Seattle, UNESCO City of Literature: See Nonprofits Reflect the Fields They Cover

UNESCO | May 30, 2018

It is no revelation that nonprofits often take on the characteristics of the fields from which they emerge. Sometimes, the resemblance can be almost cartoonish-as in the conflict resolution center that’s always in conflict. (You know what we’re talking about.) So, this story should not come as any surprise.
Creativity as a strategic characteristic has brought together 180 cities, each placing cultural factors as a keystone component of local civic development planning. These cities are part of what’s known as the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN), with each focused on either literature, music, film, design, gastronomy, or media arts.

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NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY

Engaging Networks Launches Powerful Nonprofit Texting Tools

Engaging Networks | August 17, 2022

Engaging Networks, a globally-trusted online fundraising and campaigning platform, will launch new texting capabilities, specifically designed for nonprofits and charities. The tools leverage a Twilio integration to support bulk sending of SMS and MMS messages to opted-in supporters and keyword management. "Many nonprofits can't afford the high cost to start a texting program or have to sparse data together in siloed systems to reach their supporters, Our new tools make texting more accessible and integrated for organizations to engage their supporters in seconds." -Dan Szymczak, Senior Director of Product at Engaging Networks. The new texting tools launch later this fall, just ahead of the 2022 year-end giving season. The tools build on innovative technology already available on the platform to enable features such as one-click donations and conditional content. In 2021, Twilio texting technology helped nonprofits send 17 billion messages across 195 countries. The addition of this important feature to Engaging Networks further positions the platform as the leading all-in-one digital engagement tool for nonprofits and charities. The launch is part of a larger redesign of the platform's email suite to allow for multi-channel messaging, with an easy-to-use interface across technical levels. The integrated texting and email tools come in response to the evolving digital landscape and growing power of text as a key nonprofit engagement channel. Layering rich data with advanced features, Engaging Networks' new messaging tools are designed to help nonprofits raise more money, win more campaigns, and instantly connect with their most loyal supporters. About Engaging Networks: Engaging Networks is an innovative digital engagement technology platform with the ability to fully adapt to a nonprofit's fundraising and advocacy needs. Engaging Networks proudly works with a variety of important organizations such as The Humane Society of the United States, National Wildlife Federation, The Nature Conservancy, Human Rights Campaign, PETA and Amnesty International.

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FUNDRAISING

Point-of-Donation Platform, Give A Little reaches £10m in donations

Give A Little | August 12, 2022

Give A Little today celebrates reaching £10m in donation revenues. This is a significant milestone that reflects over 4,000 charities who have made the move to cashless fundraising with the platform, taking payment card donations via contactless, Chip+PIN and online donations. The Give A Little platform provides the point-of-donation experience for donors and campaign management for charities to set up their fundraising. The service launched in 2019 and supports charities of all sizes, including Cancer Research UK, London Zoo, and the Church of England. All charities now need technology for handling cashless donations as donors have largely moved away from cash. According to CAF's 2021 UK Giving Report, just 7% of donors used cash in January 2021, and Give A Little has seen more than a fivefold increase in the number of cashless donations being made using its platform year on year (May 20-21/ May 21/22). Give A Little's core mission is to reduce the cost barrier for charities moving to cashless and to thereafter shield them from the cost of technology change, which is increasing dramatically as new payment methods proliferate. The platform is built on a model where charities bringing in higher revenues subscribe to a Premium Account, which enables charities just starting, or micro charities who will never take much in the way of donations, to benefit from a free Basic Account. "The Give A Little team is incredibly proud to reach this £10m milestone. We set out to ensure charities, especially the smallest ones, would not be left behind by the acceleration towards a cashless society and it's testament to the team's dedication that we have built such a robust customer base in such a short time, and mainly through word of mouth. We designed Give A Little from the outset to easily accommodate changing technology and to integrate with a range of portable and fixed donation points and a choice of payment processors. This allows charities to keep up with the latest innovations while at the same time eliminating technology risks and the inherent costs of change, and helps further by removing the need for staff to be trained as experts." -Ben Stewart, Co-Founder Give A Little. Our unique model as a point-of-donation platform enables us to offer charities reliability and resilience over very long periods of time. We achieve this while also being an affordable way to get started with cashless fundraising. Additionally, we believe strongly in making the donor experience as best as it can possibly be, whether that's by offering donors a choice of donation amounts or presenting them with a visually engaging campaign screen, and that builds trust with the charity. Our specialisation around the point-of-donation experience leads to industry leading average donation values (over £10 for App donations and £40 for Web donations). We look forward to helping many more charities increase their donation revenues and to thrive even in difficult times. About Give A Little: Give A Little aims to be the most easy-to-use, flexible and affordable way for charities of all sizes to collect donations in a cashless society. The Give A Little point-of-donation platform was founded by parent company, Caution Your Blast Ltd. (CYB) as part of its commitment to using digital as a force for good. CYB is one of the UK's leading digital practices and a provider of digital service design and software development to the UK Government and clients such as IKEA. Give A Little came about after CYB worked with BT in 2016 to develop the first contactless donation solution with a touch screen - the Digital Tin. Trials of the Digital Tin were very successful, with charities like Comic Relief, Cancer Research and UNICEF loving the solution. Through this important work, CYB identified that smaller charities needed the support of a sponsor to be able to afford contactless donation solutions as the cost of entry was too high, sometimes even for bigger charities. So Give A Little was set up to drive down the cost of accessing cashless donations for charities of all sizes, as it was out of reach for many.

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FUNDRAISING,NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY

CURE ALZHEIMER'S FUND REACHES $150 MILLION IN RESEARCH GRANTS

CURE ALZHEIMER'S FUND | September 26, 2022

Cure Alzheimer's Fund, a nonprofit dedicated to funding the most promising research to prevent, slow or reverse Alzheimer's disease, announced today that it has reached an important milestone—awarding more than $150 million in research grants to many of the leading scientists throughout the world investigating the disease. Since its establishment in 2004, Cure Alzheimer's Fund (CureAlz) has supported more than 670 innovative projects led by 249 scientists resulting in 948 published peer-reviewed papers in prominent scientific journals. Many of these projects have yielded significant breakthroughs, resulting in findings contributing to new and critical avenues for development of novel treatments. "We are fortunate to work with many of the world's foremost scientists who are passionate about finding a solution and eradicating Alzheimer's disease. For 18 years, our Founders and Board of Directors have remained committed to allowing and encouraging the researchers we fund to follow the science and explore their hypotheses, There is great momentum with the research, and new discoveries are being made every day. We are honored to have been the recipients of the generosity of more than 60,000 donors who have made this research possible." -Tim Armour, president and CEO of Cure Alzheimer's Fund. Funded projects have included: The Alzheimer's Genome Project™, the first large-scale, family-based study of the human genome specific to Alzheimer's disease. A consortium testing large libraries of FDA-approved drugs and natural products to determine those that may be beneficial against Alzheimer's disease. A consortium of experts to expand our understanding of the role of the APOE gene with Alzheimer's disease. About Cure Alzheimer's Fund: Cure Alzheimer's Fund is a nonprofit dedicated to funding the most promising research to prevent, slow or reverse Alzheimer's disease. Since its founding in 2004, Cure Alzheimer's Fund has contributed more than $150 million to research, and its funded initiatives have been responsible for many key breakthroughs. Cure Alzheimer's Fund has received a 4-star rating for more than 10 consecutive years from Charity Navigator. With 100% of funds raised going to support research, Cure Alzheimer's Fund has been able to provide grants to many of the best scientific minds in the field of Alzheimer's research.

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FUNDRAISING,NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY

You:Flourish Launches Equity Crowdfunding Campaign with Wefunder

You:Flourish | September 16, 2022

You:Flourish, the first wellness and behavioral health smartphone application designed specifically for the needs of the LGBTQ+ community, has launched its equity crowdfunding campaign to the public on Wefunder, empowering people to take action and address the significant mental health crisis among the LGBTQ+ community. The app is slated to launch in the first quarter of 2023. You:Flourish's Community Round of investment is open to anyone from traditional investors to individuals making their first impact investment. For as little as $100, individuals can do their part to participate in the company's core mission and support the LGBTQ+ community. It has been a record year for anti-LGBTQ+ bills. According to the Human Rights Campaign, more than 300 anti-LGBTQ+ bills had been proposed in state legislatures by April 2022. "We need champions who will step up for the LGBTQ+ community, We talk about the rising numbers of LGBTQ+ youth attempting suicide, and we read the stories of transgender individuals who are denied health care. No matter where you live or who you know in the LGBTQ+ community, now is the time when we can make a significant impact and take action against wrongdoing." -David Kendall, a lead investor in You:Flourish's. Modeled on a behavior change framework, You:Flourish is designed by public health, wellness and behavioral health professionals and provides access to vetted, LGBTQ+-affirming behavioral health support. The You:Flourish platform allows users to customize a peer support community with shared intersectional identities, establish wellness goals, track daily habits and earn rewards for engagement. In addition to a library of resources and interactive content, You:Flourish offers a directory of vetted mental health professionals who are trained to provide culturally relevant and LGBTQ+-affirming behavioral health interventions. Mental health professionals who don't have LGBTQ+ behavioral health training and want to serve this community can receive training through You:Flourish's partner Envision:You. A nonprofit, Envision:You addresses gaps in behavioral health outcomes for LGBTQ+ individuals. Through its multiphase Behavioral Health Provider Training Program, Envision:You works with mental health professionals across the United States to address biases that exist in the field and to train providers to deliver culturally relevant and affirming care. According to Gallup, the proportion of U.S. adults who consider themselves to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender has grown at a faster pace over the past year than in prior years. Roughly 21% of Generation Z Americans who have reached adulthood — those born between 1997 and 2003 — identify as LGBT. "Seeing your identity and who you are as a person splashed across headlines and demonized by political leaders undermines the mental health and well-being of a community that's already at risk, At the end of the day, this is about saving lives, creating meaningful and life-affirming connections, and providing hope for people who have lost it." -Steven Haden Founder and CEO You:Flourish. About You:Flourish: You:Flourish is a public benefit corporation balancing purpose and profit to bring wellness and affirming resources to members of the LGBTQ+ community. The You:Flourish smartphone application is created, curated and supported by Envision:You, a nonprofit organization that seeks to close gaps in behavioral health outcomes for LGBTQ+ individuals through co-created community programming, advocacy engagement, public awareness campaigns and evidence-based training. CoPeace, an ESG holding company that invests in growing companies demonstrating social and environmental impact, is offering services including fractional C-suite support to You:Flourish.

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