Passionate youth volunteers band together to solve the world’s water crisis
Santa Barbara, Calif. (Jan. 7, 2013) – Launching into the new year, youth-led non-profit Hands4Others (H4O) is proud to announce its newest youth engagement program: H4O Clubs. As a way to expand H4O’s global mission of providing safe and sustainable access to drinking water around the world, the new H4O Clubs are set up to empower high school students nationwide to join the cause and make a difference in their community.
“When looking to affect change, so many times youth voices and volunteers are passed over because of their age,” said teen H4O Founder Spencer Dusebout. “This is a great opportunity for students passionate about making a difference to showcase their leadership skills by educating their local communities about the world’s water crisis and organizing fundraising events. For anyone wanting to get involved, it truly is an experience that you will remember for the rest of your life.”
The launch of H4O Clubs will continue to help H4O achieve its goal of providing sustainable access to safe, drinkable water for those in need. The program generated excitement in 2013 with the launch of multiple California-based clubs, even garnering international interest with an H4O club based out of St. Andrews, Scotland. Working closely with the H4O chapter headquarters in Santa Barbara, club members will participate in H4O service projects that impact their community and the world. The local clubs will be given all the materials necessary to start a program. H4O Club Kits can be downloaded at www.hands4others.org.
“H4O has more than lived up to its claim of being a ‘movement of young people’ and I am constantly impressed by the ideas and excitement that members are bringing to the table” said Katie Hoeflinger, a junior and H4O Club President at Bishop Garcia Diego High School. “With H4O, whatever you think might work for the cause likely can. The possibilities are endless, making the movement very personal, exciting, and effective”
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“H4O is an amazing organization that makes huge differences in the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around the world without clean water,” said teen pro surfer Lakey Peterson. “Water is so present in my everyday life and H4O is using this precious resource to make the world a better place. It’s easy for young people like myself to get involved and make a real difference; just contact Casey at Casey@hands4others.org for more information about starting or joining an H4O Club.”
About Hands4Others (H40)
Hands4others (H4O) is a grass roots organization founded in the fall of 2008 in Santa Barbara by several teenagers from the community. Having traveled outside the United States, they could not shake the images of children and families forced to spend most of their time gathering insufficient amounts of dirty water – water most of us would not bathe in, let alone drink. Their response to this crisis was to form Hands4others (H4O), a movement of young people who have been called to change the world one person at a time by providing sustainable access to safe, drinkable water for those in need. To date, children and families in 11 countries around the world are currently provided with safe water because of the efforts of H4O and the generous contributions from supporters.
Founded in 1978 by Bill’s father, iPark is a family business, which Bill took over and expanded into the largest, privately owned owner-operated garages and parking lots in New York State.
Having grown up in the industry, Lerner has worked across almost across almost every position in the company that helped him establish a professional, comprehensive and passionate approach to operations and services, and a consistent focus on providing the highest levels of service available in the industry. iPark has set the standard in the industry with more than six decades service to landlords and exclusive residential buildings.
Lerner is very active in philanthropy and involved in many NYC based charities and most extensively, in his own charitable association, Billy4Kids. Lerner realized that children that leave their feet unprotected in developing locations are exposed to potentially fatal parasitic and bacterial diseases borne in soil and simply wearing adequate footwear would save these children’s lives.
Therefore Billy4Kids set up drop-off boxes places all around the city (in over 20 locations) where people can drop off their old sneakers and shoes to be delivered to kids that are in need in developing townships in Haiti, Ghana and Brazil. A simple but effective idea that asks the public for nothing except their old shoes!
Crowdfunding platform focuses on the unique needs of artists
January 7, 2014 – Orlando, FL- Locally owned and made in Orlando crowdfunding platform, ArtStarter announced the launch of its website, www.theartstarter.com. It is built around the unique needs of artists in funding and building community. “We just unveiled See Art Orlando, Downtown’s new public art collection and next year will open a new performing arts center,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “ArtStarter will help keep the momentum going by allowing residents to collectively invest in our growing arts and cultural amenities.”
This new rewards based platform will allow artists of all kinds, from painters, dancers, film producers, musicians and more, to easily create a project and tap into the power of their network. After raising funds on the platform, artists are encouraged to “live” on the site by continuously posting their upcoming local events thereby, building community. The local event feature is set to go live in early 2014.
ArtStarter’s mission is to change the way art is funded in your community and by your community. A great example of community funded art is seen by one of the artists on the platform now. Urban Art Museum is a collaborative effort to bring more public urban art to the Mills 50 District in Orlando, FL. Their first piece was successfully crowd funded on Kickstarter with 51 backers. However, for their second more ambitious piece they are partnering with ArtStarter to raise $25,000.
Currently there are five projects that are raising funds for public art, photographing historic sites, life size photographs as game pieces, cultural food initiative and using photography to help in the fight against gun violence. Interest in partnering with ArtStarter goes beyond Central Florida. Artists from Oregon to New York have expressed interest in partnering with ArtStarter for their future projects.
Though conceived and made in Orlando, ArtStarter can be used globally. Payments are processed by PayPal. Fees on the platform range from 5 to 9 percent for artists raising funds.
To differentiate and gain traction in the crowdfunding arena, ArtStarter plans on executing the following tactics:
ArtStarter is a crowdfunding platform based in Orlando, FL. Founded in June 2013, ArtStarter brought a group of passionate people who were frustrated by a problem and determined to create a solution. During a National Day of Civil Hacking event in Orlando, Florida the challenge was met head on. It was the perfect market on which to focus because it’s a city that’s full of incredible artists but very little cohesive marketing. ArtStarter was a hit from day one, and the participants at the event voted the idea as the very best they’d seen. ArtStarter is developed by locally owned 2iGames, LLC. For more information, please contact us below.
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Indiegogo is the First Crowdfunding Platform that Enables Campaigns to Raise Funds Simultaneously on Two Platforms to Maximize Exposure
SAN FRANCISCO, January 7, 2014 – Indiegogo, the world’s largest crowdfunding platform, today announces Indiegogo Outpost – a unique and industry-leading capability giving companies the opportunity to embed Indiegogo campaigns on their own websites while still enjoying all the benefits of Indiegogo’s broad network, marketing channels, and analytics.
Based on the same trusted technology that has made Indiegogo the worldwide leader in crowdfunding, Indiegogo Outpost supports savvy campaigners and companies that have large online audiences and/or identifiable brands of their own, allowing them to customize campaigns with their own branding and keep traffic directed toward their own sites.
“Indiegogo is all about breaking down barriers to funding and we’re always looking for new ways to help Indiegogo campaigns directly engage with audiences who are likely to support them,” said Slava Rubin, Indiegogo co-founder and CEO.
Companies using Indiegogo Outpost will also be part of the Indiegogo ecosystem with mirrored campaigns on Indiegogo.com, giving them access to the platform’s nine million unique monthly visitors and the opportunity to be a part of Indiegogo’s marketing channels, including its social media and email newsletters. Campaigners also have the opportunity to take advantage of Indiegogo’s robust analytics dashboard, which provides in-depth insights into contributor behavior.
Indiegogo Outpost users can also integrate their own preferred tools, including Google Analytics, KISSmetrics, Mixpanel, and Facebook retargeting. Indiegogo will be officially launching Indiegogo Outpost in the first quarter of 2014, stay tuned for more information.
Indiegogo empowers people around the world to fund what matters to them. As the largest global crowdfunding platform, campaigns have launched from almost every country around the world with millions of dollars being distributed every week due to contributions made by the Indiegogo community. At its core, Indiegogo is the equal opportunity platform dedicated to democratizing the way people raise funds for any project – creative, entrepreneurial or cause-related. The company was launched in 2008 and is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in Los Angeles and New York. For more information, visit www.indiegogo.com.
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Nonprofit gave away record $1 million in grants this year through its Dream Makers program
January 6, 2014, WASHINGTON — The Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation (PenFed Foundation), a nationally recognized nonprofit organization working to meet the unmet financial needs of military members and their families, announced today it helped more than 200 military families across 40 states last year alone attain the dream of owning their first home through its Dream Makers program by providing a record-breaking $1 million in grants to cover down payments and closing costs.
“Many families struggle to buy their first home, but for military families it can be even harder,” said Christopher Flynn, president and CEO of the PenFed Foundation. “From frequent moves around the country and overseas to trouble saving money for a down payment, members of our armed services often have to postpone this important milestone. Our Dream Makers program helps bridge that gap.”
The program helps military families who are first-time homebuyers purchase their first home by offering grants for down payments and closing costs. Service members and veterans of all branches of the military are eligible to apply including the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. Widows of service members are also eligible.
Other requirements include having a gross annual income of $55,000 or less, or 80 percent of area median income, adjusted for family size. In order to receive a grant, the borrower must also attend an approved first-time homebuyer’s course by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
“The Dream Makers program provides an incredible opportunity for many military families who have sacrificed so much to protect our nation to buy their very own home,” added Flynn. “There are so many ways we can thank the military community for their service and sacrifice and this program is one of the best.”
To learn more about the PenFed Foundation’s Dream Makers program and apply online visit: http://www.penfedfoundation.org/dream_index.
About the Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation (the PenFed Foundation)
The PenFed Foundation is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization working to meet the unmet financial needs of military members and their families through supporting wounded warriors and providing the military community with financial management assistance and home ownership aid. Through a unique public-private partnership, the PenFed Foundation joined with the Department of Veterans Affairs to fund the new Lee and Penny Anderson Defenders Lodge, a $17 million project. PenFed (Pentagon Federal Credit Union) covers all labor expenses for the foundation so nearly every dollar donated goes directly to supporting its programs.
To make a donation or learn more about the foundation visit: http://www.penfedfoundation.org.
SANTA MONICA, CA, January 6th, 2013 –Telescope Magazine recently launched its second issue on Kim Biddle’s fight to rescue sex trafficked victims in Los Angeles.Telescope has partnered with eight of the largest anti-human trafficking organizations, including International Justice Mission, Polaris Project, Not For Sale, Made in a Free World, Somaly Mam foundation and more to educate the public and raise awareness through the magazine.
The magazine covers Kim’s personal journey with her organization and gives a comprehensive approach to human trafficking by looking at its history, the signs of trafficking, the root causes, and how people can get involved. Telescope has also launched a social media and blog campaign to coincide with the launch of the second issue. For the blog campaign each of the largest anti-human trafficking organizations lay out their approach to fighting trafficking and lists how people can get involved.
The issue is free and will be used as a resource to inform the general public as well as a tool for educators to inform their students.
Watch how a former victim who was trafficked in Los Angeles, overcame her past with the help of Kim and recently moved into her first apartment:
About Telescope Magazine: “Telescope”, the latest development of the Segel Group is a bimonthly digital magazine for young adults. The magazine uses a multimedia format to tell the stories of real-life heroes, whether it is someone involved in a non-profit doing life-changing work, an adventurer who just completed an amazing feat or an athlete who has broken a world record. The purpose of the publication is to inspire and uplift readers with stories of people who inspire us, who have overcome adversity and who have used obstacles for creating their purpose to touch the lives of others. The hub for the magazine can be found at www.telescopemag.com.
Deutsche Bank announced today it has reached the USD 100 million commitment target for Global Commercial Microfinance Consortium II (“Consortium II”), a first-ever fund to support the growth of microfinance institutions (“MFIs”) that pursue a high level of client care, transparency of operations and pricing, and product innovation.
Consortium II’s goal is to encourage and facilitate a renewed focus on client service and product innovation in microfinance, while continuing to develop the field of social investing. To date, Consortium II has supported more than 30 client-focused MFIs operating in Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Asia. In addition to loan capital, Consortium II borrowers have access to technical assistance to improve customer service and achieve Smart Campaign certification for the Microfinance Client Protection Principles, which aims to embed client protection practices into the institutional culture and operations of the microfinance industry.
Consortium II also provides new opportunities to invest in social enterprises in the fields of healthcare, education, energy, agribusiness and technology that operate at the base of the economic pyramid. Consortium II has already disbursed a USD 2 million loan to the Indian School Finance Company, a unique social enterprise that provides debt capital for affordable private primary schools in low-income neighborhoods in India.
Consortium II represents a partnership with investors who share a focus on responsible microfinance, including AXA France VIE, AXA Germany, Calvert Foundation, CNP Assurances, Développement international Desjardins (DID), Everence Community Investments, KfW, Left Hand Foundation, Money in Motion LLC, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), State Street, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), Storebrand and University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business.
“Global Commercial Microfinance Consortium II aims to provide access to much-needed capital for microfinance institutions that make customer service a priority,” says Jacques Brand, Chief Executive Officer, North America, Deutsche Bank. “We are pleased to be working with such esteemed investors who share our passion for stabilizing and improving the lives of the underbanked.”
“In addition to financial support, the technical assistance the new fund provides the MFIs the toolset to continue implementing and improving a culture of customer focus,” says Gary Hattem, Managing Director, Community Development Finance Group, Deutsche Bank. “Deutsche Bank, alongside this group of investors, is committed to supporting microfinance institutions with a client-centric culture.”
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NEW YORK (January 6, 2014) – The 2014 agenda for nonprofit organizations includes an array of complex accounting and regulatory changes that will impact every charity’s operations including New York’s newest law overhauling oversight and improving public trust.
The New York State Society of CPAs, www.nysscpa.org, is ready to provide clarity about these latest developments at its 36th Annual Nonprofit Conference to be held Thursday, Jan. 9 in Rochester and again Thursday, Jan. 16 in New York City.
Non profit executives, board members and financial employees are invited to attend the conference: “The Age of Clarity – Changing Standards and Changing Legislation”, the Society’s largest event of the year, to learn more about the changes in governance, specialized accounting techniques and reporting requirements for philanthropic groups.
The Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013 – which was signed into law December 18 by Governor Andrew Cuomo – aims to reduce unnecessary and outdated burdens on New York nonprofits and to enhance nonprofit governance and oversight to prevent fraud and improve public trust. The Act is the first substantial overhaul of New York’s nonprofit laws in more than 40 years.
The new law is one of several conference sessions topics that will also include stakeholder communications, electronic contribution and government aid. Yellow Book and Continuing Professional Education credits are available for this event. For the complete conference schedule and to register go to nysscpa.org/nonprofit14.
“With the issuance of a new audit and accounting guide and a bipartisan cooperation within the New York State legislation to overhaul and modernize the state’s nonprofit law, both the accounting and regulatory landscape have changed,” said David M. Rottkamp, chairman of the Society’s Not-For-Profit Organizations Committee and the Not-For-Profit Practice Leader at Grassi & Co.
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1% for the Planet (1% FTP) is a 501(c)3 dedicated to building, supporting and activating an alliance of businesses committed to creating a healthy planet. There’s no better example than WorthWild and Quantum Rush, 1% FTP member businesses that have already committed 1% of their profits to giving back to the environmental nonprofits, are now partnering with Amphibian Survival Alliance in their crowdfunding effort to protect amphibian habitat around the world.
Last month WorthWild went live with their crowdsourcing website – a resource designed to help individuals and organizations get funds or feedback for environmental initiatives – and they launched with collaboration as a priority. One of the first organizations WorthWild aligned with was the Amphibian Survival Alliance, the world’s largest partnership for amphibian conservation. Don Church, Executive Director of the Alliance said “When we joined the 1% for the Planet network we were looking for a truly mutually beneficial partnership. As an Alliance we believe that if a partnership is equally beneficial both parties will get a lot more out of the experience and the outcomes will be much greater, hence when we saw that both WorthWild and Quantum Rush had joined 1% FTP we jumped on the opportunity to work with them.”
“Our brand, our operation, our mission…” says Evan Grinde, Founder of Quantum Rush, “…it all hinges entirely on partnerships. We know we can’t do everything on our own, and we don’t try to. So, naturally, when the Alliance reached out to us and proposed that we work together to raise funds for worldwide amphibian conservation, we agreed wholeheartedly. Their mission really resonated with us, aligning perfectly with the exact kind of differences that we wanted to be making. So before long, we got to work on not only a campaign to be launched through our own website, but also a t-shirt to be given out as a reward for supporters donating at the $250-level through another campaign-driven, 1% for the Planet company: WorthWild. And that all right there is the beauty of 1% for the Planet: it creates collisions. It’s a magnet for like-minded forces and it creates dynamic relationships that might never have otherwise been established… and truly great things can come about because of it.”
“It’s a trifecta.” says WorthWild cofounder Kyle Pribish. “By partnering with 1% for the Planet, Amphibian Survival Alliance and Quantum Rush, we hope to ‘Give Back to Blue’ in a way that stretches beyond ourselves and inspires change the world over. I love that we all found each other through the 1% network. We’re in the business of inspiration, influence and change and the organizations we work with are aligned with these goals as well. We really hope to see some generous traffic to our platform so that all 1% causes and parties may benefit. We want to send a loud message about coming together to accomplish great things.”
In order to maximize impact, efforts in conservation should be concentrated. Participation in these efforts, however, should not be. There truly is strength in numbers, and getting as many individual members of society as possible involved in the collaborative efforts of the Amphibian Survival Alliance, Quantum Rush, and WorthWild is the key to success for our conservation campaign. You, as a passionate and concerned individual, are presented today with greater, more transparent opportunities than ever before to contribute to real causes. The struggles we face in amphibian conservation are representative of the struggles we face on a wider ecological basis. The loss of amphibian biodiversity sets out of balance the ecologies that these sensitive creatures belong to, and these ecologies are not systems in which humans have no place. Any harm we inflict against these animals is harm we inflict against ourselves and our children. Any measure of action we take to protect these animals are measures of action we take to secure a happier, simpler, more natural future for ourselves and our loved ones.
Interested in collaborating? Each new organization brings value to the table in a cooperative partnership through their mission, audience, perspectives, and ideas. We can achieve far more together than any of us could alone.
Ready to leap to the rescue? Here’s how you can make an impact right away:
Support the Amphibian Survival Alliance’s Crowdfunding Campaign: Until January 29th 2014, the Amphibian Survival Alliance will triple every dollar raised through the “Leaping to the Rescue! Hop to it!” campaign on WorthWild. Click here to donate to the campaign!
Purchase a Shirt from Quantum Rush: Indefinitely, you can also support by purchasing an eco-friendly, USA-made Amphibian Conservation artisan t-shirt from Quantum Rush at quantumrush.com/amphibians.
Together we can save amphibians and the habitats upon which they – and we – depend.
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Amphibian Survival Alliance (ASA): The Amphibian Survival Alliance is the world’s largest partnership for amphibian conservation, formed in response to the decline of frogs, salamanders and caecilians worldwide. Without immediate and coordinated action we stand to lose half of some 7,000 species of amphibians in our lifetimes. The ASA draws on cutting-edge research to protect amphibians and key habitats worldwide, in addition to educating and inspiring the global community to become a part of the amphibian conservation movement. www.amphibians.org. Support their crowdfunding campaign at www.WorthWild.com/initiatives/9/.
Quantum Rush: Quantum Rush is a social enterprise built to empower and inspire. We actively seek partnerships with forward-thinking doers, such as select non-profits, innovative startups, and creative individuals in order to create a greater impact together than anyone could alone. Quantum Rush tailors unique campaigns to tell the stories of each partner’s mission with the intention of inspiring and motivating an observer to become a contributor. These missions range from environmental sustainability, to wildlife conservation, to social development, to brilliant ideas that have never before been executed. The goal of each campaign is to sell a product that manifests the partner’s mission. For most, this product is an organic, artisan t-shirt made in California. Each campaign’s artisan tee is emblazoned with artwork that captures the essence of the project it represents. Furthermore, Quantum Rush gives at least 20% of each sale directly back to the partner behind the campaign; the rest goes to responsible production, materials, and operations. Through this model of funding and storytelling, we seek to empower not only our partners, but also potential contributors. If each actor is instilled with a greater sense of agency, we can together craft a future worth looking forward to. Support Amphibian Survival Alliance’s crowdfunding campaign at the $250 level to receive your very own Quantum Rush t-shirt, or visit Quantum Rush at www.quantumrush.com.
WorthWild: WorthWild is a crowdfunding and crowdsourcing platform designed to help individuals and organizations garner funds and feedback for environmental initiatives. The platform highlights campaigns in four areas in order to engage people of all ages and influence: environmental education, conservation, innovation and human-powered recreation. Ultimately, WorthWild helps drive the movement to get kids (back) outside by highlighting amazing environmental projects initiated by established organizations and passionate individuals. Conversely, WorthWild highlights youth initiatives as a means to inspire organizations, individuals and businesses to not only play a role in supporting the next generation of environmental stewards, but to also start initiatives of their own. By providing transparent and detailed plans to Supporters and Sponsors, WorthWild Initiators raise intellectual capital and money for specific environmental projects, turning ideas into action, and multiplying grass roots efforts. Visit www.worthwild.com to support Amphibian Survival Alliance’s campaign to save 100,000 football fields-worth of amphibian habitat.
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