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Monthly Archives: January 2016

Award Winning MC Tackles Tough Topics like Bullying and Self-Harm Through His Music, and as a Result Is Preventing Suicides Across The Globe

Motivational Rapper, Speaker, Role Model, and Counter-Bully “Unkle Adams” Is Using His Hip-Hop Status to Spread Important Messages

January, 2016 (Saskatchewan, Canada) — Have you ever heard of a Rapper being endorsed by Politicians, Police Departments, Paramedics, School Principals, Guidance Counselors, Teachers, Parents, Grandparents, Students, Mental Health Organizations, High Ranking Public Officials, Environmental Activists, and more? Well, Curtis Adams AKA “Unkle Adams” is definitely not your “average” Rapper. The Canada-born MC not only performs uplifting and inspirational music, but travels to schools to speak with students and give them hope on a range of topics from bullying to health, through his music and presentations he is giving “hope to the hopeless” and a “voice to the voiceless”. Bullying, Climate Change, Impaired Driving, Fitness, Healthy Eating, Self-Harm and Domestic Abuse are just some of the subjects Unkle Adams has touched on in his music. His hit anti-bullying song/music video “Unkle Adams – I Am Stronger” has amassed more than 10,000,000 views between Facebook and YouTube, and throughout his flourishing career he’s helped a wide range of students and parents alike confront their struggles and change their lives for the better. His work has saved countless lives by preventing suicides. His songs and videos are used as educational tools in schools all over the world. Simply put, Unkle Adams is on a mission the change the world with his music. Now, as he heads into the new year, he’ll be giving an addictions and law of attraction presentation called “The Freedom Presentation” with friend JC Wylde on Tuesday, February 2nd at Cumberland House Cree Nation in Saskatchewan and presenting his “I Am Stronger than Bullying Presentation” at a Hugh Sutherland School in Carstairs, Alberta on Wednesday, February 24th.

Unkle Adams has received hundreds if not thousands of tweets, Facebook messages, and emails from youth and adults alike telling him how his music has impacted their lives. Many of these messages are from people thanking Unkle Adams for saving their lives with his music (as shown below). His music and music videos act as a form of medicine for thousands by helping them to cope with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and suicidal thoughts. Here are just a few of those messages;

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WATCH: Unkle Adams – I Am Stronger (Official Anti-Bullying Music Video)

Curtis Adams AKA “Unkle Adams” was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. At the age of 13 he fell in love with Hip Hop music and soon discovered his natural knack for rhyming syllables. Starting out as a freestyle emcee, he quickly progressed from performing at parties, to performing in front of large audiences at local clubs and bars. Today, with 14+ years of experience under his belt, Unkle Adams has established himself as a powerhouse emcee on an international level. Listen to just one of his songs and you will soon understand why. Choosing to write songs containing material that is inspirational, motivational and educational rather than some rappers who are negative, stereotypical and materialistic- the former heavy equipment operator by trade has funded all of his music, recording, advertising, merchandise, equipment and video production independently.

WATCH: Unkle Adams – A Man on a Mission

Curtis has been an Uncle since the very second he was born. In fact, he has a nephew who is only ten days older that doubles as his best friend, so naturally, growing up all of his friends called him “Uncle”. Trying to change and evolve hip hop music into its next chapter, Unkle Adams elicits his fans support in this process so that they may have a hand in changing the negative stereotyping that is often associated with hip hop music.

From Media Outlets to Students, Parents, and Law Enforcement Officials; Adams has received tons of positive feedback on both his music and presentations:

“It is one of the best anti-bullying resources I have ever used and I am very picky” – Susan McLean (27 year police officer and Australia’s leading Cyber Safety Expert)

“Empowering kids to handle bullies is a mission for Unkle Adams” – QC Magazine

“He saved my daughter’s life” – Thankful Parent

With such powerful messages encompassing the wide range of big issues young people face on a constant basis – Unkle Adams seems to be changing the game in regards to not only hip-hop and music in general, but how his lyrical content and persona can help those in need of guidance.

Unkle Adams has released two albums “Humble Beginnings” and “Pulse” as well as six singles. His current music catalog consists of twenty-nine songs and every one of them delivers a message.

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S.E.M.A. Saga at the Rock: Blistering True Story Offers Life Lessons & Solutions to Young Black Men, Who Risk Becoming an “Endangered Species”

Masterfully crafted from the life and experiences of Ray Moore, ‘S.E.M.A. Saga at the Rock: St. Emma Military Academy’ takes readers deep into the tumultuous and turbulent 1960s, a time when millions of young black men had to make a bold decision between embarking on a life of crime or becoming an upstanding member of society. This issue has once again become a modern-day epidemic and, with his vast experience as a mentor and community leader, Moore invites young black men to step into his world and emerge steeped in inspiration.

Adelphi, Maryland – There’s no way to sugarcoat it; millions of young African American men have once again become lost to society through no fault of their own. Embroiled in crime, mistreated by the police and wrongly feared by their communities, many of these youngsters are pleading for the nation to not only understand them, but give them the chance they deserve.

It’s a societal plague that also ran rampant in the 1960s. In his searing new novel, Ray Moore bravely tells a tale of one young black teenager who has a life-changing choice to make between gangs and innocence. While it may have been set fifty years ago, Moore’s story is more pertinent to today than any other point in history – because it’s his story.

‘S.E.M.A. Saga at the Rock: St. Emma Military Academy’ is brimming with life lessons and also offering an abundance of solutions to correct the unfairness millions of young black men are forced to endure.

Synopsis:

A Must Read for Every Inner City Teenager. . . The decade is the 60’s, a turbulent time in America, during the height of the civil rights movement, and still there are choices for a young black teenager to make about either joining a gang or taking the right path to a productive manhood.

“This book should be firmly placed into the hands of every inner-city teenager,” explains Moore, a retired educator who remains passionate about giving every young person a chance at life. “The story is interwoven with many life lessons that still stand true, even though the story they come from took place half a century ago.”

Continuing, “I am very public about my opinion that black males under the age of twenty-five are becoming something of an endangered species; misunderstood, feared and being slaughtered at the hands of our law enforcement agencies due to a subliminal perception neither group is consciously aware of. This story will help young men tap into that inner-narrative and learn how they can emerge victorious against the odds. But I’d also advise young people and adults, of any background, to pick up their copy. There’s nobody who won’t learn a thing or two about society, as this is as raw as it gets.”

With the volume’s demand expected to increase, interested readers are urged to purchase without delay.

‘S.E.M.A. Saga at the Rock: St. Emma Military Academy’, from Outskirts Press, is available now: http://amzn.to/1OgjglJ.

About the Author:

Ray Moore a concerned mentor who has worked as a former school teacher, employee of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and of the D.C. Dept. of Parks and Recreation.

ROC United Honors Restaurant Industry Leaders Who Support One Fair Wage for All Workers

Awards ceremony co-hosted by Danny Meyer and Darren Walker, coinciding with the release of Saru Jayaraman’s new book, FORKED

New York, NY — Today, Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United is honoring 19 restaurateurs for leading the industry’s move toward eliminating the two-tiered wage system and promoting other workplace reforms. The awards ceremony will be hosted at the Ford Foundation’s office in New York City and will be co-hosted by Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG) CEO Danny Meyer and Ford Foundation President Darren Walker, two longtime champions of improving conditions for low-wage workers.

Currently, most tipped workers are paid a separate, lower minimum wage that starts at $2.13 an hour at the federal level — a rate that hasn’t changed since 1991. Only seven states — Alaska, California, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington — have raised the base wage for tipped workers to a full minimum wage. Meyer and other restaurant leaders are urging reform of wage laws to ensure One Fair Wage for restaurant workers, which research shows is not only good for women and families but also for the bottom line.

ROC United is honoring these restaurant industry leaders in conjunction with the upcoming publication of FORKED: A New Standard for American Dining (Oxford University Press, February 1, 2016), a new book by ROC co-director Saru Jayaraman. The book highlights many case studies of “high road” practices by owners who have raised their minimum wages and provides benefits like earned sick days, and “low road” practices of many popular chains including McDonald’s, Subway, Olive Garden, and Denny’s. Jayaraman offers actionable ways for restaurant owners, employees, and diners to positively effect change in this massive sector of the American economy

The awards event will celebrate many of the restaurant owners highlighted in Forked, and leading members of the national employer association RAISE, for their commitment to fair wages and healthy workplaces.

Honorees include:

  • Tom Colicchio, Crafted Hospitality, NYC/CA
  • James Freeman, Blue Bottle, National
  • Ben Hall and Jason Murphy, Russell Street Deli, Detroit, MI
  • Imar Hutchins, Florida Ave Grill, Washington, DC
  • Johnny Livesay, Black Star Co-op, Austin, TX
  • James Mallios, Amali, NYC
  • Rosanne Martino, COLORS, NYC
  • Danny Meyer, Union Square Hospitality Group, NYC
  • Monty Moran, Chipotle Mexican Grill, National
  • Hassan Nicholas, Manifesto Café, Los Angeles, CA
  • Brian Parker, moo cluck moo, Michigan
  • Steven Picker, Good, NYC
  • Vimala Rajendran, Vimala’s Curryblossom Café, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Paul Saginaw, Zingerman’s Restaurants, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Andy Shallal, Busboys & Poets, Washington, DC
  • Barbara Sibley, La Palapa, NYC
  • Taki Tanaka, Umi Sushi, Hartford, CT
  • Alice Waters, Chez Panisse, Berkeley, CA
  • Lori Zito, Choices Organic Cafe, Miami, FL

Saru Jayaraman, Co-director of ROC, author of the bestselling book Behind the Kitchen Door and the new book Forked: “These restaurateurs are shining examples of how doing away with the separate, lower wage for tipped workers in favor of paying One Fair Wage is not only good for workers but it’s also core to ensuring a restaurant industry that’s truly sustainable.”

“The fair wage issue is a simple one for us,” says Founder and CEO of Blue Bottle Coffee James Freeman. “We believe that every person involved in making our coffee deserves a fair wage, whether they are coffee farmers, baristas, roasters, or porters. Fair and respectful pay has always been an important part of our company and it is an honor to be recognized for this commitment to our employees.”

Exciting Changes for Island Conservation; Board and New Chair seek CEO successor for Bill Waldman

Santa Cruz, California, USA – After seven years of visionary leadership and organizational growth, Bill Waldman, Island Conservation’s CEO, has announced his retirement. Newly appointed Board Chair, Angus Parker, a long-time Island Conservation ambassador and advocate, along with outgoing Chair David Hartwell, and the rest of the Board have commenced a search for Bill’s successor.

Waldman, who took the helm of Island Conservation in 2008 and recently announced his intentions to retire mid-2016, led the organization through a period of transformative growth. Shepherding an annual budget increase from $2.1M (2007) to $5.5M (2015) and full-time staff expansion from 15 to 37, Island Conservation matured from a regional organization to a global organization with a reputation to match. Along the way, under Bill’s seven years of leadership, the organization saved 54 threatened species on 20 islands from extinction including the formerly Extinct-in-the-Wild Pinzón Giant Tortoise in the Galapagos. Working only in Mexico and the US seven years ago, today Island Conservation’s reach includes six continents, with operations in seven countries and projects in development for six additional nations by 2019.

“I am tremendously proud of this organization, the team we’ve assembled, and our lasting track record of success for saving species,” remarked Waldman recently. “But there are 1000s of at-risk native species on hundreds of islands that need our help today. We need to grow even more.”

Bill’s partners in this organizational development include outgoing Board Chair, David Hartwell, who added, “We are perfectly positioned for another leap forward in our capacity to complete island invasive species removals. I’m eager to continue to help Island Conservation find a new leader who meets that challenge and builds on this foundation of incredible success.” Hartwell is beginning his third, three-year term on the board as he passes the gavel of Board Chair to Angus Parker.

Parker, a non-profit consultant with extensive program and operations experience in conservation organizations, said, “I’ve been volunteering with Island Conservation for years and the progress we’ve achieved with our outstanding Board and staff team is just tremendous. I am honored to help Island Conservation grow even more; we need to do more projects, faster, and tackle more complex islands. Threatened native island species and communities are counting on us.”

Isaacson, Miller is managing the effort to recruit CEO candidates for the board’s consideration. The position may be based in the Santa Cruz, CA headquarters, nearby in San Francisco, or in the greater Bay Area. The recruitment notice is on their website and on Island Conservation’s website.

“I have never encountered an organization with a better or more lasting return on conservation investment than Island Conservation,” said Waldman. “We are an organization to watch, on our way to even greater things.”

Applications should include a CV or resume and 1-3 page letter of interest. Island Conservation is committed to equal opportunity and welcomes and encourages a diverse pool of candidates in this search.

About Island Conservation

Island Conservation (IC) is our world’s only global, not-for-profit conservation organization whose mission is to prevent extinctions by removing invasive species from islands. We work where the concentration of both biodiversity and species extinction is greatest – islands. Removing a primary threat – introduced invasive vertebrates – is one of the most critical interventions for saving threatened plants and animals and restoring island ecosystems. Once invasive species are removed, native island species and ecosystems recover with little additional intervention. Over the past 20 years, Island Conservation and partners have deployed teams to protect 994 populations of 389 species on 52 islands. IC is headquartered in Santa Cruz, CA with field offices in Australia, British Columbia, Chile, Ecuador, Hawaii, New Zealand, and Puerto Rico.

Napa Valley Wine Train to Host ‘The Napa Valley Pride Ride’ on March 19

One-of-a-Kind Food and Wine Journey to Feature the Bay Area’s Most Prominent LGBT Wine Experts Benefiting The Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation

NAPA, Calif. (January 25, 2016) – Napa Valley Wine Train, offering guests a 36-mile round-trip journey from Napa to St. Helena through beautiful Wine Country vineyards and past famous and historic wineries, is pleased to announce the “The Napa Valley Pride Ride,” the inaugural LGBT wine expert event, on Saturday, March 19 with a portion of the proceeds benefiting The Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation.

This special dinner will feature some of the Bay Area’s most prominent LGBT wine experts, each on-hand to lend their expertise and assist guests in selecting wines to specially pair with their four-course gourmet meal created by Napa Valley Wine Train Executive Chef Kelly Macdonald. Wine experts include Cezanne Hendricks (Raymond Vineyards), Christopher Barefoot (Wine Professional), Ryan Graham (American Wine & Spirits), Eric Murray (Wine Marketing & Sales Professional) and David Mahaffey (Heron Lake Vineyard).

The Napa Valley Pride Ride will begin with a sparkling wine reception at the Napa Valley Wine Train Station at 5:00 p.m. After departing from the station at 6:30 p.m., guests will experience an unforgettable three-hour, thirty-six mile round-trip journey from the historic town of Napa, through one of the world’s most well-known wine valleys, to the quaint village of St. Helena and back. The Napa Valley Pride Ride is a traditional rail seating event which creates the perfect environment for meeting new people and mingling. The Funky Town after party will take place back at the Napa Valley Wine Train Station and will feature a video DJ, go-go dancers and entertainment by Daft-née until midnight.

Tickets to the Napa Valley Pride Ride range from $195 to $270 each and include train fare, four-course gourmet meal, one glass of sparkling wine and three glasses of additional wine. For reservations and more information, please call (800) 427-4124 or visit http://winetrain.com/pride-ride/.

About the Napa Valley Wine Train

One of the few active historic passenger railroads in the United States, the Napa Valley Wine Train offers an engaging and memorable experience that echoes the glory days of train travel, with fine dining service, multi-course meals cooked to order, Napa Valley scenery and ultimate relaxation aboard exquisitely restored antique rail cars. The Napa Valley Wine Train features vintage Pullman rail cars faithfully restored with Honduran mahogany paneling, brass accents, etched glass partitions and luxurious armchairs that evoke the spirit of luxury rail travel at the beginning of the 20th century. Conveniently located in downtown Napa and easily accessible, the Napa Valley Wine Train offers car-free transportation options that bring guests to Napa Valley without having to drive.

About Noble House Hotels & Resorts

A privately held company for more than 30 years, Noble House Hotels & Resorts, Ltd. was founded in 1979 by owner Patrick R. Colee as a commercial property development group, transitioning in 1994 to a hotel ownership management company. Headquartered in Seattle, Wash., the corporation owns and manages an upscale portfolio of 18 distinct and visually captivating properties spanning the U.S. From luxury resorts in Seattle, Wash. to Jackson Hole, Wyo. and the Florida Keys, each property maximizes and showcases its physical setting. Noble House is continuously growing, operating 45 hotel restaurants, bars and lounges, showcasing local culture and inspiration from local surroundings. With a philosophy that emphasizes “location, distinction and soul,” Noble House Hotels & Resorts exemplifies individuality, dedicating itself to creating and managing exceptional properties that contribute to their communities, staying true to local history, culture and ambiance.

Nonprofit Looking For Girls With Burn/Trauma Scars For Healing, Holistic Retreat

Encinitas, CA, January 26, 2016 – From house fires to science experiments, car accidents and even abuse, the pain never stops for girls with severe burns or disfiguring trauma. For years after they leave the hospital, the staring, name-calling, teasing, and unwanted questions from their peers create a sort of living hell.

Each summer, adolescent girls struggling with this unfortunate reality can attend a special retreat designed to inspire and nurture them to process their injuries and losses and reach their fullest potential.

Angel Faces®, the California-based nonprofit that organizes and runs these retreats, is trying to get the word out around the country so more girls get the opportunity to attend. This year’s retreat will be held June 20-26 in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. Applications are posted online at angelfaces.com. The application deadline is March 15, 2016.

Since 2003, Angel Faces, based in Encinitas, has offered holistic retreats focusing on the psychosocial needs of injured girls. Angel Faces was the first organization to offer this kind of healing retreat, which differs significantly from burn camps. The weeklong retreat is free to participants – donors to Angel Faces pay the $4,500 per girl expenses.

Angel Faces’ founder, Lesia Cartelli, was herself burned severely in a gas explosion at age nine. She spent over 20 years developing and directing after-care programs for burn-injured children and adults before launching Angel Faces. Her life experiences are retold in her book, Heart of Fire: An Intimate Journey of Pain, Love and Healing.

“We take girls who hurt inside and out, who may be in a spiral of self-pity, anger and depression, and we teach them to get out of the spiral by embracing the pain as a blessing,” Cartelli said. “We show them how tragedy can wake us to life’s richness, how it touches our heart and our soul on many levels.”

The so-called Level I retreat is for girls 12-18. Its curriculum teaches girls how to improve their self-image and increase self-confidence while embracing their trauma and related disfigurement. Licensed therapists lead sessions on trauma and loss issues, followed by activities that facilitate emotional healing through verbal expression, journaling and art therapy. The girls attend sessions on how to handle stares, teasing and unwanted questions, and do goal-setting exercises. They also receive professional instruction for applying corrective cosmetics and experience therapeutic massage and facials that help them connect with and embrace their body, for perhaps the first time. Starting this year, participants in the Level I retreat will be required to commit to participating in a year-long, online after-care program, called ‘Angels in Flight,’ which reinforces and builds skills learned and friendships made during the retreat.

Angel Faces’ mission is to provide healing retreats and ongoing support of adolescent girls and young women with burn/trauma injuries to achieve their optimum potential and develop meaningful relationships for themselves, their families, and their communities. Its board includes medical professionals such as Dr. Michael Murphy, Boston; Dr. Melanie Palm, Solana Beach, CA; and Dr. Jill Waibel, Miami.

Angel Faces is a 501(c) (3) non-profit, Federal Tax ID # 20-5718594.

Available on Amazon.com and all online outlets
Heart of Fire: An Intimate Journey of Pain, Love and Healing
Carlyle Publishing
ASIN: B00RWQVVS0
ASIN: B00ONCYB7E

Ovarian Cancer Research Fund and Ovarian Cancer National Alliance announce merger, becoming Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance

Merger to create largest global ovarian cancer research, legislative advocacy, and patient support organization

NEW YORK — Today, two of the nation’s foremost ovarian cancer research and advocacy organizations, the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance and Ovarian Cancer Research Fund announced a merger, forming the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA). This move comes at a critical time for ovarian cancer research, when scientific discoveries are rapidly increasing but federal funding is not keeping pace to support this progress. The newly formed OCRFA is the largest global organization dedicated to advancing ovarian cancer research and advocating for policies that give women access to the services they need before, during and after a diagnosis.

“The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance believes we can gain more ground together, fighting disease through a “one-stop shop” approach to research, advocacy, education and awareness,” said OCRFA President and CEO Audra Moran. “The formation of OCRFA will propel ovarian cancer prevention and treatment forward at an accelerated pace.”

Over the past 22 years, the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund and the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance have been leaders in the fight against ovarian cancer. Between the two organizations, nearly $70 million has been invested in research grants to diagnose, treat and cure ovarian cancer and advocacy efforts have helped to increase federal dollars for research and awareness to save the lives of women with this disease.

“This merger will unite the ovarian cancer community under one strong voice. OCRFA is committed to continuing and expanding the many patient-centered programs begun by both the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance and Ovarian Cancer Research Fund in the past, including, the Ovarian Cancer National Conference, Survivors Teaching Students and Woman to Woman®,” said OCRFA Executive Vice President Calaneet Balas. “Together, we are stronger, more efficient and more effective.”

For more information, visit www.ocrfa.org.

Vegucate: New York Schools Adopt New Plant-Based Nutrition Program

New York (January 26, 2016) – International animal protection organization, In Defense of Animals, is pleased to announce that 49 New York schools in six school districts have joined the campaign for good health through plant-based nutrition program the Daily Scoop, led by Lean and Green Kids.

The Daily Scoop features a series of fun, consistent and easy to understand daily nutrition tips for school kids with a strong focus on fruits, vegetables and bean-based protein meals. The tips are included in morning announcements or teachers’ opening routines to incorporate nutrition education into daily practice.

“We are proud to be supporting children in California to reach their full potential through the power of healthy, plant-based nutrition. Overwhelming demand for the Daily Scoop shows that educators are hungry for positive change.” said Dr Marilyn Kroplick, President of In Defense of Animals. “Plant-based eating is becoming very popular as people recognize the huge variety of positive benefits. Please get in touch with us today if you would like to see your children learn and thrive with a healthful, plant-based food program.”

Nutrition & Education Specialist for Vista Unified School District??, Amy Haessly, has been thrilled with the Daily Scoop program. She says “I love how the tips include a cultural and environmental perspective in addition to the more science-based nutrition tips.”

The Daily Scoop has been incredibly popular. 13 school districts which cover 279 schools within California, Colorado and New York have signed up to the modern nutrition program.

“Consistent and simple nutrition tips are extremely important to promote healthy eating habits and support kids who are relentlessly bombarded by unhealthy food advertising. The Daily Scoop program helps kids connect with their food and empowers them to make socially responsible choices which benefit their own health, animals and cut their carbon footprint in half.” said Nadia Schilling, Plant-Based Campaign Director for In Defense of Animals.

The benefits of plant-based eating are regularly highlighted by studies showing how animal products harm health and the environment. The World Health Organization recently declared processed meats, a staple food which is rife in school cafeterias, a stage 1 carcinogen that ranks alongside cigarettes and asbestos.

Find out how your school district can sign up to inspire, educate and support children through healthful, plant-based fuel at www.idausa.org/leanandgreenkids

Heron Calls For A New Model of Philanthropy To Meet The Economic Challenges of The 21st Century

(NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 25, 2016) – The Heron Foundation today is calling on its philanthropic peers to jettison outdated operating models that leave resources untapped in the face of systemic social ills. In a treatise entitled “Building a Foundation for the 21st Century,” Heron President Clara Miller makes the case that the modern economy demands a different practice of philanthropy, one that makes use of all of its resources to actively engage with the capital markets for the public good.

Heron, whose mission is to help people and communities help themselves out of poverty, is among a growing number of institutions and investors working to advance the practice of philanthropy to match the needs of modern society. Many U.S. philanthropic institutions today are structured to meet—and rarely to exceed—the IRS requirement of five percent minimum annual charitable payout.

Miller’s essay comes as number of bold moves have brought new attention to the philanthropic sector and its relationship to the economy at large. The Ford Foundation’s President Darren Walker announced a new strategic direction focused on inequality, while Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg pledged the majority of his wealth toward fixing social ills, making the deliberate choice not to do it via the rubric of a traditional private foundation.

Miller writes, “Baked into [the traditional philanthropic] structure is the sacrosanct belief that mainstream profit-making cannot be philanthropic and philanthropy cannot be market-connected, that grants could not be available without the profits that only unfettered capitalism can provide, and that furthermore, the best use of philanthropic grants is to finance nonprofits to be a cleanup crew for the inevitable mess real capitalism leaves in its wake.”

She explains that a shift is necessary if philanthropies are to avoid undermining with their investments the progress they are making via grants, and lays out the changes Heron is making in its own operations. In 2012 Heron first declared its quest to deploy 100 percent of its investment capital toward its poverty fighting mission, without becoming a “spend-down” foundation—which was considered a groundbreaking approach at the time. With experience of working toward that goal, Miller appeals to foundations to abandon the common practice of separating grant making from endowment investments, and to instead merge mission and finance functions into a single office of philanthropic capital deployment, looking at both the financial and social impacts of every outlay of capital.

Heron presses peers to recognize that every enterprise impacts the environment and society in the course of its business, through its products and services, treatment of workers, supply chain and more. Therefore all investing also has impact, whether positive or negative, and thus investing for impact is not limited to a particular asset class or enterprise type, but implies understanding and improving social and environmental outcomes across an entire portfolio. For Heron this means maximizing the opportunity to improve economic outcomes for workers and businesses, and the communities in which they operate.

Specific calls to action in the essay include:

  • Examining the enterprises in investment portfolios (“know what you own”) and the effects they have on all facets of society
  • Committing to measure social performance across enterprises (nonprofit and for profit, public and privately held) and asset classes over time
  • Collaborating with co-investors and partners for greater impact
  • Developing common data standards and cohorts
  • Transitioning foundation infrastructure to be more responsive to external opportunities and conditions

Visit Heron.org/21c to read “Building a Foundation for the 21st Century.”

About Heron

Heron’s mission is to help people and communities help themselves out of poverty. Our vision is to help people in the United States to escape poverty, thrive and enjoy the benefits of full livelihood, opportunity and community. Our strategy is to invest capital in ways that expand reliable employment and economic opportunity.

Space Foundation Offers Tesla Destination Charging Station in Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 25, 2016) — The Space Foundation has added Tesla Destination Charging to the parking lot of its World Headquarters and Discovery Center in Colorado Springs with the installation of two charging stations, available for free to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Destination charging adds nearly 60 miles of range to Tesla vehicles in an hour.

Nearly all of the Tesla Destination Charging Stations in Colorado are located at hotels and inns. The Space Foundation’s is the only Tesla Destination Charging Station in Colorado located at a space and science attraction.

“The Space Foundation’s location just off of Garden of the Gods Road, makes it an ideal place for this service, not only for visitors to our Discovery Center, but also for Tesla owners who work in the adjacent business parks,” said Space Foundation Chief Executive Officer Elliot Pulham, who personally contributed a portion of the installation costs. “Providing this service is consistent with our organization’s green philosophy, and we believe that Tesla owners would enjoy visiting our Discovery Center while charging.”

The Space Foundation World Headquarters and Discovery Center is located at 4425 Arrowswest Drive, Colorado Springs. The Discovery Center is open to the public, and is the region’s only space, science and technology attraction. It features interactive educational exhibits, space artifacts in its El Pomar Space Gallery, the Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere® and the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center.

The chargers were installed by Electric Service of Colorado, based in Woodland Park.

About the Space Foundation

Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is the foremost advocate for all sectors of space, and is a global, nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium, in support of its mission “to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity.” Visit www.SpaceFoundation.org, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, Google+, Flickr and YouTube, and read our e-newsletter Space Watch.

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