Join The NonProfit Times: or Become a member

Subscribe: Print Publication or Newsletter

Stay connected.
Stay informed.

  • Four Charities To Share In Triple Crown Win

    By Mark Hrywna - June 8, 2015

    Saturday’s Triple Crown win by thoroughbred American Pharoah could be a boon to the horse racing industry in the coming years but in the meantime, it will also help at least four charities.

    Some 90,000 spectators were at Belmont Park in Elmont, Queens, N.Y. to witness American Pharoah become horse racing’s first Triple Crown since Affirmed accomplished the feat in 1978.

    American Pharoah Trainer Bob Baffert and his wife Jill announced after winning Saturday’s Belmont Stakes that they play to donate $150,000 to several horse racing-related charities, according to The Courier-Journal of Louisville:

    • $50,000 in memory of Bobby Adair, an American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame jockey who died last month at the age of 71, to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, a $1-million nonprofit based in Elmhurst, Ill.;
    • $50,000 to the California Retirement Management Account (CARMA), an Arcadia, Calif. nonprofit that raises money for retired California racehorses, and last year reported $750,000 in revenue; and,
    • $50,000 to Old Friends Farm, a Thoroughbred retirement facility in Georgetown, Ky., that last year had revenue of $1.2 million.

    The purse for The Belmont Stakes is $1.5 million, with $800,000 going to the winning horse’s team. The team also scored $1.24 million for winning the Kentucky Derby and $900,000 for winning the Preakness Stakes – the two earlier legs of the Triple Crown.

    Jill Baffert told Time magazine that $200,000 from a Burger King ad placement – the Burger King mascot appeared in costume in the trainer’s box during the race – would be directed toward causes related to post-career assistance for jockeys and racehorses.

    American Pharoah Jockey Victor Espinoza said after Saturday’s race that he plans to donate his Belmont winnings to City of Hope, a network of cancer research facilities and treatment centers in Southern California. The jockey reportedly receives 10 percent of that payout, with 25 percent of his share ($20,000) going to this agent and 5 percent to his assistant on the track ($5,000), leaving him with roughly $56,000. Espinoza often visits the Duarte, Calif., campus, “sharing smiles, gifts and stories of his more than 3,200 career victories with patients,” according to City of Hope.

    “Good health — that’s what I want for everyone. With good health, people can enjoy life and do those things that make them happy,” Espinoza said. “By working to defeat cancer, City of Hope’s researchers and doctors are bringing a greater chance of health and happiness to people everywhere.”

    You may also like:


Sponsored Podcasts

Welcome to the Raise & Engage podcast, a filters-off series for nonprofit professionals hosted by Blackbaud's straight-shooting expert Danielle Johnson Vermenton. During this open-mic session, you’ll hear honest advice to help YOU do more for your cause.

Episode 6: The Power of ‘No’ at Work|| daniellejohnson-76

You have a job description, but on any given day, you're probably doing dozens of things outside the scope of that description. Combine that with the challenge of a fast-paced environment and the shifting priorities of funders, colleagues, and board members and it’s easy to fall short of doing your best. By being mindful of your limitations and capacity—and saying “no” when your plate is full—you can actually do more for your cause. In the sixth installment of the Raise and Engage podcast Danielle Johnson and Robin Anderson discuss the power of saying “no” at work.

Episode 5: Professional Development: Getting Un-Stuck|| daniellejohnson-76

In the most recent episode of Raise + Engage, Danielle is back with Brian Reich from little m media to discuss how nonprofit professionals can stay motivated and energized in their day-to-day roles. Brian shares his experience working with nonprofits and the lessons and tips he's learn from and shared with them over the years, including tips for avoiding a professional rut, creating forward momentum in your career and pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone. If you're considering making a career move or want to ensure you're on the right path, you won't want to miss this inspo-packed episode!

Episode 4: Apps and Hacks to Stay (Mostly) Sane || daniellejohnson-76

Episode 4: Apps and Hacks to Stay (Mostly) Sane, is all about tips, tricks and tools for sanity. Blackbaud’s own interactive product marketer, Julia Lenz, joins host Danielle Johnson to share some high tech. (and no tech.) productivity tips to help nonprofit professionals stay sane in the crazy world of philanthropy.

Tune in to hear:

  • Tips for how to spend the first 30 minutes of your day
  • The benefits of 15 minute meetings
  • Why notebooks are still relevant to a successful organization
  • Ideas for better managing your inbox
  • Why you should take lunch outside the box
  • ...and much more!
Don’t forget to visit the #NoFilterNonprofit Hub afterwards to download our newest tip sheet10 Productivity Hacks for Nonprofits.

Episode 3: Tech. Connection: Solutions, Strategy, and Staff || daniellejohnson-76

Episode 3: Tech. Connection: Solutions, Strategy, and Staff In episode 3 of the Raise + Engage podcast, Danielle Johnson is joined by Chris Geady and William DaSilva, two IT experts in the nonprofit space, to talk technology integration for NPOs: when you need it, when you don’t, and how to do it successfully.

Tune in to hear:

  • When to say NO to integration
  • How to set your strategic plan before even looking at technologies
  • Ways to get your entire team on board
  • The importance of identifying a project lead
  • The RFP process - how it should and should not go
And William shares a story about a nonprofit that may or may not have still been using a typewriter. You don't want to miss this one!

Episode 2: From Socially Awkward to Socially Awesome! || daniellejohnson-76

According to Danielle Johnson, straight-shooting host of the Raise + Engage podcast series, if your staff members aren’t the number one advocates for your cause on social media, you’re failing. In the most recent episode, Danielle is joined by Blackbaud’s own social media guru Madeline Turner to discuss overcoming social struggles and creating a social ambassador program at your organization. This entertaining and insightful duo dishes on the importance of making your social media presence human, making the case for a formal social program to leadership, how University of Michigan turned a one time social media campaign into a long term social program, and how Madeline's mom unknowingly became a social ambassador on #GivingTuesday.

Episode 1: Corporate Culture & Development: Shake It Up! || daniellejohnson-76

In the premiere episode of Raise & Engage, Danielle is joined by three straight-shooting nonprofit rock-stars: Jodi Smith of Sanford Health Systems, Veronica Brown of Chicago Public Library Foundation and Ali Burke of Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation. The group talks organizational culture, problem employees, why its important to celebrate and how to shake things up this year and build a better more authentic team that gets stuff done!


Stay informed, catch latest trends in the nonprofit space.

Subscribe to Our Free Newsletter

No obligation, unsubscribe at anytime.

Success! Check your email inbox.

Follow Us On Twitter

Blog Posts Archive

NPT 2016 Buyers' Guide

Newsletter Sign-up

click here to return to the previous page