Born This Way Foundation
The Born This Way Foundation is an American non-profit organization founded in 2011 by singer Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta. Established at Harvard University, and named after Gagas second studio album Born This Way, BTWF works in partnership with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the California Endowment. The foundation aims to create a braver, kinder world for youths, create safe-spaces, promote the learning of life skills, in September 2012 Gaga was awarded the LennonOno Grant For Peace from Yoko Ono for her work with the foundation actively campaigning on pro-tolerance and peace issues. The award intends to keep that pop activism alive in the spirit of Ono, Lady Gaga has a long history of action against bullying and empowerment of young people. In 2011, Gaga met with U. S. President Barack Obama to talk on the subject and her meeting was in part response to gay fourteen-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer, who killed himself because he was being bullied.
He had recorded an It Gets Better video and before he died posted a line from a Lady Gaga song on his Facebook page, in 2010, the Gay and Straight Education Network stated, There has been heightened media attention surrounding the suicides. The same month, Tyler Clementi died, four other LGBT teenagers were reported to have committed suicide after being bullied about their homosexuality, at the end of the day, the goal is not only to save the victim, she says, but save the bully. In the documentary Inside the Outside, Gaga told of being bullied herself, Media proprietor Oprah Winfrey, writer Deepak Chopra, and United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius spoke at the inauguration. The Foundations original funding included $1.2 million from Gaga, $500,000 from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the BTWF was the beneficiary of Barneys New Yorks 2011 holiday campaign which featured Lady Gaga’s Workshop. In May 2012, Viacom announced it would be the lead media partner for the development of events, programming.
In August 2012, Gaga was named by American business magazine Forbes, well known for its lists, in March 2014, Roger Friedman of Showbiz411 criticized the foundations spendings after its federal tax reports were released. It’s unclear that anyone was really helped by the Born This Way Foundation other than lawyers, consultants and travel agents and we do the work, Lady Gaga wrote in response. We do not raise money and allocate the funds to other charities for them to do the work, a clear understanding of the differences between a grant-making organization and one that carries out its work directly would have made this a non-story, Cynthia Germanotta added. We are not a grant-maker that funds the work of other charities and we are having a profound impact in just a very short period of time. From March 28 to April 11,2012, the BTWF ran a campaign to inspire bravery. With the 10 semifinalists selected by Gaga and her mother and leading to a prize for the winner, in August 2012, BTWF Co-founder Cynthia Germanotta was one of the speakers at the U. S.
BTWFs work was discussed among other ongoing anti-bullying efforts. In October 2012 the formalization of a seven-person Research and Advisory Board was announced that will advise on BTWFs youth empowerment and tolerance programs based on sound theory and research. Susan Swearer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor of psychology in the College of Education and Human Sciences
A private foundation is a legal entity set up by an individual, a family or a group of individuals, for a purpose such as philanthropy or an object legal in the economic operation. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the largest private foundation in the U. S. with over $38 billion in assets, most private foundations are much smaller. Approximately two-thirds of the more than 84,000 foundations which file with the IRS, in 2008, have less than $1 million in assets, and 93% have less than $10 million in assets. In aggregate, private foundations in the U. S. control over $628 billion in assets, unlike a charitable foundation, a private foundation does not generally solicit funds from the public. And a private foundation does not have the requirements and reporting responsibilities of a registered. Not all foundations engage in philanthropy, some private foundations are used for planning purposes. One of the characteristics of the legal entities existing under the status of Foundations is a diversity of structures and purposes.
Nevertheless, there are common structural elements that are the first observed under legal scrutiny or classification. Others may be provided by the authority at each particular jurisdiction. The following foundations are set up under common law legal systems, a private foundation, in the United States, is a charitable organization described in the Internal Revenue Code by section 509. A private foundation is necessarily a 501 exempt organization and it is defined by a negative definition, by what it is not. A private foundation is not a charity, as described in section 170 through. Neither is it a section 509 organization, nor a supporting organization, Private foundations are subject to 2% excise taxes found in section 4940 through 4945 of the internal revenue code. Once a charity becomes a foundation, it retains that status unless it follows the difficult termination rules of section 507. The following foundations are set up under civil law legal systems, in Canada the Canada Revenue Agency is a branch of the Canadian government which regulates all foundations.
Under Canadian law, since 1967, a foundation is controlled by a single donor or family through a board that is made up of a majority of directors at non-arm’s length. It is a registered charity with the Canada Revenue Agency. A public foundation is governed by a board that is made up of a majority of directors at arm’s length, a private foundation is not allowed to engage in any business activity, but it can operate its own charitable program
Code for America
Code for America is a non-partisan, non-political 501 organization founded in 2009 to address the widening gap between the public and private sectors in their effective use of technology and design. According to its website, the works with residents and governments in solving community problems. Through five programs, Code for America helps government work more like the Internet, over 5,000 people in the US are involved in a Code for America Brigade. Through the Accelerator, Code for America provides seed funding, office space, Code for America runs a Peer Network for innovators in local government. Lastly, Code for All organizes similar efforts outside the US, particularly Brigades, the Washington Post described Code for America as the technology worlds equivalent of the Peace Corps or Teach for America. This is a win-win for cities that need help and for technologists that want to back and contribute to lower government costs. The New York Times described Code for America as a new nonprofit project, which aims to import the efficiency of the Web into government infrastructures and to make working in government fun and creative.
In 2009, the founder Jennifer Pahlka was working with OReilly Media at the Gov 2.0 Summit in Washington, revenues are down, costs are up -- if we dont change how cities work, theyre going to fail. The two began discussing plans for a program that eventually became Code for America, “a one-year fellowship recruiting developers to work for city government. ”With support from web entrepreneur Leonard Lin, Tim OReilly of OReilly Media, and technologist Clay A. Johnson, among others, the organization was launched in September 2009. Code for America connects city governments and web professionals through the Code for America Fellowship program, the first year of the fellowship program began in January 2011. Twenty fellows were selected from 360 applicants, resulting in a 5. 6% acceptance rate, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and Seattle were the four cities selected to participate in the 2011 program. On January 4,2012 Code for America began its second year program with 26 fellows and eight cities, Chicago, Honolulu, New Orleans, Philadelphia.
The inaugural 2011 fellowship program launched four projects in Boston, Philadelphia, each city partners with a team of five web programmers or designers selected for the fellowship. Over a period of 11 months, the fellows and city government collaborate to develop a web application to solve a civic problem identified by the city in their project proposals, the completed software applications are released as open-source for any city government to use or adapt. The Civic Commons project focuses on reducing public IT costs by helping government entities share code and it was launched in September 2010 after the Washington, DC project fell through due to a change in administration. Code for America Commons, as it is now called, is an effort between Code for America, OpenPlans, and the District of Columbias Office of the Chief Technology Officer. In December 2011 Code for America announced the receipt of a $1.5 million grant from Google, the Code for America Brigades are local groups of volunteers who build civic apps on open data in cities around the world.
In 2011, CFA coders developed an Adopt a Hydrant website, the system has been implemented in Providence, Rhode Island, Anchorage and Chicago
Cherokee Preservation Foundation
It works to improve the quality of life of the EBCI and strengthen the western North Carolina region by balancing Cherokee ways with the pursuit of new opportunities. Revitalization of the Cherokee Language A survey of Cherokee speakers released in 2006 was the first step in an effort to revitalize the language. It showed that there are only 275 Cherokee speakers on the Qualla Boundary today, culturally Based Leadership The Foundation supports several leadership programs that are based on the Cherokee culture. These include the following, The Cherokee Youth Council, which empowers youth 13-17 by giving them a voice to speak out on issues important to them. The CYC is leading recycling awareness efforts on the Qualla Boundary and has produced a film about teenage pregnancy from a youth, an annual cross-cultural Costa Rica Eco-Study Tour for high school students from western North Carolina. The Right Path, a leadership development program for adult members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
Two grantees of the Foundation, the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce, other Sequoyah Fund loans and support services are helping new and experienced entrepreneurs to start and expand businesses. For many hundreds of years, it has been important to the Cherokee people that they be good stewards of the land
Americas Promise Alliance is a foundation founded by Colin Powell in 1997 to help children and youth from all socioeconomic sectors in the United States. An estimated 5,000 volunteers were present in Marcus Foster Stadium, present were 30 governors,100 mayors,145 community delegations, dozens of prominent business leaders and several thousand citizens. Powell was chairman of the conference, at this conference the Presidents asked the nation to make youth a top priority and to support the Five Promises. Powell subsequently became the Chairman of Americas Promise, the outgrowth of the summit and he held that position until his appointment as U. S. Secretary of State but still actively supports the foundation. Alma Powell is currently Chair of the Alliance, the foundation works with hundreds of companies, non-profit organizations, faith based organizations, educational institutions, as well as government agencies to achieve its goals. John Gomperts has served as CEO since 2012, Americas Promise has a public policy affiliate organization called First Focus
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Hilton Foundation is an American non-profit charitable foundation, established in 1944 by hotel entrepreneur Conrad N. Hilton. It remained relatively small until his death on January 3,1979 when it was named the beneficiary of his estate. The Foundations mission is derived from the last will and testament of Conrad N, Hilton that directs the organization to relieve the suffering, the distressed, and the destitute. Typically, the foundation awards large, long-term grants to nonprofit organizations, “Increasingly, we are being more strategic in our areas of interest, ” said Ed Cain, Vice President of Grant Programs. “We’re trying to make the biggest difference possible with the resources at our disposal, since inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $1.5 billion in grants. Currently more than 50% supports international charitable projects, Conrad Hiltons grandson Steven M. Hilton is currently the Chairman of the organization. He started working at the foundation in 1983 and served as its CEO from 2005 to 2015, Hilton retired as President and CEO, and was succeeded by Peter Laugharn.
In his retirement announcement, Hilton said, “When I joined the Hilton Foundation in 1983, at that time, a handful of staff guided about $6 million in grants annually. Fast forward to today, and we have grown to a staff of over 50 and have awarded over a billion dollars in grants to improve the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people around the world. ”Peter Laugharn began his tenure as President and CEO on January 1,2016. Hilton Humanitarian Prize is awarded annually by the Foundation and it was inaugurated in 1996 and is the largest humanitarian award in the world. Its annual award of USD1.5 million was increased in 2015 to 2 million to commemorate its 20th Hilton Humanitarian Prize laureate and it is currently larger than any one of the six Nobel Prizes. The award is presented to a nonprofit organization judged to have made exemplary and extraordinary contributions in alleviating human suffering, the creation of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize by the Foundation was inspired by the will of Conrad Hilton,2015 - Landesa 2016 - The Task Force for Global Health Conrad N