How Do Politics Affect Philanthropy?

There is no denying that the philanthropy is influenced by the leadership on the political stage. Who is president and what party they are affiliated with can cause significant fluctuations all the way to the core of non-profit organizations. The political party can cause a shift in several ways, including the amount of funding an organization gets. You may be wondering how exactly politics influences philanthropy. Yuri Vanetik discusses how the change in leadership can shift funding for organizations across the nation in the future. 

Different Leadership
When the country is introduced to new leadership, their viewpoints and agendas will likely differ. As a result, this can directly impact non-profit organizations who rely on funding to function. For example, two organizations may share the same vision to reduce the suffering from cancer, with one investing in ongoing cancer research, while the other one provides resources to families navigating a diagnosis. Based on the viewpoints of the leadership, the organization who receives funding can shift, based on the belief that a long-term investment, like cancer research, is a better investment over immediate assistance. While it can be worrisome for organizations when there is new leadership, but there are a couple different strategies that they can use to maintain their funding.

What Organizations Can Do
In order to prevent any potential loss of funding, organizations around the country should ensure they are taking steps to protect that moving forward. All organizations should not only listen to what is going on in the political realm, but should actively work to make Americans aware of what their organization does. Keeping a close eye on politics can keep them prepared for any changes. Additionally, having more support can help an organization retain their current funding.

Secondly, organizations should put together evidence of their success through tangible data. This could come from research that the organization has done that shows that their services are having a positive impact on society. By having data ready, organizations can defend themselves by providing the evidence of their success. Lastly, organizations should maintain, and recruit additional donors. If an organization were to lose a portion of their government funding, they can continue their work through the other donors.

In general, organizations around the country should always keep a close eye on changes in leadership moving forward. In doing so, they can work to get additional funding from other sources, reducing their chance of closing if government funding was taken away. 

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Talking To Your Kids About Politics

It is more important than ever for parents to think about the most appropriate way to explain politics to their kids. The ever-changing political field can make it seem daunting for parents who have never done so, but it remains important to teach your children early. Here are tips that can make the conversation smooth and productive.

Talk to your kids at different ages, and tailor the conversation
According to, parents should not only begin talking to their children at an early age, but they should tailor the language to the child’s age. Essentially, this means that parents should slowly begin the conversation by covering basic information. An example of this could include a discussion about what a president is, and what he does. Learning about politics can be a confusing process for a child, so patience remains important, particularly in the early phase.

Try to keep the conversation neutral
While politics has been known to bring out passion and emotion during a discussion, but it is important to stay somewhat impartial when entering the conversation. This will oftentimes be the child’s first time discussing the topic, so parents should strive to keep the conversation free of bias. While it is nearly impossible to engage in a discussion without any bias, but the goal should be to keep it the conversation equal. This allows the children to receive a more well-rounded lesson about politics.

Do not focus on the negative parts of politics, but the positive
As we all know, it is very difficult to keep your personal viewpoints out of the conversation, especially if there are a lot of questions. Some of the questions may prompt your desire to begin talking negatively in your answer, but parents should make an effort to keep it positive. This keeps your child’s mind open to differing opinions as they grow up.

Make it a conversation
Children learn when they have the ability to ask questions about a confusing topic. The parents should encourage the child to ask plenty of questions and answer them to the best of their ability. As children ask more questions, they slowly begin to pick up on more complex concepts along the way.

As the children continue to get older, parents should make it a point to discuss politics regularly. This ensures that they are informed about what is going on the world. There are other ways to encourage children to become involved in politics. For example, middle schools have student government that they can get involved in. Giving children the opportunity to learn about politics from different sources will allow them to develop their understanding and involvement in politics.

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How Social Media is Affecting Today’s Voters

Social media has become a driving force in today’s society, with people all over the world logging into social media accounts on a daily basis. As the different platforms have grown in popularity, so has the amount of information that has become available, making social media one of the biggest sources for news.

According to a study from Pew Research Center, 35% of respondents between 18 and 29 disclosed that social media was the most useful source of information during the 2016 election. The information that someone discovers on social media likely influences their viewpoints in everything from sports teams to hobbies. As a result, social media will heavily influence different areas of society, including politics. Yuri Vanetik examines different ways that social media affects voting Americans.

Fake News and Conspiracies
The term fake news has taken on a new and explosive meaning with the 2016 elections, and has only continued to become more common. For example, there are websites like the Onion, that have only post false news posts. People that have never interacted with these types of websites may take the information as true and share it among their social media platforms. This influences your followers on your social media platform, even if the content is inaccurate.

In addition, most news organizations write based on the viewpoint that the organization as a whole has. For example, stories on CNN will tend to lead more liberal, while Fox News leans more on the conservative side. The viewpoint of the outlet will also significantly influence the type of news stories that are released, making it difficult to avoid any bias in the articles.

Friends and Followers Share Similar Viewpoints
The purpose of social media is to allow users stay in contact with friends and family around the world, meaning that many people’s core followers will be friends or family. What makes this an important idea to understand is that, in many cases, a person’s friends and family share incredibly similar viewpoints.

The person will consistently be exposed to news stories and updates that more closely reflect his viewpoints, without examining the other side of the matter. This can decrease a person from receiving a bias-free, well-rounded picture of a news story. What began as an efficient way to stay in contact with friends and family has become a revolving door of information for its users.

Following different news outlets with conflicting viewpoints, conducting research outside of social media, and engaging in conversations with people of different viewpoints are all ways to maintain a well-rounded understanding of politics.

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Organ Donation: Myths and Questions


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Every 10 minutes, another person is added to the waiting list for an organ to be donated. Anyone with good medical conditions can be an organ donor, but people tend to have a lot of fears or hesitations when deciding to become an organ donor. Your organs can save up to 8 lives, while your tissue could save up to 75 lives.


What causes people to decide not to be an organ donor?


Behind the decision, people think about their beliefs or religious views. Sometimes they’re fed with myths about organ donation. If you’re considering becoming an organ donor, you should know that you can sign up for organ donation at any time and any age. Even children under the age of 18 can become an organ donor.


A big myth to organ donation is that doctors don’t work with the same urgency to save your life. That’s far from the truth as the main goal of every doctor is to do everything they can to save you. Your doctor is obligated to keep you alive in top priority until you are pronounced clinically or legally dead.


How does the Organ Transplant List work?


Only 54% of Americans are an organ donor even though 95% are in favor. Donated organs are given to someone in need based off of size, blood type, level of sickness (to be given an organ transplant, the person who received the organ has to meet specific health conditions), donor distance, tissue type and the amount of time on the waiting list.


Organ donation does not decide who receives an organ based on race, income or social status.


What is the cost of organ donation?


Donating an organ is exactly what it says it is; a donation. The donor’s family does not pay any medical expenses for organ transplant, only the procedures/medical expenses before death.


The person who receives the organ will be charged for all medical expenses of pre-procedure care, the procedure, recovery, medications and more. Receiving an organ is expensive which is why the families raise money to help cover the costs.


What can I do to help?


There are plenty of ways you can aid in organ donation. If you aren’t already, sign up to be an organ donor. For any reason, if becoming an organ donor is not in your plans, you can contribute financially. Many families will start a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for financial assistance. Lastly, if you’d like to spread awareness of organ donation you can get involved with your local community. Attend events, become a partner of Donate Life, or start a fundraiser for organ donation.

What Stepping Into This Role Means to Me, And To The Future

Never settle. Those words have resonated with me throughout my career. I’ve always had the urge to do more, to accomplish more, to go further, and to aim even higher than I have. Some of what I’ve sought out in my years of refusal to settle have personal–they’re achievements and accomplishments I seek to reach. Others are broader–not settling for what we as human beings are presented with by the world around us. Some of them are both–bringing me to my overarching goal of standing for what I believe, backing those whom have earned my trust, and making positive steps towards a stronger, better America.

In that very same vein, I am proud to announce to you that I have been appointed by the New York GOP as the National Finance Co-Chair. In the position, I’ll take a leading role in the nation-wide fundraising efforts of the New York GOP. It’s a role that I’m excited to step into, spearheading the efforts to help to reshape the state of New York.

The road towards pushing back against the efforts of Mayor De Blasio and Governor Cuomo is going to be bumpy, but any New Yorker can tell you that they are no stranger to rough road conditions. New York has gone blue in the general election every year since Reagan in 1984, but a strong state–and a strong country–comes in part due to strong leadership. I look forward to combining efforts with the fantastic team of GOP officials that has been assembled.

For me, this position is one in which I hope to make a tangible difference. Through the hard work put into this country by myself and the long, storied list of those before me, I’ve sought to leave this party, this state, and this country better off than when I entered it. This opportunity presented to me by the New York GOP is one that won’t go to waste.

I’m not writing this blog post to boast about my new position, nor am I writing it to pat myself on the back. I’m writing it because I’m honored by this appointment, appreciative of the opportunity to stand alongside such a prestigious and hardworking group of men and women, and proud to help to shift this state in the right direction.


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NYGOP Announces Appointment of Yuri Vanetik as National Finance Co-Chair

Via New York GOP

The New York Republican Party today announced the appointment of esteemed business leader, political strategist, and philanthropist Yuri Vanetik as national finance co-chair who will help lead the Committee’s national fundraising efforts in advance of the important 2017 New York City mayoral and 2018 gubernatorial elections.

In addition to his impressive business, public service and philanthropic accomplishments, Mr. Vanetik has deep ties as a national political activist and fundraiser, having held key finance leadership positions with the Republican National Committee, National Republican Congressional Committee, National Republican Senatorial Committee, Republican Governors Association and the California GOP. He also served as the California co-chair and All American Vice Chair for Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign, as kitchen cabinet advisor and part of the finance leadership of Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign, as well as numerous senior finance and leadership roles for gubernatorial, senatorial, and congressional campaigns, including that of Mitt Romney, Meg Whitman and Dana Rohrabacher.

“We are excited to welcome Yuri Vanetik to the NYGOP team as our national finance co-chair,” said State Chairman Ed Cox. “One look at Yuri’s impressive background and it’s easy to see what a tremendous asset he will be to helping us grow the Republican Party here in New York. With fellow New Yorker President Trump in the White House and two top national races ahead of us, we have an incredible opportunity to build on our successes. New Yorkers have seen the failed leadership of Bill de Blasio and Andrew Cuomo, and Yuri’s efforts will help ensure we have the resources we need to win.”

“Whether in business, in politics or in charity, I’ve spent my life building coalitions and I’m honored to take on this important role for the New York Republican Party,” said Yuri Vanetik. “Chairman Cox and the leaders across the state have built a strong bench of extraordinary Republican elected officials and played a critical role in securing President Trump’s victory. Those successes have put us in a unique position to cultivate a national network and show how we are winning in traditionally Democratic areas, here in the state of New York. I’m looking forward to the work ahead,”  Vanetik pointed out.

Yuri Vanetik is the managing partner of Vanetik International, LLC, a private investment and business management firm based in Newport Beach, CA.  Mr. Vanetik is also a principal at Dominion Partners LLP and Dominion Asset Management, LLC, a real estate investment fund based in Newport Beach and Beverly Hills, CA. He has held numerous public service positions, including as the current Commissioner of the Orange County Sheriff’s Council, a member of the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department Special Services Bureau, a member of the Board of Governors of the Homeland Security Council for Region 1, and the former California Lottery Commissioner and Criminal Justice Commissioner, among others. Yuri Vanetik has served in numerous not-for-profit organizations, including as a trustee for the Kennedy Center National Symphony,  Executive Committee of the American Red Cross, the board of the Gen Next Foundation and on the Political Committee of the New Majority. He is a Lincoln Fellow of the Claremont Institute, a national think tank for the study of politics, and on the advisory board of the Pacific Research Institute. Mr. Vanetik was born in the former Soviet Union and moved to Southern California as a child where he continues to live today with his family.

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Gary Johnson, the 15% & a Fight for Recognition

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Depending on what news network you choose to indulge in, you’ve likely been exposed to a hefty amount of political advertising and not-so-subtle agenda pushing for either Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, or Hillary Clinton, the accompanying Democrat.

What you likely won’t see, however, is much information on Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson, former Governor of New Mexico. This is because, by virtue of being a third party candidate, Johnson is typically cast aside as a viable candidate and largely ignored by political pundits on every news source from MSNBC to Fox.

And, with the lack of major news coverage and a distinct “Democrat” or “Republican” label associated with his campaign, Johnson hasn’t yet garnered the necessary 15 percent in national polls to be included in the nationally televised Presidential debates. And that, my friends, is a crime.

The Commission on Presidential Debates, an organization funded and created by the two major political parties who happen to be included in every debate, established the 15 percent rule in large part to stomp on the throats of third party candidates. The rule, which has been named as the primary reason the US has not–and perhaps will not–see a third party candidate in the White House anytime in the near future.

If this rule were done away with, as has been proposed–and subsequently shot down–quite a few times, third party candidates like Johnson or the Green Party’s Jill Stein could, theoretically, stand a chance in a general election against the powerhouse left and right.

Right now it’s important that we, as Americans, take a page out of George Washington’s book and willfully disregard the two-party system that has been engrained in our political system seemingly since the dawn of time. Candidates like Johnson and Stein provide an outside-the-box option when we’ve been made to choose between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. And for the first time in decades, there’s a chance that we’ll see a mass movement in exactly that direction.

Gary Johnson is, by most accounts, the epitome of a Libertarian. Between 1995 and 2003 he served as the governor of New Mexico as a Republican. Billed as a “Ron Paul libertarian,” Johnson abandoned his bid for the Republican nomination in 2011, choosing instead to vie for the Libertarian nomination, which he secured in both 2012 and 2016.

Johnson has gained attention from voters from both the left and the right as leaning socially liberal and fiscally conservative, placing the slashing of government involvement and spending on a pedestal. A proponent of personal liberties and staunch opponent of the War on Drugs (finally), Johnson is as anti-big government as you’ll find in someone running for political office. He has spoken out as a proponent of gun ownership and the Second Amendment, particularly in the wake of the horrific Orlando shooting.

These views–coupled with the fact that, for many Americans the choice between Hillary and Trump is akin to choosing between strangulation and decapitation–have helped Johnson see a small jump in his polling numbers recently. In May, FiveThirtyEight offered that we ought to pay attention to Johnson, as he was polling at 10 percent against Trump and Clinton. As of about a week ago, Johnson’s numbers jumped to about 12 percent in a Fox News poll.

While he may still have quite a bit to go nationally, Johnson is succeeding in recognition in younger audiences, perhaps snatching up some of the Bernie Sanders supporters who have jumped the ship that is the Democratic party. According to SurveyUSA, among the 18-34 year old voters in Utah, Johnson leads both Trump and Clinton with 32 percent of young people claiming they’d cast their vote in his favor come November.

What’s more convincing may be a quote from FiveThirtyEight’s Harry Eaten.

“I wouldn’t be shocked if Johnson won in Utah. Both Clinton and Trump are hated there, and Johnson could thread the needle,” Eaten said. “He’d be the first third-party candidate to win a state since George Wallace in 1968.”

While Gary Johnson may not have the publicity, financial backing or media coverage that Hillary and Trump have received ad nauseum, his message, Live Free, could resonate with voters come November 8.