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Foundations, corporations providing support for Ukraine (04/03/2022) | Philanthropy news

The American Jewish Committee (AJC) has announced additional grants from its #StandWithUkraine Fund to organizations providing direct relief to Ukrainian refugees and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine following Russia’s invasion. To date, the fund has raised more than $2.1 million. The latest recipients include the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, the Polish Center for International Aid, Wadi, the Jewish Community of Moldova, and JCC Budapest.

The Breakthrough Prize Foundation has announced a new partnership with the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in support of humanitarian relief efforts for scientists forced to flee from Ukraine by the Russian invasion. Part of a $3 million fund pledged for humanitarian relief, the foundation will dedicate $1 million to NAS’s Scientists and Engineers in Exile and Displaced (SEED) initiative, which helps scientists and engineers maintain their livelihoods and dignity during the current upheaval, remaining employed and connected to the global scientific community.

Four Class I railroads have donated nearly $2.3 million to support humanitarian efforts in Ukraine and the surrounding region, Freight Waves reports. Rail equipment manufacturers Wabtec and Greenbrier have also said previously that they are supporting their employees’ efforts to donate to humanitarian efforts in the region. Union Pacific will support relief efforts in Ukraine by providing a total of $500,000 to the American Red Cross and Save the Children. UP also is offering a 2:1 match for donations from employees, who have provided nearly $50,000 to the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, UNICEF, Global Giving Foundation, Doctors Without Borders, and Save the Children. In March, Kansas City Southern pledged to provide $500,000 to the American Red Cross and to match employees’ contributions for the effort. On March 9, Canadian Pacific pledged C$500,000 ($399,000) to the Canadian Red Cross and that it would match employee donations to the Canadian Red Cross and American Red Cross for 30 days as well as donations to other aid agencies supporting Ukraine relief efforts via CP’s employee charitable giving program. And Canadian railway CN has committed a total of C$1.1 million ($879,000) to the Canada-Ukraine Foundation and to Razom in the United States to assist displaced Ukrainians.

The Global Fund for Children has announced that it received more than $1 million in pledges to its Emergency Response Fund to be used to assist partner organizations in Ukraine, Moldova, and Romania that are aiding Ukrainian refugees.

Google, which had previously committed $35 million in funding and in-kind support for humanitarian aid efforts in Central and Eastern Europe, has announced a new grant for refugees with disabilities, as well as a grant and Fellowship to Tech to the Rescue, a Polish nonprofit that connects tech companies and expert volunteers with humanitarian aid organizations to help solve technical needs. A team of Fellows will work on a pro-bono basis to help build and scale their platform and efforts.

Johnson & Johnson, which in February committed a total of $5 million to the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) to provide humanitarian support for Ukrainian refugees in the countries bordering Ukraine, has doubled its commitment to $10 million. It also pledged other support and resources to International Health Partners (IHP, U.K.), Americares, Direct Relief, IFRC, Save the Children, and UNICEF. As part of its latest pledge, the company also will suspend its supply of personal care products to Russia.

True Russia, a fundraising campaign established by dancer and artistic director Mikhail Baryshnikov, economist Sergei Guriev, and writer Boris Akunin, has raised more than £844,000 (more than $1.1 million) via GoFundMe for the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), Vanity Fair reports. Partners in the effort include Save the Children, OXFAM, and Action Against Hunger, all of which are working to support the millions of refugees streaming out of Ukraine.

To address a scarcity of kosher Passover food in Ukraine, the UJA-Federation of New York has worked with four local synagogues to collect 12,000 pounds of holiday food that will be distributed to Jews remaining in Ukraine as well as Jewish refugees who have been forced to flee. Food was collected at synagogues in Long Island, Westchester, and Manhattan by the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty for shipment to Ukrainian Jewish communities.

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One-third of donors directed half their giving to disaster relief | Philanthropy news

Last year, 37 percent of American donors gave half or more of their charitable contributions to disaster relief efforts, and 64 percent gave to a charity they had never supported before, a survey commissioned by Vanguard Charitable finds.

Conducted by the Harris Poll on behalf of Vanguard Charitable, the survey of more than 1,300 American donors found that the top reasons American donors gave to disaster relief included wanting to assist those impacted by humanitarian crises (46 percent), feeling overwhelmed by a situation and wanting to help (33 percent), seeing charitable giving as the only way they could provide support (30 percent), and having a personal connection to the disaster/crisis (30 percent). The survey found that donors who contributed to disaster relief efforts gave more overall, meaning that disaster relief giving did not take away from, or occur in place of, ongoing giving. 

“From COVID-19 to a devastating humanitarian crisis caused by the war in Ukraine, we’ve seen donors respond to disaster relief needs in inspiring and meaningful ways,” said Vanguard Charitable president Rebecca Moffett. “In fact, this data reflects that disaster relief support is an integral part of the giving landscape, often increasing total generosity as donors look to give when and where support is needed most. And because the money in donor-advised funds has already been set aside for charitable purposes, donations from DAFs tend to be more responsive in moments of crisis, and more resilient during moments of economic uncertainty.”

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Trust in nonprofits fell slightly last year, survey finds | Philanthropy news

While there is room for U.S. institutions across the board to increase public trust, a majority of respondents believe nonprofits will do what is right for society, a survey conducted by Independent Sector finds. 

Conducted in February in partnership with Edelman Data & Intelligence, the third-annual Trust in Civil Society survey found that 56 percent of Americans said they trust nonprofits, down 3 percentage points from the 2020 benchmark study (59 percent). Trust in philanthropy edged down from 36 percent to 34 percent during the same period. According to the survey, financial well-being and education are major drivers of trust, and trust of nonprofits among women fell during the pandemic.

Given the findings, Independent Sector recommended that nonprofits work to make greater progress to support and strengthen the country, for example by leveraging trust in the social sector to strengthen U.S. democracy, deepening engagement with communities and institutions, and upholding public expectations of government accountability.

“Increasing public trust of institutions and the social sector is a pressing issue for the U.S. We all benefit from strong public trust,” said Independent Sector president and CEO Daniel J. Cardinali. “Trust is the priceless currency for nonprofits, philanthropies, business charity programs, and all of us to build a healthy, equitable society. We see what happens when trust breaks. Our 2022 Independent Sector Trust in Civil Society report elevates important data and recommendations for conversations about how the social sector can engage more deeply and do better so everyone in our country thrives.” 

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Digital, other channels of giving are expanding, study finds | Philanthropy news

Emerging trends in the United Kingdom and Brazil reveal an expansion of digital and other types of channels for giving, including online giving, crowdfunding, charity rounding up, and social impact publishing, a new research series from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI finds.

The research series, Digital for Good: A Global Study on Emerging Ways of Giving, builds on the school’s Global Philanthropy Environment Index and Global Philanthropy Tracker and will be released in phases over the next five months. The first two studies examine philanthropic engagement in Brazil and the UK prior to and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, with profiles of China, India, Kenya, Singapore, South Africa, and South Korea to follow.

Based on an analysis of three case studies in Brazil, the first profile found that prominent emerging ways of giving include charity rounding up, crowdfunding, and social impact publishing, which involves the production of inspiring, revenue-producing editorial content. Donations collected through rounding up for charity via Arredondar increased from BRL1,091 in 2013 (equivalent to $590 in 2021, adjusted for inflation) to more than BRL1.6 million in 2020 (equivalent to $330,186 in 2021, adjusted for inflation). In addition, the study found that the most successful initiatives prioritized transparency and accountability in giving.

Based on an online survey of nearly 3,000 individuals in the UK, the profile found that prominent expanded methods of giving include online giving and crowdfunding. Among donors interviewed between May and July 2021, 60 percent reported that gifts they had made in the past year had been made online, with the most common way being through a third-party app. In addition, researchers found that 63 percent of people who used social media to request donations also made requests in person.

“The results of the first two country profiles suggest an evolution in giving practices and highlight a significant expansion of digital giving practices and peer-to-peer giving,” said Amir Pasic, the Eugene R. Tempel Dean of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. “While these findings are the first in a series, the documented growth in digital giving and shifting donor expectations in the UK and in Brazil reinforce existing evidence that digital practices can help democratize the practice of philanthropy. Digital innovation makes philanthropy accessible and fosters greater transparency and accountability for how gifts lead to impact.”

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