Maine-based nonprofit K9s on the Front Line pairs veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injuries with service dogs that offer both practical physical help and emotional support. Veterans and the dogs they're paired with take weekly training classes taught by police officers who also train police dogs.
Americans contributed $37 billion to donor-advised funds in 2018, up 20.1% from 2017 levels, says the National Philanthropic Trust. DAFs controlled $121.4 billion at the end of 2018, while overall giving to charities declined from 22.8% in 2017 to 20.9% in 2018.
Some nonprofits in St. Louis have built beneficial relationships with local businesses by courting board members from their teams, offering short-term volunteer opportunities and free tours and having dedicated corporate outreach staff that builds relationships. "There are so many nonprofit organizations within the St. Louis area, and it seems that corporations are tending to choose to support the ones to which they are personally connected," says Kaitlyn Gresham of Under the Same Tree.
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Five nonprofits in Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota have been named winners of the Bush Foundation's 2019 Bush Prize for Community Innovation, an annual grant competition in which each winner can secure up to $500,000 in unrestricted funds for community programs. "These are organizations who have shown they can make amazing things happen, working with their communities," says foundation President Jennifer Ford Reedy.
A difficult job for leaders is recognizing and addressing trouble before it's too late, especially because some data only works as a lagging indicator, writes Kristin Hendrix. "For every one person that shares a concern, there are potentially ten more that don't," she writes.
Donors, nonprofits and corporate giving efforts funneled $45 billion into disaster relief efforts in 2017, with 65% of the funds directed toward natural disasters, say the Center for Disaster Philanthropy and Candid. The groups' report shows the sector gave generously in 2017, but "[i]t also highlights funding gaps and opportunities for donors to give more strategically in areas -- like disaster preparedness and long-term recovery -- that are typically underfunded," says Candid executive Grace Sato.
The Banning Ranch Conservancy in California has received a $50 million donation from philanthropists Frank and Joann Randall in support of its mission to acquire and conserve the 401-acre Banning Ranch wetland area in Newport Beach, Calif. "It's not enough to buy Banning Ranch in and of itself, but it's moving us a long way down the road," says Executive Director Steve Ray.
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