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Glowing Tumor Technology Helps Surgeons Remove Hidden Cancer Cells

Combining intraoperative imaging with PET scans helps surgeons identify malignant nodules

Press Release – PHILADELPHIA – Surgeons were able to identify and remove a greater number of cancerous nodules from lung cancer patients when combining intraoperative molecular imaging (IMI) – through the use of a contrast agent that makes tumor cells glow during surgery – with preoperative positron emission tomography (PET) scans. The study from the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania (ACC) is the first to show how effective the combination of IMI with the tumor-glowing agent can be when combined with traditional PET imaging. Researchers published their findings today in Annals of Surgery.

“Surgically removing tumors still leads to the best outcomes in cancer patients, and this study shows intraoperative molecular imaging can improve the surgeries themselves,” said the study’s lead author Jarrod D. Predina, MD, MS, a post-doctoral research fellow in the Thoracic Surgery Research Laboratory and the ACC’s Center for Precision Surgery. “The more we can improve surgeries, the better the outcomes for these patients will be.”

Pulmonary nodules are small growths in the lung. Doctors discover them in about 250,000 Americans each year. In 80,000 of those patients, the nodules are suspicious enough to warrant surgery. PET scans are standard before these procedures, and studies have shown they can detect malignancies in the nodules 90 percent of the time. But research has also shown these scans have limitations. They can’t usually show tumors smaller than a centimeter. They also can’t distinguish between cancerous growths and benign inflammatory diseases like infections. And importantly, scans taken before surgery don’t give surgeons real-time guidance once the procedure begins.

In order to get live imaging during surgery, Penn researchers used a near-infrared contrast agent called OTL38 that makes tumor cells glow. In past studies, they’ve shown it can detect malignant nodules as small as three millimeters – roughly one-third of the length of a shirt button.

For this study, they combined PET imaging and IMI for 50 patients having surgery to remove lung nodules. All of the patients underwent a pre-operative PET scan within 30 days of their procedure. These scans identified a total of 66 nodules.

During the operation, IMI identified 60 of the 66 previously known nodules, or 91 percent. In addition, doctors used IMI to identify nine additional nodules that were undetected by the PET scan or by traditional intraoperative monitoring.

Between PET and IMI, a total of 75 nodules were identified. Researchers found that PET was accurate in determining if nodules were cancerous in 51 of them (68 percent). By comparison, IMI alone was accurate in 68 cases (91 percent).

IMI further improved diagnostics in 30 percent of the patients evaluated with this approach. In about 10 percent of patients, IMI helped surgeons find cancer that would have otherwise been missed by standard imaging like CT or PET.

“This shows the contrast agent is allowing us to remove more cancer from the patient than we would have with PET imaging alone,” said the study’s senior author Sunil Singhal, MD, the William Maul Measey Associate Professor in Surgical Research and director of the ACC’s Center for Precision Surgery.

Singhal is quick to point out that this study does not devalue the role of PET scans.

“PET imaging still has an important role to play in developing treatment plans for patients, but given its limitations, it’s clear that IMI with this contrast agent can improve the picture surgeons are seeing,” Singhal said. “That’s especially true when you’re talking about nodules that are only a centimeter or smaller.”

Researchers also say this study lays the groundwork for future research involving OTL38. They’re currently evaluating this technology in a formal, multi-center trial that will be the first Phase II study of molecular imaging in the United States. They’re also exploring the effectiveness of additional contrast agents, some of which they expect to be available in clinic within a few months. They will also keep track of these patients to find out if these improved surgeries help patients live longer. These cancers also come back within five years in 25 to 30 percent of cases, so they hope to show these procedures lower that recurrence rate.

The study was supported by the American Philosophical Society, the National Institutes of Health (1F32CA210409, R01 CA193556), and the Association for Academic Surgery Foundation.


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Blackbaud’s Intelligence for Good™ Leverages Advanced Analytics to Transform Data into Mission-Based Outcomes

Posted on July 27, 2017 by Nicole McGougan

Tech leader’s unrivaled AI-enabled analytics unleashes the power of big data for the social good community

Press Release – Charleston, S.C. (July 27, 2017) – Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB), the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, today reported that new AI-enabled analytics offerings are available to serve healthcare institutions, higher education institutions and nonprofits. This announcement comes just months after the company announced Intelligence for Good™, its unique approach to optimized intelligence for the social good community.

“As we continue to rapidly innovate, it’s exciting to see customers take advantage of our advanced, AI-enabled analytics to make smarter decisions,” said Richard Becker, president of Blackbaud Target Analytics™. “Organizations are leveraging our intelligent solutions to transform data into high-impact predictive and prescriptive insight that turn their fundraising, advocacy and other interactions into more powerful outcomes.”

Blackbaud Extends Analytics Capabilities within Industry-Leading Healthcare Solution

Blackbaud has enhanced its industry-leading Patient Conversion Model™, which leverages proprietary donor data for advanced insight, to include new capabilities for population health management and patient marketing. The solution leverages a universal patient identifier for identity management resolution and offers a new suite of personal wellness and financial insight that enables both geographic-based prospecting and patient remarketing campaigns.

For the healthcare and hospital market, identifying opportunities to positively affect the population health needs of the community is a primary objective of many hospitals. AI-enabled insight assure cost-effective outreach and audience-specific communication that improves both the population health and addresses the budget concerns of healthcare customers.

“Our latest upgrade came with comprehensive data services wrapped in, allowing us to segment and identify potential donors based on demographics and predictive information like household income and whether they had children–information that helped us make smart decisions as we prepare for a capital campaign.” — Lauren Short, Annual Giving Manager at Riverside Healthcare

Blackbaud Introduces New Campus-Wide Solutions for Higher Education Institutions

Blackbaud released a new Athletic Giving Model™ solution designed to help athletic departments raise more money through the expanded university community and athletic program supporters. “This is the first Target Analytics solution built specifically for athletic departments and booster clubs, expanding universities’ fundraising reach beyond alumni,” noted Becker.

Colleges and universities have many campus visitors including prospective students, ticket buyers, athletics supporters and event-goers. With a dynamic and diverse set of individuals engaging with universities on a regular basis, higher education institutions are looking for intelligence that identifies visiting VIPs in real time so they can build relationships with potential donors. Blackbaud’s Alumni Analytics Solution enables on-demand wealth screenings and provides actionable insight for every campus visitor, putting the power of AI in the university’s hands.

“Our major gift officers now believe that these predictive analytics can get them in the right living rooms, sitting with the right people who really want to make a difference by donating to the University.” —Margaret Williams, Director of Prospect Research for University of South Dakota Foundation

New Solution Allows Nonprofits to Understand and Use Affluence Data to Grow Donor Base

Blackbaud also recently introduced Affluence Insight™, a new donor segmentation and research tool, enabling the identification of annual, mid-level and major gift prospects. Designed for nonprofits, researchers and direct marketers, it provides detailed financial attributes and an affluence-driven segmentation system that combines giving behavior, demographics and financial information for high-value prospect identification.

Affluence Insight offers the ability to use AI-powered analytics to identify high-value donor prospects and predict a prospect’s likelihood to give with unparalleled accuracy.

“It’s important for us to show our leadership that the technology we have is helping us drive the mission and program further, such as allowing us to confidently reach every individual through their preferred channels. As we continue to ask what is possible within our organization, we are really relying on Blackbaud to help us determine what’s next, and I think the sky is the limit.” — Andy Schroeder, Director of Development for the Sisters of Charity

For organizations driven to make smarter decisions faster, Blackbaud’s Intelligence for Good offers the market’s only set of fully social-good optimized intelligence capabilities, bringing together the power of AI, analytics, big data and expertise built on the world’s most robust industry-specific data set.

For more information about Blackbaud’s latest Target Analytics solutions visit www.blackbaud.com/target-analytics. For more information about Intelligence for Good, visit www.blackbaud.com/IntelligenceForGood.

About Blackbaud

Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) is the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good. Serving the entire social good community—nonprofits, foundations, corporations, education institutions, and individual change agents—Blackbaud connects and empowers organizations to increase their impact through software, services, expertise, and data intelligence. The Blackbaud portfolio is tailored to the unique needs of vertical markets, with solutions for fundraising and relationship management, digital marketing, advocacy, accounting, payments, analytics, school management, grant management, corporate social responsibility, and volunteerism. Serving the industry for more than three decades, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina and has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.blackbaud.com.

Forward-looking Statements

Except for historical information, all of the statements, expectations, and assumptions contained in this news release are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Although Blackbaud attempts to be accurate in making these forward-looking statements, it is possible that future circumstances might differ from the assumptions on which such statements are based. In addition, other important factors that could cause results to differ materially include the following: general economic risks; uncertainty regarding increased business and renewals from existing customers; continued success in sales growth; management of integration of acquired companies and other risks associated with acquisitions; risks associated with successful implementation of multiple integrated software products; the ability to attract and retain key personnel; risks associated with management of growth; lengthy sales and implementation cycles, particularly in larger organization; technological changes that make our products and services less competitive; and the other risk factors set forth from time to time in the SEC filings for Blackbaud, copies of which are available free of charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov or upon request from Blackbaud’s investor relations department. All Blackbaud product names appearing herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of Blackbaud, Inc.


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DRI Fund (“DRI”) Announces Success Of Loan Origination Program Focused On Providing Financing To Underserved Communities

Press Release – FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA (PRWEB) JULY 27, 2017: DRI is certified by the US Department of Treasury as a Community Development Financial Institution (“CDFI”). To earn CDFI certification, DRI provides direct financing to those most in need through its affordable housing initiatives in low and moderate income areas.

CDFIs are mission-driven financial institutions that are dedicated to providing financial services to meet the needs of economically disadvantaged individuals within underserved communities. CDFIs invest in local communities and the residents who live there by providing critically needed financing often unavailable from mainstream financial institutions.

One example of this loan origination program is DTW Realty Group LLC, a small minority owned developer and property management firm who lost its financial partner after procuring 10 properties for rehab. Due to aggressive rehabilitation requirements from the public entity seller, DTW risked losing their entire investment. Although the management team had extensive experience, its recent formation and the project location made traditional financing options impractical.

“It had historically been challenging in the City of Detroit. DRI stepped in at a time when there were a lot of skeptical capital resources…It (the project) worked out for all parties, for ourselves, DRI Fund, the occupant, the customer as well as the resale side. It turned out to be a win-win all together” says, Aaron Smith, DTW Realty Group.

DRI interviewed management to understand their business model, their minimum cash need and identified weaknesses in their exit strategy. After the assessment, DRI structured a plan to streamline their business process, identified a faster lower cost mechanism for title insurance and lowered their cash consumption by arranging terms with legal & title resources that deferred payment until close. Finally, DRI matched the local DTW with an international real estate broker that allowed him a safe exit strategy: the sale completed properties at high margins, while retaining property management income.

In addition to innovative financing, DRI offers development services to borrowers by providing intensive financial education counseling, debt management planning, business plan development and strategies for reducing monthly homeownership costs.

ABOUT DRI FUND

DRI is an investment manager that is also certified by the US Department of Treasury as a Community Development Financial Institution (“CDFI”). DRI was initially formed in 2011 to manage a project sponsored by HUD’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program. The project involved the creation of affordable housing in Detroit through the rehabilitating and sale of twenty-seven vacant homes in the area. Through this program, DRI realized that many of the communities they invested in were lacking access to loans from banks and other traditional sources of credit. DRI saw an opportunity to become certified as a CDFI and provide homeownership opportunities to people who were creditworthy, but didn’t meet all the requirements that most lenders needed to originate a loan.

From there sparked several other initiatives designed to address financing issues facing underserved communities today such as DRI’s non-performing mortgage acquisition initiative. This program is designed to preserve homeownership opportunities and stabilize distressed communities through innovative loan modifications and other option that create positive community outcomes. The people and communities that DRI invests in are at the heart of its business model and all management decisions take into consideration a double bottom line approach to business.

For more information please visit DRIfund.com


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Goose Island Beer Company Teams Up with Keep America Beautiful for Migration Week Volunteer Events

Goose Island Supporting Five Volunteer Events in Communities Across the Country

Press Release – STAMFORD, Conn. (July 26, 2017) – Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s iconic community improvement nonprofit organization, today announced it will partner with Goose Island Beer Company on the brewery’s Migration Week Tour. Five partnership grants of $3,500 each will be used for community improvement projects in five cities during Goose Island’s international Migration Week beer and brewers’ tour.

Migration Week brings the popular Goose Island craft beer to more than 25 cities across the country and throughout the world, encouraging friends and patrons to meet their brewers and enjoy their beers. During five of the week-long tour stops, Keep America Beautiful community-based affiliates and partners will conduct community improvement volunteer events. The event locations and tour dates are:

  • New York City – GrowNYC, a Keep America Beautiful partner – July 26-30
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Keep Philadelphia Beautiful – Aug. 2-6
  • Atlanta, Georgia – Keep Atlanta Beautiful – Sept. 6-10
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful – Sept. 17-21
  • Indianapolis, Indiana – Keep Indianapolis Beautiful – Oct. 11-15

“Giving back is a huge part of our company philosophy,” said Ken Stout, president, Goose Island Beer Company. “Working with Keep America Beautiful will be a great partnership, as we make stops around the country to share our beers and make a positive impact in our host cities.”

Tapping Keep America Beautiful’s National Affiliate Network, Goose Island will bring people together for various hands-on projects in participating cities. The hands-on volunteer projects will range tree planting initiatives to community cleanups. Specific volunteer event information, including time, date and location will be posted on the Goose Island website for each city. Each event will also include a Goose Island happy hour to reward volunteers for their hard work.

“The work of Keep America Beautiful is more important than ever and the need to grow volunteer service more relevant than ever,” said Helen Lowman, president & CEO of Keep America Beautiful. “Through partnerships like this one with Goose Island, we can encourage and empower Americans of all ages and backgrounds to play an active role in transforming our public spaces into beautiful places.”

Consumers 21 years of age or older can participate. Find more information about projects in participating communities by visiting gooseisland.com/migration-week.

About Keep America Beautiful

Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s iconic community improvement nonprofit organization, inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. Established in 1953, we strive to End Littering, Improve Recycling and Beautify America’s Communities. We believe everyone has a right to live in a clean, green and beautiful community, and shares a responsibility to contribute to that vision.

Behavior change – steeped in education, research and behavioral science – is the cornerstone of Keep America Beautiful. We empower generations of community stewards with volunteer programs, hands-on experiences, curricula, practical advice and other resources to deliver measurable environmental, economic and social benefits. The organization is driven by more than 600 state and local affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the support of corporate partners, social and civic service organizations, academia, municipalities and government officials. Join us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Donate and take action at kab.org.

About Goose Island Beer Company

Goose Island Beer Company is Chicago’s original craft beer company. Since 1988, the brewery has thrived on continual innovation and a reliance on quality of ingredients. Goose Island pioneered barrel-aged beer with the renowned Bourbon County Brand Stout which sits alongside the well-balanced and award winning portfolio of beers including: Goose IPA, Goose Four Star Pils and the barrel-aged Saison, Sofie. Access to the largest contiguous hop farm in the U.S., Elk Mountain Farms in northwest Idaho, provides the Goose Island brewers with everything they need to live up to their mantra: We don’t need to be the only beer you drink. We just want to be the best beer you drink. For more information on Goose Island, please visit www.gooseisland.com.


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YWCA USA Stands in Solidarity with Transgender People Serving in the Military

Press Release –

Statement by Casey Harden, Interim CEO of YWCA USA

“President Trump’s announcement that he plans to ban transgender individuals from military service is discriminatory, plain and simple. Our country should not reverse policies that cause us to lose valuable military talent. All Americans, no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity, have the right to serve our country. YWCA USA stands in solidarity with the transgender community on this issue, both now and in the future.”

About YWCA USA

YWCA USA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. We are one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the nation, serving over 2 million women, girls, and their families.

YWCA has been at the forefront of the most pressing social movements for more than 150 years — from voting rights to civil rights, from affordable housing to pay equity, from violence prevention to health care reform. Today, we combine programming and advocacy in order to generate institutional change in three key areas: racial justice and civil rights, empowerment and economic advancement of women and girls, and health and safety of women and girls. Learn more: www.ywca.org.


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Tech Coast Angels Offers Exclusive Funding Opportunities to Investors Throughout the United States

Leveraging the online platform AngelList, Tech Coast Angels brings some of its best deals to accredited investors, members of other angel networks and prospective angels

Press Release – IRVINE, Calif. – July 26, 2017 – Tech Coast Angels (TCA), one of the largest and most active angel networks in the world, recently announced a new initiative that shares TCA deals with accredited investors all across the United States. A subset of the angel network’s best deals will now be syndicated over the online investment platform AngelList.

Private investors throughout the United States now have the opportunity to experience what it’s like to invest alongside seasoned angel investors. The new initiative also benefits entrepreneurs who want more capital and accessibility to a wider world of funding.

“Tech Coast Angels screens several hundred startups every year and we have over 300 members–all of whom have diverse, unique backgrounds and expertise and greatly contribute to due diligence effort of the companies in which we choose to invest,” said Sergio Gurrieri, president of Tech Coast Angels’ San Diego network and lead of TCA’s AngelList Syndicate. “With our new initiative, investors can now tap into this wealth of experience, members of other angel networks can diversify their portfolio, and new or prospective angels can try out their wings.”

The addition of AngelList to TCA’s investment portfolio not only allows the angel network to share some of its best deals with more investors, regardless of geography, but also showcases TCA’s commitment to innovation and best practices.

“While it’s important to stress that this is not a substitute for TCA membership, our AngelList initiative offers great benefits to members and non-members alike, and once again positions us as a private capital thought leader; exploring and adopting new technologies and platforms to find–and fund–great companies,” said Jeff Draa, Tech Coast Angels’ chairman.

AngelList registrants can join TCA’s syndicate page on AngelList, receiving access to regular notifications for each deal the angel network shares on the platform. To register, an investor must create a profile on AngelList (https://angel.co), and then back Tech Coast Angel’s syndicate page on the investment platform (https://angel.co/tech-coast-angels/syndicate).

Investors wishing to know more about TCA membership can find information at https://www.techcoastangels.com/angels/.

Tech Coast Angels (TCA) is one of the largest and most active angel investor networks in the nation, and a leading source of funding for seed-stage and early-stage companies across all industries in Southern California. TCA members are accredited investors who individually invest in startup companies, and as a group, TCA has invested up to $6M in a single company. The companies TCA invest in go through well-structured, transparent, and time efficient screening and due diligence. TCA members are themselves founders and executive level business leaders who have extensive knowledge in the investment process and world-class business practices. TCA members thus provide companies with more than just capital; they also contribute counsel, mentoring and access to an extensive network of investors, customers, strategic partners and management.

TCA is a catalyst in the growth of the thriving Southern California entrepreneurial ecosystem of innovation, funding mostly emerging technologies and life science companies. The most recent Halo Report rated TCA as #2 nationally in a number of funded deals. A recent analysis by CB Insights ranked TCA #1 out of 370 angel groups on “Network Centrality” and #5 overall in “Investor Mosaic.” Since its founding in 1997, TCA has invested about $200 million in more than 345 companies and has helped attract more than $1.5 billion in additional capital/follow-on rounds, mostly from venture capital firms. For more information, please visit www.techcoastangels.com.


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Record Number Of Volunteers Join Project Abroad’s Global Gap Program

Biggest Global Gap Year group to set sail in September

Projects Abroad volunteers spend time with children at a care center in South Africa

Press Release – NEW YORK – July 26, 2017 – A record number of volunteers have signed up for Projects Abroad‘s Global Gap Year program, with a new high of 20 participants from around the world registered for the upcoming worldwide trip. The next Global Gap Year program will take place over 27 weeks, starting in September and coming to completion in May 2018.

The Global Gap Year program offered by Projects Abroad is an opportunity to travel to five destination countries across three continents to positively impact communities and the environment through service work. Designed for high school graduates who have decided to take a year off before college, taking part in the Global Gap Year program is an ideal way to explore many corners of the globe, experience diverse cultures, and leave a lasting impact in important areas of need.

Growth of the Global Gap Year program can be attested to increased interest among young adults to travel before settling into a career-focused life after school. Often, high school graduates are uncertain of which career path to choose or would like to take time off from academic responsibilities. Projects Abroad’s Global Gap Year program meets these desires. Another reason for increased interest is the growth in the program’s international appeal. This year’s group will have twelve Europeans – the most ever.

During their 27 weeks abroad, participants will travel to Ghana, South Africa, Peru, Nepal, and Thailand, in that order, with a five-week break during December and January. Global Gap volunteers become involved with numerous project categories during their travels. These include providing care and support to children in specific areas of need such as early childhood development, building community facilities like educational centers, teaching English or other subjects to various ages, protecting marine life through underwater diving, and providing medical services to communities with limited access to healthcare.

Tom Pastorius, Head of Global Recruitment for Projects Abroad, says taking part in their Global Gap Year program offers participants a learning experience they cannot have at school. “It’s a time for experiential learning beyond the classroom to gain focus and insight before starting college,” he says. The specific projects and destinations on the list are also among Projects Abroad’s most sought after programs. “Global Gap is the optimal set of projects chosen by us in our most popular destinations, and you get to experience these with a group of people your own age.”

Aside from the important work that volunteers will conduct during their travels, they will also have once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to visit some famous tourist attractions during their free time. From seeing the breathtaking ancient Incan ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru, to standing atop Table Mountain in South Africa, one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, any spirit of adventure will be duly satisfied.

With the start date of the next Global Gap Year program fast approaching, opportunity to apply to be a part of the class of 2018 is running out quickly. Projects Abroad encourages all interested parties to submit their applications as soon as possible to secure a spot on what can only be described as an adventure of a lifetime.

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.


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Wounded Veterans Participate In Therapeutic Bear Hunts Thanks To Hope For The Warriors

Press Release – IDAHO (July 25, 2017) – Thanks to the national nonprofit Hope For The Warriors and its Outdoor Adventures program, six combat wounded veterans recently participated in three, multi-day, bear hunts South of Lewiston, Idaho along the Selway River.

Hope For The Warriors’ Outdoor Adventures program provides adaptive opportunities for wounded heroes to participate in sporting activities in the great outdoors. Service members, who previously embraced an outdoorsman lifestyle, as well as those new to traditional outdoor sports, are introduced to recreational opportunities on the road to recovery.

Led by Hope For The Warriors Director of Outdoor Adventure and retired Marine, Ken Sutherby, each hunt aimed to enable wounded veterans with a challenge, introduce a sense of camaraderie with other veterans and provide a source of food for each hunter’s family. In addition, the experience encourages healing and aims to revitalize each veteran by proving he/she are capable and can be independent, regardless of injuries.

Hope For The Warrior volunteer Dave Williams leads two veterans on a five mile hike through an Idaho forest.

Sutherby shares why this experience is so beneficial to veterans, “Hunting is a therapeutic avenue for many veterans. Often, veterans are experiencing extreme social isolation as they assimilate to post-combat life resulting in declining self-worth as they evaluate their current lifestyle compared to their former military life. Therefore, they are excited with the challenge and placed back in a position of leadership and trust as they alone are responsible for the outcome.

“In addition, as we make the long drives up the mountain roads or sit around the camp fire, the hunts provide a chance to address any and all areas of conflict in their lives and communicate with other wounded veterans who have experienced the same effects of combat and have fought the same battle to recovery,” adds Sutherby.

San Antonio, Texas-based Army Master Sergeant Raymond Soto shares what this experience meant to him. “Attending the bear hunt was a therapeutic and great time spent with other wounded veterans, said Soto.

“With its never ending distractions, life moves too fast and spending time with other combat veterans in a peaceful quiet place like Idaho was what I needed. Sharing memories and knowing that we all carry some sort of continuous pain, emotional and/or physical, it’s always a therapeutic experience when we get together and feel that bond that we all miss.

“In addition, I spent 11.5 hours in a tree stand with no cell phone service or internet so it allowed me to enjoy the peaceful outdoors reflecting on my deployments and those brothers that are no longer with us. I needed the time; being completely alone and just remembering,” adds Soto.

Hope For The Warriors created the Outdoor Adventures Program in 2010 to provide adaptive opportunities for wounded heroes to participate in sporting activities in the great outdoors. In 2012, the organization recognized the therapeutic benefits for the family members and expanded the program to include spouses and children of wounded and fallen service members.

To make a donation to the Hope For The Warriors Outdoor Adventures program or for more information, visit hopeforthewarriors.org/sports-recreation/outdoor-adventures/ or hopeforthewarriors.org, Facebook or Twitter.

About Hope For The Warriors:

Founded in 2006, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for post 9/11 veterans, service members and military families. Since its inception, Hope For The Warriors has served approximately 13,000 through a variety of support programs focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement and connections to community resources. The nonprofit’s first program, A Warrior’s Wish, has granted 167 wishes to fulfill a desire for a better quality of life or support a quest for gratifying endeavors. In addition, Run For The Warriors has captured the hearts of more than 22,000 since 2010. For more information, visit hopeforthewarriors.org, Facebook or Twitter.


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U.S. Impact Investing Alliance Launches to Scale the Practice of Impact Investing

Alliance Will Bring Together Financial Institutions, High Net-Worth Individuals and Intermediaries to Continue Catalyzing the Impact Investing Movement

Press Release – NEW YORK, July 26, 2017 – The U.S. Impact Investing Alliance (“Alliance”) today announced the launch of its expanded network of impact investing leaders dedicated to advancing this growing market.

The Alliance was founded last year by representatives from philanthropy, business and finance to champion the potential of impact investing by increasing awareness of impact investing in the U.S., fostering deployment of and demand for impact capital across asset classes globally, and by partnering with policymakers and other stakeholders to build the impact investing ecosystem.

The Alliance is introduced today with a broadened mandate that includes advocating for a favorable policy environment, catalyzing the flow of impact capital and growing the movement of impact investing in the U.S. and globally.

“Our vision is to catalyze a movement that will transform finance by putting measurable social and environmental impact, alongside risk and financial return, at the core of investment decisions,” said Fran Seegull, Executive Director of the Alliance and formerly the Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of ImpactAssets, a non-profit impact investing firm.

The Alliance’s 11-member board comprises leading practitioners from across the impact investing community, including private investors, foundations, intermediaries and asset managers.

  • Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation; Chair, Alliance
  • Tracy Palandjian, CEO & Co-Founder, Social Finance; Vice-Chair, Alliance
  • Matt Bannick, President, Omidyar Network
  • Ray Chambers, President, MCJ Amelior Foundation
  • Clara Miller, President, Heron Foundation
  • Nancy Pfund, Managing Partner & Founder, DBL Partners
  • Rip Rapson, President & CEO, Kresge Foundation
  • Andy Sieg, Head, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
  • Ian Simmons, Principal & Co-Founder, Blue Haven Initiative
  • Jim Sorenson, Chairman, Sorenson Impact Foundation
  • Julia Stasch, President, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

“The impact investing movement is a growing force in driving social and environmental change in the U.S. and around the world,” said Walker. “In philanthropy, we are moved to lead this effort, but ultimately it is about engaging with everyone from Wall Street to Main Street. We can accomplish more in partnership than we ever could achieve on our own.”

“This movement is built upon the dedication and collaboration of so many, and this moment is made possible by their tireless efforts over the years” said Palandjian. “Through the Alliance, we have an opportunity to bridge the gaps that remain, inspiring actors across all sectors to think deeply about impact.”

The Alliance traces its roots back to the June 2013 G8 meeting, where an international effort was undertaken to explore the possibilities for impact investing to accelerate economic growth and to address some of society’s most pressing issues. Under the auspices of that effort, the U.S. National Advisory Board on Impact Investing (NAB), the precursor organization to the Alliance, was formed with a mandate to identify and help reduce domestic policy barriers to impact investing.

While the Alliance will focus on the U.S. market, it is also part of the Global Steering Group on Impact Investing (GSG), which was established to promote a unified view of impact investment across the world, facilitate knowledge exchange and encourage policy change in national markets. Its members include 15 countries plus the EU, as well as active observers from government and from global network organizations supportive of impact investing.

The Alliance also convenes and administers the Presidents’ Council on Impact Investing, which comprises leaders from 20 private foundations, with a combined $60 billion in endowed assets, who are engaged in impact investing.

Today the Alliance is also launching an Industry Advisory Council of leading impact investing network organizations. Together these organizations represent over 800 members representing trillions of dollars of assets under management. The Industry Advisory Council is led by:

  • Dana Lanza, CEO, Confluence Philanthropy
  • Amit Bouri, CEO, Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN)
  • Abigail Noble, CEO, The ImPact
  • Georges Dyer, Principal, Intentional Endowments Network (IEN)
  • Bonny Moellenbrock, Executive Director, Investors’ Circle
  • Matt Onek, CEO, Mission Investors Exchange (MIE)
  • Adam Bendell, CEO, Toniic
  • Lisa Woll, CEO, The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment (US SIF)

“Investors are increasingly interested in aligning their investments with their values, so it is important the field continues to grow and evolve to meet that demand,” added Sieg.

To learn more about the Alliance, please visit www.impinvalliance.org.

About the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance

The U.S. Impact Investing Alliance is dedicated to championing the power of impact investing through increasing awareness of impact investing in the United States, fostering deployment of and demand for impact capital across asset classes globally, and partnering with stakeholders, including government, to build the impact investing ecosystem. Members of the Alliance include leaders from across the impact investing community, including investors, foundations, financial intermediaries, asset managers and service providers. For more information, please visit www.impinvalliance.org.


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This Bar Saves Lives® Announces Domestic Giving Initiative With Troian Bellisario And Patrick Adams

Fighting Hunger Locally with Feeding America

Press Release – CULVER CITY, Calif. July 24 ― On behalf of This Bar Saves Lives, Troian Bellisario and Patrick Adams announced today that the company will partner with Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. From now until Labor Day, for every bar purchased at select Starbucks and Target locations, This Bar Saves Lives will donate a meal to a child in need in the United States.

In addition to the announcement, Bellisario wrapped up the “This Selfie Saves Lives” contest with a meet and greet with a fan. They launched the contest by posting a photo with their favorite bar flavor and asking their fans to do the same. Bellisario surprised contest winner, Izzy Zarco, at the Viceroy Central Park for coffee and conversation to celebrate the impact the company has made so far.

“Raising awareness about child hunger in the U.S. has always been a subject that is incredibly personal and important to me,” said Bellisario. “I’m thrilled to be a part of such an exciting and important initiative.”

“This Bar’s partnership with Feeding America is a powerful acknowledgement that child hunger is not just a problem overseas but something we need to tackle head on at home. I couldn’t be more proud to be working with everyone at This Bar Saves Lives to draw more attention to this problem and to help children in need find their way to an important and potentially life saving meal,” said Adams.

Hunger is not only a global problem, but also a domestic one. One in six children in the U.S. do not know where their next meal will come from. The problem worsens during the summer time, when millions of children are left without access to the federally funded food they usually receive in school. Organizations like Feeding America are leading the way to a more food-secure future.

Since 2013, This Bar Saves Lives has partnered with international organizations such as Action Against Hunger, Edesia and Second Mile Haiti to distribute food aid to Haiti, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Philippines, Mexico and Guatemala. To date, This Bar Saves Lives has donated more than 2.5 million life-saving food packets around the world. To find a participating retail location, please visit our store locator at thisbarsaveslives.com/apps/store-locator.


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