCERS: Natural Grocers' Founding Principle of Nutrition Education includes empowering its communities to make informed decisions about their environmental impact. Natural Grocers will be educating customers on environmentally conscious practices in-store, online and on social media related to food, farming and soil health. ABOUT BEYOND PESTICIDES: Beyond Pesticides is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C, which works with allies in protecting health and the environment with science, policy, and action to lead the transition to a world free of toxic pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.

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FreeWill's Crypto for Charity Platform Announces Zero Fees for Donations of All Cryptocurrency

FreeWill | August 24, 2022

FreeWill, a social-good enterprise at the nexus of philanthropy and estate planning, today announced that its Crypto for Charity platform will eliminate transaction fees for real-time donations of cryptocurrency to support nonprofit causes, lowering fees on donations made through Crypto for Charity's website, www.cryptoforcharity.io from 3.95% to zero, effective immediately. "We're incredibly excited to announce that we've become the first to zero among our competitive set as it pertains to transaction fees when donating crypto. One of our foremost commitments is listening to our customers and acting on feedback, and what we've heard from crypto owners is that donating crypto should be free. Having raised more than $6 billion in philanthropic gifts with free tools in estate planning and real-time giving, we're proud to offer a non-fee platform for cryptocurrency. Now, donating crypto via our platform is more cost-effective than making a donation with a credit card. Democratizing access to estate planning and philanthropy are core to the FreeWill brand and we're proud to continue to be leaders here mere months after jumping into the crypto space." -Patrick Schmitt, co-CEO of FreeWill. Crypto for Charity is an online platform developed by FreeWill, which empowers both donors and nonprofits to do the most good for the people and causes they love. In the same way FreeWill allows anyone to donate stocks in real-time or to leave a bequest to their favorite charity while creating a will, Crypto for Charity empowers donors to easily donate appreciated crypto, as well as NFT drop proceeds, in a tax-advantaged manner through easy-to-use tools. This includes the ability to integrate donations directly from smart contracts for NFT drops, as well as Cause Funds that enable donors to give to multiple organizations at once that are united around similar causes – all within a single transaction, and all zero-fee. Crypto for Charity, through which crypto owners can donate to more than 55,000 American nonprofits, launched in December 2021 to help make it easier for nonprofits to accept crypto donations, given that more than 90% of nonprofits lacked a crypto solution at a time of increasing interest. Since the launch, high demand has led FreeWill to invest significantly in hosting hundreds of crypto donation sites for its nonprofit partners. In addition to the Crypto for Charity platform, FreeWill also offers nonprofits a Bequest Tool for legacy giving, a Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCD) Tool to fundraise in real-time from IRAs, and a Stock Gifts Tool for appreciated stock holdings. About FreeWill: FreeWill is a social-good enterprise offering online tools that empower Americans to address commonly faced estate planning needs and make charitable donations in tax-advantaged ways, all for free. FreeWill also features a charitable giving platform that makes it easier for nonprofit fundraising teams to unlock transformational non-cash gifts. Through its partnerships with 1,000+ nonprofits who understand that major gifts often are part of estate plans, the company is also able to provide a comprehensive suite of estate planning and related tools to consumers free of cost. To date, FreeWill has generated more than 6 billion in planned and real-time gifts for more than 10,000 nonprofits while helping more than 600,000 consumers create wills and plan their estates.

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SimpleFund is a fundraising technology platform designed to help you raise money for your school or nonprofit without spending any of your own money or having the burden of trying to sell something to achieve that goal. Most people are not equipped to raise money through straight sales and donating money out of your own pocket to all of the organizations you care about can become expensive. Very simply, SimpleFund allows you to raise money for your school or nonprofit by doing things you already do everyday: Reading Articles, Installing Mobile Applications, Watching Videos and Taking Surveys. Every time you complete one of these actions, you raise money for your selected school or nonprofit. That's it! If you have 5 minutes, you can raise money for your school or nonprofit.

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