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Blanton Museum Receives Major Gift of Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art

AUSTIN, Texas — The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin has been gifted approximately 120 modern and contemporary Latin American artworks from UT alumni Judy and Charles Tate of Houston. In addition, the Tates have made a major contribution toward the endowment that supports the museum’s Latin American curatorship.

Their collection — the entirety of which will ultimately come to the Blanton — includes painting, drawing, prints, sculpture and mixed media works by artists Tarsila do Amaral, Lygia Clark, Frida Kahlo, Carlos Mérida, Wifredo Lam, Armando Reverón, Diego Rivera, Alejandro Xul Solar and Joaquín Torres-García, among others. Spanning the early 20th century to the present, the gift features many of the artists who were key to the creation of modernism in Latin America.

The endowment gift adds to the Tates’ past contributions to the Blanton’s Latin American art program and reaffirms their commitment to endowment building as an institutional priority. The total value of the gift to the Blanton is $10 million, enabling the museum to exceed its fundraising goal in the university’s Campaign for Texas. The university has exceeded its overall goal of $3 billion in the eight-year-long Campaign for Texas, which ends Aug. 31.

“With this gift, Charles and Judy have once again made a hugely valuable contribution to the life of UT Austin,” said UT President Bill Powers. “This gift will continue to put us at the forefront as one of the country’s best museums for Latin American art and will provide many new opportunities for students, faculty and art historians. The Tates are role models for their leadership and commitment, and I thank them.”

Ardent supporters of the university for many years, the Tates have together and individually served and supported the Texas Exes alumni association, the university’s Development Board, the Blanton Museum of Art, the Department of Biomedical Engineering, the University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO) and the Commission of 125. Charles Tate was elected to the McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame in 2003, and in 2007, he received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Texas Exes. He also received a UT Presidential Citation in 2011. Judy Tate is the immediate past chair of the Blanton’s Museum Council and is actively involved with a number of other UT organizations.

“Judy and Charles Tate have been visionary partners in ensuring that their alma mater remains intrinsic to the international conversation on modern and contemporary Latin American art,” explained Blanton Director Simone Wicha.

“A great museum is built on the foundation of a great collection and the strength of its endowment. As the Blanton continues to grow and play a larger role on campus, the community, and beyond, so too must the museum’s holdings. And this extraordinary collection will enrich our students’ and visitors’ lives. The Tates’ investment in the endowment also will ensure many new opportunities for research and scholarship for future generations. The combination of these gifts will enhance the Blanton’s position as an institution of learning and its impact on the field of Latin American art.”

The Tate collection will introduce many new artists to the Blanton, as well as strengthen the museum’s examples of modern and postwar artistic innovation from Latin America. It also builds upon the museum’s rich legacy of exhibitions and scholarship in the field of Latin American art.

From Sept. 20 to Feb. 15, 2015, the Blanton will present a selection of approximately 70 works from the collection in an exhibition titled La línea continua.

A fully illustrated catalog of the Tate gift will be published this fall, with a preface by Powers; Wicha in conversation with Judy and Charles Tate; an essay by Blanton Curator of Latin American Art Beverly Adams; and short pieces by UT art and art history graduate students.

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Napa Valley Vintners Establishes Community Disaster Fund for Earthquake Relief

8/27/2014 – Napa, CA – In the spirit of neighbors helping neighbors, the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) nonprofit trade association announced today that it will donate $10 million to create a Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund to help meet the immediate needs of local residents and local businesses impacted by Sunday’s earthquake.

“Hundreds of homes and businesses in the local community were damaged by this disaster,” said Russ Weis, chairman of the NVV Board of Directors and general manager of Silverado Vineyards. “Residents and business owners in the heart of the City of Napa, south of the city, including American Canyon, and surrounding neighborhoods were especially impacted. The Fund will provide resources and assistance to support the community as it rebuilds.”

The NVV is establishing the Fund with a lead pledge of $10 million and encourages other organizations and individuals to contribute. The NVV will partner with the Napa Valley Community Foundation (NVCF), a public charity with significant experience in responding to community needs, to administer the disaster relief fund. The NVV and NVCF will closely coordinate their efforts with other non-profit organizations and government entities to fulfill requests for support from Napa County residents and business owners.

The goals of the Fund are:

  • To provide immediate financial support for the local community
  • To quickly get resources into the hands of the local families and businesses most in need
  • To provide a repository for earthquake-related donations
  • To augment government relief efforts that are still uncertain

For Napa County residents, funding will be available for one-time immediate needs as well as short term assistance for things like temporary housing; basic needs (food, water, etc.); medical care and counseling; and repairs for immediate safety concerns, like replacement windows, debris removal or fallen chimneys.

For local businesses, the Fund will provide assistance to help them get them up and running allowing employees to return to work and local commerce to continue. Area nonprofits can use funds to help them to restore operations and can also apply for general support grants to serve earthquake victims.

Money to establish the Fund will come from proceeds of the NVV’s annual Auction Napa Valley charity event. NVCF will receive additional contributions from individual, corporate and foundation donors; develop eligibility criteria with input from nonprofit and government stakeholders; identify and select additional partners as necessary to ensure dollars flow quickly and appropriately to end recipients; and establish safeguards to ensure proper distribution of the funds. Further details on how residents and business owners can apply for assistance and how the funds will be distributed will be announced in the coming days.

The NVV and Community Foundation are still finalizing many details related to the Fund and are seeking guidance from other local nonprofits, government leaders and other communities that have faced similar disasters. However, understanding the urgency and extent of the needs of the Napa Valley community following the earthquake, both organizations agreed to move quickly to ensure that local residents and business owners know that immediate help is on the way.

For more information or to make a contribution, visit napavintners.com. Additional information will be provided as soon as it is available.

About the Napa Valley Vintners

The Napa Valley Vintners nonprofit trade association has been cultivating excellence for 70 years by inspiring its 500 members to produce consistent quality wines, provide environmental leadership and care for the extraordinary place they call home. Learn more at napavintners.com.

About Auction Napa Valley

Auction Napa Valley is the NVV’s annual community fundraiser that for more than 30 years has utilized the worldwide reputation of Napa Valley wines and the scenic beauty of the region to raise funds to enhance the health and wellbeing of the Napa Valley community. To date, the NVV has invested more than $130 million from Auction Napa Valley proceeds in Napa County nonprofit organizations. Learn more at auctionnapavalley.org.

About Napa Valley Community Foundation

Napa Valley Community Foundation helps donors transform their passion for giving into greater impact. Now celebrating 20 years of service to Napa Valley, NVCF has served as a bridge between philanthropic families and hard-working nonprofit agencies since 1994, bringing people, ideas and resources together to enhance the quality of life in our community. From American Canyon to Calistoga, NVCF has distributed $30 million in grants since it was founded, and currently serves as the philanthropic partner to 100 individuals, families, nonprofit agencies and corporations in Napa Valley. To learn more visit napavalleycf.org.

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Intercontinental® Miami Make-A-Wish Ball to Celebrate its Highly Anticipated 20th Anniversary with “Oz”-Themed Gala on November 1st

Multi-award winning superstar Diana Ross to give a special performance & actress/filmmaker Gabrielle Anwar to return as celebrity emcee of Ball’s legendary live auction

MIAMI, Fla. – (August 2014) – On Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida and InterContinental® Miami will celebrate their highly anticipated 20th Annual InterContinental® Miami Make-A-Wish Ball as guests follow the yellow brick road to a magical “Oz”-themed celebration. Diana Ross, one of the most iconic female artists of all time, will perform and actress Gabrielle Anwar will return as Celebrity Auctioneer of the Ball, which is chaired by philanthropist Shareef Malnik. Celebrating its 20th year in 2014, the InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball has raised more than $14 million to grant the wishes of over 3,000 children from South Florida. The 2013 event raised a record amount with the net revenue topping $2 million. The $1 million donation by Al and Nancy Malnik in 2012 remains the single highest donation of record.

The star-studded Gala will host more than 900 VIPs, socialites, fashion mavens, celebrities and notable philanthropists with a common goal of raising funds for Make-A-Wish Southern Florida, which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

While there are many philanthropists involved, the enduring success of the InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball is largely due to the dedicated efforts of Shareef Malnik, Gala Chairman and proprietor of The Forge Restaurant and Wine Bar; Robert Hill, InterContinental Miami General Manager; and Norman Wedderburn, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida – the trio affectionately known as the “Three Amigos.”

During the cocktail reception, guests will enjoy sumptuous culinary offerings and cocktails while bidding on more than 125 premier items at the Ball’s legendary silent auction, donated by top hospitality, entertainment, fashion and luxury brands.

Once the ballroom opens for dinner, actress and documentary film director Gabrielle Anwar will return for the fourth consecutive year as Celebrity MC of the Ball’s very lively live auction.The evening will close with a special performance by legendary award-winning entertainer Diana Ross. As lead singer of The Supremes in the ‘60s, Ross helped to shape the sound of popular music, changing the landscape and paving the way for contemporary hits. Her love of life, never-ending wonder, the appreciation of goals and achievements and sheer human spirit define the artist that is Diana Ross and continue to make her one of the most identifiable, unique, beloved and influential singers of successive pop generations.

The fun doesn’t stop there – the Ball’s annual after-party will be held at the InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Nightclub. Tickets can purchased at https://hotelballafterparty2014.eventbrite.com. Individual nightclub tickets cost $100.

Shareef Malnik, Chairman of the Ball for the tenth year, introduced the Chairman’s Society in 2011 as an operating cost endowment to cover all expenses associated with organizing and planning the InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball. Malnik has met his goal of enlisting 20 businesses, civic and philanthropic leaders – each pledging $25,000 per year for five consecutive years – to yield a total commitment of $500,000 annually, resulting in the granting of 100 additional wishes to Southern Florida children each year. Both he and Gabrielle Anwar are members of the Chairman’s Society.The other members include: Stuart Miller, The Lennar Foundation, Marshall Ames, Richard Polidori, Andrew Sasson, Chris Paciello, Todd & Kim Glaser, The Jordan Zimmerman Family Foundation, Geert-Jan & Joyce Bakker, Eddie Freedman, Jim & Sue Oppenheimer, Randy & Barbara Ann Frankel Foundation, Steven Tanger, Brett Rose & Jerry Gutierrez, The Genting Group, Mark & Robin Levinson, The Learning Experience/The Weissman Family, Braman Family Foundation, Wayne Boich, Eugene Frenkel, Armando Montelongo Companies, Inc. Please visit our website for more information on The Chairman’s Society: http://events.sfla.wish.org/makeawishball14/chairmanssociety.html.

To reserve tables and tickets for the InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball,or for sponsorships, please visit www.makeawishball.com. InterContinental Miami is located at 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, FL 33131.

ABOUT MAKE-A-WISH®:

The mission of Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. In its 20-year history, the InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball has raised in excess of $14 million. With these much needed funds, the Foundation has been able to grant more than 3,000 wishes for deserving children in our community. Past VIP guests of the Ball have included Gabrielle Anwar, Paula Abdul, Sharon Stone, Kim Kardashian, Wayne Newton, Don King, Helio Castroneves, Robert Van Winkle, Christian Slater, Pamela Anderson, former Florida governor Scottie and Larsa Pippen, Russell Simmons, Venus and Serena Williams, Don King, Sex in the City’s Candace Bushnell, Marcus Schenkenberg, Pauly Shore, and performers Adam Lambert, Joan Jett, Macy Gray, Natalie Cole, Wyclef Jean, Bernadette Peters, Melanie Amaro, the late Nell Carter, Deborah Gibson, and The Honey Brothers, featuring Adrian Grenier.

ABOUT INTERCONTINENTAL® MIAMI:

Celebrating over 25 years as an icon of the Downtown Miami skyline, the InterContinental® Miami is located at the crossroads of Miami’s Business and Arts & Entertainment districts. A beacon for business and leisure travelers alike, the hotel rises 34 stories over the city with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, Biscayne Bay and the Port of Miami. The hotel features 641 luxury guest rooms, including 34 suites and two presidential suites designed by Venus William’s V Starr Interiors; 33 meeting rooms with over 101,000 square feet of meeting and exhibition space, including a spectacular Grand Ballroom; multiple food and beverage outlets – Toro Toro, ¡Ole!, Blue Water, Table 40 and the hotel’s interactive lobby lounge; full-service fitness center and spa at mySpa Miami; and rooftop pool deck with gardens. The InterContinental Miami is a proud corporate citizen of the Miami-Dade community, invested through its annual InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball, and its corporate social responsibility program. For more information or reservations, call 305-577-1000 or visit www.icmiamihotel.com.

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Kosair Chariites Announces 6th Annual ‘DREAMS TAKE FLIGHT’ Gifts and Grants Celebration

Save The Date: Saturday, October 4, 2014

Louisville, KY – August 26, 2014: Kosair Charities is proud to celebrate those that make a difference in the lives of Kentucky and Southern Indiana children with a soaring celebration. The 6th annual ‘Dreams Take Flight’ Event will be on Saturday evening, October 4th, starting at 7 p.m. at a NEW location at Hangar 5 -Bowman Field.

The ‘Dreams Take Flight’ event was created to acknowledge and honor a select group of the area’s most distinguished members of the medical community, as well as to spotlight and garner awareness for the amazing work of a number of exceptional Kentucky & Southern Indiana charities.

“It is wonderful to take a night and celebrate those that help serve the mission of Kosair Charities and make the dreams of our future leaders a reality,” said Kosair Charities Chairman Jerry Ward. “This year, we are excited to honor these fine organizations with a completely reimagined event that will delight all in attendance.”

This year’s event will be full of fun featuring live music, a new live auction, cocktails and hors d’oeurves in a casual environment. There will be several new additions that are sure to surprise guests.

The following sponsorship packages are available:

  • Top Gun Sponsor- $5,000
  • Maverick Sponsor- $2,500
  • Wingman Sponsor- $1,000
  • Co-pilot Sponsor- $500

For specific sponsorship information, visit http://kosair.org/dreams-take-flight/.

The following prestigious awards will be given out at the event.

The Roger Fox Award

Mr. Fox was a dedicated member of Kosair Charities who passed away prematurely, however, he never lost hope that all children would someday be able to run and play. This award recognizes a physician’s dedication to children.

The Sam Swope Community Leadership Award

This award recognizes an individual who has advanced children’s goals for the future through vision, innovation, and self-sacrifice.

The winners for the above awards will be announced in early September.

Kosair Charities will award a number of gifts and grants to dozens of Kentucky and Southern Indiana children’s non-profit organizations. The total amount gifted will be announced the night of Dreams Take Flight.

About Kosair Charities: Since 1923 Kosair Charities has had one primary mission – helping children in need. Kosair Charities knows that the quality of a child’s tomorrow depends largely on the quality of health, medical treatment, and support a child receives today. That’s why over the years Kosair Charities has given millions of dollars to serve thousands of children and provide them a second chance at life. Kosair Charities helps support nearly 100 children’s agencies. For more information please visit http://kosair.org , on Facebook.com/KosairCharities or call 502.637.7696.

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American Express and World Monuments Fund Award $1.5 Million in Preservation Grants to Nine Historic Sites on 2014 World Monuments Watch

Sites span the globe from Tanzania to Mexico

August 26, 2014. Today, American Express and World Monuments Fund (WMF) announced $1.5 million in grant funding to support preservation efforts at nine historic sites. This is the second allocation from a $5 million, five-year grant to WMF from American Express to support the World Monuments Watch. Each of the nine locations was among the at-risk historic sites included on the 2014 Watch, announced in October 2013. American Express is founding sponsor of the Watch program.

Projects receiving funding are Pokfulam Village in Hong Kong (SAR), China; the churches of Saint Merri and Notre-Dame-de-Lorette in Paris, France; the Farnese Aviaries in Rome, Italy; Tenyuji Temple, Ogatsu, Japan; Fundidora Park in Monterrey, Mexico; the Güell Pavilions in Barcelona, Spain; the House of Wonders in Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania; Battersea Power Station in London, United Kingdom; and Sulgrave Manor in Sulgrave, United Kingdom.

“The longstanding support of American Express to the World Monuments Watch has resulted in preservation work at more than 150 sites in over 60 countries,” said WMF President Bonnie Burnham. “The sites on the 2014 Watch that will receive support are extraordinary places whose preservation will benefit both local populations and visitors from around the world.”

“American Express remains committed to preserving and sustaining endangered treasures around the globe through the World Monuments Watch,” said Timothy McClimon, President of the American Express Foundation. “These historic places are tied to their nation’s identity and our grant funding will help ensure our world’s incredibly rich history can be experienced by future generations.”

Historic sites selected to receive grant funding include:

  • Pokfulam Village, Hong Kong (SAR), China: A small village perched on a hillside in the west of Hong Kong Island, Pokfulam is characterized by narrow lanes and alleys twisting around small traditional buildings and newer structures. This remarkable survivor is now facing pressure from urban redevelopment plans. Stringent squatter control policies make it hard for villagers to repair their dwellings, as they are required to use materials that were registered at the time of the last occupancy survey, which was conducted in the 1980s.

The American Express award will support the restoration of a nineteenth-century stone house that will serve as a model conservation project for the village and become a visitor and community history center.

  • Churches of Saint Merri and Notre-Dame-de-Lorette, Paris, France: The Church of Saint Merri was built in the late-Gothic style during the first half of the sixteenth century, just as Renaissance taste was taking hold in Paris. The church is very similar in plan to Notre-Dame Cathedral. The Church of Notre-Dame-de-Lorette was built between 1823 and 1836 to designs by Louis-Hippolyte Lebas. Its neoclassical design is typical of the period in which it was conceived, and was inspired by the plans of ancient Christian basilicas.

The American Express award will support diagnostic structural reports, as well as restoration work on nineteenth-century paintings, in both churches.

  • The Farnese Aviaries, Rome, Italy: The sixteenth-century Farnese Aviaries date to a time when Rome’s leading aristocratic families controlled the land on the Palatine Hill. Most of the Renaissance-era architecture is long gone, but the aviaries and associated gardens survive. The gardens were created on top of rich archaeological remains, including the first-century Palace of Tiberius, and lost much of their form with archaeological excavations starting in the late nineteenth century. The gardens were restored, but the aviaries have stayed untouched for more than half a century, and, due to prolonged lack of maintenance, the architectural surfaces are now in a highly deteriorated condition.

The American Express award will support a comprehensive conservation treatment of the entire structure with the intent to open the building to the public at the conclusion of the work. It will be the final phase of an overall vision to interpret the remains of the Renaissance-era Farnese Gardens, including the Casina Farnese, the aviaries, and the nymphaeum.

  • Tenyuji Temple, Ogatsu, Japan: The eighteenth-century Tenyuji Temple is of major historic and religious importance to a community that was decimated by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. The temple collapsed in the disaster, but enough of it survives to restore it to its original use and revive its central place in a still-rebuilding community.

The American Express award will support the restoration of the main hall of the building, an act that will serve as an inspiration and a powerful symbol of possibility for other rebuilding communities in the region.

  • Fundidora Park, Monterrey, Mexico: Fundidora Park is an industrial archaeology museum and public park in the heart of Monterrey. Originally developed as the site of the Compañia Fundidora de Fierro y Acero de Monterrey, a steel foundry established in 1900, this former industrial center now serves a recreational and educational purpose for the city and its visitors. After the foundry closed in 1986, one of the buildings on the site, Horno Alto No. 3, became a science and technology center managed by a nonprofit organization known as horno3.

The American Express award will support an awareness-raising campaign designed to create a sustainable level of support to maintain the park’s central place in the community of Monterrey. Many of the buildings face conservation problems, so increasing awareness and visitor numbers will assist in raising revenues to support preservation activities.

  • The Güell Pavilions, Barcelona, Spain: The Güell Pavilions in Barcelona’s Pedralbes neighborhood,designed built between 1883 and 1887, are an early work by Antoni Gaudí (1852– 1926) for Eusebi Güell, who was the young architect’s most important patron. Gaudí designed two pavilions, a stable, and a gatekeeper’s lodge on either side of an elaborate wrought-iron gate that led into the expansive Güell estate. The design was inspired by the myth of the Garden of the Hesperides, which, in a poetic retelling by Jacint Verdaguer that was popular with Gaudí and the Güell family, was interwoven with the history of the origin of the Catalan. people. The buildings contain many elements of Gaudí’s signature building style.

The American Express award will support the restoration of the buildings and garden, now owned by the University of Barcelona, and make them more accessible to the general public. The gatekeeper’s house will be turned into a visitor center to promote this and other less-known Gaudí works in Barcelona.

  • The House of Wonders, Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania: Once the most modern building in East Africa—the first to have electricity and an elevator, and fusing elements of European and Zanzibari styles—the House of Wonders has been a fixture of Stone Town’s seafront since it was completed in 1883. The building currently houses exhibitions relating to Swahili culture, but despite high visitation and acknowledged importance, it is in poor condition. In November 2012, part of one of the balconies collapsed, threatening the building’s overall structural integrity.

The American Express award will support a survey and report on the structural integrity of the building in order to prepare it for restoration work.

  • Battersea Power Station, London, United Kingdom: Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s graceful Art Deco Battersea Power Station defines the Thames just west of the Houses of Parliament in London. The building’s streamlined exterior design and Art Deco interiors, coupled with the engineering achievements of its turbine and heating systems, are a testament to the structure’s extraordinary significance. It is a historic fixture of the London skyline, and has shown up across popular British culture, making it one of the city’s great symbolic cultural icons.

The American Express award will support awareness-raising public programs.

  • Sulgrave Manor, Sulgrave, United Kingdom: Located in a small village in Northamptonshire, Sulgrave Manor is a sixteenth-century structure built by Lawrence Washington, a direct ancestor of George Washington, the first U.S. president. The manor house complex consists of the Tudor-style manor, a barn, brewhouse, buttery, and shop, and contains an extensive collection of sixteenth-century furniture and objects. Today the house is open to the public and is used for educational programs, but it faces a number of conservation challenges that threaten the collections.

The American Express award will assist with thatching historic buildings on the property to return them to an improved state of conservation and make them more accessible for use as an integrated part of the experience of visiting Sulgrave Manor.

World Monuments Watch

Launched in 1996 and issued every two years, the World Monuments Watch calls international attention to threatened cultural heritage sites around the world. Watch listing provides an opportunity for sites and their nominators to raise public awareness, foster local participation, advance innovation and collaboration, and demonstrate effective solutions. The process also serves as a vehicle for requesting World Monuments Fund assistance for select projects.

American Express

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World Monuments Fund

World Monuments Fund’s mission is to protect against the loss of the world’s architectural heritage, including the built environment, the artistic elements that enhance it, and the cultural traditions that it sustains. WMF builds global partnerships to conserve key cultural sites in response to urgent threats, and broadens public understanding about the central importance of heritage in our lives. Its work makes historic places accessible and sustainable, builds and replenishes skills needed to care for heritage, and communicates the benefits of this work to the global public.

Headquartered in New York, WMF has offices and affiliates worldwide. www.wmf.org, twitter.com/worldmonuments, and facebook.com/worldmonuments.

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Back-to-School Means Chronic Absenteeism for Many Poor Kids

Today’s New York Times Op-Ed by Communities In Schools President Shines Light on Viable Solution

Nationally, as many as one out of 10 students miss 10 percent of the school year in excused and unexcused absences every year. Yet, too often chronic absence remains a hidden problem because schools track only average daily attendance and truancy (unexcused absences.)

The research shows that chronic absence predicts lower 3rd grade reading proficiency, course failure and eventual dropout. The impact hits low-income students particularly hard, especially if they don’t have the resources to make up for lost time in the classroom and are more likely to face barriers to getting to school, such as unreliable transportation and chronic health issues.

An op-ed in today’s New York Times by the President of Communities In Schools (CIS), Daniel J. Cardinali, sheds light on this issue and what can be done about it.

“For 16 million kids living below the federal poverty line, the start of a new school year should be reason to celebrate,” begins the piece. “Summer is no ‘vacation’ when parents are working multiple jobs or looking for one. Many kids are left to fend for themselves in neighborhoods full of gangs, drugs and despair. Given the hardships at home, poor kids might be expected to have the best attendance record of anyone, just for the promise of a hot meal and an orderly classroom, if nothing else. But, it doesn’t usually work out that way.”

Operating in more than 2,200 schools in the most challenged communities in 26 states and the District of Columbia, Communities In Schools serves 1.3 million young people and their families every year. As the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization, CIS is the only one proven to both decrease dropout rates and increase graduation rates.

The op-ed describes one third-grade girl’s situation in particular, who missed 25 days of school the first semester. When a CIS counselor visited her home, they found “ten people living in the student’s two-bedroom apartment, including a mother with untreated mental health issues. The little girl often got lost in the shuffle, with no clean clothes to wear and no one to track her progress.” CIS bought her new uniforms and found additional resources for her family. As her home life stabilized, the absences all but stopped in the second semester, and the student was promoted to the fourth grade.

This approach – bringing a trained social worker onto the administrative team of every school with a large number of poor kids, says Cardinali, is effective and affordable: at Communities In Schools, 75 percent of our case-managed students show improved attendance and 99 percent stay in school.

“Like putting a social worker inside a hospital emergency room, social workers in the school setting are a low-cost way of avoiding bigger problems down the road. It’s a common-sense solution will still require a measure of political courage – something that all too often has been chronically absent,” the op-ed concludes.

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Made-In-France Social Entrepreneurship Spreading To California – Emblematic Instances Showcased At SOCAP 2014

In France, the social and solidarity economy accounts for 10% of jobs and GDP. This economy involves 200,000 businesses and entities and it has grown by 23% in the past 10 years. Those businesses were successful in combining social impact in the public interest with the profitability and reliability found in standard companies. Those models are acting as the spearhead of a new economy, for they are more socially effective and they cost less to the community. They are called “social enterprises”.

The Paris Region is France’s foremost experimental territory for the new economy, simultaneously efficient and solidarity-oriented.

Many entities, focused on personal well-being, quality care-giving or the fight against social exclusion, have long been operating profitably within the Paris Region.

For instance, French models which consist in promoting social integration through business activity are particularly effective. Those businesses are involved in a competitive market, as they train and hire former jobless workers so as to provide them with a means of re-entering the standard job market. For instance, the SOS Group, France’s first social enterprise located in the Paris Region, currently manages a cluster of 12 social integration enterprises in a variety of sectors ranging from catering to events management or communication. With $35m in total revenue, every year those businesses guide over 300 people through the integration process. The positions involved offer people without work a course and a two-year career, as well as social support, in order to help them secure sustainable employment. Over 85% of those going through the integration process find a job upon completion of their round inside those social integration enterprises. In addition to the social impact, for every euro invested in a social integration enterprise, the return on investment to the community is €4!

“The Paris Region can bring a lot to the development of social economy and social enterprises around the world. We have been very innovative and very creative in inventing and developing new business models that are able to target the major social issues that we are facing and which exists all around the world” agrees Nicolas Hazard, Chairman of CALSO, an American company intent on replicating France’s social entrepreneurship models in the United States.

Moreover, the Paris Region is also renowned for its innovative schemes and infrastructures devoted to social entrepreneurship. In addition to its numerous existing impact investment funds, the Paris Region also develops a large amount of business incubators and boosters intended for social entrepreneurs. Developed by Comptoir de l’Innovation, the Social Good Lab is a prime example of those: this incubator provides guidance to high-potential entrepreneurs who are developing technologically innovative products and services meant to resolve social issues. This scheme has successfully created bridges between the technological innovation and the social entrepreneurship ecosystems.

Know-how that is in tune with California’s entrepreneurial spirit

Convinced that there is potential for entrepreneurial and innovative approaches in the United States, CALSO has settled in California to replicate social integration models that were successfully developed in France. Those enterprise models, with their substantial social impact and good business performance, will complete efforts being made by existing entities, long funded by philanthropic sources in the U.S.

“We have found here great people with a great mindset! We are now developing high-potential social enterprises with them. I strongly believe California is the land of innovation that will allow us to magnify social impact and to contribute to social change in the long run”, asserts Nicolas Hazard.

The incubator model that combines social impact and new technology is also of particular interest to American partners, especially in Silicon Valley, where technological innovation is a must, but where it has a poor track record in serving the public interest or the underprivileged!

More information: two conferences at SOCAP 2014

SOCAP14 is an international conference dealing with impact investing and social entrepreneurship issues, taking place in San Francisco from September 2 to 5, 2014. CALSO will hold two major conferences at the event, featuring experts in the sector like Carla Javitz, Executive Director at REDF (an American organisation investing in social enterprises in the social integration sector), CALSO Chairman Nicolas Hazard, and Neal Baer, who was Executive Producer for TV series like ER and Under the Dome but is also an American social entrepreneur.

– Creating a Market that Values Health and Wellbeing (September 3, 2014)

Co-organiser: Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

– New Theorem: Money + Job Inclusion = Better Health (September 5, 2014)

Co-organiser: SOCAP14

About

Paris Region Entreprises provides support towards the international growth of businesses from and into the Paris Region. Paris Region Entreprises makes use of its branches in the United States, China and Israel to facilitate the local establishment and growth of French and Paris Region businesses.

For further information: www.paris-region.com
http://twitter.com/ParisRegion#ParisRegion YouTube: ParisRegionChannel
Contact : Aude Colonna – +33(0)1 75 62 59 27 – aude.colonna@parisregionentreprises.org

CALSO is a Californian non-profit organization, replicating successful French social enterprise models in the U.S. CALSO’s mission is to strengthen communities by empowering individuals to reach their full potential. We aim at building an inclusive society where all people have the opportunity to reach their full potential by developing a comprehensive approach towards poverty. Indeed, we know from experience that each exclusion situation is a mix of several unresolved issues (health, housing, environmental, psychological, etc.) and believe it is important to develop integrated and holistic solutions. CALSO is also 100% committed to social innovation. We are catalysing innovative approaches to address old, stubborn challenges in California and beyond. We are constantly working on adapting our services to new or unaddressed social needs, and on formulating innovative solutions to give everyone a second chance.

For further information: www.calso.co
https://twitter.com/nicolashazard

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Kosair Chariites Announces 6th Annual ‘Dreams Take Flight’ Gifts And Grants Celebration

Save The Date: Saturday, October 4, 2014

Louisville, KY – August 26, 2014: Kosair Charities is proud to celebrate those that make a difference in the lives of Kentucky and Southern Indiana children with a soaring celebration. The 6th annual ‘Dreams Take Flight’ Event will be on Saturday evening, October 4th, starting at 7 p.m. at a NEW location at Hangar 5 -Bowman Field.

The ‘Dreams Take Flight’ event was created to acknowledge and honor a select group of the area’s most distinguished members of the medical community, as well as to spotlight and garner awareness for the amazing work of a number of exceptional Kentucky & Southern Indiana charities.

“It is wonderful to take a night and celebrate those that help serve the mission of Kosair Charities and make the dreams of our future leaders a reality,” said Kosair Charities Chairman Jerry Ward. “This year, we are excited to honor these fine organizations with a completely reimagined event that will delight all in attendance.”

This year’s event will be full of fun featuring live music, a new live auction, cocktails and hors d’oeurves in a casual environment. There will be several new additions that are sure to surprise guests.

The following sponsorship packages are available:

  • Top Gun Sponsor- $5,000
  • Maverick Sponsor- $2,500
  • Wingman Sponsor- $1,000
  • Co-pilot Sponsor- $500

For specific sponsorship information, visit http://kosair.org/dreams-take-flight/.

The following prestigious awards will be given out at the event.

The Roger Fox Award

Mr. Fox was a dedicated member of Kosair Charities who passed away prematurely, however, he never lost hope that all children would someday be able to run and play. This award recognizes a physician’s dedication to children.

The Sam Swope Community Leadership Award

This award recognizes an individual who has advanced children’s goals for the future through vision, innovation, and self-sacrifice.

The winners for the above awards will be announced in early September.

Kosair Charities will award a number of gifts and grants to dozens of Kentucky and Southern Indiana children’s non-profit organizations. The total amount gifted will be announced the night of Dreams Take Flight.

About Kosair Charities: Since 1923 Kosair Charities has had one primary mission – helping children in need. Kosair Charities knows that the quality of a child’s tomorrow depends largely on the quality of health, medical treatment, and support a child receives today. That’s why over the years Kosair Charities has given millions of dollars to serve thousands of children and provide them a second chance at life. Kosair Charities helps support nearly 100 children’s agencies. For more information please visit http://kosair.org , on Facebook.com/KosairCharities or call 502.637.7696.

The Food Lab at University of Texas Teams With Startup Aggieland and The Borlaug Institute to Promote First-time Food Challenge Prize

Competition Supported by Texas A&M University’s New Student Business Accelerator

AUSTIN, Texas — The Food Lab at UT, which recently announced its early-stage business startup competition, The Food Lab Challenge, has joined forces with Startup Aggieland and The Borlaug Institute to encourage innovation in the global food system. In its inaugural year at The University of Texas at Austin, the competition will award $30,000 in prizes to teams producing a product or service impacting one of four food-related categories (read below). The business competition is open to anyone, anywhere, from undergraduate students to established entrepreneurs and has attracted more than 60 teams since registration began June 1, 2014.

“The Food Lab at UT is based in the idea of creating alliances across a larger, entrepreneurial-minded food community – from businesses and government to educational institutions and non-profits. We’re thrilled to team up with the like-minded innovators at Startup Aggieland and The Borlaug Institute; it’s just the beginning of our growing academic network dedicated to innovation in the food system,” said Robyn Metcalfe, founder and director of the Food Lab at UT.

“Startup Aggieland looks forward to continuing our entrepreneurial collaboration with The University of Texas by association with The Food Lab at UT and similarly innovative programs at the Austin campus,” noted Startup Aggieland Assistant Director Don Lewis, an executive professor with Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. “When Startup Aggieland Marketing Coordinator Shelly Brenckman brought this opportunity to me, it seemed like a natural fit to what our students at Startup Aggieland are already doing. The idea of addressing real world problems in conjunction with our friends at UT furthers this fit and our strategic alliance.”

Startup Aggieland has added the competition to curriculum for its prestigious Startup Fellows program for freshmen and sophomores, an initiative created by Brenckman. One of her mentors with Texas A&M’s College of Architecture also added it to his curriculum.

“We’re thrilled about the collaboration between these two flagship institutions,” stated Professor Rodney Hill, AIA Piper Professor for Teaching Excellence in the State of Texas and a founding member of the Board of Directors for Startup Aggieland. “It’s how the real world works. We encourage our students to get out of their bubbles and go global.”

A key alliance includes the support of the Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture, named for the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Norman Borlaug, a distinguished teacher and researcher at Texas A&M from 1984 until his death in 2009. The Borlaug Institute and Startup Aggieland will not only help promote the Food Lab Challenge across its networks, from students and faculty to corporate and community partners, but will also provide mentors and judges.

“I am honored to be a part of the UT Food Lab Competition,” stated Associate Director for External Relations at Norman E. Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture Julie Borlaug. “Programs like this provide a platform for the next generation of “hunger fighters” to become engaged in the fight against global hunger. Our collaboration with The Food Lab at UT shows that people can and do work together across disciplines to find unique and innovative solutions to food security. Business as usual won’t adequately address the challenges we face in feeding nine billion people. We need fresh ideas and open minds.”

Competition registrants form teams of four or five members to aid the development of their business plans and supporting materials. The Food Lab is looking for team ideas that not only result in a great product but also impact and improve how the food supply chain functions in the following categories:

  1. Inputs and Production
  2. Processing, Packaging and Safety
  3. Storage and Distribution
  4. Healthy Eating and Food Education

A winner in each category will receive $5,000 and be eligible for the grand prize of $10,000; a total of $30,000 in cash rewarded.

Important Dates:

June 1, 2014 – Registration opens
September 30, 2014 – Food Lab Challenge registration ends, business plans due
November 1, 2014 – Finalist teams chosen and paired with mentors
February 14, 2015 – Challenge Prize Day event, winning teams announced

Teams chosen as finalists will be notified in early November. At that time, finalists will be paired with industry mentors who will guide the strengthening of business plans and the development of prototypes. Winning teams will be announced at an event in Austin scheduled for February 14, 2015.

For more information on the Food Lab Challenge Prize and for registration details, please visit the website.

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The Lulu & Leo Fund Makes Grant to Cool Culture

New York, NY, August 26, 2014The Lulu & Leo Fund has awarded a grant to Cool Culture, it was announced today by Jennifer Goldschein, Executive Director, Lulu & Leo Fund. Cool Culture ensures that New York’s most diverse families with preschool-aged children have access to arts and culture as a way to increase literacy and learning in early childhood and to prepare children to succeed in school.

“The Lulu & Leo Fund is dedicated to inspiring, engaging, educating and growing the hearts and minds of children in need,” said Goldschein. “We have chosen this wonderful organization for a grant since it truly embodies the mission of our Fund. Cool Culture provides arts access for New York’s under-served families and empowers parents with consistent, long-term support to better engage and have fun with their children.”

“Cool Culture believes that parents hold the answers to many of the barriers to family involvement in children’s education,” said Candice Anderson, Executive Director, Cool Culture. “Partnership with the Lulu & Leo Fund will enable us to establish strong relationships between schools, parents and museums to increase the power of families to support their children’s learning and to improve outcomes for children living in poverty.”

The Lulu & Leo Fund will specifically support the Cool Culture program Literacy Through Culture (LTC). Serving low-income children and their parents in seven early childhood programs in the high need neighborhoods of Manhattan’s Chinatown and Harlem, the LTC program is grounded in the theory of complementary learning, which engages schools, community partners and families in aligning educational goals across settings to improve outcomes for children. Last year, the Brooklyn Museum, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Central Park Zoo, Children’s Museum of the Arts, The Jewish Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Rubin Museum of Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Museum at Eldridge Street and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum all participated in the program.

The grant from the Lulu & Leo Fund will enable Cool Culture to expand its Parent Ambassadors Program. In order to build strong, authentic, community-driven collaborations between parents, museum and education stakeholders, Cool Culture seeks to deepen its work with parents. The Parent Ambassadors Program is designed for parents of children in the Literacy Through Culture program to serve as leaders who can provide peer-to-peer support as they participate in creative family engagement activities that are novel to many parents participating in the program.

Cool Culture will be represented at the 2nd Annual Lulu & Leo Fund Fall Benefit: The Art of Healing at the Museum of the City of New York on Wednesday, November 5, 2014.

Founded by Marina and Kevin Krim in November 2012 in memory of their two children, the Lulu & Leo Fund is a public foundation primarily focused on healing through art. Last year, the Fund selected the Free Arts NYC program Parents and Children Together (PACT) as its first grantee. PACT is a theme-based art experience for families and its activities are designed to increase parental involvement and graduate in complexity to encourage positive forms of family communication and sustained teamwork.

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