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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Solar Energy Empowers Villagers And Saves Wildlife In Nepal

Empowered by Light and Empower Generation announce new project in World Heritage Site, Chitwan National Park

Press Release – LARKSPUR, Calif. – This fall, rangers protecting rhinos, tigers and other endangered wildlife in Nepal’s famous Chitwan National Park will get a solar system that will light and power an isolated ranger outpost deep in the jungle. At the same time, local women will get the training and tools they need to sell low-cost clean energy technologies to people living in the buffer zone that surrounds the park. This is all part of continued collaboration in Nepal by Empowered by Light, which helps remote communities throughout the world develop renewable energy projects, and Empower Generation, which empowers women to become clean-energy entrepreneurs.

This project will continue the organizations’ efforts in Nepal, which are detailed in a fascinating 20-minute video, Bufferzone, that explores the unique challenges of living in a place where the wild animals that make the region unique—from tigers to sloth bears to elephants—can attract tourists, and can also attack villages and people.

Watch the 3 minute trailer here.

“Remote communities around the world are embracing renewable energy because the benefits are real, immediate and life-changing,” said Moira Hanes, Empowered by Light’s co-founder and board chair. “In Nepal, renewable energy is providing these communities with steady, reliable access to electricity, in many cases for the first time, all while helping to support their critical efforts to protect endangered wildlife and create economic and job opportunities that weren’t there before.”

To help rural communities thrive without draining the park’s natural resources, this fall’s effort will train 10 local women, whose economic opportunities have traditionally been limited, to sell a range of clean energy technologies such as solar home systems and improved cookstoves.

Inside the park, rangers working to prevent poaching rely on solar power to stay in touch with park authorities and power spotlights that help protect them at night. On a previous visit, Empowered by Light also helped install solar power at tourist towers that allow visitors to stay in the park overnight, generating income for conservation projects and for people-protection efforts designed to minimize conflicts between villagers and wildlife.

Empowered by Light and Empower Generation are seeking to raise $50,000 to help support the new project, which will assist hard-working people in Nepal in their efforts to:

  • Protect Chitwan National Park, an UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Protect single-horned Asiatic rhinos and Bengal tigers from poachers
  • Train Nepali women, who have a particularly difficult time securing formal employment, to sell clean energy and start their own businesses
  • Reduce dependence on dirty and dangerous sources of energy, including diesel generators and kerosene burners that put the community’s health and safety at risk
  • Kick-start eco-tourism in a place where economic development options are limited

To learn more about the next project in Nepal, please visit: http://empoweredbylight.org/projects/project-nepal/empowered-by-light-returns-to-nepal-with-more-solar-for-chitwan-national-park/ 

Platform To Connect Refugee Women And Girls At Heart Of Unique Crowdfunder

Press Release – NEW YORK — Wednesday 31 May, 2017: As the refugees crisis grows and borders close, a unique crowdfunding campaign aims to build an open platform for the voices and experiences of refugee and migrant girls and women around the world, inspiring compassion, connection and providing one solution to this humanitarian emergency.

#OpenPlatformSharedHumanity from Footage Foundation on Vimeo.

Non-profit Footage Foundation launched the #OpenBordersSharedHumanity campaign, which uses the science of storytelling, connection, and economic empowerment to “raise voices and elevates lives” through its Her{Connect}Her program.

Footage Foundation’s Executive Director, Dr Kristen Ali Eglinton, explained that since the refugee crisis exploded, Footage Foundation has spent considerable time researching and listening to the experiences of displaced girls and women across the world.

“Due to the unique needs of displaced girls and women, and their high risk of experiencing violence and isolation, there is great urgency for gender-specific programming — the Her{connect}Her program is one such program,” she said.

If successful, the fundraising campaign would allow Footage to build an online digital network of isolated girls and women and offer a safe space for global understanding and compassion. Secondly, the campaign would fund a transformative, evidence-based program through which girls and women communicate their experiences with the goal of together, understanding their strengths, needs, hopes, and perspectives.

Footage’s 2016 fundraising campaign allowed the program to be implemented in Sweden, the U.K., and France. It is already making a measurable impact. If the 2017 campaign can successfully reach its $30,000 goal, the digital platform can be designed and built and the program can be expanded to Greece, the United States and France this summer, reaching up to 30 girls and women. The ultimate goal is to reach 120 young women migrants and refugees across the USA, Europe, and the Middle East by Summer 2018.

“By sharing their experiences and assessing their needs, girls and women foster agency and self-determination, elevating their roles as leaders in their lives and communities,” Dr Eglinton said. “What they share provides the public, NGOs, and policy makers insights for effective responses to refugee crises and immigration issues.”

For more information, visit the crowdfunder page; visit the Her{Connect}Her program website.

The crowdfunder will run until the end of June.

About Footage Foundation: Footage designs impactful, sustainable programs that use local technology and expressive multimedia tools to bring the underrepresented voices and experiences of young people, particularly young women, into conversations on the world’s most challenging issues.

Groundbreaking Virtual Reality Treatment Against Smoking Addiction Launches Kickstarter Campaign

MindCotine’s first round of crowdsourcing launches on May 31 – World Health Organization’s World No Tobacco Day

Press Release – Redwood City, CA. May 31, 2017 – MindCotine, the first-ever Virtual Reality (VR) program combining mindfulness practices, psychological therapies and community engagement to combat nicotine addiction, has announced its first crowd-funding Kickstarter campaign.

Responding to the need of more than 1 billion smokers worldwide looking for a non-invasive and inexpensive method to quit smoking, MindCotine marks the launch of its crowdfunding campaign on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) World No Tobacco Day on May 31. The campaign aims to engage as many people as possible to join the MindCotine community, continue funding the development and worldwide distribution of the groundbreaking app.

MindCotine’s creators realized that the needs for smokers looking to quit for good were not being met. With the premise that smokers do not have convenient tools nor programs handy to treat the actual root of their addiction, the team combined their diverse expertise in the medical and virtual reality fields to engineer an easily accessible mobile application.

The product works as users are guided through a mindfulness process, a mental state achieved by focusing on awareness on the present moment, and a biofeedback monitoring system that trains users to control bodily processes. By becoming conscious of what the habit represents for each user, they are then able to better identify and take charge of their impulses and behavior. The program also provides users with the tools necessary to overcome the cravings and discomforts associated with tobacco withdrawal through a strong community platform with an AI component. Users are welcome to join and practice the skills acquired, as well as support other peers to overcome the source of the addiction.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), smoking causes approximately 6 million deaths per year, and is responsible for over $1 trillion in healthcare costs worldwide. Governments and other entities around the world have taken measures on this problem, proposing a broad variety of solutions, from taxation and banning, to awareness campaigns, to nicotine-related therapies, such as nicotine patches and prescription medications.

For more information, visit MindCotine’s Kickstarter page to learn more about the revolutionary product that will help end the global and life-threatening tobacco epidemic.

This unique solution is currently undergoing validation and trials by a wide array of focus groups at universities around the world, including Menlo College in California, Universidad Siglo 21 in Argentina and Universidad de la Comunicación in Mexico City.

20th Anniversary Mother’s Day Race For The Cure Locally Presented By Presence Health Raises More Than $650,000 To Help Reduce The Number Of Breast Cancer Deaths

Press Release – CHICAGO: More than 6,500 supporters came together on a sunny Mother’s Day morning at Montrose Harbor to be part of Race for the Cure Locally Presented by Presence Health. The 20th anniversary event raised more than $650,000, which Komen Chicago will put to good use throughout the city and suburbs, as it works to achieve its Big Bold Goal of reducing the number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent by 2026.

The picturesque lakefront setting was a sea of pink, as runners, walkers, supporters and volunteers paid tribute to all who have fought breast cancer valiantly, including hundreds of survivors who participated in an emotional Survivor Parade. Komen Chicago also honored 20 More than Pink Heroes for their bravery and compassion, in celebration of the 20th anniversary. Jon Seda, star of NBC’s “Chicago PD” and “Chicago Justice,” was the celebrity guest of honor, and he helped recognize each of the More than Pink Heroes on stage.

Kathy Webb, founder of Komen Chicago 20 years ago and now a breast cancer survivor, spoke during the pre-Race festivities and recalled the early days of the organization. “I can’t believe it’s been 20 years already and that Komen Chicago has been providing services and programs to thousands of high-risk Chicago residents,” she said. “Seeing all of you here today, I know we will find the cures we need. We are stronger together.”

Bonnie Gordon, Komen Chicago executive director and a two-time breast cancer survivor, agrees that the unparalleled energy of Race for the Cure gave her renewed faith that better treatments and a cure are not far off. “This year, we’ve already awarded more than $1 million to organizations that are providing lifesaving screenings and quality care to those who need it. With the amazing results of Race for the Cure, we’ll be able to continue that work and fund global research that will save lives.”

Gordon adds that significant sponsorship support from Presence Health, as well as other sponsors, made a big impact and will help reverse the disparity in the Chicago area, where more than 1,000 people die each year from breast cancer and the mortality rate of African-American women is 40 percent higher than white women.

About Komen Chicago: Susan G. Komen’s promise is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by energizing science to find cures, ensuring quality care for all and empowering people with knowledge. Komen Chicago donates 75 percent of net funds raised to community grants and dedicates 25 percent to global research.

About Presence Health: Presence Health is the largest Catholic health system in Illinois, serving over 4 million people in 11 counties. With over 150 sites of compassionate care including 12 hospitals, over 17,000 associates and more than 4,000 medical professionals, Presence Health has annual revenue of $2.6 billion.

Carl’s Jr. And Hardee’s Salute Active Duty Military, Veterans & Families With Seventh Annual Nationwide Stars For Heroes Fundraising Campaign

Gary Sinise Foundation, Stand Up and Play Foundation, and USA Cares named national beneficiaries for 2017

Press Release – FRANKLIN, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. (“CKE”), parent company of Carl’s Jr.® and Hardee’s® restaurants, kicks off its seventh annual Stars for Heroes™ fundraising campaign this week at participating locations nationwide. The program, which has raised more than $6.5 million since its inception in 2011, promotes the compassion and generosity of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s customers, franchisees and employees to support our nation’s active-duty military, veterans and their families. Funds raised during this year’s campaign will support national charity partners, Gary Sinise Foundation, Stand Up and Play Foundation, and USA Cares as well as dozens of regional and local military-focused charities in the communities Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s serve.

The 2017 Stars for Heroes fundraising campaign begins today and runs through June 21. To participate, restaurant guests can donate any dollar amount of their choosing in support of military charities. For each donation, guests receive a commemorative “I support military veterans and families” patriotic star-shaped cut-out to personalize and display in the restaurant. They will also receive restaurant coupons valued at more than $10 to use toward future purchases.

“The entire Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s family—from executive to customer—has a long-standing tradition of giving back to, and supporting America’s military community; I’m incredibly proud to be able to continue that legacy with my first Stars for Heroes campaign as CEO,” said Jason Marker, chief executive officer for CKE. “In 2016, CKE raised over $1.5 million to aid in the vital work of our regional and national charitable partners, and this year, we’re hoping to push that total even higher. We invite everyone to honor our nation’s brave people in uniform this Memorial Day by visiting a nearby Carl’s Jr. or Hardee’s location and making a donation to this outstanding cause.”

“The Gary Sinise Foundation values its great relationship with CKE,” said Gary Sinise, founder of Gary Sinise Foundation. “CKE is making a difference, and understands the importance of standing strong for those who serve and defend our great nation. While we can never do enough to support our veterans and first responders, we can always try to do more, and through the contributions from Stars for Heroes, we will continue to promote that message. My personal thanks goes out to everyone at CKE for their continuing support.”

“As founder of the Stand up and Play Foundation, I cannot put into words how grateful I am that our foundation will again be among the recipients of the funds raised by the Stars for Heroes campaign in 2017,” said Anthony Netto, founder of Stand Up and Play Foundation. “I am honored to have the support of the incredible individuals at all levels of Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s and the entire CKE family. This campaign has impacted our foundation tremendously, year after year, allowing us to expand our programs across the country and touch the lives of numerous veterans. I am humbled by the generosity shown to us and excited to kick off this year’s campaign!”

“For seven years, CKE and USA Cares have joined forces to change the lives of post-9/11 veterans and their families,” said Hank Patton, executive director for USA Cares. “Families facing the threat of hunger, eviction, foreclosure and other hardships trust that USA Cares will be there to provide them with relief and an opportunity to recover. The tremendous support our organization has received from the Stars for Heroes campaign has strengthened our ability to help those who have given so much of themselves; we are humbled by this honor and thank CKE for making this possible.”

Since 2011, the Stars for Heroes program has supported more than 200 U.S. military charities nationwide. Stars for Heroes is made possible through generous contributions by CKE’s franchise community—The Independent Hardee’s Franchise Association (IHFA) and Star Franchise Association (SFA)—along with company employees and loyal customers. Private donations and in-kind support are provided by CKE partners and suppliers, including KDM POP Solutions Group. To learn more about the Stars for Heroes national beneficiaries, visit their websites at www.garysinisefoundation.org, www.standupandplayfoundation.org and www.usacares.org.

About CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc.

CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. (“CKE”) is a privately held company headquartered in Franklin, Tenn. CKE is not a franchisor and conducts substantially all of its restaurant activities and operations through its subsidiaries. Carl’s Jr. Restaurants LLC and Hardee’s Restaurants LLC own, operate and franchise the Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s, Green Burrito® and Red Burrito® concepts. Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s operate as one brand under two names, acknowledging the rich regional heritage of both banners. After recent international openings in Chile, Cambodia and Kenya, Carl’s Jr. Restaurants LLC and Hardee’s Restaurants LLC now have over 3,800 franchised or company-operated restaurants in 44 states and 40 foreign countries and U.S. territories. Known for its one-of-a-kind premium menu items such as 100 percent Black Angus Thickburgers®, Made from Scratch™ Biscuits and Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders™, as well as an award-winning marketing approach, the Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s brand continues to deliver substantial and consistent growth in the U.S. and overseas. The Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s system is now 94 percent franchised, with international restaurants representing 21 percent of the system. For more information about CKE, please visit www.ckr.com or its brand sites at www.carlsjr.com and www.hardees.com.

About the Gary Sinise Foundation:

The Gary Sinise Foundation honors America’s defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need. Through its R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment), specially adapted smart homes are being constructed for severely wounded veterans nationwide. Each one-of-a-kind home is customized to ease the everyday burdens of a wounded hero, their family and caregivers. Other programs include Relief & Resiliency Outreach, Invincible Spirit Festivals, Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band, Arts & Entertainment Outreach, Serving Heroes, and First Responders Outreach. Its latest program, Soaring Valor, is sending WWII veterans to The National WWII Museum and documenting their first-hand accounts of the war. For more information, please visit www.garysinisefoundation.org.

About Stand Up and Play Foundation

The mission of the Stand Up and Play Foundation is to provide wheelchair users and others with impaired mobility the opportunity to stand up and engage in recreational and everyday activities through access to paramobiles, clinics and recreational programs. Our organization introduces the paramobile and other adaptive equipment to wheelchair users through clinics and demonstrations where we reinforce the mental and physical therapeutic benefits of standing. Our goal is to make paramobiles available to as many support organizations, rehab centers, golf courses, veterans groups and individuals as possible. www.standupandplayfoundation.org

About USA Cares

USA Cares is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) charitable organization that addresses the critical and unmet needs of 9-11 service members, veterans and military families facing service-related hardships. The object is to reach families at the earliest stage of intervention to proactively prevent further financial distress, including foreclosure. When USA Cares is contacted to provide assistance, our goal is to respond to each family within 48 hours. Assistance programs include Combat Injured, Career Transition, Housing and Emergency Assistance. We have responded to more than 92,000 requests for emergency financial assistance, which are paid directly to the creditor in the form of a grant. USA Cares provides the critical support that our veterans and military families need to create a foundation for financial resilience. www.usacares.org

“Pledge It” Teams with 150+ Professional Athletes on Unique Crowdfunding Charitable Campaigns; On Record Pace with 15 MLB Campaigns

Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, Adam Wainwright, and Danny Duffy among Major Leaguers Running 2017 Campaigns, including Pujols’ Quest for Milestone 600th Home Run

Press Release – HARRISBURG, PA, May 23, 2017Pledge It, the nation’s first and only performance-based crowdfunding platform (money is raised based upon athletic performance), is on record pace, having already raised more than $300,000 for charitable causes through its 15 Major League Baseball (MLB) 2017 charitable campaigns just 50 days into the season – more than double the amount raised for charity in the entire 2016 MLB season.

During the 2017 MLB regular season, more than 15 players have partnered with Pledge It to convert their on-field statistics into financial support for charitable causes. MLB fans are encouraged to pledge a donation for every home run, hit, or strikeout recorded to help make an impact.

“Through our Pledge It campaigns, we’ve found that 7 of 10 fans choose performance pledging over a flat donation because the pledge is being earned. And our average pledge is nearly twice the national average for online donations” said Scott Shirley, PLEDGE IT CEO and former Penn State football and baseball player. “Our community of athletes are inspired to earn the change they want to see and we are thrilled at the early impact of the campaigns in raising funds for such compelling causes.”

“Working with PLEDGE IT has been awesome, because it has allowed me to connect my passion for the game with my passion for honoring Noah’s legacy and supporting Noah’s Bandage Project,” said Kansas City Royals’ Danny Duffy, who is dedicating his 2017 season to Noah’s Bandage Project to help fund targeted pediatric cancer research. “I love that it gives me the opportunity and ability to earn the fans’ support so we can make an impact together.”

Other MLB 2017 / PLEDGE IT campaigns include:

ABOUT PLEDGE IT

At Pledge It, we believe support for a cause is earned, not given. Our community of athletes are inspired to earn the change they want to see in the world! See how athletes and non-profits are harnessing the power and appeal of sports for social good – join the movement at www.pledgeit.org. See how PLEDGE IT is revolutionizing online crowdfunding and non-profit fundraising at Pledge It Video.

Millennial Philanthropists Raise $240,000 At New York Cares’ Rising Leaders Council Annual Soirée

Press Release – (May 19, 2017, New York, NY) – More than 500 New York City young professionals and philanthropists came together to raise over $240,000 at the annual Rising Leaders Council (RLC) New York Cares Soirée to support volunteer endeavors the city. The Rising Leaders Council engages young professionals in New York Cares’ philanthropic efforts by spearheading projects as team leaders, painting murals in NYC schools at New York Cares Day Fall, and raising donations at their own fundraiser, the annual Soirée. Now in its 13th year, the 2017 Soirée raised more funds than ever before, and surpassed the original fundraising goal of $175,000.

Scott Silverstein, Leasing Manager of Equity Office, was the philanthropic honoree at the evening’s festivities. The masquerade-themed event featured Tarot Card readers, The Haiku Guys, and a masseuse, and included local New York treats from OddFellows Ice Cream Co., Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Li-Lac Chocolates, a paella bar, and wine and cheese tastings.

New York Cares is celebrating 30 years of service to New York City. Since 1987, New York Cares has facilitated approximately six million hours of volunteer work in New York City, collected and distributed nearly two million winter coats to those in need, and served nearly three million meals to New Yorkers in need. From granting children’s Winter Wishes, to planting local gardens, to providing SAT prep for college-bound students, New York Cares and its volunteers have spent 30 years working hard to brighten the lives of all New Yorkers.

“Our Rising Leaders Council epitomizes the millennial spirit of philanthropy; they don’t just give, they do!” Said New York Cares Executive Director Gary Bagley, “We are so grateful to the Rising Leaders Council, and the many young philanthropists who have raised funds and donated their time to help New York Cares continue its 30 year legacy of service to the City and people of New York.”

The money raised by the Rising Leaders Council Soirée will go to New York Cares to help the organization continue its volunteer services within the five boroughs, making New York a better City for all its residents.

About New York Cares

New York Cares is the largest volunteer network in the city. Last year, more than 64,000 New Yorkers made the city a better place by volunteering in New York Cares programs at over 1,300 nonprofits and schools – improving education, meeting immediate needs, and revitalizing public spaces. For more information, visit newyorkcares.org.

Miranda Lambert’s MuttNation March To Kick Off MuttNation Foundation Adoption Drive At CMA Music Festival On June 8

Meet Adoptable Dogs At Music City Center And Enter To Win A Trip To Make-Over A Shelter With Miranda

Press Release – Nashville, TN – Vanner Records/RCA Records Nashville GRAMMY Award-winner and 13 time CMA Award winner, Miranda Lambert announces details surrounding her MuttNation events to take place during CMA Music Festival in Nashville, TN, June 8th through the 11th.

To kick off the MuttNation festivities, Lambert will host the inaugural MuttNation March on the morning of June 8, where Lambert and her rescue dogs will get their “paws” marching from Nissan Stadium, over the Nashville Pedestrian Bridge, and ending in downtown Nashville. “So many shelter pets need a home, so we are going to march to raise awareness,” says Lambert. “Country music has the best fans in the world and together we can help so many animals find amazing homes.” Fans and their mutts are encouraged to join in on the celebration and help spread awareness for shelter pets. Registration for the inaugural MuttNation March begins TODAY at MuttNationFoundation.com. The cost to register is $15 per person and includes an event t-shirt to wear during the MuttNation March.

Miranda’s MuttNation March concludes just steps away from the Music City Center where the MuttNation Foundation Adoption Drive will take place inside CMA Fan Fair X. The drive will take place throughout CMA Fest. The MuttNation Foundation Adoption Drive will feature a photo booth, the MuttNation mobile unit and the family favorite, “Puppy Corral”, but as always the goal is to find shelter dogs forever homes. The MuttNation Fueled by Miranda Lambert Pet Collection will be available to purchase, with a portion of those proceeds benefitting MuttNation Foundation.

If you cannot physically be in Nashville for the March, don’t worry, you can still participate! Starting today and running through June 19, fans can visit MuttNationFoundation.com and enter the MuttNation Shelter Day Sweepstakes, where you and a guest have a chance to win a day with Miranda Lambert making over an animal shelter in need. Fans are rewarded at higher donation levels with a handful of unique incentives including exclusive merchandise, meet & greets and more.

For more information on MuttNation events visit www.muttnationfoundation.com

GameStop Collects Nearly $1.2 Million in Donations During World Autism Month

For the second year, GameStop and its family of retail brands show their passion for autism awareness while raising funds for Autism Speaks®

Press Release – Grapevine, Texas, (May 16, 2017) – GameStop, a family of specialty retail brands that makes the most popular technologies affordable and simple, announced today that it collected nearly $1.2 million as part of its World Autism Month in-store donation campaign. In its second year supporting autism awareness, GameStop, along with its Spring Mobile AT&T, Simply Mac, Think Geek, Kongregate and Game Informer brands, invited customers and associates to donate to this important cause through an in-store and online donation campaign. All donations received directly benefit Autism Speaks.

“Our guests and associates never cease to amaze us with their passion and generosity for helping raise understanding and acceptance of people with autism,” said Matt Hodges, vice president of corporate communications for GameStop. “We were touched by the numerous stories of our guests who made donations in honor of a family member or friend impacted by autism. Plus, we were inspired to see our store associates from California to New Jersey going the extra mile in providing inclusive gaming days and special needs fairs for families impacted by autism locally.”

Some GameStop associates experience autism first hand. Christopher Hutton, GameStop district leader in Dallas-Fort Worth area, has worked for GameStop for more than seven years and is personally impacted by Asperger’s, a high functioning form of autism. He believes that a little education and communication can go a long way in increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism.

“Early on I decided to be frank with my colleagues about how Asperger’s affects me. When you’re straightforward about who you are, there are a lot of ‘aha’ moments for others,” said Hutton. “I also help my staff learn to interact with our customers who have autism. Interacting with them is a huge deal to them. I see their patience level go up when they realize that the customer is really happy to be here. The moment you start to identify with someone, you uncover things that can help you with your personal growth. You never know what you’ll say to someone that will change your perspective, or inspire them.”

A portion of the donations raised through the GameStop campaign will help fund Autism Speaks’ specially trained Autism Response Team, which provides information, tools and resources to help people with autism and their families make informed decisions.

In addition, the money raised will fund Autism Speaks’ science programs that are advancing innovative research into causes and better treatments for autism and its related conditions.

“What an amazing example GameStop and its customers have set by raising more than $2.4 million in the last two years. With their donations, GameStop and its customers are helping to enhance lives across the autism spectrum,” said Angela Geiger, Autism Speaks president and CEO. “We’re thrilled that this donation can help us reach even more individuals and families who are affected by autism.”

ABOUT AUTISM

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. We now know that there is not one autism but many subtypes, most caused by a combination of genetic and environmental influences. An estimated 1 in 68 children is on the autism spectrum.

ABOUT AUTISM SPEAKS

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. We empower people with autism and their families with resources, online tools and information covering the life span. To find resources, join a fundraising walk or make a donation, go to www.AutismSpeaks.org.

ABOUT GAMESTOP CORP.

GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Grapevine, Texas, is a global, multichannel video game, consumer electronics and wireless services retailer. GameStop operates more than 7,500 stores across 14 countries. The company’s consumer product network also includes www.gamestop.com; www.Kongregate.com, a leading browser-based game site; Game Informer® magazine, the world’s leading print and digital video game publication; and ThinkGeek, www.thinkgeek.com, the premier retailer for the global geek community featuring exclusive and unique video game and pop culture products. Our Technology Brands segment includes 1,522 Simply Mac, Spring Mobile AT&T and Cricket stores. Simply Mac, www.simplymac.com, sells the full line of Apple products, including laptops, tablets, and smartphones and offers Apple certified warranty and repair services. Spring Mobile, www.springmobile.com, sells all of AT&T’s products and services, including DIRECTV and offers pre-paid wireless services, devices and related accessories through its Cricket branded stores in select markets in the U.S. General information about GameStop Corp. can be obtained at the company’s corporate website. Follow @GameStop and @GameStopCorp. on Twitter and find GameStop on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GameStop.

Charity Crowdfunding Pioneer, Razoo, Announces Management Buyout

Team led by current CEO acquires only fully-integrated platform in the online giving space

Press Release – Alexandria, VA – 15 May 2017 – Razoo Global Corporation (“Razoo”), a leading online fundraising platform with a pioneering legacy in charitable giving, today announced that its management has successfully concluded a buyout of the business from global investment firm and founder of Razoo, the Legatum Group (“Legatum”).

Since the company’s founding in 2006, Razoo has offered an online service for charities and has grown into the only fully-integrated cloud-services platform that empowers individuals, non-profit organizations, giving event hosts, and teams of people working together to fundraise for the causes they care most about.

“This is a very exciting time for Razoo. Online giving is thriving and, following major upgrades to our product, we’re here to empower philanthropic hearts and minds,“ said Tom Matthews, CEO of Razoo. “We’re greatly encouraged by recent product adoption and by all of the amazing feedback we’ve received from our users. We are committed to growing our community and building the very best online giving platform and experience for non-profits and the next generation of givers.”

Razoo has been a leader in the non-profit crowdfunding sector for more than ten years, enabling over US$550 Million in donations for causes globally.

Mark Stoleson, CEO of Legatum, said, “When we founded Razoo, our vision was to inspire a generation of donors to give directly to the people and causes they care about. We are delighted to see how the sector and personal giving has flourished over the past decade with Razoo mobilising over $550 million in donations.”

Stoleson added: “Tom and the team have created what we believe is the best product in the crowdfunding space today. Under his leadership, the company is well poised for growth and is configured to win in an increasingly competitive landscape. Razoo has a bright future in a sector that is delivering value to millions of givers around the world and we look forward to continuing to partner with its leadership and other shareholders to see the company fulfil its potential.”

Legatum will remain a significant but minority shareholder in the company and Razoo will continue to operate from its Alexandria, VA headquarters. No further terms of the transaction were disclosed.

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