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Devin D. Thorpe

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Six Lessons from Starbucks and OFN Job Creation Initiative Suggest Rules for Replicating Successful CSR Model

Success Rests on Strong Leadership, Good Branding, Financing Expertise, and Crowdfunding

PHILADELPHIA, May 7, 2014 — Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) today released “Six Lessons Learned from Create Jobs for USA,” a long-awaited report on the corporate social responsibility model pioneered with Starbucks.

The report details how Create Jobs for USA—a successful collaboration between Starbucks, OFN, and other leading companies—drew on strong corporate leadership, broad consumer support, powerful branding, and the financing expertise of community development financial institutions (CDFIs).

“A unique set of players—corporations, individuals, CDFIs, and community businesses—came together around their shared belief in small businesses and jobs to make a difference,” said Mark Pinsky, President and CEO of OFN, which administered Create Jobs for USA. Over three years, Create Jobs for USA supported more than $100 million in financing that resulted in at least 5,000 jobs. “This was possible because Starbucks embraced Create Jobs for USA as a company-wide effort.”

Howard Schultz, Starbucks chairman, president and chief executive officer, said, “Amidst the economic uncertainty facing so many of our communities, as business leaders we must ask ourselves ‘what is the role today of a for-profit, public company?’ In November 2011—at the height of our country’s great recession—we partnered with OFN and other like-minded corporations to create an innovative solution that enabled Americans to help thousands of their fellow citizens get back to work.”

Starbucks and OFN launched Create Jobs for USA in 2011 in the face of a 9 percent national unemployment rate. Create Jobs for USA was an unprecedented model for corporations and citizens to join together to fund loans to community businesses that faced challenges getting credit. It raised more than $15 million, which, in turn, leveraged an average of $7 for each dollar donated.

Among the report’s findings:

  • Visionary corporate leadership can translate into remarkable success for nonprofit initiatives.
  • Effective corporate responsibility can create significant public visibility.
  • Measurable performance and impact are crucial.

“This model is replicable for solutions to other economic problems,” Pinsky said. “CDFIs offer a powerful solution, especially when coupled with corporate and individual partners, to create opportunities for all.”

View a summary of the report.

High School Grad-Entrepreneurs Gain Scholarship Bucks for Business Careers

This is a guest post from Dan Danner, the president and CEO of the National Federation of Independent Business.

Diplomas earned, millions of high school graduates each year quickly shed their caps and gowns, eager to join their friends for road trips and beach vacations. But for 100 seniors who achieved 2014 National Federation of Independent Business Young Entrepreneur Foundation educational scholarships, it’s time to get back to business.

Since 2003, the foundation has awarded scholarships to more than 2,500 graduating high school seniors totaling more than $2.5 million. Financial support for the program is provided by small-business leaders, corporate and foundation supporters. This year’s YEF class of entrepreneurs walked away with $145,000 in prizes, ranging from $1,000 to $15,000 each.

To some graduates, it’s probably more fun to splash in the sea with friends for a few days. But the YEF awardees have already got a jump start on future careers as small-business owners.

To qualify for the awards, which must be used to help fund their attendance at universities, colleges, community colleges or career institutes of their choice, students must be in their final year of high school but are also required to own or operate their own small businesses.

At the beginning of April, the top five 2014 winners were each awarded a $5,000 scholarship. On July 16, two of these five students will each be awarded an additional $10,000 scholarship to apply to their college tuition. At a ceremony in Washington, D.C., one student will be dubbed the “2014 Young Entrepreneur of the Year” and the other will earn the “2014 Dan Danner Leadership Award.” Both awards acknowledge the dedication and successes that these students have achieved as entrepreneurs and budding small-business owners.

Among those five are the creators of small firms including a book publisher specializing in domain literature; an agricultural-business owner who produces corn, soybeans and cattle; an event and party rental entrepreneur; an online jeweler; and a photography studio operator.

Another way the foundation encourages the entrepreneurial spirit is by recognizing that many of today’s job-creators began their free enterprise journey as kids operating ventures such as traditional lemonade stands on neighborhood corners. To celebrate these efforts, the YEF urges current small-business owners annually to pledge online to purchase a glass of lemonade from a young entrepreneur and invest in the future of small enterprise.

In taking the “lemonade pledge”, they support young people in their communities who show the initiative to learn about entrepreneurship, teach kids life skills through entrepreneurial education, and foster the idea of free enterprise among the nation’s youth to consider careers in small business and entrepreneurship.

Through these efforts, YEF and NFIB are committed to educating young people about the critical role of small business and the American free enterprise system, ensuring that small business will always have a voice.

National Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Investing Conference to Address Cutting Edge Issues

US SIF to Host Fourth Annual Conference:

“Markets, Mission and Materiality”

May 20-21, 2014 in Washington, DC

WASHINGTON — US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment will host its fourth annual conference, “Markets, Mission and Materiality,” on May 20-21, 2014 in Washington, D.C. The conference is an opportunity to learn more about investment practices that both generate long-term competitive financial returns and have a positive impact on the environment and society, and to learn about critical issues facing the field, including:

  • Millennials and Impact Investing;
  • Challenges and Opportunities in Fixed Income;
  • Creating Sustainable Cities;
  • Global Perspectives on Sustainable Investment;
  • Opportunities in Community and Impact Investing;
  • Investors and Income Inequality;
  • Portfolio Performance Reporting; and
  • Food Security and Climate Change.

The event will be open to the media on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. EDT and on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 from 8:40 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT.

Expected conference attendees and speakers will include representatives from SRI investment management and advisory firms, research firms, financial planners and advisors, broker-dealers, community development financial institutions and asset owners such as pension funds and foundations, along with policymakers and corporate leaders.

Plenary speakers at the conference are:

  • Anna Bernasek, financial journalist and author;
  • Tom Daschle, Former Senate Majority Leader;
  • Jeffrey Hogue, Senior Director of Global CSR and Sustainability, McDonald’s;
  • Michael Jantzi, CEO, Sustainalytics;
  • Saru Jayaraman, Co-Director and Co-Founder, Restaurant Opportunities Center;
  • Erika Karp, CEO, Cornerstone Capital, Inc.;
  • Will Oulton, Global Head of Responsible Investment, First State Investments;
  • Jessica Robinson, CEO, the Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA);
  • Dawn Rittenhouse, Director of Sustainable Development, DuPont;
  • William Rosenzweig, Managing Partner, Physic Ventures, LP;
  • Jennifer Silberman, Vice President of Corporate Sustainability, Hilton Worldwide; and
  • Laurie Spengler, President and CEO, Enclude.

Breakout session speakers include:

  • Ellen Dorsey, Executive Director, Wallace Global Fund;
  • Jed Emerson, Chief Impact Strategist, ImpactAssets;
  • Surya Kolluri, Managing Director, Policy and Market Planning, Bank of America;
  • Tom Langan, External Affairs Director – North America, Unilever;
  • Andrea Phillips, Vice President, Goldman Sachs;
  • Liesel Pritzker Simmons, Co-founder, the Blue Haven Initiative; and
  • Curtis Ravenel, Global Head, Sustainability Group, Bloomberg LP.

Immediately preceding the conference, a training will be held on the Fundamentals of Sustainable and Responsible Investment, which is primarily focused on financial advisors, financial planners and consultants. The in-person training will take place on May 20th at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. This event is a unique opportunity to learn about sustainable, responsible and impact investing and meet with other investment professionals in this growing field.

The conference is sponsored by an array of companies including UBS, Boston Common Asset Management, the Kresge Foundation, McCormick, McDonald’s, Morgan Stanley, Neuberger Berman, Northern Trust, Pax World Investments, TIAA-CREF, and Trillium Asset Management. For additional sponsor information, please click here.

Additionally, the conference is offering a Student Scholarship Program, which is a special educational program of the US SIF Foundation in collaboration with its Diversity and Inclusion Initiative. The program enables seven undergraduate or graduate students who are committed to or interested in a career in sustainable investment to receive scholarships to cover the registration costs for the conference. These scholarships are made possible through the support of Campbell Soup Company.

For full conference agenda details, including a list of breakout sessions, please click here.

For registration information, please click here.

WHEN: US SIF annual conference plenaries and breakout sessions will be open to the press on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. EDT and Wednesday, May 21, 2014 from 8:40 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT.

WHERE: Capital Hilton, 1001 16th St., NW, Washington, D.C.

TO PARTICIPATE: Attending news organizations and reporters must RSVP by Wednesday May 14, 2014, by contacting Megan Smith of US SIF at 202-747-7820 or

Minority Business Hall of Fame and Museum And the University of Washington Foster School of Business to Honor Business Pioneers

NEW YORK, NY (May 5, 2014) – The Minority Business Hall of Fame and Museum Inc. in collaboration with the University of Washington Foster School of Business will recognize minority business pioneers at an awards dinner on May 13, 2014, at the Westin Seattle.

“The MBHF&M is excited to have the opportunity to bring its 10th Anniversary Ceremony to Seattle as the first induction since our recent collaboration with the University of Washington Foster School of Business,” said John F. Robinson, co-founder and president of the MBHF&M. “This affiliation represents the best of honorees who have been pioneers and trailblazers in the field of minority business development over the past several decades.”

The MBHF&M will oversee five inductions: The Founders of Liberty Bank, Seattle; Charles T. Haffey; Firoz Lalji; Don McKneely and Margaret Z. Richardson-Wiley.

J. Frederick Canady, chairman of MBHF&M, will host the awards program, which is sponsored by PepsiCo, IBM, Northrop Grumman, Toyota and Union Bank.

About the Inductees:

Charles T. Haffey, who died in 2012, demonstrated steadfast commitment to social equality and equalizing the economic playing field throughout his life. As vice president of corporate purchasing at Pfizer Inc., he advocated for diversity in the company’s supply base. Following Haffey’s retirement from Pfizer, he became an instrumental figure for the National Minority Business Council, relentlessly promoting the growth of the organization and building corporate partnerships.

The Founders of Liberty Bank were 10 multi-ethnic civic, professional and business leaders in Seattle who witnessed African Americans’ isolation from the economic prosperity of Seattle’s metropolitan core. In 1967, after years of appeals for financial investments, numerous bank charter rejections, and strife in obtaining land to construct the envisioned bank, the group’s bank charter, was finally approved by the Supervisor of Banking and Comptroller of Currency.

Firoz Lalji is the co-founder and chairman of Zones Inc. and founder and chairman of Fana Capital Corp. After being ousted from his native Uganda, Lalji immigrated to Canada, then Washington and founded Zones, a nationwide provider of progressive technology solutions to business and public sectors and the fifth largest private company headquartered in Washington. In 1989, he founded the real estate investment company Fana Capital Corporation.

Don McKneely is the founder, chairman and CEO of MBN USA and Business News Group as well as the co-founder and chairman emeritus of the Billion Dollar Roundtable. McKneely launched the magazine MBN USA in 1988. His belief in the power of leveraging astute partnerships to infuse diversity in suppliers for small, medium and large-scale businesses alike led him to co-found the non-profit Billion Dollar Roundtable (BDR).

Margaret Z. Richardson-Wiley is a former executive director of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, notably the first woman to hold that position. During her tenure she decentralized the management of the NMSDC’s network by establishing regional vice presidents; launched a nation-wide program to certify minority-owned firms; and initiated incubator-training programs for minority business owners to help them submit stronger bids and manage larger orders among large-scale suppliers.

The awards program will be preceded by the unveiling of an exhibit on the University of Washington campus that will honor individuals who have been inducted into the MBHF&M. Foundation Announces New Advisory Board Members Including Dennis Archer, Jr., Kuji Chahal, Morad Fareed and Antonio Manning

Industry Leaders from Finance, Marketing, Philanthropy and Technology Join International Recording Artist to Help Advance the Mission and Programs of the Foundation

LOS ANGELES, April 29, 2014 – The Foundation, created by musician, producer, director, entrepreneur, and philanthropist,, today announced the appointment of Dennis Archer, Jr., Kuji Chahal, Morad Fareed and Antonio Manning to its Advisory Board.

The recently created Advisory Board will assist the Foundation Board of Directors, Executive Director and staff in enhancing current and future programs run by the foundation that deliver youth education, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) education initiatives, and community reinvigoration programs. Advisory Board members will also help identify new brand partners, allied community groups and donors who share like-minded mission and goals.

“On behalf of the Foundation, our Board of Directors and the foundation staff and program management teams, I am delighted to welcome Dennis Archer, Jr., Kuji Chahal, Morad Fareed and Antonio Manning to the Foundation Advisory Board and family,” commented Justin Paschal, Executive Director, Foundation. “Each of these individuals has already distinguished themselves through their actions to assist the foundation by lending us their hands-on expertise, financial acumen and industry contacts.”

“In the past year the Foundation has made tremendous progress toward helping to ensure that students and young people in under-served communities of Boyle Heights/East Los Angeles, and East London, United Kingdom are learning essential STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) and computer literacy skills they will need to succeed in school and in life,” commented, President of the Foundation. “I have had the opportunity to work alongside each of our distinguished Advisory Board members and am impressed by their dedication to helping others through philanthropy at the international, national and regional levels. With their input, extensive business networks and business leadership skills, 2014 will be a year of positive TRANS4Mation in my hometown of Boyle Heights and new communities in need of reinvigoration.”

Dennis Archer, Jr. is a Detroit, Michigan based business leader and entrepreneur. Archer is the President & CEO of Ignition Media Group (IMG), a boutique Detroit-based marketing and PR firm. He is also the founding partner and president of Archer Corporate Services (ACS), and is a founding principal of Hamilton Woodlynne Publishing, which publishes the bi-monthly, Michigan-based lifestyle magazine Ambassador. A native of Detroit, Archer received both his undergraduate and juris doctorate degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He serves on the boards of the Detroit Regional Chamber, the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, the Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce, and the Dennis W. Archer Foundation. Archer is also a member of the boards of directors of Archer Corporate Services, Main Street Bank and the General Motors Supplier Council.

For the past twelve years, Kuji Chahal has been employed by Fisher Investments, a $45 billion wealth management firm in Northern California working in a variety of roles, including sales, client service, and recruiting. Recently Chahal accepted the position of Senior Institutional Director for Fisher Investments Institutional Group Europe overseeing the firm’s institutional efforts in the UK, Ireland & Scotland where Chahal is based in London. Previously, Chahal served as a Vice President-Institutional Sales & Senior Relationship Manager for the firm, charged with overseeing investment consultant relations, business development, and client service in the Southeast, Southwest, Great Plains, Greater Midwest and New York City regions of the United States working with CIO’s and Board Members involving Public and Corporate pension plans, Foundations & Endowments, Sovereign wealth funds and Taft-Hartley pension plans. Throughout his tenure with Fisher Investments, he has received multiple top achiever and performance awards for his capital raising abilities. Chahal is also a very active fundraiser for political campaigns and philanthropic events at the national and regional levels and is a member of Ro Khanna for Congress National Finance Committee 2014. Chahal also lends his expertise to non-profit and charitable events that operate in the U.S. including the Clinton Foundation Millennium Network, the Full Circle Fund, Rock the Vote and the Blues Foundation. He is an angel investor in several global real estate, entertainment and hospitality ventures.

Morad Fareed is a New York-based entrepreneur and former professional athlete. He is the co-founder of Delos, the pioneering real estate development company that is uniquely focused on improving health and well-being through the strategic integration of health features into the built environment. Delos has identified and pioneered a new standard of health-related technologies that enhance our homes, offices, hotels, schools, and other living spaces. This WELL Building Standard™ has become the new paradigm for healthy living, and attracted the interest of leaders and leading institutions across sectors from policy, to business, medicine, and design. Prior to co-founding Delos, Fareed worked at Starwood Hotels and Resorts, where he worked on more than $2 billion in hotel development projects including the industry’s first green hotel brand, Element by Westin. His previous career experience also includes Goldman Sachs and First Manhattan Consulting group as a Senior Analyst, and he co-founded a successful telecommunications startup called ICS Inc., focused on Voice-over-Internet Protocol technology. He took a break from his career to play with the Palestinian National Soccer Team in its efforts to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Fareed co-founded and runs Project Phoenix, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that he launched at the Clinton Global Initiative, which is committed to building sports facilities in impoverished communities globally, beginning in Cite de Soleil, Haiti. Fareed is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Business Council, and serves on several non-profit boards including Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute and Soccer for Peace. He is a native of New York and lives in Manhattan.

Antonio Manning is Vice President, Office of Corporate Responsibility for Global Philanthropy at JP Morgan Chase & Co. Based in Los Angeles, Manning manages both philanthropic and community relations. A very active member of the community, Antonio is a founding member of African-Americans in Philanthropy, Southern California, a membership organization comprised of corporate and philanthropic executives. He currently serves on the Enterprise Leadership Advisory Council and the Advisory Board for the USC Center on Public Policy and Philanthropy. Manning’s board affiliations include the California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce, Coalition Responsible for Community Development, Heritage Housing Partners, Insight Center for Community Economic Development, Los Angeles Business Council, and the Los Angeles Conservation Corps. Antonio is a Los Angeles native and attended the University of Southern California.

Launched in 2009, the Foundation was created to TRANS4M lives through education, inspiration and opportunity. As a part of his commitment to philanthropy, and the Foundation administer charitable activities and programs targeted towards providing college scholarships ( scholarship), financial literacy and home mortgage assistance ( Home) and college preparation and student life ( College Track).

Progressive Phone Company Donates $183,990 to Increase Minimum Wage, Stop Keystone XL and Defend Voting Rights

San Francisco, CA – CREDO, America’s only progressive phone company, announced today that it is donating a total of $183,990 to three nonprofit groups working on critical policy battles being waged in Congress and in state legislatures across the country.

The three groups, the National Employment Law Project’s Raise the Minimum Wage campaign, Project Vote and Rainforest Action Network were nominated by CREDO members and chosen from among hundreds of nonprofits to receive funding. CREDO members then helped decide how much money each nonprofit received by simply voting online or via phone or text.

Rainforest Action Network received 35 percent, which added up to $65,132 in funding. RAN is a key CREDO partner in organizing the Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance where nearly 100,000 people have pledged to risk arrest to stop the Keystone XL pipeline.

“CREDO is a strong environmental champion, always ready to step up to challenge corporate power,” said Lindsey Allen, Rainforest Action Network’s Executive Director.

The National Employment Law Project’s Raise the Minimum Wage campaign received 33 percent, which added up to $61,269 in funding. The National Employment Law Project has played a linchpin role in the movement to raise the minimum wage.

“CREDO is amplifying the voices of millions who work for a living, and deserve to earn a living from work,” said Paul Sonn, NELP General Counsel and Program Director.

Project Vote received 31 percent, which added up to $57,589 in funding. Project Vote works to increase voter participation among low-income, minority, and other underrepresented populations by ensuring they can register, vote, and cast a ballot that counts.

“Project Vote counts on partners like CREDO to help us win the war for voting rights,” said Michael Slater, Executive Director of Project Vote.

Every month, three progressive nonprofits will be eligible for funding through CREDO’s donations program. In just the first four months of 2014, CREDO has already donated nearly $800,000 to progressive nonprofits and will continue to fund groups throughout the year.


CREDO Mobile, a MVNO based in San Francisco, California, is not your typical cell phone company. Every year, CREDO Mobile donates a percentage of its customers’ monthly charges to progressive nonprofit groups. To date, CREDO has donated more than $76 million to progressive nonprofits such as Electronic Frontier Foundation, Planned Parenthood and Color of Change.

Learn more about CREDO Mobile here:

How Entrepreneurs Can Increase Profit with a Hands-Off Approach

Mechanical Rule of Distance’ Lets You See Big Picture & Test Ideas, Says Business Development Strategist

It’s a common occurrence among the most talented people in the corporate world – highly skilled and qualified workers make the leap from valued employee to uncertain business owner.

Unfortunately, rather than becoming a master of their own business, many of these entrepreneurs work twice as much as they did in their safe corporate job, unwittingly committing themselves to becoming the lowest rung on the ladder, says Zenovia Andrews, founder and CEO of The MaxOut Group, a company devoted to empowering and teaching entrepreneurs development strategies to increase profits.

“People believe that starting a new business is supposed to mean they’ll have to work much longer hours, and that’s why most new businesses fail early,” says Andrews, author of the new book “All Systems Go – A Solid Blueprint to Build Business and Maximize Cash Flow,” (

“Entrepreneurs need to be the brains and oversight of the operation. It’s not wise to work for your own business. Sixteen-hour days get entrepreneurs lost in the minutiae. The lose perspective and burn out.”

Business owners need distance for perspective, and the best way to create that is by knowing how to delegate duties to employees, she says.

“Owners need to be the strategic visionary who hires, trains and develops the best talent available, and then delegates work,” says Andrews, who discusses the five keys of delegation.

  • Understand that your team is made up of human beings. No one can work nonstop, so get your timing right. Know what each employee can handle, and never overwork them. Most people perform at their best when they are consistently busy but not rushed or pressured.
  • Focus on the strengths of your team. Delegation is not a dump-and-run tactic. Know your employees and how they fit into your business puzzle. Allow them to do what they do well, and give them responsibilities and authority. They’ll be happier and so will you.
  • Focus on your own strengths, then plug the holes. Few of us are great at everything! If bookkeeping’s not your thing, hire an accountant. If you don’t have marketing experience, find someone with proven skills. Trying to perform jobs that you don’t do well will require twice as much effort with less-than-satisfactory results. 
  • Be the resource king or queen. Your employees are only as good as the resources they have. Make sure that they are equipped to always do the best work for you on a daily basis. Running out of stock, not having new software and not shelling out for that desperately need printer is NOT good delegation.
  • Become the fire, ice and motivation behind your team. When they need guidance, give it to them; when they need appreciation, offer it to them. Inspire, motivate and lead by supporting your delegated decisions and following up on them often.

“Business owners need to be the big thinkers: to identify patterns both good and bad; to become an idea machine and testing fanatic; to fill out details from outlined strategy; to be aware of market trends; to always have one eye on the competition; and to develop an instinct for the people with whom you like to work,” Andrews says.

About Zenovia Andrews

Zenovia Andrews,, is a business development strategist with extensive experience in corporate training, performance management, leadership development and sales consulting with international clients, including Pfizer, Inc. and Novartis Pharmaceuticals. A sought-after speaker and radio/TV personality, she is the author of “All Systems Go” and “MAXOut: I Want It All.”

SanofiUS Donates Record Number of Epinephrine Auto-injectors to Help People at Risk for Severe, Life-threatening Allergic Reactions

Direct Relief to distribute product across America tononprofit health centers, clinics, and allergy camps

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., May 1, 2014 – The Sanofi Foundation for North America has donated more than 90,000 Auvi-Q®(epinephrine injection, USP) epinephrine auto-injectors to medical aid organization Direct Relief for distribution to nonprofit health centers, clinics, and allergy camps across the U.S. that care for people atrisk of life-threatening allergies.

The donation – valued at approximately $30 million (wholesale acquisition cost) – is Sanofi’s largest single donation of Auvi-Q ever and is part of the company’s commitment to helping people with severe allergies live healthier and safer lives through access to treatment.Auvi-Q is the only epinephrine auto-injector with audio and visual cues to help guide the user through the injection process during an anaphylactic reaction.

“Direct Relief is making the donation of Auvi-Q available to its entire network of more than 1,100 nonprofit health centers and clinics across all 50 U.S. states, with a particular focus on school-based health centers and allergy camps to ensure people are prepared when emergencies occur,” said Damon Taugher, Director of U.S. Programs at Direct Relief. “We are deeply thankful for the Sanofi Foundation’s terrific donation, which is a perfect example of why Direct Relief has built out a national network among nonprofit safety-net health centers and clinics and made the investment to become the only nonprofit to obtain Verified-Accredited Wholesale Distributor status from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.”

Anaphylaxis is a severe, sudden allergic reaction that typically involves two or more organs, such as the skin, airways, lungs, stomach, heart or blood pressure. Reactions can be deadly. Anaphylaxis is most commonly triggered by allergies to foods, medications, insect bites/stings, latex, and exercise. Symptoms may include: difficulty breathing; rashes, hives or swelling of the lips, tongue or skin; vomiting; loss of blood pressure; or, even loss of consciousness.

“The Sanofi Foundation for North America is pleased to be able to provide Auvi-Q for patients atrisk of anaphylaxis. Our goal is to ensure all people at risk for life-threatening allergies have their prescription epinephrine on-hand when allergic reactions occur.Sanofi US is committed to providing access to our drugs to underserved communities, particularly when children are at risk,” said John Spinnato, President, Sanofi Foundation for North America andVice President North America Corporate Social Responsibility.

In October 2013, the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (JACI) published a landmark survey by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA),which found that severe life-threatening allergic reactions – anaphylaxis – are common in the U.S. According to the survey of 1,000 adults, sponsored by Sanofi US, anaphylaxis very likely occurs in nearly 1-in-50 Americans (1.6%), and the rate is probably higher, close to 1-in-20 (5.1%). According to Anaphylaxis in America: The Prevalence and Characteristics of Anaphylaxis in the United States there are alarming patterns of inaction when anaphylaxis occurs: most patients are not getting their prescriptions, not keeping their auto-injectors nearby or not using them during allergic reactions when they should.

There is no cure or preventative treatment for most causes of anaphylaxis, so immediate use of a prescription epinephrine auto-injector at the first sign of a severe allergic reaction is the standard-of-care for adults and children. Patients at-risk for anaphylaxis should be prescribed epinephrine auto-injectors to keep on-hand at all times and ready to use if an emergency occurs.

As the only nonprofit to receive Verified Accredited Wholesale Distributor (VAWD)© certification by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy,Direct Relief is licensed to distribute prescription drugs in all 50 statesand is well-positioned to ensure the people in need and atrisk of life-threatening allergies have access to the standard of care treatment.

About Auvi-Q

Auvi-Q (epinephrine injection, USP) provides users with audible and visual cues, including a five-second injection countdown and an alert light to signal when the injection is complete. In addition to being an auto-injector, Auvi-Q features an automatic retractable needle mechanism designed to help prevent accidental needle sticks.

Auvi-Q is available in two dosages. Auvi-Q 0.3mg delivers 0.3mg epinephrine injection and is intended for patients who weigh 66 pounds or more. Auvi-Q 0.15mg delivers 0.15mg epinephrine injection and is intended for patients who weigh 33 – 66 pounds.Auvi-Q has not been studied in patients weighing less than 33 pounds.Each Auvi-Q pack contains two active devices – containing one dose of epinephrine each – and a training device that does not contain epinephrine, which is provided for practicing.Auvi-Q received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval in August 2012.

Eric and Evan Edwards, twin brothers who suffer from life-threatening allergies, and co-founders of KaléoPharma (formerly Intelliject, Inc.), developed Auvi-Q with a team of world class engineers and scientists. The development process, based on Human Factors Engineering, incorporated real-world experiences and feedback from patients and caregivers. Sanofi US licensed the North America commercialization rights to Auvi-Q from KaléoPharma, which has retained commercialization rights for the rest of the world.The inventors of Auvi-Q received the George DiDomizio Industry Award as part of the 16th annual ISMP Cheers Awards. This award recognizes individuals, organizations, and companies that have set a standard of excellence for others to follow in the prevention of medication errors and adverse drug events.


Auvi-Q (epinephrine injection, USP) is used to treat life-threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) in people who are at risk for or have a history of these reactions.

Important Safety Information

Auvi-Q is for immediate self (or caregiver) administration and does not take the place of emergency medical care. Seek immediate medical treatment after use. Each Auvi-Q contains a single dose of epinephrine. Auvi-Q should only be injected into your outer thigh. DO NOT INJECT INTO BUTTOCK OR INTRAVENOUSLY. If you accidentally inject Auvi-Q into any other part of your body, seek immediate medical treatment. Epinephrine should be used with caution if you have heart disease or are taking certain medicines that can cause heart-related (cardiac) symptoms.

If you take certain medicines, you may develop serious life-threatening side effects from epinephrine. Be sure to tell your doctor all the medicines you take, especially medicines for asthma. Side effects may be increased in patients with certain medical conditions, or who take certain medicines. These include asthma, allergies, depression, thyroid disease, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

The most common side effects may include increase in heart rate, stronger or irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea and vomiting, difficulty breathing, paleness, dizziness, weakness or shakiness, headache, apprehension, nervousness, or anxiety. These side effects go away quickly, especially if you rest.

Talk to your healthcare professional to see if Auvi-Q (epinephrine injection, USP)is right for you.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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About Direct Relief

Direct Relief is a leading medical relief organization, active in all 50 states and in 70 countries and is the only U.S. nonprofit to obtain Verified Accredited Wholesale Distributor (VAWD)© certification by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. The organization has been among the world’s largest medical suppliers in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, has top charity ratings, including four-star and “top-notch” rating from Charity Navigator, and a 100% fundraising efficiency rating from Forbes magazine. Among other distinctions, Direct Relief was the 2011 winner of the Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation and received the 2013 President’s Award from ESRI. For more information visit

About the Sanofi Foundation for North America

The Sanofi Foundation for North America makes it possible to provide free prescription drugs to patients who do not have insurance coverage and who meet program eligibility requirements. Product is donated to the Foundation by the company for this purpose. The Foundation also provides monetary support and partners with charities and 501(c)(3) organizations and other entities that are strategically aligned with mission particularly access to health care.

Just Over 3 Years after Japan’s Earthquake and Tsunami, Japan Society Allocates 10 New Grants totaling $750K towards Recovery and Reconstruction

New York, NY, April 28, 2014, – Japan Society announced today 10 new grants from the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund (JERF) totaling of $753,835. Of the nearly $14 million donated since the fund’s inception following the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami on March 11, 2011, $13.63 million has been earmarked for 43 organizations in support of 64 projects. One hundred percent of the money donated to JERF goes to recovery and reconstruction in Tohoku.

“Just over three years after the triple disasters struck Japan, people are still working tirelessly on the ground to rebuild communities and to revitalize and reestablish local economies.” said Mr. Motoatsu Sakurai, President of Japan Society. “The latest grants highlight a range of innovative and vital projects from leaders in the region with a commitment to deep rooted, long-term recovery.”

The current round of grants supports community revitalization, business and social entrepreneurship, children and the arts. Specific projects create opportunities for local craftsmen and artisans, facilitate student-designed initiatives to rebuild the region, preserve local festivals and folk entertainments, promote mental wellbeing through storytelling, and collect and analyze data to help measure change and impact on future endeavors. One special project supports education initiatives honoring an American teacher working in the region, who was killed by the tsunami. Another highlight, part of a larger reconstruction project, is a collaborative community mural spearheaded by architect Shigeru Ban, whose new train station and public bath in the city of Onagawa will be a symbol of the town’s reconstruction.

Of the ten latest grants, five are awarded to new grantees and five are awarded to grantees who have received JERF funding in the past. The latest JERF grant recipients are:

Ashoka Japan, a two-time JERF grant recipient, provides opportunities for junior high, high school and college students who have creative and innovative ideas for revitalizing the Tohoku region. After pitching their ideas as part of the Tohoku Youth Venture, successful students receive seed funding to put their ideas into action. The Youth Venture initiative was launched with the vision to change society by enabling and empowering youth.

Association for the Corporate Support for the Arts conducts research, surveys and seminars to build partnerships between business and the arts. With a second grant from JERF, the Association provides communities in Tohoku with funds to revitalize local festivals and folk entertainment as part of its Hundred Festivals Revival Fund, which play a vital role in bringing communities together and preserving cultural heritage.

Fukushima Solar and Agriculture Experience Association is an agricultural project powered with its own solar energy park. As part of the programming, the Association started the Green Academy, an experiential learning program for students, elementary through university, which emphasizes teaching students to think and act. The Japan Earthquake Relief Funds supports the construction of a permanent facility for the Green Academy.

IIE works with craftsmen to market and brand the highest level crafts produced in Tohoku as part of an effort to revitalization local communities. JERF will support IIE’s Tohok Produce Project, which provides educational opportunities for local craftsmen, assistance to develop new products, and disseminates information on the crafts through a website and publication.

JEN, a three-time JERF grant recipient, is an international humanitarian relief and development organization with experience responding to disasters around the world, including Japan. Funds from JERF support JEN’s work in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, and enabled JEN to provide emergency relief and debris and sludge clean up, and support to aqua-farmers and fishermen in four ports on the Oshika peninsula. The third grant supports JEN’s “Memory Program,” a storytelling contest that will highlight the work of individuals active in Tohoku reconstruction.

MAKOTO supports and trains entrepreneurs in Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima Prefectures and started the Council of Supporting Entrepreneurs for Recovery, which brings together organizations, government officials, corporations and universities interested in supporting entrepreneurship in Tohoku. MAKOTO’s programs included cocolin, a co-working space in Sendai; a crowd funding site, Challenge Star; and a crowd sourcing program to match entrepreneurs with expertise. With a second JERF grant, Makoto will continue to support entrepreneurs in Tohoku.

NPO Asueno Kibo works to build connections between the NPO, public, and private sectors to support entrepreneurs and NPO leaders as part of the long term reconstruction and revitalization of Onagawa. With support from JERF, Asueno Kibo will undertake a groundbreaking effort to collect relevant data that local government, the civil sector and businesses can use to better understand the current situation in Onagawa and better measure impact and progress as stakeholders move forward on reconstruction and revitalization. Onagawa will serve as a model for the data collection and analysis project, and two other towns will participate to assess the value and relevance of data collection and analysis project for their respective towns.

NPO Riku Café started as a small community space where local residents could relax, come together over tea or coffee, and share information in Rikuzentakata. Given the success of the space, the JERF supports the building of a larger café designed by architect Yuri Naruse so the organization can provide more services and activities for the community. A second grant to NPO Riku Café will help bridge the increased costs of construction due to the building boom in Tohoku.

The Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund was started by Taylor’s family to honor her memory after 3.11. Taylor was teaching English in Ishinomaki as part of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme when the earthquake and tsunami struck Tohoku. The Memorial Fund focuses on recovery projects in Ishinomaki that benefit students, schools and families, starting with creation of reading corners in schools and inviting Japanese students to the United States. The Memorial Fund now supports eight projects in Ishinomaki.

Voluntary Architects Network was established by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban as a disaster assistance organization that focuses on architectural projects in post-disaster areas around the world. Mr. Ban designed the new train station in Onagawa, which was swept away by the tsunami. A public bath was included as part of the train station and the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund supports the Onagawa Town Onsen Hot Bath Facility Tile Art Project. Local residents and individuals involved in the recovery process will be invited to paint tiles that will be made into two murals that will decorate the public bath. Working with Mr. Ban, Hiroshi Senju, artist, and Eiji Mitooka, industrial designer, will oversee the design of the murals.

These grants represent the eighth round of allocations since the inception of JERF. Upon the announcement of the previous round of grants in November 2013, Mr. Sakurai complimented “the passion and commitment of community leaders working in Tohoku.” Grants during this round were allocated to revitalizing agriculture and fishing industries, as well as support for children, education, community revitalization and social enterprises. For a complete summary of organizations and projects supported by JERF to date, visit

In October 2013 members of the team overseeing JERF traveled to Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures to meet with 14 grant recipients to monitor and observe projects first hand and to better understand the work and challenges grantees face going forward. Staff and volunteers were passionate and committed to their work and knowledgeable about the situation on the ground. Many shared concerns about fundraising in the future, as well as increases in suicide, alcoholism, domestic violence and divorce, and whether the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo will drain financial and human resources and supplies needed for reconstruction in Tohoku. Although many individuals and families have moved from Tohoku resulting in increased concern about depopulation and the elderly, the team noted that some young people are returning or moving to the region to help with the recovery process. “As we approach the three year anniversary of 3/11, we will keep these concerns in mind as we move forward with future grants and related programming,” said Mr. Sakurai.

In June 2012, the Society premiered a short video highlighting work of three of the JERF grant recipients, including JEN, which supported four fishing villages on the Oshika Peninsula in Ishinomaki; the Japanese Medical Society of America in collaboration Kokoro-no-Kakehashi Iwate delivering of mental health services to Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture; and the Supporting Union for Practical-use of Educational Resources and its partners to organize and implement the Fukushima Kids Camp.

In a 2012 Reuters profile of the Society’s relief work, Mr. Sakurai stated that focus of the relief fund should be on local entrepreneurship and lasting sustainable projects. “It is very, very evident in Japan this recovery process will continue for more than 10 years,” he said.

Launched March 12, 2011, the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund has received $13.88 million (as of March 31, 2014) from over 23,600 individuals, companies and foundations. Contributions have been received from all 50 states, and nearly 60 countries around the world. One hundred percent of the fund goes directly to support people affected by the disasters.

Those wishing to donate to the fund can go to or mail a check to Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, New York, New York 10017; Attn: Japan Earthquake Relief Fund. Checks should be made payable to “Japan Society” and indicate “Japan Earthquake Relief Fund” on the memo line of the check. For additional information, email

Japan Society is an American nonprofit committed to deepening mutual understanding between the United States and Japan in a global context. Now in its second century, the Society serves audiences across the United States and abroad through innovative programs in arts and culture, public policy, business, language, and education. For more information, visit or call 212-832-1155.


The Nature Conservancy and JPMorgan Chase Collaborate to Create a Landmark Conservation Finance Initiative

NatureVest will capitalize on the growing impact investment sector to create a platform to advance investment in conservation

Arlington, VA | April 29, 2014
The Nature Conservancy and JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) announced today the establishment of NatureVest, a new initiative of The Conservancy. The program will seek to transform the way we protect natural capital – the soil, clean air and water, and other valuable resources that nature provides. NatureVest will capitalize on the growing impact investment sector to create a platform to advance investment in conservation. As part of that effort, NatureVest will convene investors; develop and execute innovative financial transactions; and continue to build an investment pipeline across multiple sectors, including agriculture, fisheries and environmental markets. JPMorgan Chase is the founding sponsor of NatureVest and has committed to provide multi-year support for its launch and development.

“NatureVest is a natural extension of The Nature Conservancy’s work – it will open up entirely new avenues for investments that protect nature,” said Mark Tercek, President and CEO of The Nature Conservancy. “By bringing together leaders in natural resource management and investment, we will unlock new sources of capital to deliver important conservation results.”

With the global population estimated to peak at 9 billion by 2050, there is a growing need to maximize the pace, scale and effectiveness of efforts to protect natural ecosystems– along with the cities and communities that rely on them. At the same time, there is clearly insufficient investment in conservation. According to the Global Canopy Programme, the current financial need to support global conservation efforts is approximately $290 billion per year. However, only about $51 billion is devoted to these activities annually, primarily from public and philanthropic sources. NatureVest will work to close this funding gap by creating new opportunities for the private sector to invest capital in conservation projects.

“There is an urgent need to step up the scale and creativity of financial resources dedicated to the protection of natural ecosystems,” said Doug Petno, CEO of Commercial Banking at JPMorgan Chase. “We are delighted to collaborate with The Nature Conservancy to build NatureVest and demonstrate that profitability and sustainability can work hand in hand.”

EKO Asset Management Partners (EKO) helped to design NatureVest and will serve as an ongoing adviser to The Conservancy.

This year, NatureVest will publish the first piece of research to comprehensively size and characterize segments within the natural capital marketplace. Developed collaboratively with input from The Conservancy, JPMorgan Chase, EKO, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation the research is designed to help investors and other stakeholders better understand current opportunities and identify potential future prospects.

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JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.4 trillion and operations worldwide. The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, asset management and private equity. 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

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at

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