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Hays PureWater Launches $10,000 Campaign To Save Lives

WASHINGTON, IA, November 25, 2014 — /EPR NON PROFIT NEWS/ — 783 million people live each day without clean water and 3.4 million die annually from a lack of pure water. To combat these staggering statistics, Washington-based nonprofit, Hays PureWater, launched a crowd-funding campaign. The money raised will fund 30 Khlor Glen technology units to purify water for 150,000 individuals. The organization hopes to raise $10,000 by December 1st.

Hosted on crowd-funding platform IndieGoGo, the project offers nine sponsorship levels. Each level includes novelty “rewards” for donors, ranging from stickers to t-shirts to a trip to Haiti. The rewards are unique, innovative and hands on, giving donors a sense of ownership in the project. For just $2,500, an investor can travel to Haiti (all inclusive) to see the life changing benefits first hand.

The Khlor Glen is a simple unit that turns salt water into chlorine. The chlorine treats infected water, removing deadly impurities and toxins in just one hour. It’s solar powered and easily used in remote areas, where clean water is most needed. “It will also impact malaria zones as it can be used as a bug repellant and protect from disease,” says founder John Hays. “Even just using the chlorine produced by the unit as a sanitizer can cut down on so many infections that the natives in these areas don’t even know exist.”

In the last eight years, Hays PureWater distributed over 4,000 purifying units around the world, changing entire communities by implementing this system. It’s proven to work. Hays builds each system with the help of a dedicated group of volunteers. Nothing is outsourced, ensuring the most effective product for the lowest cost. Now all they need is help from their community to change the lives of those in need once more.

See the crowd-funding campaign here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/hays-purewater-providing-clean-water-globally

ABOUT Hays PureWater
In 2006, after traveling around developing nations on missions trips, John Hays began to create a low cost, portable solution for water purification. John, who worked with municipal water works for over 30 years, put his experience to use and developed the Khlor Gen system. Through the years, the design and look has been changed and improved, but the mission has stayed the same. The organization exists to provide people with clean water, reaching out to them through word and deed. Eight years and 4,000 units later, that mission continues full steam ahead. For more information, logon to www.hayspurewater.com.

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Contact-Details: TJ Widbin
tj@hayspurewater.com
319-470-7391

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Brave Duo Complete Charity Abseil

Two daring employees from Chester-based ACF Car Finance Limited are celebrating after completing an abseil down a 250ft building for charity.

Nicole Davies, 23, and Jane Whittle, 25, braved the dizzy heights of the landmark Opal 3 building in Leeds, on Sunday 27th September, to help raise vital funds for BEN, the automotive industry charity.

The brave duo, who both work for the company’s Marketing Department on Chester Business Park have so far raised over £600 for BEN, which provides care and support to employees and their dependents in times of need.

Speaking about the abseil, Marketing Executive Nicole said: “I’m thrilled to have completed the abseil. It was a lot scarier than I’d imagined, as we were quite a distance from the building when we were abseiling down it.

“I’m delighted to have gone through with it though. I feel a great sense of achievement for taking part and raising money for such a good cause. Jane and I would like to thank all of our work colleagues, friends and family who have offered their support and donations so far and hope the donations will continue to come in so we can smash our original £500 target.”

BEN currently offers help, support, financial fundraising assistance and advice to over 15,000 people in their own homes every year. The Fund also provides a home to over 350 disabled and elderly people in one of four nursing and residential centres. If you would like to make a donation, please visit www.justgiving.co.uk/nicole-davies-.

ACF Car Finance is a privately owned UK company which specialises in providing quality used cars and arranging car finance. The company is a market leader in its field, stocking a wide selection of quality used vehicles, most between two and four years old, all of which undergo a 136 point vehicle quality inspection and an independent M.O.T provided via their car credit service.

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Charity Fishing Tourney: A REEL Success

Puerto Vallarta was the destination for anglers and golfers who participated in this year’s BJ’s Restaurants Hook the Cure Tournament powered by IOTEC. The nearly sold-out tournament took place on November 6th and 7th and reeled in a whopping $345,000 NET for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The IGFA-qualifier brought two dozen boats and 40 teams. The competition started on Friday morning as anglers met early at the docks and eagerly awaited the strike of six marking the start of the catch and release competition coordinated by Kim and Ed Moore of Marina-based Charter Dreams.

Weekend festivities included a pre-tournament Mexican fiesta and fireworks show at Villa Premiere Hotel and Spa; Friday night concert by RCA Recording Artist Chris Young who celebrated his #1 song on the country charts; golf at Vista Vallarta’s challenging Nicklaus course; a lively dockside weigh-in party with food and beverage provided by Andale Restaurant and an awards gala and auction, sponsored by American Airlines and hosted by Los Angeles radio personality Shawn Parr. For those that just wanted to relax, Villa Premiere’s world-class spa was just a few steps away. Puerto Vallarta rental agency, PVRPV, provided volunteers for the festivities.

As excited spectators and sponsors filled the Marina, most boats made it in by five in anticipation of the results. The team of Tom Paige and Jon Louis were rewarded with a 2010 IGFA Offshore World Championship entry in Cabo San Lucas as OVERALL CHAMPIONS with five dorado and seven released sailfish. Lucille Zabel and Lydia Francis captured the coveted MOST RELEASED BILLFISH award while Craig Porpoat and David Bales garnered the BIGGEST DORADO AWARD and Anchorage’s Kris Kile took home the CHAIRMAN’S AWARD. Awards were donated by Gray’s Taxidermy of Puerto Vallarta.

According to Bob Huston and Jeff Jennison, 2009 event chairmen, $1.3 million NET was generated for cystic fibrosis patient care, research and education since the tournaments inception just four years ago. Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease affecting approximately 40,000 people in the United States and Mexico. A defect in the CF gene causes the body to produce abnormally thick, sticky mucus that leads to chronic, life-threatening lung infections and impairs digestion. When the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation was established in 1955, few children lived to even attend elementary school. Today because of research and care supported by the CF Foundation with money raised through donations from families, corporations and foundations the median predicted age for people with CF is nearly 37 years.

In addition to BJ’s Restaurants and IOTEC, significant financial support was provided by Norm Wilson and Sons, O’Connell Family Foundation, Toshiba, Watson Land Company, Ron and Ann Hallagan, Toshiba, Millie and Severson, William Close Family and Lee & Associates.

Plans are underway for the Fifth Annual Hook the Cure slated for early-November 2010. Information about the ultimate fishing, golf and spa adventure benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is available by contacting Gary Green, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Director of Corporate Development, at (714) 494-4623 in the US or 322 150-7214 in Puerto Vallarta. A new Hook the Cure website will be unveiled shortly at www.hookthecure.com and will feature an interactive photo gallery thanks to Nuevo Vallarta resident and award-winning photographer Jay Ailworth.

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First Nations Development Institute Releases Research Report On 7871 Organizations

First Nations Development Institute recently completed a research project on 7871 charitable organizations, their institutional structures, and best practices for their management. This research resulted in a report titled Charitable and Sovereign: Understanding Tribal 7871 Organizations.

In 1982, Congress passed the Indian Tribal Governmental Tax Status Act, codified as Section 7871 of the Internal Revenue Code, treating tribal governments as state governments for a variety of specified tax purposes. One of these purposes was to allow tribal governments and their programs to receive tax-deductible donations. Many tribes have used the 7871 tax code to develop tribal charitable and philanthropic organizations. These organizations include educational scholarship programs, economic development organizations, and grant making foundations.

First Nations’ research revealed that while there are a large number of these so called “7871 organizations” that provide social service, economic development, educational, and other charitable programming, only a small number of them are actively raising external funds. Most such programs are funded by tribal governments or federal funding streams. However, as tribes look to diversify both their programs and funding streams, an increasing number of tribal programs are using Section 7871 to facilitate fundraising as charitable organizations. Use of the Section 7871 designation to create philanthropic and charitable entities is increasingly popular as tribes seek ways to protect their sovereignty while still promoting philanthropic activities.

The report had the following additional key findings:

1. There is great programmatic and organizational diversity among 7871 organizations.
2. There are significant barriers to fundraising for 7871 organizations.
3. The myth of “rich gaming tribes” persists as a barrier to fundraising for 7871 organizations.
4. Federal legislation is inconsistent in its treatment of 7871 organizations and their eligibility for federal grant programs.
5. There are a large number of tribes that have spun off 501(c)(3) organizations to remove barriers to fundraising.
6. There is a need to establish best practices to reassure prospective donors to 7871 organizations.

“We hope this report will raise awareness about the important role that 7871 organizations play in providing services to tribal members,” stated Michael E. Roberts, President of First Nations Development Institute. “There is still a lot of confusion about what these organizations are and what they do. We hope this report will clarify many issues.” One goal of the report is to educate program officers at foundations so they are more comfortable working with 7871 organizations. “We hope to educate members of mainstream philanthropy on this topic,” stated Sarah Vermillion, Vice President for First Nations Development Institute.

First Nations’ research included a national survey and case studies and interviews with five active or former 7871 organizations. This research was funded by the Cultures of Giving Fund, established at the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors with major support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

To download a free copy of this report, visit our website at www.firstnations.org and follow the links from the home page.

For more than 28 years, using a three-pronged strategy of Educating Grassroots Practitioners, Advocating for Systemic Change, Capitalizing Indian Communities, First Nations Development Institute has been working to restore Native American control and culturally-compatible stewardship of the assets they own – be they land, human potential, cultural heritage, or natural resources – and to establish new assets for ensuring the long-term vitality of Native communities. First Nations serves rural and reservation-based Native American communities throughout the United States.

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The Great Homecoming and Bill Partridge Retirement Celebration will be held November 13th at the Azleway Boys’ Ranch Training Center

A Great Homecoming and Retirement Celebration is scheduled for November 13, 2009 at the Azleway Boys’ Ranch Training Center, 158992 County Road 26, Tyler Texas. Founder and CEO of Azleway, Inc., Billy M. Partridge, will be retiring after 30 years of service and dedication to the needy children of East Texas. Bill started Azleway with only seven children. Today, Azleway serves more than 1,000 abandoned and abused children a year from over ninety Texas counties.

Everyone is welcome to share in the love that this great man has brought to Azleway. Former children of Azleway, current and former employees, current and past board members, donors, sponsors, friends, family and acquaintances are all invited for an evening of refreshments, appetizers and memories. Presentations will be held at 6:00 p.m.

Donations are currently being accepted to build the Bill and Dana Partridge Boys’ Cottage at Azleway Boys’ Ranch. $160,000 is needed to complete the cottage that will house ten boys in need of the love, care and attention that they so dearly need in their lives.

About Azleway
The mission of Azleway is to provide a home, school and treatment opportunities with intervention and prevention strategies to children and their families from a faith based perspective in order to increase their abilities to succeed in life.

For more information about Azleway or to donate to the Bill and Dana Partridge Boys’ Cottage Fund contact Aleta Lewis at (903) 566-8444 ext. 212 or see our website at www.azleway.org.

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Tracesmart Employee Heads To Africa To Aid Charity

Tracesmart this week sees one of its employees travelling to Africa to help the South Wales charity, The SAFE Foundation. Louise Hewlett, Tracesmart’s Communications Executive will head out to Uganda on a fact-finding mission to help progress SAFE’s volunteer project, a new initiative for professional or like-minded people that are keen to get involved in third-world projects.

Just before embarking on her long journey, Louise Hewlett commented on her trip, “This is my first time in Africa, it’s taken a long time to organise, but it’s great that we will soon be in Uganda. The plight of these African children is incredible and shocking at times; it’ll be good to see where exactly the money we have raised is invested and to be able to further research the new volunteer initiative we have launched. I’m looking forward to an exciting and rewarding trip.”

Louise has worked at Tracesmart for nearly 4 years where she has helped raise the company’s profile via numerous media activities. Tracesmart’s primary activity in the consumer market is to provide an intuitive online facility to find relatives and friends, offering in addition, a powerful name and address search service utilising the electoral roll at the principal data source. Since its launch www.tracesmart.co.uk has grown to become one of the UK’s leading web based people tracing portals.

SAFE, an acronym for Support, Aid, Fun and Education, was founded in 2005 to assist in the provision of grants and materials that could contribute to poverty relief in developing third world countries and more specifically support remote or smaller projects, often, unable to access mainstream relief funding. Louise, in her spare time, has been actively involved with the aid organisation for over four years and introduced SAFE to Mike Trezise, the people search company’s Managing Director. The charity has since become one of Tracesmart’s charity of choice, as part of its corporate social responsibility program.

Tracesmart’s Communications Manager, Owen Roberts remarked, “It’s of no surprise that Louise devotes so much of her spare time with SAFE and is very vocal and passionate about the charity. It’s a great, noteworthy cause that we at Tracesmart are happy and proud to support. We wish Louise well on her travels and every success for the project.”

For those who wish to find out more about The SAFE Foundation and its projects, or perhaps make a donation, you can visit The Safe Foundation.

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First Nations Receives $800,000 Grant

First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) announced today that it has been awarded a two-year, $800,000 grant f r o m a new program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Strengthening Communities Fund (SCF), created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. First Nations will also provide an additional $200,000 in funding to the project bringing the total budget to $1 million (80% Federal funds and 20% nongovernmental sources) over two years.

The objective of the grant is to enable nonprofit organizations to contribute to the economic recovery and help Federal, State, local, and Indian/Native American Tribal governments ensure that the information and services described in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) reach disadvantaged and hard-to-serve populations. The grant to First Nations is f r o m the Nonprofit Capacity Building program which made one-time awards up to $1 million to experienced lead organizations to provide nonprofit organizations — or project partners — with capacity building training, technical assistance, and competitive financial assistance. A minimum of 55% of the Federal funds awarded must be provided to project partners through a competitive (subgrant) process.

Specifically, through this grant project, First Nations will work to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations, whether secular or faith based, to address the broad economic recovery issues present in their (Native American) communities. With SCF funding, First Nations Development Institute will provide nonprofit capacity building services to targeted rural and reservation-based Native American communities in the United States. Project participants will be selected f r o m 22 targeted Native American communities located in Arizona, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Utah that have excessive poverty and low income statistics according to the U.S. Census.

Services will include providing comprehensive organizational effectiveness assessment for each of the organizations or groups selected; culturally appropriate training in organizational development; program development; collaboration/community engagement; leadership development; evaluation of effectiveness and development of individualized, tailored and culturally appropriate technical assistance plans. Recipients will be formally organized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, tribal§7871 organizations or community organizations which have not achieved this status. Recipients will be Native American-controlled and will serve the targeted rural or reservation-based Native American communities. Native American groups that are faith-based will be eligible to participate in this SCF-funded project, as long as the programs or services that will improve in capacity as a result of this project will not include inherently religious activities. Additionally, First Nations will provide $440,000 in grants to rural and reservation-based Native American nonprofit organizations and community groups for the purpose of capacity building in the areas listed above.

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Every Day 5,760 More Children Become Orphans

The statistics are startling: it’s estimated that there are 143 million orphans worldwide. Even though many children are adopted, many more grow up as orphans and age out of the system by age sixteen – with no family to belong to and no place to call home.

In a perfect world, there would be no orphans and no need for adoptions. Families would stay intact, and children would be raised by loving parents and/or grandparents, but this is not the reality for all too many orphans.

Won’t you join with me in caring for the urgent needs of poverty-stricken orphans throughout the United States? Together we can make a difference for precious children who are alone in the world.

Invest in a better world for orphaned children …

We are seeking generous partners to provide resources that will give these children a future filled with hope. In addition to financial donations, please consider other ways that you can help. Orphanages can use a variety of material resources – cars, property, computers, medical supplies, clothing, furniture, bedding, toys, etc. Your contribution will bless disadvantaged orphans as well as impact future generations.

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Cincinnati Home Stagers And Realtor Donate Time And Money To Provide Living Hope Transitional Homes

Living Hope Transitional Homes, www.lhth.org is a private, nondenominational, nonprofit organization that helps homeless women ages 18-30 with children ages 10 and under. It provides loving encouragement, secure housing and spiritual renewal that gives women a living hope that never fades as they learn skills that allow them to become stable and independent through their Life Skills Program.

Two local ASP (Accredited Staging Professional) home stagers, local real estate agent and consignment shop owner made a dream come true for Living Home Transitional Homes by designing, funding and providing labor to give Living Hope a new jungle themed playroom.

Design execution, labor and funding
Staging To Sell – Home Staging – Rita Basquette, ASP
www.Staging-to-sell.com 513-608-5066

Elite Staged Properties – Home Staging – Becky Ballentine, ASP
513-315-0164

Labor and Funding
Jim Basquette Real Estate Group of Huff Realty
Jim Basquette, Realtor
www.JimSellsHomes.com 513-703-6523

Funding
2nd Chance Consignment – consignment shop – Sue Hater
Glenway Crossing
www.Shop2ndChance.com 513-451-1451

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Virgin Games Set To Raise 10k For Charity Kids Company

On Saturday 18th September, the team at Virgin Games will be putting on their best red cycling shorts and embarking on a charity bike ride from London to Brighton. Setting off from the company’s HQ in Hammersmith, the team of 40 employees will be braving the 84 kilometres with the aim of raising a target of £10,000 for their chosen Virgin Unite charity, Kids Company. Founded by Camilla Batmanghelidjh in 1996 in order to provide practical, emotional and educational support to vulnerable inner-city children and young people, Kids Company are supported by Virgin Unite who pledged to raise 2.5million by April 2010. As part of the Virgin Group, the London to Brighton charity bike ride is part of Virgin Games contribution to this goal.

Regularly offering their time and support to Kids Company, previous activities have included the Virgin Games team pulling together to redecorate an East London School and most recently arranging a sports day for children in Hackney. This year, the team of mixed cycling abilities will set off together at 8am and hope to reach their final destination of Brighton beach by 4 pm having raised £10,000 with all stragglers accounted for! Keen cyclist Warren Eloff, Product Manager, who regularly cycles into work is tipped to lead the pack and CEO, Simon Burridge who is sitting on the saddle for the first time in 20 years , is set to surprise his team with his ‘dusted down’ cycling skills!

Simon Burridge, CEO at Virgin Games and Virgin Unite trustee comments: “At Virgin Games we are passionate about Virgin Unite and the work that Kids Company carry out in the communities they work with. We believe Kids Company are a great charity and realise our support is all the more important now, with the current economic climate making it harder for them to achieve the funding they need to keep up the great work they are doing with young people all over the capital. I can’t think of more deserving charity to be brushing the cobwebs off my cycling shorts for!”

Visit http://www.virginunite.com/fundraiser/Virgin-Games-go-to-Brighton to make a donation and support the Virgin Games team.

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Gala Bingo Is Launching A Fundraising Everest Game To Support Its Team Of Intrepid Employees Who Are Gearing Up To Trek To Everest Base Camp For Charity In October

It is hoped the extreme challenge, which will see a 24-strong team of employees trek 75 miles and ascending 2700 metres up the world’s highest mountain, will raise £100k for Gala Coral’s group-wide charity Sue Ryder Care.

The Everest trek is just one of a number of ongoing initiatives by Gala Coral Group, that aims to raise £1million by 2010 for the charity, which provides expert and compassionate care to people living with conditions including cancer, multiple sclerosis, stroke and Huntington’s Disease.

The game started on 27 August and runs for eight weeks, with 10% of ticket sales from the new Everest online bingo game going towards the fundraising total. The game takes place weekly on a Thursday evening at 19.25 (GMT).

Paul Woodward, chief executive at Sue Ryder Care, said: “We’re delighted that a group of employees have volunteered to trek to Everest Base Camp to help raise vital funds for Sue Ryder Care. We hope as many people as possible support their fundraising effort through the dedicated bingo game. By supporting Sue Ryder Care, people across the country help us make a real difference to the lives of thousands of people we care for each year.”

The adventurous trek, which can cause mountain altitude sickness, DVTs and dehydration, will commence at Lukla on October 16 and finish at Everest Base Camp on November 3.

About Gala Bingo
Gala Bingo is part of Gala Coral Group’s Remote Gambling division. This division is responsible for the development, management and operation of the Group’s E-Commerce activities in the UK and worldwide through Coral.co.uk, Eurobet.com, galabingo.com and Galacasino .co.uk.

About Sue Ryder Care
Sue Ryder Care is a leading healthcare charity providing specialist palliative, neurological and community based services.

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‘People Search’ Company Employees Conquer Welsh Three Peaks

A team of employees from the people search specialists, Tracesmart, have successfully completed, the Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge. More importantly, the Tracesmart four, along with a group of 21 other walkers are anticipating raising almost £10,000 of much needed funding for the charity ‘Hospice of the Valleys’, which provides free specialist palliative care for cancer sufferers in Blaenau Gwent. The challenge was to climb the three largest mountains in Wales.

The Tracesmart team completed the course in less than 10 hours and covered a total of 20 miles – an impressive achievement for the novices who took part. The first peak to be surmounted was Snowdon, which stands at over 1000 metres above sea level. The toughest peak to walk was Cadair Idris, which they successfully tackled after Snowdon; the challenge concluded with the team conquering Pen-Y-Fan in the Brecon Beacons.

Of the four strong team of walkers, three – Matthew Hopkins, Lloyd Watkin and Kelvin Morgan – work within Tracesmart’s IT department, helping to update the company’s databases such as the electoral roll. They are also instrumental in making improvements to the online facility that help users to find relatives and conduct an address search. The only female participant in the team, Rhiannon Wilcox, led the pre-event training and was instrumental in ensuring the team remained motivated during the challenge. “We knew it was going to be difficult, but all of us wanted to accomplish a major undertaking like this,” Tracesmart’s accountant explains. “It’s a personal achievement for us, and to know we have raised this money makes us feel proud of the effort we have put in.”

The Tracesmart teams’ chosen charity is the ‘Hospice of the Valleys’ in South Wales. Mathew Hopkins took part in the walk for personal reasons as his mother received care and support from the hospice when she became ill in 2000 and recently in 2009. He comments, “We used Twitter to record our progress throughout the day and were encouraged by those who made an effort to support us. It’s great to have raised so much money for the hospice and we continue to receive donations.” The team recovered well from the trek and they have hinted they would like to take part in the 2010 National Three Peaks Challenge which covers the highest peaks in the UK; Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England and Snowdon in North Wales. Those who wish to make a donation can still do so by visiting the Just Giving website or enter any of the team members’ names in the sponsor a friend search box. Any donation made can take advantage of the government run ‘Gift Aid’ scheme, which will further boost the team’s fundraising efforts.

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Tracesmart Employees Are Preparing Themselves For The Forthcoming Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge As Part Of A Charity Fund-Raising Campaign

A team of employees from Tracesmart, the online people search providers, are preparing themselves for the forthcoming Welsh 3 Peaks challenge where they aim to climb three of the most challenging summits in Wales within a 24 hour period as part of a charity fund-raising campaign.

The Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge involves ascending to the summits of Snowdon, the highest point in England and Wales, the stunning Cadair Idris and the Brecon Beacons’ notorious Pen-y-Fan. The challenge is undertaken by hundreds of walkers every year and most of those who participate raise thousands of pounds for charity. The trek itself will involve climbing 9,397 ft in approximately 10 hours, not including the journey time between regions. By the end of their impressive slog, the team hope to raise over £2,000 for their chosen charity.

The Tracesmart team’s preferred charity is the ‘Hospice of the Valleys’ in South Wales, who provide valuable care for sick and terminally ill patients in their own homes. Matthew Hopkins, Tracesmart’s Internet Marketing Executive/Affiliate Manager, is taking part in the challenge for personal reasons, “My mother is receiving treatment at the moment and finds the charity an amazing resource, she also received fantastic support from the hospice the first time she became ill in 2000.”

The team has worked together in Tracesmart’s Cardiff headquarters for almost 2 years, and is predominantly made up of IT staff members who help keep the vast Electoral Roll database and other countless programmes running smoothly. The IT department is the biggest team within Tracesmart, and has been instrumental in the improvements made to the company’s impressive range of services, which enable users to find relatives and conduct address search requests.

The only female and non-IT member of the group, Rhiannon Wilcox, has guided and driven the team over the past few months, ensuring they are physically prepared for the day of endurance. “Following months of training and lots of aches and pains, I think we are now ready to accomplish this challenge.” Rhiannon also commented, “Unfortunately, at some stage in our lives, we are likely to know someone who will be affected from these life threatening illnesses. That’s why I’m appealing to everyone to support this worthwhile cause.”

Those who wish to make a donation can do so by visiting the Just Giving Web Site and take advantage of the Gift Aid scheme from the government which will increase their fundraising even further.

Tracesmart Limited – Since the launch of its website in 2004, Tracesmart Limited has established itself as one of the UK’s leading providers of online people tracing tools. www.tracesmart.co.uk combines state of the art search technology with an extensive collection of consumer data, providing one of the most powerful and successful people tracing services in the UK. Matthew Hopkins has been working within the field of Internet Marketing since 2002. He is currently responsible for driving high volumes of traffic to the Tracesmart website through SEO, PPC and Social Networking. Matthew has now taken on further responsibility as the Tracesmart Affiliate Manager. Rhiannon Wilcox has been Tracesmart’s accountant for the last 5 years and has been practicing for 8 years. A Fellow Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA), Rhiannon has a wealth of experience and is well positioned to manage the company’s accounts.

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A New £6 Million Charity Funding Initiative Was Announced On The 27th Of May, With The Aim Of Stimulating Giving In The Economic Downturn

theBigGive.org.uk will create a £3m matched fund over the summer to attract a further £3m from charity supporters this December.

theBigGive.org.uk has raised £2.4m through online matched funding in the last 6 months, and the new £6m challenge will create the largest ever online matched fund.

The Reed Foundation are sponsoring the matched fund, pledging an initial £1 million to be spread across competing charities. Trustees and major donors from those charities will provide the remaining £2m for the fund.

Last year, a similar matched funding challenge raised £2 million for charity in an astonishing 45 minutes. This year’s fund will be released over several days, allowing donors more chance to double donations to their charity.

Charities already involved in the 2009 challenge include the National Trust, WWF and the Royal Opera House. Charities have until 27th June to apply by logging in to their account on theBigGive.org.uk. The Reed Foundation will select around 250 charities to participate in this year’s challenge.

Alec Reed CBE, Chairman of the Reed Foundation, said: “It is a tough time for charities. This challenge gives professional fundraisers a tool to approach their trustees and supporters for a further donation.”

Jon Brooks, Managing Director of theBigGive.org.uk, said: “The Big Give introduces high-level donors to exciting new charity projects. Our highest single donation so far is £175k to a small charity that the donor found on theBigGive.org.uk. We hope to inspire many more philanthropists to give intelligently.”

A trustee of a small charity, discussing matched funding on theBigGive.org.uk, said: “The overall impact is tremendous – it has galvanised existing supporters, brought in more, and helped us improve our own marketing and fundraising techniques. We are delighted!”

More information on the scheme can be found at: http://www.thebiggive.org.uk/millionmatch/

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First Nations Launches Native Asset Building Partnership Project

First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) released the names of the advisory committee members for its new Native Asset-Building Partnership. Members include Anita Fineday, Chief Judge of the White Earth Tribal Nation; Tadd Johnson, Special Counsel for Government Affairs for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe; Susan White, Director of the Oneida Trust Department; former Senior Vice President and board member of First Nations, Sherry Salway Black; Elsie Meeks, Director of the USDA Rural Development Office; attorney Margaret Schaff, partner at Schaff & Clark-Deschene; Tracy Fischer, Interim President of the First Nations Oweesta Cooperation; and Michael E. Roberts, President of First Nations Development Institute.

The goal of the Native Asset-Building Partnership Project is to strengthen tribal and Native institutions in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota through tribal nation-to-nation peer learning and model development that will lead to improved control and management of assets for the benefit of Native communities and individuals. Advisory committee member Susan White said, “Peer mentoring will provide ideas and processes on how Indians as the true stakeholders can gain greater control over their own assets. Applying mentoring objectives will elevate a tribe’s ability to be more self-determined and therefore gain greater control over their own assets.”

First Nations’ goal is to partner tribes around specified assets and allow them to share best practices for asset stewardship and management. “Through this project we will be able to continue to ask questions from our brothers and sisters at other tribal nations and create long-term enduring benefit to Indian Country,” notes advisory committee member Anita Fineday who is Chief Judge of the White Earth Tribal Nation located in White Earth, Minnesota.

Sherry Salway Black said “assets are incredibly important for individuals, families, communities, and nations – including tribal nations. The ownership, control, management and development of current assets and creation and acquisition of new assets taken together are wealth and assure a better future.”

The Native Asset-Building Project advisory committee is composed of national and regional leaders familiar with asset-building in Native American communities. “First Nations is grateful to have the participation of such well respected national and regional leaders in Indian Country,” said Michael E. Roberts. The project advisory committee will assist in engaging tribes and Native organizations in the targeted states to determine asset-building needs and regionally-relevant models and assist in the planning and hosting of an asset-building conference that will take place in Minneapolis, Minnesota this fall.

The Native American Asset Building Project is a two-year project funded by the Otto Bremer Foundation, based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. For more information about First Nations’ Native Asset Building Project, contact Raymond Foxworth, Research Officer for First Nations at 303-774-7836 or rfoxworth@firstnations.org.

About First Nations Development Institute
Founded in 1980, First Nations Development Institute is a national Native American-led nonprofit organization. Through a three-pronged strategy of Educating Grassroots Practitioners, Advocating for Systemic Change, and Capitalizing Indian Communities, First Nations Development Institute is working to restore Native control and culturally-compatible stewardship of the assets they own – be they land, human potential, cultural heritage, or natural resources – and to establish new assets for ensuring the long-term vitality of Native communities. To learn more about First Nations, visit: www.firstnations.org.

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Refund Anticipation Loans Cost EITC Filers In Native Communities Over $9,100,000 In 2005

Tax day has come and gone, and this year many people opted to get their tax refund a quick but expensive way: they took out a Refund Anticipation Loan. A Refund Anticipation Loan (or RAL) is a one to two week loan made by banks on behalf of filers, facilitated by tax preparers, and secured by a taxpayer’s expected tax refund. RALs are marketed as a way to “get your money quickly” and result in the users paying substantial fees to access their tax refund usually only five to ten days faster than for tax returns filed electronically. The average expense of the one to two week loan can be the equivalent of 50 to 500 percent APR, depending on the total fee and loan term. According to a report just released by First Nations Development Institute and the Center for Responsible Lending, Refund Anticipation Loans drained over $9,100,000 from Native American communities in 2005.

First Nations Development Institute and the Center for Responsible Lending’s report Borrowed Time: Use of Refund Anticipation Loans Among EITC Filers in Native American Communities documents the use of these costly loan programs on reservations and in other Native American communities. Researchers looked at the use of Refund Anticipation Loans in ten states with high Native American populations, and found that residents in counties with a large Native American population (such as counties with reservations in their boundaries) were more likely to take out Refund Anticipation Loans than residents of other counties. This is true despite the remote rural location of many of these counties, where there are few tax preparation businesses. In South Dakota, residents of counties with a high Native American population are five times as likely to take out a Refund Anticipation Loan. In North Dakota, residents of counties with a high Native American population are 11 times as likely to take out a Refund Anticipation Loan.

Most striking is the fact that the use of RALs is quite high among tax filers receiving the Earned Income Tax Credit in Native communities. The Earned Income Tax Credit was originally designed to supplement the earnings of low-to-moderate income families, and in 2009 a family of four could qualify for up to $4,824 in tax credits. Borrowed Time: Use of Refund Anticipation Loans Among EITC Filers in Native American Communities documents that in some Native communities, over seven out of every ten EITC filers received a RAL. In one county in South Dakota, nine out of every ten EITC filers received a RAL. In South Dakota, 8% of every EITC credit in Native communities was spent on taking out a RAL. This means that eight cents of every $1.00 of EITC credit in Native communities was diverted from its original target, working families, and instead went into the pockets of paid tax preparers.

Because Refund Anticipation Loans have a significant cost for Native communities, Borrowed Time: Use of Refund Anticipation Loans Among EITC Filers in Native American Communities provides recommendations for reducing their use. The first recommendation is to increase and support Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites in and near Native communities to allow filers to access free tax preparation services. In many cases, EITC filers and other filers may simply not be aware that they can access their tax refund without using a RAL. The authors of the report also recommend establishing an interest rate cap for RALs, and conducting public education campaigns in Native communities to encourage people to avoid paying high fees for RALs.

This landmark report is the result of a research study conducted under a grant funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. For more information about this publication, contact Sarah Dewees, Director of Research for First Nations Development Institute, at 540-907-6247 / sdewees@firstnations.org; or visit First Nations Development Institute’s website at www.firstnations.org to download a free copy of the paper.

Through a three-pronged strategy of Educating Grassroots Practitioners, Advocating Systemic Change, and Capitalizing Indian Communities, First Nations is working to restore Native control and culturally-compatible stewardship of the assets they own – be they land, human potential, cultural heritage, or natural resources – and to establish new assets for ensuring the long-term vitality of Native communities.

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Century Models And Talent Agency Has Recently Conducted A Charity Fashion Show To Benefit The Cancer Society

Century Models and Talent Agency has recently conducted a Charity Fashion Show to benefit the Cancer Society, IN COLLABORATION with a local designer, Jonathan Price. They made sure all the name brand models they represent should be on the ramp for a probable cause.

Century Models and Talent Agency always believes in giving something to the community in some way or the other. Last year they had there models clean cars on King Street, and all the money collected was given to the United Way. Century Models and Talent Talent Agency would like to convey to there competitors to start helping out in some form or the other. We wish them luck and thank the models for there time and hard work.

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npower Sponsored Basketball Team, Worcester Wolves, Will Be Making Their Opponents Green With Envy As They Revamp Their Warm-Up Strip And Shoot For Macmillan In A Charity Fundraiser Match

The team has joined with club sponsors npower in becoming a lean, green, fighting machine, raising awareness and vital funds for Macmillan Cancer Support when they meet the Sheffield Sharks at their last home game of the season on 19th April. The game tips at 4pm at the Wolves’ home venue at the University of Worcester.

Fans will be invited to join in the fun, with giant Macmillan foam hands and Macmillan merchandise on sale, a blind auction and a shoot-out for a pound per play at half-time, with proceeds going to the cancer charity.

In addition to the fundraising activity, npower has pledged to donate £50 for every three pointer scored during the match by the Worcester Wolves.

Worcester Wolves’ head coach, Skouson Harker, said: “We are delighted to be able to back such a worthwhile cause. The team is busy gearing up to go out on court in green, and hard at work to make sure we get the most out of npower’s three-pointer pledge.”

Spokesperson for Macmillan, Emily Leggett, said: “This charity match is an ideal way to get our messages out to the community about the range of services we offer to help people affected by cancer. With as little as a pound, we can make sure our information reaches one more person, and that could make all the difference.”

As club sponsor and partner to Macmillan, npower has previously worked with the Wolves in a range of fundraising initiatives, including coffee mornings and sporting events.

Carol Hart, community involvement manager at npower, said: “We will be rooting for the Wolves on Sunday as they raise money for Macmillan, and hopefully win the match, by racking up those three-pointers.”

1. Macmillan Cancer Research has been npower’s charity partner since 2004, with a partnership valued at £2.6 million.

2. Worcester Wolves club sponsor npower is the supplier of green energy to Wembley Stadium and the Liberty Stadium in Swansea. npower also sponsors the Test Match Series in England, Women’s Test Series, the Twenty20 Cup and the Village Cup.

About npower:
npower, sponsors of the 2009 npower Ashes Series, is one of Britain’s largest electricity suppliers and supplies gas, electricity and related services to 6.6 million customers across the UK.

RWE npower has been awarded the prestigious CommunityMark from Business in the Community (BITC). npower is the only utility business, amongst 21 other companies in the UK, to receive this accolade. The CommunityMark is a new BITC standard which has been created to recognise companies that are good investors in local communities and who have brought about real and positive changes.

The npower Active programme, which is run in partnership with the English Federation of Disability Sport, has been awarded a prestigious ‘Silver Big Tick’ by Business in the Community.

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The Npower Midlands Disability Sports Awards 2009 Were Well Attended As Twenty Of The Region’s Paralympians Were At Aston Villa FC To Celebrate The Achievements Of Disabled Athletes From Across The West Midlands

The npower Midlands Disability Sports Awards 2009 were well attended as twenty of the region’s paralympians, along with Sports Minister, Gerry Sutcliffe MP, were at Aston Villa FC to celebrate the achievements of disabled athletes from across the West Midlands.

Warwickshire Cricket Club won the npower Partnership Award for its development work extending access to the sport to players with physical and learning disabilities. Aston Villa Disability Football Club was the Sports Club of the Year and Team of the Year were wheelchair basketball’s Wolverhampton Rhinos.

Sprinter and Bath University student, Katrina Hart from Redditch, took home the trophy for Female Sports Personality of the Year award. Katrina is in her first year of her degree in Sports Performance; she was nominated for her achievements in Beijing, despite a hamstring injury.

Luke Sugg, from Winyates Green, was narrowly beaten to the Male Sports Personality of the Year title by wheelchair racing silver medallist, Mickey Bushell from Telford. Sherbourne Fields School PE teacher, Luned Lewis, from Coventry, was presented with the prestigious Ambassador of Disability Sport award for her lifelong support of disability sport and young athletes.

Swimmer Francesca O’Connor from Kidderminster won the Young Female Achiever of the Year title. Penn Hall School, in Wolverhampton, won the School of the Year Award for its amazing sporting successes. Penn Hall’s participation rates at regional and national sporting events are the highest of any school in the West Midlands and it is one of only a few special schools to offer accredited PE courses and Sports Leadership Awards to its students.

Kevin Rodgers, community involvement executive for awards sponsor, npower, who was on the judging panel commented: “Every year the quality of the nominees is higher and higher; the judging panel had its work cut out to make the right decisions. The winners are worthy of their awards but it should be noted that some exceptional organisations didn’t make the short list due to the high standards of the judging criteria.”

The event was organised by the English Federation of Disability Sports. Dennis Hodgkins, regional development manager at the EFDS said he was delighted with the support from both the Minister and the paralympic athletes and, “For youngsters like Francesca, having the opportunity to meet their heroes is an occasion never forgotten. The likes of Nyree Lewis, Lee Pearson and Sinclair Thomas are wonderful role models to, and motivators of, young athletes who will be future international sports stars. It was a tremendous occasion.”

 

About npower:
Npower, sponsors of the 2009 npower Ashes Series, is one of Britain’s largest electricity suppliers and supplies gas, electricity and related services to 6.6 million customers across the UK.

RWE npower has been awarded the prestigious CommunityMark from Business in the Community (BITC). npower is the only utility business, amongst 21 other companies in the UK, to receive this accolade. The CommunityMark is a new BITC standard which has been created to recognise companies that are good investors in local communities and who have brought about real and positive changes.

The npower Active programme, which is run in partnership with the English Federation of Disability Sport, has been awarded a prestigious ‘Silver Big Tick’ by Business in the Community.

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Tracesmart Sponsors Adoption Agency

In line with Tracesmart’s corporate social responsibility charter, the company has aligned itself with leading adoption agency and charity, AAA-Norcap. The synergy that exists between the two organisations made the charity an obvious recipient for Tracesmart’s sponsorship and support. AAA-Norcap is a specialist adoption support agency, offering those involved in adoption cases tracing assistance to find relatives and an intermediary service; it also holds the longest established UK adoption contact register.

The charity, based in Oxfordshire, was established more than 25 years ago to provide a nationwide service, supporting and guiding adults whose lives have been touched by adoption. Tracesmart supplies online people search and address search facilities – which are driven by the electoral roll and various other datasets – but is not registered to provide an intermediary service in adoption cases. However the company is occasionally approached by individuals with the need for an adoption related search, and when such tracing enquiries occur they are referred to AAA-Norcap.

Locating people lost through adoption is not a simple clear-cut procedure; it needs to be approached very carefully as the outcome of the search could have far-reaching consequences for both the searcher and the searched; good reason for Tracesmart to call on the experience of AAA-Norcap when such an enquiry arises. As part of the sponsorship program, Tracesmart will feature AAA-Norcap case studies on its website in the ‘Success Stories’ section, which is the home of a campaign to highlight the effectiveness of the Tracesmart’s online people search and address search facilites. Stories provided by the charity can be remarkable and very moving.

About Tracesmart
Owen Roberts, Tracesmart’s Communications Manager, commented, “We are very pleased and proud to be able to sponsor AAA-Norcap, who provide an invaluable service to people affected by adoption. The ongoing sponsorship will further strengthen the relationship between our two organisations, and has provided the added benefit of AAA-Norcap being able to assist a few of Tracesmart’s customers too. Both organisations really do complement each other.”

  • Owen Roberts has worked in the creative, advertising and communications industries for over 25 years and is the voice of Tracesmart. Heading up the communications team, he raises the public awareness of the company through various media driven PR campaigns.
  • Tracesmart Ltd. – Since the launch of its website in 2004, Tracesmart Limited has established itself as one of the UK’s leading providers of online people tracing tools. The online tracing facility (www.tracesmart.co.uk) combines state of the art search technology with an extensive collection of consumer data, offering one of the most powerful and successful systems to trace people in the country.