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INFINITI Donates More Than $8 Million To Charity Throughout NCAA Partnership, Over $1 Million During The 2018 Season

  • INFINITI donates $1.1 million to various charities through INFINITI’s relationship with the NCAA®, which includes a donation of $774,180 to the American Cancer Society in partnership with the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
  • INFINITI donated an additional $349,000 to various philanthropies through the INFINITI Coaches’ Charity Challenge and the INFINITI sponsored CBS Round-by-Round Bracket Challenge.
  • Dave Rose, head coach at Brigham Young University, who won the INFINITI Coaches’ Charity Challenge, received a $100,000 donation to benefit the Simmons Center for Cancer Research at BYU.

Press Release – NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 14, 2018) – INFINITI is proud to announce it has donated $1,160,680 to charitable organizations as part of the brand’s ongoing corporate partnership with the NCAA and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Today, Phil O’Connor, director of Marketing Communications and Media at INFINITI Americas, presented the checks to the winning philanthropies at INFINITI’s North American headquarters.

INFINITI also donated an additional $349,000 to multiple charities individually selected by participating NCAA Division I men’s basketball coaches through the INFINITI Coaches’ Charity Challenge, in which fans voted for their favorite coaches on social media and online. Head coach Dave Rose of Brigham Young University won the challenge, and $100,000 was donated to Simmons Center for Cancer Research at BYU.

“We’re proud to partner with INFINITI, the NABC and our NCAA coaches on the INFINITI Coaches’ Charity Challenge, which provides funding to organizations who in turn help individuals in need,” said Ellen Lucey, director of NCAA championships and alliances, corporate relations, marketing and branding. “The charity challenge is a great example of how the NABC and INFINITI support coaches around our NCAA men’s basketball tournament. It’s great when we can use sports as a platform to provide assistance to deserving organizations and communities.”

Additionally, INFINITI donated $700,000 through the CBS Round-by-Round Bracket Challenge. During March Madness, fans were encouraged to create their brackets using the Round-by-Round Bracket, the only bracket that donated money per correct pick to Coaches vs. Cancer. More than 14 million fans participated, with 9 million correct picks. By participating, fans also entered to win tickets to the 2019 Final Four game.

“For the eighth year in a row, INFINITI is proud to support the NABC, NCAA and Coaches vs. Cancer, by bringing fans, coaches and players together in the fight against cancer,” O’Connor said. “We’re honored to be a part of the ‘madness’ every March and take the opportunity to donate to a very important cause.”

INFINITI also hosted its third annual Hardwood Heroes Game. Consisting of two teams of cancer survivors, each coached by legendary NCAA coaches, the game kicked off the Final Four weekend at the Alamodome to raise awareness for cancer research. The team coached by Jim Calhoun, along with Assistant Coach Shelley Smith, scored three more points than the team coached by Bo Ryan, with Assistant Coach Kayce Smith, but all were winners at this inspirational game.

Outside the Alamodome, INFINITI presented the Charity Stripe Challenge at Tailgate Plaza, an on-site fundraiser throughout the Final Four weekend. INFINITI donated $74,180 towards Coaches vs. Cancer through a free throw contest with fans.

Since its partnership with the NCAA began in 2009, INFINITI has donated more than $8 million to a variety of charitable organizations.

About INFINITI

INFINITI Motor Company Ltd. is headquartered in Hong Kong with representations in 50 markets around the world. The INFINITI brand was launched in 1989. Its range of premium automobiles is currently built in manufacturing facilities in Japan, the United States, United Kingdom and China. INFINITI design studios are located in Atsugi-Shi near Yokohama, London, San Diego and Beijing. INFINITI is in the middle of a major product offensive. The brand has been widely acclaimed for its daring design and innovative driver-assistance technologies. From the 2016 season, INFINITI is a technical partner of the Renault Sport Formula One team, contributing its expertise in hybrid performance.

Find more information about INFINITI, its industry leading technologies and the all-new 2019 QX50 midsize luxury crossover at www.INFINITIUSA.com. You can also follow INFINITI US on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and see all our latest videos on YouTube.

About NCAA

The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletic opportunities for more than 450,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships in Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit www.NCAA.org and www.NCAA.com for more details about the Association, its goals, members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes. [NCAA is a trademark of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.]

About the National Association of Basketball Coaches

Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest “Phog” Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men’s basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today’s student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.org.

About Coaches vs. Cancer

For the last 25 years, the Coaches vs. Cancer program has united basketball coaches and fans nationwide in collaboration with the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches to defeat a common enemy: cancer. With your passion and dedicated support, the impact has been felt in communities nationwide. Through fundraising and education initiatives including Suits & Sneakers Week and the 3-Point Challenge, Coaches vs. Cancer has worked together with the Society to help increase the number of cancer survivors to more than 15 million strong. The fight isn’t over, and we need you on our team. To learn more about the Coaches vs. Cancer program, visit coachesvscancer.org or visit us on social media at @CoachesvsCancer.


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Scentsy Grants Go To 17 Treasure Valley Charities

Press Release – Meridian, Idaho — June 14, 2018— Scentsy, an international fragrance and home décor company, has donated more than $135,000 to 17 local charities and organizations that help families thrive and strengthen our community.

Scentsy is a longtime supporter of many charitable causes such as The Salvation Army, One Stone and the Treasure Valley Down Syndrome Association, but many organizations were first-time recipients of a Scentsy grant. More than 100 organizations and individuals applied for Scentsy’s 2018 grants.

This year’s grant recipients include the Treasure Valley Down Syndrome Association, The Salvation Army Boise Corps, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho, JDRF, Children’s Home Society of Idaho, One Stone, Corwyn’s Cause, St. Luke’s CARES, Camp Rainbow Gold, Move Over MSA, Idaho Diabetes Youth Programs, Nampa Public Library Foundation, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Boise State Athletic Association, The Jesse Tree of Idaho, Life’s Kitchen, Boise Valley Habitat for Humanity and the Women’s and Children’s Alliance.

Scentsy’s donation to the Treasure Valley Down Syndrome Association will benefit the Treasure Valley iCan Bike Camp, which teaches special needs children how to ride a conventional two-wheeled bike independently in a safe, encouraging and supported environment.

“Scentsy’s support will help us provide an opportunity for individuals with disabilities to learn a new skill that will help them be more included in their community,” said Lucy Olmos, Treasure Valley iCan Bike Camp Director.

Generosity is one of Scentsy’s core values and the community “Direct Giving” grants are one facet of the company’s charitable giving efforts. Scentsy’s owners, Orville and Heidi Thompson, believe in “giving more than you take” and strengthening the community where they built their business. Since 2010, Scentsy’s Direct Giving Program has helped more than 150 Valley organizations and donated more than $1,167,000.00.

About Scentsy

Scentsy, Inc. (www.scentsy.com) offers innovative and customizable products that Warm the Heart, Enliven the Senses and Inspire the Soul. Scentsy features safe, fragrant alternatives to traditional wicked candles, on-the-go fragrances, laundry care, inventive cleaning solutions and luxurious personal care products for women, men and kids. Scentsy products are sold through a network of Independent Consultants running home-based businesses throughout North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.


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This New Social Network Changes Everything

Press Release – NEW YORK, June 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Over the course of your lifetime, you spend around 5 YEARS on social media – over 40,000 hours.

If that statistic gave you a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach, it’s probably because your social media experience is mindless. You catch yourself scrolling through your feeds, clicking on articles you don’t care about, ‘liking’ things without a second thought.

But what if you could transform your time spent on social media into a purposeful, lifelong venture? What if you could immortalize your love and generosity? What if you could uphold meaningful connections with the people you love AND make a positive contribution to a charity of your choice without touching your wallet or really changing your daily routine?

Highlanders allows you to do all of that at once, for free. This revolutionary App will affect the way we think about our whole life and will also change the way we support charities and nonprofits.

The aim of the app is to create an everlasting digital presence. You can do this by building out your own profile, expanding your network by inviting friends and family to the app, and engaging with your community and interests.

The app uses ‘Hearts’ as a form of currency. You can acquire them by showing appreciation for any content on the app, as well as receiving some on stories you’ve posted. Once you’ve earned Hearts, you can use them to redeem Wishes by donating a chunk of them to your charity of choice.

You can use Wishes to create events that will be initiated after your passing. For example, you could leave a special message to your son that he’ll receive the next time he goes back to that lake up in the mountains where you used to camp together every summer. You could send flowers to your granddaughter when she graduates. Or have personalized videos sent to friends on their birthday each year. The goal is for your heart to live on even in your absence – for your friends and family to feel the love forever.

And the best part is all of your activity on the app positively contributes to society. 50% of Highlanders’ profits – plus $1 for every active user – goes to charity.

Social media isn’t going anywhere. So why not use those 40,000+ hours we’re going to spend scrolling feeds for something good?

SOURCE Highlanders, LLC


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The Drug Enforcement Administration And Discovery Education Name Grand Prize Winner Of Operation Prevention Video Challenge

— Utah teen to receive $10,000 for his public service announcement on dangers of youth opioid misuse —

Press Release – Washington D.C. (Thursday, June 14, 2018) – The United States Drug Enforcement Administration, the DEA Educational Foundation and Discovery Education awarded Porter Christensen of Pine View High School in Utah (Washington County School District), the grand prize for the annual Operation Prevention Video Challenge. Christensen’s public service announcement entitled “Waiting to Die” elicits the visceral experience of opioid misuse while taking viewers inside the mind of one teen’s decision making.

Teenagers across the nation were invited to submit 30-60 second video public service announcements that capture their unique voice in order to communicate the opioid epidemic as a national crisis. In “Waiting to Die,” Christensen connects peer-to-peer by displaying self-talk that can lead to poor choices teens later regret. His character in the video urges viewers to “please don’t make the same mistake.”

“Having to operate the camera while being the actor is challenging, but incredibly satisfying when I see my finished product. I hope that through my writing, editing and music, my peers are able to comprehend the emotion I tried to convey,” said Christensen.

The second-annual video challenge is a part of a joint nationwide education initiative titled Operation Prevention that educates students about the science behind addiction and its impact on the brain and body. Available at no cost, the initiative’s resources help promote lifesaving discussions in the home and classroom.

“Teens are agents of change, and their actions speak volumes to peers. Together, we can work toward raising awareness, and most importantly, prevention, among our youth population,” said Acting DEA Administrator Robert W. Patterson. “Congratulations to Porter for lending his voice to an important cause and producing a powerful portrayal of the pain opioid misuse causes.”

The winning video was chosen by a panel of educators and judges at Discovery Education, the DEA and DEA Educational Foundation. The other winners include:

  • Second Place: Palmer Williams of Hillgrove High School in Powder Springs, Georgia (Cobb County School District) will receive $5,000 for the video “One Bad Choice.”
  • Third Place: Calvin Simon, Elijah Mitchell, Hassiara McNeal, and Jessica Ohlsen of Atlantic County Institute of Technology in Atlantic County, N.J. (Atlantic County Vocational School District) will receive $1,000 for their contribution titled “This Isn’t You.”
  • People’s Choice Award: Garrett Miller, Ayanna Fourte, Robert Smith and ZaQuan Muhammad of Kenwood Academy in Chicago, Ill. (Chicago Public School District) earned the most votes in the People’s Choice Award category for “Don’t Do It.” Selected through a period of public voting online, the People’s Choice Award winners will receive an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the DEA Training Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

The prizes awarded to the first, second, third place and People’s Choice Award winners are provided courtesy of the DEA Educational Foundation.

The videos of the winners can be viewed at operationprevention.com/video-challenge. Winning public service announcements will be featured across DE and DEA digital and social media platforms.

“Porter’s ‘Operation Prevention’ video submission communicated an honest, connected and proactive stance on dangers of drug abuse,” said Kelly Thomas, fine arts teacher, Pine View High School, Washington County School District. “It’s vital that we raise conversations and inspire solutions in the fight against the opioid epidemic. He continues to use his art to help the world become a better place.”

“Congratulations to all challenge winners for starting an important conversation with teens across the nation. We’re humbled by the students, families and educators who have joined this tremendous effort to promote drug-free living in our communities and schools,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education.

To learn more about Operation Prevention, visit operationprevention.com. For more information about Discovery Education’s Streaming Plus services, digital content and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @DiscoveryEd.

To review the full press release, visit HERE.


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New Analysis Questions Impact Of Reform In Era Of Mass Incarceration

The report, from the Vera Institute of Justice, uses new measurements that reveal different trends in incarceration

Press Release – The rise of mass incarceration was characterized by near universal, continuous growth in jail and prison populations across state and county lines, and in jurisdictions of all sizes. While universal growth is finally a thing of the past, it has not been neatly supplanted by decarceration. Instead, the single trend of growth fragmented into distinct trends of decarceration, stagnation, continued growth, and jurisdictional shifts that vary from state to state and county to county. As a result, the “old standard” of using state prison population as the primary indicator of the state of mass incarceration has become ineffective – and even misleading.

The New Dynamics of Mass Incarceration, released today by the Vera Institute of Justice, provides a first-in-kind look at the multiplicity of incarceration trends that have emerged since the new millennium—which is widely recognized as an era of criminal justice reform. The report, supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge, moves beyond the convention of using state prison populations as the measure of reform and instead explores the complex relationship between local jails and state prisons. It illuminates both where decarceration has happened and where true reform has remained elusive, creating a fresh sense of urgency to end our national overreliance on incarceration.

“The aim of this report is not to throw cold water on reform, but rather to add fuel to the fire”, said Christian Henrichson, Center Research Director at Vera. “Vera’s research shows there is an urgent need to rethink our approach to ending mass incarceration. While we celebrate the successes that have been achieved, the road to countering systemic injustice is difficult and complex. And failure comes at too high a cost. Mass incarceration leaves behind a long legacy that has stripped away the dignity of those behind bars, overly burdened people of color, ripped apart families and communities, and caused intergenerational harm that we cannot begin to quantify. We can and we must do better.”

This report comes as more and more states adopt legislation aimed at reducing prison and jail incarceration, and rhetoric from many policymakers continues to shift from “tough on crime” to “smart on crime. Between 2013 and 2015, at least 286 bills, executive orders, or ballot initiatives targeting sentencing or corrections reform were adopted across 46 states.

But the comprehensive metrics detailed in The New Dynamics of Mass Incarceration, including jail admissions, pretrial jail population, sentenced jail population, and prison admissions, illuminate where policy change and public narrative continue to fall short.

For example, Arkansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and West Virginia continue to incarcerate people in both prisons and jails at all-time high rates that keep increasing. In fact, while much of the country is locking fewer people in jails and prisons, Kentucky is among a handful of states where prison and jails are growing so fast that, if they continued at their current rate, the entire state would be incarcerated in just 113 years.

Many jurisdictions that have enacted reforms to meaningfully reduce incarceration in one part of the system may have failed to look at the full picture, including both prison and jail. For example, Indiana has reduced prison admissions by 25 percent and seen county jail populations grow by 32 percent between 2015 and 2017. In this context, true decarceration remains elusive as states and counties shift populations between prison and jail custody—a kind of incarceration shell game.

“This report sheds new light on the many drivers of mass incarceration and shows that we must focus more on the relationship between prisons and jails, not just prison population numbers, to keep advancing justice system reform,” said Laurie Garduque, director of justice reform at the MacArthur Foundation. “When considering local strategies that better address the drivers of incarceration, researchers and reformers should include a wider set of metrics – including prison admissions, jail admissions, pretrial jail populations, and sentenced jail populations – that look at both jails and prisons in concert.”

Link to full report: https://www.vera.org/publications/the-new-dynamics-of-mass-incarceration


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Make-A-Wish® America CEO Announces Succession Plan

David Williams will depart the organization later this year after 14 years of distinguished leadership

Press Release – PHOENIX, June 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Make-A-Wish America today announced that David Williams, president and CEO, will depart the organization later this year after a successful 14-year career helping to drive the organization’s overall strategy and vision.

Make-A-Wish® America CEO Announces Succession Plan

Williams has served as the president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America since 2005. Under his leadership, the organization has realized record growth, with overall revenue doubling to more than $342 million. The organization has granted 195,000 wishes to children in the U.S. and its territories during Williams’ tenure.

“We express our gratitude to David for his dedication and invaluable contributions in leading the organization in its simple, but powerful mission to grant life-changing wishes to children with critical illnesses,” said Brenda Yester Baty, Chair of the Make-A-Wish America Board of Directors. “We have built a strong foundation as an effective organization, and our seasoned senior leadership remains committed to exceeding the needs of our families, staff, partners and supporters.”

A search for Williams’ successor is already underway, and the organization anticipates naming a new CEO before the end of the year.

About Make-A-Wish America

Make-A-Wish® America creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We seek to bring every eligible child’s wish to life because a wish is an integral part of a child’s treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight their illness. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Make-A-Wish is the leading children’s wish-granting organization, serving children in every community in the United States. Together, generous donors, supporters, staff and more than 35,000 volunteers across the U.S., grant a wish every 34 minutes, on average, somewhere in the country. Since 1980, Make-A-Wish has granted more than 300,000 wishes to children in the U.S. and its territories; more than 15,400 in 2017 alone. For more information about Make-A-Wish America, visit wish.org.

SOURCE Make-A-Wish America


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Angel Tank, a Shark Tank for Purpose-Driven Seed Stage Investors and Entrepreneurs, Selects Winners in First-Ever Competition

Event drew a talented pool of social entrepreneurs and leading Bay Area venture investors at SEED 2018

Press Release – SAN FRANCISCO, June 12, 2018Real Leaders, the world’s first sustainable business and leadership magazine, and ImpactAssets, a nonprofit financial services firm that increases the flow of capital into investments delivering financial, social and environmental returns, today announced the winners of Angel Tank, a first-ever event that matched impact investment with social entrepreneurs seeking solutions to pressing global problems.

Modeled after “Shark Tank,” the reality TV business series, Angel Tank debuted at the SEED 2018 Conference and featured leading Bay Area venture investors as judges, and a select group of six social entrepreneurs who competed for prizes to help bring their world-changing ideas to market.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to support and showcase this exceptional group of social entrepreneurs,” said Real Leaders Founder Mark Van Ness, an active impact investor and advocate for gender-balanced leadership. “Their fresh ideas and inspiring vision are helping to transform business as a force for good—for profit, people and planet.”

And the winners are:

  • Legworks, Inc., a Toronto and Buffalo-based social enterprise that is revolutionizing access to high-quality prosthetics for amputees around the world. Winner of The Angels Choice Award, a $10,000 cash investment prize selected by the panel of angel judges.
  • Roots Studio, which digitizes the work and stories of traditional artists in India, Indonesia, Panama, and Jordan, among other regions, enabling artists to participate in the global economy without having to be in an urban center. Winner of The Audience Choice Award, a $10,000 cash investment prize for the venture that receives the most votes cast live during the competition.
  • Countable, a political media company that helps voters contact their elected representatives about issues that matter. Winner of the Real Leaders’ Spotlight Award, a media package that was selected by attendees who cast votes for social entrepreneurs participating at SEED 2018. Countable is also a custom impact investment being made through ImpactAssets.
  • In addition, a tech-enabled Live Investing Marketplace raised more than $25,000 for the entrepreneurs. The Forum allowed attendees to make tax-deductible investments of $25 or more into social ventures through the ImpactAssets Giving Fund.

Other social entrepreneurs participating in the Angel Tank included Designing Justice & Designing Spaces, which use innovations in architecture, design, and real estate development to attack the root causes of mass incarceration; Thrive Natural Care, creator of the first regenerative supply chain in the personal care industry; and Yellow Leaf Hammocks, a hand-woven hammock company that is breaking the cycle of extreme poverty through sustainable job creation by hiring artisan weavers and their families in developing countries. The six ventures also received offers of help and advice from over 100 attendees at the event.

Angel Tanks also featured a powerhouse panel of venture investors who evaluated and counseled social entrepreneurs, including:

  • Anders Aabo, Sorenson Impact
  • Jorge Davy-Mendez, Kapor Capital
  • Keith Ippel, Spring Activator
  • Sayuri Sharp, SV2
  • Beth Stelluto, Gnu Foundation

“The opportunities for investing in social enterprises has never been greater—or more critical,” said Tim Freundlich, President of ImpactAssets. “Angel Tank represents a smart and surprising platform for uniting investment capital with world-changing ideas. We look forward to the next Angel Tank, which will take place around SOCAP 2018 In October.”

About Real Leaders

Real Leaders is the world’s first sustainable business & leadership magazine. We aim to inspire better leaders for a better world; a world of far-sighted, sustainable leadership that helps find solutions to the problems that 7.5 billion people have created on a small planet. We want to ensure that the next generation of leaders, in all spheres of influence, are exposed to the best and brightest minds in the hope that they are inspired to find profitable business solutions that benefit humankind. Real Leaders advises and positions leaders to thrive in the new economy.

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 and other asset owners and their wealth advisors advance social or environmental change through impact investment and philanthropy. The Giving Fund currently has upwards of $450M in assets from a community of more than 1,000 donors.


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Dr. Mary Pulido Elected to National Board of The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC)

Pulido has served as President of APSAC’s New York State chapter since 2014 and as Executive Director of The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC) since 2001

Press Release – New York, NY – June 12, 2018 – Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D., Executive Director of The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (The NYSPCC) and a tireless advocate for the rights of children, has been elected to the National Board of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC). She currently serves as President of the New York State chapter of the organization, in addition to her executive role at The NYSPCC.

“I am honored to join the dedicated children’s rights team on APSAC’s national board,” Dr. Pulido says. “This is a great opportunity to weigh in on national issues impacting child abuse treatment and prevention at an organization that works day and night to improve society’s response to the neglect of its children. Protecting children from harm is on all of us, and APSAC and The NYSPCC work tirelessly to right these unfathomable wrongs.”

ASPAC, founded in 1987, is a nonprofit, national organization focused on meeting the needs of professionals engaged in all aspects of services for maltreated children and their families. The organization promotes effective interdisciplinary approaches to identification, intervention, treatment, and prevention of child maltreatment, and achieves its mission in a number of ways — most notably through expert training and educational activities, policy leadership and collaboration, and consultation that emphasize theoretically sound, evidence-based principles.

As Executive Director at The NYSPCC, Dr. Pulido oversees all program activities, which include a variety of best-practice counseling, educational, and legal services. Established in 1875 as the first child protection agency in the world, The NYSPCC laid the groundwork and assumed the main role in the protective investigation, removal, and placement of abused and neglected children when no other organization was willing. Since its incorporation 140 years ago, The NYSPCC has investigated more than 650,000 cases on behalf of over 2,000,000 children. The NYSPCC has also educated over 50,000 professionals who work with children on how to identify and report suspected child abuse and neglect.

Dr. Pulido has over three decades of practice addressing the needs of fragile families and abused and neglected children. She has a Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the City University of New York, and Master’s Degrees in Social Work from Hunter College and in Teaching from Sacred Heart University. In 2010, Dr. Pulido was honored to be named “Outstanding Professional” by APSAC.


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Musicians and Vocalists Gather at The Jewish Theological Seminary for Interfaith Song and Prayer

Internationally renowned musicians and vocalists from Jewish, Christian, and Muslim backgrounds come together to sing and pray for the peace and future of the Holy City

Press Release – June 12, 2018 (NEW YORK) – On June 20 at 7:30 p.m., The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) will host a unique gathering of clergy, vocalists, and musicians from the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian traditions. “Songs for the Holy City: An Interfaith Evening of Music and Prayer” will feature Rabbi Tamar Elad Appelbaum, spiritual leader of Kehillat Zion, Jerusalem; Imam Abdullah Antepli, chief representative of Muslim Affairs and adjunct faculty of Islamic Studies, Duke University; and Ara Dinkjian, world-renowned oud master and liturgical musician in the Armenian Apostolic Church. They will be joined by kanun player Hasan Isakkut and vocalists Onnik Dinkjian, Rabbi Roly Matalon, and Ms. Shelley Thomas for an evening of song and prayer for the peace and future of Jerusalem/Yerushalayim/Al Quds.

The event is co-sponsored by the John Paul II Center for Interreligious Dialogue at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Rome) and the Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue at The Jewish Theological Seminary (New York) with the help of the Russell Berrie Foundation.

“We are honored to bring together a talented and diverse group of clergy, vocalists, and musicians to celebrate the Holy City of Jerusalem,” said Arnold M. Eisen, chancellor of The Jewish Theological Seminary. “We hope that this event sets the stage for future collaboration and interfaith initiatives.”

This program will also be live streamed at no charge at www.jtsa.edu/live.

About The Jewish Theological Seminary

JTS is a preeminent institution of Jewish higher education, training thoughtful, innovative leaders—rabbis, cantors, educators, lay leaders, and scholars—who strengthen our communities with a vision of Judaism that is deeply grounded in the Jewish past and thoroughly engaged with contemporary society. JTS also provides high-caliber lifelong learning and professional development to our alumni, adult learners, and Jewish communities throughout North America. Through its Library, JTS preserves and makes accessible to students and scholars throughout the world the greatest collection of Judaica in the Western Hemisphere.


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REPORT: The Number of Black Women-led Startups Has More Than Doubled Since 2016 According to digitalundivided’s Latest Research, ProjectDiane 2018

With ProjectDiane 2018, digitalundivided is Single-Handedly Impacting the Narrative About Black Women in the Startup Ecosystem

Press Release – (ATLANTA, June 13, 2018) – digitalundivided, a social enterprise that takes a transformative approach to economic empowerment by boldly empowering Black and Latinx women to own their work through entrepreneurship, today released the ProjectDiane 2018 report in collaboration with JPMorgan Chase, the Case Foundation, and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The study is part of digitalundivided’s ongoing proprietary research initiative ProjectDiane.

ProjectDiane 2018 builds on the findings from ProjectDiane 2016, which was the first research project to quantify the entrepreneurial experience of Black women founders in the U.S. and sparked a national dialogue about inclusive innovation and entrepreneurship. It includes updated data on access to funding, new findings on the impact of location and education on startup success, and a fresh quantitative lens on Black women founders and their startup journey. The 2018 study also revisits the $1MM founders club and examines key changes to this much anticipated list of Black women who have raised over $1MM in outside capital. The report represents data and findings from ongoing quantitative and qualitative analysis by a dedicated team of researchers and scholars led by digitalundivided.

“We are proud to be continuing the push toward a world where all women own their work through entrepreneurship, because that’s the path to real power and economic stability for Black and Latinx communities. digitalundivided understands the impact of data on policy and startup ecosystems which is why we’re committed to using ProjectDiane to further develop data-driven programs for Black and Latinx women founders and shape the narrative about women of color in startups,” says Kathryn Finney, CEO and Managing Director of digitalundivided.

Key findings from the report include:

  • The number of innovative startups founded by Black women has more than doubled since 2016. There are 2.5 times as many startups in the ProjectDiane 2018 database (227) compared to 2016 (84).
  • The median funding raised by all Black women founders is $0. While there is a growing number of Black women crossing the $1MM venture threshold, a majority of Black women-led startups do not raise any money.
  • After the release of ProjectDiane 2016, the amount raised by Black women founders increased 500%, from $50 million in 2016 to $250 million in 2017.
  • Still, Black women raised only .0006% of all tech venture funding since 2009.
  • At the undergraduate level, Howard University, a historically black college and university (HBCU) in Washington, D.C. produced more Black women-led startups than Harvard University. The larger population of Black women may be a factor in Howard outperforming Harvard, however Harvard has significantly more resources than Howard and a strong, long term history of producing successful startups (Microsoft, Facebook).

JPMorgan Chase has invested $500,000 in digitalundivided as part of the firm’s $150 million Small Business Forward initiative to invest in businesses owned by minorities, women and veteran entrepreneurs. The funding includes support for the 2018 ProjectDiane report, as well as a nine-month cohort for 40 startups founded by women of color at digitalundivided’s BIG incubator.

“Women of color are the fastest growing segment of entrepreneurs. While some progress has been made, ProjectDiane underscores the economic opportunity left on the table when good ideas and small businesses led by women of color do not get the resources they deserve,” said Janis Bowdler, President of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation. “digitalundivided is doing incredible work in their goal to elevate women of color as business leaders and entrepreneurs. Thanks to their efforts, we are beginning to change the face of entrepreneurship in the tech industry.”

“Expanding access to capital for women and entrepreneurs of color nationwide – segments that have traditionally been overlooked – is good for entrepreneurs and for the overall U.S. economy,” said Jean Case, CEO of the Case Foundation. “digitalundivided is breaking down barriers to economic growth and lifting up new innovators who are driving ingenuity and building more inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystems that are critical to our nation’s economic future.”

“We believe that everyone has a fundamental right to turn an idea into an economic reality, regardless of who they are or where they’re from,” said Chris Harris, senior program officer at the Kauffman Foundation. “digitalundivided has demonstrated uncommon solutions to leveling the playing field for entrepreneurs who have been excluded due to demographic, socioeconomic and geographic barriers.”

For the full ProjectDiane 2018 report and findings and to learn more about the research visit the interactive site www.projectdiane.digitalundivided.com.


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