UE Charity Spotlight: San Diego Police Foundation

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the San Diego Police Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on supporting and assisting the San Diego Police Department and bridging any gaps between citizens and the officers. The foundation primarily strives to fund the department and raise awareness of the department’s outstanding service, promote public outreach to department initiatives and events, advocate for better safety measures to keep San Diego communities safe, and strengthen the overall relationship between the department and the public.

Additionally, the foundation offers a variety of fantastic programs centered around many of the aforementioned areas of focus. These programs include, but are not limited to outreach projects aimed at protecting officers from rifle fire, donation programs directly benefiting the San Diego Police Department’s K-9 units, and grant initiatives providing officers with up-to-date training and equipment. Each of these crucial department sectors has its own donation page featured on the foundation’s website, ensuring that no stone is left unturned in terms of department support.

The foundation attributes much of its 20 year success to the contributions of the public, embodying an additional bridge between the San Diego Police Department and the countless communities they manage. I take pride in serving on the foundation’s Board of Directors, and we at UE.co have been happy to provide our support over the years. We have sponsored a new police dog, hosted fundraisers for the foundation in our office, and aided in the foundation’s efforts to provide bullet-proof vests to all officers throughout San Diego. It is an honor to be a part of this exemplary initiative, which works to highlight and preserve one of the city’s most important facets.

To make a donation to the San Diego Police Foundation, click here. For more information on upcoming foundation events, click here.

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UE Charity Spotlight: Special Olympics

As the world’s largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, the Special Olympics’ contributions to athletics are both vital and far-reaching. The organization provides year-round training and competition opportunities to its athletes, who span 170 countries nationwide.

We at UE.co are excited to be supporting the Olympics’ San Diego branch as part of our ongoing charitable giving initiative. UE will serve as a Bronze-Level sponsor for the program’s next four sports seasons (a donation of $20,000), and our volunteers are ready to help program participants eliminate stigmas, find their athletic niches, and most importantly, build unforgettable memories.

With the organization’s 50th anniversary on the horizon, here is a quick look at its history of inclusiveness and empowerment.

Making a difference

The Special Olympics was founded in 1969 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, a member of the Kennedy family. The program was originally named Camp Shriver and served as a modest day camp hosted at Shriver’s home in Potomac, Maryland. Shriver’s mission was simple, yet incredibly ambitious: provide intellectually disabled children the joy and fulfillment of athletic involvement. The camp became an annual event, and it eventually evolved into a full-fledged movement — with many colleges, community centers, and recreational departments obtaining grants to host similar events. In time, the “Camp Shriver” moniker was replaced with the “Special Olympics.”

Later, the first International Special Olympics event (1972) was held right here in Southern California. Competitions took place at UCLA and Santa Monica City College. These events helped establish a tradition of expanded Special Olympics activity in California, as the next two decades saw the inception of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for California Special Olympics and the division of the program into two state chapters: Southern California and Northern California.

Carrying on tradition

Today, the Special Olympics have only magnified the ideals they were founded upon. The organization’s reach officially expanded to over 4.4 million athletes in 2017 — with over 80,000 events being held annually. The Olympics’ Southern California branch alone houses over 32,000 athletes, a staggering number that is more than indicative of the program’s lasting resonance; it pledges to always put its athletes first while fostering a culture of “honesty, integrity, and mutual respect.”

These notions in mind, UE is honored to be a part of a storied and successful initiative, one with a proven track record of selflessness and compassion.

For more information on the San Diego Special Olympics, click here.

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How philanthropists can leverage technology

For philanthropists, it can sometimes be difficult to get capital to places where it is truly needed. As a result, some people decide to keep their money instead of giving it away.

The good news is that new technology is making it easier to invest in quality charities worldwide.

Online Fundraising

One of the best ways to leverage technology is to conduct an online fundraising campaign. There are many people who do not understand all of the benefits of using the internet to raise money. There are numerous websites dedicated to helping people in this process.

There are some people who prefer online fundraising because it is easier to assemble a massive group of people using this method. Other people prefer online fundraising because it shows how many people are investing in similar causes.

Small Loans for Business Owners

Another vital aspect of giving is to change the culture of an area. There are many places where people do not have the opportunities to invest in a new idea. For these areas, small business loans are a great way to help people get started. In some parts of the world, there are no banking systems to help new business owners. If someone does not have the cash to invest in a business idea, they usually do not have the chance to start a company.

Starting a business without capital is now possible with the internet. There are numerous websites that allow wealthy people to lend money to others who want to start an idea. Not only does this help people get out of poverty, but it can improve the local economy in a variety of ways. Over time, this is one of the best ways to donate money to people in need.

In the coming years, technology will continue enabling people to donate more efficiently. No one wants to donate money to a cause that is not going to have a positive impact in the world.

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