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One Warm Coat Kicks Off Its 25th Season Of Giving

Organization hopes to unite supporters to help provide 1 million coats this winter

Press Release – SAN FRANCISCO, [Sept. 18, 2017] – This week, One Warm Coat, a national non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing a free, warm coat to any person in need, kicks off its new season of giving celebrating a 25 year milestone of warming communities. Since its start in 1992, the organization has positively impacted communities and lives across the country by getting coats to millions of neighbors in need. Coats are distributed for free and without discrimination to anyone in need, including children, students, the homeless, working men and women, seniors on fixed incomes, those living in nursing facilities and so many others.

In the past 25 years, One Warm Coat has inspired tremendous giving and generosity among individuals and organizations:

  • One Warm Coat has facilitated more than 27,000 coat drives
  • Coat drives have been held in every state and 10 countries
  • To date, more than 5 million coats have been distributed
  • Funds are used efficiently, with an average of .50 per coat
  • More than 10,000 companies within different industries have worked with One Warm Coat, including Coca-Cola, Delta, Brooks Brothers, Glad and Eddie Bauer to name a few.

“We’re incredibly proud of our accomplishments – what started with one coat drive in San Francisco 25 years ago has spread warmth across the country with more than 27,000 coat drives,” said Jennifer Stockard, president and chief executive officer. “However, we realize that there is still a great need – nearly 50 million Americans are living in poverty — and we hope to encourage even more donations with our 25th Anniversary season and the help of our amazing supporters.”

One Warm Coat provides the tools and resources needed to hold a successful coat drive. All it takes is 6 easy steps! Once a drive is registered, One Warm Coat sends Ambassadors (individuals, schools, community groups, church groups and businesses) all of the materials needed to hold a successful coat drive, including a banner, box labels, stickers and more. Once coats are collected, they are distributed in the local communities, through One Warm Coat’s network of nonprofit partners, to any person in need, without charge, discrimination or obligation.

There are many ways to get involved with One Warm Coat. Individuals can hold a coat drive, donate a coat to a coat drive in their neighborhood or donate funds. Learn more by visiting onewarmcoat.org/youcanhelp. To make a donation right now, text “WARM” to 80100 to donate $10.00 or text “COAT” to 80100 to donate $5.00.

Share the warmth with @onewarmcoat using the hashtags #warmamillion, #igavewarmth #onewarmcoat

About One Warm Coat:

The organization began in 1992 with its first coat drive on a Thanksgiving weekend in San Francisco. Since its inception, One Warm Coat has grown as a national organization supporting over 3,500 coat drives each year. In dedicating the last 25 years to helping provide a warm coat to anyone in need, free of charge, OWC has received countless awards such as a Top-Rated Nonprofit by Great Nonprofits, a Gold Star Nonprofit by Guidestar and has partnered with companies such as Coca-Cola, Delta and Brooks Brothers just to name a few. You can learn more at: https://www.onewarmcoat.org/


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High School Football Teams Across America Unite To Raise Funds For St. Jude With Every Touchdown Scored

Pledge It and MaxPreps Kickoff 2nd Annual National Campaign for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®

Press Release – HARRISBURG, PA, September 11, 2017Pledge It, the nation’s leading performance-based crowdfunding platform and MaxPreps, the online high school sports leader and a CBS Sports Digital property, are joining forces to launch the 2nd annual Touchdowns Against Cancer program, the first-of-its-kind national high school football initiative aimed to unify teams across the country for a common cause: defeating childhood cancer. Last year, nearly 200 high schools from across the country raised over $100,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

In support of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, every touchdown scored by participating high schools between September 14 – 30 will directly benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. High school teams nationwide will launch Pledge It campaigns enabling their fans to pledge a donation for every touchdown scored. Varsity high school football coaches can enroll their team on touchdownsagainstcancer.com. Fans of high school football everywhere are encouraged to recruit their coaches to participate. Funds raised through this campaign will benefit the lifesaving mission of St. Jude: finding cures and saving children.

“We witnessed so many special moments last year with high school student-athletes and their communities pledging their performance on Friday nights to support children and their families fighting childhood cancer. Together, we raised over $100,000 for St. Jude and we’re excited about the overwhelming response to join this year’s Touchdowns Against Cancer program,” said Scott Shirley, Founder & CEO of Pledge It. “Together with MaxPreps, we can create opportunities for teams to make a positive impact and empower them to help St. Jude defeat childhood cancer.”

“MaxPreps supports the role high school sports play in unifying local communities and teaching teens important life lessons through sports,” said Andy Beal, Founder and President of MaxPreps. “Every team has a player, parent, coach or classmate affected by cancer, and we are proud to partner with Pledge It and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to bring high school football teams and fans together, nationwide, to fight childhood cancer.”

“St. Jude is deeply appreciative of the incredibly compassionate varsity high school football teams, coaches and fans across the country who have set the standard for generosity by joining together each year for a common purpose: to help St. Jude find cures and save the lives of kids who are facing childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. We cannot thank them enough for their tremendous commitment to our mission,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “This campaign, which launches during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, will help St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital continue to push the search for cures, and ensure no family ever receives a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food, because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.”

To learn more about the program, visit touchdownsagainstcancer.com.


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Local Leaders Launch $50,000 Campaign for Non-Profit New Leaf Club Community

Press Release – PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – Aug 28, 2017 – Participants in a local leadership program launched a campaign in the beginning of August to raise $50,000 in funds, goods and services for New Leaf Club Community Center, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that provides a space for wellness and recovery-related events, activities, lectures, education, and support groups.

This team of 16 diverse individuals will raise the $50,000 through community events, fundraisers, financial donations, and corporate contributions by September 6, 2017.

The New Leaf Club is a nonprofit education and entertainment community center dedicated to assisting young people and adults connect to their whole, healthy, and artistic self. The Club provides a center for today’s youth to socialize in a healthy and energizing environment. It provides a space for dances and musical performances, and an exhibition hall for student art shows, plus so much more.

The New Leaf Club also offers programs that further awareness and promote healing from a number of issues that affect teens and adults. They offer healthy alternatives to pervasive problems such as chemical dependency, depression, and eating disorders.

The New Leaf Club supports youth by providing alternative outlets for socializing in a drug and alcohol-free setting while giving them a place to express their creativity. For many, New Leaf offers a fresh start for youth who have struggled with addiction and provides emotional support for young people making a transition to a healthier lifestyle.

“In today’s society, I don’t know of a family that hasn’t been impacted by chemical dependency, depression, and eating disorders. Bringing more awareness to the efforts of the New Leaf Club serves the community in forging stronger connections” said Paula Mekenney Renneisen, one of the chairs for the initiative.

Her co-chair Pat Stegeland added “I am aware both personally and professionally, as a nurse, of the impact of drug addiction on individuals. This is why I have aligned myself with The New Leaf Club which supports families and communities to thrive in full transformation through healthier, addiction-free living.”

The Next Level team will be holding an upcoming dance-a-thon and other events to raise funds for the organization.

For more details and tickets visit: http://www.nextlevelgives.com/vip2-new-leaf-club

Find more information about New Leaf Club at www.newleafclub.org

Next Level Trainings is a leadership program dedicated to connecting with community organizations and worthy causes that serve the needs, well-being and happiness of the people of Philadelphia and beyond.

The current class is comprised of 16 members of all ages and backgrounds. Learn more at www.nextleveltrainings.com and www.nextlevelgives.com.


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Troy Aikman Teams Up with United Way and Charity Network to Launch Breakout Digital Fundraising Campaign for North Texas

Press Release – DALLAS, TX – Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman is leading a new team: United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. Announcing partnerships with Charity Network and world-renowned business leaders, the #UniteWithTroy campaign year will feature a first-of-its-kind digital fundraising strategy sure to be one for the record books. Proceeds raised benefit the work of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, committed to ensuring all in North Texas have the opportunity to get a quality education, a stable job and lead healthy lives.

“United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is about lifting up those in need and helping them thrive, both now and in the future,” said Aikman. “I’m proud to lead this effort to raise money and awareness to ensure a North Texas community thriving with healthy, educated and financially stable residents. United, we can help those who want to do good, do great.”

The organization’s 93rd annual campaign, #UniteWithTroy will engage long-standing corporate, civic and philanthropic relationships, while establishing new ones through innovative digital fundraising strategies. Dallas billionaire entrepreneur Todd Wagner’s Charity Network and United Way are teaming up, leveraging Aikman’s 2017-18 campaign chairmanship to offer unique experiences through online fundraising channels Charitybuzz and Prizeo.

Prizeo provides an opportunity for Aikman to engage with fans and supporters, allowing them to donate as little as $10 to be entered for a chance to win dinner with the most famous trio in NFL history: Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin. In addition to the grand prize, fans can win other rewards for entering, including a signed football, and limited-edition merchandise. To enter to win, fans can visit www.unitewithtroy.org today through Dec. 31, 2017.

Aikman and United Way are also utilizing Charity Network’s Charitybuzz online auction site, which features once-in-a-lifetime luxury and celebrity experiences and attracts a community of 250,000 bidders around the world. Through Charitybuzz, Aikman will invite fans to bid on exclusive opportunities to join him in select cities for a cocktail party the Friday night before select NFL games, along with chances to be on the sideline during pre-game and then meet him and Joe Buck in the broadcast booth. Games featured include Cowboys at Broncos (9/17), Giants at Eagles (9/24), Packers at Cowboys (10/8), Packers at Vikings (10/15), and Cowboys at Redskins (10/29). Flights and hotel accommodations are not included with these packages.

“Given Troy’s celebrity and United Way’s credibility as a trusted, impactful charity, the potential for this campaign is enormous,” said Todd Wagner, Founder and Chairman of Charity Network. “Together we can harness the power of celebrity, technology and media to reach a broad and diverse group of donors and take fundraising to a whole new level.”

Aikman and his former teammates will not be the only ones offering exclusive experiences. Business and philanthropic leaders will donate an hour or more of their time in efforts to raise more money for United Way. Every global CEO who has served as United Way annual campaign chair since 2011, including Randall L. Stephenson, Chairman and CEO of AT&T; Rich Templeton, Chairman, President and CEO of Texas Instruments; Thomas J. Falk, Chairman and CEO of Kimberly-Clark Corporation; Tom Greco, President and CEO of Advance Auto Parts and former CEO of Frito-Lay North America; David T. Seaton, Chairman and CEO of Fluor Corporation; and Mark Rohr, Chairman and CEO of Celanese Corporation, are committed to auction off a power lunch or breakfast meeting through the annual Charitybuzz Entrepreneur Auction this Fall. Meetings with entrepreneurs and business leaders have proven to be one of the most successful fundraising categories on Charitybuzz; for example, coffee with Tim Cook, Chairman and CEO of Apple, recently sold for more than $600,000.

“The united show of support from Troy’s campaign chair predecessors speaks volumes to the level of success he’s positioned to achieve for our community,” said Jennifer Sampson, McDermott-Templeton President and CEO of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. “Under Troy’s very capable and recognizable leadership, and with the help of Charity Network’s powerful digital platforms, this campaign will raise much-needed funds, attract new audiences, and capitalize on engagement opportunities to further United Way’s cause like never before.”

The United Way has also produced three 30-second Public Service Announcement spots featuring Aikman, aimed at communicating United Way’s mission and message to a greater national audience. This marks the first time United Way of Metropolitan Dallas has undertaken such a comprehensive television campaign.

To learn more about #UniteWithTroy, visit UniteWithTroy.org.


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Telemundo Comes Together In Support Of Hurricane Harvey Victims With “Red Cross Day” Friday, September 1

All-Day Special Programming Across the Network’s Daily Shows, Digital Platforms and Around the Clock Coverage on Telemundo Local Stations To Help Raise Funds Through www.elpoderenti.com/cruzroja and 1-800-596-6567

Press Release – MIAMI – August 31, 2017 – Telemundo announced it has joined forces with the Red Cross to present a full day of special programming across all of the network’s daily shows and digital platforms on Friday, September 1st. Complementing the continuous news coverage led by Telemundo’s news anchor Jose Diaz-Balart and the local station’s news reporters, the awareness and fundraising initiative will help collect funds for the victims of the devastating Hurricane Harvey, a large segment of which are Hispanics, through www.elpoderenti.com/cruzroja or by calling 1-800-596-6567. The Red Cross day begins with morning show “Un Nuevo Dia,” (7a/6c), where Roberto Baltodano, spokesperson for the Red Cross will join the show’s hosts, and continue with “Suelta La Sopa” (3p/2c), “Al Rojo Vivo con Maria Celeste” (4p/3c), “Noticias Telemundo” (6:30p/5:30c) and “Titulares y Mas” (11:35p/10:35c).

“The Red Cross is working around the clock in extremely challenging conditions in Texas to help people impacted by Hurricane Harvey,” said Gail McGovern, president and CEO at the American Red Cross. “We couldn’t do it without the generosity of our amazing donors – like NBC Universal Telemundo Enterprises. With their support the Red Cross can be there when disaster strikes to respond with shelter, food and the necessary supplies to ensure people are cared for, and to help during the recovery process. We’re extremely grateful for their support.”

“As part of our mission to serve our community, we are proud to partner with the Red Cross to help raise funds for the thousands of victims in Texas,” said Cesar Conde, Chairman, NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises. “The Red Cross is an outstanding organization and the great work they are doing is inspiring. We are working with them around the clock, at the national and local level, to get the message out and help the victims and heroes of Texas at this time of great need.”

Locally, Telemundo stations, including Telemundo Houston, will continue their around-the-clock and in-depth coverage including live breaking news from the affected areas. In addition, today Telemundo62 Philadelphia and Telemundo 20 San Diego will host phone banks with sister stations NBC10 Philadelphia and NBC 7 San Diego. Meanwhile, Telemundo 51 Miami will air a special 30-minute program “Ayuda a Victimas de Harvey” today at 5 PM, live from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami where supplies are being donated by South Floridians to support hurricane relief efforts. NBC 6 in South Florida will also air a half-hour program beginning at 5:30 PM that will highlight the region’s hurricane relief efforts. Tomorrow, Telemundo 52 Los Angeles and NBC4 Southern California will host a phone bank to support American Red Cross efforts.

In addition, on Wednesday, September 6, Telemundo Puerto Rico will host a phone bank in partnership with the local American Red Cross chapter to raise funds for individuals and communities affected by Hurricane Harvey; Telemundo 48 Area de la Bahia and sister station NBC Bay Area will also host a phone bank to support hurricane victims.


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Communities In Schools Announces the All In For Texas Relief Fund to Support CIS Affiliates Serving 330,000 Students

$500,000 Donation Kicks off Fundraising Effort

Press Release – Arlington, Va. – Aug. 29, 2017Communities In Schools, (CIS) has announced the creation of the All In For Texas Relief Fund to support CIS affiliates who have suffered losses as a result of Hurricane Harvey. The Relief Fund is being launched with an initial pledge of $500,000 by an anonymous donor in honor of the late Texas Governor Mark White and his widow, Linda Gale White, long-time supporters of CIS.

CIS, a national network of affiliates working inside district and charter schools to empower at-risk students to stay in school, has 10 affiliates along the Texas Gulf Coast that have been impacted by the storm including:

An eleventh affiliate, CIS of Cameron County, was also impacted by the storm but has chosen not to participate in the fund at this time so that others have added resources.

Together, those CIS affiliates employ 335 caring professionals who work inside schools with a total enrollment in excess of 330,000 students each year. The Relief Fund will provide essential emergency services and long-term support for those affiliates, allowing them to resume work supporting students and their families. CIS employees impacted by the storm are also eligible for assistance.

“Our hearts go out to the students, families and communities affected by Hurricane Harvey,” said CIS National President and CEO Dale Erquiaga. “Given the scale of this disaster, we know they will require considerable resources to recover and rebuild. We hope this fund and the initial generous donation will help us provide the essential support our kids will need to go back to school and begin building a brighter future for themselves and their communities. The CIS family is all in for Texas.”

To support the All In For Texas Relief Fund, visit www.communitiesinschools.org/harvey-relief-fund/


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Salt Lake City Family Unites for Children’s Cancer Research

Superheroes Unite! event provides day of fun for children with cancer, benefits CureSearch non-profit

Press Release – Salt Lake City, UT – Cheryl and Jeff Rounds have one word to describe their five-year-old daughter Annika: Magnificent. In her fight with stage-four neuroblastoma, Annika, who was diagnosed with this pediatric cancer at 10 weeks old, has faced her battles with grace and bravery. A sight that is, her parents say, magnificent to witness.

Neuroblastoma, a tumor that often originates in the adrenal glands, is the second-most common solid tumor in childhood. It accounts for five percent of the more than 15,000 diagnoses of childhood cancer each year. Annika, who is also described by her parents as “an amazing little fighter,” is facing her fourth relapse with this disease.

The Rounds family will be among the participants at Salt Lake City Superheroes Unite!, a day of play for children battling cancer (the superheroes) and their sidekicks – parents, siblings, caregivers, friends, and extended family members. The event, to be held September 23, 2017, at Salt Lake City’s Sugar House Park, doubles as a fundraiser for CureSearch for Children’s Cancer, a national foundation committed to ending childhood cancer through research and innovation.

“Fighting cancer can be a very lonely job, but CureSearch reminds us that we’re not alone in this fight,” Cheryl says. “Childhood cancer research is so drastically underfunded, but with each new CureSearch-funded study I see, I have a renewed hope that more children will be successfully treated of their cancers.”

Salt Lake City Superheroes Unite! is one of many CureSearch programs that aid in funding children’s cancer research and in driving patient impact. The organization encourages the general public to participate or volunteer at CureSearch events in their communities. To register or to learn more about Superheroes Unite! and other programs, visit curesearch.org/Fundraise.

Source: https://curesearch.org/Salt-Lake-City-Family-Unites-for-Childrens-Cancer-Research


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Approximately $22.6 Million Raised by Global Impact for its Members through Workplace Giving Campaigns in Fiscal Year 2017

Press Release – ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 21, 2017Global Impact, whose mission is to build partnerships and resources for the world’s most vulnerable people, announced today that it raised approximately $22.6 million in fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017) for its charity alliance of more than 100 international relief and development charities. These organizations are working on the front lines every day providing food, shelter, health care, education and other essential services to millions of people around the world.

Collectively, Global Impact charity alliance members have continued to see growth in revenues generated through workplace giving campaigns and other initiatives. This success is attributed to Global Impact’s fundraising strategy, as well as the great work of its charity partners, and private sector companies that are choosing to partner with Global Impact to raise awareness of global issues and charities as part of a larger corporate initiative to engage employees in creating greater social impact.

Currently, Global Impact raises much needed unrestricted funding through more than 300 private and public sector workplace giving campaigns with organizations such as Accenture, TIAA, American Express, Wells Fargo and the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).

Global Impact has also developed a number of High Impact Funds and specific disaster funds, for example the Africa Famine Relief Fund, that have helped raise money for charities focused on pressing issues that are most important to donors. “We are continually seeking new ways to promote our charity alliance members and engage donors in the work they are doing,” said Joseph Mettimano, Global Impact vice president of marketing and campaign engagement. “It is an honor to work on behalf of these great charitable organizations and see interest growing by enlightened companies that understand the connection between creating employee satisfaction and opportunities for increased social impact within their workforces.”

Charity alliance partners range from renowned organizations with worldwide reach to nonprofits providing essential services on a regional scale. Rigorous membership standards ensure that each organization practices sound financial management and effective program delivery. Global Impact’s eight new charity partners for the 2017 campaigns are:

  • Agora Partnerships, striving to accelerate the shift to a more sustainable, equitable and abundant world that supports entrepreneurs intentionally working to create social impact.
  • EcoHealth Alliance, leading cutting-edge research into the critical connections between human and wildlife health and delicate ecosystems.
  • Global Health Council, supporting and connecting advocates, implementers and stakeholders around global health priorities worldwide and acting as the collaborative voice of the global health community.
  • Human Rights Watch, defending the rights of people worldwide. Scrupulously investigating abuses, exposing the facts widely, and pressuring those with power to respect rights and secure justice.
  • Interaction, acting as a platform for global change, a pathway to global progress.
  • Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, helping women access preventive care and treatment for cervical and breast cancers where the need is greatest.
  • Seed Programs International, providing quality vegetable seed, expertise, and training resources to help impoverished people become self-sufficient and healthy.
  • ZanaAfrica Foundation, supporting adolescent girls in Kenya to stay in school by delivering reproductive health education and sanitary pads.

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 has served as an administrator for the Combined Federal Campaign for more than 20 years, including the two largest campaigns in the National Capital Area (CFCNCA) and Overseas (CFC-O). Global Impact continues to serve in this role, as well as the campaign’s national marketing strategist and implementation partner. Since 1956, Global Impact has generated more than $1.8 billion to help the world’s most vulnerable people.

Learn more at charity.org. Follow Global Impact on Twitter and “Like” us on Facebook.


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Georgia State Sets Annual Fundraising Record, More Than $50 Million Given To Burning Bright Campaign

Press Release – ATLANTA—Georgia State University set an annual fundraising record in the fiscal year that ended June 30, raising more than $50 million in its Burning Bright campaign and bringing its campaign total to more than $272 million.

The previous record of $43 million was set in 2015.

“This milestone in fundraising is in keeping with the unprecedented upward trajectory we’re on across Georgia State,” said Mark P. Becker, president of the university. “From our nationally recognized student success initiatives, to our record-setting research funding and the continued transformation of our campus communities, we’ve got an incredible story to tell, one that our donors—alumni, friends, foundations and corporate partners—want to help us write.”

Begun in 2015, the $300 million Burning Bright campaign is the largest fundraising initiative in Georgia State’s history. In support of the university’s strategic plan, the campaign is raising funds for student success programs, initiatives to encourage and augment faculty excellence, and Georgia State’s continued dynamic transformation of downtown Atlanta.

The year’s fundraising success was made possible by 22,000 separate gifts provided by more than 15,000 donors, including:

  • Carelle L. Karimimanesh, who created the Naiyareh Karimimanesh Memorial Scholarship in memory of her daughter, a graduate of the College of Law.
  • Allen Poole, who is supporting student-athletes through a gift to the athletic scholarship fund and who has established the Dr. John W. Cook Professorship in the Robinson College of Business to honor the impact Dr. Cook had on his life and career.
  • The Laura and John Arnold Foundation, who funded the new Education Policy Research Center in the Andrew Young School of Public Policy.
  • State Farm, whose support for Georgia State’s Learning, Income and Family Transformation program will bring the university’s pioneering data analytics work to students enrolled in two-year degree programs at the university’s Decatur campus.

More information on the Burning Bright campaign can be found at burningbright.gsu.edu.

Source: http://news.gsu.edu


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Meyers Research Surpasses $500,000 Raised For HomeAid America

Housing Forecast Events Provide Funds to Fight Homelessness

Builder panelists at recent Meyers Research forecast event.

Press Release – Newport Beach, CA. (August 1, 2017)HomeAid America is a major national building industry charity and one of the largest builders of housing for the homeless in the country. For the past three years, it has also been the beneficiary of the generosity of Meyers Research, a Kennedy Wilson Company, one of its top national partners.

Meyers Research has been holding housing forecast events to benefit HomeAid America for over three years. The recent event in Denver held on July 19th was the 10th such forecast event, and including an additional event held by its parent company Kennedy Wilson to launch HomeAid’s LA chapter, the company has now raised $500,000 through ticket sales and sponsorships for the homelessness charity. Jeff Meyers, President of Meyers Research and HomeAid America Board member said, “It’s important to our team to champion a cause greater than ourselves. Our partnership with HomeAid allows us to make a difference in the fight to combat homelessness. We are thrilled to reach the $500,000 mark.”

The Meyers Research forecast events started in Orange County CA in January 2014 as a way for the company to make an on-going contribution to HomeAid and also help the charity spread the word on its work throughout the industry. The events proved to be incredible successes, with subsequent events held in Las Vegas, Northern Virginia, Atlanta, and Denver. Orange County completed its 4th annual event this past March. In total, approximately 1,800 people have attended these events with the proceeds from the ticket sales as well as sponsorships all being donated to HomeAid.

HomeAid America CEO Peter Simons said, “What started as a singular effort to help support our cause of ending homelessness has turned into a real mission, and a labor of love on behalf of the entire Meyers and Kennedy Wilson organizations. Jeff Meyers’ personal service on our Board of Directors further enhances and deepens this bond. HomeAid and Meyers Research have been a great team and are making a difference together.”

HomeAid was foundedby the building industry in 1989 as a way to give back to the community by addressing the issue of homelessness. According to the National Law Center on Homelessness, each year over 3.5 million Americans experienced homelessness at some point. Nearly 1.5 million of them were children. HomeAid’s program identifies charities in the community working to help the homeless that need additional facilities in which to house people and provide programmatic resources such as job skills training and financial counseling, as well as physical and emotional support. HomeAid then finds builders who are willing to take on these projects and build them at a deep discount by enlisting their trade partners to give their time and materials as in-kind donations.

ABOUT HOMEAID AMERICA

HomeAid is a leading national non-profit provider of housing for homeless families and individuals, founded in Southern California in 1989. Through the generosity of builders, their trades and their suppliers, HomeAid has completed over 500 housing projects nationwide at a value of more than $220 million, of which nearly 50 percent has been donated by the building industry. HomeAid currently has 60 additional projects in development across the country. Over the years, HomeAid has added nearly 9,300 beds in facilities helping the homeless, housing over 280,000 people. HomeAid works through a network of 17 active chapters in 12 states across the country. For more information about HomeAid, call 1-888-3HOMEAID or visit www.homeaid.org.

ABOUT MEYERS RESEARCH

Meyers Research, a Kennedy Wilson Company combines experienced real estate and technology advisors with leading data to provide its clients with a clear perspective and a strategic path forward. Based in Beverly Hills, California, Meyers is home to 150 experts in 10 offices across the country.


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