Monday, April 30, 2007

Copywrite, Ink. Sponsors Volunteer Center

LAS VEGAS — Copywrite, Ink. Writing Services, Inc. (Copywrite, Ink.) has signed a limited licensing agreement with the Volunteer Center of Southern Nevada (Volunteer Center) to promote volunteerism in Nevada and raise funds for the center through an independent sponsor agreement. The agreement grants Copywrite, Ink. limited licensing rights of the Volunteer Center’s trademark and slogan for the purpose of manufacturing and distributing online merchandise to raise funds.

Copywrite, Ink. will donate time and invest in graphic images, photographs, and materials needed to create and merchandise designs that will promote volunteerism. The merchandise is available through its online merchandise storefront, which is powered by Copywrite, Ink. will donate as much as $2 per item to the Volunteer Center of Southern Nevada.

“Volunteers are often the cornerstone of our communities, giving time, talent, and energy to accomplish great things,“ says Richard R. Becker, president of Copywrite, Ink. “It is our hope that the online merchandise will raise funds for essential services that the Volunteer Center of Southern Nevada provides.”

Becker said many of the designs were and will be created by in-house talent, but as many as 20 graphic artists from around the nation have expressed interest in designing volunteer messages based on his company’s ideas. The first selected to participate in the program is Seattle-based designer Curtis Sharp.

Becker said that he initially intended to produce most of the designs, but with assistance from socially aware designers, he will be better able to focus more time on adding other non-profit organizations and enhancing the store.

“Copywrite, Ink. came to us with an interesting sponsorship proposal to help us raise funds and promote volunteerism,” said Fran Smith, executive director of the Volunteer Center. “Having worked with Richard Becker on various non-profit activities, it was easy to become the first non-profit organization to participate.”

The Volunteer Center of Southern Nevada provides resources to groups and individuals to help them deliver creative solutions to community problems through volunteerism. It provides several vital resources in Las Vegas, including connecting people with opportunities to serve, workshops for volunteer management, and mobilizing volunteers.

Copywrite, Ink. is a leading strategic communication and writing services firm, with experience on more than 1,000 accounts. Becker has assisted numerous non-profit organizations since founding the company in 1991.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Verizon Wireless Accepts Grant Applications

WALLINGFORD, Conn. — Verizon Wireless, through the Verizon Foundation, announced it is accepting applications from qualified public charities in Connecticut for work in three priority areas: Domestic Violence Prevention; Literacy; and Technology for Healthcare and Accessibility.

Qualified Connecticut 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations are invited to submit 2007 grant proposals. Applications are accepted online (the above link).

Last year, the Verizon Foundation awarded a total of $150,000 to numerous Connecticut organizations, including: Center for Children's Advocacy (Hartford); Center for Women and Families of Eastern Fairfield County (Bridgeport); Domestic Violence Services of Greater New Haven; Meriden-Wallingford Chrysalis; Safe Haven of Greater Waterbury; Children's Community School (Waterbury); Connecticut Humanities Council (Hartford); FSW (Bridgeport); Meriden Children First Initiative; Yale-New Haven Hospital; Concepts for Adaptive Learning (New Haven); Holy Family Home and Shelter (Willimantic); Quinnipiac Business and Education Foundation (North Haven); and Rebuilding Together Hartford.

Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, NJ, with 65,000 employees nationwide. The company is a joint venture of Verizon Communications and Vodafone. Find more information, visit Verizon Wireless.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Tom's Of Maine Gives Dental Grants

KENNEBUNK, Maine — Tom's of Maine, the nation's leading maker of natural personal care products, marks the fourth year of its Dental Health for All program by awarding $120,000 in grants to community dental health programs in six states across the country. The total grant support for dental clinics since 2004 is now more than $670,000 and has helped more than 15,000 children and adults gain access to dental care.

According to their release, the Dental Health for All program was started in 2004 in response to the Surgeon General's report on oral health. The study found that over 120 million Americans have no dental insurance.

Many wait over 12 months for an appointment at a public dental clinic, and at those clinics, it is not unusual to see three-year-olds needing multiple root canals, extractions, and stainless steel crowns. In addition, many millions more have trouble obtaining the dental care they need because they can't afford it or because they live in underserved areas where dentists are scarce or nonexistent.

Since its inception, the program has made a significant impact — retailers and consumers across the country have joined Tom's in making over $670,000 worth of donations to dental clinics nationwide, helping tens of thousands of people in need receive quality, affordable dental care.

The benefactors of eight $15,000 grants include: UCSD Student Run Free Dental Clinic (San Diego), Inner City Health Center(Denver), Apple Tree Dental (Minneapolis ), Pediatric Clinic (Portland), Comprehensive Community Action (Cranston), Vermont Dental Care Programs (Winooski), and Georgetown Dental Clinic (Seattle).

Founded in Kennebunk, Maine, by Tom and Kate Chappell in 1970, Tom's of Maine creates effective personal care products using simple, natural ingredients derived from plants and minerals.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

BMW Racing Yacht Position Auctioned For Charity

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — Since April 20, BMW of North America has been hosting a special online auction on eBay to raise money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure — the global grassroots movement dedicated to finding a cure for breast cancer. The auction ends April 30.

Bidders are vying for the coveted 18th man position on the BMW ORACLE Racing Yacht. BMW will also send the auction's highest bidder on a truly unique, once-in-a-lifetime adventure to Valencia, Spain, where the they will occupy the 18th Man position on the BMW ORACLE Racing yacht during the 4th race of the Louis Vuitton Cup Semifinals on May 18, 2007.

The highest bidder's accommodations will include a four-day, three-night, trip to Valencia, including roundtrip airfare, 5-Star hotel accommodations at The Westin Valencia and $1000 spending money. Girard-Perregaux will offer the winner a luxurious R&D 01 Chrono -- USA 87 watch from its BMW ORACLE Racing collection watch (MSRP: $9,750).

If the BMW ORACLE Racing team wins and advances to the finals, they will take the 18th Man position a second time to race with the team in the America's Cup Finals.

"The America's Cup is the oldest active trophy in the world of sport, and the opportunity to occupy the 18th Man position in the tournament is sure to generate excitement and a tremendous level of interest," said Tom Purves, Chairman and CEO, BMW of North America. "Over the past 10 years, BMW has enjoyed a very successful and productive relationship with Susan G.
Komen for the Cure, and we are pleased to offer this additional opportunity to raise funds for such a worthy organization."

BMW and Susan G. Komen for the Cure have also partnered on three successful auctions/sweepstakes in the past. In 1999, BMW conducted the first-ever online auction of an automobile, offering bidders the first BMW X5 off the assembly line. The event raised $159,100 for the nonprofit. In 2002, BMW auctioned off an autographed BMW M5 driven by Madonna in the company's groundbreaking internet film series, "The Hire." And most recently, in 2003, the cast of the wildly popular sitcom "Friends" signed a BMW X3, which traveled across the country with The Ultimate Drive program before being raffled off to one lucky winner.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Businesses Donate Computers For Great Ideas

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nevada — According to the Nevada Appeal, more than 177 people brought carloads of computer equipment to the event at Incline Village General Improvement District's public works parking lot. It was part of the first computer recycling day held by Waste Not.

"There's a lot of people bringing stuff because they didn't know how to get rid of it," said Madonna Dunbar, IVIGD's resource conservationist "We knew we were going to get a lot of materials. We have a lot of things we can reuse and recycle."

The nonprofit company expects to collect between 500 and 1,000 computers from the Earth Day recycling effort in Incline Village and Reno, according to Pete Peterson, the company's logistics director. In fact, two truckloads of computers collected Saturday were taken to ComputerCorps' 40,000 square foot warehouse in Carson City.

About 40 percent to 45 percent of the computers can be refurbished and loaded with fresh software. The rest of the computers are broken down into components which are then sold to computer parts brokers. Finally, Western Metal takes the sheet metal off the old computers.

"Nothing goes to a landfill," Peterson said.

The refurbished computers, along with a monitor and keyboard, are given to schoolchildren who can't afford a computer. In return, each family member who plans to use the computer gives 10 hours of community service. Peterson said 15 percent to 20 percent of Nevada's schoolchildren do not have access to a computer, even though many homework assignments require one.

The nine-year-old nonprofit company receives most of its computers from hospitals and federal, state, city and county government. These are usually only two years old and in good shape to donate to students. The computers are refurbished by volunteers.

ComputerCorps would like to increase the number of students it reaches in Nevada, especially by adding an office in Las Vegas. It has requested $1.2 million from the Nevada Legislature through Assembly Bill 566 to expand its service during the next three years. The funding would pay for more staff to refurbish computers and the Las Vegas office.

Looking over the computer-filled parking lot in Incline Village, Peterson said, "The funding would help us to get more of this stuff recycling and refurbished and ready to go."

If any residents missed the computer recycling day, Waste Not will continue to collect computer parts on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 5 p.m., Dunbar said.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Ortho-McNeil Sponsors Epilepsy Art Contest

TITUSVILLE, N.J. — Ortho-McNeil Neurologics, Inc. in partnership with the Epilepsy Foundation is sponsoring the fifth annual Expressions of Courage National Art Contest. The contest raises awareness of epilepsy and encourages those living with the disorder to illustrate the emotions they draw upon when facing the challenges caused by the condition.

Open to people of all ages who have been diagnosed with epilepsy, participants are invited to illustrate their interpretation of living with the disease through art, a powerful means of expression and considered by many to be an important component of living with a chronic disease. Entries will be accepted through July 16, 2007.

Judges will review artwork and announce winners in November in commemoration of National Epilepsy Awareness Month. Winning artwork may be displayed as part of a national traveling exhibition comprised of nearly 25 winning entries selected by curators from the Society for the Arts in Healthcare. Winning artwork also will be featured on the contest Web site and included in a calendar, coffee table book or greeting cards, available for viewing at local Epilepsy Foundation offices and participating physician offices nationwide.

"Over the past five years, the Expressions of Courage contest has been tremendously successful, and each year, we're excited to see new creative artwork that demonstrates the strength and courage of people with epilepsy," said Eric Hargis, president and CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation. "The artwork reinforces the talent and accomplishments of those in the epilepsy community, and provides people with a forum for sharing their own personal stories of hope and freedom."

Epilepsy is one of the most common disorders of the nervous system, affecting approximately 50 million people worldwide with as many as 200,000 Americans diagnosed for the first time each year.

Artwork may be created in ink, pencil, crayon or paint on paper or board, no larger than 8 1/2 by 11 inches. Entry forms and more information can be found at or by calling 800-224-4935. Entries should be mailed to: Expressions of Courage, c/o Ortho-McNeil Neurologics, Inc., 389 Pittstown Road, Pittstown, NJ 08867.

Nearly 300 pieces have been awarded over the past five years, and last year, the contest generated a record number of entries with 224 pieces of artwork.

The Epilepsy Foundation is a nonprofit organization with the goal of ensuring that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences, and works to prevent, control and cure epilepsy through research, education, advocacy and services.

Ortho-McNeil Neurologics, Inc. focuses exclusively on providing solutions that improve neurological health. The company currently markets products for Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy, and acute and preventive migraine treatment.

Friday, April 20, 2007

TXU Electric Partners With Wildlife Rescue Center

DALLAS — TXU Electric Delivery is increasing its partnership with the Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, which includes wildlife rescue and caring for birds. Electric Delivery currently relies on the center to rescue and remove birds, including blue herons, that have nested in equipment used to deliver electricity to millions of people throughout north, central and west Texas.

The wildlife center has grown into a 20-acre compound that is home to at least 1,000 wild birds and other animals. It also is a permanent home to birds that cannot be released back into the wild. The center — the largest bird rescue sanctuary in the state of Texas — is located about 12 miles south of downtown Dallas on a converted landfill site.

TXU Electric Delivery will also be raising additional funds for the center recycling printer ink cartridges and used cell phones. Employee volunteers will also work on a number of special projects at the center through the summer.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Gates Awards Grant To The Calvert Foundation

BETHESDA, Md. — The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has given a $1 million grant to the Calvert Foundation, a non-profit organization funding development projects in underserved communities nationwide.

This investment will increase the Calvert Foundation's net assets and its capacity to issue Community Investment Notes, which allow individual and institutional investors to invest in high social impact projects while earning a modest financial return. Grants such as this one can provide Calvert Foundation the ability to channel capital up to 20 times the value of the initial gift to community organizations.

The visibility of such grants also serves to attract additional private capital. Currently, Calvert Foundation has multiple ongoing initiatives that support community development in the U.S. and abroad. In the last year, Calvert Foundation has disbursed more than $120 million in loans to organizations helping people in poverty by promoting fair trade, developing micro-enterprise, providing affordable housing, developing community facilities, and funding efforts to rebuild and redevelop the Gulf Coast region as it recovers from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

"We are grateful for this grant and the recognition of the growing importance of community investing," said Calvert Foundation Executive Director Shari Berenbach. "We hope that this support will encourage others to join us in empowering communities through affordable housing, micro-enterprise development, social enterprise and more."

Individuals can support Calvert Foundation efforts in a couple of ways.

The most popular way is through purchase of Calvert Community Investment Notes, which are available starting at $1,000 for terms from one to 10 years. Investors choose their rates of return, from zero to three percent, and have the option of reinvesting or donating their interest. Notes can be purchased directly from Calvert Foundation or indirectly through a financial advisor.

Supporters also can provide fully tax-deductible donations to Calvert Foundation. These gifts, like the one made by the Gates Foundation, are used to provide capital support, allowing Calvert Foundation to issue more Community Investment Notes for sale to the general public and to extend affordable loans to community organizations.

"This model has proven to be highly effective in finding, vetting and underwriting high-impact community development projects," said Hilary C. Pennington, director of U.S. Program Special Initiatives at the Gates Foundation. "We are hopeful that our investment will help attract additional private funds and provide greater resources for disadvantaged communities across the country."

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

USA Funds Awards $100,000 In Scholarships

INDIANAPOLIS — USA Funds, the nation's leading education-loan guarantor and the designated guarantor of federal student loans in Arizona, announced the award of a $100,000 grant to help increase academic access and success for Arizona students pursuing a postsecondary education.

USA Funds awarded the grant to the Arizona College Scholarship Foundation, a nonprofit organization made up of Arizona business and community leaders, elected officials, foundations, and education and community-service leaders. The foundation is committed to making college a reality for Arizona students through scholarships and mentoring programs for low-income, high-potential students attending Arizona colleges or universities. The grant will help fund the ACSF Scholars program.

"These scholarships support USA Funds' nonprofit mission to enhance postsecondary-education preparedness, access and success," said Henry L. Fernandez, USA Funds executive director of scholarships, outreach and philanthropy. "We are extremely pleased to partner with ACSF to improve the college-going rates of lower-income students in Arizona."

According to research reports, the need for financial assistance for students in Arizona is great. Arizona ranks among the five-lowest states in terms of state-funded financial assistance for students pursuing higher education. The participation rate of low-income Arizona residents in postsecondary education is less than 16 percent, and Arizona has the fifth- lowest percentage of citizens with baccalaureate degrees.

In addition to scholarship funding, ACSF provides mentoring services to students throughout the various stages of their education. ACSF works with established organizations that serve high-risk children to provide early postsecondary-education awareness and mentoring. The foundation also coordinates with organizations that provide college-preparatory training and application information for students.

At the college level, ACSF provides a network of on-campus support services to ensure scholars' success. Each ACSF Scholar is paired with an on- campus mentor, receives bimonthly coaching from ACSF staff, attends regular group trainings and is connected with on-campus resource centers. As upperclassmen, each scholar is paired with a professional mentor who provides advice and opportunities for job shadowing and internships.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Bank Of America Donates $100,000

BEAUFORT, S.C. — The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has donated $100,000 to The Penn Center of St. Helena Island The funds will increase the Center's capacity to provide educational and cultural programming, preserve the Gullah culture, and meet the needs of Beaufort and surrounding communities.

The Penn Center 1862 Circle was created to recognize national leaders who embody the spirit of Penn Center and who serve as advocates for its preservation and sustainability. Congressman James E. Clyburn, the sponsor of the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Act and Courtney Siceloff, former Director of Penn Center operations from 1948-1969, were both honored as 2007 inductees.

"Bank of America is pleased to work with Penn Center to promote and preserve the history of the Sea Islands," said Wilkerson. "Along with inductees Congressman Clyburn and Mr. Siceloff, we are proud to help Penn Center capture these important aspects of our culture and in turn, have the opportunity to share it with our associates, customers and community.

Founded in 1862 by northern abolitionists and missionaries, the Penn School was one of the first schools to offer an academic education to newly freed slaves. After the school closed its doors in 1948, Penn Center reorganized to focus on issues ranging in scope from daycare and healthcare, to social justice and economic development for African-Americans. In the early 1960s, it was also used as a training and meeting site for major Civil Rights leaders of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rev. Jesse Jackson and Andrew Young.

"Like most African-American institutions in underserved communities, Penn Center has faced an ongoing challenge of raising funds to maintain our operation," said Bernie Wright, Executive Director, Penn Center. "This generous support from Bank of America is a tremendous boon for not just our organization but for our community."

Penn Center has remained a major educational resource for African-Americans and a national resource for historical preservation. In 1974, the Department of the Interior designated the Penn Center 50-acre campus as a National Historic Landmark District, one of only three in South Carolina. Today, the Center continues to implement four major programs: Land Use and Environmental Education, the Program for Academic and Cultural Enrichment, the Early Childhood Program, and the History and Culture Program.

Monday, April 16, 2007

National Volunteer Week, April 15-21

NATIONWIDE — Sponsored by the Points of Light Foundation and supported by USA Freedom Corps, National Volunteer Week is about thanking one of America's most valuable assets — volunteers — and calling the public's attention to all that they do to improve our communities. The theme is "Inspire By Example" and runs from April 15 to April 21.

National Volunteer Week began in 1974 when President Richard Nixon signed an executive order establishing the week as an annual celebration of volunteering. Since then, every U.S. President has signed a proclamation promoting National Volunteer Week.

A portion of President Bush's Proclamation National Volunteer Week, 2007, reads:

"Throughout the history of America, volunteers and civic organizations have helped extend the blessings of liberty and opportunity to our citizens. People across our Nation answer the universal call to love their neighbor by giving their time, talents, and energy to comfort those in despair, support others in need, and change lives for the better. The optimism and determination of our country's volunteers reflect the true spirit and strength of our Nation."

In honor of National Volunteer Week, USA Freedom Corps is encouraging all Americans to participate in a service-related activity. You can even use its Web site to find a volunteer opportunity. If you have an organization and have a volunteer opportunity that you would like to make available through the USA Freedom Corps Volunteer Network, you can recruit volunteers here.

Friday, April 13, 2007

AirTran Airways Tees Up for Charity

ORLANDO, Fla. — AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc., announced today that on Monday, May 7, 2007, the airline will sponsor the Keith Brooking Celebrity Golf Tournament at the Georgia Tech Golf Club in Alpharetta. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Keith Brooking Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to serving foster children and the agencies that serve and support them throughout the metro Atlanta area.

Brooking is known less for making putts and more for making tackles as a linebacker for Georgia Tech and now Atlanta's home team. However, the Georgia native is proud to "get in the swing of things" and partner with AirTran Airways to give back to a community that has supported Brooking since his days at East Coweta High School in Sharpsburg, Ga.

"AirTran Airways is an active community sponsor, and we are proud to help support a worthy organization like the Keith Brooking Foundation," said Tad Hutcheson, vice president of sales and marketing for AirTran Airways. "It doesn't get any better than enjoying a delicious barbecue dinner and spending an afternoon on the golf course -- especially when it's all for a good cause."

Tournament participants will play a memorable 18-hole course and partake in a lip-smacking dinner from LowCountry BBQ while mingling with celebrity guests. They will also have the opportunity to take photos with Keith Brooking and participate in a brief live auction. For playing in the tournament, golfers will receive a gift package that includes an autographed Keith Brooking jersey, all for $2,000 per foursome.

For more information or to register for the Keith Brooking Celebrity Golf Tournament, visit or contact Executive Director Gina Weathersby at 770-683-4377. For a sneak preview of one of the finest golf courses in the state of Georgia, visit

AirTran Airways, a Fortune 1000 company and one of America's largest low- fare airlines with more than 8,000 friendly, professional Crew Members, operates more than 700 daily flights to 56 destinations. The airline's hub is at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, where it is the second largest carrier.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Production Company Supports Social Awareness

LAS VEGAS — Madeline Parquette, owner of Madeline Parquette & Associates, a full-service video production company, has opened Epiphany Video Group, a 501(c) 3 non-profit production video production company. The new non-profit video production company will develop and produce social awareness public service announcements and documentaries.

“The idea to bring social awareness into the community through video came to me while I was working with children at the Spring Mountain Youth Camp,” says Parquette. “When I witnessed, firsthand, the difference I could make in the lives of youth via a combination of development skills through improvisation and the production of a documentary that aired at CineVegas Film Festival, it gave me the inspiration to create a company dedicated to assisting others while raising funds for non-profit organizations.”

Spring Mountain Youth Camp is a staff-secure correctional facility that houses male youth between the ages of 12 and 18 who have been adjudicated for delinquent acts by the Juvenile Court judge. The camp is located is located at Angels Peak in the Mt. Charleston Recreational/Toiyabe National Forest Area.

Parquette worked with youth to develop improvisational scenes, self-expression, and break down stereotypes that prevented cooperation and respect. By learning to see themselves not as stereotypes, but rather by what they could do, youth reported that they learned important life skills they would carry with them for life.

Borrowing from the lessons learned at Spring Mountain Youth Camp, Parquette is hoping to turn to youth and young adults to assist in the production of social awareness videos with diverse topics, ranging from teen pregnancy to service in the armed forces. All proceeds after the cost of production will be donated to non-profit organizations that provide direct benefits to the community.

“Right now, we see several possibilities to initiate a project,” says Parquette. “We will either pursue underserved social awareness issues that we see in the community or hope non-profit organizations with corporate sponsors might fund a public service announcement or documentary. It creates wins for everyone — we assist youth by engaging them in the project, the production of a compelling video project, the demonstration of corporate citizenship, and then provide the non-profit organization with the tools it needs to raise much needed funds or awareness.”

Madeline Parquette & Associates will also donate time and resources to Epiphany Video Group. Madeline Parquette & Associates has worked with dozens of companies, including HBO, IBM, Intel, and Showtime.

Parquette’s career accomplishments include working as a segment producer for the Jenny Jones Show, and as a field producer for HBO, ESPN, Showtime, and Entertainment Tonight. She began her career as an actress. Her film credits include “Casino,” “Highway,” “Mugsy’s Girls,” and several more, including leading roles in several stage productions.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Bank of America Charitable Foundation Donates $6 Million

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Bank of America Charitable Foundation today announced a $6 million donation to Habitat for Humanity International to increase the nonprofit's capacity to provide quality, affordable housing for families worldwide. The funds will be used for general operating support as well as financing home construction and renovation for families around the world.

As part of Bank of America's corporate giving program, the grant is being announced shortly after the company unveiled Bank of Opportunity, the theme for its new brand positioning. The Habitat grant is one of several significant charitable donations the bank has announced to celebrate the power of opportunity.

"Over the past five years, more than 20,000 Bank of America associates have volunteered their time and the bank has committed millions of dollars to provide hundreds of families a place to call home," said Joe Price, CFO of Bank of America. "I cannot think of a better way to celebrate opportunity than to honor the completion of the McColl program and renew our commitment to building homes in partnership with deserving families across the country."

According to Bank of America, what began 20 years ago as a house sponsorship program has become an expanding and multifaceted partnership. The commitment to Habitat turned the Jimmy Carter Work Project into a 14- house "blitz build" in Charlotte and the first worldwide House Raising Week. Bank of America has donated more than $10 million to Habitat for
Humanity International since 2002. The corporation has given $850,000 to Operation Home Delivery, Habitat's hurricane recovery project, and $200,000 to local affiliates to increase building capacity.

Habitat for Humanity is a global home-building movement comprising more than 2,300 local affiliates, state support organizations and national organizations in nearly 100 countries around the world, including all 50 states of the United States, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. Completing a home somewhere in the world every 21 minutes, Habitat for Humanity builds nearly 25,000 homes per year.

Bank of America has embarked on a 10-year goal to give $1.5 billion to nonprofit organizations engaged in improving the quality and vitality of their neighborhoods. The Bank of America Charitable Foundation will give more than $200 million in 2007, making the bank one of the most generous corporate donors in the world. Through Team Bank of America, bank
associate volunteers contribute more than 500,000 hours each year to improve the quality of life in their communities nationwide.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

USA Today Recognizes Hollywood Heros

MCLEAN, Va. — Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Geena Davis will be honored May 1 as the recipient of the second annual USA TODAY Hollywood Hero Award. The award recognizes her outstanding contributions as a long-time advocate for women and girls, and founder of the See Jane project.

See Jane is a program of Dads & Daughters, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to making the world safe and fair for our daughters. The program works to increase gender balance and reduce gender stereotypes in entertainment media made for children 11 and under.

Davis and See Jane will be feted at an award gala on the evening of May 1 at The Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Scheduled guests include: Adam Arkin, Polly Bergen, Zina Bethune, Crystal Allene Cook, Peter Coyote, Melanie Griffith, Natasha Henstridge, Allison Janney, Kathy Najimy, Mimi Rogers, Helen Slater, Dr. Stacy Smith, and CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler.

The USA TODAY Hollywood Hero Award is presented annually to an entertainment personality who has made remarkable contributions of time and energy with a non-profit organization, and has truly enriched the quality of life for others. The USA TODAY Hollywood Hero Award recipient is unique in that his or her efforts extend far beyond a charitable contribution or simply lending one's celebrity to enhance a cause or concern.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Benioff To Speak At Global Philanthropy Forum

SAN FRANCISCO —, a market and technology leader in on-demand business services, announced that Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of, will speak on a panel at the Global Philanthropy Forum's (GPF) 6th Annual Conference at the Google Campus in Mountain View on Wednesday, April 11.

The GPF is an international network of donors and social investors pioneered by the World Affairs Council of Northern California. The GPF's 600 members come together from around the world in an annual meeting and at smaller seminars to inform, enable and enhance the strategic nature of their giving and social investing.

An audio webcast of Benioff's panel discussion will be available on the Global Philanthropy Forum's website at The panel will also be broadcast on the World Affairs Council's radio program, It's Your World. is the market and technology leader in on-demand business services and have developed a unique foundation. The Foundation mission is pioneer, evangelize, and implement Benioff's 1% Model to improve the lives of people around the world. The 1% Model suggests companies donate 1 percent of their employees time, 1 percent of the company's equity, and 1 percent of the company products to people in need.

The Foundation reaches out to the community and increases the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations so they can better achieve their goals. Since July of 2000, employees have given over 40,000 hours of their time and expertise, feeding the homeless, tutoring kids, improving nonprofit spaces, and offering hundreds of helping hands when the world is faced with devastating natural disasters.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

NBCB Opens To National Business Giving Examples

Happy Easter!

Inspired by the holiday and its meanings, we've decided to take the Nevada Business Community Blog national with a new name, better archiving, and more opportunities for businesses to share their nonprofit related news and best practices.

Since starting NBCB blog in July 2005, we've shared more than 204 best giving practices occurring in or related to Nevada. We will continue to do so, but will also welcome submissions from small, medium, and large companies across the nation. It makes sense because, very often, some of the most inspiring stories and charitable ideas from businesses (that could be implemented in Nevada or elsewhere) do not always come from inside our state.

For example, just recently, the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) and the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials-International (APCO) launched the development of a nationally recognized certification program for telecommunicator mutual aid response in the aftermath of disasters. It also provides information as to operational deployment of Telecommunicator Emergency Response Taskforce (TERT) programs and takes a leadership role in assisting governmental agencies in the development of TERT style programs at the local, state, and regional levels. You can learn more at TERT. It's important work that we would not have covered just a few days ago.

So, beginning today: If you own a company or work for a corporation that is operating in he United States and is engaged in non-profit activities anywhere in the nation, please make sure you add this blog to your public relations distribution list. Our goal is to publish great case studies, best practices, and news releases that will inspire other companies to give more. We post one per day, every Monday through Friday.

As a trial for April, we have also activated comments again for people registered with Blogger. As long as the comments remain positive in the spirit of this blog's purpose and the comments are not overcome by spam, we hope they will encourage professionals to engage in conversation and perhaps draw attention to other business giving practices similar to those we identify. As I said, there are a lot of great ideas out there and we hope some of those we post spark other businesses to give back to their communities too.

If you would like to help support the efforts of this blog beyond submissions, please consider shopping at the online store. Although we will not officially launched the Volunteer Center of Southern Nevada (VCSN) product line until May 1, the preliminarily apparel is available for purchase. Proceeds directly benefit VCSN and its programs. We also have plans to launch additional product lines for other non-profit organizations in the months ahead. Take care, and again, Happy Easter!

Friday, April 06, 2007

Rondell Sheridan Emcees Working Moms Awards

LAS VEGAS - Actor, comedian and Disney television star Rondell Sheridan will be the master of ceremonies for the third annual Create Your Dreams Awards, held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 14 at MGM Grand Las Vegas.

Sheridan, known to families worldwide as Victor Baxter, the goofy, yet smart father of TV teens Raven and Cory on the Disney Channel top-rated television series "That's So Raven" and "Cory In The House." The former co-host of the relationship series "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus," he is also an accomplished stand-up comedian with three television specials and appearances on "The Tonight Show" and "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" among his credits.

Presented by the Moms In Business Network and the International Association of Working Mothers, the Create Your Dreams Awards honor the achievements of working mothers nationwide and also in Nevada. This year's gala will benefit the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, which has assisted with more than 125,200 missing child cases, resulting in the recovery of more than 107,600 children.

Nationally-recognized female executives who will be honored at the gala include: Sheila Johnson, president of WNBA Washington Mystics - recipient of the Luminary Award; Rani Hong, co-founder of The Tronie Foundation - recipient of the Woman of Courage Award; and Julie Aigner-Clark, founder of Baby Einstein and The SafeSide - recipient of Working Mother of the Year.

Also receiving honors for their support of working mothers will be Integrated Science Solutions Inc., recipient of the Company of the Year Award, and Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), recipient of the Working Mother Advocate Award.

Finalists for Nevada awards to be announced at the gala include:

Working Mother of the Year: Selina Knapp, vice president of Hooters Casino Hotel; Maureen Peckman, CEO of Peckman Media; and Kimberly Bailey-Tureaud, CEO of Culturally Diverse Advertising Media Relations & Events.

Luminary Award: Holli Dorr, CEO of Hollister Construction Co.; Valerie Murzi, senior vice president of Station Casinos; and Bonnie Houldsworth, founder of Houldsworth Russo Accountants.

Create Your Dreams Award: Cheleen Morgan, owner of The Antique Mall; Paula Yakubik, managing partner of MasMedia Public Relations; and Louise Helton, founder of Classroom on Wheels.

Working Mother Advocate: Mary House CEO of Caring, Helping & Restoring Lives Inc. (CHR); Donna Anspach, founder of Nevadans for Quality Education; and Carolyn Stephens, co-founder of NAWBO Las Vegas.

Woman of Courage Award: Carole Devon, executive director of Positively Kidz; Kelli Thurmond, cancer-survivor and single working mom; and Kathy Orscel, business owner, caregiver and stroke/heart attack survivor.

Company of the Year Award: Nevada Woman Magazine, Primm Valley Resort & Casino and Nevada Federal Credit Union.

More information and online reservations for the Create Your Dreams Awards Gala are available at or by calling 1-800-790-MIBN.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Women in Film & Video Host Awards

WASHINGTON D.C. - Women in Film & Video DC hosts the 14th Annual Women of Vision Awards Gala honoring nationally- recognized women who have made their mark in the media world. The Gala will take place April 13 at the Capital Hilton in Washington D.C.

The 2007 honorees are:

• Susie Coelho, founder and CEO of Susie Coelho Enterprises Inc. and host of HGTV's Outer Spaces;
• Patricia Finneran, Festival Director for SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival;
• Barbara Kopple, President of Cabin Creek Films, Co-Producer/Director of Shut Up and Sing and the only women director to receive two Academy Awards(R);
• Deborah Redmond, President of The SOHO Group and a noted media literacy educator; and
• Andrea Sims, President of Lion's Share Communications and considered "one of the world's top party planners."

Sponsors for the Women of Vision Awards Gala include: Women In Film's National Presenting Sponsor General Motors Corporation, Discovery, Inc., Interface Media Group, MVI Post, Media Central, C Grace Productions, Video/Action, Double R Productions, Black Opal Productions, Henninger Media Services, and Eastman Kodak Company.

Women in Film & Video of Washington, DC, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization is dedicated to advancing the professional development and achievement for women working in all areas of film, television, video, multimedia and related disciplines. WIFV supports women in the industry by promoting equal opportunities, encouraging professional development, serving as an information network, and educating the public about women's creative and technical achievements.

Founded in 1973 in Los Angeles, Women In Film ( ) is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to women in the global entertainment industry. Its purpose is to empower, promote, nurture and mentor women in the industry through a network of valuable contacts, events, programs, workshops, finishing funds and scholarships. In the U.S., there are chapters in Arizona, California (3), Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas (2), Washington and Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

World Poker Association Elects Board

LAS VEGAS — The World Poker Association (WPA) announced the formation of its board of trustees. Board members include:

Annie Van Bebber - Annie is a recognized entrepreneur and authority on New Media and the Internet. She is currently Founder and CEO of and has been dedicated to a variety of social causes for 35 years raising millions of dollars for charity. Van Bebber is well-known for creating brand building strategies, as well as masterminding award-winning websites and properties. Ms. Van Bebber was a founding partner of Attitude Network, where she led its video games site to highly-acclaimed, record-Internet-success and a partner in the award-winning She was formerly Chairman of the Board of the Computer Game Developers Association and on the International Board of Delta Nu Alpha Transportation Fraternity.

Chris Bigler - Chris has 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur and management consultant. He has wide experience in the online poker industry. He is an original partner in He was a senior consultant to management of a major online poker network. Chris is also an accomplished professional poker player.

Wendeen Eolis - Wendeen is CEO of EOLIS International Group, a legal management and attorney search consultancy. She is a former First Assistant/Senior Advisor to Governor George E. Pataki (NY) and former special advisor to New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani. Wendeen's wide range of extracurricular activities includes various civic directorships, community projects, speaking engagements, and writing assignments.

Jesse Jones - Jesse founded the World Poker Association on November 7, 2005 and launched the WPA website in March 2006. He has been a professional poker player for twenty years who has concentrated the last fifteen years on major poker tournaments around the globe. Married for 19 years he has been a financial planner and a commercial real estate investor; retired in 2005. He is a three time throat cancer survivor. He splits his time between homes in Las Vegas and Honolulu when not playing in major tournaments. His goal is to have the WPA become the PGA of poker.

Mary Jones - Mary's 25 year career as an accomplished business woman prepared her for the challenges of tournament poker. This was dramatically exhibited in her suspenseful win as the 2006 WSOP Ladies No Limit Hold'em Champion. Her previous business positions include General Manager-Sales, EMBARQ; Director of Strategy & Planning, AT&T; International Sales Director, AT&T; and Director of Sales & Marketing, Ernst & Young. She also has considerable experience working with various non-profit organizations.

Warren Karp - As a tournament director he began his career at Larry Flint's Hustler Casino in 2002. and ran the largest ever buy-in 7-card Stud event. From there he moved to Binion's Horseshoe where he was part of the team that ran the 2003 & 2004 WSOP. During that year he joined the International Poker Federation, as its official TD. The goal then and now is to unify worldwide rules and the mission statement includes well run, well staffed, fun & fair events. The European Poker Tour (EPT) asked him to run two of the events in Copenhagen and Deauville, France. In 2005 as he was appointed tournament director for the World Poker Showdown, with locations like St. Maarten, Costa Rica, The Bahamas, and Caribbean Cruises. He is a professional poker player.

Lou Krieger - Lou Krieger, who has been playing poker since childhood, is currently the editor of Poker Player Newspaper and has written more than 400 columns about poker strategy for a variety of magazines. Casino Journal Magazine, the industry bible, in 2000 named Krieger one of the most influential gaming writers of the past 100 years -- an honor accorded to only five poker authors. More than 20 years as a management consultant Lou Krieger worked for one of the largest consulting firms in the world, and subsequently founded and later sold his own successful consulting practice which provided him with a variety of tools to provide responsive leadership and direction.

Marcel Luske - Known as the "Flying Dutchman," this European poker giant is easily recognized thanks to his swank table image. Internationally known as one of the more wily and stylish players to come out of Europe, Marcel has a history of success at worldwide events with victories in Holland, Spain, Finland, and Austria. Marcel was the European Player of the Year in 2001. Truly an intercontinental champion, Marcel continues to be a worthy representative of the game.

Harry Thomas - Harry is self employed as a real estate developer. He has been playing tournament poker for over twenty years with 50 cashes and over $700,000 in lifetime earnings including a WSOP bracelet. Harry won the 16th Annual WSOP Seven Card Stud Limit Championship in 1985.

The WPA was incorporated as a nonprofit association on November 7, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The mission of the WPA is to ensure the integrity of tournament poker by establishing fair and consistent rules and procedures thereby increasing the opportunities of individual and organizational members worldwide.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Good Idea From Our Neighbor

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Although not a Nevada project, California has an interesting project that marries education, government, and community service that is worth a look. California high school students are being invited to participate in LegiSchool's annual photo contest "California Through My Eyes."

To enter, students are asked to submit an 8x10-inch original photograph, along with an entry form and a 150-word typed essay explaining how their photo depicts what California means to them. The contest's first place winner will receive $100 and four-runners up will each receive $50.

Eligibility is limited to current high school students (in California). Entries must be postmarked by May 4. Complete details and entry forms are available at .

The photo contest is sponsored by LegiSchool, a civic education project of Sacramento State and the State Legislature, which is administered by the University's Center for California Studies.

For more information, contact the LegiSchool Project at 916-278-6906 or

Monday, April 02, 2007

Union Pacific Foundation Increases Funding

OMAHA, Neb. — Union Pacific Foundation is increasing funds to nonprofit organizations and continuing support for its signature giving program, The Principals' Partnership. Grants are being distributed to nonprofit organizations in 22 states in which Union Pacific operates.

The Principals' Partnership will also provide professional development and support to public high school principals in 21 states. Together, Union Pacific Foundation is granting $9 million to fund The Principals' Partnership and projects submitted by nonprofit organizations, which is a $1 million increase over 2006.

"Union Pacific is honored to continue our association with the great organizations that help to make the communities in which our employees live and work a better place," said Jim Young, chairman and CEO of Union Pacific Railroad. "We are also very proud to continue supporting public high school principals through The Principals' Partnership. Union Pacific created The Partnership because we believe strong leaders build strong schools and ultimately, stronger communities."

The Principals' Partnership assists approximately 1,000 principals with responsibilities for more than 1 million students. The six-year-old program helps fulfill principals' leadership needs through a number of opportunities, including research, networking, and workshops.

Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach, the Partnership starts with the professional needs of each principal and offers an individually customized program to meet those needs. The program is offered at no cost to the school, the district or the principal. In addition, The Partnership maintains an award-winning public Web site ( featuring research briefs and case studies useful to all educators.

The Principals' Partnership is offered to public high school principals in key communities served by Union Pacific. For the second straight year, the program extends to principals in Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

The Union Pacific Foundation is the primary philanthropic arm of Union Pacific Corporation. The Foundation has distributed funds since 1959 to qualified organizations in communities served by Union Pacific. The Foundation is not endowed, but is funded each year from the operating profits of Union Pacific Corporation.

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