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Smithsonian Announces Public Access Plan for Research

“The Smithsonian has released its Plan for Increased Public Access to Results of Federally Funded Research, based on the principles outlined by the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Through the new plan, all applicable publications and supporting data resulting from federally funded research will be available through the Smithsonian Research Online (SRO) website or CHORUS, a nonprofit membership organization that helps federal entities increase public access to research. The plan will take effect Oct. 1 and apply to articles submitted to publishers on or after that date … The public will be able to access qualifying manuscripts through either SRO or CHORUS after a designated waiting period. SRO will archive accepted manuscripts collected under the plan. It will also archive PDF copies of final publications when permitted by publishers. — From the website

American Institute of Philanthropy : Top-Rated Charities

“Of the over five-hundred charities currently rated by AIP, only a select number qualify for our listing of Top-Rated charities based on our rigorous analysis. Groups included on the Top-Rated list generally spend 75% or more of their budgets on programs, spend $25 or less to raise $100 in public support, do not hold excessive assets in reserve, and receive “open-book” status for disclosure of basic financial information and documents to AIP.”–From the website.

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Completes Its Digital Transition

“Two years after starting to produce talking books on digital cartridges, the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress, has completed its analog-to-digital transition.”–From the website.

“Through its national network of regional libraries, NLS provides books and magazines in digital audio and in braille as well as digital audio equipment directly to enrollees at no cost. Music instructional materials are available in large print, braille and recorded formats. For more information, visit or call 1-888-NLS-READ (1-888-657-7323).”–From the website

Top 50 Donors in 2010

The Chronicle of Philanthrophy offers its list of the top 50 philanthropic donors for 2010.  The $3.3 Billion was the lowest amount donated since the rankings began.

Keep America Beautiful

The Keep America Beautiful website offers tools and resources and information on litter reduction, waste reduction and recycling (including  a link to help you find local recycling centers for all kinds of items),  and beautification.

Grants For Individuals

Much grant funding goes to nonprofit organizations, but this extensive compilation,done by the Michigan State University Libraries, focuses on funding opportunities for individuals.

Free books!

“Do you remember the magic of your first book?”  This nonprofit organization provides free books to children who are in financial need.

Thanks to Noa, from the Library System, for this one: is a great website where you can search for nonprofit jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities across the world. You can also search for programs, speakers, events. Their mission is to “connect people, organizations, and resources to help build a world where all people can live free and dignified lives.”

Focus On The Economic Crisis

The Foundation Center offers an interactive map showing how United States foundations have offered support in response to the economic crisis.  Data can be displayed by state, county, city, zip code, and congressional district.

Organ Donations in the Tennessee Area

From the website:

  • Tennessee Donor Services (TDS) is a nonprofit, independent organization authorized by the Federal Government to accept anatomical gifts liver, lungs, kidneys, intestine or pancreas).
  • TDS’ designated service area includes 84 counties in Tennessee and  8 counties in Virginia.
  • The mission of Tennessee Donor Services is to support families in our communities who have sustained the loss of a loved one by providing an opportunity for organ, eye and tissue donation and by facilitating the recovery and transplantation of these gifts to help others in need. 
  • Charity Guide

    “The Charity Guide is a non profit web site designed to inform and educate those interested in making contributions to charitable organizations. There are many ways in which to support worthwhile causes in your area. Whether it is in the form of monetary donations, or a small bit of your time each week, we hope the information provided will help you discover the opportunities you are seeking.”–From the web site. You can locate charities in the United States on this web site; you can search by state and you then will find towns and cities within the state and clicking on a particular city or town will give you the charities located in them.

    Awareness of self-asphyxiation in children

    75 percent of children (ages 9-16) have heard of or even played the “choking game,”  according to this website.   But, what’s even worse, according to the site, 25 percent of the parents do not know about the game, including parents of some victims.  This website is hosted by the Dangerous Adolescent Behavior Foundation, and gives the games’ other slang names as well as warning signs if a child has been participating in this dangerous activity.  The site is to raise awareness about this tragedy before any other senseless death occur.

    Helping American soldiers in time of need

    I first saw this website in the Commercial Appeal yesterday- more specifically, in the advice column, Annie’s Mailbox.  The columnists referred their reader to this website when he wanted to donate his unused airline miles to American soldiers in need.

    After researching the site, I discovered the group does more than that for our troops.  This is directly from the website:

    “The Fisher House™ program is a unique private-public partnership that supports America’s military in their time of need. The program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and the hardships of military service by meeting a humanitarian need beyond that normally provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.”