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Loyola University New Orleans Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Development Celebrates $1.5 Million Gift

Anonymous gift puts Loyola’s Faith in the Future capital campaign at $91 million

Press Release – (New Orleans – Sept. 18, 2018) Loyola University New Orleans celebrates this week a generous $1.5 million gift that will expand the scope of the university’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Development, now under the direction of Kate McCrery.

Bestowed by an anonymous donor, the gift will transform and expand opportunities available to all Loyola students aiming to pursue their interests in entrepreneurship.

“Entrepreneurship has the potential to solve large-scale, complex problems that impact communities in any town or city,” said McCrery, who took over leadership of the Center this month. “Through the generosity of this gift, every Loyola student from every major can now gain access to this potential, which empowers an entire generation to introduce new ideas and create better communities for us all.”

According to the Data Center, 72% of the net new jobs created in New Orleans last year came from 1% of new businesses, McCrery said. As a university, Loyola is working to expand and develop entrepreneurial talent as well as to support community partners. This effort will grow local business and employment and spur economic growth.

Specifically, the gift will allow the CECD to hire and train additional staff, further develop experiential programming for students, bring entrepreneurs and mentors to campus, and launch a new consulting venture that will allow Loyola entrepreneurship majors and MBA students to gain professional experience while providing local businesses operational support. Furthermore, this gift will allow the CECD to develop a new scholarship program for its Certificate in Software Development, which provides coding skills to many students who would otherwise be unable to access crucial career connections that this program creates.

The $1.5 million gift also puts Loyola’s Faith in the Future campaign at $91 million of its $100 million goal, or 91 percent attainment. Following six record-setting years, the Faith in the Future campaign is the most ambitious and successful fundraising campaign in university history.

“At Loyola University New Orleans, we encourage our students to use their creativity and critical thinking, ethical decision-making, and problem-solving skills, to find ways to improve the world around them,” said Loyola University New Orleans President Tania Tetlow. “With this gift, the CECD will expand and grow opportunities for both our students and local businesses throughout New Orleans. Our entire community is grateful to our benevolent donor for this generosity and support.”

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New UBS Investor Watch Study Reveals Stark Differences in Adoption of Sustainable Investing Globally

The US investors surveyed trail all other countries surveyed in adoption of sustainable investing in this largest recurring study of High Net Worth Investors, although they have the highest allocation into sustainable investments

  • Significant generation divide among US investors—72% of young investors have sustainable investments, compared to only 6% of investors age 65+
  • Adoption is low but growing—only 12% of US investors have sustainable investments, compared to 39% globally, but investors project an increase of 58% over the next five years
  • US investors who have made the foray into sustainable investing are fully committed—49% of their portfolio assets are dedicated to sustainable investments, the highest of any country
  • 51% of US investors surveyed expect sustainable investment returns to match those of traditional investments, compared to 50% of investors globally. Almost 1 in 5 US investors (19%) expect sustainable investments to outperform traditional investments.
  • Investors in China, Brazil and the UAE are the most likely to hold some sustainable investments (60%, 53% and 53% respectively)
  • Confusion continues to hold US investors back—66% of investors find the terminology around sustainable investing perplexing, and 79% say gauging impact is difficult

Press Release – New York, New York – September 19, 2018 – UBS today launched “Return on values,” the latest edition of its UBS Investor Watch report. UBS Investor Watch is the world’s largest recurring global study of High Net Worth Investors (HNWIs).*

The study reveals stark differences in the sustainable investing landscape. The US has the lowest rate of adoption at 12%, compared to 39% of investors globally. China, Brazil and the UAE lead the charge, with 60%, 53% and 53% of investors respectively indicating they have sustainable investment holdings.

However, despite lower adoption, sustainable investors in the US have the highest average allocation, with 49% of their portfolio assets dedicated to sustainable investments. The average global allocation is 36%.

“Investors see sustainable investing as the way of the future. Across all ages, wealth levels and regions, many believe sustainable investing will become a more mainstream approach over time,” said Paula Polito, Global Client Strategy Officer, UBS Global Wealth Management. “Many of the investors surveyed believe that sustainable investments are wise investments and see no need to compromise their personal values for financial returns.”

Young investors and those with the greatest wealth lead momentum behind sustainable investing

While adoption today is low in the US, investors expect sustainable investing to grow to 19% over the next five years, an increase of 58% from today’s levels. In fact, almost a third (32%) of US investors expect sustainable investing to become the “new normal” in 10 years.

Younger investors and those with the greatest wealth are the leading adopters of sustainable investing, both globally and in the US. Seven in ten (72%) young American investors [1] invest sustainably, compared to only 6% of investors age 65+. Among the ultra-rich, [2] 40% invest sustainably, compared to 8% of investors with $1 million to $2 million of investable assets.

Confusion and comfort with their investment approach holds investors back

The study finds that among non-adopters in the US, 85% are happy with their existing investment approach, followed by 79% who say that quantifying the impact of sustainable investments is a major barrier.

Confusion about terminology is compounding the issue. Two-thirds of US investors (66%) find the language of sustainable investing perplexing, and less than a quarter (23%) are very familiar with the term itself. Similarly, US investors make little distinction among the three major sustainable investment approaches: exclusion, integration and impact investing.

In the midst of this confusion, it is clear that advisors have an important role to play, with sustainable investors listing their financial advisors as the top influencers in their decision to invest sustainably, followed by family and friends.

“The opportunity for growth in the US is vast, with young people and wealthy investors leading the way and momentum growing,” said Andrew Lee, Americas, Head of Sustainable and Impact Investing at UBS Global Wealth Management’s Chief Investment Office. “Increasing education on the benefits and establishing common conventions for describing and measuring impact will help sustainable investing become the new normal.”

No tradeoff between personal values and returns

The study shows that few investors expect to sacrifice returns when investing sustainably. In fact, 70% of US investors believe the returns from sustainable investments will match or surpass those from traditional investments. They view sustainable companies as more responsible, better managed and more forward-thinking—thus, good investments.

To encourage further adoption of sustainable investing, UBS has committed to raise at least $5bn in impact investments over five years, in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. At Davos 2018, UBS announced the first 100% sustainable cross-asset portfolios for private clients, targeting market rates of risk-adjusted return as well as positive social and environmental outcomes.

About the research

* The cited research was conducted among more than 5,300 millionaires with at least $1 million in investable assets (excluding property). The global sample was split across 10 markets: Brazil, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Singapore, Switzerland, UAE, the UK and the US. The research was conducted between June 2018 and August 2018.

[1] Aged 18 – 34 years.

[2] With at least $50 million in investable assets.

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Thomson Reuters Foundation Launches ‘Openly’, Global LGBT+ News Platform

Digital platform fills critical gap in current news landscape

Press Release – (London – September 18, 2018) The Thomson Reuters Foundation – the charitable arm of the world’s largest news and information provider – announces today the expansion of its under-reported human rights news coverage with the launch of a dedicated LGBT+ digital news platform.

Launching on September 27, Openly ( will serve a global audience looking for authoritative, impartial and trustworthy news reporting on the many issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the world.

Openly will cover topics ranging from crucial legislative change, to health-related matters, business and economics. The digital platform will also shed light on the personal accounts of those discriminated against or attacked because of their sexual orientation and gender identity, and will give visibility to the work of those people, businesses and institutions advancing LGBT+ rights.

Edited by Hugo Greenhalgh – previously editor of the Financial Times’ Wealth Magazine – Openly’s original news content will be sourced by the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global editorial team, supported by a network of more than 250 freelancers spanning all continents.

Original news content from Openly will additionally be distributed via the Reuters wire service, reaching a daily audience of one billion readers worldwide. News will also be available on a dedicated section of the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s news site:, through Apple News, Google News and Facebook Instant News.

“LGBT+ rights are human rights,” said Monique Villa, CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “This initiative recognises the importance of shedding light on the many issues affecting LGBT+ people around the world with impartial and accurate news. Openly is about trusted news, and is not an advocacy platform.”

Openly aims to be the ultimate source of information for everyone with an interest in LGBT+ issues,” said Antonio Zappulla, COO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “When it comes to LGBT+ content, the current news landscape is often fragmented, insular and lacks credibility. Openly’s authoritative and trusted LGBT+ news will cater for the LGBT+ community and beyond.”

In line with the aim of becoming a ‘one-stop-shop’ for anyone seeking trusted LGBT+ content, Openly will also aggregate news and information from third-party sources, including articles, news reports, research and upcoming events from around the world.

To mark the launch of Openly, the Thomson Reuters Foundation will be hosting an evening event at its New York offices at 3 Times Square on September 27th. Held in partnership with the United Nations LGBTI Core Group and the UN Free & Equal campaign of the UN Human Rights Office, the launch will include a panel discussion examining how the media reports on LGBT+ issues. The discussion will be moderated by Don Lemon, host of CNN Tonight. Panellists will include Kasha Nabagesera, Executive Director of Freedom & Roam Uganda, Amir Ashour, Founder and Executive Director of IraQueer, Landon Wilson, a transgender US Navy Veteran, Maria Fontenelle, of the Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality, and Lyosha Gorshkov, Co-President of RUSA LGBT.

The launch event will be livestreamed at 7:00 pm EST (00:00 am BST) on the Openly website, as well as the Openly, Thomson Reuters Foundation News, and Thomson Reuters Foundation Facebook pages.

Openly is a Thomson Reuters Foundation service, with support from Barilla. In-kind pro bono support has been provided by Omnicom agencies FleishmanHillard and TBWA in developing the Openly brand identity and launch campaign.

Displayed in Times Square, New York, and in Canary Wharf, London, the Openly launch campaign features real headlines previously used by the media in reporting on LGBT+ people, and calls for impartial and fair reporting.

Openly goes live on September 27th at 12:00 pm BST, 7:00 am EST.

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BlueOrchard Celebrates 20th Anniversary of its Flagship Fund

  • Largest commercial microfinance fund in the world celebrates 20th anniversary
  • First BlueOrchard Impact Summit to take place in Pontresina (Switzerland) this October

Press Release – Zurich, 18 September 2018 – BlueOrchard Finance Ltd (“BlueOrchard”), a leading Swiss-based impact investment manager, is proud to announce the 20th anniversary of its flagship fund, the BlueOrchard Microfinance Fund – the largest commercial microfinance fund in the world. To further raise awareness for investment needs in developing countries, BlueOrchard has initiated the Impact Summit, taking place in Switzerland this October.

The BlueOrchard Microfinance Fund (BOMF) has become with more than USD 1.7 billion AuM the largest commercial microfinance fund in the world and has achieved competitive returns for its private and global investor base, including banks, insurances, and pension funds. For 20 years, BOMF has been fostering inclusive growth in 69 emerging and frontier markets, providing access to financial and related services to over 20 million low-income individuals and households by investing in 325 microfinance institutions. Today, 53% of the Fund’s clients are women entrepreneurs and 42% live in rural areas. BOMF addresses with its investments 11 out of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“During the last 20 years BOMF has proven that financial returns and social impact go hand in hand. While it has grown to become the largest commercial microfinance fund in the world, it remains under the same mission and vision, committed to fighting poverty and empowering people in emerging countries. We are proud to celebrate today the 20th anniversary of this unique fund, said Peter A. Fanconi, BlueOrchard’s Chairman of the Board.

“We are thankful to our investors for making this milestone anniversary possible. Investors today are increasingly asking for investment solutions that generate a financial return while making a social and/or environmental impact. We will continue to provide our investors worldwide with attractive investment solutions which contribute to solving the social and environmental challenges of our time,” said Patrick Scheurle, CEO of BlueOrchard.

In 1998, the General Assembly of the United Nations designated 2005 as the International Year of Microcredit. The Year was established to promote the contributions of microfinance to creating an inclusive and sustainable financial system, which grants access to financial services to the world’s poor. Under the umbrella of the Year, several initiatives were instigated by the UN to encourage microfinance investments. One of these was the launch of the world’s first fully private and commercial microfinance fund in 1998, the BlueOrchard Microfinance Fund (BOMF). The aim was to furnish proof to the idea that fighting poverty and generating market-rate returns is not an either-or choice.

First BlueOrchard Impact Summit

Today, 20 years later, reducing poverty and inequalities are as important and efforts to tackle these challenges are even impeded by the consequences of climate change. Taking place on the 3rd and 4th of October in Pontresina, Switzerland, the BlueOrchard Impact Summit will therefore focus on how investments in Inclusive Growth, Climate Change, Education and Sustainable Infrastructure can be mobilized at scale to address these challenges in developing countries and to close the alarming annual investment gap of USD 2.5 trillion in key sustainable development sectors.

“The upcoming BlueOrchard Impact Summit is a fantastic opportunity for leaders from around the world to discuss resources required to achieve the SDGs in the years to come”, said Peter A. Fanconi, BlueOrchard’s Chairman of the Board.

The Summit will bring together thought leaders from around the world, from public and private sectors to discuss, exchange, learn from each other’s experience and consequently derive solutions on how to reduce today’s rising inequalities. For more information on the Summit and the speakers, please visit:

About BlueOrchard Finance Ltd

BlueOrchard is a leading global impact investment manager. The firm is dedicated to fostering inclusive and climate-smart growth, while providing attractive returns for investors. BlueOrchard was founded in 2001, by initiative of the UN, as the world’s first commercial manager of microfinance debt investments. Today, BlueOrchard provides investors around the world with premium investment solutions, including credit, private equity, and sustainable infrastructure. Being an expert in innovative blended finance mandates, the firm is a trusted partner of leading global development finance institutions. With a major global presence and offices on four continents, BlueOrchard has invested to date more than USD 5bn across 80 emerging and frontier markets, enabling tangible social and environmental impact. BlueOrchard is a licensed Swiss asset manager of collective investment schemes authorized by FINMA. Its Luxembourg entity, BlueOrchard Asset Management S.A., is a licensed UCITS management company as well as a licensed alternative investment fund manager (AIFM) authorized by CSSF. For additional information, please visit:

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Global Impact Investing Network Appoints Xavier De Souza Briggs As New Board Member

Briggs Oversees Ford Foundation’s Impact Investing And Brings Decades Of Public Policy And Movement-Building Expertise To The GIIN

Press Release – NEW YORK, September 18, 2018 – The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) today announced the appointment of Xavier (“Xav”) de Souza Briggs as its newest Board member. Briggs is Vice President of Inclusive Economies and Markets at the Ford Foundation, where his role includes overseeing the foundation’s impact investing as well as programming in inclusive economic growth, the future of work, natural resources and climate change, and affordable housing. He is also responsible for overseeing the foundation’s regional teams in Asia and West Africa.

“We are honored to welcome Xav as our newest Board member,” said Amit Bouri, CEO and co-founder of the GIIN. “He is a proven leader whose strong values and unyielding commitment to advancing economic opportunity and sustainable development align well with the GIIN’s mission and objectives. His global reach and understanding of local communities, strategic problem solving, and expertise in catalyzing systems changes will be instrumental as the GIIN continues to drive transformation of the industry and propel the impact investing movement forward.”

Briggs is widely known for his pioneering research and public service in promoting economic fairness and opportunity. Prior to his role at the Ford Foundation, Briggs was professor of Sociology and Urban Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he also served as Head of the Housing, Community, and Economic Development Group. An award-winning author and educator, Briggs’s career also spans public policy, serving as Associate Director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Obama White House and as Policy Adviser and R&D Director at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development under the Clinton administration. Briggs was also a faculty member in Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

“Impact investing holds tremendous potential for funding solutions to some of our greatest global challenges,” Briggs said, “and for reconciling the functioning of capital markets with our highest social values. The GIIN has been the preeminent advocate for impact investing, and I am incredibly proud to join this organization. I look forward to working with the board to further our shared goals of advancing this vital movement.”

The Ford Foundation is a member of the GIIN’s Investors’ Council, a leadership group for large-scale impact investors. Last year, the Ford Foundation publicly committed $1 billion USD of its endowment to impact investments over the next decade, the largest commitment of its kind by a private foundation.

About the Global Impact Investing Network

The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) is the global champion of impact investing, dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing around the world. Impact investments are investments made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. Impact investments can be made in both emerging and developed markets and target a range of returns from below market to market rate, depending upon investors’ objectives. The GIIN builds critical infrastructure and supports activities, education, and research that help accelerate the development of a coherent impact investing industry. For more information, please visit

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Endless Summer Dream Fundraiser Was Fierce

Dream Foundation’s Fourth Annual Event Raises Vital Funds with Fashion, Music, Food, Drink and Entertainment

Press Release – Santa Barbara, Calif., September 17, 2018 – In an event to rival New York Fashion week, the beautiful Nesbitt Estate in Summerland, Calif. was transformed yesterday into a runway fashion event as Dream Foundation, the only national dream-granting organization for terminally-ill adults, hosted its fourth annual Endless Summer Dream. The fun kicked off with a poolside fashion show featuring headlining brand, Wildfox Couture, A Tropical Affair, Bubululu Malibu Bikinis, Jenni Kayne, K. Frank, Lolë, Make Smith, Saltura, Seavees, So De Mel Swimwear and local designer Danielle Rocha of Rocha Swim. The event raised vital funds that will help bring final Dreams to life for terminally-ill adults and their families across the nation.

Top model Alexander Amato was instrumental in rallying twenty-seven of the globe’s hottest talent and the troupe modelled the latest looks down the catwalk to beats from DJ Gavin Roy Presents, accompanied by stunning aerial displays from Santa Barbara Airedanse Collective. Dancer and choreographer Josh Killacky made a surprise appearance, drawing whoops from the crowd. Following a live auction, singer/songwriter Cody Lovaas sang two songs. Along with the show, guests enjoyed food and drink, and visited pop-up shops where they bought clothing and accessories featured on the catwalk.

“It is an absolute honor to have worked on Endless Summer Dream,” says Arlene Montesano, event Co-Chair. “It was a compilation of boundless energy and love from the committee to the sponsors to the general public! We are all thrilled to have helped make so many Dreams come true for our terminally-ill recipients. We love Dream Foundation.”

This year, an exclusive After-Party held on site at the Nesbitt Nightclub featured a sneak-peek runway preview of Wildfox Spring 19 Collection “Riot Girl”, fire dancers, Julia Bowerback and Chelsea Pacheco, and an inspiring performance by Los Angeles- based singer/songwriter, Taliwhoah and her band. Her downtempo dancehall-infused favorite track Details from her album Another Dimension clocked hundreds of thousands of views online and the audience on Sunday night knew why, she was fierce!

Attendees included Kate & Arthur Coppola, Justine Roddick & Christina Schlieske, Brianna Stewart & Jason Olcese, Bachelor in Paradise’s Joe Amabile & Kendall Long, Wildfox Couture CEO, Jimmy Sommers, event co-chair, Arlene Montesano, Ursula & Pat Nesbitt, who graciously hosted, Dream Foundation board members Luke Ebbin, David Nygren, Daryl Stegall, Board Chair Kenny Slaught, and Peter Hilf who made a surprise $50,000 donation during the event.

Endless Summer Dream would not have been made possible without the generous support of its Event Sponsors: Alaska Airlines, Bella Vista Designs, Blue Star Parking, COS BAR – Brandis & Jon Deitelbaum, Carol & Bill Foley, Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Daniel Gibbings, Hotel Californian, John Paul Mitchell Systems, J.R. Watkins Naturals, Jump On The School Bus, Monique Jean Event Productions, Ursula & Pat Nesbitt, Rori’s Artisanal Creamery, Santa Barbara Airedanse Collective, Brianna Stewart, Studio B, The Tent Merchant, and Wildfox Couture; Food & Spirits Sponsors: Babcock Winery, Beau Joie Champagne, Bibi Ji Catering Connection, Epic Wines & Spirits, Foley Family Wines, Hippy Pop Popcorn, Los Arroyos Mexican Restaurant, Lucky’s, Perfectomundo Tequila, Rincon Brewery, Rori’s Artisanal Creamery, Santo Mezcal, Soulstruck Winery, Tre Lune, and Yacht Club Vodka; In-Kind Donors: Aligned Pilates, David Alvarez, Santa Barbara Dance Center, Catherine & Elizabeth An, Crustacean, A Tropical Affair, Barefoot Blonde Extensions, Bettina Pizzeria, Beverly Hilton Hotel, Bubululu Malibu Bikinis, Caron Miller Design, Jim Casteel, Coast 2 Coast Collection, CorePower Yoga, Evolutions Medical & Day Spa, Gavin Roy Presents, Daniel Gibbings, Gina Sinotte Photography, gorjana, Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara, Hotel Milo Santa Barbara, Hudson Grace, Jacqueline Pilar Photography, Jenni Kayne, Joe’s Café, Juice Ranch, Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P., Kopu Water, La Fond Winery, Deborah Liu, Lolë, Lucky’s, Marborg Industries, Pauline McLean, Monique Jean Event Productions, Matt Pesendian, Channel Acupuncture, Peebee & Jay’s, Saltura, Santa Barbara Catering, Santa Barbara Winery, Shannon Miller, Shelley Schulte, Sonos, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellar, Brianna Stewart, Studio B, The Magic Castle, Vita Perfetta, Westerlay Orchids, Whiskey and Leather, and Wildfox Couture.

About Dream Foundation:

Dream Foundation, the only national dream-granting organization for terminally-ill adults, fulfills final Dreams that provide inspiration, comfort and closure at the end of life. With the support of a nationwide network of volunteers, hospices, health care organizations and committed donors, Dream Foundation has given life to more than 30,000 final Dreams over the past two decades. The Foundation is proud to maintain Charity Navigator’s four-star rating—its highest—for sound fiscal management, ensuring its donors and partners that their investment will be used wisely. Dream Foundation receives no state or federal funding—we rely solely on private donations. To support our mission please visit

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FMO Investment Propels Meloy Fund Past $22 Million for Sustainable Coastal Fisheries

Dutch Development Bank Invests $5 Million to Support Sustainable Coastal Fisheries in Indonesia and the Philippines

Press Release – ARLINGTON, VA – The Meloy Fund I, LP, the world’s first impact investment fund dedicated to supporting sustainable coastal fisheries in Indonesia and the Philippines, today announced a $5 million investment from FMO, the Dutch development bank. This brings the fund to a final close at over $22 million. FMO joins a diverse group of family offices, investment managers, and foundations already invested.

Working with partners ranging from finance institutions to civil society organizations and investors, FMO invests in over 80 countries, supporting jobs, income generation and a more livable planet. A supporter of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, FMO’s role extends beyond financing, helping businesses to operate and grow transparently in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. FMO’s approach demonstrates that strong financial returns and positive impact in developing countries and emerging markets can go hand-in-hand. The investment in the Meloy Fund is made through the MASSIF fund, which is managed by FMO on behalf of the Dutch government.

“FMO is proud to join the Meloy Fund and contribute to the creation of economic opportunities for small-scale fisheries in Indonesia and the Philippines” said Maurice Scheepens, Investment Officer of the Agri, Food & Water department at FMO. “The partnership with Rare, which provides amongst others technical expertise and networks, ensures that inclusive development is linked with the conservation of critical marine habitat.”

“With support from FMO, the Meloy Fund is in a strong position to demonstrate how private capital can support sustainable coastal ecosystems and communities in the Coral Triangle,” said Dale Galvin, Managing Director of Rare’s Sustainable Markets group and Managing Partner of the Fund. “We’re thrilled to partner FMO, which brings a keen eye to impact investing opportunities, and a breadth and depth of institutional experience that will help us deliver significant triple-bottom-line results to our investors.”

Together with the global conservation organization Rare, The Meloy Fund seeks to invest in fishing and seafood-related enterprises in Indonesia and the Philippines that will lead to better management and protection of historically undervalued community-based coastal fisheries, as well as opportunities to boost the livelihoods of local, small-scale fishers. Together, Rare estimates these two nations represent 4.3 million fishers, 2.7 million tons of fish, 21 million hectares of critical marine habitat and $4 billion in latent value to be unlocked if sustainability can be achieved.

Note: This release does not constitute an offer of an investment security by The Meloy Fund I, GP, LLC or related entities.

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vineyard vines Partners With Bright Pink In Honor Of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Press Release – STAMFORD, Conn., Sept. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — vineyard vines, the lifestyle apparel brand best known for its smiling pink whale logo, announced their continued partnership with Bright Pink, a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer. The exclusive collection includes long-sleeve tees and a silk tie bearing the brand’s whale logo paired with the breast cancer awareness Pink Ribbon. In honor of loved ones who have been lost or presently fighting, the brand will donate 30% of all sales from the product collection to Bright Pink. The assortment is available for purchase at and select vineyard vines stores.

“We are proud to team up with Bright Pink for the second year,” said Shep Murray, vineyard vines CEO & co-founder. “Ian and I have seen the effects of this horrible disease and the toll it takes on families. It’s a continued priority for us to educate and raise awareness.” “Bright Pink’s dedication to the education and empowerment of women to live proactively is truly inspiring,” said Ian Murray, vineyard vines CEO & co-founder. “A few years ago we lost our mom to cancer and we are proud to help an organization that focuses on women taking action against the disease.”

“We’re incredibly grateful to have a partner like vineyard vines that shares our vision of empowering millions of women to live their best lives and be their own best health advocates.,” said Bright Pink CEO, Katie Thiede. “We’re also incredibly inspired by Shep & Ian who have shared their personal connection to the cause, and in doing so are helping to inspire other men and women to recognize the importance of being proactive with their health and encourage their loved ones to do the same. Through this campaign, vineyard vines will raise critical funds to fuel Bright Pink’s life-saving mission and amplify our programs that put awareness in action. We’re thrilled to continue working with vineyard vines.”

In addition to the special collection, Bright Pink’s mission and their online detection tools will be promoted by vineyard vines through their social channels, digital ads and in-store events. Vineyard vines will host a storewide event on October 13th from 4-7PM where additional proceeds of all products sold during that time will go back to Bright Pink.

ABOUT vineyard vines®

A company best known for its whimsical neckties and smiling pink whale logo, was founded in 1998 on Martha’s Vineyard when brothers Shep and Ian Murray cut their ties with corporate America to start making ties that represented the Good Life. In addition to signature neckwear, vineyard vines offers a variety of clothing and accessories for men, women and children. Products are sold in over 600 specialty and department stores worldwide, through a seasonal catalog at 1.800.892.4982, online at and at over ninety freestanding stores.

About Bright Pink®

Bright Pink is a national nonprofit focused on the prevention of breast and ovarian cancer. The organization’s mission is to save women’s lives from breast and ovarian cancer by empowering them to live proactively at a young age. Bright Pink’s innovative programs motivate women to prioritize prevention, help women assess their risk for breast and ovarian cancer, equip women with personalized risk-management recommendations, and empower women to manage their health proactively in partnership with a healthcare provider. Since 2007, Bright Pink has inspired over a million women to be their own best health advocates. Join us in putting Awareness in Action™ at

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World Of Children Announces Top 2018 Global Nonprofit Leaders

Annual Awards Ceremony & Benefit in New York City to Recognize Five High-Impact Humanitarians for their Heroic Work on Behalf of At-Risk Children

Caryl Stern, Lily Aldridge Followill, Alina Cho and Andy Adler Announced as Event Hosts

Press Release – NEW YORK, NY – September 17, 2018 – World of Children®, a global recognition and funding organization for individuals exclusively serving the needs of vulnerable children, revealed today its 2018 award winners. These five real-life heroes have dramatically improved the lives of at-risk children around the world through high-impact programs in the categories of education, health, humanitarianism, protection and youth helping youth. In addition to providing each Honoree with a substantial multi-year grant, World of Children will celebrate these recipients at the annual 2018 World of Children Awards Ceremony & Benefit on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 583 Park Avenue in New York City.

“We are thrilled to welcome five of the bravest and most courageous humanitarians from around the globe to our family,” said World of Children Co-Founder Harry Leibowitz. “Three of these Honorees are being recognized for their efforts in countries we have never before had the chance to serve—Afghanistan, Senegal and Bolivia—which is a testament to the reach and growth of our organization and our mission to find and fund the heroic efforts of heroes who are on the ground in some of the most vulnerable places in the world. This is an exciting year, and we look forward to celebrating each of these individuals’ achievements in New York City.

The annual ceremony will also recognize New York-based Devin Beresheim (MARSH Finpro) and his wife Sarah with the World of Children Board of Governors’ Award for their unwavering dedication to the organization and elevating awareness for child advocates.

Caryl Stern (President and CEO, US Fund for UNICEF), Lily Aldridge Followill (World of Children Ambassador, International Model, Child Advocate), Alina Cho (World of Children Advisory Council, CBS Sunday Morning Contributor) and Andy Adler (Sportscaster, Journalist, TV Personality) will serve as event hosts for the evening.

This year’s Honorees include:

  • 2018 World of Children Education Honoree: Ehsan Mehrangais, founder of Afghanistan Demain, a non-governmental organization that provides education, school programs and rehabilitation to disadvantaged street children in three of the poorest neighborhoods in Kabul regardless of their gender or religion.
  • 2018 World of Children Health Honoree: Sandy Kemper, founder of Smiles Forever, which improves the quality of life for impoverished children in Cochabamba, Bolivia, through free preventative and restorative dentistry, and nutritional education to reduce conditions such as life-threatening abscesses, painful cavities and malnutrition.
  • 2018 World of Children Humanitarian Honoree: Phyllis Keino, founder of Lewa Children’s Home and mother to hundreds of orphans and abandoned children in Eldoret, Kenya, providing them with a safe home, medical care, a first-class education and a caring family environment.
  • 2018 World of Children Protection Honoree: Anta Mbow, founder of Empire des Enfants, a child-based shelter based in Dakar, Senegal that leads humanitarian action for children who have been exploited and are at risk of starvation, abduction, physical and sexual abuse after being forced to live on the streets.
  • 2018 World of Children Youth Honoree: Caragan Olles, co-founder of Bright Young Dyslexics, the only organization to offer funding for private tutoring and assistive technology for dyslexic students in Wisconsin, in addition to in-school programs to educate teachers and students on how to accommodate students with learning disabilities.

World of Children receives thousands of nominations from around the world ever year and uses a uniquely rigorous vetting process to select Honorees, including extensive on-site investigations and an independent audit of each finalist. Recognized by the media as the “Nobel Prize for Child Advocates,” Honorees receive funding and educational support to help expand their program and ultimately impact the lives of even more children.

The event’s Honorary Chairs include Faeth Bradley, Daniela Braga, Leonard Gorski, Dean M. Klisura, Rebecca Minkoff and Greg Scott. World of Children is led by Co-Founders Harry Leibowitz and Kay Isaacson-Leibowitz, retired senior executives from Procter & Gamble and Victoria’s Secret respectively.

About World of Children

World of Children unlocks the future for vulnerable children by funding, elevating and educating the most effective changemakers for children worldwide. Since 1998, the Foundation has dedicated more than $13 million to high-impact programs for children, led by nearly 120 Honorees working in over 50 countries. World of Children is recognized in the media as the “Nobel Prize for Child Advocates” and is the only global recognition and funding program that exclusively focuses on a broad range of children’s issues including health, education, safety and human rights.

World of Children has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, People, Town & Country, and Harper’s Bazaar. World of Children Honorees have also been featured by CNN, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Fast Company, Glamour, TEEN Vogue, TIME for Kids, and USA Today, among other national and international media. The Huffington Post named Co-Founders Harry Leibowitz and Kay Isaacson-Leibowitz one of the most inspiring “power couples” in the country for their lifetime commitment to improving the lives of vulnerable children around the world.

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Former NFL Champion Steps Into Food Sport in a “Souper” Way

Former New England Patriot Defensive End Jarvis Green Partners with the World Food Championships

Press Release – ORANGE BEACH, ALA. The World Food Championships (WFC) announced today that former New England Patriot Defensive End Jarvis Green and his company, Oceans 97, has signed on as an Official Food Sport partner for the 2018 competition in Orange Beach, Alabama. As a part of the new partnership, Oceans 97 will be joining Natural Tableware to co-sponsor WFC’s first Soup-or-Bowl Sunday event, which will be held on November 11 during the five-day food tournament. In addition to providing Soup-or-Bowl competitors with Oceans 97 shrimp to use in their dishes. Green will also help to determine this year’s World Seafood Champion as a Top Ten judge.

“We consider WFC competitors as top-level athletes in their own right, as they have to practice extensively and then battle it out in kitchen arena against a clock and other champions,” said Mike McCloud, President/CEO of WFC. “That’s why traditional sporting legends like Green are always a great addition to our event, as they can bring the sports mentality to all things food and help us celebrate culinary achievements.”

Since retiring from professional sports, Green shifted his competitive spirit into entrepreneurial pursuits. The former Patriot and two-time Super Bowl Champ has always enjoyed bringing family and friends together over a meal. After stepping off the football field, Green took his champion attitude and poured it into his love for seafood cuisine, beginning Oceans 97 in 2015.

Oceans 97, Inc. is a National Minority Supply Chain Company, and its shrimp are wild caught from the Gulf of Mexico by U.S. gulf coast fishermen. Green is devoted to sourcing local produce from local fishermen in North America. Oceans 97’s shrimp and shrimp products reflect Green’s commitment to locally sourced and natural products. His passion and drive have made him a leader in educating people about the health benefits of a diet rich in fresh and natural ingredients.

“I’ve heard a lot about Food Sport and the awesome competitors in this arena,” commented Green. “I can’t wait to huddle with the many champions at WFC and see firsthand how creative and passionate they are about the culinary industry.”

To learn more about Jarvis Green’s Oceans 97, visit

Click here to grab your tickets to Soup-Or-Bowl Sunday for a chance to meet Jarvis in person while sampling championship-worthy dishes from WFC Food Champs.

WFC’s Main Event is scheduled for Nov 7 – 11 at the Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama. Stay tuned for more partner announcements about WFC 2018. To keep up with all WFC news, follow World Food Championships on Twitter (@WorldFoodChamp), and Facebook or Instagram (@WorldFoodChampionships)

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