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Solidia Technologies Named in the 2016 Sustainia100

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 5:19pm

 Solidia Technologies®, a cement and concrete technology startup, today announced it was named in the Sustainia100 for its systems that reduce the carbon footprint of cement and concrete up to 70 percent. Solidia was selected to the Sustainia100 from nearly 6,000 nominated companies from 60 countries.

“We are very honored by the acknowledgment of Sustainia and to join a cohort of 100 disruptive innovators with scalable solutions that can solve challenges and positively impact industry, society and markets," commented Thomas Schuler, President and CEO of Solidia Technologies. "The cement and concrete industry hasn’t seen significant change in 200 years. Our scalable, easy-to-adopt CO₂-curing system can transform sustainability into a competitive edge across the globe.”

Solidia Technologies makes it easy and profitable to use CO2 to create superior and sustainable building materials. Its patented technology starts with a sustainable cement, cures concrete with CO2 instead of water, reduces carbon emissions up to 70 percent, and recycles 60 to 100 percent of the water used in production. Using the same raw materials and existing equipment as traditional concretes, the resulting CO2-cured concrete products are higher performing, cost less to produce, and cure in less than 24 hours. 

Featuring the theme “systemic opportunity,” this year’s Sustainia100, an annual publication that presents the most innovative, available, scalable and sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges, sets out 100 solutions that respond to the interconnected global challenges addressed through the Sustainable Development Goals—from health solutions that tackle climate change, to renewable energy products that alleviate gender inequality.

“The term ‘systemic’ often brings to mind intractable problems, such as systemic poverty or systemic corruption. The global goals give us focus and pace, so we think it’s time to reclaim the word and talk about systemic opportunity, instead. The Sustainia100 shows us that the most compelling and successful solutions tackle multiple challenges, and global goals, in one go,” said Morten Nielsen, Managing Director of Sustainia, which publishes the Sustainia100.

In her foreword to the Sustainia100, Lise Kingo, the Executive Director of United Nations Global Compact, reflects on the pace and direction set by the Sustainable Development Goals: “The Sustainia100 offers us 100 reasons to be hopeful and inspired as we embark on this 15-year journey. The innovative thinking needed to accomplish the SDGs by 2030 already exists today. Now our task is to spread the word about these transformative solutions in order to help them scale and inspire new actors to take part in forging the path to a more sustainable future.”

Now in its fifth year, the Sustainia100 has tracked more than 4,500 solutions to date from all over the world. This year’s edition features solutions deployed in 188 countries, with more than half from the SME sector. The innovations are screened and selected by independent sustainability experts from 20 international research organizations, including Yale University, WWF, Acumen, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and Cleantech.

About Solidia Technologies®
Based in Piscataway, N.J. (USA), Solidia’s investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Bright Capital, BASF, BP, LafargeHolcim, Total Energy Ventures, Bill Joy and other private investors. Honors include: 2015 NJBiz Business of the Year  2014 Global Cleantech 100; 2013 R&D Top 100; 2014 Best Place to Work in NJ; 2014 CCEMC Grand Challenge First Round finalist; 2013 Katerva Award finalist; and MIT’s Climate CoLab shortlist. Follow Solidia Technologies at www.solidiatech.com and on LinkedIn, YouTube and Twitter: @SolidiaCO2.

About Sustainia
Sustainia helps public and private organizations create a more sustainable tomorrow, building on the solutions available today. As a world leader in navigating the new market opportunities for the Sustainable Development Goals and with a database of more than 4,500 cutting-edge innovations, Sustainia‘s mission is to innovate the business models of the future. Sustainia is supported by strategic partners R20 and UN Global Compact.

About Sustainia100
Sustainia100 is an annual guide to 100 innovative sustainability solutions from around the world. The guide identifies readily available projects, initiatives and technologies at the forefront of sustainable innovation. It gives investors, business leaders, policy makers and consumers insights into promising solutions within their respective fields. The innovations are screened and selected by independent sustainability experts from 20 international research organizations including Yale University, WWF, Acumen, and Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The Sustainia100 publication is kindly sponsored by Realdania.

U.S. Chamber Foundation Launches Health Means Business Champions Network

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 5:19pm

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, in conjunction with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, today announced the launch of the Health Means Business Champions Network. This first-of-its-kind initiative provides businesses and community stakeholders the tools they need to take action and become leaders in a movement for a healthier America.

“America’s long-term competitiveness relies on better health for its citizens,” said Marc DeCourcey, senior vice president for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. “Together with our Health Means Business Champions, we’re on a mission to foster business engagement in building community wellness. We hope that businesses of all sizes will get involved and take the Wellness Pledge to help lead America toward a healthier future.”

The Champions Network will provide various tools and practical resources that enable businesses, chambers of commerce, and community stakeholders to become health champions, including:

  • Wellness Pledge: Health Champions can show their commitment to making their communities healthier by taking the Champions Network Wellness Pledge. The pledge is the first step in the Champions Network and gives businesses, chambers of commerce, individuals, and community stakeholders access to practical resources, peer-to-peer networking, and more.

  • Peer-to-Peer Sharing: The Champions Network encourages collaboration between communities and Health Champions around the country. Upon joining the network, Health Champions will have the opportunity to join other businesses, chambers of commerce, and community stakeholders in private online groups to share best practices and access practical tools to help improve the health in their communities.

  • Online Resource Center: More than a simple listing of resources, the Online Resource Center includes up-to-date information on the national Health Means Business campaign and details how businesses, chambers of commerce, and community partners can take action to invest and engage in corporate and community health. The Online Resource Center addresses what it takes to build a healthy community where both people and businesses thrive, showcasing best practices from our Champions Network with easy to use tips, tools, and a Health Means Business Champions Handbook to help every community build a culture of health.

  • Learning Modules: In-depth learning modules will help walk businesses and chambers of commerce through different ways to engage in community health. Modules include instruction on how to host a Health Means Business forum, become a Health Champion, and start a wellness committee at a company or local chamber.

  • Fast Tracks: Fast Tracks are quick and easy tips businesses and chambers of commerce can use right away. The first in the series focuses on ways businesses can create healthier workplaces.

“Business and community leaders across the country who are already building a culture of health know that these investments are good for business and good for communities,” said Marjorie Paloma, director and senior program officer for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “The Champions Network is an important tool for engaging American businesses and their community partners to take action and invest in corporate and community health.”

The Health Means Business Champions Network is a key element of the Health Means Business campaign, a two-year commitment by the U.S. Chamber Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – in cooperation with local, state, and regional chambers – to foster engagement in the wellness of American communities.

The Health Means Business Champions Network and its role as a leader in the growing wellness movement will be the centerpiece of a Health Means Business panel discussion during the U.S. Chamber’s annual America’s Small Business Summit, which will take place June 13-15, 2016 in Washington, D.C. The Health Means Business breakout panel will take place on Tuesday, June 14 from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. EDT.

For more information about the Champions Network, visit: 
https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/champions

For more than 40 years, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care. We are working with others to build a national Culture of Health, enabling everyone in America to live longer, healthier lives.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness. We educate the public on the conditions necessary for business and communities to thrive, how business positively impacts communities, and emerging issues and creative solutions that will shape the future.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

Sustainable Brands Celebrating a Decade of Global Brand Innovation Leaders

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 11:16am

 Sustainable Brands® largest community gathering kicked off with Sustainable Brands ’16 San Diego at Paradise Point Resort & Spa. Nearly 2,000 community members from 30 countries around the globe are participating in the conference, Activation Hub and live stream. This year’s theme, Activating Purpose, focuses on how companies are developing real tools, techniques, methods and models for embedding purpose into the core of a brand and finding business success. 

Nearly 250 influential brand leaders and practitioners of environmental and social innovation are sparking conversation around purpose-driven business and topics such as: understanding market trends and investor attitudes, cultivating purpose-driven leadership, influencing consumer demand and behavior in favor of sustainable consumption norms, advancing concepts such as circular economy and biomimicry, mainstreaming sustainability challenges, and unifying purpose along the whole value chain. Several companies making announcements or launching news from the conference include:

  • EY, in partnership with Sustainable Brands, announces new research insights: The ROI of Purpose in Business.

  • GlobeScan and SustainAbility, in partnership with Sustainable Brands, announces key findings in the 2016 Sustainability Leaders Survey. Integrating purpose through a common brand promise and aligning sustainability strategy with internal culture and values are key drivers of corporate leadership.

  • Kashi announces a breakthrough initiative in the organic farming industry.

  • Boy Scouts of America announces a new digital platform that elevates existing commitments to protect, respect and interact with the outdoors.

  • Toyota announces its new Plano, TX campus will receive 25% of its power from on-site solar installation. This will be the largest corporate office on-site solar installation among non-utility companies in the state of Texas.

  • GlobeScan, in partnership with Sustainable Brands, announces insights from a 25-country study on corporate purpose: The Public on Purpose

  • Forum for the Future, in partnership with BSR and SHINE launches new results and an upgraded vision and roadmap for a global Net Positive movement.

  • Cone Communications announces the 2016 Cone Communications Employee Engagement Study revealing an increased expectation for companies to provide not only basic benefits but also ones that allow employees to bring their passions for social and environmental issues to the workplace.

  • Freya Williams announces a new set of companies to add to her book, Green Giants: How Smart Companies Turn Sustainability into Billion-Dollar Businesses

  • The Renewal Workshop announces plans to partner with the world’s best-loved apparel brand and retailers to refurbish their “unsellable” returns and excel inventory.

  • Savers announces a new report examining perceptions of clothing consumption and reuse and identifying educational opportunities to change wasteful habits.

  • Sustainable Brands announces its 10 year anniversary of elevating the business case for embedding environmental and social purpose into the core of a brand. 

 

The Activation Hub at SB’16 San Diego
Hosted by BASF, the Activation Hub is designed to cultivate conversation and debate around a series of topics that mirror topmost initiatives in the full conference program. Nearly 100 interactive sessions take place in the Activation Hub this year and knowledgeable experts from organizations such as WhiteWave Foods, Nestlé, Target, Shaw Industries, Braskem, jetBlue, Deloitte, Savers, Kohler, Solar City, MBDC, The Sustainability Consortium, United Technologies, Labor Voices, YK Center, thinkstep, Source Intelligence, The Nature Conservancy and others participate by sharing their innovations and ideas in purpose. Target hosts the SB Innovation Open, Toyota features test drives of its hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and United Technologies features tours of Pratt & Whitney’s Pure Power® PW1000G Engine. 

The Activation Hub is open Monday evening from 7:00 – 9:00pm; Tuesday, June 7th and Wednesday, June 8th from 12:30pm until 7:30pm; Thursday, June 9th from 12:30 until 3:00pm. Ticket passes for the Activation Hub Only are available during these times and includes admission to conference breakout sessions in the Activating Purpose Upstream track on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon.

 

Free Conference Live Stream
Hosted by CVS Health, Sustainable Brands offers free access to 3 full days of live stream broadcast from the conference. After registering, live stream viewers receive access to the live simulcast of conference plenary sessions beginning Monday evening. Interested viewers can learn more and register at www.SB16sd.com.

SB’16 San Diego is supported by Platinum sponsors: Target, BASF, Nestlé, Citizen and Toyota. Gold level sponsors include jetBlue, United Technologies and Waste Management. Silver level sponsors include: Cone Communications, EY, Deloitte, ThinkPARALLAX, thinkstep, International Paper, WhiteWave Foods Company, Savers, Shaw Industries, PwC, BLEND, and Boy Scouts of America. Platinum level media partner is The Huffington Post. Premium media partners include Guardian Sustainable Business, News Deeply and Upworthy. For a list of attendees and a complete list of sponsors and speakers, please visit the conference website at www.SB16sd.com. Tickets for both the conference and Activation Hub are still available and can be purchased onsite at Paradise Point Resort & Spa in San Diego.

 

About Sustainable Brands
Sustainable Brands® is the premier global community of brand innovators who are shaping the future of commerce worldwide. Since 2006, our mission has been to inspire, engage and equip today’s business and brand leaders to prosper for the near and long term by leading the way to a better future. Digitally published news articles and issues-focused conversation topics, internationally known conferences and regional events, a robust e-learning library and peer-to-peer membership groups all facilitate community learning and engagement throughout the year. Sustainable Brands is a division of Sustainable Life Media headquartered in San Francisco, CA.

CEO Decision–Making for Sustainability

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 11:16am

New research from the Network for Business Sustainability by Dr. Stephanie Bertels, Jess Schulschenk, Andrea Ferry, Vanessa Otto-Mentz, and Esther Speck provides research-based insights to this question. CEO Decision-Making for Sustainability covers:

The CEO’s perspective:

  • Identifies the factors shaping a CEO’s thinking on sustainability, from personal readiness, to the business context, to a final “gut check.”

  • Identifies three key barriers that prevent CEOs from prioritizing sustainability:

    • lack of relevant information,

    • unclear links to core business, and

    • competing priorities.

The role for change agents, people who can influence the CEO’s perspective and actions on sustainability:

  • Shares what CEOs told the researchers were the qualities of influential change agents.

  • Captures what the researchers learned from effective change agents about how they support and influence their CEOs to incorporate sustainability.

“Believe it or not, one of the tactics I adopt is one of just letting mini-crises come up … because it creates a sense of urgency. That blood rush to the brain just makes them more receptive to solutions or different solutions, because now there’s a need to deal with the problem. I just need to do the preparatory work for when the crisis hits, because I can see when it’s coming. Or you fall into the trap of fixing everything before anything ever goes wrong, so everyone goes: ‘Well what’s the big issue? Look at how great everything is!’”

— Change Agent (excerpt from executive guide)

About the research

This report was inspired by the Leadership Council of NBS-South Africa and conducted by Dr. Stephanie Bertels, Jess Schulschenk, Andrea Ferry, Vanessa Otto-Mentz and Esther Speck. The project involved a review of over 122 articles and 84 interviews with CEOs, chairpersons and board members, executive team members and internal and external change agents in South Africa and internationally. For additional information on the research, please see the last page of the report.

Stay tuned for the more research and tools on CEO Decision-Making for Sustainability to be published in the coming weeks.

 

Register for the main report & supporting tools for change agents and CEOs.

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Convercent Secures $11 Million in Series C Funding to Drive Compliance Innovation

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 11:16am

(Marketwired) - Convercent, the leading provider of enterprise compliance management software, today announced it has raised $11 million in Series C funding led by Tola Capital, which invests in the next generation of enterprise software companies, with participation from Sapphire Ventures and other existing investors. As part of the round, Stacey Giard, Chief Operating Officer and principal of Tola Capital, will join the company's board of directors. 

The latest round of funding will be used to enhance Convercent's predictive analytics and reporting to facilitate proactive compliance management, while expanding its global sales and marketing efforts. 

"Compliance is a Board-level issue for every company. But compliance only works if it's effectively driven through the whole organization, as every employee has a role to play," said Sheila Gulati, Managing Director of Tola Capital. "Convercent's software enables compliance for the whole organization with an easy to implement solution that delivers immediate value and visibility. We are thrilled to be working with the Convercent team to deliver analytics enabled corporate compliance solutions."

"The world is rapidly changing and the outcomes of compliance reflect this," said Patrick Quinlan, CEO, Convercent. "This recent financing, and the investors behind it, speak volumes about the importance of the compliance industry and its impact on business. It also sends a strong message to chief compliance officers everywhere about our commitment to building the most innovative and effective compliance tools to help them manage successful programs that keep pace with rapid modernization." 

Respected brands, including: Airbnb, AMC Entertainment, LinkedIn, PETCO, Ruby Tuesday, Under Armour and Zenefits are taking a proactive role to improve compliance and ethics in their companies, while providing visibility into the impact of their initiatives. With Convercent companies can integrate risks, policies, training, conflicts of interest disclosures, and helpline case management resulting in real-time data reporting.

"As corporate compliance continues to grab headlines, the need for Convercent's technology solution has become ever more urgent," said Doug Higgins, Managing Director at Sapphire Ventures. "We are proud to have been partnering with Convercent on its innovation and growth agenda since first investing in 2013. We look forward to supporting the company's market leadership through our enterprise connections and to celebrating the team's continued success in the months and years ahead."

To learn more about Convercent, please visit www.convercent.com

ABOUT CONVERCENT
Convercent's risk-based global compliance solution enables the design, implementation and measurement of an effective compliance program. Delivering an intuitive user experience with actionable executive reporting, Convercent integrates the management of corporate compliance risks, cases, disclosures, training and policies. With hundreds of customers in more than 130 countries -- including Philip Morris International, CH2M Hill and Under Armour -- Convercent's award-winning GRC solution safeguards the financial and reputational health of your company. Convercent is backed by Sapphire Ventures, Tola Capital, Azure Capital, Mantucket Capital, and Rho Capital Partners. Convercent is based in Denver, Colorado. 

Arrow Electronics Sponsors Junior Achievement Business Week for Colorado High School Students

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 8:06pm

Colorado-based global technology company Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: ARW) is the presenting sponsor of Junior Achievement (JA) Business Week, a residential business boot camp for Colorado-area high school students that kicks off today at Johnson & Wales University in Denver. 

JA Business Week is a project-based program for students in grades nine through 12 that is focused on practical application and real-world problem solving. Students attending this year’s JA Business Week will gain practical, first-hand experience working on projects for OtterBox, a Colorado-based global innovator of protective solutions for mobile technology, and Smoke Colorado Craft Barbeque. In addition to interactive project work and workshops on marketing, business ethics and budgeting, the week culminates in a “Shark Tank”-style competition.

“JA Business Week provides students from all backgrounds and walks of life with the entrepreneurial and interpersonal skills and that will help them succeed when they enter the business world in a few years. Arrow Electronics is proud to support this great educational program and help guide the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs forward,” said Alex West of Arrow’s global Corporate Social Responsibility program.

More than half of the students attend JA Business Week on scholarship. In addition to Arrow’s corporate sponsorship of the week-long learning program, Colorado-based Arrow employees raised $25,000 this spring through a bowl-a-thon fundraiser, which was enough to cover JA Business Week camp tuition for 70 students.

“Arrow Electronics is such an innovative company, and to have that spirit modeled for our young people is powerful beyond measure,” said Robin Wise, president and CEO of JA-Rocky Mountain. “Thanks to the volunteer and financial support from forward-thinking companies like Arrow, JA Business Week students are prepared for what’s next.”

JA-Rocky Mountain prepares young people to thrive in the 21st century workplace and global economy by inspiring a passion in free enterprise and entrepreneurship, and instilling an understanding of personal financial literacy. During the 2015/16 school year, JA provided programs to more than 136,000 students throughout Metro Denver, Northern Colorado and Wyoming.

About Arrow Electronics
Arrow Electronics is a global provider of products, services and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions. Arrow serves as a supply channel partner for more than 100,000 original equipment manufacturers, contract manufacturers and commercial customers through a global network of more than 460 locations serving over 85 countries.

Working to Solve Hunger: Upcoming Twitter Chat with BJ’s Wholesale Club, Meals on Wheels America, and Feeding America®

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 8:06pm

Mark Your Calendars!

Join us for a LIVE 1 hour Twitter chat with BJ’s Wholesale Club, Meals on Wheels America and Feeding America

Thursday, February 18, at 12 p.m. EST

#FightHunger 

The United States is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, yet each year millions of people face hunger.  With one in seven Americans struggling with food insecurity, hunger affects families, seniors and children in every community in the country, but with the support of everyone, hunger is an issue that can be solved.

Feeding America is the nationwide network of food banks, providing food and resources to 46.5 million people facing hunger across the country, including 13 million older adults. Meals on Wheels America, the oldest and largest national organization supporting community-based senior nutrition programs across the country,  provides home-delivered meal services to people in need in virtually every community.  In partnership with BJ’s Wholesale Club, these organizations are working together to help get more nutritious foods to the people who need it most.  Learn how a network of food banks, hunger-relief agencies and Meals on Wheels programs provide access to nutrient-rich food to help individuals and families thrive.

This LIVE Twitter chat on Thursday, February 18, at 12 p.m. EST will be an opportunity to discuss the challenges involved in trying to serve the more than 48 million Americans facing hunger.

Join 3BL Media (@3BLMedia) along with BJ’s Wholesale (@BJsWholesale), Feeding America (@FeedingAmerica) and Meals On Wheels America (@_MealsOnWheels) to discuss the scope of hunger in America, the impact of food insecurity on individuals and families, and ways in which interested people can join the fight to end hunger.

Topics of this chat to include:

  • The scope of hunger in America
  • Coping mechanisms used by people struggling with hunger
  • Who is providing support to Americans facing hunger
  • Learning how to get involved and support efforts to fight hunger

Tips to get the most from #FightHunger:

  • Follow the main participants and #FightHunger hashtag.
  • Submit questions before the event to promote a more dynamic discussion.
  • Use the #FightHunger hashtag on comments that you want to share with the community.
  • Share tweets you think your followers will appreciate.
  • Follow interesting participants during and after the chat.

2016 Etisalat Pan-African Prize for Literature: Call for Entries

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 2:03pm

Etisalat has announced its call for entries to the 2016 edition of the Pan-African Prize, Etisalat Prize for Literature (http://Prize.Etisalat.com.ng). This is coming just a few months after the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Fiston Mwanza Mujila won the 2015 edition of the Prize with his first novel, Tram 83.

Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Matthew Willsher, who made this disclosure on Wednesday at a press briefing in Lagos, also announced the Judging Panel for the 2016 Etisalat Prize. The panel comprises Nigerian novelist and poet, Helon Habila, as the Chair of Judges, South African writer and activist Elinor Sisulu and Ivorian writer, Edwige Rene Dro as members. The Chair of judges was present at the briefing as well as two of the Prize Patrons: renowned literary icon, Prof. Kole Omotoso and awards-winning author, Dele Olojede.

Mr. Willsher, while speaking about the uniqueness of the Etisalat Prize, said it is designed to serve as a leading platform for the discovery and encouraging of creative writing talents as well as the celebration of literary arts by African writers.

“We are delighted to champion the cause for celebrating the richness and strength of African literature. Etisalat Prize for Literature is about discovering and bringing to the world stage the many creative talent Africa boasts of. The Etisalat Prize is about creativity, excellence, empowerment and reward; it is about celebrating our African diversity in very innovative ways through various forms of art, literature being one of them”, he said.

Willsher added that only books by debutant writers published not later than 24 months before submission, will qualify for entry. “They must also be by registered publishing houses not less than six years as incorporated publishers with registered ISBN Number or the equivalent, and who must have published a minimum of six authors. All entries should be accompanied by seven copies of the book entered along with an acceptance of our publicity terms. A publisher may submit a maximum of three books. The rules and guidelines for entry are available at http://Prize.Etisalat.com.ng, he said. 

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Etisalat.

About the Judging Panel

Nigerian-born Helon Habila is a writer, poet, author and an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at George Mason University, USA. His novels include, Waiting for an Angel (2002), Measuring Time (2007), and Oil on Water (2010). He is the editor of the Granta Book of African Short Story (2011).

Habila’s novels, poems, and short stories have won many honours and awards, including the Commonwealth Prize for Best First Novel (Africa Section), the Caine Prize, the Virginia Library Foundation Prize for fiction and most recently the Windham-Campbell Prize.

Habila has been a contributing editor for the Virginia Quarterly Review since 2004, and he is a regular reviewer for the Guardian, UK.

Elinor Sisulu is a Zimbabwean-born South Africa writer and human rights activist Elinor Sisulu combines training in history, English literature, development studies and feminist theory from institutions in Zimbabwe, Senegal and the Netherlands. 

She is the author of the award-winning children's book The Day Gogo Went to Vote. Her biography on her parents-in-law, Walter and Albertina Sisulu: In Our Lifetime secured her the prestigious 2003 Noma Award for publishing in Africa.

Elinor’s involvement in book promotion and literary development efforts for many years has culminated in her work with the Puku Children’s Literature Foundation. She has been a judge for the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, the Sanlam Youth Literature Prize and the Penguin Africa Writer’s Competition. 

Edwige-Renée Dro is an Ivorian writer and a translator. She is one of the 39 most promising voices under 40 from Africa, south of the Sahara as decided by the Africa39 project. She was the 2015 PEN International New Voices award judge.

Edwige-Renée currently works as the director of Danbé Collection, a new imprint of l'Harmattan Editions with a focus on the promotion of Ivorian literature in Abidjan. Her short stories have been published in anthologies and literary journals.

About Etisalat Prize for Literature

The Etisalat Prize for Literature is a Pan African prize (http://Prize.Etisalat.com.ng) that celebrates debut African writers of published fiction. Previous winners include Zimbabwe’s NoViolet Bulawayo (2013), South Africa’s Songeziwe Mahlangu (2014) and Democratic Republic of Congo’s Fiston Mwanza Mujila (2015).  

The winner receives a cash prize of £15,000 in addition to a fellowship at the prestigious University of East Anglia, U.K. under the mentorship of Professor Giles Foden, the award-winning author of The Last King of Scotland.

The Etisalat Prize also incorporates an award for Flash Fiction; an online-based competition for non-published African writers of short stories.

2016 Etisalat Pan-African Prize Prize for Literature: Call for Entries

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 11:02am

Etisalat has announced its call for entries to the 2016 edition of the Pan-African Prize, Etisalat Prize for Literature (http://Prize.Etisalat.com.ng). This is coming just a few months after the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Fiston Mwanza Mujila won the 2015 edition of the Prize with his first novel, Tram 83.

Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Matthew Willsher, who made this disclosure on Wednesday at a press briefing in Lagos, also announced the Judging Panel for the 2016 Etisalat Prize. The panel comprises Nigerian novelist and poet, Helon Habila, as the Chair of Judges, South African writer and activist Elinor Sisulu and Ivorian writer, Edwige Rene Dro as members. The Chair of judges was present at the briefing as well as two of the Prize Patrons: renowned literary icon, Prof. Kole Omotoso and awards-winning author, Dele Olojede.

Mr. Willsher, while speaking about the uniqueness of the Etisalat Prize, said it is designed to serve as a leading platform for the discovery and encouraging of creative writing talents as well as the celebration of literary arts by African writers.

“We are delighted to champion the cause for celebrating the richness and strength of African literature. Etisalat Prize for Literature is about discovering and bringing to the world stage the many creative talent Africa boasts of. The Etisalat Prize is about creativity, excellence, empowerment and reward; it is about celebrating our African diversity in very innovative ways through various forms of art, literature being one of them”, he said.

Willsher added that only books by debutant writers published not later than 24 months before submission, will qualify for entry. “They must also be by registered publishing houses not less than six years as incorporated publishers with registered ISBN Number or the equivalent, and who must have published a minimum of six authors. All entries should be accompanied by seven copies of the book entered along with an acceptance of our publicity terms. A publisher may submit a maximum of three books. The rules and guidelines for entry are available at http://Prize.Etisalat.com.ng, he said. 

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Etisalat.

About the Judging Panel

Nigerian-born Helon Habila is a writer, poet, author and an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at George Mason University, USA. His novels include, Waiting for an Angel (2002), Measuring Time (2007), and Oil on Water (2010). He is the editor of the Granta Book of African Short Story (2011).

Habila’s novels, poems, and short stories have won many honours and awards, including the Commonwealth Prize for Best First Novel (Africa Section), the Caine Prize, the Virginia Library Foundation Prize for fiction and most recently the Windham-Campbell Prize.

Habila has been a contributing editor for the Virginia Quarterly Review since 2004, and he is a regular reviewer for the Guardian, UK.

Elinor Sisulu is a Zimbabwean-born South Africa writer and human rights activist Elinor Sisulu combines training in history, English literature, development studies and feminist theory from institutions in Zimbabwe, Senegal and the Netherlands. 

She is the author of the award-winning children's book The Day Gogo Went to Vote. Her biography on her parents-in-law, Walter and Albertina Sisulu: In Our Lifetime secured her the prestigious 2003 Noma Award for publishing in Africa.

Elinor’s involvement in book promotion and literary development efforts for many years has culminated in her work with the Puku Children’s Literature Foundation. She has been a judge for the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, the Sanlam Youth Literature Prize and the Penguin Africa Writer’s Competition. 

Edwige-Renée Dro is an Ivorian writer and a translator. She is one of the 39 most promising voices under 40 from Africa, south of the Sahara as decided by the Africa39 project. She was the 2015 PEN International New Voices award judge.

Edwige-Renée currently works as the director of Danbé Collection, a new imprint of l'Harmattan Editions with a focus on the promotion of Ivorian literature in Abidjan. Her short stories have been published in anthologies and literary journals.

About Etisalat Prize for Literature

The Etisalat Prize for Literature is a Pan African prize (http://Prize.Etisalat.com.ng) that celebrates debut African writers of published fiction. Previous winners include Zimbabwe’s NoViolet Bulawayo (2013), South Africa’s Songeziwe Mahlangu (2014) and Democratic Republic of Congo’s Fiston Mwanza Mujila (2015).  

The winner receives a cash prize of £15,000 in addition to a fellowship at the prestigious University of East Anglia, U.K. under the mentorship of Professor Giles Foden, the award-winning author of The Last King of England.

The Etisalat Prize also incorporates an award for Flash Fiction; an online-based competition for non-published African writers of short stories.

Spence-Chapin Services to Families And Children Now Licensed as a Full-Service Adoption Agency In Connecticut

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 11:02am

Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children announced today that, in addition to New York and New Jersey, it has become licensed as an adoption agency in the state of Connecticut. The century old agency will now be able to offer all adoption services as well as mental and emotional health programs to Connecticut families. This includes international, domestic, and special needs adoption, adoption home studies, post-placement supervision, adoption finalization, biological parent counseling & support, and family counseling.

Spence-Chapin’s Domestic Adoption Programs are presently accepting new applications from the tri-state area.  The Domestic Adoption Programs support Spence-Chapin’s mission of providing adoption and adoption-related services of the highest quality.

“Spence-Chapin has an active Domestic Adoption Program and I’m pleased to say that we can extend this service to Connecticut families, in addition to families in New York and New Jersey” says Linda Alexandre, Director Domestic Adoption.

For families in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut interested in beginning the infant adoption process with Spence-Chapin, informational webinars are frequently held online. During a webinar, Spence-Chapin staff will share details about domestic adoption at Spence-Chapin including information about the children in need of adoption, the matching process, options counseling and support for biological parents, open adoption, and steps in the adoption process. All webinar attendees receive the adoption application. For more information, interested families should visit: http://www.spence-chapin.org/events/category/domestic-adoption-at-spence-chapin-1.  

About Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children
Spence-Chapin is a licensed and accredited non-profit organization. The agency brings over 100 years of experience in finding families for children through its adoption and mental and emotional health programs. Spence-Chapin’s fundamental belief is that Every Child Deserves A Family. Through its Modern Family Center, Spence-Chapin has broadened its impact in child welfare and permanency by providing support, workshops, crisis intervention, and pre- and post-adoption counseling services. The agency provides its services to children in need of a family; birth, foster, and adoptive parents; as well as family and health institutions.

LIVESTRONG Receives Top Honors for Governance, Transparency and Efficacy

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 4:40pm

 LIVESTRONG has received a four out of four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the nation's largest and most-utilized evaluator of charity excellence based on financial heath, accountability and transparency. The Foundation adds this accolade to its teeming list of achievements, which include the highest ratings from the Better Business Bureau, the National Health Council and the American Institute of Philanthropy, among others.

Since 2002, using objective, data-driven analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a four-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology.  These “Accountability & Transparency” metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities have “best practices” that minimize the chance of unethical activities and whether they freely share basic information about their organization with their donors and other stakeholders.

“We pride ourselves as an organization on maintaining the highest standards of transparency and accountability in order to improve the lives of people affected by cancer,” said LIVESTRONG President Greg Lee. “It is a tremendous honor to be recognized for our work and will only motivate us further to wake up each day to assist cancer survivors, caregivers and health care practitioners in their time of need.”  

LIVESTRONG was given a rating of 91.09 out of 100 overall and a score of 100.00 on accountability and transparency. In total, LIVESTRONG spends 84.7 cents of every dollar on programs that directly serve people affected by cancer, an amount far above the industry standard.

LIVESTRONG’s navigation services have become more critical than ever as the burden of cancer continually rises in the U.S. to more than 15.5 million people living with a history of the disease. In 2015, LIVESTRONG’s free, bilingual navigation services aided nearly 8,000 new clients and is well on its way to surpassing that number in 2016. Overall, those clients saved $10 million in fertility preservation, debt crisis, cost of living and other cancer-related costs. Through the first quarter of 2016, cancer survivors and caregivers have saved $2.4 million more.

In the communities, LIVESTRONG has maintained its strong presence, having just served its 38,000th client through one of more than 500 LIVESTRONG at the YMCA locations around the country. This free, or low cost, program helps survivors regain their physical and emotional well-being following what is often debilitating treatment.

The cancer foundation is also in the midst of creating a large-scale model to radically improve cancer treatment and quality of life, revolutionize how we treat and cure cancer and reinvent the way cancer patients and survivors are cared for at the LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes with The University of Texas’ Dell Medical School.

“LIVESTRONG’s coveted four-star rating puts it in a very select group of high-performing charities,” according to Michael Thatcher, president & CEO of Charity Navigator. “Out of the thousands of nonprofits Charity Navigator evaluates, only one out of four earns four stars -- a rating that demands rigor, responsibility and commitment to openness. LIVESTRONG’s supporters should feel much more confident that their hard-earned dollars are being used efficiently and responsibly when it acquires such a high rating.”

About the LIVESTRONG Foundation
The LIVESTRONG Foundation fights to improve the lives of people affected by cancer now. For 19 years, LIVESTRONG has been a voice for cancer survivors and has directly served more than 3.5 million people. A pioneer in the field of survivorship, LIVESTRONG remains a world leader in providing direct services to cancer patients and survivors, advocating for policies that enhance survivors’ quality of life and developing partnerships that create access to cancer programs across the country. Since 2007, the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program has made a return to fitness and well-being possible for more than 38,000 survivors in more than 500 YMCA locations. Working with The University of Texas’ Dell Medical School, LIVESTRONG is building the LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes to reinvent and redesign cancer care for and with people affected by cancer.

If anyone you know needs cancer support, please visit LIVESTRONG.org/WeCanHelp. For more information about our programs and services, please visit LIVESTRONG.org.

Newsweek Green Rankings Names Las Vegas Sands the Highest Rated Hospitality Company in the Country

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 4:40pm

Las Vegas Sands (NYSE: LVS) has been ranked as one of the greenest large companies in the world in the 2016 Newsweek Green Rankings, released today. LVS holds the #39 spot on the U.S. 500 list and the #74 position on the Global 500 list, while the company’s subsidiary in Macao, Sands China Ltd., has been listed #62. This accomplishment makes Las Vegas Sands and Sands China Ltd. the highest ranked hospitality companies in the U.S., as well as in the world. 

The Newsweek Green Rankings are one of the world’s most recognized assessments of corporate environmental performance, comprehensively evaluating the environmental performance of the 500 largest publicly-traded companies in the United States and around the world. The rankings are based on eight key performance indicators; Energy Productivity, Greenhouse Gas Productivity, Water Productivity, Waste Productivity, Green Revenue Score, Sustainability Pay Link, Sustainability Board Committee, and Audited Environmental Metrics. 

"We take a great deal of pride in our company’s commitment to minimizing the impact we have on the environment,” said Katarina Tesarova, LVS vice president of global sustainability. “Earning this designation by Newsweek’s Green Rankings is extremely rewarding and is a testament to our company’s vision to lead the way in sustainable building development and resort operations,” Tesarova continued.

Through its sustainability program, Sands ECO360, LVS has set the standard for environmental conservation in the hospitality and gaming industries. The company remains focused on meeting the environmental objectives in the four fundamental areas; green buildings, environmentally responsible operations, green meetings, and stakeholder engagement. Las Vegas Sands properties in every region have received prestigious "green" certifications including LEED Gold for Building Operations and Maintenance at Sands Expo and the Congress Center at The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas, and LEED Silver for New Construction at The Palazzo. 

About Las Vegas Sands Corp.
Las Vegas Sands (NYSE: LVS) is the world's leading developer and operator of Integrated Resorts. Our collection of Integrated Resorts in Asia and the United States feature state-of-the-art convention and exhibition facilities, premium accommodations, world-class gaming and entertainment, destination retail and dining including celebrity chef restaurants and many other amenities.

Our properties include The Venetian and The Palazzo resorts and Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Sands Bethlehem in Eastern Pennsylvania, and the iconic Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Through majority ownership in Sands China Ltd. (HK:1928), LVS owns a portfolio of properties on the Cotai Strip in Macao, including The Venetian MacaoThe Plaza and Four Seasons Hotel Macao and Sands Cotai Central, as well as the Sands Macao on the Macao Peninsula.

LVS is dedicated to being a good corporate citizen, anchored by the core tenets of delivering a great working environment for nearly 50,000 employees worldwide, driving impact through its Sands Cares corporate citizenship program and leading innovation with the company’s award- winning Sands ECO360° global sustainability program. To learn more, please visit www.sands.com.

YourCause Founder Heads to Zambia and Zimbabwe to Lead a Finance Bootcamp for the Country’s Most Promising Entrepreneurs

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 1:37pm

The Founder and CEO of YourCause, Matt Combs, was selected as one of six American business experts to run a U.S. government supported program for Zambian entrepreneurs. The program is a joint initiative between the US Embassy in Zambian and BongoHive, Zambia’s leading startup and technology hub.  Over the course of six months, American thought leaders guide Zambian entrepreneurs through a series of working session designed to help local entrepreneurs overcome difficulties faced when trying to access financing and launched their entrepreneurial endeavor. Combs is running the second session (June 6th – 10th) which focuses on crafting pitches to raise capital through banks and investors. 

“I always enjoy working with the entrepreneurial community to pass along knowledge, experiences and best practices gained over the years.  I feel honored to have been selected by the U.S. Embassy, and am excited to travel to Africa in hope of making a positive difference with all those who will participate in this program,” stated Combs. 

The Finance Bootcamp for Startups is a direct result of a need expressed by local Zambian entrepreneurs during the 2015 Zambia Entrepreneur Summit (ZES). With nearly 400 visitors at 2015 ZES, the U.S. Embassy and WECREATE Zambia Center concluded that local Zambian entrepreneurs maintained a high interest in learning tactics to counteract challenges associated with accessing start-up financing and capital.   

Co-Founder and Executive Director of BongoHive, Mr. Lukonga Lindunda added “The entrepreneurial ecosystem in Zambia has been developing at a tremendous pace over the past few years and initiatives like this boot camp have been vital in the instigating the positive changed we’ve witnessed.  Although we still have a ways to go, cross-sector collaborations like this boot camp are delivering tremendous value to the Zambian change-makers of tomorrow.”

In addition to the 2016 Finance Bootcamp for Startups, BongoHive also offers Zambian entrepreneurs startup accelerator programs and small business master classes to further develop the Zambian entrepreneurial ecosystem. To learn more about their programs, or learn how to become involved, visit, http://bongohive.co.zm.


About YourCause

YourCause, LLC is a Dallas, TX based Software as a Service (“SaaS”) provider of the CSRconnect Employee Engagement Platform (“CSRconnect”) and the Orange Leap Donor Management Platform, two fully hosted and managed solutions for employees and nonprofits to more effectively deploy and mange their philanthropic, volunteering, sustainability, employee engagement, and overall donor relations programs. Ranked #927 on the 2015 Inc. 5000 list, and #11 for best places to work in Dallas, YourCause is rapidly expanding its operations through the ongoing deployment of end-to-end solutions for enterprises, nonprofits, and general users.  YourCauses’ ongoing commitment to never taking a portion of any donation transacted within the platform allows the company to deliver maximum support to the more than 80,000+ nonprofits actively engaging with YourCause. 

To learn more about CSRconnect and YourCause visit: http://www.csrconnect.me

Arcus Forum: Farming for the Future

Fri, 06/03/2016 - 1:37pm

 

With an ever-growing population, agribusiness has raced to keep pace with the demand for more goods. Large tracts of land have been cleared for intensive and large-scale farming that fuel and feed the world.

But the very regions providing for more than 7 billion people overlap with the natural habitats of some of the most endangered animal species on the planet, including the great apes. What can be done to better protect these primates in the face of agricultural expansion, and how can the public and private sectors work together to achieve favorable results?

Farming for the Future is an Arcus Forum that will bring together a panel of leading experts and industry leaders to explore the challenges that face industrial agriculture when farming in range states home to chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, and orangutans. The forum will also explore solutions and compromises that allow agribusiness to continue meeting global demand while ensuring the environment, including environmental services and endangered species are protected.

7:00PM Hors d’oeuvres
7:30PM Panel discussion and Q&A
8:45PM Reception

Moderator

Catherine Workman
Senior Director, Protecting Wildlife Initiative, National Geographic Society

Featured Panelists

Marc Ancrenaz
Scientific Director, HUTAN Coordinator, Borneo Futures Initiative

Doug Boucher
Director, Climate Research and Analysis, Union of Concerned Scientists

Lorenzo Cotula
Principal Researcher, Natural Resources Group, International Institute for Environment and Development

Glenn Hurowitz
Senior Fellow, Center for International Policy

To learn more and register to attend click here


About the Arcus Foundation

Arcus Foundation is dedicated to the idea that people can live in harmony with one another and the natural world. Arcus believes that respect for diversity among peoples and in nature is essential to a positive future for our planet and all its inhabitants. To learn more, visit www.arcusfoundation.org.


Hasbro Leads Newsweek’s 2016 Green Rankings at No. 1

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 7:25pm

 Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is proud to announce it ranked No. 1 on Newsweek’s 2016 Green Rankings, released today. The ranking assesses the 500 largest publicly traded companies in the United States on overall environmental performance.

“Our purpose is to make the world a better place for children and their families, and to us, a big part of that is taking care of the planet for future generations,” said Brian Goldner, Hasbro's Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “While we’re proud to be ranked No. 1, we believe that every day is a chance to be better, and we will continue to push ourselves to minimize the environmental footprint of our operations, products and packaging, and to foster a culture of environmental responsibility. Sustainability is a key priority for our company and we’re honored to receive this prestigious recognition as we continue to create the world’s best play experiences.”

Hasbro focuses its environmental sustainability efforts in three key areas: reducing the environmental impacts of products and packaging, partnering with vendors to source and distribute Hasbro products in an environmentally conscious way, and minimizing the environmental footprint of operations. The company also engages employees, consumers and communities to promote a culture of environmental responsibility.

“Through our Sustainability Center of Excellence, we drive our environmental blueprint across the global organization with a focus on uniting our facilities and teams around the world to advance our environmental commitments,” said Kathrin Belliveau, Senior Vice President, Global Government, Regulatory Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility, Hasbro. “We recognize that, to create even greater change, sustainability must become a seamless part of our operations as we move to the next phase in our evolution as a responsible company.”

Newsweek’s 2016 Green Rankings is based on research from Corporate Knights Capital and HIP Investor including data from Bloomberg’s Professional Service and features eight rules-based indicators to help assess and measure the environmental performance of the world’s largest publicly traded companies.

As a global company that produces millions of products every year, Hasbro recognizes that its business has an impact on the environment. The company’s commitment to environmental sustainability has led the company to evaluate and reconsider every element of its business – from product and packaging design to manufacturing, logistics, and operations – in search of opportunities to continuously improve.

As the company improves environmental practices, it grows stronger overall – through more efficient processes, lower operating costs, and a greater focus on innovation across our brands. This recognition builds on Hasbro’s leadership in environmental sustainability, which was recently featured on CR Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens list and the US RepTrak® 100 list by Reputation Institute, which tracks the most reputable companies in the United States. Earlier in the year, Hasbro was recognized as a 2016 World's Most Ethical Company® by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices. 

About Hasbro

Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global company committed to Creating the World's Best Play Experiences by leveraging its beloved brands, including LITTLEST PET SHOP, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, MONOPOLY, MY LITTLE PONY, NERF, PLAY-DOH and TRANSFORMERS, and premier partner brands. From toys and games, television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and consumer product licensing, Hasbro fulfills the fundamental need for play and connection with children and families around the world. The Company's Hasbro Studios and its film label, ALLSPARK PICTURES, create entertainment brand-driven storytelling across mediums, including television, film, digital and more. Through the company's commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families. Learn more at www.hasbro.com, and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro & @HasbroNews) and Instagram (@Hasbro).

Blackbaud Donates $1 Million to Help Build International African American Museum

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 1:24pm

Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB), the leading provider of software and services for the global philanthropic community, today announced a $1 million gift to the International African American Museum (IAAM), which will be built on Charleston’s Gadsden’s Wharf. Blackbaud will sponsor the Digital Media Lab that will take the museum experience outside of its four walls.  Virtual or in-person visitors to the museum can trace their family origins, research their ancestry and record their own stories. 

Nearly 40 percent of African-Americans have an ancestor who arrived in America through Charleston’s Gadsden’s Wharf during the trans-Atlantic slave trade, and it is estimated that 80 percent of African-Americans have ancestral roots through the port of Charleston. Under the leadership of President and CEO Michael B. Moore, great-great grandson of Robert Smalls, IAAM will be a new museum of African-American history that aims to re-center South Carolina’s place in global history and honor the largely overlooked history of the African-American community. The museum will connect visitors to their ancestors, demonstrating how enslaved Africans and free blacks shaped economic, political, and cultural development in the nation and beyond.

“Blackbaud’s significant gift helps us move closer to our fundraising goal and is a testament to the support the International African American Museum project is receiving by South Carolina’s most influential, purpose-focused companies, said Michael B. Moore, President and CEO of IAAM. “We’re overwhelmed by Blackbaud’s generosity and enthusiasm; especially the employees who are already rolling up their sleeves to help by sharing best practices of the arts and culture community, helping us leverage the full power of technology to create a special experience for visitors, and offering support through volunteerism.” 

Blackbaud’s investment will support the Digital Media Lab which will allow visitors to be part of a shared experience; inside the museum or from anywhere in the world on their computers or mobile devices. “This connectivity showcases how technology can help break down barriers, and proves there are no limits to the experience the IAAM can offer,” said Mike Gianoni, President and CEO of Blackbaud. “We are incredibly moved to be a part of this endeavor and it’s a privilege for our company to help to bring a sense of connection and identity for those wishing to find answers and complete their own personal stories. I invite other companies to join us in investing to bring this important museum to life.”

Former Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley, who pioneered the IAAM project and leads the fundraising campaign, commented on the leadership role Blackbaud is playing in honoring the African-American community. “Charleston and this museum reflect the struggle that still exists to rightfully mark, educate and celebrate African-American history. With IAAM, we have the opportunity to tell an American story and the pivotal role that Charleston plays in that story. As business leaders like Blackbaud continue rise to support the museum, we move steps closer to finally being able to tell our complete story, and to take new steps toward cultural appreciation and unity.”

Gianoni added “At Blackbaud, we believe all people deserve the opportunity to know their heritage, and to understand the role their families have played in shaping history and culture. This museum is making that possible for the African-American community, and we’re proud to support it.”

The IAAM will be located at Gadsden’s Wharf in Charleston. Currently at 67 percent of the $75 million goal, construction for the museum will begin as soon as all funding is secured. To learn more about the IAAM or to donate, visit www.iaamuseum.org.

About Blackbaud
Serving the worldwide philanthropic community for 35 years, Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) combines innovative software, services, and expertise to help organizations achieve their missions. Blackbaud works in over 60 countries to power the passion of approximately 35,000 customers, including nonprofits, K-12 private and higher education institutions, healthcare organizations, corporations, foundations, and other charitable giving entities. The company offers a full spectrum of cloud and on-premise solutions, as well as a resource network that empowers and connects organizations of all sizes. Blackbaud's portfolio of software and services supports nonprofit fundraising and relationship management, eMarketing, advocacy, accounting, payments and analytics, as well as grant management, corporate social responsibility, and education. Organizations use Blackbaud technology to raise, invest, manage and award more than $100 billion each year. Recognized as a top company, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina and has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.blackbaud.com.

About IAAM
The IAAM will be an international center of learning where individuals, families, and groups will advance their understanding and appreciation of American History, particularly the role of African-American in creating the country and world we know today. The IAAM will cover a vast cultural and religious landscape while portraying the story of slavery, war, civil rights and tragedy.  It will cast these story elements into a rich collage that demonstrates the grace, leadership and opportunity for the future.  The use of technology will activate the past to engage and inspire visitors and guests. The International African American Museum will also be a source of great pride, an institute of excellence and a world-class Museum, not only for Charleston and South Carolina, but also for our country.  For more information, please visit www.iaaMuseum.org.  

Forward-looking Statements
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