Social Service/Public Welfare/Human Services

Ford Shifts Grant Making to Focus Entirely on Inequality
June 12, 2015 at 1:59 pm

The fight against inequality will take center stage at the Ford Foundation under a sweeping overhaul announced today by the nation’s second biggest philanthropy. Not only will Ford direct all of its money and influence to curbing financial, racial, gender, and other inequities, but it will give lots more money in a way grantees have…

Disabled Vet Sues Nonprofit for Fraud, Negligence
June 11, 2015 at 2:03 pm

A lawsuit claiming fraud, abuse of a vulnerable person and negligence was filed against Oregon Veterans Resource Center in Hillsboro, Ore. on Wednesday. Plaintiff Gary Reed, 53, said he's proud to have served his country in the U.S. Army. "It means everything to me," said Reed. "It means freedom, freedom of speech and freedom to…

Just a Stranger on the Bus
July 1, 2013

As fundraisers, you give people the opportunity to create on someone’s face, somewhere, the look I got from a scared, overwrought mother. Powerful, powerful stuff. Thank you.

Ford to Provide $50 Million to Human-Rights Groups
July 19, 2012

With a new $50 million program, the Ford Foundation is seeking to build human-rights organizations in far corners of the world.

The money will be awarded over five years to advocacy groups in non-Western countries in recognition that new voices on human rights are emerging around the globe.

Report Detailing 'Disruptive Forces' for Nonprofits Released
October 17, 2011

The Alliance for Children and Families released a new, national report Oct. 17 that is designed to assist the nonprofit human services industry maintain high performance, despite difficult constraints, while also identifying game-changing opportunities.

The report, Disruptive Forces: Driving a Human Services Revolution, was developed through a partnership between the Alliance and national accounting and advisory firm Baker Tilly. It features six disruptive forces deemed to have the potential to greatly affect the nonprofit human services industry.

IKEA giving UN $62 million to expand overcrowded refugee complex in Kenya
August 31, 2011

The IKEA Foundation is donating $62 million over three years to expand the world’s largest refugee complex in Dadaab, Kenya, the U.N. refugee agency announced Tuesday. U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres, in a statement, called it the largest private donation in the agency’s 60-year history, enough to help up to 120,000 people fleeing a crisis that “continues to deepen with thousands of people fleeing Somalia every week.”

Rachel Beckwith's legacy: $1 million for charity
August 15, 2011

Exactly two months after Rachel Beckwith's ninth birthday, the fundraising campaign of the Bellevue girl who died in a traffic accident last month has raised more than $1 million to bring clean water to African villages.

There has been an outpouring of donations to charity: water, which brings clean drinking water to people in developing countries, since the story of Beckwith's wish to raise $300 for safe drinking water by her ninth birthday captured the hearts of the local community and the nation.

Global Humanitarian Giving Rose in 2010
July 21, 2011

Global spending on humanitarian aid hit a record $16.7 billion in 2010 despite the financial crisis, but devastating disasters and rising delivery costs meant almost 40 percent of needs still went unmet, new data showed on Wednesday.

Governments poured $12.4 billion into emergency relief, up 6 percent from the year before, while private donors gave $4.3 billion, according to preliminary estimates by Global Humanitarian Assistance, a British-based aid monitoring group.