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For local teen, giving back means helping to save cats

February 28, 2015 5:00 pm Published by

Following his 13th birthday celebration and bar mitzvah, the Lynn Middle School student donated a portion of his monetary gifts to Big Kitty Fix, a program dedicated to reducing the number of cats entering the shelter by providing low-cost spaying and neutering services and good homes for all cats throughout DoA a Ana County.

“It is important to give back, and for me personally, I felt it was important to give to Big Kitty Fix,” said Hyman who presented a check for $375 on Thursday to Big Kitty Fix and the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico, the fiscal sponsor of the program. The 12-point plan includes: positive support for the shelter director and staff; adequate public and private funding for the initiative; public relations for more community involvement; engaging many volunteers; increased pet retention by owners; proactive approach to returning lost animals; high-volume, low-cost sterilization; a program to address feral and free roaming cats; more innovative programs at the shelter; active reliance on dog and cat rescue groups; foster care for dogs and cats and a comprehensive adoption program.

For more information on the Big Kitty Fix, visitwww.bigkittyfix.org or Big Kitty Fix on Facebook.

Thoughtful giving should be more than handing it over

February 28, 2015 5:00 pm Published by

It hit Buffett that many of us only have about 40 years to achieve our goals.

In his campaign to eradicate food insecurity, he spends part of each year teaching farming methods and trying to improve people’s lives in more than 120 countries.

He soon learned his efforts and those of other nongovernmental organizations (known as NGOs, usually charitable groups) often aren’t as successful as first visualized, usually due to a lack of knowledge of the area.

For example, when a program used American grain surpluses to fight world hunger while helping American farmers find a market for their crops, Mozambique farmers who also sold corn saw their market price drop and provide less income for their families.

Many nonprofits don’t factor in how locals would handle a situation.

Local corruption often diverts aid; in South Sudan, for example, armed groups of militants blockade a village and take about 30 percent of food sent by an NGO, enough to supply themselves while keeping villagers hungry but not so much the NGO will refuse to send more food.

Steven Crandell: When Philanthropy Must Lead

February 28, 2015 5:00 pm Published by

Steven Crandell: When Philanthropy Must Lead

In 1984, Irene and Aaron Diamond decided to give a significant portion of the money Aaron Diamond had earned in real estate to the people and institutions of New York.

Because of complications due to the liquidation of Diamond’s estate, the new foundation had two years to perform research before the 10-year countdown began. The foundation spent $50 million on AIDS research, making it the largest private supporter of such research in America at the time.

Some philanthropists follow the example of the Aaron Diamond Foundation and use an aggressive results-oriented approach to carry out their giving strategy.

For more information, see this guide, Setting a Time Horizon How Long Should Your Foundation or Giving Program Last, from Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.
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Written by The Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut

February 28, 2015 5:00 pm Published by

Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut Accepting Grant Applications

The Women & Girls Fund at The Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut is currently accepting grant applications for program and capital goods and/or equipment grants for eligible nonprofit organizations that provide programs and services for women and girls in Connecticut’s Northwest Corner.

The Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation‘s mission is to enrich the quality of life for residents of the 20 town service area in Connecticut’s northwest corner through the generosity of fund holders.

The Women & Girls Fund, established by area women in 1999, is comprised of nearly 200 donors who are committed to improving the lives of women and girls in Northwest Connecticut by raising awareness and pooling resources.

Health grants support local charities

February 28, 2015 5:00 pm Published by

PANAMA CITY Nine local charity organizations received a boon recently as the Bay Health Foundation awarded $500,000 in grants.

Rebecca Pierson, the Bay Health Foundation’s community development director, cited the foundation’s mission as “promoting the health and well-being of Bay County residents.”

The foundation chose the organizations based on several criteria, including how the organization works with others in the community, how its services will “improve community health in Bay County,” focus on prevention and wellness and others.

-Avicenna Clinic, which serves uninsured patients whose gross family income is less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level, received $100,000 to fund staffing including a nurse practitioner, a certified nurse assistant as well as medications and supplies. PANAMA CITY Nine local charity organizations received a boon recently as the Bay Health Foundation awarded $500,000 in grants.

Rebecca Pierson, the Bay Health Foundation’s community development director, cited the foundation’s mission as “promoting the health and well-being of Bay County residents.”

The foundation chose the organizations based on several criteria, including how the organization works with others in the community, how its services will “improve community health in Bay County,” focus on prevention and wellness and others.

-Bay Cares was awarded $100,000 to fund staffing to coordinate specialty medical care services to indigent and uninsured patients in Bay County. -The Bay County Council on Aging, which helps senior adults maintain their health and independence, received $46,500 to provide facility and in-home respite care for caregivers who provide 24 hour per day care for patients suffering from Alheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Palisades School District expands Chris Creveling Fitness Center

February 28, 2015 5:00 pm Published by

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Ice skating rink breaks attendance record

February 28, 2015 5:00 pm Published by

Attendance at the Headwaters Park Ice Skate Rink broke a record of 27,000 skaters. (WANE) Skates will be put away and Headwaters Park Ice Skating Rink will be dismantled after its final day of the season on Sunday.The 12th season for the rink comes to a close after having a record breaking year in attendance.

The 2015-2015 season for the rink was “exceptionally good,” said Executive Director Geoff Paddock in a press release.The rink broke its previous all-time record attendance with more than 27,000 skaters for the season as of Saturday.

“It’s a family friendly, it’s inexpensive, it’s in the center of downtown. With the help of several foundations, including the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne, the Auer Foundation, the Lincoln Financial Foundation, PNCE Charitable Trusts, and the Lupke Family Foundation, prices for the ice rink have not been raised.

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