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Monthly Archives: June 2017

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Tourism Cares Marks Growth And Progress With Updated Mission

Press Release – NORWOOD, MA – JUNE 29, 2017 – Tourism Cares, the philanthropic community of the travel & tourism industry, has updated its mission:

We advance the travel industry’s social impact to help people and places thrive.

“The ways our community gives have evolved and strengthened over the past 15 years, thanks to our members and supporters,” said Derek Hydon, chair of the board of directors for Tourism Cares. “We’ve updated our mission statement to reflect where we are on this journey together, and where we’re going.”

The revised mission is highlighted in the organization’s 2016-17 annual Community Report, released this week. The report focuses on stories illustrating Tourism Cares’ work over the past year, including:

  • investing $600,000 in U.S. national parks through Tourism Cares for Our National Parks industry volunteering and the Centennial Tour Operators cause-related marketing program,
  • supporting global destinations like Peru and Nepal, and launching a new program in Jordan in 2018,
  • and training more than 500 Good Travels Advisors as experts in helping travelers give back through volunteer service and philanthropy.

“We’re proud of our community and what we have accomplished together,” said Mike Rea, CEO of Tourism Cares, “We’re excited about what the future holds.”

Tourism Cares’ members reflect all sectors of the industry, including tour operators, travel agencies, lodging/hospitality, cruise, attractions, information technology, online travel agents, media/public relations, airlines/transportation, financial/professional, and destinations.

The full report is available at

About Tourism Cares

Tourism Cares, Inc., a US 501(c)(3) public charity, advances the travel industry’s social impact to help people and places thrive. We unite the industry to make a greater impact on shared priorities, and to help each company fulfill its giving goals. Our members include leading travel associations and companies, together helping destinations in need, supporting our workforce, and improving our corporate social responsibility. Learn more at and @TourismCares.

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Cricket Media Launches *New* Corporate Social Responsibility Platform Giving Employee Volunteers a Digital Connection to Students, Mentoring Literacy and Skills for Success

Company Invites CSR Teams to Match with Students; Virtual e-Mentorship Supports Employee Engagement

Press Release – McLean, VA – June 29, 2017 – Cricket Media today launched CricketTogether, a safe, innovative, turnkey eMentoring solution that gives corporate social responsibility leaders a platform for Employee Engagement that offers caring employee volunteers a meaningful opportunity to deliver a compelling educational experience for children and teachers across the country.

Students are paired with employees of partner companies to read intriguing articles and exchange thoughts about the content, and life, building one-on-one Virtual Learning Friendships in a safe, collaborative environment that promotes education equity. The benefits for students of sustained interactions with adult role models are substantial. Mentors, especially those who come from the business community, provide the catalyst to build student literacy, critical thinking, and real world problem-solving skills, as well as increase student understanding of careers and the world beyond their classroom.

The new employee volunteer platform comes online as the latest research confirms a growing trend, that employers who encourage volunteering boost morale, workplace atmosphere and brand perception. The same study says nearly 70 percent of employees would volunteer more if they had more time. CricketTogether is designed specifically to support today’s busy employee, creating a “micro-volunteering” opportunity with only a commitment of a few hours a month that makes it possible for volunteers to participate remotely working with their schedules.

The Great Courses in Chantilly, the nation’s leading developer and marketer of premium-quality media for lifelong learning and personal enrichment, sponsored a CricketTogether pilot with its employees serving as eMentors to the students. Kevin Manzel, director of content development, said, “Our overarching goal was simple: to offer a meaningful opportunity for philanthropic engagement to our associates. We needed that opportunity to both fit into our busy schedules and especially to support our mission: to empower lifelong learning. We got 100 percent plus ROI. CricketTogether fulfills our mission and was very meaningful – this was a homerun!”

Students in the CricketTogether pilot felt empowered and motivated to push their communication skills to higher levels in order to engage with the program. One student said, “I love that I can be honest with my pen pal and tell him my dreams.” Another commented on the access to remote experts and role models, remarking, “I like that you get to talk to other people, not just classmates, friends or family. Sometimes they are even in other states.”

Nina Zolt, founder of Cricket Media, said, “Building on what we have learned from more than 20 years of experience offering students and teachers the opportunity to combine great content with access to caring adult role models, this new platform creates an environment in which students are more motivated to learn as they discover life beyond their neighborhoods, exploring potential careers and interests. This learning experience is fully digital and accessible 24/7—managed in the cloud in a manner to provide safety and security for students, along with the ability for employees to participate from home or office or airport –- wherever they are working!”

CricketTogether is now live with a growing community of eMentors and students from across geographic and demographic boundaries, reading, writing about and discussing Cricket Media’s award-winning content, in many genres and subjects, with each other.

As a socially responsible, mission-driven enterprise, Cricket Media is inviting corporations to engage their employee volunteers as eMentors and sponsor CricketTogether classrooms in grades 3-5 during the 2017-2018 school year. To learn more about CricketTogether or to apply to participate during the 2017-2018 school year, visit or email


Cricket Media is an education media company that provides award-winning content on a safe and secure learning network for children, families and teachers across the world. Cricket Media’s 11 popular media brands for toddlers to teens include Babybug®, Ladybug®, Cricket™ and Cobblestone™. The Company’s innovative web-based K12 tools for school and home include the ePals community and virtual classroom for global collaboration as well as Cricket Together, an e-Mentoring program that builds reading, writing and critical thinking skills. Cricket Media serves millions of teachers, students and parents in over 200 countries and territories through its platform and NeuPals, its joint venture with China’s leading IT services company Neusoft. Cricket Media also licenses its content and platform to top publishing and educational companies worldwide. For more information, please visit

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Bend The Arc: To Be Serious About Reducing Hate Crimes, Administration Must Start With Itself

Press Release – New York – Ahead of today’s U.S. Department of Justice’s Hate Crimes Subcommittee Summit, which Bend the Arc Jewish Action is attending alongside many of its allied organizations, Bend the Arc Jewish Action Director Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block released the following statement:

“The investigation and prosecution of hate crimes is, more than ever, a critically important issue and we have and will continue to support the work of career employees of the Justice Department tasked with fighting the spread of hate-fueled violence.

“But to be serious about reducing hate crimes, the Trump Administration must start with itself. Donald Trump, by virtue of the power of his office, has done more than any other one person in this country to create a climate of fear and intolerance for America’s Muslim, immigrant and other targeted communities over the past year. Mr. Trump, Jeff Sessions, and Steve Bannon have championed white nationalism and emboldened hate groups. The impact of Trump’s rhetoric on the documented rise in hate-fueled violence cannot be discounted.

“We will hold this Justice Department, Attorney General Sessions, and President Trump to the highest account for both their actions and their words in either spreading or halting the spread of hate.”

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SDSU’s College of Education Receives Record Number of Grants

Faculty members in the College of Education received more externally funded grants in 2016 than some of the traditional powerhouse universities.

Press Release – SAN DIEGO, Calif. (June 29, 2017) — San Diego State University’s College of Education is a leader among U.S. universities when it comes to external grants. With $21 million in external funding in 2016, SDSU is among the top 30 universities in the country for these coveted awards.

U.S. News and World Report ranked SDSU No. 26 among universities nationwide in external grant dollars last year. The ranking includes both public and private universities.

“This achievement speaks to the efforts and dedication of the faculty in the College of Education and the outstanding leadership of Dean Joseph Johnson and his team,” said Chukuka S. Enwemeka, provost and senior vice president. “We are particularly pleased that we had a higher grant award total than some traditional powerhouses like the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, the University of California Berkeley, and Boston College.”

Johnson said the university’s increasing attention to the grant application process is now yielding rewards. One program dedicated to this is the Grants and Research Enterprise Writing (GREW) Fellowship.

“Many of our faculty members have participated in the GREW program, which trains researchers to write grant proposals,” said Johnson. “The training provides faculty members with the tools they need to actively and aggressively pursue prestigious grant opportunities.”

Recent success stories

SDSU’s College of Education is part of a recent national $47 million initiative to improve programs that train aspiring school principals. The Wallace Foundation selected SDSU and six other U.S. universities to examine state policy and determine which procedures might be strengthened for higher-quality training. The grant will bring $6.2 million to SDSU over the next four years.

Earlier this year, the College of Education was tasked by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) with developing programs through which students earn both an undergraduate degree and a teaching credential in four years. In all, SDSU received four grants totaling $1 million from the CTC, double the number awarded by the CTC to any other institution.

A great reputation

“The organizations that award grants consider the personnel who would administer them when they select the recipients,” said Johnson. “The outstanding reputation of our programs and faculty have been instrumental to bringing grants to the university.”

U.S. News & World Report ranked SDSU’s College of Education No. 57 in the nation among all universities and No. 39 among public universities, making it the highest ranked graduate-level education program in San Diego and 8th in California. The college’s online master’s degree program also ranked among the best in the nation at No. 22.

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 more than 36,000 students. The university offers bachelor’s degrees in 91 areas, master’s degrees in 78 areas and doctorates in 22 areas. Students participate in research, international experiences, sustainability and entrepreneurship initiatives, internships and mentoring, 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

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Nonprofits Receive Over $10 Million in Cash Back from the Unemployment Services Trust (UST)

Over the next few weeks, UST will be giving 581 nonprofits a combined $10,344,912 in cash back for their ability to reduce their predicted unemployment claims within the past year.

Press Release – SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (June 30, 2017) – The Unemployment Services Trust (UST) announces that it will be dispersing $10,344,911.61 in cash back to more than 580 of their program participants. After accruing all of their claims savings, audited state returns and cash back throughout the last year, UST members will have an astounding $38.2 million filtered back into their nonprofits’ pockets.

“The $10 million we are returning to UST participants can offer the financial flexibility they need to execute additional mission-driven initiatives,” said Donna Groh, Executive Director of UST. “The UST team is pleased to be able to continue returning funds to our hard-working members, further supporting the communities in which they serve.”

UST aims to provide 501(c)(3) nonprofits with the latest HR training, outplacement resources and unemployment claims management tools they need to stay compliant with the state and federal laws, while also helping to reduce paperwork burden. Unlike their for-profit counterparts, UST participants can receive cash back through UST when their organization is able to reduce their unemployment claims and still maintain a healthy reserve balance for future claims.

These refunds are just part of how UST serves its mission of “Providing nonprofits with workforce solutions that reduce costs and strengthen their missions.”

To learn more about the UST program for 501(c)(3) employers with 10 or more employees, visit or call (888) 249-4788 to speak with an Unemployment Cost Advisor.

About UST

Founded by nonprofits for nonprofits, the Unemployment Services Trust (UST) provides 501(c)(3)s with a safe, cost-effective alternative to paying state unemployment taxes. UST participants save millions annually through claims management, hearing representation, claim audits, outplacement services and HR support. Join more than 2,200 nonprofits nationwide and request a free Unemployment Cost Analysis at

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Contraceptive Social Marketing Accelerates Progress Towards Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) Goals

DKT International’s 2017 Annual Report Highlights Success of CSM Programs

Press Release – Washington, D.C.: As the conversation around family planning is front and center on the world agenda with the 2017 London Summit on Family Planning approaching on July 11, a recent report released by DKT International highlights the great strides contraceptive social marketing continues to have on global access and uptake of family planning products and services.

“The consistent success of contraceptive social marketing is in large part attributable to its effectiveness in areas where other types of private and governmental organizations have faced significant challenges,” says Chris Purdy, CEO of DKT International. “Since announcing our formal commitment to FP2020, we’re seen our West Africa program make significant headway with sales in Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, and Gabon and have recently entered the reproductive health market in Kenya offering a full range of contraceptives.”

DKT Indonesia, the largest contraceptive social marketing program in the world, celebrated its 20th year in operation this year, supplying almost 20% of the family planning in the country. Products like condoms and oral contraceptives generate profits that keep the organization financially self-sufficient. In a unique twist to the concept of donor funding, DKT Indonesia provided some of these profits to help start up a social marketing program in Ghana in 2011.

DKT’s program in the Democratic Republic of Congo recently purchased a boat to expand its contraceptive sales into the far reaches of the Congo river. This sales expansion is in tandem with the expansion of the “Batela Lobi Na Yo” youth program to increase access to and understanding of family planning in new provinces, including Equateur, North Kivu, Kassai, and Badundu. These efforts are supported by media campaigns on Facebook and YouTube .

“We will continue to leverage our social marketing expertise using culturally relevant marketing and educational campaigns to increase the accessibility, availability, and affordability of a wide variety of modern contraceptives above and beyond our FP2020 goals,” adds Purdy.

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Companies Are Increasingly Going Green

Environmental management has progressed from a green option to a strategic asset for companies, largely driven by consumers voicing their preference for sustainable products.

Press Release – These results emerged from a survey of more than 1,700 professionals worldwide conducted by the certification body DNV GL, with the support of international research institute GFK Eurisko, to detect companies’ approach to environmental management.

The results of the 2017 survey were compared to the findings from a similar survey conducted in 2014 to detect changes in trends.

The survey shows that the customer’s voice matters. Requests from customers (50%) were the driving force that increased the most in the 2017 survey, up 15% from 2014 and the second most important driver, only surpassed by compliance with laws and regulations (77%). The push from other stakeholders is felt, as reported by 25% of the respondents – up 10% from the previous survey.

Companies are still facing more or less the same challenges as they did three years ago, and the top risks are related to waste management and more particularly the disposal of waste (55%), handling of hazardous materials (44%) and discharge of waste water (36%).

Growing investments, but less focus on the supply chain

Of the companies surveyed, 74% state that environmental management is relevant for their overarching business strategy, and 45% say their company will increase investments in environmental management going forward, up almost 10% compared to the former survey.

Worldwide, 96% of companies carried out at least one action to evaluate or mitigate environmental risks in 2017. Monitoring the process for checking compliance with legal requirements (73%), carrying out regular maintenance to minimize environmental impacts (70%) and conducting ongoing assessments of impacts (65%) were the main initiatives undertaken.

While there is a growing focus on own operations, only one in three businesses has a supplier environmental management programme, a lower number than expected since the focus on suppliers is a crucial aspect for external stakeholders.

Luca Crisciotti, CEO of DNV GL – Business Assurance, comments: “It is encouraging to see that companies are on a positive trend when it comes to environmental management. But there is still an upside when it comes to the wider supplier network. And, like consumer power, companies should acknowledge the influence they have on their suppliers to improve sustainability in the wider supply chain.”

Standards provide value

A decrease in the number of environmental accidents was listed as the primary benefit achieved by environmental management efforts, stated by 52% of the respondents. Improved relations with authorities (48%), financial savings (40%) and competitive advantages (36%) followed next. About 80% of the companies surveyed believe that an environmental management system based on the international ISO 14001 standard and third-party certification adds value. It is particularly considered an aid for meeting legal requirements (77%) and improving performance (72%).


  • The survey was conducted in March 2017. It involved 1,709 professionals who work at companies in the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors across different industries in Europe, North America, Central & South America and Asia.
  • The sample consists of DNV GL’s customers and is not statistically representative of companies worldwide:
    • 23% of the firms involved employ fewer than 50 people, while 54% employ 50-1,000 people and 23% employ 1,000 or more;
    • 5% of the companies are from the primary sector, 59% from the secondary sector and 36% from the tertiary sector.
  • The sample includes 274 companies defined as “leaders”. Classification in the leaders category was based on the company meeting a group of prerequisites specifically defined by DNV GL: the company has undertaken at least one action to evaluate or mitigate the identified risks and is able to rate the overall cost benefit/ratio of the initiative implemented; environmental issues are very relevant in the company’s overall business strategy; and, when self-assessing maturity, the company claims to be a “leading” or “building” business in environmental management.
  • The questionnaire was administered using the CAWI (Computer Assisted Web Interviewing) methodology.

About DNV GL

DNV GL is a world-leading certification body. We help businesses assure the performance of their organizations, products, people, facilities and supply chains through certification, verification, assessment and training services. Partnering with our customers, we build sustainable business performance and create stakeholder trust. DNV GL operates in more than 100 countries. Our professionals are dedicated to helping our customers make the world safer, smarter and greener.

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Girls’ Voices for Change Contest Announces Winners

Public invited to view winning pieces, contribute to fundraising campaign supporting girls’ education

Press Release – SEATTLE (June 29, 2017) – Photos and videos serve as a universal language that spans all nationalities and geographies, uniting people from the most diverse backgrounds. Global charity utilized that language in its digital media storytelling contest, Girls’ Voices for Change, to empower girls around the world and help raise funds to support their schooling, while addressing gender disparity in education. today announced its grand prize winners: Marie Sintiago from Bonaire, and Puja Malick and Asha Paul, both from India. The public is invited to view the winning pieces, as well as pieces from all of the contest’s finalists, at, where they can still directly contribute to the girls’ education funds.

Contest winners were selected in three categories, with three prizes awarded in each. Following are the first place winners in each category:

  • The Big Idea Prize – watch the winning video, “More Girls in Engineering,” by Marie Sintiago
  • Creativity in Video – watch the winning video, “The Beginning,” by Puja Malick
  • Creativity in Photography – view the winning photo series, by Asha Paul

“Too frequently, girls’ voices are not being heard,” said Liz Baker, Executive Director of “The pieces created by the participants in this program show their powerful perspective on the barriers to girls’ education. We are so excited with the diversity of projects the girls produced, addressing challenging issues like gender stereotypes, poverty, parents’ attitudes, harassment, and education quality–all in such a creative way.”

The Big Idea Prize winner, Marie, created a piece that best demonstrated a local solution to gender disparity in education and was awarded $1,000 to fund a community project. The winners in the other two categories each were awarded a $500 educational scholarship. In addition to the prizes awarded to the winners and runners-up in each category, each entrant received a seed scholarship from thanks to a generous donation from the Klintworth Family Foundation.

The goal of the Girls’ Voices for Change Contest is to provide an outlet for girls from around the world to have their voices heard through media they created. The initiative invited girls with barriers to their education from eight countries, including Bonaire, Haiti, India, Jordan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Uganda and the United States, to create digital media—both video and photography—demonstrating personal triumphs, solutions to gender disparity, and vision for a more empowered education for girls. With a total of 77 contest entries, 33 semi-finalists, as well as three grand prize winners were selected.

Fundraising for Education

During the contest, the public helped make a difference by voting for their favorite media pieces in the categories of Creativity in Video and Creativity in Video, and donating directly online to each participant’s education fund. Additionally, through Girls’ Voices’ partnership with, each vote cast helped fund girls’ education—GreaterGood committed to funding a day of schooling for a girl for every 300 votes the contest received. The public can still help fund the participants’ education by donating to individual finalists at

Big Idea Prize

A panel of judges selected a video created by Marie, age 14, from Bonaire, as the Big Idea Prize winner. Her video, “More Girls in Engineering,” demonstrates the limitations her community puts on girls, like making them believe they can’t pursue engineering. Marie’s “big idea” is to partner with the local vocational school and local media to get the word out to young girls so that they can also navigate a career in engineering. She will receive a $1,000 grant to implement her project idea.

Runners-up in the category were Priya from India for her video, “Safety Net,” and Walaa from Jordan for her video, “The Changing Element,” who each received a $250 scholarship.

Creativity in Video

Puja, age 16, from Kolkata, India, won the public vote and a $500 educational scholarship for Creativity in Video for “The Beginning,” in which she invites the world in to show how alcoholism negatively affects girls’ education in her community. She encourages fathers and family members to change their ways to protect their daughters and support them in reaching their goals.

Runners-up in the category were Salu from Nepal for “No Time to Study,” and Cheri from Haiti for “School and Family,” who each received a $250 scholarship.

Creativity in Photography

Asha, age 19, from Kolkata, India, won the public vote and a $500 educational scholarship for Creativity in Photography for her “Girls Are Storytellers” series of photos. Asha shows the world how girls are using digital media as their mouthpiece to express their views and opinions, and dispelling gender stereotypes that are prevalent in the community.

Runners-up in the category were Muyunga from Uganda for “Mushrooms for My Education,” and Divya from India for “Art: The Power to Transform,” who each received a $250 scholarship.

About Girls’ Voices

The Girls’ Voices for Change contest is an expansion of the Girls’ Voices pilot program, which launched in 2016. The signature program from included girls from Guatemala, Haiti and Uganda, who created compelling digital media through the program and raised money for their education. Since launching, Girls’ Voices has awarded scholarships to 111 girls from nine countries.

Currently, more than 62 million girls are not in school, and 32 million secondary-aged girls are missing out on their education. This is the direct result of cultural, social, and economic barriers that stand in the way of girls who want to learn. Supporting adolescent girls’ education in particular can have significant effects in transforming not only one girl’s life, but her community’s as well. The Girls’ Voices program hopes to serve as a catalyst for change on this social issue.

About is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that works to improve the health and well-being of people, pets, and the planet. It accomplishes this mission by partnering with charitable organizations and administering programs worldwide that address poverty, promote education and literacy, feed and care for rescued animals in shelters and sanctuaries, and protect wildlife and restore the environment. A suite of internally funded Signature Programs staffed by experts in their respected fields, furthers the mission of Giving Where It Matters.

Over the last 10 years, has worked with more than 3,000 charitable partners worldwide and created and operated several Signature Programs including Rescue Rebuild, Rescue Bank, and Girls’ Voices. You can learn more about on our website or by following us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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Educate Girls Development Impact Bond Delivers Robust Second Year Results, Valuable Lessons

  • Enrolment targets exceeded, continued learning gains delivered for Indian children
  • Program flexibility enabled by DIB yields improved results for hardest to reach girls

Press Release – Zurich – Second year results from the world’s first operational Development Impact Bond (DIB) in education continue to demonstrate the benefits of the results-based funding model, its backers said today.

The Educate Girls DIB, launched in June 2015, is funding a three-year education program implemented by Indian NGO Educate Girls in a remote rural district of Rajasthan. The model measures progress against agreed targets for the number of out-of-school girls enrolled into primary education and the progress of girls and boys in English, Hindi and mathematics.

Year two results show that Educate Girls has achieved 87.7% of the 3-year enrolment target and 50.3% of the 3-year learning target [i]. Zurich-based UBS Optimus Foundation, which provided the upfront DIB funding, remains on track to recoup its initial investment.

Phyllis Costanza, CEO of the UBS Optimus Foundation said: “Progress has been strong, particularly against enrolment targets, and, just as important, the DIB is demonstrating its potential to attract much need funding as investors are increasingly seeing that they can achieve real social impact and results-based financial returns.”

Safeena Husain, Executive Director of Educate Girls said: “The DIB has brought about a shift in our organization’s DNA and had a positive ripple effect across our entire organization. The razor-sharp focus on outcomes and the flexibility in programme delivery that comes with a payment by results contract has enabled us to deliver improved outcomes.”

Ms. Husain said an intense, data-driven focus on community outreach and mobilization has led to higher enrolment rates, especially among girls aged ten and above who often get left behind because of their age. The enhanced performance management involved in the DIB model has also helped Educate Girls to identify early on some of the hurdles they were facing in improving children’s learning.

“The continuous feedback and analysis of data allows us to identify learning lags in children and weaknesses in our own teams,” she said. “This led us to redesign our curriculum from scratch and retrain our staff. While we have made gains across mathematics and English, this level of iteration and testing of new practices takes time to take root in the classroom. We are confident the approach will yield rich dividends at the end of the three years.”

At the end of the DIB program, if both the enrolment and learning targets are met, the initial investment will be paid back to UBS Optimus Foundation by the outcome payer, in this case the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF). CIFF will pay interest of up to 15 per cent, depending on how far the children’s learning targets are reached. Educate Girls will also receive part of this payment if it achieves its targets.

Kate Hampton, CEO at CIFF, said: “CIFF believes that one way of improving outcomes is to ensure that incentives are aligned amongst partners and linked to increased learning in the classroom. Making sure girls are in school and learning is one of the best investments in development, and as the outcome payer for this DIB, CIFF only pays when learning outcomes and school attendance have been demonstrably increased.”

Avnish Gungadurdoss of Instiglio, the results-based financing consultancy that designed the DIB and is providing performance management support to Educate Girls, said: “Over the past year we have observed one of the key value propositions of a DIB play out. The incentives to improve performance have led to a raft of programmatic innovations by Educate Girls since the first year of the project. We have also seen improved performance management practices scaled up and rolled out to other parts of Educate Girls, indicating that a DIB can help promising organisations to develop best practices that benefit the organisation as a whole”.

Dr. Neil Buddy Shah, CEO of IDinsight, the evaluator, said: “There has been a revolution in the use of scientific randomized evaluations in development programs over the last 15 years, but the DIB is the first formal financing mechanism to tie payments to demonstrable improvements in peoples’ lives, as measured by a rigorous, randomized evaluation. This is the gold standard of scientific evidence, giving the funders a high degree of certainty on whether the program works.”

The DIB-funded program’s ultimate goal is to improve education – directly and indirectly through improvements in targeted schools – for 15,000 children, 9,000 of them girls, in 166 schools in 140 villages in Bhilwara District. Rajasthan was chosen as it has particularly poor indicators for girls’ education.

For more on the Educate Girls DIB, visit:

[1] Results methodology

The Educate Girls DIB results have been evaluated by IDinsight, an independent evaluator, using a clustered randomized control trial. The students’ learning progress was measured using the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) assessment, a widely-used test of basic numeracy and literacy developed by the ASER Centre. A baseline test was administered at the start of the trial period to 4,140 students in Grades 3-5 randomly sampled from either schools receiving the intervention or control schools. It measured students’ starting grades on a scale of A to E for English, Hindi and maths. The children were then tested after seven weeks of Educate Girls’ intervention, in the Year 1 Endline. In the Year 2 Endline, 6,812 students were tested—with some students from Year 1 having graduated from the program and a new class (those in grade 2 in the first year) of students having entered. To capture the full effect of the program, students who enrolled in school after the initial baseline test was administered were also identified, randomly sampled, and assessed. IDinsight calculated the aggregate learning gains in terms of the number of levels gained on the ASER scale by children in schools receiving Educate Girls’ intervention as compared to children in control schools.

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NBA Star Chris Paul and Kaiser Permanente Unveil New Computer Labs for Students in Watts

Partnership Brings Technology, Focus on Mental Health to Underserved Schools

Press Release – LOS ANGELES, Calif., June 27, 2017 — Kaiser Permanente, in partnership with the Chris Paul Family Foundation, awarded a $100,000 grant to refurbish and equip two computer labs at elementary schools in the Watts neighborhood. The healthcare provider also brought something just as important to the students in this underserved community in South Los Angeles: lessons on how to cope with stress, bullying and other tests of their mental health.

“Success in life requires you to train the body and the mind,” said NBA All-Star and Kaiser Permanente Total Health Ambassador Chris Paul. “The Chris Paul Family Foundation is proud to partner with Kaiser Permanente to bring vital learning technology and resiliency skills to kids in the Watts community.”

At a ribbon cutting ceremony at Compton Avenue Elementary School, Paul and Gwen Tyson, a counselor from the nearby Kaiser Permanente Watts Counseling and Learning Center, teamed up to lead a workshop designed to teach coping skills to children in the community.

“We’re honored to partner with Chris Paul to bring the children of Watts the tools they need to maximize their minds, bodies and spirits,” said Julie Miller-Phipps, president of Kaiser Permanente Southern California. “Kaiser Permanente is committed to improving the total health of communities like Watts by improving the area’s educational resources as well as its health resources—and that includes mental health resources.”

The two organizations’ grant brought computers, monitors, printers and software to a pair of computer labs at Compton Avenue Elementary School and Lovelia P. Flournoy Elementary School. In addition to the equipment, the money also helped the schools completely rejuvenate the labs with new furniture and paint.

“These two new computer labs are beautiful additions to our schools and our community,” said Christopher Downing, superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Local District South. “Kaiser Permanente and the Chris Paul Foundation are helping us educate our children with the technology they’ll need to succeed in the workforce of the future and the mental health and coping skills they’ll need to succeed in life.”

Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to the Watts community goes back more than half a century. Just minutes away from the two elementary schools, Kaiser Permanente’s Watts Counseling and Learning Center provides mental health and educational resources for children and families in Watts and the surrounding communities. The Center, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, is funded by Kaiser Permanente Southern California as a Community Benefit program. Families do not need to be Kaiser Permanente members to utilize the Center’s services.

About the Chris Paul Family Foundation

The Chris Paul Family Foundation strives to positively impact individuals and families by leveling the playing field in Education, Sports and Life. The foundation provides resources that enrich and strengthen healthy development of strong communities. Established in 2005, the foundation was created to honor Chris’ grandfather’s spirit and the dedication and love received from his hometown of Winston-Salem, NC.

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 11.8 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to:

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