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Dawn Commemorates 40 Years Of Helping Save Wildlife

Kate Mara Partners With Dawn To Celebrate The Brand’s Legacy Of Helping Save More Than 75,000 Birds And Marine Animals Affected By Oil Spills And Environmental Catastrophes

Press Release – CINCINNATI (JULY 20, 2018) – Since 1978, Dawn has been leading the way to a better world by partnering with organizations dedicated to helping save birds and marine animals who were the innocent victims of oil spills and environmental catastrophes. This July, Dawn is celebrating 40 years of helping save wildlife with a new campaign honoring the brand’s legacy of being a force for good.

“We are honored to be able to be a force for good and Dawn will continue to support the organizations that dedicate their efforts to helping save the wildlife we couldn’t imagine this world without,” said Kristine Decker, Brand Director Home Care, North American Dish Care & Global Dish. “Dawn is known as the dish soap that best cuts grease, but it is also the most effective dishwashing detergent for cleaning oiled animals.”

To mark the 40th anniversary of its legacy wildlife campaign, Dawn partnered with Kate Mara, actress and wildlife activist, for a groundbreaking celebration to spotlight the impressive and awe-inspiring number of birds and marine animals it has helped wildlife organizations save. Dawn hosted a fun, education and dynamic 3D immersive exhibit of 75,000 birds “flying” around the iconic Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal. All day commuters were wowed by the visually striking projections and inspired by the ways Dawn has historically played, and continues to play, an instrumental role in wildlife efforts, specifically bird washing and rehabilitation during major oil spills.

“I always try to think about the effect my choices have on the earth, especially when I think about the children and those I am leaving this world to,” said Kate Mara. “For this reason, I am proud to support Dawn, a brand that for 40 years has been leading the way to a better world by helping save wildlife and supporting organizations dedicated to this important cause.”

Dawn has invested millions of dollars in organizations dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating wildlife when disaster strikes, including International Bird Rescue and The Marine Mammal Center. Dawn has also donated bottles of dish liquid product to clean animals affected by oil spill pollution. Dawn is the only dishwashing brand trusted by wildlife experts for decades and heralded for its “tough on grease, but gentle on skin” formulation.

“As a nonprofit wildlife organization we are honored to have a 40-year partnership with Dawn, whose product and contributions have helped us to safely clean and rescue thousands of birds in crisis and inspire others to act toward balance with the natural world,” said JD Bergeron, Executive Director at International Bird Rescue.

To further educate consumers on how Dawn helps save wildlife and to bring added attention to the organizations that do, Dawn is hosting the first ever Golden Duck Contest. From now until 11:59:59pm ET on October 6, 2018, consumers who purchase a 40th Anniversary Bottle of Dawn Dish Soap should take a photo of the full receipt, submit it on DawnDishSweeps.com, and complete the registration form for a chance to win an exciting wildlife experience. The winning families will be flown to Dawn’s wildlife partner locations for a behind-the-scenes look at how they are helping wildlife and the animals they save.

For more information about the Dawn family of products, how to enter the Golden Duck Contest, and to learn more about how the brand is helping save wildlife and how you can help, visit www.dawn-dish.com.

About Dawn

Dawn is everyone’s favorite dish soap thanks to its grease-fighting power that’s 3x stronger than generic dish soap. While most people know Dawn as the dish soap that best cuts grease in the sink, it’s also the ultimate secret weapon for cleaning greasy messages throughout the home. In addition, since 1978 Dawn has been an important part of rescuing and releasing more than 75,000 wild animals affected by oil pollution. For more information about the Dawn family of products and to learn how to get involved in helping save wildlife in big or small ways, visit www.dawn-dish.com and share using #DawnWildlife40.

About Procter & Gamble

P&G serves consumers around the world with one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Fairy®, Febreze®, Gain®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Lenor®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, SK-II®, Tide®, Vicks®, and Whisper®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit http://www.pg.com for the latest news and information about P&G and its brands.

About International Bird Rescue

In 1971 after 800,000 gallons of crude oil spilled into the bay, concerned individuals led by a registered nurse named Alice Berkner jumped into action, bringing International Bird Rescue to life. We have always had to pave a road where there is none. Staff and volunteers work with tenacity alongside clients, partners, and the public to find solutions. Today, we research best practices at our crisis response hospitals in California and Alaska and share them worldwide. Our mission is to inspire people to act toward balance with the natural world by rescuing waterbirds in crisis. We dream of a world in which every person, every day, takes action to protect the natural home of wildlife and ourselves. Join us at www.birdrescue.org.

About The Marine Mammal Center

The Marine Mammal Center is a state-of-the-art nonprofit veterinary hospital and research center made up of more than 1,000 volunteers. Since 1975, they have dedicated themselves to the rescue and rehabilitation of sick, injured, or orphaned marine mammals like seals, sea lions, and dolphins. Based in Sausalito, Calif., The Marine Mammal Center also doubles as an education center, teaching more than 100,000 kids and adults each year about the animals, ocean health, and connections we all share. Learn more at www.marinemammalcenter.org.


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City Accelerator Expands to Five More U.S. Cities to Help Strengthen Local Minority-Owned Businesses and Create Jobs

With Support by the Citi Foundation and Living Cities, $500,000 Distributed to Atlanta, El Paso, Long Beach, Newark, and Rochester

Press Release – NEW YORK – The Citi Foundation and Living Cities today announced the expansion of the City Accelerator program to five additional U.S. cities – Atlanta, El Paso, Long Beach, Newark, and Rochester. The five cities will work together over the next year to pursue a range of projects to support the growth of local minority-owned businesses and the creation of additional jobs in their communities. Local initiatives range from ensuring minority-owned businesses are integrated into the commercial development of the 31-acre Pittsburgh Yards site in Atlanta to expanding small business services through the network of local libraries in El Paso.

“While the impact of small business growth on the U.S. economy is widely appreciated, the potential of minority-owned small businesses is often overlooked,” said Ed Skyler, Citi’s Executive Vice President for Global Public Affairs and Chair of the Citi Foundation. “These cities recognize this untapped potential and are coming together to rethink how they work with minority-owned small businesses to help them grow and create high-quality jobs.”

All five cities selected for this Accelerator are majority-minority, meaning that relative to the overall U.S. population, racial minorities comprise a majority of the local population, making them prime urban centers to address the barriers people of minority-owned businesses face, including access to capital, connections to industries, and navigating regulations.

Now in its fifth year, the City Accelerator has brought together 17 municipalities to test new approaches that improve the lives of residents, especially those with low incomes. For example, Baltimore created an online portal for residents returning from the criminal justice system to access services and job opportunities, which is now part of the Baltimore City Health Department’s TECHealth initiative. Seattle created a system managed by the Department of Neighborhoods to integrate the perspectives of racially diverse communities into the planning of key projects and policies and track the results. The City of Los Angeles is using its position as the host of the 2028 Olympics to test out policies and programs that will ensure small businesses, including minority-owned businesses, have access to the economic opportunities that come with hosting a large event.

“Cities can have a disproportionately positive impact on local entrepreneurial ecosystems and the creation of good jobs”, said Living Cities President and CEO Ben Hecht. “The cities in this latest initiative will be showing how they can harness all of their assets to support and grow businesses owned by the nation’s fastest growing populations—people of color—and help to close racial gaps in wealth and income in their own backyards.”

“Creating innovative ways to build opportunity and equity through job growth, business incubation and workforce training is a priority for our Administration and our city,” said Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. “Our vision for One Atlanta includes a city where neighborhoods, communities and businesses thrive. We look forward to working with the Citi Foundation and Living Cities through the City Accelerator to realize that goal.”

“The El Paso Public Library System is a support mechanism within our community that aims to enhance economic and educational opportunities, especially for our minority population,” said El Paso Mayor Dee Margo. “El Paso has over 54,000 minority-owned local businesses and we look forward to working with the Citi Foundation and Living Cities through the City Accelerator to enhance and cultivate the business community to support regional entrepreneurial efforts.”

“Long Beach is committed to advancing its Economic Blueprint through participation in the City Accelerator, which will help map our local entrepreneurial ecosystem, identify growth industries, and support local talent,” said Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia. “Through this exciting partnership with Citi Foundation and Living Cities, we hope to create a seamless support system for entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses in Long Beach.”

“Taking part in the City Accelerator initiative will help us get two of my administration’s most important initiatives off the ground—Buy Newark and the Contractor Development Initiative,” said Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka. “Whether ensuring that anchor institutions commit to increasing purchasing from Newark businesses or large developers partner with smaller minority and women-owned contractors, we are implementing unique programs to drive local procurement. Newark is a city on the rise and we look forward to working with Citi Foundation and Living Cities as we use every tool in our toolkit to ensure that development is inclusive.”

“My administration is committed to creating more jobs, safer and more vibrant neighborhoods and better educational opportunities for all of our residents, regardless of the zip code they live in,” said Rochester, NY Mayor Lovely A. Warren. “As our economy rebounds and becomes more focused on entrepreneurship and small business, it is essential that everyone is a part of the growth and prosperity. We are excited to work with the Citi Foundation and Living Cities as part of the City Accelerator as we develop strategies and policies designed to build an inclusive ecosystem that provides all Rochesterians with the opportunity to build a brighter future through business ownership.”

In addition to a $100,000 grant, each city will receive a combination of coaching, technical assistance and implementation resources in the coming year. Cities may consider local policy reform, changes in standard small business support practices, staff training, leadership and accountability structures, communications, outreach and relationship building, and capacity-building.

Technical assistance for the effort will be provided by Rodrick Miller, President and CEO of Ascendant Global, an economic development consulting firm. Miller has previously served as the President and CEO of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation and the New Orleans Business Alliance.

To track the progress and work of these City Accelerator cities in the coming year, visit Governing Magazine, Citi’s blog and follow #CityAccelerator on Twitter.


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Kraft Heinz Expands Environmental Commitments to Include Sustainable Packaging and Carbon Reduction

Company Aims to Make 100% of its Packaging Recyclable, Reusable or Compostable by 2025; Increase Usage of Recycled Materials; Pledges to Set Science-based Emissions Reduction Targets

Press Release – PITTSBURGH & CHICAGO – (BUSINESS WIRE)– As part of its commitment to reduce natural resource needs and manage overall environmental footprint, The Kraft Heinz Company today announced the expansion of its environmental stewardship strategy to include time-bound targets for achieving greater packaging sustainability and setting science-based goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Specifically, Kraft Heinz supports the move toward a circular economy and aims to make 100 percent of its packaging globally recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025.This announcement, a complement to its Growing a Better World strategy released in last year’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, supports the Company’s broader efforts to improve the sustainability of its supply chain.

“Our collective industry has a massive challenge ahead of us with respect to packaging recyclability, end-of-life recovery and single-use plastics,” said Bernardo Hees, CEO at Kraft Heinz. “Even though we don’t yet have all the answers, we owe it to current and future generations who call this planet ‘home’ to find better packaging solutions and actively progress efforts to improve recycling rates. That’s why Kraft Heinz is placing heightened focus on this important environmental issue.”

Kraft Heinz will aggressively pursue technical alternatives while also collaborating externally to advance its commitment to deliver 100 percent recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging by 2025. The Company will partner with packaging experts, organizations and coalitions to explore technical, end-of-life and infrastructure solutions, and is already collaborating with Environmental Packaging International (EPI) for consulting, tracking and other specialist services in the packaging space. The Company also will work toward increasing the usage of recycled content in its packaging and decreasing the overall volume of packaging used.

While the global packaging target is new, Kraft Heinz is no stranger to advancing the sustainability of its packaging. Evidenced by previous work in this space, the Company has been working for years to optimize its high-volume packaging. For example, Kraft Heinz recently exceeded its commitment to reduce the weight of its global packaging by 50,000 metric tonnes. Additionally, Kraft Heinz Europe is working to make the recyclable Heinz Tomato Ketchup PET plastic bottle fully circular by 2022, by using recycled material that can be made back into food-grade packaging.

Kraft Heinz will further outline its strategy and timeline for achieving this commitment in its next CSR Report, expected to be issued in 2019.

In addition, Kraft Heinz is doing its part to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy by joining the Science Based Targets Initiative and working to set science-based greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals in its supply chain. Adoption of these particularly aggressive targets is aimed at helping avoid a global temperature increase of more than two degrees Celsius.

Added Hees: “We found that most of our emissions are coming from areas outside our direct operations. To truly succeed as champions of sustainability, we will look at our full value chain and determine where we can make the greatest impact for our planet.”

The Company plans to announce these new science-based goals when their current commitments expire in 2020.

For more information on sustainable business practices at Kraft Heinz, please visit: http://www.kraftheinzcompany.com/sustainability.html.

ABOUT THE KRAFT HEINZ COMPANY

The Kraft Heinz Company (NASDAQ: KHC) is the fifth-largest food and beverage company in the world. A globally trusted producer of delicious foods, The Kraft Heinz Company provides high quality, great taste and nutrition for all eating occasions, whether at home, in restaurants or on the go. The Company’s iconic brands include Kraft, Heinz, ABC, Capri Sun, Classico, Jell-O, Kool-Aid, Lunchables, MaxwellHouse, Ore-Ida, OscarMayer, Philadelphia, Planters, Plasmon, Quero, Smart Ones and Velveeta. The Kraft Heinz Company is dedicated to the sustainable health of our people, our planet and our Company. For more information, visit www.kraftheinzcompany.com.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release contains a number of forward-looking statements. Words such as “expect,” “will,” “aim” and variations of such words and similar future or conditional expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Examples of forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the Company’s plans and expectations. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and beyond the Company’s control.

Important factors that affect our business and operations and that may cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, operating in a highly competitive industry; changes in the retail landscape or the loss of key retail customers; our ability to maintain, extend and expand our reputation and brand image; the impacts of our international operations; our ability to leverage our brand value to compete against retailer brands and other economy brands; our ability to predict, identify and interpret changes in consumer preferences and demand; our ability to drive revenue growth in our key product categories, increase our market share, or add products; an impairment of the carrying value of goodwill or other indefinite-lived intangible assets; volatility in commodity, energy and other input costs; changes in our management team or other key personnel; our ability to realize the anticipated benefits from our cost savings initiatives; changes in relationships with significant customers and suppliers; the execution of our international expansion strategy; tax law changes or interpretations; legal claims or other regulatory enforcement actions; product recalls or product liability claims; unanticipated business disruptions; our ability to complete or realize the benefits from potential and completed acquisitions, alliances, divestitures or joint ventures; economic and political conditions in the United States and in various other nations in which we operate; volatility of capital markets and other macroeconomic factors; increased pension, labor, and people-related expenses; volatility in the market value of all or a portion of the derivatives we use; exchange rate fluctuations; risks associated with information technology and systems, including service interruptions, misappropriation of data, or breaches of security; our ability to protect intellectual property rights; impacts of natural events in the locations in which we or our customers, suppliers, or regulators operate; our indebtedness and ability to pay such indebtedness; our ownership structure; the impact of future sales of our common stock in the public markets; our ability to continue to pay a regular dividend; restatements of our consolidated financial statements; and other factors. For additional information on these and other factors that could affect our forward-looking statements, see “Risk Factors” disclosed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 30, 2017. We disclaim and do not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement in this press release, except as required by applicable law or regulation.


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Pacific Service Credit Union Recognized for Charity Efforts

S.F. Business Times ranks credit union 80th in Bay Area for corporate philanthropy

Press Release – Concord, CA July 30, 2018 – Pacific Service Credit Union, a full-service financial institution serving several counties throughout California, has been named as the 80th ranked corporate philanthropist for 2018, according to a list recently released by the San Francisco Business Times, a leading weekly business journal publication. The announcement reflects the publication’s annual Top 100 Bay Area Corporate Philanthropists for 2018. The list showcases Bay Area companies that demonstrate exemplary charitable work in their respective communities.

Pacific Service Credit Union is the only Concord-based company that made the top 100 list. The credit union also received accolades for joining a handful of companies in the bay area who donate more than 1% of their profits. In 2017, Pacific Service Credit Union donated 2.73% of their profits to local non-profit organizations.

“We are proud of our corporate commitment to help improve the lives of the people in our community,” stated Steve Punch, President and CEO of Pacific Service Credit Union. “We are honored to be recognized for our efforts.”

Pacific Service Credit Union donates approximately $150,000 annually to various 501(c)(3) organizations.

About Pacific Service Credit Union

Based in Concord, CA, Pacific Service Credit Union is a full-service financial institution serving anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, Marin, Napa, Placer, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma counties. Pacific Service Credit Union has nearly 60,000 members and over $1 billion in assets. Learn more at www.pacificservice.org.


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Visible Announces Social Good Initiative Focusing on Mobile Tech

Visible Connect accelerator program choses nine nonprofit startups to receive technology, mentorship, specialized coaching resources, and seed funding

Press Release – DENVER (July 24, 2018)Visible, an app-based mobile phone service, today announced Visible Connect, a social good program designed to expedite growth for early- to mid-stage nonprofit startups. Operating at the heart of Visible’s mission, Visible Connect is an accelerator program centered around mobile technology, providing mentorship, coaching, increased visibility, and funding to selected entrepreneurs.

“Connectivity empowers today’s world; we know this, it’s why we started Visible,” said Rebecca Haugland, member engagement lead at Visible. “We saw an opportunity to make a deeper impact across communities, so we developed Visible Connect to empower early- to mid-stage nonprofit startups at a crucial time in their development. By providing a foundation for future success, the program empowers entrepreneurs, allowing them to change their communities through mobile technology.”

In partnership with Uncharted, an accelerator that tackles social problems, Visible Connect searched nationwide for mobile technology innovators. After a rigorous review process of more than 100 applications, Visible Connect chose the following organizations to participate in the first class:

  • CareerVillage: CareerVillage is a platform where underserved students receive free career advice from a volunteer corps of more than 15,000 professionals who share their time, experience, and expertise.
  • Feeding Children Everywhere: Feeding Children Everywhere is disrupting the way we fight hunger in America via their mobile app, Fed40, which delivers meals and additional resources to Americans in need.
  • FreeFrom: FreeFrom is on a mission to dismantle the nexus between gender-based violence and financial insecurity via their online platform that financially empowers survivors of domestic violence.
  • IssueVoter: IssueVoter is an innovative, non-partisan online platform that helps voters understand new bills in plain language, communicate their opinions to their representative and track how s/he voted.
  • JustFix.nyc: JustFix.nyc supports New York tenants facing harassment and poor housing conditions with a mobile app designed to build well-documented legal cases and connect with advocates.
  • Onward Financial: Onward Financial helps low-to-moderate income workers build financial cushions through a mobile app, saving effortlessly directly from their paychecks and building financial literacy.
  • Real Talk: Real Talk uses real stories by real teens to bring sex ed into the 21st century, while positively shaping their knowledge and behaviors around common issues surrounding adolescence.
  • SIRUM: SIRUM connects organizations with surplus medications to patients in need. A patented delivery system makes medicines available to those who can’t afford them while reducing medical waste.
  • TalkingPoints: TalkingPoints is a multilingual texting platform that allows teachers and schools to communicate with families via automatically translated text messages in their native languages and improves home-school connection.

Visible Connect kicks off with a bootcamp where each nonprofit startup meets with a curated group of qualified mentors, selected for that specific organization’s needs. Mentors in the first bootcamp, held Aug. 13-17, 2018, in Denver, Colorado, include Chris Maliwat, former product manager at Netflix and Facebook, and Kerry Suddes, partner at For Impact, a fundraising firm that’s raised over $2 billion, as well as other world-class executives.

In addition to mentorship and customized coaching, each nonprofit startup will receive $10,000 in funding from Visible.

“Visible wanted to do more to impact communities via mobile technology than just provide funding to these organizations,” said Emily Scott, program director at Uncharted. “This refreshing perspective is why we are so excited to partner with Visible to bring Visible Connect to life. Visible Connect is designed to deliver expertise and mentorship, in addition to funds, directly to the entrepreneurs addressing society’s biggest issues, and we couldn’t be more excited about the potential for impact from our inaugural cohort”

Each Visible Connect accelerator program will culminate with a two-day, in-person Funder Summit. At the summit, each participating nonprofit will have the opportunity to demonstrate the organizational improvements made throughout the nine-month Visible Connect program in a pitch to secure additional funding from relevant investors. For more information about Visible Connect, visit Visible.com.

About Visible

Visible is a new, entirely digital, app-based phone service that runs on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. The company is owned by Verizon and operates independently out of its Denver, CO, headquarters. For more information, go to www.visible.com or search for it in the app store.

About Uncharted

Uncharted scales and connects organizations to tackle social problems through accelerating ventures, connecting people and organizations, and empowering others to create impact through world-class curriculum and workshops. Learn more at www.uncharted.org.


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SKDKnickerbocker Launches Foundations And Philanthropy Practice

New Practice Division Will Focus on Capacity Support for Grantees, Foundation-Led Initiatives, Influence and Thought Leadership, and Institutional Communications

Press Release – July 17, 2018 (New York) – SKDKnickerbocker (SKDK), the 2018 Holmes Report North American Public Affairs Agency of the Year, announced today the formation of a practice division dedicated to working with the country’s leading philanthropic organizations. The Foundations and Philanthropy Practice will provide deep experience and strategic insight into how foundations can best leverage their influence and expertise on behalf of their grantees, major initiatives, and institutional mission.

The practice will deliver communications capacity support for grantee portfolios, develop and execute communications plans for major foundation-led initiatives, provide general support for foundation communications offices, and develop influence and thought leadership strategies for program officers and executive leadership.

“Private philanthropy is the catalyst that brings innovative solutions to scale and encourages additional funders to engage,” said Anita Dunn, partner in SKDK’s D.C. public affairs practice. “SKDK has the best team to help Foundations achieve their strategic communications goals.”

Mike Morey, managing director at SKDK’s New York public affairs practice, leads the firm’s philanthropy work with The Rockefeller Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and has spearheaded the formation of this exciting new practice area.

“Foundations commit billions of dollars a year to grantees and initiatives designed to tackle some of the most perplexing global and national challenges,” Morey said. “These investments bring innovative solutions to scale and encourage other funders to engage. But to truly create sustainable, systemic change that solves these global challenges, foundations need to amplify their own work and that of their grantees. That expertise is what SKDK brings to the table.”

SKDK has been at the forefront of this effort as a strategic communications partner to some of the country’s most influential philanthropic organizations. The firm has unparalleled experience working with foundations whose diverse program divisions include social justice, arts and culture, hunger, equity in education, democracy building, climate, resilience, and more. Based on years of work in the sector, SKDK understands the diverse perspective on how to build and strengthen institutional brand and reputation, communicate the work of grantees, and engage in field building.

About SKDKnickerbocker:

SKDKnickerbocker (SKDK) is one of the top communications and political consulting firms in the country and brings unparalleled strategic communications experience to Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, philanthropic organizations and labor unions, as well as political committees and candidates. With offices in Washington, New York, Los Angeles and Albany, SKDK offers strategic support on how to manage a crisis, protect a brand, advocate an issue or win an election. The influential Holmes Report once again named SKDK as the North America Public Affairs Agency of the Year in 2018, following wins in 2015 and 2016.

To learn more about SKDK’s Foundations and Philanthropy Practice, visit our website at http://www.skdknick.com/our-services/foundations.


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AkzoNobel Helps Paint Picture Of Hope In Fight To Save The Coral Reefs

Press Release – July 20, 2018 – A global message to save the world’s coral reefs is being carried around the globe by an Airbus A380 specially coated by AkzoNobel.

The Mirpuri Foundation initiative involved painting a Hi Fly-owned aircraft with a striking livery depicting coral reefs. One side represents a pristine ocean with healthy marine life, while the other shows a destroyed coral environment.

AkzoNobel created 19 colors for the design, many of which were custom-made, which helps drive home the message that our coral ecosystems will disappear by 2050 if no action is taken.

“We’re proud to be involved with the Mirpuri Foundation’s Save the Coral Reefs campaign, which aligns so well with our own ambitions to continue lowering our environmental impact,” said Martijn Dieben, AkzoNobel Regional Sales Manager. “The aircraft makes a strong statement about the importance of creating a sustainable future, and it’s good to see our products being used to carry such an important message.”

AkzoNobel is a global leader in aerospace coatings, and the complex design showcases both the company’s color expertise and technical know-how. It also demonstrates an unrivalled ability to translate color trends and new designs into relevant color palettes.

“Our products and formulations provide fit-for-purpose lasting color and protection,” added Dieben, “the very things that this campaign is focused on when it comes to fighting the destruction of coral reefs. Here’s hoping we can help to make a difference.”

It’s the second time that AkzoNobel products have been used on a Mirpuri Foundation aircraft. The company also supplied high performance aerospace coatings for the livery on their Turn the Tide on Plastic Airbus A330-200, which depicts a healthy ocean on one side and a polluted one on the other.

To find out more about AkzoNobel’s aerospace coatings, visit https://aerospace.akzonobel.com/.


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Interior Designer Breegan Jane Launches African Jewelry Line To Help Combat FGM

Press Release – Los Angeles, CA – Interior designer, entrepreneur and lifestyle blogger, Breegan Jane will be launching a new line of African jewelry exclusively on her new website, BreeganJane.com. The jewelry will be sold as a fundraiser to help benefit the fight against the practice of female genitalia mutilation (FGM) in Kenya and other African countries.

Breegan Jane has been working with World Vision to create proceeds for rescue homes in Kenya, donating 10% of all her professional endeavors to anti-FGM causes in Kenya. She recently traveled to Africa to visit a new girls school and refuge commissioned in her name as well as purchase the materials directly from Kenyan merchants. Her hope is to work with local African craftsmen to support their economy as well as donate all proceeds back into the community.

“It is so vital that we do our part as global citizens to end this horrific practice of FGM,” Breegan said. “To be able to bring such beautiful and culturally significant accessories to the U.S., and to know that every cent made will go directly to girls who are trying to escape the awful reality of FGM, is not just an honor; it is my responsibility.”

The line will consist of traditional handcrafted Kenyan jewelry, including necklaces, chokers, bracelets, headbands and waist bands. All proceeds will be donated to the Our Lady Queen of Peace Mtelo Girls Secondary School and Sekerr Community, and the World Vision Kenya Child Protection Project.

About Breegan Jane

Breegan Jane is an interior designer, radio show host, entrepreneur, mommy blogger and lifestyle expert in Los Angeles, California. As co-creator and co-host of Dash Radio show and podcast Mom Life Yo, Breegan Jane utilizes her experience as a mom and professional to connect, unite and support online listeners as they journey together through motherhood, women’s rights and global philanthropy.


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Plexus Worldwide Donations to Feeding America® Reach 2 Million Meals*

Milestone Hit Only 42 Days into New Nourish One Initiative

Press Release – Scottsdale, Ariz. (July 20, 2018) – In just 42 days, Plexus WorldwideTM (Plexus), a global leading direct-selling health and wellness company focused on health and happiness, announced that donations from its new Nourish One™ initiative will help to provide over 2 million meals* to children and families in need. Nourish One supports Feeding America®, the nation’s largest organization dedicated to fighting domestic hunger through a network of food banks. Plexus and its leaders Tarl Robinson, Alec Clark, Christopher Pair, and Janice Jackson have a passion to help those facing food scarcity and are excited about this new partnership.

The ongoing partnership between Plexus and Feeding America was announced in early June at Plexus’ annual convention in front of more than 11,000 Ambassadors (Independent Sales Representatives). With Nourish One, Plexus, through its philanthropic organization Plexus Charities, makes a donation to Feeding America for every serving of Plexus Lean purchased. Each bag of Plexus Lean generates a monetary donation equivalent to 14 meals through Feeding America’s local partner food banks.

“Feeding America is excited for this new partnership and grateful for Plexus’ commitment to helping children and families in need,” said Nancy Curby, Senior Vice President, Corporate Partnerships at Feeding America. “For Plexus to hit the 2 million meal milestone so quickly is amazing, but what makes us even more excited is knowing that Plexus and Plexus Ambassadors are eager to find ways to keep giving back in their own communities.”

According to Feeding America, 1 in 8 people in the U.S., more than 41 million, are facing hunger and often forced to make choices between buying food and paying for other necessities, like rent and utility bills.

“We are so appreciative of our many Ambassadors who are supporting our Nourish One Initiative and for the very positive feedback we’ve received about our partnership with Feeding America in an effort to give back to children and families in need,” said Tarl Robinson, Plexus CEO and Founder. “Hunger often goes unnoticed in our communities and our goal is to help shine a light on this important issue.”

Alec Clark, President and Founder of Plexus added, “As a company we believe in helping our Ambassadors and employees build a legacy not only for families, but for their communities. Hunger and food insecurity is a real concern for thousands of families. These first 2 million meals are just the beginning for Plexus and its Ambassadors as we look forward to growing our partnership with Feeding America to have a real impact within this often-unnoticed community need.”

“From my own experience as a child, I know the consequences that food insecurity has on parents and children emotionally as well as nutritionally,” added Christopher Pair, Plexus’ President, Operations and International. “Having championed Feeding America’s mission for many years, I’m extremely proud that Plexus is assisting this wonderful organization through our Nourish One initiative.”

Plexus kicked off the partnership and the Nourish One Initiative with an initial $100,000 donation to Feeding America in June. This commitment to helping to raise awareness and funds for domestic hunger is just getting started as there is no cap to donations from Plexus Lean sales.

*$1 helps provide at least 10 meals secured by Feeding America® on behalf of local member food banks.

About Plexus Worldwide:

Plexus Worldwide LLC offers health and wellness products that enable people to improve their lives and well-being. With more than 700,000 independent business owners (“Ambassadors”) worldwide, Plexus is among the world’s 40 largest direct sales companies and has often been featured on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies. The combination of Plexus products and opportunities help individuals to meet their health-wellness and financial goals. For more information visit: www.plexusworldwide.com.


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GSK Consumer Healthcare Announces Partnership with Leading Cleft Lip and Palate Organization Smile Train to Bring Comprehensive Care to Children Born with Clefts

Press Release – NEW YORK, NY (19 July 2018) – GSK Consumer Healthcare, one of the world’s leading providers in specialist oral health, today announced a new five-year partnership with Smile Train, an international children’s charity with a sustainable approach to a single, solvable problem: cleft lip and palate. Smile Train empowers local medical professionals, by providing training and education, to provide 100%-free cleft surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children all over the world. Every year, one in 700 children are born with a cleft lip or palate globally. Clefts are the leading birth defect in many developing countries, and it is estimated more than 200,000 children are born with a cleft every year.

The announcement of this partnership comes at a pivotal moment for a baby girl in Chennai, India, Jaya*, who is the recipient of the first GSK-funded cleft surgery. Jaya was born in December 2017. Her mother, Sudha, was seven months pregnant when she was told by doctors at her local hospital that her child would be born with a cleft lip and cleft palate. Like many parents, Sudha and her husband Arun knew nothing about this condition. Jaya was born with a complete unilateral cleft lip and palate and Sudha struggled to feed her.

Jaya was four months old when she underwent her first, successful cleft surgery performed by Smile Train’s local partner, Dr. Jyotsna Murthy at Sri Ramachandra Hospital, in April 2018 and the transformation has been extraordinary. Today, Jaya is thriving. Jaya faces further surgery to fully correct her cleft palate. Her next surgery is scheduled for when she is nine months old.

Image courtesy of Smile Train

Announcing the partnership, Brian McNamara, CEO GSK Consumer Healthcare said:

“With GSK Consumer Healthcare’s heritage in specialist oral health, we know the importance of a healthy mouth. Our five-year global partnership with Smile Train will help provide thousands more surgeries for children with clefts and help increase medical training in local communities. I’m delighted that our partnership is already having an impact and we’re inspired by the difference we’ve been able to make to Jaya and her family. However, this partnership will go far further than our financial support alone.

“We’re excited by the prospect of bringing together GSK’s expertise and strength in oral health with Smile Train’s knowledge and reputation in local communities to help increase awareness about cleft among both consumers and experts, and to provide vital support in oral health and hygiene for patients as part of the overall care pathway.

“We’ll also be encouraging our employees to give their time, skills, and donations to support Smile Train. Together both organisations are united in a shared vision and commitment to help transform more children’s lives, one smile at a time.”

Children in developing countries with untreated clefts often live in isolation due to how they appear to others in the community. However, cleft lip and/or palate is much more than a cosmetic issue. Children with clefts often experience trouble eating, speaking and breathing correctly – which can be extremely detrimental to their overall health.

Susannah Schaefer, Executive Vice Chair and CEO of Smile Train said:

“These are exciting times for Smile Train and we’re delighted to welcome GSK on board as a major corporate supporter of our work. Smile Train’s unique, sustainable model provides training and funding to empower local medical professionals to provide 100%-free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care at local medical facilities in the heart of their own communities. Our local medical partners are on the ground 365 days a year, continuously working to raise the level of care for all patients.

“Cleft repair surgery is safe, and the results are immediate. Coupled with comprehensive cleft care services, like speech therapy and orthodontics, children who have access to this care then have the opportunity to go on to lead healthy lives. Combining the expertise of GSK and Smile Train will strengthen our model, allow us to tap into a new network of experts, raise much needed awareness for children with clefts, and ultimately help us ensure more children like baby Jaya receive life-transforming cleft treatment.”

Over the next five years, GSK and Smile Train will work toward the goal of ensuring children born with clefts can lead full and productive lives, achieving their own potential and contributing to their community. A recent independent study quantifies the economic value of global cleft repair surgery, using patient data from Smile Train. For every $250 invested in a single cleft repair, as much as $42,000 is put back into the local economy as former cleft patients go on to contribute to economic productivity and lead full, productive lives in their communities.

For more information on this partnership, visit https://www.gsk.com/en-gb/about-us/smile-train-partnership/

*Patient name changed for privacy purposes


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