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FamilyWize, a prescription medications savings program available to those involved with the American Heart Association, Mental Health America, more than 800 local United Ways, United Way Worldwide and other organizations, has combined with its sibling brand, SingleCare. The resulting brand, SingleCare, will offer an expanded roster of discounts and locations. The prescription discount card program offers a variety of benefits, including: discounts of up to…

Research into therapies and vaccines related to the COVID-19 pandemic made up the overwhelming bulk of grants and collaborations with biopharma nonprofits, according to biotechnology news site BioWorld.com. According to BioWorld’s analysis, during 2020 roughly 91% of funds for biopharma collaborations that included nonprofits, and 75% of grant money awarded, was earmarked for vaccine research or therapies to mitigate the effect of the coronavirus. BioWorld…

A greater number of public entities received finance ratings downgrades than upgrades for the first time since 2013, according to New York City-based credit rating agency Fitch Ratings. Nonprofit hospitals, which have experienced upheavals in the operations amid the coronavirus epidemic, have an uncertain future as the crisis lingers. Overall, Fitch Ratings issued 100 upgrades and 181 downgrades across several sectors, compared with 173 upgrades…

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), Rye Brook, N.Y., has inked deals with cancer institutions, foundations and philanthropists to fund roughly $9 million in new research grants in 2020, with up to $8 million more in funding anticipated for early 2021. The funds will underwrite research in improved treatments and potential cures for those with leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and a variety of blood cancers. The…

By the end of the classic Dr. Seuss tale, “How The Grinch Stole Christmas!,” the Grinch’s heart triples in size. But what happens after that? The Human Services Council of New York (HSC) put its spin on a sequel of sorts, with a 12-minute video as part of its annual Changemakers benefit on Wednesday. Michelle Jackson, executive director of the Human Services Council of New…

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is partnering with a variety of brands to highlight its 2020 St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign in a COVID-challenged economy.  Now in its 17th year, the Memphis, Tenn.-based organization’s campaign will feature artists including Jennifer Aniston, Michael Strahan, Luis Fonsi, Sofía Vergara, Yara Shahidi and more than 50 national brands. The goal is to share the St. Jude mission and encourage online and…

Refuge, a London-based service that operates the National Domestic Abuse Helpline, reported that during May it had a 66 percent uptick in calls to its helpline, while traffic to its website skyrocketed 957 percent during the COVID-19 crisis. In response, the UK government pledged £76 million ($94 million) in funding for domestic abuse relief services. The U.S. also is seeing spikes in domestic violence. The…

Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPoC) have made up a disproportionate number of serious COVID-19 cases. Despite this, relief philanthropies have not focused on these communities, with only 14 percent even mentioning these communities when discussing their mission, according to Giving Compass, a Seattle-based donor platform that supports impact-based giving. Giving Compass’s analysis of 505 COVID-19-related funds revealed most (83 percent) focused on immediate…

Nearly 36 percent of healthcare marketers have experienced layoffs within their team due to COVID-19, with another 41 percent having had team members reallocated to other priorities. Fewer than 23 percent have seen no changes, according to a survey from tech firm Binary Fountain. Marketing priorities have also changed. Before COVID-19. nearly half (46 percent) said content marketing initiatives were their primary focus, followed by…

A coalition of philanthropy, government, and business partners in Seattle, Wash., have joined together to create a COVID-19 Response Fund that will rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations at the front lines of the region’s coronavirus outbreak. The Fund is designed to complement the work of public health officials and expand local capacity to address the outbreak as effectively as possible. The fund’s leaders expect…

Slightly more than half of employed adults (51 percent) agree they have to stay at their current job for the health insurance. And, 30 percent said they had to leave a previous job because the employer did not offer health insurance and health benefits. According to a new study from the nonprofit Transamerica Center for Health Studies (TCHS) in Los Angeles, Calif., these percentages have…

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