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Norfolk-Based International Non Profit Physicians For Peace Recognizes Local Champions And Global Health Advocates

Old Dominion University and Eastern Virginia Medical School Named 2014 President’s Award Winners; Merck’s Richard T. Clark Fellowship for World Health awarded 2014 Charles E. Horton Humanitarian Award

Norfolk, VA (Oct 14, 2014)Physicians for Peace (PFP) is pleased to announce that Old Dominion University (ODU) and Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) are the recipients of the organization’s 2014 President’s Award for their commitment to the advancement of global health. In addition, the Charles E. Horton Humanitarian Award is being presented to Merck and Co., Inc. for the Richard T. Clark Fellowship for World Health and the assistance the company provides to humanitarian organizations working to save and improve lives worldwide.

The awards will be presented to ODU President John R. Broderick, EVMS President and Provost Dr. Richard V. Homan, and Merck Foundation Executive Vice President Brian Grill at Physicians for Peace’s 25th Anniversary Gala to be held in Norfolk, Virginia on October 25th, 2014. Physicians for Peace is an international non-profit dedicated to delivering medical training and support to local healthcare teams across the developing world and has operated in more than 60 countries over the past 25 years.

“These three organizations have played a key role in the success of Physicians for Peace and our ongoing efforts to improve the quality of health care around the globe,” said Brig. Gen. Ron Sconyers (USAF, Ret.), Physicians for Peace’s President and CEO. “We’re deeply grateful for these partnerships — and are proud of all that we’ve accomplished together.”

EVMS was one of Physicians for Peace’s first local partners. The late Dr. Charles E. Horton, Sr., a surgeon, humanitarian and professor of plastic surgery at EVMS, founded Physicians for Peace in 1989. For more than two decades EVMS faculty members have played key roles as International Medical Educators, providing education and training in developing regions.

“It is a great privilege for EVMS to be recognized by Physicians for Peace as one of two President’s Award winners,” said Dr. Homan. “We have been a partner since the beginning and look forward to continuing to strengthen that bond by working together to build sustainable healthcare systems around the world while giving our students the opportunity to recognize the value of international medical training. We are grateful for everything that Physicians for Peace does to improve the health of the world and are truly honored to be the recipient of this award.”

ODU, also located in Norfolk, has been an extremely valuable partner in Physicians for Peace’s efforts to raise the quality of healthcare in developing regions of the world. Working as International Medical Educators, ODU faculty members have assisted Physicians for Peace in pioneering healthcare programs in the Caribbean and Central America.

“I’d like to thank Physicians for Peace for honoring ODU with the 2014 President’s Award,” said Broderick. “I’ve seen first-hand the remarkable contributions Physicians for Peace has made to people all over the world and it’s an incredible feeling to know that our partnership plays a role in their global health efforts. It’s a tremendous reflection of what we’re trying to be, but also what Physicians for Peace has become, and we’re proud to be associated with them.”

Merck’s Richard T. Clark Fellowship for World Health partners Merck employees with humanitarian organizations and leverages their business acumen to build capacity. In 2013, five Merck fellows helped to craft future strategic plans for Physicians for Peace and identified ways of strengthening its current capability and reach.

“We are privileged to stand alongside past honorees such as Sanjay Gupta and President Bill Clinton, and humbly accept this year’s Charles E. Horton Humanitarian Award,” said Merck’s Grill. “Physicians for Peace is a valued partner and we share the belief that their mission of “teach one. heal many.” represents the best of what is possible in global health. It is partnerships such as ours that create a world that’s better – and greater – for generations to come.”

The awards will be presented at Physicians for Peace’s 25th Anniversary Gala on October 25, 2014 at the Norfolk Sheraton Waterside Hotel, which will gather leaders from the business, government, philanthropic and medical communities throughout the Norfolk area. For more information visit http://physiciansforpeace.org/highlight-story/1111.

ABOUT PHYSICIANS FOR PEACE

Physicians for Peace is an international non-profit organization providing critical education and training to healthcare professionals in developing regions. For the past 25 years, Physicians for Peace has developed long-term, sustainable, replicable, and evidence-based training programs, helping underserved communities build local capability and capacity. In 2013, Physicians for Peace facilitated training in burn care, disabilities, and maternal and child health for more than 3,500 professionals in 17 countries. Headquartered in Norfolk, VA, Physicians for Peace has field offices in the Philippines and the Dominican Republic.

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Celebrity Ambassadors Goldie Hawn, Vanessa Hudgens, Louise Roe, Catt Sadler, Navid Negahban, Paul Hipp, Shoshana Bean Host 10th Anniversary Of The Gorgeous & Green Gala – Emerald City – Benefiting Global Green USA

San Francisco’s sold-out gala raises over $400,000 and unites eco-conscious celebrities and Bay Area luminaries for a dazzling evening benefiting Global Green’s sustainability initiatives, programs and critical projects and celebrating Gorgeous & Green’s 10th Anniversary

San Francisco, October 13 – On Friday, October 10, 2014, Global Green USA’s 10th annual star-studded Gorgeous & Green Gala – Emerald City – was held at the LEED-certified Bently Reserve and celebrated designer eco-fashion, sustainable technologies and eco-conscious initiatives. The sold-out event raised over $400,000 from the evening’s ticket sales and live auction which will benefit Global Green USA’s national programs devoted to implementing smart solutions to climate change, including waste diversion and building green and resilient communities.

“I’m grateful to the event’s co-hosts — to everyone who came out to support us and made this extraordinary event possible,” said Les McCabe, President and CEO of Global Green USA. “As a result, Global Green USA can develop programs and initiatives that help communities build sustainably and channel important resources right here in the Bay Area and nationally.”

Co-chairs and environmental advocates Zem Joaquin, Nadine Weil, Christopher Bently and Wendy Schmidt welcomed guests to the Emerald City gala, the dazzling star-studded evening showcasing the re-imagined green sustainable city. The historic Bently Reserve was festooned with sustainable Emerald inspired design, silky fabrics and sparkling motifs curated by Blueprint Studios. Acclaimed honorary hosts actress Goldie Hawn, actress Vanessa Hudgens, actor Navid Negahban, actor Paul Hipp, actor Austin Butler, fashion host and lifestyle expert Louise Roe, Host of E! News Catt Sadler and Broadway star and recording artist Shoshana Bean attended the event and lent their support towards Global Green’s mission.

“Zem and I were delighted to co-chair the Gorgeous and Green Gala together for our tenth anniversary year,” stated Nadine Weil, founder of Heart of Green who wore an eco-couture gown by Oliver Tolentino and jewelry by Lang Antiques and Ashley Morgan Designs. “Our goal was to show that you can live a glamorous lifestyle, and it can be completely eco-conscious from the fashion, to the décor, to the delectable food and cocktails.”

“The event exceeded our incredibly high expectations and we cannot thank our fabulous supporters enough,” said Zem Joaquin, editor at large of Home and Lifestyle for Huffington Post and founder of ecofabulous.com. “We were honored to celebrate the life-affirming work that we are doing at Global Green every day.”

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Photo Credit: Drew Altizer Photography

The benefit featured musical performances of “The Wizard and I” and “Defying Gravity” by Broadway star and recording artist, Shoshana Bean, famous for her portrayal of Elphaba in the Broadway musical WICKED, as well as live performances by Gregangelo’s Velocity Circus. Guests enjoyed the Emerald City photo booth by Drew Altizer with Wizard of Oz costume options and a VIP Gifting Suite featuring an array of eco-conscious brands. Guests were also treated to an elegant locally-sourced organic meal prepared by Dominique Crenn, the only female chef in America with two Michelin Stars for her restaurant Atelier Crenn, with a first course prepared by Parke Ulrich, Executive Chef of Epic Roasthouse and Waterbar, and mouth-watering desserts from Ethan Howard, Executive Pastry Chef at Cavallo Point.

The menu for the evening included a savory first course as a Barrel Cut Short Rib Salad featuring Bently Ranch Meats, Cardamom Roasted Cauliflower, Marinated Grapes and Levain Lace as well as a vegan entrée of Coconut flan, Yuzukosho, Grains, Smoked Avocado, Tomato Compote and Fall Fermented Vegetables and Herbs from Chef Crenn’s garden. For dessert, Chef Ethan Howard prepared a delicacy of Green Apple & Celery Verrine with honey mousse paired with an emerald-hued Dulcey Macaron. J. Lohr Vineyards, a certified California sustainable vineyard & winery, served varietals from their limited-release, tasting room-only portfolio sustainably-farmed on their Paso Robles estate including the 2013 J. Lohr Gesture Viognier and the 2011 J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon. The Emerald City was a carbon neutral event courtesy of Wildlife Works Carbon and a target zero waste event with greening assistance by Taste Catering.

The eco-couture fashion show, curated and styled by Lily Achatz and co-produced by Clarissa Nicosia and Lily Achatz, thematically invoked the Gorgeous & Green Emerald City in the world-famous film “The Wizard of Oz” and showcased models by Stars Model Management in eco-couture gowns by Oliver Tolentino and sparkling green, vintage couture looks from eBay including the finale gown by Antonio Berardi made famous by Gwyneth Paltrow. Also starring on the runway were top ethical designer Daniel Silverstein, two gowns sustainably made by Nina Ricci for Connie Nielsen, and local conscious fashion designers Karen Caldwell, AZADA by Tara, and Myrrhia Fine Knitwear. The models rocked handbags by Simon + Krull and Rosa Candelario as well as exquisite precious jewelry by local designers Kim Deterline and Ashley Morgan Designs featuring reclaimed metals and gemstones from non-conflict, clean mines. Chantecaille and Mercer Street Salon provided expert makeup and hair for the runway fashion show and also worked their magic on actresses Vanessa Hudgens, Goldie Hawn and Shoshana Bean to give them fabulous looks for the Emerald City. DJ David Carvalho from Boutique DJs provided the soundtrack for the sensational show which showcased how being green can be the most glamorous.

Volkswagen of America, Inc. (VWoA) and Global Green joined efforts by auctioning off the first 2015 all-electric Volkswagen e-Golf at the 10th year anniversary celebration. Volkswagen gave Gorgeous & Green Gala guests the exclusive opportunity to be the first person in America to own the 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf, the brand’s first fully electric, zero tailpipe emissions vehicle in the U.S. market. One of the most efficient electric vehicles in its class, the e-Golf features a 24.2 kWh lithium-ion battery, a range of up to 100 miles per charge, an electric motor with 115 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque, and one of the largest interiors in its class. The handsome car greeted guests upon arrival and was on display in front of the Bently Reserve on a green carpet. The auction, hosted online at www.charitybuzz.com/vwegolf, gave bidders the opportunity to be the first owner of the brand’s first all-electric model before retail sales in the United States begin later this year. Bids will continue to be accepted at www.charitybuzz.com/vwegolf until 3:30 p.m. ET on October 29, 2014, when the winner will be revealed. All auction proceeds benefit Global Green USA’s efforts to advance smart solutions to climate change.

The spirited live auction at Gorgeous & Green also featured an original painting by artist Zio Ziegler, a retreat at Post Ranch Inn, a made-to-measure suit by Klein Epstein & Parker in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley, a stay at the eco-luxurious Cavallo Point, and a week at the One&Only Palmilla Resort, voted the top resort in Mexico’s Baja region for the last decade by readers of Conde Nast Traveler.

Featured sponsors of the event included: Bently Enterprises, The 11th Hour Project of The Schmidt Family Foundation, Volkswagen e-Golf, nrg energy, eBay, ecofabulous, Stars Model Management, Elisabeth Thieriot, Ashley Morgan Designs, PG&E, Chantecaille, Mercer Street Salon, Pureology, Taste Catering, Bently Ranch Meats, Blueprint Studios, Glodow Nead, Leftwich Event Specialists, Everything Audio Visual, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, Defiant Whisky, 360 Vodka, MateVeza, VEEV Spirit, One&Only Resorts, Post Ranch Inn, Simon + Krull, Klein Epstein & Parker, Cavallo Point, Zio Ziegler, Step Into My Green World, Earth Friendly Products, TATCHA, Supergoop, Wildlife Works, Juice Beauty, Escama Studio, Green Toys, Replete Skincare, FSHN Magazine, Hotel Vitale, Lang Antiques, Miette, California Caviar, Korbel Organic Brut Champagne.

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ABOUT GLOBAL GREEN:

Global Green USA is dedicated to helping the people, places, and the planet in need through catalytic projects, transformative policy, and cutting-edge research. Global Green USA’s signature programs include greening affordable housing, schools, neighborhoods, and cities as well as rebuilding communities — such as New Orleans and areas of New York and New Jersey — that have suffered from the impacts of climate change, sea level rise, and environmental degradation. Global Green USA is the U.S. affiliate of Green Cross International, which was founded by President Mikhail Gorbachev in 1993 to foster a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure future. For more information, visit globalgreen.org and follow us @globalgreen. Contact: Tina Vennegaard 310 581 2700 x118 TVennegaard@globalgreen.org.

ABOUT THE BENTLY RESERVE

The Bently Reserve is one of San Francisco’s most prestigious event venues ideal for meetings, special occasions and weddings. With more than 14,000 square feet of meeting and event space, this state of the art LEED certified building features a visually stimulating fusion of contemporary and classic San Francisco. Deeply influenced by Greco-Roman architecture, this 1924 Beaux-Arts “Banking Temple” boasts opulent marble, grand staircases, ornate molding and original colorful murals, complemented by contemporary furnishings and state-of-the-art technology. Centrally located in the heart of downtown in San Francisco’s bustling Financial District, the Bently Reserve is surrounded by renowned restaurants, hotels and shopping. It is one mile to the Moscone Convention Center, 14 miles (30 minutes) to San Francisco International Airport and 18.5 miles (40 minutes) to Oakland International Airport. For more information, call (415) 294-2226 or visit www.bentlyreserve.com. For our latest news, visit us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/bentlyreserve and follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/bentlyreserve. For more information, visit www.bentlyreserve.com.

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The First World For People Foundation (WFP) School Is Born. Zambia Is The First Country Selected For A WFP Project; The School Will Eventually Provide Education For Over A Thousand Children

Alfonso Galdi – Chairman of World for People Foundation:“Our ambitious goal is to implement the first experimental project in education by launching World for EDU”

Being on the front line of the creation of socially innovative educational projects: this is one of the main objectives which will give life to the very first World for People Foundation (www.worldforpeople.org) school in Kamatipe, one of the poorest outskirts in Kitwe city, Zambia.

The World for People School (http://www.worldforpeople.org/projects/world-for-people-school-zambia/) is the first project under the World for EDU initiative created in partnership between World for People, Wor(l)d and the local charity in Kamatipe which built the school with just over $500K in donations. The school is composed by 16 classrooms and currently attended by around 940 primary school pupils. After a year long research trips on site, World for People has decided to take the lead of the school and it will contribute to the education of the pupils and eventually positively affecting the over 15,000 inhabitants of Kamatipe.

This project has been selected by the Board of Trustees following an international call for applications for assistance launched by the Foundation earlier this year. Its aim is to fund development programs which will be implemented through socially innovative projects using cutting-edge technology and which will have a positive impact on the lives of local people.

After selecting the project among a large number of applicants, the World for People Foundation, in partnership with WOR(l)D, will take over the management of the school with the aim of turning it into an experimental project for equipping pupils with the best educational tools.

“I decided to suggest this project to the Trustees Board,” stated World for People Foundation Chairman Mr. Alfonso Galdi, “after assessing different buildings during my research trip to different organisations which applied for funding. We found that the building itself has a lot of potential which we can build on and we shall release the news in early 2015.”

This project was conceived during a critical time, especially given the 50th Independence anniversary of Zambia on the 24th of October. With less than 500 days left to the 2015 target date for achieving the United Nations’ Millennium Development and ‘Education for All’ goals, there are still 58 million children not receiving schooling and 250 million children who are still illiterate even after four years of schooling.

Our utmost priority is providing the highest quality education; education to shape the world into a better place. As Special Envoy for Global Education of United Nations Gordon Brown argued that “We need education first, education foremost, education forever.”

About the project and WOR(l)D:

World for EDU is a Program of World for People Foundation which support local entities by empowering the community with education, facilitating dialogue between civil society and institutions. The main goal is to decrease inequality among society by helping weaker individuals in education in order to join the decision-making process of their community. Only by acquiring intellectual honesty citizens can determine their own destiny.

World for EDU funds educational projects in developing countries. Notably, the program sponsors educational centers in the poorest areas of the world in order to help especially women and children.

WfP School in Zambia

World for People Foundation School is a project under World for EDU. It represents an unprecedented chance to change the destiny of communities by channeling efforts towards social innovation, technology and sustainable development. These core values are in line with the United Nations Global Compact, which the Foundation joined as participant in 2014.

Geographical context:

Kamatipe,Kitwe-Zambia, Africa
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Objective

Creating a school where IT knowledge, social innovation and sustainable development are at the core of the mission. A special focus is also given to renewable energy production in order to generate a long term sustainability plan for the community.

Recipients

-Direct: 940 children
-Indirect: the whole community counting over 15,000 inhabitants benefiting from the action plan.

Budget

$300.000

Length of the project

3 initial years to be extended to 5

WOR(l)D

Improving people’s lives, offering an unequaled business opportunity and revolutionary products: these are the pivotal mission points of WOR(l)D and of his CEO Fabio Galdi. WOR(l)D in a few years established itself as one of the leaders of the networked economy.

Featuring the latest generation of pioneering wearable technology, Space computer and Space glasses will allow users to comfortably wear binocular smart glasses which are connected to a small 8×4 cm personal computer.

But ambition does not prevent WOR(l)D to widen the tech horizon. In fact, one of the main brands under WOR(l)D, Power Clouds, establishes itself to be one of the largest solar energy producer in the world with the creation of almost 20 solar plants worldwide in one year in constant growth.

WOR(l)D is therefore a multifaceted company which establishes itself as ground- breaking innovator in tech, renewable energies and social.

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Making Emergency Warnings Go Viral

SDSU is teaming up with San Diego County to put viral messaging research into practice with a new Twitter-based emergency warning system.

Geography Professor Ming Tsou’s program maps tweets about ongoing emergencies such as wildfires and bad traffic snarls.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Oct. 13, 2014) — San Diego County is partnering with San Diego State University to develop a new social media–based platform for disseminating emergency warnings to San Diego citizens. The project, spearheaded by Ming-Hsiang Tsou, an SDSU geography professor, aims to allow San Diego County’s Office of Emergency Services to spread disaster messages and distress calls quickly and to targeted geographic locations, even if traditional channels such as phone systems and radio stations are overwhelmed.

The project originates from a $1 million grant that Tsou received earlier this year from the National Science Foundation. The grant supports Tsou’s ongoing research into the ways people use social media to communicate about breaking news such as natural disasters, disease outbreaks and emerging voting patterns. Tsou directs the SDSU Center for Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age, one of the universities Areas of Excellence.

“We want to know how people disseminate information in different kinds of situations,” Tsou said. “Why does some information go viral and other information doesn’t? By understanding the mechanisms of Internet memes, we hope to apply that knowledge to disaster awareness. We want to use technology to make emergency warnings go viral.”

Disaster communication

At the request of Supervisor Ron Roberts, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously directed Chief Administrative Officer Helen Robbins-Meyer to allow the Office of Emergency Services to work closely with SDSU’s Center for Human Dynamics to develop software and tools to improve the county’s ability to use social media for disaster communication and response.

“This social media technology developed by Professor Tsou adds another innovative tool to our ability to react during an emergency and even get out ahead of something before it becomes a problem,” Roberts said. “We are very excited that he and the university have chosen to partner with the county and we anticipate some great results going forward.”

Central to this project is the idea that hugely influential social media users are a key component of viral messages. Using Twitter as an example, Tsou said that if tweeters with a lot of followers retweet some emerging Internet meme, the meme is much more likely to catch on in the greater Twitter universe.

#HighlyInfluential

Tsou plans to implement this concept into emergency warning systems by reaching out to the top 1,000 Twitter users in San Diego County and asking them to agree to retweet the county’s emergency messages. These messages might alert citizens to road closures, evacuation notices, wildfires and other emergency notifications.

“If we have 1,000 highly influential volunteers retweeting these messages, almost everybody in San Diego will get the message,” Tsou said.

Additionally, county officials will be able to use the new system to monitor social media for rumors and false information originating from other channels, then address those falsehoods succinctly and directly.

The benefit of using Twitter, Tsou added, is that emergency officials could also use geographic targeting to make their messages more effective. Because Twitter users can choose to embed their GPS coordinates into their tweets, officials could direct retweet requests to volunteers who are most likely to impact an affected area rather than deluge the entire county with tweets that only are meaningful for a small part of the population.

Officials within the San Diego County Office of Emergency Services are currently receiving training on using the system, as well as offering feedback to Tsou on how the system could be tailored to best fit their needs. The county is expected to test and use the system throughout its development.

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The Accidental Preservationist: Artists, Artisans, Outliers & the Future of Historic Preservation

The Second James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation Symposium

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New York, New York – On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation will present The Accidental Preservationist: Artists, Artisans, Outliers & the Future of Historic Preservation – a day long multi-disciplinary symposium exploring the influence of non-traditional practitioners of historic preservation on architectural revitalization throughout the United States.

Set to take place on October 17, 2014 at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College (47-49 East 65th Street in New York City), the symposium will engage individuals from across the United States who don’t necessarily call themselves preservationists but whose work and passions link them to old architecture and cityscapes. We are inviting artists and entrepreneurs who are inspired by buildings and places; directors of arts organizations and housing activists who are closely connected to the historic buildings and neighborhoods they interact with; artisans and makers whose craft is tied to the cities and the places where they work.

Scheduled sessions and speakers are as follows:

Keynote

Justin Davidson, Preservation as an Agent of Radical Change
Classical Music and Architecture Critic for New York Magazine

Session I

Small Batch: The Maker Economy and its Impact on Historic Places
Colin Spoelman, Co-Founder, Kings County Distillery Brooklyn, NY
Jason Deem, Owner, South Side Spaces, St. Louis, MO
Andrew Hoyem/Diana Ketcham, The Arion Press, San Francisco, CA
Jeffrey Pfeil, Owner, J.W. Pfeil & Company, Inc. , Saratoga Springs, NY
Vic Christopher/Heather Lavine, Lucas Confectionery Troy, NY

Session II

Preserving Place: How Activists and Artists are Saving Our Cities’ Heritage
Greg Handberg, Senior Vice President, Artspace, Minneapolis, MN
Jamie Kalven, Co-Founder, The Invisible Institute, Chicago, IL
Rosanne Hagerty, Community Solutions, NYC
Gina Reichert, Co-Founder, Power House Productions, Detroit, MI
Anne Gadwa Nicodemus, Metris Arts Consulting, Easton, PA

Session III

Street Level: A Future for Historic Preservation
Adele Chatfield-Taylor, President Emerita, American Academy in Rome, NYC
Rebecca Chan, Station North Arts & Entertainment, Baltimore, MD
Alison Isenberg, Professor of History, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Randall Mason, Chair of Historic Preservation, UPenn, Philadelphia, PA

The Accidental Preservationist: Artists, Artisans, Outliers & the Future of Historic Preservation will be held Friday, 17 October 2014, at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College (47-49 East 65th Street in New York City).

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The event is SOLD OUT. To be added to the wait list, contact sworden@fitchfoundation.org.

Considered the father of historic preservation education in the United States, James Marston Fitch (1909-2000), noticeably shaped the field of historic preservation from its nascent years as a discipline in the 1960s to the highly developed professional practice we know today. Through his writings and teachings those interested in creating, preserving and chronicling the built environment have been exposed to his unique perspective on architectural heritage. As Professor Fitch said in his book, American Building: The Environmental Forces That Shape It (Oxford University Press, 1999), “The ultimate task of architecture is to act in favor of human beings.”

The James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation, founded in 1988, was established to recognize the unique contribution of Dr. James Marston Fitch to the field of historic preservation in the United States. The purpose of the foundation is to advance the study and practice of historic preservation by supporting related endeavors through a research grant program as well as publications, seminars and lectures. Please visit us at http://www.fitchfoundation.org

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James Head Named President & Ceo East Bay Community Foundation

Nationally Renowned Civic Leader, Foundation Executive, To Take Helm in December

OAKLAND, CA – James Head, longtime executive and leader at The San Francisco Foundation, was named today as the new President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The East Bay Community Foundation.

The announcement was made by Sherry Hirota, President of The East Bay Community Foundation Board of Directors, following a nationwide search for a new chief executive.

“The East Bay Community Foundation is at an exciting inflection point,” said Hirota, who is also the CEO of Asian Health Services in Oakland. “There is a huge amount of momentum behind James’ appointment. He comes to us with the passionate backing of our entire Board of Directors, the heartfelt endorsement of a multitude of community and civic leaders from all segments of the Bay Area and beyond, and a legion of loyal and trusted partners and colleagues from the philanthropic and nonprofit realms. We are thrilled.”

Head will take the helm at The East Bay Community Foundation December 8.

The Foundation is one of the largest sources of philanthropic support for the East Bay. During its 2013-14 fiscal year, the Foundation awarded more than $49 million in grants to worthy causes. It has more than $395 million in charitable assets under its management.

In addition to assisting individuals, families, corporations and other organizations with their philanthropy, the Foundation focuses on helping those on the economic margins acquire job skills and get jobs and on ensuring very young children acquire literacy skills so they are successful in the education system.

“The East Bay is my beloved home,” said Head. “Each and every day I experience the power and the beauty of the East Bay’s people, culture, and environment. We have many inherent assets, and many challenges as well. I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to work arm in arm with the Foundation’s stellar Board of Directors, the dedicated and talented staff, our generous donors and corporate contributors, and our tireless nonprofit partners, to make these diverse East Bay communities the best they can be.”

The appointment of Head, a prominent civic leader, champion of civil rights, and a legal scholar, is seen as a critical step in continuing to elevate the Foundation’s growth, stature, and impact in East Bay communities.

As CEO of the 25-person East Bay Community Foundation staff, Head will maintain overall responsibility for all of the Foundation’s activities, including grant-making, development, communications and marketing, finance, and administration.

Head has been a commissioner at the Port of Oakland since 2009. He has served as Vice President for Programs at The San Francisco Foundation since 2004, where he led a staff of 28, and spearheaded innovative and wide-reaching initiatives on race, equity, poverty, housing, economic development, and youth development. He has more than 30 years of experience in philanthropy and grant making; nonprofit management and technical assistance; community and economic development; and public interest law.

Prior to joining The San Francisco Foundation, Head was president of the National Economic Development and Law Center for 18 years. Additionally, he served as legal counsel of the California Community Economic Development Association and has been a member of numerous foundation advisory boards, including the Open Society Foundation of New York and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation of Michigan.

Head received his juris doctorate from the University of Georgia School of Law and has bar memberships in Georgia, Florida, and California. He is an adjunct professor at University of California at Berkeley’s Boalt School of Law, University of California at San Francisco’s Hastings School of Law, and University of Santa Clara’s School of Law.

He has lived in Oakland with his wife, Bernida Reagan, for more than 25 years. Their son, Chris, attended Oakland and Berkeley schools and recently graduated from Hampton University in Virginia with a degree in Business Administration.

Head will take over from Janet Y. Spears, Chief Operating Officer, who has served as Interim CEO since March 2014. In July of 2013, previous CEO Nicole Taylor stepped down to lead The Thrive Foundation for Youth in Menlo Park. Former Board of Directors member Deborah Alvarez-Rodriguez served as Interim CEO from July 2013 until March 2014.

East Bay Community Foundation (www.ebcf.org) transforms lives by harnessing financial capital, leadership and philanthropic expertise through the power of many: partnerships with individual donors, business, government, and private foundations. We are especially dedicated to advancing economic opportunity for those in need and the education that leads to it. As a leading resource on charitable giving and community needs, we manage more than 500 charitable funds and endowments.

RAZ Mobile & JSMM Announce #HelpKC10 Nominees

Kansas City Charities To Receive Free Social Media & Mobile Fundraising Websites

KANSAS CITY, Mo. —- The nominations are in, and RAZ Mobile and Jennings Social Media Marketing (JSMM) have selected the finalists for their recent #HelpKC10 campaign. As finalists, Operation Breakthrough, Blue Ridge Christian School, Natalie’s A.R.T. Foundation, Connections To Success Kansas City, The Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City and the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance will each have the opportunity to set up a mobile fundraising site with RAZ Mobile and receive free social media services from JSMM.

Throughout the month of September, Kansas Citians were asked to nominate their favorite local charity for the campaign using the hashtag #HelpKC10 and tagging RAZ Mobile or Valerie Jennings, CEO of JSMM, in a tweet.

Steve Fleischaker, executive director of Natalie’s A.R.T. Foundation, said, “Thank you to our wonderful supporters for nominating Natalie’s A.R.T. Foundation. As a new, small nonprofit, we have very limited resources. Through the generosity of RAZ Mobile and Jennings Social Media Marketing, we are very excited to utilize digital and mobile resources to expand our network and make a difference in the fight against pediatric cancer!”

Dale Knoop, CEO and founder of RAZ Mobile, said, “We welcome the opportunity to be able to help all nonprofits in Kansas City and across the country. Studies have found that 84 percent of nonprofits today have non-optimized mobile giving experiences, which means they are relying on their PC pages for donations. Independent studies suggest up to 50 percent of donations won’t be completed when visitors see that. When money is donated from people’s cell phones with RAZ Mobile, 100 percent of the donations go directly to the nonprofit.”

Jennings added, “Right now charities are preparing to launch holiday and #GivingTuesday campaigns to drive donations. This is probably one of the most active times of year. According to The NonProfit Times, $32.335 million was raised in 2013 on December 3. Mobile-optimized pages and social media should incorporate strategies to educate, prompt people to give easily via their mobile devices and spread viral information through photos and videos. It’s a perfect time of year to jump into the digital space.”

About RAZ Mobile:

RAZ Mobile allows nonprofits engaged in fundraising to quickly create a branded, content-rich mobile optimized site for more effective supporter communications and increased fundraising opportunities. Every donation goes immediately to the nonprofit’s existing merchant account and repeat donations can be made in seconds with a few taps on the donor’s smartphone or tablet.

About JSMM:

JSMM is a full service company that utilizes the art of online storytelling with the science of measuring quantifiable results. JSMM creates comprehensive social media marketing, mobile, Web videos and website design and development strategies. The company represents publicly traded to medium-sized businesses across the U.S. and overseas including technology, sports, sustainability, entertainment, travel, financial, healthcare and real estate.

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The Orphaned Starfish Foundation Celebrates 13 Years With 2014 Annual Gala In NYC

Julia Stiles, Paula Garces, & Kristine Johnson To Host Star-Studded Event at Cipriani Wall Street

New York, NY – October 6, 2014 – The Orphaned Starfish Foundation (OSF), an internationally-recognized foundation that provides computer vocational training centers for over 7,000 orphans and disadvantaged children throughout seventeen countries in the developing world, will hold its its 10th Annual Gala, on October 17, 2014 at Cipriani, Wall Street (55 Wall Street) in New York City.

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The Gala, the Foundation’s largest fundraising event, will honor Alonso Quintana, CEO, Empresas ICA and Ryan Ansin, President of the Family Office Association for their extraordinary dedication to helping disadvantaged children and at-risk youth. Additionally, seven orphans from seven countries will be celebrated for their achievements in the Orphaned Starfish Programs, and will leave their villages and their countries for the first time for this special occasion.

More than 450 guests are expected to join Hosts Paula Garces (Devious Maids), Julia Stiles (Bourne Trilogy, Dexter), and Kristine Johnson (Co-Anchor CBS2) including Jacque Reid (NBC’s New York Live), Soledad O’Brien, Malik Yoba, Christian Campbell, Simon Van Kempen and Alex McCord, Harry Carson of the New York Giants, Olympic medalists Sasha Cohen and Nastia Liukin, DJ Zeke Thomas, and many others. There will be performances by Jon Batiste, Cucu Diamontes and Andres Levin, and John Payne (Asia).

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“This our tenth Annual Gala and a very special night for us. It has been a very exciting year for the Orphaned Starfish Foundation. I’m humbled by the amount of support we are receiving,” said Andrew Stein, Chairman of the Orphaned Starfish Foundation. “It will move the Foundation to a whole new level, and enable us to improve the lives of even more children.”

The Gala is sponsored by Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, United Airlines, and Johnson & Johnson, among others.

About The Orphaned Starfish Foundation: The Orphaned Starfish Foundation (OSF), creates lasting change in the lives of orphans and disadvantaged youth throughout the developing world by providing education and vocational skills that allow them to permanently overcome the cycles of poverty and abuse. Founded in 2001, OSF partners with orphanages and homes for impoverished children throughout Latin America that provide refuge and safe havens for the children, and OSF funds the construction and operation of vocational computer training facilities, including furnishings, required equipment, trainer salaries, and job placement services, within the homes themselves. OSF currently has 37 programs in 17 countries including: Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Bolivia, Chile, Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Peru, Honduras, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Guatemala and Ethiopia with new programs being developed in Argentina, Kenya and the Philippines. OSF works with more than 7,000 children in its programs. Website: orphanedstarfish.org

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James Head Named President & Ceo East Bay Community Foundation

Nationally Renowned Civic Leader, Foundation Executive, To Take Helm in December

OAKLAND, CA – James Head, longtime executive and leader at The San Francisco Foundation, was named today as the new President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The East Bay Community Foundation.

The announcement was made by Sherry Hirota, President of The East Bay Community Foundation Board of Directors, following a nationwide search for a new chief executive.

“The East Bay Community Foundation is at an exciting inflection point,” said Hirota, who is also the CEO of Asian Health Services in Oakland. “There is a huge amount of momentum behind James’ appointment. He comes to us with the passionate backing of our entire Board of Directors, the heartfelt endorsement of a multitude of community and civic leaders from all segments of the Bay Area and beyond, and a legion of loyal and trusted partners and colleagues from the philanthropic and nonprofit realms. We are thrilled.”

Head will take the helm at The East Bay Community Foundation December 8.

The Foundation is one of the largest sources of philanthropic support for the East Bay. During its 2013-14 fiscal year, the Foundation awarded more than $49 million in grants to worthy causes. It has more than $395 million in charitable assets under its management.

In addition to assisting individuals, families, corporations and other organizations with their philanthropy, the Foundation focuses on helping those on the economic margins acquire job skills and get jobs and on ensuring very young children acquire literacy skills so they are successful in the education system.

“The East Bay is my beloved home,” said Head. “Each and every day I experience the power and the beauty of the East Bay’s people, culture, and environment. We have many inherent assets, and many challenges as well. I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to work arm in arm with the Foundation’s stellar Board of Directors, the dedicated and talented staff, our generous donors and corporate contributors, and our tireless nonprofit partners, to make these diverse East Bay communities the best they can be.”

The appointment of Head, a prominent civic leader, champion of civil rights, and a legal scholar, is seen as a critical step in continuing to elevate the Foundation’s growth, stature, and impact in East Bay communities.

As CEO of the 25-person East Bay Community Foundation staff, Head will maintain overall responsibility for all of the Foundation’s activities, including grant-making, development, communications and marketing, finance, and administration.

Head has been a commissioner at the Port of Oakland since 2009. He has served as Vice President for Programs at The San Francisco Foundation since 2004, where he led a staff of 28, and spearheaded innovative and wide-reaching initiatives on race, equity, poverty, housing, economic development, and youth development. He has more than 30 years of experience in philanthropy and grant making; nonprofit management and technical assistance; community and economic development; and public interest law.

Prior to joining The San Francisco Foundation, Head was president of the National Economic Development and Law Center for 18 years. Additionally, he served as legal counsel of the California Community Economic Development Association and has been a member of numerous foundation advisory boards, including the Open Society Foundation of New York and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation of Michigan.

Head received his juris doctorate from the University of Georgia School of Law and has bar memberships in Georgia, Florida, and California. He is an adjunct professor at University of California at Berkeley’s Boalt School of Law, University of California at San Francisco’s Hastings School of Law, and University of Santa Clara’s School of Law.

He has lived in Oakland with his wife, Bernida Reagan, for more than 25 years. Their son, Chris, attended Oakland and Berkeley schools and recently graduated from Hampton University in Virginia with a degree in Business Administration.

Head will take over from Janet Y. Spears, Chief Operating Officer, who has served as Interim CEO since March 2014. In July of 2013, previous CEO Nicole Taylor stepped down to lead The Thrive Foundation for Youth in Menlo Park. Former Board of Directors member Deborah Alvarez-Rodriguez served as Interim CEO from July 2013 until March 2014.

East Bay Community Foundation (www.ebcf.org) transforms lives by harnessing financial capital, leadership and philanthropic expertise through the power of many: partnerships with individual donors, business, government, and private foundations. We are especially dedicated to advancing economic opportunity for those in need and the education that leads to it. As a leading resource on charitable giving and community needs, we manage more than 500 charitable funds and endowments.

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Americans Want to Work for CEOs Committed to Corporate Responsibility

Annual CR Magazine survey reveals that seventy one percent of Americans place a large emphasis on a CEO’s involvement in corporate responsibility when making job decisions

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 6, 2014 — Corporate Responsibility (CR) Magazine, in conjunction with Alexander Mann Solutions, today announced the findings of the publication’s annual corporate reputation survey, which found that when making decisions about their future employment, the majority of Americans (72 percent) want to work for a company whose CEO is actively involved in corporate responsibility and/or environmental issues.

In advance of its annual COMMIT!Forum, on October 8-9, 2014 at the New York Marriott Downtown in New York City, CR Magazine commissioned a poll of over 1,000 employed and unemployed Americans to gain insights into how corporate responsibility, reputation and transparency can impact job decisions.

“The results of this year’s survey demonstrate the influence a positive reputation can have on both CEOs and the companies they represent. In fact, we’ve found that there is direct connection between responsible behavior, employee acquisition and engagement and corporate financial sustainability,” said Elliot Clark, CEO of Corporate Responsibility Magazine, the host of the annual Forum. “At the COMMIT!Forum, our focus is to highlight the negative costs of bad business practices and the great benefits attributed to companies that employ ethical business practices. This year’s theme ‘Commit! to a responsible culture and supply chain,’ will emphasize how corporate social responsibility has the power influence entire organizations: from corporate culture to the supply chain.”

“This research demonstrates that the vast majority of people want to work for organizations that live up to the same high standards they set for themselves,” said Adam Shay, Global Head of Employer Brand Management Services at Alexander Mann Solutions. “What’s more, it shows that a bad reputation has the potential to cost companies real money in terms of higher recruiting costs, increased difficulties in sourcing and on-boarding new hires, and the higher salaries needed to attract candidates.”

Working for Companies with Bad Corporate Reputations

Seventy-six percent of Americans would not take a job with a company that had a bad reputation, even if unemployed. This is a five percent increase from 2013. According to respondents, the bad behaviors most harmful to a company’s culture and reputation include public exposure of criminal acts (36 percent); failure to recall defective products (31 percent); public disclosure of workplace discrimination (19 percent); and public disclosure of environmental scandal (14 percent).

Of the employed Americans surveyed, only 70 percent would take a job with a company that had a bad reputation if they were offered more money. That number has increased by 3 percent year-over-year and 7 percent since 2012. Of that group, 48 percent would need a pay increase of 50 percent or more to consider moving to a company with an unfavorable reputation.

Year-over-year findings also indicate that certain demographics affect Americans’ decisions to move to a company with a bad corporate reputation. According to this year’s findings, more affluent individuals with a household income in excess of $100,000 are more likely to take jobs at companies with bad reputations (77 percent) than individuals with a household income of $35,000 to $50,000 (64 percent). Women were more sensitive to corporate reputation than men with 37 percent saying they would turn down an offer from a company with a bad reputation versus 24 percent for men. Surprisingly, young people in the 18 to 34 year age range were less likely to decline an offer from a company with a bad reputation (21 percent) versus older workers in the 45 to 64 year old range at 44 percent. This is the third year older workers were more sensitive to company reputation than younger workers.

Working for Companies with Good Corporate Reputations

In contrast, the vast majority, 93 percent, would consider leaving their current jobs if offered another role with a company that had an excellent corporate reputation. Similar to both 2013 and 2012 findings, most individuals would require a salary increase of 52% less to consider working for a company with an good reputation than a bad one.

Results from this year’s corporate reputation survey will be presented by CR Magazine and Alexander Mann on October 8th at this year’s COMMIT!Forum.

For more information on The COMMIT!Forum, please visit www.commitforum.com.

For more information on Alexander Mann Solutions, please visit www.alexandermannsolutions.com.

Methodology

This report presents the findings of a telephone survey conducted among two national probability samples, which, when combined, consists of 1,014 adults, 509 men and 505 women, 18 years of age and older, living in the continental United States. Interviewing for this CARAVAN® Survey was completed on August 21-24, 2014. 614 interviews were conducted from the landline sample and 400 interviews from the cell phone sample.

About CR Magazine

CR Magazine is the voice of the corporate responsibility profession covering case studies, best practices, and trends in the five primary segments of the CR profession: a) governance, risk, compliance, b) environmental sustainability c) corporate social responsibility, d) philanthropy, and e) workforce/diversity. www.thecro.com

About the COMMIT!Forum

Each year, COMMIT!Forum attracts: C-suite executives, Leaders in communications, CR and Sustainability professionals, Foundation heads, and Non-profit execs. This year’s theme is COMMIT! To A Responsible Culture & Supply Chain. As an attendee you’ll learn: how to run a more responsible business, how to build a more sustainable workforce, and how to build a more responsible supply chain. Our competitive advantage? Access. Professionals who attend learn the latest best practices and how-to’s from our hand-picked experts. And just as important, the COMMIT!Forum allows networking opportunities to engage with C-suite executives, CEOs, corporate communication pros, and CR professionals—industry leaders who can help our attendees achieve their professional goals.

The path to COMMIT!, which began on April 24 with the announcement of CR Magazine’s 14th Annual 100 Best Corporate Citizens, culminates October 8-9 in New York City at the Forum. www.commitforum.com

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