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Foundations, corporations providing support for Ukraine (04/10/2022) | Philanthropy news

The Global Fund for Children has announced that, more than a month after the Russian invasion of Ukraine began, its community-based partners are continuing to provide food, shelter, medical supplies, and other essentials to children and families in Ukraine and refugees fleeing the country. They also are evacuating children with disabilities, offering trauma support, and assisting LGBTQ+ youth facing discrimination as they seek safety. As of the first week of April, the fund has approved 32 emergency grants totaling $660,000; provided support to 28 local partners in Ukraine, Moldova, and Romania and seen the long-term and immediate needs of its partners continue to grow.

Jewish Federations have announced the allocation of approximately $40 million of the $43.4 million that has been raised to 35 NGOs operating on the ground in Ukraine and neighboring countries to support refugees and Jewish communities in their time of need. Both the Jewish Federations of North America and individual federations have driven funds to partner agencies— the Jewish Agency for Israel, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and World ORT. The groups are providing immediate relief and direct services to vulnerable populations and are maintaining basic service delivery to the extent possible, providing housing, clothing, medication, cash assistance, mental health services, security, and transportation for refugees.

The New York Jets have announced a $1 million gift to be split among 10 organizations working to assist the people of Ukraine. The first organization to receive a donation is Plast Scouting—USA.

Rotary International has announced that it has raised more than $7 million in support of locally led relief efforts underway by Rotary clubs in Ukraine and neighboring countries. Funds raised by the Rotary Foundation—Rotary’s charity arm—go directly to those in need through local Rotary clubs, which are also coordinating with partners to explore effective ways to address increased humanitarian needs. Rotary’s disaster response partner, ShelterBox, is collaborating with Rotary members in Eastern Europe to provide essential supplies and access to temporary housing for those who have left Ukraine, along with medical and shelter supplies for communities in Ukraine. Items include mattresses for people living in schools and sports centers, shelter kits with tools and rope, hygiene kits, winter jackets, solar lights, and water carriers to help people survive as they are forced to live in damaged buildings.

SIGMA Corporation of America, a camera and lens manufacturer for photography and cinema applications, has announced that from April 1 through June 30, 2022, 5 percent of all sales at participating retail partners will be donated to three charitable organizations, including Save the Children – Ukraine and World Central Kitchen, which are providing immediate humanitarian relief in Ukraine.

Teleperformance, which works in the fields in outsourced customer and citizen experience management and advanced related services, has announced a $500,000 donation to assist UNICEF in delivering life-saving support to children and their families affected by the war in Ukraine. The commitment is part of a three-year, $6 million global partnership to help strengthen education programs for children in India and the Philippines and to provide disaster relief around the world.

USA for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has announced its first stablecoin crypto donation, valued at $2.5 million, which will provide support for families forced to flee Ukraine to neighboring countries. Made through Binance Charity, the gift will help provide humanitarian, legal, and social assistance including psychosocial support and emergency shelter to people in need.

The World Monuments Fund (WMF) has announced the launch of a Ukraine Heritage Response Fund, which aims to address the immediate critical needs of heritage professionals in the country and to lay the groundwork for future rehabilitation. The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation has committed $500,000 in initial funds in support of the initiative. WMF has a long history of serving as heritage first responders with a well-established crisis response infrastructure to address emergency situations for cultural heritage sites around the globe. The current crisis in Ukraine requires an immediate response from the heritage preservation community, including WMF, to address the short-, medium-, and long-term needs of the country and its heritage professionals.

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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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