The Rockefeller Foundation has announced the winners of its 2012 Innovation Challenges, a competition designed to surface solutions to pressing global challenges such as access to fresh water, food insecurity, and rapid urbanization.
- Mali's Mobido Coulibaly, who came up with the idea for FarmQuest, a reality radio program featuring six to eight young people who compete over a nine- to twelve-month period to create the best new farm
- Amos Winter of the United States, who submitted a product idea for a novel drip emitter that promises to reduce the cost of one-acre drip irrigation systems by 90 percent, putting them within the reach of small-scale subsistence farmers without access to electricity;
- Pedro Markun, who submitted an idea for a data platform that helps Sao Paulo residents get official information regarding their neighborhoods and topics of interest in a timely fashion.
The National Standards Seal by our name indicates official confirmation from the Community Foundations National Standards Board that we have met the most rigorous standards in philanthropy. It affirms our commitment to financial security, transparency and accountability. It says our grantmaking includes an open, competitive process designed to address the changing needs of our community. The National Standards Seal also confirms our history of honoring donors’ wishes—to support the arts, cultivate gardens, expand literacy, feed children—and support countless other important causes.
The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations were created in 2000 in cooperation with the Council on Foundations. National Standards guide community foundations in establishing legal, ethical and effective operational practices that serve as blueprints for internal development and benchmarks for external assessment. The 41 National Standards require The Community Foundation of Utah to document its policies in donor services, investment management, grantmaking and administration. To receive confirmation of National Standards compliance, The Community Foundation of Utah submitted its organizational and financial policies and procedures to the Community Foundations National Standards Board for a rigorous peer review.
The Community Foundation of Utah meets National Standards for operational quality, donor service and accountability in the community foundation sector.
The National Standards Seal by our name indicates official confirmation from the Community Foundations National Standards Board that we have met the most rigorous standards in philanthropy. It affirms our commitment to financial security, transparency and accountability. It says our grantmaking includes an open, competitive process designed to address the changing needs of our community. The National Standards Seal also confirms our history of honoring donors’ wishes—to support the arts, cultivate gardens, save endangered species, cure illness, expand literacy, feed children—and support countless other important causes.
The National Standards for U.S. Community FoundationsÔ were created in 2000 in cooperation with the Council on Foundations. National Standards guide community foundations in establishing legal, ethical and effective operational practices that serve as blueprints for internal development and benchmarks for external assessment. The 41 National Standards require The Community Foundation of Utah to document its policies in donor services, investment management, grantmaking and administration. To receive confirmation of National Standards compliance, The Community Foundation of Utah submitted its organizational and financial policies and procedures to the Community Foundations National Standards Board for a rigorous peer review.
Approximately 12% of Utah’s children are living at or below the federal poverty guideline.
The mission of Salt Lake Head Start is to provide health, education, and self-sufficiency to young children and families facing adversity. Salt Lake Head Start serves more than 2,300 infants, toddlers, preschoolers and pregnant mothers each year. At any given moment, Salt Lake Head Start has more than 1,200 low-income children awaiting services on our wait-list.
Salt Lake Head Start leads the early childhood field with a strong, clear, and comprehensive focus on all aspects of healthy development, including physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development, all of which are essential to prepare children for success in school. Salt Lake Head Start also provides health, comprehensive case management, mental health and nutritional services to vulnerable families throughout Salt Lake and Tooele counties. Head Start strives to serve the WHOLE CHILD and the WHOLE FAMILY, shaping children and families for school readiness, parental engagement, and long-term success.
Anyone with children knows the worry over decisions that steer the course of your child’s life. No parent should have to worry whether or not their children have access to quality early childhood education. The 12% of Utah’s children living at or below the federal poverty guideline should not be at an educational disadvantage starting school. Help us get them ready - volunteer, donate, promote!
Join us for our 8th annual Head Start gala, BLOOM 2012– an evening of great food and great company for a great cause.
Volunteer today. Call Katie at 801-977-1122 for opportunities in and out of the classroom.
Donate online: www.saltlakeheadstart.org.
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“The classes are very informative, the instructors excellent, and the networking with other non-profit professionals is helpful (you learn that everyone deals with similar problems in their organizations—you are not alone and can help one another).” - Lindsie Smith, Development and Marketing Director, Discovery Gateway
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The Sumner Redstone Charitable Foundation has donated $100,000 to the Safe to Talk Fund to place the anonymous texting service SchoolTipline in schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. A leading figure in the media industry, Mr. Redstone is Executive Chairman of Viacom Inc. and CBS Corporation.
The Safe to Talk Fund is committed to decreasing bullying, violence, crime and suicide in schools through education, programs and services. One such product is a technological solution called SchoolTipline. SchoolTipline is an anonymous texting platform that allows students to submit tips of violent or dangerous behavior to administrators, without fearing retribution from peers. In connection with the Safe to Talk Fund and Friends of Safe Schools Los Angeles (FOSSLA), the LA Unified School District is slated to implement SchoolTipline to help increase safety across its schools.
Mr. Redstone said: “I have always believed that a quality education is one of the most important contributors to success in life. That is why I am very pleased to support SchoolTipline and the LA Unified Schools District in their mission to foster a safe schools, and give young people the chance to get the education they deserve, in a supportive environment, free of bullying and violence. I hope others will support the important work of the Safe to Talk Fund.”
"As a detective for the Los Angeles School Police Department and co-founder of the Friends of Safe Schools Los Angeles charity, I believe it is of the utmost importance to have programs that provide avenues of prevention against violence, weapons on school campuses, bullying, and drug abuse, across our nation’s schools.” Said Rudy Perez Executive Director, of FOSSLA. “We are really grateful to Mr. Redstone for his donation to the schools of LA Unified"
The Los Angeles Unified Schools District has more than 900,000 enrolled students, attending more than 1,200 total schools and centers. This generous donation will provide these students and their faculty members with a safe, convenient resource to report bullying, concerns of suicide, presence of drugs and alcohol and other threatening behavior.
“The LA Unified School District represents the thousands of school districts spread across the United States, plagued by bullying, aggressive behavior and students struggling with how to respond,” said SchoolTipline CEO Kevin Santiago. “We are excited to team with The Safe to Talk Fund and FOSSLA in this great project made possible through Mr. Redstone’s contribution. Using our technology we are able to provide a solution to students and administrators giving them a response channel that acts quickly and effectively. Our goal is to be able to provide the same opportunity, the same channel, to every other school district in the nation.”
According to the National Education Association, 160,000 students skip classes each day because they fear physical harm, and nearly as many of their classmates are bringing guns to school. Sumner Redstone has joined forces with The Safe to Talk Fund and SchoolTipline to aggressively decrease these numbers in the Los Angeles area. For more information on the Safe to Talk Fund at the Community Foundation of Utah, please contact Fraser Nelson at (801) 559-3005. For information on SchoolTipline, please contact Todd Kirk, at 1-800-847-5104.
Sumner M. Redstone
In addition to his well know success in the media industry, Mr. Redstone has devoted himself to a wide variety of civic and community affairs efforts, contributing over $130 million to worthy charities around the world over the last several years. He has donated $1.5 million to the Global Poverty Project towards eradicating polio and funded the establishment of the Cambodian Children’s Fund child rescue center along with research and patient care advancements in cancer, burn recovery and mental health at several major non-profit healthcare organizations. Many of his major gifts have been focused on encouraging the acceleration of basic research into clinical trials and, ultimately, to individuals and their families. Mr. Redstone has supported such internationally recognized programs as A Place Called Home, Autism Speaks, FasterCures/The Center for Accelerating Medical Solutions, based in Washington D.C.; the prostate cancer research of Dr. David Agus at the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine; the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts; the Cedars-Sinai Women’s Heart Center; Boston Latin School and Harvard University and Harvard Law School.
Mr. Redstone began his career as Law Secretary with the U.S. Court of Appeals, and then served as a Special Assistant to the U.S. Attorney General. Subsequently, he was a partner with the law firm of Ford, Bergson, Adams, Borkland and Redstone in Washington, D.C. In 1954, he joined National Amusements, Inc., which he then organized into the successful company it is today. Based in Dedham, Massachusetts, National Amusements is one of the largest motion picture circuits in the United States.
Mr. Redstone served in the Military Intelligence Division during World War II. While a student at Harvard, he was selected by Japanese history professor Edwin Reischauer (later Ambassador to Japan) to join a special intelligence group whose mission was to break Japan's high-level military and diplomatic codes. In connection with these activities, Mr. Redstone received, among other honors, two commendations from the Military Intelligence Division in recognition of his service, contribution and devotion to duty. He is also a recipient of the Army Commendation Award.
Here is a summary of data from the 2011 Giving USA report
- Total charitable contributions by individuals, corporations, and foundations was an estimated $298.42 billion in 2011, up 4% in current dollars and 0.9 percent in inflation-adjusted dollars from 2010.
- Giving by individuals rose nearly 4% and continue to count for the vast majority (73%) of total giving.
- As a percentage of disposable income, individual giving held steady in 2011 at 1.9%.
Less good news on the foundation and corporate giving front:
- Grantmaking by private, community, and operating rose less than 2%, meaning an actual decline of 1.3 percent in inflation-adjusted dollars.
- Giving to foundations fell some 6.1%.
- Giving by corporations remained flat, down 0.1% (3.1% in inflation-adjusted dollars).
The big transfer of wealth we have been hearing about may have begun:
- Gifts from estates rose 12% (9% in inflation-adjusted dollars), to $24.41 billion).
Who is benefiting from these gifts?
- Although giving to religious organizations fell 1.7% (4.7% in inflation-adjusted dollars), they continued to receive the largest share of charitable contributions in terms of recipient category.
- Religion was followed closely by education, then human services, health, arts and culture, and animal welfare and the environment.
We are excited to roll out a new feature on our web site - guest bloggers. Every few weeks we'll feature insights and information from our partners in the field. Our goal is to help inform our community about the pressing issues facing Utah, and to bring awareness to the organizations and people that make our state unique. If you would like to add your voice please write us at email@example.com.
Over 100,000 Utahns are struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, and the number is growing.
Prescription drug abuse is fueling the rise of addiction in Utah, especially among 18 to 24 year olds. There are a number of explanations for this trend, but chief among them is our collective willingness to share medications. Studies indicate that 97 percent of prescription drug abusers get their pills from friends and family members. Ninety-seven percent! Because of this faux generosity and the dangerous addiction it breeds, Utahns are dying by the hundreds from prescription drug overdoses. In fact, we are now more likely to die of drug poisoning than in a car crash.
To stop prescription drug abuse in our community, Odyssey House of Utah is asking for your help to spread word about its dangers. Please take a moment to share this post with your personal and professional networks. Remember, nearly all prescription drug abusers get their pills from friends and family. If we can convince even one person to stop sharing their pills, we may save a life.
To learn more about Odyssey House of Utah and its efforts to help individuals and families who are struggling with addiction and mental illness, please visit us at www.odysseyhouse.org, like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Odyssey-House-of-Utah/54146512730, and follow us @OdysseyHouseUT.
Guest Blogger - Preston Nielson, Development Coordinator. Odyssey House