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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.

12-Year-Old Los Alamos Student Initiates Holiday Event to Raise Money for Non-Profits

LOS ALAMOS, NM — In the true spirit of the giving season, a 12-year-old Los Alamos Middle School student has organized an event during Los Alamos, New Mexico’s Winterfest called, “Rock on Climbathon,” with the goal of raising at least $3,500 for local non profits, YMCA and Self Help, Inc.

Originated and organized by seventh grader, Talia Ben-Naim, “Rock on Climbathon” will give adults and kids alike a chance to try indoor rock climbing, while enjoying music, pizza, popcorn, drinks, and a chance to win raffle items donated by local merchants. Half of all proceeds benefit the local YMCA chapter, while the other half will benefit Self Help Inc. – a non-profit organization which has provided consultation and advocacy, emergency financial assistance and seed money grants to area residents since 1969.

The fundraiser is part of a “passion project” in Los Alamos Middle School’s seventh grade GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) class, in which Ben-Naim is a student. “Passion projects” for GATE students have taken place in the class for the past 15 years, and are designed to showcase a student’s passion while challenging the student to produce a result or product at the end of the project.

“While many pre-teens in the world might be focused on their wish lists for the holidays, Talia’s wish is to host a successful event to raise money for two local non profits as a way of giving back to her community in which she is passionate about,” said Ben-Naim’s GATE teacher, Naomi Unger. “She’s chosen to do something she loves – rock climbing – and turn it into something that benefits others. That doesn’t happen very often especially with these projects, and it shows the kind of person that she is – well rounded, bright, and driven.”

Ben-Naim, who has utilized the YMCA for several years, contacted the sports director at YMCA, who worked with her on the planning, implementation and marketing. Along with creating and distributing flyers and t-shirts, Ben-Naim has also gained experience promoting the event, having recently done her first radio interview with a local radio station.

“I think kids should definitely do a project like this, where they can help the community and charities around town – it would make our world a better place,” said Ben-Naim. “I wanted to give back to the YMCA and raise money for Self Help Inc, because I think it’s cool that they help people help themselves.”

Tickets to “Rock on Climbathon” are $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at laymca.org. The event will be held from 7–10 p.m. at the YMCA, located at 1450 Iris St. in Los Alamos. This is an all ages event.

Winterfest, which the “Rock on Climbathon” is part of, takes place in Los Alamos from Dec. 5–7 and features dozens of other holiday activities for the family including a North Pole Workshop, holiday lights parade and tree lighting, Creche Show, Children’s Bazaar, Affordable Arts Show, and much more. Visit losalamosmainstreet.com/events for complete details.

This Cup Of Tea Supports Innovative Technologies

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JOSHUA CAPLAN

Founder and Chief Activist Officer, Tea of the People

From the New York hedge fund titan to the single mother of three in Accra, Ghana, the diffusion of technology has forever changed the way our world operates. Arthur C. Clarke once equated advanced technology to magic, alluding to its ability to revolutionize whole industries in a short period of time.

When we started Tea of the People, we ran through endless apps, Snapchat selfies and online paleo recipes. We found something so powerful linking these phenomena that we built our company’s social mission around it. Outside of human imagination, technology is the greatest tool at our disposal to make substantive inroads with the world’s most pressing challenges.

With a lineup of innovative teas, Tea of the People aims to bring positive and sustainable change to people and our planet. We are dangerously passionate about helping people become healthier, and supporting game-changing entrepreneurs and non-profits.

When building out our corporate social responsibility strategy, we placed more emphasis on the “how” than the “who”. This is not because who we support is of little importance, but because the right methodology can apply to all kinds of issues. We believe that leveraging technology as a tool for good can bring positive change across a wide range of communities.

Tea of the People is currently donating a portion of its profits to Medic Mobile, a non-profit organization that advances healthcare in the developing world. They had a tremendously successful pilot program – in just six months their SMS platform saved a Malawi hospital 1,200 staff hours of follow-up time when 1,400 patient updates were processed via SMS.

The same technology can boost local economies, says Jan Chipchase, formerly Nokia’s principal scientist. Nokia stands behind a mobile phone’s ability to “increase people’s productivity and well-being, mostly because of the simple fact that they can be reached”.

The causes we support are important, but if the tools used to get the job done are ineffective or underdeveloped, one can argue that supporting a cause that is less aligned with company or customer values, but more impactful, will yield a considerably higher social return. A highly effective technology deployed to tackle one problem can be leveraged and adapted elsewhere to yield even greater benefits.

By supporting technology-driven companies, Tea of the People aids innovation in everything from infectious disease eradication to microfinance risk models. For us it’s a win-win. A recent poll illustrates the benefits to having a corporate social strategy. According to Nielsen’s 2014 Global Survey on Corporate Social Responsibility, 55 percent of global online consumers are keen on paying higher prices for products and services from companies with a socially conscious mission.

Long before Tea of the People began handcrafting Dragon Well green tea, loaded with real super fruit or barrel-aging organic rooibos with Madagascar Cocoa beans, we wanted to use business as a tool for good. If social entrepreneurship is to be a force for good, we believe a larger focus must be given to developing innovative technologies that can be applied to a broad range of problems.

Posiba – A Whole New Way to Drive Greater Social Impact in Giving

Emerging company introduces state of the art information service to the charitable sector

SAN DIEGO, December 4, 2014 – The landscape of charitable giving is about to receive a makeover with the launch of Posiba. Poised to revolutionize the way giving improves the world by bringing people and information together for greater impact, Posiba is a big data and analytics information service supporting foundations, governments, charities and donors using the power of aggregated information.

Foundations, philanthropists and nonprofit leaders are seeking to improve individual lives and societies, yet most are still seeking ways to measure their influence. According to Posiba’s CEO, Elizabeth Dreicer, “Many recognize they need intelligent information to drive more positive impact and are ready to adopt solutions that are easily deployed and affordable.”

Seeing the crucial need to bring affordable tools, information and analytics to the social sector, Posiba was created as a joint effort between Posiba CEO, Elizabeth Dreicer, and then COO of The California Endowment, B. Kathlyn Mead. Mead is now CEO of The San Diego Foundation. Through their experiences serving on nonprofit and foundation boards, the two were driven to better understand the influence of charitable giving. In order to understand this, they needed better information—data and analysis. Not seeing these capabilities in the market, the two set out to explore what was possible.

Now it’s possible

“Posiba enables any size foundation, nonprofit or government organization to be empowered with information in a way that is actionable and focused on impact,” said Dreicer. Historically, data on a charity’s impact has been difficult to gather and analyze. Now, Posiba does the legwork by creating a hub of information in their community so organizations no longer have to collect information from scratch.

Posiba—stands for it’s possible—to know, do and accomplish more in this important sector. According to Mead, “When we make data informed decisions we can better contribute to improving quality of life and social justice.”

“While the private sector has been quick to understand and capitalize on the value of data analytics and visualization, nonprofits (including endowments and foundations) have not likely due to resource limitations,” said Mead. “However we knew if we could harness the right data and present it in an accessible way, the results could be game changing.”

According to Dreicer, “Posiba was created to advance the charitable sector through democratization of knowledge. We believe that with feedback, powered by metrics and shared knowledge, organizations can become instrumented for learning and this will drive positive impact in their funding choices and program development.”

According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, in the U.S. alone, public charities hold over $3.0 trillion in assets, with annual donor contributions and grant-making of approximately $350 billion.

State of the art data analytics

The vast majority of data relating to social programs such as obesity, violence, teen pregnancy, and vaccination rates are available on the Internet (big data). The data can be scraped, analyzed with modern techniques (analytics) and used to figure out who’s funding what, where, for whom, and to what end. Posiba works by aggregating and fusing public and private data along with crowd intelligence to support the needed insight. Posiba is also training its system through broad surveillance techniques (literature, internet-sphere data, etc.) and natural language processing to capture and understand the many interventions taking place in the sector and how those actions are perceived to be working by experts, practitioners and, eventually, recipients.

These aggregated data are then made available at scale on an affordable basis to system participants both on the funding and requesting sides. According to Dreicer, “Combining the necessary information together enables a more holistic view of the ecosystem environment (funders and indicators) and how this is changing over time. This knowledge enables all to quickly move to the understanding that is required to move with greater velocity”.

“Interestingly, individuals are the biggest contributors to charity and give about $220 billion in the U.S. alone—behind governments yet outpacing foundations 5 to 1. Indeed, their support is also more stable and less subject to the ebb and flow of government and foundation policy shifts. So, getting information about individual support to funders of all types and governments, as well as supporting individual donors with information about impact is extraordinarily important.” In fact, according to Dreicer, “We have been challenged by one of our investors to capture and support individual donors more effectively.” Posiba expects to make an exciting announcement on that front very soon.

Knowledge is power

Mead brought Posiba to The California Endowment and helped field the early Posiba platform in a real world setting. According to Mead, “Prior to this point, while there were goals, it was difficult for trustees and staff to understand the collective funding impact toward these goals. It is rare that only one funder is supporting an initiative, organization or place.” Posiba was incubated at Kuity, an advanced analytics software company, and spun out earlier this year. Since then, it has been working with beta customers—foundations, nonprofits, academic and government organizations—while aggregating and organizing content from public and other data sources.

It is far less expensive to subscribe to Posiba than to develop the same capability in-house. “I can’t employ even one junior analyst, never mind buy the software tools, acquire the data and perform all the analytics for the price of Posiba,” said Mead. “Even if I had capital without limits, I still wouldn’t have good insight into what my fellow funders have learned or see across the field. This is a field level information problem that requires a utility type solution. This is why I’ve participated in the development of Posiba and support their approach.”

Importantly, nonprofits can now see what is working and they can readily find who is funding their type of programs. Posiba is staking out the ground of better, cheaper, faster intelligence. It’s possible to know, learn and share better quality information, at an affordable cost to all and at a fast, more real time pace.

Larger nonprofit organizations and foundations can afford to hire staff and build out data analytics capabilities. This is not true for smaller organizations, which make up the majority of the sector. Surprisingly, most foundations, as well as charities, are very small. In fact, according to the Internal Revenue Service and The Urban Institute, National Center for Charitable Statistics, two-thirds of foundations and over 90% of public charities in the US have less than a million in total assets.

“Interestingly, the charitable sector doesn’t benefit from knowledge asymmetry. The Gates Foundation benefits from knowing what the Ford Foundation has figured out and vice versa,” noted Dreicer. “Even nonprofit charities that compete for contracts and grants from funders benefit by knowing what is working—or not. Posiba will actually lift all boats as funders and donors can be more bold in their work when they know which investments work and this may actually grow the pool of monies flowing into charitable purposes. Belief that nonprofits want to do the best and most they can with limited resources, and if they see their and others’ work more clearly, they will naturally adjust to doing more of what works. This is how Posiba changes the entire game.”

Funded by several high net-worth philanthropists with deep roots in some of the most successful tech companies in Silicon Valley coupled with a team of scientists—physicists, neuroscientists, mathematicians, statisticians along with web analytics pioneers, Posiba is well positioned to drive change.

About Posiba

Posiba is in the business of helping foundations, nonprofits and governments have greater impact by bringing people and information together. With Posiba, those working for social good get affordable access to information, tools and expert analysis to support better decisions and become better informed. With new insight and feedback, the charitable sector can have more impact. Posiba is an affordable, subscription-based web solution. For more information, visit www.posiba.com.

99designs Announces 3rd Annual “12 Days of Design” Contest for NPOs

Twenty-four NPOs to be Selected for Free Design Work This Holiday Season

San Francisco, CA, Tuesday, December 2 – Today 99designs, a global marketplace for crowdsourced design, opens nominations for their third annual “12 Days of Design” initiative that gives nonprofits a chance to win free design work for any project. Good design is crucial for exposure and recognition that helps to secure more donations and volunteers, but it can also be expensive and out of reach for many NPOs with limited funds.

How 12 Days of Design works:

  • Starting on Tuesday, December 2nd, NPOs can be nominated (or nominate themselves) at http://99designs.com/nonprofits/
  • For 12 consecutive days starting on December 10th, 99designs will announce two NPOs per day who’ve been selected to receive free design work – a value of up to $599.
  • Design contests are in the category of their choice (logo design, t-shirt design, social media page design, etc.).

Previous winners have used this opportunity to replace outdated logos, design t-shirts for events, create campaign-specific brand assets and more. Just as with any other 99designs contest, each organization creates a simple design brief, receives dozens of concepts from designers around the world, and ultimately selects (and retains legal copyright to) the design they like best. To be eligible, the only requirement is that organizations must be registered as a nonprofit – nonprofits can nominate themselves as well.

About 99designs

99designs, the world’s largest graphic design marketplace, has helped over 225,000 businesses access quality design at an affordable price. 99designs pioneered crowdsourced design contests, where businesses receive a wide variety of design concepts and choose their favorite, and expanded to provide services for customers to work 1-on-1 with individual designers, purchase design templates from the ready-made logo store, or get small tasks done within an hour through Swiftly. With more than 310,000 designers from 192 countries around the world, 99designs’ suite of services helps businesses succeed through great design created by a robust community of talented graphic designers. 99designs is backed by Accel Partners.

Recycled Love and a Second Chance

This is a guest post from Sasha Lipton.

I started Second Chance Toys when I was in high school because it upset me to see good-as-new plastic toys on the curb for garbage day when I knew there were so many kids out there whose parents couldn’t afford toys. I also envisioned a big pile of toys in the landfill, knowing full well– that throwing out these plastic toys presented a hazard to our environment.

I enlisted my mom – and her SUV — and we started retrieving these toys from the curb — one by one — until our basement was filled. I then cleaned and tagged them with notes for the new owners, and we delivered them to a local family violence. I referred to it as “love recycled.”

Fast-forward 8 years and Second Chance Toys has distributed nearly 200,000 toys to children in need and touching more than half a million kids – and future generations with a cleaner earth. We have saved about 40 tons of non-biodegradable waste from our landfills.

The great thing about Second Chance Toys is that it’s not only the kids who receive the toys that benefit. The children and families donating the toys get a different kind of gift like I did. They get the gift of giving – and honestly there is nothing that feels better than helping someone else.

Through a very special corporate partnership with Kidville, we are teaching families the importance of being part of this ‘love recycled’ movement. Kidville holds toy collections with us twice a year and hosts’ special recycling classes for young children that help them understand at a very young age the importance of re-using things.

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One of the best things about the small idea I had is that it’s really contagious – everyone wants to join in and help. So we have created a template on our website that allows families and communities to do just that. If you want to donate, collect, or receive toys, we make it easy and tell you how to do it in your area. And we support these efforts with the help of corporate partners like 1-800-Got-Junk?, Kohl’s, Old Spice, Viacom and of course Kidville. We couldn’t continue our work without their help – and we are constantly looking for ways to expand our corporate family so we can increase our impact.

Right now our work is focused in the East (from Boston to Washington, DC) but we have empowered many to hold their own toy drives – so there are events going on now around the country and even on the other side of the world – in Sydney, Australia.

Anyone can participate – families, the community, businesses, and even high school students! All the tools are right on our website to make it easy to do give back in a special way!

After all, this is the true meaning of Thanksgiving.

Second Chance Toys

  • 200,000 toys distributed
  • 40 tons of non-biodegradable waste saved from our landfills
  • More than 600,000 smiles delivered to deserving children
  • Over 100 toy collections scheduled for this holiday
  • Learn how you can get involved: www.secondchancetoys.org

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Fundraisers First, Fashionistas Second

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San Francisco, November 2014 – How do you make philanthropy current? You dig deep into the closets of fashionistas and give back. This was the catalyst for founding Union & Fifth, the e-commerce retailer that finds its unique merchandise from the closets of people characterizing all walks of life, to then donate its proceeds to change the world.

Founded by sisters-in-law Pamela Trefler, philanthropist, and Christena Reinhard, professional fundraiser — Union & Fifth takes an altruistic spin on a consumer driven industry to actively make a change on the footprint of commerce. With a December 2014 launch, Union & Fifth will by synonymous with the motto “Fundraisers first, fashionistas second.”

While seeking a way to give back and rallying others to be involved along the process, the brand formed its innovative and effective way of re-selling designer labels, but with a twist. Union & Fifth does not pocket their profits, instead funds will be donated to a wide variety of charities selected by donors. The company’s doors are open to any and all individuals who wish to donate, and are happy to give individual’s proceeds to any non-profit of their choice.

CHARITIES WE LOVE:

Below are a few of the amazing non-profits that we are currently featuring on our site. We cannot wait to see this list grow as more people donate to the charities they are passionate about.

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Buy a Valentino bag from Union & Fifth, and the proceeds will help someone in need — simple, yet profound.

Upon cleaning out their first closet in 2012, they raised $40,000 after the consignment split. This was the “Aha” moment that opened their eyes to a niche that would change the way people shop and give.

While much of the industry has gone the way of fast-fashion, Union & Fifth brings back to life the idea that quality and great pieces can span generations. Christena describes their efforts as “Effectively changing the face of fundraising; Union & Fifth is a way to put into motion a beneficial cycle of shopping – knowing you are giving back by opening your closet, or being a customer. It gives a deeper meaning to retail therapy.”

Union & Fifth plans to join celebrities, the style crazed and the philanthropically driven, to create a new trend in fashion. The synergy created between charity and style will forever change the life cycle of clothing, the way we shop, and the way we support our favorite causes.

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Talk About Coming a Long Way To A Party, MS Patients Circumnavigate The World to Sail Into Fort Lauderdale To Join ‘HATS OFF! Gala’ Benefit For Multiple Sclerosis Foundation

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL.Multiple Sclerosis Foundation ( www.msfocus.org ) will be greeting some special guests who’ve sailed a very long way to attend its “HATS OFF! Gala” at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 on December 6th. Oceans of Hopehttp://www.sailing-sclerosis.org ) has circumnavigated the world with passengers that have MS. The crew of the ship will receive a “Beacon of Light” award at the Gala for their determination and dedication to sail around the globe.

Admirers as well as other MS patients will greet the arrival of the ship 11am on December 3rd at the Bahia Mar Docks. The public is invited to share this moment of history in the making.

The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation Gala will honor Dr. Daniel Kantor for Leadership of Care and Drs. Marietta and Ira Glazer for being the Fearless Volunteers of the Year. Co-Chairs are Lynne & Ralph McGrath and the evening will be emceed by Chanel from Mega 94.9 and 93.9.

An auction will be held during the cocktail hour bearing one of a kind items donated at a VIP pre Gala party held at Alpine Jaguar such as a basket including Units of Botox®, Lipo and B-12 Shots, a Google tablet, a custom-made sterling silver necklace decorated with fresh water pearls, blue topaz, and Swarovski elements, a signed football by Lee Corso, ESPN College Gameday analyst, “Tree at Sunset” matted photo and portrait package. These items and many more, will be available for bidding.

Sponsors of the gala, which is set for Saturday, December 6th, include: AT&T, Novartis Pharmaceutical, Lorraine Thomas, Genzyme, Biogen Idec, EMD Serono Pfizer, TEVA Shared Solutions, Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Mallinckrodt, NSCFF, Alpine Jaguar, www.AllStarCupcakes.com, South Florida Opulence Magazine, Palm Beach Broadcasting, MDW Insurance and CBIZ.

ABOUT THE MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS FOUNDATION

The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, (www.msfocus.org or 888-MSFOCUS), is a national publicly-funded 501(c)3 non-profit organization headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The mission of MSF is to provide vital programs and services for those affected by MS, and heighten public awareness and understanding for those diagnosed with the illness in order to elicit financial support for their needs. Also, tune in to MSFocusRadio.org, the first online radio station for the MS community that broadcasts content round-the-clock, brought to you by MSF.

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Notes on Undoing

A group exhibition of: Igor Eškinja, Vlatka Horvat, Igor Grubić,
Tina Gverović, Zlatko Kopljar, Dino Zrnec, Marko Tadić, Damir Očko, Hrvoje Slovenc, Viktor Popović, and Ljiljana Mihaljević
Curated by Branka Benčić
Exhibition Dates: November 20th – December 20th
Opening Reception: November 20th | 6-8 PM

Igor Eškinja, Project Room 1, 2011, Lambda print, 90 x 120 cm, edition of 3 + 2 AP.

New York, NY [November 5, 2014] – Garis & Hahn and Ikon Arts Foundation are pleased to present Notes on Undoing, a group exhibition of established and emerging Croatian artists curated by Branka Benčić. Featuring photography, film, drawing, painting and mixed-media work by Igor Eškinja, Vlatka Horvat, Igor Grubić, Tina Gverović, Zlatko Kopljar, Dino Zrnec, Marko Tadić, Damir Očko, Hrvoje Slovenc, Viktor Popović, and Ljiljana Mihaljević, Notes on Undoing is the first survey of Croatian contemporary art at the gallery. The exhibition will run from November 20th to December 20th, with an opening reception at Garis & Hahn (263 Bowery, New York, NY 10002) from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on November 20th.

Notes on Undoing brings together a group of artists with a shared cultural heritage and diverse practices all centered on exposing, unpacking and exploring the dominant assumptions that inform the perspectives of the viewers and the artists themselves. Viewers will observe these artists tackling their practices with disparate yet connected approaches: some show an interest in the experience of how the body or object relates to its environment. Alternately, others choose to focus on the experiences particular to the artist—for example, the relationship between the artist and the institution, or the presentation of work in a space. Curator Branka Benčić further elaborates: “Artistic positions engage with issues of (re)presentation, structure and construction of the work of art, or the act of ‘exhibiting’ itself, pointing to tensions between the observer and the observed, exploring spatial relationships and interactions between objects.”

The exhibition spaceprovides ample material for the exploration of these relationships. Artists Igor Eškinja and Vlatka Horvat both destabilize the viewer’s interaction with space. Eškinja’s photographs challenge and upend traditional notions of the image-space relationship. Horvat’s wall-mounted Equivalents series of diptychs and triptych, created from “non-art” materials, bring into question the viewer’s relationship to the artwork. Viktor Popović’s work takes this a step further.His site-specific found-object sculptures bring “non-art” materials into the gallery context to expose the tenuous relationship between the art and the exhibition space. Tina Gverović’s work, a collection of drawings from her 2013 residency at the Tate modern, explore her interest in methods of integrating her work into the architecture of an environment.

Artists Dino Zrnec and Marko Tadić seek to build on the history of their respective media through their practices. Zrnec treats his large paintings as a series of experiments – eager to manipulate the canvas and explore new relevancies in famed techniques- pours paint from one canvas to another. The work, while reminiscent of abstract expressionist stain paintings, pushes the form into the twenty-first century. Tadić, who works in collage and animation, constructs visual environments with precise and confident shapes, taking the medium of stop-animation to a new place with Until a Breath of Air. Damir Očko willshow three collaged photo-compositionswhich,much like Tadić’s work, use the form of collage to create meaning in layers and juxtapositions.

Film is also adeptly used to unveil complicated relationships between the content, the viewerand the space created between them. In Zlatko Kopljar’s film K16 the artist digs a hole for over ten minutes, evoking feelings of futility and pointlessness through this seemingly interminable task. Ljiljana Mihaljević’s short film The Route expresses similarly nihilistic sentiments. The film begins with a quote from Nobel Peace Prize in Literature recipient Ivo Andrić on the circular nature of civilizations and impossibility of finding a direct path to truth, followed by Mihaljević playing a never-ending game of hopscotch, where the traditional grid has been drawn into a circle. The constructed realities of these films relate to “Chapter IV” of Hrvoje Slovenc’s photography series Marble Hill in which the artist sets fire to a diorama of an apartment that burned down in his Bronx neighborhood and photographs the resulting imagined scenes. The photographic “evidence” reveals typically undocumented details of characters and objects affected by disasters.Again revealing the usually unseen, Igor Grubić’s series Angels with Dirty Faces, shows portraits of the Croatian miners whose strike forced the resignation of Communist president Slobodan Milošević. Grubić photographed these miners against a background of chalk-drawn wings, referencing the miners’ role as political “saviors” in the recent history of Yugoslavia and Serbia.

In the range of approaches exhibited in Notes on Undoing, the viewer may observe the ways in which these artists’ deconstruct and “undo” the assumptions and structures around them.At the same time, their works create and reveal new frameworks and relationships within these realms. Garis & Hahn is proud to have the opportunity to present this landmark first exhibition of Croatian contemporary art in conjunction with Ikon Arts Foundation.

About the Artists

Igor Eškinja was born in 1975 in Rijeka, Croatia. His practice centers around using quotidian materials to explore the relationships between images and 3D space. His work is exhibited internationally, with solo exhibitions in cultural institutions in France, Croatia, Luxembourg, Spain, Venezuela, Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Austria.

Vlatka Horvat was born in Cakovec, Croatia, and received a BA in Theatre Studies from Columbia College, Chicago, an MA in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, Evanston, and a PhD from Roehampton University, London. She was a recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation visual art award in 2010, and exhibits her work internationally through galleries Rachel Uffner, New York, ŻAK | BRANICKA, Berlin, and annex14, Berlin.

Igor Grubić studied theology and film production before becoming an artist, and both disciplines inform his politically and socially conscious pieces, which often take the form of “site-specific interventions”. The performances are recorded and presented as multimedia installations which Grubić has exhibited internationally, including at the 11th Istanbul Biennial and Manifesta 4, Frankfurt. Grubić has also worked as a producer and journalist for activist Croatian video studio Fade In.

Tina Gverović is a Zagreb native who splits her time between Dubrovnik and London. Gverović’s work in Notes on Undoing comes from a 2013 residency at the Tate Modern, London, where she collaborated with artist Sinisa Ilić to create Inverted House, a site-specific installation and accompanying drawings comparing the Tate’s building, collection, and public with its counterparts at the Belgrade Museum of Contemporary Art.

Zlatko Kopljar was born in Zenic, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1962, and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice, Italy, in 1991. He has exhibited at the Sao Paulo Biennale, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka, Croatia, The Kitchen, New York, and Gallery Manes, Prague, among others. His work is in several collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Rijeka, Museum of Modern Art, Zagreb and the Filip Trade collection.

Dino Zrnec is a painter educated in Zagreb, Prague and Vienna. Born in 1983 in Zagreb, Zrnec lives and works in both his hometown and Vienna, where he creates large scale abstract paintings which continue to experiment with materials and their application in the vein of the abstract expressionists. Zrnec received the HDLU annual award for young artists and 2011, has participated in residencies in Paris and Vienna in 2012, and continues to exhibit his work in Croatia and around the world.

Marko Tadić’s work draws on the rich and long history of collage and the constructed image. Born in Sisak, Croatia in 1979, Tadić has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions in Zagreb, Ljubljana, Vienna, Kassel, Berlin, Los Angeles and New York. He was the 2008 recipient of the Radoslav Putar Award for young Croatian artists.

Damir Očko’s recent work explores the potential of the human voice and its relationship to the physical world in projects such as TK and SPRING. Očko graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, Zagreb, in 2007 and has participated in residencies and exhibitions across Europe, including a residency at Temple Bar Gallery & Studios in Dublin, Ireland, and solo exhibitions most recently at Yvonne Lambert, Paris and the Palais de Tokyo, Paris.

Hrvoje Slovenc received his MFA in Photography from Yale University School of Art in 2010. His work has been exhibited at cultural institutions around the world, including the Museum of New Art, Detroit, MI, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka, Croatia, and the Young Artists’ Biennial in Bucharest, Romania. He currently teaches at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City.

Viktor Popović is an Associate Professor at his alma mater, the Academy of Fine Arts in Split, Croatia. He engages the viewer by presenting his work as “non-art”, whether through his choice of materials or installation, working in the contemporary continuation of the “ready-made”. Popović has exhibited internationally in the United States, Finland, Austria, Croatia, and the United Kingdom.

Ljiljana Mihaljević studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, but her recent work has included films, installations and performances that seek to define what cannot be expressed in words. Mihaljević is a member of the Croatian Association of Professional artists and has exhibited internationally at art fairs in Marseille and Holland and in galleries in Croatia, Italy, and the United States.

About Ikon Arts Foundation

Established in 2013, Ikon Arts Foundation is a non-profit cultural organization based in New York City. The role of Ikon Arts Foundation is to inspire engagement with Croatian creative culture. It achieves this by promoting artists, designers and film-makers by way of both online and offline programming aimed at creative culture enthusiasts and creative industry professionals.

About Garis & Hahn

Garis & Hahn is a gallery-cum-Kunsthalle that mounts exhibitions focused on conceptual narratives and relevant conversations in contemporary art. By displaying an array of carefully curated artists, the gallery endeavors to provide accessibility, education, awareness, and a market to the art while engaging both the arts community and a broader general audience.

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Shave Beards to Save Lives: MenEssentials Celebrates the Launch of U.S. Website with a Pop-Up Shave Shop to Benefit Movember Foundation

Online Grooming Shop for Men Invites the Bearded to a Day of Pampering, Beer Drinking, and Giving Back

LOS ANGELES, CA – November 21, 2014 – To celebrate the launch of MenEssentials.com and mark the end of beards around the nation, MenEssentials will be hosting a pop-up shave shop in Westwood Village, Los Angeleson Monday, December 1 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The event, which will donate 100 percent of proceeds to the Movember Foundation, invites guys to use (and lose) their beards to benefit a greater cause: prostate cancer awareness.

After providing Canada with the largest and most extensive arsenal of men’s grooming, skincare and lifestyle goods for the past two decades, MenEssentials is doing the gentlemanly thing and extending its reach to the United States. The company will begin with the launch of its online store and, in the coming year, open several brick-and-mortar locations in the Los Angeles area. To celebrate: a day of professional shaves, free beer, and the opportunity to give back. MenEssentials will donate to the Movember Foundation the entirety of profits made from the mobile shave shop and match all donations up to $5,000.

“Our entire company is founded on this idea of being ‘true gentlemen.’ I think this goes beyond luxury grooming products and colognes, but also has something to do with giving back,” says Greg Aghamanoukian for MenEssentials. “MenEssentials’ pop-up shave event is the perfect opportunity to celebrate our U.S. launch, introduce men to our wide range of products, and most importantly, raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer.”

In true Hollywood fashion, the company will have a step and repeat, where freshly shaved guys can get their photo snapped for a chance to enter the MenEssentials social media contest for free swag.

“After going beard-free, men can cheers to a day of good looks and good deeds as they head next door to the legendary Barney’s Beanery for a complimentary beer,” says Aghamanoukian. “It’s not an event any man will want to miss.”

November is bound to get hairy, which is why, come December 1, MenEssentials plans to be there to ensure no beard is shorn in vain.

For more information, please visit www.menessentials.com.

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FeedingNYC and LivePerson Announce Thirteenth Annual Event Providing Thanksgiving Dinners to Local Families in Need

NEW YORK, Nov. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — FeedingNYC, a nonprofit organization based in New York, announced plans for its annual event to be held on Tuesday, November 25th, 2014. LivePerson, the leading sponsor and organizer of FeedingNYC, will host employees and friends, along with more than 400 volunteers, to organize and hand-deliver over 3,000 Thanksgiving dinners to displaced families in New York City.

In the days leading to Thanksgiving, volunteers gather to assemble holiday meals, which are then distributed to shelters throughout the city. The shelters include those partnered with Women in Need, Jewish Federation, Catholic Charities, and City Harvest. Thanks to the generosity of FeedingNYC partners, sponsors and crowdsourced funding, nearly 35,000 Thanksgiving meals have been donated to families facing hunger during the holiday season.

“Every year, friends, family and members of the community come together for a day to pack thousands of meals and personally deliver them to local families who cannot afford a Thanksgiving dinner. Our goal is to take this opportunity to meaningfully connect with the local community, and thanks to the dedication of our sponsors and volunteers, we are able to host FeedingNYC for the thirteenth consecutive year,” said Robert LoCascio, Founder of FeedingNYC and CEO of LivePerson.

This year’s sponsors include BDO, Eisner Amper LLP, FlatRate Moving, The Gansevoort Hotel Group, Heffernan Insurance Brokers, Joyride Coffee, Manhattan Mini Storage, McGladrey LLP, Monster Savings, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Pier Sixty The Lighthouse, Proskauer Rose LLP, StructuredWeb, Wegmans, and William Gallagher Associates. FeedingNYC will once again be headquartered at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers. Volunteers will arrive at 6:00 AM to begin packing boxes, provided by Manhattan Mini Storage, with turkeys and fixings and then load them onto large trucks for delivery.

FeedingNYC is still accepting donations. To make a donation, please visit www.crowdrise.com/FeedingNYC2014. For more information on FeedingNYC, please visit www.feedingnyc.org.

About FeedingNYC

FeedingNYC is an annual charity event sponsored by The Dream Big Foundation, a nonprofit organization that was conceived by LivePerson CEO Rob LoCascio in the aftermath of 9/11 when the employees and friends of LivePerson first assembled and hand-delivered turkey dinners to disadvantaged families around New York City for Thanksgiving. With the support of the local community and corporate sponsors, the project which began with serving 40 families in Harlem in 2001 has since grown to deliver meals to more than 35,000 families throughout the five boroughs. Please visit www.feedingnyc.org to learn how to get involved.

About LivePerson

LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ: LPSN) offers a cloud-based platform that enables businesses to proactively connect in real-time with their customers via chat, voice, and content delivery at the right time, through the right channel, including websites, social media, and mobile devices. This “intelligent engagement” is driven by real-time behavioral analytics, producing connections based on a true understanding of business objectives and customer needs. For more information, please visit www.liveperson.com. To view other global press releases about LivePerson, please visit pr.liveperson.com.

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