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Community Foundation Update (09/11/2021) | Philanthropy news


The San Diego Foundation has announced the launch of the San Diego Regional Policy & Innovation Center, a new 501(c)(3) nonprofit designed to engage government, corporations, and philanthropy and enhance the long-term sustainability and prosperity of the region. As a hub for innovative partnerships, the center will conduct research, support coordinated governmental and agency relationships, develop consensus regarding the region’s core needs, and recommend policy solutions to assist leaders in attracting federal and state impact funding and addressing issues such as improving critical infrastructure, creating stable high-paying jobs, and generating other measurable long-term socioeconomic and environmental benefits. In addition, the center will support recovery from the economic effects of COVID-19 and work to meet the needs of underserved communities by attracting funding and resources to the region; working with municipalities and regional agencies to co-design programs and pursue federal recovery and infrastructure funding; crafting policy solutions; and driving large-scale partnerships and investment opportunities.

The Wild Rivers Community and Humboldt Area foundations are helping deliver much-needed meals to Sutter Coast Hospital, the Del Norte Triplicate reports. The $30,000 grant from the affiliated foundations will help residents and county leaders work with local restaurants, food trucks, and caterers to provide prepackaged meals. Since pandemic lockdowns began in March 2020, the two foundations have awarded two hundred and forty-six grants totaling $3.3 million from their COVID-19 Regional Response Fund, most of which has been shared with nonprofits in Del Norte, Curry, Humboldt, and Trinity counties.


The Community First Foundation in Arvada and Jefferson County Public Health have awarded grants totaling more than $1.7 million to a dozen nonprofits working to improve food access in Jefferson County. The grants will support infrastructure and capacity-building efforts to build a resilient food system and ensure equitable access to locally produced and nutritious food in the county. Recipients awarded grants of between $16,000 and $300,000 include Warren Tech High School, GoFarm, Food Bank of the Rockies, and Hunger Free Golden.


The Greater New Orleans Foundation and New Orleans Saints owner Gayle Benson have announced $650,000 in immediate assistance grants to local nonprofits leading disaster response efforts in the wake of Hurricane Ida. Since activating the Disaster Response & Restoration Fund, over $2 million has been raised from more than five hundred and fifty individuals, including $300,000 in matching funds from Benson. The fund also received contributions from the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, the Baltimore Ravens and the Stephen and Renee Bisciotti Foundation, the United Health Foundation, Chevron U.S.A., the Shreveport-based Community Foundation of Northeast Louisiana, and the PepsiCo Foundation.


The Omaha Community Foundation has announced another round of Community Resilience Fund grants. Three local nonprofits serving those disproportionately affected by COVID-19 were awarded funds totaling $65,000, including Boys Town, Gotta Be Me, and the Nebraska Center for Workforce Development and Education.

New Jersey

The Trenton Arts Fund at the Princeton Area Community Foundation has awarded a total of $25,000 in grants to eight nonprofits working to make the arts more accessible to the community. Recipients include Artworks Trenton, the Trenton Circus Squad, Trenton Museum Society, and Trenton Music Makers.

New Mexico

The Santa Fe Community Foundation has announced the winners of its Pinon Awards, which recognize nonprofits for their contributions to northern New Mexico communities. Each of the four organizations will receive an unrestricted grant of $4,000. Recipients are Sky Mountain Wild Horse Sanctuary, Communities in Schools of New Mexico, the School for Advanced Research, and Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance.


The Dayton Foundation has announced that five older adults have been selected as the latest fellows for its Del Mar Encore Fellows Initiative, which deploys retired or career-transitioning older adults into the community to work on significant community issues. The fellows include Antonia Dosik (Yellow Springs Senior Center); Beth Grubb (Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Minority Business Partnership), Donna Kastner (The Collaboratory), Leigh Sempeles (Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission), and Joni Watson (Brunner Literacy Center).


The S.W. Smith Memorial Public Library distributed nearly eight hundred free healthy snacks to local children with a grant from Bradford-based McKean County Community Foundation, the Bradford Era reports. In the spring of 2020, the foundation established a COVID-19 Assistance Fund, which enabled the library to distribute the snacks at summer library events and programs such as Star Wars Reads Day, 5K Run/ Walk and Kids Fun Run, Holiday Extravaganza in July, Leap into Science Parts 1-3, Pop-Up Story Hour, Pop-Up SummerQuest, Family Fun Day, Splish Splash Day, Jeffini the Great, and Jim Ronan and the Juice Box Heroes.


The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee in Nashville has announced a first round of grants totaling $200,000 in support of eleven area nonprofits and organizations helping those affected by the deadly flooding in Humphreys, Dickson, Houston, and Hickman counties on August 21. Recipients include the Dickson County Help Center, Salter’s Chapel AME Church, Bethesda Community Mission, and McEwen Church of Christ. 


The Greater Milwaukee Foundation has announced it is conducting the second part of its virtual A Milwaukee for All series about early childhood education on September 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Rhian Evans Allvin, CEO the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and Sherri Killins Stewart, director of state systems alignment and integration and co-director of state services with the Build Initiative, will join area changemakers and others from the community to learn how to help transform the education system.

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Survey finds weakening donor sentiment in 2022 | Philanthropy news

Fifty-four percent of donors in the United States have a negative view of the direction of the country—alongside growing concern with inflation and recent losses in the stock market—signaling weaker donor sentiment in 2022 and driving near-term pessimism among donors, a report from Dunham+Company finds.

Based on an online survey conducted in April 2022 of 1,400 American donors who gave at least $20 to charity in the past year, the report, Donor confidence falters in light of economy and inflation (5 pages, PDF), found that despite a 15-percentage point increase from last year in the share of respondents saying they did not “feel good about” the direction the country was going in, 98 percent said they intended to continue giving—up from 97 percent in July 2021. The share of donors expressing caution about their giving rose modestly, to 63 percent from 59 percent. Among donors who said they would continue to give, 21 percent intended to give more (compared with 19 percent in 2021), 24 percent planned to give less (compared with 21 percent), and 55 percent intended to give the same (compared with 61 percent).

According to the report, the number of donors who viewed recent stock market losses as determinant of future giving had nearly tripled since last year, rising from 7 percent to 19 percent overall, and even more acutely among donors 45 and older: 23 percent for Gen X donors (up from 8 percent in 2021) and 21 percent for boomers (up from 6 percent). This shift is mirrored in households making $100,000 or more, where 17 percent (up from 5 percent) view the performance of the stock market as a determinant. While the report did not provide data on donors under the age of 45, it noted that boomers, who tend to give more overall, “expressed significantly less caution about giving than their younger counterparts.”

The report suggests that worries about inflation and the potential for an economic downturn are increasingly affecting donor sentiment. Over half of donors (53 percent) were unsure of the direction of the economy or believed it would decline in the coming year (compared with 36 percent last year). Among donors who expect a downturn, 92 percent believed a turnaround would take more than a year (up from 72 percent in 2021), while those believing a turnaround would take two years or more rose to 54 percent (up from 40 percent a year ago). In 2021, 74 percent of donors indicated “the economy” and “personal financial situation” as reasons for giving less. For the most recent survey, Dunham added “inflation and the increased cost of living” as a factor. All told, these three factors accounted for 89 percent of the reasons for giving less in 2022.

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Charity Of The Year: Past Winners

With the Charity of The Year nominations just around the corner, we thought we’d take you on a trip down memory lane and revisit some of our past winners. We caught up with the incredible teams at Derian House Children’s Hospice and the British Hen Welfare Trust, to find out just how much the award meant to them!

To find out more about how to nominate your charity for the Charity of the Year Award, head to the bottom of this page.

The British Hen Welfare Trust (2018 Winners)

The British Hen Welfare Trust team at the 2018 JustGiving Awards, holding their Award, presented by Lydia Bright.

The British Hen Welfare Trust were crowned Charity Of The Year back in 2018 – after making the top three, they received the most nominations and were presented with their award at a glittery awards ceremony in London.

Since 2005, the charity has been rescuing hens from slaughter and re-homing them as pets throughout the UK. Working with farmers in the egg industry, they’ve re-homed an incredible 850,000 hens to date! The founder, Jane Howorth, received an MBE for her work, after bringing about a ban on battery cages in 2012.

Jane Howorth MBE pictured holding a hen and smiling.

We recently reached out to the team at BHWT to ask them about their experience receiving a JustGiving Award.

“As a charity that is run by a fairly small team, it was simply phenomenal to be recognised by the UK’s biggest fundraising platform and we were overwhelmed to have so much support from the public who nominated us for the award.

We may be small, but we make a big impact, since 2005 we’ve saved over 874,000 hens from slaughter. To be named Charity of the Year is a testament to that hard work and the successes achieved by our staff, volunteers, and supporters around the country.

The past couple of years have been tough for all charities, including our own, but we continue to save around 50,000 hens from slaughter every year. Since winning the award, we’ve developed more ways to improve education about pet hens, built a new Hen Central, and reached new audiences internationally. Being named Charity of the Year was a great honour, and still fills me with pride.

Jane Howarth MBE
Founder of BHWT

Find out more about the British Hen Welfare Trust and donate here.

Derian House Children’s Hospice (2019 Winners)

The Derian House Children’s Hospice team celebrating with presenter Dev Griffin, after receiving their Charity Of The Year Award.

Our 2019 winners, Derian House Children’s Hospice, work tirelessly to help children and young people, whose lives are too short, to make happy memories in an environment of fun, respect and outstanding care.The care they provide is free for families, but costs around £5.7 million to run every year – only 17% of the funding they need comes from the government. They rely entirely on donations from supporters for the remaining 83%. They provide vital support to young people and their families – offering palliative care, respite stays, day care, holidays and end of life support.

The outside of Derian House Children’s Hospice

We’ll let the team tell you a little more about the award, and how much it meant to the charity…

“Derian House Children’s Hospice winning the JustGiving Charity of the Year Award is one of the achievements we’re most proud of. 

That same year we had been rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and had just completed a million-pound refurbishment of our hospice and winning the award felt like the icing on the cake. 

It not only gave us brilliant exposure, meaning that we attracted new donors and were able to reach new families with our services, but it also felt like a real chance for our staff, volunteers and the children we look after to feel proud of everything we do at Derian House. 

The awards night itself was so exciting. We travelled down to London for the night and were so honoured to be at an event alongside such inspirational and wonderful people, as well as celebrities and sporting legends. There was a real feeling in the air of everyone celebrating each other’s achievements, which was just lovely. 

At Derian House, we display our JustGiving Award in the reception of the hospice so everyone who enters the building can see it. We are very proud of this achievement and we were honoured to win it.

Personally, to be involved in this was one of the highlights of my career.

Caroline Taylor
Head of Income, Marketing and Communications

Find out more about Derian House Children’s Hospice and donate here.

Want to get involved?

We’re on the look out for our Charity Of The Year 2022! The nominations for this year’s award will officially open on the 7th July 2022 – could you be in the running?

 We’re looking for nominations from your staff, volunteers and supporters. The more you get before the 22nd of July, the greater your chance of being shortlisted. 

You could be joining the rest of our fundraising finalists, who’ll be up for public vote between the 3rd of August and 11th of September 2022.

Get the most votes, and we’ll be handing over a trophy to you and your team at our ceremony in London this October. Your charity will get exposure and social media coverage – and you get a fantastic night to celebrate your team’s hard work. Sound good?

We’ll be sharing the nomination link on the 7th of July. We can’t wait to read your amazing applications and celebrate together!

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Helmsley Trust awards $9 million to American Heart Association | Philanthropy news

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has announced grants totaling $9.3 million to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association to expand and enhance rural health and stroke care in Iowa.

A $6.3 million grant will support the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s $7.5 million Mission: Lifeline Stroke initiative to strengthen the full spectrum of stroke care in Iowa, where stroke is a leading cause of death, accounting for more than 1,400 deaths in 2020. The stroke program in Iowa builds on a $4.6 million grant awarded in 2015 to support the launch of Mission: Lifeline STEMI in Iowa to reduce treatment times for acute cardiac care in the cases of ST Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI).

The Helmsley Trust is also granting $3 million to the American Heart Association (AHA) to launch HeartCorps in rural communities in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wyoming. HeartCorps is a new three-year initiative aimed at establishing a sustainable pipeline of public health workers, reduce cardiovascular risks among rural residents, and accelerate the adoption and implementation of systems changes to improve cardiovascular health.

“We believe that a comprehensive approach is the best way to make the most substantial impact, especially for rural populations that face longer transit times and limited access to specialists,” said Helmsley Trust board member Walter Panzirer.

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