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.
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.
(New York) – Today pediatric cancer researchers got a huge boost after The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) and The Max Cure Foundation awarded them a grant worth $100,000.
The Max Cure/SWCRF Collaborative Pediatric Cancer Research Grant will be given to John Crispino, Ph.D., from the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University in Chicago and Shai Izraeli, M.D., from the Tel Aviv University Sackler School of Medicine Sheba Cancer Research Center in Israel. The grant will aid in finding treatments for acute megakaryocytic leukemia (AMKL), a rare form of leukemia that has a dismal prognosis. In pediatric cases of AMKL, the most prominent are in children with Down Syndrome, many of whom are sensitive to chemotherapy. “So our vision was to develop a differentiation therapy that specifically targets this type of leukemic cell,” explained Dr. Crispino.
“We know that these investigators have been vetted by a leading scientific advisory board within the SWCRF and have met its high standards. We are proud to be identified with SWCRF and the great work it does to advance the cause of cancer research, including research for childhood cancers,” said David Plotkin, Co-Founder and Chairman of Max Cure Foundation.
“Our collaboration with Max Cure benefits everyone,” said Samuel Waxman, M.D., SWCRF Founder and CEO. “Collaboration between foundations with similar goals is what’s needed to develop new, minimally toxic treatments.”
The scientists plan to further investigate the role of two proteins in AMKL. “We still don’t know how these proteins contribute to leukemia,” Dr. Crispino explained. “But we hope to gain new insights into the biology of the disease and find new targets for therapy.”
About the Max Cure Foundation (MCF)
The mission of Max Cure Foundation is to advance cures for pediatric cancers, fund the development of less toxic treatments for children, including the funding of an immune cell therapy laboratory at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center dedicated to alternative treatments for children battling the disease. MCF also provides emotional and financial support to both low-income families and military families who are battling pediatric cancers, while at the same time inspiring children with the disease to confront it with courage and bravery. For more information, visit www.maxcurefoundation.org.
About the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF)
The SWCRF is an international organization dedicated to curing and preventing cancer. The Foundation is a pioneer in cancer research, focusing on uncovering the causes of cancer and reprogramming cancer cells. We dedicate ourselves to delivering tailored, minimally toxic treatments to patients. Our mission is to eradicate cancer by bridging the gap between lab science and the patient. Through our collaborative group of world-class scientists, the Institute Without Walls, investigators share information and tools to speed the pace of cancer research. Since its inception in 1976, the SWCRF has awarded more than $85 million to support the work of more than 200 researchers across the globe. For more information, visit www.waxmancancer.org.
SAN FRANCISCO –July 23, 2013 –OpenTable (NASDAQ: OPEN), the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations, today announced that it has become the House Purveyor of Hospitality Solutions for the James Beard Foundation (JBF), a non-profit organization at the center of America’s culinary community, dedicated to exploring the way food enriches our lives.
In its role as House Purveyor of Hospitality Solutions, OpenTable now serves as the reservation and guest management provider for the historic James Beard House, which hosts dining events showcasing culinary artists and renowned guest chefs from around the world. In addition, OpenTable is honored to serve the Foundation’s Greens events, Chefs & Champagne®, and the JBF Gala: Women in Whites.
“At the James Beard House we’re continually striving to bring extraordinary culinary experiences to our guests,” said Kristopher Moon, Director of Charitable Giving and Strategic Partnerships for the James Beard Foundation. “The OpenTable guest and floor management solutions and real-time, online reservation capabilities enable us to further enhance the booking and dining experience for our guests while at the same time simplifying our front-of-house operations.”
“We are honored to be working with the celebrated James Beard Foundation and the James Beard House,” said Brandon Bidlack, Senior Director of Restaurant Marketing for Open Table. “We’re excited about the opportunity to demonstrate how our powerful hospitality solutions optimize operations and provide a heightened level of service for guests of the James Beard House and JBF’s eclectic fundraising events throughout the year.”
Experiences at the James Beard House include dinner, brunch, tea service, literary gatherings, gallery events, and a discussion series that support the mission of the James Beard Foundation to celebrate, nurture, and honor America’s diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire. Diners can book reservations and learn more about upcoming events at the James Beard House by visiting JBF Events.
OpenTable is the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations, seating more than 12 million diners per month via online bookings across approximately 28,000 restaurants. The OpenTable network connects restaurants and diners, helping diners discover and book the perfect table and helping restaurants deliver personalized hospitality to keep guests coming back. The OpenTable service enables diners to see which restaurants have available tables, select a restaurant based on verified diner reviews, menus and other helpful information, and easily book a reservation. In addition to the company’s website and mobile apps, OpenTable powers online reservations for nearly 600 partners, including many of the Internet’s most popular global and local brands. For restaurants, the OpenTable hospitality solutions enable them to manage their reservation book, streamline their operations and enhance their service levels. Since its inception in 1998, OpenTable has seated more than 450 million diners around the world. The Company is headquartered in San Francisco, California, and the OpenTable service is available throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Germany, Japan, Mexico and the UK. OpenTable also owns and operates toptable, the leading consumer destination site for restaurant reservations in the UK.
About the James Beard Foundation:
Founded in 1986, the James Beard Foundation’s mission is to celebrate, nurture, and honor America’s diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire. A cookbook author and teacher with an encyclopedic knowledge about food, James Beard, who died in 1985, was a champion of American cuisine. He helped educate and mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts, instilling in them the value of wholesome, healthful and delicious food. Today the Beard Foundation continues in the same spirit by administering a number of diverse programs that include educational initiatives, food industry awards, scholarships for culinary students, publications, chef advocacy training, and thought-leader convening. The Foundation also maintains the historic James Beard House in New York City’s Greenwich Village as a “performance space” for visiting chefs. In September of 2012, the Foundation launched the Diplomatic Culinary Partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Protocol and helped create the American Chef Corps as a way to champion American chefs abroad, promote American food products and foster an interest in American culinary culture and history through international programs and initiatives. For more information, please visit www.jamesbeard.org. Find insights on food at the James Beard Foundation’s blog Delights & Prejudices. Join the James Beard Foundation on Facebook. Follow the James Beard Foundation on Twitter and Instagram.
New York, NY (July 18, 2013): The Brooke Jackman Foundation (BJF), a children’s literacy organization that has donated more than 200,000 books to children and families in need since its founding in 2001, and the Screen Actors Guild Foundation BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools), its signature children’s literacy program where 2,200 SAG-AFTRA performers read to 60,000 children in schools, hospitals and social service agencies every month, have partnered to launch Books Talk Back, an interactive new series of theatrical readings and book donations for underserved children in the New York area. Led by actress Dana Marie Ingraham, who is currently performing in Spiderman on Broadway, the first reading was held on Thursday, July 18, for 30 special needs children, ages two to three, who are receiving site-based early intervention at the Challenge Early Intervention Center in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
The Challenge Early Intervention Center, which provides services for children with special needs, currently has no funding for libraries in its classrooms. In an effort to meet this need, BJF donated 140 books to create mini libraries in each of the school’s five classrooms. This book donation also ensured that each of the 80 students in the early intervention program went home with a book of his or her own.
“The children at Challenge Early Intervention Center are extraordinary, and we are thankful for the opportunity to serve this community and encourage interactive reading as a daily activity,” said Erin Jackman, executive director of the Brooke Jackman Foundation. “Working with the SAG Foundation BookPALS, we want to capture the imagination of these children and have them fall into a lifelong love of reading.”
“The SAG Foundation BookPALS are delighted to be working with the Brooke Jackman Foundation in providing critical literacy programming to the students who need it most,” said Jill Seltzer, executive director of the SAG Foundation.
Each Books Talk Back reading will feature professional actors from SAG Foundation BookPALS who will dramatically read children’s books specifically selected for their humor, diverse characters and ample wacky roles for the professional actors to perform, creating a thrilling literacy experience for children of all ages. Each event will also be accompanied by a book donation from the Brooke Jackman Foundation, ensuring all participants go home with a book of their own.
Several Books Talk Back events will be held throughout the coming year. Each event will serve a different population of children in need. For more information on these events, please firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Brooke Jackman Foundation
The Brooke Jackman Foundation was started 11 years ago to honor Brooke Jackman, a bright and compassionate 23-year-old who was killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks before achieving her dream of becoming a social worker. Brooke was an avid reader, and her passion and commitment to literacy and helping children spurred the Jackman family to create BJF as her living legacy – turning tragedy and despair into hope for a better world. Since 2001, the Brooke Jackman Foundation has donated nearly 200,000 books and over 20,000 Brooke Packs, backpacks filled with books and school supplies, to children and families in need. BJF has established four libraries, as well as a number of after-school literacy programs in schools, homeless shelters and Family Justice Centers for victims of domestic violence and crime. The BJF Family Literacy program welcomes over 1,000 families a year at schools in Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Washington Heights and Inwood, as well as at the NYC Family Justice Centers in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. For more information, please visitwww.brookejackmanfoundation.org.
About the Screen Actors Guild Foundation and BookPALS
The Screen Actors Guild Foundation provides vital assistance and educational programming to the professionals of SAG-AFTRA while serving the public at large through its signature children’s literacy programs. Founded in 1985, the Screen Actors Guild Foundation is a national non-profit organization, independent from SAG-AFTRA, that relies solely on support from grants, corporate sponsorships, and individuals to maintain its programs and create new ones. Visit www.sagfoundation.org andwww.bookpals.net
UnishippersGlobal Logistics, LLC, the nation’s first and one of the largest small package and freight shipping resellers, has announced the launch of a contest that will award a military veteran a free National Franchise. Unishippers’ new National Franchise model allows franchisees to run his or her business from anywhere in the country and serve B2B customers nationwide.
Unishippers is was created in 1987 from the simple idea that by partnering with major shipping suppliers and reselling their services, small and medium-sized business could benefit from the negotiated discounts and dedicated customer service usually reserved for larger companies. Today, the company has more than 50,000 shipping customers, 6.5 million shipments annually, and industry leading partners including UPS® and YRC Freight®, so we have the experience and buying power franchisees need to be successful.
The Unishippers for Veterans Franchise Giveaway contest will be accepting entries through September 3, 2013. Unishippers has partnered with USA Cares, an esteemed, non-profit charitable organization that supports post-9/11 service members, to help find the deserving veteran.
To participate, veterans need to create a two-minute video explaining why they are interested in ownership of a Unishippers franchise, why they are deserving of a free franchise and how their military experience will help them to be successful. A panel of judges from the Unishippers corporate team will select up to five finalists to be flown to Salt Lake City for a special Discovery Day event where they will meet Unishippers executives, department leaders and the panel of judges. The final winner will be announced on November 11, 2013.
Success in the military is the result of discipline, accountability, leadership, and an ability to work within an established system. Those same traits make up an ideal foundation to succeed as a franchise owner. That’s why we’re proud to announce this exciting contest that will honor and support our military veterans.
J.P. Budd, a Unishippers franchise owner in Ventura County, CA is a Marine veteran (2000-2005). He opened his Unishippers in March of 2012 and quickly became a rising star in the system and was awarded the Rookie of the Year award at Unishippers 2012 Annual Convention. He believes his success is due in large part to his military experience.
Budd has told us before that the management and leadership experience the military provided him shortened the learning curve it took to succeed as a Unishippers franchisee. He also found himself meeting other veterans on his sales calls and their shared experience gave Budd an immediate connection with his potential customers.
Another franchisee, David Johnson, is a General Manager of several Unishippers and post 9/11 Marine Corps veteran who went on two combat tours in Iraq by the time he was 20 years old. Johnson has expressed that no one knows the struggles of readjustment back to civilian life better than someone who has been through it.
Several established Unishippers franchisees are veterans including Sonny Head (Air Force) in Shreveport, LA, Robert Burke (Army) in Baltimore, MD and Neal Manion (Marines) in Toledo, OH. They all agree that their experience in the military helped prepare them for the day-to-day duties that are required to be a successful Unishippers franchisee.
At Unishippers, we believe that the brave men and women who serve in the United States Armed Forces are true heroes. The sacrifices they have made can never be repaid, but their experience and skills should be rewarded.
Kevin Lathrop, President and Franchisee
Kevin Lathrop has served as President of Unishippers Global Logistics, LLC since January 2011. Lathrop began his Unishippers career as a franchise owner, initially purchasing the Unishippers of Orange County North franchise in 1992. In September 1999 he joined the Unishippers corporate offices, serving as Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President. In addition to Lathrop’s corporate responsibilities, he remains a part owner of seven Unishippers franchise locations including Orange County South, Orange County North, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego South, San Diego North, and Whittier. Prior to joining Unishippers, he worked for Hughes Aircraft Company in a variety of engineering and management positions. Lathrop earned a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Fullerton and an MBA from the Anderson Graduate School of Management, University of California, Los Angeles.
(WILMINGTON, Del. – July 18) Chetana Kripalu, M.D., a local primary care physician, has been selected as the National Winner of the 2013 Spirit of Women Community Hero award. Kripalu, nominated by Christiana Care Health System, received the award today during the Spirit of Women’s 14th Annual National Awards celebration in Las Vegas, Nev.
The Spirit of Women awards honor ordinary people who do extraordinary things. Often faced with great personal loss or physical challenges, these winners represent unsung heroes of American society The Community Hero Award is given to someone age 21 or older who has shown an extraordinary commitment to service in their community and beyond.
“I am humbled and honored to be selected for the recognition by Spirit of Women,” Kripalu said. “I find joy in serving others and teaching my children to participate in programs that can provide warmth and care to the less fortunate.”
Kripalu was chosen from a pool of regional nominees selected by Christiana Care, which is a part of the Spirit of Women hospital network. Along with her husband Vinod and physician practice partner Reynold Agard, M.D., Kripalu launched Premiere Charities, Inc., a nonprofit group that supports outreach in Delaware and abroad. Kripalu’s philanthropic work through Premiere Charities, includes supporting a unique orphanage in Balagurukulam, India that serves 50 children, many of whom were found in and rescued from garbage dumpsters. Through Kripalu’s involvement, the orphanage has built dormitories, a water tower for continuous access to fresh water and an upgraded kitchen. Kripalu’s foundation also provided funding to cover the costs of computers, transportation, clothing and education for the orphanage’s children.
Closer to home, Kripalu organized From Our Kitchen, a volunteer group that has been serving lunch to nearly 200 hungry people every Sunday, rain or shine, near the Wilmington train station since 2009. In her professional practice, Kripalu treats patients who are low-income, homeless or lacking health insurance at the Claymont Community Center.
In 2010, Kripalu helped found the Delaware Medical Relief Team in response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti and served as a medical volunteer on teams that traveled there to help. She also has visited other nations on medical mission trips.
During the 2013 Spirit of Women Awards, Marilyn Bartley, APN, a Trauma RN-AP at Christiana Care, was selected as the regional winner of the Spirit of Women Healthcare Hero Award. Bartley was one of the first to offer to help with the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010. Nick DiIenno, 16, was selected as the Young Person Role Model Award winner by Christiana Care. After losing his Aunt Linda to lung cancer, Nick, a rising senior at Salesianum School in Wilmington, has become an avid supporter of the American Lung Association, which raises money to fund lung-cancer research. He completed the Fight for Air Climb in Boston, Mass. and is currently co-chairing the climb in Delaware.
Christiana Care Health System, headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, is one of the country’s largest health care providers, ranking 21st in the nation for hospital admissions. Christiana Care is a major teaching hospital with two campuses and more than 250 Medical-Dental residents and fellows and is recognized as a regional center for excellence in cardiology, cancer and women’s health services. The system is home to Delaware’s only Level I trauma center, the only center of its kind between Philadelphia and Baltimore and also features a Level 3 neonatal intensive care unit, the only delivering hospital in the state to offer this level of care for newborns. In fiscal year 2012, Christiana Care provided the community with approximately $26.5 million in charity care at cost.
“George Mason University is committed to making a positive difference in the global economy, and this professorship melds perfectly with the university’s mission to create a more just, free, and prosperous world,” said Mason’s President Ángel Cabrera. “It will help strengthen our goals to create innovative teaching practices and research that not only encourage people to think in different ways, but also make them better citizens and professionals.”
American-Israeli businesswoman and philanthropist Shari Arison: “The Doing Good Model is all about making the circles of good grow in the world. It captures the approach of making a positive difference, bringing fundamental values into the hearts of people, communities, businesses, and organizations. This model, and the academic research involved, practically bridge between values and organizational structures, to enable decision making processes to be foremost values-based, for the benefit of society, the economy, and the environment.”
The Arison professor will be located in George Mason’s New Century College within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and will be dedicated to research and education that focuses on the application of fundamental human values to global business and a strong global “moral economy.”
“The Arison professorship complements New Century College’s mission of preparing students to address pressing social questions and global challenges,” said Lisa Gring-Pemble, associate dean of New Century College. “Upon graduation, our students embody many of the Arison values—they are engaged, well-rounded leaders, committed to creating a more just world through work in business enterprises, law, government, medicine, education, and non-profits, among others.”
About George Mason University
George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country. Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university. George Mason University-Where Innovation Is Tradition.
About Shari Arison
American-Israeli businesswoman and philanthropist Shari Arison, is listed by Forbes as one of the World’s Greenest Billionaires (2010), repeatedly ranked as Forbes Most Powerful Women (2011, 2012), and is a member of The B Team.
Arison is the owner of the Arison Group, a global conglomerate of businesses and philanthropic organizations that operate to improve lives worldwide through values-based investments. Its business arm, Arison Investments, includes companies in the fields of finance, infrastructure and real estate, renewable energy, salt, and water, which create long-term business investments combining substantial financial results with sustainable moral responsibility. The Ted Arison Family Foundation, its philanthropic arm, comprises philanthropic organizations and vision ventures that are committed to making impactful social investments and strategic philanthropy.
Shari Arison directs her businesses to maintain a diversified portfolio of ventures that have moral responsibility at their core.
July 10, 2013 (ATLANTA) – Today, UruutTM, a collaborative community-level funding platform, announces its public beta period and invites individuals, businesses and foundations to contribute through its unique crowdfunding technology. The Atlanta-based social enterprise startup is backed by $200,000 in seed funding and a high profile advisory board comprised of corporate and philanthropic leaders.
Uruut helps transform local communities by bringing together three funding sources with municipalities, nonprofits and civic groups seeking project and program backing. This collaborative approach revolutionizes the traditional fundraising model and empowers fundraisers to do more good.
“Ten years ago I began contemplating how our country could revitalize underfunded communities by giving critical projects a chance at success,” said Mark Feinberg, Uruut’s co-founder and chief executive officer. “Along the way, Uruut was born and our talented team developed an extraordinary tool that achieves this vital need. Today, I’m proud to give the public a chance to experience Uruut and contribute to our first project owner, Ashford Park School Education Foundation (APSEF).”
Located in the Atlanta suburb of Brookhaven, APSEF aims to raise $100,000 through Uruut to construct an outdoor classroom where students can get dirty with hands-on science experiments, gardening lessons and nature explorations. This classroom will also double as an amphitheater that will showcase student theatrical productions, school lectures, and a range of community-wide events. Click here to view APSEF’s project page on Uruut.
“We’re proud to be Uruut’s first project owner and excited to share our vision for an outdoor classroom and amphitheater with the community,” said Shawn Keefe, co-president of APSEF and parent of first and fourth graders. “We currently have a deteriorating and hazardous outdoor structure, but we believe the outside of our school should match the vibrancy of the inside. This project is core to APS’ curriculum, our students and the vitality of our community, and Uruut is perfect for helping make our dream a reality.”
“Uruut not only provides individuals with a chance to change lives, but it offers businesses, corporate social responsibility (CSR) groups and foundations a transparent marketplace where they can search for and self-select vetted ideas,” said Donovan Lee-Sin, program officer at the Arthur M. Blank Foundation and Uruut advisory board member. “As a foundation professional, I’m confident these private entities will quickly
realize that Uruut gives them a direct, meaningful connection to their local communities while increasing their brand exposure and social responsibility reach.”
Lee-Sin serves on Uruut’s advisory board along with Ross Goldstein, managing director at a global insurance firm; Matt Gove, senior vice president of external affairs and chief marketing officer of Piedmont Healthcare as well as board president of Park Pride; and Sarah Loya, partner at Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough.
Community and civic organizations interested in receiving funding through Uruut’s platform canclick here to apply for public beta consideration.
Launched in 2013, Uruut helps transform local communities by bringing individuals, businesses and foundations together with groups seeking community-level funding. Its unique crowdfunding platform is sought after by both public and private organizations due to its transparency, rich features and ability to support multiple funding sources. To get ruuted, visituruut.com and follow @uruut on Twitter.