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Devin D. Thorpe

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Is The World’s Rarest Mammal Disappearing From Folklore?

Gibbon study showcases importance of ‘traditional ecological knowledge’

Press Release – The world’s rarest gibbon is disappearing from traditional folktales – as fast as they disappear from the forests. China’s Hainan gibbon (Nomascus hainanus) is on the brink of being lost from Chinese culture, as the sound of their song slowly grows quiet throughout the forests of China.

Gibbons once occupied an important place in local Chinese myths and culture, especially in the southern province of Hainan Island. However, the Hainan gibbon – a species found only on Hainan – is now extinct across most of its range and restricted to one small area: Bawangling National Nature Reserve.

Scientists from international conservation charity ZSL (Zoological Society of London) conducted ethnographic interviews with local communities across the Hainan gibbon’s historical range, designed to measure levels of ‘traditional ecological knowledge’ – cultural wisdom about wildlife passed down between generations.

This research published today in the journal Royal Society Open Science found that, while gibbons still feature prominently in folklore in regions of Hainan where they existed until very recently, elsewhere these animals are increasingly ‘forgotten’ in traditional tales. In contrast, local communities still retain knowledge of how to hunt gibbons, even in areas where the species has been extinct for several decades.

Lead author Dr Samuel Turvey from ZSL’s Institute of Zoology said: “In an era of satellite imaging and GPS-tracking, using ethnographic surveys for conservation science might seem esoteric. However, there is an urgent need to understand the relationship between threatened species and local communities, and traditional folklore can often provide invaluable insights to inform future conservation strategies.

“The information about gibbon folklore gained from this study can hopefully be used to strengthen local people’s sense of connection to the natural landscapes of Hainan, and to encourage a greater sense of shared ownership of the future for the Critically Endangered Hainan gibbon – the world’s rarest primate, and possibly rarest mammal.

“Understanding how traditional ecological knowledge is being lost is pivotal to many conservation projects, as such knowledge often supports the sustainable use of environmental resources or can be used to promote conservation through indigenous value systems.”

The research provides unique new insights to inform conservation of the Hainan gibbon, and promotes the importance of conducting ethnographic research around threatened species. A full copy of the research can be found in the journal Royal Society Open Science at the following link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsos.172352.

For more information on ZSL’s work to conserve Hainan gibbons, please visit: https://www.zsl.org/science/research/hainan-gibbon-conservation


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The Mission Continues Deploys Veterans To Help Revitalize Los Angeles’ Watts Neighborhood

The veterans’ nonprofit seeks to create ongoing improvement to strengthen historic LA neighborhood with its third-annual Mass Deployment, “Operation Watts Is Worth It”

Press Release – LOS ANGELES – More than 80 veterans from cities nationwide, as well as corporate partners, professional sports teams, city officials and local organizations, will come together June 21-28 for a series of high-impact projects to create a lasting, visible impact in Los Angeles’ Watts community.

The veterans are volunteers with The Mission Continues, a national nonprofit organization that empowers veterans to find growth, purpose and connection through community impact. Although the nonprofit has been active in the neighborhood for years, the week-long service marathon, dubbed Operation Watts Is Worth It, will provide a surge of resources to benefit under-resourced schools, aging public housing, under-utilized community spaces and much more.

“The Watts neighborhood has a long-established and vibrant identity, and it has preserved it in the face of a wide range of challenges,” said Spencer Kympton, U.S. Army veteran and president of The Mission Continues. “Through their service, our veterans, partners and community volunteers seek to help the Watts community sustain its identity well into the future.”

The service projects taking place during Operations Watts is Worth It are made possible through donations and volunteers from platinum sponsor CarMax, and The Walt Disney Company, Target, The Home Depot Foundation, Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center, HBO, ToolBank USA and the LA Galaxy Foundation. Air travel for veteran participants is provided care of Southwest Airlines. Additionally, alumni from the Los Angeles Dodgers and players from the LA Galaxy are invited to join veterans during select projects to help support the Watts community.

“CarMax is committed to providing community support and career opportunities to our military service members, veterans and their families, and our associates are energized to take part in this important project that will support the progress in this historic neighborhood,” said Matt Aman, U.S. Army veteran, president of The CarMax Foundation and CarMax’s assistant vice president of strategic initiative integration. “We’re honored to partner with The Mission Continues on its third annual Mass Deployment and we know the results of this mission will have a significant impact on the Watts community.”

Details about the five major Mass Deployment service projects happening throughout the week include:

Great Streets – Saturday, June 23

The first service project will start at the center of Watts, at 103rd Street and the surrounding blocks, an area that was heavily affected by the 1965 Watts Riots and today is part of the Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Great Streets Initiative. Veterans, along with volunteers from Target and the Watts community, will remove debris and clean up the sidewalks around the area, beautify the streets with murals and landscaping, and transform the area through the construction of a community space.

Nickerson Gardens – Sunday, June 24

In collaboration with the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, veterans will team up with The Walt Disney Company to renovate, revamp and revitalize the green spaces in the Nickerson Gardens housing development. Activities include laying new sod on sports fields and installing new equipment, creating learning stations for local youth, and adding color and function to the different recreational spaces for shared community use.

David Starr Jordan High School – Monday, June 25

Los Angeles Dodgers alumni will work alongside students and veterans for the third day of work, which will benefit the David Starr Jordan High School. Participants will overhaul the school’s weight room, add vibrancy to the school’s grounds through landscaping, and convert an existing baseball field into a multi-sports field for students, fans and teams to enjoy.

99th Street Elementary School – Tuesday, June 26

Throughout the fourth service project, veterans and representatives from CarMax will work side-by-side with students and staff of the 99th Street Elementary School to create new spaces for parents to gather and youth to play. Work includes a full makeover of the existing Parent Center, redoing outdoor play areas for students and local residents, and repurposing an old garden space to create an outdoor classroom.

Florence Griffith Joyner Elementary School – Wednesday, June 27

LA Galaxy players, CarMax representatives, veterans and other volunteers will team up to provide a boost to the learning environment to help achieve the academic goals of Florence Griffith Joyner Elementary. Motivational murals featuring students’ artwork will be added, the old atrium will be converted into a new, quiet learning area, and new outdoor play spaces and an outdoor stage will be developed for students to enjoy for years to come.

This high-impact project series is only one example of the work led by The Mission Continues that happens around the country, year-round. Through this power of service, the organization empowers veterans to continue serving at home by coming together to solve specific challenges in their communities, which ultimately increases their personal growth, creates an ongoing, positive community impact and develops a greater sense of connectedness among veterans. After Operation Watts Is Worth It is complete, the veteran volunteers will return home equipped with new skills to create impact in their communities. In Los Angeles, local veteran service platoons will continue to build on the efforts made during the deployment through ongoing service projects in Watts.

To get involved with the 2018 Mass Deployment, whether it be through on-site volunteering during the service projects or through donation, head to www.missioncontinues.org/deployments/. More information about additional events happening around the country can also be found on the website.

About The Mission Continues

The Mission Continues is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that empowers veterans to build stronger communities through service. Our programs in cities across the country deploy veteran volunteers alongside nonprofit partners and community leaders to improve educational resources, increase access to parks and green spaces, foster neighborhood identity, and more. Through this unique model, veterans build meaningful connections and grow as individuals while creating long-term, sustainable local impact. To learn more, visit http://www.missioncontinues.org or follow us on Twitter at @missioncontinue.

About CarMax

CarMax is the nation’s largest retailer of used cars and operates more than 190 stores in 41 states nationwide. CarMax revolutionized the auto industry by delivering the honest, transparent and high-integrity car buying experience customers want and deserve. For nearly 25 years, CarMax has made car buying more ethical, fair and stress-free by offering a no-haggle, no-hassle experience and an incredible selection of vehicles. CarMax makes selling your car easy too, by offering no-obligation appraisals good for seven days. At CarMax, we’ll buy your car even if you don’t buy ours®. CarMax has nearly 25,000 associates nationwide and for 14 consecutive years has been named as one of the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For®. During the 12 months ending February 28, 2018, the company retailed 721,512 used cars and sold 408,509 wholesale vehicles at its in-store auctions. For more information, access the CarMax website at www.carmax.com.

About The Walt Disney Company

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries, is a diversified worldwide entertainment company with operations in four business segments: Media Networks, Studio Entertainment, Direct-to-Consumer and International; and Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products. Disney is a Dow 30 company and had annual revenues of $55.1 billion in its Fiscal Year 2017.

About The Home Depot Foundation

The Home Depot Foundation works to improve the homes and lives of U.S. veterans, train skilled tradespeople to fill the labor gap and support communities impacted by natural disasters. Since 2011, the Foundation has invested a quarter of a billion dollars in veteran-related causes and improved more than 40,000 veteran homes and facilities in 2,500 cities. In 2018, the Foundation committed an additional $50 million dollars to train 20,000 skilled tradespeople over the next 10 years starting with separating military members and veterans, at-risk youth and members of the Atlanta Westside community. To learn more about The Home Depot Foundation and see Team Depot in action, visit thd.co/community and follow us on Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram @teamdepot and on Facebook at facebook.com/teamdepot.

About Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. Nationally, we serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center provides care to more than 370,000 members in the southeast Los Angeles community. The nearly 700,000 square foot facility in Downey combines innovative technology with a warm touch that emphasizes patient comfort, healing and wellness. The hospital originally opened in Bellflower in 1965 and has served the community for the past 50 years. For more information follow us on twitter; @KPDowneyNews or go to: http://www.kp.org/downey.

About LA Galaxy Foundation

The Los Angeles Galaxy Foundation (LAGF), the official non-profit of the LA Galaxy, strives to serve the community in which the team works and plays. Through soccer programming that promotes inclusion for all athletes, education opportunities, and a strong spirit of volunteerism, LAGF is proud to facilitate over 150 events annually and has donated over $3.5 million to support the local Los Angeles community. For additional information, please visit www.lagalaxy.com.


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Fidelity Charitable® Study Finds Impact Investing At Tipping Point, Announces Expansion Of Its Impact Investing Program

Over 70% of affluent, next-gen donors are already engaging in impact investing

Fidelity Charitable donors have $856 million in impact assets at end of Q1 2018, a 110% increase from the prior year

Press Release – BOSTON, June 12, 2018 – Over 70% of Millennials and Gen-Xers have made an impact investment versus just 35% of Baby Boomer and older investors, according to a study released today by Fidelity Charitable, an independent public charity and the nation’s second-largest grantmaker. Considering the increased investing power of these generations as they build their wealth, this generational gap suggests a massive influx of investors who will prioritize a mission based approach. Impact Investing: A Tipping Point? explores the coming wave of investors who are seeking to align their values with their investments and are hungry for education.

Impact investing is the act of purposefully making investments that help achieve certain social and environmental benefits while generating financial returns. Fidelity Charitable donors have been representative of the trend, increasing donor advised fund assets invested for impact to $856 million at the end of the first quarter in 2018, a 110% increase from the prior year. In response to this demand from donors, Fidelity Charitable also announced a broadening of its impact investment capabilities including launching three new impact investing pools and the expansion of its recoverable grants program.

“Our donors are increasingly interested in impact investing and the ability to align their investments with their broad philanthropic goals,” said Pam Norley, president of Fidelity Charitable. “We strive to grow philanthropy by providing programs that make charitable giving accessible, simple and effective. In meeting that mission, we empower our donors to maximize the impact throughout the journey of their charitable support– from the moment they consider making a gift, through its investment and, finally, when it is granted out to a nonprofit.”

Generational Impact Investing By the Numbers

A large majority of affluent Millennial (77%) and Generation X donors (72%) indicated that they had made some form of impact investment. This compares with just 35% of affluent donors from the Baby Boomer and older generations.

Investors were most interested in investing in public companies with good environmental or social practices, either by investing directly (58%), or through exchange-traded funds or mutual funds (56%). However, they also indicated a strong interest in investing in small business/ start-ups with strong social or environmental practices (48%), venture capital or private funds focused on this category (45%) and in making loans to charitable organizations. (42%)

The study also found a strong correlation between a donor’s attitude towards charitable giving and the likelihood that they would make an impact investment. 79% of respondents in the study who rated charitable giving as ‘very important’ to them also engaged in impact investing.

Fidelity Charitable Impact Investing Programs

Fidelity Charitable provides donors with several options to recommend impact investments within their Giving Account:

  • New Impact Investing Pools
    The Sustainable U.S. Index Pool, the Sustainable International Index Pool and the Environmental Impact Access Pool expand Fidelity Charitable’s existing sustainable and impact investing line-up and are available to all Fidelity Charitable donors, regardless of Giving Account balance. Fidelity Charitable launched its first sustainable investing pool in 2015.
  • A Recoverable Grant to a Nonprofit
    Donors in Fidelity Charitable’s Private Donor Group can recommend a recoverable grant, which is made with an expectation of repayment, often tied to specific outcomes or milestones. Recommending a recoverable grant allows a donor to support charitable organizations that have a mechanism to repay — allowing recycling of these funds for future grants. Fidelity Charitable has made recoverable grants to Calvert Impact Capital, a community development organization that lends funds to organizations working in low-income communities. Through this collaboration, donors can support the financing of affordable housing, education, and healthcare programs by recommending a recoverable grant.

Additional impact investing options are available to donors with more complex needs in Fidelity Charitable’s Private Donor Group or those utilizing the Charitable Investment Advisor Program (CIAP). These donors can recommend investments in a broader set of sustainable mutual funds, ETFs, and fixed income products. Some of these donors may also consider recommending investments in impact-oriented private equity or venture capital funds.

“A common misconception is that impact investing requires sacrificing investment performance,” said Sarah Gelfand, Director of Donor Programs at Fidelity Charitable. “This has been debunked by numerous studies and companies that have embraced practices that are good for society have been demonstrated to exhibit lower financial risk. Recommending impact investments within a donor-advised fund is a way to support those companies while creating additional dollars for charity. We strongly believe impact investing can be an amplifier for a donor’s philanthropy.”

Highlights From The Study Include:

  • Fidelity Charitable Giving Accounts had $856 million in impact assets at the end of Q1 2018, a 110% increase from the prior year.
  • Over 70% of Millennials and Gen-Xers have made an impact investment compared to just 35% of Baby Boomer and older investors.
  • Investors were most interested in investing in public companies with good environmental or social practices, either by investing directly (58%), or through exchange-traded funds or mutual funds (56%).
  • 79% of respondents in the study who rated charitable giving as ‘very important’ to them also engaged in impact investing

About Fidelity Charitable

Fidelity Charitable is an independent public charity that has helped donors support more than 255,000 nonprofit organizations with more than $30 billion in grants. Established in 1991, Fidelity Charitable launched the first national donor-advised fund program. The mission of the organization is to grow the American tradition of philanthropy by providing programs that make charitable giving accessible, simple and effective. For more information about Fidelity Charitable, visit https://www.fidelitycharitable.org.


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With Uncertain Futures, High School Graduates Ask, “What’s Next?”

Camfed releases Transition Program results, shows post-graduation doesn’t have to be rudderless

Press Release – San Francisco, California – June 7, 2018 – Across the world, many high school students are about to graduate into the abyss of the unknown, where an uncertain future awaits. Job uncertainty and skyrocketing college tuition costs are just two obstacles. The bigger problem is the nearly universal lack of job training and training in life skills necessary to succeed in the real world.

But what if it didn’t have to be this way? What if high school graduates were well-prepared with life skills necessary for modern living? What if they were armed with financial literacy, health education, business competencies, and leadership skills?

Camfed, the Campaign for Female Education, which has educated over 2.6 million of the most marginalized children in the world, has a solution. Data released today proves the efficacy of their approach. In 2018, Camfed reports to have a graduation rate of 95.2% for its scholars in Malawi and a 99.8% graduation rate for its scholars in Ghana. This compares to the average US graduation rate of 84% in 2018, predicted by the National Center for Education Statistics.

“The last 25 years have taught us that once a girl is secure in her schooling, the next barrier to success is the time between graduation and employment, entrepreneurship, tertiary education, or another post-school pathway,” said Lucy Lake, CEO of Camfed. “During this time, young women can find themselves going backward, rather than continuing their forward momentum toward personal and professional goals. Our program not only aims to fill that gap, but to further prepare them for the next step.”

The Transition Program, Camfed’s most recent innovation in ensuring the success of their clients, focuses on addressing the needs of young women from impoverished rural communities as they transition from school to careers, and the program is available to all Camfed graduates at no cost to them. The program provides training and information for recent graduates to develop business acumen, technology skills, leadership abilities, sexual and reproductive health knowledge, women’s rights awareness, financial literacy, and assistance with university applications and resumes. With these skills, graduates are able to confidently transition from high school to university or to secure livelihoods.

Since 1993, Camfed has supported young women and girls not only with education but also mentorship, leadership training, and transformative life skills. Camfed’s holistic program has been replicated across Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, and Ghana, and has garnered international awards for its effectiveness. Most recently, the REAL Center (Research for Equitable Access and Learning) at the University of Cambridge found that Camfed’s programs in Tanzania were particularly cost-effective at raising levels of learning, even though Camfed targets girls in remote areas with the greatest needs.

The Transition Program, like other elements of Camfed’s model, is able to be replicated globally. As the REAL study concluded, “by addressing the needs of the most marginalized, programs such as Camfed’s can be seen to address the needs of all: inclusive education systems will function for everyone if they function for the most marginalized.”

High school can and should prepare students for the next phase of life beyond the classroom walls. It’s a universal concern for young people and for our global society, from Zimbabwe to New York to Japan. With holistic programs like the Transition Program being universally accessible, students would graduate feeling secure and prepared for the next phase of learning.


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National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) Foundation And LA84 Foundation Issue RFP To Refurbish Local Basketball Courts

Press Release – LOS ANGELES (June 11, 2018) – Today, the National Basketball Players Association Foundation and the LA84 Foundation are pleased to issue an RFP to refurbish local basketball courts in underserved communities in Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties. As a part of the legacy of the 2018 NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles, the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) Foundation has made a commitment to provide a total of $150,000 of grant funding for local communities. The LA84 Foundation will manage the grant process and distribution of program funds to local organizations. Individual grants of up to $25,000 will be available for capital improvement projects focused on basketball court refurbishment and renovation.

Los Angeles Laker Kyle Kuzma will be featured in a video released today that further promotes the launch of this RFP to non-profit organizations in the LA area. “I am happy to be a part of this announcement and to let people know about the opportunity to improve their local basketball courts with the help of the NBPA Foundation and the LA84 Foundation,” said Kuzma. The video can be viewed at www.la84.org/ball.

Sherrie Deans, executive director of the NBPA Foundation added, “We are excited to be working with the LA84 Foundation and local partners across the city to create amazing places to play for the children of Los Angeles.”

The NBPA Foundation and the LA84 Foundation recognize the importance of structured play and sports as a key part of youth development, supporting social emotional wellness, physical health, and academic success. Too often, opportunities to play are based on family income and zip-code, a phenomenon we call the “Play Equity” gap. Both organizations are working to close that gap with this program by increasing the number of courts and improving the quality of existing facilities that are available to kids and families in their own communities.

Renata Simril, president and CEO of the LA84 Foundation said, “The LA84 Foundation is thrilled to be partnering with the National Basketball Players Association Foundation. Working together, we can help leave a lasting legacy from All-Star Weekend to underserved communities. The NBPA Foundation’s commitment to Southern California communities helps us to close the play equity gap and ensure all children have equal access to sport.”

Because equity and opportunity are at the forefront of the Basketball Court Refurbishment Program, the LA84 Foundation will take into account the applicant’s degree of public access, demonstration of community need, condition of existing courts, and presence of quality youth programming. Additionally, any organization applying for the RFP must be a community-based organization, school district, or network of schools serving neighborhoods where a majority of the residents are low and moderate-income families and individuals.

Proposals must be submitted online and can be accessed at www.la84.org/ball.

When it comes to youth sports, it’s time to change the game. Locally and nationwide, much more work needs to be done, with 3.5 million kids, many of them from lower income communities, anticipated to lose access to school sports during this decade alone. This collaboration between the NBPA and LA84 is one example of many of what happens when people work together for a common cause. To find out how to join the #PlayForAll Movement, visit https://www.nbpafoundation.com/ and www.la84.org.


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Disappearing A’s, B’s and O’s: Red Cross Launches #MissingType Campaign To Urge New Blood Donors To Give

New survey reveals the public underestimates how frequently lifesaving blood transfusions are needed

Press Release – WASHINGTON D.C. – June 11, 2018 — Today, the American Red Cross launches the Missing Types campaign, an international effort to encourage new blood donors, as well as donors who have not given in years, to give blood and to help ensure lifesaving blood products are available for patients in need.

As part of the campaign, the letters A, B, and O – letters used to identify blood types – are disappearing across the country and around the world from corporate logos, favorite brands and frequently visited websites. Many may not realize just how important these three letters can be until they are gone.

“Everyday thousands of patients across the United States rely on generous blood donors for critical blood transfusions,” said Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the Red Cross. “However, we have seen a troubling decline in the number of new blood donors. We urge the public to roll up a sleeve and fill the missing types before these lifesaving letters go missing from hospital shelves.”

In fact, for the past four years, new Red Cross donors have declined by about 80,000 each year. The blood donor base is shrinking. This is not just a Red Cross trend, but a challenge blood collection organizations face across the country and around the world – which is why many are rallying behind this campaign today. Missing Types highlights just how important A’s, B’s, and O’s are – After all there is no _meric_n Red Cr_ss without the A’s and O.

Join the #MissingType movement—make an appointment to give blood by visiting redcrossblood.org, using the Red Cross Blood Donor App or calling 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767). All blood types are needed.

Survey shows public misconceptions about blood needs

A recent survey, conducted on behalf of the Red Cross, revealed a troubling disconnect between the public’s perception of blood donations and the realities of patient transfusion needs.

  • Three-quarters (74 percent) of the public underestimate how frequently blood transfusions occur.* Most people perceive blood is needed in the U.S. every 15 minutes or even every hour or two hours when in fact, every two seconds, someone in this country needs blood.
  • Nearly half of the public (45 percent) know someone who has been helped by a blood transfusion.* Yet only three percent of the U.S. population donates each year.
  • More than one-third (35 percent) of the public has never considered that blood may not be available when they or a loved one need it.* Blood shortages are not uncommon in the United States and can only be prevented when more people roll up a sleeve to give.
  • More than half (53 percent) of the public believe they need to know their blood type to donate.* Good news – Potential blood donors do not need to know their blood type before giving blood. After individuals give blood, the Red Cross provides each donor their blood type. Join the movement and find out your blood type this summer.

A missing letter can change everything for a patient

Tymia McCullough, of Georgetown, S.C. is a spirited 12-year-old who aspires to be a pediatrician and model when she grows up. She is also battling sickle cell disease, an inherited disease that causes red blood cells to form an abnormal crescent shape. Sickle cell disease patients can suffer a range of conditions, including acute anemia, tissue and organ damage, terrible pain and even strokes.

With no widely used cure, regular blood transfusions are one of the most common treatments for sickle cell disease. Last year, when McCullough arrived at the hospital, the blood type she needed for her transfusion was not available.

“It was the scariest, most frightening moment of a mother’s life, because I thought that she would not be able to get it,” said Susie Pitts, Tymia’s mother. “In that moment, in that experience, I was very afraid. I was scared for my daughter’s life—what was going to happen if she didn’t get the blood she needed?”

Eight hours later, the nurse came running through the door with the needed blood product.

Watch Tymia’s story.

Partners join the movement to raise visibility

The Red Cross appreciates the support of its lead partners who have joined the Missing Types campaign, including: Adobe, Anheuser-Busch, AvalonBay Communities, Inc., Domino’s, Dropbox, Google, IBM, Land O’Lakes, Inc., Mastercard, Nationwide, Neiman Marcus, the New York Yankees, Oreo, PayPal, Salesforce, State Farm®, Sunoco and U.S. Bank.

Each day, blood and platelets are needed for accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease. We are grateful for our partner support to raise visibility for this ongoing need.

Blood donation information

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Red Cross Blood Donor App.

Supplemental Information about Survey Methodology

*These are the findings from an Ipsos poll conducted April 16 – 18, 2018 on behalf of the Red Cross. For the survey, a sample of 503 adults ages 18 and over from the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii was interviewed online, in English. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll has a credibility interval of ±5.0 percentage points for all respondents surveyed.


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The Actors’ Gang Chosen as Nonprofit of the Year

Tim Robbins’ Nonprofit Theater Company Was Honored By Assemblywoman Sandy Kamlager-Dove On California Nonprofits Day

Jeremie Loncka, Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager-Dove, Tim Robbins and Malissa Shriver at California Nonprofits Day

Press Release – Culver City, June 6, 2018 – The Actors’ Gang is proud to announce it has been selected as a 2018 California Nonprofit of the Year by Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager-Dove.

Tim Robbins, Artistic Director of The Actors’ Gang, with Jeremie Loncka, Director of Prison Programing, and The Actors’ Gang Board Member, Malissa Shriver, joined other nonprofit leaders being honored by their state senators and assembly members at a celebratory luncheon as part of California Nonprofits Day on June 6th.

“I am excited to recognize The Actor’s Gang as this year’s Nonprofit of the Year. I honor this amazing nonprofit because of its commitment to theatre, and for its hard work around criminal justice reform. They use theatre as a tool for bringing dignity, rehabilitation and employment to this important conversation. The 54th Assembly District is lucky to have such a partner. They break a leg every time,” comments Assemblywoman Sydney Kamlager-Dove

Founded in 1981, the Actors’ Gang is a world-renowned theater company, having toured its plays in 5 continents and in over 40 U.S. States along with producing over 200 provocative, ground breaking award winning productions in the city of Los Angeles. It’s most recent production The New Colossus addresses the current anti-immigration climate in the United States, and played to sold out audiences for 5 months in L.A. The play will begin touring in South America in January 2019. Charles McNulty writing in the L.A. Times said of the production: “At a time when history is being warped by demagoguery The New Colossus holds a theatrical mirror to the nation.”

Aside from touring and producing 6 shows a year at its home base in Culver City, The Actors’ Gang has a vigorous Outreach Program that serves over 3000 young students in nine Los Angeles area public schools. Through in school immersion and after school programs, the Gang teachers help to unlock the unlimited potential of young students, encouraging them to find the voice within them that has been dormant and to tell their story proudly.

For the past 12 years The Actors’ Gang has been working with hundreds of incarcerated men and women in the California Correctional system, running rehabilitative workshops in 12 State Prisons as well as programs in two Re-entry Facilities and 2 Juvenile Detention Centers. The Prison Project has been recognized as effective cognitive therapy by the Department of Corrections and has been lauded by the Obama White House and by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Recent studies indicate a significant reduction in the recidivism rates of men and women that have been through the Prison Project workshops as well as an 89% reduction in 115s (in prison infractions).

Both The Actors’ Gang Prison Project and the Education Department foster tolerance and nonviolent expression through improvised theatrical workshops, enabling emotional and social development for students, who often have become numb to emotion and human interaction. Ensemble building is at the heart of the work, the achievement of tasks through collective effort.

In 2014 The Actors Gang was instrumental in reviving state funding for Arts in Corrections, working with the Governor, State Representatives and the Department of Corrections to reinstate funding in the state budget for rehabilitative arts programming in California prisons. Recently The Actors’ Gang has been working with the California Arts Council, Governor Brown and key representatives to increase state funding for nonprofit arts organizations throughout the state of California.

“Nonprofits make California communities stronger, yet we’re often so busy that we don’t toot our own horns about the work we’re doing,” explains Jan Masaoka, CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits). “California Nonprofits Day is an opportunity for our elected officials to recognize the good work they see nonprofits doing in their districts, and it also demonstrates the larger collective impact of nonprofits throughout California.”


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MD Anderson Announces 2018 Andrew Sabin Family Fellows

Eight awardees to pursue innovative cancer research through $100,000 two-year fellowships

Press Release – HOUSTONThe University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has named eight researchers to the third annual class of Andrew Sabin Family Fellows. As part of the Andrew Sabin Family Fellowship Program, each researcher will receive $100,000 in funding over two years. The Andrew Sabin Family Foundation established the program through a $30 million endowment to encourage creativity, innovation and highly impactful cancer research in four categories: basic science, clinical, physician-scientist, and population and quantitative science.

“By generously funding up to eight fellowships each year, the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation nurtures some of the best and brightest young researchers in our collective fight against cancer,” said Peter WT Pisters, M.D., president of MD Anderson. “We are grateful for this ongoing support and the foundation’s role in advancing potentially lifesaving and practice-changing research.”

A luncheon today gave the newly named fellows the opportunity to share their passion for Making Cancer History® with Andrew Sabin, a member of the MD Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors who advocates on a national level for increased cancer research funding. Also in attendance were members of the 2016 and 2017 classes of Sabin Family Fellows as well as faculty mentors.

The 2018 awardees and their areas of focus are:

  • Jianjun Gao, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor, Genitourinary Medical Oncology: study of combination therapy with immune checkpoint blockade and chemotherapy for MTAP-deficient metastatic bladder cancer
  • Nitin Jain, M.D., assistant professor, Leukemia: a non-chemotherapy approach to treating chronic lymphocytic leukemia
  • Filip Janku, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor, Investigational Cancer Therapeutics: studying mechanisms of resistance to treat gastrointestinal stromal tumors more effectively
  • Pawel Mazur, Ph.D., assistant professor, Experimental Radiation Oncology: a quantitative multiplexed platform for molecular dissection of pancreatic cancer progression and drug resistance
  • Florian Muller, Ph.D., assistant professor, Cancer Systems Imaging: validating the hypothesis that activating T cells helps destroy certain brain tumors treated with inhibitors of the glycolytic enzyme enolase
  • Jing Ning, Ph.D., associate professor, Biostatistics: statistical methods to improve risk assessment and dynamic prediction using multiple and longitudinal biomarkers
  • Liuqing Yang, Ph.D., assistant professor, Molecular and Cellular Oncology: bringing long non-coding RNA targeted therapy to the forefront of triple negative breast cancer treatment
  • Jianjun Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor, Thoracic/Head and Neck Medical Oncology: molecular and immune evolution of pre-neoplastic lung lesions

An avid environmentalist, conservationist and wildlife enthusiast, Sabin resides in East Hampton, New York. He is president of Sabin Metal Corporation, the largest privately owned precious metals refiner and recycler in the nation.

“It was invigorating to congratulate eight new fellows and wish them all the best in their research endeavors as we applauded the outstanding work of the 2016 and 2017 fellows,” said Sabin. “These brilliant minds represent the future and embody our dream of a world free of this terrible disease. My family and I are honored to play a role in advancing MD Anderson’s mission to end cancer.”


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Carhartt Joins Team Rubicon In Its Mission To Serve Those Impacted By Natural Disasters

Workwear brand partners with America’s hardest-working disaster response organization to revitalize affected areas

Press Release – DEARBORN, Michigan – (June 5, 2018)Carhartt, America’s premium workwear brand since 1889, today announced a partnership with Team Rubicon, a veteran-led global disaster response organization. Helping victims of disaster get back to work is a key component of Carhartt’s community affairs initiative, and through this partnership, the workwear company will help support Team Rubicon’s effort to provide the greatest service possible to areas impacted by severe weather or disasters.

To help rebuild Houston neighborhoods as the area continues to recover from flooding and wind damage, Carhartt will provide the nonprofit group with 15,000 Carhartt Force® Delmont T-shirts and an initial $200,000 donation to aid in the reconstruction efforts.

Team Rubicon is the nation’s only disaster response organization whose volunteers are primarily comprised of U.S. military service veterans. Team Rubicon volunteers, or Grey shirts, use their unique skills and experiences gained from serving in the military to assist those most affected in the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster.

“Team Rubicon is in a unique position to provide both first-class disaster response services, as well as offer job force training and a renewed sense of purpose for America’s military veterans,” said Tony Ambroza, chief brand officer at Carhartt. “This partnership will ensure that Team Rubicon’s hardworking volunteers can continue to rebuild communities while equipped with durable Carhartt products to serve and protect those who have been directly impacted by a natural disaster.”

Formed in response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Team Rubicon was founded by a small group of veterans searching for an opportunity to give back through continued service. The organization now boasts an 80,000-strong, highly-skilled volunteer workforce. Since its inception, Team Rubicon has responded to more than 250 disasters domestically and internationally, including Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

“I’d like to thank Carhartt for their contribution to our mission of preventing or alleviating human suffering in the wake of natural disasters,” said Jake Wood, co-founder and CEO of Team Rubicon. “Carhartt is known for producing durable and reliable products. In our line of business, our teams are going to some rugged places to do some pretty hard work. So, it’s important that we have gear that’s as rugged as we are, which is why we are excited about this partnership with Carhartt. We’re looking forward to seeing the new grey Team Rubicon t-shirts in action.”

Through its partnership with Team Rubicon, Carhartt remains committed to both providing military veterans with a venues into the workforce as well as helping to restore the lives of hardworking people affected by disasters.

About Carhartt, Inc.

Established in 1889, Carhartt is a global premium workwear brand with a rich heritage of developing rugged products for workers on and off the job. Headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, with more than 4,700 associates worldwide, Carhartt is family-owned and managed by the descendants of the company’s founder, Hamilton Carhartt. For more information, visit www.carhartt.com and follow @Carhartt on Twitter.

About Team Rubicon

Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. Team Rubicon is a nonprofit organization offering veterans a chance to continue their service by helping those afflicted by disasters, and also themselves. Programs and services are made possible by the support of individual donors, corporate partners, and the dedication of volunteers across the country. To join or support Team Rubicon’s mission, visit www.teamrubiconusa.org.


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Flag On The Play: N2 Publishing Teams With It’s A Penalty To Combat Human Trafficking

A partnership harnessing the power of sport to protect children and women from exploitation at major sporting events

Press Release – WILMINGTON, NC (June 7, 2018)N2 Publishing is proud to showcase its latest philanthropic play: partnering with It’s a Penalty through its corporate giving program N2GIVES. As a team, they aim to protect women and children around the world from sexual exploitation.

“We are delighted to partner with N2GIVES for our next global campaign to prevent the trafficking and exploitation of children and young women, including the Super Bowl Atlanta LIII 2019,” says Sarah de Carvalho, CEO of It’s a Penalty. “Together, we can make a difference and help end human trafficking.”

An international initiative, It’s a Penalty works with governing bodies of sport organizations, hotel partners, major airlines, local and international NGOs, and other stakeholders within the global sport arena to highlight the horrific existence of child abuse and exploitation – a crime all too easy to get away with when enormous crowds of out-of-towners feed into one geographical area.

According to research by the University of Dundee, the demand for children and women in the sex trade rises when a global sporting event takes place. N2 Publishing created N2GIVES to support organizations that fight this horrific reality and to restore hope to those affected. By partnering with It’s a Penalty, N2 hopes to have a hand in creating positive change in the world of sports and beyond by helping to raise awareness for the signs of child abuse and exploitation.

To learn more about how you can get involved with It’s a Penalty, click here. For more information on N2GIVES, please click here.


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