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Devin D. Thorpe

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Monthly Archives: July 2013

Brooke Jackman Foundation And Sag Foundation Bookpals Launch Books Talk Back To Support Children’s Literacy

New York, NY (July 18, 2013): The Brooke Jackman Foundation (BJF), a children’s literacy organization that has donated more than 200,000 books to children and families in need since its founding in 2001, and the Screen Actors Guild Foundation BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools), its signature children’s literacy program where 2,200 SAG-AFTRA performers read to 60,000 children in schools, hospitals and social service agencies every month, have partnered to launch Books Talk Back, an interactive new series of theatrical readings and book donations for underserved children in the New York area.  Led by actress Dana Marie Ingraham, who is currently performing in Spiderman on Broadway, the first reading was held on Thursday, July 18, for 30 special needs children, ages two to three, who are receiving site-based early intervention at the Challenge Early Intervention Center in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

 

The Challenge Early Intervention Center, which provides services for children with special needs, currently has no funding for libraries in its classrooms. In an effort to meet this need, BJF donated 140 books to create mini libraries in each of the school’s five classrooms. This book donation also ensured that each of the 80 students in the early intervention program went home with a book of his or her own.

 

“The children at Challenge Early Intervention Center are extraordinary, and we are thankful for the opportunity to serve this community and encourage interactive reading as a daily activity,” said Erin Jackman, executive director of the Brooke Jackman Foundation. “Working with the SAG Foundation BookPALS, we want to capture the imagination of these children and have them fall into a lifelong love of reading.”

 

“The SAG Foundation BookPALS are delighted to be working with the Brooke Jackman Foundation in providing critical literacy programming to the students who need it most,” said Jill Seltzer, executive director of the SAG Foundation.

 

Each Books Talk Back reading will feature professional actors from SAG Foundation BookPALS who will dramatically read children’s books specifically selected for their humor, diverse characters and ample wacky roles for the professional actors to perform, creating a thrilling literacy experience for children of all ages. Each event will also be accompanied by a book donation from the Brooke Jackman Foundation, ensuring all participants go home with a book of their own. 

 

Several Books Talk Back events will be held throughout the coming year. Each event will serve a different population of children in need. For more information on these events, please contactinfo@brookejackmanfoundation.org.

 

About the Brooke Jackman Foundation

The Brooke Jackman Foundation was started 11 years ago to honor Brooke Jackman, a bright and compassionate 23-year-old who was killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks before achieving her dream of becoming a social worker. Brooke was an avid reader, and her passion and commitment to literacy and helping children spurred the Jackman family to create BJF as her living legacy – turning tragedy and despair into hope for a better world. Since 2001, the Brooke Jackman Foundation has donated nearly 200,000 books and over 20,000 Brooke Packs, backpacks filled with books and school supplies, to children and families in need. BJF has established four libraries, as well as a number of after-school literacy programs in schools, homeless shelters and Family Justice Centers for victims of domestic violence and crime. The BJF Family Literacy program welcomes over 1,000 families a year at schools in Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Washington Heights and Inwood, as well as at the NYC Family Justice Centers in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. For more information, please visitwww.brookejackmanfoundation.org.

 

About the Screen Actors Guild Foundation and BookPALS

The Screen Actors Guild Foundation provides vital assistance and educational programming to the professionals of SAG-AFTRA while serving the public at large through its signature children’s literacy programs. Founded in 1985, the Screen Actors Guild Foundation is a national non-profit organization, independent from SAG-AFTRA, that relies solely on support from grants, corporate sponsorships, and individuals to maintain its programs and create new ones. Visit www.sagfoundation.org andwww.bookpals.net

Make A Stand Lemonade Launched In Retail

One of my favorite stories from my new book, Crowdfunding for Social Good is about 9-year-old Vivienne Harr who decided that she would end child slavery in her lifetime.

You can read my latest Forbes post about her here.

Vivienne originally started raising money with a lemonade stand, which she operated every day for a year! From the stand, she was able to raise over $100,000 to donate to organizations that fight trafficking and slavery.

Then she turned to crowdfunding where she raised nearly half-a-million dollars using Fundly.com.

Some of that money was used to launch a her retail brand of lemonade, Make A Stand Lemonade, with profits going to the fight against child slavery.

The video posted above is Vivienne seeing her lemonade on retail shelves for the first time. 

Congratulations Vivienne!

Sterling Optical Celebrates 100 Years in Business by Giving Back

(Melville, NY) June 2013 – Sterling Optical has reached a milestone of 100 years in business. Originally a single store founded in the financial district of New York City in 1913, Sterling Optical is now one of the largest retail optical companies in the United States, and continues to expand. The company has grown to more than 125 locations in the Northeast, Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and West Coast, accomplished through franchising and acquisitions. A pioneer in the optical industry, Sterling Optical was one of the first to focus on developing proprietary private label brands and forming partnerships with frame vendors worldwide – a winning combination that directly benefits their customers.

Now, Sterling Optical, one of the retail arms of Emerging Vision, continues to break new ground as it launches Project Eyesight, a 501(c) 3 charitable organization that provides free on-site eye exams and glasses to low-income and special needs communities in the United States who might not otherwise have ready access to treatment. This initiative is especially meaningful to Emerging Vision’s Chief Executive Officer Glenn Spina, who has traveled the world providing vision care in impoverished areas.

The 100th anniversary was an ideal time to give back as the company continues to expand.

“We are encouraged by the continued success and growth of Sterling Optical. On this, our 100th anniversary, we are positively thriving with our family of franchisees who provide an exceptional level of quality care to Sterling Optical customers,” said Brian Alessi, chief financial officer. “We are pleased to announce that we are continuing to expand beyond the United States and opening additional units in the Caribbean; specifically Curacao, Aruba and St. Maarten. These retail locations will give us a wonderful opportunity to continue to expand worldwide.”

“Across the United States, vision is a luxury that many take for granted. Our 100th anniversary is the perfect opportunity to give back and engage with our customers and the communities we serve in ways we’ve never had the ability to before,” Mr. Spina added. “We are pleased to announce that we have formed a non-profit organization, Project Eyesight, which will enable us to be charitable right here at home and fulfill our vision of providing free eye care for the needy communities that are currently in underserved neighborhoods throughout the United States.”

Launched in the summer of 2013, Project Eyesight will provide both impoverished and special needs children and adults with the gift of improved vision through donated prescription eyeglasses, eye exams, education and other ancillary items. Outreach will occur both on the corporate and franchise level, based on the urgency of need in the local communities to be served.

For more information on Project Eyesight, please contact:

Sterling Optical

520 Eighth Avenue

23rd Floor

New York, NY 10018

646-737-1500

About Emerging Vision

Emerging Vision, Inc. is a leading provider of eye care products and services, and operates one of the largest franchised optical chains in the United States. The Site for Sore Eyes brand has 40 locations across California and the Sterling Optical brand has more than 125 franchised and company-owned stores located across 13 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Most stores offer prescription and non-prescription eyeglasses, eyeglass frames, ophthalmic lenses, contact lenses, sunglasses, and a range of ancillary items. The company also operates VisionCare of California (d/b/a Sterling VisionCare), a specialized healthcare maintenance organization that employs licensed optometrists to provide services for stores in California. The company also operates Combine Buying Group and the Optical Group, two leading optical group-purchasing businesses that provide their member retailers with vendor discounts on optical products in the United States and Canada, respectively.

For more information, visit www.sterlingoptical.com.

Unishippers Announces Veterans Franchise Giveaway

UnishippersGlobal Logistics, LLC, the nation’s first and one of the largest small package and freight shipping resellers, has announced the launch of a contest that will award a military veteran a free National Franchise. Unishippers’ new National Franchise model allows franchisees to run his or her business from anywhere in the country and serve B2B customers nationwide.

Unishippers is was created in 1987 from the simple idea that by partnering with major shipping suppliers and reselling their services, small and medium-sized business could benefit from the negotiated discounts and dedicated customer service usually reserved for larger companies. Today, the company has more than 50,000 shipping customers, 6.5 million shipments annually, and industry leading partners including UPS® and YRC Freight®, so we have the experience and buying power franchisees need to be successful.

The Unishippers for Veterans Franchise Giveaway contest will be accepting entries through September 3, 2013. Unishippers has partnered with USA Cares, an esteemed, non-profit charitable organization that supports post-9/11 service members, to help find the deserving veteran.

To participate, veterans need to create a two-minute video explaining why they are interested in ownership of a Unishippers franchise, why they are deserving of a free franchise and how their military experience will help them to be successful. A panel of judges from the Unishippers corporate team will select up to five finalists to be flown to Salt Lake City for a special Discovery Day event where they will meet Unishippers executives, department leaders and the panel of judges.  The final winner will be announced on November 11, 2013.

Success in the military is the result of discipline, accountability, leadership, and an ability to work within an established system. Those same traits make up an ideal foundation to succeed as a franchise owner.  That’s why we’re proud to announce this exciting contest that will honor and support our military veterans.

J.P. Budd, a Unishippers franchise owner in Ventura County, CA is a Marine veteran (2000-2005). He opened his Unishippers in March of 2012 and quickly became a rising star in the system and was awarded the Rookie of the Year award at Unishippers 2012 Annual Convention. He believes his success is due in large part to his military experience.

Budd has told us before that the management and leadership experience the military provided him shortened the learning curve it took to succeed as a Unishippers franchisee. He also found himself meeting other veterans on his sales calls and their shared experience gave Budd an immediate connection with his potential customers.

Another franchisee, David Johnson, is a General Manager of several Unishippers and post 9/11 Marine Corps veteran who went on two combat tours in Iraq by the time he was 20 years old. Johnson has expressed that no one knows the struggles of readjustment back to civilian life better than someone who has been through it.

Several established Unishippers franchisees are veterans including Sonny Head (Air Force) in Shreveport, LA, Robert Burke (Army) in Baltimore, MD and Neal Manion (Marines) in Toledo, OH.  They all agree that their experience in the military helped prepare them for the day-to-day duties that are required to be a successful Unishippers franchisee.

At Unishippers, we believe that the brave men and women who serve in the United States Armed Forces are true heroes. The sacrifices they have made can never be repaid, but their experience and skills should be rewarded.

For more information about Unishippers and how to participate in the Unishippers for Veterans Franchise Giveaway, please visit www.unishippersforvets.com

Kevin Lathrop, President and Franchisee

Kevin Lathrop

Kevin Lathrop has served as President of Unishippers Global Logistics, LLC since January 2011. Lathrop began his Unishippers career as a franchise owner, initially purchasing the Unishippers of Orange County North franchise in 1992. In September 1999 he joined the Unishippers corporate offices, serving as Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President. In addition to Lathrop’s corporate responsibilities, he remains a part owner of seven Unishippers franchise locations including Orange County South, Orange County North, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego South, San Diego North, and Whittier. Prior to joining Unishippers, he worked for Hughes Aircraft Company in a variety of engineering and management positions. Lathrop earned a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Fullerton and an MBA from the Anderson Graduate School of Management, University of California, Los Angeles.

Philanthropist and Christiana Care Health System Nominee Receives SPIRIT OF WOMEN® 2013 National Award

(WILMINGTON, Del. – July 18)  Chetana Kripalu, M.D., a local primary care physician, has been selected as the National Winner of the 2013 Spirit of Women Community Hero award. Kripalu, nominated by Christiana Care Health System, received the award today during the Spirit of Women’s 14th Annual National Awards celebration in Las Vegas, Nev.

The Spirit of Women awards honor ordinary people who do extraordinary things.  Often faced with great personal loss or physical challenges, these winners represent unsung heroes of American society The Community Hero Award is given to someone age 21 or older who has shown an extraordinary commitment to service in their community and beyond.

“I am humbled and honored to be selected for the recognition by Spirit of Women,” Kripalu said. “I find joy in serving others and teaching my children to participate in programs that can provide warmth and care to the less fortunate.”

Kripalu was chosen from a pool of regional nominees selected by Christiana Care, which is a part of the Spirit of Women hospital network. Along with her husband Vinod and physician practice partner Reynold Agard, M.D., Kripalu launched Premiere Charities, Inc., a nonprofit group that supports outreach in Delaware and abroad. Kripalu’s philanthropic work through Premiere Charities, includes supporting a unique orphanage in Balagurukulam, India that serves 50 children, many of whom were found in and rescued from garbage dumpsters. Through Kripalu’s involvement, the orphanage has built dormitories, a water tower for continuous access to fresh water and an upgraded kitchen. Kripalu’s foundation also provided funding to cover the costs of computers, transportation, clothing and education for the orphanage’s children.  

Closer to home, Kripalu organized From Our Kitchen, a volunteer group that has been serving lunch to nearly 200 hungry people every Sunday, rain or shine, near the Wilmington train station since 2009. In her professional practice, Kripalu treats patients who are low-income, homeless or lacking health insurance at the Claymont Community Center.

In 2010, Kripalu helped found the Delaware Medical Relief Team in response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti and served as a medical volunteer on teams that traveled there to help. She also has visited other nations on medical mission trips.

During the 2013 Spirit of Women Awards, Marilyn Bartley, APN, a Trauma RN-AP at Christiana Care, was selected as the regional winner of the Spirit of Women Healthcare Hero Award. Bartley was one of the first to offer to help with the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010. Nick DiIenno, 16, was selected as the Young Person Role Model Award winner by Christiana Care.  After losing his Aunt Linda to lung cancer, Nick, a rising senior at Salesianum School in Wilmington, has become an avid supporter of the American Lung Association, which raises money to fund lung-cancer research. He completed the Fight for Air Climb in Boston, Mass. and is currently co-chairing the climb in Delaware.  

Christiana Care Health System, headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, is one of the country’s largest health care providers, ranking 21st in the nation for hospital admissions. Christiana Care is a major teaching hospital with two campuses and more than 250 Medical-Dental residents and fellows and is recognized as a regional center for excellence in cardiology, cancer and women’s health services. The system is home to Delaware’s only Level I trauma center, the only center of its kind between Philadelphia and Baltimore and also features a Level 3 neonatal intensive care unit, the only delivering hospital in the state to offer this level of care for newborns. In fiscal year 2012, Christiana Care provided the community with approximately $26.5 million in charity care at cost.

For more information about Christiana Care, visit www.christianacare.org/whoweare.

MCCORMICK RELEASES 2013 CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY REVIEW, EXPANDING ITS CSR STRATEGY AND SETTING 2018 GOALS

SPARKS, Md.July 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — McCormick & Company, Incorporated (NYSE: MKC), a global leader in flavor, today released its 2013 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) review, “Sharing Our Passion for Flavor.” The review builds on the company’s tradition of social responsibility by outlining key focus areas, examining current global initiatives, measuring performance and setting goals for the future.

“Our CSR vision is to grow our business globally while driving positive change to the environment, within our communities and for our employees,” said Alan Wilson, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “This CSR review highlights the linkage between our philanthropic work, protection of the environment and our business success.”

McCormick has already saved more than 300 tons of plastic annually by using sustainable packaging on four of the company’s plastic bottle types. The length of these saved bottles equals that of 14,000 football fields. These savings build upon the company’s success at its net-zero energy facility inBelcamp, Md., and its aggressive operational goals focused on energy efficiency, packaging, waste and water reduction at nearly 50 locations in 24 countries.

To help provide hunger relief for children and families in Madagascar’s vanilla growing region, the company has partnered with Help Madagascar. This nonprofit organization helps keep farmers’ children in school by rewarding class attendance with rice donations to their families. Supporting global communities like Madagascar through partnerships is critical to McCormick’s supply chain because it improves the day-to-day lives of suppliers and helps ensure a stable and reliable source of supply for high quality raw materials. To further these efforts, McCormick will commit to a 50 percent increase in funding to similar programs in farming communities in regions of the world where the company sources its products.

As a leader in global flavor, McCormick has committed to a 20 percent increase in funding to educate consumers globally on the role of flavor in healthy eating. By demonstrating how flavor can help inspire healthy choices, McCormick will show how to make it enjoyable and sustainable for people to eat more of the right foods and less of the foods to avoid (salt, sugar and fat). Additionally, McCormick will bring its “Eating Well” employee nutrition and wellness program to all global locations by 2018.

To read and download McCormick’s entire 2013 CSR Review, visitwww.mccormickcorporation.com.

About McCormick

McCormick & Company, Incorporated is a global leader in flavor.  With $4 billion in annual sales, the company manufactures, markets and distributes spices, seasoning mixes, condiments and other flavorful products to the entire food industry – retail outlets, food manufacturers and foodservice businesses.

Every day, no matter where or what you eat, you can enjoy food flavored by McCormick.  McCormick Brings Passion to Flavor™.

To learn more please visit us at www.mccormickcorporation.com.

SMS Audio™ Aids Feeding America

SMS Audio, LLC (www.SMSAudio.com), a premier audio headphone and accessories brand from Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, commits to help provide meals to Feeding America through sales of SMS Audio products.

In addition to creating products that deliver on their promise, SMS Audio and its founder, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, are committed to establishing “conscious capitalism” to help those in need. Through its partnership with Feeding America (http://feedingamerica.org/), the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, a portion of each U.S. sale of SMS Audio products, at retail stores, e-tailors, or online at www.SMSAudio.com, will help provide up to one million meals* to food insecure families throughout the United States.

“As an entrepreneur, I take a responsibility in giving back when building on my passion for music with SMS Audio products,” says Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, world-renowned music artist, philanthropist, and CEO of SMS Audio. “Feeding America works to relieve hunger that exists right here in the United States. It’s an honor to support Feeding America and the people they help every day.”

Feeding America cites that one in six Americans, including more than 1 in 5 children, is food insecure, meaning they live at risk of hunger. Children from food insecure, low-income households are more likely to have performance difficulties in school and suffer long-term consequences.

“It’s inspiring to know that together SMS Audio and our customers will provide a great value to our communities every year through our partnership with Feeding America,” says Brian M. Nohe, President, SMS Audio. “SMS Audio is about enjoying music the way it was meant to be heard wherever you go, and through Feeding America we resolve to provide food to families in need wherever they may be across the country.”

The Feeding America network serves 37 million food insecure Americans each year. Right now, more than 50 million people in the United States, including nearly 17 million children, struggle with hunger. The organization provides food assistance to Americans facing hunger through a nationwide network of member food banks serving every county in the United States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

“Feeding America thanks SMS Audio and 50 Cent for their contribution of one million meals,” said Leah Ray, Vice President of Corporate Partnerships, Feeding America. “Through your generous donation, we can continue to create a path of security for the 50 million people in the United States facing hunger.”

For more information about how SMS Audio supports Feeding America, please visit:http://smsby50.com/pages/feeding-america

*$1 helps provide 8 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of local food banks.

About SMS Audio, LLC:

A premier audio headphone and accessories brand, SMS Audio, LLC is dedicated to improving the way people experience music. SMS Audio combines technology, function and style to deliver studio mastered sound wherever you go.

A global audio headphone and accessories brand, SMS Audio is dedicated to improving the way people around the world experience music by combining technology, function and style to bring a superior level of sound, comfort and fashion to every product. Delivering a professional, studio-quality music experience, the SMS Audio line includes STREET by 50™ and SYNC by 50™.  SMS Audio offers a full range of premium headphones, earbuds, and accessories designed to meet the needs of various consumer segments.

In addition to creating products that deliver on their promise, SMS Audio and its founder, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, are committed to establish conscious capitalism and help those in need. Through its partnership with Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger relief charity, SMS Audio is dedicated to helping provide 1 Million meals a year to Feeding America on behalf of local food banks. A portion of each U.S. sale of SMS Audio products, in-store or online at www.SMSaudio.com, will help provide meals to food insecure families throughout the United States. Together we can solve hunger.

About Feeding America:

Feeding America is a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 37 million people through 61,000 food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate.  Together we can solve hunger. Visit http://www.feedingamerica.org/Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FeedingAmerica or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FeedingAmerica.

Note: $1 helps provide 8 meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of local food banks.

GreaterGood grants top $380,000 in May and June

GreaterGood.org executive director Elizabeth Baker announced today that grants and donations totaling more than $300,000 were sent to 105 charities in May and an additional $82,000 was sent in June to agencies dealing with the aftermath of the Oklahoma tornadoes and storms.

Funding for this round of grants came primarily from the “Gifts That Give More” program found on the GreaterGood websites such as The Hunger Site.

The Gifts That Give More grants focused on eight major cause areas: hunger and poverty relief, breast cancer research and programs helping women receive free mammograms, animal rescue, aid for families coping with autism, help for homeless veterans, children’s health programs, literacy, and rainforest preservation.

In addition, GreaterGood.org made a number of “disaster” grants to organizations helping with the clean-up of the damage caused by tornadoes in Oklahoma. These included Team Rubicon, Red Rover, Code 3, IFAW, and Moore Animal Shelter, among others. Grants totaling more than $82,000 in all have been sent to these agencies to assist with humanitarian aid and animal rescue in the aftermath of the storm.

By the end of 2013, GreaterGood will have surpassed more than $30 million in lifetime donations to charity. The GreaterGood network of cause-related websites began in 1999 with The Hunger Site. 

New Website Launched in 2013: The Diabetes Site

In March, GreaterGood launched its newest Click-To-Give cause website: The Diabetes Site.

Visitors to the website can click on the red Click-To-Give button to contribute to diabetes research. As with other GreaterGood websites, click donations are free for visitors and are paid by supporting advertisers.

GreaterGood has long held a commitment to supporting nonprofit projects to improve people’s health, especially focusing on the needs of disadvantaged as well as women and children. As part of the launch of this new site, GreaterGood made a $20,000 donation earlier this spring to the University of Michigan to support research into the causes and treatment of diabetes.

More About GreaterGood

Since 1999, the GreaterGood family of cause related websites have given almost $30 million for charity. This network of charitable websites began with the Internet’s first “Click To Give” website in 1999: The Hunger Site (www.thehungersite.com).

Between 2000 and 2002, the “Click Here To Give” program expanded to include The Animal Rescue Site (www.theanimalrescuesite.com), The Breast Cancer Site (www.thebreastcancersite.com), The Literacy Site (www.theliteracysite.com), and The Rainforest Site (www.therainforestsite.com). In 2011, two more “Click Here To Give” websites were added:  The Veterans Site (www.theveteranssite.com) and The Autism Site (www.theautismsite.com). The Diabetes Site is the latest addition and can be found athttp://diabetes.greatergood.com.

Visitors to GreaterGood can donate for free to their favorite causes by utilizing the “Click Here To Give” colored button located on each website’s homepage. Click donations are paid for by sponsoring advertisers. Approximately 750,000 visitors click daily at the cause website of their choice.

Other ways to help at the GreaterGood websites include making donations through the Gifts That Give More [tm] program or shopping at the cause-related online store.The Gifts That Give More [tm] program is free for participating charitable partners and provides increased exposure for many different types of projects. GreaterGood web stores feature more than 7,000 products and the corporation has a strong commitment to promoting fair trade items made by women artisans.

GreaterGood also reaches more than 40 million cause supporters through an active and effective social media presence including blogs, Facebook pages, Twitter, and more. 

All contributions from the GreaterGood family of websites are distributed by GreaterGood.org, a 501(c)3 nonprofit. GreaterGood’s corporate headquarters are in Seattle, WA. GreaterGood.org’s offices are located in Tucson, AZ.

George Mason University Announces New Endowed Professorship Established

by Shari Arison

Endowed Professor of Doing Good Values will focus on advancing the Doing Good Model by Shari Arison, and exploring its application in business and philanthropy to promote values-based activity.

 FAIRFAX, VA —George Mason University today announced the creation of the Arison Group Endowed Professor of Doing Good Values. The professorship was created with a generous donation from Shari Arison.

“George Mason University is committed to making a positive difference in the global economy, and this professorship melds perfectly with the university’s mission to create a more just, free, and prosperous world,” said Mason’s President Ángel Cabrera. “It will help strengthen our goals to create innovative teaching practices and research that not only encourage people to think in different ways, but also make them better citizens and professionals.”

American-Israeli businesswoman and philanthropist Shari Arison: “The Doing Good Model is all about making the circles of good grow in the world. It captures the approach of making a positive difference, bringing fundamental values into the hearts of people, communities, businesses, and organizations. This model, and the academic research involved, practically bridge between values and organizational structures, to enable decision making processes to be foremost values-based, for the benefit of society, the economy, and the environment.”

The Arison professor will be located in George Mason’s New Century College within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and will be dedicated to research and education that focuses on the application of fundamental human values to global business and a strong global “moral economy.”

“The Arison professorship complements New Century College’s mission of preparing students to address pressing social questions and global challenges,” said Lisa Gring-Pemble, associate dean of New Century College. “Upon graduation, our students embody many of the Arison values—they are engaged, well-rounded leaders, committed to creating a more just world through work in business enterprises, law, government, medicine, education, and non-profits, among others.”

About George Mason University

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country. Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university. George Mason University-Where Innovation Is Tradition.

About Shari Arison

American-Israeli businesswoman and philanthropist Shari Arison, is listed by Forbes as one of the World’s Greenest Billionaires (2010), repeatedly ranked as Forbes Most Powerful Women (2011, 2012), and is a member of The B Team.

Arison is the owner of the Arison Group, a global conglomerate of businesses and philanthropic organizations that operate to improve lives worldwide through values-based investments. Its business arm, Arison Investments, includes companies in the fields of finance, infrastructure and real estate, renewable energy, salt, and water, which create long-term business investments combining substantial financial results with sustainable moral responsibility. The Ted Arison Family Foundation, its philanthropic arm, comprises philanthropic organizations and vision ventures that are committed to making impactful social investments and strategic philanthropy.

Shari Arison directs her businesses to maintain a diversified portfolio of ventures that have moral responsibility at their core.

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