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Devin D. Thorpe

Devin Thorpe

Monthly Archives: December 2013’s New Campaign Will Build Schools With Electronic Waste

E-Cycling Brothers Launch Nationwide E-Waste Collection in Partnership with

December 3,, one of the nation’s leading mobile device and electronic recycling companies, is proud to announce Gizmogul Builds: Building Schools with Electronic Waste, a campaign launching in partnership with buildOn, to fund the building of new schools globally and support afterschool programs nationwide through e-waste collection.

Gizmogul Builds is a no cost program which provides recycling outlets for small to large businesses, schools, universities, etc., to safely dispose old electronic equipment. Through e-waste collection, 75% of the value of the participants’ collected electronic waste will be donated to Gizmogul Builds. These funds will directly benefit buildOn, a non-profit organization that runs afterschool service programs in urban high schools and builds schools in developing countries. By simply e-cycling your office, school or organization’s smartphones or computers, you can build a school for a community in need.

Official buildOn breakdown: School Construction Program Abroad

1,000 smartphones = 1 school build in a developing country

1 smartphone = Provides access to education for 1 child in a developing country

Official buildOn breakdown: Afterschool Service Programs

1,000 smartphones = Provides 25 U.S. inner-city teens with afterschool service programs for a year

1 smartphone = Provides 1 U.S. inner-city teen with a week of afterschool service programs

To register, visit, click the “About Us” tab, and select “buildOn”. Once registered, will provide your party with e-cycle receptacles for the collection. will make arrangements for the materials to be shipped to their facilities where it will be sorted, processed and refined. All data storage devises will be wiped clean of existing information and shredded at’s R2 certified facility. will provide your organization with a certification of data destruction. will notify your party of the total value and provide a tax deductible donation receipt on behalf of buildOn.

Launched earlier this year by brothers, Cory, Barry & Stephen Schneider, has recycled more than one million cellphones, tablets, pda’s and personal computers and donates a large portion of their proceeds to charity.

“In this day and age where computers, tables and pda’s are educational tools in classrooms worldwide, it was only natural for us to support an organization that breaks the cycle of illiteracy through education,” said co-founders Cory, Barry & Stephen Schneider.

“Every 26 seconds in the U.S. a student drops out of school. Worldwide nearly 900 million people cannot read or write,” said Marc Fiedman, buildOn’s Chief Operating Officer. “We applaud’s efforts to help end this education crisis by supporting buildOn, while also protecting our environment from electronic waste.”

About is one the nation’s leading mobile device and electronic recycling companies. Launched in 2013 by Boston natives and brothers, Cory, Barry & Stephen Schneider, Gizmogul recycles more than one million cell phones, tablets, pda’s and personal computers per year while donating a large portion of their proceeds to charity. On average,’s Cash for Cell Phone Program offers up to 20% more cash back than industry competitors. Gizmogul also provides a certificate of data destruction for all material recycled. For more information please visit

About buildOn: At home or abroad, buildOn’s goal is to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education. In the U.S., buildOn empowers urban youth to transform their neighborhoods through intensive community service and to change the world by building schools in some of the economically poorest countries in the world. Internationally, buildOn is constructing schools in Haiti, Nicaragua, Nepal, Senegal, Malawi, and Mali. Our students have contributed over 1.2 million hours of service in the U.S., and have helped build more than 587 schools around the world. Learn more at

GoCoin Partners with Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica to Revolutionize Bitcoin Philanthropy on Giving Tuesday

First of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to Accept Bitcoin for Social Good

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Dec. 3, 2013 — GoCoin, a leading payment platform for the Bitcoin economy,today announced it is participating in Giving Tuesday by asking the Bitcoin community to contribute to its #GO4Good campaign and raise money for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica (BGCSM).

Through its online campaign to highlight the positive uses of Bitcoin, GoCoin’s #GO4Good campaign asks participants to tweet using the hashtag on Giving Tuesday and the GoCoin founders will donate $10 per tweet and match Bitcoin donations up to $10,000. Donations to the BGCSM will benefit at-risk youth and under-privileged families in the same community where the GoCoin US team resides: Santa Monica, Calif. Last year, Giving Tuesday involved more than 2,500 partners, raising $10 million via online charitable giving.

“Some of the most progressive retail brands are joining the Bitcoin revolution,” said Steve Beauregard, GoCoin’s founder and CEO. “We are opening the playing field for charitable and political campaign contributions as well. Giving has never fully recovered from the financial crisis of 2008, but people want to give, and that’s especially true for Bitcoin investors.”

BGCSM is the first of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to take donations in the revolutionary peer-to-peer digital currency. Bitcoin donations to the Clubs will be instantly and securely converted into U.S. dollars. GoCoin’s trusted payment platform has been in private beta with a targeted client base of e-commerce and charitable merchants since early November.

“We are thrilled to be the first of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and one of the first non-profits in Los Angeles to welcome Bitcoin users,” said Aaron Young, BGCSM CEO. “Not only is our goal to stay on the cutting edge of technology, but to also provide as many options as possible for our community to support and contribute to our efforts to help those in need.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica

Founded in 1944, Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica currently serves approximately 8,000 youth through memberships and community outreach. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica now has nine sites, with two more opening up in 2013. Youth come to the Clubs from all over Los Angeles County, Santa Monica, Culver City, Venice, West Los Angeles and Inglewood. Members pay a $20 annual fee for access to all Club amenities and programs that span across education, leadership, recreation and more. The Club operates with the objective of serving children from all backgrounds, regardless of economic circumstances—ensuring that youth ages 6 to 18 have a safe and nurturing environment to develop socially, succeed in school, stay physically active and prepare for positive futures. For more information, visit us at, or follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter (

About GoCoin

The GoCoin international payment platform makes it easier than ever for online and retail merchants to accept Bitcoin as a payment method. While payments infrastructure over the last half-century was designed to hold funds for as long as possible, while extracting maximum fees from consumers and merchants, GoCoin enables merchants to reap the benefits of accepting Bitcoin. GoCoin takes all of the perceived risk of accepting the digital currency on behalf of merchants. Founded in July 2013, GoCoin will process Bitcoin payments for online and brick and mortar retailers, bypassing the often cumbersome and insecure options of virtual exchanges and other third parties. For more information, please visit

First United Methodist Church Announces Campaign to Restore Historic Pipe Organ

Salt Lake City, Utah, December 3, 2013 – First United Methodist Church (FUMC) is launching the 3300 Pipes crowdfunding campaign to restore their 106 year-old pipe organ to its full voice. FUMC’s instrument is the oldest organ in three states with more original parts in their original places. The restoration will preserve the organ’s historic nature by integrating over 2,000 pipes and components from the 1915 organ that originally accompanied silent films in the American Theatre, Utah’s largest movie palace of its time. The organ restoration is a key part of a planned renovation that will allow FUMC to offer a flexible, inviting, intimate venue for community events, musical and other artistic performances. The crowdfunding campaign will launch online at on December 8.

Crowdfunding is a kind of fundraising that relies on numerous smaller donations from individuals, as well as support from businesses and community organizations. The 3300 Pipes campaign will run for 45 days, during which FUMC’s goal is to raise $100,000 to augment funds already received for the restoration. Momentum is building in advance of the December 8 launch – FUMC members Doug and Ginger Smith have offered a $10,000 challenge grant if $25,000 is raised on Day One of the campaign.

The 3300 Pipes campaign’s launch is timely, because the organ is in urgent need of restoration. The combination of age, use, and inadequate maintenance has caused many of the organ’s wind chests – its “lungs” – to leak air. This causes some of the pipes to sound when they should be silent, a phenomenon called ciphering. Mr. Scott R. Mills, FUMC’s Principal Organist, describes ciphering as sounding like “a rogue soprano singing a different song within an otherwise beautifully coordinated choir.”

Mr. Mills recalls a recent incident while playing the organ for the funeral of a beloved church member. “I was playing the ‘Adagio’ from Mendelssohn’s Sonata I in F Minor in October and some pipes began to cipher.” In response, he frantically made adjustments, but “I was unable to play the music the way it was meant to be played.” The effect was similar to silencing part of a symphony. “Sadly, such misbehavior by the organ’s pipes happens more and more frequently,” Mr. Mills says.

The completed organ will combine two of the oldest organs in the Intermountain West to create a unique “heritage” instrument. The preservation of these historic instruments will protect a significant connection to religious, musical and cultural history in Salt Lake City, as well as providing the community with a truly unique venue in the heart of downtown.

For more information about the organ and how to contribute to the 3300 Pipes campaign, the community is invited to visit Businesses interested in supporting the campaign can contact Tricia Kritzberg at


Award recognizes Boys & Girls Club professionals and volunteers who exemplify leadership and dependability with $20,000 grant for their Club

BENTON HARBOR, Mich., Dec. 3, 2013 – Maytag® brand and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) announced today that Ethan Harris, Club Member of the Boys & Girls Club of Bryant, Ark., has been named winner of the 2013 Maytag Dependable Leader Awards – America’s Vote competition in acknowledgement for his demonstrated commitment to helping his Club keep youth on the path to achieving great futures.

America’s Vote is an extension of the Dependable Leader Awards, which recognizes Club professionals, members and volunteers who are committed to making a difference in the lives of youth by being dependable and exceptional role models. America’s Vote invited people across the U.S. to select the final Maytag Dependable Leader Award winner in 2013 by voting online.

Ethan was voted America’s winner and joins 24 other Dependable Leaders across the country also honored this year. Ethan will receive a $20,000 financial grant to help his Club deepen its impact in its community. The grant will help to further extend Ethan’s work with the Boys & Girls Club of Bryant. Ethan’s video submission, which helped him secure America’s Vote, is available to view at

Ethan is an 11-year old boy who works determinedly to do what he can to help the Club. From assisting staff members, to speaking to the Board of Community Directors about his Club, he constantly seeks to pitch in and make improvements. Through the “It Just Takes One Kid’s Campaign,” Ethan raised over $1,000 for his Club through an event he organized on his own.

“Ethan Harris is an exemplary Club member who actively cares for his Club and knows first-hand the impact it makes in the lives of youth,” said Suzanne Passmore, Executive Director Boys & Girls Club of Bryant. “We are proud to see Ethan recognized with this incredible award from Maytag. We are grateful to Maytag for supporting our organization’s effort to serve young people and make a difference in their lives.”

Boys & Girls Clubs provides services and support that enable youth to reach their full potential. With a heritage of dependability dating back more than 100 years, the Maytag brand mission is to build high-performing products consumers can count on. The partnership between Maytag and BGCA seeks to promote dependability – a quality that the Clubs’ staff and volunteers strive for every day and is central to the Maytag brand.

“The Maytag Dependable Leader Award allows the brand to give back to Boys & Girls Club professionals and volunteers who continue to give tirelessly of themselves to the Clubs and the youth they work with,” said William Beck, senior brand director, Maytag. “Ethan provides his Club with passion and untiring devotion; it is our honor to recognize him with this award.”

About Maytag Brand

For more than a century, Maytag brand appliances have been synonymous with dependability and durability. Through the commitment of Whirlpool Corporation, Maytag brand’s enduring tradition of quality production and performance continues to thrive. Exceptionally durable, commercial-grade components are found in many Maytag brand appliances – including Maytag® Maxima® front-load and Maytag® Bravos® top-load washers and dryers. Maytag brand is part of the Whirlpool Corporation, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, with annual sales of approximately $18 billion in 2012, 68,000 employees, and 65 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world. For more information on any Maytag brand appliance, visit

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America

For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America ( has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,000 Clubs serve some 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native American lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at and

The One Percent Foundation Launches Pro Giving Circles on #GivingTuesday

Organization will launch white-label version of its Giving Circle Platform

December 3, 2013 — San Francisco, CA — The One Percent Foundation (OPF), (, is launching Pro Giving Circles, an enhanced, white-label version of its giving circle technology, on #GivingTuesday (December 3, 2013). The Pro Giving Circles platform enables companies and nonprofits to participate in collective giving, amplifying their impact and strengthening their communities. OPF is an official partner of #GivingTuesday, which is a movement of corporations, nonprofits and communities dedicated to following up Black Friday and Cyber Monday with a day of philanthropy.

“We are really excited to launch Pro Giving Circles, and we knew that Giving Tuesday would be the perfect opportunity to unveil the program,” said Lana Volftsun, Executive Director of OPF. “Giving Tuesday is a day for everyone to come together and give – and our platform makes it easy for companies and groups to do just that. Our platform enables anyone – from a college alumni chapter, book club, or company – to build a circle and participate in sustained, meaningful philanthropy together. We are working towards democratizing giving in the U.S. and are excited to be a part of a national day of philanthropy!”

The platform, which is the first of its kind, advances the organization’s mission of making philanthropy accessible to young professionals. Giving circles are groups of people who pool their donations and decide collectively how to award them, amplifying members’ impact beyond what they would be able to achieve alone.

Affordability, knowledge and impact often serve as barriers to giving for young professionals. OPF educates users about giving, empowering them to donate at least 1% of their salary to address issues they are passionate about. The technology is complete with nomination, assessment, and voting tools, a philanthropy curriculum and educational resources, social sharing functionality, and donations processing, making it easy for anyone to engage in meaningful giving.

Key Features of the Pro Giving Circle Platform:

  • Nominate, Assess and Vote: Complete all steps of the grant cycle online, from nominating and evaluating organizations, to voting for which nonprofit will receive the grant.
  • Philanthropy Curriculum and Educational Resources: Use the curriculum as a guide to understanding why you should give, how to support causes about which you’re passionate, and how to evaluate organizations.
  • Social Sharing Functionality: Share your giving circle with friends on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ with buttons on the site.
  • Simple Donations Processing: All donations are processed efficiently and securely through our site, eliminating the need for you to worry about your circle’s finance.
  • Enhanced Customer Support: Receive one-on-one support from the OPF staff to help users run their giving circle.  OPF will help facilitate group and guide them through any snags they might encounter along the way.
  • Custom branding and URL: Design a pro giving circle with their organization’s logos, photos or colors. Users can rebrand the technology for their audience and create a unique, memorable URL.

To date, the One Percent Foundation’s programs have engaged over 7,000 Millennials in strategic philanthropy. For more information on the One Percent Foundation, visit

About The One Percent Foundation

The One Percent Foundation (OPF) makes philanthropy accessible to Millennials and empowers them to change the world together. Affordability, knowledge and impact often serve as barriers to giving for 20-to-30 year olds. OPF harnesses the power of collective giving by operating a network of giving circles, allowing groups of people to pool their donations and amplify their impact. The organization works to empower users to donate at least 1% of their income to address critical issues. The One Percent Foundation is based in San Francisco, California. For more information, visit

Givelocity Launches Revolutionary Shared Giving Platform Bringing Community and Transparency To The Giving Process

Givelocity aims to drive greater social impact by connecting individuals, social networks, and corporate donors, amplifying their collective giving power.

San Francisco, CA (December 3, 2013) – Givelocity, a portal for shared giving, announced today (Giving Tuesday) the launch of its proprietary crowd sourcing platform. At Givelocity, donors can pool their dollars with other people who care about the same things they do and vote on which charities receive their collective support.

“Givelocity disrupts the philanthropic model by tapping into a new era of connectivity, allowing individuals to more easily seek out and build connections based on natural affinities”, said Susan Cooney, founder and CEO of Givelocity. “Our platform brings ‘givers’ together, increasing their ability to effect change for the things they are most passionate about, like poverty, hunger or access to clean water. By building online communities for shared giving, we feed our human desire for connection.” Cooney believes people want to give, but don’t know where to start, and fear their limited funds won’t make a difference. At Givelocity, members gain leverage by combining small donations with others in online giving circles, or “Neighborhoods,” for greater impact.

This innovative platform fosters a powerful new ecosystem for giving. Anyone can build or “move in” to public or private neighborhoods to pool funds for specific types of causes that they are passionate about, starting at as little as one dollar. Animal lovers can “move in” to the Animal Kingdom Neighborhood and know that their monthly donations will only benefit animal causes. Members focused on children’s causes can “move in” to the Children’s Network Neighborhood and be assured that their dollars will only support children. Once settled in a neighborhood, members vote on the causes that will receive their collective support at the end of every month.

The model offers a more sustainable and less intrusive way to give to charities, which spend an average of 10% of total donations on fundraising and often sell lists of donor information. At Givelocity, contributing members create recurring payments through the subscription-based giving feature, and can rest assured their donations remain anonymous. Through Givelocity’s partnership with Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator, members will choose from charities with “high credibility” ratings, reducing the worry over where their contributions will be distributed.

Corporations can even use the platform to set up private communities and allow their employees, customers or followers to vote on the charities they feel the corporation should support. Corporations can now place their giving decisions into the hands of their employees or fans instead of making these decisions behind the closed doors of a boardroom. This new transparency builds trust when engaging employees in social impact initiatives.

About Givelocity

Givelocity is a unique online platform designed to harness the power of crowd sourcing, allowing individuals to create theme-based giving circles, or neighborhoods, for shared impact. Corporate giving is also supported, with tools to engage employees and build transparency. Givelocity’s easy-to-use, shared giving portal puts the donor in charge, as individuals and businesses vote on where donations are sent. The platform fosters a sense of community, reinforcing social and economic equality, with the advantage of offering anonymity and better mapping of credible, accountable charities. With more scalable and sustainable donating, Givelocity is changing the way people give back, as their shared giving model increases the impact on beneficiaries and lessens the impact on wallets.


Enterprise Mobility Leader Partners With Humanitarian Organization to Provide Secure Mobile Network Accessibility

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA—(Dec 2, 2013) —Onvelop, a solution for unified secure mobile access to enterprise applications, has partnered with War Child Holland — an international non-governmental organization that works throughout the world to help children affected by war. The partnership will provide free Onvelop licensing to the War Child workforce — enabling a secure, unified experience and enterprise mobility capabilities.

The War Child workforce will use the Onvelop enterprise mobility app to access documents and SharePoint, and collaborate and communicate with one another on Lync. Onvelop will be pre-loaded onto provided mobile devices, enabling remote offices and supporting a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiative.

“We are so happy to team up with such worthy and inspiring cause as War Child,” says Krish Kupathil, CEO of Onvelop. “Onvelop provides both unparalleled productivity and flexibility for users and complete security and control for organizations. With the combined functionality of SharePoint and Lync, the War Child workforce can open a document on SharePoint, share it via Lync and have a conference call between all War Child colleagues. We understand how vital our service can be to help mobilize their workforce worldwide, and we’re honored to be able to assist with their mission.”

Robin Smit, information and communication technology (ICT) manager at War Child Holland, is also happy with the collaboration: “At War Child Holland we want to use our incoming donations to help as many children affected by war as possible. Friends like Onvelop make this happen, by sponsoring 100% our network accessibility. We’re very grateful.”

Onvelop, headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., launched this January under the mobile-engineering product and service firm AgreeYa Mobility. The company’s patented and unique user experience brings enterprise mobility and BYOD to business consumers without requiring the installation of any new software at the enterprise back-end. It seamlessly integrates with existing Microsoft SharePoint, Lync and Outlook infrastructure allowing users to stay connected and fully able to collaborate with colleagues — accessing documents from SharePoint, staying up-to-date on announcements, team calendars and tasks — all from a mobile device, in real-time.

For more information on War Child, visit For more information on Onvelop, visit

ABOUT ONVELOP: Onvelop is a leading solution for unified secure mobile access to enterprise applications on iOS, Android and Windows 8 mobile devices. Its unique, patented user experience brings enterprise mobility and BYOD capability to business consumers by providing a solution that incorporates security, single sign-on, an integrated dashboard and extensible integration to enterprise business applications on the mobile device. Users enjoy one-stop access to the business tools they need without additional investment on the back-end. Onvelop is part of AgreeYa Mobility, headquartered in Mountain View, California. For more information, visit

ABOUT WAR CHILD: War Child is an independent and impartial, international non-governmental organization investing in a peaceful future for children and young people affected by armed conflict. We support children worldwide regardless of their religion, ethnicity, social background, or gender. We empower them to shape their own futures by providing psychosocial support, stimulating education and protecting children from the effects of war. For more information:

Tendenci® Open Source CMS Website Expected to Play Key Role in Rotary Firefighters Home Fundraising Effort

Campaign encourages online community to respond to housing needs of ailing firefighters.

HOUSTON, December 2, 2013 – Tendenci Open Source Content Management System (CMS) ( is providing a spark for the Rotary Club of University Area’s heartwarming campaign to provide low-cost housing to firefighters and other first responders who come to Houston to undergo treatment at the Texas Medical Center. The Rotary has kicked off a $15 million fundraising effort and launched a new website,, powered by Tendenci to spearhead the initiative.

Tendenci is the first open source CMS built for cause-related organizations such as the Rotary Firefighters Home fundraising campaign. With Tendenci’s online donation and fundraising management capabilities, the Rotary Firefighters Home can accept donations online, organize and track donations, and automatically generate invoices and reports – all inside one easy to use software platform.

“We like the fact that Tendenci provides online donors to the Rotary Firefighters Home instant confirmation when their donation is processed and – without us having to do anything – Tendenci automatically generates an invoice and emails a copy to the donor with all the information required for submitting to the IRS for tax purposes,” said Rotary Firefighters Home Founding Director Jerry Harris. “We expect the website to be the heart and soul of this campaign, explaining to people around the world the health consequences – particularly cancer – that firefighters face and the need for low-cost housing during their extended stays here.”

Health insurance typically does not cover lodging expenses, and the cost of hotels and short-term housing can be crippling for patients and families coming to Houston for treatment. The Rotary Club of the University Area has undertaken the project of providing housing to professional and volunteer firefighters and other first responders at little or no cost for use while they undergo treatment at the TMC for any on-the-job injury or resulting work-related medical condition.

With Tendenci, the Rotary Firefighters Home campaign can easily manage and organize website content, resulting in a more current and dynamic user experience and return visits. To feature architectural renderings and a floor plan of the facility, the website also includes rich media management, making it easy to upload, view and search photos. Tendenci’s online event management enables the campaign to quickly and easily add events to the online calendar.

Tendenci was released as an open source CMS to give cause-related organizations, including nonprofits and associations, greater freedom and control over their online presence. Tendenci has more than 1 million users and powers hundreds of websites for nonprofit organizations and associations around the world, including Rice University’s Baker Institute (, Metropolitan New York Library Council ( and DePelchin Children’s Center (

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About Tendenci

Headquartered in Houston with an office in Silicon Valley, Tendenci ( develops the Tendenci Open Source CMS system for cause-related organizations including associations and other nonprofits. Tendenci is a revenue generating online tool with over a half million people logging in during the past year and millions of users overall. Tendenci powers the websites of DePelchin Children’s Center, Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles and Tony Chachere’s® Creole Foods, among hundreds of others. Tendenci’s Schipul Web Marketing business unit provides web marketing services to an international client base that encompasses a variety of service industries in local, national and international markets. Additional information about Tendenci and Schipul is available at

Sanctuary Network Conference Brings Healing Environment to Local Practitioners on Behavioral Healthcare


Over 250 people expected to attend the 8th Annual Conference on Dec. 5 – 6

Next week, over 250 people are expected to gather at the Crowne Plaza White Plains for the 8th Annual Sanctuary Network Conference. Here, organizations and individuals will have the opportunity to share the challenges and experiences of practicing Sanctuary.

Already recognized both internationally and nationally, ANDRUS’ Sanctuary Model has built a solid foundation for changing the face of care for children and families that have experienced trauma. Since its inception in 2005, the Institute has worked with close to 300 organizations in 27 states and seven countries to help create trauma-informed organizational cultures, and promote safety and recovery from adversity. Its approach is being adopted by children’s treatment programs, juvenile justice facilities, domestic and homeless shelters, schools and residential facilities worldwide to treat the effects of adverse childhood experiences on later health and behavioral outcomes.

“Sanctuary continues to develop a track record of success,” President of ANDRUS, Mimi Corcoran, said. “It’s a model for how we can transform the way we approach children and families where a cycle of negative responses to challenging situations becomes ingrained and self-perpetuating. Our approach is a game-changer and can play an important role in a broader national discussion. The goal is to change how we view and react to children who are dealing with stressors. We are working with our own staff, but those dealing with these vulnerable children and families in a variety of fields have the opportunity to benefit from the Sanctuary approach. “

At this year’s conference, Dr. Sandra Bloom M.D., Associate Professor, Drexel University School of Public Health, and Laura Porter, Co-Founder of ACE Interface, LLC will deliver keynotes. In addition to those presented by ANDRUS staff, workshops will be presented by other experts and organizations in the field such as: Children’s Crisis Treatment Center (CCTC), Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth, Sara Reed Children’s Center, and Adelphoi Village.

“Mental health issues, adversity, behavioral challenges, toxic stress and others affect the way people think, learn and feel about themselves and how they react to their environments. Organizations and individuals that are trained in Sanctuary learn to provide the necessary skills for creating and sustaining proactive and responsive environments to meet these needs,” continued Corcoran.

The Sanctuary Model transforms the culture of organizations and is a resource for the adults and children who practice its methods. The core elements of Sanctuary help individuals learn to manage stressors, maintain safety and create opportunities for growth and change.

The Sanctuary model not only helps children and individuals at organizations, but also serves as a resource for employees who are faced serving fragile populations each day. At ANDRUS, all staff members, not just those who work directly with residents, participate in this unique organizational model. The goal is to create a responsive environment that is respectful of all people in the community: both the service providers and those we serve.


ANDRUS provides a broad range of social services for families and children through research, training and innovative programs. Founded in 1928, ANDRUS today is a family-centered organization offering an array of innovative programs to help children, families and communities meet their full potential. Based in Yonkers, N.Y. ANDRUS operates 14 locations in Westchester County including three outpatient mental health clinics, home visiting programs, a childcare center, a special education school and residential treatment campus. ANDRUS also operates the Andrus Center for Learning and Innovation and the Sanctuary Institute, which has provided training and consultation to close to 300 organizations worldwide in the use of a trauma-sensitive model for treatment.


TORONTO, ON, December 2, 2013 – Today, Youth Social Innovation Capital Fund (YSI) announced it has invested in two social enterprises: Growth Mosaic and MENTORnetwork. YSI investments will contribute to the successful growth of these ventures.


Founded by Wayne Miranda, Growth Mosaic prepares West-African social enterprises to access and manage growth capital. Growth Mosaic offers services to their clients that improve operational efficiency, lower costs, and increase the viability of becoming attractive investment opportunities. With five years of business development experience in sub-Saharan Africa, Wayne is a strong believer in the hypothesis that job creation is the ultimate poverty reduction tool. A graduate of the University of Waterloo, Wayne held numerous positions at Engineers Without Borders Canada prior to launching Growth Mosaic.


YSI’s second investment is in Jeremy O’Krafka’s MENTORnetwork, a social enterprise committed to creating a culture of mentorship across Canada. MENTORnetwork develops programs and resources to support individuals accessing mentorship. Their online mentor-matching platform called MENTORup provides a network of mentors to support entrepreneurs and social innovators in the Greater Toronto Area. Jeremy is a member of CSI Regent Park, client of ventureLAB, graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University, past-President of JCI (Junior Chamber International) Toronto, acted as the Corporate Partnerships Lead for BizLaunch, and produced a Guinness World Record setting event with the Ontario Centres of Excellence for the “World’s Largest Business Mentoring Event”.

Growth Mosaic and MENTORnetwork create powerful positive impact in the societies in which they operate. YSI is looking forward to playing a pivotal role in supporting the financial, social, and environmental goals of these social enterprises. We are proud to add an investment with local impact and an investment with international impact to our portfolio. 

                                                      -Jory Cohen, Managing Director

YSI invests in young social entrepreneurs and their social enterprises to drive the creation of sustainable financial, social and environmental value. For more information, go to or contact

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