UNH to Launch New Graduate School for Public Policy
DURHAM, N.H. – Emmy-winning television producer Marcy Carsey ’66 has made a gift of $20 million to the University of New Hampshire to support the creation of the new Carsey School for Public Policy. This gift is the second largest in the university’s history.
“It is crucial that we prepare leaders for the governmental, private, and nonprofit sectors who can translate rigorous research into effective policies and practices to solve the complex issues of our world,” Carsey said. “The school willeducate and invigorate young people to serve. It gives me great pleasure to express my appreciation and to provide a world-class program in public policy to UNH students.”
The Carsey School will be distinguished from other public policy schools in that faculty and students will not work within a single discipline, such as political science or public administration. Its work will involve sociologists and environmental scientists, health care experts and economists, demographers and foresters. It will train future leaders, both in the United States and around the world, to use research to solve problems. A national search for the school’s first director will begin soon.
“The Carsey School will make a significant contribution to the university across colleges and campuses,” said Bruce Mallory, professor of education and interim director of the Carsey Institute. “We hope to become a hub of knowledge and partnerships, where researchers from liberal arts talk to their counterparts in natural resources and public health, and together they help create a better understanding for policymakers.”
“This gift will transform the future leadership of our country,” said UNH President Mark Huddleston. “Marcy’s support for this interdisciplinary approach to public policy is forward thinking and crucial to our advancement as an institution. Together we will develop the informed and engaged leaders our nation needs.”
Carsey’s gift comes on the heels of the largest fundraising year in the university’s history. The UNH Foundation raised $35.8 million in fiscal year 2013, beating the previous record of $29.9 million set in 2002.
“Marcy’s confidence in this institution sends a clear message as we work toward the launch of a comprehensive campaign that UNH is an outstanding investment in the future of our region, state, and beyond,” Huddleston said.
The gift builds on Carsey’s May 2002 gift of $7.5 million that established the Carsey Institute at UNH. The Carsey Institute conducts national and regional policy research on vulnerable children, youth, and families and on sustainable community development and provides policy makers and practitioners timely, independent resources needed to effect change in their communities.
The Carsey School will leverage the university’s diverse instructional, research, and outreach activities as well as the existing work of the Carsey Institute, and make more visible UNH’s expertise in policy-related fields.
Marcy Carsey has been named one of the 50 greatest women in radio and television and is recognized as one of the most successful American businesswomen in or out of show business. She began her show business career as an NBC tour guide in 1966. She then worked her way up to general program executive for comedy programming at ABC-TV in 1974. Carsey went out on her own in 1980 to pursue independent production, and a year later teamed with Tom Werner to form Carsey-Werner and produced shows like “The Cosby Show” and “Roseanne.”
A native of Weymouth, Mass., and a 1966 cum laude graduate in English literature from UNH, Carsey is the recipient of the UNH Alumni Association’s highest honor — the Pettee Medal. A founding member of the UNH Foundation Board of Directors, Carsey has worked tirelessly to ensure its success. She received an honorary doctorate from UNH in 1988.
The University of New Hampshire, founded in 1866, is a world-class public research university with the feel of a New England liberal arts college. A land, sea, and space-grant university, UNH is the state’s flagship public institution, enrolling 12,200 undergraduate and 2,300 graduate students.
-Instant Checkmate donates $10,000 to Together We Bake, sponsoring women through reintegration and empowerment program-
WASHINGTON—(Oct. 2, 2013)—Instant Checkmate, one of the largest online public records and people-search engines in the world, donates $10,000 to Together We Bake, a workforce and personal development program centered around a baking business for women recently released from the corrections systems and in need of a second chance.
“There is so much potential in each and every one of these women and they deserve to be given the skill sets they need to be successful,” said Stephanie Wright, co-founder of Together We Bake. “Instant Checkmate’s support is going to make major changes in these women’s lives.”
According to the Correctional Association of New York, the majority of women in prison have been victims of crime themselves, stating that 82 percent of female inmates suffered physical or sexual abuse as children.
“We hope that Instant Checkmate is used as a tool to help end the cycle of abuse and crime,” said Kris Kibak, the company’s co-founder. “Instant Checkmate can help moms learn more about the people they invite into their homes, and it can help single women research the men they date before getting too serious.”
InstantCheckmate.com is an online resource for the public—it compiles reports from millions of public records to help protect individuals and their families from would-be predators and help online daters research potential dates before meeting them in-person. The service can help individuals discover if someone has an arrest record or criminal history, whether they have been married or divorced, what assets they possess, and much more.
Terry Garrett is the daughter of two addicts who were usually passed out or manic when she arrived home after school—Terry had her first sips of alcohol cleaning up after parties when many kids have their first tooth fairy visit. The product of her environment, she also became an addict and spent 17 years in and out of prison for drug and theft offenses.
Garrett has been clean for eight years and is now a graduate of Together We Bake’s inaugural class where she was trained in food production, food safety education, customer service, and product packaging and delivery. Through the program, she acquired the confidence, skills and experience she needed to believe in herself and inspire confidence in others. A natural leader, she now uses her Together We Bake training and lifetime of experiences to support and empower other Together We Bake students. She recently became Together We Bake’s first graduate hire, working as a Together We Bake graduate liaison and program assistant while excelling at her other job as a sandwich maker for Cosi.
“Together We Bake has shown me that I can do anything I want, if I believe in myself,” said Garrett. “The team believed in me when I didn’t, and I can now go out into the working world with confidence.”
Instant Checkmate’s partnership will enable Together We Bake to help more women like Garrett who are ready for a fresh start. Their curriculum helps the women gain self-awareness and self-esteem, and encourages responsibility and accountability—skills that help them not only sustain employment in any field, but also live as self-sufficient members of society.
About Together We Bake: Together We Bake is a comprehensive workforce training and personal development program for women in need of a second chance. TWB is an innovative collaboration with Friends of Guest House, a supportive transitional housing program in Alexandria. TWB is centered around a micro baking business where the women learn and participate in Food Production, Food Safety Education, Product Packaging and Delivery, and Customer Service. Through the program, women acquire the confidence, skills and experience to reintegrate into society and lead an empowered life. For more information, please visit www.togetherwebake.org.
Color lithograph by A. Ottmann after drawing by C.J. Taylor, 1886
New York – Contributors to the Cause, an exhibition at the Center for Jewish History at 15 West 16thStreet in New York City, is an overview of the history of Jewish philanthropy in the United States on view from October 2, 2013 – February 28, 2014. The exhibition presents a historical narrative and a compelling collection of more than 200 on-screen images of archival material including letters, documents, photographs, organizational papers, and government records dating from the 1700s through the late 20th century. The archival material comes from the collections of the American Jewish Historical Society, one of the five partner organizations of the Center for Jewish History, and the exhibition is made possible by The David Berg Foundation.
Contributors to the Cause begins by exploring the ways in which Jewish philanthropists in America contributed to the Revolutionary War and the formation of the United States. Over the next 200 years, Jewish giving was organized around charitable causes including relief for the poor, establishing synagogues, building hospitals, improving the daily lives of working Americans, championing Israel and forging the Soviet Jewry Movement.
“The Hebrew word for charity, zedakah, has its root in the word for justice, evidence that charity was a social as much as a theological value in Jewish life,” states an introduction to Jewish philanthropy published by the Center. The exhibition traces how Jewish individuals and communities in the United States acted under the imperatives of age-old teachings to care for the poor, needy, and disadvantaged, and how their social participation in Jewish communities reinforced the responsibility they felt to help those in need. The exhibition shows how Jewish charitable giving evolved to fit the needs of changing times, and how it expressed donors’ interest in improving not only their immediate communities, but also the broader and more diverse communities in which they lived.
The Revolutionary War
During revolutionary times, Jewish patriots contributed to the fight for freedom. Some joined the army; others sacrificed to provide vital support to the troops. Jewish philanthropists who contributed to achieving independence from Great Britain saw their contributions as ways to ensure that they would live in a free country, one wherepracticing Judaism would be permitted and protected.
Among the highlights in the exhibition are documents relating to Colonel Mordecai Sheftall, who achieved the highest military rank of any Jewish man in the American Revolution. In 1778, he served as Deputy Commissary of the Issues in South Carolina and Georgia and sometimes used his own money to purchase food for his troops, combining his commitments to patriotism and philanthropy. Also on view is an 1824 letter from General John Taylor to Bernard Judah (a member of a prominent Sephardi mercantile family) thanking him for his family’s historic contributions to the struggle for independence.
As prominent Jewish figures participated in forging a new nation, they also dedicated time and money to forming cohesive Jewish congregations and communities. Their traditions of giving showed their commitments to living as both Jews and Americans.
The Hebrew Benevolent Aid Society, which provided relief to the poor and helped Jewish families uphold traditions, had its start in 1820. John Hart and Joseph Davies met an aged Revolutionary War veteran and heard him recount war stories from his hospital bed. Hart and Davies were inspired to donate money that would support him when he left the hospital. When the veteran died two years later, $300 remained of the funds originally collected to help him; this money was in turn used to found the charity. Later, the Hebrew Orphan Asylum, which grew out of the Hebrew Benevolent Society, took responsibility for caring for orphans and helping them to establish Jewish lives. The exhibition includes a dowry registry book showing that the Asylum raised money so that orphaned young women could marry and take their places in Jewish communities.
The Purim Association Fancy Dress Ball was one of the fundraising events that supported the Hebrew Benevolent and Orphan Asylum Society, 1881.
Almost as soon as they first arrived in the Americas, Jews formed congregations for worship and community support. Jewish individuals and groups petitioned to build synagogues as early as the 1700s and supporters gave their own land or money and continued to raise funds to maintain them. Shearith Israel (New York City, 1728), Mikveh Israel (Philadelphia, 1740), Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (Charleston, 1740s), and Touro Synagogue (Newport, 1763)were some of the earliest Jewish houses of worship in North America. Synagogue records testify to the funds that members donated for construction and upkeep, and how other purchases were decided and managed.
In addition to serving as centers of Jewish life, early synagogues also functioned as organizers of philanthropic efforts. Before the establishment of groups specifically dedicated to the work of philanthropy, synagogues helped to identify priorities and direct funds to community members in need.
Jewish hospitals emerged in 19th-century America to help provide medical care, rabbinical guidance, religious services, and (when it was available) kosher food for the destitute. They were also a response to a reported increase in deathbed conversions among Jewish patients in non–Jewish hospitals. Philanthropists, community members, and organizations gave these institutions crucial financial support. Providing excellent medical care became even more important to Jewish communities in times of deadly cholera outbreaks; indeed, Cincinnati’s Jewish Hospital—the first Jewish hospital in the United States—opened in 1850 partly in response to the dangerous spread of cholera at the time. Jewish hospitals also became centers for relief of the poor.
Admission to a banquet and ball held at Niblo’s Saloon to benefit Jews’ Hospital, 1858
This portion of the exhibition shows an increase in the professionalization of fundraising efforts. Among the images on view will be an 1858 admission ticket to a fundraising event for Jews’ Hospital in New York.
Jewish hospitals also served non-Jewish members of the communities in which they were located. In addition, they provided places where Jewish people studying medicine could learn and Jewish doctors could practice, as Jewish medical professionals were not always welcome at other institutions.
In 1886, Samuel Gompers was one of the founders of the American Federation of Labor, whose Jewishactivists helped improve the daily lives of working Americans. They responded to disasters of national significance—such as the deadly Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire—and worked to standardize fair practices between employers and employees. Cooperation among organizations helped increase their effectiveness.In 1934, leaders of three such groups—the United Hebrew Trades, the Bund, and the Workmen’s Circle (founded in 1892 to promote labor and socialist movements around the world)—came together in response to the rise of Nazism in Germany and formed the Jewish Labor Committee.
Workmen’s Circle Camp souvenir book, 1930
Other organizations, such as the Educational Alliance, focused their efforts on bettering the lives of immigrants to the U.S. through classes and lectures. The lively operations of these organizations show that prominent Jewish philanthropists privileged educational causes, and that many Jews already established in the United States considered themselves responsible for helping those who were newly arrived.
Calls for Jewish-American philanthropists to contribute to the development of a Jewish state increased in the early 20th century. Letters from Chaim Weizmann to American Zionists, on view in the exhibition, attest to the importance of their support. And this support was more than financial; many American Jews donated their time and service. American volunteers served in the fight for Israel in 1948, lending their military experience to the struggle. Additionally, some philanthropists who donated to educational and relief organizations in the United States gave to similar causes that served Jews in Israel.
In the mid–to–late 20th century, Jews of the Soviet Union still faced anti-Semitism and oppression. They were persecuted for being Jewish, yet not permitted to leave.Congregations and communities across the United States attempted to help, and new social justice organizations were born. Galvanized by the issue, Jewish organizations across the United State sought to focus national attention on the plight of Soviet Jews and pressed the government to offer them asylum. The grassroots nature of the resulting Soviet Jewry movement awakened individuals and communities to what they could accomplish—and helped create a new generation of philanthropists who were mindful of anddedicated to Jewish causes worldwide.
Soviet Jewry Movement poster, late 20th century
BACKGROUND ON THE CENTER FOR JEWISH HISTORY
The Center for Jewish History is one of the foremost Jewish research and cultural institutions in the world, having served over one million people in more than 100 countries. It is home to five partner organizations—American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research—whose collections total more than 500,000 volumes and 100 million documents and include thousands of pieces of artwork, textiles, ritual objects, recordings, films, and photographs. Taken as a whole, the collections span more than 700 years of history and comprise the largest and most comprehensive repository of the modern Jewish experience in the world. At the Center, the history of the Jewish people is illuminated through scholarship and cultural programming, exhibitions and symposia, lectures and performances.
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Admission to exhibitions at Yeshiva University Museum located at the Center for Jewish History: $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, except where noted as free. Yeshiva University Museum hours are the same as Center hours, except as follows: Monday: 5-8 p.m. (free), Tuesday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.;Wednesday: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (free 5-8 p.m.), Thursday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (free).
Terry Bradshaw, James Worthy, Dave Winfield, Nick Faldo, Bob Costas, Jim Kelly, Kenny Smith and more joined forces to “Stand up for those who can’t”
NEW YORK (October 2, 2013) – Celebrities, sports legends, corporate leaders and more joined NFL Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti, his son Marc, and Event Chair Mark Dalton as they hosted a sold out crowd in celebration of the 28th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner. Held at New York’s famed Waldorf Astoria on September 30, the dinner paid tribute to philanthropic heroes and sports icons that inspire and motivate those affected by spinal cord injuries, and raised important funds for research and the Human Clinical Trials Initiative. Bob Costas, NBC Sports anchor, served as Master of Ceremonies of the dinner not only to support the efforts of The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, but to honor this year’s Great Sports Legends: Terry Bradshaw, James Worthy, Dave Winfield, Nick Faldo, Shawn Johnson, Gary Stevens, Antron Brown and Teresa Edwards.
Hall of Fame quarterback, four-time AFC champion and Pro Bowl player Jim Kelly received the 2013 Inspiration Award, and two-time NBA champion player and NBA TV analyst Kenny Smith was honored with The 2013 Buoniconti Fund Award.
“This year, The Miami Project conducted the first-ever FDA-approved human Schwann celltransplantations in acutely spinal cord injurypatients. This historic moment could not have happened without the funds raised each year at the annual Great Sports Legends Dinner,” said Nick Buoniconti, Founder of The Buoniconti Fund. “The continued passionate support for The Buoniconti Fund and The Miami Project means a great deal to our mission to find a cure for paralysis.”
A few special donors were so moved by the evening that they made donations on the spot to help fund the important research at The Miami Project. Philanthropist Stewart Rahr donated $2.2 million to fund 10 chronically injured patients in the next clinical trial. Outback Steakhouse Founder Tim Gannon generously gave another $1 million in support of SCI research, as he did last year.
The annual event benefits The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis and raises funds to support the cutting-edge spinal cord injury research done by researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. Since its inception in 1985, the Great Sports Legends Dinner has honored nearly 300 sports legends and honorees and has raised millions for The Miami Project’s spinal cord injury research programs.
Additional notables in attendance included: NFL Hall of Famer Harry Carson, NHL Hall of Famer Brian Leetch, Grammy winning Producer and Musician Emilio Estefan, Olympian Gary Hall, Jr., Friday Night Lights’ Brad Leland, Gossip Girl’s Matthew Settle, NBA Hall of Famer Rick Barry, Three-Time NBA Champion Bruce Bowen, actor Colin Egglesfield fromSomething Borrowed and The Client List, and Former Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Fielder, and many, many more.
The exciting live auction offered a unique opportunity to golf with the greatest golfer of all time, Jack Nicklaus, a one-of-a-kind FIFA World Cup Package, an Iconic New York Package presented by Tiffany & Co., a Notre Dame Football package and a Masters Golf experience.
Sponsors for the evening are: HBO Sports, Tiffany & Co., Diageo,United Airlines, and Barton G.
About The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and The Buoniconti Fund: In 1985, Barth A. Green, M.D. and NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti helped found The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis after Nick’s son, Marc, sustained a spinal cord injury during a college football game. Today, The Miami Project is the world’s most comprehensive spinal cord injury research center, and a designated Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The Miami Project’s international team is housed in the Lois Pope LIFE Center and includes more than 300 scientists, researchers, clinicians and support staff who take innovative approaches to the challenges of spinal cord and brain injury.Committed to finding a cure for paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury and to seeing millions worldwide walk again, the Buoniconti family established The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis in 1992, a non-profit organization devoted to assisting The Miami Project achieve its national and international goals.
The Miami Project’s Christine E. Lynn Clinical Trials Initiative is designed to take discoveries found to be successful in laboratory studies and fast track them to human studies. Our FDA approved Schwann cell transplantation trial, the only one of its kind in the world, is changing the spinal cord injury field and sets an important foundation for future Miami Project cell replacement therapies.
Miami Project researchers are conducting or participating in more than ten clinical trials for spinal cord and brain injuries, and have more than a dozen clinical research studies underway. Because of our clinical and research expertise, The Miami Project is confident that we have the knowledge and resolve to initiate additional clinical trials that will help us continue to responsibly and safely take these important steps into humans.
October 2013 – For most military service members stationed overseas, coming home is a joyful time. But for many who are severely wounded and focused on their recovery, new challenges often loom, including mounting expenses and extensive delays in receiving their disability benefits, and perhaps most importantly, the search for gainful employment.
The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes (CSAH), a 501(c)(3) organization, was created to help disabled veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as their families, gain access to the resources they need to rebuild their lives. Since 2004, the organization has provided millions of dollars in financial aid and support services to over 25,000 wounded heroes and their families.
Representing the Coalition in its latest TV PSA campaign “Bet on a Vet” are veteran actor Danny Aiello, actor Ashley Bell who is fresh from starring in “The Marine”and country music legends The Oak Ridge Boys. Danny Aiello and Ashley Bell deliver a timely appeal to businesses and employers to “bet on a vet” by hiring them. It is our goal that this message will encourage more employers to take advantage of the skills and discipline that veterans have developed in service to their country – important qualities they readily bring to the workplace. The Oak Ridge Boys talk about the Coalition’s beneficial programs, and also urge the public to volunteer at a VA Hospital or Medical Facility.
The Coalition has initiated several key programs to aid and assist wounded veterans and their families:
These PSAs are crucial to the CSAH’s efforts to raise awareness among the public about the plight of our nation’s most courageous heroes. Please use these PSAs on your blog or website. Our servicemen and women have sacrificed so much for us, and this is one way to not only honor them, but also remind the public about some of their needs, and to remind employers to “BET ON A VET”.
New practice expands reach of Witt/Kieffer’s existing work with nonprofits
Oak Brook, IL, September 30, 2013 – Witt/Kieffer, one of the nation’s leading executive search firms, today announced the launch of a new Not-for-Profit practice, which will recruit C-level executives for nonprofit organizations across a wide range of sectors, including leading organizations in philanthropy, education reform, community engagement, human services, and specialty education. This new practice launch represents a formal extension of Witt/Kieffer’s existing work with nonprofits, which has traditionally been focused on the healthcare, higher education, and sports industries. The launch of Witt/Kieffer’s Not-for-Profit practice will enable the firm to broaden its efforts across the nonprofit landscape and to underscore its mission of service to those organizations positively impacting the quality of life
Wayne Luke will join Witt/Kieffer’s Atlanta office as managing partner of the practice. John Fazekas joins the firm’s Burlington office and will serve as a consultant in the practice.
“The launch of our new Not-for-Profit practice is a natural continuation of Witt/Kieffer’s more than 40 years of work with not-for-profit organizations,” said Charles W.B. Wardell III, Witt/Kieffer President and CEO. “Over the past year, the firm has experienced fantastic growth, and we now have a unique opportunity to expand our work with nonprofits. Wayne Luke is an established, respected leader in not-for-profit executive search, and he is the perfect person to strengthen and grow this practice.”
Luke brings with him more than two decades of recruiting and leadership development experience, most recently with The Bridgespan Group, Inc. where he was head of that firm’s executive search practice and partner since 2008. Prior to his time with Bridgespan, he served as corporate development officer at TalentQuest, where he was responsible for building new executive search and leadership mentoring business units. Luke formerly ran the Heidrick & Struggles office in Atlanta for almost 14 years, after which he became executive vice president of People and Organizational Development for the Atlanta Falcons. He graduated from Georgia Tech and received an M.B.A. from Harvard.
John Fazekas has 25 years of executive search experience advising executives and organizations in not-for-profit and for-profit industries. He also comes to Witt/Kieffer from The Bridgespan Group, serving as director of executive search there, and prior to that was a principal with Polachi & Company in Framingham, Massachusetts. He holds a bachelor’s degree from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.
The new Not-for-Profit practice is the latest development in Witt/Kieffer’s growth strategy, having introduced several new practices in 2012, including the firm’s Board Services, Life Sciences, and Sports Leadership practices, as well as Solutions for Exceptional Leadership, a portfolio of services to support healthcare, higher education and not-for-profit organizations in leadership assessment, onboarding, succession planning and transitioning.
Witt/Kieffer is among the nation’s preeminent executive search firms and the only national firm that specializes in healthcare, higher education and not-for-profit organizations. Founded in 1969, its mission is to identify outstanding leadership solutions for organizations committed to improving the quality of life. Clients include hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers, medical schools, physician groups, biotech, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, colleges, universities and community service and cultural organizations. The firm conducts 400 search assignments each year for presidents, CEOs, COOs, CFOs, CIOs, physician executives, medical school deans, clinical chairs and other senior executives. Visit www.wittkieffer.com for more information.