Independent Financial Group | May 26, 2022
Independent Financial Group, LLC, a San Diego-based independent broker-dealer, donated a combined $232,500 to seven charities in 2021: Promises2Kids ($50,000); Wayfinder Family Services ($50,000); Challenged Athletes Foundation ($50,000); The Mitchell Thorp Foundation ($50,000); Just in Time for Foster Youth ($25,000); The San Diego Nice Guys ($5,000); and the Well Community For Women ($2,500).
IFG's donations went to charities operating in San Diego and in the state of California, supporting foster children, youth, and adults; children with critical illnesses; children and adults with disabilities; and families facing economic hardships.
When Joe Miller, David Fischer, and I founded IFG, we agreed that giving back to our community, quietly and consistently, would be a central part of our mission. The three of us are fathers, and our community has been good to us and to our families. We want to make sure that all children and young adults in San Diego, and in the state of California, are being raised with the support and opportunities they need to thrive."
Scott Heising,IFG CEO and Co-Founder
To date, IFG has donated nearly one million dollars to various charitable organizations.
About IFG's Selected Charities
Promises2Kids responds to the needs of foster children and those who have been removed from their home due to abuse and neglect. The Challenged Athletes Foundation provides opportunities and support for physically disabled athletes so they can pursue active lifestyles and competitive athletics. Wayfinder Family Services (formerly Junior Blind of America) offers a full range of essential services that meet the needs of people of all ages, including the visually impaired, foster youth, youth with serious medical conditions or trauma, and their families. In memory of their son Mitchell, Brad and Beth Thorp founded the Mitchell Thorp Foundation with the goal of supporting families whose children suffer from life-threatening illnesses and disorders. Just in Time for Foster Youth aims to help foster youth as they transition to adulthood, supporting their efforts to achieve self-sufficiency and well-being. The Nice Guys of San Diego have worked since 1979 to support local families who have fallen on tough times. The Well Community for Women is a San Diego-based nonprofit dedicated to serving women by offering coworking spaces, childcare support, after-school enrichment programs, and other programs and events.
About Independent Financial Group
Independent Financial Group, LLC (IFG) is a privately held independent broker-dealer based in San Diego, California. Founded in 2003, IFG provides an array of business solutions supporting more than 640 independent financial professionals across 389 offices nationwide. IFG was named among the "Fastest Growing Private Companies in the US" by Inc. 5000 in 2020, for the eighth time since 2010. San Diego Business Journal ranked IFG "#12 Among the Largest Private Companies in San Diego" in 2020. In 2022, IFG was ranked 19th largest among national independent broker-dealers by Financial Advisor Magazine, based on revenue.
Exceptional Children's Foundation | May 27, 2022
The Exceptional Children's Foundation (ECF) Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Veronica Arteaga, LCSW as President and CEO.
Arteaga will join the nonprofit human services organization effective June 1st, succeeding Scott D. Bowling as ECF's third President and CEO in its 76 years of service. She will be responsible for leadership of ECF's 15 service sites throughout Los Angeles County, 375 employees, a 20 member board of directors, and the provision of service to more than 5,000 children and adults with special needs and their family members annually.
We are delighted to welcome Veronica to ECF. She is a passionate, innovative leader with a collaborative approach and a track record of strategic success in organizational systems and service delivery. We look forward to the contributions of her leadership in the ongoing service and impact of our founding mission."
Steve Beltran,ECF Board of Directors Chair
Arteaga brings more than 15 years of experience leading and providing social services, having previously served as Chief Program Officer for Wayfinder Family Services, and Vice President, Housing Programs for St. Anne's Family Services in Los Angeles.
She is a licensed clinical social worker and is pupil personnel services credentialed (K-12 counseling), and is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Institute. She holds a Master of Social Work from University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
"Exceptional Children's Foundation has a rich history and longstanding reputation for successful stewardship and innovation in advancing person-centered services for children and adults challenged with developmental, learning and emotional barriers," said Arteaga, adding, "I am humbled to follow in the footsteps of the organization's founding President, Dr. Robert Shushan and my predecessor Dr. Scott Bowling, who have advanced the ECF mission for 76 years, and am excited to join in this tradition of leadership for the future of the community we serve."
About Exceptional Children's Foundation
The Exceptional Children's Foundation (ECF) was created in 1946 by a group of concerned parents who pooled their resources to create a daycare program for children with developmental disabilities. Over 76 years, ECF has evolved into a nationally-recognized organization serving more than 5,000 people with developmental disabilities and their families annually from 15 program sites, in homes and in the community across Los Angeles County. ECF is the only organization of its kind in California to provide a lifespan of services for children and adults challenged with developmental, learning and emotional barriers—empowering them to reach their greatest potential.
Tech Alpharetta | June 28, 2022
Tech Alpharetta, the nonprofit organization helping the City of Alpharetta to lead in innovation, announces that YARDZ has graduated from its Innovation Center.
YARDZ becomes the 20th graduate from Tech Alpharetta’s startup incubator, which opened in the City of Alpharetta in 2015.
YARDZ is a construction asset tracking platform that enables its construction industry customers to aggregate, automate, and manage the lifecycle of equipment rented or owned by those customers. YARDZ joined Tech Alpharetta in March 2020. The company has grown significantly since its founding, outgrowing its Innovation Center office, and now, headquartering in the City of Alpharetta.
“YARDZ’s team members worked long hours at our Center every day for more than two years, but they always found the time to pay it forward, by volunteering their time and expertise to other entrepreneurs and to the community,” notes Tech Alpharetta President and CEO, Karen Cashion. “We’re so happy that they’ve chosen to headquarter and grow their company here in Alpharetta.”
Tech Alpharetta provided us with so much valuable support, from introductions and connections, to mentoring and resources, along with a welcoming community of tech entrepreneurs. Headquartering here in Alpharetta was the obvious choice for us.”
Jason Perez,YARDZ co-founder and CEO
Tech Alpharetta’s Innovation Center is a thriving tech-startup incubator in Alpharetta that provides education, mentoring and other resources to its startup members to help them grow and succeed.
About Tech Alpharetta
Tech Alpharetta (previously the Alpharetta Technology Commission), the first organization of its kind in Georgia, was established in 2012 by the City of Alpharetta and is an independent, 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization today. The organization, whose mission is to help grow technology and innovation in Alpharetta, includes a strategic advisory board of Alpharetta’s leading technology companies, thought leadership events for area tech executives, and the Tech Alpharetta Innovation Center, a flourishing tech startup incubator that is home to more than 40 tech startups.
GoFundMe | June 29, 2022
GoFundMe, the trusted leader in online fundraising, announced that Greg Mrva is joining the company as Chief Financial Officer. Greg has over 25 years of experience building finance, strategy and operating teams at leading technology companies and leading investment banking teams advising global technology businesses. He will be responsible for leading GoFundMe’s finance, accounting, business operations and corporate development functions which includes Classy, a leading software platform for nonprofits. Greg will join the company’s executive team and will report to CEO Tim Cadogan. He will play an instrumental role in advancing the company’s vision of becoming the most helpful place on earth.
Most recently, Greg was the President of TPG Pace Tech Opportunities, where he led the organization's successful business combination with Nerdy Inc. Prior to TPG Pace Tech Opportunities, Greg was the CFO of StubHub where he sat on both the StubHub and eBay finance leadership teams and was responsible for financial planning, accounting, analysis, operations, management, and strategy. Greg has also held leadership positions at Morgan Stanley, Barclays and Yahoo!.
The focus and experience Greg brings to our leadership team will be invaluable as we scale our business, expand into adjacent markets, and continue to build industry-leading tools to help people help each other. Greg’s mix of financial, strategic and operating expertise will be essential as we accelerate growth globally across both GoFundMe and Classy.”
Tim Cadogan,GoFundMe CEO
“GoFundMe is a unique technology company as people rely on the power of its platform and global community during life’s most pressing moments and to provide support to each other during nearly every world event,” said Greg Mrva. “I’m thrilled to join a company that has become a household name for providing a trusted and efficient way for people to help each other and their communities as well as providing nonprofit organizations with mission critical software to unlock giving.”
Mrva joins GoFundMe during a period of sustained momentum. In May, the company announced that it completed the acquisition of Classy, the leading nonprofit fundraising software company. The acquisition creates a global leader in modern giving across B2C and B2B, unlocking new opportunities to service the nearly $500 billion U.S. philanthropic market and reach more people and organizations across the world.
Since 2010, GoFundMe has become a trusted global leader in online fundraising, helping to raise and deliver more than $17 billion from over 200 million donations. Our vision is to become the most helpful place in the world. In 2022, GoFundMe acquired Classy, which has helped nonprofits mobilize and empower the world for good by helping them raise $4 billion on its platform since 2011.