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Monthly Archives: June 2016

Poynter’s News University, World’s Largest Online Journalism Learning Platform, To Promote Journalism Talent With $758,000 From Knight Foundation

New funding will support News University redesign to engage new audiences and provide journalists with digital age training

Press Release – St. Petersburg, Fla. — June 28, 2016 — To promote the growth of talent, leadership and learning in journalism, The Poynter Institute will remake its News University platform with $758,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. New funding will allow Poynter to build a mobile-friendly platform that is more responsive to the needs of its audiences.

The new plan marks the first major upgrade to News University in seven years. The redesigned site will offer on-demand and mobile-tailored courses. It will apply digital training techniques using games, interactive hands-on practice and video. Poynter will also explore ways to integrate News University with its news site,, making it easier for people to learn about its in-person, online and corporate training partnerships, as well as its in-depth coverage of the media industry.

Through the process, Poynter will further expand its teaching to non-journalists who would benefit from learning about writing, communication, leadership, critical thinking, audience development, social media and more.

“By connecting the dots of Poynter’s expansive body of work to support excellence in journalism and democracy, Poynter will be the largest single resource for working journalists throughout their career,” said Poynter President Tim Franklin. “In today’s complex and evolving digital landscape, the demand for continuing education has never been greater. This new platform will allow Poynter to continue its tradition of innovation in journalism education.”

“In the digital age, journalists are required to constantly update their skills and keep up with a fast-changing media landscape,” said Shazna Nessa, Knight Foundation director for journalism. “News University can be an essential partner in this goal. With an updated design and a platform built with the needs of its audience in mind, it can help expand talent in the field, and ensure that the next generation of leaders are equipped to meet 21st century information demands.”

Support for The Poynter Institute is part of Knight Foundation’s efforts to expand digital journalism training opportunities, support emerging leaders and strengthen the network of people working to advance the practice of journalism. Knight also supported a relaunch of the e-learning project in 2009 with $1.4 million, including the development of News University International.

Poynter’s News University launched in 2005 with $2.8 million from Knight Foundation. In the last 11 years, News University has served more than 370,000 people and offers 400 interactive course modules with training in seven languages. In 2015, class enrollments at NewsU reached a record of more than 102,000 people.

More than 50 organizations have partnered with Poynter to create e-learning programs and courses including American Press Institute, Gannett, Google, McClatchy and Radio Television Digital News Association, as well as international programs on behalf of the European Journalism Center, Turkish Media Association, International Center for Journalists and International Press Institute.

For more information, visit

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. They believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit

About The Poynter Institute

The Poynter Institute for Media Studies is a global leader in journalism education and a strategy center that stands for uncompromising excellence in journalism, media and 21st century public discourse. Poynter faculty teach seminars and workshops at the Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., and at conferences and organizational sites around the world. Its e-learning division, News University,, offers the world’s largest online journalism curriculum in 7 languages, with more than 400 interactive courses and 370,000 registered users in more than 200 countries. The Institute’s website,, produces 24-hour coverage of news about media, ethics, technology, the business of news and the trends that currently define and redefine journalism news reporting. The world’s top journalists and media innovators come to Poynter to learn and teach new generations of reporters, storytellers, media inventors, designers, visual journalists, documentarians and broadcast producers, and to build public awareness about journalism, media, the First Amendment and protected discourse that serves democracy and the public good.

Needy Moroccan Muslims Celebrate Ramadan Thanks To Unprecedented Aid from Christians and Jews

Press Release – RABAT, Morocco, June 27 – In an unprecedented partnership to build bridges between the three major monotheistic religions, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) teamed with Chabad in Morocco and the local organization Mimouna to provide gift bags of food for thousands of needy Moroccan Muslim families in three cities for Ramadan.

The Fellowship, supported by Christians worldwide, with Jeunesse Chabad Maroc and Mimouna, delivered 1,500 boxes of food worth some $60,000 to feed 8,000 needy Muslims in Kenitra, Rabat and Sale on Sunday. Each box contained traditional Ramadan foods, including dates, tea, lentils, chickpeas and other staples. The first-time partnership multiplied a pilot project by Chabad, which provided 250 food packages for 1,300 people last year.

“We are privileged to help support Moroccans in need celebrate the holy month of Ramadan,” said Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder and president of The Fellowship. “This inspiring initiative serves as a shining model of bridge-building between Christians, Jews and Muslims, and shows that the world’s faith communities can unite around shared values to make a difference for good.”

About The Fellowship:

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) was founded in 1983 to promote better understanding and cooperation between Christians and Jews, and build broad support for Israel. Today it is one of the leading forces in helping Israel and Jews in need worldwide – and is the largest channel of Christian support for Israel. Led by its founder and president, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, The Fellowship now raises more than $140 million per year, mostly from Christians, to assist Israel and the Jewish people. Since its founding, The Fellowship has raised more than $1.3 billion for this work. The organization has offices in Jerusalem, Chicago, Miami, Toronto, Seoul, and Sao Paulo. For more information, visit

Give a Note Foundation and 21st Century Fox Call for “Music Education Idols” to Win School Music Grants

Schools of 20 Inspiring Music Teachers to Be Awarded Grants This Fall

Press Release – RESTON, Va. (June 27, 2016) – Continuing a five-year collaborative relationship supporting music education, today Give a Note Foundation and 21st Century Fox opened the nomination process for a new grant program which will benefit the music programs of 20 inspiring music educators across the United States.

This new round of grants will honor the legacy of American Idol, a series that encouraged people to dream big and follow their passion for music. Give a Note Foundation will solicit nominations for “Music Education Idols” from students, parents, and the general public. To nominate a music educator, individuals will complete a short application and include a video testimonial (up to 30 seconds) describing how the music teacher inspired them to discover their creative potential.

Nominations open today, June 27, 2016, following Friday’s grant program announcement at the annual leadership meeting of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), an affiliated organization of Give a Note Foundation. Nominations close on October 1, and the 20 winners will be announced on October 21.

“I am so excited to learn about all the stories of inspiring music educators around the nation, stories about teachers who made a lasting impact on the lives of students through the power of music,” said Beth Slusher, Give a Note President and Board Chair. “We know music makes a valuable lasting impression in every student’s life, empowering them to be productive, engaged, and empathetic citizens in their communities. We are thrilled to continue this partnership with 21st Century Fox to shine a spotlight on what’s working well and benefiting students in U.S. schools.”

Since 2011, 21st Century Fox businesses have donated more than $1 million to underfunded music programs in schools across the country, as part of the company’s commitment to support the next generation of artists and creators.

“We hope that highlighting the stories of students – and the exceptional music teachers who motivated them – will illustrate the vital importance of music education in schools today,” said Shira Oberlander, Executive Director of Social Impact for 21st Century Fox. “21st Century Fox is proud to partner with Give a Note Foundation to bring those stories to light, and award grants to the schools of 20 remarkable teachers.”

Nominations will be reviewed by a committee of 21st Century Fox executives and Give a Note Board Members. 20 music educators will be selected as winners and presented with a $1,000 grant for their school music program at a school-level celebration, taking place between October 21 and November 18. Of the 20 winning music educators, five will be selected to attend the 2016 NAfME National In-Service Conference (November 10-13) in Grapevine, TX, as VIP guests and will take part in a panel discussion on how to help students reach their full potential.

Individuals are encouraged to share their own stories their personal social media channels such as Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, using the hashtag #MusicEdIdol.

To nominate a Music Education Idol in your community, visit

To learn more about Give a Note Foundation, visit To learn more about 21st Century Fox Social Impact, visit

Poetry Foundation Appoints New Chair and Members to Board of Trustees

Press Release – JUNE 27, 2016 – CHICAGO – The Poetry Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Chairman of the Board, Willard Bunn III, Managing Director, Colonnade Advisors, and two new board members – Caren Croland Yanis, President, Crown Family Philanthropies, and Kary McIlwain, Marketing Vice President, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago – to the Poetry Foundation Board of Trustees.

“All of our newest board members care deeply about poetry and its place in society,” said Henry Bienen, President of the Poetry Foundation. “We are very fortunate to have their leadership as we continue to work to raise poetry to an ever more influential place in American culture.”

Willard Bunn III joined Colonnade Advisors as a Managing Director in 2012. Willard has served as chairman, chief executive and/or director of several commercial banks during his 40-year career. His tenure in the banking industry began at Chemical Bank in New York before he returned to Springfield in 1978 to serve as Executive Vice President and eventually Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Marine Corporation, a multibank holding company with $1.2 billion of assets. Following Marine’s merger with Banc One, Willard was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Banc One Illinois Corporation, a position he held until 1994. Willard went on to serve in various management positions with two investment banking firms. Willard served as a Director of Baytree Bank of Lake Forest, Illinois, from its founding in 2000 and as Chairman of the bank from April 2010 to August 2012.

Willard holds a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Virginia. In addition, he holds the Series 79 securities license.

“I have been a Poetry Foundation trustee since 2011 and am honored to now serve as its Chair succeeding the distinguished chairmanships of John J. Kenney and Richard Kiphart,” said Willard Bunn. “It is a pleasure to be a part of an organization whose mission is to bring poetry to the largest audiences.”

As a capstone to a successful 25+ year career in advertising, including President and Cheif Executive Officer of Young & Rubicam (Y&R) Chicago, Kary McIlwain is starting her next chapter in non-profit marketing. As president and cheif executive officer of Y&R Chicago, Kary was responsible for the P&L, strategy, and operations of a full-service digital and traditional agency. Under Kary’s leadership, Y&R reinvented its digital offering, created a digital content studio, revamped its creative product and was named to the top 10 “Creative Heavyweights” by Creativity magazine. The agency grew year-on-year to become a major player not just in the Chicago market but in North America.

As head of marketing for Lurie Children’s, Kary is responsible for the marketing P&L, which includes digital, event and traditional marketing, and a team of marketing professionals responsible for raising the awareness, reputation and reach of this world-class institution.

Kary graduated from Bradley University with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism, followed by a Master of Science from Northwestern University in Advertising and Integrated Marketing.

Caren Croland Yanis joined Crown Family Philanthropies (CFP) in 2009 as its first professional, non-family leader. Her role managing organizational growth, engaging multiple generations of family members in philanthropic activities, and guiding strategic initiatives over almost eight years moved CFP into a leadership position in the philanthropic community in Chicago and beyond. In the fall of 2016 Caren will step down as president and continue working as a consultant with the Crown Family.

Prior to joining CFP, Caren spent close to nine years building and running Oprah Winfrey’s philanthropies, including Oprah’s Angel Network, the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation, and the Oprah Winfrey Foundation. She oversaw more than twenty education related projects in South Africa as well as disaster recovery and rebuilding following Hurricane Katrina and the Indian Ocean tsunami.

Caren has a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Emerson College and studied nonprofit leadership at Stanford Graduate School of Business.

KCET Announces New Film Series, ‘MUST SEE MOVIES’

Timeless Lineup Kicks Off with Barbra Streisand’s Classic “Funny Girl”

Followed by “Gilda” and “Queen Christina”

Press Release – BURBANK, Calif. – June 24, 2016 – KCET, the nation’s largest independent public television station, announced today a new classic movie series called, KCET MUST SEE MOVIES providing a weekly destination for viewers of all ages to watch legendary stars in timeless movies from Hollywood’s most iconic filmmakers. KCET MUST SEE MOVIES premieres Fri., July 8 at 9 p.m. on KCET in Southern California and encores Sat. at 4 p.m.

The eclectic lineup of films celebrates some of the greatest classics created over the last century that are considered essential by film experts worldwide. Whether the movies inspire audiences, put them on the edge of their seats and/or bring viewers to tears, the wide variety of cinematic milestones included in the series are “Bridge on the River Kwai,” “Patton,” “The Magnificent Seven,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “Rain Man,” “Speed,” “Some Like It Hot,” “West Side Story,” “The Great Escape” and many more.

The 1968 Academy Award® winning film “Funny Girl” starring Barbra Streisand as famed comedienne and entertainer Fanny Brice will kick off the new movie block. Directed by William Wyler, the film chronicles the now legendary Ziegfeld girl’s rise to fame in the early 1900s and her subsequent career and personal life, particularly with Nick Arnstein.

The July lineup for KCET MUST SEE MOVIES is as follows:

July 8 – “Funny Girl” Premieres Fri., July 8, 9 p.m.
In this bittersweet, classic musical drama, the vibrant and beautiful young Fanny Brice (Barbra Streisand) starts out as a bit player on the New York City vaudeville stage, but works her way up to stardom on Broadway. Valued for her vocal and comedic talents by the renowned theater impresario Florenz Ziegfeld (Walter Pidgeon), Fanny thrives, but her relationship with her suave, imprisoned businessman husband, Nick Arnstein (Omar Sharif), is another story. (1968)

July 15 – “Gilda” Premieres Fri., July 15, 9 p.m.
An American black-and-white film noir directed by Charles Vidor and starring Rita Hayworth in her signature role as the ultimate femme fatale and Glenn Ford as a gambling cheat who turns straight in order to work for an unsettling casino owner. But things take a turn as his alluring ex-lover appears… and turns out to be his new boss’ wife. In 2013, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.” (1946)

July 22 – “Queen Christina” Premieres Fri., July 22, 9 p.m.
Queen Christina of Sweden is a popular monarch who is loyal to her country. However, when she falls in love with a Spanish envoy, she must choose between the throne and the man she loves. This is one of Greta Garbo’s quintessential, most-remembered screen portrayals with glowing scenes that reflect the mystique of the lovely, enigmatic actress. (1933)

An online hub will update the calendar for future KCET MUST SEE MOVIES while KCET’s Facebook and Twitter platforms will offer up various trivia questions around each of the films. For more information on the July lineup of KCET MUST SEE MOVIES, including descriptions, images, and highlights please visit

Join the conversation on social media using #MustSeeMovies.


On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. Throughout its 50-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children’s programs, its outreach and community services and its website, KCET is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit KCET is a part of the KCETLink Media Group. Select original programming from KCET is also available for streaming on Hulu and Roku platforms.

Self-Help Announces DTC-eligible CDs for SRI Investors

Press Release -Durham, NC – Self-Help’s credit unions today announced a pilot partnership with Multi-Bank Securities, Inc. (MBS) to underwrite and distribute DTC (Depository Trust Company)-eligible share certificates (also known as CDs). The new certificate of deposit (CD) will simplify access for investment managers to invest in Self-Help Credit Union and Self-Help Federal Credit Union’s mission-driven work by purchasing federally-insured fixed-income CDs.

Three investment firms that specialize and are leaders in socially responsible investing have all participated in Self-Help’s first DTC-eligible CD offering which settled on Tuesday, June 21, 2016. They are Walden Asset Management, Trillium Asset Management, and Fresh Pond Capital, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Reynders, McVeigh Capital Management.

“We are excited to join with MBS to offer a DTC-eligible product and extremely grateful to Walden, Trillium and Fresh Pond Capital for their investment commitment,” said Kristen Cox, Self-Help Credit Union Investment Associate. “We hope this DTC-eligible product will significantly increase the ease of investing in Self-Help’s work to support low- and moderate-income individuals, families and communities.”

Cheryl Smith, Managing Partner at Trillium Asset Management, LLC who was the first to commit to this offering said, “For more than 30 years, Trillium Asset Management has offered our investment clients a range of community investment options. Self-Help Credit Union has a decades-long commitment to providing community development finance, affordable credit and banking services for underserved communities. We support Self-Help Credit Union’s long-term efforts to support sustainable food systems and to create stronger neighborhoods, and we commend their effort to originate a DTC-eligible share certificate for distribution.”

“It is important to Walden’s clients to make a positive social impact through their investments,” said Carly Greenberg, an ESG Analyst at Walden Asset Management responsible for overseeing its community investing service. “We are pleased to offer our clients the opportunity to invest in CDs issued by Self-Help’s two credit unions, given the organization’s long-term commitment to lending to grow small businesses, finance environmentally sustainable projects, and provide affordable home loans to thousands of families in the U.S.”

Tim Peacock, Senior Vice President at Multi-Bank Securities, Inc. said, “When Self-Help Credit Union reached out to Ian Netupsky, an account executive with MBS, with the idea of issuing a ‘tradeable’ security that would allow money managers the opportunity to invest in their credit unions, he realized we were looking at something new and different. This is a unique opportunity in which we can help support a targeted distribution effort to attract mission- and values-based investments.”

“This new product creates a win-win for Self-Help and its mission-focused partners,” Peacock said. “It offers federally-insured CDs at terms approximately 0.25% below Self-Help’s current published rates, and delivers an efficient settlement process for both issuer and investor.”

A single Master Certificate (per offering) is held in safekeeping, and all ownership records are maintained (book-entry) with the DTC. A CUSIP number is assigned and enables an easily-managed start-to-finish process for both purchaser and issuer. The result is an instrument that is insured and supported with a secondary market, a combination that meets the needs of investment advisors who are looking for opportunities to combine social impact with liquidity. Through the purchase of 36- and 48-month CDs for the clients of these three firms, this initial offering raised $3.6 million for Self-Help.

“We are excited to be participating as a way to align our clients’ values of supporting groups working to alleviate poverty in critical geographic regions in our country, targeting underserved communities through an accessible and efficient investment offering,” said Maria Arabatzis, Portfolio Manager and Social Investments Coordinator at Fresh Pond Capital.

“What is most exciting to me is we will seamlessly be able to weave in Self-Help’s community impact for clients who are wholly-committed to socially responsible and community investing,” Cox said.

Self-Help will be limiting DTC CD nonmember deposits at $20 million.

Second Vatican Conference on Impact Investing

Church and Business Leaders Respond to Pope Francis’ Call to Make Wealth Work for the Poor

Press Release – June 27, 2016 – At the invitation of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and Catholic Relief Services, impact investing experts and Catholic leaders from around the world will convene in Rome to explore how the Catholic Church and other faith-based institutions can harness the power of impact capital to attain and sustain their social mission.

These Church institutions, at an early stage in their social enterprise journey, will interact with and learn from successful social entrepreneurs, along with thought leaders from the sector. They will develop strategies, form partnerships and lay the foundation for catalyzing private investment to serve the poor and vulnerable. Celebrating the Extraordinary Year of Mercy established by Pope Francis, the conference is titled Making the Year of Mercy a Year of Impact for the Poor.

The conference, which begins on June 26, 2016, is sponsored by Omidyar Network and the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. It ends on June 28.

The conference will respond to Pope Francis’ call to put the world’s wealth to work fighting poverty and fostering social change as it explores how the Catholic Church and other faith-based organizations can achieve their social missions by accessing private capital and forging new partnerships. Participants will engage with business, finance, academic and social enterprise leaders to learn how to make social enterprises attractive to impact investors.

Given his extensive industry experience leading the largest global community of impact investors, Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) CEO, Amit Bouri will be speaking on the conference’s lead panel, which focuses on the State of the Sector. Bouri will draw insights from the GIIN’s broad network and its renowned industry research to provide an overview of current impact investing sector activities and trends. He will also discuss how impact investing will change the way people think about poverty and solutions.

Cardinal Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, quoted Pope Francis speaking at the Church’s first impact investment conference in 2014, “It is important that ethics once again plays its due part in the world of finance and that markets serve the interests of peoples and the common good of humanity. We have a great opportunity to harness the extensive reach of the Church as well as a great responsibility to assure that as a result the poorest of our brothers and sisters are lifted by this tide and not left on the shore.”

“Worldwide reach and vast social service networks put the Catholic Church in an ideal position to take impact investing to the next level,” said Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo, president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services and the former dean of the Mendoza School. “We will need much more than philanthropic resources if we are going to break the cycle of poverty that keeps millions living on the margins. The Church is in an ideal position to mediate this new model that is using private capital to meet these very public needs in sustainable and productive ways.”

There is growth both in the amount of capital seeking quality social enterprises and the number of businesses that make real social impact alongside monetary returns. The Catholic Church, with its long track record in sustained social services—education, health, poverty alleviation—is an ideal home for such work.

One challenge will be transforming the Church’s charity-supported social missions into social enterprises that can attract impact investments. The model of impact investment is a new concept for many leaders in the Catholic Church. To that end, this conference will be preceded by a two-day, pre-conference workshop for high level-leaders from Catholic Conferences around the world who have management and financial responsibilities for social services in their regions. The workshop will enable these leaders to explore when and how they can employ a market-based model to attain and sustain their social mission.

Woo noted that successful impact investments need to be in enterprises that are both sustainable and able to grow to a scale that can have a large social impact.

Matt Bannick, managing partner of Omidyar Network, agreed. “In Omidyar Network’s twelve years of impact investing, we have found that leveraging the power of markets can help scale enterprises far faster than purely philanthropic endeavors. Our experience supporting enterprises across a broad array of sectors – from financial services to education to property rights – demonstrates that it is possible to achieve social impact alongside financial returns,” he said. “The Catholic Church’s commitment to impact investing is a pivotal moment for the field, as it not only brings new financial resources to bear on solving the world’s most intractable problems, but it sends a powerful message that impact investing is an effective tool to support the ethical and moral mission of the Church. We applaud the Church for its leadership in this regard.”

“The impact investment market is growing, and research suggests it could reach $400 billion by 2020. Today, impact investing is generally composed of private capital that complements public resources and charitable donations to foster social justice while tackling global challenges including sustainable agriculture, affordable housing, accessible health care, and quality education,” said Roger D. Huang, Martin J. Gillen Dean of the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.

CRS has committed to investing 5 percent of its reserves in an impact investment fund.

A List of speakers and the agenda can be found on the conference website:

$2 Million to Be Distributed to Three Major Causes from Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company

Consumers invited to vote online to choose which nonprofit receives the largest share of philanthropic gift: Feeding America®/Food Banks Canada, Habitat for Humanity® or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®

Press Release – (NEENAH, Wis., June 27, 2016) – Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company wants consumers to help decide how to spend a record-breaking $2 million it will donate to three important causes this summer: health, home and hunger. As part of its “Band Together” campaign, Jewelers Mutual – the leading company solely dedicated to insuring jewelry and the jewelry industry – is inviting the public to help by voting online for their nonprofit of choice.

From July 11-31, voters may cast daily ballots at for Habitat for Humanity®, Feeding America® and Food Banks Canada or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. Each nonprofit will receive a portion of the $2 million donation based on the number of votes it receives.

“Jewelers Mutual has a long legacy of supporting organizations that make lasting and positive changes in their communities,” said Scott Murphy, president and CEO at Jewelers Mutual. “But this year, we are pulling out all the stops and donating the biggest one-time gift in our history. Our business is thriving, and we’re committed to helping people in need thrive, as well.”

For everyone who casts votes, this campaign offers more than the chance to help their favorite nonprofits. Every individual who answers the call to “Band Together” online will be eligible to win a set of three stacking bands from Stacked New York. Jewelers Mutual is giving away three of their exquisite sets during the campaign. Winning participants will be randomly selected each week of voting.

The cause that receives the most votes by the end of July will receive the $1 million grand prize from Jewelers Mutual. The runner-up will get $700,000 and $300,000 will go to the third-place winner.

Jewelers Mutual will announce the winners and the vote totals on August 1. In the meantime, each organization is rallying their supporters, urging them to vote once each day of the campaign. Fans can go online daily and cast ballots each time they visit the campaign website,

“We want to make the world a better place, and each of us can have a part in helping people attain the essentials of life: food, shelter and medical care,” Murphy said. “Our organizations participating in this competition work tirelessly to provide these critical services, so we’re standing with them and asking everyone to voice their support.”

ABOUT JEWELERS MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, the only insurer dedicated solely to serving the jewelry industry in the United States and Canada, was founded in 1913 by a group of Wisconsin jewelers to meet their unique insurance needs. Today, Jewelers Mutual remains the trusted insurance advisor and loss-prevention expert for jewelry businesses including retailers large and small, wholesalers, manufacturers, custom designers and appraisers. Consumers also put their trust in Jewelers Mutual to protect their personal jewelry and the special memories it represents. The company’s strong financial position is reflected in its 29 consecutive ratings of “A+ Superior” from A.M. Best Company and more than $14 billion of jewelry coverage in force. To learn more, visit

ABOUT FEEDING AMERICA® Feeding America is a nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

ABOUT FOOD BANKS CANADA Food Banks Canada supports a unique network of over 3,000 food-related organizations in every province and territory that assists close to 850,000 Canadians each month. Together our network shares over 200 million pounds of essential safe quality food annually, provides social programs that help to foster self-sufficiency, and advocates for policy change that will help create a Canada where no one goes hungry. Visit for more information.

ABOUT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY INTERNATIONAL Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity has grown from a grassroots effort that began on a community farm in southern Georgia in 1976 to a global nonprofit housing organization in nearly 1,400 communities across the U.S. and in over 70 countries. People partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit


St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent, and we won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting, liking St. Jude on Facebook ( and following us on Twitter (@stjude).

ABOUT STACKED NEW YORK All Stacked New York jewelry is proudly made in New York, harnessing the city’s energy to create luxe accessories that are both street smart and spiritually connected to the universe. Our handmade jewelry is custom made to order and can be personalized for you or someone you love. For more information, visit

Golf Industry Unites for World’s Largest Golf Outing on August 1 Benefitting Fisher House Foundation

Press Release – (RESTON, VA) – The golf industry has united behind the World’s Largest Golf Outing, further cementing the nationwide event’s standing as the biggest one-day celebration of golf and charity.

With a collective portfolio of more than 600 golf courses, country clubs and resorts worldwide, Billy Casper Golf, Troon, ClubCorp and Toll Golf will again serve as host site sponsors on Monday, August 1, welcoming tens of thousands of golfers playing to benefit Fisher House Foundation.

Joining the movement of giving back through golf, the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) and GolfNow are leveraging their influence to grow participation. Several NGCOA board members will support the highly emotional and entertaining event at their home courses while GolfNow is encouraging sign ups at thousands of its member courses.

Since its inception in 2011, more than 40,000 golfers have played in the simultaneous golf outing from Florida to Hawaii and raised over $3 million for injured service men and women and their families.

Open to all golfers, part proceeds and 100% of donations benefit Fisher House Foundation, the international organization that provides free, temporary lodging for families to be close to loved ones receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers.

Individuals and teams are encouraged to raise additional funds; donations to support Fisher House Foundation’s mission of bringing military families together in times of need are made at

“It’s awesome to see our peers eagerly answer the call to help,” says Peter Hill, Chairman and CEO of Billy Casper Golf, which founded the World’s Largest Golf Outing. “Together we can and plan to reach every golfer in America to positively impact our nation’s heroes.”

“The World’s Largest Golf Outing is one of the most important events played all year,” says Dana Garmany, Chairman and CEO of Troon. “A day of playing golf and saluting our nation’s veterans is a day we’re honored to be a part of.”

Last year’s event shattered every record as 12,397 golfers, including 567 injured American service members, played at 132 courses in 28 states to raise $1,024,287. It topped the 2014 event which saw 12,100 golfers, including 364 wounded warriors, tee it up at 118 courses and raised $887,000.

Highlights from the 2015 World’s Largest Golf Outing:

  • Alta Vista Country Club (Placentia, CA) led course fundraising with $52,018
  • Team HORN, in memory of Gene Alley, raised $41,550, nearly doubling its goal to remain the No. 1 team for the third consecutive year
  • In-depth, live coverage on Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive” from the PGA TOUR’s Quicken Loans National event and courses in Washington, DC and Orlando, FL
  • Two Florida courses raised more than $17,000 on event day
  • 188 teams earned unique “Challenge Coins” for raising $1,000 or more
  • PGA TOUR legend Chi Chi Rodriguez, Indianapolis Colts’ “Ring of Honor” Bill Brooks and 30 other NFL stars participated
  • Several courses doubled the number of players and tripled donations over 2014

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About Fisher House

Fisher House Foundation is known for its network of comfort homes where military and Veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. These homes are located at major military and VA medical centers nationwide, and in Europe, close to the medical center or hospital it serves. Fisher Houses have up to 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths; families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, a warm dining room and an inviting living room.

Fisher House Foundation operates the Hero Miles program that uses donated frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the bedside of injured service members, as well as the Hotels for Heroes program that uses donated hotel points to allow family members to stay at hotels near medical centers without charge. The Foundation also manages a grant program that supports other military charities and scholarship funds for military children, spouses and children of fallen and disabled veterans.

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Comcast Donates $1.5 Million in Airtime for Equality Forum 2016 PSA Broadcast

Public Service Announcement Will Run Nationwide Leading up to the Democratic National Convention

Press Release – PHILADELPHIA, PAEquality Forum 2016, the nation’s annual LGBT civil rights summit scheduled to take place during this year’s Democratic National Convention from July 25th – 28th, announced today the national launch of a public service announcement.

Comcast Corporation, the lead sponsor of Equality Forum, is donating airtime valued at $1.5 million for the broadcast of a 30-second public service announcement promoting this year’s premier LGBT civil rights summit. The PSA is currently airing across Comcast markets nationwide and will continue in rotation until the end of July.


To view the Equality Forum 2016 PSA sponsored by Comcast, click here, above, or visit:

“We take great pride in our support of the LGBT community and of a diverse and inclusive workforce,” said David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer of Comcast Corporation, and Special Adviser to the 2016 Democratic National Convention. “Through the support of events like the Equality Forum, Comcast NBCUniversal continues to invest in creating a business culture where diverse perspectives and ideas help drive innovation.”

Malcolm Lazin, Equality Forum’s Founder and Executive Director, called Comcast NBCUniversal “a supporter of national and regional LGBT organizations.”

Lazin continued, “Equality Forum values Comcast’s current and longstanding support. With the backdrop of the Democratic National Convention, Equality Forum 2016 convenes leading experts, scholars and elected officials in forward-leaning discussions about the state and future of the LGBT civil rights movement, including our place at the table.”

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