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Kontos Foods Joins Forces with Habitat for Humanity in Paterson N.J. Project

Kontos pledges $25K through New Jersey’s Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit Program; on August 14, a team of Kontos employees will get to work on a Paterson house project

Paterson, N.J. – Aug 7, 2014Kontos Foods, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of traditional Greek and Mediterranean foods, today announced that the company has joined forces with Habitat for Humanity to build homes for a low-income families in Paterson, N.J. Kontos Foods has pledged $25K through the state of New Jersey’s Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit Program (NRTC), which provides non-profits with funds to restore and rebuild neighborhoods in low-income areas of the state.

Additionally, on August 14, Kontos Foods will bring a team of employees and friends of the company for a day of work on the house project, and deliver a delicious lunch to the construction site for all participants.

“Paterson Habitat for Humanity plays a key role in community revitalization across this city, helping to build simple, decent and affordable houses for families who would not ordinarily be able to afford their own homes. Kontos is honored to be working with Paterson Habitat to help low-income families turn the dream of owning a house into a reality,” said Steve Kontos, vice president of Kontos Foods. “Our company has been operating in Paterson, N.J. for 26 years. Together with our employees and friends, we are thrilled to have an opportunity to give back to the neighborhood in which we work.”

The New Jersey NRTC offers business entities a 100% tax credit for funds provided to nonprofit entities carrying out comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans. The funds can be applied to non-profit 501(c) 3 organizations in municipalities, such as Paterson, that are eligible to receive aid. Under the program guidelines, Habitat for Humanity must use at least 60% of the tax credit funds for housing and economic development; the remaining funds may be used for supportive services and other activities that promote neighborhood revitalization.

“I know the Director and staff of Paterson Habitat for Humanity from when I ran a program years ago when I was with Unilever. I’m excited to rekindle that relationship in my role at here at Kontos,” said Warren Stoll, Marketing Director of Kontos Foods. “Taking advantage of the fact that we are a food company, on August 14, Kontos will provide the whole house team with lunch and refreshments, Kontos-style.”

To learn more about Kontos Foods, visit www.kontos.com. You can also find Kontos Foods on Twitter @KontosFoods or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Kontosfoods.

About Kontos Foods

Founded in 1987, Kontos Foods, Inc. is a Paterson, NJ-based provider of traditional Mediterranean foods for restaurants, hotels, food service, retail specialty stores and supermarkets worldwide. The family-owned company specializes in hand-stretched flatbreads, including the Kontos Pocket-Less Pita®, Fillo dough, pastries, olives, gyro meats, and Greek yogurts, as well as nearly 50 varieties of multi-ethnic flatbreads. Kontos, which has over 225 employees and was founded by Evripides (Evris) Kontos together with his son Steven, together bring over 100 years’ experience in the premium food industry. To learn more, visit www.kontos.com, or call (973) 278-2800.

About Paterson Habitat for Humanity

Paterson Habitat for Humanity creates homeownership opportunities for families with limited income. We are committed to building decent, safe affordable homes that are energy efficient, environmentally responsible and economical to maintain. Join us as we continue to revitalize neighborhoods by building hope with homes. For more information, or to donate, visit www.patersonhabitat.org or call (973) 595-6868.

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Camfed Founder Ann Cotton Speaks at U.S.-Africa Summit Hosted by the White House, George W. Bush Institute and U.S. State Department

Camfed and The MasterCard Foundation publish “When you educate a girl, everything changes”, collection of stories charting the journeys and aspirations of scholars in Ghana

Washington, D.C. August 6, 2014 – Camfed (Campaign for Female Education), an international nonprofit organization that invests in the education of girls in rural Africa, announced that today, Founder and President Ann Cotton joined an esteemed panel of experts in Washington, D.C. to address the expansion of education, health and economic access in Africa. The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit was hosted by the White House, the George W. Bush Institute and the U.S. State Department.

First Ladies from nearly 30 countries joined Michelle Obama and Laura Bush to share success stories and identify actionable solutions to the challenges women and girls face in Africa.

Ann Cotton

“It is a great honor to participate in this Summit,” said Cotton. “For more than 20 years, Camfed has supported a generation of African girls and women with access to secondary and higher education, employment opportunities and, ultimately, into positions of leadership. I was asked to share our experiences and discuss ways to replicate Camfed’s success in rural Africa in many more locations.”

Camfed and The MasterCard Foundation are also excited to announce the publication of “When you educate a girl, everything changes”, a book which profiles MasterCard Foundation Scholars in Ghana supported by Camfed. The Scholars share the challenges they have faced in securing their education and their hopes for the future.

“The courage and imagination of the girls and young women who feature in the book are utterly inspiring to me,” said Cotton. “Above all, I am inspired by their generosity. Each individual has struggled against the cruelty of poverty and yet each looks forward to the day when she has the opportunity to help others, to transform her community, to contribute to the progress of Ghana. They inspire all of us who hold the power to make a difference to do more, much more.”

As the Summit explored best practices in the education of young African girls, the book offers proof of all that is possible when girls go to school. A digital version of the book can be found at www.camfed.org/when-you-educate-girl.

“At Camfed, we have focused on transforming the vicious cycle of poverty in many rural African communities into a cycle of opportunity. Alumnae of Camfed’s programs go on to become role models and mentors for future generations of young students. We call this the ‘virtuous circle’ and we know this is a model that works. This Summit is an opportunity to learn from others as well as share Camfed’s experience,” said Cotton.

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Cotton participated in a panel titled, Education: Creating Opportunities and Investing in the Next Generation of Women Leaders. The panelists discussed how public-private partnerships, cross-sector collaborations and technology can improve access to, and success in, educational opportunities for girls in Africa. The full panel included:

  • Ann Cotton, President and Founder of Camfed International, OBE;
  • The Honorable Catherine Russell, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, U.S. Department of State, moderator;
  • The Honorable Aïcha Bah Diallo, Chairperson, Forum for African Women Educationalists;
  • Shelly Esque, Chairman of the Board, Intel Foundation, and Vice President of
  • Legal and Corporate Affairs and Global Director of Corporate Affairs Group at Intel Corporation; and;
  • Dr. Sara Ruto, Regional Manager – Uwezo East Africa, UWEZO

At last week’s Summit of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry all stressed the importance of girls’ education and women’s leadership. “This is where Africa’s future lies – with those women-run businesses, with those girls attending university, and with leaders like you who are making those dreams possible,” said First Lady Michelle Obama.

During the Summit, Ruka Yaro De-Liman, a Ghanaian leader of Camfed’s Alumnae Association, Cama, received a $25,000 grant that will allow her to expand her existing farm business, where she produces and sells wholesome meat and quality eggs. De- Liman also mentors and helps educate the next generation of Camfed-supported students.

For more information, please visit www.camfed.org.

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Kohl’s Department Stores to Give Back while Promoting Wellness Nationwide

Kohl’s to donate more than $500,000 to hospitals and nonprofits in recognition of associate volunteer efforts

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis., August 5, 2014Kohl’s Department Stores (NYSE: KSS) will donate more than $500,000 in corporate grants to nonprofits in recognition of the associate volunteer events taking place nationwide in July and August to support health and wellness initiatives. All of Kohl’s 1,160 stores are participating in volunteer events that support children’s hospitals and youth-serving organizations through the company’s Associates in Action volunteer program.

“Kohl’s associates are deeply committed to giving back to the communities we serve. Volunteering is part of our culture and who we are as a company,” said Bevin Bailis, Kohl’s senior vice president, communications and public relations. “We are proud to partner with organizations across the county to support events that encourage families to live healthy lifestyles.”

Through this initiative, groups of Kohl’s associates will volunteer across the country for a variety of events, including:

  • back-to-school immunization clinic in San Antonio, Texas
  • a car seat safety check and giveaway in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • a free dental clinic for low-income children in Dallas, Texas
  • an annual “Safety Day” event promoting childhood injury prevention in Detroit, Mich.

Many of the organizations benefitting from the associate volunteer efforts this July and August are current partners with Kohl’s through the Kohl’s Cares® hospital program. The program was introduced in 2000 to reinforce Kohl’s commitment to the communities we serve and to promote children’s health. With funding provided through the Kohl’s Cares cause merchandise program, Kohl’s partners with more than 160 children’s hospitals nationwide to help educate kids and their parents with tailored outreach programs based on their community’s individual need. These programs focus on a variety of kids’ health and safety topics – from healthy lifestyle / obesity prevention to childhood injury prevention.

Since 2001, through the Associates in Action volunteer program, more than 834,000 Kohl’s associates nationwide have participated in volunteer activities resulting in more than $79 million in corporate grants to qualifying youth-serving 501(c)(3) nonprofits. When associates form teams of five or more to support a local youth-serving charity, the company supports the team’s participation with a corporate grant given directly to the nonprofit. Associates in Action is part of Kohl’s overall philanthropic platform, Kohl’s Cares®, which also includes the Kohl’s Cares cause merchandise program, Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program, Kohl’s Cares fundraising gift card program and partnerships with more than 160 hospitals nationwide.

For more information Kohl’s community commitment and Associates in Action program, visit www.Kohls.com/Cares.

About Kohl’s

Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a leading specialty department store with 1,160 stores in 49 states. With a commitment to inspiring and empowering families to lead fulfilled lives, the company offers amazing national and exclusive brands, incredible savings and inspiring shopping experiences in-store, online at Kohls.com and via mobile devices. Committed to our communities, Kohl’s has raised more than $257 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl’s Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc. For additional information about Kohl’s philanthropic and environmental initiatives, visit www.Kohls.com/Cares. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit www.Kohls.com.

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Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/Kohls)
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Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Announces New Executive Director Harold O. Levy

LANSDOWNE, VA – The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is pleased to announce that Harold O. Levy has been named Executive Director. Levy will lead the Foundation’s efforts to advance the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Levy is a highly seasoned executive with strong leadership experience in the education sector, including serving as the New York City Schools Chancellor.

The Board of Directors expressed its excitement for Levy leading the Foundation’s activities into a broader dimension of national outreach and accessibility of scholarships. The Board described Levy as a passionate and innovative leader who will take to new levels the Foundation’s mission of supporting high-potential students with financial need to excel.

Levy stated, “Every time a gifted child is unable to realize his or her full potential because the family lacks the means for support, a little bit of the American dream dies. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, as one of the largest private scholarship foundations in the country, has the ability to change that calculus for many of the students who lack adequate resources. The Foundation’s mission is particularly meaningful to me as I was the beneficiary of precisely this kind of scholarship.”

While serving as the New York City Schools Chancellor during 2000-2002, Levy began the much-emulated Teaching Fellows Program and initiated a math initiative that resulted in the largest one-year gain in standardized test scores at that time. He also started a number of small, innovative schools, including New York’s first new specialized high schools for gifted students in 35 years. He led the school system during the 9/11 attacks, and in the aftermath secured transitional space and resources for all displaced schools until they could be returned to service.

In addition to his education experience, Levy has a distinguished career in financial services and law, previously serving as Director of Global Compliance and Associate General Counsel of Citigroup. He also served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Kaplan, Inc. where he started Kaplan University’s online School of Education. Most recently, he has managed early stage capital investments in the education sector.

In 2010, U.S. Education Secretary Arnie Duncan appointed Levy to the Committee on Measures of Student Success. Levy serves on several corporate and philanthropic boards.

Levy is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and the Cornell Law School. While at Cornell, he held a Telluride Association Scholarship and won the John F. Kennedy Award, which is to given to one graduating senior. He subsequently was awarded a Lincoln Exchange Scholarship to Oxford University, where he graduated with a First Class honors degree in politics, philosophy and economics. Levy has received honorary doctorate degrees from Baruch, Bard and St. Francis Colleges.

Levy replaces Dr. Matthew Quinn who has served as acting executive director for the last year, and also served as the founding executive director from 2000 to 2009 before retiring.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private, independent foundation dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Founded in 2000 by the estate of Jack Kent Cooke, the Foundation has awarded $125 million in scholarships to 1,800 students, and $79 million in grants to organizations that support our mission. www.jkcf.org

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Impact Makers Honored as ‘Best for the World’ and ‘Best for Community,’ Creating Most Overall Positive Social, Environmental and Community Impact

Richmond, Virginia, July 31, 2014 — Impact Makers was named ‘Best for the World,’ and ‘Best for Community’ for the second consecutive year. Ninety-three companies worldwide were recognized for creating the most positive, overall social and environmental impact by the nonprofit B Lab with the release of the third annual ‘B Corp Best for the World’ list. The impact economy is global and diverse: 93 companies from 15 countries and 31 industries recognized as leaders in redefining success in business.

The ‘B Corp Best for the World’ lists honor businesses that earned an overall score in the top 10% of all Certified B Corporations on the B Impact Assessment, a rigorous and comprehensive assessment of a company’s impact on its workers, community, and the environment. Honorees were recognized among micro, small, and mid-sized businesses.

The ‘Best for the World’ companies come from 31 different industries such as manufacturing, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals and real estate. A majority operate in a service industry, including 17 honorees in financial services and 15 in environmental consulting. 30% of honorees are based outside the US with 15 companies operating in emerging markets, such as Afghanistan, Kenya and Colombia. (Full list of 2014 honorees below and at bestfortheworld.bcorporation.net.)

“Locally, Virginia had five companies recognized,” said Michael Pirron, CEO and Founder of Impact Makers. “We are proud to be in a community where social enterprise is valued and growing.” The other Virginia-based companies include Greater Richmond Grid, Virginia Community Capital, Acorn Sign Graphics and Rivanna Natural Designs.

“Employees, consumers, investors, and policy makers increasingly want to support companies that create a positive impact in the world and the Best for the World honorees are the best of the best,” said Jay Coen Gilbert, co-founder of B Lab, the nonprofit organization that certifies B Corporations and governs the independent third party standard used to generate the comparable assessment of corporate impact. “It’s particularly inspiring that 21% of the 2014 honorees are first time winners but long time B Corps. They’re winning the race to the top.”

Each honored company is a Certified B Corporation. They use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems and have met rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Today there are over 1,060 certified B Corporations, across 60 industries and 32 countries, unified by one common goal: to redefine success in business.

About Impact Makers

Impact Makers is a management and technology consulting company based in Richmond, Virginia. We provide Management Consulting, Information Technology Services, Project and Portfolio Management, Digital Services and Governance, Risk and Compliance Services. We are a for profit company whose corporate charter requires us to contribute 100% our net profits to local nonprofits. Impact Makers ranked 514th on the 2013 Inc. 500|5000 List of Fastest Growing Private Companies in America. For more information, visit www.impactmakers.com.

About B Lab

B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement to redefine success in business so that all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the best for the world. B Lab drives this systemic change through a number of interrelated initiative: 1) building a community of Certified B Corporations to make it easier for all of us to tell the difference between “good companies” and good marketing; 2) passing legislation to accelerate growth of social entrepreneurship and impact investing (20 states have already passed benefit corporation legislation); 3) developing B Analytics, a customizable platform for investors to benchmark and report the impact of their global private equity portfolios; and 4) providing free, powerful tools for businesses to measure, compare and improve their social and environmental performance (more than 16,000 businesses use B Lab’s free B Impact Assessment). For more information, visit www.bcorporation.net.

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Best for the World 2014 Honorees

10 Midsize Businesses Honorees (50+ Employees)

Co2 Bambu (Granada, Nicaragua) – CO2 Bambu designs, manufactures and assembles ecologically sound structures for homes, schools, and clinics.

Cooperative Home Care Associates (NY) – CHCA is the nation’s largest worker-owned cooperative, providing high-quality home care services to elders and individuals living with disabilities—primarily African-American and Hispanic residents of the South Bronx, Harlem, and Washington Heights.

d.light design (CA, China, Kenya) – d.light manufactures and distributes solar lighting and power products providing access to reliable, affordable, renewable energy for nearly 30 million people in 60 countries.

Echale a tu casa (Mexico City, Mexico) – Echale is a social housing production company that delivers affordable homes to communities through the implementation of innovations in construction technology and finance, streamlining the self-build process and strengthening social inclusion.

Give Something Back, Inc (CA) – Give Something Back Office Supplies (GSB) is California’s largest independent office supply company, with giving back to communities integral to its core mission and purpose.

Home Care Associates (PA) – Home Care Associates of Philadelphia (HCA) has dedicated itself to a quality care through quality jobs mission. By providing quality home care jobs, HCA works to ensure quality care across the Philadelphia metropolitan area for elders and people with disabilities.

Namaste Solar (CO) – Namasté Solar is an employee-owned cooperative that designs, installs, and maintains solar electric systems for homes, businesses, non-profits, and government entities. One PacificCoast Bank (CA) – One PacificCoast Bank is an innovative, triple-bottom line, community development financial institution.

Roshan -Telecom Development Company Afghanistan Ltd. (Kabul, Afghanistan) – Roshan is Afghanistan’s leading telecommunications provider.

Sunrise Banks (MN) – Sunrise Community Banks is in the business of developing strong communities that provide homes and jobs to their residents.

26 Small Businesses Honorees (10-49 Employees)

Advanced Home Energy (CA) – Advanced Home Energy partners with homeowners who are interested in going green and offer a wide range of home energy efficiency solutions.

Bay Area Medical Academy (CA) – Bay Area Medical Academy offers job-oriented training in high-growth, high-demand, specialized areas of the healthcare field and prepares individuals for successful long term careers.

Channel Islands Outfitters (CA) – Channel Islands Outfitters is a Santa Barbara and Channel Islands based paddle sports outfitter and fitness center.

Community Wealth Partners (DC) – Community Wealth Partners offers strategy and implementation services to nonprofit organizations and philanthropic foundations, partnering with them to design and implement innovative approaches to growth and sustainability.

Delight Co, Ltd (Seoul, South Korea) – Delight manufactures and distributes hearing aids at affordable prices.

FINAE SAPI DE CV SOFOM ENR (Mexico City, Mexico) – FINAE is a social impact financial institution created to give more students access to private university education.

Green Living Enterprises (ON, Canada) – Green Living Enterprises is a full-service media, marketing, custom content provider and events company that has increased public awareness of environmental issues and inspired personal action through print publications and www.greenlivingonline.com.

Highland Craftsmen, Inc (NC) – Highland Craftsmen Inc designs, manufactures and sells all- natural Bark House® brand architectural elements to building, design and furniture professionals as well as individuals.

Hybrytec Solar (Antioquia, Colombia) – Hybrytec Solar designs and installs solar energy systems for health centers, fishing villages, schools, hotels, and private customers.

Impact Makers, Inc. (VA) – Impact Makers delivers information technology and management consulting professional services, focused on government and the healthcare industry.

Imprint Capital (CA) – Imprint Capital is an impact investment firm that creates and manages high performing impact investment portfolios for foundations, families, and financial institutions.

Indigenous Designs Corporation (CA) – Indigenous Designs is a leader in organic and fairtrade clothing. Their clothing supports thousands of artisans in the most remote and impoverished regions of the world.

Ingage Partners, LLC (OH) – Ingage Partners delivers Information Technology and Management Consulting services to help their clients successfully navigate business and technology change.

Juhudi Kilimo (Nairobi, Kenya) – Juhudi Kilimo finances targeted agricultural assets for smallholder farmers and rural enterprises across Kenya. Operating exclusively in very rural areas, they give smallholder farmers access to the tools they need to scale up and succeed.

Mal Warwick Associates (CA) – Mal Warwick Associates help nonprofits and political organizations build long-term, mutually rewarding relationships with individual donors through integrated fundraising and marketing programs.

Metropolitan Group (OR) – Metropolitan Group is a national strategic and creative services firm increasing impact for socially responsible businesses.

Moving Forward Education (CA) – Moving Forward Education provides tutoring and mentoring services for underserved students in the Bay Area.

New Resource Bank (CA) – New Resource Bank supports businesses, nonprofits, and people that are pursuing innovative solutions to environmental, economic, and social challenges.

Quetsol (Guatemala City, Guatemala) – Quetsol provides affordable solar power to off-grid communities.

Re:Vision Architecture (PA) – Re:Vision Architecture is an architecture, planning, and consulting firm specializing in sustainable design and development.

South Mountain Company, Inc (MA) – South Mountain Company is an employee-owned design, build, and renewable energy company on Martha’s Vineyard. The company plans and develops residential and commercial buildings, as well as designing and installing solar & wind energy systems and energy efficiency improvements.

TAS (ON, Canada) – TAS is a real estate development company with a commitment to Shaping Beautiful Cities™.

The Paradigm Project (CO) – The Paradigm Project is a low-profit limited liability company operating in cooperation with The Paradigm Foundation, whose collective mission is to create sustainable economic, social and environmental value within developing world communities.

Trillium Asset Management (MA) – Trillium Asset Management, LLC is the oldest independent investment advisor devoted exclusively to sustainable and responsible investing (SRI).

Veris Wealth Partners (NY) – Veris Wealth Partners, LLC is a wealth management firm committed to helping align wealth with a customer’s mission.

VIF International Education (NC) – VIF International Education is the nation’s largest J-1 teacher exchange sponsor and a provider of language immersion and global literacy programs.

W.S. Badger Co, Inc (NH) – W.S. Badger Co manufactures Badger Balm and other USDA organic body care products.

56 Micro-Enterprises Honorees (<10 Employees)

Alter Eco (CA) – Alter Eco works with dozens of small scale agricultural cooperatives in the Global South to provide a fairer deal and market access for small farmers. Alter Eco offers a large range of exquisite Fair Trade, Organic and Carbon Neutral foods.

Andean Naturals (CA) – Andean Naturals acts as a bridge between South American quinoa farmers and US food companies. It facilitates the growth of the organic and fair-trade quinoa market while improving the lives of over 4,500 small family farmers through increased income, technical assistance and sustained demand.

Animal Experience International (ON, Canada) – Animal Experience International (AEI) has a mission to help animals around the globe by matching clients with animal-related volunteer opportunities at sanctuaries, wildlife hospitals, animal clinics and conservation projects.

Atayne, LLC (ME) – Atayne makes high-performing outdoor and athletic apparel from 100% recycled materials.

Beartooth Capital (MT) – Beartooth Capital is a leading impact investment fund manager whose mission is to generate strong investment returns, real conservation results, and community benefits.

Blue Garnet (CA) – Blue Garnet is a strategy and management consulting firm that works with organizations to create lasting social change by harnessing the combined power of business acumen and social impact.

BluPlanet Recycling Inc (AB, Canada) – BluPlanet Recycling Inc. is a Calgary based multi- family residential and commercial recycling collection service provider.

Buy the Change (MI) – Buy The Change works with NGO’s and small craft co-operatives throughout the developing world to source fairly-traded, woman-made accessories, jewelry and home décor products, many of which are made from eco-friendly, up-cycled materials.

Byoearth (Guatemala City, Guatamala) – Byoearth’s goal is to have all degradable waste be transformed into benefit for people, the environment, and earth through vermiculture and vermicomposting.

CAP Global (CA) – CAP Global develops and commercializes novel pharmaceuticals for global populations through local partnerships.

CDI Lan (São Paulo, Brazil) – CDI Lan generates income & employability through education & training in low income communities by providing access to high social impact solutions through internet cafes.

ChangeIt (ON, Canada) – ChangeIt is a giving program that enables users to support their favourite causes with every electronic purchase.

Climatesmart Business, Inc (BC, Canada) – Climate Smart is a social enterprise that trains businesses and provides them with software tools to track and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

Council Fire, LLC (MD) – Council Fire is a world-class management consulting firm working with clients to “operationalize” sustainability and harness the power of information to drive competitive advantage and success in both the public and private sectors.

Dolphin Blue, Inc (TX) – Dolphin Blue is an online retailer of ecologically sustainable products for use in commercial and home offices.

Down to Earth Markets (NY) – Down to Earth Markets curates and manages approximately 20 farmers markets in Westchester County, Rockland County, and four of the five boroughs of New York City.

Ecotrust Forest Management (OR) – Ecotrust Forest Management is a forestland investment management and advisory services company that generates long term value for both investors and society by facilitating positive environmental outcomes and supporting job creation in rural communities.

Education Funding Partners (CO) – Education Funding Partners provides Fortune 500 corporate marketing sponsorships exclusively for major public school districts.

Emerge Financial Wellness (TN) – Emerge Financial Wellness is workplace-based financial wellness program that partner with employers to help their workers plan their financial futures.

Enviro-Stewards (ON, Canada) – Enviro-Stewards Inc’s engineers & scientists serve as sustainability catalysts for industrial, commercial and institutional facilities. As such, they stimulate increased margin on sales while reducing environmental footprints and improving social conditions.

Fans Without Footprints (NY) – Fans Without Footprints leverages the power of sports and the passion of its fans to benefit the environment by offering the opportunity to join with their favorite team to support local green projects in the community.

Farmland LP (CA) – Farmland LP acquires conventional farmland and converts it to organic, sustainable farmland.

FlipGive (ON, Canada) – FlipGive provides a digital platform that connects brands to the $200+ billion fundraising market, converting customers into a sales force to raise money.

FutureProof, LLC (CA) – FutureProof is a nationally recognized interdisciplinary firm which provides full-service sustainability masterplanning, green infrastructure design and development, integrated water management landscapes, LEED and technical consulting.

Greater Richmond Grid (VA) – Free magazine providing upbeat news and resources to the greater Richmond area.

Green Retirement Plans, Inc (CA) – Green Retirement Plans helps businesses, nonprofits and their employees harness the power of their retirement plan assets for good.

Grounds for Change (WA) – Grounds for Change is a certified organic coffee roaster specializing in 100% fair trade coffee. They roast organic fair trade coffee that is grown in shaded conditions and offer comprehensive wholesale and fundraising programs.

Impact First Investments (Tel Aviv, Israel) – Impact First invests in early stage healthcare, edtech, agritech, and cleantech social enterprises.

L. International (CA) – L. is a condom company with a cause: to support women globally by focusing on their sexual empowerment. L. International creates the highest quality condoms for the modern consumer in safety, comfort, and design.

Little Pickle Press (CA) – Little Pickle Pressis a publisher of high quality, high impact media for children, dedicated to helping parents and educators cultivate conscious, responsible little people by stimulating explorations of the meaningful topics of their generation.

Manzimvula Ventures, Inc (BC, Canada) – Manzimvula Ventures is a values-based consulting firm whose purpose is to support organizations who choose to build socially responsible and profitable enterprises that profoundly impact their organizational communities and the individuals they affect in a compassionate and sustainable manner.

Mikado Consulting (Istanbul, Turkey) – Mikado is a social enterprise committed to serving sustainable development and yielding social impact. They craft innovative models and solutions by creating partnerships among the private sector, civil society, academic institutions and international organizations.

Ned Schaub Consulting — Social Change Strategy (CA) – Ned Schaub Consulting Social Change Strategy (NSC SCS) facilitates and supports sustainability planning, philanthropic strategy, retreats and workshops, particularly for organizations in the healthcare and social service sectors.

New Avenue (CA) – New Avenue is an online platform that sells architecture services, loans and construction to homeowners who want to add a second unit to their single family home.

One Earth Designs (Hong Kong and China) – One Earth Designs develops and markets technology solutions, including solar ovens and generators, for those who lack access to clean and affordable energy.

Pacific Northwest Kale Chips (OR) – Pacific Northwest Kale Chips is a small-batch chip maker founded on the principles of delivering locally-sourced, organic, and sustainable food to all sectors of society.

Palmetto Ventures (London, United Kingdom) – Palmetto offers a fully integrated service to lead organizations towards cost-effective and sustainable solutions. Through customized planning and efforts to deliver tangible investment opportunities, they have delivered over $10 billion towards a clean energy future.

Piedmont Biofuels (NC) – Piedmont Biofuels is a community scale biodiesel operation which collects used cooking oil from area food service establishments and converts it into a clean burning renewable fuel.

Project Repat (MA) – Project Repat upcycles t-shirts into more fun and fashionable clothing accessories while creating jobs.

PwrdBy (CA) – PwrdBy develops community, awareness, and support for charity through photo-sharing apps on iPhone & Android.

Renewal Funds (Vancouver, Canada) – Renewal Funds is a social venture fund dedicated to delivering financial returns by investing in leading environmental and social mission businesses in Canada and the USA.

RSF Capital Management, Inc. (CA) – RSF offers investing, lending, and giving services that generate positive social and environmental impact while fostering community and collaboration among participants.

Sechler CPA PC (AZ) – Sechler CPA PC is a completely virtual accounting firm serving the tax and consulting needs of approximately 350 local, national and international nonprofit organizations.

Seeds Printing (PA) – SEEDS is a green printing company comprised of environmentally conscious, creative professionals with years of experience in the fields of printing, design, marketing, writing and editing, and world-class customer service.

SEQUIL Systems, Inc (FL) – SEQUIL Systems, Inc. is a professional services firm which provides highly technical building commissioning, LEED program management, energy modeling and sustainability consulting services to the architecture, engineering and construction industry.

SLOWCOLOR (CA) – SLOWCOLOR is an integrated bottom line high impact clothing enterprise committed to revitalizing the use of age-old traditions to dramatically reduce the social, environmental and health impacts of textile manufacturing.

Social Enterprise Associates (NM) – Social Enterprise Associates is a consulting firm offering business acumen, managerial experience, financing opportunities, and practical research to business and community efforts seeking social good.

Social Good Network (ID) – Social Good Network works at the confluence of cause and commerce, using its innovative software to create and measure the success of digital cause marketing campaigns for brands.

Sustainability Advantage (ON, Canada) – Sustainability Advantage provides educational talks and resources to help lead a transformation toward a sustainable global society.

Sustainable Law Group, PC (CA) – The Sustainable Law Group, PC serves as corporate counsel to nonprofits, businesses and estates. Attorneys Cecily Jackson-Zapata and Becki Ueno provide organizations and businesses in California with comprehensive legal counsel.

The Arnold Development Group (MO) – The Arnold Development Group is a purpose-driven real estate investment and development firm that creates sustainable mixed-use projects.

The EarthKeeper Alliance (CA) – EarthKeeper Alliance is dedicated to the conservation, preservation, restoration and thoughtful development of large tracts of land previously slated for large‐scale development.

The Majora Carter Group (NY) – The Majora Carter Group offers pioneering solutions to concentrated environmental problems through economic development by way of public speaking engagements, workshops, and consulting services.

Water Power Group LP (ON, Canada) – Water Power Group is a private power producer working in partnership with local and Aboriginal communities to develop small run-of-river hydroelectric projects in markets across North America, primarily in Ontario, Canada.

X-runner Venture GmbH (Lima, Peru) – x-runner provides waterless toilets and waste management services to families that do not have standard toilets.

Yellow Leaf Hammocks (CA) – Yellow Leaf Hammocks are 100% hand-woven, customizable hammocks that offer customers supreme comfort, strength and durability, along with a commitment to cultivating a sustainable economic opportunity for marginalized ethnic groups like the endangered Mlabri Tribe.

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Grammy® Award-Winning Singer Jennifer Hudson Lends Her Voice to Stand Up to Cancer and Genentech In “Two Worlds. One Dream.” Campaign in the Fight against Cancer

New PSA Inspires Everyone to Come Together in the Spirit of Collaboration and to Advance Cancer Research

LOS ANGELES / NEW YORK – July 30, 2014 – Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, and Genentech, one of the world’s leading biotech companies, have joined forces with GRAMMY®-winning singer, Oscar®-winning actress, and SU2C Ambassador Jennifer Hudson for their latest campaign, entitled: “Two Worlds. One Dream.”

Debuting in July, the public service announcement (PSA), which will appear in print, digital, radio, and broadcast media, highlights the incredible work being done by today’s leading cancer researchers and stresses the importance of supporting innovative research.

The powerful PSA, which features Jennifer Hudson and Genentech senior scientist Shiva Malek, Ph.D., notes the similarities between the worlds of art and science—reinforcing how much can be accomplished when we work together. The “Two Worlds. One Dream.” campaign charges everyone—from doctors and scientists to artists to patients and survivors—to unite in the fight against the collection of diseases known as cancer, which take the lives of nearly 1,600 Americans every day.

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“I, like many others, have friends and loved ones who have been affected by cancer,” said Jennifer Hudson. “I’m proud to join Genentech and Stand Up To Cancer on this PSA campaign, which showcases cancer researchers as the rock stars they really are and highlights the importance of supporting their vital work.”

“Stand Up To Cancer was built on the idea that people from different disciplines can come together in the hope of making everyone diagnosed with cancer a survivor,” said Lisa Paulsen, co-founder of Stand Up To Cancer. “We are so grateful to Jennifer Hudson and Genentech for their invaluable support. This PSA champions collaboration, which is a cornerstone of SU2C, to inspire the public to realize their role in supporting scientific research that has the ability to transform lives.”

“Stand Up To Cancer brings together some of the best and brightest minds in cancer research to collaborate in the fight against this terrible disease,’’ said Geoff Teeter, Vice President of Corporate Relations at Genentech. ‘’We are excited to partner with Jennifer Hudson and SU2C on this campaign, and share the belief that progress happens faster when we work together.’’

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For more information on the campaign, visit standup2cancer.org. To join the conversation, like us on Facebook at @StandUpToCancer or follow us on Twitter at @SU2C.

About Genentech

Founded more than 35 years ago, Genentech is a leading biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes medicines to treat patients with serious or life-threatening medical conditions. The company, a member of the Roche Group, has headquarters in South San Francisco, California. For additional information about the company, please visit http://www.gene.com.

About Stand Up To Cancer

Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) raises funds to accelerate the pace of research to get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. SU2C, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was established in 2008 by film and media leaders who utilize the industry’s resources to engage the public in supporting a new, collaborative model of cancer research, and to increase awareness about progress being made in the fight against the disease. As SU2C’s scientific partner, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and a Scientific Advisory Committee led by Nobel Laureate Phillip A. Sharp, Ph.D., conduct rigorous, competitive review processes to identify the best research proposals to recommend for funding, oversee grants administration, and provide expert review of research progress.

For more information on Stand Up To Cancer visit http://www.standup2cancer.org.

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Team IMPACT Brings Duke Little to Their Roster

Boston-based charity appoints new Executive Director

BOSTON, MA (July 30, 2014) – Boston-based charity Team IMPACT has appointed Duke Little as the new Executive Director of the organization. Established in 2011, the non-profit organization matches children with life-threatening and chronic illnesses to a college athletic team local to where they live. Once matched, these courageous kids gain a sense of belonging, support and strength and in turn, the student-athletes are taught lessons about courage and resiliency that they cannot learn in a classroom.

“We couldn’t be happier to have Duke Little join our team,” says Dan Kraft, President of The Kraft Group-International and Board Chair of Team IMPACT. “His overall experience, innovative thinking and passion for the organization are just a few strengths that will bring us closer to having every eligible child identified and matched with a team of role models, advocates and friends.”

With over 25 years’ of experience in the sports industry, Duke Little is a seasoned veteran with positions in marketing, event management, sales and sponsorships. Before joining Team IMPACT, Little most recently served as the General Manager of Boston College IMG Sports Marketing. Prior to that, the California native was the Director of Corporate Partners for the University of New Hampshire Athletic Department. At the senior level, Little’s sports-related experience made him the perfect match for Team IMPACT as they look to expand their program across the nation.

“I am truly humbled and honored to have been given the opportunity to lead Team IMPACT,” says Duke Little. “The organization has grown tremendously in just over three years’ time and we’re anxious to further expand it on both regional and national levels. These special relationships created between the children, their families and the participating college teams create bonds that we anticipate will last a lifetime. I look forward to working with our incredibly dedicated staff, supporters and Board.”

Team IMPACT is currently partnered with over 240 colleges and universities throughout the country and has successfully matched over 485 children with sports teams, impacting the lives of thousands. Each child is officially “drafted” onto a team, giving them the opportunity to be a full-fledged member of the team, to the best of their ability, which creates unparalleled bonds and memories with the players and coaching staff. Team IMPACT is inspired to expand the long tradition of athletes paying tribute to something that is greater than them by serving the community and supporting each and every member of a team through adversities – both on, and off, the field.

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Team IMPACT is a registered 501(c)(3) public charity registered in the state of Massachusetts. Team IMPACT is exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All donations are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law. For more information, please visit: www.goteamimpact.org.

ABOUT TEAM IMPACT:

Team IMPACT is a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team. Team IMPACT children are drafted on to local college athletic teams and, in effect, become official members of the team from Draft Day through to Graduation. At Team IMPACT, they envision a future where the lives of children facing the hardships associated with adverse issues and events will have access to expanded team-based support networks in order to significantly enhance their quality of life and to fill their lives with more love and laughter. Team IMPACT also strives to provide team-based organizations everywhere an easy and efficient way to have a powerful impact on the lives of children in their community. Established in 2011, Team IMPACT has already matched over 400 children with collegiate teams, improving the quality of life of hundreds of courageous children and touching the lives of over 10,000 student athletes. For more information, please visit: www.goteamimpact.org.

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The 29th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner to Honor Hakeem Olajuwon, Warren Sapp, Pedro Martinez, Mary Lou Retton, Bill Cowher and More

Dinner to Benefit The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis

Tom Brokaw From NBC News to Serve as Master of Ceremonies

NEW YORK (July 30, 2014)The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis will present the 29th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria on Monday, September 29, 2014. The annual event, hosted by NFL Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti and his son Marc, and chaired by Mark Dalton, raises funds to support the ground-breaking spinal cord injury research done by researchers at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis – the world’s most comprehensive spinal cord injury research center which is based at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Tom Brokaw will serve as Master of Ceremonies of the dinner, which honors philanthropic heroes and sports legends that inspire and motivate those affected by spinal cord injuries.

The celebration assembles sports legends, celebrities, philanthropic icons and corporate leaders to support the efforts of The Buoniconti Fund Board of Directors and numerous longtime benefactors. The 2014 Great Sports Legends include:

  • Hakeem Olajuwon – Basketball Hall of Famer, considered one of the best centers to play the game, Olajuwon rose to stardom on a collegiate level, and then with the Houston Rockets. Nicknamed, “The Dream,” Olajuwon was a 12-time All-Star, two-time NBA champion and the 1994 and 1995 NBA Finals MVP. Olajuwon is the NBA’s all-time leader in blocked shots, eighth in points scored, and 11th in total rebounds.
  • Warren Sapp – NFL Hall of Famer who in 2002 led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a Super Bowl victory. Sapp was an integral part of the defensive line for both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Oakland Raiders. Sapp recently became only the second Buccaneer to have his jersey retired.
  • Pedro Martinez – Eight-time All-Star, three-time Cy Young Award winner, and 2004 World Series Champion with the Boston Red Sox, Pedro Martinez is known as one of the best pitchers in MLB history. Over the course of his 18-season career, Martinez played for the Dodgers, Phillies, Mets and Red Sox.
  • Joe Sakic – Over the course of his NHL Hall of Fame hockey career, former Detroit Red Wing Sakic was one of the most productive forwards in the game. During the 2002 Winter Olympics, Sakic helped lead Team Canada Team to its first ice hockey gold medal in 50 years and was voted the tournament’s most valuable player.
  • Bill Cowher – Former NFL head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers for 15 years, leading the team to two Super Bowl appearances during his tenure and winning the Super Bowl in 2006. Cowher also spent six years in the NFL as a player prior to embarking on his successful coaching career. He currently serves as a studio analyst for The NFL Today.
  • Mary Lou Retton – One of the most decorated U.S. Olympic athletes in history, Mary Lou Retton won five medals including gold in the individual all-around competition where she earned perfect 10’s on the floor routine and the vault. 2014 marks the 30th anniversary of her Olympic titles.
  • Lauryn Williams – Williams is one of only five athletes, and the only American woman, to have won a medal in both a Summer and Winter Olympic Games. Her first medal came in 2004 in Athens for the 100 meter, her second in 2014 in Sochi for bobsled.

Honorees for the evening include:

  • Bill Simon – President and CEO of Walmart U.S., Simon is responsible for the strategic direction and performance of Walmart’s U.S. business. Simon is receiving The Buoniconti Fund’s Outstanding Business Leader Award.
  • Grant Hill – Grant played professionally for the Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers in his 19 seasons. Hill is a seven-time NBA All-Star and two-time NCAA Champion at Duke University. Hill will receive the 2014 Buoniconti Fund Award for his dedication to community service.
  • Calvin Hill – Retired NFL Pro-Bowl running back, Calvin Hill helped the Dallas Cowboys win one Super Bowl and two NFC Championship Games. Calvin Hill also will receive the 2014 Buoniconti Fund Award for his charitable works.
  • Erik Compton – Professional Golfer and two-time heart transplant patient who finished runner-up at the 2014 US Open Championships will be the 2014 Inspiration Award Recipient.

“We are changing medical history with five FDA approved clinical trials, including a revolutionary Phase 1 clinical trial transplanting human Schwann Cells to treat patients with recent spinal cord injuries. The Miami Project has not let hard work stand in its way to find a cure. We are driven to find a cure for paralysis and now, science has proven that we are a heartbeat away from our goal,” said Nick Buoniconti, Founder of The Buoniconti Fund. “We are extremely honored that so many legendary athletes and influential figures will join us at the Great Sports Legend Dinner, helping us raise awareness and funds to stand up for those who cannot.”

Our “Legend Alumni” and Honorees include: Muhammad Ali, Willie Mays, Andre Agassi, Tony Hawk, Cal Ripken, Jr., Gloria Estefan, Mia Hamm, Wayne Gretzky, George Foreman, Dara Torres, Julio Iglesias, Helio Castroneves, Troy Aikman, Joe DiMaggio, Mario Andretti, Joe Namath, Dan Marino, Mike Piazza, Walter Cronkite, Gabrielle Reece, Pat Riley, Kelly Slater, Joe Torre and many other athletes and heroes who recognize that paralyzing injuries can and do occur in the pursuit of athletic careers and everyday lives.

The event is expected to sell out and raise millions of dollars for the spinal cord injury research programs at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. The evening will begin with cocktails and a Buy It Now Store where attendees can purchase one-of-a-kind sports memorabilia including the opportunity to golf with the greatest golfer of all time, Jack Nicklaus, amazing jewelry, spectacular getaways, a unique Kidz Korner and other exclusive items.

The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, through The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, is committed to finding a cure for paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury and to seeing millions worldwide walk again. Since its inception in 1985, the Great Sports Legends Dinner has honored more than 303 sports legends and honorees and has raised $99 million for The Miami Project’s spinal cord injury research programs.

Tickets start at $850 per person and can be purchased by phone at (305)-243-4656 or http://www.thebuonicontifund.com/GSLD. Sponsorships and opportunities to sit with legends are also available.

For more information about The Buoniconti Fund, please visit: www.thebuonicontifund.com, Facebook, or Twitter.

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Ad Council’s 61st Annual Public Service Award Dinner to Honor FedEx Chairman and CEO Frederick W. Smith, Stephen Colbert to Host

Last year’s dinner raised an unprecedented $3.4 million to support the Ad Council and its 50 national public service campaigns

NEW YORK, July 29, 2014 – The Ad Council, the largest producer of public service advertisements (PSAs) in the U.S., announced today that its 61st Annual Public Service Award Dinner will honor FedEx Chairman and CEO Frederick W. Smith and Stephen Colbert will host. The event will be held on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.

Mr. Smith will be presented with this year’s public service award in recognition of his personal and corporate commitment to philanthropy. He has been a global voice for environmental sustainability, disaster relief, education and road safety. Under his leadership last year, FedEx contributed over $46 million in cash and charitable shipping, along with thousands of volunteer hours through “FedEx Cares.” FedEx has also been instrumental in emergency response efforts both domestically and internationally, aiding in relief for disasters including Super Storm Sandy and Typhoon Haiyan. Also, FedEx leverages its sustainability-focused philanthropic giving to help rebuild communities and ecosystems affected by natural disasters. Globally, FedEx provides monetary and transportation support to help communities in need in remote parts of the world by distributing medications to over 1,200 health clinics.

FedEx also works closely on many issues that the Ad Council addresses with its campaigns, such as closing the achievement gap in education for African American and Hispanic youth by working with organizations such as the United Negro College Fund and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

“The annual dinner is the highlight of our year, and a way for us to celebrate the year’s successes and honor those who support the Ad Council and our more than 40 critical social issues,” said Peggy Conlon, President and CEO of the Ad Council, “We’re thrilled to honor Fred Smith for his commitment to giving to those in need in communities throughout the world, and we’re very excited that Stephen Colbert will be our emcee. We are looking forward to a marvelous program.”

Stephen Colbert is currently the host and executive producer of Comedy Central’s award-winning program, The Colbert Report. In April 2014, it was announced that Colbert will succeed David Letterman on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman. Previous hosts of the Ad Council’s dinner include Ellen DeGeneres, Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Seth Meyers, Conan O’Brien and Brian Williams.

Attended by more than 1,300 prominent executives from the media, advertising, and corporate communities, the Public Service Award Dinner recognizes the industries and individuals who support the Ad Council and its public service campaigns. The dinner will be chaired by Laura Desmond, Global Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Starcom MediaVest Group and the recently announced Chair of the Ad Council’s Board of Directors. Following the Ad Council’s annual tradition, last year’s honoree, Tim Armstrong, Chairman and CEO of AOL, will present the award to Mr. Smith. Platinum Sponsors include Clear Channel and FedEx Corporation.

The Ad Council has been honoring corporate leaders for their contributions to public service since 1953. The Public Service Award Dinner is the organization’s largest fundraising event. Last year’s benefit raised an unprecedented $3.4 million to support the Ad Council’s programs and was ranked by BizBash as one of the top 100 events in New York City and as one of the top three advertising events of the year.

The Ad Council

The Ad Council is a private, non-profit organization with a rich history of marshalling volunteer talent from the advertising and media industries to deliver critical messages to the American public. Having produced literally thousands of PSA campaigns addressing the most pressing social issues of the day, the Ad Council has affected, and continues to affect, tremendous positive change by raising awareness, inspiring action, and saving lives. To learn more about the Ad Council and its campaigns, visit www.adcouncil.org, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or view our PSAs on YouTube.

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LSC: 40 Years of Championing Equal Access to Justice

Washington, DC – The Legal Services Corporation (LSC), the single largest funder of civil legal aid in the country, marks its 40th anniversary on July 25.

LSC will commemorate this milestone beginning with a three-day event bringing together a wide range of legal, government, corporate, and philanthropic leaders to shine a light on the challenges and opportunities facing civil legal aid in America. The 40th Anniversary Kick-Off will be held Sept. 14-16 at the Omni Shoreham hotel in Washington, DC.

“Created in 1974 as one of the last acts of the Nixon administration, LSC’s mission is ‘to provide equal access to the system of justice in our nation’ and ‘to provide high quality legal assistance to those who would be otherwise unable to afford adequate legal counsel,’” said LSC Board Chairman John G. Levi. “We are grateful for four decades of bipartisan congressional support in pursuit of this mission. With the number of people now eligible for civil legal assistance at an all-time high—nearly 21% of Americans—we look forward to working with Congress to further expand its funding to help meet this unprecedented need.”

LSC provides federal funds through competitive grants to 134 independent nonprofit organizations with nearly 800 offices in every state, the District of Columbia and the territories of the United States. LSC is headed by an 11-member Board of Directors appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The Board is bipartisan: no more than six members may be of the same political party.

LSC promotes technology innovation through its Technology Initiative Grants program which has funded more than 525 technology projects in the past decade. LSC also awards grants through its Pro Bono Innovation Fund to support new and innovative projects to promote and enhance pro bono efforts throughout the country.

“Every day across America, victims of domestic violence seeking protection, veterans trying to avoid homelessness, and consumers facing wrongful evictions or foreclosures are forced to navigate the legal system alone because they can’t afford a lawyer,” LSC President James J. Sandman said. “LSC’s funding of high-quality legal services for low-income people helps assure fairness in our legal system, and it’s never been more needed, or more important, than it is today.”

Members of Congress applauded LSC on its 40th anniversary:

Representative Frank Wolf (VA-10th), Chairman, House Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Sub-Committee: “As chairman of the House Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations subcommittee from 2001-2006 and again since 2011, I have worked closely with the LSC leadership to support these programs and ensure that funding is spent efficiently and appropriately. I have also worked with my colleagues in Congress and LSC leadership to mitigate partisan issues that undermine support for this program. Through these efforts, we have been able to ensure that LSC funding is focused on supporting legitimate civil legal aid needs by those Americans who need it most.

Over the past several years, I have encouraged LSC to do more to engage law firms and bar associations to expand pro bono services in coordination with the corporation. In response, the LSC board created a Pro Bono Task Force in 2011 and produced a comprehensive report with innovative ideas to bolster national pro bono efforts. I want to credit LSC Board Chairman John Levi and LSC President Jim Sandman for their leadership on this project, which has the potential to further extend LSC’s support for low-income Americans.

Forty years after its creation, the LSC fills a critical gap by providing low-income Americans with legal assistance they wouldn’t otherwise have access to. I want to commend the Legal Services Corporation and the attorneys working in our communities for the work they do every day on behalf of Americans who need qualified counsel.”

Representative Chaka Fattah (PA-2nd), Ranking Member, House Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Sub-Committee: “For millions of low-income Americans—including veterans, working families, and people with disabilities—Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is the only path to navigating the justice system and securing high-quality legal representation. As Ranking Member on the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommittee, I have led the effort in Congress to secure adequate funding to support LSC’s mission of ensuring that every individual who requires it has access to America’s courts. As demand continues to grow for civil legal aid in our country, it will remain our responsibility to continue to fight for increased funding. I applaud LSC’s four decades of success advocating for equal access to justice and look forward to remaining its champion.”

Representative Steve Cohen (TN-9th): “On this anniversary, I salute the Legal Services Corporation and LSC-funded attorneys for the vital work they do every day on behalf of Americans who need qualified counsel. Every day that a legal aid attorney protects the safety, security and health of our most vulnerable citizens, they bring this nation closer to living up to its commitment to equal justice for all.”

Representative Tom Cole (OK-4th): “Friday, July 25, marks the 40th anniversary of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC). LSC-funded legal aid programs make a crucial difference to millions of Americans by assisting with the most basic civil legal needs. On this anniversary, I salute the Legal Services Corporation and LSC-funded attorneys for the vital work they do every day on behalf of Americans who need qualified counsel.”

Representative John Conyers, Jr. (MI-13th): “On this 40th anniversary of the Legal Services Corporation, we should recommit ourselves to the founding principle and continue to ensure that LSC can fulfill its critical mission through sufficient funding. I commend LSC and its grantee programs for the vital work they do every day on behalf of Americans who need qualified counsel and for continuing its mission of equal justice for all.”

Representative Mike Honda (CA-17th): “I salute the Legal Services Corporation and LSC-funded attorneys for the vital work they do every day on behalf of Americans who need qualified counsel. In my role as a senior member of the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee, I’ve fought to increase LSC funding, and have sought to remove federal restrictions on how LSC can use state, local, and private funds to more efficiently use the resources it has available to serve low-income clients. I will continue to work to provide LSC with the resources and flexibility it needs to ensure equal access to justice.”

Representative Mike Quigley (IL-5th): “I rise today to honor the Legal Services Corporation, which for 40 years has played a vital role in ensuring all Americans, regardless of income, have proper representation in court. Thank you to the Legal Services Corporation and LSC-funded attorneys for the vital work they do every day on behalf of Americans who need qualified counsel.”

Representative Adam Schiff (CA-28th): “On this anniversary, I salute the Legal Services Corporation and LSC-funded attorneys for the vital work they do every day on behalf of Americans who need qualified counsel, as well as the thousands of attorneys who contribute pro bono services to clients in need. In my district, LSC provides funding to Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County, an organization which provided legal aid to over 4,600 clients last year and looks to increase that number this year.”

Representative Bobby Scott (VA-3rd): “I have long been a supporter of legal assistance for low-income Americans and of the LSC dating back to the 1970s, when I led the effort to establish the LSC-funded Virginia Peninsula Legal Aid Center, Inc. So I know from first-hand experience that LSC-funded legal aid programs make a critical difference to low-income Americans by assisting with their most basic civil legal needs. On this 40th anniversary, I salute the Legal Services Corporation and LSC-funded attorneys for the vital work they do every day on behalf of millions of Americans who need qualified, competent legal counsel.”

Representative Chris Van Hollen (MD-8th): “I rise today to honor the achievements of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) on its 40th anniversary. While we reflect on the achievements of LSC over the last 40 years, Congress must also renew its commitment to providing LSC the critical resources it needs to assist our must vulnerable.”

Senator Roy Blunt (MO): “Congratulations to the Legal Services Corporation on their 40th anniversary. The important work they do on behalf of low-income citizens who need qualified counsel helps to make a difference in the lives of thousands of our most vulnerable Missourians each year.”

Senator Tom Harkin (IA): “I know firsthand the important work of the Legal Services Corporation. Before I was elected to Congress, I worked as a legal aid attorney in Polk County, IA. I experienced the challenges—and also the rewards—of representing people who otherwise would not have the legal assistance they deserve. And I developed a deep appreciation for the role that legal aid attorneys play within our system of justice. On this anniversary, I salute the Legal Services Corporation and LSC-funded attorneys for the vital work they do every day on behalf of Americans who need qualified counsel.”

Senator Angus King (ME): “I salute the Legal Services Corporation and LSC-funded attorneys for the vital work they do every day on behalf of Americans who need qualified counsel. I began my career as one of these attorneys – beginning in 1969, I worked in Skowhegan, Maine for a legal services provider called Pine Tree Legal Assistance. Although my time predated LSC, today Pine Tree is funded by LSC and continues to provide high-quality legal services to those in most need. I learned first-hand during this period that the work of LSC attorneys is a critical element of making real the promise of our country to our disadvantaged and disenfranchised citizens.”

Senator Mary Landrieu (LA): “On this 40th anniversary, I congratulate and commend the Legal Services Corporation for the vital work they do every day on behalf of Americans who need qualified counsel. In my home state, more than 25% of the population is eligible for LSC-funded legal services. The three programs funded by LSC served nearly 40,000 Louisianians and closed nearly 16,000 cases last year. Every day that a legal aid attorney protects the safety, security, and health of our most vulnerable citizens, they bring this nation closer to living up to its commitment to equal justice for all.”

Senator Patty Murray (WA): “I applaud the efforts of LSC, the programs and services funded by the corporation, and ask that we commit ourselves to ensuring that Americans of all backgrounds have access to adequate legal services. We are a better nation for its 40 years of service and advocacy on their behalf. In my home state of Washington, LSC-backed programs have been helping survivors of the Oso mudslide get back up on their feet and rebuild their lives. LSC is essential to protecting the lives and liberty of the most vulnerable Americans.”

The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) was established by the Congress in 1974 to provide equal access to justice and to ensure the delivery of high-quality civil legal assistance to low-income Americans. The Corporation currently provides funding to 134 independent nonprofit legal aid programs in every state, the District of Columbia and U.S.territories.

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