The end of the year is approaching, and you’re probably considering financial contributions to the charities

The end of the year is approaching, and you’re probably considering financial contributions to the charities most important to you. But did you realize that you can donate all kinds of things, not just securities or dollars? Recently the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations worked with a donor to accept his bitcoin donation, a first for the foundations, which share a board. This required research, new policies, and discussion with the Investment Committee. But it worked out well for both the foundations and the donor, and now new donors have come forward with similar gifts of cryptocurrency. The foundations are ready to help other nonprofits learn from these experiences and to be equally responsive. Cryptocurrency is hardly top of mind for nonprofit fundraisers—but these innovative foundations think it should be. The basic tenet is this: Give donors multiple pathways and optimal flexibility so that it’s easy to channel their impulses to support charitable causes. The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations are not alone in this practice, but they are unusual in our region. The Silicon Valley Community Foundation has accepted multiple forms of cryptocurrency as donations, perhap...

Sheet Metal Fabrication Services Market Size, Status, Segmentation and Growth Opportunities by 2019-2025: BTD Manufacturing, Classic Sheet Metal, Hydram Sheet Metalwork

A new business intelligence report released by HTF MI with title “Global Sheet Metal Fabrication Services Market Size, Status and Forecast 2019-2025” has abilities to raise as the most significant market worldwide as it has remained playing a remarkable role in establishing progressive impacts on the universal economy. The Global Sheet Metal Fabrication Services Market Report offers energetic visions to conclude and study market size, market hopes, Overview, Outlook, competitive surroundings and Growth Opportunities by 2019 to 2025. The research is derived through primary and secondary statistics sources and it comprises both qualitative and quantitative detailing. Some of the key players Involved in this report such as All Metals Fabricating, BTD Manufacturing, Classic Sheet Metal, Hydram Sheet Metalwork, The Metalworking Group, Kapco Metal Stamping, Marlin Steel Wire Products, Mayville Engineering Company, Metcam, Moreng Meta, Noble Industries & Standard Iron & Wire Works. What’s keeping All Metals Fabricating, BTD Manufacturing, Classic Sheet Metal, Hydram Sheet Metalwork, The Metalworking Group, Kapco Metal Stamping, Marlin Steel Wire Products, Mayville Engineering C...

The combination of a Piranha 12-kW PlateLASER 1530 and 1.5-kW L-Series at the front of SC2’s

The combination of a Piranha 12-kW PlateLASER 1530 and 1.5-kW L-Series at the front of SC2’s production line provides the option of right-sizing the cutting power for the material thickness. Photos courtesy of SC2. An adage claims that two is better than one. This can be applied to two people getting a job done faster, two minds working together to solve a cryptic puzzle, or in the case of SC2, Supply Chain Services & Solutions, the simultaneous approval of purchase requisitions for two fiber laser cutting machines. Moving its fabrication facility from Bloomington, Ill., to Peoria, Ill., prompted the third-party logistics company’s approval of the dual investment to improve its metal fabricating operations. For more than 30 years the company has provided contracted services for OEMs and Tier 1 and 2 manufacturers in a variety of industries. It has grown to include 15 facilities in Illinois and Texas, with most locations structured to serve specific customer requirements that include warehousing, packaging, transportation, filtration products and services, kitting and assembly, and reverse logistics. The finishing and fabricating facilities are operated as job shops. Finishe...

Front designs asymmetric version of Thonet’s classic bistro chair dezeen-logo dezeen-logo

Swedish studio Front has put a new spin on the classic No. 14 bentwood chair by Gebrüder Thonet Vienna with its one-armed N.0 design. The chair – which was launched at Milan design week – comes in two versions, one featuring a single loop-like arm. Made from Thonet’s trademark bentwood, the N.0′s backrest is available in classic rattan or covered in a textile mesh, which is being shown for the first time by the brand. The chair’s circular back is based on the round seat of the original No. 14 – which was introduced in 1859 after cabinetmaker Michael Thonet set out to create the first affordable mass-manufactured chair. He used a wood-bending technique to make the chair using just a small number of standard parts, which made for faster and more efficient manufacture. Since then, millions of No. 14s have been sold and the design has been admired by everyone from architect Le Corbusier to designer Konstantin Grcic, who has described it as “one of the most beautiful chairs there is”. Thonet’s furniture has been reinterpreted time and again by designers. Nucleo suspended it in resin, while Front previously created a rocking horse for the brand bas...

Ground Zero | Bihar AES deaths: A hundred deaths, and no answers

Children with acute encephalitis syndrome undergo treatment at the Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital in Muzaffarpur, Bihar. As of June 21,104 of the 424 children admitted since January 1 had died due to AES.   | Photo Credit: Ranjeet Kumar For three days, Bihari Mahato and Shyam Babu Saha’s families have shared a hospital bed. The two daily-wage labourers, who have had to give up work for three days, haven’t exchanged a word, though they have much in common. Both have a boy and a girl each. And their children are battling for life. Sundar, Mahato’s three-and-a-half-year-old son, is naked, emaciated, delirious and has a distended stomach. Himanshi, six months old and in a striped shirt and shorts, looks bigger and healthier than Sundar. She sleeps longer — fitfully, her mother Vimla says. Both families are from different districts of Bihar. Mahato is from Muzaffarpur and Saha is from Sitamarhi district. Their children were suddenly taken ill. When the children were convulsing and feverish, they were rushed to the Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) in Muzaffarpur. The doctors noted that their blood sugar had dropped precipitously. Both children are being given ...

Gardening with Allen: Irrigate native trees all summer

RIDGEFIELD — It took more than half a game, but once the Ridgefield Raptors’ bats got going, they didn’t stop.… NEW YORK — Barbie has been many things over the years. Now, she’s dressed as Ziggy Stardust. On a recent summer afternoon, Marshall Park was full of kids climbing ladders, rocking on swings, hurtling down slides and… We have property with lots of fir and cedar trees. For some unknown reason, we had two firs die the last two years which were close to each other. We had them removed. Now two cedars and three firs in the same area are dying. Do you have any suggestions? In most cases the native fir and cedar trees which are dying in Washington and Oregon are suffering from summer drought and heat conditions. They are dying in the forests as well as in urban areas. There used to be some carryover of summer subsoil moisture which brought them through the summer dry period. This was supplemented by occasional summer rain. The last three summers have been especially hot and dry. One weather forecaster said that this June is likely to be the driest on record. It is our own version of climate change. Some of our arborvitae and other evergreen hedges which are seldom i...

Silicone molding is an affordable production method that can allow you to make a series of

Silicone molding is an affordable production method that can allow you to make a series of identical objects for prototyping and functional testing. Until now, however, fabricating molds for casting complex objects required a lot of experience and also involved manual work, which made the process slow and expensive. Scientists at the Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell’Informazione (ISTI-CNR) and the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) have developed a new tool for fabricating digital objects through reusable silicone molds. The tool automatically finds the best method to design the molds, and also delivers templates for so-called “metamolds”: Rigid, 3D printed molds used to fabricate the optimized silicone molds. The metamolds (red pieces far left and right) are used to fabricate the silicone molds (greenish and white shapes in the middle). Credit: Luigi Malomo Silicone molding is simple and accurate and will forgive many mistakes. Extracting the object from the mold generally requires separating the mold pieces without getting them caught in overhanging parts of the object. A careful cut is required to open the mold. “Until now, ...

As a recurring feature, we share some amazing Amazon deals we’ve turned up. These items were

As a recurring feature, we share some amazing Amazon deals we’ve turned up. These items were the ones that were the most popular with our readers this week, and they’re still available. Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers (including Amazon) and may receive a small percentage of any sale. But we only get commission on items you buy and don’t return, so we’re only happy if you’re happy. Good luck deal hunting! Photive Hydra Wireless Bluetooth Speaker. Waterproof Rugged Portable with built in Subwoofer and Long Battery for $29.95 (list price $99.95) BearMoo 5.5″ Extra Large Magnifying Glass with Light 2X Lens 5X Zoom Jumbo Lighted Magnifier Glass for $10.99 (list price $29.99) Trianium Armband For iPhone 7/6/6S Plus, LG G6 G5, Galaxy s8 s7 s6 Edge, Note 5 (fits Otterbox Defender / Lifeproof case) ArmTrek Pro Sport Exercise Running Pouch Key Holder – Hiking,Biking,Walking for $9.99 (list price $20.97) Anker PowerLine+ Lightning Cable (3ft) Durable and Fast Charging Cable [Double Braided Nylon] for iPhone, iPad and More(Red) for $11.89 (list price $39.99) AUKEY WiFi Adapter, AC600 Dual Band USB Wireless Adapter with High-Gain Antenna for Windo...