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SDSU Applications at an All-Time High

San Diego State University has received more than 79,000 undergraduate applications for fall 2015.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Dec. 11, 2014) — For the fourth year in a row San Diego State University has received a record number of applications.
The application period for fall 2015 closed on Nov. 30 with 81,080 freshmen and undergraduate transfer student applications. That is an increase of more than 2 percent from last year’s record 79,135 applications for fall 2014.

“We are excited to again see record interest in our academic programs. This interest reflects the dedicated efforts of our talented faculty and staff members, our growing national reputation and the extraordinary achievements of our alumni and current students.” said SDSU President Elliot Hirshman.

Among the fall undergraduate applications are 58,193 first-time freshmen and 22,816 upper division transfer students, up 4 and 6 percent respectively over last year.

Quality and quantity

As the number of applications to the university increases, so too does the academic achievement of its students. The 2014 class of freshmen for the San Diego campus is the highest-achieving in the history of the university. Among the 4,978 first-time freshmen this year, the average high school GPA is 3.69 with an average SAT score of 1115, up from 3.61 and 1106 the year before. The incoming class is also highly diverse; 52.9 percent of first-time freshmen are students of color.

Thanks in part to these academic achievements, SDSU continues to build momentum in national rankings, moving up 34 spots from No. 183 in 2011 to No. 149 in this year’s U.S. News and World Report’s list of national universities.

Fall 2015 applicants can expect notification of acceptance by March 2015.

Celebrities Display Raw Emotion, are Rendered “Speechless” In New, Unscripted NO MORE PSAs on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Footage created as part of Joyful Heart Foundation NO MORE PSA shoots directed by Founder Mariska Hargitay

WHAT: Today, a new series of NO MORE domestic violence and sexual assault PSAs will begin rolling out, featuring more than a dozen celebrities who are so moved by the content of the shoot that they are left without words. Entitled “Speechless,” the newest PSA series created by the Joyful Heart Foundation for the NO MORE movement is a raw, unscripted and powerful video collection that shows the candid responses as these men and women attempt to talk about domestic violence and sexual assault. The PSAs will be seen on NBC (Dec. 10), USA Network (Dec. 12), on several Viacom brands (starting Dec. 15), and during NFL broadcasts this season.

“Speechless” was not planned. It was an unexpected byproduct when emotions ran high while shooting other scripts previously aired. The spots are stark, spare visually and use only ambient sound. “Speechless” was designed to shed light on how difficult it is to talk about these taboo, hidden and painful subjects. The spots reveal the depth to which we are all affected by these previously unspeakable issues. They urge viewers to start a conversation about domestic and sexual violence with friends and loved ones.

NO MORE is a public awareness and bystander engagement movement around domestic violence and sexual assault, and is comprised of hundreds of national and local groups that are working to address these issues in the United States.

The NO MORE PSAs are the result of an unprecedented collaboration of celebrities, athletes, corporations, foundations and service providers who have donated their resources to bring these hidden issues into the public eye in a way that has never been done before. They were developed pro bono by Rachel Howald at the global ad agency Y&R (Young & Rubicam), produced by the Joyful Heart Foundation and Viacom’s social responsibility umbrella Viacommunity and Viacom Velocity; directed by Joyful Heart Foundation founder Mariska Hargitay; and photographed by renowned celebrity photographer Timothy White.

Similar “Speechless” PSAs featuring current and former NFL players (watch here) aired during NFL broadcasts on Thanksgiving Day for more than 92 million viewers, an advertising value of $2.1 million.

Since October 23, NO MORE PSAs featuring NFL players have been airing each week during NFL broadcasts reaching 16.6 million people per game – more than 590 million in total. The original, celebrity NO MORE PSAs launched in September 2013 and have since aired more than 39,000 times nationwide.

For more information about NO MORE visit www.nomore.org.

WHY: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1 in 3 women 1 in 4 men in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence, and stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Twenty four people every minute – more than 12 million women and men – are victims of physical violence, rape and stalking from their partners in one year.

The 2013 “NO MORE Study,” commissioned by the Avon Foundation for Women reveals that despite the vast numbers impacted by these crimes, people are not talking about them. Three out of four (73%) parents have not had a conversation about domestic violence or sexual assault with their children.

Simply starting a conversation about these issues can help – as 64% of Americans say if we talk more about domestic violence and sexual assault, it would make it easier to help someone.

NO MORE is helping to get the conversation started.

WHEN: Dec. 10-15, 2014

WHO: Celebrity participants in the “Speechless NO MORE” PSAs include the following (and PSAs will be rolling out with select talent):

  • Andre Braugher
  • Blair Underwood
  • Camryn Manheim
  • Chris Meloni
  • Dann Florek
  • Danny Pino
  • Dave Navarro
  • Debra Messing
  • Hilary Swank
  • Ice T
  • Jemima Kirke
  • Kelli Giddish
  • Keshia Chante
  • Mariska Hargitay
  • Mary J Blige
  • Max Joseph
  • Megan Hilty
  • Raul Esparza
  • Shad Moss
  • Sway Calloway
  • Tim Gunn

Interviews available upon request with:

  • Dave Navarro, Spike Ink Master and Viacommunity spokesperson, whose mother was killed by an abusive partner
  • Domestic violence and sexual assault prevention experts and service providers
  • Virginia Witt, Director, NO MORE
  • Maile Zambuto, Chief Executive Officer, Joyful Heart Foundation
  • Rachel Howald, Y&R (Young & Rubicam), Creative Director of NO MORE PSA campaign
  • Niels Schuurmans, Executive Vice President of Viacom Velocity Creative Content Solutions at Viacom, Inc.
  • Survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault

About NO MORE:

NO MORE is a public awareness and engagement campaign focused on ending domestic violence and sexual assault. Using its signature blue symbol to increase visibility and foster greater dialogue, NO MORE seeks to break social stigma, normalize the conversation around domestic violence and sexual assault, and increase resources to address these urgent issues. NO MORE is aligned with hundreds of organizations working at the local, state and national levels on prevention, advocacy, and services for survivors. To find out how you can get involved, visit www.nomore.org. Or for regular updates, follow NO MORE on Twitter @NOMOREorg or Facebook www.facebook.com/NOMORE.org.

UT Austin Establishes 3-Year Law and Public Affairs Integrated Dual Degrees

December 11, 2014 – AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin has established two unique, integrated three-year dual degree programs blending the study of public policy and law. Offered by the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and the UT School of Law, these are the only such programs among top ranked public affairs and law schools in the United States. The programs begin in the summer, and applications for admission in 2015 are now being accepted.

“Great leadership can emerge from many different disciplines,” said Bill Powers, president of The University of Texas at Austin. “But when we combine law and public policy in a strategic way like this, we have the chance to create leaders who are even more multifaceted and effective. I’m looking forward to seeing the impact this offering has on the leadership landscape of Texas and the nation.”

The two programs, combining a doctorate in jurisprudence (JD) with either a master of public affairs (MPAff ) or master of global policy studies (MGPS) degree, include an integrated curriculum that emphasizes the intersection between the two fields. By combining legal and public policy expertise, graduates will be uniquely prepared to enter and thrive in a number of fields that are shaping the modern interconnected world. Designed to provide students with marketable professional skills and expanded career options, these programs target students with strong interest in both law and public policy.

“The world’s most pressing issues do not come in neat little disciplinary packages,” said Robert Hutchings, dean of the LBJ School. “We want to equip our graduates to take on these critical challenges, whether they are confronted with legal considerations or policy debates, whether they are managing an agency or arguing before a judge. Our dual degree graduates will be able to analyze quantitative data and work closely with policymakers at the same time that they can interpret court opinions and offer legal advice.”

“The School of Law and the LBJ School aim to produce graduates who are poised for leadership in public life in Texas, the U.S. and the world,” said Ward Farnsworth, dean of the School of Law. “These dual degrees give our students a great way to prepare to rise to the top in politics, law and government. We’re excited about the new opportunities.”

The new dual degree programs are intensive and include integrated courses in addition to traditional core courses and electives in each field. The unique curriculum strengthens the quality of the program while allowing students to finish a year earlier than in more traditional four-year programs.

The MPAff/JD program will combine advanced studies of legal and policy issues arising in government, nonprofit and legislative settings with a focus on the domestic arena. The MGPS/JD program will combine advanced studies of globalization and international affairs with a focus on international law.

Students will be required to complete a policy research project at the LBJ School, working in teams to apply their research and analytical skills in law and policy on real-world projects for clients. The programs also include a summer internship, funded with a guaranteed $7,500 stipend, which will allow students to work in professional positions combining law and policy issues.

Lifetime Products Partners with the DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation on #HolidayHoops Giveaway

In the spirit of giving a “Gift That Matters” this holiday season, The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation has partnered with Lifetime Products to celebrate #GivingTuesday by launching a #HolidayHoops campaign.

During a surprise appearance by Cavaliers star Kevin Love at a Cleveland elementary school, The DICK’S Foundation began a pay-it-forward movement that will ultimately result in the donation of 100 Lifetime® basketball hoops to more than 50 organizations in need across the U.S.

Additionally, to showcase the power of sports, a two-minute film was produced; capturing the authentic reactions of onlookers before and after a basketball hoop randomly appears in five locations across Cleveland, Los Angeles, and New York City.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to be involved with The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation. It’s a wonderful thing to be able to manufacture a product that brings communities and families together,” said Richard Hendrickson, President and CEO of Lifetime Products. “That’s what Lifetime was founded to do–bring people together.”

#HolidayHoops launched at Scranton Elementary School in Cleveland Tuesday, December 2. Each day in December, two participating organizations will be gifted two hoops and then have the opportunity to pay it forward and gift two hoops to another deserving organization. The recipients of the hoops will be announced and tagged with #HolidayHoops on social media channels including Facebook and Twitter throughout the month.

All #HolidayHoops activity is hosted on DSG.com/holidayhoops which includes the film, a U.S. map updated each day illustrating where the 100 hoops have been donated, and social media content captured throughout the giving campaign.

DICK’S Sporting Goods, The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation, and Lifetime Products believe sports matter, and access to athletics is important to teach kids valuable life lessons. For more information visit: DSG.com/holidayhoops.

Athletesgive.com Creates Global Portal of Athlete Community Service Events

Website, appropriately launching the week of Thanksgiving, aggregates events and programs athletes host, searchable by sport, state and country, with the goal of increasing overall awareness, participation, donations and sponsorship dollars

Delray Beach, Florida (November 23, 2014) ­- www.athletesgive.com, a global portal of athlete community service events, provides fans and sponsors with information on events and programs so they can prioritize and maximize their charitable involvement and contributions. The unique site, which drives traffic to the athlete’s existing presence on the internet and prominently displays dates, times, locations and the benefitting charity/organization, is immediately accepting event and program submissions from athlete representatives and other users of the site.

Athletes give countless hours, significant funds and relentless support to outstanding charitable organizations across the country and around the globe. However, the headlines often highlight their negative choices and legal troubles. Athletesgive.com changes the conversation and shifts the focus from such failures to philanthropy, emphasizing the incredible impact athletes have on communities worldwide.

“Recently, the news has been filled with athlete misconduct that represents such a tiny sample size of athlete behavior,” said www.athletesgive.com founder and former player representative Jeff Deutsch of Overtime Consulting, Inc. “An overwhelming majority of players are incident-free, proud ambassadors of their leagues, teams and families and influential in their communities in positive and meaningful ways. We can’t unjustly paint athletes with the same broad brush. The launching of the site is needed to serve as an important reminder of this critical point and the great work being performed on a daily basis.”

The website has been in development for months and the overall concept was created years ago. There are a handful of outstanding sites and blogs that bring much deserved attention to athlete charities and their foundations, but none that allow fans and sponsors to navigate the current philanthropy landscape by accessing event specific, practical information in a user-friendly way like they can at www.athletesgive.com.

The success and beneficial effect of www.athletesgive.com increases with each event submission form that is completed and posted on the site. The platform encourages athlete and team representatives, marketing and public relations executives and family, friends and fans to submit all events and programs they know of in the USA and anywhere in the world. “We can all help the thousands of generous and socially conscious active and retired athletes, coaches and sportscasters worldwide who embrace and internalize the ‘give back’ mentality by increasing awareness of and potential donations to their charitable projects while reinforcing the message that athletes give far more than they take away,” added Deutsch.

Fracking Scorecard to Rank Leading Oil & Gas Companies on Risk Disclosures to Investors

Sustainable Investing Coalition to Evaluate 30 Companies, Including BP, Exxon Mobil and Occidental on risk management practices; Updated Scorecard to Examine Companies Practices on Methane Leakage Concerns.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWS ADVISORY) – A coalition of leading investment advisory firms and advocacy organizations– As You Sow, Boston Common Asset Management, Green Century Capital Management, and the Investor Environmental Health Network – will hold a phone-based news conference at 1 p.m. EST on December 11, 2014 to issue a report scoring 30 major oil and gas companies operating across the United States on their disclosure (or lack thereof) to investors about how key risks associated with hydraulic fracturing operations are being managed across the industry.

This is the second year that the coalition is benchmarking over two dozen oil and gas companies involved in hydraulic fracturing against disclosures investors say are necessary in order to evaluate how, or even whether, companies are managing key environmental risks and community impacts across 5 different categories. This year’s fracking scorecard has been updated to include questions about how companies are managing methane leakage, a controversial issue which has increasingly tarnished the industry’s image as the more “climate friendly” fossil fuel.

In alphabetical order, the companies ranked in the scorecard are:

Anadarko Petroleum Corp.
Apache Corp.
BHP Billiton Ltd.
BP plc
Cabot Oil & Gas Corp.
Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc.
Chesapeake Energy Corp.
Chevron Corp.
ConocoPhillips Corp.
CONSOL Energy Inc.
Continental Resources, Inc.
Devon Energy Corp.
Encana Corp.
EOG Resources, Inc.
EQT Corp.
Exco Resources, Inc.
Exxon Mobil Corp.
Hess Corp.
Newfield Exploration Co.
Noble Energy, Inc.
Occidental Petroleum Corp.
Penn Virginia Corp.
QEP Resources, Inc.
Range Resources Corp.
Royal Dutch Shell plc
Southwestern Energy Co.
Talisman Energy, Inc.
Ultra Petroleum Corp.
Whiting Petroleum Corp.
WPX Energy, Inc.

News event speakers will be:

  • Lucia von Reusner, shareholder advocate, Green Century Capital Management;
  • Danielle Fugere, president, As You Sow;
  • Steven Heim, managing director, Boston Common Asset Management; and
  • Richard Liroff, executive director, Investor Environmental Health Network.

TO PARTICIPATE: You can join this live, phone-based news conference (with full, two-way Q&A) at 1 p.m. EST on December 11, 2014 by dialing 1 (800) 860-2442. Ask for the “hydraulic fracturing investor report card” telenews event.

CAN’T PARTICIPATE?: A streaming audio replay of this news event will be available as of 5 p.m. EST on December 14, 2013 at http://disclosingthefacts.org.

ABOUT THE GROUPS

Founded in 1992, As You Sow (http://www.asyousow.org/) promotes environmental and social corporate responsibility through shareholder advocacy, coalition building, and innovative legal strategies. Its efforts create large-scale systemic change by establishing sustainable and equitable corporate practices.

Boston Common Asset Management, LLC (http://www.bostoncommonasset.com/) is an investment manager and a leader in global sustainability initiatives. It specializes in long-only equity and balanced strategies and pursues long-term capital appreciation by seeking to invest in diversified portfolios of high quality, socially responsible stocks. Through rigorous analysis of financial, & environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors, it identifies what it believes are attractively valued companies for investment. As shareholders, Boston Common urge portfolio companies to improve transparency, accountability, and attention to ESG issues.

Green Century Capital Management (http://greencentury.com/) is an investment advisory firm that manages the first family of diversified and responsible fossil fuel free mutual funds. Founded in 1991 by a network of non-profit organizations, Green Century leverages the power of its investments to convince companies to reduce pollution and mobilizes other investors around national energy and climate change policies.
The Investor Environmental Health Network (IEHN) (http://www.iehn.org/home.php) is a collaborative partnership of investment managers and advisors concerned about the impact of corporate practices on environmental health.

The information in this document should not be considered an offer or a recommendation to buy or sell any security, is not designed to be investment advice and should not be relied upon to make investment decisions. We cannot and do not comment on the suitability or profitability of any particular investment. Past performance does not guarantee future results. All investments involve risk, including the risk of losing principal. Boston Common Asset Management and the mutual funds that it manages may have invested in and may in the future invest in some of the companies mentioned in this report.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, Michael Bloomberg, and Kathy Calvin to Announce New Partnerships to Close Gender Data Gaps

Data2X event to highlight efforts to improve information about girls and women globally

New York, NY — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, 108th Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg, United Nations Foundation President and CEO Kathy Calvin, and Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton will bring together leading experts for a discussion on the vital role data plays in closing gender gaps, and how lack of data can inhibit progress for women and girls globally. The event will take place Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at Bloomberg Philanthropies in New York City.

The event will highlight the work of Data2X – a partnership launched by Secretary Clinton in July 2012 to identify and spur efforts to fill gender data gaps – and unveil new partnerships to improve data collection and use for women and girls. Better gender data are needed to guide policies, set targets, and monitor progress for women and girls.

The event will feature keynote remarks from Michael R. Bloomberg and Secretary Clinton, as well as an expert panel moderated by Chelsea Clinton.

Who: Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; 108th Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg; United Nations Foundation President and CEO Kathy Calvin; Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton

Ambassador-at-Large and U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Deborah Birx; Vice President of Marketing Vision, Orange Telecom France, Nicolas de Cordes; U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Heather Higginbottom; Deputy Director General for Field Operations and Partnerships of the International Labor Organization Gilbert Houngbo; Chief Executive Officer of Millennium Challenge Corporation Dana Hyde; World Bank Managing Director Sri Mulyani Indrawati; Director of U.N. Global Pulse Robert Kirkpatrick; Statistician-General of South Africa Pali Lehohla; United Nations’ Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning Amina Mohammed; Vice President and Board Member of the National Institute of Statistics and Geography of Mexico Félix Vélez Fernández Varela

When: Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. ET

Location: Bloomberg Philanthropies (25 East 78th Street | New York City)

RSVP: Media accreditation is now open. Space is limited. All media requesting credentials for this event MUST RSVP by Thursday, Dec. 11, at noon ET to press@clintonfoundation.org. Media will receive confirmation of credential prior to event. No media will be allowed access without a confirmed credential.

Webcast: The event will be webcast live at www.youtube.com/bloombergdotorg

Photos: Photos from the event will be made available at www.flickr.com/photos/97720475@N07/sets and www.flickr.com/bloombergphilanthropies

Brunswick Elected Space Foundation Chief Operating Officer

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 8, 2014) — The Board of Directors of the Space Foundation has elected Lt. Col. Shelli Brunswick, USAF, (Ret.), as Chief Operating Officer, effective Jan. 12, 2015. Brunswick assumes responsibility for Space Foundation operations, processes, and facilities, reporting to Chief Executive Officer Elliot H. Pulham.

“The Space Foundation is excited to have Shelli Brunswick join our team during this transformational time for our organization and industry,” said Pulham. “She brings deep space industry knowledge and experience, award winning leadership skills, and a global perspective that will serve the Space Foundation and the space industry very well.”

“Shelli is a dynamic and experienced leader who will strengthen our extraordinary team at the Space Foundation,” added Lon Levin, Chairman of the Board. “She will be a solid complement to Elliot as he leads the rapid growth of the Foundation.”

Brunswick joins the Space Foundation after a distinguished career in leadership as an acquisition and program management professional for U.S. Air Force Space Command, including postings in Colorado Springs and Los Angeles. Brunswick was a space acquisition professional at Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), a team leader and program integrator for the Defense Contracts Management Agency, and served an executive internship with industry supporting the C-17 program. For the past five years, she has been a key leader within the Air Force Legislative Liaison office in the Pentagon, maintaining key Congressional relationships for the Air Force.

Brunswick graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern Colorado in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix in 1998. She is a Certified Project Management Professional, and was a Professor of Acquisition Management at Defense Acquisition University.

As Chief Operating Officer, Brunswick will serve as a corporate officer, and will be responsible for Space Foundation operations, facilities, processes, and personnel. Functions reporting to her include operations, human resources and administration, customer service, information technology, facilities, maintenance, security and assurance. She will have primary responsibility for Space Foundation headquarters, the Space Foundation Discovery Center, and operational management of the annual Space Symposium.

About the Space Foundation

Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is the foremost advocate for all sectors of space. The Foundation is a global, nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium, all which support of its mission “to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity.” Space Foundation World Headquarters, located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA, has a public Discovery Center, including El Pomar Space Gallery, Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere®, and the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center. The Space Foundation has field offices in Houston and Washington, D.C., the latter from which it conducts government affairs. The Foundation publishes the annual The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity, and, through its Space CertificationTM and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, recognizes space-based innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. Visit www.SpaceFoundation.org, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube, and read our e-newsletter Space Watch.

Civic 50 Survey Names Most Community-Minded Companies in America

Points of Light, Bloomberg L.P. Survey Shows How Community Engagement Drives Business

Washington, D.C. (December 8, 2014) – Community engagement is an integral part of business strategy for some of America’s largest corporations, according to this year’s Civic 50 ranking released today by Points of Light, with support from Bloomberg L.P. This year’s survey shows that companies are dedicating their time, talent and resources to strengthen their communities and are in turn, seeing a positive business impact, and enhanced employee engagement, skill-development, and diversity and inclusion.

“The companies that make up The Civic 50 provide a roadmap for how to translate good intentions into sound business practices and policies,” said Neil Bush, chairman of the board of Points of Light, the largest organization in the world dedicated to volunteer service. “Community engagement is core to a company’s DNA. When companies excel at this seamless integration, they see growth to key business metrics and lasting change in their communities.”

“At Bloomberg, we strongly believe that companies do not have to choose between philanthropy, engagement, sustainability and business results. We know that doing good is good for business,” said Peter

Grauer, Chairman of Bloomberg L.P. “We congratulate the 2014 honorees and hope the lessons they’ve shared will help others grow their businesses, transform their communities, and improve the lives of those they serve.”

The Civic 50 for 2014, in alphabetical order, are:

AbbVie

Adobe Systems Incorporated Aetna Inc.

Alcoa

Altria Group, Inc. Apollo Education Group AT&T

Bank of America

Baxter International Inc.

Caesars Entertainment *Consumer Discretionary Sector Leader

Capital One

CenterPoint Energy *Utilities Sector Leader

Citi

Comcast Corporation *Communications Sector Leader

ConAgra Foods *Consumer Staples Sector Leader

CSAA Insurance Group – a AAA Insurer DIRECTV

Dr Pepper Snapple Group Eli Lilly and Company FedEx Corporation

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold

Gap Inc.

GE

General Mills

Hasbro, Inc.

Health Care Service Corporation

Hewlett-Packard *Technology Sector Leader

Intel Corporation

Intuit

KeyBank *Financials Sector Leader

Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Prudential Financial, Inc.

PwC

Raytheon Company

SAP

Sigma-Aldrich *Materials Sector Leader

Southwest Airlines

Sprint Corporation

State Street Corporation

Symantec Corporation

The Hershey Company

Toyota Financial Services

TSYS

UnitedHealth Group *Health Care Sector Leader

UPS *Industrials Sector Leader

Valero Energy Corporation *Energy Sector Leader

Verizon

Viacom

Western Union

Now in its third year, The Civic 50 survey evaluates participating companies based on the investment, integration, institutionalization, and impact of their community engagement programs and policies.

This year’s survey trends include the following:

  • Community engagement boosts employee engagement. Civic 50 companies find that employees who participate in community engagement initiatives score higher on morale, engagement, pride and productivity than employees who don’t. Recognizing this, 82 percent of companies offer employees paid time off to volunteer and 84 percent of companies offer grant-matching opportunities. Half of all companies also include community engagement as a formal component of employees’ performance reviews.
  • Companies and communities find value in skills-based volunteering. Skills-based volunteering continues to grow at Civic 50 companies and on average, one out of every five employee volunteer hours at Civic 50 companies is skills-based. Skills-based volunteering provides communities with valuable, specialized support that can provide five times greater value than traditional volunteering, according to True Impact and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Companies raise their voice to advance social change. Eighty-two percent of Civic 50 companies have taken a national leadership position on a social issue like ending hunger, texting and driving and increasing STEM education. Many companies invest in issues related to their own operations and are often in a unique position to contribute lasting solutions.

The complete report on this year’s survey, The Civic 50: A Roadmap for Corporate Community Engagement in America, infographics, a video message from Neil Bush and quotes from Civic 50 companies are available at www.Civic50.org.

In previous years, The Civic 50 evaluated and honored only S&P 500 companies. In 2014, all companies with annual revenue of $1 billion or more were invited to participate. A panel of academic advisors partnered to strengthen The Civic 50 survey content, questions and evaluation. The survey was administered by True Impact.

The Civic 50 is an alphabetical listing but this year’s survey also ranked the top three companies that applied in 10 sectors: communications, consumer discretionary, consumer staples, energy, financials, health care, industrials, materials, technology and utilities. Sector leaders are marked above.

ABOUT POINTS OF LIGHT

Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Through affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages four million volunteers in 30 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people where it’s needed most. For more information, visit www.pointsoflight.org.

ABOUT BLOOMBERG

Bloomberg L.P. connects influential decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas. Our strength – quickly and accurately delivering data, news and analytics through our unique, innovative technology – is at the core of everything we do. With over 150,000 employees in 192 locations, we deliver business and financial information, news and insights through the Bloomberg Professional service to over 320,000 subscribers around the world. For more information visit www.bloomberg.com/company.

11th Circuit Court of Denies State’s Request to Extend Stay of Lower Court’s Decision to Overturn Marriage Ban

Denial clears the way for marriage for same-sex couples to being at end of day January 5th.

Today the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has denied the state’s motion for stay of a District Court ruling that overturned the state’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples. The stay is scheduled to expire at the end of the day on January 5th, enabling same-sex couples to apply for marriage licenses at that time.

“We are thrilled that the 11th Circuit has denied the state’s request to delay marriages in Florida. Every day of delay is another day of harm experienced by thousands of loving and committed same-sex couples in Florida. Now it’s time to break out the wedding bells,” said Nadine Smith, CEO of Equality Florida. “Florida is ready for the freedom to marry!”

On August 21, US District Court Judge Robert Hinkle ruled in favor of the freedom to marry and respect for marriage legally performed between same-sex couples in other states in these two consolidated federal marriage cases, Brenner v. Scott and Grimsley and Albu v. Scott.

The District Court placed a stay of their decision to allow time for appeals. The stay is scheduled to expire on January 5th. The state of Florida had requested an extension of the stay from the 11th Circuit Court until the appeals process if fully finished, while lawyers for the plaintiff couples had opposed any extension pointing to federal court ruling that struck down similar gay-marriage bans in other states.

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