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Monthly Archives: November 2016

Pause For Thought Creates New Brand Vision As Three Leaders In Lupus Merge

Press Release – New York, NY – November 28, 2016 – The Lupus Research Alliance unveiled its new brand identity and strategic vision at its inaugural gala held last night at The Waldorf Astoria. Developed and designed by Pause for Thought, a New York-based branding agency, the merger represents the unification of three leaders in Lupus Research: the Alliance for Lupus Research, the Lupus Research Institute, and the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation.

By joining forces as the Lupus Research Alliance, it is now the largest private sector organization dedicated to advancing lupus research and serves as the primary catalyst setting the agenda to yield new scientific discoveries into prevention, treatment and cure of the disease.

Pause for Thought worked with its strategic partner, ACME Brand Intelligence to help unite the organizations under a shared promise and a vision for the future. According to Janice Pedley, Founder/Creative Director, Pause for Thought, “We used visual exercises to help build consensus while they embarked on a journey to become a single, unified entity. These workshops revealed a bold team direction and we worked together to push the verbal and visual strategy to be inspiring and visionary.” Adds Alex Millet, Founder, ACME Brand Intelligence, “Our challenge was not to knit together disparate entities, but to tell a singular story. As their branding partner, we enjoyed being their confidante, collaborator, challenger and coach.”

Old logos from three organizations

Old logos from three organizations

The natural combination of the organizations’ names helped smooth the transition to one entity. Drawing from elements of all three, the new logo, a combination of icon and logotype, communicates the power of science to make a difference. The icon features an energized burst of molecules representing the new organization as a catalyst for scientific discoveries. The custom font, imagery style and signature look with its bold purple, violet and red color palette was designed to be a beacon of hope for all fundraising and social media efforts. Beyond the logo, the visual system strives to be as bold and inspiring as the people behind the organization.

“We are now poised to move together as one and take an undisputed leadership position in the category,” says Margaret Dowd, (Co-President/CEO), Lupus Research Alliance. The next step will be the merging of the three websites into one, which will be the definitive resource for patients, families, professionals, researchers and industry.

This video was also produced to announce the new identity.

About Pause for Thought

Pause for Thought is a New York-based branding agency that brings creativity and design principals to brands that value positive social change. The firm specializes in health & wellness, social impact and non-profit brand design.

About the Lupus Research Alliance

Born from the merger of three organizations, the Lupus Research Alliance is the world’s leading catalyst driving scientific discovery to prevent, treat and cure lupus.

Combining the Alliance for Lupus Research, the Lupus Research Institute and the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation, the Lupus Research Alliance is a strong new champion for the lupus community. Collectively, our three organiza-tions have already funded over $200 million in pioneering lupus research. Because the Board of Directors covers all Lupus Research Alliance administrative and fundraising costs, 100% of all other donations goes directly to support research programs to help us all realize our vision of a world free of lupus.

Wildlife Crime Reporting App Wins Inaugural Zoohackathon Prize

Prize fund includes expert support from ZSL and partners to develop winning idea further

Press Release – Following a weekend of coding at six zoos across the globe last month, a project designed to get the public involved with the fight against illegal wildlife trade via their own mobile phones has scooped top prize in the US State Department’s inaugural ‘Zoohackathon’ competition.

Wildtrack, a team of coders who developed the winning solution at the San Diego Zoohackathon, will now have the opportunity to work with conservation technology experts from ZSL (Zoological Society of London) and partners to turn their concept into a reality.

Their app will enable anyone around the world to anonymously report suspected wildlife crime incidents via a simple text message to an automated system, and will be integrated with existing conservation software, SMART (Spatial Monitoring and Report Tool), allowing real-time data analysis to help those responsible for managing protected areas to track and predict critical issues such as poaching and wildlife trafficking.

As part of the Zoohackathon win, a total prize fund of USD $35,000 will be provided to support the further development of Wildtrack’s app by ZSL and other experts from the SMART partnership.

Julien Godfrey, SMART specialist from ZSL’s conservation team said: “From the Gir Forest of India to the jungles of Cameroon, SMART has already transformed conservation in 31 countries, across flagship species including elephants and tigers.

“Until now there has been no way to add data provided by the general public to the database, which has meant we’ve missed out on important and useful information from those witnessing incidents first-hand. Wildtrack’s winning app has the potential to change all that and we’re really excited to be working with their team to fulfil this technology’s full potential.”

Conceived by the US State Department to engage the brightest talent around in developing tech-based solutions to the illegal wildlife trade, Zoohackathon events took place simultaneously on 7-8 October 2016 in London, San Diego, Seattle, St Louis, Sydney and Washington DC. The final shortlist of six finalists included three apps developed at the session hosted at ZSL London Zoo, including the London winner, Lookout.

Sophie Maxwell, who leads ZSL’s Conservation Technology Unit, said: “It was an honour to be part of such an exciting weekend of creativity and international collaboration.

“Wildtrack’s winning idea takes an innovative approach in targeting low tech feature phones to provide a “locally” viable solution and it’s compatibility with SMART only increases the potential for this idea to contribute to the future protection of wildlife worldwide.”

For more information about the Zoohackathon and ZSL’s pioneering Conservation Technology Unit, please visit:

Niagara Bottling to Fund Starlight Children’s Foundation Programs Nationwide

Donation includes matching gift to support new Starlight Brave Gowns program to revolutionize children’s hospital gowns

Press Release – LOS ANGELES (November 28, 2016) — Starlight Children’s Foundation today announced that Niagara Bottling, through its philanthropic program Niagara Cares, has donated $1.4 million to the children’s health charity in support of Starlight programs that brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families.

The donation includes a matching gift challenge for up to 28,000 Starlight Brave Gowns in support of the charity’s newly launched program to revolutionize children’s hospital gowns. For every $25 Starlight Brave Gown donated at, Niagara will match the donation on a one-for-one basis.

“We are incredibly grateful to the leadership and employees at Niagara for this truly outstanding gift and for continuing to support Starlight’s mission of brightening the lives of seriously ill children and their families,” said Starlight CEO Chris Helfrich. “Niagara is transforming the hospital experience for tens of thousands of children, and the company’s matching gift challenge in support of our Starlight Brave Gowns program, in particular, will help ensure that more than 50,000 hospitalized children will receive a new, state-of-the-art gown.

Starlight Brave Gowns replace unattractive, uncomfortable and embarrassing children’s hospital gowns with high-quality, comfortable and brightly colored gowns that help sick kids feel like superstars. Available in ten different designs for children ages 2 through 12, Starlight Brave Gowns are made of super soft, comfortable fabric and manufactured in the USA to meet strict hospital infection and safety protocols. They are specially designed for sick children and allow for easy access to ports and heart monitors as well as openings for IVs on both sleeves.

In total, the donation from Niagara will fund the placement of 28,000 Starlight Brave Gowns, 23 Starlight Fun Center mobile entertainment units and two beautifully redesigned hospital rooms called Starlight Sites in 23 communities across the US where the company has bottling plants and operations. Niagara will also fund a research project to help ensure the Starlight Brave Gowns program achieves maximum impact.

Starlight and Niagara launched the partnership in early 2015 with a $300,000 grant to deliver Starlight Fun Centers and other urgently needed items such as books, toys, games and other products to thousands of hospitalized children. In the past year, Niagara’s support has expanded to include the building or renovation of ten Starlight Sites and the continued placement of nearly 100 Starlight Fun Centers in communities across the US.

About Starlight Children’s Foundation

Starlight’s mission is to brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families by turning pain, fear and stress into laughter, fun and joy – because a sick kid is still a kid at heart. Founded in 1982 by Peter Samuelson and Emma Samms, Starlight has helped more than 60 million sick children in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK by providing programs that offer the best in entertainment, education and innovative technology. Steven Spielberg serves as the organization’s Chairman Emeritus. Learn more at and follow Starlight on Instagram and Facebook at /StarlightChildrensFoundation and on Twitter @StarlightUS.

Niagara Bottling, LLC has been family owned and operated since 1963. Headquartered in Ontario, CA, Niagara operates bottling facilities throughout the U.S. and Mexico. As a leading manufacturer of private brand bottled water in the U.S., Niagara Bottling works closely with some of the largest retailers, grocers, club and convenience stores throughout the country. Niagara produces a variety of beverages including bottled water, sparkling water, tea, sports drinks and vitamin enhanced waters. For more information, visit

Niagara Cares, a philanthropic arm of Niagara Bottling, is committed to supporting local and national community initiatives serving children and families in need by engaging stakeholders and investing its resources. Niagara Cares efforts include national strategic partnerships, local community grants, employee engagement, volunteerism and the Andrew D. Peykoff, Sr. Scholarship Program. For more information, visit

The Hitachi Foundation Launches the Good Companies, Good Jobs Strategy; Makes $11 Million in Gifts as it Prepares to Close

Press Release – WASHINGTON, DC (NOVEMBER 28, 2016) – The Hitachi Foundation today announced the launch of the Good Companies, Good Jobs Strategy that includes three final gifts totaling $11 million and that the Foundation will cease operations in December 2016. The unrestricted monetary gifts and their recipients are $4 million to the Aspen Institute in Washington, DC; $4 million to the MIT Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, Massachusetts; and $3 million to Investors’ Circle in Durham, North Carolina.

As part of a three-year planning process in advance of closing, the Foundation’s board developed the Good Companies, Good Jobs Strategy to address a critical question of our time: In this rapidly changing workforce environment, how do we make work work for the many people who feel stuck and left behind? “Our vision for this strategy is to deepen the quality and accelerate the pace of progress toward a future in which good companies and good jobs are the norm,” said Patrick Gross, the Foundation’s board chair.

The Hitachi Foundation also developed the Good Companies, Good Jobs Strategy as a way to transition its financial, intellectual and human capital assets. “Anchored in these three remarkable institutions we have an opportunity to build something that far exceeds the sum of its parts,” said Barbara Dyer, the Foundation’s president and CEO. “Our hope is that the collective efforts across this strategy will enable the nation to tilt toward optimism and replace fear with confidence as Americans succeed in making a living and businesses succeed because of their people. Through these financial gifts, we hope to build each organization’s capacity and increase the number of good companies with good jobs across the United States,” Dyer concluded.

$4 Million to the Aspen Institute

The gift to the Aspen Institute will enable the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program to launch the Good Companies, Good Jobs Initiative at Aspen as a way to incubate The Hitachi Foundation’s Good Companies @ Work program and resources.

The Institute’s efforts will build upon the Foundation’s focus in healthcare and manufacturing, and expand to new sectors such as retail, hospitality, and other service industries. As a way to better align capital deployment to firms with good jobs outcomes, the Aspen Institute will oversee the continued development of a Good Companies, Good Jobs Data Reporting and Analytics Tool. Ultimately, the Tool will help to identify “good jobs” companies based on their higher employee retention rates, increased earnings, and career advancement for their workers with incomes under $40,000 per year.

“We are honored that The Hitachi Foundation selected the Aspen Institute for this gift given our mission to create a diverse community of leaders committed to building a better society,” said Elliot Gerson, executive vice president of policy and public programs at the Aspen Institute. “We feel confident that the Good Companies, Good Jobs Initiative at Aspen will elevate the ways companies create good jobs and expand economic opportunities for workers, while building successful, profitable businesses.” Mark Popovich, vice president of the Foundation’s Good Companies @ Work program, will join the Aspen Institute as the director of the Initiative within the Economic Opportunities Program.

$4 Million to MIT Sloan School of Management

The gift to the MIT Sloan School of Management will support the Institute for Work and Employment Research (IWER) and will serve as seed funding for a new Good Companies, Good Jobs Initiative at MIT. The MIT program will identify, develop and advance management practices that are good for both business and society. The Initiative will engage in research concerning the impact, adoption, and diffusion of high road employment practices. It will be a hub for sharing knowledge and a center of practical learning for current and future business. Barbara Dyer, the Foundation’s president and CEO and a current senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School, will assume the role of executive director of the Good Companies, Good Jobs Initiative at MIT, which will be housed at IWER.

“The Good Companies, Good Jobs Initiative at MIT is an exciting new platform for deepening and spreading our understanding of how companies can compete successfully, support good jobs, and respect worker rights,” said David Schmittlein, dean of MIT Sloan School of Management. “It is the perfect match of the values, aspirations, and work of our Institute for Work and Employment Research and The Hitachi Foundation.”

$3 Million to Investors’ Circle

The gift to Investors’ Circle (IC) will integrate The Hitachi Foundation’s Entrepreneurship @ Work intellectual assets into IC’s early-stage entrepreneur and impact investor programs. It will allow Investors’ Circle to expand its “Impact DNA” resources to help entrepreneurs access appropriate financial capital, develop strong human capital strategies, and connect to peers and other networks that can enhance their business success.

“We are honored to receive this gift and to continue The Hitachi Foundation’s important work to ensure that good job creation is an inherent element of early-stage impact entrepreneurship and investing,” said Bonny Moellenbrock, executive director of Investors’ Circle. “As we integrate this into our pioneering 25-year history of impact investing, we are pleased to prove that building good companies from the start make great companies built to last.”

Investors’ Circle’s Good Companies, Good Jobs efforts will also support the expansion of #FundedByIC, a program that cultivates a community of impact entrepreneurs that receive funding from IC members or from its early-stage venture fund, the Patient Capital Collaborative. Renata Hron Gomez, vice president of the Foundation’s Entrepreneurship @ Work program, will join Investors’ Circle as their director of entrepreneur programs and will be based in California.

“Through these three final gifts, we feel confident that The Hitachi Foundation’s work to highlight the important role of business in our society will carry on,” said Patrick Gross, chair of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. “We anticipate that as the Good Companies, Good Jobs Strategy takes shape, collaboration opportunities will emerge between the three organizations. We also envision new partnerships with other aligned organizations that share our commitment to investing in the millions of lower-wage workers in our country.”

The Hitachi Foundation will close on December 31, 2016, as Hitachi, Ltd. has realigned its global corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs to be more region-specific and aligned with Social Innovation. “We wish to congratulate The Hitachi Foundation for over 30 years of outstanding achievement in improving economic opportunities in the U.S. and enhancing long-term business activities that improve society as a whole,” said Hiroaki Nakanishi, executive chairman, Hitachi, Ltd. “Since endowing the Foundation in 1985, Hitachi has been committed to supporting U.S. citizens through activities that contribute to long-term social progress by addressing complex challenges.”

Visiting Nurse Service of New York Announces Christopher T. Olivia, M.D. as New CEO

Press Release – The VNSNY Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Christopher T. Olivia, M.D. will be our organization’s new President and Chief Executive Officer, starting on January 1, 2017. Chris brings exceptionally strong and diverse leadership skills to his new position. In addition to his experience as a physician, Chris holds an MBA degree and has worked as a health care industry executive for 25 years, collaborating closely with clinicians and administrative staff at all levels of the health care industry. Most recently, Chris served as President of Continuum Care Alliance in New Jersey, a company that works with physician practices to create clinically integrated networks. Prior to that, he led the transformation of two major regional health systems. From 2000 to 2008, he headed the Cooper Health System, the only academic tertiary medical center in southern New Jersey, first as President and then as CEO. In 2008, Chris became President and CEO of the West Penn Allegheny Health System, a six-hospital, 1,000-physician medical group in western Pennsylvania with more than 13,000 employees and nearly 500 residents and fellows. There, he navigated the health system through the financial downturn of 2008 and then went on to engineer a remarkable operational turnaround, positioning the company for its successful 2013 merger with Highmark, a major regional insurance company.

Over the course of his career, Chris has worked in virtually every aspect of health care, while also finding occasions to teach, mentor, and serve as a faculty member in his specialty of ophthalmology. In coming to VNSNY, he brings a commitment to giving back to the community and a deep interest in developing innovative methods of care delivery. Chris is also known for his ability to create a positive and constructive working environment where all members of the workforce can grow professionally and thrive. In short, he is ideally suited to take the helm of this outstanding organization, and to advance its historic mission moving forward.

The Schroders Global Investor Study 2016: Millennials Put Greater Importance on ESG Factors

Press Release – November 28, 2016 – The Schroders Global Investor Study 2016, which surveyed 20,000 end investors in 28 countries, found that millennials (aged 18-35) are more likely to place greater importance on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors than older investors (aged 36+). The survey found that the millennial generation ranked ESG factors as equally important as investment outcomes when considering investments decisions. The study also highlighted that global investors would hold ESG investments for an average of 2.1 years longer than their usual investments.

Millennials demand for ESG

ESG factors such as corporate governance, social responsibility and environmental impact issues, such as world poverty and climate change, were all significantly more important to millennials than to the older generations in their investment decision. Opinions between these two age groups differed the most on world-based social outcomes, like poverty and climate change, with millennials rating these highly (7.2/10) compared to older investor groups (6.4/10), on average. The study also concluded that millennials were more likely to actively pull funds from companies with poor ESG records, companies associated with weapons manufacturing/dealing or linked to repressive regimes would be the primary causes of this.

Most groups of investors are looking for good corporate governance, with the issue topping their list of ESG concerns. However, millennials again appeared to show more concern rating it an average of 7.4/10 compared to older investors rating it 7.0/10.

ESG an alternative to short-termism

The study found that global investors would stay invested in ESG investments longer than usual, with 82% indicating they would do this. Over a third (38%) said they would stay invested in companies with positive ESG philosophies for at least two years longer than they would stay invested in their usual investments.

The value of ESG

On average, global investors rated ESG issues as less important when making an investment decision, than tangible, long-term growth, which they rated 7.8/10. However, global investors still rated positive ESG factors highly at 6.9/10 on average, indicating a high degree of importance placed on both issues. Many experts would argue the two considerations are inseparable.

Jessica Ground, Global Head of Responsible Investing at Schroders, said:

“The interest in ESG and corporate governance issues for investors only looks set to grow given its prevalence amongst millennials. While returns are still the most important issue, ESG’s importance to end investors means that these factors are too big for any advisor to ignore. At Schroders we have long viewed ESG factors as contributing to investment outcomes and returns. We have been integrating analysis of them in our active fund management processes for almost 20 years. It is important to continue to educate investors on the value and added return ESG can provide.

“While many policymakers are concerned about the rise of short-termism in markets, encouragingly, those surveyed said they would stay invested in ESG philosophies longer than they would in other investments. It is important that investors recognise the value of being invested for the long term and this is especially relevant when considering ESG factors.”

About the Schroders Global Investor Study 2016

Schroders commissioned Research Plus Ltd to conduct, between 30 March and 25 April 2016, an independent online study of 20,000 investors in 28 countries around the world. This research defines ‘investors’ as those who will be investing at least €10,000 (or the equivalent) in the next 12 months and who have made changes to their investments within the last five years. These individuals represent the views of investors in each country included in the study.

Schroders plc

Schroders is a global asset management company with £375.0 billion (€433.5 billion/US$487.1 billion) assets under management as at 30 September 2016. Our clients are major financial institutions including pension funds, banks and insurance companies, local and public authorities, governments, charities, high net worth individuals and retail investors.

With one of the largest networks of offices of any dedicated asset management company, we operate from 37 offices in 27 countries across Europe, the Americas, Asia, Middle East and Africa. Schroders has developed under stable ownership for over 200 years and long-term thinking governs our approach to investing, building client relationships and growing our business.

For more information on the study results please visit

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Philadelphia’s Kicking Cancer Foundation Raises $20K for Cancer Research

All proceeds will be donated to partner Fox Chase Cancer Center on December 13th

Press Release – Philadelphia, PA – November 28, 2016Philly Kicking Cancer (PKC), a non-profit under the umbrella of the Kicking Cancer Foundation, is an organization created to raise money for cancer research by hosting multiple fundraisers a year, in addition to a keystone event, an annual one-day kickball tournament. For the year 2016, PKC raised $20,000 and will be presenting a check to partner Fox Chase Cancer Center on December 13th at 1:30 PM located at 333 Cottman Avenue, Philadelphia.

Since the organization’s inception, Kicking Cancer Foundation has expanded not only in terms of players, volunteers and donors, but also in number of events including two additional kickball tournaments; one at Villanova University and in the city of Chicago; Chicago Kicking Cancer (CKC). By 2015, the Kicking Cancer Foundation raised over $250,000 for cancer research between PKC, Villanova and CKC, with the help of 585 kickball players and 768 individual donors.

“As our Philly Kicking Cancer foundation continues to grow, we are thrilled to be working with Fox Chase Cancer Center and to present them with $20K of funding that we raised for their cancer research,” said Sarah Clark, President of Philly Kicking Cancer Foundation. “With an abundance of efforts including our fundraising events and the annual kickball tournament, we were happy to continue our relationship with Fox Chase in the hopes to find a cure.”

PKC and Fox Chase Cancer Center have been partners for the past six years. With a combination of fundraising events around the city of Philadelphia and the one-day kickball tournament, PKC will be continuing this partnership and donating 100% of the proceeds to Fox Chase.

“Everyone who works at Fox Chase is committed to helping our patients prevail over cancer—and we are inspired and moved by the spirit and camaraderie imbued in this generous support,” said George Beschen, Senior Director of Individual Giving at Fox Chase Cancer Center. “Since 2010, Philly Kicking Cancer teams have raised more than $200,000 to advance leading-edge research here—progress that benefits us all.”

PKC will be hosting their first fundraiser for 2017 on December 9th from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. at O’Neal’s Pub located at 611 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA. For more information about the event, check out the Facebook page:

More information in regards to the organization, fundraising events and annual kickball tournament, can be found on their website:

About Philly Kicking Cancer

Philly Kicking Cancer, a non-profit under the umbrella of the Kicking Cancer Foundation, is an organization created to raise money for cancer research by hosting multiple fundraisers a year, in addition to their keystone event, an annual one-day kickball tournament. They are motivated to raise money for cancer research, bring hope to those fighting cancer, offer support to those who have family or friends suffering from the disease and share compassion with those who have lost loved ones. More information can be found here:

About Fox Chase Cancer Center

The Hospital of Fox Chase Cancer Center and its affiliates (collectively “Fox Chase Cancer Center”), a member of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship and community outreach. For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

Phillips Foundation Announces Upcoming Launch Of The Guilford County Healthy Relationships Initiative

Press Release – GREENSBORO, N.C. (Nov. 28, 2016) – Phillips Foundation today announced its latest original program, the Guilford County Healthy Relationships Initiative (HRI). The HRI is a first-of-its-kind, community-wide effort developed by the Foundation in partnership with the UNCG Department of Counseling and Educational Development to improve relational health across Guilford County. The initiative will officially launch in February 2017 at the conclusion of its research and development phase.

U.S. Census and National Historical Geographical Information System (NHGIS) data indicate significant growth in relationship distress among Guilford County residents. In 2013 and 2014, Guilford County led the state in domestic violence homicides, and in 2015, the Guilford County Family Justice Center assisted nearly 5,000 primary and secondary victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child maltreatment, and elder abuse. Furthermore, recent Guilford County marriage license and divorce records show that for every two marriage licenses filed, approximately one divorce is filed.

“Unhealthy relationships, particularly within the family context, threaten the stability of our society’s foundation,” said Elizabeth Phillips, executive director of Phillips Foundation. “With the integration of the HRI’s programming and ‘upstream’ interventions into the service platforms of our partner organizations, we plan to democratize best practices and resources from the clinic environment to the broader culture. Phillips Foundation is excited to set this vision in motion and to enhance a positive community culture across Guilford County that values relationship, ultimately preventing trauma and dysfunction in the home.”

Phillips Foundation brought the concept of the Healthy Relationships Initiative to the UNCG Department of Counseling and Educational Development, which has since implemented research and development of the original program involving special emphasis on reaching distressed or vulnerable populations served by existing Phillips Foundation grantee organizations. Other original programs created by Phillips Foundation include the Impact Investing Think Tank, a program launched in spring 2016 that seeks to activate a variety of stakeholders around investing for financial returns alongside positive social and/or environmental objectives.

“Phillips Foundation has made great strides in improving the well-being of Guilford County residents, and we are grateful for their support and partnership on this important preventative investment,” said Dr. Christine E. Murray, associate professor at UNCG Department of Counseling and Educational Development. “Launching the HRI will allow us to utilize and disperse effective tools and skills to ensure that families are safe and supportive places for children to develop into successful, contributing members of society.”

A diverse and active HRI Steering Committee met over the last eight months to inform the planning of this initiative. The committee includes representatives from Phillips Foundation grantee organizations, governmental entities, and many other non-profits, including: Partners Ending Homelessness, YMCA of Greensboro, Teach For America, Greensboro Children’s Museum, United Way of Greater Greensboro, United Way of High Point, Youth Villages, Say Yes To Education, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club, Guilford County Family Justice Center, Ready for School/Ready for Life, Guilford County Department of Social Services, Guilford Green Foundation, Family Service of the Piedmont, Children’s Home Society of North Carolina, Guilford Education Alliance, Greensboro Public Library, Greensboro Parks & Recreation, Center for New North Carolinians, Guilford Child Development, and YWCA of Greensboro.

The HRISteering Committee and UNCG researchers have developed a multi-year, strategic plan for the HRI to address local community needs via three main components: community mobilization, educational programming, and social marketing. Complete information about the HRI will be unveiled in February 2017 at an official launch event. To stay informed about the HRI, please follow its Facebook page at

About Phillips Foundation

Founded in 2002 and fully funded in 2014, the Phillips Foundation represents the philanthropic legacy of its founder, Kermit G. Phillips II, a successful real estate entrepreneur from Greensboro, N.C. The current Board of Trustees leverages the Phillips Foundation as a catalytic capital platform through which they support positive change through impact investing, strategic grants, and original programs. For more information, visit Phillips Foundation currently does not accept unsolicited grant applications.

How USITT is Advancing the Theatre Industry with Half a Million Dollars

Press Release – SYRACUSE, NY (November 28, 2016) – The United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) Board of Directors has committed an unprecedented $500,000 to increase the impact of some of the organization’s most important programs: Rigging Safety, Gateway Diversity, and Innovation Research Grants.

“This significant investment increases our opportunity to advance three very different areas of the theatre industry, while reaffirming our commitment to our members and the future of entertainment design and technology,” said Mark Shanda, President of USITT.

“Sure it’s an unprecedented investment, but even that is not as significant as the impact this will have on the future safety and opportunities for children and adults across our country, and even the world,” added David Grindle, USITT Executive Director.

USITT is the nation’s leading professional organization for practitioners of theatre design and technology. The Institute has been creating opportunities and promoting dialogue, research, and learning since it was founded in 1960. Today it has grown to include members at all levels of their careers and is the leader in life-long learning opportunities for the entertainment design and technology industry.

Rigging Safety Initiative at Schools Across America

USITT is investing $85,000 in its Rigging Safety Initiative, which provides stage rigging inspections and safety training at no cost for secondary schools across America. In its first five years, the Rigging Safety Initiative has already improved stage safety at more than 120 secondary schools impacting the safety of more than 150,000 students.

This additional investment will help the program to reach more schools, students and professionals nationwide.

“Whether schools are housed in older facilities or brand new buildings there is often a lack of trained support for rigging and safety in secondary school theaters,” said Shanda. “Through improved measures and proper training, it is possible for schools to provide enhanced productions, expand community engagement opportunities and in some cases to save on insurance expenses.”

More information is available at

Gateway Diversity Initiative

The organization’s Gateway Program will receive $85,000 to help expand the reach of this diversity inclusion initiative. Launched in 2014 to create mentorship opportunities for students from underrepresented populations within the industry, the Program offers funding for young people to attend the USITT National Conference and meet with professionals in the industry.

In 2015, a dozen students from underrepresented populations were able to attend and be mentored at the USITT National Conference in Cincinnati because of this program. Six were fully funded (including travel, housing and conference costs), and six received partnered support from USITT and the school or organization that nominated them.

“Our industry is very homogeneous, at the community level and on a national level. We have seen it with more public roles like actors and directors, and it is just as homogenous behind the curtain, too,” said David Stewart, USITT Board of Directors Diversity & Inclusion Committee Member. “In order to create our best work it is imperative to diversify and ensure a plurality of voices. That is the purpose of the Gateway Initiative.”

Gateway activities at the Annual Conference are designed to provide the students with greater access to professional mentors and opportunities within the industry. Underrepresented populations include, but are not limited to: race, gender, sexual orientation/identity, or disability. More information is available at

Innovation Research Grants

In addition to growing some of its most impactful current programs, USITT is also investing $330,000 over the next six years in Innovation Research Grants, which will sponsor research projects addressing technology challenges faced by the entertainment industry. USITT has offered grants for more than 30 years, but has never before seen this level of funding.

“The new Innovation Grants program not only raises the amount of funding available for distribution and ultimately for greater impact, but we hope it will also increase the stream of research projects over multiple years,” said Shanda. “These grants will allow for larger strides to be made in areas like safety, or sustainability and energy savings, and could even lead to new partnerships for the industry.”

More information about the application process for the Innovation Grants, and about all of USITT’s initiatives, will be announced at its Annual Conference & Stage Expo in St. Louis on March 8-11, 2017.

“This $500,000 in funding is a yet another return on the investments made by our membership and our generous donors. Continued support from members and donors helps support and expand our mission, ensuring the positive impact of the organization for practitioners, educators, and students in the theatre and entertainment industry well into the future,” said David Grindle.

For more information about USITT or to inquire about membership, giving, the Annual Conference or any of the aforementioned programs visit

Georgetown Announces 2017 Legacy of a Dream Recipient

Georgetown University announces the 15th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award recipient, Abel Enrique Núñez, Executive Director of Washington, D.C. nonprofit, the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN):

Press Release – Abel Enrique Núñez, executive director of the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) will be honored as Georgetown’s 2017 John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award recipient on January 16th at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The university presents the award to an inspirational and emerging local leader at the free Martin Luther King, Jr. Let Freedom Ring Celebration, this year featuring award-winning singer Gladys Knight.

At CARECEN, Núñez expanded services in the District and surrounding suburbs, successfully pushed for legislation that allows undocumented immigrants to more easily obtain a driver’s license and many other accomplishments. CARECEN promotes grassroots empowerment, civic engagement and civil rights advocacy.

“Through his leadership at CARECEN, Mr. Núñez has impacted thousands of children, women and men in our city’s Latino community, providing them with essential services and resources that contribute to their own well-being and help to empower and uplift our entire D.C. community,” said Georgetown President John J. DeGioia.

The Legacy of a Dream Award marks the start of a year’s commitment and sustained partnership with Georgetown that allows winners to leverage the honor for broader recognition of his or her community organization or cause.

“This is a great honor, and I am really humbled to receive it,” says Núñez, who immigrated with his family to America in 1979 from El Salvador and grew up in the District. “CARECEN is poised as an organization to convene the Latino community in the District and facilitate a process to determine a common agenda.”

About Georgetown University:

Georgetown University is the oldest and largest Catholic and Jesuit university in America, founded in 1789 by Archbishop John Carroll. Georgetown today is a major student-centered, international, research university offering respected undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in Washington, D.C., Doha, Qatar, and around the world. For more information about Georgetown University, visit Georgetown’s annual Let Freedom Ring Initiative honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through a series of academic, artistic and extracurricular programs that examine Dr. King’s life and work and address the contemporary challenges our nation faces in order to fulfill his dream of justice and equality for all people. A link to the University’s full schedule of events this year is available at

About the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN):

Since 1981, the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) has fostered the comprehensive development of the Latino population in the Washington metropolitan region by providing direct legal services, housing counseling, citizenship education, and community economic development, while promoting grassroots empowerment, civic engagement, and civil rights advocacy.

A full history of CARECEN accomplishments may be found here.

About the Let Freedom Ring Concert:

Free tickets will be distributed two per person on a first-come, first-served basis at the entrance to the Hall of Nations at The Kennedy Center, beginning at 4:30 p.m. This program will also be live streamed on the Kennedy Center’s website at

Free tickets are required. Beginning at 4:30 p.m. on January 18, 2017, tickets will be distributed two (2) per person in line at the entrance to the Hall of Nations on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are reserved seats and are subject to availability. All patrons are asked to be seated by 5:40 p.m. Please enter through the Hall of Nations. Please dress warmly as portion of the line for people waiting to receive tickets will be outside. Note: There is no free parking when attending or picking up tickets for free events.

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