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Bonnaroo Works Fund Boosts Community-Based Organizations with Over $240,000 in Grant Funding

Charitable Component of Acclaimed Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival Names 44 Organizations as 2016 Grant Recipients

Press Release – NASHVILLE, Tenn. — August 2, 2016Bonnaroo Works Fund (BWF), the charitable arm of Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, has awarded more than $240,000 in grants to 44 charitable organizations across the state and country. Since the inception of the festival, Bonnaroo and the BWF have given more than $7 million in funding for Coffee County projects and to charitable organizations committed to arts, education and environmental sustainability. The full list of winners is included below.

“This year’s Bonnaroo Works Fund recipients are the backbone of service projects, programs and events across our home state and beyond,” said Nina Miller, BWF Executive Director. “Their important work and steadfast dedication makes Coffee County and all of Tennessee stronger, more vibrant and healthier.

It’s extremely gratifying to help these organizations continue their invaluable contributions to the local community and beyond.”

The Bonnaroo Works Fund is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that supports local, regional and national organizations that advance the arts, education and environmental sustainability, with a focus on local reinvestment and asset building.

The impact of the BWF can be seen through a number of programs, including Arts at the Airport, the 4th annual public arts project at the Nashville International Airport featuring a Bonnaroo-themed skylight exhibit. Five creative and artistically designed installations were selected from dozens of applicants and will be enjoyed by millions of travelers each year.

“All the festival partners view BWF as an integral component of the Bonnaroo experience,” said Ashley Capps, Co-creator of Bonnaroo and President of BWF. “Through the Fund, we are able to make vital contributions to causes that are important to us, to the state of Tennessee and, more specifically, to the Coffee County community that welcomes us so graciously each year.”

The BWF is a joint effort between Bonnaroo organizers and attendees, with two dollars from every festival ticket allocated to the BWF. In addition, proceeds from festival activities, such as the Silent Auction, Root for Roo, the Bonnaroo 5K Run, Soundwaves Art and Art at Roo, all benefit the Bonnaroo Works Fund and its grant winners. As part of the C’Roo Gooders program, Bonnaroo volunteers “work” during the festival, and based on their volunteer hours, BWF supports the organizations of their choosing. As a result, patrons and fans have a tangible role in the BWF’s commitment to these life-changing organizations.

Bonnaroo Works Fund is administered by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Grants are selected based on criteria including alignment with arts, education or the environment; an ability to sustain their efforts; and demonstrated results and impact. Previous recipients are welcome to reapply each year, but the BWF is always seeking new applicants with innovative approaches to supporting the core missions of the BWF. The next grant cycle will begin in the fall. For more information, click here.

Village Capital Joins 5th Rise of the Rest Tour with Steve Case

Village Capital will join bus tour October 3-7 of emerging startup ecosystems from Nebraska to Arizona

Press Release – (Washington, DC) – The Village Capital team is excited to support the announcement of the 5th Rise of the Rest (ROTR) tour with Steve Case.  This most recent iteration of the ROTR tour will travel more than 2,100 miles through the Western United States from October 3 to October 7, in the following cities:

  • October 3rd: Omaha/Lincoln, Nebraska
  • October 4th: Denver, Colorado
  • October 5th: Salt Lake City, Utah
  • October 6th: Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • October 7th: Phoenix, Arizona

During the tour, Case will invest a total of $500,000 in regional startups and host a series of events and fireside chats showcasing the emerging entrepreneurial ecosystems in each city.

Village Capital has collectively logged 60+ days with past Rise of the Rest tours, visiting all 19 cities that have hosted the Rise of the Rest team. Additional partners on Rise of the Rest include Revolution, Google for Entrepreneurs, Salesforce for Startups, Economic Innovation Group, Inc., Engine, and Tech.Co.

“Village Capital’s mission is to democratize entrepreneurship, and that includes expanding the map of where great startups can thrive,” said Ross Baird, CEO of Village Capital. “We are excited to be on the bus for this year’s showcase of western entrepreneurial activity, and to continue to build our VilCap Communities program which already has a footprint in 16 cities across the United States.”

Applications for the pitch competition will open on July 28 and close September 7, 2016 (6:00 p.m. EDT), and startups from all five cities are eligible to apply. The winner of the pitch competition in each region will receive a $100,000 investment from Case.

Since its inception in 2014, Case has invested more than $2 million in 20 startups in cities across the U.S. Over the past 5 years Village Capital has made 67 investments in Rise of the Rest markets, and is on track to make and facilitate the commitment of more than 60 investments in these communities over the next year.


Village Capital sources, trains and invests in seed-stage entrepreneurs with business solutions to major global problems. Village Capital recruits entrepreneurs solving specific problems in agriculture, energy, education, financial inclusion, and health, and then puts the power of investment in the hands of the entrepreneurs, who award the prize investments to the two ventures ranked highest by their peers at the end of every program. The organization supports early-stage ventures through a 501c3 nonprofit operating training programs for founders, investors, and communities, as well as through an affiliated, for-profit investment fund providing early-stage capital to top-ranked ventures of each program. To learn more, visit

Barbara’s Releases Limited-Edition Collectible Bracelets to Adopt 1,000 Imperiled Animals

Leading Wholesome Cereal and Snack Company Partners with Defenders of Wildlife, a National Nonprofit Organization, to Raise Funds and Awareness for Wildlife and Habitat Conservation

Press Release – Marlborough, Mass. (June 14, 2016)Barbara’s, known for making delicious cereals and snacks from simple, wholesome ingredients, has partnered with Defenders of Wildlife – a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities – creating limited-edition collectible bracelets featuring key imperiled species. Four unique bracelet designs depict a wolf, sea turtle, elephant and polar bear – all vulnerable animal groups representing the Earth’s impressive wildlife heritage. Net proceeds from all bracelets sold will be donated to Defenders of Wildlife’s animal adoption program, with the goal of adopting 1,000 imperiled animals by the end of the campaign.

The brightly colored collectible bracelets are available while supplies last for $5.00 each, or $20.00 for a Family Four Pack, online at Net proceeds will be donated to Defenders of Wildlife through their symbolic animal adoption program. All adoption donations benefit the wildlife and habitat conservation efforts of Defenders of Wildlife.

“Supporting animal conservation has always been central to the Barbara’s brand, and we’re thrilled to partner with Defenders of Wildlife to amplify their mission and impactful work in protecting threatened species,” said Tim Kenny, Director of Marketing at Barbara’s. “We believe it’s important for us each to do our part to prevent extinction, and to preserve our planet’s magnificent species for generations to come. We’ve set a lofty goal of adopting 1,000 endangered animals in a short period of time, but believe that through our supportive community we can come together to achieve this feat.”

Through this partnership with Defenders of Wildlife, Barbara’s is encouraging animal lovers and families nationwide to help safeguard wildlife with the purchase of a collectible bracelet. Dedicated to protecting wildlife and the planet, Barbara’s supports numerous nonprofit organizations including the National Wildlife Federation and the National Audubon Society’s Project Puffin.

Barbara’s offers a full line of delicious cereals and snacks, including popular consumer favorites like Puffins cereals, Snackimals cereals and cookies, Morning Oat Crunch, Cheese Puffs and more. In addition to using whole grains and other natural ingredients, the majority of Barbara’s product portfolio is now Non-GMO Project Verified. Products are available at major retail grocery stores and natural food stores nationwide. For more information on Barbara’s products, please visit the Barbara’s website or Facebook page.

About Barbara’s

Barbara’s was founded in 1971 by a teenager with a passion for creating great-tasting food from simple, wholesome ingredients. The company’s mission remains true to Barbara’s original vision that wholesome food can also be tasty enough for kids. Based in Marlborough, Mass., Barbara’s is committed to making positive contributions to the world with donations to national and local nonprofit organizations, including the National Wildlife Federation and the National Audubon Society’s Project Puffin. For more information, please visit or visit Barbara’s on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

About Defenders of Wildlife

Defenders of Wildlife is dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities. With more than 1.2 million members and activists, Defenders of Wildlife is a leading advocate for innovative solutions to safeguard our wildlife heritage for generations to come. For more information, visit For the latest news from Defenders, follow us at @DefendersNews.

Watertree Health® Announces $1 Million Donation for Make-A-Wish®

Press Release – DESTIN, Fla., July 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Today Watertree Health, a provider of free prescription discount cards, announced that donations-to-date from its national sponsorship of Make-A-Wish reached $1 million. Since November 2014, Watertree Health has made a donation each time someone saves using the prescription discount card benefitting the wish granting organization.

The alliance has brought together two organizations that share the goal of making life better for the people in the communities they serve. The nationwide, prescription discount card program benefitting Make-A-Wish helps grant more wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions while also helping more people afford their prescriptions.

“We’re so happy that Watertree Health joined our family,” said David Williams, Make-A-Wish America President and CEO. “The generosity shown by Watertree Health means we are able to grant more life-changing wishes for seriously ill children nationwide. The wish experiences bring pure joy to the lives of wish kids and their families, and they would not be possible without the support of our wonderful sponsors.”

A wish-come-true has a positive ripple effect. According to a Wish Impact Study, children fight harder against their illnesses after being granted their wish. Health professionals observe their young patients feeling better and complying more readily with treatment protocols after their wish experience – it is an important adjunct to medical treatment. Parents and volunteers report that wish kids feel stronger and more energetic. Everyone involved experiences greater happiness. The children have a renewed sense of confidence, and caregivers are refreshed through the shared experience of the wish process.

Watertree Health President Shane Power said, “We are beyond thrilled that we have helped grant 100 wishes to date. Every wish granted impacts a wide network of people: wish kids, volunteers, donors, sponsors, medical professionals and local communities. We are fortunate to be able to influence the lives of so many people through our national alliance. We know the wishes find a way to make the world better.”

To get a free prescription discount card benefitting Make-A-Wish, go to or text WISH to 95577. For more information about Make-A-Wish, go to Visit to learn more about Watertree Health’s alliance with Make-A-Wish.

About Make-A-Wish

To learn how you can help Share the Power of a Wish®, visit .

About Watertree Health

Our mission is your health. Visit Watertree Health to learn more.

Tim Tebow Takes Partnership with American Residential Services to a New Level

ARS Customers Save, Tim Tebow Foundation Benefits

Press Release – MEMPHIS, Tenn., August 01, 2016American Residential Services (ARS), a privately-held, Memphis-based national provider of air conditioning, heating and plumbing services, announced today that it has executed an endorsement agreement with Tim Tebow. The initial agreement includes a commercial in which Tebow announces that ARS will offer special discounts for customers with matching donations to the Tim Tebow Foundation (TTF).

“ARS is pleased to strengthen its relationship with Tim Tebow and the Tim Tebow Foundation. Tim is an incredible philanthropist and community leader,” said Chris Mellon, CMO and senior vice president of marketing at ARS. “Our shared values provide us with several opportunities to work together. In addition to our involvement with TTF, we have also partnered with him and Fox’s HOME FREE to provide heating, air conditioning, and plumbing services while houses were being built for deserving heroes. Now, we’re partnering with Tim again to provide savings for ARS customers while contributing further to TTF.”

As part of the new partnership, customers who schedule an appointment through will receive $10 off each service/repair call HVAC, plumbing and energy efficiency services, while ARS donates $10 to TTF. For equipment installations, ARS customers will receive $150 off the installation and ARS will donate $150 to TTF. There is no expiration date or cap to the donations being provided to TTF from ARS.

“I have always been committed to only partnering with companies I truly believe in, and ARS is certainly no exception. From their exceptional service across the country to their unwavering commitment to serving children, ARS is the perfect partner for me,” said Tim Tebow. “For years ARS has been committed to Tim Tebow Foundation’s mission to bring Faith, Hope, and Love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need. Now with this new initiative, everybody can be a part of helping others. Simply use to schedule your heating, air or plumbing service, and together we can change the lives of thousands of people with special needs around the world.”

“This partnership with Tim will be a unifying force between our 24 brands and 70 service centers across the nation,” continued Mellon. “Any customers in the ARS network will benefit from the savings on”

Tim Tebow is a two-time national champion, first-round NFL draft pick, and Heisman Trophy winner. He is currently a college football analyst for the SEC Network and a co-host on FOX’s unscripted competition series, HOME FREE. In addition to these accomplishments, Tebow’s driving passion is TTF. Some of TTF’s outreach efforts include hosting a worldwide prom for children with special needs, funding international special needs adoption, providing free surgeries for deserving children at the Tebow CURE Hospital and granting wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses. ARS is a consistent supporter of the TTF mission and goals. Since its inception in 2011, ARS has been the top sponsor of the foundation’s annual Celebrity Gala & Golf Classic. In February, ARS employees also rallied from coast-to-coast to volunteer as buddies for TTF’s Night to Shine, a worldwide unforgettable prom night experience for people with special needs.

Care Counts™ School Laundry Program Exposes Link Between Clean Clothes and Attendance

In the first year of the program, 90% of tracked students improved attendance

Press Release – BENTON HARBOR, Mich., August 1, 2016 – Teachers around the country estimate that nearly one in five students struggle with access to clean clothes. This seemingly small barrier can have a significant impact on a student’s academic experience. More than half of teachers surveyed believe these students are more likely to struggle with absenteeism, a critical issue impacting an estimated five to 10 million students each year.

To further examine how the simple act of laundry can impact attendance rates, Whirlpool brand is introducing the Care Counts™ program, a laundry program offering students access to washers and dryers in their schools. In the first year, the program provided approximately 2,000 loads of clean clothes to students across two school districts. After examining the correlation between student attendance and loads of laundry washed and dried, over 90% of tracked students in the first year of the program improved their attendance, averaging 6.1 more days in school than the previous year. The program impacted the most at-risk participants[1] even more, with an average of nearly two more weeks in school than the previous year.

“Every single day of school matters. When students miss school, they are missing an opportunity to learn,” said Martha Lacy, principal, David Weir K-8 Academy. “Absenteeism strongly impacts a student’s academic performance. In fact, students with excessive absence rates are more likely to fall behind, graduate late and even drop out.”

Students in the pilot program improved more than just attendance rates. Teachers surveyed saw that:

  • 95% of participants showed increased motivation in class
  • 95% of participants were more likely to participate in extracurricular activities
  • 95% of participants interacted with peers and enjoyed school more
  • 89% of participants got good grades

“When we learned that a child’s education could be at risk because they do not have access to clean clothes, we were determined to help,” said Chelsey Lindstrom, brand manager, Whirlpool brand. “It’s incredible to see how the simple act of laundry can have such a profound impact on students’ lives and we are excited to bring this resource to even more schools across the country.”

Whirlpool brand worked with internationally recognized developmental psychologist and researcher, Dr. Richard Rende, Ph.D., to design this pilot laundry program exploring the connection between access to clean clothes and attendance rates. As a part of the program, each school identifies students with a need for clean clothes and anonymously tracks their loads of laundry, attendance and grades throughout the school year. To measure additional behavioral changes, each student’s primary teacher also completes a qualitative survey asking if they believe access to clean clothes improves their student’s ability to do a variety of activities from participating in class to enjoying school.

“While there are many factors that contribute to student attendance, little information is known about the prevalence and impact of a lack of clean clothes,” said Dr. Richard Rende, Ph.D. “This program holds substantial potential to address this critically important factor to help take on the absenteeism crisis in our nation’s schools.”

With the success of its inaugural year, the Care Counts™ program will continue to help students gain access to clean clothes by expanding to additional school districts starting this summer.

To learn more about this need and help make an impact, visit

About the Care Counts™ Program Methodology

Whirlpool brand works with school teachers, administrators and Dr. Richard Rende, Ph.D., an internationally recognized developmental psychologist and researcher, to draw research-based connections between access to clean clothes and attendance rates by anonymously tracking student attendance, loads of laundry and grades. For more information on the methodology, please contact

About Whirlpool Brand

For more than one hundred years, Whirlpool brand has been inspired by how people care for their families. Whirlpool brand is designing home appliances that are focused on improving how families give and get the care they need with the latest technologies and innovations – whether that means most flexible refrigerator storage for all types of family needs, induction technology for efficient cooking and easier cleaning, or laundry pairs that sense and adapt to clothes with the latest in connected technologies. Whirlpool brand is part of Whirlpool Corporation, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances. Whirlpool Corporation is also one of Habitat for Humanity’s largest corporate partners for over 15 dedicated years, donating a refrigerator and range to every new Habitat for Humanity home built in North America. For more information on Whirlpool, please visit or find us on Facebook at or Twitter at @WhirlpoolUSA. Additional information about the company can be found at

[1] Students who missed 10 or more days in the prior school year

Hank Johnston Named Fred J. Hansen Chair in Peace Studies

New chairman hopes to make SDSU a hub for research on non-violent protests.

Press Release – SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Aug. 1, 2016) — San Diego State University has named professor Hank Johnston its new Fred J. Hansen Chair in Peace Studies.

A faculty member in the Department of Sociology in the College of Arts and Letters, Johnston is an internationally known scholar of nonviolent protest and comparative political and ethnic relations. He is also the publisher and founding editor of Mobilization: An International Quarterly, the leading research journal in the field of social movements and protest studies.

In his work, which has been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Science Foundation, Johnston has examined the peaceful resolution of ethnic minority nationalism in Catalonia, as well as the peaceful transition to democracy in several post-Soviet states. His current research analyzes the nonviolent opposition in repressive authoritarian states including China and Russia.

Johnston’s appointment is for two years and comes on the heels of a competitive search. The search committee selected Johnston based on his ambitious proposal which includes three major goals for the chairmanship.

“First of all, I want to start an annual conference at San Diego State University that brings together eminent scholars researching non-violent strategies for social change,” Johnston said. “An annual conference like this would really establish SDSU as a hub for research in the field.”

The conference will be open to faculty members and students from all departments. Johnston will encourage his students to attend, and will work with faculty in the College of Arts and Letters to take advantage of conference sessions for their classes.

Johnston’s proposal also includes plans to initiate a faculty group that brings together researchers from departments across campus.

“The group would provide a forum where researchers studying nonviolent conflict resolution and peaceful social change strategies can collegially present their work, network, comment on each other’s research, and collaborate on future projects,” Johnston said. “The goal is to encourage each other’s research and publication in the field.”

His final area of focus for the chairmanship was inspired by a visit to Germany, where he spent six weeks this summer as a visiting scholar at the University of Tübingen. Johnston said he made valuable connections with German colleagues and plans to initiate a dialogue with them about the potential for faculty and student exchanges between the universities.

“San Diego State University thrives because of creative endeavors like the ones outlined by professor Johnston,” said Chukuka S. Enwemeka, Provost and Senior Vice President. “I have no doubt that he will be able to count on the vibrant scholarly community of the College of Arts and Letters and the university at large as he works to bring to fruition the ambitious goals that he has articulated in his proposal to the benefit of the faculty, students, and the community of San Diego State.”

The chair in peace studies was named after Fred J. Hansen. He immigrated to the United States from Denmark at age 10 and was among those who developed the first major avocado orchards in Southern California. Foreign travel convinced Hansen that if adversary nations could be encouraged to work together on projects of mutual benefit, this activity could help heal their differences. Hansen designated a portion of his estate to support this conviction.

About San Diego State University

San Diego State University is a major public research institution that provides transformative experiences, both inside and outside of the classroom, for its 35,000 students. The university offers bachelor’s degrees in 91 areas, master’s degrees in 76 areas and doctorates in 23 areas. Students participate in research, international experiences, sustainability and entrepreneurship initiatives, and a broad range of student life and leadership opportunities. The university’s rich campus life features opportunities for students to participate in, and engage with, the creative and performing arts, a Division I athletics program and the vibrant cultural life of the San Diego region. For more information, visit

“Give OUT Day” Begins on August 2, 2016: 24 Hour Online Fundraising Event Unites LGBTQ Community

Over $100,000 in Prizes Go To Organizations With Highest Number of Unique Donors

Press Release – August 1, 2016, San Francisco, CA…..Give OUT Day, the only national day of giving for the LGBTQ community, is a 24-hour online fundraising event that unites the LGBTQ community from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and D.C. Give OUT Day 2016 will take place on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 from 12:00 am to 11:59 pm Eastern. Give OUT Day was launched in 2013 by Bolder Giving with support from the Kevin J. Mossier Foundation and is now a project of Horizons Foundation.

Throughout the day-long event, thousands of people make gifts to support a diverse array of LGBTQ nonprofits across the country, ranging from the arts to social services agencies, advocacy groups to sports leagues, community centers to health care nonprofits.

“It would be hard to find an LGBT person who hasn’t, at one time or another, turned to an LGBTQ nonprofit at some point in our lives. Give OUT Day is an opportunity to engage new donors and support our LGBGTQ organizations for their tireless efforts, often working with limited resource,” said Roger Doughty, President of Horizons Foundation.

“We have made great progress in the fight for equality but there is much more to do. This is no time to be complacent,” continued Doughty. “Horizons Foundation’s research shows that not even 5% of LGBT people give direct financial support to LGBTQ organizations. That’s just one in 20. We can do better. One very simple and tangible way is to participate in Give OUT Day, which we hope thousands of LGBTQ individuals and our allies will do,” concluded Doughty.

Give OUT Day has provided much needed unrestricted operating funds to organizations since its inception in 2013. Over 15,000 individual donors have contributed more than $2.4 million and supported more than 500 different organizations in every part of the country.

Give OUT Day is now a project of Horizons Foundation. Founded as a community foundation of, by, and for LGBTQ people, Horizons has been supporting LGBTQ nonprofit organizations, leaders, and donors for more than 35 years.

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Solar Power World Names Cantsink Number One Commercial Solar Contractor

2016 List Puts Metro Atlanta Company at the Top of National Ranking

Press Release – Atlanta, GA – Metro Atlanta-based Cantsink leads the nation as the top commercial solar contractor in 2016, according to Solar Power World Magazine.

The magazine annually ranks the Top 500 solar companies throughout the U.S. and Canada according to their expertise and volume. Cantsink has appeared on the list of Solar Commercial Contractors for the past four years, but reached the Number One ranking for Commercial Solar Contractors this year for the first time.

Cantsink, founded in Atlanta in 1988, entered the solar industry in 2010 after converting its company facilities to net zero energy use. That conversion included installation of solar panels.

Cantsink provides a full range of products and services for solar installation, including driven piles for ground-mounted solar, customized solar racking, engineering, and other expert consulting services. Since entering the solar market, Cantsink has provided its products and services in 47 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and in Mexico.

Patrick Hutchinson, president of Cantsink, said he is honored to have reached this milestone in a fast-growing market sector. Cantsink is the only Georgia company ranked among the Top 10 Solar Commercial Contractors on the Solar Power World list.

“We have believed in the potential of the solar market from the very beginning of our involvement with it,” Hutchinson said. “It was a natural fit for our core business model that we have followed since I founded Cantsink in 1988.”

Hutchinson praised the foresight and hard work of his engineering, manufacturing, sales and marketing staff for their commitment to excellence in serving the solar market. He credited their focused team approach for making Cantsink such a strong competitor in the solar industry.

Kathie Zipp, managing editor of Solar Power World said the Top 500 Solar Contractors List is developed by Solar Power World magazine to recognize the work completed by solar contractors across the U.S. and Canada. The companies on the list are growing the economy, providing jobs and offering electricity consumers a choice about how they get their power. The list was released July 26.

“No one can deny that local companies are supporting the growth of the solar industry and the economy as a whole,” Zipp said. “Our Top Solar Contractors are the face of the industry—meeting homeowners and business leaders on doorsteps every day.”

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