Points of Light, the country’s largest volunteer management and civic organization, recently awarded St. Louis Health Equipment Lending Program (St. Louis HELP) with the Point of Light Award. St. Louis HELP loans home medical equipment to those in need at no cost. Last year, the organization loaned more than 4,000 medical items.
Many spectacular parties have been immortalized in books. From The Great Gatsby to Pride and Prejudice to Little Women, get-togethers live on inside their bindings. Now, take your nose out of the novel and experience a real-life celebration surrounded by books: The St. Louis Public Library’s (SLPL) 150th anniversary celebration will kick-off at the upcoming A Novel Affair Gala.
Supporters, and state and local officials recently attended the grand opening of SouthSide Early Childhood Center. The new building is twice the size of the previous facility, and includes 10 classrooms, a multipurpose room, resource library, kids’ ‘kitchen’ and preschool garden, state-of-the-art meeting and conference rooms, and a natural playground.
A sluggish economy has hurt nonprofits since the recession—with cutbacks in government funding, a decrease in giving from both small and large donors, and increased demand, especially for nonprofits in the social services.
Each year, 2,700 prisoners are released back into the St. Louis area. Without any support system in place, about two-thirds of them are likely to re-offend and return to prison within three years. But Project COPE is changing those statistics—and changing lives. For those who receive assistance from the nonprofit, only 4 percent re-enter prison within a three-year period, contributing to the success and safety of the entire community.
Thanks to the efforts of students participating in the Read to the Finish program, several Kirk Day School faculty and staff revved their engines in a race against teachers from other schools. The reading-incentive program rewards young readers with a free ticket to Gateway Motorsports Park, and the opportunity to watch their teachers rev their engines.
MARGARITA FLORES, SUSAN ITTNER, ADELLA JONES, MAUREEN LARKINS, JIM McGRATH, MICHAEL McMILLAN, NICOLE RINGENBERG, JIM SCHULTE, IRIS TEROLLI-HALL, BARBARA TURKINGTON, SHERRY WARD and MARK WEINHEIMER have joined the American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region’s board of directors.
When Annie Seal’s oldest daughter was in high school, she was diagnosed with an eating disorder. Although the teen wasn’t showing signs of extreme weight loss that are typically associated with such disorders, Seal had noticed unexplainable extreme mood swings. “For a long time, I thought my daughter was just a teenager,” Seal says. “She was just not herself. My sweet girl was gone, and in her place was someone I didn’t recognize who was emotional, moody and always unhappy. It was beyond the normal adolescent; but she was my oldest, so I thought maybe this is really how adolescents behave.”
No matter the size of a donation, when someone gives money to charity, they have some level of confidence that it will be used for a specific purpose. And that expectation only grows with the size of the gift, particularly if there’s a donor agreement in place. The book, Abusing Donor Intent: The Robertson Family’s Epic Lawsuit Against Princeton University, was written by Doug White, director for the Master of Science in Fundraising Management program at Columbia University. In it, he digs into a high-profile case where the donors accused the university of misusing their charitable gift. We asked the author about the case, its implications, and steps donors should take before giving their hard-earned funds—no matter how noble the cause.
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