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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.

Baby Buggy Celebrates 15th Anniversary of Helping Families In Need With Comedy Performances By Jerry Seinfeld And Amy Schumer

Anniversary Celebration to be Held Monday, November 16th at the Beacon Theatre

NEW YORK, NY (September 11, 2015) – Baby Buggy, a national assistance and support organization for families in need, will celebrate 15 years of service to kids and parents with “An Evening with Jerry Seinfeld and Amy Schumer,” a one-night, public benefit performance on Monday, November 16, 2015, at the Beacon Theatre in New York City.

Proceeds from the event will help change the lives of families in cities across the country by directly funding Baby Buggy’s efforts to curb generational poverty. Baby Buggy provides individually-tailored donations of critical child gear items to parents enrolled in anti-poverty programs in cities nationwide.

“When I started Baby Buggy 15 years ago, the aim was simple and local – to help families living in poverty in New York City to cope with raising children,” said Jessica Seinfeld, Baby Buggy Founder. “Today, with the most incredible team, we are supporting families across the country in ways I could have never imagined. I am so grateful that Jerry and Amy will be helping us celebrate and to kick off our next chapter. This will be an unforgettable evening.”

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Wednesday, September 9, 2015, at 10am EST through Tuesday, September 15, 2015, at 10pm EST. Tickets go on sale to the public through TicketMaster Wednesday, September 16, 2015, and start at $130. Special benefit VIP Tickets and Packages can be purchased by e-mailing

The evening’s Co-Chairs are Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld, Lily and Doug Band, Jennifer Koen and Mark Horowitz, Julianne Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Ali Wentworth and George Stephanopoulos, Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis, Connie Verducci, and Naomi Watts.

“An Evening with Jerry Seinfeld and Amy Schumer” is presented by Bank of America. Additional support for the evening is provided by Acura, American Express, Delta Children, Crackle and Glenview Capital Management.

New National School Program Teaches Computer Animation to High School Dropouts from Partnership with National Guard Youth Foundation & Office of Naval Research

Los Angeles-based Production Company Prepares South Carolina Youth ChalleNGe Academy Cadets for Careers in STEAM Field

Eastover, SC – Royer Studios, an award-winning education and entertainment corporation, has launched an innovative program with a grant from the Office of Naval Research that trains, mentors and prepares cadets from the South Carolina Youth ChalleNGe Academy for careers in the science, technology, engineering, the arts and math (STEAM) workforce.

The “Animate My Action Plan” (AMAP) curriculum was created through a partnership between the National Guard Youth Foundation, the national nonprofit organization that supports the 35 National Guard Youth ChalleNGe programs across the country, and Royer Studios to provide a comprehensive technology-based workforce development program to address STEAM deficiencies in the existing and future labor force. The South Carolina Youth ChalleNGe Academy is the first ChalleNGe program to participate in the three-year curriculum.

“We are pleased to work with Royer Studios to introduce cadets at the South Carolina Youth ChalleNGe Academy to an interactive curriculum through which they can express themselves creatively and develop skillsets that will translate into career paths in the media arts,” said Louis A. Cabrera, National Guard Youth Foundation President.

“AMAP has given me greater motivation to stay at YCA and do better because it gives me a chance to further my art skills and has shown me different career fields and paths I can take,” said Cadet Brian Hunter of South Carolina Youth ChalleNGe Academy.

“By providing an experiential learning program in which students are empowered to explore STEAM-related careers, these young men and women are discovering that they have talents and capabilities beyond what they had imagined,” said Bruce Royer, President of Royer Studios. “Animate My Action Plan expands their prospects of a successful future and gives them the opportunity to develop 21st century skills and habits vital for participation in the new workforce.”

AMAP teaches specialized, technology-based vocational arts training focused on web content development-writing, video, photography, graphics, animation and data management – with an emphasis on developing interest in STEAM – related careers. Goals for the initiative include:

  • Engage at-risk, minority and disadvantaged cadets with experiential STEAM-based learning opportunities, and ultimately to promote attraction to STEAM careers;
  • Cultivate the next generation of leaders through enhancement of life skills, workforce skills, and decision making skills;
  • Provide comprehensive mentorship support to cadets and help ensure their continued success professionally, academically and personally; and
  • Serve as a model STEAM vocational training program to be replicated and administered at other sites and organizations.

Additional ChalleNGe programs participating in the AMAP program will be announced this fall.

Auction Napa Valley Funding Helps More than 100,000 Clients in 2014

Napa Valley Vintners shows results from $6.9 million in grants distributed to 26 Napa County agencies

9/10/2015 – St. Helena, CA – More than 100,000 clients of Napa County nonprofits were helped in one year as a result of investments by the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) through Auction Napa Valley proceeds, according to a new report.

The report is an annual assessment to evaluate and quantify the work of the NVV’s nonprofit partners and to demonstrate how the NVV is meeting its long-term goals to make a meaningful difference in the quality of life for Napa County residents.

This new report indicates a significant increase in the number of people and programs that were assisted through the NVV’s Community Support Fund (CSF), the NVV’s traditional grant funding supporting a core group of local nonprofits. In 2014, the NVV granted more than $6.9 million to 26 nonprofit agencies in the areas of community health and children’s education. A few notable results include:

  • More than 100,000 clients were helped in Napa County overall by nonprofits including OLE Health, Community Health Initiative, local Boys & Girls clubs from American Canyon to Calistoga, Napa Valley Hospice & Adult Day Services, Aldea Children & Family Services and more (includes some overlap for those receiving services from multiple organizations).
  • The total number of Napa County clients assisted increased by 11 percent compared to 2013.
  • 430 classrooms (up from 252) benefitted from 449 teachers and preschool providers (up from 243) receiving training and support, with 92 percent reporting gains in knowledge or positive impact on instruction.
  • 8,623 clients, volunteers or providers received training to prevent or reduce the risk of illness or injury at 854 training sessions.
  • Nearly 1,000 low income households participated in free tax preparation services to increase financial stability resulting in more than $2.4 million in tax refunds to low income families – an increase of nearly $400,000 compared to 2013.

“The contributions made through Auction Napa Valley continue to improve the quality of life in Napa County and show the strong charitable spirit of our community,” said Assemblyman Bill Dodd. “The effectiveness of the NVV’s support of local nonprofits acts as a model for how businesses and nonprofit organizations can effectively come together to help build a better future for the individuals and families in our community.”

The $6.9 million in grants to 26 Napa County nonprofits in 2014 is part of a constellation of giving made possible by the NVV through Auction Napa Valley proceeds. In 2014 alone, the NVV also contributed more than $15 million to deeply fund strategic initiatives and capital projects to meet the Napa County community’s greatest needs, including a $10 million lead grant to the Napa Valley Disaster Relief Fund in the wake of the South Napa Earthquake.

Over the next several months, the NVV will make additional announcements regarding community investments from Auction Napa Valley proceeds.

About Auction Napa Valley

Auction Napa Valley is the NVV’s annual community fundraiser that for nearly 35 years has utilized the worldwide reputation of Napa Valley wines and the scenic beauty of the region to raise funds to enhance the health and wellbeing of the Napa Valley community. To date, the NVV has invested more than $145 million from Auction Napa Valley proceeds in Napa County nonprofit organizations. Learn more at

About the Napa Valley Vintners

The Napa Valley Vintners nonprofit trade association has been cultivating excellence since 1944 by inspiring its more than 500 members to consistently produce wines of the highest quality, to provide environmental leadership and to care for the extraordinary place they call home. Learn more at

To read 2014 Community Support Fund Grants Report

To read Stories of Impact from individuals and families who have been helped by funds raised at Auction Napa Valley

The O’Hara Project Announces Search for Pro Bono Client

Seeking 501(c)(3) Charity Organization For Free Public Relations Support

MORRISTOWN, N.J., Sept. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The O’Hara Project (, an integrated marketing firm serving Fortune 500 clients and start-ups, is searching nationwide for a nonprofit organization to add to their pro bono client list.

The agency – which specializes in ideation, strategy, marketing, public relations and social media – will be offering one year (12 months) of public relations services at no charge, to assist a nonprofit in raising awareness of their mission and to help with critical messaging needs.

Since founding The O’Hara Project in 2011, the agency has identified nonprofit pro bono support as an important part of the agency’s DNA and dedication to giving back. To date, the agency has garnered hundreds of media hits with millions of impressions for its nonprofit clients.

“Nonprofit work is mutually beneficial,” explains Katherine O’Hara, Founder of the O’Hara Project. “We are able to use our skills to bring a nonprofit much needed awareness, while our team is able to rally behind a shared passion and connect on a personal level in helping with community and national struggles.”

To apply for consideration, visit and submit the form by October 15, 2015. The O’Hara Project will announce the selected pro bono client on its website on November 15, 2015.

The O’Hara Project is a WBENC, MBE and WOSB certified conversation agency that creates friendships between brands and consumers; offering public relations, social media, traditional and digital marketing services to both start-ups and Fortune 500 companies. To learn more, visit, like on Facebook and follow on Twitter and Instagram @oharaproject.

New York Digital Health Accelerator Announces Selected Companies For 2015 Program

Accelerator Provides Capital Boost and High-Profile Mentoring to Healthcare Technology Startups

New York, NY; September 10, 2015 – A select group of six innovative healthcare startups were chosen today to participate in the third annual New York Digital Health Accelerator (NYDHA), a four-month program run by the Partnership Fund for New York City (Partnership Fund) and the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC). The program supports growth-stage digital health companies that are developing cutting-edge technology products for healthcare providers and patients in the areas of care coordination, patient engagement, and workflow improvement. The tech companies will have the unique opportunity to obtain direct access to major customers, such as healthcare organizations and insurance companies, and receive product feedback from senior-level executives representing seventeen leading healthcare providers in New York State.

“New York is the place for technology entrepreneurs to cultivate and grow their ideas,” said Maria Gotsch, President and CEO of the Partnership Fund for New York City. “This year’s NYDHA class is at the vanguard of bringing game-changing solutions to the health IT industry. By providing them with unmatched financial and professional support, this Accelerator will continue to produce results while growing our state’s economy and creating jobs in our communities.”

During the program, participating start-ups will work closely with senior-level executives to fine-tune and develop their technologies and business strategies through direct mentorship as well as a series of workshops, panel discussions, user-group sessions, networking opportunities, one-on-one meetings, and presentations. In addition, the companies will have access to a leadership program with participation by a network of successful entrepreneurs. The program provides $100,000 in up-front funding per company from a syndicate of leading venture capital and strategic investors.

“With New York State’s implementation of new payment models and care delivery mechanisms such as DSRIP, the NYDHA serves as an engine of innovation helping to provide the new tools and solutions healthcare professionals need to deliver better patient outcomes, reduce costs, and thrive in this new era of healthcare,” said New York eHealth Collaborative Executive Director, David Whitlinger. “In addition to providing our class of companies invaluable mentorship and end user product feedback, the program offers the entrepreneurs access to potential customers and the opportunity to pilot their innovations at New York State’s leading health systems.”

The program has shown strong success. The 15 graduate companies have raised $65 million in additional capital and created 120 new jobs in New York City. Two of these startups, Avado and Remedy Systems, were acquired within 6 months of graduating.

The 2015 Class

Dorsata is a platform for the creation, distribution, and implementation of clinical carepaths. Through a web-based platform, teams of clinicians and nurses can rapidly create, build consensus, and disseminate care pathways.

Healogram helps providers remotely monitor post-surgical and wound care through tele-monitoring and analytics in order to provide more effective measuring and managing of wound patients to improve outcomes and reduce cost.

iVEDiX provides solutions for healthcare and other verticals, differentiated by its highly configurable visual analytics platform called miVEDiX giving users the ability to interact with their data in a variety of ways through their big data & analytics competencies.

Nutrify allows clinicians the opportunity to provide tailored recipes based on unique nutritional needs, clinical data, medications, and health conditions. The diet planning tool is accessible to the patient anytime, and has a tracking capability on the back end to assist the clinician in knowing if the patient is in fact eating healthier.

OffTheScale is an affordable healthcare platform which has been shown to slow, stop, and reverse the progression of chronic diseases through a 12-week customized group intervention program called OTS-4-U, and then continues life-long maintenance and sustainability with its OTS-4-LIFE program.

Wellth works with healthcare payors to produce cost-saving behavior changes in their members through science-based incentive plans. By nudging patients towards evidence-based care options and by motivating and tracking healthy habits, they can measurably improve population quality metrics.

NYeC and the Partnership Fund designed the unique program to cultivate development of health information technology in New York, leveraging both the burgeoning New York City tech sector and the extensive concentration of financial and healthcare organizations there. The Partnership Fund has historically been a strong supporter of entrepreneurial businesses that promote economic development in New York. At the same time, NYeC has built relationships with a broad cross-section of healthcare organizations by coordinating the development of New York State’s health information exchange, the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY) and by helping healthcare providers embrace and implement new technologies. By partnering, NYeC and the Partnership Fund for New York City are fostering high-potential start-ups that can benefit from mentoring and venture capital investment.

Investment capital will be provided by Baxalta, Baxter Ventures, Deerfield Management Company, Milestone Venture Partners, New Leaf Venture Partners, Safeguard Scientifics, and the Partnership Fund for New York City.

Sponsors of the program include Accenture, Genentech, Infor, Merck Global Health Innovation Fund, Otsuka Pharmaceutical, and Pfizer.

Mentoring will be provided by seventeen leading healthcare organizations, insurance companies, medical centers, and hospital groups. The mentors are Aetna, Allied Physicians Group, Central New York Health Home, Community Healthcare Network, Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network, Hospital for Special Surgery, MediSys Health Network, Montefiore Medical Center, Mount Sinai Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian, NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens, North Shore-LIJ Health System, NYU Langone Medical Center, Onondaga Case Management Services, Rochester Regional Health System, Stony Brook University Hospital, and Visiting Nurse Service of New York.

The NYDHA was ranked the #1 Health IT Accelerator in the world by the Rotman School of Management as compared to 21 other programs, and has been lauded by Todd Park, former United States Chief Technical Officer, and the California HealthCare Foundation for its deep industry ties.

More information about the New York Digital Health Accelerator is available at

About the Partnership Fund for New York City

The Partnership Fund for New York City is the $115 million investment arm of the Partnership for New York City ( The Fund’s mission is to engage the City’s business leaders to identify and support promising NYC-based entrepreneurs in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors to create jobs, spur new business, and expand opportunities for New Yorkers to participate in the City’s economy. The Fund is governed by a Board of Directors co-chaired by Charles “Chip” Kaye, co-chief executive officer of Warburg Pincus, and Tarek Sherif, Chairman and CEO of Medidata. Maria Gotsch serves as President and CEO of the Fund.

About The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC):

NYeC is a not-for-profit organization working in partnership with the New York State Department of Health to improve healthcare for all New Yorkers through health information technology (health IT). Founded in 2006 by healthcare leaders, NYeC receives funding from state and federal grants to serve as the focal point for health IT in the State of New York. NYeC works to develop policies and standards, to assist healthcare providers in making the shift to electronic health records, and to coordinate the creation of the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY), a network to connect healthcare providers statewide.

Ann Morton Engages Houston Community in Socially Relevant Exhibition at HCCC

(HOUSTON, TX) September 10, 2015 – This fall, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) presents What Happened Today?, an exhibition of newly created works by Arizona-based fiber artist, Ann Morton. Through two large-scale installations, Morton highlights the relevance of printed news and hand-crafted objects and their combined ability to communicate parallels among the voices of the individual, the greater Houston community, and the world-news stage. The exhibition also includes Morton’s award-winning work, The Collective Cover Project. This installation utilizes randomly found objects to explore ideas of place, time and memories of events, as well as their effects on individuals and on social, cultural, and political aspects of society.

What Happened Today? is comprised of two community-based components. One involves commentary from the lives of Houston residents as they interact with their local newspaper by responding to a question about their day, and the other includes the collection of local and national events deemed worthy of the Houston Chronicle’s news cycle.

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During the spring and summer of 2015, Houstonians responded to an ad in the Houston Chronicle by answering the question “What happened today?” on a 3-x-3-inch note and mailing it to HCCC. Individuals from all walks of life responded, from prisoners in Harris County jails and senior citizens to kids of all ages and immigrants starting to learn English. Responses were also collected from visitors to HCCC and from drop boxes in several locations throughout the community. Many of the responses are very moving, such as a man who “came out and kissed a dude” and a prisoner who missed his three kids. Through their anonymous notes, participants revealed the deepest, darkest and also happiest moments they experienced on any given day. For the exhibition, Morton created a large hand-sewn quilt, comprised of all the notes collected throughout this period of time.

For the second part of the project, HCCC and Morton worked with a number of local community groups, university students, arts educators, senior centers, and service organizations to make hooked-rug squares made from newsprint strips of Houston Chronicle news events. Groups like Neighborhood Centers, Inc., and ARTreach came together to create the rug modules and share stories. Nearly 20 groups participated over a sixth-month period. Visitors to HCCC also participated in the rug-making activity at various events, including Museum Experience Day and HANDS-ON HOUSTON. Morton created a floor installation from all of the collected squares by hand weaving strips of the Houston Chronicle into the rug.

The two project components combine to constitute what Morton considers “events, large and small”—the things that make people who they are and shape the lives they lead. While the rug installation acts as a visual condensation of newsworthy events, the quilt captures individual contemplation and commonalities. Former HCCC Curator Elizabeth Kozlowski worked closely with Morton for more than a year to help carry out the artist’s vision. She is thrilled with the results of the project: “Ann’s practice of engaging the community in the art-making process through traditional fiber techniques provides an opportunity for the collective voice of our community to share in the creation of an exhibition and to realize the physical and mental benefits of making.”

What Happened Today? is made possible by generous support from the Houston Chronicle.

Ann Morton: What Happened Today? / The Collective Cover Project
September 18, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Front and Main Galleries at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Opening Reception
Friday, September 18, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
The evening will also feature the opening of Wendy Maruyama: The wildLIFE Project and open studios by HCCC’s current resident artists.

Artist Talk by Ann Morton
Saturday, September 19, 2:00 PM
at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Hours & Admission
Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday, 12 – 5 PM.
(Summer Hours: Closed Sundays, July 5th – Labor Day.)
Admission is free.

Exhibition Web Page with Photos

The Collective Cover Project

The social components of What Happened Today? are based upon the initial concepts of The Collective Cover Project. At the beginning of 2009, Morton acquiesced to a fascination with lost items she would see on routine drives between home and any number of familiar destinations. She began specifically collecting soft, fabric-based objects that, to her, seemed uncomfortably out of place in the harsh asphalt and concrete environment of roads and highways. Morton hoped to capture numerous reflections of the collective culture of the times through the accumulation of these discarded objects.

The artist created a “constructed archive” by processing, numbering and photographing a total of 60 found objects and imbuing them with current events from the day they were found. These objects, or Members, as Morton refers to them, were then fitted with a white canvas shroud and a woven QR code that, when scanned with a smart-phone device, connects each object in cyberspace with its constructed history. The shroud fully encases each Member, denying visual access to the full details of the object, unless the viewer chooses to investigate further, through the QR-code tags or through the Collective Cover website. If visitors without a smart phone feel unentitled, it is with full intention, in support of the myriad messages evoked by the installation. Although the Members are embedded with knowledge, they silently portray the physical manifestation of a completely homogenized society.

About Ann Morton

“My work exploits traditional fiber techniques as conceptual tools for aesthetic, social communication. Driven by a desire to make right, the work I do reflects my own handwork, but also orchestrates social interventions that seek to engage the hands of many to create a larger whole.” – Ann Morton

After a 35+ year professional career as a graphic/environmental graphic designer, Ann Morton completed her MFA in 2012 from Arizona State University. Currently, she is a practicing artist and educator at Arizona State University and Paradise Valley Community College in metropolitan Phoenix.

Morton’s work has been shown and recognized nationally and internationally. Highlights include The Collective Cover Project, which was one of the juror’s top five in the 3D category at ArtPrize 2012 and was awarded the OxBow Residency; Street Gems, an ongoing social enterprise initiated in 2012, which engages individuals who have experienced chronic homelessness to make jewelry and flowers from discarded plastic; and Ground Cover, a socially engaged public art project that was selected by the Americans for the Arts, Public Arts in Review for 2014, and received the Arizona Forward Crescordia award in 2014.

About Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is a nonprofit arts organization founded to advance education about the process, product and history of craft. HCCC serves as an important cultural and educational resource for Houston and the Southwest—one of the few venues in the country dedicated exclusively to craft at the highest level. The organization provides exhibition, sales and studio spaces to support the work of local and national artists and offers mission-related educational programs in schools and underserved communities. Visitors enjoy viewing innovative exhibitions, visiting artist studios, strolling through the Craft Garden, creating their own crafts in monthly HANDS-ON HOUSTON events, and shopping for one-of-a-kind gifts and home décor in the Asher Gallery.

Located in the Museum District at 4848 Main Street, HCCC is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday, 12 – 5 PM. Summer Hours: Closed Sundays, July 5th – Labor Day. Holidays: Closed Easter, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Admission is free. Free parking is available directly behind the facility, off Rosedale and Travis Street. HCCC is three blocks south of Wheeler Ave. MetroRail station on Main Street.

HCCC is funded in part by grants from The Brown Foundation; Houston Endowment, Inc.; Texas Commission on the Arts; the National Endowment for the Arts; the Kinder Foundation; the Morgan Foundation; Windgate Charitable Foundation; and the Wortham Foundation.

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is funded by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance and is a participant of the Capacity Building Initiative.

For more information, visit Follow HCCC on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @CraftHouston.

The GEANCO Foundation to Honor Actors Chiwetel Ejiofor and David Oyelowo at Hollywood Fundraiser

Acclaimed Actors Will be Honored for Their Philanthropic Support of Health and Education Initiatives in Their Shared Homeland of Nigeria

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 31, 2015 — The GEANCO Foundation is hosting its annual Impact Africa Hollywood fundraiser on Monday, September 21, at Sunset Gower Studios, to raise awareness and increase support for vulnerable women and children in Nigeria.

The Impact Africa event will honor two of Hollywood’s most-acclaimed performers, Oscar-nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) and Emmy-nominated actor David Oyelowo (Selma) with GEANCO’s Global Promise Award in recognition of their commitment to providing better educational opportunities for young children in Nigeria.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Brightland Academy in southeast Nigeria and the Girls’ Government Science School in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. Specifically, donations will pay for computers and educational supplies for teachers and students, including books, paper, pencils and notebooks, clothing and a wide variety of medicine for the schools’ in-house clinics. Donations will also underwrite medical care and mental health support for young girls brutalized by the terrorist group Boko Haram.

“We are thrilled to honor two men who have given back in such a profound way to our shared homeland of Nigeria and who are such exemplary ambassadors of The GEANCO Foundation,” said Afam Onyema, GEANCO’s Co-Founder and COO. “Thanks to the generosity of the Los Angeles community and the support of our celebrity honorees and co-hosts, we will have the funds necessary to reach many more vulnerable communities in Nigeria and impact thousands of lives for the better.”

In addition to honoring Chiwetel Ejiofor and David Oyelowo, the Gala will be co-hosted by Marcellus Wiley (Host of ESPN television show SportsNation and ESPN radio show Max & Marcellus), Mark Johnson (Oscar- and Emmy-winning Producer of Breaking Bad and Rain Main), Warren Moon (NFL Hall of Fame quarterback) and Billy Ray (Oscar-nominated writer of Captain Phillips and The Hunger Games; Director of The Secret in Their Eyes).

VIP tickets ($300) and General Admission tickets ($150) are available for purchase on Eventbrite. Guests who purchase VIP tickets will receive an authentic hand-crafted African table mat and will be allowed early access to the Impact Africa Gala reception, where from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., they can enjoy a hosted bar and delicious African cuisine while mingling with celebrities and other VIP talent in attendance. General admission doors open at 7:00 p.m. The program will kick off with remarks and the Global Promise Award presentation promptly at 8:15 p.m.

For more information on The GEANCO Foundation, visit, and connect with GEANCO on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

About The GEANCO Foundation

The GEANCO Foundation, an LA-based nonprofit organization, is dedicated to supporting the health and educational needs of vulnerable women and children in Nigeria through surgical missions, medical and educational supply donations, and through a special Clinton Global Initiative anemia screening program. GEANCO is also developing a world-class, solar-powered hospital in Nigeria.

SOURCE The GEANCO Foundation

Over $48,000 in Grants Available through Centre Foundation’s Field of Interest Funds

State College, PA – Local nonprofit organizations are encouraged to apply for this year’s Centre Foundation Field of Interest Funds, which are offering a combination of over $48,000 in grant money! The application period is open September 14 through October 23. The 13 funds that comprise the Field of Interest Funds serve specific geographic areas, types of programs, or unique populations within in Centre County.

At Centre Foundation, each fund starts with a donor and a unique legacy. The funds that make up the Field of Interest competitive granting cycle are no exception.

“Our donors are passionate and have a drive to make a difference in various places around the County, or for specific neighbors in need,” explained Molly Kunkel, Executive Director at Centre Foundation.

“Through these Field of Interest Funds, donors are able to make an impact in an area that matters deeply to them, as well as make a meaningful difference in the community.”

Community activist and founder of Restek, Paul Silvis exemplifies what these types of funds mean to donors and the fund recipients. Inspired by the patriotism of the country responding to the events of September 11th, he created the Proud to be an American Fund to endow patriotic observances and support non-profit organizations that display, encourage, or promote patriotic observances – especially on the 4th of July. Through the generosity of Silvis, this Field of Interest Fund ensures that Centre County and its residents never forget to say “I am proud to be an American!”

There are 13 funds in all that comprise the Field of Interest Funds currently granting at Centre Foundation. Like the Proud to be an American Fund, each has a unique story about a visionary donor and passion that impacts a specific part of Centre County. While the fund stories are available online year-round, this competitive grant cycle is open once a year each fall.

To apply for Centre Foundation’s 2015 Field of Interest grants or for more information, please call 237-6229 or visit Applications are submitted online and are due by Friday, October 23rd at 5:00 pm.

“We are happy to answer questions and assist organizations through this grant process,” noted Tracy Carey, Grants and Scholarship Coordinator at Centre Foundation.

Centre Foundation is committed to helping donors fulfill their philanthropic goals by building and maintaining a permanent collection of endowment funds. The Foundation champions the betterment of Centre County for both present and future generations with trustworthy leadership in shaping effective responses to community issues and opportunities.

Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation Announces 9th Annual Benefit Dinner at New York’s Waldorf Astoria

NEW YORK (September 9, 2015) – The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) will host its 9th annual Northeast Benefit Dinner at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at the famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. The dinner is expected to draw the attendance of more than 1,000 insurance industry professionals and will feature appearances and addresses from notable celebrities.

All proceeds from the dinner will fund the Northeast Division’s community grants program, which provides grants to regional charities that champion causes pertaining to education, at-risk children, the environment, and disaster preparedness.

During the benefit dinner, IICF will honor American International Group, Inc. (AIG) for philanthropic leadership with the 2015 IICF “Double I” Award for influence in the industry and impact in the community. The award will be accepted by Robert S. Schimek, CEO of the Americas for AIG.

Celebrities who will be taking the stage at the event include:

  • Curtis Granderson, New York Mets outfielder and Founder of the Grand Kids Foundation
  • Boomer Esiason, radio & television personality and a Cystic Fibrosis Father

These special guests will be accepting grants on behalf of favorite charities.

Last year, the dinner raised $1.2 million to fund 16 grants to nonprofits in the New York tri-state area. “Over the past eight years, this dinner has enabled the insurance industry to collectively give back over $5.7 million to the communities in which we live and work,” said John Doyle, CEO of Commercial Insurance for AIG and 2015 IICF Northeast Benefit Dinner Chair. “We look forward to once again welcoming more than 1,000 of our insurance industry colleagues to the Waldorf Astoria for this important night of celebration, networking, and fundraising.”

About the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF)

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 IRS code. Learn more at about the IICF at

Absolut Elyx and Water For People Join Forces to Bring Safe Water to 100,000 People

Partnership Launches with Fred Armisen-Directed Video

September 9, 2015 – “The most important drink in the world? Water!” says Fred Armisen in a new, celebrity-filled video announcing an exciting partnership between Absolut Elyx and Water For People (WFP). The five-year partnership will bring access to safe water to more than 100,000 people worldwide.

For every bottle of vodka sold, Elyx will provide access to one week of safe water (140 liters) to someone in need through Water For People’s work; for every copper pineapple drinking vessel (to be sold starting in October) sold, access to one month of water (560 liters) will be provided.

To help support the launch, Hollywood’s brightest talent crafted a playful video with a purpose. Directed by SNL alum and Portlandia creator, Fred Armisen, and produced by Orange is the New Black star, Natasha Lyonne, the video features actors Miles Teller, Tracee Ellis Ross, Taylor Kitsch, Chloe Sevigny, Alia Shawkat, Paul Scheer, comedian George Wallace and musician Aimee Mann all engaging in a “casting call” for a commercial that never gets made. To see the video (and find out why it wasn’t made), please click here.

Elyx, a luxury vodka from the Absolut Company, is working to transform and modernize the spirits industry – making social impact integration the rule rather than the exception. Elyx hopes that by leveraging its brand and partnering with Water For People, it will drive awareness and support for long-term solutions to the global water crisis. While Elyx has an ambition to help provide 100,000 people with access to safe water, that number could be even greater if consumer support is higher than expected.

Based in Denver, Colo., Water For People is disrupting and leading the water and sanitation sector. With programs in nine countries, Water For People brings together local entrepreneurs, community members and local governments to establish innovative, collaborative solutions that allow communities to build and maintain their own reliable safe water systems.

“While a spirits company and water non-profit may seem like an unlikely pair, water is the foundation of both our organizations,” said Jonas Tahlin, CEO of Absolut Elyx. “We also share a commitment to integrity and sustainability, and together we hope to amplify the goals and urgency in solving the global water crisis.”

“Water For People’s goal is to bring access to safe water to Everyone Forever and we are thrilled that Elyx is joining us on this mission,” said Eleanor Allen, CEO of Water For People. “By joining forces, Elyx will help us reach and engage new audiences, support our programs around the world, and ultimately bring access to water to 100,000 people.”

The Elyx and Water For People partnership will support Water For People’s Everyone Forever model. Through this pioneering approach, Water For People aims to reach every family, every school and every clinic with lasting access to safe water and sanitation across the nine countries in which they work.

“We want to ensure that we don’t just fill our own glasses,” added Tahlin, “but that we also help fill the glasses of those in need with the most important drink in the world: water.”

For more information about the partnership, please click here.

Social Media Information:

Absolut Elyx: Instagram / Facebook / Twitter
Water For People: Instagram / Facebook / Twitter
Partnership Hashtags: #DrinkWithIntegrity #LuxuryOnTap


Absolut Elyx is a new definition of luxury vodka, built on the principles of quality, integrity and true craftsmanship. Every drop of Absolut Elyx is made with soft winter wheat from a Single estate, Rabelof, in Southern Sweden. The wheat is then manually distilled in a vintage copper column still from 1921. The still, operated by hand by a select few, is made entirely of copper. The result is an award winning vodka with a rich and exceptionally smooth mouth feel.


Water For People is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to providing access to improved water and sanitation systems and services in developing countries. By working with local governments, the private sector, and partners, Water For People ensures that everyone in a specific region has these basic needs met forever. This innovative approach reaches every family, every school, and every clinic, catalyzing transformative change for better health and economic development to occur globally.

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