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The Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies Speak Out About Gender Violence Through Partnership with PCADV

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The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) has attained remarkable achievements in promoting safety and justice for victims of domestic violence in Pennsylvania and across the country in its 33 year history. Part of that success is thanks to partnerships they’ve formed with organizations like Pennsylvania’s Major League Baseball teams - the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Philadelphia Phillies.

How DC Habitat is Empowering Families to Thrive Through Stability, Equity, and Self-Reliance

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Washington, D.C. is in the midst of a serious affordable housing shortage. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) considers housing to be affordable if a person spends no more than 30% of his or her income towards rent or a mortgage. In D.C., one in four residents spends more than half of their income on housing leaving precious little for basic necessities like food, transportation, and medical care. Low-income families can’t save for the future.

Fostering Worldwide Collaboration to Fight Alzheimer’s Disease

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Twenty five years ago, Michael W. Weiner, M.D., decided to make it his life's mission to find a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. “I had to choose one disease to focus on, because in science that’s the way you have the most impact and it was a very deliberate decision to go after Alzheimer’s. It was obviously a disease of great importance with a lot of people affected.”

How GSH is Ending Homelessness in Fairfax through a Combination of Affordable Housing and Support Services

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Today’s fair market value of an average two-bedroom apartment in Fairfax County is $1,750/month. That means, a family must have $70,000 in income for housing at this level. Good Shepherd Housing & Family Services (GSH) estimates that 10,000 households in Fairfax County are cost-burdened by their housing, meaning they spend more than 35% of their income on housing.

PowerTalk21 is Coming. Are You Ready?

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Conversations with teens can save lives. Teen alcohol use kills 4,300 youths each year, which is more than all illegal drugs combined. Did you know, teens who don’t drink alcohol until they are 21 are 85% less likely to be involved in an alcohol related crash than those who drink before age 14?

Research shows that in families where there is good communications and boundaries set around alcohol and other drugs, kids are safer and are far less likely to break family rules like, no drinking under 21.

What's the Secret to a Fun, Successful Workplace Giving Campaign? A Kick-off Party!

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One of the first rules when it comes to holding a successful workplace giving campaign or fundraiser is to make it fun. How do you do that? Host a kick-off party, charity fair, or similar type of networking event.

Volunteers and Corporate Sponsors Needed for Fairfax CASA’s 7th Annual Run for the Children 8K Race & 3K Run/Walk

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Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to ensuring that the most vulnerable of children—those who are caught up in the confusing, chaotic and scary child protection system that they unwittingly become a part of—are provided with a safety net. By recruiting, training and closely supervising citizen volunteers to become the “eyes and ears of the Court,” Fairfax CASA has been able to provide a voice to 7,000 children with open abuse and neglect cases in the Fairfax Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court since1989.

Work to Give, Give to Work. Where are We Now?

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If you look at the volunteer rates from 2011-2015, published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, you'll notice volunteerism has been on the decline in recent years. However, as Laura Shear, a Bay Area-based freelance writer and consultant, states in an article posted on Relate by Zendesk, "there's a glimmer of hope."

Trust Is in Crisis. Listening Is the Answer. Snapshot 2017 Can Help.

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The 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer—the annual global trust and credibility survey—was recently published and the news isn’t good.

Edelman is calling it a “global implosion of trust” with the crux being that “trust is in crisis around the world.”

They report that trust in four key institutions — business, government, NGOs, and media — has declined broadly, which hasn’t happened since Edelman began tracking trust among these segments in 2012.

Case Study: How Optimizely Increased Its Employee Giving Results Sevenfold

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John Leonard, Program Manager at Optimizely, knew his co-workers were very generous, but he didn't realize just how generous until he saw the results of the company's most recent annual employee giving campaign. After working with America's Charities' team of experts to come up with a customized strategic plan to guide the program and putting the recommendations into action, Optimizely's employee giving results increased sevenfold with more than 50% of employees participating. 

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