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JustGive offers charity gifts that make this holiday mean more

One of our nonprofit clients, San Francisco-based JustGive, is an online charitable giving site. The organization uses technology to fulfill its mission to increase charitable giving. Founded 15 years ago, JustGive has changed the face of philanthropy, and sent more than $400 million to over 80,000 charities working throughout the world. As you scramble with […]



One of our nonprofit clients, San Francisco-based JustGive, is an online charitable giving site. The organization uses technology to fulfill its mission to increase charitable giving. Founded 15 years ago, JustGive has changed the face of philanthropy, and sent more than $400 million to over 80,000 charities working throughout the world.

As you scramble with last minute holiday preparations, JustGive has three great charity gift options that would work for anyone left on your list. It’s so easy to get caught up in the holiday sales, deals and newest tech gadgets—but, what if, in the words of Dr. Seuss, “Christmas … perhaps … means a little bit more” this year? These charity gifts give back and help others, accomplishing just that.

Grant their wishes

Make a charitable donation, in a friend or loved one’s name, as your gift. It’s a thoughtful way to support a cause they care about most or benefit the local community where they live. It’s pretty simple to find the charity to donate to:

  • Search by charity name or keyword using a database of nearly 2 million charities
  • Browse recommended charities organized by cause in the JustGive Guide
  • Select a local charity using your recipient’s city or zip code

Specific charity gifts

Is a specific cause near and dear to your friend’s or parent’s heart? You can choose a gift from JustGive’s Holiday Gift Guide for that cause, knowing exactly what it accomplishes. The guide contains 16 gifts for causes ranging from hunger to homelessness, children to animals, the environment and health, and more. For example:

·         $52 delivers 8 local language books to a school through UNICEF

·         $75 sends a care package to a child through Present Now

·        $80 to Feeding America provides 800 meals for hungry families

 

Let them choose the charity

Instead of defaulting to a Starbucks or retail card this year, surprise friends, clients or vendors with a charity gift card. This card puts the power of giving in their hands, and they decide what cause they’d like to support. It works like a typical gift card, except your recipients redeem it online (at justgive.org) to give to their favorite charity.

Charity gift cards can be for any amount you’d like, and you can personalize them a special photo (or your business logo), and add a special holiday message.  They’re easy to deliver: send them by email instantly or print them just in time to give in person. (Perfect as a stocking stuffer or for that little something extra too.)

This holiday, we hope these ideas help you with last-minute gifts that matter . . . just a little more. Sharing kindness and joy—and to all a great gift!

– Candy Culver, Marketing Consultant

Are you OSHA Compliant? Find out by taking our safety program “Quick-Check”

This is a quick survey of some of the key written programs that may be required by OSHA in your Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP). While this is not a complete list of the various OSHA requirements, it is a summary of the major issues typically identified in an audit. Safety Program Topic Written […]



This is a quick survey of some of the key written programs that may be required by OSHA in your Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP). While this is not a complete list of the various OSHA requirements, it is a summary of the major issues typically identified in an audit.

Safety Program Topic

Written Plan or Work Instruction

  Training  Level
Accident Reporting & Investigating Process Yes No NA 1 2 3 4 5
Blood borne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan Yes No NA 1 2 3 4 5
Emergency Action/Disaster Plan Yes No NA 1 2 3 4 5
Ergonomics Plan Yes No NA 1 2 3 4 5
Fire Prevention Plan Yes No NA 1 2 3 4 5
Hand Tool Safety Program Yes No NA 1 2 3 4 5
Hazard Communication Program Yes No NA 1 2 3 4 5
Housekeeping Program Yes No NA 1 2 3 4 5
Inspection Forms Yes No NA 1 2 3 4 5
Ladder Safety Program Yes No NA 1 2 3 4 5
Personal Protective Equipment Program Yes No NA 1 2 3 4 5
Recordkeeping Practices & Requirements Yes No NA 1 2 3 4 5
Safety & Health Management System Policy Yes No NA 1 2 3 4 5
Safety Committee Organizational Plan Yes No NA 1 2 3 4 5
Workplace Violence Prevention Plan Yes No NA 1 2 3 4 5

 

  Bold indicates required program or required documentation by OSHA.

Training  Effectiveness Scale
5 = Excellent / Everyone Trained
4 =  Good /Most Trained
3 =  Average/ Some Trained
2 =  Needs your  attention/ Few Trained
1 =  Danger Will Robinson! /No one trained!  

 

If you need help creating any of these programs or processes, give us a call! We have many templates, tools, and other resources in our risk management library that will save you time and keep OSHA off of your back! Just contact Daniel Costello at 415-493-2503 or dcostello@fp-ins.com.

Whistlestop: Wheel Get You There and More for Seniors

We’re pleased to tell you more about our client, Whistlestop. Last year marked 60 years of Whistlestop’s service to the community, helping older adults in Marin County stay connected, active and engaged in life to their fullest ability. Whistlestop began in 1954 as the Marin Senior Coordinating Council, a grass roots group that banded together […]



threeseniorsWe’re pleased to tell you more about our client, Whistlestop.

Last year marked 60 years of Whistlestop’s service to the community, helping older adults in Marin County stay connected, active and engaged in life to their fullest ability.

Whistlestop began in 1954 as the Marin Senior Coordinating Council, a grass roots group that banded together to make sure older adults in the community were not forgotten. It has become the largest nonprofit in the county with a mission to promote the independence, well-being and quality of life for older adults and people living with disabilities.

Transportation and nutrition are Whistlestop’s cores services. In 1968, the first volunteer-based ride service began with one vehicle, a stepping stool to help people into the vehicle, and a commitment to help one another. Today, that commitment means providing more than 145,000 rides annually with city-based shuttles and paratransit services.

Through the Jackson Café, in a partnership with Homeward Bound of Marin’s Fresh Starts Culinary Academy, Whistlestop serves fresh, nutritious and affordable lunches to seniors from a central location in San Rafael (conveniently across from the bus depot). Last year, this successful collaboration earned the Marin “Nonprofit with a Nonprofit” Partnership Prize.

Whistlestop’s Active Aging Center offers many educational, social and recreational classes and activities, covering the gamut from arts & crafts and staying fit with music, cardio, tai chi, yoga, zumba classes (and more) to citizenship, computer, and language classes.

The nonprofit also provides multicultural support and one-on-one multilingual assistance on issues that range from finding housing, to legal advice and health care challenges.

It is predicted that one in every three Marin residents will be 65 or older by 2030. To address the needs of this growing “silver tsunami,” Whistlestop is partnering with Eden Housing, California’s oldest nonprofit housing developer, to create a transit-oriented community center with more onsite services and housing. The center will take advantage of the new SMART train station next door, expand the Active Aging Center, and create up to 48 units of affordable housing.

To learn more or get involved to help Whistlestop: http://www.whistlestop.org/

JustGive helps make giving part of everyday life­­

We’re pleased to tell you more about our client, JustGive.  JustGive was one of the first nonprofit organizations to tap the power of the internet for online giving. When founder Kendall Webb had the idea for bringing charitable giving online, retail companies and start-up online businesses were just beginning to test the possibilities for online […]



JGGivingWe’re pleased to tell you more about our client, JustGive. 

JustGive was one of the first nonprofit organizations to tap the power of the internet for online giving. When founder Kendall Webb had the idea for bringing charitable giving online, retail companies and start-up online businesses were just beginning to test the possibilities for online commerce. Kendall believed there was a way to use the internet for the greater good, and set out on a path that began changing the face of philanthropy.  

Fifteen years later, JustGive has sent more than 1 million donations and $480 million to over 80,000 charities working throughout the world.

The San Francisco-based nonprofit organization uses technology and innovation to fulfill its mission to increase charitable giving. With a variety of products and services, JustGive connects individuals, nonprofits and companies to help make a difference in the world:

  • Individuals give when, how and as often as they want in a variety of ways – through direct, monthly and memorial donations; charity gift cards; charitable wedding gifts; and fundraising registries. Search options make it easy to find charities to support (more than 1.8 million in the database), and an online Giving History conveniently keeps track of all donations for taxes.
  • Nonprofit Organizations take advantage of JustGive’s customizable and cost-effective tools to raise money online and through social media.
  • Companies partner with JustGive to create and support charitable programs for a specific cause, fundraising event or disaster. Over the years, this has included dozens of companies: American Express, Cisco, Discover, Hallmark, LifeSavers, Monster and more.

JustGive is committed to helping make charitable giving part of everyday life.

To learn more: www.justgive.org.

P.S. Charity gifts are great for the holidays (even at the last minute): https://www.justgive.org/donations/gift-donations.jsp

Homeless Prenatal Program builds healthy, stable families

In 25 years, the Homeless Prenatal Program (HPP) has helped and supported more than 85,000 families. What began as a project for Executive Director Martha Ryan to provide prenatal care to women who were homeless and pregnant has become an award-winning Family Resource Center with a holistic mission—to break the cycle of childhood poverty. As […]



wonder-baby-610x370In 25 years, the Homeless Prenatal Program (HPP) has helped and supported more than 85,000 families. What began as a project for Executive Director Martha Ryan to provide prenatal care to women who were homeless and pregnant has become an award-winning Family Resource Center with a holistic mission—to break the cycle of childhood poverty.

As the first agency in San Francisco to hire former clients as program and case managers, HPP’s growth has been guided by the people it serves. Because case managers share some of the same life experiences as the women they help, they serve as role models, and can build a strong and credible relationship with clients. Through supportive, nonjudgmental case management, HPP empowers families—particularly mothers motivated by pregnancy and parenthood—to recognize their strengths and trust in their own capacity to transform their lives.

HPP has three major goals:

  1. Healthy Babies – Ensure that parents give birth to healthy babies and successfully bond with their infants
  2. Safe, Nurturing Families Where Children Thrive – Ensure that parents are knowledgeable, motivated and empowered to support their children’s success and healthy development
  3. Economically Stable Families – Ensure that families have access to information and resources that move them towards permanent, stable housing and economic self-sufficiency

The nonprofit offers a full range of family services focused on: housing, parenting, child development, financial stability, access to technology, domestic violence prevention and intervention, substance abuse support, mental health, job training, and emergency support for basic needs.

Just in the last nine months, HPP has:

  • Served nearly 3,500 families – 39% were homeless and 22% pregnant
  • Helped 423 expecting and recently-delivered women with health education and services, welcoming 186 babies of clients (93% born healthy and 98% born drug-free).
  • Provided housing assistance to more than 370 families
  • Distributed 157 emergency food bags, 86,910 diapers, 41 umbrella strollers, and 28 car seats
  • Had 1,080 families use its on-site technology center

If you’d like to read HPP’s client success stories, and help the San Francisco nonprofit continue to create a better life for families and children: www.homelessprenatal.org.

 

Nonprofit Special Events: The Top 4 Things That Scare Insurance Companies

What makes insurance underwriters lose sleep at night about insuring your special events? After 30 years of handling golf tournaments, races, outdoor festivals, and hundreds of other fundraising and special events, the top 4 issues are: Lack of controls around serving alcohol. The biggest insurance exposure is liquor liability. What if you serve someone too […]



FPISEventsWhat makes insurance underwriters lose sleep at night about insuring your special events? After 30 years of handling golf tournaments, races, outdoor festivals, and hundreds of other fundraising and special events, the top 4 issues are:

  1. Lack of controls around serving alcohol. The biggest insurance exposure is liquor liability. What if you serve someone too much alcohol or they are underage – and when they leave the event, they have an accident? That’s why, before offering liquor liability, carriers need to know your serving exposure is controlled. It’s best to outsource serving alcohol to a licensed and insured third party. If you decide to serve alcohol yourself, we recommend employees and volunteers get Training for Intervention Procedures (TIPs).
  2. Not properly transferring risk through your event contracts. Underwriters want to be confident that you know how to properly transfer risks through your contracts with caterers, suppliers, subcontractors, vendors, and venues. Always have your insurance broker review the insurance section of any contract before you sign it and ask your lawyer to make sure it’s written in your best interests.
  3. Lack of emergency planning. Have a plan for handling an injury, accident, or major disaster, like an earthquake. Check with the manager for your event facility and make sure it has a plan too.  It’s also not a bad idea to contact the local police or fire department for their ideas. Don’t forget to cover emergency procedures with all volunteers working your event. And remember the first aid kit!
  4. High hazard activities. Activities like jumpies, outdoor sports, and anything connected to pools or water definitely stress underwriters. Always ask yourself: Are the risks associated with these activities (accidents, injuries, hit to your reputation if something goes really wrong) worth the reward (fun, excitement)? Call your broker to brainstorm anything “outside of the box” and require participant to sign waivers if you do offer high hazard activities.

Controlling these key risks for your events will not only keep your premiums down, but also help your underwriters sleep better at night!