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Monthly Archives: August 2017

Groundswell Fund to Be Honored with 2017 NCRP Impact Award

Pro-Women & LGBT funder awarded first-ever “Smashing Silos” Award for commitment to intersectional social justice in the reproductive justice movement

Press Release – Washington, DC — Today, the Groundswell Fund, the largest funder of the reproductive justice movement in the United States and the nation’s primary movement engaging women of color, low-income women, and LGBT people as grassroots activists, announced that it is one of four recipients of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) 2017 IMPACT Awards.

The 5th Anniversary of the Impact Awards honors top grantmakers committed to diversity and inclusion to empower and strengthen marginalized communities. Based in Oakland, California, Groundswell Fund works to move donor resources to those most impacted by injustice through grantmaking and capacity building at a grassroots level.

“Receiving the Smashing Silos award means the tides are turning and we couldn’t be prouder to stand with our grantees at the forefront of that groundswell,” said Groundswell Executive Director Vanessa Daniel. “The leaders and organizations we support are organizing on the front lines of every major issue we face right now. They bring the lived experience, the knowledge, the strategy and the vision our movements need to transform the systems and policies we need to change.”

Groundswell is one of the nation’s leading funders focused on efforts led by and serving women of color and transgender people of color. This past May, the Liberation Fund launched to support and expand its mission to elevate the organizing power of low-income women, women of color and transgender people to advance policy change. Since then, the Liberation Fund has:

  • Secured $500K for its first set of grants
  • Recruited 15 prominent advisors from across environmental, racial and economic justice, to immigrant, Native and transgender rights.
  • Plans to announce its first set of grantees this Fall 2017

Awardees will be recognized at a reception on September 18, 2017, in New Orleans during the CHANGE Unity Summit.


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SDSU Welcomes Nearly 11,000 New Students

School starts Aug. 28 with new classes, programs and more than three dozen new faculty members.

Press Release – SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Aug. 28, 2017) — San Diego State University will welcome nearly 11,000 new students to campus Monday as the fall 2017 semester officially gets underway.

“The entering freshman class is the highest-achieving in university history, raising the bar for all future students coming here,” said SDSU President Sally Roush. “To support the success of all of our students, both new and returning, we are reaffirming our commitment to our shared values of excellence in teaching, scholarship, creative activities and service, so that all students can grow both academically and personally during their time at SDSU.”

New students

More than 83,000 freshmen and undergraduate transfer students applied for fall 2017 admission to SDSU – tying the previous applicant record.

While final data will not be available until the university’s annual census in September, total student enrollment, including continuing students, is projected to be 34,200. In addition to 5,300 freshmen, approximately 3,250 transfer students and 2,000 new graduate and doctoral students will become part of the Aztec Family this week.

With an average high school GPA of 3.70, the incoming class is among the most academically impressive ever. The incoming class is also among the most diverse in university history. An estimated 31.2 percent of incoming students are underrepresented students of color, including nearly 27 percent who identify as Hispanic or Latino. This is a point of pride for SDSU as it underscores the university’s commitment to providing a high-quality education for all students, regardless of socioeconomic background.

New faculty

SDSU also welcomes 38 new tenured and tenure-track faculty members, making strides on an ambitious five-year goal to add 300 new faculty members. So far, the university has filled more than 220 of these positions – thanks in part to funding from The Campaign for SDSU and the Student Success Fee.

New faculty members this year come to SDSU from Texas A&M, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and other world-class research universities. They are experts in a variety of fields including public health, psychology, history and mechanical engineering.

New classes

SDSU has added 54 new classes representing departments across campus to its 2017-18 course catalog. Among the new classes being offered in the fall are the courses Introduction to Undergraduate Research, Foundations of Cultural Competency and Media Writing for Scientists.

Starting this fall, SDSU is offering its first-ever online undergraduate degree program – a Bachelor of Science in business administration. The program is a collaboration between the Fowler College of Business and the College of Extended Studies. Students can also enroll in three new minors: Cultural Proficiency, Somatic Studies and Text Analytics.

New look

The SDSU community will notice several changes to the physical appearance of campus. Over the summer, crews moved forward on several construction and beautification projects, including the Engineering and Interdisciplinary Science Complex and renovations to Tenochca Hall and its program space.

Those who haven’t been to campus since May, will notice Eureka! and Trader Joe’s are now open at South Campus Plaza. Several other retailers, including Broken Yolk Café, Epic Wings N’ Things, Which Wich and GoWireless are currently building out their spaces inside the mixed-use student housing and retail development and are expected to open in the coming months.

About San Diego State University

San Diego State University is a major public research institution that provides transformative experiences, both inside and outside of the classroom, for its more than 36,000 students. The university offers bachelor’s degrees in 91 areas, master’s degrees in 78 areas and doctorates in 22 areas. Students participate in research, international experiences, sustainability and entrepreneurship initiatives, internships and mentoring, and a broad range of student life and leadership opportunities. The university’s rich campus life features opportunities for students to participate in, and engage with, the creative and performing arts, a Division I athletics program and the vibrant cultural life of the San Diego region. For more information, visit www.sdsu.edu.


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RedRover Helps Animals In Need Displaced By Hurricane Harvey

Deployment in North Texas Will Bring Assistance to Animals and Relief to Workers

Press Release – Dallas, TX – RedRover, a national nonprofit animal welfare organization, will help the SPCA of Texas provide daily care and comfort for animals who are displaced by Hurricane Harvey to Dallas, Texas. The SPCA of Texas contacted RedRover to ask that they provide support during this emergency.

Over the next week or longer, RedRover will deploy RedRover Responders volunteers, led by RedRover Director of Field Services Beth Gammie, to help the SPCA of Texas care for these animals.

“RedRover Responders appreciate the opportunity to help comfort and care for these animals and bring some relief to the aid teams during this crisis,” said RedRover Director of Field Services, Beth Gammie. We haven’t seen this type of unprecedented flooding in more than a decade – our hearts are with the people and animals of Texas during this difficult time.”

Distinguished by their red shirts, RedRover Responders volunteers are specially trained to care for and shelter large numbers of animals after they have been rescued from natural disasters. Our volunteers provide the workforce which enables local communities to address their animal needs following a natural disaster.

With more than 3,800 trained volunteers in the United States and Canada, RedRover can deploy its volunteers quickly when communities become overburdened by a crisis involving large numbers of animals. In its 30-year history, RedRover has responded to more than 180 natural disasters and other crises, including Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005; Hurricane Isaac and Superstorm Sandy in 2012; the Oklahoma tornadoes in 2013; flooding in Gonzales, LA in 2016; and the dam crisis in Oroville, CA in 2017.

To donate to RedRover’s Emergency Response Fund, visit www.RedRover.org/Harvey. To donate to the SPCA of Texas, please visit www.spca.org/give.


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$255,000 in Scholarships Awarded to 138 Local Students

Community Members’ Funds at Centre Foundation Setting Students up for Success

Press Release – State College, PA – This fall, 138 local students will embark on their post-secondary careers, thanks in part to community members who have established scholarship or award funds at Centre Foundation.

“We are thrilled to be able to facilitate so many students furthering their educations,” noted Molly Kunkel, Executive Director at Centre Foundation. “Donors and community members understand the value of education, whether that is at a two-year college, four-year university, or at a trade school. They have established more than 140 scholarship funds with us, and have entrusted Centre Foundation to administer applications and awards to deserving students every year.”

In total, $255,135 was distributed through this year’s scholarships to 138 students attending 35 post-secondary schools. Students from all five Centre County school districts received funding.

Lynn Sidehamer Brown established the Dr. John L. Brown Jr. Memorial Scholarship at Centre Foundation in honor of her late husband to encourage students to follow in his mathematical footsteps. This year’s scholarship recipient was Joey Feffer, a US Presidential Scholar, member of the US National Linguistics Team, and participant in Centre Foundation’s high school philanthropy group called Centre PACT (Philanthropic Actions Created by Teens).

“I am one of five children, I live in Boalsburg, and I have been involved with the school district through academic clubs and athletic pursuits almost all my life,” explained Feffer. “I plan to attend Harvard University to study applied math with a focus in either economic theory or evolutionary biology. Extracurricularly, I plan on continuing many of the activities I pursued in high school; I plan to run on the Harvard Club track team, participate on the Harvard Debating Union, and help educate low-income Boston youth in some capacity. After college, I intended to go to grad school and become a professor and researcher in my intended field. This award will help offset the costs of college and will encourage me to continue my pursuits in the area of mathematics.”

The Stella Jedrziewski Wawrynovic Scholarship Fund issues eight scholarships annually in the Clearfield and Philipsburg-Osceola school districts. Her commitment to the community lives on each year as these students pursue their educational dreams thanks to her generosity.

With the Wawrynovic Scholarship that she received, Annie Kost will attend Pennsylvania College of Technology this fall.

“I have dreamed of being a nurse and making a difference for as long as I can imagine…I plan on attending medical school to either become a nurse anesthetist or nurse practitioner,” noted Kost. “Through receiving this great scholarship, it will greatly help my family and I pay for various college necessities; and for that, my family and I are very grateful that you awarded this scholarship.”

This year, a newly established scholarship was able to grant its very first scholarship. The Catherine C Ye Memorial Scholarship was established and funded by many friends and family members in the community and beyond.

Hanna Yu will attend the College of Arts and Sciences at New York University this fall, thanks in part to the Ye Scholarship.

“I really enjoyed being part of the journalism program at State High,” said Yu. “I was the newspaper co-editor-in-chief in eleventh grade and this past year I was the yearbook co-editor-in-chief. I learned a lot about planning, leadership, and understanding the community I live in. I’m not sure what I’ll major in at New York University, but I’m thinking of something math related. I might join the paper there. Attending NYU is pretty expensive so this scholarship will help my family pay part of it. I’m excited to move to a big city this fall.

“I didn’t know Catherine Ye but I knew Amy [her sister], and I remember how the whole Chinese community was impacted when she passed away,” continued Yu. “I hope what I do can help carry on her legacy.”

One of the two scholarship recipients from the Roy D. and Kathyrn K. Shoemaker Scholarship Fund was Justin Kurtz.

“At Penn State I plan to major in Plant Sciences with a minor in agribusiness management,” Kurtz explained. “I hope to someday become an entrepreneur by starting my own business to help production agriculturalists and become a good steward of the land. I am proud to be part of the Penn State class of 2022 and I hope to make you proud knowing I am a product of your financial support. Thank you so much!”

The Clare Fund Award for Performance Arts: Drama, Musical Theatre, or Dance was issued to Justin Shondeck this year. His talent and future plans match the spirit in which this award was established.

“I will be attending Ithaca College pursuing a degree in Musical Theatre,” Shondeck said. “I am one of the 14 accepted students this year out of the 1900 applicants for this program, dedicated to educating students on not only using theatre as a form of industrial entertainment, but also as an art form that branches thousands of years of human culture. With this degree, I am hoping to work as a professional actor in New York City and internationally, I am particularly interested in both the West End in London, as well as creating a fusion performance blending my skills as a singer, dancer, and circus performer. I also want to use theatre as a social platform where I can talk about current issues such as the stigma facing people with special needs, as well as racism in the performing arts industry. At some point in the future, I am planning on pursuing a Master’s Degree in either Theatre, Voice, or Dance, and teach that subject in a University. Thank you for helping with this amazing opportunity!”

“Scholarship season is one of my favorite times of the year,” explained Ashley Pipe, Grants & Scholarship Coordinator. “We get to learn about the stories and incredible accomplishments of our county’s best and brightest. I’m always honored to work with the school districts and scholarship fund holders to facilitate the annual scholarship process.”

High school seniors wishing to apply should work through their respective school districts in the spring, when the application period opens.

If you are interested in establishing a fund of any type, Centre Foundation is happy to assist you in reaching your philanthropic goals. More information is available on our website, or you can call our office to make an appointment.

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


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Save a Pet Seeks Community Help to Care for 30 Dogs Following Death of Rescue Group Owner

Press Release – LONG ISLAND, New York – (August 28, 2017) – It’s not every day that a pet rescue organization gets a call to help rescue 30 dogs, but that’s exactly what happened last week when tragedy struck in Marion County, Texas. Save a Pet, located in Long Island, New York, has a great reputation for helping dogs around the nation find homes. They received a call that there were 30 dogs in need of rescuing at one Jefferson, Texas-based animal rescue, after the owner of the rescue was allegedly murdered following a dispute with a neighbor. The organization swiftly moved in to help the dogs in need, and is now reaching out to the public for assistance in caring for the dogs and in finding them adoption families.

“This is a heart-breaking story from all ends,” says Dori Scofield, president of Save-A-Pet and the vice president of Guardians of Rescue. “Taking in dogs from other states is never the priority at our Long Island shelter, but this case is time-sensitive and these dogs needed rescuing immediately.”

The owner of the Rebel Rescue, where the dogs came from, Amy Allen, gave hundreds of animals a second chance. News reports indicate that a neighborly dispute may have been what led to the alleged murder of the woman. Her neighbor has been arrested on suspicion of murder. An autopsy on Allen is pending to determine the cause of death.

Many of the rescued dogs are expected to need veterinary care, and the group includes a pregnant mixed breed dog, creating the need for even more loving adoption homes. In addition to the much-needed veterinary care, expenses include transport fees, and food. The Save a Pet rescue group will incur a lot of expenses to care for the dogs until they each find homes to be adopted into.

“Amy was a wonderful, compassionate humanitarian and it is a great loss to the animal rescue community. While our shelter is already full, it is our mission to help rescue dogs in need, so we are ready to take on this challenge,” added Scofield. “We are asking the public to help us by donating whatever funds they can as this is quite an undertaking. Every dollar donated will be put to good use caring for these rescues. We need the financial assistance to help care for them while they are with us, and we need families who want to make one of these dogs a part of their family.”

Those interested in making a donation to help support the Save a Pet mission can do so online at: www.saveapetny.org.

About Save a Pet

Located in Long Island, New York, Save a Pet is a non-profit that rescues cats and dogs. They provide care for them while seeking out families that will adopt the pets. Additionally, they have a spay/neuter program, as well as a volunteer program for those who appreciate hands-on experience or would like to help with fundraising efforts. For more information about Save a Pet, visit: www.saveapetny.org.


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The Community Chest Awards $161,500 to Agencies in Bergen County

Press Release – (Englewood, New Jersey; August 25, 2017) — The Community Chest, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization serving eastern Bergen County, awarded $161,500 in annual grants to 23 agencies and The Harriet Tanner Impact Grant. The philanthropic organization allocated $200,000 for grant awards during 2017-2018.

Founded in 1933, The Community Chest supports local nonprofit organizations serving people in need. This year’s grant recipients provide services to meet peoples’ needs of all ages in these categories: children (34%), aging/seniors (18%), women (14%), health (13%), mental health (12%), hunger (6%), and volunteers (4%).

Recipients

The 2017-2018 grant recipients are: ArtWorks-The Naomi Cohain Foundation, Bergen Family Center, Bergen Performing Arts Center, Bergen Volunteer Center, Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative, Calvary Cares Community Development Corporation, Center for Food Action, The Center for Hope and Safety, Dr. John Grieco Scholarship Fund, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, Flat Rock Brook Nature Association, Friends of John T. Wright Arena, JCC Thurnauer School of Music, Office of Concern Food Pantry, Planned Parenthood of Central & Greater North Jersey, Southeast Senior Center for Independent Living, St. Paul’s Afterschool Choir Program, Tenafly Nature Center, Vantage Health System, West Side Infant and Teen Parent Program, Women’s Rights Information Center, YWCA of Bergen County, and Visiting Homemaker Bergen County.

Harriet Tanner Impact Grant

The Harriet Tanner Impact Grant was awarded earlier for 2016-2017 to the Office of Concern Food Pantry in Englewood. The funds completed an ambitious project to build an extension between the agency’s office and its warehouse. The extension provides additional space and greater efficiency for the pantry’s mission to provide food the needy.

Throughout the year, other awards are provided to support programs helping people in need during the holiday season and to meet requests for small projects. During this fiscal year, The Chest awarded $5,000 in annual holiday grants. These awards will be made again in the fall of 2017. Grant awards, totaling $8,500, for special requests to support small projects continue to be made.

With a mission to strengthen the community through partnership, leadership and philanthropy, The Community Chest awarded the grants to local nonprofits through a competitive process managed by the organization’s Allocations Committee and approved by the Board of Managers. During the year, funds were raised through an annual campaign, events and activities to address pressing issues in the area.

Requests Exceed Funds Available

The Chest’s grant awards service approximately 50,000 people annually. “The Community Chest works to lead initiatives and support nonprofits strengthening our communities and assisting people in need in eastern Bergen County. The needs persist and are evident from the increase in total requests and applicants for annual grants, $306,133, received from 26 agencies. Our goal is to fulfill, as much as possible, an agency’s request. With the requests for support outpacing the amount raised, we want to meet these needs with the community’s continued generosity,” said Dr. Shelly Wimpfheimer, Executive Director.

For further information about The Chest or to make a contribution, visit www.communitychestofenglewood.org or contact (201) 568-7474. Stay updated about the organization’s activities on Facebook and Twitter.

About The Community Chest

For over 80 years, The Community Chest, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, has supported local not-for-profit agencies. The Chest leads initiatives and supports nonprofits that make our communities stronger and benefit people in need in eastern Bergen County. Each year, The Chest raises funds and allocates them to agencies demonstrating the capacity to provide services to local citizens. The organization also provides coordinating and planning services in its communities, serving as a bridge between agencies and organizations and investing in the stability and quality of the service network.


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Happening Now: GiGi’s Playhouse Free Purposeful Programs Go Mobile Debut and Program Pilot for Central Illinois Families Launches Today

Press Release – Hoffman Estates, IL, August 26, 2017 – Today, for the first time ever, GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Centers will debut an innovative “pop up” Playhouse and mobile program pilot to families and communities in less densely populated areas. In doing so, more individuals with Down syndrome and their families can access free, purposeful programs outside of a brick & mortar Playhouse. The pop-up playhouse and mobile program pilot was made possible by the incredibly generous funding from the 2017 Northwestern University Dance Marathon project; investing more than $254,000 to support program innovation and expansion.

Thanks to another very generous donation by the Down Syndrome Advocacy Group of Central Illinois (DSAG), GiGi’s Playhouse is hosting a kick-off event for its pop-up Playhouse and mobile programming pilot TODAY: Saturday August 26th 2017 at the Annual Lincoln Balloon Festival in Lincoln, IL from 1-4PM. Expecting roughly 30,000 attendees, this event attracts participants from Peoria, Bloomington, Decatur, Springfield, Champaign, and more. A Chamber of Commerce reception will be hosted on Friday evening. Governor Bruce Rauner, Senator Bill Brady, Congressman Darin LaHood, and State Representative Tim Butler have all responded and expect to be in attendance.

Live event updates can be followed today on GiGi’s Playhouse National Facebook Page. Founder and CEO Nancy Gianni will be available for interviews about mobile programming beginning Monday August 28th. To schedule an interview please contact Marketing and Communications Director Marc Portugal via phone at 312.371.2660 or via email at mportugal@gigisplayhouse.org.

GiGi’s Playhouse Founder and “Chief Belief Officer” Nancy Gianni, and her daughter GiGi, spoke to reception attendees on Friday night and help “start” the festival by initiating the Balloon Glow. From Nancy: “For years, it has been a dream of ours to launch mobile programming in communities for families who do not have access to a Playhouse and our free, purposeful programs. Some communities have nothing at all for their children due to budgetary limitations, or simply because the Down syndrome community is not valued. All individuals with Down syndrome have a voice. They all deserve acceptance, dignity and purpose. They all deserve to be successful in school and at work. We could not be more honored to debut our mobile program launch in the same state that the first Playhouse opened and we can’t wait to stand with thousands of families in Lincoln and throughout the country as one voice for global acceptance.”

The objective of these events is to introduce families, educators, government leaders, service providers, the media and community members to the concept of GiGi’s Playhouse and how it will engage with this community going forward. Today, GiGi’s Playhouse staff and volunteers will lead portions of various Playhouse programs including LMNOP, Playhouse Pals, Teen Tastics, and others. Thereafter, the local community will provide ongoing monthly programming throughout the community through a “pop-up” Playhouse, serving individuals with Down syndrome of all ages and their families. Running a successful pop-up Playhouse and mobile programming require the time and dedication of many people including family members, friends, therapists, teachers and community members. GiGi’s Playhouse is actively seeking volunteers to help provide one-on-one tutoring, lead and support programs, and several other jobs.

For more information about GiGi’s Playhouse mobile programming in Lincoln, IL: visit www.gigisplayhouse.org/lincoln.


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Turner Impact Capital Launches Healthcare Investment Initiative Focused on Improving Access to High-Quality Care in Underserved Communities

The Turner Healthcare Facilities Fund is initially positioned to invest up to $100 million in community-serving healthcare facilities, beginning with a patient-centered senior care center in St. Petersburg, Florida

Press Release – August 23, 2017 – LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Turner Impact Capital, one of the nation’s largest social impact investment firms, has launched a new investment initiative to address the large and growing need for community-serving healthcare facilities that can improve access to quality care, reduce costs and ultimately improve health outcomes for residents of low- and moderate-income urban communities throughout the U.S.

The Turner Healthcare Facilities Fund will invest in and develop high-quality medical facilities for proven healthcare providers in communities with underserved patient populations. Initially, the fund is positioned to invest up to $100 million in facilities focused on primary care, transitional care, ambulatory care and other specialties, while generating market-rate financial returns for investors.

The fund’s first investments will be in facilities developed for Dedicated Senior Medical Centers, a family-owned primary and specialty care practice operated by ChenMed, an innovative Florida-based physician practice that brings concierge-style medicine and improved health outcomes to low- and moderate-income seniors. The first Turner-funded center, opening this month, is an adaptive re-use of a 13,000-square-foot former retail space in St. Petersburg, FL. Additional sites financed and developed by the fund are slated to open next year in the Tampa/St. Petersburg metropolitan area, and elsewhere in Florida.

The Turner fund is driven by a number of long-term trends in the U.S. healthcare industry, including the ongoing transition from a fee-for-service payment model – focused on treating illness – to a value-based payment model focused on keeping patients healthy. Preventative care lowers costs and increases demand for community-based facilities, such as primary care clinics and ambulatory surgery centers.

Another of the fund’s key drivers is the rapid aging of the nation’s population. The U.S. population over 65 years old will increase by 70 percent by 2030, from approximately 40 million to nearly 73 million. This cohort is more likely to have one or more chronic medical conditions and proximate preventative care facilities are critical to the effective management of these conditions.

“The United States spends more than any other nation on healthcare, yet we rank in the bottom 25 percent of developed nations in key outcomes such as life expectancy and infant mortality,” said Bobby Turner, CEO of Turner Impact Capital. “We can do better. The Turner Healthcare Facilities Fund is a sustainable and scalable solution to ensure that communities in need can access top-quality healthcare more conveniently and affordably.”

Harnessing the Turner team’s extensive real estate experience, the fund will deliver resources and expertise to providers like ChenMed, who have proven track records of financial and clinical success. By enhancing the quality and convenience of care, the facilities that Turner develops will reduce the troubling disparities in health outcomes based on the income, ethnicity and geography of patients.

“Low-income individuals and people of color often lack access to care, receive poorer quality care, and experience worse health outcomes than the general population,” said Dan Millman, Principal and Chief Operating Officer for Turner Impact Capital. “By developing top-quality healthcare facilities directly where they are needed, we can have a measurable impact in reducing these disparities and improving health and patient satisfaction in a meaningful way. This is exactly the approach ChenMed is taking.”

ChenMed’s unique approach consistently provides affordable care and a superior experience for patients. ChenMed primary care physicians focus on prevention, early interventions, patient behavior modification, and practical solutions. ChenMed physicians earn trust by being highly accessible and accountable to the seniors they serve. In addition to encouraging patient walk-in appointments when needed, ChenMed makes it easy for patients to see specialist doctors; fill prescriptions on-site; get timely labs and imaging on-site; and access courtesy transportation.

“ChenMed is excited to work with Turner Impact Capital to develop more of our convenient, patient-centered medical centers for seniors across the U.S.,” said Christopher Chen, M.D., ChenMed Chief Executive Officer. “Turner Impact Capital is a natural partner for us. We are both mission-driven organizations committed to improving access to high-quality healthcare where it’s needed most.”

Dr. Chen added that the strategic partnership with Turner offers a unique opportunity to change the dynamics of U.S. healthcare. “While the industry focuses investment on serving higher-income patients with expensive tertiary care, there is a real need to help at-risk seniors in neighborhoods across America. As an industry leader in value-based care, we salute Turner Impact Capital for helping us transform healthcare for the neediest populations.”

Dedicated to generating “profits with a purpose,” Turner Impact Capital is an acknowledged leader and innovator in the growing field of social impact investing – an investment approach that takes into account two goals: generating positive, risk-adjusted financial returns and creating purposeful, measurable, and positive social and environmental impact through those investments. Founded in 2014, the firm is on course to surpass $2.5 billion in investment potential to address a multitude of challenges facing urban neighborhoods while delivering superior risk-adjusted returns for its investors.

In addition to healthcare, Turner Impact Capital is focused on two complementary investment strategies to help address some of the country’s most pervasive social issues through real estate infrastructure-related solutions. The firm’s targeted education strategy – the Turner-Agassi Charter School Facilities Fund, a partnership with tennis legend Andre Agassi – seeks to meet the growing demand for quality charter school facilities, improving the educational achievement and life outcomes for underserved students. The firm’s housing strategy – the Turner Multifamily Impact Fund – is dedicated to preserving housing affordability for working individuals and families by acquiring, preserving and enriching workforce housing communities in urban areas. Basketball star Chris Paul and actress Eva Longoria both serve as investors and ambassadors for the housing fund.

About Turner Impact Capital

Turner Impact Capital is an investment management firm based in Los Angeles focused on creating sustainable solutions for many of today’s societal problems by developing and investing in community-enriching infrastructure in densely-populated, underserved communities. The firm seeks to generate superior risk-adjusted financial returns by investing in markets with large existing supply/demand mismatches of relevant community infrastructure (i.e. workforce housing, public schools and community-serving healthcare facilities) and a lack of institutional capital. The firm seeks “profits with a purpose,” recognizing the interdependence between the two and the central role that improving property and the lives of people can play in achieving superior risk-adjusted returns. The Turner Impact Capital leadership team has over 100 years of relevant experience in facilitating more than $6 billion of socially impactful and environmentally responsible real estate investments over the past two decades.

Turner Impact Capital seeks profits with a purpose. Learn more at: www.turnerimpact.com or @turnerimpact on Twitter.

About ChenMed

For seniors most in need of care, high-quality health care is too often beyond reach. ChenMed was founded to bring concierge-style medicine – and better health outcomes – to the neediest populations. ChenMed serves seniors with low-to-moderate incomes, most managing multiple chronic conditions, in 10 U.S. markets in six states. ChenMed’s goal is to improve health outcomes and create value for patients, physicians, and the health care system. To do that, ChenMed relies on innovative technology and a talented and resourceful team of providers. Founded by Dr. James Chen, a Taiwanese immigrant and cancer survivor, the company provides unrivaled care to seniors – particularly those enrolled in a broad range of Medicare Advantage plans in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Kentucky, and Virginia.

Dedicated Senior Medical Center patients enjoy industry-leading access to their physicians, and more personalized medical care. The popular Florida-based medical practice with two centers in Lakeland, and one in East Tampa, effectively provides concierge-type medical care with primary care physicians being supported in center by cardiologists, podiatrists, and other specialist doctors. Dedicated is seeing patients at its new Clearwater and St. Petersburg locations beginning in August 2017.


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On-Campus Organizations Encourage Millennial-Minded Philanthropy

A survey of college clubs shaping our future

Press Release – August 24, 2017: Charity Navigator recently surveyed highly rated (3- and 4-star) organizations with large campus followings across the United States. Through this survey, we sought to understand when students choose to engage with charities and which organizations. These ten organizations included Amnesty International USA, Young Life, Southern Poverty Law Center, Habitat for Humanity International, Best Buddies, UNICEF USA, National Alliance on Mental Illness, American Red Cross, Junior Achievement USA, and American Association of University Women. All ten organizations are among Charity Navigator’s most highly rated nonprofits in America.

According to a study done by Gallup with 30,000 colleges graduates, twenty percent of all students were extremely active in extracurricular activities and organizations prior to employment.

Campus Chapters Support National Priorities

For Students

In case you’ve missed it, campus club chapters are great places to meet people with shared interests, make professional connections, and build your resume with real-world skills. We surveyed these ten great organizations with well-established and well-earned reputations, and there are many more highly-rated groups with campus chapters to fit your interests. If it’s your first year at college, you’ll be able to sign up for many of the incredible clubs that your school offers. Often, your school will hold an event where you can meet all of the leaders of these clubs and learn more about the activities you can participate in. Check with your student center to see which organizations operate chapters on your campus. Remember to research them on Charity Navigator to ensure they are a high-performing organization who is known to use donor time and money well.

For Parents

Even though most parents aren’t going through college with their kids, rest assured that there is definite value in understanding the leveraging point that a college club becomes for your kid! There are great opportunities for your student to supplement their academic education with practical skills, network connections, and post-graduate opportunities — most kids have started building their LinkedIn connections the first week of school. They’ll be sure to have 500+ by the end of their first year!

Well-established organizations help to keep students engaged and safe — outside of juggling the numerous academic requirements that four years of college poses, students can find a place to belong. It can be a great conversation-starter for your Thanksgiving table when your kid returns home!

Over 100 Years of Student Participation on Campus

For Grandparents

It’s likely that you have favorite organizations that you have been generously supporting for decades. The students in your family may be struggling with student debt and the other expenses that accompany college, but you can still share your love for your favorite organizations by inspiring young adults to get involved with the campus chapters of highly rated organizations you love. Dozens of leading charities have chapters that engage students to support their work. Encourage your grandkids to get involved, they’ll thank you for it and will likely do the same for their grandkids.

For Employers

According to Fortune, 92% of hiring managers see volunteer activities as building leadership skills and 85% of hiring managers said that skills-based activities made candidates better at communicating. A Gallup poll found that students are eighty percent more likely to be engaged in employment if they were extremely active in extracurricular activities or organizations. Keep an eye on the campus groups to which your candidates belong and the impact they had on those charities.


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On Diversity: Building a 60% Female Tech Company

By Victor Cho, CEO of Evite

Diversity through three revolutions

I have worked in technology since I was a young teen, tinkering on a Commodore 64 in the wee hours of the night to my mother’s chagrin. Since then I have seen the tech market accelerate through three reinvention phases: the PC, the Internet, and mobile computing. Over those three decades and three revolutions I have witnessed first-hand the internal dynamics of a wide range of companies, from start-up to massive international scale, and from turn-around to hyper growth — and I can state unequivocally that teams and environments that embrace diversity thrive over those that do not.

So much has been written on the power of diversity in the workforce that I won’t recap it here. Multiple studies have clearly demonstrated that more diverse teams can make better decisions, out-perform less diverse teams, create higher employee engagement, and more. Instead I’d like to shine a light on how we have actually achieved outlier diversity here at Evite.

Our outlier diversity numbers

We are all too aware of the diversity gaps that, to varying degrees, face our respective companies in tech. Here at Evite our quest to achieve a more diverse and balanced company is a never-ending one. I am incredibly proud of our progress here over the last three years. To pick out gender balance as one example, females now make up: 60% of our total employees, 63% of our managers, 57% of Directors and above, and 40% of our technology and product employees. We have built a truly balanced tribe that has bucked the overall market trend and puts us well beyond the top 10% of diverse companies as reported by Diversity, Inc.

Tribe Evite in our new downtown LA offices, February 2017

Things we definitely don’t do

So how have we achieved this healthy mix? Before I describe how we did it, I want to be sure I clarify up front three things we absolutely don’t do.

We don’t set a specific quota for the diversity mix for any team or the company overall.

Once we have an interview pool in place, we do not take diversity into account when making an actual offer or when deciding on the best candidate within that pool. That process is gender, race, and belief agnostic.

We do not factor diversity into account when making any promotion or performance decisions. That process is also gender, race, and belief agnostic.

Three unexpected drivers of gender diversity

So how do we achieve our outlier numbers then? You might be surprised at the levers that actually drive change.

#1: We have an explicit process or language for capturing divergent thinking

Having a diverse employee base becomes truly powerful when you have processes to actually extract and leverage divergent thinking . It’s easy to make a blanket top-down statement that diversity matters, but it’s another to ensure your actual business and decision-making processes accommodate diverse backgrounds and thinking.

At Evite we use a simple yet powerful decision-making framework for ensuring we get the best, most diverse thinking from across the company and at all levels. I call it TIDE but internally we refer to it as “Divergence.” It boils down to a simple set of decision-making steps.

The TIDE framework for Divergence. Please see www.victorcho.info for full details and many other leadership frameworks.

The process is very simple:

Step 1: Define a very clear Target outcome that you are trying to achieve, and quantify what success looks like and under what timeframe.

Step 2: Bring a broad group of people together to Ideate not on the solution but all the possible solutions to the problem (hence the “Divergence”).

Step 3: Narrow down your choices and Decide on the best option.

Step 4: Execute the hell out of it.

When you combine a divergent process for problem solving with a diverse employee base you will be blown away by the creative ideas that stem from alternative opinions, experiences, and world views. More importantly, your entire organization will feel the pressure to add diversity to its ranks to make this engine run even stronger.

#2: We hire and promote based on a wide range of skills — not all technical

Most companies place overweight emphasis on technical skills when hiring and promoting for technical roles. Employees are generally hired based upon on their mastery of the skills needed to do their job with the assumption that those skills predict performance and impact.

A strong technical foundation matters, of course — but if skills are the primary dimension on which you are hiring and promoting individuals, you will ultimately mirror the broader market in terms of racial and gender distributions. Why is that? It’s a simple artifact of inputs and averages.

Because we have imbalances in the majority of our “skill building” feeder systems (the gender imbalance coming out of the higher educational institutions that feed the tech industry, for instance) our overall company distributions will, over time, gravitate to those feeder distributions. To use a simple metaphor: if you keep pouring twenty degree water into your bathtub (if degrees represented the percent of women graduating out of STEM areas, for example) you can’t lament that your tub doesn’t get to fifty degrees. When talent feeder systems are out of balance it is nearly impossible to bring your company into balance unless you expand the criteria by which you hire and promote.

Evite uses a much broader model for hiring and promotion — one in which an individual’s ability to elevate the broader team to a higher level of performance weighs as heavily as his or her own individual skills. We call this attribute “Energy Accretive” to the team (special thanks to Paul English, the Kayak founder and fellow Intuit alumni, for inspiring me with this concept over a decade ago).

Below is a snapshot of our talent development framework. As you can see, the “functional” skills are just a fraction of the equation, even for highly technical roles (for us, all of your specific technical skills would fall under just one subcategory of Content).

How we assess and reward talent. Please see www.victorcho.info for more.

And how does a talent framework help with diversity?

It’s simple. By expanding the criteria and dimensions that define performance you can cast a much wider talent acquisition — one whose edges reach beyond the overall market distributions and constraints. For us, the pool of qualified talent for us is much larger than for a company that only considers raw technology skills. Put another way: we will naturally hire a more diverse group of employees (in terms of race, gender, and beliefs) because our decision criteria are more diverse.

#3: Diversity is an ongoing and open discussion topic

For some reason, many companies and cultures shy away from having open conversations about diversity or their lack thereof.

Perhaps they feel that open discussions shine an uncomfortable spotlight on their imbalances. Or perhaps they are trying to avoid the perception that they are treating a minority group with unfair preference. Unfortunately for them, a conceptual desire for diversity without the organizational courage to have hard conversations leads to slow or no progress. Action germinates and ultimately springs from conversation.

At Evite we are incredibly comfortable having seemingly uncomfortable conversations like the below.

The “You’re skewed” conversation: We will explicitly ask managers about the diversity skews in their team and how they are modifying their hiring process to ensure their interview pools are more balanced.
The “Here’s where we are” conversation: We openly share our diversity metrics within the company for all to see. Nothing motivates action like public visibility.

The “Do you know a really good <insert gender> <insert role>” conversation: If you have imbalance in a team there is no reason to hide that you are actively trying to correct that imbalance, both internally and externally.

Ultimately, we bring in a broad pool of talent (using the expanded framework for hiring described above) and hire the most qualified candidate. But having the conversation ensures we tip the interview pools in the right vs. the wrong direction.

In summary

Diversity in tech matters and it’s clearly achievable — but it requires companies to think beyond quotas and top-down mandates. Sustainable diversity can only come from a culture that amplifies, rewards, and openly discusses diversity at every level of the company.

Source: https://medium.com/@victor.d.cho/on-diversity-building-a-60-female-tech-company-f4db7e8a017e


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