Surge for Water | March 23, 2022
Surge for Water, a nonprofit based in Chicago and Dubai, invests in communities with safe water, sanitation, hygiene solutions and menstrual health solutions, and is partnering with the business community across the US & UAE, to recognize World Water Day.
World Water Day is an international recognized day that celebrates water and raises awareness of the two billion people living without access to safe water.
Earlier this year, Surge launched the “Companies That Give Back” campaign to ensure funding for its active program countries – Haiti, Indonesia, Philippines, and Uganda. 34 companies answered the call in exchange for recognition, employee engagement opportunities and more. Thanks to this campaign, Surge has already been able to call new supporters to action.
The severity of the global water crisis highlights the importance of grassroots, long-term action. Through local partnerships, impactful solutions and sustainable design, Surge for Water’s solutions have impacted more than 1,000,000 people in 12 countries.
Key partners of Surge’s US World Water Day campaign include: BOKA, CSC, ERM Foundation, Soapbox, Sterilex, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Wells Fargo Advisors and West Monroe.
According to the corporate partners highlighted in Surge’s World Water Day video launch, “it’s our time to help create a happier world.” Partners also highlight the ways water creates opportunities for individuals and businesses, “children can go to school and play” and “women can go to work and care for their families… entire communities have a chance at improved health, income and well-being.”
We’re grateful to all 34 partners for giving back to global communities and raising awareness of the global water crisis. These partnerships will fund critical work in the field and encourage other supporters to become more involved with Surge’s mission. These companies help reinforce that hand-in-hand; we can create a happier world.”
Shilpa Alva, Founder and Executive Director
About Surge for Water
Surge for Water is a national nonprofit organization that invests in communities through safe water and sanitation solutions on a global scale to help end the cycle of poverty. Surge operates under a community-driven model, working hand-in-hand with local partners and community members to implement impactful solutions that have been sustainably designed.
THON | February 21, 2022
Penn State THON, the world's largest student-run philanthropy that provides yearlong financial and emotional support to families impacted by childhood cancer, announced that it raised an all-time annual high of $13,756,374.50 at the conclusion of the organization's 50th anniversary 46-hour dance marathon. THON's fundraising efforts benefit its sole beneficiary Four Diamonds, a national nonprofit gift fund that covers 100 percent of all medical expenses for families experiencing childhood cancer at Penn State Health Children's Hospital and supports a robust cancer research program at Penn State College of Medicine.
In its 50th year, THON has raised more than $200 million to fund critical cancer research and provide comprehensive care and support for Four Diamonds families. The theme of THON 2022 was "Spark Endless Light" and saw the annual no sleeping or sitting dance marathon return in-person to the Bryce Jordan Center and virtually. This year, there were over 600 dancers who took a 46-hour stand in the fight against childhood cancer. Recording artists Chelsea Cutler and Bea Miller headlined Friday and Saturday night performances, sponsored by PNC, and LA Rams Super Bowl Champion and Penn State alum Nick Scott also made surprise appearances during THON Weekend 2022.
Reflecting back over 50 years, we are so proud to see how far THON has come and how college students can impact change when we come together. What started out as an event organized by 78 Penn State students has grown into over 16,500 student volunteers and $200 million total raised for families facing childhood cancer. As a result of volunteers and supporters, we are now $13,756,374.50 closer to the day we dance in celebration of a cure."
Kate Colgan, Executive Director of THON 2022
THON was founded by Penn State students in 1973, and over the years has grown into the world's largest student-run philanthropy. Founded by Charles and Irma Millard immediately after their son Christopher died of childhood cancer 50 years ago, Four Diamonds has partnered with THON since 1977. Together, THON and Four Diamonds have supported more than 4,800 families experiencing childhood cancer by covering 100 percent of all medical expenses, provided comprehensive specialty care services at no cost to Four Diamonds patients at Penn State Health Children's Hospital, and provided funding to create a diverse cancer research program through the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine.
"The Four Diamonds and THON community are united in our efforts "For The Kids®" and we will not stop fighting until there's a cure for pediatric cancer," said Suzanne Graney, executive director of Four Diamonds. "These past few years have proven just how adaptive and resilient THON and Four Diamonds are. Through our desire to evolve the ways in which we fundraise, we have been able deliver our highest total ever. We understand it takes a special kind of passion and spirit to achieve this level of success, and we are so grateful to THON for what they make possible for our families."
THON is the largest student-run philanthropy committed to enhancing the lives of children and families impacted by childhood cancer. THON is comprised of over 16,500 Penn State student volunteers who aim to provide emotional and financial support to Four Diamonds families, as well as to spread the mission of THON and childhood cancer. Since its start in 1973, THON has raised over $200 million dollars to support its sole beneficiary, Four Diamonds at Penn State Health Children's Hospital.
About Four Diamonds
Four Diamonds' mission is to conquer childhood cancer. Since its creation in 1972, Four Diamonds has helped more than 4,800 children and families by covering 100 percent of medical bills and comprehensive specialty care services for every Four Diamonds family. Four Diamonds also supports a robust pediatric cancer research program at Penn State Health Children's Hospital and Penn State College of Medicine, which is dedicated to seeking improved treatments and cures for childhood cancer to benefit every child around the world.
EpiVax | February 09, 2022
EpiVax, Inc. announces the establishment of the Vax Gives Back Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation, a step to continue the strong tradition of corporate responsibility and community service at the company.
EpiVax has a long standing commitment to charitable giving since the company's inception in 1998. Dr. Annie De Groot, Co-founder and CEO/CSO, has led these efforts with a focus on local and global organizations.
EpiVax taps the Rhode Island Foundation to accelerate charitable giving programs
Dr. De Groot founded the GAIA Vaccine Foundation in 2001, and continues to serve as Scientific Director, making frequent trips to Mali to work at the foundation's medical clinic. GAIA's mission is to reduce the incidence of infectious diseases that disproportionately impact the world's poorest communities.
In 2007, De Groot and other medical volunteers founded Clínica Esperanza / Hope Clinic, a free medical clinic for uninsured residents of the Valley, Olneyville, and surrounding neighborhoods in Providence, Rhode Island. The clinic has become a community pillar, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Volunteers provide free testing services and have administered over 15,000 vaccine doses to date.
EpiVax formalized their charitable giving programs in 2017 with the formation of the "Vax Gives Back" initiative. Led by EpiVax employees, Vax Gives Back allows employees to direct where charitable donations should be made. EpiVax gave 1.5% of gross income to charitable institutions in 2021, a higher percentage than most corporations.
The new Vax Gives Back Fund sets aside a yearly budget for EpiVax employees to distribute to local non-profit organizations throughout the year.
The new fund will help EpiVax contribute to the community and access the Rhode Island Foundation's charitable expertise for years to come."
Leaya Martelli,EpiVax Human Resources Manager
EpiVax is a biotechnology company with expertise in T cell epitope prediction, immune modulation, and rapid vaccine design. EpiVax's immunogenicity screening toolkits for therapeutics and vaccines, ISPRI and iVAX, are employed in advancing the research of a global roster of companies.
About Rhode Island Foundation
The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. Through leadership, fundraising and grant-making activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential.
McCune Wright Arevalo, LLP | March 08, 2022
Carson-area nonprofit Murdock Community and Care Services, Inc. is set to host a public town hall forum on March 12, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at Carson Christian Outreach (17705 Central Ave.) to discuss the impact and next steps following the Dominguez Channel crisis that occurred in October 2021. Murdock Community and Care Services Director Brandi Williams-Murdock, who has been personally affected by the crisis has retained representation from McCune Wright Arevalo, LLP (MWA) -- a firm specializing in Class Actions, Mass Torts, and Racial & Economic Justice matters. All residents are welcome.
On October 3, 2021, Carson, California, became enveloped in a noxious odor which permeated homes and places of business all over the city. The complaint alleges that the stench reportedly emanated directly from the Dominguez Channel which was later discovered to have been polluted by runoff from a fire at a warehouse housing various health and beauty products. The hydrogen sulfide gas causing the odor reportedly sickened thousands of Carson residents and forced many to flee the city for hotels until the smell could be remediated. Help was slow to come. It took weeks before county authorities attempted to resolve the problem, and, after failing with ineffective treatments, weeks more before the odor was eradicated. In that time, citizens suffered from failing health and businesses experienced a significant drop in revenue.
While this was a public health crisis that took L.A. County weeks to solve for Carson and its residents, in the past we have witnessed the county be diligent in addressing similar crises for other areas."
Brandi Williams-Murdock, Carson resident
The lawsuit includes a claim against the County of Los Angeles for its role in this matter.
Town hall speakers will include Director Brandi Williams-Murdock discussing the overall lack of response to the Dominguez Channel Crisis, resulting community impact, and importance of community mobilization, Joseph L. Richardson, Esq., of McCune Wright Arevalo, LLP, speaking on the litigation process and legal options for affected residents, and Dr. Dora Barilla discussing the public health impacts of hydrogen sulfide exposure and recommendations for community members to protect the health of themselves and their families. There will also be an environmental health scientist expounding on the potential health effects of hydrogen sulfide and discussing a current survey documenting health symptoms related to the Dominguez Channel disaster. These speakers will be available to answer questions about the crisis directly from Carson residents and help explain options going forward. Carson residents who have questions about the Dominguez Channel crisis are welcome to attend at 10:00 a.m. on March 12, 2022, in the Carson Christian Community Center.
About Murdock Community and Care Services, Inc.
Murdock Community and Care Services, Inc. is a nonprofit organization in Carson, California, designed to bring community-advancing services to residents. Led by Director Brandi Williams-Murdock, Murdock Community and Care Services, Inc. has grown into a well-respected, data-driven institution with the sole mission to improve lives through access to mental health resources and community assistance programs and services. Murdock Community and Care Services, Inc. aims to engage residents in and around Carson to help elevate quality of life.
About McCune Wright Arevalo, LLP
McCune Wright Arevalo, LLP has a deep history of success for its clients, including a $203 million verdict against Wells Fargo Bank, recovery of over $1 billion for its clients, and over 100 contingency cases with recovery of $1 million or more. MWA maintains California offices in Ontario, San Bernardino, Palm Desert, and Irvine and supports its national practice with offices in Arizona, Illinois and New Jersey. For over 30 years, MWA has successfully represented clients involved in general complex and commercial litigation, as well as personal injury and class action matters.