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Monthly Archives: December 2017

FPWA Responds to Passage of Federal Tax Overhaul

Press Release – As a nonprofit umbrella of nearly 170 human services providers in New York City, we are deeply concerned about the disproportionate and adverse impact the tax legislation passed by Congress today will have on the New York City and State budgets, as well as charitable donations, upon which our members and the communities they serve rely on for critical programs and services.

The legislation is a broken promises bill that puts corporate shareholders over working families. It provides enormous and permanent tax cuts for profitable corporations and is riddled with additional loopholes for the President himself, authors of the tax bill, and Wall Street’s wealthiest, all of which are paid for by raising taxes on many low- and middle-income families and taking health coverage away from 450,000 New York City residents.

Unfortunately, this is only step one of a two-step attack: the plan will increase national deficits by at least $1.5 trillion, which, following the New Year, will be used to justify deep budget cuts to health care, housing, and critical supports for low- and middle-income families already struggling to afford their basic needs.

We at FPWA applaud the New York Congressional delegation’s largely bipartisan rejection of the plan, and we now call on those same representatives to reject proposals to pay for these tax cuts that will further hurt everyday Americans.

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Black Rifle Coffee Co Canada Launches Holiday Gifts Supporting Veterans

Press Release – If you’re looking for holiday gifts with a purpose that support veterans and first responders, Black Rifle Coffee Company Canada (BRCC Canada) has created two custom coffee brands for their charities. The company recently launched as the first global partner for veteran-owned Black Rifle Coffee Company in Salt Lake City, Utah, and supports veterans and the community. To give back, BRCC Canada contributes a portion of all profits to Little Warriors and Operation Warriors Heart Foundation, along with creating coffee blends in their name.

Edmonton Entrepreneur and BRCC Canada Founder Darren Weeks is a business owner, investor and philanthropist, who met the BRCC Salt Lake City team at Warriors Heart (first private residential treatment center in the US for warriors only – military, veterans and first responders) near San Antonio, Texas.

Weeks is proud of his grandfathers, who served in World War II and the Korean War. Reflecting on their service, he shared, “I will always be grateful for those who have served and sacrificed. My grandfathers were proud veterans, and I will stop and remember them today.”

When Weeks joined forces with Black Rifle Coffee Company in the US (started by Former Special Forces Evan Hafer) to distribute this new lifestyle brand for our protectors, BRCC Canada adopted these two charities:

  1. Little Warriors – BRCC Canada is honoured to contribute to Little Warriors, which is a national, charitable organization based in Canada committed to the awareness, prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse. Little Warriors has a “Be Brave Ranch” with a 1-year program for children that has reduced their PTSD by up to 47% afterwards. BRCC Canada VP Richie Pon explained their why, “We at Black Rifle Coffee Company Canada believe in the mission of Little Warriors and how much good they can do to help and prevent child sexual abuse. If we can help prevent the abuse of just one child, it is a win.”
  2. Operation Warriors Heart Foundation – BRCC Canada is also proud to support Operation Warriors Heart Foundation, which supplements insurance costs for military, veterans and first responders dealing with chemical dependencies, PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), mild TBI and other reoccurring issues. Warriors Heart’s peer-to-peer healing program is the first private residential treatment center solely dedicated to healing warriors. It’s located on a 543-acre ranch in Bandera, Texas (outside San Antonio), and BRCC Canada Founder Darren Weeks is on their Honorary Board Of Advisors.

So when you think about unique gifts that are also doing good, consider purchasing these custom coffee blends:

  • Little Warriors Blend – Little Warriors Blend is the first custom premium-roast Canadian coffee blend by Black Rifle Coffee Company Canada. BRCC Canada gave away 300 pounds of this custom coffee blend at launch, and now you can order Ground (12 oz.) or Whole Bean (12 oz.), and/or join the Coffee Club for monthly home deliveries of this edgy, lifestyle alternative to hipster coffee.
  • Warriors Heart Blend – By purchasing Warriors Heart Blend, you become be an active participant in the mission of Operations Warriors Heart Foundation. The Foundation’s charter is to take care of those that take care of us. From 9/11 to a 911 call, our Military and First Responders have taken care of our nation and communities in our hours of greatest need. And now, we all have the opportunity to take care of our protectors by purchasing this custom coffee blend.

You can also donate directly to these charities anytime and/or by ordering BRCC Canada coffee blends online as an individual order or as a “Coffee Club” Member for a monthly subscription. The shipping is free, and it’s all for a good cause.

To support the community, BRCC Canada is also currently hiring Canadian veterans and Customer Service Representatives, along with shipping products locally from Alberta, Canada.

And while you enjoy the holidays with family and friends in the comfort of your home, don’t forget the soldiers who are away from their loved ones. BRCC Canada has continued to send coffee to Canadian troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, along giving coffee to the Edmonton Police, Firefighters and Alberta RCMP detachments. BRCC Canada would be honoured to have you be part of their support team and overall Black Rifle Coffee Company mission to hire 10,000 veterans worldwide.

Link to Custom Coffee Blends on BRCC Canada Website

Link to Little Warriors

Link to Operations Warriors Heart Foundation

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Texas A&M Bush School Launches New Center For Nonprofits And Philanthropy

By Texas A&M University Bush School of Government and Public Service

Press Release – COLLEGE STATION, Dec. 18, 2017 — The Bush School of Government and Public Service officially launched the Center for Nonprofits and Philanthropy, which has been approved by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.

The Center will engage faculty and students from across campus to support learning, inform policy, guide sector leaders and build the capacity of nonprofits, while strengthening the reputation of the university and the school.

William A. Brown, professor and director of the Nonprofit Management Program at the Bush School, said research conducted at the Center will expand the Bush School’s role in supporting the nonprofit and philanthropic sector in Texas and beyond.

“We anticipate enhanced learning opportunities for students and enriched engagement with the community,” Brown said.

The Center’s research will focus on a variety of topics related to the scope, structure and management of nonprofit and philanthropic organizations in Texas. Goals include creating a web portal that will make data and research easily accessible to both the academic and the nonprofit and philanthropic communities, and publishing research in academic journals on governance, strategic management, grant making and philanthropy.

The Center also plans to partner with university programs and community entities to develop program initiatives, offer learning opportunities for underserved professionals in Texas through workshops, and develop training materials for nonprofit leaders both domestically and internationally. Bush School students will have opportunities to contribute to the research agenda as well as engage with partners on a range of nonprofit issues.

Learn more on the Center for Nonprofits and Philanthropy website.

This story is posted on Texas A&M.

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Virginia Tech receives $15.2M gift to construct Student-Athlete Performance Center

Press Release – December 18, 2017 — Virginia Tech has received its largest-ever gift to athletics and the single-largest outright gift ever given to the university.

University President Tim Sands announced on Dec. 18 a $15.2 million donation to the university to help create a state-of-the-art Student Athlete Performance Center on Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg campus.

The gift will benefit student-athletes in all 22 intercollegiate sports. It was made by an alumni couple who are Virginia natives.

This visionary and transformational gift will create a new Student-Athlete Performance Center that will include significant expansion and innovative renovation, encompassing the entire fourth floor of the Jamerson Athletic Center.

“This is a significant step forward that will help Virginia Tech meet the competitive challenge of athletics by developing the resources we need to support the remarkable talent and leadership in our athletic department,” Sands said.

“This generous gift will greatly enhance the recruiting and experience of our student athletes. We deeply appreciate these two alumni friends and their expression of confidence in the University and our athletic program under Whit Babcock,” Sands said. “It is this kind of Hokie spirit that brings Justin Fuente and Buzz Williams, as well as other talented head coaches and student-athletes to Virginia Tech. This is an extraordinary moment in time to move forward and whether it’s a noteworthy gift, joining the Hokie Club’s Drive for 25, or making an annual contribution, everyone’s participation will make a difference. There is great strength in numbers and we hope all Hokies will answer the call to support Virginia Tech.”

The gift will allow work to begin on what is estimated to be a $16.5 million project. New construction and renovation on the 17,000-square-foot center is anticipated to start in 2018, pending formal approval by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

Virginia Tech President Tim Sands (left) and Athletics Director Whit Babcock speak during the announcement of the gift and new center.

“We are so very thankful for this transformational gift,” Director of Athletics Whit Babcock said. “We will absolutely be excellent stewards of this generosity. These alumni certainly embody the spirit of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) that we hold so near and dear to our hearts at Virginia Tech. They share a deep affinity for this place and our students, including our 579 student-athletes. We’re extremely grateful for their continued support of Tech, and especially this generous contribution that will benefit each and every one of our 22 sports for years to come.”

Babcock indicated that conceptual plans for the new project have moved to the formal design process with further renderings to be released. When completed, the center will feature panoramic views of Lane Stadium and a balcony overlooking the practice field. The fourth floor of Jamerson will more than double from its current 6,000-square-foot footprint to 17,000 square feet. Space for dining, nutrition, donor hospitality, recruiting areas and a seamless connection to the Cassell Coliseum concourse will be part of the new addition.

“These upgrades will enable us to utilize this space 300 times a year rather than 50,” Babcock said. “It makes a huge statement to our commitment and vision to be the preeminent program in the ACC.”

The gift also sets aside a maintenance fund to keep the new space up-to-date and visually appealing for years to come.

This announcement comes at the end of an extraordinary calendar year of giving to Virginia Tech. In April, Sands announced that more than $25 million had been raised toward the Intelligent Infrastructure and Construction Complex, a key project in one of the university’s Destination Areas of strategic focus. That month also saw the Hokie Club announce it had passed $30 million in total giving for the first time. In August, the university announced that it had raised a record $162.28 million in new gifts and commitments during the 2017 fiscal year. Later that month, 137 new students arrived on campus as the first beneficiaries of a Beyond Boundaries Scholars program fueled by nearly four dozen donors. In September, Virginia Tech announced its largest ever scholarship gift, $15 million from the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation.

“Record-setting giving doesn’t happen unless people are inspired by the direction that’s being set by university leaders,” said Charlie Phlegar, the university’s vice president for advancement. “The extraordinary generosity we’ve seen this year shows just how excited our alumni and friends are by the impact that Tim Sands and Whit Babcock are making on Virginia Tech.”

“Every day I’m reminded that Virginia Tech is truly a special place,” Tech football coach Justin Fuente commented. “I don’t have the words to express the heartfelt gratitude that I have for these incredibly thoughtful benefactors. I’m beyond excited about how all our sports and our student-athletes will benefit from the Student-Athlete Performance Center.

“Yes, this will make a tangible impact on recruiting the best and brightest talent to Virginia Tech,” Fuente continued. “Yes, the enhancement of our sports nutrition program will help all our sports at Tech. But most importantly, this gift exemplifies the true spirit of Virginia Tech. We have a couple who not only want the Hokies to compete at the highest level sooner than later, but we also have a shining example that will hopefully move others to make an impact on the lives of Hokies for years to come.”

“Our role as coaches is to make a difference in the lives of our student-athletes,” men’s basketball coach Buzz Williams added. “The couple who made this donation may not have the title of ‘coaches,’ but their incredibly generous gift will make an extraordinary impact on countless student-athletes in all of our sports. I can’t thank the donors enough for their commitment to the well-being of our young men and women who represent Virginia Tech. Their belief and commitment to giving back to Virginia Tech demonstrates that they want to make a profound impact on our success, our student-athletes’ success. Our entire university is profoundly grateful.”

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Logan Nonfiction Program Receives $70,000 in New Support

Two individual gifts will benefit longform journalists around the world

Press Release – Rensselaerville, N.Y. – The Carey Institute for Global Good announced today that its Logan Nonfiction Program—a unique initiative for nonfiction writers, documentary filmmakers, photojournalists and multimedia reporters—has received support from two individual donors: $25,000 from an anonymous donor and a $45,000 bequest from the Lawrence Grauman, Jr. Trust.

Larry Grauman was the editor of the long-revered Antioch Review in the 1970s and a close follower of public affairs throughout his lifetime. His bequest gift makes a lasting impact by supporting the investigative journalists whose work helps build an informed and engaged democratic citizenry across the world.

The Logan Nonfiction Program relies on both foundation and individual support. Though public grants and private foundations provided the bulk of the program’s financial backing to date, a growing number of individual donations and bequest gifts have helped the program grow.

“These individuals are passionate about our mission and want to support it financially in the most demonstrative way possible,” says Program Director Tom Jennings. “They recognize that they are contributing to independent journalism at its root level, where writers and filmmakers are working hard to change the world with passion, but without a safety net. Individual donors play an integral role in helping us protect journalists, free speech and independent, fact-based journalistic inquiry.”

Since it was founded in 2015, the Logan Nonfiction Program has hosted nearly 100 fellows for periods of up to three months at the Institute’s 100-acre campus in upstate New York. Nineteen writers, photojournalists and documentary filmmakers joined the program last month, forming the fifth class of fellows. They include world-renowned photojournalist Gary Knight, award-winning reporters Catherine Buni and Shane Bauer, as well as 16 other respected journalists reporting from Kenya, Bolivia, Syria, Ukraine, Germany, Liberia and across the United States.

By providing time and space for deep thought and immersive creation, professional development, and a community of peers, the Logan Nonfiction Program helps fellows complete critical pieces of work that contribute to an informed public and robust democracy. The program is committed to supporting influential research and reporting on the most pressing issues of our time.

The Logan Nonfiction Program receives primary funding from the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation and is also supported by the European Journalism Centre. However, gifts from individuals are imperative to the program’s success. While some individuals choose to support the Logan Nonfiction Program with unrestricted funds, opportunities also exist to support projects in specific topic areas, such as health, education, gender issues, environment and climate change, conflict and governance, and social justice. For further information on how you can support the program, please contact Rachael Maddock-Hughes, Director of Strategic Partnerships at

The Logan Nonfiction Program is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2018 class through May 31, 2018. Interested candidates may apply at the Carey Institute website. All questions regarding the application should be directed to

The Carey Institute for Global Good is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2012 by Wm. P. Carey and is dedicated to making the world better by contributing to a strong, educated and just society. Through its programs, the Institute strives to bring together innovative and dynamic people from around the world to seek creative solutions to the most pressing challenges of the day. Learn more at

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Snowball Express Event Supporting Children of Fallen Military Heroes Officially Becomes a Gary Sinise Foundation Program

American Airlines will continue as the program presenting sponsor

Press Release – WOODLAND HILLS, CA – Gary Sinise Foundation is excited to announce Snowball Express is now an official program of their organization. Snowball Express began 12 years ago, in 2006, and is dedicated to serving the children of our fallen heroes and Gold Star families. Gary Sinise has personally supported their efforts for the past 11 years, and since the Foundation’s inception in 2011 it has supported Snowball Express through its Relief & Resiliency Outreach initiative.

“From our first deployments to Afghanistan just after the attacks on 9/11 we have seen thousands of our military service members give their lives defending our country. Heroes all,” said Sinise. “Sadly, there are also many unsung heroes; the families, spouses and children who they leave behind. I believe we can never do enough for these families, but we can always try to do a little more to ensure they know that we will never forget nor take for granted the sacrifices of their fallen heroes. Through the generosity of the American people who support Gary Sinise Foundation and our efforts to honor the needs of our defenders, Snowball Express will now have the opportunity to grow stronger as a program of the Gary Sinise Foundation, continuing to bring hope and new memories to even more children and families throughout the country in the coming years. My thanks go out to all the great Americans who have given of themselves to make Snowball Express what it is today and I look forward to wonderful days ahead for these special children.”

In addition to community driven events that take place throughout the year, the program will continue to host their annual four-day experience where they bring nearly 2,000 Gold Star family members from all around the world. The families participate in fun activities, sporting events, dances, amusement parks, a performance by Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band, as well as exercises for community bonding and emotional healing.

Gary Sinise Foundation’s official airline partner, American Airlines, will continue as the presenting sponsor of Snowball Express, donating a fleet of charter flights to bring the families of the fallen together each year. The annual event would not be possible without American Airline’s generous contribution.

“For 12 years Snowball Express has been a favorite among the American team and I am proud to work with so many generous colleagues, not only those who donate their time to fly and serve the families in the air, but those who spend countless hours coordinating gate-side sendoffs in scores of airports around our system and arranging a first class arrival experience,” said Captain Jim Palmersheim, who leads Military and Veterans Programs at American Airlines, and is a Gary Sinise Foundation board member, and former Snowball Express board member. “Snowball Express is an impressive event that has grown larger and larger each year and it is our deep privilege to continue honoring these Gold Star families by partnering with Gary Sinise as Snowball becomes a program of Gary Sinise Foundation.”

Since 2006, the mission of Snowball Express has been a simple, yet profoundly important one: Providing hope and new happy memories to the children of military fallen heroes who have died while on active duty since 9/11. Nationally, Snowball Express provides comprehensive support programs for Gold Star families that are focused on transition and connections to community resources, healing and wellness, peer engagement, education and personal/professional development programs.

“Snowball Express is proud and excited to become an official program of the Gary Sinise Foundation and to continue our tremendous partnership with American Airlines,” said Francis “Buck” Kern, Executive Director for Snowball Express. “Gary has been an exceptional partner of our programs since we began twelve years ago. His personal support of our programs, his commitment and love for the children and families we serve, and the love and respect that our families have for Gary, make this change a perfect fit. Gary is known for saying “we can always do a little more.” I believe that together, we will do a lot more to serve and support the children and families of America’s fallen military heroes.”

The Gary Sinise Foundation is committed to expanding the program’s outreach while continuing their wonderful traditions, all which directly benefit thousands of families who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Further details and exciting updates will be announced in early 2018.

About the Gary Sinise Foundation:

The Gary Sinise Foundation honors America’s defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need. Through its R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment), specially adapted smart homes are being constructed for severely wounded veterans and first responders nationwide. Each one-of-a-kind home is customized to ease the everyday burdens of a wounded hero, their family, and caregivers. Other programs include Emergency Relief Fund, Invincible Spirit Festivals, Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band, Arts & Entertainment Outreach, Serving Heroes, and First Responders Outreach. Soaring Valor is sending WWII veterans to The National WWII Museum and documenting their first-hand accounts of the war. Its newest program, Snowball Express serves children of our fallen heroes and Gold Star families. For more information, please visit

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Activbody, Inc. Launches Pilot Program To Make Holiday Season Bright For Children At Ronald Mcdonald House New York

Donation of 200 Isometric Data Devices Gives Children with Pediatric Cancer a Fun and Engaging Way to Stay Active

Press Release – New York, NY (Dec. 14, 2017) – Activbody, Inc., maker of the Activ5 Isometric Data device and apps, today announced a donation of 200 Isometric Data devices to the children of the Ronald McDonald House New York. Just in time for the holidays, the donation from Activbody will help bring smiles and joy to the children as Activ5 delivers a fun and entertaining way for them to stay active at any level of mobility. The donation marks the launch of Activbody’s pilot program for children.

The donation will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 7:00 p.m. EST, at the Ronald McDonald House New York located at 405 East 73rd Street on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Activbody CEO, Reuben Katz, Ronald McDonald House New York representatives, as well as the children and their families will be present and available for press interviews and photos.

“We’re extremely passionate about using isometric technology as a positive force while bringing some happiness and joy to these kids,” said Reuben Katz, CEO of Activbody, Inc. “We’re thrilled to work with Ronald McDonald House New York and help spread some holiday cheer, with a fun and engaging way to help keep them active for the children who need it most.”

A first-of-its-kind, Activ5 is a handheld isometrics-based strength training device with a coaching app and games, providing users with a fun and engaging way to exercise, build strength, and prevent muscle atrophy, which can occur in as little as 72 hours. This revolutionary product, which pairs with any smartphone, offers safe, no-impact muscle activation, extensive data measurement capabilities to easily track progress, as well as a growing library of games which children can play standing, seated, and even laying in bed.

About Activbody:

Activbody™ aspires to make the world healthier with fitness and health technologies designed to make exercise convenient for all while monitoring muscle development. Its cornerstone product, Activ5, allows anyone at any fitness level to exercise virtually anywhere through five-minute full body workouts, all while tracking, guiding and even entertaining them. Activ5 is ideal for everyone from working professionals who sit all day, to senior citizens, hospitalized children, or physical therapy patients. Activ5 is the first of its kind to provide isometric workouts and monitor the users progress through its Companion App. For more information, please visit

About Ronald McDonald House New York:

Ronald McDonald House® New York is keeping families close by providing temporary housing for pediatric cancer patients and their families. The House can accommodate 95 families, making it the largest facility of its type in the world, and is filled to capacity almost every night. Its location in Manhattan, in close proximity to major cancer treatment centers, draws children and families from across the country and the world, as well as from the metropolitan New York City area. Since its founding, more than 35,000 families have stayed at the House. The House partners with 16 leading cancer treatment hospitals in the New York City area. For more information, please visit:

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Another Silent Night: United Nations And Refugee Choir Re-Imagine Holiday Carol

Choir of 32 survivors of humanitarian crises sing their stories of hope to drive donations for UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund

Watch the video on Facebook or YouTube

Press Release – This December, 32 young women stood in the heart of New York’s holiday festivities and performed a new take on the holiday classic, “Silent Night.” As people gathered for their performance in front of the Lotte New York Palace Hotel, they realized that the words to the familiar song had been changed with lyrics describing the pain and fear of those trapped in conflict areas around the world, and the hope and relief that can be provided by humanitarian aid.

“This is not your typical Silent Night,” said Nyawal, 23, a South Sudanese refugee who sings in the choir. “This is a version of a holiday carol that tells the story of people like us.”

These women are no strangers to suffering themselves, as each of them is a from a conflict area – ranging from Iraq to Sudan. The words they sang, “Lifting our voices for peace,” work to build awareness of conflict around the world and drive donation to the United Nations’ Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), whose primary focus is to deliver rapid funding to humanitarian crises as they occur, helping food, water and other life-saving aid reach people in situations of conflict or natural disaster.

The performance has been turned into a docu-style video now available on social media, with the goal of raising funds for CERF. Please visit the UN CERF Facebook page or to support this effort.

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Caris Life Sciences Congratulates Caris Foundation International on Nearly $100 Million USAID Health Program in Haiti

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Selects the Caris Foundation to Lead Project for 4.2 Million People in Haiti

Press Release – IRVING, Texas, Dec. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Caris Life Sciences®, a leading innovator in molecular science focused on fulfilling the promise of precision medicine, today congratulated Caris Foundation International™, a subsidiary of Caris Foundation™ which is a non-profit, private foundation founded by the David D. Halbert family, on entering a cooperative agreement with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to bolster health care in Haiti through a $98.5 million investment over the next four years.

Called Project ‘Santé’ (“Health” in Haitian Kreyol), the initiative will be implemented as a consortium with Caris Foundation International as the leader, Catholic Medical Mission Board and the Haitian Health Foundation, with the goal of assisting, strengthening and expanding essential health services that ultimately serve up to 4.2 million Haitian people. The project will expand and support the work of more than 160 hospitals and clinics nationally to provide quality care.

“Our vision has been to find actionable ways to improve human health across all geographies and economic levels, and both the Caris Foundation and Caris Life Sciences aim to accomplish these goals,” said Mr. Halbert, Founder of Caris Foundation and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Caris Life Sciences. “The Caris Foundation’s objective is to help relieve human suffering worldwide. Caris Life Sciences is focused on improving treatment of cancer and other disorders by better understanding the molecular science of each patient’s disease. This grant from USAID will help address a dire medical need and help aid and empower the people of Haiti. I am very proud and honored that the U.S. and Haitian governments have recognized the important work and impact of our Foundation.”

USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

For more information, visit the U.S. Embassy in Haiti website here and Caris Foundation website.

About Caris Foundation™

Caris Foundation™ is a non-profit, private foundation that aids and empowers impoverished people to alleviate as much human suffering as possible. Caris Foundation focuses its efforts to establish a local presence within communities in order to understand the people’s basic needs and implement solutions that are culturally relevant and sustainable. The foundation was founded and is solely funded by the Halbert family. Headquartered in Colleyville, Texas, Caris Foundation provides medical and empowerment services in Haiti, Kenya and other areas across the globe in need of help. Learn more at

About Caris Life Sciences®

Caris Life Sciences® is a leading innovator in molecular science focused on fulfilling the promise of precision medicine through quality and innovation, and the world’s leading immunotherapy diagnostic expert. Caris Molecular Intelligence®, the company’s Comprehensive Genomic Profiling Plus (CGP+) molecular testing service, assesses DNA, RNA and proteins, including microsatellite instability (MSI), total mutational load (TML) and PD-L1, to reveal a molecular blueprint to guide more precise and personalized treatment decisions. The ADAPT Biotargeting System™, the company’s revolutionary and unbiased profiling platform, is currently being utilized for drug target identification, therapeutic discovery and development, fixed tissue-based companion diagnostics, blood-based cancer screening and biomarker identification. Headquartered in Irving, Texas, Caris Life Sciences offers services throughout the U.S., Europe and other international markets. To learn more, please visit

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Cuts to Charitable Tax Deductions Could Dramatically Impact Giving to Area Nonprofits, Says United Way NCA

End of the Year Holidays and Decreased Federal Spending Strains Services for Region’s Most Vulnerable Citizens

Press Release – WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area nonprofit community braces for today’s unveiling of the details on the agreement reached for sweeping changes to our country’s tax code, United Way of the National Capital Area (United Way NCA) warns that any changes to the charitable deductions could have a dramatic impact on the area’s nonprofit community.

According to today’s Washington Post, “The Independent Sector, a consortium of nonprofits groups, now says: ‘Adoption of the House bill will result in only 9 percent of taxpayers choosing to itemize and able to claim the charitable deduction. This shift will result in a $12–$20 billion decline in charitable giving each year.’”

“A rewrite of the tax code that moves our country away from incentivizing charitable giving would have a dramatic impact on our local nonprofit community,” said Rosie Allen-Herring, President and CEO, United Way of the National Capital Area. “Many nonprofit budgets are already severely stressed with demand at an all-time high, a reduction in charitable giving would be catastrophic for the most vulnerable in our community. We are also seeing a significant downturn in revenue for the Combined Federal Campaign that our nonprofit community depends on.”

According to the Urban Institute’s Washington, D.C. Research Initiative and United Way NCA research, here are a few statistics underscoring the challenges in our community this holiday season:

  • The Washington, DC, region is one of the most expensive places in the country to own and rent property. More than 33 percent of households in the DC region pay more than 30 percent of their income on housing;
  • Currently, 18.2 percent of DC residents live in poverty and 13.4 percent of households in DC report low or very low food security.And 30% of our region’s residents classify as “liquid asset poor”;
  • More than 12,000 area residents experience or are at-risk of homelessness.

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