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Devin D. Thorpe

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From Boston To Birmingham: 25 Historic Main Street Districts Across America Vie For $2 Million In Grants Decided By Public Vote During Partners In Preservation Campaign

American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation Have Provided $19 Million in Funding Through This Program

Press Release – New York, NY — September 25, 2017 — American Express and The National Trust for Historic Preservation, in collaboration with Main Street America, announced today that Partners in Preservation is headed to Main Street. Partners in Preservation is a community-based partnership to raise awareness of the importance of preserving historic places and their role in sustaining local communities. This year’s program, Partners in Preservation: Main Streets, will award $2 million in grants to Main Street districts in need of preservation support across America.

The public will determine which sites will receive preservation grants by voting for their favorite main streets today through October 31 at VoteYourMainStreet.org, hosted by National Geographic Travel. On November 2, the sites with the most votes at the end of the voting period will be announced and awarded grants for restoration projects. In addition, the public will also have the opportunity to enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip of their choice to New York, Los Angeles, or Miami, sponsored by this year’s media partner National Geographic.

“Historic preservation and the Shop Small Movement are cornerstones of American Express’ longstanding commitment to serving communities around the world,” said Timothy J. McClimon, president of the American Express Foundation. “This campaign aligns these two commitments. By rallying citizens to learn about and vote for their favorite local historic treasures, we hope to create broad-scale awareness of the connection between preservation and our country’s thriving main streets.”

This year’s campaign coincides with the 40th anniversary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s work to revitalize main streets. Partners in Preservation: Main Streets emphasizes the importance of these districts around the U.S. and their positive impact on local communities and economies.

“From first dates to family dinners and shopping trips to nights on the town, America’s thriving historic main streets are where we come together and share experiences that shape our lives and communities,” said Stephanie K. Meeks, president and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “We are delighted to celebrate historic main streets across America through this year’s Partners in Preservation program. These historic downtowns are central to our local and national identity and should be preserved for generations to come.”

According to 2016 data from Main Street America, investments in Main Street districts have a significant impact on local economies – encouraging real estate development as well as the creation of new businesses and jobs. In 2016, $4.65 billion reinvested in Main Street improvement programs resulted in 8,042 building rehabilitations, 5,616 business openings, and 27,462 new jobs. Main Street revitalization efforts also help to make our neighborhoods more interesting and welcoming places to live, work and play.

Since the program’s inception in 2006, Partners in Preservation has awarded over $19 million in support of more than 200 historic sites across the country.

From theaters and museums to plazas and marquees from Seattle to Miami, Partners in Preservation: Main Streets will inspire long-term support from local citizens for the historic places in Main Street corridors. Each local partner received a grant of $20,000 to increase public awareness of the importance of these historic places and build grassroots support for their Main Street district.

The 25 cities with Main Street districts in contention for Partners in Preservation: Main Streets grants include:

Atlanta, Georgia
Sweet Auburn Works seeks to transform Bryant Graves House into an information center for visitors. This project would help introduce visitors to the local businesses and organizations that define Sweet Auburn.

Birmingham, Alabama
REV Birmingham seeks to install a 42-foot vertical marquee on the Historic Alabama Theatre. This project would restore the façade of the theatre to its original appearance and light-up downtown Birmingham.

Boston, Massachusetts
Upham’s Corner Main Street seeks to transform the Pierce Building into a business incubator and convert the Streetcar Comfort Station into a bike repair store and coffee shop. This project would create a vibrant hub within Dorchester’s Arts and Culture Innovation District.

Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Old Town Cape, Inc. seeks to revitalize the bandstand and surrounding park landscape in Ivers Square. This project would honor the neighborhood’s history and attract visitors.

Casa Grande, Arizona
Casa Grande Main Street seeks to create a new Vintage Neon Sign Park by salvaging historic neon signs from throughout the community. The park would serve as a vibrant downtown destination for visitors.

Cincinnati, Ohio
The Cincinnati Preservation Association seeks to restore the Woodward Theater’s historic marquee. This project would attract visitors and make the theater a shining beacon in Over-the-Rhine.

Detroit, Michigan
Live6 seeks to transform The Treehouse into a unique gathering and performance space. This project would create a much-needed venue for the Livernois/6 Mile community to come together.

Franklin, Tennessee
The Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County seeks to rehabilitate Dr. McPhail Office as a space for local programming and visitor services. This project would share Franklin’s history and highlight the positive impact of preservation on the community.

Greensboro, North Carolina
Downtown Greensboro, Inc. seeks to replace the iconic Carolina Theatre’s worn seats with art deco-style seats that increase capacity and restore historic charm. This project would ensure the theatre remains the “Showplace of the Carolinas” for years to come.

Hyde Park, Illinois
The Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce and Hyde Park Historical Society seek to complete renovations on the Cable Car Building. Through this project, the community would continue to have access to a museum and meeting space.

Las Vegas, New Mexico
Main Street de Las Vegas seeks to restore the E. Romero Hose and Fire Building to serve as a firefighting and acequia system museum. This project would commemorate the stories of the town’s founders and their efforts to protect their community.

Los Angeles, California
The Los Angeles Conservancy seeks to rehabilitate the trolley car of the Formosa Cafe along Route 66. This project would ensure a beloved West Hollywood icon is saved for future generations.

McKinney, Texas
Main Street McKinney seeks to rehabilitate the exterior of the McKinney Performing Arts Center in the Collin County Courthouse. This project would enhance visitors’ experiences for generations to come.

Miami, Florida
The City of Miami seeks to renovate and paint the exterior of the Manuel Artime Theater. This project would ensure the theater continues to be a place where the vibrancy of Little Havana comes alive.

New Orleans, Louisiana
Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard Merchants and Business Association seeks to restore the façade of Old McCrory’s Store. This project would repurpose the space for retail and nonprofit business use and commemorate the 1960 boycott of discriminatory hiring practices.

New York, New York
Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation seeks to rehabilitate the façade and make structural improvements to the Sheffield Farms Bottling Plant in Restoration Plaza. This project would ensure that the plaza remains at the heart of the Bedford-Stuyvesant community.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Downtown OKC Initiatives seeks to restore the Yale Theatre to its original appearance. This project would breathe new life into a key attraction, providing a draw for tourism and new entertainment opportunities to the surrounding area.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Germantown United CDC seeks to rehabilitate the façade and make structural improvements to significant 20th-century African-American landmarks in the Germantown neighborhood, including the Trower Building and Parker Hall. This project would increase visitation to Germantown and community pride.

Richmond, California
The Richmond Main Street Initiative seeks to install a marquee on the Market Street Mall’s Façade. This project would create a bright light illuminating the neighborhood’s charm and welcoming visitors.

Salt Lake City, Utah
Studio Elevn seeks to rehabilitate three historic buildings in the Granary District. This project would provide space for artists, designers and entrepreneurs to gather, work and celebrate.

San Diego, California
North Park Main Street seeks to reveal the original façade of the Stevens-Hartley Annex, which has been hidden behind a wall for decades. This project would further beautify one of San Diego’s most celebrated streets.

Seattle, Washington
Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area seeks to restore disappearing historic signs throughout Seattle’s historic Chinatown-International District. This project would help tell the story of this iconic, diverse neighborhood.

Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Main Street Steamboat Springs seeks to restore and repurpose a historic caboose as an artist-in-residence studio and gateway to Main Street. This project would serve as a landmark for the city’s Creative District.

Washington, D.C.
Shaw Main Streets seeks to restore the original storefront façade of the James Hughes Building. This project would transform a hidden treasure into a gem for visitors to Shaw.

West Des Moines, Iowa
The Historic Valley Junction Foundation seeks to restore the façade, first-floor storefront and marquee of the Lyric Theater. This project would further emphasize the historic gathering place as an icon of main street.

For more information and to vote daily through October 31, the public is encouraged to visit VoteYourMainStreet.org.


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Chesapeake Conservancy Joins 1% for the Planet Network

Press Release – (Annapolis, Md.) – Chesapeake Conservancy today was accepted as a nonprofit partner of the 1% for the Planet network, an initiative that connects businesses, individuals, and nonprofits to accelerate environmental giving.

The 1% for the Planet network includes more than 1,200 member businesses, hundreds of individual members, and thousands of nonprofit partners in more than 40 countries. After vetting environmental nonprofits, 1% for the Planet connects them to business members aligned with their business goals. The network’s business and individual members engage directly with approved nonprofit partners, providing financial donations, volunteer time, in-kind donations, and other shared-value collaborations.

“Nonprofit organizations play a unique and critical role in solving the many challenges facing our planet. Our driving goal is to increase support for these activist organizations by engaging businesses as funders and partners in the work. We believe deeply that by coming together, by connecting dollars with doers, we can create positive solutions to the complex environmental problems of our time,” 1% for the Planet CEO Kate Williams said.

Chesapeake Conservancy was nominated as a nonprofit partner by Patagonia, the founding member of the 1% for the Planet initiative. The clothing company and Annapolis-based environmental nonprofit partnered together to promote the designation of Mallows Bay-Potomac River as a National Marine Sanctuary at REI’s flagship store in Washington, D.C.

Chesapeake Conservancy Director of Development Melissa Ehrenreich said the organization looks forward to connecting with member businesses and individuals that share the Conservancy’s vision of conservation through innovation.

“Chesapeake Conservancy is honored to join the 1% for the Planet network where membership is measured by impact. We leverage technology to get results for conservation in ways that make sense for the planet, people, and local businesses,” Ehrenreich said. “We are proud to have been nominated as a 1% for the Planet nonprofit partner by Patagonia. We share their vision that with smart, effective strategies we can all be part of the solution to help save the places that matter for future generations.”

For more information on 1% for the Planet visit www.onepercentfortheplanet.org.


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The Y Highlights “Us” in Communities Across the U.S. Through Second Phase of Nationwide Campaign

“For a better us.” campaign creative focuses on uniting people and strengthening community bonds through programs and resources available at the Y

Press Release – CHICAGO, (September 25, 2017)—Today, YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) launches the second phase of “For a better us.,” a multimedia positioning campaign that focuses on nationwide unity and strengthening community bonds through programs and resources available at 2,700 Ys across the country. The campaign, which first launched in 2016, aims to change perceptions about the Y and raise awareness that the Y is one of the most effective and enduring nonprofit organizations in the country. In more than 10,000 communities across the country, the Y focuses on strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

The campaign includes a powerful television commercial entitled, “Us.” “Us” takes viewers on a journey that explores what the idea of “us” means in our country, the ways in which our bonds are fraying, and how the Y helps make them whole again through safe spaces, community outreach, mentorship, volunteerism and more. “Us” builds off the spots “Places” and “Idle Hands,” each of which depicts different problems communities face today and how the work of the Y helps.

“’Us’ is based on a key insight about the things people across the country are experiencing, from anxiety to social isolation, to a lack of empathy,” said Valerie Barker Waller, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Y-USA. “We want the country to know that, among the daily struggles, the Y is there—to bring people together, to help find common ground and to address pressing social issues that so many communities are facing.”

Earlier today, the television commercial aired on multiple broadcast networks including ABC, CBS and NBC. The Y collaborated with New York City-based creative agency Droga5 to produce the commercial, which was directed by Malik Vitthal. In addition to Droga5, WME | IMG’s strategic communications group, Catalyst, along with Kelly Scott Madison Media (KSM) worked collaboratively to support and promote the campaign.

In addition to the television commercial, the campaign includes several radio spots, digital assets and social media content, all which feature kids, adults and families who are members of the Y. These assets will run across several radio and digital channels as well as a variety of social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

To further raise awareness and socially spread the message, Ys across the country will challenge people to interact with someone new and share their stories via social media beginning in late September.

“This phase of our positioning campaign expresses exactly why the Y is an integral part of thousands of communities across the U.S.,” said Kevin Washington, President and CEO, Y-USA. “The Y is a safe space, a positive influence in the community and a bright spot in a sometimes-dark world. We aim to inspire communities and bring together people from all backgrounds, races, religions and more so everyone can find common ground and feel a sense of belonging.”

The “For a better us.” campaign is a multi-year, multi-faceted effort to engage more people with the Y and its cause of strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

For more information about the Y and to donate, visit www.ymca.net/forabetterus


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Kaiser Permanente Pledges $1 Million to Mexico Earthquake Aid

Contributions to International Medical Corps will support immediate relief and recovery efforts

Press Release – OAKLAND, Calif. – Kaiser Permanente today pledged $1 million to support first responders’ efforts in Mexico following multiple destructive earthquakes in the last few weeks.

The contribution from the nation’s largest integrated health system will go to International Medical Corps, a global humanitarian nonprofit organization established by volunteer physicians in 1984. Kaiser Permanente’s contribution will help International Medical Corps conduct an on-the-ground assessment of needs in the affected areas and assist with local relief and recovery efforts, including support for the mental health and wellness needs of those impacted.

“Our hearts are with all those affected by the devastation and loss of life from the earthquakes that struck central Mexico,” said Bechara Choucair, MD, senior vice president and chief community health officer for Kaiser Permanente. “Many of our employees and members have loved ones in the areas that were impacted. We felt it was imperative that we offer our help and resources in this critical time of need.”

Both organizations are sending disaster response experts and medical professionals to Mexico City on Tuesday, September 26, to support immediate relief and recovery efforts.

“Kaiser Permanente’s extraordinary commitment to deploy staff and their swift and generous support will ensure that International Medical Corps can help meet families’ greatest needs and mobilize health care, supplies and other assistance that will help communities in Mexico as they begin to recover and rebuild,” said Nancy Aossey, President & CEO of International Medical Corps.

As Kaiser Permanente supports these efforts in Mexico, the organization continues to monitor the areas impacted by this year’s extreme hurricane season. On September 5, Kaiser Permanente gave a donation to the American Red Cross for hurricane relief efforts.

About Kaiser Permanente

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. We currently serve 11.8 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.


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Raul Russi Announces $1 Million Donation To Puerto Rico Relief

Acacia Launches DonatePuertoRico/AyudaPuertoRico Campaign

Press Release – New York, NY (September 22, 2017) – Acacia Network, Inc., in response to the most catastrophic hurricane to hit our beloved Island in almost a century, has launched a national relief effort to assist the people of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of the devastation they are experiencing. Acacia Network, the largest Puerto Rican non-profit organization in the U.S., in partnership with Unidos por Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA), other organizations, government, and private entities is mobilizing to provide critical relief directly to the victims of Hurricane Maria. Acacia’s leadership and Board have committed $1 million dollars to kick off the AyudaPuertoRico or DonatePuertoRico campaign and request everyone’s support.

The impact of Hurricane Maria will be felt, both on the Island and the mainland, for a long time to come. With the total loss of electric power and catastrophic flood waters, many parts of the Island are uninhabitable. The first response needed at this time is cash donations to assist with their immediate needs — clearing the roads, getting medicine to the sick and injured, and helping the most vulnerable residents, the elderly and the very young. “We plan to have the Acacia team on the first flights to Puerto Rico as a part of our initial response, and to keep you informed,” said Raul Russi, CEO Acacia Network. “We will work onsite with the various communities, people, and entities in Puerto Rico to best determine what is needed and where.”

Acacia has set up donation drop off locations across the city. At this time, there is greatest need for the following. EMERGENCY SUPPLIES: Bottled Water, Baby wipes, Hand sanitizer, Diapers, Canned foods, Dry foods, Baby formula, Garbage bags, Towels, Canned milk, Canned and dry pet food, Baby and adult pain relief medicine, Stomach and Diarrhea relief medicine, Mosquito repellant, Blankets, Pillows, First-aid kits, Laundry detergents, Dish soap, and Cots. CONSTRUCTION SUPPLIES: Extension cords, Ground fault protectors, Pop-up canopies, Shovels, Wheelbarrows, Crowbars, Hammers, Utility knives, Work gloves, Wood panels, Electric generators, Electric cables, Tarp, Ropes, Chainsaws, and Safety glasses. All donations must be 100% sealed and new. Please check expiration dates. We cannot accept donations other than these items or that have expired.

The Acacia team will be arriving into Puerto Rico shortly to ensure that all donations will be delivered immediately to those in need. Daily updates will be provided from the Island to keep you informed. “After the news stops reporting on the aftermath of the Hurricane, we will be there to let you know what is happening,” says Russi. “It will take months, if not years, for all of the people of Puerto Rico to bounce back from the devastation. AyudaPuertoRico will continue providing assistance for as long as our resources will allow.” 100% of ALL donations will go directly to victims of this hurricane. All contributions, no matter how large or small, make a difference. Please visit www.DonatePuertoRico.com or www.AyudaPuertoRico.com for more details on the work being done.


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USDA’S SNAP-Ed Grants Common Threads $1 Million To Expand Nutrition Education To Children In Texas’ Six Largest Counties

The nonprofit will bring health and wellness education to over 42,000 individuals across Texas this school year

Press Release – AUSTIN, TEXAS (SEPTEMBER 21, 2017) – Common Threads, a nonprofit organization that provides hands-on cooking and nutrition education to children, parents and teachers in underserved communities, announces its expansion across the state of Texas through the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) SNAP-Ed program. The non-profit will offer its programs to school districts and community-based organizations in the state’s six largest counties: Bexar (San Antonio), Dallas, El Paso, Harris (Houston), Tarrant (Fort Worth) and Travis (Austin) counties to empower children with the nutrition knowledge they need to make healthy eating choices and prevent diet-related diseases.

This marks the largest expansion for Common Threads in the 15-year history of the organization, which will increase its number of service markets from 9 to 14. Through the 1-million-dollar grant awarded by the USDA’S FNS SNAP-Ed program, Common Threads expects to teach 42,000 individuals this school year in Texas, where they will prepare and enjoy more than 1 million healthy, affordable meals and snacks.

“In Texas, 1 in 5 children is obese or overweight and compounding this problem is the food insecurity confronting 18.7% of Texans. The health disparities we see today are preventable, and we have seen that our approach helps children learn valuable lessons they can use to lead healthier lives,” said Common Threads CEO Linda Novick O’Keefe. “Our evidence-based programs offer access to nutritious food while providing children, families, social service providers and educators throughout Texas with hands-on experiences designed to promote lifelong healthy habits.”

Common Threads will offer its Small Bites program, a series of eight nutrition lessons for preK-8th grade students combining math, language arts and science concepts with knife-free cooking. The lessons are aligned to National Health Education Standards and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), which support the Center for Disease Control’s Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model. A recent evaluation of Small Bites, presented at the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior meeting in Washington, DC, showed that the program significantly increased the number of students who answered nutrition knowledge questions correctly, eat a variety of vegetables at least once daily, and who show their families how to cook at home.

Common Threads will offer additional programs including Parent Workshops and Grocery Store Tours to engage parents on topics like basic nutrition, meal planning, shopping on a budget and how to get kids “cooking for life.” Program implementation will be possible through partnerships with schools and community-based organizations in each county, such as Institute for Healthy Living and Afterschool All-Stars. All programs offered are supported by Common Bytes, an online resource with a library of 100+ healthy recipes, interactive recipe journey games for children and instructional videos on safe, healthy cooking in the home.

Schools and community organizations in Bexar (San Antonio), Dallas, El Paso, Harris (Houston), Tarrant (Fort Worth) and Travis (Austin) counties interested in Common Threads programming can contact Nekosi Nelson at nnelson@commonthreads.org. For more information on Common Threads, visit www.commonthreads.org.


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The Body Shop Taps Urban Airship’s Mobile Wallet Engagement to Amplify its Forever Against Animal Testing Campaign

Supporters can add a Forever Against Animal Testing wallet pass to their smartphone, share it with friends, and get the latest news and progress

Press Release – LONDON, UK and PORTLAND, Ore. — 20 September 2017 — The Body Shop announced today alongside digital growth company Urban Airship that it will launch a mobile wallet pass with the latest news and signature counts for its Forever Against Animal Testing campaign. Launched in June alongside Cruelty Free International, the Forever Against Animal Testing campaign aims to end cosmetic animal testing worldwide, through a petition that will be taken to the UN. The campaign will use mobile wallet passes to deepen ongoing engagement with supporters and help grow the 2.8 million+ signatures already collected online and in-store.

“Mobile wallet passes offer us the perfect vehicle to spread the word and grow support for our efforts to end cosmetic animal testing globally once and for all,” said Harriet Williams, Chief Digital Officer, The Body Shop. “The ease of creating, distributing and updating mobile wallet passes, combined with the high rate of social sharing, will help finish what The Body Shop started when we began campaigning against animal testing in the 1980s.”

Upon signing the petition online, people will be directed to a landing page where they will have the option to add the Forever Against Animal Testing wallet pass to their device. The wallet pass will also be linked in a thank you email, promoted by The Body Shop on social media channels and will provide regular news updates direct to users. Those receiving the pass from friends sharing it will have a link where they can go to sign the petition. Supporters can also use the campaign hashtag #ForeverAgainstAnimalTesting on social media to raise awareness of the issue.

A recent Urban Airship study of one million Apple Wallet coupons and loyalty cards of major retail brands found that more than three-quarters of passes installed were the result of sharing rather than being distributed through a brand’s channels. Apple Wallet coupons had the highest rate of sharing, each one being added to 4.3 other devices on average, which The Body Shop’s cause-related campaign is expected to eclipse.

“We’re proud to be lending our expertise and mobile wallet engagement solution, Urban Airship Reach, to this largest and most ambitious attempt to put an end to cosmetics animal testing globally,” said Brett Caine, CEO and president, Urban Airship. “The Body Shop’s effort will offer a textbook example of how easily and flexibly mobile wallets can be used to inform, inspire and activate audiences for a limitless range of purposes.”

About Urban Airship

Urban Airship® (www.urbanairship.com) is trusted by thousands of businesses to drive growth with mobile. Every day, marketers and developers depend on Urban Airship to deliver billions of digital moments through personalized, interactive notifications that inspire interest and drive action. Urban Airship is used by many of the world’s most admired companies, including Adidas, Alaska Airlines, The Home Depot, NBC Universal, Sky Media and Zillow.

For more information, visit www.urbanairship.com, read our blog and follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn.

About The Body Shop

Founded in 1976 in Brighton, England, by Anita Roddick, The Body Shop is a global beauty brand. The Body Shop seeks to make a positive difference in the world by offering high-quality, naturally-inspired skincare, hair care and make-up produced ethically and sustainably. The Body Shop pioneered the philosophy that business can be a force for good and this ethos is still the brand’s driving force. The Body Shop has more than 3,000 stores in more than 60 countries.

The Body Shop and Against Animal Testing

The Body Shop was the first international beauty brand to campaign against the practice of animal testing in cosmetics in 1989, leading the way to a European Union-wide ban on animal testing in 2013. Their Forever Against Animal Testing campaign, in partnership with Cruelty Free International, was launched in June 2017 and achieved 2 million signatures in its first two months.

About Cruelty Free International:

Cruelty Free International is the leading organisation working to create a world where nobody wants or believes we need to experiment on animals. One of the world’s longest standing and most respected animal protection organisations, it is widely regarded as an authority on animal testing issues and called upon by governments, media, corporations and official bodies for advice and expert opinion.

Educating, challenging and inspiring others across the globe to respect and protect animals, Cruelty Free International investigates and exposes the reality of life for animals in laboratories, challenges decision-makers to make a positive difference for animals, and champions better science and cruelty free living.


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Creating Jewish Leadership in Impact Investing: LAVAN Announces First Fellowship Cohort!

Press Release – From large financial institutions to the world’s most influential philanthropic foundations, impact investing has emerged as powerful tool for social change, and a decisive point of attraction for the next generation. Building on this momentum, LAVAN’s newly launched Impact Investor Fellowship brings together a select group of 28 Jewish leaders committed to aligning their individual and communal assets with their values.

See the full list of LAVAN Fellows

Demonstrating the broad relevance of impact investing for the Jewish community, the Fellowship has drawn leaders from fields spanning government, philanthropy, social change, tech, entertainment, and finance. These individuals are seeking to make a positive impact using not only their own assets, but also those of the organizations, synagogues, and philanthropic foundations they influence.

“Like many members of my generation, I want to make sure that my investments are true to what I believe in”, says Jonah Mink, MD, a member of the Schusterman ROI Community and one of the co-creators of the Fellowship. “I’ve been looking for a way to learn about impact investing for many years, and the opportunity to do so among a cohort of Jewish leaders and within a framework of Jewish learning makes the process all the more meaningful”.

Over the course of the next eight months, the Fellows will utilize Jewish texts and teachings to explore their personal and communal values, and learn how to tackle large social and environmental challenges using market mechanisms, in their personal lives, and as a community.

The launch event held in New York on the eve of September 11th outlined the journey on which the Fellows are embarking. Centered on the question of ‘What type of person do I want to be in light of the great challenges around us?’, the participants explored notions of individual and collective responsibility in Judaism, using the text of the Viddui (confession), a part of the Yom Kippur prayer. The event concluded with a keynote address by Ron Cordes, co-founder of the Cordes Foundation and a leader in the impact investing movement. Cordes described his journey from starting a large asset management firm to co-founding one of the first foundations to align 100% of its capital with its mission.

The LAVAN Impact Investor Fellowship was made possible with the generous support of the Schusterman Foundation’s ROI Community, EJF Philanthropies, and several private donors. “I’m so honored and thankful to be able to support this program” says Simone Friedman, Head of Philanthropy and Impact Investment for EJF Philanthropies. “The opportunity that the program is providing is not just for the participants to become impact investors in their private lives, but leaders for the Jewish community and for the rest of the world”.


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Jackson Charitable Foundation and Discovery Education Team Up to Launch “Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids!” Contest to Empower the Next Generation of Leaders to be Fiscally Fit

— Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! Launches New Pledge Contest for a Chance to Win $10,000 for Schools and $1,000 for a Charity of their Choice, PLUS New Resources for Educators and Families to Help Students Grades K-6 Become Financially Empowered Adults –

Press Release – Silver Spring, Md. (Wednesday, September 20) – Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms and Jackson Charitable Foundation, a nonprofit with the mission to advance financial knowledge on a national scale, today unveiled an all-new suite of Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! activities, and a back-to-school contest, designed to bring personal finance topics to life across all subject areas. This engaging and fun financial education program, designed to train the next generation of financially empowered adults, equips students’ grades K-6 with the knowledge, tools and practice they need to make informed decisions to reach their goals and dreams.

“We are bringing Cha-Ching to schools across the country so it can be the spark that starts a conversation about money,” said Danielle Robinson, executive director, Jackson Charitable Foundation. “Whether it’s with parents, kids, teachers, students or people at any stage of their lives, one of the most important steps to financial wellness is planning, and planning begins with a conversation.”

Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! empowers youth with critical 21st century skills by beginning high-quality financial literacy education in elementary school, where it can be fundamentally embedded in core learning experiences. Available at no cost to classrooms nationwide, the program includes educator resources, family activities, animated videos and more. Additionally, the Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! contest invites elementary school teachers and families to take a pledge to teach kids how to “earn, save, spend and donate.” Contestants may enter for a chance to win $10,000 for their local school, plus a bonus of $1,000 for the charity of their school’s choice. The winning school will receive a fun financial literacy event at their school, and will enter the running to spend time with children’s educational media expert Dr. Alice Wilder, co-creator of Blue’s Clues and Super Why!, and the characters of Cha-Ching.

“Discovery Education is proud to partner with Jackson Charitable Foundation to prepare the next generation of leaders to make informed money decisions,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “Cha-Ching promotes positive financial behavior, and empowers educators and families to teach young learners the building blocks of financial literacy.”

Launched in April 2017, this partnership amplifies engaging financial literacy content, and brings it to classrooms and families across the United States. Cha-Ching is a cartoon band that features six energetic characters, brought to life in music videos, that help children learn about fundamental money management concepts through the band members’ different approaches to money habits. The original videos were created by Dr. Wilder and feature storylines that spotlight the four key concepts of money: “earn, save, spend and donate.” These concepts emphasize the cycle of money and vital choices that are made every day, throughout life.

“Helping children learn money management concepts while engaging them in fun and memorable activities prepares them for a promising future,” said Jacqueline Prester, Business and Technology Teacher, Mansfield Public Schools, Massachusetts. “With Cha-Ching, Discovery Education and Jackson are putting students on a path to financial freedom in adulthood, where money smart habits can positively impact their families, communities and lives.”

These resources are available at Cha-ChingUSA.org/Contest and will become available through Discovery Education Streaming. For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.


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New Digital Marketing and Social Giving Technology, Aidbox, Launches in Partnership with Beyond Type 1, Degoo, Care2

Press Release – NEW YORKAidbox, a Swedish-founded digital marketing and social giving technology that will allow everyone with an email address to give back to charity, launched today in the U.S. Using a new algorithm, Aidbox is an email signature technology that leverages partnerships between nonprofits and businesses to create a new ad space for businesses and a fundraising mechanism for nonprofits. Aidbox is reshaping the future of charitable giving by turning your email signature into a tool for raising awareness and funds for charity.

For its launch, Aidbox is partnering with Beyond Type 1, a nonprofit founded by Nick Jonas, Juliet de Baubigny, Sarah Lucas and Sam Talbot that is working to raise awareness and educate the global community about the Type 1 diabetes as well as Degoo, a free, automatic, online backup solution where users get up to 100 GB of free backup, and the online advocacy site, Care2.

Beyond Type 1 is leveraging the power of social media and technology to create a new brand of philanthropy fit for the modern age. Beyond Type 1 is partnering with Aidbox for POWER UP – Beyond Type 1’s fall fundraising campaign. POWER UP will highlight the energy of the Type 1 diabetes community through themed days, fundraising challenges, and special prizes – all to raise donations for Type 1 diabetes research and advocacy. Beyond Type 1 will also receive donations made possible through the Aidbox platform. In addition, Aidbox will allow people to take action by signing a Care2 petition, launched by Beyond Type 1, urging the Center for Disease Control to release data segmented by diabetes type. More than 5,300 supporters have already signed on.

“Our goal at Aidbox is to raise awareness and funds for our charity partners by creating a symbiotic relationship between nonprofits and businesses. Aidbox will also give anyone with an email address the ability to become a philanthropist – no matter what time or money constraints they might be facing,” said Aidbox Founder & CEO Daniel Lundh. “As an Aidbox user, you will become an ambassador for charity and make an impact for free with a technology you’re already using everyday: your email.”

“The partnership with Aidbox will provide a new avenue for Beyond Type 1 to advocate for and educate about Type 1 diabetes, in addition to raising funds to support our programs and initiatives. Aidbox will allow our community to include warning signs and information about Type 1 diabetes in their e-mail signatures – putting life-saving information in front of a massive audience every day,” said Beyond Type 1 CEO and Co-Founder Sarah Lucas

“We’re excited for the opportunity to start working with the ground-breaking platform Aidbox has designed. Both Aidbox and Beyond Type 1 embody the cutting edge thinking that we’ve made a priority at Degoo,” said CEO, Carl Hasselskog. “We welcome new ways of looking at what it means to be a philanthropist.”

“Care2 is committed to teaming up with partners who are on the forefront of creating technology that connects people to ways to make a difference in the world,” said Randy Paynter, Founder & CEO of Care2. “Aidbox will allow everyone with an email address to raise money and awareness for great causes like Beyond Type 1 with every email they send.”

With Aidbox, nonprofits will increase their revenue and name recognition through a previously untapped line of communication with the public. Businesses can tap into a new advertising space that is personal, uncluttered and organic in personal email signatures. Aidbox is continuing to grow its network of charities and corporate sponsors. Daniel Lundh and his partners at Aidbox are also committed to bettering the world through philanthropy, which is why Aidbox will donate 50 percent of its revenue to nonprofits.


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