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Applebee’s® Raises $1.3 Million for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill + Bar Supports the Fight Against Childhood Cancer with its Most Successful Fundraising Campaign in 13 Years

Press Release – (GLENDALE, CALIF., Aug. 30, 2017)Applebee’s ® Neighborhood Grill + Bar restaurants surpassed their $1 million goal and raised more than $1.3 million for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation during the chain’s annual campaign, from Monday, June 26 to Sunday, July 30, 2017. Applebee’s restaurants have built lemonade stands to raise money for the Foundation since its founding in 2005. Over the past 13 years, Applebee’s restaurants across the country have raised more than $8 million to help fund childhood cancer research and family support programs.

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation fights childhood cancer one cup of lemonade at a time in honor of founder, Alexandra Scott, who held her first front-yard lemonade stand when she was battling cancer at just four years old. Alexandra’s mission was to raise funds and awareness of childhood cancer for research into new treatments and cures, and to inspire others to get involved and make a difference for children with cancer.

“We are truly grateful for the efforts of our Applebee’s partners and so proud of them for reaching this incredible goal of more than $1.3 million raised,” said Liz Scott, Alex’s mom and co-executive director, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. “Applebee’s has been with us from the beginning of our Foundation, and they understand how little government funding is dedicated to childhood cancer research despite the fact that one in 285 children are diagnosed with cancer by the age of 20 [1]. This weekend marks the beginning of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and we hope awareness of successful corporate partnerships, such as Applebee’s, allows us to inspire others and carry out Alex’s legacy and memory.”

“Each year, more and more of our franchise partners and restaurants join our campaign with Alex’s, allowing us to make even more of an impact in many of our Applebee’s neighborhoods across the country, uniting team members and guests with a common goal of curing childhood cancers,” said John Cywinski, president, Applebee’s. “I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our franchisees, their team members and, most importantly, our guests, for turning lemons into lemonade in the name of Alex Scott in our shared fight against childhood cancers.”

As one of the largest casual dining chains in the country, nearly 1,100 Applebee’s restaurants across the country joined this year’s campaign by donating portions of lemonade sales, selling paper lemons and hosting a series of events like lemonade stands, golf tournaments and donation nights.

For more information on the partnership between Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and Applebee’s, please visit

About Applebee’s®

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill + Bar offers a lively casual dining experience combining simple, craveable American fare, classic drinks and local drafts. All Applebee’s restaurants are owned and operated by entrepreneurs dedicated to serving their communities and offering quality food and drinks with genuine, neighborly service. Applebee’s is one of the world’s largest casual dining brands; as of June 30, 2017, there are nearly 2,000 Applebee’s franchise restaurants in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and 15 other countries. Applebee’s is franchised by subsidiaries of DineEquity, Inc. [NYSE: DIN], which is one of the world’s largest full-service restaurant companies.

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About Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charity, has raised more than $140 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 690 pediatric cancer research projects nationally. For more information on Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, visit

[1] Source: Cancer Facts & Figures 2014, American Cancer Society:

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Keep America Beautiful Selects 2017–2018 National Youth Advisory Council

Eleven High Schools Students Chosen from the United States and Canada

Press Release – STAMFORD, Conn. (Aug. 29, 2017) – Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s iconic community improvement nonprofit organization, has selected 11 high school students from across the country to serve on its sixth national Youth Advisory Council, which is sponsored through the generous support of the Wrigley Company Foundation.

The Youth Advisory Council creates a national framework for youth engagement, building on the model of youth service among Keep America Beautiful’s network of more than 600 community-based affiliates. The newly-selected Youth Advisory Council members will provide an original point of view in assessing Keep America Beautiful programs, implementing local service projects, and acting as ambassadors and leaders for youth service at the national, state and local level. The Youth Advisory Council has piloted and developed Keep America Beautiful youth initiatives that engage youth in support of the Keep America Beautiful mission.

The members of the 2017-2018 Youth Advisory Council class come from across the nation:

  • Eleanor Anderson, Junior, Macon, Georgia
  • Sammi Dorfan, Senior, San Diego, California
  • Laura Espinoza, Senior, Rockville, Maryland
  • Bethany Griffin, Sophomore, Chicago, Illinois
  • Liam Horne, Junior, Arlington, Texas
  • Mary Macrae, Senior, Lake Jackson, Texas
  • Maegan Mikkelson, Senior, Cape Coral, Florida
  • Brady Millwood, Senior, Boaz, Alabama
  • Nick Ranieri, Senior, Palm City, Florida
  • Mikayla Ranspot, Sophomore, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Lauren Sitarek, Senior, Winnipeg, Canada

Through the support of the Wrigley Company Foundation, Youth Advisory Council members will meet with their counterparts via monthly conference calls and at Keep America Beautiful’s National Conference in Dallas, Texas, which takes place Jan. 17-19, 2018.

“The Youth Advisory Council served as an outlet to explore interests and realize my own potential in my community,” said Eugen Cotei, two-year member of the Youth Advisory Council. “I have been introduced to new topics and met people with similar passions that have sparked ideas to keep America beautiful.” This fall, Eugen will be attending Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.

With the Foundation’s support, Youth Advisory Council members also will be provided with grants to produce a community service project in their own community.

About Keep America Beautiful

Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s iconic community improvement nonprofit organization, inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. Established in 1953, we strive to End Littering, Improve Recycling and Beautify America’s Communities. We believe everyone has a right to live in a clean, green and beautiful community, and shares a responsibility to contribute to that vision.

Behavior change – steeped in education, research and behavioral science – is the cornerstone of Keep America Beautiful. We empower generations of community stewards with volunteer programs, hands-on experiences, curricula, practical advice and other resources to deliver measurable environmental, economic and social benefits. The organization is driven by more than 600 state and local affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the support of corporate partners, social and civic service organizations, academia, municipalities and government officials. Join us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Donate and take action at

About the Wrigley Company Foundation

The Wrigley Company Foundation has awarded more than $70 million USD since its establishment in 1987. With a focus on oral health, the environment, particularly litter prevention education, and improving Wrigley’s site and sourcing communities, it works to build brighter futures around the world.

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Tech Coast Angels Tops PitchBook’s List of Southern California VC Investors

Press Release – IRVINE, Calif. – August 29, 2017 — Tech Coast Angels (TCA), one of the largest and most active angel networks in the world, today announced that PitchBook, an independent data provider specializing in venture capital, private equity and M&A, had analyzed the Southern California investment landscape, and listed the angel network as the top VC investor for all early-stage investments in the region.

In fact, the PitchBook data shows that TCA led the field against other angel networks and VC firms in all categories: number of investments in five years (46), the number of investments in the last six months (7), the number of investments in the last 12 months (12), and the number of investments in the last two years (26).

“This information reaffirms our historical performance and steadfast commitment to continue building and supporting a strong startup ecosystem in Southern California, where nearly all of our network’s angel members live and work,” said Jeff Draa, chairman of Tech Coast Angels. “While investing in great companies anywhere, regardless of location, is at the core of what we do, Southern California is our home and remains the heart of who we are.”

According to PitchBook, capital invested in young companies in Southern California is on an upswing since the beginning of 2015, with 988 VC deals completed in the region by 1,069 individual investors. For the report published in July 2017, see

About Tech Coast Angels:

Tech Coast Angels (TCA) is one of the largest and most active angel investor networks in the nation, and a leading source of funding for seed-stage and early-stage companies across all industries in Southern California. TCA members are accredited investors who individually invest in startup companies, and as a group, TCA has invested up to $6M in a single company. The companies TCA invest in go through well-structured, transparent, and time efficient screening and due diligence. TCA members are themselves founders and executive level business leaders who have extensive knowledge in the investment process and world-class business practices. TCA members thus provide companies with more than just capital; they also contribute counsel, mentoring and access to an extensive network of investors, customers, strategic partners and management.

TCA is a catalyst in the growth of the thriving Southern California entrepreneurial ecosystem of innovation, funding mostly emerging technologies and life science companies. The most recent Halo Report rated TCA as #2 nationally in a number of funded deals. A recent analysis by CB Insights ranked TCA #1 out of 370 angel groups on “Network Centrality” and #5 overall in “Investor Mosaic.” Since its founding in 1997, TCA has invested about $200 million in more than 345 companies and has helped attract more than $1.5 billion in additional capital/follow-on rounds, mostly from venture capital firms. For more information, please visit

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NYU School of Professional Studies Offers New Courses in Fundraising and Grantmaking Where Students Can Gain the Skills and Cultivate the Connections Needed to Make a Difference

New Fall Course Offerings in Nonprofit Management, Technology, and Annual Giving Meet the Needs of the Evolving Fundraising and Grantmaking Landscape

Press Release – NEW YORK, August 29, 2017—As New York City has seen continued growth in the number of nonprofit organizations, each with its own unique funding requirements, there has been a concomitant increase in the need for skilled professionals in the field. To meet this demand, the NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS), a leader in professionally focused, industry based education, is offering an extensive new array of courses in fundraising and grantmaking in the fall to provide jobseekers with the skills and training for a career in this specialized arena.

According to experts, the makeup of the workforce in this industry is changing. “A trend we’re seeing is that younger professionals are becoming more interested in starting a career in fundraising right out of college. At the same time, there’s an increase in older professionals who are retiring from a first career but want to continue working, and choose to transition to a career in fundraising,” noted Patricia Moran, director of the NYUSPS George H. Heyman, Jr. Program for Philanthropy and Fundraising. “We strive to provide the educational opportunities to these new populations while also servicing professionals already in the field who are looking to advance in their careers.”

Recognizing the needs of the evolving fundraising and grantmaking landscape, the NYUSPS Heyman Program for Philanthropy and Fundraising specially developed new courses to help both new and older professionals gain the skills and cultivate the connections needed to make a difference.

Taught by highly successful practitioners, Career Advancement Courses in fundraising and grantmaking through NYUSPS Professional Pathways cover timely topics such as annual giving, nonprofit management, donor cultivation, and fundraising technology. In as little as one semester, students can build their credentials to progress in their current role or in a new job. Students can gain a deep understanding of the important role of social media in fundraising; increase their knowledge of ethical and legal issues in fundraising; explore best practices and techniques for writing effective grant proposals; and benefit from the connections they forge with professional peers, instructors who are industry experts, and guest lecturers.

Among the Fall 2017 new course offerings in fundraising and grantmaking are:

Students also can incorporate a global, social, or research perspective to their current credentials in the nonprofit sector through three new courses offered by the NYUSPS Center for Global Affairs (CGA).

  • Intro to Analytics and Digital Tools for the Global Nonprofit” is geared towards individuals in – or thinking about getting involved in – the nonprofit sphere to gain skills to track and measure impact. The course begins with a theory of impact mapping, and then moves on to help students gain a foundation in Google Analytics so they can work toward getting certified; teaches students how to employ social media advertising and branding; and instructs students on how to apply for, manage, and employ the Google AdWords Grant as an impact tool.
  • Practicing Qualitative Research” introduces critical concepts in qualitative thinking; provides opportunities to analyze qualitative studies; walks students through designing a mini study; and provides practical sessions in interviewing, focus groups, and participant observation.
  • Applied Arts for Social Justice” provides an overview of how grassroots creative projects offer unique opportunities for exploring conflict and justice, and how they can sometimes serve as catalysts for cultural and political changes. Students will engage with an array of artists and expert practitioners, providing opportunities to ask questions and become familiar with how art practices impact the world around them.

Registration is now open. Explore all of the School’s course offerings and enroll today for fall by visiting or call 212-998-7150.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies

Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies ( is one of NYU’s several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School’s diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Health; Arts, Design, and Film; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Entrepreneurship; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages and Humanities; Management and Systems; Marketing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Sports Management, Media, and Business; Translation; and Writing.

More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty members and lecturers to create a vibrant professional and academic environment that educates over 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe each year. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent professional education needs of local, national, and international economies, as evidenced by nearly 28,000 Professional Pathways enrollments in Career Advancement Courses and Diploma Programs. The School’s community is enriched by more than 31,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit

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Miami Healthcare Technology Start-Up Offers Houston Relief Victims Free Remote Medical Consultations

Press Release – As a result of the devastation and widespread flooding throughout the Greater Houston Area as a result of Hurricane Harvey, Miami healthcare technology start-up EpicMD is offering free medical consultations, provided remotely by U.S. Board Certified primary care physicians and specialists where possible, by phone, video, email or text, to all Houston relief victims through as many registered charitable organizations associated with this effort as possible.

When Hurricane Harvey made landfall, and as a major national disaster was being declared in Texas, the EpicMD Share-the-Care program became actively engaged in providing free medical care to those in need via the company’s mobile health platform. “While the EpicMD Share-the-Care program has been actively engaged in providing free medical care to those in need for over a year, the situation in Houston has become uniquely acute,” said Matt Wanderer, CEO and Founder of Epic Health, the parent company of EpicMD and Share-the-Care.

EpicMD is actively encouraging representatives of registered charitable organizations providing direct relief to the victims of Hurricane Harvey to please contact us EpicMD at Please help us spread the word of our Share The Care program to give free virtual healthcare consultations and triage to those in need in Texas. A social media post or a personal introduction can help spread the word to organizations that may urgently need our help!

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Shirley Lauro’s ‘A Piece Of My Heart’ Production To Bring Attention To Women’s Roles In The Military

Programs for Veterans, Service Members and Military Families to Benefit from Production Kicking-off Sept. 8

Press Release – NEW YORK (Aug. 28, 2017) – Kicking off Sept. 8 and running through Sept. 30, Shirley Lauro’s A Piece of My Heart will shine a light on the stories of the women who served in the Vietnam War. A production by Little Spoon, Big Spoon, 20 percent of ticket sales will benefit Hope For The Warriors, a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for veterans, service members and military families.

A Piece of My Heart is based on true stories explored in Keith Walker’s book of the same name. The play follows six young military and civilian women who serve their country in Vietnam. Spanning twenty years, following them before, during, and after the war, their true stories call up a tumultuous era that changed America and them forever. A powerful, heartfelt play with striking resonance to issues of today.

Approximately 11,000 American military women were stationed in Vietnam during the war. Ninety percent were nurses. Others served as physicians, physical therapists and personnel in the medical field, air traffic control, military intelligence, administration and in many other capacities. An unknown number of civilian women also served in Vietnam as news correspondents and workers for the Red Cross, the USO, Special Services, the American Friends Service Committee, Catholic Relief Services and other humanitarian organizations.

“For years, women have played a huge role in the U.S. military but don’t always receive the recognition they deserve,” said Robin Kelleher, co-founder and CEO for Hope For The Warriors. “We applaud Shirley Lauro and Little Spoon, Big Spoon Productions for recognizing and honoring the women who served during the Vietnam War and for spurring the conversation about women’s roles in the military today. Additionally, it’s an honor for Hope For The Warriors’ programs to benefit from these powerful stories being shared on stage.”

Directed by Reesa Graham, A Piece of My Heart will begin performances on Friday, September 8 and run through Saturday, September 30 at the IATI Theater at 64 East 4th Street. Single tickets are on sale now for $28, and can be accessed by visiting

“While the play takes place nearly 50 years ago, the parallels to our current society and political climate our profound,” said Little Spoon, Big Spoon co-Founder Chelsea J. Smith. “Subjects such as race, rape in the military, drug use, PTSD, effects of chemical warfare, and accountability are all tackled.”

“Through the horrors of warfare, these women form an unbreakable bond which underscore the brotherhood in our military,” Little Spoon, Big Spoon co-Founder Randa Karambelas added. “It is a story about humanity.”

A Piece of My Heart Ticket and Performance Information:

Tickets for performances can be purchased by visiting Single tickets are $28. Performance dates and times: Sept. 8, 11, 14, 15, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 at 7:30 pm; Sept. 9, 23 at 7 p.m.; Sept. 10, 16, 17, 30 at 3 p.m. All performances will be presented at IATI Theater (64 East 4th Street).

For more information on Hope For The Warriors, visit, Facebook or Twitter.

About Hope For The Warriors:

Founded in 2006, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for post 9/11 veterans, service members and military families. Since its inception, Hope For The Warriors has served more than 13,000 through a variety of support programs focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement and connections to community resources. The nonprofit’s first program, A Warrior’s Wish, has granted 167 wishes to fulfill a desire for a better quality of life or support a quest for gratifying endeavors. In addition, Run For The Warriors has captured the hearts of more than 22,000 since 2010. For more information, visit, Facebook or Twitter.

About Little Spoon, Big Spoon Productions:

Producing socially conscious artistic ventures and exploring nontraditional perspectives on traditional issues, Little Spoon, Big Spoon is a production company focused on planting seeds of thought to raise social awareness and encourage compelling dialogue. Whether it be theater, TV, or film, each project partners with and supports a related non-profit organization to raise both awareness and financial support.

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Four Foundations Join New Lab To Help Close Local News And Information Gaps

Knight Foundation-led effort leads funders through a human-centered design process

Press Release – MIAMI – Aug. 16, 2017 – Four community foundations will join a new design lab to help them find ways to ensure their communities are informed about issues important to them, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced today.

The Knight Community Information Lab will take the foundations through an 18-month human-centered design process that will help them get to the heart of the information gaps in their community, prototype ideas and develop long-term solutions with the input of local residents.

The foundations – large and small, rural and urban – include the Baltimore Community Foundation, the Cleveland Foundation, the Community Foundation Boulder County and Lancaster County Community Foundation.

“Since the very beginning of the digital disruption, communities have been inundated with news and information. But these days, it’s actually harder to find the accurate, contextual, local news and information that is essential to everyday democracy,” said Lilly Weinberg, director of Knight Foundation’s community foundations program. “Funders have a role to play in finding these gaps and working with residents to discover ways to fill them.”

Starting this fall, the four foundations will attend workshops together that follow the four steps of human-centered design: inspiration, which involves in-depth community research and testing assumptions; interpreting that research; working with the audience to design solutions; and testing the idea with peers. Knight funding of $65,000 will cover travel and staff time to devote to the lab, in addition to prototyping ideas.

The lab initiative has its roots in the Knight Community Information Challenge, which launched in 2008 as the disruptions of the digital age began to dramatically affect communities and newsrooms. The challenge offered matching grants to encourage funders to take a leadership role in meeting local information needs, providing $22 million to 88 foundations across the country.

The lab builds on that approach, and creates a new way of funding for Knight Foundation. Instead of supporting a specific news and information project, Knight is helping foundations take a few steps back to discover and design an approach that is right for their community.

Each foundation has identified topic areas it expects to explore in the lab:

  • Baltimore Community Foundation: The foundation promotes the success of Baltimore’s young people by supporting effective public schools and equipping neighborhoods with the resources they need. To effect positive change, the foundation seeks to address racial inequity, and ensure that all of the city’s diverse communities have access to the information they need to contribute to civic dialogue and shape their city.
  • Cleveland Foundation: The world’s first community foundation, the Cleveland Foundation will use human-centered design strategies to expand its impact in Greater Cleveland, by bridging information gaps in economic development, neighborhood revitalization, education reform, and/or health and human services.
  • Community Foundation Boulder County: The foundation works to advance equity and access to opportunity for all people, and is committed to standing with Boulder County’s most marginalized and vulnerable residents. In the lab, the foundation is going to partner with people left out of the county’s economic success, particularly Hispanics and other people who make up 25 percent of the population, so they can gain the skills and knowledge they need to promote social change.
  • Lancaster County Community Foundation: With a focus on thoughtful risk-taking and engaging the community in problem solving, the foundation has launched several initiatives – from a successful giving day to a business plan competition that raised funds for social enterprises. Next, the foundation wants to ensure there is a space for civic dialogue and broad and inclusive information exchange as part of the process of finding solutions to local challenges.

Knight Foundation recently tested this concept with four other foundations, which went through a similar process, with great success. With insights from the lab, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation has been able to help small non and for-profit media outlets in New Jersey find new revenue models, for example. Meanwhile, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation is helping to form a regional media collaborative to investigative the lack of affordable housing in the area. Each of these foundations are continuing their work in meeting local information needs.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy. For more, visit

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The Guardian Announces The Launch Of A New US Nonprofit To Support Story-Telling And Independent Journalism has already raised over $1m in philanthropic grants

Press Release – New York, NY, August 28, 2017: The Guardian today announces the public launch of, a new nonprofit to support quality independent journalism around some of the most pressing issues of our time.

Set up by the Scott Trust, will raise funds from individuals and foundations and direct them towards projects that advance public discourse and citizen participation around issues such as climate change, human rights, global development and inequality.

In its first months of operation, has secured more than $1m in grants which include:

In addition to providing grants to support powerful storytelling and independent journalism, the new organization will work to advance freedom of expression and freedom of the press, and explore opportunities for partnerships across academia, think tanks, non-profits, and other organizations.

The creation of, which has tax-exempt status and is overseen by an independent board, builds on the Guardian’s long-standing tradition of partnering with like-minded philanthropic organizations in order to produce impactful, editorially-independent journalism. The Guardian currently maintains 12 partnerships supporting journalism and in the last 12 months have added $6m in multi-year funding commitments.

The Guardian’s longest-standing philanthropic partners include:

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funding for the Global Development site;
  • Ford Foundation support for reporting on women’s rights and inequality;
  • Rockefeller Foundation support for the Guardian’s Cities site, which focuses on building resilient cities is chaired by John Paton, founder and former CEO of Digital First Media and a member of the GMG Board of Directors. John is joined on the board by two independent members, Asha Curran and Lenny Mendonca.

It is run by Rachel White, president of, who is also the Guardian’s global EVP of philanthropic and strategic partnerships.

Rachel White said:

“The connection between powerful story-telling and social cause has never been more vital. Across the past six years, philanthropy has played an increasingly significant role in supporting Guardian journalism on issues that critically inform the public–climate change, inequality, women’s rights, and more. The creation of makes it possible for us to forge key strategic partnerships, and engage a wider range of individuals and philanthropic organizations in supporting our global ground-breaking storytelling and reporting.”

Lee Glendinning, editor, Guardian US, said:

“Deep reporting and innovation transpires in our newsroom with important projects supported through philanthropic partnerships. Because of the Guardian’s unique mission and perspective, support from likeminded organizations can form a small but important part of funding our journalism.”

In 2016 Guardian Media Group set out a strategy which placed increased focus on reader revenues, amidst shifts in the advertising market. Philanthropy and other partnerships have an important role to play in this strategy.

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About GMG

Guardian Media Group (GMG) is amongst the UK’s leading media organisations. Its core business is Guardian News & Media (GNM), publisher of, one of the largest English-speaking quality newspaper websites in the world. In the UK, GNM publishes the Guardian newspaper six days a week and the world’s oldest Sunday newspaper, The Observer.

GMG has also built an endowment fund, which includes the proceeds from the 2014 disposal of its 50.1% holding in Trader Media Group. ‎The sole purpose of the fund is to secure the editorial independence and financial security of the Guardian in perpetuity. The business conduct of the Group is guided by The Scott Trust values.

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Alejandra Y. Castillo Chosen As New CEO Of YWCA USA

Press Release – WASHINGTON, D.C. August 29th 2017 — YWCA USA today announced its board of directors has selected Alejandra Y. Castillo as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective September 18, 2017.

“This is the perfect time for Alejandra Castillo to become YWCA USA’s next CEO. We have selected a bold leader who will further our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women,” said Sylvia Hill Fields, YWCA USA national board chair. “Alejandra’s ability to navigate complex systems, develop public-private partnerships, and advocate for women and girls, especially those of color, is exactly what YWCA USA needs as we enter our next chapter of leading systemic social change.”

With over two decades of policy, legal and political experience in Washington, D.C., Castillo has dedicated her life to public service. She has been instrumental in driving key federal legislative and public policy initiatives focused on civil rights, economic development, children and family law, and health policy. In her most recent role as national director of the Minority Business Development Agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, she secured financing and capital of over $19 billion for businesses owned by people of color, creating or retaining over 33,000 jobs.

“I am honored to take the reins of such an iconic organization,” said Castillo. “YWCA has a long history of being at the forefront of racial justice and gender equity issues while working for institutional change. From leadership training, STEM education, and entrepreneurship to advocacy days on Capitol Hill and support for survivors of domestic violence, YWCA continues to change lives every day.”

“Alejandra is a change agent. She has the expertise, vision and bold leadership skills needed to elevate YWCA’s voice in the national policy arena and strengthen our network of 215 associations to enhance the day-to-day services we provide women and girls — especially those of color — to regenerate families and communities, and enable individuals to achieve their hopes and dreams,” said Fields.

Castillo’s family immigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic in the 1960s. She was born in the New York City borough of Queens and considers herself a true New Yorker, but she has also lived in Texas, Portugal and the Dominican Republic. Castillo is fluent in Spanish, English and Portuguese. She has been a Washington, D.C. resident for over two decades, where she has raised her two nieces who are now both enrolled in college.

Alejandra Y. Castillo’s bio and photo.


YWCA USA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. We are one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the nation, serving over 2 million women, girls, and their families.

YWCA has been at the forefront of the most pressing social movements for more than 150 years — from voting rights to civil rights, from affordable housing to pay equity, from violence prevention to health care reform. Today, we combine programming and advocacy in order to generate institutional change in three key areas: racial justice and civil rights; empowerment and economic advancement of women and girls; and health and safety of women and girls. Learn more:

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Carroll Shelby Foundation Donates $10,000 To Children’s Mercy Hospital In Kansas City

  • Carroll Shelby Foundation donates $10,000 to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City during Mustang Club of America Grand National Event
  • Donation made in honor of 16 year-old Mustang owner and heart transplant recipient Ayden Ethridge
  • CSF Executive Director Jenni Shreeves surprises hospital and family with donation during the MCA awards breakfast

Press Release – GARDENA, Calif. – August 29, 2017 – During the Mustang Club of America’s Grand National event in Kansas City, the Carroll Shelby Foundation surprised Children’s Mercy Hospital with a $10,000 check. The donation was made in honor of 16 year-old Ayden Ethridge, whose story inspired the charity’s board of directors to support the hospital.

Children’s Mercy has been transforming children’s lives and redefining pediatric medicine for more than 120 years. The only free-standing children’s hospital between St. Louis and Denver, it provides comprehensive care for patients from birth to 21 years old.

“We were deeply touched by Ayden’s story and the incredible efforts by the hospital staff to give him a second chance at life,” said Aaron Shelby, Carroll Shelby Foundation Co-President and grandson of Carroll Shelby. “Children’s Mercy consistently is ranked among the leading children’s hospitals in the nation. This donation will allow the hospital to continue improving the well-being of children like Ayden with comprehensive, family-centered health care at the highest level.”

Ayden Ethridge, 16, of Fredonia, Kansas, has a unique bond with his 1965 Mustang. It is a daily reminder of his incredible story.

“You could say that Ayden and his classic Mustang were ‘restored’ the same year,” said Jenni Shreeves, Executive Director, Carroll Shelby Foundation. “It was an honor to present this donation to the hospital that helped keep Ayden alive, especially with the young man and his family in the audience. Hopefully the presentation will also inspire others to support organ transplants for children, as well as show families that we’re in their corner.”

After Ayden experienced a massive heart attack on Feb. 7, 2016, he was sent to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. His mother, Gillett, flew alongside her son in the fixed wing jet with just enough room to hold his toes. Nurses and a paramedic kept Ayden stabilized as he continued having mini-heart attacks.

Ayden was placed on a heart and lung pump at the hospital and quickly advanced to a ventilator. In the following days, Ayden had three surgeries, intubation, shock treatment and EKGs among the procedures to keep him alive. He coughed blood for three days and hallucinated from medicine.

Four days after Ayden arrived at Children’s Mercy, his heart was at only 4 percent capacity with a pump doing all the work. Children’s Mercy was the only hospital in the area with seven of the pumps.

Ayden’s medical team began planning for the installation of an internal heart pump to keep him going until a heart could be found for a transplant. Plans changed, however, as Ayden’s heart weakened and he was no longer a candidate for a heart pump.

But on Feb. 15, 2016, a miracle occurred. During a meeting where the family was told to prepare for end of life decisions, alarms went off on doctors and nurse’s phones in the meeting. The director abruptly left and moments later the door burst open with doctors pouring into the room with the news that a heart had been found.

Ayden grew up with Mustangs. His family owns and shows them in car shows across the region. During his darkest hours in ICU, Gillett told Ayden she would give him the family’s 1965 Mustang if he pulled through his ordeal.

Since Ayden had a tube down his throat that prevented him from speaking, he used sign language to ask for that promise in writing. Their “agreement’ was an important carrot to him.

Six months after Ayden received his heart transplant, Gillette surprised him with the restored 1965 Mustang. Ayden named the vehicle after his donor, Jenna.

Today, Ayden is enjoying life in Fredonia. He plays trombone in the band, sings in the choir and runs cross-country at Fredonia High School. He also enjoys showing his Mustang at events like the MCA Grand Nationals.

About The Carroll Shelby Foundation

The Carroll Shelby Foundation was created by legendary racer and automotive manufacturer Carroll Shelby. Headquartered in Gardena, Calif., the Foundation is dedicated to providing medical assistance for those in need, including children, educational opportunities for young people through automotive and other training programs and benefitting the Shelby Automotive Museum. For more information visit

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