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Devin D. Thorpe

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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.

Hamptons Magazine Announces Chairs For A Cause To Celebrate 37th Season And Third Annual “Summer Of Giving” Program

Artists Collaborate for Specially Designed Garden Chairs – Auction Launches Today on

June 11, 2015 (Southampton, NY) – Hamptons magazine, the leading local luxury magazine on the East End of Long Island, celebrates its 37th season and its third annual “Summer of Giving” arts-inspired philanthropic campaign. The magazine, together with Marders and Silas Marder Gallery, announces Chairs For A Cause – 11 eco-friendly and sustainable Costa Rican teak garden chairs, artistically infused by the vision of world-renowned artists, available for auction to benefit 15 local charities.

These individual garden chairs, handcrafted by Silas Marder feature a custom lattice-back and seat with personalized artwork that reflects the artist’s personal style and are inspired by the beautiful and natural surroundings and gardens of the Hamptons. Each chair, with values from $4,500 – $15,000 will be available for auction on the charity website, beginning today at 9:00am with bidding starting at $2500.

The auction will be live until August 18 with all net proceeds benefitting charities including Bay Street Theater, Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center, Group for the East End, Guild Hall, Southampton Arts Center, The American Heart Association, The Parrish Art Museum, The Southampton Hospital/Ellen Hermanson Breast Center, The Watermill Center, The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, East End Hospice, The Phoenix House Academy, Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center and The Retreat.

Since its inception in 2013, Hamptons’ Summer Of Giving campaign has raised nearly $100,000 for local organizations and The Humane Society of the United States. Celebrities, politicos, designers and media personalities such as Governor Andrew Cuomo, Sandra Lee, Isaac Mizrahi, Elie Tahari, Simon Doonan, Ali Wentworth and Katie Lee offered their personalization to Hamptons magazine’s Brooklyn Beach Cruisers in the inaugural year. Artists Peter Tunney, Peter Max, Michael Dweck, Jeff Muhs, Tom Dash, Paton Miller, Charles Wildbank and Peter Dayton contributed their artistic embellishments to custom designed surfboards in 2014.

This year prominent artists who have ties to the Hamptons and have donated their artistry to the custom-built garden chairs include: John Torreano, Dan Rizzie, Margaret Garrett, Almond Zigmund, Christopher French, Donald Lipski, Lucy Winton, Gerald Pryor, Gavin Zeigler, Louise Eastman, and Jason Middlebrook. In addition to being available for auction on, the chairs will be on display at galas and events including the American Heart Association Heart Ball on June 13th, the Group for the East End Gala on June 27th and Guild Hall Clothesline Art Sale on August 1st. Guests will be able to live bid at these events as well as read an in depth feature on each artist in Hamptons Philanthropy issue, available June 26th. Nouvelle View also sponsors Chairs For A Cause by providing transportation of these one of kind works of art.

“With the rich history of artists living in the Hamptons, and the sheer number of collectors who summer on the East End we
are continuing our focus of fusing art and philanthropy to bring our Chairs for A Cause initiative to life this season,” says Samantha Yanks, Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons magazine. “These beautifully designed, eco-friendly garden chairs so generously donated by Marders will brighten up gardens, porches, and private gallery rooms while giving back to the community that we so enjoy.”

“Last Summer Hamptons’ magazine raised over $54,000 for The Southampton Hospital and The Ellen Hermanson Breast Center. This year we have broadened our philanthropic base to benefit a well-rounded scope of the leading organizations working to preserve and enrich all areas important to Hamptons’ residents and visitors from the beginning of the Gold Coast to Montauk.” says Debra Halpert, Publisher, Hamptons magazine. “We are delighted and honored to have created this year’s program with undying support from partners including Silas Marder and artist Dan Rizzie.”

About Hamptons magazine ( Hamptons magazine, celebrating 37 years, is the Hamptons’ leading luxury lifestyle publication featuring the latest in the worlds of art, culture, dining, entertainment, society, fashion, philanthropy, politics, real estate and nightlife on Long Island’s “East End”. Hamptons magazine, published by Niche Media Holdings, LLC, was the first publication to etch the luxury, regional publishing category. Niche Media’s city-specific publications also include: Aspen Peak, Austin Way, Boston Common, Capitol File, Gotham, Los Angeles Confidential, Michigan Avenue, Ocean Drive, Philadelphia Style and Vegas magazines. Its custom publishing titles include Art Basel, Wynn, Maison&Objet Miami Beach and The Mall at Short Hills. Through our strategic distribution model and significant investment in verified data from Nielsen Claritas, Niche Media is the only regional, lifestyle publishing company that is guaranteed to reach the sophisticated and affluent audience in each of our cities. Niche Media titles exceed 14,000 pages with a combined annual distribution of 4.6 million copies nationally.

About Charitybuzz ( Charitybuzz raises funds for nonprofits around the globe through online auctions with the world’s most recognizable celebrities and brands. Featuring access to acclaimed actors and musicians, business and political leaders, sports stars, luxury travel, couture fashion, rare memorabilia and more, Charitybuzz brings its online community of bidders exclusive opportunities to live their dreams and make a difference. Since launching, Charitybuzz has raised more than $130 million for charity. To learn more, visit, like us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter at @Charitybuzz.

Investor Protection Institute, Oklahoma Production Company Developing Film On Ponzi Schemes

Actor Rex Linn, Director Chris Turner and Filmmaker Kevin Meyer to Take Part

WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 11, 2015 – The nonprofit Investor Protection Institute (IPI) announced today that it is collaborating with Oklahoma City-based Island Grill Media & Entertainment to develop “The Meeting,” a short film exposing the devastating results for victims of Ponzi schemes. Production will being in the early summer of 2015 with a planned fall release.

IPI has produced a number of major investor education video projects. Based on actual events, “The Meeting” is an adaptation of a story by Irving Faught, the Administrator of the Oklahoma Securities Commission.

The short film will star actor Rex Linn, who has appeared in such movies as Cliffhanger (1993) and Django Unchained (2012). Linn also has been a regular in a number of television series, including JAG (1995-2000) CSI: Miami (2000 – 2010), State of Affairs (2015), Nashville (2015) and a recurring role in the upcoming and highly anticipated HBO series, The Brink.

“The Meeting” will be directed by Chris Turner, who has produced three award-winning documentaries, including “Anatomy of a Fraud, The Rogue Broker” (2010). “The Meeting” was written by Kevin Meyer, an award-winning filmmaker, director, and writer known for major Hollywood movies such as A Smile Like Yours (1997) and Perfect Alibi (1995).

IPI President and CEO Don Blandin said: “One of our main goals at the Investor Protection Institute is to bring together talented people to help deliver investor education to the widest possible audience of Americans. For those who may never read a pamphlet or do research online, a project such as The Meeting is an exciting means by which to convey important information in a way that can have a real and lasting impact.”

Faught, Linn and Turner worked together on a pair of award winning documentaries about Ponzi schemes that were part of the “Anatomy of a Fraud’ series released in 2006 and 2010.


The Investor Protection Institute ( is an independent nonprofit organization that advances investor protection by conducting and supporting unbiased research and groundbreaking education programs. IPI serves as an independent source of unbiased and non-commercial investor education materials.

Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation Announces First International Expansion; Launches London Division

London (11 June, 2015) – The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF), a U.S.-based nonprofit organization funded by the insurance industry, has expanded its operations to the United Kingdom with the launch of its first international division.

IICF’s newly-formed London Division will join the collective strengths of the insurance industry to provide grants, volunteer services, and leadership initiatives to the local community across the UK. It is the first overseas expansion for IICF, which operates four regional divisions across the United States and has contributed $23.5 million in grants and nearly 200,000 volunteer hours to local American communities since its inception in 1994.

“Our expansion into the U.K. is a monumental occasion for the IICF, as well as for the entire insurance industry,” said Gary Petrosino, Executive Vice President at Chubb Group of Insurance Companies and Chairman of IICF’s Board of Governors. “Our growth into the international community represents an important evolution in the insurance industry’s rich tradition of giving.”

The London operations kick off with support from some of the most prestigious organizations that make up—and support—the insurance industry. Founding board membership includes the following executives and companies:

  • AFL Insurance Brokers: Alec Finch, Chairman
  • Aon: Terry Masters, Chief Executive Officer, Aon Re Solutions
  • Chubb: Gary Petrosino, Executive Vice President (and Chairman of IICF’s Board of Governors)
  • CNA: Dave Brosnan, Chief Executive Officer, CNA Europe
  • Generali: Steven Spano, U.K. Chief Financial Officer
  • IICF: Bill Ross, Chief Executive Officer
  • KPMG: Gary Reader, Partner, Global Insurance Sector
  • Mayer Brown: Colin Scagell, Partner
  • Prosek Partners: Andrew Waterworth, Managing Director
  • Swiss Re: Sally-Anne Etienne, Market Head Life & Health U.K. and Ireland
  • World Broker Network: Bruce Basso, Chief Executive Officer (and IICF Founder)
  • XL Catlin: John Carroll, Group Sustainability Director
  • Zurich: Pam Webb, Head of the Zurich Community Trust

“We are thrilled to launch our first international division with the support of an outstanding group of industry leaders,” said Bill Ross, Chief Executive Officer of IICF.

Wendy Wilder will serve as the Executive Director of IICF’s London Division. Ms. Wilder brings to the position 16 years of Strategy and Corporate Responsibility experience in the private and non-profit sectors in Europe, North America and Asia. Notably, she was Head of Strategy & Planning for AIG UK for three years and also has held consulting roles at Ernst & Young, Charities Aid Foundation, and the Bangladesh-based CSR Centre.

For more information about the IICF’s global mission, please visit

About the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation

The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation was established in 1994 and is completely directed and funded by the insurance industry. The foundation helps communities and enriches lives by uniting the collective strengths of the industry to provide grants, volunteer service and leadership. Since its inception in 1994, IICF has contributed more than $23.5 million in grants to charities and nearly 200,000 volunteer hours to hundreds of community nonprofit organizations. IICF is a registered not-for-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the United States’ IRS code. Learn more about the IICF at

MOVE Guides CEO Takes Founders Pledge to Donate Percentage of Personal Exit Proceeds to Charity

Brynne Herbert joins fellow entrepreneurs in the Founders Forum for Good pledge to support charitable causes around the world

LONDON (June 10, 2015) – MOVE Guides, the cloud platform for global talent mobility, announced today that Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Brynne Herbert, would be joining a cohort of startup founders from the United States and United Kingdom in taking the Founders Pledge. All members of the Founders Pledge will donate two percent of their personal exit proceeds to the charitable causes of their choice.

She is joined in her pledge by prominent members of the startup community including Brent Hoberman, Henry Lane Fox and Frank Meehan of, Jose Neves of Farfetch, Nick Hungerford and William Todd of Nutmeg, Damian Kimmelman and Justin Fitzpatrick of DueDil, and more.

“I am honored to be a part of this movement for good within the technology industry,” said Herbert. “The hope is that other entrepreneurs will follow suit and we can create a strong culture of giving within the startup community, be it through time, monetary donations, or pro bono work.”

The Founders Pledge allows technology founders to commit to charitable giving despite any lack of time, resources or certainty that they may be facing in the present moment. It is administered by the Founders Forum for Good, a not-for-profit organization that bridges the skillset and expertise of digital entrepreneurs and commercial enterprises with not-for-profits and non-governmental organizations.

“Leading a startup with a global footprint requires true grit and ruthless focus, but also a shared mission and mindfulness of those that lack the means to pursue their own goals and ambitions,” added Herbert. “It is truly inspiring for me and my team to know that as we are working to help organizations attract and deploy talent on a global scale, our success will also directly benefit those in need through the Founders Pledge.”

Herbert founded MOVE Guides, a venture-backed startup aiming to automate the highly manual $150 billion global mobility market, in 2011 after experiencing her own frustrating international move as an investment banker in Asia.

About MOVE Guides

MOVE Guides is the cloud platform for talent mobility. We believe that finding and deploying talent on a global scale is critical to the success of 21st century organizations, and we enable that by making it easy for companies to move their employees. Our Talent Mobility Cloud supports all aspects of mobility – including the employee move, integrated payments and vendors, and automated workflows and reporting. Using our platform companies can meet their business objectives by increasing efficiency, ensuring compliance, better financial controls and improving employee satisfaction and productivity.

Visit our website at and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Zachary Quinto Joins Foundation for a National AIDS Monument Board of Directors

Mark Itkin and Tom Whitman have also joined the Board for the AIDS Monument, located in West Hollywood, CA.

(WEST HOLLYWOOD) – June 10, 2015 – The Foundation for a National AIDS Monument (501c3) today announced three new members of its Board of Directors. Actor and activist Zachary Quinto has joined the Board, as has William Morris Endeavor Board Member Mark Itkin and marketing executive Tom Whitman, all of whom add a wealth of knowledge, leadership and experience to support the growth and development of the AIDS Monument, located in West Hollywood, CA.

“I am excited to be part of the AIDS Monument Foundation Board of Directors, particularly because while the mission is to honor the lives of those lost as well as celebrating the people who fought and continue to fight for change and an end to HIV/AIDS, it looks ahead to keep the conversation about HIV current and relevant,” Quinto stated.

The Foundation for an AIDS Monument has been working with the City of West Hollywood and local community members to plan for the development of an enduring physical and interactive testament to the historic and future fight against HIV and AIDS. The physical monument, as envisioned by internationally-acclaimed artist Daniel Tobin, will honor HIV/AIDS activists, caregivers and community leaders, and memorialize those impacted by the devastation of HIV/AIDS on a local and national level.
The three new Board members include:

Zachary Quinto, Actor & Activist – Zachary Quinto is an Emmy Award-nominated star of stage and screen, appearing in film, television and theater, as well as working behind the scenes as a film producer. In addition to starring in the Star Trek film franchise, Quinto earned an Emmy Award nomination for his work in American Horror Story: Asylum. Over the years, Quinto has dedicated his time to numerous charities including: The Trevor Project, It Gets Better Project, Kiehl’s Earth Day campaign for Recycle Across America, Hollywood Unites for Haiti, Rosie’s Theater Kids, Alzheimer’s Association, Autism Speaks, Chrysalis, Global Green, The Epilepsy Foundation, Hollywood’s Least Wanted, Bulgari’s Save the Children Campaign, The Art of Elysium, Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children and NBC’s The More You Know campaign.

Mark Itkin, William Morris Endeavor – After leaving the law firm of Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp, Mark Itkin joined the William Morris Agency in 1982, to become a television packaging agent specializing in first-run syndication, pay and basic cable television. Itkin is currently Co-Head of Television and a member of the Board of Directors at William Morris Endeavor. Itkin has been a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for eighteen years, a two-term Governor, and spent six years on the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Executive Committee. In addition, Itkin chaired the Blue Ribbon Panel Committee which successfully instituted “at-home” viewing of the Prime Time Emmy Awards and was Chairman of the ATAS Hall of Fame Committee for four years. Itkin is currently on the Board of Governors of Cedars-Sinai Hospital, on the Board of Directors of the Zimmer Children’s Museum, and on the Board of Directors of The Paley Center for Media.

Tom Whitman, Tom Whitman Presents (TWP) – Tom Whitman is the Senior Vice President/Director of Flip, the LGBT division of integrated marketing agency ion+Radarworks, with offices in Los Angeles, Seattle and New York. Tom has made a career of specializing in connecting Fortune 500 brands to the LGBT consumer through a range of integrated marketing plans, including experiential, digital, print, influencer marketing and social media. His deep experience in delivering creative and innovative programs ranges from television and event production to advertising, marketing and communications. A much sought after thought-leader and expert on LGBT marketing and promotions, Tom also serves in leadership positions on the Board of Directors of AIDS Project Los Angeles, GLAAD, the Global Forum on MSM and HIV, and is active in the regional, national and global LGBT non-profit space.

“The National AIDS monument will be a catalyst for conversations that can help save lives. In addition to the gravitas of Hollywood that Zachary brings to the Board, he also adds an active, willing voice to reach the young people most at risk for contracting HIV. Mr. Itkin strengthens that entertainment industry expertise and reach as well as a vast amount of passion around philanthropic causes. We are equally grateful for Tom’s experience in building community and marketing campaigns as well as his relevant Board experience,” said Jason H. Kennedy, Board vice-chair.

For more information about the AIDS Monument in West Hollywood, please visit

About Foundation for a National AIDS Monument

Established in 2013, the Foundation for a National AIDS Monument is building the nation’s first-of-its-kind HIV/AIDS Monument to memorialize, by name and likeness, Americans who died as a result of HIV/AIDS. The Foundation seeks to honor and memorialize the devastation and impact of HIV/AIDS on a national level. Reflective and contemporary, the Monument will establish a much needed, long-awaited physical structure, one of global significance that will support ongoing activism.

Blending evocative architectural design and state-of-the-art interactive technology, the Monument will provide a destination that will pay tribute to those we have lost, honor those who survived and the organizations of change that were born, and provide links and access to existing programs around HIV/AIDS education.

The First Years® Partners With New York Times Bestselling Children’s Book Author And Illustrator Todd Parr To Release Two Free E-Books For New And Expecting Parents

Free Downloads to Benefit Children’s Charities

OAK BROOK, Ill., June 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The First Years, a leading manufacturer of juvenile products for more than 60 years, is partnering with New York Times bestselling children’s book author and illustrator Todd Parr to exclusively release two free new e-books celebrating the wild and wonderful journey of pregnancy and the first years of parenting.

Known by parents across America for spreading messages of love, kindness and humor in his children’s books, Parr has switched gears and written two new e-books for parents themselves to enjoy:

“We’re Pregnant” is now available as a free download at, and for every “We’re Pregnant” e-book downloaded through Dec. 31, 2015, The First Years will donate $1 (up to $10,000) to Project Night Night, a nonprofit organization that provides more than 25,000 free “night night” care packages to homeless infants, toddlers and children each year.

“We’re Parents” became available today as a free download at, and for every “We’re Parents” e-book downloaded now through Dec. 31, 2015, The First Years will donate $1 worth of their products (up to $10,000 ARV, including bath tubs, breast pumps, baby monitors, pacifiers and health & grooming products) to Cradles to Crayons, a nonprofit that provides essential supplies to children in need.

The First Years makes thoughtful, innovative and essential products that make life easier for new parents. The reason the company chose Project Night Night and Cradles to Crayons to benefit from free downloads of Parr’s new e-books is because both organizations are highly respected nonprofits with a specific focus on providing essential products to babies and young children in need of assistance.

“The First Years is all about celebrating new parents, who often have no idea what they’re getting into,” said Lynne Mello, Vice President of Marketing Communications, TOMY International. “Parents across America love reading Todd Parr’s bright and playful books to their young children. With the release of ‘We’re Pregnant’ and ‘We’re Parents,’ for the first time ever parents have the opportunity to experience Parr’s humor, joy and wit in two free e-books written specifically for them as they embark on one of life’s greatest journeys.”

Published by SupperTime Entertainment of Pacific Palisades, CA, both of Parr’s new e-books for parents and parents-to-be are written in the same whimsical, simple and bright style as his bestselling children’s books.

“The First Years completely understands the good, the surprising and the smelly that come along with being a new parent, and that’s what provided the inspiration for my two new e-books,” said Parr. “I am also especially proud that everyone who downloads ‘We’re Pregnant’ and ‘We’re Parents’ helps Project Night Night and Cradles to Crayons continue to do their outstanding work that makes the world a better place for children in need.”

Project Night Night provides “night night” packages, free of charge, to homeless children from birth to pre-teen who need childhood essentials to feel secure, cozy, ready to learn, and significant. Each “night night” package contains a new security blanket, an age-appropriate children’s book, and a stuffed animal – all nestled inside of a new canvas tote bag. Project Night Night establishes a foundation for lasting change through the hands-on volunteer opportunities that they provide to tens of thousands of individuals each year. For more information, visit

Cradles to Crayons was founded in 2002, with the mission of providing to children ages newborn to 12 some of the most important basics of life, free of charge. These basics include clothing, school supplies, toys, and much more; the physical goods that children need to be safe, protected from the elements and ready to learn. Cradles to Crayons partners with social service organizations to connect communities that have surplus resources (new or used items in good condition) with communities that desperately need access to those resources. For more information, visit

Todd Parr is the author of more than 30 books for children, including the New York Times bestselling The I Love You Book, The Earth Book and The Thankful Book, as well as the upcoming The Goodbye Book (November 2015). His books have been published in 14 languages all over the world. He lives in Berkeley, CA with his three dogs, Pete, Tater Tot and Jerry. A complete list of Parr’s books can be found at

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About TOMY International

TOMY International ( is a leading global designer, producer and marketer of a broad range of innovative, high-quality toys sold to preschoolers, youths and adults under the TOMY®, Ertl® and Battroborg™ brands as well as products for parents, infants and toddlers marketed under its The First Years®, JJ Cole® Collections and Boon® brands. TOMY International also markets its products under popular licensed properties such as John Deere, Pokemon, Chuggington, Sonic the Hedgehog, Lamaze, Inside Out, Miles from Tomorrowland, The Good Dinosaur, Winnie the Pooh, Princesses, Cars, Fairies and Toy Story, and other well-known properties. TOMY International’s mission is to inspire and fulfill the dreams of children and parents worldwide. TOMY International reaches its target consumers through multiple channels of distribution supporting more than 25,000 retail outlets throughout North and South America, Europe and Australia. TOMY International is a wholly owned subsidiary of Japan-based TOMY Company, Ltd. (Tokyo Stock Exchange Code No. 7867). © TOMY

GLG Partners With Social Innovation Summit 2015

Gerson Lehrman Group CEO Saint-Amand calls for transformational learning solutions

New York, New York; June 10, 2015 — GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group Inc.), the world’s leading platform for professional learning, today announced its partnership with the Social Innovation Summit 2015, taking place June 10 and 11 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C. GLG Social Impact Director Jen Field will moderate a panel, Expertise in the Social Sector: The Essential Ingredient for Scale and Innovation, convening representatives from government, the financial services industry, and the nonprofit sector to discuss the role expertise plays in driving innovation and creating social change.

The Summit follows GLG CEO Alexander Saint-Amand’s recent op-ed Four Learning Principles for the Social Sector published online by the Stanford Social Innovation Review. In it Saint-Amand explains that nonprofits and social enterprises “demand creative solutions” to unique learning challenges, ranging from professional development infrastructure to prioritizing learning despite limited resources. He concludes, “when social innovators engage expertise and operationalize insight, they can find transformational solutions.” Saint-Amand drew these lessons from the first year of GLG’s Social Impact Fellowship as well as the company’s previous and ongoing work with other nonprofits, impact funds, and foundations.

The GLG Social Impact Fellowship gives curious and ambitious nonprofit and social enterprise leaders access to peer-to-peer learning from GLG’s membership of 400,000 experts and thought leaders. Fellows join GLG’s community of leading investors, entrepreneurs, corporations and consulting firms, who learn every day from academics, current and former C-suite executives, scientists, policy specialists, former public sector leaders and other professionals. Fellows and their teams work collaboratively with GLG to leverage the breadth and depth of GLG’s membership to inform strategic decisions and increase impact.

The inaugural 2014 Fellows (listed here) were chosen from a diverse group of leading early-stage and emerging nonprofits and social enterprises. Their organizations tackle a range of social challenges around the world – from community health and entrepreneurship to extreme poverty in Africa and disaster response in the U.S. Applications are now open for the 2015 Fellowship (available at

About GLG / Gerson Lehrman Group

GLG is the world’s leading platform for professional learning. Business leaders, investors, consultants, social entrepreneurs, and other top professionals rely on GLG to learn in short- and long-term engagements from a membership of more than 400,000 experts. Clients partner with GLG to address their most complex strategic challenges, make better business decisions, and advance their careers through conversations, mentorships, small group convenings, surveys, and other interactions—all within a rigorous compliance framework. Global, technology-driven, and nimble, GLG’s approximately 1,000 employees work in 22 offices in 12 countries. For more information visit

About GLG Social Impact

GLG Social Impact connects social sector organizations with experts across industries and geographies for perspectives and expertise to accelerate the impact of their work, including through the GLG Social Impact Fellowship. GLG Social Impact partners with leading social sector organizations around the world, including the Clinton Development Initiative, Endeavor, the Bridgespan Group, and the Julliard School, among others. To find out more, visit

ScoutComms Earns Prestigious B Corp Certification

Certification demonstrates the commitment of the award-winning, veterans-focused agency to social and economic performance, transparency and accountability

Fredericksburg, Va. – ScoutComms announced today that B Lab, the B Corporation certification body, has recognized the company as a B Corporation™. By becoming a certified B Corporation, ScoutComms is publicly committing to using the power of its business to solve the social problems facing veterans and military families.

“The decision for us to become a certified B Corp was not a difficult one in spite of the rigor and hard work associated with achieving it,” said Fred Wellman, CEO and Founder of ScoutComms. “We have always been a company with a clear purpose and mission to help veterans and military families. This certification is as much an affirmation of our work as it is an accomplishment of its own merit.”

ScoutComms, which was already organized as a Virginia Benefit Corporation prior to B Lab certification, is the nation’s premier communications, advocacy and philanthropic strategy firm focused entirely on supporting veterans, military families and the organizations that empower them. The firm works with top non-profits, Fortune 500 companies, innovative veteran-focused small businesses, foundations and government agencies. Clients have included The Home Depot Foundation, the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, GE, the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, Prudential, the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, the Semper Fi Fund, Wounded Warrior Project, VetAdvisor and more. ScoutComms also regularly works with pro bono clients, including the Warrior-Scholar Project and No One Left Behind.

ScoutComms performs its B Corp mission through a singular business focus on veterans and military family related client work, pro bono client efforts, employee volunteer time, charitable giving and strict adherence to B Corp standards of ethics and transparency.

ScoutComms is one of the first B Corps to focus on veterans and military family issues in the world and is the first certified B Corp in Fredericksburg, Virginia. ScoutComms’ B Corp profile can be viewed here:

What is a B Corporation?

In order to be recognized as a Certified B Corporation, ScoutComms had to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance as well as dedication to greater transparency, ethics and employee care in its business practices. As of May 2015, there were 1,300 Certified B Corporations from 41 countries and more than 121 industries, representing a diverse multi-billion dollar global marketplace. Unlike traditional corporations, Certified B Corporations are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their employees, suppliers, community, consumers, and environment.

To achieve certification, ScoutComms participated in an in depth assessment process established by B Lab, the B Corporation certification body. The assessment included extensive disclosure of information relating to ScoutComms operations, business practices, hiring and promotion procedures, environmental management practices, and governance.

ScoutComms Account Executive Margaret Clevenger, who is a military child herself, successfully led the months long assessment process for the firm.

About ScoutComms

ScoutComms, Inc., a Virginia Benefit Corporation and certified B Corp, is the nation’s premier communications, advocacy and philanthropic strategy firm focused entirely on supporting veterans, military families and the organizations that work with them. At ScoutComms our mission is to empower veterans and military families through communications grounded initiatives and collaborative partnerships that lead to greater awareness of veterans’ needs and expands their access to resources promoting their economic, physical, and mental well-being. To learn more about what we can do for your organization visit our website at

About B Corp

Certified B Corporations 1) meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance; 2) legally expand their corporate responsibilities to include consideration of stakeholder interests; and 3) build collective voice through the power of the unifying B Corporation brand. As of May 2015, there were over 1300 Certified B Corporations from over 121 industries, representing a diverse multi-billion dollar marketplace.

About B Lab

B Lab is a nonprofit organization dedicated to using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Lab drives systemic change through three interrelated initiatives: 1) building a community of Certified B Corporations to make it easier for all of us to tell the difference between “good companies” and just good marketing; 2) accelerating the growth of the impact investing asset class through use of B Lab’s GIIRS impact rating system by institutional investors; and 3) promoting supportive public policies, including creation of a new corporate form and tax, procurement, and investment incentives for sustainable business.

Turkish Philanthropy Funds’ Success is hoped to Inspire Cross-Border Philanthropy in Europe

Turkish-American Community Foundation Joins Leading International Nonprofit, Private, and Academic Sector Experts for Conference on “Engaged Philanthropy” and Discusses the Growing Influence of Diaspora

New York, NY (June 8, 2015)Turkish Philanthropy Funds, the leading US-based foundation for high-impact social investments in Turkey, convened today with fellow world philanthropic leaders at this year’s Stockholm Philanthropy Symposium to share knowledge and developments on the state of “Engaged Philanthropy.”

TPF Director of the Board and Executive Committee member Burcu Mirza was joined by Melinda Gates of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and world-renowned primatologist, conservationist, and activist Dr. Jane Goodall, among other leaders from the philanthropic, nonprofit, and academic sectors who were featured speakers at this year’s symposium.

In her presentation, entitled “Global Givers: The Power of Storytelling,” Mirza discussed TPF’s pivotal role enabling social improvements and facilitating impactful projects in Turkey by encouraging the Turkish-American community to become effective donors. TPF raised more than $18 million in charitable assets and made over $13 million grants through 44 qualified partners in 59 cities in the areas of education, gender equality, development and disaster relief, since its inception just eight years ago.

Those who donate funds through TPF not only become instant philanthropists, they become partners, as individual passions are taken into account when selecting an initiative or project to invest in. TPF in turn shares progress reports and project updates so philanthropists can directly see the impact that their generosity has created.

In her remarks, Mirza stated, “The community foundation model we adopted at TPF enabled us to create a powerful network both in the United States and in Turkey. We were able to dispatch and transfer funds, critical skills and expertise and offer tax benefits to our supporters under U.S. tax law on international charitable giving. Nonprofits in some countries still face legal challenges in encouraging and enabling cross-border philanthropic activity in Europe. Our track record is a testament to the positive influence Diasporas can have in their home countries. We are sharing our best practices today to help grow sources of such influence elsewhere in the world.”

The Stockholm Philanthropy Symposium brings together American and European non-profit organizations to share experiences and strengthen strategic philanthropy in the promotion of Swedish society development. The past symposia have brought together close to 300 participants, including leaders of business, NGOs, government, academia, philanthropy, the arts, next generation philanthropists, family foundation managers, individual donors, and professional partners.

California Governor Jerry Brown and Los Angeles Times / San Diego Union-Tribune Publisher and CEO Austin Beutner Address Drought in Exclusive TV Broadcast Special of ‘SOCAL CONNECTED’

Airs in Southern California on KCET Wednesday, June 10 at 8 p.m. and nationwide on Link TV Thursday, June 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT

Program Captures Immersive Discussion on Critical Water Issues Between Two of the State’s Top Influencers Taking Place Tuesday, June 9 at USC

Photo Courtesy of Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

Photo Courtesy of Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

Burbank, Calif. – June 8, 2015KCETLink Media Group, a leading national independent non-profit public broadcast and digital network, is engaging viewers around the drought crisis in California with a special one-hour presentation of KCET’s multiple award-winning series SOCAL CONNECTED on Wednesday, June 10 at 8 p.m. in Southern California on KCET and Thursday, June 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Link TV (DirecTV channel 375 and DISH Network channel 9410) nationwide. The program captures an in-depth, participatory discussion between Governor Jerry Brown and Los Angeles Times / San Diego Union-Tribune Publisher and CEO Austin Beutner on critical water conservation issues that includes questions pre-submitted by the public. The broadcast special, “Governor Jerry Brown on the Drought: A SoCal Connected Special,” will feature that conversation and include a special introduction by SOCAL CONNECTED anchor Val Zavala.

As the state of California faces its most severe drought on record, the dynamic conversation between two of the state’s leading voices takes place on Tuesday at USC’s Town & Gown ballroom during a special live event, which kicks off a new Los Angeles Times event series called “The California Conversation.” The conversation taking place on Tuesday, June 9 at USC will be streamed live on and beginning at 6 p.m. PT.

Governor Brown announced the first ever 25 percent statewide mandatory water reductions in April and directed state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for water shortages. Contending with the drought means navigating a complex tangle of water policies, regulations and court decrees. The conversation will explore the role that residents, businesses, farmers and government play in meeting our water challenges as well as how the rest of the nation is impacted by California’s water policies.

Viewers can also visit a new dedicated KCET digital hub at that will stream the SOCAL CONNECTED special and feature additional coverage and programming around the drought and water conservation issues impacting the region.

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SOCAL CONNECTED, recently honored with nine Emmy® Award nominations, is anchored by 16-time Emmy®-Award winner, Val Zavala. Contributors include science journalist Cara Santa Maria, reporters Conor Knighton, Jennifer Sabih, Derrick Shore, writer Nick Hardcastle and documentary filmmakers Nic Cha Kim and Dija Dowling. The television broadcast executive producer for SOCAL CONNECTED is Val Zavala; digital executive producer is Zach Behrens; and Linda Burns is senior producer.


Winner of a Peabody® and two duPont Awards, 23 Emmy® Awards, 24 Golden Mikes, 48 LA Press Club Awards, two Gracie Awards, and four regional and one national Edward R. Murrow Awards, including Best News Documentary and Los Angeles Magazine’s “Best New Local TV Program” of 2009, airs exclusively on KCET. For more information, to view episodes online or to leave comments, please visit SOCAL CONNECTED is made possible through the generous support of The Ahmanson Foundation, Chapman University and the MaddocksBrown Foundation.


KCETLink Media Group is a national independent, nonprofit, digital and broadcast network that provides high-quality, culturally diverse programming designed to engage the public in innovative, entertaining and transformative ways. With a commitment to independent perspectives, smart global entertainment, local communities, and opportunities for engagement and social action, KCETLink depicts people and the world through a lens unavailable elsewhere in U.S. media. A viewer-supported 501(c)(3) organization, KCETLink content is distributed nationally via satellite on Link TV – DIRECTV channel 375 and DISH Network channel 9410 – and on KCET in Southern and Central California via broadcast and cable, as well as through various digital delivery systems. For additional information about KCET and Link TV productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit or

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