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Pacific Service Credit Union Continues Tradition of Charity With Annual Valley Children’s Hospital Kids Day

Full-service credit union makes $5,000 donation and volunteers support for enhanced pediatric medical care.

Press Release – Concord, CA March 8, 2018 – Pacific Service Credit Union (Pacific Service CU), a full-service financial institution serving several counties throughout California, participated as a “Big Kid” sponsor for this year’s 31st edition of the annual Valley Children’s Hospital Kids Day event, held March 6. The fundraiser brings together more than 20 communities selling a special Kids Day edition of The Fresno Bee in exchange for a donation to the Hospital. The Fresno Bee e-paper edition features compelling patient stories along with photography that illustrates the vital pediatric medical care Valley Children’s Hospital provides. The Kids Day edition and event festivities not only raises awareness, but also raises funds to help Valley Children’s Hospital continue to provide high-quality, comprehensive healthcare services to children, regardless of their ability to pay, and to continuously improve the health and wellbeing of children. Pacific Service Credit Union has participated as a sponsor in the event every year since 2001.

About Pacific Service Credit Union

Pacific Service Credit Union is ranked 84th in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times for corporate philanthropy. Based in Concord, CA, Pacific Service Credit Union is a full-service financial institution serving anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, Marin, Napa, Placer, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma counties. Pacific Service CU has nearly 60,000 members and over $1 billion in assets. Learn more at

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Kimberly-Clark, PEMSEA, The Coca-Cola Company and The DOW Chemical Company join Closed Loop Ocean to Reduce Ocean Plastics

Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA) is the first intergovernmental organization to formally join the initiative

Press Release – New York — Closed Loop Partners announced today that corporate leaders Kimberly-Clark, The Coca-Cola Company and The Dow Chemical Company and intergovernmental organization PEMSEA are the latest partners to join Closed Loop Ocean, an initiative to develop a new funding mechanism to prevent plastic waste from leaking into the world’s oceans. These leaders join this collaborative initiative in partnership with Closed Loop Partners, Ocean Conservancy, the Trash Free Seas Alliance, 3M, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, the American Chemistry Council and the World Plastics Council.

Closed Loop Ocean, announced at the Our Ocean 2017 conference in Malta, is designed to identify, develop and facilitate investments in waste management and recycling solutions in Southeast Asia, with a focus on improving collection, sorting and recycling markets. Additional information and opportunities to partner available online at

Research indicates that nearly half of the plastic that flows into the ocean every year – an estimated 8 million metric tons – escapes from waste streams in just five rapidly developing economies in Asia. As a result, the initiative focuses on galvanizing investment in waste management and recycling solutions in Southeast Asia and India. Over the coming months, Closed Loop Ocean will narrow its geographic focus, define investment criteria, build its network of partners, and begin to identify potential investments.

According to Rob Kaplan, Managing Director of Closed Loop Partners, “Solving the problem of ocean bound plastics will require significant investment and partnership from brands and supply chain leaders. Partnership with our coalition of companies who have operations in these markets and with PEMSEA, a regional intergovernmental body with local knowledge and experience in SE Asia will help us bring in additional investors, understand the local market and supply chain dynamics and develop an investment strategy that unlocks the key bottlenecks holding back the recycling system in SE Asia and India.”

About Closed Loop Partners

Closed Loop Partners invests in sustainable consumer goods, advanced recycling technologies and the development of the circular economy.

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2017 Banfield Pet Hospital® Corporate Social Responsibility Report and 2017 Banfield Foundation® Impact Report Released

Banfield Pet Hospital and the Banfield Foundation were ‘Here to Give Back’ in 2017, impacting the lives of more than 526,000 people and pets through investments of more than $2.7 million and 22,400 volunteer hours

Press Release – VANCOUVER, Wash., March 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Banfield Pet Hospital, the largest general veterinary practice in the world, today released its 2017 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, detailing its support of pets, communities, its associates and the veterinary profession. Banfield’s charitable arm, the Banfield Foundation, also released its 2017 Banfield Foundation Impact Report, which summarizes how the foundation leveraged the resources entrusted to it by donors and shares stories about the pets, people and organizations it supported in 2017.

Banfield’s 2017 CSR efforts included volunteer programs, championing preventive care, partnerships with animal welfare organizations, environmental stewardship, and investments in its associates, as well as the broader veterinary industry. Continued disaster relief efforts in 2017 from Banfield and the Banfield Foundation helped more than 26,000 pets and their families in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, demonstrating their commitment to the communities they serve – and in which Banfield associates live and work.

“In 2017, Banfield grew as a company and as a corporate citizen. We provided much-needed veterinary care and supplies, as well as volunteer services, to animal welfare organizations, communities, people and pets in need. We invested in our associates and continued to use our resources, reach and relationships to strengthen the broader veterinary profession,” said Brian Garish, president, Banfield Pet Hospital. “Our associates continue to inspire me every day with a dedication to quality and service that extends beyond our hospital walls and outside the work day, demonstrating what we mean when we say we’re ‘Here to Give Back.'”

To date, the Banfield Foundation has supported the health, safety and wellbeing of pets in all 50 states – even those without Banfield Pet Hospital locations – as well as Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico. In 2017 alone, the foundation awarded more than two million dollars in grants through programs focused on accessible veterinary care, temporary shelter and disaster relief.

“We launched the Banfield Foundation more than two years ago with the belief that every pet deserves access to quality veterinary care, whether they have a loving family or are still waiting to find a forever home,” said Marta Monetti, Banfield Pet Hospital senior vice president of Corporate Affairs and Banfield Foundation president and chairman of the board. “Continued support from our generous donors in 2017 enabled us to help more than 250 organizations across the country expand their reach in communities that needed critical support.”

Highlights captured in the 2017 Banfield CSR Report and the 2017 Banfield Foundation Impact Report include:

  • $2,776,368 combined investment in pets through Banfield Foundation grants, HOPE Funds, and Shelter Services
  • 526,216 pets and people impacted by the combined efforts of Banfield and the foundation
  • 179,990 pets and people in 204 U.S. cities impacted through the Mars Volunteer Program; as part of Mars Inc., Banfield has the opportunity to participate in this ongoing service initiative for associates looking to give back in the community
  • 22,413 hours volunteered by Banfield associates
  • $212,000 in sponsorships for veterinary medicine industry-wide initiatives
  • 288 grants awarded by the Banfield Foundation, a total value of $2,134,977
  • $533,374 in grants awarded by the foundation to support disaster relief efforts in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and California

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For more CSR-related resources and insights from Banfield and the Banfield Foundation, visit the Banfield Exchange.

About Banfield Pet Hospital®

Founded in Portland, Ore., in 1955, Banfield is the largest general-veterinary practice in the world. In 2007, Banfield joined the Mars, Inc. family of businesses, and today has more than 1,000 hospitals across the United States. More than 3,500 Banfield veterinarians are committed to providing high-quality veterinary care for over three million pets annually. In 2017, Banfield Pet Hospital – including the work of the Banfield Foundation – was named among Points of Light’s ‘Civic 50’ as one of the most community-minded companies in the U.S. Press seeking additional information are invited to call the Media Hotline: (888) 355-0595.

About the Banfield Foundation®

At the core of the Banfield Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is the belief that all pets deserve access to veterinary care. In support of this belief, the foundation funds programs that enable veterinary care, elevate the power of the human-animal bond, provide disaster relief for pets, and advance the science of veterinary medicine through fostering innovation and education. It also leverages the expertise and passion of Banfield Pet Hospital associates to care for pets in need. At the Banfield Foundation, we are committed to making a better world for pets because they make a better world for us. For more information, follow us at

SOURCE Banfield Pet Hospital

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Innovation Pod Offers Access To iPads And Digital Curriculum For Haitian Students

Posted here on March 6, 2018 by Jeni Asaba

More than 100 children living in poverty will soon have the opportunity to engage with technology – many for the first time in their lives. After months of hard work, Jamf recently unveiled an innovation pod that will give 150 kindergarten students at Hope School access to a variety of technologies, including iPads and digital curriculum. Located in Cité Soleil, Haiti, an impoverished, overpopulated area near the country’s capital, Port-au-Prince, Hope School is an extension of Healing Haiti – an organization that strives to improve the lives of the Haitian people.

“This project is part of a grand vision,” said Dean Hager, CEO, Jamf. “We want to get technology into the hands of kids as an avenue to a brighter future. It is our mission to not only introduce these kids to iPads, but more importantly, to get them excited about the possibilities that technology could bring into their lives.”

Jamf began their mission to bring technology to Haiti in 2017 with the creation of an Innovation Center within Grace Academy, also run by Healing Haiti. The initial project supplied the center with hardware. A subsequent trip provided internet access, additional hardware and more training for both students and teachers. Expanding the project to include an innovation pod allows even more students the opportunity to get their hands on technology.

Constructed by Modular Life Solutions, the pod is a hub for the innovative use of technology and instructional practices. Each of the pod’s five collaborative workspaces include an interactive display powered by Apple TV.

“Imagine a completely customized shipping container designed to create a student-centered learning environment,” said Dave Saltmarsh, M.Ed., global education evangelist, Jamf. “That’s what we created for these kids, and that’s what we’re excited to deliver.”

While in the unit, every student and teacher can access an iPad. Each device is housed in a Logitech Ruggad Combo iPad case, which allows students the affordances of a tablet solution, while also providing the flexibility of an integrated keyboard. The eSpark Learning solution, along with Apple’s Everyone Can Code curriculum, provide the students with vast learning resources.

Hager said it’s important to give the kids access to the same learning materials (iPads with internet access and a variety of apps) as what’s found in developed nations, like the United States. “Only then can we help deliver a truly high quality of education to these students,” he said. “Additionally, we’re specifically providing training on technology, because it can translate into job creation around the world.”

Students at Hope School will use a variety of apps, such as Swift Playground, Duolingo and Khan Academy, among many others, to gain access to a diversified library of content to complement every student’s interests and learning style. Saltmarsh explained, “It was important for us to give the kids resources that would not only meet them where they’re currently at academically, but also grow with them as they expand their knowledge base.”

And as a means to protect students from accessing inappropriate content on the devices, teachers will use Securly to set up specific filtering parameters. The innovation pod will also house Sphero SPRK+ – robotic balls that offer students hands-on activities with a focus on coding and STEM.

“Seeing everything included in the innovation pod is truly seeing our vision come to life,” Hager said. “These kids who come from virtually nothing will have the opportunity to engage with technology and resources that they likely never would have seen. It’s a privilege to be a part of something that has the potential to shape young peoples’ lives.”

Joined by a colleague, Saltmarsh traveled to Jacksonville, Florida to install and test the innovation pod’s equipment before an unveiling event at the Modular Life Solutions facility on Thursday, March 1. He said the pod will ship this spring.

Jamf is very grateful to all of the organizations who have pitched in to help make this project possible. Plans to replicate this work and deliver innovation pods to other areas of need are currently in progress. Any organization interested in supporting this project can reach out to Dave Saltmarsh at

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Bridgestone Retail Operations Renews Partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Driving Great Futures initiative has raised $3.8 million to support kids and teens nationwide

(PRNewsfoto/Bridgestone Americas, Inc.)

Press Release – NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 5, 2018)Bridgestone Retail Operations (BSRO) today announced the renewal of its partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Over the past three years, BSRO has donated $3.8 million to Boys & Girls Clubs of America to help improve the lives of Club kids and teens nationwide through its Driving Great Futures initiative. The funds raised to-date support Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s national Great Futures campaign and have helped reach more than 430,000 youth daily by providing a safe, productive place during critical out-of-school hours.

“Through our partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America we have positively impacted the lives of kids and teens in local communities nationwide, helping to fulfill our vision to be the most trusted provider of tire and automotive care in every neighborhood we serve,” said Joe Venezia, president, BSRO. “As we enter into the fourth year of Driving Great Futures, we’ve set a goal to raise an additional $1 million to continue to make a difference in Club member’s lives. We plan to bring Driving Great Futures to life by providing grants to Clubs in need of transportation for members to travel to and from their Clubs.”

Through customer donations, vendor contributions and additional support, Clubs funded by BSRO have increased the number of teen members by 10 percent, increased the number of registered members by 7.2 percent and allowed more than 8,000 new youth to come to a Club. Research conducted by Boys & Girls Clubs of America shows that regular attendance and a high-quality Club experience means kids do better academically, become more engaged leaders and build stronger health and wellness skills.

“Through its Driving Great Futures campaign, BSRO has made a difference in the lives of Boys & Girls Club members nationwide by donating funds that provide access to critical services to the 4 million youth who come through our doors annually,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “We are thrilled to enter into our fourth year of partnership with BSRO and are grateful for the continued support of their leadership, employees and customers. Together, we will be able to make a tremendous impact.”

To learn more about BGCA’s Great Futures campaign, visit To find out more about BSRO, visit

About Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC:

Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC (BSRO) is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., and operates the largest network of company-owned automotive service providers in the world — more than 2,200 tire and vehicle service centers across the United States — including Firestone Complete Auto Care, Tires Plus, Hibdon Tires Plus and Wheel Works store locations. Credit First National Association and Firestone Complete Fleet Care operations are also part of BSRO. BSRO is a member of the Bridgestone Americas family of companies.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America

For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America ( has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, 4,300 Clubs serve 4 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at Facebook and Twitter.

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HeadBox Launches Its Social Mission By Announcing St Mungo’s Partnership And A £2,500 Donation

Press Release – HeadBox, the UK’s only SaaS enabled marketplace for inspiring meeting, off-site and event spaces, has announced the launch of its Social Mission: “to help provide Space to people who don’t have it” by forming a strategic partnership with homelessness charity St Mungo’s. The initiative aims to support St Mungo’s work to prevent homelessness and rebuild lives.

The partnership will see HeadBox making financial donations to the charity, as well as encouraging its impressive list of corporate clients to pledge a portion of the savings accrued through their event expenditure to St Mungo’s. The aim is to raise £10,000 for the charity over the next 12 months. HeadBox also plans to leverage its network of Host venues to support St Mungo’s 2018 special events programme. Future plans also include making it possible every time a customer confirms a booking on the HeadBox marketplace to be able to make an instant donation to St Mungo’s as well. This corporate responsibility initiative has been carefully built over the last six months to recognise that both sides of the HeadBox community – Host venues and corporate Guest bookers – can play a valuable part in raising awareness and supporting St Mungo’s work tackling homelessness in the UK.

With recent figures estimating that 4,751 people slept rough in England on a snapshot night in autumn 2017, up 15% from the previous year, HeadBox is keen to engage with its community, contributing to a better future for those who are in desperate need of space to sleep.

Andrew Needham, CEO and Founder of HeadBox, comments: “We are honoured to be launching our Social Mission of helping support people who are homeless into a space of their own. Every day in London we pass a person who doesn’t have a roof over their head – a stark contrast to the number of spaces that stand empty during the day. The data speaks for itself, this problem is growing at an alarming rate in London and the rest of the UK so we all need to do what we can to help. We’re proud to partner with such an influential charity to engage our HeadBox community to support St Mungo’s in a variety of ways throughout 2018.’

Warren Bishop, Corporate Development Executive at St Mungo’s, said: “Rough sleeping is harmful and dangerous, and our ambition is to reduce the number of people who are sleeping on the streets. ”

“Our thanks to HeadBox for making this commitment to help end homelessness and we are delighted to be chosen as their charity partner.”

To find out more about the partnership visit here.

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Financial Solutions Lab Launches $3 Million Year-Four Competition to Support the Financial Health of Underrepresented Communities

Lab to focus on the next generation of financial technology products

Press Release – NEW YORK, NY — February 28, 2018 — Today the Financial Solutions Lab (FinLab) at the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI) with founding FinLab partner JPMorgan Chase & Co. officially launched its Fourth Annual $3 Million Challenge (Challenge) to identify fintech innovators and products that can help improve the financial health of underserved populations in the U.S. Given the diversity of Americans who struggle with financial health, in this year’s Challenge, the Lab is particularly interested in products developed by entrepreneurs of color, women and people with disabilities, and designed to meet the financial needs of often overlooked populations.

The FinLab’s continued focus on financial health for another year reflects research from CFSI which highlights how financial insecurity remains a barrier to economic mobility for millions of Americans. Research from the JPMorgan Chase Institute has deepened our understanding of these problems by highlighting that the majority of households face significant income and expense volatility and lack the buffer they need to manage these swings or unexpected shocks. Not only does this undermine their financial wellbeing, it can also adversely affect their health since research shows that households delay healthcare until they have the means to pay for it.

Applicants to the Challenge are encouraged to share how their products can help consumers improve their financial health, how their company or nonprofit will succeed in serving a diverse market and how their teams reflect this diversity. Despite improvements in recent years, all-women teams of entrepreneurs received just $1.9 billion of the $85 billion total invested by venture capitalists last year and only an estimated 3 percent of the venture capitalist workforce is black while only 4 percent is Hispanic or Latino. The FinLab believes that diversity among leaders and teams also leads to more inclusive products and services with the potential to scale to millions of customers.

Each winning organization will receive $250,000 in capital, professional services assistance from industry leaders such as ideas42, and Google, strategic guidance from the FinLab’s industry-leading advisory council, and resources from founding partners CFSI and JPMorgan Chase, including the JPMorgan Chase employee mentorship program.

“We continue to be blown away by the impact that FinLab companies are having on consumers,” said John Thompson, Chief Program Officer at CFSI. “The 26 organizations supported by the Lab so far have cumulatively grown to help more than 2.5 million Americans improve their financial health — more than 15 times the consumer base they served before joining the Lab.”

“Technology offers a tremendous opportunity to help us reach overlooked populations with financial products and services that can improve their long-term financial health,” said Colleen Briggs, Head of Community Innovation, JPMorgan Chase. “We want to see more innovation designed to meet the needs of underserved populations and teams of entrepreneurs that reflect this diversity. We believe that the FinLab’s continued focus on inclusive fintech will help us unlock this potential.”

Applying for the Challenge

FinTech innovators interested in joining FinLab’s fourth year class can now complete and submit an application at The deadline to apply is April 11, 2018. Winners will be announced on stage at the EMERGE Forum 2018, held June 6-8 in Los Angeles, CA.

A History of Success

In January, the FinLab celebrated the culmination of its third cohort of eight fintech innovators. FinLab companies have represented a wide swath of consumer-focused financial technology companies, and inform the Lab’s perspective on the developments in, and state of, the overall market.

To date, the Financial Solutions Lab has supported 26 financial technology companies offering innovative financial products that reach over 2.5 million Americans and have seen 15x growth since joining the Lab. Collectively, FinLab companies have raised over $250 million in capital since joining the program.

The three FinLab classes to date have included startups rethinking how to address such issues as expense tracking (Everlance), savings (nonprofit EARN), planning (Albert), debt restructuring (Lendstreet), payments management (EarnUp), robo-advising (WiseBanyan), automatic savings (Digit), income volatility assistance (Even), access to credit (Nova), and SNAP benefits management (Propel). One early FinLab company, Prism, was acquired by PayNearMe, now Handle Financial. More information about the impact of the first three years of the FinLab can be found in its recently released Impact Report.

Howard Tischler, co-founder and CEO of FinLab member EverSafe, said, “We were excited to be part of the Financial Solutions Lab, and our experience in the program opened up many doors for us as we work to protect seniors and their families from financial fraud. During our time in the Lab, we more than tripled our user base and as we move forward, we expect to significantly increase the number of older adults and families protected as a result of relationships derived from the Lab.”

“At Nova Credit, we’re committed to helping immigrants access the credit they deserve and be treated as equals,” said Nicky Goulimis, co-founder of Nova Credit, part of the Lab’s 2017 class. “Our participation in the Lab vastly exceeded our expectations, by not only significantly accelerating our core business, but also providing us with invaluable access to the leaders of the financial services ecosystem.”

About the Financial Solutions Lab

The Financial Solutions Lab is a $30 million, five-year initiative managed by the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI) with founding Lab partner JPMorgan Chase & Co. to identify, test and expand the availability of promising innovations that help Americans increase savings, improve credit, and build assets. The lab will launch a series of competitions to identify solutions to specific consumer financial challenges. It will provide incentives for entrepreneurs, businesses, and nonprofits to enhance financial products and services that address these challenges and improve consumers’ financial health. For more information, visit

About the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI)

CFSI is the nation’s authority on consumer financial health. CFSI leads a network of financial services innovators committed to building a more robust financial services marketplace with higher quality products and services. Through its Compass Principles and a lineup of proprietary research, insights and events, CFSI informs, advises, and connects members of its network to seed the innovation that will transform the financial services landscape. For more on CFSI, go to and follow on Twitter at @CFSInnovation.

About JPMorgan Chase & Co.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.5 trillion and operations worldwide. The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, and asset management. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of customers 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

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Benevity Acquires TrustCSR, UK-Based Corporate Social Responsibility Consultancy

Market-Leading Software Provider Expands International Footprint to Meet Growing Demand of Global Enterprises to Build Inclusive Workplace Cultures

Press Release – CALGARY, AB – February 27, 2018Benevity, Inc., the global leader in corporate social responsibility and employee engagement software, announces the acquisition of TrustCSR, a UK-based corporate social responsibility consultancy that serves enterprise clients, including Amazon, British Telecom, DHL, EE, Avanade, National Grid and Experian. This acquisition is the latest step in Benevity adding scale and geographic scope to its operations to maximize efficiencies, service its global client base, and reach new markets. TrustCSR’s deep expertise in compliance, regulatory and tax schemes across Europe and other international markets, as well as strategic partnerships within the international charitable ecosystem aligns perfectly with Benevity’s expanding footprint in “corporate Goodness.” On the heels of the company’s recent strategic growth investment, this new location will enable Benevity to serve its growing base of corporations, charities and end users in the U.K., across Europe, Australia and Asia.

According to Gallup’s Worldwide Engagement Crisis report, 87 percent of the world’s workers are disengaged, compared with only 67 percent in the U.S. Global enterprises are increasingly leveraging their employee giving, volunteering and grantmaking programs to support their diversity and inclusion efforts and to build purposeful workplace cultures. Last year, Benevity saw a 91 percent surge in companies using its market-leading international cloud solution, Benevity OneWorld™ to create stronger connections with their worldwide workforces and communities.

Available in 17 languages, Benevity OneWorld enables companies to empower employees, consumers and the public to easily donate time, money and talent to almost 2 million charities and non-profits around the world. Through its proprietary disbursement platform, Benevity delivers 100% of funds electronically to international causes providing global enterprises and their employees with certainty that grants and donations are reaching their intended recipients in a timely and accurate manner.

“Global enterprises are seeking to extend the success of their Goodness programs beyond headquarter locations to more deeply engage and inspire their international employees with a purpose-driven culture,” said Bryan de Lottinville, Benevity Founder and CEO. “But scaling Goodness globally requires more than just addressing differences in languages and currency; it requires knowledge of local regulatory frameworks, cultural nuances and the ability to accurately identify, vet and distribute funds to charities everywhere in a scalable way. This is why Benevity is quickly becoming the de facto choice for global enterprises. We look forward to serving more global clients and their stakeholders from our new location in the U.K.”

“TrustCSR has partnered with Benevity for more than five years and have, from the beginning, been deeply impressed with their vision and commitment to improving the charitable landscape,” said Benjamin Janes, CEO of TrustCSR. “We are thrilled to be formalizing our relationship to bring more of their progressive ethos to companies in the U.K. and across the globe.”

Sage, the market leader for integrated accounting, payroll and payment systems, recently launched Benevity’s award-winning software to power their global Goodness program. “Colleague giving, grantmaking and volunteering programs are allowing Sage to fulfill our most important corporate philanthropy commitments: to support our people and the causes they care about and make an impact in the communities in which we operate,” said Debbie Wall, VP of Sage Foundation. “Benevity’s unrivaled global reach makes it easy for us to scale our programs wherever our colleagues are located, which in turn helps us recruit and retain top talent; showcasing Sage’s ongoing drive to do business the right way.”

About Benevity

Benevity, Inc., a B Corporation, is the global leader in online workplace giving, matching, volunteering and community investment software. Many of the world’s most iconic brands rely on Benevity’s award-winning cloud solutions to power corporate “Goodness” programs that attract, retain and engage today’s diverse workforce by connecting people to the causes that matter to them. With software that is available in 17 languages, to more than four million users around the world, Benevity will process over a billion dollars in donations and 10 million hours of volunteering time to almost 140,000 charities worldwide.

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Arjuna Capital: JPMorgan Chase Agrees to Close Gender Pay Gap

6 Leading Financial Companies in 6 Weeks Acquiesce to Shareholder Pressure on Gender Pay; JPMorgan, Mastercard Reverse Course on Gender Pay Equity, After BofA, Citi, Wells Fargo and Bank of New York Mellon Make Announcements to Close Pay Gaps

Natasha Lamb, Arjuna Capital: “Gender Pay was anathema to Wall Street when we started in 2017, but recent events have big banks rushing to manage the optics of equal pay for women and minorities.”

Press Release – BOSTON AND NEW YORK CITY (February 23, 2018) – Six leading US banks and financial institutions in six weeks have now publicly disclosed efforts to address gender pay inequity. Responding to shareholder proposals from Arjuna Capital calling for detailed reports and wage data disclosure, JPMorgan – the world’s largest custodian bank and asset servicing company – became the sixth financial company since January 15th to agree to close its gender pay gap. The company also disclosed its racial pay gap. Today, Arjuna Capital announced the official withdrawal of its shareholder proposal at JPMorgan.

Six of the nine banks and financial companies targeted by Arjuna Capital have now taken action, measuring and ameliorating pay practices on key measures to the vicinity of 99 percent since facing shareholder pressure. On January 15th, Citigroup took the step of being the first US bank to disclose its gender pay gap through an internal announcement and salary adjustments. Bank of America quickly joined Citi on January 25th, becoming the second leading U.S. financial institution to address shareholder concerns on gender and racial pay equity. Wells Fargo and Bank of New York Mellon made similar announcements on February 1st and February 6th, respectively. Last week, Mastercard quietly made information available regarding its gender pay gap and efforts to adjust salaries.

In 2016, six of the originally targeted institutions — Bank of America, Mastercard, American Express, JPMorgan, Wells Fargo and Citi — all rejected shareholder proposals asking for detailed reports on the percentage pay gap between male and female employees across race and ethnicity, including base, bonus and equity compensation, policies to address that gap, the methodology used, and quantitative reduction targets. This year, Arjuna Capital filed gender pay equity shareholder proposals at nine leading financial institutions, also asking Bank of New York Mellon, Reinsurance Group, and Progressive Insurance to publish their gender pay gaps.

Natasha Lamb, managing partner, Arjuna Capital said: “With JPMorgan now on board, 100% of the five banks we’ve engaged have committed to gender pay equity. This is a 180 degree turn since 2017, when the same banks opposed our shareholder resolutions. Mastercard’s recent disclosure only furthers the momentum, as two-thirds of the financial services firms we engaged have agreed to close their gender pay gaps. Gender Pay was anathema to Wall Street when we started in 2017, but recent events have influenced big banks to manage the optics of equal pay for women and minorities. For one, the #MeToo movement is empowering women to demand workplace equality like never before.”

A statement from JPMorgan said: “At JPMorgan Chase, we strongly believe that a diverse and inclusive environment is critical to our success. It is simply how we do business. As part of our commitment to fairness in our workplace, we look closely at how we compensate employees—conducting pay equity reviews at all levels of our firm.”

Lamb continued: “Despite this unanticipated traction in the banking space, women remain unequally represented in the highest-paying roles and in the boardroom. There’s no doubt that pressure to disclose has led to improvement on an adjusted ‘equal pay for equal work’ basis, but there is still work to be done to close the ‘median’ pay gaps at these companies. This week’s bombshell that Barclay’s UK has a 49% mean pay gap epitomizes this structural deficiency—that men dominate the most powerful and well-paid positions. So, while step one is paying women fairly for the work they are doing now, step two is moving women to higher paying positions and reaping the performance benefits that more diverse leadership affords.”

JPMorgan’s commitment stands out because it is the last remaining bank targeted by Arjuna Capital on gender pay this proxy season, and all Arjuna’s shareholder proposals in the banking industry have now been withdrawn, as well as one other with credit card company Mastercard.

The Arjuna Capital gender pay shareholder resolution at JPMorgan is available online at: ( The Arjuna Capital letter withdrawing the resolution at JPMorgan is available at: (

JPMorgan’s gender pay disclosure is available at:

The Arjuna Capital letter withdrawing the resolution at Mastercard is available at: ( Mastercard’s gender pay disclosure is available at: (

In 2015, Arjuna Capital created a model shareholder campaign for addressing gender pay issues in the technology sector. Eight of nine proposals were eventually approved by tech giants to disclose and close their gender pay gaps. In the consumer sector, Arjuna has had success with four of five targeted companies. Last year, Arjuna shifted its focus to women in finance.

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Hammer Museum Announces $180 Million Capital Campaign to Support Major Multi‑year Transformation and Expanded Endowment

$30 Million Lead Gift from Lynda and Stewart Resnick to Be Honored with Building Naming

Preliminary rendering of the Hammer’s new corner entrance at Wilshire and Westwood, courtesy Michael Maltzan Architecture

Press Release – (Los Angeles, CA) — Hammer Museum director Ann Philbin announced today that the ambitious multi‑year project to renovate, expand, and transform the institution has taken a major step forward with the public launch of a $180 million capital campaign. The announcement coincides with a lead gift of $30 million from L.A. philanthropists Lynda and Stewart Resnick—the largest in the museum’s history. In recognition of this generous gift, the Hammer’s building will be dedicated as the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Cultural Center.

“Art has long inspired Stewart and me in a profound and meaningful way,” said Lynda Resnick. “For decades, we’ve been committed to Los Angeles’s dynamic arts and culture scene, and are proud to witness its growth into a nationally recognized epicenter for cutting-edge talent. As longtime admirers of director Ann Philbin’s vision and of the Hammer’s role in this meteoric rise, we’re gratified to be part of this transformative gift that will further solidify the institution’s key role in our community.”

The transformation project is helmed by renowned architect Michael Maltzan, a longtime partner in enhancing the museum’s facility. Starting with the renovation of the museum’s exhibition galleries in 2017, the current project will continue in phases through 2020, culminating with a dramatic new presence for the museum on Wilshire Boulevard. The museum will remain free and open to the public throughout construction. Total project costs are estimated at $80 million, and the Hammer plans to raise an additional $100 million to expand its endowment and support its acclaimed programs and exhibitions. To date, the campaign has raised more than $130 million.

“We are elated by the swift progress of the campaign and grateful for the tremendous generosity of our donors,” said Ann Philbin. “With their remarkable lead gift, Lynda and Stewart Resnick have demonstrated their commitment to our vision for the future, and to the continued vitality not just of the Hammer but of the arts in Los Angeles. When completed, this project will allow us to exhibit more of our fast-growing collection, to showcase more artists who are pushing the boundaries of the field, and to make the Hammer an even more vibrant hub for contemporary culture.”

The Hammer’s campaign was initiated by a generous inaugural gift of $20 million from trailblazing television producer Marcy Carsey, who has served as Hammer Museum board chair since 2014. Other major support has come from the museum’s Board of Directors and Board of Overseers, as well as other generous families and foundations in Los Angeles.

“No one combines brains, heart, and soul like the Hammer,” said Marcy Carsey. “We need arts institutions that are also awake to social, political, and economic injustice, and that empower all of us to engage meaningfully with our communities. Under Annie’s leadership, the Hammer has shown how to do this in a truly powerful way. I’m thrilled that this campaign has inspired such generosity from the Resnicks and so many others.”

Over the past two decades, the Hammer has become a thriving home for contemporary art and culture in Los Angeles, welcoming visitors from across the city and around the globe. Spurred by the need to address an expanding collection, a fivefold growth in attendance during Philbin’s tenure, and an increasingly robust schedule of free public programs, the building project will add significant capacity to serve the museum’s audiences.

Speaking of the Hammer’s close ties to UCLA, Chancellor Gene Block said, “Like UCLA, the Hammer is based on the belief that ideas and imagination enable us to become our best selves and change the world. Within the museum field, it stands apart in its courageous exploration of the most important issues of our time. I am deeply grateful to Lynda and Stewart Resnick for their extraordinary gift, which will sustain this work for generations to come.”

The Hammer’s building project will add 40,000 square feet of new space for the collection, exhibitions, and public programs; create 60 percent more gallery space and 20,000 square feet of enhanced public space; and establish a visible new presence along Wilshire Boulevard with a new corner entrance, a sculpture terrace at Glendon Avenue, and a large-scale exhibition gallery on the site currently occupied by a branch of City National Bank.

Construction to date includes the 2017 renovation of the museum’s third-floor exhibition spaces, now featuring a 10,000-square-foot contiguous gallery that accommodates major traveling exhibitions. Work is currently under way to transform the courtyard-level performance space and create a dedicated gallery for new media art. Both spaces will open in June with the biennial Made in L.A. 2018, along with a redesigned café, new restaurant partner, and full bar. Later this year, the Hammer will begin work to convert the grand terrace above Lindbrook Drive into a year-round space for education, installations, and events. Final construction phases, slated for 2019 and 2020, will add new galleries for large-scale exhibitions, works on paper, and the renowned Hammer Projects series, and will introduce a reconfigured and more welcoming public entrance and lobby.


Lynda and Stewart Resnick are co-owners of The Wonderful Company, a privately held $4 billion global company dedicated to harvesting health and happiness around the world through its iconic consumer brands, which include Wonderful Pistachios®, Wonderful® Halos®, POM Wonderful, FIJI® Water, JUSTIN® Wine, and Teleflora®. The Resnicks have a long-standing commitment to giving back. Their philanthropy includes historic gifts to local institutions including UCLA, LACMA, and Caltech, and a transformational effort in California’s Central Valley where they support paradigm-changing work in community engagement, health and wellness, and education.


Marcy Carsey was a partner with Tom Werner in The Carsey-Werner Company, the television production company responsible for “The Cosby Show,” “Roseanne,” “3rd Rock from the Sun,” “That 70’s Show,” and “Grounded for Life.” In addition to being inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Broadcasting and Cable Magazine’s Hall of Fame, the Carsey-Werner producing team has received numerous awards including the Emmy, the Humanitas Prize, The Peabody Award, The People’s Choice Award, The Golden Globe, and The NAACP Image Award. Ms. Carsey retired from television in 2007 and now devotes her energies to public education, social justice causes, and enjoying her big, raucous family.


The Hammer Museum at UCLA offers exhibitions and collections that span classic to contemporary art, as well as programs that spark meaningful encounters with art and ideas. Through a wide-ranging, international exhibition program and the biennial, Made in L.A., the Hammer highlights contemporary art since the 1960s, especially the work of emerging and under recognized artists. The exhibitions, permanent collections, and nearly 300 public programs annually—including film screenings, lectures, symposia, readings, music performances, and workshops for families—are all free to the public.

The Hammer Museum building was originally designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes, and has over the last decade been enhanced and renovated by architect Michael Maltzan. The office tower building, now owned by UCLA, was designed by architect Claud Beelman, a leader in the Art Deco and Modern movements on the West Coast in the middle of the last century.

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