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YWCA USA: Affirmative Action is Not Discrimination

Press Release –

STATEMENT BY YWCA USA INTERIM CEO CASEY HARDEN

“Reported plans coming from the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate college and university admissions policies should be cause for alarm to anyone who believes in justice. Affirmative action is still a necessary tool to help alleviate centuries of structural and systemic racism and sexism in higher education. This new DOJ initiative is part of a larger pattern by this administration of rolling back civil right protections across education, voting, criminal justice, immigration, employment, and military sectors. YWCA USA supports affirmative action and other efforts to dismantle institutionalized inequity and create pathways to success for women and people of color. Justice for communities of color is in no way tantamount to discrimination against White people.”

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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Animal Grantmakers to Host 18th Annual Conference for Animal Protection Funders October 15 – 18, 2017 in Portland, Oregon

“Animal Grantmakers Comes of Age” Procures Extensive Lineup of High-Profile Scientists, Academics and Advocates

Press Release – Los Angeles – August 2, 2017Animal Grantmakers, a diverse group of animal philanthropists, will hold its 18th Annual Conference, “Animal Grantmakers Comes of Age,” from October 15 through 18, 2017 in Portland, Oregon. Sponsored this year by Maddie’s Fund®, PetSmart Charities® and Kirkpatrick Foundation, the affinity group’s Annual Conference is the only educational and networking event held exclusively for foundations and organizations making grants that benefit animals.

Featured speakers over the four-day meeting include Berkeley Breathed, Bloom County cartoonist and animal supporter; Ken Goddard, lab director at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Forensics Laboratory; Dr. A. Breeze Harper, diversity strategist and author; Lewis Bollard, farm animal welfare program officer at Open Philanthropy Project; and Pamela Frasch, executive director of the Center for Animal Law Studies at Lewis & Clark Law School. Earl Blumenauer, U.S. Representative (Oregon’s 3rd District) and co-chair of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, is invited.

These distinguished animal protection experts and advocates will speak on a range of relevant and compelling subjects, such as threats to the Endangered Species Act, lesser-known advocacy strategies for foundations, the epic victories impacting SeaWorld and Ringling Brothers, potential setbacks for animals in the era of President Trump, counter-terrorism and crime scene investigation techniques stopping elephant poaching, why diversity and inclusion efforts are vital to animal advocacy success, and animal law in the courts and law schools in the U.S. and Europe. Complete program and registration information is available at http://conference.animalgrantmakers.org/.

“The high caliber of speakers and presentations, in addition to the fact that registration is free for members, makes the Animal Grantmakers Annual Conference a tremendous benefit of membership,” said Mitchell Fox, Conference co-chair and program officer at The Glaser Progress Foundation. “Of course, we welcome all givers of animal protection and welfare grants, and invite animal grantmaking organizations that are interested in membership to send one representative one time at no charge.”

“Animal Grantmakers Comes of Age” will come to a close with a day-long special session on animal agriculture, during which a slate of national experts will closely inspect different “cuts” of meat, including factory-farmed, pasture-raised, humane-labeled, vegetable-based, lab-grown and “skipped-on-Mondays.” A Conference highlight, the session will be capped by a visit to the Tofurky factory in Hood River, Oregon. “At the Table: A Special Session on Animal Agriculture, Attitudes & Alternatives” will be co-presented by Animal Grantmakers and Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders.

Conference-goers are encouraged to register and book their rooms early at the Hilton Portland Downtown to take advantage of unmatched opportunities to share insights with change-makers on the latest trends, victories and setbacks in the field of animal protection, and to socialize with their grantmaking peers from across the United States.

“Animal protection receives the smallest share of U.S. philanthropic dollars relative to every other major program area, including arts and culture,” said Michael Barrett, Conference co-chair and vice president of grants management at the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®). “One of the things that excites me most about this conference is the opportunity to advance social change from an animal welfare perspective, as well as learn from each other, strengthen our work individually and collectively, and elevate the cause of animal protection within the broader field of philanthropy.”

About Animal Grantmakers

Animal Grantmakers, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, is an affinity group of foundations and organizations making grants to benefit animals. This diverse group of philanthropists works locally, regionally, nationally and internationally on the entire spectrum of animal species and issue areas, including companion animals, captive and free-ranging wildlife, farmed animals and animals used in research, among others. Animal Grantmakers serves as the principal proponent for animal protection philanthropy, facilitating communication, education, and cooperation among animal philanthropic organizations, and encouraging philanthropists and other grantmaking entities to make a significant commitment to funding that benefits animals. To learn more, please visit http://animalgrantmakers.org/.


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National Nonprofits Launches New Nationwide Service to Connect Nonprofits with Talented Managers and Executives

Press Release – WASHINGTON, DC, August 3, 2017 – National Nonprofits announces the launch of a new premier online job board (https://nationalnonprofits.org) to help connect the nation’s largest nonprofit employers with talented leaders and professionals. The service is designed to help employers recruit and hire senior talent, while connecting qualified job seekers to the next step in their career.

According to Osvaldo Gomez, the Founder and CEO of National Nonprofits, “Highly qualified professionals appreciate a service where jobs and organizations are vetted and it’s a breeze to apply for a position. Instead of sifting through various sites they can go to one source for compelling jobs with reputable organizations.”

Gomez hopes that in addition to serving existing nonprofit professionals “the new service will also begin to attract talent from outside of the nonprofit sector and draw professionals seeking greater job satisfaction who want to give back to society.”

There are more than 1.4 million registered nonprofit organizations in the United States, and in 2013 these organizations employed over 10% of the domestic workforce. In all an estimated 14.4 million people were employed by the nonprofit sector in 2013, accounting for 5% of GDP (McKeever, Brice and Gaddy, Marcus, “The Nonprofit Workforce: By the Numbers”, Nonprofit Quarterly).

National Nonprofits enables employers to create a customized ‘Careers’ page they can link to from their website, which automatically streams all active positions. Applications are sent through the site, and dashboard features make it easy for recruiters to message candidates and short-list those that are a good fit. All communications are also sent to the user’s email, and archived within their account for future reference.

Benefits for job seekers include a quick application process (candidates need only upload their resume once, craft a quick cover letter, and click ‘Apply’), customized job alerts, and a free account with all of their job applications and communications history.

About National Nonprofits

National Nonprofits is a socially conscious company committed to helping the nonprofit sector thrive in the United States. It recognizes the essential role nonprofits play in providing food, healthcare, housing, education, legal services, and quality of life through arts and culture – to millions of people. Without a vibrant nonprofit sector, many basic human needs would not be met. Great talent is key to helping nonprofits be successful in their mission.


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Big Brothers Big Sisters Of New York City Names Kate Snow To Board Of Trustees

Emmy award-winning anchor of Sunday “NBC Nightly News” is BBBS of NYC’s newest trustee

Press Release – NEW YORK, August 1, 2017Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City (BBBS of NYC), the nation’s first and New York’s largest youth mentoring organization, today announced it has named Kate Snow, Emmy award-winning journalist for NBC News, to its Board of Trustees.

Snow is currently the anchor of Sunday NBC Nightly News and also serves as a senior national correspondent for the network. She has also reported for MSNBC, TODAY and Dateline NBC. Prior to working with NBC, Snow was the anchor of the weekend edition of Good Morning America, and was also the White House correspondent for ABC News. Snow has been a Big Sister to her Little, Amanda, for more than 20 years, and previously served as a member of the National Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

“Kate is an extraordinary journalist, who is committed to improving society through telling the impactful stories that shape our world. Through her tremendous success, Kate demonstrates to all young people that with hard work and a commitment to education, they can accomplish dreams of their own,” said Hector Batista, chief executive officer of BBBS of NYC. “As a Big Sister herself, Kate has made a positive, lasting impact on the life of her Little, and through her work with our organization, she is committed to ensuring all young people have opportunities to succeed. We are proud to have Kate join our Board of Trustees.”

“I am such a strong believer in the power of mentoring. Spending time with a Big Brother or Big Sister role model can change a child’s trajectory,” said Kate Snow. “I can also attest that these relationships also change the life of the mentor. I look forward to working to help children in NYC reach their fullest potential.”

Snow has worked closely with the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention. She holds an undergraduate degree from Cornell University and a master’s degree in international affairs from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Snow currently resides in New York with her husband, radio host Chris Bro, and their two children, Zack and Abby.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC currently serves more than 5,200 young people across the five boroughs each year through a variety of specialized mentoring programs.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City

Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC (BBBS of NYC), the nation’s first and NYC’s largest youth mentoring organization, has served the changing needs of New York City’s most at-risk youth since 1904. The volunteer- and donor-based organization offers a variety of specialized mentoring programs to help children facing more complex challenges – including immigrant youth, children in foster care and children of incarcerated parents – as well as the Workplace Mentoring Center, which helps businesses throughout New York City positively impact the lives of young people and build a foundation for professional success. Additionally, since 1992 BBBS of NYC has worked through its Center for Training and Professional Development to equip non-profit professionals throughout New York City to develop and enhance their own mentoring and youth-development programs and organizations.

Through the support of individuals, foundations and corporations, this not-for-profit agency has been able to change the lives of the city’s most disadvantaged children, matching them with caring adult role models – dependable friends who can help to expand their horizons, realize their potential and enrich their futures. To learn more, become a mentor and/or offer support, please visit www.bigsnyc.org.


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SAG-AFTRA Foundation To Honor Judd Apatow, Kathryn Bigelow, & Ted Sarandos With Its “Patron Of The Artists Awards”

Event Takes Place Thursday, November 9 in Beverly Hills

Press Release – LOS ANGELES (August 1, 2017) – The SAG-AFTRA Foundation announced today it will bestow its Patron of the Artists Awards to celebrated director/writer/producer Judd Apatow, Academy Award®-winning director/producer Kathryn Bigelow, and visionary Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. The award honors industry leaders who are champions of the arts and whose history of fostering creativity and creating opportunities for actors has made a positive impact on the acting profession and the performing arts. The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s celebration takes place Thursday, November 9 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.

“We are excited to pay tribute to three extraordinary people whose creative impact on the performing arts has produced ground-breaking opportunities for a world-wide community of artists,” said SAG-AFTRA Foundation President JoBeth Williams. “As a director, writer and producer, Judd Apatow is known for discovering and nurturing some of the most beloved comedic actors and actresses on television and in film. Kathryn Bigelow is a trailblazing director and producer whose risk-taking gambles on unknown talent have expanded the careers of many artists both in front of and behind the camera. Ted Sarandos is an innovator whose executive leadership has created and supported tens of thousands of industry jobs. Judd, Kathryn, and Ted are the epitome of what it means to be patrons of artists and we are proud to honor them.”

Previous recipients of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Patron of the Artists Awards are director/writer/producer Lee Daniels, producer Megan Ellison, and director/producer Rob Marshall. The Patron of the Artists Awards event includes musical performances with ticket sales benefitting the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. In the coming weeks, the honorees for the non-profit’s Actors Inspiration Award, event performers and presenters will be announced. Sponsors include United Airlines and Variety. To purchase tickets and for more information, please visit www.sagaftra.foundation/patronawards.

About the SAG-AFTRA Foundation

Since 1985, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation has granted more than $18.5 million in financial and medical assistance including $7.5 million in scholarships to SAG-AFTRA artists and their dependents. In addition, the Foundation has offered 7,200 free educational workshops, panels and screenings to union performers nationwide and its children’s literacy programs have brought the love of reading to more than 300 million children worldwide.

In 2017, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation celebrates 32 years of giving back to the professionals of SAG-AFTRA, their families and communities. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides vital assistance and free educational programming to the professionals of SAG-AFTRA while serving the public at large through its signature children’s literacy programs. The Foundation relies solely on support from gifts, grants and sponsorships to maintain its free programs. Visit sagaftra.foundation.

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About Judd Apatow

Judd Apatow has been a mentor and influencer in the entertainment industry for over 25 years, renowned for nurturing talent and creating supportive atmospheres and professional opportunities for performers while entertaining audiences worldwide. He is considered one of the most sought-after comedy minds in the business and has been closely associated with many of the biggest comedy films and hit TV shows of our generation. Apatow returns to his standup roots with his upcoming Netflix stand-up special, which he is filming at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Comedy Festival this weekend. It marks his first solo special and will premiere in December.

Apatow recently received an Emmy Award nomination for the ESPN FILMS: 30 for 30: “Doc & Darryl,” which he co-directed and produced with Michael Bonfiglio who have teamed up again on the upcoming HBO documentary about folk rock icons the Avett Brothers, May It Last, which will premiere later this year. Apatow co-created and is executive producer of Netflix’s Love which was recently renewed for its 3rd season. He is the co-executive producer of HBO’s Crashing as well as co-executive producer of HBO’s Girls which ended its multi-Emmy Award run earlier this year. On the film side, Apatow produced The Big Sick starring Kumail Nanjiani and Ray Romano, recently released to rave reviews on July 13 by Amazon Studios and Lionsgate, and earning a 97% Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Apatow’s other credits as a director, producer or writer include hit comedies The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Bridesmaids, Knocked Up, Superbad, Trainwreck, Pineapple Express, The Cable Guy, Anchorman and Anchorman 2, and numerous others.

About Kathryn Bigelow

Kathryn Bigelow is a two-time Academy Award®-winner and an artist of singular talent, known for acclaimed films including The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty. As a director and producer, she has crafted a body of work that challenges genre norms and offers viscerally stunning portraits of characters and conflicts. Bigelow’s upcoming film, Detroit, is a crime drama which explores systemic racism in urban Detroit, and is set against the backdrop of the city’s devastating riots that took place over five tumultuous summer days in 1967. Bigelow directs and produces the ensemble film, which will be released by Annapurna Pictures on August 4, 2017.

Bigelow supports many environmental and animal welfare charities. She continues to shed light on the dangers of the ivory trade in both Last Days — a short film portraying the wildlife trafficking industry, profits for terrorist groups, and the threat of elephant extinction in only 11 years; and The Protectors — a virtual reality short film exposing the dangerous reality faced by rangers protecting African elephants, which she co-created with Imraan Ismail for National Geographic. In 2015, Bigelow participated in a powerful panel discussion on Capitol Hill, which resulted in Obama signing into law H.R. 2494— The Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt Wildlife Trafficking Act of 2016— protecting elephants, rhinos and other endangered species from an international poaching and trafficking trade that is decimating animal populations worldwide and funding armed militias. Furthermore, China embraced the action and announced plans to end its domestic ivory trade by the end of 2017.

About Ted Sarandos

Ted Sarandos is Netflix’s Chief Content Officer whose leadership has transformed the digital company into an original content powerhouse that is changing the rules of how serialized television is produced, released, and distributed globally. Through his work as an executive, he’s supported tens of thousands of industry jobs, and provided countless opportunities for up-and-coming and veteran actors, producers, writers, and directors. In its first two years of releasing original series, documentary films, children’s shows, and comedy specials, Netflix has been recognized with 45 Emmy nominations, 15 Daytime Emmy nominations, two Oscar nominations, and 10 Golden Globe nominations by the film and television industries. Sarandos was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2013, and has led content acquisition for Netflix since 2000. From its roots as a U.S. DVD subscription rental company, Netflix is now the world’s leading Internet television network with over 65 million members in more than 50 countries, and producing more than 320 hours of original content in 2015. Sarandos is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, and serves on the board of Exploring The Arts, a non-profit focused on arts in schools. He also serves on the Film Advisory Board for Tribeca and Los Angeles Film Festival, is an American Cinematheque board member, an American Film Institute trustee, and is an Executive Committee Member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.


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CloudCherry Partners with Utah Animal Adoption Center

CloudCherry to host local volunteer and employee give back day on August 2nd

Press Release – Salt Lake City, UT, August 2, 2017 – CloudCherry, a next generation customer experience software turning reactive customer feedback into real-time conversations along the customer’s journey, today announced an ongoing, social good partnership with the Utah Animal Adoption Center, a non-profit, non-euthanizing animal shelter that rescues and finds homes for an average of 1,000 dogs and cats each year.

To kick off the ongoing partnership, CloudCherry will host a local volunteer and employee give back day on Wednesday, August 2nd from 12:00PM – 4:00PM MDT. About a dozen volunteers from CloudCherry will visit the shelter to help with outdoor work and animal care to fulfil CloudCherry’s initiative to give back to the Salt Lake City community.

The Utah Animal Adoption Center was founded in 1983 to rescue dogs and cats from the euthanasia lists throughout the Salt Lake Valley and provide them with happy homes. Jennifer Archer, Board President at UAAC stated, “It’s great to have partners who are just as committed to the center’s success as we are. We are excited to grow our partnership with CloudCherry and work together to provide these animals with forever homes.”

Vinod Muthukrishnan, CEO of CloudCherry shared, “We are thrilled to be working with the Utah Animal Adoption Center and alongside the UAAC staff who work tirelessly to protect and nurture these animals. CloudCherry is committed to animal welfare and we hope our continuous volunteer efforts will help keep these animals happy and ready to be adopted.”

About CloudCherry

CloudCherry is a next generation customer experience software turning reactive customer feedback into real-time conversations along the customer’s journey. The Customer Experience Management (CEM) solution measures customer satisfaction and delivers outcome-driven results in an easy to use solution. CloudCherry’s mission is to help organizations gain actionable insights and spark a proactive conversation to improve customer experience in the moments that matters most to customers along their buying journey. www.getcloudcherry.com


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Surya Solidarity Institute Supports Largest Global Animal Rights National Conference August 4 – 6, 2017 in Alexandria, Virginia

Press Release – NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y., Aug. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Surya Solidarity Institute, a Brazilian non-profit organization is pleased to announce its participation and support in the Animal Rights National Conference, the largest animal rights convention devoted to advancing the vision of animal rights, taking place in Alexandria, Virginia, August 4 – 6, 2017.

“Animal rights is a strong focus for the Surya Solidarity Institute. We are so pleased to be able to support the show,” says Clelia Angelon, president of Surya Solidarity Institute and founder of Surya Brasil, the Institute’s official sponsor. “We strongly believe it is no longer okay to reap profits and not give back more than we take from society and the planet.”

The Surya Solidarity Institute focuses on animal protection, environmental preservation, educational transformation and human rights. Some of the Institute’s actions include community work such as adopting a square, teaching kids about recycling, planting an organic community garden, promoting solar powered movie presentations; animal rights actions such as maintaining a sanctuary for rescued animals, fighting against circuses and animal testing; environmental education and awareness about Veganism and how it benefits our health and the planet.

In attendance from the Institute will be Vice-President Marcio Moreira, and Clelia Angelon, President of Surya Solidarity Institute. The conference festivities will include live watercolor painting by Nana Indigo, famed Brazilian vegan ARTivist, free manicures, as well as the opportunity to explore and purchase Surya Brasil vegan, organic, and natural beauty and wellness products.

Join the Surya Solidarity social media conversation on Facebook @suryasolidaria and on Instagram @suryasolidaria. For more information on Surya Solidarity Institute, please visit www.institutosuryasolidaria.org.br.

About Surya Brasil

Surya Brasil is a Brazilian company leader in natural, organic and vegan cosmetics. Fully committed to environmental preservation, animal welfare and environmental responsibility, Surya Brasil is notably recognized for its vegan hair coloring, vegetable-based, with high performance and natural formulations sold in over 40 countries. Surya Brasil contributes to the Whole Planet Foundation, a Whole Foods Market foundation that funds poverty alleviation worldwide and is the official sponsor of Surya Solidarity Institute. The products contain organic ingredients and are free of animal components and testing, with the aim of combining nature with technology to provide beauty with health. Its national and international certifications such as Ecocert, Cruelty Free, Vegan, Fair Trade ISO 22176: 2007 and Leaping Bunny confirm with transparency and credibility of the benefits and advantages of its cosmetics line. For more information, please visit www.suryabrasilproducts.com.


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The Clara Lionel Foundation and ofo Jointly Fund the Global Scholarship Program

The Partnership Launches an Inaugural Bike Program and Enhances Education Access for Girls in Malawi

Press Release – New York, NY (August 1, 2017) – The Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) and ofo, the world’s leading bike-sharing platform, today announced a comprehensive five-year partnership called “1 KM Action” to provide funding to CLF’s Global Scholarship Program and support dynamic educational programs in Malawi. ofo is committed to funding scholarships that help hundreds of girls attend secondary schools in Malawi and will donate bikes to those scholarship recipients to combat some of the regional transportation challenges contributing to Malawi’s high drop-out rates.

The first batch of ofo bikes have been put into use in Malawi and already gained positive feedback from students and teachers. More bikes will be delivered for this program.

“I’m so happy about the Clara Lionel Foundation’s new partnership with ofo because it will help so many young people around the world receive a quality education, and also help the young girls of Malawi get to school safely, cutting down those very long walks they make to and from school all alone.” said Robyn Rihanna Fenty.

In January 2017, Rihanna traveled to Malawi in her role as Ambassador for the Global Partnership for Education and with Global Citizen, to spend time with educators, government officials, and students to identify ways to collaborate to build a better educational future for Malawians. There are approximately 4.6 million learners in primary school in Malawi but only 8% of students complete secondary school. The drop- out rate is staggering and girls are disproportionately impacted. The long distances that they have to travel to get to school is a major contributing factor. Determined to do something about it, the Clara Lionel Foundation and ofo joined forces to provide bikes and scholarships to girls in Malawi.

“We are delighted to work with Rihanna and the Clara Lionel Foundation on this innovative initiative as we are keen to help improve education accessibility for students living in poverty.” said ofo founder and CEO Dai Wei, who spent one year as a volunteer teacher in the poverty-stricken region in China after graduating from college. “We believe in unlocking every corner in the world with equal access to education as well as with our bike-sharing scheme.”

In addition to the unique collaboration in Malawi, ofo also carried out “1 KM Action” to support CLF’s Global Scholarship program to provide scholarships to students from China, Brazil, Barbados, Cuba, Haiti, Grenada, Guyana, and Jamaica who are accepted to an accredited four-year college or university in the United States. ofo will provide scholarships to students, particularly to those interested in studying topics related to the environment and sustainability.

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 www.claralionelfoundation.org and follow updates on Instagram and Twitter at @ClaraLionelFdn

About ofo and 1KM Action

Found in 2014, ofo is the world’s first and largest bike-sharing platform. ofo is created for sharing and aims at unlocking every corner of the world by making bikes accessible to everyone. As of today, ofo has connected more than 6.5 million bikes in 150 cities across five countries, been generating more than 25 million daily transactions and provided 2 billion times of efficient, convenient and green services.

“1 KM Action” is a collaboration between ofo and the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme), aiming to encourage low-carbon, sustainable, and eco-friendly short-distance bike trips.The partnership is built to raise public awareness of climate change and rural education, and will also provide financial support to innovative projects that address urban environmental challenges.


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Hunter Douglas Has Habitat For Humanity Covered

Hunter Douglas has donated privacy blinds for Habitat homes for a quarter-century

Press Release – (PEARL RIVER, NY – AUGUST 1, 2017) – Habitat for Humanity is not just building better homes but stronger, healthier communities, with help from long-term partners like Hunter Douglas. This summer marks the 25th year of partnership between Hunter Douglas and Habitat for Humanity. As a global manufacturer of custom window treatments, Hunter Douglas is committed to help Habitat build safe, stable, affordable housing alongside homeowners across North America and abroad.

Habitat partners with families to help build secure, quality homes, providing a path to improved living conditions. In any home, window shades are a finishing touch providing privacy, comfort, energy efficiency and personal style. Hunter Douglas provides privacy blinds for all new and rehabilitated Habitat homes in the US. Over the last quarter-century Hunter Douglas has donated nearly 9,200 privacy blinds each year for over 220,000 windows. Included in these are products with cordless lift systems, ensuring that homeowners and their families are supported and protected by efficient, child-safe window treatments.

“Hunter Douglas is honored to stand beside Habitat for Humanity—which brings hope, light, and stability to so many families worldwide,” said Ron Kass, Chief Executive Officer of Hunter Douglas North America. “We know that there is a direct correlation between housing quality and the homeowners’ wellbeing. We are so grateful for the work they do to build and strengthen all of the places we call home, and we look forward to continuing to build together in the future.”

Hunter Douglas associates and business partners have worked side-by-side with Habitat homeowners in their local communities for over 20 years, building homes and relationships from the ground up. Hunter Douglas has also committed resources to a number of critical Habitat for Humanity initiatives worldwide:

  • In 2015, the company created a month-long two-for-one employee match program that resulted in a $300,000 donation to Habitat’s earthquake relief efforts in Nepal.
  • In 2016, the company donated window coverings to Habitat’s flood recovery work in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  • In April 2017, a team of 12 employees from the Netherlands traveled to Lesotho, Africa, to help build a new home with an 85-year-old grandmother and her two orphaned grandsons.
  • In July 2017, the company sponsored Habitat’s 34th Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project. Hunter Douglas employees and associates helped build homes alongside former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn, volunteers and future homeowners in Edmonton, Alberta, and in Winnipeg, Manitoba, while a third group participated in a Toronto, Ontario build.

To learn more about Hunter Douglas, its products, and corporate social responsibility programs, visit www.hunterdouglas.com.

About Hunter Douglas

Hunter Douglas Inc., headquartered in Pearl River, NY, is the leading manufacturer and marketer of custom window treatments in North America and a major manufacturer of architectural products. The company is a national sponsor of Habitat for Humanity, covering windows in every Habitat home built in the U.S. and Canada. Hunter Douglas branded products are designed, developed and custom-crafted in the U.S. Get details at www.hunterdouglas.com or call 1-800-274-2985.

About Habitat for Humanity

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 1,300 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.


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Nominet Trust Welcomes New Honorary Treasurer to the Board

Press Release – 1st August 2017, Oxford – Nominet Trust, the UK’s leading tech for good funder, has increased the number of Trustees on its Board with the appointment of Hannah Keartland as Honorary Treasurer. Hannah is Head of Innovation at Cancer Research UK and previously led their award-winning Citizen Science Programme. Hannah brings with her a wealth of knowledge from her eight years’ in leadership roles in the charity sector, as well as significant capability in financial management as a qualified Chartered Accountant (AQA).

Reflecting on her appointment, Keartland said: “Nominet Trust’s work is all about creating social impact using innovative approaches – for example the recently launched Digital Reach programme, which has the potential to significantly reduce inequalities in our increasingly digital-first society. As such, it is an amazing opportunity to be joining Nominet Trust at this time and I can’t wait to lend my support in building on the Trust’s fantastic work fostering positive social change through the use of digital technology.”

“We’re thrilled to welcome Hannah to the Trust during this exciting new phase of strategic development,” commented Natalie Campbell, Chair of Nominet Trust. “With her direct experience of implementing and harnessing technology for social change in the health sector, Hannah will add immense value to the work of the Trust. We are confident that Hannah’s experience will help her to excel in her new role.”

During 2016, Nominet Trust extended its board significantly, including appointing new Chair, Natalie Campbell, along with Beth Murray and Jemima Rellie as trustees. The established team of trustees has great strength in its diversity, including strong representation from women.

Nominet Trust is the charitable foundation of Nominet, a public benefit company with 20 years’ experience in running the .uk internet infrastructure.


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