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The V Foundation’s Victory Ride to Cure Cancer Announces Braswell Family Farms as Presenting Partner

Fourth-Generation, Family-Owned Egg and Feed Farm Joins Local Cycling Event to Achieve Victory Over Cancer®

Press Release – Cary, NC [March 19, 2019] – The V Foundation for Cancer Research’s Victory Ride to Cure Cancer, a one-day charity cycling event benefiting the V Foundation in Raleigh, N.C., is delighted to announce Braswell Family Farms as presenting partner. Braswell Family Farms, one of the foremost producers of premium and specialty eggs and feed on the East Coast, is joining the V Foundation on May 18 to help achieve Victory Over Cancer®.

“So many on our team at Braswell Family Farms have either suffered from cancer themselves or had a close friend or family member who has,” said Trey Braswell, President of Braswell Family Farms. “Braswell Family Farms is so grateful to partner with the V Foundation and have an opportunity to give back with our time, treasure and talent to push back on the darkness of cancer.”

As the presenting partner, Braswell Family Farms will enhance the ride-day experience for participants, volunteers and spectators. Braswell Family Farms will provide breakfast for all riders and volunteers and provide hard boiled eggs throughout the course to fuel cyclists. Prior to the Victory Ride, Braswell Family Farms will visit Victory Ride partners on a breakfast tour.

“We are so pleased to partner with Braswell Family Farms,” said Susan Braun, Chief Executive Officer of the V Foundation. “What a wonderful partner to have as we build the Victory Ride. Their support not only means a delicious start to ride day, but it means even more people working together toward Victory Over Cancer®.”

Victory Ride participants raise a minimum of $250 with 100% of rider-raised funds directed to cancer research. The Victory Ride benefits Duke Cancer Institute, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and Wake Forest Baptist Health Comprehensive Cancer Center, as well as breakthrough cancer research nationwide.

From start to post-ride, the Victory Ride has many exciting features. George Hincapie, 17-time Tour de France competitor and Grand Marshal of the Victory Ride, will lead the first wave of riders out of NC State University’s Centennial Campus. The Victory Ride festival area will have a kids bicycle obstacle course. Cyclists and their guests can enjoy food trucks and local breweries in a post-ride celebration.

For more information about the Victory Ride to Cure Cancer or to register for the ride, please visit Follow the Victory Ride on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @TheVictoryRide and through #TheVictoryRide. For more information on the V Foundation for Cancer Research or to make a donation, please visit

About the V Foundation for Cancer Research

The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State University basketball coach and ESPN commentator. The Foundation has funded more than $225 million in cancer research grants nationwide. Event proceeds benefit cancer research funded by the V Foundation. The Foundation awards peer-reviewed grants through a competitive awards process strictly supervised by a Scientific Advisory Committee. For more information on the V Foundation or to make a donation, please visit

About Braswell Family Farms

Braswell Family Farms seeks to glorify God while providing the safest, highest quality feed and eggs for American families. Braswell Family Farms is the second largest Eggland’s Best franchisee in the United States and a leading producer of value-added private label egg products for quality minded retailers.

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Student Teams from Cornell University and New Jersey Institute of Technology Awarded $45,000 EPA Grant for Innovative Technology Projects

Press Release – NEW YORK (March 19, 2019) – This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $45,000 in funding for three student teams through its People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) grants program. Student teams from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and Cornell University are receiving funding to develop sustainable technologies to help solve environmental and public health challenges.

“EPA’s P3 grants program supports the next generation of scientists and engineers,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “These students are able to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to real-world environmental problems that require innovative solutions.”

“Students at New Jersey Institute of Technology and Cornell University are creating affordable, sustainable solutions to the real issues we are challenged by in Region 2,” said EPA Regional Administrator Pete Lopez. “These students are applying science and cutting-edge technology to tackle important environmental threats to our lakes and the quality of our drinking water.”

Grantees include student teams from the following universities:

  • New Jersey Institute of Technology – Newark, N.J.: The student team from NJIT is devising a sustainable process based on reactive nanobubbles technology to control and mitigate harmful algal blooms.
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology – Newark, N.J.: The student team from NJIT is developing a novel device that will remove per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) from drinking water.
  • Cornell University – Ithaca, N.Y.: The student team from Cornell University is developing a pump with the goal of zero electricity drinking water treatment.

The P3 competition challenges students to research, develop and design innovative projects that address a myriad of environmental protection and public health issues. The Phase I teams will receive grants of up to $15,000 each to fund the proof of concept for their projects.

The Phase I recipients will attend the TechConnect World Innovation Conference and Expo in Boston, Mass., on June 17-18, 2019, to showcase their research. They can then apply for a Phase II grant that provides funding up to $100,000 to further the project design.

These students, who represent the future workforce in diverse scientific and engineering fields, are following in the footsteps of other P3 teams. Some of these teams have gone on to start businesses based on ideas and products developed through their P3 project. In 2018, a previous P3 Phase I awardee from Oklahoma State University (OSU) leveraged P3 funding to initiate their research to develop a cost-effective approach to enhance energy efficiency in wastewater treatment. In furthering their P3 project, OSU transformed the research into a business plan and won the Queen’s Entrepreneurs’ Competition with its startup business plan for Contraire, a predictive analysis control system designed to provide near real-time wastewater test measurements. Amongst 15 other teams, OSU pitched their business plan to a panel of Canadian business leaders and received multiple inquiries from investors.

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Global Sustainable Investment Alliance to release GLOBAL SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT REVIEW 2018

Media web conference scheduled for April 2 10:00 a.m. ET

Press Release – WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 19, 2019) – The Global Sustainable Investment Alliance (GSIA) will release its biennial Global Sustainable Investment Review 2018 on Tuesday, April 2 at 8:00 a.m. ET. GSIA leaders will host a media web conference at 10:00 a.m. ET the same day, featuring:

  • Simon Howard, chief executive at UKSIF: The UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association
  • Dustyn Lanz, CEO at Responsible Investment Association, Canada
  • Meg Voorhes, research director at US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment
  • Lisa Woll, CEO of US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment

In its fourth edition, the biennial Global Sustainable Investment Review will present the latest data and trends on sustainable investing from Europe, the United States, Japan, Canada, and Australia and New Zealand. The report draws on in-depth regional and national reports from GSIA members—Eurosif, US SIF Foundation, Japan SIF, Responsible Investment Association Canada and Responsible Investment Association Australasia. It also features sidebars on Africa from the African Investing for Impact Barometer and from Latin America, provided by the Principles for Responsible Investment. Together, these resources provide data points, insights, analysis and examples of the shape of sustainable investing worldwide.

The Global Sustainable Investment Review is sponsored by UBS, RBC and Hermes Investment Management.

About The Global Sustainable Investment Alliance

The Global Sustainable Investment Alliance (GSIA) is a collaboration of membership-based sustainable investment organizations around the world. GSIA’s mission is to deepen the impact and visibility of sustainable investment organizations at the global level. Its vision is a world where sustainable investment is integrated into financial systems and the investment chain and where all regions of the world have coverage by vigorous membership-based institutions that represent and advance the sustainable investment community. For more information, visit

About US SIF

US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment is the leading voice advancing sustainable, responsible and impact investing across all asset classes. Its mission is to rapidly shift investment practices toward sustainability, focusing on long-term investment and the generation of positive social and environmental impacts. US SIF members include investment management and advisory firms, mutual fund companies, asset owners, research firms, financial planners and advisors, broker-dealers, community investing organizations and nonprofit associations. The 9th US SIF Annual Conference will take place June 10-12, in Minneapolis.

US SIF is supported in its work by the US SIF Foundation, a 501(C)(3) organization that undertakes educational and research activities to advance the mission of US SIF, including offering training for advisors and other financial professionals on the Fundamentals of Sustainable and Impact Investment. Learn more at

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Discovery Education and LG Electronics USA Celebrate “International Day of Happiness” Discussing Science-Based Practices to Achieve Sustainable Happiness

– Student and Educators Celebrate International Day of Happiness by joining Day of Learning Twitter Chat to Explore the Science Behind Happiness –

Press Release – Silver Spring, Md. (Tuesday, March 19, 2019) – In celebration of the International Day of Happiness, LG Electronics USA and Discovery Education, the leading provider of standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, today announced the International Day of Happiness Day of Learning – a nationwide, day-long conversation designed to create meaningful dialogue around the importance of happiness and deliver new resources and tips for practicing happiness skills with teachers, students and families.

“LG is committed to teaching students and educators around the nation that happiness is more than a fleeting feeling, the goal of the ‘Life’s Good Experience Happiness Initiative’ is to unlock the potential of a sustainable life through science-based happiness skills for 5.5 million youth over 5 years,” said John Taylor, senior vice president of Public Affairs and CSR, LG Electronics USA. “Empowering our world with a unique opportunity to work on decreasing the chances of suffering from stress, anxiety and depression is so important to our mission of providing a safe space to practice the Six Sustainable Happiness Skills.”

On March 20, 2019, educators are invited to share videos or pictures of how they are celebrating the International Day of Happiness. Students are also invited to share videos by joining a special Twitter chat with @LGUS and @DiscoveryEd to answer the question: “which happiness skill are you practicing and how has it impacted your life, your classroom or your school?” Participants are welcomed to use #DiscoverYourHappy and #ExperienceHappiness to follow the conversation.

Discovery Your Happy resources are available at no-cost at and within Discovery Education Streaming Plus. An award-winning comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas, Discovery Education Streaming Plus helps build the important critical thinking, collaboration and communication skills needed for success beyond graduation.

Join the Day of Learning Twitter Chat for the following sessions:

9:00 a.m. Opening with a Get Ready to Learn exercise from Inner Explorer

10:00 a.m. This is Your Brain on Happiness with experts from Greater Good Science Center, U.C. Berkeley

12:00 p.m. The Happiness Impact with students from Sachem High School East

2:00 p.m. The Six Sustainable Happiness Skills with experts from Project Happiness

5:00 p.m. Discover Your Happy Everyday closing with resources to extend the learning

The United Nations International Day of Happiness is a global celebration to recognize happiness as a fundamental human goal that lays the foundation for the well-being of people worldwide.

The Day of Learning will enlighten students and educators across the country about the Six Sustainable Happiness Skills: Mindfulness, Positive Outlook, Purpose, Gratitude, Generosity, and Human Connection, provided by happiness experts from The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, Inner Explorer and Project Happiness. During the Day of Learning experts will demonstrate how happiness impacts our physiology and psychology.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, suicide is the second leading cause of death for adolescents age 12-17 in the United States. Research from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America shows that one in four children are affected by anxiety disorders; these youth are at higher risk to perform poorly in school, miss out on important social experiences and engage in substance abuse. Happy people are healthier, live longer, earn more money, and do better in school and life.

“Discovery Education is proud to partner with the ‘LG Experience Happiness Initiative’ to host a day dedicated to teaching the importance of consciously pursuing happiness, while providing students and educators with the digital tools they need to foster social emotional learning and improve focus,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “The ‘Day of Learning’ will highlight critical ‘Discover Your Happy’ work which promotes ways for youth to reduce stress, anxiety and live mentally healthier lives.”

Launched in 2018, Discovery Education and LG Electronics USA joined forces to create the Discover Your Happy program, an initiative designed to teach students that happiness is a learnable skill, as an extension of LG’s Life’s Good: Experience Happiness corporate social responsibility initiative. Discover Your Happy introduces skills and practices aimed at achieving sustainable happiness. These classroom tools are aligned with curriculum standards and are designed to provide engaging, hands-on activities for students to identify actionable ways to start their journey toward sustainable happiness, while bringing happiness to their communities through the Six Sustainable Happiness skills.

“The ‘Discover Your Happy’ initiative provides an awareness that stress could be alleviated through learning and practicing structured skills aimed towards your personal journey of happiness,” said Francie Snyder, Educator, Manatee County, Florida. “Celebrating the ‘International Day of Happiness’ helps me to identify resources that captive and inspire my students to understand the science of happiness, empowering them to help teach their peers, families and community those tactical skills.”

Discover Your Happy resources are accessible for free online and also through Discovery Education Streaming Plus. For more information about Discovery Education’s digital curriculum content and professional development services, visit Stay connected with Discovery Education through social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @DiscoveryEd.

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Smithsonian Examines Health and Medicine Through Philanthropy Lens

National Museum of American History Accepts Breast Cancer Materials From BCRF and The Estée Lauder Companies, Adds Artifacts to “Giving in America” Exhibit

Press Release – WASHINGTON, March 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Philanthropy to support health and medicine is the focus of the updated exhibit “Giving in America” at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Donations from The Estée Lauder Companies Archives and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) March 19 include artifacts such as a 2018 U.S. Mint commemorative coin designed to help raise funds and a breast cancer awareness petition.

“Giving in America” is a long-term exhibit that looks at philanthropy’s role in shaping the United States. It is part of the Smithsonian Philanthropy Initiative, which launched in 2015 to explore philanthropy’s collaborative power through collecting, researching, documenting and displaying materials related to the history and impact of giving. The initiative hosts an annual “Power of Giving: Philanthropy’s Impact on American Life” symposium, which will take place March 19 after the donation ceremony.

In 1992, Evelyn H. Lauder, with SELF magazine, used the Estée Lauder global brand to launch a pink ribbon campaign to raise breast cancer awareness. A year later, she founded BCRF; Lauder was able to motivate consumers to help support the mission.

The donations to the national collections will include a SELF magazine and Estée Lauder Companies “Count Me In” petition with a pink ribbon from that first year; a Breast Cancer Awareness donation card with enamel pink ribbon from October 1993; a BCRF press kit, also from 1993; and an Estée Lauder pink ribbon makeup compact from 1997. BCRF is donating three proof coins from the commemorative coin program: a $5 pink gold coin, a $1 silver coin and a half-dollar coin made of copper-nickel. Authorized by law, the coin prices include surcharges that benefitted BCRF to further breast cancer research in the U.S. and abroad.

“Health and medicine have long been central to philanthropy and its expansive reach,” said Amanda B. Moniz, the museum’s David M. Rubenstein Curator of Philanthropy. “Diseases cross borders and so do the means to tackle them, and, as a result, medical philanthropy has connected Americans to a global effort. Many Americans are inspired to give to medical causes because they hope to find a cure for a loved one or honor someone who has passed. Whatever the reason, these gifts contribute to medical ecosystems around the world.”

“We hope these artifacts of breast cancer philanthropy will long serve as a testament to visionaries like our founder Evelyn H. Lauder who worked tirelessly to end breast cancer,” said Myra Biblowit, president and CEO of BCRF. “We are honored alongside our partners at The Estée Lauder Companies to be part of the museum’s collection showcasing the power of donors, volunteers and partnerships to improve outcomes and save lives.”

Exhibition highlights include an 1852 medal from the Humane Society of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for work in rescuing drowning victims, an operating-room cap worn on a Liberia medical mission, a mosquito net to prevent malaria, a 1973 New York Chinatown health fair poster and a Rotary International “polio free” hat. Sneakers worn by Puerto Rican actor and comedian Raymond Arrieta in 2015 represent an annual charity walk around the island to support cancer patients. Letters by signers of the Giving Pledge known for their health and medical philanthropy will be on view in the exhibit. In addition, visitors can peruse over 140 other Giving Pledge letters on an adjacent digital kiosk. The Giving Pledge is a commitment by the world’s wealthiest individuals and families to dedicate the majority of their wealth to philanthropy.

Online videos enhance exhibit content, including a March of Dimes video that highlights the organization’s pioneering mass-fundraising techniques in the 20th century.

The Smithsonian Philanthropy Initiative is made possible through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and a gift from David M. Rubenstein, co-founder and co-executive chairman of The Carlyle Group and chair of the Smithsonian Board of Regents. Additional support comes from the Fidelity Charitable Trustees’ Initiative, a grant-making program of Fidelity Charitable.

For more on the Philanthropy Initiative, visit and the Giving and Health webpage at

Through incomparable collections, rigorous research and dynamic public outreach, the National Museum of American History explores the infinite richness and complexity of American history. The museum is located on Constitution Avenue, between 12th and 14th streets N.W., and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25). Admission is free.

SOURCE Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

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Hadassah Foundation Appoints Stephanie Blumenkranz as New Director

Press Release – March 19, 2019, NEW YORK, NY – The Hadassah Foundation, which invests in social change to empower girls and women in Israel and the United States, has named Stephanie Blumenkranz as Director, according to Susan Beller, Hadassah Foundation Board Chair.

Blumenkranz will work in close partnership with the Hadassah Foundation board to deepen and execute the Foundation’s grant-making programs, develop strategies to raise additional funds, cultivate new and existing donors, and expand the visibility of the Foundation to the broader Jewish community.

Beller states, “We are thrilled to have found a new director for the Hadassah Foundation with extensive experience and background in Jewish women’s philanthropy. In addition to Stephanie’s passion for women’s issues, her strategic thinking and dedicated leadership will help the Hadassah Foundation to thrive and grow as it enters its third decade. Stephanie will continue to build upon the Hadassah Foundation’s success to ensure that it will to play a key role in the ongoing movement for women’s equality.”

Stephanie Blumenkranz

Blumenkranz previously served as Associate Director at the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York (JWFNY). During her tenure at JWFNY, she oversaw $3.2 million in grants to 137 programs in 21 countries. She played an instrumental role in strengthening their grant making practices, growing and engaging their donor base, and creating impactful education campaigns that led to institutional and policy changes.

Blumenkranz enthuses, “This position allows me to combine my knowledge and expertise from previous philanthropy positions with my passion and love for the land and people of Israel. I am grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with the Hadassah Foundation’s impressive board members and learn from their impactful grantee partners. Together, we will strengthen and grow the Hadassah Foundation so that a greater number of women and girls in both the U.S. and Israel are empowered to drive change.”

Originally from Northern New Jersey and living in New York City since 2008, Blumenkranz also has experience as the External Affairs Associate at the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness, and as the Special Assistant to the Commissioner at New York City Children’s Services. She is a board member of the Women’s City Club and a Global Circle Steering Committee member of American Jewish World Service. Blumenkranz served as a Community Connections Fellow for The Center for Community Leadership at the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York and as a member of the Young Leadership Network at Philanthropy NY.

Blumenkranz graduated from Vanderbilt University and earned a master’s degree from New York University’s Steinhardt School. She also obtained an Executive Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service.

The Hadassah Foundation invests in social change, granting over a half million dollars each year to organizations in Israel and the United States that empower women and girls. As one of the largest Jewish women’s funds in the United States, Hadassah Foundation has awarded almost $8.3 million in grants to nearly 100 non-profit organizations. To learn more, visit

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Northern Forest Center Puts $1 Million to Work in Millinocket

Investments Create Quality Housing, Support Community Revitalization

Press Release – The Northern Forest Center has reached its initial goal of raising $1 million in investments for its Millinocket Housing Initiative Fund and has put the money to work directly in the community. The Center created the Millinocket Housing Initiative Fund, its first social and economic impact investment fund, to create quality homes for people who want to make a future in Millinocket.

Only two years after the launch of the fund, the Center has purchased six buildings and renovated five, turning dilapidated downtown properties into comfortable, high quality homes.

“We owe our success to the generous investors who stand with us in supporting the future of Millinocket,” said Center President Rob Riley. “We’re seeing great enthusiasm by individuals and foundations who want to make impact investments to advance the revitalization of our rural communities.”

Three of the completed renovations were extensive, reconfiguring the living spaces, replacing all windows and insulation, and replacing a roof. In February, the Center began a top-to-bottom renovation on the sixth property at 100 Katahdin Avenue, a grand but long-abandoned home on Veteran’s Park within an easy walk to downtown stores, the elementary school and the library.

The renovation — the Center’s most ambitious Millinocket renovation project to date — will reconfigure the building from five apartments to three. McLaughlin Builders of Medway, Maine, is heading up reconstruction of the building and expects to complete work by August.

“It’s almost impossible to overstate the impact of what the Northern Forest Center has done,” said Cody McEwen, chair of the Town Council. “The sheer investment in house purchases and subsequent payroll for local labor is huge to a town like Millinocket. Seeing a new roof go on or new siding go up on a building that was an eyesore is a great boost for everyone who passes by it.”

Housing is one piece of the Center’s broader strategy to support a strong and diversified economic future.

“The Center weaves together philanthropy, impact investments, and tax credits to complete community revitalization projects,” said Celina Adams of Kittery, Maine, who serves as vice president of the Center’s Board of directors. “As someone who works in philanthropy, I know working with a broad range of capital is unusual and quite powerful.”

In Millinocket, the Center has combined philanthropy and impact capital for its Housing Initiative and will bring its tax credit expertise to the Memorial Library renovation and Our Katahdin’s mill site redevelopment effort. “It’s amazing what a unified capital approach can accomplish, and it provides so many more entry points for supporters to get involved,” said Adams.

In addition to the financial resources, the Center is supporting development and improvement of recreational trails, managing building renovations, and helping convert buildings to wood pellet heat, all programs supported by donations and grants.

“Living in Millinocket has been a wonderful move for me both personally and professionally,” said Mike Smith, who lives in one of the Center’s renovated homes. “It’s incredible to be part of a community working so hard to reinvent itself and think creatively about the future.”

“You can’t beat the back yard here either, with endless adventure at my doorstep,” added Smith, who is program director and COO of the Outdoor Sport Institute. “Having this beautiful rental home available from the Center made my transition easy, and it’s made it easy for my friends and colleagues to experience the area as well. Everyone who’s stayed with me has left saying ‘this is awesome, maybe we should be looking at places here too,’” he said.

“The Fund has enabled the Center to fill a critical need in Millinocket, but we’re nowhere near done,” said Riley, who announced that the Center is developing a Phase 2 fund for Millinocket that focuses on commercial real estate redevelopment. The Center is also raising a similar fund for community investment in Lancaster, N.H. The Center is paying interest to investors in the funds and will repay the capital at the end of the investment term.

The Center welcomes inquiries from people who would like to support Millinocket’s revitalization efforts. Please contact Lila Trowbridge for more information, or make a donation via the Center’s website (

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Erika’s Lighthouse Provides Free Depression Education To High Schools And Middle Schools Around The Country

Celebrates its 15th anniversary with Gala on Saturday, May 18

Press Release – March 5, 2019 – Winnetka, Ill. – Erika’s Lighthouse, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to educating and raising awareness about adolescent depression, encouraging good mental health, and breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health issues, announced today that it will be holding a celebratory event to celebrate its 15th Anniversary on Saturday, May 18 at 7 p.m. It will be held at the Valley Lo Club, 2200 Tanglewood Drive, in Glenview. Tickets are $200 and are available at The gala will feature dinner, dancing, a raffle, and a live auction, which will feature a limited number of high-end exclusive and experiential packages.

Erika’s Lighthouse was founded in 2004 by Ginny and Tom Neuckranz after their daughter Erika lost her life to adolescent depression. The organization, a Beacon of Hope for Adolescent Depression, empowers young people with the knowledge and skills to understand and cope with this disorder. Erika’s Lighthouse develops and provides free teen depression awareness programs and resources to middle school and high school communities around the country. Its programs address the challenges surrounding teen depression using the most impactful, innovative and accessible methods available today. This includes interactive web-based resources, multimedia classroom teaching tools, and teen-to-teen interventions, which makes Erika’s Lighthouse a trailblazer for mental health education.

“When Erika lost her battle with depression 15 years ago we were devastated and did not understand why she would take her own life. In 2004 there was a lack of information about depression available for teens and their families. We started Erika’s Lighthouse because we wanted to fill that information gap with hopeful and helpful support, and break down the stigma that prevents people from getting the help that they need to lead productive lives,” said Ginny and Tom Neuckranz, the founders of Erika’s Lighthouse. “Over the last 15 years, we are grateful that we have been able to help educate and support countless young people struggling with depression, as well as their families and friends. With the help of our many dedicated friends and staff, we have left a legacy of hope in our communities to Get Depression Out of the Dark.”

From a modest start 15 years ago, Erika’s Lighthouse has gone from providing free educational programs on depression and suicide awareness in our local community to now touching the lives of students, parents and school professionals in 300 schools spread across 36 states.

Erika’s Lighthouse continues to make improvements and make it easier for school partners to access its programs and resources. In 2018, a new website and resource portal was introduced that provides all of Erika’s Lighthouse resources in one place, including additional teen empowerment activities.

More information on bringing Erika’s Lighthouse programs to middle schools and high schools is available at:

About Erika’s Lighthouse

Erika’s Lighthouse: A Beacon of Hope for Adolescent Depression is a non-profit organization committed to raising awareness about teen depression in middle school and high school communities at no cost to schools. Erika’s Lighthouse works to eliminate the stigma surrounding depression and empower young people to take ownership of their mental health. Core programs include the video-based, teacher-led depression awareness classroom programs — The Erika’s Lighthouse Program: Depression and Suicide Awareness for High School Students and The Erika’s Lighthouse Program: Depression Awareness for Middle School Students. Erika’s Lighthouse also provides countless other web-based resources. To learn more, visit

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Peterson Foundation And Ford Foundation Convening National Experts At Milestone US 2050 Conference

Leading experts, scholars will discuss 31 new research papers on trends that will shape America’s future economy and society

Press Release – NEW YORK (March 18, 2019) — The Peter G. Peterson Foundation and the Ford Foundation will convene a milestone US 2050 conference on Friday, March 22, at the Liaison Washington Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C.

With multiple demographic, economic, societal and fiscal trends shaping America, leading scholars and experts will discuss a range of new insights and projections that will drive further research and help policymakers prepare now for the future. The 31 US 2050 papers assess a range of interrelated issues, including labor force participation, education, poverty, immigration, fertility, health status, caregiving, family structure, retirement savings, and the future of Congress. A summary paper connecting the dots of this wide-ranging new research has been prepared by David Wessel (Director, Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution) and will be made available at the event.

The Pew Research Center will also present findings from a new survey on what Americans think the U.S. will be like in 2050.

US 2050 Spring Conference participants will include:

  • Michael A. Peterson, CEO, Peter G. Peterson Foundation
  • John Irons, Director, Future of Work, Ford Foundation
  • David Wessel, Brookings Institution; US 2050 Advisory Committee member
  • Kim Parker, The Pew Research Center
  • Marta Tienda, Princeton University
  • Annamaria Lusardi, George Washington University; US 2050 author
  • Michael Strain, American Enterprise Institute; US 2050 Advisory Committee member
  • Bill Gale, Brookings Institution; US 2050 author
  • Andra Gillespie, Emory University
  • Sarah Bryner, Center for Responsive Politics; US 2050 author
  • Daniel Stid, Hewlett Foundation; US 2050 author
  • Michael Chui, McKinsey Global Institute

The conference format allows ample time for Q&A to encourage members of the audience to add their perspectives and to engage with the panelists on the topics under discussion.

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About the Peter G. Peterson Foundation

The Peter G. Peterson Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that is dedicated to increasing public awareness of the nature and urgency of key fiscal challenges threatening America’s future, and to accelerating action on them. To address these challenges successfully, we work to bring Americans together to find and implement sensible, long-term solutions that transcend age, party lines and ideological divides in order to achieve real results. To learn more, please visit

About the Ford Foundation

About the Ford Foundation The Ford Foundation is an independent, nonprofit grant-making organization. For more than 80 years it has worked with courageous people on the frontlines of social change worldwide, guided by its mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. With headquarters in New York, the foundation has offices in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. For more information, please visit:

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Wounded Warrior Project Empowers Veterans Through The Honor Foundation

Press Release – WASHINGTON (Mar. 18, 2019) – Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) announces a new partnership with The Honor Foundation (THF), a nonprofit that has developed a nationally recognized transition program for the military’s special operations forces community. This program helps special operators successfully transition from military to civilian life and attain gainful careers.

This $100,000 grant will provide funding for fellows to participate in THF’s Transition Institute, which combines one-on-one executive coaching and industry mentoring, three months of class instruction, and access to an elite, nationwide professional network. The grant will also support fellows attending a THF TREK, the capstone immersion experience of the program that provides access to some of nation’s leading businesses.

“Returning to civilian life and finding purpose can be a challenge for any service member,” said WWP CEO Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Mike Linnington. “Fortunately, organizations like The Honor Foundation understand that this critically important and life-changing transition can be effectively managed with the right resources. We’re proud to work alongside them as they help our nation’s warriors find a new mission in their civilian careers.”

“We are thrilled to be working alongside Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that has already driven such powerful change in the lives of countless veterans,” said THF CEO Matt Stevens. “It’s an honor for The Honor Foundation to serve our Special Operations Forces in their transitions to civilian life and its humbling that Wounded Warrior Project sees the value of that mission. We’re grateful for their support and excited to grow our impact on the lives of transitioning Special Operators.”

To learn more about how WWP partnerships with organizations like THF are improving the lives of millions of warriors and their families, visit

About Wounded Warrior Project

Since 2003, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) has been meeting the growing needs of warriors, their families, and caregivers – helping them achieve their highest ambition. Learn more:

About The Honor Foundation

The Honor Foundation (THF) is a world-class transition institute for Navy SEALs and the wider Special Operations Forces that helps navigate the transition from military to civilian life and careers. It achieves this through a three-month program which provides tailored executive education, one-on-one coaching, and access to a nationwide professional network. This program was built by the desire to serve others with honor for life, so that their next mission is always clear and continues to impact the world. The Honor Foundation provides tools that maximize its fellows’ potential and prepares them to succeed on their own. The Honor Foundation has nearly 429 graduates to date and has campuses in San Diego, CA, Virginia Beach, VA, Camp Lejeune, NC (serving the Marine Raider community), and a virtual campus. The Navy SEAL Foundation is a founding partner of The Honor Foundation.

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