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National Archives Foundation Announces Election of Former FCC Chair Wheeler, Brillstein Entertainment Partners CEO & Chairman Liebman to Board of Directors

Press Release – WASHINGTON – The National Archives Foundation, the non-profit partner of the National Archives and Records Administration, today announced the election of Thomas E. Wheeler and Jon Liebman to its Board of Directors. Mr. Wheeler was the former Foundation Board Chairman prior to serving as the 31st Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Mr. Liebman currently serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Brillstein Entertainment Partners, Hollywood’s premier talent management and production company.

“We are delighted to have Tom and Jon join the board,” said Archives Foundation board chairman A’Lelia Bundles. “I am especially thrilled that we’ll once again have access to Tom’s sage advice and institutional memory. I am equally excited about Jon and his unique combination of a passion for history and deep connections to the storytelling mastery of Hollywood. I know they’ll both help us think of innovative ways to make more people aware of the National Archives narrative and the American story.”

“It is a privilege to rejoin the board,” said Mr. Wheeler. “The stories of our nation are more important today than ever, and those stories are preserved and come alive at the National Archives.”

“Everyone benefits from a real and unvarnished understanding of America’s experience as a democracy. I’m so honored to be invited to help further the National Archives Foundation’s crucial mission of civic education and engagement,” said Mr. Liebman.

Thomas E. Wheeler most recently served as the 31st Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Prior to becoming Chairman, Mr. Wheeler was Managing Director of Core Capital Partners and served as President and CEO of Shiloh Group, an investment company that co-founded SmartBrief. Additionally, Mr. Wheeler is the only person to be selected to both the Cable Television Hall of Fame and The Wireless Hall of Fame. He was President and CEO of the National Cable Television Association (NCTA), served as President and CEO of the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA), and has served as the CEO of several tech companies. Mr. Wheeler has written Take Command: Leadership Lessons of the Civil War (2000), Mr. Lincoln’s T-Mails: The Untold Story of How Abraham Lincoln Used the Telegraph to Win the Civil War (2006), and several commentaries in the Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, and other leading publications. Mr. Wheeler serves on the board of the Shiloh Foundation (formerly the Carol and Tom Wheeler Foundation), boasting $257K in net assets as of 2014. He graduated from the Ohio State University in 1968.

Jon Liebman serves as CEO and Chairman of Brillstein Entertainment Partners, where he oversees the management and production businesses of the company and works closely with many of the company’s clients. His work involves television, motion pictures, new media, publishing, advertising and marketing, commercial endorsements, and licensing. Mr. Liebman was Executive Producer of “In Memoriam: New York City 9/11/01,” the highly-acclaimed HBO documentary. He was nominated for a Prime Time Emmy Award in 2002 as Executive Producer, and the documentary won The Peabody Silver Baton Award in the 2003 Annual Alfred duPont-Columbia University Awards for excellence in broadcast journalism. Mr. Liebman is an active member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and serves on the CFR’s Nomination and Governance Committee. He is also an active member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and serves on the Advisory Board of the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission. He has written, taught and lectured on the entertainment business and legal matters, including guest lectures at Columbia, USC, USC Law School and Yale College. He graduated from Yale College in 1981.

LA Tri Club Selects The Hirshberg Foundation As Its Official Charity For Philanthropic Outreach

Press Release – LOS ANGELES, Calif., – It is official. For the first time in its 17-year history, the LA Tri Club (LATC), one of the largest triathlon clubs in the U.S. has created a new initiative which supports local charities and has exclusively named one of the country’s most coveted and forward-thinking charitable and research institutions to partner in philanthropic endeavors throughout the Los Angeles metropolitan area for the next two years. Beginning in April, the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research will kick-off its exciting new partnership with the LATC to help raise awareness about pancreatic cancer, just as the foundation marks its 20th anniversary.

This is an exciting moment for the Hirshberg Foundation and the LATC. Joining forces with the LATC gives the thriving philanthropic organization an opportunity to expand its outreach to a demographic that perfectly coincides with the foundation’s ongoing health and fitness fundraising events including, but not limited to its signature Halloween fundraiser, the L.A. Cancer Challenge 5K/10K (which is one of the largest walk/runs in Southern California) as well as the award-winning Tour de Pier stationary cycling fundraiser held at the iconic Manhattan Beach Pier. For the LATC, working with the Hirshberg Foundation allows the private sports club and its extensive network of more than a 1,000 triathlon and endurance sports members the opportunity to give back to the community with civic pride.

“We are very excited to be working with the Hirshberg Foundation”, said Deb Carabet, Vice President and Managing Director for the LA Tri Club. “The club’s founder Larry Turkheimer and I have been infinitely impacted by pancreatic cancer. Working with the Hirshberg Foundation in all capacities including fundraising as well as through public and online promotion will assist in generating the public’s interest.” She added, “For nearly two decades, we have been searching for the best philanthropic organization to work with and now, we have found it.”

As part of the LATC’s Quadruple Crown Challenge, the partnership will grant its members to plunge in the Coast 2 Coast Swim Challenge, cycle the beautiful canyons and roads on LATC’s Much Gusto rides, run the Los Angeles Marathon as part of the Hirshberg Foundation’s Training Team and spin on stationary bikes at the award-winning Tour de Pier produced by the Hirshberg Foundation.

“Having the opportunity to partner with an outstanding sports and fitness organization such as the LA Tri Club gives us great confidence that we will reach more people in delivering the foundation’s message of not just hoping, but helping,” said Lisa Manheim, Executive Director for the Hirshberg Foundation. “By combining our resources, we will recruit a cross-section of athletes and potential donors to bring us one step closer to a cure.”


In May 2017, the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research will be celebrating its 20th anniversary. Founded in 1997, the Hirshberg Foundation is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing pancreatic cancer research, and providing information, resources and support to pancreatic cancer patients and their families. Established by Agi Hirshberg, whose husband Ronald died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 54, the foundation includes: the Ronald S. Hirshberg Translational Pancreatic Cancer Research Laboratory; the Ronald S. Hirshberg Chair in Translational Pancreatic Cancer Research; and the Hirshberg Pancreatic Cancer Information Center.

In February 2015, the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA introduced the UCLA Agi Hirshberg Center for Pancreatic Cancer Diseases made possible by the generous $10 million in gifts to UCLA from Hirshberg. For more information about the Hirshberg Foundation and ongoing events, please visit


The LA Tri Club (LATC) was founded in August 2000 after Paul Hekimian presented Larry Turkheimer and Nick Gardner with his vision of an independent triathlon club to benefit the triathlon community in and around Los Angeles. The sports club provides a network of information, support services, training and racing activities, friendship and fun for all ages and abilities. The LATC goal is to build a strong community of triathletes linked together by a sense of camaraderie. Establishing a network of like-minded athletes, the exchange of ideas and information about training, gear, etc. quickly became one of the key features of the club. Over time, structured training sessions headed by professional coaches and group trainings led to both individual and team success.

As the sport became even more popular, LATC continued to expand its membership base, affiliations with coaching leaders in the community, and local and national race leaders. This allowed the club to provide greater support to members with quality resources, robust training events, and a stronger race presence.

Since the beginning, LATC has sought to help members find balance between their busy lives and an occasional all-consuming training/racing schedule. With that in mind, the LATC’s operating revenue is solely based on membership dues and carefully selected sponsorship affiliations. Today, LATC continues to promote the enjoyment of the triathlon lifestyle to a wider community and supports members of all skill-levels and abilities. The LATC has sustained more than 10,000 athletes since its inception. For more information, please visit or contact Deb Carabet at

Toyota and VH1 Save The Music Partner On Six-Festival Activation To Benefit Music Education Programs

For the third year, the interactive and social campaign asks musicians and fans what music means to them

Festival stops to include Stagecoach, Country 500, Firefly, Lollapalooza, Life is Beautiful and Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

Press Release – Torrance, Calif., April 18, 2017 – For the third consecutive year Toyota, in partnership with VH1 Save The Music Foundation, will donate instruments and valuable resources to assist music education programs in public schools, as they’ve previously done in Chicago and New Orleans. Toyota is committed to continuing its support in 2017 to once again bring music education to deserving schools.

Launching at Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California on April 28, the #ToyotaGiving and VH1 Save The Music campaign is an interactive summer music festival activation at six of the nation’s most prominent festival destinations. The campaign features on-site and social media participation from festival goers while simultaneously increasing awareness of the importance of music education. The campaign benefits VH1 Save The Music Foundation, a national nonprofit organization committed to restoring music education programs in America’s public schools. Toyota will present an education grant to a to-be-determined Las Vegas school in partnership with VH1 Save The Music and Life is Beautiful Music & Art Festival.

Each of the six festival stops on the #ToyotaGiving partnership tour will include a unique photo mosaic mural activation. The mosaic will develop in real time throughout the duration of each festival using photos that artists and festival attendees post on social media with the #ToyotaGiving hashtag and a message about what music means to them.

This is the third philanthropic partnership between VH1 Save The Music and Toyota. The 2015 campaign culminated with a surprise appearance by pop singer Santigold in a school assembly in which a grant was presented to LaPlace Elementary in New Orleans. The grant provided students with their first music education program in over a decade. In 2016 a grant aided Chicago-area music education programs by providing instruments and equipment to students and Chicago-bred urban gospel singer, Sir The Baptist, performed with students.

“As a Fine and Performing Arts School, Spry has a tradition of providing opportunities for all our students in the fine arts, including music. Unfortunately because of the realities of the community that we serve, for many of our students these opportunities do not extend beyond the school day. The instruments donated to our school through the Toyota piano grant have allowed us to continue our mission of enriching our students’ lives through the arts. We are very grateful to Toyota for this contribution,” said Pablo Guzman, assistant principal, John Spry Community School in Chicago.

“At Toyota, we take our commitment to improve education very seriously. As a result, we continue to evolve our partnership with VH1 Save the Music in an effort to create awareness of and support their mission to restore music education programs in schools nationwide,” said Steve Appelbaum, national engagement marketing manager, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

“In our 20th Anniversary year, we are more grateful than ever for Toyota’s continued support and for joining us in our mission to provide every student with the benefits of a sustainable music education program,” said Henry Donahue, executive director of VH1 Save The Music Foundation. “Thanks to Toyota’s help, the last two years were a tremendous success in bringing music programs to schools in New Orleans and Chicago and we look forward to building on that success once again in 2017.”

Full Tour Schedule

Indio, CA – Stagecoach Festival, April 28 through April 30, 2017
Daytona, FL – Country 500, May 26 through May 28, 2017
Dover, DE – Firefly, June 15 through June 18, 2017
Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza, August 3 through August 6, 2017
Las Vegas, NV – Life is Beautiful, September 22 through September 24, 2017
New Orleans, LA – Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, October 27 through October 29, 2017

About VH1 Save The Music Foundation:

The VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education programs in America’s public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child’s complete education. Founded in 1997, VH1 Save The Music was the first organization in existence dedicated to restoring music programs in America’s schools. In the foundation’s 20 years, more than $53 million worth of new musical instruments has been donated to 2,024 public schools in 247 school districts around the country to date — impacting the lives of more than 3 million public school students. Learn about the foundation’s Play It Forward campaign in celebration of its 20th anniversary here:

About Toyota:

Toyota (NYSE:TM), creator of the Prius and the Mirai fuel cell vehicle, is committed to advancing mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. Over the past 60 years, we’ve produced more than 30 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 44,000 people (more than 34,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold almost 2.6 million cars and trucks (2.45 million in the U.S.) in 2016 – and about 85 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 15 years are still on the road today.

Toyota partners with community, civic, academic, and governmental organizations to address our society’s most pressing mobility challenges. We share company resources and extensive know-how to support non-profits to help expand their ability to assist more people move more places. For more information about Toyota, visit

CHOICE Humanitarian, Microsoft Edge Launch Program To Empower Guatemalan Women

Press Release – SALT LAKE CITY – Apr. 18, 2017 – CHOICE Humanitarian, in connection with Microsoft Edge, is launching a first-ever program today designed to empower Guatemalan women to become literate in Spanish. An introductory video of the program can be found here:

“Working with Microsoft Edge, we chose Guatemala because language and geographical barriers separate the Q’eqchi’ (Kekchi) population from the rest of the Spanish-speaking country,” said Christopher Johnson, CHOICE Humanitarian economic development director. “This program is geared to women because when a woman can read, it is powerful for a family, a community and everyone around her.”

No university in Guatemala teaches in Mayan languages. Without learning Spanish, no Q’eqchi’ woman can enter college.

“Today there are only men on the community development committees,” said Marta Coy, one of the first 18 women to take CHOICE and Microsoft Edge’s Accent program. “If I knew Spanish, I could become a community leader and bring projects that help women.

CHOICE Humanitarian, Microsoft Edge launch program to empower Guatemalan women

“I want to be an example to guide my daughters to learn. They can become leaders and bring new things to the community.”

The Accent program is unique because:

  1. It is open-source, which makes it adaptable for additional languages, curriculum, activities, etc.;
  2. It is geared toward adults with no technology experience;
  3. It teaches basic reading literacy skills and conversation in a second language;
  4. It does not require constant Internet connectivity; and
  5. It provides student performance analytics.

“Microsoft Edge is the perfect host to create this experience,” said Clarice Chan,Microsoft program manager. “The browser allows students to draw on web pages like never before. They don’t need to update an app. They get all the changes instantly.”

The Accent curriculum is multi-sensory, which accelerates learning, especially for anyone with no experience with today’s technology.

“Students can swipe or circle or drag and drop,” said Francesca Perkins, CHOICE Humanitarian economic development coordinator. “That type of kinesthetic learning will be helpful in the learning process.”

Facing a two-hour walk to school, many students do not attend. Girls in the Q’eqchi’ population region marry as young as 14 years of age and begin having children. If they do not marry young, they usually feel they are more useful at home than they are making the dangerous walk to attend school far away.

The CHOICE and Microsoft Edge program brings learning to women in their villages, providing them with an educational foundation to read, write and converse in Spanish.

“We are inviting the world to embrace this program and expand it so it can serve many populations and many needs,” said Johnson. “We applaud Microsoft Edge for that vision.”

More information on the Accent program can be found here:

Dance Against Cancer: An Evening To Benefit The American Cancer Society

Seventh annual event to be held on May 8 at AXA Equitable Theater

Press Release – NEW YORK – April 11, 2017Dance Against Cancer producers Erin Fogarty and Daniel Ulbricht have partnered with the American Cancer Society to present the seventh annual fundraising event on Monday, May 8, 2017. The gala benefit brings together artists from leading dance companies from New York City and beyond for a night of performances and world premieres.

Founded in 2010 by Erin Fogarty, Director of Programming at Manhattan Youth Ballet, and Daniel Ulbricht, principal dancer at New York City Ballet, Dance Against Cancer has raised over $825,000 in support of the American Cancer Society’s mission to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer.

This year’s lineup includes performances by members of New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Miami City Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ballet Met, NYC’s Broadway community, ballroom and more. The event will showcase the works of Larry Keigwin, Christopher Wheeldon, James Whiteside, Marcelo Gomes, Frederick Earl Mosley, Edwaard Liang, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Josh Prince’s Broadway Dance Lab and five world premieres created specifically for Dance Against Cancer.

VIP guests will enjoy cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m., followed by world premiere dance performances at 7:15 p.m., with a post-performance reception and silent auction for all guests and performers.

The event will be held at the AXA Equitable Theater located at 787 Seventh Avenue (between 51 and 52 Streets). Tickets are $175 for General Admission, $350 for VIP and $750 for Preferred VIP with dress rehearsal access and are available at All proceeds from this event will benefit lifesaving cancer research that the American Cancer Society funds in New York City and beyond, and will support patient service programs like Hope Lodge New York City, which provides free lodging to cancer patients who need to travel to New York for treatment.

About Dance Against Cancer

Co-producers and longtime friends Erin Fogarty and Daniel Ulbricht conceived Dance Against Cancer in 2010. They both have close ties to the cause as Fogarty lost her father in 2011 after a seven-year battle with colon cancer and Ulbricht lost his mother in 2015 after a battle with uterine cancer. With so many of their close friends and family sharing stories of their own relation to the disease, the desire to do something grew into what is now a gala benefit for the work that the American Cancer Society does through research initiatives as well as patient and family service programs. Since its inauguration, Dance Against Cancer has raised over $825,000 in support of the American Cancer Society. More information can be found at

About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2 million volunteers saving lives in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 23 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. We’re finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings and more. Our mission is to save lives, celebrate lives and lead the fight for a world without cancer. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at (800) 227-2345 or visit

Life is Good® Launches Faces of Life is Good Community to Inspire Optimism

Mario Lopez, Aly Raisman, and Malcolm Mitchell Lead the Charge to Rally Optimists Around the World 

Press Release – Boston, MA (April 17, 2017) – Positive lifestyle brand Life is Good® announced today the kick off of Faces of Life is Good, a campaign bringing together everyday optimists alongside inspirational celebrities from sports, media, music and fashion. The Faces of Life is Good community hopes to inspire people to make the conscious choice to focus on the good happening all around them. Members will join together using the hashtag #ThisIsOptimism, and be featured in a growing Faces of Life is Good photo gallery with access to invitation-only positive perks.

“This is a unifying campaign. We truly believe that by appreciating life’s simple pleasures and committing to seeing the good in the world, we can change the conversation”, explained John Jacobs, Chief Creative Optimist and Life is Good co-founder. “We have heard countless stories over the years of people overcoming great adversity simply by choosing to focus on opportunities versus obstacles. Now we’re bringing them all together to inspire optimism in others.”

Numerous celebrities have already joined the community, each with their own unique approach to inspiring others to focus on the good. World Champion gymnast Aly Raisman, for example, is on a mission to celebrate and empower women and girls; New England Patriots Malcolm Mitchell has been helping kids reach their full potential through his “Read with Malcolm” literacy program; and, Mario Lopez exemplifies optimism in action through his work with the Boys & Girls Club where he inspires kids to be the best they can be through fun fitness activities.

Raisman, who helped design a new line of inspirational Life is Good T-shirts promoting authenticity, kindness and courage that will be available this month, explained, “Optimism is a choice. People choose to exercise, they choose a team to root for and they can choose to see the good in life. Faces of Life is Good is a powerful platform that unifies people from all walks of life.” She added, “Especially when life throws you challenges, it’s important to remember that choosing optimism takes practice!”

Life is Good invites optimists to join the Faces of Life is Good movement and share what optimism means to them by visiting and using the hashtag #ThisIsOptimism across social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The Faces of Life is Good gallery will also allow viewers to shop for merchandise seen in member photos.

For more information on the campaign, visit:


The Life is Good Company is a $100 million lifestyle brand dedicated to spreading the power of optimism. The company donates 10 percent of its net profits to help kids in need through the Life is Good Kids Foundation. To date, the foundation has positively impacted 8,000 childcare providers who care for over one million kids every year, many of who are facing early childhood trauma. Life is Good® is a registered trademark of The Life is Good Company. Please visit for more details, find a store near you at, and follow Life is Good on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


The Life is Good Kids Foundation is an accredited 501(c)(3) that partners with organizations serving the most vulnerable children to improve the quality of their care. The Foundation’s Playmaker program connects with schools, hospitals, camps, and a variety of social service agencies to give childcare professionals the resources they need to make a positive, life-changing impact at a pivotal time in a child’s development. For more information please visit

Queens McDonald’s Franchisees Partner With Nonprofit To Donate Books To Local Learning Center

Franchisees distributed more than 150 books to preschool-aged children to promote early childhood education on National Education and Sharing Day

In celebration of National Education and Sharing Day, local McDonald’s franchisees and Books for Kids partnered up to donate children’s books to students at Concerned Parents of Jamaica Learning Center in Queens.

Press Release – Queens, New York – McDonald’s franchisees joined Books for Kids – a national nonprofit that promotes reading among low-income and at-risk preschool-aged children – to celebrate National Education and Sharing Day by donating more than 150 Happy Meal Books to the Concerned Parents of Jamaica Early Learning Center.

More than 100 children at the Early Learning Center in Jamaica were presented with a variety of Happy Meal Book titles, including “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”, “Big Nate in a Class by Himself” and “Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses.”

“Literacy and learning are the ultimate keys to success,” said Iris Lawrence, a local McDonald’s franchisee. “On behalf of all the McDonald’s franchisees in Queens, we are honored to do our part to provide children in our communities with books that will help them foster a love for reading and instill the importance of continued education.”

“Books for Kids is thrilled to be the recipient again of this generous book donation,” said Amanda Hirsh, Executive Director of Books for Kids. “Concerned Parents of Jamaica is a wonderful school with an active and engaged community, and we know that the books donated to the children will be in the hands of eager readers. This is the second time we have worked with the nearby McDonald’s franchisees to make a donation and StoryTime event possible, and we couldn’t be more grateful.”

McDonald’s Owner/Operators are committed to supporting education across all levels of learning by supporting programs such as Archways to Opportunity and Ronald McDonald House Charities New York Tri-State Area (RMHC-NYTSA) scholarships. Archways to Opportunity is a comprehensive continuing education program that assists McDonald’s employees in New York and across the country by offering educational and career advancement opportunities to employees who work in McDonald’s restaurants. Since the program’s inception in 2015, more than 900 McDonald’s employees across the New York Metro region have enrolled in Archways to Opportunity to apply for college tuition assistance, complete their high school degree, improve their English language skills, and sign up for career advisement. In their work with RMHC-NYTSA, McDonald’s Owner/Operators contribute to scholarships each year for students in financial need who have demonstrated academic excellence, community involvement and leadership qualities Last year, students in the New York Tri-State Area were awarded more than $600,000 in scholarships thanks to the support of RMHC-NYTSA and local McDonald’s franchisees.

About McDonald’s New York Tri-state Area

As one of the brand’s flagship markets, McDonald’s New York Metro Region represents one of the world’s best known brands within the Tri-State area. Based in Iselin, New Jersey, the regional office oversees 600 McDonald’s restaurants and more than 100 franchisees located throughout the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut Tri-State region. The regional office is run by a team of leading professionals in the fields of operations, marketing, public relations and public affairs.

Visit or follow us on Twitter @McDNYTriState for more information about other McDonald’s area programs.

© 2016 McDonald’s

About Books for Kids

The mission of the Books for Kids Foundation is to promote literacy among all children with a special emphasis on low-income and at-risk preschool-aged children. Books for Kids creates libraries, donates books, and implements literacy programs to develop the critical early foundation and skills which young children need to be successful in life. For more information, visit

PANDOS Presents Folklore In Honor Of Water

Join Us for a Celebration of Traditional Music, Dance and Storytelling

Press Release – On this year’s Earth Day Weekend, please join us to take a moment to pay tribute to water and to show the interconnectedness of traditional communities in how they realize water is vital to existence.

On April 21, 2017 from 6-8pm, PANDOS will be presenting Folklore In Honor of Water at the Downtown Salt Lake City Library at 210 E 400 S in Salt Lake City, UT. Performers will present dance, music, or poetry that specifically highlights the reverence of water in traditional cultures. Some of the cultural traditions that will be presented include performances from India, Afro Brazilian Candomblé, Native American traditions, Pacific Islanders, Poland, and Ukrainian traditions, African storytelling, and more. Parking is available underground or on the streets surrounding the library. Tickets are available at

PANDOS founding member Miriam Padilla: “As diverse as cultures are throughout the world, one common theme that most traditional cultures have is the respect for water as a life giving force. In the last few years, we have seen many people disregard the value of clean drinking water, and this has resulted in our people becoming ill. The fight for Standing Rock reminded us that we must honor Mother Earth and thank her for the Water she provides which gives us nourishment and rejuvenation.”


All proceeds from this event will go towards supporting PANDOS in its non-profit work to fulfill its mission: PANDOS peacefully advocates for basic human and environmental rights, primarily Native and Indigenous rights.

To learn more visit

Digital Impact Opens 2017 Grants Cycle to Advance Digital Data Use for Social Good

Stanford PACS initiative funds global research and innovation to help civil society organizations use digital resources safely and effectively for higher impact.

Press Release – Stanford, CADigital Impact, an initiative of the Digital Civil Society Lab at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS), announced the opening of the 2017 cycle of its now global grants program to advance the use of digital data and infrastructure for social good.

Launched in 2016 with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Digital Impact Grants program (formerly Good Data Grants) funds research and innovation to strengthen the safe, ethical, and effective use of digital resources in civil society. A fundamental goal of the program is to support better data-informed decision making in philanthropy (particularly individual giving) and in the social sector writ large.

Digital Impact awards grants for two types of projects: scholarly research and sector advancement. Funds are intended to support innovations and research that have broad application for improving knowledge, practices, and outcomes across the social sector. All work supported by Digital Impact Grants is to be publicly shared and openly accessible.

“Using and managing digital data is a core capacity of civil society organizations in this digital age,” said Lucy Bernholz, Senior Research Scholar at Stanford PACS and Director of its Digital Civil Society Lab. “We’re excited to open up this funding opportunity globally this year to nurture practical innovations and research that take a big-picture, sector-wide approach to addressing the challenges and opportunities that digital resources present to civil society organizations and donors.”

Digital Impact will select 5 to 15 grantees to receive funding from a pool of $200,000. The deadline for proposals is June 12, 2017 at 5 PM Pacific Time, and winners will be notified in August 2017. Funds will support new or ongoing innovation and research to be conducted over the course of the grant period from fall 2017 to fall 2018.

Digital Impact will host two webinars to discuss the grants program in detail and respond to questions from prospective applicants (click below to RSVP):

The 2017 cycle marks the second year of a planned three-year grants program. In its first year, Digital Impact (then Markets for Good) awarded nearly $275,000 to seven projects spearheaded by U.S. nonprofits and universities.

Digital Impact has shared an interactive data visualization of the projects and ideas proposed through its first grants cycle, and will add to it through this and future cycles with the goal of spurring additional collaboration, ideation, and investment in the field.

Grantees will be invited to a conference at Stanford in February 2018 and will present the outcomes of their work to the Digital Impact community in the fall of 2018.

To learn more about this grant opportunity, view the full Request for Proposal.

For more information about Digital Impact, visit

Grant Funding Now Available for Tech-Based Youth Programs

Press Release – Washington, D.C. – April 17, 2017 – Grant funding for 2018 projects is now available to tech-based programs using video games to benefit America’s youth. The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Foundation today announced it is accepting letters of inquiry for its 2018 round of grant funding, which supports nonprofit organizations that foster youth development and education through engagement with video games and technology. This is the first time eligible organizations can submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) before a full proposal and grant application to the ESA Foundation.

“ESA Foundation grants have empowered organizations that improve the lives of millions of American children through the boundless potential of video games for almost 20 years,” said Anastasia Staten, executive director of the ESA Foundation, the US video game industry’s charitable organization. “The ESA Foundation – and the American entertainment software industry as a whole – wants to empower more of these innovative organizations, especially those focused on expanding opportunities for female and minority students. By adding an LOI phase to our application process, it is easier for organizations to take the first step in applying. We hope those who did not previously apply will do so now. ”

Since 2000, the ESA Foundation has raised more than $20 million for organizations utilizing video games and technology to tackle social challenges and build stronger communities across the US. Brown University’s Bootstrap, The Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Extra Life, iCivics, the Smithsonian Institution’s American Art Museum, and VisionQuest 20/20 received grants from the ESA Foundation in 2017.

For more information or to apply for an ESA Foundation grant, visit the ESA Foundation grant application website here. Eligible organizations should submit an LOI to the ESA Foundation by May 15, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. EDT for 2018 calendar-year projects. Selected organizations will then submit a full proposal by July 10, 2017. First-time awardees can request grants of up to $50,000.

Created by the American entertainment software industry, the ESA Foundation works to make a positive difference in the lives of America’s youth by providing scholarships to the next generation of industry innovators and supporting charitable organizations and schools that leverage entertainment software and technology. The ESA Foundation receives its primary funding proceeds from the signature annual fundraiser Nite to Unite and other charitable initiatives. For more information, please visit the ESA Foundation website or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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