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Native Arts & Cultures Foundation
The Native Arts & Cultures Foundation is dedicated to promoting the revitalization, appreciation, and perpetuation of Native arts and cultures by providing fellowships to Native artists. Click above to learn more about the funding guidelines and application process.

Kresge Foundation: Kresge-Inyathelo Advancement Initiative in South Africa
Through its Education Program, the Kresge Foundation will provide support to promote South African postsecondary access and success – especially improving student graduation rates. Click above to learn more about the funding guidelines and application process.

Discretionary Grants Awards for Refugee Microenterprise Development Projects
Discretionary Grants Awards for Refugee Microenterprise Development Projects are available for activities designed to promote self-sufficiency among refugees, including business technical assistance, short-term training, establishing a revolving micro-loan fund or loan loss reserve fund, and post-loan technical assistance in support of microenterprise business development projects. Click above to learn more about the funding guidelines and application process.

Launching the first social-enterprise in the Market Research industry, Research For Good has a new vision for raising the social-consciousness of the online-survey business. The innovative company is changing the way people support charity by recruiting members who give their time and opinions to earn donations to their favorite charity, in lieu of a personal reward that is the norm in the industry today.

For the average person, this means time spent giving opinions can quickly add up to significant cash donations to any recognized charity in the U.S. or Canada.

“A lot of people hear the word survey, and cringe,” Co-founder Sean Case said. “We’ve all been bombarded at dinner with phone calls, or approached at the mall for ‘a few quick questions.’ It’s annoying, and people shy away. This is different though. Anyone that wants to get involved can do it on their terms, and every time they participate, they are making a real difference in the world.”

The difference that Case notes is the ability to sign up in support of your favorite charity and earn donations for that organization for every completed survey. Research For Good’s participant site SaySo For Good allows users to sign-up to be invited to online survey opportunities and users can opt-out at any time. Surveys are completed at the participant’s leisure and participation is always optional.

“Peoples’ opinions are way more valuable than they think,” Case said. “People could take 15 minutes a month to donate opinions literally help us change the world. If one million people did this once per month we could put $12 million a year to work for charity.”

RFG went live in Beta on January 2nd and launches publicly Wednesday. Those interested in signing up can do so at http://www.SaySoForGood.com and can choose to support one of the more than 2 million eligible charitable organizations in the US and Canada. During its Beta period, Research For Good has generated $18,257.10 in donations.

Research For Good is actively seeking additional funding. If you are interested in investing in this social-enterprise please contact investors(at)researchforgood(dot)com.

Cherokee Street is once again gearing up to host the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in St. Louis between the streets Nebraska and Iowa on Saturday, May 5, 2012 from 11:00 AM till 9:30 PM. The festival will include music performances on three stages, authentic Mexican refreshments, live art demonstrations, a parade presented by C.A.M.P and a variety of exhibitors, vendor booths, and other festival surprises!

Cinco de Mayo is an exciting event to be a part of as it is a genuine celebration of culture, community, and arts within the St. Louis area. Every year, attendees have enjoyed a diverse selection of delicious food, drinks, quality artwork and entertainment. Over 15 local bands and musicians curated by St. Louis Secret Sound Society will be performing throughout the course of the day on three different stages.
 
As in years past, live painting and art demonstrations by St. Louis based Art Dimensions will take place on the east block of the festival with pieces being auctioned towards the end of the event. A separate assortment of crafts and other festival items will be available to purchase from local and other traditional Mexican vendors. We are also happy to announce the addition of a third stage for the first time this year.

The Peopleʼs Joy Parade will feature street performers, art cars, musicians, bike
brigades, floats, cardboard bricoleurs, dancers, drag queens, rabble-rousers, marching bands, Mexican wrestlers, robot makers, kiddie rides and much more. Festival-goers will be captivated by the culture and energy of the many Hispanic purveyors who call Cherokee Street home.

For more information on the event or to participate as a vendor or in the parade please visit us at www.cincodemayostl.com or call (314) 632-6488.

Directions
From highways 40 or 44 exit at Jefferson and go South (Right). Continue South on Jefferson about 1-2 miles to Cherokee and make a Right. Continue 4 blocks to Cherokee & Iowa.

Parade Route
The parade will start at 1:11 pm at the intersection of MINNESOTA & CHEROKEE. It will head East on CHEROKEE to NEBRASKA , North on NEBRASKA to UTAH, East on UTAH to IOWA, South on IOWA to CHEROKEE and east on CHEROKEE to TEXAS.

Nonprofit News From 501Connect

Rio+Social: First-of-its-kind Gathering And Global, Online Conversation

The organizations that produce the acclaimed Social Good Summit each fall in New York, announced today an innovative partnership with Rio+20, the UN’s Conference on Sustainable Development, to create a first-of-its-kind in-person gathering and global, online conversation called Rio+Social. Rio+Social will take place on June 19th in Rio de Janeiro alongside the historic Rio+20 summit. The event brings together the United Nations … More

AmeriCares Delivering Aid for U.S. Tornado Survivors

AmeriCares is preparing to send bottled water, medical aid and relief supplies for survivors of the deadly tornadoes that caused widespread damage across the U.S.

The aid includes 32,000 bottles of water donated by Nestle Waters North America destined for the four hardest-hit counties in eastern Kentucky. The bottled water will be distributed to families in shelters, as well as those in homes that lack access to running water as a result of power outages.

Additionally, to protect first responders and affected families as they sift through the rubble, AmeriCares is securing donations of hundreds of doses of tetanus vaccine, and is preparing a shipment of respirator masks.

More than 100 tornadoes swept through the South and Midwest in recent days, leaving more than 50 people dead and leveling homes from Indiana to Alabama. AmeriCares immediately reached out to more than three dozen clinics and health care organizations in affected communities with offers of assistance, and their relief workers are coordinating with local first responders, health departments and FEMA liaisons to meet specific needs as the disaster unfolds.

http://www.americares.org

Verizon Wireless Supports Midwest And Southeast Tornado Recovery Through Mobile Giving

Verizon Wireless has implemented a mobile giving program for customers looking for a simple way to contribute to relief and recovery efforts supporting communities affected by tornado and flood disasters. The company said today that customers can use their mobile phones to make $10 donations to a variety of nonprofit organizations responding to the needs of citizens in the aftermath of the recent Midwest and Southeast destruction, including The Community Foundation of the Ozarks, American Red Cross, The Salvation Army and World Vision.

"The residents in the Midwest and Southeast have experienced severe devastation and we are mobilizing assistance for them," said Marquett Smith, vice president of corporate communications for Verizon Wireless. "We’re making it easy for our customers wanting to donate funds to nonprofits helping with disaster recovery by implementing a simple text-to-donate campaign. We are also proud to match employee donations to further support relief efforts."

Customers can choose from four different nonprofit organizations and make a $10 donation by sending a text message. Donating is easy – customers simply text the specific word to the organization’s designated short code:

• American Red Cross Relief: Text REDCROSS to 90999 
• The Community Foundation of the Ozarks: text BRANSON to 41010 (specifically for tornado survivors in Branson, Mo.)
• The Salvation Army: Text STORM to 80888 
• World Vision: Text WV to 20222 

Verizon Wireless waives text-messaging fees for disaster relief, so text messages are free when used to make donations to any of these organizations, and 100 percent of each $10 donation goes to the relief organization. For Verizon Wireless customers who pay monthly bills, the $10 donations will appear on the next regular monthly bill. For customers using the company’s prepaid services, the $10 donation will be taken from customers’ prepaid balances.

To help survivors of the devastating tornadoes, the Verizon Foundation will match online credit-card donations of $25 or more from U.S.-based Verizon employees to the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army, which have launched relief efforts spanning nearly a dozen states. To qualify for the company match through March 30, Verizon employees should log in at www.verizonfoundation.org/donor.

Parents Step Ahead and Ford Motor Company Kick-Off March as Month of the Family

On March 3,Parents Step Ahead partnered with Ford Motor Company to host an event to celebrate March as Month of the Family. More than 300 participated in a family day of community service at Paul Keyes Elementary, Crockett Middle School, and Irving High School in Irving, Texas.

"Ford is proud to support Parents Step Ahead and their initiatives to generate awareness about the importance of education and parenting in the Hispanic community," said Alvaro Cabal, Multicultural Communications Manager for Ford Motor Company.  “Our work with organizations, such as Parents Step Ahead, creates opportunities for our company to make a contribution for a better world for all.”

Parents Step Ahead encourages families to celebrate Month of the Family by devoting one day a week to quality family time. “A great way to celebrate family values is to give back to the schools our children attend and promote a sense of community. We are thrilled Ford was able to make this event a reality and give families an opportunity to celebrate March as Month of the Family,” said Lupita Colmenero, Founder of Parents Step Ahead.

Parents Step Ahead is a nonprofit organization with a mission “to recognize, educate, enable and empower parents to take a proactive role in the educational and personal development of their children.” The organization partners with corporations and community organizations to offer a series of educational programs for parents. Programs include dinner, childcare, and the raffle a desktop computer. www.parentsstepahead.org.

As PETA and other nationally-known animal charities come under fire, local shelters emerge as the ideal venues for charitable giving

For animal lovers, the chance to make charitable donations to shelters and rescues is always a welcome opportunity. According to recent reports, however, these animal lovers would do well to do their research and select their chosen charity with care. Reports have come out showing that PETA, a nationally known organization famous for its staunch defense of animal rights, might not be living up to its own high standards. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services have revealed that, in 2010 and 2011, the Norfolk PETA shelter killed nearly all of the adaptable animals in its care. For Massachusetts business Tall Tails Doggie Day Care, this report should encourage animal lovers to make their donations to smaller, locally based shelters.

"With such large organizations, it is simply much more difficult for the consumer to know where his or her money is actually going," notes Jordan Holt, the owner of Tall Tails Doggie Day Care. "By making donations to smaller, local organizations, it is much easier to do the homework and deduce exactly where the funding is going, and to see first-hand that the organization is doing good work on behalf of the animals in the community."

The Tall Tails Doggie Day Care owner is not the only one encouraging animal lovers to make their donations to local shelters as opposed to national chains. An editorial from the Times of Trenton notes that while an organization like PETA might be good at raising awareness regarding important pet-related issues, smaller shelters can “more efficiently provide care.”

Holt agrees. “Giving to national organizations means that the local branches, which actually do the brunt of the hands-on work with animals, receive just a fraction of the donation,” he notes. “Meanwhile, giving to smaller shelters means that the full donation can be allocated to the work being done with adoptable cats and dogs.” He says it is also easier to get a feel for the values and priorities of these smaller shelters, ensuring that they are not putting animals down with the same frequency as the Norfolk PETA shelter.

Put Your Money Where The Motivation Is — Compensation Strategies To Retain Your Best People

No matter the economic environment, a leading goal of most organizations remains creating a workplace that’s engaging and motivating, where employees want to stay, grow and contribute their knowledge, experience and expertise. Engaged employees are those who are motivated to contribute beyond what’s expected. But what creates motivation and engagement, especially for your top performers?

Employees need clear answers to the age-old question — “What’s in it for me?” There are plenty of factors that contribute to motivation and engagement, but getting compensation right is a foundational element.

When it comes to effectively rewarding a diverse team of individuals, the fact is that one approach does not satisfy all. Developing a pay-for-performance strategy should include a process that rewards individuals relative to their contributions and how well they achieved objectives aligned to the organization’s goals. According to Chris Arringdale, Reviewsnap’s vice president of marketing, “When employees understand how their achievements are valued and rewarded, motivation and engagement improve. Reviewsnap’s compensation module makes rewarding results-based performance easy and reliable.”

Download a complimentary copy of Reviewsnap’s white paper “Put Your Money Where the Motivation Is — Compensation Strategies to Retain Your Best People” to learn how your organization can benefit from:

  • Identifying work characteristics that can improve or derail motivation
  • Using a strategy of total rewards to improve retention and engagement
  • Designing compensation that pays for performance and results
  • Differentiating rewards to reinforce and motivate your top performers
  • Creating compensation transparency that builds trust and accountability

Build a strategy of total rewards to create the kind of performance your organization needs to succeed. By using an automated solution that integrates performance and compensation management, your managers and employees will have the tools they need to drive your business forward.

For more information about Reviewsnap, visit http://www.reviewsnap.com.