Bolieve will produce handmade backpacks and by selling each backpack, they will provide a day of education to an average of 25 kids in Bolivia. They are raising money on kickstarter. Recently I caught up with Gabriel Ruiz to learn more about the effort; here’s what he told me:
What is the social benefit you hope to achieve with or through your crowdfunding campaign?
Bolieve’s mission goes beyond high-quality handmade products by incorporating social entrepreneurship. For each handmade backpack sold, Bolieve will provide a day of education to an average of 25 kids in Bolivia. By implementing the one for one model, it will tackle the top factors of poverty, lack of job opportunities and quality education.
How much money are you hoping to raise and why? How much have you raised so far?
I’m hoping to raise $30,000. The main reason is to reduce the production cost of the handmade products by order a higher quantity of items, therefore, we can make a bigger social impact. So far I’ve raised $1,600 ans we have 26 days left in Kickstarter.
Whom are you trying to help with your project and why?
As a native Bolivian, I have a enormous desire to help communities in need from Bolivia. I’ve seen the struggles that they have and I’m sure that with social entrepreneurship I can make a considerable positive impact in Bolivian communities, not just by donating money for education but also serve as an example to Bolivian entrepreneurs so they can begin contributing to different social obstacles.
What rewards, if any, are you offering to your supporters?
The rewards basically consists on Handcrafted Bolivian Backpacks, we also offer handmade bracelets. All of our products are handmade with high quality “Aguayo” and Leather. Aguayo is a traditional handmade weave absolutely beautiful.
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Funding to be used to implement technology roadmap and scale operations to broaden clean energy investing
Press Release – WASHINGTON, DC-— CleanCapital, an innovative online marketplace for clean energy investing, announced today the closing of the first round in Series A funding, as part of an ongoing capital raise. The new capital will allow CleanCapital to implement their technology roadmap and continue scaling operations, growing its team, and expanding opportunities for clean energy investing. CleanCapital’s proprietary platform has benefits that are two-fold, by creating opportunity for investment and increasing ease for project owners to exit their current portfolios. By reducing barriers both for the flow of capital and access to investments, CleanCapital is accelerating clean energy deployment.
This capital raise follows an exceptional first year for CleanCapital. To date, the team has financed over $40M of solar projects and more than 20 MW in operating solar assets. They have also received funding from industry leader John Hancock Life Insurance to finance numerous assets. CleanCapital has created a unique algorithm to efficiently scrub and value projects so that only the best investment opportunities are included in investment portfolios.
Investors include FinTech leaders and pioneers such as Ron Suber, President of Prosper Marketplace, Jon Barlow, Founder of Eaglewood Capital Management, and Bradley Pattelli, Former Chief Investment Officer of LendingClub. In addition, the company was recently selected to be featured on leading startup fundraising platform SeedInvest which historically has accepted just 1% of startups applicants.
“To accelerate clean energy we need a marketplace that provides all investors with access to this asset class. Our team is honored to be working with numerous FinTech pioneers to grow CleanCapital and clean energy more broadly,” said Thomas Byrne, Co-founder and CEO of CleanCapital. “CleanCapital is committed to attracting more investors to the space by providing a simple, understandable way to invest in clean energy.”
Ron Suber is at the center of San Francisco’s flourishing FinTech community. As of today, he’s invested in 16 FinTech companies, including high-profile players like DocuSign and SoFi, and serves as an official advisor to a half dozen companies.
“Clean energy is more important than ever before. I am excited to support CleanCapital as it provides retail and institutional investors with a simpler way to invest in clean energy. They have a strong team that can execute and a unique strategy to accelerate growth in the industry,” said Ron Suber, President of Prosper Marketplace.
Jon Barlow is the founder and former CEO of Eaglewood Capital Management, a leading P2P asset-management firm with approximately $2 billion of assets under management. He currently serves as a director and advisor to several FinTech companies, including Money360, eOriginal, VeriComply and Marketlend.
“I was initially attracted to CleanCapital because they are on the cutting edge of an emerging and highly scalable asset class, with an innovative platform that I believe helps create an attractive risk adjusted return profile for investors and accelerates clean energy at the same time,” Mr. Barlow said. “Furthermore, they have validated their market and I believe the company is poised to grow substantially as both institutional and retail investors discover the compelling merits of this platform.” Mr. Barlow’s investment was consummated following a multi-month due diligence process, and he will join CleanCapital as a board advisor.
Bradley Pattelli, the Founder of Troodon Advisors, is the former Chief Investment Officer of LendingClub. Prior to joining LendingClub, Pattelli was a partner at Angelo, Gordon & Co., a $26 billion alternative investments advisor, where he managed CDO portfolios and multiple non-investment grade portfolios while leading significant growth in assets and delivering solid returns. Pattelli, a Chartered Financial Analyst, holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and received an MBA from Columbia Business School, where he was most notably trained by Jim Rogers, Chairman of Rogers Holdings. CleanCapital is excited to welcome Mr. Pattelli to the Board of Directors.
“CleanCapital has the potential to profoundly transform clean energy by leveraging its proprietary technology to create a lower cost, more transparent flow of capital between projects and investors,” said Pattelli. “By streamlining the acquisition of high quality, clean energy projects, CleanCapital is able to pass through the benefits to its investors. I look forward to working with this talented team to help make CleanCapital a reliable provider of unique, tax efficient, impact investments to alternative fixed income investors.”
CleanCapital will be making a small portion of its Series A available to individual investors who are interested in clean energy through SeedInvest. For more information, potential investors may visit www.seedinvest.com/cleancapital.
CleanCapital is a financial technology company that makes it easy to invest in clean energy. CleanCapital allows accredited investors—including institutional investors, family offices, and investment funds—to invest in secure and diversified clean energy projects. Investors can monitor investments in real-time using our seamless online platform. We were founded in 2015 and are headquartered in New York, NY. Stay up to date on the evolving market of clean energy finance by signing up on our website, following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook or connecting via LinkedIn.
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“THE DEVIL WE KNOW” Chronicles One Of The Biggest Environmental Scandals In U.S. History, Involving One Of The Most Recognizable Brand Names Ever: Teflon
An Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign Launches This Week To Support The Completion Of This Groundbreaking Documentary
Press Release – New York, NY – June 21, 2017 – Two forces in the documentary film world — Oscar-nominated filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (SUPER SIZE ME) and award-winning director Stephanie Soechtig (FED UP) – have teamed up on an eye-opening new film that tells the story of an unprecedented chemical contamination that started in one of their hometowns before spreading around the globe. Today marks the launch of their Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, in order to raise the funds needed to finish the film, which is currently in post-production.
After taking on, respectively, fast food behemoth McDonald’s and the food and beverage industry, the filmmakers have turned their attention to the chemical industry in THE DEVIL WE KNOW.
Soechtig is the director, producer and writer of the project, with Spurlock coming on board as the Executive Producer, Jeremy Seifert (GMO OMG) co-directing, and Mark Monroe as co-writer. The film features environmental activist Erin Brockovich, who famously took on Pacific Gas and Electric for contaminating the drinking water in Hinckley, California, and has remained an outspoken advocate for citizens across the country and around the world whose water has been poisoned.
THE DEVIL WE KNOW focuses on one such story that unfolded in Parkersburg, West Virginia. For decades, the makers of Teflon, the multi-national chemical corporation DuPont, exposed its workers and an entire community to C8, a toxic chemical used to make its non-stick superstar and countless other consumer products. Now, according to the CDC, C8 is found in the blood of 99.7% of Americans.
“C8 is one of the most prolific contaminants we’re seeing. It’s popping up every place,” states Brockovich. “It’s in everything. I’m dealing with so many communities right now who are sick. Many have suffered with illnesses that science is starting to link with C8.”
“As a native West Virginian, this story and the struggle the people of this community endure is one I could not ignore,” adds Spurlock. “I am hopeful that with this movie, we will continue to get them all the justice and closure they deserve.”
“I’m so excited about the team we’ve put together on this film,” says Soechtig. “Morgan is a very generous and gracious collaborator, and his support of the film is especially meaningful given that it takes place in his hometown of Parkersburg, WV. And working with the incomparable Erin Brockovich has been profoundly important to the telling of this story.”
With the project in post-production, the filmmakers today launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo in order to finish the film. Those interested in supporting THE DEVIL WE KNOW can find out more at http://igg.me/at/thedevilweknow. Unique perks for participating include a 2-night stay, plus dinner, at The Surf Lodge in Montauk, NY; an opportunity to pitch a film and/or television project to a major production company; a pair of tickets to a taping of Late Night with Seth Meyers in New York – including a meet-and-greet with Meyers; and a lunch meeting with director Morgan Spurlock.
“This film is an incredibly fascinating story that unfolds very much like a narrative film,” adds Soechtig. “While it is similar to my other films – UNDER THE GUN and FED UP – in that it explores a very complex, very urgent social issue, stylistically it is much different from those films and that has been an exciting challenge for me. I am hopeful that THE DEVIL WE KNOW will be a wake-up call to the public about the complete lack of oversight on tens of thousands of industrial chemicals in this country.”
THE DEVIL WE KNOW represents the second film on which Spurlock’s Warrior Poets has partnered with Indiegogo to support the funding of documentaries on the crowdfunding platform.
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Online Platform Enables Nonprofits to Source Loans and Donations Simultaneously through a New, Innovative Process
Press Release – Oakland, CA, June 22, 2017 – LENDonate, a fintech company, today announced the launch of its distinct hybrid, online lending platform for 501(c)(3) nonprofits. The first-of-a-kind, hybrid platform uses an innovative process that lets nonprofits source loans and donations simultaneously. LENDonate unites nonprofits with lenders, including financial institutions, philanthropic organizations, and accredited investors for quick funding of high-quality, low cost loans. LENDonate is the only marketplace lending platform that enables nonprofits to effortlessly expand their donor base while financing major projects or smoothing out uneven cash flow.
LENDonate was founded by Vivienne Hsu, CEO, a seasoned investment professional and nonprofit fundraiser. She was motivated by a desire to improve nonprofits’ access to the low-cost funding, while providing high-quality, socially impactful investment opportunities for banks and philanthropists.
“LENDonate is creating a new ecosystem for nonprofit finances, one in which all sides win,” said Vivienne Hsu, founder and CEO of LENDonate. “The traditional loan experience for nonprofits tends to be long and arduous, generally accompanied by high costs. LENDonate brings all parties together to simplify and speed funding of high-quality loans, while empowering lenders to customize lending to meet their financial goals.”
Whether they are purchasing property or major equipment, hosting a large fundraiser, or waiting on a delayed grant, nonprofits occasionally need an immediate cash inflow. Turning to banks, foundations, or major donors for relief can be a complicated, time-consuming and expensive process as the nonprofit sorts through specialized funds, bank requirements and mounds of paperwork.
LENDonate streamlines this process by underwriting and structuring the loans on the marketplace where a large universe of banks, foundations, CDFIs, and accredited investors can tailor their financial support in forms of donations, loans, or a combination. Philanthropic lenders may offer rate reductions. LENDonate also assesses nonprofit borrowers for credit enhancement opportunities that lead to reduction of credit risk and borrowing rates.
For example, San Francisco-based Z Space is a nonprofit multidisciplinary arts organization dedicated to producing and presenting innovative, genre-bending new works for the stage. In addition to their production work, Z Space runs two venues in the heart of the San Francisco Mission District. They turned to LENDonate after paying 13% on a bank credit line while waiting for a foundation grant approval. As a result, Z Space was able to replace that high interest bank loan with a 3.6% interest rate loan sourced through LENDonate’s marketplace.
“LENDonate helped us get a much lower rate, and was probably a 2-3 month time savings over the foundation,” said Lisa Steindler, Executive Artistic Director of Z Space. “By providing quick access to affordable money, LENDonate’s distinct loan-to-donation option enables us to think bigger and take more risk as we carry out our mission. It also lets new people get to know Z Space. The more we can put our name out there and have people become more familiar with Z Space, and support what we’re doing, the better.”
Financial Institutions Can Grow and Diversify Community-Driven Lending
Financial institutions have multiple goals: expand their business, diversify their loan portfolio, meet government CRA requirements, and prudently manage risk. LENDonate helps banks, credit unions, CDFIs, and foundations diversify by presenting a wide range of financially qualified borrowers, with a focus on high quality loans. In addition, LENDonate enables financial institutions to share risk by combining different capital streams into one loan package.
Robust Repayment Process Made Easy and Scalable
LENDonate facilitates co-lending of traditional and philanthropic lenders by uniquely blending different lender rates into one simple, aggregate borrowing rate. During repayment period, its one-of-a-kind process partitions a borrower’s repayment such that each lender receives repayment amounts based on their own lending rates.
Easy Loan-to-Donation Conversion
In addition to return-oriented loans and pure donations, LENDonate’s unique loan-to-donation conversion feature allows lenders to manage their own planned giving or to financially reward borrowers for meeting desired milestones, by converting a portion of the loan into donation or grant anytime during the repayment period.
LENDonate is initially available to nonprofits in California. To inquire or get started, please visit www.lendonate.com
LENDonate is an open, online lending platform that unites qualified nonprofits with lenders for quick funding of high quality, low-cost loans. The platform enables nonprofits to secure financing from previously untapped sources, receiving attractive loan rates and donations. Uniquely, marketplace and philanthropic lenders join forces to fund major projects in ways that fulfill both their financial and charitable goals. The company is headquartered in Oakland, CA. For more information, visit www.lendonate.com.
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Converting Some of the Over $1 Trillion Spent Annually on Material Gifts to Charitable Gift Cards Benefiting Local Charities
Press Release – (New York . . .April, 2017) Announcing the launch of Donorsunite.org, a new charity gift card giving website. The innovative technology on the easy-to-use website is poised to forever change the way we give gifts. By harnessing the power of the ubiquitous gift card, Donors Unite provides an alternative to material gifts for any occasion – a charity gift card. The Donors Unite gift card is perfect for any occasion – Mother’s Day, major holidays, birthdays, weddings or even a thank you for a dinner invitation.
Putting Passion and Purpose Back into Gift Giving
Instead of giving the token gift, gift givers can present their friends and loved ones with something that truly matters—a tax deductible charity gift card that enables users to choose from the most comprehensive list of more than 1.5 million U.S. registered and IRS-approved charities on the website. And for those who are passionate about local charities, there’s a comprehensive search engine, which enables either the giver or receiver the ability to find and support a charity in their community. On a limited budget? Donors Unite is affordable, allowing gifts of as little as $10, thus only giving what you can afford to give.
Set to Revolutionalize the World of Nonprofit Fundraising
In 2015, over $1 trillion was spent in the United States by individuals and businesses to purchase gifts for all sorts of occasions. By tapping into this $1 trillion retail gift market and converting purchases of material gifts to charitable gift cards, this new source of funding for charities has the potential to substantially add to all not-for-profit organization’s bottom lines. Donors Unite removes the burden of the dreaded “ask” from charitable organizations and instead provides them with new revenue streams without having to solicit for funds. Not-for-profits who partner with Donors Unite receive the added benefits of a low transaction fee for donations, faster automatic deposit times, marketing materials and priority placement on the “Find a Charity” search engine. Donors Unite also removes all administrative responsibilities from the charitable organizations by providing all tax letters to donors. Annual membership to Donors Unite is only $25. Just one gift card designating a member charity will likely more than pay for the membership.
Gifts that Keep on Giving
At launch, Donorsunite.org will include a “Wallet.” The Wallet is for individuals and businesses who have a budget for charitable giving, and prefer to deposit funds once and give year-round by purchasing gift cards as needed. This makes it super easy and can be done in virtually no time. Donors Unite will also introduce gift “claim codes” to allow purchasers, including businesses, wedding and party planners, to buy an unlimited number of codes that can be printed and delivered on their stationary of choice OR on Donors Unite pre-printed personalized cards. Claim codes may be purchased in any number. By purchasing the pre-printed cards to keep on hand, it makes it even easier to gift a Donors Unite charity gift card. This delivery method is perfect for businesses who want to communicate their commitment to social responsibility through client appreciation and employee recognition gifts. It’s also a unique idea for couples who want to follow the trend of replacing traditional wedding favors for a meaningful gift that their closest family and friends will never forget. Or for that matter, for any occasion where a printed greeting card is normally given.
Endorsement from Nation’s Third Largest Community Trust
One of the principal supporters of Donors Unite from the beginning is David Okorn, the Executive Director of the Long Island Community Foundation, which is the Long Island division of the New York Community Trust, the nation’s third largest community trust. Mr. Okorn is such a firm believer in Donors Unite that he became a director of the organization. “It is a simple and low-cost way to potentially raise additional funds, enabling nonprofits to stay focused on the activities required to carry out their mission, and hopefully less time on fundraising activities. Donors Unite really has something here that can be revolutionary for the world of nonprofit fundraising.”
For further information visit www.donorsunite.org.
Donors Unite Inc. is a 501 c (3) IRS approved Public Donor Advised Fund
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Press Release – Australia, 20 June 2017: Havas has today launched The Bottom 100, an international campaign, aimed at raising awareness of the issue of global poverty for international not-for-profit organisation, Fund for Peace. In a world-first, The Bottom 100 is a look at the other end of global ‘rich lists’, revealing the faces and stories of one hundred of the world’s poorest individuals from around the world.
Through the powerful content featured within the Bottom 100, Havas and Fund for Peace are working to create a greater platform for lobbying of Governments, businesses and influential organisations to provoke greater worldwide action to combat global poverty.
While ‘Rich Lists’ detail the wealthiest individuals, their assets, investments and net worth, The Bottom 100 highlights individuals and their families facing extreme poverty caused by war, ethnic, religious, or social persecution, climate change or forced displacement. Many within The Bottom 100 have been forced to flee their homes and countries, leaving behind everything they own and any security for their future.
To launch the digital platform www.bottomhundred.org, Havas, with support from Red Agency and Havas Media across its international network, have created a campaign which will run through OOH, experiential, digital and PR.
Stuart Turner and Seamus Higgins, Joint Executive Creative Directors at Havas Sydney said: “We are incredibly proud to be launching the Bottom 100. It’s been a huge team effort over 2 years to make this happen across the global Havas network and through support from strategic partners including Finch and Cream. Our combined capabilities have enabled us to give a voice to these 100 people who represent millions living in similar circumstances around the world. Our hope is that this campaign helps people see through the faceless crowds and look at the individuals and their struggles for a better life for themselves and their families.”
The Fund For Peace’s Bottom 100 took almost two years to complete with interviews taking place across five continents, covering 23 different nationalities and many more ethnicities and languages. While all of these stories feature struggle and suffering, they also tell a story of resilience, perseverance, and courage in the face of extraordinary challenges.
The new initiative forms part of the FFP’s commitment to promote sustainable security for those living in debilitating poverty, and has been launched in response to the current global migrant crisis.
J.J. Messner, Executive Director at Fund For Peace said: “When the world talks about rich lists, the focus is always at the top. But there is a lack of knowledge and understanding about those at the other end of the spectrum. We believe the more people hear stories like these, the less common they will become. The stories of these 100 people are just as important as those at the top and deserve to be heard. We encourage everyone to take a stand on behalf of the people featured in the Bottom 100 – and the millions facing the same struggles. It’s time to take a stand and make clear that poverty alleviation is a high priority for us all.”
To see the faces and names behind The Bottom 100 online and support the cause, visit http://bottomhundred.org.
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Celebrated Chefs Crafted Unique Mediterranean Dishes to Benefit Citymeals on Wheels
Press Release – (Tuesday, June 13, 2017 – New York, NY) – Last night, June 12, 2017, over 40 chefs came together for Ports of Call Mediterranea: A Culinary Journey: The 32nd Annual Chefs’ Tribute to Citymeals on Wheels. 100% of ticket sales and donations will support the preparation and delivery of meals for homebound elderly New Yorkers by Citymeals on Wheels – the city’s only nonprofit providing home-delivered meals to seniors in all five boroughs. This year’s event raised $840,000 to deliver 114,000 meals.
The event brought together culinary stars from around the world to celebrate Mediterranean cuisine and culture as they created dishes at tasting stations throughout Rockefeller Center Plaza.
Beth Shapiro, Executive Director of Citymeals on Wheels, reflected, “From Spain to Croatia and east to Lebanon, the Mediterranean is wonderfully diverse. We each have our own favorite flavors and Ports of Call Mediterranea brought them all together tonight, representing the entire region. We are grateful to the chefs and restaurateurs who joined us tonight for extending their generosity to elderly New Yorkers in need and to the many, many others who have made Chefs’ Tribute what it is for the last thirty-two years.”
Business leaders, food aficionados and trendsetters, charitable young professionals, and others enjoyed live music from Italy, Greece and Turkey, and danced alongside the outstanding cuisine.
Some of the evening’s dishes included crunchy Israeli salad with lemon aioli and spicy pepper from Chef Segev Moshe of Tel Aviv, Israel; swordfish carpaccio with orange, dried tomatoes, black olive ash and minced pistachio from Chef Hrvoje Zirojević of Hvar, Croatia; frittatine di pasta by Chef Cristina Bowerman of Rome, Italy; deconstructed gazpacho Andaluz with smoked yellowfin tuna and gordal olive jam by Chef Alex Reyes of New York and Chicago; Persian love cake with blueberries and sumac by Chefs Ana Sortun and Maura Kilpatrick of Cambridge, Massachusetts; and baklava kyklos me mastiha from Chef Maria Loi of New York.
The annual event remembers Citymeals’ Co-Founder James Beard and included chefs who flew in from the Mediterranean and elsewhere: Argiro Barbarigou (Athens, Greece), Javier Bonet Jiménez (Madrid, Spain),
Cristina Bowerman (Rome, Italy), Maroun Chedid (Beirut, Lebanon), David Darmanin (London, England), Segev Moshe (Tel Aviv, Israel), Rudolf Štefan (Šibenik, Croatia), and Hrvoje Zirojević (Hvar, Croatia). They were joined by stateside chefs: Jarrett Appell, Jimmy Bannos, Jr., Daniel Boulud, David Buico, Richard Capizzi, Gabriele Carpentieri, Larry Forgione, Marc Forgione, Michael Gabriel, Shea Gallante, Markus Glocker, CJ Jacobson, Andrea Jarosh, Maura Kilpatrick, Chris Lee, Luigi LoBuglio, Salvatore LoBuglio, Maria Loi, Alfred Portale, Antonio Prontelli, Michael Psilakis, Alex Reyes, Ana Sortun, Joachim Splichal, Eli Sussman, Max Sussman, Travis Swikard, Meny Vaknin, Silvana Vivoli, Raymond Weber, Mathew Woolf, Priscilla Yeh, and Farid Zadi – all preparing and presenting their own interpretations of classic Mediterranean dishes.
Nick Valenti, CEO of Patina Restaurant Group, was the evening’s Grand Host. The event was chaired by Beverly and Dan Bartfeld, Alison Lohrfink Blood, Ninah and Michael Lynne, Laura and John Pomerantz, and Randi and Dennis Riese. With the help of Beverage Chair Audrey Saunders (Owner, The Pegu Club) and wine chair Daniel Johnnes (Wine Director, The Dinex Group) the event also featured signature cocktails from top sponsors and wines from fine wineries.
Event guests included Bjorn Amelan, Samantha Boardman, Katherine Boulud, Donna Corrado, Florence Fabricant, Gael Greene, Robert S. Grimes, Marjorie Gubelmann, Bill T. Jones, Suri Kasirer, Margo McNabb Nederlander and James Nederlander, Drew Neiporent, John Pomerantz, David Rockwell, Lisa Rosenblum, and Kathleen Turner, among many others.
Citymeals on Wheels’ official airline is American Airlines and official water is FIJI Water. Exclusive financial sponsor for the event was City National Bank. Official transportation sponsor was Lyft. Event sponsors included VerTerra, The Riese Organization, Bedell Cellars, the M.O. & M.E. Hoffman Foundation, and Roommate Grace. Graphic design was provided by Rockwell Group. Beverage sponsors included Anheuser-Busch, Belvedere Vodka, Courvoisier Cognac, The Pegu Club, Plymouth Gin, St-Germain, and Zacapa Rum.
Since its founding in 1981, Citymeals on Wheels has delivered more than 54 million meals. Each year, the organization prepares and delivers over 2 million weekend, holiday and emergency meals to more than 18,000 frail aged New Yorkers.
Press Release – Philadelphia, PA – Radical acts of kindness are occurring in the Philadelphia community. The Vision and Impact Program (VIP) of Next Level Trainings takes emotional intelligence and leadership to a whole new level with its impact on the community. As part of a three month training process, leaders take on a community service project to raise money and awareness for local causes. The current VIP group is committed to “crushing out child abuse” by supporting Turning Points for Children, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit impacting 10,000 people locally. The organization partners with caregivers to develop and strengthen protective qualities, offering afterschool programs, connecting kids aging out of the foster care system with families they had lost; supporting teen moms and dads, offering a community-based food pantry and more.
VIP leaders are campaigning through multi-faceted fundraising efforts for Turning Points for Children; online via social media fundraising efforts, collecting tangible goods, supporting the annual Dragon Boat Regatta Race, a family community event, and through “crush boards” in the community, where donations are accepted to create a unique piece of art using sneakers and washable paints. Next Level Trainings and VIP leaders are also rallying corporate sponsors and organizing restaurant benefit nights where a portion of the proceeds go to support Turning Points for Children.
The campaign has raised over $27,000 and is committed to “doing whatever it takes” to raise $40,000 and 5,000 tangible good items to support children who are abused and their families. Turning Points for Children’s Chief Financial Officer Dawn Holden Woods says, “Reducing child abuse and building strong families are complex issues that requires many people and organizations to support this work. We are thrilled to have Next Level engaged at such a high level and committed to this cause.”
Director of Next Level Trainings Philadelphia, Joseph Henderson, says of the campaign, “Next Level Philadelphia is committed to training emotionally intelligent leaders to make a difference in the world. Through our current community service project, we are supporting Turning Points for Children in reducing abuse and creating a bright future for children in the Philadelphia area. Turning Points for Children works tirelessly to strengthen families and the community and Next Level is grateful for the opportunity to serve and give back.”
Members of the media are encouraged to do a preview interview with Next Level Gives to hear about what inspired them to take on such a radical act of kindness and generosity in support of Turning Points. For more information, http://www.nextlevelgives.com/vip1phl.
With Proceeds Benefiting Hope-Hill Elementary School, 5K Aims to Raise Funding for Historic Neighborhood
Press Release – ATLANTA (June 6, 2017) – The Hope-Hill Elementary Foundation, a local organization supporting the students of Hope-Hill Elementary School in Atlanta’s historic Old Fourth Ward (O4W), has announced the Second Annual Old Fourth Ward 5K (O4W 5K). The road race’s route runs exclusively through the neighborhood and all proceeds will directly benefit the school. The 2017 race will be held Saturday, June 17.
Much like its inaugural year, many of Atlanta’s leading tech and digital firms are involved and helping sponsor the event. This year’s sponsors include MailChimp, Makaila & Co. Realty, Sherrill & Hutchins, Anura 37, Epic Development, Grindhouse Killer Burgers, Hungeling CPA, Fourth Ward Alliance, Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium, Atlanta Summer Beer Fest and Nebo. Nebo, a human-centered digital agency based in Midtown Atlanta, is spearheading the race’s communication efforts.
“Last year’s race created such a sense of belonging and comradery within the neighborhood,” said Brian Easter, co-founder of Nebo and Old Fourth Ward resident. “We’ve seen more and more businesses and residents come in within the past year in an effort to help transform the community for the better – including giving back to organizations like the Hope-Hill Foundation. We couldn’t be more proud to be a part of this again.”
City Councilman Kwanza Hall is also lending support to the race’s efforts, cementing his belief that kids coming from schools like Hope-Hill Elementary are integral parts of the city’s future.
“This neighborhood is rooted deep within the heart of Atlanta,” said Hall, who serves as the councilman for District 2, which includes the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood. “Supporting and empowering students and their families is one of the most important things that we can do as a city. I’m honored to be a part of this event again and proud of the Hope-Hill Elementary Foundation for working so hard and inspiring this community.”
Hope-Hill educates students from Pre-K through 5th grade. More than 90 percent of the students qualify for free or reduced school lunches, and more than 10 percent of the children at Hope-Hill are homeless. Hope-Hill also includes families living in the Bedford Pines neighborhood, the largest concentration of poverty in the Southeastern U.S.
“Last year’s race brought in such a tremendous outpouring of support from the local neighborhood,” said Jessica Sherrill, a Hope-Hill Elementary Foundation board member. “We’re excited to bring the race back and continue our efforts with the school. Even the smallest amount of support goes a long way for these children, and to be able to make this race an annual event is an incredible milestone. We could not have done it without our outstanding community partners and sponsors.”
The course begins and ends across the street from Ponce City Market on North Ave. and runs throughout the neighborhood, including the Historic Fourth Ward Park and the MLK, Jr. Historic District. It is also a Peachtree Qualifier and USATF Certified.
Special Growfund Charity Charge credit card earns cashback rewards as tax-deductible charitable donations to cardholder’s Growfund Donor Advised Fund, allowing individual donors to incorporate saving, investing, and giving into their everyday purchases.
Press Release – ALEXANDRIA, VA, and AUSTIN, TX, June 6, 2017 – Global Impact, a world leader in growing global philanthropy, has joined forces with Charity Charge, a Public Benefit Corporation offering the first credit card with a rewards program that earns 1% cash back on purchases as charitable donations. Through this partnership, Charity Charge will make available a credit card with Growfund, Global Impact’s innovative charitable giving platform, that will enable the cashback rewards to be saved, invested, and granted to nearly one million charities of the cardholder’s choice.
The partnership between these two organizations occurs at the nexus of technology, finance and philanthropy, advancing a shared mission to transform the methods by which people can donate. Ann Canela, Vice President of Global Impact and an architect of the Growfund giving platform said, “Charity Charge shares our vision of leveraging technology to transform the systems of giving. We created Growfund to democratize philanthropy by offering individuals a chance to create their own personal foundation to engage with their causes more deeply.” She added, “Our partnership with Charity Charge will make it easier for individuals to integrate giving more seamlessly into their daily lives, as they can now transform their everyday purchases into everyday donations.”
Growfund is Global Impact’s charitable giving tool that democratizes philanthropy by allowing individuals to create their own personal foundation and experience the benefits of a Donor Advised Fund (DAF), with as little as $1 to start. Unlike other DAFs that require sizeable contributions before the funds are invested, Growfund contributions can be invested with the first $1. When ready to give, donors can make grants to nearly one million domestic and international charities through Growfund’s partnership with GuideStar. Operating like a money market or 401(k) investment platform, Growfund helps individual donors grow their contributions, plan for their giving, and then give with impact where they live, learn and work. The credit card rewards program will provide an additional way for Growfund owners to add funds automatically.
Said Stephen Garten, CEO and founder of Charity Charge, “We created Charity Charge to empower donors to do good every day through their regular purchases, at no cost to the recipient charities. We are proud to partner with Global Impact to help donors Charge It Forward to their Growfund. The Charity Charge World MasterCard will offer everyday donors a way to amplify their contributions and plan for their giving to the causes they care about, with every swipe.”
To apply for a Growfund Charity Charge World MasterCard, click here.
About Global Impact
Global Impact is a leader in growing global philanthropy. The organization builds partnerships and raises resources that help the world’s most vulnerable people by providing integrated, partner-specific advisory and backbone services; workplace fundraising and representation; campaign design, marketing and implementation for workplace and signature fundraising campaigns; and fiscal agency and technology services. Global Impact works with more than 300 public and private sector workplace giving campaigns to generate funding for an alliance of more than 100 international charities. Through strategic council and implementation support, Global Impact equips private sector and nonprofit organizations to achieve their philanthropic goals. The organization also served as administrator for four of the world’s largest workplace giving campaigns, including the Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area (CFCNCA) and the Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas (CFC-O). Since 1956, Global Impact has generated more than $1.8 billion to help the world’s most vulnerable people.
About Charity Charge
Charity Charge, PBC is an Austin-based startup that’s transforming the way people give to nonprofits. The Charity Charge World MasterCard, issued by Commerce Bank, is the first credit card to let users donate the 1% cash back they receive on all purchases for up to three charities of their choice. Through unique partnerships with GuideStar and Network for Good, Charity Charge has the ability to distribute donations to any nonprofit registered in the U.S. Founded by CEO Stephen Garten, the company’s goal is to leverage technology to bring philanthropy into the 21st Century.
To apply for a card or for nonprofit registration information, visit charitycharge.com.