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Monthly Archives: January 2018

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Miracle Flights Closes 2017 with 472 Free Medical Flights Performed in December

Press Release – LAS VEGAS, Jan. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The nation’s leading medical flight charity Miracle Flights today reported 472 free commercial airline flights provided last month to critically ill children and adults in need of specialized medical care far from home. December marks the midpoint of Miracle Flights’ fiscal year, which ends June 2018, and so far, the national nonprofit organization is on pace to surpass last year’s record-setting flight count of 8,226 for fiscal year 2016-17.

Since launching in 1985, Miracle Flights has provided more than 113,000 free flights and flown more than 64 million miles to help patients with rare and life-threatening medical conditions receive valuable second opinions and life-changing treatment from medical specialists out of state. Whether it’s a one-time flight to receive a critical diagnosis—or multiple flights for ongoing care—there is no limit to the number of times Miracle Flights will fly a sick child for free.

“Sometimes just one flight can make a valuable difference. Over the holidays, we reconnected with a little boy named Jackson, whom we flew just once last year to see a specialist at UCLA,” said Miracle Flights CEO Mark E. Brown. “That one flight allowed Jackson to be properly diagnosed with a rare condition called infantile spasms and get started on the right treatment path. One year later, he’s seizure free and thriving.”

However, noted Brown, most families the organization serves do require multiple flights. “The extreme example of that is a family we fly in which both siblings have such a severe food allergy, they need a flight every other week for treatment. The cost of that much air travel would be crushing for anyone, but fortunately Miracle Flights can help fulfill that need time and again.”

Headquartered in Las Vegas, Miracle Flights operates both domestically and internationally, providing flights across the country and around the globe. December flights included passengers from 27 U.S. states as well from Israel, the United Kingdom, Honduras, Brazil and Peru.

About Miracle Flights

Miracle Flights is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides free medical air transportation to children and adults via commercial airlines throughout the United States. With over three decades of service to families in need, Miracle Flights has coordinated more than 113,000 flights and counting. For more information about Miracle Flights, to request flight assistance, or to make a donation, call 800-359-1711 or visit miracleflights.org. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


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IIX Supports India-based ERC Eye Care in Securing US$1 Million Investment

Press Release – SINGAPORE – January 17, 2018 – ERC Eye Care (ERC), an impact enterprise that delivers accessible, affordable and inclusive eye care to low-income persons in Northeast India, has raised a US$1 million pre-Series A round. A consortium of five investors was brought together by Impact Investment Exchange (IIX), led by existing investors Ankur Capital and Ennovent. Amongst the round’s investors was a strategic investment from the North East Development Finance Initiative (NEDFi), a Government of India initiative making its first impact-focused investment. Two international investors from Japan and Europe also participated in the consortium. IIX worked with ERC this year through its award-winning IIX ACTS accelerator program that provided investment-readiness, impact assessment and capital raise services to the company.

ERC has already established two specialist eye care hospitals in Assam, offering glasses for under a dollar and cataract surgeries for under 20 dollars. The funding from this round will support the development of two new hospitals, each supported by mobile vans to reach rural populations for diagnosis. The investment will allow ERC to provide improved healthcare services and impact the lives of over 1.5 million people over the next five years.

“The active engagement of the IIX team throughout the entire year has not only helped us in better impact creation and assessment but also facilitated fine tuning of the business model to make it more investable,” expressed Founder of ERC Eye Care, Dr Parveez Ubed. He added, “The successful closing of this round highlights the potential for companies serving the bottom of the pyramid, even in relatively isolated markets such as the Northeast of India.”

Robert Kraybill, Managing Director of IIX, further explains, “ERC Eye Care is a prime example of how impact enterprises can fill huge market gaps providing significant value to poor clients while simultaneously offering attractive opportunities to investors. IIX is proud to have been able to assemble an international consortium to fund ERC’s expansion. The support of these investors validates ERC’s strong business and impact case.”

Dr. Parveez Ubed will be featured in IIX’s new podcast series with Knowledge@Wharton “From Back Street to Wall Street” in January 2018 where he will share his insights from creating ERC Eye Care and thoughts on how impact investing can help deliver healthcare to the last mile.

About IIX:

Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) is a Singapore-based impact enterprise that builds pathways to connect backstreets of underserved communities to the Wall Streets of the world through impact investing. IIX investment platforms and innovative financial products enable impact enterprises to accelerate their business and scale their positive impact, while pushing the impact investing space from the margins to the mainstream. To date, the work of IIX has spanned 40 countries and continues to expand with the mission of unlocking US$1 billion of impact investment capital, impacting 65 million lives by 2022.


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Rice’s® Honey Joins Forces with PACE to Promote Pollinator Awareness Worldwide

Press Release – Greeley, CO – January, 2018 – Rice’s® Honey, a leading producer of high quality, U.S. only raw & unfiltered honey, announces its exciting new partnership and commitment to PACE, “Pollinator Awareness Through Conservation and Education” – Butterfly Pavilion’s non-profit global initiative to restore habitats, strengthen populations and reintroduce pollinators into native habitats around the world. A portion of proceeds from every bottle sold of Rice’s Honey will be donated to the PACE initiative to promote and protect the prosperity of pollinators worldwide. Rice’s Honey was founded almost 100 years ago, with a mission to produce, package and sell only 100 percent pure, local United States only, raw & unfiltered honey. Nothing is ever added to this natural honey, and all of the nutrients remain in the bottle. Rice’s Honey is straight from the hive to the kitchen, offering high quality, raw & unfiltered honey at affordable prices across grocery Retailer’s nationwide.

Rice’s Honey has a mission to help promote pollination & sustainable bee farms across the country. The Rice’s Honey partnership with PACE, the Butterfly Pavilion’s global initiative to increase awareness of pollinators through public engagement, education and restoration/conservation programs will help inform consumers about the importance of pollination. One of every 3 bites of food eaten worldwide depends on pollinators. Without them, there would be no fruits, nuts, vegetables, oils or most flowers and they contribute more than $24 billion to the United States economy.

Throughout 2018, Rice’s Honey will implement a 360 campaign in cooperation with PACE, that will be featured on all initiatives including new label design, launch of a new website, digital advertising and social media. Award winning advertising agency, Johnson & Sekin, will oversee all aspects of the Rice’s Honey 2018 creative campaign to continue to elevate the health benefits of Rice’s local raw & unfiltered honey while supporting an important cause.

“Since Rice’s Honey was founded in 1924, we have always remained committed to providing natural, delicious U.S. only raw & unfiltered honey, while supporting local beekeepers,” noted Tony Landretti, Chief Executive Officer of Rice’s Honey. “Our local honey products are an artisan blend of honey from various floral sources, that come from regional beekeepers throughout the United States. We pack it in our Greeley, Colorado facility and then deliver to participating grocery stores throughout the United States.” Adds Landretti.

“Rice’s Honey now plans to step up our game by supporting PACE, to help promote the future of pollinators for generations to come” says Cale Nelson, Chief Commercial Officer.

“Here at PACE, we know that safeguarding our pollinators also safeguards humanity and we are grateful and delighted that, with the support of Rice’s Honey, we will be able to extend our message to a larger audience,” noted Russ Pecoraro, Vice President of Marketing for the PACE initiative at the Butterfly Pavilion.

Rice’s Honey works with local beekeepers to provide several local, raw & unfiltered honey varieties throughout various states and regions across the U.S.

For a full list of products, and locations visit: http://riceshoney.com/pages/our-retailers

About Rice’s Honey:

L.R. Rice founded Rice’s Honey, headquartered in Greeley, Colorado, in 1924. The company remains committed to its founder’s mission of becoming a leading producer of authentic, high quality, U.S. only raw & unfiltered honey. Rice’s Honey has generated brand equity through its commitment of producing premium, high quality, raw and unfiltered honey at affordable prices.

About PACE

PACE is Butterfly Pavilion’s global initiative to increase awareness of pollinators and promote habitat and species conservation and restoration. Through a combination of conservation and education programs, PACE works to create a better world for pollinators thus making a better world for all of us. www.butterfly.org


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$2.5 Million Gift from Robert Frederick Smith to the Prostate Cancer Foundation is the Largest Donation Ever Dedicated to Advancing Prostate Cancer Research in African-American Men

Establishes New Precision Oncology Center of Excellence (COE) Serving U.S. Veterans, and Honors the Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy

Press Release – SANTA MONICA, Calif., January 14, 2018 – Helping to advance revolutionary research in prostate cancer, Robert F. Smith, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, has donated $2.5 million to the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) to focus research on African-American men as well as launch The Robert Frederick Smith Center of Precision Oncology Excellence in Chicago, Illinois – to aid veterans in the metropolitan area and beyond – who are battling prostate cancer. The Smith Center will serve as a precision oncology hub in PCF’s preeminent network of centers working to fulfill the ambitious mission of improving the care of U.S. veterans with prostate cancer.

Smith’s gift is the largest donation ever made specifically targeting research and care for African-American men with prostate cancer who, statistically, are 73 percent more likely to develop prostate cancer than any other race or ethnicity.

“I am delighted to support the lifesaving work of accelerating promising medical research to serve our nation’s veterans who urgently need better treatments and cures and access to cutting-edge precision oncology,” said Robert F. Smith. “On the day we remember the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., let us also remember his messages of service and of equality. With these resources, we will do right by those brave veterans who served our country, and we will change the odds for millions of African-American men who should be surviving prostate cancer.”

One in eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. It is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among veterans, accounting for a third of all male cancer cases. African-American men are 2.3 times more likely to die from the disease. To date, little is known about the biological reasons for the alarming disparities.

“We are profoundly grateful to Robert F. Smith for his incredible generosity and his leadership,” said Jonathan W. Simons, MD, PCF’s president and CEO. “The Smith Center of Excellence represents a new model of American philanthropy and will pave the way for groundbreaking discoveries that will have a transformative impact on our research enterprise and its role in improving health equity for veterans and their families. These survival disparities represent a real crisis, and this gift – so timely in the spirit of honoring the legacy of Dr. King – has the power to save lives.

The timing of Mr. Smith’s philanthropy is crucial. For veterans with late-stage disease who are running out of choices, this gift will enable the Prostate Cancer Foundation to accelerate the work of clinical investigators working to solve some of the most lethal forms of prostate cancer while also advancing the quality of healthcare for African-American men.

In 2018, PCF will fund a series of precision medicine teams at leading Veterans Administration medical centers and universities across the country through a call for proposals issued in January. Although all highly innovative research proposals will be considered, priority will be given to higher risk-highest potential of impact to maximize the benefits to veterans, with a focus on African-Americans, in the near term.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) is the world’s leading philanthropic organization funding and accelerating prostate cancer research. Founded in 1993, PCF has raised more than $745 million and provided funding to more than 2,000 research programs at nearly 200 cancer centers and universities. The PCF global research enterprise now extends to 19 countries. PCF advocates for greater awareness of prostate cancer and more efficient investment of governmental research funds for transformational cancer research. Its efforts have helped produce a 20-fold increase in government funding for prostate cancer. For more information, visit www.pcf.org.


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NonprofitCoach™ Announces Recipients of 2018 Global Leaders Fellowship for New and Emerging Nonprofit Executives

Press Release – ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Jan. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/NonprofitCoach TM today announced the ten recipients of the 2018 Global Leaders Fellowship—an exclusive leadership development program for new and emerging nonprofit executives, 25 to 35 years of age, from around the world. Selection criteria for the 2018 inaugural class included nonprofit leadership, age, diversity, participation, merit and financial need.

“I understand that some of the most innovative and scalable social sector work is being done by small nonprofit and nongovernment organizations on the front lines,” says Michelle Lampher, NonprofitCoach TM founder and president. “My hope is that over the course of their careers these young leaders will have many opportunities to pay it forward, influencing hundreds—if not thousands—of other social sector leaders around the world.”

Aya Chebbi (Female, Age 30) of Tunisia is founder and chair of the Afrika Youth Movement, a pan-African, youth-led organization that strives to create a continent that respects the rights of all its citizens and achieves peace, equality and social justice.

Qabale Duba (Female, Age 27) of Kenya is founder and chief executive officer of the Qabale Duba Foundation, an organization that champions the rights of girls and women in rural villages in Kenya by facilitating access to education, health, social services and economic empowerment.

Onyedikachi Ekwerike (Male, Age 27) of Nigeria is founder and chief executive officer of the Postpartum Support Network Africa (PSN Africa), a nonprofit organization which works to raise awareness about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders in Africa.

Andres Escobar (Male, Age 31) of El Salvador is co-founder and chief executive officer of IMPCT International, a social enterprise dedicated to transforming low income and urban slum communities in Latin America, Africa and Asiathrough education.

Gabriela Ivan (Female, Age 30) of Romania helped to found and currently serves as marketing manager for FIRST Tech Challenge Romania which has become an active force in STEM education in Romania.

Freshta Karimi (Female, Age 34) of Afghanistan is founder and director of Da Qanoon Ghushtonky, one of the largest legal aid organizations in Afghanistan, providing legal services to women, children and men in criminal and family cases in 16 provinces.

Gauri Mirashi (Female, Age 28) of India is founding director of the Center for Applied Research and People’s Engagement (CARPE), a non-government think tank which partners with government and industry bodies to provide research-driven solutions to civic and environmental challenges.

Madhawi Ramdin (Female, Age 35) of Suriname is co-founder and managing director of Equal Chances @ Green Development (EC@GD), a non-government organization that partners to conceptualize sustainable development approaches, strengthen communities, and conserve natural resources, culture and heritage.

Nana Tsertsvadze (Female, Age 35) of Georgia is founder and director of Strong Society, a non-government organization which aims to strengthen civil society by engaging rural youth in education, economic development and entrepreneurship, citizenship and democracy initiatives.

Fayyaz Yaseen (Male, Age 32) of Pakistan is founding director of the Pakistan program for Accountability Lab, a U.S.-based nonprofit organization which aims to ensure a world in which people with power are accountable for using resources wisely, making decisions that benefit everyone fairly and ensuring people lead secure lives.

Candidates interested in applying for the 2019 class may visit https://nonprofitcoach.com/global-leaders-fellowship/ to learn more.

NonprofitCoach TM specializes in leadership coaching for nonprofit leaders. It is a division of California-based Better World Strategies LLC, a management consulting firm founded in 2004 to serve the global nonprofit community.


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Thomson Reuters Foundation Adds Citiscope To Expand Coverage Of Urban Development

Press Release – LONDON (Jan. 17, 2018) – The Thomson Reuters Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the world’s biggest news and information provider, today announced the expansion of its property rights coverage with the addition of Citiscope, an online platform created to help cities work better for all people through the power of independent journalism.

Citiscope, previously hosted under its own domain, will become part of PLACE, the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s website dedicated to reportage on land and property rights. PLACE explores the complex social, economic and political effects of inadequate rights to property and other resources which leaves people vulnerable to eviction and locked out of the formal economy, unable to build a better future for themselves or their communities.

“With more than half the world’s population living in urban areas, no coverage of land and property rights would be complete without expert reporting on cities. The addition of Citiscope will allow us to deliver just that,” said Monique Villa, CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “We are very grateful for the support we have received from Omidyar Network, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the Ford Foundation, without which this would not have been possible.”

“My colleagues and I founded Citiscope with a vision — in an increasingly urban age, to inspire journalism focused on the power of cities to innovate, to find ingenious solutions to their challenges, tapping skills from city hall professionals to the business sector to neighborhood leadership,” said Neal Peirce, editor-in-chief of Citiscope. “Becoming part of PLACE presents an exciting opportunity to broaden and deepen the outreach of those vital city experiments across the globe.”

A new Cities section on the website will expand PLACE’s coverage on cities and urban development. All stories will also be published on the Reuters news wires, reaching an estimated one billion people daily.

“We are pleased to support the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s expanding coverage of property rights which are a cornerstone of economic empowerment,” said Peter Rabley, Venture Partner at Omidyar Network.

“The new expanded Cities section on PLACE, powered by the acquisition of Citiscope historical content, stories and talented reporters, will help inform and empower urban dwellers, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and others to create the conditions for safe, secure and affordable living and working environments through better property rights.”

“As a foundation devoted to reducing inequality, we believe that it is essential to have substantive coverage of the complex issues facing cities around the globe, especially the urgent need for families to have decent and affordable homes in stable communities. Deep reporting on both challenges and innovative solutions will help build our understanding of how to achieve more inclusive cities,” said Xavier de Souza Briggs, Vice President of Economic Opportunity and Markets at the Ford Foundation.

This addition builds upon the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s editorial focus on under-reported news, which includes coverage of women’s rights, trafficking and slavery, the human impact of climate change, food security, humanitarian crises, and social enterprise.

An archive of Citiscope stories produced from 2013 to 2017 — features on urban innovations, commentaries from urban experts, explainers on topical issues and coverage of the United Nations Habitat III conference, will continue to be available at citiscope.org.

About the Thomson Reuters Foundation

The Thomson Reuters Foundation acts to promote the highest standards in journalism and spread the practice of legal pro bono worldwide. The organisation runs initiatives that inform, connect and empower people around the world: access to free legal assistance, editorial coverage of the world’s under-reported news, media development and training, and the Trust Conference.


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Founder of Canada Based Fundraising Agency Joins Leadership Team of Fundraising Research Lab, NextAfter

Brady Josephson joins NextAfter as Vice President of Innovation & Optimization.

Press Release – Frisco, TX, January 16, 2017 – NextAfter is pleased to announce its hire of Brady Josephson as the new Vice President of Innovation & Optimization. In this role, Brady will help to advance the firm’s position as a nonprofit industry thought leader through speaking, teaching, blogging, podcasting, and contributing to NextAfter’s growing body of both forensic and applied fundraising research.

Josephson comes to NextAfter from Shift Agency, a strategic communications and fundraising agency in Victoria, B.C. He is also the founder and primary author of the popular re: charity blog, and creator and host of the Good Journey Pod podcast.

“I founded Shift with a mission to help more nonprofits thrive and grow their giving in Canada and the US. Leaving something you started in is always tough,” said Josephson. “But the opportunity at NextAfter to really multiply my influence and impact on the sector and the bigger purpose was an offer I could not refuse.”

Throughout his career, Josephson’s work and insights have been featured on The Chronicle of Philanthropy, NPR, The Huffington Post, and more. He is also an adjunct professor for North Park University’s School of Business and Nonprofit Management, and has been a featured speaker at major nonprofit marketing and fundraising conferences including Social Media for Nonprofits, AFP Congress, and BBCON.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Brady join our leadership team,” says NextAfter Chief Innovation & Optimization Officer, Tim Kachuriak. “If we are going to realize our vision of unleashing the most generous generation in the history of the world, then we need the most talented minds to help us challenge conventional wisdom and push through to new, even greater breakthroughs. Brady will play a major role in that going forward.”

NextAfter combines the perpetual learning of a marketing and fundraising research lab with the practical application of a consultancy. They work alongside nonprofits to develop research as to why their donors give and put those learnings into practice to help them reach more people, acquire more donors, and generate more dollars to fund their world-changing work.

NextAfter has published 954 fundraising experiments spanning a combined sample of more than 115,385,362 donor interactions. Their research library is open-sourced and available for free at www.nextafter.com. You can read Brady’s first two posts on the NextAfter blog: 2 Keys for Nonprofit Innovation and 3 Reasons Why Online Fundraising Optimization is Important.

About NextAfter:

NextAfter is a research lab and consultancy helping nonprofit organizations acquire more emails, donors, and revenue in order to multiply their impact.


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Sales of Lingua Franca’s Bold, Brash “Poverty Is Sexist” Sweaters To Benefit Camfed

Portion of Sweater Sales Will Support Education for Girls in Sub-Saharan Africa

Press Release – San Francisco, CA – January 11, 2018 – Camfed, the Campaign for Female Education, announced today that famed designer Lingua Franca will donate $100 from every “Poverty Is Sexist” sweater sold to Camfed’s programs to educate girls in Africa. The sweater caused a sensation this week when actress Connie Britton wore it on the red carpet at the 2018 Golden Globes® in Los Angeles.

Franca designed the “Poverty is Sexist” sweater in partnership with the ONE Campaign, a global initiative fighting to end extreme poverty, and determined that a portion of proceeds from its sale will go to Camfed. Britton, a supporter and champion of the ONE Campaign, chose to wear the sweater on the red carpet.

“We are very grateful to designer Lingua Franca and the ONE Campaign for supporting Camfed’s work for girls’ education in Africa,” said Brooke Hutchinson, Co-Director of Camfed USA. “From tuition to uniforms to school supplies, every dollar makes an impact in the lives of girls, helping secure a better future.”

For the past 25 years, Camfed has supported over 1.9 million girls through school in communities across Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Camfed’s unique and proven model of impact has resulted in a network of graduates who have risen from extreme poverty to become doctors, lawyers, teachers, entrepreneurs, and leaders in their communities. Camfed’s alumnae network, CAMA, now 100,000 women-strong, is working to educate, mentor and empower the next generation of young women.

“When you educate a girl, everything changes,” said Brooke Hutchinson. “Studies show that an educated girl earns 25% more per year in secondary school, she’ll reinvest 90% of her earnings in her family, and she’ll be three times less likely to become HIV-positive.”

Other ways to support Camfed include making donations of any amount at https://camfed.org, engaging with Camfed on social media, and raising funds and awareness for Camfed’s work (https://camfed.org/get-involved/).

“Without the support from our global community, our efforts to end the cycle of poverty through female education would not be possible,” said Brooke Hutchinson. “We are endlessly grateful to our supporters for everything they do to help unlock opportunities for girls to achieve their educational, career, and community goals.”

For more information about Camfed, visit https://camfed.org.

About Camfed:

Over the last 25 years, Camfed has supported more than 1.9 million girls through school and improved the learning environment for 4 million children. Their successful, community-driven model is implemented at nearly 5,500 partner school communities in Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. And Camfed’s alumnae organization, CAMA, now has 100,000 active members continuing to make a difference in their communities.


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The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation Announces Creative Collaboration with Globally Renowned National Geographic Photographer Andrew Mann

Conservation docuseries will shine a light on U.S. freshwater crisis caused by algal blooms

Press Release – MARYSVILLE, Ohio, Jan. 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation today announced a creative collaboration with Andy Mann, a globally acclaimed environmental photographer. Mann will document U.S. watersheds affected by harmful algal blooms, bringing to life how this pervasive global crisis is affecting communities across the United States.

Driven by excess phosphorus, harmful algal blooms pollute fresh waterways in all 50 states. Over the last decade, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company has taken action to prevent local nutrient pollution from lawn and garden activity by removing phosphorus from its traditional lawn fertilizer products sold under the Scotts® brand. The move has reduced consumer use of phosphorus by 10,000 tons each year. Unfortunately, more than 10 million metric tons of phosphorus continue flowing into freshwater from other sources. Demonstrating its ongoing commitment to this issue, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation has established a national Water Positive™ initiative dedicated to protecting freshwater in key regions and uniting citizens, scientists, and communities in finding a lasting solution for excess phosphorus.

“Our company is proud of everything we’ve done to protect water resources, but we also know that algae blooms represent an under-recognized global crisis,” said Jim King, chairman of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation. “The goal of our Foundation related to this issue is two-fold – to create more public awareness about this crisis and to fund the efforts of environmental partners across the country who are trying to solve it.”

“Our partnership with Andy Mann will certainly shine a spotlight on this issue. His photography is nothing short of breathtaking and he is one of the few people in the world capable of capturing images that depict the beauty of nature while simultaneously showing the damage being inflected on the environment from algae pollution. I’m confident that his work will capture this issue in ways that greatly enhance awareness for millions of people,” said King.

Mann has captured stories from key watersheds affected by algal blooms, including the Florida Everglades, Lake Erie, Chesapeake Bay and the Long Island Sound. He will share the culmination of his work through a photo and video docuseries to be revealed on World Water Day in March 2018.

“Each watershed tells a story in conflict,” said Mann. “It has been disheartening, for example, to document the story of Lake Erie, which has been infested with toxic green algal blooms to the point that it has tainted the drinking water for millions of people. But it has been encouraging that in the same communities impacted by this crisis you’ll find local scientists who are researching and testing new technologies that instill hope. Those are the stories that we want to tell to inspire change.”

The creative collaboration with Mann will also focus on The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation’s multi-year sponsorship of the Everglades Foundation’s George Barley Water Prize, the world’s largest water prize. This prize competition, now in its third stage, awards $10 million to the person or team developing the most cost-effective, scalable technology to remove phosphorus – the root cause of toxic algal blooms – from freshwater sources.

“We want to raise awareness of freshwater issues, but more importantly we want to showcase the inspiring and innovative work being done across the world to improve water quality,” said King.

Follow Mann’s journey documenting these waterways at www.instagram.com/andy_mann/. For additional information on water quality issues and solutions, visit www.scottsmiraclegrofoundation.org.

About The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to inspire, connect and cultivate communities of purpose in the areas of environmental improvement, youth empowerment, and community gardens and greenspaces. The Foundation carries out its mission by funding qualifying charitable entities that support its core initiatives in the form of grants, endowments, and multi-year capital gifts. The Foundation is deeply rooted in preserving our planet, empowering the next generation, and helping create healthier communities. For more information, visit www.scottsmiraclegrofoundation.org.


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Wheat Ridge Ministries to Become We Raise Foundation, an Organization Supporting Christian Nonprofits that Address Poverty, Violence, and Inequality

We Raise Foundation, in addition to grantmaking, will provide beneficiary organizations tools and services to improve their sustainability and maximize community impact

Press Release – ITASCA, Ill., Jan. 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Wheat Ridge Ministries announced today the change of its organization’s name to We Raise Foundation, and said it will focus on supporting Christian nonprofits addressing poverty, violence, and inequality through education, workforce development, and criminal justice programs in the United States. The new name also accompanies a new approach to grantmaking that seeks to achieve deeper impact in the communities it serves. Since 1961, We Raise Foundation has awarded more than $45 million in grants to Christian nonprofit organizations across the country.

“The decision to change our name and focus came after a year-long review process, and it reflects our strong commitment to address the critical social inequalities still faced by too many Americans today,” said Paul C. Miles, president and CEO of We Raise Foundation. “While financial markets stand at record highs and our nation has made historic advances across nearly every area of human development, we remain a country facing vast inequality. While great strides have been made by many anti-poverty programs, there are still 43 million people living in poverty in America. We can do better. Our goal is to raise the country’s consciousness about these problems and provide grants and capacity building to emerging community leaders whose programs offer solutions to these issues. Our new name is the perfect representation of our new vision for this foundation.”

As part of this strategic shift, We Raise Foundation is expanding its GrantsPlus awards to offer tools and services to strengthen the capacity of grantees in fundraising, resource development, crowdfunding, and access to donor and foundation databases.

“With the many issues facing our communities today, it feels easier to turn away from it all or assume someone else will fix it,” added Miles. “We’ve seen too much effort put into shifting blame for these issues and not enough work finding community-led solutions. At We Raise, we intend to change that.”

Every GrantsPlus recipient will be paired with a staff coach who will provide specialized services to help ensure the sustainability of programs beyond the term of the grant. With this additional training and support, on average, every dollar invested with We Raise Foundation will translate into double its value to recipient organizations. We Raise is the only foundation providing this added value to its grantees in this way.

“We Raise Foundation hopes to be at the forefront of identifying innovative ideas, people, and programs that raise consciousness, community leadership, and capital to break the cycles of poverty, violence, and inequality that have so long plagued our communities,” said Miles. “Very few foundations are willing to take a risk as the initial funder. They want a safe bet. But we believe that as we elevate awareness of these emerging leaders and their programs, it will spur others to provide additional support, creating a ripple effect in the community.”

For more information about the GrantsPlus awards or to apply for a grant, please visit weraise.org.

About We Raise Foundation

We Raise Foundation provides grants and fundraising assistance to Christian organizations in the United States with innovative ideas, people, and programs that raise consciousness, community leaders, and capital. Guided by our Christian faith, we seek to support local solutions to poverty, violence, and inequality. To learn more, visit weraise.org or find us on social media on Facebook and Instagram @WeRaiseFoundation and Twitter @WeRaiseFound.

SOURCE We Raise Foundation


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