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Devin D. Thorpe

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More Than 6,000 Veterans, Service Members And Military Families Served By Hope For The Warriors In 2017

Press Release – SPRINGFIELD, Va. (Feb. 15, 2018) – For more than 11 years, Hope For The Warriors® has been dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for veterans, service members and military families and in 2017 assisted 6,017 warriors. Of those served, 71 percent were veterans, 24 percent were family members/caregivers and five percent active-duty.

Hope For The Warriors assists veterans, service members and military families with a variety of programming including transition services, clinical health and wellness, sports and recreation. During 2017, 10,978 services were provided through these programs.

One of its first programs, A Warrior’s Wish, fulfills a desire for a better quality of life or supports a quest for gratifying endeavors for those who have sustained severe physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty.

In 2017, Hope For the Warriors granted 13 wishes to military members across the United States, valued at $82,890.07. Since the program’s inception, 180 wishes have been granted totaling more than $1 million.

Tennessee-based Army Captain Michael Trost was a 2017 A Warrior’s Wish® recipient of a backhoe to aid in his expanding hops farm. Beyond granting his Wish, Hope For The Warriors took into consideration Trost’s long-term career goals and connected him to a brewing industry mentor through one of its partners. The wish and connections has profoundly impacted him and his business.

“Thanks to Hope For The Warriors, the backhoe I received has further propelled my dream of becoming a commercial hops farmer,” said Trost. “Although I have some limitations, I now live my life by the following motto, ‘It’s not what you don’t have it’s what you do with what you do have.’”

Founded in 2006 aboard Camp Lejeune military base in North Carolina, the national nonprofit has continued to expand its services from coast to coast. Today, Hope For The Warriors has 68 staff members in 15 states and has assisted military members of all branches of service in 50 states.

“Hope For The Warriors began by grassroots efforts by military wives in North Carolina,” said Robin Kelleher, co-founder, president and CEO of Hope For The Warriors. “Today, we are extremely proud of how the organization has grown into a nationwide nonprofit assisting veterans, service members and military families in all 50 states.

“Through all of our growth, the one thing that remains the same is the trust we provide to our clients and donors. Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating over the last seven years demonstrates to our supporters our good governance and financial accountability,” added Kelleher.

For more information on Hope For The Warriors, visit, Facebook or Twitter.

About Hope For The Warriors:

Founded in 2006, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for post 9/11 veterans, service members and military families. Since its inception, Hope For The Warriors has served more than 19,000 through a variety of support programs focused on transition services, clinical health and wellness, sports and recreation and community development and engagement. The nonprofit’s first program, A Warrior’s Wish, has granted 180 wishes to fulfill a desire for a better quality of life or support a quest for gratifying endeavors. In addition, Run For The Warriors has captured the hearts of more than 23,500 since 2010. For more information, visit, Facebook or Twitter.

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The Divided States of Reproductive Health and Rights

After a Year of Trump Policies, Population Institute’s Report Card on Reproductive Health/Rights for 2017 Lowers Overall U.S. Grade to a “D-”

18 States Get Failing Grade Amid Attacks on Family Planning and Birth Control

Press Release – [WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 15, 2018] On the heels of the Trump administration’s proposed 2019 budget, which seeks to slash support for reproductive health programs, the Population Institute today released its sixth annual report card on reproductive health and rights in the U.S. The results were alarming, showing declining overall reproductive health and rights and growing disparities between states after the first year of Trump policies. For 2017, the overall U.S. grade fell from a “D” to a “D-.” 18 states got a failing grade.

These findings reflect sharp differences in the way states handle family planning and reproductive health programs, as well as stepped up attacks on those programs by the Trump administration. “The Trump administration and its allies in Congress have escalated the assault on reproductive health and rights,” said Robert Walker, president of the Population Institute. “At the state level, we are seeing a deep and growing divide between states that seek to protect reproductive health and rights and those that do not. States with good grades are gradually improving, while states with poor grades are showing little or no improvement.

The National Grade

The national grade this year fell from a “D” to a “D-“, reflecting escalating attacks on reproductive health and rights at the federal level.

The Trump budget proposal unveiled this week signals worse attacks to come. It would eliminate the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, invest in ineffective abstinence-only education programs, and block patients from seeing their preferred health care provider, Planned Parenthood.

Over the past year some Trump administration attacks on reproductive health and rights were blocked, at least temporarily, including a proposed 20-week abortion ban and attempted defunding of Planned Parenthood. But other attacks were carried out.

The Administration diluted the Affordable Care Act’s “contraceptive mandate” by issuing a regulation that enables employers and insurers to delete coverage of contraceptives in their insurance policies, for any religious or moral reason, without even notifying the government [doublecheck]. Last year, with Trump administration backing, Congress blocked implementation of an Obama-era regulation prohibiting states, under Title X, from defunding Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers. This year, the Trump administration is seeking to help states terminate Planned Parenthood as a healthcare provider for Medicaid beneficiaries.

Reproductive rights also suffered a judicial setback in 2017 with the confirmation of President Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court and the nomination and confirmation of several district and appellate court justices to the federal bench.

State Grades

First, the good news: Twenty-two states received a B- or higher in 2017. Eleven states (California, Washington D.C., Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington) received an “A” in 2017, up from five the year before. The improved showing was largely attributable to state declines in the rate of teenage pregnancy.

But the bad news highlights growing national disparity: 27 states received a “D” or lower. 18 of those states received a failing grade (“F”), including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

To view individual state report cards, go to:

Understanding the Results

“A woman’s reproductive health and rights should not depend on what state or county she lives in, but increasingly, it does,” said Walker. “This report card shows the disparities are large and growing, as access to abortion services is getting curtailed in many states.” In 26 states today more than 50 percent of the women live in a county without an abortion provider. “The proposed Trump budget would only exacerbate this divide,” he said.

“There is some good news in the midst of all this,” said Walker. “America’s unintended pregnancy rate is the lowest it has been in 30 years and we have reached an historic low in the teen pregnancy rate. But that progress cannot be taken for granted, as the Trump administration made clear with their recent budget. If birth control opponents are ultimately successful in defunding Title X family planning clinics and evidence-based sex education programs, we should expect an increase in both teen and unintended pregnancies.”

“The United States is in danger of becoming, in effect, the Divided States of Reproductive Health and Rights,” said Walker. “We cannot let that happen. All those who are concerned about the state of reproductive health in America should be making their voices heard.”


Using eleven criteria, the Institute’s report card ranked each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia:

  • Thirty percent of the grade is based on measures of effectiveness. This includes the latest available data on the teenage pregnancy rate (15%) and the rate of unintended pregnancies (15%).
  • Twenty-five percent of the grade is based upon prevention. This includes mandated comprehensive sex education in the schools (15%), access to emergency contraception (5%), and minors’ access to contraceptive services (5%).
  • Twenty-five percent of the grade is based upon affordability. This includes if states are expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (15%), Medicaid eligibility rules for family planning (5%), and restrictions of insurance coverage of abortion (5%).
  • The final 20 percent of the grade is based upon clinic access. This includes abortion restrictions (10%), TRAP Laws (5%), and percent of women living in a county without an abortion provider (5%).

Based upon their scores, each state received a “core” grade (A, B, C, D or F), but some states received an additional “plus” or a “minus” for factors not reflected in the core grade.

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Land Trust Alliance Endorses U.S. Senate Bill to Ensure Integrity of Conservation Easement Program

S. 2436 is Companion Legislation to Bill in House of Representatives

Press Release – WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 15, 2018) – The Land Trust Alliance, a national land conservation organization working to save the places people need and love by strengthening land conservation across America, today welcomed and endorsed the Charitable Conservation Easement Program Integrity Act of 2018.

Introduced by U.S. Sen. Steve Daines of Montana, a Republican, and Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, a Democrat, the Charitable Conservation Easement Program Integrity Act (S. 2436) would eliminate the ability of partnership investors to profit from the donation of a conservation easement on land held for a short period of time. Like companion legislation introduced in the House by Rep. Mike Thompson of California, a Democrat, and Rep. Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania, a Republican, the Senate bill’s language makes clear that conservation easement donations, like other charitable donations, are not intended to be profit opportunities.

“These bipartisan bills would prevent abuse while ensuring the vast majority of conservation easements can continue to go forward as truly charitable endeavors,” said Andrew Bowman, the Alliance’s president. “On behalf of the Alliance’s 1,000 member land trusts, I applaud Sen. Daines, Sen. Stabenow, Rep. Thompson and Rep. Kelly for their leadership on this urgent issue.”

In late 2016, the IRS flagged a narrow subset of conservation easement transactions because bad actors had developed a way for investors to profit off such charitable donations. IRS data show that investors claimed, on average, deductions valued at nine times the amount of their original investment. While the cost of these flagged deductions is not known, the total value of all conservation easements donated nearly tripled – from $1.1 billion to $3.2 billion – from 2013 to 2014.

“As Montanans, we value the natural beauty of the outdoors,” Daines said. “We must protect the integrity of conservation incentives meant to encourage public enjoyment by prohibiting scammers from taking advantage of taxpayers.”

The Alliance has worked for years to counter this abuse, pressing the IRS to shut down these transactions and taking a number of actions to help its member land trusts identify and avoid these deals, all while ensuring honest philanthropy continues to be rewarded. But because these deals continue to be promoted, Sens. Daines and Stabenow and Reps. Thompson and Kelly introduced new legislation.

“Because these bills are straightforward, narrowly drafted and needed, these represent an easy vote for every member of Congress,” Bowman said. “Land conservation is done for many reasons, but never should it be done for profit.”

For more information, visit

About the Land Trust Alliance

Founded in 1982, the Land Trust Alliance is a national land conservation organization that works to save the places people need and love by strengthening land conservation across America. The Alliance represents 1,000 member land trusts supported by more than 200,000 volunteers and 4.6 million members nationwide. The Alliance is based in Washington, D.C., and operates several regional offices. More information about the Alliance is available at

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Beyond Diversity: Transforming Conflict Through Social Innovation

Two leading international nonprofits, Seeds of Peace (New York) and Social Entrepreneurship Forum (Sweden), partner to unite social innovators in pursuit of conflict resolution

Press Release – How do we move beyond superficial diversity to leverage our differences and build thriving, equitable communities across lines of conflict? This is the challenge posed in this year’s GATHER Fellowship, the only program of its kind at the intersection of social innovation and conflict transformation.

This year saw a record number of applicants apply for the Fellowship — more than 250 individuals from 55 countries. The 16 selected Fellows from the Middle East, South Asia, North America, and Europe were chosen because of the social, economic, or political impact of their ideas

— including innovative and affordable energy solutions in Gaza, music-based workshops for refugees, or educational video games. Each Fellow is united in their optimism and commitment to conflict transformation, despite the tensions in their regions.

A new video produced by PLANE—SITE offers a glimpse into this year’s program. Featuring program leader Jonah Fisher, 2018 Fellow and co-founder of El Sistema Greece Anis Barnat, and member of the selection committee Bassema Yousef.



Seeds of Peace, working in partnership with SE Forum, is proud to announce its third class of GATHER Fellows. The year-long Fellowship kicks off in Sweden with a five-day incubator between March 11-16, 2018, a program that includes skill building, reflection and sharing, mentorship, and meetings with Swedish parliamentarians, business leaders, and international investors/ funders. The first half of the five-day program will be hosted by Sigtunastiftelsen, a 100-year old foundation near the town of Upsala, before moving to Stockholm for the final days. Here they will explore how a city can authentically serve its diverse communities. The incubator will culminate in a pitch session to an audience of 150 philanthropists, business leaders, investors, and Seeds of Peace and SE Forum Board members.

Beyond the Swedish program, the Fellowship will continue throughout 2018. A GATHER symposium will be held in New York City on May 8th to showcase the work of current and past Fellows, and an international convening is planned for the end of 2018.


Seeds of Peace inspires and cultivates new generations of global leaders in communities divided by conflict. We equip them with the skills and relationships they need to accelerate social, economic, and political changes essential to peace. Our network now includes nearly 6,700 alumni throughout the Middle East, South Asia, Europe, and North America who are uniquely positioned to lead change. The nonprofit was founded in 1993 and is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Learn more about our journey and impact at


GATHER is Seeds of Peace’s social innovation arm, an investment in practical idealism through action. It is built on a powerful and ever-growing network of thousands of changemakers across the Middle East, South Asia, Europe, and North America who are skilled in dialogue across lines of conflict and are creating opportunities across diverse fields—business, nonprofit organizations, technology, education, arts and culture—to reshape communities divided by conflict. The initiative is sponsored through the generous support of Scott and Sabrina Birnbaum, Darcie Bundy and Ken Cohen, Leir Charitable Foundations, Annette M. and Theodore N. Lerner Family Foundation, the Moses Feldman Family Foundation, Orphanides & Associates, Red Sea Ventures, and the Leila and Mickey Straus Family Charitable Trust.


Since 2004, SE Forum has been advocating responsible business solutions to address local and global challenges; promoting, inspiring and empowering entrepreneurs from all over the world to use business to do good. Providing social entrepreneurs opportunities to strengthen their business skills, challenging them to find sustainable models for their business and providing a network of support to help them reach their goal of making a lasting impact in their communities.


“Reading through 250+ applications from across 55 countries of people thirsting to advance creative solutions to conflict provides a remarkable contra to the dire images that we see regularly in the news. GATHER is thrilled to promote the work of these extraordinarily brave individuals who are visionary enough to imagine an alternate and more hopeful reality for their communities of conflict.”

– Jonah Fisher, Director of GATHER

“Our orchestra consists of Greeks, migrants and refugees. The message is simple: no matter your religion, your nationality and the color of your skin, on stage we are all artists. We develop individual artistic personalities and build a group for a more peaceful society.”

– Anis, Co-founder of El Sistema Greece, an organization that teaches music to empower refugees

“Conflict is the only byproduct when half of a country’s population is neglected and denied opportunities. A good education will give women skills through which they will transform Pakistan’s society in unimaginable ways.”

– Ahmed, Founder of the Lincoln School System, a progressive program in Lahore that offers girls scholarships to high-quality schooling to in order to overcome the stark gender imbalance in educational opportunities

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NewsMatch Raises $4.8 Million for Nonprofit News

Record-breaking year for individual giving to nonprofit newsrooms in 2017

Press Release – WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/NewsMatch 2017 raised more than $4.8 million from individual donors and a coalition of foundations to support more than 100 local and investigative nonprofit news organizations. This makes NewsMatch 2017 the largest-ever grassroots fundraising campaign to support local nonprofit and investigative news, during a record-breaking year overall for charitable giving to journalism.

Data from NewsMatch also reveals the growing strength of news nonprofits’ year-end fundraising campaigns, a critical indicator of financial success. More people than ever before stepped up to donate to nonprofit journalism, investing in trustworthy local news from coast to coast.

Year-End Giving by the Numbers:[1]

  • In total, more than 202,000 individual donors contributed $33 million to nonprofit news in October, November and December
  • The average year-end donor gave $163
  • 43,000 donors gave to a nonprofit news organization for the first time in Q4 2017
  • 25 local and national foundations and donors offered year-end matching grants

“With the support of NewsMatch we had a record setting year, more than doubling the donations we received in past years,” said Lauren Fuhrmann of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. “NewsMatch provided the roadmap, tech support and national exposure that we needed to have our most successful year-end fundraising drive ever.”

The NewsMatch campaign equipped nonprofit newsrooms with professional fundraising tools, technology and training to cultivate new donors through the Institute for Nonprofit News and the News Revenue Hub. Additionally, a national marketing campaign educated the public on the importance of nonprofit journalism becoming a core part of charitable year-end giving. NewsMatch’s impact will be felt throughout the year by communities who rely on these newly resilient, critical news organizations.

“A robust, independent press is essential to fostering an informed and engaged public and vital for a healthy democracy,” said Josh Stearns of Democracy Fund. “By working collaboratively with newsrooms and philanthropic partners, NewsMatch was an innovative local-to-national campaign that brought thousands of new donors into supporting local and investigative journalism.”

“The growth of NewsMatch is a testament to the critical role of local news and investigative journalism in our country right now,” said Jennifer Preston, vice president for journalism at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Knight launched the first NewsMatch in 2016, helping 57 nonprofit news organizations raise more than $1.2 million in match donations.

NewsMatch 2017 involved more than 25 funders around the country. It was established as a partnership between the Democracy Fund, Knight Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and managed by The Miami Foundation. Over the course of the fall, the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, the News Integrity Initiative, the Wyncote Foundation, The Gates Family Foundation, and the Rita Allen Foundation all joined NewsMatch as partners creating double and triple matches for some organizations. Finally, local newsrooms worked with donors and local funders to set up parallel matching campaigns in their communities.

NewsMatch elevated nonprofit news through #GivingNewsDay which saw journalists, celebrities and politicians on both sides of the aisle talking about the importance of donating to nonprofit news. Mark Ruffalo, Michael Kelly, Cara Mund(Miss America), Greta Van Susteren and others joined the effort. Facebook donated $100,000 in free advertising to publicize NewsMatch and drive donors to local and investigative newsrooms.

“One of the most important things we can do is increase awareness about the need for and benefits of nonprofit journalism. That is, to add to the usual American philanthropic checklist of schools, hospitals, churches and cultural institutions the possibility of donating to journalism. NewsMatch helped enormously in that effort,” said Richard Tofel, president of Pulitzer Prize-winning nonprofit news organization ProPublica.

“We are so grateful to NewsMatch for its support of local media. provided a very rich donor experience and it was a great way for us to start our end-of-year fundraising campaign,” said Phayvanh Luekhamhan of VTDigger. “Thanks to NewsMatch we were able to raise over $350,000 from October through December. This means that in the coming year we can continue to grow our revenue streams, hire reporters and publish the kind of in-depth and daily reporting that Vermonters need.”

All news organizations participating in NewsMatch are members in good standing of the Institute for Nonprofit News. Visit for more information.

About the Institute for Nonprofit News:

The Institute for Nonprofit News is an incubator and support network for nonprofit newsrooms, strengthening the sources of independent, public service information and investigative journalism for thousands of communities across the U.S. INN is the only organization in the U.S. specifically focused on supporting the emerging nonprofit news sector. For more, visit

About Democracy Fund:

The Democracy Fund is a bipartisan foundation established by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar to help ensure that our political system can withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people. Since 2011, Democracy Fund has invested more than $60 million in support of effective governance, modern elections, and a vibrant public square. For more, visit

About the News Revenue Hub:

The News Revenue Hub helps news organizations build the trust and financial support of their audiences by providing customized technology tools and proven strategies to create and sustain successful digital membership programs. For more, visit

About the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation:

Founded by Edith Kinney Gaylord, Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation’s mission is to invest in the future of journalism by building the ethics, skills and opportunities needed to advance principled, probing news and information. For more, visit

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation:

Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy. For more, visit

About the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation:

The MacArthur Foundation supports creative people, effective institutions, and influential networks building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. MacArthur is placing a few big bets that truly significant progress is possible on some of the world’s most pressing social challenges, including over-incarceration, global climate change, nuclear risk, and significantly increasing financial capital for the social sector. In addition to the MacArthur Fellows Program, the Foundation continues its historic commitments to the role of journalism in a responsible and responsive democracy, as well as the strength and vitality of our headquarters city, Chicago. More information is available at

About The Miami Foundation:

Since 1967, The Miami Foundation has used civic leadership, community investment and philanthropy to improve the quality of life for everyone who calls Greater Miami home. We partner with individuals, families and corporations who have created more than 1,000 personalized, philanthropic Funds. Thanks to them, we have awarded over $250 million in grants and currently manage more than $300 million in assets to build a better Miami. As the Foundation marks our 50th anniversary, we are celebrating great Miamians who have championed what matters to them, encouraging all residents to share their Miami stories and unite around the causes they care about. For more, visit

[1] Year-end giving numbers include all gifts from individual donors to NewsMatch participating organizations, not just those eligible for matching funds.


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Lokai Launches Split Purple Limited Edition Bracelet To Benefit The Alzheimer’s Association

Inspiring both those living with the disease and their caregivers to stay hopeful

Press Release – NEW YORK – February 2018Lokai, the socially responsible balance brand representing the importance of finding balance along life’s journey, announced a new limited edition, split purple bracelet to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association®. This is the second time that Lokai has teamed up with the Alzheimer’s Assocaition to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s care, support and research programs.

From February 8th to March 8th, Lokai will donate $1 from every Split Purple Lokai to help the Alzheimer’s Association fund their mission of eliminating Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, providing and enhancing care and support for all affected, and reducing the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

“When I learned my grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, I hit a low. It was in that low, where the idea of Lokai began,” said Steven Izen, Founder and CEO of Lokai. “During our first partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association in 2016, Lokai was able to fully fund five research grants. This year, we are looking to continue to fund their full mission to support the fight to end Alzheimer’s.”

The Split Purple Lokai further symbolizes the importance of finding balance through life’s highs and lows. The two different colored sides represent the people who are affected by Alzheimer’s: those with the disease and those who are the caregivers and loved ones.

“The Alzheimer’s Association is grateful for Lokai’s continued support to raise funds and awareness towards our mission,” said Donna McCullough, Chief Development Officer. “More than 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s, and there are more than 15 million friends and family members caring for them. With these numbers only set to increase, the urgency to support both research and care and support programs has never been greater.”

The Split Purple Lokai retails for $18 and is available on and select retailers nationwide.


The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information, visit the Alzheimer’s Association at or call the 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.


Lokai is a socially responsible lifestyle brand that represents the importance of finding balance along life’s journey. Steven Izen founded the company in 2013, on the heels of a deeply emotional and transformative experience. Realizing that life is a cycle of highs and lows, he grew to appreciate the importance of remaining both humble and hopeful. The company infuses its trademark bracelets with elements sourced from the highest and lowest points on Earth – water from Mt. Everest and mud from the Dead Sea. The Lokai lifestyle is devoted to finding balance, sharing success during life’s peaks and gaining perspective during lows. Lokai supports this message by donating 10% of net profits to various charitable organizations. Since launching, Lokai is sold in over 160 countries. Please visit for more information.

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Rural Colorado’s First Southwest Community Fund Launches New Website for 2018

First Southwest Community Fund supports the dedicated entrepreneurial spirit of rural Colorado, by investing in the people, culture and ideas that fuel innovation and financial knowledge in our community with an emphasis on areas of greatest need.

Press Release – ALAMOSA, COLO., (February 14, 2018) — First Southwest Community Fund (FSWCF) recently launched their new website at to provide a more seamless online experience for individuals and businesses seeking creative funding for their rural Colorado business.

The new website includes information on the Intermediary Relending Program, the New Pioneers Microloan Program, the Rural Business Development Grant, and more – including an added section for News and Community Fund success stories. It’s also now much easier to reach out and gain more information regarding sponsorship, partnership, and funding.

“The main goal of updating the FSWCF website was to create a modern, easier to navigate platform for individuals and businesses to learn more about the services the community fund offers,” says Kent Curtis, FSWCF’s president. “We’re really excited about the opportunities that a more robust and accessible network will provide in this coming year.”

As a 501c3, FSWCF promotes economic development in distressed communities — helping create jobs, increasing wages, and encouraging the development of critical community infrastructure and provide new educational opportunities and financial literacy knowledge for identified populations. It achieves this by providing low-cost business and agricultural lending to create sustainable employment and jumpstart local economies.

“This new website is a long awaited platform that will allow us to do even bigger things in the future,” said FSWCF President, Kent Curtis. “Our goals have always focused on supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs who are dedicated to improving the economic sustainability of our rural Colorado communities. With a new website, we can achieve these goals and get the word out about FSWCF more efficiently.”

For more information about this new launch and potential 2018 funding opportunities for your rural Colorado business, please contact Roxanne DeMarco, 2018 grant funds are subject to Congressional approval.

About First Southwest Community Fund:

As a 501c3, First Southwest Community Fund promotes economic development in distressed communities — helping create jobs, increasing wages, encouraging the development of critical community infrastructure. First Southwest Community Fund supports the dedicated entrepreneurial spirit of rural Colorado, by investing in the people, culture, and ideas that fuel innovation and financial knowledge in our community, with an emphasis on areas of greatest need. Please find more information about First Southwest Community Fund at or

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New Report Shows Women Dominate Leadership of Leanly Staffed Foundations, Yet Gender Pay Gap Persists

Leanly staffed foundations use consultants and technology to streamline work and enhance impact

Press Release – (Washington, DC) According to Exponent Philanthropy’s 2018 Foundation Operations and Management Report, women are most likely to lead leanly staffed foundations, which comprise the majority of foundations in the United States. Two-thirds of the top administrators of leanly staffed foundations are women, yet they earn, on average, 84 cents for every dollar paid to men.

“Philanthropy is one of the few sectors dominated by women, but unfortunately the gender pay gap exists similar to other sectors,” said Henry L. Berman, Exponent Philanthropy’s chief executive officer. “We believe it is important to build awareness of the gender pay gap so that foundation boards can address it and correct it.”

Also, this year’s report includes race demographics of foundation staff and boards. As expected, lean philanthropy is dominated by individuals who identify as white. Nearly forty percent (39%) of leanly staffed foundations reported having non-white representation on their boards, however, and one-third (33%) of foundations reported having non-white representation among their staff. Exponent Philanthropy plans to use this year’s data as a benchmark and will track racial diversity trends going forward.

The 2018 Foundation Operations and Management Report also includes the following findings:

  • Leanly staffed foundations give locally, nationally, and internationally. The vast majority (89%) support their local communities, and 21% give internationally.
  • 79% make general operating grants, up from 77% in the previous year.
  • 32% make grants to support advocacy efforts, up from 27% in the previous year.
  • The most important issue facing leanly staffed foundations continues to be board/generational succession.
  • Leanly staffed foundations supplement their operations with consultants. Ninety percent report using consultants for activities other than investments and accounting.
  • Leanly staffed foundations are increasingly using technology to streamline processes, most often using technology for accounting, charity status/grantee due diligence, and online document sharing.

About the Report

The 2018 Foundation Operations and Management Report is based on the 17th operations and management survey of members of Exponent Philanthropy that was fielded in summer 2017. The report details trends in foundation grantmaking, operations, investments, and governance.

About Exponent Philanthropy

Exponent Philanthropy is the country’s largest association of funders—nearly 2,000 members strong—and the only one dedicated to serving foundations with few or no staff, philanthropic families, and individual donors. Its vibrant network has in common lean operations and a style of philanthropy motivated by personal passion, community needs, and the strong desire for better outcomes. The association provides high-quality and cost-effective programs, resources, and connections that maximize its members’ dollars and time for the benefit of diverse communities and causes.

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Anuja Khemka, Experienced Non-Profit, Philanthropic And Corporate Leader, Takes Helm At The Steve Fund

Anuja Khemka has been named Executive Director of the Steve Fund, the nation’s only non-profit focused on the mental health of students of color.

Press Release – NEW YORK, NY, February 5, 2018 — Anuja Khemka, MSW, a former Vice President at the JPMorgan Chase Global Philanthropy group, Program Officer at the Goldman Sachs Foundation, and nonprofit consultant has been named Executive Director of the Steve Fund. The three -year-old non-profit is the nation’s only organization focused on the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color.

Mrs. Khemka has been serving as the Steve Fund’s Senior Strategy and Programs Adviser since the early days of the Fund. She was instrumental in many of the Fund’s major projects. Her recent focus was on expanding the Steve Fund’s Programs and Services to assist colleges, universities and nonprofits, including workshops, webinars, expert speakers, training and technical assistance led by multicultural mental health research and practice experts.

Anuja Khemka has 15 years of experience working in the corporate and philanthropic sector focusing on corporate social responsibility, grants management and program implementation, thought leadership, and fundraising. Khemka was a Vice President at the JPMorgan Chase Global Philanthropy group focusing on business management, strategy, and communications. Previously, she was a Program Officer at the Goldman Sachs Foundation managing a large portfolio of grantees and supporting program planning, evaluation, and capacity building. Prior to that, Khemka worked at the Private Equity Group in Goldman Sachs focusing on investor relations/fundraising, as well as Institutional sales in the Goldman Sachs Asset Management where she worked with the firm’s largest clients in the US and Canada.

Khemka was a Management Fellow at Columbia University, where she received her Masters in Social Work. She completed her undergraduate studies at Brown University with a BA in Business Economics. Her work in philanthropy has been featured in Huffington Post, Forbes, the New York Times and Stanford Social Innovation Review.

“Anuja Khemka has been instrumental not only in the creation of the Fund but in making it what it is today,” says Evan Rose, President of the Board of the Steve Fund. “Her leadership has made the Steve Fund the nation’s go-to place for all matters related to supporting the mental health of students of color. We are thrilled that Anuja has accepted the board’s offer to become Executive Director.”

“I am incredibly excited to be given the opportunity to lead the Steve Fund at a time when our mission of improving support for the mental health of students of color at America’s colleges and universities has become even more pressing. I truly believe that the Fund, together with its strategic partners and supporters, will be able to create transformational change in America’s higher education institutions, to the benefit of students of color, and ultimately, to the benefit of all students.”

Studies show that students of color at American colleges and universities are almost twice as likely not to seek help when they feel depressed or anxious. They also report more micro-aggressions than their European American counterparts. These mental health disparities also correlate to persistence outcomes. Only 49% of African Americans students complete their 4-year college education, compared to 71% of white, non-Hispanic students, according to a CollegeBoard report.

Recent activities of the Steve Fund include:

  • The publication, in partnership with the Jed Foundation, of the Equity in Mental Health Framework, with ten evidence-informed recommendations and implementation strategies for improving support of the mental health of students of color on college and university campuses.
  • A partnership with Crisis Text Line, an online crisis support service, and with the Knight Foundation to enable students of color to text the keyword “Steve” to 741741 to be connected with a trained crisis counselor.
  • Steve Fund scholarships for young scholars to research psychological challenges confronting their respective populations, in cooperation with four notable U.S. mental health organizations.
  • A convening for more than 350 leaders in mental health and higher education for the Steve Fund’s fourth annual Young, Gifted & @Risk Conference in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania last November.
  • Partnerships with organizations such as Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), the NAACP, and Management Leadership for Tomorrow as part of the Steve Fund’s efforts to bring mental health programming to organizations serving people of color.

In 2018, the Steve Fund plans to focus on supporting implementation of the Equity in Mental Health Framework at higher-education institutions, expanding the Steve Fund’s Knowledge Center and Programs and Services, adding activities that support young people of color in the transition from college to life beyond, and expanding the Fund’s activities that support their families.

About the Steve Fund

The Steve Fund is the nation’s only organization focused on supporting the mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color. The Steve Fund works with colleges and universities, non-profits, researchers, mental health experts, families, and young people to promote programs and strategies that build understanding and assistance for the mental and emotional health of the nation’s young people of color. The Fund holds an annual conference, Young, Gifted & @Risk, offers a Knowledge Center with curated expert information, delivers on-campus and on-site programs and services at colleges and non-profits nationwide, and through tech partnerships provides direct services to young people of color.

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DKT International and Shanghai Dahua Pharmaceutical Partner To Increase Access to Contraceptive Implants

Price of Levoplant reduced to $6.90 in FP2020 countries

Press Release – Washington, D.C.: DKT International, one of the world’s largest providers of family planning services, is proud to announce an agreement with Shanghai Dahua Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. to serve as the global marketing partner for Levoplant, a WHO-Prequalified contraceptive implant. DKT International has offices in more than 25 countries and access to contraceptive markets in over 100 countries worldwide. The new DKT-Dahua partnership will expand the availability, accessibility, and affordability of Levoplant for the women who need it most.

DKT and Dahua are equally excited to announce that the price for Levoplant in FP2020 countries (the 69 countries with the greatest need for family planning) will be reduced to $6.90 per unit.

“The partnership between DKT and Dahua is highly complementary: Dahua is a skilled, high-quality manufacturer and DKT is a global social marketing organization with unique capabilities to create demand for family planning. Together, we will dramatically increase the availability, accessibility, affordability, and use of implants globally and deliver significant health impact,” says Christopher Purdy, President and CEO of DKT International. “DKT will mobilize its global network to spur doctors, midwives, and medical providers to provide and counsel women on the benefits of Levoplant.”

DKT will assume responsibility for introducing Levoplant into new markets, fulfilling orders for Levoplant, developing educational and promotional materials, and servicing all customer needs. Dahua will continue manufacturing Levoplant and adhering to global quality standards. The partnership between the two organizations will be a marriage of strengths as they scale up demand for Levoplant and offer women an affordable implant alternative.

“We are pleased to partner with DKT and trust that with their help, our cutting-edge contraceptive technology will help women obtain an affordable, convenient family planning method,” stated Mr. Bin Song, General Manager of Dahua.

This long-acting, reversible contraceptive (LARC) is effective for three years. Levoplant is low-cost and highly effective at preventing pregnancy with limited side effects. After removal of the rods, there is no delay in a woman’s return to fertility when she decides she’s ready for a child.

Shanghai Dahua Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (Dahua), the maker of Levoplant, is a trusted global leader in the production of safe, effective and long-acting contraceptive implants. Their goal is to promote the reproductive health of women worldwide through manufacturing with integrity, quality, and collaboration.

Through social marketing, DKT works to increase the availability and affordability of a full spectrum of modern birth control methods. In 2017, DKT generated over 36 million couple years of protection. Additionally, five of the ten largest contraceptive social marketing programs in the world are DKT programs.

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