New Capital Area United Way CEO/President Darrin Goss Sr. describes the philanthropic organization he leads as being in a "turnaround situation."
The Capital Area United Way officially kicked off its 2013 workforce campaign today by announcing a $9.05 million fundraising goal. With the help of about 600 area companies that participated in the campaign last year, United Way raised about $8.7 million and distributed those funds to 47 agencies providing 113 services and programs in the Capital Region. That's down from about $11 million raised four years ago. "We have a renewed commitment to run the best workforce campaign this year and already have several pacesetter companies that have kicked-off their campaigns," says Ralph Bender, this year's campaign chair. New CAUW President/CEO Darrin Goss recently told Daily Report that stepping up fundraising efforts is one of his major goals as he takes over the organzation. "I see Capital Area United Way as a turnaround situation," Goss says, adding that leadership turmoil...
The United Way of Greenville County in South Carolina serves a metropolitan area with roughly the same population as the Capital Area United Way here, yet it is on pace to raise about twice as much money. That's according to new CAUW President/CEO Darrin Goss, who previously served as Vice President of Community Impact in Greenville. "I see Capital Area United Way as a turnaround situation," says Goss, adding that he has "developed a skill set for change management over the last 20 years." He says leadership turmoil over the past several years contributed to staff losses and fractured relationships with community partners. "With the instability came a lot of accounts that we just didn't work," he says. "We got away from some of the fundamentals that make for a good workforce campaign." United Way raised about $11 million four years ago, he says, compared to about $8.7 million last...
Almost two dozen local nonprofits are getting less money from Capital Area United Way this year as the organization struggles with a drop in donations.
Like many nonprofit organizations in the Capital Region, Family Road of Greater Baton Rouge is being forced to look for innovative ways to raise money after suffering a major slash in funding from the Capital Area United Way. After seeing CAUW funding for its Dedicated Dads program cut to $280 this year, compared to almost $50,000 last year, Family Road is turning to an unconventional source: crowdsourcing. The organization is launching a fundraising campaign on the crowdsourcing website Indiegogo, hoping to generate $15,000 between today and Father's Day, June 16. "Everyone who received cuts from United Way is facing the reality that organizations have to be creative and innovative in new ways of approaching services and providing the revenue for programs that are needed in the community," says Dena Morrison, CEO of Family Road of Greater Baton Rouge. "For us, it means we have to look at a variety of ways of funding necessary programs and increasing collaboration and partnerships."...
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Almost two dozen local charity programs are getting less money from Capital Area United Way this year as the organization struggles with a drop in donations. Capital Region agencies this year will receive $1.2 million less than what was allocated to them last year by CAUW. In a summary of its allocations released recently, the nonprofit lists 47 agencies and 113 programs that will be getting funds this year. That's down three agencies and 17 programs from last year. Kendall Hebert, spokeswoman for the Capital Area United Way, says that while donations are down this year, the agency is working to share its story with potential donors and to encourage local businesses to be generous with their contributions. "Even though it may be hard for some, think about the hardships you may incur right now with the economy the way it is," Hebert says. "Then think about those who are already struggling, and it's even harder for them." The reduction in CAUW funding comes at a time when area...
Darrin Goss Sr. has been selected as the new president and CEO of the Capital Area United Way, the organization's board of directors announced today. Goss, who will take over the position July 1, comes to Baton Rouge from the United Way of Greenville County in South Carolina, where he's been vice president of community impact since 2007. He will take over from Richard Williams, who has served as interim president and CEO for about the past year. CAUW Board Chair Christy Reeves says Goss "embodies the mission of United Way," and calls him "the ideal choice" to take over in Baton Rouge. Goss holds a degree in psychology from Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., and he's also a veteran of the U.S. Army. "I am excited about the opportunity to join the Baton Rouge community and the Capitol Area United Way," Goss says in a prepared statement. CAUW has more details here.
Local celebrities will dance the night away Saturday at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center for the 2013 edition of Dancing for Big Buddy. Modeled after the hit ABC show Dancing with the Stars, this event features local stars competing through various dance styles, to benefit a good cause. Salsa, the tango, swing—they're some of the dance genres whose moves will inspire you, too, from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Some of the dancers slated to compete are LSU Women's Basketball coach Nikki Caldwell, Mestizo owner Jim Urdiales, WBRZ anchor Rosa Flores. Tickets are $10. More information and full list of local celebrity dancers can be found here.
The Louisiana Food Bank Association will hold a rally at the State Capitol at 10 a.m. today to lobby on behalf of an amendment to House Bill 1 to provide $5 million to the association. The money will be used to purchase food from state farmers, fishermen, manufacturers and vendors for the hundreds of thousands of men, women, children and seniors in Louisiana who live with food insecurity. Displays and presentations will begin at 9 a.m.
Local restaurants will participant in the Dining Out For Life national event tonight. Five participating restaurants—Bistro Byronz, California Pizza Kitchen, Mestizos, Monjunis and Stroubes—will donate 25% of their lunch or dinner sales to the HIV/AIDS Alliance for Region Two (HAART).
Fashion and philanthropy strike a deep chord in the 2013 Best Dressed honorees. These trendsetters—selected by the American Cancer Society of Baton Rouge's host committee, Victory—will be fêted at the Belle of Baton Rouge Atrium on April 13, with proceeds from the event benefiting the local chapter of ACS. Prior to their turn on the runway, this year's honorees sat down with inRegister to dish on their favorite ensembles, best fashion secrets and even the clothing memories they'd like to forget. Be inspired by this well-heeled group. They look good while doing good works.
Jonathan James is determined to make his life count. He is one of the rare survivors of hemophilia over the age of 30 who did not contract HIV or a form of hepatitis due to unfiltered blood transfusions during childhood.
Put a joyful spring in your step by helping others in our community cultivate a healthy lifestyle. When you get involved with any of these events and organizations, you'll make a valued difference in someone's life.
The seventh annual Baton Rouge Kidney Walk takes place this Saturday at Pennington Biomedical Research Center. You can walk in the free event, 8 a.m.-noon, while supporting general education about kidney health and the urgent need for donors. Online registration is available; for more information, visit the National Kidney Foundation website.
Do you love to get out in nature? Volunteer for Rockin' at the Swamp at BREC's Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center. This fun-filled event offers visitors the opportunity to explore the vast world of geology, and includes activities and displays about rocks, gemstones, minerals and fossils. Volunteers may serve in the Stone Craft Corner, Treasure Trail, Gold Mine, or at the check-in table. This event will be held on March 9 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact Tonya Dixon at 272-9200, ext. 446, or at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Spread kindness in the community by mentoring or tutoring youth, or by volunteering at BREC’s monthly social for adults with disabilities.
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The Capital Area United Way is advertising for a permanent CEO, more than eight months after former CEO Karen Profita resigned from the non-profit agency following a three-year tenure that was marked by successes in the areas of fundraising and public relations but also by internal turmoil and high staff turnover. Retired Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana executive Richard Williams has served as interim CEO since Profita's departure in May and is being encouraged by the board of directors to apply for the permanent position. According to a post on the agency's website, the CEO of the CAUW reports to the board and must have at least seven years of successful and responsible leadership experience in a large and diverse organization. The deadline for applications is Feb. 19. A spokesman for the agency declined to comment, but says the agency will release an official statement later tonight detailing the search process. —Stephanie Riegel
The cliff-avoiding tax bill Congress approved Tuesday carries limits on personal exemptions and itemized deductions for individuals who make more than $250,000 and couples who make more than $300,000, a fact that concerns groups that benefit from charitable giving. "It could affect [donors'] willingness to make contributions to nonprofit organizations," says Capital Area United Way interim CEO Richard Williams. "We've been watching that fairly closely." According to a survey by United Way Worldwide, which has been lobbying to preserve the charitable tax deduction, roughly three out of 10 Americans say they would give less to charity if the tax deduction was reduced or eliminated. As The Wall Street Journal reports, a coalition of nonprofit groups called the Alliance for Charitable Reform says lawmakers should consider excluding charitable-donation...
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