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Creative Minds in Medicine Conference to Launch at Cleveland’s Global Center for Health Innovation

CLEVELAND, Ohio (October 1, 2014) – In an effort to bring awareness to the ever-growing link between medicine and the arts, Cleveland-based, Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) will be hosting its first ever Creative Minds in Medicine Conference at the new Cleveland Global Center for Health Innovation. This conference, which takes place on October 29th and 30th will feature a variety of keynote speakers who will focus on the increasing overlap and collaboration between the arts and medicine nationwide.

The two-day event will be filled with diverse discussions led by several nationwide experts on a variety of arts and healthcare projects, practices, research and trends. Keynote speakers include:

Gary Glazner, the founder and executive director of the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project. Glazner will speak on Dementia Arts: Celebrating Creativity in Elder Care. In his fun, high-energy talk, Glazner will relate simple techniques to create high-quality arts programs, build communication skills and help increase the ability to connect with people living with memory loss.

Sunil Iyengar, the research and analysis director of the National Endowment for the Arts. Iyengar will discuss in his Research Agenda for the Arts and Health session, the efforts of leading a federal taskforce to encourage more extensive research on how the arts help people reach their full potential at all stages of life.

Mel Chin, the lead behind Operation Paydirt. This project is a national movement that is designed to support awareness and solutions to lead contamination and address childhood lead poisoning. As part of this seminar, Chin will demonstrate how arts and culture plays a key role in raising awareness about pressing community health issues.

Nadine Licostie, the director or “The Last One”, a feature-length documentary that summarizes the controversial battle and stigma surrounding the AIDS virus and the gay community. This film frames the quest to sew the last panel into the Quilt, representing the end of AIDS. She will discuss her filmmaking journey, uncovering the birth of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and its subsequent impact on politics, science and the media, as it has become the largest ongoing community art project in the world.

In addition to the keynote speakers, attendees will have the chance to experience firsthand the healing power of the arts through demonstrations and activities, and help shape how the arts and healthcare dialogue in Greater Cleveland is making an impact nationwide. Specifically, the conference agenda also includes several panel discussions on important topics, including: Arts and Health Economy, Arts & Culture in a Changing Healthcare Landscape, and Arts, Culture & Social Change: Fostering Healthy Communities to name a few.

“Northeast Ohio is at the national forefront of a remarkable new dynamic: the growing intersection of our world-class healthcare sector and our world-class arts and culture sector. The interplay between these industries is sparking new ideas, new programs, new products and services. CPAC showed in our recent research report that this intersection is evolving and expanding rapidly. The Creative Minds in Medicine Conference is a timely opportunity to bring together arts and healthcare experts from around the nation to identify ways to support and enhance the critical collaboration taking place every day between our arts and healthcare industries,” said Tom Chema, Board Chair of CPAC.

Those interested in attending the conference can register at CultureForward.org. Registration includes admission for both days of the conference, breakfast and lunch for both days of the conference, a reception, and valet parking.

Habitat For Humanity Kicks Off 31st Annual Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project In Dallas And Fort Worth

ATLANTA (Oct. 6, 2014) — Thousands of volunteers from across the United States are joining former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, this week to help build and repair homes in partnership with North Texas families during Habitat for Humanity’s 31st annual Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project.

“Rosalynn and I are looking forward to working alongside the Habitat volunteers and partner families this week, and we thank the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth for being such gracious hosts,” said President Carter. “We’ve seen firsthand the transformative effect that Habitat for Humanity can have on a community, and with the help of these many volunteers and the support of local leaders, we’ll see it again in Dallas and FortWorth.”

Hosted jointly by Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity and Trinity Habitat for Humanity in Fort Worth, more than 5,000 volunteers will join the Carters to help build or repair more than 100 homes in seven days. In Dallas, volunteers will help build 30 new homes and repair 20 houses in the East Oak Cliff neighborhood. Volunteers in Fort Worth will build 20 new homes in the Central Meadowbrook neighborhood and paint 44 houses as part of the City of Fort Worth’s “Cowtown Brush Up.”

“We are honored the Carters have selected Dallas to co-host this ambitious event that engages the community in a partnership that is vital to priming our neighborhoods for sustainable revitalization,” said Bill Hall, CEO of Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity. “From the millions generated in tax dollars to higher graduation rates, we believe empowering families with opportunities for homeownership is better for everyone, and I challenge North Texas residents to get involved in the transformation of our cities.”

“Trinity Habitat welcomes the Carters and volunteers to Fort Worth for the 2014 Carter Work Project,” said Gage Yager, executive director of Trinity Habitat for Humanity. “We are honored to host such outstanding Habitat ambassadors and look forward to our week ahead as we transform lives together.”

For more than three decades, the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project has served as a catalyst for raising awareness about the need for improved access to affordable housing by empowering people to bring hope, stability and housing solutions to their communities. To date, more than 88,000 volunteers have built, renovated and repaired 3,833 homes in 14 countries during the previous 30 annual events, shedding light on the role decent housing provides families in breaking the cycle of poverty.

“Since first volunteering to build with us in 1984, the Carters remain two of Habitat’s most prolific and vocal proponents of affordable housing. We are grateful that they will once again partner with us to help build a world where everyone has a decent place to live,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “We are also grateful to the volunteers, sponsors and supporters who are making this Carter Work Project possible.”

This year’s Carter Work Project also coincides with Habitat’s observance of World Habitat Day. Held on the first Monday of every October, the U.N.-designated World Habitat Day calls attention to the need for adequate housing for everyone by raising awareness and mobilizing people to take action in response to the need of better shelter around the world.

Habitat for Humanity would like to thank the volunteers, partner families and the following sponsors for this year’s Carter Work Project: Pioneer Natural Resources, the City of Dallas, Dow, Bank of America, City of Fort Worth, Lowe’s, Amanda and G. Brint Ryan, Albertsons, Alliance Data/Epsilon, Andersen Corporation, Chase, Clear Channel Outdoor, Dallas Lawyers for Habitat, First United Methodist Church Fort Worth, the General Motors Foundation, Grooveshark, Highland Park United Methodist Church, Nissan, P&G, TD Ameritrade, Thrivent Financial, Valspar, XTO Energy and Wells Fargo.

About Habitat for Humanity International

Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 4 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and supports a variety of funding models that enable families with limited resources to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To learn more, donate or volunteer visit habitat.org.

About Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Habitat for Humanity’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Dallas Habitat believes that hard working individuals and families be provided the opportunity to live in thriving neighborhoods where hopes and dreams are realized for generations to come because poverty housing is socially, politically and spiritually unacceptable. Since 1986, Dallas Habitat has served more than 1,500 low-income families using affordable homeownership as an anchor for hope, change, and stabilization resulting in an investment of approximately $150 million in more than 25 neighborhoods for families that pay almost $2 million annually in property taxes in Dallas County. For more information, visit www.dallas-habitat.org.

About Trinity Habitat for Humanity

Trinity Habitat for Humanity revitalizes neighborhoods by building quality, affordable homes and rehabbing existing homes with volunteer labor and donations of money and materials. Sponsors and donors underwrite construction costs of Habitat for Humanity homes. Partner families, as Habitat for Humanity homeowners are known, invest “sweat equity” in the construction of their homes or others’ houses, working side by side with volunteers. Partner families make affordable monthly payments on a no-interest mortgage held by Habitat.

Trinity Habitat for Humanity has built over 600 new homes and preserved more than 800 existing homes in Tarrant, Johnson, Parker and Wise counties since 1989. www.trinityhabitat.org

Miami Children’s Health Foundation Receives Nearly $75 Million In Donations Towards Together For The Children, The Campaign For Miami Children’s Hospital

MIAMI, Oct. 7, 2014 – Miami Children’s Health Foundation announced that it has received nearly 75 million dollars in donations to-date towards Together For The Children, The Campaign For Miami Children’s Hospital, which is on track to fundraise $150 million by 2017.

The most recent gift to Miami Children’s Health Foundation includes a $7.5 million gift from the Rose Bell Trust. The gift comes from Rose Bell, mother of Charlene, who had a disability and passed away at a young age; and Elaine, who suffered from mental illness. The trust was created to provide for Elaine’s care for the duration of her life, with any remaining funds after her passing designated to go Miami Children’s Hospital to benefit children with disabilities. Miami Children’s Hospital will create a fund named the “Rose, David, Charlene and Elaine Bell Memorial” in their honor.

“We are incredibly grateful for the tremendous support that we have received from generous donors so that we can continue to provide the world-class care that Miami Children’s is known for. This particular gift speaks volumes on how much gift planning can impact an organization. With this donation, Rose Bell has left a legacy that will impact our children for years to come, something that anyone can do with a little bit a planning,” said Lucy Morillo, president and CEO of Miami Children’s Health Foundation. “As we continue to advance our fundraising efforts, we are able to support our mission to promote the health and well-being of children everywhere.”

Additionally, the Live Like Bella™ Foundation recently announced the creation of the Live Like Bella Pavilion at Miami Children’s Hospital, which will offer temporary lodging for families of children receiving inpatient care at the hospital. The Live Like Bella Pavilion is an $8.5 million project that will consist of a four-story building on the hospital’s main campus and is expected to be completed by mid-2018. This project sprang from a partnership between the Live Like Bella™ Foundation and Miami Children’s Health Foundation which was announced last December 2013, under the name of “Bella’s Promise” and is working towards ensuring that Miami Children’s continues to provide world-class care for children battling cancer in South Florida.

Furthermore, three additional donations were made in support of Miami Children’s Hospital Brain Institute, including a $2 million donation from a very grateful parent, Mark Miller, through the Ruth McCormick Tankersley Charitable Trust, which is directed towards a pioneering 5-D imaging center; a $500,000 donation from Richard Bassett and $200,000 from George and Christina Lindemann to help obtain an MRI-guided Focused Ultrasound; and $50,000 from the Lindemanns to support Miami Children’s Hospital’s newest Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation System. These donations will allow Miami Children’s to lead the way with innovative noninvasive technologies to treat pediatric brain disorders safely and more effectively.

To learn more and help support Together for the Children, please visit www.mchf.org/donate or call Miami Children’s Health Foundation at 305-666-2889 (toll free: 1.800.987.8701).

Surf Dog Ricochet To Ride “Waves Of The Heart” With Two Critically Ill Teen Boys Who Need Life Saving Heart Transplants

On October 10th, Ricochet will be riding “waves of the heart” with two critically ill teenage boys who will also be meeting for the first time. The boys and Ricochet will be surfing in tandem, all three of them on the board at the same time to signify their unified connection. This has never been attempted before, but they are stoked to give it a try.

Both boys are named Jacob. They are both 19 years old, born 25 days apart. They both have Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. They are both critically ill and need life-saving heart transplants. Jacob Kilby lives in San Diego, and Jacob Jumper lives in Houston.

The similarities don’t stop there. Ricochet has been involved with a lot of fate guided encounters, but this is the most serendipitous of them all. To read more about the parallels of these cosmic cousins go to http://www.surfdogricochet.com/waves-of-the-heart.html.

Both families contacted Ricochet for assistance within 24 hours of each other. As such, she immediately created a “Waves of the Heart” campaign to help raise awareness of the boy’s life threatening situations and need for organ donors. The following day, with the help of Audie Marks, Head of MADE’s Team Oliver and Hotel Indigo Del Mar she made it possible to bring the two Jacobs together for the same surf session.

Jacob Kilby underwent four open-heart surgeries between his birth in 1995 and his second birthday to try and correct the problem. But, the attempts failed, and he was given 24 hours to live. Miraculously, he received a life-saving heart transplant at the last minute. Recovery had its challenges, but Jacob was able to live a healthy, active life. But now, sixteen years later, his sense of adventure belies a devastating reality: he is facing an uncertain future of deteriorating health because he needs another heart transplant. He is currently on the lowest level of the donor waiting list.

Even though there are a lot of similarities with the Jacobs, there is one big difference. Jacob Jumper did not receive a heart transplant as a child. He grew up with a lot of health issues, and was never able to do normal things like run around or play sports. He took astronomical amounts of medication, was frequently hospitalized and spent an inordinate amount of time at doctor visits. He stopped growing at about the age of 10. He is partially wheelchair bound because of how weak he is – he can’t walk long distances without chest pain and the threat of collapsing. He needs a heart transplant too, but is not currently on the donor waiting list.

The problem for both boys is… there is an overwhelming shortage of donors. Each day, 18 people in the United States die while waiting for organ transplants. Every 13 minutes, another person’s name is added to the list of thousands who have been waiting for life-saving organ transplants. Right now, more than 120,000 patients are waiting for a transplant in the United States.

Surf Dog Ricochet hopes you can help her raise awareness by attending the surf session and sharing this story. She urges everyone to get on board and join her “waves of the heart” campaign to help lower the desperate statistics. Please give the gift of life by signing up to be an organ donor at: http://www.organdonor.gov/becomingdonor/stateregistries.html.

Guinness & Co. Raise A Glass – And More Than Half A Million Dollars – In Support Of The Leary Firefighters Foundation And Firefighters Nationwide

Guinness Donates Over Half a Million Dollars in Support of America’s Unsung Heroes

NORWALK, Conn. (October 1, 2014) – Last night in New York City, Guinness & Co. raised a glass of the iconic beer in honor of the Leary Firefighters Foundation (LFF) during a special event to present the LFF a check for more than half a million dollars in support of firefighters nationwide.

Actor and founder of the LFF, Denis Leary, joined Guinness and Diageo executives to celebrate their combined efforts to support firefighters across the U.S. Throughout the past year, Guinness raised over $500,000, in partnership with the LFF, to help provide quality equipment, education, training and technology for firefighters everywhere. Guinness and the LFF received an outpouring of personal donations and contributions from adult supporters through the brand’s fundraising efforts to support the foundation as well as a significant contribution from Guinness itself.

“At Guinness, we celebrate those who are Made of More; those who carry on the legacy of our founder and our company and who demonstrate great character without asking for recognition. Firefighters showcase these qualities with the commitments and sacrifices they make every day,” said Guinness Brand Director Doug Campbell. “We’re very proud of the work we’ve done alongside the LFF and we’re excited to continue that initiative to recognize individuals who do more for their communities throughout the next year.”

Guinness’ St. Patrick’s Day 2014 program hosted a variety of fundraising initiatives through its philanthropic online hub www.GuinnessGivesBack.com, including a limited-edition firefighter themed t-shirt sold online and in select bars across the country. The makers of Guinness beer also released the Extraordinary Irish Beers Variety Pack, saluting firefighters’ extraordinary character, which included Guinness® Draught, Guinness® Black Lager, Smithwick’s® Irish Ale and Harp Lager. A percentage of the proceeds from sales of the t-shirts and variety packs were donated to the LFF. The program has been part of the brand’s ‘MADE OF MORE’ campaign, which celebrates the service and selflessness of firefighters.

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Guinness for a third year,” said actor Denis Leary, founder of the LFF. “Since beginning our partnership two years ago, we’ve raised more than $650,000 to help firefighters nationwide. It’s an honor for the LFF to be recognized for its tireless efforts in support of all the men and women who put their lives on the line every day; the funds raised by Guinness will help our firefighter brothers and sisters in uniform across the country.”

The event also kicked off the brand’s goal to raise $1 million for local firefighters by St. Patrick’s Day 2015, in the third year of its partnership with the LFF. For the next several months, Guinness will publicly recognize those who make great contributions to their communities by raising a Guinness to them at a community event. The brand will carry out additional fundraising activities throughout the year to reach its $1 million fundraising goal.

Join the conversation and share Made of More moments on Twitter at @GuinnessUS. Select images and stories will be featured on the brand’s Instagram feed which celebrates those who are Made of More.

To learn more about Guinness’ partnership with the LFF, visit www.GuinnessGivesBack.com. To learn more about the work LFF does in support of firefighters, visit www.learyfirefighters.org.

Guinness reminds everyone while raising your glass in support of firefighters, and all the men and women who do more for our communities, to do so responsibly.

About Guinness®

The Guinness® brand enjoys a global reputation as a uniquely authentic beer and the best-selling stout in the world. Famous for its dark color, velvety smooth head and unique surge and settle, this distinctive beer has been brewed at the St. James’s Gate brewery in Dublin, Ireland since 1759. Over 10 million glasses of Guinness beer are enjoyed every single day around the world, and 1.8 billion pints are sold every year. Guinness beer is available in well over 100 countries worldwide and is brewed in almost 50. Also from the makers of Guinness, Smithwick’s, Ireland’s oldest and best selling ale and HARP Lager, whose name pays tribute to the Guinness logo and the national symbol of Ireland. Additional information about the Guinness brand can be found at www.guinness.com.

About Diageo

Diageo is the world’s leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, beer and wine. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, JεB, Windsor, Buchanan’s and Bushmills whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Baileys, Captain Morgan, Tanqueray and Guinness.

Diageo is a global company, with its products sold in more than 180 countries around the world. The company is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE). For more information about Diageo, its people, brands, and performance, visit us at www.diageo.com. For our global resource that promotes responsible drinking through the sharing of best practice tools, information and initiatives, visit DRINKiQ.com.

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About The Leary Firefighters Foundation

The Leary Firefighters Foundation (LFF) provides funding and resources for fire departments to get the best available equipment, technology and training necessary for the health and safety of firefighters and in turn, the public they serve. Founded in 2000 by actor Denis Leary in response to the 1999 Cold Storage Warehouse fire tragedy in his native Worcester, Massachusetts, LFF has raised more than $10 million for first responders in Worcester, Boston, New York, New Jersey and New Orleans. The Leary Firefighter Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization as designated by the Internal Revenue Code. Please visit us at www.learyfirefighters.org.

Yum! Brands, KFC, Pizza Hut And Taco Bell Launch World Hunger Relief Effort With Global Spokesperson Christina Aguilera In New “Pass The Red Cup” Challenge

Aguilera Uses Powerful Voice to Raise Awareness and Funds for Nearly 850 Million Hungry Worldwide

LOUISVILLE, KY, August 5, 2014 – Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM), parent company of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, announced the launch of its annual World Hunger Relief effort with the “Pass The Red Cup” challenge featuring multi-Grammy Award winner and international superstar Christina Aguilera.

According to the United Nations, there are nearly 850 million people around the world who suffer from chronic hunger. Yum! Brands’ World Hunger Relief effort is the world’s largest private sector hunger relief initiative, spanning more than 125 countries, over 40,000 KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell restaurants and 1.5 million associates. The initiative began in 2007 in an effort to raise awareness, volunteerism and funds for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and other hunger relief agencies.

The new “Pass The Red Cup” challenge is designed to drive awareness and inspire donations for Yum! Brands’ World Hunger Relief. Aguilera is challenging media outlets, other celebrities, influencers and her fans around the world to share #PassTheRedCup on their social channels to raise awareness of the global hunger issue. She’s also urging people to donate US $5 to help feed 20 school children on the campaign’s website, HungertoHope.com. Every dollar raised will go directly towards WFP’s operations to fight hunger around the world.

Aguilera will appear in a global World Hunger Relief public service announcement, posters at KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell restaurants, advertising and online efforts. She has served as a volunteer spokesperson for World Hunger Relief since 2009 and has helped to raise millions for WFP and other hunger relief agencies. She is also an “Ambassador Against Hunger” for WFP and has traveled on relief trips to Rwanda, Haiti and Guatemala. In 2012, World Food Program USA honored Aguilera and David Novak, Yum! Brands’ Chairman and CEO, at the U.S. State Department with the George McGovern Leadership Award for their hunger relief efforts. In addition, she received a special achievement award at the 2012 National Council of La Raza ALMA Awards and was the first recipient of the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2013 for her hunger relief work.

“The beautiful faces of the children I’ve met in Rwanda and in other countries are with me every day and fuel my passion to raise awareness of the global hunger issue,” said Aguilera. “That’s why I’m urging everyone to join me and #PassTheRedCup for Yum! Brands’ World Hunger Relief effort. Together we can move millions of children from hunger to hope.” People can accept Aguilera’s challenge by sharing #PassTheRedCup on social channels and by donating $5 on HungertoHope.com.

“With nearly 850 million people going hungry worldwide, we all need to help find a solution to this critical issue,” said David Novak, Chairman and CEO of Yum! Brands, Inc. “We are thankful to WFP for their incredible life-saving hunger relief efforts in developing countries and to Christina Aguilera for her passion to raise awareness and inspire people to get involved. I’m especially proud of our 1.5 million associates around the globe who are volunteering in their local communities to fight hunger. As one of the world’s largest restaurant companies, we have the privilege and responsibility to lead the fight to end hunger and save lives,” said Novak.

“We are grateful for Yum! Brands’ partnership and ongoing commitment to helping WFP save lives by providing access to food assistance supporting more stable communities around the world,” said Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of WFP. “The World Hunger Relief campaign is a great example of how much can be accomplished when individuals rally around a good cause. Because together, by providing access to nutritious food, we can help millions more hungry people create a better future for themselves. A future where zero hunger is a reality and children everywhere can pursue a life of truly infinite possibilities.”

Since 2007, Yum! Brands’ World Hunger Relief effort has raised more than $185 million for WFP and other hunger relief organizations and provided 740 million meals to save the lives of millions of people in all corners of the world. Consumers can visit HungertoHope.com, donate in KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell restaurants worldwide (no purchase necessary – see calendar below for U.S. campaign dates) or text “WHR” to 90999 in the U.S. to make a donation.

Yum! is also addressing hunger across the U.S. through its Harvest program. Since its launch over two decades ago, Harvest has become the largest prepared-food donation program in the world. Through Harvest, Yum! has donated more than 169 million pounds of food, with a value of nearly $764 million, to those at risk of hunger in the U.S. Yum! has also been the primary sponsor of the Dare to Care Food Bank in Louisville, Ky., for 12 years with donations totaling more than $12 million.

Campaign Calendar: World Hunger Relief kicks off the Fall campaign in the U.S. with Pizza Hut on September 1, KFC on September 8 and Taco Bell on November 11.

Join the movement and #PassTheRedCup @WldHungerRelief @yumbrands.

Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, has over 40,000 restaurants in more than 125 countries and territories. Yum! is ranked #216 on the Fortune 500 List with revenues of over $13 billion and in 2014 was named among the top 100 Corporate Citizens by Corporate Responsibility Magazine. The Company’s restaurant brands – KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell – are the global leaders of the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories. Outside the United States, the Yum! Brands system opened over five new restaurants per day, making it a leader in international retail development.

The World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food in emergencies and working with communities to build resilience. Last year, WFP assisted more than 80 million people in 75 countries. For more information, visit www.wfp.org.

Mobile Phones & Mentors: Using Technology To Test A New Approach To High School Financial Literacy

American Express Serve partners with Clarksdale High School and non-profits Moneythink and EveryoneOn for three-year financial education pilot program in Clarksdale, Mississippi

NEW YORK: September 23, 2014 — Today, American Express, in partnership with non-profits Moneythink and EveryoneOn, announced the launch of Clarksdale Dollars & Sense, a three year pilot program that aims to improve financial literacy amongst students and their families in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

“All too often, young people enter their adult lives without a good understanding of the tools available to help them save and plan for the future,” said Dan Schulman, group president, Enterprise Growth at American Express. “Clarksdale Dollars & Sense stems from our belief that technology is a key tool to solve financial exclusion in the U.S. Our hope is that this mode of financial education taught by mentors and using digital tools will help students build a strong foundation for their financial future.”

How it Works

Trained Moneythink mentors will use a mobile-phone based financial education program from Moneythink, to teach Clarksdale High School seniors and how to budget, save and manage their money during their Government and Economics class.

“We are thrilled to have the support of American Express, Moneythink and EveryoneOn to paint a brighter future for our youth,” said Dr. Manika Kemp, Principal of Clarksdale High School. “We hope this program will not only help the community of Clarksdale, but also serve to educate and motive others to explore similar financial literacy programs in their communities.”

Students will learn valuable skills to help them build positive financial habits. Having access to Moneythink’s new smartphone app, can help them apply classroom financial knowledge in real-life settings. Participating seniors will receive a free smartphone while enrolled in Clarksdale Dollars & Sense to facilitate use of the app.

“Moneythink bridges the gap between theory and action and gives students a chance to apply what they are learning in the real world,” says Ted Gonder, Moneythink Founder and CEO. “Through our program, we hope that Clarksdale High School students will be able to develop positive financial habits now and for years to come.”

EveryoneOn and Cable ONE will partner to offer internet service to eligible Clarksdale High School students to extend and enhance the benefits of the program. With free home internet, eligible students will have the ability to continue their learning after school for no additional cost.

“The internet has become a powerful tool to bring education outside of the classroom and into student’s everyday lives,” said Zach Leverenz, CEO of EveryoneOn. “We are excited to be partnering with American Express and Moneythink, to bring such valuable tools and education to these Clarksdale High students’ homes.”

“Access to technology is no longer a luxury, but a necessity in order for today’s students to be successful both in and outside of the classroom,” Cable ONE General Manager Sandra Melton said. “Because we believe so strongly in improving education through the use of technology, we are thrilled to do our part to support these Clarksdale High School students.”

During the three-year pilot program, an independent research firm, Glass Frog Solutions, will measure the impact of the program to understand how factors like mentoring, mobile phone based learning and free home internet can create positive change in participants’ financial lives. Added Schulman, “We hope to share the results of this program as a blueprint to help other underserved communities.”

#LookingForChange

Alongside the launch of this program, American Express released a short documentary film about the community of Clarksdale, Mississippi. The short documentary, developed by director Derek Doneen of Spent: Looking for Change offers a glimpse into the community’s financial challenges which the Clarksdale Dollars & Sense program aims to improve. The film can be viewed on YouTube for free. Additionally, American Express commissioned artist Shantell Martin to create a public art piece on September 23 from 4:00pm-7:00pm EST outside the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center depicting people’s hopes and goals for a better financial future. Shantell will be conversing with participants live and using her conversations to inspire the creative direction of her mural. Anyone can contribute to the conversation online, and potentially directly to the art, by Tweeting a goal for their own financial future at @AmexServe using the hashtag #LookingforChange. Tweets about personal financial goals may be shared with Shantell to inspire and guide her artwork in real time. A live stream of the event will be viewable at the time of installation via the Amex Serve Twitter and Facebook pages: @AmexServe and Facebook.com/AmexServe.

To learn more about Clarksdale Dollars & Sense and its partners, visit www.spentmovie.com.

About American Express

American Express is a global services company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that help enrich lives and build business success. American Express Serve is a full-service reloadable prepaid access account issued by American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc. Learn more at americanexpress.com and connect with us on facebook.com/amexserve, foursquare.com/americanexpress, linkedin.com/company/american-express, twitter.com/amexserve, and youtube.com/americanexpress.

About MoneyThink

Moneythink is the only movement of young people restoring the economic health of the United States through preventative, transformative, evidence-driven youth financial education. By combining high-touch college mentoring with high-tech mobile phone tools, Moneythink helps teens from low-income backgrounds get on a pathway to economic prosperity. Learn more and join the Moneythink movement.

About EveryoneOn

EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit working to eliminate the digital divide by making high-speed, affordable Internet service, low-cost computers, and free digital literacy courses accessible to all unconnected U.S. residents. EveryoneOn aims to leverage the democratizing power of the Internet to provide opportunity to everyone – regardless of age, race, geography, income, or education level.

About Cable ONE

Serving more than 720,000 customers in 19 states with high speed internet, cable television, and telephone service, Cable ONE provides consumers a wide range of the latest products and services, including wireless Internet service, High-Definition programming, and phone service with free, unlimited long distance calling in the continental U.S. More information about Cable ONE – http://www.cableone.net

JPMorgan Chase & Co. Announces Two-Year, $35 Million Commitment To Improve Consumer Financial Security

Multi-year effort will help struggling consumers avoid costly payday loans by providing proven, affordable financial solutions

Former First Lady of California Maria Shriver commends JPMorgan Chase for the development of innovative solutions to help customers solve financial insecurity

Washington, DC – September 19, 2014JPMorgan Chase & Co. today announced a two-year, $35 million commitment to help individuals and families save money, build credit and improve economic opportunities in communities around the world. The grants will provide best-in-class national and regional nonprofit organizations with the resources to help individuals acquire the knowledge, skills and tools needed to promote financial security while avoiding costly services like payday loans or check cashing outlets for assistance.

This commitment builds on the efforts of the Financial Solutions LabSM, a separate five-year, $30 million program developed earlier this year by JPMorgan Chase and the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI), to identify, test and scale innovative financial products and services to improve financial security.

“To successfully manage their daily finances and plan for the future, individuals need more than basic financial literacy,” Sally Durdan, Executive Vice President and Head of Strategy, Chase Consumer & Community Banking, will say today during the Corporation for Enterprise Development’s (CFED) Assets Learning Conference in Washington, D.C. “They need actionable, well-timed information and sustainable financial products designed around their needs. With this $35 million commitment, JPMorgan Chase will help individuals around the world increase savings, improve credit and build assets.”

The ramifications of financial insecurity go well beyond the individuals who struggle to save money and build credit. According to recent research from the University of North Carolina Center for Community Capital and JPMorgan Chase, financial insecurity reduces worker employability and productivity; increases demand for public services; impedes recovery from the recent recession; and undermines long-term economic growth and productivity.

“The financial insecurity of American families is one of the most commonly discussed societal problems,” said Maria Shriver, former First Lady of California and founder of The Shriver Report. “As we reported in the most recent Shriver Report: ‘A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink,’ today, more than one in three Americans—more than 100 million people—live in poverty or on the edge of it. This challenge requires new financial solutions, and it’s great that JPMorgan Chase is providing the necessary support to tackle financial insecurity head on.”

To address these challenges, the $35 million grant commitment, some of which is already being put to use by nonprofit organizations, from JPMorgan Chase will focus on three key areas to promote financial security:

  • Innovate by investing in the development of affordable, easy-to-use and technology-driven consumer products and services designed to meet consumer needs;
  • Expand the availability of these innovative products and services; and
  • Inform community partners and providers by sharing best practices to enhance financial capability efforts.

For example, at today’s CFED conference, JPMorgan Chase announced a two-year, $1.75 million grant to support CFED’s Platforms for Prosperity Fund. This new initiative will support the ability of nonprofits to integrate financial capability strategies into existing social service programs, such as workforce training, affordable housing and health care programs. The Fund will help low-to-moderate income individuals become more financially secure and improve the capacity of asset building organizations throughout the country.

Notable Statements of Support

“The funding provided by JPMorgan Chase will allow us to continue our work to build the capacity of nonprofit partners so that they are better able to incorporate financial capability training into their existing programs,” said Andrea Levere, President, CFED. “The value in this integration comes when individuals and families receive targeted financial coaching and products that empower them to not only make immediate, important financial decisions with the support of their community partner, but also gives them the tools they need to make decisions on their own in the future.”

“We’re honored to be the recipient of a $300,000 grant to support an expansion of our goal-based savings platform that incentivizes LMI individuals to save and invest in their futures,” said Nga Chiem, interim CEO, EARN. “This support will help 2,500 new LMI savers open savings accounts and 2,125 individuals save for 6 consecutive months with an average increase in savings of $120.”

“JPMorgan Chase committed $150,000 to enhance MoneyThink’s smart phone app and curriculum to help 11th- and 12th-grade students build better financial awareness, skills and habits in their daily lives,” said Ted Gonder, CEO, MoneyThink. “Together, we’re pioneering the future of youth financial capability by helping students translate in-class knowledge into out-of-class behaviors. Chase’s support will help serve an additional 2,000 youth through near-peer mentorship and game-based mobile technologies.“

“LISC has been granted $1 million by JPMorgan Chase to support the capacity and services of our Financial Opportunity Centers that provide workforce training, financial coaching and access to credit-building products,” said Michael Rubinger, President and CEO, LISC. “Their invaluable support will not only help place 4,200 people in employment; 4,700 people increase their net income; 3,800 people increase their net worth; and 3,800 people increase their credit score, it will also enable JPMorgan Chase to share the best practices we hope to develop through this important work.”

Financial Solutions Lab

The Financial Solutions Lab, developed by JPMorgan Chase and CFSI, brings together leading experts in technology, behavioral economics and design to improve financial capability by developing innovative, technology-enabled strategies, products and services that align with consumers’ financial needs. Over the course of the next five years, the Financial Solutions Lab will host a series of competitions for innovators to identify and enhance products and services designed to help consumers improve their financial security.

Innovations identified through the competitions will inform nonprofit services and identify new models to replicate in additional communities. In addition, nonprofit grantees will provide insights on the needs of underserved consumers and effective models that can help guide the Lab.

For more information visit: http://www.jpmorganchase.com/financialcapability

About JPMorgan Chase & Co.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.5 trillion and operations worldwide. The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, and asset management. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of consumers in the United States and many of the world’s most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its J.P. Morgan and Chase brands. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at www.jpmorganchase.com.

Celebs & Musicians Join Headcount For Massive Social Media Campaign Urging Fans And Followers To Register To Vote

WASHINGTON, DC – Ahead of the 2014 midterm elections, hundreds of musicians and entertainers are teaming up with HeadCount, a non-partisan civic engagement organization that targets young voters, to stage a massive effort to register and turn out voters. Their message – delivered via concerts and a barrage of photos posted on social media – is that you have to vote more than once every four years to have a thriving democracy.

On Tuesday, September 23rd, National Voter Registration Day, musicians and entertainers – including Linkin Park, Dave Matthews, Sarah Silverman, Weird Al, Ed Norton, Jason Mraz, Russell Simmons, T.I.. Pearl Jam, George Lopez and many many more – will use their social media platforms to post photos of themselves holding HeadCount’s “Register to Vote” clipboards, with links to an online voter registration form. The participants have a collective reach of more than 500 million Facebook fans and Twitter followers.

VIEW CELEBRITY PHOTOS HERE:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152367005276279.1073741882.8382221278&type=3

“Voting has too often been associated with divisive partisan politics, so it’s no surprise that many young people might sit out the Midterm Elections,” said Andy Bernstein, executive director of HeadCount. “We aim to make Election Day more of a cultural event, one that’s about participation and self-expression.”

“HeadCount attracts musicians and celebrities by creating a non-partisan framework through which they can spread a positive message without promoting any particular party or candidate,” added Bernstein.

In a recent Harvard Institute of Politics poll, only 23 percent of eligible young voters said they definitely plan to cast a ballot this year.

VIEW THE HARVARD POLL HERE: http://www.iop.harvard.edu/Spring-2014-HarvardIOP-Survey

In addition to the online social media campaign, HeadCount is holding voter registration and turnout drives at more than 600 concerts this year, currently touring with The Black Keys, Kings of Leon, Linkin Park, Jason Mraz, Tom Petty and Rise Against, following a stint on summer tours by JAY Z and Beyonce, Nine Inch Nails, and Phish. In all, HeadCount has set up voter registration and turnout drives with 51 different touring artists this year, an effort that involves more than 1,500 volunteers all across the country.

 

VIEW HEADCOUNT’S EVENT CALENDAR HERE: http://www.headcount.org/events/

HeadCount’s goal is to register 25,000 voters and reach millions more with the get-out-the-vote message. The campaign will culminate on Election Day, when the musicians and celebrities post photos of themselves holding artwork that says “#GoVote,” with a link to a polling place finder and other voter information.

Live Like Bella Foundation Announces “Live Like Bella” Pavilion At Miami Children’s Hospital

The Live Like Bella Pavilion at Miami Children’s Hospital is an $8.5 million project that will serve as a temporary housing facility for families of children undergoing treatments

September 17, 2014 – Miami, FL – On the heels of a much anticipated first annual “Bella’s Ball” presented by Tutti Bambini this past Saturday, Sept. 13, the Live Like Bella™ Foundation proudly announced the creation of the Live Like Bella Pavilion at Miami Children’s Hospital, which will offer temporary lodging for families of children receiving inpatient care at the hospital.

The Live Like Bella Pavilion is an $8.5 million project that will consist of a four-story building, inscribed with the words Live Like Bella written in red, childlike handwriting and a smiling sun. The building housed on the Miami Children’s Hospital main campus is expected to be completed by mid-2018.

Raymond Rodriguez- Torres, father of Bella Rodriguez-Torres, made the announcement alongside Lucy Morillo, president and CEO of Miami Children’s Health Foundation, unveiling a preliminary rendering of the Live Like Bella Pavillon on stage before nearly a thousand guests. During the program, Rodriguez-Torres also shared with the audience key medical information pertaining to Bella’s six-year battle against Rhabdomyosarcoma – an aggressive form of childhood cancer. After explaining the difficult and ultimately very tragic end to her fight, he presented new, exciting medical research information that will bring them one step closer to finding a cure.

“We are incredibly thankful to the Live Like Bella™ Foundation for coming together for the children through the Bella’s Promise partnership, in support of Together for the Children, The Campaign for Miami Children’s Hospital (MCH),” said Lucy Morillo, president and CEO of Miami Children’s Health Foundation. “The Live Like Bella™ Pavilion will allow our patient families to find the comfort and support they need to reduce the stresses of being far from home.”

“Bella” captured the hearts of millions. Although she passed away at the age of 10 on May 28, 2013, she inspired a movement, leaving behind an undeniably strong legacy, and urging people to #LiveLikeBella. Tomorrow Bella’s legacy will not only be felt, and remembered, but seen via the recently named “The Live Like Bella™ Park” and soon at the “The Live Like Bella™ Pavilion at Miami Children’s Hospital.

The partnership between the Live Like Bella™ Foundation and Miami Children’s Health Foundation was announced last December 2013, under the name of “Bella’s Promise” and is working towards ensuring that Miami Children’s continues to provide world-class care for children battling cancer in South Florida.

Miami Children’s Hospital is also in formal discussions with Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida to create and operate a Ronald McDonald House within the pavilion, which would be an amazing effort in South Florida.

For more information about the Live Like Bella™ Foundation please visit www.livelikebella.org.

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