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This category includes stories about philanthropy, typically covering the generosity of individuals, families, groups of individuals and foundations (nonprofits primarily in the business of funding other nonprofits.

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Giving Compass in Partnership with The Raikes Foundation and Schwab Charitable Launches New Tools to Help Donors Give with Impact

Giving Compass provides a gateway to Impact Philanthropy with over 17,000 high quality articles on 40+ giving topics; Schwab Charitable is the first non-profit to offer its donors customized news through the Giving Compass API

Giving Planner serves the needs of individual donors in the US harnessing content and insights from Giving Compass and the Impact-Driven Philanthropy Initiative, now available at

Press Release – SEATTLE, Oct. 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Giving Compass is the destination for individual philanthropists on their quest to learn, connect and take action around causes closest to their hearts and connect to tools for better giving. Giving Compass today announced the release of two new tools. First, we are offering a content integration tool offering US websites the opportunity to present a curated collection of giving resources from vetted sources in an enhanced user experience. Schwab Charitable, one of the largest national providers of donor-advised funds and other philanthropic services, is the first to offer a series of customized news feeds from Giving Compass, which will appear on various pages of the Schwab Charitable website,

Second, we are introducing the Giving Planner. Giving Planner is a digital tool for donors to benchmark, plan, track, and analyze their giving from any device. Giving Planner was created through a catalytic grant from the Raikes Foundation as a way to help individuals set giving goals and practice giving more strategically with a simple digital tool.

“I am thrilled to see the partnership forming between Giving Compass and Schwab Charitable. We both care deeply about helping individuals increase their support for the causes they care about most. Providing Schwab Charitable’s active donors with Giving Compass’ tools and resources can influence generosity in ways that lead to faster progress on issues and in communities, here and around the world,” said Jeff Raikes, Co-Founder, The Raikes Foundation.

Every week, Giving Compass curates hundreds of articles and videos for one purpose: to help individuals in the US become impact-driven philanthropists. Nonprofits and mission-driven corporate partners have access to a free widget ( which allows organizations to post fresh daily content from Giving Compass and filter by topics including:

  • Philanthropy
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Human Rights
  • Human Services
  • Health
  • Arts and Culture

The Giving Compass API allows even greater content customization than the free widget. Schwab Charitable has tailored its Giving Compass content via the API to help donors understand where and how they can have the most impact on causes and charities that mean the most to them. Visitors to the Schwab Charitable website can find the new curated news feeds by selecting pages from the “Maximize your Impact” drop down list on the homepage.

“We are so pleased that Schwab Charitable is the first partner to integrate our content directly into its public, digital site. The Giving Compass API allows non-profit organizations and corporate partners to customize content selections and serve up articles seamlessly on their website. We expect large nonprofits and other organizations working with philanthropically-minded individuals to follow Schwab Charitable’s lead,” said Larry Leibowitz, Giving Compass Board Member and former COO of The New York Stock Exchange.

“At Schwab Charitable, we are committed to providing donors with the best-in-class tools and resources to help them achieve maximum impact with their philanthropy. Through our partnership with the Raikes Foundation and Giving Compass, we offer donors access to extensive and diverse philanthropic content and tools which will help them embrace an even more thoughtful and informed approach to their charitable giving,” added Fred Kaynor, Vice President, Marketing and Business Development, Schwab Charitable.

Donors can take the next step from learning to taking action by using the Giving Planner. With Giving Planner, philanthropists and individuals can align their giving with the issues and causes they care about. Most people budget to guide their personal spending and track spending against a budget. Similarly when giving, developing giving goals and managing to those goals can increase donor impact.

In the first module, users can easily create a giving budget in minutes and compare their giving budget to others matching their demographic profile, including income and age. In the initial plan, users are asked to specify their core focus areas and assign percentages they wish to allocate to the focus areas of their choice. The tool also suggests setting aside 20% of giving plans as a “giving buffer” for disaster- related and other unplanned requests that often emerge via conversations.

The Giving Planner allows users to select core focus areas including:

  • Early childhood
  • Human rights
  • Clean energy
  • Women & girls
  • Public health
  • Homelessness & housing
  • Arts & culture

Giving Planner allows for simple tracking and managing of donor activities. Take a photograph and upload receipts in real-time, input volunteer time or in-kind donations easily. As each contribution is recorded, it influences the user’s Giver Score which provides feedback on giving practices. Giving Planner’s dataset draws from 3.5 million IRS records and uses a proprietary algorithm to inform an individual Giver Score, allowing for benchmarking and improvement over time. Best-in-class data encryption and multi-factor authentication assure users of their privacy in inputting financial information.

Impact Philanthropy is the practice of strategically using time and resources to make meaningful, measurable change. Impact Philanthropists are guided by these principles:

  • Clear, Sustained, Focus. Focused giving on specific issues or places, especially those where there is a personal passion.
  • Research-Informed Strategy. Exploring the landscape and understanding the needs of those one is trying to help, as well as the capacity of potential partners.
  • Continuous Collaboration & Learning. Joining forces with others to achieve greater impact than one can on their own.

About Giving Compass

Giving Compass provides a Gateway to Impact Philanthropy. The organization offers leading resources about charitable giving and the non-profit sector. By curating and aggregating the best material from around the web about philanthropy, coupled with a team of journalists creating original content and fresh insights, Giving Compass will lead you to more effectively give of your time and money. Giving Compass uses the newest technologies to create and build tools for philanthropists to make better and more impactful charitable decisions. For more information, please visit:

About Schwab Charitable

Schwab Charitable is a donor-advised fund established as a service for individual investors to help increase their charitable giving. Since its inception in 1999, Schwab Charitable has facilitated over $10 billion in grants to approximately 131,000 charities on behalf of its donors. Schwab Charitable serves a wide range of investors and has been a pioneer in enabling registered investment advisors to manage the investments of donor-advised fund accounts. Schwab Charitable also offers a private foundation conversion service for private foundations considering a donor-advised fund as a complementary or alternative charitable vehicle. For more information, including a short video describing the benefits of donor-advised funds, visit

A donor’s ability to claim itemized deductions is subject to a variety of limitations depending on the donor’s specific tax situation. Consult your tax advisor for more information.

Schwab Charitable is the name used for the combined programs and services of Schwab Charitable Fund, an independent nonprofit organization, which has entered into service agreements with certain affiliates of The Charles Schwab Corporation. Schwab Charitable Fund is recognized as a tax-exempt public charity as described in Sections 501(c)(3), 509(a)(1), and 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions made to Schwab Charitable Fund are considered an irrevocable gift and are not refundable. Please be aware that Schwab Charitable has exclusive legal control over the assets you have contributed. Although every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided is correct, Schwab Charitable cannot guarantee its accuracy. This information is not provided to the IRS.

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Midas Launches Project Spark

Press Release – WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — In an effort to make life a touch better for many, Midas announced the launch of Project Spark, a national initiative to help families, veterans and first responders get back on the road.

Through Project Spark, Midas will provide repairs, including parts and labor, for vehicles donated through 1-800-Charity Cars ( This nationwide initiative will help more than 1,000 people in Midas communities across the country.

“Project Spark was created to honor Midas’ heritage of being a good neighbor and to always be a touch better,” said Brian LePorin, Vice President of Marketing at Midas. “By providing necessary repairs such as a set of new tires, an inspection or an oil change on donated vehicles, Project Spark lets Midas help others by doing what it does best: fix cars.”

Transportation can be a significant barrier to gaining and maintaining employment. In fact, more than 10 million American households do not have a car (U.S. Census, 2016) and 45 percent lack access to public transit (APTA, 2017), making them less likely to find and keep jobs. “In the end, we believe this program can be the key to removing barriers and getting folks back on the road,” said LePorin.

Project Spark officially launched today in Philadelphia at the Midas located at 64 W Germantown Pike. “I am honored to represent locally owned and operated Midas owners for the launch of Project Spark,” said Brian Beers, Midas Germantown Pike store owner. “Repairing these vehicles and handing over the keys to those in need gave me and my team a tremendous sense of pride and hope for this initiative and the impact it may have on the lives of the recipients,” said Beers.

Vehicles were donated to people including:

Jasmine W.

Jasmine is a single mother of four beautiful, young children. She gets up at 5 a.m. to get three kids ready for school and works two jobs. She spends 4-5 hours taking three buses a day and stretches to make ends meet. She wants to provide a better life for her kids. Jasmine received a 2011 Ford Escape along with new car/booster seats.

Dorsey S.

Dorsey is a husband and father of two teenagers who are actively involved at school. After losing his job a few years ago, the family got behind on bills and became homeless. To make matters worse, their car broke down and was too costly to repair, leaving the family dependent on friends, family and public transportation. Throughout it all, Dorsey and his family stuck together. Today, Dorsey has a job and is building a future with his family. Dorsey received a 2008 Buick Lucerne with plenty of trunk space for his kids’ sports equipment.

Tim S.

Tim is a Marine Corps veteran whose brother was killed in the line of duty as a state trooper. For the past 14 years, he has selflessly dedicated his time to bring awareness and fund raise for families of fallen officers. Tim and his family lost everything in a house fire and are trying to get back on their feet. Tim received a repaired 2007 Honda Accord along with new car seats.

Project Spark will surprise working families, veterans and first responders in additional markets including Detroit, Minneapolis and Greenwich throughout 2019. Individuals who would like to help or learn more about Project Spark can visit

About Midas

Midas is one of the world’s largest providers of automotive services, offering brake, maintenance, tires, exhaust, steering and suspension services at nearly 2,100 franchised, licenses and company-owned Midas shops in 13 countries, including more than 1,200 in the United States and Canada.

About 1-800-Charity Cars

Established in 1996, The Original 1-800-Charity Cars, (Charity Cars, Inc. DBA: 1-800-Charity Cars, Free Charity Cars), is a 501(C) (3) non-profit organization, and the first charity of its kind in the nation. With its stated mission “To engage in activities that will uplift humanity”, the organization’s main focus is to provide free donated vehicles to assist struggling families in their transition from dependency to self-sufficiency. More information is available online at

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Fast-tracking a Zero Waste Economy: More Governments and Business Leaders Commit to Circular Economy Action

  • Denmark, Japan, the Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates join over 50 leaders committed to circular economy impact by joining the Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy (PACE).
  • PACE is fast-tracking circular economy solutions to pressing environmental challenges, from electronic waste to plastic pollution
  • The announcement comes as a major circular economy summit gets underway hosted by the Government of Japan and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra – Fourth Industrial Revolution solutions is a key focus
  • Nearly 90 billion tonnes of materials were extracted globally in 2017, with only a fraction cycled back into the economy, resulting in pollution and wasting about $4.5 trillion in recoverable resources.

Press Release – Geneva and Tokyo, 22 October 2018 – Denmark, Japan, the Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates have committed to joining a major global initiative to redesign the global “take-make-dispose” economy into a more circular one. They join over 50 government and business leaders who are part of the Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy (PACE), which was launched at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2018 in Davos (see press conference here and the list of members here).

PACE includes the heads of some of the world’s largest companies such as Royal Philips and Unilever; senior representatives from the governments of Indonesia, Nigeria, the People’s Republic of China and Rwanda; and heads of organizations, including the Ellen Macarthur Foundation, World Resources Institute, Global Environment Facility, UN Environment and World Bank.

All are committed to efforts that cut waste and pollution and fast-tracking circular economy solutions in which products and materials are redesigned, recovered and reused to reduce environmental impacts. Extending the life of products creates new business opportunities and revenue streams, while minimizing the environmental impact of mining, resource extraction, refining and manufacture.

Japan’s commitment comes as the second World Circular Economy Forum – hosted by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan and Finnish innovation fund Sitra – gets underway in Yokohama, Japan.

Japan is one of the most resource-efficient economies globally, and has recently launched its 4th Fundamental Plan for Establishing a Sound Material-Cycle Society a new public-private Plastics Smart campaign. The Netherlands government aims to achieve circularity by 2050 and halve the use of primary resources by 2030 and Denmark launched its Circular Economy Strategy and a related National Action Plan on Plastics. The UAE is committed to shaping strategic action to advance the circular economy.

To date, PACE, which is hosted and facilitated by the World Economic Forum, has catalysed major projects and collaborations to advance the circular economy, including the Global Plastics Action Partnership, which was launched in collaboration with the Friends of Ocean Action at the Forum’s Sustainable Development Impact Summit in New York. PACE is also focused on waste from electronics. In 2016, 44.7 million metric tonnes of e-waste was generated, equivalent to the weight of 4,500 Eiffel Towers. E-waste contains a number of toxic substances that can cause great harm to health. At the same time, the UN estimates that some 55 Billion Euro worth of secondary raw materials lays idle in e-waste.

Antonia Gawel, Head of the Circular Economy Initiative, World Economic Forum, said: “We have the knowledge, power and technologies to drive circular economy action. We just need to act more quickly and build partnerships to scale solutions. The Fourth Industrial Revolution offers great opportunities in this area – which is why PACE is excited to explore its potential with an expanding group of partners.”

Frans van Houten, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Philips, and PACE Co-Chair, said: “A circular economy is essential if we are to achieve global economic growth whilst stopping unsustainable resource consumption. Large corporations, SMEs and governments must collaborate to transform supply chains and the modern consumption economy. Philips is pleased to partner with private and public sector organizations through PACE enabling large-scale projects with firm commitments and decisive action.”

Naoko Ishii, Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility (GEF), and PACE Co-Chair, said: “It is a real pleasure for me to welcome a growing network of governments to PACE. The world urgently needs to move to a more Circular Economy, and PACE is a strong platform that brings together a broad coalition of stakeholders to accelerate action.”

Yoshiaki Harada, Minster of Environment, Japan, said: “We all have a common view on realizing a circular economy on a global scale by networking and accumulating knowledge and experience of public and private entities around the world. The Ministry of the Environment of Japan has decided to participate in PACE, and share our knowledge and experience globally. As part of our contribution to PACE, we would like to provide information on excellent actions, experiences and technologies of Japan’s public and private entities registered in our “Plastics Smart” Campaign.”

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siggi’s Awards Grant to Winner of Siggi Supports Entrepreneurs Contest

Registered Dietitian Fallon Bader wins grant to launch pop-up nutrition and cooking classes on local farms

Press Release – New York, NY (October 22, 2018) – siggi’s, the maker of Icelandic yogurt with simple ingredients and not a lot of sugar, announced the winner of the annual Siggi Supports Entrepreneurs contest. Fallon Bader, RDN, LD, of Albuquerque, New Mexico will receive a $5,000 grant to help support her initiative, The Sprouting Kitchen – an innovative nutrition and cooking class pop-up on local farms.

The Siggi Supports Entrepreneurs contest started after the founder of siggi’s dairy, Siggi Hilmarsson, noticed the entrepreneurial spirit of many registered dietitians who follow their passions and help support accessible healthy eating habits in their communities.

“This contest is our way of giving back to a community whose goals align with those of our brand – helping people choose real foods without a lot of added sugar,” said Hilmarsson. “Each year we receive increasingly inspiring submissions and though it’s so difficult to select one, we at siggi’s are honored to help bring Fallon’s idea to life.”

Bader was motivated to start this program when she saw a need for engagement to encourage healthy eating. The program’s core objective is to help individuals create a deeper connection with their food to inspire healthy eating habits. The program involves meeting local farmers, harvesting what’s fresh, cooking a simple recipe and enjoying a meal as a group with nutrition education throughout the events.

“After my dietetic internship, I became a FoodCorps service member where I used school gardens to teach students about nutrition and cooking. This is where I realized being outside, planting seeds, and watching food grow was crucial in motivating kids to eat healthy foods,” said Bader. “I’m thrilled to be the winner of this year’s Siggi Supports Entrepreneurs program, and I’m looking forward to expanding The Sprouting Kitchen to more farms to get people outside where nourishing food is growing all around us.”

Now in its third year, the Siggi Supports Entrepreneurs contest generated a record-high number of submissions in 2018. With a 12 percent increase in contest entries, awareness continues to rise and gain momentum among entrepreneurial registered dietitians and nutritionists across the country. Each contest submission included an overview of the program idea, an estimated budget and a personal statement about why the contest resonated with the applicant.

As part of siggi’s ongoing commitment to dietitians and the health and wellness community, the company also launched its siggi’s sessions online education program in early 2018, offering opportunities for registered dietitians and nutritionists to secure continuing educational credits by viewing free educational webinars and attending in-person sessions. All of siggi’s sessions are made available on-demand in the siggi’s sessions portal, a dedicated resource that houses on-demand educational materials and free webinars on the latest research and hot topics facing the industry. For more information or to request access to siggi’s sessions, visit

About siggi’s

siggi’s dairy began in 2004 when Siggi Hilmarsson felt homesick for a staple of his childhood diet, skyr, a thick, creamy, high-protein yogurt from his native Iceland. The yogurts he found on shelves in the U.S. were much too sweet and artificial tasting for his liking. His mother sent him a recipe, and with that, he began making skyr in his small New York City kitchen. Today, siggi’s dairy makes rather delicious yogurt products with simple ingredients and not a lot of sugar. True to Icelandic tradition, siggi’s products do not contain any artificial preservatives, sweeteners, flavors or colors, and they are made with milk from family farms that do not use growth hormones such as rBST. For more information about siggi’s Icelandic strained yogurts and to find store locations, visit

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Sweet Dreamzzz, Inc. Celebrates Success of A Night to R.E.M.ember Fundraiser

Press Release – Livonia, MI – October 22, 2018 — September 29th was a perfect autumn evening to promote sleep wellness for children. Sweet Dreamzzz, Inc.™ held their largest annual fundraiser, A Night to R.E.M.ember, at Plum Hollow Country Club and offered a night of lively auctions, delicious meals, music, and dancing. Volunteer students from Lawrence Technological University helped to make the evening a great success. Through the support of major sponsors including Michigan Medicine, Reverie, Superior Industries, Arrow Strategies, and Michigan LECET, the nonprofit organization raised over $88,000. The money will be used in the organization’s sleep programs, which teach disadvantaged students, their caregivers, and their teachers the basics of a healthy bedtime routine and why a good night’s sleep is critical for academic success.

The key to achieving success in school is highly correlated with a good night’s sleep. Sweet Dreamzzz, Inc. is dedicated to ensuring that kids, parents, and teachers recognize the importance of sleep and have the tools to make it happen.

Executive Director Nancy Maxwell explained, “We are so grateful for the support of our sponsors. Because of their investment, we are able to reach more families. Many are unaware of the importance of a good night’s sleep and how it impacts their child’s learning. Our programs provide tools for the parents and teachers to ensure that the children are on a sleep routine that maximize their learning and overall health.”

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Corvias Foundation Welcomes New Board Member

Press Release – East Greenwich, RI (October 22, 2018)Corvias Foundation, a private, charitable foundation and the charitable arm of Corvias that provides scholarships and a support network for children and spouses of active-duty Service Members, welcomes Cristi Rader to the organization’s board of directors.

A graduate of University of North Carolina at Pembroke, where Rader was also a Corvias Foundation Scholarship recipient, Rader has had a successful career. In 2011, Rader interned at Walt Disney World before joining Hendrick Lexus of Charlotte in 2012. In 2015, Rader joined Corvias as a Marketing Analyst and Salesforce Manager after attending a Foundation alumni event which inspired her to reconnect and join the Corvias team with a desire to pay it forward for future scholars. Rader is currently an Opportunity Advisor for Corvias and now a Board Member with Corvias Foundation.

“As a scholarship recipient, I know first-hand the benefit of Corvias Foundation for students,” said Cristi Rader. “What continues to impress and inspire me is the caliber of the scholars. We are each talented in our own way, but we are stronger together as a family, network, and foundation. Being able to represent the Foundation and help contribute to this family is truly a dream come true. More than a scholarship, this Foundation brings a young group of inspiring individuals together and forms the familial bond that keeps us all connected and engaged for the rest of our lives.”

As a Board Member with Corvias Foundation, Rader is responsible for helping the Foundation communicate to Americans at large what the specific challenges are to military-affiliated students. Rader will continue to serve as an ambassador for the Foundation at conferences such as Gates Foundation session for Gates Millennium as well as the Lead 365 conference which she attended earlier this year.

“Cristi has been a part of our Foundation family for a while now,” said Maria Montalvo, Executive Director of Corvias Foundation. “She has now come full circle and her perspective as an Army daughter and Foundation scholar gives her such a unique energy and passion that will continue to benefit current and future scholars for years to come.”

Corvias Founder John Picerne created Corvias Foundation in 2006 to inspire students, college and university campuses, and military families to reach higher. Since its inception, the Foundation has been committed to supporting military families in the pursuit of higher education and has awarded more than $8.5 million through 397 scholarships to the children and spouses of active-duty Services Members. The scholarships provide reliable, recurring financial assistance over each student’s four years of study, as well as a support network that is committed to their academic and professional growth. Among recent scholarship recipients are aspiring engineers, doctors, lawyers, scientists, and entrepreneurs.

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More Than 700 New Student Commitments to Action Announced at the 11th Annual Clinton Global Initiative University Meeting

President Clinton, Secretary Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton concluded CGI U at the University of Chicago that engaged more than 1,000 student leaders on issues related to including hurricane recovery, expanding civic participation, gun violence, and youth incarceration.

Press Release – Chicago, IL – This weekend, more than 1,000 college and university students from across the country and around the world came together at the University of Chicago for the 11th annual CGI University (CGI U) meeting, making more than 700 Commitments to Action to address this generation’s most pressing challenges.

New commitments this year include efforts to combat the opioid crisis in the United States by building an online platform to reduce stigma and provide access to the overdose medication, naloxone; providing minority youth in Chicago with a platform to discuss and address social and racial issues in the United States by launching an experiential education program; promoting maternal health in Vietnam by developing a week-long reproductive education series for women led by health care professionals; and combating climate change by encouraging Nigerians to use public transportation though a mobile application.

At the Opening Plenary, Chelsea Clinton kicked off CGI U by telling students, “You all have one thing in common and that’s the desire to make the world a better place. You all refuse to accept the status quo and that’s the camp I want to be in.”

In recognizing new members of the CGI U Honor Roll, who have had significant impact through their commitments, President Bill Clinton said “The alumni of CGI U have not only made remarkable commitments over the years, they have kept them. And in keeping them they are changing lives around the world in innovative ways.”

While speaking at the Closing Plenary, Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton urged students to work collaboratively to make a difference, “We have to keep doing what CGI U represents – which is to bring people together who want to be part of solving problems, who want to bring their talent and their energy and their optimism to that task.”

Chelsea Clinton also revealed the winner of the CGI U 2018 Commitments Challenge. The competition began on September 17, during which students received private donations from supporters around the world through GoFundMe. In total, students raised more than $40,000 for their commitments. The winners were a group of students from the University of Chicago, whose commitment, SimFilly Foods, raised more than $11,100.

In the lead up to the CGI U meeting, students had the opportunity to participate in a two-day “Codeathon” event co-hosted by CGI U, the CGI Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery, and the Clinton Climate Initiative. Students were challenged to develop digital tools that can increase the effectiveness of response and recovery efforts following natural disasters. Judges included Chelsea Clinton, vice chair, Clinton Foundation; Bob Lord, chief digital officer, IBM; Christine Schindler, president and founder of Girls Engineering Change; former CGI U student; Dawn Walker, director, RainReady Community; and Chris Wheat, chief of policy, Office of the Mayor at City of Chicago. The winning team, Basic Aid Outreach (BAO), recognized at the closing plenary, created a platform that leverages existing social networks, the power of AI, and crowdsourced data to empower local volunteers and agencies to take the lead in delivering aid to victims of natural disasters in Southeast Asia.

CGI U students at this year’s meeting also participated in the Resolution Social Venture Challenge. A collaboration between Clinton Global Initiative University and The Resolution Project, this competition provides a pathway to action for socially responsible young leaders who want to create change that matters. A total of $50,000 was awarded to winning projects, which address a wide range of challenges participants have observed firsthand in their communities, including special education in Chicago Public Schools, menstrual hygiene in Ghana, food waste in India, and much more.

In addition to the Clinton family, throughout the weekend, college students also heard from featured speakers such as Tom Barrett, mayor, Milwaukee; Muzoon Almellehan, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador; Sarah Chadwick, co-founder, March For Our lives; Julio Martinez Ellsberg, member, Nicaraguan Platform for Social Movements and Civil Society Organizations; Helene D. Gayle, president and CEO, The Chicago Community Trust; Susan Herman, president, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU); Uzodinma Iweala, CEO, Africa Center; Mai Khoi, independent artist and activist; D’Angelo McDade, executive director, Peace Warrior Organization; Wai Wai Nu, executive director, Women’s Peace Network; Lt. Col. Joe Plenzler, retired Marine Corps combat veteran and co-founder of #VetsForGunReform; Ben Schwerin, vice president of partnerships, Snap Inc.; Astrid Silva, executive director, Dream Big Nevada, among others.

This morning, Chelsea Clinton and Mayor Rahm Emanuel led students in a Day of Action to give back to the Chicago community. First, students gathered to hear remarks from Chelsea Clinton and Mayor Emanuel on the importance of community service. They then dispersed to nine different service sites to complete projects across several community organizations in the South Side, Chicago area. Founded and led by Chelsea Clinton in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the Clinton Foundation Day of Action program seeks to create service opportunities and mobilize thousands of volunteers to give back to their communities. To date, the Clinton Foundation has hosted 32 Days of Action in the United States and abroad, which have mobilized more than 7,200 volunteers and donated more than 29,000 volunteer hours.

Support for CGI U 2018 is generously provided by Boeing, Up to Us, Kevin Xu, Chicago Community Trust, and PepsiCo. Additional support for CGI U 2018 is provided by the University of Chicago and the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation.

This is the first year the University of Chicago hosted CGI U. The University of Chicago is a leading academic and research institution where students and scholars are empowered to challenge conventional thinking to solve some of the most pressing challenges of our time. As an intellectual destination, the University draws scholars and students from around the world to its campuses and centers around the globe. The University provides a distinctive educational experience and research environment, enabling individuals to pursue research that shifts paradigms and produces new understandings with global impact.

Follow @CGIU and @ClintonFdn on Twitter for meeting news and highlights. The event hashtag is #CGIU2018.

**The following new commitments and progress reports were announced at CGI U**

Fighting the Opioid Epidemic with Digital Technology
Commitment By: James Lott, Michael Cui, and Maryam Saifuddin
School: University of Chicago
Focus Area: Public Health
Geographic Scope: United States

In 2018, James Lott, Michael Cui, and Maryam Saifuddin committed to build an online platform to safely and discreetly exchange needles and provide access to the opioid overdose medication, naloxone in the United States. The website, Fiduscript, will use a cloud- based pharmacy system to distribute the medication and supplies, and offer tele-counseling resources to patients. They plan to partner with pharmacies, health care providers, and local safety authorities to grow their patient members. James, Michael, and Maryam hope to nationally increase naloxone availability and substance abuse counseling and decrease the number of opioid-related deaths.

Commitment By: Rebecca Castillo and Ariana Hoshino
School: Swarthmore College
Focus Area: Education
Geographic Scope: United States

In 2018, Rebecca Castillo and Ariana Hoshino committed to create an arts and media literacy after-school program for high school students in Chester, Penn. The program will teach students film, photography, and writing skills to produce content on social issues affecting their communities. Students will produce multimedia content. The pair will partner with local community access media and digital production training centers to provide students with a platform to share their content with a broader audience. Rebecca and Ariana expect to welcome their first students by the end of 2018.

Safe Climate for Nigeria
Commitment By: Joshua Borokinni
School: University of Benin
Focus Area: Environment and Climate Change
Geographic Scope: Nigeria

In 2018, Joshua Borokinni committed to create a mobile application that mitigates fossil-fueled transportation and promotes the use of integrated public transportation systems to help users make low-carbon choices in Nigeria. Joshua will engage with government and community leaders to promote responsible environmental choices and train users on how to utilize the app. He expects to have his mobile application launched by 2019.

Manganya Matatu Community Centres
Commitment By: Brent Kokonya
School: Kenyatta University
Focus Area: Poverty Alleviation
Geographic Scope: Kenya

In 2018, Brent Kokonya committed to convert abandoned buses into community centers to decrease pollution and enhance community life in Nairobi, Kenya. Brent will work with local auto repair shops, community-based NGOs, and graffiti artists to convert buses into stationary coffee shops, libraries, farmers markets, and art exhibits, removing dangerous or toxic parts of the vehicle while surveying community leaders to best utilize the space to serve local Kenyans. He expects to refurbish eight buses in two Nairobi districts within four years.

Yo Merezco
Commitment By: Annette Gonzalez, Ana Esquea, and Karen Stark
School: Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra
Focus Area: Peace and Human Rights
Geographic Scope: Dominican Republic

In 2018, Annette González, Ana Esquea, and Karen Stark committed to create a social and political movement to reduce the gender pay gap in the Dominican Republic. The team will use social media to create awareness about the existing pay gap and gain support for a national awareness day. They plan to partner with local businesses, corporations, and local leaders to achieve a formal declaration committed to ensuring equal pay as part of their practices. Annette, Ana, and Karen hope that their Equal Pay Pact will help to reduce that wage gap to under 10 percent by 2024.

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JDRF One Walk® in Ridgefield Park on October 21 Expected to Draw More Than 2,000 Supporters

― JDRF NJ Metro & Rockland County Chapter aims to raise $250,000 for type 1 diabetes research ―

Press Release – RIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ, October, 21, 2018―JDRF One Walk will kick off it’s annual event in Ridgefield Park on Sunday, October 21 at Overpeck Co. Park, aiming to raise more than $250,000 to help fund critically needed type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. The event, organized by JDRF New Jersey Metro and Rockland County Chapter, is expected to attract more than 2,000 supporters, including teams representing local businesses, families, schools and other organizations. The event is one of approximately 200 JDRF One Walks nationwide that bring together hundreds of thousands of people each year who share JDRF’s vision to create a world without T1D.

“Everyone who comes out to walk or support the event will bring us one step closer to turning Type One into Type None. This is a great activity for families and friends to get together in support of type 1 diabetes research, whether you know someone affected by T1D or just want to make a difference,” said Executive Director Jess Backofen. “We are grateful for the incredible support of the people of Ridgefield Park, and supporters like BD, who are doing their part to make life better for more than 1.25 million people in the United States who have this serious disease.”

JDRF encourages people of all ages driven to support a great cause to participate in JDRF One Walk and enjoy a day of family-friendly fun, with games, activities, and local vendors. Pre-registration is recommended and on-site check-in begins at 8:30 AM, 199 Challenger Road. The entire JDRF One Walk will be approximately 3 miles long.

Type 1 diabetes is a chronic, life-threatening autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults at any age. In type 1 diabetes, the body’s immune system destroys the cells that release insulin, eventually eliminating insulin production from the body. Type 1 diabetes requires rigorous 24/7 monitoring of blood glucose levels to avoid devastating complications. T1D onset is sudden and unpreventable, and it is unrelated to diet or lifestyle.

JDRF One Walk is the largest and most powerful peer-to-peer fundraising program in the world for T1D. Since 1992, the event has raised more than $1 billion for T1D research. This funding has enabled research on how to prevent, delay and ultimately cure T1D. It has led to life-changing drugs, treatments and devices, many of which have already moved into clinical trials and real-world testing.

JDRF gratefully acknowledges its local corporate partners for New Jersey Metro & Rockland County Chapter’s Walk, including Plymouth Rock Assurance, Ascensia Diabetes Care, RWJBarnabas Health, and Novo Nordisk.

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One Young World Launches Lead2030 Initiative To Support UN’s Sustainable Development Goals


Press Release – 20 October, The Hague: One Young World – the global forum for young leaders that counts the Duchess of Sussex, Justin Trudeau and Emma Watson as Counsellors – today announces the launch of Lead2030, a new initiative to drive progress on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Supported by some of the world’s most prestigious organisations, Lead2030 will find, fund and accelerate the most impactful youth-led solutions to help deliver on the SDGs.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals – or Global Goals – were agreed upon by 193 countries in 2015. From ending poverty to protecting the oceans, these goals represent an ambitious to-do list to create a sustainable future by 2030.

Yet with an estimated annual investment gap of $2.5 trillion in developing countries alone, achieving the Global Goals requires meaningful contribution from the private sector. United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres recently stated that “funding gaps for SDG investments are vast and urgent. We must unlock the large levels of financing necessary to implement the 2030 Agenda.”

Lead2030 will generate over $500,000 investment from the first-ever coalition of businesses working together to accelerate youth-led innovation for the SDGs.

Each Lead2030 Challenge Partner has committed to funding and mentoring each selected youth-led initiative, business or movement that is making a tangible impact on a selected Sustainable Development Goal.

The inaugural Lead 2030 Challenge Partners include:

  • Goals 2 & 6: RB. Zero Hunger & Clean Water & Sanitation
  • Goal 3: AstraZeneca. Good Health & Well-being
  • Goal 4: Deloitte. Quality Education
  • Goal 4: Credit Suisse. Quality Education
  • Goal 7: BP. Affordable & Clean Energy
  • Goal 9: Standard Chartered. Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure
  • Goal 10: Bristol-Myers Squibb. Reduced Inequalities
  • Goal 12: Mondi Group. Responsible Consumption & Production
  • Goal 17: KPMG. Partnerships For The Goals

The global search for young innovators has launched today with applications open here:

Kate Robertson, co-founder of One Young World, said:

“Since 2010, One Young World Ambassadors have positively impacted the lives of more than 17.5 million people. They are a testament to the progress young people can achieve when they have a platform to lead to from. Lead2030 will enable this community and young leaders like them to achieve even greater results.

“The Global Goals will not be achieved without ambitious and meaningful contributions from leaders across every sector of society. With 380 million jobs predicted to be created by achieving the SDGs, and $12 trillion unlocked in market opportunities, the business case for accelerating progress on the Global Goals is clear. The world leading organisations that have committed to join Lead2030 are not just doing the right thing, they’re doing the smart thing for their business.”

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IBM, Stop the Traffik, Western Union, Barclays, Lloyd’s Banking Group, Liberty Global, Europol and University College London Unveil International Data Hub to Combat Human Trafficking

Universities, Law Enforcement, NGOs and Financial Institutions UseAI and IBM Cloud-Based Traffik Analysis Hub (TAHub) to More Rapidly Analyze Incidents of Human Trafficking

Press Release – ARMONK, N.Y- 18 October 2018: IBM (NYSE: IBM), Stop the Traffik (STT), Western Union, Barclays, Lloyd’s Banking Group, Liberty Global, Europol and University College London today announced the first ever international data hub between NGOs, law enforcement, and financial institutions providing its analysts with enhanced information to combat human trafficking. The estimated $150 billion forced-labour industry is one of the most pressing social issues of our time, with potentially millions of people around the world being subject to multiple forms of illegal exploitation.

Despite an increased awareness of human trafficking efforts to manually track and counter the issue through legislation, preventative measures and enforcement, these initiatives have been fragmented and ineffective—modern slavery is still pervasive in almost all communities. IBM, STT, Western Union, Barclays, Lloyd’s Banking Group, Liberty Global, Europol and University College London are unveiling the Traffik Analysis Hub (TAHub), an impactful collaboration to more easily facilitate the exchange of information about human trafficking across organizations.

Using Watson Natural Language Understanding, the TAHub has been trained by the IBM Ireland Lab with search terms by STT and other stakeholders for human trafficking incidents, such as exploitation type and demographic details. The TAHub uses machine learning and structured data from contributors to identify the characteristics of human trafficking incidents (e.g. means of transport and recruitment). And with IBM i2, analysts will also be able to visually analyze the enriched data and combine it with additional data sources to identify trafficking networks, patterns and hotspots to drive intelligence led collaboration.

IBM Watson Discovery is specifically trained on human trafficking terms and by using machine learning capabilities, ingests open sources of data at scale from multiple sources – such as thousands of daily public news feeds. By training the hub over time, it will improve in accuracy and likely develop predictive capabilities.

“The market is rapidly adopting AI and cloud-based platform models to address siloes across their functions, increase client satisfaction and revenue share,” said Guillermo Miranda, Vice President of IBM Corporate Citizenship. “We’re using the same emerging technologies and applying similar design principles to help the organizations working to save the millions of men, women and children who are trafficked in countries around the world.”

“Today’s event and the announcement of the Traffik Analysis Hub (‘The Hub’) marks the culmination of more than four years of collaborative work with STT. Western Union firmly believes that adopting a multi-agency approach is the most effective path to take to tackle the exploitation and trafficking of people,” said Duncan Deville, SVP and Global Head of Financial Crimes Compliance from Western Union.

“This initiative is a huge step forward in bringing together information from across multiple sectors, including NGOs, law enforcement partners and financial services, where we can take a truly intelligence-led approach to proactively tackling human trafficking,” said Paul Horlick, Director Financial Intelligence Unit, Barclays Financial Crime.

“The creation of the Traffik Analyis Hub is an important event in the fight against human trafficking and modern slavery. It is an institutional and structural development to society, industry and hopefully rule of law that will allow much greater data and information sharing and therefore potentially greater trust and collaboration,” said Duncan Jepson, Managing Director, Liberty Global.

“Trafficking in human beings is one of Europol’s main concerns in any of its forms, be it sexual exploitation, labour exploitation, forced marriage. Therefore, we are very pleased to support STOP THE TRAFFIK in the fight against this crime. We see great potential in this initiative, not only for better prevention and detection of human trafficking cases, but also for a further understanding and awareness raising. We are sure that the technical development of a system that enables data sharing between law enforcement, NGOs and the private sector will help to combat trafficking in human beings on a global scale,” said Robert Črepinko, Head of the European Migrant Smuggling Centre of Europol.

“The TAHub brings together two very promising elements: a truly cross-sector multi-agency partnership and an innovative technical approach. We are excited to be on board in our role as project evaluators. Such new initiatives are essential to developing evidence concerning the nature of trafficking and ultimately designing more effective solutions,” said Professor Kate Bowers of University College London

The Data Hub platform will run in a secure IBM Cloud-hosted environment with access granted to authenticated members only. Memberships to the data hub for other organizations combatting human trafficking will be available soon.

[1] The International Labour Organization (ILO), Profits and Poverty: The Economics of Forced Labour . 2014.

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