www.givinglibrary.org Launch Aims to Improve Philanthropy
Vogel Alcove Childcare Center for the Homeless is proud to participate in the launch of The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) Giving Library (www.givinglibrary.org) on Tuesday, August 14, 2012. The site is an innovative online library dedicated to providing information about hundreds of non-profit organizations through easily digestible video formats. Philanthropists may also communicate directly with participating non-profit organizations through the Giving Library’s Connection Center.
“The Giving Library is going to give philanthropists around the world a unique view into nonprofit organizations,” says Karen Hughes, Vogel Alcove President/CEO. “Seasoned philanthropists will be able to look for new ways to make a difference in society while budding philanthropists search for ways they can make an impact. We’re so excited to be a part of the Giving Library – for 25 years, Vogel Alcove has been serving homeless families in Dallas, Texas by offering no cost, high qualityearly childhood education and family development programs to children ages six weeks to five years old. We look forward to being introduced to new donors and volunteers as word about the good work we do spreads beyond the reach of our immediate community and into new homes and new hearts.”
Laura and John Arnold made public their dedication to philanthropy with the establishment of LJAF in 2008 and the signing of Bill Gates’ and Warren Buffet’s Giving Pledge in 2010. The creation of the Giving Library is another step forward in their commitment to charitable giving. As reflected in their Philosophy of Philanthropy, the Arnolds seek to help other donors become as engaged, collaborative, and strategic about charitable giving as the Arnolds personally strive to be. The Giving Library is a tool, but it also serves as a call to action for strategic, thoughtful philanthropy.
The Giving Library provides two ways to explore participating non-profits: short-format videos that provide a broad understanding of an organization’s work; and long-format video interviews to model an in-depth, face-to-face meeting between a donor and a non-profit. The long-format video interviews address each organization’s origins, objectives, success metrics, leverage points, effectiveness, possible misconceptions, accomplishments, challenges, future plans, and gaps.
In addition to learning about non-profit organizations by viewing online video interviews, donors have the option to utilize the Connection Center feature, which allows donors to plan their giving on their own terms. Donors may directly connect with organizations of interest - anonymously or by voluntarily identifying themselves – to ask questions or request additional information.
Non-profit organizations included in the Giving Library were evaluated to ensure that they are 501(c)(3) public charities. However, a non-profit organization’s participation in the Giving Library is not an endorsement by LJAF.
About the Giving Library: The Giving Library offers philanthropists an innovative way to enhance their strategic charitable giving. Donors can explore our online archive of video interviews to locate, study, compare, and engage with hundreds of non-profit organizations across the country. The Giving Library also serves non-profit organizations by enhancing donor access through a compelling medium, increasing overall visibility, and providing an opportunity to learn about peer organizations across the country.
For inquiries regarding the Giving Library, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ashley Krolczyk Machac
Giving Library Project Coordinator
Laura and John Arnold Foundation
1800 Post Oak Blvd., Suite 380
Houston, Texas 77056
About Vogel Alcove: For 25 years, Vogel Alcove has provided free quality child development services for Dallas’ youngest victims of poverty: homeless children 6 weeks to 5 years old. Vogel Alcove is the only free comprehensive early childhood education program in the city of Dallas whose primary focus is to provide free childcare and case management for children and their families residing in 18 local emergency shelters, domestic violence shelters and housing programs.