This category includes articles about social entrepreneurs, typically about businesses with a for-profit model with a social mission embedded into the fabric of the business.
This category includes articles about social entrepreneurs, typically about businesses with a for-profit model with a social mission embedded into the fabric of the business.
New York, NY, March 12 — As a father of a son with autism, Todd Fabacher knows first-hand, as do millions of families in the U.S. alone, the extraordinary challenges faced by those with autism seeking meaningful work. Only 56% of children with autism graduate high school and more than 80% remain unemployed.
Research suggests that people on the autism spectrum have heightened abilities in pattern recognition and a keen attention to detail. Fabacher, a 25+ year software programmer recognizes that these abilities can enable them to become software coders. He teamed up with LiveCode to offer a solution: teach and mentor 3,000 individuals with autism worldwide to become professional app developers.
The UN’s 2015 Autism Theme is “The Autism Advantage” focusing on the huge shortage of vocational training and job support for individuals on the autism spectrum. Learning the valuable skill of coding can overcome the autism employment crisis.
“There is so much discrimination among those with autism mainly due to an inability to socialize. We know these skills are a huge benefit in programming which is why we are so excited about this program,” said Kevin Miller, CEO LiveCode. “We plan to create an autism-friendly online marketplace so graduates of the program can become freelancers and sell their services.”
We are introducing this initiative on March 14, 2015 at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, ahead of our April 2 launch on Indiegogo. Our objective is to raise $350,000 to offset the costs of creating a customized program, including mentors, teachers and other professionals and make the goal of an improved quality of life for individuals with autism a reality. Would you please help us spread the word?
More info here: http://livecode.com/autism/
LiveCode is a fun easy-to-use programming language written in English-like syntax. It’s unique in that apps can be built across major platforms like Windows, Max, Linux and on devices such as IPhone, IPads, Androids and to create websites.
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:
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 NationalService.gov.
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 http://premium.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools/entrepreneurship-rankings?int=a4d609.
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 http://whitman.syr.edu and follow us on social media at http://whitman.syr.edu/follow.
By Ronnie Screwvala
Publication date: May 1, 2015
In India where entrepreneurship either meant a fall back option for the ones that didn’t get blue-collar jobs or join a family business, Ronnie Screwvala dared to dream different. A first generation entrepreneur, Ronnie ventured into unconventional fields beyond his families’ imagination and went on to create many successful businesses that today serve as an inspiration to aspiring entrepreneurs in India and across the world.
In Dream with Your Eyes Open, successful Indian entrepreneur Ronnie Screwvala details experiences and lessons learned from more than two decades of building some successful (and some not-so-successful) businesses. Screwvala brings clarity to a quickly changing business landscape, making an impassioned case for the role of entrepreneurship in India’s dynamic and rapidly evolving future.
Dream with Your Eyes Open speaks to the entrepreneur in all of us and is especially relevant if you:
Screwvala’s impressive career path is the bedrock on which his story rests. A first generation Indian entrepreneur and social philanthropist, Screwvala pioneered Cable TV in India way back in the ‘80s, went on to build a diversified Media and Entertainment company – UTV – and in the process partnered with The Walt Disney Company, News Corp, and Bloomberg amongst others. After divesting the company he founded to Disney, he served as the Managing Director of Disney in India. Today in his second innings he is the Founder Trustee of Swades Foundation and onto his new businesses in Sports, Education, Digital as well as being an active Angel and Venture Investor.
He has been named on Esquire’s List of the 75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century (September 2008) and ranked 78 among the 100 most influential people in the world on the Time 100 (compiled by Time Magazine, 2009).
Dream with Your Eyes Open shares failures and triumphs, thoughts and anecdotes in a simple narrative that could help you gain better insight and give you a fighting chance when it comes to realizing your dream in a David-versus-Goliath world. This book is about ‘it can be done’, not ‘I did it’. It’s all possible. Just dream your own dream—and when you do, dream with your eyes open.
Dream with Your Eyes Open
By Ronnie Screwvala
Publisher: Rupa Publications
Publication Date May 1, 2015
Hardcover: ISBN: 978-81-291-3588-9
Softcover: ISBN: – 978-81-291-3678-7
Product Dimensions: SIZE – 152 x 229mm
List Price $19.99/ 208 pages
Smart Bunnies Are Filling Baskets With These Fun Candies Free of All the Funny Stuff Perfect for Special Diets and Label-Reading Sweet Tooths Everywhere
While Big Candy (think Nestle and Hersey’s) is finally making concessions to consumer demand for better quality ingredients, the mega companies aren’t going far enough fast enough and are taking a piecemeal approach that’s likely to create more confusion than ever—especially for parents worried about what kids are actually putting in their mouths.
For example, Nestle made a big deal about Butterfinger losing its artificial colors and flavors but made no mention of the bar’s hydrogenated oil or artificial preservatives. And while Nestle and Hersey’s are improving their chocolate offerings, they haven’t said much about their other confectionery items, which contain even higher levels of artificial ingredients. Meanwhile, Mars has yet to eliminate artificial colors from M&Ms in the U.S., although it has done so in Europe.
But thanks to NaturalCandyStore.com, the Easter Bunny doesn’t have to wait. Since 2007, the company has been making life sweeter for ingredient-minded customers worldwide with the largest assortment of high-quality natural, organic, and special-diet-friendly candies available anywhere.
Only yummy candy containing the best ingredients and meeting strict standards is offered—free from HFCS (high fructose corn syrup), artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, and hydrogenated fats. Additionally, many of the online store’s products are non-GMO, organic, gluten free, and/or vegan.
Company co-founder Dawn Van Hee is glad that what she calls Big Candy is finally paying attention to ingredients, but thinks that “it will take years for these companies to transition their supply chains (they say so themselves) and their reliance on cheap ingredients will always limit product quality.”
NaturalCandyStore.com works hard to provide as much ingredient information as possible about each item on the site so customers can find what they need, whether they’re filling an allergy-friendly or vegan basket or meeting another dietary requirement. “Plus, we care just as much about finding fun and yummy candies as we do about the ingredients,” said Van Hee. “Yes, taste testing the candy is a tough job but somebody has to do it!”
So what’s fun without the funny stuff this Easter? Van Hee describes the options in her own words:
NaturalCandyStore.com offers a huge selection of traditional Easter candy to meet the requirements of a variety of diets. Note: Individual products may not meet all needs, so we provide multiple choices.
While you might be able to find a chocolate bar or chocolate chips locally that meet the requirements below, it’s hard to find Easter bunny shapes elsewhere that are:
We carry three brands, including a couple of natural Jelly Belly options, so there’s something for everyone. Available in a variety of pack sizes from mini-snack bags to bulk cases:
Hop on it! Remember Easter is early this year, Sunday, April 5. Order by March 27 for East Coast ground delivery, later for further west, more details here.
Consumerism through peace wear market promotes retail activism.
KEY WEST, Fl. – Keying off events that suggest a rise in violence, both in the U.S. and on the world stage, a new peace blog and retail offering, “PeaceXPiece” and The Peace Store, were launched today by Key West residents, whose resumes include ownership of a national strategic consulting group, service on Capitol Hill and entrepreneurial ventures in food service, retail, fashion and travel.
Peace can be the profound statement of our time, said Val Marmillion, whose first blog entry entitled, “Contrasts in Courage,” juxtaposes the more violent approach to preserving the peace practiced by slain American sniper, Chris Kyle, a man whose life was cut short by a fellow soldier, and the humanitarianism of Kayla Mueller, a woman killed in captivity of terrorists supporting an Islamic State.
“There is no future in war; it is not a way for humans to survive. And, now as the warlords beat their angry drums louder, some in memory of these two heroes, we are left with a realization that the Arab notion of an eye for an eye is a blinding proposition,” said Marmillion.
The vision statement for the blog provides the rationale for a focus on a contemporary view of peace:
PEACE has been subjugated by people who feel such lofty aspirations in today’s aggressive society are but a fleeting illusion. In fact, the notion of PEACE may be finding a profound moment in history, as violence and winner-take-all characteristics are yielding unrelenting threats to humankind.
Marmillion, who has created large-scale national campaigns mostly for progressive causes including the first AIDS public awareness campaign in California, credits the violent uptick on indifference and hopelessness. “There is a blasé attitude toward violence because it has become ubiquitous, gratuitous entertainment,” said Marmillion. “Hopelessness is fueled by a world spinning out of control, where some feel that trusted institutions like government, religion and large business are failing people.”
The notion of a new blog devoted to dialogue about peace came from creating a section for peace items in a small Key West boutique store called The Little Red. The store’s beginnings were in Provincetown, Mass., on Cape Cod, where Marmillion and his partner, Juan Pisani, noticed that customers wanted to wear peace items. “Small retail shops find it hard to survive the weight of mega box retailing,” said Pisani. “Items for peace would never be worthy of the big boys, so we decided to create The Peace Store within our small general store that focuses on friendly service and fair pricing. The many conversations we had over time led us to believe a peace blog might help an underserved community, ironically those who seek peace.”
“While peace consumerism might be an anathema to some purists, the consumer democracy we have created needs to be a part of a movement to help bring young and old alike to a different realization,” said Marmillion. “A new peace movement needs to come of age, and we are dedicating funding to open a dialogue and invest in peace retail activism as a way to bring this about, God knows, nothing else seems to be working.” said Pisani.
To view the blog and participate in discussions, go to www.peacebypieceblog.com.
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.
“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: ENDTHEBACKLOG.org.
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.
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.
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 http://ethisphere.com/worlds-most-ethical/wme-honorees/.
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 http://ethisphere.com.
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 www.tsys.com.
Dennis Scholl, who led program, to step down
MIAMI – March 8, 2015 – Arts leader Victoria Rogers will join the John S. and James L. Knight 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.
Scholl, an entrepreneur with multiple business, philanthropic and arts interests, will continue to serve Knight Foundation as an adviser.
“Victoria is a strategic thinker and leader who played a critical role in the evolution of the New World Symphony. She’s the right leader for the next phase of the Knight arts program,” said Alberto Ibargüen, president, Knight Foundation. “We are immensely grateful to Dennis for the remarkably creative program he designed and developed.”
Knight Foundation’s national arts program takes a two-pronged approaching to fostering arts in communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. The program invests in key institutions, helping them to more deeply engage the public. In addition, Knight supports grassroots groups that have fresh and innovative ideas for the arts.
Knight has supported institutions ranging from the Pérez Art Museum Miami, the Barnes Foundation and Philadelphia Museum of Art to the Akron Art Museum, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Detroit Institute of Arts. The Knight arts program has also earned a reputation for seeking out innovative ways to bring art to wide audiences, from support of the O, Miami poetry festival to more than 1,200 Random Acts of Culture around the United States. Knight recently funded a collaborative symphony project in Detroit, where residents will contribute to a work that reflects the city, composed by MIT Media Lab’s Tod Machover, to be premiered in November by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
The arts program also created alliances with other foundations to form ArtPlace, a project of the National Endowment for the Arts, which uses art to create a sense of community in cities across the country, and helped to craft the recent “Grand Bargain” that preserved the Detroit Institute of Arts as the community’s cultural treasure and saved municipal pensions.
In addition, the Knight Arts Challenge, a community-wide contest for the best ideas for the arts, has expanded to five cities: Miami, Philadelphia, Detroit, St Paul and Akron. So far, the challenge has received more than 20,000 ideas. Today, Knight Foundation also announced $25 million to the South Florida arts, which includes support through 2018 for the South Florida Arts Challenge, which has sparked the growth of Miami’s arts scene.
“The opportunity to help create and grow the national arts program at Knight Foundation has been one of the highlights of my professional career,” Scholl said. “Under Alberto’s leadership, the program has taken great steps to make art general in Knight communities across the country. I am thrilled that Victoria has been chosen as my successor, and I know she will lead the program to the next level.”
In her nine years at New World Symphony, Rogers helped set the strategic plan for the orchestral academy that prepares graduates of distinguished music programs for leadership roles in orchestras and ensembles around the world. She orchestrated the successful $200 million capital campaign for the Frank Gehry-designed campus, one of the world’s most technologically advanced venues for concerts. Before joining New World Symphony, Rogers served as assistant vice president for central development at the University of Miami, where she was the architect of its billion-dollar capital campaign, Momentum.
“In cities both large and small, Knight Foundation has been a catalyst for change and informed risk taking. Through its programs it is helping to create more engaged communities. I don’t know any foundation that does a better job of fostering the arts, from individual artists, to grassroots organizations and large institutions,” said Rogers. “Knight is helping institutions break down the barriers to attendance and creating new audiences. Its support was instrumental to New World Symphony’s popular WALLCAST™ Concert Series. I’m thrilled to have a chance to extend and build on that work.”
At the same time, Knight Foundation announced $25 million in new funding for the arts in South Florida, bringing to $122 million the amount pledged in the past decade. University of Miami Frost School of Music, Pérez Museum of Art Miami, and Institute for Contemporary Art, Miami, are all recipients. In addition, Knight extended the successful Knight Arts Challenge for another three years in South Florida.
About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit knightfoundation.org.