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.
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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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.
Nonprofit Finance Fund | June 30, 2022
Nonprofit Finance Fund is thrilled to announce Aisha Benson as its next CEO and President.
Benson, a leader with a substantial track record advancing racial equity in community development finance, was selected after an extensive nationwide search and brings exceptional industry expertise, deep networks, and a passion for social justice to the position. She will be NFF's third permanent CEO and President in its 42-year history.
Aisha is the right leader at the right time to support NFF's efforts to help mission-driven organizations achieve communities' aspirations. Her vision, experience and relationships are an exciting match as NFF continues its tremendous growth."
Henry A. J. Ramos, NFF Board Chair
Benson will start on August 8, and will be based in New York. She joins NFF from TruFund Financial Services, where as Executive Vice President and COO she was instrumental in developing strategy, securing new business, fundraising, and overseeing lending and tax credit services.
Benson serves on several key industry boards, including the Opportunity Finance Network, NMTC Coalition (Board Chair) and New York CDFI Coalition (founding member and Vice President). She also serves on the advisory boards of the Community Development Entities of US Bank and Coastal Enterprises.
"NFF has earned a reputation for challenging status-quo finance and philanthropy and advocating for the nonprofits we rely on for so much," said Benson. "I look forward to leveraging my industry expertise and lived experience to further hone NFF's strategy and approach to integrating the flow of capital and advisory services in ways that maximize community collaboration and create transformational, sustainable outcomes for communities of color."
Benson takes the helm from NFF interim CEO and President Trella Walker, who along with Executive Transition Team colleagues Kristin Giantris and Andrea Briscoe has been leading NFF since June 2021 when longtime CEO Antony Bugg-Levine announced his planned departure.
Over the past ten years, NFF has increased its loan portfolio by 400 percent, built a diverse team with a broad range of expertise, and accrued $54 million in net assets without donor restrictions (as of Dec. 2021) to invest in its mission. Recent initiatives including the Strategic Innovation Fund, COVID-19 recovery zero-interest loan funds, the State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey, and Rising Together exemplify NFF's commitment to using its assets and resources in service of community-based nonprofits, particularly those led by and serving people of color.
As Walker moves on from NFF she will continue her longstanding consulting practice focused on strategy and impact, organizational change management, and DEI (diversity, equity, inclusion) and belonging—all areas of deep expertise she drew on to help NFF navigate a season of transition.
"It has been a true honor to help move NFF forward by strengthening our ability to serve communities of color with staff and resources aligned with our strategy and now Aisha can advance our commitment with great fervor and fortitude," said Walker. "I am excited to see NFF's next chapter."
"We are deeply grateful to Trella and the Executive Transition Team for skillfully guiding NFF in bold pursuit of its strategy, and know that other mission-driven organizations will benefit from her sage counsel," said Ramos. "To be in such a strong position, especially amid more global changes in our field and in the world, is a testament to the skill and determination of this team in service of NFF's mission."
Benson was selected as part of a comprehensive, nationwide search led by NPAG in partnership with NFF's board.
About Nonprofit Finance Fund
Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) 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.
MB2 Dental | July 15, 2022
The dental partnership organization, MB2 Dental, has launched its own charitable Foundation – The MB2 Family Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit with a mission to provide financial assistance to its 5,000 plus employees in the event they experience unforeseen, life-altering hardships such as natural disasters, extended illnesses, injuries, and more. Team members may nominate themselves or others for consideration for a monetary donation.
The work of the Foundation will also include providing donations to local charities and organizations at the request of MB2 Dental's doctor partners and employees.
The Foundation thrives through the generosity of its team members. Funding for the Foundation will come from MB2 Dental's doctor partners and team members through optional paycheck deductions and other fundraising events.
"The number one priority of any family is to take care of each other; this is our dental family, With affiliated practices in over 35 states, supporting our doctor partners and their teams in any way possible is a top priority. The individuals who make up our MB2 family have always been ready to jump into action and help one another without hesitation. The Foundation allows us to streamline this."
-Dr. Chris Steven Villanueva CEO and Founder, MB2 Dental.
MB2 Dental's previous charitable initiatives include annual doctor-led mission trips and donating to local organizations such as the North Texas Food Bank, The Genesis Women's Shelter, and Salvation Army. MB2 Dental also annually conducts The Elves Initiative, a cause led by Dr. Villanueva encouraging MB2 Dental home office employees to nominate coworkers, family, friends, and neighbors for financial assistance around the holidays. The success and growth of the Elves Initiative served as inspiration for the MB2 Family Foundation.
About MB2 Dental-
Dallas, Texas-based MB2 Dental is a first-of-its-kind Dental Partnership Organization (DPO) founded and led by dentist and entrepreneur CEO Dr. Chris Steven Villanueva, with a mission to empower dentists to preserve their profession. Since its founding in 2007, MB2 has partnered with hundreds of dentists to help them stay in the driver's seat as they maximize their talents, connect as part of a community and build exceptional wealth. MB2 currently partners with dentists and specialists in more than 35 states.