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GES Africa Conservation Fund (GACF) Launches $500,000 Crowdfunding Campaign on Indiegogo to Support Anti-Poaching Helicopter Operations in Africa

Press Release – JOHANNESBURG, Jan. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — GES Africa Conservation Fund (GACF) Launches $500,000 Crowdfunding Campaign on Indiegogo to Support Anti-Poaching Helicopter Operations in Africa.

Donors can contribute by going to the Indiegogo Website link at: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/anti-poaching-helicopter-protect-african-rhinos

GACF is sponsoring a critically needed quick reaction Anti-Poaching Helicopter which will support all anti-poaching operations in the Kruger Park area of South Africa and Mozambique, thereby integrating the anti-poaching efforts to eradicate poaching of Rhino, Elephant, Lion, and other endangered animals in the region.

Privately funded anti-poaching outfits have inadequate quick response ability to respond to poaching incidents and individual reserves are unable to finance a high value asset such as a helicopter, not to mention the fact that they would also need to develop the in house capability to use these tools effectively in anti-poaching operations.

The need is critical as the fight for the future of the Rhino will be had on the Private Nature Reserves. Over forty-five (45) percent of the remaining White Rhino are under the care of Private Nature Reserves and Breeders in South Africa.

It is also essential that poachers are apprehended and poached articles recovered even after animals have been killed. This would not bring back the animals, but the recovery of the contraband starves the criminal poaching cartels of funds; funds that are being used to grow their empires of crime.

With each horn or tusk that leaves the borders of African Nations the poaching rings becomes exponentially more powerful and better equipped, elevating the problem to the point where they will become unstoppable.

About GACF:

GACF is sponsored by the GES Group, which operates the leading Wildlife Management operation in South Africa and protects the largest private Rhino population in the world with over 1,600 Rhinos under direct protection. GES has a social responsibility to give back to the African Continent and GACF reflect this support. GACF is a non-profit entity dedicated to protecting and preserving both South Africa’s and the world’s most endangered species. GACF was established as a direct response to international wildlife exploitation and poaching. Organized crime within the wildlife arena is crippling the animal populations as well as severely changing the face of conservation. GES applies specialized anti-poaching operations, general security, and intelligence services.

CPA, Mom Launches Kickstarter Campaign for Book

Press Release – A CPA, Certified Financial Planner and mother of two says the time is now to plan for ‘later.” Jody Giles, launched a Kickstarter campaign January 4 to fund her new book, “Missing Pieces Plan.” The book addresses the “softer issues” of traditional financial planning efforts that are often overlooked. Giles offers ways for individuals to “leave a legacy, not a mess.”

“The Missing Pieces Plan was created to help people live a fulfilled live now and gain a peace of mind by planning for later,” Giles said. “Planning now is the best gift you can give your loved ones and the Missing Pieces Plan is here to help!”

More than 20 professionals in related fields have reviewed the Missing Pieces Plan, including financial advisors, elder care attorneys, hospice advocates, tax advisors, Estate Planning attorneys, life insurance agents, clergy and physicians. The book has received praise and enthusiasm for its potential to help people of all ages plan for what is to come and leave their families and loved ones better prepared.

The Kickstarter campaign will feature the book at early bird discount of $24, including free shipping to individuals in the United States, $10 for shipping to Canada, and $15 for international shipping. The campaign will also feature a Buy-1, Give-1 reward. For $54, supporters will receive a copy of the book for themselves and one to give – either to a loved one or to an organization of their choice. Bulk orders will also be discounted.

 

For more information on “The Missing Pieces Plan,” visit the website at www.missingpiecesplan.com. Giles also is available to share her expertise in this special area of financial planning as a source for interested media.

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Kickstarter link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1102373981/missing-pieces-plan

New Social Brand Lets You Shop And Give What You Want To Any Nonprofit in America

SOUTH FLORIDA (December 20, 2016): The Thx Co. (“Thanks”), a pioneer in a new era for social enterprise, has developed an innovative platform that allows consumers to buy responsibly sourced, high-end, everyday products at cost, far below traditional retail value. Customers can donate the savings or any amount they’d like, to any one of over 1.8 million charities in the U.S. through their new API from Guidestar. Championing a model of customizable impact, shoppers pick a cause and then choose to match the traditional retail value or give any amount they want.

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On December 15th, with the launch of a new Kickstarter campaign, The Thx Co. is taking the final steps towards launching one of the most inclusive and widest reaching ‘social good’ brands ever.

Founded by the philanthropic brother duo, Ricardo Juan and Ricardo Jose Bueso, The Thx Co. is more than just a lifestyle brand with apparel, fragrances, soaps, candles, and other daily essentials. Thx makes giving accessible, revolutionizing the concept of ‘giving back’ and turning social enterprise on its head. “We price all of our products so you can pay less and give more”, said Ricardo Jose.

Many people are not aware that a lot of social good companies have significant markups over their actual cost of goods. Often these products are priced out of reach for the majority of people who may have an affinity for doing good with their purchasing dollar. The Thx Co. solves this problem with a model based on quality, affordability and customizable giving.

The Thx Co.’s online shopping experience is very simple:

  1. Choose a Cause
  2. Shop the Marketplace
  3. Give What You Want

As a B-Corporation, The Thx Co. creates products with ethical partners that are just as consciously-minded. For example, their naturally scented, wood wick, 100% soy wax candles provide jobs for young adults with developmental disabilities.

The Thx Co. also acts as a catalyst for smaller nonprofits looking to expand their reach and increase their fundraising potential. Making it easy for nonprofits to raise funds, Thx offers easy to share “Shop+Give” widgets and monthly subscriptions with recurring giving options. “Ultimately, we want to reframe how generosity looks,” said Ricardo Juan.

More information can be found here: www.thx.co

Top Non-Profit Selects RallyUp for Online Fundraising Campaign

United Nations Foundation is latest global non-profit to select comprehensive technology platform RallyUp for next-generation online fundraising

Press Release – TUCSON, Ariz., Dec. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — On the heels of its successful $7 million online fundraising campaign on behalf of Nike and the Michael J. Fox Foundation, nonprofit fundraising platform RallyUp announced it has been selected as the technology partner for another high-profile nonprofit fundraising campaign, Nothing But Nets. In partnership with the United Nations Foundation and the Golden State Warriors, Nothing But Nets is a global campaign that helps families fight malaria by providing bed net essentials to areas that need them most.

“We’re gratified to see our growing momentum as the technology provider of choice for these large global campaigns,” commented RallyUp founder and CEO Steve Bernat. “Our proprietary platform was built to manage all aspects of this new generation of online fundraising campaigns, which require expertise in security and logistics involving hundreds of thousands of participants and infrastructure capable of managing all types of campaigns.”

Since 2012, the United Nations Foundation has managed Nothing But Nets in partnership with Golden State Warriors point guard and two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry, who donates three malaria-prevention bed nets for every three-pointer he scores for the Warriors. To date, the Nothing But Nets initiative has raised more than $60 million.

The selection of RallyUp as the technology platform for the campaign comes in the wake of RallyUp’s role as the technology provider behind Nike and the Michael J. Fox Foundation’s highly publicized initiative in October that raised $7 million for Parkinson’s Disease research. RallyUp was chosen for its comprehensive technology capabilities and expertise in innovative online fundraising formats.

About RallyUp:

RallyUp.com, founded by technology entrepreneur Steve Bernat, is a comprehensive fundraising platform for charitable organizations. From fundraising to donor and data management, RallyUp helps nonprofit organizations execute creative campaigns representing the next-generation of donor-involved giving.

About Nothing But Nets:

Now in its tenth year, Nothing But Nets is a global campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a disease that claims the life of a child every two minutes. Nothing But Nets has raised $60 million which is used to deliver nearly ten million bed nets to families in need. In addition to raising funds for its UN partners, Nothing But Nets raises awareness and voices to advocate for critical malaria funding for the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. It only costs $10 to help save a life from this deadly disease. Visit www.NothingButNets.net for more information.

About The United Nations Foundation:

The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and is now supported by philanthropic, corporate, government, and individual donors. Learn more at www.unfoundation.org.

The World Is Failing Syria: Help Us Help Them

Press Release – The situation in Syria is now more critical than ever. Since the beginning of the crisis over 300, 000 Syrians have lost their lives. More than 6.5 million people have been displaced inside the country and some 4.8 million have sought refuge in neighboring countries.

Over 500,000 children live in 16 besieged areas across the country, almost completely cut off from sustained humanitarian aid and basic services. And more than 2 million children are out of school.

It’s difficult to not feel helpless when watching images of Syrian children in desperate conditions. It seems like no number of terrified, shocked or hurt children is enough to make it stop.

So this holiday season Shivani Singh, one of the co-founders of PATHFINDER- a Canadian social enterprise, decided to do something about it. She will be visiting and bringing much needed supplies to the children in the refugee camps along the Western Syrian border. The children closest to the struggle are those who are most neglected, and PATHFINDER’s mission is to bring them a bit of holiday cheer.

Presents for these children are necessities like clothing, blankets and other winter basics. Along with these items, Singh will also be bringing the children gift-wrapped treats and holiday goodies.

PATHFINDER is a Canadian social enterprise with a mission to impact global development through innovative solutions to enable local social entrepreneurs, promote academia, and influence policy. This mission is a pro-bono, humanitarian relief effort and anyone who is interested in getting involved can find out more by visiting the campaign or PATHFINDER website.

NextGen Crowdfunding Announces Investor Commitments in Title III Equity Crowdfunding Pass $15 Million Milestone

NextGen Data Shows A 262% Quarterly Increase in Title III Investments Since New Rules Took Effect in May

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December 16, 2016 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time: LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)-NextGen Crowdfunding, the leading company that helps people explore investment crowdfunding, announces that investor commitments into Title III equity crowdfunding campaigns have surpassed $15 million. NextGen is tracking Title III companies through the “NextGen Dashboard,” which displays progress of investor commitments since the new SEC crowdfunding regulations took effect last May.

According to NextGen data, there has been a 262% growth in investor commitments between the second quarter and fourth quarter of this year. NextGen research also shows that investor commitments have effectively doubled each quarter since the new regulations took effect last May:

  • Second Quarter (May-June): $2,204,733 total investor commitments
  • Third Quarter (July-September): $4,825,132 total investor commitments
  • Fourth Quarter (October-December): $7,985,497 total investor commitments

“As 2016 comes to a close, it’s very encouraging to see that the equity marketplace has found success in its first eight months and is growing at a steady pace,” said Aubrey Chernick, founder of NextGen Crowdfunding. “A continued increase in monthly investor commitments is a positive sign that both accredited and first-time investors are exploring equity crowdfunding with heightened enthusiasm as they become more familiar with the different offerings and opportunities.”

The new Title III rules – also known as “Regulation Crowdfunding” – enable even first-time investors to fund startups online with as little as a few hundred dollars of investments. Using Title III crowdfunding, companies are able to raise up to $1 million.

As the equity crowdfunding space continues to evolve, NextGen is creating new resources to track the growth of the industry. NextGen recently launched an Indiegogo equity crowdfunding tracker on http://nextgencrowdfunding.com/indiegogo after Indiegogo began offering equity investments. The “Indiegogo Crowdfunding Watch” dashboard will specifically monitor equity investments available on the Indiegogo platform.

Important information on NextGen Dashboard chart data and accuracy can be found here.

About NextGen Crowdfunding

NextGen Crowdfunding helps people explore the new era of crowdfunding. Through unique, online live events, NextGen enables individuals to discover, follow and support companies launching crowdfunding campaigns. NextGen’s unique Ignition™ Events give companies and emerging businesses a place to present their investment crowdfunding campaigns, and its Crowdfunding Video Awards program showcases the best videos to pitch crowdfunding campaigns. NextGen also provides educational content, including online webinars, boot camps and videos, to inform the public about crowdfunding as well as to provide education to, and visibility for, companies with crowdfunding campaigns. As a purpose-driven company, NextGen aims to encourage entrepreneurship and help spark a new economy. Visit www.nextgencrowdfunding.com.

TAKE THE LEAD Advances Women In All Levels Of Leadership And Launches Its First 24-Hour Online Fundraiser 12/20

New matching funds campaign urges women and those who support parity to pledge to be #PowHerfulTogether

Press Release – (New York, NY)Take The Lead, founded in 2013 by its President Gloria Feldt, an author and activist, and board chair Amy Litzenberger, will launch its first online fundraiser at noon on December 20th. In this 24-hour campaign the organization will bring attention to the most potent act now needed on behalf of women: create a viable and durable pipeline of women trained to lead in for-profit, non-profit and governmental arenas. Leadership expert Nancy O’Reilly and her foundation, WomenConnect4Good, have pledged to match dollar for dollar any contributions up to $300,000.

The numbers tell the story: women represent more than half the U.S. population. Women students outnumber male students in universities. Research shows that more women in leadership lead to higher profits. Women are the primary breadwinners in over 40% of American families and still make 21% less than men. Women occupy almost 50% of the workforce yet fewer than 20% of leadership positions. Women have been stalled at that leadership level across all sectors for almost two decades: Take The Lead has a uniquely effective program to break that logjam.

Take The Lead’s mission is to prepare, develop, inspire, and propel women to take their fair and equal share of leadership positions across all sectors by 2025. It provides actionable tools for women to take to reduce the wage and leadership gap and improve workplace policies such as paid parental leave. Studies show that increasing the number of women in leadership reduces turnover and increases ROI. Take The Lead believes it is time to bring the U.S. more in line with other nations around the world to enjoy the benefits women in leadership bring to organizations and their bottom line—and because it is the right thing to do.

Feldt says: “This mission has never been more important. To achieve leadership parity and ensure positive change, we must mobilize, take risks and embrace the importance of community, of supporting one another, and of speaking up when something is not right. What we are doing is working. It gives women the resources, skills and community support to take the lead in their own lives. ”

In just under two years, Take The Lead has reached over one million worldwide offering trainings, online courses and free resources to increase the skills, knowledge, confidence and abilities among women at diverse stages in their career. Through its Leadership Ambassador trainings the organization creates dynamic workshop leaders who can spread Take The Lead’s curriculum throughout the country. In 2017, Take The Lead will also prioritize one of the most critical elements of women’s success: mentorships. In collaboration with Glassbreakers, Take The Lead aims to sign up one million mentors in a program that will link generations and skills to help women achieve their personal goals.

The 24-hour fund drive’s motto—we are #PowHerfulTogether— calls on all to support this vital work of leadership parity.

For more information on the founders and Take The Lead and its many programs please visit http://www.taketheleadwomen.com/

Himalaya Waste Projects Under Threat Of Closure

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The waste management projects in Bhagsu and Triund mountain camp may soon be shut down due to lack of funds. Here’s how your CSR Funding can help.

This cause is featured on Fund My Project as part of CSRlive.in‘s collaboration with Ketto.org

This cause is featured on Fund My Project as part of CSRlive.in‘s collaboration with Ketto.org

Project by: Waste Warriors

Funding Required: INR 12 Lacs

Category: Eligible CSR activity as per Companies Act 2013, Schedule VII

(iv) ensuring environmental sustainability, ecological balance, protection of flora and fauna, …conservation of natural resources and maintaining quality of soil, air and water;

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Here’s what the Waste Warriors have to say about their project:

Waste Warriors has been working hard to keep the mountains clean since 2012 but the Dharamsala project will soon be stopped unless we raise enough funds to continue working there. Triund has become known as one of the cleanest hiking destinations in the country, despite being visited by approximately 10,000 people each month but sadly, due to lack of support and no financial assistance from the Government and the businesses there, we are now running at a huge deficit with the project and a decision has been made to close it down.

In addition to the Triund project we also provide a waste collection in Bhagsu and the majority of places we collect from have no vehicle access making our work extremely challenging. We host weekly clean’s drives at Bhagsu waterfall and out in the local community, provide dustbins for use by the general public, do awareness raising art projects, educational children’s events etc.

We have collected and processed over 980 tonnes of waste from Bhagsunag and Triund since August 2012 and if we cease to work in these areas, the results will be catastrophic!

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Urgent Appeal

Please donate so that we can keep our projects going and continue to take care of the mountains. Everyone agrees that the work we are doing is essential but we cannot continue without funding. Please share this page with your friends, family and contacts so they too can support our cause.

About the NGO

Our Founder Jodie Underhill started the Triund project in 2009. She was so dismayed to see the garbage strewn around the mountain camp and down the mountainside, that she immediately started clean-up drives, a weekly waste collection service and set up a recycling station at Galu, the popular trekking crossroads. Waste Warriors was registered in 2012 and has been doing awesome work there ever since.

Waste Warriors is a not for profit organization and a registered society committed to tackling India’s garbage problem. We do this through a combination of direct action, liaison and awareness raising, with an emphasis on civic pride and education. We have projects in Dharamsala, Dehradun and around the Corbett Tiger Reserve. We employ around 60 members of staff, the majority of those are Waste Workers from some of the poorest sectors of society. Our work has been praised across the country but fundraising remains our largest challenge.

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The Current Situation

The project is managed by Project Assistants Vivek and Sanam, who recruit volunteers to help them clean the trail and segregate the waste from all of the chai shops and guest houses en-route to and at the mountain camp itself. The segregated, bagged up waste is then bought down to Bhagsunag by the mules that take the supplies up the mountain. Last year we spent nearly a lakh on mules alone to bring all of the waste down. Recyclable waste is then further segregated and sent for recycling and the non-recyclable waste goes to the official dumping ground in Lower Dharamsala.

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Our Other Projects in Dharamsala

In addition to the Triund project, we also run a number of other projects in the Bhagsunag area. These projects are also at risk of closure as we do not have the funding to sustain them.

Door-to-Door Waste Collection

We run a door-to-door waste collection for businesses and households in Lower and Upper Bhagsunag and collect from over 200 places during the busy tourist season. Given that many of these places are inaccessible by road, our Green Workers have to carry waste for up to 2km’s. The terrain is steep meaning our workers have to be in prime physical shape to do their jobs. Providing a waste collection service has massively reduced the amount of burning and dumping in the forest and nullahs (streams). We receive monthly donations from the households and businesses but not enough to cover the costs of providing the service.

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Maintaining the Cleanliness of Bhagsunag

This once sleepy village is now a mass of hotels, guesthouses and restaurants. During the main tourist season, Bhagsunag sees an average of 5000 tourists per day! The Municipality only employs 2 people to clean there, the same amount that they had 7 years ago despite the increase in tourism and population. Our workers maintain the cleanliness of the main square and taxi area, the main shopping hill and the two children’s playgrounds.

Dustbins

We are huge advocates of the importance of dustbins – we have installed dustbins all over Bhagsunag, and we empty them on a regular basis. We also empty dustbins that have been installed by the Vyipar Mandal, so in total we manage 42 dustbins. Dustbins are essential if cleanliness is to be achieved and people definitely use them if they are available.

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Bhagsu Waterfall

Every Thursday we host a clean-up at tourist hotspot, Bhagsu Waterfall. Not only is this place visited by thousands of tourists it is also used as a place for swimming and washing clothes by the locals. In addition to cleaning around the waterfall we also clean the trail that leads there from Bhagsu. We provide a waste collection service to the businesses in this area and have installed signage and dustbins there in order to mitigate littering.

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Community Clean-Up Drives

We conduct regular community clean-ups in our local area, including the surrounding forests and hiking trails. We choose an area to clean, recruit volunteers to help us, many of them are tourists passing through and others are from various organizations. We work hard to involve community members but it’s not easy due to the social stigma attached to waste. We ensure that waste is collected segregated so that we can recycle as much as possible.

Educational Programmes

We truly understand the importance of educating the next generation about waste management so we run educational children’s events and conduct activities with schools. Local school children get involved in our clean-up drives and awareness raising activities too.

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Please Support Us!

For all of you that can appreciate the beauty of the mountains, want a clean India or have seen first hand how important our work is please donate. Share this appeal on your social media, speak with family and friends and help us to raise enough funds to cover our basic expenses for the Dharamsala project for the year ahead. Thanks in advance for all your help.

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Johnson & Johnson’s CaringCrowd Offers Crowdfunding for Public Health Efforts

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Johnson & Johnson, the pharmaceutical behemoth, operates CaringCrowd, a crowdfunding site for global public health initiatives. The platform provides a way for nonprofits and others working in public health to seek funding for their projects.

Derek Fetzer, the Director of the program, notes that public health initiatives are chronically underfunded. “A considerable portion of the world does not have access to health care and many local organizations are ideally positioned to help. They possess unique knowledge of the communities they work with, thus understanding which interventions will truly make an impact on the lives of vulnerable populations. However, these organizations face a critical challenge: funding.”

Derek explains that the goal isn’t just to scale up what’s already working, but to drive innovation. “We developed CaringCrowd, a crowdfunding platform, to enable collaboration on global public health challenges, foster innovation, and support funding that can help get needed resources to people faster and more efficiently.”

The J&J team screens the projects to ensure that they align with corporate values. “All submitted projects are reviewed by a team of advisors to ensure they fall within our definition of public health. CaringCrowd is sponsored by Johnson & Johnson and does not charge a fee.”

As the effort is relatively new, the challenge they face is building the critical mass needed have the intended impact, Derek says. “The platform has recently launched and we are diligently building awareness of the platform. Towards this end, we are active on social media and get involved in events (e.g., we were present at the Global Citizen Festival in September 2016).”

Derek Fetzer, courtesy of CaringCrowd

Derek Fetzer, courtesy of CaringCrowd

This means that at least for the present, project funding will be relative modest, Derek adds. “For the immediate future, most projects will be of a smaller size, generally less than $30,000. As crowdfunding grows and consolidates, I would expect that larger scale projects take place. However, the impact of even small projects can be huge – a little can go so very far in many parts of the world!”

Derek has a grand vision for CaringCrowd. “Our mission is to provide a trusted platform for helping global public health projects get the funding they need. Imagine how we could positively affect the lives of so many neglected populations if we achieved the size of some of the other major crowdfunding platforms!”

On Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 1:00 Eastern, Derek will join me here for a live discussion about CaringCrowd’s efforts to improve public health through crowdfunding. Tune in here then to watch the interview live. Post questions in the comments below or tweet questions before the interview to @devindthorpe.

More about CaringCrowd:

Twitter: @caringcrowd

CaringCrowd(R) is a crowdfunding site 100% dedicated to global public health. Individuals who want to support public health can browse projects that need funding and make a pledge to help. Any 501(c)(3) non-profit can submit a project and funding goal for consideration on the platform. Then, submitted projects are reviewed by a team of advisors to ensure they fall within our definition of public health. This platform was created by Johnson & Johnson as a driver for collaboration on global public health, and as a new way to bring funding to organizations tackling key public health challenges on the ground.

Derek’s bio:

Twitter: @derekfetzer

Co-founder and Team Leader of CARINGCROWD®. Originally an industrial engineer from Peru and from Purdue University, Derek has over 23 years of strategy, consulting, and business analytics experience across different industries, spanning the US, EU, and Latin America. For the last 10 years, Derek has worked in the area of infectious diseases, collaborating on key product launches in HIV/AIDS, HCV, and tuberculosis. His career interest is in improving access to healthcare around the world by empowering the “crowd.”

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HomeAid Concludes Successful Homelessness Awareness Month

National Awareness Week Becomes a Month-long Drive to Address Critical Issue

Press Release – NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Dec. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — HomeAid America, a building industry charity and one of the nation’s largest builders of housing for the homeless, spent the entire month of November holding events and undertaking activities to highlight and help to end hunger and homelessness in this country. The annual event was called HomeAid’s Homelessness Awareness Month.

“We were very glad to bring special attention to and take substantive steps to address homelessness during HomeAid’s Homelessness Awareness Month (HHAM) in November,” said Peter Simons, CEO of HomeAid America. “Homelessness remains a major problem in this country and its causes are numerous and diverse, including job loss, medical crisis, domestic abuse, alcohol or drug addiction, and post-traumatic stress syndrome in veterans.” It is estimated that 80% of the homeless are only situational and can be moved back to self-sufficiency, and HomeAid builds housing and conducts community outreach for charities helping these people in need.

“Homelessness Awareness Month is a time for us at HomeAid, which has dedicated itself to this cause for 27 years now, to focus people’s attention on this problem, have a genuine discussion about solutions, and take concrete action to get this societal problem solved once and for all.”

All of HomeAid’s 17 chapters participated in the effort during November, with the five calendar weeks in November focused on 1) homeless youth, 2) veterans, 3) homeless families, 4) hunger, and 5) chronic homelessness. A major social media campaign was held on Facebook and on Twitter, and some of the specific events and activities that were held included:

  • HA Orange County and HA San Diego each held a month long “30 ways in 30 days” campaigns
  • HA Houston held a “Picture This” display of photos taken by homeless kids at Angel Reach
  • HA Southern Nevada ran a 2-week food drive to benefit US Vets and Serving Hope LV
  • HA Washington DC conducted a month long Care Kit distribution
  • HA Sacramento held a month long blanket drive
  • HA Atlanta participated in the Health and Housing Innovation Forum held by United Way
  • HA Inland Empire served Thanksgiving Dinner at the Corona Norco Rescue Mission, in addition to conducting Care Kits Days with Pardee (TRI Pointe) Homes and CalAtlantic Homes
  • HA Puget Sound and HA Twin Cities conducted Care Kits Days with Bank of America volunteers
  • HA Northern Virginia conducted its annual toy drive for homeless kids
  • HA Colorado spent 4 days assembling and delivering Care Kits to local shelters
  • HA Northern California conducted a toy drive with BIA Bay Area PASS
  • HA Portland had an event sponsored by ProBuild to collect hygiene items for local shelters
  • HA Hawaii participated in Giving Tuesday as part of its weekly calendar of events
  • HA Los Angeles, our brand new chapter, held an activity at the Brookfield Residential retreat
  • HA Southeastern Michigan conducted a Care Kits Day with Stearns Lending

The SE Michigan event was part of a national campaign that Stearns Lending held with HomeAid and called “HomeAid for the Holidays.” In this effort, Stearns—a national partner and Board member of HomeAid America—held Care Kits Days benefiting six different chapters and created and delivered over 5,000 Care Kits to homeless shelters around the country.

For a complete listing of the HomeAid HHAW events held, visit: http://www.homeaid.org/hham2016

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 450 multi-unit housing projects nationwide at a value of more than $210 million, of which nearly 50 percent—over $100 million—has been donated by the building industry. HomeAid currently has 60 additional projects in development across the country. HomeAid has added over 8,500 beds in facilities helping the homeless through HomeAid’s network of 17 active chapters in 12 states across the country. These beds have been used by over 250,000 previously homeless people over HomeAid’s history. For more information about HomeAid, call 1-888-3HOMEAID or visit www.homeaid.org.

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