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Devin D. Thorpe

Devin Thorpe


This category includes articles about nonprofit organizations and NGOs that are actively working to accomplish a social mission. The work of foundations that primarily work as grantors to other nonprofits is covered in Philanthropy.

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1-800-SWEEPER Foundation Makes Donation to the American Red Cross

Press Release – TOLEDO, Ohio, March 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — In celebration of Red Cross Month, the 1-800-SWEEPER Foundation is pleased to announce a $5,000 donation to the American Red Cross. A check was presented to a local representative of the Red Cross during the National Pavement Expos’ “Sweepers Night Out” in Cleveland, OH on February 7, 2018. The 1-800-SWEEPER Foundation was created in 2016 to support humanitarian disaster relief, environmental education and community beautification projects.

1-800-SWEEPER is very pleased to make this $5,000 donation to the American Red Cross, but they are not done yet! They have joined forces with Schwarze Industries to sponsor a Recovery Raffle to aid in disaster relief from the series of devastating hurricanes, fires and floods that hit the United States in late 2017. The Recovery Raffle offers a chance to win a brand new Schwarze Supervac Updraft power sweeper or $50,000 in cash! Raffle tickets are still available and will continue until February 25, 2019 or until the goal of raising $100,000 is reached. Tickets can be purchased by visiting:

“1-800-SWEEPER Foundation was founded because 1-800-SWEEPER members had a desire to do more for the communities we serve,” states Mike Lucht, Founding Member of 1-800-SWEEPER. “It is heartbreaking to see all that has been lost and destroyed as a result of the 2017 hurricanes and fires. We knew we had to do something and decided the raffle would be an excellent way to contribute to the relief efforts.”

“The Red Cross is pleased to accept such a generous donation from the 1-800-SWEEPER Foundation,” declared Michael N. Parks, Regional CEO of Northeast Ohio American Red Cross. “The hurricane recovery and relief work will continue for many years, and this contribution will help in restoring homes, businesses, and lives.”

About 1-800-SWEEPER Foundation:

Founded in 2016 by power sweeping industry group 1-800-SWEEPER, the 1-800-SWEEPER Foundation exists to help communities clean up following natural disasters. In addition, the foundation contributes to qualified environmental and community beautification initiatives as well as support for local Wounded Warrior programs. We are proud to help support the American Red Cross Disaster Responder Program. Visit us online at:

About 1-800-SWEEPER:

1-800-SWEEPER is a nationwide service network that brings sweeping companies from coast to coast under a unified marketing and service structure. Visit us online at:

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Pilot Flying J Announces $981,000 Donation To American Heart Association

Press Release – KNOXVILLE, Tenn., March 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Pilot Flying J on March 14 revealed the amount raised in support of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) “Life Is Why We Give™” campaign, presenting a total of $981,000 to AHA representatives at a celebration at the company’s headquarters in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Pilot Flying J Founder and Chairman Jim Haslam and Ken Parent, President of Pilot Flying J, announce the company’s $981,000 donation to the American Heart Association (from left to right: AHA Metro Knoxville and Tri-Cities Executive Director Beverly Miller; Pilot Flying J Founder and Chairman Jim Haslam; AHA Senior Vice President Aaron Bishop; AHA National Director for Field Corporate Relations Lauren Lemmons; and Pilot Flying J President Ken Parent).

In honor of American Heart Month, Pilot Flying J and its network of travel centers and convenience stores partnered with guests across the country to support the AHA’s mission to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Through these initiatives, as well as Pilot Flying J gifts and sponsorships, the company raised $981,000.

With this amount, Pilot Flying J is among the top five national fundraisers for the AHA’s “Life Is Why We Give™” campaign.

“Presenting this donation to the American Heart Association on behalf of Pilot Flying J team members and guests is a proud moment for our company,” said Ken Parent, president of Pilot Flying J and AHA board member. “It’s our hope that our campaign raised awareness among our team members and guests, inspiring them to put heart health first for themselves and their loved ones. Thank you to everyone for their outstanding support and generosity, contributing to a healthier tomorrow for all those impacted by heart disease and stroke.”

During the month of February, Pilot Flying J’s fundraising initiatives included the sale of special AHA red 16-ounce hot beverage cups with 10 cents going to AHA and the company matching each 10-cent donation; the sale of paper heart icons as well as online donations through the Pilot Flying J website; the ability for guests to round-up their purchases to the nearest whole dollar to donate the difference; and a partnership with Nestlé Waters® for a Feb. 14, 2 for $2 Nestlé® Pure Life® water promotion, contributing $1 from each purchase for a $10,000 donation.

“Pilot Flying J’s passion in supporting our mission was apparent throughout the campaign planning and execution,” said Aaron Bishop, senior vice president of development for the American Heart Association’s Greater Southeast Affiliate. “Our work would not be possible without the generous support of committed companies like these who provide donation opportunities to their guests and teams, and Pilot Flying J brought enthusiasm, creativity and hard work to bear to be one of the most successful campaigns we’ve had.”

Diet and exercise are important factors in preventing heart disease. In addition to supporting the AHA, Pilot Flying J promotes a simple “Eat, Stretch, Move” approach to staying healthy while busy, whether on the road or elsewhere. The company’s website provides a Driver’s Move Guide with suggested exercises that can be done without a gym or equipment. At travel centers, guests can select healthy, high-quality PJ Fresh meals and grab-and-go food options made with fresh ingredients. For more information, go to

Giving back to the communities in which we operate has been a core value of Pilot Flying J since the beginning. To learn more about the company’s philanthropy programs, visit

About Pilot Flying J

Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers in North America, is committed to connecting people and places with comfort, care and a smile at every stop. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, Pilot Flying J has more than 750 retail locations in 44 states, Roadside assistance available at over 145 locations nationwide and growing as part of its Truck Care program, 44 Goodyear Commercial Tire and Service Centers, and 34 Boss Shops. The Pilot Flying J network provides drivers with access to more than 72,000 parking spaces for trucks with Prime Parking at more than 400 locations, 5,200 deluxe showers and more than 6,200 diesel lanes with 5,200 offering Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) at the pump. Pilot Flying J is currently ranked No. 15 on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies. Visit for more information.

About Life Is Why We Give™

We all deserve to live a long, healthy and happy life. However, heart disease and stroke are robbing too many of us from this innate entitlement. The American Heart Association is working to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to live their best life. When people donate or purchase goods and services that benefit the AHA from our Life is Why We Give cause supporters, it puts us closer to the quality of life we all deserve. Life Is Why We Give allows consumers to think about their reasons to live healthier, longer lives and to give in honor of those reasons. Too long, heart disease and stroke have stolen our precious moments. It’s time we fight back together and affirm that we’re more powerful than these diseases… because everyone has a reason to live a longer, healthier life… and that reason is why we give.

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Help INFINITI Raise Up To $700,000 In The Fight Against Cancer By Entering CBS Sports Round By Round Brackets

Press Release – NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 16, 2018) – INFINITI once again has a substantial presence throughout the action-packed NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. For the eighth year in a row, INFINITI is sponsoring the CBS Sports Round by Round Bracket Challenge.

The challenge is already in full swing and fans have until tomorrow, March 17th, to lock in their second round picks. Participants can enter each of the six brackets and for every correct pick, INFINITI will make a donation to Coaches vs. Cancer®. All participants will also be entered to win a trip to the 2019 Final Four®.

“March Madness® is a time for fierce competition and in that spirit, we want to recruit fans to unite and join INFINITI in the battle against cancer,” said Phil O’Connor, director of marketing communications and media, INFINITI USA. “Coaches vs. Cancer is working hard by bringing coaches, players and fans together in their mission to eradicate cancer and we at INFINITI are humbled that we can steer attention toward such a great cause.”

Fans’ correct picks in the Round by Round Bracket of the Bracket Challenge will drive INFINITI’s donation of up to $700,000 to Coaches vs. Cancer®, a collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) that empowers coaches, their teams and communities to join the fight against cancer.

As INFINITI’s mission is to empower the drive both on the road and in life, the all-new 2019 INFINITI QX50 will also be highlighted throughout this year’s tournament. With its innovative VC-Turbo engine, advanced safety technology and sharp exterior and interior styling, the 2019 QX50 helps fans get to their destinations efficiently and in style.

Participants can build their brackets by visiting


INFINITI Motor Company Ltd. is headquartered in Hong Kong with sales operations in over 50 countries. The INFINITI brand was launched in 1989. Its range of premium automobiles is currently built in manufacturing facilities in Japan, the United States, United Kingdom and China. INFINITI design studios are located in Atsugi-Shi (near Yokohama), London, San Diego and Beijing.

INFINITI is in the middle of a major product offensive. The brand has been widely acclaimed for its daring design and innovative driver-assistance technologies. From the 2016 season, INFINITI is a technical partner of the Renault Sport Formula One team, contributing its expertise in hybrid performance.

More information about INFINITI and its industry leading technologies can be found at You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and see all our latest videos on YouTube.

About NCAA

The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletic opportunities for more than 450,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships in Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit and for more details about the Association, its goals, members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes. [NCAA is a trademark of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

About the National Association of Basketball Coaches

Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest “Phog” Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men’s basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today’s student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at

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HundrED Partners with MUSE School to Discover Ten of the Brightest Sustainability Innovations in K12 Education

Call for applications is open through May 31st; selected innovations will be announced at the Sustainability Summit in November 2018 and will be promoted globally

Press Release – Los Angeles, CA — Finnish education non-profit, HundrED and MUSE School, a sustainability driven, private school located in Calabasas, Los Angeles have launched a global initiative to discover ten, scalable K12 education innovations that have potential to increase sustainability in schools, across the globe. The initiative was launched today at SXSWEdu in Austin.

HundrED Spotlights are in-depth collections of ten innovations that focus on a location or theme in education. With a world population of 7 billion people and limited natural resources, it is imperative that individuals and societies learn to live together sustainably. The HundrED Spotlight on Sustainability will address the need for education as a central role in the process.

“Teaching, applying and advocating sustainability in schools is crucial to the future of our children’s lives as well as the future of our planet,” comments Suzy Amis Cameron, Co-Founder of MUSE School. “We are thrilled to partner with HundrED who shares in our mission to support and share education innovations that will teach our youth how to be healthier and to live in a more environmentally friendly world.”

The HundrED Spotlight On Sustainability is looking for impactful and scalable innovations that have a proven track record and potential to work all over the world. The innovations can be either pedagogical or improving sustainability in a school or district level. Innovation can be for profit or non-profit, innovations of any size, analog or digital.

Innovators that meet the criteria can submit their innovation by May 31, 2018. An advisory panel will help make the selection of the final ten innovations. The chosen projects will be announced in November 2018 at the Sustainability Summit in Calabasas. All of the selected innovations will be featured in the Sustainability in Education Report and will be promoted all over the world. There will also be an introduction video made of all the selected innovations.

”The world is full of amazing education innovations that have potential to make change happen in all continents. Unfortunately they seldom get the visibility they deserve and struggle to spread,” said Saku Tuominen, Founder of HundrED. “Our mission is to change this. We are thrilled to partner with MUSE School to discover and share some of the brightest, education innovations addressing sustainability and to help them flourish and scale nationally and even globally.”

For more information or to be a part of the 2018 HundrED Spotlight on Sustainability, apply here.

About HundrED

Finnish based, HundrED is a not-for-profit organization that seeks and shares inspiring innovations in K12 education. HundrED’s goal is to help improve education and inspire a grassroots movement through encouraging pedagogically sound, ambitious innovations to spread across the world. Since 2016, HundrED has been conducting rigorous research to find and select 100 inspiring innovations of that year, annually. All of the insights and selected innovations are documented, packaged and shared with educators around the world to easily implement, with free 24/7 support. For more information, please visit: or follow us on Twitter at @HundrEDorg or Facebook:

About MUSE School

The mission of MUSE School is to inspire and prepare young people to live consciously with themselves, one Another, and the planet. For more information, please visit:

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MIT’s 2018 Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC) Launches in North America; Over $1 Million to be Awarded to Organizations Reinventing the Future of Work

MIT IIC collaborates with Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation to celebrate and support North American entrepreneurs that are improving economic opportunity for workers. Registration now open for 2018 IIC.

Detroit selected as host of the IIC North America regional competition event, taking place in September

Press Release – CAMBRIDGE, MA, March 15, 2018 – Today, the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE) announced that it will expand the global reach of its Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC). Collaborating with the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, the IIC will seek to identify and promote entrepreneurial organizations in North America that are using technology to improve economic opportunity for low and moderate income earners. Entrepreneurs operating primarily in North America and/or those that are based in the region can register today through May 29, 2018 at

“The grand challenge of our era is to use digital technologies to create not only prosperity, but shared prosperity,” says Erik Brynjolfsson, Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy. “We can only address this Challenge by relying on the innovative genius of entrepreneurs from the global community.”

The MIT IIC was launched two years ago to recognize and celebrate organizations around the world that are using technology to solve a grand challenge of our time — to create not only prosperity, but shared prosperity by reinventing the future of work in the digital era. This year, the IIC has expanded to a global tournament model, collaborating with partners in five regions — North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. The North America region is defined by Canada and the United States.

Regional Judges will select 12 regional IIC winners to receive monetary prizes, recognition, and promotion at the IIC North America Celebration held in Detroit, Michigan this September. (Four Regional Champions will each win $20,000, and eight Finalists will each win $5,000.) Following this high-profile event, four North America Regional Winners will be selected to advance to the IIC Global Grand Prize Tournament & Celebration hosted at MIT in Cambridge, MA in October 2018. One million dollars in prize money will be awarded to four Global Grand Prize Winners, selected from Regional Winners from around the world.

“The Inclusive Innovation Challenge lies at the heart of our foundation’s mission, helping catalyze innovative solutions that improve the quality of life and future of work for the communities we serve,” said Lavea Brachman, vice president of programs, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation. “We are thrilled to further support the IIC by hosting the North America regional challenge event in Detroit, a city and community at the forefront of innovation and inclusive innovative solutions.”

In the first two years, over 1,500 inclusive innovation organizations responded to the IIC, illustrating the momentum of the growing global future of work movement. Over 230 Core Judges have reviewed applications and more than $2 million has been awarded to entrepreneurs and innovators who are demonstrating different ways to put powerful new technologies to work to improve people’s economic opportunity.

For-profit and nonprofit organizations of any size, age, or type and from any nation are encouraged to apply.

Eligible organizations are:

  • Using technology to reinvent work and create economic opportunity for people below the top rung of the economic ladder;
  • Demonstrating traction and impact-—They are beyond the “idea phase” and are enhancing shared prosperity today.

Organizations that do not yet meet the above criteria are encouraged to apply in the 2019 Challenge.

Based on data from the 2016 global Challenge, the MIT IIC determined that Inclusive Innovators accomplish their goals primarily in four ways. These four paths to increased shared prosperity make up the 2018 IIC Award Categories: Financial Inclusion; Income Growth & Job Creation; Skills Development & Opportunity Matching; and Technology Access.

“There is good reason to be hopeful about the future of work in North America. There are many ways for digital technology to benefit more people, and scalable solutions exist,” says David Verrill, Executive Director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy. “The IIC North American Challenge will help identify and promote those solutions working in the region today.”

The IIC is funded with support from; ISN®; The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation; Merck KGaA; Accenture Digital; Via Varejo; Joseph Eastin; Gustavo Pierini; and Gustavo Marini.

Join the Movement

The MIT IIC is dedicated to the promotion of sustainable, scalable global inclusive innovation. We engage U.S. and international media to report on solutions that can be harnessed today. We also connect winners with key ecosystem players and investors, while providing insights to government and policy makers. Smart capital investment and policies, we believe, can give us the best of both worlds: all the benefits that come from the technology breakthroughs of today and tomorrow and jobs that provide dignity and a good paycheck. We invite you to join us by embracing and supporting inclusive innovators and their equitable solutions to reinventing the future of work for all humans, not just an elite few.

The MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE) explores how people and businesses will work, interact, and prosper in an era of profound digital transformation. Working alone and with public and private sector partners, the IDE supports and conducts groundbreaking research in the areas of productivity and employment, big data, new digital business models, and social analytics. The IDE sponsors fellowships; hosts competitions, conferences, and roundtables; and supports other events that inspire new ideas. The IDE believes that challenges posed by the digital economy not only are solvable, but that technology will create new opportunities for people and businesses to thrive. @MIT_IDE

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation is a grantmaking organization dedicated primarily to sustained investment in the quality of life of the people of Southeast Michigan and Western New York. The two areas reflect Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.’s devotion to his hometown of Detroit and greater Buffalo, home of his Buffalo Bills franchise. Prior to his passing in 2014, Mr. Wilson requested that a significant share of his estate be used to continue a life-long generosity of spirit by funding the Foundation that bears his name. The Foundation has a grantmaking capacity of $1.2 billion over a 20-year period, which expires January 8, 2035. This structure is consistent with Mr. Wilson’s desire for the Foundation’s impact to be immediate, substantial, measurable and overseen by those who knew him best. For more information visit

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Brooklyn Bark’s 1st Annual Easter Eggstravaganza Event to Benefit Sean Casey Animal Rescue Critical Care Fund

Families and animal lovers from all over NYC will attend this festive and free community event while helping to raise funds for the Sean Casey Animal Rescue Critical Care Fund.

Press Release – Brooklyn, NY – March 15, 2018Brooklyn Bark, the Old Stone House, the Park Slope Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District, Park Slope Parents and Sean Casey Animal Rescue invite one and all to celebrate spring, frolic, sit for a portrait with the Easter Bunny and help raise funds for animal rescue. The event will take place on Saturday, March 24th from 11am – 3pm at The Old Stone House in Park Slope on 3rd Street, between 4th & 5th Avenues in Washington Park.

James Morrissey of Wild Coyote Studios, best known for his portrait work each year at the Westminster Dog Show, will be ready to snap a portrait of your pup or child with The Easter Bunny. Purchase a Fastpass for $25 before March 23rd at and you’ll be able to skip the line! All proceeds benefit the Sean Casey Animal Rescue Critical Care Fund.

In addition to having a portrait taken, you and your family are welcome to enjoy the FREE Eggstravaganza! Starting at 11am there will be face painting, crafts, games, live music, raffles and general family fun will run through 3pm.

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, get out your glue gun, straw hats, glitter and bows as the highlight of the event will be the Best Bonnet Contest at 1pm followed by the Community Easter Parade at 2pm. There will be three categories in the Best Bonnet Contest: Best Doggie Bonnet, Best Child Bonnet and Best Adult Bonnet. Be on the lookout for a celebrity judge as well!

“We are pawsitively ecstatic to be working with all of these great sponsors and producing the 1st Annual Easter Eggstravaganza! At Brooklyn Bark, we pride. ourselves on being good stewards of the communities that we work in. Part of that is supporting great events and amazing organizations like Sean Casey Animal Rescue. They are a pillar of the pet community in Brooklyn and we all need to continue to support their amazing work!” – Rachel Bowers, CEO/Owner, Brooklyn Bark

About Sean Casey Animal Rescue

Sean Casey Animal Rescue is a registered 501c3 not-for-profit, no-kill animal shelter proudly serving the animals of New York City since 1998. We also partner with programs from beyond the five boroughs like Baku Street Dogs to find homes for displaced animals. We specialize in the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of dogs, cats, reptiles, birds and small mammals. Our rescue takes in over 2,000 animals per year, the most of any private rescue in New York.

About Brooklyn Bark

Founded in 2010 by Rachel Bowers, Brooklyn Bark is for the Brooklyn Pet Owner who wants the very best for their fur-baby. We are a dog walking and pet care company built on our obsession for animals. Caring for them, loving them, keeping them safe, and making their human’s super happy! We’re there when you can’t be!

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Two WomenStrong Members Recognized By Stop Hunger For Their Work With Women And Girls In Ghana And Kenya

Abenaa Akuamoa-Boateng of Women’s Health to Wealth in Ghana and Beldina Omolo of Alice Visionary Foundation Project in Kenya Receive Grants to Further their Innovate Work Combatting Hunger

Press Release – WASHINGTON, March 14, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The outstanding leaders of WomenStrong International member organizations in Ghana and Kenya have been honored with grants that recognize their efforts awarded by Stop Hunger, a global network of non-profit organizations working in 80 countries for a hunger-free world.

The $5,000 grants to Abenaa Akuamoa-Boateng and Beldina Omolo are for “exceptional work” and are part of Stop Hunger’s “Women Stop Hunger Awards” program that highlights the key role women play in ending starvation and hunger.

“Empowering women is a priority,” said Mathilde Loing, director of Stop Hunger Europe. “The United Nations has said that 55% of the progress in the fight against hunger over the last 25 years has resulted from improvements in the social status of women. We need to recognize and recreate the best work being done among women and girls to assure that women have the resources they need.”

Kenya is ranked among the world’s 10 poorest economies, with a poverty line of $17 USD per month and many earning far less. Alice Visionary Foundation Project (AVFP) works with the poorest of the poor, women and young girls in the slums of Manyatta in Kisumu, Kenya, as well as children in the impoverished countryside. Manyatta residents face hunger, HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria, and violence. Electricity, gas, and running water are mostly dreamed-of luxuries. There is little land on which to grow food and what there is has been intensively farmed to depletion. Malnourished girls drop out of school and produce malnourished babies. Families struggle to find healthcare, education, and, every day, enough to eat. In this environment, Opiyo works with the most vulnerable, women and children trapped on the lowest rungs of society. Her anti-hunger programs are designed to feed people today and to help them feed themselves tomorrow.

Stop Hunger’s grant recognized the success of AVFP’s urban agriculture training program for women, as well as their school garden and feeding program for kids in a peri-urban area outside Kisumu. The first program, coordinated with local agricultural extension experts, teaches impoverished women urban agriculture and vertical cultivation. The second initiative, the School Feeding Project, provides nutritious lunches daily to 629 school children ages 6 – 15, while also teaching the children to grow and raise their own vegetables. Following the success of the school garden, AVFP has created videos demonstrating how to create gardens for low-resource environments and has begun sharing its learnings globally. Many of the women who have learned urban agriculture are experiencing food security for the first time, feeding large families of a dozen or more and producing income that can now pay for school fees and a better life. The school garden program has been adopted in similarly low-resource communities as far away as Honduras.

“It is a privilege to have these two strong, innovative, loving women as members of our WomenStrong consortium. We all believe, from first-hand experience, that equality for women translates into progress for all toward a hunger-free world,” said Dr. Susan M. Blaustein, Founder and Executive Director of WomenStrong. “Women could feed 100-150 million more people, if they had the same access as men to the means of production. Abenaa and Beldina have shown by example what women, given the right resources, can do.”

Ghana is ranked as a “middle-income” country, according to the 2014 Human Development Report, yet it remains a “food-deficit country,” and Akuamoa-Boateng’s Women’s Health to Wealth (WHW) works with some of the poorest of the poor. Of the more than 2 million people living in Ghana’s second largest city, Kumasi, more than half are living in poverty, and more than half of Kumasi’s population is female. Women and girls in urban poverty suffer unrelenting hunger, violence, and loss of dignity, all while trying to raise a family.

Over the last two years, WHW has leveraged a Social Capital Credits (SoCCs) programs to provide affordable loans to aspiring female entrepreneurs, enabling women to begin or expand their own businesses. Improved livelihood enables women to lift themselves and their families out of poverty, pay their children’s school fees, and even provide employment to others. WHW requires preventive health screenings for any woman wishing to join its economic empowerment program. In addition to offering microfinance, the program encourages women to become leaders in programs to improve sanitation, nutrition, and hygiene. WHW and the women participants also helped create Girls’ Clubs, to keep girls in school and teach them about hygiene, nutrition, reproductive health, fitness, and planning their future. All of this leads to increased earning potential which, combined with greater nutritional knowledge, mitigates the scourge of hunger.


WomenStrong International is a consortium of non-profit organizations in five nations supporting women-driven solutions to extreme urban poverty. WSI emerged from a decade of work at Columbia University’s Millennium Cities Initiative where we found the most successful programs were local and led by women. Through our Consortium members in Ghana, Kenya, Haiti, India, and Washington, D.C., we help thousands of women and girls meet their 6 Essential Needs for health, shelter, safety, education, economic empowerment and a functioning urban environment. These women, in turn, improve the lives of their children, families, communities and nations. WomenStrong believes the path out of poverty and toward a more just and prosperous world can be found by making women strong. For more information, visit

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ImpactAssets Drops Investment Minimums and Fees on Private Debt and Equity Impact Investment Options, Adds New Funds

Industry’s lowest investment minimums open “deep” impact investing to a new tier of donors who are using philanthropic dollars to generate social, environmental and financial returns.

Press Release – BETHESDA, Md., March 15 – ImpactAssets today slashed investment minimums on its private debt and equity investment options to $10,000 and flattened administrative fees to 0.40%. Effective March 1, 2018, the changes are designed to break down the barriers to deep impact investing for donors within the ImpactAssets Giving Fund, its donor advised fund.

“Unquestionably, interest in impact investing has mushroomed, but investors remain daunted by significant financial hurdles, including investment minimums that can be as high as $250,000 to $1 million,” said Sally Boulter, Senior Engagement Officer at ImpactAssets. “We believe flat fees and lower minimums will lead to greater engagement with financial advisors and individuals who want to ‘toe-dip’ into impact investing.”

“There’s a real hunger among many investors—partly driven by the current political environment—to tap investment strategies that address critical systemic problems,” Boulter added. “Our clients look for deep, meaningful impact combined with appropriate financial returns.”

In addition to dropping fees and minimums, ImpactAssets added two new private debt funds to it growing roster of investment solutions that open access to impact investments in ecoforestry, climate change solutions, sustainable food and agriculture, underserved small business owners, the growing middle class in emerging markets and more.

The new funds include:

  • Ecotrust Forests III (EFIII), a long-term investment vehicle targeting commercial forestland in the western U.S. that have unique social and environmental attributes. The goal of the fund is to diversify investment in properties across regions, hold periods, timber and income streams. EFIII identifies and monetizes conservation, cultural and environmental assets to generate value for investors and society. The main driver of value is timber as well as various conservation finance tools including easements and carbon finance. Through its first and second funds, Ecotrust Forest Management (EFM) has honed its investment strategy to focus on property acquisitions where a competitive advantage exists.
  • Community Investment Management (CIM), an institutional impact investment firm providing strategic debt capital to scale and demonstrate responsible innovation in lending to small businesses and underserved borrowers in the United States. CIM seeks to deliver positive social impact and attractive risk-adjusted returns with low volatility by investing in a diversified short-duration portfolio of marketplace loans originated by financial technology companies. Since 2014, CIM has provided more than $350 million of debt financing to 5,000 U.S. small businesses in 50 states, diversified across an array of industries including information technology, professional services, and retail trade. Across its portfolio, CIM funds 2-3 times more woman, minority, and veteran-owned businesses than banks and financial institutions.

“Our partnership with ImpactAssets is enabling a new wave of smaller-scale investors to channel their money into impact,” said Bettina von Hagen, Managing Director & CEO at EFM. “By investing philanthropic dollars into deep impact investment, the incredible ImpactAssets community is finding ways to expand the power and positive impact generated by their charitable giving.”

“We applaud ImpactAssets in broadening access to institutional impact investment funds for a greater number of investors by lowering their minimums and fees,” added CIM Managing Partner Michael Hokenson.

The EFM and CIM funds are available individually or through the turn-key ImpactAssets Impact Portfolios. They join a growing list of the world’s most innovative impact investing managers, including EcoEnterprises Fund, Iroquois Valley Farms, MicroVest and Sarona, and they are among a long history of high quality private debt and equity funds that have been offered by ImpactAssets. Through this suite of funds, donors have been able to construct their own ‘fund of funds’ portfolios that are customized to their interests, don’t have an extra layer of management and offer lower expenses.

“With the addition of these new funds, we are building a comprehensive suite of deep impact investing options of experienced managers with solid track records” said Sandra Osborne, Director of Investments, ImpactAssets. “Our donors are driving this innovation and helping us to propel impact forward.”

About ImpactAssets

ImpactAssets is a nonprofit financial services firm that increases the flow of capital into investments delivering financial, social and environmental returns. ImpactAssets’ donor advised fund (“The Giving Fund”) and field-building initiatives enable philanthropists, other asset owners and their wealth advisors to advance social or environmental change through investment. The Giving Fund currently has $424M in total assets.

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Local Nonprofit, Walk With Sally, Launches Annual Friendship Bowl Fundraising Campaign With A Goal Of Supporting 28 New Mentor Friendships For Kids Impacted By Cancer

This year’s fundraising goal is set for $140,000

Press Release – Los Angeles, CA: Walk With Sally hosted the 11th annual Friendship Bowl at Palos Verdes Bowl in Torrance, CA on Saturday March 10th, 2018. Fundraising efforts kicked off on January 24th; culminating on March 10th when teams will compete during the 11th annual event. After shattering last year’s goal of $80,000, the nonprofit has set the bar at $140,000 for 2018 – enough funds to support 28 new mentor friendships for a full year.

“The success of last year’s Friendship Bowl blew us out of the water,” Walk With Sally’s Found-er, Nick Arquette said. “the community really put their whole hearts into fundraising for the fam-ilies and kids we support. This was solid proof that what we are doing really resonates, and has allowed us to reach families impacted by cancer across 38 cities throughout greater Los Angeles.”

To reach this year’s goal, the nonprofit plans to:

  • Inspire members of the community to create or join a Friendship Bowl team by asking partici-pants to bowl in honor of a loved one impacted by cancer.
  • Rally the support of community leaders and corporate sponsors to reach an accumulative goal of $140,000; enough funds to support 28 new mentor match friendships for a full year.

Corporate sponsors include: Manhattan Beach Toyota, Chevron, LA Sparks, Local Smile Co., Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and Laser Skin Care Center

Walk With Sally

Founded in the Southbay of Los Angeles, Walk With Sally has positioned itself at the forefront of community involvement and leadership in the 12 years since its inception. Through local part-nerships with various schools and organizations, Walk With Sally has become the leading referral destination for children and families who have been impacted by cancer.
To learn more visit, or call us at 310.322.3900

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StubHub Launches Multi-Year Program To Support Music Education – Focused On Putting Music Instruments Into U.S. Classrooms

Three-year commitment to include grant to provide $3MM in instrument donations from the StubHub Foundation, supporting the benefitting partner Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation

Press Release – SAN FRANCISCO, March 14, 2018StubHub, the world’s largest event marketplace, announced today a three-year commitment to put over $3MM in instruments into at-risk public school music programs across the country, in partnership with the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation (MHOF). The commitment is made possible by a grant from the StubHub Foundation, a corporate-advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation, that extends the existing four-year partnership with the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.

Building on its 2015 commitment, that has already helped put more than $2MM in instruments into public schools, StubHub aims to achieve a truly collective impact through investment, elevated exposure for the cause and opportunities for youth to be inspired by musicians, igniting a renewed passion for giving and support within the community. Selected markets will be chosen collaboratively by StubHub, MHOF and partner artists and brands, with awarded schools to be chosen by MHOF through its established selection criteria. Interested schools are invited to inquire directly through MHOF.

“We believe that music needs to be a core component of education in America,” said Perkins Miller, GM, North America, StubHub. “Numerous studies have shown the benefits that music education plays in student enrichment and development, which is why we are proud to support the efforts of the Mr. Hollands Opus Foundation and all those who help keep music alive in schools across America.”

The Next Stage program is set to kick off today at SXSW with the first benefitting school – Bedichek Middle School in Austin, Texas – receiving more than $12K in music instruments for their string and marching band programs. Today, students will be treated to a private acoustic performance by Jukebox the Ghost and then will serve as the opening performer for StubHub’s two-day SXSW Next Stage showcase at Banger’s in downtown Austin.

While at SXSW, StubHub will also be capturing the voices of the 18 artists, who will be performing at their Next Stage activation, to help raise awareness and engage more people. Music fans are invited to donate to the cause by texting “NEXTSTAGE” to 80077 [i].

“As a Title I school, 99 percent of students rent instruments from the school because they cannot afford to rent their own. With this donation from StubHub, the quality of instruments we received puts us on the same playing field for competitions with other wealthier schools in the area, as well as supplies instrument needs in our program,” said Samantha Stewart, Orchestra Director at Bedichek Middle School in Austin.

StubHub’s commitment continues to be an important one as music education is seeing dwindling public and private support, with low income school students receiving the least amount of local government funding, according to the National Center for Education. Research from the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation shows that schools with music programs have an estimated 90 percent graduation rate and 93 percent attendance rate compared to schools without music education, which average 72 percent for graduation and 85 percent in attendance.

To date, StubHub and the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation have successfully delivered more than $2MM in music instruments to more than 50 schools across the United States. Over the lifetime of the instruments, more than 100,000 kids across the country will benefit from this support.

“So much has been made possible through our relationship with StubHub, and receiving this grant truly changes the game in giving the benefits of music education to thousands of deserving and hopeful children,” said Felice Mancini, President of the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. With StubHub’s commitment to music education for all kids, we can delight in seeing eager kids’ faces light up when they hold new, beautiful instruments. Their lives and spirits are elevated, and the power of music is at work.”

More information about benefitting markets, schools and ways to participate will be announced at a later date. To learn more, visit


The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation was inspired by the acclaimed motion picture Mr. Holland’s Opus, the story of the profound effect a dedicated music teacher had on generations of students. The film’s composer, Michael Kamen, started the foundation in 1996 as his commitment to the future of music education. The Foundation keeps music alive in our schools by donating musical instruments to under-funded music programs, and vital support services to school districts nationwide, giving economically-disadvantaged youth access to the many benefits of music education, leading them to success in school, and inspiring creativity and expression through playing music. Hundreds of thousands of students across the country have benefited and more than 24,000 instruments have been donated to 1,510 school music programs. Please visit for more information.


The StubHub Foundation’s (a corporate advised fund at Silicon Valley Community Foundation) mission is to expand access and opportunity for at-risk youth by supporting locally rooted, grassroots non-profit organizations working in sports, music, arts and tech-based youth development. In addition, as a leading technology company, we support organizations working to improve access and opportunity for at-risk youth through other means such as college and career readiness, technical training and education around the myriad career opportunities that exist within the technology sector.


At StubHub, our mission is simple: help fans find fun. We connect fans with their favorite teams, shows and artists and introduce them to the ones they’ll love next. As the largest ticket marketplace in the world, we enable fans to buy and sell tickets to tens of thousands of events, whenever they want, through our desktop and mobile experiences, including our StubHub app for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Android. Offering a superior fan experience at its core, StubHub reinvented the ticket resale market in 2000 and continues to lead it through innovation. Our industry firsts include the introduction of the first ticketing application, the first interactive seat mapping tool and the first live entertainment rewards program, Fan Rewards™. Our business partners include more than 130 properties in MLB, NBA, NHL, MLS and NCAA, plus AEG, AXS and Paciolan. With the acquisition of Ticketbis in August 2016, throughout the world, StubHub provides the total end-to-end event going experience. StubHub is an eBay company (NASDAQ: EBAY). For more information on StubHub, visit or follow @StubHub on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram or

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