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Philanthropists Connect with Causes, Peers
People use the Internet today to find love, business associates and high school friends. Now, the Internet can connect people looking to donate money with networks of like-minded individuals who share their views.
¨Bolder Giving has launched GivingCommunities.org to help givers link with causes and peers with similar interests. By taking a brief, confidential survey, donors will be matched with communities that are a fit for their personal identities and philanthropic interests.
" GivingCommunities.org is the first platform to compile these giving communities and connect philanthropists to donor networks with a survey-based recommendation engine," said Jason Franklin, Bolder Giving's executive director, "More than a simple connector of people and communities, we see the portal as an exciting gateway to inspired peer-to-peer involvement in social action."
"Through GivingCommunities.org, donors can be connected with individuals and organizations of similar passions and circumstances. Networks are formed around common causes, everything from the environment to women & children and connect donors with like-minded individuals to learn from each other, as well as combine their money and talents to direct social change.
"One of the greatest needs in philanthropy today is to bridge the gap between individual donors who want to connect more closely with their issues and causes, and the flourishing community of issue or cause-specific donor networks," said Babbie Jacobs, GivingCommunities.org program manager. "Our recommendation engine makes that exciting connection."
Among the website's communities are Giving What We Can, an international network dedicated to eliminating global poverty; Play BIG, an intimate gathering that inspires and informs people with large capital reserves who seek to align their money more fully with their values; the Giving Pledge, a commitment by the world's wealthiest individuals and families to dedicate the majority of their wealth to philanthropy; and a multitude of identity-based networks including the Jewish Funders Network, Natives in Philanthropy, Asian American/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, Hispanics in Philanthropy, the Association of Black Foundation Executives, and Funders for LGBTQ Issues.
To find your own donor network matches or to examine individual communities on your own, visit GivingCommunities.org.
Bolder Giving is a national, nonprofit that inspires and supports people to give at their full lifetime potential toward a just and sustainable world. We seek nothing less than to transform our collective culture of giving and expand philanthropy dramatically. We do this by collecting and sharing the inspirational stories of people who give way beyond the norm, and by offering tools that help people step up to our motto of "give more, risk more, and inspire more." For more information, go to boldergiving.org.
The Richard G. McCoy Foundation Established with the Community Foundation
The Richard G. McCoy Foundation was established to celebrate the life and honor the memory of Richard G. McCoy, who passed away unexpectedly on April 26, 2012. Richard made a major commitment to the children of the Monroe, NY community and his passion for their personal growth and success was unrivaled. Whether as a friend, coach, mentor or neighbor, he was always willing to help. This fund is intended to celebrate those students who have given back to their community through volunteering and community service. Scholarships will be awarded to Monroe- Woodbury High School student/athletes who have made a strong commitment to community service, have displayed strong moral character and have met certain educational requirements.
The 1st Annual Richard G. McCoy Foundation Golf Outing will be held Friday October 4, 2013 at the prestigious Mansion Ridge Golf Club in Monroe, NY. The golf outing is currently sold out and there is a waiting list for golfers. All are welcome for dinner and cocktails which begin at 4:00 p.m. Nearly $30,000 in donations have been raised thus far. For more information, please contact Tom Kennedy at email@example.com
Contributions to The Richard G. McCoy Foundation may be made to CFOS-The Richard G. McCoy Foundation and sent to the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan, 30 Scott's Corners Drive, Suite 202, Montgomery, NY 12549. Secure online donations may also be made at www.cfoc-ny.org. The Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All gifts are tax deductible under current tax laws. "We are honored to administer this charitable fund in order to benefit graduating students of Monroe-Woodbury High School who demonstrate the same kind of passion and dedication that Richard personified throughout his life," said Karen VanHouten Minogue, Executive Director. For more information, call the Community Foundation at (845) 769-9393.
United Way of Westchester and Putnam Hosts Philanthropy Day
The Mid-Hudson Valley region is rich in philanthropy. From bake sales, to golf tournaments and galas, our community is a giving community. This year, the Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) will host the region's 7th Annual National Philanthropy Day event on Friday, November 15, 2013 at the Villa Borghese in Wappingers Falls. The event includes educational workshops in the morning followed by a celebratory awards luncheon honoring local individuals and businesses for their exceptional philanthropic efforts.
This year's honorees are: Outstanding Philanthropist - Darlene Pfeiffer; Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer - Barbara Malley; Leadership In Corporate Philanthropy - Marshall & Sterling, Inc.; Outstanding Fundraising Professional - Samuel B. Ross, Ph.D., Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy - Macallan Durkin and Outstanding Collegiate Philanthropy - Marist College Habitat for Humanity.
National Philanthropy Day is a special day set aside on the fifteenth of November. The purpose of this day is to recognize the great contributions of philanthropy-and those people active in the philanthropic community-to the enrichment of our world. NPD provides an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of giving and all that it has made possible. First held in 1986, NPD celebrates the endless daily contributions individuals and organizations across the world make to countless causes and missions. Last year, more than 100 AFP chapters held NPD events and activities across North America.
Sponsorship opportunities are available. The cost to attend the seminar and luncheon is $75 per person; luncheon only is $40 per person. Seminar times and topics will be announced soon. For more information contact Erin Cafarelli at 845-452-1420, ext. 177 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter of AFP serves Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan and Ulster counties. Our programs help both non-profit staff and community volunteers make a bigger difference through philanthropy through locally-based, cost-effective educational programs, regional networking opportunities and other resources such as study groups for professional certifications. For more information visit http://afpmhv.afpnet.org.
Astor Receives a $150k Three-Year Grant from Dyson Foundation
Astor Services for Children & Families has been awarded a $150k three-year grant from the Dyson Foundation to continue support of the bilingual (Spanish) Parent Infant Educator (PIE). The PIE works with children, zero - 5 years old and their families through Astor's Enhanced Childhood Coordinated Services Initiative (ECCSI).
The ECCSI Program is supported by the Dutchess County Department of Social Services. They coordinate services for all children, up to 18 years old, who are at risk of abuse and maltreatment and/or being placed in a foster home. Dyson's support of the bilingual PIE supplements this county program by enhancing much needed services to a specific group of the community.
Through ECCSI, families have increased access to community-based support; improvement in local decision-making so services are effectively and efficiently coordinated; fewer referrals to the Social Service System; and less gaps in services. To that end, there are two processes in place to work with families: "Tier 1 Network" is made up of frontline providers who offer relevant services to assist specific children and families; and the "Tier II Network" is made up of county-level leaders who are committed to the goals of having fewer children in foster care, fewer referrals to the Child Protective System, and fewer families entrenched in the Social Service System. The Tier II Network is also a conduit for new initiatives in the field of early childhood education and development.
"There is a need now more than ever for sustaining the Enhanced Childhood Coordinated Services Initiative and we are thankful to the Dyson Foundation's generosity and future commitment of the bilingual PIE. This grant will enable her to continue the important work she is doing in the community, providing an intensive program of home-visits to support the parents, and to help develop the child-attachment and bonding process. Dyson's continued support of this key position will allow us to continue this very important work," said James McGuirk, Ph.D., Executive Director/CEO, Astor Services.The majority of the families served continue to be among the poorest and most underserved. They often are crisis driven and/or suffer from significant mental illness, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Bipolar Disorder; some have developmental disabilities or personality disorders. Many clients are grandparents or relatives who have assumed responsibility for the children and need assistance navigating public support systems.
Astor staff work diligently with these families to assist them though current difficulties, linking them to resources in the community and helping them to problem-solve for future challenges. Staff work closely with Child Protective Services and advocate for preventative services. Each family completes a comprehensive family assessment to facilitate development of individualized plans. Cases are generally closed upon satisfactory completion of their goals.
The current faltering economy triggers more crises in our most vulnerable families. Certain situations can place families at high risk, even families unaccustomed to public support and services. Homelessness from evictions, foreclosures or condemned buildings brings families to the crisis point. Major illness frequently results in job loss and/or homelessness and is another reason families are referred to/or self-refer to ECCSI.
A Coordinator and full-time Bi-Lingual Parent Infant Educator works to identify unmet needs; strives to fill these needs; and partners with other agencies to access necessary resources to adequately address individual family needs, as well as helping the community.
O'Beirne Foundation Gift Will Further Pattern's Work
A grant from the Richard P. O'Beirne Memorial Foundation will assist Pattern for Progress in its work in the Hudson Valley.The grant was announced earlier this month by Colleen Maraday, one of Mr. O'Beirne's five daughters. Ms. Maraday, her sisters and their mother, Chrystal O'Beirne, established the Memorial Foundation shortly after the death of Mr. O'Beirne. The fund is administered by the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan.
Richard O'Beirne died in 2011 at the age of 70. He had served as Executive Director of the Construction Contractors Association for 25 years from 1983 to 2008 and as such he presided over an historic period of growth in the Hudson Valley including the expansion of Stewart Airport as a commercial air hub. Just prior to his death, Mr. O'Beirne served on the Board of The Solar Energy Consortium and was working with TSEC to attract solar energy companies to New York State and the Hudson Valley. He had been a member of the Pattern for Progress Board of Directors at the time of his death and was widely recognized as one of the region's top leaders in business, industry and labor.
"Our dad's vision was for an always-greater Hudson Valley," said Ms. Maraday. "One with abundant job opportunities, one with an educated, talented workforce and one with unsurpassed family and community spirit. It is in this spirit that we have selected Pattern for Progress to receive one of the first grants to be given by the memorial foundation."
Pattern for Progress President and CEO Jonathan Drapkin said he was deeply moved by the generosity of the O'Beirne family in thinking of Pattern as a means of maintaining the understanding and passion that Richard O'Beirne had for the Hudson Valley.
"We at Pattern consider Richard to have been one of our best friends, most trusted advisors and one of our most caring members in terms of the future of the Hudson Valley," said Mr. Drapkin. He said the grant would be used to support further training of the Hudson Valley's future leaders. "I think Richard would have expected nothing less."
United Way of Dutchess-Orange and Family Wize Saved 10,514 Local Residents $998,638 In Prescription Drug Costs
United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region and FamilyWize Community Service Partnership, a provider of free prescription drug discount cards, report that 10,514 area residents have saved $998,638 on their medications since 2006 through the use of cards.
essentially acts like a huge consumer group buying service for the uninsured
and underinsured. The discounts and savings on medications are given
voluntarily by the more than 61,000 participating pharmacies throughout the
country that provide prices similar to what they give large insurance companies
and employers. In Dutchess and Orange counties, many independent pharmacies and
chains such as Rite Aid, Walgreens and CVS as well as retail and grocery stores
with in-house pharmacies like Hannaford, Stop & Shop, Price Chop and Target
participate in the plan.
"Through United Way's partnering with FamilyWize we are able to assist many of our neighbors who are struggling to pay for the medications they or their family need," said United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region President and CEO Don Hammond. "Often people have to make the hard choice between paying for a prescription or buying food or paying for other necessities. The card aids their economic stability as well as helps ensure that they and their children maintain or regain their health."
United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region along with 1,000 other local United Ways have helped more than 5 million people in more than 95 percent of all U.S. counties since the program was founded in 2005. Use of the card accounts for more than $500 million in direct savings on prescriptions, reports FamilyWize.
Dan Barnes, president and CEO of FamilyWize, noted the significance of reaching the $500 million milestone, explaining that, "We set an ambitious goal for our partnership - to help families save $1 billion on the cost of medicines by the end of 2015. Now we're halfway there."
The discount card can be used for any Food and Drug Administration approved medication at most pharmacies. Savings by are often as high as 75 percent off the price that would be paid without it, with an average savings of about $20 per prescription. There are no age or income restrictions on getting the free card, and no enrollment or personal information is needed. Cards can be printed by going to the United Way website at www.uwdor.org. Or, you can text "family" to 700700 for a card on your phone and show the text message to your pharmacist. Discounts are available immediately and there is no limit to the card's use.
"We provide the free FamilyWize prescription discount cards to local social service agencies, faith-based organizations, schools, community centers, local government and healthcare providers so everyone can get the medicine they need," said Hammond. "United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region is committed to removing the barriers for safe and healthy life choices. By providing the discount cards remove a barrier to much needed medications for many of our neighbors."
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