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Monthly Archives: May 2018

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HBC Foundation Raises $1.5 Million, Awards Grants in Support of Mental Health Programs at #1in5 Fundraiser

Press Release – NEW YORK (May 30, 2018) – The U.S. HBC Foundation, the charitable arm of Hudson’s Bay Company, has awarded three grants to mental health programs as part of a $6 million (CAD)* commitment to mental health initiatives across North America by 2020. The HBC Foundation is dedicated to making mental health a priority in every community by increasing understanding and improving access to care.

The grants, awarded through the Foundation’s HEADFIRST program, were announced at the #1in5 cocktail fundraiser held at the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City. The #1in5 event, named in recognition of the 1 in 5 Americans who will be impacted by mental illness in their lifetime, raised $1.5 million for the HBC Foundation’s HEADFIRST mission through the support of our vendor community.

“Mental illness is one of the most pervasive and misunderstood challenges we face,” said Richard Baker, HBC Governor and Executive Chairman. “As one of the first major retailers to focus on this cause, we have an extraordinary opportunity to change the conversation around mental health. The entire HBC organization is rallying around this cause.”

The U.S. HBC Foundation has granted a total of $500,000 (USD) to three nonprofit partners: the National Alliance on Mental Illness New York (NAMI New York), the Jed Foundation and Bring Change to Mind (BC2M).

“I am extremely excited and proud to be awarding these HEADFIRST grants to three very deserving charitable partners,” said Helena Foulkes, HBC Chief Executive Officer. “The HBC Foundation has a goal to reach half a million people with mental health services, support and education by 2020. These grants have been awarded to best-in-class charities who will help us accomplish this mission.”

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for Americans affected by mental illness. The HBC Foundation supported their NAMI Walks New York City 5K event to raise awareness for mental health.

The Jed Foundation is a nonprofit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. The grant to the Jed Foundation will be used to launch the HBC Foundation Campus Scholarship Fund to ensure more colleges and universities are able to participate in the Jed Campus program. Jed Campus partners with campuses nationwide to strengthen student mental health through the Jed Foundation’s strategic, comprehensive approach.

Bring Change to Mind’s mission is to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness. The HBC Foundation grant will support the #TalktoAnyone PSA campaign and provide financial and in-kind resources for Student Summits in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

“More than half of those living with mental illness will not seek help because of stigma; this discrimination prevents millions of people from leading full and successful lives,” said award-winning actress Glenn Close, who is the co-founder of Bring Change to Mind. “The best way to change perception is to encourage open, honest dialogue. The HBC Foundation grant will enable us to reach more people— particularly young people—and launch a national conversation that fosters understanding about mental health.”

The HBC Foundation would like to recognize and thank our HEADFIRST Founding Members for their significant contribution, including American Express, David E. and Jacqueline S. Simon Charitable Foundation, Leonard A. Lauder, PVH Corp., Peerless, and GIII Apparel Group.

Guests at the #1in5 event were entertained by singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright.

*The U.S. and Canadian HBC Foundation together have pledged to distribute $6 million (CAD) to support mental health services across North America.


Launched in 2017, the U.S. HBC Foundation is the charitable arm of Hudson’s Bay Company, a diversified global retailer and the oldest company in North America. Through the recently announced HEADFIRST program, the foundation is dedicated to making mental health a priority in every community by increasing understanding and improving access to care.


HBC is a diversified global retailer focused on driving the performance of high quality stores and their omnichannel offerings and unlocking the value of real estate holdings. Founded in 1670, HBC is the oldest company in North America. HBC’s portfolio today includes formats ranging from luxury to premium department stores to off price fashion shopping destinations, with more than 480 stores and approximately 65,000 employees around the world.

HBC’s leading banners across North America and Europe include Hudson’s Bay, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Gilt, Saks OFF 5TH, Galeria Kaufhof, the leading department store group in Germany, and Belgium’s only department store group Galeria INNO.

HBC has significant investments in real estate joint ventures. It has partnered with Simon Property Group Inc. in the HBS Global Properties Joint Venture, which owns properties in the United States and Germany. In Canada, it has partnered with RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust in the RioCan-HBC Joint Venture.

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Rachael Ray Partners with Poshmark to Launch Exclusive Posh Closet for Charity

The TV personality opens up her closet on the leading social marketplace for fashion, selling close to 150 iconic pieces benefitting Yum-o!

Press Release – REDWOOD CITY, CALIF. — May 31, 2018 — Today, Poshmark, the largest social marketplace for fashion where anyone can buy, sell and share their style with others, announces its latest Posh Closets for Charity collaboration with Rachael Ray, the renowned TV personality, best-selling author and cook.

The beloved TV host will launch her pop-up closet with two exclusive inventory drops directly from her personal closet to her virtual closet on Poshmark. The first drop will launch on Thursday, May 31 at 7 a.m. PT, followed by a second drop of inventory in mid-June. Ray will be donating all of her proceeds to Yum-o!, her cooking and kids charity that empowers children and their families to have a healthy relationship with food and cooking.

“I’m so excited to partner with Poshmark to launch my Posh Closet for Charity for the benefit of our Yum-o! organization,” Ray said. “These are some of my favorite items!”

Beginning May 31, the millions of shoppers on Poshmark will have the opportunity to scoop up one-of-a-kind iconic pieces donned by Ray, including several looks she’s worn in appearances with Michelle Obama, such as the dress she wore to the Obamas’ final White House State Dinner, in addition to the stunning LBD worn on the Daytime Emmy Awards red carpet, outfits seen on the covers of her Rachael Ray Every Day magazine and of course, the Rachael Ray Show. Each drop will consist of highly coveted items, including tops, skirts, dresses, shoes, jewelry and accessories, from brands such as Isabel Marant, Kendra Scott, Zadig & Voltaire, Christian Louboutin, Alice + Olivia, Gucci, Vince, Anthropologie, Alexander Wang, Diane von Furstenberg, and many more.

“Given Poshmark’s commitment to inspiring success, spreading love and creating opportunities for its community to give back, Posh Closets for Charity has become the leading program for influencers and celebrities to support causes they care about,” said Manish Chandra, founder & CEO of Poshmark. “We’re thrilled to partner with Rachael Ray for our latest Posh Closets for Charity collaboration — her dedication to people and giving back makes her the perfect addition to the Poshmark community.”

As part of its ongoing Posh Closets for Charity program, Poshmark will continue to collaborate with celebrities to open in-app pop-up shops featuring coveted celebrity merchandise benefitting a great cause. To learn more about Poshmark, visit, and follow @rachaelray on Poshmark for insider access to her next pop-up drop. To help empower kids and their families to develop healthy relationships with food and cooking, visit

About Poshmark

Founded in 2011, Poshmark is the largest social marketplace for fashion where anyone can buy, sell and share their style with others. Poshmark’s mission is to make shopping simple and fun by connecting people around a shared love of fashion, while empowering entrepreneurs to become the next generation of retailers. Recognized as the go-to shopping destination for millennials, Poshmark’s community of over four million Seller Stylists help shoppers discover the perfect look from over 75 million items and 5,000 brands. The company is backed by the world’s leading investment firms and venture capital institutions including Mayfield, Menlo Ventures, GGV Capital, Temasek, Inventus Capital, Uncork Capital, Union Grove Venture Partners, Shea Ventures and AngelList. For more information, please visit, or find us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Snapchat.

About Rachael Ray

Rachael Ray is best known as the host of the hit syndicated Emmy Award winning daytime television show “Rachael Ray” produced by CBS Television Distribution in association with Harpo Productions, Scripps Networks and Watch Entertainment. Rachael’s warmth, energy, and boundless curiosity also reach millions of fans through her popular Food Network shows, her lifestyle magazine Everyday with Rachael Ray, her bestselling cookbooks, her signature line of cookware manufactured by Meyer, her meal transport products by RR Accessories and her pantry products by Colavita. In 2007, Rachael launched the Yum-o! organization, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering kids and their families to develop healthy relationships with food and cooking and in 2008 she partnered with Ainsworth Pet Nutrition to create a line of pet food with all of her personal proceeds being donated to organizations that help animals in need. For more information, visit

About Yum-o!

Yum-o!® is Rachael Ray’s nonprofit organization that empowers kids and their families to develop healthy relationships with food and cooking by teaching families to cook, feeding hungry kids and funding cooking education and scholarships. By providing the tools to create easy, affordable and delicious meals, Yum-o! is changing the way America eats. For more information about the Yum-o! organization, please visit

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Top 10 NASA iTech Energy Cycle Finalists Announced

Press Release – The NASA iTech Energy competition has selected the top 10 finalists to present their game-changing technologies at a forum next month in New York. The 2018 NASA iTech Cycle II Energy is a collaborative effort between NASA and the U.S. Department (DOE) of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to find and foster innovative solutions for critical energy challenges on Earth and in space.

The 10 finalists were selected by a multi-disciplinary team of experts from NASA and ARPA E. The finalists will present June 13 and 14 at the NASA iTech Energy Forum, hosted by Citi Global at its headquarters in New York City. Representatives from NASA, DOE, other government agencies, industry, potential investors and others from across the United States will listen in as the finalists for NASA iTech share their innovative ideas.

“I look forward to seeing these 10 finalists present their ideas at the upcoming iTech forum in New York”, said Kira Blackwell, NASA iTech program executive in the Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “This is a unique opportunity to present their technologies at an event convening two federal agencies and hosted by a global private sector bank seeking solutions to common energy challenges.”

The competition invited applicants to submit their concepts for: Fuel Cells and Regenerative Fuel Cells, High-energy-density Batteries and Supercapacitors, Solar Power Systems, Small Fission Power Systems, Innovative Power Management and Distribution and X-Factor Energy. The final category included entries that may not fit within a specific energy focus area but clearly demonstrate the potential to fill a critical need for NASA and humans on Earth.

The top three teams selected at the forum will be recognized during a nonmonetary awards ceremony on June 14 and will be available for interviews. Media interested in covering the forum should contact Gina Anderson at by June 8 to register.

The top 10 NASA iTech Energy Cycle finalists are (in alphabetical order):

  • AsterTech, LLC, Beavercreek, OH
    3D Additive Manufacturing of High Efficiency and Light-Weight Solar Cells for In-Space Applications
  • ATEIOS, San Diego, CA
    Printed Batteries for Ubiquitous & Conformal Electronics
  • Atomos, Denver, CO
    Splitting the Atom to Connect the Planets: A Commercial Nuclear Power System for Space Operations
  • Environment and Energy Benefit Co., West Sacramento, CA
    BBB: X Factor Liquid Fuel
  • iFeather, Boulder, CO
    In-situ Fabrication of Extraterrestrial Aerogels for Transparency, Heat, and Energy Regulation (iFEATHER) for Habitat, Aeronautic and Space Vessel, and Space Suit Applications
  • The Pennsylvania State University – Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University Park, PA
    Lightweight Monolithic Microcell CPV for Space
  • Stanford University – Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford, CA
    Two C: Transportation Electrification through Ubiquitous Wireless Charging
  • University of Michigan and Unified Solar Collaboration, Ann Arbor, MI
    Photovoltaic Cell-Level Power Balancing Using Intrinsic Energy Storage for High-Efficiency, High-Reliability Solar Power
  • V-Glass, Pewaukee, WI
    Vacuum Glass for R-10 Windows
  • WBGlobalSemi, Inc., Lakewood Ranch, FL
    Commercializing High Power Silicon Carbide (SiC) Bipolar Junction Transistors (BJTs) and Power Modules for Power Management and Distributed Power Applications

NASA iTech is an initiative by the NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate and managed by the National Institute of Aerospace in Hampton, Virginia.

To watch the teams present their ideas live on June 13 (9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EDT) and June 14 (9:10 a.m. – noon), visit:

For information about the NASA iTech initiative, visit:

For information about NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, visit:

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Jack Link’s®Kicks Off 1,300-Mile Journey to Rebuild and Refuel Communities Affected by Natural Disaster

Company joins forces with Team Rubicon to raise awareness and funds for those impacted by natural disasters

Jack Link’s invites people to answer the call through text-to-give campaign found on specially marked product

Press Release – MINONG, Wis., May 31, 2018 — According to Consumer Reports, 60 percent of U.S. homeowners are underinsured for a natural disaster [1], often through no fault of their own. They may receive help in the immediate aftermath, but when the first responders and news crews move on, often so does the help, leaving many struggling to get back on their feet. That’s why Jack Link’s Protein Snacks and Team Rubicon are going the extra mile — more than 1,300 miles, in fact — to restore and refuel those who need help rebuilding in the aftermath.

Starting today, Jack Link’s team members are rolling up their sleeves and hitting the road with Team Rubicon volunteers for the two-week journey from Jack Link’s headquarters in Minong, Wis., to Houston, which is still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. The effort is part of the company-wide initiative Fueling the Front Lines, dedicated to rebuilding lives and restoring communities affected by natural disasters. Along the route, Jack Link’s and Team Rubicon will participate in service projects in cities including Minneapolis and Omaha, and help raise funds for ongoing disaster recovery efforts.

“Far too many Americans know firsthand that rebuilding after disaster is a grueling journey that can take people weeks, months, even years,” said Tom “TD” Dixon, chief marketing officer of Jack Link’s Protein Snacks. “At Jack Link’s, we’re going the distance in partnership with Team Rubicon to deliver the strength of our team members and staying power of our protein-packed products where it matters most – on the front lines of helping families recover and rebuild from a natural disaster.”

The journey culminates on June 12, National Jerky Day – a day Jack Link’s has dedicated to rebuilding lives and restoring communities still recovering from the devastation brought on by natural disasters. This year, Jack Links employees will use National Jerky Day to join Team Rubicon on its new long-term recovery program, which will rebuild 100 homes affected by Hurricane Harvey.

People can help Fuel the Front Lines by participating in Jack Link’s text-to-give campaign found on specially marked packages of Jack Link’s protein snacks. Each text triggers a $2 donation to Team Rubicon. Fans can also visit to donate and learn more about they can help answer the call.

In 2017, Jack Link’s launched “Fueling the Front Lines,” a company-wide initiative through which it has joined forces with Team Rubicon, a veteran-led nonprofit organization that unites the skills of military veterans with first responders to provide disaster response services.The initiative is a multiyear partnership that will come to life through a fully integrated marketing campaign, including financial support, a national TV commercial hitting airwaves in June, digital marketing efforts to raise awareness for how people can help answer the call, and manpower from Jack Link’s team members to volunteer alongside Team Rubicon.

“Team Rubicon helps people in some of the worst days of their lives and we’re proud to have partners like Jack Link’s who share our do-whatever-it-takes attitude and help fuel this vitally important work,” said Jake Wood, CEO and co-founder of Team Rubicon. “Natural disasters don’t discriminate where they touch down, which houses they destroy, or which lives they upend. Together, we can all help communities restore, rebuild and recover.”

Learn more about Fueling the Front Lines and how to help Jack Link’s and Team Rubicon bring critical aid to communities affected by natural disaster at


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Jack Link’s® – Feed Your Wild Side®

Founded by Jack Link in 1986, Jack Link’s Protein Snacks is the No. 1 meat snack brand worldwide. Proudly family owned and operated, the company is headquartered in Jack Link’s hometown of Minong, Wisconsin, where the company continues its legacy of crafting delicious, high-quality meat snacks. Jack Link’s offers more than 250 varieties of protein snacks, helping consumers everywhere to Feed Their Wild Side.

About Team Rubicon

Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. Team Rubicon is a nonprofit organization offering veterans a chance to continue their service by helping and empowering those afflicted by disasters, and also themselves. Programs and services are made possible by the support of individual donors, corporate partners, and the dedication of volunteers across the country. To join or support Team Rubicon’s mission, visit

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CleanCapital Announces Second Acquisition in One Month, Adding 10.2 MW of Operating Solar

The portfolio of two operating solar projects in Massachusetts leverages the $250 million equity partnership with CarVal Investors

Press Release – New York, NY [May 31, 2018] CleanCapital announced a second solar acquisition from G&S Solar, a New York-based developer that builds, develops and operates solar systems in multiples states in the Northeast. The 10.2 MW portfolio comes less than a month after the acquisition of a 14.3 MW portfolio from X-Elio. This new portfolio is comprised of two solar projects located in Massachusetts and consists of high-quality customers including a corporate entity and municipality as the offtakers. CleanCapital’s proprietary platform enabled their ability to execute on these two complex transactions in a short timeframe. The technology, coupled with access to dedicated capital, streamlines and expedites due diligence and analysis, allowing complex deals like these to close efficiently.

Today’s announcement brings CleanCapital’s total to nearly $150m of acquired operating solar assets. It’s an exciting year for the team as they change the paradigm for clean energy finance. Despite the historic growth across the industry, the flow of capital within the space remains largely stagnant. Leveraging their proprietary platform and capital partnerships, CleanCapital is bringing liquidity to a historically capital inefficient clean energy marketplace.

“This is only the beginning. Closing two complex deals on such a short timeline is an exciting next step for us and the clean energy marketplace. We were founded on the principle that we can streamline the complexities of clean energy transactions by leveraging technology, allowing for more capital to enter the sector and accelerating clean energy deployment,” said Marc Garrett, CTO, CleanCapital.

“G&S Solar was pleased to sell a portion of its solar assets in Massachusetts to CleanCapital,” said John Faltings, President of G&S Solar. “Transactions such as this can get bogged down by the complex diligence process but the CleanCapital team was efficient and very professional at managing the acquisition of these operating solar assets. We look forward to working closely with them in the near future.” This deal was brokered on behalf of G&S Solar by Chris Hopgood of Ignite Renewable Capital, LLC.

CleanCapital is a financial technology company that makes it easy to invest in clean energy. They deliver technology solutions to all aspects of the transaction process—from lending to capital raising, origination to diligence. The proprietary technology platform identifies, screens, and manages clean energy projects enabling project owners an opportunity to exit their portfolios while providing accredited investors, including institutional investors, family offices, and investment funds, unique access to the clean energy investment market.

About CleanCapital:

Founded in 2015, CleanCapital is a financial technology company that makes it easy to invest in clean energy. CleanCapital has built a proprietary technology platform that identifies, screens, and manages clean energy projects enabling project owners an opportunity to exit their portfolios while providing accredited investors, including institutional investors, family offices, and investment funds, unique access to the clean energy investment market. Stay up to date on the evolving market of clean energy finance by following the company on Twitter or Facebook or connecting via LinkedIn. Learn more at

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GameStop And Extra Life Host First-Ever Charity Event At E3 Benefiting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®

GameStop and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® announce new partnership

Press Release – Grapevine, Texas (May 30, 2018) – GameStop Gives, the company’s social responsibility arm, along with Extra Life, the gaming fundraising program for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® (CMN Hospitals), will host the first-ever video game trade-in charity event at the Entertainment Electronics Expo (E3), the world’s premier event for computer and video games and related products.

From June 12-14, E3 attendees are invited to donate their pre-owned video games to benefit the children undergoing medical treatments at the 170 CMN Hospitals. The first 150 E3 pass holders to donate their pre-owned video games at the Extra Life and GameStop Gives pop-up truck outside of the Los Angeles Convention Center will receive a “golden ticket” for VIP entrance access into the convention. Plus, all donors at E3 will receive a Buy 2 Get 1 Free plus 50 percent bonus trade-in coupon from GameStop when they drop off their pre-owned video games. GameStop will donate 100 percent of the trade value of the video games donated to CMN Hospitals to help sick and injured kids.

The trade-in charity event kicks off a new partnership between GameStop and CMN Hospitals, an organization that raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada.

GameStop will also use its local stores to help raise donations to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care at the local CMN Hospitals. “GameStop has a long-standing commitment to use the Power of Gaming for Good to benefit the families in our local communities. Together with CMN Hospitals, it is our hope to give children of all ages the miracle of living a better life,” says Jason Allen, head of marketing for GameStop.

Extra Life and GameStop Gives Pop-Up Truck Donation Opportunities:

  • Tuesday, June 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 13 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 14 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Not attending E3? No problem. From June 1- June 30, GameStop is offering guests not attending E3 two ways to contribute to their local CMN Hospital at their local GameStop:

  • Guests will have the option to Trade for Charity by donating up to 100 percent of their trade-in value to their local CMN Hospital when they bring to GameStop their unused video game hardware, software, accessories, or consumer electronics.
  • PowerUp Rewards members can donate PowerUp Rewards points to support national charities, including the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in the PowerUp Rewards Center.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with GameStop to help further our mission to save and improve the lives of local kids. The funds raised by GameStop’s initiatives will impact over 10 million children treated each year at local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals throughout the country and we are very grateful for their support,” said John Lauck, president and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

To find your local GameStop, visit: To learn more about Children’s Miracle Network, visit:


Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, and learn about your member hospital, at and


Extra Life is a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals fundraising program within the gaming community. Participants fundraise year-round and pledge to game for 24 hours with one goal: to save and improve the lives of sick and injured kids. Funds raised stay local to help pediatric patients at one of 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across North America. Since 2008, Extra Life has raised more than $40 million for member hospitals. The movement, formed by gamers bonded by passion, is committed to saving and improving the lives of local kids. Play games, heal kids and join the community today at


GameStop, the world’s largest video game retailer, offers the best selection of new and pre-owned video gaming consoles, accessories and video game titles, in both physical and digital formats. GameStop also offers fans a wide variety of pop vinyl toys, collectibles, board games and more. Through GameStop’s unique buy-sell-trade program, gamers can trade in video game consoles, games, and accessories, as well as consumer electronics for cash or in-store credit. The retailer operates thousands of locations around the world under the GameStop, EB Games and Micromania retail brands. Fans can find their local GameStop store using the company’s online store locator tool.

To get the latest news on video gaming and gear, follow GameStop on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. GameStop, EB Games, and Micromania are part of GameStop Corp. (NYSE:GME), a global specialty retailer that makes the most popular technologies affordable and simple.

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Seeding Vitality Arts in Museums

Aroha Philanthropies Announces National Initiative in Collaboration with the American Alliance of Museums and Lifetime Arts.

Press Release – MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Aroha Philanthropies, the American Alliance of Museums, and Lifetime Arts announced today that they will collaborate to launch Seeding Vitality Arts in Museums, a new national initiative developed, funded and managed by Aroha Philanthropies.

The project will enable a diverse cohort of 15-17 museums across America to develop and implement high quality, intensive arts learning opportunities for older adults. All types of museums will be eligible to apply, including art museums, science centers, history museums, arboretums and zoos. Aroha Philanthropies will provide program funding to selected museums for up to two years as well as access to the training and technical assistance needed for them to be successful.

All three organizations feel there is an urgent need to change the narrative about what it means to grow old in America, combat ageism, and promote a healthy change in societal attitudes toward aging as growth and older adults as contributors.

Aroha will issue a request for proposals in early June 2018 and announce the grant recipients in September. Grantees will attend a two-day in-person training session in November, and public programming by grantees may begin as early as March 2019. Aroha’s total philanthropic investment in Seeding Vitality Arts in Museums will exceed $1 million.

Seeding Vitality Arts in Museums will build on the success of Aroha’s two previous cohorts, Seeding Vitality Arts U.S. and Seeding Vitality Arts MN.

The goals of Seeding Vitality Arts are to:

  • Demonstrate the power and impact of creative aging programs to a broad national audience
  • Encourage arts and cultural organizations to develop participatory arts education programs for older adults
  • Encourage organizations that serve older adults to develop arts education programming
  • Disseminate effective program models

The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) will advise on the initiative, assist in recruiting a new museum cohort and assist with documenting and disseminating the outcomes of this work. AAM has played a similar role in Innovation Lab, a program created and run by EmcArts with funding from the Doris Duke Foundation. AAM also will tell the stories of museums that participate, setting the stage for more institutions to offer programs and services for creative aging in their own communities. The Alliance and Aroha Philanthropies are already in discussions about more ways they can work together to advance this important cause.

Lifetime Arts, the nationally recognized leader in designing and disseminating model creative aging programs for active older adults, will provide training and technical assistance to museum grantees. Lifetime Arts has partnered with Aroha Philanthropies in its two previous Seeding Vitality Arts cohorts.

Aroha Philanthropies Founder and President Ellen A. Michelson said, “Aroha is thrilled to develop this new partnership with AAM and our long-time partner Lifetime Arts. We believe that museums, which have provided arts education to youth for decades, are natural partners in bringing the gift of creativity to older adults.”

“Museums can enrich the lives of people at all ages, and they’re proven to stimulate creativity, compassion, and critical thinking skills,” said Alliance President and CEO Laura Lott. “We look forward to working with Aroha Philanthropies to help demonstrate museums’ positive effect on social connections, happiness and health outcomes. We are particularly pleased that the initiative will encourage museums to design programs that are affordable, accessible, and relevant to audiences that are diverse in terms of race, culture,­ and socioeconomic level.”

Lifetime Arts CEO and Co-Founder Maura O’Malley said, “Expanding Lifetime Arts’ capacity-building services to American museums is a long-held goal of ours. With this latest Vitality Arts initiative, these important institutions will join a growing cohort of stakeholders who embrace today’s older adults as creative learners and in doing so promote a cultural shift towards a positive view of aging.”

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The Rise (And Rise) Of For Purpose Business

Starting a business with a purpose if not just a fad

Press Release – Eccountability Mastermind platform recently launched its startup with an innovative idea of including a “for purpose” aspect incorporated into the business model from day one. The idea is that small business can make a difference from the beginning and build this into the culture from the start.

Founder Ronan Leonard believe that this notion that we have to make our first million before we give back is outdated. “How can I make a difference and what can I influence now.” We no longer use the term charity or even social enterprise. Instead we think in a more holistic view of the world and our impact as small business owners.

Eccountability’s purpose is to give FREE access to 1 in 6 people on the platform from developing countries, social enterprises or not for profit initiatives. So that we support entrepreneurs globally to help them achieve their true potential. –

The accepted model for philanthropy or giving back is outdated. Warren Buffet and Bill Gates giving pledge is a noble and notable cause,but the idea that you need to make a billion dollars before you can make a difference has radically changed. Obviously the more money they make the more lives they can impact but these numbers are too intimidating for most people. By encouraging small business owners to think about immediate impact, not just when they are close to retirement, they are able to better serve their local community and see tangible results now.

Recent studies all show that millennials don’t want to work for a company that just makes money. Startups looking to attract the best candidates should be thinking about how to really engage with their employees and the for purpose model is a win-win for all involved, staff, customers, community and business owner.

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University of Haifa Receives $10M Gift From Well-Known Philanthropist to Build Downtown Campus

The new campus will amplify University of Haifa’s work to rejuvenate its city and region through establishing new infrastructure.

Press Release – New York, May 30, 2018 — University of Haifa today announced it has received a $10 million donation from well-known American philanthropist, Lorry I. Lokey, for the construction of a new campus that will consist of at least four buildings located throughout the Port of Haifa and the city’s downtown area.

Lokey, the founder of Business Wire, an international media relations service that distributes press releases for thousands of companies—was inspired by University of Haifa’s unique “multiversity” model: a multi-campus institution with locations around Haifa and throughout northern Israel, easing access for students and adding vitality to its city and region, while allowing a wide range of ideas and activities to flourish in a diverse community.

While the Haifa Municipality is generously assisting the University with the acquisition of some of the new campus’s buildings, Lokey’s philanthropy will significantly offset the project’s renovation costs. Further details about the campus and Lokey’s donation will be presented at University of Haifa’s 46th Board of Governors meeting, to be held June 4-7, 2018.

Lokey, a native of Portland, Ore., moved to Northern California after graduating from Stanford University with a degree in journalism, and acquired his knowledge of news wire services as an editor for United Press International. He launched Business Wire in 1961 with seven news releases for 16 media outlets in California; today, it publishes between 500 and 1,000 press releases per day to thousands of news media worldwide.

An early signer of The Giving Pledge—a commitment by the world’s wealthiest individuals and families to dedicate the majority of their wealth to giving back—Lokey has donated more than $800 million— some 98 percent of his lifetime earnings—to various philanthropies, universities and educational institutions, including University of Oregon, Stanford University, Leo Baeck School, Weizmann Institute of Science, and now, University of Haifa.

“University of Haifa is pioneering an important new paradigm for institutions of higher learning through its multiversity, and is infusing new energy into the city, region and entire country,” said Lokey. “While my relationship to the University is relatively new, this gift is an affirmation of its mission to improve access to education and bring more jobs, stability and security to northern Israel by establishing a downtown campus. I invite others to join me in transforming what is becoming one of Israel’s most important universities.”

“It is an honor to work with a philanthropist like Mr. Lokey,” said Karen Berman, CEO of the American Society of the University of Haifa. “He is a true visionary and a pioneer in transformational philanthropy. I am honored by his generosity and incredibly grateful for his investment in our educational model and conviction in our ability to serve as a central force in the prosperity of Haifa and northern Israel.”

“Less than 2 years ago, the University described an aggressive growth plan that included additional Faculties and buildings throughout Haifa and the north; a downtown campus is a key component of that plan.” said Ron Robin, University of Haifa President. “We are grateful to Mr. Lokey for helping us to realize this mission. This latest contribution is indicative of the University’s recent success and I am excited to share the details with the entire community at our upcoming Board of Governors meeting. Through Mr. Lokey’s generosity, we will exponentially increase the University’s regional and national impact.”

The announcement of $10 million in funding for the new campus comes just a few months after the University announced an $18 million donation from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to begin building the 20-story Helmsley Health Discovery Tower in partnership with Rambam Healthcare Campus and Technion. Additionally, University President Ron Robin is overseeing a $10 million commitment to build an artificial intelligence technology center in Haifa in partnership with the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

About University of Haifa

University of Haifa is a world-class university dedicated to academic excellence and social responsibility. The University expands educational opportunities and upward mobility for all members of society, secures and stabilizes the north of the country, and serves as an example of tolerance and coexistence in Israel and the entire region.

About American Society of the University of Haifa

American Society of the University of Haifa is dedicated to helping University of Haifa expand its position as a world-class academic institution. ASUH cultivates relationships, secures financial support, and serves as the vital connection among the University and its friends, supporters, alumni and partners in the United States.

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Elizabeth Dole Foundation Announces New Round of Hidden Heroes Fund Grants

Grants to National and Regional Organizations Support Military and Veteran Caregiver Programs

Press Release – Washington, D.C. – Today, the Elizabeth Dole Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2018 Hidden Heroes Fund grants. The Foundation awards funding to organizations and programs that make a direct impact on the lives of America’s military and veteran caregivers; the spouses, parents, and loved-ones caring for wounded warriors at home. This year’s grant recipients include thirteen organizations who offer innovative and evidence-based programs addressing the long-term needs of military caregivers, our nation’s hidden heroes.

“Through the Hidden Heroes Fund, the Elizabeth Dole Foundation continues to build a strong, nationwide network of support for America’s military caregivers,” announced Senator Elizabeth Dole, president of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. “This year’s recipients are some of the most respected organizations working on behalf of the veterans’ community and caregivers, and together, they will help ensure our nation supports our hidden heroes for years to come.”

This year’s Hidden Heroes Fund beneficiaries include well-established Foundation partners as well as new partner programs that address the Foundation’s priorities for 2018. From case management and resiliency training, to community outreach, professional development, and support for military children, these organizations complement the Foundation’s mission to build a coordinated and holistic model of support for military caregivers.

The 2018 Hidden Heroes Fund grant recipients include:

  • American Legion Auxiliary
  • Blue Star Families
  • Code of Support Foundation
  • Community Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Dog Tag, Inc.
  • National Military Family Association
  • Project New Hope
  • The Military Family Research Institute (MFRI)
  • Military Support Programs and Networks at the University of Michigan (M-SPAN)
  • Quality of Life Foundation
  • Vets Community Connections
  • Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania
  • WorkLife Institute

For more information about the organizations and programs the 2018 Hidden Heroes Fund will be supporting, click here.

About Elizabeth Dole Foundation

The Elizabeth Dole Foundation is the preeminent organization empowering, supporting, and honoring our nation’s 5.5 million military caregivers – the spouses, parents, family members, and friends who care for America’s wounded, ill or injured veterans at home. Founded by Senator Elizabeth Dole in 2012, the Foundation adopts a comprehensive approach in its support and advocacy, working with leaders in the public, private, nonprofit, and faith communities to recognize military caregivers’ service and promote their well-being. Learn more about the Elizabeth Dole Foundation at

The Hidden Heroes Campaign, an initiative of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, brings vital attention to the untold stories of military caregivers and provides a safe, secure place where caregivers can meet and access carefully vetted resources at Another aspect of the Campaign, Hidden Heroes Cities, is an effort to galvanize local leaders across America to identify military caregivers in their communities and the local resources to support them. To date more than 114 cities from San Antonio to New York, from Washington, DC to San Diego have signed on. Learn more about Hidden Heroes at

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