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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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How Communication May Have Changed the Outcome of Humanitarian Efforts in Afghanistan

9-Year Aid Worker Offers Grassroots Perspective

By: Mary Ann Callahan

Several recent reports on the U.S. mission in Afghanistan, which cost thousands of lives and billions of dollars, cite corruption and lack of proper management as primary reasons it did not achieve our goals.

The findings are stark and, unfortunately, accurate, but they overlook — or omit — another serious problem: The United States did not consistently communicate with Afghan citizens in ways they could understand regarding the reasons foreigners were once more in the country.

We did not convince the Afghan people that we were there to help, and that cost us Afghans’ hearts and minds and, with them, total success.

Many would argue that the explanation for the presence of the US and its allies was clear. The whole world knew about the tragic attacks on US targets on Sept. 11, 2001. The perpetrators were tracked back to Afghanistan, where they were afforded protection by the Taliban regime, which had taken over all but a small part of Afghanistan and imposed its cruel interpretation of governance over a helpless populace.

Everyone knew that — except the helpless populace. Left in almost virtual darkness regarding world events because of war and lack of development, many Afghans had to try to figure out what was going on by themselves. With nothing but three decades of conflict against a backdrop of centuries of the same, the only logical conclusion was that these new invaders were there for the same reasons the old ones had come. They had again been conquered.

However, that was not their immediate response to the presence of Westerners. In the beginning of the U.S. mission, many Afghans welcomed us as a liberator, a champion who would help those who were unable to help themselves throw off centuries of quiet desperation. The trouble was, no one took the time to outline for them what their new world might look like. No one told them why they needed electricity and roads, and why it was important to begin to look at some things in their culture, such as the role of women, differently.

At first, the needs seemed so glaring, the international teams forged forward with the forceful righteousness of a good cause. It was only when the myriad obstacles to progress inherent in a place like Afghanistan began to surface that the population began to resist. They were told that electricity would come quickly and make life brighter, and that roads into their villages would boost commerce.

When the electricity did not come quickly because there was no infrastructure, they became suspicious. When the roads that were being built into their rural dominions were rumored to be for invaders’ tanks, many physically fought to stop those efforts.

Soon rumor and misinformation about the outsiders and their mission began to grow. When it was also reported that these foreigners were making salaries that made the heads of most Afghan spin, their natural distrust seemed to have found a core tenet upon which to rest. Add to this the fact that most of the few foreigners the Afghan people actually did encounter seemed busy with Western methods of business, overseen by a bureaucracy that was unfamiliar to an ancient and less ordered society, and the mistrust could only grow.

The conclusion by many Afghans was inevitable. The United States was there to meet the needs of the United States — not to help Afghanistan.

Sadly, a great deal of the mistrust and some of the corruption could have been avoided if we had taken the time to talk to the Afghans in ways that were meaningful to them. Explaining basic concepts using a campaign that incorporated a variety of communication methods might have changed the outcome.

Afghans might have supported our efforts if they had understood them. Then, all we would have had to deal with was our own inefficacies.

About Mary Ann Callahan

Mary Ann Callahan (http://callahans-pen.com/) worked in Afghanistan from 2003 to 2012 in a variety of capacities, most involving communications. She developed and implemented an independent journalism program that trained Afghans to accurately report on international development efforts in their country, and received recognition from both the U.S. and Afghan governments for her work. She is the author of three books based on her experiences. “Clouded Hopes” is the second in a series that also includes “Clear Differences: Short Stories from Afghanistan.” Her children’s book, “Little Heroes,” is about two cats growing up in Kabul and Paris and helps to acquaint young readers with the disparities of our world.

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James to Receive American Hero Award at PenFed Foundation’s 10th Annual Gala

Newly appointed military head to be recognized for work with veterans at May gala 

May 8, 2014, WASHINGTONThe Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation (PenFed Foundation) announced today that Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James will receive the American Hero Award at its 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.

“Throughout her career, Secretary James has worked to ensure that America’s obligation to our service members doesn’t end when they put away their uniforms,” said Jane Whitfield, president and chief executive officer of the PenFed Foundation. “We are proud to recognize her commitment to this vital issue as part of this year’s gala.”

In her new role as Secretary of the Air Force, she is responsible for overseeing more than 690,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve, and civilian airmen along with their families. She has three decades of experience in homeland and national security, having worked in both the federal government and private sector. Prior to joining the Air Force, Secretary James served as president of Science Applications International Corporation’s Technical and Engineering Sector. She also served in the Pentagon as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs in the Clinton Administration from 1993 to 1998.

From 2010 until taking her new position with the Air Force, Secretary James was chair of the national advisory council for the PenFed Foundation, where she was instrumental in helping build and expand its key programs benefiting the military community.

“In my opinion, when you’re leading any organization, it’s always all about people — and there’s no group of people who have worked harder or sacrificed more for our nation than our veterans,” said Secretary James. “It’s such an honor to receive this award from the PenFed Foundation, which has been serving our wounded warriors for more than 10 years now, increasing financial literacy for our troops and helping make the American dream of home ownership come true for so many of them.”

Gen. (Ret.) Norton Schwartz, former Chief of Staff for the Air Force and current CEO of Business Executives for National Security, will present the award to Secretary James. Lee Woodruff, author and founder of the Lee Woodruff Foundation, will serve as the emcee, and Deidra Lee Stubbs of the American Military Spouses Choir and the Virginia Grand Military Band will provide the evening’s entertainment.

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.

Town & Country Hosts Inaugural Philanthropy Summit May 28 – Michael R. Bloomberg, Chelsea Clinton, Trudie Styler, Donna Karan, Hunter Biden, And More Join Town & Country Editor In Chief Jay Fielden For A Day Of Groundbreaking Discussion On The Subject Of Giving

Summit Kicks Off on May 27 with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the Premiere of ‘Generosity of Eye’, The Story of William Louis-Dreyfus’ Art Collection and the Plan to Support the Harlem Children’s Zone

NEW YORK, May 6, 2014Town & Country will present the magazine’s first-ever Philanthropy Summit at Hearst Tower in New York City on May 28. The Summit gathers the country’s most passionate philanthropists and visionary leaders of charitable organizations, including Michael R. Bloomberg, Chelsea Clinton, Hunter Biden, Trudie Styler, Donna Karan, Lauren Bush Lauren and Geoffrey Canada, for a day of thought-provoking discussions on topics including Education, World Hunger, Philanthropy & Technology, Global Responsibility and Medical Research.

The Summit kicks off on the evening of May 27 with a screening of the documentary Generosity of Eye at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater. Directed by Brad Hall, the film is the very personal tale of actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus discovering how her father’s passions for art, justice and education collide in a single act of generosity that will benefit Geoffrey Canada’s Harlem Children’s Zone. Generosity of Eye is produced by Hall, Louis-Dreyfus and Julie R. Snyder.

On May 28, some of the brightest lights in charitable giving will convene at the Hearst Tower for a series of dynamic panel discussions and workshops. Lunch will be prepared by Bill Telepan, chef/restauranteur and executive chef of Wellness in the Schools, a non-profit organization dedicated to making school food healthier. Following the meal, Jay Fielden will lead a conversation with Chelsea Clinton, focusing on her role as vice chair of the Clinton Family Foundation.

“Philanthropy is an essential part of our readers’ lives, and a topic that Town & Country has chronicled for more than a century,” Fielden said. “We share stories of individuals and organizations who are redefining what it means to be generous. The innovative leaders who are joining us for the Summit are changing lives as well as the landscape of modern giving.”

“Corporate responsibility and philanthropy are increasingly vital platforms for so many luxury marketers, and consumers are more in-tune with brands’ charitable efforts than ever before,” said Jennifer Levene Bruno, publisher/chief revenue officer of Town & Country. “We are honored to provide a forum to explore these ideas with such an influential group, who together truly are the future of philanthropy.”

The Philanthropy Summit is sponsored by Fidelity Charitable, Cadillac, Harry Winston, and Loews Regency Hotel. Participants include:

  • Trudie Styler, co-founder of the Rainforest Fund, a nonprofit foundation in its 25th year that has funded projects and programs supporting indigenous peoples and traditional populations of the world’s rainforests in their efforts to protect their environments and fulfill their human rights;
  • Hunter Biden for the World Food Program USA, the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger;
  • Donna Karan, designer and founder of the Urban Zen Foundation, which works to raise awareness and inspire change through the integration of Eastern modalities and Western practices in healthcare and education, as well as the preservation of artisan cultures throughout the world;
  • Geoffrey Canada, president and CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone, a nonprofit organization providing free support in the form of parenting workshops, pre-school programs, three public charter schools and child-oriented health programs for thousands of poverty-stricken children and families living in Harlem to eradicate the cycle of generational poverty;
  • John Kluge, Jr., founder of Toilet Hackers, a nonprofit dedicated to providing access to dignified sanitation worldwide;
  • Jacob Lief, co-founder and CEO of Ubuntu Education Fund, a grassroots, nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive household stability, health and education services to vulnerable children living in the townships of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, helping them break cycles of poverty and disenfranchisement;
  • Grace Garey, co-founder of WATSI, a crowdfunding platform for healthcare that provides a convenient way for individuals to donate directly to those in need of medical attention in developing countries;
  • Eric Dawson, co-founder and president of Peace First, a national nonprofit that exists to create the next generation of peacemakers by teaching young people the skills of peacemaking; empowering educators and parents to teach and model these skills and values; and creating social messages that raise expectations for young people to demonstrate compassion and empathy; and
  • Dr. Steven T. Rosen, Provost and Chief Scientific Officer City of Hope a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

For full programming details and speaker biographies please visit Philanthropy.townandcountrymag.com. The site will also serve as a resource for individuals to make charitable donations to the organizations participating in the Summit.

About Town & Country

Town & Country (www.townandcountrymag.com) has chronicled American life since 1846, always putting an emphasis on people of style and accomplishment who give something back to the world, whether in service, philanthropy or creative endeavor. It is edited with a feeling for storytelling, combining the highest level of reporting with the very best photography. Town & Country is an acute observer of the broader social landscape, documenting notable weddings and parties, chronicling the pastimes and passions of leading figures and families everywhere, and casting an anthropological eye on the lives of the rich and powerful. The magazine is an irreplaceable guide to the very best that the world has to offer – a trusted source of privileged information, taste, and unpretentious fun. Town & Country Weddings, established in 2003, is published twice a year. Town & Country is published by Hearst Magazines, a unit of Hearst Corporation, one of the nation’s largest diversified media and information companies. With 20 titles in the U.S., Hearst is the leading publisher of monthly magazines in terms of total paid circulation (AAM 2H 2013) and reaches 82 million adults (Fall 2013 MRI gfk). Follow Town & Country on Twitter at @TandCMag.

Six Lessons from Starbucks and OFN Job Creation Initiative Suggest Rules for Replicating Successful CSR Model

Success Rests on Strong Leadership, Good Branding, Financing Expertise, and Crowdfunding

PHILADELPHIA, May 7, 2014 — Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) today released “Six Lessons Learned from Create Jobs for USA,” a long-awaited report on the corporate social responsibility model pioneered with Starbucks.

The report details how Create Jobs for USA—a successful collaboration between Starbucks, OFN, and other leading companies—drew on strong corporate leadership, broad consumer support, powerful branding, and the financing expertise of community development financial institutions (CDFIs).

“A unique set of players—corporations, individuals, CDFIs, and community businesses—came together around their shared belief in small businesses and jobs to make a difference,” said Mark Pinsky, President and CEO of OFN, which administered Create Jobs for USA. Over three years, Create Jobs for USA supported more than $100 million in financing that resulted in at least 5,000 jobs. “This was possible because Starbucks embraced Create Jobs for USA as a company-wide effort.”

Howard Schultz, Starbucks chairman, president and chief executive officer, said, “Amidst the economic uncertainty facing so many of our communities, as business leaders we must ask ourselves ‘what is the role today of a for-profit, public company?’ In November 2011—at the height of our country’s great recession—we partnered with OFN and other like-minded corporations to create an innovative solution that enabled Americans to help thousands of their fellow citizens get back to work.”

Starbucks and OFN launched Create Jobs for USA in 2011 in the face of a 9 percent national unemployment rate. Create Jobs for USA was an unprecedented model for corporations and citizens to join together to fund loans to community businesses that faced challenges getting credit. It raised more than $15 million, which, in turn, leveraged an average of $7 for each dollar donated.

Among the report’s findings:

  • Visionary corporate leadership can translate into remarkable success for nonprofit initiatives.
  • Effective corporate responsibility can create significant public visibility.
  • Measurable performance and impact are crucial.

“This model is replicable for solutions to other economic problems,” Pinsky said. “CDFIs offer a powerful solution, especially when coupled with corporate and individual partners, to create opportunities for all.”

View a summary of the report.

High School Grad-Entrepreneurs Gain Scholarship Bucks for Business Careers

This is a guest post from Dan Danner, the president and CEO of the National Federation of Independent Business.

Diplomas earned, millions of high school graduates each year quickly shed their caps and gowns, eager to join their friends for road trips and beach vacations. But for 100 seniors who achieved 2014 National Federation of Independent Business Young Entrepreneur Foundation educational scholarships, it’s time to get back to business.

Since 2003, the foundation has awarded scholarships to more than 2,500 graduating high school seniors totaling more than $2.5 million. Financial support for the program is provided by small-business leaders, corporate and foundation supporters. This year’s YEF class of entrepreneurs walked away with $145,000 in prizes, ranging from $1,000 to $15,000 each.

To some graduates, it’s probably more fun to splash in the sea with friends for a few days. But the YEF awardees have already got a jump start on future careers as small-business owners.

To qualify for the awards, which must be used to help fund their attendance at universities, colleges, community colleges or career institutes of their choice, students must be in their final year of high school but are also required to own or operate their own small businesses.

At the beginning of April, the top five 2014 winners were each awarded a $5,000 scholarship. On July 16, two of these five students will each be awarded an additional $10,000 scholarship to apply to their college tuition. At a ceremony in Washington, D.C., one student will be dubbed the “2014 Young Entrepreneur of the Year” and the other will earn the “2014 Dan Danner Leadership Award.” Both awards acknowledge the dedication and successes that these students have achieved as entrepreneurs and budding small-business owners.

Among those five are the creators of small firms including a book publisher specializing in domain literature; an agricultural-business owner who produces corn, soybeans and cattle; an event and party rental entrepreneur; an online jeweler; and a photography studio operator.

Another way the foundation encourages the entrepreneurial spirit is by recognizing that many of today’s job-creators began their free enterprise journey as kids operating ventures such as traditional lemonade stands on neighborhood corners. To celebrate these efforts, the YEF urges current small-business owners annually to pledge online to purchase a glass of lemonade from a young entrepreneur and invest in the future of small enterprise.

In taking the “lemonade pledge”, they support young people in their communities who show the initiative to learn about entrepreneurship, teach kids life skills through entrepreneurial education, and foster the idea of free enterprise among the nation’s youth to consider careers in small business and entrepreneurship.

Through these efforts, YEF and NFIB are committed to educating young people about the critical role of small business and the American free enterprise system, ensuring that small business will always have a voice.

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,” on May 20-21, 2014 in Washington, D.C. The conference is an opportunity to learn more about investment practices that both generate long-term competitive financial returns and have a positive impact on the environment and society, and to learn about critical issues facing the field, including:

  • Millennials and Impact Investing;
  • Challenges and Opportunities in Fixed Income;
  • Creating Sustainable Cities;
  • Global Perspectives on Sustainable Investment;
  • Opportunities in Community and Impact Investing;
  • Investors and Income Inequality;
  • Portfolio Performance Reporting; and
  • Food Security and Climate Change.

The event will be open to the media on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. EDT and on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 from 8:40 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT.

Expected conference attendees and speakers will include representatives from SRI investment management and advisory firms, research firms, financial planners and advisors, broker-dealers, community development financial institutions and asset owners such as pension funds and foundations, along with policymakers and corporate leaders.

Plenary speakers at the conference are:

  • Anna Bernasek, financial journalist and author;
  • Tom Daschle, Former Senate Majority Leader;
  • Jeffrey Hogue, Senior Director of Global CSR and Sustainability, McDonald’s;
  • Michael Jantzi, CEO, Sustainalytics;
  • Saru Jayaraman, Co-Director and Co-Founder, Restaurant Opportunities Center;
  • Erika Karp, CEO, Cornerstone Capital, Inc.;
  • Will Oulton, Global Head of Responsible Investment, First State Investments;
  • Jessica Robinson, CEO, the Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA);
  • Dawn Rittenhouse, Director of Sustainable Development, DuPont;
  • William Rosenzweig, Managing Partner, Physic Ventures, LP;
  • Jennifer Silberman, Vice President of Corporate Sustainability, Hilton Worldwide; and
  • Laurie Spengler, President and CEO, Enclude.

Breakout session speakers include:

  • Ellen Dorsey, Executive Director, Wallace Global Fund;
  • Jed Emerson, Chief Impact Strategist, ImpactAssets;
  • Surya Kolluri, Managing Director, Policy and Market Planning, Bank of America;
  • Tom Langan, External Affairs Director – North America, Unilever;
  • Andrea Phillips, Vice President, Goldman Sachs;
  • Liesel Pritzker Simmons, Co-founder, the Blue Haven Initiative; and
  • Curtis Ravenel, Global Head, Sustainability Group, Bloomberg LP.

Immediately preceding the conference, a training will be held on the Fundamentals of Sustainable and Responsible Investment, which is primarily focused on financial advisors, financial planners and consultants. The in-person training will take place on May 20th at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. This event is a unique opportunity to learn about sustainable, responsible and impact investing and meet with other investment professionals in this growing field.

The conference is sponsored by an array of companies including UBS, Boston Common Asset Management, the Kresge Foundation, McCormick, McDonald’s, Morgan Stanley, Neuberger Berman, Northern Trust, Pax World Investments, TIAA-CREF, and Trillium Asset Management. For additional sponsor information, please click here.

Additionally, the conference is offering a Student Scholarship Program, which is a special educational program of the US SIF Foundation in collaboration with its Diversity and Inclusion Initiative. The program enables seven undergraduate or graduate students who are committed to or interested in a career in sustainable investment to receive scholarships to cover the registration costs for the conference. These scholarships are made possible through the support of Campbell Soup Company.

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 8:40 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT.

WHERE: Capital Hilton, 1001 16th St., NW, Washington, D.C.

TO PARTICIPATE: Attending news organizations and reporters must RSVP by Wednesday May 14, 2014, by contacting Megan Smith of US SIF at 202-747-7820 or msmith@ussif.org.

Minority Business Hall of Fame and Museum And the University of Washington Foster School of Business to Honor Business Pioneers

NEW YORK, NY (May 5, 2014) – The Minority Business Hall of Fame and Museum Inc. in collaboration with the University of Washington Foster School of Business will recognize minority business pioneers at an awards dinner on May 13, 2014, at the Westin Seattle.

“The MBHF&M is excited to have the opportunity to bring its 10th Anniversary Ceremony to Seattle as the first induction since our recent collaboration with the University of Washington Foster School of Business,” said John F. Robinson, co-founder and president of the MBHF&M. “This affiliation represents the best of honorees who have been pioneers and trailblazers in the field of minority business development over the past several decades.”

The MBHF&M will oversee five inductions: The Founders of Liberty Bank, Seattle; Charles T. Haffey; Firoz Lalji; Don McKneely and Margaret Z. Richardson-Wiley.

J. Frederick Canady, chairman of MBHF&M, will host the awards program, which is sponsored by PepsiCo, IBM, Northrop Grumman, Toyota and Union Bank.

About the Inductees:

Charles T. Haffey, who died in 2012, demonstrated steadfast commitment to social equality and equalizing the economic playing field throughout his life. As vice president of corporate purchasing at Pfizer Inc., he advocated for diversity in the company’s supply base. Following Haffey’s retirement from Pfizer, he became an instrumental figure for the National Minority Business Council, relentlessly promoting the growth of the organization and building corporate partnerships.

The Founders of Liberty Bank were 10 multi-ethnic civic, professional and business leaders in Seattle who witnessed African Americans’ isolation from the economic prosperity of Seattle’s metropolitan core. In 1967, after years of appeals for financial investments, numerous bank charter rejections, and strife in obtaining land to construct the envisioned bank, the group’s bank charter, was finally approved by the Supervisor of Banking and Comptroller of Currency.

Firoz Lalji is the co-founder and chairman of Zones Inc. and founder and chairman of Fana Capital Corp. After being ousted from his native Uganda, Lalji immigrated to Canada, then Washington and founded Zones, a nationwide provider of progressive technology solutions to business and public sectors and the fifth largest private company headquartered in Washington. In 1989, he founded the real estate investment company Fana Capital Corporation.

Don McKneely is the founder, chairman and CEO of MBN USA and Business News Group as well as the co-founder and chairman emeritus of the Billion Dollar Roundtable. McKneely launched the magazine MBN USA in 1988. His belief in the power of leveraging astute partnerships to infuse diversity in suppliers for small, medium and large-scale businesses alike led him to co-found the non-profit Billion Dollar Roundtable (BDR).

Margaret Z. Richardson-Wiley is a former executive director of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, notably the first woman to hold that position. During her tenure she decentralized the management of the NMSDC’s network by establishing regional vice presidents; launched a nation-wide program to certify minority-owned firms; and initiated incubator-training programs for minority business owners to help them submit stronger bids and manage larger orders among large-scale suppliers.

The awards program will be preceded by the unveiling of an exhibit on the University of Washington campus that will honor individuals who have been inducted into the MBHF&M.

i.am.angel Foundation Announces New Advisory Board Members Including Dennis Archer, Jr., Kuji Chahal, Morad Fareed and Antonio Manning

Industry Leaders from Finance, Marketing, Philanthropy and Technology Join International Recording Artist will.i.am to Help Advance the Mission and Programs of the Foundation

LOS ANGELES, April 29, 2014 – The i.am.angel Foundation, created by musician, producer, director, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, will.i.am, today announced the appointment of Dennis Archer, Jr., Kuji Chahal, Morad Fareed and Antonio Manning to its Advisory Board.

The recently created Advisory Board will assist the i.am.angel Foundation Board of Directors, Executive Director and staff in enhancing current and future programs run by the foundation that deliver youth education, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) education initiatives, and community reinvigoration programs. Advisory Board members will also help identify new brand partners, allied community groups and donors who share like-minded mission and goals.

“On behalf of the i.am.angel Foundation, our Board of Directors and the foundation staff and program management teams, I am delighted to welcome Dennis Archer, Jr., Kuji Chahal, Morad Fareed and Antonio Manning to the i.am.angel Foundation Advisory Board and family,” commented Justin Paschal, Executive Director, i.am.angel Foundation. “Each of these individuals has already distinguished themselves through their actions to assist the foundation by lending us their hands-on expertise, financial acumen and industry contacts.”

“In the past year the i.am.angel Foundation has made tremendous progress toward helping to ensure that students and young people in under-served communities of Boyle Heights/East Los Angeles, and East London, United Kingdom are learning essential STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) and computer literacy skills they will need to succeed in school and in life,” commented will.i.am, President of the i.am.angel Foundation. “I have had the opportunity to work alongside each of our distinguished Advisory Board members and am impressed by their dedication to helping others through philanthropy at the international, national and regional levels. With their input, extensive business networks and business leadership skills, 2014 will be a year of positive TRANS4Mation in my hometown of Boyle Heights and new communities in need of reinvigoration.”

Dennis Archer, Jr. is a Detroit, Michigan based business leader and entrepreneur. Archer is the President & CEO of Ignition Media Group (IMG), a boutique Detroit-based marketing and PR firm. He is also the founding partner and president of Archer Corporate Services (ACS), and is a founding principal of Hamilton Woodlynne Publishing, which publishes the bi-monthly, Michigan-based lifestyle magazine Ambassador. A native of Detroit, Archer received both his undergraduate and juris doctorate degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He serves on the boards of the Detroit Regional Chamber, the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, the Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce, and the Dennis W. Archer Foundation. Archer is also a member of the boards of directors of Archer Corporate Services, Main Street Bank and the General Motors Supplier Council.

For the past twelve years, Kuji Chahal has been employed by Fisher Investments, a $45 billion wealth management firm in Northern California working in a variety of roles, including sales, client service, and recruiting. Recently Chahal accepted the position of Senior Institutional Director for Fisher Investments Institutional Group Europe overseeing the firm’s institutional efforts in the UK, Ireland & Scotland where Chahal is based in London. Previously, Chahal served as a Vice President-Institutional Sales & Senior Relationship Manager for the firm, charged with overseeing investment consultant relations, business development, and client service in the Southeast, Southwest, Great Plains, Greater Midwest and New York City regions of the United States working with CIO’s and Board Members involving Public and Corporate pension plans, Foundations & Endowments, Sovereign wealth funds and Taft-Hartley pension plans. Throughout his tenure with Fisher Investments, he has received multiple top achiever and performance awards for his capital raising abilities. Chahal is also a very active fundraiser for political campaigns and philanthropic events at the national and regional levels and is a member of Ro Khanna for Congress National Finance Committee 2014. Chahal also lends his expertise to non-profit and charitable events that operate in the U.S. including the Clinton Foundation Millennium Network, the Full Circle Fund, Rock the Vote and the Blues Foundation. He is an angel investor in several global real estate, entertainment and hospitality ventures.

Morad Fareed is a New York-based entrepreneur and former professional athlete. He is the co-founder of Delos, the pioneering real estate development company that is uniquely focused on improving health and well-being through the strategic integration of health features into the built environment. Delos has identified and pioneered a new standard of health-related technologies that enhance our homes, offices, hotels, schools, and other living spaces. This WELL Building Standard™ has become the new paradigm for healthy living, and attracted the interest of leaders and leading institutions across sectors from policy, to business, medicine, and design. Prior to co-founding Delos, Fareed worked at Starwood Hotels and Resorts, where he worked on more than $2 billion in hotel development projects including the industry’s first green hotel brand, Element by Westin. His previous career experience also includes Goldman Sachs and First Manhattan Consulting group as a Senior Analyst, and he co-founded a successful telecommunications startup called ICS Inc., focused on Voice-over-Internet Protocol technology. He took a break from his career to play with the Palestinian National Soccer Team in its efforts to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Fareed co-founded and runs Project Phoenix, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that he launched at the Clinton Global Initiative, which is committed to building sports facilities in impoverished communities globally, beginning in Cite de Soleil, Haiti. Fareed is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Business Council, and serves on several non-profit boards including Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute and Soccer for Peace. He is a native of New York and lives in Manhattan.

Antonio Manning is Vice President, Office of Corporate Responsibility for Global Philanthropy at JP Morgan Chase & Co. Based in Los Angeles, Manning manages both philanthropic and community relations. A very active member of the community, Antonio is a founding member of African-Americans in Philanthropy, Southern California, a membership organization comprised of corporate and philanthropic executives. He currently serves on the Enterprise Leadership Advisory Council and the Advisory Board for the USC Center on Public Policy and Philanthropy. Manning’s board affiliations include the California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce, Coalition Responsible for Community Development, Heritage Housing Partners, Insight Center for Community Economic Development, Los Angeles Business Council, and the Los Angeles Conservation Corps. Antonio is a Los Angeles native and attended the University of Southern California.

Launched in 2009, the i.am.angel Foundation was created to TRANS4M lives through education, inspiration and opportunity. As a part of his commitment to philanthropy, will.i.am and the i.am.angel Foundation administer charitable activities and programs targeted towards providing college scholarships (i.am scholarship), financial literacy and home mortgage assistance (i.am Home) and college preparation and student life (i.am College Track).

Progressive Phone Company Donates $183,990 to Increase Minimum Wage, Stop Keystone XL and Defend Voting Rights

San Francisco, CA – CREDO, America’s only progressive phone company, announced today that it is donating a total of $183,990 to three nonprofit groups working on critical policy battles being waged in Congress and in state legislatures across the country.

The three groups, the National Employment Law Project’s Raise the Minimum Wage campaign, Project Vote and Rainforest Action Network were nominated by CREDO members and chosen from among hundreds of nonprofits to receive funding. CREDO members then helped decide how much money each nonprofit received by simply voting online or via phone or text.

Rainforest Action Network received 35 percent, which added up to $65,132 in funding. RAN is a key CREDO partner in organizing the Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance where nearly 100,000 people have pledged to risk arrest to stop the Keystone XL pipeline.

“CREDO is a strong environmental champion, always ready to step up to challenge corporate power,” said Lindsey Allen, Rainforest Action Network’s Executive Director.

The National Employment Law Project’s Raise the Minimum Wage campaign received 33 percent, which added up to $61,269 in funding. The National Employment Law Project has played a linchpin role in the movement to raise the minimum wage.

“CREDO is amplifying the voices of millions who work for a living, and deserve to earn a living from work,” said Paul Sonn, NELP General Counsel and Program Director.

Project Vote received 31 percent, which added up to $57,589 in funding. Project Vote works to increase voter participation among low-income, minority, and other underrepresented populations by ensuring they can register, vote, and cast a ballot that counts.

“Project Vote counts on partners like CREDO to help us win the war for voting rights,” said Michael Slater, Executive Director of Project Vote.

Every month, three progressive nonprofits will be eligible for funding through CREDO’s donations program. In just the first four months of 2014, CREDO has already donated nearly $800,000 to progressive nonprofits and will continue to fund groups throughout the year.

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CREDO Mobile, a MVNO based in San Francisco, California, is not your typical cell phone company. Every year, CREDO Mobile donates a percentage of its customers’ monthly charges to progressive nonprofit groups. To date, CREDO has donated more than $76 million to progressive nonprofits such as Electronic Frontier Foundation, Planned Parenthood and Color of Change.

Learn more about CREDO Mobile here: http://www.credomobile.com/mission/Progressive-Social-Change.aspx

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