APT Charities announces grants to MEANS Database and The Reading Connection

APT Charities announces grants to MEANS Database and The Reading Connection

Two recipients have been selected for APT Charities grants to promote using data to make better decisions in the non-profit space. MEANS Database received $15,000 for expanding on-going data gathering and usage. A stimulus award of $5,000 was granted to The Reading Connection to support their burgeoning data collection efforts.

APT Charities strives to incorporate data into the non-profit sector, primarily by awarding grants to further data collection, analysis, and their resulting actions. Based in Arlington, Virginia, APT Charities looks for other non-profits to support, with the applicant’s desire to incorporate data into current programming or its long-term strategy as a key metric for selecting the organization. APT Charities has given four grants previously; grants are supported by donations from members and from APT. “We are extremely excited to bring two more smart, forward-thinking organizations into the fold,” say Corinne Walters, APT Charities Board Chair.

The Reading Connection has served at-risk children in the greater Washington, D.C. metro area for 27 years through its Read-Aloud, Book Club and literacy development training programs. Courtney Kissell, the Executive Director of The Reading Connection, comments, “This opportunity came at a wonderful time for TRC. We recently created a staff position solely to design and implement evaluation processes, and this grant will enable us to build the technical support we need.”

With the grant of $5,000, The Reading Connection will be able to build a searchable database with its partner, Acumen Solutions, to enable outcomes-based decision-making. “The Reading Connection was a strong applicant for our Stimulus Award, and we are so happy they will be able to take the data they’ve been collecting, aggregate it, and begin to use it for marketing, development, and programming,” says Angus Fudge, a member of APT Charities and its Grants Committee.

Matching Excess and Needs for Stability (MEANS) Database provides a platform to connect food pantries and their donors. Aiming to simplify food donation, MEANS Database matches food needs and supply in 42 states. Zoey Jordan Salsbury, Communications Director at MEANS Database, says, “This grant gives us the opportunity to better serve emergency food providers by learning about system inefficiencies and potential opportunities to grow our network.” With the $15,000 grant from APT Charities, MEANS Database will expand their database of food service providers and identify targets for program expansion. This effort was appealing to APT Charities member Steve Wang, who notes, “The commitment of the MEANS Database to identifying the organizations that can benefit most from a donor matching system is something that our members were excited to support.”

APT Charities has granted over $50,000 since its inaugural grant in 2015 through the generosity of its members and of APT. While the applicants have ranged from food kitchens such as DC Central Kitchen to American youth immigrant services such as Liberty’s Promise, a unified thread – increasing the ability of the non-profit sector to analyze data to increase their potential – has run through all of those selected. Members of APT Charities pledge their support by both contributing monetary donations and by learning about and voting for those applicants that best fit APT Charities’ mission. The next grant cycle for APT Charities requests applications by September 30th, 2016. More information can be found at aptcharities.org.

 

About APT Charities

APT Charities was founded on the principle that data can help everyone. We believe that decisions should be validated by collecting and analyzing evidence. As an organization, it is our hope to aid those in the non-profit sector by providing grants to collect, organize, and sift through it, as well as make impactful changes based on that evidence. In short, our mission is to give gifts directly to organizations that have a demonstrated need and specific goal for funds, including those who engage in or could benefit from data-driven solutions. APT Charities is supported by Applied Predictive Technologies, a MasterCard company. Members also contribute and are encouraged to find organizations to apply, as well as vote on grant recipients. Visit www.aptcharities.org to learn more.

About MEANS Database

MEANS Database seeks to combat hunger and food waste through a real-time, location-based notification platform. Connecting donors and food pantries in 42 states, MEANS Database was founded on the premise that it should be easier for those with excess food to share with those in need.

About The Reading Connection

The Reading Connection is dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk children and families by helping them create and sustain literacy-rich environments and motivation for reading.  TRC accomplishes this mission by training and deploying volunteers who read aloud to children at shelters and community centers; providing children with free, new books to keep; offering workshops that help parents encourage reading and literacy development at home; and training social service agency staff and early-childhood educators in early literacy issues and read-aloud best practices.

About APT

APT, a MasterCard Company, is a leading cloud-based analytics software company that enables organizations to rapidly and precisely measure cause-and-effect relationships between business initiatives and outcomes to generate economic value. Our intuitive and proprietary Test & Learn® software utilizes sophisticated algorithms to analyze large amounts of data, enabling business leaders to conduct experiments and allowing them to make optimal decisions and implement business initiatives at scale. APT also offers products that support decision-making for specific business needs including transaction analysis, space planning, promotion design, category management and location selection. APT’s client portfolio features some of the world’s best known brands, including Walmart, Starbucks, Coca-Cola, Victoria’s Secret, American Family, Hilton Worldwide, SUBWAY, TD Bank, T-Mobile, and others. APT has offices in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, London, Bentonville, Taipei, Tokyo, Sydney, and Chicago. Visit www.predictivetechnologies.com to learn more.

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Three non-profits receive grants from APT Charities

APT Charities announces grants to The Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture,  GuideStar, and Liberty’s Promise

Three recipients have been selected for APT Charities grants to promote using data to make better decisions in the non-profit space. Two nonprofits – The Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture and GuideStar – received $15,000 each for their new programs expanding their on-going data gathering and usage. A stimulus award of $5,000 was granted to Liberty’s Promise to support their burgeoning data collection efforts. APT Charities has given one grant previously; the growth in grants this cycle was spurred by a desire to increase the impact of APT Charities and is supported by donations from members and from APT.

The Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture received one of the grant awards for $15,000 for its Farmer’s Register program. This custom-built mobile point-of-sale system captures every purchase made at a farm stand, including at Arcadia’s own 19 Mobile Market stops, which sell fresh, affordable food in underserved DC-area neighborhoods. Each transaction is recorded down to the variety of fruit or vegetable purchased and the tender used by the customer, providing unparalleled insights into healthy food consumption patterns. The Farmer’s Register can account for nine forms of tender, including SNAP (food stamps). The Federal government has earmarked $100 million over 5 years to incentivize SNAP customers to use their benefits to buy fruits and vegetables at farmers markets across the country. The Farmer’s Register captures exactly how customers use those benefits to improve the health of their diets.

“There is a strong desire to increase the impact of federal and local nutrition programs. But you can’t improve what you can’t measure. The grant from APT Charities will enable us to use the Farmers Register to capture and analyze healthy food purchasing data and develop a database to make that information publicly accessible,” said Pamela Hess, executive director of Arcadia.

APT Charities was excited about the impact of getting better food to lower income consumers. “Arcadia was a clear candidate for a grant with APT Charities, given their data-driven nature. Our members voted and agreed that their initiatives had broad impact and were deserving of support,” said Renee Grebe — a member of APT Charities and vice president at APT.

GuideStar received one of the APT Charities grant awards for $15,000 for its GuideStar Platinum project. GuideStar is a national nonprofit organization that aims “to revolutionize philanthropy by providing information that advances transparency, enables users to make better decisions, and encourages charitable giving.” GuideStar Platinum will be a new level of a nonprofit’s GuideStar Nonprofit Profile that will allow the organization to display their impact across a series of core metrics. Among other goals, GuideStar will use this new level of online profile to develop common metrics for use across organizations that will help nonprofits counter the perception that they have large overhead costs as well as assist donors and foundations in identifying the impact of nonprofits’ work. GuideStar plans to use the grant to expand outreach to get 6,000 organizations in the program this year.

“We are excited to continue working to measure nonprofits’ impact and to put that information into donors’ hands. The grant from APT Charities will help us to get more nonprofit participation in GuideStar Platinum, which will ultimately help donors direct resources to truly impactful organizations,” said Jacob Harold, President and CEO of GuideStar.

APT Charities was excited about the opportunity to contribute to an organization that is committed to data-driven measurement of nonprofit impact. “As the largest source of data on nonprofits, GuideStar is an ideal recipient for an APT Charities grant. Their commitment to understanding the true impact of nonprofits is something that the members wanted to support,” said Greg Ulrich, member of APT Charities and Senior Vice President at APT.

Liberty’s Promise has ​received APT Charities’ inaugural stimulus award, which is intended for organizations that are just starting their data-driven, ​decision-making processes and would like to invest more in collecting, validating, and analyzing their data. Liberty’s Promise serves the Washington D.C. metropolitan area by encouraging young, low-income immigrants to be active and conscientious American citizens. “We are excited to receive this grant from APT Charities to jumpstart our data-driven efforts,” said Dr. Robert M. ​Ponichtera, Executive Director and Founder of Liberty’s Promise. “The proceeds from this grant will be used to better understand educational, career, and other prescriptive characteristics of past participants to identify opportunities to improve the program for future years.”

APT Charities has given out one previous grant in 2015, to DC Central Kitchen. As they look ahead, the outlook is positive. “Our membership has increased, and the engagement of our members has grown,” said Corinne Walters, the APT Charities board chair. APT, the company that formed APT Charities, is contributing again in 2016. Walters adds, “In the coming year, we’ll be continuing our advocacy and support for using data in a charitable capacity.”

 

About APT Charities

APT Charities was founded on the principle that data can help everyone. We believe that decisions should be validated by collecting and analyzing evidence. As an organization, it is our hope to aid those in the non-profit sector by providing grants to collect, organize, and sift through it, as well as make impactful changes based on that evidence. In short, our mission is to give gifts directly to organizations that have a demonstrated need and specific goal for funds, including those who engage in or could benefit from data-driven solutions. APT Charities was initially funded by a $50,000 donation from Applied Predictive Technologies. Members also contribute and are encouraged to find organizations to apply, as well as vote on the grant recipient. Visit www.aptcharities.org to learn more.
About Arcadia

Since its establishment in 2010, Arcadia’s mission has been to improve the health of our community, support the viability of local farmers, and preserve the environment for future generations.

Through our programs, we:

  • Work to address issues of food access and food justice
  • Raise awareness about healthy food and its sources
  • Establish innovative connections between local, sustainable farms and consumers

Arcadia Farm is located on the historic grounds of Woodlawn Estate in Alexandria, Virginia, thanks to a landmark partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the support and vision of Arcadia’s Founder and Chairman, Michael Babin.

 

About Guidestar

GuideStar, http://www.guidestar.org, is the largest source of nonprofit information, connecting people and organizations with information on more than 2.0 million IRS-recognized nonprofits. Some 7 million people, including individual donors, nonprofit leaders, grantmakers, government officials, academic researchers, and the media, use GuideStar’s data every year to make intelligent decisions about the social sector. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit, GuideStar collects its information from the IRS, directly from nonprofits, and other partners in the nonprofit sector.

 

About Liberty’s Promise

Liberty’s Promise is a 501(c)(3) servicing the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area by encouraging young immigrants in need to be active and conscientious American citizens. Liberty’s Promise runs 18 after-school programs and also places participating youth in summer internships in local businesses, non-profits, and government agencies to help encourage civic engagement. Approximately 99 percent of the youth who attend Liberty’s Promise programs go on to graduate high school or earn a GED, and more than 68 percent ​have some college education, figures that far exceed the national average for low-income students in an urban environment.

 

About APT

APT, a MasterCard Company, is a leading cloud-based analytics software company that enables organizations to rapidly and precisely measure cause-and-effect relationships between business initiatives and outcomes to generate economic value. Our intuitive and proprietary Test & Learn® software utilizes sophisticated algorithms to analyze large amounts of data, enabling business leaders to conduct experiments and allowing them to make optimal decisions and implement business initiatives at scale. APT also offers products that support decision-making for specific business needs including transaction analysis, space planning, promotion design, category management and location selection. APT’s client portfolio features some of the world’s best known brands, including Walmart, Starbucks, Coca-Cola, Victoria’s Secret, American Family, Hilton Worldwide, SUBWAY, TD Bank, T-Mobile, and others. APT has offices in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, London, Bentonville, Taipei, Tokyo, Sydney, and Chicago. Visit www.predictivetechnologies.com to learn more.

 

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DC Central Kitchen receives grant from APT Charities

APT Charities announces DC Central Kitchen as the recipient for its inaugural grant focusing on fostering data-driven solutions

Washington, D.C. –  APT Charities, a data-oriented, 501(c)(3)  non-profit focused on contributing to its members’ local and global communities, announced today DC Central Kitchen as the recipient of its inaugural grant. The gift focused on organizations that have a demonstrated need and specific goal for funds, particularly those who engage in or could benefit from data-driven solutions.

DC Central Kitchen (DCCK), based in its namesake, Washington DC, is an organization whose mission is to use food as a tool to strengthen bodies, empower minds, and build communities. DC Central Kitchen’s renowned Culinary Job Training program equips unemployed, underemployed, and previously incarcerated persons and homeless adults for careers in the food service industry. The funds from the APT Charities grant will support DCCK’s data collection efforts to keep in touch with their culinary graduates, and use that data to identify opportunities to make their programs more effective.

“This grant will be a tremendous aid to our data-driven evaluation activities and a helpful investment to the long-term success of some of our key initiatives,” said Alexander Moore, chief development officer of DC Central Kitchen. “APT Charities’ support will allow us to not only improve our workforce development evaluation efforts, but also help us better leverage and refine our use of a performance management database that helps us capture, track, and analyze short-term outputs and long-term outcomes that ultimately improve the lives of those in our community.”

“This round of grant applications was very competitive with organizations from across the country showing how their work can benefit from data-driven solutions,” said Julie Ann Halderman, co-chair of the APT Charities Grants Committee. “After a tough week of voting, our members came together and felt that DCCK best fit the mission of our organization.”

APT Charities operates on a continuous grant cycle, with the next application being released in the upcoming months. “This cycle showed us the high caliber of projects that could benefit from data-oriented funding. We are excited to be partnering with DC Central Kitchen and are looking forward to those we can reach in our next cycle,” said Corinne Walters, board chair of APT Charities.

About APT Charities

APT Charities was founded on the principle that data can help everyone. We believe that decisions should be validated by collecting and analyzing evidence. As an organization, it is our hope to aid those in the non-profit sector by providing grants to collect, organize, and sift through it, as well as make impactful changes based on that evidence. In short, our mission is to give gifts directly to organizations that have a demonstrated need and specific goal for funds, including those who engage in or could benefit from data-driven solutions. APT Charities was initially funded by a $50,000 donation from Applied Predictive Technologies. Members also contribute and are encouraged to find organizations to apply, as well as vote on the grant recipient. Visit www.aptcharities.org to learn more.

About Applied Predictive Technologies

APT is the world’s largest purely cloud-based predictive analytics software company. APT’s Test & Learn software is revolutionizing the way Global 2000 companies harness their Big Data to accurately measure the profit impact of advertising, marketing, pricing, merchandising, operations, and capital initiatives, tailoring investments in these areas to maximize ROI. APT Charities was initially formed with a starting contribution from APT in 2014.

About DC Central Kitchen:

For more than 25 years, DC Central Kitchen has pioneered a new model of using food as a tool to change lives. The organization provides nutritious meals to 80 nearby nonprofit partners, equips unemployed men and women to begin culinary careers with a 90% job placement rate, and creates healthy, scratch-cooked, locally-sourced meals for low-income children at 10 DC schools. Through job training, healthy food distribution, and local small business partnerships, DC Central Kitchen offers path-breaking solutions to poverty, hunger, and poor health.

 

 

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APT Announces Formation of APT Charities

From: http://predictivetechnologies.com/newsroom/press-releases/2014/apt-announces-formation-of-apt-charities.aspx

APT annouces the formation of APT Charities, a non-profit focused on contributing to APT’s local and global communities

Published: 6/10/2014

Washington, D.C. –  Applied Predictive Technologies (APT), the world’s largest purely cloud-based predictive analytics software company, announced today the formation of APT Charities, a non-profit focused on contributing to APT’s local and global communities.

APT Charities aims to give gifts directly to organizations that have a demonstrated need and specific goal for funds, including those who engage in or could benefit from data-driven solutions. The non-profit organization was formed with a starting contribution from APT and welcomes donations of all sizes.

“Our employees have always shown a passion and enthusiasm for giving back, as demonstrated by events such as our yearly food drives and Data Dives with non-profit organizations, like DC Prep and the Capital Area Food Bank,” said Cathy Baker, APT SVP and Chair of the Board. “APT Charities allows for all of APT to contribute to worthy causes in the community through a more formally established channel.”

A small Board of Directors, elected by contributing members, will manage APT Charities. Both APT employees and the general public are encouraged to contribute to APT Charities. APT Charities expects to apply to qualify as a 501(c)(3) organization, making contributions tax-deductible.

APT has hosted a number of Data Dive events in 2014, most recently with Capital Area Food Bank. The hackathon-like events occur over a 24-hour period, and result in a number of actionable recommendations for the given organization. Partnerships like that with Capital Area Food Bank, concentrate on applicable solutions such as optimizing distribution and purchasing decisions over time.

“I have always been excited about community service, and I’m glad that APT Charities gives our company and the wider public an opportunity to contribute to the local and global spheres,” said Ryan Rosario, APT Business Consultant and recent “Data Dive” participant.

About APT

APT is the world’s largest purely cloud-based predictive analytics software company. APT’s Test & Learn software is revolutionizing the way Global 2000 companies harness their Big Data to accurately measure the profit impact of pricing, marketing, merchandising, operations, and capital initiatives, tailoring investments in these areas to maximize ROI. APT’s client portfolio includes Walmart, Wendy’s, Starbucks, Panera, Subway, Lowe’s, SunTrust, Hilton Hotels, and others. APT has offices in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, London, Taipei, and Tokyo. Visit www.predictivetechnologies.com to learn more.

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