Friday, October 31, 2014

Scots urged to back Ebola appeal - Health / News / The Courier

Scots urged to back Ebola appeal - Health / News / The Courier: "Scots have been urged to give generously to a fundraising appeal for people affected by the Ebola outbreak in west Africa.

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) in Scotland said some affected areas face catastrophe within 60 days unless urgent action is taken."



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Over £6m raised in first day of DEC's Ebola Crisis Appeal

Over £6m raised in first day of DEC's Ebola Crisis Appeal: "More than £6m has been raised by the Disasters Emergency Committee’s (DEC) Ebola Crisis Appeal since the appeal's launch yesterday.
Funds were raised through web, phone and text donations and UK government support, the organisation said today.

Saleh Saeed, chief executive of DEC, said: "We have been overwhelmed by the extraordinary generosity of the UK public in response to our unprecedented appeal for the Ebola Crisis in west Africa.""



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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Red Cross launches mobile app on disasters | The Jakarta Post

Red Cross launches mobile app on disasters | The Jakarta Post: "The Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) has launched an Android-based mobile application that helps users anticipate natural disasters and share disaster-related information.

The app, called Mass Rapid Assessment (MRA), was launched during a seminar on IT-Telekom and people's disaster preparedness and resilience in South Jakarta on Thursday."



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London volunteers launch fundraising drive to help fight Ebola | Metro

London volunteers launch fundraising drive to help fight Ebola | Metro: "London volunteers launch fundraising drive to help fight Ebola"



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Ebola outbreak fails to generate donations for emergency aid - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ebola outbreak fails to generate donations for emergency aid - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "Ebola outbreak fails to generate donations for emergency aid
Strong connection with victims absent"



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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Red Cross Uses Texts as a Weapon in West Africa Ebola Fight – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Red Cross Uses Texts as a Weapon in West Africa Ebola Fight – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "Red Cross Uses Texts as a Weapon in West Africa Ebola Fight
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is using mobile communication to help stem the spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone, sending out millions of text messages a month carrying health tips to the country’s residents, NPR reports."



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» American Red Cross Responds to Inaccuracies in ProPublica and NPR Stories

» American Red Cross Responds to Inaccuracies in ProPublica and NPR Stories: "American Red Cross Responds to Inaccuracies in ProPublica and NPR Stories
Posted on October 29th, 2014 by Laura Howe
This morning, NPR and ProPublica published stories detailing criticisms of the Red Cross response to Hurricanes Sandy and Isaac. The matrix below documents information provided to these news outlets that was omitted in their reporting."



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The Red Cross’ Secret Disaster - ProPublica

The Red Cross’ Secret Disaster - ProPublica: "The modern-day Red Cross was created by congressional charter more than a century ago and plays a unique part in responding to disasters. The iconic charity has a government mandate to work alongside the Federal Emergency Management Agency in relief efforts.
The Red Cross has endured patches of trouble in the recent past. It faced allegations of financial mismanagement after Sept. 11 and Hurricane Katrina and a series of chief executives were forced to resign. Congress forced an overhaul. The Red Cross recruited McGovern to the top job in 2008."



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Student creates Ebola campaign - The Shorthorn : Life + Entertainment

Student creates Ebola campaign - The Shorthorn : Life + Entertainment: "The electrical engineering graduate student manages multiple informative Facebook pages and now started a campaign to raise Ebola awareness. He hopes that he can make students aware of the disease and its symptoms."



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World Aid Groups Scramble to Raise Money for Ebola Orphans in Africa - NBC News.com

World Aid Groups Scramble to Raise Money for Ebola Orphans in Africa - NBC News.com: "UNICEF, the United Nations' children's body, is also running a campaign to attract donors to fight Ebola. Its U.S. Fund advertises that it will match every dollar, thanks to a $3.6 million gift from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. It has so far raised $12.7 million but has already maxed out on the gift."



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Ebola fundraising appeal launched by Disasters and Emergency Committee - Wales Online

Ebola fundraising appeal launched by Disasters and Emergency Committee - Wales Online: "A massive fundraising appeal has been launched to help tackle the Ebola crisis in Africa due to the “unprecedented” scale of the outbreak.

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) announced the launch, marking the first time in its 50-year history that the DEC has appealed in response to a disease outbreak.

The DEC Appeal in Wales is led by aid agencies Christian Aid, Tearfund, CAFOD, Oxfam Cymru, British Red Cross, Save the Children, Islamic Relief and Age Cymru."



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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Ebola Research Gets a Boost From Crowdfunding Campaign - NBC News.com

Ebola Research Gets a Boost From Crowdfunding Campaign - NBC News.com: "The quickest way to get that, they decided, was via a crowdfunding campaign.

The public quickly responded. In less than two weeks, the fundraising effort on Crowdrise has collected $99,450, putting it just shy of its $100,000 goal."



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Foundations, Companies Gave $380 Million for Sandy Relief, Study Finds | News | PND

Foundations, Companies Gave $380 Million for Sandy Relief, Study Finds | News | PND: "Two years after Superstorm Sandy pounded coastal communities from southern New Jersey to Connecticut, nearly six hundred foundations, corporations, and other institutional donors have contributed more than $380 million in cash and in-kind gifts for relief, recovery, and rebuilding efforts, a report from Foundation Center finds."



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Monday, October 27, 2014

Crowdfunding a cure for Ebola

Crowdfunding a cure for Ebola: "As health-care officials scramble to contain the worsening Ebola outbreak around the world, an unusual fundraising effort from a leading institute has struck a chord with the general public."



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Fundraising Campaign Ends For 'Ebola Free' Nurse, Donors Encouraged To Contribute To Charity

Fundraising Campaign Ends For 'Ebola Free' Nurse, Donors Encouraged To Contribute To Charity: "The day after the country learned that Pham had contracted Ebola, her friend, Sarah Strittmatter, launched a fundraising campaign on Go Fund Me to help Pham and her family pay expenses. While Texas Health Presbyterian is covering the costs of Pham’s medical care, Strittmatter noted that, “[e]verything Nina owns has been destroyed in effort to avoid any contamination.”"



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Christian Aid income over £100m for the first time since 2010

Christian Aid income over £100m for the first time since 2010: "Christian Aid's income rose more than 8 per cent to £103.6m in the year to March 2014, according to accounts filed recently.
The charity saw income fall from £104.6m in the year to March 2010 to £95m the next year, and has remained at that level since.
This year the charity saw a major increase in grants and contracts awarded, which were worth £28.7m, a 78 per cent increase on the previous year."



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Friday, October 24, 2014

Ebola Fighters Enlist Texts in Bid to Curb Outbreak - Bloomberg

Ebola Fighters Enlist Texts in Bid to Curb Outbreak - Bloomberg: "Using technology that can target mobile phones in a specific area, workers with the United Nations Children’s Fund sent texts to a group of Monrovia teenagers telling them how to sign up for Ebola alerts. The teens texted back questions, such as how can they avoid getting sick?"



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Paul Allen pledges $100 million to fight ebola - Oct. 23, 2014

Paul Allen pledges $100 million to fight ebola - Oct. 23, 2014: "Paul Allen, the Microsoft co-founder, has increased his commitment in the fight against Ebola to $100 million on Thursday.
The billionaire and owner of the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trailblazers has been donating money to the cause since August."



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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Peer-to-peer proves itself in World Vision's emergency giving to fight Ebola. - DonorDrive

Peer-to-peer proves itself in World Vision's emergency giving to fight Ebola. - DonorDrive

In the race to cure Ebola, doctor uses crowdfunding to raise money

In the race to cure Ebola, doctor uses crowdfunding to raise money

Fidelity Shortlists 9 Charities Fighting Ebola

Fidelity Shortlists 9 Charities Fighting Ebola: "By the end of September Fidelity Charitable donors had made 271 grants totaling $875,000 towards the fight against Ebola. By the third week of October, the total of grants to fight ebola nearly doubled to over 500 and the total dollars climbed to $3.8 million."



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Donations for Ebola Relief Are Slow to Gain Speed - NYTimes.com

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Donations for Ebola Relief Are Slow to Gain Speed - NYTimes.com: "Compared to the rush to donate after major disasters of the last decade or so, charitable giving to address the Ebola tragedy is almost nonexistent, and the relief agencies that typically seek donations after a catastrophe are mostly silent. “Have you had any email solicitations?” asked Patrick M. Rooney, associate dean at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. “If there had been an earthquake or tsunami, my question would be who had solicited you and how many times"



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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Relief for nonprofits launched on anniversary of 2013 Flood - Estes Park Trail-Gazette

Relief for nonprofits launched on anniversary of 2013 Flood - Estes Park Trail-Gazette: "Last year, Colorado experienced horrific flooding and devastation. The mountain communities around Estes Park were especially hard hit and it wasn't just individuals, families and businesses that suffered. Area nonprofits faced their own challenges with increased requests for services, decreased funding and lost revenues. In order to move forward, a group of 35 nonprofits have come together for Mountain Strong for Nonprofits. This new online marketing collaborative is designed to raise seriously needed funding for the groups participating. This effort is being led by Estes Park Nonprofit Resource Center, (EPNRC), which exists to serve and strengthen the nonprofit organizations of the Estes Valley region by offering resources, educational programs and networking opportunities."



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Friday, October 03, 2014

Audit Faults Nonprofit’s Handling of Millions in Katrina Aid – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Audit Faults Nonprofit’s Handling of Millions in Katrina Aid – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "Federal auditors say a nonprofit University of New Orleans research organization failed to account for most of the more than $19-million it received from the U.S. government to repair damage it sustained during Hurricane Katrina, The Times-Picayune writes. The University of New Orleans Research and Technology Foundation is disputing findings that it did not follow federal contracting guidelines on holding an “open and free competition” for repair projects and allotting work to women- and minority-owned small firms, the newspaper also reports."



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Monday, September 29, 2014

More Doctors Volunteering for Duty in Fight Against Ebola – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

More Doctors Volunteering for Duty in Fight Against Ebola – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "More Doctors Volunteering for Duty in Fight Against Ebola
A fear-fueled shortage of doctors and nurses willing to volunteer to battle the Ebola virus in West Africa is easing, reports The New York Times. But experts say it will be a long time yet before field hospitals being built in the region by the U.S. military are sufficiently staffed with trained medical professionals to keep up with the outbreak, which is growing by 600 new cases a week."



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Govt to dole out festival cash to flood victims | National

Govt to dole out festival cash to flood victims | National: "KATHMANDU, SEP 28 - The Central Disaster Relief Committee (CDRC) under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) on Saturday decided to provide additional relief amount worth Rs 3,000 and Rs 50 each to families affected by floods and landslides as festival allowances and daily living respectively.

A CDRC meeting, chaired by Home Minister Bamdev Gautam, agreed to provide financial assistance to the flood victims, particularly those living in the Mid-western and Far-western regions of the country, said Yadav Koirala, chief at the Disaster Management Division under the Home Ministry."



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