Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada Announces their 23rd Annual BOO-A-THON Fundraiser


LAS VEGAS (September 17, 2019) – Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada will host their 23rd annual     Boo-A-Thon bowling tournament fundraiser on Saturday, October 19, 12pm-2pm and Sunday, October 20, 9am-11am and 12pm-2pm, at Sam’s Town Bowling Center. The annual event is intended to help support the financial literacy programs that Junior Achievement offers to students in Clark County. 

Southern Nevada community members are invited to join in the festivities and form five-person bowling teams to raise at least $100 per person. Junior Achievement will provide all the fundraising tools necessary to aid with team fundraising efforts. There is a $10 registration fee for all bowlers, which provides them with unlimited bowling for 2 hours including shoes and a chance to win fabulous prizes!

JASN Boo-A-Thon is filled with fun festivities where you can show off your bowling tricks and treats for a great cause. “With your support, we will continue to partner with educators, volunteers and business community leaders to encourage over 20,000 students in 2019-2020 to dream big and reach their potential,” said Michelle Jackson, president of Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada.

ABOUT JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF SOUTHERN NEVADA

Junior Achievement is in its 100th year of operation (100 years, 100% ready) nationwide. Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada, Inc. was founded locally in 1996. The current local programs span grades K-12, with age-appropriate curricula. At the elementary level, students learn about their roles as individuals, workers and consumers while focusing on key life skills like the importance of saving and the difference between wants and needs. Middle and high school students learn about key economic principals, workforce issues they will face, personal budgeting and credit. Junior Achievement’s office is located at 1921 N Rainbow Blvd. on the second floor of Nevada State Bank. For more information visit JASNV.org. Like Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter



Adam’s Place Announces National Children’s Grief Awareness Month Throughout November 2019


LAS VEGAS, NV (October 17, 2019) – Adam’s Place, a local nonprofit organization announces National Children’s Grief Awareness throughout the month of November. The Adam’s Place Teddy Bear and Scholarship Drive starts on November 1, 2019. Small new teddy bear donations will be included in when children participate in Children’s Coping Skills program, they are gifted with their very own backpacks filled with healthy coping tools and a new teddy bear.

The finale for Adam’s Place Teddy Bear Drive and Scholarship fundraiser is November 21st from 11am to 1:00pm at Jaguar Land Rover Las Vegas 6425 Roy Horn Way Las Vegas 89118. Guests will be treated to snacks, soft drinks and live remote music and Stephanie McKenzie of 97.1 of Lotus Broadcasting.

Throughout November, Teddy bears may be dropped off at the following locations:

Adam’s Place, Sierra Air Conditioning & Heating, Jaguar Land Rover, AMS, LV Pharmacy & 8 LienRx Pharmacies. See attached flier for drop-off addresses.

Adam’s Place Camp Cope program supports children (5-18) and families suffering from the loss of a loved one. It is structured into 8 sessions over 16 weeks. The program is designed to create a safe place for children and families to feel less isolated, make connections, build confidence and learn healthy copy skills during these rough times. Camp Cope program utilizes evidence-based methods and activities facilitated in a peer group setting conducted by professionally trained volunteers.

Adams Place provides additional programs:

  • Grief & Loss Peer Group Programs
  • In-School Grief & Loss Peer Group Programs
  • Work Site Support Group Programs
  • Facilitator Training programs

“Our programs are focused on coping and communications skills education. Our goal is to help participants gain skills, decrease isolation and stigma by increasing self-esteem and self-reliance, Adam’s Place exists thanks to support from our community businesses, private donations and our volunteers. Whether you choose to sponsor one child or two, or a whole classroom, your donation will help cover costs of materials, art supplies, snacks and peer activities,” said Kelly Thomas-Boyers, executive director of Adam’s Place.

Everyone is encouraged to donate $100 to sponsor 1 child, $500 to sponsor 5 children or $1000 to sponsor 10 children to Adam’s Place Camp Cope program.

To donate to the Camp Cope Scholarship, please visit: https://adamsplacelv.org/support-us/donate

 ABOUT ADAM’S PLACE:                                      

Founded in 2009 by Kelly Thomas-Boyers, Adam’s Place was established in memory of Adam Gregory Thomas to provide a safe and confidential peer support group setting for children, teens and families experiencing the loss of a loved one.  Adam’s Place has served more than 2000 families.  Adam’s Place is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located 2820 W. Charleston Blvd., Suite 40., Las Vegas, NV 89102 www.adamsplacelv.org, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn and by phone: 702-202-3891



Adam’s Place Offers Adult Group Therapy Sessions with Las Vegas Therapist Steven Kalas Starting October 14th


LAS VEGAS, NV (October 14, 2019) – Adam’s Place, a local nonprofit organization, will be offering a clinical, adult group therapy program lead by therapist, Steven Kalas. The theme will be Recovering from Loss and Moving Forward.

Steven Kalas is a therapist, speaker, published author, and philosopher. He works as an individual, marriage and family counselor. Kalas is also a pastoral counselor in Las Vegas, Nevada. He travels nationally as a public speaker and provides consultation to a myriad of organizations. “Human Matters,” Kala’s twice-weekly column written for the Las Vegas Review Journal, from 2007-2015, answered readers’ questions. Kalas added his musings about life, love, family, ethics, sex, culture, art, philosophy, religion, celebration, and suffering. Since 2015, his articles routinely appear each week in community newspapers.

“We are excited to partner with Kalas to offer an adult group therapy on site at Adam’s Place,” said Kelly Thomas-Boyers, executive director of Adam’s Place.

The program fee is $50 per person and includes four sessions. The dates are October 14th and 21st, November 11th and 25th. All sessions will be held at Adam’s Place 2820 West Charleston, Suite 40, Las Vegas, NV 89102 – 5:00pm to 6:00pm.

To register or ask any questions, send an email to: adamsplacetrainingcenter@gmail.com

ABOUT ADAM’S PLACE:                                                                                                                                                     Founded 2009 by Kelly Thomas-Boyers, Adam’s Place was established in memory of Adam Gregory Thomas to provide a safe and confidential peer support group setting for children, teens and families experiencing the loss of a loved one.  Adam’s Place has served more than 2000 families.  Adam’s Place is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located 2820 W. Charleston Blvd., Suite 40., Las Vegas, NV 89102 www.adamsplacelv.org, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn and by phone: 702-202-389



A Few Things to Know Before Embarking into Non-Profit World!!


Nonprofit organizations were originally created for a public or mutual benefit other than generating profit for owners or investors. They can take a variety of forms from informal neighborhood associations, soup kitchens, local churches or traditional charities serving the poor to labor unions, self- help groups or museums, hospitals and large universities.

Though they may be different in size and form, all nonprofit organizations share five common characteristics:

  1. They must be organized
  2. They must be private (separate from the government)
  3. They must be self-governing
  4. They must be distributing which means they can generate profit, but they cannot distribute to the owns or directors of the organization.
  5. They must be voluntary.

All legal forms of nonprofits vary in one way or the other, however, the Internal Revenue Code differentiates two major types: the 501 (c) (3) and the 501 (c) (4) organizations. Although both types are exempt from taxation, only the 501 (c) (3)s or the so-called public benefit organizations are eligible for tax-deductible donations from individuals or corporations.

501 (c) (4)s are called social welfare organizations, many civic leagues and advocacy organizations which represent social and political causes belong to this group (Anheier 2014). Some nonprofits – like Planned Parenthood – have both types of 501 (c) organizations incorporated.

Its also important to note that nonprofit organizations make up the nonprofit sector which is often referred to as the philanthropic sector, the third sector, the independent or the voluntary sector. The sector fulfills crucial functions for modern societies. According to Payton and Moody (2008), the philanthropic sector’s five roles are:

  1. Service role: “providing services (especially when the other sectors fail to provide them) and meeting needs” (Payton and Moody 2008, 34).
  2. Advocacy role: representing and advocating for the interests of populations, for differing views of the public good and for reform.
  3. Cultural role: expressing and preserving values, traditions and other aspects of culture.
  4. Civic role: building community, fostering civic engagement.
  5. Vanguard role: providing opportunities for innovation, experimentation.

It’s also important to note that Nonprofits can be grouped based on their field of interest as well. The National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities Core Codes classifies 10 groups:  1. arts, culture and humanities 2. education 3. environment and animals 4. health 5. human services 6. international, foreign affairs 7. public, societal benefit 8. religion related 8. mutual/membership benefit 10. unknown, unclassified (Ott and Dicke 2016).

Until the 1930s, wealthy individuals and foundations provided most of the revenue for nonprofit organizations. After the Great Depression, the vast number of impoverished citizens made the federal government provide a wider range of social services such as public programs for the unemployed or benefits for the elderly and dependent children (Ott and Dicke 2016).

By the mid-twentieth century the growing endowments of private foundations – which are founded by individuals or corporations and not by the government – created a public need for greater regulation of foundations. The Tax Reform Act in 1969 created two new regulations: 1. foundations had to distribute at least 5 percent of their assets yearly (called payout) 2. and they had to report their income and expenses on the 990-tax form.

The twentieth century saw two more shifts regarding the role of federal government in providing social services. During Lyndon Johnson’s presidency in the 1960s, the “Great Society” legislation created a wide range of support for community projects helping people in need (Ott and Dicke 2016). The Reagan administration in the 1980’s greatly cut federal support for such services and moved the responsibility to provide funding to these programs to state and local governments. Therefore, nonprofit organizations had to compete for a reduced pool of resources. This led to increased fundraising efforts and a growing public demand for accountability regarding nonprofit’s finances and operations.

According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, in 2016, more than 1.5 million organizations were registered with the IRS. It is estimated that many smaller formal and informal associations exist that do not register because religious organizations and organizations with revenues of less than $5,000 per year are not required to do so (Payton and Moody, 2008). The nonprofit sector is a significant economic force, in 2013, it contributed to 5.4% of the country’s GDP and it accounted for 9.2% of all salaries and wages.

In 2013, more than a quarter of the adult population volunteered an estimated total of 8.1 billion hours (Giving USA 2016). Total charitable giving in 2015 reached $373.25 billion, making it America’s most generous year – although giving is steady as a percentage of GDP, at around 2%. Most of the giving came from individuals, who account for 71% of all donations. Giving by foundations followed by 16%, bequests contributed 9% and corporations by 5%. The most popular recipients are religious organizations, they received 32% of all charitable giving. Educational organizations are second by 15% while human service organizations were donated 12%.

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