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Devin D. Thorpe

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UNICEF And Millicom Team Up For A Safer Internet World For Children

UNICEF and Millicom have formally agreed to a three-year alliance to improve respect for children’s rights in the telecommunication sector. The partnership will strive for positive change within the industry through pilot implementation of the Children’s Rights and Business Principles and the UNICEF and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Guidelines for Industry on Child Online Protection.

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Millicom and UNICEF plan to create standards for good practice in the telecommunication sector that protect children online and respect their right to privacy, freedom of thought, opinion, culture and safety. Children and young people face an increasing number of risks online, from targeted marketing using their personal information to bullying and harassment, identity theft and online abuse.

The alliance seeks to:

  • Map the risks to and opportunities for children’s rights in the telecommunication sector and in specific operational settings
  • Develop and promote industry-specific guidance on how the telecommunication sector can improve respect for children’s rights, specifically through implementing the Children’s Rights and Business Principles and
  • Develop case studies on lessons learned in implementing the Children’s Rights and Business Principles and the UNICEF and ITU Guidelines for Industry on Child Online Protection.

UNICEF and Millicom have been in discussions since 2012, when Millicom provided feedback on UNICEF’s Children’s Rights and Business Principles tools for implementation. Millicom then piloted UNICEF’s Children’s Rights Checklist at its operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Subsequently, Millicom and UNICEF began formalizing their collaboration to outline future work and to ensure that their common objectives were met.

Millicom’s Executive Vice President of Strategic Operations and Partnerships, Rachel Samrén said: “Companies have many strategic and direct ways to influence children’s lives positively, beyond charity work or fighting child labour. At Millicom, we always ‘demand more’ and so we are proud to be at the forefront of putting into action the great work with UNICEF that takes a wider perspective on business responsibility and children.”

“UNICEF is committed to working with business to identify the shared value that can be created when improving child rights within each industry,” said Gérard Bocquenet, UNICEF Director of Private Fundraising and Partnerships. “We are proud to join Millicom in identifying how children can be better protected online in this growing virtual world. It is truly an important issue that is increasingly relevant to children everywhere.”

Foundation Center and Center for Disaster Philanthropy Release New Research Tracking How Foundation Funding Flows to Disasters

Research Lays Foundation for Data Collection Network to Improve Disaster Philanthropy

New York, NY, and Washington, DC — December 11, 2014. Today Foundation Center, the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide, and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP), the only full-time resource devoted to disaster philanthropy, released a new report to help donors, NGOs, government agencies, and media gain an increased understanding of how much foundation funding is spent on disasters each year, by whom, and for what activities. Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy 2014: Data to Drive Decisions presents an analysis of funding for disasters by the largest U.S. foundations. It finds that, in 2012, 234 foundations made 884 grants totaling $111 million for disasters.

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“The research released today establishes critical baseline data about foundation funding for disasters and helps fill a gap in knowledge that historically has been incomplete and difficult to access,” said Robert G. Ottenhoff, president and CEO of CDP. “This new report and CDP’s partnership with Foundation Center represent important steps towards capturing a more complete picture of the funding landscape.”

According to the research findings, the majority of disaster grantmaking in 2012 was for natural disasters ($64.9 million), and almost half of all disaster funding was directed to response and relief efforts ($51.5 million). The report also examines the philanthropic response to earlier disasters, explores the media landscape, and anticipates what it will take to improve coordination and collaboration for more effective disaster-related giving. Three case studies in the report take a closer look at foundations that have made substantial investments in disaster preparedness, relief, and recovery.

“It’s encouraging to see foundations demonstrate innovation and commitment in going beyond emergency response to address the full life cycle of disasters,” said Lawrence T. McGill, vice president for research at Foundation Center and one of the report’s authors.

During a special webinar slated for Tuesday, December 16, donors, NGOs, government agencies, the media, and others interested can hear directly from the researchers and ask questions about the findings from Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy 2014: Data to Drive Decisions. Register online.

The research report is part of a broader effort to track philanthropic funding flows to disasters, cultivate an online data gathering network, and equip the field with strategic resources for improving disaster preparedness, response, and resilience. A searchable online platform launching in late 2015 will make this information accessible, facilitate even more peer-to-peer learning, and provide an opportunity for additional funders to contribute to this collective body of knowledge.

“The data network and resulting website can help shift how organizations understand, prepare for, and respond to disasters,” said Bradford K. Smith, president of Foundation Center. “Our goal is to empower donors to make more effective giving decisions related to disasters and ultimately improve the practice of philanthropy through better coordination and transparency.”

This project was made possible by a generous gift from The Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation. An expert advisory committee comprised of foundations, humanitarian organizations, and philanthropic support organizations is also providing ongoing guidance and insight for the project.

Measuring the State of Disaster Philanthropy 2014: Data to Drive Decisions can be downloaded for free at Foundation Center’s website or at the Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s website.

SDSU Applications at an All-Time High

San Diego State University has received more than 79,000 undergraduate applications for fall 2015.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Dec. 11, 2014) — For the fourth year in a row San Diego State University has received a record number of applications.
The application period for fall 2015 closed on Nov. 30 with 81,080 freshmen and undergraduate transfer student applications. That is an increase of more than 2 percent from last year’s record 79,135 applications for fall 2014.

“We are excited to again see record interest in our academic programs. This interest reflects the dedicated efforts of our talented faculty and staff members, our growing national reputation and the extraordinary achievements of our alumni and current students.” said SDSU President Elliot Hirshman.

Among the fall undergraduate applications are 58,193 first-time freshmen and 22,816 upper division transfer students, up 4 and 6 percent respectively over last year.

Quality and quantity

As the number of applications to the university increases, so too does the academic achievement of its students. The 2014 class of freshmen for the San Diego campus is the highest-achieving in the history of the university. Among the 4,978 first-time freshmen this year, the average high school GPA is 3.69 with an average SAT score of 1115, up from 3.61 and 1106 the year before. The incoming class is also highly diverse; 52.9 percent of first-time freshmen are students of color.

Thanks in part to these academic achievements, SDSU continues to build momentum in national rankings, moving up 34 spots from No. 183 in 2011 to No. 149 in this year’s U.S. News and World Report’s list of national universities.

Fall 2015 applicants can expect notification of acceptance by March 2015.

Celebrities Display Raw Emotion, are Rendered “Speechless” In New, Unscripted NO MORE PSAs on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Footage created as part of Joyful Heart Foundation NO MORE PSA shoots directed by Founder Mariska Hargitay

WHAT: Today, a new series of NO MORE domestic violence and sexual assault PSAs will begin rolling out, featuring more than a dozen celebrities who are so moved by the content of the shoot that they are left without words. Entitled “Speechless,” the newest PSA series created by the Joyful Heart Foundation for the NO MORE movement is a raw, unscripted and powerful video collection that shows the candid responses as these men and women attempt to talk about domestic violence and sexual assault. The PSAs will be seen on NBC (Dec. 10), USA Network (Dec. 12), on several Viacom brands (starting Dec. 15), and during NFL broadcasts this season.

“Speechless” was not planned. It was an unexpected byproduct when emotions ran high while shooting other scripts previously aired. The spots are stark, spare visually and use only ambient sound. “Speechless” was designed to shed light on how difficult it is to talk about these taboo, hidden and painful subjects. The spots reveal the depth to which we are all affected by these previously unspeakable issues. They urge viewers to start a conversation about domestic and sexual violence with friends and loved ones.

NO MORE is a public awareness and bystander engagement movement around domestic violence and sexual assault, and is comprised of hundreds of national and local groups that are working to address these issues in the United States.

The NO MORE PSAs are the result of an unprecedented collaboration of celebrities, athletes, corporations, foundations and service providers who have donated their resources to bring these hidden issues into the public eye in a way that has never been done before. They were developed pro bono by Rachel Howald at the global ad agency Y&R (Young & Rubicam), produced by the Joyful Heart Foundation and Viacom’s social responsibility umbrella Viacommunity and Viacom Velocity; directed by Joyful Heart Foundation founder Mariska Hargitay; and photographed by renowned celebrity photographer Timothy White.

Similar “Speechless” PSAs featuring current and former NFL players (watch here) aired during NFL broadcasts on Thanksgiving Day for more than 92 million viewers, an advertising value of $2.1 million.

Since October 23, NO MORE PSAs featuring NFL players have been airing each week during NFL broadcasts reaching 16.6 million people per game – more than 590 million in total. The original, celebrity NO MORE PSAs launched in September 2013 and have since aired more than 39,000 times nationwide.

For more information about NO MORE visit www.nomore.org.

WHY: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1 in 3 women 1 in 4 men in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence, and stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Twenty four people every minute – more than 12 million women and men – are victims of physical violence, rape and stalking from their partners in one year.

The 2013 “NO MORE Study,” commissioned by the Avon Foundation for Women reveals that despite the vast numbers impacted by these crimes, people are not talking about them. Three out of four (73%) parents have not had a conversation about domestic violence or sexual assault with their children.

Simply starting a conversation about these issues can help – as 64% of Americans say if we talk more about domestic violence and sexual assault, it would make it easier to help someone.

NO MORE is helping to get the conversation started.

WHEN: Dec. 10-15, 2014

WHO: Celebrity participants in the “Speechless NO MORE” PSAs include the following (and PSAs will be rolling out with select talent):

  • Andre Braugher
  • Blair Underwood
  • Camryn Manheim
  • Chris Meloni
  • Dann Florek
  • Danny Pino
  • Dave Navarro
  • Debra Messing
  • Hilary Swank
  • Ice T
  • Jemima Kirke
  • Kelli Giddish
  • Keshia Chante
  • Mariska Hargitay
  • Mary J Blige
  • Max Joseph
  • Megan Hilty
  • Raul Esparza
  • Shad Moss
  • Sway Calloway
  • Tim Gunn

Interviews available upon request with:

  • Dave Navarro, Spike Ink Master and Viacommunity spokesperson, whose mother was killed by an abusive partner
  • Domestic violence and sexual assault prevention experts and service providers
  • Virginia Witt, Director, NO MORE
  • Maile Zambuto, Chief Executive Officer, Joyful Heart Foundation
  • Rachel Howald, Y&R (Young & Rubicam), Creative Director of NO MORE PSA campaign
  • Niels Schuurmans, Executive Vice President of Viacom Velocity Creative Content Solutions at Viacom, Inc.
  • Survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault

About NO MORE:

NO MORE is a public awareness and engagement campaign focused on ending domestic violence and sexual assault. Using its signature blue symbol to increase visibility and foster greater dialogue, NO MORE seeks to break social stigma, normalize the conversation around domestic violence and sexual assault, and increase resources to address these urgent issues. NO MORE is aligned with hundreds of organizations working at the local, state and national levels on prevention, advocacy, and services for survivors. To find out how you can get involved, visit www.nomore.org. Or for regular updates, follow NO MORE on Twitter @NOMOREorg or Facebook www.facebook.com/NOMORE.org.

Charitable Giving Set to Rise, Americans Say

SAINT LEO, FL – Slightly more Americans say they plan to increase giving to charitable causes this year than last year, according to a new national survey conducted by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute.

This year, 67 percent of Americans say they plan to give as much or more to charities as they did last year, according to the survey. A year ago, 59 percent of people planned to give the same or more to charity as they did the previous year.

“This may be another indication of not only an improving economy, but of increasing confidence in people’s own economic security,” said Dr. Susan Kinsella, department chair of human services at Saint Leo University.

Thinking about your charitable giving throughout 2014, which of the following best reflects your giving in all of 2014 compared to 2013. Would you say you are…

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Further, the survey was enhanced in 2014 through the addition of two more questions that allowed respondents to identify their motivations for charitable giving. While millions of Americans are motivated to give in part for reasons of faith around the religious holidays at the end of the year, personal ethical beliefs were cited more frequently. And the level of giving correlated strongly to feelings of personal economic security.

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“Giving is really a personal choice and individuals are influenced by ethical principles over religious teachings by more than a three-to-one margin” commented Dr. Kinsella. “Another factor to consider is that this is the United States and we are known for being a generous country; we don’t hesitate to open our purse strings to help others in need,” she concluded.

The full Saint Leo University Polling Institute national survey results on politics, Pope Francis’ favorability, technology and public policy, and college and professional sports, can be found here: http://polls.saintleo.edu. You can also follow the institute on Twitter @saintleopolls.

About the Saint Leo University Polling Institute/Methodology

This Saint Leo University poll of 1,016 adults nationwide was conducted between November 25 and December 6, 2014. The margin of error is approximately 3 percent +/- with a 95 percent confidence level. The Saint Leo University Polling Institute conducts its surveys using cutting-edge online methodology, which is rapidly transforming the field of survey research. The sample is drawn from large online panels, which allows for random selections that reflect accurate cross sections of all demographic groups. Online methodology has the additional advantage of allowing participants to respond to the survey at a time, place, and speed convenient to them, which may result in more thoughtful answers. The Saint Leo University Polling Institute develops the questionnaires, administers the surveys, and conducts analysis of the results. Panel participants typically receive a token incentive – usually $1.00 deposited into an iTunes or Amazon account – for their participation.

About Saint Leo University

Saint Leo University is a regionally accredited, liberal-arts-based institution known for an inclusive Catholic heritage, enduring values, and capacity for innovation. The school was chartered in 1889 by Catholic Benedictine monks in rural Pasco County, FL, making Saint Leo the first Catholic college in the state. Over its 125-year history, Saint Leo has provided access to education to people of all faiths, emphasizing the Benedictine philosophy of balanced growth of mind, body, and spirit.

Today the university welcomes learners from all generations and backgrounds, from civilian occupations and the armed forces, and from all 50 states and more than 60 nations. Saint Leo’s 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students may elect to study at the beautiful University Campus in Florida, at more than 40 teaching locations in seven states, or online from other locations. The university’s degree programs range from the associate to the doctorate. Throughout these rich offerings, Saint Leo develops principled leaders for a challenging world.

UT Austin Establishes 3-Year Law and Public Affairs Integrated Dual Degrees

December 11, 2014 – AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin has established two unique, integrated three-year dual degree programs blending the study of public policy and law. Offered by the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and the UT School of Law, these are the only such programs among top ranked public affairs and law schools in the United States. The programs begin in the summer, and applications for admission in 2015 are now being accepted.

“Great leadership can emerge from many different disciplines,” said Bill Powers, president of The University of Texas at Austin. “But when we combine law and public policy in a strategic way like this, we have the chance to create leaders who are even more multifaceted and effective. I’m looking forward to seeing the impact this offering has on the leadership landscape of Texas and the nation.”

The two programs, combining a doctorate in jurisprudence (JD) with either a master of public affairs (MPAff ) or master of global policy studies (MGPS) degree, include an integrated curriculum that emphasizes the intersection between the two fields. By combining legal and public policy expertise, graduates will be uniquely prepared to enter and thrive in a number of fields that are shaping the modern interconnected world. Designed to provide students with marketable professional skills and expanded career options, these programs target students with strong interest in both law and public policy.

“The world’s most pressing issues do not come in neat little disciplinary packages,” said Robert Hutchings, dean of the LBJ School. “We want to equip our graduates to take on these critical challenges, whether they are confronted with legal considerations or policy debates, whether they are managing an agency or arguing before a judge. Our dual degree graduates will be able to analyze quantitative data and work closely with policymakers at the same time that they can interpret court opinions and offer legal advice.”

“The School of Law and the LBJ School aim to produce graduates who are poised for leadership in public life in Texas, the U.S. and the world,” said Ward Farnsworth, dean of the School of Law. “These dual degrees give our students a great way to prepare to rise to the top in politics, law and government. We’re excited about the new opportunities.”

The new dual degree programs are intensive and include integrated courses in addition to traditional core courses and electives in each field. The unique curriculum strengthens the quality of the program while allowing students to finish a year earlier than in more traditional four-year programs.

The MPAff/JD program will combine advanced studies of legal and policy issues arising in government, nonprofit and legislative settings with a focus on the domestic arena. The MGPS/JD program will combine advanced studies of globalization and international affairs with a focus on international law.

Students will be required to complete a policy research project at the LBJ School, working in teams to apply their research and analytical skills in law and policy on real-world projects for clients. The programs also include a summer internship, funded with a guaranteed $7,500 stipend, which will allow students to work in professional positions combining law and policy issues.

Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation to Disburse $500,000 to Support New York/New Jersey Families Tackling Childhood Cancer

Grants to community partners will support programs that provide comprehensive financial, emotional and practical help

NEW YORK, NY – December 9, 2014The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation today announced it will award grants totaling $500,000 to its community partners in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area for disbursement during fiscal year 2015. The grants will fund programs run by local organizations who share the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund’s commitment to providing comprehensive financial, emotional and practical support to families affected by childhood cancer.

The grants will help pediatric oncology patients and their families in a number of ways including:

  • Financial support for the management  of household expenses that can range from mortgage and rent payments to hospital parking and public transportation fees
  • The purchase of therapeutic art and music supplies used during sessions that help to ease the fears of children undergoing treatment
  • Information and counseling for teens and young adults dealing with late effects of cancer treatment and survivorship issues
  • One-on-one in home support for siblings struggling with their brother’s or sister’s illness
  • Special events like holiday parties, summer camps, and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities that provide much needed breaks from treatment and other medical issues
  • College scholarships
  • Holiday Meals and Holiday Adopt-a-Family programs

“We are thrilled to award half a million dollars to our esteemed partners to assist their ongoing support of families facing the unthinkable,” said Keli Coughlin, Executive Director of The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund. “It is truly inspiring to work with these medical centers and non-profit organizations that support our cause and provide a wide variety of much needed help to families in New York and New Jersey metropolitan area communities.”

The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund partners with the following hospitals and non-profit organizations based in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area to best serve families tacking childhood cancer:

  • Newark Beth Israel Medical Center – The Valerie Fund Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at the Children’s Hospital of New Jersey in Newark, NJ
  • St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center – The Center for Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Paterson, NJ
  • NYU Langone Medical Center – Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in New York City, NY
  • Hackensack University Medical Center – Tomorrows Children’s Fund in Hackensack, NJ
  • Friends of Karen
  • The Valerie Fund

For more detailed information on all of the programs and organizations listed above, please visit www.tcjayfund.org/how-we-help/grants. The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund can be found on all social media outlets by searching @tcjayfund.

ABOUT THE TOM COUGHLIN JAY FUND FOUNDATION

The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation was created in 1996 in honor of Jay McGillis. Jay was a special young man who developed leukemia while a member of Coach Coughlin’s team at Boston College. In the eight months between Jay’s diagnosis and the day he lost his battle with cancer, the Coughlin family saw first-hand the physical, emotional and financial strains the illness caused the McGillis family. After going through the tragic events with Jay’s family, Coach Coughlin vowed that if he ever had the chance, he would create a way to help families with children battling cancer. Coach Coughlin kept his vow and started a foundation to BE THERE in Jay’s honor. Since then the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund has evolved in size and scope, helping thousands of families in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area who are fighting childhood cancer. For more information, please visit www.tcjayfund.org.

Lifetime Products Partners with the DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation on #HolidayHoops Giveaway

In the spirit of giving a “Gift That Matters” this holiday season, The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation has partnered with Lifetime Products to celebrate #GivingTuesday by launching a #HolidayHoops campaign.

During a surprise appearance by Cavaliers star Kevin Love at a Cleveland elementary school, The DICK’S Foundation began a pay-it-forward movement that will ultimately result in the donation of 100 Lifetime® basketball hoops to more than 50 organizations in need across the U.S.

Additionally, to showcase the power of sports, a two-minute film was produced; capturing the authentic reactions of onlookers before and after a basketball hoop randomly appears in five locations across Cleveland, Los Angeles, and New York City.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to be involved with The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation. It’s a wonderful thing to be able to manufacture a product that brings communities and families together,” said Richard Hendrickson, President and CEO of Lifetime Products. “That’s what Lifetime was founded to do–bring people together.”

#HolidayHoops launched at Scranton Elementary School in Cleveland Tuesday, December 2. Each day in December, two participating organizations will be gifted two hoops and then have the opportunity to pay it forward and gift two hoops to another deserving organization. The recipients of the hoops will be announced and tagged with #HolidayHoops on social media channels including Facebook and Twitter throughout the month.

All #HolidayHoops activity is hosted on DSG.com/holidayhoops which includes the film, a U.S. map updated each day illustrating where the 100 hoops have been donated, and social media content captured throughout the giving campaign.

DICK’S Sporting Goods, The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation, and Lifetime Products believe sports matter, and access to athletics is important to teach kids valuable life lessons. For more information visit: DSG.com/holidayhoops.

Fusion Logistics’ Recent Philanthropy Initiatives Inspire Employees Nationwide

Over $18,000 Raised from August-November; Spirit of Giving Continues into Holiday Season

Dallas, TX – December 9, 2014 – Fusion Logistics, a leading global ground, air and ocean shipping service provider for small to medium-sized businesses, proudly announces that from August to November 2014, employees rallied together to raise more than $18,000 to support numerous charitable causes.

In addition to raising funds for the Wounded Warrior Project in August and September, Fusion backed two important causes tied to the month of October – Breast Cancer Awareness and Domestic Violence Awareness. In November, Fusion participated in “Movember” to support Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. To close out the year, Fusion chose to support four deserving families by helping them out with their holiday wish lists in December.

“I’m continually impressed by the generosity and spirit of Fusion employees,” said Joe Judson, Fusion Logistics president and CEO. “We experienced an outpouring of support and excitement for these causes from the entire team this year, and we look forward to ending the year on a great note by serving families in need during the holidays.“

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Fusion Logistics’ fall philanthropic efforts began early in August, when employees committed to support the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit that provides unique programs and services to directly meet the needs of injured service members. A total of $3,600 was raised for the Wounded Warrior Project by Fusion employees nationwide.

In October, Fusion raised an impressive $7,500 for Breast Cancer Awareness, which was donated to 100 Voices of Hope at Indiana University Simon Cancer Center, an innovative program that funds research that would otherwise never be taken to the lab. Employees showed their support by wearing pink bracelets throughout the month. 2014 marks the third year that Fusion Logistics has supported Breast Cancer Awareness month with concerted team efforts.

The giving spirit was palpable in October, with an additional $5,000 raised in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness month to support The Family Place, a leading Dallas-based organization that empowers victims of family violence. The Family Place provides safe housing, counseling and skills that create independence, while building community engagement and advocating for social change to stop family violence.

“We’re beyond excited about this generous donation, and we are grateful to the employees of Fusion Logistics for making it happen,” said Melissa Sherrill, director of development and fundraising at The Family Place. “These dollars will directly and significantly aid families that have suffered from domestic violence. $5,000 covers ten months of childcare for one child at the Safe Campus, so the results of Fusion’s efforts are visible and significant.”

Following the strong philanthropic showing in October, Fusion Logistics employees participated in Movember during Prostate Cancer Awareness month, raising $2,500 over the four-week period. Fusion donated $50 for each employee (both male and female) who supported the cause by wearing a blue Prostate Cancer Awareness band during the week of November 17; $50 per male who grew a mustache for at least two weeks; and $100 per male who grew a mustache for the full four-week period.

Closing out a strong season of giving, Fusion launched a holiday campaign to support four families in need. Individuals can nominate a deserving family via Fusion’s Facebook app before the nomination period ends on Friday, December 12 at 10am CST. Fusion will select four families and will then purchase select items from each family’s holiday wish list, wrapping and shipping the goodies to them in time for Christmas.

About Fusion Logistics

Fusion Logistics, in association with Worldwide Express, provides global ground, air and ocean shipping services for the small to medium-sized business sector.

Through partnerships with UPS, the world’s largest package delivery company and a global leader in supply chain services, and 50 best-in-class freight carriers – Fusion offers business customers unmatched options and flexibility to ship anytime, anywhere.

With global shipping capabilities and our expertise regarding the needs of small to medium-sized businesses, customers can save time routing shipments, improve customer service and increase overall efficiency. By consolidating all shipping through a single vendor, Fusion Logistics customers are able to increase their buying power and drive down their costs.

Fusion Logistics is headquartered in Dallas, TX, with sales offices in major markets spanning the U.S. and current sales revenues of over $150 million annually.

For more information on Fusion Logistics, please visit www.fusionlogistics.com.

God’s Love We Deliver Receives $20,000 Grant from Alcoa Foundation

– Grant Will Fortify Nutrition Services to New York Metro Citizens Living with Life-Altering Illnesses –

Brooklyn, NY – December 9, 2014 – God’s Love We Deliver announced receipt of a $20,000 grant from Alcoa Foundation. The grant will help support the organization’s nutrition services for New York Metro households affected by life-altering illnesses.

“We have seen a surge in demand for our programs and services in the last few years,” says Chief Development Officer David Ludwigson. “Our client base only continues to grow. Alcoa Foundation helps us stay true to our core principles. We will never have a waiting list, our services are free of charge, and our meals are provided the next delivery day to anyone living with a life-altering illness who calls us for help.”

Founded in 1985, in response to the AIDS pandemic, God’s Love has cooked and delivered over 15 million nutritious, individually tailored meals for their clients. Now with an expanded mission that includes households affected by cancer, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, Alzheimer’s disease and others, the nutrition organization has experienced an increase in demand of more than 76% in the last seven years.

“We’re grateful to the Alcoa Foundation for all of their support, as funders and as volunteers,” said Mr. Ludwigson. “With their help, we will be able to serve more clients, their children and senior caregivers living in households affected by serious illness.”

Alcoa Foundation’s generous support of God’s Love We Deliver far exceeds their $20,000 grant. They have run the annual Race to Deliver fundraiser for God’s Love and Alcoa Foundation volunteers are often in the God’s Love kitchen, helping the organization cook and prepare their nutritious meals.

“The impact of this grant is great,” said Ludwigson. “We know that good nutrition can help our clients manage their illness and improve their health. Having nutritious, individually tailored meals delivered right to our clients’ homes brings them relief from stress and worry about food. We could not continue to meet the complex nutritional needs of our clients without the incredible support of friends in the community like Alcoa Foundation. As we enter our thirtieth year, we are humbled and grateful to have been able to continue this vital service.”

About God’s Love We Deliver

God’s Love is the New York metropolitan area’s leading provider of life-sustaining meals and nutrition counseling for people living with severe illnesses. Begun as an HIV/AIDS service organization, today God’s Love provides for people living with more than 200 individual diagnoses. God’s Love cooks and home delivers the specific, nutritious meals a client’s severe illness and treatment so urgently require. Meals are individually tailored for each client by one of our Registered Dietitians, and all clients have access to unlimited nutrition counseling. God’s Love supports families by providing meals for the children and senior caregivers of its clients. All of the agency’s services are provided free of charge, and in its history of nearly 30 years, God’s Love We Deliver has never had a waiting list. For more information, visit www.godslovewedeliver.org. Follow God’s Love on Facebook and follow them on Twitter, @godslovenyc. God’s Love is a non-sectarian organization.

About Alcoa Foundation

Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately US$446 million. Founded more than 50 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than US$550 million since 1952. In 2011, Alcoa Foundation contributed more than US$20 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, building innovative partnerships, engaging its people to improve the environment and educating tomorrow’s leaders. The work of Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa’s thousands of employee volunteers who share their energy, passion and purpose to make a difference in the communities where Alcoa operates. Through the company’s signature Month of Service program, in 2011, a record 56 percent of Alcoa employees took part in more than 1,200 events across 24 countries, reaching 81,000 children, serving 9,000 meals, planting 34,000 trees and supporting 1,800 nonprofit organizations. More information can be found at www.alcoafoundation.com.

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