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Take A Sip For TRIP

May 25, 2016

  The Troy Rehabilitation and Improvement Program (TRIP), Inc. is a not-for-profit, grassroots organization created in 1968 to assist low- and moderate-income families in Troy achieve the dream of home ownership.

TRIP’s fourth annual Take a Sip for TRIP fundraiser will take place on Thursday, June 9 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, NY. Here to tell us more is Christine Nealon, TRIP’s Executive Director.

  Kelly’s Angels is preparing for its popular Mother-Lovin’ Day 5K Run/Walk, this Sunday – Mother’s Day - at the Saratoga Spa State Park in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Kelly’s Angels was founded in 2008 by WNYT reporter Mark Mulholland in memory of his wife, Kelly, who passed away in 2007 after a battle with cancer. Kelly's Angels provides gifts to children under the age of 18 who have lost a parent or sibling to cancer. The donations, called "Fun Grants,” are as varied as the kids whom Kelly’s Angels serves — from the purchase of a guitar, a night out at a fancy restaurant, to trips to big league games.

Mulholland says the event is held on Mother’s Day because it honors Kelly as a devoted mother, wife and revered teacher who loved children with all of her heart.

With more than 1,500 participants and supporters last year, the Mother-Lovin’ Day 5K has quickly become a family tradition in the Capital Region.

  The fourth annual Art and Soul reception will take place tomorrow at the Vassar College Alumnae House will feature beautiful, vibrant Haitian art, live entertainment from Vassar student musicians, and fabulous cuisine from Twisted Soul. The program runs from 5:30pm to 8:00pm, and is open to the public.

The Art and Soul reception funds the staffing, supply, and operation of a medical center in northwest Haiti that serves thousands of local residents. For many residents, this is the first accessible medical care in their lifetime.

The Vassar Haiti Project, founded in 2001, promotes Haitian art, fosters sustainable development in Haiti, and provides students and volunteers a life changing experiential education in global citizenship. VHP’s contributions are guided by five initiatives: education, medical access, reforestation, clean water access, and women’s health.

This morning we welcome the co-founders of the project: Andrew and Lila Meade, board member Caryn Halle, and Dr. Joassainvil Gueslin.

Fifteen teams consisting of more than 300 professionals from local architecture, engineering and construction firms, as well as design students, built massive structures made entirely out of canned goods at the New York State Museum  last night.

Now, this year’s CANstruction Play themed program at the New York State Museum benefiting The Food Pantries for the Capital District is under way. This year’s participants have been challenged to collect 100,000 pounds of food in addition to a monetary donation to support local food pantries.

The sixth annual Capital Region CANstruction is open to the public today through Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at the New York State Museum. To tell us more we welcome CANstruction President Sara Stein, and Natasha Pernicka – Executive Director of the Food Pantries fore the Capital District.

  There are those of us who help and those of us who live to help; how far would you go to do onto others? In the new book Strangers Drowning: Grappling with Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Overpowering Urge to Help, New Yorker writer, Larissa MacFarquhar digs deep into the psychological roots and existential dilemmas motivating those rare individuals practicing lives of extreme ethical commitment. She seeks out  people who devote themselves fully to bettering the lives of strangers. 

Shelters Of Saratoga

Dec 4, 2015

Harsh winter weather is rapidly approaching and so is the need for homeless shelters to accommodate the number of homeless and people in need of assistance over the upcoming months. Shelters of Saratoga offers valuable homeless services throughout the year for adults and youth through temporary shelter, mobile outreach, youth services and affordable housing.

To sustain and maintain this vital programming, Shelters of Saratoga is holding a series of fundraising events, the next of which is this coming Monday.

Here to tell us more are Michael Finocchi, Shelters of Saratoga Executive Director and Kelvin Davis, Former Shelters of Saratoga Beneficiary. Kelvin is currently employed by SOS as a Monitor.

  The Ford Foundation recently announced that they’re changing the way they fund U.S.-based and international organizations. They are directing more attention toward operating support rather than providing smaller grants for individual programs.

Locally, the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region and the Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation are also working to educate donors and other funding organizations that it’s no longer realistic to simply fund programs without accounting for the operating costs of nonprofit organizations.

All of this is part of a national movement to educate donors – especially now during this charitable time of year.

Chris Cardona, the Program Officer for Philanthropy at The Ford Foundation joins us along with Karen Bilowith, President and CEO of The Community Foundation and Leslie Cheu, Executive Director of the Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation.

Life Is Good: The Book

Nov 23, 2015

  Bert and John Jacobs are brothers and the men behind the Life is Good brand. The Jacobs brothers grew up in a family of eight in working class Boston where they weathered many difficulties. Despite their hardships, their optimistic mother, Joan, would put a humorous and positive spin on everything and this unflagging optimistic outlook on life took hold for the youngest Jacobs brothers and became the basis for their future endeavor together.

In 1989, after graduating college, Bert and John knew one thing: they didn't want a real job.

Designing t-shirts seemed like the fun way for them to start a business. They starting selling their designs in the streets of Boston and out of an old van at colleges and street fairs. After many trials and errors, their optimistic look at life caught on. Today their company is a $100 million clothing company with one simple, unifying mission: to spread the power of optimism.

Listener Essay - Cash Or Cans?

Nov 18, 2015

  Kathryn Allen is a writer who lives in Menands. She is vice-chair of the Unity House board.

Cash or Cans?

In the ramp up to the holiday season, community groups are organizing food drives to provide much needed help to local food pantries. At my gym - Plaza Fitness - the trainers have each put out a huge box for donations. They’ve launched a contest to see which of their client teams will bring in the most food for the City Mission.

At first I looked askance at this. A recent New York Times piece suggested that giving cash to food pantries is a better way to help hungry families. The argument is that food pantries can buy food in bulk at regional food banks for much less than donors pay at their local supermarkets.

What’s a donor to do? Cans or cash?

In their number one New York Times best seller Half the Sky, husband-and-wife team Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn brought to light struggles faced by women and girls around the globe, and showcased individuals and institutions working to address oppression and expand opportunity.

  In their latest book, now in paperback, A Path Appears  is a sweeping tapestry of people who are making the world a better place. The book is also a guide to the ways that we can do the same—whether with a donation of $5 or $5 mil­lion, with our time, by capitalizing on our skills as individuals, or by using the resources of our businesses.

Kristof and WuDunn, husband and wife, have co-authored three previous books: Half the SkyThunder from the East, and China Wakes. They were awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1990 for their coverage of China and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Lifetime Achievement in 2009.

The Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy will host a breakfast with Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn on Thursday October 29, in Albany. 

  This morning we will learn about a first-of-its-kind event to benefit female residents of the YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, based in Troy. The Arts Center will be hosting “Brava!” a fundraiser seeking to provide new bras to women at the YWCA.

  Dragons Alive celebrates life and wellness through the ancient sport of dragonboating. The Dragons Alive team is made up of multiple crews, including breast cancer survivors, friends and family, and community members who support and respect its mission.

Feed the Dragon, the second annual dragon festival to be held this Saturday, July 18 from 8-3 pm at Mohawk Valley Marine in Alplaus, NY.

This year’s event is going to support the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and help promote fitness and the sport of dragon boating in our region.

To find out more, we welcome: Louisa Matthew, professor at Union College, founding member of Dragons Alive and Festival coordinator; Robert Baker, manager of Farm Projects & Food Drives for the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York; and Florence Lynds, a member of Dragons Alive and Dragon Boat Festival team recruiter.

For Goodness Bake

May 27, 2015

  For Goodness Bake is an annual Beacon bake sale dedicated to raising funds and awareness for charitable organizations within the Hudson Valley. Now in its third year, For Goodness Bake has previously raised over $6,000 for the Children’s Organ Transplant Association and the Kids R Kids Feeding Program.

This year, For Goodness Bake will benefit the Green Teen Community Gardening Program. The sale will be held on June 6th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Catalyst Gallery in Beacon, NY.

We are joined by Kristen Cronin and Tara Tornello, Co-founders of For Goodness Bake; Helanna Bratman, Green Teen Program Coordinator; and Chelsea Schiffer, Green Teen Crew Leader.

Peter Singer is often described as the world’s most influential living philosopher. His forty books have appeared in more than twenty-five languages, the most popular being Animal Liberation, written in 1975. Since 1999, he’s been the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. His new book is The Most Good You Can Do , where he explains what effective altruism is, how it is practiced, and how its followers determine which causes to support. In the book he continues his critique of traditional philanthropy and emphasizes the importance of mindful contribution.

      

  National Homelessness Awareness Month is held in November, the month of Thanksgiving. It is a time to think about what we are thankful for, and a time to share our compassion with our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness.

The St. Paul’s Center in Rensselaer is a shelter for women and their children who have no place to call home. The bad news is the shelter continues to be full all the time with moms and their kids who - only stay until they can find appropriate housing for them.

  Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof is often called the "reporter's reporter" for his human rights advocacy and his efforts to give a voice to the voiceless. He will give the 2014 MCLA Hardman Lecture on Thursday, October 16 at 7 pm in the MCLA Amsler Campus Center gymnasium.

    The Double H Ranch/SeriousFun Camp, co-founded by Charles R. Wood and Paul Newman, provides specialized programs and year-round support for children and their families dealing with life-threatening illnesses.

Paul Newman's youngest daughter, Clea Newman, joined SeriousFun Children's Network as a Senior Director of External Affairs in January 2013, where she works as part of the advancement team to raise money to support SeriousFun Camps and Programs around the world. She also serves as a spokesperson for the organization.

Clean Newman joined us to talk about the SeriousFun's 23rd Annual Gala, taking place tonight at 5pm at The Great Escape and Splashwater Kingdom.

 

#GivingTuesday is a movement to create a national day of giving added to the calendar on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The second annual #GivingTuesday is on December 3, 2013 – that’s tomorrow!

Karen Bilowith President and CEO of The Community Foundation for the Great Capital Region and Gary Striar, CEO for the American Red Cross Northeastern New York Region join us to tell us more.

    

  This year is the third annual Capital Region CANstruction event and involves 10 teams challenged with building structures that would fit the Capital Region Canstruction 2013 theme of “Can You Imagine?”

Equity Fights AIDS was founded in 1987 by the Council of Actors’ Equity Association. The money they raised across the country was used to support The Actors Fund’s AIDS Initiative. Broadway Cares was founded in 1988 by members of The Producer’s Group and the money they raised was awarded to AIDS service organizations, including Equity Fights AIDS.

The two organizations merged in 1992 and continue to fund the social service work of the Actors Fund and award grants to AIDS service organizations nationwide.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS' Executive Director, Tom Viola, joins us to tell us more about the history and mission of BC/EFA.

On this edition of Vox Pop, joining us to discuss personal finances, including estate planning and charitable giving, is a panel of financial experts.

Thomas Brockley is senior vice president, financial advisor and branch director in the portfolio focus program at Royal Bank of Canada’s Wealth Management division in Albany, New York.

Bill Ringham is vice president and senior wealth strategist, also with RBC Wealth Management, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Bill works with high net worth clients in the firm’s north region.

Canstruction, will once again take over the New York State Museum. The exhibition, Zoo Can Do It, will feature more than a dozen zoo animal structures designed by teams of the Capital Region's best and brightest architects, engineers, contractors and students, using only canned goods.