RAM Veterans Foundation Fundraising costs | May 23, 2022
Ahead of the Memorial Day weekend, the Robert Alexander Mercer (RAM) Veterans Foundation launched a new initiative called "Charities For Vets," a public information campaign to encourage effective management of veterans' charitable organizations and allow well-meaning Americans to donate with confidence. In 2021, more than $960 million dollars were donated to lower-rated veteran charities -nearly triple ($350 million) sent to well-rated veterans' groups.
The RAM Veterans Foundation intends to make Charities For Vets the Consumer Reports of veteran charities. The problem is clear, and our goal is to provide facts and figures to not only divert donations from poorly-rated organizations, but also increase support and applaud those groups who are already excelling. Transparency is the best disinfectant, and by shining a bright light on the financial paper trail of these organizations, we can root out waste and abuse while better supporting the men and women who served our country so honorably."
Peter T. Metzger, Chairman of the Advisory Board and retired Colonel in the United States Marine Corps.
Charities For Vets uses publicly available information (including Form 990 tax returns) to group veterans' charitable organizations into three categories:
Four distinct metrics are examined to place an organization into one of the above categories:
Overhead percentage: must be lower than 25% of total budget
Joint accounting costs: must be less than 5% of total budget
Fundraising costs: charities must keep 50% of money raised in reported solicitation campaigns
Asset reserves: must be fewer than three years' budget
Unlike other charity evaluation platforms, the RAM Veterans Foundation uses a more strict pass/fail approach. If an organization falls short of any of the metrics, they receive an automatic "not recommended."
Founded in 2022, the RAM Veterans Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) organization named after Robert Alexander Mercer, who died on November 11, 1944 during the battle to liberate France from the Nazi occupation. The RAM Veterans Foundation is dedicated to RAM and those who have given life and limb in defense of America and our allies.
"For any American looking to meaningfully give back this Memorial Day, please join us in this effort," added Metzger. "Putting an end to veteran charity scams is a high-impact way to show support for those veterans in need."
ASG | February 24, 2022
ASG, a portfolio company of Alpine Investors that buys and builds vertical SaaS companies, announced that it has acquired Aplos, an industry-leading platform for nonprofits of all kinds, including faith-based organizations, K-12 schools, arts and cultural associations and more. Aplos provides a full suite of SaaS and FinTech tools, including fund accounting, financial reporting, donation tracking and fundraising tools, and people management. Through one unified solution for nonprofit management, Aplos empowers nonprofits to advance their missions and serve their communities.
Our goal from day one has always been to meet the software needs of the full nonprofit sector, but to get there we needed to find the right financial partner. I am excited to have found a partner in ASG that believes in the value of serving nonprofits as strongly as I do. This new partnership equips Aplos to ramp up our team, fuel our product development, and invest in the future of this incredible community.”
Tim Goetz, Aplos founder
Aplos was founded in 2009 in Fresno, Calif. after Goetz couldn’t find a simple, affordable fund accounting software for his church, where he served as executive pastor. Since then, Aplos has grown to a team of over 65 employees who are deeply committed to making an impact with nonprofit organizations. From its initial launch as a web-based fund accounting software, Aplos now includes solutions for church management, donor management, event registration, websites, and fundraising. Today, over 10,000 organizations utilize Aplos to engage over 5 million donors and supporters around the world.
Aplos marks the 44th acquisition for ASG and its first in the nonprofit software industry. Aplos will also welcome Anush Vinod as CEO, who was most recently an executive at a high-growth e-commerce business and a member of Alpine Investor’s CEO Program.
“Aplos is an exceptional platform, built by innovators who care deeply about serving nonprofits and churches,” said Vinod. “The team’s passion to innovate for their customer is a worthy and inspiring mission. Nowhere is this mission more apparent than in the products, which carry the spirit of this relentless commitment to delivering great technology. For these reasons – and many more – I’m excited to lead Aplos in its next phase of growth.”
Aplos is a cloud-based system designed specially to serve the needs of nonprofit and church organizations of all sizes. The Aplos all-in-one platform takes the stress out of finances and creating reports, streamline administrative tasks, and make giving faster and more effective. Users can fundraise with the use of online donation tools, custom communication, donor database reports and event registration. Aplos enables organizations to manage all of their financial, donation and donor information in one place.
ASG, backed by Alpine Investors, is a unique and fast-growing software business that buys and builds market-leading vertical SaaS companies. ASG believes deeply in the power of people and data to grow great organizations, and that sharing knowledge, expertise, and resources across its community of businesses drives exponential growth. Founders of leading SaaS companies continue to trust ASG to grow their businesses and build even stronger legacies for the future.
About Alpine Investors
Alpine Investors is a people-driven private equity firm that is committed to building enduring companies by working with, learning from, and developing exceptional people. Alpine specializes in investments in middle-market companies in the software and services industries. Its PeopleFirst strategy includes a CEO-in-Residence program which allows Alpine to bring proven leadership to situations where additional or new management is needed post-transaction. Alpine is currently investing out of its $2.25 billion eighth fund.
21 & Change | February 18, 2022
21 & Change, Inc. President John Bodor, Officers, and the Board of Directors announced the appointment of 10 Florida leaders to the nonprofit's Advisory Council. The organization champions inclusion, education, and human rights for children and young adults with developmental disabilities in the state of Florida.
The following industry and community leaders were unanimously approved by the 21 & Change Board of Directors at the organization's monthly board meeting on February 10, 2022:
Sylvia F. Diehl, Ph.D., President of Knowledge Counts
Rep. Jackie Toledo, Florida House of Representatives (District 60)
Mayor Jane Castor, City of Tampa
Paul Anderson, President & CEO of Port Tampa Bay
Jorge Santeiro, Vice President & Co-Founder of Lawyers Autism Awareness Foundation
Councilman Luis Viera, Tampa City Council (District 7)
Rep. Allison Tant, Florida House of Representatives (District 9)
Commissioner Ken Hagan, Hillsborough County (District 2)
Arthur F. "Chip" Diehl III, Brig. Gen. USAF Ret., Diehl & Associates
Rob Kriete, President of Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association
"On behalf of the Board of Directors and everyone at 21 & Change, it's our sincere pleasure to thank each one of these phenomenal leaders for taking the time to support our mission and champion people with developmental disabilities. Your leadership and knowledge will be a great asset to our organization, our vision and mission, and we appreciate and respect your commitment to our community and great state of Florida," said Bodor.
21 & Change champions inclusion, education, and human rights for all people with developmental disabilities. The organization believes in the value of all human lives and that all should have the opportunity to discover their full potential while in the Florida public school system and after.
The overwhelming support and guidance from many of these leaders has been and will continue to be invaluable to our board, officers, partners and most importantly, our benefactors; all people with developmental disabilities in the great state of Florida."
Clayton Clemens, 21 & Change Vice-President
Yani Bodor, Co-founder of 21 & Change and Director of Advocacy said "The collective knowledge of the Advisory Council will provide missing expertise, spur innovation, and will add a necessary level of checks and balances to always ensure our vision, mission and position is true to our objectives. And as a parent of children with developmental disabilities, I can't express my gratitude enough to these individuals who help make our programs a reality by not just educating people but creating bipartisan change on a statewide level."
One of the driving forces and most successful services provided by 21 & Change has been the IEP Advocacy Scholarships. IEP Advocates, also known as Special Education Advocates, assist parents of children with developmental disabilities to obtain special education services and accommodations in their public schools. Although not attorneys, the advocates help the parents represent the child's legal rights to a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment under the current federal and state laws. This scholarship program benefits parents and their children who could not otherwise afford the professional services of an IEP Advocate. Many of our scholarship recipients are single mothers with limited or no income who have one or more children with developmental disabilities.
Clemens, the Director of Public Affairs at Florida Internet & Television also said, "21 & Change is working with the State of Florida and Florida legislators to push for public policy change that improves the quality of life and education access for students with disabilities. Having partnerships with progress-minded thought leaders, state legislators, and community stakeholders during the current legislative session will benefit policies that address student and individual needs are enacted and upheld."
According to Bodor, last year's legislative priorities for education policy issues included a national-level push for special education funding, and the state-level Students with Disabilities in Public Schools (S.B. 192 & H.B. 149) legislation that prohibited the practice of seclusion, strictly limited physical restraint, and initiated a pilot program for cameras in our Florida ESE classrooms. This successful push resulted in Governor DeSantis signing S.B. 192 / H.B. 149 into law on June 22, 2021.
21 & Change fundraises throughout the year for the "IEP Advocacy Scholarship Program." The goal for 2022 is to increase scholarship awards to 25 or more for Florida families experiencing financial distress to offset, or fully cover their needs. The organization's annual flagship fundraiser, Champions for Change, will take place in downtown Tampa at the Tampa Movement Lab on Saturday, May 21, 2022.
About 21 & Change
21 & Change is a Florida - based nonprofit organization built upon the values of selflessness, courage, shared understanding, and partnership. The nonprofit champions inclusion, education, and human rights for all people with developmental disabilities throughout Florida. 21 & Change works in partnership with other nonprofit and disability rights organizations for state and national public policy. The organization strives for individuals with disabilities to engage in full and meaningful lives, and community support of this vision.
Rimini Street Foundation | February 02, 2022
Rimini Street, Inc., a global provider of enterprise software products and services, the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products, and a Salesforce partner, announced the Rimini Street Foundation has announced its inaugural RMNI LOVETM Grant Program, which aims to recognize the communities that Rimini Street works in around the world. The RMNI LOVE Grant Program will award five $10,000 grants to certified 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations in the Las Vegas area, the company’s hometown, before expanding to other global markets of Rimini Street in subsequent years.
Rimini Street's mission is to create equal opportunities for all and leave the world a better place than the way we found it. RMNI LOVE is here to help do just that. We are proud to launch this initiative in our hometown community of Las Vegas, and we look forward to expanding our program to show our RMNI LOVE in other regions around the world as well."
Janet Ravin, chair, Rimini Street Foundation
RMNI LOVE: A Celebration of Rimini Street’s Mission
Rimini Street has designated February as RMNI LOVE month, a celebration of the love and appreciation the company has for its “4 Cs”: colleagues, company, clients and community. The RMNI LOVE Grant Program aims to further this cause by investing in passionate, dedicated organizations that work tirelessly to uplift their communities – first in the Company’s headquarters, Las Vegas. Certified 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations in the Las Vegas area can visit the RMNI LOVE Grant Program application portal Feb. 1-28 to provide an overview of their organization and detail their local impact on the Las Vegas community. The Rimini Street Foundation will then select five winners to each receive a $10,000 grant, with winners to be announced in March.
RMNI LOVE is fueled by the Rimini Street Foundation, an organization founded in 2015 that reflects the values, hearts, and passion of Rimini Street as a company and individuals that make up its global community. The organization has helped more than 300+ charities worldwide with the mission to support humankind and share company success by investing back into the communities it serves around the world through in-kind donations, employee time, and financial support.
About Rimini Street, Inc.
Rimini Street, Inc., a Russell 2000 Company, is a global provider of enterprise software products and services, the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products and a Salesforce partner. The Company offers premium, ultra-responsive and integrated application management and support services that enable enterprise software licensees to save significant costs, free up resources for innovation and achieve better business outcomes. To date, more than 4,400 Fortune 500, Fortune Global 100, midmarket, public sector and other organizations from a broad range of industries have relied on Rimini Street as their trusted application enterprise software products and services provider.