Now that you have a basis for the history and importance of philanthropy, choose one organization that is of importance to you and describe it’s philanthropic stance. In your discussion post you must answer the following:
- Describe the philanthropic history of the organization
- What major gifts have been given to the organization in the past 5-10 years?
- What major initiatives has this organization supported financially in the past 5-10 years?
- Why is this organization of importance to you?
Also, this assignment require to post two responses to others post, i will post the two other student’s work below, basically you just have to simply response to their post in 100-200 words. you can also take a look how they write as a sample as well.
The March of Dimes (previously known at the time as the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis) was created by President Franklin Roosevelt after he personally struggled with polio. He founded and formed a polio patient aid program and funded research for vaccines that were developed by Jonas Salk MD and Albert Sabin MD. By doing this these vaccines were able to end the epidemic polio in the United States. The March of Dimes mission is to prevent birth defects and infant mortality.
The March of Dimes donation/gift procedure is a unique one, to say the least. It’s constantly an ongoing process and you’re able to give as much or as little as you want. You can choose to donate money as a one-time agreement or agree to do it monthly. You can also wish to donate in honor of someone you might know as well. Besides donating the money you can also be eligible to donate a vehicle (car, van, truck, bus, boat or a motorcycle) to help keep researchers on the road to find out the causes of birth defects and premature birth. By doing this the charity receives at least 70% of the proceeds just by you donating your vehicle.
Some of the major companies that The March of Dimes supported throughout the years financially is Kmart, Macy’s, United Airlines, Mission Pharmacal, Famous Footwear, and Cigna. All of these companies are still giving money to the organization to help mothers and their newborn children as well as researchers so no one would have to pay out of pocket and have to support themselves financially. While some companies might have been with the organization longer than other’s it’s not a shocker that no matter how much time spent with the organization they’re able to help in any possible way they can.
The March of Dimes is an important organization to myself because it’s scary to know if a child can be born with a defect and it’s scary to consider if the child is going to live. It’s also sad to think about the possibility of your own child not surviving and the worry that a mother could have. With knowing someone who’s mother lost their daughter due to a defect it’s very heartbreaking to explain to their own children that they lost a potential brother or sister. By having The March of Dimes it allows families to not have to go through hardships and struggles but instead have research and proper treatment in order to not have something as life changing as this happen to anyone else.
Describe the philanthropic history of the organization
Founded on February 12, 1909, was one of the oldest civil rights organizations, The NAACP. They were formed to promote the equality of African Americans after many riots and lynching of African Americans. “The NAACP’s principal objective is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority group citizens of United States and eliminate race prejudice.” Their goal is to stop the discrimination of African Americans through a democratic process.
What major gifts have been given to the organization in the past 5-10 years?
NAACP was awarded a major posthumous donation from a generous supporter and her husband. The late Oveta Gardner and deceased husband were major supporters of the NAACP and their mission of equality, until the day of their deaths. After passing, Oveta left a generous donation from her and her husband to the organization to keep the dream of the NAACP alive. The amount they left to the organization was $736,330.32.
What major initiatives has this organization supported financially in the past 5-10 years?
The NAACP focuses on civic engagement, environmental & climate justice, and health. The organization works hard to promote education and equal opportunities for black people in America. The organization host many events and programs in support of these three initiatives. Some of the programs that are offered involve childhood obesity, HIV/AIDS, global sustainability, and higher education.
Why is this organization of importance to you?
This organization is important to me because it focuses on the elevation, education, empowerment, and equality of black people in America. This organization has helped many people in my family to overcome adversities since the inception of the organization. The organization has taken on many initiatives for black people that no one else has cared about or took the time to fix. This organization has also developed into many smaller organizations that have helped the elevation and education of black people through derivatives such as Greek organizations that promote brotherhood and sisterhood, as well as clubs for college and high school students of color to participate in while pursuing a higher education. The NAACP also awards scholarships for people of color to go to college, grants to open businesses, and provides services for black people in poverty. The organization also maintains a counsel that is not all black people but people who fight for the equality of black people. Knowing that this organization exist ensures that my future generations will always have someone fighting for their rights even when I am gone.