2014 A Record-Breaking Year for Giving Back in Charlestons Daniel Island


Charleston, South Carolina (PRWEB) January 12, 2015

The Daniel Island Community Fund (DICF), a private 501(c)4 organization that is funded by a transfer fee on all resale transactions within the master planned island town community of Daniel Island, distributed a record-breaking $ 447,000 in 2014 for wide-reaching programs that serve needs throughout the greater area. The amount marks a 28% increase over grants distributed in 2013, making 2014 the Funds most active year of giving since it was established in 2000. In total, 27 local non-profit organizations received financial assistance from the Fund last year, providing services and assistance that benefited a total of approximately 3,200 families and individuals.

Since inception, the DICF has established a unique model for giving back that has distributed a total of more than $ 1.8 million to support both community improvement initiatives on Daniel Island and charitable initiatives supporting its neighboring (and often under-served) communities. The Fund differs from most other transfer-fee based community funds across the country in that it uses the majority of its funds for charitable projects.

About 40% of master planned communities in the United States have a community fund, but the vast majority of those use the funds generated to supplement the programs, operational budgets and reserves of their property owners associations, says Jane Baker, vice president of community services for the Daniel Island Property Owners Association and manager of the DICF, citing a study conducted by the Community Associations Institute.

Nationally, community funds give an average of about two percent of their annual budgets to charities. The Daniel Island Community Fund gives 63 percent. Were very proud of this giving record and feel it helps strengthen our overall community in countless ways, Baker added.

In 2014, the DICF generated $ 770,000 in income. $ 447,000 (63%) was provided in grants to select non-profit organizations and charitable initiatives, while $ 204,000 (29%) was spent on community social and cultural events, and $ 57,692 (8%) went towards administrative and overhead costs.

The DICF focuses its charitable giving activities on initiatives that address education, human services, housing (rehabilitation and emergency repair), nature, the environment, heritage and culture, and municipal park improvements on Daniel Island and the surrounding communities of Cainhoy, Huger and Wando. Among the initiatives supported by the DICF in 2014:


A $ 26,000 grant contributing to the establishment of an after-school program serving 150 kids at Cainhoy Elementary School.

A $ 10,000 grant to support Charleston Young Life and its programs on Daniel Island for middle and high school students, including funds that allowed more than 200 area kids to take part in faith-building summer and weekend camps.

A $ 5000 grant supporting Daniel Island Animal Hospital on Wheels, a 501c3 devoted to veterinary pet care for low income families.

Other non-profit organizations benefiting from DICF assistance in 2014 include the American Red Cross, Childrens Museum of the Lowcountry, Daniel Island School PTA, the Daniel Island Historical Society, East Cooper Meals on Wheels, East Cooper Land Trust, Bishop England High School Scholarships, Lowcountry Food Bank, Junior Achievement, the Palmetto Project, East Cooper Community Outreach, the Charleston Police Fund and many others.

With just a small portion of each years budget dedicated to community enhancements on Daniel Island proper, the DICF is careful to choose what enhancement initiatives to undertake, and often works with reputable not-for-profit organizations to most effectively implement those projects. The most significant community enhancement initiative in 2014 was a joint project with the Daniel Island Rotary Club and the City of Charleston to design and construct a Memorial Garden in the heart of downtown Daniel Island that will honor and memorialize friends and loved ones in the community.

Its an honor to be involved in helping our island community establish a legacy of giving back, says Bill Stevens, a Daniel Island resident who is active with the Daniel Island Rotary Club and has served on the DICF Board of Directors for the last six years. Its also a pleasure because to have an organization like the Fund that is committed to helping the communities of Daniel Island and Cainhoy, thats an enjoyable thing to do, and a very worthy thing to do.

Non-profit organizations that serve the greater Daniel Island and Cainhoy, Wando and Huger communities can submit grant requests to the Daniel Island Community Fund by downloading the DICF grant application online at http://www.dicommunity.org/resourcecenter. Grant requests are reviewed each quarter by the DICFs resident-led board.

About Daniel Island:

Located within the City of Charleston, Daniel Island is a 4,000-acre island master planned community featuring traditional neighborhoods, award-winning golf and tennis facilities and an outstanding collection of amenities in a self-contained island town setting. The island’s downtown is home to schools, churches, medical offices, boutiques, restaurants, banks, a supermarket, two professional sports stadiums and many other attractions and conveniences. Twenty-three miles of rivers and creeks, hundreds of acres of parks, leisure trails and a private country club provide endless recreational options, and the community’s central location within Charleston puts it within a 20 minute drive of the city’s famous downtown historic district, area beaches and airport. A highly-desirable residential and recreational destination within Charleston, Daniel Island has been honored with numerous accolades including a prestigious Award for Excellence by the Urban Land Institute. The islands development and sales activities are managed by DI Development Company.







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Stonebridge Companies Hampton Inn Denver West Federal Center Announces Exclusive Valentines Day Package


Denver, CO (PRWEB) January 11, 2015

The Hampton Inn Denver West Federal Center hotel is offering a special getaway this Valentines Day weekend. The limited time romance package includes beautiful overnight accommodations, a $ 50 gift card to the popular Belmar Dining and Shopping District for guests to enjoy a restaurant, movie or entertainment venue of their choice, and full hot breakfast buffet the following morning.

This special offer is available for arrivals February 13-14, 2014 with rates starting as low as $ 119, plus tax. Offer is subject to availability so guests are encouraged to book their getaway as soon as possible. Reservations may be made by calling the hotel directly at 303-969-9900.

A recipient of a 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, the Hampton Inn by Hilton Denver West Federal Center hotel appeals to both business and leisure travelers alike due to its convenient location, friendly staff and generous amenities. Just minutes from Downtown Denver, guests have easy access to Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Coors Field, the Pepsi Center, a myriad of museums as well as a variety of local dining and shopping. They also enjoy close proximity to St. Anthony Hospital, Colorado Mills Mall, Red Rocks Amphitheater, Bandimere Speedway and recreational activities like golfing, mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, tennis and more. Hotel amenities include flat-screen HD televisions with premium channels, in-room mini fridge, free high-speed Internet access, business center, free hot breakfast, fitness room, pool and flexible meeting spaces. The Hampton Inn Denver West Federal Center hotel is proudly managed by Stonebridge Companies in Denver, CO.

Founded in 1991 by Navin C. Dimond, Stonebridge Companies is a privately owned, innovative hotel owner, operator and developer headquartered near Denver, Colorado. The companys current portfolio entails 45 hotels with over 7,000 rooms nationwide. This diverse listing of properties includes select-service, extended-stay, mid-scale and full-service hotels in markets throughout the U.S. For detailed information, visit our website at http://www.SBCOS.com.







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Phoenix Marketing International Releases Data on the Misunderstood and Untapped, But Viable and Lucrative mP2P Consumer


Rhinebeck, NY (PRWEB) March 19, 2015

With more than 90% of US banking households now using digital channels (online/ mobile) to access their banks, and with six out of ten banking transactions now conducted through online or mobile, there is an emerging consumer breed, fond of digital, worthy and lucrative, but often misunderstood and targeted in clumsy, ineffectual ways. Understanding, reaching-out and engaging this target can benefit financial institutions of all sizes.

New research from Phoenix Marketing International, a leading market research firm, has revealed some interesting details around a new consumer segment in the financial services marketplace. This is the mP2P consumer: avid users of mobile devices for financial services and payments, who own a smart phone, have downloaded a mobile app from their primary bank, and have engaged in person to person payments. They encompass over 15 million households in the US.

Versus the overall market, mP2P consumers are 60% more likely to earn over $ 100K in annual household income, 50% more likely to have a bachelors or advanced degree, and 300% more likely to be business owners. Two out of every three are 33 years of age or older.

However, mP2P consumers are not solely and narrowly committed to mobile these are very active users of all banking channels, including the branch, ATM, call center and online and frequently transact at rates more than double of full market consumers. The mP2P consumer is busy, needs to get things done well and fast, and thus, shows active, cross-channel behavior.

Both mP2P and full market consumers are similar in many respects both favor the ATM for cash withdrawals, the branch for account opening, and online for bill payment. But mP2P consumers overwhelmingly favor mobile for check deposits versus the full market which favors the branch. In addition, mP2P consumers use digital to pay bills and open accounts at much higher rates than full market consumers.

To mP2P consumers, online and mobile availability are key factors to select a new bank or consider a current bank as primary. But almost equally important is that the banking personnel they interact with are competent and knowledgeable. Interaction with humans matters and mP2P consumers expect to be able to do so as needed. In addition, as mP2P consumers use multiple channels, they care a lot that mobile performs comparably to the ATM, branch and online, and that information is consistent through any way they access the bank.

In summary, this is about making mobile perform. Single-mindedly expanding and augmenting mobile will not cut-it for the mP2P consumer. Making mobile fit and align with all other channels in real time, will.

A well-orchestrated multi-channel world is a must-have, with digital and physical channels in harmony, along with competent personnel available to assist 15 million well-off households are waiting.

About Phoenix Marketing International

Phoenix Marketing International is a premier global marketing services firm providing its clients with tailored, unique insight into their customers and markets via a wealth of existing proprietary data. Coupled with custom research products and the latest qualitative and quantitative techniques, Phoenix has extensive research experience across the Automotive, Financial Services, Healthcare, Converged Technology and Media, Restaurant, and Travel/Leisure sectors. From the strategic definition of consumer needs to effective marketing program implementation, PMI provides profit-driven market solutions and is committed to maximizing a clients Return on Marketing Investment (ROMI) by leveraging the ability to attract and retain new business through cost efficient data acquisition and statistical modeling techniques. Founded in 1999 by Chairman and CEO, Allen R. DeCotiis and President, Martha Rea, Phoenix Marketing International has established its global presence with offices in major locations such as New York, New Jersey, Boston, Philadelphia, Raleigh/Durham, Detroit, and London.







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