Solar for Good:' Wisconsin nonprofits and churches land solar energy grants

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | December 16, 2018

Wisconsin nonprofits, including churches and schools, are getting $445,000 in solar-power grants for projects aimed at promoting clean energy and reducing electric costs. Altogether, the 36 grants from RENEW Wisconsin are expected to result in more than $4.5 million in new solar investments, according to the Madison-based nonprofit that supports solar power, wind power, biogas, geothermal systems and electric vehicles. In Milwaukee, Redeemer Lutheran Church, just west of the Marquette University campus, will receive one of the “Solar for Good” grants to help pay for the installation of solar panels behind the oldest part of the century-old church. The $15,000 grant will help defray the cost of the $68,000 project that, over the course of 25 years, could result in nearly $129,000 in energy savings, church officials said. It also fits with Redeemer’s commitment to the environment that includes things such as keeping honey-bee hives on the church roof and a stormwater collection system.

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Charles Schwab Recognized by Points of Light for Driving Social Impact in Communities

Charles Schwab & Co. | June 17, 2022

For the sixth consecutive year, Points of Light, the world’s largest nonprofit dedicated to accelerating people-powered change, recognized Charles Schwab among the 50 most community-minded companies in the U.S. For 10 years, The Civic 50 has provided a national standard for corporate citizenship and showcases how companies can use their time, skills, and resources to drive social impact in their communities and company. The Civic 50 honorees are companies with annual U.S. revenues of at least $1 billion and are selected based on four dimensions of their corporate citizenship and social impact programs – investment of resources, integration across business functions, institutionalization through policies and systems and impact measurement. Our commitment to giving back to our communities is entrenched in Schwab’s culture of service, and we are honored to be recognized again by Points of Light. Schwab is committed to meaningful community investments and partnerships that advance financial literacy and make lasting, positive change in communities across the country. The generous spirit of our employees is more important than ever as we strive to bring hope and opportunity to communities across the country.” Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, president of Charles Schwab Foundation Schwab has a long-standing culture of strengthening its local communities through financial literacy, volunteerism and community support. Through its signature financial literacy program Moneywise America, Schwab aims to level the economic playing field by making free, high-quality financial education accessible to everyone, helping to close the financial education gap that most schools struggle to address. In addition to financial literacy, Schwab employees volunteer thousands of hours annually through Schwab Volunteer Week, skills-based volunteerism programs, and other employee-driven volunteer initiatives that benefit nonprofits, schools, students, teachers, parents and families nationwide. Schwab is committed to providing financial, people and intellectual resources that support social causes that are responsive to community needs and reflective of employees’ interests. In 2021 alone, Schwab and Charles Schwab Foundation provided $10.2 million in direct support to more than 3,500 nonprofit organizations, including nearly $2.5 million in matching funds to nonprofit organizations supported by Schwab employees. Also in 2021, 4,250 Schwabbies volunteered nearly 10,000 hours to benefit local communities. “Corporate leadership and commitment to civic engagement is critical for strengthening communities,” said Natalye Paquin, president & CEO of Points of Light. “Our most recent global research shows 86 percent of people say they expect companies to take action on a social issue. Companies like Schwab are leading the way and setting an example of how you can leverage your employee talent, business models and assets to create deep impact that drives transformational change.” The Civic 50 survey is administered by True Impact and consists of quantitative and multiple-choice questions that inform scoring process. The Civic 50 is the only survey and ranking system that exclusively measures corporate involvement in communities. About Charles Schwab & Co. The Charles Schwab Corporation is a leading provider of financial services, with 33.8 million active brokerage accounts, 2.3 million corporate retirement plan participants, 1.7 million banking accounts, and $7.30 trillion in client assets as of May 31, 2022. Through its operating subsidiaries, the company provides a full range of wealth management, securities brokerage, banking, asset management, custody, and financial advisory services to individual investors and independent investment advisors. Its broker-dealer subsidiaries, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., TD Ameritrade, Inc., and TD Ameritrade Clearing, Inc., and their affiliates offer a complete range of investment services and products including an extensive selection of mutual funds; financial planning and investment advice; retirement plan and equity compensation plan services; referrals to independent, fee-based investment advisors; and custodial, operational and trading support for independent, fee-based investment advisors through Schwab Advisor Services. Its primary banking subsidiary, Charles Schwab Bank, SSB (member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender), provides banking and lending services and products. More information is available at https://www.aboutschwab.com. TD Ameritrade, Inc. and TD Ameritrade Clearing, Inc. are separate but affiliated companies and subsidiaries of TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation. TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Charles Schwab Corporation. TD Ameritrade is a trademark jointly owned by TD Ameritrade IP Company, Inc. and The Toronto-Dominion Bank. About Points of Light Points of Light is a nonpartisan, global nonprofit organization that inspires, equips and mobilizes millions of people to take action that changes the world. Points of Light envisions a world in which every individual discovers the power to make a difference, creating healthy communities in vibrant, participatory societies. Through 177 affiliates across 38 countries, and in partnership with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 5 million volunteers in 16 million hours of service each year. Points of Light brings the power of people to bear where it’s needed most.

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Jelenew sponsors the amfAR Gala Cannes charity dinner of the American Foundation for AIDS Research to help global AIDS research

Jelenew | May 30, 2022

American cycling brand Jelenew has been committed to charity. During the 75th Cannes Film Festival, Jelenew becomes the signature sponsor of amfAR Gala Cannes for the first time. The charity dinner aims to raise funds for the American AIDS Foundation Research (amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research) for AIDS research and raise public awareness of AIDS treatment philanthropy. On the evening of May 26th local time in France, the cycling pants-dress newlook co-created by Jelenew and Stéphane Rolland for amfAR will be presented with Armani, Oscar de la Renta, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Givenchy, Valentino, Giambattista Valli, Versace, Dior, Tom Ford, Balenciaga, Saint Laurent, Alaïa and many masterpieces from top brands appeared in the annual fashion show "Let's get married" hosted by Carine Roitfeld. These works will then be part of an auction led by legendary auctioneer Simon de Pury to raise money for amfAR and contribute to the global fight against AIDS. Di Liu, Jelenew's creative director, said that amfAR is a global leader in dedicating resources and research to effectively identify a cure for AIDS, which can help them fight AIDS. Jelenew is so proud of that. Jelenew and Stéphane Rolland specially crafted a cycling pants-dress newlook for amfAR for the charity auction, hoping to contribute to the charity cause against AIDS. This time, Jelenew and Stéphane Rolland cooperated with the theme of this amfAR Cannes Gala, "Let's get married," to create a cycling pants-dress newlook. Its inspiration comes from the 17th-century, the Spanish Golden Age. This is a "dark cycling bride" dress with feminine avant-garde. The paintings design the black dress of Stéphane Rolland by Goya and Velasquez, a sizeable black tunic with moiré stripes and sleeves are embroidered with Art Deco crystals. Jelenew is based on the first professional cycling pants with outer pads developed by Jelenew. It is inspired by the "Goddess of Victory" in the Louvre Museum and draws inspiration from the Spanish 17th-century noble knight pants to create a pair of cycling pants with feminine avant-garde. When sports technology meets the haute couture designer, we create an elegant, dignified yet independent, and confident "dark cycling bride." This ingenious cycling pants-dress newlook is sure to make an indelible impression on all those lucky enough to see it. As a professional cycling brand born for women, Jelenew has always regarded women's health and women's care as the brand's sense of social responsibility and mission. When tracing the evolutionary history of cycling pants, the Jelenew R&D team found that although there are significant structural differences and needs between men and women, in the past 100 years, male and female riders have worn cycling pants with built-in pads of the same structure. They know that cycling pants are the core elements that affect cycling comfort, sports performance, and health and hygiene index. Unscientific structure and design will obliterate women's health, comfort, and beauty. To allow female cyclists to enjoy healthy riding as well as male cyclists, former core member of Chanel Haute Couture Di Liu set up Jelenew's research and product development teams in Paris, France. According to the dismantling and differentiated needs of women's cycling force data, they introduced the moulage technique into the design of professional cycling pants. They led the development of the first professional cycling pants for women, namely Jelenew's 1+ 1 model of detachable outer padded cycling pants, including one pair of tight-fitting cycling leggings and one pair of detachable outer pad cycling shorts with built-in protection pad. The Jelenew x Stéphane Rolland cycling pants-dress newlook is based on the 1+1 model cycling pants. It is reported that the amfAR Cannes dinner includes cocktails, dinner, live performances by Christina Aguilera, Ricky Martin, and Charli XCX, an annual fashion show hosted by Carine Roitfeld and a live charity auction led by Simon de Pury. Hollywood icon Robert De Niro will be the guest of honor at the event. In addition, guests attending this dinner will also include a dream team, including Jelenew creative director Di Liu, Carine Roitfeld, Caroline Scheufele, Cynthia Erivo, Ever Gabo Anderson, Kate Hudson, LaKeith Stanfield, Laura Linney, Lauren Remington Platt, Michelle Williams, Milla Jovovich, Mohammed Al-Turki, Sam Bankman-Fried, Vanessa Hudgens, amfAR Board Co-Chairs T. Ryan Greenawalt and Kevin McClatchy, and celebrities such as amfAR director Vin Roberti. The amfAR charity dinner is one of the highest standard charity dinners. Every charity dinner attracts many celebrities, top stars, and supermodels everywhere. The gala has raised more than $245 million in cumulative funding for amfAR's critical AIDS research. Jelenew, who is keen on public welfare, is proud to participate in it and contribute to charity in the name of fashion. About Jelenew Jelenew is an American avant-garde cycling brand born for women. It creates the first cycling pants truly made for women in the world. It brings the groundbreaking combination of "Haute Couture and Sportswear" and carefully designs each product with "luxury moulage technique" to provide a more refined sports experience and promote a healthy lifestyle for cyclists to enjoy elegant and stylish suburban cycling. About amfAR and amfAR Gala amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is one of the world's leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and advocacy. Since 1985, amfAR has invested nearly $617 million in its programs and has awarded more than 3,500 grants to research teams worldwide. Celebrities frequently donate items to be auctioned off for the foundation. Past donors have included Uma Thurman, Karlie Kloss, and Milla Jovovich. The 25th annual gala embraced the #MeToo movement. 25 prominent women chaired it on stage and screen, namely: Alessandra Ambrosio, Poppy Delevigne, Linda Evangelista, Sylvia Fendi, Aileen Getty, Kate Hudson, Scarlett Johansson, Milla Jovovich, Heidi Klum, Daphna Krim (daughter of Mathilde Krim), Karolina Kurkova, Sienna Miller, Angela Missoni, Mary Parent, Katy Perry, Natasha Poly, Aishwarya Rai, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, Carine Roitfeld, Caroline Scheufele, Irina Shayk, Lara Stone, Donatella Versace, and Michelle Yeoh. Past items auctioned have included numerous photographs by Andy Warhol, Annie Leibovitz portrait sessions, stays in fashion moguls and celebrity houses, and 53-karat diamond jewelry. Heidi Klum notably donated her Bentley S3 convertible to garner one of the highest bids at €200,000.

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Leading Pediatric Osteosarcoma Nonprofit Awards 350-percent increase in Research Grants at Conference

MIB Agents | June 18, 2022

MIB Agents, a leading pediatric osteosarcoma nonprofit, will award six Outsmarting Osteosarcoma grants totaling $450,000, a 350-percent increase from previous gifts, during its annual FACTOR event, June 23-25 in San Diego, CA. The research dollars will support the improvement of treatment options and outcomes for this rare cancer by investing in the researchers who are paving the way for a cure. Osteosarcoma is an aggressive, malignant, primary bone cancer affecting 800-900 people in the U.S. each year and is the most common bone cancer affecting children and young adults. This tremendous increase in support comes directly from the MIB Agents Family Funds, who make all our grants possible. It is an incredible representation of our community's commitment to partner with the scientific community, accelerate research efforts, and find a cure for this devastating disease." Ann Graham, Founder and Executive Director of MIB Agents The Outsmarting Osteosarcoma Award, $100,000 each, funding research investigating immunotherapy approaches to osteosarcoma will be awarded to: Michael Leibowitz, MD, PhD | University of Colorado/ Children's Hospital Colorado Dan Regan, DVM, PhD | Colorado State University Jason Yustein, MD, PhD | Emory University The Young Investigator Research Awards, worth $50,000 each and sponsored by Family Funds honoring their children who passed from osteosarcoma, will be awarded to: John Ligon, MD | University of Florida - granted Because Of Dylan Eunice Lopez-Fuentes, PhD | University of California, San Francisco - granted Because Of Charlotte Kristen VanHeyst, DO | University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital - granted Because Of Charlotte The FACTOR conference is a unique gathering of leading osteosarcoma researchers and clinicians, survivors, patient and bereaved families to work together toward our goal of improving outcomes for kids affected by Osteosarcoma. Part of FACTOR includes a "Headquarters" camplike experience for survivors, patients and family members. This includes a luncheon where young adults affected by osteosarcoma who are pursuing a career in healthcare are partnered with physicians for one-on-one experiences. From this session MIB Agents has seen six survivors go on to work closely with the physicians they met and pursue careers medical field. About MIB Agents Founded in 2012, MIB Agents is a leading pediatric osteosarcoma nonprofit dedicated to making it better for our community of patients, caregivers, doctors, and researchers through programs, education, and research.

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AAA-ICDR Foundation Welcomes Applications for 2023 Grant Cycle

AAA-ICDR Foundation | June 10, 2022

The American Arbitration Association-International Centre for Dispute Resolution Foundation® (AAA-ICDR Foundation) has issued a request for proposals from nonprofit and community organizations to receive grants in 2023. The Foundation encourages applications to support projects that meet its areas of focus in next year's grant cycle. The AAA-ICDR Foundation is now accepting grant proposals seeking between $50,000 and $250,000 for programs addressing any of the 2023 grant cycle's priorities: Bridge Community Conflict with a focus on civil discourse seeking to mend societal divisions. Prevent and Reduce Violence with a focus on vulnerable and underserved communities and police/social service partnerships. Support Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with a focus on access to justice. The deadline for interested organizations to submit preliminary applications is September 9, 2022. A limited number of applicants will be selected by the AAA-ICDR Foundation to draft more extensive proposals. Our considered approach to selecting the projects we support is crucial for ensuring that we maximize the impact we can make in communities across the country. Constructive dialogue and other methods of alternative dispute resolution can do so much good when they are used to address longstanding community and societal divisions, and inequities. We look forward to receiving and reviewing grant applications from programs that harness the principles and processes of ADR to bring communities together to tackle issues of urgency both in the Unites States and abroad." India Johnson, President and CEO of the AAA-ICDR The AAA-ICDR Foundation has awarded more than $3.75 million since its inception in 2015. The Foundation's 2021 Annual Report, which includes more information about its mission and the grants it has funded, can be viewed here. About the AAA-ICDR Foundation The American Arbitration Association-International Centre for Dispute Resolution Foundation (AAA-ICDR Foundation) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that is able to solicit donations and provide grants to fund a range of worthy causes that promote the Foundation's wide-reaching mission, which is to support the prevention and resolution of conflicts by expanding access to alternative dispute resolution. Its priorities includes fostering measures that prevent and reduce violence, bridge community conflict, and support diversity, equity, and inclusion with a focus on access to justice. The Foundation is not involved in any way in the oversight, administration or decision making of the AAA-ICDR® cases or in the maintenance of the AAA-ICDR's various rosters of arbitrators and mediators.

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