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New Value of Volunteer Time Announced: Independent Sector recently announced that the latest value of a volunteer time is $24.69. Charitable organizations frequently use this estimate to quantify the enormous value volunteers provide. Additionally, Virginia's unique value of volunteer time is $26.75. Despite major economic and political changes since 2012, the contributions of volunteers has grown with each year. Dig into the historical national data and the state-by-state figures below to appreciate the value of volunteers' contribution in time, talent, and effort in our communities. Learn more here.
Blackbaud Institute's The Next Generation of American Giving explores charitable habits of Generation Z, Millennials, Generation X, Baby Boomers, and Matures.
Hampton Roads Economic Monthly: Happy Days are Here Again:A return to pre-recession peak employment is one key benchmark of recovery following an economic downturn. Learn More
From Adult Literacy on the Middle Peninsula: Instruction is gradually returning to the usual schedule. Jane has been busy at the MML helping Luis to unlock the mystery of reading and he is discovering great, new adventures in reading while Nan continues her cursive writing instruction and improving reading with Jarrod. Have you read about the resurgent interest to learn cursive writing? Jarrod was ahead of the curve with his request. For Deborah, her work on the NEDP (high school completion program) has swung into high gear. She has begun the research and writing needed to complete the program. (NEDP = National External Diploma Program in conjunction with Hampton City Schools). Chakib, Linda, and Claudia continue to work on the same goal. If you know someone who needs ALMP’s services, we are only a phone call (804-210-9169) away and ALMP meets year around.
Charitable Giving Tax Deduction Act - The Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) estimates that the number of taxpayers who will itemize their taxes in 2018 will decrease by 61% from 2017. With the number of taxpayers who itemize expected to be drastically reduced, we need a solution that allows all taxpayers to access the charitable deduction. The Charitable Giving Tax Deduction Act would enact a clean, uncapped, above-the-line charitable deduction. We urge you to ask Members of Congress to cosponsor H.R. 5771. TAKE ACTION
How the Tax Law Hits Charitable Giving
A recent tax law includes changes that may affect your charitable donations. This article examines some of the changes — which result in the loss of a tax break for some people who give to charity and provide a higher deduction limit for folks who give more than half of their adjusted gross income to charity. We'll also explain how some well-off seniors can directly donate up to $100,000 from their IRAs to charity without paying tax on the money. FULL ARTICLE
‘Modern Donors’ Are Changing How Charities Should Raise Money: Donor behavior is changing in significant ways that have important implications for how charities raise money, argues a new report.
Nonprofits are America's third largest employer: The U.S. nonprofit sector employs 11.9 million people, putting it third out of eighteen major sectors as an employer of American workers, a report from the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society finds.
6 Ways to Generate More Media Coverage This Year details how to use the press to make an impact and reach your audiences.
25 Creative Summer Fundraising Ideas lists creative and fun ways your organization or group can raise money this summer.
The Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (CBNERR) at VIMS is asking for your input: We are considering hosting a workshop focused on NOAA tools (think sea level rise viewer, land cover atlas) in September 2018. Your thoughts on this, and whether it might interest you would be extremely helpful. Feel free to take a look at Digital Coast (https://coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/tools) to preview some of the tools that might be presented. Please consider taking a few moments to complete this quick survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JRXLGVQ
Return of bay grasses is sentinel for Chesapeake Bay recovery
Research ties long-term nutrient reductions in Bay to a resurgence of underwater grasses. Read more...
The Gloucester Institute is a 501©(3) non-profit organization with all contributions tax deductible. TGI operates under a “student first mentality” with approximately 80% of each dollar invested directly into the students and leadership programs. The remainder of donated funds are utilized to strengthen the leadership team and fundraising capabilities. Find out more HERE and GIVE.
Low-Cost Home Internet for Qualified Cox Customers: Cox Connect2Compete program is available for Gloucester residents that have K-12 students and receive government assistance for $9.95 per month with no deposits or annual contracts and with free installation and a modem. Cox’s Connect2Compete program is open to families with K-12 children who qualify for free or reduced school lunch through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or renters who participate in the Section 8 Rental Assistance program. If you or a family you know of might be eligible, visit www.connect2compete.org/Cox or call (855) 222-3252 for application assistance.
Two New Fairfield Preservation Initiatives: Documenting and Preserving Sites Across the Middle Peninsula
The Fairfield Foundation has long supported preservation efforts on the Middle Peninsula and surrounding areas through public archaeology, historical research, oral histories and preservation advocacy. As our Center for Archaeology, Preservation, and Education (CAPE) nears completion we are redoubling our efforts within the community to broaden our impact and demonstrate the value of historic places. ...
Anything But Ordinary: Twenty years ago, two young archaeology students, David Brown and Thane Harpole, surveyed a farmstead site located in Gloucester County, Virginia, dating to the late 17th to early 18th centuries. The property was originally patented in the 1670s by Robert Bryan and was eventually part of the adjacent Belle Farm plantation. After the Civil War, the owner of Belle Farm gave each of his freed slaves twenty acres of land, mostly along the north section of Vaughns Creek, in the vicinity of the site. At some point in the 20th century, the land came into the possession of the Walker family, and subsequently was purchased by Mr. Morris Phillips. It was Mr. Phillips who approached these two talented archaeologists to ask about the artifacts that he had collected from his property. David and Thane examined the artifacts and suggested a formal survey of the site. Go here for more information.
Humane Education and Resource Team Inc. is a new 501c3 non profit serving Gloucester and Mathews pet owners. We offer pet food in crisis situations,dog training advice and some financial assistance for euthanasia with veterinarian referral. We hope to start offering classes in pet CPR and first aid in the future. Email Wanda Fary at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 815-2394 for more information.
2-1-1 Virginia: A program of the Virginia Department of Social Services, 2-1-1 Virginia answered 104,919 calls for assistance and had 62,851 unique visitors searching the website last year. To provide the citizens of Virginia with current and correct information on health and human services resources, it is essential that agencies review and update information at www.211virginia.org. If your agency is not currently included, it is simple to add it to the database - click here to view 2-1-1 VIRGINIA's inclusion / exclusion criteria.
Mental Health Statistics, Nearly 1 in 5 American adults deal with a mental illness or substance abuse according to a recent HealthDay article. Overall, almost 44 million Americans 18 or older had a diagnosable mental, behavioral or emotional disorder in the past year, according to researcher. See full article at medlineplus.gov.
No Wrong Door Virginia is a virtual system and statewide network of shared resources, designed to streamline access to long term services and supports for older adults, family caregivers and individuals of all ages with disabilities – connecting individuals, providers and communities across the Commonwealth. www.nowrongdoorvirginia.org
Profile of Virginia's Uninsured: The Virginia Health Care Foundation annually contracts with the Urban Institute to develop a Profile of Virginia's Uninsured using data from the U.S. Census, the American Communities Survey, and estimates from an analytical approach it has developed. The 2017 Profile of Virginia's Uninsured is now available at www.vhcf.org/data/profile-of-the-uninsured/.