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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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How Do You Offset 6 Million Tonnes of Carbon? One At A Time

This post was originally produced for Forbes.

“In a recent survey of 1,400 adults believing in climate change caused by humans, 75% agree that there is something they can personally do to help the planet, but yet only 40% have taken action,” says Marisa de Belloy, COO of Cool Effect, the crowdfunding site that helps people buy carbon credits simply and affordably.

Americans produce an average of 17 tonnes of carbon per year, she says. The remarkable thing is how affordable it is to offset that production at CoolEffect.org. The site provides a clear price for a one-tonne carbon credit for each project on the site. The lowest price per credit: $4.12. At that price, Americans can offset their entire year’s carbon production for just $70.04.

De Belloy hopes to get the nonprofit site’s users to look past their own carbon offset requirements and to focus instead on supporting great projects, most of which provide a variety of social and environmental benefits aside from carbon offsets.

Honduran Household Hero has sold 130,000 clean cookstoves in the country, not only reducing the amount of wood burned for cooking but also reducing the amount of smoke in homes and the health burden the smoke imposed on the developing country.

A Breath of Fresh Air in Peru is protecting 450,000 acres from deforestation along with protecting the wildlife in the forest, including 400 bird and 3,000 plant species, some of which are unique to this forest.

Wind Power to the People operating in Costa Rica is helping to bring that country to carbon neutrality by 2021. The project provides electricity to 50,000 people. Because the project is structured as a co-op, the local community members benefit.

Marisa de Belloy

As I spoke with de Belloy–you can watch my interview with her at the top of this article–I asked her how she knows that the projects create the carbon reductions claimed on the site. Each project is assessed at least three times before it is posted on the Cool Effect site.

There are several internationally recognized agencies that set standards for carbon offset measurement that perform analyses on each project to determine how much carbon is being offset. Cool Effect not only uses these independent ratings but also performs its own scientific evaluation to determine whether the projects are meeting the standards and if they are being operated effectively.

Jill Tidman, the Executive Director of the Redford Center, a nonprofit film production company focusing on social and environmental issues founded by Robert Redford and his children, used Cool Effect to buy carbon credits to offset the impact of the upcoming film Happening.

“Paramount to our choice of using Cool Effect to offset our own energy impacts was the level of trust and transparency it offers. All of the carbon reduction projects Cool Effect features are verifiably reducing carbon from the atmosphere, while also providing a number of co-benefits for the surrounding communities. From job creation to species protection, to supporting the lives of women and children—there is no shortage of incredible work that these projects are doing,” Tidman said.

She adds, “climate change may be the most difficult and complex challenge humanity has ever faced or ever will face. Addressing the problem is requiring an equally complex, and diverse, set of solutions. Cool Effect’s model of engaging the support of the masses through crowdfunding creates an entry point for people all over the planet to engage.”

Over the years they have operated, most long before Cool Effect was launched, the projects listed on the site have offset 6 million tonnes of carbon.

When I asked de Belloy why she does this work, she responded, “[Climate change] is the fundamental defining issue of our time,” de Belloy said.

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Devin is a journalist, author and corporate social responsibility speaker who calls himself a champion of social good. With a goal to help solve some of the world’s biggest problems by 2045, he focuses on telling the stories of those who are leading the way! Learn more at DevinThorpe.com!

ROMP With ROMP—How To Get Involved With The Elite Climbing Team And In Your Own Backyard

The Range of Mobility Project challenges everyone across the globe to participate in one of the 25 climbs across the world, there’s one near you!

Press Release – Denver, CO (June 27, 2017)—The Range of Motion Project (ROMP) is thrilled to announce the participation of BBYO Passport, the leading provider of travel experiences for Jewish high school and middle school teens, and their aspirations to complete six climbs around the globe in honor of ROMP and their annual celebrity and influencer climb in Ecuador. Approximately 300 youth will use their mobility to help provide mobility opportunities for individuals globally by promoting on their social media channels including Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter!

This year, participants in BBYO Passport’s summer programs will have the opportunity to further their experience and education by climbing in awareness of a selfless cause. 2017 BBYO climbs (we need dates and specific locations) include:

Example

Masada, Israel: July 10
City, Country

Masada, Israel

Grand Canyon, Arizona
Rock of Gibraltar: July 5th Mt Vesuvius: July 23
Monserrat: June 30

Thailand

Slovenian Mountains to Lake Bled Volcano atop Edinburgh

Participants in these summer programs are leading the charge by registering, sending it out to family and friends, and, most importantly climbing for a cause. Now, how can you get involved? Log onto (rompglobal.org/climbing-for-romp/) to discover climbs in your area, or to start your own. Even a stroll in your neighborhood brings insight and awareness to the cause. Share your story by using the hashtag #ClimbingforROMP.

ABOUT ROMP: ROMP is a technology-based, nonprofit organization, which provides high quality prosthetic care in underserved populations, thus enhancing mobility and unlocking human potential. ROMP believes that prosthetic limbs and orthotic braces are not simply medical devices, but instruments of personal empowerment. ROMP recognizes the dual hardships of living in poverty with a disability, and stand in solidarity with those who are made to suffer from an unequal distribution of care.

Since 2005, ROMP has seen over 6,000 patients with custom-made prosthetic and orthotic devices in Guatemala, Ecuador, Mexico, Haiti, Pakistan, and the US. The organization believes that training locals to provide ongoing services in their communities is the only way to fix a long-term problem. For example, the ROMP clinic in Guatemala is staffed by highly trained individuals from the community and is open to patients year-round. ROMP believes that all human beings are made to be mobile, regardless of geographic location or socioeconomic status, and that physical mobility is a critical component of social mobility and the pursuit of life’s many aspirations.

THIS YEAR’S CLIMB! This year’s celebrity and influencer climb is of Cayambe, Ecuador’s third highest mountain rising to almost 19,000 feet. On July 27th & 28th Americans and Ecuadorians, both amputees and able-bodied athletes, will attempt to summit Cayambe. Among the group’s climbers is Maryland’s 61st Governor, Martin O’Malley. The expedition is to bring awareness to the unequal distribution of prosthetic care around the world and is a symbol of the power of the human spirit and what can be achieved when given access to proper care. The Cayambe climb will be led by world record speed climber, Karl Egloff with Cumbre Tours.

HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED? Volunteers throughout the world will host their own climbs in solidarity with the elite team in various locations. People of all backgrounds and all abilities will join in this global movement to raise awareness and funds for individuals who cannot afford or do not have access to prosthetic services. Please log onto the organization’s website (ROMPGlobal.org) and social media pages (Facebook.com/ROMPGlobal, Twitter.com/ROMPGlobal, and @ROMPGlobal) to view and sign up for local climbs. All climbs are being raised through Crowdrise, and the organization is still seeking sponsorships.


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Mike Trout, Carlos Martinez and George Springer Highlight Pledge It Charitable Campaign Success through MLB All-Star Break

Press Release – HARRISBURG, PA, July 11, 2017Pledge It, the nation’s leading performance-based crowdfunding platform (money is raised based upon athletic performance), has raised more than $334,000 for charitable causes through its 16 Major League Baseball (MLB) 2017 campaigns at midseason.

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.

“We’re proud to help so many MLB players earn support for such compelling causes through the first half of baseball season” said Scott Shirley, Pledge It CEO and former Penn State football and baseball player. “Our community of athletes believe in the power of sport for social good.”

“I founded the Tsunami Waves Foundation in 2015 with the goal of helping children in need. This cause is very close to my heart as I was once one of those children,” said St. Louis Cardinals’ Carlos Martinez, who is dedicated his 2017 season to help improve the lives of the impoverished in the Dominican Republic. “It is my hope that through Tsunami Waves I can help make a difference in the lives of under-privileged children both locally and in the Dominican Republic.”

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! From professional players to weekend warriors, athletes of all levels are earning their impact with Pledge It – join the movement at www.pledgeit.org. See how Pledge It is revolutionizing online crowdfunding and non-profit fundraising at Pledge It Video.


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Madonna Set To Officially Open The Mercy James Institute For Pediatric Surgery And Intensive Care On July 11, 2017 In Blantyre, Malawi

Centre Is The First Of Its Kind In The African Nation

First Patients Admitted June 29, 2017

Press Release – New York, NY – July 7, 2017 – Madonna today announced the Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care will officially open on Tuesday, July 11th at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi. The Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care is the first unit of its kind in Malawi. It is named for Madonna’s Malawi-born daughter, Mercy James, and is developed in partnership with Madonna’s charitable organization, Raising Malawi and the Malawian Minister of Health. The first patients were admitted on June 29, 2017.

“When you look into the eyes of children in need, wherever they may be, a human being wants to do anything and everything they can to help, and on my first visit to Malawi, I made a commitment that I would do just that,” said Madonna. “As we approach the opening of the Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care, I’d like to thank everyone who has joined me on this unbelievable journey. What started out as a dream for Malawi and her children has become a reality, and we couldn’t have done it without your support.”

Announced in November of 2014, The Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care is a state-of-the-art pediatric surgery and intensive care unit. It will help Queen Elizabeth hospital double the number of surgeries performed on children each year and will increase the chance of survival after critical surgeries. In addition to serving more children, this new facility will become a training center of excellence for Southern Africa, with more local doctors acquiring the skills needed to perform pediatric surgery. In a country with only four pediatric surgeons and 50% of the population under 15 years old, this new facility could make a significant difference in the lives of Malawian children.

“Malawi has enriched my family more than I could have ever imagined,” added Madonna. “It’s important for me to make sure all my children from the country maintain a strong connection to their birth nation, and equally important to show them that together, humans have the power to change the world for the better.”

In addition to being a world-class medical facility, The Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care will have extensive dedicated spaces making the time children spend in the hospital as comfortable as can be. These spaces and elements include a playroom for children to be engaged and learn, an outdoor play structure and inspirational murals curated by Madonna and created by artists that she’s brought to the country, and more.

For more information on the Mercy James Institute for Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care visit: http://www.raisingmalawi.org/health/

For more information on how to donate visit: http://donations.raisingmalawi.org/


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Havas Partners With Fund For Peace To Launch The Bottom 100 In Fight Against World Poverty

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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The 32nd Annual Chefs’ Tribute To Citymeals On Wheels Raises $840,000

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.

Community Service Project to Raise $40,000 for Abused Children in the Community

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.

Atlanta Community Bands Together In Support of Second Annual Old Fourth Ward 5K

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.

To learn more about the Hope-Hill Elementary Foundation, visit http://www.hopehillfoundation.org. For more information about the race or to register, visit https://www.o4w5k.com.

Global Impact Partners with Charity Charge to Supercharge Growfund Giving Platform

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, 2017Global 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.

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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​.

Follow Charity Charge on Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat, Twitter, and YouTube@CharityCharge

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