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New App Seeks To Aid In Disaster Relief

Press Release – August 6, 2018 (Redding, CA) – Relief efforts are underway in the wake of the catastrophic Carr Fire. With more than 38,000 forced to evacuate, and over 1,000 homes destroyed, it is clear that many hands will be required to help set the region back on its feet. The DeeditForward app, founded by two California engineers, is hoping to make an impact.

DeeditForward is a newly developed app created to provide connection between those who need help with those who want to help. The app is free to those who need help during the Carr Fire crisis, and beyond.

Once a user downloads the app, they can instantly start requesting help and assisting others. Users who want to help (called “Deeders”) will spot real-time needs on the interactive map and accept the ones that he or she is available to assist with. Once the person requesting help accepts the offer, the Deeder will come to their aid and assist. DeeditForward is currently collaborating with the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, City of Oakland, and 40 other nonprofits to reach as many people as possible, especially during times of crisis such as the fires currently devastating many parts of California.

“We see the devastation in Redding, and know that it’s going to take a monumental effort to get things back to where they need to be,” said Travis Wentworth, DeeditForward cofounder and CEO. “Crises like these are why DeeditForward was created, for communities to benefit from an efficient technology meant to provide connections in an often unconnected world.”

DeeditForward is available for free to download on iTunes and the Google Play Store. You can also visit deeditforward.com or the DeeditForward page on Facebook to learn more.


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Results Of Investigation Into 2016 Mass Mortality Event Of Sperm Whales Published

No single factor can be blamed for the deaths, but several factors were likely to be at play, say scientists

Press Release – An international investigation into the strandings of thirty sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) in the southern North Sea in 2016 has concluded that the event most probably occurred due to a combination of several complex environmental factors, rather than any single factor.

The whales became stranded across five countries over a period of six weeks in early 2016, after entering the southern North Sea where the water becomes progressively shallower – a known global hotspot for sperm whale strandings.

Teams of international scientists and experts from around Europe came together to investigate this event including ZSL (Zoological Society of London), Utrecht University and University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, with findings published today, 7 August 2018 in PLOS ONE. Twenty-seven of the thirty sperm whales were examined during the investigation.

Lead Author Lonneke IJsseldijk, from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Utrecht University, the Netherlands said: “We looked at the health status and nutritional condition of each animal. Several infections were found, including parasites and a new herpes virus, but all were deemed to be incidental findings in this large-scale stranding event. Being able to rule out disease as the primary cause of the event makes other causes more likely. So, we continued to investigate and look for different possible causes.

“We found no evidence of manmade trauma due to entanglement or ship-strike, nor was there evidence of significant levels of chemical pollution. In nine examined whales, marine debris (plastic) was also found, but had not caused obstructions of the gastrointestinal tract or starvation and were deemed to be of secondary importance. Marine earthquakes, harmful algal blooms and changes in sea surface temperature were also considered as possible drivers of the series of strandings but were ruled out.”

The animals investigated were all young subadult males aged between 10 and 16 years old. Dietary studies revealed that the animals had likely foraged for the last time in Norwegian waters, at least 1300 kilometers away.

Why these animals entered the North Sea remains unclear however, due to the lack of information on the timing of the whale’s entry into the region. They typically inhabit deeper waters from the equator to polar regions and the southern North Sea is a highly abnormal habitat for sperm whales, with shallow waters and gradually sloping sandy beaches, making it difficult for this species to navigate effectively.

In addition, their main prey of Boreoatlantic armhook squid (Gonatus fabricii) does not live in the North Sea region, meaning they were unable to feed in this area. The southern North Sea can therefore be considered to act as an effective trap for deep diving species such as the sperm whale and once they enter this area, they face significant risk of live stranding and death.

Co-author Rob Deaville, Project Manager of ZSL’s Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme (CSIP) said: “Once the whales entered the southern North Sea, they were unfortunately really up against it. As highly specialized deep-water feeders, their biosonar wouldn’t have been able to function effectively in this very shallow region, meaning that unless they found their way back out again, their stranding – in what is effectively an ‘acoustic dead zone’ for deep diving species – would have been inevitable. Although it was impossible to conclusively establish a reason for the animal’s entry into the North Sea region, we’ve still been able to learn a significant amount from this study, one of the most extensive investigations of a sperm whale mortality event that has taken place. This work also highlights the importance of multidisciplinary and collaborative investigations when dealing with transboundary events such as this one.”

To find out more information regarding CSIP see https://www.zsl.org/science/research/uk-cetacean-strandings-investigation-programme-csip

Lonneke L. IJsseldijk, Abbo van Neer, Rob Deaville, Lineke Begeman, Marco van de Bildt, Judith M.A. van den Brand, Andrew Brownlow, Richard Czeck, Willy Dabin, Mariel ten Doeschate, Vanessa Herder, Helena Herr, Jooske IJzer, Thierry Jauniaux, Lasse Fast Jensen, Paul D. Jepson, Wendy Karen Jo, Jan Lakemeyer, Kristina Lehnert, Mardik F. Leopold, Albert Osterhaus, Matthew W. Perkins, Uwe Piatkowski, Ellen Prenger-Berninghoff, Ralf Pund, Peter Wohlsein, Andrea Gröne & Ursula Siebert, Beached bachelors: An extensive study on the largest recorded sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus mortality event in the North Sea, PLOS ONE, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0201221


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Palladium CEO Response to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in the Aid Sector Report

The UK International Development Committee (IDC) has released its Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in the Aid Sector report, for which Palladium provided evidence alongside other organisations, including private contractors like ourselves. As CEO, I’m grateful for the attention being paid to this issue. I expect my position and my company to take the lead in creating a culture of safety and security for every person served by international aid and development. We have a long way to go before that vision becomes a reality, as the IDC’s inquiry has made clear.

Like many of you, I was disgusted by the allegations against Oxfam in Haiti, and undertook an immediate review of our reporting mechanisms. But the IDC’s report rightly states that “Action only seems to come when there is a crisis”, and while an event like this lends itself to a strong reaction, it was still just that – a reaction – and doesn’t come close to being enough.

We know that where power imbalances exist, so too can abuse. Palladium is not immune to abuses of power, in our own offices or in the communities we serve. We have a clear zero tolerance policy for abuse of any kind – a policy that has been longstanding before any recent crisis – which includes a strict Code of Conduct and Child Protection Guidelines, both of which are available in multiple languages and which all employees are required to sign following formal training. These are enforced by a confidential Whistle-Blowing Hotline, which is available both to our own people, and to anyone we encounter.

But we also know that reporting instances of abuse can feel impossible to victims. It’s all very well to act swiftly and decisively when we learn of abuse taking place, but to sit back and wait for those reports to come in would be, as the IDC describes, “complacency verging on complicity”.

This report has been described as “damning”, and I see only one way forward: to face this reality head-on, uncover and condemn every incident, and hold ourselves accountable for transformational change. The #MeToo movement has shaken other industries where power imbalances exist, but none that I’ve seen where the targets of abuse have so little recourse as in many of the places we work.

Aid plays a vital role in the lives of millions across the globe, and I want to take this opportunity to send a clear message to victims, perpetrators, our clients, the public, and each other: we may not have all the answers, but our stance is unambiguous. The time is up for those who would hide amongst our ranks. We stand united with the IDC and those in our industry who are ready to roll up their sleeves and take on the challenging and essential work of safeguarding those we serve.

Kim Bredhauer

Managing Director | CEO


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The Prostate Cancer Foundation Appoints Christine Jones As Chief Operating Officer

Press Release – SANTA MONICA, Calif., August 1, 2018 – The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) today announced that Christine Jones has been appointed Chief Operating Officer effective immediately reporting to Jonathan W. Simons, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

In this role, Ms. Jones will contribute to the strategic growth of the PCF through the development of new business opportunities and the establishment of stronger corporate alliances. She will also oversee the PCF’s daily operations and initiatives to help the the organization achieve its mission to accelerate research for better treatments and cures.

Ms. Jones is the former Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary for Go Daddy Operating Company LLC. She has also served as CEO of Great Hearts Academies, the largest provider of K-12 classical, liberal arts education in the nation.

“I am honored to assume this role at PCF, the world’s premier foundation funding prostate cancer research led by Dr. Simons, a physician-scientist, medical oncologist and an internationally recognized leader in prostate cancer research,” Jones said. “This is an exciting moment to join the team which has made more of an impact on this cancer than any other organization. I look forward to leading the charge to expand our global research enterprise and defeat prostate cancer once and for all.”

“Christine’s executive leadership credentials and proven capabilities will positively impact the PCF’s future initiatives which include bringing precision oncology to the global community of men with prostate cancer along with their family, friends and loved ones,” said Simons. “I look forward to collaborating with Christine as we work toward accelerating our abilty to fund research that leads to treatments and cures.”

Throughout her distinguished career, Ms. Jones has been at the forefront of the fight to make the Internet better and safer for users, particularly children. She has testified numerous times before U.S. Congressional Committees in Washington, D.C. about various issues related to the Internet. She also helped drive federal Internet-related legislation.

Prior to Go Daddy, Christine worked for a Phoenix law firm focusing primarily on commercial litigation. Before entering private practice, Christine worked for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, where she spent time in a variety of departments, including the Compton Special Investigations and Hard Core Gang Divisions. Prior to entering the practice of law, Ms. Jones practiced as a certified public accountant for several national and international banks in both retail and commercial banking.

Ms. Jones stays involved in many volunteer and charitable projects. She serves on the Board of Directors for her church, as well as multiple non-profits.

About the Prostate Cancer Foundation

The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) is the world’s leading philanthropic organization funding and accelerating prostate cancer research. Founded in 1993, the PCF has raised more than $755 million and provided funding to more than 2,000 research programs at more than 200 cancer centers and universities. The PCF global research enterprise extends to 22 countries and funds a robust research portfolio. The PCF advocates for greater awareness of prostate cancer and more efficient investment of governmental research funds for transformational cancer research. Its efforts have helped produce a 20-fold increase in government funding for prostate cancer. More information about the PCF can be found at www.pcf.org.

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National Academy of Medicine Launches Action Collaborative to Counter Opioid Epidemic; Public-Private Partnership Will Coordinate Initiatives Across Sectors to Drive Collective Solutions

Press Release – WASHINGTON — In recognition of the need for a national coordinated and collective response to the epidemic of opioid addiction in the U.S., the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), in partnership with the Aspen Institute, launched a public-private partnership made up of more than 35 organizations representing federal, state, and local governments, health systems, associations and provider groups, health education and accrediting institutions, pharmacies, payers, industry, nonprofits, and academia. This partnership — the NAM Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic — is committed to sharing knowledge, aligning ongoing initiatives, and addressing complex challenges that require a shared response from public and private actors. The collaborative will establish shared priorities, identify unmet needs, and develop and disseminate evidence-based, multi-sector solutions to reduce rates of opioid misuse and improve outcomes for individuals, families, and communities affected by addiction.

“Since it was declared a public health emergency in October 2017, so many organizations are working around the clock to reverse the opioid epidemic, yet progress has been slow,” said Victor J. Dzau, NAM president and chair of the collaborative. “The problem is clearly not absence of will, but insufficient alignment and coordination across sectors. The complex drivers of the opioid epidemic make it impossible for any single organization or professional sector to make a significant impact on its own. This one-of-a-kind public-private partnership will bring stakeholders from government, academia, the health care industry, health education, and communities impacted by addiction under the same roof to build collective solutions and accelerate the pace of progress.”

Since 1999, the number of opioid-related deaths — from both prescription opioids and illegal drugs including heroin, fentanyl, and carfentanil — has quadrupled. Driven in large part by the opioid epidemic, drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., resulting in 170 deaths every day. Addiction and overdose not only destroy individual lives, but erode the health and prosperity of entire families and communities. The economic toll is significant; according to the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, the opioid crisis cost $504 billion in 2015, or 2.8 percent of gross domestic product.

The collaborative will focus on areas such as the over-prescription of opioids for treatment of pain, where progress requires the involvement of clinicians, researchers, and regulators; inadequate health provider education and training, for which improvement depends on the commitment of educators, accrediting institutions, and specialty organizations across the health professions; and under-treatment of opioid use disorders, which requires health industry innovation and collaboration with policymakers and care providers at all levels to achieve progress.

The collaborative’s steering committee includes leadership from U.S. government, health care industry, philanthropy, and the nonprofit and education sectors. In addition to Dzau and co-founding partner Ruth Katz, vice president and executive director of the Health, Medicine, and Society Program at the Aspen Institute, the initiative is co-chaired by ADM Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for health and senior advisor for mental health and opioid policy in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and Jonathan Perlin, president of clinical service and chief medical officer at HCA Healthcare. Other members of the steering committee are Helen Burstin, executive vice president and chief executive officer for the Council of Medical Specialty Societies; Thomas Nasca, president and chief executive officer of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education; and Alonzo Plough, chief science officer and vice president of research-evaluation-learning at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

“It is clear that no single institution nor sector can solve the opioid crisis alone,” said Giroir. “The only viable approach to addressing the opioid misuse epidemic, the most pressing public health challenge of our time, is through multi-sector collaboration and a patient-centered approach. This collaborative brings the best from academia, industry, nonprofits, and public service to identify opportunities and recommend bold action plans to yield results.”

“The Aspen Institute is honored to be partnering with the National Academy of Medicine to address this pressing public health epidemic,” said Katz. “The action collaborative builds on our previous work, bringing together all the key players to develop and support a national, coordinated response to the crisis. This is exactly the kind of focus, commitment, and engagement long needed to get the job done.”

“With the privilege of 30 million patient care episodes annually, HCA Healthcare brings broad clinical insight and commits support to the National Academy of Medicine’s critical work to galvanize the public and private sectors in effectively combating the root causes of the opioid epidemic,” said Perlin.

Included among the collaborative’s supporting organizations are: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Food and Drug Administration, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), Department of Veterans Affairs, Aetna, American Hospital Association, American Medical Association, Aspen Institute, Association of American Medical Colleges, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, Council of Medical Specialty Societies, Federation of State Medical Boards, HCA Healthcare, Milken Institute, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Collaborative members will establish goals and working groups to develop collective strategies in priority areas identified at the first meeting on July 27, such as education and training; prescribing guidelines and evidence standards; treatment and community approaches; communication, culture, and stigma; and research and data. Future activities will include meetings and workshops, expert publications, public engagement strategies, and the development of an information hub to share knowledge and best practices, among other efforts. Visit nam.edu/opioidcollaborative for more information and to see a complete list of participating organizations.

The National Academy of Medicine, established in 1970 as the Institute of Medicine, is an independent organization of eminent professionals from diverse fields including health and medicine; the natural, social, and behavioral sciences; and beyond. It serves alongside the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering as an adviser to the nation and the international community. Through its domestic and global initiatives, the NAM works to address critical issues in health, medicine, and related policy and inspire positive action across sectors. The NAM collaborates closely with its peer academies and other divisions within the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.


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OPIC Provides Loan to Support Small Business Lending and Transportation in Uganda

Press Release – WASHINGTON – The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) has provided a $5 million loan to Tugende Limited, which supports small business lending and expanded transportation in Uganda by providing lease-to-own financing to motorcycle taxi drivers.

Tugende is a six-year-old business that tapped into pent up demand for lease-to-own financing among motorcycle taxi drivers and quickly expanded into a 150-employee business that has to date served more than 12,000 customers — 5,000 of whom have already purchased their motorcycle taxis outright. The business, which has grown with no advertising, will use the OPIC loan to scale up its successful operations in Uganda, and offer a path to ownership and higher income for many more of the estimated one million full time motorcycle taxi drivers in East Africa.

Tugende, which means “let’s go,” was founded by American Michael Wilkerson who spent time as a Fulbright scholar and a journalist in Uganda and discovered that “bodas” or motorcycle taxis, were a critical part of the country’s transportation infrastructure. As he got to know more boda drivers he also learned that many worked long hours but could not attain financial security since they could not access the credit to purchase their own bodas.

Motorcycle taxis are a key form of transportation in Uganda.

“By supporting Uganda’s boda drivers, we are empowering local entrepreneurs while also helping to strengthen a key mode of transportation in Uganda,” said Ray W. Washburne, OPIC President and CEO. “This project will advance OPIC’s new Connect Africa initiative to invest in transportation, technology and value chains across the continent.”

In addition to promoting boda ownership, Tugende offers drivers training on safety, financial planning and customer service. Drivers can typically take ownership of a boda in 20 months, which can result in them doubling their take home income. Many of these borrowers have used this additional income to invest in healthcare and education for their families, or to start additional small businesses and create more jobs.

“Bodas are a key source of transportation in Uganda, but for boda drivers and many other small business operators access to capital has always been the biggest challenge,” said Tugende Founder and CEO Michael Wilkerson. “OPIC’s financing will help us provide financial security, asset ownership and higher income for thousands of additional drivers and improved quality of life for tens of thousands of their family members.”


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Project Calls For Women Entrepreneurs In Africa To Build Region’s First Intelligence Network

Press Release – Wageningen, Netherlands, 27 July 2018: VALUE4HER a new CTA project will empower women entrepreneurs working in the agricultural sector – agripreneurs – by giving them the skills, knowledge and access to markets, finance and services they need to build their businesses. The project is calling for women-led agribusinesses to register to become part of the first intelligence network targeting women-led agribusinesses in Africa.

“Women are key actors in agriculture, but benefit little from high-value activities,” says Sabdiyo Dido Bashuna, senior technical adviser, value chains and agribusiness, at the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA).

Critical challenges for women include access to markets and market intelligence, access to finance and other business services, and the technical, management and leadership skills needed to drive an enterprise forwards.

VALUE4HER has launched a call for women-led agribusinesses in southern and eastern Africa to register for an agribusiness intelligence network targeting women-led agribusinesses. The aim is to foster better links with markets, supply chains and other service providers, including financing partners. Agribusinesses that register will also be eligible to participate in the project’s activities, including training and the chance to apply for a competitive grant aimed at spurring innovation.

To register with VALUE4HER, go to the following links:

Eastern Africa: https://goo.gl/forms/d8H1vWXD51PKNcUz1
Southern Africa: https://goo.gl/forms/7Bo5BgZEeE3Fb6Dx1

VALUE4HER a joint initiative of CTA, the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) and the African Women in Agribusiness Network (AWAN), will help women to develop agribusinesses and to derive more income from agri-food markets. “We want to bring in more young women to be job creators and not just job seekers,” said Irene Ochem, founder and CEO of AWIEF, at the launch of the project.

CTA has extensive experience in working with women-led businesses in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific, including the Caribbean Network of Rural Women Producers (CANROP) and Samoa-based Women in Business Development Incorporated (WIBDI), as well as with farmer-led agricultural enterprises in Africa.

VALUE4HER will focus on linking women-led agribusinesses with competitive high-value regional and global markets and improving women business leader’s technical and managerial skills. The project will also facilitate innovative business linkages with other women-led agribusinesses and help agripreneurs to link with women suppliers, to benefit other women in the value chain. In addition, VALUE4HER will use knowledge and targeted advocacy to address economic barriers to women’s entrepreneurship (e.g. equitable access to finance), as well as highlight and reinforce market practices that enable women to succeed.

About CTA

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). Its mission is to advance food security, resilience and inclusive economic growth in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific through innovations in sustainable agriculture. CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.


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Global Financial Inclusion Initiative at Risk from Payment Fraud

Press Release – San Francisco, CA: July 26, 2018: Nick Brown, payment system expert and founder of Clear Purchase, issued a warning to all those involved in the global Financial Inclusion Initiative. Interoperability, the connecting of financial systems to process financial transactions, massively increases their vulnerability to payment fraud. The devastation that would result from a major fraud attack has the potential to stall the entire global Financial Inclusion Initiative for years, Nick Brown warns. It is possible to minimize the potential damage. We must not let the Financial Inclusion Initiative fail from lack of foresight.

Interoperability massively increases the risk of payment fraud, because each financial transaction involves multiple systems that communicate sensitive information among them. With multiple systems to attack, as well as the communication methods that join them, it will be the weakest link in the chain that becomes the target.

Payment fraud is a massive global problem that exceeds $20b per year. Major criminal organizations have decades of experience in successfully attacking well-established payment systems, despite the huge amounts of money spent every year on prevention. New systems in developing countries that have little or no protection will be easy targets for these criminal organizations.

Nick Brown said, “We must raise awareness in developing countries of the problem of payment fraud, and minimize the vulnerability of their financial systems to a major attack.”

Next week, Nick Brown will start posting a series of blogs on LinkedIn titled “Developing country guide to Payment Fraud.”

Part one: Introduction to Payment Systems and Payment Fraud

Nick Brown is a technical expert with 30 years of experience in the payment infrastructure industry, which included the implementation of the VISA Debit Card system at VISA International in 1996. He has also been involved in writing national and international standards for data security for the financial services industry.

Clear Purchase, Inc., is part of the movement to break the poverty trap in developing countries by creating a truly cashless economy. Their role is to build the payment network hub that connects everyone together, facilitating even the smallest transactions. www.clearpurchase.com


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Visible Announces Social Good Initiative Focusing on Mobile Tech

Visible Connect accelerator program choses nine nonprofit startups to receive technology, mentorship, specialized coaching resources, and seed funding

Press Release – DENVER (July 24, 2018)Visible, an app-based mobile phone service, today announced Visible Connect, a social good program designed to expedite growth for early- to mid-stage nonprofit startups. Operating at the heart of Visible’s mission, Visible Connect is an accelerator program centered around mobile technology, providing mentorship, coaching, increased visibility, and funding to selected entrepreneurs.

“Connectivity empowers today’s world; we know this, it’s why we started Visible,” said Rebecca Haugland, member engagement lead at Visible. “We saw an opportunity to make a deeper impact across communities, so we developed Visible Connect to empower early- to mid-stage nonprofit startups at a crucial time in their development. By providing a foundation for future success, the program empowers entrepreneurs, allowing them to change their communities through mobile technology.”

In partnership with Uncharted, an accelerator that tackles social problems, Visible Connect searched nationwide for mobile technology innovators. After a rigorous review process of more than 100 applications, Visible Connect chose the following organizations to participate in the first class:

  • CareerVillage: CareerVillage is a platform where underserved students receive free career advice from a volunteer corps of more than 15,000 professionals who share their time, experience, and expertise.
  • Feeding Children Everywhere: Feeding Children Everywhere is disrupting the way we fight hunger in America via their mobile app, Fed40, which delivers meals and additional resources to Americans in need.
  • FreeFrom: FreeFrom is on a mission to dismantle the nexus between gender-based violence and financial insecurity via their online platform that financially empowers survivors of domestic violence.
  • IssueVoter: IssueVoter is an innovative, non-partisan online platform that helps voters understand new bills in plain language, communicate their opinions to their representative and track how s/he voted.
  • JustFix.nyc: JustFix.nyc supports New York tenants facing harassment and poor housing conditions with a mobile app designed to build well-documented legal cases and connect with advocates.
  • Onward Financial: Onward Financial helps low-to-moderate income workers build financial cushions through a mobile app, saving effortlessly directly from their paychecks and building financial literacy.
  • Real Talk: Real Talk uses real stories by real teens to bring sex ed into the 21st century, while positively shaping their knowledge and behaviors around common issues surrounding adolescence.
  • SIRUM: SIRUM connects organizations with surplus medications to patients in need. A patented delivery system makes medicines available to those who can’t afford them while reducing medical waste.
  • TalkingPoints: TalkingPoints is a multilingual texting platform that allows teachers and schools to communicate with families via automatically translated text messages in their native languages and improves home-school connection.

Visible Connect kicks off with a bootcamp where each nonprofit startup meets with a curated group of qualified mentors, selected for that specific organization’s needs. Mentors in the first bootcamp, held Aug. 13-17, 2018, in Denver, Colorado, include Chris Maliwat, former product manager at Netflix and Facebook, and Kerry Suddes, partner at For Impact, a fundraising firm that’s raised over $2 billion, as well as other world-class executives.

In addition to mentorship and customized coaching, each nonprofit startup will receive $10,000 in funding from Visible.

“Visible wanted to do more to impact communities via mobile technology than just provide funding to these organizations,” said Emily Scott, program director at Uncharted. “This refreshing perspective is why we are so excited to partner with Visible to bring Visible Connect to life. Visible Connect is designed to deliver expertise and mentorship, in addition to funds, directly to the entrepreneurs addressing society’s biggest issues, and we couldn’t be more excited about the potential for impact from our inaugural cohort”

Each Visible Connect accelerator program will culminate with a two-day, in-person Funder Summit. At the summit, each participating nonprofit will have the opportunity to demonstrate the organizational improvements made throughout the nine-month Visible Connect program in a pitch to secure additional funding from relevant investors. For more information about Visible Connect, visit Visible.com.

About Visible

Visible is a new, entirely digital, app-based phone service that runs on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. The company is owned by Verizon and operates independently out of its Denver, CO, headquarters. For more information, go to www.visible.com or search for it in the app store.

About Uncharted

Uncharted scales and connects organizations to tackle social problems through accelerating ventures, connecting people and organizations, and empowering others to create impact through world-class curriculum and workshops. Learn more at www.uncharted.org.


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Bart Lewin Joins Academy Of General Dentistry As New Director Of Corporate Relations

New Director Eager to Strengthen AGD Corporate Partnerships

Press Release – Chicago, IL (07.20.2018) — The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is pleased to announce the hiring of Bart Lewin as the new director of Corporate Relations. Lewin, an accomplished sales and corporate relations professional, will lead his department in developing projects that strengthen the organization’s corporate partnerships and expand non-membership revenue opportunities, which includes increasing corporate sponsorships, exhibit and advertising sales.

“After outsourcing our corporate relations department for several years, we could not have brought aboard a more qualified person than Bart,” said Max Moses, AGD executive director. “With a proven track record of increasing revenue and building strong partnerships, I think that Bart’s leadership will help AGD create robust programs that bring our members value and offer opportunities for our corporate partners to connect with the leading general dentists.”

Lewin began his professional career as a public affairs specialist for the American Public Communications Council in Washington, DC. Those early years consisted of working grassroots campaigns, developing legislative alerts and fundraising.

As his career progressed, Lewin stepped into the executive director role for the Michigan Pay Telephone Association in Lansing, Michigan. In this capacity, Lewin’s professional career evolved into more sales-related roles as he was responsible for recruiting event sponsors and media advertisers, membership recruitment and other fundraising needs.

Lewin has almost 10 years of experience with professional dental associations. At the American Student Dental Association (ASDA), Lewin served as the sales and marketing manager before transitioning to senior manager of corporate relations. While at ASDA, Lewin increased annual non-dues revenue from $500,000 to $1.3 million, accounting for 40 percent of the association’s overall revenue. In addition, he managed relationships with more than 150 meeting sponsors and exhibitors, advertisers and benefit providers. He also worked for the American Dental Association, managing similar corporate sponsorship initiatives.

Lewin completed his Master of Public Administration at University of Southern California. He is a Certified Association Executive through the American Society of Association Executives.

About the Academy of General Dentistry

The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is a professional association of more than 40,000 general dentists dedicated to providing quality dental care and oral health education to the public. Founded in 1952, AGD is the largest association for general dentists in the world and serves the needs and represents the interests of general dentists. For more information about AGD, visit, www.agd.org.


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