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Monthly Archives: June 2018

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Newday Investing Brings Impact Investing to the Mainstream

New app enables consumers to invest in proprietary portfolios for social good with a $5 minimum

Press Release – SAN FRANCISCO, June 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/Newday Investing, a financial technology and institutional asset management company bringing socially responsible investing to the mainstream, today announced the public opening of its platform and its availability in the iOS store. With just a $5 minimum, investors can choose among six proprietary, themed funds that are tailored to the causes investors identify with most.

Newday is the first and only mobile app offering a true asset allocation approach to impact investing based on modern portfolio theory, with personalized recommendations based on an investor’s interests. Each Newday Impact Portfolio is a unique and targeted investment strategy built to benefit a specific area of impact: global impact, climate change, gender equality, animal welfare, ocean health and freshwater. The investment team at Newday is led by Cara Barr, chief strategy officer and former director of investment strategy at BlackRock.

“Our mission is to make socially conscious investment solutions and education available to anyone and everyone, and our proprietary investment strategies are the lynchpin of that commitment,” CEO Doug Heske explained. “Rather than simply being a distribution channel for off-the-shelf investment products, we wanted to demonstrate that it’s possible to offer affordable, accessible, specialized and institutional-grade portfolios that could achieve the same or better rate of return while putting money to work for good.”

The six proprietary funds available to investors at launch are:

  • Global Impact: Companies with core businesses addressing social and environmental challenges in accord with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Climate Action: Companies operating at significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions or developing technologies used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Gender Equality: Companies with employment policies offering similar benefits for family and caring responsibilities to women, men, non-binary and transgender individuals.
  • Animal Welfare: Companies considering animals’ well-being, including adequate housing, nutrition, disease prevention and treatment, responsible care and humane handling.
  • Ocean Health: Companies that work for the protection and preservation of ecosystems in oceans and seas, such as restoring damaged marine ecosystems and preserving vulnerable species.
  • Freshwater: Companies that lead their respective fields in maximizing water efficiency and are committed to combating pollution and ensuring affordable and equitable access to water resources.

Each portfolio will benefit a selected NGO partner, which will receive 5 percent of the portfolio’s management fees. Newday’s Global Impact Equity is partnering with Conservation International while the benefiting organization for the Ocean Health portfolio is the Lonely Whale Foundation.

“Creating a healthier, more prosperous planet is an urgent challenge requiring new and creative approaches,” said Anastasia Khoo, chief marketing officer of Conservation International. “We’re proud to partner with Newday to encourage investors at all levels to direct their investing dollars to companies that reflect their values.”

Dune Ives, executive director of Lonely Whale, said, “Lonely Whale is excited to see the potential impact that can arise from Newday’s Oceans portfolio. It is inspiring to see investors’ commitment to clean water, protecting marine life, and creating meaningful positive change for our planet.”

Newday Co-Founder and President Alex Meek said, “Our ultimate goal is to reallocate capital to better companies on a massive scale. By investing in socially responsible and sustainable companies, we can not only generate competitive returns but also change the way that people make their investment decisions.”

Newday’s board of advisors has deep financial services and sustainability expertise and includes:

  • Wayne Osborne, CEO of a major Bay Area family office
  • Nancy Heinen, former general counsel at Apple Computer for 17 years
  • Wendy Harrington, former EVP and chief marketing officer at Franklin Templeton Investments
  • Rich Moran, former president of Menlo College and partner at Venrock VC
  • Mark Michael, former general counsel at 3Com
  • Nathan Dungan, CEO of financial education company, Share Save Spend
  • Mark McKee, president, Capital Alternatives Group and board member, Hall Capital Partners

Newday was founded in 2016 by Alexander Meek and Anthony Randazzo, who bring strong backgrounds in asset management and technology development, respectively. Doug Heske, CEO, brings more than 22 years of investment management leadership.

About Newday Investing

Based in San Francisco, Newday is a technology-enabled asset manager that provides affordable, transparent and easy-to-understand impact investment solutions to the mass market. By investing in socially responsible and sustainable companies, Newday aims to generate competitive return and, most importantly, drive meaningful change in the way companies in our portfolios adopt environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices and policies. In order to be effective in driving positive impact on corporate behavior, Newday adopts an active ownership model, engaging with companies’ decisions as they affect their stakeholders including communities, employees and shareholders.

For more information visit www.newdayinvesting.com

SOURCE Newday Investing


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Discovery Education and Arconic Foundation Launch ‘Manufacture Your Future Teacher Challenge’

— Nationwide challenge invites educators to design an in-school experience that inspires the next generation of manufacturing leaders —

Press Release – Silver Spring, Md. (Tuesday, June 19, 2018) – The accelerated advancement of technologies like 3-D printing, robotics and artificial intelligence welcomes a new realm of career possibilities in manufacturing for K-12 students. Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms and Arconic Foundation, the independently endowed philanthropic arm of Arconic, announced today the first-ever Manufacture Your Future Teacher Challenge. The program calls upon educators to inspire students in grades 3-12 to take the first step toward exploring and pursuing modern manufacturing careers.

Teachers working alone or in teams will create a video pitch and a written proposal for an in-school experience that will bring manufacturing careers to life for their students, and support them in exploring different career pathways in advanced manufacturing. The winner will receive a $5,000 grant to put the proposal into action at their school.

As manufacturing continues evolve and require new skill sets, employers are in need of qualified workers who are passionate about the industry. The Manufacture Your Future Teacher Challenge empowers educators to connect classroom-based STEM lessons to enriched, real-world career experiences so that students have opportunities to gain valuable workplace skills prior to graduation.

“Innovation is fundamental to manufacturing and this challenge aims to open students’ eyes to the endless possibilities available to them in advanced manufacturing,” said Arconic Foundation Vice President of Global Communications and Program Development Suzanne van de Raadt. “Teachers foster design thinking and creativity in the classroom that lends itself to innovation. We’re proud to partner with a like-minded organization like Discovery Education to inspire next wave of future manufacturing leaders.”

Written proposals from applicants must include the following:

  • A description of the proposed in-school experience;
  • A description of how a $5,000 grant would be used to implement the experience;
  • Information about the individuals who will plan and host the event;
  • A description of the intended student audience for the event;
  • A list of critical resources, including at least one Manufacture Your Future resource; and
  • An explanation of how the students will benefit from the experience, including how it will inspire them to explore different career pathways in advanced manufacturing.

“Learning experiences that encourage students to imagine unique solutions for their world outside the classroom are those that last a lifetime,” said Discovery Education Vice President of Corporate Education Partnerships at Discovery Education Kristin Hirst. “The ‘Manufacture Your Future’ program embodies our mission to transform learning by partnering with a leading organization like Arconic.”

In the fourth year of the program, the Arconic Foundation and Discovery Education escalate a collaborative effort to inspire the next generation of manufacturing leaders and innovators by introducing the teacher challenge. Through the Manufacture Your Future partnership, Arconic employees will also guide students through the development of 3D printed parts for commercial and space vehicles during a Virtual Field Trip on October 5 in honor of Manufacturing Day.

The Manufacture Your Future Teacher Challenge opens on June 18, 2018 and closes on October 19, 2018. To learn more, visit: manufactureyourfuture.com. For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @DiscoveryEd.


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Bangladesh: International Community Assistance Urgently Needed For Rohingya Refugees

Press Release – On World Refugee Day, Amnesty International calls on the international community to urgently step up international assistance for more than 900,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar District as they face severe monsoon weather.

More than 200,000 Rohingya refugees are at risk of landslides and floods during the current monsoon season, according to the United Nations. Over the past five weeks, more than 28,000 people have been affected as 133 landslides have damaged more than 3,000 shelters.

“The Rohingya refugees languishing in the overcrowded and threadbare camps in Cox’s Bazar are in urgent need of international assistance. A mere fifth of the United Nation’s appeal has been committed so far. The world cannot stand by while Bangladesh is left to shoulder the responsibility alone,” said Biraj Patnaik, Amnesty International’s South Asia Director.

Camp conditions

The assistance is needed to provide for the Rohingya’s most basic needs in the camps, including access to adequate housing. Almost all of the shelters are currently composed of flimsy bamboo and tarpaulin, many of them perched precariously on mud hills. The Bangladesh government has imposed restrictions on building more permanent structures within the refugee camps.

In anticipation of the extreme weather, these settlements have merely been reinforced with further layers of bamboo and tarpaulin. While humanitarian workers have mounted operations to repair damaged settlements, the camps stretch over such an expanse that they cannot reach everyone. In almost all of the camps, there are no durable settlements, leaving them vulnerable to further weather events.

The camps are also extremely congested. The area where most of the Rohingya refugees have taken shelter is large enough to count as Bangladesh’s fourth largest city, with nearly a million people, including the local host community.

At its most dense, the camps have 95,000 people per square kilometre – surpassing the population density of any city in the world. And the camp population consists of 80% women and children.

The United Nations’ refugee agency has warned that “given the scope of the refugee population, the sheer size of the settlements and the challenging terrain, we fear that the extreme weather will cause further damage, destruction and potential loss of life.”

To avert further disaster, the refugees will have to be relocated to less congested areas on flat land – something that will also mitigate security and medical risks.

Long-term needs

While many Rohingya refugees have expressed a desire to return to their homes in northern Rakhine State, the prospect of them being able to do so under dignified, safe and voluntary conditions in the near future remains remote.

Until they can return to Myanmar without the risk of serious human rights violations, the refugee response will have to shift from one that has been near-exclusively focused on a humanitarian crisis response to one that meets the refugees’ needs for protection, including safe and sustainable living conditions.

With the camp population segregated from the local host community, there are limited education opportunities for the children, who make up more than half the refugee population. Since being driven out of their villages by the Myanmar military’s crimes against humanity, they have already lost a full school year and are not able to attend formal schools in Bangladesh.

Another concern is the right to work and the opportunity to become self-sustaining. Their ability to find work is limited by restrictions on freedom of movement within Bangladesh, with refugees required to remain within designated areas.

To be able to mount an effective and sustainable response to the refugee situation in Cox’s Bazar, the children need to have access to education and the adult population needs to be have the right to freedom of movement and the right to work.

“This is not a crisis that is going to disappear any time soon. We need to confront the fact that the Rohingya may have to remain in Bangladesh for years to come. The international community has a duty to support these victims of the most horrific human rights violations accordingly, and not wait until further disasters visit them before taking action,” said Biraj Patnaik.

**This press release is also available here: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/06/refugee-day-bangladesh-rohingya/


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Kimora Lee Simmons and Family Join Intimate Health Nonprofit The Unmentionables to Aid Refugees in Greece

Press Release – Athens, Greece, June 20th, 2018: In an impassioned show of support for today’s World Refugee Day, fashion designer, entrepreneur and philanthropist Kimora Lee Simmons and her family are on the ground in Greece with international nonprofit The Unmentionables working with refugees, listening to their stories and learning what can be done to help this vulnerable population. In April of this year, Simmons was named Global Ambassador to The Unmentionables, and together with her family she is helping protect refugees from exploitation and trafficking. Coupled with her business acumen and passion for empowering others, she has emerged as a powerful voice for human rights via her desire to bring awareness to the annual World Refugee Day on Wednesday, June 20th.

Simmons and her family are taking a hands-on approach to giving, dedicating time this summer to migrant and refugee families on behalf of The Unmentionables, who provide training, supplies and education to the refugee community in Greece. Through funds raised on 2017’s Giving Tuesday and a generous personal donation from Simmons, a new resource center for refugees in Athens, Greece was opened earlier this year. Simmons and her family will work from the center and along the migrant path, providing safe and consistent access to basic, important intimate health products as well as sexual health and reproductive education and care to refugees.

According to the International Rescue Committee, Greece, a popular European entry point to migrants escaping perilous conditions in the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa, currently hosts approximately 50,000 refugees. Earlier this year, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), expressed grave concerns for the safety of women and children in what are known as “hotspots” on Greece’s islands — specifically focusing on overcrowding and lack of hygiene and sanitation. Five camps on Greek islands close to the Turkish coast have surpassed double their capacity as reported by Public Radio International in May 2018.

UNICEF warned that in 2017, over 1,800 unaccompanied children were without proper shelter and care in Greece alone. The number of children arriving separated from their families is unprecedented, and currently more than 75% of migrant and refugee children trying to reach Europe via the Central Mediterranean route face appalling levels of sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking.

EU border agency, Frontex, has reported that human trafficking has been on the rise over the past few years (April 2018, ANSA). Human trafficking is prevalent for refugees, especially on the Central Mediterranean route according to an IOM report— 76% of male and 67% of female respondents answered “yes” to at least one of four human trafficking indicators. The indicators include experience of physical violence, work without payment and imprisonment. 80% of males and 66% of females experienced physical violence of any sort during their journey, while 64% of male and 56% of female were held against their will (2017, IOM).

Trafficking and sexual exploitation is not just limited to girls. Although adolescent boys comprise a substantial majority of the population of unaccompanied and separated children, they are rarely the focus of policy discussions and are consistently left out of gender-based violence prevention and response efforts (2018, PLoS Med). The majority of unaccompanied minors in Greece particularly are boys between ages 14-17, stranded and awaiting decisions on asylum and processing, without adequate shelter or ways to generate income. As a result of increasingly dire circumstances, sexual exploitation of minors is rapidly increasing everywhere from encampments to public spaces, where young boys desperate to survive are exploited by older men for payment.

“It’s incredibly important to me to expose this global crisis and bring attention to the level of deep, humanitarian need that exists to support persecuted people around the world,” comments Simmons. “I am deeply grateful to support World Refugee Day and that I can expose my own children to opportunities to make true, hands-on impact for the greater good. There are so many strife-torn families and separated children that need our collective protection as fellow humans to ensure their safety – how can we turn a blind eye? These kids look a lot like mine – they are young, hopeful, beautiful souls.”

World Refugee Day, founded by the UN and held annually every June 20th, was designed to spotlight the plight of migrant refugees fleeing for their lives. A staggering 65.6 million people around the world have been forced from home, and among them are nearly 22.5 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. Nearly 20 people are forcibly displaced every minute as a result of conflict or persecution across our world (UNHCR).

Simmons’ partnership with The Unmentionables initially began in 2017, and her role in the organization has steadily grown. She will further her philanthropic commitment to this cause throughout the year, dedicating fundraising efforts to further the impact of the humanitarian global aid The Unmentionables provides to those most in need. Along with her unwavering commitment, Simmons will continue to advocate for refugees at risk of sexual exploitation and human trafficking.


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Camfed Announces New Board Chair in the US

Education and equality champion Sally Osberg joins the Campaign for Female Education

Press Release – SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, USA – June 19, 2018 – Camfed, the Campaign for Female Education, announced today that it has appointed Sally Osberg to become the new chair of its USA board of directors.

“Sally’s leadership, intellect, integrity and commitment to the cause we serve combine to make her the perfect chair to lead Camfed USA into the next phase of our evolution,” Ann Cotton, Founder and Trustee of Camfed said.

Sally Osberg has been a pioneer of social change with a long history of social entrepreneurship. She was the first President and CEO of the Skoll Foundation, serving in that role for over 17 years. During her tenure, Sally developed platforms to engage government, business, and civil society leaders to advance large-scale structural solutions to complex problems, funding more than 100 social entrepreneurship endeavors across five continents.

She helped establish the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the Saïd Business School of Oxford University, create the annual Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship, and build enduring partnerships with organizations such as TED, the Sundance Institute, and the Social Progress Imperative.

Osberg has been recognized for her leadership, including as one of Silicon Valley’s Millennium 100 by The Mercury News and as a NonProfit Times Top 50 Power and Influence awardee. Currently she serves on the Advisory Council of the Elders and on the boards of the Social Progress Imperative, the New America Foundation, and the Palestine-based Partners for Sustainable Development.

“Social change is driven by dedicated people who pursue their goals in solidarity with those they serve,” Sally Osberg said. “For this reason I am proud to be working with Camfed to help provide girls with the education they deserve and the chance to transform their communities.”

Osberg has a long history partnering with Camfed. In 2005, Camfed was awarded the Skoll Foundation Award for Social Entrepreneurship. Since then, many Camfed leadership and alumnae have participated at the annual Skoll World Forum as featured speakers and guests, and Sally has played a strong advisory role in Camfed’s growth, particularly in the development of Camfed’s alumnae network, CAMA.

“We are thrilled that Sally has agreed to lead the Camfed USA Board,” said Miranda Curtis, Chair of the Board of Camfed International. “Her depth of knowledge of Camfed’s work, her own expertise and her standing in the international development community will all be huge assets as we plan Camfed’s next stage of growth.”

For more information about Camfed, visit camfed.org.

About Camfed:

Over the last 25 years, Camfed has supported more than 2.6 million children through school and improved the learning environment for more than 5 million children. Their successful, community-driven model is implemented at 5,745 partner schools in Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. And Camfed’s alumnae organization, CAMA, now has 120,000 active leaders, entrepreneurs and philanthropists continuing to make a difference in their communities.


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Tourette Association Of America Names Amanda Talty As President And CEO

Former Executive Vice President and Interim CEO of the TAA

Amanda Talty

Press Release – (June 19, 2018 – Bayside, NY) – The Tourette Association of America (TAA), the premier national non-profit organization serving the Tourette Syndrome (TS) and Tic Disorder community, today announced that its Board of Directors has named Amanda Talty as President and Chief Executive Officer effective June 1, 2018.

“Amanda has continuously exhibited the leadership, knowledge, and passion for the mission of the organization,” said TAA Board Chair Rovena Schirling. “As President and CEO, we are confident that Amanda will continue to build upon the momentum and solid foundation that she has helped to achieve for the organization and will take the TAA to the next level of growth.”

Amanda Talty brings over a decade of experience developing and implementing strategic programs. In her previous role as Executive Vice President & Interim CEO at the Tourette Association, Amanda was responsible for executing activities that served to generate awareness and revenue and develop programming in support of the organization’s mission. The scope of her oversight included chapter services, development strategy, special events, membership, corporate and foundation engagement, individual giving and marketing.

“I am honored and grateful to the board and TAA community to be given the opportunity to lead this incredible organization that provides such crucial support to individuals struggling with Tourette Syndrome and other Tic Disorders,” said Amanda Talty. “This demonstrated belief in me is something I do not take lightly and I am committed to fulfilling our mission each and every day. In this new role at the TAA, I will continue to elevate awareness, combat ignorance and foster social acceptance of this neurological disorder that effects 1 in 100 school-aged children and countless adults.”

Prior to joining the Tourette Association of America, Amanda served as Senior Major Gift Officer at the American Red Cross on Long Island where she facilitated over $1 million in new revenue within the first year. Her development experience encompasses organizations big and small, public and private and she is passionate about bringing values to life through philanthropy. Amanda received her BA in Sociology and Communications from Hofstra University and her MPA from Baruch College. Her greatest achievement and source of pride are her two children.

About Tourette Syndrome and Tics

Tourette Syndrome is part of a spectrum of hereditary, childhood-onset, neurodevelopmental conditions referred to as Tic Disorders. These conditions affect both children and adults, causing them to make sudden, uncontrollable movements and/or sounds called tics (e.g. head bobbing, arm jerking, shoulder shrugging and grunting). Non-tic features, such as obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and learning difficulties, often develop in affected individuals. Symptoms in Tic Disorders can range from mild to severe and, in some cases, can be self-injurious, debilitating and markedly reduce quality of life.

While some treatments are available for people with TS and other Tic Disorders, approaches to care are inconsistent, medications are often ineffective and there is no cure.

About the Tourette Association of America

Founded in 1972, the TAA is dedicated to making life better for all individuals affected by Tourette and Tic Disorders. The premier nationwide organization serving this community, the Association works to raise awareness, advance research and provide on-going support. The TAA directs a network of 32 Chapters and support groups across the country. For more information on Tourette and Tic Disorders, call 1-888-4-TOURET and visit us at tourette.org, and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.


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LG Electronics Englewood Cliffs Celebrates 2018 LG Global Volunteer Day In Recognition Of United Nations World Environment Day

Press Release – Englewood Cliffs, N.J. – June 19, 2018 – Scores of employees from LG Electronics in Englewood Cliffs commemorated UN World Environment Day with the Palisades Interstate Park Commission along the Englewood Cliffs Boat Basin area. Employees cleaned and maintained trails from the Boat Basin Beach area, the team cleaned debris from the Hudson shoreline.

The activities align with LG’s core mission of fostering environmental responsibility and giving back to the community we all share.

Photo Credit: Jeremy Smith

World Environment Day, which takes place in June every year, is the United Nations’ most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of the environment. LG employees around the world participated in thousands of person-hours of volunteer activities giving back to local communities to show solidarity with the goals of UN World Environment Day, celebrated every June since 2010.

Construction is under way on LG’s new North American Headquarters campus in Englewood Cliffs. The $300 million LEED Gold project will increase green areas on the 27-acre site by 50 percent and includes planting more than 1,000 trees. When completed, the new facility will allow LG to increase employment in Englewood Cliffs from 500 today to more than 1,100 by 2019-20.


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You’re telling me technology is used for good? You’re crazy!

By Corey Harnish, CEO of Better World International.

A look inside a technology revolution that’s more about making a difference than just being the next billion dollar evaluation.

What would you say if I told you there was a shift happening in our society?

A shift to a more responsible world. A world where it’s more than just profits. Where companies are purpose-driven and leverage their influence for good.

Would you think I’m crazy? Or could you believe it?

Well you should, because it’s happening right now.

Meet #Tech4Good.

A social movement that Nissa Ramsay of Think Social Tech describes as,”a community of people, projects, organisations, and funders promoting the role of technology to improve social, environmental, and economic outcomes.”

Traditionally, it has mainly been the not-for-profit sector making a social impact, yet business acumen was low, and funding for technology was inexistent.

Millennials are changing that.

Social Entrepreneurs, Changemakers, Idealists, and Dreamers are showing up with passion and purpose for their careers, creating businesses that exist to make an impact.

This has put pressure on existing corporations to become more socially responsible.

So rather than producing technology just for profits, there are more and more products popping up that literally make a positive impact either as a by-product or directly.

Credit Tech for Good Hub.

Well that’s cool, but why’s it so important?

Look at the world around you.

There are many problems that face our communities whether it’s access to resources, equality, environmental degradation, shall I go on?

Without technological advancements it is hard to scale and create measurable social impact to alleviate these issues, let alone compete with profit-seeking competitors.

#Tech4Good focuses on making a tangible social impact first, and puts profits second.

By leveraging technology for good, we will create scalable impact, alleviate global problems, and have the means to measure a program’s effectiveness.

What’s more, technology is so versatile we can use it in an infinite amount of ways:

Data protection, community development, financial security, health and wellness, individualized education, sustainable living. The list can go on and on.

Awesome point! So what kind of impact has #Tech4Good had?

There’s this awesome app called Panda that uses artificial intelligence to help visually impaired people by bringing “eyes into ears.” By holding your camera up, your phone is able to identify what is in front of you and then speak it aloud to you.

Besides that, over 100 Syrian families in refugee camps have been helped by blockchain! Through AID.TECH, families received $10,000 transparently distributed as donations, used in partnership with a local supermarket, and provided security of personal identity. [1]

And just one more, it’s probably my favorite. PainSquad. These people are awesome. They had a hard time optimizing administration of pain medicine for young cancer patients. So they created a fun app where the child gets notifications to record pain levels and locations throughout the day. This allowed doctors to more effectively prescribe medicine.

But that’s just a little taste. There honestly are hundreds of programs out there using #tech4good.

Like these amazing organizations leading this technology revolution:

Better World International: We’re a tech not-for-profit that develops game-based social impact projects. Our flagship project, The Good Cards, is a real-time mobile app for doing good deeds where you can track your ripple effect of kindness. It is designed for Social Emotional Learning and Youth Participation within schools, as well as applications for cause marketing and customer engagement social impact initiatives in corporations.

Consensys: Builds decentralized applications and various developer and end-user tools for blockchain ecosystems, primarily focused on Ethereum. Consensys is an impact hub that is leveraging its network to help build successful companies that intend to make a social impact.

DoSomething.org: A digital platform powering offline action. DoSomething.org creates social change campaigns to mobilize youth all over the world, and has done things like: cleaning up 3.7 million cigarette buds and donating one million pairs of jeans in a single year.

I wanna join the movement!

There are so many ways you can get involved.

For starters, head on over to The Good Cards where you can grab a free Good Card and start your own chain reaction of kindness.

You can also check out this neat article on 7 projects that make real positive impact with technology.

Oh yeah, and if you know of some other really cool social impact projects, please share on the LinkedIn post for the rest of us to see.

#Tech4Good

Further reading

[1]: https://makesense.org/en/article/7-projects-that-make-real-positive-impact-with-technology/

This post was originally published here


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Delta Air Lines and KaBOOM! Build New Playground in Springfield Gardens

200 Community Volunteers Unite to Build Safe Place to Play at Merrick Academy Charter School

Press Release – Volunteers from Delta Air Lines, Merrick Academy Charter School and the community will join KaBOOM! on Saturday, June 23, to transform an empty site into a kid-designed, state-of-the-art playground in just six hours at Merrick Academy Charter School. The new playground will help make play the easy choice for kids and families in Springfield Gardens.

As a Title I school and the first charter school in Queens, Merrick Academy serves a diverse population of students, most of which are from low-income households. Its students have varied social and emotional needs that require play as therapy. In 2003, Merrick Academy moved to Springfield Gardens and adopted a smaller playground as part of the new property. However, this playground was not age appropriate and needed more equipment to adequately serve the needs of the student population. Merrick Academy believes in fostering kids holistically and understands that kids without access to play are at greater risk for suffering from depression, anxiety, asthma, diabetes and obesity. This new playground will serve an essential role in the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical well-being of the students.

In April, kids from the surrounding community came together to draw their dream playground. The playground is based off their drawings and will provide more than 600 kids in Springfield Gardens with a great, safe place to play.

This playground is part of a broader effort led by Delta Air Lines and KaBOOM! to ensure communities have great PLAYces for kids and families. It will be the 23rd KaBOOM! build by Delta Air Lines, and the second one the airline’s employees have helped to build in New York City. Through this partnership, Delta Air Lines and KaBOOM! are creating places where kids feel valued and loved, and where their potential is supported, nurtured and celebrated.

About Merrick Academy Charter School

Founded in 2000, Merrick Academy is one of the first charter schools to open in New York City and the very first to open in Queens. Merrick Academy is located in Springfield Gardens and serves nearly 500 students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. An extended school day with classes from 8:00 AM to 3:45 PM allows parents greater flexibility and ensures that children’s learning time with their teachers is maximized. Our academic program is built on the Core Knowledge curriculum, which covers history, science, geography, literature, and the fine arts. Parents receive regular student progress reports, and students are held to high academic and behavioral standards, abiding by a behavior management plan that fosters social development and maturity. Every day, our teachers and staff give their best and lead our students in a community committed to lifelong learning.

About Delta Air Lines in New York

Delta is New York’s largest carrier with more than 500 peak-day departures to more than 130 destinations worldwide from its hubs at LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport – including more destinations from New York State than any other airline. Delta has invested more than $2 billion in New York airport infrastructure over the past seven years and is currently building a new, $3.9 billion, 37-gate facility at LaGuardia. Delta and its more than 10,000 New York-based employees are part of the fabric of the New York community, acting as the official airline of Madison Square Garden, the New York Yankees, the New York Mets, Chelsea Piers and the Whitney Museum of American Art. The airline also partners with more than 40 community organizations. In 2018, Delta paid out more than $110 million in profit sharing to its New York employees and contributed 1 percent of its net income from the previous year to key charitable organizations, including organizations in New York.

About KaBOOM!

KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids – especially those living in poverty – the childhood they deserve through great, safe places to play. KaBOOM! inspires communities to make play the easy choice and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of PLAYces. KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build or improve more than 17,000 playspaces, engaged more than 1.5 million volunteers and served over 9 million kids. To learn why play matters for all kids, visit kaboom.org and join the conversation at twitter.com/kaboom, facebook.com/kaboom and instagram.com/kaboom. #playmatters #PLAYceforKids


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Nina Simone’s Childhood Home Honored as a National Treasure

National Trust for Historic Preservation Joins New Effort to Reimagine Home’s Future

Press Release – Washington, D.C. – The childhood home of Nina Simone, Civil Rights icon and revolutionary musician and singer, was named a National Treasure today by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The National Trust will bring its nearly 70 years of expertise to develop and implement a new use for this now-vacant and deteriorating yet nationally-significant property, purchased recently by four African American artists to maintain Simone’s legacy. This campaign will be undertaken through the National Trust’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, an initiative with the Ford Foundation and actress Phylicia Rashad to uncover and uplift stories of African American achievement, activism, and community.

“Nina Simone’s distinctive voice and social critique in the mid-20th century was unlike anything America had ever heard before,” said Stephanie Meeks, president and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “And while her musical and social justice legacy burns bright, her childhood home has been neglected. We’re delighted to work with the home’s new owners and the local community to chart a new future for the property that will honor her tremendous contributions to American society and inspire new generations of artists and activists to engage with her legacy.”

Born Eunice Waymon in 1933 in Tryon, North Carolina, it was here she taught herself the piano at age 3, performed in public for the first time at the neighborhood church where her mother preached, and where she experienced the constraints placed on black females in the rural Jim Crow South—a theme that would deeply inform her music and political activism. In recent years, the three-room, 660-square foot clapboard pier and beam house had fallen in disrepair. The vacant property was put on the market in 2016. Alarmed by the condition of the home and the risk of losing this connection to Nina Simone entirely, four African American visual artists—conceptual artist and painter Adam Pendleton, the sculptor and painter Rashid Johnson, the collagist and filmmaker Ellen Gallagher, and the abstract painter Julie Mehretu—purchased the property in 2017.

“Last year, my fellow artists and I felt an urgent need to rescue Nina Simone’s childhood home—a need sprung from a place of political activism as well as civic duty,” said artist Adam Pendleton. “A figure like Nina Simone—an African American woman from a small town in North Carolina who became the musical voice of the Civil Rights Movement—is extraordinarily relevant to artists working today. She constantly expressed her commitment to the democratic values our country espouses by demanding that we live up to them. We are honored to partner with the National Trust to further protect her legacy.”

Working in partnership with the property owners, the local community, the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission, and World Monuments Fund, the National Trust will seek new protections, evaluate preservation needs, and conduct market and feasibility studies to develop a sustainable new use for the home that was once a symbol of Simone’s parents’ middle-class success.

“The artistic and social impacts of Nina Simone reach every corner of the world, and her birthplace is an important symbol of that legacy,” said Joshua David, president and CEO, World Monuments Fund. “We are proud to join forces with the National Trust and other partners to underscore the global cultural significance of the Nina Simone House and help ensure it can become a beacon for future generations.”

“Standing for something one believes in often requires great courage in the face of harsh criticism and judgement,” said her daughter, Lisa Simone. “My mother chose to be an outspoken warrior for that which she believed in. Her birthplace now being named a National Treasure is confirmation that no effort put forth, with true authenticity, goes unnoticed. As her only child, it brings me great joy to see my mother, Dr. Nina Simone, honored and remembered as mightily as she lived.”

The National Treasure dedication will be celebrated in Tryon, North Carolina on June 19, featuring guided tours of the home, remarks by representatives from the Trust and the ownership group, and culminating with a free live concert. More information can be found at: https://celebratenina.eventbrite.com.

To access the audio recording from today’s telepress conference, please go here.


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