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Brooklyn Bark’s 1st Annual Easter Eggstravaganza Event to Benefit Sean Casey Animal Rescue Critical Care Fund

Families and animal lovers from all over NYC will attend this festive and free community event while helping to raise funds for the Sean Casey Animal Rescue Critical Care Fund.

Press Release – Brooklyn, NY – March 15, 2018Brooklyn Bark, the Old Stone House, the Park Slope Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District, Park Slope Parents and Sean Casey Animal Rescue invite one and all to celebrate spring, frolic, sit for a portrait with the Easter Bunny and help raise funds for animal rescue. The event will take place on Saturday, March 24th from 11am – 3pm at The Old Stone House in Park Slope on 3rd Street, between 4th & 5th Avenues in Washington Park.

James Morrissey of Wild Coyote Studios, best known for his portrait work each year at the Westminster Dog Show, will be ready to snap a portrait of your pup or child with The Easter Bunny. Purchase a Fastpass for $25 before March 23rd at and you’ll be able to skip the line! All proceeds benefit the Sean Casey Animal Rescue Critical Care Fund.

In addition to having a portrait taken, you and your family are welcome to enjoy the FREE Eggstravaganza! Starting at 11am there will be face painting, crafts, games, live music, raffles and general family fun will run through 3pm.

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, get out your glue gun, straw hats, glitter and bows as the highlight of the event will be the Best Bonnet Contest at 1pm followed by the Community Easter Parade at 2pm. There will be three categories in the Best Bonnet Contest: Best Doggie Bonnet, Best Child Bonnet and Best Adult Bonnet. Be on the lookout for a celebrity judge as well!

“We are pawsitively ecstatic to be working with all of these great sponsors and producing the 1st Annual Easter Eggstravaganza! At Brooklyn Bark, we pride. ourselves on being good stewards of the communities that we work in. Part of that is supporting great events and amazing organizations like Sean Casey Animal Rescue. They are a pillar of the pet community in Brooklyn and we all need to continue to support their amazing work!” – Rachel Bowers, CEO/Owner, Brooklyn Bark

About Sean Casey Animal Rescue

Sean Casey Animal Rescue is a registered 501c3 not-for-profit, no-kill animal shelter proudly serving the animals of New York City since 1998. We also partner with programs from beyond the five boroughs like Baku Street Dogs to find homes for displaced animals. We specialize in the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of dogs, cats, reptiles, birds and small mammals. Our rescue takes in over 2,000 animals per year, the most of any private rescue in New York.

About Brooklyn Bark

Founded in 2010 by Rachel Bowers, Brooklyn Bark is for the Brooklyn Pet Owner who wants the very best for their fur-baby. We are a dog walking and pet care company built on our obsession for animals. Caring for them, loving them, keeping them safe, and making their human’s super happy! We’re there when you can’t be!

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Discovery Education Teams Up With LG Electronics USA To Launch ‘Discover Your Happy’ Program That Combats Youth Stress With Science-Based Happiness Curriculum

– Celebrating the International Day of Happiness, ‘Discover Your Happy’ Virtual Field Trip to Expose Students and Educators to the Science Behind Happiness –

Press Release – Silver Spring, Md. (Thursday, March 15, 2018) – In celebration of the International Day of Happiness, LG Electronics USA has teamed up with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, to launch Discover Your Happy – an exciting new program designed equip students nationwide with the skills for sustainable happiness. Studies assert that two out of three American teens are stressed and lack the tools needed to manage anxiety. On March 20, 2018, the International Day of Happiness, LG and Discovery Education will host a unique Discover Your Happy Virtual Field Trip at 1:00 p.m. ET to address this critical issue.

“Discovery Education is excited to partner with LG to help teach students that happiness is more than just a positive mood, it is an emotion and state of being that can be achieved through the practice of fostering mindfulness and contentment,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “Research has shown that happy children do better in school and ‘Discover Your Happy’ invites them to explore immersive experiences that equip them with the skills necessary to lead healthy, successful and impactful lives.”

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, suicide is the second leading cause of death for adolescents age 12-17 in the United States. Research from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America shows that one in four children are affected by anxiety disorders; these youth are at higher risk to perform poorly in school, miss out on important social experiences and engage in substance abuse. Happy people are healthier, live longer, earn more money, and do better in school and life.

Discovery Education’s Discover Your Happy program, designed to teach students that happiness is a learnable skill, is an extension of LG’s Life’s Good: Experience Happiness corporate social responsibility initiative. Discover Your Happy highlights six skills that sustain one’s ability to recognize that life’s good: mindfulness, human connection, positive outlook, purpose, generosity and gratitude. The goal is to create awareness that happiness is more than a fleeting feeling, that sustainable happiness is achievable, and that there are a set of skills that can be taught, learned and practiced to help anyone in their journey toward happiness.

The International Day of Happiness is a global celebration to recognize happiness as a fundamental human goal that lays the foundation for the well-being of people worldwide. The Discover Your Happy Virtual Field Trip, premiering on March 20, will enlighten students and educators across the country as experts from The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, Inner Explorer and Project Happiness demonstrate how happiness impacts our physiology and psychology.

Accessible standards-aligned materials found on the Discover Your Happy website will help students identify actionable ways to start their journey toward sustainable happiness. The immersive experience will also inspire and encourage them to bring happiness to their communities.

“Many of us are focused on happiness as a momentary feeling, but our goal is to spread the message that sustainable happiness is what matters – though it takes effort to achieve,” said Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas, Ph.D, science director at the Greater Good Science Center. “LG’s dedication to this important mission will help empower our youth to unlock their potential by learning the fundamental, science-backed skills of sustainable happiness.”

Research shows that happy kids do better in school. Happy learners remember information better and happiness positively impacts grades. LG’s Life’s Good: Experience Happiness initiative, Discover Your Happy introduces skills and practices aimed at achieving sustainable happiness. These classroom tools are aligned with curriculum standards and are designed to provide engaging, hands-on activities for students to identify actionable ways to start their journey toward sustainable happiness and bring happiness to their communities through six sustainable happiness skills.

LG Experience Happiness | Discover Your Happy program elements include:

Classroom Activities — Providing standards-aligned, grades 9-12 classroom resources, curriculum will incorporate the six sustainable happiness skills and will frame curriculum around the science behind happiness.

Family Activities — Offering parents, families and communities helpful tools to teach their children to experience happiness.

“Helping my students identify actionable ways to thrive, by teaching them the science behind happiness, provides them with prosocial advantages at home, at school and in their communities,” said Brandon Wislocki, fifth grade teacher, Irvine (Calif.) Unified School District. “Providing them with an awareness that happiness is more than a fleeting feeling, that sustainable happiness is achievable, and that there are a set of skills that can be taught, learned, and practiced to help them in their journey toward happiness, centers their concentration and helps them to alleviate stress.”

These resources are available at and will become available through Discovery Education Streaming. For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content and professional development services, visit Stay connected with Discovery Education on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @DiscoveryEd.

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Two WomenStrong Members Recognized By Stop Hunger For Their Work With Women And Girls In Ghana And Kenya

Abenaa Akuamoa-Boateng of Women’s Health to Wealth in Ghana and Beldina Omolo of Alice Visionary Foundation Project in Kenya Receive Grants to Further their Innovate Work Combatting Hunger

Press Release – WASHINGTON, March 14, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The outstanding leaders of WomenStrong International member organizations in Ghana and Kenya have been honored with grants that recognize their efforts awarded by Stop Hunger, a global network of non-profit organizations working in 80 countries for a hunger-free world.

The $5,000 grants to Abenaa Akuamoa-Boateng and Beldina Omolo are for “exceptional work” and are part of Stop Hunger’s “Women Stop Hunger Awards” program that highlights the key role women play in ending starvation and hunger.

“Empowering women is a priority,” said Mathilde Loing, director of Stop Hunger Europe. “The United Nations has said that 55% of the progress in the fight against hunger over the last 25 years has resulted from improvements in the social status of women. We need to recognize and recreate the best work being done among women and girls to assure that women have the resources they need.”

Kenya is ranked among the world’s 10 poorest economies, with a poverty line of $17 USD per month and many earning far less. Alice Visionary Foundation Project (AVFP) works with the poorest of the poor, women and young girls in the slums of Manyatta in Kisumu, Kenya, as well as children in the impoverished countryside. Manyatta residents face hunger, HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria, and violence. Electricity, gas, and running water are mostly dreamed-of luxuries. There is little land on which to grow food and what there is has been intensively farmed to depletion. Malnourished girls drop out of school and produce malnourished babies. Families struggle to find healthcare, education, and, every day, enough to eat. In this environment, Opiyo works with the most vulnerable, women and children trapped on the lowest rungs of society. Her anti-hunger programs are designed to feed people today and to help them feed themselves tomorrow.

Stop Hunger’s grant recognized the success of AVFP’s urban agriculture training program for women, as well as their school garden and feeding program for kids in a peri-urban area outside Kisumu. The first program, coordinated with local agricultural extension experts, teaches impoverished women urban agriculture and vertical cultivation. The second initiative, the School Feeding Project, provides nutritious lunches daily to 629 school children ages 6 – 15, while also teaching the children to grow and raise their own vegetables. Following the success of the school garden, AVFP has created videos demonstrating how to create gardens for low-resource environments and has begun sharing its learnings globally. Many of the women who have learned urban agriculture are experiencing food security for the first time, feeding large families of a dozen or more and producing income that can now pay for school fees and a better life. The school garden program has been adopted in similarly low-resource communities as far away as Honduras.

“It is a privilege to have these two strong, innovative, loving women as members of our WomenStrong consortium. We all believe, from first-hand experience, that equality for women translates into progress for all toward a hunger-free world,” said Dr. Susan M. Blaustein, Founder and Executive Director of WomenStrong. “Women could feed 100-150 million more people, if they had the same access as men to the means of production. Abenaa and Beldina have shown by example what women, given the right resources, can do.”

Ghana is ranked as a “middle-income” country, according to the 2014 Human Development Report, yet it remains a “food-deficit country,” and Akuamoa-Boateng’s Women’s Health to Wealth (WHW) works with some of the poorest of the poor. Of the more than 2 million people living in Ghana’s second largest city, Kumasi, more than half are living in poverty, and more than half of Kumasi’s population is female. Women and girls in urban poverty suffer unrelenting hunger, violence, and loss of dignity, all while trying to raise a family.

Over the last two years, WHW has leveraged a Social Capital Credits (SoCCs) programs to provide affordable loans to aspiring female entrepreneurs, enabling women to begin or expand their own businesses. Improved livelihood enables women to lift themselves and their families out of poverty, pay their children’s school fees, and even provide employment to others. WHW requires preventive health screenings for any woman wishing to join its economic empowerment program. In addition to offering microfinance, the program encourages women to become leaders in programs to improve sanitation, nutrition, and hygiene. WHW and the women participants also helped create Girls’ Clubs, to keep girls in school and teach them about hygiene, nutrition, reproductive health, fitness, and planning their future. All of this leads to increased earning potential which, combined with greater nutritional knowledge, mitigates the scourge of hunger.


WomenStrong International is a consortium of non-profit organizations in five nations supporting women-driven solutions to extreme urban poverty. WSI emerged from a decade of work at Columbia University’s Millennium Cities Initiative where we found the most successful programs were local and led by women. Through our Consortium members in Ghana, Kenya, Haiti, India, and Washington, D.C., we help thousands of women and girls meet their 6 Essential Needs for health, shelter, safety, education, economic empowerment and a functioning urban environment. These women, in turn, improve the lives of their children, families, communities and nations. WomenStrong believes the path out of poverty and toward a more just and prosperous world can be found by making women strong. For more information, visit

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SDSU Professor Emeritus to Speak, Share Research during NASA Teleconference on Upcoming SpaceX Launch

Press Release – SAN DIEGO, Calif. (March 14, 2018) – San Diego State University Professor Emeritus of mechanical engineering Randall German will speak on a panel addressing research and technology aboard SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft. The panel, convened by NASA, will hold a media teleconference at 8:00 a.m. PST Monday, March 19, to discuss a number of science investigations and instruments launching in April to the International Space Station on the next SpaceX commercial resupply mission. Audio of the teleconference will stream live on NASA’s website.

To participate in the teleconference, media must contact Stephanie Schierholz at 202-358-1100 or by 5 p.m. Friday, March 16, for dial-in information.

Following an overview of the SpaceX Dragon’s technological capabilities, German will join a selection of speakers to discuss his research, which explores how zero gravity affects a process used to produce high-performance products from metal powders. This research could lead to improved manufacturing techniques and has potential as a way to perform in-space fabrication and repair.

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ImpactAssets Drops Investment Minimums and Fees on Private Debt and Equity Impact Investment Options, Adds New Funds

Industry’s lowest investment minimums open “deep” impact investing to a new tier of donors who are using philanthropic dollars to generate social, environmental and financial returns.

Press Release – BETHESDA, Md., March 15 – ImpactAssets today slashed investment minimums on its private debt and equity investment options to $10,000 and flattened administrative fees to 0.40%. Effective March 1, 2018, the changes are designed to break down the barriers to deep impact investing for donors within the ImpactAssets Giving Fund, its donor advised fund.

“Unquestionably, interest in impact investing has mushroomed, but investors remain daunted by significant financial hurdles, including investment minimums that can be as high as $250,000 to $1 million,” said Sally Boulter, Senior Engagement Officer at ImpactAssets. “We believe flat fees and lower minimums will lead to greater engagement with financial advisors and individuals who want to ‘toe-dip’ into impact investing.”

“There’s a real hunger among many investors—partly driven by the current political environment—to tap investment strategies that address critical systemic problems,” Boulter added. “Our clients look for deep, meaningful impact combined with appropriate financial returns.”

In addition to dropping fees and minimums, ImpactAssets added two new private debt funds to it growing roster of investment solutions that open access to impact investments in ecoforestry, climate change solutions, sustainable food and agriculture, underserved small business owners, the growing middle class in emerging markets and more.

The new funds include:

  • Ecotrust Forests III (EFIII), a long-term investment vehicle targeting commercial forestland in the western U.S. that have unique social and environmental attributes. The goal of the fund is to diversify investment in properties across regions, hold periods, timber and income streams. EFIII identifies and monetizes conservation, cultural and environmental assets to generate value for investors and society. The main driver of value is timber as well as various conservation finance tools including easements and carbon finance. Through its first and second funds, Ecotrust Forest Management (EFM) has honed its investment strategy to focus on property acquisitions where a competitive advantage exists.
  • Community Investment Management (CIM), an institutional impact investment firm providing strategic debt capital to scale and demonstrate responsible innovation in lending to small businesses and underserved borrowers in the United States. CIM seeks to deliver positive social impact and attractive risk-adjusted returns with low volatility by investing in a diversified short-duration portfolio of marketplace loans originated by financial technology companies. Since 2014, CIM has provided more than $350 million of debt financing to 5,000 U.S. small businesses in 50 states, diversified across an array of industries including information technology, professional services, and retail trade. Across its portfolio, CIM funds 2-3 times more woman, minority, and veteran-owned businesses than banks and financial institutions.

“Our partnership with ImpactAssets is enabling a new wave of smaller-scale investors to channel their money into impact,” said Bettina von Hagen, Managing Director & CEO at EFM. “By investing philanthropic dollars into deep impact investment, the incredible ImpactAssets community is finding ways to expand the power and positive impact generated by their charitable giving.”

“We applaud ImpactAssets in broadening access to institutional impact investment funds for a greater number of investors by lowering their minimums and fees,” added CIM Managing Partner Michael Hokenson.

The EFM and CIM funds are available individually or through the turn-key ImpactAssets Impact Portfolios. They join a growing list of the world’s most innovative impact investing managers, including EcoEnterprises Fund, Iroquois Valley Farms, MicroVest and Sarona, and they are among a long history of high quality private debt and equity funds that have been offered by ImpactAssets. Through this suite of funds, donors have been able to construct their own ‘fund of funds’ portfolios that are customized to their interests, don’t have an extra layer of management and offer lower expenses.

“With the addition of these new funds, we are building a comprehensive suite of deep impact investing options of experienced managers with solid track records” said Sandra Osborne, Director of Investments, ImpactAssets. “Our donors are driving this innovation and helping us to propel impact forward.”

About ImpactAssets

ImpactAssets is a nonprofit financial services firm that increases the flow of capital into investments delivering financial, social and environmental returns. ImpactAssets’ donor advised fund (“The Giving Fund”) and field-building initiatives enable philanthropists, other asset owners and their wealth advisors to advance social or environmental change through investment. The Giving Fund currently has $424M in total assets.

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Local Nonprofit, Walk With Sally, Launches Annual Friendship Bowl Fundraising Campaign With A Goal Of Supporting 28 New Mentor Friendships For Kids Impacted By Cancer

This year’s fundraising goal is set for $140,000

Press Release – Los Angeles, CA: Walk With Sally hosted the 11th annual Friendship Bowl at Palos Verdes Bowl in Torrance, CA on Saturday March 10th, 2018. Fundraising efforts kicked off on January 24th; culminating on March 10th when teams will compete during the 11th annual event. After shattering last year’s goal of $80,000, the nonprofit has set the bar at $140,000 for 2018 – enough funds to support 28 new mentor friendships for a full year.

“The success of last year’s Friendship Bowl blew us out of the water,” Walk With Sally’s Found-er, Nick Arquette said. “the community really put their whole hearts into fundraising for the fam-ilies and kids we support. This was solid proof that what we are doing really resonates, and has allowed us to reach families impacted by cancer across 38 cities throughout greater Los Angeles.”

To reach this year’s goal, the nonprofit plans to:

  • Inspire members of the community to create or join a Friendship Bowl team by asking partici-pants to bowl in honor of a loved one impacted by cancer.
  • Rally the support of community leaders and corporate sponsors to reach an accumulative goal of $140,000; enough funds to support 28 new mentor match friendships for a full year.

Corporate sponsors include: Manhattan Beach Toyota, Chevron, LA Sparks, Local Smile Co., Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and Laser Skin Care Center

Walk With Sally

Founded in the Southbay of Los Angeles, Walk With Sally has positioned itself at the forefront of community involvement and leadership in the 12 years since its inception. Through local part-nerships with various schools and organizations, Walk With Sally has become the leading referral destination for children and families who have been impacted by cancer.
To learn more visit, or call us at 310.322.3900

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StubHub Launches Multi-Year Program To Support Music Education – Focused On Putting Music Instruments Into U.S. Classrooms

Three-year commitment to include grant to provide $3MM in instrument donations from the StubHub Foundation, supporting the benefitting partner Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation

Press Release – SAN FRANCISCO, March 14, 2018StubHub, the world’s largest event marketplace, announced today a three-year commitment to put over $3MM in instruments into at-risk public school music programs across the country, in partnership with the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation (MHOF). The commitment is made possible by a grant from the StubHub Foundation, a corporate-advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation, that extends the existing four-year partnership with the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.

Building on its 2015 commitment, that has already helped put more than $2MM in instruments into public schools, StubHub aims to achieve a truly collective impact through investment, elevated exposure for the cause and opportunities for youth to be inspired by musicians, igniting a renewed passion for giving and support within the community. Selected markets will be chosen collaboratively by StubHub, MHOF and partner artists and brands, with awarded schools to be chosen by MHOF through its established selection criteria. Interested schools are invited to inquire directly through MHOF.

“We believe that music needs to be a core component of education in America,” said Perkins Miller, GM, North America, StubHub. “Numerous studies have shown the benefits that music education plays in student enrichment and development, which is why we are proud to support the efforts of the Mr. Hollands Opus Foundation and all those who help keep music alive in schools across America.”

The Next Stage program is set to kick off today at SXSW with the first benefitting school – Bedichek Middle School in Austin, Texas – receiving more than $12K in music instruments for their string and marching band programs. Today, students will be treated to a private acoustic performance by Jukebox the Ghost and then will serve as the opening performer for StubHub’s two-day SXSW Next Stage showcase at Banger’s in downtown Austin.

While at SXSW, StubHub will also be capturing the voices of the 18 artists, who will be performing at their Next Stage activation, to help raise awareness and engage more people. Music fans are invited to donate to the cause by texting “NEXTSTAGE” to 80077 [i].

“As a Title I school, 99 percent of students rent instruments from the school because they cannot afford to rent their own. With this donation from StubHub, the quality of instruments we received puts us on the same playing field for competitions with other wealthier schools in the area, as well as supplies instrument needs in our program,” said Samantha Stewart, Orchestra Director at Bedichek Middle School in Austin.

StubHub’s commitment continues to be an important one as music education is seeing dwindling public and private support, with low income school students receiving the least amount of local government funding, according to the National Center for Education. Research from the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation shows that schools with music programs have an estimated 90 percent graduation rate and 93 percent attendance rate compared to schools without music education, which average 72 percent for graduation and 85 percent in attendance.

To date, StubHub and the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation have successfully delivered more than $2MM in music instruments to more than 50 schools across the United States. Over the lifetime of the instruments, more than 100,000 kids across the country will benefit from this support.

“So much has been made possible through our relationship with StubHub, and receiving this grant truly changes the game in giving the benefits of music education to thousands of deserving and hopeful children,” said Felice Mancini, President of the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. With StubHub’s commitment to music education for all kids, we can delight in seeing eager kids’ faces light up when they hold new, beautiful instruments. Their lives and spirits are elevated, and the power of music is at work.”

More information about benefitting markets, schools and ways to participate will be announced at a later date. To learn more, visit


The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation was inspired by the acclaimed motion picture Mr. Holland’s Opus, the story of the profound effect a dedicated music teacher had on generations of students. The film’s composer, Michael Kamen, started the foundation in 1996 as his commitment to the future of music education. The Foundation keeps music alive in our schools by donating musical instruments to under-funded music programs, and vital support services to school districts nationwide, giving economically-disadvantaged youth access to the many benefits of music education, leading them to success in school, and inspiring creativity and expression through playing music. Hundreds of thousands of students across the country have benefited and more than 24,000 instruments have been donated to 1,510 school music programs. Please visit for more information.


The StubHub Foundation’s (a corporate advised fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation) mission is to expand access and opportunity for at-risk youth by supporting locally rooted, grassroots non-profit organizations working in sports, music, arts and tech-based youth development. In addition, as a leading technology company, we support organizations working to improve access and opportunity for at-risk youth through other means such as college and career readiness, technical training and education around the myriad career opportunities that exist within the technology sector.


At StubHub, our mission is simple: help fans find fun. We connect fans with their favorite teams, shows and artists and introduce them to the ones they’ll love next. As the largest ticket marketplace in the world, we enable fans to buy and sell tickets to tens of thousands of events, whenever they want, through our desktop and mobile experiences, including our StubHub app for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Android. Offering a superior fan experience at its core, StubHub reinvented the ticket resale market in 2000 and continues to lead it through innovation. Our industry firsts include the introduction of the first ticketing application, the first interactive seat mapping tool and the first live entertainment rewards program, Fan Rewards™. Our business partners include more than 130 properties in MLB, NBA, NHL, MLS and NCAA, plus AEG, AXS and Paciolan. With the acquisition of Ticketbis in August 2016, throughout the world, StubHub provides the total end-to-end event going experience. StubHub is an eBay company (NASDAQ: EBAY). For more information on StubHub, visit or follow @StubHub on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram or

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Strong Nonprofits Coalition To Albany Leaders: Pay Female Workers Fairly

Governor’s Budget Fails To Include Critical Funding For Nonprofit Human Services Workers

More Than 80% Of Human Services Workers Are Women, 44% Are Women Of Color

Press Release – ALBANY, N.Y. — Today, Strong Nonprofits for a Better New York—a statewide coalition of more than 350 nonprofit human services providers—hosted a press conference at the State Capitol calling on Governor Cuomo to increase funding in the budget for the wages of hundreds of thousands of nonprofit human services workers. More than 80 percent of human services workers are women, and 44 percent of the workforce are women of color.

Strong Nonprofits for a Better New York is asking the State to fully fund the minimum wage on direct contracts, and to provide much-needed salary increases for human services workers who were not covered in last year’s direct care increase. These frontline workers deliver critical services and programs across New York State including homeless services, mental care and elder assistance—fields where workers are chronically underpaid, often due to the historical stigma of being so-called “women’s work.”

While the Cuomo Administration’s work to raise the minimum wage to $15-per-hour was admirable, his budget fails to fully fund this minimum wage increase. Strong Nonprofits is asking the state to add $23 million in the budget for the human services sector to fund the new $15 minimum wage for all. The coalition is also calling on Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature to invest $65 million for a wage adjustment for hundreds of thousands of human services workers that were left out of last year’s budget.

In addition to the press conference, the coalition also hosted a “Women in Human Services Hall of Fame” in honor of Women’s History Month. The Hall of Fame highlighted notable women in the human services sector from past to present times. Inductees to the hall of fame were nominated by legislators and community leaders from across New York. To see an online version of the Women in Human Services Hall of Fame, visit:

Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said, “An investment in the human services workforce is an investment in closing the gender pay gap. Women like those in the Human Services Hall of Fame are doing the hard work on the front lines to ensure their neighbors have opportunity and economic security. Let’s make sure that they have the same.”

“I am proud to represent a district that is home to so many strong nonprofit organizations where women hold major leadership positions,” said Senator Velmanette Montgomery (S.D. 25). “These five women have devoted their time and energy to empowering others and I am so happy to see their work acknowledged here today. Our nonprofit community is on the front lines each day serving New Yorkers across the State. It is our responsibility as elected officials to support these important service providers in this year’s budget.”

“New York’s economic growth is tied to the investments we make in our workforce. While we have made great strides in raising the minimum wage, we must not overlook the current inequity faced by human services providers whose day to day work in our communities impact New Yorkers of all ages and from all walks of life,” said Assemblymember Nily Rozic (A.D. 25), Chair of the Task Force on Women’s Issues. “I join the Strong Nonprofits coalition in their advocacy and urge the Governor to include the necessary funding in this year’s budget.”

“We have to do better by women who are devoting their careers to human services in the non-profit sector. These are the women who are on the ground every day delivering essential services to New York residents who are in need,” said Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou (A.D. 65). “Women in this field are underappreciated and underpaid, and we need to bring more attention to this issue. The Assembly continues to push for women’s equality, and we need to make sure that women working in human services in the non-profit sector are part of the gender pay gap conversation.”

“I strongly support the efforts of Strong Nonprofits for Better New York to recognize the unsung heroes providing vital services across the state; individuals like Jennifer Perney,” said Assemblymember Donna A. Lupardo (A.D. 123). “As the Child Care Resource and Referral Director of the Family Enrichment Network, she perseveres in spite of a lack of adequate investment in the childcare workforce.”

“We’re in Albany today to underscore that it’s past time to fully fund our human services sector and its overwhelmingly female, chronically underpaid workforce—the frontline staffers who barely earn a living wage while providing vital services like child and elder care and homelessness services,” says FPWA CEO and Executive Director, Jennifer Jones Austin. “It’s time to move beyond empty promises and shore up the arbitrary funding commitments that plague the sector—rewarding some while neglecting others for the same work. If the Governor and legislature are serious about closing the gender pay gap, an investment in the sector whose salaries they have significant control over must be made now.”

“It’s time for Albany to start giving women a fair shot,” said Allison Sesso, Executive Director of the Human Services Council. “Frontline human services employees are predominantly women, and nearly half are women of color. If we really care about pay equity, our State leaders need to step up and fully fund wages for the hundreds of thousands of women providing vital services for their communities on behalf of the government.”

“Human services nonprofits that contract with the State provide invaluable programs and services to our communities, but they cannot help families, children, and the elderly without adequate funding and support for their workers and infrastructure. The Governor is promoting a Women’s Equality Agenda and is seeking to address the gender pay gap, he has a perfect opportunity to address some of these issues appropriately during Women’s History Month. He can no longer pay lip service to a problem that he has the ability to fix,” said Ron Deutsch, executive director of Fiscal Policy Institute. “Over eighty percent of all human services workers are women and almost half are women of color. The majority of women human services workers are college-educated and the services they deliver require skilled dedication and compassion, but sadly almost sixty percent qualify for public assistance programs like Medicaid and SNAP to support their families. The Governor has failed to deliver a cost of living increase to these workers for eight years and has chosen not to increase state contracts to reflect the rising minimum wage. If he is serious about addressing the gender pay gap he needs to start in his own backyard. Enough is enough.”

“On March 13th, Urban Pathways proudly stands as a member of Strong Nonprofits for a Better New York to recognize the notable women in human services in New York State who have devoted themselves to the betterment of communities across New York State,” said Frederick Shack, CEO of Urban Pathways, Inc. “We also urge Governor Cuomo and the New York State Assembly and Senate to adopt a FY19 budget that truly recognizes the contributions of women in human services – including the 182 women at Urban Pathways – and provides overdue salary increases for a workforce that is more than 80 percent women.”

“Now, more than ever, we are relying on Not-for-Profit Human Service Agencies, to fill the major gaps that exist from various federal cuts,” said Maria Dibble, Executive Director of the Southern Tier Independence Center. “Yet, the more we work to ensure that people don’t fall through the cracks, the more it seems that our needs and concerns are ignored. We require funds to offer decent wages when recruiting and then trying to retain quality workers, and we must support the sagging infrastructure of NY providers. If we are to honor a month that celebrates the achievement of Women, than we should fund the agencies that employ them in very high percentages.”

“The New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON) is proud to join the Strong Nonprofits for a Better New York Campaign in recognizing the immeasurable contributions women have made in the field of human services. Many of our member organizations are part of the human services sector, and they work exceptionally hard to provide care, hope and dignity to people in need. Our communities are healthier and stronger because many women (and men) choose the often-thankless, underpaid work of a human services worker, knowing that every day they have an opportunity to improve peoples’ lives,” said Doug Sauer, CEO of New York Council of Nonprofits.

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Wahed, The First Digital Halal-Focused Ethical Investing Platform, Launches Mobile App

Easy-To-Use App Available for iOS and Android

Press Release – New York City, NY – March 14, 2018Wahed Invest LLC (“Wahed”), the first digital halal-focused ethical investing platform, today launched mobile apps for iOS and Android, enabling people to invest ethically wherever they are located. Using Wahed’s mobile app, individuals can get an optimized and diversified halal portfolio, open an account, securely link their bank accounts to their investment portfolios, quickly access their funds, deposit money into accounts and monitor the performance of their portfolios, all from their smartphone.

The apps can be download at

Users of the app are prompted with a variety of questions that enable Wahed to find investment portfolios that best meet their risk tolerance, financial preferences and economic objectives and needs.

“The interest we’ve seen from existing and potential clients about our web platform has been amazing, and are thrilled to expand our capabilities for new and existing clients,” said Junaid Wahedna, CEO, Wahed Invest. “People gain financial insights at all times and in all locations, and want to act on them immediately today’s mobile world. Wahed is pleased to offer new and existing clients the opportunity to invest in their futures in increasingly convenient and opportunistic ways through an app that further revolutionizes the halal investing industry.”

Wahed’s easy-to-use digital investing platform is the first automated Halal-focused system that is overseen by an Ethical Review Board, preventing concerned investors from investing in companies that do not agree with their values (e.g., companies involved in any aspect of the liquor, firearms, gambling and tobacco industries). The platform also screens investments that generate profit from interest and those that do not comply with certain debt ratios.

About Wahed

Wahed is a technology driven company democratizing Islamic finance by increasing investment accessibility. Wahed’s investment portfolios are approved by an Ethical Review Board, enabling concerned investor to feel confident that their investments are halal. Please see for more information about Wahed.

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Lymphoma Research Foundation Launches Redesigned Site to Better Serve the Lymphoma and CLL Community

Nation’s Largest Lymphoma Research and Patient Services Organization Consults with Blood Cancer Patients, Caregivers, and Physicians to Redesign

Press Release – New York, NY – The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) – the nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted exclusively to funding the most promising young lymphoma investigators and serving the lymphoma community through exceptional education – has announced the launch of its redesigned website, The new online platform was designed based on the feedback of lymphoma patients, caregivers, and physicians, in order to better address the needs of this diverse population.

Each year, more than one million people access the Lymphoma Research Foundation’s digital resources. The fully responsive is designed to give patients access to today’s most comprehensive lymphoma-specific information in any format, from anywhere. Whether newly diagnosed, in remission, or a long-term survivor, the Lymphoma Research Foundation created the new to help guide patients and their loved ones through their journey with lymphoma.

“We understand that the discoveries made in the lab are only as effective as our ability to communicate these developments to patients and their loved ones,” said Meghan Gutierrez, Chief Executive Officer of the Lymphoma Research Foundation. “The Lymphoma Research Foundation has always been the trusted source for scientifically reviewed, up-to-date information, but the robust features and simplified navigation of this website will allow patients, caregivers, and physicians more direct access to the information they need at their fingertips.”

The mobile-friendly website features updated disease-specific information for patients and their loved ones, grant opportunities for researchers, and fundraising platforms for supporters. LRF used key website analytics to redesign critical features with the patient-perspective in mind, including simplified navigation to help them learn about various lymphoma subtypes, quick links to answer: “what is lymphoma,” “what resources are available” and “what can I do to help,” and options to easily connect with the LRF Helpline.

“A lymphoma diagnosis can be overwhelming for patients and their loved ones but having access to comprehensive and current information about their disease can be empowering. That is why the Lymphoma Research Foundation has redesigned our website – to make it easier for our visitors to find what they need when they need it,” said Peggy Ann Torney, LRF Chief Strategy, Communications and Engagement Officer. “LRF’s patient- and caregiver-centered approach was central to developing this new site. We hope visitors find the new informative and, perhaps most importantly, hopeful.”

The new website also features enables lymphoma researchers to stay abreast of grant opportunities and makes it easier for healthcare professionals to register for CME programs and bulk order LRF’s materials for their offices. In support of its dual mission of eradicating lymphoma and serving those touched by this disease, the new focuses on helping the entire lymphoma community navigate the intricacies of a blood cancer diagnosis by delivering the most exceptional resources to those impacted by lymphoma.

About the Lymphoma Research Foundation

The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) is the nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted to funding innovative research and serving the lymphoma community through a comprehensive series of education programs, outreach initiatives and patient services. To date, LRF has awarded more than $60 million in lymphoma-specific research. For additional information on LRF’s research, education and services, visit

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