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Community Foundation shares results of three-year Valley Gives pilot

Valley Gives 2016

By all accounts Valley Gives was an overwhelming success. In total, Valley Gives Day events of 2012, 2013, and 2014 have helped 559 local nonprofits raise nearly $5.9 million from more than 24,400 generous donors, many of whom gave online for the first time.

After we were done celebrating the results of the 2014 Valley Gives Day, the Community Foundation began evaluating results, nonprofit and donor surveys, and in-person listening sessions held immediately after Valley Gives 2013 and 2014.

Here are some highlights of what we learned:15_cfwm_infographic_valleygives0323

  • In 2013, only 21% of the nonprofits participating in Valley Gives Day were all volunteer organizations (no paid staff). In 2014, this proportion doubled, to 42%, as did the proportion of nonprofits with annual budgets under $100,000, from 27% in 2013 to 41% in 2014. This means much of the growth in numbers of participating nonprofits since 2013 is due to small organizations…

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Cherokee Slave Holders and a Poem

Sarah Sousa

5-thingd-you-dont-know-about-Freedman_012552569902Slave and Cherokee master, likely taken around the time of the Civil War

The fact that many Cherokees owned slaves is another sad chapter in American history. Members of all the Five Civilized Tribes, located in the southern US: Cherokee, Choctaw, Creek, Chickasaw and Seminole owned slaves, with Cherokees owning the most. But this sad truth is also a complicated one. Native Americans had been oppressed by European Americans themselves. For around two centuries by the time this photo was taken, Native tribes had been decimated, some extinguished completely, by disease, violence and hardship at the hands of European Americans. Around the time of the Civil War, many in the Five Civilized Tribes, living cheek by jowl with their white neighbors, sought to assimilate, to blend in with the dominant culture, to survive. And I’m sure some Native slave holders just sought their own gain. So, it’s no surprise that…

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