Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Non-Profit Ringtones In New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM - (from All Headline News) The Center for Biological Diversity has begun a new project in raising awareness for endangered species, called "endangered wildlife ringtones" and its absolutely free.

The environmental group hopes that more and more people will hear the sounds of these threatened animals, and become interested in saving the rare animals and birds. Michael Robinson, a conservation advocate at the Center for Biological Diversity's office in Pinos Altos, New Mexico said, "The point here is education and inspiration."

So far, 24,000 cell phone users have downloaded the ringtones from the center's website, http://rareearthtones.com/ringtones.

According to a study by the New Politics Institute, four in five Americans 18 and above have cell phones. As many as 30 percent wireless users are estimated to forego their fixed lines by 2008. Almost all cell phones are expected to be tied somehow to the Internet by then.

Peter Leyden, director of the Institute said, "With the ringtones, this is the tip of the iceberg." He says the impact of "mobile media" on political and social campaigns can be remarkable in the future.

Katrin Verclas, executive director of the Nonprofit Technology Network said, "Nonprofits have been using online tools such as Web sites and e-mail to get out a message, but the handwriting is on the wall as far as the possibilities for mobile devices to be added to that mix." Adding, "Mobile phones are just another piece of the equation. There is still so much room or experimentation."

Peter Galvin, co-founder of the Center for Biological Diversity says he came up with the idea to create awareness among the younger tech savvy crowd: "And with young people, it has to be interesting and it has to be cool."

The free Website allows you to take a listen to all of the wildlife ringtones including the Blue-throated Macaw, Beluga Whale, Band-bellied Owl, Mountain Yellow-legged Frog, Yosemite Toad, or any other 40 endangered wildlife species listed on the site.

The site also features the calls of over a dozen endangered and threatened North American frogs and toads like the Houston Toad - its found only in a few locations in Texas. And the rings also include more than two dozen species of owls like the California Spotted Owl, a bird that appears to be quickly disappearing from the Sierra Nevada and Southern California forests.
Verizon subscribers need to have PIX messaging enabled in order to receive the ringtones and users of other carriers will need to have web browsing capability on your cell.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Anheuser-Busch Donates Clydesdale

Reno, Nev. — According to Businessweek, a Budweiser Clydesdale filly went for $20,000 at a fund-raising auction staged by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in Reno. Rodger Fleming of Butler, Pa., a member of the foundation's board of directors, submitted the winning bid Saturday for the 8-month-old horse named Kindred.

Plans call for the animal to be housed at the foundation's Elk Mountain Homestead in Benezette, Pa., which draws about 75,000 visitors a year. Funds raised from the auction will help support restoration of elk habitat, foundation spokesman Mark Armstrong said.

St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch Companies Inc., a foundation corporate sponsor, donated the horse for the auction. The brewing company owns about 300 Clydesdales, most of which are stabled at the company's 218-acre farm in Missouri. The iconic horses are a Budweiser tradition, promoting the beer in parades and other events as well as in television ads.

"(The foundation) continues to be a great partner with Budweiser, and this is just another opportunity to show our support for the foundation and their excellent work," said Paul Simmons, Budweiser branch manager. The foundation's four-day annual convention ended Sunday in Reno.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Master Plan Community Benefits Kids

LAS VEGAS — Providence, a master-planned community in northwestern Las Vegas, will host a children's reading festival to benefit Kids to Kids, an organization that works to advance literacy causes in Nevada. The celebration, which coincides with the culmination of Nevada Reading Week, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 3 at the Providence Information Center at I-215 and Hualapai Way.

"Kids to Kids is a remarkable organization. Its dedication to introducing children to the power of the written word is a real inspiration," said John A. Ritter, chairman and chief executive officer of the Focus Property Group. "In building a strong community at Providence, we want to help organizations like Kids to Kids, while encouraging our residents to be active participants in reading and helping others to read."

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, The Children's Literacy Festival will feature games that integrate books as the central theme. Readings by authors will be scheduled throughout the day, including Ruth Devlin, who authored "A Reader for All Seasons" and Frank Fiorello, who wrote "When I Read." Maria Silva, an anchorperson on KVBC-TV, Channel 3, will also read to children.

Other non-profit organizations will also be highlighted. For more information, visit providencelv.com

Friday, February 23, 2007

Private-Public Partnerships In Carson

Carson City, Nev. — According to the Nevada Appeal, there is an interesting private-public partnership entering its fifth year in Carson City area. Called Eagles & Agriculture, there are wildlife spotting tours that bring nonprofit, private, ranching, business, and environmental groups together and demonstrate how agriculture and wildlife can coexist.

For example, the group organizes owl and eagle tours as well as birds of prey lectures and receptions featuring guests such as Gold Gate Raptor Observatory and UC Davis professor Dr. Allen Fish. Another tour organized by the group offers a raft and canoe trip down the Carson River. Recently, one group consisting of some 200 people went off in search of eagles Wednesday morning and found more than a half-dozen.

In addition to the outdoor activities, exhibits and a drawing will raise money for Eagles and Agriculture are part of the event at the Carson Valley Inn. Prizes range from natural soil amendments to a barn tour. The winners need not be present to win when the tickets are drawn on Saturday afternoon. Tickets can be purchased today 5:30-8 p.m. and Saturday between 10:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. at Carson Valley Inn. For further information contact Mary Ellen Conaway, 775-265-7651.

Exhibitors include Full Circle Compost, Paradise Bird Feed, Carson Valley Conservation District, Lahontan Audubon Society, Alpine Watershed Group, Douglas County Historical Society, Nevada Farm Bureau, Comstock Seed, Moments In Time Photography, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Tahoe Wildlife Care Inc., Bently Biofuels, Nevada Rock Art Foundation, and Carson Valley Inn. See the orginal article for more details.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Bank of America Selects 44 Markets

Charolette, N.C. – Working with community partners, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation developed the Neighborhood Excellence Initiative to provide the 44 participating markets with essential support through three key programs:

- Neighborhood Builders(TM): $200,000 in grant funding and leadership
training over the course of two years to two local nonprofit
organizations working to promote vibrant neighborhoods. These grants
are "unrestricted funds" -- highly unusual in the nonprofit community --
and can be utilized by the organization to cover operating expenses and
build program capacity.

- Local Heroes(TM): recognition of five community heroes whose
achievements and leadership on local issues contribute significantly to
neighborhood vitality. Recipients will direct a $5,000 contribution to
an eligible nonprofit of their choice.

- Student Leaders(TM): development of five exemplary high school students
with an interest in improving their neighborhoods. To further their
personal and educational growth, the Foundation provides funding for
each student to participate in a paid, eight-week summer internship with
a community-based organization as well as a series of leadership
training and community service activities with local Bank of America
executives.

Award recipients will be chosen by a local selection committee comprised of private, public and nonprofit sector leaders and chaired by the bank's local presidents in the 44 Neighborhood Excellence Initiative communities.

Applications and nominations for the awards will be available online at www.bankofamerica.com/foundation. The deadline for applications is March 9, 2007 for Student Leaders and June 29, 2007 for Neighborhood Builders and Local Heroes applications. Applicants in Las Vegas, Nevada and other markets are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Bank of America has embarked on an unprecedented 10-year goal to give $1.5 billion to nonprofit organizations engaged in improving the quality and vitality of their neighborhoods. The bank will give more than $200 million in 2007, making it one of the most generous corporate donors in the world.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Dance Troupe Visits Students And Seniors

Reno, Nev. — The Utah Repertory Dance Theatre took time off from practicing for an upcoming dramatization that will be held Thursday at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts (Reno) in order to present a century of dance to students in northern Nevada.

On Tuesday, the troupe visited Spanish Springs High School to perform for a beginning musical theater class. Visits also were made to the University of Nevada, Reno and the Washoe County Senior Center. Trips to Fallon, Carson City, Winnemucca, Elko and Wells are planned for next week.

Sara Bogard, a musical theater teacher at Spanish Springs, said she worked with the nonprofit Sierra Arts Foundation to help bring the repertory group to campus. According the Reno Gazette-Journal, Bogard said it was important for her students because it showed them they would have to sing, act and dance to break into the field.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

What Corporate Managers Expect

LAS VEGAS — Tomorrow, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., The Volunteer Center of Southern Nevada will host a Lunch & Learn at the United Way of Southern Nevada, which is located at 1660 E. Flamingo in Las Vegas.

The Lunch & Learn, moderated by Jacque Matthews, director of community relations for the Community College of Southern Nevada, includes a panel of corporate volunteer managers who are donating their time to discuss "What Corporate Volunteer Managers" expect from non-profit organizations and agencies.

Specifically, the panel discussion will reveal what corporate volunteer managers expect from agencies in order to assist them in turning out employees for events, projects, and other activities. In addition to being worthwhile for non-profit organizations, some business owners might glean how to ease the burden of organizing volunteers from a number of seasoned panel members.

Although the R.S.V.P. deadline was Feb. 16, you can call the Volunteer Center of Southern Nevada for more information at 702-892-2321. The luncheon is $15 or $10 for DOVIA members.

Monday, February 19, 2007

AT&T To Give $9 Million In Grants

San Antonio, Texas — AT&T will open its 2007 Excelerator grant program on March 1 in following states: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee and Wisconsin. The program will provide $9 million in competitive technology grants to help local nonprofit organizations integrate technology into their operations and community outreach.

Since its inception in 2002, the AT&T Excelerator program has provided more than 2,500 technology grants totaling more than $47.8 million to a diverse range of nonprofits. In 2006, AT&T Excelerator distributed nearly $6 million to more than 480 nonprofit organizations across the country.

Grants range from $2,500 to $25,000 per organization and are one year in length. Collaborations by two or more organizations will be considered for grants up to $50,000 for one year. Applications will be due on May 4, 2007.

For more information and to download the application (available on March 1), visit AT&T Excelerator Grants section of their Web site.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Two Community Leaders Honored By HELP

LAS VEGAS — HELP of Souther Nevada is recognizing two community leaders this March 3 at an annual Mardi Gras celebration dinner. The event will also help raise funds for the organization, with tickets priced at $200. The event includes dinner and entertainment at the South Point Hotel and Casino.

The first is Steve Linder, community relations manager for HSBC Bank Nevada, N.A. The bank is one of the largest issuers of MasterCard and Visa cards in the United States.

In addition to his position, Linder serves on the board of directors Habitat for Humanity, the Women's Development Center, the Nevada Council on Economic Education, the Academy of Finance at Clark High School, the Business Community Investment Council, HELP of Southern Nevada, Junior Achievement, Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Prospector's Council, Opportunity Village, Success by 6 (United Way), and the Executive Committee of the Summerlin Children's Hospital.

Janet Linder is executive director of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association (Las Vegas Chapters). She has been affiliated with countless non-profit organizations, including service on the board of directors for the National Association of for Community Leadership. She also received the 1995 Award for Outstanding Tennessee Leadership Educator prior to moving to Nevada.

For more information to place reservations before Feb. 23, call Deena Wier at (702) 369-4357, ext. 222 or e-mail dwier (at) helpsonv.org

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Plates For Wild Horses

Reno, Nev. — KRNV reports The Nevada Commission on Special License Plates has approved an application for the specialty plate featuring wild horses and burros, which will help raise money for the animals.

In order to be issued, 1,000 people must sign up for the license plate. A portion of Nevada Department of Motor Vehicle fees for the special plates will go to a nonprofit groups that care for abandoned, injured, abused and hungry wild horses and burros. The group says the idea for the plate began eight years ago when 33 wild horses were found slaughtered in Storey County.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Loan Guarantor Offers Scholarships

Saint Peter, Minn. — USA Funds, which is an education-loan guarantor, will award up to $3.2 million nationwide in new, renewable scholarships to students with economic need through USA Funds Access to Education Scholarships.

According to the blog Student Loan Consolidation, USA Funds is a nonprofit organization that works to enhance postsecondary-education preparedness, access and success by providing and supporting financial and other valued services.

To be considered for a scholarship, an application must be submitted online by Feb. 15, 2007. We strongly encourage students to submit their application well before the application deadline. For details, please visit the blog cited.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Bank Of America Gives In Multiple States

LOS ANGELES — United Way of Greater Los Angeles today announced it has received a grant from Bank of America designed to help individuals and families in Los Angeles County obtain tax preparation assistance and unrealized tax refunds through the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

This grant is part of a national partnership between United Way of America and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation that will provide $500,000 in grants to two statewide and 31 local United Ways. Additionally, Bank of America associate volunteers will assist in tax preparation for qualified individuals and families eligible for EITC around the country.

Bank of America, which operates in several states including Nevada, has embarked on an unprecedented 10-year goal to give $1.5 billion to nonprofit organizations engaged in improving the quality and vitality of their neighborhoods. The bank will give more than $200 million in 2007, making it one of the most generous corporate donors in the world.

Bank of America approaches giving through a national strategy called "neighborhood excellence" under which it works with local leaders to identify and meet the most pressing needs of individual communities. Through Team Bank of America, bank associate volunteers contribute more than 500,000 hours each year to improve the quality of life in their communities nationwide.

For more information about Bank of America Corporate Philanthropy, please visit the Philanthropy section of its site.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Four Companies Launch Literacy Program

MORRIS PLAINS, N.J. — Children's Benadryl Allergy and PediaCare, Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), and Scholastic have teamed to create a multi-year partnership, Literacy for Life, which presents a program is based on a shared belief that literacy is essential to living a healthier life. The program is being launched with a $40,000 library makeover contest and a new web site Literacy for Life.

According to a release, the reading and wellness resource provides tools for parents and educators to help inspire children to become lifelong readers and to teach them how to stay healthy at home and at school. The web site includes information such as:

* Building a Family Library
* Where to Find Good Books
* The Ultimate Sympt-O-Meter for Cold and Flu Information
* Health Tips


"Reading is the foundation for all other life skills," said Carol H. Rasco, president and CEO of RIF. "By encouraging children to read and to enjoy reading, RIF offers children an opportunity for building healthy and successful lives. By providing parents and educators with simple practical tools, the 'Literacy for Life' program is sure to bring even greater attention to the relationship between lifelong literacy and lifelong health."

Strong literacy skills can help advance well being in other ways as well. For instance, forty-three percent of those with the lowest literacy skills are currently living in poverty (1), which brings with it a host of associated problems, including poor health.

"We're committed to improving people's overall quality of life," said Stephanie Hayes, Senior Consumer Promotion Manager, Upper Respiratory and Pediatric Brands. "The Literacy for Life program is one way we're helping to educate and empower consumers on health and wellness to improve the well being of children and their families. We're excited about the variety of resources the program provides, including the opportunity to dramatically improve school libraries for kids."

The Literacy for Life Library Makeover Contest features a grand prize of $25,000 in cash, $15,000 in books from campaign partner Scholastic, and an eight-hour consultation with a professional experienced in library book selection. There also will be a first prize winner and three runner-up awards.

The contest is open to public and state accredited private elementary schools. Individuals can accumulate points for their schools by collecting proof of purchase of PediaCare(R) and Benadryl(R) products, ordering a free set of RIF Parent Guide brochures, submitting a Scholastic Book Club order or submitting a postcard.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

MGM MIRAGE and Volunteer Center Host Awards

LAS VEGAS — The Volunteer Center of Southern Nevada and MGM MIRAGE are calling for nominations: outstanding individuals and groups of volunteers in Southern Nevada for the 7th Annual Community Enrichment Awards.

The Community Enrichment Awards recognize, honor and reward exceptional community service in five categories: Education, Group, Individual, Senior, and Youth. Three finalists from each category will be selected by a panel of community leaders, and the winners will be announced on April 20, 2007. The event will be hosted at the MGM Grand Conference Center.

Winners are awarded $1,000 for a qualifying nonprofit organization of their choice. The youth winner is awarded a $500 scholarship, along with $500 contribution for his or her agency. Each finalist also receives a $250 grant for the organization they serve.

All finalists will also be nominated for the Daily Point of Light Award, a program sponsored by the Points of Light Foundation, the Corporation of National and Community Service, and the Knights of Columbus. This award honors those who have made a commitment to connect Americans through service to help meet critical needs in their communities.

To nominate someone for The Community Enrichment Awards, visit Volunteer Center of Southern Nevada and download a nomination form. Entries are due no later than Feb. 23.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Public-Private Venture Helps Nonprofit Buy A Ram

Yorktown, New York — There is a Nevada ram named George living the high life in New York. He was brought to Hilltop Hanover Farm from Nevada by HV Woolworks, a nonprofit started by Shirley Bianco that has 43 sheep munching grass and hay on a farm where the spire of the Empire State Building is visible on clear days.

Nevada-born George is on a mission that will benefit both the nonprofit and area business. His job, though unlikely, is to enjoy the ewes and make high-end wool in Westchester. If he succeeds, Westchester hopes to create jobs, preserve open space, and maintain an agricultural presence in the region.

Westchester County originally purchased 183 acres of the old dairy farm in 2003 for $3.1 million, and it has partnered with a number of agricultural organizations to keep it running as a working farm. Bianco, an environmental advocate from Bedford who previously worked as a currency trader, had an idea in 2005.

Visit The Journal News for the source story. We included it here because it presents a great case study in how nonprofits and business and government can work together toward common goals. Besides, as mentioned, George is a Nevada native.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Children's Museum Needs Executive Director

Carson City, Nev. — According to the Nevada Appeal, The Children's Museum of Northern Nevada will be looking for another executive director. This time, Maria Pence, a board member for about five years, said the board will look into restructuring the position so that it's easier to manage.

Pence said Lehman left because the full-time commitment was too much. The executive director position only pays about $20,000 a year, which might explain why this the museum's third executive director in two years.

"It might be time to look at restructuring the directorship, to see if it's time to divide and conquer that into different areas of expertise," she said. "It is a very demanding, stressful job."

While NBCB seldom puts out pleas for non-profits, some northern Nevada company might want to step forward as an angle sponsor, offering the museum the option of a loaned executive or a salary subsidy so future executives use this position less as a stepping stone and more as a permanent job.

Simply put, The Children's Museum of Northern Nevada is a good idea that deserves attention form people with good ideas.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Rhodes Homes Runs For A Wish

LAS VEGAS — Rhodes Homes, which has been building homes in Southern Nevada since 1985, is the title sponsor of this year's 6th Annual Kendall Tenny's 5K Run (tomorrow), which benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation. For more information or to register for the event, please visit the Run For A Wish Website.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Nevada grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. The national Make-A-Wish Foundation was founded in 1980 when a group of caring individuals helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer. The foundation is now the largest wish-granting charity in the world.

In addition to Rhodes Homes, more than 30 local companies are sponsoring the event held in Downtown Las Vegas, starting near Lady Luck Casino at 7:30 a.m. on 4th Street. General donations can also be made online.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Southern Wine & Spirits Recognized

MIAMI — Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc.'s South Carolina Division was named 2006 Hospitality Supplier of the year by the Hospitality Association of South Carolina. Tom Sponseller, president and CEO of the Hospitality Association of South Carolina, attributed the honor to Southern Wine & Spirits of South Carolina always being there to support the community and industry.

"From being involved in our organization on the local and state levels, it shows its commitment to making sure the hospitality industry of this state is the best it can be," he said. “The award is a simple way of saying thank you for being one of the best in the business and making South Carolina a better place."

The awards ceremony will be held on Monday, February 26 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Columbia, South Carolina.

Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. is the nation's leading wine and spirits distributor with a tradition of delivering the highest levels of service excellence since 1968, currently conducts business in 27 states, including Nevada, where its non-profit contributions are equally noted. For more information about the company, visit www.southernwine.com

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