More than 63 million Americans volunteered about 8 billion hours in 2016, worth about $193 billion, according to Independent Sector. "Giving of our time, talent, and effort is hugely consequential and we hope this value of volunteer time is just one way we can help measure the enormous contributions we all make toward improving our communities, our country, and our planet," said Dan Cardinali, president and CEO of Independent Sector.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, drugmakers and leaders of Western countries vowed continued support for the global effort to eradicate most neglected tropical diseases. With a "broader, deeper bench of investors," the goal of treating 90% of those who need it by 2030 is attainable, Bill Gates said.
Give OUT Day, a fundraising event for LGBTQ nonprofits held annually on May 9, is particularly important this year in light of the new administration and expected budget cuts, writes Horizons Foundation President Roger Doughty. "Give OUT Day is the perfect opportunity for every LGBTQ person -- and every one of our allies -- to make sure that our nonprofits have what they require to litigate, educate, and fight for our rights."
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The Kresge Foundation is awarding a total of $2 million in grants to 17 projects aiming to improve neighborhoods in Detroit, including an agricultural greenway.
"[R]evitalization of city neighborhoods by and for the needs of residents is the key to Detroit’s continuing revival," said Kresge Foundation Detroit Program Managing Director Wendy Lewis Jackson.
Be more supportive and personable by asking exploratory questions such as "What can we achieve?" or "What can I do better?" writes Joel Garfinkle. These and other statements encourage team members to volunteer their ideas while helping leaders improve.
As part of a corporate social responsibility campaign, the nonprofit Aetna Foundation wants to make communities healthier. The Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge offers grants to local governments with the best ideas to address issues such as obesity and shorter life expectancy.
Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's new nonprofit, the USAFacts Institute, has launched a website dubbed USAFacts that aims to make federal, state and local government data more accessible. "I got interested in the context of learning about the way government serves kids who group in disadvantaged situations. And it was hard to find the numbers I was looking for," Ballmer said.
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