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This Bar Saves Lives® Announces Domestic Giving Initiative With Troian Bellisario And Patrick Adams

Fighting Hunger Locally with Feeding America

Press Release – CULVER CITY, Calif. July 24 ― On behalf of This Bar Saves Lives, Troian Bellisario and Patrick Adams announced today that the company will partner with Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. From now until Labor Day, for every bar purchased at select Starbucks and Target locations, This Bar Saves Lives will donate a meal to a child in need in the United States.

In addition to the announcement, Bellisario wrapped up the “This Selfie Saves Lives” contest with a meet and greet with a fan. They launched the contest by posting a photo with their favorite bar flavor and asking their fans to do the same. Bellisario surprised contest winner, Izzy Zarco, at the Viceroy Central Park for coffee and conversation to celebrate the impact the company has made so far.

“Raising awareness about child hunger in the U.S. has always been a subject that is incredibly personal and important to me,” said Bellisario. “I’m thrilled to be a part of such an exciting and important initiative.”

“This Bar’s partnership with Feeding America is a powerful acknowledgement that child hunger is not just a problem overseas but something we need to tackle head on at home. I couldn’t be more proud to be working with everyone at This Bar Saves Lives to draw more attention to this problem and to help children in need find their way to an important and potentially life saving meal,” said Adams.

Hunger is not only a global problem, but also a domestic one. One in six children in the U.S. do not know where their next meal will come from. The problem worsens during the summer time, when millions of children are left without access to the federally funded food they usually receive in school. Organizations like Feeding America are leading the way to a more food-secure future.

Since 2013, This Bar Saves Lives has partnered with international organizations such as Action Against Hunger, Edesia and Second Mile Haiti to distribute food aid to Haiti, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Philippines, Mexico and Guatemala. To date, This Bar Saves Lives has donated more than 2.5 million life-saving food packets around the world. To find a participating retail location, please visit our store locator at thisbarsaveslives.com/apps/store-locator.


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Arcos Dorados Releases its 2016 Social and Environmental Impact Results in Latin America and Caribbean

  • The 2016 Social and Environmental Impact Report details achievements across key categories: People, Community, Supply Chain, Food and Planet.
  • Providing employment and training opportunities for young people is a key focus.
  • Arcos Dorados is aligned with UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Press Release – Montevideo, Uruguay, July 24, 2017 – Arcos Dorados, the world’s largest McDonald’s franchisee operating in 20 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, announces the publication of its 2016 Social and Environmental Impact Report, titled “Preparing the Recipe of the Future”, which outlines significant progress the Company has made against its key sustainability objectives.

The Company’s plan to create shared value for its business and society focuses on five main areas: People, Community, Supply Chain, Food and Planet. In the report, the Company details its commitment to youth employment, emphasizing its work with labor ministries, private organizations, and initiatives such as the Inter-American Development Bank’s New Employment Opportunities for Youth Program, which seeks to provide young people with their first formal job opportunity.

“As operators of the largest quick service restaurant chain in Latin America and the Caribbean, we are taking an industry leadership role regarding sustainability,” said Sergio Alonso, CEO of Arcos Dorados. “Sustainability is an important component of our strategy and identity. I am proud of the progress we have made and we are guided by clear sustainability goals as we strive to operate our business in a manner that benefits the environment and the communities we serve. Our extensive footprint spanning twenty countries means we are agents of change in Latin America and the Caribbean, and our actions have widespread benefits.”

  • People: Arcos Dorados offered more than 73,000 young people across Latin America their first job opportunity in 2016, providing its youngest employees with broadly applicable technical and leadership training. The Company also works with labor ministries and private organizations to act as a catalyst for social mobility for young people who wish to enter the labor market.
    More broadly, Arcos Dorados partners with academic institutions to provide ongoing training for managers. McDonald’s University in São Paulo offers a Master’s in Strategies for Sustainable Development in conjunction with the FIA Business School in São Paulo and the prestigious Getulio Vargas Foundation. With respect to gender diversity, 53% of the Company’s restaurant managers and corporate associates are female. Arcos Dorados Mexico was recently ranked as one of the top companies for gender equality. The Company is also committed to creating an inclusive culture for employees with disabilities and in 2016 there were almost 1,300 people employed with disabilities.
  • Community: Among its activities to support the communities in which it operates, the McHappy Day is a day on which Arcos Dorados donates 100% of Big Mac sales to charitable causes in each market, including Ronald McDonald House Charities, which helped over 122,000 families in 2016. In addition, as of the end of 2016, Arcos Dorados employed approximately 1,300 people with motor and/or intellectual disabilities in its restaurants, and in Colombia in particular, 150 young people with impaired hearing as well as approximately 1,200 vulnerable youths, including those displaced by violence.
  • Supply Chain, Food and Planet: Many of Arcos Dorados’ products are sustainably sourced. For example, in Brazil – Arcos Dorados’ largest market – all the coffee and fish served is certified as sustainably produced. The Company also utilizes paper packaging that is developed in a sustainable manner and recyclable where possible. By the year 2020, Arcos Dorados has committed to sustainably sourcing all of its packaging, coffee, palm oil and fish. Since 2012, Arcos Dorados has implemented efficiencies which enable restaurants to reduce energy consumption by roughly 5% each year. Restaurants in the Company’s seven largest markets are also implementing the Natal program, an initiative in which the water condensation from air conditioners is repurposed for other uses in order to reduce the restaurant’s total water usage. In addition, initiatives to support communities in which the Company operates include local sourcing, with over 90% of the restaurant chain’s suppliers comprising local producers. The Company strives to promote the transparency of its operations, and in 2016 invited over 3.1 million guests into its kitchens as part of the ongoing Open Doors Program.

Woods Staton, Chairman of Arcos Dorados noted: “As a particular area of focus, we are dedicated to providing employment opportunities for young people and ensuring they have access to the most comprehensive training programs in the region. Our employees are the face of the Arcos Dorados family and we are proud to work together to support the communities in which we operate.”

To view the Arcos Dorados 2016 Social and Environmental Impact Report: Preparing the Recipe of the Future, please visit: http://www.arcosdorados.com/img/editorial/comunidad/AD_informe_eng.zip

About Arcos Dorados

Arcos Dorados is the world’s largest McDonald’s franchisee in terms of systemwide sales and number of restaurants, operating the largest quick service restaurant chain in Latin America and the Caribbean. It has the exclusive right to own, operate and grant franchises of McDonald’s restaurants in 20 Latin American and Caribbean countries and territories, including Argentina, Aruba, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curaçao, Ecuador, French Guyana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, St. Croix, St. Thomas, Trinidad & Tobago, Uruguay and Venezuela. The Company operates or franchises over 2,100 McDonald’s-branded restaurants with over 90,000 employees and is recognized as one of the best companies to work for in Latin America. Arcos Dorados is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: ARCO). To learn more about the Company, please visit the Investors section of our website: www.arcosdorados.com/ir


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River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen Makes Donation to America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia and Kids Cafe

First Annual National Praline Day partnership yields big results for at-risk youth

Press Release – Savannah, GA, July 20, 2017 – River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen, Savannah’s signature candy franchise, along with parent companies River Street Sweets® and Savannah’s Candy Kitchen are proud to announce the results of the 2017 National Praline Day fundraiser. Together the companies raised $3,342.25 in support of at-risk youth by donating a percentage of all praline sales online June 23- 24, and in store June 24th to the Kids Cafe program of America’s Second Harvest.

In commemoration of the donation, on July 20th River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen co- founders Jennifer, Tim, and Stan Strickland will present a check to the Kids Cafe program at America’s Second Harvest Headquarters (2501 E. President Street Savannah, GA 31404) with Mary Jane Crouch, Executive Director of America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia. The presentation will start at 1pm.

“It’s incredibly important that we continue to support the programs that serve the Savannah community in such an impactful way,” said Jennifer Strickland, co-founder and co-CEO of RSS•SCK. “We can’t thank those enough that joined us to make National Praline Day an even sweeter occasion in 2017!”

Originating in Savannah in 1989, Kids Cafe provides evening meals with tutoring, homework assistance, and a safe haven for at-risk youth in the Savannah area. America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia works in collaboration with various non-profits and faith-based organizations at Kids Cafe sites to provide tutors, mentors, supervision, and activities for the children.

To learn more about this ongoing partnership, visit www.ilovepralines.com.

About Kids Cafe and America’s Second Harvest:

Kids Cafe is a nationally recognized program that originated in Savannah in 1989. Kids Cafe was designed to provide children at-risk for hunger a nutritious evening meal along with tutoring, homework assistance and a safe haven. Participating children are served hot, balanced meals at an after-school program where they are safe and supervised during the afternoon hours.

America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia works in collaboration with various non-profits and faith- based organizations at the Kids Cafe sites to provide tutors, mentors, supervision and activities for the children.

The Kids Cafe program has proven to increase participants’ likelihood to stay in school until graduation. Additionally, children nourished with nutritious evening meals are strengthened and fortified to participate in both physical and academic activities. More than 3,200 children at-risk for hunger receive a hot, balanced evening meal after school each day at one of the Kids Cafe sites in Appling, Bulloch, Chatham, Evans, Liberty, Tattnall, and Wayne counties. This past year, 398,229 meals were served to children at-risk for hunger through our Kids Cafes.

If you would like more information or need assistance to include a Kids Cafe program in your organization,  visit http://www.helpendhunger.org/program/kids-cafe/.

About River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen

River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen is a marriage of two well-known and highly respected gourmet candy brands based in the Southeastern U.S, River Street Sweets® and Savannah’s Candy Kitchen. After operating the two companies separately for nearly two decades, the Strickland family, the proprietors of both candy stores, reunited to offer the River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen franchise opportunity, offering a variety of handmade Southern candies crafted right in front of guests.

With more than a dozen corporate-owned locations across Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and a strong mail and web-ordering program, River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen’s expansion calls for further growth in Georgia, Florida, and Texas, as well as in targeted tourist locations in Colorado and across the country. For more information regarding the River Street Sweets • Savannah’s Candy Kitchen franchise opportunity, visit www.RiverStreetCandyFranchise.com


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BELL (Building Educated Leaders For Life) Receives 10-Year $30 Million Grant From Ballmer Group

Largest grant in nonprofit’s history to expand educational access to reduce summer slide

Press Release – BOSTON – BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life), the largest evidence-based summer learning provider in the U.S. and a national leader in PK-8 out-of-school time (OST) education, received a 10-year $30 million grant from Ballmer Group. It is the largest grant in BELL’s 25-year history. Founded by former Microsoft CEO and Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer and his wife Connie, Ballmer Group supports organizations and initiatives aimed at improving economic mobility for children and families in the U.S.

BELL estimates that 7.5 million K-8 students from underserved communities are performing significantly below grade level. Up to two-thirds of the nation’s academic achievement gap is due to lack of access to quality summer learning programs. Students who are not proficient readers by third grade are four times as likely to drop out of high school and face lower lifelong earnings.

Ballmer Group’s grant will support BELL’s mission to eliminate summer slide by strengthening the capacity of school districts and youth-serving nonprofits to deliver BELL’s high-quality, measurable and sustainable summer learning programs on a larger scale. Ballmer Group’s support will allow BELL to increase programmatic efficiencies to better meet the needs of scholars, parents and teachers, while developing technology solutions to enable greater scale of the BELL model.

“Education inequity is a national crisis that has long-term repercussions for our economy. It leaves underserved students at risk of being caught in a downward spiral of lower graduation rates, decreased lifelong earnings and generational poverty,” says BELL CEO Lauren Sanchez Gilbert, Ed.D. “Ballmer Group’s contribution allows us to further refine and replicate BELL’s holistic, data-driven summer programs to reach exponentially more underserved children living in urban, suburban and rural communities.”

Ballmer Group chose organizations that support individuals and families at key life stages, use evidence-based practices, track outcomes and utilize data for continuous improvement. “Many of our nation’s largest evidence-driven organizations are reaching less than 5 percent of their target population,” says Tonya Dressel, Executive Director of Ballmer Group. “In response, we are investing in national organizations like BELL with demonstrated impact that align with our interest in improving economic mobility for children and families.”

Students spend 80 percent of their time outside of the confines of the school day. Young people whose families cannot afford expensive summer and after school programs are at risk of suffering higher learning loss that is difficult to regain. Studies show that by fifth grade, summer learning loss can leave underserved children two and a half to three years behind their peers.

BELL’s academic and enrichment programs have been shown to reverse summer slide. Nationwide, more than 14,500 BELL students, known as scholars, experience an average of two month gains in reading and three month gains in math annually.

“We are grateful for Ballmer Group’s long-term investment in children and families across the nation,” said Dr. Gilbert. “They understand the challenges facing nonprofits and the importance of flexible funding to meet the complex needs of underserved communities. Their support will enable us to be more agile and responsive, and it will serve as an anchor to raise additional funds required to expand summer learning across the U.S.”

BELL transforms the life trajectories of scholars by empowering their circles of support, including parents and teachers. According to a 2016 survey, 92 percent of participating teachers say BELL helped them develop their professional skills, and the majority reported using BELL strategies in the classroom. Parents become more engaged as well, with 89 percent of those surveyed saying BELL programs made them more involved in their child’s education.

BELL supports program partners through all stages of their summer or after-school programs, including program design, curriculum development, professional development, measurement and technical assistance. BELL continuously applies and shares best practices and innovations as they are tested and refined in classrooms and other learning environments across the country.

About BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life)

Founded in 1992, BELL is a national leader in evidence-based out-of-school time learning programs for PK-8 students that close the achievement gap in underserved communities. BELL partners with schools, school districts and other youth-serving organizations to reach 14,500 public school students annually across the country through its summer and after-school programs. Visit www.experienceBELL.org for more information.

About Ballmer Group:

Ballmer Group strengthens organizations and initiatives that increase economic mobility for children and families in the United States. Founders Steve and Connie Ballmer envision a country where the promise of the American Dream –that every child has an equal opportunity to build a better life –is within reach.


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French’s® Mustard Hosts The No More Kids With Cancer “Mustard Challenge” At National Mustard Day

Press Release – (MIDDLETON, WI) July 2017— French’s Mustard is once again an official sponsor of National Mustard Museum as it hosts its 27th annual National Mustard Day celebration on Saturday, August 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s big squirt will host the world’s biggest Mustard Challenge.

French’s Mustard has teamed up with The Mustard Museum and the childhood cancer research accelerator No More Kids with Cancer to support the “Mustard Challenge”. The Challenge encourages people to eat a spoonful of French’s mustard, film themselves, share their videos on social media, and donate to www.mustardchallenge.com. One hundred percent of donations from the Mustard Challenge will fund pediatric cancer research, and funds raised at the Mustard Challenge on National Mustard Day at the Mustard Museum will be matched by French’s Mustard. This is part of the French’s “We Promise” program that appears on French’s products and across all of its communications, promising “great taste, real ingredients, and true commitment to our communities”.

Beginning at 1:00 p.m., mustard lovers, led by the French’s mascot, will gather in front of the Main Stage at the Mustard Museum on Hubbard Ave in Middleton, WI to participate in world’s biggest Mustard Challenge. Those that cannot attend the National Mustard Day Festivities at the National Mustard Museum can participate in the Mustard Challenge by taking the following steps:

  • Film yourself eating a spoonful of hot mustard, challenge four friends to do the same, and donate at www.mustardchallenge.com.
  • Post your video on your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feed.
  • Tag your friends, set your post status to “Public” and include #MustardChallenge #NoMoreKidswithCancer in your post.
  • Most importantly, donate to mustardchallenge.com and help cure childhood cancer.
  • Visit www.mustardchallenge.com for more detail.

The Mustard Challenge is a grassroots campaign that raises awareness and funds to discover safer, less toxic and more effective treatments for children with cancer – the leading cause of death by disease of children in the U.S.

“We believe kids, like adults, deserve treatments that are safer, less toxic and more effective than therapies developed from as far back as the 1950s,” said No More Kids with Cancer co-founder Amy Summy. “We thank French’s Mustard for their support and we hope that live Mustard Challenge events like the one at the Mustard Museum on Mustard Day will raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research, expand treatment options, decrease suffering and improve outcomes for children with cancer.”

For more information on No More Kids with Cancer, visit www.nomorekidswithcancer.org.

“We are French’s are proud and honored to support No More Kids with Cancer and The Mustard Challenge,” Says Abigail Powell, Vice President of The French’s Food Company. “We hope this event and other efforts help to drive awareness and funds for this wonderful organization.”

French’s has been a proud supporter of the National Mustard Museum and National Mustard Day for over 20 years. Beyond the Mustard Challenge — National Mustard Day will feature a family-friendly salute to the King of Condiments featuring live music, mustard games, lots of hot dogs (to be slathered with mustard), frozen mustard custard , French crepes as well as family friendly games including “Hoops for Koops” Mustard Ring Toss, Fishing for Mustard, the Mustard Wheel of Fortune, Mustard Bowling, and the always popular “Feed the Curator.” The POUPON U Accordion Band will kick off the day’s activities and local favorites The Red Hot Horn Dawgs, followed by Marcy and the Highlights, will fill the stage.

The National Mustard Museum celebrated its first National Mustard Day in 1991 with only a small gathering of friends in the Curator’s back yard. It has grown to a major festival known around the world for its surreal dedication to a condiment that millions may take for granted – though not the mustard fanatics at the Mustard Museum. Last year, more than 6,000 fans of the Golden Condiment attended National Mustard Day and even more are expected this year.

About The French’s Food Company

The French’s Food Company, a global food company with offices and manufacturing locations in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Brazil, France and Mexico, has been bringing great flavor to people for more than 100 years. The company still crafts trusted foods using simple ingredients of the highest quality. www.frenchs.com

About The French’s Promise

Signaling this commitment, a “We Promise” appears on French’s products and across all of its communications, promising “great taste, real ingredients, and true commitment to our communities.”

About No More Kids with Cancer

No More Kids with Cancer is a nonprofit research accelerator dedicated to funding groundbreaking childhood cancer research. We serve children with cancer – and the doctors and researchers working to save them – who urgently need alternatives to the 50s era, inhumane, side-effect-laden standard treatments used today. Collaborating with leading scientists – who share our belief that more research leads to more options – we’re working toward our vision of No More Kids with Cancer. One hundred percent of public donations fund groundbreaking research thanks to the generosity of private donors. For more information on No More Kids with Cancer, visit www.nomorekidswithcancer.org

No More Kids with Cancer was inspired by Naya Summy, a determined, caring, intelligent and funny 11-year-old with a brilliant energy that rubbed off on anyone who knew her. She was diagnosed with high-risk medulloblastoma (brain cancer) when she was nine. She endured brain surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, only to relapse one year after her diagnosis. A cure didn’t exist for Naya. In less than two years, her disease overtook her body, and her brightness and smile left our world. Naya’s parents, Amy and Hank Summy, founded No More Kids with Cancer to carry out Naya’s goal to end childhood cancer.

About The Mustard Museum

The nonprofit National Mustard Museum holds the world’s largest collection of mustards (approaching 6,000) and mustard memorabilia. Founder and Curator Barry Levenson reminds food lovers that mustard is not only a versatile condiment but a healthy one, too. “With no more than 10 calories per serving and no fat or cholesterol, it really is the King – and Queen – of Condiments.”

With the help of Confidential Condiment Counselors, visitors can taste more than 450 different mustards, on National Mustard Day and every day, in the Museum’s Gourmet Gift Shop. The Museum is also the home of America’s tongue-in-cheek Mustard College: POUPON U.


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Closed Loop Foundation Awards $350,000 Across 8 Groups Innovating Solutions To Food Waste

Press Release – The Closed Loop Foundation, the 501c3 arm of Closed Loop Partners announced 8 recipients in a 9 month search for the most innovative, viable and replicable solutions to reduce food waste in the U.S. With financial support from the Walmart Foundation and additional support from the City of Phoenix, CL Foundation reviewed over 150 proposals from all over the US across reduction, recovery and recycling of food waste and 8 leaders rose to the top.

According to Chris Cochran, Executive Director of ReFED, “Though we now waste 63 million tons of food in the U.S. annually, as ReFED’s Roadmap report demonstrates, innovation and philanthropic investment can dramatically accelerate the implementation of solutions.” Rob Kaplan, MD of Closed Loop Partners adds, “The Solution Search model has proven to help identify and help commercialize early stage solutions to disrupt generation and disposal of waste. We were surprised and impressed with both the quantity and quality of the proposals we saw. We worked with expert advisors from across the industry to help us narrow the pool down to the final recipients”.

According to Eileen Hyde, Director of the Walmart Giving team, “The Walmart Foundation is happy to support the Closed Loop Foundation on this initiative as part of their strategy to address the issue of waste and advance the pursuit of a circular economy. This initiative identified innovators that are creating new models for reducing food waste and we are excited to lend our support to accelerate progress on addressing this critical issue.

To learn more about the solution search and recipients, visit http://www.closedlooppartners.com/food-waste-solution-search/

About Closed Loop Foundation:

Closed Loop Foundation is an independent 501c3 organization supported by Closed Loop Partners, an investment platform that invests in sustainable consumer goods, advanced recycling technologies, and the development of the circular economy. To learn more about Closed Loop Foundation, go to our website: http://www.closedlooppartners.com/closed-loop-foundation/.

Kerbey Lane’s ‘Hot Cakes for Hunger’ to benefit Central Texas Food Bank, July 16-29

Press Release – AUSTIN— Kerbey Lane Cafe will host a “Hot Cakes for Hunger” fundraiser at all seven of its locations July 16-29, with all proceeds from its specialty pancakes benefiting Central Texas Food Bank. Kerbey Lane will also donate pancake mix to CTFB for every dollar of proceeds from its specialty pancakes.

Kerbey Lane is a longtime supporter of CTFB (formerly Capital Area Food Bank of Texas). Since 2010, Kerbey Lane has supported the food bank with annual food drives, cash donations, and company-wide volunteer days.

In 2016, Kerbey Lane’s donations provided 11,948 meals for Central Texans in need and sorted 7,650 pounds of food on its team member volunteer day at CTFB.

Amanda Kuda, director of marketing, says: “We’re excited to continue our support for the Central Texas Food Bank with this year’s Hot Cakes for Hunger campaign, and we hope our guests will come in extra hungry to help Central Texans in need who know the feeling of hunger all too well.”

Kerbey Lane serves three specialty pancakes each week, including one vegan and one gluten-free option.

During the week of July 18, the specialty pancakes are Strawberry Banana, Vegan Strawberry Banana, and Gluten Free Vanilla. During the week of July 25, the specialty pancakes are S’mores (chocolate, marshmallow, and grahams), Vegan Cinnamon Peach, and Gluten Free Cinnamon Peach.

To celebrate the completion of the fundraiser, dozens Kerbey team members will volunteer at CTFB near the end of summer, and will also present a check for the proceeds of its Hot Cakes For Hunger campaign drive.

“We focus our support for CTFB in July each year because volunteers and donations are most needed during the food bank’s busy summer months when children don’t have access to free or reduced-price school lunches and electricity bills are high,” says Kuda.

Kerbey Lane’s specialty pancakes will be available at their regular prices and quantities during the Hot Cakes for Hunger drive.

For more information, visit www.kerbeylanecafe.com.


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Dress for Success® and FedEx Launch New Interactive Online Learning Platform

Career Hub, sponsored by FedEx Corp., will take the organization’s Career Center to an entirely new level by providing women around the world with unprecedented access to online learning.

Press Release – New York, NY (July 11, 2017): Dress for Success Worldwide, in collaboration with FedEx Corp., is set to launch The Career Hub, an innovative digital platform which will provide access to online learning and workforce development resources for women through their computers or smart phones. This progressive evolution will enable clients and affiliates of Dress for Success to interface with a high quality educational resource coupled with shared access to opportunities.

The Career Hub, fully funded by FedEx, directly supports Dress for Success Career Centers which focus on providing programming for women at various stages of their employment development cycle including career preparation, planning and development, workforce development, employment and career advancement and life-long learning. The Career Center has become an invaluable resource for women around the world to stay connected to their local affiliate, participate in workshops and maintain a network of support.

Dress for Success Chief Program Officer, Angela Williams, is thrilled with the potential to provide women juggling challenging schedules with vital career information to help ensure their professional success. “The Career Hub platform and mobile app are guaranteed to expand the reach and scope of our global programming way beyond the traditional brick and mortar setting,” she said. “Over the past twenty years, we have served over one million women, now there are no limits to the number that we can serve.”

The Career Hub will continue to be a game changer for Dress for Success as it provides a pathway to bolster affiliate programmatic implementation and execution, enrich the professional development of all of its members, include industry specific career mapping, descriptions of career opportunities on a job board, postings of up and coming webinars, employment vacancies and skills-based training classes on the Career Hub dashboard.

“We are excited to support Dress for Success with this new technology that will give women the tools and job skills they need to successfully navigate the job application process, secure employment and help them remain employed,” said Rose Flenorl, manager of global citizenship at FedEx. “At FedEx we understand that an estimated one-third of unemployment in the United States can be attributed to the gap between the skills candidates possess and those desired by employers. The Career Hub aligns with our Employment Pathways pillar in which we are committed to help bridge this divide, by making sure that all job-seekers have the chance to develop necessary workforce skills and competencies.”

To keep their program standards high, Dress for Success aims to serve all women with the most relevant and advanced services possible. With the support of FedEx they plan to continue to expand and enhance their highly regarded Career Centers. The Career Hub will launch in all three Dress for Success Worldwide satellite offices in the New York, Chicago and Los Angeles locations. A special launch event will be held in all three locations on July 18th, 2017 from 6:30-8:30 PM. For more information and event details, please contact lindsey@dressforsuccess.org.

About Dress for Success®:

Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to 150 cities in 26 countries. To date, Dress for Success has helped more than 1,000,000 women work towards self-sufficiency. Visit www.dressforsuccess.org to learn more.

About FedEx:

FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $60 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 400,000 team members to remain “absolutely, positively” focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. To learn more about how FedEx connects people and possibilities around the world, please visit about.fedex.com.


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Caesars Foundation Donates 60th Delivery Vehicle to Meals on Wheels America

Largest van donation by a company to help address senior hunger and isolation in the U.S.

Press Release – LAS VEGAS, July 11, 2017 – In an effort to help the more than 10 million seniors struggling with hunger and millions more living in isolation, the Caesars Foundation today donated its 60th delivery vehicle to Meals on Wheels America. These vehicles are essential to the Meals on Wheels network to deliver nutritious meals, and to make friendly visits and frequent safety checks to vulnerable seniors. For many seniors, Meals on Wheels enables them to “age in place” in their own homes, rather than be hospitalized or relocate to a long-term care facility.

“Caesars Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the communities where it operates – it’s part of our Code of Commitment and at the very core of who Caesars is as a corporate citizen,” said Jan Jones Blackhurst, Chair of the Board, Caesars Foundation. “One way we accomplish that goal is through relationships with organizations like Meals on Wheels America, which does remarkable work helping vulnerable seniors cope with three of the biggest threats of aging: hunger, isolation and loss of independence.”

Since 2002, the Caesars Foundation has contributed a total of 60 vehicles to Meals on Wheels America members across the country, providing new and reliable vehicles for meal delivery to older individuals unable to leave their homes. These donations represent more than $5 million in gifts from the Caesars Foundation toward ending hunger among older individuals in the U.S.

“We could not address senior hunger and isolation on such a broad scale without sustained support from committed donors like Caesars Foundation,” said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO of Meals on Wheels America. “From providing much-needed delivery vehicles, to building capacity at the national level, Caesars Foundation has played a key role in the success of the network for the past 15 years.”

According to the U.S. Census, adults ages 65 and older will outnumber children under the age of five by 2020. With this demographic shift, the demand for nutritious home-delivered meals will continue to increase and the need for fuel-efficient and versatile delivery vehicles will also rise. The high cost of vehicles often forces local Meals on Wheels America programs to use them well beyond a safe and reasonable life. The vehicles donated by Caesars Foundation not only increases delivery reliability, they enable Meals on Wheels America to direct their limited resources toward serving more meals and building additional capacity.

For more information about the Caesars Foundation, visit www.caesarsfoundation.com.

About The Caesars Foundation

Caesars Foundation is a private foundation funded by a portion of operating income from resorts owned or operated by Caesars Entertainment. The Foundation is the entity through which Caesars Entertainment funds programs and projects of $10,000 or more, as well as not-for-profit giving requirements imposed by certain operating jurisdictions. The Foundation’s objective is to strengthen organizations and programs in the communities where our employees and their families live and work. For more information, please visit caesarsfoundation.com.

About Meals on Wheels America

Meals on Wheels America is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger. This network exists in virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million staff and volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, education, research and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time. For more information, or to find a Meals on Wheels provider near you, visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org.


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Lemonade Insurance Gives Back More Than 10% Of Revenue

The Company’s Annual Giveback, Where Underwriting Profits Go To Non-profits, Funded 14 Charities Chosen By Lemonade Policyholders

Press Release – July 11, 2017, New York: Lemonade, the insurance company powered by artificial intelligence and behavioral economics, announced it donated more than 10% of its revenue to nonprofits as part of its annual Giveback.

This year’s Giveback built a home for a family in El Salvador with ‘New Story’, rehabilitated water wells in Malawi with ‘charity:water’, delivered meals for elderly New Yorkers with ‘Citymeals on Wheels’, and stocked a childcare center for 6 months with ‘Women in Need’ (WIN). Ten other nonprofits, including the ACLU, the Robin Hood Foundation, and Teach For America also received a Lemonade Giveback.

In dollar terms, the 2017 Giveback was $53,174, amounting to 10.2% of the revenues Lemonade recognized since its September launch. Accounting rules mean that Lemonade’s rapid growth will only be recognized in next year’s revenues, holding the promise of an exponentially larger Giveback in years to come.

“Giveback this year amounts to 10% of our revenue, something our entire community can be very proud of,” said Daniel Schreiber, Lemonade CEO and cofounder. “While it’s early days, a point of comparison is the 0.08% of revenue that the Fortune 100 gave last year [1]. So while we’re small, and the absolute numbers are modest, Giveback should scale as we do. Think what our industry could achieve if others adopted the Giveback way.”

In addition to digitizing the entire insurance process, Lemonade reduces costs and bureaucracy through giving. In a reversal of the traditional insurance model, Lemonade takes a flat 20% fee and treats premiums as belonging to the insured, not the insurer, returning unclaimed money during this annual Giveback.

When getting a Lemonade policy, customers are asked to choose a cause they care about. People choosing the same cause form a ‘virtual group’; Lemonade uses their premiums to pay their claims, and ‘Givesback’ any leftover money to their common cause.

“Giveback is like a social contract among our community, and the size and allocation of the Giveback is determined not by our big profits or big hearts, but by the good fortune and good behavior of our members,” said Prof. Dan Ariely, Chief Behavioral Officer of Lemonade. “As we see it, ‘it’s not our money’. It’s money our community has entrusted to us, first and foremost to help our members recover from unfortunate events in their lives, and secondly to help the less fortunate in our broader community.”

Giveback funds nonprofits, but benefits everyone. Fraud consumes as much as 38% of all the money in the traditional insurance system, inflating premiums and making the claims process protracted and unpleasant. While the industry shrugs this off as a cost of doing business, behavioral scientists have mapped the underlying drivers, providing Lemonade with a blueprint for building a new kind of insurance carrier. The solution is Giveback, derived from studies by Prof. Ariely, which earned Lemonade a B-Corp certification.

About Lemonade

Lemonade Insurance Company is a licensed insurance carrier, offering homeowners and renters insurance powered by artificial intelligence and behavioral economics. By replacing brokers and bureaucracy with bots and machine learning, Lemonade aims for zero paperwork and instant everything. As a Certified B-Corp, where underwriting profits go to nonprofits, Lemonade is remaking insurance as a social good, rather than a necessary evil. Lemonade is currently available in New York, California, and Illinois, and licensed in seven more states, and looks to expand nationwide.

Stay in touch at www.lemonade.com, @lemonade_inc or www.facebook.com/lemonade

[1] CECP | Giving in Numbers, 2016 EDITION, page 36


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