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VolunteerMatch Announces First Annual FestiVOL, a Week-Long Celebration of Volunteering in Honor of National Volunteer Week

3BL Media Communications - Fri, 2014-04-04 02:15
VolunteerMatch is putting the strength of its network and brand behind celebrating volunteering.

SOURCE: VolunteerMatch

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April 4, 2014 /3BL Media/ - VolunteerMatch, the Web's largest volunteer engagement network, today announced the first annual FestiVOL, a week-long celebration of volunteering in honor of National Volunteer Week.

This year occurring April 6-12, 2014, National Volunteer Week is typically a time for recognizing the contribution of volunteers to our communities and the world. With FestiVOL, VolunteerMatch will extend this mission to encompass its communities of volunteers, nonprofits and socially responsible businesses. The week will focus on providing inspiration, resources and action for anyone who cares about making a difference.

Each day of FestiVOL, VolunteerMatch will release three "nuggets" of content to its audiences about volunteering: one piece of inspiration, one piece of knowledge and one action. It's VolunteerMatch's hope that individuals, nonprofits and companies will share these nuggets with friends and family, increasing engagement and involvement across the United States.

Additionally, VolunteerMatch is encouraging everyone to join in FestiVOL by following the hashtag #FestiVOL on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and posting their own stories, pictures, inspiration and resources to celebrate volunteering.

"Volunteering is the best. We all know it - so now let's show it," said Shari Ilsen, director of engagement at VolunteerMatch. "FestiVOL is about the fun side of volunteering and volunteer engagement, and how that fun side can help us all connect to the causes we care about and the successful ways to solve the world's problems."

To learn more about FestiVOL and see the feed of daily content nuggets, visit: http://learn.volunteermatch.org/festivol.

About VolunteerMatch
VolunteerMatch is the Web's largest volunteer engagement network, with more than 97,000 participating nonprofits, 160 network partners and 12 million visitors each year. Founded in 1998, VolunteerMatch offers solutions to make it easier for individuals, nonprofits and companies to make a difference. Since its launch, VolunteerMatch has helped nonprofits attract more than $5.4 billion worth of volunteer services. VolunteerMatch is a two-time Webby Award winner, a Smithsonian inductee, and has been recognized for its work by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Time, Oprah Winfrey and Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama. To learn more, visit www.volunteermatch.org.

Tweet me: Announcing 1st annual #FestiVOL, week-long celebration of volunteering from @VolunteerMatch in honor of #NVW! http://3bl.me/6wn7x5 Contact Info:

Shari Ilsen
VolunteerMatch
silsen@volunteermatch.org

KEYWORDS: Volunteerism & Community Engagement, Awards and Recognition, national volunteer week, csr, Corporate Social Responsibility, Employee Engagement, volunteer recognition, storytelling

Earth Day is Every Day for Keep America Beautiful as it Rallies Volunteers to Participate in National Great American Cleanup

3BL Media Communications - Fri, 2014-04-04 02:15

SOURCE: Keep America Beautiful

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STAMFORD, Conn., April 4, 2014 /3BL Media/ – As Americans and our fellow global citizens face urgent environmental challenges, Keep America Beautiful knows that through education and volunteer engagement, small actions can make a significant local impact.  

That’s why on Earth Day, and every day in April and throughout the spring, Keep America Beautiful’s network of affiliates and participating organizations are conducting outstanding Great American Cleanup events throughout the country that celebrate the shared responsibility we all have to improve our communities and protect our planet. You can be part of Keep America Beautiful’s movement to build and sustain vibrant communities by participating.

Together with the nonprofit’s national network of community-based affiliates, organized volunteer events and experiential environment education programs are structured to beautify parks, trails and recreation areas, clean shorelines and waterways, reduce waste and increase recycling, remove litter and debris, plant trees and build community gardens, among other events to inspire generations of environmental stewards.  

“The Great American Cleanup brings people together to transform public places into beautiful spaces,” said Jennifer M. Jehn, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful. “Earth Day provides an important reminder to all of us that when people come together for a common cause, positive and lasting change happens.”

Join forces with KAB at one of these upcoming events in April or see if there’s a Great American Cleanup participating organization near you:

  • Philadelphia (April 5): Keep America Beautiful will join Keep Philadelphia Beautiful (KPB), the Philadelphia Streets Department and Mayor Michael A. Nutter at the 7th annual Philly Spring Cleanup, one of the largest single-day cleanups in the country. Mayor Nutter will encourage residents to “Keep Up the Sweep Up” at a morning celebration at Gideon School. Volunteers will be painting schoolyard games on the blacktop, removing graffiti from the playground, and cleaning litter from the schoolyard and surrounding area.
     
  • Texas (April 5): The Don't Mess with Texas Trash-Off serves as Texas’ signature event for the Great American Cleanup. The Don't Mess with Texas Trash-Off is part of the partnership between Keep Texas Beautiful and the Texas Department of Transportation.
     
  • Houston (April 5): Keep Houston Beautiful is adding a new educational element to Keep Houston Beautiful Day, titled “Grow Native, Preserve H2O.”  The goal of this new initiative is to educate the community about conserving water by choosing native plants that are drought resistant and will thrive in the local environment. Keep Houston Beautiful Day is a city-wide service day spanning various locations throughout the community.
     
  • Louisiana (April 11-12): “Leaders Against Litter” is a Keep Louisiana Beautiful statewide initiative in which community and political leaders will join Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne on the steps of the State Capitol on April 11 to publicly pledge their support for a litter-free Louisiana and kick off the Great American Cleanup. Fifteen KLB affiliates across the state will follow up with “litter-thons” on April 12.
     
  • Bakersfield, Calif. (April 12): Keep Bakersfield Beautiful’s Green Expo, recognition ceremony and appreciation picnic all take place at Yokuts Park after the city’s major Great American Cleanup, which attracts thousands of volunteers at locations throughout the city.
     
  • Louisville, Ky. (April 12): With more than 5,000 volunteers expected to participate, the 2014 Spring Brightside/Passport Health Plan Community-Wide Cleanup is Louisville’s kickoff to Mayor Greg Fischer’s Give A Day week of service.
     
  • Pennsylvania (April 12-May 5): Let’s Pick It Up PA is a two-week event within the Great American Cleanup of PA.  Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association and local landfills, Pick It Up PA Day allows participants of registered events to dispose trash free of charge at participating landfills.
     
  • Shreveport, La. (April 12): Shreveport Green’s Great American Cleanup is the largest city and parish-wide cleanup and green-up, attracting more than 1,000 volunteers to plant flowers and remove debris from neighborhood streets, vacant lots, parks and waterways.
     
  • Tampa, Fla. (April 12): For more than 20 years, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful volunteers have fostered unity and strengthened community bonds through beautification and improvement efforts across Hillsborough County during its Great American Cleanup.  Volunteers are invited to the After Trash Beach Bash to say thank you for helping to keep Tampa Bay beautiful.
     
  • Memphis, Tenn. (April 25-27): Memphis City Beautiful’s Faith in Action Cleanup is projected to be the largest Great American Cleanup faith-based cleanup initiative in the country with more than 5,000 volunteers registered to date. The three-day cleanup, presented by Mayor A C Wharton, Jr., will involve teams of volunteers from faith-based organizations, businesses and schools.
     
  • San Diego (April 26): The Creek to Bay Cleanup is I Love A Clean San Diego’s signature event. Since the inception of the event in 2003, nearly 45,000 volunteers have participated, resulting in the removal of 1.65 million pounds of debris from San Diego County locations. This cleanup strives to reach a diversified cross-section of San Diego County, with half coastal and half inland locations, emphasizing that 80 percent of coastal debris originates inland.
     
  • Indianapolis (April 26): Keep Indianapolis Beautiful’s annual Great Indy Cleanup is KIB’s largest volunteer event of the year. This year, volunteers will focus on transforming communities around Indianapolis’ Fountain Square.
     
  • Albuquerque, N.M. (April 26): Keep Albuquerque Beautiful will host this year's Great American Cleanup Statewide Kickoff. Keep Albuquerque Beautiful is focusing on Alamosa Park, where volunteers will repaint shade structures, clean out the sand and re-sand the playground, and paint all trash cans.
     
  • Rockford, Ill. (April 26): In partnership with Winnebago County and the City of Rockford, Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup involves thousands of volunteers in roadside cleanups and community improvement projects with the goal to increase neighborhood involvement.

The national sponsors of the 2014 Great American Cleanup include Dow, The Glad Products Company, Lowe’s, Phillips 66, Troy-Bilt® Lawn and Garden Equipment and Waste Management.

Keep the spirit of Earth Day alive by participating in Great American Cleanup events throughout the country. The abounding sense of volunteerism that persists during each Great American Cleanup season is what makes this national movement so evocative of the American sense of community pride.
 
About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With a powerful national network of community-based affiliates and participating organizations, we work with millions of volunteers who take action in their communities. Through our programs and public-private partnerships, we engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment. For more information, visit kab.org, follow @kabtweet on Twitter and like us on facebook.com/keepamericabeautiful.
 

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Lynn Markley
Keep America Beautiful
+1 (203) 659-3072
lmarkley@kab.org
http://www.twitter.com/kabtweet
http://www.facebook.com/keepamericabeautiful
http://www.youtube.com/kabnetwork

Larry Kaufman
Keep America Beautiful
+1 (203) 659-3014
lkaufman@kab.org

KEYWORDS: Volunteerism & Community Engagement, Business & Trade, Keep America Beautiful, Great American Cleanup, earth day, Dow, The Glad Products Company, Lowe’s, Phillips 66, Troy-Bilt® Lawn and Garden Equipment, waste management

EPA Recognizes CBRE With 2014 Energy Star® Partner Of The Year -Sustained Excellence Award

3BL Media Communications - Fri, 2014-04-04 02:00
CBRE Earns Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Recognition for Seventh Consecutive Year

SOURCE: CBRE Group, Inc.

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Los Angeles, CA, April 4, 2014 /3BL Media/ – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded CBRE Group, Inc. a 2014 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award in recognition of its continued leadership in protecting the environment through energy efficiency. This marks the seventh consecutive year that CBRE has been recognized for ENERGY STAR performance.

The 2014 Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award is given to organizations that contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through superior energy efficiency. These organizations have achieved aggressive emission-reduction goals by employing innovative energy efficiency approaches. The award recognizes ongoing leadership across the ENERGY STAR program, including energy-efficient products, services, new homes, and buildings in the commercial, industrial, and public sectors. Award winners are selected from the 16,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program.

CBRE will be honored at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on April 29, 2014. CBRE assists owners and occupiers with energy efficiency programs at properties it manages around the world. Since 2007, the company has benchmarked office buildings managed by its U.S. Asset Services Group with ENERGY STAR. Today, 1,345 buildings representing more than 237 million square feet are participating in the program, significantly more than from any other third-party management firm. In comparison with the previous year, the 1,345 participating buildings experienced a savings of 11,751 metric tons of CO2e; the equivalent of removing 2,440 cars from the road for an entire year. CBRE’s 217 ENERGY STAR buildings under management represent almost 3% of the 7,551 U.S. office buildings labeled.

“We are honored to receive this award for our continued efforts in sustainability,” said David Pogue, CBRE’s Global Director of Corporate Responsibility. “CBRE is committed to its partnership with ENERGY STAR, and dedicated to increasing energy efficiency through the commercial real estate services we provide to our clients.”

CBRE offers a wide range of sustainability initiatives under its Environmental Sustainability program, which includes global commitments in 11 key areas of environmentally sound performance, including resource management, occupancy, communications and training, public policy and procurement. The program provides best practices and initiatives that strengthen CBRE’s own environmental commitment, reflect the best environmental practices in our clients’ properties, and provide vital training and education to CBRE professionals.

More than 500 CBRE professionals globally have earned LEED® Professional Credentials and CBRE has certified more than 200 buildings under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Existing Buildings rating system, the internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (in terms of 2013 revenue).  The Company has approximately 44,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through approximately 350 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers strategic advice and execution for property sales and leasing; corporate services; property, facilities and project management; mortgage banking; appraisal and valuation; development services; investment management; and research and consulting. Please visit our website at www.cbre.com.

About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency. Today, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money, and help protect the environment for future generations. 16,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, and buildings. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visitwww.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).

 

Contact:

Robert Mcgrath

T +1 212 9848267

Corey Mirman

T +1 212 9846542

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KEYWORDS: Environment and Climate Change, CBRE, sustainability, Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency, 2014 Energy Star® Partner Of The Year, Sustained Excellence Award

Symantec Named One of the World's Most Ethical Companies

3BL Media Communications - Fri, 2014-04-04 01:00
By Paola Zeni, Symantec's Director, Global Privacy, Ethics, and Compliance

SOURCE: Symantec

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Symantec has been recognized as a 2014 World's Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute, an independent center of research promoting best practices in corporate ethics and governance. This is the seventh time that Symantec has been honored with this award, which recognizes organizations that continue to raise the bar on ethical leadership and corporate behavior. Symantec is one of only 10 technology companies worldwide honored this year.

This award belongs to all employees at Symantec, who act in their daily job in accordance with the highest ethical standards.
 
Continue Reading: http://bit.ly/QJS7yD

Tweet me: .@Symantec named one of #WorldsMostEthicalCompanies for 7th year! http://bit.ly/QJS7yD @Ethisphere

KEYWORDS: Awards and Recognition, Business & Trade, business ethics, Ethisphere Institute

Webinar - Connecting Strategy, Evaluation, and Learning in Your Organization

3BL Media Communications - Fri, 2014-04-04 01:00

SOURCE: FSG

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Register today for the FSG webinar Connecting Strategy, Evaluation, and Learning in Your Organization. 

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April 4, 2014 /3BL Media/ - The social sector is increasingly interested in assessing the impact of efforts to address complex problems. We have increasingly seen evaluation positioned as a tool for strategic learning within the philanthropic field. Yet, evaluation in many of today’s organizations is ad hoc, not aligned to strategy, underfunded, and underused. The current state of evaluation in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors points to the need for a more strategic approach to evaluation and learning.

This webinar will provide participants with deeper understanding of what it means for organizations to develop a comprehensive strategy for evaluation through the development of a Strategic Learning and Evaluation System. We will answer the question:

How can you ensure that your organization’s investments in evaluation and learning are contributing to your ability to achieve greater impact?

Join FSG’s Hallie Preskill and Katelyn Mack, in conversation with Medina Haeri, program associate at Oak Foundation, Rebekah Levin, director of evaluation and learning for the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, and Brenda Solórzano, chief program director at Blue Shield of California Foundation. This lively webinar discussion will focus on:

  • Conditions that support an integrated approach to strategy, evaluation, and learning
  • Common challenges to designing and implementing a Strategic Learning and Evaluation System
  • How organizations are using a Strategic Learning and Evaluation System to achieve their goals

We hope you’ll join us and tweet along using the hashtag #strategicevaluation.

Register today!

Tweet me: Register now for @FSGtweets 4/9 webinar - Connecting Strategy, Evaluation, & Learning in Your Organization http://ow.ly/vp2B0 #eval

KEYWORDS: Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, evaluation, strategic evaluation, learning, webinar, FSG, hallie preskill, developmental evaluation

Meera Subramanian: Resilient Lessons from Hurricane Sandy

3BL Media Communications - Thu, 2014-04-03 10:35

SOURCE: Sea Change Radio

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As major weather-related calamities like Hurricane Sandy are teaching us, decisions around where buildings are built and trees are planted are important, especially as they relate to the encroaching coastline and other impacts of climate change. 

 
This week on Sea Change Radio, we hear from Meera Subramanian, a writer whose recent piece in Orion Magazine explores post-Sandy restoration efforts that draw upon engineering insights from a hundred years ago, and may reach far beyond the shores of Long Island and New Jersey.
 
Then, we re-visit host Alex Wise’s discussion with Chris Cannon of Empower Playgrounds, an innovative non-profit that provides equipment to West African villages that converts the energy of playing kids into electricity for their families.

Tweet me: This wk on @SeaChangeRadio - Meera Subramanian ‏talks coastal infrastructure rebuilding post-Hurricane Sandy http://bit.ly/1gOk95J

KEYWORDS: Environment and Climate Change, africa, alex wise, chris cannon, climate change, meera subramanian, orion magazine, sea change radio, West Africa

DRW Commits to Working with Year Up in 2014

3BL Media Communications - Thu, 2014-04-03 09:30

SOURCE: DRW Trading

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DRW Trading will once again open its doors to an intern thanks to its partnership with the Chicago chapter of Year Up. The intern is set to begin with the firm at the end of June for a six-month internship and will work with the firm’s IT desktop support team.

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DRW Trading will once again open its doors to an intern thanks to its partnership with the Chicago chapter of Year Up — an organization that aims to close the opportunity divide for young urban adults by equipping them with the skills and experience to reach their potential through education and career opportunities. The intern is set to begin with the firm at the end of June for a six-month internship and will work with the firm’s IT desktop support team.

The Year Up program – comprised of a six-month training period, followed by a six-month internship – allows students between the ages of 18 to 24 refocus their goals to pursue education or employment in a professional career that is most often technology-related. This allows them to become economically self-sufficient.

DRW employees from the desktop support team currently volunteer onsite at Year Up to train students .

Some quick stats:

  • 186 Year Up alums have graduated from the Chicago program
  • Average hour wage of program graduates 4 months out is just shy of $15

DRW’s work with the Year Up program began in 2012 and the firm is committed to helping the organization and its mandate. To date, DRW has donated close to $70, 000 to Year Up.

Tweet me: DRW Trading commits to working w/ @YearUp in 2014 thru foundation #philanthropy #Chicago #community #education http://3bl.me/mavvgy

KEYWORDS: Philanthropy, Education, DRW Foundation, DRW Group, DRW Trading, community, Chicago, Education

EPA Chief Outlines Policies for Renewable Energy

3BL Media Communications - Thu, 2014-04-03 09:30

SOURCE: 3BL Media, LLC

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Last week, in a speech before a conference sponsored by the American Council on Renewable Energy, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency laid out an expansive overview of intergovernmental cooperation. EPA head Gina McCarthy said the agency’s goal is to support the rapid pace of renewable energy innovation by establishing new regulations that work with new initiatives. To do so, the EPA is working more closely with the Department of Energy.

The bottom line for supporting renewable energy, says McCarthy, is the bottom line. “It’s not just the right thing to do, but it’s the economically sustainable thing to do.” The EPA chief emphasized the importance of renewable energy to the U.S. economy, and the role of the federal, state, and local governments in incentivizing the sector’s expansion. She noted the 100,000 jobs created by renewable energy projects on public lands undertaken by the Department of the Interior and the 39 states that now operate utility-scale wind energy projects. McCarthy defined the role of the EPA as a supporting one in the rapidly changing renewable energy sector. States and cities are accepted as the main incubators of innovation, and the EPA’s mission is to listen and work closely with them. Such a description might sound positively visionary except that it describes a renewable energy future that is already in action, right now, across the country.

I’m John Howell for 3BL Media.

Video Source: EPA Chief Outlines Policies for Renewable Energy 

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KEYWORDS: Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, renewable energy, Department of Energy, Energy Policy, 3bl Media, The Energy Minute, American Council on Renewable Energy

ONE Campaign, USAID & the FDA Discuss Global Health and Development at the Crossroads

3BL Media Communications - Thu, 2014-04-03 09:00
The Public Private Partnership Forum – Will you be there?

SOURCE: PYXERA Global

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WASHINGTON, April 3, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Tom Hart, US Executive Director, ONE Campaign, Katie Taylor, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Global Health, USAID, and Leigh Verbois, Director, Office of International Programs, U.S. Food and Drug Administration will take on the difficult question: How can cross-sector partnerships afford healthier lives for more of the world’s population?  Tune in on pyxeraglobal.org on April 7 from 2 – 5, EST  for this live-streamed conversation, Development at the Crossroads – Global Health, at the Public Private Partnership Forum, moderated by Fortune Magazine’s Nina Easton.

While many challenges confront the individuals and organizations committed to building a better world, global health is one of the most cross-cutting. From sanitation, to cookstoves, nutrition to vaccines, maternal health to communicable diseases, the absence of basic access and infrastructure undermines health and stifles growth in many communities.

A dynamic array of organizations are seeking to reduce non-communicable disease, provide affordable vaccines, and distribute malaria nets, clean cookstoves, and water pumps to those communities that need them most. A collective effort to achieve the Millennium Development Goals has reduced child mortality, reinforced maternal health, and dramatically reduced the global incidence of HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis, but a great deal more remains to be done to assure the health of the world’s people.

Hosted by PYXERA Global, the Public Private Partnership Forum is a one-of-a-kind event that will actively engage the public, private, and social sectors in dialogue like never before. Broadcast live from the Newseum in Washington, D.C. on April 7 from 2 to 5 pm, EST, the Forum will examine how cross-sector interests converge to achieve shared value. Sponsored by The Dow Chemical Company and part of the Catalyzing Growth in Emerging Markets Conference, the Forum will be live-streamed from pyxeraglobal.org.

Click here to sign up for the Public Private Partnership Forum on Facebook.  Join the conversation on Twitter at #Catalyze14. 

Where will you be?

About PYXERA Global
PYXERA Global (@PYXERAGlobal) leverages the unique strengths of corporations, governments, social sector organizations, educational institutions, and individuals to enhance the abilities of people and communities to solve complex problems and attain mutually beneficial goals. Our vision is of companies, governments, and NGOs working together in new ways to efficiently increase global well-being through standard business practices.

Tweet me: Will you be at #Catalyze14? @Tom_at_ONE @ONECampaign @US_FDA & USAID talk development & global health 4/7, 2-5 ET http://3bl.me/gstgm4 Contact Info:

Katie Levey- Director of Media Relations
PYXERA Global
+1 (917) 593-1989
klevey@pyxeraglobal.org

KEYWORDS: Events, Conferences & Webinars, USAID, FDA, Global Health, ONECampaign, PYZERA Global, Tom Hart, Health, public private partnerships

Boeing, Iraqi Airways Partner with Non-Profit Organization to Bring Smiles to Children in Iraq

3BL Media Communications - Thu, 2014-04-03 08:50

SOURCE: Boeing

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SEATTLE, April 4, 2014 /3BL Media/ -- Boeing (NYSE:BA) partnered with the Iraqi Ministry of Transportation (Iraqi Airways) and U.S.-based non-profit organization Another Joy Foundation to transport a consignment of toys on board the airline's newly delivered Next-Generation 737-800.

The shipment is part of Boeing's Humanitarian Delivery Flights program and includes boxes of dolls, toy cars and trucks that Another Joy Foundation will distribute to underprivileged children in Iraqi orphanages.

"Boeing, through its Global Corporate Citizenship organization, supports relief efforts around the world in partnership with airline customers and nongovernmental agencies such as Another Joy Foundation," said Elizabeth Warman, director of Boeing Global Corporate Citizenship for the Northwest region. "These collaborative efforts bring relief and hope to people in need. With this consignment of toys, we look forward to bringing some happiness to orphans in Iraq." 

"We are extremely happy to participate in this relief effort that is part of our celebration of adding another Boeing airplane to the airline's fleet," said Bangen Rekani, Iraq's Deputy Minister of Transportation. "Such joint initiatives with Boeing and non-profit organizations will enable us to help those in need in the future as well."

Headquartered in Las Vegas, Another Joy Foundation's mission is to deliver joy and hope to less fortunate children around the world through donations of new and used toys, clothes, shoes and new school supplies.

Since Boeing's Humanitarian Delivery Flight program began in 1992, the company has facilitated more than 163 humanitarian delivery flights, working in partnership with over 50 different airlines worldwide.

This delivery to Iraqi Airways marked the third of the 30 Next-Generation 737-800s that were ordered by the airline in 2008.

Tweet me: Boeing, Iraqi Airways partner with non-profit organization to bring smiles to children in Iraq http://3bl.me/gez7fx

KEYWORDS: Education, Boeing, csr, CSG, global corporate citizenship, Corporate Citizenship, Education, Boeing's Humanitarian Delivery Flights, Humanitarian

Cisco Launches Connected North To Enhance Education and Healthcare Services in Remote Northern Communities

3BL Media Communications - Thu, 2014-04-03 08:45
High-definition two-way video communications broaden classroom experiences and health services delivery

SOURCE: Cisco Systems Inc.

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IQALUIT, NUNAVUT/TORONTO, ONTARIO, April 3, 2014 /3BL Media/ – The Government of Nunavut today joined Cisco Canada for the official launch of Connected North. The Connected North program delivers immersive and interactive education and healthcare services to remote and northern Aboriginal and Inuit communities through high-definition two-way video communication and collaboration technology. The program represents a $1.6 million investment by Cisco in Canada's North.

A successful pilot phase in education was initiated in September 2013. Utilizing prioritized satellite bandwidth donated by SSi Micro, grade 6, 7 and 8 classrooms in Iqaluit's Aqsarniit Ilinniarvik have been connected in real-time with teachers, experts and other students throughout Canada, for a more engaging, diverse and dynamic classroom experience. Following today's announcement, two additional schools – the Deh Gah School in Fort Providence, Northwest Territories, and John Arnalukjuak High School in Arviat, Nunavut –will be joining the program in September 2014.

Connected North was designed to showcase innovations in the field of learning with the aim of encouraging students to attend class regularly. The virtual education program utilizes Cisco TelePresence® and Partners In Research's (PIR) successful VROC (Virtual Researcher on Call) platform. Students in Iqaluit are benefitting from directly engaging with subject matter experts brought into the classroom through two-way video, for interactive sessions lasting up to 40 minutes. Students also connect with peers of the same age throughout Canada as part of the program's Classroom Connect component, to share rich educational and cultural experiences. In a study conducted by York University, on the impact of the program, preliminary research results show that both teachers and students view the program positively. A majority (89%) of students reported that the remote learning experience made science more enjoyable and 81% said they felt they learned more in the virtual sessions than they did through traditional classroom learning. The focus of the program is to provide a fresh approach to learning, allowing teachers and administrators to expose their students to new people, experiences and ideas.

Connected North is also focused on bringing psychiatric and youth mental health services to Northern Aboriginal and Inuit communities via Cisco TelePresence® high-definition video links. To that end, RBC Foundation and Cisco have joined with the Tele-Link Mental Health Program developed by Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), to launch Tele-Link in select Nunavut health centres in September 2014.

Tele-Link was developed by SickKids in 2009 to provide mental health services to children, youth and their families in difficult to access rural areas, using videoconferencing and other technologies to give timely, equitable access to specialist services. The program has met with positive results in Ontario since its launch and now, with funding provided by RBC and technology donated by Cisco, it is hoped that success will be matched in Nunavut.

Facts and Highlights:

  • Content provided through Connected North education programming will focus in the following key areas:

o Bio-science and Nature: bringing real time lab experiments and conversations with leading experts to students;

o Teacher mentoring and professional development; and

o Classroom Connect: bringing together students from Iqaluit with their peers across Canada through dedicated joint programming.

  • Connected North was established in 2011 by Cisco Canada to leverage the company's core competence in Internet, networking and collaboration solutions to bring education and healthcare services to remote communities across Canada's North.
     
  • Connected North is composed of a strategic partner ecosystem that includes:

o Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami;

o The Department of Education of the Government of Nunavut;

o The Department of Health of the Government of Nunavut;

o Cisco Canada;

o SSi Micro;

o Partners In Research;

o The Toronto Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids);

o The Royal Bank Foundation;

o York University;

o Sheridan College; and

o Canadian North

  • Connected North is made possible by the delivery of video conferencing sessions over SSi's Qiniq network using Meet Online Enterprise, an audio-video solution optimized for satellite networks by SSi with support from Infrastructure Canada and the Nunavut Broadband Development Corporation.
     
  • Run by Partners In Research, the VROC program seeks to inspire students by bringing experts directly to the classroom through two-way video. The VROC program offers five to ten-minute spontaneous videoconferencing sessions, hour-long interactive presentations and semester-long mentorship style sessions.
     
  • Cisco Canada press releases are always issued in English and French. For this announcement, the release will also be translated into Inuktitut and Inuinnaqtun.

Supporting Quotes

Monica Ell, Minister of Health, Nunavut:
"The partnership with the Hospital for Sick Children gives us greater access to patient psychiatric care for children and youth to assist in their healing. Working with the Hospital for Sick Children will also help us deliver clinical training to our health care professionals. "

Paul Quassa, Minister of Education, Nunavut:
"Rich and diverse educational programs are important investments to building a solid educational foundation for our current and future students. The Connected North program in Iqaluit is the first pilot project and we are encouraged by the initial results. The physical geography of our communities is always a challenge and Connected North allows us to literally connect our classrooms with expertise in other jurisdictions. This means, for example, we can have two-way interaction between a scientist and students in real time.

Mary Simon, Chairperson, National Committee on Inuit Education:
"This project will help young Inuit connect with larger communities in the Southern Canada, and perhaps more importantly, it will help them connect with each other. It puts Inuit in the driver's seat and helps us explore our surroundings in new and evolving ways. Such innovative partnerships are essential if we are to transform Inuit education systems and prepare Inuit students to succeed in a 21st century economy."

Nitin Kawale, President, Cisco Canada:
"Cisco Canada strongly believes there is significant potential for transformational change and positive impact in the areas of health care and education in Canada's remote Aboriginal communities. By leveraging our technology expertise and uniting key private and public sector partners, we are aiming to make Connected North a vital and productive component of northern communities that will bring new levels of opportunities to inhabitants. And what you see here today is only the beginning. The program's results in Iqaluit will be studied and used to develop longer term strategies for sustainability throughout Canada."

Jeff Philipp, SSi Group Founder and CEO:
"Connected North has immense potential to become a critical service, dedicated to bringing unique and state-of-the-art solutions for education and health care to the North and beyond. We are proud to partner with Cisco and we look forward to expanding on this exciting new service in the coming years."

David Willis, Clinical Manager, TeleLink Mental Health Program, SickKids:
"We believe this partnership will help build local capacity, supporting local health systems to respond, care and plan for the mental health needs of their communities. Our goal is to help improve the mental health and well-being of children and youth living in Northern Canada by providing them with barrier-free access to child and adolescent psychiatry, regardless of their location."

Shari Austin, Vice President, RBC Corporate Citizenship and executive director, RBC Foundation:
"Timely access to mental health specialists and treatment is critical. Most mental disorders begin in childhood or adolescence - when the signs of mental illness are recognized and treated early, those affected can go on to lead healthy, productive lives. Today, access to mental health services in the Canadian North is largely unavailable. Through our $200,000 donation to Sick Kids and by partnering with Cisco, we will help deliver access to health experts in a region where these services might not be available otherwise. This support is part of our RBC Believe in Kids Pledge, a five-year, $100 million commitment to improving the well-being of at least one million children and youth in Canada."

 

About Cisco
Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide leader in IT that helps companies seize the opportunities of tomorrow by proving that amazing things can happen when you connect the previously unconnected. Cisco products and services are supplied in Canada by Cisco Systems Canada Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Cisco Systems, Inc. For ongoing news, please go to http://thenetwork.cisco.com and http://newsroom.cisco.com/canada.

Contact Information
Karin Scott
Cisco Canada
416 306 7164
kariscot@cisco.com

Tweet me: .@Cisco launches Connected North http://3bl.me/gaspmb HD 2-way video communications broaden classroom experiences & #health svcs delivery

KEYWORDS: Health, Education, Cisco, cisco canada, Connected North, Government of Nunavut

Fuel Cells Power Up: Three Surprising Places Where Hydrogen Energy is Working

3BL Media Communications - Thu, 2014-04-03 08:00
Hydrogen may not be fueling many cars, but it is delivering clean power for warehouses, data centers, and telcom towers.

SOURCE: National Geographic

DESCRIPTION:
 
The concept is tantalizing: Use abundant hydrogen to fuel vehicles and power plants, producing nothing but water and heat as a byproduct. The advent of hydrogen fuel cells would help provide the energy the world needs, while slashing greenhouse gas emissions and curbing our dependence on oil.
 
If that notion seems too good to be true, that’s because it has been. Despite a flurry of investment in fuel cells over the past two decades, the vision articulated by former President George W. Bush of an America leading the world in producing “pollution-free” vehicles that run on hydrogen has seemingly evaporated into thin air. But the fuel cell is far from dead—indeed, it is gaining a commercial foothold in some niches, evidenced most recently by news that megaretailer Walmart is expanding its use of fuel cells to power forklifts at its stores.
 

Tweet me: Fuel Cells Power Up: Three Surprising Places Where Hydrogen Energy Is Working http://on.natgeo.com/1jFO7cM #energy #hydrogen #fuelcells

KEYWORDS: Energy, fuel cells, hydrogen, National Geographic

Registration is Open! Advancing Sustainability Through Remanufacturing

3BL Media Communications - Thu, 2014-04-03 08:00
Join AIAG at the 2014 CR Summit!

SOURCE: Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG)

DESCRIPTION:

Click here to view the full agenda and register

Thursday April 10th, 2014

9:00am to 9:45am

The panel will address and facilitate a discussion on the environmental, societal and financial benefits associated with remanufacturing. Topics will include an overview of leading organizations that have already connected remanufacturing and sustainability; global trends advocating the acceleration of such efforts; and key challenges that must be navigated to successfully advance remanufacturing and sustainability within your organization.

Moderator: John Chalifoux, MERA

Doug Wolma - General Manager, Global Remanufacturing
   - Meritor, Inc.
John Platko - Vice President
   - Antea Group

John R. Chalifoux - President & COO
   - Motor & Equipment Remanufacturers Association

 

WHEN:
April 09 - 10, 2014

WHERE:
Suburban Collection Showplace
46100 Grand River Avenue
Novi, MI 48374

Register now for the 2014 CR Summit

Tweet me: #CSR leaders http://bit.ly/CRsummit14 and peers at #CRSummit2014 #Sustainability thru remanufacturing. Register now.

KEYWORDS: Ethical Production and Consumption, aiag 2014 cr summit, csr, sustainability, manufacturing, antea group

Impact Stories: GreatNonprofits & Social Reviews for Charities

3BL Media Communications - Thu, 2014-04-03 06:00
How Socially-Sourced 360 Feedback Helps People Understand Charity Impact

SOURCE: Benevity

DESCRIPTION:

Think about the last time you bought something online. Did you look at Amazon or Google reviews first? Did you use Yelp to find a great local restaurant or TripAdvisor to coordinate your last adventure? When researching a new job, did you look at Glassdoor to see what other employees think of the company culture?

If you are like millions of people online, you did. And it makes sense: you are trying to get past “marketing speak” to look at what *real* people have to say about a particular product, service, or company. In fact 8 out of 10 consumers now trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations, according to a recent Consumer Review Study.

Outcomes and Not Overhead: A 360 View of Performance

Online, 360 feedback is now being incorporated into employee giving and corporate matching programs and the nonprofit sector at large (see this story on net promoter scores for nonprofits here). In part, that’s because there is a push to really understand nonprofit results and outcomes – and get beyond the overhead myth. For years, people were urged to look at overhead ratios to guide their choice of charity. But such information reveals nothing about a charity’s impact on the people it serves. Socially sourced reviews provide a better way to evaluate nonprofits by displaying on-the-ground feedback. That’s where organizations like GreatNonprofits come in handy. 

Keep Reading “Impact Stories” at the Benevity Blog.

Tweet me: Impact Stories: A guest post from @GreatNonprofits on the @Benevity Blog on social reviews of #charities. http://bit.ly/1g6sdxP #CSR Contact Info:

Jana Taylor
+1 (403) 237-7875ext. 210
jana@benevity.com

KEYWORDS: Technology, nonprofit rankings, social feedback, reviews, GreatNonprofits, benevity, csr

Victoria B. Mars Is Keynote Speaker at 2014 Great Place to Work® Conference

3BL Media Communications - Thu, 2014-04-03 05:45
Mars’ Chairman of the Board Victoria B. Mars will be giving a keynote address to the Great Place to Work® Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Thursday April 3rd 2014 at 4pm Central time.

SOURCE: Mars, Incorporated

DESCRIPTION:

Mars’ Chairman of the Board Victoria B. Mars will be giving a keynote address to the Great Place to Work® Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Thursday April 3rd 2014 at 4pm Central time.

In her keynote speech, “Mutuality: a Principle That Fosters a Shared Benefit,” Victoria will be discussing the positive impact that being a family-owned business guided by The Five Principles has on business performance and the workplace environment. Victoria will share her own beliefs on how all Associates have a better chance of thriving when they feel respected, needed and appreciated.  She will also provide insight into how Mars engages with Associates through a culture of mutual respect empowering them to take responsibility for making a difference in both their own working environment and communities in which they live.

Her keynote address will be available to watch here via a Live Stream link on Thursday, April 3: http://livestream.greatplacetowork.com/

 

About the Great Place To Work Conference
The annual Great Place to Work® Conference is the only national event that teaches, inspires and connects professionals across industries and functions to strengthen workplace culture through building trust.  This premier event provides actionable information through presentations, panel discussions and facilitated networking sessions.  To learn more, please visit: http://www.greatplacetowork.com/2014-conference

About Great Place to Work®
Great Place to Work is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through proprietary assessment tools, advisory services, and employer branding programs, including Best Companies lists and workplace reviews, Great Place to Work provides the benchmarks, framework, and expertise needed to create, sustain, and recognize outstanding workplace cultures

About Mars, Incorporated
In 1911, Frank C. Mars made the first Mars candies in his Tacoma, Washington kitchen and established Mars’ first roots as a confectionery company.  In the 1920s, Forrest E. Mars, Sr. joined his father in business and together they launched the MILKY WAY® bar. In 1932,  Forrest, Sr. moved to the United Kingdom with a dream of  building a business based on the objective of creating a “mutuality of benefits for all stakeholders” – this objective serves as the foundation of Mars, Incorporated today. Based in McLean, Virginia, Mars has net sales of more than $33 billion, six business segments including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks, Symbioscience, and more than 75,000 Associates worldwide that are putting its Principles into action to make a difference for people and the planet through its performance.

Mars brands include: Petcare – PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, BANFIELD® Pet Hospital, CESAR®, SHEBA®, DREAMIES® and NUTRO®; Chocolate – M&M’S®, SNICKERS®, DOVE®, GALAXY®, MARS®, MILKY WAY® and TWIX®; Wrigley – DOUBLEMINT®, EXTRA®, ORBIT® and 5™ chewing gums, SKITTLES® and STARBURST® candies, and ALTOIDS® AND LIFESAVERS® mints.  Food – UNCLE BEN’S®, DOLMIO®, EBLY®, MASTERFOODS®, SEEDS OF CHANGE® and ROYCO®; Drinks – ALTERRA COFFEE ROASTERS™, THE BRIGHT TEA COMPANY™, KLIX® and FLAVIA®; Symbioscience – COCOAVIA® and  WISDOM PANEL®.

For more information, please visit www.mars.com.  Follow us: facebook.com/mars, twitter.com/marsglobal, youtube.com/mars, linkedin.com/company/mars.

 

Tweet me: Victoria B.Mars of @MarsGlobal to give keynote speech at the Great Place to Work Conference® on 4/3 at 4pmCT: http://tinyurl.com/pk44m98 Contact Info:

Ryan Bowling
+1 (908) 914-1702
ryan.bowling@effem.com

KEYWORDS: Awards and Recognition, Diversity and Human Resources, Mars Incorporated, 2014 Great Place To Work Conference, Great Place to Work, Victoria mars, Associates, Mutuality, Principles in Action

Southwest Airlines Introduces Heart of the Community

3BL Media Communications - Thu, 2014-04-03 05:00
Makes Multi-year Commitment to Support Public Spaces across the Country with Placemaking Pioneers, Project for Public Space

SOURCE: Southwest Airlines

DESCRIPTION:

DALLAS, April 3, 2014 – Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) announced today a multi-year commitment to Placemaking – a movement that reimagines public spaces as the heart of every community. Through the Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community program, the airline will revitalize and activate public spaces in the hearts of American cities in partnership with the pioneering nonprofit organization behind Placemaking, Project for Public Spaces (PPS).

Building upon successful pilot projects in Detroit, Mich., and Providence, R.I., in 2013, Southwest and PPS will help transform multiple public spaces in 2014 with the intent to expand the Heart of the Community program and support dozens of public spaces through Placemaking projects in the years to come.

For more than 30 years, Placemaking has sparked social, economic, and environmental benefits in communities around the world. Rooted in community-based participation, Placemaking involves the planning, design, management and programming of public spaces and capitalizes on a community’s assets and potential to create vibrant destinations—such as neighborhood parks, community markets and downtown squares.  

“At Southwest, our purpose is to help connect people to what’s most important in their lives, and often, the important moments that happen during those connections include a special place—somewhere that has meaning, that brings people together, that creates a sense of belonging and a sense of community,” said Gary Kelly, Chairman, President, and CEO of Southwest Airlines. “We recognize the power public spaces have to strengthen communities, so we are proud to support these Placemaking efforts.”

In late 2013, Southwest provided a gift to support the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning’s research white paper, Places in the Making, which demonstrated the power of Placemaking to create connected, sustainable, healthy, and economically viable communities. The research emphasized Placemaking’s positive impact on community building and empowerment and cited the need for public/private partnerships to advance the practice of Placemaking.

“Having Southwest Airlines make a commitment to supporting this movement nationwide is a breakout moment for Placemaking,” said Fred Kent, Founder and President, Project for Public Spaces. “Placemaking is about strengthening the connection between people and the places they share, and it’s a movement that needs the energy of a company like Southwest to help support and empower local communities to reimagine their own public spaces.”

Through the Heart of the Community program, Southwest and PPS will collaborate with local community partners in cities across the country to bring new life to their public spaces. Earlier this week, Southwest and PPS unveiled their most recent project in San Antonio, Texas, where they partnered with the Center City Development Office to activate historic Travis Park through new physical amenities, including games, umbrellas, tables and chairs and ongoing programming, such as fitness classes and live music. In 2013, Southwest and PPS worked with the Downtown Detroit Partnership to transform an underutilized lawn in downtown’s Campus Martius Park into a seasonal beach with a deck and seating that serves as a fun and relaxing community gathering place for workers, families and children. Additionally, they worked with the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy to create the Imagination Center, a new place for family activities in Burnside Park, located in the heart of downtown Providence, R.I.

Heart of the Community is part of Southwest’s broader efforts to connect people and strengthen local communities through its core business, charitable giving, community outreach, and environmental initiatives.  To read more, go to Nuts About Southwest.  For more information on Heart of the Community, visit http://www.pps.org/heart-of-the-community/.  

 

About Southwest Airlines Co.

In its 43rd year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by nearly 45,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually. Southwest is the nation's largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded and operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world to serve 96 destinations in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and five near-international countries via wholly owned subsidiary, AirTran Airways. Southwest is one of the most honored airlines in the world, known for its triple bottom line approach that takes into account the carrier's performance and productivity, the importance of its People and the communities it serves, and its commitment to efficiency and the planet. The 2012 Southwest Airlines One Report™ can be found at southwest.com/citizenship.

About Project for Public Spaces

Project for Public Spaces is a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. Its pioneering Placemaking approach helps citizens transform their public spaces into vital places that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation and serve common needs. PPS was founded in 1975 to apply and expand on the work of William (Holly) Whyte, the author of The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces. Since then, the organization has completed projects in over 3000 communities in 43 countries and all 50 US states and are the premier center for best practices, information and resources on Placemaking.

Tweet me: .@SouthwestAir launches Heart of the Community Program with @PPS_Placemaking:http://social.southwest.com/kjY #PlacesWeLUV

KEYWORDS: Volunteerism & Community Engagement, Southwest Airlines, Placemaking, community, Project for Public Spaces

Power On! YouthSpark Hub Helps Youth Build Their Futures

3BL Media Communications - Thu, 2014-04-03 05:00

SOURCE: Microsoft

DESCRIPTION:

We’re excited to share that we’ve launched the updated YouthSpark Hub – an online resource from Microsoft to help youth gain skills, prepare for jobs or even start their own business. As Lisa Brummel, executive vice president, Human Resources, shared at We Day, “the YouthSpark Hub is a place where young people can go to get free resources and programs to help them imagine and create a better future.”

With direct input and feedback from youth, we did a complete overhaul of the Hub to make sure our resources met their needs. We also wanted to help young people get a clearer view of specific programs and resources Microsoft offers that may benefit them based on skills they want to develop or future aspirations they want to pursue.

The Hub offers opportunities to explore careers, a calendar of YouthSpark events, and a special “skills” section where you can drag and drop the skills you want to learn – from building an app to understanding a database – and be directed to the specific Microsoft resources that can help you get there. To get started, youth of all ages can select the “Participate in a YouthSpark Program” feature to browse more than 30 no-cost and low-cost programs that provide educational, employment, and entrepreneurial resources and support.

In addition, the YouthSpark Hub now features a special section for teachers with additional resources to help them support the young people they work with.

Check out the YouthSpark Hub at www.microsoft.com/youthsparkhub.  

 

Tweet me: Looking for technology, training and resources to help you get farther? Check out the #MSFT #YouthSpark Hub http://spr.ly/60199B1V

KEYWORDS: Education, Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Microsoft, YouthSpark, Yvonne Thomas, We Day

Watch Now! Livestream of Charities@Work Summit 2014

3BL Media Communications - Thu, 2014-04-03 04:40

SOURCE: America's Charities

DESCRIPTION:

Throughout today and tomorrow, tune in to the Charities@Work Summit Livestream to learn:

  • how to build successful cross-sector collaboration initiatives,
  • how to engage employees in the non-traditional workforces,
  • how digital culture is transforming philanthropy and
  • about the evolution from workplace giving to employee engagement 

Watch Now! You can watch sessions live, or watch them in DVR mode to work around your schedule.


To view an agenda of event sessions and times, click here.

Tweet me: .@AmerCharities: Watch Now! @CharitiesAtWork #CWSummit14 Livestream Apr 3-4: http://bit.ly/1kv90pn #CSR #EmployeeEngagement #Volunteer

KEYWORDS: Events, Conferences & Webinars, Business & Trade, America's Charities, Charities@Work, CSR Conferences, business & trade, Corporate Citizenship, Employee Engagement, events

Rebuilding Together Joins ServiceNation in Historic Campaign to Inspire Young Americans to Serve

3BL Media Communications - Thu, 2014-04-03 04:30
Eighteen of the Leading National Service Organizations Make A Year Of Service Part Of The American Way Of Life

SOURCE: Rebuilding Together

DESCRIPTION:

WASHINGTON, DC- April 4, 2014 /3BL Media/ -  Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit with a vision of a safe and healthy home for every person, announced today that it is one of eighteen of the country’s leading service organizations involved in a campaign led by ServiceNation to connect content creators in Hollywood with AmeriCorps members serving in communities across the country.

The campaign aims to inspire millions of Americans to serve by enlisting the voices of prominent leaders from both political parties, the entertainment industry, digital partners, major companies, leading nonprofits, and AmeriCorps alumni.  The ultimate goal is simple, but ambitious: We envision a day when young Americans turn to each other and ask, “Where will your year of national service be?”

In the coming months, Americans interested in a year of service will be able to visit the campaign website, www.serveAyear.org. On that site, they will learn about how AmeriCorps programs are tackling some of our nation’s toughest problems -- from disaster relief and veteran reintegration to college access and childhood nutrition -- and the organizations that are on the ground doing the work. The campaign breaks these issue areas down to nine “Pillars” and has details on how someone could get involved by serving a year.

Rebuilding Together will partner with St. Bernard Project to lead the Disaster Relief and Recovery pillar, providing the stories and faces of AmeriCorps members who respond and rebuild.

“A cornerstone of Rebuilding Together’s mission is the concept of service to others and making a difference to those in need,” said Charley Shimanski, president and CEO of Rebuilding Together. “It is a great honor to have our organization representing the national service movement in this country and we hope to inspire others to join in a year of service to help make our communities better.”

The campaign will highlight the following opportunities to serve:

  • Responding after a disaster with Rebuilding Together and St. Bernard Project
  • Fighting poverty with Habitat for Humanity and LIFT
  • Creating a healthier America with FoodCorps and National Health Corps
  • Building lifelong readers with Reading Partners and Reading Corps
  • Empowering young leaders with YouthBuild and The Corps Network
  • Inspiring students’ interest in STEM with Citizen Schools and FIRST
  • Helping students succeed with College Possible, City Year, and Playworks
  • Teaching with Teach For America
  • Empowering veterans with Vet Corps
  • Along with the campaign’s National Strategic Partner, AmeriCorps Alums

This past November, ServiceNation, Next Generation, and the Clinton Foundation co-hosted a conversation with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton, ServiceNation Executive Director Zach Maurin, and Next Generation co-founder James Steyer about how Hollywood could raise awareness for national service and early childhood education. Actor and director Rob Reiner moderated the expert panel before an audience that included some of the entertainment industry's biggest players including Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes, the award-winning actor and creator of Girls, Lena Dunham, and Producers Guild President and Criminal Minds Executive Producer, Mark Gordon.

Over the next three years, ServiceNation will continue to meet with entertainment companies and TV show executives in hopes that they will integrate powerful stories of service by AmeriCorps members into scripts of their shows. Only two weeks ago, AmeriCorps was mentioned in an episode of HBO's True Detective, a direct result of this effort. In the coming months, the campaign plans to roll out other partnerships with humorous digital platforms, YouTube stars, social-minded brands, athletes, celebrities, and more successful integrations that will help tell the story of national service in America.

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About Rebuilding Together
Rebuilding Together is a Safe and Healthy Housing organization that believes Community Starts at Home. Our focus provides critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades to low-income homes and community centers at no cost to service recipients. Our impact extends beyond the individuals served to revitalize and stabilize vulnerable neighborhoods and communities across the country. Our 187 local affiliates complete more than 10,000 rebuild projects a year thanks to the efforts of 100,000 volunteers from corporate partners, skilled trades professionals and everyday good citizens. Join us – visit www.RebuildingTogether.org.

About ServiceNation
This campaign will build on the work ServiceNation has done over the last six years.  With a coalition of nearly 400 organizations, a membership of 140,000+ individuals, and a field team, ServiceNation seeks to take the national service movement to the next level through an unprecedented cultural campaign that will inspire Americans and expand opportunities for Americans in national service.  Learn more at www.servicenation.org.

Tweet me: .@RebldgTogthr joins 17 orgs for @ServiceNation #serveayear campaign! Where will your year of national service be? http://bit.ly/1kHFa4K Contact Info:

Victoria O'Banion
Rebuilding Together
+1 (202) 603-2160
vobanion@rebuildingtogether.org

KEYWORDS: Volunteerism & Community Engagement, rebuilding together, csr, ServiceNation, Healthy homes, community, Service

How big data can help nonprofits raise more money

Over the past few years, there has been a lot of talk about “big data” and how using the plethora of information we now have at our fingertips will help fuel efficiencies and make businesses and causes more successful. But how can data transform a nonprofit’s ability to fundraise more effectively? I recently caught up with Josh Mait, CMO at Relationship Science (RelSci), who offered some intel on how they’re connecting organizations with big data for big results.

Relationship Science offers a “relationship capital platform.” Josh explains, “We help organizations, both for profit and nonprofit figure out how to leverage their ‘relationship capital’ to high-impact donors Basically, how does a nonprofit organization identify and act on all of the 1st and 2nd degree relationships they have access to accomplish what they’re trying to do.”

Josh says that while as individuals we’ve become good networkers, especially thanks to the proliferation of new communication tools like social media, organizations still struggle to make the right connections.

In the nonprofit sector, organizations often face three key challenges that data can help solve:

1) Optimizing the board. 

2) Identifying high-impact donors. 

3) Reducing the length of fundraising cycles. 



By using data about individuals and their relationships, you can keep track of how these relationships may connect you to your next major donor or high-impact board member. For nonprofits wondering how to use their donors, board members, or corporate sponsors more effectively, being armed with the right information can help. The ability to talk to a board member about who they might have a relationship with can be very powerful if used properly. If you’re able to approach someone with a common experience or interest, this gives your request added credibility and social power.

“Relationship capital can help fundraisers identify people who might be good prospective donors,” explains Josh. “By looking at the full picture of your networks, your board’s relationships, your existing donor’s relationships and other people close to the organization,  you can immediately see new opportunities for growing a donor base. With limited resources, you can focus on potential donors who can be high impact. You can focus on those who are more likely prospects and approach them with a warm introduction.”

Relationship Science offers nonprofits a platform that has profiles on over 3 million decision makers throughout various organizations, including public, private and financial companies.The service builds deep dossiers based on publicly available information on these key decision-makers.

“There aren’t salacious or personal details—and no contact information. We simply provide a really easy to digest format for intelligence and insights,” Josh says. “Because we collect all of this information and put it into a usable interface, that encourages action. If I pull up a profile, I can find out if my organization and the individual have anything in common. “

In many cases, the availability and usability of this type of intel can be critical for small organizations, as they are less likely to have someone on staff dedicated to manually compiling and managing this information. The smart use of contact and donor data can create efficiencies and helps organizations make choices. Understanding where to allocate your limited resources might be the difference between meeting your fundraising goals and falling short.

So, will “big data” save us? Not so fast.

Josh says it’s not about the data alone, “If we aren’t smart about our clients’ workflows, if we aren’t smart about the way we interact with the data, then the conversation is meaningless. If people can’t act on data in a meaningful way, we are right where we started.”

Thanks to Josh for sharing his insights. To find out more about how Relationship Science helps causes connect with key contacts, check out this case study on how Interfaith Youth Core to mobilized its national donor and support network.

 

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