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Toys“R”Us® Introduces Reusable Tote Bag To Benefit Save The Children®’S Domestic Emergency Fund

Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund Provides $100,000 Grant to Kick Off Program; $1 from the Purchase of Each Bag Will Help Keep Kids Safe in the Wake of a Disaster

WAYNE, NJ (May 20, 2014)Toys“R”Us® has introduced an exclusive 100% recyclable, reusable tote bag featuring a young child’s artwork in its stores nationwide, from which a portion of proceeds will benefit Save the Children®, a global humanitarian organization that ensures the urgent needs of children are met in a crisis situation. Whether families are preparing their disaster emergency kit or looking for a keepsake alternative for gifting, these tote bags can serve as the perfect go-to carryall. One dollar from the purchase of each bag will be donated directly to Save the Children’s Domestic Emergency Fund, which serves to provide a safe environment for children and families when disasters strike. In conjunction with the reusable bag program, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund has provided a $100,000 grant to the Domestic Emergency Fund to further strengthen Save the Children’s disaster preparedness programs and relief efforts in the United States, reinforcing the company’s commitment to children and families during times of crisis.

“Save the Children continues to serve as the company’s primary disaster response partner due to its strong focus on the unique physical and emotional needs of children in times of crisis. Through this collaboration, Toys“R”Us has helped victims of numerous devastating events in the U.S. and around the world,” said Kathleen Waugh, Chairman of the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund. “With the beginning of hurricane season fast approaching, this reusable bag program provides customers with an easy way to support Save the Children’s efforts to be emergency ready and to help keep kids safe when disasters strike.”

“We are excited to expand our partnership with Toys“R”Us, engaging the millions of families who shop its stores to help us make a significant impact in children’s lives,” said Kathy Spangler, Vice President of U.S. Programs, Save the Children. “Together, Save the Children and Toys“R”Us have a shared mission of prioritizing the interests of children, when they need hope, comfort and safety most.”

Dedicated Safety Site Provides Tips to Ready Families for an Emergency

Being prepared before disasters strike can make all the difference in the safety and welfare of families. To help, Toys“R”Us and Save the Children have compiled disaster planning tips and checklists on the company’s dedicated safety site, Toysrusinc.com/Safety, where families can learn more about fundamental supplies for at-home and to-go emergency kits, determining a safe location if loved ones are separated and how to develop a communication strategy. In addition, the company’s “Safety Experts Say” blog will feature commentary from Jeanne-Aimee De Marrais, Senior Director of U.S. Emergencies, Save the Children, sharing her personal experience in disaster-affected areas and offering information about how Save the Children’s Domestic Emergency Fund directly affects families in shelters and community recovery sites.

Online Registry Provides Essential Supplies in Times of Crisis

Customers can also visit Toysrus.com/SavetheChildren to view an official registry of products that can be purchased and sent directly to Save the Children to be used for kids during times of crisis. Items such as toys and games are distributed in “Child Friendly Spaces” within shelters and recovery centers to provide a sense of normalcy, in addition to basic supplies, such as diapers, wipes, clothing and hygiene items. By purchasing from this registry, contributors can help Save the Children support the smallest victims in the wake of devastating events.

For more than a decade, Toys“R”Us and the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund have provided nearly $4.3 million to help Save the Children’s immediate relief and response efforts, as well as ensure the safety and emotional support of children in shelters and community recovery sites. In 2010, Toys“R”Us received the Corporate Recognition for Humanitarian Assistance honor for its disaster response work with Save the Children from InterAction, a coalition of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organization focused on the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.

To View Images of the Toys“R”Us Reusable Tote Bag Benefitting Save the Children, Click Here.

Charitable Giving at Toys“R”Us

The philanthropic mission of Toys“R”Us, Inc. and the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund is to keep children safe and help them in times of need. The Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund contributes millions of dollars annually to various children’s organizations, including those providing disaster relief to victims of large-scale crises, as well as those supporting America’s military families. The Fund also provides grants to leading special needs organizations and has donated $1 million as the first Founding Partner of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games. In addition to financial and product donations, Toys“R”Us, Inc. hosts in-store and online fundraising campaigns annually that raise millions of dollars for the company’s signature philanthropic partners.

About Save the Children

Save the Children invests in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. In the United States and around the world, we are dedicated to ensuring every child has the best chance for success. Our pioneering programs give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Our advocacy efforts provide a voice for children who cannot speak for themselves. As the leading expert on children, we inspire and achieve lasting impact for millions of the world’s most vulnerable girls and boys. By transforming children’s lives now, we change the course of their future and ours.

The ICSC Foundation Announces Winners of the John T. Riordan Professional Education Scholarship

LAS VEGAS, May 19, 2014 – The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Foundation is pleased to announce that 15 shopping center professionals have been awarded the John T. Riordan Professional Education Scholarship this year. The scholarship recipients, were honored at a ceremony on May 19, 2014 during ICSC’s RECon, the global retail real estate convention, in Las Vegas, Nev..These scholarships encourage continuing education of retail real estate professionals.

The recipients of this year’s scholarships are: Faisal Saeed Al Ghamdi, CSM, mall manager, Arabian Centres Col. Ltd., Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Anthony Barsi, project manager, retail studio, Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, Arlington, Va.; William Donovan, associate, CBRE, Richmond, Va.; Stacey Glenn, officer manager and executive assistant, The Zall Company, Denver, Colo.; Alex Kirley, senior marketing manager, JLL, Kaneohe, Hawaii; Melissa Moran, regional manager, Bayer Properties, Fort Collins, Colo.; Claire Pagán, marketing specialist, Crossman & Company, Orlando, Fla.; Catherine Quek, general manager and CFO, Johdaya Krya Sdn Bhd, Johor Bahru, Malaysia; Salima Rawji, development manager, Build Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; C.C. Roberts, broker, Mid-America Real Estate, West Bloomfield, Mich., Matthew Ryan, leasing representative, Brixmor, Conshohocken, Pa.; Lisa Schwan, director of communications, Stark Enterprises, Cleveland, Ohio; Chad Shuskey, senior vice president, research & visual communications, Washington, D.C. Econominc Partnership, Washington, D.C.; Tracy Tripp, property management, The Temples Company, Reidsville, Ga.; and Samantha Zoleta, associate, NAI Capital, Ontario, Calif. [Editor’s note: Biographical information for each of the recipients can be found below.]

The ICSC Foundation established the John T. Riordan Professional Education Scholarship in 2004 to encourage professional education and to further the career development of retail real estate practioners. The scholarship allows each recipient to choose his or her curriculum of choice from the John T. Riordan School for Retail Real Estate Professionals. Areas of concentration include Management, Marketing, Leasing and Development, Design and Construction.

The scholarship covers enrollment fees, textbooks, workbooks, airfare, and hotel accommodations. It also includes attendance at an award ceremony at one of the global RECon, The Global Retail Real Estate Convention meetings.

John T. Riordan joined ICSC in 1982 and was promoted to President in 1986. When he retired in 2001 he held the post of President and CEO. This program honors Mr. Riordan’s commitment to education and his extraordinary legacy.

The ICSC Foundation promotes and rewards community support efforts and provides undergraduate, graduate-level and retail real estate practitioner’s educational scholarships. It also created the Community Support Award program, designed to recognize exceptional contributions by shopping centers or shopping center companies within their communities. Established in 1988, the ICSC Foundation is the non-profit public charity of the International Council of Shopping Centers www.icscfoundation.org

Founded in 1957, ICSC is the premier global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 66,000 members in over 100 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials For more information, visit www.icsc.org.

2014 John T. Riordan Educational Scholarship Winners

Faisal Saeed Al Ghamdi, CSM, is the mall manager at Aziz Mall, owned by Arabian Centres, Saudi Arabia, where he is responsible for all mall operations, including creating and implementing marketing strategies.

Anthony Barsi is project manager in the retail studio of Little Diversified Architectural Consulting in Arlington, Va, where he manages both internal and external design teams, engineering consultants, client teams, project architects, and designers. Mr. Barsi has been working as an architect in the retail real estate industry for several years, and has been a member of ICSC since 2013.

William Donovan is an associate at CBRE in Richmond, Va., where he conducts market analysis for site selection and purchase and leasing negotiations. He worked closely on the West Broad Village retail property, a premier lifestyle center in Richmond. Mr. Donovan is on the ICSC Virginia Next Generation committee.

Stacey Glenn is office manager and executive assistant to Stuart Zall, principal broker, at the Zall Companies, Denver, Colo. She oversees leasing activity, including listing agreements and tenant coordination. Ms. Glenn also handles company marketing and public relations activities. She is in the process of transitioning into a full-time retail broker, and is pursuing her Certified Leasing Specialist designation.

Alex Kirley is the senior marketing manager for JLL Americas, Retail, Kaneohe, Hawaii, where she oversees the marketing efforts of two regional shopping centers. Ms. Kirley is currently serving as ICSC’s Hawaii State Director.

Melissa Moran is a regional manager for Bayer Properties, Fort Collins, Colo., where driving net operating income (NOI) is her top priority. Ms. Moran sits on the board of the Fort Collins Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, and was recently appointed Treasurer of the Executive Board.

Claire Pagán is a marketing specialist for Crossman & Company, Orlando, Fla., where she is responsible for the planning, development and implementation of the company’s marketing strategies, communications and public relations. Ms. Pagán, participated at ICSC’s annual Florida Conference, where she spoke about search engine optimization.

Catherine Quek is general manager and CFO of Johor Bahru City Square, in Johor, Malaysia, a center that is undergoing a $160 million renovation. Ms. Quek handles marketing and social media, as well as mall operations, including maintenance, safety and security.

Salima Rawji is development manager at Build Toronto, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where she manages a portfolio of 1.25 million square feet of Brownfield, Heritage and Greenfield development projects. She handles all retail leasing in the portfolio, project management of five active development projects, site analysis, and facilitation of partnerships with local businesses and governments. (Re-read this sentence – doesn’t make sense)

Matthew Ryan is a leasing representative at Brixmor Property Group, Conshohocken, Pa., where he is responsible for the leasing of 12 shopping centers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Prior to his position at Brixmor, Mr. Ryan was a broker at Legend Properties. He was a member of the ICSC Next Generation Program Planning Committee from 2008 to 2012, as well as a member of the ICSC PA/NJ/DE Program Planning Committee.

C.C. Roberts is a broker at Mid-America Real Estate, West Bloomfield, Mich., where her primary responsibility is landlord representation and leasing of shopping centers. Ms. Roberts serves as a member of ICSC’s Michigan Next Generation Committee.

Chad Shuskey is the senior vice president, research & visual communications at the Washington, D.C. Economic Partnership, where he oversees research, publications and the organization’s website. He also helps lead retail recruitment efforts, including site location assistance and retail and restaurant tours to promote the emerging neighborhoods to local, regional and national retailers..

Lisa Schwan is director of communications for Stark Enterprises, where she spearheads the marketing and communications efforts on a corporate level.

Tracy Tripp is an agent in charge of property management for The Temples Company in Reidsville, Ga., where she manages seven shopping centers in three different cities. She is also an active sales and leasing agent in Georgia and South Carolina.

Samantha Zoleta is an associate with NAI Capital in Ontario, Calif., where she specializes in expanding national retail and restaurant concepts through the entire leasing process, including site locations, dispositions, relocations, lease renewals, analysis and tenant tours. Ms. Zoleta is a member of ICSC’s Inland Empire Breakfast Committee, and the ICSC Southern California Program Planning Committee.

National Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Investing Conference to Address Cutting Edge Issues

US SIF to Host Fourth Annual Conference:

“Markets, Mission and Materiality”

May 20-21, 2014 in Washington, DC

WASHINGTON — US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment will host its fourth annual conference, “Markets, Mission and Materiality” in Washington, DC, May 20-21.

Compelling topics for the investment industry and sustainability practitioners include:

  • Whether millennials are more interested than other investors in sustainable and impact investing;
  • New strategies and products in fixed income, community and impact investing;
  • How activists and company executives are working to build more sustainable companies;
  • The investment case for reducing income inequality;
  • Advancing ESG integration in investment practice;
  • The state of sustainable investment in European and Asian markets; and
  • Financing the shift from fossil fuels as well as addressing food security in the context of climate change.

More than 330 conference attendees have already registered. Conference speakers include experts in investment, business and public policy, including;

  • Anna Bernasek, Journalist and Author, The Economics of Integrity;
  • Headley Butler, President and CEO, Landon Butler;
  • Dave Castillo, CEO, Native Home Capital;
  • Elyse Cherry, CEO, Boston Community Capital;
  • Tom Daschle, Former Senate Majority Leader;
  • Ellen Dorsey, Executive Director, Wallace Global Fund;
  • Michael Jantzi, CEO, Sustainalytics;
  • Saru Jayaraman, Co-Director and Co-Founder, Restaurant Opportunities Center;
  • Erika Karp, CEO, Cornerstone Capital, Inc.;
  • Michael Lind, Policy Director, Economic Growth Program, New America Foundation;
  • Will Oulton, Global Head of Responsible Investment, First State Investments;
  • Andrea Phillips, Vice President, Goldman Sachs;
  • Dawn Rittenhouse, Director of Sustainable Development, DuPont;
  • Jessica Robinson, CEO, the Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA);
  • William Rosenzweig, Managing Partner, Physic Ventures, LP;
  • Jennifer Silberman, Vice President of Corporate Sustainability, Hilton Worldwide;
  • Liesel Pritzker Simmons, Principal and Co-Founder, The Blue Haven Initiative; and
  • Laurie Spengler, President and CEO, Enclude.

Lisa Woll, CEO of US SIF, said “We are excited to be hosting our fourth national conference next week. With hundreds of attendees joining us, 35 generous sponsors, and more than 50 diverse and excellent speakers, we expect a thoughtful and provocative conference that addresses many issues that are important to sustainable, responsible and impact investors.”

Additionally, on May 20, immediately before the conference, a training will be held on the Fundamentals of Sustainable and Responsible Investment at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. Fundamentals is an introductory course for investment advisors, planners and other financial professionals who want to learn the basics of sustainable and responsible investment.

New to this conference is a Student Scholarship Program, a special educational program of the US SIF Foundation in collaboration with its Diversity and Inclusion Initiative. Seven undergraduate and graduate students with demonstrated interest in a career in sustainable investment have been awarded complimentary registrations to attend the conference. These scholarships are made possible through the support of Campbell Soup Company.

The seven students selected for the scholarships are:

Marc Anthony Carr: The American University School of International Service, Masters in Social Enterprise with a focus on impact investing

Aashna Desai: Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, International Studies and Business with a concentration in Finance

Lisa Fillingame: University of Wisconsin, International Studies and Spanish

Bridget Realmuto: Columbia University, Sustainability Analytics, focusing on sustainable finance and investing

Candice Ruiz: University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School for Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), International Development

Alexandra Sutton: Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment

Alex Zorniger: Tufts University, International Relations and Entrepreneurship

Brief biographies of all the scholars can be found on the US SIF website.

The conference is sponsored by 35 companies including UBS, McDonald’s, Bloomberg, Boston Common Asset Management, Cornerstone Capital, Inc., Neuberger Berman, Pax World Investments, TIAA-CREF, and Trillium Asset Management. For additional sponsor information, please click here.

For full conference agenda details, including a list of breakout sessions, please click here.

For registration information, please click here.

WHEN:

US SIF annual conference plenaries and breakout sessions will be open to the press on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. EDT and Wednesday, May 21, 2014 from 8:35 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT.

WHERE:

Capital Hilton, 1001 16th St., NW, Washington, DC.

TO PARTICIPATE:

Attending news organizations and reporters must RSVP by Friday, May 16, 2014 by contacting Megan Smith of US SIF at 202-747-7820 or msmith@ussif.org.

Eli Lilly’s John Lechleiter Elected Chair of United Way Worldwide Board of Trustees

Alexandria, VA – John C. Lechleiter, Ph.D., Chairman, President and CEO of Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY), was today elected to a two-year term as chair of United Way Worldwide’s Board of Trustees. United Way is the world’s largest privately funded nonprofit.

“John brings extensive leadership and expertise leading one of the world’s most successful companies as well as a personal commitment to improving people’s lives,” said Brian A. Gallagher, president and CEO of United Way Worldwide. “John will be instrumental in helping to strengthen the capacity of our worldwide network to meet rapidly growing human need. He possesses a unique understanding of both United Way and the increasingly complex issues facing communities around the world.”

Lechleiter has served as Lilly CEO since 2008 and as chairman since 2009. He joined Lilly in 1979 as a senior organic chemist in process research and development and became head of that department in 1982. In 1984, he began serving as director of pharmaceutical product development for the Lilly Research Centre Limited in Windlesham, England. He later held roles in project management, regulatory affairs, product development, and pharmaceutical operations. In 2005, he was named president and chief operating officer and joined the board of directors.

“I am honored to be named chairman of such a great organization,” said Lechleiter. “United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good—work that is both fundamental and complex. I appreciate the unique and indispensable role of United Way in effecting change in the areas of education, income and health—creating the building blocks to help people achieve their full potential.”

Lechleiter is a member of the American Chemical Society and Business Roundtable. He serves on the board of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), as president of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA), as chairman of the U.S.-Japan Business Council, and on the boards of United Way Worldwide, Life Sciences Foundation, and the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership. He also serves on the boards of Nike, Inc. and Ford Motor Company.

STREETS International Joins Clinton Global Initiative To Create a Commitment to Action

Annual NYC Event Gathers Leading Chefs to Benefit Disadvantaged Youth in SE Asia

NEW YORK, May 14, 2014 – STREETS International has joined the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) with its Commitment to Action and implementation of innovative solutions in supplying local, disadvantaged youth in Hoi An, Vietnam, and its surrounding areas with the tools and skills to achieve financial independence. Embodying the mission of the CGI to turn ideas into action, STREETS prepares vulnerable and orphaned young people for careers in hospitality by providing a comprehensive 18-month program resulting in 100% employment upon graduation since its inception in 2007.

Part hospitality school and part full-service restaurant, STREETS has proven its ability to provide a real chance for young adults in great need to transition out of poverty, improving their own lives as well as the lives of their impoverished brothers, sisters, and families.

To celebrate the school’s fifth year anniversary and highlight the skills and hard work of its trainees, STREETS will debut its first cookbook this spring: STREETS: Good Food Helping Good Kids. The new book opens with a highlight of the local Hoi An markets and shares the personal stories of eight graduates, profiling their exemplary work experience after attending the STREETS program. The book also includes a variety of recipes from the STREETS Restaurant Café, from White Rose Dumplings, a 120-year-old recipe reflecting HoiAn’s 17th Century Chinese community, to Crispy Rice Pancake with Pork and Shrimp, a classic southern Vietnamese dish. Published independently, all proceeds go directly to the program.

On Wednesday, May 28, 2014, New York City’s top chefs and mixologists will join STREETS International for its 7th Annual tasting event and silent auction to benefit the organization. Held at The Astor Center, acclaimed chefs such as James Beard winner Jamie Bissonnette from Toro NYC, Anita Lo from Annisa, Daniel Boulud from DBGB, Michael Chernow and Daniel Holzman from The Meatball Shop, and Jean-Paul Bourgeois from Blue Smoke, among others, will serve their interpretation of Southeast Asian street foods complimented by signature cocktails throughout the evening.

Event details are as follows:

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

VIP Hour*: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
*Includes meet and greet with chefs, specialty cocktails and a cooking demonstration
VIP Ticket: $225.00

General Admission: 7:00 – 9:30 pm
General Ticket: $100.00
The Astor Center, 399 Lafayette Street, New York, NY

For more information or to buy tickets, please visit the STREETS International – 7th Annual Event page here.

About STREETS International

STREETS International is an innovative social enterprise initiative with the purpose of developing and operating sustainable programs for street kids and disadvantaged youth in Southeast Asia and throughout the world. Formed in 2007 as a US-based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, STREETS prepares vulnerable, orphaned and other disadvantaged young people for careers in hospitality. Providing youths with the highest levels of training to prepare them for careers in culinary arts and hospitality service, the program incorporates many components, including classroom instruction, hands-on work experience, housing and all the necessary social and community support. For more information, visit streetsinternational.org.

About Clinton Global Initiative

Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date, members of the CGI community have made more than 2,800 Commitments to Action, which are already improving the lives of more than 430 million people in over 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $103 billion.

CGI also convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States, and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their communities and around the world. For more information, visit clintonglobalinitiative.org and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative.

United Way Celebrates 11 Corporate Champions of Change

Corporations recognized for innovative use of company assets, employee engagement and results in communities worldwide

Alexandria, VA – United Way Worldwide will recognize eleven companies as “Outstanding Strategic Partners,” celebrating their long-term commitment, giving, volunteering, leadership and employee engagement which is making a lasting impact to improve lives and communities.

“United Way and communities around the world wouldn’t be where we are today without the passion and partnership of these corporate leaders and their employees,” said Brian Gallagher, president and CEO, United Way Worldwide. “They are helping us scale impact around the world and create opportunities for a brighter future and a better life for all people.”

2014 winners:

  • 3M (NYSE: MMM) @3MNews – 3M & its employees encourage innovation through science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), by volunteering and supporting students and schools. Globally, 3M supports United Way’s early childhood education effort around the world including Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific.
  • Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) @BofA_Community — Bank of America has been a longtime supporter of United Way and its affiliates for decades contributing more than $200 million and engaging employees annually through the company’s United Way Campaign. In 2006, the bank helped launch United Way’s life-changing financial stability work and has contributed $6.5 million towards volunteer income tax assistance and Earned Income Tax Credit education as well as holistic financial programs, which have helped millions of hardworking individuals and families nationwide.
  • Deloitte LLP, @DeloitteUS — Deloitte is a leader in its efforts to help address our nation’s most pressing societal needs, notably through its more than 30-year commitment to United Way. With one of the nation’s largest United Way employee giving campaigns – and alongside its award-winning pro bono program and community engagement initiatives – Deloitte supports its national focus on education and veterans issues through designated United Way collaborative funds.
  • GE (NYSE: GE) @generalelectric — GE’s global vision for education, income and health includes a long-term commitment to and investment in United Way and communities from the company, foundation, employees and retirees. GE also donates 2% of all appliance purchases at the GE Outlet Store to help United Way advance the common good.
  • P&G (NYSE: PG) @proctergamble — P&G touches and improves the lives of millions of children around the world, and made it possible for the entire Latin America region to focus on improving early learning and helping kids get ready for success in school by expanding Born Learning with United Way.
  • Publix Super Markets, @Publix – Publix has made a long-term commitment to kids and Born Learning, United Way’s early childhood education engagement campaign, educating customers with helpful tips on school readiness through multiple channels – in-store experiences, newsletters, shopping bags and more.
  • Target (NYSE: TGT) @Target — Target’s national education partnership with United Way is helping communities collaborate to improve kindergarten readiness and test scores, and long-term, ensure more young people graduate from high school and college.
  • UPS (NYSE: UPS) @UPS — UPS and its employees were the first company to raise $1 billion in contributions to United Way, with focused efforts on education and financial stability. UPS also holds an annual eBay auction, leveraging their sports and entertainment connections to raise funds for United Way. The company has also been an early champion for United Way’s global expansion, ensuring more people and communities would be strengthened for generations to come.
  • Walmart (NYSE: WMT) @WalmartGiving – The Walmart Foundation’s national investment in MyFreeTaxes with United Way is increasing access to free tax preparation and filing services and building awareness about the Earned Income Tax Credit. This critical work has helped millions of individuals and families save over $8 billion since 2009, building financially stronger futures and communities.
  • Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC) @WellsFargo — Wells Fargo is working with United Way to create a new Financial Capability Network that will strengthen individuals, families and communities across the country. This work is helping people follow a budget and save for the future so they can buy a home, educate children, build a business and achieve their financial goals.
  • AT&T (NYSE: T) @ATT

Winning companies also increased employee engagement through mobile, web, videos and social media and leveraged numerous company assets including product donations and skilled volunteering to create sustainable, positive changes in local communities worldwide in the areas of education, income and health.

About United Way

United Way is a worldwide movement of nearly 1,800 community-based United Ways in 41 countries and territories. It advances the common good by focusing on education, income and health – the building blocks for a good quality life. The United Way movement mobilizes millions to action – to give, advocate and volunteer – to improve conditions in their local community. For more information about United Way, please visit: UnitedWay.org.

Ralph Lauren to Partner with the Royal Marsden – Exclusive Video with Mr. Lauren

Ralph Lauren has been committed to the fight against breast cancer for more than 20 years.

The Royal Marsden, the largest and most comprehensive cancer centre in Europe, and the Ralph Lauren Corporation are proud to announce a new partnership to fund a state-of-the art breast cancer research facility in Chelsea, London.

In the late 1980s, Ralph Lauren was diagnosed with a benign brain tumour. Shortly after the removal of the tumour, he was moved to take action when his close friend Nina Hyde shared her breast cancer diagnosis with him.

Long recognised for his early leadership in the fight against breast cancer, Ralph Lauren, made a personal and corporate commitment to finding a cure for this disease.

As a tribute to his friendship with Nina Hyde, The Washington Post’s fashion editor for 18 years, Ralph Lauren co-founded the Nina Hyde Center for Breast Cancer Research at Georgetown University in 1989. “Breast Cancer is not just a women’s issue,” says Lauren. “It affects all of us – the husbands, fathers, brothers, children and friends of the women dealing with this dreaded disease.”

The Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation was created for the purpose of providing support for philanthropic programs including education, healthcare in medically under-served communities, the arts and community based initiatives. His family and company have supported historic preservation activities and numerous cancer research initiatives, including the Pink Pony campaign for breast cancer. In addition, Lauren founded the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention in 2001 in Harlem, New York.

In a rare personal insight, Ralph Lauren features in a new video showcasing his drive to support cancer and delves into his own experience with the illness.

JPMorgan Chase Publishes 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report

NEW YORK, MAY 12, 2014 – JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM) today released its 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report. The report highlights the many ways the firm leveraged its resources and capabilities to help address big societal challenges: growing economies and tackling unemployment, revitalizing communities, harnessing the power of markets for social progress and promoting a sustainable economy.

This year’s report features conversations among some of the firm’s key partners, stakeholders and executives in which they discuss their perspectives on these challenges and how the private, public and nonprofit sectors can work together to create opportunities for more people, preserve our natural environment and foster the fundamental conditions for widely-shared prosperity.

“At JPMorgan Chase, we believe we have a responsibility to be part of the solution to the world’s most pressing problems, not only because it’s the right thing to do but because our own long-term success depends on the success of our communities and the people, companies and institutions we serve,” said Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO at JPMorgan Chase. “In 2013, we used our size, scale and expertise to make a difference and to be a real, positive contributor to society, and we will continue to do so.”

An exclusive dialogue between Dimon and Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, is featured in the report. They address issues ranging from how society can increase access to economic opportunity to how JPMorgan Chase is rebuilding confidence in the company and capital markets.

“Ongoing challenges have presented opportunities for JPMorgan Chase to work with great partners in the public, private and nonprofit sectors to find solutions that create greater opportunities for more people,” said Peter Scher, Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Responsibility at JPMorgan Chase. “While there is more work to be done, we are proud to have rolled up our sleeves to break down the traditional barriers among the three sectors and developed and supported initiatives that will build stronger communities around the world – from the largest countries to the smallest towns.”

In 2013, JPMorgan Chase continued to drive economic growth in our communities. The firm:

  • Launched New Skills at Work, a $250 million, five-year workforce development initiative aimed at helping close the skills gap around the world. New Skills at Work research and programming is focusing on major U.S. and European urban areas, with an initial focus on Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, the San Francisco Bay Area and London.
  • Created the Global Cities Exchange, a program to help U.S. and international cities develop and implement regional strategies to boost their global trade and investment. The Exchange is part of the Global Cities Initiative, a joint project with the Brookings Institution launched in 2012 aimed at helping metropolitan leaders strengthen their regional economy.
  • Provided $19 billion in new credit to American small businesses and, for the fourth fiscal year in a row, was named the #1 U.S. Small Business Administration lender by units.

The firm also developed and funded innovative investment vehicles that leverage market mechanisms to create social, environmental and financial value. Last year, JPMorgan Chase:

  • Along with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, developed the Global Health Investment Fund, a $108 million innovative social impact fund, and invested an additional $9 million in best-in-class funds addressing the needs of low-income populations around the world. 
  • Worked with a group of peer investment banks to develop the Green Bond Principles, a set of voluntary guidelines designed to promote integrity and transparency in the growing market for Green Bonds, which are issued to finance environmentally-beneficial projects. 
  • Collaborated with The Nature Conservancy to establish NatureVest, a new initiative of The Conservancy that aims to create a platform to advance investment in conservation.

JPMorgan Chase continued its commitment to U.S. veterans and military service members, hiring more than 6,300 veterans from 2011 to 2013 and continued its leadership of the 100,000 Jobs Mission, a coalition of employers that collectively hired 117,439 U.S. veterans by the end of 2013, prompting it to double its hiring goal to 200,000 veterans by 2020.

Other highlights include how JPMorgan Chase:

  • Provided $2.7 billion in community development loans and investments to build or preserve 45,000 units of affordable housing, create 1,100 new jobs, enable 784,000 patient visits and serve 4,400 students in low- and moderate-income communities in the U.S.;
  • Launched CDFI Collaboratives, an innovative new program that is catalyzing investment in low- and moderate-income communities with $33 million in grants to community development financial institutions nationwide;
  • Provided nearly $7 million in grants to leading nonprofits to promote the financial capability of consumers in cities across the U.S.; and
  • Donated $210 million to nonprofits in 39 countries and contributed 540,000 hours of employee volunteer service globally.

For more information about corporate responsibility at JPMorgan Chase, or to read the report, please visit www.jpmorganchase.com/corporateresponsibility. The report includes more detailed information about our Corporate Responsibility efforts, including our sustainability efforts, stakeholder and public policy engagement, and how we support our people.

About JPMorgan Chase & Co.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.5 trillion and operations worldwide. The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, asset management and private equity. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of consumers in the United States and many of the world’s most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its J.P. Morgan and Chase brands. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at www.jpmorganchase.com.

Gamma Iota Sigma’s Inaugural Week of Service a Widespread Success

YARDLEY, PA, April 15, 2014 – Gamma Iota Sigma, the international risk management, insurance and actuarial science collegiate fraternity, held its first-ever Week of Service in February 2014 to promote community involvement among the next generation of insurance professionals. Originally planned for February 1-8 but extended through February 15, the inaugural Week of Service was a resounding success, with over 33% of chapters reporting back on their activities. Gamma Iota Sigma chapters and their student members carried out an impressive array of events, fundraisers and other activities throughout North America to benefit their local communities, resulting in a collective effort that paints a powerful picture of the industry’s dedication, impact, and legacy.

The Week of Service was planned and executed in concert by the Grand Chapter, the 2013-14 co-International Student Representatives Alyssa Bouchard of Rho Chapter at Appalachian State University and Mike Kelly of Lambda Chapter at the University of South Carolina, and the active participation of Chapter Presidents. Students were charged with a goal of completing a service project that was relevant to their local community and feasible for the chapter. Projects ranged from working in child care centers, food pantries, homeless shelters and nursing homes to canned food drives and outdoor clean-ups. The positive energy and sense of team and community that resulted from the Week of Service leave little doubt that this will become an annual event, which also presented chapters an opportunity to engage with local industry professionals.

ABOUT GAMMA IOTA SIGMA

Incorporated in 1965, Gamma Iota Sigma pursues a mission to promote, encourage, and sustain student interest in insurance, risk management, and actuarial science as professions; to encourage the high moral and scholastic attainments of its members; and to facilitate interaction of educational institutions and industry through networking and by fostering research activities, scholarship, and improved public relations. Gamma Iota Sigma has a growing network of 60 chartered chapters at colleges and universities throughout North America, over 20,000 alumni, and more than 2,100 student members each year who are among the best and brightest entering the industry. GIS members’ rigorous academic and career preparation is evidenced by chapter leadership roles, relevant work and internship experience, and the pursuit of industry designations. In partnership with corporate supporters, professional associations and trade organizations, Gamma Iota Sigma provides its student members with the tools to pursue and succeed in a lucrative career. For more information, please visit www.GammaIotaSigma.org or call (484) 991-4471.

Visa Inc. to Receive Corporate Hero Award at PenFed Foundation’s 10th Annual Night of Heroes Gala

Company to be honored for its work helping veterans

May 9, 2014, WASHINGTONThe Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation (PenFed Foundation) announced today that Visa Inc. will receive the Corporate Hero Award at this year’s 10th Annual Night of Heroes Gala, “Welcome Home: Supporting Warriors in Transition.” The event, which will be held on Wednesday, May 14 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., will honor those who have demonstrated leadership in providing support and services to our returning military, veterans, and their families.

“This year’s guests have worked tirelessly to help support our men and women in uniform,” said Jane Whitfield, president and chief executive officer of the PenFed Foundation. “We are proud to have them join us for one night to honor their work and the service of our nation’s military.”

Since 1995, Visa has been working to help consumers and students of all ages, especially members of the military community, learn the building blocks of personal finance. It has partnered with educators, leading consumer advocates, and financial institutions across the nation to develop its Practical Money Skills program, an online resource focused on providing financial literacy education.

Notable guests attending this year’s gala include Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James; retired U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Norbert R. Ryan, Jr., president and CEO of the Military Officers Association of America; and Joyce Wessel Raezer, executive director of the National Military Family Association, and Mary Scott, chair of the association’s board of governors.

(Ret.) Gen. Daniel W. Christman, senior vice president for international affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will present the Corporate Hero Award and Lee Woodruff, author and founder of the Bob Woodruff Foundation, will serve as the emcee. Deidra Lee Stubbs of the American Military Spouses Choir and the Virginia Grand Military Band will provide the evening’s entertainment.

“Visa is honored to be the recipient of the Corporate Hero Award,” said Robert B. Thomson, vice president of U.S. government relations for Visa Inc. “We thank the PenFed Foundation for all of its impactful work in providing support and services to our returning military, veterans and their families and we look forward to continuing our partnership in providing financial literacy programs together.”

The Night of Heroes Gala, a black tie or military dress occasion, will begin at 6 p.m. at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, May 14, with a reception and live auction followed by dinner and the program. The location of this year’s gala is especially significant because the National Building Museum is located in a historic structure built in the 1880s for a government agency helping Civil War veterans.

“The gala is always a special evening, but this year’s event promises to be one of the most exciting in the 10 years we’ve held it,” added Whitfield. “Thanks to our supporters we are planning an extraordinary night for our guests to remember as we honor those that have gone above and beyond to support our men and women in uniform, even long after they’ve returned.”

Sponsors of this year’s gala include event underwriter PSCU; corporate circle of honor sponsors APi Group Inc., The Niner Foundation, TrueCar, Inc., and UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans; and legendary hero sponsors Alliant Techsystems, Inc. and Allied Solutions.

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