This category includes articles about Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), typically including donations to or other support for nonprofit organizations.
This category includes articles about Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), typically including donations to or other support for nonprofit organizations.
San Francisco, CA – CREDO announced today that it is donating a total of $198,693 to three nonprofit groups working to protect human rights, advance single payer health care and provide hard-hitting independent journalism in a corporate-dominated media landscape. The three groups, the Center for Constitutional Rights, Democracy Now! and the Physicians for a National Health Program were nominated by CREDO customers and chosen from among hundreds of nonprofits to be featured as the three groups eligible in the month of March to receive funding. CREDO customers then helped decide how much money each nonprofit received by simply voting online or via phone or text.
The Center for Constitutional Rights received 28 percent, which added up to $55,634 in funding. The Center for Constitutional Rights works around the world to defend human rights, whether it’s fighting the racially-biased stop-and-frisk program in New York, representing prisoners in Pelican Bay challenging long-term solitary confinement, representing the families of U.S. drone victims or holding the American instigators of LGBTI persecution in Uganda accountable.
“CREDO’s support of progressive organizations like CCR makes our cutting-edge litigation and advocacy work possible,” said Kevi Brannelly, Director of Development for the Center for Constitutional Rights.
The Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) received 39 percent, which added up to $77,490 in funding. Four years after passage of the the Affordable Care Act, it’s clearer than ever that the U.S. needs a comprehensive, single-payer national health program. PNHP is dedicated to achieving that goal, for the health and well-being of all Americans.
“PNHP is proud to partner with CREDO in working towards true, progressive health reform, single-payer ‘Medicare for all,’” said Matthew Petty, PNHP’s executive director.
Democracy Now! received 33 percent, which added up to 65,569 in funding. For democracy to work, people need easy access to independent, diverse sources of news and information. Amy Goodman, Juan Gonzalez and the Democracy Now! news team provide the hard-hitting, independent journalism that’s vital amid the noise of corporate mainstream media.
Every month, three progressive nonprofits will be eligible for funding through CREDO’s donations program. In just the first three months of 2014, CREDO has already donated nearly $600,000 to progressive nonprofits and will continue to fund groups throughout the year. CREDO has donated more than $76 million to organizations committed to social change since the company was founded in 1985.
To read more about CREDO’s donations program, go here: http://www.credomobile.com/mission/progressive-social-change.aspx
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NEW YORK, April 2, 2014 – Through a new initiative created to honor and to recognize top women in philanthropy, nonprofit fundraising, cause advocacy, and social enterprise, the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS) George H. Heyman, Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising (scps.nyu.edu/phil) will hold its 1st Annual Women in Philanthropy Summit on Monday, April 28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the NYU Kimmel Center for University Life.
The one-day event will feature prominent leaders in a broad array of professions, who are working locally, nationally, and globally to improve the status of women and to change the face of philanthropy and social entrepreneurship.
“We want to initiate a new, multigenerational conversation that identifies emerging leadership challenges and promotes improved cross-sector collaboration for women and girls,” said Naomi B. Levine, executive director of the NYU-SCPS George H. Heyman, Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising. “Through thoughtful conversation, speeches, and intelligent debate, the Women in Philanthropy Summit will highlight some of the best examples of women’s cause leadership and will focus on emerging innovators who are utilizing new strategies to raise awareness of women’s and girls’ issues—at home and abroad.”
During the event, the NYU-SCPS Heyman Center also will bestow awards upon distinguished and nationally renowned leaders in the industry. Among the honorees are Karen Brooks Hopkins, president of Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award; Ron Bruder, founder and chair of the board of Education for Employment (EFE), who will be recognized with the Excellence in Philanthropy Award; and Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls Code, who will receive the Rising Star Award.
Nancy Lublin, chief executive officer of DoSomething.org, who will be awarded the Nonprofit Leadership and Innovation Award, will present the luncheon keynote address. The results of a recent Harris Poll also will be announced at the Summit by Stacy Palmer, editor of The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and Marcia Stepanek, chair and curator of the Women in Philanthropy Summit, NYU-SCPS Heyman Center adjunct instructor, and president of BrandStories. Kate Roberts, a senior vice president of Corporate Partnerships and Philanthropy at Population Services International, co-founder of the Women’s Investment Network, and the founder of YouthAIDS and Five & Alive, will deliver remarks regarding new efforts to target women donors for funding of causes for women and girls.
The program also will include a number of panels featuring notable leaders in philanthropy and fundraising. Panels include:
Registration fees are $175. NYU students pay a discounted price of $75. For more details or to register, visit scps.nyu.edu/womenssummit.
About the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies
Established in 1934, NYU-SCPS (scps.nyu.edu) is one of NYU’s several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of NYU-SCPS arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School’s diverse graduate, undergraduate, and noncredit programs in fields such as Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management; Global Affairs; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Publishing; Professional Writing; Human Resource Management and Development, Marketing, Public Relations and Corporate Communication, Management and Systems, Advanced Digital Applications, Graphic Communications Management and Technology, Project Management, and Accounting, Finance, and Law; Liberal and Allied Arts; Foreign Languages, Translation, and Interpreting; Applied Politics; and Health Information Management.
More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty and lecturers to create vibrant professional and academic networks that annually attract nearly 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent continuing higher education needs of local and professional communities, as evidenced by close to 48,000 annual noncredit enrollments in individual courses, specialized certificate programs, workshops, and seminars. The School’s community is enriched by more than 27,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members.
The Crist family and its charitable foundation are working with Kidoodle.TV to find ways to better the lives of children and families.
Calgary, AB – Joining forces to benefit children, Kidoodle.TV is pleased to welcome philanthropist, Tom Crist, and his family to the Kidoodle.TV team!
Recently making a multi-million dollar personal investment in Kidoodle.TV’s parent company, A Parent Media Co. Inc. (“APMC”), with his charitable foundation the intended beneficiary, Crist and his family have announced intentions of working with Kidoodle.TV to find ways to reach out and better the lives of children and families.
Tom Crist, former CEO of Calgary’s EECOL Electric, was recently in the news due to a $40 million lottery winning. Crist announced plans to place the windfall in a family trust to be donated over the coming years to select charities in honor of his late wife, Jan Crist, who passed away from cancer. The Crist Family Foundation was formally established in March 2014. The family had already personally donated $1.2 million to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, which collects donations for Calgary’s Tom Baker Cancer Centre, the Centre that cared for his wife.
It is the intention of the Crist family to work together to find ways to benefit causes near and dear to their hearts, including causes that benefit children. The family also intends to pool its resources to grow its foundation so that it can continue to undertake philanthropic activities for years to come.
“Kidoodle.TV not only represented an opportunity to invest in a company that we think has great growth potential, but it also allows us to work with a company that has similar values and that can provide a return on investment that is more than money,” says Crist. “We care about the human return.”
Crist adds, “We speak of our kids as our national treasures, our best hope for the future, and our greatest loves. We cherish them, protect them from harm, and comfort them when they are in need. But unfortunately, not all kids are so lucky in their circumstances. By working together to find opportunities to benefit kids and families, we can stretch our resources.”
Mike Lowe, President of APMC, was honored by the vote of confidence and agrees that the new order of corporate vision needs to combine return on investment with corporate responsibility and giving back. “Kids and families are obviously our focus. The Kidoodle.TV team is excited to be working with the Crist family on future initiatives, especially seeing how committed and caring the Crist family is. This family has a genuine interest in making the world a better place!”
Kidoodle.TV and the Crist family will be working closely over the coming months to identify and develop suitable opportunities for collaboration.
Kidoodle.TV is an online, streaming video service for children ages 12 and under. It is not only mobile, but safe, with robust parental controls and time limits. Featuring a brightly colored, easy-to-use user interface, customizable profiles for up to 5 children, and great entertainment and educational content from a variety of sources for only $4.99/month, Kidoodle.TV is child oriented and convenient, with no adult content and no commercials.
Commercially launched on January 1, 2014, Kidoodle.TV™ is owned by A Parent Media Co. Inc., a family focused company. Visit www.kidoodle.tv to learn more.
Kristin Chenoweth to be honored with the Theatre Artist Award; Edgerton Foundation to receive Leadership in Theatre Award; Gala to feature performance by Jefferson Mays and Bruce Pinkham of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder; Special appearances by Lily Tomlin, Kathy Najimy and many more
New York, NY (March 26, 2014): On March 31st at New York City’s Pierre Hotel, the National Corporate Theatre Fund (NCTF) will honor Tony and Emmy Award Winning singer and actress Kristin Chenoweth, and the Edgerton Foundation for their leadership in the theatre arts at the NCTF 2014 Chairman’s Awards Gala.
More than 300 theatre patrons, Broadway leaders and industry professionals from across the country will gather for an evening honoring individuals and institutions that have made significant contributions to the national theatre community, and an exciting program of performances and special appearances is expected (tip sheet attached).
The evening will include a special performance by Tony Award Winner Jefferson Mays and Bruce Pinkham, stars of the current hit musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder; an excerpt from the highly acclaimed musical Witness Uganda, which just finished a successful run at A.R.T. (an NCTF member theatre); and an appearance by legendary comedian Lily Tomlin, currently on tour with a solo show. An exciting opening number, created by Kevin Duda and Jason Michael Snow (of the recent viral explosion, Russian Broadway Shut down), will feature a talented team of performers from television, film and theatre: Michael Campayno, Alison Cimmet, Jessica Hershberg, Greg Hildreth, Rashidra Scott and Tommar Wilson.
Prolific actress and comedian of the stage and screen Kathy Najimy, joined by her daughter − singer Samia Najimy Finnerty, will give a special tribute to Kristin Chenoweth. Tomlin will deliver a special salute to departing NCTF Board Member and Seattle Rep Managing Director Benjamin Moore. And Mays and Pinkham will perform “Better With a Man” accompanied by composer Steven Lutvak at the piano. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder was developed and performed at two of NCTF’s theatres, Hartford Stage and Old Globe, before becoming a recent hit on Broadway.
The gala will raise funds for NCTF’s ten nonprofit member theatres in the U.S. Proceeds will be generously matched with a challenge grant of up to $250,000 from the Edgerton Foundation which will benefit new theatrical works at NCTF’s member theatres, ensuring the creation of another year of innovative and thought-provoking productions nationwide.
The Edgerton Foundation awards new plays and theatres with grants that help create stronger first productions which increase the chances for the show’s staying power. Witness Uganda, directed by Diane Paulus, is an Edgerton Foundation new play award winner (2014 Richard Rodgers Award Winner), and has received excellent reviews. Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews will be joined by other Witness Uganda cast members to perform the powerful song “Kyussa” from the production at the gala.
The gala will be chaired by Chairman James S. Turley, former CEO of Ernst & Young; Cisco Systems, Inc.; Joseph F. Kirk, Wells Fargo; and world-renowned playwright David Henry Hwang. Bank of America serves as the Reception sponsor.
“Today’s regional theatres share a common thread with the corporate world: a focus on innovation, creativity and strong community leadership. I am proud to support outstanding theatre programming and education initiatives at NCTF theatres across the U.S.,” said James S. Turley, Chairman of NCTF.
Known to most as Glinda from Wicked, Broadway legend and Tony and Emmy Award Winner Kristin Chenoweth will receive the “Theatre Artist Award”at the Gala. Writer, producer and film director Robert Harling will present Chenoweth with the Theatre Artist Award. Music Director and conductor Mary-Mitchell Campbell, who has recently conducted and performed with Chenoweth, Carole King, and Alicia Keys, will also take part in the tribute. Chenoweth’s stunning talent with singing, dancing and acting has garnered her critical acclaim in Broadway hits You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown; Steel Pier; The Apple Tree; and Promises, Promises; as well as on acclaimed television shows The West Wing and Pushing Daisies. She has also guest starred on numerous shows, including Sesame Street and Glee. Her big screen credits include The Pink Panther, Bewitched and more.
Chenoweth is currently in production on several film projects, including Universal’s The Boy Next Door, alongside Jennifer Lopez, A Bet’s A Bet with Mena Suvari and Eric Roberts and an indie teen drama entitled Hard Sell. In spring of 2014, she will be seen in Rio 2, voicing the character of Gaby, a hilarious poisonous frog. She most recently appeared in a guest arc on the TV Land series, Kirstie and reprised her nominated role in the 100th episode of Glee. In May, she will return to the famed Carnegie Hall for the first time since her sold-out solo debut in 2004.
“It is an honor to be recognized as NCTF’s Theatre Artist Award winner this year,” said Ms. Chenoweth. “It is through partnerships like those facilitated by NCTF, and the great theatres they support, that our visions as artists can be explored and developed for the public. This is truly inspiring.”
The “Leadership in Theatre Award” will be going to the Edgerton Foundation for their substantial contribution to the creation of significant new work in the American Theatre. Dr. Bradford and Louise Edgerton will be honored by Tony Award Winner and Artistic Director of the American Repertory Theater ( A.R.T.) Diane Paulus. The Foundation’s challenge grant of up to 250,000 dollars for all new or increased contributions to the NCTF Gala will provide nonprofit theatres such as Los Angeles Center Theatre Group; San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater; Cleveland Play House; and Seattle Repertory Theatre, among others, with significant investments for new productions.
“Our goal with the NCTF matching grant for new works is to help playwrights, production teams and theatres create new dramatic works that will become part of the American theatre fabric and entertain audiences across the country for generations to come,” said Brad Edgerton, co-director of the foundation with this wife Louise Edgerton. “We recognize that first productions are challenging and we seek to provide the creative teams with the resources and time needed to truly craft strong and timeless shows.”
Productions supported in the past by the Edgerton Foundation include 13, All the Way, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Pulitzer Nominee), Good People (Tony Nominee), In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play (Pulitzer and Tony Nominee), Next to Normal (Pulitzer Prize Winner, Tony Nominee), and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Tony Winner).
“The connections NCTF makes between theatre, philanthropic and arts communities reflect a recognition of the immeasurable impact of the arts on the vitality of the communities in which they are based,” said Bruce Whitacre, Executive Director of NCTF. “It is a privilege to celebrate the incredible work and influence of regional theatre with the many artists, supporters and organizations that have made these programs a reality. It is truly a pleasure to honor Ms. Chenoweth and the Edgerton Foundation today for their role in advancing theatre in America.”
Lily Tomlin will present a special farewell to Benjamin Moore, founding NCTF Board Member and Managing Director of Seattle Repertory Theatre. Moore is retiring after a prolific career in not-for-profit regional theatre.
About National Corporate Theatre Fund
National Corporate Theatre Fun (NCTF) is a not-for-profit association dedicated to sustaining America’s finest not-for-profit theatres, on the stage and in the community, through innovative partnerships with companies, individuals and artists. From its base in New York, NCTF provides a national vehicle for the flow of theatre, collaboration and ideas to and from key markets.
Since 1978, NCTF has raised millions of dollars for its member theatres. NCTF theatres contribute to our creative and cultural life – benefiting local communities, children, employees and the economy. Launched in 2012, its Impact Creativity campaign (impactcreativity.org) is one of the largest efforts to sustain and grow arts education programs across the country. Productions originating at NCTF theatres have transferred to New York and other theatres, and have won dozens of Tony Awards and Pulitzer Prizes. They enrich lives of the local residents, provide creative opportunities for distinguished and emerging performers, serve as incubators for new works, and engage over 500,000 children most from economically disadvantaged neighborhoods through their theatre education programs.
NCTF member theatres include the Actors Theatre of Louisville, American Conservatory Theater, American Repertory Theater, Center Theatre Group, Cleveland Play House, Guthrie Theater, Long Warf Theatre, The Old Globe, Seattle Repertory Theatre and Trinity Repertory Company. Their Affiliate Network includes the Alley Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Arena Stage, Dallas Theatre Center, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Goodman Theater, Hartford Stage, Manhattan Theatre Club, and Walnut Street Theatre.
The following artists serve on NCTF’s Artistic Advisory Council: Edward Asner, Brent Barrett, Annette Bening, Robert Brustein, Kathleen Chalfant, Glenn Close, Billy Crudup, Gordon Davidson, David Henry Hwang, Cherry Jones, Swoosie Kurtz, John Lithgow, Jerry Mitchell, Kate Mulgrew, Laura Pels, David Hyde Pierce, Daryl Roth, Marian Seldes, Patrick Stewart, and Paula Vogel.
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Whether delivering babies at ¼ the cost of the United States, creating a “one-stop-shop” for diabetes care, performing heart surgery for $2,000 (compared to $20 100K in the US) or building mobile platforms to help diagnose patients remotely, solutions to some of our most pressing health problems are already at hand: just not here in the US.
The innovations being delivered by the above organizations – LifeSpring Hospitals, Clinicas del Azucar, Narayana Health, and ClickMedix – represent only a handful of promising solutions developed to improve access, affordability, and quality of healthcare for patients around the world, including the US.
What happens when the founders and leaders of these disruptive and award-winning organizations convene all in one location to share their innovative models and stategize new ways forward, together with senior corporate and foundation leaders from companies including Baxter, Novartis, Medtronic, McKinsey, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Health Foundation?
It’s called the IPIHD Forum, held on April 6th just outside of Washington, DC.
IPIHD is an impact-driven non-profit launched in 2011 by the World Economic Forum, McKinsey & Company, and Duke Medicine to improve affordable access to high quality care globally. IPIHD identifies proven and potentially transformative health-focused innovators and connects them to senior healthcare leaders, investors/funders, and other partners and resources to help scale and replicate the impact of their work. IPIHD also leverages knowledge from this work to help transform health systems globally, and translate the lessons learned across borders.
Fittingly, the IPIHD Forum kicks off US National Public Health Week. As our world becomes increasingly connected, the notion of ideas and innovations crossing boundaries is exciting. It now seems possible that a bright idea catching hold in Vietnam could be applied with similar results in Brazil.
What makes an innovation ripe for adaptation to a new context? Are there common traits among innovations that succeed in multiple geographies?
At IPIHD, these questions are at the heart of what we do.
IPIHD encourages the media to attend this event – and is facilitating 1:1 meetings with select members of the press. To inquire, please contact Eleni Vlachos at 919.681.5411 or email@example.com.
SAN FRANCSICO, CA. (March 24, 2014) – The legendary 1927-D double eagle led the way with a sale price of $1,292,500, as Heritage’s March 20 auction of Gold Rush-era coins from The Collection of Donald E. Bently in San Francisco raised nearly $8.9 million for Bently Foundation, which launched last week. Proceeds from this auction go directly to the Bently Foundation, established by Christopher Bently, the son of the late Donald Bently, to support the communities served by Christopher’s diverse suite of companies with the belief that with corporate success comes the responsibility to engage with the community and inspire positive change. Bently Foundation is 100% dedicated to fostering support for organizations that cultivate the arts, advance environmental sustainability and aid animal welfare.
“The coin auction exceeded our expectations,” said Christopher Bently, Founder of Bently Foundation. “We were able to raise nearly 9 million that will directly benefit organizations that align with Bently Foundations core values of cultivating the arts, advancing environmental sustainability and aiding animal welfare.”
“We are thrilled with the overall success of the coin auction, which not only raised a significant amount of funding for Bently Foundation, but awareness of the organization and the communities it serves,” stated Camille Crowder, Development Director of Bently Foundation. “Through the launch of Bently Foundation, we’ve received interest from non-profit organizations based in the Bay Area, Nevada and beyond, who are in need of grants to continue the valuable work they do throughout the year.
The 1927-D double eagle is both the rarest regular issue 20th century coin and the rarest coin minted at the Denver Mint. Only seven times has an example crossed Heritage’s auction block, and only seven examples are known to be available to collectors. Given the rarity of the coin and the popularity of the Saint-Gaudens double eagle series, we expected high demand for this coin, and it did not disappoint.
The Bently Foundation’s emphasis on Northern California and Nevada covers an area that encompasses two present and past US mints along with far more than its share of numismatic history. The fabled Carson City Mint has produced more than its share of rarities, such as the 1870-CC double eagle, considered the fifth rarest issue in the Liberty double eagle series behind the ultra-low mintage 1882 and 1886 circulation issues, the 1856-O, and the nearly uncollectible 1861 Paquet reverse coin struck in Philadelphia. No 1870-CC double eagles have ever been certified in Mint State grades by any major grading service, making high quality AU examples that much more desirable, with the Carson City mintmark only adding to the coin’s allure. The Bently specimen is graded AU53 by PCGS, and is likely one of the five finest specimens known. It sold for $411,250. Another 1870-CC issue, an eagle graded AU53 by NGC, realized $135,125.
Christopher Bently, Founder of Bently Foundation, holding the legendary 1927-D double eagle which sold for $1,292,500
San Francisco, the site of the auction, was represented in this collection not only by issues from the San Francisco Mint, but also by gold pieces, technically ingots, struck during the California Gold Rush before the mint was established. Chief among the territorial issues represented in this auction was an octagonal $50 piece with lettered edge struck by US Assayer Augustus Humbert in 1851. Seldom seen in Mint State, the finest example from the Bently Collection was graded MS60 by PCGS and sold for $282,000, while a similar piece graded AU53 by PCGS brought $164,500.
Rarities from the San Francisco Mint were also well-represented in this auction, including a 1930-S double eagle MS65 PCGS which sold for $176,381, an 1854-S quarter eagle Good 6 PCGS selling for $193,875, an 1878-S half dollar MS63 PCGS at $129,250, and an 1864-S eagle AU53 NGC which brought $146,875.
CHICAGOLAND (March 24, 2014) By the time you finish reading this press release, another American will have been sexually assaulted. In fact, every two minutes a sexual assault occurs totaling a staggering 237,868 victims each year. On average there is an aggravated assault every 37 seconds and a robbery occurs every 1.2 minutes. Alarming statistics like these are what inspired Indiana Entrepreneur, Caroline Olah to create the Little Viper, an unassuming fashion accessory that packs a crime stopping punch.
The Little Viper is the World’s first and only pepper spray self-defense bracelet. Weighing in at only one ounce, the Little Viper has an impressive three foot range and inhibits assailants with 3-6 bursts of 10% OC pepper spray. The adjustable silicone bracelet is 8.5” in length and is available in black or pink. “The Little Viper has a fashionable, low profile design and was created with discretion in mind. We incorporated the world’s smallest pepper spray canister so whether you’re wearing it while jogging in the park, or for a night out on the town it’s the perfect pint-sized defense system”, says Caroline.
Although the Little Viper presents a seemingly harmless first impression, the maximum strength formula will cause a pretty severe bout of coughing, choking, and an intense burning sensation while forcing the attacker’s eyes shut. With the immediate effects of pepper spray which last anywhere from 15 – 45 minutes, the Little Viper provides plenty of time to escape an attacker, render him/her helpless, and call the police.
With the installation of President Obama’s new Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, the White House just reported that 1 in 5 female college students will experience sexual assault on campus. Although the numbers are astounding, products like the Little Viper are helping to empower everyone from college students to elderly citizens and ensuring less Americans fall victim to criminal attacks.
To learn more about the Little Viper, please visit www.LittleViper.com
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Blair Underwood to Address 2014 Xavier Graduates
New Orleans LA (March 14, 2014) – Award-winning actor/director/producer Blair Underwood will deliver the commencement address at Xavier University of Louisiana’s 87th annual graduation ceremony Saturday, May 10, at 10:00 a.m. in the Convocation Center.
Underwood, who will address more than 550 undergraduate, graduate and pre-professional students and their families, will also be awarded an honorary degree at the commencement, along with retiring Tulane University President Dr. Scott Cowen and New Orleans educator, activist and community leader,Sybil Haydel Morial ‘52.
The annual Baccalaureate Mass and Honors Convocation will be held the preceding evening, Friday (May 09), at 6:00 p.m. in the Convocation Center.
Blair Underwood has distinguished himself as an award-winning actor/director/producer who continues to showcase his multitude of talents in the world of film, television, theatre and literature.
Underwood, whose most recent film (co-starring Cicely Tyson) is the Lifetime telefilm based on the Tony-award winning play, “A Trip To Bountiful”, first burst into the national spotlight in the 1980’s with his confident and passionate portrayal of lawyer Jonathan Rollins in the NBC hit series “L.A. Law”, a role that earned him the first of his two Golden Globe nominations.
The next decade saw him singled out by TV Guide as one of “The Top Stars of the 90s”, and land a major role in CBS’ top-rated 1998 dramatic miniseries, “Mama Flora’s Family,” a performance which earned him the first of 13 NAACP Image Awards nominations, as well as the first of his six wins.
In 2000, People magazine named him one of its “50 Most Beautiful People” and in 2004 named him one of the “Sexiest Men Alive.”
Some of his more memorable cable and television movies include: HBO’s groundbreaking drama “In Treatment”; as well as NBC’s “Murder in Mississippi”; HBO’s “Soul of the Game” and Sex & the City”; Steven Bochco’s “City of Angels”; and TNT’s award-winning “Heat Wave”.
His theater credits include his acclaimed Broadway debut in the iconic role of Stanley in Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire” – which earned him a 2012 Drama League Distinguished Performance Award nomination. Prior to that he starred in an off-Broadway, one-man show “IM4: From the Mountaintop to Hip Hop” – written by his brother Frank Underwood – in which he played eight characters in all.
Underwood made his feature directorial debut with the independent drama “Bridge to Nowhere.” Additionally, he produced the TLC series “Million Dollar Christmas”. As director, executive producer, writer and star of the dramatic short “The Second Coming,” Underwood played Jesus Christ returning to earth.
Underwood published his first book, a non-fiction bestseller called “Before I Got Here”, a collection of stories and anecdotes from parents that speak to the existence of a child’s soul prior to birth. He also portrayed Jesus in the audio book “The Bible Experience.” Since its release in October 2006, it has become the No. 1 selling audio Bible in history.
He has also co-authored several critically and reader acclaimed detective novels, the fourth installment of which, “South by Southeast”, will be released later this year.
In 2009, Underwood won a Grammy award for Best Spoken Word for former Vice President Al Gore’s album “An Inconvenient Truth” (with co-readers Beau Bridges & Cynthia Nixon).
Underwood is involved in numerous charitable organizations. His dedicated support of The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) won him the 1993 Humanitarian Award, presented by the Los Angeles Chapter of MDA. In 2003, Underwood, along with Ashley Judd, served as the spokesperson for YouthAIDS.
Underwood is also co-founder of Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA). Founded in 1989, by members of the arts and entertainment community, ANSA is a nonprofit organization working in the U.S. and South Africa to combat HIV/AIDS, assist children orphaned by the disease, advance human and civil rights, educate and empower youth, and build bonds between our nations through arts, culture, and our shared pursuit of social justice.
In 2009, AIDS Healthcare Foundation,the United States’ largest non-profit HIV/AIDS healthcare provider, announced the grand opening of their first AIDS treatment center in Washington DC – and the facility was named after Underwood in recognition of his longtime advocacy.
Dr. Scott Cowen
Dr. Scott Cowen, Tulane University’s 14th President, is set to retire in July 2014 after 16 years at the helm. He will leave behind a thriving university community and a remarkable legacy.
During his tenure, Tulane more than quadrupled its undergraduate applications while experiencing all-time highs in student quality. In addition, the university more than doubled its level of total private giving and received a record level of research awards, leading to the implementation of a number of innovative academic, research, and community outreach initiatives. Tulane’s growth has been the impetus for $700 million in new and renovated facilities in the last eight years.
The consummate fundraiser, Cowen successfully led the “Promise and Distinction: The Campaign for Tulane” campaign which exceeded its $700 million goal, making it the largest university fundraising effort in the history of Louisiana. Upon the completion of a comprehensive university-wide planning process in 2012, he launched a $1 billion plus campaign to support the university’s long-term future.
Cowen also led Tulane through the most trying period of its history when, in August 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and much of the University’s uptown and downtown health sciences campuses, and dispersed faculty, staff and students for an entire semester. Under his leadership, a sweeping Renewal Plan strengthened and focused the university’s academic mission and strategically addressed its operations in the post-Katrina era. As a result, a remarkable 87 percent of Tulane undergraduate students returned for classes in January of 2006, just months after the storm.
His response to Katrina was not limited to Tulane. Cowen was an integral figure on the Bring New Orleans Back Commission, leading a committee which reformed and rebuilt the city’s failing public school system. He also served as a commissioner of the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority, and was co-founder of the Fleur-de-lis Ambassadors program, a group of New Orleans civic leaders who, in the aftermath of the storm, spread the message nationwide that post-Katrina New Orleans was an economically viable, livable city with a recovery plan in progress.
His efforts have not gone unnoticed. The recipient of several national awards and honorary degrees, Cowen was named one of the nation’s Top 10 Best College Presidents by TIME magazine in 2009, and was one of only four university leaders nationwide to receive the 2009 Carnegie Corporation Academic Leadership Award. In 2010 he was also elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the world’s most prestigious honorary societies.
Locally, he has received The Times-Picayune’s Loving Cup, which honors New Orleanians who have worked unselfishly for the community without expectation of recognition or material reward, and was also honored by New Orleans CityBusiness as one of the 30 “Driving Forces” in New Orleans in the last 30 year. Additionally, Gambit recognized Cowen as the New Orleanian of the Year.
Cowen, who as President also held the joint appointments as the Seymour S. Goodman Memorial Professor of Business in Tulane’s A.B. Freeman School of Business and Professor of Economics in the School of Liberal Arts, has held leadership positions in national academic and professional associations, including the American Council on Education, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the NCAA, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). He currently serves as a board member of the University of Notre Dame and as an overseer of TIAA-CREF.
Cowen’s areas of scholarship and teaching focus on strategic financial management systems, corporate governance and leadership. He has consulted with dozens of companies, from startups to Fortune 100 companies and is currently a board member of Newell Rubbermaid Inc. and Forest City Enterprises. He is the author of five books and more than 100 academic and professional articles, essays and reviews. His most recent book, The Inevitable City: The Resurgence of New Orleans and the Future of Urban America, will be published in June 2014.
Cowen holds both a master’s and doctoral degree from The George Washington University in the fields of finance and management. He and his wife, Marjorie, have four adult children and four grandchildren.
Sybil Haydel Morial
Sybil Haydel Morial, a beloved educator, activist and community leader, is a New Orleans treasure.
The former First Lady of New Orleans and Xavier University of Louisiana administrator began a lifetime of involvement in human and civil rights dating back to the 1950s, when she became an active member of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans and the League of Women Voters.
She was a founder of the Louisiana League of Good Government, a non-partisan, interracial women’s organization devoted to civil liberties and full participation in government for all Louisiana citizens.
Both her late husband and her son served as mayor of New Orleans. During their terms, Mrs. Morial worked to improve the quality of education and healthcare for minorities. She also served as executive producer of A House Divided, a highly acclaimed documentary about the desegregation of New Orleans.
At Xavier, she served in a variety of administrative roles over a 15-year period, including Vice President for Public Affairs, before she retired in 1992.
Morial’s other civic affiliations include the Metropolitan Area Committee, the United Fund, the New Orleans Council of Arts for Children and the Amistad Research Center. Her community involvement has merited many awards, including the Torch of Liberty Award of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai Brith, the Martin Luther King Lifetime Achievement Award, the Whitney M. Young Brotherhood Award and the National Council of Jewish Women’s Hannah Solomon Award.
In 2011 she was presented the first ever Outstanding Mom of New Orleans award by Feeding Dreams, the General Mills company’s platform for celebrating the hero in African American women and the catalyst for its Feeding Dreams Get Together initiative, a grassroots program that provides intimate forums in communities across the country to discuss efforts to positively impact health and education in African American communities.
She served on the Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Louisiana Board for 14 years. She is also a past Board Chairwoman of HMO Louisiana, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Blue Cross.
A 1952 Xavier graduate, Morial also holds a master’s degree from Boston University. She has five children.
About Xavier University of Louisiana
Xavier University of Louisiana, the only historically Black, Catholic university in the United States, is a private, co-educational, comprehensive liberal arts college offering undergraduate, master’s and professional degrees. More than one-half of its more than 3,100 students are from Louisiana, but it draws students from nearly all fifty states and several countries. From its founding, Xavier has embraced a special mission to serve the African American Catholic community; however, its doors have always been open to qualified students of every race and creed. Today 72.8 percent of its enrollment is African American and 27.1 percent is Catholic. Nationally recognized for its success in the sciences, Xavier was selected in 2014 as both a “Best Buy” for academics and affordability by the Fiske Guide to Colleges and as one of the nation’s “Best 376 Colleges” by The Princeton Review.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, Xavier ranks first nationally in the number of African American students earning undergraduate degrees in both the biological/life sciences and the physical sciences. In pre-medical education, according to data compiled by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), Xavier ranks first in the nation in the number of African American graduates who go on to complete medical school. In addition, the College of Pharmacy, one of only two pharmacy schools in Louisiana, is among the nation’s top producers of African American Doctor of Pharmacy degree recipients.
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New Citrix Podio sponsorship program puts best-in-class tools in the hands of those who need them most
Monday, March 24, 2014 – Citrix today announced the availability of Podio for Nonprofits, a free program designed to help nonprofits organize the work they do everyday, improve work processes and ultimately be more effective. The global program includes free premium access to Citrix Podio and hundreds of Podio apps through the Podio App Market, along with onboarding support and resources. Podio sponsorship is open to all nonprofits with US 501(c)(3) or equivalent status. Citrix invites all registered nonprofits to sign up for Podio sponsorship.
“Research shows there is huge untapped potential for more social impact groups to utilize tech tools to reduce the time and cost it takes to deliver services, fundraise and engage stakeholders,” said Tommy Ahlers, vice president and entrepreneur in residence, Citrix SaaS Division. “We want to remove the technology adoption and implementation hurdles these organizations face so they can spend more time making life-changing contributions to their communities, and less time managing how they get their work done.”
According to Columbia Social Work Review’s 2013 report, the uptake of cloud, social and mobile technologies will allow the nonprofit sector to provide more effective services through improved productivity and efficiencies; yet the most common barriers to technology adoption remain lack of resources: funds, time and IT expertise. The report shows that while most NPOs use information technologies such as websites, email and databases to deliver services to clients, few of them employ software systems and mobile technologies that would enable their workers to improve client communications and access to information off-site. An estimated 35 percent of nonprofits use mobile devices and applications to manage work, while only 20 percent use software systems to record data for things like client and volunteer management. A recent McKinsey study found that companies see a 20-25 percent increase in productivity by using social technologies like Podio, because they simply get work done faster.
More than 2500 nonprofits have already applied and received sponsorship status through Podio, including The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), sustainable travel group Project Cordillera, pet-health services group PetChance and Music Nova Scotia.
Nonprofits streamline teamwork and boost productivity
GirlsOnTheRun.org is a physical-activity-based youth development program for girls in grades 3 to 8, teaching life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. In 2013 Girls on the Run served 150,000 girls across North America through 215 councils.
“Each council is as unique as the girls they serve, with its own strengths and its own challenges,” said Elizabeth Kunz, president of Girls on the Run. “Podio has been a way for our councils to collaborate, share, ideas, best practices and documents, and support one another with many miles in between them. With a way to network on a daily basis, our councils are able to more effectively serve their territories and continue to help girls grow in strength, courage and confidence.”
DANSIC, a Danish student-led organization whose mission is to inspire social innovation by supporting companies targeting both social impact and economic sustainability, has been using Podio for more than two years to help coordinate its flagship annual event, the Social Innovation Conference in Copenhagen. DANSIC relies on Podio for project management, communication and coordination of all aspects of the conference, as well as keeping all 60 student-members of the organization connected and in sync. Watch DANSIC’s Podio story.
Nonprofits that sign up for Podio sponsorship have access to world-class support services and onboarding assistance through the Podio Help Center, in addition to access to a community of Podio users who share best practices and learnings with each other every day through the Podio Help forum. The Podio Help Forum provides a knowledge base of expert advice, instruction on the use of Podio and other tools, as well as tips intended to help nonprofits take full advantage of Podio.
Until now, Podio sponsorship status was granted on a case-by-case basis, but in response to the growing need for cloud-based tools that make nonprofit teams more efficient and productive, the program will today be rolled out as a formal Citrix Podio offering.
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Paris – March 21, 2014 – Capgemini, one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, today announced that it has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, an independent center of research promoting best practices in corporate ethics and governance, as a 2014 World’s Most Ethical Company®.
This is the second time that Capgemini has been honored with this award, which recognizes organizations that continue to raise the bar on ethical leadership and corporate behavior. World’s Most Ethical Company honorees understand the correlation between ethics, reputation and daily interactions with their brand and that the award belongs as much to their associates, as it does to them. Capgemini is one of only six companies in the ‘business services’ industry honored this year.
Hervé Canneva, Ethics and Compliance Officer at Capgemini said “We are delighted to receive this award and to have our global ethical business practices recognized for a second year running. At Capgemini ethics, compliance and corporate social responsibility are a central part of both our Group policy and our client engagements. We recognize that ethics aren’t just a legal or reputational issue but instead are a key part of doing business in the 21st century.”
“The entire community of World’s Most Ethical Companies believe that customers, employees, investors and regulators place a high premium on trust and that ethics and good governance are key in earning it,” said Ethisphere’s Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Erblich. “Capgemini joins an exclusive community committed to driving performance through leading business practices. We congratulate everyone at Capgemini for this extraordinary achievement.”
The World’s Most Ethical Company assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute’s Ethics Quotient™ framework. The Ethics Quotient framework has been developed over years of effort to provide a means to assess an organization’s performance in an objective, consistent and standardized way. The information collected provides a comprehensive sampling of definitive criteria of core competencies, rather than all aspects of corporate governance, risk, sustainability, compliance and ethics. The Ethics Quotient framework and methodology was determined, vetted and refined by the expert advice and insights gleaned from Ethisphere’s network of thought leaders and from the World’s Most Ethical Company Methodology Advisory Panel.
Scores are generated in five key categories: ethics and compliance program (25%), reputation, leadership and innovation (20%), governance (10%), corporate citizenship and responsibility (25%) and culture of ethics (20%).
The full list of the 2014 World’s Most Ethical Companies can be found at http://ethisphere.com/worlds-most-ethical/wme-honorees/.
Capgemini’s Ethics & Compliance Program was launched in 2009 by the Group Board of Directors. This program is based on the culture of ethics which has been a core part of the Group since its inception in 1967 by Serge Kampf. As part of this program, Capgemini set up a network of Ethics and Compliance Officers and launched a Code of Business Ethics, an Anti-corruption Policy and a Competition Laws Policy to reassert its values in every country in which it operates. The program is supported by a significant global training program with dedicated online training sessions for each of the three policies and several face-to-face training options.
With more than 130,000 people in over 40 countries, Capgemini is one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services. The Group reported 2013 global revenues of EUR 10.1 billion. Together with its clients, Capgemini creates and delivers business and technology solutions that fit their needs and drive the results they want. A deeply multicultural organization, Capgemini has developed its own way of working, the Collaborative Business ExperienceTM, and draws on Rightshore®, its worldwide delivery model.
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About the Ethisphere Institute
The Ethisphere® Institute is an independent center of research, best practices and thought leadership that promotes best practices in corporate ethics and governance and enables organizations to improve compliance, mitigate risk, and enhance relationships with employees, business partners, investors and the broad regulatory community. Ethisphere evaluates and benchmarks compliance and governance programs, honors superior achievement through its World’s Most Ethical Companies® recognition program and publishes Ethisphere Magazine. Ethisphere is also the leading provider of independent verification of corporate ethics and compliance programs that include: Ethics Inside® Certification, Compliance Leader Verification™ and Anti-Corruption Program Verification™. More information about Ethisphere can be found at: www.ethisphere.com.