The Numbers Behind Sport for Development’s Impact in Communities

The Numbers Behind Sport for Development’s Impact in Communities

April 6th is the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP). Formally recognized by the United Nations, the day is an opportunity for organizations around the world to show how sport has made a positive social impact in their communities. Nelson Mandela famously said that sport has the power to change the world. But how has it truly made an impact? UNICEF and the Barça Foundation came together to create Getting into the Game, a study on Sport for Development (S4D) programs around the world and how those programs are affecting the lives of the youth they work with. Why is Sport for Development Important? Sport for development benefits for young people is particularly evident throughout various programs worldwide. Per the study, benefits for youth include improvements in life skills, self-esteem, education, health, and general well-being. The term "sport for development" applies to any initiative that uses sport as a tool for social change, or to achieve personal...
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March 2019 Sports Philanthropy Roundup

March 2019 Sports Philanthropy Roundup

NFL Zach Ertz Honored With Steinberg-DeNicola Humanitarian AwardZach Ertz was recognized with the Steinberg-DeNicola Humanitarian Award for his service to the community. Ertz joined teammate Carson Wentz on a trip to Haiti and soon decided to form the Ertz Family Foundation with his wife Julie to assist youth who were less fortunate with better sporting equipment.  Ben Roethlisberger’s Charity Donates $70K To Police K-9 Programs In Pittsburgh AreaPittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger announced eight grants worth a total of $70,000 to police K-9 programs from his foundation on Monday. The mission of the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation is to support K-9 units of police and fire departments throughout the United States, with a particular emphasis on service dogs in Pittsburgh.  Meet Philadelphia Eagles’ running back Corey Clement at launch of new youth sports nonprofitThe Lancaster Sports Association will launch 3/23 and works to ensure that all kids, no matter where they live, can play sports in high school, college and beyond. They've gained the...
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How the Learning by Giving Foundation is Influencing Future Generations of Giving

How the Learning by Giving Foundation is Influencing Future Generations of Giving

In 2017, more than $410 billion was donated to charities, the most ever, and 70% of those donations were made by individuals.  But how many of those individuals were educated about effective philanthropic giving? Thanks to the Learning by Giving Foundation, we may soon see a new generation of educated philanthropists making responsible and sustainable decisions to impact their communities. Doris Buffett (yes, THAT Buffett family) founded the Learning by Giving Foundation in 2003 to continue her legacy of philanthropy by educating and inspiring the next generation of philanthropists. Since then, the foundation has awarded $2,961,537 grant dollars to 724 grantees and taught 166 philanthropy courses to 4,862 students. Students that enroll in a Learning by Giving course are given $10,000 to collectively donate by the end of the semester to a local community organization. “One of the really unique things about the Learning by Giving Foundation model is that all of the work is done entirely by students,” says...
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The Value of Corporate Social Responsibility in Sports

The Value of Corporate Social Responsibility in Sports

Stats and research provided in partnership with ZeroCater. Plenty of people give back for all sorts of reasons during the year. Lots of giving is concentrated at the holiday time when people’s needs become much more amplified but people give back throughout the year, too, because frankly the need is always there—it doesn’t matter when. That’s what’s led many businesses to figure out how to give back as a team, and it’s also what’s led many corporate leaders to discover what the benefits are of giving back for their company and employees. There are obvious reasons why giving back is so important—it does good and helps to build teamwork. But it also helps people reduce their stress and increase their happiness. Why should you consider giving back as a team for the benefits it offers? ZeroCater created an informative graphic to explain it. We took a closer look at each part of the graphic and how it can apply to sports...
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Social Impact Theme Dominates at SBLIII Atlanta

Social Impact Theme Dominates at SBLIII Atlanta

It’s time again for another Super Bowl weekend. As it does every year, the big game brings in brands looking to capitalize on the eyeballs. And boy are there a lot of eyeballs already. According to SRI Insights and Front Office Sports, there have been over 150,000 Super Bowl tweets and retweets that mention Atlanta since January 1st! But another theme has stood out as we prepare for the big game- social impact. From the stadium itself to the brand partnerships and activations that have been taking place during Super Bowl Week, one thing is for sure- this year’s Super Bowl aims to make an impact off the field. Last year, SBLII brought Minnesota an estimated $450 million in new spending. Atlanta is prepping for a similar economic boost of $400+ million. But leaders like Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank are taking concrete steps to make sure that the impact is going to the right places. Sports Business Daily writer...
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