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Devin D. Thorpe

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Monthly Archives: November 2015

NPR Generation Listen Partners With Case Foundation On NPR Listening Party Digital Kit And Hub

Site to launch on Giving Tuesday in honor of 4th annual international day of giving

Washington, D.C., November 24, 2015 – NPR announced today that NPR Generation Listen received a grant from the Case Foundation to launch its first NPR Listening Party Hub and Kit. The site will launch on December 1st as part of #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration, created by the 92nd Street Y.

Listening parties are intimate gatherings where fans convene to listen to public radio storytelling and discuss ideas surfaced through these stories. Thirty public radio stations around the country are working with NPR’s Generation Listen to create this “Giving Tuesday” experience for their listeners.

“We are proud to support NPR in cultivating this unique community that brings together listeners who are passionate about causes and who share their time, talent and treasure,” said Jean Case, CEO of the Case Foundation. “This first kit leverages the art of storytelling to connect friends, family and colleagues around the power of giving and will inspire others to mobilize for good this Giving Tuesday.”

NPR Generation Listen, together with public radio stations around the country, is building a close-knit community of younger listeners who share public radio’s values of being informed, conscious, and curious. The first Kit contains everything needed to plan and host an NPR Listening Party, including a curated collection of NPR stories that inspire dialogue around why people give, the future of philanthropy, and people’s personal stories of giving. Starting today, people can sign up here to receive the kit in their email inbox on Dec. 1.

“Thanks to support from the Case Foundation, NPR Generation Listen is creating a new social listening experience online around Giving Tuesday that inspires deeper and more authentic connections, conversations, and ideas offline,” said Danielle Deabler, NPR’s Director of Audience Engagement & New Ventures. “Listening parties encourage people to take a break from their screens, open up their ears and let the audio stories paint the pictures in their minds—carrying out NPR’s mission to create a more informed public.”

The NPR Generation Listen team took a road-trip this summer from California to Washington, D.C., visiting nine public radio stations and hosting listening parties along the way. The new digital Listening Party Hub will serve as a destination for listeners to access NPR Listening Party Kits, which will change monthly based on a theme or topic.

About NPR

NPR connects to audiences on the air, online, and in person. More than 26 million radio listeners tune in to NPR each week and more than 30 million unique visitors access NPR.org each month making NPR one of the most trusted sources of news and insights on life and the arts. NPR shares compelling stories, audio and photos with millions of social media users on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Snapchat; NPR News and NPR One apps, online streaming, podcasts, iTunes radio and connected car dashboards help meet audiences where they are. NPR’s live events bring to the stage two-way conversations between NPR hosts and the audience in collaboration with the public radio Member Station community. This robust access to public service journalism makes NPR an indispensable resource in the media landscape.

About the Case Foundation

Established by digital pioneers Jean and Steve Case, the Case Foundation invests in people and ideas that can change the world. For nearly two decades we have focused on creating programs and investing in people and organizations that harness the best impulses of entrepreneurship, innovation, technology and collaboration to address urgent social challenges. Our work is focused on three key pillars: revolutionizing the philanthropic sector, unleashing the power of entrepreneurship to create social change and igniting civic engagement through citizen-driven solutions. For more information, visit www.casefoundation.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Crowdrise Launches Into Virtual Reality On #GivingTuesday To Rally The World For Charity And Build The Tallest Tower In A Single Day

Crowdfunding Platform Builds Cutting-Edge Technology for Charities to Drive Donations and Create a Movement That Will Raise Millions 

New York (Nov. 24, 2015)CrowdRise, the largest crowdfunding platform for good, today launched its second annual Giving Tower campaign and also debuted its fun and interactive virtual reality (VR) experience app to help donors and charities to visualize social impact on #GivingTuesday. The Giving Tower campaign and free app offer charities and their supporters VR technology at no cost to bring to life their collective efforts on the biggest charitable day of the year, held this year on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

CrowdRise’s VR app will take the user into a virtual city that shows the Giving Tower, juxtaposed amongst the world’s most iconic buildings, as the Giving Tower grows built brick by brick. Every brick in the tower represents a donation to any of the 1,000-plus participating charities. Starting today, the free CrowdRise Giving Tower app will be available in the iTunes store and Google Play. Last year’s campaign raised $4.1 million and constructed a tower that nearly reached the tallest building in the world—the Burj Khalifa, in Dubai. This year, organizers say they want to build the tower to the moon.

As donations are made throughout the day on Dec. 1 on www.crowdrise.com/givingtower or the mobile Giving Tower app, donors, organizations and everyone else can interact with the tower while it grows. The massive, spinning Giving Tower will be erected in real-time, serving as the centerpiece of a mash-up of cities that forms one futuristic 3-D metropolis. The virtual reality landscape can be viewed from different heights or from a bird’s eye view above the city, and navigated by turning your head or explored by fingertip. As the tower grows, new VR experiences will be unlocked. Users can scan the buildings for videos produced by RYOT and be transported to, for example, Nepal days after the devastating earthquake disaster, or find themselves swimming with dolphins and more.

The app will support users with or without Google Cardboard so that anyone can enjoy the full VR experience. Those using Google Cardboard will be able to experience the environment in 3D for a truly immersive experience.

“What makes the Giving Tower so monumental is that it gives participating organizations an incredibly unique way to fundraise and be a part of a collective movement on #GivingTuesday. And, it’s just a mind blowing experience that nonprofits can offer their supporters,” said Robert Wolfe, CrowdRise co-founder and CEO. “We’ve been pretty relentless about creating an exciting user experience that shows donors their impact and uses awesome technology to build massive awareness for so many causes. The Giving Tower is entirely reflective of why we launched CrowdRise, to make giving back cool and notable and fun.”

CrowdRise has released a video at www.crowdrise.com/givingtower which showcases the Giving Tower experience and the technology behind it, featuring CrowdRise co-founder Edward Norton. “One of the things we’ve always been committed to at CrowdRise is that philanthropy shouldn’t flow from a sense of obligation but, rather, from a feeling that participating in causes and movements enriches and expands your own life,” says Norton. “People are more apt to engage when there’s an element of fun and a chance to feel proud of their actions. So we’re always trying to inject that spirit into our campaigns and I think the Giving Tower is a great example of that.”

The Giving Tower goes live on www.crowdrise.com/givingtower on Nov. 24, culminating in rapid growth of the tower on #GivingTuesday, Dec. 1. The charity that raises the most in the CrowdRise Giving Tower on #GivingTuesday from 12:00 a.m. ET through 11:59:59 p.m. ET on Dec. 1 will get a $25,000 donation to their cause. In addition, the Giving Tower kicks off the CrowdRise Holiday Challenge, a fundraising competition with $250,000 in prize money. The Challenge is open to any US 501c3, and goes through Jan. 7.

#GivingTuesday has established itself as a day on the scale of Black Friday and Cyber Monday—but for giving back to causes, charities and organizations that are doing good for people around the world.

Last year, CrowdRise’s partnership with #GivingTuesday earned more than 350 million media impressions, with coverage on “Today,” MSNBC, “NBC Nightly News,” USA Today, Huffington Post, among others.

For more information on CrowdRise’s Giving Tower, please visit: https://www.crowdrise.com/GivingTower.

ABOUT CROWDRISE

CrowdRise is the world’s largest and fastest growing online platform dedicated exclusively to charitable fundraising. CrowdRise is used by millions of individuals, tens of thousands of charities, hundreds of companies and many of the most famous artists and athletes in the world to creatively leverage their resources and networks to unlock the power of the crowd and raise hundreds of millions of dollars to support positive social missions.

Founded by actor Edward Norton, film producer Shauna Robertson and Robert and Jeffrey Wolfe, CrowdRise has conceived, implemented and powered campaigns that have raised over $250 million to date. For more information, visit www.CrowdRise.com.

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High Fidelity Headphone Company Teams Up With Alzheimer’s Non-Profit for #GivingTuesday

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New York, NY: #GivingTuesday, which takes place on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (12.1), is more than just a hashtag. Started in 2012, it is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration following Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

For a second year, as part of its year-end fundraising campaign, MUSIC & MEMORY, the non-profit that pairs individuals with dementia and Alzheimer’s with personalized iPods, is partnering up with with Koss Stereophones, the U.S. based high-fidelity Stereophone manufacturer, for its own #GivingTuesday initiative – #GivingTunesDay.

Music & Memory and Koss Stereophones have issued a challenge grant to support the #GivingTunesDay social media campaign. Koss will donate one dollar for every social media engagement linked to Music & Memory, and match every donation made to the organization, up to five thousand dollars, and has also donated products for its prize giveaways.

“After seeing the documentary film Alive Inside, at the Milwaukee Film Festival last year, and learning more about Music & Memory, I was struck,” said Koss Director of Marketing, Michael J. Koss, Jr. “It was incredible to see the effect the Music & Memory personalized music program had on those suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. I knew instantly that we needed to get even more involved.”

About MUSIC & MEMORY

Music & Memory is a non-profit organization that brings personalized music into the lives of the elderly or infirm through digital music technology, vastly improving quality of life. The Music & Memory program has since been implemented in over 2,000+ certified facilities in all 50 US states, as well as eight countries, including Canada, Australia, England, Denmark, Holland, South Africa, and Israel. Eleven US States have also rolled out initiatives to implement the program statewide in their efforts to make it the standard of care. Wisconsin and Utah are the first states to fund every nursing home in their state.

About Koss Corporation

Koss Corporation markets a complete line of high-fidelity headphones, speaker-phones, computer headsets, telecommunications headsets, active noise canceling headphones, wireless headphones, wireless speakers and compact disc recordings of American Symphony Orchestras on the Koss Classics label. Koss Stereophones (model UR5-B) are the preferred headphones used in all 2,000+ MUSIC & MEMORYSM Certified Care Organizations. Dan Cohen founder of Music & Memory says, “These headphones carry a lifetime guarantee, are exceptionally durable, and are lightweight while delivering great sound.” For more information, follow Koss on Twitter @KossHeadphones, on Facebook at Facebook.com/Koss, or at Koss.com

Skechers Donates $3 Million to Save Dogs’ and Cats’ Lives

BOBS from Skechers Partners with Best Friends Animal Society to Save the Lives of Shelter Pets Across the Country

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (November 4, 2015) — BOBS from Skechers, a division of leading lifestyle footwear company, Skechers USA, Inc. (NYSE:SKX), is thrilled to announce a multi-year partnership with Best Friends Animal Society, the only national animal welfare organization dedicated exclusively to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. To support the non-profit, BOBS from Skechers has committed $3 million to further Best Friends Animal Society’s lifesaving initiatives. The partnership with Best Friends Animal Society is part of BOBS from Skechers’ ongoing charitable initiatives, which includes donating shoes to children in need around the globe.

For every purchase of BOBS, Skechers will make a donation to support Best Friends’ programs that reduce the number of companion animals entering shelters and increase the number who get placed into loving homes. This is Best Friends’ biggest cause marketing partnership to date.

“BOBS from Skechers has been rooted in giving back since the launch of the line and we wanted to expand the philanthropic reach by giving in new ways,” said Robert Greenberg, Chairman and CEO, Skechers. “To date, the current charitable model has allowed all of our BOBS customers to give free shoes to children in need, with over 12 million pairs donated. We are now building upon the giving message by partnering with Best Friends to save pets. With around four million shelter pets being killed each year, we want to help Best Friends bring that number to zero and we are excited that our partnership will help play a part in reaching that goal.”

Commencing in spring 2016, a multi-tiered marketing campaign will support the partnership and include co-branded shoe box packaging, national TV, print and digital marketing, PR, POP and other in-store collateral at domestic Skechers retail locations and participating retail partners. As part of the partnership, BOBS from Skechers will serve as the presenting sponsor for the animal welfare organization’s major national events including Strut Your Mutt and Super Adoptions, and participate in additional year round initiatives. The partnership will also include a limited edition BOBS footwear collection that will launch in spring 2016.

“We are thrilled to partner with BOBS from Skechers on their charitable initiative,” said Gregory Castle, co-founder and CEO, Best Friends Animal Society. “Not only will the shoes look great, but each box will carry a message of support for our mission to get pets out of shelters and into forever homes. With every step taken in BOBS, we help ‘Save Them All’.”

To learn more about the partnerships follow BOBS from Skechers on Facebook (facebook.com/BOBSfromSkechers), Twitter (twitter.com/BOBS_Skechers, Instagram (Instagram.com/BOBS_Skechers) and Pinterest (pinterest.com/BOBSSkechers), or visit www.BOBSfromSkechers.com.

About Best Friends Animal Society

Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization dedicated exclusively to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. A leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends runs the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, adoption centers and spay and neuter facilities in Los Angeles and Salt Lake City as well as lifesaving programs in partnership with more than 1,300 rescue groups and shelters across the country. Since its founding in 1984, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in American shelters from 17 million per year to an estimated 4 million. By continuing to build effective initiatives that reduce the number of animals entering shelters and increase the number who find homes, Best Friends and its nationwide network of members and partners are working to Save Them All®.

To become a fan of Best Friends Animal Society on Facebook go to: http://www.facebook.com/bestfriendsanimalsociety.
Follow Best Friends on Twitter: http://twitter.com/bestfriends.

About SKECHERS USA., Inc.

SKECHERS USA, Inc., based in Manhattan Beach, California, designs, develops and markets a diverse range of lifestyle footwear for men, women and children, as well as performance footwear for men and women. SKECHERS footwear is available in the United States and over 120 countries and territories worldwide via department and specialty stores, more than 1,210 SKECHERS retail stores, and the Company’s e-commerce website. The Company manages its international business through a network of global distributors, joint venture partners in Asia, and 13 wholly-owned subsidiaries in Brazil, Canada, Chile, Japan, Latin America and throughout Europe. For more information, please visit skechers.com and follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/SKECHERS) and Twitter (twitter.com/SKECHERSUSA).

This announcement contains forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, the Company’s future growth, financial results and operations, its development of new products, future demand for its products and growth across the Company’s three main business channels and globally, its planned expansion and opening of new stores, advertising and marketing initiatives, and the expansion plans for the Company’s European Distribution Center.

Forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward looking language such as “believe,” “anticipate,” “expect,” “estimate,” “intend,” “plan,” “project,” “will be,” “will continue,” “will result,” “could,” “may,” “might,” or any variations of such words with similar meanings. Any such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause or contribute to such differences include international economic, political and market conditions including the uncertainty of sustained recovery in Europe; entry into the highly competitive performance footwear market; sustaining, managing and forecasting costs and proper inventory levels; losing any significant customers; decreased demand by industry retailers and cancellation of order commitments due to the lack of popularity of particular designs and/or categories of products; maintaining brand image and intense competition among sellers of footwear for consumers; anticipating, identifying, interpreting or forecasting changes in fashion trends, consumer demand for the products and the various market factors described above; sales levels during the spring, back-to-school and holiday selling seasons; and other factors referenced or incorporated by reference in the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 and its quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended June 30, 2015. The risks included here are not exhaustive. The Company operates in a very competitive and rapidly changing environment. New risks emerge from time to time and the companies cannot predict all such risk factors, nor can the companies assess the impact of all such risk factors on their respective businesses or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. Given these risks and uncertainties, you should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results. Moreover, reported results should not be considered an indication of future performance.

Giving Tuesday – A Day to Give Back this Holiday Season

State College, PA – Giving Tuesday is coming and Centre Foundation encourages community members to save the date – December 1st – for this day designed to give back during the busy holiday season.

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“Giving Tuesday began in 2012 as a response to the increased commercialization that seems to surround and even precede the holidays,” explained Molly Kunkel, Executive Director at Centre Foundation. “This national movement has been embraced by well-known organizations like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and is accompanied by a nationally televised ad campaign to help spread awareness.”

The idea, as explained in Giving Tuesday’s short video, is that on Thanksgiving Day we eat, on Black Friday we get deals, on Cyber Monday we shop online, and on Giving Tuesday we give back.

“Giving back during Giving Tuesday can take many forms,” Kunkel noted. “Making a donation of any size to your favorite local organization is just one way to give back. You can also donate your time, donate requested items, or even just say ‘thank you’ to the non-profit staff members.”

For a list of over 100 local organizations benefitting Centre County, please visit https://centregives.org/#leaderboard. The web page contains a brief description of the organization, their website, and any social media links that the organization utilizes. These organizations benefit children, animals, the environment, the arts, and health and social services in our area.

To help spread the word about Giving Tuesday, please visit GivingTuesday.org and follow along on social media using #GivingTuesday.

Centre Foundation is committed to helping donors fulfill their philanthropic goals by building and maintaining a permanent collection of endowment funds. The Foundation champions the betterment of Centre County for both present and future generations with trustworthy leadership in shaping effective responses to community issues and opportunities.

HeroRATs Will Transform Ammunitions Dump Into Nature Reserve

APOPO, top-rated NGO and creators of Mine Detection Rat Technology, are crowdfunding to transform a deadly ammunitions dump in Mozambique into a world-class nature reserve, now on Crowdrise.

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MAPUTO, Mozambique, November 23th 2015 – World leading NGO APOPO announced today that it is raising funds via a crowdfunding campaign on Crowdrise to transform a deadly former military site in to a public nature reserve. APOPO, famous for their landmine detection rats that sniff out explosives, also known as HeroRATs, set out to raise $20,000 to support the project which promises to save lives and return land to local communities.

The Malhazine complex, in Maputo, Mozambique, has been used as a military ammunition storage depot for decades. It has suffered two major ammunition explosions and a number of smaller ones, which have killed and injured many civilians and resulted in ammunition left scattered across the complex. APOPO and the HeroRATs promise to end the unnecessary deaths of civilians and lay the groundwork for a world leading nature reserve.

The aim in Mozambique has been to facilitate the clearance of ERW and landmines, reduce the number of accident victims, enhance national development and speed up full recovery from war at the lowest possible costs. To do so APOPO is engaged in the development of a low-cost and efficient mine detection methodology. APOPO’s clearance team includes sixteen mine detection rats, known as HeroRATS, who rapidly speed up the time taken to detect explosive remnants of war.

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Malhazine HeroRAT Squadron

Jeremias – Anfield – Vangoal – Abela – Dereth – Dndvk – Devika – Fiona – Dr.Bila – Lot – Anno – Feroz – Dako – Babari – Mokada53 – Muniria

Watch APOPO and the HeroRATs in action

APOPO Founder, Bart Weetjens, said “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to transform a site that has killed hundreds of civilians into a vibrant nature reserve that will be treasured by generations to come. The ammunitions dump is known only for fear and death, yet with the help of some furry little heroes, we can return this lost land to local communities and an array of wonderful wildlife.”

The Malhazine project will support local communities and national capacity building by training hundreds of Mozambicans from the ground up thus relying on national staff for nearly all roles.

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APOPO’s vision is to solve pressing humanitarian and development challenges through local solutions for local problems. Clearing explosive remnants of war (ERW) and dangerous items of ammunitions removes a critical structural barrier and a precondition for development.

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The ammunitions clearance and disposal is on behalf of the Ministry of the Environment at the request of the National Institute of Demining, in the Malhazine Ecological Park, formerly known as the Malhazine Ammunition Depot, located in Maputo Province.

The public are invited to support the transformation of this deadly site via Crowdrise using the following link: https://www.crowdrise.com/heroratstower

Mozambique’s Ministry of the Environment plans to transform the Malhazine site into a nature reserve for the public. The site will feature:

  • Recreational area with campsite, children’s area, zoo, veterinary clinic and restaurants (49 ha)
  • Research area (6 ha) and botanical garden
  • Fenced animal/ bird/ botanical sanctuary (about 489 ha)
  • Military museum (about 22 ha)
  • Fenced footpaths through the sanctuary

Get a Shot. Give a Shot® Campaign Expands for Giving Tuesday, Enabling Consumers to Double Their Support For Children Around the Globe

For every immunization administered at Walgreens from Black Friday to #GivingTuesday, company will donate value of two life-saving vaccines through UN Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign

Washington, DC. – Walgreens and the United Nations Foundation announced a special expansion of the Get a Shot. Give a Shot® program, which will double donations of life-saving vaccines in support of Giving Tuesday. For every immunization administered at a Walgreens pharmacy, Healthcare Clinic or Duane Reade pharmacy, the value of two life-saving vaccines will be donated to a child in a developing country through the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign. This will apply to all immunizations administered at Walgreens beginning Black Friday, Nov. 27, through #GivingTuesday, Dec. 1.

“The expansion of the Get a Shot. Give a Shot® campaign is a great opportunity for consumers to give back this holiday season, while also getting the immunizations they need,” said Devi Thomas, Director, UN Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign. “Get a Shot. Give a Shot® demonstrates Walgreens commitment to children around the globe, while also working to improve immunization rates here in the U.S. Giving Tuesday is another way in which we’re working together to help make an impact year-round through the campaign.”

Black Friday, followed by Cyber Monday and then #GivingTuesday is widely recognized as a time for families, businesses and charities to come together to celebrate generosity and giving. With the expansion of the program in time for Black Friday weekend, Walgreens and the United Nations Foundation hope to expand awareness of the need for global immunizations, as well as helping to provide children in developing countries with access to life-saving immunizations. Walgreens has donated the value of more than 7 million life-saving vaccines to children in developing countries through the Get a Shot. Give a Shot® campaign, now in its third year, and its growing collaboration with the United Nations Foundation.

Worldwide vaccination efforts have led to significant reduction in childhood deaths globally, but still one in five children worldwide lack access to life-saving immunizations. For more information about global immunizations visit www.shotatlife.org and for more information about the Get a Shot. Give a Shot® program visit https://www.walgreens.com/pharmacy/immunization/shot_at_life.jsp

Solavore Launches Indiegogo Campaign to Fund The Distribution of Solar Ovens in India, Cambodia and Kenya

Social Enterprise Announces Solavore Works Program for Developing Countries

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St. Paul, MN – November 23, 2015: Solavore, LLC, a women-owned social enterprise committed to the manufacture and global distribution of 100% fuel-free clean cooking technology, announced that it is launching an Indiegogo campaign today to initiate a program called Solavore Works that distributes solar ovens to individual families in India, Cambodia and Kenya. Nearly 3 billion families today cook on indoor open fires, resulting in serious respiratory disease and climate-altering deforestation. Founded by former NeXT Computer and 3Com senior operations executive, Anne Patterson, Solavore™ is the manufacturer of the Sport solar oven, a 100% renewable energy solar oven.

Every solar oven purchased helps to fund a Solavore Sport somewhere in the world where an open fire is still the main kitchen appliance. Solavore Works is Solavore’s corporate social responsibility program that supports projects in the developing world. The benefits that Solavore Works brings to communities in the developing world include:

  • Respiratory health: freedom from common diseases such as pneumonia, which kills more  women and children each year  than malaria or AIDS
  • The removal of one of the main causes of deforestation in the developing world
  • Savings in energy expenditures, which can range up to 25-50% of a family’s budget
  • Water pasteurization and food dehydration
  • The ability for girls to attend school rather than spend their days collecting firewood with their mothers
  • Increased income generation, enabling a woman to sell the food that she bakes or dehydrates in her solar oven

“As a social enterprise, our approach to poverty reduction is more in terms of enabling opportunity and less in terms of aid,” said Anne Patterson, CEO of Solavore. “Not just a source of clean food, we expect these ovens to help their owners develop goods to sell in the marketplace, and local assembly of ovens creates jobs as does the sales, distribution, and support of new ovens.”

The Solavore Sport is a virtually indestructible, retained-heat box-type solar oven made of rugged, durable, lightweight injection-molded nylon resin. Surround insulation and two-pot capacity enable unattended, family-size year-round cooking. The included water pasteurization indicator adds clean water to the Sport’s versatility, along with slow-cooking, baking, and de-hydrating. The Sport solar oven is an industry leader in price, performance, family-size capacity and rugged durability. The solar oven, in conjuction with a small, efficient wood burning stove when sunlight is not available, can reduce a family’s fuel consumption up to 80%.

The campaign’s featured perk is BOGO – Buy One Solavore Sport for your family, Give One to a family in a Solavore Works program. In addition to this, a collection of perks carrying the outdoors, solar, travel themes include:

  • 100% Silk Scarf from Cambodia
  • Nick Brandt (Big Life) photo book, signed copy
  • Secrid Mini Wallet (contributed by SportiqueSF)
  • Fjallraven Backpack (contributed by SportiqueSF)
  • Silicone Solavore trivets/pot-lifters
  • “I’m a Solavore BAGGU” re-usable grocery bag
  • USB Recharger contributed by GoalZero
  • Kristin Laing Designs Solavore necklace
  • Nomad Portable Solar Panel contributed by GoalZero
  • 1 week yoga retreat in Culebra, PR
  • ThermoTent TT3 by ThermoTents
  • Nightswapping.com: One Level-4 Standard Night
  • Solavore CEO Anne Patterson cooks for your social or corporate event

Via profits from the sale of the Sport in the developed world, Solavore aims to empower women through “caring capitalism”. Solavore will direct the funds from this Indiegogo campaign to Solavore Works’ developing country programs which will expand to develop micro-loans and other consumer finance programs.

ABOUT Solavore:

Solavore is a women-owned social enterprise whose mission is to promote clean-cooking technology around the world. The Solavore Sport oven was purpose-built by solar energy executives from 3M Corp. and University of Arizona for maximum efficiency, durability and ease of use. Solavore pledges to use its profits to remain independent and self- sustaining while providing clean cooking alternatives to the world’s 3 billion people who are still cooking over open fires. Over 20,000 Solavore Sport ovens have been deployed in 60 countries. Solavore is an active member of the Global Alliance for Clean Cook Stoves and Solar Cookers International. For further information please visit www.solavore.com. Follow Solavore on Facebook at www.facebook.com/solavore, on Instagram and on Twitter @Solavore.

The Dream Big Foundation and LivePerson to Deliver 3,000 Thanksgiving meals to Families in Need for the 14th Annual FeedingNYC

New York, NY – November 20, 2015

WHO: The Dream Foundation and LivePerson Inc. (NASDAQ: LPSN), a leading provider of digital engagement solutions

WHAT: FeedingNYC, a Dream Big Foundation program, in partnership with LivePerson, will hand-deliver Thanksgiving meals to families in need. LivePerson employees, along with more than 400 FeedingNYC volunteers, will team with shelters throughout New York’s five boroughs to collect and distribute meals for 3,000 families, bringing much-needed food, support and encouragement.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at 6:00 AM

WHERE: FeedingNYC will be headquartered at Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers, (Pier 60 and 23rd); volunteers will begin packing boxes at 6:00 AM and teams will start delivering to shelters on the afternoon of November 24. Meals will be hand delivered to Women in Need, Jewish Federation, Catholic Charities, and City Harvest. Interview opportunities for press will be available at the volunteer site at Chelsea Piers with LivePerson CEO and FeedingNYC Founder, Rob LoCascio. Interview opportunities are also available at select shelters during delivery times.

There has been tremendous support from volunteers to help package and deliver meals on the day of the event, but the organization is still accepting much-needed donations. To make a donation, please go to: www.crowdrise.com/FeedingNYC2015. For more information on FeedingNYC please visit http://www.feedingnyc.org.

For more information on LivePerson Cares and its affiliate programs, please visit: http://www.liveperson.com/about/lp-cares.

About the Dream Big Foundation

The Dream Big Foundation was founded by Robert LoCascio in 2001 with its first program, FeedingNYC, which aims to feed New York City’s families in need for Thanksgiving. Since 2001, FeedingNYC has donated more than 40,000 Thanksgiving meals. In 2014, Dream Big launched its second program, the Dream Big Brownsville Entrepreneurship Initiative to provide funding, mentoring, and resources to local entrepreneurs to drive economic growth in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Learn more at www.thedreambig.org.

About LivePerson

LivePerson, Inc. (Nasdaq: LPSN) offers a cloud-based platform that enables businesses to proactively connect in real-time with their customers via chat, voice, and content delivery at the right time, through the right channel, including websites, social media, and mobile devices. This “intelligent engagement” is driven by real-time behavioral analytics, producing connections based on a true understanding of business objectives and customer needs. For more information, please visit www.liveperson.com. To view other global press releases about LivePerson, please visit pr.liveperson.com.

Benefit Corporation Launches Lantern Festival in Response to Global Refugee Crisis

Salt Lake City, UT, November 19, 2015 – Cotopaxi (www.cotopaxi.com), the outdoor gear brand with a social mission, is proud to announce the #JustLikeUs Lantern Festival to raise awareness about the refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe. Taking place on ‘Giving Tuesday’, December 1, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah, the event represents a gesture of compassion for families affected by the crisis, both at home and abroad. Leading businesses in the community will be represented at the festival to demonstrate their support for the cause. Registered participants will receive a floating lantern, on which they can write their commitment to action. Lanterns will be released together on the lake at Sugarhouse Park. 100 percent of the donations will support the International Rescue Committee’s relief, rebuilding, and long-term resettlement efforts.

View #JustLikeUs details at: www.cotopaxi.com/justlikeus

“We are in the midst of the worst refugee crisis since World War II,” said Lindsey Kneuven, Chief Impact Officer at Cotopaxi. “Cotopaxi has been supporting the refugee community in Utah since the company’s inception. We hope to spread a message of compassion and inclusion for the millions of individuals and families who are seeking refuge far from their homes.. The #JustLikeUs Lantern Festival is an effort to do just that.

For every $20 donated, a lantern will be released. Participants outside of Utah can still donate to reserve a lantern that will be released in their name by a #JustLikeUs volunteer.

The #JustLikeUs Floating Lantern Festival expects a large attendance and will begin on-site registration at 6:00 p.m. on December 1, with the event beginning at 6:30 p.m.

“Business leaders can play a critical role in supporting relief efforts for the refugee crisis, and we applaud the efforts Cotopaxi is taking to raise awareness about the crisis and to build a corporate coalition in Salt Lake City,” said Scott McDonald, Director of Institutional Philanthropy and Partnerships at the International Rescue Committee.

Registration and donations can be made in any amount here: www.cotopaxi.com/justlikeus.

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