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IIX Announces its 17th Deal in India, Supporting Karma Healthcare

Press Release – SINGAPORE, 2 February, 2018 – Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) announces the closing of its 17th deal in India with a successful funding round completed for India-based Karma Primary Healthcare Services Private Limited (Karma). Karma aims to provide affordable, equitable and reliable healthcare services to the underserved rural population in India through a hub-and-spoke model which connects remote communities to doctors via real-time online video consultations. The round was led by 1Crowd alongside existing investors Ankur Capital, Beyond Capital Fund and Ennovent. The company also received support from marquee organizations such as the Tata Trusts, UBS Optimus Foundation and WISH Foundation.

“Karma Healthcare is looking forward to expanding its operations into new geographies as well as enhancing our medical systems and technology with this funding” stated Jagdeep Gambhir, CEO and Co-Founder of Karma Healthcare. He added, “IIX’s support was instrumental in this fundraising round. Along with helping us secure financial commitment, the IIX team assisted in investor negotiations and guided us in quantifying our social impact.”

Since the inception of its first clinic in 2014, Karma has completed over 55,000 consultations, and currently operates 15 e-Doctor clinics in the states of Rajasthan and Haryana which deliver a comprehensive ecosystem of clinical treatment, quality medicines and diagnostics at competitive rates. With the new funding, more than 540,000 patients in the underserved communities of India will be able to access quality healthcare services through Karma’s network of e-Doctor clinics. Additionally, over 6,000 people from rural communities will be able to enjoy free consultations through Karma’s outreach camp. Karma’s overarching vision is to create a pan-India network of healthcare clinics, thereby making definitive large scale impact and taking significant steps towards ‘healthcare for all’.

“India is home to many highly-innovative companies which are creating cutting-edge solutions for the delivery of affordable goods and services to the most remote communities,” said Robert Kraybill, Managing Director of IIX. “IIX has had the pleasure of working beside and raising capital for 17 such companies over the years, including two so far in 2018. We are particularly pleased to have supported Karma Healthcare, which is making the healthcare industry in India more inclusive through innovation.”

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 and impacting 65 million lives by 2022.


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The Prostate Cancer Foundation Honors Family And Caregivers During February With The True Love Contest

Inspirational stories will have a chance to win a special care package from award-winning actress Kristen Bell

Press Release – SANTA MONICA, CA, January 31, 2018 – Starting February 1st, the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) will kick-off a month-long TRUE Love contest that honors family and caregivers for their tireless work in caring for their loved ones living with prostate cancer. TRUE is a tribute to the unsung heroes – whether they are spouses, partners, nurses, doctors, siblings, children or friends. PCF will be accepting TRUE Love stories from all perspectives that reflect love, honor and care for prostate cancer patients throughout the Valentine’s season, when love is celebrated. The most inspirational story will be announced by PCF on February 28th via social media and the winner will receive a special care package from award-winning actress Kristen Bell.

Bell, known for her accomplished work in Veronica Mars, Frozen and Bad Moms will be helping to create awareness about the TRUE Love contest and will also be curating a special gift for the winner with the most moving and heart-felt story. This cause hits close to home for Bell. Her mother is a nurse and her father-in-law is battling prostate cancer, so she understands first-hand the value of how caregivers are an essential part of a support system.

“I am honored to support the Prostate Cancer Foundation with their TRUE Love contest honoring caregivers for the month of February,” said Kristen Bell. Their selflessness and hard work is so admirable, and I wanted to give love and recognition to all of these unsung heroes over this Valentine’s season.”

How to submit: Simply visit www.PCF.org/true and upload a written story and photo portraying a unique caregiving situation. Select stories will be featured on PCF’s website.

In the U.S, every 3.2 minutes, a man is diagnosed with prostate cancer. In 2018, 1.6 million men worldwide will be diagnosed and battling the disease. Fortunately, many patients have someone dedicated to supporting them through the battle and that support can make all the difference in the world to someone with a cancer diagnosis. From finding the right precision treatment, to recovery or palliative care, compassionate care is always possible and an essential factor in all aspects of care, especially while fighting prostate cancer.

About the Prostate Cancer Foundation

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 $740 million and provided funding to more than 2,000 research programs at more than 200 cancer centers and universities. The PCF global research enterprise extends to 19 countries and funds a robust research portfolio. 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, please visit www.PCF.org.


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Malloy Administration Launches Innovative Solution to Improve Results for At-Risk Infants, Young Children and their Parents

Pilot two-generational outcomes initiative – first of its kind in the nation – will generate value to families, communities and taxpayers

Press Release – February 1, 2018 (Hartford, CT) – The Office of Early Childhood (OEC) today announced the launch of an innovative solution to advance brighter futures for children and economic self-sufficiency for families. OEC’s pilot initiative rewards the outcomes that matter most for vulnerable families and infants, from reducing child abuse to increasing parental employment.

The effort is an early result of the renewed cross-branch partnership, made law last October, between Governor Malloy’s Administration and the Legislature. The statute charges the Office of Early Childhood to advance two-generational (2Gen) solutions – recognizing that child well-being depends on parental stability and success. Specifically, the new effort strengthens evidence-based home visiting programs by rewarding the achievement of key results for at-risk families.

“Families and taxpayers deserve our best efforts and our smartest thinking to maximize public investments that produce the greatest impact,” Governor Malloy said. “This endeavor demonstrates that cross-branch collaboration can spur out-of-the-box thinking and breakthrough solutions. This pilot has real potential to move the needle for Connecticut families.”

With the goals of achieving better outcomes for families and measurable results for its public investment, OEC launched the nation’s first outcomes rate card in the early childhood arena paying for child and parent outcomes. An outcomes rate card is a funding innovation through which government defines a menu of outcomes it wishes to “purchase” – such as family economic stability through employment – and the amount it is willing to pay each time that outcome is achieved.

“Children grow, develop and learn in the context of families. Evidence shows they tend to succeed or fail together. That’s why OEC’s mission is to advance great results for children and families,” said David

Wilkinson, Commissioner of Early Childhood, who today shared the announcement at the nation’s largest home visiting conference. “Nationwide, programs typically are funded by the number of individuals who receive a service. OEC’s pilot outcomes rate card enables us to pay for the results that matter most, and do so for the whole family.”

Through its rate card pilot, OEC will use federal funds and philanthropic support from Early Childhood Investments at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving to pay home visitors for achieving key family goals that also generate value and savings for Connecticut. OEC will make a bonus payment to providers for each family that achieves the following critical outcomes for family stability and success:

  • Healthy Birth: Avoidance of pre-term birth which presents both immediate long-term risks for children and costs for government.
  • Safe Children: Avoidance of emergency room visits as well as substantiated child-maltreatment which drive childhood trauma, negative health impacts, and child welfare system involvement.
  • Family Stability: For highest risk families, the achievement of key, measurable stability goals including attaining child care, health care (such as treatment for maternal depression), and housing for homeless or unstably housed families.
  • Caregiver Employment: Achievement of attaining and maintaining a job or enrolling in and completing proven education or training programs, thereby advancing family economic stability and success while reducing dependence on safety net programs.

In a joint statement, Senator Marilyn Moore and Representative Jeff Currey, co-chairs of the Two-Generational Advisory Council created by the 2Gen legislation: “If we want babies to be healthy and grow strong, we need parents to succeed. That is the core insight of the 2Gen approach. OEC’s rate card innovation is an exciting step towards delivering on the promise of 2Gen: thinking outside of the normal agency box to reward results for both children and parents. We hope this proof point will help spur the systems change Connecticut needs to more efficiently deploy tax payer resources by better focusing on whole-family results rather than fragmented care within agency siloes.”

Social Finance, a national leader in aligning public investment with outcomes, designed the outcomes rate card pilot structure with OEC with a Federal Social Innovation award. The Governor’s Office supported OEC to win the award in collaboration with the Yale Child Study Center.

“This pilot represents the kind of agile, innovative decision-making we believe all government leaders could embrace,” said Tracy Palandjian, co-founder and CEO of Social Finance US. “Outcomes rate cards build on the innovative model of Pay for Success, accelerating the speed from concept to implementation. Our partners in Connecticut are leading the way in bringing this tool to improved early childhood outcomes for those in need.”

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is contributing outcomes payments for Hartford-area providers, an essential investment in making the statewide effort possible. “Our public-private partnership with OEC demonstrates how two community-serving entities that share common principles, beliefs, and approaches can partner to achieve what is best for Connecticut’s children and their families,” said Richard Sussman, Director, Early Childhood Investments at the Foundation.

The OEC outcomes rate card pilot is aligned with the family-centric approach of evidence-based home visiting models that tailor services to the needs of individual parents and children. In selecting the preferred outcomes for the federal home visiting programs, OEC and Social Finance looked to those that generate value to families, communities, and government; are measurable, observable and can be linked to Connecticut’s administrative data systems; and focus on two-generational impacts.

The federal government has taken interest in OEC’s rate card pilot as a model that may be replicated nationwide if successful. “Evidence shows home visiting is effective at achieving outcomes for families and has captured considerable Pay for Success interest,” said Dr. David Willis, Director of Home Visiting and Early Childhood Services at the federal Department of Health and Human Services. “Connecticut’s new approach with an outcomes rate card rewards providers for key results that strengthen families. The rate card approach may make outcome contracting simple for small home visiting providers. This pilot incentivizes quality in a way that is notably innovative.”

Read more about Connecticut’s Outcome Rate Card Pilot here.


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Drone Lab Takes Off at San Diego State University

The lab challenges drone users to think about the devices in new ways and offers resources and expertise to the community.

Press Release – SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Feb. 1, 2018) — As drones become more popular and affordable, San Diego State University’s new Center for Unmanned Systems Technologies, or Drone Lab for short, is looking to capitalize on its potential for crowd protection, surveillance and research while heading off potential dangers.

“The goal of the Drone Lab is to get people thinking about ways to use drones that they may have never imagined before,” said Lamine Secka, director of emergency services and Drone Lab program manager.

On the campus safety side of things, that means using aerial drones to hover over outdoor concerts or other large gatherings and monitor for signs of violence or people in distress. These UAVs can provide not only eyes in the sky for security personnel but also can shine spotlights or deliver directions or warnings via mounted loudspeakers.

Drones can offer a bird’s-eye view of field sites, ocean patterns, environmental degradation, traffic, crowd size, and many other things that may help researchers answer scholarly questions. Secka hopes the drone lab will be a resource for researchers interested in learning how drones might benefit their work, even if they’ve never flown one before.

The lab currently has access to a dozen UAVs of various sizes, configurations and specializations. Students, faculty and staff are welcome to use the drones for research and filming.
Establishing the drone lab

The Drone Lab was made possible by an establishing gift from the Aztec Parents Advisory Board. Efforts to secure funding were led by board member Terry Parisher, who runs an unmanned vehicle engineering and developing company called Straight Up Imaging and whose two daughters attend SDSU.

“San Diego has a national reputation as a hub for drone development so it makes sense for SDSU to have a center dedicated to drone use and research,” said Parisher, who has operated and developed drones for 14 years for both government and commercial applications. “We have dozens of companies that offer services, engineering and research with drones.”

Thanks to the partnership with the local drone industry, students not only gain access to the latest technology, but also to internship and employment opportunities. Through working with the community, SDSU can help fend off the idea that drones are inherently scary and invasive.

“With community involvement, you get community acceptance,” Parisher said. “When you have that, you have a much easier time integrating drones into the airspace.”

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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16,500 Penn State Students Taking A Stand In The Fight Against Childhood Cancer

Press Release – UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – On February 16-18, 2018 at the Bryce Jordan Center, The Penn State Dance Marathon (THONTM) will host its annual 46-hour no-sitting no-sleeping dance marathon, with over 16,500 student volunteers supporting the fight against childhood cancer.

Over 700 dancers will represent Penn State organizations as they stand for 46 hours to show support to families battling cancer. These organizations work year-round to raise both funds and awareness for childhood cancer, while building relationships with Four Diamonds families. Thousands of people will enter the Bryce Jordan Center to support these dancers, as well as the families.

THON partnered with Four Diamonds at Penn State Children’s Hospital in 1977, and since then, has raised over $146 million, funding innovative research and comprehensive care to ensure that no family sees a medical bill. Events and fundraisers are held year-round to show support and raise funds, all culminating event with the dance marathon held each February.

Throughout THON Weekend, there will be numerous performances, as well as notable events like Pep Rally, involving hundreds of student athletes, and the Final Four hours, featuring family speakers and the much-anticipated total reveal. The magic of THON can be felt throughout the weekend as thousands stand united in pursuit of a cure.


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WePower Raises $40 Million For Blockchain Based Green Energy Trading: The Largest ICO In The Energy Space Ever

WePower hits its $40 million hard-cap with 22,933 contributors, making it the largest ICO in the energy space of all time, supporting energy transition towards a sustainable future via blockchain technology.

Press Release – Vilnius, Lithuania, February 1st, 2018WePower, the blockchain based green energy trading platform, announces today, that is has successfully raised $40 million from 22,933 contributors during its ICO, making it one of the most demanded blockchain projects of the year. The successful ICO will further WePower’s goals of driving global green energy adoption and promoting sustainable living. With the whitelisting closed at about 50,000 confirmed participants and registrations nearing 300,000 people, WePower has shown that green energy and sustainability are some of the most supported challenges by communities across the globe that blockchain can solve.

During its presale, WePower raised $30 million, $11 million of which has come from a public presale round in October of 2017 and $19 million from strategic investors and funds. Some of the committed partners and investors from the presale include: Galaxy Investment Partners, DNA Fund, BlockchainIL, LDJ Capital, Science, OGroup / Kryptsu, PrimeBlock Capital, AlgoLedge, Connect Capital, and Everblue Capital.

WePower creates opportunities for green energy developers, such as solar or wind plant builders, to raise capital by selling future energy production upfront in a form of energy tokens. Unlike other similar projects, WePower is strongly focused on partnerships with utility companies. The company has already announced strategic agreements with Elering AS, an independent electricity and gas system operator in Estonia, the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Lithuania, 220 Energia, and Spanish/Italian energy companies such as Conquista solar, Civitas project and Novacorex. These energy providers will work with WePower to develop an new generation energy ecosystem where green energy financing is global, lean and economically beneficial to all parties involved.

Aside from a smart contract based financing mechanism, WePower’s technology also creates an opportunity for transparent green energy accounting. WePower operates a distributed open ledger, which records when and in what volumes green energy financed on the platform was produced and supplied into the grid. At the moment, such accounting is based on such instruments as paper certificates. With WePower technology a whole new level of transparency in green energy account becomes possible, that does not exist today, to make investing in green energy producers easier and a reality for anyone.

WePower was also selected to join Australia’s Startupbootcamp Energy Australia Accelerator (STBC). SBC is the second largest accelerator program globally, and the first to invest in a company driving innovation through token economics.. As part of the SBC Energy Australia program, WePower will be supported by some of the biggest energy companies in Australia, including Energy Australia and Spotless.

“We are absolutely thrilled and thankful for the success that WePower has achieved in both its presale and token sale,” said Nikolaj Martyniuk, Co-Founder and CEO of WePower, “The interest that we’ve gotten both from our community and potential investors shows the viability of bringing green energy onto the blockchain. Our successful fundraising is just the first step in making the smart grids greener and moving towards a more sustainable future.”

About

WePower is a blockchain-based green energy trading platform. It helps renewable energy producers to raise capital by issuing their own energy tokens. WePower connects energy buyers (end users and investors) directly with the green energy producers and creates an opportunity to purchase energy upfront at below market rates. WePower has developed Ethereum Smart Energy contract tokens to standardize, simplify and globally open currently existing energy investment ecosystem. Energy tokenization ensures liquidity and extends access to capital. WePower wants to help build an infrastructure to bridge renewable energy producers output and traditional energy grid operators thus making the grid a little greener.


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Big Brothers Big Sisters Of New York City Appoints Five City Business Leaders To Board Of Trustees

Press Release – NEW YORK, January 31, 2018Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City (BBBS of NYC), the nation’s first and New York’s largest youth mentoring organization, has named five new members to its Board of Trustees. The new members include; Bill Edwards, senior vice president of core holdings of the Rockefeller Group; Michael Rodriguez, president of Alliance Building Services; Steven Pozycki, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of SJP Properties; Diego Scotti, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon; and Anthony Abenante, managing director and global head of electronic at Credit Suisse.

“Our new additions to Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC’s Board of Trustees are leaders in their respective industries who demonstrate what it means to be outstanding mentors in both the workplace and the community,” said Hector Batista, chief executive officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC. “These individuals come from different backgrounds and industries, giving us a more rich and diverse board. We look forward to working with them as we continue to provide caring adult role models to the city’s youth.”

“We are thrilled to have these highly influential members of the business community, who are committed to giving back to the city’s youth, join our Board,” said Erin Scanlon, board president of Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC. “The strong support of these powerhouse leaders allows Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC to continue to grow and serve more children, and continue to do life-changing work.”

Mr. Edwards, who has been with the Rockefeller Group since 2016, has nearly two decades of experience in the real estate industry, primarily in private equity, development and investment. In his current role, he leads all aspects of the strategy, leasing, capital improvements and market positioning for the company’s Rockefeller Center portfolio, which includes an ownership and management position in approximately 6 million square feet of class-A office space. Under Mr. Edwards’ direction, the company is currently underway with approximately $700 million in renovation projects across its core holdings portfolio.

A leading professional in the building services industry, Mr. Rodriguez began his career with Alliance Building Services in 1995 as a nighttime manager and became president within five years. He has helped exponentially build the company’s portfolio and, under Mr. Rodriguez’s leadership, Alliance’s revenue has soared to more than $150 million a year, and currently employs over 4,000 people in the New York City area.

Mr. Pozycki founded SJP Properties in 1981 and has since spearheaded the organization’s continued growth to become one of the most reputable real estate development companies in the region. Over the last 35 years, he and his team have successfully developed more than 25 million square feet of ground-up real estate projects. Mr. Pozycki serves as Trustee Emeritus of Monmouth University. He is also on the Board of the Partnership for Drug Free New Jersey and is a member of the Council of Trustees for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Both Rodriguez and Pozycki were honored for their commitment to the community at BBBS of NYC’s 18th Annual Casino Jazz Night in June 2017.

Mr. Scotti comes from a long career in marketing for some of the world’s largest brands including J. Crew, Conde Nast and American Express. In his current role at Verizon, Mr. Scotti oversees the global management of Verizon’s brand, including consumer insights, digital marketing, creative development and agency management, marketing effectiveness, social responsibility, sponsorships and corporate communications. Given the demonstrated power of big data and digital marketing, Scotti also oversees the leveraging of Verizon’s current capabilities to help build its global brand. He was recognized by AdAge on their 2017 Power Players list for his work on driving diversity in the marketing industry and was one of the 21 marketers named as “Internationalist” by International Magazine in 2012. He serves on the Board of ANA and is a member of the executive committee of the Ad Council.

Mr. Abenante is the global head of electronic products and trading at Credit Suisse and has over 28 years of experience in the finance industry. Previously the chief executive officer of Instinet Incorporated, he directed the development of several groundbreaking trading and exchange technologies throughout capital markets around the world. As a former Little Brother himself, Mr. Abenante has seen the impact of BBBS of NYC’s youth mentoring programs firsthand.

The nation’s first and New York’s largest youth mentoring organization, BBBS of NYC serves more than 5,500 young people in New York City each year through a variety of specialized mentoring programs. BBBS of NYC’s programs provide young people with the resources they need to excel in their academics and lead successful lives: 99% of the Littles BBBS of NYC serves as promoted to the next grade, 99% of high school seniors graduate from high school, and 94% of Littles who graduate from high school are accepted into college. Approximately $3,500 funds the establishment of a new one-on-one match relationship for one year. Those who are interested in donating to BBBS of NYC or becoming a volunteer mentor can visit www.bigsnyc.org.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City

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

Through the support of individuals, foundations and corporations, this not-for-profit agency has been able to change the lives of the city’s most disadvantaged children, matching them with caring adult role models – dependable friends who can help to expand their horizons, realize their potential and enrich their futures. All contributions enable BBBS of NYC to continue to foster current match relationships and also provide more New York City children with life-changing mentors. Approximately $3,500 funds the establishment of a new one-on-one match relationship for one year. To learn more, become a mentor, donate and/or offer support, please visit www.bigsnyc.org.


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American Theatre Magazine and Theatre Communications Group Announce Fundraising-Themed February Issue

Press Release – New York, NY – American Theatre magazine, published by Theatre Communications Group (TCG), is proud to announce the publication of its February 2018 fundraising-themed issue. Called Developing Stories: Fundraising for Theatre, the issue features in-depth articles on philanthropic trends, including an urgent analysis of the impact of the new tax laws affecting charitable giving. Through how-to articles and interviews with a diverse set of fundraising professionals, the issue provides a comprehensive look at an essential–but often underreported–aspect of theatre production.

“Through our fiscal research, we know that many theatres have weathered the recession and thrived in spite of shifting audience trends through the increasing support of individuals,” says Teresa Eyring, executive director, TCG. “With policy changes at the federal level threatening those hard-won gains, we believe this issue will serve as both a valuable resource and call-to-action for all fundraisers and theatre lovers.”

“At American Theatre, we try to cover all sides of the field, from what’s onstage to how it gets there,” said Rob Weinert-Kendt, the magazine’s editor-in-chief. “One area we haven’t explored in much depth is the administrative and financial side of the business. In tackling an entire issue on fundraising and development, we found stories as compelling and dramatic as any backstage drama, and smart, engaged sources as committed to the life of the theatre as any of the artists we’ve written about.”

The Developing Stories: Fundraising for Theatre includes the following articles::

  • How to Stage a Must-Go Gala: Dos and don’ts for making your annual fundraising bash rewarding, in all senses.
  • The Donor Class Struggle: As funding for the arts shifts inexorably from corporations to individuals, can theatres maintain their edge?
  • The Big Ask: Artistic directors are increasingly involved in fundraising. Is that now officially part of the job description?
  • Everybody’s Asking: Will the new tax law threaten charitable giving? We can’t afford to wait to find out.

Read the articles here: http://www.americantheatre.org/category/special-section/developing-stories-fundraising-for-the-theatre/.

American Theatre magazine is published 10 times a year by Theatre Communications Group. As the nation’s essential magazine for professional not-for-profit theatre, American Theatre has been providing theatre professionals, students, advocates, and audiences a comprehensive journal for more than 30 years. American Theatre is available online, at selected newsstands nationwide or through an Individual Membership in TCG by visiting http://www.tcg.org/about/membership/individual.cfm or contacting info@tcg.org. Unlimited exclusive content on AmericanTheatre.org is only available through TCG membership. http://www.americantheatre.org.

For over 55 years, Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for U.S. theatre, has existed to strengthen, nurture, and promote the professional not-for-profit theatre. TCG’s constituency has grown from a handful of groundbreaking theatres to over 700 member theatres and affiliate organizations and more than 12,000 individuals nationwide. TCG offers its members networking and knowledge-building opportunities through conferences, events, research, and communications; awards grants, approximately $2 million per year, to theatre companies and individual artists; advocates on the federal level; and through the Global Theater Initiative, TCG’s partnership with the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, serves as the U.S. Center of the International Theatre Institute. TCG is North America’s largest independent publisher of dramatic literature, with 15 Pulitzer Prizes for Best Play on the TCG booklist. It also publishes the award-winning American Theatre magazine and ARTSEARCH®, the essential source for a career in the arts. In all of its endeavors, TCG seeks to increase the organizational efficiency of its Member Theatres, cultivate and celebrate the artistic talent and achievements of the field, and promote a larger public understanding of, and appreciation for, the theatre. www.tcg.org.


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