RWJF Awards $6.3 Million for Community Health Program

philanthropynewsdigest | July 14, 2017

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has announced a $6.3 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in support of an effort aimed at advancing health, well-being, and health equity in communities across the United States. The grant will enable the organization to expand its SCALE 1.0 (Spreading Community Accelerators Through Learning and Evaluation) program, which originally involved twenty-four urban, suburban, and rural communities in the U.S. Part of IHI's 100 Million Healthier Livesinitiative, which provides community health leaders with opportunities to combine improvement science with transformational leadership skills to effect more sustainable change, the grant will accelerate the work of more than five hundred healthcare organizations in over two hundred communities.

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Monkey Joe’s Continues Support to Non-Profit Funding Childhood Cancer Research

Monkey Joe’s | June 06, 2022

Monkey Joe’s, an inflatable-filled children’s entertainment center of indoor jumps, obstacle courses and arcades, announces its seventh year of partnership with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), a nonprofit dedicated to funding research and better treatments for all kids with cancer. Throughout the month of June, all Monkey Joe’s locations will host lemonade stands, events and promotions to raise funds for ALSF, as well as donate a percentage of all June lemonade sales to the organization. At Monkey’s Joes, we are passionate about our longstanding partnership with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. We are honored to be a part of moving one step closer to finding a cure for a disease that affects so many children and their families. This year marks the seventh year of our annual fundraiser across all Monkey Joe’s locations, we hope everyone will join us in supporting this important organization and take a stand against childhood cancer.” Julie Arko, Director of Marketing at Monkey Joe’s Monkey Joe’s Lemonade Stand All Monkey Joe’s locations will host in-store lemonade stands to boost ALSF’s fundraising efforts during Alex’s Lemonade Days (Saturday, June 4 – Sunday, June 12), an initiative inviting supporters across the country to host lemonade stands during the nine-day period in an effort to raise $1 million for the cause. About Monkey Joe’s At Monkey Joe’s, young ones find their happy space — unlimited play on inflatable-filled jumps, obstacle courses, arcade action and a snack shack. It’s where kids play with friends, both old and new. For parents, they love the dis-connected play, as well as the perfect backdrop for private parties and unplanned outings. Today, Monkey Joe’s enjoys 14 pure-kid-fun in motion destinations around the country.

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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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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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Charles Schwab Recognized by Points of Light for Driving Social Impact in Communities

Charles Schwab & Co. | June 17, 2022

For the sixth consecutive year, Points of Light, the world’s largest nonprofit dedicated to accelerating people-powered change, recognized Charles Schwab among the 50 most community-minded companies in the U.S. For 10 years, The Civic 50 has provided a national standard for corporate citizenship and showcases how companies can use their time, skills, and resources to drive social impact in their communities and company. The Civic 50 honorees are companies with annual U.S. revenues of at least $1 billion and are selected based on four dimensions of their corporate citizenship and social impact programs – investment of resources, integration across business functions, institutionalization through policies and systems and impact measurement. Our commitment to giving back to our communities is entrenched in Schwab’s culture of service, and we are honored to be recognized again by Points of Light. Schwab is committed to meaningful community investments and partnerships that advance financial literacy and make lasting, positive change in communities across the country. The generous spirit of our employees is more important than ever as we strive to bring hope and opportunity to communities across the country.” Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, president of Charles Schwab Foundation Schwab has a long-standing culture of strengthening its local communities through financial literacy, volunteerism and community support. Through its signature financial literacy program Moneywise America, Schwab aims to level the economic playing field by making free, high-quality financial education accessible to everyone, helping to close the financial education gap that most schools struggle to address. In addition to financial literacy, Schwab employees volunteer thousands of hours annually through Schwab Volunteer Week, skills-based volunteerism programs, and other employee-driven volunteer initiatives that benefit nonprofits, schools, students, teachers, parents and families nationwide. Schwab is committed to providing financial, people and intellectual resources that support social causes that are responsive to community needs and reflective of employees’ interests. In 2021 alone, Schwab and Charles Schwab Foundation provided $10.2 million in direct support to more than 3,500 nonprofit organizations, including nearly $2.5 million in matching funds to nonprofit organizations supported by Schwab employees. Also in 2021, 4,250 Schwabbies volunteered nearly 10,000 hours to benefit local communities. “Corporate leadership and commitment to civic engagement is critical for strengthening communities,” said Natalye Paquin, president & CEO of Points of Light. “Our most recent global research shows 86 percent of people say they expect companies to take action on a social issue. Companies like Schwab are leading the way and setting an example of how you can leverage your employee talent, business models and assets to create deep impact that drives transformational change.” The Civic 50 survey is administered by True Impact and consists of quantitative and multiple-choice questions that inform scoring process. The Civic 50 is the only survey and ranking system that exclusively measures corporate involvement in communities. About Charles Schwab & Co. The Charles Schwab Corporation is a leading provider of financial services, with 33.8 million active brokerage accounts, 2.3 million corporate retirement plan participants, 1.7 million banking accounts, and $7.30 trillion in client assets as of May 31, 2022. Through its operating subsidiaries, the company provides a full range of wealth management, securities brokerage, banking, asset management, custody, and financial advisory services to individual investors and independent investment advisors. Its broker-dealer subsidiaries, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., TD Ameritrade, Inc., and TD Ameritrade Clearing, Inc., and their affiliates offer a complete range of investment services and products including an extensive selection of mutual funds; financial planning and investment advice; retirement plan and equity compensation plan services; referrals to independent, fee-based investment advisors; and custodial, operational and trading support for independent, fee-based investment advisors through Schwab Advisor Services. Its primary banking subsidiary, Charles Schwab Bank, SSB (member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender), provides banking and lending services and products. More information is available at https://www.aboutschwab.com. TD Ameritrade, Inc. and TD Ameritrade Clearing, Inc. are separate but affiliated companies and subsidiaries of TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation. TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Charles Schwab Corporation. TD Ameritrade is a trademark jointly owned by TD Ameritrade IP Company, Inc. and The Toronto-Dominion Bank. About Points of Light Points of Light is a nonpartisan, global nonprofit organization that inspires, equips and mobilizes millions of people to take action that changes the world. Points of Light envisions a world in which every individual discovers the power to make a difference, creating healthy communities in vibrant, participatory societies. Through 177 affiliates across 38 countries, and in partnership with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 5 million volunteers in 16 million hours of service each year. Points of Light brings the power of people to bear where it’s needed most.

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