Partnerships for Progress: Great NonProfits and Virgin Mobile USA

written by naehblog
November 16, 2009

Happy Monday, everyone!

Here at the Alliance, a bunch of us are coming down from our big push of the new Data Update to the veterans report (see Sarah’s post). We had terrific time working with local leaders and direct service providers, hosting our very own press call about the release of the report, and – over the course of the last week – seeing the fruits of our labor. There’s nothing that can take away the fact that there are131,000 homeless veterans in the United States on any given night – but thanks to the hard work of our partners, community members, and some very dedicated reporters, hopefully you have a better idea of what the problem is and what you can do about it (again, see Sarah’s post).

It’s one of the perks of working in the research department of the Alliance – we get to put out data and watch as people consume that information. Occasionally, we’re privileged to see how our work inspires action – action that can make a tangible difference in the lives of people across the country: an improved rapid re-housing program, federal legislation expanding homeless services, a well written, thoughtful perspective on solutions to homelessness in your local paper.

In that spirit, the Alliance has engaged in two new partnerships this year that I hope you notice:

Great Non Profits

This awesome new site follows in the footsteps of standard-bearers like Guide Star and Charity Navigator. CEO Perla Ni, the founder of the Stanford Social Innovation Review, offers an engaging and user-friendly approach to searching for nonprofits by location, topic, even needs.

The Alliance is proud and delighted to join with Great Non Profits to host a week on Food & Shelterorganizations. As Thanksgiving brings the holiday season ever nearer, we’re reminded – especially in this economic climate – that not everyone is blessed with the hearth that some enjoy.

Share your review of programs and places that you’ve encountered. Your review will direct traffic – and ultimately, funding – to the different organizations featured on the website.

Virgin Mobile

The Alliance will honor Virgin Mobile USAat its annual Kennedy Center Awards Ceremony in April 2010 for the company’s signficant contributions in the struggle to end youth homelessness.

Through its RE*Generation program, Virgin Mobile USA has introduced several marketing initiatives to raise awareness, increase volunteerism, and provide critical resources and funding to local homeless agencies.

For its leadership and innovation in motivating the public to play a more active role in confronting the issue of homelessness, Virgin Mobile USA and Virgin Unite will receive the 2010 Private Sector Achievement Award.

This Wednesday (yep, WEDNESDAY), Virgin Mobile will host Public Enemy in a reception at the Sasha Bruce House in Washington, DC to bring awareness to the existing and persisting problem of youth homelessness. A concert featuring the rap band will follow at the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University.

For more information about the Public Enemy concert on Wednesday, please visit An Evening With Public Enemy.
Check out the RE*Generation website to find out more about the campaign to end youth homelessness.