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Monthly Archives: September 2013

America’s Diner supports Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign for third straight year

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Sept. 3, 2013) – Breakfast has long been touted as the most important meal of the day, but of the 21 million low-income students in the U.S. who rely on reduced-price school lunches, only 11 million eat a school breakfast. As America’s Diner, Denny’s (#DennysNKH) is committed to closing that gap and ensuring that children throughout the country have access to and are able to start the day off right with healthy, attainable meals. For the third straight year, Denny’s is teaming up with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign, a national movement aimed at ending childhood hunger by connecting kids with healthy food where they live, learn and play.

Now through Oct. 31, more than 1,200 Denny’s nationwide will sell coupons in support of No Kid Hungry’s efforts to help the more than 16 million American children struggling with hunger. For a $3 donation that helps provide 30 meals for hungry children, guests will receive $9 worth of coupons redeemable at participating Denny’s restaurants.

“Share Our Strength’s  September  No Kid Hungry fundraising program for restaurants has quickly become one of the most important and influential annual anti-hunger campaigns in the country, and Denny’s is proud to be participating in the movement for the third year in a row,” said Denny’s Chief Executive Officer John Miller. “A healthy breakfast each morning has been positively linked to kids’ academic, health and economic futures. Denny’s remains committed to No Kid Hungry and in the organization’s efforts to increase school breakfast participation as part of its strategy to end childhood hunger nationwide.”

Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry fundraising program runs the full month of September.  In order to increase its guests’ impact, Denny’s chose to extend its fundraising calendar through the full month of October.

“We are so grateful for Denny’s continued commitment,” said Sheila Bennett, director of restaurant partnerships for Share Our Strength. “Our recent studies revealed that kids who eat breakfast are more apt to attend class, get higher scores on standardized math tests, and as a result of those two improvements, are 20 percent more likely to graduate high school. It’s clearer now more than ever that ‘No Kid Hungry’ starts with breakfast. Pledging support at your local Denny’s can help us ensure that every child in the U.S. has access to that most important meal of the day.”

In addition to the in-store fundraising drive, Denny’s is partnering with  America’s Egg Farmers to further its efforts in providing breakfast to hungry children. For every “Build Your Own Omelette” purchased Sept. 9 through Sept. 15, America’s Egg Farmers will donate one egg on behalf of Denny’s guests to a No Kid Hungry partner.

About Denny’s Corp.

Denny’s is one of America’s largest full-service family restaurant chains, currently operating more than 1,680 franchised, licensed and company-owned restaurants across the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Honduras, Guam, Puerto Rico and New Zealand. For further information on Denny’s, including news releases, please visit the Denny’s website at


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About Share Our Strength’s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry

Share Our Strength’s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry™ is a national fundraising event that brings together thousands of restaurants and millions of consumers to help make sure no child in America grows up hungry. Every September, participating restaurants raise funds in a variety of ways to support the No Kid Hungry® campaign to end childhood hunger in America. Since summer 2011, the No Kid Hungry campaign has helped provide 34 million additional meals to kids in need. Visit


LPD New York, Model Jessica Stam, Many Hopes Collaborate On Special “TEAM STAM” Jersey

(New York, NY – Sept. 3, 2013) Clothing brand LPD New York, model Jessica Stam and Many Hopes are pleased to announce a special collaboration “Team Stam” jersey to benefit Many Hopes. The special collaboration is available on today, Sept. 3rd, with 100 percent of the proceeds going directly towards Many Hopes efforts in Kenya. To celebrate the collaboration, model Jessica Stam, LPD New York’s creator Benjamin Fainlight, and Many Hopes will host a special launch event tonight.

“I’m so excited to be working with Benjamin and LPD New York on the Team Stam jersey. Having seen Many Hope’s work first-hand in Kenya, I am proud to be involved with this collaboration,” said Stam.  “All proceeds from the Team Stam jersey will be going to Many Hopes, and will help to build sustainable communities and change lives.”

Many Hopes is raising the generation of children who will defeat the causes of the extreme poverty they were born into. The organization builds homes and schools for orphaned girls and boys and creates local businesses to support them.

Team Stam

“These jersey’s are a perfect example of how busy New Yorkers can do great justice 8000 miles away by using their skills and influence right here in the city,” said Many Hopes founder Thomas Keown.  “Jessica Stam and LPD New York are showing how using our professional abilities and platforms right here can unlock the potential of some of the world’s poorest communities.

The “Team Stam” jersey is the latest design from LPD New York, a clothing brand rooted at the intersection of high fashion and American streetwear started by Benjamin Fainlight and best known for their “Dream Team” collection, a series of jerseys featuring high fashion designer names from Ricardo Tisci to Rei Kawakubo. LPD New York’s jerseys have been spotted on celebrities and fashion enthusiasts such as Rita Ora, J. Cole, and Kevin Durant.

About Many Hopes:

Many Hopes is a long-term strategic solution to the corruption and poverty that exploits the most vulnerable girls and boys. Many Hopes invests in sustainable community development on 5 related fronts one community at a time: girls homes, quality school, boys homes, medical facility and community water. Many Hopes pledges that each project it initiates will be fully self-sustaining within 10 years of launch. Many Hopes uses investment to build new homes and schools while building a portfolio of business for long-term sustainment. We believe in starting small but thinking big.

About LPD New York:

Founded in 2012, LPD New York (previously known as “Les Plus Dorés”) is a clothing brand rooted at the intersection of high fashion and American streetwear. Best known for “The Dream Team” – a series of t-shirts featuring high fashion designer names in basketball jersey format – LPD New York’s presence has exploded across the Internet and fashion media, including features in, Elle UK, Harper’s Bazaar UK, HypeBeast, HighSnobiety, Complex Magazine, Paper Magazine, and various blogs. Vice Magazine’s distaste for the brand assures its sticking power. LPD New York strives to reimagine the conventions of fashion, making it accessible and unifying for all participating, while bringing couture conceptualism and themes to streetwear.

U. of Utah James Lee Sorenson Global Impact Investing Center Partners with Sorenson Impact Foundation to Facilitate Five Program-Related Investments

SALT LAKE CITY (September 3, 2013) – The James Lee Sorenson Global Impact Investing Center (SGII Center) at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business today announced results from their partnership with the Sorenson Impact Foundation (SIF) to facilitate five early-stage program-related investments totaling approximately $2 million. Completed in the first half of the year, the targeted impact investments will help early-stage entrepreneurs grow their social enterprises in industries ranging from solar energy and SME financing to affordable housing and fair trade clothing manufacturing.

“We are pleased with the progress the foundation has made in making program-related investments,” said Jim Sorenson, founder and chairman of the board of directors of the SIF. “For a variety of reasons, there are limited amounts of risk capital going to support companies of social impact to bridge the gap between purely philanthropic and commercially oriented capital. The SGII Center has played a catalytic role in helping to address such issues and facilitate these program-related investments.”

Created in January 2013, the SGII Center helps facilitate participation in the growing field of impact investing by training students through experiential learning to work directly with clients that include social enterprises, corporations, family offices, impact funds and private family foundations. The recent impact investments selected by SIF were sourced, screened, vetted and structured by teams of students focusing on each of the companies’ potential to produce sustainable and scalable social impact.

“These investments will serve to close funding gaps, helping social enterprises to prove out their businesses, with the additional benefit of cultivating impact investing expertise in students,” Sorenson said.  “I hope that our efforts will accelerate the growth of the sector at-large and help lead to improved societal change on a global scale.”

SGII Center students work to address both the supply and demand barriers to impact investing through a broad range of services offered. Students often travel to locations around the world to help prime businesses for capital infusion by providing early-stage services, as well as continued post investment support and assistance in measurement and monitoring of social impact. The SGII Center is focused on providing early stage resources to the sector at a time when there is growing demand yet very few options available to help early stage social enterprises.

“With these investments, we have shown the ability to provide the infrastructure support for investors and enterprises to help lower hurdles and allow for engagement from foundations and impact investors across a range of sectors. We were in a unique position to help SIF reach a broader investment base and execute investments at a pace that most others in the space are not able to achieve,” said Lewis Hower, director of the SGII Center. “Our key focus as a center is to increase the engagement of foundations and early stage impact investors to facilitate scalable and sustainable impact investments in promising social enterprises while providing students a unique and rewarding experiential education and career path.”

The following companies received investments from the Sorenson Impact Foundation:

Copia – Kenya-basedconsumer catalog and rural distribution company

Kinara Capital – India-based financing company for micro and small enterprises

Liberty & Justice – Fair-trade apparel manufacturing company with offices in Liberia and Ghana

Simpa Networks – India-based pay-as-you-go solar financing company

World Haus – India-based affordable housing construction company

“These funds will prove instrumental in advancing our mission to transform the apparel supply chain in Africa from worker exploitation and environmental degradation to partnership and sustainability,” said Chid Liberty, CEO and co-founder of Liberty & Justice. “With this show of faith by SIF, we can train and employ more women in the garment industry and help them become truly self-sufficient in these poverty-stricken nations.”

“The opportunity to play an active role in combating these crucial societal issues is very rewarding,” said Brandon Koch, a student studying finance and computer science at the David Eccles School of Business who spent three months in India working for Kinara Capital. “The hands-on experience I gained at the SGII Center has been invaluable, and I look forward to continuing to apply these skills in the real world to create sustainable change.”

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