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Monthly Archives: June 2016

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Bob Evans Farms, Inc. Goes Purple and Supports the Gary Sinise Foundation to Salute Military Heroes and Their Families Through Its ‘Our Farm Salutes’ Campaign

Bob Evans Farms Bolsters Its Support of Those That Serve With a $200,000 Donation and a Supply of Farm Fresh Foods to Support the Gary Sinise Foundation’s ‘Serving Heroes’ Program

Press Release – NEW ALBANY, Ohio (June 30, 2016)Bob Evans Farms, Inc. (NASDAQ: BOBE), is proud to announce its commitment to support America’s active duty, veterans, and their families with the launch of its “Our Farm Salutes” campaign. As part of the program, Bob Evans Farms has painted its iconic barn purple, a color that represents every branch of service, and is donating $200,000 as well as thousands of meals to support the Gary Sinise Foundation’s (GSF) Serving Heroes program, an initiative that provides meals to active duty, veterans, and their families as a way of showing gratitude for their service and sacrifice.

“Supporting the men and women that serve our country has always been a part of the culture at Bob Evans Farms, and we could not be more excited to further our commitment of showing gratitude by encouraging others to join us as we salute all of those that unselfishly serve us,” said Bob Evans Farms, Inc. President and CEO Saed Mohseni. “In painting the Bob Evans barn purple and partnering with the Gary Sinise Foundation in support of their Serving Heroes program, we are making it known that ‘Our Farm Salutes’ all of America’s active duty, veterans, and their families.”

As part of the “Our Farms Salutes” campaign, Bob Evans Farms is urging all Americans to join Bob Evans Farms in going purple this summer to show gratitude to those that serve. By visiting, the public can share a message of support or make a donation to help support the Gary Sinise Foundation’s Serving Heroes program.

Throughout 2016, in partnership with the Gary Sinise Foundation and its Serving Heroes program, Bob Evans Farms, Inc. will serve over 6,000 meals to military heroes and their families at military bases, USO centers and VAs across the country at Serving Heroes events.

In addition, Bob Evans will share a series of broadcast television and radio public service announcements featuring Gary Sinise in support of the Foundation’s Serving Heroes program.

Designed by ‘The Barn Artist,’ Scott Hagan and Columbus artist David Browning, the newly painted Bob Evans barn features a mural honoring current and past members of the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and the Merchant Marines. The painting took a total of 11 days, 176 man-hours and 30 gallons of paint to complete and will remain on the building through Veteran’s Day.

“A hearty meal and time spent with family around a dinner table is often the thing service members miss most during tours of duty,” said Gary Sinise, founder of the Gary Sinise Foundation. “The generous contribution made by Bob Evans Farms to our Serving Heroesprogram will help us to feed our nation’s service men and women and their families, in mind, body and soul; and the painted purple barn stands as a beacon of honor to those who protect our freedoms.”

For more information on the “Our Farm Salutes” campaign, look for the purple packaging on Bob Evans packaged foods products in your localgrocery store, or please visit

About Bob Evans Farms, Inc.

Bob Evans Farms, Inc. owns and operates full-service restaurants under the Bob Evans Restaurants brand name. At the end of the third fiscal quarter (January 22, 2016), Bob Evans Restaurants owned and operated 548 family restaurants in 18 states, primarily in the Midwest, mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions of the United States. Bob Evans Farms, Inc., through its BEF Foods segment, is also a leading producer and distributor of refrigerated side dishes, pork sausage and a variety of refrigerated and frozen convenience food items under the Bob Evans and Owens brand names. For more information about Bob Evans Farms, Inc., visit

About the Gary Sinise Foundation:

Actor/humanitarian Gary Sinise has been actively and tirelessly supporting the troops for over thirty years. Among his numerous film and television roles, it was his portrayal of Lt. Dan Taylor in the landmark film Forrest Gump which formed an enduring connection with servicemen and women throughout the military community. Over the years, Sinise participated in handshake tours, hospital visits, invited veterans to come for free performances at his theater in Chicago, and much more. In June 2011, to expand upon his individual efforts, Sinise established the Gary Sinise Foundation.

The Gary Sinise Foundation honors America’s defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need. Through its R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment) program, specially adapted smart homes are being constructed for severely wounded veterans nationwide. Each one-of-a-kind home is customized to ease the everyday burdens of a wounded hero, their family and caregivers. Other programs include Serving Heroes, Relief & Resiliency Outreach, Invincible Spirit Festivals, the Lt. Dan Band, Arts & Entertainment Outreach, and First Responders Outreach. Its latest program, Soaring Valor, is sending WWII veterans to The National WWII Museum and documenting their first-hand accounts of the war. Over the years, the Foundation has formed numerous corporate partnerships which support many of the Foundation’s programs. For more information, please visit

“TeamExtreme” Kicks Off Year of Extreme Athletic Events to Raise $1 Million for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund

New 24-Hour Relay for Heroes Race in Central Park Highlights Year-Long Efforts

Proceeds to Help Build New Centre to Treat Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Psychological Health Conditions in U.S. Service Members

Press Release – New York, NY (June 30, 2016) – TeamExtreme, a group of elite amateur and professional athletes, today kicks off their year-long campaign to compete in athletic events that push them to their physical limits in an effort to raise $1 million for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF), a not-for profit organization and national leader supporting the men and women of the United States Armed Forces and their families. All donations will help fund the building of Intrepid Spirit centers for diagnosis and treatment of TBI and psychological health conditions in U.S. service members.

Led by Winston Fisher, Partner at the NYC-based Fisher Brothers real estate firm, and currently comprised of a group of 20 athletes, TeamExtreme members will compete in Ironman competitions, major world marathons, and some of the toughest ultra-distance events on the planet. The team’s signature event will be the Relay for Heroes on September 17-18, 2016, a race around New York City’s Central Park where relay teams compete to run as many miles as possible within 24 hours.

“Being on TeamExtreme means you are willing to push your body to its limits, whether that means running your first 5K or a biking a 3,000-mile race across the country,” said Fisher. “We encourage anyone who is preparing for a race or physical challenge to join TeamExtreme and help us give back to the men and women of the Armed Forces. Our physical efforts pale in comparison to the sacrifices our military forces continue to make for us.”

Every dollar raised by TeamExtreme will go directly toward building Intrepid Spirit centers. Each center costs approximately $11 million to construct and equip with the latest in brain technology and treatment facilities and spans 25,000 square feet. Intrepid Spirit centers are operational at Fort Belvoir, VA; Camp Lejeune, NC; Fort Campbell, KY; Fort Hood, TX; and Fort Bragg, NC. A center is under construction at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA, and an additional three centers still need to be built.

Intrepid Spirit centers are funded and built by the IFHF through a $100 million fundraising campaign. Though the centers are being built exclusively through private donations, each center is gifted to the Department of Defense for operation and management upon completion. All of the centers are located at military bases around the country.

For the most up-to-date information on TeamExtreme, including a list of team members and events that Team Extreme team members will compete in, visit or follow the team on Facebook at, Twitter @ITeamExtreme and Instagram @IntrepidTeamExtreme.

About the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund

The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, a national leader in supporting the men and women of the United States Armed Forces and their families, has provided close to $200 million in support for the families of military personnel lost in service to our nation, and for severely wounded military personnel and veterans. In 2010 the Fund opened the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) to support the research, diagnosis, and treatment of military personnel and veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI) and psychological health (PH) conditions. In 2013 the Fund launched a new $100 million campaign to build nine “Intrepid Spirit” centers at major military bases around the country. These centers serve as satellites to the central NICoE facility and extend that care to more service members suffering TBI, PH conditions and related afflictions.

Henry Schein, Northwell Health Dedicate Oral Health Navigator Program For Young Cancer Patients

Henry Schein Cares Foundation Funds Program With $90,000 Donation; Dedication Takes Place During Ribbon Cutting of New Dental Operatory Supported by Company’s $250,000 Donation of Health Care Products and Equipment


Press Release – MELVILLE, N.Y., June 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) joined Northwell Health yesterday to officially dedicate the Henry Schein Oral Health Navigator Program, an innovative initiative designed to help young patients avoid oral health-related complications during cancer treatment. The program is based at Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York, a leading provider of pediatric oncology care and a part of the Northwell system.

As part of the program, the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, Inc. is donating $30,000 per year for three consecutive years to help fund the position of an “Oral Health Navigator,” a dedicated Patient Service Assistant who helps young patients who are fighting cancer create a plan to improve their oral health. Poor oral health can complicate and even delay the provision of cancer treatment. To avoid that outcome, the Oral Health Navigator facilitates a plan to achieve optimal oral health for each patient by working closely with hematologists, oncologists, and dentists through diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment.

The program was dedicated during the ribbon cutting of a new dental operatory within the medical center for which Henry Schein donated more than $250,000 in health care products and equipment, including the latest in digital technology. The donation is an initiative of Henry Schein Cares, the Company’s global corporate social responsibility program.

“Henry Schein is pleased to partner with the visionary health care professionals at Cohen Children’s Medical Center to benefit one of our most vulnerable populations—children fighting cancer,” said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein. “This program further underscores the link between oral health and total health, and we applaud the team at Cohen Children’s Medical Center for launching this innovative approach to advancing overall health for cancer patients. We look forward to working closely with the dedicated team at the Cohen Children’s Medical Center for years to come.”

Henry Schein has a decade-long history of involvement with Cohen Children’s Medical Center. In 2006, the Company launched the Henry Schein Cares Comfort Cart at Cohen (then known as Schneider Children’s Hospital). Stocked with items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo and deodorant, as well as books, games and other items, the cart makes unexpected stays more pleasant for parents and siblings of hospitalized children. In addition, Henry Schein partnered with Cohen in 2014 to provide multi-year financial support for Cohen’s Child Life Program. The Child Life Program offers a broad array of services to pediatric patients and their families, including developmentally appropriate recreation; medical education, play and preparation; procedural support; and art and music therapy.

“Our continuing partnership with Henry Schein has played a significant role in enhancing the quality of care we provide to our patients,” said Charles Schleien, MD, Senior Vice President, Executive Director, Cohen Children’s Medical Center. “With the addition of the Henry Schein Oral Health Navigator Program and its generous donation of dental supplies and equipment, we will be able to better support our staff of board-certified pediatric dentists who will be able to work more efficiently with our cancer experts in treating the many children seen at Cohen every year. We recognize the importance of good oral health as a key contributor to effective cancer treatment, and we thank Henry Schein for their continued support.”

About the Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York

Opened in 1983, Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York is home to about 675 pediatricians, including 200 full-time physicians, and a total workforce of more than 1,200, including more than 500 nurses. For the ninth consecutive year in 2015, Cohen was ranked among the best children’s hospitals in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” survey.

About Henry Schein Cares

Henry Schein Cares stands on four pillars: engaging Team Schein Members to reach their potential, ensuring accountability by extending ethical business practices to all levels within Henry Schein, promoting environmental sustainability, and expanding access to health care for underserved and at-risk communities around the world. Health care activities supported by Henry Schein Cares focus on three main areas: advancing wellness, building capacity in the delivery of health care services, and assisting in emergency preparedness and relief.

Firmly rooted in a deep commitment to social responsibility and the concept of enlightened self-interest championed by Benjamin Franklin, the philosophy behind Henry Schein Cares is a vision of “doing well by doing good.” Through the work of Henry Schein Cares to enhance access to care for those in need, the Company believes that it is furthering its long-term success. “Helping Health Happen Blog” is a platform for health care professionals to share their volunteer experiences delivering assistance to those in need globally. To read more about how Henry Schein Cares is making a difference, please visit our blog:

About the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, Inc.

Established in 2008, the Henry Schein Cares Foundation works to foster, support, and promote dental, medical, and animal health by helping to increase access to care in communities around the world. The Henry Schein Cares Foundation carries out its mission through financial and health care product donations to non­profit organizations supporting health care professionals and community­-based programs focused on prevention, wellness, and treatment; disaster preparedness and relief; and capacity building of health institutions that provide training and care.

The Foundation is a tax­-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. Contributions to the Foundation are tax­ deductible as provided by law.

About Henry Schein, Inc.

Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) is the world’s largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners. The Company also serves dental laboratories, government and institutional health care clinics, and other alternate care sites. A Fortune 500® Company and a member of the S&P 500® and the Nasdaq 100® indexes, Henry Schein employs nearly 19,000 Team Schein Members and serves more than one million customers.

The Company offers a comprehensive selection of products and services, including value-added solutions for operating efficient practices and delivering high-quality care. Henry Schein operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, with a selection of more than 110,000 branded products and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 150,000 additional products available as special-order items. The Company also offers its customers exclusive, innovative technology solutions, including practice management software and e-commerce solutions, as well as a broad range of financial services.

Headquartered in Melville, N.Y., Henry Schein has operations or affiliates in 33 countries. The Company’s sales reached a record $10.6 billion in 2015, and have grown at a compound annual rate of approximately 15 percent since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995. For more information, visit Henry Schein at, and @HenrySchein on Twitter.

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development Receives $75,000 grant from the UPS Foundation

Generous contribution will be used to enhance and expand the Native Edge

Press Release – Mesa, AZ – The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (the National Center) recently received a $75,000 grant from the UPS Foundation, which drives corporate citizenship and philanthropic programs for UPS (NYSE:UPS). The grant will be used to further develop the Native Edge, the National Center’s innovative online platform designed to give Indian Country the edge in business.

“The UPS Foundation is honored to support the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s efforts to expand and enhance the Native Edge,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of the UPS Foundation and chief diversity and inclusion officer at UPS. “Our goal is to fund powerful programs that make a lasting difference to the global community.”

Indian Country Today called the Native Edge a “Linkedin, & Facebook for Natives.” The online platform – found at – features four components:

  • The Hire Edge, which helps Native American business owners find employees, and job seekers to find potential employers. It also helps Corporate Diversity Recruiters to meet and exceed their diversity goals by matching them with Native American workforce.
  • The Native to Native (N2N) Edge Community allows businesses to network with each other and initiate new relationships.
  • The Training Edge, which provides business owners and their employees with interactive tools and training sessions to help in their professional development.
  • The Procurement Edge, which is a database for both federal and corporate procurement opportunities, which also allows for Native-owned businesses to partner and team with each other.

Basic membership is free of charge, and includes access to the Hire Edge and N2N Edge Community. Access to the Training Edge and Procurement Edge is possible through a low monthly or yearly subscription fee.

“The National Center is incredibly grateful to have the support of the UPS Foundation as we continue to promote and advance the Native Edge,” said Gary Davis, President and CEO of the National Center. “The Native Edge is already transforming the way Indian Country does business by providing both employers and job-seekers with an online platform to match skills and talent with the best jobs. The UPS Foundation’s generous contribution will enable us to expand the platform’s reach even further, opening up its benefits to an even wider audience. We look forward to continuing our strong relationship with the UPS Foundation in the years ahead.”

In addition to the Native Edge, the National Center hosts the largest economic development event in Indian Country – the Reservation Economic Summit (RES). RES brings together tribal leaders, elected officials, representatives from business, established or aspiring Native American business owners, and many more to learn, brainstorm, collaborate, and network in an innovative and motivational atmosphere. The next regional RES – RES Oklahoma – will take place from July 11-14 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, just outside of Tulsa, OK. For more information about RES or to register for the event, please visit

Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, GA, the UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. In support of this strategic approach, the UPS Foundation has identified the following focus areas for giving: volunteerism, diversity, community safety, and the environment. In 2015, UPS and its employees – active and retired – invested more than $110 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at

About the National Center: The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. With over 40 years of assisting American Indian Tribes and their enterprises with business and economic development – we have evolved into the largest national Indian specific business organization in the nation. Our motto is: “We Mean Business For Indian Country” as we are actively engaged in helping Tribal Nations and Native business people realize their business goals and are dedicated to putting the whole of Indian Country to work to better the lives of American Indian people- both now… and for generations to come.

Dogs Rescued From Asian Dog Meat Slaughterhouse Arrive in U.S.

Snatched from the jaws of death in South Korea by In Defense of Animals

Press Release – Atlanta, GA (June 29, 2016) – Five dogs destined to be killed and eaten landed in the U.S. today as part of a rescue mission by international animal protection organization, In Defense of Animals. Billy, Valencia, Barbara, Kurt and Paul, dubbed the Slaughterhouse 5, were just hours from death when they were saved from a dog meat slaughterhouse in South Korea. The dogs took their first steps of freedom on U.S. soil at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport after a 7,000 mile journey from South Korea. They are now in transit to In Defense of Animals Hope Animal Sanctuary in Grenada, Mississippi, which is appealing for adopters to give the dogs a new life.

“We are thrilled to have rescued five dogs from the jaws of death; they are our very own Slaughterhouse 5,” said In Defense of Animals President, Dr. Marilyn Kroplick. “These fortunate survivors are ambassadors who represent millions of dogs brutally slaughtered and eaten each year. Culture and tradition are no excuse to force animals to suffer to satisfy our appetites.”

The dramatic rescue saw the dogs negotiated away from a dog meat slaughterhouse, just weeks before Korea’s dog meat feast days. Tragically, it was too late for several dogs who were slaughtered, butchered and eaten before rescuers could secure their release.

Despite the terrible treatment they have been subjected to, the dogs greeted rescuers with wagging tails. The five survivors are now being driven to In Defense of Animals Hope Animal Sanctuary in Grenada, Mississippi.

The charity is now calling for experienced dog guardians to provide loving, understanding forever homes for the Slaughterhouse 5. “We are so thrilled to be able to help these precious few dogs, and cannot wait to give them the loving homes they deserve” said In Defense of Animals Hope Animal Sanctuary Operations Manager, Sharon Stone. “These dogs will need patient, experienced guardians who can help them overcome their traumatic past and enjoy full, rich lives. Please get in touch if you are able to offer a loving forever-home.”

Two and a half million dogs are purported to be killed for food every year in South Korea. Although relatively few South Koreans eat dog meat regularly, and younger South Koreans are moving away from eating dogs altogether, the industry is worth over $200 million.

China’s infamous Yulin dog meat festival has just concluded for another year, but South Korea’s own dog meat feast is only just beginning. In Korea, Boknal Days are held on the three hottest days of the year between July and August. If it were not for the intervention of In Defense of Animals and its partners in Korea, the Slaughterhouse 5 would certainly have been killed and served as dinner, either during Boknal Days or before.

The Slaughterhouse 5 are Jindo dogs, known for their fierce loyalty and and brave nature, and recognized as South Korea’s national breed. Jindos and similar yellow dogs are farmed for their meat in South Korea. They endure horrifying treatment on the country’s many dog meat farms, akin to the mass suffering inflicted on animals in our own factory farms.

Dog meat dealers are also known to buy animals who have been dumped or stolen illegally from homes – often still wearing their collars.

Whether they are companions or bred specifically for their meat, trucks are stacked with hundreds of dogs crammed alive into wire cages to transport their grim cargo toward the slaughterhouse. They are transported without food or water, and many suffer broken bones or perish before reaching their final destination. Those who survive can only wait their turn as they watch other dogs being tortured and killed for human consumption. Some believe that terrorized dogs taste better or will give better health benefits, leading to intentional torture of dogs before they are eaten, through beating, hanging, electrocution and any other cruel method that can be thought of.

Apply to rescue a dog from In Defense of Animals Hope Animal Sanctuary via email or call 662-392-8939.

Please support the continued work of In Defense of Animals to protect dogs in South Korea

Meet the Newest Partners Teaming Up with Target to Help Make Wellness Attainable for All

Press Release – June 28, 2016: You may remember that last September, Target announced that our corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy was evolving to focus on wellness. We know wellness is a personal journey, and it’s about the choices people make every day. They’re seeking progress over perfection, inspiration from new ideas, and accessible, affordable and inspirational product choices that help them and their families lead healthy lives. To meet people where they are on this journey, we kicked off a holistic, integrated approach—making wellness a signature business category, at the center of our CSR efforts, and a continued priority for investing in our team. By making it easier for our team members, guests and communities to be active, eat healthy and choose products made with materials and ingredients they can trust, we believe we can do our part to make a real difference.

That means we’re working to incorporate wellness-focused initiatives throughout all aspects of our business—from growing our Made to Matter collection of purpose-driven, natural, organic and sustainable products, to adding better-for-you snack options in our store checklanes. In October, we put out a call for new partners with innovative proposals to help us hone our strategy and kick off our work in this area. Since then, our teams have been hard at work developing plans and testing out new partnerships, like our work with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF on its UNICEF Kid Power program.

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To demonstrate our commitment to making an impact, Target plans to invest $40 million this year to organizations serving communities across the country, committed to giving children and families more choices that allow them to increase their physical activity and eat healthy every day. Today, we’re excited to announce the first of Target’s wellness partners and programs, and share a closer look at how we’ll build on our legacy of work in education, sustainability, diversity and inclusion, and addressing local community needs.

Here’s a peek at some of Target’s newest partners, and what we hope to accomplish together.

What they do: The Healthy Schools Program, which helps create sustainable, healthy school environments that improve nutrition, increase physical activity and provide wellness policies and education for students and families.

Together, we’ll: Expand the program to reach more than 20 million kids in 35,000 schools across the country by 2017.

What they do: Culturally-relevant, hands-on cooking and nutrition education programs for children, parents and teachers that help prevent childhood obesity and get kids cooking for life.

Together, we’ll: Expand the programs to reach an additional 8,000 underserved kids and families in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Miami and New York in 2016-2017.

What they do: Edible Education for All, a cost-effective, standards-based food education model, currently serving 2,000 students directly, and an additional 40,000+ students indirectly, through professional development in New York City.

Together, we’ll: Reach over 2,000 New York City students and lay groundwork to grow the model to help more students learn about healthy eating.

What they do: Empower high school students by providing them with the tools to lead active lives and make healthier choices through exercise, nutrition, gratitude and community service.

Together, we’ll: Expand the just keep livin program to 200+ high school students from inner-city schools in Dallas, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. during the 2016-17 school year.

What they do: Create great places for kids to play, while inspiring communities to promote play and encouraging kids and families to boost their physical activity.

Together, we’ll: Create 175 unique play spaces for kids across the U.S., and through the Play Everywhere Challenge, empower cities to turn everyday spaces into play areas that encourage more families to get active and play together.

What they do: The non-profit makes produce more affordable for families who need it most by working with healthcare providers to offer “prescriptions” that allow for affordable access to fruits and vegetables, redeemable at Target stores and farmers markets, along with clinical and nutritional counseling.

Together, we’ll: Provide in-need Los Angeles residents with affordable access to 225,000+ pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables through the program.

What they do: YWCA of Minneapolis is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and girls, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Together, we’ll: Support the YWCA’s programs and strategies to help 200 underserved youth learn to boost their physical activity and make healthy food choices through positive peer interactions and activities.

Of course, those are just a few—meet more of our partners here.

“We’re excited to partner with an impressive array of organizations who are already doing such important work to make an impact in the wellness space,” says Laysha Ward, chief corporate social responsibility officer, Target. “Together, we’ll help remove barriers to wellness in our communities, working to increase the consumption of nutrient-dense food and physical activity for kids and families across the country. These investments will help us meet people where they live, learn, work and play—leading to sustainable behavior change and helping us all be the best version of ourselves.”

And this is just the beginning. As our teams work with our new partners, we’ll continue to test, learn, and evolve our portfolio to align with our business and our communities’ changing needs. That means, we’ll be making additional investments throughout the rest of the year and beyond. Stay tuned for more information about our partnerships.

Preliminary Research Findings Show Gender, Not Race, a Factor in College Students Dropping Out of Engineering Fields

Methods developed could help retain vulnerable populations in the engineering pipeline

Press Release – COLUMBIA, Mo. – According to recent studies, in colleges and universities up to 60 percent of students drop out or transfer from science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, and more than 50 percent of students pursuing STEM in community colleges never graduate. Researchers from the University of Missouri and partner institutions are exploring how ethnic and gender variables affect retention rates, goal setting and satisfaction among engineering students. Preliminary findings in the middle of this five-year study found no differences in retention between Latino and white engineering students, but did show differences between men and women. Their study could help shape methods needed to retain students in engineering fields.

Lisa Flores, a professor in the MU College of Education’s Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology and Heather K. Hunt, assistant professor of bioengineering in the MU College of Engineering are working with Rachel Navarro at the University of North Dakota on a five-year, National Science Foundation-funded study that examines what cultural, gender, personality and social cognitive factors ultimately lead STEM students to drop out or remain in their programs. The study recently reached the conclusion of its second year and is collecting data from 12 engineering colleges in the U.S.

“Using the Social Cognitive Career Theory (SCCT), we are gaining valuable insight into the longitudinal effects of the factors that lead to engineering student satisfaction, engagement and persistence,” Flores said. “In the early phases of our study, we examined students’ confidence in their ability to complete engineering related tasks and their anticipated outcomes. At this stage in our study, the preliminary data we’ve collected indicate that expectations differ depending on certain demographics. For example, we’ve found that women’s expectations in the engineering field may differ from men. Often, women expect negative experiences in the field and that might be enough to deter them. However, we haven’t found significant differences when comparing students of different races.”

This work builds on an earlier paper published by members of the team that looked at the same idea at a Hispanic-serving institution in the Southwestern U.S. The research, published in the Journal for Vocational Behavior, found no differences in persistence between Latino and white students, but it did find differences between men and women. The new project is meant to expand the data set by including a variety of institutions, allowing for greater comparison and broader viability.

“Our work can help us understand how these relationships lead to success among students studying engineering and how we devise a set of evidence-based interventions that we can apply to keep these vulnerable populations in the pipeline,” Hunt said. “I’m hopeful that the study will provide the data needed to convince administrators and faculty members to implement identified best practices to retain good students. On a more personal level, I care about persistence. I care about seeing students graduate and going into the workforce in engineering.”

Because this is a longitudinal study, the NSF will continue to fund investigators as they apply the social cognitive career theory to the engineering students they currently are tracking at their respective schools, Hunt says.

Collaborators on the study include John-Paul Legarski, assistant professor of clinical child psychology at the University of North Dakota, Hang-Shim Lee, assistant professor of counseling psychology at Oklahoma State University, and Patton Garriott, assistant professor of counseling psychology at the University of Denver.

The project team recently gave a presentation, “Envisioning a Future with Higher Representation of Latina/os and Women in Engineering” at the 2016 AAAS NSF Conference. Their work, “Collaborative Research: Broadening Participation in Engineering among Women and Latina/os: A Longitudinal, Multi-Site Study” is funded by the NSF (Grant: 1430614/1430640). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the funding agency.

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Starkey Hearing Foundation Honors Jennifer Garner and Humanitarian Paula Goldberg for Philanthropic Efforts

Global Nonprofit Showcases Progress in Hearing Health Care Legacy at Annual Gala

Press Release – MINNEAPOLIS (June 28, 2016) — The 16th So The World May Hear Awards Gala reflects the international, national, and local advancements made possible by the generosity of gala guests and partners of Starkey Hearing Foundation. This year marks a historic milestone with the opening of the Starkey Hearing Institute in Zambia, a simple, sustainable, and scalable WFA® community-based hearing health care model developed by William F. Austin, founder of Starkey Hearing Foundation and global humanitarian. At the Starkey Hearing Institute, students are equipped with academic rigor, resources, and tools to advance hearing health care services.

In 2016, Starkey Hearing Foundation also expanded international missions with ongoing services and self-empowerment tools. Hear Now program is on track for a 15 percent increase over 2015 to provide more hearing devices to those in need domestically. For Minnesota, gala proceeds support grants for local and regional nonprofits.

The gala returns to the Saint Paul RiverCentre in Saint Paul, Minn. on Sunday, July 17, 2016. Award honorees include Jennifer Garner, award-winning actress and advocate for early childhood education. As trustee for Save the Children, Garner has traveled the country to learn firsthand how these programs impact children and families in need and has advocated to policymakers and government officials at every level. Local humanitarian, Paula F. Goldberg, executive director and co-founder of PACER, will also be celebrated for making PACER a lifeline for parents of children and young adults with all disabilities.

In Starkey tradition, this year’s gala will feature a stellar line-up of special guests and entertainers including comedian Jay Leno; Hollywood Vampires, Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and Johnny Depp; singer-songwriter John Mellencamp; country duo Maddie & Tae; The Tenors; American Idol winner Trent Harmon; with many more to be announced in the upcoming weeks. The gala is anticipated to generate more than $9 million, which will accelerate the pace and scope of Starkey Hearing Foundation missions to reach more patients who need hearing health care.

“Starkey Hearing Foundation consistently grows and improves its mission to help more people reach their full potential and create a future filled with possibilities,” said William F. Austin. “We share the common belief with our honorees that we can change the world for the better.”

US SIF Foundation Releases Report on Impact of Sustainable Investment

New US SIF report details four broad areas of significant impact 

Press Release – WASHINGTON, DC, June 29, 2016 – Sustainable, responsible and impact investors have influenced the investment industry, companies, governments and other actors to address environmental, social and governance (ESG) challenges in four major areas, according to The Impact of Sustainable and Responsible Investment, a report released today by the US SIF Foundation.

Drawing upon a range of data, surveys and examples, the report focuses on four significant impacts of sustainable, responsible and impact (SRI) investors over the past 25 years. SRI investors have:

  • changed the investment industry, leading to more SRI products and greater access to expert practitioners;
  • improved public companies by stepping up active shareholder ownership and engagement on ESG issues;
  • aided communities and individuals via community investing and other initiatives; and
  • influenced public policy and launched organizations to promote sustainable investment.

First issued in 2013, this updated report notes that in the United States, according to biennial surveys by the US SIF Foundation, the value of assets that take into account ESG factors in investment analysis or shareholder engagement grew 76 percent between 2012 and 2014 to reach $6.57 trillion—or one out of every six dollars under professional management.

With this growth has come new evidence of SRI investors’ influence. For example:

  • In 2016, in response to the growing demand for and appreciation of ESG factors in investment, MSCI and Morningstar each launched products to provide investors with assessments of how well the underlying companies in a wide swath of mutual funds perform on ESG issues.
  • In response to resolutions from concerned investors, the percentage of S&P 500 companies that allowed shareholders a formal mechanism to propose candidates for board elections in the company’s annual meeting materials increased from just 1 percent in 2013 to 20 percent in 2015. These developments raise the prospect of more competitive board elections and greater board accountability.
  • Numerous companies have made improvements in their environmental practices.  For example, several major US food companies agreed to obtain 100 percent of the palm oil for their products from responsibly produced sources that do not clear cut tropical forests.
  • Community and place-based investing, both domestically and internationally, have gained new adherents among high net worth individuals and institutional investors interested in focusing on specific geographic regions.
  • More than 1.2 million investors and their representatives have commented on a 2011 petition at the US Securities and Exchange Commission to require publicly-traded companies to report their political spending.   The volume of comments—the vast majority in favor of the petition—is a record in SEC rule-making history.
  • US SIF and sustainable investors helped persuade the US Department of Labor to rescind a 2008 bulletin that had discouraged fiduciaries for private sector retirement plans from considering environmental and social factors in their investments. In its place, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez issued guidance that fiduciaries may incorporate “ESG-related tools, metrics and analyses to evaluate an investment’s risk or return or choose among otherwise equivalent investments.”

“We believe that this report is the broadest assessment to date of the many ways in which SRI investors have been a force for positive change,” said Lisa Woll, CEO of US SIF and the US SIF Foundation.  “Since we released the first edition of this report in 2013, the interest in sustainable and impact investing has grown dramatically and its practice has become more widespread.  With the recent Department of Labor guidance that makes clear that fiduciaries can consider ESG factors for retirement plans, we expect this trend to continue. That is good news for investors, companies and communities across the globe.”

The Cause Agency Is the First of Its Kind

A nonprofit for nonprofits

Press Release – Fort Worth, Texas – With U.S. charitable giving predicted to grow by 4.9 percent this year, it’s important for nonprofits to differentiate themselves from other organizations. That’s why The Cause Agency, the first nonprofit agency in the southwest specializing in advertising, design, marketing and public relations, aims to target donors and volunteers in ways that are contemporary-driven, effectual and in-line with current trends.

“Millennials will make up 75 percent of the workforce by 2025. Ninety percent of young adults ages 18 to 29 use social media,” said Jennifer Henderson, The Cause Agency executive director and board president. “We want to help nonprofits not only stay with the times in terms of their advertising, design, marketing and public relations efforts, but to also be ahead of the curve in preparation for a millennial saturated donor and volunteer pool.”

Henderson leads the Cause Agency and is President at J.O., a full service and award-winning advertising, design, marketing and public relations agency based in Fort Worth. This is not the first time Henderson has worked with nonprofit clients; she and her dedicated team promise to work within nonprofits’ constrained budgets while creating and implementing top-tier advertising, public relations and marketing campaigns.

“We want to help nonprofits have a bigger voice. Our Cause Agents have a mission to help their clients promote their stories in order to build awareness for the greater good,” said Henderson.

Showcasing its mission to “cause an effect,” The Cause Agency created Project Wisdom, a collaborative effort to share Fort Worth’s senior citizens’ wisdom gained through the years. The heartwarming online videos feature couples who narrate emotional stories of love, war, marriage and parenthood. Through these videos, Henderson and Cause Agents strive to uplift and empower newer generations to learn from the aging population’s life experiences and adopt a newfound lease on life. Examples of the videos can be seen online here. To volunteer with Project Wisdom, please contact

Organizations interested in working with The Cause Agency and individuals interested in becoming a Cause Agent can find more information by filling out an inquiry form online at:

The Cause Agency is led by a working board of directors that collectively has exceptional industry, nonprofit leadership and business experience. The board is comprised of Henderson as the acting president; Vice President Mary Ann Henker, president of The Henker Group (Maryland); Treasurer John Singleton, director of international services at Texas Christian University and Secretary Suzin Hines, communications director at Christ Chapel Bible Church in Fort Worth.

About The Cause Agency

The Cause Agency is a nonprofit design, marketing and public relations firm working for other nonprofits to serve the greater good through marketing and PR expertise. Launched in 2015, The Cause Agency works with nonprofit organizations that need a full-service creative team to work beside them and carry out marketing and public relations initiatives beyond the scope of their existing staff. The Cause Agency offers comprehensive integrated marketing communications services including brand identity, design, public relations, marketing plans, campaign development, social media, grant writing, fundraising brainstorming, market research, web design, event planning, print brokering, copywriting, illustration, video and photography. Learn more at

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