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LifeStyles Condoms and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation Launch #KnowYourStatus Social Media Campaign to Raise Awareness for National HIV Testing Day on June 27

Iselin, NJ (June 25, 2013) – The makers of LifeStyles® Condoms (“LifeStyles”), one of the nation’s leading condom brands, today announced the launch of the #KnowYourStatus social media campaign in partnership with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation to raise awareness for National HIV Testing Day on Thursday, June 27, 2013

The #KnowYourStatus campaign implores sexually active individuals to get tested, as well as to encourage their social circle to get tested.  Starting Tuesday, June 25 through National HIV Testing Day on Thursday, June 27, #KnowYourStatus encourages those active on social media to “Donate Your Status Update to Knowing Your Status,” asking users to update their social media platforms with pre-written messages along with the hash tag #KnowYourStatus.  For example:

o   I’m donating my status to promote National HIV Testing Day. Find a center near you at and #KnowYourStatus

o   I just donated a condom to @AIDSHealthcare to support National HIV Testing Day #KnowYourStatus

o   Safe sex starts with knowledge. Find an HIV testing center and get tested today at #KnowYourStatus

For each status shared on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hash tag #KnowYourStatus, LifeStyles will donate a condom, up to 50,000, to the AIDS Healthcare Foundation to help prevent the spread of HIV. 

“Nearly 1.2 million people are living with HIV and almost one in five don’t know they are infected,” said Carol Carrozza, Vice President Sales & Marketing North America for Ansell Healthcare, the makers of LifeStyles Condoms.  “Through this campaign, we hope to raise awareness surrounding the importance of knowing your status by partnering with an organization that shares our dedication to HIV education and prevention.”

As part of the campaign, LifeStyles Condoms will donate an additional 10,000 condoms to Condom Nation, an AIDS Healthcare Foundation initiative embarking on a 25 state tour to give away 10 million free condoms and promote condom use and safer sex in America.

“AHF is excited to partner with Lifestyles for the #KnowYourStatus social media campaign, which will work to engage and educate consumers in a whole new way and increase digital awareness for National HIV Testing day,” said James Vellequette, Director of Condom Nation. “This campaign aligns with our efforts to make condoms accessible to the Columbus, Ohio community and encourage everyone to ‘know their status’ by getting tested for HIV across the nation.”

For more information about the campaign, visit: or follow:

o   LifeStyles Condoms on Twitter: @LifeStylesUSA

o   AIDS Healthcare Foundation on Twitter: @AIDSHealthcare

o   Condom Nation on Twitter: @CondomNation

To find a free testing location in your area, visit

About LifeStyles

Based out of Iselin, NJ, LifeStyles was launched in 1985 as a U.S.-based consumer products division of Ansell Limited, a global leader in healthcare barrier protective products with operations in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia. With over 20 styles of condoms and an assortment of other pleasure products on the market, LifeStyles and its affiliates are some of the leading distributors of sexual health goods in the U.S. and Canada.  More information on LifeStyles can be found at  For more information on Ansell and its other products, please

About AIDS Healthcare Foundation

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is the world’s largest provider of HIV/AIDS medical care. The organization provides cutting edge medicine and advocacy regardless of ability to pay. Generating and defining new, innovative ways of treatment, prevention and advocacy is the hallmark of the foundation’s success. 96 cents of every dollar earned in AHF’s thrift stores and not-for-profit full service pharmacies ( goes directly towards the free care and treatment of people living with HIV/AIDS both in the US and globally. 

AHF is currently leading a mass testing initiative to identify and treat the 25 million people who do not know they are infected. By advocating big goals — aiming to see an unprecedented 1 billion people tested each year — AHF hopes to eliminate older, more time-consuming methods. In 2013, AHF met another historical milestone by being the first organization in the United States to offer the 1 minute HIV Insti-Results test.

Hello™ Seriously Friendly™ Oral Care Greets Freely On National Toothbrush Day

JUNE 25, 2013 – Montclair, NJ – In celebration of National Toothbrush Day tomorrowHello Products LLC, makers of hello™, the first-ever seriously friendly™ oral care line, is giving away more than 10,000 brand spankin’ new toothbrushes.

Starting on Wednesday, June 26 at 9 a.m. EDT, the first 5,000 people who like and register on hello’s Facebook page will receive a seriously friendlyhello toothbrush with a handle made of 50% recycled materials.  To expand the celebration to children and families in need, hello has made a donation of 5,000 toothbrushes to Smiles Across America®, a division of Oral Health America, which distributes more than 500,000 units of donated dental product annually to underserved children. Additionally, on National Toothbrush Day members of the hello management team will also be greeting new friends around New York City, saying hello, and handing out a few thousand more hello toothbrushes to people they encounter.

“It’s National Toothbrush Day, and we want to let everyone know it’s important to change your toothbrush every 90 days.  We’re excited to put our ‘greet freely’ mantra into practice as we give the gift of happy pearlies through the brightly-bristled toothbrushes that are part of our new oral care brand,” said Craig Dubitsky, Founder and CEO of hello.  “We’re really looking forward to meeting new people, either via Facebook or in person, and giving toothbrushes to folks in need; it’s the friendly thing to do.” 

hello launched in March 2013 with a lineup of toothpastes, mouthwashes, breath sprays and toothbrushes. All hello products promise a friendly mouth: healthy, white teeth, fresh breath, and a clean, moisturized mouth – with no alcohol, dyes or pain.  The toothbrushes being given away all feature 50% recycled materials, a simple clean design and soft bristles perfect for maintaining great oral hygiene.

All products in the hello product line are available in four delicious flavors, including Supermint, Pink Grapefruit Mint, Mojito Mint and Sweet Cinnamint. hello’s products are worthy of display, and feature innovative, gorgeous packaging solutions designed by BMW DesignworksUSA, the global design consultancy of the BMW Group.  hello is available in Walgreens and Duane Reade stores, select Target stores, and online at,, and, with more retailers to follow later this year.

Learn more about Hello Products, experience the hello brand, and actually Skype with the team at, or and

About Hello Products LLC

Hello Products LLC, is the first-ever seriously friendly™ oral care brand for consumers. The team believed it was time personal care became, well, personal again. And beautiful. So, they created naturally friendly delicious, pain-free and gorgeous products that include toothpaste, mouthwash, breath sprays and toothbrushes. The products contain no alcohol, artificial sweeteners or dyes, and use naturally derived ingredients wherever possible.  For more information – or to pop by, say hello, and make new friends – please

About Oral Health America

OHA’s mission is to change lives by connecting communities with resources to increase access to oral health care, education and advocacy for all Americans, especially those most vulnerable. For more information about Oral Health America, please visit

National LGBT Economic Empowerment Tour Comes to New York City

New York, NY – June 25, 2013The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), the nation’s leading Black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will host Many Faces. One Dream (MFOD), an economic empowerment tour for communities of color in New York City on October 20-22, 2013.

New York will be the 3rd stop of 13 cities throughout the country that have a significant LGBT presence in communities of color, including Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Ft. Lauderdale/Miami, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Newark, Oakland/San Francisco, Philadelphia and Washington, DC.

Harlem Pride, Global Network of Black Pride, and LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent have been chosen to serve as community partners for the NYC tour stop. MFOD will feature financial services and certification agents to support small business development. There will be a Small Business Marketplace where LGBT-owned businesses will have access to the resources and tools needed to grow and sustain their enterprise.

“As community partners for New York City, we are honored to announce the MFOD New York City collaboration during Harlem Pride weekend,” says Carmen Neely, president of Harlem Pride, Inc. “Economic empowerment is essential to the longevity and well-being of LGBT communities of color. Partnering with the NBJC and SBA is another step toward solidifying our community’s foundation and promoting self-sufficiency.”

One key component of the MFOD Tour is the opportunity for LGBT people of color to exchange business-to-business products and services information. MFOD participants will also learn about various certifications available and how to do business with the local, state and federal government.

For each city, the SBA and SCORE, a nonprofit association dedicated to helping grow the small business market, will provide one-on-one counseling for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Participants will select one of two tracks: “Starting Your Business” and “Taking Your Business to the Next Level.” In the first track, training will be provided on the key elements of a business plan, loans, marketing, and SBA’s program and services. The second track will be geared toward New York City’s LGBT entrepreneurs that would like to expand and grow their business.

“The LGBT small business community is helping us create an economy built to last. That is why we are proud to partner with the National Black Justice Coalition—an organization that represents the many faces and true diversity of the movement for full equality,” says Eugene Cornelius Jr., Deputy Associate Administrator for Field Operations at the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Black Enterprise magazine has also partnered with NBJC as the MFOD national media sponsor. The premier business news and investment resource for African Americans will work to develop content relative to the tour and wealth creation for LGBT communities of color across all platforms—print, digital and television.

“Small business represents the engine of commercial innovation, employment opportunities, and economic development. As the state of the economy gives birth to a virtual nation of entrepreneurs, we will benefit immensely from a transformative development inclusive of LGBT business owners of color,” explains Derek T. Dingle, Black Enterprise Editor-in-Chief.

The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) is another key partner of this initiative.“We are thrilled to serve as a conduit for LGBT entrepreneurs of color to not only get certified and strategically grow their businesses, but also establish valuable business connections across the nation,”Justin Nelson, NGLCC Co-Founder and President. “We look forward to meeting business owners and future business owners in the cities where they live and working with them to build strong and fully inclusive local economies.”

“Despite the challenges we face, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people represent an untapped segment of aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners,” explains NBJC Executive Director Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks“Rich with ideas and talent, LGBT men and women are creating and leading their own companies. It’s time to expand the conversation from economic security to economic empowerment. It’s time for us to own our power.”

For more information, visit If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities for MFOD, please contact Richard E. Pelzer II, President of Global Network of Black Pride, at or 212-537-4069, and Carmen Neely, President of Harlem Pride, at or 347-846-0362.

Study: Less time in meetings makes for more committed leaders

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — An article that offers new insight into the leadership of volunteer-driven associations and organizations has earned Indiana University faculty member Matthew Baggetta a prestigious honor.

Baggetta is an assistant professor in the IU Bloomington School of Public and Environmental Affairs. With co-authors Hahrie Han and Kenneth Andrews, he wrote the forthcoming “Leading Associations: How Leadership Teams Generate Leader Time Contributions” in the American Sociological Review.

Matthew BaggettaThe American Society of Association Executives has named the article the recipient of its Outstanding Academic Publication on Membership Organizations Award.

“We’re honored to receive the award and grateful for the opportunity it presents,” Baggetta said. “We hope one result is wider distribution of our research and that proves beneficial to associations struggling to maintain the best possible volunteer leadership.”

For the article, Baggetta, Han and Andrews analyzed data collected from 1,616 Sierra Club volunteer leaders and the 368 chapters and groups they led. They found that the way teams work together, share the workload and hold meetings shapes the commitment of the leaders:

·         The more time leaders spend in meetings, the less time they are willing to give to the organization.

·         The more formal training leaders receive, the more hours they’re willing to contribute.

·         Associations are better off getting current leaders to act as an interdependent, fair and balanced team than by seeking out new leaders.

“While this topic is certainly worthy of more research, the bottom line of our analysis is encouraging for organizers,” Baggetta said. “Improve how you work, share and meet, and you just might find the leaders you already have are the ideal volunteer leaders you were wishing for.”

Baggetta, Han and Andrews will receive a $5,000 prize with the award. It is available only to scholars publishing academic research related to membership associations or member-driven associations. Judges from the Institute for Nonprofit Research, Education and Engagement at North Carolina State University, the American Society of Association Executives and the larger scholarly community base the award on the paper’s academic rigor, ability to advance research on associations and practical value to association managers and policy-makers.

About Matthew Baggetta

An assistant professor at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs since 2010, Matthew Baggetta earned a Ph.D. and master’s from Harvard and an undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame. He has earned numerous awards for his teaching and scholarship.

About the School of Public and Environmental Affairs

SPEA was founded in 1972 and is a world leader in public and environmental affairs and is the largest school of public administration and public policy in the United States. In the 2012 “Best Graduate Schools” by U.S. News & World Report, SPEA ranks second and is the nation’s highest-ranked professional graduate program in public affairs at a public institution. Four of its specialty programs are ranked in the top-five listings and its program in nonprofit management is considered best in the nation. SPEA’s doctoral programs in public affairs and public policy are also ranked by the National Academy of Science as among the nation’s best.

Deloitte launches Humanitarian Innovation Program to enhance crisis preparedness and emergency response worldwide

New York, 25 June 2013 – In an effort to help to strengthen the humanitarian sector, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL) and its member firm network today announced the launch of the Humanitarian Innovation Program, which will deliver two global pro bono projects for humanitarian organizations. The program underscores Deloitte’s broader belief that the success of business and society are linked. It marks a new approach to supporting humanitarian crises by collaborating with humanitarian organizations to co-create innovative solutions to help improve the sector’s preparedness and responsiveness to crises. DTTL’s global member firm network will participate in this collaborative effort working to deliver Deloitte’s globally coordinated approach to supporting crises around the world.

The program launches at a time when humanitarian organizations are increasingly responding to a variety of disasters, requiring an immediate response with limited resources.  According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), only 3 percent of all global Official Development Assistance goes to disaster preparedness,[1] yet each dollar invested in preparedness, saves seven dollars in recovery. Deloitte’s Program aims to deliver solutions to humanitarian agencies to help them during the preparation and readiness phases, which could ultimately help to strengthen the response of the local and international community, sustain livelihoods, and save more lives.

“At Deloitte we believe that business exists for more than just profit and has the power to positively impact society,” said Barry Salzberg, Global CEO, DTTL. “The Humanitarian Innovation Program is a way for Deloitte to deliver the greatest impact to the sector, not by simply focusing on a single crisis or donating money, but by leveraging the skills and knowledge of our people and our network.  The program will convene different subject matter experts, facilitate the co-creation of new approaches to humanitarian crises, and find the most effective way to deliver better results for the long term.”

The program was developed after broad consultations with leading humanitarian organizations, which identified the need for innovation and collaboration with the private sector.

“With the scale and frequency of disasters increasing, and humanitarian organizations being stretched to do more with fewer resources, the need to find sustainable, multi-sector solutions has never been greater,” said David Pearson, Chief Sustainability Officer, DTTL. “This program is more than a series of pro-bono engagements; it will serve to generate innovative ideas that have the potential to transform the humanitarian sector. Each project will tackle an issue faced by many organizations in the sector. The solutions Deloitte co-creates will be scalable from one organization to another, amplifying each project’s impact.”

According to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), it is estimated that natural disasters have cost the world more than $1 trillion in destruction since 2000.[2] Not to mention ongoing humanitarian responses due to civil unrest or erupting conflicts — in 2011 there were 200 active conflicts worldwide.[3] And the implications far exceed monetary costs; between 2000 and 2012, 1.2 million people were killed and 2.9 billion people affected by disasters.[4]

Over the past year several DTTL member firms have tested this collaborative approach by delivering or kicking off pro bono projects for UN OCHA and Mercy Corps. The first was a leadership development program for UN OCHA’s humanitarian coordinators — the UN’s most senior leaders responsible for coordinating life-saving assistance during humanitarian responses — hosted by Deloitte United States at Deloitte University in Westlake, Texas.

Additionally, Deloitte United States is working with Mercy Corps to create a framework that identifies risks and incorporates resiliency into the strategic and operational decision-making processes while preserving the organization’s agility and entrepreneurial culture.

“The humanitarian environment is a very complex environment and resiliency is a particularly difficult challenge faced by all humanitarian organizations,” said Neal Keny-Guyer, CEO of Mercy Corps. “The solutions developed through our work with Deloitte will be shared broadly, providing a framework that not only helps our organization but the ability of the sector to respond to crises in a way that also builds local community resilience.”

The Humanitarian Innovation Program will be open to any humanitarian organization worldwide and DTTL will receive applications through July 2013. A panel will review the applications and select two pro bono projects which Deloitte member firms will begin work on in late 2013. For more information on the application process please visit:

To learn more about the positive impact already being delivered by the Deloitte network, watch the video on the UN OCHA leadership development project:

Israel’s OurCrowd Launches Social Responsibility Initiative with Tmura

Jerusalem, Israel June 25, 2013:  OurCrowd, the leading equity crowdfunding platform for accredited investors, announced today that as part of its commitment to social responsibility, it will require its Israeli portfolio companies to commit a portion of their equity to Tmura – The Israeli Public Service Venture Fund. Tmura is a non-profit organization that enables early-stage companies to donate equity stocks and stock options, and the actual contribution will be realized when the company makes an “exit” or goes public. OurCrowd is the first funding platform in the world to require its companies to make this type of commitment as a condition to closing funding rounds.

“It’s important for entrepreneurs to give back to the community,” says OurCrowd’s CEO Jon Medved. “The Start-up Nation is universally recognized as one of the leaders of innovation in the high-tech world. Our new initiative demonstrates OurCrowd’s leadership role in social innovation. We are now transforming how the VC, tech and startup world can channel the same characteristics of entrepreneurship to social responsibility.”

Tmura Executive Director Baruch Lipner said, “OurCrowd is leading by example, and I hope that it will encourage others to do the same. Tmura’s mission is to develop a culture of giving within the high-tech sector, and share the wealth that is being created by the country’s technology industry with the broader society. We applaud OurCrowd for being the first to make social responsibility a commitment from each of their portfolio companies.”

OurCrowd will require its Israeli portfolio companies to donate equity to Tmura as part of the closing of any funding round. Upon a successful exit, the company is encouraged to direct 90% of the proceeds to projects of its choice, while the remaining 10% is left to Tmura’s discretion to allocate the proceeds either to charities or to help secure their ongoing budget and allow the continuation of their work with the community.

Jay Kalish, OurCrowd’s General Counsel, pointed out “these portfolio company commitments to Tmura will be integrated directly into OurCrowd’s term sheets and investment contracts. Each company will decide how much of its equity it wishes to donate to Tmura, and ultimately where these funds will be designated upon exit. From the outset, each OurCrowd company will understand that a part of its ultimate upside will be shared with the community.”
About OurCrowd 
OurCrowd is a hybrid VC-crowdfunding platform for accredited investors only who wish to invest in Israeli and global early stage companies. Managed by a team of well-known investment professionals and led by serial entrepreneur Jon Medved, OurCrowd selects opportunities, invests its own capital and brings these startups to its accredited membership. Members choose those deals they invest in via OurCrowd-managed partnerships. OurCrowd investors must meet stringent accreditation criteria and invest a minimum of $10,000 per deal. OurCrowd provides post investment support to its portfolio companies, assigning industry experts as mentors and taking board seats.  

About Tmura
Tmura, a foundation with a unique business model, was established in 2002 by leading Israeli venture capital funds to involve the high-tech sector in supporting charitable activities.  The model is simple and powerful: early-stage companies give Tmura a warrant, convertible (at exit) into a small portion of their equity.  If the company succeeds, Tmura sells its shares and donates the proceeds to charities in Israel; the focus is on education and youth-related activities, and the companies can indicate which organizations they want to support.

First Kiva Loan in Panamá Launches, Supporting Sustainable Agroforestry

WASHINGTON, DC, June 24thPlanting Empowerment, an agroforestry company working with indigenous communities and smallholders in Panamá, announced today that they posted their first loan to the Kiva website. The loan is also the first posted to Kiva that supports a Panamanian community.

Its a great opportunity for Panamanians to support indigenous communities in an environmentally sustainable way said Daniel Arias, whose company Canopy Tower Family runs an ecolodge near Planting Empowerments operations in the Darién province.Starting at $25, you can support indigenous empowerment and get your money back when the community repays the loan. Its also exciting that this is the first Pana loan on Kiva!

Kiva acts as a bridge between responsible lenders and projects that need financing. Founded in 2005, Kiva has facilitated more than $400 million in loans from more than 900,00lenders for projects in 6countries. Pana will be number 69.

Kiva lenders can contribute to the $8,000 loan pool, which will enable an indigenous Embera and Wounaan village in the Darién province to plant four hectares of plantains, a staple food crop. The loan will cover the costs for seed stock, fertilizer, tools, labor, maintenance, and harvesting costs for the plantain project. Kiva lenders can expect repayment based on profits from the plantain sales.

The indigenous community, called Arimae, has been partnering with Planting Empowerment for the past six years to increase returns from their land in an economically and environmentally sustainable way. Planting Empowerment works with local communities to manage agricultural and timber projects, which provide an alternative to the traditional approach of slash and burn agriculture and cattle ranching.

Croston, who also lived for three years in Arimae as a Peace Corps volunteer, added Posting loans to Kiva helps us finance more agricultural and timber projects in communities that want to work with us. We love the connection aspect of Kiva; that anyone can connect directly with a community and help them improve their economic situation. More communities in Pana are approaching us about doing these types of sustainable agroforestry projects, and we expect to continue using Kiva as a way to fund them.

About Planting Empowerment

Founded in 2006, Planting Empowerment (PE) is a Washington, DCbased company with agroforestry operations in Panamá. Planting Empowerment works in partnership with rural communities in Panamá to grow tropical hardwoods and promote sustainable land use. As thfirst forestry company in Panamá to work through a land lease model, PE has 2hectares of trees under management on land owned by smallholders and indigenous communities.

More about Planting Empowerment at

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