This category includes stories about philanthropy, typically covering the generosity of individuals, families, groups of individuals and foundations (nonprofits primarily in the business of funding other nonprofits.
This category includes stories about philanthropy, typically covering the generosity of individuals, families, groups of individuals and foundations (nonprofits primarily in the business of funding other nonprofits.
Leading online graduate degree provider for educators pledges support of national nonprofit organization, now helps impact over 4 million students nationwide
Press Release – INDIANAPOLIS – American College of Education (ACE), a regionally accredited online graduate institution dedicated to providing affordable programs for educators, recently announced a partnership with The Kids In Need Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need. With the addition of this nonprofit partnership, ACE now helps impact over 4 million students nationwide.
Last year alone, The Kids In Need Foundation helped 200,000 teachers and 5.4 million students in some of the most challenged communities in the country. According to the 2015 Kids In Need Foundation School Supply Impact Survey of more than 11,000 teachers nationwide in low-income communities, when kids have new school supplies of their own, grades, classroom behavior, and engagement improve, self-esteem increases and attitudes toward school and learning are strengthened.
ACE recognized a common goal of helping teachers help students and initiated a relationship with the organization in 2017.
“I look forward to our partnership with The Kids In Need Foundation,” said Monica Carson, Senior VP of Enrollment Operations at ACE. “In under-served communities around the nation, we know teachers often take on the burden of purchasing school supplies for their students when they can’t afford them. By providing students with supplies, we are helping to alleviate a stressor for teachers — an undertaking in line with our own mission.”
In 2017, ACE will invest up to $20,000 in its partnership with The Kids In Need Foundation. The college will serve as a founding partner of the Kids In Need Supply Boxes, which will provide supplies to over 2,000 students in grades K-12 across the country.
“We are grateful to American College of Education, an organization that understands the value of learning, for their donation to our mission to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed,” said Dave Smith, executive director of The Kids in Need Foundation. “Access to school supplies contributes to not only academic success, but also success outside of the classroom. Support for students in need of supplies can help kids develop strong self-esteem and a passion for accomplishment.”
Press Release – State College, PA – With green Centre Gives stickers on their lapels and holding Centre Gives signs, the Centre County Commissioners proclaimed May 9th and 10th as Centre Gives days in Centre County!
“Centre Gives is all about local people supporting Centre County – loving where they live and giving where they live,” explained Molly Kunkel, Executive Director of Centre Foundation.
Commissioners Michael Pipe, Mark Higgins, and Steve Dersham voted unanimously and for the second year in a row to make the proclamation.
Dersham noted that Centre Gives is part of what makes the Centre County such a special place to live.
This year there will be 147 non-profit organizations participating. These organizations serve Centre County residents in the areas of arts, animals, education, environment, and health & social services.
Higgins referenced the friendly competition of this 36-hour online giving event, mentioning that Lancaster believes itself to be the most generous community in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Centre County residents will have the chance to claim the mantle of most generous community on May 9th and 10th by visiting CentreGives.org.
“Our community is generous and full of savvy donors,” added Kunkel. “During Centre Gives, donors know that their donations will go further. They count on the stretch pool’s affect to allow their favorite local non-profit organizations to have a greater impact in Centre County. Donors also enjoy competing for the $25,000 in prizes that are offered through the event.”
Gifts go further during Centre Gives. Gifts help participating organizations receive a larger portion of the $200,000 stretch pool, as well as compete for $25,000 in prizes.
“This year, we’re excited to partner with the Hamer Foundation, which has generously doubled the Centre Gives stretch pool to a total of $200,000!” explained Kunkel. “The Hamer Foundation’s expansion of the stretch pool embodies the spirit of Centre Gives – a generous community that comes together in support of our local resources, neighbors, and organizational assets. It is a truly generous and visionary gift that all Centre County residents will be able to enjoy.”
Since Centre Gives launched in 2012, over $4,000,000 has been invested into Centre County’s local non-profit network. There have been over 23,500 gifts made, which have benefited over 130 local organizations.
Centre Gives 2017 is sponsored by many forward-thinking members of our community, including the Hamer Foundation, Knight Foundation, First National Bank, PSECU, Balfurd Dry Cleaners, and Tom and Sara Songer of the Torron Group.
Centre Gives 2017 will kick-off at 8:00 am on Tuesday, May 9th at CentreGives.org. Follow the fun on social media using #CentreGives and make sure to support your favorite local organization before the fun ends at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, May 10th!
For information, please contact Centre Foundation’s office at 814-237-6229.
Centre Foundation’s mission is to inspire and facilitate a culture of giving to create a more vibrant community.
Clean energy actions saving companies $3.7 billion a year, cutting annual carbon pollution equivalent to 45 coal-fired power plants.
Press Release – WASHINGTON, DC, April 25, 2017 – Despite efforts in Washington to sideline action on climate change, a growing number of Fortune 500 companies are taking increasingly ambitious steps to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, procure more renewable energy and reduce their energy bills through energy efficiency, according to a new report released today from World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Ceres, Calvert Research and Management (Calvert) and CDP.
Sixty-three percent of Fortune 100 companies have set one or more clean energy targets. Nearly half of Fortune 500 companies – 48 percent – have at least one climate or clean energy target, up five percent from an earlier 2014 report. Accompanying this growth is rising ambition, with significant numbers of companies setting 100 percent renewable energy goals and science-based GHG reduction targets that align with the global goal of limiting global temperature rise to below two degrees Celsius.
Findings from the new report, “Power Forward 3.0: How the largest U.S. companies are capturing business value while addressing climate change,” are based on 2016 company disclosures to CDP, which holds the world’s largest collection of self-reported corporate environmental data, and other public sources.
“American businesses are leading the transition to a clean economy because it’s smart business and it’s what their customers want,” said Marty Spitzer, World Wildlife Fund’s senior director of climate and renewable energy. “Clean energy is fueling economic opportunity from coast to coast without regard for party line. Washington policies may slow this boom, but these companies are making it very clear that a transition to a low-carbon economy is inevitable.”
The report highlights the financial benefits companies receive from their clean energy investments: Nearly 80,000 emission-reducing projects by 190 Fortune 500 companies reporting data showed nearly $3.7 billion in savings in 2016 alone. The emission reductions from these efforts are equivalent to taking 45 coal-fired power plants offline every year. Praxair, IBM and Microsoft are among the companies saving tens of millions of dollars annually through their energy efficiency efforts.
The 240 companies with targets have set one or more of the following goals: GHG reductions, energy efficiency improvements, or renewable energy sourcing. Two hundred and eleven companies have set a GHG reduction goal, making it the most common target.
“We are encouraged to see significant improvement in both the number of Fortune 500 companies setting climate and clean energy goals and the ambition of those goals – in particular commitments to setting science-based and 100 percent renewable energy targets,” said Anne Kelly, senior director of policy and the BICEP network at Ceres. “But in order to meet our national and global emissions goals, more companies will need to join the champions highlighted in this report, both in setting goals and in becoming vocal advocates for continued federal and state policies in support of climate and clean energy progress.”
Ten percent (53) of companies have set renewable energy targets, and almost half of those (23) have committed to power 100 percent of their operations with renewable energy – among those, Wal-Mart, General Motors, Bank of America, Google, Apple and Facebook. The growth in the number and ambition of renewable energy commitments is mainly the result of recent sharp declines in renewable energy costs, which saves companies money, and of price certainty that comes with renewable energy.
“Corporate commitment to energy efficiency and renewable energy is an accelerating trend that illustrates broader recognition within the business community of the importance of clean energy and the financial benefits it can yield,” said Stu Dalheim, vice president of corporate shareholder engagement for Calvert. “Many of the largest companies in the U.S. are achieving significant cost savings through clean energy programs and mitigating longer-term risks associated with energy price volatility.”
Some of the strongest efforts are also among Fortune 100 companies, with nearly two-thirds (63 percent) adopting or retaining goals. The report also shows strong improvement among the smallest 100 companies in the Fortune 500, with 44 percent setting goals in one or more categories, up 19 percentage points from the 2014 report.
The report shows a significant spread in target setting among different sectors, with Consumer Staples (72%), Materials (66%), and Utilities (65%) sectors leading in setting clean energy goals and the Energy sector (11%), including oil & gas companies, significantly lagging.
“CDP and the investors we work with, representing over US$100 trillion in assets, engage thousands of the world’s largest companies to measure and manage climate-related risks” said Lance Pierce, president of CDP North America. “Voluntary corporate disclosure highlights the compelling business case for corporate clean energy procurement and clearly demonstrates the transition underway in the energy markets. Companies in turn have benefited, identifying billions of dollars in savings and new opportunities through their disclosures to CDP.”
The report includes key recommendations for companies, policymakers and investors to continue to scale clean energy efforts, such as:
For more information and to download the full report, click here.
“Most severe attack on shareholder rights in 50 years,” says one investor; new investor research paper outlines wide-ranging benefits of shareholder proxy tool
Press Release – WASHINGTON, DC, April 24, 2017 – Many of the country’s largest investors are coming out strongly against proposed legislation that would prevent most investors from being able to file shareholder proposals with companies on key issues they want further action on, such as board governance matters, corporate policies or emerging risks like climate change.
The proposal, part of a larger bill aimed at replacing the Dodd-Frank Act, would sharply raise the ownership threshold for investors who could file shareholder proposals that are voted on at corporate annual meetings. Shareholders would need to hold a minimum of 1 percent of the company’s outstanding stock for three years to file resolutions. Currently, shareholders with as little as $2,000 in shares for a year or more can do so.
The proposal by House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) would undo a shareholder proposal process that has been in place for a half century. In effect, even the nation’s largest institutional investors, including the nation’s largest public pension funds, would not be able to file shareholder resolutions with companies. A hearing on the bill is scheduled for Wednesday, April 26.
“This misguided legislation would greatly diminish shareholders’ ability to protect and enhance their investments and drastically reduce corporate accountability,” said New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, trustee of the $186 billion New York State Common Retirement Fund, which has filed dozens of resolutions in recent years asking companies to assess their climate change risks and develop mitigation strategies. “The Common Retirement Fund’s positions in individual companies are in the tens or hundreds of millions, with some over $1 billion, which makes it outrageous and inequitable that we would not be able to make requests of corporate boards through shareholder resolutions.”
“It makes no sense to dramatically change a process that doesn’t need changing, seeks to undermine the fundamental right investors’ have to ensure their publicly invested dollars are being used ethically and is in every shareholder’s and the company’s best interest,” added Anne Sheehan, director of corporate governance at the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS). “The damage it will do to shareholder/company relations is just chilling.”
“This is the most severe attack on shareholder rights in 50 years. It would virtually end investors’ ability to file shareholder resolutions with companies,” added Timothy Smith, director of environmental, social and governance shareowner engagement at Walden Asset Management.
A research paper released today by three investor groups, collectively managing trillions of dollars in assets, outlines numerous benefits investors have seen from the shareholder proxy tool, including inclusion of more independent board directors, stronger disclosure on political spending, widespread adoption of international human rights principles and wide-ranging actions to mitigate climate change risks. Last year, investors filed about 1,000 shareholder proposals with companies, including about 500 focused on corporate governance issues and more than 400 focused on environmental and social issues.
“The process as currently structured and administered works well for investors and issuers; it is fair, efficient and effective,” concludes The Business Case for the Current SEC Shareholder Proposal Process, issued by Ceres’ Investor Network on Climate Risk and Sustainability, the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment (US SIF) and the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility. “We believe the proposed modifications would harm the interest of investors, companies, society and the capital markets.”
“For seven decades, the shareholder proposal process has worked for companies and investors,” Sheehan said. “It’s been an equitable way for large and small investors to communicate their concerns to public companies.”
“The shareholder proposal is a critical tool to help us get the attention of senior management,” said Adam Kanzer, managing director of Domini Impact Investments, adding, “The quality of one’s ideas is not correlated with the size of one’s investment.”
“The shareholder proposal language in the bill is clearly an overreach,” said Jonas Kron, senior vice president at Trillium Asset Management. “For example, raising the ownership requirement to 1% would leave only 11 investors with enough shares to file shareholder proposals at Wells Fargo. None of those investors have ever filed a shareholder proposal. In the meantime, smaller, but no less important, institutional investors in Wells Fargo have filed strongly supported proposals on a range of very important governance and management issues that should be raised with Wells Fargo management and directors.”
About US SIF
US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment is the leading voice advancing sustainable, responsible and impact investing across all asset classes. Our mission is to rapidly shift investment practices towards sustainability, focusing on long-term investment and the generation of positive social and environmental impacts. US SIF members include investment management and advisory firms, mutual fund companies, research firms, financial planners and advisors, broker-dealers, community investing organizations, nonprofit associations, and pension funds, foundations and other asset owners. US SIF produces a highly regarded conference each year. A New Climate for Investing in Impact will be held in Chicago from May 11-12. Learn more at www.ussif.org.
Military veteran, pastor, mother and business owner among recipients of One100 Awards for clean energy leadership
Press Release – Detroit, Michigan – A military veteran, a pastor, a mother, a business owner and a community organizer each received a big surprise yesterday, April 23rd: a solar-powered light installed on their home or business, to thank them for their clean energy leadership.
“What a wonderful surprise — and something our neighborhood needs,” said Lucy Frye, better known in the community as “Nandi.” She is the owner of Nandi’s Knowledge Café in Highland Park, a Michigan city surrounded by Detroit. “Our families and businesses thrive when we have safe streets and community spaces. For my business, this solar light will make a real difference.”
Frye was recognized for her work with the Highland Park nonprofit Soulardarity, which local residents formed after the utility DT Energy repossessed more than 1,000 of the community’s streetlights in 2011 because of increasing energy costs. The non-profit is now working to raise money – both through a crowdfunding campaign and city government collaborations – to replace all of the original lights. This approach is expected to save the city $3 million.
“The loss of our streetlights plunged virtually every street in Highland Park into darkness. People were afraid to go out at night,” said Bridgett Townsend, board president of Soulardarity and lifelong Highland Parker. “But thanks to these amazing people, we are building a homegrown collective that is lighting up the night with solar-powered lights owned and controlled by the community, and independent of any utility.”
The solar-powered lights presented on Sunday were part of the 100% campaign’s One100 Awards, which are designed to honor individuals across the country who are giving their 100% to promote clean energy. So far, awards have already been given to individuals in Buffalo, New York and San Bernardino, California. The 100% campaign is part of the national non-profit The Solutions Project founded by the actor Mark Ruffalo and dedicated to making clean energy more accessible and affordable for everyone.
“Organizations like Soulardarity are showing what’s possible when communities bring together bold innovation and deep caring,” said Sarah Shanley Hope, The Solutions Project’s executive director. “Clean energy is a breakthrough technology, but it’s when we combine it with human energy and political power that we really see lives improving.”
Highland Park residents agree.
“Solar lights are making our neighborhoods safer, but they are also doing more than that,” said Paul Bond, a military veteran who received a One100 Award and was honored with a surprise solar light on his home. “We need jobs and opportunities in clean energy for veterans and other people who live here. Soulardarity is an on-ramp for people right here in our community to become leaders in clean energy.”
In addition to Frye and Bond, three other Soulardarity activists received One100 Awards and were recognized with solar-powered light installations:
“We’re extremely thankful to the 100% campaign for recognizing our hard work and for this generous award,” said Townsend. “You don’t start something like this to get national recognition but we hope to inspire other communities and show them that it is possible to do something good for people and the clean energy economy.”
ISMP is raising funds to expand its work into a Syrian Refugee Camp
Press Release – NEW YORK (April 24, 2017) – The International Sports and Music Project (ISMP) has announced its newest partnership, a soccer program at the Ritsona Refugee Camp in Chalkida, Greece. Ritsona Refugee Camp shelters roughly 750 refugees from Syria and elsewhere, who have lost their homes and family members to dangerous conflicts in their communities.
This May, ISMP is partnering with Ritsona in an effort to bring a soccer program to the kids and young adults at the camp. In order to support its initiative, ISMP is raising funds to stock the camp with the necessary resources such as soccer nets, cleats, shin guards, soccer balls, shorts and jerseys.
Refugees at Ritsona are currently receiving necessities such as food, water and medicine, but lacking expressive outlets needed to combat the daily challenges of living in a refugee camp.
“Many children around the world face significant hardship every day, and they don’t have opportunities for enjoyment and expression,” said Jason Steinberg, founder of International Sports and Music Project. “We work to uplift people by giving them the opportunity to enjoy sports and music.”
In collaboration with partners in Rwanda and Micronesia, ISMP has helped over 150 kids participate in music classes and play on sports teams. ISMP continues to nurture its current partnerships, while also creating new partnerships such as this soccer program at the Syrian refugee camp. ISMP is currently fundraising for the materials required to bring this program to fruition.
“Soccer is the most popular sport in Syria — it was a big part of many people’s lives before the Syrian Civil War began. We’re giving people the opportunity to do something they love, which creates a sense of comfort and normalcy. Soccer gives camp residents something to look forward to, and allows them to take a break from the mental and emotional exhaustion they feel every day,” Steinberg says.
ISMP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to using sports and music to uplift people facing hardship around the world. ISMP provides sports equipment and musical instruments to schools, shelters, orphanages and refugee camps. Together with its international partners, ISMP plans and organizes initiatives that serve as meaningful outlets for people in need. To contribute to ISMP’s efforts in Greece, please visit ismproject.nationbuilder.com.
Saturday, September 23 – Sunday, September 24 at Johns Hopkins University
Registration open now!
Press Release – BALTIMORE, MD. – 24 Foundation has moved their Maryland event from Columbia into Baltimore to host the 24 Baltimore event, a 24-hour cycling and walking event on Saturday, September 23 – Sunday, September 24 at Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 24 Baltimore participants can ride or walk as far as their inspiration takes them, in teams or solo, three miles or 300 miles. The event’s headquarters, known as “Nest 24” will include a campground and expo area with live entertainment, endless food and beverages, a kids’ zone area, free massages and mission-based programming. The event will also feature walker registration opportunities and a kids’ ride. 24 Baltimore hosts over 400 riders and 200 walkers who will raise funds for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults and the LIVESTRONG Foundation.
24 Foundation, formerly known as 24 Hours of Booty, is back for its 10th year in Maryland. Celebrating 16 years total, the new 24 Foundation will continue to focus on its mission to inspire and engage communities to make an immediate impact on the lives of people affected by cancer.
“This is the same great organization and event, but with an exciting new vision,” said Spencer Lueders, organization founder. “It’s an incredible time for the organization as we head into our 16th year of making a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer. I’m thrilled to be along for the ride and part of this important cause that will always be near and dear to me.”
“We are very excited about our rebrand as 24 Foundation, which enables us to expand our partnership opportunities to further impact the local and national cancer community,” said 24 Foundation Executive Director Mallory Walsh. “Through our new approach, we will be changing the path of cancer navigation and survivorship.”
24 Baltimore Event Details:
24 Baltimore (*formerly held in Columbia, Md.)
Registration open now!
Interested individuals and teams can register now at www.24foundation.org/register. Riders ages 12 – 17 are required to pay a $45 registration fee and raise a minimum of $200 prior to the event to participate. Child riders ages 8 – 11 are required to pay a $25 registration fee and raise a minimum of $100 prior to the event in Baltimore. Each walker is required to pay a $30 registration fee and raise a minimum of $200 prior to the event to participate in Baltimore. Those who raise $10,000 or more will receive a branded orange jersey. Registered participants receive online fundraising tools, access to templates and fundraising ideas, fundraising level incentives and an event t-shirt.
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Bring your bike or walking shoes, and 24 Foundation will take care of the rest!
Three full meals, plus unlimited snacks, energy bars, water and sports drinks
About 24 Foundation
24 Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charity located in Charlotte, North Carolina with a mission to inspire and engage communities to make an immediate impact on the lives of people affected by cancer. Funds raised support organizations dedicated to cancer navigation and survivorship, including: Indiana University Health Simon Cancer Center, Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Cancer Institute, Levine Children’s Hospital, Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, and the LIVESTRONG Foundation. 24 Foundation provides charitable non-competitive cycling and walking events – in Charlotte, N.C., Baltimore, MD., and Indianapolis, IN – that are safe, fun and open to all levels of riding and walking abilities. For more information, call 704-365-4417 or visit www.24foundation.org.
May 1–5, 2017: Auction Preview at Sotheby’s New York
May 5, 2017: Dinner & Auction at Sotheby’s New York
Co-Hosts: Sean Penn, Bryan Lourd, and David Geffen
Cultural Partners: Creative Artists Agency (CAA) & Sotheby’s
Press Release – April 24, 2017 NEW YORK – J/P Haitian Relief Organization, a non-profit dedicated to bringing sustainable programs to the Haitian community, will host, along with its cultural partners Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and Sotheby’s, its benefit dinner and auction in New York on Friday, May 5, 2017. This will be the organization’s first benefit for Haiti Takes Root, a 10-year long initiative dedicated to the reforestation and development of Haiti, and will be the first to take place in New York. Co-hosted by Sean Penn, Bryan Lourd, and David Geffen, the benefit dinner will offer world-class fine art, once-in-a-lifetime experiential lots, and intimate musical performances.
Sean Penn, Founder and Chairman of the Board of J/P HRO and Ambassador-at-Large for Haiti, says, “In Haiti, having trees is a matter of life and death. They give food, they protect the soil, and they provide shelter from the storm. If we can’t reverse deforestation —and do it now— the deck is going to continue to be stacked against Haitians already struggling to survive. This auction is about getting at these root causes of Haiti’s challenges. It’s about giving the Haitians the tools they need and planting the seeds for a better future.”
Cocktails and exhibition viewing will be held from 6:30pm–8pm, followed by a seated dinner with live auction and special performances until 10:30pm. The live auction, curated by CAA’s Thao Nguyen, will feature works by Thomas Houseago, Deborah Kass, Ed Ruscha, Henry Taylor, and Jonas Wood, as well as unique experiences, including a VIP soccer experience with Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, a four-time Ballon d’Or winner soccer player, a VIP Monaco Grand Prix trip, an art and culinary trip to Denmark with Noma’s René Redzepi, and a private tour and dinner at James Turrell’s Roden Crater, led by Michael Govan, CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The live auction will be conducted by Andrea Fiuczynski, Executive Vice President and Chairman, West Coast, Sotheby’s. The evening will be MC’d by Gayle King, and dinner guests will enjoy performances by Andra Day and Damien Rice.
Complete details of all auction lots will be available online on Tuesday, April 25.
For table/ticket inquiries, please contact Sophie Ragir at email@example.com.
For more information, please visit https://www.haititakesrootauction.com/
Allan Schwartzman, Amy Cappellazzo, Azede Jean-Pierre, Beth Swofford, Diana Widmaier Picasso, Deborah McLeod, Jared Leto, Jennifer Aniston & Justin Theroux, Larry Gagosian, Lupita Nyong’o, Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka, Sarah Jessica Parker & Matthew Broderick, Sting & Trudie Styler.
About J/P Haitian Relief Organization
Founded by Sean Penn in 2010, J/P Haitian Relief Organization (J/P HRO) is dedicated to providing long-term support for the people of Haiti and empowering the Haitian community to build sustainable programs. Following the tragic earthquake of 2010, J/P HRO immediately began working to assist the most vulnerable to safer, healthier, and stronger neighborhoods. Consisting of four linked programs —Medical, Disaster and Risk Reduction, Education, and Community Development— J/P HRO works with the support of and in collaboration with local and national government leaders, community based organizations, other international NGOs, UN agencies, donors, and —most importantly— the community members themselves. In partnership with The Government of The Republic of Haiti, The Government of The French Republic, and The Parker Foundation J/P HRO launched “Haiti Takes Root”, a 10-year long climate change initiative dedicated to the reforestation and development of Haiti.
Join the conversation on Instagram and Twitter by mentioning @jphro and using the hashtag #HaitiTakesRoot.
Press Release – March 13, 2017, Auburn Hills, Mich. – Chrysler brand is launching a new online social initiative in partnership with Canine Companions for Independence®, the largest non-profit organization for assistance dogs in the U.S. The initiative will help raise awareness and support for the training and placement of Canine Companions for Independence assistance dogs under the organization’s “Give a Dog a Job” campaign, a fundraising and awareness campaign that helps place them with adults, children and veterans with disabilities. Consumers will first meet Canine Companions puppy Foley, a Golden Retriever, Labrador cross (and the Chrysler brand’s first official PacifiPuppy!) on Monday, March 13, and follow him as he goes through his formal training with his recently assigned puppy raiser. Fans can engage with Foley with the #RaisingFoley and #FoleyFriday hashtags on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
“Through our partnership with Canine Companions for Independence, the Chrysler brand is able to help bring awareness to its ‘Give a Dog a Job’ program through our new online social initiative,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Cars, Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA North America. “As we follow Foley through his journey, fans will get a first-hand look at watching him grow and learn, from puppy training to becoming a fully trained assistance dog, and also gain an understanding of the huge amount of time and resources it takes to train these amazing dogs.”
“Our partnership with Chrysler Pacifica, BraunAbility and our ‘Give a Dog a Job’ campaign brings our mission, the stories of our remarkable graduates and the adventures of Canine Companions puppy Foley to a whole new audience across the country,” says Paul Mundell, CEO of Canine Companions for Independence. “We are deeply grateful for the commitment made to us by these two leaders in adapted vehicles. The upfitted Chrysler Pacifica provides greatly enhanced independence for people with disabilities, especially those who utilize wheelchairs.”
Fans will be able to follow Foley (named in honor of actor Scott Foley, an ardent supporter of Canine Companions for Independence) as he starts his path in life to being matched with a person with a disability, including:
“Because of highly trained assistance dogs like my dog Mork, people like me are able to lead more full and independent lives,” said Wallis Brozman, Corporate Marketing Assistant, Canine Companions. “Mork was trained by Canine Companions’ professional instructors in 40 spoken commands and has since learned American Sign Language and approximately 15 new commands. This campaign is educating the public on the unique contributions our service dogs make in the lives of adults, children and veterans with disabilities. The program will also raise funds to allow us to place more exceptional dogs like Mork with people like myself. Without Mork’s help, I didn’t feel like I could safely leave my home. Mork is my independence on four legs.”
Under the “Give a Dog a Job” campaign, trained service dogs across the country are empowering wheelchair users daily by completing everyday activities, including getting in and out of their wheelchair-accessible vehicles. Hundreds are currently on the waitlist to receive a trained assistance dog, which is provided to a person with a disability free of charge. It takes two years to fully train a Canine Companions assistance dog, including six to nine months of professional training. To raise, train, place and support a certified assistance dog amounts to a $50,000 investment. Followers can donate at www.driveindependence.org. VIDEO
Chrysler brand and BraunAbility recently joined forces to design a wheelchair-accessible Chrysler Pacifica minivan providing the largest interior space as well as the widest door opening and side-entry ramp in the industry.
About Canine Companions for Independence
Canine Companions for Independence provides highly trained assistance dogs free of charge to children, adults and veterans with disabilities. Established in 1975, Canine Companions has trained more than 5,300 assistance dog teams, with six training centers across the country in Northern California, Southern California, Florida, New York, Ohio and Texas, and over 3,000 volunteers nationwide. Canine Companions is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. The result is a life full of increased independence and loving companionship. For more information, visit cci.org or call 1-800-572-BARK (2275).
About Chrysler Brand
The Chrysler brand has delighted customers with distinctive designs, craftsmanship, intuitive innovation and technology all at an extraordinary value since the company was founded in 1925.
Whether it is the family-room-on-wheels functionality of the all-new Chrysler Pacifica minivan, the groundbreaking, bold design of the Chrysler 300, or the simple elegance and extraordinary driving experience of the Chrysler 200, Chrysler brand vehicles reward the passion, creativity and sense of accomplishment of its owners. Beyond just exceptionally designed vehicles, the Chrysler brand has incorporated thoughtful features into all of its products, such as the innovative center console with pass through storage and sliding cup holders in the Chrysler 200, the industry-exclusive Stow ‘n Go seating and storage system on the Chrysler Pacifica and the fuel-saving Fuel Saver Technology in the Chrysler 300.
The Chrysler brand’s succession of innovative product introductions continues to solidify the brand’s standing as the leader in design, engineering and value. The premium for the Chrysler brand is in the product, not the price.
Press Release – CHICAGO: Susan G. Komen Chicago is announcing its More than Pink Heroes who are being honored for their bravery and compassion, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Mother’s Day Race for the Cure Presented by Presence Health: where cancer treatment becomes cancer care. The iconic 5K Fun Run/Walk will be held May 14 and has been moved to a new lakefront location, Montrose Harbor, as part of the grand anniversary celebration.
Komen Chicago is thrilled to have Jon Seda, formerly a star of NBC’s “Chicago PD” and currently on “Chicago Justice,” as the celebrity guest of honor and a More than Pink Hero. “He’s the perfect choice, as he plays a hero on TV and is our real-life hero, thanks to his commitment to Race for the Cure,” says Bonnie Gordon, Komen Chicago executive director.
Seda is being recognized along with others who have lost loved ones to breast cancer or faced the disease themselves, activists and volunteers, and caregivers who compassionately support patients through diagnosis and treatment. This includes Chicago Police Lieutenant Jessica Jones, 39, and Chicago Police Sergeant Melinda Linas, 41. Both are mothers of young children and are currently fighting breast cancer. As real-life police heroes, Jones and Linas are thrilled to join TV police hero Seda to raise awareness and funds and help Komen achieve its goal of reducing the number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026.
The More than Pink Heroes, sponsored by Presence Health, are available to share their inspiring stories with the media (contact Jenny Quinn, firstname.lastname@example.org, to arrange) and will be honored on Race Day during the Survivor Parade. In addition to Seda, Jones and Linas, Heroes include:
Gordon says she’s thankful for the significant support from Presence Health, which will help Komen Chicago provide screenings for those who can’t otherwise afford them, fund global research and empower people with knowledge. “More than 1,000 Chicago-area women and men die each year from breast cancer, and there is a large disparity in the city, with the mortality rate of African-American women being 40 percent higher than white women,” according to Gordon. “Funds raised through Race for the Cure will help close this gap by making sure more women have access to early detection, which is the key to survival.”
“Komen Chicago shares the Presence Health mission of compassionate care to save lives, and many of our patients at Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center have benefitted from health services made possible by Komen grants. This wonderful event also creates further awareness regarding the new Cancer and Specialty Care Center at Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, serving many in need of cancer care and treatment on Chicago’s West and North sides where previously there was a cancer care desert,” says Michael Englehart, president and CEO Presence Health. “We are proud to partner with Komen and sponsor Race for the Cure and the More than Pink Heroes helping to make this one of the most successful events ever and to have a truly positive impact on the lives of many.”
At the event’s Presence Health tent, public and participants will have the opportunity to learn more about Presence Health’s oncological care and treatment programs, and how they can sign-up for mammography testing. In addition, Presence Health physical therapists will be available to provide participants information on injury prevention and orthopedic care.
Registration is now open at www.KomenChicago.org (for teams or individuals). Participants are asked to commit to raising at least $180, the average cost of a mammogram in Chicagoland. Any participant who donates a minimum of $180 will be part of the national Pink Cape Campaign and receive a hero cape to wear during the Race, plus be invited to brunch at the Hero Cafe. Registration fees are $40 for adults, $35 for survivors and $25 for kids (four and under are free). The Race will feature a 5K Fun Run/Walk that kicks off at 9 a.m. Main stage program begins at 8.This year’s Race includes an optional Shades of Pink Powder Path.
About Komen Chicago: Susan G. Komen’s promise is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by energizing science to find cures, ensuring quality care for all and empowering people with knowledge. Komen Chicago donates 75 percent of net funds raised to community grants and dedicates 25 percent to global research.
About Presence Health: Presence Health is the largest Catholic health system in Illinois, serving over 4 million people in 11 counties. With over 150 sites of compassionate care including 12 hospitals, over 17,000 associates and more than 4,000 medical professionals, Presence Health has annual revenue of $2.6 billion.