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Refinitiv Commits to Climate Change Action; Pledges Support for UN Sustainable Development Goals

Company pledges to be carbon neutral by 2020 as well as taking steps to support and reflect local communities

Press Release – New York/London – Building on its commitment to drive positive change through its data and insight, Refinitiv today announced a series of global sustainability pledges to help reflect and support local communities and combat climate change. The company has committed to three core pledges on environment, diversity and inclusion and sustainable solutions that support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

On the environment, Refinitiv aims to continuously lighten its environmental footprint to achieve carbon neutrality by end of 2020. Refinitiv expects to be powered by 100% renewable energy by end of 2020 and is committed to reducing annual carbon emissions every year by an average of 10% over the next five years, becoming a more sustainable business longer term.

“Global carbon dioxide emissions are accelerating at their fastest pace in seven years and hit a record high of 2.7 percent in 2018. Addressing the world’s biggest sustainability issues requires collective leadership that exemplifies the behaviors that will bring about change and empower others to do the same,” said David Craig, CEO of Refinitiv. “As well as driving changes in investment behaviour through our data and insights, this also means caring about our own operational footprint, being open with our environmental commitments and disclosures and promoting a culture of transparency and inclusion that leverages the skills of our people to drive positive impact in our communities. As global citizens we need to act swiftly and decisively to help combat rising carbon dioxide emissions. We need to urgently do so not only for our futures, but for the future of our planet.”

Refinitiv is also committed to reflecting and supporting the communities in which it operates by reaching a minimum of 40% female representation in senior leadership roles globally, whilst continuing to support and promote an inclusive workplace that embraces diversity of every kind. This commitment will further be demonstrated by doubling engagement with community investment programmes by end of 2020.

After its launch last year, Refinitiv re-signed the Women in Finance Charter and is committed to putting sustainability at the core of its product offering, as demonstrated by its Diversity & Inclusion Index which ranks the top 100 most diverse and inclusive organizations globally and was used to create the financial industry’s first Inclusion & Diversity ETF fund in partnership with Blackrock.

“Refinitiv’s mission is to lead the way as a sustainable, responsible business and use the power of its data and insights to help the global investment community shift towards sustainable investments,” said Luke Manning, head of Sustainability and Strategic Initiatives for Refinitiv. “We are increasingly harnessing our core capabilities to drive positive social impact, being smarter with our resources and footprint, and balancing short-term considerations with long-term progress.”

Refinitiv has been serving the financial industry with ESG data and solutions for over 15 years and offers one of the richest ESG databases in the industry – a fully transparent resource that is trusted by investors and corporates to drive positive impact and provide comprehensive analysis. As members of the UN Global Compact, Refinitiv is part of a community of 9,000+ businesses across 135 countries that are committed to operating with responsible business practices at its core.

Refinitiv further plans to expand its suite of sustainability-related propositions by evolving existing capabilities, working with partners and innovating in new areas.

About Refinitiv

Refinitiv is one of the world’s largest providers of financial markets data and infrastructure, serving over 40,000 institutions in over 190 countries. It provides leading data and insights, trading platforms, and open data and technology platforms that connect a thriving global financial markets community – driving performance in trading, investment, wealth management, regulatory compliance, market data management, enterprise risk and fighting financial crime. For more information visit: www.Refinitiv.com


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PGA REACH Appoints Dave Anderson As Its New Director Of Development

Retired U.S. Air Force Veteran joins PGA REACH team from Northern Texas PGA Section

Dave Anderson

Press Release – PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLA. (Jan. 15, 2019)PGA REACH, the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the PGA of America, is pleased to announce that Dave Anderson has joined its leadership team as Director of Development. The retired United States Air Force Veteran and 11-year golf industry leader brings extensive experience to his role, having most recently served as the Senior Director of Business Development for the Northern Texas PGA Section.

He will oversee PGA REACH Development efforts as it relates to PGA REACH programming, including the three pillars of the Foundation—PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere); PGA WORKS, the umbrella brand for all workforce diversification programs within the PGA of America; and PGA Jr. League, the flagship youth program.

“As PGA REACH continues to grow, we are thrilled to have Dave Anderson join our team and help us achieve continued success,” said Ryan Cannon, Senior Director of PGA REACH. “Dave brings a tremendous skillset and knowledge of the Association to the position. We’re looking forward to Dave’s contribution, as we pursue our mission of impacting lives through golf.”

Anderson earned his Bachelor of Arts from Dakota State University in Madison, South Dakota; and his master’s degree in business administration from Arizona State University in Tempe. He served as an active-duty Airman from 1997-1999; and as a USAF Reservist from 1999-2005.

“I’m honored to join the PGA REACH team,” Anderson said. “I look forward to this next step in my career, as I contribute to PGA REACH’s impactful efforts to grow youth and military participation in the game, as well as drive an inclusive workforce that builds an impressive foundation for the industry’s future.”

Anderson resides in Frisco, Texas, home of the future PGA of America and PGA REACH headquarters, with his wife and two children.

For more information on PGA REACH, visit pgareach.org.

About PGA REACH

PGA REACH is the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the PGA of America. The mission of PGA REACH is to positively impact the lives of youth, military and diverse populations by enabling access to PGA Professionals, PGA Sections and the game of golf.

About the PGA of America

The PGA of America is one of the world’s largest sports organizations, composed of PGA Professionals who daily work to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. For more information about the PGA of America, visit PGA.org, follow @PGA on Twitter, and find us on Facebook.


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Coach And Michael B. Jordan Surprise Newark High School As Part Of Dream It Real Initiative

Special Visit in Support of Philanthropic Partner The Future Project

Press Release – NEW YORK, NY, JANUARY 14, 2019 – Coach today announces actor, producer and first global face of Coach menswear Michael B. Jordan’s surprise visit to Barringer High School in Jordan’s hometown of Newark, New Jersey last Friday. The special surprise was in support of Dream It Real, Coach’s philanthropic initiative through the Coach Foundation aimed at supporting the next generation as they envision and create the future they know is possible.

As part of Dream it Real, Coach partners with The Future Project, a national nonprofit organization that makes it possible for young people to discover their power and learn to build a better future. The nonprofit places “Dream Directors” in high schools across the country – transformational coaches, leaders and organizers trained in The Future Project’s unique, research-based methodology. As part of the program, students work with Dream Directors to create passion-based Future Projects that bring their dreams for self, school or society to life.

On Friday, Jordan visited Barringer High School as an honorary Dream Director, where he met with and mentored students, co-hosted the school’s student-organized “Passion Show,” and signed a new motivational mural created by artist Toby Triumph in collaboration with Coach. He also participated in a school pep rally, where he was gifted with the school’s basketball jersey.

“I am honored to be involved with Coach and their Dream It Real initiative,” said Jordan. “Empowering young people is deeply important to me, and being able to work with the students as an honorary Dream Director at Barringer – in my hometown of Newark – was an experience that I will never forget.”

“We were thrilled to be at Barringer with Michael to work with The Future Project and the young people at Barringer High School,” said Carlos Becil, Chief Marketing Officer of Coach. “Michael truly embodies Coach and Dream It Real’s values of possibility, optimism and inclusivity, and shares our commitment to supporting and inspiring youth.”

“In Newark and in communities across the country, there is a growing movement of passionate young people who are building a better future for us all,” said Kanya Balakrishna, CEO and Co-founder of The Future Project. “Michael B. Jordan is an incredible role model for these young people, and we’re proud to partner with him and Coach to give them the inspiration and support they deserve.”

IMAGE CREDIT: © 2019 Sam Deitch/BFA

About Coach

Coach is a global design house of modern luxury leather goods, apparel, footwear, fragrance, eyewear and a full range of lifestyle accessories. Founded in 1941, Coach has a longstanding reputation built on quality craftsmanship and is defined by its confident New York style. The brand approaches design with a modern vision, reimagining luxury for today with an authenticity and innovation that is uniquely Coach. Coach products are available in approximately 55 countries through its network of directly operated stores, travel retail shops and sales to wholesale customers and independent third party distributors, as well as through coach.com.

Coach is a Tapestry, Inc. brand. Tapestry is publicly listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker TPR.

About The Coach Foundation

Founded in 2008, the Coach Foundation brings Coach’s philanthropic initiatives to life. To date it has granted more than $48 million to nonprofit partners all over the world to do its small part to make big dreams possible. For more information, please visit http://coach.com/dreamitreal.

About The Future Project

Founded in 2011 by Kanya Balakrishna and Andrew Mangino, The Future Project is a national nonprofit organization that makes it possible for young people to discover their power and learn to build a better future. The organization reaches over 30,000 students per year in 12 school districts across eight states, and has built a community of tens of thousands of young people, team members, advisors, and supporters. It has become one of the fastest growing youth nonprofits in the U.S.

www.thefutureproject.org.

EDITORIAL CREDIT: Coach


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Caesars Entertainment and ImpactNV Launch Fund to Support Victims of Human Trafficking

First-of-its-Kind Model for Collective Action Provides Solutions for Vulnerable Populations in Southern Nevada

Press Release – Caesars Entertainment (NASDAQ: CZR), the world’s most diversified casino-entertainment provider, today announced the creation of The Shared Future Fund, a new and innovative investment model that will be used to create long-term positive change for adult and child victims of human trafficking. The fund will be controlled and managed by ImpactNV, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in Southern Nevada dedicated to mobilizing cross-sector leadership to address pressing social needs and building a better community.

The Shared Future Fund will be initially resourced by in-kind donations and direct financial support from Caesars Entertainment and an inaugural fundraising event in spring of 2019. The self-sustaining model is designed to catalyze solutions to core regional issues via grants, loans and investments.

“The formation of The Shared Future Fund underscores Caesars Entertainment’s belief that every human being deserves an equal opportunity for a bright future and fulfilling life. In our inaugural year, The Shared Future Fund will prioritize solutions centered on human trafficking, which is an issue that particularly affects women and children,” said Jan Jones Blackhurst, Executive Vice President of Public Policy and Corporate Responsibility at Caesars Entertainment. “As the first social impact fund for Nevada, we hope that our new venture can be a model for companies and communities collaborating to end systematic inequity.”

The Shared Future Fund aims to define a new pathway to achieve philanthropic goals by supporting a holistic, community-centered strategy that emphasizes advocacy and collective impact rather than the traditional approach of contributing financial resources to company-chosen causes. The initial emphasis of the fund will be to provide support for women and children affected by trauma associated with human trafficking, which is an issue that intersects heavily with other crises that rise from social inequity including homelessness and immigration concerns.

“ImpactNV has a proven track record for accelerating and deploying evidence-based solutions that solve for systemic challenges facing Southern Nevada’s most vulnerable populations. However, we know change requires collaboration, and are proud to be part of this innovative venture with Caesars Entertainment,” said Lauren Boitel, ImpactNV’s Executive Director. “With The Shared Future Fund, we believe we can create a safety net for the local community where every person is seen, heard and valued, ultimately building a stronger community for us all.”

Caesars Entertainment and ImpactNV identified three intersecting priority areas for The Shared Future Fund, each rooted in the pervasive social and economic inequality that underscores Nevada’s most vulnerable populations.

  • Human Trafficking: Human trafficking is one of the most predominant issues in the hospitality industry; Nevadaranks second for highest number of sex trafficking cases per 100,000 residents in the country with more than twice the national average. The Shared Future Fund will develop a strategy to reduce, treat and rehabilitate adult and child victims of sex trafficking.
  • Homelessness: Homelessness is one of the most consistently identifiable causes of inequality. Nevada has the third-highest rate of unsheltered individuals in the nation; more than 300 families with children are homeless every night. The fund will design and develop a plan for long-term impact by 2020.
  • Immigrant Integration: Immigrants make up 20 percent of Nevada’s population and a quarter of its workforce. More than 100,000 U.S. citizens in Nevada live with at least one family member who is undocumented. The Shared Future Fund will develop an approach to provide new Nevadans with pathways to crucial community connection, education, employment, language access, naturalization and healthcare.

In addition to The Shared Future Fund, Caesars Entertainment is launching an Economic Equity Tour. The six-stop tour will visit communities where affiliates of Caesars Entertainment operate and will focus on financial literacy, workforce development, entrepreneurship and potential business opportunities for diverse suppliers. Caesars is also advancing its Gender Equity Initiative, which aims to reach an equal representation of women and men in leadership by 2025.

About Caesars Entertainment Corporation

Caesars Entertainment is the world’s most diversified casino-entertainment provider and the most geographically diverse U.S. casino-entertainment company. Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada, in 1937, Caesars Entertainment has grown through development of new resorts, expansions and acquisitions and its portfolio of subsidiaries now operate 49 casinos in 13 U.S. states and five countries. Caesars Entertainment’s resorts operate primarily under the Caesars®, Harrah’s® and Horseshoe® brand names. Caesars Entertainment’s portfolio also includes the Caesars Entertainment UK family of casinos. Caesars Entertainment is focused on building loyalty and value with its guests through a unique combination of great service, excellent products, unsurpassed distribution, operational excellence and technology leadership. Caesars Entertainment is committed to its employees, suppliers, communities and the environment through its PEOPLE PLANET PLAY framework. For more information, please visit www.caesars.com.

About ImpactNV

ImpactNV is a 501c3 nonprofit founded in 2008 through public and private partnership that brings leaders together to address our most pressing needs in order to build a better community. ImpactNV focuses on Triple Bottom Line community development by catalyzing systems level change via impactful projects and programming such as hosting Nevada’s only comprehensive sustainability summit, ConveneNV and annually publishing Nevada’s State of Sustainability Report. For more information, please visit impact-nv.org.


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SheIS and Major Sports Leagues Aim to Create A Community of 1 Million Fans of Women’s Sports In 2019 through New SheIS Challenge

WNBA, USTA, WWE, NWSL, NWHL, and many more… Joining SheIS to Take Action and Help Grow Grassroots Girls Programs

Press Release – New York, NY (January 7, 2019)SheIS, the women’s sports nonprofit comprised of a historic Collective of distinguished leagues, athletes, and business leaders from across the sports world, is challenging the public to help their mission to grow awareness and support of women sports by launching their “SheIS Challenge.” For every public sign-up SheIS receives on their website between now and the end of the Women’s World Cup (July 7, 2019), SheIS will work with a series of brand partners and foundations to donate one dollar, up to $1 million, to support grassroots programs that support women and girls in sport.

Professional Leagues and organizations including WNBA, US Tennis Association, WWE, Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), the World Surf League, National Women’s Hockey League, National Pro Fastpitch, Women’s Pro Lacrosse League, the World Boxing Council, the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, and Western Women’s Canadian Football League are all taking action with SheIS to create a community of 1 million fans of Women’s Sports in 2019. Star Athletes such as Alex Morgan, Kendall Coyne-Schofield, Natalie Spooner, and Natasha Cloud, are also encouraging their fans to join the challenge.

SheIS Founder, Brenda Andress said, “2018 can be defined as the year when women’s voices were heard loud and clear; it’s our hope that in 2019 we can continue that positive momentum by shining a spotlight on a number of incredibly talented and deserving female athletes, teams and leagues. We want to encourage a growth in women’s sports at all levels and it starts with every person who signs up and takes our Challenge.”

The SheIS Collective continues to grow since its launch last spring, and now includes more than 40 Athlete Ambassadors, 11 professional sports leagues, and more than 20 distinguished leaders.

The new SheIS Challenge is anchored by a Hero Video featuring top women athletes including Alex Morgan, Ronda Rousey, Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams, Elena Delle Donne, and many more. The video, which is meant to inspire and ignite action, will be shared across all Collective members’ social and digital channels, shown during streamed broadcasts of games, as well as in stadium at games, and will live on the SheIS website.

The public can join the SheIS Challenge by signing up at SheISsport.com, posting to social media channels using #SheISChallenge when they attend or watch women’s sporting events, and inviting friends, family, and colleagues to do the same throughout 2019. SheIS will also work with its Collective member leagues to create promotional activity and experiential opportunities at in-season games beginning in January at major women’s sporting events such as the CWHL All-Star Game in Toronto (January 19-20, 2019), and the NWHL All-Star Game in Nashville, TN (February 8-9, 2019). The public can learn more and sign up to attend at www.SheISsport.com/events.

For more information go to SheisSport.com or follow them on Twitter and Instagram @teamsheis and on Facebook @sheissports.

About SheIS:

Founded in 2017 and launched to the public on May 1, 2018, SheIS was established with a mission to use the power of women’s sports to create a future of, by, and for strong women. It focuses on the positive attributes of sport to acknowledge and elevate women and celebrates those who are collective powerhouses and unwavering cheerleaders for their fellow athletes at all skill levels. The SheIS Collective includes leaders from every major sport and represents the first time in history that all these sports leagues and organizations have stood together in support of one cause. For a complete list of Athletes, Leaders and Sports Leagues which comprise the SheIS Collective, visit SheISsport.com or follow them on Twitter and Instagram @teamsheis and on Facebook @sheissports.


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ShopRite And NORWESCAP Partner To Bring Holiday Meals To Families Across Three NJ Counties

Holiday Season Will be Just a Little Brighter for 250 Families in Need in Northwest New Jersey

Press Release – PHILLIPSBURG, NJ (DECEMBER 20, 2018) – Some families have a simple request for the holidays – a holiday meal. The season can present extra hardship for those in need, and many often don’t know where their next meal – especially a holiday meal — is coming from.

NORWESCAP and ShopRite want to help ease that burden for people in need in Warren, Hunterdon and Sussex counties.

A nonprofit organization that provides programs and services to over 30,000 low-income individuals and families annually, NORWESCAP has partnered with ShopRite for a “Holiday Meal Giveaway” initiative. The joint effort means a full holiday meal will be provided to over 250 deserving families. Donated meals will include a turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, vegetables and other traditional side dishes. Volunteers from both organizations will distribute meals to recipients who participate in three NORWESCAP programs: NORWESCAP’s Head Start/Early Head Start programs in Warren County, ‘Pathways to Prosperity’ in Sussex County and ‘Career Transition Center for Women’ in Hunterdon County.

“While many of us are looking forward this year to celebrating our good fortune with friends and family, things are often very different for so many of NORWESCAP’s clients,” said Mark Valli, CEO of NORWESCAP. “There is a huge need in the communities we serve, especially during the holidays as requests for food go up significantly. Thanks to our partnership with ShopRite on the Holiday Meal Giveaway initiative, we are able to reach over 250 families and individuals who otherwise might go hungry this holiday. ShopRite is always eager to help its local communities whether it be through donations or direct volunteer action. We truly appreciate their willingness to help provide a delicious meal to those who need it the most this holiday season.”

ShopRite stores, many of which are family-owned and operated, are committed to helping neighbors in need. Over the last two decades, ShopRite Partners In Caring, ShopRite’s hunger-fighting initiative, has donated $48 million to partners such as soup kitchens, food pantries, homeless shelters, senior centers, and other organizations that are on the front lines of fighting hunger in the community.

ShopRite stores and NORWESCAP have a long history of working together to feed the hungry in northwest New Jersey. ShopRite helps raise funds for NORWESCAP’s Food Bank through an annual 5K run, its ‘Check Out for Hunger’ campaign and by sponsoring other events and activities.

About ShopRite

ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative based in Keasbey, NJ, and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States. With more than 276 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than six million customers each week. Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves. Since the program began in 1999, ShopRite Partners In Caring has donated $48 million to food banks that support more than 2,200 worthy charities. As a title sponsor of the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer, ShopRite has donated $32 million to local organizations, hospitals and community groups. For more information, please visit www.ShopRite.com.

About NORWESCAP

NORWESCAP provides vital services to over 30,000 individuals and families in need in northwest New Jersey. Our footprint extends to Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset, Sussex, as well as Warren counties. Our programs include strategies that address the critical areas of education, health and wellness, employment, housing, volunteerism and financial capacity building. Since our inception, we have been dedicated to achieving the mission of creating opportunities to transform lives through innovative programs and partnerships. For more information, please visit www.norwescap.org


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TikTok Pledges $2 Million Dollars for the Season of Giving Back with #CreateforaCause

Khloe Kardashian, Nick Jonas, Nina Dobrev, Vanessa Hudgens and More Partner with TikTok to Launch Charitable Collective

In-app Integration Provides Users an Easy Way to Do Good this Season

Press Release – TikTok, the number one destination for short-form mobile video globally, is inviting their users to do good this holiday season through a new initiative, #CreateforaCause. Creators in the US are invited to use a series of holiday-themed AR filters and objects to help raise money for three special charities including DoSomething.org, Best Friends Animal Society and Oceana. Khloe Kardashian, Nick Jonas, Nina Dobrev, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Serayah and more have joined TikTok’s charitable collective as partners to inspire the season of giving back with TikTok’s global audience.

TikTok has committed a total pledge of $2 Million dollars to inspire their community to do good through the in-app design as a way for users to come together. To achieve this goal, users must take part in the holiday filter to meet the goal. #CreateforaCause is a celebration of the season of giving and recognizes charities that are making a difference, particularly for causes that proven to be important with the TikTok creators. The program is designed to empower users to be active, make a difference and join together to impact the world for the better.

TikTok is the power behind the movement giving users an effortless way to participate, allowing them to seamlessly integrate creative and fun filters all while raising donations for good. With the launch of 15 new seasonal holiday filters, users are encouraged to post with the hashtag #CreateforaCause to show their best creativity and raise awareness for the three charities. Filters such as the surprisingly “smart” AR Santa popping out of a chimney, reindeer horns for dogs through the newly launched dog filters, snow globe effects, elf face filters and more, will all be available for users to enjoy. With each post and hashtag, TikTok will donate directly to the charities with the overall dollars raised shared between each.

“It is so important that we continue to drive awareness of nonprofits and community programs that strive to make the world a better place. The amount of good that we can achieve by coming together can be incredible and I’m thrilled to support and partner with TikTok in using the platform to bring people together to support the causes that matter to them,” said actor and singer Nick Jonas. “I know the personal responsibility of using my platform to raise awareness and drive positivity. TikTok’s commitment to using their global community for good is a message I stand behind.”

“As more creators join our universe, we are inspired to make a difference, seeing the many who use their TikTok platform to inspire good on a daily basis. This program is the first in what will be many, where TikTok empowers our community to make the world a better place. We strive to always make our platform a place to inspire doing good, being active, and showcasing your true self and creativity,” said Stefan Heinrich, Head of Global Marketing at TikTok. “We are excited to welcome new partners to the platform such as Khloe, Nick and Nina to help raise awareness of the program and help us reach our donation efforts.”

TikTok and partners will announce donations raised following the program that will benefit each charity in different ways to help assist programs that are important to the community. The charity collaborations include:

  • DoSomething.org is the largest tech company exclusively for young people and social change. The digital platform is activating 6 million young people (and counting!) to create offline impact in every US area code and in 131 countries. For this campaign, TikTok is providing daily essentials for people experiencing homelessness and will be partnering with Khloe Kardashian, Shawn Mendes, Ashley Benson, Rae Sremmund and Sway Lee to help raise awareness on the platform.
  • Oceana is the largest international advocacy organization dedicated solely to ocean conservation. Oceana is rebuilding abundant and biodiverse oceans by winning science-based policies in countries that control one third of the world’s wild fish catch. With more than 200 victories that stop overfishing, habitat destruction, pollution and killing of threatened species like turtles and sharks, Oceana’s campaigns are delivering results. Through its “Save the Oceans, Feed the World” campaign, Oceana seeks to rebuild the world’s oceans so they can provide a healthy seafood meal to over a billion people each day in a way that is truly sustainable. Nina Dobrev, Vanessa Hudgens and Kourtney Kardashian will help promote awareness of the organization on their TikTok channels. Visit www.oceana.org to learn more.
  • Best Friends Animal Society, founded in 1984, is a leading national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. In addition to running lifesaving programs in partnership with more than 2,200 animal welfare groups across the country, Best Friends has regional centers in New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Salt Lake City, and operates the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals. Nick Jonas, Peyton List, Halsey and Serayah McNeil will create unique content for their TikTok channels to help raise awareness for the organization. For more information, visit bestfriends.org.

#CreateforaCause will launch on Friday, December 21 and run through Wednesday, December 26. Join the cause on social via the TikTok platform.

About TikTok

TikTok is the world’s leading destination for short-form mobile videos. Our mission is to capture and present the world’s creativity, knowledge and moments that matter in everyday life. TikTok empowers everyone to be a creator directly from their smartphones, and is committed to building a community by encouraging users to share their passion and creative expression through their videos. TikTok is based in Los Angeles, with global offices in London, Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai, Beijing, Singapore, Jakarta, Mumbai, and Moscow. In early 2018, TikTok was one of the most downloaded apps in the world. TikTok is available worldwide for iOS and Android. Visit tiktok.com.


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Dynamic Signal Awards Grant to Philanthropic Organizations, March of Dimes and Action for Healthy Kids

March of Dimes and Action for Healthy Kids Receive 3-Year License to Dynamic Signal’s Award-Winning Employee Communication and Engagement Platform to Better Connect Staff, Volunteers, Board Members and Sponsors

Press Release – SAN BRUNO, CA, December 20, 2018Dynamic Signal, the leading Employee Communication and Engagement Platform, today announced the selected recipients of its first DySi Cares Grant. The program awards each nonprofit organization a 3-year license to Dynamic Signal’s enterprise software, enabling companies to modernize, streamline, and measure communication and engagement, distributing relevant, timely news and information to a wide variety of critical audiences including staff, volunteers, sponsors, board members and program participants. Dynamic Signal will also host representatives from March of Dimes and Action for Healthy Kids at their Silicon Valley headquarters for a reception and comprehensive strategic planning workshop with Dynamic Signal’s world-class Strategy and Customer Success teams.

“For every organization, effective internal communication is the critical foundation needed for long-term success. The DySi Cares Grant was designed to support selected philanthropic organizations by providing them with the enterprise-level technology they need to align and empower their employees and volunteers,” said Russ Fradin, CEO of Dynamic Signal. “By using Dynamic Signal, these organizations will be able to easily connect and engage diverse, distributed audiences across channels, elicit feedback through our surveys, and increase awareness of their work through our advocacy tools. We couldn’t have asked for better organizations with which to partner than March of Dimes and Action for Healthy Kids and we’re proud of this employee-led initiative.”

Research has shown that organizations with high employee engagement enjoy dramatically greater productivity than those with low engagement. Dynamic Signal’s ECE platform is optimized for ensuring these measurable results while offering the advocacy opportunities these nonprofits need to empower those in their programs to help tell their story and share their work.

“For over 80 years, March of Dimes has led the fight for the health of moms and babies. Over that time, our communication needs have changed dramatically. With Dynamic Signal we will be able to update the way we communicate with our staff, donors, partners and our volunteer leaders across the country,” said Paula Ransom, SVP and Chief Volunteer Officer, March of Dimes. “We want to ensure our team has the most up to date information needed to support their work and want them to have the tools required to share our stories, updates and opportunities for others to get involved. Dynamic Signal’s platform is going to allow us to accomplish all of these things.”

Both March of Dimes and Action for Healthy kids were chosen from a field of applicants that were determined to need a successful multi-audience, multi-channel, Communication and Engagement Platform to better support and amplify their mission.

“Action for Healthy Kids mobilizes school professionals, families, and communities to take actions that lead to healthy eating, physical activity and healthier schools where kids thrive,” said Rob Bisceglie, CEO at Action for Healthy Kids. “We have the largest network of volunteers in school health who support our vision for every kid to be healthy, active and ready to learn. So much of what we accomplish is on the grassroots level, which means that for staff, parents and volunteers, advocates, partners, donors and more, we need a technology platform to reach a wide variety of audiences in a way that was convenient for them, measurable for us, and efficient for our small but mighty team. Dynamic Signal is going to help us create deeper engagement and build critical awareness in a way we’ve never been able to do before. We couldn’t be more excited to have been selected for the DySi Cares Grant.”

About Dynamic Signal

Dynamic Signal, the market’s leading Employee Communication and Engagement Platform, connects organizations with their most valued asset – their employees. Hundreds of enterprise organizations, including more than 20 percent of the Fortune 100, trust Dynamic Signal to modernize, streamline, and measure their communication and engagement, increase productivity and empower advocacy by delivering timely, relevant information across any channel or device, to millions of employees around the world.

Founded in 2010, and based in Silicon Valley, Dynamic Signal’s platform integrates with existing enterprise systems such as Microsoft’s SharePoint and Active Directory, Workday and Oracle HCM. Learn more at www.dynamicsignal.com.


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ThunderCloud Donates $350,000 To Caritas Of Austin; 28-Year Total Nearly $3.8 Million

Largest donation in ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot history presented today!

Press Release – AUSTIN — The owners of ThunderCloud Subs presented the largest single donation ever from the proceeds of the ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot—$350,000—to Caritas of Austin today. ThunderCloud has now raised nearly $3.8 million over the Trot’s 28-year history.

The ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot, Austin’s favorite Thanksgiving Day tradition, is the largest five-mile run in Texas and includes a one-mile walk and a Kids K all taking place outside the Long Center for the Performing Arts. More than 20,000 people participated in the Trot this year, with all proceeds benefiting Caritas of Austin, a nonprofit that works to prevent and end homelessness in Austin.

“Every year we are overjoyed to present Caritas with the Trot proceeds, but this year is particularly special because the $350,000 donation is our largest to date and shatters the previous record by a staggering $15,000,” says Mike Haggerty, co-owner of ThunderCloud Subs, run director for the Trot, and Caritas board member emeritus.

“That’s no small feat, and we are honored and humbled to receive the continued support of the Austin community for our event and for Caritas of Austin,” Haggerty says.

“We want to thank all of our staff, the volunteers, sponsors, raffle ticket buyers, participants—everyone helped make this year’s Trot the most successful ever,” Haggerty says.

Proceeds from the annual Trot are crucial to helping achieve Caritas’ mission, according to executive director Jo Kathryn Quinn.

“Caritas of Austin is incredibly grateful for the continued support of ThunderCloud Subs for the past 28 years. The money raised at the ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot helps us build wellbeing for hundreds of families by making sure they have a safe and stable home, employment opportunities, food security, and life skills to succeed,” Quinn says.

Major sponsors of the 2018 ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot include First Texas Honda, YETI, CREA Communities, Fairmont Austin, KVUE, Stepping Stone School, Pepsi, Quik Print, Mangoozer, KIND Snacks, Bank of America, Walt Disney Studios, and The Long Center for Performing Arts.

For more information about ThunderCloud Subs and its ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot, go to www.thundercloud.com.


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Food Lion’s Be A Hero, Serve A Hero Campaign Raises $650,000 To Support Military Families Through Hope For The Warriors

300 Pounds of Food Also Donated to Richmond Fisher House Food Pantry

Left to right, Robin Kelleher, president and CEO of Hope For The Warriors, Chris Ortiz, Food Lion execution implementation specialist, Karen Lee, vice president of strategic communications for Hope For The Warriors, and LuLu, Hope For The Warriors therapy dog.

Press Release – RICHMOND, Va. (Dec. 11, 2018) – Today, Food Lion and its Food Lion Feeds hunger-relief initiative supported military families by donating $650,000 to Hope For The Warriors as a result of its campaign, Be A Hero, Serve A Hero.

During the fall promotion, customers across the supermarket company’s more than 1,000 stores had the opportunity to support military families by purchasing select items.

Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit that assists veterans, service members and military families with a variety of programming including clinical health and wellness, sports and recreation and transition services.

“At Food Lion, our veterans, service members and their families are our neighbors,” said Meg Ham, Food Lion president. “Giving back to the towns and cities we serve is very important to us, and we’re proud to join with our customers and donate $650,000 to help Hope For The Warriors in their mission.”

Through Food Lion Feeds, Food Lion is working to create a better tomorrow by uniting with customers and partners to help eliminate the difficult choices many families are forced to make when they are struggling with hunger. The company has committed to donating 500 million meals by 2020.

“As a nonprofit, Hope For The Warriors relies on community support to assist the number of veterans, service members and military families we serve each year,” said Robin Kelleher, co-founder and president of the nonprofit organization. “Thanks to Food Lion and the continuous support of its customers, we’re able to help create positive change and provide hope to those military families who need it most.”

In addition, today, the two groups partnered to distribute over 300 pounds of nonperishable food to the pantry at Richmond Fisher House, located on the grounds of McGuire VA Medical Center.

To learn more about Food Lion Feeds or the Hope For The Warriors, visit foodlion.com/feeds or hopeforthewarriors.org.

About Hope For The Warriors:

Founded in 2006, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for post 9/11 veterans, service members and military families. Since its inception, Hope For The Warriors has served more than 19,000 through a variety of support programs focused on clinical health and wellness, sports and recreation and transition. The nonprofit’s first program, A Warrior’s Wish, has granted 200 wishes to fulfill a desire for a better quality of life or support a quest for gratifying endeavors. In addition, Run For The Warriors has captured the hearts of more than 23,500 since 2010. For more information, visit hopeforthewarriors.org, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

About Food Lion:

Food Lion, based in Salisbury, N.C., since 1957, has more than 1,000 stores in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states and employs more than 63,000 associates. By leveraging its longstanding heritage of low prices and convenient locations, Food Lion is working to own the easiest full shop grocery experience in the Southeast, anchored by a strong commitment to affordability, freshness and the communities it serves. Through Food Lion Feeds, the company has committed to provide 500 million meals to individuals and families in need by the end of 2020. Food Lion is a company of Delhaize America, a U.S. division of Zaandam-based Royal Ahold Delhaize Group. For more information, visit www.foodlion.com.


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