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Philanthropy Day! (Month) - Day 13

November 13, 2012 By D Murphy

Philanthropy Day is November 15th, but GiftWorks would like to honor and highlight a nonprofit each weekday in November! There are not enough days in November to thank every nonprofit in the world doing great things, but we are happy to bring to you one nonprofit each weekday in November, that is making a difference!

Today, let's meet:

Covenant Youth of Alaska


CYAK_logo_BlackCovenant Youth of Alaska is a relational outreach and discipleship ministry to Alaskan youth and young adults. Alaskan youth face some of the highest rates of suicide, alcoholism, drug abuse, depression and loss of identity in the United States. In light of this, we coordinate a team of youth leaders, churches and volunteers to help direct these youth toward the hope and healing that can only be found in Christ.

This is accomplished through a range of avenues, from running youth group in a small village, to hosting regional youth events, to equipping students for lives of value through events and leadership opportunities. Our vision is to see young emerging leaders developed in the Alaskan church. It is encouraging to see those who have become leaders, mentors, and are living their lives in a healthy way, and we look forward to seeing this number grow for generations to come. 

CYAKMore on the website! www.cyak.org

Covenant Youth of Alaska's mission:
CYAK serves Alaska youth and young adults through Christ-centered ministry, partnership, and discipleship, to raise mature believers who will lead the Church for generations to come. 

What Philanthropy Day means to CYAK:
The work of Covenant Youth of Alaska would not be possible without the wide network of churches and individuals, volunteers, and all others who support and give to our organization. Not only are we grateful for their generosity, but we are encouraged by them in our work that is oftentimes difficult. On National Philanthropy Day we are especially mindful of the vital role that our donors, friends, supporters and partners play in making our ministry a reality. It is a reminder for us to be intentional about recognizing the way that we all work as a team for the greater good, and we couldn't be more thankful!

Lauren Ernst

Thank you Lauren and everyone at CYAK for all your hard work! Happy Philanthropy Day (Month)!

Important GiftWorks Webinar - GiftWorks Year-End Statement and Receipt Preparation

November 12, 2012 By D Murphy

Attention GiftWorks Users - Important Year-End Webinar

PhotoMany Non-profit Organizations send out a Year-End Statement or Year-End Receipt to notify their donors of what they have donated in a specific time frame.

While some Organizations are required to have a Receipt number associated with this Statement, others are not.  Your Organization may send a Receipt as the donations come in and you simply just need to send your donors a Statement listing all of those donations.

No matter what the scenario is, GiftWorks can help you easily create both Year-End Statements and Year-End Receipts.

Be sure to join GiftWorks CEO, Steve Fafel 
on November 15th at 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET.

GiftWorks Year-End Statement and Receipt Preparation 
Thursday, November 15th at 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET
Click here to register

Thank you for your interest in this GiftWorks webinar.

You can always download a free 30 day trial of GiftWorks 
and also attend a 1-hour tour of all that GiftWorks has to offer.

Have a great day!
The GiftWorks Team

Philanthropy Day! (Month) - Day 12

November 12, 2012 By D Murphy

Philanthropy Day is November 15th, but GiftWorks would like to honor and highlight a nonprofit each weekday in November! There are not enough days in November to thank every nonprofit in the world doing great things, but we are happy to bring to you one nonprofit each weekday in November, that is making a difference!

Today, let's meet:

Multiple Sclerosis Center of Atlanta (MSCA)

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Since its inception in 2001, the Multiple Sclerosis Center of Atlanta (MSCA) has focused on offering those afflicted with MS a single site that understands both the unpredictable nature of the disease and provides the resources to the patient for a lifetime of medical care. Now a regional treatment facility with 4,300 patients from 28 states, the Center extends care to a medically underserved population through the use of a team of physicians, nurses, staff and supporters focused on providing comprehensive care to the patient and support to the family.

Good care is a function of knowledge, compassion, applied research and accessibility, but the real success stories have been the many patients who every day win the battle against this incurable disease. The physicians and staff at MSCA strive to demonstrate to every patient we serve that it is our mission to always improve the patient’s health and hope through advocacy, education, state-of-the-art treatment and research. 

_1Team MSCAThere is a formidable challenge ahead. As more disease altering treatments come available, the need is greater to have treatment facilities that understand multiple sclerosis. Even though the future is brighter than ever, today only half of all existing MS patient in Georgia are receiving reliable, effective treatment due to the lack of accessible care and the cost of treatment.

MSCA’s care begins with diagnosis, education, early treatment, symptom management and our support continues to help every patient live with MS, “Accept, Take Control, and Move On!”

To find out more about MSCA and Multiple Sclerosis please visit our website www.mscatl.org.
 
Philanthropy is defined as the desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed esp. by the generous donation of money to good causes. At MSCA every day feels like Philanthropy Day!  We are honored and amazed at the philanthropic acts of our patients, board members, doctors, nurses and staff. With their generosity we are able to help MS patients improve their quality of life in order to continue to lead happy and healthy lives.
 
Thank you,

Claire Clements

Director of Development
The Multiple Sclerosis Center of Atlanta

Thank you Claire and everyone at The Multiple Sclerosis Center of Atlanta for all your hard work! Happy Philanthropy Day (Month)!

Philanthropy Day! (Month) - Day 9

November 9, 2012 By D Murphy

Philanthropy Day is November 15th, but GiftWorks would like to honor and highlight a nonprofit each weekday in November! There are not enough days in November to thank every nonprofit in the world doing great things, but we are happy to bring to you one nonprofit each weekday in November, that is making a difference!

Today, let's meet:

Phambili ngeThemba

Phambili ngeThemba (Xhosa for 'Moving forward with Hope') fights poverty in Cape Town, South Africa  with a vision to develop ‘vibrant communities, economically, educationally and spiritually enriched, contributing to the future with dignity and respect.’ We do this by engaging our local communities to eradicate some of the root causes of poverty and to  promote human values and dignity. Phambili was established in 2000 by the Pinelands Methodist Church as an emergency relief effort in response to a devastating shack fire in the Joe Slovo community of Langa, Cape Town. 

JfbgfeabPhambili focuses upon 2 major areas of need: Employment through a Job Readiness Program called Zanokhanyo (bringing light) and Education through a project called Umthombo (springs of water). The backbone of our organization is based on research, which has been used to enhance our effectiveness, identify our mission, and survey the strengths and needs within our local communities. Zanokhanyo grew from this research and is focused upon holistically preparing people for employment. It has been very successful with over 60% of our graduates finding work. You can see more

IMG_5727Umthombo began as a partnership with our local government and the Mokone Primary School staff and students in May 2011. It grew out of a desire to address the poor numeracy and literacy scores in this local township school. Volunteers are the workhorses of the programme, applying their skills to teaching English to grade 1 children and teaching Life Orientation to grade 8’s. We also help with the library and support a vegetable garden on the premises. You can see more here: www.phambilingethemba.org.za

Philanthropy Day is a celebration to highlight the way we all want things to be, involving those who are willing to sacrifice to bring them to life. We celebrate together the part of us that wants to make our world a better place.

Kind regards,

Tim Black

Phambili ngeThemba
www.phambilingethemba.org.za

Thank you Tim and everyone at Phambili, keep up the great work! Happy Philanthropy Day (Month)!

Philanthropy Day! (Month) - Day 8

November 8, 2012 By D Murphy

Philanthropy Day is November 15th, but GiftWorks would like to honor and highlight a nonprofit each weekday in November! There are not enough days in November to thank every nonprofit in the world doing great things, but we are happy to bring to you one nonprofit each weekday in November, that is making a difference!

Today, let's meet:

St. Louis Park Emergency Program

STEP-logo-485u-blackSince 1975 St.Louis Park Emergency Program (STEP) has served the St. Louis Park community, evolving from a faith-based initiative to a community-wide resource that provides for the basic needs of more than 2,200 people each month. STEP serves a diverse constituency that reflects the growing ethnic diversity of the St. Louis Park community.

IMG_0646Our mission, supported by a coalition of individuals, churches, synagogues, schools, business, civic, and local organizations, is to identify, address and respond to the critical and emergency needs of our community.

STEP is working towards a hunger free community.
 
Philanthropy means hope, means concern, care and the opportunity to give to our neighbors in need.

Thank you.

Jackie Olafson

Executive Director
St. Louis Park Emergency Program
www.stepslp.org

Thank you Jackie and everyone at STEP for all you do! Happy Philanthropy Day (Month)!

Philanthropy Day! (Month) - Day 7

November 7, 2012 By D Murphy

Philanthropy Day is November 15th, but GiftWorks would like to honor and highlight a nonprofit each weekday in November! There are not enough days in November to thank every nonprofit in the world doing great things, but we are happy to bring to you one nonprofit each weekday in November, that is making a difference!

Today, let's meet:

The Hope Alliance:

Haiti picture for Giftworks articleThe Hope Alliance is a 501(c)(3) humanitarian organization and NGO and our mission is to empower impoverished people to create positive and sustainable change in the lives of their families and their communities.  The Hope Alliance partners with local organizations and villages in developing areas of the world to lead projects that include health worker training, medical care, clean water and sanitation projects, economic opportunities and education.

The Hope Alliance assists communities in development, not relief.  Although relief plays an important role in saving lives, it is only temporary and not sustainable.  Development involves teaching skills villagers need to help themselves and connecting them to resources necessary to become successful and self-sustaining.  We offer a hand up, not a handout.

Guatemala June 2012 for giftworks articleThese projects are accomplished through teams of volunteers participating in 7-20 day expeditions.  These volunteers raise funds to cover their travel expenses, and hand-carry most of the supplies.  Whenever practical, supplies are sourced in-country in order to have both a locally accessible source of replacement parts and stimulate the local economy.  Our volunteers complain with a smile that they have never worked harder or felt more exhausted after one of these trips, but are immensely proud of what they accomplish.

We believe in Philanthropy Day because it reminds everyone that there are people everywhere in great need and it takes so little to share our resources - time, energy, compassion, funding - and the rewards are huge and often life changing!

Thank you.

Melissa Caffey

Executive Director
The Hope Alliance
www.TheHopeAlliance.org

Thank you Melissa and everyone at the Hope Alliance for all you do! Happy Philanthropy Day (Month)!

What Else Can Your Board Give?

November 6, 2012 By Ewlacasse

Your Board may be your most valuable asset.  Its members are people who’ve shown interest in your mission, who’ve stepped up to get involved, who probably know more about your mission and projects than most people, who have their fingers on the pulse of your community, and who most likely are your major donors, know your major donors, share values with your major donors, and who may be most able to interpret the interests of your donors to you.

Are you making the most of this asset?

After an event, ask board member(s) how they think it went. (Ask individually, not in a meeting.)

Over lunch sometime, ask what they see as the personality of the organization, or how they see the organization in relation to others in the community.

In a private moment, ask what they wish you’d do better.  Ask what’s the best thing about another (not necessarily comparable) organization.  Ask what led them to get involved.  Ask what is the one thing they think the community doesn’t understand about your organization.

Once you’ve opened the conversation, and shown that you really have an interest in what they have to say, extend the conversation over time.  You’ve made an inroad to a deeper level of engagement with the board member, by which you can continue to reap insights far into the future.

Philanthropy Day! (Month) Day 6

November 6, 2012 By D Murphy

Philanthropy Day is November 15th, but GiftWorks would like to honor and highlight a nonprofit each weekday in November! There are not enough days in November to thank every nonprofit in the world doing great things, but we are happy to bring to you one nonprofit each weekday in November, that is making a difference!

Today, let's meet:

LifeSource

LifeSourceLifeSource was founded in 2001 to serve the underprivileged and socially at-risk children and families of Northwest Arkansas. Our mission is to strengthen families and build the community. We do this by providing a "Hand Up" where hunger and poverty are common, education where inexperience is the norm, and hope when it is in short supply. 

 
Sr lunch3 08LifeSource uses a holistic approach to help individuals and families in need. Our goal is to make a difference both now and for generations to come. We help families in stress by customizing our services to meet their unique needs. We mainly serve the low-income and poverty level children, individuals, and families throughout our area. LifeSource serves an average of 50,000 individuals in distress each year in seven service areas: Food Assistance Pantry, Clothing Closet, Kid's Life programs, Counseling services, Adult Education classes, Senior Citizen Luncheons, and Community Meal Outreaches.

National Philanthropy Day speaks to the generosity of all those who donate of their time, talents, and monitary gifts to help make a difference in their local communities. Giving back can be so powerful and inspiring, as well as, satisfying; knowing that through the goodness of our hearts we can help bring hope to those in need.
 
Thank you.

Serina Tustin

Development Director
LifeSource
lifesourceinternational.org

Thank you Serina and everyone at LifeSource for all you do! Happy Philanthropy Day (Month)!

Philanthropy Day! (Month) Day 5

November 5, 2012 By D Murphy

Philanthropy Day is November 15th, but GiftWorks would like to honor and highlight a nonprofit each weekday in November! There are not enough days in November to thank every nonprofit in the world doing great things, but we are happy to bring to you one nonprofit each weekday in November, that is making a difference!

Today, let's meet:

Walnut Street Center, Inc.

DSCI0254The Walnut Street Center is recognized as a leader among human service agencies in pioneering residential supports for adults who have developmental disabilities. Over the years, we have provided compassionate, quality, services in day and residential settings that promote meaningful living.

Walnut Street Center, Inc. is a nonprofit, human service agency that provides comprehensive support services to adults who have developmental disabilities and their families. The agency was founded in 1970 by parents who wanted supports for their children, and others who had similar needs, in their community.

Our mission is to “to empower adults with developmental disabilities to make meaningful life choices.”

013Walnut Street Centers’ Philanthropy is to create a local awareness of the people we support and engage them in work, activities and community events that allow them to live complete and meaningful lives. We want to raise much needed funds to support programs that can purchase adaptive equipment, promote healthier living and give life experiences that our population may otherwise never experience. Some examples are; attending a ball game, planting a garden, obtaining meaningful employment or even taking a vacation.

Thank you.

Emma Taddeo
Walnut Street Center, Inc.
www.wscinc.org

Thank you Emma and WSC for all you do! Happy Philanthropy Day (Month)!

Philanthropy Day! (Month) Day 2

November 2, 2012 By Steve Fafel

Philanthropy Day is November 15th, but GiftWorks would like to honor and highlight a nonprofit each weekday in November! There are not enough days in November to thank every nonprofit in the world doing great things, but we are happy to bring to you one nonprofit each weekday in November, that is making a difference!

Today, let's meet:

The King’s Daughters Child Development Center: An Intentional Community of Caring

Jacobi and his momSince 1965, The King’s Daughters Child Development Center (KDCDC) has carried out its mission of providing an “exceptional early childcare environment to children and families in need”. KDCDC serves the Tennessee communities of Madison, Old Hickory, Hendersonville and Nashville. We are nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and hold the highest state star quality rating of three stars. Participating in Metro Nashville’s United Way Read to Succeed program, 100% of our Pre-K students have consistently tested ready to enter Kindergarten.
Kdcdc logoOur program is founded on the principle of “community”. Offering all those, whether it is children, parents, grandparents, guardians or staff, who walk through our door, a place of welcome. A place “To Hang Their Hat” so to say. We focus on the goal of providing a solid foundation for each child so that they will enter Kindergarten on a level playing field with their more economically privileged peers. We also focus, just as intentionally, on providing a community where all are nurtured, encouraged, given high expectations, offered friendship and provided with a real sense of Hope. Hope for a brighter future!
 
Thank you.

Candyee Goode
The King’s Daughters Child Development Center
www.kdcdc.org

Thank you Candyee and KDCDC for all you do! Happy Philanthropy Day (Month)!

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