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People in the News (12/26/2021): appointments, promotions, obituaries | Philanthropy news

The Ford Foundation has announced the appointment of SARITA GUPTA as vice president for U.S. programs. She succeeds MARIA TORRES-SPRINGER, who has been appointed deputy mayor for economic and workforce development for the City of New York. Gupta joined the foundation in 2019 as director of the Future of Work(ers) program and has since spearheaded the launch of several far-reaching initiatives, including the $50 million CARE Fund and a $25 million grant in support of informal workers across the globe. She previously served as executive director of Jobs With Justice and as co-director of Caring Across Generations.

The Lilly Endowment has announced the appointment of LAUREN RUSH as program director for education, effective February 2022. Rush most recently served as senior vice president of administration and alignment at the Indianapolis-based Mind Trust, where her responsibilities included facilitating organizational development, strategic planning, and fundraising. She previously served as COO of Community Charter Network and as managing director of teacher leadership development at Teach For America Indianapolis; prior to that, she taught mathematics at KIPP Delta College Preparatory School and as a Teach For America corps member.

The Pew Charitable Trusts has announced that MARYAM HENSON will join the organization as vice president for partnerships, effective January 24. In this role, Henson will oversee the planning and implementation of Pew’s fundraising strategy. She most recently served as associate vice president for central development at the George Washington University and previously served as executive director of the office of fellowships, awards, and research and then as director of corporate and foundation relations at Georgetown University.

The Allen Institute has announced the appointment of RUI COSTA as president and CEO, succeeding ALLAN JONES, who announced earlier this year that he was stepping down after eighteen years with the organization. Costa has served as CEO of the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute at Columbia University since 2017 and currently serves on the Allen Institute’s Brain Science Scientific Advisory Council. Costa’s research is focused on the circuits underlying diverse, spontaneous movements and the organization and refinement of movements during learning — research that could help improve treatments for movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.

The Blues Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee, has announced the appointment of JUDITH BLACK as president and CEO, effective January 1, 2022. Black is co-founder and former president of the Tarik Black Foundation, which is focused on delivering life skills education for youth. She previously served as director of external affairs at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, as director of communications at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and as director of marketing and public relations at the National Civil Rights Museum. She succeeds PATTY WILSON ADEN.

The College Board has announced the election of three new members to its board: MELODY BUSTILLOS, CATALINA CIFUENTES, and RAUL HINOJOSA. Bustillos is a counselor at Hermiston High School in Hermiston, Oregon; Cifuentes is executive director of College and Career Readiness at the Riverside County Office of Education in California; and Hinojosa is director of community engagement at the University of Texas at Dallas.

The International Community Foundation in National City, California, has announced the appointment of MARISA AURORA QUIROZ as president and CEO. Quiroz joined ICF in 2015, after seven years at the San Diego Foundation, where she worked with regional leaders to advance conservation efforts that ensured community access to clean air, water, and nature while promoting collaborative action on climate change. At ICF she has served as vice president of culture and impact and, prior to that, as senior program officer for environmental conservation.

The Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County has announced that LESLIE NEGRITTO has been named chief financial officer, effective in February 2022. Negritto joins NHMLAC from the Claremont Graduate University, where she is vice president and COO and  previously served as associate vice president for finance and administration.

And PND notes the passing, at 87, of FRANKLIN A. THOMAS, who served as president of the Ford Foundation from 1979 to 1996 and was the first Black person to run a major U.S. philanthropy. Thomas grew up in Brooklyn in near poverty; he won a scholarship to Columbia College, went on to Columbia Law School, and worked for the city and federal governments before leading the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation as its first president and CEO from 1967 to 1977. He was appointed president of the Ford Foundation after leading a study of policy toward South Africa for the organization. Two years later, he terminated some two dozen of the foundation’s seemingly untouchable cadre of program officers and vice presidents, closed many of the foundation’s foreign offices, and restructured its divisions to focus on six thematic areas, including urban poverty, education, and public policy. He also insisted that women benefit from, and participate significantly in running, all Ford-aided projects, not just those that were gender-specific, and increased the number of women in professional positions. “Frank Thomas saved the Ford Foundation,” Ford Foundation president Darren Walker told the New York Times. “We were spending ourselves into irrelevance.”

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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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