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.
Santa Monica, CA – August 26, 2013 – The Call of Duty Endowment today announced it has joined with Deloitte to create a unique annual Call of Duty Endowment ‘Seal of Distinction’ award program that will highlight nonprofit organizations that have proven to be the most effective and efficient at placing veterans into high quality careers.
The Call of Duty Endowment is a private nonprofit foundation that supports groups placing former service members into high quality careers and raises awareness of the value veterans bring to the civilian workplace.
Dan Goldenberg, Executive Director of the Call of Duty Endowment, said, “Our goal at the Endowment is to invest in groups that have demonstrated exceptional effectiveness at placing veterans into high quality careers. Our new ‘Seal of Distinction’ opens the door to give the best organizations an opportunity to showcase their success and access more resources.” Recipients of the Call of Duty Endowment Seal of Distinction will receive an unrestricted grant of $30,000 with potential for more extensive restricted grants from the Call of Duty Endowment.
The call for submissions is now open and organizations may apply for the Call of Duty Endowment ‘Seal of Distinction’ through September 27, 2013 by completing the application at www.CallofDutyEndowment.org.
While seeking applications from new organizations, the Endowment announced that several organizations would be designated as Original ‘Seal of Distinction’ recipients. The first of these organizations to be announced is the US Chamber Foundation in Washington, DC. The Chamber Foundation has already withstood a thorough analysis to certify their effective, efficient service to our veterans.
Eric Eversole, Executive Director of the Chamber’s Hiring Our Heroes program – one of the original Call of Duty Endowment ‘Seal of Distinction’ recipients – stated, “Since our inception in 2011, the U.S. Chamber has prudently spent our donors’ investments to create as many jobs as possible for our veterans. We are proud to receive The Call of Duty Endowment’s ‘Seal of Distinction’ as further proof that we stretch every dollar to make the biggest impact.”
Nominees for the Call of Duty Endowment ‘Seal of Distinction’ must, as a minimum:
– Be a charitable, non-profit, with 501(c)(3) status
– Have a mission that incorporates directly assisting unemployed veterans in finding jobs
– Complete our application and, should they be selected as a finalist, submit to verification
Important criteria for selection include the number of veterans placed in jobs, average cost-per-placement, and a profile of typical veterans served, among other categories.
*Note: Rules for participation can be found at www.callofdutyendowment.org.
The Call of Duty Endowment will select a slate of finalists, and will be assisted by Deloitte who is working with CODE on a pro bono basis.
“We are pleased to join with the Call of Duty Endowment in honoring these organizations that help our veterans translate their military skills and experiences into high quality careers,” said Kelvin Womack, lead client service principal for the Federal Health practice, Deloitte Consulting LLP. “Deloitte values the dedication and sacrifice of our nation’s veterans. Whether through collaboration with organizations like CODE, our recent pledge to support the President’s Joining Forces initiative, or through our IMPACT Survey research insights into job strategies for returning military veterans, Deloitte is committed to supporting the transition from military service back to civilian life.”
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 20, 2013 – Razoo.com, the fastest-growing crowdfunding site for causes, today expanded its online platform to allow people to give directly to other people for any good cause – whether nonprofit or personal. Building on Razoo’s record-breaking platform for nonprofits, Razoo now empowers everyday philanthropists to show they care through peer-to-peer giving to personal fundraisers.
Razoo’s distinct track record of helping nonprofits raise more than $165 million through online campaigns, including 24-hour “Giving Day” events to benefit specific communities, provides a foundation for Razoo’s individual fundraising platform. By broadening the crowdfunding website to support personal causes, Razoo provides a single destination for connected giving.
“Giving makes you feel good, especially when you can see benefits to real people,” said Lesley Mansford, CEO of Razoo. “The true perk of giving isn’t material – it’s the positive feeling you get when you help someone else. When you add the connective power of online tools to the mix, we believe that peer-to-peer benevolence will continue to augment nonprofit fundraising and become a significant category of giving in the future.”
Razoo anticipates medical, educational and disaster relief sectors will be the popular categories of individual fundraising on its platform. Personal campaigns on the site today range from parents raising money for children’s medical bills to a couple funding costs related to a dog rescue. Across all topic areas, Razoo’s technology delivers a real-time, online marketplace that facilitates fundraisers and donors to connect in the moment. The powerful reach of personal fundraising and nonprofit campaigns on the site allows people to connect with the people and causes most familiar and to them – which has been shown to increase the propensity to give.
“Peer-to-peer sharing has a multiplier effect on giving to causes”, said Henry Timms, co-founder of #GivingTuesday™. “Crowdfunding has huge promise in enabling and inspiring a new generation of philanthropists.”
Developing a fundraising campaign on Razoo is simple and free. Razoo offers a secure, straightforward payment system through its payment provider for personal fundraising,Stripe. The system allows payment to fundraisers every week, regardless of whether goals are achieved.
Beyond raising funds, Razoo encourages users to share and post about campaigns to their networks on sites like Facebook and Twitter to drive more giving. Razoo has found that every Facebook share has the potential to help raise approximately $18 of donations for the nonprofit or individual campaign on Razoo.com. In addition, donors and fundraisers can search or discover individual causes by visiting the site and searching by topic.
For more information on how to start or donate to a fundraising campaign, please visitwww.razoo.com.
Razoo is crowdfunding for causes. Named for an Australian coin of little value on its own, until combined with many, Razoo powers small acts of giving that together change the world. From multimillion-dollar, community-led Giving Days to individuals collecting donations on behalf of the nonprofits or personal causes they support, Razoo has helped raise more than $165 million online – one small donation at a time. Razoo has offices in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., and is seed funded by the Legatum Group. See how we’re creating a new generation of everyday philanthropists at www.razoo.com. Follow us on Twitter at @Razoo, or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/razoogiving.
GREENVILLE, S.C. (Aug. 14, 2013) – Michelin North America, Inc. today announced it will continue providing tires to Yellowstone National Park by renewing its commitment to the Yellowstone Park Foundation (YPF).
Since 2008, Michelin has donated more than 1,400 tires to help equip Yellowstone National Park’s fleet of 800 vehicles, which includes everything from patrol cars and garbage trucks to giant earthmoving vehicles, rotary snow plows and large load-hauling tractor trailers.
Through the partnership Michelin is helping Yellowstone National Park reduce its operating expenses and lower the park’s consumption of raw materials. The company is also helping the park lower its overall fuel consumption with the use of Michelin’s industry leading green tire technology that it has been developing and refining since 1992. This focus on efficient tire performance, as it relates to improving the park’s sustainability, is significant given that, on average, Yellowstone vehicles collectively travel 3.75 million miles per year on the park’s more than 420 miles of roadways.
“We began this partnership with the Yellowstone Park Foundation with the shared hope of boosting fuel economy to help the park reach its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by up to 30 percent by 2016,” said Pete Selleck, chairman and president of Michelin North America. “So far the results have been encouraging, and we are proud to renew our commitment to supply tires and expertise to the country’s most revered historical national park.”
Through its donations and work, Michelin North America has helped Yellowstone National Park save approximately $275,000 to $300,000 annually, which this year represents about a 12 percent reduction in the park’s fleet and road maintenance budget.
In addition to tire donations, Michelin regularly deploys its field engineers to consult with the park’s fleet managers on optimizing tire use for better fuel economy and performance. Additionally, they provide training on the mounting of very specialized tires, including oversized earthmovers and MICHELIN® XOne® wide base tires. This training has led to improved product performance, efficiency and safety, and a considerable reduction in maintenance costs.
“National park budgets have been cut dramatically due to sequestration,” said Karen Bates Kress, Yellowstone Park Foundation president. “By saving Yellowstone over a quarter million dollars each year, Michelin’s exceptional generosity allows the park to divert the funds it saves to other important projects, and maximize its resources.”
Other benefits from the Michelin partnership with the YPF include:
In addition to providing tires, Michelin, which has a 113-year history of creating maps and travel guides, publishes “The Yellowstone Park Foundation’s Official Guide to Yellowstone National Park.” This 106-page book represents one of the most in-depth guides to the park that includes tours, itineraries, insider tips from park experts and reliable recommendations for sightseeing. Proceeds from the sale of the book go to the Yellowstone Park Foundation. It is sold at Yellowstone and is also available on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.
Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks and motorcycles. The company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America (www.michelin-us.com) employs more than 22,000 and operates 18 major manufacturing plants in 16 locations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
Who we are:
Mu’Ron was created byAmadeusz Topka and Faisal Afzal in 2010 by a mutual interest in luxury, fashion, and fine fragrances. The company’s goal is to use the highest quality oils to create a long lasting scent to enhance one’s lifestyle. As Mu’Ron, their mission is to use environmental friendly resources and cutting edge technology to deliver the highest quality product. The current focus is to design a basic air-freshener, which will deliver a designer fragrance.
Industry insiders understand that today’s air-fresheners lack masculine and feminine aromas and far from resemble the average cologne or perfume. Contemporary air-fresheners come in a wide-range of scents, such as pine, cherry, vanilla, lemon, and many more. However, none of them posses the unique fragrance that is present in contemporary perfumes & colognes.
What sets Mu’Ron’s products apart from the rest is their chic designer fragrance and distinctive shape. As of late, the team has primarily been working with designer oils, which are blended from the purest and highest quality materials. The team’s aim is to foster a meilleur ambiance et in the current air-fresheners for today’s market.
Mu’Ron has taken part in many events that focused specifically on giving back not only to our communities but also for important social causes. We have attended two specific events in downtown Chicago where all the proceeds went to the National Diabetes Foundation of America and one for the Cancer Association of America and many more coming in the latter of the year. Since we are a start-up we get invited around our community to various schools to give lectures regarding success and share our story of success. Our community has started to notice us and have supported us over the years. We believe that every individual has what it takes to get to the top, all one needs is a little guidance and self-belief. If two immigrants can come to this country at a young age and work very hard and become successful people anyone can. Through all the adversities, trials and tribulations we managed to overcome all the odds. My partner who is the CEO/Founder of Mu’Ron has gone through everything from fighting poverty, ill health of his mother, to financial constraints. A good example of this is without a car, a working phone, and standard amenities he still managed to walk to wherever we needed to be so we can attend that specific meeting/event. Mu’Ron as a company and future leaders of the “Youth” feel a social responsibility to help out those who need that motivation to achieve their goals. Having whatever little resources we manage to find a way to get things done. Over the course of the coming years we have planned out everything from the expansion to the company, technology/resources we will use as well as creating a foundation to support those individuals who are in need of guidance in life to achieve success in becoming what they envision. Life is a journey that has many hitches along the way, but the measure of a true individual is one who can overcome the obstacles and get to where they need to be. This is what Mu’Ron as a Company stands for, and these are the morals we as Leaders believe and follow.
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KIGALI, Rwanda—(BUSINESS WIRE)—President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton visited Kanombe school in Kigali, Rwanda to see the P&G Purifier of Water packets at work as part of Procter and Gamble’s (P&G) Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action to provide clean drinking water to those who need it most. P&G continues to deliver on its commitment to save one life every hour by the year 2020 by providing 2 billion liters of clean drinking water every year.
“Let me say how grateful I am to both P&G, one of the greatest companies in the world in terms of its responsibilities to society and building into their business model lifting lives of people, and to World Vision, one of the great treasures of NGOs, and the fact that they’re doing this together means a lot to me,” said President Bill Clinton who met children who use the P&G packets to purify their water.
This visit to Rwanda follows Chelsea Clinton’s recent trip to Myanmar, where she traveled with P&G and World Vision to deliver the 6 billionth liter of clean drinking water purified by the P&G Purifier of Water packets. Rwanda is one of the countries most affected by the clean drinking water crisis, with 80 percent of diseases affecting Rwandans coming from the water they drink and 11 percent of Rwandan children dying before they turn five.
“At P&G, we want to use our innovation to make social investments that allow people everywhere to thrive,” said Allison Tummon Kamphuis, P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program (CSDW) Manager. “These packets are being used all around the world to make dirty, unsafe water clean enough to drink with simple tools – a bucket, a stick, a cloth and a tiny packet. We’re honored to share this work with President Clinton and Chelsea and grateful for the work with World Vision that is bringing us closer to our goal to save one life every hour.”
P&G has been working with partners to provide clean drinking water in developing countries for nearly a decade with its award-winning water purification technology. To date, clean drinking water provided by P&G has saved an estimated 32,000 lives and prevented 250 million days of diarrheal illnesses across 71 countries. The powdered water purification product is a simple and effective way to make clean drinking water for the entire family, as the packets turns dirty, potentially deadly water into clean and drinkable water very quickly.
“It’s one of the simplest things we can do to save lives,” President Clinton said.
As a part of its CGI commitment, P&G will be participating in the Flash Flood for Good – a new social media initiative to be launched at the CGI Annual Meeting in New York City on September 24th. This effort will focus the attention of global leaders, not-for-profits, NGO’s, academics, celebrities, private sector partners, corporate brand and the public at large on the need for clean drinking water. The funds raised through this initiative will be used to deliver life-saving clean drinking water to Myanmar, Rwanda and Ethiopia through implementing partner World Vision. Supporters of FlashFloodForGood.org can use their digital voice to amplify the call to action to raise awareness and donate funds.
About Procter & Gamble and the P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program
P&G serves approximately 4.8 billion people around the world with its brands. The Company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Ace®, Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Duracell®, Fairy®, Febreze®, Fusion®, Gain®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Iams®, Lenor®, Mach3®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, Prestobarba®, SK-II®, Tide®, Vicks®, Wella®, and Whisper®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit http://www.pg.com for the latest news and in-depth information about P&G and its brands.
The P&G Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program (CSDW) is a non-profit initiative that has provided 6 billion liters of clean drinking water to people in need since 2004. CSDW has partnered with a diverse network of organizations to help distribute water purification packets in developing countries. To learn more about the P&G CSDW Program, and see how the water purification packets work, please visit www.csdw.org.
About Clinton Global Initiative
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date CGI members have made more than 2,300 commitments, which are already improving the lives of more than 400 million people in over 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $73.5 billion.
CGI also convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States, and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world, and, this year, CGI Latin America, which will bring together Latin American leaders to identify, harness, and strengthen ways to improve the livelihoods of people in Latin America and around the world. For more information, visit clintonglobalinitiative.org and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative.
New York, NY – August 1, 2013 – Ellerman House in Cape Town has announced they will be offering a weekend of unique cultural experiences with a focus on giving back. From October 3-6, 2013 the hotel will host an auction of outstanding South African art, with all proceeds benefitting the ArtAngels fund to support South African educational programs. During this time, 50% of guest room rates will also go to the ArtAngels fund. This exclusive opportunity gives guests of Ellerman House a chance to directly assist in supporting education initiatives while experiencing the best of what the country has to offer.
ArtAngels is an annual charity event benefitting the Click Foundation, an educational program created in response to the education crisis in South Africa. The proceeds of the charity event are used to buy computers and expand the reach of Reading Eggs, a program implemented by the Click Foundation in 2012. Reading Eggs is an online English Literacy program that uses reading games, activities, songs, animations and rewards to create a fun and motivational learning experience. To date, the Click Foundation has partnered with 23 organizations in four provinces, reaching approximately 2,000 children through Reading Eggs.
The weekend will kick off on the Thursday evening with the ArtAngels auction of South African art and party and will be followed by a selection of guided art tours, talks with leading South African artists, wine experiences and more. The package also includes a choice of two tailor-made tours designed specifically by the concierge and management team at Ellerman House. Each tour will provide once in a lifetime moments exclusively available for Ellerman House guests and include a Cape Town Art Tour or a Signature Wine Tour in the famousCape Winelands.
For more information on ArtAngels and the beneficiaries please contact Lindsy Marais at email@example.com.
About Ellerman House
Ellerman House is an iconic hotel located in Cape Town, South Africa. Ellerman House features one of South Africa’s most impressive private art collections and an award-winning wine list. The hotel consists of 13 bedrooms and a three-bedroom contemporary villa uniquely designed to showcase panoramic ocean views and manicured gardens. Ellerman House is a pristine example of Cape Edwardian architecture blended with understated elegance and modern luxury.www.ellerman.co.za
About Ellerman House Art Angels
Ellerman House ArtAngels was established in 2011 and is an annual charity auction and party for the benefit of the Click Foundation and their implementation partners. The Click Foundation is an educational program in South Africa with the aim to test non-conventional technology & education programs. Founded by the Harris Family, the owners of Ellerman House, the Click Foundation has been established to look at how technology can impact education and to test different educational solutions. Their objective is Innovative Education through Technology, focusing on online educational support.www.clickfoundation.co.za, www.artangelsinitiative.com
NEW YORK, July 31, 2013 – There is a revolution going on in the world of social change. Across the nonprofit, private, and public sectors, innovators are expanding how they approach problems through new business models and driving change effectively. Today, the McGraw Hill Financial Global Institute issued a new white paper delving into these and a variety of other questions surrounding social entrepreneurship in the United States.
The report by Georgia Levenson Keohane “Social Entrepreneurship: How Innovative Change-Makers Are Testing New Solutions to Entrenched Social, Economic and Environmental Problems,” uses case studies on topics as varied as Teach for America and the government of New York City to illustrate how the social entrepreneurship phenomenon has reshaped the way that human services are delivered.
America has a rich history of entrepreneurship, not just in the capital realm but in the social as well, including the American Red Cross founder Clara Barton and Martin Luther King, Jr. With this foundation, American society is ripe for an increasing reliance on social entrepreneurship, the author writes. For instance, some advocates say that foundations should learn from venture capital models and entities that fund social change should focus on providing more money over longer time frames to fewer organizations and to work closely with grantees to ensure future success.
Commercialization has benefitted philanthropic and nonprofit organizations, reshaping them to better assist their targets. For example, Keohane cites the microcredit industry which harnesses private capital for social purpose by providing small loans made to people who would not otherwise qualify at traditional lending institutions. The notion of microcredit began in the mid-1970s in Bangladesh, and by the early 2000s, commercial investors entered the industry. Today, $65 billion of microcredit loans are made to some 100 million borrowers worldwide, and much of this growth, Keohane says, is due to an infusion of private capital.
Keohane says social entrepreneurship has been around for years but this new activism is growing given its momentum, sweep and fundamental approach to problem-solving. She eyes an even bigger future for social entrepreneurship in the decades ahead, citing innovations in philanthropy, such as an increased emphasis on measurement and evaluation, the role of technology and the growth of nonprofit investment funds.
“The coming years will mark new inroads for social entrepreneurship, with better defined solutions for government and private leaders to collectively work together towards broader social change and shared prosperity,” said Keohane, who writes regularly on social and economic policy and the intersection of business and society for the Harvard Business Review, The Nation, The American Prospect, The Washington Monthly, Slate, and other publications. She is also the author of Social Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century: Innovation Across the Nonprofit, Private and Public Sectors, which informed many of the concepts outlined in the report.
NEW YORK, July 2013 – Maintaining its long-standing tradition of supporting HIV/AIDS charities, Kiehl’s Since 1851, the venerable New York-based purveyor of fine quality skin and hair care, is pleased to announce its continued partnership with amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, and the fourth annualKiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR.
HIV/AIDS awareness has long been at the forefront of Kiehl’s philanthropic efforts, and through partnerships with organizations like amfAR, as well as the Magic Johnson AIDS Foundation, andYouthAIDS, Kiehl’s has proudly donated more than $2,500,000 for the cause.
With the mission to heighten awareness, and raise funds for amfAR, the company is embarking on the fourth annual Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR, a multi-day, multi-stop charity motorcycle ride taking place July 31 – August 8, 2013, through the Pacific Northwest.
Celebrating with the public at seven Kiehl’s retail stores along the route, the company will donate a total of $125,000 over the course of the ride. At each stop, the public will be invited to meet the riders, learn more about amfAR, and contribute to the organization.
Inspired by Kiehl’s history with motorcycles, spirit of adventure, and philanthropic heritage, theride will be led by Chris Salgardo, President, Kiehl’s USA and Kevin Robert Frost, amfAR CEO, riding with approximately ten fellow motorcycle enthusiasts eager to join the fight against HIV/AIDS, including John Corbett, Gilles Marini, Kurt Yaeger, Teddy Sears, and World Cup Rugby Champion Ben Cohen. In addition, amfAR’s Global Fundraising Chairman, Sharon Stone, will accept the check for the full donation to amfAR, at the LifeRide Finale, Aug. 8, at The Grove in Los Angeles.
Key partners for the ride include Harley-Davidson Authorized Rentals, the world’s largest provider of motorcycle rentals, and Delta Air Lines, which serves more than 160 million customers each year.
With more than 350 locations in 18 countries and the largest fleet of late-model Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Harley-Davidson Authorized Rentals provided more than 80,000 riding experiences over the course of more than 220,000 days and more than 50 million miles traveled in 2012 alone.
Delta was named by Fortune magazine as the most admired airline worldwide in its 2013 World’s Most Admired Companies airline industry list, topping the list for the second time in three years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connectioncarriers offer service to 330 destinations in 65 countries on six continents.
Additional support will be provided by Dreamworks Studios, Les Atelier Ruby Helmets and Belstaff,
The Cure Is In Your Hands!
Kiehl’s and amfAR would like all to be a part of this year’s ride, either by attending one of the stop events, or by participating and donating online. The ride will be stopping to celebrate at the following stops (press and public welcome!):
· July 31: Stop 1: Kiehl’s Bellevue Square, Bellevue, WA – 11am – 12pm
Stop 2: Kiehl’s University Village, Seattle, WA – 12:30pm – 2:30pm
· Aug. 1: Kiehl’s Portland, 712 North West 23rdAve., Portland, OR –
11am – 1pm
· Aug. 4: Kiehl’s Westfield San Francisco Centre, San Francisco, CA –
2:30pm – 3:30pm
· Aug. 5: Kiehl’s Fillmore St., 1971 Fillmore St., San Francisco, CA –
· Aug. 6: Kiehl’s Westfield Valley Fair, Santa Clara, CA – 12pm – 1pm
· Aug. 8: Kiehl’s at The Grove, Los Angeles, CA – 12pm – 3pm
In celebration of LifeRide, every customer that visits one of these stores on the event day will receive a 15% discount on all purchases, with the exception of charitable products and value sets. Kiehl’s will donate that 15% to amfAR, up to the $125,000 total donation. (Each stop store will also offer the celebration discount on a second day, either before or after its stop; contact each stop store for details.)
Even if they can’t be part of the ride events, Kiehl’s customers nationwide can join the fight against HIV/AIDS:
Chris Salgardo @KiehlsPrez
John Corbett @RealJohnCorbett
Ben Cohen @RugbyBenCohen
Kurt Yaeger @KurtYaeger
Gilles Marini @GillesMarini
Teddy Sears @TeddySears
Together, from all of these elements, and with the help of our friends and customers, Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR will raise more than $150,000 for amfAR.
To find out more about LifeRide, obtain a schedule of events, or get involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS, please visit www.kiehls.com/liferide
About amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research:
amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is one of the world’s leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and the advocacy of sound AIDS-related public policy. Since 1985, amfAR has invested more than $366 million in its programs and has awarded grants to more than 2,000 research teams worldwide. For additional information on amfAR, visit www.amfAR.org.
About Harley-Davidson Authorized Rentals:
With more than 350 locations in 18 countries and the largest fleet of late-model Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Harley-Davidson Authorized Rentals is the largest provider of motorcycle rentals in the world. In 2012, Harley-Davidson Authorized provided more than 80,000 riding experiences over the course of more than 220,000 days and more than 50 million miles traveled. Every Harley-Davidson Authorized Rental includes a Harley-Davidson helmet and rain gear, short term luggage storage, and 24-hour roadside assistance. Online reservations at any participating dealer can be made 24 hours a day at h-d.com/rentals.
Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year. Delta was named by Fortune magazine as the most admired airline worldwide in its 2013 World’s Most Admired Companies airline industry list, topping the list for the second time in three years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 330 destinations in 65 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs nearly 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeamglobal alliance and participates in the industry’s leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul,New York-LaGuardia, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. Delta is investing more than $3 billion in airport facilities and global products, services and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available ondelta.com, Twitter @Delta, Google.com/+Delta and Facebook.com/delta.
In 1996 Kiehl’s made HIV/AIDS a key philanthropy. Over the past two decades, the fervent support of HIV/AIDS organizations has been at the heart of Kiehl’s efforts, leading to partnerships with organizations such as amfAR, The Magic Johnson Foundation for AIDS and Youth AIDS. Since 2001, Kiehl’s has raised over $2,000,000 for HIV/AIDS organizations and continues to do so. For additional information on Kiehl’s since 1851, visit www.kiehls.com.
BLOOMINGTON, Indiana – Millions of Americans belong to membership organizations from trade unions to neighborhood associations, from sports clubs to chambers of commerce. The effectiveness of those groups is in large part determined by the abilities of their governing boards. Two Indiana University researchers offer a recipe for strong board leadership in a new book that tackles an important but overlooked subject.
Based on a survey of nearly 1,600 nonprofit CEOs and executive directors, these are the key ingredients to success developed by Dr. Beth Gazley and Professor Ashley Bowers from the Indiana University Bloomington School of Public and Environmental Affairs:
· A strong strategic orientation and culture
· Effective selection and decision-making procedures
· A culture of learning and assessment
· Close relationships with staff and with one another
The survey also revealed a warning that member-serving organizations should take seriously: many of their directors are making plans to leave their jobs.
Gazley and Bowers analyze the survey results and lay out strategic choices that answer the question in the book’s title: What Makes High-Performing Boards: Effective Governance Practices in Member-Serving Organizations (ASAE Association Management Press). The study was sponsored by the ASAE Foundation, the research arm of the American Society of Association Executives.
“Associations and organizations with dues paying members serve a broad swath of society,” Gazley, a former fundraising professional and management consultant for public interest, cultural and higher education institutions, says. “They operate in many parts of the nonprofit tax code and haven’t been studied nearly as much as charities have. But they are also led by boards, and good governance matters equally to them. All boards are expected to perform their stewardship and oversight roles in an increasingly transparent environment, under the scrutiny of the public, the media, and regulators.”
Bowers adds, “Not only is this study addressing the important and understudied area of governance in member-serving organizations but it does so with methodological rigor. This ensures that we produce accurate and reliable recommendations.”
Good governance begins with a well-chosen and right-sized board. Gazley and Bowers found that boards of about 12-20 members operate more effectively, but caution that there is no magic number. “Above all,” says Gazley, “good governance is about intentional design.” Strategies for screening prospective board members and limiting their terms in office are also strong contributors to board performance. External nominations and appointments are problematic and introduce the potential for conflicts of interest.
Once a board is in place, the members are most effective when they think strategically. “We found that all too often boards get swept up in the day to day operations of the organization,” Gazley says. “That frustrates the CEOs and staff. They want the board to spend its time pointing the ship to the right destination so they’re free to focus on the journey.”
Boards also operate most effectively when the members willingly take a hard look at their own performance. “Self-assessment matters,” Gazley says. “There are a lot of board assessment tools out there, but we found the board’s commitment to the process was more important than the choice of tools.”
A final element in good governance is a well-trained CEO and stable, professional staffing. The best CEOs are trained in association management and have a long tenure in their positions, the authors conclude.
“The problem is that many association leaders don’t see long tenures as likely,” Gazley says. “Nearly half our respondents were planning to leave their positions and 29 percent expected to quit within the next three years. They’re highly dissatisfied with board performance and they’re voting with their feet.”
The solution, suggests Gazley, is for boards to practice an active culture of responsibility and to invest sufficiently in board development and management. “Whatever size, composition, and decision-making structure they choose, structure is ultimately less important than the means by which they facilitate effective decisions as a governance body.”
Statement from the Mitchell Family
Galveston, Texas (July 26, 2013)—We are deeply saddened to announce that George Phydias Mitchell passed away today. He died of natural causes in Galveston surrounded by his family.
His story was quintessentially American.
George P. Mitchell was raised as a child of meager means who, throughout his life, believed in giving back to the community that made his success possible and lending a hand to the less fortunate struggling to reach their potential.
He married Cynthia Woods Mitchell, and, together, they raised 10 children and collaborated on myriad projects—all dedicated to making the world a more hospitable and sustainable place. Cynthia passed away in 2009.
He will be fondly remembered for flying in the face of convention—focusing on ‘what could be,’ with boundless determination—many times fighting through waves of skepticism and opposition to achieve his vision.
Whether it was graduating first in his class at Texas A&M University, developing the first master-planned community, pioneering the technology that unleashed the shale gas boom, working to create a more sustainable planet, restoring the historic area of Galveston, or just fishing with his family, he had the right mix of vision, optimism, and tenacity, and a love for his fellow man.
We are and will forever be grateful for the gift of this remarkable life. There’s no doubt that he helped make this world a better place.
For additional information, please visit the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation website atwww.cgmf.org.