NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT,NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY
Genesis Motor North America | September 28, 2022
Genesis Gives, the corporate social responsibility initiative of Genesis Motor America that supports improving access to and performance in youth sports and STEAM education, recently donated a total of $45,000 to several nonprofit organizations in Savannah, Georgia. The Savannah College of Art and Design received $15,000, Girls on the Run of Coastal Georgia and the Lowcountry received $15,000, and Savannah United received $15,000. Ceremonial checks were presented to the organizations in Savannah, Georgia.
"Genesis is dedicated to the highest standards of performance, design, safety, and innovation when delivering world-class products, Our commitment to developing a more sustainable future for the next generation begins with supporting local communities like our Genesis Gives partners in Savannah. We are thrilled to be able to make this investment back into the Georgia community."
-Claudia Marquez, chief operating officer, Genesis Motor North America.
The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is a world-renowned non-profit institution that offers over 100 graduate and undergraduate degree programs across locations in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia; Lacoste, France, and online via SCADnow. The university's future-minded curriculum, professional-level technology and resources, and industry engagement propels the over 16,000 talented students to the top of their creative fields. With this donation, SCAD will provide scholarships to students from underserved areas in Bryan County.
"We are honored by the generosity of Genesis Motor North America and extend our deepest thanks to Genesis Gives in funding this new scholarship opportunity for students in Savannah and Bryan County, This gift is fundamental to our efforts to make high-quality arts education more accessible for students here in Georgia as well as provide an inclusive environment for our entire university community. The impact of this gift will continue to magnify as these students achieve success in global careers and generate the fresh innovation that can only be catalyzed by equitable investments in the creative lives of our youth."
-Audra Pittman, vice president of giving, Savannah College of Art and Design.
Girls on the Run of Coastal Georgia and the Lowcountry provides after-school programming to over 800 young girls in the region. Its mission is to create a world where every girl can activate her limitless potential and boldly pursue her dreams. Volunteer coaches provide lessons that intertwine physical activity with life skills development. This donation will allow Girls on the Run to expand their programming in Bryan County.
The support we have received from Hyundai has allowed us to dramatically expand our program in Bryan County by providing scholarships, transportation, and running attire to local girls who would otherwise not have access to the program. We are abundantly thankful for this opportunity, said Tiffany Collins, executive director, Girls on the Run of Coastal Georgia and the Lowcountry.
Savannah United offers youth soccer programs to over 2,000 children per year, half of which enter an advanced team that travels and competes nationally. It hosts leagues, camps, tournaments, and events with charitable causes, all with the hope to promote self-esteem and character building in children, many of whom come from underserved communities in Bryan County. This donation will be used for scholarships to allow more children to participate in youth soccer programs including a micro program that expands the age range to as early as three years old.
The Genesis donation is going to be a tremendous help for Savannah United and its scholarship fund, said Gary Wright, executive director, Savannah United. It will allow for underprivileged children and families the opportunity to play soccer.
Genesis Gives is a corporate social responsibility initiative from Genesis Motor North America. Expanding on the brand's commitment to the highest standards of performance and its athletic elegance design identity, Genesis Gives supports nonprofit organizations with the goal of improving access to, and performance in, youth sports and STEAM education in under resourced communities.
Genesis Motor North America:
At Genesis, we put the customer at the center of every decision we make. Genesis is a global automotive brand that delivers the highest standards of performance, design, safety, and innovation while looking towards a more sustainable future. Genesis designs customer experiences that go beyond products, embodying audacious, forward-thinking, and distinctly Korean characteristics within its unique Athletic Elegance design identity. With a growing range of award-winning models — including the 2022 MotorTrend SUV of the Year, GV70, along with G70, G80, G90, GV60, and GV80 — Genesis aims to lead the age of electrification by focusing on a dual electrification strategy involving fuel-cell and battery EVs, starting with its Electrified G80 and GV60 electric models. Genesis has stated its commitment to becoming an all-electric vehicle brand by 2030 and to pursuing carbon neutrality by 2035.
NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT,NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY,FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
FinOps Foundation | September 12, 2022
The FinOps Foundation, a part of The Linux Foundation's non-profit technology consortium focused on advancing the people and practice of cloud financial management, announced today that insurance giant, AIA Group, is joining as a Premier Member company.
As part of AIA's Premier Membership, Keith Austin, Associate Director of Cloud Services, leading the Cloud Centre of Excellence at AIA, will join the FinOps Governing Board as a voting member to help craft Foundation strategy and direction. The Governing Board sets the strategy of the program, including where to invest resources and funds in support of the Technical Advisory Council's work.
For more than a century, AIA has strived to make a significant, positive impact for customers and communities across Asia. As the largest independent publicly listed pan-Asian life insurance group—with a presence in 18 markets across Asia—how it evolves impacts millions of people every day.
Amid the growth of cloud computing, AIA's transition to the cloud has been enormous, increasing cloud adoption to 78%, ahead of the global average in the financial services and insurance industry. FinOps teams and practices enable companies to gain greater control over their cloud spend forecasting and migration planning. FinOps is now practiced in every major industry and AIA will lead the early growth of FinOps in the Asia-Pacific region, which is following North America and Europe in FinOps adoption, research shows.
"The common thread that unites our Technology, Digital, Analytics (TDA) team is that everybody is an expert in their respective fields. We bring together the best providers and hire top talent, and we empower our teams to build frictionless, world-class systems and products. This will now include the FinOps Foundation, By leveraging the power of TDA to transform into a customer-centric, world-class digitally-enabled insurer, we enhance our resilience and abilities to capture the growth opportunities. This also deepens our purpose to help millions of people in Asia to live healthier, longer, better lives."
-Marcel Malan, AIA Group's Head of Group IT Operations.
AIA's cloud first strategy is a fundamental pillar for AIA to be able to scale and modernize with the needs of customers, agencies and distributors, and it leads its peers in Asia in doing so.
"AIA's rapid cloud adoption takes courage, leadership and a committed team and partnership, We welcome AIA as a Premier Member. Its commitment to evolve to the cloud computing world is an example of how all companies, whether deeply established or brand new, can and must take advantage of technological advances to better meet their customer needs and stay ahead of competitors. AIA's membership in the FinOps Foundation will be a huge asset to the larger FinOps community as we develop and instill best practices across industries and continents."
-J.R. Storment, Executive Director of the FinOps Foundation.
The FinOps Foundation has continued its rapid expansion. It now serves over 7,500 community members from more than 2,500 organizations. End user members gain exposure in the FinOps community, have easy access to training and enhanced recruitment opportunities - accelerating the adoption, and are coached on the development of their FinOps practices.
The latest FinOps Foundation research indicates that large companies will continue to adopt FinOps, due to the complexity of their cloud environments, reporting requirements and the sheer number of disparate teams requiring collaboration. Also, the research found that financial services and IT industries practice FinOps most, followed by other industries.
About the FinOps Foundation:
The FinOps Foundation (F2) is a non-profit trade association made up of FinOps practitioners around the world including Atlassian, Autodesk, Gannett, HERE Technologies, Just Eat, Nationwide and Spotify. Grounded in real world stories, expertise, and inspiration for and by FinOps practitioners, the FinOps Foundation is focused on codifying and promoting cloud financial management best practices and standards to help community members and their teams become better at cloud financial management.
About AIA Group:
AIA Group Limited and its subsidiaries (collectively "AIA" or the "Group") comprise the largest independent publicly listed pan-Asian life insurance group. It has a presence in 18 markets – wholly-owned branches and subsidiaries in Mainland China, Hong Kong SAR(1), Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan (China), Vietnam, Brunei and Macau SAR(2), and a 49 per cent joint venture in India.
The business that is now AIA was first established in Shanghai more than a century ago in 1919. It is a market leader in Asia (ex-Japan) based on life insurance premiums and holds leading positions across the majority of its markets. It had total assets of US$340 billion as of 31 December 2021.
AIA meets the long-term savings and protection needs of individuals by offering a range of products and services including life insurance, accident and health insurance and savings plans. The Group also provides employee benefits, credit life and pension services to corporate clients. Through an extensive network of agents, partners and employees across Asia, AIA serves the holders of more than 39 million individual policies and over 16 million participating members of group insurance schemes.
AnitaB.org | September 22, 2022
AnitaB.org, the global nonprofit focused on intersectional gender and pay parity in tech, announced today that ADP, Dev Technology Group, and UKG are the 2022 Top Companies for Women Technologists Winners at this year's Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC), the world's largest gathering of women and non-binary technologists, during President and CEO Brenda Darden Wilkerson's opening plenary address.
Top Companies for Women Technologists is a national program from AnitaB.org that identifies key trends around the equity of women and non-binary technologists in the workforce and is the only benchmarking program that looks specifically at the technical workforce and awards companies that are making the most progress toward equity. In 2022, AnitaB.org analyzed data on representation, programs, and policies from 52 companies, measuring 422,494 technologists across various industries from January 1, 2021, to December 31, 2021.
In addition to announcing the Winners, the Top Companies for Women Technologists Key Findings & Insights Report shows that, while many things have rebounded in the tech industry in terms of gender diversity, it is still not quite back to pre-pandemic levels.
According to the report, in the past year, companies are making productive efforts to hire more women of color technologists and reported a 5.0% increase in total women technologists from 2021 to 2022. Conversely, attrition rates are higher for women technologists (16%) compared to men technologists (13.7%). That gap widens further for women technologists who are Black (25%), Latinx (18.8%), Native American (18.2%), and Pacific Islander (23.5%). Any gains in intersectional gender diversity due to hiring will be marginal until companies can reduce this high rate of attrition.
"We're thrilled to announce this year's Winners of Top Companies for Women Technologists for their ongoing work to advance intersectional gender equity, In 2022, our rights and protections are under attack on both the state and federal levels. Tech companies must ensure women and non-binary technologists have a sense of inclusion and belonging in their workplace. The data and insights from the Winners and other participating companies provide the foundation to begin and continue much-needed conversations around diversity, allowing us to cultivate a truly inclusive community."
-Brenda Darden Wilkerson, President and CEO of AnitaB.org.
Launched in 2011, Top Companies for Women Technologists helps organizations discover areas where they can improve their structural equity and signals a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion that women and non-binary technologists look for in an employer.
At AnitaB.org, we envision a future where the people who imagine and build technology mirror the people and societies for whom they build it. We connect, inspire, and guide women technologists and organizations that view technology innovation as a strategic imperative. For more than 30 years, this community has grown and changed to become the leading organization for women in technology. Today, AnitaB.org works with women and non-binary technologists in more than 50 countries and partners with leading academic institutions and Fortune 500 companies.
First Foundation | September 27, 2022
First Foundation Inc. (NASDAQ: FFWM), a financial services company with two wholly-owned operating subsidiaries, First Foundation Advisors and First Foundation Bank, today announced it recently awarded grants totaling $40,000 to three North Texas nonprofit organizations in honor of North Texas Giving Day, the nation’s largest regional giving event.
One of the founding principles of First Foundation is to establish meaningful connections and relationships with clients, and the natural progression of that principle is to carry the partnership-based approach into the community as well. Through its Supporting Our Communities (“SOC”) initiative, First Foundation awards financial grants as well as the opportunity for in-kind consulting services year-round, while also connecting nonprofits with employees to serve in volunteer opportunities and community building activities.
Southern Dallas Progress Community Development Corporation
First Foundation has awarded $15,000 to Southern Dallas Progress CDC, an organization whose mission is to empower, enable and support community members in their efforts to revitalize Southern Dallas communities and neighborhoods. Southern Dallas Progress also serves as a vehicle through which residents and businesses can work together to solve problems and improve life in their community.
“First Foundation’s donation will help continue to promote and assist in the development of affordable housing, small business development, and other community empowerment projects in Southern Dallas.”
-James H. McGee, President and Board Chair, Southern Dallas Progress.
First Foundation’s donation will help Lovepacs purchase vehicles to allow the organization to successfully meet the growing needs of the community and make it easier for volunteers and their involvement, said Autumn Chavez, Executive Director, Lovepacs.
About First Foundation:
First Foundation Inc. (NASDAQ: FFWM) and its subsidiaries offer personal banking, business banking, and private wealth management services, including investment, trust, insurance, and philanthropy services. This comprehensive platform of financial services is designed to help clients at any stage in their financial journey. The broad range of financial products and services offered by First Foundation are more consistent with those offered by larger financial institutions, while its high level of personalized service, accessibility, and responsiveness to clients is more aligned with community banks and boutique wealth management firms. This combination of an integrated platform of comprehensive financial products and personalized service differentiates First Foundation from many of its competitors and has contributed to the growth of its client base and business.