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Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Opens Largest Pediatric Research and Education Building in Region

Press Release – St. Petersburg, Fla. – September 20, 2018 – The Johns Hopkins All Children’s Research and Education building officially opened today, making it the largest pediatric research and teaching facility in the region. The research and education building will serve as a center for innovation in pediatric education and research. Located in the heart of St. Petersburg’s innovation district, the 225,000-square-foot facility will feature research, laboratory and state-of-the-art simulation training spaces as well as an expanded biorepository for the collection, processing and storing of millions of biospecimen samples. The new facility also includes space for the hospital’s graduate medical education program and a 250-seat auditorium.

“The Research and Education Building is bringing medical innovation to the St. Petersburg area and will unite some of the top researchers, educators and clinicians in health care,” said Jonathan Ellen, M.D., president and vice dean at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. “Everyone from our medical residents to scientists in this building will be focused on what we can all do to improve treatment and prevent diseases in children.”

The new building will also house the hospital’s institutes, focused on cancer and blood disorders, cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, neonatology and neurosciences. A new team of fundamental scientists will also join the organization, seeking to understand the origins of childhood diseases and how to prevent them. The hospital, now expanding its research arm with the opening of this new facility, is already home to more than 350 research studies.

Read more about Johns Hopkins All Children’s Research and Education building.

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About Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg is a leader in children’s health care, combining a legacy of compassionate care focused solely on children since 1926 with the innovation and experience of one of the world’s leading health care systems. The 259-bed teaching hospital, ranked as a U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospital, stands at the forefront of discovery, leading innovative research to cure and prevent childhood diseases while training the next generation of pediatric experts. With a network of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Outpatient Care centers and collaborative care provided by All Children’s Specialty Physicians at regional hospitals, Johns Hopkins All Children’s brings care closer to home. Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital consistently keeps the patient and family at the center of care while continuing to expand its mission in treatment, research, education and advocacy. For more information, visit

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President Bill Clinton Awards USD 1M Hult Prize at United Nations Headquarters to Four College Students from the UK for Innovative Rice Farming Startup & Issues 10th Anniversary Youth Challenge

Press Release – September 18, 2018, New York, New York. The Hult Prize Foundation has announced the recipient of the 9th annual Hult Prize, the world’s largest startup program for student impact entrepreneurs. A four-person team of college students from University College London (UCL) received the prestigious award by creating a farming startup that radically improves rice yields, land turnover and ultimately farmer income with the goal of improving the livelihood of millions of people across Southeast Asia and beyond.

In partnership with the United Nations Office of Partnerships, more than 100,000 college and university students from 121 countries competed for this year’s edition of the Hult Prize. The year long program kicks off the UNGA each fall as college students around the world compete to answer the annual social impact startup challenge.

This year’s winning team, known as SunRice, was one of six finalists who presented their startup at the United Nations Headquarters after winning the semi-final summer stage of the Hult Prize, where they lived, worked, learned and played amongst 200 other student entrepreneurs in the former residence of Henry the VIII — a castle sprawling over 190 acres just north of London.

The difficult decision was made by a heavyweight lineup of judges which included a mix of celebrities, entrepreneurs, UN officials and corporate executives including Verizon CEO, Hans Vestberg, Arianna Huffington and Earthday President, Kathleen Rogers. Hult Prize Founder and CEO, Ahmad Ashkar said, “This business is going to radically change everything we think know about rice trade and I am excited about the potential impact their company will have on society and the prospect of building out the world’s first socially responsible rice brand.”

At the event, President Bill Clinton also announced the 10th Year Anniversary Hult Prize Challenge which will focus on youth unemployment and ask students around the world to create startups that can collectively create meaningful work opportunities for one-million young people. The best idea will receive one million dollars in startup capital.

Since inception the Hult Prize has engaged a global community of more 2.1 million college and university students world-wide and created more than 200,000 social enterprises. For more information about SunRice or The Hult Prize Foundation please visit

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Global Citizen, Good360, And All Hands And Hearts – Smart Response Launch Resilient Response Initiative

Press Release – NEW YORK, NY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 – Today, Global Citizen, Good360, and All Hands and Hearts – Smart Response announced Resilient Response, a coalition of nonprofits and corporations pledging to commit to a necessary shift in disaster giving and long-term relief initiatives to better support impacted communities after natural disasters.

“With the strength and frequency of natural disasters increasing around the world, it is urgent for us to call on companies to take immediate action towards ensuring a more Resilient Response to natural disasters,” said Petra Nemcova, co-founder of All Hands and Hearts – Smart Response. “We are thrilled to partner with Global Citizen, Good360 and global corporations as we proactively work towards building resilience beyond the focus of first response and protecting communities from future natural disasters.”

Launching on the heels of Hurricane Florence and on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria, the Resilient Response Initiative sheds light on the crucial and immediate need to adjust disaster giving behaviors among corporations to better support response and long-term recovery.

According to recent studies, 70% of current giving occurs within the first two months after a natural disaster, while only 5% of giving is allocated to reconstruction and recovery. It can take communities an average of five years to recover, and the Resilient Response Initiative’s six-point pledge outlines actions corporate partners can take to ensure a more resilient response to natural disasters.

“The challenges we face in the disaster recovery field are bigger than any single one of us,” said Howard Sherman, CEO of Good360. “Collaboration around thoughtful giving is at the core of what we do every day at Good360, so we are very happy to partner with like-minded organizations in order to raise awareness around the gaps in long-term disaster recovery and to collectively spearhead better ways to bring communities back to resiliency post-disaster.”

Partners supporting the Resilient Response initiative include Airbnb,, TUMI, and members of the Good360 Disaster Recovery Council, such as CVS, Ecolab, RH (Restoration Hardware), United Airlines, UPS, Walmart, and Wrangler, among others.


  • Proactive: We will have plans in place before disaster strikes so we can respond effectively.
  • Needs-based: We will find out what a community needs as the key driver of our support, collaborating and learning from others who are also responding.
  • Immediate & Long-term: We will address immediate and long-term needs, staying in communities well after the cameras leavers.
  • Resilience focused: We will leave communities stronger than before disaster struck, helping them to better withstand future disasters.
  • Transparent: We will be transparent about our actions and hold ourselves accountable to deliver on promises.
  • Educational: We will educate our associates, colleagues, consumers and the public on how they can better respond to disasters.

“We know from our millions of Global Citizen’s that they want to help when disaster strikes, especially in the poorest parts of the world,” said Simon Moss, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Campaigns at Global Citizen. “But, they’re looking for advice on how make their efforts – whether it’s time, money or stuff – really count. They’re wanting to be a part of a resilient response that will help communities in the long term, which is why we are so excited to partner on this campaign.”

Take action at and show your support with the hashtag #ResilientResponse.

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Travel Professionals Connect New Orleans Nonprofits to the Travel Industry to Benefit Communities

Press Release – NEW ORLEANS, La. – Sept. 19, 2018 – Tourism Cares completes its year-long Uniting for Resilient Destinations program on Friday. The last of two in this series, Tourism Cares for New Orleans unites 200 travel professionals with local partners to support the vibrant communities that give life to New Orleans tourism.

“Investing time and labor in neighborhoods and with local organizations,” says Tourism Cares CEO Paula Vlamings, “is the immediate impact and it’s important. The lasting impact is the power of our collective industry: professionals from all sectors coming together to create social change through the tourism economy to support healthy, safe, and beautiful destinations through their businesses.”

In addition to volunteering, the program educates travel professionals about opportunities to incorporate social enterprises into their business, using the purchasing power of tourism to create positive change. Participants will experience Café Reconcile and New Orleans Jazz Market, two organizations Tourism Cares is supporting by investing in their services and connecting them to travel businesses who can direct additional visitors to them. The program also raises awareness of the environmental factors that affect the people and places of New Orleans.

Participants will split into groups to volunteer at—and learn about—the following six sites that serve the community and environment:

  • Apex Youth Community Center provides a safe space for teens and focuses on positive social interactions to resolve conflicts and create lasting relationships. The center is dedicated to helping youth succeed and inspiring them to view the world in a different way.
  • Audubon Nature Institute is dedicated to preserving and educating visitors on the beauty of the natural Louisianan environment and its wildlife.
  • Groundwork New Orleans is dedicated to changing the way the city interacts with nature through programs like rain gardens and an Earth Lab with green architecture. They believe that the city’s architecture should work with, instead of against, the environment.
  • Jericho Road is a community organization focused on transforming the city landscape one block at a time by building and providing affordable homes—as well as education and support even after the resident is in their new home.
  • Recirculating Farms Coalition focuses on eco-friendly community farms that use clean recycled water to grow local and accessible foods.
  • Woodlands Conservancy preserves and restores Louisiana’s remaining wetland forests while providing public opportunities for recreation, ecotourism and education in a natural and historic setting.

“By working with APEX, in the heart of Central City, New Orleans, Tourism Cares ensures that our culture bearers can remain strong and lead our community into a bright future,” said Lisa Fitzpatrick, Founder of APEX Youth Center. “Supporting what brings tourism to our unique city ensures that our rich heritage and culture is not just a history lesson but remains alive and vibrant for generations to come.”

Tourism Cares for New Orleans will contribute more than $50,000 through investments in the community and volunteer labor value.

Tourism Cares focused on resilient destinations in 2018 as climate change and natural disasters continue to impact people and places in our industry. This is the second and final event in the Uniting for Resilient Destinations series which began in May with Tourism Cares for South Florida.

The organization’s next program will be Tourism Cares for Puerto Rico from May 8-10, 2019. Visit for more.

Tourism Cares for New Orleans is made possible by AIG, Delta Air Lines, Rovia, New Orleans & Company, Louisiana Office of Tourism, Louisiana Motor Coach, Aon Affinity I Travel Practice,, Carnival Cruise Line, Collette, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), Goway Travel, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, Leisure Pass Group, National Tour Association (NTA), NYC & Company, Student & Youth Travel Association (SYTA), Trip Mate, U.S. Travel Association, United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA), Viking Cruises, Fieldstone Ventures and New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

About Tourism Cares

Tourism Cares, Inc., a US 501(c)(3) nonprofit that advances the travel industry’s positive impact to help people and places thrive. We believe it’s in all our best interest to support the destinations our industry depends on so that communities, travelers and businesses can prosper. We mobilize the entire industry to use its business as a force for good by convening, educating and motivating all sectors to make a positive impact through travel. Learn more and @TourismCares.

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Fidelity Charitable Study Finds Entrepreneurs Leading the Way in Philanthropy

Entrepreneurs donate 50 percent more than others, volunteer more Most entrepreneurs plan to give to charity when they exit their businesses

Press Release – BOSTON, September 19, 2018 – Entrepreneurs donate more to charity on average than non-business owners, according to a study released today by Fidelity Charitable, an independent public charity and the nation’s second-largest grantmaker. The organization’s latest study focuses on the giving habits and priorities of entrepreneurs, like North Carolina residents and Fidelity Charitable donors Todd and Michelle Buelow, a group whose impact on philanthropy is growing exponentially.

“550,000 Americans become entrepreneurs every month,” [1] said Pamela Norley, president of Fidelity Charitable. “The sheer size of this group, coupled with an expressed interest in having a positive social impact, means they have a tremendous influence on the philanthropic sector.”

Entrepreneurs Give More Time and Money than Non-Business Owners

Philanthropy is a major focus for entrepreneurs—79 percent say that charitable giving is a critical part of who they are, and 47 percent consider themselves philanthropists. Entrepreneurs tend to give more than others, with the median annual donation for an entrepreneur being 50 percent higher—$3,577 compared with $2,383.

Entrepreneurs approach giving differently—nearly six in 10 say their experience as business owners reflect how they approach their giving. Entrepreneurs prioritize aspects of giving that align with a more hands-on approach: 61 percent appreciate the ability to be personally involved in a cause or organization, and 62 percent value the opportunity to demonstrate leadership in their community through charitable giving, compared to about half of non-business owners.

As further evidence of entrepreneurs’ commitment to giving back, the study found they also spend more time volunteering, with 66 percent volunteering three or more hours per month, compared with 55 percent by other donors. They are also more likely to contribute skills relevant to their expertise in business, such as professional services, helping with fundraising, and serving on boards or committees.

How the Buelows Give and Maximize Impact

This hands-on approach to giving is exemplified by entrepreneurs Todd and Michelle Buelow. Todd, who founded the custom software company Dualboot Partners, and Michelle, who founded Bella Tunno, a company that makes baby products and accessories, maintain a busy schedule volunteering for local charities, including serving on boards and helping with fundraisers.

Their involvement with organizations like the Charlotte Rescue Mission, a residential program for substance abuse recovery, has helped to jumpstart projects such as expanding a men’s dormitory for recovering addicts to include new bedrooms, a bathroom, and a full gym. In addition to their time, the Buelows also give actively through their Fidelity Charitable donor-advised fund, the Matt Tunno Make A Difference Fund. In fact, for every purchase from Bella Tunno, the couple recommends a grant to Feeding America, resulting in more than 1.5 million meals donated. The fund is named for Michelle’s brother Matt, a doctoral candidate who died at the age of 30 following long struggles with addiction, several years before the launch of Bella Tunno. Making grants in his memory, particularly around areas related to addiction, was a catalyst for them to increase their focus on giving back in conjunction with growing their businesses.

“As entrepreneurs, you really have to be clever and creative to spread every dollar six different ways,” said Michelle Buelow. “That’s the lens that we bring to our philanthropy and volunteer work as well. How can we find ways to make funds go further, whether it is by leveraging our network or bringing a new idea to the table for the nonprofits we support?”

Entrepreneurs Use Business Exits as Opportunities to Give Back

Philanthropy is particularly top-of-mind when business owners are making plans to sell their business. Three out of 10 current business owners intend to sell or pass the business down to a family member within the next five years, and of those, nearly 68 percent have plans to donate to charity in conjunction with that transition. Just 14 percent of business owners have no plans in place to give to charity during the time of a business exit.

“With a significant number of individuals who have both a clear commitment to philanthropy and an in-depth understanding of charitable giving strategies planning to sell or pass down their business within the next five years, the philanthropic sector is likely to benefit substantially,” said Karla Valas, managing director of Fidelity Charitable’s Complex Assets Group.

Specifically, 31 percent plan to make a donation to charity with the proceeds, 27 percent plan to set up an ongoing way to make charitable donations via a donor-advised fund or foundation, and 26 percent plan to donate shares of the business prior to the sale, which can help increase the amount they can give.

Highlights from the Study Include:

  • The median household donation of an entrepreneur is 50 percent higher than others surveyed.
  • Seventy-nine percent of entrepreneurs say that charitable giving is a critical part of who they are, and 47 percent consider themselves philanthropists.
  • Entrepreneurs are twice as likely to prefer new, innovative nonprofits.
  • Sixty-six percent of entrepreneurs volunteer three or more hours per month, compared with 55 percent of other donors.
  • Of current business owners who plan to sell or pass down their business, 69 percent plan to make charitable giving a part of their exit strategy, with 31 percent planning to make a donation to charity with sale proceeds, and 27 percent planning to set up an ongoing way to make charitable donations via a donor-advised fund or foundation.

For the complete report and additional insights, visit:

Entrepreneurs as Philanthropists surveyed 3,000 total respondents who give to charity and itemized deductions on their taxes last year. 708 are entrepreneurs, including 559 who currently own a business and 149 who previously owned a business and hold assets deriving from its sale while 2,292 are non-entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs were defined by having founded a business or owning a business directly through stock or direct ownership. Those who owned stock in public companies were excluded unless that ownership gave them a controlling interest.

About Fidelity Charitable

Fidelity Charitable is an independent public charity that has helped donors support more than 255,000 nonprofit organizations with $30 billion in grants. Established in 1991, Fidelity Charitable launched the first national donor-advised fund program. The mission of the organization is to grow the American tradition of philanthropy by providing programs that make charitable giving accessible, simple and effective. For more information about Fidelity Charitable, visit

[1] The Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurship Series, 2016.

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Chicago’s Largest Literacy Non-Profit Expands Footprint

Added 10 CPS elementary schools to network, handful of corporate sponsors & hundreds of teacher volunteers for 2018-2019 school year

Press Release – Working in the Schools (WITS), Chicago’s largest literacy nonprofit, continues to lead a movement in the city as it expands work within Chicago Public Schools. The city’s literacy leader for 27 years, WITS is now serving 90 schools (compared to 80 last year), training 150 teachers and enlisting 70 corporate partners. WITS has developed and continues to maintain the largest corps of volunteer mentors working with CPS, aligning in the belief that literacy leads to equity.

According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, students who cannot read at grade level by third grade are four times less likely to graduate from high school by age 19 than a child who reads proficiently by third grade. This is exactly where WITS CEO Brenda Langstraat places her team’s focus by honing-in on the transition from “learning to read” to “reading to learn”, which occurs at the third or fourth grade level. WITS arms students with critical literacy skills and sets them up for success for modern day opportunities, particularly in STEM fields. Through its unparalleled network of staff, teachers and volunteers across 90 CPS schools, WITS has left the largest footprint of any literacy organization in Chicago.

While working in conjunction with Chicago Public Schools and the CPS Literacy Department, WITS receives no funding from school or city budgets. Remaining committed to the value of consistency, WITS maintains an active presence with their students through the school year and over the summer. They rely heavily on fundraising to cover 100 percent of their work and are able to fund their programs thanks to their over 70 corporate sponsors and private donors.

Every year, WITS hosts The Blackboard Affair in an effort to raise money to support their yearlong programs. This year’s Blackboard Affair will take place on Saturday, November 3 at Revel Fulton Market. The event, which will run from 5:30 to 11:30pm, is being sponsored by well-known organizations such as AON, Deloitte and BP and proceeds will go towards activating 1,600 volunteers as WITS literacy mentors and training 200 teachers across 90 Chicago public schools. Last year’s Blackboard Affair hosted over 600 attendees, and with investments from 40 prominent Chicagoland corporations, was able to raise $700,000 in support of the WITS mission.

Hernandez, Donald J. Double Jeopardy: How Third-Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation. Baltimore: Annie E. Casey Foundation, April 2011.

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

Digital platform fills critical gap in current news landscape

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Endless Summer Dream Fundraiser Was Fierce

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Dream Foundation:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ABOUT vineyard vines®

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

About Bright Pink®

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

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