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The Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation Convened Sports Industry Executives And Athletes At The Tribeca Film Festival® To Highlight the Importance of Youth Sports

Tom Brady, Missy Franklin and Serena Williams, along with other key sports industry leaders came together to discuss the impact sports have had on their lives, families, communities and careers

DICK’S renews $25 million multi-year commitment to support youth athletic programs through Sports Matter

Press Release – PITTSBURGH (APRIL 20, 2016) – The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation brought together key players in the sports industry yesterday to highlight the importance of sports and the current financial crisis facing youth athletics. The star-studded event was held at the Tribeca Film Festival following the world premiere of The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation’ s second documentary, Keepers of the Game.

“At DICK’S, we believe that Sports Matter and that sports make people better. We are very proud and honored to have some of the biggest names in sports gathered to help address the crisis in youth sports funding,” said Ed Stack, DICK’S Sporting Goods Chairman & CEO, as he addressed the audience at the Sports Matter event in New York City. “I’m proud to announce that we have renewed our $25 million multi-year commitment to support youth athletic programs through our Sports Matter initiative. Since 2014, we’re pleased to have pledged over $50 million to support teams and raise awareness of the importance of youth sports.”

The Sports Matter event last night began with the world premiere of Keepers of the Game, an official selection of the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. Produced by The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation in partnership with Tribeca Digital Studios and director Judd Ehrlich, Keepers of the Game celebrates the strength and perseverance of the young women of the Salmon River lacrosse team both on the field and in their community. The film will make its television debut on ABC on Sat., April 23 at 3:30 p.m. ET.

In 2014, the Foundation first partnered with Tribeca Digital Studios and Ehrlich to produce the Sports Emmy Award-winning documentary We Could Be King, which highlighted the repercussions of budget cuts for two Philadelphia area school districts’ athletic programs.

Following the film premiere, ESPN’s Hannah Storm moderated panel discussions on how sports can help to break down barriers and provide unique paths to success both on and off the playing field. Panelists included: Tom Brady, Professional football player; Missy Franklin, Swimmer; Tim Finchem, Commissioner of the PGA Tour; Mark King, President of adidas Group North America; Rob Manfred, Commissioner of Major League Baseball; Jessica Mendoza, ESPN analyst; Kevin Plank, Chairman, Founder and CEO of Under Armour; John Skipper, President of ESPN; and Serena Williams, Professional tennis player.

“There is nothing more important to me than conveying how important sports have been in my life,” said Tom Brady. “It does teach us so many incredible values. It sets such a great foundation.”

The Sports Matter event ended with Stack honoring football legend Jon Gruden, whose work in championing youth sports through his own initiatives and continued support and dedication to the Sports Matter program made him a deserving choice as the first-ever recipient of The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation Sports Matter Impact Award.

“To see this level of star power come together and take the time to address this crisis is really something special,” said Jon Gruden. “I’m proud to be among them and honored to be recognized for helping a cause that I’m so passionate about.”

For more information on Sports Matter, visit SportsMatter.org.

“A History of Modern Philanthropy,” The First One-Source Digital Exhibition of Global Charitable Giving, Launches

Free, one-of-a-kind, multi-media digital narrative at HistoryofGiving.org offers unique access to historical documents, video and audio files; curated by National Philanthropic Trust to educate and inspire

Press Release – JENKINTOWN, PA, April 26, 2016 – The most detailed digital resource about the past 500 years of global philanthropy launched online today at HistoryofGiving.org. The digital exhibition highlights 200 moments in global philanthropy illustrated by almost 100 rare media assets, including documents, audio and video. Each entry is a building block that ultimately helps answer the question, “How did modern philanthropy begin and evolve into what we see today?”

“Philanthropy means ‘love of mankind.’ The History of Modern Philanthropy is an interactive resource about incredible acts of charity—in all forms—that are representative of mankind’s goodwill. These events shaped philanthropy as we know it,” said Eileen Heisman, CEO of National Philanthropic Trust, the site’s curator. “Today’s Philanthropy 3.0 is the result of centuries of societal benevolence. With the launch of this site and the unparalleled access it provides to historical documents and media, we hope to inspire thought, conversation, and action. The site is a digestible overview of the evolution of philanthropy—a $358 billion sector in the US—that touches everyone’s lives in one way or another.”

The free, open-source, permanent digital exhibition is organized into five time periods in the evolution of philanthropy: 1500 to 1749 “New Meaning in a Changing World,” 1750 to 1889 “Upheaval & Reform,” 1890 to 1929 “Lasting Change,” 1930 to 1979 “Redefining Philanthropy,” and 1980 to the current day “Global Outlook of Giving.”

Supplementing the 200 easy-to-read entries about important philanthropic moments are 95 historical images, videos, documents and audio clips, many rarely seen or easily accessed, including:

  • Deed of Trust, dated 1552, that provided for the day-to-day operations of the Haseki Hurrem Sultan charitable complex in Jerusalem, which lifted the influence of female benefactors for the first time.
  • Document from 1638 that memorializes the earliest known American fundraising effort making Harvard the first institute of higher education in the US.
  • Audio file from 1918 of a song “The One Red Rose the Soldier Knows,” dedicated to the life-saving efforts of the Red Cross nurses; also a poster.
  • Photograph circa 1960 illustrating the grass roots efforts of voter registration initiatives, funded by philanthropists, which sought to enfranchise African Americans.
  • Audio file from 1995 of Ms. Oseola McCarty explaining why, immediately upon retirement as a life-long washerwoman, she donated $150,000 (half her life savings) to the University of Southern Mississippi to fund scholarships, proving philanthropy is not reserved for the wealthy.

“Despite the voluminous content online, a consolidated source that told the story of modern philanthropy didn’t exist,” said Heisman. “This lack of information presented an opportunity to create a well-researched resource that can grow over time. As our site tells the history of giving, we hope it also inspires new acts of charity and new philanthropists.”

Scope / Methodology: Each HistoryofGiving.org entry connects to a larger trend in philanthropy. The entries represent historical themes in philanthropy around the world and convey the breadth the sector. Similar to a brick-and-mortar museum exhibition, this digital exhibition tells a story using select moments that provide a digestible user experience, allowing visitors to filter entries by region, type or cause.

National Philanthropic Trust curated this exhibition with assistance from History Associates and Suka Creative. The History of Modern Philanthropy is open-source and invites collaboration on future phases.

IN BRIEF SUMMARY: The first one-source global narrative about the last 500 years in philanthropy just launched at HistoryofGiving.org. Visit the digital exhibition to watch more than 200 moments in charitable giving history come alive with rarely or never-before-seen historical images, documents, and audio and video files. Curated by National Philanthropic Trust – one of the top grantmaking institutions in the US – and a team of historians, the project originally began in 2011 and took more than 1,300 hours to research and create.

About National Philanthropic Trust

NPT is the largest national, independent donor-advised fund charity in the U.S., raising more than $5.9 billion in liquid and illiquid asset charitable contributions since its founding in 1996. NPT ranks among the Top 25 largest grantmaking institutions in the U.S. and currently manages over $2.8 billion in charitable assets. It has made more than 136,000 grants exceeding $3.2 billion to charities all over the world, including grants to charities in 59 foreign countries. NPT annually publishes the Donor-Advised Fund Report, the industry’s most comprehensive resource. For more information, visit NPTrust.org.

Volunteers Help Rebuild Nepal, Brick By Brick

One year after the earthquake, Projects Abroad volunteers are making a significant impact on disaster relief efforts in the Kathmandu Valley

Projects Abroad Disaster Relief volunteers work at a site in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

Projects Abroad Disaster Relief volunteers work at a site in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

Press Release – NEW YORK – April 27, 2016 – One year has passed since the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal in April last year. While Nepal is doing everything it can to recover and rebuild, the country is still in need of significant aid and resources.

In the aftermath of the earthquake, Projects Abroad initiated a Disaster Relief Project to assist with the recovery process. Since the project began in June 2015, hundreds of Projects Abroad volunteers have made incredible progress in helping with the organization’s goal of restoring a safe learning environment for children in the Kathmandu Valley. Currently volunteers’ efforts are focused on reconstructing Yashaswi Gurukul English Secondary School, the sixth Disaster Relief site to date. Their help has been invaluable, as Homnath Adhikari, director of the school, explains:

“Our school was not levelled during the earthquake, but damaged beyond repair. The building has been marked as condemned, and no longer safe to house students. Though we currently have students in lean-to structures, our numbers have climbed post-earthquake, as we have taken many students from surrounding areas whose schools were completely destroyed. We are grateful for the volunteers, whose hard work will allow us to hold lessons for our growing classes in a safe structure.”

When the work at Yashaswi Gurukul is completed, the new building will also serve another purpose. As aftershocks continue even nine months later, and the fear of another large-scale quake remains, the school building will be able to serve as a safe gathering space for the local community, in case of further disaster. Projects Abroad staff estimate that work at this site will conclude in the next month or so, and then volunteers will move on to the next site where they are desperately needed.

Projects Abroad has made a commitment, not only through Disaster Relief but also through Teaching and Care Projects, to restore stability to the education of young students. In working with dedicated local experts and volunteers, the organization is striving to get Nepalese communities back on their feet, brick by brick!

For more information on how to get involved with Disaster Relief work in Nepal, please visit www.projects-abroad.org/volunteer-projects/building/disaster-relief/volunteer-nepal.

About Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad was founded in 1992 by Dr. Peter Slowe, a geography professor, as a program for students to travel and work while on break from full-time study. The program had its genesis in post-USSR Romania, where students were given the chance to teach conversational English. After a few years just sending volunteers to Eastern Europe for teaching, the company expanded to sending volunteers of all ages around the world on a wide range of projects.

Projects Abroad is a global leader in short-term international volunteer programs with projects in 30 countries and recruitment offices in the UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Holland, Hong Kong, Norway, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden and the United States.

For details on volunteering abroad, visit Projects Abroad’s web site at www.projects-abroad.org.

REBUILD globally Unveils Partnership With Thread For ‘The Most Impactful Shoe On The Planet’

Press Release – ORLANDO, FL (April 26th, 2016) Orlando-based nonprofit, REBUILD globally, announces a groundbreaking initiative to tackle the root causes of poverty in Haiti with a revolutionary new product: a school shoe made from re-purposed and recycled materials that enables children to pursue their education.

An estimated 50% of children in Haiti do not attend school due to financial limitations, such as purchasing required school shoes. To solve this and other problems, REBUILD globally, a nonprofit organization fighting poverty by creating local business, trains Haitian men and women to become the skilled craftspeople of its for-profit partner, deux mains designs. The craftspeople of deux mains designs produce the soles of the shoes from upcycled tires while Thread, a Certified B Corporation, transforms Haitian plastic waste into quality textiles that create the upper of the school shoe. By integrating up-cycled and locally sourced materials into its fashion line, the partnership supports education and economic growth in Haiti.

Erony Alexandre, a Haitian cobbler designed the Impact Shoe and is now a fulltime employee at deux mains designs, Haiti’s first social impact factory where the shoes are made.

“It is truly extraordinary that we have created a pair of shoes that has the power to transform Haiti’s environmental, educational and economical climates, all at once,” Julie Colombino, CEO and Founder of REBUILD globally said. “By supporting living wage employment in Haiti, and giving donors the power to buy locally made shoes for Haitian children, we are changing the conversation surrounding the fight against poverty.”

Customers can purchase school shoes for a Haitian child in need at www.REBUILDglobally.org. Proceeds from the shoe sales guarantee the sustainability of this initiative, and stimulates Haiti’s shoe-making industry, which has been severely undermined by an influx in low-cost, second-hand goods flooding the local market. The first round of production for 200 shoes has begun this month, and is estimated to provide income opportunities for over 1,800 individuals, while repurposing 40 tires and 350 plastic bottles. REBUILD globally has also recruited Orlando City soccer player Aurelien Collin to become the spokesperson for the initiative.

Since its inception after the devastating 2010 earthquake, REBUILD globally has proven that income generation as an alternative to traditional forms of aid has allowed for a sustainable way for people to transition from desperation and dependency, to self-sustainability. Similarly, Thread was launched after CEO and Founder, Ian Rosenberger, visited Haiti following the magnitude 7.0 earthquake. Reflecting on a journal entry that simply said, “If Haiti could turn trash in $ = good”, Thread has since been dedicated to cleaning neighborhoods and ending poverty through dignified jobs and solvent business. The aligning missions of these two organizations create the perfect partnership with potential impact unmatched by any other shoe in the world.

About REBUILD globally (@REBUILDglobally)

REBUILD globally (RG) is a registered 501(c) 3 based in Orlando, Florida. Founded in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, RG implements comprehensive training and education programs in Haiti with a pipeline to long-term employment. Investing in the local leadership, REBUILD globally works alongside the people of Haiti to support a locally owned and operated fashion brand, deux mains designs.

Learn more at www.rebuildglobally.org.

About Thread (@threadintl)

Thread transforms plastic waste from the developing world into socially and environmentally responsible fabric. Thread’s customers instantly improve the social impact and environmental impact of their products, while increasing the value of their goods to today’s mindful customer.This Ground to Good™ impact is carefully tracked through meaningful stories and data, unique to Thread fabric. Customers get the chance to meet the community of nearly 2,700 people who make their product possible and learn how their lives have improved. Thread is proud to be a Certified B Corporation.

Learn more at www.threadinternational.com.

IPV Capital and Tsing Capital Lead $26 Million Investment in RayVio

Advanced health and hygiene company to scale UV LED disinfection solutions in global markets

Press Release – Hayward, Calif. – April 26, 2016RayVio Corp., an advanced health and hygiene company, today announced that it has closed new funding rounds of in total $26 million led by IPV Capital and Tsing Capital. RayVio will use the new funding to scale production to meet global consumer demand for protection against germs in water and environments. RayVio’s powerful Ultraviolet (UV) LED technology enables compelling new health and hygiene products, such as point-of-use water disinfection, and creates new markets and revenue streams for original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partners around the world.

“Consumers in too many countries lack control over major environmental health risks that lurk in everything from drinking water to hospital care,” said Dr. Robert C. Walker, CEO of RayVio. “RayVio’s powerful and efficient technology protects against these threats and provides peace of mind so people can go about their day safely. With this investment, we will scale our technology and expand our partnerships to meet soaring global demand for safe water and environments.”

More than 3.4 million people die annually from water-related diseases globally, and one in 25 hospital patients have at least one healthcare-associated infection. Existing cleaning solutions are often ineffective, while today’s ultraviolet technologies either include dangerous mercury or are not powerful or efficient enough to safely disinfect. Through its unique UV LED technology, RayVio protects against germs in water, surfaces and air. Its compact, portable and versatile characteristics enable flexible applications – from automated surface and air disinfection to point-of-use water treatment – in a variety of markets.

“RayVio is poised to transform daily life in places like China, where residents often lack access to basic necessities like safe water and hospitals,” said Alex Banh of IPV Capital.

“RayVio’s proven technology and deep domain expertise are second to none,” said Don Ye, founder and managing partner of Tsing Capital. “The company is enabling a new ecosystem of consumer disinfection products that were never possible before.”

Existing investors including DCM Ventures, Capricorn Investment Group, Applied Ventures, Augment Ventures, Tolero Ventures and New Ground Ventures also contributed to the rounds. The capital will enable the company to expand its world-class manufacturing frontend and backend capacity and double its workforce, while continuing to deliver on its leading product performance roadmap through research and development. It is also expanding its global sales and marketing capabilities, application support and distribution channels.

With the new funding, both Alex Banh of IPV Capital and Don Ye of Tsing Capital will join the board of directors, bringing a wealth of experience in Asian emerging markets and technologies.

About RayVio Corp.

RayVio Corp. is an advanced health and hygiene company that delivers clean water and environments. RayVio helps protect billions from germs and creates new markets and revenue streams by enabling a new class of products. Its powerful and efficient UV LED technology can be integrated into a variety of applications, powering versatile on-demand solutions that give consumers control over health without chemicals or costly consumables. To learn more, please visit www.rayvio.com.

About IPV Capital

IPV Capital is an early growth venture capital fund that invests in high-growth technology sectors including software, clean-tech, technology services and semiconductors. With offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Silicon Valley, IPV Capital brings its wealth of management and technology development experience to mentor a new of breed of entrepreneurs with global aspirations. The IPV Capital team has a solid track record in successfully growing technology startups in China and beyond, making it the ideal go-to partner for investment in the country. For more information, please visit www.ipvcap.com.

About Tsing Capital

Established in 2001, Tsing Capital is the leading clean-tech venture capital firm in China. Through its China Environment Fund series, Tsing Capital works intimately with its portfolio companies across China in areas of new energy, energy efficiency, environmental protection, cleaner production, sustainable transportation, new materials and sustainable agriculture. For more information, please visit www.tsingcapital.com.

Feedback, Together With A Coalition Of Partners, Brings Popular Food Waste Awareness Festival To America To Take Food Waste #OffTheMenu

Partnership of NGOs, Civic Institutions, and Chefs Offer Free Lunch for 5,000 in #FEEDING5000 Events in New York City (May 10) and Washington, D.C. (May 18)

Press Release – NEW YORK, April 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Recent research has revealed that the United States spends $218 billion a year growing, processing, and transporting food that is never eaten. Up to 63 million tons of perfectly edible food end up in American landfills each year – a terrifying number from a resource and greenhouse emissions perspective, but all the more galling in light of the roughly 49 million Americans who live in food insecure households.

In efforts to shed light on this critical issue and its tasty solutions, Feedback, an environmental non-profit organization dedicated to ending food waste at every level of the food system, today announced its U.S. campaign, with support from The Rockefeller Foundation and in partnership with a coalition of more than 40 like-minded organizations and chefs, to Take Food Waste #OffTheMenu.

To kick off the campaign, which is designed to educate people on how they can redefine their relationship to food waste and foment change in the American food system, Feedback and its coalition of partners will host a series of Feeding the 5000 events in New York City (Tuesday, May 10th, 11am-4pm in Union Square) and Washington, D.C. (Wednesday, May 18th, 11am-4pm in Woodrow Wilson Plaza at the Ronald Regan Building and International Trade Center).

Each Feeding the 5000 event provides 5,000 members of the public with a free feast, made entirely from fresh, top-quality ingredients that would have otherwise been wasted. In New York, the celebratory banquet, supported by top food tastemakers such as chef Dan Barber, chef Jason Weiner, chef Evan Hanczor, and entrepreneur Liz Neumark, will be prepared in the kitchens of Great Performances Catering and Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen and will furnish an additional 5,000 meals to City Harvest’s network of local food banks and soup kitchens. The Washington, D.C. meal will be procured and prepared by DC Central Kitchen, with Chairman Emeritus and Culinary Ambassador for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves chef José Andrés; Chairman of DC’s Food Policy Council, chef Spike Mendelsohn; chef Anthony Lombardo; and other acclaimed foodies and food policy experts lending their support to the festivities. Each event will also showcase the work of partner organizations in the fight against food waste and will highlight a range of issues linked to the global food waste crisis and the practical solutions available.

Feedback Global's Feeding 5000 held in Milan, Italy on October 10, 2015. The event is designed to educate people on food waste and will provide 5,000 members of the public with a free feast, made entirely from fresh, top-quality ingredients that would have otherwise been wasted. Feedback's first ever #Feeding5000NYC event, with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, will take place in Union Square, NYC on May 10, 2016 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Feedback Global’s Feeding 5000 held in Milan, Italy on October 10, 2015. The event is designed to educate people on food waste and will provide 5,000 members of the public with a free feast, made entirely from fresh, top-quality ingredients that would have otherwise been wasted. Feedback’s first ever #Feeding5000NYC event, with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, will take place in Union Square, NYC on May 10, 2016 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

“Worldwide, there is growing recognition of the colossal problem of avoidable and unnecessary food waste. Thankfully, there is also a growing awareness of the menu of delicious solutions that exist to tackle it,” said Tristram Stuart, founder of Feedback. “Feeding the 5000 events are designed to celebrate these efforts while simultaneously empowering the general public to make informed decisions about buying and using food, and to demand change from the food industry. Supermarkets in particular must recognize that it’s no longer acceptable to discard food in dumpsters and cause farmers to waste crops while people go hungry. It’s up to us – the public – to recognize that every forkful, trip to the fridge, or visit to a grocery store is an opportunity to take a stand against food waste.”

Feedback, based in London, England, has been catalyzing national movements to tackle food waste around the world. Since 2009, their guerilla style events include over 34 Feeding the 5000 events in locations such as Paris, Dublin, Milan, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Brussels, equating to more than 170,000 meals. Encouraged by its success in helping reduce household waste by 21% in the UK, and in catalyzing the food waste reduction movement in France, Feedback is now teaming up with American citizens, governments, non-governmental organizations, experts and celebrity chefs together to kick-start and scale up the solutions to food waste nationwide.

Rockefeller Foundation logo

Rockefeller Foundation logo

“We are incredibly excited to support this coordinated campaign, which we view as an important step in a worldwide effort to reduce food waste by half,” said Dr. Zia Khan, Vice President for Initiatives and Strategy at The Rockefeller Foundation. “Food waste is an immense global problem, but it’s one with solutions readily at hand. As part of The Rockefeller Foundation’s YieldWise initiative, which represents the first comprehensive, systemic effort to tackle food waste at every level, these events demonstrate how we all have a role to play, whether at home, while dining out, within retail supply chains, and across many other sectors.”

Barbara Turk, Director of Food Policy for the City of New York, added, “In a city where 1.4 million people are food insecure, and even more have limited access to affordable, healthy food, it’s essential that residents and businesses work together to reduce food waste at all levels. Mayor Bill de Blasio is committed to achieving zero waste, as outlined in OneNYC – and we are thrilled to partner with Feedback and a broad range of stakeholders at the Feeding 5000 NYC event to devise creative solutions to the problem of food waste.”

Feeding the 5000 NYC partners include: City Harvest, GRACE Communications Foundation, Sustainable America, The V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation, NRDC, Center for Biological Diversity, EPA, the NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, the NYC Office of the Food Policy Director, Food Recovery Network, The Sylvia Center, GrowNYC, Slow Food NYC, NYC Schools, the James Beard Foundation, UNEP, Food Tank, Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, Salvation Farms, The Drexel Food Lab, AmpleHarvest.org, Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, Transfernation, and the Marble Collegiate Church.

Feeding the 5000 DC partners include: DC Central Kitchen, The Campus Kitchens Project, EPA, USDA, UNEP, DC Department of Energy & Environment, DC Food Policy Council, DC Department of Public Works, DC Food Recovery Working Group, DC Greens, the Accokeek Foundation, Dreaming Out Loud, NRDC, National Consumers League, ReFED, Together We Bake/Fruitcycle, MEANS Database, Community Food Rescue, Food Recovery Network, and Capital Area Food Bank.

Additional Events

Feedback encourages communities to get involved with the lead up to the Feeding the 5000 events at each city’s Disco Chop Party, where hundreds of volunteers will groove to music while peeling and chopping rescued vegetables to be served at the main festival. NYC’s Disco Chop will take place from 4:00pm – 8:00 pm on Sunday, May 8, 2016 at Holy Apostles Church (296 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001). The Disco Chop in Washington D.C. will take place on Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 from 9:00am – 3:00pm at St. Luke’s Mission in the Fellowship Hall (3655 Calvert St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007).

In conjunction with the launch, Feedback and its partners are asking players within the food industry to Take #FoodWaste #OffTheMenu through four courses:

  • Properly-Wrapped Dates, Simply Served: US supermarkets and manufacturers should agree between themselves, without delay, to a single uniform date labeling system for the whole nation to replace the confusing mess of “best if used by”, “sell by,” “expires on,” and other labels that lead to consumers unknowingly throwing out good food.
  • Ugly Vegetables served with a Reduction of Farm Level Waste: Supermarkets should sell “ugly” fruit and veg and stop causing farmers and suppliers to waste perfectly good food on account of overly strict cosmetic buying policies.
  • Transparency Casserole: Supermarkets and major manufacturers should measure and report precisely how much food they currently waste, as hiding the problem hinders the solutions.
  • Just Desserts: Supermarkets and food retailers should make all unsold, surplus, fit-for-consumption food available to organizations that can put it to good use by feeding people, rather than just discarding it.

For more information visit:

http://www.Feedbackglobal.org and follow @FeedbackOrg with #FEEDING5000NYC and #FEEDING5000DC

About Feedback

Feedback is a non-profit environmental organization (UK Registered Charity No: 1155064) that campaigns to end food waste at every level of the food system. Feedback catalyzes action on eliminating food waste globally, working with governments, international institutions, businesses, NGOs, grassroots organizations and the public to change society’s attitude toward wasting food.

American Family Housing Receives $1.7 Million From Veterans Housing And Homeless Prevention Program (VHHP) For Its Visionary Homeless Veteran Housing Project: Potter’s Lane

Private and Public Benefactors Rally Around Southern California Nonprofit in the Fight to End Chronic Veteran Homelessness

Press Release – MIDWAY CITY, CALIF. (April 26, 2016)American Family Housing (AFH) – the visionary nonprofit organization dedicated to permanently ending the cycle of homelessness throughout Orange, San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties – is pleased to announce it has been granted a rental housing loan for new construction from the Veterans Housing and Homelessness Prevention Program (VHHP) in the amount of $1,792,198. In support of the bold and innovative new AFH housing project underway in Midway City, Calif. called Potter’s Lane, this significant VHHP award from the State of California Department of Housing and Community Development and the California Department of Veterans Affairs will serve as core funding for the energy-efficient and sustainable housing site for veterans. Volunteers of America (VOA) partnered with AFH at the end of 2015 in support of the new construction project, which is quickly gaining wide support from public, private and government organizations alike.

The VHHP award comes in tandem with the generous gift of $45,000 from the Southern California congregations of Trabuco Presbyterian Church in Trabuco Canyon and Presbytery of Los Ranchos in Anaheim; a $5,000 contribution from the members of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach; and critical approval from the County of Orange and the Veterans Administration of Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) rental subsidies.

“It is with gratitude we accept this truly extraordinary financial award from VHHP and express our deepest appreciation for additional support from the organizations and individuals who are helping us move closer to our goal to transform the dream of Potter’s Lane into a reality and to end chronic veteran homelessness,” says AFH CEO and president, Donna Gallup. “We also owe a debt of thanks to our newest board member and ordained minister of Presbytery of Los Ranchos, Jesse Lund, who has worked tirelessly to forge meaningful relationships within the community to support the work of AFH is doing to support our veterans.”

Within a year, Potter’s Lane has drawn support from the County of Orange who administers HUD-VASH—a collaboration of the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Veterans Affairs Supported Housing program, which helps veterans who are homeless and their immediate families find and maintain affordable, safe and permanent housing in the community, as well as Volunteers of America National Services (VOANS), which has been assisting AFH with expertise in project management and successful use of new funding sources such as VHHP. In fact, Gerald Turner, a former construction consultant who recently joined Volunteers of America as senior vice president of housing development, was one of the visionaries behind the Potter’s Lane concept, which AFH and its affiliate partners hope can be replicated across the U.S.

“VOA is honored to join AFH in celebrating Potters Lane’s success and official groundbreaking,” says Patrick Sheridan, VOA executive vice president of housing. “On a national scale, we are partnering to solve chronic homelessness and Potter’s Lane is the perfect example of a creative and innovative housing development project that provides an atmosphere conducive to the long-term physical and mental health needs of homeless veterans.”

A leader forging key strategic partnerships in the community and beyond, AFH is fulfilling its goal to bring to life an eco-friendly housing project that utilizes GrowthPoint Structures—upcycling steel shipping containers into 16 beautiful 480-square-foot housing units designed to complement the surrounding environs. Estimated for completion this year, the energy-efficient and sustainable housing will provide a tranquil setting for the area’s chronically homeless veterans while fulfilling one of the community’s greatest needs: permanent housing. Simultaneously, AFH will join a revolution that is bringing an end to chronic homelessness among our nation’s veterans in major metropolitan centers throughout the United States.

In addition to providing homes of steel for the brave of heart, the Potter’s Lane project will also provide comprehensive wrap-around services to help these veterans achieve stability and self-sufficiency. The project is quickly garnering wide support, with donors having the opportunity to be personally recognized or honor a veteran or loved one through different naming opportunities that involve various structures at the project site – from artful murals and park benches, to the very bricks used to build its foundation.

“Potter’s Lane is a key piece of our comprehensive plan to help reduce the homeless veteran population in Midway City and the surrounding communities,” adds Andrew Do, Supervisor, First District, Orange County Board of Supervisors. “I am pleased that the Potter’s Lane project is another step closer to reality and I’m looking forward to the day Potter’s Lane is able to open its doors.”

For more information regarding donations and naming opportunities within the Potter’s Lane, please visit www.afhusa.org/potterslane or call (714) 897-3221.

ABOUT AMERICAN FAMILY HOUSING: Founded in 1985, American Family Housing (AFH) is a nonprofit organization that provides a continuum of housing and a broad spectrum of services to vulnerable populations facing barriers to achieving housing stability, including war veterans and adults with disabilities and mental illness. Operating 63 housing sites, with 267 units that serve more than 1,000 adults and children each year in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties, AFH is committed to permanently ending the cycle of homelessness, helping low-income families and adults achieve a self-sustaining way of life and become active members of their communities.

ABOUT VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA: Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need live healthy, safe and productive lives. Since 1896, our ministry of service has supported and empowered America’s most vulnerable groups, including veterans, seniors, people with disabilities, at-risk youth, men and women returning from prison, homeless individuals and families, those recovering from addictions and many others. Through hundreds of human service programs, including housing and health care, Volunteers of America helps more than 2 million people in over 400 communities. Our work touches the mind, body, heart and ultimately the spirit of those we serve, integrating our deep compassion with highly effective programs and services. Learn more at www.voa.org.

TiE SV Announces Recipient of Inaugural “Lifetime Achievement Award” at TiEcon 2016

This annual award was created by TiE Silicon Valley board members to recognize individuals who embody outstanding contribution, global impact and transformational leadership

Press Release – Sunnyvale, Calif. – Apr. 26, 2016TiE Silicon Valley, a not for profit organization dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship in the Bay Area and globally, today announced that its board members have created the new, high profile “Lifetime Achievement Award” to recognize individuals who embody outstanding contribution, global impact and transformational leadership. The inaugural award will be conferred at TiE Silicon Valley’s annual banquet at the conclusion of TiEcon 2016, scheduled for May 7, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.

After careful consideration, the TiE Silicon Valley board of directors has named Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, former CEO and current Executive Chairman of Qualcomm Incorporated, as the 2016 award recipient. “On behalf of 13,000 members of TiE spread across 18 countries, we are proud to confer the inaugural ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ on Dr. Paul E. Jacobs,” stated Venktesh Shukla, President, TiE SV, and Chair, TiE Global. “Dr. Jacobs is an innovator and entrepreneur in his own right and has played a transformational role in the mobile industry with his vision and leadership.”

“I am truly honored to be the inaugural recipient of this Lifetime Achievement Award from TiE,” said Dr. Jacobs. “For the past 30 years, I have been fortunate to collaborate with many passionate innovators at Qualcomm and throughout the mobile industry. Together, we have built the wireless Internet into humanity’s most widespread technology platform.”

Dr. Jacobs has been granted more than 50 patents related to wireless technology and devices. Important developments that began under Dr. Jacobs include the first smartphone based on Palm OS, inclusion of GPS capabilities in mobile phones, and the BREW mobile platform. Dr. Jacobs’ belief in fostering a culture that goes against consensus, has conviction and is willing to take risks transformed the culture within Qualcomm, empowering engineers to innovate and work on new ideas, some of which took the company in new and bold directions.

Dr. Jacobs currently holds the following positions:

  • Chair of the US-Korea Business Council and the Advisory Board of the College of Engineering at UC Berkeley, where he inaugurated the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation
  • Vice Chairman and Co-owner of the NBA Sacramento Kings
  • Member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum
  • Member of the US-India CEO Forum
  • Board of Directors member for FIRSTÒ, OneWeb and Light

For more information about TiEcon 2016 and TiE Silicon Valley, please visit TiEcon 2016 and sv.tie.org.

About TiE Silicon Valley

TiE Silicon Valley is a not for profit organization dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship in the Bay Area, as well as globally. TiE strives to inspire entrepreneurs through mentoring, networking, education, incubating and funding programs and activities. With nearly 50 events held each year, TiE brings together the entrepreneurial community to learn from local leaders, as well as each other. For more information, please visit our website at sv.tie.org.

USU Research Foundation and Space Dynamics Laboratory Honor Graduating Students

Press Release – LOGAN, UTAH, April 21, 2016 – The Utah State University Research Foundation and Space Dynamics Laboratory will honor 34 graduating students who are employed at the Research Foundation and SDL while completing their degrees at USU. A ceremony to recognize those students is scheduled for Friday, April 22 at SDL.

“At the Research Foundation and SDL, student employees have a unique opportunity to obtain real-world experience in engineering and business and participate in creating and implementing advanced technological solutions that benefit society,” said H. Scott Hinton, president of the USU Research Foundation. “Our organization competes and works on programs that provide critical capabilities for the Department of Defense and advance scientific research for NASA and our student employees become an integral part of that work. Students leave here with confidence obtained by applying what they’ve learned in the classroom to a business focused on supporting the Department of Defense and industry in defending and protecting our nation as well as supporting NASA’s vision to reveal the unknown for the benefit of humankind.”

From designing spacecraft systems to writing code or coordinating logistics for the business, the student employees at the Research Foundation and SDL have become a key component of its success. The organization has helped train nearly 2,000 students as they pursue careers in the aerospace and other industries.

“The student employees that we will honor are expected to graduate in 2016 with degrees representing 16 disciplines,” said Niel Holt, director of the Space Dynamics Laboratory. “While the students benefit from the mentorship of leading experts working on important programs for our nation, we benefit from their drive, enthusiasm and fresh look on our business. We remain grateful for the dedication they continuously display while they work on challenging tasks and at the same time achieve high academic standards in their classes.”

“There’s no textbook for the work I’ve been privileged to participate in at SDL. I’ve been encouraged and supported as I’ve expanded my knowledge and skill base,” Mechanical Engineering student Ryan Martineau said. “It would be hard to overstate the value of these experiences as I begin my career in space science and engineering.” Martineau is a 2014 recipient of Aviation Week’s prestigious “Tomorrow’s Engineering Leaders: The 20 Twenties” award.

The students honored, their expected degrees and hometowns are:

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A unit of the USU Research Foundation, SDL is one of 14 University Affiliated Research Centers in the nation. Charged with applying basic research to the technology challenges presented in the military and science arenas, SDL has developed revolutionary solutions that are changing the way the world collects and uses data. SDL’s core competencies are electro-optical sensor systems, calibration, thermal management, reconnaissance systems, and small satellite technologies. For more information, visit http://www.sdl.usu.edu.

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters Partners with Nordstrom to Create More Mentor Matches

Nordstrom to Donate a Portion of Sales from its Treasure&Bond Brand to Big Brothers Big Sisters

Press Release – TAMPA, Fla. (April 22, 2016) — Thanks to a new partnership between Nordstrom and Big Brothers Big Sisters, thousands of children will get the help of a strong adult mentor. Nordstrom has selected Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and Canada to be the 2016 beneficiary of its’ Treasure&Bond give-back brand. From February 2016 through January 2017, Nordstrom will donate 2.5 percent of Treasure&Bond net sales to Big Brothers Big Sisters in support of their work to generate one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

“We are thrilled to partner with Nordstrom and their Treasure&Bond brand,” said Pam Iorio, president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. “This partnership will help increase funding and awareness of our programs, which will help us create more mentor matches across the country.”

Nordstrom selected BBBS because of its reach and results helping children gain more confidence, do better in school and get along better with friends and family.

“Nordstrom funding will help us to develop innovative mentoring programs for diverse groups of young people in Canada, such as youth from ethno-racial, remote and LGBT communities,” said Peter Coleridge, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada. “This support will help our programs and services evolve to reach children and youth in new ways, and expand our reach and impact among all young Canadians.”

“When we created the Treasure&Bond brand in 2014, our hope was to offer customers great fashion while also enabling them to feel good about their purchase by giving a portion of the sale to nonprofits that empower youth,” said Mark Tritton, president of Nordstrom Product Group. “Big Brothers Big Sisters creates a network of support that’s invaluable to thousands of youth across the U.S. and Canada, which makes this partnership a natural fit.”

Found in Women’s apparel, footwear and handbags, as well as Men’s and Girls’ apparel departments at Nordstrom stores and online at Nordstrom.com/treasureandbond, the entire Treasure&Bond collection embraces comfortable, laid-back layers, updated classics and lived-in denim.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity with strong, enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Big Brothers Big Sisters ensures that the children in its program achieve such measurable outcomes as educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships. This mission has been the cornerstone of the organization’s 111-year history. With over 300 agencies across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves nearly 170,000 children (“Littles”), their families and 170,000 volunteer mentors (“Bigs”). Learn more at www.BigBrothersBigSisters.org.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been making a positive difference in the lives of our nation’s youth by developing and implementing a wide range of mentoring programs. Serving as role models, mentors teach by example the importance of giving and giving back, of staying in school, and of having respect for family peers and community. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada provides quality mentoring services for more than 42,000 children and teenagers. Big Brothers Big Sisters currently has over 37,000 volunteer mentors working at 112 agencies that serve children in over 1,100 municipalities across the country. Learn how you can start something at www.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca.

About Nordstrom

Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 326 stores in 39 states, including 121 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 197 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and one clearance store. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.com, Nordstromrack.com and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at TrunkClub.com and its five clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on theNYSE under the symbol JWN.

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