Welcome to JVA Consulting’s new blog! Each Monday, we will share with you the latest news in the nonprofit sector, as well as interesting headlines that affect the world we live and work in.
New York Times, 1/18
Google’s philanthropy branch—Google.org, or DotOrg as Googlers call it—will spend up to $175 million in its first round of grants and investments over the next three years. The first of its initiatives—what the philanthropy calls “predict and prevent.” This effort focuses on strengthening early warning systems in countries around the world to detect a disease before it becomes pandemic or a drought before it becomes a famine.
JVA: This a great new funding area, particularly for organizations working with international populations.
New York Times, 1/18
Because of an unprecedented surge in immigration applications last summer, legal immigrants will have to wait much longer during the next two years to receive visas or naturalization papers. From now until 2010, the agency would take an average of 18 months to process petitions from legal immigrants for citizenship, up from seven months or less last year.
JVA: Wherever you stand on the immigration debate, that is no doubt a very long time to process. Do you know anyone who is personally being affected by this lag time?
New York Times, 1/16
Facing a $200 million operating deficit, the American Red Cross is preparing to cut as much as one-third of its headquarters staff, up to 1,000 employees, and pare regional management.
JVA: Not a good sign when one of the nation’s largest and well-known charities is struggling to make ends meet.
New York Times, 1/15
Statistics gathered by New York City health officials show that new diagnoses of HIV infections in gay men under age 30 rose 32 percent between 2001 and 2006. Among black and Hispanic men, the figure was 34 percent. Most troubling, the number of new diagnoses among the youngest men in the study, those between ages 13 and 19, doubled.
JVA: It looks like we are headed backward from our heightened HIV/AIDs awareness in the 1990s. What can be done to turn this around?
Philanthropy News Digest, 1/13
Colorado-based grantmakers contributed more than $412 million to charitable causes in 2006—a 51 percent increase since 2004—says a new report from the Colorado Association of Funders finds. The increase was due in part to the growth of the state’s community foundations, whose assets have nearly doubled since 2003 and whose giving has increased more than 135 percent—an increase, according to the report, largely attributable to donor-advised funds. The report also found that private foundations continue to be the largest source of organized giving in the state, contributing 65 percent of total grant dollars in 2006, or nearly $270 million.
JVA: Finally some good news in the nonprofit headlines! So good to know the state’s community foundations are doing so well.
Commonwealth Fund, 1/11
Although the United States is the global leader in healthcare spending, it ranks last among industrialized nations in preventing deaths from treatable conditions, according to a recent study. Between 75,000 and 100,000 lives could be spared annually, the study said, if the United States matched progress made by France, Japan and Australia—the top-ranked nations.
JVA: So the U.S. spends the most and prevent deaths the least? Where is the money going?
Philanthropy News Journal, 1/9
Three new studies from the Urban Institute’s Retirement Project have looked at the effect of retiring baby boomers on the nonprofit work force. The studies found that retirees who consider religion important, as well as those who are married to someone who donates their time, may be even more likely to volunteer. Also, seniors who volunteered their time before retirement are more likely to continue after they stop working.
JVA: We know how important the boomer generation will be on the future of nonprofits. To read our Boomers Leading Change report, focusing on Colorado’s boomers, click here.