NASHVILLE, Tenn., November 19, 2009 — Synergy Production Group today announced the 2010 launch of the Hoops of Hope All-Stars Tour to raise funds for projects benefiting AIDS orphans in Africa. Deemed "the world's largest free throw festival," the events will take place across 12 cities throughout the United States, beginning in April through August 2010.
AUSTIN, Texas, September 21, 2009 — When it comes to online giving to charity, Alexandria, VA, Cambridge, MA and Minneapolis, MN topped thelist as the nation`s most generous cities based on per capita giving in 2008. The three cities are also leading the way in online giving for 2009. When it comes to cities of less than 100,000 people, Paramus, NJ so far tops the list of dollars given in 2009 followed by Princeton, NJ and Georgetown, TX.A new report by Convio ranks 273 cities (with total population of
more than 100,000) based on actual per capita online giving and more than 1,700 cities of less than 100,000 people based on the amount donated online. The 2008 rankings are based on the more than $777 million in online donations processed by Convio on behalf of thousands of the nation`s leading nonprofit organizations during the calendar year. The current rankings come from donations processed between January 1 and August 31, 2009.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN, June 4, 2009 — No bailout is coming for independent media publications. In an industry that will reinvent itself or become obsolete, NEED magazine is eliminating commercial advertisements from its pages in favor of an entirely subscription-based fundraising model. If successful, the humanitarian magazine's nationwide "Screw the Man, Save the World" campaign could transform business models and mean the end of print advertising.
Portland, ME, June 2009 — The Planet Dog Foundation (PDF), Planet Dog's non-profit arm, is proud to announce the recipients of their latest grants. Grants ranging from $3,000- $7,000 have been awarded to Assistance Dogs of the West; Gabriel's Angels; Hearing and Service Dogs of Minnesota; NEADS; Susquehanna Service Dogs; Teacher's Pet and Working Dogs for Conservation.
The National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts has received a grant of $275,000 from MetLife Foundation to continue the MetLife Foundation Partners in Arts Education Program. The national initiative, now in its fifth year, aims to improve teaching and learning in the arts by supporting and promoting sustainable partnerships between community arts education organizations and public schools. Objectives include the distribution of grants of up to $20,000 to support arts education partnerships during the 2009-2010 school year and the production of the Partners in Excellence: Arts Education Partnerships Institute in conjunction with the Guild's annual Conference for Community Arts Education (Nov. 11-14, 2009, in Minneapolis, MN).
Despite the economic challenges of 2008, the Planet Dog Foundation (PDF) is celebrating another amazing year of giving with 14 grantees and more than $100,000 ($103,150 to be exact) donated to canine service programs nationwide. Through cash grants, sponsorships, special gifts and in-kind donations, PDF has bolstered more than 100 non-profit organizations dedicated to improving the lives of people in need with the aid of highly skilled specialized dogs. An additional $107,000 worth of in-kind product donations provided auction items and prizes for scores of fundraisers at non-profits throughout the country.