David Okorn

When donations are just a drop in the bucket

By GREGORY ZELLER // If you’re going to do it, do it right – especially when there’s a billion dollars at stake. That mother of all clichés factors prominently into Donors Unite Inc., a wide-ranging, Huntington-based nonprofit determined to lend a hand to every registered charity in the country, not to put too fine a point on it. Donors Unite officially launched this month, flipping the switch on a website that catalogees about 2.5 million…


Taking the diabetes fight to the people

A philanthropic Long Island organization and one of the region’s largest hospitals are teaming up to create an innovative diabetes self-management program. The Melville-based Long Island Community Foundation has awarded $50,000 to South Nassau Community Hospital, which the Oceanside healthcare hub will use to create and share the new diabetes-management protocol through its Family Medicine Center. The program will teach patients with “poorly controlled diabetes” about the “lifestyle changes necessary to manage the condition” and…


Increased philanthropy? It’s in the cards

By GREGORY ZELLER //  An innovative approach to gift-giving could dramatically increase the funds flowing to regional charities this holiday season. Sag Harbor-based Donors Unite Management Corp., in partnership with the Long Island Community Foundation, is introducing a choose-your-charity gift card and associated website, set to launch around Thanksgiving. While gift cards that allow recipients to pick their causes aren’t new, Donors Unite has added a unique twist: Instead of giving recipients a small list…