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Devin D. Thorpe

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Breakthrough As World’s Largest Palm Oil Trader Gives Forest Destroyers Nowhere To Hide

After an intensive global campaign by Greenpeace, Wilmar International has published a detailed action plan to map and monitor its palm oil suppliers.

Press Release – Washington, D.C. – The world’s largest palm oil trader, Wilmar International, has published a detailed action plan to map and monitor all of its suppliers. If implemented, this would put the palm oil giant, which supplies 40% of the world’s palm oil, one step closer to finally eliminating deforestation from its supply chain and would have a major impact on the rest of the industry.

“Wilmar supplies palm oil to most of the world’s major food and cosmetics brands. So today’s announcement is a potential breakthrough. If Wilmar keeps its word, by the end of 2019 it will be using satellites to monitor all of its palm oil suppliers, making it almost impossible for them to get away with forest destruction. Greenpeace will be watching closely to make sure Wilmar delivers,” said Kiki Taufik, Global Head of Indonesian Forests Campaign, Greenpeace Southeast Asia.

The move follows an intensive global campaign by Greenpeace that aimed to end deforestation for palm oil across the supply chain of the biggest household brands and palm oil buyers in the world. Over 1.3 million people signed a Greenpeace petition calling for an end to deforestation for palm oil.

In the past three months, activists occupied Wilmar’s refinery in Indonesia and twice boarded a tanker ship carrying Wilmar’s palm oil products. Greenpeace Italy blockaded the factory of one of its major customers, Mondelez (owner of Oreo, Cadbury and Ritz). Activists across the world also brought scenes of forest destruction to Mondelez HQs around the world, including the office in Deerfield, Illinois.

Greenpeace is now pausing its campaign to give Wilmar space to put this plan into action.

Forest destruction for commodity production is fuelling a climate and extinction crisis. Scientists warn that keeping global warming below a 1.5ºC rise means ending deforestation and restoring forests. Brands and traders promised to clean up their supply chains by 2020. [1.] However, with less than 400 days to go companies are still failing across the board, in part because traders and their customers failed to gather the maps of their suppliers’ plantations needed to monitor what happens on the ground.

Wilmar’s new action plan is designed to address that gap: it commits Wilmar to map its suppliers’ entire landbank by the end of 2019, including concessions from which it does not yet source, and to use high-resolution satellite monitoring to check for deforestation. Companies caught clearing rainforest are to be immediately suspended.

Wilmar’s announcement puts pressure on the rest of the sector, including other major commodities traders like Golden Agri Resources and Musim Mas that also source palm oil from forest destroyers. Household brands like Mondelez, Nestlé and Unilever, source from many different suppliers and have a responsibility to see equivalent commitments rolled out across the industry.

“As the world wakes up to the climate and extinction crisis, inaction is not an option. Wilmar has taken an important step and must now put its plan into action immediately. Stopping deforestation requires industry-wide action. Other traders and brands must now follow with credible plans to map and monitor all of their suppliers. Equally important is action to end exploitation and human rights abuses in the palm oil sector,” said Taufik.

[1] In December 2010, members of the Consumer Goods Forum, an industry association comprising 450 of the biggest consumer-facing brands, committed to eliminate deforestation from their supply chains of agricultural commodities by 2020, including cattle, palm oil, pulp and soya products.

In December 2013, Wilmar became the first palm oil trader to adopt a ‘no deforestation, no peat, no exploitation’ policy that applied to its own plantations and those of its suppliers. By the end of 2014, all major palm oil traders had adopted similar policies. Yet deforestation for palm oil continues because traders and their customers lack the maps needed to monitor what happens on the ground.

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National Park Foundation and Nature Valley® Increase Access to 10,000 Miles of National Park Trails


Press Release – WASHINGTON (December 10, 2018) National park programs and trails will benefit from the National Park Foundation’s partnership with Nature Valley for the Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque movement. Announced in January, Nature Valley’s support includes a three-year commitment and a donation of $3 million. This donation, in part, will provide funds to improve and restore critical parts of trails, resulting in better access to experience 10,000 miles of trails throughout the National Park System.

“When you restore trails, you open up endless opportunities for recreation and learning,” said Will Shafroth, president of the National Park Foundation. “Nature Valley’s generous support enhances people’s national park experiences now and in the future.”

The commitment consists of a number of projects, including:

Carlsbad Caverns National Park (New Mexico)

Restoring 27 miles of the 100-mile Guadalupe Ridge Trail that extends from Carlsbad Caverns National Park into Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

Natchez Trace Parkway (Tennessee)

Restoring 25 critical miles of the Highland Rim Section of the 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway.

Shenandoah National Park (Virginia)

Restoring key access points along 15 miles of the 2,180-mile Appalachian National Scenic Trail that weaves through Shenandoah National Park.

For the above-mentioned projects, the National Park Foundation provided funding to Conservation Legacy, a nonprofit conservation corps program.

“At the very core of our brand is our belief that nature makes us better,” said Angela Rassi, director of marketing for Nature Valley. “As part of that belief, we seek to make the best of nature accessible to everyone. Increasing access to 10,000 miles of trails not only ensures that people can see the beauty of the national parks now, but future generations will have access to some of the most beautiful spaces in our country.”

The projects create a conservation and stewardship legacy, modernize infrastructure, increase access to recreational opportunities, and support partnerships with local communities.

Beyond funding these much-needed site-specific projects, the National Park Foundation and Nature Valley are also inspiring more people to #FindYourWay along trails and rivers across the country.

#FindYourWay is an extension of the #FindYourPark/#EncuentraTuParque movement and invites the public to discover their own personal connections to thousands of trails across the National Trails System and more than 12,000 miles of rivers protected by the Wild & Scenic Rivers System.

Learn more about the National Park Foundation at and Nature Valley at


Celebrating 50 years, the National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and ENGAGE the next generation of park stewards. In 2016, commemorating the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, the Foundation launched The Centennial Campaign for America’s National Parks, a comprehensive fundraising campaign to strengthen and enhance the future of these national treasures for the next hundred years. Find out more and become a part of the national park community at


Nature Valley created the granola bar category in 1975 and is the #1 granola brand in the U.S. Bringing great taste to active consumers looking for wholesome snacks, Nature Valley offers 10 varieties of great-tasting granola snacks: Crunchy Granola Bars, Breakfast Biscuits, Sweet & Salty Nut Granola Bars, Protein Bars, Protein Granola, Greek Yogurt Protein Bars, Soft-Baked Oatmeal Squares, Granola Thins, Chewy Trail Mix Bars, Roasted Nut Crunch Bars, and Yogurt Granola Bars. Nature Valley® is part of the General Mills family of brands. General Mills has been making food people for over 150 years. Find out more about our efforts to take care of the earth for the next generation at

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David Muir, Scooter Braun, and Mondelēz International Honored at the 6th Annual Save the Children Illumination Gala – Presented by Johnson & Johnson; Hosted by Jennifer Garner

Event Supported Save the Children’s Efforts to End Preventable Childhood Deaths and Promote Early Childhood Education

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 14: Sophia Ramirez, Jennifer Garner and Jakob attend the 6th Annual Save the Children Illumination Gala at the American Museum of Natural History on November 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Save The Children)

Press Release – NEW YORK (November 15, 2018) – Last night at the 6th Annual Save the Children Illumination Gala, Save the Children, the leading organization investing in childhood, honored award-winning journalist David Muir, anchor of ABC’s “World News Tonight;” SB Projects Founder Scooter Braun; and the organization’s philanthropic corporate partner Mondelēz International. The event, which took place on Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018, at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, was hosted by actor and Save the Children Trustee Jennifer Garner and featured a special musical performance by MILCK.

The Illumination Gala supported Save the Children’s efforts to give more children a stronger start in life by helping end preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths and by supporting early childhood education. In recognition of the occasion, Save the Children celebrated each of the honorees for their achievements in giving children a brighter future.

Jennifer Garner, who has worked with the organization for more than a decade, spoke about her own upbringings and why Save the Children’s mission is so close to her. She said, “Somebody’s gotta focus on the U.S. Having grown up around rural poverty, with a mom who grew up in rural poverty in Oklahoma, and I grew up in West Virginia, it’s just been really important to me that I find a way to help people like the people who helped my mom.”

David Muir, anchor and managing editor of ABC’s “World News Tonight,” accepted the Voice Award for his extraordinary commitment to bringing attention to some of the worst humanitarian crises of our time. He ended his inspiring speech by saying, “This honor is for the children, for their bravery, for their strength and let’s celebrate their future because all of us in this room have the power to make sure they have one.” Muir traveled to Somaliland with Save the Children President & CEO Carolyn Miles in 2016 to report on the food crisis and drought affecting over half the population, including millions of children. The response to his reporting was overwhelming, raising over $3 million for Save the Children’s programs in mere days. Kelly Ripa, who was on hand to present the honor to her friend, said, “I can’t think of anyone more deserving than David for this award, because he chooses to use his voice as a megaphone for the forgotten.”

Scott “Scooter” Braun, founder of SB Projects was awarded the Humanitarian Award for his visionary leadership in mobilizing massive public support for the children and families affected by the unprecedented hurricane season in 2017. In organizing the “Hand-in-Hand” telethon and raising more than $60 million to support survivors, Braun shined a spotlight on the destruction left behind by these historic, back-to-back storms to over 40 million viewers – and in so doing, brought the country together and gave people a reason to hope. Funds raised from the telethon have helped Save the Children serve over 412,000 children and adults in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico to date. He stated in his speech, “When I come home at night, I see my two boys and they don’t know what I do for a living. They just know daddy is home and they just smile. Everything else doesn’t matter. That’s the gift a child gives an adult. They remind us that the simpler things are the most important things and that they deserve our honestly and our love. I think what [Save the Children] does as an organization allows more children to smile and hopefully more adults to realize those truths.” He insisted on sharing the honor with award presenter and Hand-in-Hand Telethon Executive Producer Bun B. Braun spoke of Bun B, “It’s nice to be a humanitarian, but it’s better to be a hero.”

Save the Children’s Visionary Award was presented to Mondelēz International for its commitment to driving positive impact on people and the planet through its Cocoa Life initiative and the Mondelēz Foundation. Chief sustainability, well-being and public & government affairs officer, Christine McGrath, accepted the award for the organization. In her acceptance speech, McGrath stated, “I truly believe that through our long-standing partnership, Save the Children and Mondelēz International together are empowering communities to be healthier and more sustainable – now and into the future.” Programs in Australia, India, Italy and Mexico – which have reached more than half a million people – have fostered environments to help children, families and communities lead healthier lives through nutrition education, active play and access to fresh food. In Indonesia, Mondelēz International has also partnered with Save the Children on its sustainable cocoa program that works with farmers to help them gain the skills necessary to improve their livelihoods, strengthen their communities and inspire the next generation of cocoa farmers.

Gala presenting sponsor Johnson & Johnson officially launched their new digital tool, Wisdom by Kids. According to Save the Children Trustee and Johnson & Johnson Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer Peter Fasolo, who spoke at the event, Wisdom by Kids is designed to “capture the ‘wise words’ of young children and allow parents, grandparents, friends, and family to share them with the world to raise donations for Save the Children.” For every quote shared on social media, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 to Save the Children, up to $1 million dollars.

President & CEO of Save the Children Carolyn Miles, spoke about the progress being made and Save the Children’s continued commitment to saving young lives, “Over 20 years ago, 12 million children in the world under the age of five died of preventable causes. Today, that number has been more than cut in half to 5.4 million. But that’s still 15,000 children a day who die before reaching their fifth birthday, and many of those children die in the first months of their young lives. So, yes, we have come very far indeed. But there is still so much work to do.”

Other notable guests who attended included fashion designer, philanthropist, Gala Co-Chair and Save the Children Trustee Gabriela Hearst; model and actress Lauren Hutton; Save the Children President & CEO Carolyn Miles; Save the Children Senior Vice President, U.S. Programs & Advocacy Mark Shriver; and CEO of Corbin Capital Partners and Gala Co-Chair Tracy Stuart, among others.

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Save the Children gives children in the United States and around the world a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We invest in childhood — every day, in times of crisis and for our future. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Noted Water Strategy Expert Will Sarni To Serve on Project WET Foundation Board of Directors

Press Release – BOZEMAN, Mont., Dec. 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Will Sarni, a global thought leader on water strategy and innovation, has joined the Project WET Foundation Board of Directors. The founder and CEO of Water Foundry, which advises companies on water-related risks and invests in digital water technologies that address water scarcity and quality issues Will becomes the ninth member of the global water education nonprofit’s Board of Directors.

“Will Sarni is an internationally recognized water sustainability expert known for his ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking and practical solutions for solving the complex water issues facing our world,” said Tom Cooper, Project WET Foundation Board Chair and Senior Environmental Health and Safety Manager for Lam Research Corporation. “We are absolutely thrilled to have him join us as a board member, and we look forward to having Will’s help in furthering our mission of educating the world about water.”

Before launching Water Foundry Will founded and led DOMANI, a sustainability strategy firm that was acquired by Deloitte Consulting. At Deloitte, he founded the water strategy practice which provided services to U.S. and non-U.S. multinationals on quantifying and mitigating water-related risks.

Will has authored numerous books and articles and presented on such topics as the value of water, innovations in digital water technology, the circular economy and the energy-water-food nexus. He is also the author of a forthcoming book, Digital Water: New Technologies for a More Resilient, Secure and Equitable Water Future, which Routledge will publish in 2019.

Will joins a Board that reflects the Project WET Foundation’s core beliefs that water is for all water users and that water resources management and education are crucial to a healthy and sustainable environment and economic prosperity. All water user categories and diverse geographic regions as well as government agencies and private enterprise are represented. Other members of the Board include a NASA astronaut recently returned from the International Space Station, senior executives from the mining and semiconductor industries, a university water education expert, and retired leaders from Black & Veatch, Nestlé Waters, USAID and USDA.

About the Project WET Foundation:

Since 1984, the Project WET Foundation has been dedicated to reaching children, parents, teachers and community members with action-oriented water education to enable every child to understand and value water, ensuring a sustainable future. Project WET (“WET” stands for “Water Education for Teachers”) is active in all 50 U.S. states and more than 70 countries worldwide. Learn more at

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Bonnaroo Works Fund Supports Organizations Committed To Advancing Local Arts, Education And Environmental Causes With $236,000 In Grant Funding

Charitable Component of Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival Names 40 Recipients of 2018 Grants

Press Release – NASHVILLE, Tenn. –December 5, 2018Bonnaroo Works Fund (BWF), the charitable arm of Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, has announced its annual grant distributions. This year, BWF awarded $236,000 to 40 nonprofit organizations that spearhead Tennessee-based initiatives that support the Fund’s mission of advancing arts, education and environmental causes.

“I’m looking forward to engaging with the vibrant group selected as this year’s grant recipients,” said Kelsey Dewald, the newly named executive director of BWF. “Their invaluable work allows the festival’s commitment to positive community impact to be felt year-round, and the contributions they make are vital to people who need and depend on our support most.”

The Bonnaroo Works Fund is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that supports organizations that advance the arts, education and environmental sustainability, with a focus on local reinvestment and asset building in the communities where “we work, live and play.” Since the inception of the festival, Bonnaroo and the BWF have awarded more than $7 million in funding to deserving organizations. (The full list of 2018 recipients is included below.)

The powerful effect of the BWF can be seen through a number of ongoing programs and projects in collaboration with organizations, such as Notes for Notes, which is dedicated to providing youth with completely free access to music instruments, instruction and the recording studio experience so that music may become a profoundly positive experience in their lives; Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation, which offers arts education opportunities and world-class performances to children from low-income families; and The Nashville Ballet, whose Adaptive Dance Program invites differently abled youth to embark on an inclusive dance journey that supports their belief that arts and dance can be beneficial to everyone.

The BWF is a joint effort between Bonnaroo organizers and attendees, with a portion of ticket sales allocated to the BWF. In addition, proceeds from festival activities, such as the Silent Auction, Root for Roo, the Bonnaroo 5K Run, and the Les Paul Spirit Awards, all benefit the Bonnaroo Works Fund and, in turn, its grant recipients.

Bonnaroo Works Fund is administered by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Grants are selected based on a variety of criteria and approved by the board of directors. Previous recipients are welcome to reapply each year, but the BWF is always seeking new applicants with innovative approaches to supporting the core missions of the BWF. The next grant cycle will run from June to August of 2019.

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Statement From Fistula Foundation CEO Kate Grant On The December 10 Nobel Peace Prize Awarded To Dr. Denis Mukwege

On December 10, an extraordinary person and personal hero will receive the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize. It is an award much deserved by a man who has put his own life at risk, for decades, in order to aid the voiceless victims of wartime violence.

I have been privileged to know Dr. Denis Mukwege for nearly a decade. When Fistula Foundation adopted a global mission in 2009, he became our very first partner. We have been proud to support his work with more than $2.3 million in grants that help him restore health to thousands of women who have suffered from traumatic fistula incurred as a result of sexual violence.

Since the announcement in October that he would receive the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, Fistula Foundation has established the Denis Mukwege Fistula Fund to support his future work, for which nearly $200,000 has already been raised. Our community has also celebrated this news, sending in more than 700 messages of congratulations, well wishes and support via an e-card that Fistula Foundation established, which now features signatures from grateful champions of his work from 36 countries around the world.

He is truly a remarkable man, and it has been a pleasure to get to know him well over the last decade. The son of a Pentecostal minister, Dr. Mukwege is a quietly devout man who told me at our very first meeting that he wanted to do with his hands what he felt that his father had done with his words: make the world a better place.

And he truly has. His 400-bed Panzi Hospital is a beacon of healing and hope to women who have been traumatized by decades of war. It has been said that the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the worst place in the world to be a woman, and if you hear Dr. Mukwege share stories of women and young girls whose bodies have been literally torn apart by sexual violence, you will know this is true. He and his staff work day and night to heal these voiceless victims, body and soul.

What Dr. Mukwege does is important, and dangerous. He is a global force, using his voice beyond the walls of Panzi Hospital to speak on the world stage to denounce the crimes of armed groups that have operated in DRC for more than two decades. He has been targeted by assassins who took his daughters and wife captive. Yet, this remarkable man and champion of women perseveres.

Every day, he serves as my North Star. His portrait has hung on the wall next to my desk for nearly as long as I’ve known him. In a white doctor’s coat and a lapel pin that says “Do not stand idly by,” he reminds me every day of the sacrifices he’s made to give the voiceless a voice, and to return their health and their hope.

In this age, and at this time, the Nobel Committee could not have selected a more deserving, more inspiring recipient. I could not be proud to call him a partner, and a friend.

To join the 700+ others around the world who have already left a message for Dr. Mukwege on Fistula Foundation’s e-card, add your name and message at this link. Messages will be compiled and delivered to Dr. Mukwege after the Nobel Ceremony on December 10.

Fistula Foundation believes no woman should suffer a life of isolation and misery simply for trying to bring a child into the world, which is why we are dedicated to ending the suffering caused by obstetric fistula. We’re working with local partners in more than 20 countries, funding more fistula repair surgeries worldwide than any other organization. Based in San Jose, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley, Fistula Foundation is honored to have received 13 consecutive four-star ratings from Charity Navigator; only 1 percent of charities have received this designation.

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Carroll Shelby Foundation Names Rafella Golden As New Managing Director

Press Release – GARDENA, Calif. – Dec. 7, 2018 – Rafella Golden has been promoted to Managing Director of the Carroll Shelby Foundation by the charity’s Board of Directors. In this new position, Ms. Golden will manage the daily operations of the non-profit founded by legend Carroll Shelby.

“Carroll Shelby believed that any goal could be achieved with a team of dedicated people,” said Mr. Cummings. “While he was committed to success in every aspect of life, Carroll was especially passionate about helping kids. Ms. Golden has earned this promotion through her dedication to the Foundation that Carroll started. The charity board of directors looks forward to working with her to continue Carroll’s mission to help kids in the race for life.

Ms. Golden has been part of the Shelby community since 2009, when she first began to work for Carroll Shelby International. Previously she worked in public school fundraising, event coordination and retail design for a variety of organizations.

Since joining Shelby, Ms. Golden has been involved in many different roles for Shelby American, Team Shelby, Carroll Shelby’s Store, Carroll Shelby International and the Carroll Shelby Foundation. She has managed graphic design projects, coordinated events, been a merchandise buyer, contributed to strategic planning and directed retail locations. But it was a personal connection with Mr. Shelby that eventually led to her involvement with the charity.

“Not long after I joined Shelby, my teenage son was diagnosed with brain cancer,” said Ms. Golden. “I’ll never forget how supportive Carroll was during that challenging time for my family. He also gave me the opportunity to be involved with the children’s charity as a way to help other kids in honor of my son’s full recovery. Over the years, my role has evolved and led me to this opportunity to make a difference for families through the Carroll Shelby Foundation.”

Ms. Golden will fill a dual role as both Managing Director of the charity and will still remain part of the Team Shelby management team. This unique position will allow her to maximize opportunities for the charity to integrate into Shelby American and the international club’s events.

“We’ve been impressed with Rafella’s tenacity and drive during her tenure with Shelby,” said Aaron Shelby, Carroll Shelby Foundation Co-President. “She has channeled her talents into executing programs for organizations that we support including the Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, The Eli Home, Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston and the Carroll Shelby Automotive Technology Program in East Texas. We’re confident that Rafella will do a terrific job as Managing Director of the Carroll Shelby Foundation.”

Following years of heart-related difficulties that culminated in a successful heart transplant, legendary racer and automaker Carroll Shelby created the Carroll Shelby Children’s Foundation in 1991. Shelby, who waited years before receiving his transplant, was keenly aware of the difficulties and expense involved in heart surgery and the often-lengthy process to locate a suitable donor organ. He created the Foundation because he realized that many needy children would have their lives cut short without some type of financial assistance.

The organization was initially dedicated to providing this assistance for acute coronary and kidney care for young people. In 2009, the Foundation expanded its mission and now helps kids from their first heartbeat through their education years.

As a 501 (c) 3, funding for the Foundation comes from a myriad of sources. These include donations from corporate and private sponsors, Ford Motor Company and through club events.

To date, the Carroll Shelby Foundation has helped charities and children worldwide. The organization has raised money for fundraising campaigns and provided seed monies to launch healthcare programs and facilities. The charity provides grants to organizations conducting research in the fields of coronary and organ transplant management. It also provides scholarship money to kids for continuing educational opportunities in the automotive field. Recent donation recipients from the Carroll Shelby

  • Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital
  • The Eli Home
  • Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston
  • The Carroll Shelby Automotive Technology at the Northeast Texas Community College
  • Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  • Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA)
  • Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City

About The Carroll Shelby Foundation

The Carroll Shelby Foundation was created by legendary racer and automotive manufacturer Carroll Shelby. Headquartered in Gardena, Calif., the Foundation is dedicated to providing medical assistance for those in need, including children, educational opportunities for young people through automotive and other training programs and benefitting the Shelby Automotive Museum. For more information visit

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Philadelphia’s Juveniles for Justice Releases Eye-Opening Publication on Conditions in Institutional Placement for Youth

Youth advocates share their own experiences in detention and placement, highlighting abusive practices

Press Release – Philadelphia, PA (December 7, 2018): Juveniles for Justice, an advocacy program at Juvenile Law Center for youth with experience in the justice system, today released Broken Bridges. This publication highlights the experiences of the Philadelphia youth in institutional placements. Juveniles for Justice will hold a community event Wednesday, December 19th at the South Philadelphia Free Library to share both the report and their recommendations for reform.

“The most shocking part of this project is that these experiences didn’t seem out of the ordinary initially for the youth advocates,” said Cathy Moffa, Youth Advocacy Program Manager of Juvenile Law Center, who staffs the program. “They had been treated so horribly for so long in placement that this behavior seemed normal. That should be shocking to everyone who reads this. Imagine every teenager that you know experiencing what these teenagers have experienced.”

This afternoon, members of Juveniles for Justice will also be sharing the Broken Bridges report with Philadelphia Department of Human Services Commissioner Cynthia Figueroa and other DHS officials. City Council recently convened a taskforce established to improve institutional conditions for youth in Philadelphia. This taskforce was created following a City Council hearing, convened by Councilmember Helen Gym, in which members of Juveniles for Justice shared some of the accounts that would eventually become Broken Bridges.

Juveniles for Justice dedicated last year to work around conditions in youth prisons and placements.

Youth advocates from the program as well as staff who oversee the program are available for comment.

Juveniles for Justice and its sister program Youth Fostering Change (a youth advocacy program for youth with experience in the child welfare system) are also celebrating ten years this year. Follow along for a glimpse of this celebration with #10YearsofYA.

Juvenile Law Center advocates for rights, dignity, equity and opportunity for youth in the foster care and justice systems.

Founded in 1975, Juvenile Law Center is the first non-profit, public interest law firm for children in the country. We fight for youth through litigation, appellate advocacy and submission of amicus (friend-of-the-court) briefs, policy reform, public education, training, consulting, and strategic communications. Widely published and internationally recognized as leaders in the field, Juvenile Law Center has substantially shaped the development of law and policy on behalf of youth. We strive to ensure that laws, policies, and practices affecting youth advance racial and economic equity and are rooted in research, consistent with children’s unique developmental characteristics, and reflective of international human rights values. For more information about Juvenile Law Center’s work, visit

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Jewish World’s Most Successful Young Leadership Event Raises Over $500,000 At NYC Gala

FIDF Young Leadership New York Gala gathers more than 1,300 to support Israeli soldiers

Press Release – NEW YORK, Dec. 6 – More than 1,300 young professionals from the New York area gathered this Dec. 1 at Metropolitan Pavilion for the red-carpet Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Young Leadership New York (YL-NY) Division 70th Birthday Gala for Israel, raising $500,000 for the well-being of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers. The annual FIDF YL-NY gala is the Jewish world’s most successful young leadership event.

The gala, co-chaired by YL-NY Board Members Noushka Green, Talia Hermesh and Amanda Paul, featured gourmet food, an open bar, casino-style games and luxury prizes, including high-end jewelry, artwork, and spa getaways.

“Throughout the year we have the incredible opportunity to meet dozens of soldiers from the IDF, each one a hero,” said FIDF Young Leadership-New York President Alex Berman. “And whenever we do so, we want it to be a reminder to them that they have friends, family and supporters across the globe. What better example of that and what better show of strength than 1,300 young professionals coming together to celebrate, honor and support our brothers and sisters in the IDF?”

Other distinguished guests included Danielle Bernstein, creator of the fashion blog We Wore What; FIDF YL-NY Board Vice President Ali Faivus; FIDF National Director and CEO Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir; Brig. Gen. (Res.) Gila Klifi-Amir; FIDF Tri-State Executive Director Galit Brichta; and FIDF Tri-State Young Leadership Development Associate Cara Chernin.

The FIDF YL-NY Gala is Young Leadership’s largest event of the year and raises funds to expand FIDF’s efforts to support well-being and educational programs for thousands of IDF soldiers, including: economic support through the DIGNITY program, much-needed weeks of rest and recuperation through the SPIRIT program, flights home for Lone Soldiers with no immediate family in Israel, IMPACT! scholarships for combat veterans from low socioeconomic backgrounds, and a host of other vital well-being initiatives.

The YL Division of FIDF provides individuals ages 21-40 the opportunity to become involved in the organization’s work while socializing and networking with their peers. YL-NY offers a diverse range of educational and social activities throughout the year, including parlor meetings with IDF soldiers, Shabbat dinners, parties, and speakers series, to raise awareness about FIDF’s various programs. YL also hosts fundraising parties at local hot spots that attract hundreds of guests and allocates the funds it raises at these events to support FIDF’s programs and services.

The funds raised at this event will go toward FIDF well-being and educational programs for IDF soldiers.

Please find below photos from the Dec. 1 Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Young Leadership New York Division 70th Birthday Gala for Israel.

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Indi Selected by Orange County United Way as Platform for “Doing More” Challenge Launched at Annual Rally for Change Event

Press Release – IRVINE, Calif. – Dec. 6, 2018 – Indi, the digital word of mouth engagement and monetization platform, has been selected by the Orange County (Calif.) United Way as the platform for hosting a social media challenge in support of its “Doing More” campaign. The challenge was launched at the organization’s recent annual Rally for Change event before going public and is ongoing.

The challenge was kicked off at the Rally with a video presentation, and attendees were invited to participate in real-time. The reception of the challenge was highly positive and generated excitement in the room as people began taking photos and posting on social media via the Indi platform.

When people post videos and photos to share on social media through Indi, the platform tracks all the follow-on social media engagement produced by these posts. That aggregated activity is represented in a “buzz” score as one basis for challenge prizes. In November, the first-place buzz winner will receive a basketball signed by NBA legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson.

A social media engagement challenge through Indi is supporting Orange County United Ways “Doing More” campaign.

“We were thrilled at the strong response to the challenge at our annual Rally. It was wonderful to see people spontaneously getting up, talking to each other, and taking photos and videos to share,” said Orange County United Way President and CEO Susan Parks. “We look forward to utilizing Indi as a new way to extend our presence in the community, enable people to share why and how they’re doing more through United Way, and generate additional support for the vital programs we provide.”

Indi enables organizations and brands to disintermediate social media engagement by creating direct relationships and connections. Benefits of this technology include extended reach, trackable performance data, improved ROI, ownership of user-generated content, and email addresses for ongoing communication. The platform can be embedded into websites and apps for complete integration into the engagement experience, ease of use and optimum utilization of user-generated content.

The Indi platform also empowers seamless, performance-based engagement between brands, celebrities, athletes, influencers, customers, employees, followers and fans with high-converting, authentic, shoppable content.

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