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Devin D. Thorpe

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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.

State and Local Governments Receive Assistance to Launch Pay for Success Projects Across the Country

CAMBRIDGE, MA – The Social Impact Bond Technical Assistance Lab (SIB Lab) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) today announced the selection of five state and local governments to receive technical assistance to help develop Pay for Success (PFS) projects that align payment for community-based solutions with verified social outcomes. The competition, run with support from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) Social Innovation Fund (SIF) and the Pritzker Children’s Initiative, received applications from 30 state and local governments, demonstrating the growing interest in new approaches to identifying and funding effective social services to address pressing social problems. In addition to the five new state and local governments that will receive technical assistance, the SIB Lab will collaborate with the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) on assisting a cohort of three state governments.

In the Pay for Success model, governments partner with private sector investors who provide up-front funding to promising service providers. Investors only receive a repayment from the government if the service provider’s work is measurably successful. Because governments pay only if the programs work, the PFS model has the potential to more effectively allocate taxpayer dollars while increasing funding for programs that deliver improved social outcomes.

“Governments around the country are looking for solutions to difficult social problems, from chronic homelessness to insufficient access to high quality early education. Governors and mayors are looking for ways to scale up good programs with limited fiscal resources. The Pay for Success approach has the potential to generate scalable solutions to some of our nation’s most pressing challenges,” said Jeffrey Liebman, professor of public policy at Harvard Kennedy School and SIB Lab director. “The SIB Lab is excited to partner with these innovative government leaders who are trying to provide more effective services to their citizens and make better use of taxpayer dollars.”

During the past three years, the SIB Lab has helped Massachusetts, New York State, and Chicago launch Pay for Success contracts using social impact bonds. Newly selected state and local governments will join current SIB Lab partners Colorado, Connecticut, Denver, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, and South Carolina in receiving pro bono technical assistance. The technical assistance will support recipients in designing, implementing, and evaluating policy initiatives in areas ranging from early childhood education to prison recidivism and economic self-sufficiency to green infrastructure.

The winners of the 2014 SIB Lab competition for technical assistance are:

  • Arkansas
  • DC Water (District of Columbia)
  • Nevada
  • Pennsylvania
  • San Francisco

The SIB Lab evaluated project proposals based on the potential of the project to advance the PFS field by applying the model in new areas or policy fields, the level of commitment and readiness demonstrated by the applicant, and the feasibility of the proposed projects to scale.

“The SIF Pay for Success grantees held highly competitive, open competitions to select communities in need of services and here we’re seeing the results of those competitions,” said Lois Nembhard, Acting Director of the Social Innovation Fund. “We couldn’t be more enthusiastic for the first Pay for Success subgrantees, all charged with the important mission to measurably improve the lives of people most in need.”

The SIB Lab will provide each winning government with a full-time Government Innovation Fellow to be based for one year in the government agency that is spearheading the city of state’s pay-for success initiative, pro bono technical advising from Liebman and other senior experts, up to six months of programmer and data analyst time, and a small pool of flexible funding that can be used to remove barriers to implementation of PFS projects.

The SIB Lab will also be collaborating with another SIF awardee, CSH, to provide a joint cohort-based model of technical assistance to a cohort of state governments interested in the use of the PFS model to provide persons residing in institutional settings with the opportunity to transition to community-based supportive housing. As part of its collaboration with CSH, the SIB Lab will provide technical assistance to New Mexico, New York, and Washington.

“It is an honor for CSH to collaborate with the Harvard Kennedy School Social Impact Bond Technical Assistance Lab (HKS SIB Lab) to provide our subgrantees the in-depth knowledge they will need to succeed,” said Deborah De Santis, CSH President and CEO. “HKS SIB Lab has built a sterling, national reputation for its government-focused expertise on project development, evaluation design, and procurement, and we know our subgrantees will benefit greatly from their contributions.”

Comment from Winning State and Local Governments:

“This kind of innovative, public-private partnership can result in important reforms in our criminal-justice system while also saving the taxpayers money. Under this plan to ‘pay-for-success,’ the Department of Community Correction will be able to retain expert intervention services aimed at reducing the reincarceration rate in an accountable, cost-effective way.”

– Governor Asa Hutchinson, Arkansas

“Early learning is a top priority for my administration and for the future success of Nevada’s children. As we search for new and innovative service models and funding sources, technical assistance from the Harvard Kennedy School will be of tremendous benefit. Nevada is honored to be a part of the Corporation for National and Community Service project.”

– Governor Brian Sandoval, Nevada

“My Administration is committed to investing in what works to improve the lives of Pennsylvanians and save money for taxpayers. Pay for Success is an innovative strategy to finance proven programs, and we are honored to be selected and look forward to working with the Social Impact Bond Technical Assistance Lab to find cost-effective and efficient solutions to help our most vulnerable citizens.”

– Governor Tom Wolf, Pennsylvania

“San Francisco is committed to combatting poverty and building stronger mixed-income communities through our HOPE SF initiative. We will explore using a Pay for Success approach to tie funding to long-term HOPE SF outcomes to ensure all our residents, especially those in public housing, share in the prosperity of our City. We look forward to working with Harvard and CNCS to improve the quality of life for our most disconnected residents and end intergenerational poverty in our City.”

– Mayor Edwin M. Lee, San Francisco

“In addition to the benefits of green infrastructure, this work will develop the social impact bond model and will be a huge public service to the industry and other CSO communities across the nation. And the SIB model is measurable, so that participants can objectively quantify results, which promotes accountability and smart programming.”

– CEO and General Manager George S. Hawkins, DC Water

About the HKS SIB Lab

The SIB Lab conducts research on how governments can foster social innovation and improve the results they obtain with their social spending. Through this hands-on involvement, the SIB Lab gains insights into the barriers that governments face and the solutions that can overcome the barriers. Founded with support from the Rockefeller Foundation, the SIB Lab is supported by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the CNCS Social Innovation Fund, the Dunham Fund, and the Pritzker Children’s Initiative.

About the Corporation for National and Community Service

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads the President’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit

Whitman School’s Entrepreneurship Program Earns Top 20 Spot in Latest U.S. News Ranking

SYRACUSE, N.Y., March 10, 2015 — The Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University’s graduate entrepreneurship program was ranked #17 in the latest U.S. News and World Report’s rankings of the best business schools for entrepreneurship. The full rankings, released Mar. 10, are published at

The Whitman EEE program is unique in that it offers entrepreneurship curriculum tracks in new venture development, corporate entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship and family business management. No other entrepreneurship program offers this kind of structured curriculum. Whitman is continuously improving its course offerings to reflect entrepreneurial best practices. The School recently launched the “Entrepreneurship Launchpad,” a course designed to help students receive academic credit while starting and running their business.


“We feel strongly that the curricular and experiential learning opportunities available for student entrepreneurs at Syracuse University are one of a kind,” said Whitman Dean Ken Kavajecz. “The EEE Department of the Whitman School is providing cutting edge experiences that profoundly impact our students, faculty, alumni and communities. We are training the next generation of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial managers to be creative, independent, self-motivated and entrepreneurship-savvy global citizens. It is especially gratifying to have our efforts recognized by the U.S. News and World Report.”

Whitman’s EEE program taught almost 400 graduate students in 2013-14. “We’re very proud to be included again this year in U.S. News and World Report’s graduate entrepreneurship ranking,” said Professor Alex McKelvie, chair of the Whitman EEE Department. “It is quite rewarding to be competitive with large programs at top international graduate schools, such as Harvard, MIT and Wharton. We have worked hard to increase interest among traditional MBA, online MBA and military veteran students and to help those students recognize that they will rely on their entrepreneurial skills and mindsets throughout their careers. The significant inroads we have made in providing entrepreneurial career development and offering a quality graduate-level learning environment for aspiring entrepreneurs is reflected in these rankings.”

The U.S. News and World Report’s annual specialty rankings are developed based on the input from experts, such as deans, program directors and/or senior faculty who are asked to nominate outstanding programs in each specialty area. A survey is sent to all AACSB-accredited business programs around the United States to collect these opinions.

At Syracuse, the entire university, led by the Whitman School, has made a major commitment to entrepreneurship. In the 2013-14 academic year, the EEE Department taught almost 1,800 undergraduates, including 779 in the Introduction to Entrepreneurship course alone. Approximately 80 percent of the students in that course are from outside of Whitman.

The Whitman School heavily emphasizes experiential learning, and the EEE Department is committed to providing a myriad of opportunities for students to gain and apply real-world perspective and skills. The Falcone Center of Entrepreneurship at Whitman makes connections with the community and supports the EEE program’s outreach efforts. Last year, the Center’s Couri Hatchery housed 94 student businesses, which is nearly twice that of the previous academic year. Collectively, those businesses have raised more than $2.4 million in external capital. What’s more, more than 950 people attended the annual WISE (Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship) Symposium, one of the many impactful outreach programs offered through the Falcone Center.

“These ranking accomplishments are a result of collective work and dedication. Our entire EEE team, including faculty, staff and the Falcone Center, has been doing a tremendous job in fulfilling our research, teaching and service missions. The rankings validate the world-class work we are doing in all of these domains,” McKelvie concluded.

About the Martin J. Whitman School of Management

The Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University educates students to become successful entrepreneurial leaders in a rapidly changing global economy. The Whitman School offers BS, MBA, MS and PhD programs in accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, management, marketing, real estate, retail management and supply chain management, all accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The school’s faculty includes internationally known scholars and researchers, as well as successful entrepreneurs and business leaders. In any given year, the Whitman School is home to nearly 2,000 doctoral, graduate and undergraduate students. For more information about the Whitman School, visit and follow us on social media at

Nat Geo Wild, the Sun Valley Film Festival and the African Wildlife Foundation Announce Second Annual Wild to Inspire Winner

“Adapt” Film Named Winner at Sun Valley Film Festival

Filmmaker Filipe DeAndrade to Travel to Africa to Film for Nat Geo WILD

(WASHINGTON, D.C. — March 9, 2015) Nat Geo WILD, in partnership with the Sun Valley Film Festival (SVFF) and the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), announced the winner of the second annual WILD TO INSPIRE filmmaking competition. Filipe DeAndrade was named the winner during the Sun Valley Film Festival’s Awards Bash this weekend.

DeAndrade was selected as the winner from hundreds of online entries narrowed down to four finalists. The finalists’ films were screened by judges from Nat Geo WILD, AWF, SVFF, Huffington Post Green, Earth Touch and Vice during the Sun Valley Film Festival. As the winner, DeAndrade will travel to Africa this fall to share his wildlife adventure through a variety of media, including video diaries, photos, social media and more, as part of an online companion to Nat Geo WILD’s signature Sunday night nature series, Destination Wild.

The winning film can be viewed here: “Adapt” by Filipe DeAndrade. As a freelance cinematographer and producer who travels the country seeking adventure and shooting wildlife, he has also studied film and wildlife ecology & conservation at the University of Florida. In “Adapt,” DeAndrade shares how he came to find his voice through the camera lens, stating, “If nature was my savior, then photography was my soulmate.”

Adapt by Filipe DeAndrade from Comfort Theory on Vimeo.

“The caliber of entries this year, and especially our four finalists, was awe inspiring. I am thrilled that we were able to recognize Filipe among this talented group of young filmmakers, and look forward to seeing how he further develops his skills during his trip to Africa this fall,” said Geoff Daniels, executive vice president and general manager for Nat Geo WILD.

Teddy Grennan, executive director of the Sun Valley Film Festival, added, “Filipe perfectly embodies the spirit of our festival with his incredible passion and desire to truly learn and practice the craft of filmmaking, and use that skill to further an appreciation for the world around us.”

“I am truly humbled and inspired to win this competition. In order to protect something you have to love it, and I cannot wait to use this opportunity to further the missions of Nat Geo WILD, AWF and Sun Valley, and bring back a story from Africa that will inspire others to love the natural world as much as I do,” said DeAndrade.

Starting in November, participants were asked to submit a short film showcasing their own version of Destination Wild. Full of awe-inspiring scenery and wildlife, Nat Geo WILD’s Destination Wild specials feature the best, most innovative wildlife storytelling from some of the greatest filmmakers in the world. Four finalists were selected based on wildlife stories and moments from their own lives, whether on their travels or in their own backyards. Films were judged on their connection to the Destination Wild theme, quality and creativity of the script, production and editing. The ultimate goal was to turn footage into something that will captivate viewers and inspire them to let the wild in every day.

Other finalists in the competition included “Living Isle” by Alex Goetz and Justin Grubb, “Northern” by Jake Lamons and “Not on Our Watch: Keeping the Congo’s Gorillas From Extinction” by Austin Haeberle and Wendy Jacques. For more information, including contest rules, visit

The School of American Ballet’s 2015 WINTER BALL Raised More than $1.39 million For Scholarships and School Programs

at the David H. Koch Theater on Monday, March 9, 2015

The School of American Ballet’s 2015 Winter Ball took place at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater on Monday, March 9, 2015 and raised more than $1.39 million for scholarships and school programs. Legendary French jeweler, Van Cleef & Arpels sponsored the glamorous, black-tie dinner dance for the eighth consecutive year. The evening began with cocktails at 7pm and dinner at 8pm, followed by a student performance choreographed specially for the occasion, and The Encore dessert and dancing. The proceeds from this event enhance every aspect of the School’s extraordinary ballet training program, helping to provide more than $1.9 million annually in student scholarships, as well as supporting faculty, maintaining world-class studios and offering vital student programs beyond the classroom.

“We are thrilled to announce that we raised more than $1.39 million this year, our highest ever for this event. The overwhelming generosity of our sponsor Van Cleef & Arpels and our attendees and donors made for a fantastic celebration last night,” said Margie Van Dercook, executive director of the School of American Ballet. “Their much-appreciated donations will provide scholarships to aspiring dancers and support the School’s student life programs.”

This glamorous annual dinner dance was attended by more than 500 patrons, including the School’s board members and alumni as well as leaders from the New York corporate and social communities. Notable attendees included: Chairmen: Joyce C. Giuffra (Chairman), Julia F. Koch (Chairman), Serena Lese (Chairman), Laura Zeckendorf (Chairman), Noreen K. Ahmad (Young Patron Chairman) and Amanda Brotman (Young Patron Chairman), Peter Martins (Artistic Director/Chairman of Faculty), Kay Mazzo (Co-chairman of Faculty), Darci Kistler, Maria Kowroski (NYCB Principal Dancer), Tiler Peck (NYCB Principal Dancer), and Daniel Ulbricht (NYCB Principal Dancer), Sarah Arison, Jed Bernstein, Marisa Brown, Donya Bommer, Chelsea Clinton, Brad Comisar, George Farias, Olivia Flatto, Shruti Ganguly, Bob Giuffra, Klara Glowczewska, Martin Harvey, Judith Hoffman, Jill and Harry Kargman, David Koch, Frederick R. Koch, Coco and Arie Kopelman, Dr. Susan Krysiewicz and Mr. Thomas Bell, Margo Langenberg, Serena and Bill Lese, Mr. and Mrs. Josh Leuchtenburg, Nicolas Luchsinger, Peter Lyden, Alison A. Mazzola, Spencer Means, Elizabeth R. Miller and James G. Dinan, Susan and Ira Millstein, Gillian and Sylvester Miniter, Richard Mishaan, Tom Moore, Marie Nugent-Head, Darcy Nussbaum, Dailey and Gordon Pattee, Liz Peek, Lisa Perry, Michelle Rodriguez, Jill and Andrew Roosevelt, Rachael Sage, Jean Shafiroff, Lauren Shortt, Max R. Shulman, Mary Snow, Jon Stafford, Stellene Volandes, Chelsea Zalopany, Laura and William Lie Zeckendorf.

Atmosphere Photos by Erin Baiano

Photos by Erin Baiano

Atmosphere Photos by Erin Baiano

Photos by Erin Baiano

Elena Sapir, Rita Dronsky Photos by Erin Baiano

Elena Sapir, Rita Dronsky
Photos by Erin Baiano

Performance Photos by Erin Baiano

Photos by Erin Baiano

This year’s Winter Ball celebrated SAB co-founder George Balanchine’s affinity for the unique spirit and energy of America.Ron Wendt Design took inspiration from the influences of the Pop Art era and 70’s revival using color and whimsy to create a fun and festive atmosphere on the David H. Koch Theater’s promenade level.

A highlight of the evening was a one-time-only performance by intermediate and advanced students of the School of American Ballet created specifically for the event. This year, New York City Ballet dancer Peter Walker was selected as choreographer by Peter Martins, Artistic Director and Chairman of Faculty for SAB. “Peter Walker’s choreography was wonderful and our student dancers delivered his work beautifully,” said Mr. Martins.

Famed French jeweler, Van Cleef & Arpels, again acted as the lead corporate sponsor for the gala. This long-standing partnership is a tribute to the friendship shared between SAB founder, George Balanchine, and one of the Van Cleef & Arpels founding brothers, Claude Arpels, who established the Maison in New York in 1939. Their shared passion for exceptional stones inspired a creative partnership that resulted in Balanchine’s Jewels ballet and its sumptuous costumes.

The event was led by Chairmen Joyce C. Giuffra, Julia F. Koch, Serena Lese, and Laura Zeckendorf; and Young Patron Chairmen Noreen K. Ahmad, Amanda Brotman, Lesley Vecsler.


The School of American Ballet, the official training academy of the New York City Ballet, was established in 1934 by legendary choreographer George Balanchine and philanthropist Lincoln Kirstein as the first and most essential step in their quest to create an American classical ballet company.

SAB, located at New York City’s Lincoln Center, is the premier ballet academy in the United States, training more students who go on to become professional dancers than any other school. SAB’s former students fill the ranks of the New York City Ballet and other leading U.S. and international ballet companies.


Van Cleef & Arpels was born in Paris’ Place Vendôme in 1906, following Alfred Van Cleef’s marriage to Estelle Arpels in 1895.Always striving for excellence, the Maison has become a worldwide reference through its unique designs, its choice of exceptional stones and its virtuoso craftsmanship, offering jewels and timepieces that tell stories and bring enchantment to life. Over the years, the Maison has remained faithful to this highly distinctive style characterized by creativity, refinement and poetry. Whether inspired by nature, couture or the imagination, its collections evoke a timeless world of harmony and beauty.

Peter Walker hails from Fort Myers, Florida, where he began his early dance training at age eight. He attended the School of American Ballet during the 2006 and 2007 summer courses and enrolled as a full-time student in the winter of 2007. Peter honed his choreographic skills by participating in SAB’s annual Student Choreography Workshop; and in 2011, 2012 and 2014, he was selected by Peter Martins to choreograph the Summer Session of the New York Choreographic Institute. He was a recipient of SAB’s 2011 Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise and became an apprentice with New York City Ballet. He joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in fall 2012.

RepRisk Provides ESG Risk Data for Review of CDP’s Climate Performance Leaders

RepRisk’s dynamic business intelligence supports CDP’s evaluation process

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND and LONDON, UK – March 11, 2015 – RepRisk, a leading provider of business intelligence on environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks, has announced that it will provide dynamic ESG risk data to CDP, an international organization that pioneered a global system for the measurement, disclosure and management of environmental information, and works with investors to tackle the risk in their investment portfolios.

RepRisk will provide ESG data to support CDP’s final review of companies identified as Climate Performance Leaders using the CDP scoring methodology. CDP’s global index is produced at the request of 822 investors and assesses companies’ actions on climate change mitigation and transparency as demonstrated by their CDP response.

RepRisk’s data will add to the current evaluation process by validating company-provided information and clarifying how a company’s policies, commitments and initiatives translate into performance.

“The integration of RepRisk data in 2015 adds an additional level of accountability for companies that CDP identifies as leaders,” said Pedro Faria, Technical Director at CDP. “Our partnership with RepRisk allows us to help companies, investors and policy makers better understand the ESG-related risks that impact their business and their reputation with stakeholders.”

“Awareness of ESG risks continues to grow and indexes such as CDP’s help to spotlight and benchmark company performance,” said Alexandra Mihailescu Cichon, Head of Business Development & Marketing at RepRisk. “RepRisk is committed to providing resources that help business leaders and investors make more informed decisions on ESG issues and we are excited to partner with a recognized industry leader like CDP in this effort.”

About RepRisk

RepRisk is a leading business intelligence provider specializing in dynamic environmental, social and governance (ESG) risk analytics and metrics.

On a daily basis, RepRisk systematically screens big data from a broad range of open intelligence sources in 14 languages in order to identify, filter, analyze and quantify ESG risks (such as environmental degradation, human rights abuses and corruption) related to companies, projects, sectors and countries. This external perspective provides valuable insight on whether a company’s policies, processes and commitments are consistently translating into performance.

Since 2006, RepRisk has built and continues to grow the most comprehensive ESG risk database that serves as a due diligence tool and early warning system in risk management, compliance, investment management, corporate benchmarking and supplier risk. The database currently includes risk profiles for over 50,000 public and private companies and 12,000 projects as well as for every sector and country in the world.

Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, RepRisk serves clients worldwide including global banks, insurance companies, investment managers, and corporates, helping them to manage and mitigate ESG and reputational risks in day-to-day business.

RepRisk provides the transparency needed to enable better, more informed decisions. For more information, please visit or follow us on Twitter.

About CDP

CDP is an international, not-for-profit organization providing the only global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information. CDP works with market forces, including 822 institutional investors with assets of USD 95 trillion, to motivate companies to disclose their impacts on the environment and natural resources and take action to reduce them. CDP now holds the largest collection globally of primary climate change, water and forest risk commodities information and puts these insights at the heart of strategic business, investment and policy decisions. Please follow us @CDP to find out more.

Department of Justice Releases Solicitations for New Rape Kit Reform Initiative

NEW YORK – The Joyful Heart Foundation, one of the nation’s leading advocacy organizations working toward nationwide rape kit reform, today welcomed the U.S. Department of Justice’s release of two solicitations for funding to address the growing backlog of sexual assault kits at law enforcement agencies.

This program, funded through a first-of-its-kind federal investment in the FY15 Commerce, Justice and Science spending bill last year, will provide local communities resources through the Bureau of Justice Assistance to support multidisciplinary community response teams engaged in the comprehensive reform of jurisdictions’ approaches to sexual assault cases. This includes testing backlogged kits; investigating and prosecuting cases connected to the backlog; and addressing the need for victim notification and re-engagement with the criminal justice system.

The solicitations can be found at: and

“At long last, survivors will hear the message: You matter. What happened to you matters. Your case matters. We are so grateful to the President and Vice President for their leadership on this issue, and to leaders in the U.S House of Representatives and Senate for recognizing that survivors deserve to experience the power of the law, that they deserve justice, that they deserve everything we can give them to help them heal,” said Maile M. Zambuto, CEO of Joyful Heart.

DNA evidence contained in a rape kit can identify unknown assailants, confirm the presence of a known suspect, affirm the survivor’s account of the attack, connect the suspect to other unsolved crimes, and exonerate innocent suspects. And yet, there are thousands upon thousands of rape kits sitting untested in police storage facilities across the country representing thousands of leads to investigate, survivors to re-engage with compassion and care, and cases to prosecute.

But testing rape kits is just the first step to comprehensive reform. Once the problem is acknowledged and the first kits are sent out for testing, cities are left to grapple with the enormous task of finding a way to test all of the rape kits in their storage facilities, and figuring out how to investigate and prosecute these cases, re-engage survivors in the process, and address any systemic failures that led to the creation of the problem in the first place.

For background and further information on the rape kit backlog, go to:

Driven By Social Change, Care2 Fuses Online Petitioning With Social Networking to Lead Online Activism

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Mar. 10, 2015 – The online petition market is burgeoning – and elevating voices above the clatter is Care2, the social network for people passionate about making a difference. With 28 million members and 1,500 nonprofit partners, Care2’s mission-aligned business philosophy and social networking capabilities have built an engaged network of socially conscious citizens and cultivated strong nonprofit and brand partners. Whether it’s championing the actions of every day citizens striving for change on a community level, or working alongside national organizations to achieve advocacy goals, Care2 continues to cement itself as a leader in the fast-growing online activism space.

“Care2 and its members are the backbone of online activism,” Care2 CEO Randy Paynter said. “Our citizen and partner petitions achieve real results, even while Congress is gridlocked, while our cutting-edge technology helps our nonprofit partners recruit millions of valuable donor prospects.”

The original online petition service for citizen activists, Care2 has evolved since its inception in 1998 to become a destination for online advocacy. To help individual petition authors build successful campaigns, Care2 staff provides free strategy, promotion and media support. The site provides a powerful social network to kick start viral campaigns, as well as a vast forum for discussion of social issues and strategies for affecting change, while helping people stand together for collective impact on important issues.

Coupled with its B-Corporation status, which certifies the company meets rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, Care2 services have become an essential tool for many of the world’s largest member-based advocacy organizations. Care2 utilizes industry leading behavioral-targeting methods to match nonprofit clients with prospective donors from Care2’s highly motivated community. These methods are fixing the broken donor acquisition model that has relied on direct mail and telesales – a combined $20 billion addressable market. Environmental Defense Fund reports a permission-based marketing campaign with Care2 generated 50,000 new advocates, 70 percent of whom remained active with the organization for three years.

“We focus on helping every person on Care2 create a brighter future in their community, and then leverage their passion to help nonprofits recruit donors and fight for legislation. Add up all these local movements, combined with nonprofit partner campaigns, and we are creating true global change,” Paynter said.

About Care2

Care2, the longest running petition site, is a social network of 28 million citizen activists standing together for good. Care2 helps individuals start petitions and make a difference in their community while helping over 1500 nonprofit clients recruit more than 40 million prospective donors worldwide. Care2 is a profitable B Corporation, or social enterprise, using the power of business as a force for good. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

TSYS Named as a 2015 World’s Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute

COLUMBUS, Ga., March 9, 2015 — TSYS (NYSE: TSS) announced today that it has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as a 2015 World’s Most Ethical Company.

The World’s Most Ethical Companies designation recognizes those organizations that have had a material impact on the way business is conducted by fostering a culture of ethics and transparency at every level of the company. This honor underscores TSYS’ commitment to leading ethical business standards and practices ensuring long-term value to key stakeholders including customers, employees, suppliers, regulators and investors.

“Being recognized by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for the third time in the last four years is an honor beyond distinction,” said M. Troy Woods, president and chief executive officer, TSYS. “Integrity is a core value of TSYS and a moral philosophy we embrace in the way we conduct business and in the relationships we have with our customers, vendors and partners, our shareholders and our team members.”

“The World’s Most Ethical Companies embrace the correlation between ethical business practice and improved company performance. These companies use ethics as a means to further define their industry leadership and understand that creating an ethical culture and earning the World’s Most Ethical Companies recognition involves more than just an outward facing message or a handful of senior executives saying the right thing,” said Timothy Erblich, chief executive officer, Ethisphere. “We congratulate everyone at TSYS for this extraordinary achievement.”

The World’s Most Ethical Company assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute’s Ethics QuotientTM framework developed over years of research to provide a means to assess an organization’s performance in an objective, consistent and standardized way. Scores are generated in five categories: ethics and compliance program, corporate citizenship and responsibility, culture of ethics, governance and leadership, innovation, and reputation.

The complete list of the 2015 World’s Most Ethical Companies can be found at

About the Ethisphere Institute

The Ethisphere® Institute is the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices that fuel corporate character, marketplace trust and business success. Ethisphere has deep expertise in measuring and defining core ethics standards using data-driven insights that help companies enhance corporate character. Ethisphere honors superior achievement through its World’s Most Ethical Companies® recognition program, provides a community of industry experts with the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA) and showcases trends and best practices in ethics with the publication of Ethisphere Magazine and The World’s Most Ethical Companies Executive Briefing. Ethisphere is also the leading provider of independent verification of corporate ethics and compliance programs. More information about Ethisphere can be found at

About TSYS

At TSYS® (NYSE: TSS), we believe payments should revolve around people, not the other way around. We call this belief People-Centered Payments®. By putting people at the center of every decision we make, TSYS supports financial institutions, businesses and governments in more than 80 countries. Through NetSpend®, A TSYS Company, we empower consumers with the convenience, security, and freedom to be self-banked. TSYS offers issuer services and merchant payment acceptance for credit, debit, prepaid, healthcare and business solutions.

TSYS’ headquarters are located in Columbus, Ga., U.S.A., with local offices spread across the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific. TSYS is a member of The Civic 50 and was named one of the 2015 World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere magazine. TSYS routinely posts all important information on its website. For more, please visit us at

Eviction Can Result In Depression, Poorer Health and Higher Stress

Research shows that side effects can persist for years

HOUSTON – (March 9, 2015) – Eviction from a home can have multiple negative consequences for families – including depression, poorer health and higher levels of stress – and the side effects can persist for years, according to new research from sociologists at Rice University and Harvard University.

The study, “Eviction’s Fallout: Housing, Hardship and Health,” is the first to examine the consequences of eviction from housing in a nationally representative dataset. It will appear in an upcoming edition of the journal Social Forces.

The study focused on low-income, urban mothers — a population at high risk of eviction. The researchers found that eviction often results in multiple and multidimensional negative consequences for urban mothers. Mothers who were evicted the previous year experienced about 20 percent higher levels of material hardship and parenting stress.

Rachel Kimbro Photo credit: Rice University

Rachel Kimbro
Photo credit: Rice University

According to the study, one in two mothers who experienced eviction reported depression, compared with one in four similar mothers who did not experience eviction; and one in five mothers who experienced eviction reported their child’s health as poor, compared with one in 10 mothers who did not experience eviction.

“The year following eviction is incredibly trying for low-income mothers,” said Rachel Kimbro, an associate professor of sociology at Rice, associate director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research’s Urban Health Program and the study’s co-author. “Eviction spares neither their material, physical nor mental well-being, thereby undermining efforts of social programs designed to help them.”

Kimbro said that the hardship might lead to additional problems, such as relationship dissolution or moving into a disadvantaged neighborhood.

“Moreover, because the evictions we observed in our sample occurred at a crucial developmental phase in children’s lives, we expect them to have a significant impact on children’s well-being,” she said.

“In some instances, eviction may not simply drop poor mothers and their children into a dark valley, a trying yet relatively short section along life’s journey; it may fundamentally redirect their way, casting them onto a different, and much more difficult, path,” said Matthew Desmond, an assistant professor of sociology and social studies at Harvard University and the study’s co-author. “If evicted mothers experience higher rates of depression several years after their forced removal, as our findings indicate, that suggests eviction has lasting effects on mothers’ happiness and quality of life.”

Desmond said that this could affect the mothers’ relationships with their romantic partners and children, kin and neighbors; could cause them to withdraw from social institutions, which dampens their civic engagement and level of community embeddedness; and could sap their energy and prevent them from seeking or keeping gainful employment or participating fully in their children’s development.

The study includes longitudinal survey data from the Fragile Families and Child Well-being Study (FFCWS), which follows a birth cohort of new parents and their children. Interviews were conducted between 1998 and 2000 and contain information on 3,712 births to unmarried parents and 1,188 births to married parents from 20 U.S. cities. The survey oversampled unmarried mothers and contains a large sample of minority and disadvantaged women. The data include substantial information on the resources and relationships of parents and their effects on children.

Both Kimbro and Desmond noted that their research demonstrates that eviction is a cause, not simply a condition, of poverty. By providing rigorous evidence that eviction brings about a variety of hardships, they hope their study will underscore the need for policymakers to focus their attention on forced removal.

“The study implies that effective eviction-prevention initiatives could go a long way toward addressing these enduring problems,” Kimbro said. “Relatedly, because evicted mothers and their children were more likely to suffer from health problems, directing eviction-prevention aid upstream potentially could lower health care costs incurred downstream.”

The study is available online at

Knight Foundation Announces $25 Million in New Gifts for the South Florida Arts

Knight investment will now total $122 million in Miami arts since 2005

PAMM, University of Miami School of Music and ICA Miami are recipients

Knight Arts Challenge South Florida to continue through 2018

MIAMI – March 8, 2015 – Furthering its efforts to make art general in South Florida, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation today announced $25 million in new funding for the local cultural community. The support brings Knight Foundation’s total investment in the Miami arts to $122 million since 2005.

The funding will benefit both established institutions and grassroots groups, to help them innovate, engage and bring South Florida together through the arts. It includes support for three key arts institutions and for the continuation of the Knight Arts Challenge, a community-wide contest that, over the past eight years, has helped bring 240 innovative arts ideas to life.

Above: Visitors at Pérez Art Museum Miami with Gary Simmons’ Frozen in Time, 2014.

Above: Visitors at Pérez Art Museum Miami with Gary Simmons’ Frozen in Time, 2014.

“Great art defines and lifts the soul of a community. The arts create a sense of place and help bind us to each other with common experience. They help us explain the way we feel and represent who we are,” said Alberto Ibargüen, president of Knight Foundation. “Knight’s goal is to help build the community we all want to live in, a community where art is general and available to everyone, in all of our neighborhoods.”

In addition to continuing the local Knight Arts Challenge, the South Florida investment includes $17.5 million in support for leading cultural institutions to engage and inspire audiences:

Pérez Art Museum Miami ($5 million): Since opening just a year ago, the museum has exceeded attendance expectations and established itself as South Florida’s premiere visual arts institution. New Knight funding will go towards commissioning works by international artists for the museum’s project galleries. The funding ensures these artists have a way to engage with the South Florida community.

Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami ($5 million): In its first year of operation, ICA Miami has developed an international reputation for scholarly exhibitions and programs featuring the leading artists of our time. Located in the Miami Design District, ICA Miami is at the heart of the community’s conversation on art and culture. Knight support will fund cutting-edge contemporary art by making possible at least three exhibitions a year by emerging or underrepresented artists.

University of Miami, Frost School of Music ($7.5 million): The Frost School of Music consistently ranks in the top 20 programs in the country. Through its pioneering initiatives and curricula, the School prepares students with the most rigorous and relevant musical training. The university will build a new recital hall incorporating the latest state of the art technology. This Recital Hall will be a space for collaboration, experimentation, teaching, rehearsing and performances, in keeping with its vision.

Continuing the Knight Arts Challenge ($7.5 million): Each year, the challenge asks everyone in South Florida for ideas to enhance the South Florida arts. The challenge has just three rules: Projects must be about the arts; take place in or benefit South Florida; and match Knight’s funding.

The best ideas receive Knight Foundation funds. Anyone can apply: The challenge purposefully seeks out nontraditional grantees. In fact, more than 10,000 ideas have been received over the past eight years. More than half of these ideas came from individuals, businesses and small organizations that don’t have 501(c)(3) nonprofit status.

“In a truly creative city like ours, everyone should be able to participate and to see their dream projects turn into a reality,” said Dennis Scholl, Knight Foundation’s vice president for arts. “We are glad that the challenge can be the fuel that helps bring these ideas to fruition.”

The success of the South Florida challenge inspired Arts Challenges in four other cities around the country. With Knight Foundation’s new commitment, the South Florida challenge will offer funding to organizations of all sizes – from businesses to individual artists – through 2018.

Previous Knight funding for local institutions launched a new media program that includes the signature “Wallcasts” at the acclaimed New World Symphony campus, helps present Ibero-American films at the Miami International Film Festival, and is bringing every Miami-Dade third-grader to the Pérez Art Museum Miami. The approach is two-pronged: Knight Foundation aims to open up institutions to more South Floridians with large grants, while the Arts Challenge ensures that smaller, grassroots efforts fuel and refresh the arts scene.

Knight Foundation also announced today a transition in leadership: Arts leader Victoria Rogers will join the foundation as its new vice president for arts on May 1. Rogers, the New World Symphony’s executive vice president, will succeed Dennis Scholl, who led the program from its 2009 launch to national prominence.

For more on Knight Foundation’s arts initiative and to view a full list of Knight Arts Challenge winners, visit Connect on Facebook, Instagram and via @knightarts and #knightarts on Twitter. For more information about Knight Foundation’s arts program, visit

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

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