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HealthCorps’® 8th Annual Gala to Honor Goldie Hawn, Gloria Steinem And The California Endowment for Leading America’s Youth to Health

Co-Founders Dr. Mehmet Oz and Lisa Oz To Co-Host Event at The Waldorf Astoria in NYC on April 9

New York – March 11, 2014HealthCorps®, leaders in the nationwide movement of healthy young people, will honor Goldie Hawn, Gloria Steinem and The California Endowment for contributions to the health and well-being of American youth at their 8th Annual Gala on Wednesday, April 9. The “Savory Garden Gala” at The Waldorf Astoria New York will raise funds for HealthCorps to continue its fight against child obesity and expand its groundbreaking in-school health education programming, including “HealthCorps University,” the professional development program that brings its curriculum to virtually any school.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, HealthCorps Chairman, renowned heart surgeon and Daytime Emmy Award-winning host of the Daytime Emmy Award-winning “The Dr. Oz Show,” and his wife Lisa Oz will co-host the Gala. The evening will applaud the work of Ms. Hawn, Academy Award-winning actress, author and founder of The Hawn Foundation; Ms. Steinem, feminist writer and activist; and The California Endowment, who have partnered with HealthCorps in the Active Alliance to improve the health of children through exercise, nutrition and education in the state California. The couple co-founded HealthCorps 11 years ago to engage youth as the catalysts for simple lifestyle changes that will enhance their health and the health of their families.

HealthCorps supporters expected to attend include: actor Ben Vereen, talk show host Montel Williams; singer Jermaine Paul; author/actor Alejandro Chaban; reigning Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf; as well as celebrity chefs Rocco Dispirito, Candice Kumai, George Duran and Jorge Pineda.

“On behalf of HealthCorps, we are honored to recognize Goldie Hawn, Gloria Steinem and The California Endowment at our annual gala for their impressive dedication to building the physical strength and mental resilience of past, present and future generations,” said Dr. Oz. “As the nation continues to battle the obesity epidemic, Lisa and I count on the support of this event so we can further grow HealthCorps’ in-school programs, expand our reach into communities and continue to forge ahead in the fight against childhood obesity.”

Michelle Bouchard, HealthCorps President, said, “The Gala is a celebration of HealthCorps’ growth and accomplishments, as well as a time to lay out our goals for the future. We look forward to championing the work of our honorees, Goldie Hawn, Gloria Steinem and The California Endowment, as well as showcasing HealthCorps’ programming over the past year. Every day the work we do touches lives and changes lives, the Gala honors that work and those that do it.”

The Gala’s cocktail “health fair” hour will feature booths where celebrity chefs, strategic partners and Coordinators highlight the HealthCorps’ curriculum. The main event will include a seated black tie dinner accompanied by an online auction, acceptance speeches by the honorees and a performance by Broadway performer Stepp Stewart. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit http://healthcorps.org/gala.

Proceeds raised at the Gala will be used to establish HealthCorps’ curriculum in additional high schools through its coordinator program and “HealthCorps University.” By 2015, HealthCorps hopes to have a presence in 100 schools.

HealthCorps national sponsors include: USANA Health Sciences Inc., Continental Resources, The Harold Hamm Diabetes Center, and The California Endowment. Other significant sponsors include: the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, the New Jersey Department of Health, 4point4 Foundation, Desert Healthcare District, the VEMMA Nutrition Company, the California Walnut Board, the Dalio Foundation, Florida East Coast Realty, Sanofi US, PowerCrunch and many others. Wine and spirits are provided by MHW Ltd including Punzone Vodka.

About HealthCorps

HealthCorps® is a 501 (c) 3 founded in 2003 by heart surgeon and Daytime Emmy Award-winning host Dr. Mehmet Oz and his wife Lisa to combat the childhood obesity crisis. HealthCorps® is building a nationwide movement to shape a new generation.

HealthCorps® “Coordinators” carry out unique in-school and community programming targeting high-need populations. Using peer-mentoring to deliver a progressive curriculum in nutrition, fitness and mental strength, HealthCorps® Coordinators give teens purpose, help develop human character, and inspire an interest in health and culinary arts careers. HealthCorps® also serves as a unique research laboratory – exploring the complex, underlying causes of the obesity crisis and discovering and communicating solutions. HealthCorps® is bringing many initiatives together to address the “Whole Child” and activate the students’ mind, body and spirit. As a result, HealthCorps® is transforming the educational paradigm one school at a time. The program network spans 62 schools in 13 states and the District of Columbia.

In the fall of 2012, HealthCorps introduced HealthCorps University, a new “train the trainer” professional development program that makes the HealthCorps principles and curriculum available to virtually any school. Through HealthCorps University and the Coordinator program, HealthCorps hopes to have a presence in 100 schools by 2015.

You can follow HealthCorps on Twitter and on Facebook.

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CONTACT:

Karen Johnson, Chief Communications Officer

HealthCorps®
Phone: 212-742-2875
Email: Karen.Johnson@HealthCorps.org

Maria Poulos

Gala Press
Phone: 201-232-5391
Email: mariaspoulos@gmail.com

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Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt Names 10 Recipients For The “New Digital Age” Grants

Grantee organizations use technology to fight crime, overcome government-sponsored censorship, and aid in disaster relief

NEW YORK, NY (March 10, 2014) — Ten non-profits in the U.S. and abroad have been named recipients of New Digital Age Grants, funded through a $1 million donation by Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt.

The program was established to highlight organizations that use technology to counter the global challenges Schmidt and Google Ideas Director Jared Cohen write about in their book THE NEW DIGITAL AGE, including government-sponsored censorship, disaster relief and crime fighting. The book was released in paperback on March 4.

“The recipients chosen for the New Digital Age Grants are doing some very innovative and unique work, and I’m proud to offer them this encouragement,” said Schmidt. “Five billion people will encounter the Internet for the first time in the next decade. With this surge in the use of technology around the world—much of which we in the West take for granted—I felt it was important to encourage organizations that are using it to solve some of our most pressing problems.”

The ten recipients of the New Digital Age Grants are:

  • Aspiration in San Francisco, CA, provides deep mentor-ship to build tech capacity supporting Africa, Asia and beyond. Their NDA grant will grow their capacity-building programs for the Global South, increasing technical capacity to meet local challenges.
  • C4ADS, a nonprofit research team in Washington, DC, is at the cutting edge of unmasking Somali pirate networks, Russian arms-smuggling rings, and other illicit actors entirely through public records. Their data-driven approach and reliance on public documents has enormous potential impact, and the grant will help with their next big project.
  • The Citizen Integration Center in Monterrey, Mexico has developed an innovative public safety broadcast and tipline system on social media. Users help their neighbors—and the city—by posting incidents and receiving alerts when violence is occurring in their communities. The grant will help them broaden their reach.
  • The Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, Canada, is a leading interdisciplinary laboratory researching and exposing censorship and surveillance. The grant will support their technical reconnaissance and analysis, which uniquely combines experts and techniques from computer science and the social sciences.
  • The Guardian Project, based in New York City, develops open-source secure communication tools for mobile devices. ChatSecure and OSTel, their open standards-based encrypted messaging, voice and video communication services, which are both built on open standards, have earned the trust of tens of thousands of users in repressively-censored environments, and the grant will advance their technical development.
  • The Igarapé Institute in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, focuses on violence prevention and reduction through technology. Their nonprofit work on anti-crime projects combines the thoughtfulness of a think tank with the innovative experimentation of a technology design shop. The grant will support their research and development work.
  • KoBoToolbox in Cambridge, MA, allows fieldworkers in far-flung conflict and disaster zones to easily gather information without active Internet connections. The grant will help them revamp their platform to make it easier and faster to deploy.
  • The New Media Advocacy Project in New York, NY, is nonprofit organization developing mobile tools to map violence and disappearances in challenging environments. The grant will allow them to refine their novel, interactive, video-based interfaces.
  • The Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation in Washington, DC, advances open architectures and open-source innovations for a free and open Internet. The grant will assist their work with the Measurement Lab project to objectively measure and report Internet interference from repressive governments.
  • Portland State University in Portland, OR, is leading ground-breaking research on network traffic obfuscation techniques, which improve Internet accessibility for residents of repressively-censored environments. The grant will support the research of Professor Tom Shrimpton and his lab, who—with partners at the University of Wisconsin and beyond—continue to push the boundaries with new techniques like Format Transforming Encryption.

The New Digital Age Grants are being funded through a private donation by Eric and Wendy Schmidt.

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Contact: Angela Baggetta, Goldberg McDuffie Communications
212-705-4221, abaggetta@goldbergmcduffie.com

Young Audiences New York’s 2014 Children’s Arts Award Benefit Breaks Record Raising Over $1 Million Dollars Means More Arts For More Kids

2014 Honorees: Evan G. Greenberg, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, ACE Limited Matt Seiler, Global CEO, IPG Mediabrands & The School Community At P.S. 163 In Manhattan

The Evening Included a Special Performance by Students from P.S. 163 in Manhattan

New York, NY – March 7, 2014 – On Tuesday, March 4, 2013 Young Audiences New York (www.yany.org), an organization committed to providing arts-based instruction to students enrolled in New York City’s public schools, drew over 500 officials and distinguished guests from New York City’s business, media and education sectors to its annual Children’s Arts Award Benefit. The event generated $1,032,315 making it the organization’s highest grossing fundraiser in its history. Proceeds will expand Young Audiences New York’s ability to provide arts education to underserved New York City students in grades pre-K through 12 across all five boroughs.

The night of the benefit, Young Audiences New York honored the following luminaries for their advocacy of children’s arts education: Evan G. Greenberg, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, ACE Limited and Matt Seiler, Global CEO, IPG Mediabrands. Traditionally Young Audiences New York has also recognized a performer as its Arts Honoree. This year for the first time, the award was given to a community of people who exemplify working together to make arts education happen for kids. The school community from P.S. 163 was the recipient of the 2014 Arts Honoree Award. The school was singled out for the dedication its PTA, school leaders and teachers have demonstrated every year for the past twenty years to ensuring that all the children in the school benefit from arts education. This commitment to integrating creativity into the school day is a wonderful example of communities, partners and educators working together to give kids more of what they want and need. Principal Donny Lopez and Assistant Principal Andrea Woodhouse-Spence, P.S. 163, accepted the award on behalf of the school community. Students from P.S. 163 performed “Las Chiapanecas” and “Jesusita en Chihuahua” under the direction of Yloy Ybarra. Actor Billy Lyons (Lost Bohemia, The Things They Carried) served as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies and spoke firsthand about how he has seen arts education impact thousands of kids across the country.

Young Audiences New York hosted it’s annual Children’s Arts Award Benefit on March 4, 2014 at Cipriani Wall Street. The 2014 honorees from L-R are: Matt Seiler, Global CEO, IPG Mediabrands; Evan G. Greenberg, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, ACE Limited and Donny Lopex, Principal of P.S. 163 in Manhattan. Credit: Van Stolatis/YANY2014.

The festivities, which took place at Cipriani’s Wall Street in Manhattan, featured an awards presentation, auction and a paddle raise led by Auctioneer James Donahower. Jazz singer Alexis Cole and her band performed.

The 2014 Children’s Arts Awards Benefit Chair was Julie Kantrowitz, President, Bridge Media Consultants, and the co-chairs were Jeffrey W. Greenberg, Chairman, Aquiline Holdings, LLC and Jackie Kelley, CEO North America & President Global Clients, IPG Mediabrands.

“Kids and the arts go together, said Eileen Doyle, Executive Director, Young Audiences New York. “Everyone knows that —and research proves great things happen when kids have arts education. Young Audiences New York is all about making top notch learning through the arts a reality for more kids. We are so excited that we brought more supporters than ever to the table this year—that means more arts for more kids!”

Every year, Young Audiences New York’s 200 school and community partners count on the organization to bring their experienced faculty of teaching artists, diverse artistic offerings, and customized approaches to over 50,000 kids enrolled in the New York City school system. Through theater, dance, music and visual arts, kids learn to focus, work together, solve problems creatively, and persevere—all important skills for succeeding in today’s world.

Benefit Sponsorships

Young Audiences New York would like to thank the following Diamond Sponsors for their support: ACE Group, AON and Kim & Jeffrey Greenberg. The organization would also like to show appreciation to the following Premium Sponsors for their ongoing contributions: Allstate Insurance Company, AOL, Aquiline Holdings LLC, CNN, Cognizant, Comcast/NBC Universal, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Facebook, General Atlantic, Google, IPG Mediabrands, Ironshore, Lockton Companies, Marsh Inc, Morgan Stanley, the Starr Foundation, Stone Point Capital, Validus, Viacom, Willis Re, PwC, and XL Group.

About Young Audiences New York

Young Audiences New York is one of New York City’s oldest and most well‐respected arts education organizations. Our programs connect highly skilled teaching artists with school and communities throughout the country. We take pride in understanding a partner’s objectives and needs and fulfilling those goals with our diverse program offerings. Last year, our programs reached more than 25,000 students in over 60 New York City schools. YANY’s Literature to Life® national tour brought arts education to an additional 30,000 students in 30 states.

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Marlea Willis
Marlea Willis Communications, Inc.
O: 212.485.9810/914.220.8399
C: 646.535.9056 
marlea@mwilliscomm.com

W.K. Kellogg Foundation applauds President Obama’s 2015 budget and its support for working families and children

La June Montgomery Tabron, president and CEO, issued the following statement

President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget request is a welcome step forward to enacting many of the key policies discussed in his recent State of the Union address – efforts that will increase investments and opportunities in programs that will help our nation’s children and families reach their full potential now and in the future.

Specifically, the president has requested $56 billion in new spending for the “Opportunity, Growth, and Security Initiative,” an economic initiative which would provide much-needed investments in our youngest Americans through early childhood education, a new Race to the Top Equity and Opportunity competition, support for 35 additional Promise Neighborhoods to expand educational opportunities in high-poverty communities and increased funding for voluntary home visiting and child care programs. The president’s proposed budget also puts forth requests for raising the minimum wage, expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), investing in impactful job training programs and creating a new way for working Americans to start saving for retirement.

The president is right to request additional funding for early childhood education; high-quality programs can create new learning opportunities for children and families while producing strong academic and economic outcomes. An increase in funding for Preschool Development Grants from $250 million to $750 million, aimed at reaching two-thirds of all states by 2015, would help lay the groundwork for the president’s Preschool for All initiative, a $75 billion federal investment in proven early childhood education strategies.

Increasing investments in our nation’s youngest learners will help ensure that all children, regardless of race or income, are ready to learn and contribute when they step into a classroom. Research clearly shows that by focusing on a child’s earliest and most formative years, and empowering families to address the key factors that influence a child’s academic and emotional development, children are 29 percent more likely to graduate from high school and 33 percent more likely to have meaningful careers.

The proposed budget also includes a new $300 million Race to the Top Equity and Opportunity competition centered on addressing the factors that create opportunity gaps for low-income students across the country.

We know that education and economic stability are inextricably linked. Unfortunately, more than 32 million children currently live in low-income households. Children who live in poverty in their earliest years are far more likely to drop out of school and perpetuate the cycle of poverty.

The creation of a new $6 billion Community College Job-Driven Training Fund, which would offer competitive grants to community colleges and employers to launch new job training programs, as well as increased investments in apprenticeship opportunities, are critical steps to helping strengthen economic opportunities for young parents, workers and those who may be re-entering the workforce.

The president’s budget would also double the value of the EITC for workers without children and non-custodial parents and makes it available to younger adult workers. This proposal, along with the president’s support for raising the minimum wage to $10.10, are major policy milestones toward helping more young people attain quality jobs and achieve economic security.

We look forward to a discussion on these issues and continuing our support of policies that will move our country forward by ensuring more families can become economically secure and that every child has a fair chance at success in school and life.

About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer Will Keith Kellogg is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to help break the cycle of poverty by removing barriers based on race or income that hold back children, so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.

The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Mich., and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti.

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Contact:
Wade Nelson
269.969.2166
Wade.Nelson@wkkf.org

The Nature Conservancy Receives $26 Million in Funding—one of the Largest Gifts to Conservation in Africa

Commitment from the Peter Hawkins Dobberpuhl Foundation will benefit wild places and the people living in them

Arlington, VA — The Nature Conservancy (TNC), a global non-profit organization, announced today receipt of $26 million in funding through the Peter Hawkins Dobberpuhl Foundation for projects in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia that are designed to conserve wild places and benefit the people who live in them, with $3 million allocated specifically for work to combat the elephant poaching crisis. This is one of the largest gifts, other than through bequest, to on-the-ground conservation in Africa.

The Dobberpuhl family – Joel, Holly, and their children Samuel and Lily – chose to make their funding commitment a strategic combination of philanthropic giving and impact investment capital: $22.5 million is outright philanthropy, and $3.5 million is a seven-year, zero-interest loan to scale up an innovative conservation financing program in Kenya focused on sustainable livestock grazing. The Dobberpuhls aim to encourage more philanthropists to engage in this blended funding strategy.

“TNC is doing the right thing by bringing their resources and expertise to the marketplace to make a greater conservation impact, but it is not without risk” said Joel Dobberpuhl. “Like any venture it is important to provide them with flexible capital. Innovation is alive in conservation and it’s definitely alive at The Nature Conservancy.”

This transformative funding support builds on generous support from the Peter Hawkins Dobberpuhl Foundation to TNC projects in their home state of Tennessee and second home, Washington state, where they support the Pacific Northwest’s Emerald Edge program to protect the world’s largest temperate rainforest.

“TNC’s efforts in Africa are aimed at easing the tension between people and wildlife; helping to create a healthy balance for both – and that is one of the main reasons we wanted to participate,” said Holly Dobberpuhl.

“The fact that a family from Tennessee is stepping up at this level is an indication of how important Africa is on a global scale for social and conservation causes. Populations are growing and demand for resources is increasing. It really is crunch time. If we’re going to make it through, people in the U.S. and other parts of the world must also step up,” said David Banks, Director of TNC’s Africa Program.

ALLOCATION OF THE PETER HAWKINS DOBBERPUHL FOUNDATION FUNDING

  • $7MM in IMPACT CAPITAL to Livestock to Markets ($3.5MM is to be repaid after seven years)

Through the Livestock to Markets program, local partner, the Northern Rangelands Trust, incents herders to manage grasslands to benefit cattle and wildlife. Cattle is fattened on conservation land before selling in Nairobi. Earnings are used for wildlife conservation and community projects. The Dobberpuhl funding will help pay for infrastructure, such as cattle transport and processing equipment, that is needed scale up from 1,000 head of cattle annually to the goal of 10,000.

  • $6MM to Secure Land in Kenya

Loisaba is a 60,000-acre private ranch that is rich in wildlife and serves as a critical elephant corridor. It also provides grazing land for local herders and jobs through eco-tourism. The Dobberpuhl funding will cover most of the $10.7MM cost to conserve the property and ensure that it continues to support wildlife and local people.

  • $3MM for The Nature Conservancy’s Elephant Protection Initiative

The Elephants Matter initiative is a multi-region effort to protect habitat and improve security for elephants in Africa while raising awareness and reducing demand for ivory in China.

  • $6.7MM for Tuungane, a multi-partner collaboration addressing the interconnected challenges of population growth, poverty and natural resource consumption in western Tanzania.
  • $3.3MM for work in western Zambia with the Zambian Wildlife Authority and local communities to improve natural resource management within the 16-million-acre Kafue Ecosystem.

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working in 35 countries to conserve lands and waters upon which all life depends. TNC and its more than 1 million members have conserved nearly 120 million acres worldwide. www.nature.org

The Nature Conservancy in Africa works with partners to conserve wild places and improve the lives of people who call them home. We focus on communally owned lands and provide people with tools to conserve their wildlife and other resources. nature.org/africa

The Nature Conservancy in Washington works to protect, connect and restore vital lands and waters across the state. Partnering with diverse groups and using science-based innovation, the Conservancy is doing wide ranging work on the Washington Coast, around Puget Sound and in the East Cascades, bringing new health to damaged environments, strengthening local communities and economies and protecting land, air and water. nature.org/washington

CREDO Donates Nearly $200,000 to Fight NSA Spying and Keystone XL, and Provide Medical Support to Victims of Civil War

CREDO Empowers Customers to Support Progressive Nonprofits

San Francisco, CA – CREDO, America’s only progressive phone company, announced today that it is donating a total of $199,982 to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Friends of the Earth and the Electronic Frontier Foundation to boost the nonprofits’ efforts as they work to provide aid to distressed populations, and fight back against attacks on civil liberties and the environment.

Doctors Without Borders, Friends of the Earth and the Electronic Frontier Foundation were nominated by CREDO customers and chosen among hundreds of nonprofits to be featured as the three groups eligible in the month of February to receive funding. CREDO customers then helped decide how much money each nonprofit received by simply voting online or via phone or text.

Friends of the Earth received 37 percent, which added up to $73,993 in funding. One of our best allies in the fight against Keystone XL, Friends of the Earth has been a leader in exposing the corrupted State Department vetting process of foreign oil company TransCanada. The global network representing 74 different countries engages in hard-hitting campaigns to fight for what is needed to protect the planet – not just what is easy and popular.

“CREDO has been a great partner with Friends of the Earth to advocate for solutions to climate change and defend the Clean Air Act. We are grateful for their support and to have them as a progressive ally in the fight for a more healthy and just world.”—Erich Pica, president of Friends of the Earth

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) received 21 percent, which added up to $41,996 in funding. EFF is our first line of defense when our freedoms in the networked world come under attack. It’s a leader in the fight to end the NSA’s illegal mass surveillance programs and to block policies that allow censorship of our Internet and abusive copyright protections that stifle free speech for corporate profit.

“CREDO is building a better, freer future for technology users worldwide,” said Richard Esguerra, development director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Doctors Without Borders received 42 percent, which added up to $83,992 in funding. The organization’s doctors and nurses provide urgent medical care in some of the most dangerous regions of the world where war and catastrophe are threatening lives – including current operations in response to conflicts in the Central African Republic and South Sudan. Doctors Without Borders is also a leading opponent of provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement that have the potential to block access to affordable medicine in the developing world.

Every month, three progressive nonprofits will be eligible for funding through CREDO’s donations program. CREDO has donated more than $76 million to organizations committed to social change since the company was founded in 1985. To read more about CREDO’s donations program, go here: http://www.credomobile.com/mission/progressive-social-change.aspx

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CONTACT: Sarah Lane at sarahlane@credoaction.com

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Activate Instruction Allows Educators To Access Free Curriculum From Specific Schools

Recently created website allows educators to access content from specific top-performing schools and teachers nationwide for first time, free-of-charge

San Jose, Calif. – Starting today, educators can search and access nearly 2,000 educational playlists created by specific schools and teachers, thanks to the free website Activate Instruction, the Girard Education Foundation announced today. Activate Instruction (Activate) includes curriculum from some of the nation’s highest-performing public school systems. Recent upgrades allow teachers to collaborate with one another on playlists, regardless of where teachers are located.

These new online features are being unveiled at the launch of the 21st Annual California Charter Schools Conference in San Jose, CA March 3-6, where nearly 3,000 school leaders, teachers and business partners will discuss innovations – including education technology such as Activate – that can be used to drive student achievement.

“Teachers are working hard to prepare their students for Common Core, with limited access to updated resources,” said Michele Hansen, president and CEO of the Girard Education Foundation, whose philanthropic support enables teachers, parents and students to access the website at no cost. “Activate Instruction facilitates teacher collaboration and makes it easy for teachers to access quality content from high-performing schools for free.”

Teachers on Activate – who number nearly 4,000 – can now search for, and follow, sets of more than 18,000 resources (including nearly 2,000 playlists). Many of these resources have been uploaded by high-performing schools that have voluntarily shared their content. Those schools include: Summit Public Schools in the Bay Area, High Tech High in San Diego, and Da Vinci Schools and KIPP LA Schools in Los Angeles. Teachers can even follow other teachers’ specific playlists, creating the opportunity for teachers’ work to be recognized nationally.

“Charter public schools in California have been laboratories of innovation for years and we are pleased to see that several of the top-performers are now sharing their successful curriculum through Activate Instruction,” said Jed Wallace, president and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association – the organization hosting this year’s charter school conference. “With Activate, both charter and traditional school systems can work together in the spirit of our conference’s theme of achievement through innovation.”

The new collaboration feature also allows teachers to follow specific schools. In addition, teachers will now be able to share their playlists and resources, enabling educators to collaborate and organize their resources together.

Activate Instruction is a free website where teachers can browse, search, rate, add, share, and organize their favorite Common Core-aligned resources, and put them together in personalized playlists for students. Activate provides access to comprehensive grade 6-12 curriculum, soon expanding to K-12, in nearly all subject areas, including math, English, and science. Preliminary results of a survey of teachers and administrators found that the majority of teachers using Activate would recommend it to their peers. In addition, the survey found that the majority of teachers found Activate helpful in personalizing student learning and in lesson planning.

About Activate Instruction

Activate Instruction is a free website funded and managed by the nonprofit Girard Education Foundation. Through providing teachers and schools with high-quality educational resources tailored to individual student needs, the foundation hopes to enable every student to have a personally enriching learning experience that prepares him or her to succeed in life. Girard Education Foundation collaborated with technology experts at Illuminate Education, Inc., and outstanding educators at Summit Public Schools to create the new Activate Instruction website over the last two years. To learn more about Activate Instruction, read Frequently Asked Questions and visit: Activate Instruction.

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Contact:
Adam Ratliff
Larson Communications
(415) 722-0739

Activate Instruction Allows Educators To Access Free Curriculum From Specific Schools

Recently created website allows educators to access content from specific top-performing schools and teachers nationwide for first time, free-of-charge

San Jose, Calif. – Starting today, educators can search and access nearly 2,000 educational playlists created by specific schools and teachers, thanks to the free website Activate Instruction, the Girard Education Foundation announced today. Activate Instruction (Activate) includes curriculum from some of the nation’s highest-performing public school systems. Recent upgrades allow teachers to collaborate with one another on playlists, regardless of where teachers are located. 

These new online features are being unveiled at the launch of the 21st Annual California Charter Schools Conference in San Jose, CA March 3-6, where nearly 3,000 school leaders, teachers and business partners will discuss innovations – including education technology such as Activate – that can be used to drive student achievement.

“Teachers are working hard to prepare their students for Common Core, with limited access to updated resources,” said Michele Hansen, president and CEO of the Girard Education Foundation, whose philanthropic support enables teachers, parents and students to access the website at no cost. “Activate Instruction facilitates teacher collaboration and makes it easy for teachers to access quality content from high-performing schools for free.”

Teachers on Activate – who number nearly 4,000 – can now search for, and follow, sets of more than 18,000 resources (including nearly 2,000 playlists). Many of these resources have been uploaded by high-performing schools that have voluntarily shared their content. Those schools include: Summit Public Schools in the Bay Area, High Tech High in San Diego, and Da Vinci Schools and KIPP LA Schools in Los Angeles. Teachers can even follow other teachers’ specific playlists, creating the opportunity for teachers’ work to be recognized nationally. 

“Charter public schools in California have been laboratories of innovation for years and we are pleased to see that several of the top-performers are now sharing their successful curriculum through Activate Instruction,” said Jed Wallace, president and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association – the organization hosting this year’s charter school conference. “With Activate, both charter and traditional school systems can work together in the spirit of our conference’s theme of achievement through innovation.”

The new collaboration feature also allows teachers to follow specific schools. In addition, teachers will now be able to share their playlists and resources, enabling educators to collaborate and organize their resources together.

Activate Instruction is a free website where teachers can browse, search, rate, add, share, and organize their favorite Common Core-aligned resources, and put them together in personalized playlists for students. Activate provides access to comprehensive grade 6-12 curriculum, soon expanding to K-12, in nearly all subject areas, including math, English, and science. Preliminary results of a survey of teachers and administrators found that the majority of teachers using Activate would recommend it to their peers. In addition, the survey found that the majority of teachers found Activate helpful in personalizing student learning and in lesson planning.

About Activate Instruction

Activate Instruction is a free website funded and managed by the nonprofit Girard Education Foundation. Through providing teachers and schools with high-quality educational resources tailored to individual student needs, the foundation hopes to enable every student to have a personally enriching learning experience that prepares him or her to succeed in life. Girard Education Foundation collaborated with technology experts at Illuminate Education, Inc., and outstanding educators at Summit Public Schools to create the new Activate Instruction website over the last two years. To learn more about Activate Instruction, read Frequently Asked Questions and visit: Activate Instruction.

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Contact: 
Adam Ratliff 
March 4, 2014 Larson Communications 
(415) 722-0739

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The Two Leading Organizations In Strategic Philanthropy Education, Networking, And Thought Leadership Legally Merge

New York (March 3, 2014) — The London- and New York-based Institute for Philanthropy and the San Francisco-based The Philanthropy Workshop West, the leaders in strategic philanthropy education, networking, and thought leadership, legally merged effective March 1, 2014.

Leadership from the two not-for-profit charities announced the marriage from their San Francisco, New York, and London offices in a video conference with members.

Several forward-thinking philanthropists, foundations, and advisors are at the heart of the creation and evolution of the two organizations, including the Rockefeller Foundation, leadership from HRH the Prince of Wales’s charities, the TOSA Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

The new entity will have offices in London, New York, and San Francisco, and be named The Philanthropy Workshop (TPW).

The two respective brands and websites (www.instituteforphilanthropy.org and www.tpwwest.org) will continue to operate until the organizations are fully integrated. TPW anticipates formally announcing its merger this summer in New York.

“Along with our co-vice chairs Olana Hirsch Khan and Bea Hollond, and other fellow board members, we’re taking an exciting step forward in building the Philanthropy Workshop, together,” Katherine Lorenz, the Philanthropy Workshop’s new board chair, said. “TPW’s combined network of more than 300 philanthropists—all trained in strategic philanthropy by our organizations—is the largest of its kind and unique to the field of philanthropy.”

The network hails largely from the United States and the United Kingdom with significant numbers from Canada and countries throughout Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia.

The two leading organizations in strategic philanthropy education, networking, and thought leadership legally merge

“Full alignment and integration of our two groups requires thoughtful and diligent planning,” Glen Galaich, the Philanthropy Workshop’s chief executive officer, said. “The Philanthropy Workshop will leverage the strengths of our founding organizations to bring members stronger programming, a broader network, and a united position as the foremost influencers of strategic and innovative philanthropy in the global community.”

Within a confidential forum of fellow philanthropists, participants in the Philanthropy Workshop’s “cohorts” acquire a roadmap for strategic philanthropy—the knowledge, skills, and networks necessary to achieve impact in financial giving and social investing, and to realize their full potential as philanthropists.

TPW’s curriculum includes case studies, site visits, peer discussions, and skills-building sessions, meeting with some of the best thinkers and leaders in philanthropy, including community and leading social entrepreneurs, and visiting organizations crafting solutions to local and global issues. Each cohort participates in three weeklong modules in different parts of the world, with an optional fourth module in Washington, DC.

“Strategic philanthropy is a rigorous discipline, requiring an excellent grounding in both theory and practice,” Tracy Mack Parker, executive vice president of the Philanthropy Workshop, said. “It’s not about quantifying assets as much as the need to be intellectually curious and seriously committed to, and optimistic about, making lasting change.”

Cleveland Museum of Art Receives $10 million Gift Enabling Museum to Build on Mission and Core Principles

Visionary gift connects the museum with the life of the community

CLEVELAND (March 3, 2014) — The Cleveland Museum of Art announces a $10 million gift by an anonymous donor that will further strengthen the hallmarks of the museum’s guiding vision: scholarship, artistic excellence and community engagement. These three pillars reinforce the museum’s regional and international reputation and serve as a bridge to both the neighborhood and global communities.

The generous gift has enabled the museum to establish two endowments, one to support community engagement activities and the other for interpretation of the collection. The final component of the gift helped make possible the December 2013 acquisition of the Catherine Glynn Benkaim and Ralph Benkaim Collection of Deccan and Mughal Paintings, an unparalleled private collection of 95 works from India’s major Islamic courts. This noteworthy acquisition fulfilled a critical need in the collection, along with the museum’s ability to engage and educate visitors of all races, religions and socio-economic backgrounds.

“This incredibly generous gift really touches upon the fundamental initiatives of the Cleveland Museum of Art,” said Fred Bidwell, the Cleveland Museum of Art’s interim director. “The establishment of the two endowments and the Benkaim Collection acquisition reflect the museum’s mission and help to leverage this vision to optimally benefit its diverse communities. Adhering to the highest standards of excellence in scholarship, artistic excellence and community engagement, the museum can contribute to and enhance the quality of life of Northeast Ohio citizens and beyond.”

The Cleveland Museum of Art recently began to strategically consider its community engagement program and elected to transition from a traditional community arts model into a more comprehensive, multi-faceted effort. This new effort was identified and defined through a special taskforce, the Community Engagement 360˚ Committee, comprised of 20 community leaders and museum leadership. The community engagement endowment established by this anonymous gift will help advance the museum’s groundbreaking new community engagement strategy and its related activities. Through this comprehensive initiative, the museum will most fully embody the concept of local and regional relevance, actively connecting the museum with the life of the community.

The establishment of the interpretation endowment invests in research, curriculum development and interpretation. This endowment gift completes the museum’s efforts to match a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The endowment directly supports the museum’s interpretation staff and the development of humanities-based interpretive materials that makes possible refreshed gallery interpretation, program modification and technology updates that enhance the visitor experience. Through interpretive tools like interactive technology and in-gallery interpreters, visitors can connect with the varying perspectives on works of art and their cultural histories.

The Benkaim Collection, which immediately elevates the museum to a world-class leader in Deccan and Mughal Paintings, was made possible by part of the gift. The Benkaim Collection contains rare folios and has been represented in many publications. Christian subjects are represented along with Hindu and Muslim themes; the collection of works offers an opportunity to encourage tolerance and respect for differing ideas and beliefs, reflecting some of the museum’s highest aspirations. Thoughtfully and selectively building the permanent collection allows unparalleled opportunities for the museum’s diverse community to enjoy and learn.

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About the Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art is renowned for the quality and breadth of its collection, which includes almost 45,000 objects and spans 6,000 years of achievement in the arts. The museum is a significant international forum for exhibitions, scholarship, performing arts and art education and recently completed an ambitious, multi-phase renovation and expansion project across its campus. One of the top comprehensive art museums in the nation and free of charge to all, the Cleveland Museum of Art is located in the dynamic University Circle neighborhood.

The Cleveland Museum of Art is supported by a broad range of individuals, foundations and businesses in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. The museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Additional support comes from the Ohio Arts Council, which helps fund the museum with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. For more information about the museum, its holdings, programs and events, call 888-CMA-0033 or visit www.ClevelandArt.org.

Contact:
Caroline Guscott
Communications Manager
Marketing and Communications
The Cleveland Museum of Art
11150 East Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-1797

T 216-707-2261
F 216-707-6521

www.ClevelandArt.org

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