The 2015 Charity Golf Tournament Raised over $73,000 For Cedars-Sinai’s
Coach For Kids® And Their Families Program
(Beverly Hills, CA – November 2, 2015) — Lapidus & Lapidus, PLC and B&B Premier Insurance Solutions, Inc., co-hosts of the 2015 COACH for Kids® Golf Classic, proudly announce that this year’s event helped raised over $73,000 for the Cedars-Sinai COACH for Kids® and their Families program.
The COACH For Kids and Their Families® program at Cedars-Sinai operates two fully-equipped “clinics on wheels” to provide needed healthcare services to children and their families at public schools, public housing developments, homeless shelters and battered women and children shelters throughout Los Angeles. The 2015 COACH for Kids® Golf Classic, which took place on September 29th at the Moorpark Country Club, is the event’s sixth year. Adhering to a commitment to expand this worthy charity event each year, the COACH for Kids® Golf Classic brought together over 150 golfers, volunteers, and a long list of community sponsors to raise more money than any previous year.
“On behalf of Steve Brooks, our incredible planning committee and the staff of the COACH for Kids program, I want to extend our sincerest thanks to our generous sponsors and dedicated volunteers for helping to make the 2015 COACH for Kids Golf Classic a huge success.”
-Daniel C. Lapidus, Lapidus & Lapidus, PLC
“I want to thank all the all of the golfers for coming out and spending the day having fun and raising so much money for a great charity!”
-Steve Brooks, B&B Premier Insurance
Lapidus & Lapidus, B&B Premier Insurance and Cedars-Sinai would like to congratulate and thank everyone involved for their hard work and donations. They look forward to exceeding contributions yet again in 2016! And a special thank you to all our volunteers and generous sponsors for the gifts and donations.
For further information about COACH for Kids® please visit: http://giving.cedars-sinai.edu/coachgolfclassic
Help Child Care Aware® of America Highlight the Importance of Quality Child Care Issues By Sending 20 Family Advocates to Washington, D.C. This Spring.
Arlington, VA, November 2, 2015 – Mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and other child guardians daily put their trust in others to care for their children, not wanting to worry about the unthinkable happening to their own child while they’re in child care. Kim Engelman, Ph.D., lived that nightmare when her 13 month old daughter Lexie died from injuries received in a family child care home. Years of work with Kansas state regulators and legislators resulted in the 2010 passage of Lexie’s Law, which requires a child care license for all providers caring for unrelated children and increases minimum education requirements for providers applying for a license, as well as ongoing professional development.
No parent or guardian should ever have to live through that experience. But that heartbreaking incident is what turned Kim Engelman, an academic researcher, into a parent advocate, and got her and her husband involved to change child care in Kansas and across the country.
Engelman joined Child Care Aware® of America as a parent advocate so that all families can get access to the kind of quality child care that they deserve – safe, healthy, quality, and affordable.
We want to send 20 advocates like Engelman back to Capitol Hill this year in conjunction with the Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) 2016 Symposium, but we need your help to do it!
This Giving Tuesday, CCAoA has set a fundraising goal of $20,000 by December 31, 2015.
It’s a big ask, but what it will cover is priceless. $20,000 will cover the cost of air travel, hotels, transportation, and training for 20 parent advocates as they head to Washington, D.C. to speak to lawmakers about affordability, accessibility, and safety issues in child care.
Help Child Care Aware® of America bring these dedicated activists to Capitol Hill – visit https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/ccaoagivingtuesday for more information, and to donate.
Watch the stories of other family advocates who went to Capitol Hill to talk to legislators about issues affecting child care during our big push for CCDBG reauthorization last year.
About Child Care Aware ® of America
Child Care Aware of America is our nation’s leading voice for child care. CCAoA works with state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies (CCR&Rs) and other community partners to ensure that all families have access to quality, affordable child care. CCAoA leads projects that increase the quality and availability of child care, offer comprehensive training to child care professionals, undertake research, and advocate for child care policies that improve the lives of children and families. To learn more, visit usa.childcareaware.org. Follow them on Twitter @USAChildCare and on Facebook at facebook.com/usachildcare.
Startup’s Interactive Platform Helps Users Realize the Benefits of Making a Difference
CHICAGO (August 4, 2015) – A 2015 study by the Center of Philanthropy at Indiana University showed that at the end of 2014, charitable giving was at an all-time high, with 95.4% of households giving to charity, contributing on average almost $3,000 in the calendar year. With more people donating to non-profits than ever, Chicago-based entrepreneur Stephen Lee developed a mobile platform called ChariPick, which utilizes lightning-fast technology to help foster giving and capitalize on its effects—the immediate gratification and happiness that results from making an impact and doing something good for a cause.
Available for free in the Apple Store and Android Market, ChariPick provides users with the ability to donate as little as $1 a day to interesting, lesser-known charities. ChariPick’s database of nonprofits launched with more than 100 IRS-registered, tax-deductible 501(c)(3) organizations around the United States and will continue to expand, with each entry carefully identified, selected and curated by ChariPick. The goal is to pinpoint relevant charities that need the extra exposure to make a difference.
ChariPick creates a highly personalized giving experience for its users. Upon registering, users are surveyed about their giving interests, being asked to select from three distinct, comprehensive subject areas: Animals & Environment, Health & Education, and Human Rights & Services.
Once the area of interest is identified, users are presented with three unique non-profit organizations daily, chosen from ChariPick’s database, which are aligned with each individual user’s interests by algorithms and become more personalized over time. Each option is accompanied by a brief, engaging description, which outlines the benefits of donating to it, along with a breakdown on what percentage of ChariPick users selected the charity that day. From there, based on budget, users can donate between $1 and $10 for the day, opting to share details about the nonprofit and donation via social media channels, inspiring others to follow suit. All the donations are received and processed to the charities by an independent PCI Level 1 compliant third party. And if at any time a user wants to donate their time and talent, the app also provides a “Volunteer” link that educates users on how they can become involved with an organization on a hands-on, local level. At the end of the month, all users receive detailed, easy to read statements that provide a visual overview of their impact, as well as a record of each donation. At the end of the year, all users will receive a statement providing a record of their all donations to each organization for tax preparation purposes.
“I perceived an opportunity for ChariPick based on increased levels of individual and company contribution trends,” says former hedge fund partner and now founder and CEO of ChariPick, Stephen Lee.
“However, it was my work on nonprofit boards that fueled my curiosity to learn more about why people give and what motivates them to do so that finally resulted in launching a platform that met those needs, providing an interactive low-cost way for users to donate and do so habitually with fun, ease and interest.”
In developing the platform, ChariPick’s research team, which includes a Harvard business professor, drew upon numerous studies that found donating to charities leads to increased overall happiness. The Journal of Consumer Psychology, Journal of Consumer Research, among others, shared many commonalities in their conclusions. Chief among these was that individuals donate to charities because, from a psychological standpoint, they feel increasingly happy when doing so. According to Lee, “If donating as well as receiving makes people happier, better off, ChariPick could be a conduit for positive change, on a daily basis.”
ChariPick is on a simple mission: to help people discover how great it feels to donate to charity, even with as little as a dollar a day. The Chicago-based startup handpicks small and medium nonprofits that focus on distinctive causes and make a huge impact, making it easy for their users to see where their money is helping and feel good about it.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – DISH employees from around the country recently joined together for the inaugural ‘DISH Day of Service,’ a companywide day of volunteering and community outreach. DISH Day of Service is part of the company’s corporate citizenship program, DISH Cares, which promotes community engagement through employee volunteerism.
More than 1,000 volunteers took part in 100 events across 28 states, making it the largest volunteering initiative in DISH’s history. The groups supported 80 different nonprofits and a variety of causes, including health, education, hunger, poverty, and the environment.
“It is truly remarkable what the group from DISH was able to accomplish in a few hours,” said Justin Kruger, Executive Director of Project Helping in Denver. “The volunteers demonstrated teamwork and enthusiasm throughout the day, and we appreciate all of their contributions to our organization.”
Employees from all areas of the business participated in DISH Day of Service, including technicians, call center agents, sales agents, corporate employees, and senior executives. Together with their friends and families, DISH employees renovated four schools, cleaned up 20 parks and natural areas, packed and provided meals for 25 different food banks and assisted hundreds of families supported by Ronald McDonald House and Habitat for Humanity.
“DISH Day of Service provides a way for our employees to work together outside the office to improve our communities,” said Mike McClaskey, EVP and Chief Human Resources Officer. “It was inspiring to see so many employees get involved in this initiative and make a meaningful impact.”
While the first DISH Day of Service officially took place on Saturday, September 26, volunteering occurred over several weeks to accommodate employees that serve customers on weekends. During that time, the DISH volunteers spent thousands of hours planting trees, feeding the hungry, building homes, caring for rescued animals, supporting at-risk youth, assisting the elderly and giving back to their local communities.
A video recap of DISH Day of Service can be found here.
About DISH Cares
DISH Cares, the corporate citizenship program of DISH Network, is designed to serve the communities where DISH operates. Launched in 2014, the DISH Cares program aims to protect the environment through sustainable business practices, promote employee engagement in the community and provide emergency telecommunications services to aid in disaster relief efforts.
DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ:DISH), through its subsidiaries, provides approximately 13.932 million pay-TV subscribers, as of June 30, 2015, with the highest-quality programming and technology with the most choices at the best value. Subscribers enjoy a high definition lineup with more than 200 national HD channels, the most International channels and award-winning HD and DVR technology. DISH Network Corporation is a Fortune 250 company. Visit www.dish.com.
NEW YORK – The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE: GS) today announced that it will expand its clean energy target to $150 billion in financings and investments by 2025 as part of its updated Environmental Policy Framework. First established in November 2005, the new framework codifies the roadmap for continued environmental progress across each of Goldman Sachs’ businesses.
“Over the past 10 years, we have built on our commitment to harness market-based solutions to help support a healthy environment and address the problem of climate change. We will continue to work towards deploying innovative financial mechanisms through an expanded investor base focused on environmental opportunities,” said Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
The updated Environmental Policy Framework includes expanded targets and key initiatives that will guide Goldman Sachs’ ongoing contributions to a sustainable future. Some highlights include:
The framework also includes initiatives to facilitate capital for water, climate risk solutions and other environmental opportunities, and to develop innovative applications for green bonds, as well as our approach to environmental and social risk management. In addition, Goldman Sachs Asset Management will expand its Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and impact investing capabilities.
“Environmental issues have become increasingly relevant to our clients and our investors, and have become core to our business,” said Kyung-Ah Park, Head of Goldman Sachs Environmental Markets. “We are leveraging the talents of our people and the breadth of our businesses to facilitate the transition to a low-carbon future and promote sustainable economic growth.”
Since 2006, Goldman Sachs has invested and financed $65 billion in clean energy around the world, structured over $14 billion in weather-related catastrophe bonds and invested $3.3 billion in green operational investments with over 50% of its global office portfolio now green building certified. Goldman Sachs has been at the forefront of innovative green finance, including the first rated solar securitization, the first U.S. YieldCo listing, the first century green bond and the first green market securitization.
The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and high-net-worth individuals. Founded in 1869, the firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in all major financial centers around the world.
Social Venture Will Double Its Donation to Gun Violence Prevention on December 1st
November 2, 2015 – Liberty United, a New York-based social venture that transforms illegal guns and bullets into handcrafted jewelry to stop gun violence and protect at-risk kids across the country, has announced it will join the #GivingTuesday movement on December 1st.
Now in its fourth year, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.), and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.
Launched in 2013, Liberty United was founded by entrepreneur Peter Thum and his wife, actress Cara Buono. The venture donates at least 20% of its profits to programs to reduce gun violence in the U.S. When purchasing an item from Liberty United’s website, customers may choose one of the listed beneficiary communities directing the donation from their purchase to that partner community. Liberty United partners currently include Syracuse and Newburgh, New York, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Cook County (Chicago), Illinois. Liberty United is working to expand its network of partner cities.
This #GivingTuesday, Liberty United will double its donation to its beneficiary communities on all purchases of Grip Money Clips and Winchester Window Pendants.
“Liberty United’s mission is simple: Get illegal guns off the street and remake them into powerful symbols of action that you can wear every day. Each purchase of our jewelry funds programs to help save a child’s life. Maybe even your child.” said Thum. “Giving Tuesday perfectly complements our mission and we are excited to expand our efforts by joining this growing global movement.”
For more details about Liberty United visit the website (http://libertyunited.com/), the Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/LibertyUTD), or follow @LibertyUTD and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on Twitter.
About Liberty United
Liberty United is a social venture. Its mission is to stop gun violence and to save and protect at-risk kids who are growing up in communities plagued by gun violence. Every Liberty United product purchased contributes to not-for-profit programs for at-risk children across the US. In pursuit of its mission, Liberty United has partnered with cities and law enforcement agencies in its partner communities. To date, its operations have funded programs serving over one thousand at-risk children.
#GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give—the 2015 iteration will be held on December 1, 2015. This effort harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners—nonprofits, businesses and corporations as well as families and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday inspires people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday harnesses the power of social media to create a global moment dedicated to giving around the world.
The annual competition to award $600,000 in prize money to promising wireless and mobile innovations designed to impact the global community
REDWOOD CITY, CA – Nov. 2, 2015 – The Vodafone Americas Foundation today kicked off the eighth annual Wireless Innovation ProjectTM (WIP), opening the call for submissions to applicants for their wireless-related technologies with the high potential to solve critical issues facing the world today. Online applications will be accepted from November 2nd, 2015 through February 27th, 2016, with winners announced in June 2016.
“We’re excited to open the competition for this year’s Wireless Innovation Project,” said June Sugiyama, Vodafone Americas Foundation Director. “We look forward to recognizing the outstanding work nonprofits, universities, non-governmental organizations, and social entrepreneurs are undertaking to change the world through wireless and mobile platforms, and continue to support the innovative ways technology, specifically wireless technology, can have a positive global impact.”
Since launching in 2009, the Wireless Innovation Project has awarded $4.2 million to unique solutions made to help address critical issues around the world with a focus on helping people in the most vulnerable areas. Three winners are selected each year with first place awarded $300,000, second place $200,000, and third place $100,000. Past WIP winners have gone on to future success through international accolades, various industry prizes, and more than $9.5 million in additional funding following their involvement with WIP.
In 2015, WIP awarded the $300,000 in first place prize money to the California Institute of Technology SEVA Sanitation project, for its vision to provide an intelligent black water treatment system to the 4.5 billion people in the world without access to adequate sanitation.
“Participating in the Wireless Innovation Project last year has set us up for success as we continue to develop our solution,” said Cody Finke, PhD Student, California Institute of Technology, and co-lead of the SEVA Sanitation project. “The awarded funding combined with Vodafone’s global experience and industry knowledge helps us bring our sustainable solution to people around the world. Since participating, we’ve seen a marked increase in interest in our project as well as more confidence from the international community in the success of our sanitation project.”
WellDone’s remote monitoring tool called MoMo won the second place, $200,000 prize last year. MoMo helps improve the reliability of rural infrastructure and the accountability of development projects by tracking water flow rates via the cellular network. Third place winner, the Mobile Stethoscope from MIT D-Lab, is the world’s first USB-powered mobile stethoscope and decision-support mobile application providing critical diagnostic assistance to untrained health workers and non-specialist doctors in developing countries.
How to Enter
Further details about the competition, eligibility, past winners, and the Foundation can be found at project.vodafone-us.com.
To follow Vodafone Americas Foundation™ on Twitter, visit @VodafoneProject.
To visit Vodafone Americas Foundation™ on Facebook, click here.
About the Vodafone Americas Foundation
The Vodafone Americas Foundation is part of Vodafone’s global network of 27 foundations. It is affiliated with Vodafone Group. In addition the Wireless Innovation Project, the Vodafone Americas Foundation provides grants in the United States within the three-pillared approach to Improve People’s Lives, Support the Development Sector and Spark Innovation.
Vodafone is one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies and provides a range of services including voice, messaging, data and fixed communications. Vodafone has mobile operations in 26 countries, partners with mobile networks in 55 more, and fixed broadband operations in 17 markets. As of 30 June 2015, Vodafone had 449 million mobile customers and 12 million fixed broadband customers. For more information, please visit: www.vodafone.com.
Patient engagement platform will provide support and empowerment while advancing blood cancer research
BOSTON, November 2, 2015 – Unitio, Inc., a Boston based nonprofit organization and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) today announced a partnership to develop an online patient community that will bring together those affected by blood cancers to share real world experiences and contribute to vital research. This partnership marks the first endeavor in cancer for Unitio, a-first-of-its-kind nonprofit designed to unite patients, caregivers, researchers, clinicians and industry across an array of diseases to advance care and improve patient outcomes.
Seeking to leverage the power and reach of digital technology to collect actionable patient data and insights, LLS selected Unitio’s proprietary Community and Research Engagement (CARE) platform to develop its online patient and caregiver community. CARE offers a secure, turnkey approach to enable communities to connect, share and participate in research. The new LLS digital patient and caregiver community will be modeled after Unitio’s flagship T1D Exchange community, Glu, created for people touched by type 1 diabetes. LLS’s online community will closely mirror Glu, which since 2009 has grown to include approximately 14,500 diverse, active participants who, together, help speed promising research by asking questions, sharing knowledge and offering support.
The LLS online community will connect patients with one another and with the research process by accelerating access to valuable information and resources and empowering patients to provide information about their unmet needs, shedding light on potential new paths for better care and treatments. Content will support and engage patients, caregivers, and supporters via articles and blogs, group discussions, polling, and other timely news on blood cancer. In November, LLS will begin beta-testing the community website with a select group of LLS members. The full site will launch in early 2016.
“Medicine is evolving rapidly and greater patient engagement across research, advocacy, policy and clinical care is central to improving outcomes and finding new therapies,” says Dr. Larry Saltzman, executive research director at LLS. “We are excited to partner with Unitio and about the potential of the CARE platform to gather information from a large pool of people touched by blood cancers. Understanding their challenges and perspectives about living with and managing these diseases daily will advance and accelerate research.”
Funding for the LLS community has been provided by LLS board member Bernard H. Garil and his wife, Ethel, in memory of their son, Michael, who at age seven was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and by the Michael Garil Leukemia Research Fund at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. After years of chemotherapy and cancer recurrences, Michael underwent a lifesaving bone marrow transplant that cured his disease. However, chemotherapy caused serious side effects that ultimately led to his passing at age 39. Throughout his cancer journey, Michael shared his experiences in an effort to increase awareness of potential long-term effects of treatment among patients and their families. “Ethel and I are extremely gratified and pleased to see our dream of a patient-focused community come to life,” says Mr. Garil. “It has been our hope and the focus of our work through LLS to help create a world without blood cancers. This new platform will provide invaluable data to create new and better treatments which will lead to longer lives for patients.”
This novel partnership helps further Unitio’s mission to transform health, care and costs for everyone affected by chronic and acute medical needs by uniting patients with research. LLS’s online community will be among the first real-world patient-engagement platforms, designed to fast-track issues that are important to blood cancer patients and their families.
“We are so grateful to Bernie and Ethel for their relentless dedication and commitment to LLS and our mission,” said Dr. Louis J. DeGennaro, LLS’s President & CEO. “LLS is the voice for all blood cancer patients and through this new community, we will be giving patients and even greater voice about their care. The information emanating from this engaged patient population will aid LLS in our work to fund research and to find cures for patients with blood cancers.”
An estimated 1.2 million Americans are living with, or are in remission from a blood cancer. This year more than 160,000 people will be diagnosed, accounting for nearly 10 percent of all new cancer cases in 2015. Approximately every 10 minutes, someone in the US dies from a blood cancer.
“There is an urgent need for new and better therapies that improve outcomes and quality of life, and Unitio offers a model for 21st century healthcare,” says Dana Ball, CEO of Unitio and co-founder and executive director of T1D Exchange. “The traditional research paradigm has built-in limitations and processes that constrain scientific progress. The Unitio model breaks down these barriers to drive discovery and speed the delivery of new treatments.”
The online community platform is a key piece of the puzzle, allowing patients and families to play a direct role in increasing the pace of therapeutic advances, adds Ball, a national thought leader on “patient-centricity.” Ball will share insights on the “trend toward patient-centeredness” at the upcoming Partnering for Cures conference, the annual meeting of the Milken Institute’s FasterCures, taking place in New York City November 1st-3rd. As the leader in the blood cancer arena, LLS’s DeGennaro will participate in the Milken Institute event, as well, moderating a panel on venture philanthropy and participating in another on the future of R&D partnerships.
This initial partnership with LLS serves as an example of Unitio’s varied offerings. Other services include community building and management, licensing and creating processes for integrated research alliances.
“Unitio is uniquely positioned to partner with different types of groups – from advocacy and nonprofit organizations to corporate and government entities – to create new paths for medical and research development,” says George Serbedzija, Vice President of Strategic and Corporate Development. “In the near future, we hope to support work in a number of diseases. LLS is an ideal first partner and Unitio is honored to work with this renowned organization to help patients share resources and experiences while moving the research needle.”
Life is Good and Hole in the Wall board member, actress Bridget Moynahan (Blue Bloods) support and congratulate local hero Mackenzie Page for her fundraiser The Great Pumpkin Challenge, benefitting The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp on Friday, October 30th, 2015 in Newtown, CT.
Inspired by her friend’s battle with cancer, Mackenzie has rallied her community to raise money for her friend and Hole in the Wall, which brings “a different kind of healing” to more than 25,000 seriously ill children and family members each year, through a variety of year-round programs.
Hundreds of people come every year to support Mackenzie’s efforts by bringing pumpkins with $5 donations for display on Halloween. Through her work, Mackenzie has helped raise awareness for Hole in the Wall, and helped bring fun, friendship and laughter to children facing serious illness. Life is Good donated $15,000 to remind others how anyone, anywhere can make difference in the world around them.
ABOUT THE LIFE IS GOOD COMPANY
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