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For at least the third year in a row, United Way of King County was the highest-grossing affiliate in the nation, and the only one to top $100 million in public support during 2010. The Seattle-based affiliate raised almost $117.4 million last year, up almost 18 percent from 2009, according to data released this week by United Way Worldwide.
Arnie Korotkin spends the first couple of hours of his day online, compiling news articles about anything related to the September 11 terrorist attacks. The 66-year-old Brooklyn native wasn’t directly affected by the attacks. But what started out as one email a decade ago has evolved into what’s probably the largest September 11-related list-serv in the country.
As traditional film ceremonies like the Academy Awards or Screen Actors Guild Awards recognize films based on traditional filmmaking elements, the Lights. Camera. Help. Festival (LCH) in Austin, Texas has a slight reconfiguration of these criteria.
When Lynn Croneberger, the soon-to-be vice president of development for the Wilderness Society, was selected by the organization it wasn’t her Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation that propelled her to the top. She believes it came down to her “well-rounded” experience.
When disaster strikes these days, lots of donors don’t think twice before whipping out their cell phones and donating $5 or $10 via text message. Vast amounts of money were raised via text when an earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, and again this past spring when an earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan.
In the aftermath of the tragedy that struck America a decade ago, hundreds of AmeriCorps members stepped forward to help, offering assistance to the injured, serving as family caseworkers, and helping those displaced from Ground Zero find housing and other services. For many, their service was a life-changing experience, inspiring them to pursue lives of public service.
The first Muscular Dystrophy Association Labor Day Telethon in nearly a half century that did not include Jerry Lewis brought in $61.4 million — $2.5 million more in roughly one-third of the time on air. In controversial moves this year, the annual television event was cut from 21.5 hours to just six and ran without Lewis the day before Labor Day.
Almost no one was donating via the Internet in 2001. People were barely Googling, much less donating by text. Social network? That was called your Rolodex. Cell phones were starting to become prevalent, but the average person probably thought a “smart phone” was a potential joke punchline.
What was once fallow land after being strip-mined for 30 years will become the third major memorial to the September 11 attacks – and the only one that’s part of the National Park Service (NPS). The first phase of the Flight 93 National Memorial, which broke ground in November 2009, will be dedicated this month. It will allow visitors to get as close as they’ve been able to get to the crash site in nearly a decade. NPS is expecting some 15,000 to 20,000 visitors for the September 10 dedication and September 11 remembrance ceremony. As many as 300,000 visitors are expected annually visit the site. A significant portion of the memorial will be dedicated this month while another half remains to be built.
When President George W. Bush declared the war on terror almost 10 years ago, there was little thought given to the possibility that the military service members taking part in that war would have to deal with their own terrors long after “Mission Accomplished.” In all likelihood, Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans will be dealing with those wars during the next 10 years and beyond.