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The National Wildlife Federation and Beesponsible® Team Up to Save Threatened Bee Populations

#DontKillMyBuzz drives awareness and donations for bee-friendly programs

Press Release – WICHITA, Kan., March 5, 2018 – Today, the National Wildlife Federation and Beesponsible® announced the launch of ‘Don’t Kill My Buzz’, a social advocacy campaign aimed at reversing the decline of bee populations and promoting bee-friendly, pesticide-free gardening and conservation efforts.

The partnership comes after news last year that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service added the first bumble bee (the rusty patched bumble bee) to the endangered species list as part of the U.S. Endangered Species Act. The species was once an excellent pollinator of wildflowers, cranberries and other important crops including plum, apple, alfalfa and onion seed.

“Bees are responsible for one in three bites of food we take. Without them, our entire food production system as well as natural ecosystems would come to a grinding halt,” said David Mizejewski, naturalist for the National Wildlife Federation. “But bee populations have been declining at alarming rates.This campaign deals with the issue head-on to educate people on the role they play in the decline and the actions they can take to reverse it.”

Bee-lovers can participate in the campaign and help spread the word by sharing their love of bees via social media using #dontkillmybuzz and tagging @beesponsible. For each such post, Beesponsible® will donate $1 to the National Wildlife Federation (up to $100,000) to support the organization’s conservation efforts, such as Garden for Wildlife® and other pollinator-friendly, pesticide-free gardening programs. They can also purchase campaign t-shirts via, with $5 from each sale also supporting the National Wildlife Federation.

“Don’t Kill My Buzz is a playful statement with serious roots, taking the issue of the world’s bee decline to a literal level. Our goal is to bring attention to plummeting bee populations and inspire people to do something to help,” said Jessica Cummings, communications director for Beesponsible. “We’re proud to be supporting the National Wildlife Federation and turning all the buzz about bees into meaningful change.”

To learn more about #dontkillmybuzz and other ways to Beesponsible, such as bee-friendly gardening and community activism, visit and follow Beesponsible® on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Beesponsible®

Bees love us. They pollinate our fields, orchards and gardens. They bring sweetness to our lives. But bees are threatened and need our help. That’s why a few bee-lovers in Kansas started the Beesponsible movement to celebrate the deep connection we share with bees and inspire people to do something to help them. Beesponsible means making a promise to bees and to the environment, and taking personal responsibility to help them. In the world today, this collective effort to Beesponsible may be one of a handful of ways we can make real change and help keep bees a healthy and thriving part of our lives. For more information, visit

About The National Wildlife Federation

The National Wildlife Federation is America’s largest conservation organization, uniting all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in a rapidly changing world. For more information, visit and follow The National Wildlife Federation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Top Harvard Business Professor Outlines Ground-Breaking Roadmap For Big Business To Address Inequality And Poverty

  • Dr Robert S. Kaplan – famous for developing the Balanced scorecard – warned inequality was on the rise in the US, UK and developing nations
  • Speaking at the Palladium Positive Impact summit in London, Kaplan said “too many people have been left behind despite two centuries of market-based global capitalism that have made us healthier, wealthier and freer”
  • He set out a roadmap for companies to move beyond traditional philanthropy and CSR to Positive Impact – the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value

Press Release – London – March 14, 2018: Leading Harvard business academic Dr Robert S. Kaplan has warned major corporates to be bolder with their strategies for social and economic impact or risk a further rise in inequality and poverty across the world – and a decline in their profitability.

“Too many people have been left behind despite two centuries of market-based global capitalism that have made us healthier, wealthier and freer,” the Harvard Business School professor told more than 200 business leaders during a keynote speech at the annual Palladium Positive Impact summit in London.

Dr Kaplan, famous for developing the Balanced Scorecard performance framework, said the share of people living in extreme poverty has declined, but despite enormous increases in income and wealth, many have been left behind.

He set out Palladium’s roadmap for companies to move beyond traditional philanthropy and CSR to Positive Impact – the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. He set out four critical steps to generate economic and social value at scale:

  1. Be Bold – Companies have tried to upgrade traditional CSR programmes, but all too often they have limited impact and very rarely produce transformational change.
  2. Think Collaboration – Companies need to partner with a ‘catalyst organisation’ to engage actors from multiple sectors to generate economic and social value.
  3. Unlock Capital – Investment funds favour safe projects. One solution is to find capital from organisations that already have a mission to create inclusive growth ecosystems
  4. Align and Govern – Building an ecosystem is not for the fainthearted. Shared metrics provide accountability and the foundation for governing this ecosystem.

“Inequality is on the rise in the US, UK and developing nations,” he added. “We’ve seen persistent inequality lead to the undermining of democratic institutions and capitalism, more broadly. Examples can be found in Argentina, Greece, the UK and perhaps most prominently, the US.

“Businesses have ranged in their responses to the emerging challenges: from operating under ‘business as usual’ to championing the role of the innovator to allow them to survive and proposer in the world’s changing environment.

“We posit that companies need to move beyond traditional philanthropy and even corporate social responsibility to Positive Impact—the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value.

“It’s not a simple strategy. We have to create new linkages between people and suppliers, local communities and companies.”

Kim Bredhauer, Chief Executive of global impact firm Palladium, said: “Our roadmap is ambitious but ultimately could be transformative in the way corporates engage with communities while still making a profit. Larry Fink’s (CEO of BlackRock) recent challenge to businesses to contribute to society or put at risk their long-term profitability is a timely call to action.

“We need to grasp the nettle now. For big business to add real social and economic value, they need to work through the four measurable steps or potentially lose their license to operate. Ultimately, Positive Impact is not only about doing good, it’s about doing well commercially. To do that, however, needs ambition, focus, and total commitment to the new strategy.”

The Summit was attended by senior representatives of some of the world’s leading companies such as Mars, Bayer, Barclays and MBC Group.

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Kristen Bell Chooses Winners Of The Prostate Cancer Foundation’s 1st Annual True Love Campaign Honoring Caregivers Of Prostate Cancer Patients

Hundreds of Inspirational Stories from Patients, Survivors, and Supporters Raises Awareness About the Broad Impact of Prostate Cancer on Millions Across the U.S.

Press Release – SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 13, 2018 – The winners of the 1st Annual TRUE Love Campaign honoring caregivers of prostate cancer patients were announced today by the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF). Actress Kristen Bell selected the winning stories from hundreds of story submissions from people across the U.S., and the winners – Wendy Dyer of Jonesport, Maine and Lynsi Piar of Millersburg, Ohio – will receive her personally curated “caregiver package.” Held throughout February during the season of love, TRUE Love was PCF’s first-ever campaign solely focused on honoring caregivers of prostate cancer patients for their tireless work.

“It was an honor to work with the Prostate Cancer Foundation to celebrate the role caregivers play in the treatment and support of prostate cancer patients,” said Bell. “I have personally seen how important a caregiver’s role is throughout a patient’s treatment journey and I can tell you it is truly a labor of love. I thank all those who shared their story and I encourage everyone to read the submissions, as they are all beautiful true accounts of courage, compassion and love.”

2018 TRUE Winners:

  1. Wendy Dyer talked about an abiding and transcending love between her and her husband Bill before his death.

Excerpt: “What I can say with surety is that it was definitely love at last sight, and not a superficial kind, but a deep, abiding love that took my husband and I through ten and a half years of nonstop prostate cancer treatment. It was a journey that didn’t have a happy ending, but it was our love that took us through until the end.” View complete story here.

  1. Lynsi Piar shared a touching story about her parents – John and Joyce and how their love exemplified resilience and faith throughout the journey.

Excerpt: “I’m writing about my dad who has stage IV prostate cancer, but who has also become the most amazing caregiver for my mother who has suffered a stroke since my dad’s diagnosis, changing my dad from patient to caregiver in a blink of an eye.” View complete story here.

“There are currently nearly four million men in the U.S. battling prostate cancer, a diagnosis that not only impacts patients, but also all those who love and care for them. The TRUE Love campaign was our opportunity to provide a public platform to honor supporters and caregivers of patients and to be acknowledged for the critical role they play in a prostate cancer patient’s journey,” said Colleen McKenna, VP, marketing & communications, PCF. “We are so grateful to Kristen for helping us to raise awareness about prostate cancer with our TRUE campaign. Her generosity, authentic compassion, and broad reach played an integral part in the campaign’s success, and also helped shine a spotlight on all the resources we have available for patients and their caregivers.”

In addition to the winners, an honorable mention was awarded to Warren Starks from Casselberry, Florida who shared how his pregnant daughter – who traveled across multiple states – cared for him during his journey and in particular how she used laughter as a form of medicine to help him recover.

Due to its debut success, the TRUE Love Campaign is set to return on February 1, 2019. To read the winning stories and others, as well as more about the PCF’s TRUE Love Campaign, visit

About Prostate Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute, there are nearly four million men living with prostate cancer in the U.S. in 2018, which comprises 43 percent of all male cancer survivors in the U.S. (all cancers). This number is expected to increase to almost 4.2 million by 2024. Prostate cancer is the second most common form of cancer among men after skin cancer and is now the fourth most common tumor diagnosed worldwide. In 2018, it’s estimated that nearly 165,000 U.S. men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer – that is one new case every 3.2 minutes. Worldwide, an estimated 1.6 million men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2018.

About the Prostate Cancer Foundation

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

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2018 World Of Children Hero Awards Benefit Honorees Announced

Lily Aldridge Followill, Brooke Burke-Charvet and Caryl M. Stern Announced as Event Hosts for Annual Ceremony Celebrating Heroes for Children

Veronica and Brian Grazer to be Honored with Board of Governors’ Awards

Press Release – March 13, 2018 (Los Angeles, CA) – World of Children®, a global recognition and funding organization for individuals exclusively serving the needs of vulnerable children, announced today the extraordinary group of real-life heroes that will be honored at the 2018 World of Children Hero Awards Benefit on Thursday, April 19 at Montage Beverly Hills. This year’s honorees have each lead high-impact programs benefitting children across the globe.

Brooke Burke-Charvet (Actress, CEO of ModernMom) will serve as the emcee for the event and will be joined by special guests Lily Aldridge Followill (World of Children Ambassador, International Model, Child Advocate) and Caryl M. Stern (President and CEO, U.S. Fund for UNICEF). The benefit will include a cocktail reception, dinner, silent auction, and awards program featuring special performances by the West Los Angeles Children’s Choir and The Kenyan Boys Choir.

The annual ceremony will recognize Veronica and Brian Grazer with the World of Children Board of Governors’ Award for their unwavering dedication to the organization and elevating awareness for child advocates. The Grazer’s have been involved with World of Children since meeting Co-Founders Harry Leibowitz and Kay Isaacson-Leibowitz in 2014 and were instrumental in establishing the Hero Awards Benefit, now an annual event for World of Children. In addition, Veronica and Brian have used every personal opportunity to give back, including asking for donations in lieu of both wedding and birthday gifts.

“We are honored to present Veronica and Brian with our 2018 Board of Governors’ Award,” said World of Children Co-Founder Kay Isaacson-Leibowitz. “Their commitment to World of Children is never about them. It’s about their deep faith and commitment to making the world a better place for children.”

Max Frieder, co-founder of Artolution, will be honored with the 2018 Crisis Award for his work in igniting positive social change via impactful, large-scale interactive murals around the world, and empowering youth in communities that face social exclusion and trauma, including refugees, the incarcerated, people with disabilities, and young people living in areas of conflict or extreme poverty. The Crisis Award recognizes individuals making extraordinary contributions to children affected by war, natural disasters, or other crises creating large cohorts of extremely vulnerable children.

Additionally, three other individuals will receive the 2018 Alumni Award, a unique honor given to past Honorees who have previously received a World of Children Award. These are individuals who have leveraged their original awards far beyond what could have anticipated – delivering an even more profound impact for children. World of Children Alumni Award Honorees will receive a minimum cash grant of $20,000 to continue their outstanding work with children.

  • 2018 Health Alumni Honoree: Dr. Elizabeth Jones, founding chair of Foundation for the Children of the Californias, which provides a nonprofit pediatric medical center to meet the critical needs of children in Tijuana, Mexico.
  • 2018 Humanitarian Alumni Honoree: Douglas Maclagan, founder of Child Welfare Scheme, which provides education, healthcare and social opportunities for vulnerable and disadvantaged children in Nepal.
  • 2018 Youth Alumni Honoree: Sarah Cronk, founder of The Sparkle Effect, is helping students create middle school, high school and college dance and cheer teams that bring together students with and without disabilities.

The 2018 World of Children Hero Awards Benefit Honorary Chairs include Daniela Braga, Molly Eldredge, Jeffrey Kapor, David E. Salzman, Sandy Sholl, and Caryl M. Stern. Event Co-chairs for the event include Molly Eldredge, Kathy Fogel, Adam Freede, Veronica Grazer, Craig Leibowitz, Rachel Roy, Susie Sheinberg, and Sandy Sholl.

About World of Children

World of Children unlocks the future for vulnerable children by funding, elevating and educating the most effective changemakers for children worldwide. Since 1998, the Foundation has dedicated more than $13 million in grants to high-impact programs for children, led by more than 100 Honorees working in over 50 countries. World of Children is recognized as the “Nobel Prize for Child Advocates,” and is the only global recognition and funding program that exclusively focuses on a broad range of children’s issues including health, education, safety and human rights.

World of Children has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, People, Town & Country, and Harper’s Bazaar. World of Children Honorees have also been featured by CNN, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Fast Company, Glamour, TEEN Vogue, TIME for Kids, and USA Today, among other national and international media. The Huffington Post named Co-Founders Harry Leibowitz and Kay Isaacson-Leibowitz one of the most inspiring “power couples” in the country for their lifetime commitment to improving the lives of vulnerable children around the world.

For more information, visit, or join the community on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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The Carey Institute’s Logan Nonfiction Program partners with Youth FX to fund NeXt Doc

Applications for the June fellowship are being accepted until April 2, 2018.

Press Release – Rensselaerville, N.Y. — NeXt Doc is a unique five-day intensive fellowship presented by Youth FX and the Carey Institute for Global Good’s Logan Nonfiction Program. The fellowship program brings together award-wining documentary filmmakers and young, emerging documentary storytellers from around the world to learn, share and build their skills.

Founded in 2016, the program has had a share of notable presenting filmmakers such as Sam Pollard (“ACORN the Firestorm”), Sabaah Folayan (“Whose Streets?”), Cecila Aldarondo (“Memories of a Penitent Heart”) and Iva Radivojevic (“Evaporating Borders”). The presenting filmmakers are at the core of the NeXt Doc program, with each screening their latest film at the Carey Institute for Global Good’s Guggenheim Pavilion, and leading a master class related to their work.

This is the first year that Carey’s Logan Nonfiction Program and NeXt Doc will be aligned. “It makes perfect sense,” says Tom Jennings, Logan Nonfiction Program Director. “As a journalist and filmmaker myself, I am passionate about documentaries and the power they have to catalyze change. Youth FX’s mission to bring new voices into nonfiction is a vehicle for change itself, and matches the work of our program and fellows. We’re lucky to now be partners and collaborate on NeXt Doc.”

“We’ve already seen the impact of NeXt Doc—former fellows have become interns at Point of View Documentary Films on PBS, had films in major festivals and landed jobs with established documentary production companies such as Florentine Films,” says Bhawin Suchak, NeXt Doc organizer and founder, and director of Youth FX. “As we continue to grow and develop the program, our goal is to see NeXt Doc become part of a lineage of similar minded programs that help break down barriers and give people of color, and other marginalized people, the opportunity to tell their stories and in essence reclaim their own narratives.”

Sam Pollard has been working with the Carey Institute since 2015 as a Logan Nonfiction Program advisor, as well as a NeXt Doc mentor since the program’s inception, and says, “the documentary community needs to support programs like NeXt Doc, because it’s these kinds of programs that will be able to inform and inspire young people of color to become documentary filmmakers.”

Other program partners include the International Documentary Association (IDA), The Alliance, POV, MediaStorm, Firelight Media and The D-Word.

Applications to this year’s NeXt Doc fellowship are now being accepted until April 2, 2018. NeXt Doc aims to create space for filmmakers from communities and backgrounds that historically have not had access to film programs and development of documentary filmmaking skills. The program is intended to be accessible to all filmmakers who are eligible no matter their financial status. **We highly encourage women, people of color and LGBTQ filmmakers between the ages of 18 and 24 to apply.**

The Carey Institute for Global Good is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2012 by Wm. Polk Carey and is dedicated to building a strong, educated and just society. We provide education, tools and resources to practitioners of the global good to help them succeed. We put practitioners first—teachers, journalists, farmers—because we know that they have the power to change their communities and inspire others to do the same.

Through its programs, the Institute strives to bring together innovative and dynamic people from around the world to address the most pressing issues of the day.

Youth FX is an intensive hands-on program, based in the City of Albany, that is designed to empower youth aged 14-19 by teaching them the technical and creative aspects of digital film making and offering a thorough overview of the production process from script to screen. Youth FX’s primary mission is to work with diverse groups of young people from communities that have been historically under-served and in need of opportunities for training and engagement in emerging media technologies. Youth FX develops leadership, creativity, and critical thinking, through the collaborative process of digital filmmaking and media production.

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World Environment Center Launches “Power to Grow: The Innovation Challenge Fueled by La Red de Innovación e Impacto,” a U.S. Department of State Program to Support Micro-Enterprises in Central America.

Press Release – March 12, 2018 – The U.S. Department of State, World Environment Center (WEC), Le Groupe-conseil baastel Itée (Baastel), and RioSlum Studio are proud to announce the opening of applications for “Power to Grow: The Innovation Challenge Fueled by La Red de Innovación e Impacto” (Power to Grow). Power to Grow is a search to discover and reward organizations that are empowering micro-enterprises in Central America.

Up to 95% of companies in Central America are Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). The success of these companies and the prosperity of communities are inextricably linked. However, many struggle to grow and remain competitive in the global marketplace.

Power to Grow selects innovative candidates to join forces with La Red member organizations towards:

  • Accelerating innovation and job creation opportunities for Central American micro-enterprises in the agriculture, agro-industry, and textiles sectors;
  • Building capacity of micro-enterprises to expand to new regional and international markets, with a focus on the U.S. market; and,
  • Generating economic prosperity across Central America.

Awardees will each receive a comprehensive support package, up to $43,000 to promote their solution, and partnership with a current member organization of La Red de Innovación e Impacto. Working together, the awardee and La Red member will leverage shared experience and knowledge, benefit from cross-sector collaboration, and forge a coalition to empower micro-enterprises.

The following La Red members and projects have been selected from current La Red member organizations to partner with the new Innovation Challenge applicants:

  1. Cleaner Production Center of Nicaragua (CPmL-N): to bring prosperity for small farmers and agroindustrial microenterprises in Nicaragua through sustainable practices and strengthening for new markets.
  2. Lutheran World Relief (LWR): Mobile Cocoa: Regional Cocoa Flavor Map.
  3. Centro Nacional De Producción Más Limpia De Panamá (Cnp+L)/ ConeP: to increase productivity and efficiency and provide market access for dairy micro-producers within supply chains.
  4. Travolution: first Central American community-based tourism encounter.
  5. Vista Volcanes: training program on organic agriculture for the “4 pinos” cooperative suppliers.
  6. Wakami/Comunidades de la Tierra: to open opportunities for microenterprises in the Central America region through the export of textile products.

Micro-enterprises can power growth and prosperity across the region. Visit to learn more and apply.

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Philanthropy University Launches New Tech-Enabled Capacity-Building Platform For Global South Nonprofits

Philanthropy University aims to strengthen the impact of 5,000 local organizations in the Global South by providing free online courses, online communities and scalable, sustainable support.

Press Release – (Oakland, CA) — March 13, 2018 — Philanthropy University announced today the launch of its new tech-enabled capacity-building platform with free online courses and vibrant online communities. The innovative learning platform is optimized for leaders in the Global South and available to everyone.With a mission to transform the capacity of 5,000 local organizations and improve the lives of 100 million people by 2020, Philanthropy University provides local leaders with the knowledge, resources and support they need to deliver sustainable development for all.

“Impactful international development depends on the vital work of local organizations,” said Connor Diemand-Yauman, CEO, Philanthropy University. “To strengthen the resilience of these local organizations, we reimagined capacity building for the digital age and created a new learning platform that is scalable and easily accessible worldwide.”

Philanthropy University partnered with leading academics and development professionals to create seven courses focused on strategy, fundraising, human capital, user centered design and M&E (monitoring and evaluation). The learning platform blends expert instruction and engaging content on an easy-to-use digital interface. Coursework is complemented by vibrant communities of practice where learners and practitioners can connect with peers with similar backgrounds, professional interests and missions to share and document their best practices for common challenges.

Learners can select from the following courses, with more courses to come over the year:

  • Essentials of Nonprofit Strategy: Learners will develop a plan to achieve organizational goals and make strides towards meaningful impact. (Instructor: Paul Brest, Stanford Law School, Former President of Hewlett Foundation)
  • Introduction to Fundraising: Learners will assess if their organization is ready to fundraise and will build foundational skills to leverage the people and resources in their communities effectively for their organization. (Instructor: Dr. Thomas Wolf, Principal at WolfBrown; Former Founding Director, New England Foundation for the Arts)
  • Fundraising: Connecting with Donors: Learners will hear the secrets of connecting with donors and develop strategies to expand their donor network. (Instructor: Dr. Thomas Wolf)
  • Fundraising Strategies: Learners will develop key fundraising skills including writing successful grant proposals, planning a small-scale fundraising event and launching crowdfunding campaigns. (Instructor: Dr. Thomas Wolf)
  • Human Capital Strategy: Learners will develop a human capital strategy that builds a values-based culture to attract, develop and retain employees for their own organization. (In collaboration with: +Acumen)
  • Girl Centered Design: Learners will apply the principles of user centered design to practice designing solutions to meet the needs of girls in their community. (In collaboration with: GirlSPARKS)
  • Planning for M&E: Learners will plan for data collection, management, analysis and use. As they complete the course assignments, they will create an M&E plan for their own project. (In collaboration with: FHI 360)

The University first launched in 2015 and attracted over 220,000 learners in 180 countries with more than half based in the Global South.

The free online University aims to accelerate, sustain and inspire local impact. Through train-the-trainer programs, joint degree programs and physical learning hubs, learners receive scalable and sustainable support for their long-term growth. Philanthropy University also facilitate events, research and forums to bring together local development, government and global businesses, in both virtual and in-person opportunities, to spark ideas and collaboration.

About Philanthropy University:

Philanthropy University is the new tech-enabled platform that transforms the impact of local organizations working to deliver sustainable development for all. Focused on the Global South and open to all, Philanthropy University provides the knowledge, resources and support local organizations need to enable meaningful, measurable and lasting change. Philanthropy University aims to strengthen the capacity of 5,000 organizations working to improve the lives of 100 million people worldwide by 2020.

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Nathan Cummings Foundation Announces Move to 100 Percent Mission-Aligned Investing

Foundation will fully leverage nearly half-billion dollar endowment to further their mission

Press Release – NEW YORK, March 13, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ –Today the Nathan Cummings Foundation announced that they will align 100 percent of their nearly half-billion dollar endowment with their mission. The Nathan Cummings Foundation is focused on finding solutions to the climate crisis and growing inequality, and is one of the largest foundations to commit 100 percent.

“Our decision reflects our values and our aspirations, our assessment of the market, and the opportunity for NCF to both join and leverage a chorus of philanthropic and private sector investors changing the landscape for investing and the business model of philanthropy,” said NCF President Sharon Alpert. “The problems we are working on – the climate crisis and growing inequality – will not be solved by grantmaking alone. Capital markets have to change to drive sustainable and inclusive growth that will create long-term value for people, the planet, and the economy. How we invest our assets and leverage our influence as an investor are powerful tools to make that change to happen.”

NCF joins a growing number of foundations aligning their investments in companies and strategies that advance their missions. American foundations collectively have trillions in assets but often only use the legally required 5 percent on their missions through grantmaking. This move asks the question of what is possible if foundations begin using the other 95 percent.

The Foundation has already started looking at all of its investments to assess their alignment and develop a pipeline of aligned investment strategies across all asset classes, and will provide an update at the end of 2018.

Over the last 27 years, NCF has provided nearly $500 million in grants to support social movements, organizations and individuals pursuing justice for people and the planet. The Foundation has a history of leveraging their endowment and investment position to advance their mission, and was one of the first to employ active ownership strategies that directly engage companies. They were a founding signatory of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investing and have voted on thousands of proxies associated with the stocks they own, filing nearly 200 shareholder proposals to ensure that companies are managing the risks and opportunities associated with environmental, social and governance issues.

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Nonprofit Research Lab Records 1000th Online Fundraising Experiment

NextAfter logs 1000th experiment to help online fundraisers learn what works to grow revenue.

Press Release – Frisco, TX, March 13, 2018 – NextAfter, a research lab and consultancy working to help nonprofit organizations grow their online fundraising, has reached 1000 experiments in their ever-growing library of online fundraising research.

While much of the nonprofit fundraising world lags behind their for-profit counterparts in the area of optimization and innovation, this volume of research outlining what works – as well as what doesn’t work – to raise more money online can help organizations take steps forward towards real growth.

“Most fundraisers rely on best practices to grow their fundraising. But if we’ve learned anything from 1000 experiments, it’s that best practices don’t cut it anymore,” said Tim Kachuriak, the Chief Innovation & Optimization Officer for NextAfter. “They may be a starting place to build from, but it’s incredibly rare that a best practice strategy is actually the best performing.”

The 1000th online fundraising experiment was conducted with Boys Town, an organization working to change how the world cares for children, families, and communities by helping those suffering from abuse, addiction, abandonment and violence to reach their potential.

In this experiment, Boys Town wanted to increase traffic to an email sign-up page via Facebook advertising. The original ad used copy that was focused on organizational goals. But the treatment ad altered the copy to emphasize the value of the offer to the end-user.

The user-focused ad saw a 27.7% increase in clicks to the landing page. While this number is great for Boys Town, it’s also further validation of one of NextAfter’s central hypotheses about online fundraising: people give to people.

This experiment, and all 1000 online fundraising experiments, can be found in NextAfter’s public online research library. While their research library was originally built just for their own use, today it has grown to showcase the optimization work of 52 nonprofit organizations.

“When we first started the research library, I don’t think we really understood how big it would become” said Kevin Peters, Chief Technology Officer for NextAfter. “It has been amazing to see it grow, to hear from so many different nonprofits about the ideas they’ve pulled from the experiments, and to see how it has positively impacted their fundraising efforts.”

You can read the full details of the 1000th experiment as well as the most significant learnings from the full volume of experiments at

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Clare Boothe Luce Program Supports Research By Female Undergraduates

Press Release – March 12, 2018 — The Clare Boothe Luce Program has awarded $300,000 to Virginia Tech to support physical science and engineering research by female undergraduates.

The funding will be used over the next three years to provide 24 Clare Boothe Luce Undergraduate Research Awards that will help make it possible for students to participate in research over the summer.

“We’re very thankful,” said Jody Marshall, who directs the Virginia Tech Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program, which will administer the grant. “This gift will make it easier for students to stay on campus, engage in research, and not have to scramble to find research opportunities elsewhere. Most graduate programs won’t even look at a student who does not have research or experiential learning experience, so a major benefit of this program is that we’re preparing women for graduate school.”

Although the number of women earning graduate degrees in science and engineering has grown, women remain underrepresented in those fields, according to the National Science Foundation.

The Clare Boothe Luce Program of the Henry Luce Foundation is designed to encourage women to enter, study, graduate, and teach in science, mathematics, and engineering. Since making its first grants in 1989, the program has supported more than 2,300 women.

Support from the Luce Program will allow the Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program to help make summer research possible for additional students, building on its tradition of helping diverse students.

The program has hosted more than 700 summer interns since its inception.

Francesca Crivellari ’12 received support from the Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program to conduct research during the summer between her sophomore and junior years.

Francesca Crivellari, who earned her bachelor’s in chemical engineering in 2012, said support from Virginia Tech’s program helped make it possible for her to work in a chemistry lab assisting with research for the U.S. Army during the summer between her sophomore and junior years. Through that experience, she learned that research allows for creativity, which helped cement her desire to pursue it as a career.

“People get the sense that research is a very rigid, restrictive thing,” said Crivellari, who recently earned a Ph.D. in chemical engineering at Johns Hopkins University. “I found quite the opposite. I’m an engineer, but had this very creative spirit. I found this through the power of exploration and creation that I had during my research experience. I was really thriving in that environment, and that kind of naturally funneled me into graduate school.”

Amnah Eltahir also benefitted from the Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program’s support for undergraduate research. She earned her bachelor’s in physics in 2013, and is working toward a Ph.D. at the Virginia Tech Wake Forest School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences.

Participating in the program allowed Eltahir to conduct research using functional MRI machines at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute in Roanoke, to present her work at a conference, and to develop her network of fellow scientists and mentors.

“I was so interested in the research,” Eltahir said, “and even to this day I reach out to people I met through the Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program for personal and professional advice. It was a very worthwhile experience.”

Crivellari agrees with that sentiment.

“To anyone even considering doing research through the MAOP program, I’d tell them to do it hands down,” she said. “There’s so much that doing research teaches you about science, the world and yourself. The skills I’ve gained from doing research at Virginia Tech are things I don’t think you can learn anywhere else but in the lab or an exploratory environment.”

Students interested in learning more about become a Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholar at Virginia Tech can find information on the Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program website. The office is accepting applications for the program until March 15, 2018.

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