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Projects Abroad Celebrates 25 years

Significant milestone for world leading volunteer organization

A Projects Abroad High School volunteer helps a young Sri Lankan boy improve his writing

Press Release – NEW YORK – August 23, 2017Projects Abroad is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month. In more than two decades, the company has connected over 100,000 volunteers with communities around the world to make a difference through service work. Since its founding, Projects Abroad has sent volunteers to 38 countries across five continents to impact communities and the environment in various areas of need.

Founded in 1992 as a part-time start-up from his home, Dr. Peter Slowe began Projects Abroad to assist a small group of students wanting to travel and teach English in Eastern Europe. Fast forward to 2017 and the number of volunteers has grown beyond all expectation. Projects Abroad has more than 600 staff members employed around the world, with offices in 47 countries. Every year, about 10,000 volunteers travel to one of Projects Abroad’s 30 destination countries to take part in service activities. “If you ask me, did I ever dream we would send 10,000 volunteers a year around the world, yes of course I did, but I had no idea that it was ever going to get so big,” says Slowe.

Projects Abroad’s program categories have grown into a diverse set of options for volunteers, catering for all ages, many interests, and various skills or qualifications. They can include teaching, caring for children, conservation, medicine & healthcare, building, sports, human rights, and more. Projects Abroad has also tailored projects for specific age groups over set dates, including their High School Specials for teenagers, Grown-Up Specials for volunteers aged 50 and over, Alternative Spring Break trips for college students, and even Winter Break Trips for anyone wishing to experience the turn of the year in a different country.

A growing desire to help others, gain skills, and experience a different part of the world, are factors contributing to Project Abroad’s success. “Many people see problems in the world and they want to find a way to contribute, but they don’t know how. We have managed to provide that link to make things real and possible for people to do so, and I think that’s basically our success,” says Slowe.

Projects Abroad wishes to continue growing in years to come for their reach and impact to stretch to further corners of the globe, to benefit more people. They invite all to join them on the pursuit to make the world a better place for all.

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

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New Location, New Name, Expanded Cause: 24 Baltimore Changing The Course Of Cancer With 24-Hour Event, Year-Round Mission

Saturday, September 23 – Sunday, September 24

at Johns Hopkins University

Registration open now!

Press Release – BALTIMORE, MD. – 24 Foundation has moved their Maryland event from Columbia into Baltimore to host the 24 Baltimore event, a 24-hour cycling and walking event on Saturday, September 23 – Sunday, September 24 at Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 24 Baltimore participants can ride or walk as far as their inspiration takes them, in teams or solo, three miles or 300 miles. The event’s headquarters, known as “Nest 24” will include a campground and expo area with live entertainment, endless food and beverages, a kids’ zone area, free massages and mission-based programming. The event will also feature walker registration opportunities and a kids’ ride. 24 Baltimore hosts over 400 riders and 200 walkers who will raise funds for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults and the LIVESTRONG Foundation.

24 Foundation, formerly known as 24 Hours of Booty, is back for its 10th year in Maryland. Celebrating 16 years total, the new 24 Foundation will continue to focus on its mission to inspire and engage communities to make an immediate impact on the lives of people affected by cancer.

“This is the same great organization and event, but with an exciting new vision,” said Spencer Lueders, organization founder. “It’s an incredible time for the organization as we head into our 16th year of making a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer. I’m thrilled to be along for the ride and part of this important cause that will always be near and dear to me.”

“We are very excited about our rebrand as 24 Foundation, which enables us to expand our partnership opportunities to further impact the local and national cancer community,” said 24 Foundation Executive Director Mallory Walsh. “Through our new approach, we will be changing the path of cancer navigation and survivorship.”

24 Baltimore Event Details:

24 Baltimore (*formerly held in Columbia, Md.)

  • September, 23-24 2 p.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md.
  • Riding and Walker Loop and all Event Details:
  • Funds raised benefit the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults and the LIVESTRONG Foundation.

Participant Registration

Registration open now!

Interested individuals and teams can register now at Riders ages 12 – 17 are required to pay a $45 registration fee and raise a minimum of $200 prior to the event to participate. Child riders ages 8 – 11 are required to pay a $25 registration fee and raise a minimum of $100 prior to the event in Baltimore. Each walker is required to pay a $30 registration fee and raise a minimum of $200 prior to the event to participate in Baltimore. Those who raise $10,000 or more will receive a branded orange jersey. Registered participants receive online fundraising tools, access to templates and fundraising ideas, fundraising level incentives and an event t-shirt.

Event Headquarters Features

Bring your bike or walking shoes, and 24 Foundation will take care of the rest!

Three full meals, plus unlimited snacks, energy bars, water and sports drinks

  • Midnight pizza party
  • Full bike and medical support
  • Entertainment
  • Kids’ Zone and Ride

Get updates and the inside scoop about 24 Foundation on Twitter at @24foundation, on Facebook at and on Instagram at

About 24 Foundation

24 Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charity located in Charlotte, North Carolina with a mission to inspire and engage communities to make an immediate impact on the lives of people affected by cancer. Funds raised support organizations dedicated to cancer navigation and survivorship, including: Indiana University Health Simon Cancer Center, Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Cancer Institute, Levine Children’s Hospital, Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, and the LIVESTRONG Foundation. 24 Foundation provides charitable non-competitive cycling and walking events – in Charlotte, N.C., Baltimore, MD., and Indianapolis, IN – that are safe, fun and open to all levels of riding and walking abilities. For more information, call 704-365-4417 or visit

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New Philanthropy Book, “Confident Giving,” Named as a Winner in the 2017 Bookvana Awards

Press Release – CLEVELAND, Aug. 22, 2017Confident Giving: Sage Advice for Funders, a new book on effective philanthropy written by Kris Putnam-Walkerly, President of Putnam Consulting Group, Inc., was named a 2017 Bookvana Award winner in the category of Social Change.

Based on her perceptive, humorous blog posts that highlight the triumphs and tragedies of grantmaking, Confident Giving offers philanthropists a wealth of provocative ideas to transform their practices. They also become equipped to identify worthy programs to support when they observe the recommendations of Putnam-Walkerly, who advises and speaks to philanthropy associations, foundation boards and funder networks.

Confident Giving was also named a finalist in the 2017 International Book Awards earlier this year.

“I’m thrilled that Confident Giving has been recognized as a valuable resource for social change,” said Putnam-Walkerly, who was recently named one of America’s Top 25 Philanthropy Speakers for the second year in a row by Philanthropy Media and The Michael Chatman Giving Show. Other finalists included Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation; Susan Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; and Amy Danforth, President of Fidelity Charitable.

The Bookvana Awards, a new specialty book awards, honor books that elevate society, cultivate inner lives, and celebrate the human spirit. The president and CEO of American Book Fest, Jeffrey Keen, said that this year’s contest yielded hundreds of entries from authors and publishers around the world.

About the book, Confident Giving:

Using a refreshing combination of wit and common sense, the book helps readers learn how to:

  • Transform their giving for greater impact
  • Approach grantmaking with an abundance mentality
  • Define their personal journeys as philanthropists
  • Deal effectively with real-life hurdles funders face every day

In this concise and compelling volume, Kris brings inspired wisdom that stands out among the field’s thought leaders.

Confident Giving is available in print and Kindle. The book has 155 pages. The price is $14.95. The ISBN is 978-0-692-61891-2.

The book can be ordered at

About Kris Putnam-Walkerly

Kris Putnam-Walkerly, MSW, is a nationally recognized global philanthropy advisor and president of Putnam Consulting Group, Inc. For over 18 years, top philanthropies have requested Kris’s help to transform their giving and catapult their impact, including designing strategies that achieve results, streamline operations, assess impact, and allocate funds. Her clients include the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation, and California HealthCare Foundation, among dozens of others. She’s helped more than 60 foundations and philanthropists strategically allocate and assess over $350 million in grants and gifts.

A thought leader in transformational philanthropy, Kris is the author of Confident Giving and the forthcoming book, Delusional Altruism, is a contributor, and is a frequent contributor in the publications of leading philanthropy associations including the National Center for Family Philanthropy, Foundation Center, Southeastern Council on Foundations, Exponent Philanthropy, and AsianNGO Magazine. She provides expert commentary about philanthropy in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Seattle Times, Washington Examiner,,, and others. Kris’s success as a global philanthropy advisor has earned her a place in the 2017 Million Dollar Consultant Hall of Fame, a rare honor, which has only seventy-five members worldwide.

Prior to forming Putnam Consulting Group, she was a grantmaker at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and an evaluator at the highly esteemed Stanford University School of Medicine.

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March on Washington Film Festival Hires First Executive Director

Press Release – (Washington, D.C.) Today, the March on Washington Film Festival, a nonprofit entity of the Raben Group, announced that they’ve hired Samantha Abrams as Executive Director. This announcement comes on the heels of the Film Festival’s most successful Festival to date and as the Festival strives to build on its recent success. Ms. Abrams is a longtime Washington D.C.-based corporate and nonprofit business leader. In this role, Ms. Abrams will be responsible for leadership of the organization which include overseeing the Film Festival’s strategic direction, fundraising, and strategic partnerships.

“As the Nation struggles to understand how its history is told, the March on Washington Film Festival has become an important national platform to meet the challenge with candor, integrity, and honor. Now is the perfect time to bring someone on board with strong organizational leadership coupled with the passion for justice and equality,” said Robert Raben, March on Washington Film Festival Founder and Chairman. “I’m confident that Samantha Abrams is the right leader for this organization and will take this Festival to higher levels of reach, engagement, and impact, connecting our history to our future.”

“This is not just a Film Festival, it is a platform that truthfully explores the past, talks about the present, and provides a guide for the future regarding Black life in America. We support the people and their work through which audiences can understand how much progress has been made, but how much more work is still left to do,” said Samantha Abrams, new Executive Director of the March on Washington Film Festival. “This is why I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of an organization that is the first of its kind to use the arts to honor the untold stories and unsung heroes of the Civil Rights Era. What this Film Festival is doing is more salient than ever.”

Prior to joining the March on Washington Film Festival, Ms. Abrams was responsible for strategy and development at the Black Women’s Health Imperative. During her 17 years in corporate and nonprofit roles, Ms. Abrams has become a seasoned expert in leading successful for-profit and nonprofit partnerships, corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives, and fundraising development.

During her tenure at GEICO, she served in many leadership roles in Public Affairs and Marketing. She was responsible for designing affinity partnership programs, activating the federal workforce through dynamic program alignment and multi-channel advertising campaigns. Additionally, she managed multi-million dollar marketing budgets and supported the execution of the company’s social responsibility goals and diversity initiatives. Ms. Abrams has had long term relationships with many legacy Civil Rights and nonprofit organizations. She ensured corporate commitment included financial and talent support, lead employee participation, and provided Board support nationwide.

A proud mother to Zoie and Zion, Ms. Abrams is also a successful co-owner of her local family restaurant.

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Call for Entries: Keep America Beautiful 2017 National Awards Program Applications Open for Individuals and Organizations Committed to Cleaner, Greener and More Beautiful Places to Live

Press Release – STAMFORD, Conn. (Aug. 22, 2017) – Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s iconic community improvement nonprofit organization, announced today that the application period for its annual National Awards program is officially open.

Keep America Beautiful’s National Awards annually recognizes and honors its network of community-based affiliates and leading corporate, nonprofit and government agency partners, as well as individual volunteers across the country, for their influence and impact in championing environmentally healthy, socially connected and economically sound communities.

To honor individuals and organizations committed to creating communities that are cleaner, greener and more beautiful places to live, Keep America Beautiful opens the application period for specific categories of its National Awards to the public, while others are offered exclusively to Keep America Beautiful affiliates. The application deadline for all Keep America Beautiful National Awards is Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, at 11:59 p.m.

The following Keep America Beautiful National Awards are open to the public:

  • Lady Bird Award: Given to an outstanding female volunteer for exceptional leadership with at least 10 years of experience in helping her local community.
  • Iron Eyes Cody Award: Honors an outstanding male volunteer for exceptional leadership with at least 10 years of experience in helping his local community.
  • Carolyn Crayton Award: Recognizes an individual Board member or Board member company (or organization) of a local Keep America Beautiful affiliate for long-standing service to that affiliate.
  • Young Professional Award: Honors an outstanding volunteer, under the age of 40, who demonstrates exceptional leadership in helping his or her community.
  • Community Improvement Recognition Awards: Awards will be offered in up to four categories (litter prevention; beautification/greening; recycling/waste reduction; overall community improvement) for businesses, nonprofit organizations and government agencies.
  • Youth & Education Recognition Awards: Recognizes outstanding youth, schools and educators.
  • Law Enforcement Recognition Awards: Recognizes law enforcement professionals who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to community service in their approaches to enforcement of environmental laws and regulations.
  • Keep America Beautiful Program Awards: Honors a Keep America Beautiful affiliate, business, nonprofit or government agency for Keep America Beautiful program activations (Great American Cleanup, America Recycles Day or Cigarette Litter Prevention Program) that have taken place in the last 12 months.

The following awards are open exclusively to Keep America Beautiful affiliates: Affiliate Awards; Affiliate Innovation Awards; State Affiliate Innovation Awards; Sue Smith Professional Leadership Award; William (Bill) Nash Award; and the Keep America Beautiful State Agency Partnership Award.

For details about how to apply for the Keep America Beautiful National Awards, go to the Annual Awards page on All programs and projects submitted for consideration must have taken place within the past 12 months. Any questions about the Keep America Beautiful National Awards program should be directed to National Awards Coordinator Lauren Conte.

Award winners will be recognized at Keep America Beautiful’s 65th Anniversary National Conference, scheduled to take place Jan. 17-19, 2018, Dallas, Texas.

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

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The Clara Lionel Foundation Unveils Its New Brand And Website

Award-Winning Creative Agency Critical Mass Creates the Online Experience

Press Release – The Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) is going to launch its new brand and website on Monday, August 21. Founded by Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty, the Clara Lionel Foundation’s mission is to support education, health and emergency response programs around the world. The online experience leverages immersive storytelling, compelling imagery and film to bring people closer to this mission, the organization’s evolution and its impact on the global community. CLF worked with Critical Mass, the global digital experience design agency, to build out its interactive web experience.

“The Clara Lionel Foundation is focused on leading global philanthropic efforts to improve the lives of young people,” said Justine Lucas, Executive Director of the Clara Lionel Foundation. “The CLF website will further amplify engagement around our mission and the new creative approach provides an in-depth look at our global programs and core values.”

Critical Mass signed on to create a new logo and website that embodies the youthful and inspirational spirit of CLF. The agency served as the architect of the website and had an integral role curating and creating site content to raise awareness around global issues like access to education. Critical Mass deployed its global resources and senior creative team to use 360 video execution to virtually transport viewers to on-the-ground relief efforts through exclusive footage from recent projects.

“Our mission at Critical Mass is to create experiences that improve people’s lives” said Dianne Wilkins, CEO of Critical Mass. “This project was a chance to work with a client dedicated to transforming the lives of young people around the globe. We deeply admire The Clara Lionel Foundation, and we are thankful for the opportunity to assist them in furthering their mission.”

The Clara Lionel Foundation funds innovative global education projects and scholarships, healthcare and emergency response programs and local micro grants. The third annual Diamond Ball to benefit these programs will be held on September 14, 2017 in New York City.

About The Clara Lionel Foundation

The Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) was founded in 2012 by Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty in honor of her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite. CLF supports and funds groundbreaking and effective education, health and emergency response programs around the world. With the voices of Rihanna and her fans, CLF also engages in global advocacy with the goal of improving the quality of life for young people everywhere. Current programs include the Clara Lionel Foundation Global Scholarship Program, the Clara Braithwaite Center for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados and the Barbados Micro Grants Program. For more information, visit and follow updates on Instagram and Twitter at @ClaraLionelFdn.

About Critical Mass

Critical Mass ( is a global digital experience design agency with a relentless focus on the customer. Founded in 1996, the agency has grown to 12 full-service offices operating across North America, Europe, Latin America, South America and Asia. For over twenty years, the agency’s belief in delivering brilliant customer experiences has produced business-building results for clients. Critical Mass has been recognized as a leader in digital experience design with agency rankings from Advertising Age, Warc 100 and Gartner, among others. Critical Mass is a part of the DAS Group of Companies.

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BYU Students To Flower U Of U Cars In Climate Change Challenge

Press Release – Salt Lake City, UT: BYU students will challenge U of U students to join them in the fight for a renewable Utah. At 10:30 AM, Wednesday, August 23rd, BYU students will arrive at the U parking lot west of Rice-Eccles Stadium carrying purple flowers to put on the vehicles of U of U students during their first week of Fall classes (Purple because that’s BYU’s school color combined with the Utes’). Each flower comes with a link to The site features a stop motion challenge video called “United We Change” that invites concerned Utes to join BYU students in a statewide campaign raising awareness about climate change in Utah and showing that even the most bitter of rivals can team up to fix this issue.

“Climate Change is not a party issue, it’s a people one,” said BYU student leader Nicholas Huey. “This is just an acknowledgement of that, from blue to U.”

The website invites both U and BYU students to sign up and collaborate on the next stunt, utilizing their new purple color in creative ways. The invitation doesn’t allude to what or when the next stunt will be. Presumably you must sign up to find out.

About The Climate Campaign: The Climate Campaign is not a University sanctioned club or organization. It consists mainly of students from both BYU and the U who believe that climate change awareness is the key to a sustainable future. They dedicate their efforts to creatively bringing climate change into the public discussion, and showing that it is a topic that diverse parties can all unite on, even democrats and republicans.

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Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Announces Bangladesh-Based Global Health Research Institution As 2017 Recipient Of $2 Million Hilton Humanitarian Prize

icddr,b to Receive Largest Annual Humanitarian Award in the World for its Innovative Approach to Solving Global Health Issues Impacting the World’s Most Impoverished Communities


Press Release – (Los Angeles) August 23, 2017 – The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation announced today that the global health organization icddr,b is this year’s recipient of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize. A distinguished panel of independent international jurors selected icddr,b, which is dedicated to solving the most serious health issues facing low and middle-income countries, as the recipient.

Based in Dhaka, Bangladesh, for more than 50 years, icddr,b has been at the forefront of innovative, low-cost health solutions that have resulted in saving millions of lives globally.

While developing countries are not the first place people look to find a public health revolution, icddr,b’s world-class facility in Dhaka has served for decades as a global hub for cutting edge research on enteric diseases. The institution began in an attempt to discover and develop realistic, scalable interventions for cholera and other diarrheal diseases, and has since grown into the world’s largest diarrheal hospital treating more than 200,000 patients a year, almost all of whom recover within 36 hours. Notably, its development of Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS), which treats the symptoms of diarrheal disease connected to cholera, has saved tens of millions of lives.

And yet, that is only a fraction of what this research institution has accomplished and continues to achieve on a daily basis. The organization is currently working on a huge variety of investigations on health problems affecting people living in poverty in developing countries. Its research includes evaluations of new vaccines and treatments for enteric and respiratory infections, new interventions for preventing and treating malnutrition, new approaches for detecting and containing emerging infectious diseases, new interventions to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality, and new approaches to achieving universal health coverage. As well, the institute continues to develop innovations to provide low cost solutions to resource poor settings.

“icddr,b has had a profound impact on health crises and breakthroughs worldwide,” said Hilton Foundation President and CEO Peter Laugharn. “As we seek solutions to bridge global divides, the world can learn a lot from icddr,b—not just about vaccines, but about scientifically-researched approaches to public health problems that work.”

icddr,b will receive $2 million in unrestricted funding, joining the list of 21 previous organizations that have received the Hilton Humanitarian Prize over the last two decades including most recently, The Task Force for Global Health, Landesa and Fountain House.

“We are honored to receive the 2017 Hilton Humanitarian Prize,” said John Clemens, MD, Executive Director of icddr,b. “The Prize will help support our current research efforts to move forward our in-house pipeline of new, low cost products and interventions addressing a wide range of public health problems in developing countries, including severe acute malnutrition and pneumonia in children, tuberculosis and life-threatening maternal hemorrhage during childbirth.”

icddr,b will be honored at this year’s international Hilton Humanitarian Symposium and Prize Ceremony, which will take place at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. The theme of this year’s symposium is The Future of Humanitarian Action: Bridging Our Divides. The daylong conference will bring together thought leaders and humanitarians from around the world with a focus on reaching across borders, cultures and sectors to navigate an evolving humanitarian landscape. Featured speakers include: Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles; Lynsey Addario, award-winning photojournalist; Molly Melching, Founder of international NGO Tostan; Dr. Alaa Murabit, UN High-Level Commissioner and SDG Global Advocate; Shamil Idriss, President and CEO of Search for Common Ground; Raj Kumar, President and Editor-in-Chief of Devex; as well as Lara Setrakian, co-founder and CEO of News Deeply, a news platform centered on the most pressing issues of our time.

Each year, the Foundation reviews hundreds of nominations from notable nonprofits throughout the world, and an independent, international panel of distinguished jurors makes the final selection after a rigorous vetting process. Nominations for the 2018 Hilton Humanitarian Prize will be accepted from September 20 – October 18, 2017, and should be submitted through the Hilton Foundation website.

About icddr,b

The icddr,b is an international health research institute based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The organization is committed to solving public health problems facing low- and middle-income countries through innovative scientific research – including laboratory-based, clinical, epidemiological and health systems research. By developing, testing and assessing the implementation of interventions specifically designed for resource-poor settings, the organization aims to improve the health and well-being of people living in the world’s poorest nations. For more than 50 years, icddr,b has been carrying out high-quality research and promoting the uptake of evidence-based interventions. Its initial focus was on diarrheal disease, but it’s now study multiple infectious diseases, other threats to public health, and methods of healthcare delivery. The work of icddr,b has had a profound impact on health policy and practice both locally and globally – and this remains its key objective for the future. For more information, please visit

About the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize

Established in 1996, the Prize is given to an organization, anywhere in the world, judged to have made extraordinary contributions toward alleviating human suffering—often operating at great risk, hardship or personal sacrifice. The Prize is not only intended to recognize and advance the efforts of the recipient organization, but also to call attention to the worldwide need for humanitarian aid and to encourage others to expand their support.

About the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation was created in 1944 by international business pioneer Conrad N. Hilton, who founded Hilton Hotels and left his fortune to help the world’s disadvantaged and vulnerable people. The Foundation currently conducts strategic initiatives in six priority areas: providing safe water, ending chronic homelessness, preventing substance use, helping young children affected by HIV and AIDS, supporting transition-age youth in foster care, and extending Conrad Hilton’s support for the work of Catholic Sisters. In addition, following selection by an independent international jury, the Foundation annually awards the $2 million Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize to a nonprofit organization doing extraordinary work to alleviate human suffering. In 2016, the Humanitarian Prize was awarded to The Task Force for Global Health, an international, nonprofit organization that works to improve health of people most in need, primarily in developing countries. From its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $1.5 billion in grants, distributing $109 million in the U.S. and around the world in 2016. The Foundation’s current assets are approximately $2.6 billion. For more information, please visit

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Fall Recruitment Open for Centre PACT – (Philanthropic Actions Created by Teens)

High School Students from Centre County Encouraged to Apply Ahead of September Deadline

Press Release – Centre County, PA – Centre Foundation is looking for local high school students who are interested in making an impact in their community!

Fall recruitment is now open for Centre PACT (Philanthropic Actions Created by Teens). Applications and Letters of Recommendation are due by Friday, September 15th.

Meetings will be held monthly during the school year, beginning on Sunday, September 24th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Centre Foundation’s office in State College (1377 Ridgemaster Drive, State College, PA 16803).

“Centre PACT is a great vehicle for students from across the county to come together, discuss issues facing their peer group, learn about potential solutions that non-profits offer, and ultimately fund the proactive program that they think will be most effective,” explained Molly Kunkel, Centre Foundation Executive Director.

Centre PACT is a hands-on philanthropy program that will help to hone students’ leadership, communication, professional, philanthropic, and networking skills. This unique program and the volunteer hours it entails will be a highlight on resumes and college applications. Centre PACT participants will also learn how to become more engaged Centre County citizens.

“This is a student-driven, hands-on, community-focused group that will discover more about Centre County, each other, and themselves,” noted Kunkel. “Last year, this group awarded over $8,000 in grants to six local non-profit organizations! We can’t wait to see what this year’s group of student leaders will accomplish.”

Applications and Letters of Recommendations can be submitted online.

Centre Foundation’s mission is to inspire and facilitate a culture of giving to create a vibrant community.

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In these High Holidays, Act Now with Repair the World to Observe “A Different Kind of Service”

From the High Holidays through Next Passover, “Act Now” will Mobilize Young Jews to Address Urgent Needs around Education, Food and More

Press Release – New York, NYRepair the World, the largest Jewish service organization, today invited young adults to Act Now for a Different Kind of Service with the 2017 Jewish High Holidays chapter of its service and education campaign. Repair the World also announced that the year-long campaign, “Act Now,” will mobilize people to address immediate issues and engage in critical conversations at many other meaningful times throughout the Jewish year, including the upcoming holidays of Thanksgiving, MLK Day, and Purim, culminating with Passover in 2018.

“Jewish young adults today clamor more than ever for meaningful opportunities to meet urgent needs in their communities, especially at special times in the calendar when they feel called to act on their values,” said David Eisner, CEO of Repair the World. Act Now will support these activists through providing opportunities to engage in meaningful service and community discussions, expressing our core Jewish values of striving for justice and the intrinsic value and dignity of every human life.”

Each element of Act Now will drive people to take action through service/volunteering, engaging in dialogue, skill building, and organizing their greater networks to get involved. Utilizing its highly collaborative model, Repair the World will work in partnership with local organizations around the country to help address pressing needs specific to each community, expanding the capacity of organizations and bringing a Jewish lens to the volunteering experience. Visit to find or organize local service opportunities, as well as to pick up resources delving into the root causes of injustice, the guiding Jewish values, and discussion guides for tackling these difficult issues.

Repair the World also is releasing new materials, including:

Act Now ( features a range of other guides and resources designed to help people take action, to facilitate challenging conversations, and to organize and participate in service opportunities around the country. Following the High Holidays, Act Now will continue to explore social justice through Thanksgiving, MLK Day, Purim, and Passover.

“Against an appalling drumbeat of tragedy and outrage, like we witnessed so recently in Charlottesville, young adults rightfully want to address the critical issues that threaten our communities,” adds Eisner. “For the next eight months, Act Now will offer a clarion call they can use to bring their friends, families and communities into making a difference through education, dialogue, and service.”

Holidays addressed for the first time in service campaigns by Repair the World this year are Thanksgiving—an opportunity to infuse a Jewish touchpoint into a secular holiday—and Purim, a holiday around which young adults have expressed increasing interest in engaging.

Act Now builds on Repair the World’s campaign last year urging participants to Act Now for Racial Justice, which engaged more than 14,000 participants in service experiences and/or peer-to-peer dinners and facilitated discussion.

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