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Devin D. Thorpe

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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.

Kosair Charities® Granted $100,000 to West End School, Carriage House, Bluegrass Training and Therapy Center, and the University of Louisville Physicians Bingham Clinic

December 16, 2014 Louisville, KY – Kosair Charities is pleased to donate $100,000 to four local, non-profit organizations: West End School, Carriage House, Bluegrass Training and Therapy Center and the University of Louisville Physicians Bingham Clinic. Advisory Council members identified four organizations that received a $25,000 grant from Kosair Charities. These gifts will continue Kosair Charities’ mission of protecting the health and wellbeing of Kosair Kids®.

The Kosair Charities Advisory Council, consisting of leaders in the community, serve as the consulting arm to the board of directors. They aid in maintaining Kosair Charities’ focus on meeting the healthcare needs of children in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

From Left to Right - Dr Allan Josephson, Jay Wilkinson, Mary Horvath, Ben Brumleve for web

From Left to Right – Dr Allan Josephson, Jay Wilkinson, Mary Horvath, Ben Brumleve for web

“As co-chair of the Kosair Charities Advisory Council, I am pleased to have been asked to help make critical investment decisions that benefit disadvantaged children and youth of Metro Louisville. To help child-centered organizations who have never been funded by Kosair Charities was very challenging and rewarding at the same time” said Sam Watkins, Advisory Council Member.

Each organization plans to use the grants to fund specific efforts in 2015:

The West End School will renovate the middle school classroom, kitchen, dining room, game room, laundry room and proposed theatre space. Currently there is only one bathroom serving approximately 50 students and faculty. However, the school is expected to increase enrollment over the next 3 years, creating great need for these improvements.

The Kentucky Center for Special Children D/B/A Carriage House will use the additional funding to enhance a new classroom that began renovations in August of 2014. The focus will to be placed on basic developmental and prerequisite skills such as attention, following basic routines and direction, motor skills, social communication and social play. This program will help children with identified disabilities develop skills needed to move into a preschool classroom with their peers.

Bluegrass Training and Therapy Center will use the $25,000 in grant funding to complete their youth service center. The former facility was ruined by fire. The new facility will be able to host not only staff offices and training but allow appropriate space for service delivery and facilitating mentoring, employment, education and personal wellness programs.

The University of Louisville Physicians Bingham Clinic plans to order new computers monitors for their clinicians, in addition to video cameras, play materials for therapeutic work and new furnishings for offices and the waiting room.

The Kosair Charities Advisory Council Members include: Chandler Blewett, Bob Bonsutto, Judge Gina Calvert, Bobby Clarkson, Joan Conrad, Reba Doutrick, Councilman David James, Dave Juergens, Jean West Losavio, Tom O’Bryan, John B. Roth, MD, Lester Sanders, Craig Scherman, Sandy Metts Snowden, Bob Thrush, J. Memory Townsend, Sam Watkins, Jr.. Ex Officio Members: Randy Coe, President Kosair Charities and Jerry Ward, Chairman of Kosair Charities Board.

Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation Awards $545,000 in Grants to Local Midwestern Non-Profits

CHICAGO, IL (December 16, 2014) – The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation’s (IICF) Midwest Division today announced it is awarding $545,000 in community grants to local non-profit organizations in Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin for 2015. Grants range in contribution from $10,000 to $50,000 and support 29 organizations in the Midwest.

As a national nonprofit organization, IICF is dedicated to enriching local communities. Through combining the collective strengths of the insurance industry, IICF reinvests in the areas in which funds were originally raised. The Midwest Division focuses on local organizations and projects that champion the causes of education, safety, and health throughout the Midwestern United States.

“Providing funding to the areas we serve is one of the strongest ways that the insurance industry shows its support and dedication to our community,” said Kevin Smith, Chicago Regional Branch Manager at Chubb & Son and IICF Midwest Division Board Chair. “The IICF’s grant program provides a means by which we as an industry can impact positive change where it is needed most.”

Recipients of the Midwest grants include Bernie’s Book Bank, buildOn, Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center, DuPage Pads, Cornerstone School, Lydia Home, Horizons For Youth, Sue Duncan Children’s Center, Breakthrough, Lazarus House, OneGoal, ARTS (Arts Refreshing The Soul), Children’s Advocacy, Center of NW Cook County, Peterson Garden Project, Danny Did Foundation, Josephinum Academy, SOS Children’s Villages Illinois, Chicago Run, By the Hand Kids Club, Chicago Scholars, Children’s Home + Aid, Girls, Inc of Omaha, Meta House, and The Children’s Place Association.

In addition to these grants, the Ohio Chapter Board of the IICF is uniting to award $45,000 in grants to the following Ohio-based nonprofits: I Know I Can, Northeast Ohio Children’s Hunger Alliance, Providence House, St. Malachi Center, St. Vincent de Paul Dayton District Council, and Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland.

The IICF’s Midwest Division grants will be highlighted during the Division’s 4th Annual Blazing the Trail Benefit Event on March 12, 2015.

For additional information regarding the Midwest Division grant focus areas, please visit

About the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation

The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation was established in 1994 and is completely directed and funded by the insurance industry. The foundation helps communities and enriches lives by uniting the collective strengths of the industry to provide grants, volunteer service and leadership. Since its inception in 1994, IICF has contributed more than $23.5 million in grants to charities and nearly 200,000 volunteer hours to hundreds of community nonprofit organizations. IICF is a registered not-for-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. Learn more at about the IICF at

For Some Westchester Residents, Food is a Priority on the Holiday Wish List

Food Bank for Westchester Seeks Additional Donations to Provide Food for Holiday Tables

ELMSFORD, NY (December 2014) – For some people in Westchester, the holiday season puts an added focus on hunger.

“Although Westchester is the most affluent suburban county in the state of New York, more than 200,000 residents are food insecure and at risk of hunger,” says Ellen Lynch, Executive Director of the Food Bank for Westchester. “A third are children, nearly a quarter are senior citizens. Many miss one to three meals per week. The fact that individuals and families go hungry in Westchester is real, and the holiday season intensifies the problem.”

Last year alone the Food Bank for Westchester distributed 7.2 million pounds of food, yet many residents are unaware that hunger is a problem in the county, Lynch points out, and they don’t realize how far a financial contribution to the Food Bank goes. “Because we purchase food at discounted rates in truckload quantities, every dollar donated enables us to buy $4 worth of food. That is why financial support is especially meaningful.”

Lynch says the holiday season poses specific challenges for those confronted with going hungry. “At this time of year, those who are less fortunate, particularly in a wealthy area like Westchester, can feel very isolated and a lack of food becomes exceptionally painful. We recognize this and make a distinct effort to ensure that people have sufficient food.” She adds, “A fully tax-deductible donation that goes so far is a wonderful way to give back to your community during this special time of year.”

To make a tax-deductible donation to the Food Bank for Westchester simply go to

Here are some additional options for donating to the Food Bank for Westchester:

Matching gifts – Check with your employer to see if your donation can be matched.

Automatic monthly giving – make your New Year’s resolution to help others easy to keep – set a regular donation of $50 or $100 to be applied against your credit card – it’s likely you won’t even notice it and it can make a world of difference to a mom with hungry children.

Stock transfers – A year-end gift of stock or securities can significantly reduce your personal income taxes while providing meaningful support for hunger relief.

Review your long-term financial goals – Create a lasting legacy by including the Food Bank for Westchester in your will or estate plans.

Consult with a legal, tax and/or financial advisor before making any gift that has tax implications. Contact Pat Reino, at (914) 923-1100 or e-mail for additional information on giving opportunities for the Food Bank for Westchester.

About Food Bank for Westchester

Incorporated in 1988, the Food Bank for Westchester is one of eight regional food banks in New York State. It acquires, warehouses and distributes more than 7.2 million pounds of food annually to 265 frontline hunger-relief programs, including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, day care and residential programs serving the estimated 200,000 Westchester residents who are hungry or at risk of being hungry. Based in Elmsford, NY, the Food Bank is located in a 37,000 sq. ft. distribution center and is home to Westchester’s largest refrigerator and freezer. Visit Find us on Facebook at

TNC Statement Upon the Conclusion of UNFCCC COP20 in Lima, Peru:

Early this morning, after two weeks of protracted and often sharply divided negotiations, delegates from nearly 200 nations reached agreement on the Lima Call for Climate Action that will set the stage for negotiating a new global agreement on climate change in Paris next year.

The Conservancy’s Director of International Climate Policy Duncan Marsh said, “This outcome achieved the most critical objective of establishing the legal mandate to develop a new global agreement next year. It also provides important guidance on the information countries should include in their negotiating offers next year — and a light process for reviewing those offers. These elements will help states build transparency into the system.

Peru’s persistent, patient leadership was vital to getting this outcome. It is no easy task to strike a balance between hearing the views of all countries and finding a coherent way forward between contrasting points of view.

The next step to Paris and beyond will require emissions reduction pledges from all countries that reflect their capacity and responsibility to act. These in turn will send important signals of opportunities for innovation and investment in low-carbon, climate resilient development.”

The Lima outcome provides a key first step on the way to getting an agreement in Paris that will determine how each nation will move towards an emissions reduction plan, and a low-carbon future.

2014 marked a new phase in the global effort to address climate change, as evidenced by the US-China agreement; the NY Climate Summit and the Peoples March; and the capitalization of the Green Climate Fund, including the contributions of a number of developing countries. The Lima Call for Climate Action is the latest milestone in building momentum towards a low-carbon future and eventually meeting the 2 degree threshold. These actions demonstrate that the need for collective action has never been greater, and there is newfound commitment around the world to finding new ways of working together. The Conservancy congratulates the government of Peru on their leadership here at COP20. They have maintained the momentum from the NY Summit, and we welcome continued progress in Paris next year

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at

SDSU Greek Community Outlines Steps in Sexual Violence Education

All fraternity and sorority members will undergo training and then organize and participate in sexual violence education events and activities.

The leaders of the San Diego State University Greek community today announced proactive steps their organizations will be taking to address the issue of sexual assault on the SDSU campus. With support from the division of Student Affairs, all members of the Greek community will undergo a series of trainings, participate in a number of educational events and continue to take part in campus dialogues about this important issue.

On November 25, leaders of the Greek community announced they would be developing a plan to ensure all members of the InterFraternity Council, The Panhellenic Council, the National Pan-Hellenic Council and the United Sorority and Fraternity Council become educated and engaged in this issue. Prior to lifting the voluntary suspension, the InterFraternity Council will ensure this plan is in place.

“Sexual Violence on our campus has affected too many people,” said Marc Hess, president of the IFC. “We recognize we can play a significant role in putting an end to it. These steps we are taking will not solve the issue on their own. But we hope they will be a positive influence on the culture and safety of our campus.”

Associated Students President J. Cole added “This is a first step in our part of what we hope will become a much larger discussion and effort on our campus to address this issue. We know there are a lot of people already engaged and focused on eliminating sexual violence at SDSU. Our hope is that the steps the Greek community is taking will help bring our community together and push all of those efforts forward.”

The plan is developing by the Greek community as follows:

Online Training

All fraternity and sorority members will be required to take the Agent of Change online education training. The course, which was added to the Greek accreditation process in October, takes approximately 50 to 60 minutes to complete. Greek leaders will be asked to review the program before January 9, 2015 when they meet for the TEAM retreat. The leaders will discuss the training and how to effectively process the tool as part of the cultural change needed in the community. All other fraternity and sorority members will be required to complete the course.

Sexual Violence Programming Week

The fraternity and sorority communities will present a week-long series of sexual violence programming. The week will include the following topics in SDSU’s efforts to combat sexual violence on campus:

  • Bystander Training
  • “Getting to Yes” Affirmative Consent Training
  • FratMANers Presentation
  • Sorority Women’s Leadership Forum
  • “Integrative conversations between Greek leaders and other campus student leaders and students addressing sexual violence. Presentation of My Masculinity Helps (film presentations with guided reflection)

Other Spring Semester Programming

In April the InterFraternity Council will organize and facilitate the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes awareness program, where men are asked to walk a mile in women’s shoes, followed by a discussion about the role men play in these issues.

Fraternity leaders and SDSU administration will consider new minimum units requirements for the FratMANers training course, allowing students to participate in the course sooner in their collegiate careers

Fraternity and Sorority members will support the Take Back the Night program sponsored and presented by the SDSU Andrea O’Donnell Womyn’s Outreach Association.

IFC will host a screening of The Mask I Live In to engage in conversation around masculinity


The Greek community will continue to address, analyze and/or review issues surrounding:

  • SDSU Party Culture
  • Rape Culture environment on campus
  • Women’s empowerment seminars including discussions on rape culture.
  • Men’s issues including masculinity and sexual expectations in fraternity settings
  • Risk management procedures and policies for social events
  • Best practices from other universities regarding student success and Greek recruitment processes and scheduling
  • Identify and address the ways sexual violence impacts the diverse communities within Fraternity and Sorority Life

Quote from President Elliot Hirshman

“Sexual violence is a significant problem on our campus and on campuses across the country. Addressing this problem requires a significant, sustained effort to change our policies and practices, as well as our broader culture. Education, training, and rigorous enforcement are all necessary components of this communal effort. I applaud the Greek community’s recognition of its responsibility and appreciate their efforts to join with grass-roots activists and administrative leaders in ending sexual violence on our campus.”

Quote from Eric Rivera, Vice President of Student Affairs

“The plan the Greek community has developed shows thoughtfulness and a dedication toward the shared goal of eliminating sexual violence on our campus. This is not just a Greek issue. The elements of this plan are something in which all students, faculty and staff can and should be participating. This is a great step forward in this incredibly important issue.”

Ongoing Campus Activities

Below is a list of programs and activities already in place at San Diego State University where training and education of the campus community about these important issues takes place. More information about SDSU’s activities on this issue can be found at

Multiple training programs, highlights include:

  • New Student and Parent Orientation
  • Residential Advisor Training
  • FratManners
  • Bystander Intervention Training
  • These Hands Don’t Hurt
  • Behind Closed Doors
  • Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Workshop
  • Wellness Workshops
  • Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) trainings
  • Training for Faculty and Staff
    • Annual Notification
    • Harassment and Discrimination Training (mandatory for supervisors/managers; available for all employees)
    • New Employee Orientation
    • New Faculty Orientation
    • Title IX Training for managers (voluntary)
    • New Department Chairs Training

Annual Events –

  • RAINN Day
  • Teal Ribbon Campaign
  • Denim Day
  • Take Back the Night
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month


  • Counseling and Psych Services
  • University Police
  • Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators
  • Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities
  • Student Health Services and Health Promotions
  • Employee Relations and Compliance
  • Sexual Violence Task Force
  • Collaborative Incident Management Team


PopNod Launches Guilt-Free Shopping App That Gives Back

(PITCHPIGEON.COM) Washington, DC — The holiday shopping season is a time when charitable giving is at its peak, and consumers are finding simple and innovative ways to make their impact. Today, PopNod launched the shopping app that gives back. PopNod unites the most fashionable items from major brands, with organizations that are changing the world. With every purchase members make at their favorite stores, including ASOS, Shopbop, Urban Outfitters, Revolve Clothing, and Alex and Ani, a portion is donated to the cause of their choice. The new shopping app makes it even easier to make an impact by reinventing the way consumers shop and give all-year-round.

Socially conscious shopping has been a huge trend in recent years. 80% of consumers are willing to switch to another brand that is associated with a charity of their choice (Cone: Cause Evolution Study, 2010). However, PopNod takes it one step further. “It is important for us to offer choices,” explains Stephanie David, PopNod’s founder and CEO. “Everyone should be able to shop at any store they already love, and choose to support the causes they care about. We have a partner store and cause for every consumer. Our mission is to integrate giving into people’s everyday lives, in a seamless and fun way.”

Since launching its website in 2013, PopNod has grown in size and now offers over 500,000 items from carefully handpicked stores. Members can search and discover items from hundreds of small boutiques and major brands alike. In addition, members suggest causes to add to the community – both national and local organizations. By doing so, PopNod empowers members to make a difference in their communities.

To celebrate the launch of their app for the iPhone and iPad, PopNod is offering giveaways during the months of December and January. When members download the app and sign up, they are entered for a chance to win prizes from PopNod’s partner stores.

PopNod has caught the attention of consumers and organizations alike for its simple and innovative way to shop. ABC News and Good Morning America write, “PopNod creates an effortless way in which to give.” In U.S. News & World Report’s 10 New Tech Tools That Make Holiday Shopping Easier, Kimberly Palmer describes PopNod as “best for online shoppers who want to feel good about giving back while taking care of their shopping lists.” Laura Evans of Fox 5 News DC explains, “Such a phenomenal concept. The question is why would you not use PopNod?” This holiday season, why not help change the world while you shop?

About PopNod

PopNod is an online shopping destination that unites over 500,000 fashionable items from major brands, with organizations that are changing the world. With every purchase members make at their favorite stores, a portion is automatically donated to the cause of their choice. Learn more about PopNod and how you can shop with a cause at

iTunes Link

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Statewide Health Information Network of New York Introduces New Alert System to Improve Care for High-Risk Patients

New York State Department of Health, Brooklyn Health Home and Oscar Demonstrate How Healthix’s Clinical Event Notifications Protect Patients in New York City and Long Island through Real-Time Alerts

New York, NY: The New York State Health Department today joined with Healthix, the Brooklyn Health Home and Oscar to provide an update on the development of New York’s new electronic health record system, the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY).

To demonstrate how the SHIN-NY operates on a regional level, the group highlighted Healthix’s patient alert system, which allows care managers to receive real-time alerts when their patients are admitted to or discharged from a hospital, helping to improve care coordination and reduce avoidable hospital re-admissions.

Healthix, the largest of the nine Qualified Entities that comprise the SHIN-NY, already facilitates health information exchange for 10 million patients across Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island.

“Healthix and the other regional networks that comprise the Statewide Health Information Network of New York are essential to improving the delivery of health care in the Empire State,” said acting New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker. “By utilizing advancements in health technology, the SHIN-NY network has given us the ability to ensure that critical health data is up to date and available when it is needed the most.”

Earlier this year, the New York State legislature voted to appropriate $55MM to support the development of the SHIN-NY — a “network of networks.” The SHIN-NY will enable doctors and patients to securely access their electronic health records no matter where they live or work in the state. Access to critical health information will improve the quality of care and help reduce unnecessary hospital re-admissions, a key driver of healthcare expenditures in New York.

Healthix’s patient alert system, also known as Clinical Event Notifications, triggers over 5,000 monthly real-time updates to case managers about their high-risk patients, allowing them to better navigate crisis situations and develop comprehensive health care plans to further their care in the future.

“We at Healthix are gratified to be able to deliver tools designed to support providers, assist care managers and help coordinate the care of patients, many of whom struggle with multiple co-morbidities and other complex conditions,” said Tom Check, CEO of Healthix. “With a growing number of participating clinical, behavioral health and social service providers, as well as health plans, Healthix provides secure access to current patient information wherever and whenever it’s needed.”

The Brooklyn Health Home (BHH) coordinates care for over 8,000 at-risk patients across the borough of Brooklyn, and has utilized Healthix’s clinical event notifications with successful results. By using the system, the Health Home’s community-based care managers have been able to expeditiously respond to their patients’ urgent care needs, including visits to emergency rooms and hospital admissions. For example, care managers can bring critical information about patients to hospital staff in real-time, and communicate with patients’ providers in the community to collaborate on care plans that will prevent avoidable hospital visits in the future.

BHH has also implemented protocols that are triggered once a care manager receives an alert. For example, care managers must visit hospitalized patients within two business days, and conduct case conferences with the clinical team. In the third quarter of 2014, Brooklyn Health Home care managers received over 1,300 clinical event notifications from Healthix, and timely responses to these alerts increased by 10% from February – September of 2014.

“Real-time communication and collaboration with a patient’s care team, especially around critical events like ER visits and hospital stays, is the fundamental core of our program,” said Dr. Karen Nelson, Executive Director of the Brooklyn Health Home and Senior Vice President of Integrated Delivery Systems at Maimonides Medical Center. “The Healthix alerts, which are integrated in our care coordination IT platform, are the key drivers that facilitate understanding the root causes of acute care utilization and developing care plans to keep individuals well, in their communities, and accessing appropriate care and services.”

Oscar, the innovative health insurance company representing 17,000 members in New York, has also utilized Healthix’s Clinical Event Notifications for over six months. Thanks to the system, Oscar’s medical team has engaged 80% of their members who generated a Healthix notification on a variety of urgent healthcare issues. Healthix’s system notified Oscar’s medical team of 66 Emergency Room visits and hospital admissions in the past six weeks alone, allowing Oscar’s nurses to provide appropriate care management services, including: care coordination with the Hospital Discharge Planner about post- acute services, arranging and authorizing outpatient rehabilitation and delivery and authorization of medical equipment and supplies.

“Healthix Clinical Event Notifications have enabled Oscar to support our members through new, meaningful interactions with care,” said Oscar co-founder and co-CEO Mario Schlosser. “The CEN process has had a significant effect on improving both the velocity and effectiveness of Case Management and Care Coordination at Oscar. Through this partnership our in-house team of doctors and nurses are able to supplement their knowledge of member health and in turn continue to provide simple, intuitive, health care for all.”

In addition to the Brooklyn Health Home and Oscar, a growing number of healthcare organizations are utilizing Healthix’s alert system, including: NYU Langone Medical Center, Mount Sinai Health System, North Shore-LIJ Health System, Lutheran Medical Center, Visiting Nurse Service of New York, Federation Employment and Guidance Service, Inc. (FEGS), ProHEALTH Care Associates LLP, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and others.

Currently, patient health data in Healthix is accessible only to healthcare providers within New York City and Long Island. But in 2015 the SHIN-NY will expand Healthix’s reach by connecting healthcare providers and case managers to critical patient health information no matter where they are located in the state, with patient consent. For example, if a patient from New York City needed emergency care while visiting Albany, the SHIN-NY would give the treating physician instant access to that patient’s records in order to provide effective treatment. For patients who live in areas that border several other regions such as the Hudson Valley, the SHIN-NY, will make it easier for all of their providers to access and share the patient’s health records seamlessly.

In addition to improving the quality of care and improving patient safety, creating a statewide network is expected to save hundreds of millions across the state through reduced re-admissions and eliminating redundant tests. For more information about the SHIN-NY, please visit

About Healthix:

Healthix is a Qualified Entity, devoted to developing, deploying and operating innovative uses of interoperable health information technology and analytics to facilitate patient-centric care for New Yorkers. Healthix was formed through mergers between NYCLIX, LIPIX, and most recently BHIX. The newly merged Healthix expertly delivers health information exchange services, access to clinical data and the tools to support care coordination for over 10 million patients and over 140 participant organizations serving over 500 locations in New York City and Nassau and Suffolk counties. Please visit to learn more.

About Oscar:

Oscar is a new kind of health insurance company, designed to put people first. Through a high-tech, data-driven approach, easy-to-understand language and a unique set of benefits, Oscar is drastically changing the way we think about and interact with our health insurance. Founded in 2012, Oscar makes health insurance simple, transparent and human. For more information, visit or

About the Brooklyn Health Home:

The Brooklyn Health Home (BHH), led by Maimonides Medical Center, was designated by New York State in December 2011. Its goal is to identify, engage and address the full range of behavioral, medical and social problems affecting thousands of patients with multiple chronic conditions, serious mental illness and/or HIV. The BHH fosters collaboration and the timely exchange of patient information among involved providers and drives measurable improvements in patient engagement and outcomes.

BHH currently serves over 8,000 members who live and/or receive care in Brooklyn.

About New York State Department of Health:

The New York State Department of Health is charged with protecting the health, productivity and wellbeing of all New Yorkers by striving to create healthy communities and ensuring access to quality, evidence-based, cost-effective health services. With a budget of more than $58 billion, the Department regulates more than 200 hospitals and hundreds of other health care facilities; administers the state’s public health insurance programs; oversees more than 80,000 New York state-licensed doctors, administers the state health benefit marketplace, NY State of Health; runs a premier biomedical laboratory; and supports numerous, innovative public health and prevention initiatives.

Impact Investing Can Advance Economic Mobility in America

Survey and Report Demonstrate Successes and Opportunities to Help Low-Income Families Climb the Socioeconomic Ladder

Washington, DC, December 11, 2014 – The Aspen Institute today released its report The Bottom Line: Investing for Impact on Economic Mobility in the US showing how investors are making significant impact investments in education, economic security, and health and well-being that are advancing economic mobility for low-income families. These investments are yielding social and financial results and creating models for other investors to follow.

“As a country, we have long believed in the “American Dream” – through hard work and opportunity, we can reach our goals. But with millions struggling, those dreams are being eroded. Social and economic mobility has stagnated, and inequality is rising. Not only are families at risk but so is our nation’s economic security,” said Anne Mosle, vice president of the Aspen Institute.

The Survey

The Aspen Institute, in partnership with Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, conducted its survey of active and emerging investors to assess activity and interest related to investments in education, economic security, and health and well-being. Target respondents included private and community foundations, boutique investment funds, private financial institutions, and private wealth managers and institutional consultants. From the survey:

  • Thirty-nine individuals responded, representing 32 institutional investors from across investor types.
  • Nearly 69 percent of respondents invest in the study’s target impact areas of education, economic assets, and health and well-being.
  • For these respondents, impact investing is not a new practice. Sixty-four percent indicated they have been active impact investors for more than 10 years.
  • Among all respondents, the average investment transaction size varied from less than $100,000 to more than $10 million. Of target impact area investors, the majority of respondents indicated an average transaction size between $100,000 and $3 million.

Point of View Essays and Deals at a Glance

Philanthropic, business, and nonprofit leaders active in the sector contributed a series of thought-provoking essays offering their insights and lessons. These include Clara Miller, F.B. Heron Foundation; Kate Wolford, McKnight Foundation; Audrey Choi, Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing; and Kyle Zimmer and Jane Robinson, First Book.

The report also contains snapshots of deals, including work by the Calvert Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Kresge Foundation, and Living Cities.

The Report

The Bottom Line: Investing for Impact on Economic Mobility in the US takes an in-depth look at how impact investments in education, economic security, and health and well-being can advance economic mobility in low-income families. The report details critical aspects of investing in each.


  • Investing beyond school infrastructure to educational outcomes;
  • Focusing on quality and efficiency; and,
  • Leveraging intermediaries to deploy large amounts of capital effectively.

Economic assets:

  • Using diverse forms of capital to initiate and sustain economic opportunity;
  • Collaborating to invest in local ecosystems; and,
  • Leveraging data to scale what works and eliminate barriers.

Health and well-being:

  • Reducing disparities in access and quality of care;
  • Managing the costs of care; and,
  • Investing in health systems.

Success Stories

The research also yielded numerous case studies demonstrating measurable success from the impact investments.

Acelero Learning: Closing the Achievement Gap in Early Education

Acelero is a for-profit social enterprise committed to closing the achievement gap for children and families served by Head Start Programs. Founded by Aaron Lieberman and Henry Wilde, Acelero Learning is a prime example of how both financial and human resources from across sectors can be leveraged to design and employ a market-based approach to improving outcomes for low-income children and families in the US.

Acelero Learning serves 5,000 low-income children directly, preparing them to enter kindergarten, with another 20,000 benefitting from the school’s tools, training, and resources. The program not only tracks 30 indicators of student progress, but requires parents to sign a contract to read to their children at least 20 minutes each night, while offering them effectiveness coaching and other help.

What they have achieved with their relentless focus on results for families is year-to-year gains with their children on standardized tests that are 50% higher than Head Start programs overall.

Center for Employment Opportunities, US Social Finance and Bank of America: Tackling Recidivism

This pay-for-success contract, issued by the state of New York, is the first such contract to be offered directly to individual qualified investors and is aimed at measurably reducing criminal recidivism. Within it, the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) offers job training to 2,000 clients in New York City and Rochester. Bank of America Merrill Lynch offered the investment to its private banking clients.

CEO estimates intensive job support for people coming out of incarceration saves $60,000 per individual per year. New York State, for example, pays about half of that, or $85 for each bed-day saved.

Investors will start to receive repayments if the project reduces the number of nights the clients in CEO’s target group spend back in prison by at least 8 percent, compared to a similar group that does not receive CEO’s services.

The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision will evaluate a randomized control trial that compares the employment and recidivism outcomes of the 2,000 participants served by CEO with a control group referred by parole officers to traditional service providers.

Over the past year, the Aspen Institute has documented lessons learned from the impact/mission-driven investment field and the developing strategies and tools to apply market-based solutions toward efforts that can create economic security and promote educational success, as well as improve the health and well-being of low-income families across the US.

The research and report are a project of Ascend at the Aspen Institute and the Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation.

Ascend at the Aspen Institute is the national hub for breakthrough ideas and collaborations that move vulnerable children and their parents toward educational success and economic security. We take a two-generation approach to our work – focusing on children and their parents together. We bring a gender and a racial equity lens to our analysis. For more information, visit

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit

Deliver Meals with God’s Love We Deliver for Winter Feast

Spread holiday cheer and Deliver Meals on December 24

Brooklyn, NY, December 11, 2014 – God’s Love We Deliver is seeking volunteers to deliver meals on Christmas Eve morning for their holiday celebration “Winter Feast,” December 24, 2014.

Every year God’s Love cooks and delivers special holiday feasts for their clients, their families and a guest.

“Winter Feast is a very special day at God’s Love,” says Steven Marion, Director of Special Events and Volunteer Services. “The holiday season culminates in this special day. We love to watch our community come together in celebration, to help their neighbors in need, and to spread holiday cheer!”

God’s Love We Deliver needs volunteers to help deliver Winter Feast to their clients, their families and guests. The menu features Cornish game hen, wild rice stuffing, corn chowder, fresh vegetables and pumpkin mousse.

In addition to delivering holiday meals, volunteers will deliver a special Blizzard Box filled with non-perishable food items. With these Blizzard Boxes, the clients of God’s Love We Deliver will have food in the unlikely event that God’s Love cannot deliver due to winter weather.

This year, God’s Love will work with over 1,000 volunteers to cook and deliver over 3,000 special holiday feasts.

Sign up to register for Winter Feast volunteering with the God’s Love 2014 Winter Feast Registration form.

For more information on Winter Feast volunteering, please visit For more information on volunteering, please contact God’s Love at

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About God’s Love We Deliver

God’s Love is the New York metropolitan area’s leading provider of life-sustaining meals and nutritional counseling for people living with severe illnesses. Begun as an HIV/AIDS service organization, today God’s Love provides for people living with more than 200 individual diagnoses. God’s Love cooks and home-delivers the specific, nutritious meals a client’s severe illness and treatment so urgently require. Meals are individually tailored for each client by a team of Registered Dietitians, and all clients have access to unlimited nutrition counseling. God’s Love supports families by providing meals for the children and senior caregivers of its clients. All of the agency’s services are provided free of charge, and in its history of more than 29 years, God’s Love We Deliver has never had a waiting list. For more information, visit Follow God’s Love on Facebook and follow them on Twitter, @godslovenyc. God’s Love is a non-sectarian organization.

Boys & Girls Club Partners With Graduation Alliance to Help At­-Risk Students

SALT LAKE CITY — The Boys & Girls Clubs of South Valley has recently partnered with Graduation Alliance to provide a new program to help at-­risk students, as well as those who have left school before graduation, to earn their high school diploma.

The program, funded by grant money from The Caldwell Family Foundation, will initially open 10 seats to students from the South Salt Lake area who need additional academic and social support to reach graduation.

Participants in the program will be enrolled in online courses that meet the graduation requirements of their high school. Participants will receive one­-on-­one support and a structured environment to focus on their school work at the Midvale and Murray Boys & Girls Clubs. Graduation Alliance will provide the courses, tutors, teachers and mentoring the students need to advance in earning their diplomas.

“The partnership between Graduation Alliance and Boys & Girls Clubs of South Valley will provide students with the additional face­-to-­face time and academic support they need in order to be successful,” said Kim Kelley, director of strategic programs at Graduation Alliance. “We’ve seen how this can change lives, and we’re eager to do that in Utah.”

Founded in Salt Lake City, Graduation Alliance works with thousands of at-­risk students across the country to provide the flexibility, social support and academic interventions they need to earn a high school diploma and successfully transition to college and career training.

“Boys & Girls Clubs of South Valley has a mission to help each student in our program graduate high school with a diploma,” said Machelle Lake, Director of Special Events and Communications. “This new partnership with Graduation Alliance brings together two organizations that share that common mission, benefitting the student and the community.”

One such student is Daniel C, who was forced to leave high school last year due to multiple interstate family moves. The 17 year old now comes to The Club every day to work on earning his high school diploma. His goal is to be able to graduate with his class next spring. “Getting my diploma will give me the opportunity for a better future,” Daniel said.

“We’ve been working outside of Utah for several years now, and we are excited for the new partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs because it has opened doors for us to help students in our own neighborhood,” Graduation Alliance CEO Ray Kelly said. “This has been a long time coming, and we are eager to begin working with these students who need additional support due to life circumstances.”

Since 2007, Graduation Alliance has specialized in creating learning environments for underserved student populations, crafting curriculum strong in career and technical education, and facilitating academic mentorship programs for a diversity of learners. For more information visit

About Boys & Girls Clubs of South Valley

Affiliated with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Valley (BGCSV) was founded in 1967. The Club serves and promotes life changing experiences for all children, especially those at risk. These kids are at risk for drug and alcohol exposure and abuse, at risk to witness or experience physical violence, at risk to encounter food instability and at risk to be introduced to gangs. The Boys & Girls Clubs of South Valley has worked tirelessly to ensure that success, hope and opportunity is within reach of every youth and family that enters their doors. BGCSV has nearly 3,000 registered members in 8 locations and 10 age ­appropriate programs each year. Club locations are in Murray and Midvale, and additional programs operate after school at elementary schools in Midvale, Kearns and Sandy. As the largest and oldest Boys & Girls Club in the State of Utah, hundreds of thousands of youth and families have passed through the doors of BGCSV Clubs over the past 47 years. In addition, the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Valley reaches nearly 48,000 youth through their outreach and community service programs. Visit for more information.

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