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Improving The Flow of Accurate Information Focus of New Open Call For Ideas Offering Up To $1 Million

Knight Foundation, Democracy Fund, Rita Allen Foundation believe informed communities are vital to democracy, launch call for early-stage ideas

Press Release – MIAMI — March 13, 2017 — The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Democracy Fund, and the Rita Allen Foundation are launching an open call for ideas to address the question: How might we improve the flow of accurate information?

The foundations are looking for technologists, journalists, designers, teachers, researchers and others who are eager to develop ideas to help address concerns about the spread of misinformation and produce ways to build trust in journalism.

“We believe that informed and engaged communities are indispensable to a healthy American democracy,” said Jennifer Preston, Knight Foundation vice president for journalism. “Yet we are losing our ability to foster civic dialogue based on shared facts, due to the spread of misinformation, siloed news consumption, low levels of trust in media and the impact of technology on how we consume news and information.”

Knight Foundation will run the call through the Knight Prototype Fund, which specializes in quickly developing and testing early-stage ideas. We expect to award up to $1 million in $50,000 grants. Each grant will come with a two-day training session on building and evolving ideas through prototyping.

“The spread of misinformation erodes trust in our democratic institutions and fans the flames of hyper-partisanship,” said Tom Glaisyer, director of Democracy Fund’s Public Square program. “Democracy Fund is committed to supporting innovative ideas to combat viral deception and reinvigorate trust in the press. We hope this prototype fund sparks significant creativity and collaboration. Good ideas that help sort fact from fiction and promote civil dialogue can come from anywhere: rural and urban areas, red states and blue states, from the coasts and the middle of the country.”

“To tackle thorny issues of trust and misinformation, we will need to share knowledge and resources from many sectors,” said Elizabeth Good Christopherson, president and chief executive officer of the Rita Allen Foundation. “We look forward to accelerating the diverse, collaborative new approaches that will emerge from this initiative.”

The call is seeking diverse ideas on topics ranging from, but not limited to, the role of algorithms in news consumption, methods for separating facts from fiction, building bridges across ideological divides and strategies for ensuring journalism organizations are authentic to the communities they serve.

The deadline to submit ideas is April 3, 2017 at 5 p.m. ET. Winners will be announced in June. The Prototype Fund accepts applications from nonprofit and for-profit organizations, individuals, and startups. Organizations must be based in the United States.

For more information and to apply, visit

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy. For more, visit

About Democracy Fund

Democracy Fund is a bipartisan foundation that invests in organizations working to ensure our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people. Today, modern challenges—such as hyper-partisanship, money in politics, and struggling media—threaten the health of American Democracy. Democracy Fund invests in change makers who advocate for solutions that can bring lasting improvements to our political system and build bridges that help people come together to serve our nation. Learn more by visiting

About the Rita Allen Foundation

The Rita Allen Foundation invests in transformative ideas in their earliest stages to leverage their growth and promote breakthrough solutions to significant problems. It enables early-career biomedical scholars to do pioneering research, seeds innovative approaches to fostering informed civic engagement, and develops knowledge and networks to build the effectiveness of the philanthropic sector. Throughout its work, the Foundation embraces collaboration, creativity, learning and leadership.

Study Reveals Communications Gap Between Mid-Level Donors, Nonprofits

NextAfter Reveals Responses after Gifts between $1,000 and $5,000

Press Release – FRISCO, Texas, March 13, 2017 – A new fundraising study by NextAfter shows that many mid-level donors fall into a communications “black hole,” forgotten by the organizations they faithfully support.

NextAfter is a fundraising research lab and consultancy that works with nonprofit organizations to help them grow their online fundraising. They made donations in the mid-level donor range – between $1,000 and $5,000 – to 37 different organizations across 12 different verticals. Afterwards, they monitored the emails, direct mail and phone calls received from these organizations for 90 days. Key findings included:

  • Only 8 percent of organizations called to say thank you;
  • One-third of organizations never called their donor by name;
  • Only 31 percent of communication came from a real person; and
  • 49 percent of organizations never asked for a second gift.

In contrast, most nonprofits have standard procedures for responding to smaller gifts – usually email or direct mail – and larger gifts. Major donors typically receive a call from a representative of the organization; previous research indicates that a donor’s second gift may be up to 40 percent more if he or she receives that thank-you call.

“Most organizations don’t say ‘thank you’ nearly enough,” said Tim Kachuriak, NextAfter’s founder and the author of the study. “Start implementing the ‘thank you, thank you, thank you’ rule. Thank your donor at least three times for every gift. Give them a call, send them an email, and send them a letter. We have found that any organization, no matter its size, should be able to do this effectively.”

Forty percent of the organizations studied stopped communicating after one month, and 9 percent didn’t communicate at all – not providing a gift receipt, appeal for more donations or new information about the organization. In other words, they provided no incentive to give again.

NextAfter received 224 messages after making the contributions, and only 1 percent of them came over the phone. Twenty-one percent came via direct mail, and 78 percent came via email. About two-thirds of the email responses had the name of the organization – rather than a real person – in the sender line.

“People give to people – not organizations, fundraising programs or email machines,” Kachuriak said. “Your fundraising is most effective when you stay focused on building personal relationships with your donors. If we show genuine interest in people we care about – and we should care about our donors – we should stop talking to them as if they’re people we’re trying to manipulate.”

Interestingly, NextAfter conducted an experiment with one organization featuring two kinds of year-end email appeals for donations. The first was a long-form letter with an electronic signature from the organization’s president, a well-known retired politician. The second shorter and more personal appeal came from the lesser-known director of membership. It generated almost four times as much revenue as the email from the organization’s president.

“For some reason, we often think that by sounding official, authoritative and wordy, people will be more motivated to give,” Kachuriak said. “But donors are smart. They are receiving hundreds, maybe even thousands, of messages every day/week/month, and consequently they’ve developed a sensor that can detect anything that is trying to convince them to do something they don’t want to do. People don’t want to be marketed to. They want to be communicated with.”

For the complete study, please visit

Dace West named The Denver Foundation’s Vice President of Community Impact

Community leader and expert on transit equity, affordable housing, engagement in low-income communities joins the Foundation’s executive team

Press Release – Denver – The Denver Foundation, Colorado’s largest and most experienced community foundation, today named Dace West as its Vice President of Community Impact.

West will step down from her role as Executive Director of Mile High Connects, a Denver Foundation partner, on March 23. Beginning April 5, West lead The Denver Foundation’s community grantmaking and programmatic activities in four areas of focus: Basic Human Needs, Economic Opportunity, Education, and Leadership and Equity. She will also oversee Strengthening Neighborhoods, technical assistance, leadership development, and directed grantmaking programs. The Vice President of Community Impact will steward strategic relationships with key partners Mile High Connects, Social Venture Partners Denver, and the Colorado Nonprofit Loan Fund.

West, who was selected following an extensive national search, is recognized as a uniquely qualified, connected, and forward-thinking leader on transit-oriented development, affordable housing, economic development, resident engagement, transit equity, and other issues that have a direct impact on low-income and vulnerable communities in Metro Denver and across the region.

“Throughout her career, Dace has developed deep knowledge about the issues The Denver Foundation is committed to, including economic development, affordable housing, education, and more,” says Christine Márquez-Hudson, President and CEO of The Denver Foundation. “She has demonstrated extraordinary talents in community leadership. We are very fortunate to have her join us in this new capacity.”

“Dace believes deeply in collaboration, and as a leader she is able to bring out the best in her colleagues,” says Patrick Horvath, The Denver Foundation’s Director of Economic Opportunity. “She is also deeply committed to the Foundation’s core values of community leadership and racial equity, and brings concrete experience in both of these areas to our work.”

Since West joined as Executive Director three years ago, Mile High Connects has built a network of more than 300 community partners including Colorado Housing and Finance Authority, Denver Office of Economic Development, The Colorado Health Foundation, The Colorado Trust, Enterprise Community Partners, and FirstBank, among others. Under West’s leadership, Mile High Connects has achieved multiple policy wins including reinstatement of bus routes in low-income neighborhoods, strengthening of affordable housing preservation policies, prioritization of jobs for local workforce on construction projects, and significant advocacy around affordability of bus and light rail fares.

West was instrumental in creating and expanding the Denver Transit Oriented Development Fund, an acquisition fund to preserve affordable housing near transit that has grown to $24 million. She also led the launch of the Regional Equity Atlas, a nationally recognized data tool used to demonstrate disparity in the region. Mile High Connects provides nearly $1 million in grants to the Denver region’s nonprofits annually.

West previously served as the Director of the Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships, an office created by Denver’s Mayor in 2004 to serve as a liaison between the City and its nonprofit sector. She has also served as Executive Director of HealthBridge Alliance and Director of Organizational and Resource Development at Front Range Economic Strategy Center.

“In my work, I’m devoted to pulling together diverse partners across a variety of issues to work toward common, comprehensive goals and create real change for stronger communities,” says West. “I’m thrilled to bring my skills to this new role within The Denver Foundation, which has been doing this work for more than 90 years.”

West has served on a number of nonprofit governance and advisory boards, including the Rocky Mountain Survivors Center, Denver Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, Abusive Men Exploring New Directions (AMEND), Denver Center for Crime Victims, Denver Mayor’s Children’s Cabinet, Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute, Denver Small Business Support Coalition, National Council of Nonprofits Government Contract Reform Task Force, and Colorado Nonprofit Association Education Committee.

West holds a Masters of Nonprofit Management from Regis University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder, graduating Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

About The Denver Foundation

The Denver Foundation is a community foundation that inspires people and mobilizes resources to improve life in Metro Denver. In 2015, the Foundation and its donors awarded more than $97 million in grants. The Denver Foundation has three roles: stewarding an endowment to meet current and future needs for Metro Denver, working with community leaders to address the core challenges that face the community, and managing more than 1,000 charitable funds on behalf of individuals, families, and businesses. For more information, visit

Grueling 3,000 Mile Bike Race Is “Race For Hope” Benefitting Kids With Cancer

Press Release – Reston, Va. – Len Forkas, a Reston-based entrepreneur, will once again tackle the grueling ultra-cycling challenge, Race Across America (RAAM), to raise money for Hopecam, a nonprofit he founded to help children undergoing cancer treatment stay virtually connected to their classmates, friends and support networks.

“Last year Hopecam hit the milestone of connecting its 1,000th child. My goal between now and June is to raise $1 million dollars so that we can help 1,000 more kids,” Forkas said. “Racing RAAM helps me raise nationwide awareness about childhood cancer and the help Hopecam provides.”

Despite RAAM’s excruciating demands, Forkas says his hardest journey started in 2002, when his son Matt was diagnosed with Leukemia at age nine.

“When Matt got sick, he went through so much physically and emotionally. The best advice we received was to help Matt feel like a normal kid while he endured treatment,” Forkas said. “Since Matt’s compromised immune system kept him out of school and away from his friends, he grew lonely and depressed. At the toughest time in his life, when he needed his friends the most, he was stuck at home undergoing treatment. We came up with the idea of connecting him virtually, using webcams at school and at home. ”

In 2003, witnessing the positive effects Matt’s friends and classmates had on his recovery, Forkas founded Hopecam to help other kids undergoing cancer connect to their support networks. Since then, Hopecam has helped more than 1,000 children connect to 10,000 classmates in 46 states. Forkas turned to exercise to cope with the stress of his son’s illness. By competing in ultra endurance races, he has raised more than $1 million in sponsorship contributions.

The RAAM is one of the longest annual endurance events in the world, spanning 3,089 miles over the Rocky Mountains, through the desert and over the Appalachians. From California to Maryland, it is about 1,000 miles longer than the Tour de France and has to be completed in half the time. The bicycle race is also unique because there are no stages; cyclists rest only as needed, averaging 18-20 hours on the bike per day. The race must be completed in 12 days for solo riders. The 2017 RAAM begins Tuesday, June 13. Based on the race’s 35-year history, only half of solo riders will make it to the finish line.

Forkas successfully completed RAAM in 2012 when he was 52 years old, winning his age division and coming in 10th overall out of 47 cyclists from 20 countries. Leading up to the race he raised $300,000 for Hopecam. He dedicated each day of his ride to a child with cancer being helped by Hopecam.

“As hard as the race was, I knew the pain I was experiencing wasn’t anything compared to what these kids endure for months or years, and that kept me going,” Forkas said.

“Hopecam was founded before Skype and Facetime were invented. Our technology and interactions with schools were immensely important to helping kids who were feeling isolated and depressed,” Forkas noted. “While technology advances have made it easier for kids today to stay connected, Hopecam is committed to helping those who can’t afford those solutions.” Seventy percent of the children Hopecam helps attend “Title One” schools, meaning the majority of students need assistance and are entitled to receive subsidized meals. Half of them receive treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Hopecam now provides tablets with built-in webcams and Internet access, for kids who don’t have them. The nonprofit also liaises with the child’s school to establish a regular connection so he or she can participate in classroom activities and see and talk with their friends.

“This connection is invaluable for the child in recovery, but it is also a lesson for the other children in the class. They learn a lot about empathy and it removes some of the mystery of the illness when their classmate is gone,” Forkas said.

Each year, approximately 15,000 children in the United States are diagnosed with cancer, and more than 40,000 undergo treatment for cancer.

Today, Forkas’ son Matt is a graduate of Stetson University in Florida. He works in the real-estate industry, lives in Arlington, Virginia and is completely cancer free.

Len Forkas is the founder and CEO of Milestone Communications, a wireless tower company based in Reston, Virginia. He is also the founder and chairman of Hopecam, a nonprofit that helps kids undergoing cancer treatment stay connected to their classmates, friends and support networks. In 2014, he authored, “What Spins the Wheel,” a book about the leadership lessons he gained from his Race Across America.

Mad River Valley Skiing Community Raises A Record $200K At Sugarbush Ski-A-Thon

Funds Raised Will Help Injured Mountain Sports Athletes

Press Release – Warren, VT, March 10, 2017 – The High Fives Foundation shared the slopes with 244 skiers and boarders at Sugarbush Resort’s Valley House lift on Sunday, March 5th, 2017 for the sixth annual Fat Ski-A-Thon. Participants skied “fun laps” under blue New England skies in celebration of the most successful fundraiser the Foundation has ever hosted in its history.

High Fives provides grants to mountain sport athletes who suffer from life-altering injuries such as spinal cord or brain injuries. They also teach safety awareness and smart decision making at schools locally in Northern Vermont and across the country.

At the conclusion of the event, the Foundation reported just over $193,000 in online donations, coming very close to the organizations goal of $200,000. On Monday, March 6th, 2017, the day following the event, an anonymous donor made a pledge of $7,000 allowing High Fives to reach its ambitious goal. The donor participated in the event and was inspired to help the Foundation reach the $200,000 mark.

“Looking back on the last six years of this event, it is amazing to see it grow to this level” says Roy Tuscany, Executive Director of High Fives Foundation “This community is so powerful, so strong and so supportive. These funds will continue to support athletes in their recoveries from a life-altering injury. It is a true blessing to be able to call this place home for myself and the organization.”

The event transformed Sugarbush’s Valley House chairlift and lodge beyond the normal weekend party. Ski-A-Thon participants danced in the lift line to Vermont’s DJ Professor, while they filled their pockets with donated snacks from local sponsors like the Village Grocery, Liz Lovely, Cabot Cheese, Yolo Snacks, VT Smoke and Cure and the Localfolk Smokehouse

“The Valley House was electric,” said Jesse Murphy, of Vermont North Ski Shop and Director of Development for the Foundation. “Everyone was smiling, we had bright blue skies and High Fives reached its goal. The day couldn’t have gone any better.”

The post-event awards ceremony was filled with surprises and accolades, including the prize for top individual fundraiser going to Adam Palmiter, who raised over $7,000 for the Foundation. However, the largest fundraising success came from the duo of Rubi Murphy (age 12) and Mae Murphy (age 11). They collectively raised over $33,000.

“My sister and I love collecting donations for High Fives,” said Rubi Murphy. “We’ve met many of the athletes and we are proud to raise money for them.”

Donations will be accepted through March 31st at


High Fives Non-Profit Foundation, based in Truckee, CA, became an official 501c.3 non-profit on January 19, 2009. Founded by Roy Tuscany, the Tahoe-based Foundation supports the dreams of mountain action sports athletes by raising injury prevention awareness while providing resources and inspiration to those who suffer life-altering injuries. Since 2009, the Foundation has helped 148 athletes from 27 states. For more information, visit

24 Foundation Highlights Its Impact on Cancer Survivorship and Navigation Programs

Inaugural State of 24 event showcases how 24 Foundation is changing the course of cancer

Press Release – CHARLOTTE, N.C. – March 10, 2017 – 24 Foundation brought more than 100 members of the community together for its inaugural State of 24 event. The March 9 breakfast program held at Queens University of Charlotte celebrated the organization’s successes from 2016 and kicked off its 16th year in making an impact on those affected by cancer.

The following are some highlights of the impact that 24 Foundation and its community of supporters had in 2016:

  • 3,500 participants, 8,000 spectators and more than 130 sponsors and community partners were involved in 24 Foundation’s three signature cycling events – 24 Hours of Booty.
  • 150,000 cancer survivors and their families were supported by all 24 Foundation beneficiaries
  • 10,000 callers received support via national navigation phone line.
  • 550 YMCA Wellness locations, more than 40 1-on-1 Patient Navigators, and more than 700 young adults were served
  • Specifically at Levine Cancer Institute, 24 Foundation’s largest beneficiary, funds raised resulted in:
    • 55 free survivorship integrative oncology programs being offered at Levine Cancer Institute
    • Over 10,500 patients consulted with a dietician
    • Support for a 2018 outpatient care facility dedicated to survivorship and navigation programs.
  • More than $2.1 million was raised in 2016, bringing the total to $17 million raised since 24 Foundation’s inception in 2002.
  • 85 cents of every dollar is spent on mission-related expenses

24 Foundation also made a $1.5 million commitment to Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Cancer Institute and Levine Children’s Hospital. With this gift, 24 Hours of Booty will have donated more than $3.5 million collectively to both facilities to support adult and pediatric cancer survivorship and wellness programs.

In Maryland, 24 Foundation funds helped Ulman Cancer Fund For Young Adults support 690 young adult patients will navigation services and 49 young adults and couples with fertility preservation.

In Indiana, 2016 funds supported cancer survivorship from another angle, via a Platinum Study that aims to relieve survivors from common side effects of cancer treatment like limb pain, ear ringing and heart disease. Results of this work are still pending, but the organization is hopeful.

In addition to 24 Foundation’s three event communities, it received donations from nearly 40 different states. Nationwide, via LIVESTRONG, 24 Foundation funds allowed for:

  • 1,300 young women and couples received specialized fertility services
  • 25 LIVESTRONG at the Y programs opened, totaling to 550 locations nationwide
  • 325,000 individuals utilized online “We Can Help” resources

Beneficiary partners include: Levine Cancer Institute, Levine Children’s Hospital, Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, IU Simon Cancer Center and LIVESTRONG. Additional 2016 beneficiaries included: Be the Match, Brain Tumor Fund, Keep Pounding Fund, GoJenGo Foundation, Queens University of Charlotte and Wind River Wellness Retreats.

“We are so proud of and thankful to our entire 24 Foundation community for supporting our mission and for helping change the course of cancer,” said Mallory Walsh, executive director of 24 Foundation. “Together, we are inspiring and engaging communities, making an immediate impact and providing services for all those who are affected by cancer. We are poised for a fantastic future as we continue advancing cancer navigation and survivorship for all.”

About 24 Foundation

24 Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charity located in Charlotte, N.C. with a mission to inspire and engage communities to make an immediate impact on the lives of people affected by cancer. Funds raised support organizations dedicated to cancer navigation and survivorship including: Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Cancer Institute, Levine Children’s Hospital, the Keep Pounding Fund, Queens University of Charlotte, and the LIVESTRONG Foundation. 24 Foundation provides charity non-competitive cycling and walking events – in Charlotte, N.C., Baltimore, MD., and Indianapolis, IN – that are safe, fun and open to all levels of cycling and walking abilities. For more information, call 704-365-4417 or visit

Get updates and the inside scoop about 24 Foundation and 24 Hours of Booty on Twitter at @24foundation, on Facebook at and on Instagram at, and at Snapchat at TWENTYFOUR_FOUNDATION

Pearson Extends Partnership With Camfed To Improve Girls’ Education In Africa

New Pearson BTEC recognizes key vocational skills of young women once marginalized

Press Release – London, UK, 20 February 2017 – Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, is scaling up its partnership with NGO Camfed to help improve learning access and outcomes for girls from low-income communities in countries in rural Africa, including Zimbabwe and Tanzania.

The Camfed ‘Learner Guide’ program, developed in partnership with Pearson, is being extended in Tanzania to support an extra 6,400 children in 80 schools. Through the program, trained young women graduates return to their local schools to deliver vital life skills lessons to marginalized children. To complement this, Pearson is now awarding BTEC qualifications for Camfed’s Learner Guide alumnae. Pearson is also launching an employee fundraising campaign, which it will match, to help send girls to secondary school.

Speaking ahead of a special launch event at Pearson’s London headquarters, Kate James, Chief Corporate Affairs and Global Marketing Officer at Pearson said: “In large parts of Africa, upwards of 40% of children are living in poverty and not receiving an education or gaining the crucial skills needed to get a job. Together with Camfed we’re determined to play a role in helping improve the life prospects and career opportunities for young people in Africa – with a particular focus on empowering young girls.”

Camfed CEO, Lucy Lake said: “Our partnership with Pearson has opened up opportunities among some of the most marginalized young people around the world. The BTEC qualification for Learner Guides is opening up new pathways to enhance young women’s employability and access to further education, and provides an important example of what’s possible in the drive to achieve the ambitions of the Sustainable Development Goals.”

4,332 young women have already been trained as Camfed Learner Guides in Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Ghana. They volunteer in 1,009 government schools, reaching 250,000 students. Learner Guides, who are important female role models and mentors to vulnerable children, deliver the uniquely tailored “My Better World” life skills curriculum, developed by Camfed in partnership with Pearson and young people in rural Africa. It complements the academic curriculum, ensuring that young people build the self-knowledge, confidence, and problem-solving skills they need for a life of independence and entrepreneurship in a context of soaring youth unemployment.

The first 567 Learner Guides have just earned a tailored Pearson BTEC Level 3 Advanced Diploma for their work in Zimbabwe. Pearson has committed to certifying thousands more. Sinikiwe Makove, who joins Kate James and Lucy Lake at the event, has worked with many of them, and brings to the event the stories of these activists and entrepreneurs. In return for volunteering, Learner Guides gain access to interest-free micro loans to start local businesses, and are using their profits and experience to assist the younger generation to go to school.

Ahead of the launch event, Sinikiwe Makove said: “I see the change in the young women and the girls they support. They grow in confidence, they have new tools to shape their lives. Learner Guides are becoming leaders and philanthropists. Lindiwe, for example, now runs an innovative drinks business – the first Camfed alumna whose business is registered with the Zimbabwean government. Through her profits she supports more children to go to school. And as one of the first BTEC recipients, she is now able to pursue her dream of becoming a fully qualified teacher. Imagine thousands more trained female teachers, who understand all the barriers to education imposed by poverty – they will make all the difference for children in rural Zimbabwe.”

NeXt Doc Program Now Accepting Applications for Emerging Filmmakers

Four-day intensive workshop brings together award-wining documentarians & next generation filmmakers

Press Release – Rensselaerville, N.Y. — Applications are now being accepted for the second session of NeXt Doc, a five-day intensive workshop intended to cultivate the next generation of nonfiction visual storytellers. The workshop is collaboratively organized by Youth FX and the Carey Institute for Global Good.

NeXt Doc will take place Monday, June 5 to Thursday, June 9 on the Carey Institute’s 100-acre historic estate in Upstate New York. The workshop will bring together young documentary filmmakers with award-winning documentarians for an inspiring five days of learning, sharing and creating. Confirmed presenting filmmakers for 2017 include: Sonia Kennebeck (“National Bird”), Sabaah Faloyan (“Whose Streets”), Damon Davis (“Whose Streets”) and Sam Pollard (“Two Trains Runnin”, “4 Little Girls”).

“NeXt Doc fills a void in the documentary film world by providing young people, specifically filmmakers of color, with an opportunity to gain knowledge, network and create community with peers and mentors,” said Bhawin Suchak, NeXt Doc organizer and founder and director of Youth FX. “The location at the Carey Institute further deepens the experience by allowing everyone to be focused and comfortable at the same time. Students leave feeling inspired and empowered. We encourage young filmmakers of all backgrounds to apply.”

Last year’s inaugural program brought together 14 young documentary filmmakers from across the country paired with professional documentary filmmakers. Samuel D. Pollard (“Two Trains Runnin’”), Iva Radivojevic (“Evaporating Borders”), Caitlin McNally (producer of PBS “Frontline”) and Youth FX film educators taught a series of master classes and workshops and held screening sessions.

“I loved the opportunity to learn in a different space and interact with people from different backgrounds,” said Crystal Kayiza, a 22-year old 2016 NeXt Doc student. “I’ve been through film school, so it’s nice to take time off to relearn and review the skills that go into my craft. The Carey Institute is a really beautiful and inspiring place.”

Prospective participants can read more about the workshop and complete the free application here. Students between the ages of 18 to 24 are welcome to apply by April 7, 2017

The Carey Institute for Global Good is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2012 by Wm. Polk Carey and is dedicated to making the world better by contributing to a strong, educated and just society. Through its programs, the Institute strives to bring together innovative and dynamic people from around the world to seek creative solutions to the most pressing challenges of the day.

Youth FX, is an intensive hands-on program, based in the City of Albany, that is designed to empower youth aged 14-19 by teaching them the technical and creative aspects of digital film making and offering a thorough overview of the production process from script to screen. Our primary mission is to work with diverse groups of young people from communities that have been historically under-served and in need of opportunities for training and engagement in emerging media technologies. Youth FX develops leadership, creativity, and critical thinking, through the collaborative process of digital filmmaking and media production.

#GiveHealthy: The Great American Healthy Food Drive

A Movement to Change the most popular form of giving in the US Highlights Hunger as a Health Issue

#GiveHealthy is designed to solve a big problem.

Press Release – Donating food to food drives is one of the most popular forms of giving in the US. More people donate food than watch the Super Bowl each year, a great display of the public’s interest in supporting one of our most pressing social issues – hunger.

However, traditional food drives are limited to non-perishable donations, often highly processed, nutrient deficient food. The 42 Million+ people struggling with food insecurity also face high rates of diet related health issues – things like obesity, diabetes, cancer – due to a lack of access to healthy food. A lot of food that gets donated actually worsens these health conditions. What’s needed are healthy food donations.

#GiveHealthy provides an easy way for people to donate fresh fruits, fresh vegetables and other healthy food so that people struggling with hunger get the kind of food they really need. It’s also designed to heighten public awareness that hunger is a health issue and to get people thinking about the kind of food they should donate.

#GiveHealthy starts in March with a two month awareness phase during which groups can join the campaign as a partner, an ambassador or to sponsor their own #GiveHealthy food drive. Hunger organizations can join the campaign as well. The donation phase of the campaign will run during the entire month of May. Healthy food deliveries will be made in June and July to hunger organizations across the country.

#GiveHealthy is made possible, in part, by a new food drive system based upon technology and supply chain management developed by Amp Your Good. Instead of donating food by bringing canned goods to a collection box, people select food to donate from a curated list of healthy food items based upon data supplied by hunger organizations. Donors purchase these food items online via a standard e-commerce checkout process and the food is delivered directly to the hunger organizations once the drive is over.

#GiveHealthy was developed by a group of organizations working towards getting healthier food to those who lack access to it. These Founding Partners include Wholesome Wave, WhyHunger, Foodtank, Ashley Koff Approved and Amp Your Good. National Partners include The Center for Science in the Public Interest, Cancer Schmancer, Change Food and many others. The campaign also has a set of notable Health, Education, Hunger and Media partners.

#GiveHealthy is guided by an Advisory Board well versed in the complex issues affecting hunger – food system, nutrition, health, food policy and food access.

People love to donate food to support those facing hunger. It’s an elemental and universal way of giving. #GiveHealthy is a movement to change this most popular form of giving so that people donate the kind of food that will have the most positive impact – healthy food.

Those who are interested in joining the #GiveHealthy movement can visit for more information and to sign up to participate.

Land Rover Unveils Drone-Fitted Search And Rescue Vehicle To Support Red Cross Red Crescent Disaster Response

Press Release – Geneva, 7 March 2017 – Land Rover has debuted ‘Project Hero’, a new Discovery vehicle with a tailor-made communications drone and other specialist technology to enhance Red Cross and Red Crescent emergency response operations in the wake of disasters.

Launched today at the Geneva Motor Show, the bespoke vehicle and drone was designed in close collaboration with emergency experts from the Austrian Red Cross, as part of a global partnership between Land Rover and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

The roof-mounted drone can take off and land while the vehicle is moving and is controlled by occupants using a tablet app. Once airborne, the drone feeds live footage to emergency response teams — allowing rescuers to investigate an emergency scene safely, and to rapidly assess damage, hazards and the condition of people who need help.

The vehicle functions as a fully-equipped mobile command unit, with storage for emergency supplies and an interior that can be reconfigured for a stretcher and other needs.

The vehicle and drone will be trialed for a year by Austrian Red Cross emergency response teams in simulations and test-runs, as well as real-time responses to accidents, landslides, avalanches, floods and other disasters that occur in Austria’s mountainous Eisenerz region.

“Land Rover’s innovative use of emerging technology combined with Red Cross and Red Crescent expertise and access to at-risk communities will hopefully lead to more rapid and effective humanitarian action and ultimately, we hope, to more lives saved,” says Dr Jemilah Mahmood, IFRC Under Secretary General for Partnerships. “We’re grateful to Land Rover for 63 years of support. It’s a partnership that has transformed the lives of countless people around the world.”

Since it began in 1954, the relationship between Land Rover and the IFRC has grown into a global strategic partnership that now involves projects in 25 countries.

“Land Rover and the team of engineers and designers at Special Vehicle Operations are proud to support the incredible humanitarian work of the IFRC and its members,” says John Edwards, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations Managing Director. “The new Discovery is the world’s most capable all-terrain SUV, and Project Hero is the optimum combination of enhanced capability and innovative technology. We hope to help the Red Cross save more lives in emergency situations.”

In 2013, Land Rover set a five-year target to provide 18.7 million Swiss francs (£15 million) in support of Red Cross and Red Crescent humanitarian programmes.

IFRC is the world’s largest humanitarian network comprising 190 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies working to save lives and promote dignity around the world.

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