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Report Proves Charitable Giving Outpaced Economic Growth in 2011

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Atlas of Giving recently announced results from its 2011 report on charitable giving.  The report outlines charitable giving in the United States from 2011 and details how giving expanded at a faster rate than overall economic growth for the year.  According to the report, total giving to U.S. nonprofits rose 7.5% in 2011, an increase of $24.2 billion over the 2010 total of $322.69 billion and its forecast shows that overall giving is expected to grow 3.9% in 2012 to $360 billion, a slower rate than 2011 growth.

“2011 giving growth was fueled by strong stock market performance through July, low interest rates, an improving economy, modest inflation, and aggressive solicitation” Rob Mitchell, Atlas of Giving CEO, said.  “However, the increase was not enjoyed by all nonprofits.  Organizations that rely on many small gifts from many small donors are still greatly impacted by the effects of continuing high unemployment.”

The forecast is expected to change as events unfold during the year.  Natural and man-made disasters, economic events, and many other things affect the velocity and trajectory of charitable giving results.  The Atlas of Giving actively monitors the factors affecting giving and provides monthly updates of the forecast to account for these. Read the rest of this entry

Can Steve Jobs still become a great philanthropist

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Since the death of Steve Jobs, discussions have centered around his philanthropic efforts and comparisons made to his chief business rival, Bill Gates, who leads the world’s largest foundation and has been a standard-bearer for the high-profile Giving Pledge.

Over the years, Apple has drawn some criticism for its philanthropy, or lack there of.   There is no disputing that devices like the iPhone and iPad have helped many nonprofit organizations communicate more efficiently. They have allowed groups to improve the way they respond to disasters, communicate with supporters, and carry out their day-to-day work.  But it wasn’t until this year that Apple announced a company-wide giving plan to match employee donations to charity, an employee benefit most corporations have offered for years.

Now the spotlight turns to how the Apple Inc. co-founder’s wife, Laurene Powell Jobs, will manage the fortune she is likely to inherit.  The couple has spoken very little in public about their philanthropy efforts, but Powell Jobs’ outreach speaks for itself.  She has been a huge supporter of  education reform, women’s issues and other philanthropic causes.

The question now becomes, how will her personal affiliations, involvement and giving philosophy reflect on the billion dollar company and on the legacy of her late husband, Steve Jobs.

Steve Jobs and Philanthropy

Jobs’s Wife Backs Education Causes

Steve Jobs Can Still Become a Great Philanthropist (blogs.wsj.com)

Fresh breath and a moveMINT to save the earth

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Project 7® recently launched its two newest products in nearly 1,500 Walmart Supercenters across the U.S., Save the Earth Fresh Mint Gum and Feed the Hungry Peppermint Mints.

Consumers are not asked to buy more, just change the way they buy, and by doing so, can participate in positive and meaningful change simply by purchasing everyday products.  For every tray of Feed the Hungry Peppermint Mints purchased, seven meals are delivered in U.S. communities to a person or family in need.  And for each tube of Save the Earth Fresh Mint Gum sold, one fruit tree will be planted back into the earth.

The Feed the Hungry Peppermint Mints (MSRP $1.28 per 50-ct. tube) and Save the Earth Fresh Mint Gum (MSRP $2.88 per 55-ct. tube) are an addition to the Heal the Sick Cinnamon mints and gums.  As suggested, each flavor is tied to a specific cause that when purchased gives back to the area of interest.

Other Project 7 products include organic fair trade coffee and bio-bottled water, both offered in all seven areas of need – Feed the Hungry, Heal the Sick, Hope for Peace, House the Homeless, Quench the Thirsty, Teach them Well and Save the Earth.

Project 7 encourages consumers to help make a tangible difference by purchasing Project 7 products, volunteering their time and educating others.  To learn more about Project 7 or to purchase Project 7 merchandise, visit www.project7.com.  You can also become a fan of Project 7 on Facebook and follow @Project7 on Twitter. Read more…

1.3 Million homeless children in America; One kid out to make a difference

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While most kids his age spent the summer relaxing and socializing, twelve-year-old philanthropist Zach Bonner traveled close to 2,500 miles by foot from the east coast of Florida to Los Angeles, seeking to raise awareness and funds for homeless children across America.  After six months on the road, he arrived at the Santa Monica Pier on Tuesday, September 14, at 3:15 p.m where he celebrated his achievement with family, friends and supporters.

A month after Bonner completed his coast-to-coast “March Across America” walk, Little Red Wagon, a feature-film based on his young life and work, will make its world premiere at the 2011 Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis.

The film has been chosen as an Official Selection of the annual festival and will make its debut on opening weekend, Saturday, October 15 at 2:45 p.m. (AMC Castleton Square), followed by three additional screenings: Sunday, October 16 at 6:00 p.m. (AMC Showplace 17), Monday, October, 17 at 1:30 p.m. (AMC Castleton Square) and Friday, October 21 at 1:30 p.m. (AMC Showplace 17).

A Michael Guillen Production, presented by Philanthropy Project, Little Red Wagon is directed by David Anspaugh (Rudy, Hoosiers) from an original screenplay by Patrick Sheane Duncan (Mr. Holland’s Opus).  The film stars Anna Gunn, Chandler Canterbury, Daveigh Chase , Frances O’Connor and Dylan Matzke.  Executive producers are Steve Golin and Barbara Kelly.  Producers are Michael Guillen and David Kanter.

Little Red Wagon is based on the life of Zach Bonner, a Florida boy who, in 2004 at the age of seven, used his toy wagon to collect water, food and clothing for families made homeless by Hurricane Charley.  A year later, he established the Little Red Wagon Foundation to assist homeless, distressed and underprivileged youth and to encourage other kids to make a difference in their own neighborhoods.

A recipient of the U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award, profiled by media from “Good Morning America” to The New York Times, Zach has undertaken several ambitious walks to raise awareness and funds: a three-part, 1,125-mile-long “My House to the White House” trek from his hometown of Tampa, FL to Washington, DC, and more recently a nearly 2,500-mile walk “March Across America” from Jacksonville, FL to Santa Monica, CA.

For more information about the Little Red Wagon Foundation visit www.littleredwagonfoundation.com.  To watch the feature-film, Little Red Wagon, movie trailer, visit www.giveandglow.com.

Songfest 2011 to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity

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Established by members of the UCI Greek community over thirty years ago in an effort to foster a more unified relationship with student body and alumni, as well as with the Irvine and Orange County communities, Greek Songfest has held the honor of being one of University of California, Irvine’s most beloved traditions.

The Broadway inspired show will be held at the Bren Events Center on May 20th. University students will perform renditions of various musicals to promote appreciation for the arts and to highlight the triumphs of the human spirit through song and dance.

For the first time ever, RadioFlag together with UCI’s radio station, KUCI will broadcast SongFest 2011 this Friday night, May 20th from 7pm to 10:30 pm.  Families and friends of performers, many of whom live out of town, will be able to participate by “tuning in” and listening to the Live broadcast.

Another event first is the People’s Choice Award, created by RadioFlag.  Listeners will have the ability to vote through mobile and web/laptop technologies. The award will be given to one of the 9 performance groups who get the most ‘tune ins’ using RadioFlag’s social media application.

The event is very important to the University in terms of school spirit and is primarily about promoting the Arts and philanthropy.  They believe that the essence of philanthropy lies in its ability to unite people of all walks of life by challenging them to pursue acts of benevolence that extend beyond their own interests.

Over 2,000 people are expected to attend this exciting event, raising funds for Habitat for Humanity. Last year they raised $81,000 for Orange County’s Food Bank, and expect to raise even more this year.

For more information, visit www.greeksongfest.celect.org