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US SIF Foundation Releases Resource Guide For Retail Investors: “Getting Started In Sustainable And Impact Investing”

Press Release – WASHINGTON, D.C., September 14, 2017 – In response to rapidly growing demand for sustainable, responsible and impact (SRI) investing, the US SIF Foundation today released a new guide for retail investors, “Getting Started in Sustainable and Impact Investing.” This resource is a concise guide for retail, non-accredited investors exploring investment options such as mutual funds, ETFs, and direct ownership of stocks, as well as information on seeking professional investment help.

The US SIF Foundation reports a 33 percent growth in SRI assets under professional management in the United States from $6.57 trillion in 2014 to $8.72 trillion in 2016. However, most of this activity has been among institutional investors, which have ready access to professional SRI expertise, networks and associations.

“As interest in sustainable and impact investing expands, our goal in creating this guide was to provide a starting point for individuals who want to make a positive societal impact with their investments but aren’t sure where to begin,” said Lisa Woll, CEO of US SIF.

A 2017 study by the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing found 75 percent of individual investors expressing interest in sustainable investing. Similarly, the findings of a 2016 survey by Natixis Global Asset Management of 401k and other defined contribution plan participants also demonstrated interest in sustainable investments—64 percent were concerned about the environmental, social and ethical records of the companies in which they invested, while 74 percent said they’d like to see more socially responsible investments in their retirement plan offering.

The guide includes information on mutual funds, ETFs, direct ownership of stocks, and community-oriented cash and fixed income products, including banks and credit unions. The guide concludes with information on the best ways to seek investment advice from a financial professional.


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Bill Austin, Founder of Starkey Hearing Foundation, named First Goodwill Global Ambassador for Ear and Hearing Health

Ambassadorship announced during high-level event on hearing health at United Nations headquarters with President Bill Clinton

Press Release – MINNEAPOLIS (Sept. 15, 2017) – The International Federation for Peace & Sustainable Development (IFPSD), accredited by the United Nations, today named Bill Austin Goodwill Global Ambassador for Ear and Hearing Health during a high-level event on hearing health at the United Nations headquarters in New York. The event, at which President Bill Clinton spoke, addressed the need for increased national funding, philanthropic support and international foreign aid for ear and hearing health. Mr. Austin, a global philanthropist and founder of Starkey Hearing Foundation, is the first person to be honored with the title.

With his new position, Mr. Austin will work to achieve his life-long mission of aiding and supporting people with hearing loss around the globe. He will also strengthen relationships with community leaders and lawmakers worldwide to increase the accessibility of hearing care for all.

“I am humbled and proud to be honored by the International Federation for Peace & Sustainable Development for my life’s work,” said Mr. Austin. “As Global Ambassador for Ear and Hearing Health, I will continue to advocate for the countless millions of children and adults who suffer from hearing loss and their families. Working closely with Starkey Hearing Foundation and key policy makers in communities around the world, I look forward to enhancing access of hearing care through service delivery, training, capacity building, and research and policy advocacy.”

“I have watched Bill Austin give children and their families the gift of hearing for a long time. Thanks to him, a lot of people have begun to look for answers instead of anger, for empowerment instead of resentment, and for cooperation instead of controversy,” said President Bill Clinton. “This is about way more than hearing. This is about what we want the world of the 21st century to look like,” he added.

“For the past 16 years, we have worked diligently in many countries around the world, especially war-torn countries,” said Founder and President of the International Federation for Peace & Sustainable Development Sally Kader, who presented the award to Mr. Austin. “I was honored witnessing first-hand the miracle of children hearing for first time. The look on their faces when they first heard sound brought tears to my eyes. I am so proud of Mr. Austin’s accomplishments and our continued partnership with Starkey Hearing Foundation.”

Starkey Hearing Foundation is committed to working to accomplish the Sustainable Development Goals, which serve as an action plan for global development focused on people, planet and prosperity. Through Mr. Austin’s tireless work with Starkey Hearing Foundation over the past 33 years, hearing aids and hearing health services have been provided to hundreds of thousands of people around the world, built on sustainable hearing programs in low and middle-income countries, and changed the global scope of hearing healthcare as we know it.

About Starkey Hearing Foundation

Starkey Hearing Foundation, a public charity co-founded by William F. Austin and Tani Austin, gives the gift of hearing to people in need in the U.S. and around the world. Disabling hearing loss affects more than 360 million people, including 32 million children, yet many do not have access to the hearing devices that improve lives and promote understanding. Starkey Hearing Foundation focuses on hearing health missions, hearing loss education and hearing aid recycling. Connect with Starkey Hearing Foundation on Facebook and Twitter, or visit www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org.


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“Blood Ivory” Is The Hard-Hitting New Documentary Series About U.S. Veterans Combatting Elephant Ivory Poaching Syndicates In Tanzania

Press Release – Discovery’s Animal Planet and Veterans Empowered to Protect African Wildlife (VETPAW), a U.S. nonprofit that employs U.S. Veterans to protect endangered wildlife teamed up for “Blood Ivory,” a historic and exciting documentary series that premiered Tuesday, September 12, 2017. https://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/blood-ivory/

The show documents VETPAW, which was founded in 2012 by Ryan Tate , a former post 9-11 Marine who saw what was happening to elephants and rhinos in Africa and realized that like himself, U.S. Veterans trained on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan in counter-insurgency warfare are remarkably well suited to re-purpose those skills in the battle to save African endangered species.

Tate stated, “I was so angry that these innocent creatures were dying for their tusks, for something only they needed. It was a war and it was time to even the stakes, that is how VETPAW (Veterans Empowered To Protect African Wildlife) was created. I quit my day job and put my skills as a Marine to use to shut down the criminal syndicates in Tanzania who were driving the illicit ivory trade.”

Tate, then 30 years old, had created a non-profit, VETPAW, that hires post 9-11 Veterans who are under or unemployed to go to work in conservation and anti-poaching. Working in conjunction with the Tanzanian Wildlife Crimes Task Force, Tate and his team successfully assisted the task force with investigations, security, strategy and ultimately the arrest of over 25 suspected poachers, leading to the destruction of a poaching ring responsible for the deaths of countless elehants.

“Blood Ivory” is the journey of this team comprised of former U.S. Marine, Air Force, Army and Special Forces Green Beret soldiers (many of whom had never been to Africa or seen an elephant up close) It is a compelling and heartfelf journey that changed their lives and helped save the lives of animals that otherwise could have fallen victim to poaching. “Blood Ivory” is airing on Discovery’s Animal Planet on Tuesday nights at 7 and 10pm for a limited run.

While “Blood Ivory” set the stage for this unique experiment in American Veterans conducting counter-poaching operations in Africa, today VETPAW maintains a base of operations in South Africa where their Veterans protect critically endangered rhinos from poaching. In addtion, VETPAW has trained approximately 1,000 African Park Rangers in the latest counter-poaching techniques.

ABOUT VETPAW: The goals of Veterans Empowered to Protect African Wildlife (VETPAW) are to provide meaningful employment to skilled post-9/11 U.S. Veterans and conserve critically endangered African species and their communities and ecosystems. Iconic and irreplaceable wildlife is on the brink of extinction due to illegal poaching, and the crisis has far-reaching and catastrophic consequences. VETPAW utilizes the unrivalled expertise of veterans to train and support African rangers and to provide sustainable solutions. By hiring the men and women of the U.S. military we also facilitate career development and personal growth. http://vetpaw.org/


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10,000 Beds Launches a Recovery Success Campaign

By sharing stories of recovery, the 501c3 hopes to help more individuals seeking help to overcome their addiction, 10000Beds.org reports

Press Release – (Cedar City, Utah) 10,000 Beds, a nationwide 501c3 nonprofit, is #ontheroad4recovery in 2017 & 18, After selling their home and buying a 40’ RV, Founder Jean Krisle & her husband hit the road to criss cross the US on their mission of helping those without resources seeking help for addiction, and changing perceptions of recovery: as individuals are so much more than their addiction.

In an effort to achieve this goal, the organization is launching a campaign to celebrate recovery and is encouraging individuals in recovery and their family and friends to take part. With the help of this campaign, 10,000 Beds hopes to further the organization’s mission of recovery and help more addicts without resources overcome their addiction and move forward with life.

“An addiction impacts every aspect of a person’s life, yet the addict often does not realize this. They are so focused on obtaining their next fix they don’t see their home life and work being impacted. Furthermore, they often believe they don’t need help or find excuses to not seek rehab. We wish to change this, as life is much better in recovery, and we have a scholarship program with an online application process for those who wish to obtain treatment, yet cannot afford to do so. We are not a 24/7 emergency hotline. These scholarships take time to vet and award. If someone is in an emergency situation, they should call 911 immediately.” Jean Krisle, Founder & CEO of 10,000 Beds, announces.

All are invited to participate in this campaign; nearly everyone has been affected by addiction. Addicts currently in recovery may take part by sharing their story, making a sign, and posting a video on Facebook. Family and friends may also take part in this campaign by making a similar video. Simply change the information to explain the relationship to the addict when doing so.

The campaign message 10,000 Beds wants delivered loud & clear is: “We are so much more than our addiction.”

Telling your story and sharing the video should include the campaign, your name and a brief description of your life. This may be nothing more than your occupation or whatever you feel comfortable with. Share information about your addiction and explain it is time to end the epidemic. Explain that you have donated to 10,000Beds.org, a 501c3 non-profit organization providing treatment scholarships to those in need, and invite friends to donate now. Please include the campaign tag line, ‘We are so much more than our addiction! Let’s #CelebrateRecovery, 10000beds.org,’” Krisle continues.

In the event a person wishes to remain anonymous, this option is available also. Individuals in this situation may feel free to make an anonymous donation on the 10,000 Beds website and know that they are much more than their addiction.

“We respect those who prefer to maintain anonymity in their recovery. When I speak to groups, I often reference the soccer coach next door who neighbors think is the salt of the earth and he/she is. This coach is also in recovery, yet others aren’t aware of this. Let’s #CelebrateRecovery and change perceptions of recovery by remembering that there are many around us who remain anonymous, but have conquered the beast of addiction sometime in their life. Every day, they remember that fight and keep their guard up, their armor on and their will strong. My hat is off to each of these anonymous recovery heroes, as well as all in recovery.” Krisle states.

About 10,000 Beds:

10,000 Beds operates to help addicts recover. The organization does so by protecting an addict’s right to treatment while promoting ethics in the addiction industry. They strive to propel the conversations around addiction into effective and appropriate action and partner with extraordinary treatment programs to provide scholarships to individuals who are ready and willing to seek help for their addiction, yet lack the resources to do so. In 2016, 10,000 Beds awarded $1,000,000 in scholarships for treatment, with plans in 2017 to more than double that amount. The goal is to award 10,000 scholarships for addiction treatment by 2020.


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SAG-AFTRA Foundation To Honor Kate Winslet With “Actors Inspiration Award”

Event Takes Place Thursday, November 9, in Beverly Hills

Press Release – LOS ANGELES (September 14, 2017) – The SAG-AFTRA Foundation announced today it will bestow its Actors Inspiration Award to critically-acclaimed actress and philanthropist Kate Winslet, highlighting her career achievements and honoring her charitable work. The nonprofit’s Patron of the Artists Awards celebration will also honor director/producer Judd Apatow, Academy Award® winning director Kathryn Bigelow, and Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos for their roles in supporting actors and performing artists in their careers. The event takes place Thursday, November 9, at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.

Academy Award® winning actress Kate Winslet has brought to life some of cinema’s most captivating and memorable roles. Her resume consists of critically and commercially acclaimed work including Steve Jobs, Little Children, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Iris, Titanic, and Sense and Sensibility, as well as a span of awards and honors that illustrate her talent and solidify her permanent place in cinema history. A seven-time Oscar® nominee, Winslet earned the award for her role as Hanna Schmitz in Stephen Daldry’s 2008 “The Reader.” She also won an Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of the title role in the HBO mini-series “Mildred Pierce.” Up next, Winslet will be seen in Hany Abu-Assad’s The Mountain Between Us opposite Idris Elba and Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel opposite Justin Timberlake and Juno Temple, both of which will be released this winter.

As one of the most accomplished actors of our time, Winslet has simultaneously used her artistic platform to champion several philanthropic causes. The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Actors Inspiration Award recognizes Winslet’s dedication and commitment to a broad array of philanthropic activities ranging from global causes like her own Golden Hat Foundation working for children with autism and their families, and more regional charities in the UK such as Cardboard Citizens whose aim is to rehabilitate and provide creative sanctuary for at-risk and homeless individuals, down to very specific fundraising for disadvantaged individuals seeking life-saving cancer treatments.

“We are so proud to honor Kate Winslet with our Actors Inspiration Award. Without a doubt, Kate is an incomparable actress who we admire for her work and contribution to our craft. Yet, what makes Kate this year’s honoree is the work she does behind the scenes making a difference in the lives of children and adults living with autism through her Golden Hat Foundation while simultaneously supporting so many other worthwhile charities,” said SAG-AFTRA Foundation President JoBeth Williams. “Kate has been a game changer and role model in our industry, setting a sterling example for all artists and leaders to use their influence to give back to the greater welfare of others. We look forward to presenting her with this award for all she has accomplished, and all she has given back.”

Leonardo DiCaprio was the first recipient of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Actors Inspiration Award, and previous Patron of the Artists Awards honorees include Lee Daniels, Megan Ellison, and Rob Marshall. The Patron of the Artists Awards event includes musical performances with ticket sales benefitting the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. Sponsors include United Airlines and Variety.

To purchase tickets, sponsorship packages and for more information, please visit sagaftra.foundation/patronawards.

About the SAG-AFTRA Foundation

Since 1985, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation has granted more than $18.5 million in financial and medical assistance including $7.5 million in scholarships to SAG-AFTRA artists and their dependents. In addition, the Foundation has offered 7,200 free educational workshops, panels and screenings to union performers nationwide and its children’s literacy programs have brought the love of reading to more than 300 million children worldwide.

In 2017, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation celebrates 32 years of giving back to the professionals of SAG-AFTRA, their families and communities. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides vital assistance and free educational programming to the professionals of SAG-AFTRA while serving the public at large through its signature children’s literacy programs. The Foundation relies solely on support from gifts, grants and sponsorships to maintain its free programs. Visit sagaftra.foundation.

Connect with the SAG-AFTRA Foundation

Snapchat: sagaftraFOUND
Twitter: @sagaftraFOUND
Instagram: @sagaftraFOUND
Facebook: facebook.com/sagaftrafoundation
YouTube: youtube.com/sagaftrafoundation
Hashtag: #PatronoftheArtists


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Pratham USA’s New York Chapter Announces Annual Fundraising Gala

Press Release – New York, September 12, 2017 – The New York chapter of Pratham USA, an organization dedicated to bringing quality education to underprivileged children in India, today announced that its annual fundraising gala will be held on September 15, 2017 at the grand and luxurious venue that stands as a triumph of Greek revival architecture, Cipriani Wall Street.

The evening will feature actor, writer, comedian, and The Daily Show Senior Correspondent, Hasan Minhaj, and honor Ajay Piramal, Chairman of The Piramal Group and of the Pratham Education Foundation. The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Rukmini Banerji, CEO of the Pratham Education Foundation. Guests will enjoy cocktails and dinner featuring classic dishes by Cipriani Wall Street and renowned Indian bistro, Bukhara Grill.

“The Pratham NYC Gala is a way for the community here to come together and show its commitment to breaking the cycle of poverty for millions of India’s children by ensuring a quality education as the foundation upon which to build productive, more prosperous lives”, said Gagan Singh, president of the New York Tri-State Chapter Board. “We are proud of all that we are able to achieve with our donors’ unwavering commitment and support”.

As part of the largest educational movement in India, Pratham has transformed the lives of more than 50 million underserved children and inspired people around the world to advocate for improved education in their own communities. The funds raised at the NYC Gala will support the organization’s mission of “every child in school and learning well.”

Last year’s phenomenal gala attracted nearly 600 people and raised over $2.6 million which helped to educate 5.7 million children and empower 22,000 young adults through Pratham’s vocational programs during the 2016-17 school year. Gala co-chairs Sharda Cherwoo, Rekha Kumar and Jignesh Patel aim to surpass that amount with the help of this year’s generous sponsors. Along with many individual table sponsors, there are about 20 corporate sponsors including PNC, BNY Mellon, Dome Equities, Colgate Palmolive, Cognizant, and the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis.

To learn more about Pratham, please visit prathamusa.org


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GreaterGood.org Celebrates 10 Years of Giving Where It Matters

The Organization Protecting People, Pets, and the Planet Reaches $100 Million Milestone

GreaterGood.org celebrates their 10-Year Anniversary and over $100 million in cash and product grants given to impactful non-profit projects across the globe. (Graphic: GreaterGood.org)

Press Release – SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)GreaterGood.org, an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization devoted to improving the health and well-being of people, pets, and the planet, will celebrate 10 years of supporting high-impact nonprofit projects and organizations this September. Over the past decade, GreaterGood.org grew to curate and operate their own impactful Signature Programs, on top of giving over $100 million in cash and product grants to over 3,000 charity partners.

GreaterGood.org’s suite of Signature Programs, along with project partnerships, provide funding focused on its mission to protect people, pets, and the planet.

For its 10 year anniversary, GreaterGood.org is celebrating the following milestones:

  • People:
    • Over 500,000,000 cups of food provided directly to those in need to fight world hunger.
    • Over 16,000 mammograms provided to low-income women through its Signature Mammography Program.
    • GROW (Girls’ Right to Opportunity Worldwide), a Signature Program, covered costs for over 260 girls in 10 countries to attend school, as well as safely transported 100 girls to and from school daily in Afghanistan by funding a school bus through the Safe Ride to School program, for girls who were previously attacked by acid, providing over 300,000 safe rides to school thus far.
  • Pets:
    • Over 100 animal shelters renovated through the Signature Program Rescue Rebuild, bettering the lives of nearly 175,000 shelter pets as they wait for forever homes.
    • Over 150,000 vaccinations provided for shelter animals in need in all 50 states through the A Shot At Life Signature Program.
    • Over 200 million pet meals delivered to pets throughout the U.S. through donations and grants made possible through the Signature Program Rescue Bank.
  • Planet:
    • Over 6,000 animal and 8,000 plant observations made on expeditions to the Sky Islands region of Sonora, Mexico, documented through the Signature Program Madrean Discovery Expeditions. An education effort through the program reached over 400 students to inform the community about the area’s fragile ecosystem.
    • Over 31,000 acres of land in Sonora, Mexico, secured through the Signature Program Project Wildcat to protect the majestic jaguar, forming a large safe zone for jaguars and the ultimate source area for the jaguars’ reintroduction into the U.S.
    • Over 1,175,000 acres, through global partnerships, protected spanning 15 countries on five continents. In Mexico alone, more than 109,000 trees planted, specifically benefiting the once endangered Monarch Butterflies.

“GreaterGood.org exists to give back to charitable causes with serious impact, and $100 million in charitable giving is truly an incredible feat for our organization and partners,” said GreaterGood.org Executive Director Liz Baker. “This milestone would not be feasible without the dedication and support of our employees, volunteers, and selfless donors.”

In celebration of its 10th Anniversary, GreaterGood.org is encouraging donations of $10 to a charity of one’s choice as part of its #Give10 campaign, launching this April. For each donation, one can see the direct impact of the gift. Each month will highlight multiple Signature Programs, starting with funding girls’ education through Project Amal ou Salam and protecting endangered species through Project Peril.

About GreaterGood.org

GreaterGood.org is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that works to improve the health and well-being of people, pets, and the planet. Its global programs address hunger and illness (particularly in women and children), promote education and literacy, feed and care for rescued animals in shelters and sanctuaries, and protect wildlife and restore the environment. It accomplishes this mission by working with over 3,000 charitable partners across the globe and administering its own suite of Signature Programs run by experts in their fields.

Over the last 10 years, GreaterGood.org has worked with more than 3,000 charitable partners worldwide and created and operated several Signature Programs including Rescue Rebuild, Rescue Bank, Girl’s Voices, GROW, Madrean Discovery Expeditions, and Project WILDCAT. You can learn more about GreaterGood.org on our website or by following us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


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Taylor Hooton Foundation Expands National Reach

Non-profit taps Moroch agency to help spread awareness of the effects of Appearance and Performance Enhancing Substances

Press Release – McKinney, TX (September 13, 2017) – The Taylor Hooton Foundation announced a partnership today with Moroch, a Dallas-based integrated marketing agency, as it educates people across the nation about the effects of Appearance and Performance Enhancing Substances. To date, the foundation has reached over one million students and delivers hundreds of educational programs to youth, adult influencers and professionals each year.

“This started as an effort to spread the message that this is a serious and life-threatening issue,” said Donald Hooton, Jr., President of the Taylor Hooton Foundation. “The sad fact is almost two million middle school and high school kids admit to using Appearance and Performance Enhancing Substances, while only 19 percent of adults are aware of the problem. In fact, the majority of students we meet say they’ve never had a coach or adult speak to them about the dangers of these drugs. We’re on a mission to change that and we’re thrilled to have a world-class agency like Moroch help us reach even more people. Together, we can move mountains.”

The foundation was formed in 2004 after Taylor Hooton, a 17-year-old high school athlete from Plano, TX, turned to anabolic steroids. Shortly after his doping became known, Taylor quit using but fell into a deep depression and eventually took his own life. Realizing the need for more advocacy and awareness, Taylor’s family and friends started the foundation and have since partnered with various organizations including Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Hockey League and numerous others. Currently, more than 40 professional athletes are members of the Taylor Hooton Foundation’s Advisory Board and All Me League and have pledged to play clean and free of Appearance and Performance Enhancing Substances.

“The fact that one in 16 high school students admit to using steroids and teen girls are the fastest growing group of new users is a scary – and sadly unknown – problem,” said Doug Martin, Chief Client Service and Development Officer at Moroch. “That could easily be one of our kids, a family friend or even our next new employee. The Hooton family took a tragic incident and turned it into a brilliant foundation that is saving hundreds of lives each day. We’re just honored to help drive that message home.”

For more information or to make a donation online, please visit taylorhooton.org.

About the Taylor Hooton Foundation:

The Taylor Hooton Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to educating North America’s young people about the dangers of anabolic steroids and other Appearance and Performance Enhancing Substances. In addition to partnerships with various professional sports organizations, the foundation works closely with NSF International to develop educational resources about certified sports nutrition products. To learn more, visit taylorhooton.org or purchase a copy of William C. Kashatus’ book Suicide Squeeze. Donations can be made online or through Amazon Smile.

About Moroch:

Moroch is an independent, integrated marketing agency based in Dallas, with dozens of offices across the United States. Moroch clients include McDonald’s, Six Flags, Planet Fitness, Disney, Midas, Visionworks and Baylor Healthcare System, among others. For further information on Moroch and its capabilities, please visit moroch.com.


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Lifehouse Announces New Board Members, Retirement of Donna Vazifdar

Press Release – SAN RAFAEL, CA (September 13, 2017) – Lifehouse, a Marin County-based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support services to individuals with developmental disabilities, has announced the appointment of Alan Brayton and Bruce W. Burtch to its Board of Directors. Alan Brayton is a returning board member who served Lifehouse from 2008 – 2014. Bruce W. Burtch is joining the board for the first time.

“We are thrilled to have Al return to the Lifehouse board and are very excited to begin working with Bruce,” said Nancy Dow Moody, President and CEO of Lifehouse.

As a long-time supporter of Lifehouse, Al Brayton is both an attorney and winemaker. He lives in Marin County and is one of the founders of the law firm Brayton Purcell LLP, and the founder of Paradise Vineyards and Thirty Seven Wines. With over twenty-eight years of experience, Al Brayton is recognized as one of the West’s leading attorneys representing injured individuals and their families in all types of personal injury, products liability and mass tort litigation. He also enjoys a national reputation as one of the foremost attorneys representing victims of asbestos-related disease and has represented clients from virtually every state.

Bruce Burtchis is recognized nationally and internationally as a pioneer and leading expert in the field of cross-sector partnerships and cause marketing. He served as Public Affairs Manager for Marriott Corporation, Public Relations Director for the United States Olympic Committee, VP and General Manager of Schulberg Mediaworks, Director of Marketing and Communications for the American Red Cross Bay Area, and a two-year special assignment as the President of Xerox Global Services. Bruce is also the author of “Win-Win for the Greater Good,” the definitive “how-to” guidebook on building cross-sector partnerships. A resident of Marin County, Bruce has served on the Board of Directors and Advisory Boards of many nonprofit organizations, including serving as President of the San Francisco Special Olympics.

Additional members of the Lifehouse Board of Directors include Marsha Treadwell, PhD, Chair; Dr. Joseph Spinelli, Vice Chair; Eric Aanes, Treasurer; Lia Economopoulos, Secretary; Nancy Dow Moody, President & CEO; Daniel Engel; Jacquie Gribens; John Kalb; LaDawn Reichling; James Ricks; Paul Smith; Justin Tedford and Nancy Toney.

In addition, longtime board member Donna Vazifdar is retiring after nine years of serving Lifehouse. Vazifdar joined the Lifehouse Board of Directors in 2008. After holding the roles of secretary and director, she served two years as Board Chair. Vazidar completed her nine-year term in June of 2017.

“We are so grateful to Donna for the support and guidance she provided during her time with us,” said Dow Moody. “We wish her the very best in her next endeavor.”


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Camfed Celebrates CAMA Milestone of 100,000 Empowered and Educated Women

Press Release – On the evening of September 12th, Miranda Curtis, Camfed International Board Chair, hosted an unforgettable event to celebrate Camfed’s CAMA alumnae network reaching 100,000 members. It was a night of inspiration, hope, and lively discussion. Guest-of-honor Angeline Murimirwa, Regional Executive Director, brought to life how Camfed’s leaders and alumnae are transforming Africa as young educated women dedicated to the education of the next generation.

Miranda Curtis and Angeline Murimirwa were joined by Lucy Lake, CEO of Camfed, and fellow champions of equality to reflect on Camfed’s proven model of success, which empowers marginalized women with educational, mentoring, and career opportunities within a community network of support.

Miranda underscored the incredible returns on girls’ education, shared her personal story of how she became Camfed’s Chair, and why Camfed’s model is so powerful. Miranda said, “I became involved with Camfed because I had been incredibly fortunate in my professional life. I wanted to provide less fortunate young women with opportunities to improve their lives, and Camfed is the perfect model for that. Our focus is on two main areas, the education of girls and empowerment of young women in Africa.” Miranda illustrated Camfed’s efficacy by stating, “our work is not only conducted with the utmost integrity but it is underpinned by the most rigorous set of data you will find in any international development agency. We can demonstrate conclusively the impact of our work.”

Having 100,000 CAMA graduates – present day entrepreneurs, doctors, teachers, and lawyers – as role models in the community, who are leading the next generation is the key to sustainable, long-term change in Africa.

Angeline next recalled the amazing progress that she has witnessed firsthand. She inspired the audience by stating, “by the time I was to go into secondary school, I was resigned to my fate, the fate of my mother and my grandmother before her, that at grade six I would be done with school. A few years later, I told that story to 400 young women who, like me, had been supported through school by Camfed”. She continued and said, “We all asked, through panic, anxiety and fear, what was next? We have chosen, as a network, to harness the power of education, to harness that opportunity and change the fortunes and educate the next generation. CAMA now supports more girls than donors, not because we have money, we don’t, or because someone told us to, but because we understand intimately what that opportunity meant, and we will not waste it.”

Camfed’s 100,000 graduates are poised to accelerate and scale the organization’s unique model of education, support, and impact. These alumnae will be the driving force of systemic change in African communities and countries by continuing to inspire and develop leaders, one girl at a time.

In 2014, Camfed pledged to support 1 million more girls though school by 2020. As of today, Camfed is more than half way toward the completion of that goal. The most unique aspect of the Camfed model is its multiplier effect. Each Camfed alumna supports on average at least two more children through school. Simply put, when Camfed supports one girl through school, three go on to graduate.

Over the past 25 years Camfed has built a powerful infrastructure and relationships to support education in sub-Saharan Africa. This infrastructure includes financial support for education, social engagement, grants for graduates to start businesses or continue their studies, and the activism of alumnae to mentor and support new students through school.

Lucy Lake made the final remarks for the evening, stating, “What’s now needed is for others to come on board with us to ensure the full goal is reached. Because together we can show the world what’s possible. Camfed has moved beyond being a ‘campaign’ to becoming an unstoppable human revolution, led by CAMA. So join us.”


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