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Monthly Archives: September 2014

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Depression Increasing Across the Country

Analyzing data from 6.9 million adolescents and adults, SDSU professor Jean M. Twenge found Americans are more depressed now than their 1980s counterparts.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Sept. 30, 2014) — A study by San Diego State University psychology professor Jean M. Twenge shows Americans are more depressed now than they have been in decades.

Analyzing data from 6.9 million adolescents and adults from all over the country, Twenge found that Americans now report more psychosomatic symptoms of depression, such as trouble sleeping and trouble concentrating, than their counterparts in the 1980s.

“Previous studies found that more people have been treated for depression in recent years, but that could be due to more awareness and less stigma,” said Twenge, the author of “Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled — and More Miserable than Ever Before.” “This study shows an increase in symptoms most people don’t even know are connected to depression, which suggests adolescents and adults really are suffering more.”

Compared to their 1980s counterparts, teens in the 2010s are 38 percent more likely to have trouble remembering, 74 percent more likely to have trouble sleeping and twice as likely to have seen a professional for mental health issues. College students surveyed were 50 percent more likely to say they feel overwhelmed, and adults were more likely to say their sleep was restless, they had poor appetite and everything was an effort — all classic psychosomatic symptoms of depression.

“Despite all of these symptoms, people are not any more likely to say they are depressed when asked directly, again suggesting that the rise is not based on people being more willing to admit depression,” said Twenge.

The study also found that the suicide rate for teens decreased, though the decline was small compared to the increase in symptoms of depression. With the use of anti-depressant medications doubling over this time period, Twenge speculates that medication may have helped those with the most severe problems but has not reduced increases in other symptoms that, she says, can still cause significant issues.

Twenge’s findings were published in the journal Social Indicators Research, and an updated and revised edition of “Generation Me” is being released today.

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United Way of Northern California Helps Wildfire Victims to Rebuild

Weed, CA – United Way of Northern California is responding to the Boles Fire in Weed, CA by organizing local volunteers and starting two separate relief funds. The Boles Fire Relief Fund is helping the community rebuild and the Roseburg Employee Boles Fire Fund benefits the employees of Roseburg Forest Products who were affected by the fire. 100% of the donations to both funds directly benefit the relief efforts for the victims of the Boles Fire.

“It has been so heartening to see the community pull together like they have,” said Wendy Zanotelli, President & CEO of United Way of Northern California, “We realize that the rebuilding efforts are going to take many, many months and will be complicated by the harsh winter ahead.”

“Roseburg Forest Products has been a huge supporter of the Weed community for many decades,” added Greg Balkovek, United Way of Northern California Board Chairman. “We are proud to be able to help and support them now in their time of need.”

On the afternoon of September 15, 2014, a fast-moving fire quickly destroyed much of a sleepy town in far Northern California. Though it only lasted 5 days, it burned 479 acres, destroyed or damaged 150 homes, and an additional 8 buildings including 2 churches, non-profits, and outbuildings of the Roseburg Lumber Mill, one of the town’s largest employers. This would be devastating to any community, but even more so in a community with a population of less than 3,000 people.

About United Way of Northern California

Established in 1953 in Redding, California, United Way of Northern California now serves 9 Northstate counties including: Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, and Trinity. Its mission is to improve lives in far Northern California by focusing on Education, Financial Stability, and Health by mobilizing and integrating resources and the caring power of community. In addition to raising funds for 50 local non-profit agencies, they also run 2-1-1, a direct dial resource hotline and they have recently launched a Prosperity initiative to increase financial self-sufficiency and security for families, while contributing to community vibrancy. For further information visit the United Way of Northern California web site at http://www.norcalunitedway.org.

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Impact Angel Group and National Impact Investing Organization Investors’ Circle Combine Forces to Form IC Colorado

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Denver, CO, September 29, 2014Impact Angel Group (IAG) announced today that it has transitioned into Investors’ Circle Colorado (IC Colorado), a change that connects its 40 plus members to high-quality deal flow from across the country, and gives Colorado impact entrepreneurs better access to Investors’ Circle’s national funding network. Home to a strong sustainable and natural goods market, pioneering impact-oriented incubators and workspaces like the Unreasonable Institute and HUB, and B Lab’s first-ever state office, Colorado has become a hotbed for impact entrepreneurship. Friday’s inaugural IC Colorado pitch meeting gave investors the first look at two game-changing energy startups, a taste of local and national impact investing opportunities thanks to IC’s SOURCE partnership.

“Since starting Impact Angel Group four years ago I’ve been trying to find enough people committed to impact investing at the angel level to create a viable network here in Colorado,” said Elizabeth Kraus, Founder of Impact Angel Group. “I’m thrilled that we’ve reached a critical mass that makes it possible to connect what’s happening here to the national impact investing ecosystem – we have a lot to offer and gain.”

Investors’ Circle’s regional groups enable impact investors to foster local mission-driven companies and contribute to economic development within their communities. By participating in the national network members have access to deal flow across the country, and can also attract capital from the network to invest in companies in their own region. Colorado is the 4th largest source of deal flow for IC’s international network and IC hosted its first Beyond the Pitch event in Colorado in February 2014, bringing together over 70 investors and paving the way for a Colorado-based IC local network.

“We’re honored to have Impact Angel Group’s robust and early-adopter impact community become a part of Investors’ Circle,” said Bonny Moellenbrock, Executive Director of Investors’ Circle. “With impact investing gaining momentum across the country it’s time to plug what’s happening in Colorado into this national movement.”

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Elizabeth Kraus launched the Impact Angel Group in 2011 to cultivate and fund Colorado-based impact enterprises and has grown IAG to nearly 50 private investor members that meet and invest locally. Investors’ Circle has a rich history within the impact investing space. Started in 1992 to increase the flow of capital to the next generation of mission-driven companies, it’s founding members have become today’s most recognized impact investors including Calvert Founder Wayne Silby and Angel Capital Association Chairman Emeritus John May. IC Colorado joins a roster of thriving local IC networks that includes Philadelphia, New York, North Carolina, San Francisco Bay Area and Boston. IC consistently ranks as one of the top 10 most active angel groups in the US, having invested $25+ million in 75+ enterprises over the last two years and funding 50% of pitching entrepreneurs.

Investors’ Circle also has innovative partnerships that generate unique deal flow access for members across the country. In collaboration with The Hitachi Foundation and Village Capital, SOURCE connects businesses that solve pressing social problems affecting low-wealth Americans to the investment capital and mentoring needed to scale. At the culmination of SOURCE’s energy cohort, Village Capital awarded two $50K investments based on a unique peer-selection process and IC Colorado invited these peer-winners to be its first presenters.

About Impact Angel Group

The Impact Angel Group is an angel investment group equally dedicated to making a difference and realizing a return. The group of nearly 50 angel investors invests in high-growth, early-stage companies with the potential to make a significant social and/or environmental impact. The group was founded in 2011 and became a formal membership organization in 2013. In its first year as a formal membership organization, the group committed over $700,000 to ten different angel investment opportunities presented by the Impact Angel Group. For more information visit www.impactangelgroup.com.

About Investors’ Circle

Investors’ Circle (IC) is the largest early-stage impact investing network in the world. Together with hundreds of angels, venture capitalists, foundations and family offices, IC has propelled over $185 million into more than 285 enterprises dedicated to improving the environment, education, health, and community. A nonprofit organization, IC cultivates its impact investor network, provides opportunities for high-potential impact entrepreneurs to meet impact investors, and facilitates investment.

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Alcoa Foundation and Discovery Education Host Virtual Field Trip for Classrooms Nationwide

Offers Students Grades 6-12 a Behind the Scenes Look Into World of Advanced Manufacturing

SILVER SPRING, Md. (September 30, 2014)Alcoa Foundation, one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, will celebrate National Manufacturing Day on October 3, 2014, with an interactive virtual field trip. The Manufacture Your Future LIVE Virtual Field Trip will be hosted from an Alcoa facility as part of Alcoa Foundation and Discovery Education’s overall “Manufacture Your Future” program, which provides middle and high school students with an inside look at careers in advanced manufacturing.

The Manufacture Your Future LIVE Virtual Field Trip will occur at a high-tech aluminum manufacturing facility, which has produced lightweight metal and other materials for every American space vehicle, helping to make many milestones possible, including the first moon landing. During the Virtual Field Trip, students will have the exclusive opportunity to tour Alcoa’s Davenport facility to see how products for major aircrafts are manufactured, including the wings of Air Force One. The tour will also showcase the company’s new revolutionary Auto Treatment Line, which enables mass production of aluminum for cars—a growing trend in reducing vehicle weight for increased fuel efficiency.

“Giving students the opportunity to look inside a facility makes manufacturing come to life,” said Mark Case, teacher at Southern Guilford High School, Guilford County Schools, NC. “An event like this creates a stronger impression than getting the information from a textbook. Students can see how information we provide in the classroom translates into a career path.”

“According to The Manufacturing Institute, more than one in seven U.S. private sector jobs depend on the U.S. manufacturing base,” said Esra Ozer, President, Alcoa Foundation. “We are thrilled to showcase several of these jobs, which are held by talented members of Alcoa’s Davenport team — a Metallurgical Engineer, Electrical Engineer and Process Specialist. Their passion and enthusiasm for their manufacturing careers will be inspiring for tomorrow’s workforce.”

In addition to the virtual field trip, Alcoa Foundation and Discovery Education’s Manufacture Your Future program provides middle and high school educators, guidance counselors, students and families with a comprehensive online site that includes hands-on resources to build excitement around post-secondary manufacturing career opportunities. Manufacture Your Future encourages the development of critical thinking skills through real-world application, offers dynamic standards-based, Science Technology Engineering and Math-focused lesson plans, career guides, family discussion starters and other online resources that provide insight into today’s advanced manufacturing careers and highlight the crucial role that manufacturing plays in day-to-day life. Hope Street Group, The Manufacturing Institute, and SME Education Foundation provided expertise.

For more information about the virtual field trip or Manufacture Your Future’s program and free resources, visit: www.manufactureyourfuture.com.

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About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content and professional development for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content that supports the implementation of Common Core, professional development, assessment tools, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Available in over half of all U.S. schools and primary schools in England, community colleges and in 50 countries around the world, Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that accelerate academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

About Alcoa Foundation

Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately $470 million. Founded 62 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than $590 million. In 2013, Alcoa Foundation contributed more than $22 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, building innovative partnerships to improve the environment and educate tomorrow’s leaders for careers in manufacturing and engineering. The work of Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa’s thousands of employee volunteers who share their talents and time to make a difference in the communities where Alcoa operates. Through the Company’s signature Month of Service program, in 2013, a record 62 percent of Alcoa employees took part in nearly 1,300 events across 24 countries, benefiting more than 505,000 people and 1,900 nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.alcoafoundation.com and follow @AlcoaFoundation on Twitter.

About Alcoa

A global leader in lightweight metals technology, engineering and manufacturing, Alcoa innovates multi-material solutions that advance our world. Our technologies enhance transportation, from automotive and commercial transport to air and space travel, and improve industrial and consumer electronics products. We enable smart buildings, sustainable food and beverage packaging, high-performance defense vehicles across air, land and sea, deeper oil and gas drilling and more efficient power generation. We pioneered the aluminum industry over 125 years ago, and today, our 60,000 people in 30 countries deliver value-add products made of titanium, nickel and aluminum, and produce best-in-class bauxite, alumina and primary aluminum products. For more information, visit www.alcoa.com, follow @Alcoa on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Alcoa and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Alcoa.

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Kosair Charities Dreams Take Flight This Saturday October 4

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Louisville, KY – September 30, 2014: 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.

In addition, these individuals will be honored with following awards:

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.

This year’s recipient is Dr. Sofia Franco. Dr. Sofia Franco has a long-standing dedication to the health and wellbeing of children. Franco recently retired as the Project Director of the Children and Youth Project comprehensive health clinic. Children and Youth Project provides clinical services, preventive health assessment and episodic illness care by a multidisciplinary health team. Dr. Franco supervised the clinical rotation of medical students, Pediatrics and Internal Medicine/Pediatric continuity, Ambulatory rotation; and Primary Care rotation of 8/year Psychiatry interns.

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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 2014 recipient is Madeline Abramson. Abramson has a passion for public service. Over the years, she has served as a leading community volunteer in organizations dedicated to the arts, social services, health care, young people and education.

Abramson currently serves as chair of the Kentucky Commission on Women as well as board chair of the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts and has twice served as chair of the board at Maryhurst.

The evening highlights include:

7 p.m.: Cocktail reception with grant recipient and award winners
8 p.m.: Deal or No Deal! Live Auction
8:30 p.m.: Roger Fox & Sam Swope Award Recipients (Dr. Franco & Madeline Abramson) arrive on planes piloted by Vintage Warbird Pilots
9 p.m.: Lt Governor Jerry Abramson speaks
9:10 p.m.: Final amount of Gifts & Grant announced

This is the first year for the live auction. The live auction includes a Trip to an Aruba, University of Louisville vs Notre Dame Getaway, Plane Rides, Gulf Shores Condo and more.

Sponsors include: Park Community Credit Union, University of Louisville, Kentucky One Health, Epic Insurance, Lusk Mechanical, Ronald McDonald House and Visually Impaired Preschool.

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If You Aren’t Part of The Mainstream, How Do You Measure Impact?

Whether or not you agree with the investment blogs and financial publications that claim impact investing is about to change the world or think the jury’s still got some considering to do before delivering a verdict, all surely agree that measurement will play a critical role in the development – or otherwise – of the sector.

Investors, investees and practitioners need to be able to point to outcomes or, better still, societal impact if impact investing is going to live up to even half the claims for its transformative power.

There are plenty of guides and indicators to help mainstream impact investors compare like with like – if your goal is to create jobs or roll out microfinance, there are accepted ways to measure and compare what you’re doing – but what about non-mainstream sectors? And what about impact sectors where the ultimate goals are more intangible, like supporting human rights or democratic development?

For example, the organization I work for– Media Development Investment Fund – invests in independent media around the world that provide the news, information and debate that people need to create thriving, free societies. We provide capital and technical assistance to help independent news businesses become financially self-sustainable, strong enough to remain independent of powerful governments and oligarchs who want to trade cash for influence.

To evaluate our impact, we focus our assessment efforts on two broad areas: first, our direct impact on investees; and, second, our investees’ impacts on their societies.

Assessing the extent to which our support contributes to our investees’ sustainability is relatively straightforward; we evaluate how each media company’s reach, sales and viability (based on an assessment of a range of risk factors)change over the course of their involvement with us, all based on monitoring data we collect on a monthly basis.

But what about our impact on helping people build free societies? For practical – mainly resource – reasons, assessing impact at this level is less systematic. Even so, we think it’s important to do what we can and we conduct deep-dive studies on individual clients to understand the role they play in their societies. This can show whether a newspaper in Guatemala is a trusted source of investigative journalism, for example, or whether a news website in Malaysia provided important information to voters in national elections.

In 2014 we have supplemented this type of assessment by including portfolio-wide societal impact metrics in our annual Impact Dashboard. This year we focus on our clients’ efforts to hold leaders accountable for their actions through reporting on corruption and tracking policy promises. While this falls short of measuring our achievements in helping to create free, thriving societies, it takes us a step further than we have gone before and provides our investors with a better insight into the changes they are helping to create.

I would love to hear how other impact investors have developed impact measurement in non-mainstream sectors,as well as any feedback on our approach and suggestions for improving it.

You can take a look at an interactive Media Development Impact Dashboard 2014 here, where you’ll also find a link to a pdf.

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The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Good Morning America’s Amy Robach Kick off October With #BeTheEnd Campaign

Lifetime rallies around #BeTheEnd with PSA featuring Project Runway’s Heidi Klum

New York, NY, September 30, 2014 – The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) is proud to announce its #BeTheEnd campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and throughout the year. The call to action was built from the belief that research will bring an end to cancer and everyone has the power to play a role in eradicating the disease.

“We are all part of the solution,” said Myra Biblowit, President of BCRF. “We want to empower the public to be the end of cancer by joining us to help fuel the research today needed to save lives tomorrow. We believe that research has the power to bring an end to cancer. When you donate to BCRF, every dollar has an impact because research produces results and will lead us to prevention and a cure.”

Joining BCRF in its pursuit to turn awareness into action is Good Morning America anchor and breast cancer survivor Amy Robach. Last October, Robach received her first mammogram on air only to discover she had breast cancer. She has partnered with BCRF as an ambassador promoting breast health and the importance of research to help inform and activate the public. On October 9, Robach will also host the foundation’s annual Symposium & Awards Luncheon, which will honor ABC veteran and broadcast legend Barbara Walters for her humanitarian efforts.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Amy to the BCRF family,” said Leonard Lauder, BCRF Co-Chairman. “Not only did she demonstrate incredible poise and strength during her journey with breast cancer, but she also is using her experience to advocate for the cause and galvanize women and men across the nation.”

BCRF Scientific Director Dr. Larry Norton and grantee Dr. Edith Perez have also joined ABC’s October initiative, Pink Pledge, as leading breast cancer experts.

Lifetime also signed on to support #BeTheEnd through a number of platforms including a public service announcement featuring Heidi Klum, the Emmy-winning host and executive producer of Project Runway. The PSA will run across Lifetime’s broadcast and digital channels. Lifetime further solidified its partnership with BCRF by sponsoring in part the foundation’s fundraiser at the Waldorf Astoria. This year marks Lifetime’s 20th anniversary advocating for the end of breast cancer.

Beginning October 1, BCRF will launch a number of engagements as part of #BeTheEnd:

  • Breast Cancer Research Symposium & Awards Luncheon – Each October, BCRF hosts two signature events in New York and Boston establishing its position as a leading global resource on breast cancer research and innovation. In New York, BCRF will award $47 million in annual grants as more than 220 researchers from around the world come together to shed light on the critical advances made possible by the foundation’s support. In addition, BCRF is committing $11.6 million this year through the Evelyn H. Lauder Founder’s Fund to support an international research initiative focused on breast cancer metastasis. In Boston, BCRF grantees from New England’s top medical institutions will offer scientific insight on the ever-changing breast cancer landscape in an open forum with the public. Learn more at www.bcrfcure.org/events.
  • Shop Pink – BCRF’s corporate partnerships program harnesses the power of many of the world’s most iconic and beloved brands to fund lifesaving research. Shop Pink features products, retail activations, employee fundraising, and social engagement programs from BCRF’s more than 130 corporate partners. Each program triggers donations to support BCRF research. For more information, visit www.bcrfcure.org/shop-pink.
  • #BeTheEnd Fundraising Platform – BCRF’s newly designed website features an interactive fundraising platform that helps to make raising money for research fun and easy in October and all year long. Learn more at www.bcrfcure.org/fundraise.
  • #BeTheEnd Social Media Campaign – BCRF wants to empower its supporters to share their stories on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and to encourage them to #BeTheEnd of breast cancer and all that comes with it—fear, hospital visits, needless suffering and losing loved ones.

Join BCRF and #BeTheEnd of breast cancer.

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CancerCare® Awarded $1.5 Million Grant from Susan G. Komen®

Funds will provide direct financial assistance to those with breast cancer

NEW YORK, NY (September 29, 2014) – CancerCare, the leading national nonprofit organization providing free, professional support services to anyone affected by cancer, has received a $1.5 million grant to assist people diagnosed with breast cancer.

The generous grant will support Linking A.R.M.S.™, a CancerCare program in partnership with Susan G. Komen. Linking A.R.M.S. provides financial assistance for breast cancer patients for hormonal and oral chemotherapy, pain and anti-nausea medication, child care, transportation, lymphedema care and durable medical equipment.

“We are tremendously grateful for the continued support of Susan G. Komen,” said CancerCare CEO Patricia J. Goldsmith. “This substantial grant will provide help and hope to thousands of people diagnosed with breast cancer during what may be one of the most overwhelming times in their lives. Costs such as transportation and child care can oftentimes prevent our clients from receiving proper treatment and, thanks to Susan G. Komen, this will now be less of an obstacle for thousands of individuals.”

“A breast cancer diagnosis is a life-altering event, and while patients are making difficult decisions about their medical care, day-to-day needs like childcare and transportation can be equally challenging. Last year alone, CancerCare provided direct financial assistance to 1,356 breast cancer patients undergoing treatment. We’re pleased to again award funding to this important program to allow them to continue this work,” said President and CEO of Susan G. Komen, Judith A. Salerno, M.D., M.S.

Those interested in learning more or applying for financial assistance can visit www.cancercare.org/financial or call 800-813-HOPE (4673).

“Words cannot express the appreciation I have for the financial assistance I have desperately needed,” shares Kimberly, a recent Susan G. Komen grant recipient. “What a huge relief to know there is help. What a privilege it is to know that CancerCare does care. A huge weight has lifted from my shoulders and my heart.”

About CancerCare®

Founded in 1944, CancerCare is the leading national organization providing free, professional support services and information to help people manage the emotional, practical and financial challenges of cancer. Our comprehensive services include counseling and support groups over the phone, online and in-person, educational workshops, publications and financial and co-payment assistance. All CancerCare services are provided by oncology social workers and world-leading cancer experts. Headquartered in New York, NY, CancerCare maintains three additional locations in Norwalk, CT, Ridgewood, NJ and Syosset, NY.

To learn more, visit www.cancercare.org or call 800-813-HOPE (4673).

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Bridgestone Group Expands Efforts to Fight Ebola with Major Gifts to International Aid Groups

Funds to Support Efforts of Samaritan’s Purse and UNICEF in West Africa

NASHVILLE, Tenn. and Tokyo (September 29, 2014) ― The Bridgestone Group (Bridgestone) today announced it will donate one million dollars (USD) to critical efforts underway in Liberia and the region to combat the Ebola outbreak. Specifically, $500,000 will be paid to Samaritan’s Purse by Bridgestone Americas, Inc. for work in Liberia, while Bridgestone Corporation will donate $500,000 (JPY 54 million) to support UNICEF’s efforts in Liberia and Nigeria. This $1,000,000 donation follows months of work by Firestone Liberia to manage an effective Ebola emergency response program on its subsidiary rubber farm and nearby communities in country. The funds are aimed at strengthening efforts to stop the spread of Ebola through public awareness; helping facilitate delivery of in-home care supplies for the sick; enhancing medical treatment; and providing support for children left orphaned due to the epidemic.

Firestone Liberia, a Bridgestone Americas subsidiary, has been directly affected by the Ebola outbreak. Since the outbreak hit Liberia, there have been approximately 71 Firestone Liberia employees, family members, retirees and people from surrounding communities who have contracted the virus. The Firestone Medical Center located on Firestone Liberia’s rubber farm has been treating patients in its Ebola Treatment Unit, which has helped 17 people survive the deadly disease.

“Our Firestone Liberia teammates and community have selflessly met the demands of this deadly outbreak and we support them and the great work Samaritan’s Purse and UNICEF are doing in the region to help protect the citizens of Liberia and West Africa,” said Gary Garfield, CEO and President, Bridgestone Americas, Inc. “We implore others to step up in taking on this fight against Ebola.”

“We know that it will take everyone – every citizen, government official, health worker and company in the region – to provide the education, resources and supplies needed to stop the spread of this disease,” said Yutaka Yamaguchi, Bridgestone Group’s Vice President and Senior Officer, Responsible for CSR and Quality Management, CSR and Quality Management Planning. “More support is needed and we hope others will join Bridgestone in supporting organizations that are on the front lines of this global health crisis.”

Samaritan’s Purse has been working since April to combat the disease through a prevention education program. Its more than 350 staff members in Liberia provide education and direct patient care. The money donated by Bridgestone Americas will be used for the organization’s home-based care program which provides Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits to people caring for sick family members.

“We thank Bridgestone Americas for its support in the fight against Ebola,” said Franklin Graham, president and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse. “Firestone Liberia is working tirelessly to protect and treat the approximately 80,000 people living within its community, and with their support, we’re able to broaden those efforts in the larger Liberian community.”

UNICEF’s work across the region to contain and control the spread of the disease includes mass education for communities on essential prevention methods, promoting health and hygiene activities, providing medical and other supplies, supporting the government of Nigeria’s Ebola Emergency Operations and Care Center and the Liberian national taskforce. UNICEF works with these governments and partner organizations to develop services for families and establish a system to care for the children orphaned by Ebola. The money donated by Bridgestone Corporation will be used to support UNICEF’s mass public awareness efforts and work to support orphaned children.

“The current Ebola outbreak is unprecedented and requires an urgent global response. UNICEF is racing against time to control the spread of the disease among children and families,” said U.S. Fund for UNICEF President and CEO, Caryl Stern. “We greatly appreciate the donation from Bridgestone Group, which will help UNICEF expand its critical work in West Africa.”

In addition to the Firestone Medical Center’s Ebola Treatment Unit, Firestone Liberia’s emergency response to Ebola includes active case management, investigations, contact tracing, as well as intervention measures and strategies to help protect and care for thousands of people who live in the Firestone community. Part of the intervention strategy is a mass education program which reaches its more than 8,000 employees and approximately 72,000 additional people residing within Firestone’s property, as well as many more in the surrounding communities. The company also is working with local government and health officials to help curb the spread of the disease throughout the country. Firestone Liberia is working closely with the Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the WHO, among other organizations.

About Bridgestone Corporation:

Bridgestone Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, is the world’s largest tire and rubber company. In addition to tires for use in a wide variety of applications, it also manufactures a broad range of diversified products, which include industrial rubber and chemical products and sporting goods. Its products are sold in over 150 nations and territories around the world.

About Bridgestone Americas, Inc.:

Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSAM) is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company. BSAM and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries. The companies are also engaged in retreading operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing materials, and industrial fibers and textiles. The BSAM family of companies also operates the world’s largest chain of automotive tire and service centers. Guided by its One Team, One Planet message, the company is dedicated to achieving a positive environmental impact in all of the communities it calls home.

About Firestone Natural Rubber Company, LLC:

Firestone Natural Rubber Company, LLC traces its origins back to 1926 when The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company first established a natural rubber production facility in Liberia, West Africa. The company’s Firestone Liberia, Inc. subsidiary operates an 118,000-acre rubber growing and processing facility, employing more than 8,000 employees who harvest and process natural rubber and latex. After processing, the natural rubber (dry rubber and liquid latex) is shipped to the United States. The dry rubber is used by Bridgestone Americas’ tire plants throughout North America in the manufacture of tires. The latex is sold to third party North American manufacturers of dipped goods, adhesives and carpet backing. Firestone is North America’s leading supplier of natural latex concentrate.

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U.K. Taxpayer Donations to U.S.-Based Himalayan Stove Project Now Count for More

Community Action Nepal Accepts Gift Aid Donations on Behalf of Clean Cookstove Organization

TAOS, NM (September 30, 2014)The Himalayan Stove Project (HSP)—a U.S.-based nonprofit that distributes free, clean-burning cook stoves to the people of the high Himalayas to reduce deadly household air pollution (HAP)—announces a new donation arrangement with longtime U.K.-based implementing partner and supporter Community Action Nepal (CAN). The arrangement allows U.K. taxpayers donating through the U.K.’s Gift Aid program to designate CAN donation funds for HSP.

The U.K.’s Gift Aid program increases the value of donations to charities by allowing charities to reclaim the basic rate tax on gifts. According to the Gift Aid website, “Basic rate tax is 20 per cent, so this means that if you give £10 using Gift Aid, it’s worth £12.50 to the charity.”

“We all agree that it is good to co-operate like this,” says Ruth Moore of CAN. “The Himalayan Stove Project’s life enhancing stoves contribute greatly to our work to aid the Nepalese people. Now, through our benefits with the Gift Aid program, U.K. donations to HSP can count for more clean, efficient stoves, which means even more families will be protected from the deadly effects of household air pollution.”

Himalayan Stove Project Founder George Basch (right), His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh (center) and Rebecca Stephens (left), the current president of the Himalayan Trust and the first British woman to summit Everest, survey a model of Mount Everest at the 60th anniversary celebration of the peak’s first summit, held on April 29, 2013 at the Royal Geographical Society.

Since its foundation, the Himalayan Stove Project has donated more than 3,000 cookstoves to the people of the high Himalayas, with the help of implementing partners like the CAN organization, which help facilitate the placement of these donations into the remote mountain homes of families in the greatest need.

“We are very grateful to our Himalayan partner CAN, which has been a great supporter of our program since the beginning, for facilitating this donation process,” says HSP Founder George Basch. “With 4.3 million premature deaths caused yearly by HAP (more than Malaria, HIV/AIDS and TB, combined), our cause is of critical importance. The more donations we can collect, the sooner we can meet the estimated need for more than 1,000,000 stoves in the Nepal Himalayan region.”

Founded by Doug Scott CBE, who in 1975 made the first British ascent of Everest, Community Action Nepal is a U.K.-based charity whose aim is to bring long term benefits to the resourceful and proud Nepalese mountain people. CAN has established more than 50 community projects focusing on health, water and sanitation, schools, education, porter welfare and cultural development. Supported by mountaineers and mountain-lovers from across the globe, CAN’s Kathmandu office and Nepali staff facilitate projects on the ground. Funds are raised from donations, fundraising events, sales of Nepali goods, grants and Doug Scott’s lecture tours.

U.K. income tax payers who wish to make a Gift-Aid Qualifying Donation to the Himalayan Stove Project can do so by following the links at http://www.himalayanstoveproject.org/donate-uk-gift-aid. For more information about or to donate to the Himalayan Stove Project, located at 1335 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, #305, Taos, NM, 87571, visit http://www.himalayanstoveproject.org/transforming-lives or www.facebook.com/himalayanstoveproject, or call 505-363-8863. Donations can also be made by texting “stove” to 50155.

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