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HHS Provides Grants for Superstorm Sandy Recovery Research
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will provide more than $8 million in grants to support research to help in the long-term recovery in areas hit by Hurricane Sandy in October...more



Workshop on Community Development Block Grants for Flood-Affected Businesses
The Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center is going to conduct a workshop on community development block grants and loans targeted to businesses hurt by flooding last September. The...more

Volunteer Patrol Team Keeps Snowmobile Trails Safe
The Forest Preserve's Volunteer Snowmobile Safety Patrol team has been keeping snowmobile trails safe for nearly five years. The volunteer patrol started in response to snowmobile crashes at...more

Volunteer Team Donates Money to Families of Fire Victims
The One Aliquippa Volunteer Action Team, a volunteer group composed of high school and college students, has donated $200 to two families whose homes were recently struck by fire. The donations...more

National League of Cities Support Flood Insurance Bill
The National League of Cities (NLC) lobbied Congress to support middle-class and low income property owners by passing the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act (H.R. 3370). NLC is committed...more

Volunteers and Disaster Response Agencies Aid in Beaver Crossing Clean Up
Following the tornado that hit Beaver Crossing, disaster response agencies like the American red Cross and a slew of volunteers were ready to help victims in their disaster relief efforts. Nearly...more

New Survey Of Human Services Organizations Discloses Ongoing Challenges to Long-Term Recovery After Superstorm Sandy
Spearheaded by Baruch College's School of Public Affairs and the Human Services Council of New York (HSC), a new survey of more than 100 human services nonprofits reveals serious, ongoing housing...more

NJ Economic Development Authority Pumps $5.6 Million in Low-cost Loans for Hurricane Sandy-hit Businesses
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) has approved $5.6 million in low-cost loans to be granted to small business owners in the area. Businesses include restaurants, nightclubs and a...more

Alaska Residents Opened its Doors and Hearts to Evacuees, Fire Responders
The aftermath of the Kenai Peninsula wildfire in Alaska has left its residents displaced by the conflagration. When the American Red Cross prepared a temporary shelter at an elementary school to...more






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The “Lean Startup” Approach to Philanthropy


The “Lean Startup” Approach to Philanthropy

Homejoy, an affordable home cleaning service that caters to a broad audience and connects people with professional home cleaners online, has announced the recent establishment of its Homejoy Foundation. The foundation will provide financial grants to veterans and military families in need.




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