Social Service/Public Welfare/Human Services

Nonprofit Wants to Create 130K Jobs for People With Disabilities
September 28, 2017 at 11:11 am

A new effort with the backing of some major names in the advertising industry is launching with an ambitious goal: create 130,000 jobs for people with developmental disabilities by 2020. Leaders of several New York advertising agencies are coming together to form the nonprofit Creative Spirit, which will work to grow employment opportunities for those…

What Nonprofits Can Learn From the NFL
September 27, 2017 at 11:43 am

Former NFL Super Bowl quarterback Colin Kaepernick was a lone nut. He was the guy who famously took a knee during the playing of the National Anthem before games to protest discrimination and brutality against minorities by police. The events of the past week transformed him from a lone nut into the leader of a movement...

Big Philanthropists Flock to DC’s Bridge Park Project to Battle Gentrification
September 25, 2017 at 12:04 pm

The proposed 11th Street Bridge Park that would cross the Anacostia River continues to inspire big-name philanthropists to write big checks to revitalize some of the District’s poorest neighborhoods and help low-income residents prepare should an economic turnaround arrive. The latest is JPMorgan Chase. Over the next 3 years, the financial giant agreed to donate $10 million…

Mexicans Respond With Faith and Charity as Hope Fades for Quake Survivors
September 25, 2017 at 12:02 pm

Tears flowed at Our Lady of Carmen and Saint Joseph Parrish on Thursday night as the families of two dead children killed when a powerful earthquake toppled their school a few blocks away interred their ashes The crushed victims, 7-year-old Eduardo Diaz and 8-year-old Francisco Quintero, were two of the 286 people reported killed by…

Jorge Posada, Wife Laura Launch Fundraising Campaign for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief
September 22, 2017 at 12:13 pm

Former Yankees great Jorge Posada and his wife, Laura, are spearheading a fundraising campaign to aid hurricane relief in Puerto Rico. The fundraising page on YouCaring has raised over $68,000 of its $100,000 goal from 408 donors in less than 24 hours. Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and his wife, Wanda, have launched a similar campaign,…

Salma Hayek Is Helping Raise Money for Mexico's Earthquake Victims
September 21, 2017 at 12:19 pm

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit Central Mexico on Tuesday, crumbling infrastructure and killing more than 230 people so far, including at least 25 school children. Families are still searching for their loved ones as rescue teams dig through rubble to uncover survivors. And hospital staff are doing their best to treat the hundreds of people…

Meals on Wheels Kicks Off New Fundraising Campaign
September 19, 2017 at 11:12 am

Nathalie Graham will turn off the lights in the Community Center of Abingdon before ending its Meals on Wheels program. “I would rather turn off the electricity here than stop giving out meals,” said Graham, the center’s executive director. “This [Meals on Wheels] is not something that would be nice to do, it’s something that…

Texas Churches Suing FEMA for Equal Access to Nonprofit Relief Funds
September 15, 2017 at 12:40 pm

Churches, synagogues and mosques became literal shelters in the storm, as Harvey and Irma ravaged East Texas, Florida and the Caribbean. Faithful volunteers clocked tens of thousands of hours to help victims. Some churches even served as staging areas and distribution centers for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). But what happens when the places of…

Giving for Disaster Relief
September 15, 2017 at 12:21 pm

Because I work for a disaster relief agency that also provides a variety of other important daily services, I am always interested in studying why certain donors only give for disaster relief. On a small sample, I noticed that more than 4,000 of our donors gave for the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts in 2005, but did not give in subsequent years...

JJ Watt Raised $33M for Harvey Relief (But Where Will it Go?)
September 14, 2017 at 10:21 am

If you're one of thousands of Harvey-ravaged Houstonians who could use a handout from Houston Texan J.J. Watt's hurricane relief fund, you're going to have to wait a little longer. While the J.J. Watt Foundation raised a mindblowing $33 million in two weeks, a foundation spokesperson said there's currently no long-term plan in place for…