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Leading Impact Investing, SRI Experts Join The SRI Conference Line-Up

Largest Annual Meeting of SRI Professionals Confirms 3 New Major Speakers; Rise of Impact Investing to be Focus of The 26th Annual SRI Conference-Agenda Now Available Online.

COLORADO SPRINGS (June 30, 2015) – Leading experts on impact investing will be featured here during The SRI Conference (http://www.SRIConference.com) November 3-5, 2015. Among the major speakers and presenters will be top experts from the Paulson Institute, Domini Social Investments, and Bloomberg.

Titled “All In For Impact,” The SRI Conference will be a major magnet for investment industry professionals and those in the philanthropy and foundation worlds. For the current version of The SRI Conference agenda, go to http://www.sriconference.com/agenda/2015-conference-agenda.html.

Among the major speakers will be:

  • Kate Gordon, vice chair for Climate and Sustainable Urbanization, Paulson Institute. Ms. Gordon provides overall strategy and coordination for the Institute’s climate change, air quality, and sustainable urbanization programs both in the U.S. and China. She is senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal as one of the paper’s “Energy Experts.” At The SRI Conference, Gordon will participate in a panel focusing on climate change “winners and losers.”
  • Amy L. Domini, founder and CEO, Domini Social Investments. Domini Social Investments offers the Domini Social Equity Fund, the Domini International Social Equity Fund, and the Domini Social Bond Fund. In 2005, Ms. Domini was named by Time magazine as one of the world’s 100 most influential people. She was honored at the inaugural meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative for helping protect children and the environment through the Domini Global Giving Fund. At The SRI Conference, Domini will be recognized as a SRI Pioneer and deliver remarks referencing her history of industry leadership and outlining important new developments.
  • Curtis Ravenel, global head, Sustainable Business & Finance, Bloomberg L.P. Mr. Ravenel served as the financial controller for Asia and Capital Planning and Financial Analysis Groups. He is a member of the Advisory Board of GreenWizard Inc. He is active as a member of the Advisory Board, where he integrates sustainability considerations into all operations and evaluates market risks and opportunities. Ravenel also serves on the board of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB). At The SRI Conference, Ravenel will co-host an impact investing-focused discussion entitled “Managing and Monitoring Metrics for Impact.”

First Affirmative Financial Network President, Steve Schueth, said: “In 2015, The SRI Conference will put investing for impact in the spotlight, with insights and discussion from many of the industry’s leading experts. We will be exploring a multitude of investment strategies that can help any investor go ‘All In For Impact.’ We are excited to announce the official agenda for The SRI Conference today, and to highlight the confirmation of three new top-level speakers, who will have a broad appeal to responsible investors of all sizes and motivations.”

ABOUT THE SRI CONFERENCE: The SRI Conference is the premier annual forum for investors and investment professionals engaged in sustainable, responsible, impact (SRI) investing. The 2015 conference will also appeal to philanthropic institutions and foundations eager to learn more about investing for impact. The elevated national attention on impact has produced a record number of proposals for speakers, presentations, and panel discussions for the 2015 conference agenda. For updates on the conference agenda, visit http://www.sriconference.com/agenda/2015-conference-agenda.html.

Street Soccer USA to Host Third Annual Times Square Cup on July 12 with New York City’s Department of Homeless Services

At-Risk, Homeless Youth and Adults Compete Alongside Region’s Top Soccer Talent

(NEW YORK, N.Y.)Street Soccer USA (SSUSA) – the national non-profit organization utilizing soccer to teach life and job skills to at-risk and homeless youth and adults across the U.S. – will host the third annual Times Square Cup on Sunday, July 12 in partnership with New York City’s Department of Homeless Services.

More than 30 teams (ages 16 and older) will compete in front of 125,000 spectators throughout the day in a pop-up stadium on the 42nd/43rd St. Plaza in the heart of Manhattan. Also, 10 youth and adult teams from SSUSA’s social programs will participate in the tournament.

As the only team sport event hosted in Times Square, the goal is to raise awareness for Street Soccer USA’s sport for social change programs expanding across the “Big Apple” and throughout America.

“Sports are a great way to empower people to learn the skills they need to do well in school and to find and maintain employment,” says Carlos Menchaca, New York City Council Member. “We are proud to support Street Soccer USA and this event that is all about empowerment and skill building.”

Since its inception, SSUSA has reached over 3,000 at-risk and homeless youth and adults through partnership with over 20 social service partner agencies. The program has seen impressive results with more than 75 percent of participants connecting jobs and furthering education or employment within a year of joining.

Players will be outfitted in inspirational jerseys by leading apparel brand UNIQLO. SSUSA’s messaging is highlighted through custom crests on team jerseys and define why program participants play the game. They include change, character, confidence, dignity, empowerment, family, hope, independence, integrity, loyalty, opportunity, peace, possibility, pride, respect, strength, structure, support and unity.

“Soccer and our program curriculum focus on teamwork to be successful and our partners are stepping up in a big way this year to support the Times Square Cup,” says Lawrence Cann, Founder of SSUSA. “We are fortunate to celebrate sport for social change in a stunning and unique setting for the third year in a row.”

One of North America’s most iconic professional soccer teams – the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League — will be entering a staff and supporters team as well as appearances by its first team players.

“We are honored to be participants once again in this event,” said Cosmos Chief Operating Officer Erik Stover. “As our official charity partner, we always look to support Street Soccer USA as extensively as possible and help them raise awareness for at-risk and homeless youths and adults.”

The tournament features two 52 foot by 72 foot street soccer courts with four foot walls and 12 foot by four foot goals. Games are high-paced and average 9.8 goals per match. Teams from Brazil, Italy, Mexico and across the U.S. will battle for “Street Soccer Championship” of New York City.

SSUSA’s partners include Coca-Cola Foundation, ESPN Foundation, New York Cosmos, Street Football World, U.S. Soccer Foundation, UNIQLO (official uniform supplier), Wells Fargo and others. SSUSA oversees programs in 16 U.S. cities which use soccer to build safe, healthy communities.

More information: www.streetsoccerusa.org.

About Street Soccer USA

Street Soccer USA (SSUSA), a 501(c)3 organization and an affiliate of HELP USA, is a national sport development program for social change in 16 cities across the United States. Teams train and compete in local leagues and work through a special curriculum of life and job skills.

SSUSA uses soccer as a team sport to help adults and youths overcome poverty and homelessness. Players commit to change their lives by setting three, six, and 12-month personal goals. By creating a team environment that is fun, positive, and universal, participants are provided with a family support group to build relationships of trust and stability. Players are challenged by personal motives and team expectations to advance individual character, confidence and hope.

More information: www.streetsoccerusa.org.

About UNIQLO and Fast Retailing

UNIQLO is a brand of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., a leading global Japanese retail holding company that designs, manufactures and sells clothing under seven main brands: Comptoir des Cotonniers, GU, Helmut Lang, J Brand, Princesse tam.tam, Theory, and UNIQLO. With global sales of approximately 1.38 trillion yen for the 2014 fiscal year ending August 31, 2014 (US $13.6 billion, calculated in yen using the annual average exchange rate to the end of August 2014 of $1 = 101.5 yen), Fast Retailing is one of the world’s largest apparel retail companies, and UNIQLO is Japan’s leading specialty retailer.

UNIQLO continues to open large-scale stores in some of the world’s most important cities and locations, as part of its ongoing efforts to solidify its status as a truly global brand. Today the company has a total of more than 1,500 stores in 16 markets worldwide including Japan, Australia, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, U.K. and the U.S. In addition, Grameen UNIQLO, a social business established in Bangladesh in September 2010, currently operates several Grameen UNIQLO stores in Dhaka. UNIQLO manages an integrated business model under which it designs, manufactures, markets and sells high-quality, casual apparel. The company believes that truly great clothes should be supremely comfortable, feature universal designs, are of high quality and offer a superb fit to everyone who wears them.

With a corporate statement committed to changing clothes, changing conventional wisdom and change the world, Fast Retailing is dedicated to creating great clothing with new and unique value to enrich the lives of people everywhere. For more information about UNIQLO and Fast Retailing, please visit www.uniqlo.com and www.fastretailing.com.

About The New York Cosmos

The New York Cosmos began play in 1971, spending 14 seasons in the North American Soccer League, winning five Soccer Bowl trophies and bringing some of the biggest names in world soccer to the USA. This included Pelé, Franz Beckenbauer, Giorgio Chinaglia and Carlos Alberto. It had been nearly 30 years since the Cosmos, an iconic global soccer club, have played in a professional league. Yet throughout their absence, the club maintained a loyal and dedicated fan following.

On Aug. 3, 2013, the New York Cosmos returned to the NASL with a sell-out win at Hofstra University’s Shuart Stadium, before embarking on a season that would see the Cosmos win the 2013 North American Soccer League Fall Season. The club closed out its inaugural season by winning the 2013 Soccer Bowl with a 1-0 victory against the Atlanta Silverbacks on Nov. 9, 2013 at Atlanta Silverbacks Park, Atlanta, GA. The championship is the sixth NASL title in the club’s history.

The Cosmos also submitted a privately-funded economic development proposal in 2013 to the State of New York to build a world-class 25,000-seat professional soccer stadium at Belmont Park. More information about the proposal and renderings can be found at www.newcosmosstadium.com.

For more information on the New York Cosmos, please visit www.newyorkcosmos.com, join us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @NYCosmos.

Community Raises $765k for 111 Local Non-Profit Organizations in 36 Hours on CentreGives.org

State College, PA – It has been a whirlwind 36 hours at CentreGives.org as over 100 local non-profit organizations have activated their donor bases and inspired the community to contribute a total of $765,916.09 from 5,684 gifts.

“Here at Centre Foundation, we are thrilled at the outpouring of generosity from members of the community,” said Molly Kunkel, Executive Director at Centre Foundation. “This has been the most successful year yet of Centre Gives, thanks to our engaged community members and hard-working non-profit staffers.”

In addition to the nearly $766,000 in community gifts, Centre Foundation also provided a $100,000 stretch pool.

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“This grant pool stretches people’s donations so that they go further,” explained Kunkel. “The more an organization raised, the larger their share of the grant pool will be.”

There were also $25,000 in prizes, awarded throughout the two-day event.

“In response to feedback from our participating organizations, we restructured our prizes –which are awarded based on unique gifts rather than total dollars raised – this year to increase the number of prizes and therefore opportunities for organizations of varying sizes to strategize and capture them,” said Kunkel. “It was wonderful to watch new organizations successfully compete for these prizes, so we’re pleased with the new prize structure.”

Adding all these numbers with the $1,000 in pre-event Facebook challenges, Centre Gives 2015 will invest over $890,000 in Centre County’s non-profit network. This brings the program’s four-year running total to a nearly $3,000,000 investment.

“The impact of Centre Gives in our community is undeniably amazing,” Kunkel said. “Our staff and board look forward to hosting this event each year.”

Centre Gives 2015 Prize Recipients:

  • Grand Prize * Friends of Schlow Centre Region Library * $3,000
  • Second Place Prize * Centre County PAWS * $2,500
  • Third Place Prize * The State Theatre, Inc. * $2,000
  • Fourth Place Prize * Centre Volunteers in Medicine * $1,500
  • Fifth Place Prize * ClearWater Conservancy * $1,000
  • Sixth Place Prize * The Food Bank of the State College Area, Inc. * $900
  • Seventh Place Prize * Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts * $800
  • Eighth Place Prize * Centre Co. Women’s Resource Center * $700
  • Ninth Place Prize * Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania * $600
  • Tenth Place Prize * Centre Wildlife Care * $500
  • Big Start Prize * TriYoga of Central Pennsylvania * $1,250
  • Commuter Prize 1 * Centre County PAWS * $1,000
  • Lunch Time Prize 1 * Strawberry Fields, Inc * $1,000
  • Happy Hour Prize 1 * Centre County PAWS * $1,000
  • Cinco de Mayo Prize * Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts * $1,000
  • Big Start Day 2 Prize * The State Theatre, Inc. * $1,000
  • Commuter Prize 2 * State College Community Theatre * $1,000
  • Lunch Time Prize 2 * Spring Creek Chapter of Trout Unlimited * $1,000
  • 4th Quarter Prize * Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts * $1,000
  • Big Finish Prize * Centre County PAWS * $1,250
  • Afternoon Break Golden Ticket * Mount Nittany Medical Center Foundation * $100
  • Morning Commute Golden Ticket * Pets Come First * $100
  • Dinner Time Golden Ticket * Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania * $100
  • First Donation Golden Ticket * Centre County Farmland Trust * $100
  • Caffeine Break Golden Ticket * United Nations Association of Centre County * $100
  • Final Countdown Golden Ticket * Performing Arts School of Central Pennsylvania * $100
  • Rise & Shine Golden Ticket * Centre County Housing and Land Trust * $100
  • Late Night Golden Ticket * Centre Co. Women’s Resource Center * $100
  • Midnight Oil Golden Ticket * Centre Co. Women’s Resource Center * $100
  • Start Sprinting Golden Ticket * Nittany Theatre at The Barn * $100
  • Pre-Event Challenge: Like #CentreGives Prize * State College Community Theatre * $250
  • Pre-Event Challenge: MakeOver Monday Prize * Centre County PAWS * $250
  • Pre-Event Challenge: #CentreGives Car Prize * Centre Bulldogs Youth Football & Cheer * $250
  • Pre-Event Challenge: Show Your Selfie Prize * Centre Bulldogs Youth Football & Cheer * $250

Centre Foundation is committed to helping donors fulfill their philanthropic goals by building and maintaining a permanent collection of endowment funds. The Foundation champions the betterment of Centre County for both present and future generations with trustworthy leadership in shaping effective responses to community issues and opportunities.

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