Classic Checks helps support the National Breast Cancer Foundation with the release of the new Ribbon of Hope Bears. Each bear is wearing a white t-shirt that features the pink breast cancer awareness ribbon

Classic Checks is known for check designs that support charitable organizations and meaningful causes. Whether consumers support Defenders of Wildlife or The Lupus Foundation of America, Classic Checks provides beautiful personal checks to support wonderful foundations. The Ribbon of Hope Bears will be an outstanding addition to the existing product line and a cheerful way to help prevent breast cancer.

The National Breast Cancer Foundation’s mission is to save lives through increased awareness of breastcancer and its signs and effects. By providing mammograms to those in need and spreading educational tools, The NBCF has made many patients become survivors. Through relationships with medical and research organizations as well as with individuals and communities, NBCF has raised money to help find treatments and research a cure for breast cancer. The NBCF provides the strength and will to win the tragic battle with breast cancer.

Classic Checks has proudly support The National Breast Cancer Foundation since 2004, offering the Ribbon of Hope personal checks and accessories. The new Ribbon of Hope Bears are an excellent addition to the current product line, offering customers another way to support such an important mission. The bears stand approximately eleven inches tall and come dressed in a white T-shirt featuring the pink breast cancer awareness ribbon.

About Classic Checks:
Since 1995, Classic Checks has been helping consumers support charitable causes. By offering beautiful check designs, Classic Checks helps consumers spread the word about their favorite organizations. Visit Classic Checks’ website to see which foundation you can support.

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As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is sponsoring walks all over the United States. To help raise money for research and awareness, Custom Direct is joining in this walk and accepting donations for The American Cancer Society.

As a company that is very involved in the community, Custom Direct is extremely happy to have its employees, under team leader, Jackie Urlahs, participating in this event. With approximately twenty employees along with friends and relatives participating, Custom Direct has already raised over $2000 andthe number keeps rising. To show its true appreciation for the cause and goodwill of its employees, Custom Direct has donated $500 to The American Cancer Society through the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk that will take place on October 26, 2008 in Baltimore, Maryland.

The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a cause solely based on donations. Founded by four women, two of whom are breast cancer survivors, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer raised over $50 million in 2007 alone to be used for breast cancer research, increasing education and awareness, ensuring that women have access to mammograms and continual care, providing free programs, and bettering the quality of life of those battling breast cancer. Additionally, almost 500,000 people from over 130 communities across the country participated in the walk last year. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a wonderful way to provide hope and heighten awareness about this tragic disease.

With a momentum building in donations and the enthusiasm for the walk growing, Jackie Urlahs had this to say about the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event, “I’m really excited to see the response in participation from our associates, and I’m very proud of the amount we’ve raised in such a short time. I’m hopeful that we will continue to participate in this walk on an annual basis and raise the bar each year.”

About Custom Direct:
Offering an array of products, Custom Direct is an environmentally friendly company that has been operating since 1992. Initially only producing checks, Custom Direct has grown to produce other stationary products, custom designed and printed products, and anti-fraud services.


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First Nations Is Encouraging §7871 Organizations To Apply To Be A Part Of A New Grant Program And Research Initiative

First Nations Development Institute Announces Grant Program for §7871 Organizations

First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) is encouraging §7871 organizations to apply to be a part of a new grant program and research initiative. Grants of $5,000 to $10,000 will be given to §7871 organizations selected to participate in the study.

Generally, private foundations and public charities fall under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. For Tribal Governments, however, the Indian Tribal Governmental Tax Status Act of 1982 supported Indian nations in establishing, regulating and controlling philanthropic activities within their communities under the leadership of the Tribal Government. This act, codified as the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) §7871, allows tribes to create programs (including community development programs and grant making foundations) that can be controlled and regulated by the tribe but also can receive donations that are tax deductible for the donor (and meet the qualifying distribution test for mainstream foundations).

Establishing tax-exempt Tribal Governmental organizations under IRC §7871 allows Tribes to maintain a greater degree of sovereignty than they would under the more ubiquitous 501(c)(3) designation. Even the United States Supreme Court has held that Indian nations possess a status higher than States. Thus, the more traditional 501(c)(3) designation unfairly subjects Indian nations (and their political subdivisions) to the oversight of States’ Attorney General Offices, where jurisdiction over “expressly public and charitable purposes” is generally housed. First Nations will work with the selected §7871 organizations to gather data for a report targeted at educating and informing foundations, corporations with charitable giving programs, and the philanthropic community about §7871 organizations. Additionally, the report will provide critical information for tribes and tribal communities to assist them with developing new or supporting existing §7871 organizations.

“§7871 organizations are largely misunderstood by mainstream funders and the general public,” stated Michael E. Roberts, President of First Nations Development Institute. “This lack of understanding and acceptance greatly reduces the ability of tribes to raise critically needed funding.” Roberts says the program was created to educate the philanthropic sector about §7871 organizations in an effort to ensure tribes creating 7871 organizations retain their rights and guard their sovereignty when trying to access funding and compete on the same level playing field as their mainstream nonprofit and philanthropic counterparts. “Additionally, this important study will also yield information to help support tribes that have existing §7871 organizations or those considering creating new §7871 organizations in an effort to expand philanthropy in tribal communities,” says Roberts.

“We hope to learn more about §7871 organizations and the different forms they take,” stated Sarah Echohawk Vermillion, Vice President of First Nations Development Institute. “The purpose of the research that comes out of this grant making program is to generate data about §7871 organizations, their institutional structures and programmatic areas, and to highlight benefits and methods of giving to §7871 organizations.”

Interested §7871 organizations should go to to download instructions and complete a short application. The deadline for applying is 5:00 p.m. (MST) November 21, 2008.

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The Slingsby Trolley Challenge Cup pits London’s finest hotels against each other in a fancy dress trolley race across Vincent Square, to support one of the UKs leading education and training charities

One of London’s finest squares was recently the scene of the very first Springboard Slingsby Challenge Cup. The capital’s hotel industry along with hospitality and culinary arts students from Westminster Kingsway College sent teams piled high on Slingsby trolleys in a charity race around Vincent Square to support one of the UK’s leading education and training charities.

The brightly decorated trolleys set off in a grand prix-style race around the square after the race was started by Viscount Thurso, M.P, a patron of the hospitality industry for many years and President of the Tourism Society and the Academy of Food and Wine Service.

The race featured teams from the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill; Como Hotels & Resorts – The Metropolitan Hotel; The Goring; the Four Seasons – London; RAC Club; Institute of Directors Club; Aramark – Contract Caterers; The Langham Hotel; The Savoy Hotel; The Sheraton Park Lane and The Royal Garden Hotel as well as a team of students chefs from Westminster Kingsway College.

The event was held in aid of the Springboard Charitable Trust, one of the only charities in the UK dedicated to helping young and disadvantaged people improve their prospects by training them in a career in hospitality, leisure, travel or tourism.

It is essential for the industry to find new employees for the future and especially in time for the Olympics in 2012. The hospitality sector, including representatives’ of many of London’s internationally renowned hotels competed against each other in a comical trolley race to win the Slingsby Cup and declare themselves victorious.

The trolley race saw a number of brightly decorated teams dressed as the Flintstones, the Hollywood Stars and The Churchillians take part and prizes were awarded for the best decorated trolley and team, trolley navigating skills, style, courtesy and elegance. The race was sponsored by Slingsby Trolleys, the vehicles without which the hotel industry could not operate.

Slingsby manufacture high quality, adaptable and distinctive industrial equipment, and their product has become the preferred choice of several leading high street retailers, including Marks & Spencer and Harvey Nichols as well as many major hotels chains.

About Slignsby
Established in 1893, Slingsby are consistently improving their manufacturing pedigree through investment in new technology. Although famous originally for manual handling equipment, their latest catalogue features a range of over 35,000 essential products for the workplace, such as barrows, conveyors, handtrucks, janitorial and office equipment.

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