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Monthly Archives: January 2018

Malawi Challenge Kick-Off Assembly Announced

Global community service project will support Malawi education; program partners include the Malawi Ambassador to the United States, a former star of The Bachelor and Miss America 2017; no cost for schools or students to participate

Press Release – Kansas City, MO – The Malawi Challenge, a global community service project and fundraiser to support education in Malawi, Africa, will hold a Kick-off Assembly on January 31, 2018 at 8:00 pm EST. The event is open to anyone who wants to learn more about this project and how they can help change a nation through education! Individuals can register for the free online assembly here.

The Malawi Challenge is open to all K-12 schools and students across the globe. There is no cost or minimum fundraising requirement to participate. In addition to fundraising, students can compete against each other in project-based learning contests in the categories of STEM; Architecture; Artistic Expression; Entrepreneurship; and Non-Profit Development. There are separate age divisions for High School and K-8 students. The three top winners in each division category will receive cash prizes. A panel of nationally recognized companies and individuals will help judge the contests. Some of the judges include HOK (a global design and architecture firm), Savvy Shields (Miss America 2017) and Ben Higgins (former TV star from The Bachelor who is now a social cause entrepreneur).

The Malawi Challenge will support two different schools – the Mtunthama Community Day Secondary School outside of Wimbe, supported by the Moving Windmills Project, and the Pothawira Academy in Salima, supported by The Global Orphan Project. The two non-profit organizations hope to raise at least $100,000 which will be shared equally between the two initiatives.

More information about the Malawi Challenge can be found at


The Global Orphan Project, a 501(c)(3) organization based in Kansas City, Missouri, is focused on international orphan care and prevention, including foster care support in the U.S.

More information can be found at


The Moving Windmills Project is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports rural economic development and education projects in Malawi.

More information can be found at

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Laureus USA Teams Up With Nike To Launch Sport For Good New York City

Launch of the national #20×20 campaign aims to bring Sport for Good to 20 cities by 2020

Press Release – NEW YORK (January 24, 2018) – Laureus USA and Nike today announced the launch of Sport for Good New York City (S4G NYC), a long-term commitment to improving the lives of underserved youth in the five boroughs of New York City through the power of sport. By bringing together nonprofit leaders, providing resources and facilitating collaboration at the local level, Sport for Good New York City will ensure more children and youth have access to high quality, youth-centered sports programs. To support the launch of S4G NYC, Laureus USA, awarded grants to eight local nonprofit organizations that use sport or physical activity to empower local youth. Olympic legend Edwin Moses helped kick off the initiative this morning at University Heights High School in the Bronx with kids from I Challenge Myself, one of the New York City grant recipients.

A panel discussion, Collective Community Impact in Sport and Youth Development, and reception recognizing the New York City grantees, S4G NYC Leadership Council and the sponsors of S4G NYC (Nike and the Harris Family Charitable Foundation), will be held at Nike’s NYC Headquarters on January 24 to officially celebrate the launch. Nike’s three-year commitment to Laureus USA for S4G NYC will support participating organizations with access to knowledge, trainings and funding.

“We believe that sport can change the world,” said Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, CEO of Laureus USA and Olympic Gold Medalist in Track and Field. “We are thrilled to welcome Nike as the founding partner of Sport for Good New York City to help us achieve our long-term goals of strengthening the community and improving the health and well-being of youth through the power of sport.”

“Nike is committed to getting kids moving around the world, and we’ve been helping to get kids in NYC moving for more than a decade,” said Caitlin Morris, General Manager of Nike Global Community Impact. “We know kids are made to play and when they do, they have the potential to do better in every aspect of their lives. We’re excited to be partnering with Laureus USA to launch Sport for Good New York City and extending these benefits to even more kids through a diverse range of organizations across the city who share our commitment.”

The announcement coincides with the national launch of Laureus USA’s #20×20 campaign, with a goal of bringing their Sport for Good Cities program to 20 cities by the year 2020. Laureus USA also launched the Sport for Good League, an online membership community that welcomes anyone passionate about using sport as a tool for social change to join the movement and collaborate online. People who are interested in bringing Sport for Good to their city can learn more today.

Since launching Sport for Good New Orleans in 2014, Laureus has expanded the program to Atlanta in 2017 and now, New York City. The goal is to bring the power of sport to children and youth in 20 American cities by the year 2020. By propelling communities across the US to use sport to increase physical and mental health, improve educational and employment outcomes, and address critical social justice issues, Laureus USA seeks to give life to what their founding patron Nelson Mandela proclaimed: that sport has the power to change the world.

Sport for Good New York 2017/2018 grantees include:

About Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA (Laureus USA)

Laureus USA believes in the power of sport to change the world, as proclaimed by our founding patron Nelson Mandela. We are committed to using sport and physical activity to address the most challenging problems facing children and youth in America’s diverse cities. Since 2012, our efforts have positively impacted over 480,000 youth across 110 U.S. cities. We currently support the growth of 38 programs using sport to unite communities and empower youth. Laureus USA is a proud member of the global Laureus network, which includes 9 National Laureus Sport for Good Foundations, the Laureus World Sports Academy, and the Laureus World Sports Awards. Learn more about Sport for Good at

About Nike Community Impact

Nike believes in the power of sport to unleash human potential and build community. We fuel this belief through Made to Play, our commitment to getting kids moving through play and sport so that they can lead healthier, happier and more successful lives. Together with community partners and our employees around the world, we’re designing innovative solutions to get more than 14 million kids playing, running and jumping their way to a brighter future. Find out more about Nike’s commitment to getting kids moving and providing opportunities for equal playing fields for all at

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Atlanta Women Surprised By Billboards Honoring Their Clean-Energy Work

Mark Ruffalo’s ATL100 campaign applauds “Atlanta Power Women” for their leadership on clean energy

Press Release – ATLANTA – Three Atlanta women got big surprises today, and if you look up as you’re driving around town, you might see them. Mark Ruffalo’s ATL100 campaign surprised these “Atlanta Power Women” by unveiling billboards honoring their leadership in advancing 100% clean energy.

The billboards underline the leading role that women are playing in making clean energy more accessible and affordable for all people, regardless of income, zip code or race.

“In communities across the country women are leading the way to a 100% clean energy future, and today’s honorees are part of that powerful trend,” said Sarah Shanley Hope, executive director of the ATL100 campaign. “We celebrate these ‘Atlanta Power Women’ and leaders like them across America for making our cities, our communities and our nation cleaner, healthier, and more equitable.”

Honoree Malissa “Mali” Hunter is a celebrity chef and partner in Tree Sound Studios. She uses her influential platform to promote healthy eating and environmental sustainability, including adopting clean, efficient energy. Powered by on-site solar energy, Tree Sound Studios boasts top talent such as Toni Braxton, Justin Bieber, Drake and Lenny Kravitz on its client list.

The Rev. Kate McGregor Mosley is executive director of Georgia Interfaith Power & Light, which unites the state’s diverse faith community around the moral case for action on clean energy. She oversees a successful program to help religious institutions across Georgia become more energy efficient in order to reduce operating costs and promote environmental stewardship.

As director of the Building Green Initiative at Clark Atlanta University, Felicia Davis helps historically black colleges and universities reduce their environmental footprints. Clark Atlanta University is part of the Atlanta University Center, the largest consortium of historically black colleges and universities in the country.

The ATL100 campaign picked up each honoree at work, and took her to a prime spot to view the surprise unveiling of her billboard. These “surprise moments” were caught on camera by the ATL100 campaign, and will be posted on the campaign’s website within the next couple of weeks.

Ms. Hunter’s billboard is located at 98 Ted Turner Drive, NW. The Rev. Mosley’s is at 348 Marietta Street NW. Ms. Davis’s is at 920 Northside Drive NW. The billboards will be on view for one month.

ATL100 is a sub-campaign of the national 100% campaign, which was launched by actors Mark Ruffalo and Leonardo DiCaprio in 2015 to promote 100% clean energy for 100% of the people. Today’s surprises are part of the 100% campaign’s ONE100 Awards program. The program surprises individuals across the country, honoring them for their leadership in the transition to 100% clean energy for all. Other ONE100 Awards events have celebrated clean energy leaders from Buffalo, New York; Highland Park, Michigan; and Oakland, California.

Today’s billboard blitz is the second surprise celebration for ONE100 Award winners in Atlanta. Mark Ruffalo attended a September event at the Plaza Theatre honoring local clean energy “superheroes.” It featured an onscreen tribute from Ruffalo (perhaps best known for playing the Incredible Hulk) and his fellow Avengers star Chris Evans (who plays Captain America).

“The ONE100 Awards highlight the fact that people from all walks of life are giving their 100% to support clean energy,” said campaign co-founder Mark Ruffalo. “Through the ONE100 Awards, we hope to shine a spotlight on the diverse range of Americans who are spearheading innovative approaches to clean energy in community after community, all across America. They are doing important work, and deserve to be celebrated.”

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SDSU’s Sage Project Looking for Community Partner

The deadline to apply is Feb. 15.

Press Release – SAN DIEGO, Calif. (January. 24, 2018) — San Diego State University’s Sage Project is looking to partner with a local community for the 2018-19 academic year. As part of the collaboration, students assist with projects that directly address the partner community’s goals and in turn, better the quality of life for area residents.

During the 2016-17 academic year, the Sage Project partnered with the City of Lemon Grove. Students from 32 courses across 12 different disciplines designed and installed an art mural on the city’s community center, assisted in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping of thousands of data points and designed gateway signage, among other projects.

The partnership is available to communities in San Diego, Orange, Riverside and Imperial Counties.

“The community partner benefits form a truly interdisciplinary effort towards developing solutions for the community that are based on best practice, are cost effective, and enhance the quality of life for residents,” said Jessica Barlow, director of SDSU’s Sage Project. They have a broader audience for sharing their ideas, designs and solutions, and they see the stakes are higher because a community is counting on them to help make positive change.”

The applications period ends on Feb. 15, 2018. For more information on becoming a Sage Project partner and details about submitting a partnership proposal, please visit the Sage Project website.

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Girls With Impact Program Drives Teen Girls’ Confidence In Entrepreneurship & Leadership, Early Results Show

Pilot Online “Mini-MBA” Spurs New Ventures from Mentoring Kids with Cancer to One-Touch Emergency Help

Press Release – Stamford, CT, January 24, 2017 – Fully 100% of girls feel more career-ready and nearly 90% feel greater confidence in their ability to differentiate themselves in college applications as a result of Girls With Impact’s 12-week, online, “mini-MBA” program, the organization announced today.

Girls With Impact – the nation’s only entrepreneur and leadership program created just for girls — released initial results of a tech-enabled pilot program featuring girls from five states, including Connecticut and New York.

The 12-week program culminated in a presentation before parents of the girls’ business plans – ranging from mentoring kids with cancer to Case Aid, a one-touch mobile-based emergency help service. View video.

“It’s amazing to see how these girls are being empowered to learn, build and connect – even from across the country – without the costs or hassles of traditional education,” said CEO Jennifer Openshaw. “Corporate and business leaders – especially those committed to gender diversity – can now join us in building this next generation of top female talent.”

“Girls With Impact has truly leveraged our dollars in multiple ways – and we’ve just scratched the surface,” said Chris Meyers, president of brokerage firm Houlihan Lawrence, a Berkshire Hathaway company and its first corporate partner.

From Student to CEO…. Girls meet for the first time and give their elevator pitches just three weeks into the 12-week program.

Strong Diversity, Strong Pipeline

Girls from over 20 schools in five states (CT, NY, MA, MD, and CA) participated. Although diversity largely depends upon outreach efforts, applicants spanned all key audiences:

  • Hispanic: 31.9%
  • White: 29.8%
  • Black: 23.4%
  • Asian: 14.9%

Among the schools represented are Aliso Viejo High, Darien High, Greenwich Academy, Greenwich High, Horace Mann, Kolbe Cathedral, Mahopac High, Marian High, New Rochelle High, Notre Dame, and Stamford High.

Gains in Leadership, Professional and Business Skills

Girls With Impact tracks improvements in business skills through a pre- and post-test. Results include big confidence gains in business knowledge including the ability to identify competition (72%), lead others (140%), and know the steps to launching a business or project (57%) as well as personal skills such as building savings (134%), handling rejection (56%) and communicating effectively (63%).

The high school girls said they will benefit in a myriad of ways, including tangible business skills (90%), the ability to differentiate themselves from others (90%), improved presentation skills (80%), improved organizational skills (60%) and strategic thinking (60%). One father, a CFO, pointed out that he’s seen improved organizational skills as a result.

Detailed results are as follows:

Confidence in…Increase in girls’ confidence*
Building savings through the Rule of 72134%
Identifying competition72%
Communicating with confidence63%
Knowing the steps to starting a business or project57%
Handling rejection56%
Identifying a target market for a product/service42%
Creating an effective elevator pitch34%
Understanding “Unique Value Proposition”31%
Understanding the difference of a for-profit vs a nonprofit organization24%
Building a network for professional success18%
Building an advisory board16%
Skills-Related – How confident you can…Increase in confidence
Lead a team or meeting140%
Identify resources to advance a project /business131%
Take on a leadership role (leading/managing others)117%
Set and meet goals116%
Use technology/tools80%
Speak publicly with clarity and confidence50%
Identify a market need26%

How will they benefit?
Girls say:% of girls
Tangible business skills90%
Differentiation/set themselves apart90%
Strengthened college applications80%
Improved presentation skills80%
Improved speaking skills80%
Boosted confidence80%
Improved strategic thinking skills60%
Improved organization skills60%
Improved chances of having a successful career60%

Girls With Impact runs an interactive, expert-led online Academy from the comfort of home. Offered each quarter, the program moves girls from ideation through business planning. Graduates then transition to the Boardroom program, providing year-round project support and critical skills development while offering a unique college prep, after-school enrichment alternative.

Applications are being taken now. To explore partnering or bringing Girls With Impact to your community or employees, contact us.

*Students were asked to rate their confidence in key areas on a scale of 1-5. Results represent the difference in the average of answers for each question between the pre- and post-skills survey.

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The National Audubon Society to Honor Sir David Attenborough, Dave Morine and Peggy Shepard at Annual Gala

Save the date: Thursday, March 1 at 6:30 pm.

Press Release – NEW YORK (January 23, 2018) — On the heels of the premier of the BBC Series Blue Planet II, the National Audubon Society announced that it will honor the show’s host, legendary explorer Sir David Attenborough, as well as environmental justice leader Peggy Shepard and renowned conservation expert Dave Morine at its annual gala on March 1, 2018.

Legendary naturalist, author and pioneer of the nature documentary, Sir David Attenborough, will be presented with the Audubon Medal, one of the highest honors in conservation. The medal recognizes outstanding achievements in conservation and environmental protection and only 53 people have received the medal to date in the National Audubon Society’s 112-year history. Attenborough is being recognized for educating a global audience about wildlife, ecology and conservation for more than 60 years. In that time, he set a new standard for nature programming and captured the imagination of an entire generation with his natural-history series Life on Earth.

The recipient of this year’s Dan W. Lufkin Prize for Environmental Leadership will be Dave Morine, a renowned expert on conservation through land acquisition. The Lufkin Prize is awarded to those who have dedicated their lives to the environment and on-the-ground conservation. Morine has spent nearly two decades leading The Nature Conservancy’s efforts to secure land for the long-term health of habitat, ecosystems and biodiversity. During his tenure, he also oversaw the conservation of more than three million acres of forests, wetlands, deserts, islands and rivers across the U.S. As a recipient of this award, Morine will also receive $100,000 to continue this important work.

In addition, the National Audubon Society will present its President’s Award to Peggy Shepard, the Co-founder and Executive Director of WE ACT for Environmental Justice and a past member of the Audubon New York Board of Directors. WE ACT’s mission is to build healthy communities by ensuring that people of color and/or low-income residents participate meaningfully in the creation of sound and fair environmental health and protection policies and practices. Shepard works with northern Manhattan residents and environmental justice organizations across the country to protect the environment and advance local and federal environmental health policies. She combines grassroots organizing, advocacy, coalition building and community-based participatory research to ensure a clean, healthy and sustainable environment for all.

Who: Sir David Attenborough, David Morine, Peggy Shepard.

What: National Audubon Society’s Annual Gala.

When: Thursday, March 1, 2018.

Where: Rainbow Room, Rockefeller Center.

Theme: 2018 Year of the Bird, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the most important bird conservation law on the books: the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Partners at National Geographic, Cornell Lab of Ornithology and BirdLife International will engage participants in a year of personal actions to benefit birds and the places they need.

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The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow, throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon’s state programs, nature centers, chapters and partners have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire and unite diverse communities in conservation action. Since 1905, Audubon’s vision has been a world in which people and wildlife thrive. Audubon is a nonprofit conservation organization. Learn more at and @audubonsociety.

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Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor Rebekah Gregory Launches Non-Profit

Rebekah’s Angels Foundation to provide resources and financial assistance to children with PTSD

Press Release – Houston, TX (January 23, 2018) – According to the National Center for PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), childhood protection services in the United States receives approximately three million reports involving 5.5 million children. It’s also estimated that three to ten million children witness family violence each year. Many of these children experience PTSD, which often goes untreated due to lack of knowledge on resources available, and costs associated with therapeutic treatment. This can lead to major problems through adolescence and into adulthood including substance abuse, violence, and even suicide.

Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor Rebekah Gregory has founded Rebekah’s Angels Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to providing hope, resources and financial assistance to children suffering with PTSD due to trauma.

Rebekah Gregory and her son, Noah, were three feet away from the first bomb that detonated at the Boston Marathon. Playing at his mother’s feet, Noah miraculously walked away almost unscathed, while his mother’s legs took the brunt of the blast and eventually resulted in the amputation of her left leg below the knee. The emotional aftermath Noah endured, however, was far worse than any of the physical trials either of them faced. With proper treatment, Noah has been able to thrive and become a happy, healthy child.

“I never realized how debilitating childhood PTSD could be until my five year old son refused to leave the house because he was so scared,” said Gregory. “PTSD is the worst part of our life, but it has also become my greatest passion. People need to know that childhood PTSD can be treated if it is handled properly, and that is where Rebekah’s Angels Foundation comes in. This Foundation gives every nightmare, flashback and sleepless night I’ve experienced in the last five years more purpose than I ever could have imagined. Over the last several years my family and I have felt the hearts of millions across the world pour love out to us. Now it is time to give that back ten-fold.”

Each case of PTSD is unique. PTSD can be triggered through sexual abuse or violence, physical abuse, natural or man made disasters, violent crimes, motor vehicle accidents, or witnessing violence.

Through an extensive application process, Rebekah’s Angels Foundation will evaluate each individual need and provide funding based on an individualized approach including therapeutic treatments, training for parents and caregivers, medications and in extreme cases – service animals. Rebekah’s Angels has a network of the best PTSD therapists and partner organizations that will expedite the process for treatment. The goal is to turn obstacles into opportunities and bring new hope for children suffering from PTSD.

”Through non-profits like Rebekah’s Angels Foundation, the youngest members of our community can receive the treatment they deserve and desperately need,” said trauma-focused therapist Jacqui Broadus. “It is easier to work through struggles while one is young than waiting to tackle a lifetime of trauma and hurt as an adult. By supporting this program, you are truly giving a child a chance to heal and have a better chance at a healthier today and tomorrow.”

To find out more information, apply for services, donate towards treatment, become a partner therapist or sponsor organization, please visit

Rebekah Gregory is a world-renowned motivational speaker and the author of Taking My Life Back: My Story of Faith, Determination and Surviving the Boston Marathon Bombing. Her story has been featured in a variety of media outlets including: TODAY, Good Morning America, FOX, CNN, Ellen, ESPN, PEOPLE, The Doctors, and many more. Rebekah has a passion for helping others and is the founder of Rebekah’s Angels, a non-profit dedicated to providing financial assistance to children with PTSD due to trauma. Rebekah is married to the love of her life, Chris, and together they have two beautiful children.

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UC Receives $10 Million Mellon Foundation Grant To Support Advanced Humanities Research

Gift provides initial endowment funding to sustain core activities on all UC campuses

Press Release – Irvine, Calif., Jan. 24, 2018 — The University of California has received a $10 million matching grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to advance collaborative, interdisciplinary humanities research and education throughout the UC system.

The grant – the foundation’s largest-ever single award to UC – will provide the initial funding for a $30 million permanent endowment to sustain the core activities of the UC Humanities Research Institute and the UC Humanities Network. A collaborative campaign across all 10 UC campuses will be launched to raise $20 million in matching funds over four years.

The UC Humanities Network is a multi-campus research program centered in the nationally renowned UC Humanities Research Institute, an institute for advanced study housed at UC Irvine. The UCHRI hosts residential fellows and projects and sponsors a system-wide consortium of interconnected campus humanities centers and multi-campus research groups that fosters interdisciplinary and collaborative research. There is also a multi-tiered program of competitively awarded research fellowships for faculty and graduate students.

The network engages all 10 UC campuses in a wide variety of ambitious and innovative programs and projects that range from competitively-awarded research projects undertaken by individual scholars to collaborative research groups that bring together scholars from every campus.

“As the world’s premier public university system, the University of California is a leader in shaping humanities research worldwide,” said UC President Janet Napolitano. “The UCHRI has made this possible by linking the system’s campuses around shared humanistic research goals. The Mellon Foundation has been a critical long-term partner of the UCHRI in this important work.”

Widely recognized as the world’s leading foundation supporting the humanities, The Mellon Foundation endeavors to strengthen, promote and defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse democratic societies.

“Together, the UC Humanities Research Institute and the UC Humanities Network constitute one of the most collaborative and generative ecosystems for humanities research among public universities in the world,” said Mellon Foundation Executive Vice President Mariët Westermann. “In a time of relentless challenges for higher education, UC’s steely financial commitment to the humanities is admirable and makes the system a crucial partner for the foundation.”

“Leadership at all UC campuses worked together to advance the proposal to The Mellon Foundation and to establish a $30 million goal for the endowment,” said Enrique Lavernia, UCI provost and executive vice chancellor. “The endowment will help fund research, fellowship opportunities, graduate student stipends, conferences and working groups that will advance scholarship in the humanities and related fields.”

Recognized nationally and internationally as a premier location for humanities research, the UCHRI bridges the gap between disciplines and seeks to overcome the intellectual and institutional barriers across humanities as well as with the social and natural sciences, technology, art and medicine through public and digital projects as well as traditional scholarship.

“The value of Mellon’s investment in the humanities at UC and the concomitant endowment campaign cannot be overestimated,” said Georges Van Den Abbeele, dean of UCI’s School of Humanities and principal investigator for the UC Humanities Network. “Together, they fulfill the vision that former UC President David Gardner articulated 30 years ago of supporting and coordinating innovative humanities research on every UC campus and in system-wide collaborations.”

In addition to humanistic research and programming, multi-campus collaborative projects bring together faculty and graduate students and also promote vital public partnerships with cultural institutions and public humanities programs that contribute to both the university and society.

“This is an enormous honor for the institute,” said David Theo Goldberg, director of the UCHRI and UCI professor of comparative literature and anthropology. “We are thrilled to receive this support for our ambitious programming. We look forward to fulfilling the potential and the promise of this generative gift both at the UCHRI and on every UC campus.”

About the University of California, Irvine:

Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 30,000 students and offers 192 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit

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SDSU Ranks in Princeton Review List for Quality and Value Education

Press Release – SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Jan. 24, 2018) — A degree from San Diego State University will open doors to many career opportunities, and leaves you with a little extra cash in your wallet. According to a new national ranking, the university is among the best in the country providing a great education at an appropriate value.

SDSU was named to the 2018 Princeton Review list “Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck.”

“This recognition speaks to the quality of the educational programs offered at SDSU,” said SDSU President Sally Roush. “The dedicated efforts of our faculty and staff create the foundation that students need to achieve academic, personal and professional success.”

The Princeton Review, which rates colleges and universities on a host of factors, cited SDSU’s stellar academic offerings, generous aid packages for students with financial need and merit, career services and outstanding alumni connections.

This is the first time that SDSU has been ranked in this listing, which is in its fourth edition this year. Other universities on the list include Stanford University, Yale University, MIT, University of California, Los Angeles and Texas A&M. Only seven percent of the nation’s four-year colleges made it into the book, and less than one-third are public universities.

The methodology

The Princeton Review surveyed administrators and students at more than 650 colleges during the 2016-17 academic year. The education services company considered more than 40 data points before selecting the top 200 schools for the book.

“San Diego State University stands out for its outstanding academics and comparatively low sticker price,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief and lead author of the book. “Students have access to extraordinary career services from their freshman year on, plus a lifetime of valuable alumni support.”

At SDSU, students can take advantage of a variety of outstanding programs that help with career development, including the Aztec Mentor Program, Aztecs Hiring Aztecs, as well as internship and career placement opportunities facilitated through SDSU Career Services.

Climbing the ranks

SDSU receives recognition for its outstanding programs. Since 2012, SDSU has climbed 22 spots to No. 68 among public universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report ranking of America’s Best Colleges.

In addition, U.S. News & World Report also recognized the international business program as one of the best in the nation (No. 12). The undergraduate business and undergraduate engineering programs also ranked among the top 100 programs in the nation in the same listing. Several graduate programs, including rehabilitation counseling (No. 10) and the online education program (No. 22) also received high marks.

The university is further recognized as a top school for study abroad, entrepreneurship and LGBT programming.

SDSU also boasts record graduation rates. More than 75 percent of first-time freshmen who entered SDSU in fall 2011 graduated within six years. The national average six-year graduation rate for four-year public universities is 59 percent.

The university continues to be one of the most sought-after colleges in the nation, having received a record-setting 93,610 undergraduate applications for fall 2018.

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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IIX Growth Fund Closes its First Investment, Backing PT Green Enterprises Indonesia

Press Release – SINGAPORE – 24 January, 2018 – In line with its mission of empowering women, developing communities and helping the planet, the IIX Growth Fund (IGF) has made its first investment which will support PT Green Enterprises Indonesia (GEI), a producer of high-quality organic cold-pressed virgin coconut oil and other organic coconut products based on Simeulue Island, Aceh Province, Indonesia. In operation since 2016, GEI sustainably sources coconuts from smallholder farmer groups, providing economic opportunity to local farmers and their families while actively promoting environmental and wildlife protection. IGF’s US$475,000 equity investment, to be provided in two tranches, will allow GEI to expand the scale of its operations, improve the lives of over 4,300 people and conserve the forest and marine environment.

GEI has a strong social and environmental impact mission at the core of its business. This includes creating a sustainable organic value chain for coconuts on the island as well as enabling local farmers and communities to capture the benefits through higher income and improved agricultural practices. GEI also reduces deforestation and practices turtle conservation.

Jane Dunlop, Director and Co-Founder, said “This investment represents an important shift towards sustainable investment in our region. Our business model is set up to protect critical marine habitats and their species, including endangered sea turtles, and to add value at origin through meaningful employment and increased agricultural productivity outside of protected forest ecosystems. We feel grateful for the partnership with IIX and are looking forward to growing together.”

The IIX Growth Fund has been launched by IIX to make direct equity investments in innovative Impact Enterprises that promote inclusive growth in select underserved emerging and frontier markets in South and Southeast Asia. It prioritizes investments that:

  • Are owned by women or with a significant positive impact on women beneficiaries
  • Address climate change issues through adaptation and mitigation strategies
  • Enable access to healthcare, education and other critical needs for marginalized communities

According to Luke Swainson, CEO and Co-founder, “We are proud to be working with IIX and the Government and people of Aceh to bring sustainable investment to Aceh, Indonesia after a long period of conflict and the devastating 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami.”

Robert Kraybill, Head of Portfolio Management for IGF, commented that “We are thrilled that the IIX Growth Fund has made its first investment in GEI, a company that so well aligns with our values and our investment thesis. We look forward to being active partners helping build a strong growth path for the company to achieve its financial, social and environmental impact targets.”

About IIX:

Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) is a Singapore-based impact enterprise that builds pathways to connect backstreets of underserved communities to the Wall Streets of the world through impact investing. IIX investment platforms and innovative financial products enable impact enterprises to accelerate their business and scale their positive impact, while pushing the impact investing space from the margins to the mainstream. To date, the work of IIX has spanned 40 countries and continues to expand with the mission of unlocking US$1 billion of impact investment capital, impacting 65 million lives by 2022.

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