October 2016 marked ASI's 25th Anniversary. There are many measures of success. The most meaningful is the degree to which you have helped others fulfill their missions. It's also the most satisfying. Since 1991, we've worked with more than 4,000 associations and non-profits. Throughout this milestone year, we're celebrating by showcasing how they make the world a better place to live.
Imperial College Healthcare Charity is an independent charity raising funds for research and projects that help improve patient healthcare at five London hospitals, awarding funds every year to a variety of projects, clinical research and healthcare studies. Projects include breast cancer studies, attention to the needs of newly diagnosed cancer patients, ground-breaking sleep studies and partnership with communities to help eradicate domestic abuse. The charity’s More Smiles Appeal aims to raise more £2 million for the children's intensive care unit at London’s St Mary's Hospital.
Libraries are all about what they do for and with people, committed to advancing reading and developing a digitally inclusive, well-informed society. They offer books, media, and a wealth of information not found elsewhere, access to technology and creative tools, and a space to work on shared community aspirations. At the center of each of America's 123,000 libraries stands the librarian, an expert in connecting people to information, connecting readers with books, and facilitating individual opportunity. The American Library Association connects librarians and libraries across the country and the world.
The vision of The Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) is to enhance the quality of life and live-ability of communities. It offers member services and advocacy to those involved in public works and engineering services for communities in Australia and New Zealand. These are among its objectives: to engage with and inspire members and the public works community, to grow professional networks to inform, connect and transfer knowledge, to provide leadership and advocacy designed to influence policy and industry direction, and to operate effectively, efficiently, and sustainably. In short, to improve life.
One mission. Many women. Countless dreams. The word Soroptimist is loosely translated from the Latin to mean "best for women." Soroptimists are women at their best, working to help other women be their best. Soroptimist is a global women’s organization whose members volunteer to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Almost 80,000 members in 120 countries support community-based projects that benefit women and girls, especially through providing access to education — the surest path to self-determination.
Critical care is medical care for patients requiring close, constant watch by specially trained caregivers, most often in an intensive care unit or trauma center. SCCM is dedicated to serving critical care professionals and improving care through education, research, and advocacy. Critical care teams include intensivists, critical care nurses, pharmacists, registered dietitians, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, chaplains, physician assistants or nurse practitioners, and child life specialists.
Quality of life matters. The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is the leading non-profit dedicated to the advancement of public parks, recreation and conservation. The association's mission is to leverage the role of parks in conservation, health, wellness and social equality in communities across the nation. NRPA produces research, education, and policy initiatives that enrich the lives of the populace.
For 70 years, the Guide Dog Foundation has trained and placed guide and service dogs to give increased independence, enhanced mobility and companionship to people who are blind, have low vision or other disabilities. It costs more than $50,000 to breed, raise, train and place one assistance dog, but the Guide Dog Foundation offers its services completely free of charge. Sister organization America's VetDogs recently expanded its services to place hearing dogs and specially-trained service dogs with veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress.
Play isn't all fun and games — it's also an important teaching tool! Through play, kids learn how to interact with others and build skills critical for childhood development. The mission of the Genius of Play, an initiative spearheaded by the Toy Industry Association, is to help today's busy parents and caretakers raise a happier, healthier next generation through the power of play. Playtime has critical benefits to the developing child in six distinct areas: emotional, physical, and social well-being, cognition, communication, and creativity.