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Devin D. 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.

Opportunity Hub & The Iron Yard Launch Initiative To Provide $60K in Code School Scholarships For Minorities, Women & Underrepresented Communities

ATLANTA, GA – April 24th, 2015Opportunity Hub, the nation’s largest diverse and inclusive entrepreneurship school and coworking space, and The Iron Yard, the nation’s largest code school, are partnering to create Opportunity Code & Cofounders College (O.C3). Their first act is to provide $60,000 in scholarships to increase diversity in tech and tech enabled industries, particularly for men and women of color from underrepresented communities. The allocation includes two full scholarships ($24,000), two partial scholarships ($12,000) and eight quarter scholarships ($24,000).

Access to opportunity, particularly within the technology ecosystem, isn’t always created equal. According to a 2014 USA Today article by Jessica Guynn and Elizabeth Weise, the technology industry’s predominantly white and Asian male workforce is in danger of losing touch with the diverse nation – and world – that forms its customer base. Recently released numbers from some of the largest and most powerful companies confirm what many had suspected: Blacks and Hispanics are largely absent, and women are underrepresented in Silicon Valley – from giant companies to startup-ups to venture capital firms.

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“Realizing that the widening racial wealth and income gap may exclude some of our nation’s brightest talent from participating in the thriving tech economy, we reached out to the Iron Yard to create the partnership and combined curriculum,” says Rodney Sampson, Founder & CEO, Opportunity Hub, “The Iron Yard immediately stepped up to partner and provide the initial partial scholarships which will help to close the gap of students who might not be able to afford the cost of a reputable code school education.”

The Iron Yard teaches intensive, immersive 12-week courses that mentor students into professional junior-level programmers. The program goes far beyond tactical skills and teaches students how to think like software engineers. The Iron Yard has a phenomenal success rate in its career support program, helping students find all types of work in the tech industry.

Upon or during initial job placement, Opportunity Hub will teach students the ins and outs of the innovation, entrepreneurship and investment ecosystem via a 6-month weekly pre-accelerator curriculum that takes students on a navigated journey from ideation to market. The curriculum teaches entrepreneurial mindsets, ideation, customer discovery, business model generation, business planning, entrepreneurial fundamentals, access to capital and pitching.

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“Programming is a lifelong study, and our process shows students how to learn so they’ll remain highly valuable for the rest of their career – whether they are working for a company or starting their own. To this end, the Iron Yard is excited to partner with Opportunity to make learning to code accessible for all, particularly underrepresented communities,” says Peter Barth, CEO, The Iron Yard.

During this year’s SXSW, Sampson and Barth announced the scholarship initiative at OHUB’s Innovator’s Dinner sponsored by The District of Columbia’s Washington DC Economic Partnership. An expansion to DC is in the works.

“This initiative creates high tech software engineering jobs immediately; and develops the technical co-founding talent required to have a diverse and inclusive technology and/or technology-enabled startup ecosystem. It goes well beyond the premise of exposing minorities to STEM. This is modern day economic and community development in action,” concludes Sampson.

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About Opportunity Hub (OHUB)

Opportunity Hub (OHUB) is a multi-campus coworking space, entrepreneurship school, pre-accelerator, incubator and vetted seal of authentic diversity and inclusion in the startup ecosystem and capital markets and beyond.

Currently headquartered in Atlanta, GA, OHUB’s definitive mission is to create and develop a diverse and inclusive highly skilled, competitive and innovative talent pool that will ideate, launch, start and scale high growth companies. Our mission is accomplished via intense selection, ongoing education, access to authentic mentorship, innovative practices, essential resources, meaningful connections and smart capital – in sectors such as technology, consumer products, supply chain innovation and social impact.

Created with the early stage and startup company in mind, OHUB is for anyone that is serious about working in an environment of like-minded entrepreneurs and committed to learning, implementing and sharing the knowledge, best practices and relationships formed while in our ecosystem.

About Iron Yard

The Iron Yard exists to create exceptional value for people and their ideas through code education, startup accelerators and coworking spaces. Their mission is to find people who want to pursue their craft and life-long adventure of technology, teach them the tools of the trade, and then release them into the world with the drive and capability to make a difference. They believe that passionate, talented people who love what they do will create great families, jobs, companies and solutions to the world’s problems.

Urban Land Institute Receives $170,000 Grant From The Colorado Health Foundation To Continue Support For Institute’s Building Healthy Places Initiative

Grant Will Support Healthy Corridors project, America in 2015 survey, and Forums Focused on the Intersection of Food, Health, and Real Estate

WASHINGTON (April 23, 2015) – The Urban Land Institute (ULI), a global research and education institute dedicated to responsible land use and building resilient communities, has been awarded a $170,000 grant from the Colorado Health Foundation to continue its support for the Institute’s Building Healthy Places Initiative, which seeks to engage ULI’s global networks to shape projects and places that improve the health of people and communities worldwide.

The Colorado Health Foundation grant to ULI will support three critical efforts within the Building Healthy Places Initiative. They include:

  • The Healthy Corridors project, which seeks to leverage the land use and urban development expertise of ULI’s 34,000-plus members to provide guidance on transforming isolated, auto-dependent commercial arterial roads and soulless commercial strips centers into vibrant, safe, and healthy corridors. The project will focus on several U.S. communities including Denver and will develop a typology of a holistically healthy corridor which can serve as a nationwide model.
  • The America in 2015 survey, a national survey of U.S. adults to gauge views and expectations about community, housing, and transportation, with an enhanced focus on health and safety, social equity and affordability, and other core issues to ULI’s Building Healthy Places Initiative. ULI will develop an oversample survey in Colorado to compare preferences and actions of Coloradoans to the national sample.
  • A series of forums focused on the intersection of food, health, and real estate; these forums will convene ULI members, the public health community, and other stakeholders to explore how healthy food providers, including grocery stores and farmers markets, can serve as drivers of economic development, revitalization, and place-making. The forums will also examine issues related to ensuring access to healthy foods for low-income communities. The Colorado Health Foundation will be an equal partner in co-chairing and developing content for these forums.

“Our renewed partnership with the Colorado Health Foundation will allow ULI to significantly expand the reach of the Building Healthy Places Initiative, which seeks to promote physical activity, access to fresh food, and other healthy lifestyle choices through innovative urban design and development,” said ULI Global Chief Executive Officer Patrick L. Phillips. “This generous support from the Foundation will enhance our ability to raise awareness of the many economic, environmental and social benefits that result from building for wellness.”

“Everyone wants to live a long and healthy life. Yet one-fifth of all Americans live in environments that compromise their health. This partnership had been instrumental in laying the foundation to design and build neighborhoods, communities and cities that foster and promote healthy lifestyles,” notes Khanh Nguyen, portfolio director – Healthy Living, Colorado Health Foundation. “Though personal choices contribute to overall health, it’s difficult to make healthy choice when people live in communities that lack the infrastructure to support healthy lifestyles. We hope that our work with ULI will serve as a catalyst to design for health and wellness.”

This grant represents another stage in an ongoing partnership between ULI and the Colorado Health Foundation. In 2013, the Foundation engaged ULI’s Advisory Services Program to provide land use thought leadership to three Colorado communities—Arvada, Lamar, and Westwood–on how to improve health outcomes and promote active, healthy lifestyle choices through programming and upgrades to the built environment. The Foundation has been a premier sponsor of the Building Healthy Places Initiative, providing support for the Building Healthy Places Toolkit and other projects. The Foundation has also awarded ULI Colorado, a member of ULI’s District Council network, a $32,500 grant to host Building Healthy Places workshops in Loveland and Pueblo.

About the Urban Land Institute

The Urban Land Institute ( is a nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the Institute has more than 34,000 members worldwide representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines.

About the Colorado Health Foundation

The Colorado Health Foundation works to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation by ensuring that all Colorado kids are fit and healthy and that all Coloradans achieve stable, affordable and adequate health coverage to improve their health with support from a network of primary health care and community services. To advance our mission, the Foundation engages the community through grantmaking, public policy, investing in evaluation, private sector partnerships and strategic communications. For more information, please visit

The 2nd Annual Purple & White Fight Night Returns On May 16 At New York’s Hippest Nightclub, Up & Down

The Fundraising Event Benefiting the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research and the Lung Cancer Foundation of America will feature an Evening of Delicious Food, Great Cocktails, Fabulous Music and an Extravagant Silent Auction

NEW YORK, NY (April 23, 2015) – It is time to put on the gloves and knockout cancer at the 2nd Annual Purple and White Fight Night fundraising event held on Saturday, May 16 from 8:00 pm – 11:00 p.m. at one of Gotham’s hottest nightclubs, Up & Down. The charity event benefits the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research and the Lung Cancer Foundation of America. Highlights of the evening will include an elaborate silent auction and raffle with luxury items, a DJ spinning the hottest tunes, tasty hors d’oeuvres and specialty cocktails, a variety of pop-up shops and more.

Packing a 1-2 punch, the term fight in Purple & White Fight Night represents a tenacious drive to fight back against cancer, a disease that has forever changed the lives of co-hosts, 27-year-old, Ashley Janover and 26-year-old, Danyelle Shapiro. The event is held in memory of Janover’s mother who lost her battle to pancreatic cancer at age 54 and Shapiro’s father who lost his life to lung cancer at age 41. The impact that cancer made in their lives and the grim survival statistics for both types of cancers motivated the young, professional co-hosts to bring awareness and the fight to find a cure.

Pancreatic cancer is the 4th leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. It has the highest mortality rate of all major cancers. 94% of pancreatic cancer patients will die within five years of diagnosis and only 6% will survive more than five years. 74% of patients die within the first year of diagnosis.

Lung cancer takes the lives of 160,000 people in the United States yearly. 1 in 14 people (smokers and non-smokers) will develop lung cancer in their lifetime and it kills more than breast, prostate and colon cancers combined.

In its inaugural year – in 2014 – Purple & White Fight Night raised an amazing $20,000 and attracted more than 200 people to the fundraising event. In total, the fundraising duo has raised more than $75,000 for pancreatic cancer research since 2011 and nearly $9,000 for Lung Cancer. The fundraiser expects an even larger turnout than last year. Vendors hosting pop-up shops will also be donating a portion of their proceeds to each charity.

Some of the featured premium silent auction packages include: a Private Italian Villa Getaway in Naples for 12 people provided by Grandstand Auction; a 2016 Grammy’s VIP Package; Wine Country 4-day Getaway to the 4-diamond Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa including airfare; entertainment memorabilia including Derek Jeter signed official NY Yankees Game Modell Jersey and The Beatles “Fab Four” Vintage Photo. Raffle prizes include: 2 Night Stay in Turks & Caicos courtesy of the Gansevoort Hotel; New York Knicks tickets during the 2015 – 2016 basketball season; wine tasting flight & winery tour for four from City Winery; a 5-pack of SoulCycle classes and much more.

Admission is $50. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit (keyword search: 2nd Annual Purple & White Fight Night). Guests must be at least 21-years-old to attend. Online ticket sales close on May 16 or while tickets supply last. Guests will receive a complimentary raffle ticket. Additional raffle tickets can be purchased at the event for $5 or $10 for premium items. Donations are also accepted for those who are unable to attend.

Follow the social media event coverage using the hashtag #battlingback on Instagram or on Facebook’s event page (keyword search: 2nd Annual Purple & White Fight Night).

Up & Down is located at 244 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10011 (between Chelsea and the Meatpacking District). All guests are asked to dress in cocktail attire.


Founded in 1997, the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing pancreatic cancer research, and providing information, resources and support to pancreatic cancer patients and their families. Established by Agi Hirshberg, whose husband Ronald died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 54, the foundation includes the Ronald S. Hirshberg Translational Pancreatic Cancer Research Laboratory; the Ronald S. Hirshberg Chair in Translational Pancreatic Cancer Research; and the Hirshberg Pancreatic Cancer Information Center. In February 2015, the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA introduced the UCLA Agi Hirshberg Center for Pancreatic Cancer Diseases made possible by the generous $10 million in gifts to UCLA from Hirshberg. For more information about the Hirshberg Foundation and ongoing events, please visit

The Lung Cancer Foundation of America (LCFA) mission is to dramatically improve survivorship of lung cancer patients through the funding of transformative science, with the ultimate goal of curing the disease. To accomplish this, LCFA will work to raise both the funds and the national profile of lung cancer in order to substantially increase support of innovative and groundbreaking research efforts. For more information, please visit

Cooke Foundation Awards Over $230,000 to Nine Local Nonprofits

LANSDOWNE, VA – More than 62,000 students with financial need in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia will benefit from new and expanding summer and academic year programs thanks to the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s 2015 Good Neighbor Grants. The Cooke Foundation has awarded a total of $238,770 to nine local nonprofit organizations focused on providing the highest quality of academic programs, college access initiatives, and arts education.

Each Virginia, Maryland, or Washington, D.C.-based organization will receive one-time grants worth between $10,000 and $35,000.

“Our 2015 Good Neighbor Grants are fostering the creation of innovative new programs and amplifying cutting-edge programs that have proven effective to benefit hugely low-income students who would not otherwise have access to such opportunities,” said Executive Director Harold O. Levy.

This year’s recipients are as follows:

Loudoun Symphony Youth Orchestra (Loudoun, VA) – $35,000 to launch the Preparatory Retreat for Excellence in Performance—an exciting new program, which will offer 80 students advanced music instruction, performance opportunities, and the creation of an audition recording to enable the LSYO to perform at a nationally recognized performing arts venue in 2016.

Center for Inspired Teaching (Washington, D.C.) – $35,000 will support the participation of 100 K-3 students in nationally and globally recognized inquiry-based program—Dive into Inquiry—a four-week summer exploration building creativity, problem solving, and critical thinking.

College Summit (Washington, DC) – $20,000 to lead two “App-a-thons” connecting over 33,000 low-income students and their educators in the DC region to college and career guidance through innovative online and mobile applications.

School for Ethics and Global Leadership (Washington, DC) – $35,000 to create 12 new scholarships to eleventh-grade students to enroll in the intensive summer or semester-long program emphasizing leadership, ethical decision making, and international affairs.

Emerging Scholars (Alexandria, VA) – $27,000 to fully implement the newly developed curriculum for its seven-week summer program focusing on science, engineering, math, and arts (STEAM) for 45 5th and 6th grade students.

Castleton Festival (Northern Piedmont, VA) – $20,000 to bring world-class performing arts to 1,000 students, many from rural communities, in Castleton Alive, an educationally enriched arts program founded by the late Lorin Maazel, esteemed conductor of the New York Philharmonic.

Center for Student Opportunity (Washington Metropolitan Area) – $20,900 to hold six college workshops for first-generation college bound students and their families, and distribute its annual college guide to 52 high schools that serve the majority of low-income students.

College Access Fairfax (Fairfax, VA) – $10,870 to support the Financial Aid Champion Program, which provides FAFSA completion guidance to low-income students and parents at four high schools.

Journey Through Hallowed Ground (Loudoun, VA) – $35,000 to expand access to Extreme Journey, a two-week, experiential history-based summer camp to 100 additional middle school students in Loudoun and Fauquier Counties.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. By offering the largest scholarships in the country, comprehensive counseling and other support services to students from 7th grade to graduate school, the Foundation is dedicated to ensuring high-performing, low-income students have the support necessary to develop their talents and excel educationally. In addition to its scholarship programs, the Foundation provides grants for innovative, high-impact initiatives that benefit such students. By doing so, the Cooke Foundation seeks to use its resources to end the Excellence Gap, the disparity between the number of low and high income students who reach the top levels of academic performance. Founded in 2000, the Foundation has awarded $130 million in scholarships to 1,900 students and over $80 million in grants.

National School Foundation Association Launches Certification Program to Promote Quality Standards for Education Foundation Leadership

Program developed in conjunction with National University and its Sanford Institute of Philanthropy, a provider of innovative fundraising strategies for nonprofits

Chicago, Ill. – April 23, 2015 – The National School Foundation Association (NSFA), the recognized leader of the Pre K-12 education foundation movement in the United States, announced today the launch of a specialized certification program that sets the gold standard for quality education foundation leadership. Believed to be the only one of its kind in the nation, the program is offered completely online based on curriculum developed through a unique educational alignment with National University’s Sanford Institute of Philanthropy, a provider of innovative fundraising strategies for nonprofits.

The NSFA’s Education Foundation Leadership certification program recognizes a growing need to address funding gaps for the nation’s Pre K-12 schools through a formalized professional development process. The coursework foundation for the certification process comes from San Diego-based National University, the second-largest private nonprofit university in California, and its Sanford Institute of Philanthropy. Created through the support of philanthropist T. Denny Sanford, the Institute offers seminars, certificate programs and a master’s program with an emphasis on cause sales, cause leadership and fundraising – developed by the University’s School of Business and Management and Division of Extended Learning. The Institute also collaborates with organizations to help create customized programs.

“The role of education foundations in our society is becoming even more urgent as we have seen significant education cuts over the past decade and a realignment of resources that have forced schools to make difficult choices that impact student success,” said NSFA Executive Director Nina Menis. “We are very pleased to be offering this unique program through our partnership with the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University since it reinforces our goal of providing high quality professional development opportunities that benefit our schools.”

The Education Foundation Leadership certification program, announced today at the NSFA’s 10th Annual National Conference April 22-24 in Chicago, is meant to augment the NSFA’s current training and support efforts to its more than 1,000 member foundations through a curriculum that emphasizes leadership, financial management and relationship building. Education foundations are privately operated, nonprofit organizations established to assist public and private schools, and many are facing increased education needs. According to a 2014 study by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, states are providing less per-pupil funding for K-12th grade than they did six years ago, which has led in many cases to larger class sizes or the reduction of programs.

“We are so pleased to be collaborating with the NSFA to help train a new generation of education foundation leaders, whose work is critical to the future successes of our K-12 schools,” said Dr. Michael R. Cunningham, President of National University. “This is a wonderful example of the nonprofit and education communities working together to create a better tomorrow.”

Registration for the Education Foundation Leadership Program begins this month, and courses will start by Summer 2015. Program completers receive a certificate of completion from National University, and the formal certification through the NSFA.

The curriculum for the NSFA certification program is designed to be completed in 6 months. Developed through a collaborative process with the NSFA, it emphasizes skills and knowledge required to effectively lead education foundations, with fundraising elements integrated throughout the program. Areas of focus include: Building and sustaining a well-connected and engaged board of directors; Efficient organizational planning and development; Key financial management techniques; Establishing effective and cooperative relationships with school districts and other community stakeholders; Key legal requirements and comprehensive resource and marketing strategies.

About The National School Foundation Association

The National School Foundation Association (NSFA) is a recognized leader of the Pre K-12 education foundation movement in the United States, providing training and support for their development and quest to increase student achievement through strategic philanthropic investment and involvement. Supported in the early stages with a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the mission of the NSFA is to provide support, training, and resources to education foundations and their leaders to maximize their success. This mission is accomplished through State Affiliate Organizations (Florida, Indiana, Iowa, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Utah), individual memberships throughout the United States and with the support of partners, business leaders, education leaders and government officials who share our passion for quality educational programs for our nation’s schools.

About National University

Founded in 1971, National University is the second-largest private, nonprofit institution of higher education in California. With 30,000 students and more than 140,000 alumni, National University is the flagship institution of the National University System. National University is dedicated to making lifelong learning opportunities accessible, challenging, and relevant to a diverse population of students. Five schools and one college – the College of Letters and Sciences; the School of Business and Management; the School of Education; the School of Engineering and Computing; the School of Health and Human Services; and the School of Professional Studies – offer more than 100 graduate and undergraduate degrees and 23 teacher credentials. Programs are offered at locations throughout California and across the nation, and are also available online. National University is headquartered in La Jolla, California. To learn more, visit

About the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy

Established through a generous gift from philanthropist and businessman T. Denny Sanford, the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy is housed at National University and trains existing and future nonprofit leaders. The Institute’s unique approach to philanthropy applies proven business principles and a fundraising focus to cause organizations with the aim of maximizing their positive impact in our communities.

Chagrin Documentary Film Fest Announces Medical Mutual as 2015 Presenting Sponsor

Sixth Annual Film Fest Slated for October 7 to 11, 2015

Chagrin Falls, OH April 20, 2015 – The Chagrin Documentary Film Festival (CDFF) is thrilled to announce that its sixth annual Festival will be presented by Medical Mutual. The Festival will run from October 7 to 11, 2015 at the iconic Chagrin Valley Little Theatre and venues throughout the century Village of Chagrin Falls.

“After several years contributing to the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival and seeing firsthand what a fabulous event they’ve created, we decided to step up our support,” said Jared Chaney, Executive Vice President of Medical Mutual. “It is events like this that make living in the Chagrin Valley special.”

“We are truly honored that Medical Mutual will be the Festival Presenting Sponsor this year. It is extremely meaningful to receive this support from a landmark organization that calls Northeast Ohio its home, as the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival has grown into a nationally recognized destination event for documentary film fans right here in Northeast Ohio,” said Mary Ann Ponce, Festival Director.

For the third time in as many years, CDFF has been selected as one of MovieMaker Magazine’s 2015 “Top 50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” out of more than 6,000 film festivals around the world. The audience attending the festival also continues to grow with 7,000 attending last year with a new record predicted for the 2015 event.

“Our Fest audience is passionate, curious and engaged and they provide a warm welcome for visiting filmmakers, making it a memorable festival for filmmakers and attendees alike,” said Ponce. “We think this energy has contributed to the Festival being named to the MovieMaker Magazine list again and to the remarkable growth we’ve experienced.”

A kick off to this year’s Festival is planned with a “Best of the Fest” event beginning at 12:30 pm on Saturday, April 25 at the Chagrin Valley Little Theatre, 40 River St in Chagrin Falls, and on Sunday, April 26 at the Mandel Jewish Community Center, 26001 S. Woodland Rd., Beachwood, at 2 p.m. A selection of award winning films from the 2014 Festival will be presented. Tickets are $10 per film. A performance by Alex Bevan has been rescheduled to a later date. Visit for tickets and information.

The Chagrin Documentary Film Festival is presented by Fevered Dreams Productions, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and is supported by grants from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and the Ohio Arts Council. For additional information about film entries, sponsorship and/or tickets, visit The official film submission deadline for this year’s Festival is Monday, June 15.


New Profit Commits $2 Million in Funding & Strategic Support to Help MLT Dramatically Increase Impact

Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) is fundamentally transforming America’s talent pipeline for the private and social sectors by equipping underrepresented minorities with the coaching, skills, and relationships that accelerate their rise to senior leadership.

April 21, 2015 (Boston): New Profit, a pioneering venture philanthropy fund working to break down barriers to opportunity in America, will invest $2 million over the next four years to support MLT as the nonprofit organization scales its efforts to transform the face of leadership in America.

Today, Black, Hispanic and Native American minorities represent 30% of the U.S. population, but hold less than 3% of senior leadership positions and 1% of corporate board seats. Over the last 12 years, MLT has worked to close this leadership gap by identifying and providing high-potential underrepresented minorities with a winning professional playbook, one-on-one coaching and door-opening relationships to accelerate their paths to senior leadership. MLT has created a thriving network of more than 4,000 rising leaders and is transforming the diverse talent pipelines at its partner organizations, including more than 100 leading corporations, nonprofits and graduate business schools.


MLT’s bold vision is to develop a new generation of diverse talent in America – 1,000 senior leaders and 10,000 more in the pipeline – by 2030. MLT is not only changing the careers and life trajectories of the individuals it serves, but its rising leaders are also creating a multiplier effect that allows them to have a profound impact on their organizations, communities and society as a whole.

“If we fail to develop a large and growing segment of our talent pool who will represent over 50% of our population within 25 years, we are setting ourselves up for dire social and economic inequity,” said John Rice, founder and CEO of MLT. “We see developing top minority talent as a national imperative, which will only strengthen our organizations and ensure our nation remains competitive,” said Rice.

MLT’s programs take talented minorities on a career journey that 95% describe as “life-changing.” More than 95% of MLT’s college fellows receive fast-track jobs prior to graduation, compared to about 20% of all undergraduates. MBA admission rates at the top ten business schools are three times greater for MLT’s “MBA Prep” fellows than other applicants, and 40% of the underrepresented minorities at Harvard Business School, Wharton, Kellogg and Columbia are MLT fellows. Seventy-five percent of professionals who participate in MLT’s mid-career advancement program are promoted within one year of program completion.

“MLT’s approach is transformative for individuals and organizations. Our investment will help them scale to further build a network of diverse leaders who are driving critical change throughout America,” said Elizabeth Riker, a New Profit senior partner who has been leading the engagement with MLT and a member of its board since New Profit’s initial $800,000 investment in 2006. “The dramatic growth in impact that we have seen during our time supporting MLT gives us confidence in John Rice’s vision and insight and the capability of his leadership team, and we are excited to be re-investing in the next phase of MLT’s growth and impact.”

The new funding from New Profit will be unrestricted and supplemented by hundreds of hours of strategic support delivered in collaboration with Deloitte. The strategic support program, which will be overseen by Riker, focuses on three areas: 1. executing the organization’s strategic plan to dramatically widen and deepen impact; 2. implementing a new measurement and evaluation plan; and 3. supporting the development and growth of the senior leadership team and the board of directors to continue to build the capabilities required for the next phase of growth.

“What distinguishes New Profit from other social investors is their holistic approach to helping organizations scale their impact. New Profit’s original investment in MLT, along with their advice and connectivity, was critical to helping us transform the careers and lives of thousands of individuals and get our organization to where it is now. New Profit has remained a valued strategic partner, and we’re thrilled that they’ve decided to reinvest in MLT to take us to the next level of scale and impact,” said Rice.

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Civil Rights and Federal Contractor Communities Unite In Celebration of 50 Years of Equality at Work

September 24, 2015 Day-Of Milestone Anniversary Event Presented by The OFCCP Institute to Honor Civil Rights Community and the American Workplace

April 22, 2015, WASHINGTON D.C. – On September 24, 1965, the Nation took a historic step towards equal employment opportunity when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed and issued Executive Order 11246 (“EO 11246”). On September 24, 2015, in commemoration of that historic day, The OFCCP Institute (“The Institute”), a national nonprofit employer association based in Washington, D.C., will host and celebrate the 50th anniversary of this significant civil rights milestone with a black tie gala event at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in our Nation’s Capital.

Receiving widespread support from the civil rights community, corporate supporters include The Memorial Foundation, builders of The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and the National Civil Rights Museum. The OFCCP Institute has announced that 100% of the proceeds raised from the event will go towards the EO 11246 Equality at Work Scholarship Fund, benefitting high school students. The black tie reception and dinner will feature a “Who’s Who” from the civil rights community among its keynote speakers, honorees, and event attendees. The event will also honor the federal contractor community’s achievements in furthering the goal of equality in the American workplace.

Signed more than two years after the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, and more than a year after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 became the law of the land, EO 11246 charged the Secretary of Labor, a Cabinet-level official with strong enforcement authority, with the responsibility of ensuring equal opportunity for minorities in federal contractors’ recruitment, hiring, training and other employment practices. Until that time, such efforts had been in the hands of various Presidential committees. EO 11246 further reinforced the requirement that federal contractors not discriminate in employment, and that they take affirmative action to ensure equal opportunity based on race, color, religion and national origin. Amended by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1967 to protect women from employment discrimination, and most recently by President Barack H. Obama in 2014 to protect employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, EO 11246 continues to lead America’s success in achieving equal employment opportunities in the American workplace.

Said David S. Fortney, Co-chair, The Institute, “Executive Order 11246 paved the way for historically underrepresented groups to be given an equal chance to compete for jobs in the American workplace. For 50 years federal contractors have led successful efforts to eradicate unlawful workplace discrimination and to encourage all to seek employment opportunities. The OFCCP Institute is proud to honor these significant achievements that have benefited America.”

Said Harry E. Johnson, President, The Memorial Foundation, “The 50th Anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 11246 is an historical event for the civil rights and federal contractor communities, ultimately creating a more equitable workplace in the United States. We join The OFCCP Institute and the civil rights community at large in commemorating this truly meaningful action with this much-deserved anniversary event later this year, and encourage others within the civil rights and federal contractor communities to join in the celebration.”

About Executive Order 11246:

Executive Order 11246 prohibits federal contractors and federally–assisted construction contractors and subcontractors, who do over $10,000 in Government business in one year from discriminating in employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. The Executive Order also requires Government contractors to take affirmative action to ensure that equal opportunity is provided in all aspects of their employment.

About The OFCCP Institute:

The OFCCP Institute (“The Institute”) is a national nonprofit employer association based in Washington, DC. The Institute trains and educates federal contractors in understanding and complying with their affirmative action and equal employment obligations. The Institute also addresses related human resource management strategies to assist employers in creating and maintaining diverse organizations free from workplace bias. The Institute is not affiliated with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.

Budweiser Celebrates America’s Greatest Treasures with National Park Foundation, Brings Partnership to Life with Patriotic Packaging

America’s Macro Beer Provides Macro Support to the National Park Foundation, Commissions 13th Witness to Unveil New Summer Packaging Featuring Statue of Liberty

ST. LOUIS (April 22, 2015) – Today, on Earth Day, Budweiser announced its continued support and commitment to the environment through a partnership with the National Park Foundation (NPF), the official charity of America’s national parks, for the Find Your Park movement. The multi-million dollar partnership raises awareness about national parks and the centennial milestone of the National Park Service in 2016. In celebration, Budweiser is rolling out limited-edition patriotic packaging featuring the iconic silhouette of Lady Liberty.

Budweiser commissioned famed city streetscape and mobile photographer 13th Witness to unveil this packaging with compelling visual content that captures Budweiser’s spirit for the summer.

“We want to encourage a new generation of beer drinkers to get out there and see what America is made of,” said Brian Perkins, vice president, Budweiser. “And where better than in America’s national parks? It’s fitting for Budweiser—a big, bold brand—to team up with a pioneering partner like NPF. We are looking to draw attention to these parks with our eye-catching packaging … as well as a pretty epic surprise concert this summer.”

Budweiser limited-edition patriotic packaging. Photo by 13thWitness for Budweiser.

Budweiser limited-edition patriotic packaging. Photo by 13thWitness for Budweiser.

Budweiser limited-edition patriotic packaging. Photo by 13thWitness for Budweiser.

Budweiser limited-edition patriotic packaging. Photo by 13thWitness for Budweiser.

Photo by 13thWitness for Budweiser.

Photo by 13thWitness for Budweiser.

Budweiser will bring monumental and surprising moments to the national parks through a summer music program that celebrates the brand’s pledge to safeguard these breathtaking landscapes and places of cultural and historical importance, and inspire generations of national parks enthusiasts. To kick off the partnership, Budweiser launched a day of service in various parks throughout New York City on April 21 to unite a sense of duty and responsibility for a new America – made better.

“Budweiser is an American brand with a steadfast commitment to our nation,” said Dan Wenk, interim president of the National Park Foundation. “With their generous, multi-faceted support of our Find Your Park movement, we will ensure that these special places are loved and protected well beyond the next 100 years.”

Budweiser’s new Statue of Liberty summer packaging highlights the partnership with NPF and marks its commitment to protect our country’s beloved historical, cultural, natural and urban parks. The Lady Liberty packs will be available in 8-, 12-, 16- and 25-ounce cans and in a 16-ounce aluminum bottle.

“America’s national parks are some of the most beautiful places on earth,” said Perkins. “We want to recognize that sense of scenery. That’s why we’ve brought one of the most iconic, inspiring visuals in the world to beer drinkers. That’s why we’ve commissioned an exciting Instagrammer to help unveil the partnership. And, most importantly, that’s why we’ve joined NPF to drive more young adults to see these sights for themselves.”

For more information about Budweiser’s partnership with NPF, new summer packaging and images, please visit For more information on the Find Your Park movement, please visit

About Budweiser

Budweiser, an American-style lager, was introduced in 1876 when company founder Adolphus Busch set out to create the United States’ first truly national beer brand – brewed to be universally popular and transcend regional tastes. Each batch of Budweiser follows the same family recipe used by five generations of Busch family brewmasters. Budweiser is a medium-bodied, flavorful, crisp and pure beer with blended layers of premium American and European hop aromas, brewed for the perfect balance of flavor and refreshment. Budweiser is made using time-honored methods including “kraeusening” for natural carbonation and Beechwood aging, which results in unparalleled balance and character. The brand celebrates great times and has used the phrase “Grab Some Buds” in advertising since 2010.

About the National Park Foundation

The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards. Find out more and become a part of the national park community at

GOT GUTS? Time to Get Your Bike Out and Get Your Guts in Gear — The Ride for Crohn’s and Colitis

Registration Is Now Open for the 2015 Rides in New York and Ohio

PEEKSKILL, NY — (Marketwired – April 22, 2015)Get Your Guts in Gear, The Ride for Crohn’s and Colitis, (GYGIG), has opened registration for its 2015 Rides. Now in its 12th ride season, GYGIG continues to create and produce unique cycling events that provide a supportive community of people from around the country who are affected in some way by Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, or ostomy surgery. This year’s Rides will take place in New York’s Hudson Valley beginning and ending on West Point Military Academy on June 13th-14th and in Ohio on Sandusky Bay on August 14th-15th.

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are painful, medically incurable diseases that attack the digestive system. As many as 1.4 million American adults and children suffer from Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. 50,000 children are affected by IBD, and that number is growing.

GYGIG creates an environment where those impacted by these diseases — patients, family members, friends and caregivers — join cyclists and fitness enthusiasts as riders or crew to accomplish an important goal in a fun, challenging and energetic environment. Participants are given all the necessary tools to help them on their journey, including fundraising support, training advice, and assistance.

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“Our events are more than bicycle rides, and are unique in the IBD and ostomy communities” says Gary Beckman, Board President of Get Your Guts in Gear. “GYGIG creates a positive, life-altering experience for participants, many of whom are on a journey with this often invisible disease. We not only raise funds. We create a sense of community that inspires and empowers participants long after our events are done. “

“IBD is a serious lifelong condition for which there is currently no cure,” explains Dr. Anthony Weiss, an assistant Professor of Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, where he has served as the Associate Director of the Gastroenterology Training Program, and Director of the Gastroenterology Clinic. “While everyone wants a medical cure for these diseases, GYGIG’s Rides, along with the empowerment and connections they create, help sustain a healthier, more positive way of living with these often isolating diseases today”.

There is a registration fee of $35 per day and a $325 fundraising minimum for all riders.There is no registration fee or fundraising minimum to volunteer on Saturday and a $35 registration fee and no fundraising minimum for Sunday volunteers.

In 2015, GYGIG will continue its mission of creating events and fostering experiences that inspire and empower people touched by digestive diseases, forming communities focused on well-being. This year’s Rides will benefit Get Your Guts in Gear, Inc., the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, and the United Ostomy Associations of America. These worthy charities have a wide reach within the targeted community.

About Get Your Guts in Gear

Get Your Guts in Gear – The Ride for Crohn’s & Colitis (“GYGIG”) is an independent, national, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that creates and produces cycling events to raise awareness of Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and related conditions, and empower those affected. GYGIG also raises funds that benefit and support IBD and ostomy organizations and patient advocacy groups. Now in their 12th year, they have produced 25 rides in 6 states and donated more than $1.5 million to a number of organizations who are committed to providing advocacy, research, awareness and empowerment within the IBD and ostomy community.

To find out why it is more than a ride, please visit,

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