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Monthly Archives: October 2015

Islamic Relief USA Distributes Meat To 70,000 People In Need Across The Country

ALEXANDRIA, VA, September 29, 2015 — Islamic Relief USA, a nonprofit charity providing humanitarian aid in more than 40 countries, will be partnering with local organizations to distribute fresh FDA-certified meat in two dozen American communities during the month of October. The food is available to anyone in need, regardless of faith. The meat is expected to feed 70,000 people.

Last week on September 24, 2015, Muslims across the world celebrated the holiday of Eid Al Adha. The holiday marks the end of the pilgrimage to the holy cities of Mecca and Madinah in Saudi Arabia, and commemorates stories from the life of Prophet Abraham. On this holiday, Muslims are encouraged to share meat with neighbors and people in need. This act of charity ensures no one goes without a nutritious meal as we celebrate.

Meat provided by Islamic Relief USA donors is already being distributed around the world. Distributions in the United States will begin in the coming days.

Cities included in the distribution include:

Las Vegas; Sacramento; Los Angeles; San Diego; Chicago; Indianapolis; Minneapolis; Detroit; Dallas; Houston; New Orleans; Raleigh; New York City (Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Harlem); Philadelphia; Passaic, N.J.; Baltimore; Washington, D.C.; and Falls Church and Herndon, VA.

Clean Water for All

World Vision announces commitment to provide one new person with clean water every 10 seconds by 2020, $40 million donation

NEW YORK, NY (September 30, 2015) — One of the Sustainable Development Goals finalized at the recent United Nations General Assembly was universal access to safe water by the year 2030.

At a New York event last night, World Vision announced a commitment to help reach that goal through a massive expansion of its clean water program, along with a significant private donation to help realize the goal.

At the event, philanthropists Dana and Dave Dornsife announced their intentions to provide $40 million over five years to support World Vision water, sanitation and hygiene programs (WASH) in Africa.

This follows their previous gift of $35 million to World Vision, which enabled World Vision to develop high-quality WASH programs in 10 African countries.

World Vision also announced a commitment to provide clean water to one new person every 10 seconds by the year 2020. It will continue the expansion to ensure universal water coverage everywhere World Vision works by 2030.

World Vision already is the largest nongovernmental provider of clean water in the developing world, reaching one new person with clean water every 30 seconds. It has a presence in nearly 100 countries around the world.

“Poverty and disease are like a choke hold on millions of families around the world,” said Richard Stearns, president of World Vision US. “There is nothing more powerful than clean water to set children and families free. Through their generous and life-saving gift, the Dornsifes will help bring fullness of life and good health to millions.”

Ensuring every person has access to clean water is an aggressive goal and must be done in partnership. Partners joining World Vision to mark the commitment and the gift represented the education, philanthropy, corporate, nonprofit and academic communities.

Thanks to its many partners, World Vision has increased tenfold the number of new people it reaches annually with clean water in the last five years.

Philanthropists Dana and Dave Dornsife also are committed to helping solve the global water crisis and have faithfully walked alongside World Vision since 1981 to provide life-giving clean water. The Dornsifes are now one of the top families contributing to address the global water and sanitation crisis. As with their previous gift, it will require World Vision to demonstrate matching funding.

“Dave and I are thrilled with the leadership shown by World Vision and their partners in committing to provide clean water and sanitation to everyone everywhere they work by 2030,” said Dana Dornsife. “We believe this gift is one of the most important investments we can make and we hope it inspires others to join with us so we can solve the global water crisis in parts of Africa in our lifetimes.”

The Dornsife’s announcement comes during the last week of World Vision’s For Every Child campaign, a five-year, $500 million campaign to save the lives of 20 million people worldwide.

World Vision’s WASH partners represented at this week’s announcement includes USAID, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Procter & Gamble, Sesame Workshop, Grundfos, Kohler, Denver Mattress, University of North Carolina Water Institute, Messiah College, Drexel University, Desert Research Institute, Design Outreach, Speranza Foundation, Water Now, Well Spring for the World, United Solar Initiative and Water4.

The Grove Foundation Gives $9 Million Donation To The Establish The Eva Kastan Grove Grant At Hunter College

(New York, NY – September 30, 2015) Hunter College President Jennifer J. Raab has announced a $9 million gift from The Grove Foundation to establish the Eva Kastan Grove Grant named for the wife of Andrew Grove, the former Chairman of Intel. Eva Kastan Grove graduated from Hunter College in 1958.

According to President Raab, the gift will honor Eva Grove’s lifelong commitment to advocacy, social service, and philanthropy and her special commitment to immigrants’ opportunity, rights and dignity.

“We are so grateful to the Grove Family for their outstanding generosity,” said President Raab. “This gift will establish a scholars program at Roosevelt House and fund unpaid internships at nonprofit organizations, an important career jumpstart for Hunter College students.”

The gift will be divided to support two separate funds. The Eva Kastan Grove Scholars Program at Roosevelt House will be established with $4 million. It will support student activities that stem from the Roosevelt House interdisciplinary programs in public policy and human rights; it will support Roosevelt Scholars, who are talented freshmen interested in social services, domestic human rights, immigrants’ rights, women’s reproductive health, law, and social justice, enabling them to travel and meet with policy-makers in Washington, DC and Albany and other public policy sites; and it will support student programs at Roosevelt House including speakers and conferences.

Another $5 million will establish the Eva Kastan Grove Scholarship and Internship Endowment Fund. It will fund scholarships and internships for Hunter College students and fund the salary and benefits of staff to administer the scholarships. Preference will be given to students who are immigrants or children of immigrants, undocumented or ineligible for other sources of support, underrepresented voices in their fields, and a commitment to public service in the United States.

The Grove’s two daughters, Karen Grove and Robie Spector, are active in the Foundation. In creating these funds, they were looking for a way to acknowledge their mother’s past, her influence on the present, and perpetuate her values into the future.

Eva Grove’s interest in promoting the rights of immigrants began with her own experience. She was born in Vienna in 1935 and fled the Nazis with her family when she was three. She spent her childhood in Bolivia and moved to New York at age 18. She was married in 1958, just as she completed her Pre-Social Work degree at Hunter College. She went on to get a Master’s Degree in Social Work at Columbia University.

Andy Grove and his family survived the Nazi invasion of Hungary. With the help of the International Rescue Committee, he arrived in New York in 1957. He graduated from City College of New York in 1960 and later donated $25 million to their engineering school which is now called the Grove School of Engineering. His wife’s work as a social worker and some of his part-time jobs put him through a master’s program at UC Berkeley. He received a PhD from Berkeley in 1963. His interest in health issues has been the focus of much of his more recent giving to research in prostate cancer and Parkinson’s disease.

About Hunter College

Hunter College, located in the heart of Manhattan, is the largest college in the City University of New York (CUNY) system. Founded in 1870, it is also one of the oldest public colleges in the country and famous for the diversity of its student body, which is as diverse as New York City itself.

Most Hunter students are the first in their families to attend college and many go on to top professional and graduate programs, winning Fulbright scholarships, Mellon fellowships, National Institutes of Health grants, and other competitive honors.

The 1,700 full- and part-time members of Hunter’s faculty are unparalleled. They receive prestigious national grants, contribute to the world’s leading academic journals, and play major roles in cutting-edge research. They are fighting cancer, formulating public policy, expanding our culture, enhancing technology, and more.

Cambria Estate Winery Announces Seeds of Empowerment Program Grant Recipient

The award honors and celebrates the strength and resilience of women

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San Francisco, California (September 30, 2015) – On Tuesday, September 29 at the Park Tavern in San Francisco, the Cambria Estate Winery was pleased to announce Yin Myo Su (“Misuu”) of Myanmar as the recipient of this year’s Seeds of Empowerment grant. The program celebrates exceptional women who have overcome adversity and who have inspired others to do the same. In partnership with Vital Voices, an organization that brings visibility to extraordinary women around the world, Seeds of Empowerment awards $100,000 annually in cash grants to nonprofit organizations that embody these traits to empower “warrior women.” Yin Myo Su will be given $25,000 in grant funds for her on-going efforts to bring growth and prosperity to Myanmar.

“Misuu’s determination to protect Myanmar’s culture, nature and people through conservation and social responsibility made her an easy choice to receive this year’s Seeds of Empowerment grant,” said Cambria Estate Winery co-proprietor and vintner and founder of the Cambria: Seeds of Empowerment giving program, Julia Jackson. “My sister Katherine and I support her vision of improving the lives of those in Myanmar through her efforts around education, job creation and environmental sustainability.”

As part of the Seeds of Empowerment program, Julia has also completed a series of original watercolor paintings that are featured on limited editions of Cambria bottles. Each painting depicts a woman who embodies the warrior woman in her many forms throughout history. Yin Myo Su will be included in the collection.

Cambria Winery’s success relies on the power of women working together to make great things happen. From its owner, Barbara Banke, and her daughters, vintners Julia Jackson and Katherine Jackson, to its winemaker, Denise Shurtleff, Cambria demonstrates the strength and resourcefulness of women.

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Jackie Bezos And Dwight Davis Join The Board Of Directors Of Turnaround For Children

Education Nonprofit translates the science that explains the impact of poverty-related stress on learning and behavior to catalyze school transformation; Bezos, a Leader in Education Philanthropy, aims to elevate the field of education and outcomes for children; Davis, Veteran Educator and former professional basketball player is Assistant Principal at Wheatley Education Campus in Washington, D.C.

(New York, NY) Jackie Bezos and Dwight Davis have joined the Board at Turnaround for Children, Pamela Cantor, MD, President and CEO of the leading public education nonprofit announced today. Turnaround for Children currently partners with 11 public schools in New York City, Newark, N.J. and Washington, DC, to address the obstacles to teaching and learning that stem from the stress of poverty. Over the past 13 years in 87 schools, Turnaround has broken down the process of school transformation into strategies that reduce stress, increase readiness to learn and cultivate an environment poised for academic achievement and personal growth – an approach increasingly looked upon by leading education experts and policymakers as a path to success for students facing adversity, particularly those in high-poverty communities.

Jackie Bezos, President and co-founder of the Bezos Family Foundation, has centered her work around the belief that rigorous, inspired learning environments will allow students of all ages to put their education into action. A long-time advocate of translating science into knowledge that can be put into the hands of parents, teachers, students, and caregivers, Bezos brings experience developing research-based initiatives that serve an array of young people from birth through high school. Among these initiatives are Vroom, The Bezos Scholars Program at the Aspen Institute, The Aspen Challenge, and Students Rebuild. Bezos serves on the board of directors for the Institute for Learning and Brain Science (I-LABS), The Robin Hood Foundation, Families and Work Institute, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Character Lab. She also serves as an Advisor to TED-Ed and on the Advisory Board of Global Nomads Group.

“Through her leadership of the early childhood movement, Jackie understands the importance of environments that foster healthy brain development,” said Dr. Pamela Cantor, President and CEO of Turnaround for Children. “Today she wants to bring that critical knowledge into K-12 schools and other settings in which children grow and develop. We feel tremendously fortunate to have her join our Board.”

“Turnaround for Children has been instrumental in building school culture that is rooted in brain development and behavioral science, allowing for a focus on the whole child,” said Jackie Bezos, newly elected board member at Turnaround for Children. “It is my great pleasure to join this extraordinary board and stand with Turnaround as they continue to provide secure, stable learning environments that give all students the opportunity to succeed in academics and in life.”

Dwight Davis is a product of Washington, D.C. public schools and a veteran teacher with more than a decade of experience in the classroom. He now serves as assistant principal at Wheatley Education Campus where he worked closely with Turnaround for Children to build a supportive, engaging and rigorous learning environment for his students. Prior to his teaching career, Davis played professional basketball in the United States and abroad. He earned a master of divinity degree and a master’s degree in education from Princeton Theological Seminary, as well as a certificate in teaching from Princeton University’s teacher preparation program. He is also a licensed Baptist minister.

“Dwight is a gifted master teacher who cares deeply for his students and community,” said Dr. Pamela Cantor. “We are thrilled that he is joining our board and bringing us the wisdom and understanding that comes from working closely with children and their families in schools. He understands what it means to be a teacher dedicated to building the skills and beliefs in children that enable them to overcome incredibly difficult circumstances and find real success in the classroom and beyond.”

“Too often teachers aren’t trained to deal with what we are seeing in the classroom,” said Dwight Davis, newly elected member of the board at Turnaround for Children. “Pam Cantor and Turnaround for Children are at the forefront of research and practice on trauma, its effect on children and what teachers can do about it. Teachers have to be at the table too so they can purvey this information to other teachers and administrators to help kids overcome stress to become healthier individuals and their best selves.”

Scholastic Contributes To Syrian Refugee Relief Efforts Through Save The Children

The Scholastic Possible Fund Donates $25,000 for Immediate Aid and Pledges Books for Long-Term Recovery

NEW YORK – October 1, 2015 – Scholastic (NASDAQ:SCHL), the global children’s publishing, education and media company, today announced a short-term and long-term plan to assist Syrian refugee children and their families. Through The Scholastic Possible Fund, the company will contribute $25,000 to Save the Children to help with immediate relief efforts and will match employee contributions up to an additional $25,000 for a total donation of up to $50,000. Scholastic has worked with U.S. Embassies and large NGOs to provide assistance to Syrian refugees since early 2013 and is committed to supporting long-term assistance to refugee children by donating culturally relevant, age-appropriate books and other educational materials, including the My Arabic Library collection, a unique Arabic-language classroom library program for grades 1 through 6.

“Through our work in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan in recent years delivering Arabic language books and learning materials, we have seen first-hand the power of books to provide stories of resilience and courage to these displaced children,” said Dick Robinson, Chairman, President and CEO, Scholastic. “Now, as refugee families move beyond the Middle East and into Europe, the U.S., Canada and Australia, Scholastic is not only committed to helping provide support to meet families’ immediate needs, but also to working long-term with Save the Children and other international humanitarian organizations to help these children regain a sense of security and normalcy as they settle into new lands.”

In addition to donating relief funds and books, Scholastic provides timely, age-appropriate news coverage ( and resources for children, parents and teachers about the current Syrian refugee humanitarian crisis. Relevant news articles in current issues of Scholastic News® and Junior Scholastic® magazines provide background information on the Syrian crisis and civil war and upcoming issues will chronicle efforts as they develop.

The Scholastic Possible Fund was established as part of the Company’s Open a World of Possible reading initiative to provide donations of new, quality books to children in underserved communities and in communities recovering from crises or natural disasters with the goal of improving global literacy. Books from The Scholastic Possible Fund are distributed through non-profit partner organizations that work to help children and families understand the importance of books and reading from birth through adulthood as a pathway to understanding oneself and becoming a lifelong learner.

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