Verizon Foundation Announces $1 Million Donation to Hurricane Laura Relief Efforts

Verizon | August 28, 2020

Today, the Verizon Foundation announced a $1 million donation to support immediate relief efforts across communities in Louisiana and Texas impacted by Hurricane Laura. The funds will be donated to the American Red Cross and the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana, with each charity receiving $500,000 to aid in their emergency response and recovery. “Verizon stands ready to support first responders, our customers and employees impacted by this catastrophic hurricane,” said Hans Vestberg, Chairman and CEO of Verizon. “We will continue to partner with disaster relief organizations to provide resources and care for the people in our society who are the most vulnerable.”

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Venterra Realty Donates $75,000 to Save the Children to Support Children in Ukraine

Venterra Realty | April 13, 2022

Venterra Realty recently contributed $75,000 to global humanitarian organization Save the Children. The donation is in support of children in Ukraine and the surrounding region who may be caught in the middle of armed conflict, forced to flee their homes, and exposed to injury, hunger, and winter weather. Venterra itself contributed $50,000. In addition, the company matched dollar for dollar, any additional donations made by employees. Venterra employees made numerous generous donations, which helped the overall contribution to reach over $75,000. Save the Children has been working in Ukraine since the start of this escalating conflict in 2014. The organization is now scaling up their operations to support children and families impacted by this devastating crisis, distributing critical emergency supplies and establishing safe spaces for children where possible. Save the Children staff and volunteers are distributing food, water, and hygiene kits to refugees arriving at the Romania-Ukraine border and in reception centers. Up to six million children trapped inside Ukraine are in imminent danger as an increasing number of hospitals and schools come under attack. The situation is changing by the hour, with all children in Ukraine now at grave risk of physical harm and severe emotional distress. At least 1.5 million children have left the country. "As a company that provides housing options for families, the thought of this many people suddenly being without a home, food or security is hard for us to imagine. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected," said Venterra CEO, John Foresi. We are very grateful for the outpouring of care and concern about this crisis by Venterra team members. The response was clearly represented in the number of generous contributions our employees made to raise funds for Save the Children. While we cannot deliver help personally, we trust this donation will support those who are already on the ground delivering aid to children and families directly impacted by this devastating conflict." Andrew Stewart, Venterra Chairman About Venterra Founded in 2001, Venterra Realty owns and manages 66 communities and more than 19,000 apartment units across 13 major US cities that provide housing to over 38,000 people and 12,000 pets. The organization has completed $7.4 billion in real estate transactions and currently manages a portfolio of multi-family real estate assets valued at approximately $4.0 billion. Venterra is committed to improving the lives of its residents by delivering industry-leading customer experience. About Save the Children Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. Since our founding more than 100 years ago, we've changed the lives of more than 1 billion children. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.

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Simulations Plus Celebrates 25-Year Anniversary with $25,000 Gift to Nonprofit National Organization for Rare Disorders

Simulations Plus | March 21, 2022

Simulations Plus is celebrating 25 years in business and continuing the commitment to improve public health through innovative solutions with a $25,000 donation to the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), headquartered in Quincy, MA. A second team of long-tenured employees researched various organizations and selected a recipient aligned with the Company's vision and mission. The group chose the National Organization for Rare Disorders, and the $25,000 donation was made on February 28, 2022, which was the internationally celebrated Rare Disease Day for 2022 (#RareDiseaseDay). We are pleased to provide this donation to NORD as part of our 25th anniversary charitable donation program to acknowledge and support the good and important work they are performing in the area of rare diseases and the challenges of meeting patients’ needs. NORD has been highly successful in shining a light on the all-too-often underserved areas of rare disease therapeutic development and the patients who suffer from these afflictions.” Shawn O’Connor, CEO of Simulations Plus “NORD is very grateful to Simulations Plus for the generous donation to support our mission of improving the lives of individuals and families in the United States living with a rare disease,” said Lisa Sarfaty, Vice President of Community Engagement, NORD. “Each year, NORD directly helps over 10,000 individuals access critical treatment, medication, and care services while fielding nearly 140,000 requests for information and support through our call center. Partnerships and contributions from organizations like Simulations Plus are critical for NORD to carry out our important work and serve the greater rare disease community.” About Simulations Plus Serving clients worldwide for 25 years, Simulations Plus is a leading provider in the biosimulation market providing software and consulting services supporting drug discovery, development, research, and regulatory submissions. We offer solutions that bridge machine learning, physiologically based pharmacokinetics, quantitative systems pharmacology/toxicology, and population PK/PD modeling approaches. Our technology is licensed and applied by major pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and regulatory agencies worldwide. Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) We focus our Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) efforts where we can have the most positive impact. About the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) is the leading independent advocacy organization representing all patients and families affected by rare diseases in the United States. NORD began as a small group of patient advocates that formed a coalition to unify and mobilize support to pass the Orphan Drug Act of 1983. Since then, the organization has led the way in voicing the needs of the rare disease community, driving supportive policies, furthering education, advancing medical research, and providing patient and family services for those who need them most. Together with over 300 disease-specific member organizations, more than 17,000 Rare Action Network advocates across all 50 states, and national and global partners, NORD delivers on its mission to improve the lives of those impacted by rare diseases. Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 – With the exception of historical information, the matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Words like “believe,” “expect” and “anticipate” mean that these are our best estimates as of this writing, but that there can be no assurances that expected or anticipated results or events will actually take place, so our actual future results could differ significantly from those statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: our ability to maintain our competitive advantages, acceptance of new software and improved versions of our existing software by our customers, the general economics of the pharmaceutical industry, our ability to finance growth, our ability to continue to attract and retain highly qualified technical staff, our ability to identify and close acquisitions on terms favorable to the Company, and a sustainable market. Further information on our risk factors is contained in our quarterly and annual reports and filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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VolunteerNow CEO Tammy Richards to Retire

VolunteerNow | February 23, 2022

VolunteerNow, a technology nonprofit celebrating five decades of transforming lives through volunteers, has announced its CEO, Tammy Richards, will retire later this year. We are grateful to Tammy for her eight years of outstanding service as CEO. She has led VolunteerNow's transition from a traditional nonprofit and volunteer center focused on providing services to North Texas to a nonprofit thought leader that uses technology to create a global impact." Bill Braxton, board chairman at VolunteerNow Richards was instrumental in implementing and enhancing VolunteerNow's proprietary volunteer matching platform, VOLY.org. This Software-as-a-Service platform facilitates the connection between volunteers and nonprofits. The adoption of the innovative VOLY.org software transformed VolunteerNow into a leading technology nonprofit. Under Richards' leadership, in a typical year, VolunteerNow mobilized more than 310,000 volunteers who gave 1.6 million hours to 3,500 local nonprofits, driving a $46 million economic impact. Richards built VolunteerNow's growth and strategic plan around the VOLY.org platform, tying technology to volunteer recruitment, management and reporting. The platform also brings in a new revenue stream from municipalities, independent school districts and other large organizations that license the software to manage their internal volunteer needs. Richards credits her earlier career at Texas Instruments with instilling a drive to support the community and providing her with opportunities to serve. During her time at VolunteerNow, Richards received the 2021 Dallas Business Journal Women in Technology Award. "I am immensely proud of the work we have been able to accomplish at VolunteerNow during my tenure," Richards said. "This role has allowed me to combine three of my passions – technology, volunteerism and education. We introduced easy-to-use technology that has allowed VolunteerNow to mobilize critically needed volunteers to serve the important missions of both nonprofits and schools. I look forward to continuing my service to the community as a volunteer." Upon her retirement from VolunteerNow, Richards plans to continue serving on nonprofit boards, particularly in education and family services, as well as on corporate and advisory boards in the educational technology space. VolunteerNow has engaged FSP Leaders as its launches a national search for the organization's next CEO. FSP Leaders consultants bring over 100 years of combined executive search experience to clients seeking leaders with a deep alignment to organizational values and culture. "We are now looking for a leader that can build on the foundation that Tammy and the leaders at VolunteerNow have built that will take the organization to the next level," Braxton said. About VolunteerNow With 50 years of experience, VolunteerNow transforms lives through volunteerism and community engagement. In a typical year, VolunteerNow mobilizes more than 310,000 volunteers who give 1.6 million hours to 3,500 local nonprofits, driving a $46 million economic impact. VOLY.org, powered by VolunteerNow, is the 24/7 connection between volunteers and local service opportunities. As a national thought leader in volunteerism and one of the largest volunteer centers in the country, VolunteerNow provides a wide range of programs and services that build capacity for school districts, nonprofits, and municipalities.

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Wish Pledges to Donate Supplies to Ukraine Border and Provide Support to Local Merchants

Wish | March 07, 2022

ContextLogic Inc. (Wish), one of the world’s largest mobile ecommerce platforms, announced plans to donate supplies to refugees fleeing the conflict in Ukraine. More than 65,000 items, including clothing, shoes, wet wipes and diapers will be sent to the Ukraine border where thousands of refugees have already gathered. Wish is also pledging its support to its Ukraine-based merchants by returning a month’s commission and removing all commission fees for the next 6 months. The bravery, strength and resilience of the Ukrainian people during these unimaginable times is an inspiration to us all. Our hearts go out to those who have lost their homes, their livelihoods, and peaceful way of life. We stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and are hoping for a peaceful resolution. We are grateful for the opportunity to play a small role in giving back to those impacted by the conflict.” Vijay Talwar, CEO of Wish About Wish Wish brings an affordable and entertaining shopping experience to millions of consumers around the world. Since our founding in San Francisco in 2010, we have become one of the largest global ecommerce platforms, connecting millions of value-conscious consumers around the world to over half a million merchants. Wish combines technology and data science capabilities and an innovative discovery-based mobile shopping experience to create a highly-visual, entertaining, and personalized shopping experience for its users.

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