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Monthly Archives: April 2014

$500,000 Gift to Fund Jazz Scholarships

A contemporary of Dave and Iola Brubeck who gained his own success as the vice president of public relations for Pan American World Airways has given University of the Pacific a $500,000 gift that will enable talented musicians for generations to study at the prestigious Brubeck Institute.

Richard N. Barkle, who studied speech at then-College of the Pacific and graduated in 1943, established the Richard N. Barkle Endowed Scholarship before his death last summer at age 93.

The gift will be invested as an endowment that will provide $20,000 each year in perpetuity to support student-musicians at the university’s Brubeck Institute.

“I can’t begin to tell you how very important this is to the Brubeck Institute and future students,” said Simon Rowe, executive director of the Brubeck Institute. “This endowment means so many young musicians over the years will be able to receive a world-class music education here.”

A Pacific Grove native, Barkle attended College of the Pacific – which later became University of the Pacific – at the same time as Dave and Iola Brubeck. Barkle was part of “Friday Frolics,” the hour-long variety show broadcast from a radio studio on Pacific’s campus. Iola Brubeck – then Iola Whitlock – produced the show and Dave Brubeck played music for it.

Barkle was also on the staff of Pacific Weekly, the student newspaper at the time, and Naranjado, the yearbook. He was a member of Omega Phi Alpha and a water boy for the Pacific football team.

Barkle attended several alumni events in subsequent years, including a Brubeck birthday event, a President’s Dinner and Reception honoring the Spanos family, and the university sesquicentennial celebration.

At Pan Am, Barkle’s responsibilities brought him into frequent contact with dignitaries, celebrities and other VIPs during the airline’s “golden years.”

Barkle was credited originating an idea that may have set the bar for product placement, according to a story on the website for Air Cargo News, an industry publication for air freighters. The story reported that Barkle suggested The Beatles fly Pan Am on the band’s inaugural visit to the United States in 1964 and that the Fab Four’s first interview in this country take place with a Pan Am logo in the background.

About the Brubeck Institute

The Brubeck Institute was established by University of the Pacific in 2000. Its mission is to build on Dave Brubeck’s legacy and his lifelong dedication to music, creativity, education, and the advancement of important social issues including civil rights, environmental concerns, international relations and social justice. The Institute maintains five programs, including the Brubeck Collection, the Brubeck Fellowship, the Brubeck Festival, Summer Jazz Colony, and the Brubeck Outreach Program. More information:

About University of the Pacific

Established in 1851 as the first university in California, University of the Pacific prepares students for professional and personal success through rigorous academics, small classes, and a supportive and engaging culture. Widely recognized as one of the most beautiful private university campuses in the West, the Stockton campus offers more than 80 undergraduate majors in arts and sciences, music, business, education, engineering and computer science, and pharmacy and health sciences. The university’s distinctive Northern California footprint also includes a campus in San Francisco, which is home to the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, and the McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. For more information, visit

Rock The Cause Records Announces Fix Me Up the Deluxe Edition Set To Hit May 6

First Single “Clouds” Has Raised Nearly $800,000 for Children’s Cancer Research


Zach Sobiech blew us away last year when he teamed up with SoulPancake to invite us into his world with “My Last Day’s: Meet Zach Sobiech.” The 20-minute video was our first introduction to this incredibly inspirational seventeen year old who, even while facing a terminal diagnosis of Osteosarcoma showed us what it truly means to live. Determined to leave a legacy for his family and friends, Zach and his band, A Firm Handshake (Sammy Brown & Reed Redmond) wrote, recorded and released a gorgeous EP, Fix Me Up. Now, for the first time ever, Fix Me Up will be available to fans physically as well as digitally with added bonus content as a Deluxe Edition, set to hit May 6th via Rock the Cause Records.

When the Fix Me Up EP was released last year, the first single “Clouds” quickly went viral selling over 300,000 downloads and raising close to $800,000 for Children’s Cancer Research. The video for the single touched millions of people, amongst them celebrities so moved by Zach and the song that they came together to create a celebrity edition of “Clouds” for him. When Zach passed away on May 20, 2013, his fans pushed the track to up to #1 on the iTunes, Spotify and Billboard charts, a moving tribute from the astounding amount of people he had touched by sharing his story.

Fix Me Up (Deluxe Edition) is a two-disk CD/DVD set that includes the original EP, along with a never before heard acoustic version of “Clouds”, the new holiday classic “Clouds (Largest Clouds Choir Holiday Version)” and a gorgeous new single from band-mate Sammy Brown, “How to Go to Confession,” a song about loved ones lost and hope for the future. A portion of the net proceeds from the sale of Fix Me Up (Deluxe Edition) are being donated to the Zach Sobiech Osteorcarcoma Fund at Children’s Cancer Research Fund to find a cure for this rare, devastating cancer, and Rock the Cause, a music based non-profit that empowers young people to get involved in their communities.

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ZviDance Receives $10,000 NEA Art Works Grant to Support Surveillance

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced today that ZviDance is one of 886 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. ZviDance is recommended for a $10,000 grant to support Artistic Director, Zvi Gotheiner’s newest work: Surveillance – a contemporary dance and multimedia piece which explores the realities behind the surveillance camera.

Recognized by the New York Times as creating one of the “TOP TEN BEST DANCE PIECES OF 2013,” ZviDance will present its newest work, Surveillance for five performances only at New York Live Arts from June 11-14, 2014. Experience the groundbreaking collaboration of contemporary dance, video technology and animation as the lines between performer and spectator blur when each take turns using cams to create video streams that will be recorded, projected, and resampled on screens set up throughout the building. From the moment the audience enters the venue, they will feel the presence of these devices and inevitably participate in the evening’s narrative. Scott Killian’s provocative sound design will use real-time recordings of audiences footsteps, conversations between audience members, and the sound of performers breath to add an aural architecture of inhabitance and domination. Surveillance is an immersive-intrusive-inescapable-environmental dance piece that will leave you wondering how and why as a society we consent to this invasion into our private lives?

NEA Acting Chairman Shigekawa said, “The NEA is pleased to announce that ZviDance is recommended for an NEA Art Works grant. These NEA-supported projects will not only have a positive impact on local economies, but will also provide opportunities for people of all ages to participate in the arts, help our communities to become more vibrant, and support our nation’s artists as they contribute to our cultural landscape.”

“Surveillance is a continual exploration in my reflection on the way technologies are shaping our realities. The work integrates video cameras, projectors and dancers. I thank the NEA for the support of this ambitious work.” -Zvi Gotheiner, Artistic Director

Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancement of the livability of communities through the arts. The NEA received 1,515 eligible applications under the Art Workscategory, requesting more than $76 million in funding. Of those applications, 886 are recommended for grants for a total of $25.8 million.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at

About ZviDance

ZviDance exists to share with audiences the choreographic vision and movement vocabulary of Israeli-born Artistic Director Zvi Gotheiner. Each piece defines a unique set of relationships and experiences, boldly addressing the depths of the human experience. ZviDance also exists to engage students in enriching their appreciation of the art form. ZviDance brings its audiences a passionate vision of community in a modern age. A collaborative alliance among artists, the company’s stirring work celebrates diversity by melding movement genres into the distinct dance vocabulary constantly evolving and refusing to succumb to dialectics of the medium. Led by Israeli-born Artistic Director Zvi Gotheiner and Executive Director, Nikki Chalas, the company is shaped by a collaborative model of creation, involving the ensemble and designers from the initial research phase, so as to constantly push the methodology and ethics of a creation process within an inter-disciplinary format. In the last 20 years of existence, ZviDance has received critical praise and stable funding for its artistic projects, a work that fearlessly refuses to be bounded to specific thematic or aesthetic dogma. The company performs frequently at home in such New York venues as the Joyce Theater, Dance Theater Workshop and Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors. ZviDance has toured across North America to festivals such as Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and The American Dance Festival, and abroad to Germany, Poland, Russia, Israel, Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador and Japan.

About Zvi Gotheiner, Artistic Director

Born and raised in a kibbutz in northern Israel, Zvi began his artistic career as a gifted violinist with the Young Kibbutzim Orchestra, where he attained the rank of soloist and Concertmaster at age 15. He began dancing at 17, and soon after, formed his first performance group. Zvi arrived in New York in 1978 on a dance scholarship from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and danced with the Joyce Trisler Dance Company, Feld Ballets/NY and Bat-Sheva Dance Company. After directing Tamar Ramle and the Jerusalem Tamar Dance Companies in Israel and the Israeli Chamber Dance Company in New York, he founded ZviDance.

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ZviDance’s presentation of Surveillance at New York Live Arts is made possible through New York Live Arts’ Theater Access Program. The Theater Access Program is a comprehensive subsidized rental program benefiting a diverse group of dance and theater companies and producing organizations.

Little Reader Snapshot Contest Aims to Promote Children’s Literacy & Children’s Book Week

April 2014 – New York, NYPubslush has recently announced the launch of their Little Reader Snapshot Contest, an online competition that is aimed to promote the magic of reading and children’s literacy initiatives. Parents, friends, or teachers can submit photos of their child or children reading their favorite book. Co-sponsored by The Children’s Book Council and Children’s Book Week, the contest is being conducted through Facebook, which allows for easy sharing of the photos.

The contest will culminate along with Children’s Book Week on May 18. The photos with the most votes in the categories of ages Newborn to 4, 5 to 9, 10 to 12 and also a group photo category, which is catered towards classrooms and schools, will be featured on the Pubslush and CBC websites and the winners will receive book bundles packed with age appropriate titles.

In the spirit of promoting literacy for all children, The Little Reader Snapshot Contest has collaborated with LitWorld as a giving partner. All the titles received by the winners will also be donated to LitWorld and distributed to children in need.

To enter your little reader into the contest, visit the Pubslush Contest Page on Facebook.

Bryan Greenberg and Microsoft Host Third Annual ‘The Olevolos Project’ Brunch Fundraiser

Actor to Host Brunch Party to Benefit Children in Tanzania

New York, (May 2014) – On Saturday, May 3rd, 2014, actor Bryan Greenberg and Microsoft will host the third annual brunch party to raise funds for The Olevolos Project at Gallow Green of the McKittrick Hotel, Home of Sleep No More, from 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Olevolos Project’s Scholarship Program and support the educational and affiliated needs of disadvantaged and orphaned students from the Olevolos Village of Tanzania.

After being founded in 2007, The Olevolos Project continues to nurture a passion for learning and helps develop young village leaders through formal schooling, tutoring programs, and extra-curricular activities.

“In 2010, I traveled to Tanzania. The level of poverty blew me away and I wanted to help out in someway,” says Greenberg. “I didn’t have to look far – my cousin, Dory Gannes, had already founded The Olevolos Project, an NGO that sponsors children’s educational needs in Tanzania. It is my belief that the only way out of deep poverty is through education. In the last 2 years, we’ve thrown two amazing fundraisers in NYC. The money raised at these events goes directly towards the students and their education, food, clothing, and shelter. Even the smallest thing, like taking the students outside of their village on a field trip, helps open their eyes to a bigger and brighter world. I hope you will join me in NYC on 5/3/14 for the third annual Olevolos Project brunch party. It’s a good time for a great cause.”

Riding the success of his previous two brunch fundraisers, Greenberg has helped raise over $115,000 for The Olevolos Project. This year Greenberg has assembled another star-studded host committee consisting of Alex Gannes, Alexis Nataf, Ambyr Childers, Andrea Szempruch, Delroy Lindo, Dory Gannes, Eddie K Thomas, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Geoff Stults, Hilarie Burton, Hill Harper, James Lafferty, Jamie Chung, Jamie Hector, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jonathan Azu, Justin Danko, Kelly Brady, Margo Gannes, Matt Levine, and Victor Rasuk.

DJ favorites Mel DeBarge and JUS SKE will be spinning the tunes throughout the brunch on the rooftop. The event will feature raffle prizes and a silent auction; all proceeds from which will be donated to The Olevolos Project.

The event will be held at Gallow Green of The McKittrick Hotel, home of Sleep No More. It is located at 530 W 27th St, New York, NY. Tickets for the Brunch Party are $150 per person and VIP tables can be reserved for $2000.

To purchase tickets, visit:

For general inquiries, contact Christine Chapman at

For press and talent inquiries, contact Brooke Caldwell at

ABOUT THE OLEVOLOS PROJECT: The Olevolos Project is a 501c3 organization that provides educational opportunities to disadvantaged young people in Tanzania. Funds raised from the 2014 Benefit Brunch will go towards The Olevolos Project’s Scholarship Program that supports the educational and affiliated needs of disadvantaged and orphaned students from the Olevolos Village. For more information on The Olevolos Project, please visit

PARTICIPATING SPONSORS AND PARTNERS: Microsoft, Brancott Estate Flight Song, RedBull, The McKittrick Hotel.

Schools Demonstrating Extraordinary Success To Be Honored By Coalition Of Schools Educating Boys Of Color At Annual Gathering Of Leaders In Jackson, MS., April 23-25th

Special White House Town Hall to Convene Immediately Following The Gathering

Boston, MA. (April 22, 2014) – The Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC), the only national network of school leaders focused on educating boys and young men of color today announced the recipients of the prestigious 2014 COSEBOC School Awards. The International School of Louisiana – Camp Street Campus, New Orleans, La., and Jumoke Academy Charter Schools, Hartford, Ct. will receive their awards at the 8th annual COSEBOC Gathering of Leaders at Jackson State University in Jackson, MS, on April 23-25, 2014. Following COSEBOC’s Gathering of Leaders conference, the Obama Administration will convene two special events including a community forum aligned with the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative and a White House Town Hall on Educational Excellence for African Americans.

This year’s awardees, the International School of Louisiana – Camp Street Campus, New Orleans, La., and Jumoke Academy Charter Schools, Hartford, Ct. were selected after a rigorous three-part evaluation of the academic success of their boys of color over a three-year period. The criteria for selection includes an assessment of how each school aligns with the research based COSEBOC Standards. These awardees share the common characteristics of successful schools such as strong school leadership, culturally responsive school climate, rigorous academic offerings and more.

“Both the International School of Louisiana (ISL) and Jumoke Academy Charter Schools exemplify innovative, real world practices, and exemplary leadership that reflect the COSEBOC Standards for success,” said Ron Walker, COSEBOC’s Executive Director.

“Research shows that 85-98% of male students of color at our Award Schools achieve academic success at or above that of their white peers statewide, and 85-95% of male students of color at the Award elementary schools passed their state’s ELA test. We are pleased to add ISL and Jumoke to our growing list of successful schools and look forward to sharing their benchmark practices with our network of school leaders across the country”, Walker stated.

The International School of Louisiana

Guided by Principal Melanie Tennyson, The International School of Louisiana – Camp Street Campus, (ISL) New Orleans, La., is a full language-immersion public charter school serving 600 students grades K-8; two-thirds are students of color. In keeping with its mission to provide a challenging education emphasizing language immersion, international awareness, celebration of diversity, and community responsibility, ISL programs address culture, ethnicity, learning capacity, and religion, offering quality learning that transcends socio-economic boundaries. The results of ISL’s highly effective education programs are evidenced by designation as an “A” School in 2012-13 by the state; male students of color consistently scoring higher than state averages on state standardized tests; higher retention rates than state averages for ISL male students of color; and 100% of 5th grade students in the French immersion track passing the French DELF examination, qualifying them to receive the official French-language diploma awarded by France’s Ministry of National Education.

Jumoke Academy Charter Schools: Hartford, Connecticut

Jumoke Academy Charter Schools has a simple: goal – make every child believe there is nothing he or she cannot accomplish. Headed by Dr. Michael Sharpe, CEO, Jumoke’s schools accomplish this through its multiple initiatives in support of young men of color, including mentor programs, student celebrations, awards ceremonies that include students and parents, fathers’ groups, afterschool programming and Saturday and summer programs. Jumoke Academy has built and maintained a strong school culture that promotes success of all of its “Young Kings” and “First Ladies”.

Likely a result of hard work on the part of the school’s faculty and staff, data shows great retention of students, families and faculty from year to year as well as high levels of academic achievement and proficiency rates on state standardized testing.

The International School of Louisiana and Jumoke Academy Schools join a select group of COSEBOC School Award Winners from across the U.S. including 2012 and 2013 Award-winning schools: Bedford Academy, Best Academy, Devonshire Elementary School, Eagle Academy for Young Men – the Bronx, Fenway High School, Merrillville High School, Salk Elementary School, Thurgood Marshall Academy and Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice.

The 2014 Award recipients will be honored at the COSEBOC Annual Gathering: Onward and Upward: Advancing the Affirmative Development of Boys and Young Men of Color. Over 600 educators and school leaders from across the United States are expected to attend. The lead sponsor for the Gathering of Leaders is the W.K. Kellogg Foundation with additional support from the NEA, Scholastic and the American Reading Company.

Attendees of The Gathering of Leaders are also invited to attend a community forum on Friday, April 25th aligned with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans Town Hall on April 26th presented at Jackson State University. COSEBOC Executive Director Ron Walker, educator David Banks and COSEBOC youth will be featured among the panel participants at the forum and town hall events.

For more information regarding COSEBOC, the Annual Gathering and the 2014 Summits on Educational Excellence for African Americans presented by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans please visit our website at

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The Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC) is a national network of school leaders focused on educating boys and young men of color. The non-profit organization is a leading resource and a repository of tested, innovative, ‘real world’ practices and research that help boys and young men of color succeed. COSEBOC ‘s mission is to connect, inspire, support and strengthen school leaders dedicated to the social, emotional and academic development of boys and young men of color. COSEBOC provides Standards for schools to adopt based on research and the innovative policies and practices of successful schools. The publication, “Standards and Promising Practices for Educating Boys and Young Men of Color”, provides a framework for assessment, curriculum, training, leadership, community engagement and more for schools across the country. Headquartered in Boston, MA., COSEBOC’s national network of school leaders represents 600 schools educating 300,000 students across the United States.

About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.

The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Mich., and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit

Impact Investment Advocates Ring The Closing Bell at the NYSE

NEW YORK, New York (April, 21, 2014) – Representatives and guests from the U.S. National Advisory Board to the Global Task Force on Social Impact Investment rang the Closing Bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) today to raise awareness about the role of public and private innovation and entrepreneurship in solving our greatest social and environmental challenges.

“Our society faces challenges that cannot be solved by government and philanthropy alone, spurring innovative approaches that harness the efficiency and discipline of markets. Impact investments deploy private capital for public good and are intentionally designed to deliver social or environmental benefits as well as financial return,” said Tracy Palandjian, CEO of Social Finance U.S. and co-chair of the National Advisory Board. Matt Bannick, Managing Partner of Omidyar Network, co-chairs the National Advisory Board with Palandjian.

A global effort was initiated at the June 2013 G8 meetings in London to explore how impact investing can accelerate economic growth and solve the world’s most pressing social challenges. At that time, the Global Task Force on Social Impact Investment (Task Force) was created and charged with: recommending policies to accelerate impact investing; establishing a common global approach for measuring social outcomes; and, encouraging greater engagement across foundations, institutions and private investors.

The National Advisory Board on Impact Investing rang the closing bell at the NYSE

The National Advisory Board is coordinating with, and advising, the Task Force, and will issue a report in early June 2014. The report will contain a set of policy recommendations to mainstream impact investing within the United States and globally, and is actively reaching out to key stakeholders and communities to get feedback, ideas and input.

“The early pioneers in impact investing have built significant momentum around creating a new market for companies and structures that generate a financial return while doing good for the world – in spite of a an outdated regulatory environment that does little to support this work,” said Jean Case, CEO of the Case Foundation and a National Advisory Board member. “Imagine the investment we’ll unlock to address big social challenges with updated policies that encourage and reward impact investing.”

The National Advisory Board is comprised of 27 thought leaders including private investors, entrepreneurs, foundations, academics, think tanks, impact enterprises, nonprofits, coalitions and intermediaries.

National Advisory Board members and guests on the podium for the bell ringing on Monday included:

  • Jean Case, CEO, Case Foundation
  • Audrey Choi, Head, Global Sustainable Finance, Morgan Stanley
  • Paula Goldman, Senior Director, Knowledge & Advocacy, Omidyar Network
  • Michelle Greene, Senior Vice President & Head of Corporate Responsibility, NYSE Euronext
  • Andrew Kassoy, Co-founder, B Lab
  • Antony Bugg-Levine, Nonprofit Finance Fund
  • Elizabeth Littlefield, President & CEO, Overseas Private Investment Corporation
  • Tracy Palandjian, CEO & Co-founder, Social Finance US, National Advisory Board co-chair
  • Andrea Phillips, Vice President, Urban Investment Group, Goldman Sachs
  • Luther Ragin Jr., CEO, Global Impact Investing Network
  • Curtis Ravenel, Director, Global Sustainable Strategy Group, Bloomberg LP
  • Sean Greene, Entrepreneur In Residence, Revolution Ventures
  • Xavier Briggs, VP Economic Opportunity, Ford Foundation
  • Zia Khan, VP Initiatives and Strategy, Rockefeller Foundation

Kristin Groos Richmond, founder and CEO of impact investment success story Revolution Foods also attended the Bell Ringing and said, “Revolution Foods is proof that you can start a business that provides both a financial and social rate of return.”

Revolution Foods is disrupting the world of school lunches by providing over 1 million healthy, affordable meals to students across the country, more than 60% of whom are in low-income households.

New York Theatre Ballet Awarded a National Endowment for the Arts

Art Works grant for the Merce Cunningham revival Cross Currents

New York Theatre Ballet has been recommended for a National Endowment for the Arts Art Works grant for its upcoming revival of Merce Cunningham’s 1964 dance piece, Cross Currents, which will premiere as the centerpiece of the NYTB Repertory ‘15: Legends & Visionaries program. The program will be performed at New York City’s Florence Gould Hall in March and April 2015 and for tour audiences throughout the United States in 2015.

The late Merce Cunningham was among the greatest choreographers of the 20th Century. Cross Currents, a dance trio originally performed by Merce Cunningham, Carolyn Brown, and Viola Farber, is set to an arrangement by John Cage of Conlon Nancarrow’s Rhythm Studies for Player Piano Nos. 1-6. According to the Merce Cunningham Trust, “The title comes from the way the dancer’s paths frequently intersected, and from the original rhythmic qualities of the ballet, where each dancer had their own, different rhythms, but they would all come together at the end of the phrase.”

NYTB is known for its meticulous rendering of small, choreographic gems. The Company follows the teaching legacy of Margaret Craske (its founding ballet mistress & coach) who trained Carolyn Brown and many other Cunningham dancers.

Additionally, Cross Currents will be previewed in the NYTB studio as part of its Dance On A Shoestring series during its rehearsal period.

For full season information visit


New York Theatre Ballet (NYTB), founded in 1978 by artistic director Diana Byer, is the most widely seen chamber ballet company in the United States and has been hailed by The New York Times as “an invaluable company.” NYTB is dedicated to inspiring a love of dance in diverse audiences through performances of chamber ballet masterpieces and bold new works, as well as innovative one-hour ballets for children, all at affordable prices.

By pairing the ballets of legendary creators with those of contemporary visionaries, NYTB brings a new understanding and appreciation of dance. The approach to live performance for children is groundbreaking and unique. New York Theatre Ballet offers an annual series of hour-long ballets tailored to the attention span of young audience members, while offering high production values and clever choreography sophisticated enough for discerning parents.

NYTB is committed to reaching underserved audiences by performing in small cities throughout the U.S. Its professional school provides ballet training based on the Cecchetti syllabus. Classes are offered at affordable prices. Scholarships are awarded to talented homeless and underserved children along with support for well-rounded learning.

Michelle Tabnick, (646) 765-4773,

Mother’s Day Gifts That Can Save Lives

Symbolic “Rescue Gifts” from the International Rescue Committee

New York – On Thursday, April 24, just in time for Mother’s Day, the International Rescue Committee will launch its collection of charitable “Rescue Gifts,” symbolic gifts that can have real impact on the lives of refugee mothers and their families living in the midst of conflict or natural disaster in places like Syria, the Central African Republic and the Philippines.

Gift options like a safe delivery ($24) can ensure critical supplies and assistance to help make childbirth safer — and happier — for both mother and baby, and maternal health care ($52) can provide a mother-to-be in places like Kenya with the advice, medical assistance and other support she needs to keep herself and her baby healthy. In a country like Afghanistan, $56 can send a young girl to school for a year and give her the chance of a better life.

The IRC’s “Rescue Gifts” are perfect for the socially conscious or eco-friendly mom in your life, and even for the last-minute shopper who wants to send an eCard on Mother’s Day itself. Celebrity watchers who want to give back can shop the favorite gift collections of the IRC Voices, including Morena Baccarin, Rashida Jones, John Legend, Jencarlos Canela and Sarah Wayne Callies. Morena, a new mom herself, has chosen gifts that are all focused on supporting mothers and empowering women and girls in some of the world’s worst conflict zones.

Ingrid & Isabel, a maternity apparel company, will match all “Rescue Gift” purchases to the IRC up to $30,000 as part of the IRC’s Mother’s Day campaign. There are more than three dozen gift options at varying prices. The recipient of each “Rescue Gift” will receive a personalized printed card or an eCard describing the gift and how it will impact the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people. Gift buyers can see the catalogue at

About the International Rescue Committee: A global leader in humanitarian assistance, the International Rescue Committee works in 40 countries offering help and hope to refugees and others impacted by violent conflict and disaster. During crises, IRC teams provide health care, shelter, clean water, sanitation, learning programs for children and special aid for women. As emergencies subside, the IRC stays to revive livelihoods and help shattered communities recover and rebuild. Every year, the IRC also helps resettle thousands of refugees admitted into the United States, in 22 cities across the country.  A tireless advocate for the most vulnerable, the IRC is committed to restoring hope, dignity and opportunity. For more information, visit, and follow the IRC on twitter, @theIRC / @IRCpress.

New Report on Foundation Funding to Address Domestic Violence

New York, NY — April 21, 2014. Today, the Foundation Center announced the release of a landmark report on foundation support for organizations and programs working to prevent — and address the consequences of — domestic violence in California. Enabled through a grant from Blue Shield of California Foundation, and using data from the Foundation Center’s research database, Foundation Funding to Address Domestic Violence in California is the first-ever examination of philanthropy’s contribution to the field of domestic violence. The report provides a landscape analysis to inform community organizations, funders, government agencies, and other stakeholders working to improve prevailing statistics that show one in three women will experience rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in her lifetime.

“It is evident from this study that there is still ample space for additional funders to help end domestic violence,” said Peter Long, Ph.D., president and CEO of Blue Shield of California Foundation. “Given the complex causes of and solutions for domestic violence, philanthropic organizations working on a variety of issues — from healthcare to childhood development — have clear opportunities to get involved and make a difference.”

In the period 2009-2011, a total of 96 funders awarded more than $42 million in grants to domestic violence organizations in California. Funds primarily supported family services (80 percent), along with grants for legal services (28.8 percent), prevention (35.6 percent), and public health (27.2 percent).

Other key findings from the report:

  • The populations most targeted by foundations were women and girls (96 percent) and children and youth (73.5 percent), followed by the economically disadvantaged (35 percent) and racial/ethnic minorities (16.1 percent).
  • Grant recipient organizations located in major metropolitan areas led the state in their share of domestic violence funding dollars: San Francisco (27.4 percent) and Los Angeles (20.7 percent).
  • Blue Shield of California Foundation is the leading domestic violence funder in California, making up more than 30 percent of total grant dollars awarded toward domestic violence prevention and services.
  • Among the 1,000 largest foundations, the most that invested in any given year during the study period was 74.

“It is essential for funders, practitioners, and policymakers to have concrete data about funding to address domestic violence,” said Brenda Henry-Sanchez, director of research for special projects at the Foundation Center and co-author of the report. “This kind of knowledge helps pinpoint where the gaps are so funders can direct their investments where it will do the most good.”

Data on foundation funding for critical social issues like domestic violence align with the Foundation Center’s stated priorities to communicate philanthropy’s contribution to making a better world and to empower donors with the knowledge tools they need to be strategic. This report provides benchmarks against which to measure future progress in California and can serve as a model for other states that want to better understand the nature of foundation funding to address domestic violence.

The data highlighted in Foundation Funding to Address Domestic Violence in California are from the Foundation Center’s research grants set, which includes all grants of $10,000 or more awarded by 1,000 of the largest U.S. foundations.

The report, which can be downloaded for free from the Foundation Center’s web site, is part of a project funded by Blue Shield of California Foundation that offers tools and training to improve the fundraising capacity of California’s domestic violence service providers. In collaboration with several funder associations and Blue Shield of California Foundation, the Foundation Center will present a webinar on May 6 at 11:00 am (PT) to highlight the findings of the report and engage funders and advocates to discuss its implications for the field. Registration for the webinar is online.

About the Foundation Center

Established in 1956, the Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level. Thousands of people visit the Center’s web site each day and are served in its five regional library/learning centers and its network of more than 470 funding information centers located in public libraries, community foundations, and educational institutions nationwide and around the world. For more information, please visit or call (212) 620-4230.

Cheryl Loe
Communications Project Manager
The Foundation Center
(888) 356-0354 ext. 701

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