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Monthly Archives: May 2016

iShare Charitable Donations Program Donates Over $100,000 To Nonprofits: Image Outfitters Celebrates By Expanding Their Donations Program

Press Release – Stowe, VT (May 2, 2016): Image Outfitters, a socially and environmentally responsible advertising specialties company based in Stowe, Vermont is proud to announce that they have just passed the $100,000 mark donated to nonprofits via their iShare Charitable Donations Program.

Image Outfitters is the first and only advertising specialties company in the United States to become a certified B Corporation and has been championing social responsibility by donating 10% of each new sale to the nonprofit of their client’s choosing.

The idea for the iShare Charitable Donations Program was sprouted during the latest recession when Image Outfitters owners Esbert and Kirsten Cardenas realized how difficult it was for local nonprofits to maintain their donor base during the financial contraction. Newly moved to Vermont, they were surprised by how quickly the local community rallied to support organizations like the United Way of Lamoille County, Meals on Wheels of Lamoille, and Clarina Howard Nichols Center (all recipients of iShare donations). Inspired by the generosity of Vermonters, the iShare Charitable Donations Program was first tested in 2013 as a way to use their business as a force for good.

When asked about the growth of the program, Image Outfitters Founder & CEO Esbert Cardenas said, “The iShare Charitable Donations Program was the tool my wife and I came up with to integrate our philosophy of ‘Learn, Earn, Return’ into the business we have operated for almost twenty years. In 2013, we began offering the iShare program to only new accounts as an experiment. Well after 3 years of only word of mouth advertising and solely offering iShare to new clients, we’ve passed the $100,000 dollar mark in donations – the experiment has been a success! To celebrate, we are expanding the iShare Charitable Donations Program and using it more proactively like we did last month with fellow B Corporation and VBSR member Cabot Creamery to sponsor their April Volunteer Rewards Program.”

In addition to their iShare Charitable Donations Program, Image Outfitters is committed to championing social and environmental responsibility by offering products that are made from recycled materials, sustainably made, and made in the USA.

Image Outfitters is in its 18th year in business and is a member of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility and B Corp.

Tee Up for a Great Cause at Junior League of Long Island’s Golf Fundraiser at Harbor Links

All Long Islanders are invited to come out to support The Junior League community projects that directly benefit local women and children

Press Release – Roslyn, NY, May 2, 2016The Junior League of Long Island® is hosting a golf fundraiser to support the many community projects performed throughout the year by its volunteer members of Long Island women. We create significant and lasting change and we’re proud of our legacy. We are the source communities turn to when they have a problem to solve. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, so join us and bring your friends to this fabulous event!

The event takes place on Friday, June 3, 2016, at the Harbor Links Golf Course in Port Washington. Registration for the nine-hole scramble begins at 3:30 p.m. with a shotgun tee-off at 4:00 p.m. Golfers will compete for prizes in hole-in-one, longest drive and straightest drive contests. A dinner reception will follow with raffles and silent auctions.

The Junior League’s® fundraiser is open to the public with tickets starting at $100 . Hole sponsorships starting at $500 are available for individual and corporate partners. Donations for raffle and auction items are currently being accepted.

Event proceeds will support the Junior League’s signature community projects, including:

Junior League’s® Kids in the Kitchen: An interactive event that teaches young children the benefits of proper nutrition and exercise. It’s a critical element of our ongoing commitment in teaching local children and their parents about the importance of eating healthy foods and involving them in the fight against childhood obesity.

Community Playground Project: A two-year project that coordinates and constructs a playground for a deserving Long Island community. The 2016 playground build will help create a sensory, inclusive playground at Haypath Park in Old Bethpage.

First Step to Success: Annual event that addresses the needs of women who require professional clothing and training as they transition back into the workforce and gain independence.

Community Service Fund: Junior League of Long Island awards over $10,000 every year in grants/scholarships to Long Island non-profits.

For ticket information, please visit Junior League Tickets or call 516.484.0485

About the Junior League of Long Island®

The Junior League of Long Island is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Tracing it’s origin’s to 1951, the Junior League of Long Island® has over 200 members in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Headquartered in the Village of Roslyn, the Junior League of Long Island® is affiliated with the Association of Junior Leagues International® an organization of 293 Leagues throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and England. The Junior League of Long Island® is designated as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Our purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

About The Association of Junior Leagues International®

The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. (AJLI) and the individual Junior Leagues are organizations of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Preparing women to serve their communities is The Junior League’s mission. Because tomorrow there will be new issues and new challenges—and the women of The Junior League will continue to serve as the undeterred voices for action, justice and change.

Sumatran Environmental Activist Wins Prestigious Whitley Award

Indonesian activist Farwiza Farhan awarded a “Green Oscar” for her work to protect the endangered Leuser Ecosystem, a major conservation priority for Leonardo Dicaprio Foundation

Press Release – London – Just weeks after famed Academy Award-winning actor Leonardo Dicaprio highlighted the global biodiversity hotspot known as the Leuser Ecosystem as a top priority conservation landscape, a community leader in the Indonesian province of Aceh, in Northernmost tip of Sumatra, has been awarded the highly prestigious Whitley Award.

Farwiza Farhan was one of 7 Whitley Award winners chosen from close to 130 applicants from all over the world in recognition of her project to empower community to protect the Leuser Ecosystem.

Held by UK-based charity the Whitley Fund for Nature, the distinguished award is referred to as the “Green Oscars” and winners are each granted GBP 35,000 in project funding over one year. Farwiza was presented with her Award by WFN Patron HRH The Princess Royal. At the ceremony, Farwiza gave a speech about the importance to protect the Leuser Ecosystem, both for wildlife and for the people. The award ceremony took place on April 27 in London.

Farwiza Farhan responded to the announcement by saying “I feel humbled and honoured to be selected as one of the Whitley Award winners, but I also recognize that this award will help amplify our voices and strengthen our work to protect the Leuser Ecosystem.” When asked about what she would do if she won, the 29-year-old PhD candidate said “I’ll use the money granted to me to fund community empowerment through Citizen Lawsuits that challenge plans to open this unique habitat up to development, and to establish a wildlife protection unit to monitor and protect these iconic species.”

The nine plaintiffs of the Citizen Lawsuits are all community and local leaders who live within and around the Leuser Ecosystem. They are part of Gerakan Rakyat Aceh Menggugat (Aceh Society Action Movement, or GERAM), a grassroots movement that started last year after numerous failed attempts to encourage the Aceh administration and Legislative Council to revise the Aceh Provincial Spatial Plan. The movement wants the spatial plan to designate the Leuser Ecosystem as a “national strategic area” for its environmental value.

Farwiza is the co-founder of Forest, Nature and Environment of Aceh (HAkA), an NGO that aims to create long-term sustainability in the region. Her organization and the Leuser Ecosystem have recently become the subjects of attention after Leonardo DiCaprio posted photos of his visit to the area.

This Whitley Award will support grassroots activist Farwiza Farhan to enable her to scale up the work her NGO, Forest, Nature and Environment Aceh, are doing with communities and to conserve wildlife within the Leuser Ecosystem.

The Whitley Awards are made annually by the Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN) to recognise and celebrate effective national and regional conservation leaders across the globe. The awards particularly seek to recognise contributions to wildlife conservation made from outside the developed world, and to bring to international attention the work of deserving individuals committed to precipitating long-lasting conservation benefits on the ground.

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