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Foundation, food bank team up to bring 1 million pounds of food to Fayetteville

February 25, 2015 5:00 pm Published by

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The community has rallied in support of a mission to bring at least 1 million pounds of food to the Second Harvest Food Bank.

“Anything anyone donates, it’ll increase the food distributed here through the Second Harvest Food Bank.”

Ron Pringle, the food bank’s director, said transportation costs are among the food bank’s largest expenses.

Second Harvest distributes food to about 250 churches and nonprofits that operate food pantries in Bladen, Cumberland, Duplin, Harnett, Hoke, Robeson and Sampson counties. The food bank has a fleet of vehicles, including one tractor-trailer and two 26-foot box trucks, but it’s pretty much at capacity picking up food locally.

“We don’t want to just bring any food, but our focus is healthy, nutritious food, making that available and then educating our community about how to prepare that food,” Pringle said.

Party In Question Jho Low Turns To Philanthropy

February 24, 2015 5:00 pm Published by

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His older sister and her kids are at the family’s $31 million Central Park West apartment in New York City, so instead Low and his public relations aide meet FORBES ASIA in the 35th-floor presidential suite at the Park Lane Hotel on Central Park South, acquired in one of the latest real estate deals he’s inked. He wants people to know the real Jho Low his mama’s favorite (he’s the youngest of three), who trained and showed a pet bull terrier as a child.

That year Low and his brother, Szen, set up Hong Kong-registered Jynwel Capital, an advisory firm for the family’s investments. Their dad, Low Hock Peng, or Larry Low, expanded the family’s Asian property holdings to New Zealand, the U.S. Jho Low got his start in real estate deals and leveraged buyouts, bringing in Middle Eastern money from friends he made while at Harrow and then as an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. All this has added to the pile built by the first and second generations Low’s lawyers supplied financial statements to FORBES backing up the $1.8 billion estimate of the family fortune. But because the wealth is widely dispersed the grandfather had 7 children and 15 grandchildren, and there are now more than 50 members of the extended family and is held jointly in various trusts, no individual in the Low family qualifies for our annual list of Malaysia’s richest.

It’s his wheeling and dealing that is putting Low on front pages these days. Now the opposition in Malaysia wants Prime Minister Najib Razak to come clean on his family’s connections to Low and with Low’s dealings with the debt-ridden, state-owned investment fund, 1Malaysia Development Bhd. Low was an advisor to the fund that preceded 1MDB but hasn’t been on the board or in any official position at the new fund.

South Suburban Family Shelter Receives Grant from the Walmart Foundation for their School …

February 24, 2015 5:00 pm Published by

From the community: South Suburban Family Shelter Receives Grant from the Walmart Foundation for their School Prevention Program South Suburban Family Shelter Receives Grant from the Walmart Foundation for their School Prevention Program

The South Suburban Family Shelter recently received a $25,000 contribution to support the organization’s school-based prevention program. The Walmart Foundation State Giving Program strives to award grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S.

In Illinois in 2013, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation awarded more than $35.6 million in cash and in-kind donations to local organizations.

To be considered for support, perspective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program’s online grant application.

Kent-Harrison Foundation: A Legacy that goes on

February 24, 2015 5:00 pm Published by

They include the Scouts, the AESS culinary program, the Agassiz-Harrison Historical Society, Agassiz-Harrison Senior Peer Support, The Harrison Festival Society, the Agassiz-Harrison Swim Club and the Kent-Harrison Arts Council. That brings the foundation’s total donated up to $134,640 since the foundation started distributing grants in 2001.

“We had a diverse group of applicants this year,” says Judy Croft, treasurer and chair of the committee to select this year’s recipients.

Executive director Robby Robertson says they are pleased to offer grants to local organizations that do so much for the community. By letting the community know just what the foundation does, the board members want to encourage more involvement in terms of volunteering, financial support or grant applications.

The foundation, whose motto is Creating Opportunity Today and Tomorrow, celebrated their 20th anniversary last year. The donation from the Kent-Harrison Foundation is earmarked to help cover the costs of the main performer for Children’s Day.

“It’s wonderful to get this local support from the area,” says Andy Hillhouse, executive director at the Harrison Festival Society. This is their second time to get a grant from the foundation and they are thrilled.

“Theirs was such a worthwhile project,” says Robertson.

The funding for the Senior peer support group is to help cover the costs of the senior / teen lunches that take place every two months.

IU Northwest Secures National Science Foundation Grant

February 24, 2015 5:00 pm Published by

To address the national and local shortage of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals, Indiana University Northwest recently applied for and was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to attract and graduate students interested in pursuing these fields. The grant, totaling more than $600,000, will be used to provide scholarships and academic support to local students interested in studying science, math or technology at IU Northwest. Lowe said the award is a “significant recognition of the high quality of the science, technology and mathematics disciplines at IU Northwest and the importance of scholarships and academic support for qualified students” that will strengthen degree completion in STEM fields throughout the Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland region.

David Malik, Ph.D., IU Northwest’s Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, said the program will provide talented students with an invaluable opportunity to receive a high-quality STEM education at little or no cost.

In addition to scholarship support, the AIMS initiative will provide strong educational support to incoming STEM students through a cohort-style system that includes a one-week STEM orientation prior to the fall semester, a first-year STEM seminar, peer-led instructional and leadership opportunities, and support for joint STEM club activities.

The AIMS project, which has set the goal of increasing STEM graduates by 10 percent over a five-year period, was proposed to the NSF by a group of faculty at IU Northwest in response to the Foundation’s request for proposals to address the national shortage of STEM graduates.

Principal Communications, Sky Advisory Form New Pact

February 24, 2015 5:00 pm Published by

Principal Communications, Sky Advisory Form New Pact | Variety

Principal Communications Group, a top media and entertainment communications firm, will join with political and social responsibility shop Sky Advisory in a partnership designed to attend to the ever-expanding intersection of politics, philanthropy and business in Hollywood.

The development, announced Wednesday by Principal Communications managing partners Paul Pflug and Melissa Zukerman and Sky Advisory Group’s president Lindsay Rachelefsky, creates a one-stop operation for clients tending to both their entertainment assets and their commitments to various candidates and causes.

The partnership will help clients integrate personal and company profiles with fundraising, social action and candidate campaigns. “The teams’ combined services will include identifying giving priorities for clients based on their values, ideas and long term goals, while developing and executing on a communications strategy in tandem with the philanthropic organizations supported,” the announcement said.

Veteran Hollywood hands Zukerman and Pflug first worked with Rachelefsky last summer on President Obama’s fundraiser at the home of Live Nation chief executive Michael Rapino. Pflug and Zukerman said they “look forward to collaborating with some of the industry’s greatest cause champions to make the most of their contributions.”

Among those who have already signed on with the partnership are Rob Friedman, co-chair of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group (though not for business services); Peter Chernin’s wife, Megan; and Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter and wife Laura, for philanthropic endeavors.

Principal Communications Group (PCG) has a long list of clients that includes The Chernin Group, Marvel, Legendary, Wasserman Media Group, Live Nation and IMAX.

Frigid winter leads to spike in fuel assistance

February 24, 2015 5:00 pm Published by

Calls for heating assistance in Brookline have gone up dramatically from last year, reflective of a brutally cold and difficult winter.Marty Wisler, a social worker with the Brookline Community Foundation who administers the foundation’s Safety Net Fund for emergency purposes, said the number of requests for heat assistance has grown by around 60 to 70 percent compared to previous years.”We have helped numerous people this year,” she said.Wisler said Safety Net helps residents after they have run out of oil or they have received a cut-off notice from their heating utility, and funds are used to try to keep that resident’s heat on.”Once they get a cut-off notice, then we can move very quickly to help them,” she said.She said this year, the biggest complaint has come from residents with oil heat who have run out of oil. Those residents include a number of seniors, she said.”Generally, people went through their resources more quickly than they thought,” she said.With oil complaints, she said the center has had to move more rapidly because the tenant often doesn’t realize they have a problem until the tank is already empty.With shut-off notices for gas heating, the center has more time to help the resident out before the heat is shut off.She said the Community Foundation responded to every complaint this year for heat assistance.The BCF started the Safety Net Fund in 1989. The funds are meant to respond to the needs of Brookline residents in emergency situations, including food and rental assistance, as well as heating support.John J. He called this winter a “natural disaster.”He said the ABCD has run out of funds for fuel assistance, and is currently lobbying the state Legislature to release federal money to Massachusetts to deal with the bitter cold this winter.There have been 575 applications for heat assistance from Brookline residents this year, Drew said. Seventy percent of those applicants are senior citizens.Residents with oil, gas and electric heating all call for assistance, but those with electric heating were the hardest hit this year, because of a spike in electricity rates, he said.Drew assumes that most residents who got heat assistance from the ABCD have already exhausted their benefits this winter.”People are doing anything they can to try to get some heat,” he said.The center is relying on contributions now to help residents.Page 2 of 2 – The areas that get the most assistance from ABCD are the Boston neighborhoods of Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan.”We have a lot of winter ahead of us possible, and a lot of people who are not in a position to weather it,” he said.Ruthann Dobek, the director of the Brookline Senior Center, said the center acts as a site for ABCD in Brookline in order to make it easier for residents to apply and get assistance.ABCD offers assistance to all families in Boston and surrounding areas that live at or below 60 percent of the state median income. Census Bureau.She said more people should be informed of services they could sign up for.Many come to the center looking for a shoulder to cry on about how bad the winter has been and how they’ve had to survive with limited heating options, only to discover that they can get assistance by applying for it, Dobek said.The center gets about five to six calls or complaints a week about heat-related issues during the winter season.”There’s a pretty constant need for fuel assistance,” Dobek said. If your heat has been shut off or you have run out of heat, you can contact the Safety Net Fund at the Community Mental Health Center at 617-277-8107.

Wilnecote Unicorns Disability FC can Grow their Game thanks to Football Foundation

February 24, 2015 5:00 pm Published by

Wilnecote Unicorns Disability FC can Grow their Game thanks to Football Foundation | Tamworth Herald Wilnecote Unicorns Disability FC can Grow their Game thanks to Football Foundation

GRASSROOTS football in Tamworth has been given a helping hand following a 5,000 Grow the Game grant from the Football Foundation.

“This additional funding provided by the Premier League and The FA is excellent news for grassroots clubs seeking to start new teams and get their volunteer coaches qualified with FA coaching badges.

“Congratulations to Wilnecote Unicorns DFC for working with Jodie Allard from Staffordshire FA to secure their 5,000 Grow the Game grant which will increase participation in the region as well as support football development in the area.”

Philanthropic ride: Indoor cycling event will raise money for ovarian cancer on March 7

February 24, 2015 5:00 pm Published by

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They may not be going anywhere physically, but dozens of stationary bike riders will gather at the Midtown Athletic Club at Windy Hill in southeast Cobb County on March 7 to push toward the goal of a world without ovarian cancer.

Bethany Diamond, founder of the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund’s Ovarian Cycle Ride to Change the Future fundraiser, said she estimates about 150 to 200 riders participated last year.

“We have bikes that fill up a double basketball court,” said the Sandy Springs resident.

She founded the event in Atlanta in 2004 after witnessing a friend, Debbie Green Flamm, suffer through and eventually lose her battle to ovarian cancer. This year the goal is $200,000.

“This event is so important, because it really does draw awareness as to what ovarian cancer is and also awareness so that there can be more funding going towards ovarian cancer so there can be a cure,” said Sharon Sigler, of Marietta, a 22-year ovarian cancer survivor.

Sigler served as a volunteer for the event in 2014 and will be volunteering this year as well as working to secure corporate sponsorships.

“I remember walking into this big room filled with spin cycles and all these teal and white balloons (last year), and I just got tears in my eyes looking at the devoted people that were riding to raise money so that we can find a cure for ovarian cancer,” she said.

Sigler said in addition to riders and sponsors, community members are encouraged to take part in the event by cheering on the participants.

“It’s like a big party,” Diamond said.

Education foundation awards almost $100K

February 24, 2015 5:00 pm Published by

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