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Cedars-Sinai Awards $4.8M to Support Community Clinics and Other Safety Net Organizations for the Underserved

Grants Help Strengthen Financial, Administrative and Management Effectiveness at Clinics and Other Sites That Bring Medical Care, Mental Health Services and Other Critical Assistance to Communities in Need

Press Release – LOS ANGELES (Aug. 16, 2017) — Cedars-Sinai is bolstering an ongoing effort to strengthen the social safety net in the Los Angeles region with a third year of grants — totaling $4,827,930 — to programs that address the physical and mental healthcare needs of many underserved populations, including the homeless, at-risk youth, immigrants and others.

The funding represents Cedars-Sinai’s latest steps to increase financial, administrative and leadership effectiveness at community clinics and mental health organizations. The goal is to increase access and reduce disparities to those in need of health services.

“Hundreds of thousands of people in Los Angeles receive care at community health centers. In this time of healthcare uncertainty, the role of these community clinics has only grown in importance,” said Jonathan Schreiber, director of Community Engagement at Cedars-Sinai. “We believe we can impact the efficiency and quality of care given to LA’s most vulnerable populations with ongoing support for local healthcare institutions.”

The Cedars-Sinai Community Clinic Initiative was launched three years ago to strengthen the leadership and effectiveness of local clinics with a two-pronged approach.

Cedars-Sinai invested strategically in broad community-wide efforts to improve quality care, financial benchmarking, data analysis and leadership development at clinics in the Los Angeles area. The community partners involved in this initiative include Capital Link, the Center for Care Innovations, the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County, Healthforce Center at UCSF, the Institute for High Quality Care, the L.A. Trust for Children’s Health and the Southside Coalition of Community Health Centers.

Cedars-Sinai also provided grants directly to individual clinics to improve their quality of care and patients’ experience. This component of the Community Clinic Initiative benefited a diverse set of partners, including The Achievable Foundation, a health center that treats children and adults with developmental disabilities; Los Angeles Christian Health Centers, whose Joshua House location serves the homeless population in downtown Los Angeles; and the Korean Health, Education, Information & Research (KHEIR) Center in Koreatown.

Through the Community Clinic Initiative, partners such as KHEIR have been able to participate in programs focused on quality improvement and the efficient management of clinic and health data. In addition, a grant from Cedars-Sinai allowed KHEIR to expand its successful chronic care program to promote diabetes self-management for Spanish-speaking patients. KHEIR’s community health center also is implementing new medical record software to track diabetes patients’ health.

Additionally, this year’s grants went to 13 mental health partner organizations that treat uninsured and undocumented patients who have a variety of mental health issues, substance use disorders and other challenges. The partner organizations include the Los Angeles LGBT Center, where Cedars-Sinai grants have helped fund a domestic violence prevention program, as well as Amanecer Community Counseling Services, which provides mental health counseling for low-income Latino parents and children. Treatments provided by these organizations include psychotherapy, cognitive behavior therapy and medication management for people who cannot obtain these necessary services through other means.

Funds from Cedars-Sinai also have been disbursed to several other nonprofits, including Step Up on Second, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, March of Dimes and the United Way’s Home For Good program to reduce chronic homelessness.

Art Ochoa, senior vice president of Community Relations and Development and chief development officer at Cedars-Sinai, said the institution remains committed to the many clinics and organizations that provide crucial services to underserved populations in the Los Angeles area.

“These efforts on the part of Cedars-Sinai take us back to our roots in 1902 as a community hospital serving a vulnerable population with the intent, then as now, to provide healthcare, support and services to those who need it most,” he said.

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Sunwealth™ Announces First Closing of Solar Impact Fund

Fund offers modern investing approach with quantifiable environmental and social impact

Press Release – (Boston, MA) August 15, 2017Sunwealth, an innovative clean energy investment firm bringing commercial solar to scale, today announced the first tranche closing of its Solar Impact Fund. The Fund offers investors two compelling ways to invest – via tax equity or a bond offering – in the vastly untapped commercial solar asset class.

Sunwealth seeks to create wider-reaching social and environmental impact – without sacrificing financial return – by combining commercial solar projects for credit-worthy businesses, municipalities, and non-profit organizations into a single investment vehicle.

The first tranche is comprised of six projects providing renewable solar energy to fire departments, schools, and businesses in New York and New England, including Sika Sarnafil’s U.S. headquarters in Canton, Massachusetts and the Montessori School of Northampton, Massachusetts. All six projects were recently placed in service, and to date the Solar Impact Fund has exceeded performance expectations.

The second tranche, with a bond offering of $1.5M and tax equity offering of $1M, will include nine additional projects to build on the Solar Impact Fund’s initial success.

“Commercial solar is built on proven technology, high technical potential, and is a driving force in the decentralization, de-carbonization, and democratization of our energy grid,” said Jonathan Abe, Chief Executive Officer at Sunwealth. “The Solar Impact Fund provides investors with a simple, transparent, and predictable investment. They know which projects they are funding and can track the measurable impact they are delivering.”

The Fund’s first two tranches will produce more than 1,691 metric tons of carbon offsets per annum, over $2,115,000 in energy savings for power purchasers, and generate more than 50 job years for sophisticated positions among locally-based solar firms.

Sunwealth invests alongside its investors by owning and operating each project within the Solar Impact Fund. The firm’s technology-driven insight paired with a proprietary underwriting process identifies high-performing projects that can generate meaningful financial returns. The standardized and pooled-project approach dramatically reduces transaction costs and gives investors access to a diverse set of projects that combat climate change and strengthen communities through job creation and access to clean energy.

To learn more about Sunwealth, the Solar Impact Fund, and investing in the future of energy, please visit

About Sunwealth

Sunwealth Power LLC is a pioneering clean energy firm aiming to unleash the power of commercial solar by delivering meaningful returns and tangible impact to its growing community of investors. Sunwealth’s proprietary methodology identifies high-performing, high-impact projects, and its Solar Impact Fund allows for rapid scaling of commercial solar investment, giving investors the unique opportunity to invest directly into a diversified pool of solar assets – generating returns and clean energy faster. Visit

Under no circumstances is the information contained herein to be considered an offer to sell or as a solicitation of an offer to buy any financial product. Investments are offered only via definitive transaction documents and any potential investor should read such documents carefully, including all the risk factors relating to the investment, before investing.

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Child Abuse Prevention Summit Seeks to Help End a Nationwide Epidemic

Destination Spa Golden Door to Host Summit May 20-23, 2018

Press Release – (San Marcos, CA) (August 15, 2017) – The Child Abuse Prevention Summit, Golden Door’s first round-table forum focused on bringing about real and lasting change in society, will be a 3-day sponsored event held at Golden Door on how to stop the escalation of child abuse and neglect in America. Attendees will include leaders in the field of child abuse education and prevention as well as child advocates from the worlds of business, government, medicine and academia.

Every year more than 3.6 million referrals of child abuse or neglect that involve more than 6.6 million children are made to state child protection agencies. The United States has one of the worst records among industrialized nations—with an average between four and seven children lost every day to abuse and neglect—according to studies by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“Child abuse is an on-going issue that will not go away on its own,” said Kathy Van Ness, COO, Golden Door. “There is a report of child abuse every 10 seconds in the United States, and we need to determine together how to stop this from happening. Through the Golden Door Foundation, we pledge 100 percent of our net profits to support philanthropic child abuse-related causes. The Child Abuse Prevention Summit is the next step in our mission to positively change lives and to extend our responsibilities beyond our walls.”

Currently, Golden Door works with The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC), Palomar Health Foundation, San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center, Rady Children’s Hospital and others to help stop child abuse and bring awareness to the cause.

“On behalf of Palomar Health’s Forensic Child Abuse Program and Sexual Assault Team, I want to extend our most heartfelt thank you to Golden Door for all the support they have provided to the program and the victims we serve,” said Catherine McLennan, supervisor of the Child Abuse Program. “We are grateful to Kathy Van Ness and her team for their dedication to transforming the lives of the San Diego North County children.”

“The NYSPCC and Golden Door share the same goal: to prevent and stop child abuse and neglect. We are proud to be working with Golden Door on next year’s child abuse summit and sharing our mission with everyone who will come together to protect our children,” said Executive Director Mary L. Pulido, PhD, The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

“We salute Golden Door in its work to end child abuse,” said Executive Director Katie Albright of the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center. “We believe we can end child abuse, not simply prevent it. Child abuse is a serious problem with devastating consequences, but it’s a problem we know how to solve. We believe that strong families, supported by a strong and caring community, will not abuse their children.”

The Golden Door Child Abuse Summit takes place May 20–May 23, 2018, at Golden Door in San Marcos, CA. This three-day summit provides in-depth discussions and speakers on how to end child abuse. For more information, log onto

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LGBTQ Community Endowment Fund Making A Big Impact

Over $300,000 in grants awarded since 2011 to organizations committed to supporting LGBTQ Community

Press Release – Salt Lake City, Utah – Established in 2011, with an aim to strengthen Utah’s LGBTQ community and our state as a whole, the LGBTQ Community Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation of Utah has awarded grants totaling $318,000 to organizations throughout the state. This year alone, $34,000 has been awarded to 11 organizations that were selected from a record number of competitive applicants.

In an effort to further spotlight and celebrate the efforts of these organizations, the fund selection committee members (Jane Marquardt, Jim Dabakis, Carol Gnade, Michelle Turpin, Jeffrey Mathis, and Lauryn Hansen) are hosting a reception on August 29th at the S.J. Quinney College of Law building at the University of Utah. Open to the public, the reception will help foster collaboration, raise awareness, and provide extra support for nonprofits serving the LGBTQ community in Utah. In addition to receiving their grant awards, the 2017 grantees will each have an opportunity to give a five-minute pitch to compete for a share of $10,000 in additional funding available.

“From providing shelter and other resources for LGBTQ homeless youth, to mentoring through art, and much more, the grant recipients are making a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of everyone in our state,” said Jane Marquardt, one of the founding committee members and donor to the LGBTQ Community Endowment Fund. “Hearing of the work that these innovative organizations are engaging in is impressive. We are honored to support them with a modest, but hopefully significant, grant to help advance their efforts.”

“The LGBTQ Community Endowment Fund allows donors to pool their donations in order to make a greater difference in our state,” explained Community Foundation of Utah CEO Alex Eaton. “These investments not only make an immediate impact on the issues facing the LGBTQ community today, but they also provide a foundation to address the future needs of the LGBTQ community as they evolve.”

2017 grants awarded to:

Comunidades Unidas, Community Promise/Promesa Comunitaria

Encircle, Youth, Family and Community Programming, and Therapeutic Services

Equality Utah, Wellstone Action Boot Camp

Plan-B Theatre, The world premier of THE ICE FRONT by Eric Samuelsen

Salt Lake Acting Company (SLAC), 2017/2018 productions of HIR and FUN HOME

U of U College of Health – Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Utah Speech-Language Hearing Clinic, Giving Voice to the Person Inside: A Voice Therapy Program for Persons in Transition

Utah Film Center, Damn These Heels

Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA), Out Loud

Utah Pride Center, Survivors of Suicide Attempts (SOSA)

Utah Public Radio, A UPR Original Series – Off the Grid

Youth Futures, Program Operations

About The LGBTQ Community Endowment Fund

The LGBTQ Community Endowment Fund was created to pool giving from members of the LGBTQ community and their allies. The fund has awarded $318,000 in grants since its inception in 2011. Individual donations are combined to make an even greater impact and to identify and support programs that may be smaller, innovative, or just starting established. You can find more about the LGBTQ Community Endowment fund at or by emailing .

About the Community Foundation of Utah

The Community Foundation of Utah is a catalyst for philanthropy that is strategic, collaborative, and forward-thinking. For more information visit


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Trucost Launches Global Carbon Pricing Tool

New tool helps companies understand the risks and opportunities of increasing carbon regulation in different countries

Press Release – LONDON, AUGUST 15, 2017: Trucost, part of S&P Dow Jones Indices, has launched the Corporate Carbon Pricing Tool for companies, to help them to assess exposure to evolving regional carbon pricing mechanisms. The insights are designed to help companies better understand the potential business case for greener products and business models, for example to prioritize regional investment in green technology, resource efficiency or different product strategies.

The tool combines a company’s greenhouse gas emissions and financial performance data with Trucost’s regional carbon pricing information to provide insights on carbon pricing risks out to 2030. Trucost has curated a global database of current carbon regulations, emissions trading schemes, fuel and other taxes, and potential future carbon pricing scenarios designed to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 2°C or less.

The tool models the progressive closure of the spread between carbon prices today and in the future, considering science-based scenarios and climate change commitments. It also comes preloaded with available competitor data, allowing companies to benchmark and compare financial risk exposures.

Libby Bernick, Global Head of Corporate Business, Trucost, part of S&P Dow Jones Indices, said: “Companies are trying to make sense of the pace at which legislators in different countries, states and cities are implementing carbon regulations. Because these regulations could drive up the cost of fossil-fuel-based energy and carbon-intensive raw materials, increasing operating costs and reducing profit margins, companies need robust data and analytics to help inform financial decisions over investments in energy efficiency, low-carbon innovation and renewable energy. Trucost’s Corporate Carbon Pricing Tool provides a solution for companies that want to get ahead of carbon regulation and continue to grow their businesses.”

For more information about Trucost’s Corporate Carbon Pricing Tool, please visit


Trucost is part of S&P Dow Jones Indices. A leader in carbon and environmental data and risk analysis, Trucost assesses risks relating to climate change, natural resource constraints, and broader environmental, social, and governance factors. Companies and financial institutions use Trucost intelligence to understand their ESG exposure to these factors, inform resilience and identify transformative solutions for a more sustainable global economy. S&P Global’s commitment to environmental analysis and product innovation allows us to deliver essential ESG investment-related information to the global marketplace. For more information, visit


S&P Dow Jones Indices is the largest global resource for essential index-based concepts, data and research, and home to iconic financial market indicators, such as the S&P 500® and the Dow Jones Industrial Average®. More assets are invested in products based on our indices than products based on indices from any other provider in the world. Since Charles Dow invented the first index in 1884, S&P DJI has become home to over 1,000,000 indices across the spectrum of asset classes that have helped define the way investors measure and trade the markets.

S&P Dow Jones Indices is a division of S&P Global (NYSE: SPGI), which provides essential intelligence for individuals, companies, and governments to make decisions with confidence. For more information, visit

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The Womanity Foundation Welcomes A New Generation of WomenChangeMakers Fellows in India and Brazil

  • The WomenChangeMakers Fellowship continues its work in social entrepreneurship across India and Brazil
  • The flagship program, which helps social entrepreneurs become a catalyst for large scale social change for women and girls, has selected four social enterprises to join the WomenChangeMakers (WCM) Fellowship in India and Brazil

Press Release – Following a high number of nominations from WCM program partners and a rigorous selection process, the Womanity Foundation is delighted to welcome four new social entrepreneurs to the WCM Fellowship. The WCM Fellowship aims to identify, support and connect leading social entrepreneurs, who are addressing women’s access to education, healthcare as well as economic and political participation.

In India, Armman and Swayam Shikshan Prayog were selected WCM Fellows.

Armman was founded in 2008 in Mumbai, India, by urogynecologist and pelvic floor reconstructive surgeon Dr Aparna Hegde. The social enterprise offers a range of technological and human interventions that plug the gaps in the public health system. It does this by forming a complete wellness circle around women and children, to reduce morbidity and mortality among India’s poorest populations. As part of the fellowship program, Aparna and Armman will be receiving support from the WCM program in developing their delivery model and strengthening their organizational effectiveness to better enable their scaling efforts. WCM will be working with them for the next three years.

Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP) was founded in 1998 by Prema Gopalan as a grassroots learning and development organization, focused on empowering women in disadvantaged and underserved communities across India. Together with its beneficiaries, SSP is transforming communities by nurturing and helping develop rural female social entrepreneurs, who are working in clean energy, sanitation, basic health services, nutrition and safe agriculture. WCM will be working closely with Prema and SSP in creating a long-term growth strategy as well as conducting an assessment of their organizational needs, to enable a deeper and broader impact on women’s socio-economic empowerment.

In Brazil, the WCM program also welcomes two new Fellows – Denise Dora of Themis and Juliana de Faria of Think Olga/Think Eva.

Denise Dora, a lawyer and co-founder of Themis has been working for over 20 years to provide women with effective access to justice. Most recently, Themis showcased their innovative use of technology through the development of one app that connects victims of violence to emergency support services and community leaders. Behind the app there is a vast network of people from civil society and law. These types of developments have put the social enterprise at the forefront of the debate on the use of technology and other tools and methodologies to democratize access to the justice system. Themis intend to use their WCM fellowship to build on the capability they already have and maximize their impact.

Juliana de Faria was only 11 years old when she started experiencing harassment on the streets of Brazil. This is what prompted her activism and inspired the numerous publications in which she writes about those experiences. This is something that Brazilian women and girls have to live through on a daily basis. Juliana chose to use her stories to help raise awareness around the problem and provide women with the recognition of the violence being committed. With that in mind, she co-founded Think Olga and later Think Eva. Being part of the WCM Fellowship, will enable Juliana and her team to build a stronger strategy and organizational structure to deal with the fast growth they are experiencing.

On this year’s Fellows, RafiaQureshi, Executive Director of the Womanity Foundation stated:

‘This is an incredibly exciting time for female social entrepreneurship and we are delighted to be working with such innovative women, who have already had a significant impact within their communities and are looking to scale that impact. All of our Fellows have founded organizations that are going through significant growth and this is where the WomenChangeMakers program is at its best, when working with these social enterprises to strengthen their strategy and organizational capabilities to better support their growth.’

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James Risen To Join First Look Media And The Intercept

Two-time Pulitzer Prize Winner Named Director of First Look Media’s Press Freedom Defense Fund and The Intercept’s National Security Columnist

Press Release – NEW YORK, NY – August 14, 2017 – James Risen, the award-winning journalist and best-selling author, is joining First Look Media to play a unique dual leadership role. He will help defend threatened journalists and whistleblowers while also continuing to investigate and write about national security and other national and international issues for First Look’s investigative news organization, The Intercept.

Risen has been named the Director of First Look Media’s Press Freedom Defense Fund, which supports journalists, filmmakers, whistleblowers and news organizations pursuing legal fights where a substantial public interest, freedom of the press, or related human and civil rights are at stake. Risen will also join The Intercept as Senior National Security Correspondent. Risen will write a reported column on national security and other national issues, as well as help lead investigative reporting projects at The Intercept.

Risen recently left the New York Times after nearly 20 years reporting on the most critical national security issues of our time, including the September 11 terrorist attacks, the Bush Administration’s invasion of Iraq and the proliferation of abuses, such as unwarranted government surveillance and torture, in the guise of the global the war on terror. Risen won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for his stories about the National Security Agency’s domestic spying program, and he was a member of the New York Times reporting team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting for coverage of the September 11th attacks and terrorism.

Risen also waged a seven-year battle against the government, risking jail after first the Bush Administration and later the Obama Administration sought to force him to testify and reveal his confidential sources in a leak investigation. Risen never gave in, and the government finally backed down.

“There is no journalist better equipped to cover the national security scandals and abuses of the Trump era than Jim Risen,” said Intercept Editor-in-Chief Betsy Reed. “In addition to his role spearheading our investigative national security coverage from Washington, Jim will write regular columns for The Intercept confronting, among other topics, the secretive machinations of the national security state and its lethal consequences at home and abroad. We’re honored and thrilled to have the country’s leading national security journalist bring his vast experience and vision to our team at this critical time.”

As director of First Look Media’s Press Freedom Defense Fund, a newly created role, Risen will help lead the organization as it seeks to provide assistance to journalists who face legal threats from the United States government or foreign governments for their work, as well as for whistleblowers who face legal threats when they are accused of talking to reporters. Recently, the Press Freedom Defense Fund announced its support for the legal defense of Reality Winner, accused of leaking a top-secret NSA document on Russian election hacking to The Intercept.

“I am incredibly excited by this amazing and unique opportunity to combine my journalism with efforts to defend press freedom,” said Risen. “I am honored to help lead the fund as both America and the world face unprecedented threats to freedom of the press, while also writing and reporting and helping Betsy Reed and her incredible team continue to turn The Intercept into one of the most important investigative reporting outlets in the nation.”

“We’re honored to have such a staunch press-freedom advocate serve as the guiding voice of our Press Freedom Defense Fund,” said Michael Bloom, President of First Look Media. “Jim is not only a respected journalist who was prepared to sacrifice his own freedom to protect a source, but a very real example of how the press can challenge those in power who misuse laws to fulfill a political agenda.”

Risen is a graduate of Brown University, where he majored in history. He also received a master’s degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He began his career as a reporter at The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, and later worked at The Miami Herald, The Detroit Free Press and The Los Angeles Times. He joined The New York Times in 1998, where he worked until earlier this summer. He is the author of four books: Wrath of Angels: The American Abortion War; The Main Enemy: The Inside Story of the CIA’s Final Showdown with the KGB; State of War, The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration; and Pay Any Price: Greed, Power and Endless War.

He will continue to be based in Washington, D.C., and will begin in September.

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Michigan Ross and Detroit Entrepreneurs Join Forces to Create Social and Economic Value for Food Ventures

U-M Business Students and Local Food Entrepreneurs will spend one week developing business ideas, culminating with a Detroit-centric showcase

Press Release – Ann Arbor, Mich. – August 14, 2017 — The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business announced today the 2017 Impact Challenge. Organized by the Sanger Leadership Center, the Impact Challenge is one of the most immersive and collaborative programs of its kind among top business schools. More than 400 first-year Full-Time MBA students will embark on a journey involving complex problem-solving, innovative business development and true social impact.

They will spend the next four days working with 15 Detroit-based food entrepreneurs to co-create business solutions and provide insights for their ventures. Michigan Ross is once again partnering with FoodLab Detroit, a local incubator for food entrepreneurs and initiatives, and FoodPlus Detroit, a local organization promoting a more sustainable metropolitan food system. The challenge is an opportunity for students to lead, collaborate and create viable, impactful solutions and deliverables in a high-pressure situation. Participating entrepreneurs include Nathan Hannon of Pizza Plex, Lateisha Dowell of Flaky Bakes, Meiko Krishok of Guerilla Food, Melissa Heath of Radical Plants, and Viana Rickett and LaMont Mitchell of SOULO Culinary Ambition.

“Ambiguity, complexity and intensity are key focus areas in the Impact Challenge. Every student will play a different role associated with a quadrant of the Michigan Model of Leadership,” said Jeff Domagala, Associate Director at the Sanger Leadership Center. “The most successful teams from this year’s challenge will be the ones that have best demonstrated working together and mastered leading without formal authority. Communication will be a key ingredient to the students’ success.”

The program will conclude with the Impact Challenge Showcase on Thursday, August 17, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Ross School of Business. The Detroit-themed event will include a presentation of the students’ work, free food provided by Slows Bar BQ and others, live music, educational stations about sustainability and food production in Detroit and more. Attendees will also be able to vote for the best student ideas. The event is free and open to the public.

“Learning to collaborate on the design of a business model may be the most important lesson for creating advantages that FoodLab members’ businesses need to transform their ideas into a profitable reality,” said Devita Davison, Executive Director of FoodLab Detroit. “By applying an action-oriented approach, FoodLab and the University of Michigan are inspiring a new generation of Michigan Ross students and Detroit-based food entrepreneurs on how businesses do strategy and innovation.”

Sponsors for the 2017 Impact Challenge include General Motors and PNC Bank. This is the seventh year of Impact Challenge, but Michigan Ross has held service projects in Detroit as part of new students’ orientation, for more than 20 years. Last year, the Challenge included a Shark Tank-style pitch competition, where students presented business solutions related to healthy food consumption. Previous challenges include a crowdfunding campaign that supported the launch of the Brightmoor Maker Space, students creating business solutions to address social issues in Detroit, a back-to-school fair helping more than 3,000 Detroit students and parents prepare for the new school year, and raising more than $65,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“The Challenge is a leadership launching point for every student who takes the time to reflect on what they learned about themselves and any insights they gained by working with others,” said Domagala.

Follow all of the Impact Challenge action on Snapchat (search “Michigan Ross”), as well as Instagram and Twitter, using the hashtag #RossImpact. To RSVP for the Impact Challenge Showcase, click here and to learn more about the Impact Challenge, visit

About Michigan Ross

The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan is a vibrant and distinctive learning community grounded in the principle that business can be an extraordinary vehicle for positive change in today’s dynamic global economy. The Ross School of Business’ mission is to develop leaders who make a positive difference in the world. Through thought and action, members of the Ross community drive change and innovation that improves business and society.

Ross is consistently ranked among the world’s leading business schools. Academic degree programs include the BBA, MBA, Part-time MBA (Evening and Weekend formats), Executive MBA, Global MBA, Master of Accounting, Master of Supply Chain Management, Master of Management, and PhD. In addition, the school delivers open-enrollment and custom executive education programs targeting general management, leadership development, and strategic human resource management.

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Kerbey Lane Donates 18,669 Meals to Central Texas Food Bank

Press Release – AUSTIN — Kerbey Lane Cafe donated a total of 18,669 meals to Central Texans in need through its “Hot Cakes for Hunger” drive benefiting Central Texas Food Bank (CTFB), which took place at all seven of its locations July 16-29.

During the campaign, Kerbey Lane donated all proceeds from its specialty pancakes to the food bank, as well as an additional 824 pounds of pancake mix. Kerbey Lane team members presented CTFB with the check from the proceeds and boxes of pancake mix, and helped sort nearly 6,700 pounds of food during their team-building volunteer day at the food bank on August 8.

Amanda Kuda, director of marketing, says: “We’re thrilled to continue our support for the Central Texas Food Bank, and to have provided more than 18,600 meals to Central Texans in need through this year’s Hot Cakes for Hunger campaign.”

Kerbey Lane is a longtime supporter of CTFB (formerly Capital Area Food Bank of Texas). Since 2010, Kerbey Lane has supported the food bank with annual food drives, cash donations, and company-wide volunteer days.

“We focus our support for CTFB in July and August each year because volunteers and donations are most needed during the food bank’s busy summer months when children don’t have access to free or reduced-price school lunches and electricity bills are high,” says Kuda.

Last year, Kerbey Lane’s donations provided 11,948 meals for Central Texans in need and sorted 7,650 pounds of food on its team member volunteer day at CTFB.

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Maternity Clothes For 12 Year Olds Unveiled

Child mothers’ campaign created by hasan & partners for Plan International Finland


Press Release – Every year in developing countries seven million children under the age of 18 become mothers. To raise awareness of the issue, child rights organisation Plan International Finland has commissioned a clothing collection that the world should not need – maternity wear for 12-year olds.

The fashion-inspired campaign was conceived by communications agency hasan & partners to highlight the shocking facts about child mothers and to drive donations to Plan International.

The collection features a set of six maternity dresses designed by one of Finland’s most respected fashion designers, Paola Suhonen. The mood for the collection, called “Hamptons”, is a familiar theme often seen in kids’ clothing: fringes, bright, bold colours and soft blues. The playful prints of kittens on light cotton are a stark contrast to the severity of the life child mothers live.

The collection is unveiled on Monday 14 August in Esplanadi, a Helsinki street famed for its designer brand shops, where the clothes are displayed on child mannequins.

Two online films (75 seconds and 45 seconds), billboards, international social media and PR programme support the campaign. The clothes are modelled by a Zambian girl called Fridah who became pregnant at the age of 12. Her baby is due in September.

The campaign was shot by award-winning photographer Meeri Koutaniemi whose images brought worldwide attention to female genital mutilation.

The campaign was conceived by Anu Niemonen, senior creative at hasan & partners, who said: “Designing a maternity wear collection for young children is unnatural and disturbing, which is exactly the point we want to make. The clothes expose a shocking truth about the seven million children who become pregnant every year. This is a collection that shouldn’t exist or even be needed in the first place.”

In the west, women joyfully carry their unborn child, but every day 5,500 very young girls become mothers when they themselves are still children. In the worst cases, child pregnancies cause the girl to commit suicide because she doesn’t want to bring any shame to her own family.

These girls also have to stop going to school and stay home under the burden of motherhood. Fridah’s case is typical – she will miss out on a year of school and fall behind in her education. She may also likely drop out completely due to peer pressure, even though she loved learning English and wanted to become a nurse.

Eva Anttila, CX Lead – Marketing, Fundraising & Loyalty for Plan International Finland, said: “Plan International tackles tough issues such as child marriage, child labour and girls’ lack of access to education. We wanted to bring the issue of childhood pregnancy closer to the Finnish audience in a way they could relate to, which is why we chose to develop a maternity fashion collection for kids. hasan & partners’ thought provoking campaign tackles the problem in an unconventional but effective way.”

Paola Suhonen, one of Finland’s most well regarded fashion designers who created the clothes, commented: “I designed a collection that I wish is not needed and that I don’t want to sell. This campaign brings together two very important issues – children’s and women’s rights. I hope that people will wake up to the circumstances in which millions of girls live in developing countries.”

Photographer of the year Meeri Koutaniemi added: “Our aim was to use the frame and visuality of a classical fashion spread to create these images emphasising a very dark and distressing issue. I hope the campaign will make people think about the vulnerability of children in developing countries. For many years I have witnessed the efficiency of Plan International’s work to improve the position of the girls.”

See here for the campaign page –

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