Bowman to Lead with ‘Drive, Innovation and Collaborative Spirit’
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 24, 2015) – The Land Trust Alliance, a national land conservation organization working to save the places people love by strengthening land conservation across America, today announced that Andrew Bowman will assume the role of president starting Feb. 10, 2016.
“The Alliance’s board of directors is thrilled that Mr. Bowman has agreed to take on this critical role,” said Laura Johnson, Alliance board chair. “He embodies the drive, innovation and collaborative spirit that will lead the Land Trust Alliance and the land trust community to dramatically increase the impact of conservation in America.”
Bowman currently serves as the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s (DDCF) program director for the environment. During his 10 years at DDCF, he developed and obtained approval for more than $100 million in grants. Born and raised in California, Bowman earned a master’s degree in city and regional planning at the University of California at Berkeley, a Master of Laws in environmental and natural resources at the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College and a Juris Doctor degree at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
“The Alliance is an incredible organization that, over the last decade, has put in place critical programs and created key entities to serve the land trust community and ensure that land conservation is conducted with rigor, professionalism and integrity,” Bowman said. “It taps into the expertise and creativity of the staff, board members and supporters of its more than 1,100 member land trusts to advance land conservation in the U.S.”
Bowman said he’s particularly optimistic about the many opportunities to build a stronger conservation field in America. At DDCF, he conceived and launched major initiatives that diversified the conservation workforce by engaging young people from underrepresented, urban communities; reconciled the needs of wildlife with increased renewable energy development on public and private lands; and built a sustainable agriculture system in the greater New York City area that benefits people and wildlife.
“Private land conservation represents one of the few areas of strong bipartisan support for environmental protection,” Bowman said. “People of different backgrounds and political persuasions regularly join together to protect the places they all love. I’m truly excited to be part of such a positive, proactive movement.”
Among those to praise Bowman’s selection as the Alliance’s new president was his former instructor and longtime land conservation advocate, Bill Hutton.
“The Alliance’s choice of Andrew Bowman brings to the land trust community an experienced conservationist whose first steps on the path to the Alliance presidency may have been taken twenty-plus years ago in my land trusts seminar at Hastings,” said Bill Hutton, emeritus professor at Hastings College of the Law. “His passion for land conservation was evident even then, and he served as one of a small cadre of student editors who helped to launch The Back Forty—the Newsletter of Land Conservation Law. We should be most grateful for the wisdom of the Alliance’s search committee.”
“Andrew Bowman is a fantastic choice for the Land Trust Alliance,” said Mark Burget, North America managing director for The Nature Conservancy. “I have known and greatly admired Andrew for many, many years. He has devoted much of his life to the future of our lands and waters, a great service to nature and people across the country and indeed far beyond. And he has done so with his wonderful blend of intense intellect and graceful kindness. As our conservation community looks to an even brighter future, Andrew Bowman is the perfect person to take the reins at the Alliance.”
“Mr. Bowman has acted as a catalyst for groundbreaking conservation initiatives,” said Michael Dowling, chair of the search committee for the Alliance’s board of directors. “In his role at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, he provided critical grants to major Alliance initiatives such as accreditation, Terrafirma, and our national land trust excellence program. Andrew has deep knowledge of private land conservation and models the best ‘servant leader’ tradition of the Alliance.”
About the Land Trust Alliance
Founded in 1982, the Land Trust Alliance is a national land conservation organization that works to save the places people love by strengthening land conservation across America. The Alliance represents more than 1,100 member land trusts supported by more than 100,000 volunteers and 5 million members nationwide. The Alliance is based in Washington, D.C. and operates several regional offices. More information about the Alliance is available at www.landtrustalliance.org.
Investing in Women and Girls in Central Indiana
(Indianapolis) – Women’s Fund of Central Indiana, the only foundation dedicated solely to investing in women and girls in Central Indiana has awarded grants totaling $157,500 to 17 nonprofits. The grants support the Women’s Fund four priority areas, including domestic violence, caregiving, insufficient income and girls. This brings Women’s Fund’s investment to central Indiana nonprofits to more than $5.5 million, representing a significant investment in the greatest needs and critical issues facing women and girls.
“We are proud to support the incredible work being done in our community to help women and girls become self-sufficient and economically secure,” said Jennifer Pope Baker, executive director, Women’s Fund of Central Indiana. “We are committed to finding the gaps and barriers facing women and girls and seek to support the programs that help them find success.”
Here’s a closer look at the 2015 grants awarded:
Women’s Fund of Central Indiana invests in the lives of women and girls in central Indiana and is an endowed special interest fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation. For more information, visit www.womensfund.org.
Five leading global chemical companies have agreed on a set of ambitious actions that can reduce emissions by an additional 1.4 gigatonnes per year by 2030.
Geneva [MONDAY 23 NOVEMBER 2015] – Today, five leading global chemical companies have launched their action plan to help reduce emissions by an additional 1.4 gigatonnes per year by 2030.
Akzo Nobel N.V., DSM N.V., Evonik Industries AG, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation, and Solvay S.A believe that global sustainability challenges – including emissions reductions – can only be met through advanced innovation and faster deployment of solutions at scale. A continuous strive for efficiency gains will also be critical in ensuring the transition to a low carbon world.
Chemical products serving key sectors like buildings, automotive, packaging and food, have the potential to unlock an additional 1 gigatonne of CO2e savings per year by 2030.
Within the framework of LCTPi, these leaders have come together to agree on possible advances through breakthrough technologies and products from the chemical sector. They have found that new breakthrough technologies can bring up to an additional 0.4 Gt CO2e reduction per year in chemical industry’s emissions by 2030, on top of anticipated efficiency gains.
President & CEO of WBCSD, Peter Bakker said:
“As an industry of industries, the chemical sector plays an important role in spurring low carbon growth. These five global leaders are a vanguard of the chemical industry. Meeting the ambitions they have set across their sector and its value chains can contribute significantly to global emissions reductions in other sectors. I call on other forward-looking companies to join this initiative and collaborate to bring those actions to life.”
Akzo Nobel N.V., DSM N.V., Evonik Industries AG, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation, and Solvay S.A have agreed to work with others to scale up sustainability solutions and will compete on sustainability performance through consistent measurement and trustworthy communication of key sustainability indicators for chemical products.
The companies will intensify R&D, deepen their understanding of the abatement potential of new technologies, and forge new alliances to help stimulate the mainstreaming of these technologies across the wider industry.
NEW YORK (November 24, 2015) – Forbes’ fourth annual Philanthropy (cover date: Dec. 14) magazine issue looks at the most generous givers and how they are changing our world. Last June, at the Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy, Forbes brought together 200 billionaires and near-billionaires, plus a handful of leading social entrepreneurs, to discuss disruptive business models in philanthropy. Ten Big Ideas to Change the World (p.105) presents an inside look at what happens when you put altruistic billionaires, legendary entertainers and Noble Prize-worthy game changers in one room for a day to talk about disruptive ideas regarding philanthropy.
The cover story, The First Woman of Women (p.96), profiles Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the wealthiest, most charitable and far-reaching private foundation in history. It has a $41.3 billion endowment and distributed $3.32 billion in total grants in 2013. But behind the big numbers lies a deeply personal story of transformation. Over the past few years Gates has increasingly embraced her unique position of having her name on the letterhead — and all the power and prestige that comes with it. Her endgame is nothing less than a new era of global gender equality that will benefit individual women, families and communities all the way upstream to the global economy. Melinda Gates has become the most powerful person on the planet whose singular mission is to end poverty through empowering women and girls.
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For these stories and more, visit www.forbes.com.
New PSAs Focus on Educational Support for Children in Low-Income Neighborhoods
CBS Stars Mayim Bialik, Luis Guzmán, Téa Leoni, LL COOL J, Chi McBride, Shemar Moore, Jeff Probst and Tom Selleck To Be Featured
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Tuesday, Nov. 24 – The “I Have A Dream” Foundation (IHDF) and CBS Cares have joined together to create a public service campaign focusing on educational support and mentoring for young students in low-income areas.
Christmas- and Hanukkah-themed IHDF public service announcements featuring Mayim Bialik (THE BIG BANG THEORY) and LL COOL J (NCIS: LOS ANGELES) will launch online and across CBS Interactive platforms on Wednesday, Nov. 25. On Friday, Nov. 27, the PSAs will begin to air nationally on the CBS Television Network and on local CBS stations across the country
The IHDF/CBS Cares PSA campaign will continue in 2016, featuring CBS stars Luis Guzmán (CODE BLACK), Téa Leoni (MADAM SECRETARY), Chi McBride (HAWAII FIVE-0), Shemar Moore (CRIMINAL MINDS), Jeff Probst (SURVIVOR), Tom Selleck (BLUE BLOODS) and more.
“These powerful CBS Cares PSAs shine a light on the urgent need to increase access to higher education for children from low-income communities,” said Donna A. Lawrence, President and CEO of the National “I Have A Dream” Foundation. “The campaign will boost the visibility of IHDF’s work and help break the cycle of poverty for thousands of families across the country, making the dream of a college education a reality for their children.”
“The ‘I Have A Dream’ Foundation impacts diversity and education, two top priorities for the CBS Corporation,” said Josie Thomas, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, CBS Corporation. “This collaboration is an opportunity that will help increase awareness and further the Foundation’s crucial mission of providing long-term support programs aimed at increasing high school graduation and college completion for students in under-resourced public schools.
“The ‘I Have A Dream’ program was monumental for me,” says Dreamer alumna Zairia Benjamin, an accomplished social worker. “My earliest memories always involve the volunteers who made me feel important because of how much they invested in me. I am lucky to be a product of their investment, and appreciative and aware of how much I was given and the kind of support a person needs to do well.”
Every student in the IHDF program receives guaranteed tuition assistance for higher education as well as continued support on their college journey. In addition to financial support, IHDF provides students with academic support and life skills as well as mental and social encouragement. Since 1981, “I Have A Dream” Foundation programs have operated in 28 states, Washington, D.C., and New Zealand, together serving nearly 17,000 students.
“Diversity is important to all that CBS does as a company, and we are proud of this partnership between CBS Cares and the IHDF,” said Tony Ambrosio, Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer, CBSCorporation. “We hope that these PSAs will further IHDF’s important mission of helping children in low-income communities, fulfilling their dreams of a higher education and career.”
To get involved and learn more, visit http://www.ihaveadreamfoundation.org/.
About “I Have A Dream” Foundation:
The “I Have A Dream” Foundation (IHDF) is a leading education nonprofit focused on breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty through a comprehensive program of support that follows the same group of children (“Dreamers”) from elementary school all the way through college. Founded 35 years ago through the vision of Eugene Lang, IHDF operates in 16 cities and has nearly 17,000 alumni.
About CBS Cares:
At the heart of CBS’s public service commitment are the multi award-winning CBS Cares campaigns, consisting of PSAs that usually feature talent from a wide array of CBS programming. Approximately 200 million viewers see one or more of the CBS Cares campaigns each year. These PSAs have embraced a number of causes, none more important than diversity and tolerance. The Nelson Mandela Foundation partnered with CBS Cares for Mr. Mandela’s first ever PSAs on tolerance in the U.S. These PSAs were seen in the U.S. and 82 other countries. Each year, CBS Cares airs PSAs to honor Black History Month, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, and Native American Heritage Month. CBS Cares also worked with the NAACP in developing PSAs that marked its 100th Anniversary. Additionally, it worked with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Trust on PSAs to raise funds for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. CBS Cares annually marks the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday with PSAs featuring Congressman John Lewis, who marched with Dr. King. CBS Cares annually marks Memorial Day and Veterans Day with special PSAs honoring American military veterans. Another set of PSAs honor the victims of the Nazi Holocaust and run annually on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The New Leadership Council of Make-A-Wish® Metro New York Hosts Sixth Annual WishNYC: A Toast to Wishes
November 23, 2015, New York, NY – Over 600 exuberant and generous young professionals gathered last Thursday for the 6th annual WishNYC: A Toast to Wishes to raise funds for Make-A-Wish Metro New York. The evening raised over $380,000 and counting, bringing the event’s 6-year fundraising total to $1.9 million. Proceeds raised from the night help grant the wishes of children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions.
The event’s powerhouse Host Committee, led by Zach Coopersmith, Alli Holzberg and Lauren Goodrich, along with the Make-A-Wish Metro New York New Leadership Council (NLC), welcomed guests to the sold-out event, at Marquee NYC, with another 250 attending the exclusive after-party at Gilded Lily. Guests enjoyed a premium open bar sponsored by The Patron Spirits Company, Tito’s Vodka, Manhattan Beer and Southern Wine & Spirits, passed food from Luke’s Lobster, Takumi Taco, Eddie’s Pizza Truck, Batter & Cream, and Dough, music by DJ’s Chachi and Rick Wonder, plus a premium mobile bidding silent auction with 70+ high-end items.
“We so appreciate the generosity of the young New Yorkers who come out to support this event. A Toast to Wishes allows attendees to give back to an amazing cause and have a great time while doing it!” said Zach Coopersmith, New Leadership Council President and A Toast to Wishes Co-Chair. “Wishes inspire seriously ill kids to dream big, stay strong and keep fighting. I hope that A Toast to Wishes can continue contributing to these transformative experiences for many years to come.”
WishNYC: A Toast to Wishes has become one of the most talked about parties of its kind in the Metro New York area, successfully introducing young professionals to the Make-A-Wish mission.
“This event is so vital to us because it allows us to connect with the next generation of leaders and philanthropists in New York City. The passion and commitment of Zach, Alli, Lauren and the entire Host Committee to the Make-A-Wish mission is contagious and has helped them to raise an astonishing $1.9 million in only six years,” said Pat Clemency, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Metro New York and Western New York. “We are extremely grateful to them and all who sponsored and attended this event.”
WishNYC: A Toast to Wishes was sponsored by Duggal and supported by Avis, Dun & Bradstreet, Eastdil Secured, HBO, KPMG, Manhattan Beer, NBC Universal, The Patron Spirits Company, Rugby ABP, Southern Wine & Spirits, Tito’s Vodka, Wells Fargo, Weil, and Zurich.
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Since 1983, Make-A-Wish Metro New York and Western New York has fulfilled the wishes of more than 13,000 children, almost 11,000 of them residing in the Metro New York area. In Fiscal Year 2015, the chapter touched the lives of 876 wish children and their families by granting the wishes of 617 local children and facilitating 259 wish assists for children who reside in other areas, but whose wishes took place in New York. The chapter received the highest rating – 4 Stars – from Charity Navigator in April of 2015. For more information, please visit www.metrony.wish.org.
Today offers the opportunity to see for the first time the draft Natural Capital Protocol and Sector Guides as they are launched for consultation at the World Forum on Natural Capital. The draft Protocol and Sector Guides have been developed by the Natural Capital Coalition as a standardized framework for business to measure and value its impacts and dependencies on natural capital and to help them integrate this into their decision making.
The Natural Capital Coalition is built upon the belief that through collaboration we will go further.
The consultation is therefore an essential part of the development process. As well as engaging with the growing Coalition membership, which has doubled in the last six months and now stands at 168 organisations, the Coalition is establishing an expert review panel, to lead the consultation, build consensus and gain market momentum. The consultation compliments the existing business pilot program that is already underway and includes over 50 companies representing all geographies and many major sectors.
The consultation will run until the 26 February 2016 and will be followed by several months of further development prior to the launch of Version 1 in July 2016.
Mark Gough, Executive Director of the Natural Capital Coalition said: ‘It is great to now be able to share the draft Protocol and Sector Guides after such an invigorating writing period with a wide range of people. We are looking forward to the extending the collaboration to our members and others interested in the improvements that are possible through an understanding of Natural Capital”
Eva Zabey, Director, Redefining Value – Natural Capital, WBCSD said: “Companies should compete on performance, not on methodology. WBCSD and its partners are proud and excited to have developed this open-source draft Protocol, on behalf of the Coalition, which we anticipate will become the world’s first standardized approach for business to measure and value their natural capital impacts and dependencies. It lays the critical foundations for, and will be instrumental in, driving business decision-making and higher sustainability performance around the world.”
Richard Mattison, Chief Executive, Trucost said: “We are excited to be part of the launch of the consultation via our work on the Sector Guides and with a number of companies piloting the Protocol. The consultation period offers a great opportunity for companies and other stakeholders to understand how applications of the Protocol can drive better decision making. We are looking forward to continuing the collaboration.”
To learn more about the Consultation and take part visit www.naturalcapitalcoalition.org/consultation.
Richmond, Virginia, November 19, 2015 — Impact Makers is pleased to welcome Brendon Cornwell as Digital Practice Lead. Brendon is an experienced consultant and expert in delivering solutions through digital strategy, user experience, interaction design and technical implementation across a broad scope of industries, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to universities to government organizations.
In September 2015, Brendon was featured in the “Notable Gifts” section of the Richmond Times-Dispatch for pro-bono work he did with The Doorways, formerly the Hospital Hospitality House.
“We are happy to have Brendon join the team. His community focus, as well as his expertise and professional background, fit well with Impact Makers’ business,” said Michael I. Pirron, Impact Makers’ Founder and CEO.
Before joining Impact Makers, Brendon was the Senior Manager and Web, Content & Collaboration Lead at CapTech, where his accomplishments included developing end-to-end Digital Strategies and increasing efficiency and company revenues for clients. His previous positions include General Dynamics, Science Applications International Corporation and Answerthink.
Brendon is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce Master’s in the Management of Information Technology. He holds certifications as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and IT Service Management (ITIL) and is a member of the Project Management Institute and the User Experience Professional Association.
About Impact Makers
Impact Makers is a management and technology consulting company based in Richmond, Virginia. The company provides services in Management and IT Consulting, Program and Project Management, Digital Services, Governance, Risk and Compliance, and Healthcare Solutions. Impact Makers is a for profit company that has gifted its ownership to the community and contributes 100% of its net profits to charities over the life of the company. Impact Makers’ charity partners are Rx Partnership, Family Lifeline, Peter Paul Development Center and FLiPM (Future Leaders in Project Management). Impact Makers also is a founding B Corp and received for the third consecutive year a Best for World designation. The company also has made the Inc 500 Fastest Growing Companies list for the past four years. See impactmakers.com.
Two decades of experience makes Camfed uniquely positioned to succeed
November 23, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – Sending girls to school in some of the most remote regions of Africa is a difficult proposition. Because of the daunting nature of the challenge, many are only talking about what should be done. Camfed, the Campaign for Female Education is taking up the challenge. They’ve set a bold goal to educate 1 million more girls by 2019.
To help achieve this goal, Camfed today announced the launch of an action campaign under the name CAMFEDcan.
“CAMFEDcan is our declaration that we can provide access to education for a phenomenal generation of girls who are facing barriers that few of us can imagine,” said Camfed’s CEO, Lucy Lake. “We can do what governments, economists and children’s rights champions are calling for because we have the necessary infrastructure and the experience to see girls through the educational process in a holistic, sustainable way – and at scale.”
Over the past 23 years, Camfed has directly supported one million girls through school, and improved the learning environment for more than three million children in sub-Saharan Africa. They are now looking to accelerate their impact and support one million more girls through school in just five years.
During the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative, Camfed committed to supporting 1 million more girls through secondary school. Camfed’s ultimate vision is of a world in which every child is educated, protected, respected and grows up to turn the tide of poverty. Their sustainable and scalable model has been praised by influential education and development advocates including Julia Gillard, former Prime Minister of Australia, First Lady Michelle Obama, the OECD, and Malala Yousafzai.
In order to reach this ambitious goal, and beyond, Camfed needs to raise awareness and donations. The CAMFEDcan campaign will include print, online and broadcast elements to reach the largest possible audiences.
“To really portray the breadth and depth of Camfed’s success, this campaign needed to show that while educating 1 million girls is a daunting task, because of their years of experience and stellar framework, CAMFEDcan achieve it,” said Frank Way, creative director for the CAMFEDcan campaign.
Camfed’s success is born from years of building relationships and successfully creating partnerships that support girls’ education in rural areas. Across sub-Saharan Africa, the organization has grown a network of staff, advisors, local government officials, religious and traditional leaders, and others who partner with Camfed to transform their communities.
Camfed has also created an exceptional alumnae network called CAMA. This network of graduates uses their skills and knowledge to give back their communities, to help more girls to go to school, and to mentor future leaders.
“CAMA embodies the aspirations of Camfed. Through this network, Camfed has created a virtuous cycle of success, health, and hope,” said Angeline Murimirwa, one of the first girls supported though Camfed, a founding member of CAMA, and now, Regional Director of Camfed. “When we ensure that every child, every girl, is receiving a quality education, we will see huge transformation in our communities, our nations, and our world.”
To view the CAMFEDcan PSA and campaign assets, please go here.