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Monthly Archives: August 2015

Celebrating Courage With The Portrait Project – TSP Sponsors Annual Event Benefitting Children’s Cancer Fund

August 25, 2015 – DALLAS – As part of its commitment to charitable initiatives, TSP (Technology Service Professionals) is proud to announce it will sponsor The Portrait Project. Every year, The Portrait Project provides large professional canvas portraits to families of children fighting cancer, capturing the children’s strength and courage. The unveiling event will be held Thursday, September 24 from 7-9pm at Sewell Subaru of Dallas. Tickets directly benefit The Children’s Cancer Fund and can be purchased here.


“We’re very proud to be sponsoring such a special cause, and look forward to attending the unveiling event. All of the money raised goes directly to funding cancer research and stays in Dallas. Part of our company vision is supporting our community, and many of us at TSP have children, so this is the perfect cause for us to support as a company,” said Rick Skaggs, co-founder and president, TSP.

This year’s event theme is “It’s a Beautiful Day,” right in line with the positive, celebratory tone of the event. The children will all go on stage and pull the cover off of their portraits. A DJ will be on hand to spin fun music, and “kids’ choice” food will be catered, including a candy bar. The jewelry beads of Payton Agnew, the young girl who inspired the project, will be available for families to make their own necklaces. Founder Meagan Harris (former WFAA executive producer) says she expects 200-300 attendees.

“Everything about this event is designed with the kids and their families in mind. People often think that it will be sad, but we work very hard to ensure that it’s uplifting and inspiring. Sponsorship from generous partners like TSP helps us do what we do – focus on the kids and do what we can to help fund cancer research,” said Harris.

Pete Delkus WFAA chief meteorologist will serve as emcee, going live from the event. Co-founder David Quisenberry has photographed the children each year – sneak peeks can be viewed here.

About TSP (Technology Service Professionals)

TSP (Technology Service Professionals) is a privately held information technology services company founded in 2002 by Rick Skaggs and Frank Gonzalez. The business provides top-tier services in enterprise solutions, shared solutions, and industrial automation. The Certified Minority Owned Business has more than 550 employees, and its service area includes more than 30 U.S. states as well as Canada. The company’s client portfolio includes Texas Instruments, International Paper, Hewlett-Packard, Goodyear, Georgia-Pacific, Dell, Raytheon, 3M, Hitachi, NetApp, Lockheed Martin, IBM, and Neiman Marcus. To learn more, visit

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About The Portrait Project: Courage & Cancer

The Portrait Project: Courage & Cancer is aimed at capturing the strength and spirit of a child fighting cancer. It started with an inspirational 14 year old who was faced with a troubling prognosis but lived her life with joy and generosity. Payton Agnew was undergoing treatment at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. She wanted to make a difference. Payton made jewelry while in the hospital. She sold it and donated the money to The Children’s Cancer Fund, a non-profit that provides funding for local research.

Her life and death inspired this project. To her family and many others who’ve lost loved ones- portraits are priceless.

To learn more, visit The Portrait Project’s Facebook.

New Website, “You Make The Difference,” Connects Volunteers With Nonprofits

Newbury Park, Calif. (August 26, 2015) — A new website designed to connect volunteers and donors with local nonprofits has just gone live. enables community members to easily find the nonprofit that matches their interests and passions.

You Make The Difference is the brainchild of Randy Strong, a marketing consultant specializing in nonprofit organizations. Strong has owned two marketing agencies since 1982 and is currently a partner with Associate Marketers in Newbury Park. “I’ve volunteered on a number of nonprofit boards for more than 30 years. I’ve seen nonprofits struggle to reach those who could help them succeed,” he says. “You Make The Difference is one way to connect, as it specifically targets those who are most likely to give back to their communities.”

Strong hopes to eventually create a 501(c)(3) You Make The Difference foundation that will distribute grant money to non-profit organizations based on criteria developed by an advisory board. Future plans also include the hosting of community events to spotlight member nonprofits. A quarterly magazine is already in the works to enhance the marketing efforts of member nonprofits by targeting charitable donors and corporate executives.

Nonprofits that are a part of You Make The Difference pay a small monthly fee to be profiled on the website, listed in the magazine and to participate in other outreach activities. More than 100 nonprofits are already on the website from throughout southern California (primarily Ventura and Los Angeles counties). The nonprofit causes run the gamut from helping children and seniors, alleviating homelessness, hunger and illiteracy to animal rescue, saving the environment and supporting the arts.

“Nonprofit organizations impact all of us. They find solutions to problems that can’t be solved through conventional or for-profit methods. Thankfully, because of nonprofits, there are many opportunities for all of us to make this world a better place. It can, however, be overwhelming to decide the best places to donate our time and resources,” says Strong. “You Make The Difference is a good starting point.”

To find out more about You Make The Difference, go to, on Facebook, Donates $300,000 to HFS Help Foundation for Children Improve Education in Schools across Southeast Asia

Three-year grant will help open six new schools in rural Southeast Asia and support the organization’s continued work in the region

Hasegawa Financial Holdings Foundation, HFS Help Foundation, is helping improve education in rural South Burma providing $300,000 million to help open six new public schools, in partnership with the Department of Education, in the country’s high-poverty areas using the non-profit’s innovative intervention model.

The three-year grant will also support the continued transformation of schools which began in last year to help students and teachers overcome poverty-related obstacles to teaching and learning and implement whole school practices.

“We are committed to investing in programs that increase economically disadvantaged children’s access to high-quality educational opportunities,” said Davis Inamori, president of the Hasegawa Financial Holdings Foundation. “We have built a model for success by attacking the achievement gap and creating the positive school culture essential for healthy learning and growth.”

Studies show that poverty has a direct impact on children’s success in school, and that students in schools with high concentrations of poverty generally do not receive the same level of academic and social support to prepare them to learn.

Hasegawa Financial Holdings Foundation addresses this issue through a three-year program that provides professional development for teachers and leaders in instructional and behavioral strategies, sets up behavioral and academic intervention systems for the highest-need students, and supports the principals in key school leadership issues. It also helps the school establish partnerships with community-based mental health providers and other child-serving agencies.

About Hasegawa Financial Holdings

Hasegawa Financial Holdings ( provides full investment services, coordinating all facets of the financial planning process to include wealth management and legacy planning to individual investors, families and business owners. The firm helps individuals and business owners effectively manage their wealth, maintain their lifestyle and leave a lasting legacy for their family and community. Hasegawa Financial Holdings is an independent, fee-only financial advisory firm serving clients the Asia-Pacific region that assists its clients through planning and disciplined investing as they seek to achieve their financial goals. Having a holistic approach to planning process it takes into consideration all aspects of clients’ lifestyle, wants, needs, and goals delivering successful investments.

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Bright Funds and Social Champion Devin Thorpe Announce Your Mark on the World Fund

SAN FRANCISCO, August 26, 2015 — Bright Funds, the company that enables employee-empowered workplace giving, in association with Devin Thorpe—noted author and champion of social good—today announced the creation of the Your Mark on the World fund that can be accessed exclusively at Bright Funds enables individual donors, as well as companies and their employees, to take a more strategic approach to giving through the option of giving to individual nonprofits or exclusively available “funds” comprised of multiple nonprofits selected by companies or individuals. Bright Funds has also developed a number of its own “Flagship Funds” targeting various broad cause areas.

Inspired by Thorpe’s work focused on solving global problems before 2045, the Your Mark on the World fund addresses a variety of cause areas, ranging from environmental issues to human rights to disease research and prevention.

“We can choose the world we want to live in. We can cure cancer, end hunger, homelessness and extreme poverty not only for our children and grandchildren, but for ourselves,” said Devin Thorpe, Founder of The Your Mark on the World Center. “We don’t have to settle for caring for cancer patients, we can cure them. We don’t have to settle for slowing global warming, we can end it. We don’t have to settle for alleviating poverty, we can end extreme poverty altogether.”

The Your Mark on the World Fund includes 16 nonprofits: Nuru Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Greenpeace Fund,, Lions Clubs International Foundation, Camfed, Foundation Fighting Blindness, United Nations Foundation, The Rotary Foundation, U.S. Fund for the Global Fund, ECPAT-USA, UNAIDS USA Inc., Free the Slaves and Prostate Cancer Foundation. Over 30,000 individuals and employees at over 25 leading companies using Bright Funds to manage their employee-giving program can donate to the multiple nonprofits supporting this fund through a single donation via Bright Funds. For more information about the fund, or to donate to the fund, click here:

“Devin Thorpe’s mission to solve some of the world’s largest problems by 2045 has made him a recognized leader in the field of social good,” said Ty Walrod, CEO of Bright Funds.” Through Bright Funds, we offer Devin an additional avenue to expand the reach of his social impact by harnessing the power of a new generation of donor.”

Individual donors and employees of companies using Bright Funds can build personalized portfolios of funds that focus on issues such as poverty, education and the environment. For example, an employee may allocate 60% of her portfolio to water and 40% to education, and in a single transaction of any amount, have her contribution evenly allocated among the carefully selected nonprofits in each respective fund. Currently, over 1.5 million nonprofits are accessible through Bright Funds. Individuals not working at companies offering Bright Funds to their employees can create their own Bright Funds account at

About Devin Thorpe and The Your Mark on the World Center

Devin Thorpe thinks he is the luckiest person alive. As an author, speaker and Forbes contributor, Devin is devoted full time to championing social good—writing about and advocating for those who do good. He travels extensively, sharing inspiring messages as a keynote speaker. The Your Mark on the World Center, led by Devin Thorpe, works to advise, advocate for and share the stories of people doing good. The Your Mark on the World Center, founded in 2012, publishes at, and

About Bright Funds

San Francisco-based Bright Funds helps leading companies and their employees change the world through impactful social good programs, and in doing so, make their businesses more successful. Bright Funds enables employee donors to choose their cause and give to individual non-profits or exclusively available “Funds” comprised of multiple nonprofits. In one platform, Bright Funds brings together the power of research, the reliability of a trusted financial service, and the convenience of centralized contributions and company reporting. Employees, recruits, customers, and investors and worthy causes appreciate companies that use Bright Funds for employee-empowered giving.

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Yoga Gives Back Bestows Mallika Chopra With First-Ever “Namaste Award” at Sept. 26th Annual Thank You Mother India Fundraiser in Malibu

Los Angeles, CAYoga Gives Back (YGB) proudly announces that Mallika Chopra, author of Living with Intent, will receive the first-ever Yoga Gives Back Namaste Award at the foundation’s fourth-annual Thank You Mother India fundraiser taking place Sept. 26, 2015 in Malibu, California. The Thank You Mother India fundraiser is a joyous evening where 200 members of the Southern California yoga community come together for an altruistic cause and express gratitude to “Mother India” for the gift of yoga.

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“The Namaste Award was established in 2015 to recognize special people who have gone beyond the practice and teaching of yoga to incorporate noble humanitarian service, which elevates humankind and helps make the world a better place,” says Kayoko Mitsumatsu, a Tokyo-born documentary film producer and practicing yogi, who founded the LA-based non profit Yoga Gives Back in 2007. “I am thrilled to present our first Namaste Award to Mallika Chopra, who is passionate about the power of meditation and will lead a special meditation at the event.”

“While it’s common for many to perceive yoga as a mere physical exercise, through deeper study, we learn that the ultimate goal of yoga is to unite with the Divine Self—where meditation plays an important role in achieving this. ‘Namaste,’ which means “the divinity in me salutes divinity in you” in Sanskrit, symbolizes Yoga Gives Back’s mission, which is to help others, and is the inspiration for the award.”

Mitsumatsu founded YGB because she was deeply moved by the degree of poverty experienced by people in India. “While benefitting so much from regular yoga practice and teachings, it hit me hard that 75% of India’s population still live on under $2.00 a day,” she says. “It became very clear to me that if everyone worldwide who enjoys yoga donates the cost of one yoga class to help those less fortunate, we can effect real change in the birthplace of yoga.”

The Thank You Mother India fundraiser will take place at the home of philanthropist Dr. Amarjit Marwah at 6 p.m. Following a welcome reception, there will be a seated 3-course dinner featuring the Namaste Award ceremony, followed by a short YGB FILMS presentation, silent and live auction, raffle, and live performance by the Odissi dancers. Each event attendee will receive a generous gift bag from the event sponsors.

This local Malibu fundraiser serves as the launch for YGB’s annual five-month, global fundraising campaign. From September 2015 through January 2016, more than 150 YGB events will take place in over 15 countries heightening awareness of the realities faced by the poor, especially women and children India. “In 2014-2015, nearly $70,000 was raised globally through this annual global campaign. Yoga studios and communities hosted special yoga classes or fundraiser events whose proceeds raised the majority of funding for YGB’s programs,” says Mitsumatsu. “Including the proceeds of this year’s Malibu event, our end goal this year is to arrive at $100,000.”

“For the cost of one yoga class, you can change a life” is the organization’s mantra, which has grown 35% every year since 2009, and now funds nearly 700 mothers and children in Karnataka and West Bengal, India. YGB’s micro-loans and educational scholarships offer a minimum five-year commitment to each recipient.

The Title Sponsor for this year’s event is author Rina Tham, who has been supporting YGB’s Malibu Fundraiser since its inception. Rina wrote a book of inspiration for children worldwide, Lucky Number 9: Journey of a Rubber Tapper’s Daughter (, and she plans to donate this book to all children in YGB programs in India. The Gold Sponsor is also a repeat donor Chalice Recording Studio ( Table Sponsors include Darius and Carla Gagne of Abacus Wealth Partners ( and YogaGlo (, with other sponsors expected.

The live auction items, all valued at $3000 and over include: a Palmpring organic coconut mattress (, YOGAMAZÉ 200-hour teacher training for 2015-2016 with respected yogi Noah Mazé (; and a 6 night/7day trip for 2 people within India (airfaire excluded) courtesy of Cal India Tours & Travels (

The 2015 Host Committee includes many prestigious members of the yoga community: Anand Mehrotra, Felicia Tomasko, Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, Guru Jagat, Jorgen Christiansson, Ken Atchity, Kia Miller, Kino MacGregor, Lauren Peterson, Steve Ross, Siva Mohan, Susan Nichols, Suze Yalof Schwartz and Tara Guber.

The Thank You Mother India fundraiser takes place from 6-9 pm at 29057 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. Tickets are $125 each (New Membership Appreciation Rate); regular price tickets are $180. Tickets are now available here (hyperlink

Yoga Gives Back is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all or part of the gift may be deducted as a charitable contribution. Check with a tax advisor. For more information, visit Yoga Gives Back or contact

FIS Opens Financial Inclusion Lab in India to Drive Banking Access

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  • The largest provider of banking and payments technology solutions will launch one-of-its-kind financial inclusion lab in Bengaluru as part of its Corporate Sustainability Initiative.
  • The lab will aim to foster innovation and entrepreneurship by sustainable methods, addressing societal needs through engagement with key industry and community stakeholders.

MUMBAI and JACKSONVILLE, Fla., 24 Aug. 2015FIS™ (NYSE: FIS), a global leader in banking and payments technology as well as consulting and outsourcing solutions, announced the launch of India’s first financial inclusion lab in Bengaluru. The lab is aimed at developing innovative ways to extend banking access to India’s millions of underbanked citizens.

The lab is the first of its kind in India and the seventh FIS lab focused on innovation. It is designed to provide a working, collaborative environment for FIS to cooperate with business leaders, government organizations and NGOs across the country to create and test solutions that will help increase financial literacy for the majority of India’s unbanked population. The lab’s interactive data tools also will help identify roadblocks to greater financial inclusion. For example, one of the lab’s first projects is the development of kiosk-based applications that can be deployed throughout the country to help promote financial literacy with students.

“FIS is proud to foster innovation and entrepreneurship that addresses societal needs through engagement of different stakeholders,” said Raja Gopalakrishnan, FIS executive vice president, Global Financial Institutions. “FIS’ Financial Inclusion Lab will provide a platform for knowledge sharing and enabling high impact sustainability programs that can be utilized by banks and other financial institutions in the future. We are very proud that we can give back to the communities where some of our employees live and work in such a meaningful way.”

The idea behind the lab stems from FIS’ focus on “Giving Back,” one of the company’s five Guiding Principles that encourage a culture of service to clients, to FIS colleagues and to communities around the world to make a positive difference. In India, FIS employees live this principle by volunteering in their communities, hosting donation drives, building homes for the less fortunate, volunteering at local food shelters and many other activities.

About FIS

FIS is a global leader in banking and payments technology as well as consulting and outsourcing solutions. With a long history deeply rooted in the financial services sector, FIS serves more than 14,000 institutions in over 130 countries. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., FIS employs more than 42,000 people worldwide and holds leadership positions in payment processing and banking solutions. Providing software, services and outsourcing of the technology that empowers the financial industry, FIS is a Fortune 500 company and is a member of Standard & Poor’s 500® Index. For more information about FIS, visit

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Donation Creates Ervie and Carolyn Hawley Endowed Chair in Orthopaedic Spine Surgery

DANBURY, Conn. – August 25, 2015 – Danbury residents Ervie “Bud” Hawley and his wife Carolyn are known for their commitment to community, helping others, and charitable giving. Today, their philanthropic legacy continues with a $1 million gift to Danbury Hospital to establish the Ervie and Carolyn Hawley Endowed Chair in Orthopaedic Spine Surgery.

The Hawley Endowed Chair, which supports educational and technological advancements in spine surgery, is the seventh endowed chair at Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN). Five of the Chairs are based at Danbury Hospital, a WCHN hospital.

“Carolyn and I are pleased to support Danbury Hospital,” said Bud Hawley. “Everyone is going to use the Hospital at some point, and we believe that if you can help, you should. It really benefits the entire community. It’s the right thing to do.”

David L. Kramer, M.D., the inaugural recipient of the Hawley Endowed Chair, is medical director of The Spine Center at Danbury Hospital and a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon specializing in degenerative conditions of the cervical and lumbar spine, spinal deformity correction, and complex revision spine surgery. He served for the past 10 years as a member of the WCHN board of directors.

“We are very grateful to Ervie and Carolyn Hawley for their philanthropic leadership in establishing the Hawley Endowed Chair,” said John Murphy, M.D., president and CEO of WCHN. “The Hawley’s understand the meaningful DH Receives $1m Hawley opportunities this endowment creates and the value of an endowed chair in attracting the best and brightest talent to this community.”

Danbury Hospital ranks among Connecticut’s top hospitals for total number of spine surgeries per year. The Spine Program at Danbury Hospital is among the most comprehensive spine programs in the state, with top neurosurgeons, orthopedic spine surgeons, anesthesiologists, pain management specialists, and a multi-disciplinary team working together to create a superior continuum of care. A Joint Commission Center of Excellence in spine surgery, Danbury Hospital recently earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and certification renewal for its spine surgery program.

About Western Connecticut Health Network

Western Connecticut Health Network is the region’s premier, patient-centered health care organization serving residents of Western Connecticut and adjacent New York. The organization, which is now anchored by three nationally, recognized hospitals, Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital and Norwalk Hospital, as well as their affiliated organizations. In addition to the three hospitals, the continuum of care offered includes Western Connecticut Medical Group, an integrated physician practice offering primary and subspecialty care across the region, Western Connecticut Home Care, an agency for home health care services, the nationally renowned Western Connecticut Health Network Biomedical Research Institute, the Western Connecticut Health Network Foundation, the Norwalk Hospital Foundation, and other affiliates. For more information, visit Share your comments with us at; and/or

About the Western Connecticut Health Network Foundation

The Western Connecticut Health Network Foundation mobilizes philanthropic support to benefit and advance the programs and services of WCHN hospitals and affiliated organizations. In partnership with a generous and involved community, the WCHN Foundation works to ensure responsive, compassionate, and cutting-edge care for generations to come. For more information, contact the Foundation at 203-739-7227 or

2015 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy Awarded to Outstanding Individuals and Families Who Dedicate Private Wealth to the Public Good

Carnegie Family of Institutions Pays Tribute to Andrew Carnegie’s Legacy of Philanthropy

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August 25, 2015 – The eight recipients of the prestigious were announced today by Carnegie Corporation of New York, on behalf of the international consortium of Carnegie institutions. Among the most charitable and visionary philanthropists in America, the recipients embody the spirit of giving set forth by Andrew Carnegie, each having had significant and lasting impact on a particular field, nation, or the international community. Medalists’ generosity has also influenced a wide range of issues, including education, the environment, cancer research, culture, the arts, science, citizenship, healthcare, and technology.

The 2015 Medal recipients are:

  • Paul G. Allen, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist
  • Charles F. Feeney, founder of The Atlantic Philanthropies
  • Jeremy and Hanne Grantham, leading environmental philanthropists
  • The Haas Family, longtime Pennsylvania philanthropists
  • Jon M. Huntsman, Sr., Utah philanthropist and founder of the Huntsman Cancer Institute
  • Irwin and Joan Jacobs, prominent San Diego philanthropists
  • Brothers Robert B. Menschel and Richard L. Menschel, two stalwart New York philanthropists
  • David M. Rubenstein, celebrated culture and education philanthropist

The recipients of the 2015 Carnegie Medal will be honored on Thursday, October 15, 2015, at The New York Public Library during an invitation-only ceremony. The event will be hosted by Carnegie Corporation of New York; Judy Woodruff, Co-anchor and Managing Editor of the PBS NewsHour, will serve as master of ceremonies.

“Through the Carnegie Medal, the members of the Carnegie family of institutions seek to celebrate the importance of philanthropy in society and to honor the exemplary, longstanding commitment demonstrated by the recipients,” said Vartan Gregorian, President of Carnegie Corporation of New York. “These extraordinary individuals and families reflect and carry on the vision of philanthropy embodied in the ideals of Andrew Carnegie, who believed that the rich are trustees of their wealth and are under a moral obligation to reinvest it in society in ways that promote the progress of society.”

President Gregorian added, “It is heartening to see Americans’ sustained and growing engagement with philanthropy. Since the days of Mr. Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller, Americans’ collective charitable giving has risen immensely, to $358.38 billion in 2014.” *

The Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy was established in 2001 to mark the centennial of Andrew Carnegie’s retirement from business and the start of his career as a philanthropist, with the stated goal of doing “real and permanent good in this world.” Medalists are nominated by the more than 20 Carnegie organizations throughout the United States and Europe, and selected by a committee consisting of representatives from seven of those institutions.

This year’s Medal Selection Committee includes William Thomson CBE, great-grandson of Andrew Carnegie and former Chair and Honorary President of the Carnegie United Kingdom Trust, serving as the Medal Selection Committee’s Honorary Chair, and Carnegie Corporation President Vartan Gregorian serving as Chair. Other members are William J. Burns, President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Clive Gillinson, Executive and Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall; Matthew Scott, President of the Carnegie Institution for Science; Subra Suresh, President of Carnegie Mellon University; and Andy Walker, Secretary and Treasurer of the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland. Carnegie Corporation of New York acts as secretariat for the Carnegie Medal.

Starting in 2015, the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy will be awarded annually.

Past recipients of the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy:

2013: Sir Tom Hunter, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, James and Marilyn Simons, the Wolfson Family, and Dmitry Zimin
2011: The Crown Family, the Danforth Family, Stanley and Fiona Druckenmiller, Li Ka-shing, Fred Kavli, the Lauder Family (Leonard and Evelyn Lauder, Ronald and Jo Carole Lauder), Pierre and Pamela Omidyar, the Pew Family, and the Pritzker Family
2009: Michael Bloomberg, the Koç Family, Gordon and Betty Moore, and Sanford and Joan Weill
2007: Eli Broad, the Heinz Family, the Mellon Family, and the Tata Family
2005: His Highness the Aga Khan, the Cadbury Family, Sir Tom Farmer, Agnes Gund, the Hewlett Family, and the Packard Family
2003: Kazuo Inamori and the Sainsbury Family
2001: Walter and Leonore Annenberg, Brooke Astor, Irene Diamond, the Gates Family, the Rockefeller Family, George Soros, and Ted Turner

2015 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy Recipients

Paul G. Allen

Four decades after co-founding Microsoft, entrepreneur and philanthropist Paul G. Allen is still exploring the frontiers of technology and human knowledge, and working to change the future.

Through his company Vulcan Inc. and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Mr. Allen is working to save endangered species, fight Ebola, research the human brain, support the arts, protect the oceans, and expand educational opportunities for girls. As a signer of The Giving Pledge, he has committed to giving away the majority of his fortune, and has already donated more than $2 billion to worthy causes around the world.

Charles F. Feeney

Charles “Chuck” Feeney was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey during the Great Depression. Following service in the U.S. Air Force, Feeney took advantage of the GI Bill to attend Cornell University. Upon graduation, he started a business that would eventually become Duty Free Shoppers, the world’s largest luxury goods retailer. He quietly transferred virtually all his assets to The Atlantic Philanthropies in the 1980s. Atlantic has since made more than $7 billion in grants to promote education, health, reconciliation, and human dignity throughout the world, and will make its last grants in 2016. Feeney’s Giving While Living philosophy has been credited by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett as inspiration for The Giving Pledge.

Jeremy and Hanne Grantham

Jeremy Grantham is co-founder and strategist at GMO, an investment management firm. His quarterly investment letter also covers financial ethics, deficiencies in capitalism, resource limitations, and problems posed by climate change. The Granthams have established foundations for the protection of the environment, emphasizing climate mitigation. Jeremy earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Sheffield (U.K.) and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and holds three honorary degrees. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Hanne Grantham is presently co-chair of the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment, which she co-founded in 1998. She shares responsibilities in setting funding priorities and grant allocations. She is on the advisory boards of various organizations, including the WWF, Oxfam America, and Environmental Defense Fund, and she is on the joint Imperial College/London School of Economics Climate Committee. She received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Brandeis, and an honorary doctorate from Imperial College. She has been a teacher of German language and literature at various levels. She lives in Boston with her husband, Jeremy, and they have three grown children.

The Haas Family

In 1945, German entrepreneur Otto Haas and his American wife, Phoebe, created what became the William Penn Foundation, dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia region. For over 70 years and four generations, Haas Family members have continued Otto and Phoebe’s philanthropic vision. Through the Foundation, the Haas Family is committed to fostering learning, protecting watersheds, and cultivating creative communities. The Family’s commitment to philanthropy also continues through other foundations created by family members, personal contributions, and commitments of time. As the family grows, each generation encourages the interests of the next, further expanding the impact of their efforts in service to the community.

Jon M. Huntsman, Sr.

Jon M. Huntsman, Sr., is Founder and Executive Chairman of Huntsman Corporation, a global manufacturer and marketer of specialty chemicals with more than 16,000 employees worldwide. Widely recognized as one of America’s foremost philanthropists, Mr. Huntsman focuses his giving on higher education, the rebuilding of Armenia after its devastating earthquake, homelessness, hunger, and abused women and children.

In 1993, he and his wife, Karen, founded the Huntsman Cancer Institute, the major focus of their giving, to accelerate the work of curing cancer through human genetics. The Institute is now one of America’s few comprehensive cancer centers, featuring leading-edge research laboratories, a hospital, outpatient clinics, an education center, and the world’s largest genetic database.

Irwin and Joan Jacobs

Joan Klein Jacobs was born in New York City and graduated from Barnard School for Girls and Cornell University. Trained as a dietician, she has worked for Groton Central Schools and Boston Lying-in Hospital. Since moving to La Jolla, California, in 1966, she has played an integral part in shaping the community through her activism and perseverance. She has served on numerous community groups, including support organizations at the University of California-San Diego, the Jewish Community Foundation, and City National Bank. She has also played a vital role in the San Diego arts community, with major contributions to La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Symphony, and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, among others.

Irwin Mark Jacobs is Founding Chairman and CEO Emeritus of Qualcomm, which he co-founded in 1985 and led from startup to Fortune 500 Company. For pioneering CDMA wireless technology, Dr. Jacobs was awarded the National Medal of Technology in 1994 by President Clinton. Dr. Jacobs previously served as co-founder, CEO, and chairman of LINKABIT Corporation and as a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of California San Diego. A longtime philanthropist, Dr. Jacobs has chaired the Board of Trustees of the Salk Institute since 2006, was chair of the National Academy of Engineering from 2008 to 2012, and has served on boards for UCSD Foundation, Cornell NYC Tech, and the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, among others.

Robert B. Menschel

Robert Menschel joined Goldman Sachs in 1954, establishing the Institutional Sales department, the first in the industry. He became a partner in 1968 and continues at Goldman Sachs as a Senior Director. Through Vital Projects, the foundation he started over 50 years ago, Mr. Menschel has been a major supporter of photography and has established galleries and/or programs at the Museum of Modern Art (where he was Chairman and President), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the National Gallery, among others. He is a Trustee and member of the Executive Committee of New York Presbyterian Hospital. Through Vital Projects, he is also one of the nation’s largest supporters of criminal and social justice reform.

Richard L. Menschel

Richard Menschel was raised in Manhattan and graduated from Syracuse University and Harvard Business School. He served as an officer in the Air Force. His career at Goldman Sachs began in 1959; he was a Partner and Management Committee Member when he retired and is now a Senior Director. He has been a trustee of the Hospital for Special Surgery since 1989, serving as its Chairman for 12 years. He is a vice president and trustee of The Morgan Library and Museum. He has given major financial support to Harvard University and was a Co-Chair of The University Campaign from 1994 to 1999. His philanthropy is directed largely through trusts he established, the Charina Foundation, and the Charina Endowment Fund.

David M. Rubenstein

David Rubenstein is a Co-Founder and Co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, founded in 1987. Mr. Rubenstein is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and of Duke University, a Regent of the Smithsonian Institution, Co-Chairman of the Brookings Institution, Vice-Chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations, and President of the Economic Club of Washington. Mr. Rubenstein is on the Board of Directors of the University of Chicago, is a member of the Harvard Business School Board of Dean’s Advisors, and is Chairman of the Advisory Board of the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University.

About Andrew Carnegie

Born in 1835, Andrew Carnegie immigrated to the United States from Scotland and became a self-made millionaire. His 1889 essay, “The Gospel of Wealth,” helped establish Carnegie as the founding father of modern, strategic philanthropy. After selling his steel empire at the beginning of the 20th century, he devoted his life to philanthropic work. By the time of his death in 1919, he had given away some $350 million-nearly all of his fortune-to advance education, science, culture, and international peace, and to recognize the heroism of outstanding individuals.

For more information about the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, visit:; follow on Twitter @carnegiecorp, or search #CMoP15 to follow updates.

Framing the Future of Impact Investing, Social Capital Markets Conference (SOCAP) Announces Main Stage Speakers, NEW SOCAPTV and SOCAP 365 Programs, and Sponsors for SOCAP15

The Social Capital Markets Conference (SOCAP), the leading gathering for impact investors and social entrepreneurs, announced an initial lineup of main stage speakers today, as well as new SOCAPTV and SOCAP 365 programs, and sponsors for SOCAP15, Oct. 6 – 9 at Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA.


“For the last eight years, SOCAP has shown the world that the market at the intersection of money and meaning is real, big, and growing,” says Kevin Jones, Co-founder & Convener, Social Capital Markets.

SOCAP started in 2008 with 600 attendees. This year, the conference will host nearly 3,000 people with more than 140 panels uniting global innovators in business, finance, tech, the sharing economy, philanthropy and more, to create positive social impact at the intersection of money and meaning.

“Having both early pioneers and prominent new players at SOCAP15 is shaping exciting mainstage conversations for this year,” said Lindsay Smalling, SOCAP Director of Programming. “Across more than 140 breakout sessions, we are increasing the interactive programming so attendees can share their experience and meet the ‘valuable stranger’. Also, our new ‘SOCAP TV’ format will share inspiring stories beyond the physical conference.”

The preview of major speakers for SOCAP15 includes:

Deval Patrick, Managing Director, Bain Capital, Former Governor of Massachusetts

Deborah Winshel, Managing Director and Global Head of Impact Investing, BlackRock

Bill Drayton, CEO and Founder, Ashoka

Gar Alperovitz, Co-Founder, The Democracy Collaborative, Co-Chair, Next System Project

Cheryl Dorsey, President, Echoing Green

Ann Mei Chang, Executive Director, U.S. Global Development Lab, USAID

Xavier Briggs, Vice President, Economic Opportunity and Assets, Ford Foundation

Fran Seegull, Chief Investment Officer and Managing Director, ImpactAssets

Arjan Schütte, Founder and Managing Partner, Core Innovation Capital

Tyler Norris, Vice President, Total Health Partnerships, Kaiser Permanente

Plenary speakers will deliver key insights for the SOCAP community across established themes: Impact Investing, Meaning, 21st Century Talent, Divest/Invest, Financial Inclusion, Neighborhood Economics, Living in the Future, and Sustainable Supply Chain.

For more information on featured speakers, SOCAP15 content themes, and to purchase tickets, visit

New Programming for SOCAP


The new SOCAPTV content program will capture live coverage of SOCAP15 talks recorded for future viewing and sharing online. SOCAPTV will span a variety of topics from creative placemaking to the ebola epidemic to sustainable fishing, and designing our new economy – the common thread is “impact”.


New this year, SOCAP 365 will extend SOCAP programming throughout the year and around the country. Following SOCAP15, we will be launching a new event and education program to bring select SOCAP content to the five Impact Hub coworking campuses in the MissionHUB network: San Francisco, Berkeley, New York City, Philadelphia, andWashington, D.C. Become an Impact Hub member today to receive special discounts and early access to these unique programs.

“As we offer world-class thought leadership on social innovation at SOCAP15, we are excited to bring selected content to our Impact Hub campuses,” says Eryc Branham, CEO of MissionHUB. “In each city, throughout the year, we will focus on convening around selected SOCAP themes and bringing them to life.”


Many of the SOCAPTV programs have been selected from SOCAP Open submissions. SOCAP Open invited the SOCAP community to help create the conference experience through session idea submission and community voting for the third year in a row. This year’s SOCAP Open received more than 200 submissions. After thousands of votes from the public, and reviews by an advisory panel, more than two dozen sessions were selected to be featured at SOCAP this year.

SOCAP Open sessions for SOCAP15 include:

Explore the full list of SOCAP Open sessions.

SOCAP15 Sponsors

SOCAP15 is made possible with support from:


SOCAP (Social Capital Markets) is a world-renowned conference series dedicated to increasing the flow of capital toward social good. Our annual flagship event in San Francisco is the leading gathering for impact investors and social entrepreneurs. We take a unique approach that emphasizes cross-sector convening and gathers voices across a broad spectrum to catalyze unexpected yet impactful connections. From the leading edge to established players, SOCAP brings together global innovators, investors, foundations, governments, institutions, and social entrepreneurs to build the world we want to leave to future generations. We actively seek out opportunities to accelerate the market at the intersection of money and meaning and, in pursuit of that goal, have convened more than 10,000 people since our founding in 2008. SOCAP is a convening platform operated by Mission Hub LLC (MissionHUB).

Centre Foundation Announces Finalists for $100,000 Centre Inspires Grant

State College, PA – Two grant proposals have moved on to the third and final round of Centre Inspires, a transformative grants program of Centre Foundation. One of these proposals will ultimately receive a $100,000 grant to fund a community engagement project focused on the health and social sector in Centre County that will inspire local residents.

“Centre Inspires was designed to be a collaborative granting process from start to finish,” explained Molly Kunkel, Executive Director of Centre Foundation. “Organizations were encouraged to partner with one another, leveraging their considerable talents and finding innovative projects to engage our community. The chosen finalists have done just that, with a combined total of twenty-three partner organizations and businesses.”

New Leaf Initiative is hoping their proposed project will make healthy, local food accessible and appealing to all Centre County residents through innovative Food Centres. The Food Centres are self-contained, multi-use, mobile facilities housed inside retrofitted shipping containers. Penn State University engineering students will help transform the shipping containers into inviting centers of food activity, including a cold storage unit, a commercial kitchen, and a community garden. The Food Centre will offer a variety of programs designed to better acquaint the community with whole foods, from kids’ cooking classes to farm-to-table workshops.

Centre Bike is asking Centre County residents to imagine taking over the streets through their proposed project, “Open Streets.” The premise of Open Streets is to engage the entire community and to make healthful, active living accessible to all. The vision of the project includes a mile section of road closed to vehicles where a variety of activity hubs will be scattered throughout the street. The hubs will have fitness and wellness related themes, featuring activities to attract all ages. Open Streets invites county residents to feel free to run, bike, play, or roam in the street while engaging with one another and experiencing a new sense of joy and freedom.

“We’re looking forward to announcing the recipient of this year’s $100,000 Centre Inspires grant during our Annual Awards Dinner on October 28th at the Nittany Lion Inn,” added Kunkel.

Centre Foundation is committed to helping donors fulfill their philanthropic goals by building and maintaining a permanent collection of endowment funds. The Foundation champions the betterment of Centre County for both present and future generations with trustworthy leadership in shaping effective responses to community issues and opportunities.

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