The development of relevant, timely, and quality programming lies at the heart of Philanthropy New York’s activities. Our emphasis remains on providing you with the ability to easily connect with other funders and with the key players involved in the issues and legislation affecting your areas of grantmaking. That said, understanding and incorporating your needs could not be more important to us.
To that end, one of our newest website features, “Your Idea HERE”, encourages and enables you to submit your own event ideas, publicize existing initiatives, and reach out to your fellow members for collaboration opportunities. Through “Your Idea HERE”, you can also share your feedback more easily and let us know which membership resources you would like to see more (or less). Event ideas that have already been submitted by members include briefings on better understanding field-related terminology, making more financially effective use of tech assistance, and the pros and cons of becoming a low-profit limited liability company (L3C).
I invite you to explore and take advantage of this new web feature and, as always, to let us know your thoughts on its usefulness to your work.
President, Philanthropy New York
On July 15th, while commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Mr. Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates, publicly pledged that the majority of his estate would be donated to philanthropic causes after his lifetime. Mr. Allen, whose estate is valued at $13.5 billion, follows in the footsteps of Mr. Gates and Warren Buffett, who have both encouraged their fellow American billionaires to make The Giving Pledge to give away at least half their wealth to charity.
New York Life Insurance Company held its second annual Global Month of Service in May 2010 and had over 4,500 employees and agents volunteer in their local communities where the company does business. The 2010 Global Month of Service built on 2009's inaugural effort, when over 3,500 New York Life employees and agents volunteered in over 200 community projects.
New York Life has designated May as its Global Month of Service to expand its long-standing tradition of giving back, providing New York Life employees, agents, family members, friends, and policyholders with an opportunity to make a global impact in local communities.
This year, volunteers worked on 300 community projects in seven countries to champion the Supporting Youth Worldwide theme and gave over 30,000 hours of service—the equivalent of 18 people working full-time for an entire year, with an estimated value of more than $650,000.
Learn more about the the Global Month of Service.
On Saturday, October 2, 2010, the United Way of New York City's LIVE UNITED Bridge Walk and Volunteer Festival will attract leaders and teams from the business, government, and nonprofit sectors to help raise awareness of the need to "bridge" the gaps in education, income, and health that exist in New York City. More than 5,000 participants are expected to gather in City Hall Park to walk in teams across the Brooklyn Bridge to Cadman Plaza Park for a Volunteer Festival featuring music, food, entertainment, and more than 75 nonprofit organizations from all five boroughs offering a wide range of volunteer opportunities.
Funds raised through the LIVE UNITED Bridge Walk will help support United Way initiatives that not only provide immediate help to people in need, but also lead to policy changes that have far-reaching impact on the education, income, and health of all New Yorkers. These include innovative initiatives that are working to reduce the dropout rate, equip working families with financial management skills, and bring fresh, locally grown produce to soup kitchens, food pantries, and under-served communities.
Philanthropy New York members have free access to the Foundation Center's interactive mapping tool, Philanthropy In/Sight, which enables grantmakers, policymakers, and researchers to visualize the spending patterns of private foundations and public charities through a familiar Google Map interface.
Users can create maps combining the Center's data on over 97,000 grantmakers and close to 1.8 million grants with dozens of demographic and socio-economic indicators. The maps pinpoint the locations of grantmakers and recipients, depicting where foundation dollars are having the greatest effect or where funding is needed most, and provide detailed information about funders, recipients, and grants.
The Foundation Center is requesting feedback from grantmakers so they can ensure that this resource grows and evolves in line with the needs of the funding community. We encourage our members to take a few moments to complete a survey about their experiences using Philanthropy In/Sight.
Click here to take the survey.
(View a full text, PDF version of Philanthropy New York Currents, July 2010.)