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FFI’s Annual Report on 200 Largest Fossil Fuel Companies Focuses on Investors, Shows Carbon Emissions Remain over 460% of World Carbon Budget

Press Release – NEW YORK, USA, and Zurich, Switzerland, 27 July 2016 – FFI, a provider of financial research and products for investors seeking to understand, measure, and act on climate risks, today launched their third annual report, The Carbon Underground 2016: Managing the Climate Risks of Fossil Fuel Companies. The report analyses the past year’s changes to The Carbon Underground 200TM (CU200), FFI’s list of the top publicly-traded coal, oil, and gas reserve owners ranked by the potential carbon emissions of their reported reserves. An analytical piece for investors and for anyone concerned about climate change, the report states that the CU200 companies own reserves that equate to 474 gigatons (Gt) of potential CO2 emissions. Although this number is down from the February 2015 number of 555 Gt, FFI emphasises that the potential future reserve-based emissions from CU200 companies remain over 460% of their allocated carbon budget to the year 2050¹. FFI collaborator and leading advisor on sustainability-related portfolio risks, South Pole Group, has provided a discussion of carbon footprinting for the report, including a carbon footprint of the CU200 based on estimated emissions from operations.

The report highlights that investor activity motivated by the financial risks of climate change has surged, accelerated by the success of the 21st UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP 21) and other high-profile climate actions. The report details recent actions in the areas of divestment and shareholder engagement, and provides an overview of several other strategies that climate-focused investors can utilise to manage risk and generate returns. FFI CEO and report co-author Christopher Ito observes: “As more investors assess the impacts of a transition to a low-carbon economy, divestment, engagement, risk management, and active portfolio management will all be viewed as appropriate and even complementary responses to climate risk.”

South Pole Group’s Partner for the Financial Industry and report co-author Maximillian Horster adds: “We are pleased to complement The Carbon Underground annual report with an in-depth emission analysis of the assessed companies and a carbon footprint measurement. It is important to offer the investment community as many tools as possible to fully embrace and combat the intricate risks posed by climate change — understanding one’s carbon footprint is a first step for every climate impact assessment.”

Specific report findings on the fossil fuel industry show:

  • Most of the decline in potential future emissions has been in coal, as a result of significant coal reserves becoming uneconomic. Oil and gas emissions declined only slightly on the oil side and rose slightly on the gas side.
  • Coal usage appears to be on a permanent, steady decline in the US and Europe, but the picture in Asia is much more complex and uncertain. While clean energy use is growing in China and India and China has announced mine closures and permit moratoria in some provinces, coal production across Asia has increased overall.
  • Oil and gas emission trends demonstrate that a shift in emissions away from oil and towards natural gas is in progress.
  • The largest Russian oil companies have shown an increase in production and exploration overall.

The top 10 coal and top 10 oil and gas companies in the CU200 are listed in the report. The entire 2016 CU200 list is available for non-commercial purposes to asset owners, not-for-profit organizations, and members of the media at no cost, and is available quarterly by paid subscription for asset managers and consultants. Eligible users can download the list on the company website. For more information, visit http://www.fossilfreeindexes.com/.

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¹This is the number required for the world to have an 80% chance to stay below a 2°C (3.6° F) temperature, according to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) models.

Land Trust Alliance Announces Wendy Jackson as New Executive Vice President

Community-Focused Conservation Expert Specializes in Building Coalitions

Press Release – WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 27, 2016) – The Land Trust Alliance, a national land conservation organization working to save the places people need and love by strengthening land conservation across America, today announced that Wendy Jackson will assume the role of executive vice president starting Sept. 19.

“The Land Trust Alliance – and land trusts across the nation – will greatly benefit from the extensive experience and strategic thinking Ms. Jackson has consistently demonstrated throughout her career,” said Andrew Bowman, Alliance president. “She is a committed conservationist and a true champion of community-focused work who is ready to succeed at the national level. We’re lucky to have her.”

Jackson currently serves as executive director at Freshwater Land Trust in Birmingham, Alabama, a conservation organization. Since joining the land trust in 2001, she grew it from an unknown entity with zero assets to an award-winning nonprofit holding cash and land assets totaling more than $40 million. She oversees a $1.1 million operations and program budget with 10 staff, 18-member governing board, 16-member President’s Advisory Board and 20-member Junior Board.

As executive vice president, Jackson will manage teams that deliver essential services to land trusts. She will create strategies to best deploy the Alliance’s policy, advocacy, community conservation and regional programs to serve the needs of land trusts and increase their effectiveness, all while helping the organization cultivate new donors and partnerships.

“This is a win for the Alliance and land trusts of all sizes across the country,” said Laura Johnson, Alliance board chair. “We all will benefit from Ms. Jackson’s perspective and experience with innovative projects and programs, and we look forward to welcoming her to the Alliance team.”

Wendy Jackson Land Trust Alliance

Jackson, who worked for The Nature Conservancy from 1993 to 2001 as director of land protection and government relations for Alabama, said she’s eager to join the Alliance and assist all land trusts, especially smaller organizations.

“I’ve been in the shoes of the small, local land trust and I know the challenges they face,” she said. “I also know how valuable it is to be backed by the Alliance. That’s why I see this as my opportunity to give back to a community that gave so much to me.”

One of Jackson’s most notable accomplishments has been to engage new audiences in Birmingham in conservation. She said that her land trust’s work has been strengthened and expanded by listening to the needs of the community. In fact, Jackson believes that “community conservation is immensely important” and that such work is “crucial for the future of land conservation.”

Jackson said because it inspired her early in her career, she’s looking forward to speaking at Rally: The National Land Conservation Conference this October in Minneapolis. The annual event is the nation’s largest gathering of land conservation leaders. For more information about Rally, visit alliancerally.org.

“Everything I’ve done for the community can be traced back to my first Rally,” she said. “It helped me to know what I had to do and why. That I’ll now have a hand in empowering others is as exciting as it is humbling.”

About the Land Trust Alliance

Founded in 1982, the Land Trust Alliance is a national land conservation organization that works to save the places people need and love by strengthening land conservation across America. The Alliance represents more than 1,100 member land trusts supported by more than 100,000 volunteers and 5 million members nationwide. The Alliance is based in Washington, D.C. and operates several regional offices. More information about the Alliance is available at www.landtrustalliance.org.

Sage Foundation Takes Corporate Philanthropy to Next Level with Grant-Making, Community Fundraising and Mentoring Programme

Veterans, young people and women will be supported by Sage Foundation

Press Release – CHICAGO (July 26, 2016) – Sage, a market leader in cloud accounting software, today announced an ambitious new vision for its global philanthropy initiative Sage Foundation.

Today’s announcement at Sage Summit 2016 in Chicago, the world’s largest gathering dedicated to entrepreneurs and business builders, saw the UK’s largest tech company announce details of its Year 2 plans and the communities it will prioritize for support.

The second-year program was revealed by Sage Chief People Officer Sandra Campopiano and CEO Stephen Kelly, in front of an audience of nearly 15,000. They announced a new integrated program that will give Sage colleagues, customers and communities their chance to play a part in making a difference around the world.

Innovations showcased today, included:

  • A $1M open grant tender.
  • A worldwide community-led fundraising challenge.
  • A global online mentoring platform.

It was also announced that Sage Foundation will prioritize support for military veterans transitioning into civilian life and projects empowering women around the world. The far-reaching program will also continue to support entrepreneurial opportunities for young people in communities where Sage operates.

Making the announcement in Chicago today, Sandra Campopiano said:

“Making a difference is not a short term, tick-box exercise for Sage. We want to work where impact can be made and where the need is greatest in the communities we serve, connecting colleagues, customers and community. We want to give a voice to the most vulnerable and to the causes that may be underfunded or unseen. I am confident that as we focus Sage Foundation to support young people, women and military veterans across the world, we can build brighter futures.

“Whether it is for a budding young entrepreneur with a brilliant idea, a hero in need of a helping hand after they leave service, or a young woman looking for a mentor to take her enterprise to new heights – whatever the need, we will find the right solution.”

Partners around the world working to support these communities through health, education, diversity and entrepreneurship initiatives will be able to access support through the existing “2+2+2” model. Through this model, Sage Foundation donates 2% of employee time each year (5 volunteer days), 2% of free cash flow and 2 Sage technology products.

Additionally, partners will now also be supported by Sage Foundation through an open grant tender worth $1M. There will be further resource from a worldwide community-led fundraising challenge, powered by Sage customers, colleagues and partners – running together to raise money. Lastly, a comprehensive online mentoring and training program will match talent to employment and entrepreneurial opportunity, initially for the military veteran community.

Following his keynote, Stephen Kelly, CEO, Sage said:

“One year ago at Sage Summit 2015, I announced the launch of Sage Foundation. I am proud to say it is now the pounding, passionate heart of Sage. I am incredibly inspired by our new vision and really call on my colleagues and our customers and communities, to unite behind our vision. I believe in doing business in a caring and responsible way. Our existing and future charitable partners will take us on an incredible journey and help us reach more young people, women and military veterans.”

Reflecting on first year achievements, Sage Foundation Chairman Ivan Epstein, said:

“I have seen our colleagues change lives and communities over the last year – from volunteering at The Invictus Games to helping businesses rebuild themselves in the wake of natural disasters or powering brilliant causes with incredible technology, it all matters. We’ve all invested in our vision and the announcements today show just how committed we are to what Sage Foundation can do to build on these achievements.”

Sage Summit takes place this week from July 25 through 28 in Chicago, during which time the event will host more than 15,000 visitors and celebrity speakers from around the world. You can find out all about the world’s largest gathering for entrepreneurs and business builders here.

For those not attending Sage Summit 2016, all of the keynotes and more can be viewed at the live virtual event link.

SDSU Raises $107M for Students, Faculty, Staff and Programs

Record fundraising in 2015-16 took SDSU to 95 percent of the $750-million campaign goal.

Press Release – SAN DIEGO, Calif. (July 26, 2016) — After an eighth consecutive year of record fundraising, San Diego State University is rapidly approaching the $750-million goal of its first comprehensive campaign.

The Campaign for SDSU raised $107 million in 2015-16, led by planned gifts and endowments supporting scholarships, new faculty positions, entrepreneurship initiatives, athletics and the Pride Center. The Engineering and Interdisciplinary Sciences Complex, scheduled to open in 2018, also received donor support.

“I am grateful to the thousands of alumni, friends, faculty and staff who have stepped forward in support of San Diego State University,” said Mary Ruth Carleton, vice president of University Relations and Development. “Donors give because they want to support the excellence found at SDSU. They know this first campaign will shape the future of our university.”

New planned gifts and estate gifts rose sharply in 2015-16 to comprise more than 30 percent of the annual total, and this type of support is expected to help double the university’s endowment over the next decade.

Faculty and staff giving also increased significantly from previous years, while major gifts from alumni, mainly in the form of endowments, created increased opportunities for student success.

These include a new position in the Department of Classics and Humanities; a new speaker series in the College of Business Administration; new scholarships for science majors; and new initiatives to expand SDSU’s entrepreneurial ethos across the curriculum.

Endowments provide stable and continuous funding for scholarships, programs, research, athletics, faculty chairs and other endeavors.

“The Campaign for SDSU has enabled us to strengthen academic programs while hiring and retaining high caliber faculty to prepare our students for career success,” said Chukuka S. Enwemeka, provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs. “Philanthropic support is critical to the ability of great universities to reach increasingly higher levels of academic excellence.”

SDSU launched its first crowdfunding platform in July 2015 as another means of supporting the campaign. SDSU Strive raised more than $80,000 for 41 different projects, including SDSU’s Mount Laguna Observatory and the Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center.

The 2015-16 fiscal year also saw the expansion of Aztec Proud, created by the Office of Alumni Engagement to develop a culture of philanthropy among current students and build the pipeline for future alumni support.

Aztec Proud raised $46,000—including a $10,000 gift from the SDSU Bookstore—from Class of 2016 donors and $30,000 from fall 2015 incoming freshmen with more than 5,900 students participating in the two initiatives.

The Campaign for SDSU was launched in July 2007 to support the people and programs of the university and to increase the endowment for SDSU’s future. After reaching the initial goal of $500 million in September 2014, SDSU set a new goal of $750 million.

Among many measures of the campaign’s success is the national recognition SDSU has received for four consecutive years from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

In 2016, the university was one of only 20 in the country to receive a CASE award for Sustained Excellence in Educational Fundraising. Other awardees include the University of California, Berkeley, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, the University of Virginia and Stanford University.

“The Campaign for SDSU supports our commitment to provide quality academic and co-curricular programs and serve our diverse community of students,” said SDSU President Elliot Hirshman. “I want to express my deepest gratitude to the many donors whose support is creating the foundation for an enduring and successful university that serves its students and our broader society.”

About San Diego State University

San Diego State University is a major public research institution that provides transformative experiences, both inside and outside of the classroom, for its 35,000 students. The university offers bachelor’s degrees in 94 areas, master’s degrees in 78 areas and doctorates in 22 areas. Students participate in research, international experiences, sustainability and entrepreneurship initiatives, and a broad range of student life and leadership opportunities. The university’s rich campus life features opportunities for students to participate in, and engage with, the creative and performing arts, a Division I athletics program and the vibrant cultural life of the San Diego region. For more information, visit www.sdsu.edu.

Markets for Good Launches Good Data Grants for a Higher Impact Social Sector

New grants program from Stanford PACS will fund research and innovation to help the social sector use data safely, ethically, and effectively to improve its work.

Press Release – STANFORD, CA – Markets for Good (MFG), an initiative of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS), announced today that it is launching a new national grant opportunity, Good Data Grants.

With the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Good Data Grants program will focus on the role of digital data and infrastructure to improve decision-making in philanthropy (particularly individual giving) and in the social sector writ large.

Grants will be awarded for two types of projects: scholarly research and practical innovations. The program aims to support research, prototypes, and shared learning that can help donors and social sector organizations use digital data safely, ethically, and effectively to improve their work.

Lucy Bernholz, Senior Research Scholar at Stanford PACS and Director of its Digital Civil Society Lab, said of the new program: “We’re excited to support new ideas and innovations that will help nonprofits and donors boost their impact through the responsible and effective use of digital data. We’ll draw on the resources and expertise of the MFG and Digital Civil Society Lab communities to support grantees and help them share their work for the benefit of the entire social sector.”

The launch of the Good Data Grants program marks the first year of a planned three-year grants program. For its first year, Markets for Good will select 5 to 15 grantees to receive funding from a pool of $200,000. The deadline for proposals is September 30, 2016, and grants will be announced and awarded in November 2016.

Markets for Good will host three live webinars to discuss the grants program in detail and respond to questions from potential applicants (click below to RSVP):

Grantees will be invited to the Do Good Data conference at Stanford in February 2017 and will present the outcomes of their work to the MFG community in the fall of 2017.

Good Data Grants are intended to support researchers and innovators in developing new learning and tools that the entire social sector can use to improve the safe, ethical, and effective use of data in the digital age. All work supported by Good Data grants will be publicly shared and geared toward improving practice in the field.

To learn more, view the full Request for Proposal.

For more information, please visit www.marketsforgood.org.

YEI Demo Day Highlights Growing Interest in Social Entrepreneurship

Press Release – July 26, 2016: The Yale Entrepreneurial Institute (YEI) held its Demo Day on Thursday, July 21 at Luce Hall—the culminating event of the YEI Fellowship, a 10-week bootcamp for accelerating ventures. YEI is entering its 10th year and the event marked a turning point for its signature program which has traditionally favored scalable, for-profit ventures. “I had the naïve notion that there are businesses that make money and there are businesses that are social,” YEI Managing Director Jim Boyle told the audience. He noted that a talk from tech entrepreneur Mitch Kapor, Partner at Kapor Capital and the Kapor Center for Social Impact, changed his mind. “Mitch showed that these ventures can be high-impact and successful. Now, we see support for social impact as a very important driver that brings people to YEI that want to save the world in some way. This is where Yale is most comfortable—we want to do things that have impact.”

Of this year’s 11 teams, seven are social impact ventures—ventures that have at their core a mission to benefit the environment, public health, education or equality. Two of these deal with the issue of food waste—including Renewal Mill from Sumit Kadakia (MEM/MBA ’16) and Claire Schlemme (MEM ’11) which utilizes discarded materials from industrial food production to make healthy products beginning with flour made from okara, a byproduct of soy production. Also in the food waste space is Re-Harvest Foods from founder Cat Wu (SOM ’17) which transforms unused produce into small-batch, specialty applesauce called Ugly Fruit.

Two ventures address serious public health concerns. PremieBreathe—featuring a Yale College team that includes Katy Chan (’15), Shirin Ahmed (YC ’12), Charles Stone (YC ’14), Jordan Sabin (YC ‘16) and David Wang (YC ’18)—is developing a low-cost breathing aid for newborns. Around the world 1.5 million infants die from preventable respiratory illnesses, nearly all of them in the developing world. Spring, which won the Audience Vote at this year’s Demo Day, provides an innovative way to match depressed patients with more effective treatment. The team has developed an online questionnaire which outperforms existing tests and psychiatrists. The matching relies on an algorithm developed via rigorous research published in the Lancet by the startup’s Chief Scientist Adam Chekroud (PhD ’20). Spring is currently being piloted at Yale New Haven Hospital and Saint Francis Health System. April Koh (YC ’16) is the startup’s CEO.

READ MORE HERE.

Check out the video from YEI Demo Day here.

Make-A-Wish® America Appoints Connie Weaver to National Board of Directors

Press Release – PHOENIX (July 26, 2016) – Make-A-Wish® America welcomes Connie Weaver, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of TIAA to its National Board of Directors. As an industry leader in stakeholder engagement, strategic communications and brand management, Connie brings decades of experience in corporate executive leadership and strategic guidance to the Make-A-Wish America National Board. Her experience with marketing, investor relations and financial communications will assist Make-A-Wish in granting not only a higher quantity but also a higher quality of wishes.

TIAA is a mission-based, global financial services company that helps millions of individuals in the not-for-profit industry achieve lifetime financial well-being and security. Connie has bettered this Fortune 100 company since April 2010 by offering her vast experience in leadership, consumer insights and analytics, brand advertising, digital and social media, community and employee engagement, public relations, investor relations, change management and corporate social responsibility. Previously, she lent her valuable skillset and guidance to roles at The Hartford Financial Services, Inc., BearingPoint Inc., AT&T Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, MCI Communications and McGraw-Hill.

Along with Connie’s corporate involvement, she has won many awards, including a recent Women in Business Award from the Hartford Business Journal, and is involved in many directorships, community groups and professional affiliations.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Textile Science and Marketing from the University of Maryland and has since enhanced her education with management programs and global courses at Wharton School of Business, Stanford University, Columbia University and IMD in Switzerland.

With the addition of Connie Weaver, the Make-A-Wish America National Board reaches 26 members representing the best and brightest in the areas of human resources, finance, fundraising, management, marketing and operations. For more information about Make-A-Wish and to learn how you can become involved, visit wish.org.

Beverly Hills Unveils Dali Exhibit at Two Rodeo Drive

12 Iconic Salvador Dali Sculptures to Be on Display at Two Rodeo Drive, The First and Largest Outdoor Showcase of Dali’s Sculptures Of This Kind in the United States

Press Release – BEVERLY HILLS, CA (June 16, 2016) – Two Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills has unveiled Dali Exhibit at Two Rodeo Drive, which marks the first and largest outdoor showcase of Dali’s sculptures in the United States. This world class exhibition of 12 iconic Salvador Dali sculptures is presented by Two Rodeo Drive and Galerie Michael, with a sponsorship from Beverly Hills Conference & Visitors Bureau. Drawing visitors locally and internationally, the collection will be free to the public and on display at Two Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills from June 16, 2016 to September 23, 2016.

The exhibit highlights Dali’s three-dimensional bronze monumental sculptures that are up to 12 feet tall as well as museum-sized sculptures that range in size from four to nine feet. Loaned from The Stratton Institute which possesses the world’s largest collection of Dali’s monumental sculptures, the exhibit offers the rare opportunity to view Dali’s surreal sculptures in an open environment outside of a museum or gallery setting. Each sculpture highlights Dali’s untamed imagination, offering onlookers a surreal and unique experience.

The following are descriptions of the pieces that will be on display and available for purchase this summer:

Monumental Sculptures:

  • Persistence of Memory: Dalinian time is not rigid, but rather fluid.  The unexpected softness of the watch represents the psychological fact that speed of time, while precise in scientific use, is widely variable in human perception.
  • Saint George and the Dragon: Saint George, guardian angel of Aragon and celebrated saint of chivalry in medieval Europe, battles against heresy and evil.
  • The Unicorn: The mythical creature, a symbol of purity.  The sensual nature of the piece is created with the portrayal of the unicorn as a phallic figure with the out-stretched woman at its hooves.
  • Woman Aflame: ‘A woman’s mystery is her true beauty,’ as idealised with Dali’s use of the flames and drawers that convey the hidden intensity of unconscious desire and the mystery of hidden secrets.

Museum Sculptures:

  • Dance of Time I: Dalinian time is perpetual, “dancing on”, stopping for no man, history or the cosmos.  The sculpture exemplifies Dali’s relationship with time, his perception of its constricting limitations and the importance he believed to be inherent in memory.
  • Dance of Time II: The fluidity and space of time is represented through constant movement and dancing in sync to the beat of the universe.
  • Horse Saddled with Time: ‘Man believes he is in control of the voyage, but it is time who is the ultimate rider.’  This famous Dalinian image of the horse saddled with Dalinian time, time that controls all of man’s passage.
  • Triumphant Angel: The beautiful Dalian angel trumpets his divine music, wings spread, head thrown back, sending his jubilant message to all who will listen.
  • Triumphant Elephant: Exemplifies every individual’s hope for abundance and good fortune in the future.
  • Snail and the Angel: A place in the Dalinian universe, intimately connected with the artist’s encounter with Sigmund Freud, who Dali regarded as his spiritual father.
  • Surrealist Piano: Dali animates the instrument into an animated and joyous musical piano that can dance with its legs from a woman as well as play.
  • Surrealist Warrior: Roman warrior representing all victories – real and ethereal, spiritual and physical.

Dali Exhibit at Two Rodeo Drive was organized in partnership with Bill Wiley, CBRE Director of Two Rodeo Drive, Michael Schwartz, Founder of Galerie Michael, and Beniamino Levi, President of The Stratton Institute. Levi and Schwartz both had personal relationships with Dali. Over the duration of the exhibition, Galerie Michael will offer complimentary docent tours of the collection on weekends, Saturdays 10am – 4pm and Sundays 11am – 3pm. The tours will begin on Saturday, June 25.

The exhibit is also working with Operation Smile, an international non-profit medical organization dedicated to improving the health and lives of children in developing countries with access to surgical care for those born with cleft lip, cleft palate or other facial deformities. Donations raised during the exhibition as well as a percentage of sales from purchased sculptures will benefit Operation Smile. Two Rodeo Drive and Galerie Michael are proud to support the children of Operation Smile through this promotion.

For more information on Dali Exhibit at Two Rodeo Drive please visit: www.tworodeo.com or follow #Dali2Rodeo.

About Two Rodeo Drive

Two Rodeo Drive is home to 30 luxury and fashion boutiques including Galerie Michael, Jimmy Choo, Versace, Lanvin, Porsche Design, Brunello Cucinelli, Stefano Ricci, Breguet, Richard Mille, Etro, Philipp Plein and 208 Rodeo and Urasawa restaurants. Two Rodeo Drive’s latest additions include Audemars Piguet and Carolina Herrera. Two Rodeo Drive is instantly recognizable as an iconic symbol of the prestigious and distinctive city of Beverly Hills and America’s most celebrated shopping district. Two Rodeo Drive is located at the corner of Rodeo Drive and Wilshire Boulevard. For more information, visit tworodeo.com or contact (310) 247-7040.

About Galerie Michael

Galerie Michael is a unique fine art gallery located on the famous Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills for over thirty years. The gallery’s model is built on posterity rather than prosperity, which means a long term view on working with collectors in “building museum quality collections, one work at a time”. An important aspect of Galerie Michael’s ongoing success is that customers are treated as business partners with full access to Galerie Michael’s planning, market expertise, curatorial knowledge, and staff of fine art scholars. The gallery is known internationally for its leading edge in 17th to 20th Century master works, mounting over eighteen annual exhibitions, including Barbizon and the Journey to Impressionism, Picasso and the Artist’s Muse, Rembrandt: A Comparative View and Renoir and the Impressionists. Galerie Michael’s long-term commitment to collector ethics, access to fine art, education and art collecting along with its prestigious membership in the Fine Art Dealers Association (FADA), it has established itself as one of the most highly regarded, successful galleries in the United States and worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.galeriemichael.com.

About Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills is one of the world’s most sought-after locales. Centrally located in greater Los Angeles, Beverly Hills is a premier holiday and business travel destination, with beautiful weather year-round, acclaimed full-service and boutique hotel accommodations, superb dining, and unrivalled shopping. Synonymous with Hollywood glamour, Beverly Hills enjoys an international reputation as the home and playground of A-list movie stars. The city is not only known worldwide for its grand mansions and chic shops along Rodeo Drive, but also for its multitude of art and architecture, spas and salons, and exceptional walkability. Learn more at www.lovebeverlyhills.com or on Facebook and Twitter.

About The Stratton Institute

The Stratton Institute is dedicated to promotion of cul­ture and the arts. It contributes to the pleasure of the museum-visiting public by creating and circulating exhibitions and collections of exceptional quality. The Stratton Institute ‘s collection of Dali artworks, has already been seen by more than 12 million people around the world, and has toured over 100 prestigious museums and locations in the past twenty-five years. The shows have all met with great public and critical acclaim, and have enjoyed excel­lent press reviews. As the initiator of projects dedicated to the universal influence of Salvador Dalí, the Stratton Institute has also played a major role in organizing exhibitions jointly with various international museums and cultural institutions. The President of the Stratton Foundation, Beniamino Levi, personally knew Salvador Dalí. It was Dalí himself who suggested to Mr. Levi the setting up of museums and exhi­bitions around the world dedicated to his artistic genius. Many world famous dignitaries have attended the opening evenings of the various exhibitions presented by the Stratton Institute and over forty have personally written to the Stratton Institute expressing their thanks. The former President of France, Jacques Chirac, has written the introduction to the Stratton Institute French exhibition catalogue. The Stratton Institute continues to enjoy the support of major governmental agencies, embassies, ministries, and ambassadors, and is recognized the world over as being a prestigious leader and organizer of exhibitions within the world of art. www.thedaliuniverse.com

About Operation Smile

Operation Smile is an international medical charity that has provided hundreds of thousands of free surgeries for children and young adults in developing countries who are born with cleft lip, cleft palate or other facial deformities. It is one of the oldest and largest volunteer-based organizations dedicated to improving the health and lives of children worldwide through access to surgical care. Since 1982, Operation Smile has developed expertise in mobilizing volunteer medical teams to conduct surgical missions in resource-poor environments while adhering to the highest standards of care and safety. Operation Smile helps to fill the gap in providing access to safe, well-timed surgeries by partnering with hospitals, governments and ministries of health, training local medical personnel, and donating much-needed supplies and equipment to surgical sites around the world. Founded and based in Virginia, U.S., Operation Smile has extended its global reach to more than 60 countries through its network of credentialed surgeons, pediatricians, doctors, nurses, and student volunteers. For more information visit www.operationsmile.com

Give A Day Global Launches First Daylong Volunteer Platform for International Travelers

Nonprofit Connects Travelers of All Kinds with Other Hosting Nonprofit Organizations Worldwide

Press Release – San Francisco, Calif., July 26, 2016Give A Day Global, a startup nonprofit organization focused on connecting international travelers with volunteer opportunities, today announced the launch of its global platform to enable travelers to uncover new and exciting volunteer opportunities while traveling abroad. As the only international volunteering organization focused exclusively on one-day opportunities, Give A Day Global connects travelers of all kinds – from students, to honeymooners, to families, to business travelers – with hosting nonprofit organizations across the globe, in order to engage more people in volunteering abroad through meaningful, impactful experiences.

With more than 24 projects with hosting nonprofit organizations in 12 countries and counting, Give A Day Global offers the largest number of diverse opportunities to give back while traveling internationally through a unique model, pairing vetted nonprofit organizations in developing countries with one-day opportunities that can fit into any busy travel itinerary. Give A Day Global strongly encourages volunteers to make a suggested donation, along with giving their time, in order to amplify their positive impact on the local community and their selected nonprofit organization’s mission. Volunteers can also participate in crowdfunding in order to meet the suggested donation.

“When I founded Give A Day Global in 2013, it was with the vision that all people should have access to education, healthy food, medical care, a sustainable environment and economic opportunities,” said Kerry Rodgers, co-founder and executive director of Give A Day Global. “As we bring daylong volunteer opportunities to travelers worldwide, our goal is to engage as many people as possible in making a positive impact on our world. We are proud to be the only nonprofit that offers single-day volunteer opportunities for international travelers.”

Give A Day Global thoroughly vets all hosting nonprofit organizations to assess their effectiveness, ensure they have sound financials and verify their reputation for integrity and community impact, amongst other key requirements. Give A Day Global is currently collaborating with several U.S. corporations to assist their employees with finding volunteer opportunities while on travel as well.

“We have been collaborating with Give A Day Global for over a year, and it’s been extremely beneficial to have this network of volunteers support our cause, both with their time and financially,” said Elsa Bonilla, Director of Creciendo Juntos in Costa Rica. “The short-term volunteers are full of joy when they leave here. It makes a significant impact on our local communities, and many times we are building long-term relationships with the volunteers that extends beyond their one-day experience.” –

“Our daylong volunteer experience in Cancun was the highlight of our week-long family vacation,” said Elaine Schoch, editor at CarpeTravel.com. “The entire experience offered by Give A Day Global was incredibly simple and easy – it took only minutes to sign up, and the volunteer opportunity was well vetted and coordinated. My kids got to connect with local children in an unforgettable way, one that truly impacted them. This was a great experience to see another side of a destination and one we look forward to repeating in our future travels.”

For more information on Give A Day Global or to get involved as a volunteer, please visit www.giveadayglobal.org or find us on Twitter at @GiveADayGlobal.

About Give a Day Global

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Front Range Equine Rescue Files Suit to Stop Surgical Sterilization ‘Research’ on Oregon’s Wild Horses

Nonprofit Horse Rescue Group Challenges Inhumane Experimental Surgery

Press Release – HINES, Ore., July 26, 2016Front Range Equine Rescue (FRER), a national nonprofit working to end the abuse and neglect of horses through rescue, advocacy and education, announced today it is suing the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management to stop the BLM’s experimental sterilization of wild mares in Oregon. The lawsuit was filed late yesterday in federal court in Washington D.C.

FRER’s suit contends the BLM’s intention to conduct surgical experiments on 225 wild horses, many in various stages of pregnancy, and potentially thousands more horses over time, causes harm and suffering in violation of federal law.

The sterilizations on wild mares proposed by the BLM, to be carried out in collaboration with Oregon State University, include three untested, dangerous procedures:

  • Slicing open the mare’s vagina while sedated, but awake and standing, and blindly pulling out her ovaries – a risky and controversial surgical procedure even for tame mares under the best of conditions, let alone captive wild horses in a holding facility
  • Burning and then cutting the sedated, but conscious horses’ fallopian tubes, a procedure that is surgically untested on horses
  • Using a laser, inserted through the vagina, to scar and seal the ovaries – another surgery that has never been studied in horses

“It is unjustifiable for the BLM to conduct such barbaric sterilization experiments with a host of known risks, including death, on captive wild horses,” said Hilary Wood, President of FRER. “Performing unproven surgeries in a holding pen, let alone on the open range, is contrary to the BLM’s congressional mandate to care for wild horses, especially when responsible alternatives like the PZP contraceptive vaccine already exist to maintain population levels and ensure herd viability.”

Earlier this year, FRER filed formal comments opposing the “research” that will be done on conscious animals in long-term holding. These comments – and comments submitted by more than 20,000 members of the public – were disregarded, prompting FRER to file its suit.

“These sterilization procedures are not documented, practiced, or analyzed in non-surgical settings; they are overly invasive, and they are unlikely to have applicability for mares on public lands,” said Laureen Bartfield, DVM, an expert in population control of wild horses and the social structure of herds. “Two of the three procedures have virtually never been performed on horses, and the unvisualized removal of the ovaries, while documented in the literature, is disfavored by reputable veterinarians. The BLM’s plan is not just clinically ill advised, it constitutes animal cruelty on a large scale.”

The plans for eventual widespread sterilization of horses on the range will also run up an estimated cost to the taxpayers in the millions – and the first of the funds could be handed to OSU in the form of a BLM grant. This first group of mares to go under the knife are in BLM custody in the Hines Corral in Eastern Oregon.

FRER’s lawsuit says the experimental sterilizations represent a conflict of interest, and are not in the best interests of wild horses, but rather in the BLM’s own best interest by reducing their management load without considering their mandate to properly manage the horses.

This is not the first time the BLM has pursued surgical sterilization for wild horses. In 2011, a federal court found the bureau’s plans to castrate wild horses captured in Wyoming was of an “extreme and irreversible nature.” In 2012, the BLM was again forced to defend similar plans in federal court, and abandoned its efforts to castrate Nevada’s wild horses.

About Front Range Equine Rescue (FRER)

Front Range Equine Rescue is a 501c3 Colorado nonprofit working to end abuse and neglect of wild and domestic horses through rescue and education. Since 1997, FRER has assisted thousands of horses through its programs, and many more with expanded facilities on the East Coast. Many of FRER’s rescued horses are obtained directly from auctions and kill lots, and would have shipped to slaughter without FRER’s intervention. Through its legal advocacy, FRER has effectively prevented horses from being slaughtered for human food in the U.S., and is actively involved in preventing unnecessary and unlawful removal of wild horses and burros from public lands. For more information see www.frontrangeequinerescue.org.

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