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Goodyear Commercial Tire & Service Centers Remain Open Nationwide, Offer Free Dot Inspections to Keep Fleets on the Road

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 5:16pm

In response to the economic impact from COVID-19 and to help keep fleets on the road to deliver needed products like medical supplies and groceries, Goodyear CTSC Truck Care Centers are offering free Department of Transportation (DOT) inspections, a value up to $120. These government-mandated inspections include a full review of the tractor and trailer, including brake systems, tires and wheels, exhaust systems, lighting and more.

Additionally, in states that have issued “stay-at-home” or similar non-essential business closure orders in response to the pandemic, Goodyear Commercial Tire & Service Centers (CTSC) locations nationwide are expected to remain open to meet critical tire and service needs.

“Goodyear is dedicated to meeting tire and service needs for the many hardworking professional drivers, first responders and other essential workers who are making countless sacrifices to protect public health and safety and deliver needed goods during these difficult times,” said Frank Payne, director, Goodyear Commercial Tire & Service Centers. “With the health and wellbeing of our customers and associates top of mind, we are taking a number of precautions to minimize the spread of COVID-19 at all of our centers so we can remain open and keep vehicles on the road.”

To reduce the spread of illness, all centers are following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and taking a number of preventative measures, including enhanced disinfection, visitor protocols and physical distancing.

Goodyear’s company-owned CTSC network operates nearly 200 locations across the U.S., offering tires, maintenance and 24/7 emergency roadside assistance for fleets.

For more information or to find the nearest location, visit www.goodyearctsc.com/offers or call the Goodyear FleetHQ solutions center at 1-800-345-8229.

About The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Goodyear is one of the world's largest tire companies. It employs about 63,000 people and manufactures its products in 47 facilities in 21 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio, and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg, strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry. For more information about Goodyear and its products, go to www.goodyear.com/corporate

Mohawk Group Invites Design Community to “Revitalize Knowledge and Renew Well-Being” With Resourceful CEU Series

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 5:16pm

Accredited digital educational offerings continue Wednesday

For commercial architects and designers currently looking for learning and other professional development opportunities in the midst of a non-traditional workplace and social landscape, Mohawk Group is offering free digital CEU programming. The Resourceful CEU Series was created to provide outlets for the design community to revitalize their knowledge and renew their well-being while many are working remotely.

All continuing education courses take place through May 6 on Wednesdays from 12–1 p.m. EST. Each CEU is free to attend virtually, but all attendees must register to view and receive credit.

“We felt it important to provide the design community with impactful accredited opportunities to take deeper dives into a variety of subject matter,” said Jackie Dettmar, Mohawk Group’s vice president of design and product development. “We are thankful we are able to share the talents of our amazing team to bring unique digital learning experiences to those now juggling a new reality that includes spending more time working remotely.”

On April 8, Mohawk Group A&D design director Royce Epstein will present “Color + Design Vision 2020: Return to Humanity.” The course will highlight a focus on human-centered design through the lens of the company’s 2020 forecast. After several years of global turmoil, both humankind and nature are in dire need of renewal. The CEU asks and answers the questions: “How can we become more human in the presence of digital life and artificial intelligence; what makes us human and how do we get back there; how can we connect better with nature to remind us who we are?” Attendees will experience how design can inspire and motivate positive change in a shifting world dynamic as expressed through the hand, heart, and mind. This CEU is accredited through AIA and IDCEC. Click here to register.

The free program continues with the following sessions:

April 15, 2020
Handprints Over Footprints: Combining Social Impact with Environmental Stewardship to Create Net-Positive Enterprises
  Presenter: Rami Vagal – Senior Sustainability Manager, Mohawk Group
 Credits available: AIA, IDCEC

April 22, 2020
Scrap Culture: Sustainable Design Practices in a World of Waste
  Presenter: Royce Epstein – A&D Design Director, Mohawk Group
  Credits available: AIA, IDCEC

April 29, 2020
The Path to Living Product Challenge
  Presenter: Rami Vagal – Senior Sustainability Manager, Mohawk Group
  Credits available: AIA, IDCEC, USGBC

May 6, 2020
  Dematerialized Rematerialized
  Presenter: Royce Epstein – A&D Design Director, Mohawk Group
Credits available: AIA, IDCEC

A full listing of the CEU events is available on at Facebook.com/MohawkGroup/events. For specific questions about Mohawk Group’s Resourceful CEU Series, please click here.

About Mohawk Group

As the world’s leading producer and distributor of quality commercial flooring, Mohawk Group believes that better floor coverings emerge from better design, innovation, sustainability, project solutions and operational excellence. Mohawk Group addresses the unique challenges and opportunities in contract interiors with a comprehensive carpet and hard surface portfolio of all types and price points. As the commercial division of Mohawk Industries, the company has a heritage of craftsmanship that spans more than 130 years. To learn more about our full line of flooring products, please visit MohawkGroup.com.

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Seventh Generation Is Funding Microbusinesses Through Whole Planet Foundation

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 5:16pm

Seventh Generation donates to Whole Planet Foundation to fund microloans for the world’s poorest people - mostly women - living in communities where Whole Foods Market sources products. How does it work? Low-income entrepreneurs take a small loan - the current average first loan size supported by Whole Planet Foundation is $176, with no formal collateral or contract - to create or expand a microbusiness for the opportunity to generate income for themselves and their families.  Eighty-eight percent of these microcredit clients are women.

Seventh Generation is a founding member of the Supplier Alliance for Microcredit, pledging $50,000 in 2020.  Since 2008, Seventh Generation has donated $600,000 to fund 20,178 microloans creating 115,457 opportunities.

Whole Planet Foundation’s global portfolio includes the United States and 76 other countries. Watch this video to see Seventh Generation in South Africa in September 2019, traveling with Whole Planet Foundation to meet microcredit clients of our microfinance partner Small Enterprise Foundation (SEF).

“I was super impressed with SEF today…everything was put together and polished: the forms, the policies, the structures they put in place but then they step back. It’s not them running meetings, it’s women running meeetings for women,” said Seventh Generation Customer Business Manager, John Fitzgerald. “I think of the work that Seventh Generation has been doing around inclusivity and trying to make the world a more equitable place for all.  I really think SEF and Whole Planet Foundation are contributing to improve the quality of life for these women, to give them the dignity and the power to stand up for themselves, and create a better life for not only themselves but their families and then their community as a whole. It really does give context to the checks Seventh Generation has written. Now I have seen more than just a check.  They [the checks] are smiles, they are laughter and they are opportunity and hope.”

Whole Planet Foundation’s global impact has funded 4 million microloans thanks to supplier donors - like Seventh Generation - who have contributed more than $14 million for poverty alleviation.  Please join Seventh Generation in making a difference by supporting microbusinesses through Whole Planet Foundation.

A Dignified Approach to Digital Credit

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 5:16pm

Whether you’re in Boise, Idaho or Mombasa, Kenya, digital and mobile technologies have made it easier for the traditionally excluded to access financial services, including credit services. With access to untapped data streams, new ways to directly connect with consumers and lower costs, more digital credit providers are entering the market. In the U.S. alone, digital lenders—also referred to as online, marketplace or fintech lenders—now hold 38 percent of unsecured consumer debt, originating more than $127 billion in new loans since 2014.

The emerging digital credit industry faces many challenges. Consumer protections and responsible product design have not kept pace. Public policy has also been slow to respond, leading many borrowers to fall into debt with few pathways to more formal financial products or larger loans. In Kenya, for example, first-time borrowers have been reportedly blacklisted for outstanding balances as small as two dollars. In the U.S., digital lenders have been accused of charging exorbitant interest rates, using predatory lending practices and violating state usury laws. 

“Transforming the role of data in addressing major social and economic issues is not a job for any one person or organization. We must build on the successes of those who have come before.”

Professor Fred Wherry Dignity and Debt Network

The Center for Inclusive Growth is committed to partnering with forward-thinking researchers to better understand these issues. The Center’s director of research, Dan Barker, recently interviewed our partner Professor Fred Wherry, who leads the Dignity and Debt Network, to discuss how looking at trends in the digital credit industry through a sociological lens can help deliver better products and solutions for the underserved. The interview has been lightly edited for clarity. 

Dan Barker (DB): How is digital credit changing the traditional paradigm of borrowing for low-income and underserved consumers?

Fred Wherry (FW): There are three trends I’m seeing, and they mostly tilt toward the positive. The first is that digital credit is helping to overcome the limitations of geography and a lack of universal access to financial products, particularly in the U.S. For example, even in some middle-income, African American communities, only low-quality credit options like payday loans are available. Harvard professor William Julius Wilson talks about “concentrated disadvantage” as a critical challenge for economic mobility. Digital credit is trying to break up some of these geographic constraints.

The second trend is that the new players are using new technologies to generate their own algorithms for ascertaining risks, allowing them to determine who is credit-worthy. This has the potential to open up credit to people who have previously been invisible; however, it could also expose new, riskier pools of users to higher-cost credit providers as those most likely to repay a debt graduate into less costly risk pools. By virtue of having a phone and being able to share data, credit providers can gain a much better understanding of how risky a client might be. At the same time, we need to consider privacy issues, how the data is being used and how we prepare for undesirable outcomes.

Third, many consumers are now sharing their experiences with digital credit on social media platforms such as Twitter. They’re either complimenting or, more often, criticizing digital service providers. This is bringing customers and creditors into conversations in a way we haven’t seen before, which presents both challenges and opportunities for new market players.

DB: What is the impact on people and their networks when customer protection fails?

FW: With the growth of digital credit that is easier to access, we have to be careful that we don’t end up pushing more people out of the financial system. Consumer protection is not only important for the borrower, it can have an impact on an entire network of family and community members. When people use credit and default on that debt, the people in their lives can become collateral damage.

In some places, if you’re late repaying a loan, a collector may go after not only the borrower, but also the co-signer. In particularly aggressive cases, your employment could be jeopardized if you’re up for a promotion and a collector is bothering your boss regularly. And your informal social safety net is placed in jeopardy if you rely on family and friends for help in times of crisis. This becomes a situation in which debt affects not only a person’s ability to borrow in the future, but his or her ability to earn in the future, which could create a negative spiral.

DB: How do we bring consumers and lenders together to advance customer protection?

FW: As many of us have experienced, the worst thing as a consumer is to feel like you’re shouting into the wind. The Dignity and Debt Network has collaborated with FSD Kenya and Citibeats to look into new models of surfacing consumer voices.

FSD Kenya used Twitter to find hotspots of customers expressing their opinions. This was a novel application of a platform built by Citibeats to use digital media for the common good. People are voicing their concerns online about scams and products, and we can learn from those experiences. In emergency response situations, we’re seeing the use of machine learning to help first responders connect with people in need via social media. We can use similar methodologies to better understand how consumers are being affected by digital credit.

The public sector and regulators also have an important role to play. However, setting standards for consumer protection and ensuring they are upheld is not enough. There will always be murky scenarios that are more difficult to navigate. For these cases, the private and public sectors should come together to iterate toward a solution. This calls for a lot of trust between the private sector, social sector and regulators. Together, they need to find a way to chase out the abusers—not the abiding financial services providers—in a productive and respectful way. We don’t yet have great examples of this type of collaboration, but I believe it can be done. 

DB: Dignity is not often the lens through which we talk about financial inclusion; why is dignity so critical?

FW: People just want to live a good life with their chin up and a sense of dignity so their family can have a respectable life. Often, a life of dignity requires one to go into debt at some point. Debt is sometimes framed as something you shouldn’t have, and if you are in debt, then you’re just not a good planner or you’re trying to take advantage of the system and don’t plan to repay. But, what we find is that people don’t go into debt because they bought jewelry or went out on the town; rather, they are trying to give their kids a better life. They’re trying to do some basic things to indicate they live their lives with decency and dignity.

In fact, certain types of debt are associated with ambition and mark the type of aspiration one has. This is especially true of low- and middle-income individuals. For example, if you’re from a lower-income family and you have some student loan debt, that indicates you’re investing in your future. If you’re middle income and have some credit card debt, it may signal that you’re becoming an adult. It’s important to remember debt can be an important step on the economic mobility ladder.

DB: If I’m a fintech looking to get into this space, how do I integrate the concept of dignity into the practice of serving my client?

FW: Messaging is key. For example, as a fintech, to what extent does your repayment language signal to your borrowers that they are a bad actor? Or, do you signal that they’re good people who have found themselves in difficult circumstances? If you change to a positive framing, the consumer is going to be more willing and more likely to try to repay; you enter into a different kind of relationship that is no longer wholly adversarial.

Try to understand the “cost of coordination” for the consumer, especially for low- and moderate-income borrowers. People’s schedules are less stable than they once were. If people are asked to engage in a number of activities to borrow and pay off their loan, it will be more difficult for them to feel in control. If they feel out of control, they will be less likely to respond positively.

Certain types of interaction styles can make a customer feel disrespected. Providers should take the time to talk to people who have faced difficulties in the past with their financial services provider. By asking someone, “What have other financial services providers said to you that helped you make progress in paying off your debts?” you indicate that customers have a say in the interaction. This may lead to better relationship-building between the customer and the provider. It’s not about letting people off the hook for their obligations, it’s about acknowledging that they are human beings with good intentions who may have made some mistakes. 

DB: What are promising solutions, approaches or campaigns addressing these challenges? What are you most excited about?

FW: We are seeing interesting examples of fintechs and nonprofits experimenting with “tech and touch” around digital credit. What are most compelling are the creative approaches to engagement, building trust and working with third parties who can help bring consumers to the table.

We in the financial inclusion and alternative credit space need to spend more time with our consumers to understand their needs. We must open our minds to different ways of providing financial services. There is a lot we don’t know. As a sociologist, I am focusing on how meaningful relationships, the structure of our social networks and human values like dignity and respect shape our financial behaviors and how we respond to various encounters with financial services providers. While the field of sociology is not typically associated with financial inclusion, it is absolutely paramount to building a world that is more financially inclusive.

Empowering Students to Build Empathy and Overcome Hate Through the Power of Story

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 5:16pm

Across the United States, hate is on the rise: hate groups are increasing and hate crimes are up by over 10% (source).

But hate does not need to be our new normal. There are more similarities amongst us all than differences. We all want love, security, kindness, and a middle ground of community. As USC Shoah Foundation founder Steven Spielberg has said, “the middle ground happens to just be about one thing: creating conversation, talking about the things we share in common, not just the things that divide us.”

Students now have the power to teach others about empathy through the Stronger Than Hate ChallengeThe Stronger Than Hate Challenge builds upon a USC Shoah Foundation and Discovery Education no-cost and standards-aligned educational program, Teaching with Testimony, which empowers students to create a better future by listening to and learning from the powerful testimony of survivors and witnesses of genocide.

The Stronger Than Hate Challenge asks students 13+ in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada to submit an artistic project, either alone or in groups, that demonstrates the power of storytelling to connect communities and overcome hate.

Challenge submissions are open through June 2, 2020. Winners are eligible to receive up to $10,000 in prizes, including a trip to USC Shoah Foundation’s Global Headquarters in Los Angeles, California to learn directly from expert storytellers.

Learn more about the Stronger Than Hate Challenge teachingwithtestimony.com/challenge and empower teens to lead the way in overcoming hate in all forms by discovering the diverse array of virtual learning resources at teachingwithtestimony.com.

The Allstate Foundation Contributes $5 Million to Support Domestic Violence Victims, Youth in Need and Emergency Response

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 5:16pm

As COVID-19 cases continue to grow across the United States, The Allstate Foundation is contributing $5 million to accelerate relief and recovery for domestic violence victims, youth in need, first responders and communities at large.

“It’s incredibly inspiring to see people finding ways to take care of each other,” said Elizabeth Brady, Allstate chief marketing, customer and communications officer and trustee of The Allstate Foundation. “For 68 years, The Allstate Foundation has delivered on Allstate’s promise to serve as the Good Hands – especially in a moment of need.”

The Allstate Foundation, together with Allstate employees and agency force members, will donate resources across the nation to support communities during the COVID-19 crisis.

  • Local Communities: Two million dollars will be distributed in the communities where Allstate has the largest employee presence – greater Chicago, Charlotte, Dallas and Phoenix, as well as across Illinois.

  • Domestic Violence Victims: As one of the most vulnerable populations, victims of domestic violence are especially at risk if they are sheltering in place with their abusers. The Allstate Foundation has partnered with the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) for over 15 years and is contributing $500,000 to help NNEDV support more than 100 local domestic violence organizations. Earlier this month, the Foundation also provided funding for the National Domestic Violence Hotline to enable remote-working technology.

  • Youth in Need: As youth across the country are at home indefinitely and potentially experiencing anxiety and uncertainty, The Allstate Foundation helped make Inner Explorer’s audio-guided mindfulness program available to families everywhere for free. The Allstate Foundation also provided the National Runaway Safeline with technology resources for remote counselors to help at-risk youth.

  • First Responders: As they risk their lives on the front lines, The Allstate Foundation will provide $1 million in support of first responders.

  • Employees and the Agency Force: The Allstate Foundation will match Allstate employee and agency force donations dollar for dollar, doubling their contributions and adding $1.4 million to the program, for a total of $2.8 million in matching funds. Allstaters are also encouraged to participate in virtual volunteer efforts, with numerous nonprofits providing opportunities such as virtually mentoring youth and advocating for national emergency relief organizations.

The Allstate Foundation is an independent charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation. The Allstate Foundation works to create more prosperous communities where people are empowered to fulfill their hopes and dreams by inspiring the next generation of leaders, breaking the cycle of domestic violence, strengthening nonprofit leadership and honoring Allstate volunteers. Since 1952, The Allstate Foundation has contributed more than $514 million to important issues. More information is available at AllstateFoundation.org.

Bristol Myers Squibb Expands Patient Support Programs to Help Newly Uninsured Patients in the U.S.

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 5:16pm

Bristol Myers Squibb (NYSE: BMY) today announced an expansion of its existing patient support programs to help eligible unemployed patients in the U.S. who have lost their health insurance due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The expanded program offers access to any branded Bristol Myers Squibb medicine for free, including some of its most widely prescribed products, as well as those prescribed via telehealth services. The program features:

  • Immediate access for patients who have lost their employment and health insurance;

  • A simple, single point of entry;

  • Streamlined enrollment process; and

  • Vouchers to assist with continuity of care for several self-administered BMS medicines, for eligible patients

All Bristol Myers Squibb patient support programs, as well as, additional eligibility requirements, can be reached by calling (800) 721-8909 or by visiting BMS.com.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented financial challenges for patients and families, adding considerable new stress to the millions of Americans who have lost their jobs and health insurance,” said Giovanni Caforio, M.D., chairman and chief executive officer, Bristol Myers Squibb. “As more patients face difficult decisions in their daily lives, it is important to continue their treatments.”

Bristol Myers Squibb’s Response to COVID-19
Bristol Myers Squibb recognizes this is a challenging time for everyone. The company will continue to take all necessary actions to promote public health and carry out its mission of providing life-saving medicines to the patients who depend on us. Please visit BMS.com to learn more about our actions to date.

About Bristol Myers Squibb
Bristol Myers Squibb is a global biopharmaceutical company whose mission is to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases. For more information about Bristol Myers Squibb, visit us at BMS.com or follow us on LinkedInTwitterYouTubeFacebook, and Instagram.

Remote Togetherness. It’s Possible.

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 5:16pm

Regardless of what the dictionary says, working “remote” does not need to be distant, isolated or unrelated. In today’s hyper-connected world, we have more tools than ever to enable remoted togetherness––the ability for us to stay connected while working remote.

I’ve been working remote with ScottsMiracle-Gro for the past two and a half years. Prior to that, I worked remote for almost 15 years with my previous employer. In both cases, I started at the world headquarters and then moved and began working from home.

It’s been a journey for me, and I’ve learned a lot over the years. Here are my top six tips for working remote. I use the acronym R-E-M-O-T-E.

R = Routine 

Establish a routine and make a determined effort to stick to it.

  • Set a start and stop time.

  • If you need a shower to feel human, get it done before you start your work day.

  • Schedule lunch, time to workout, a dog walk, etc.

E = Equip 

Equip yourself with the tools needed to be productive and healthy.

  • Establish a designated work space. It can be makeshift or traditional but make it yours.

  • Pay attention to ergonomics. A comfortable work space keeps you feeling your best.

  • Invest in a wireless headset, full size monitor and keyboard, and a good chair.

M = Move 

Change positions often.

  • Shift from sitting to standing.

  • Take micro brakes and stretch your neck and shoulders.

  • Walk around while on calls.

O = Organize 

Make a plan for your day.

  • Schedule calls and meetings and block out time for work.

  • Use Google Tasks for follow-ups and action items.

  • Take time and schedule breaks for lunch, a workout, dog walk, etc.

T = Time 

Take time to connect.

  • Ease into meetings and calls with some non-work chat. It’s a good time to catch up with colleagues before you dive into work.

  • Be intentional about staying in touch with coworkers. Reach out to team members regularly to check in.

  • Use technology. The video feature on Google Hangouts or Zoom goes a long way in making you feel connected.

E = Expectations 

Expect the unexpected.

  • Your child will cry, your dog will bark. 

  • Technology will fail.

  • Stay calm, take a deep breath and remember we’re all in the same situation. We’re in this together!

Melanie has been working remote with ScottsMiracle-Gro for the past two and a half years, and prior to that, she worked remote for almost 15 years with a previous employer.

Learn more about our culture at ScottsMiracle-Gro.

New York State Judge Meets Lifesaving Bone Marrow Donor for the First Time

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 5:16pm

This emotional moment has been two years in the making and finally took place Saturday, July 21, when leukemia survivor Paul Feinman and 39-year-old, Anna Moritz, the woman who saved his life, were united in person for the first time.

Bone marrow donor Anna Moritz traveled to New York City from Germany to meet Paul Feinman, who received her bone marrow to treat his leukemia in 2016. Feinman, a judge on the New York State Court of Appeals, was diagnosed with leukemia in 2015 and advised by his medical team at NewYork-Presbyterian that a bone marrow transplant was his best chance at recovery.

Across the Atlantic in Frankfurt, Germany, Anna Moritz had signed up for the bone marrow registry with DKMS in 2007. She recalls the moment she found out that her bone marrow was a perfect match for someone in need: “I joined the bone marrow registry with hopes that I could make a positive impact in someone’s life. When I received the call that I was a match for a patient in need, I didn’t hesitate to say yes.” 

The bone marrow transplant took place in February of 2016. Feinman fully recovered after the procedure, and in 2017, became the first openly gay New York State judge to be appointed to the New York Court of Appeals. 

“Anna is the reason I’m here today,” said Feinman. “My family and I are incredibly grateful that she joined the bone marrow registry and provided me with such a selfless and generous gift. It is an honor to meet her in person and thank her for saving my life.” 

The two met in one New York City's most popular tourist attractions, Battery Park. Their weekend included a boat cruise around Manhattan, lunch in Battery Park City and hours of conversation as the pair finally got to know each other. 

Anatomy of a Home-Crafted Mask: Here’s How To Make One at Home

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 5:16pm

With supplies of N95 masks at a critical low in hospitals all over the US, volunteers are helping to create new masks or extend the life of existing masks.  One of our employees tells us how it works, as part of Legg Mason’s series on #InspireACTION.

1. Sarah, you are part of a team who sews cloth covers for N95 masks, can you tell us how the idea came about and what it is you guys are doing to help?

We heard from a friend working at a hospital in my parents’ hometown in Georgia how short the supply of the masks is.  That inspired us to think about ways to extend the lifespan of those masks. One way is making cloth mask covers for masks which are washable and re-usable. This helps to keep the life of N95 masks clean.  My mom is a big sewing bee and we can make use of a lot of fabrics in our house. 

The masks are rectangular, with pleats to go over the mouth and a top and bottom tie. Originally, the ties were made from a rubber band, but after wearing this for many hours, it actually starts to rub the wearer.  And, the elastic is hard to come by.A number of healthcare practitioners find it more comfortable to wear cotton ties which they can tie around their ears or head in a more comfortable way.  We’re focused on creating the ties to hold the mask in place. 

2. How do the masks get from you to the actual hospital?

My family is part of a 3-step assembly line. We start by washing the materials and stretching it in order to make sure that once the hospitals wash the mask, they don’t shrink.We sew the ties, then drive them to our friend Theresa’s door, leave them at her doorstep for her to then assemble the individual pieces together and drive it off to the third person in the production line. This person drives them to the hospital once they are complete.

3. With all this manual work, I am sure it takes you a long time to produce?

You don’t need to have much sewing experience, it’s actually fairly easy and there are lots of craft shops out there who are giving away the kits.  This is about speed, not precision. We use sewing machines and iron the ties afterwards to make sure they are really flat. We have produced about 60 masks in just a few days and we will be doing more. Hospital wants them to be double-sided with different fabrics, so they easily remember which side has been exposed to patients. The idea was to switch out the cloth cover between every patient but I wouldn’t be surprised if they actually keep them on a bit longer.

4. Do you know how the mask are being used?

Last week’s batch went to a local hospital. The ones we are currently doing is actually for a nursing home.  There are so many places like that who are in short supply. And we are also crafting Easter Cards for the senior citizens who will be in isolation over Easter. Find out more at #inspireACTION

5. If someone wanted to do this, where would they start?

Here’s a helpful link:https://seekatesew.com/how-to-sew-a-face-mask-with-filter-pocket-no-elastic/

Coronavirus: How to Survive and Thrive

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 5:16pm

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a profound impact on our lives and the economy as corporate leaders fight to survive and look for strategies that will help them recover.

A new White Paper from integrated communications firm Markstein explores four best practices that organizations should follow to come through the crisis even stronger: 

  1. Embrace humility.

  2. Overcome fear with action.

  3. Prioritize people and purpose.

  4. Combine offense with defense.

“How brands step up to this crisis – or don’t – will long be remembered,” said Sheila McLean, mid-Atlantic president of Markstein. “Consumers and other stakeholders are paying close attention. Most of all, they are watching how companies treat their employees in what may be a lasting shift in corporate responsibility.” 

Many companies are stepping up, including retailers, athletes, sports teams and restaurants who continue to pay employees even when their doors are shut. Manufacturers, technology firms, health care and consumer goods companies are making ventilators and masks, sanitizers, tests, vaccines and treatments. 

“No leader will get it all right all the time,” McLean said. “The best ones bring humility and vulnerability to the effort, admit their mistakes and adjust. Most importantly, they don’t let fear paralyze them.” 

Markstein, an integrated communications agency with offices in Birmingham and Washington, D.C., provides crisis management, workforce development and public affairs services to corporate, non-profit and government clients across the country. 

About Markstein

Markstein is an integrated communications agency that blends art and science to create measurable solutions. We are inspired by the belief that helping to solve complex problems can change the world for the better – one client at a time. 

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Gender Lens As a Winning Strategy in Impact Investing

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 2:16pm

Gender Lens as a Winning Strategy in Impact Investing

By Tami Kesselman, LOHAS Advisors and Aligned Investing Global 

Within the impact investing community, the value of gender diversity as an investment evaluation screen is rarely questioned because we know a secret that mainstream private equity and venture capital investors have failed to identify. What’s that? We’ve discovered that investing in women-led companies is not only exceptionally impactful, but it is also an excellent alpha strategy!

There is a substantial and growing body of research proving the business case for investing in women-led companies, women on boards, and women in the C-suite. Traditional investors clearly aren’t quite as quant and numbers-oriented as we give them credit for, because the data is in, and it’s clear that they’re leaving value on the table. When investors remain stuck in traditional mindsets, clinging to a disproven perception that women-led companies and funds yield “concessionary” sub-standard returns, they hand alpha to smart impact investors. With overwhelming evidence that investing in women delivers equally strong – and often stronger – returns that are undervalued by private equity and venture capital, the resulting market inefficiencies equate to trillions of dollars in untapped opportunity. In fact, in a 2018 report by Morgan Stanley they estimate that there is a $4.4 trillion missed market opportunity in investing in women and minority-owned businesses. With centuries of both money and power traditionally having been in the hands of white men who invest in what they recognize, mainstream capital has been slow to see the exceptional opportunity available to invest in funds and entrepreneurs underserved by those financial markets.

Similarly, historically family investment decision-making has been passed down between generations in a patriarchal pattern from father to eldest son or sons. However, this dynamic has shifted dramatically in recent years, with wealth now often passing first to the wife (who is often a few years younger and outlives her husband) before transitioning to the next generation. Why is this significant? While men have been better at compartmentalizing, separating finances from personal values and traditionally philanthropic endeavors, women are more synergistic, looking for opportunities that blend their financial goals and their values. As such, women are far more likely to seek out investments (both public and private) that deliver the superior returns that diversity yields while also aligning with their values including supporting overlooked women-led ventures. When wealth transfers intergenerationally from patriarch or matriarch to the next generation, both young men and young women are prioritizing an impact lens on their investments, so their investment theses are beginning to mirror each other more closely than in any prior generation. 

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International Paper's Team in Georgia Donated to Their Local Food Bank Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia With Nearly 2,000 Boxes for Meal Distributions

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 2:16pm

With news of school closures and other community concerns due to COVID-19, the International Paper team in Savannah, Georgia reached out to local food bank Second Harvest to see how they could help. A donation of nearly 2,000 boxes will support school meal distributions.

For many students, school-provided breakfast and lunch serve as their only meals of the day. To ensure students continue to receive the nutrition they need, the food bank is using the boxes to deliver food supplies to district students.  

“We understand that right now the need and demand for our products is greater than ever,” Jay Wilson, mill manager, International Paper, said. “The boxes we provide are an essential resource to help our local community address food insecurity and get necessary supplies to our children and their families.”

This donation is part of International Paper’s support of the Feeding America network of food banks. Learn more.

About International Paper

International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, North Africa and Russia. We produce corrugated packaging products that protect and promote goods and enable worldwide commerce; pulp for diapers, tissue, and other personal hygiene products that promote health and wellness; and papers that facilitate education and communication. We are headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., employ more than 50,000 colleagues and serve more than 25,000 customers in 150 countries. Net sales for 2019 were $22 billion. For more information about International Paper, our products and global citizenship efforts, please visit internationalpaper.com.

CLP Steps Up Decarbonisation Efforts for Climate Vision 2050

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 2:16pm

Building a Utility of the Future: 2019 Sustainability Report

To accelerate efforts to address climate change, the CLP Group has strengthened its decarbonisation actions to fulfil its Climate Vision 2050 and made climate-related disclosures more transparent in its latest Sustainability Report.

In the 2019 Report, CLP has highlighted commitments to phase out its coal-based assets by 2050 at the latest, and not to invest in any additional coal-fired generation assets, under the updated Climate Vision 2050.

CLP also stays on course to achieve its 2020 carbon intensity target of 0.60kg CO2/kWh, from 0.62kg CO2/kWh in 2019, while the proportions of renewable and non-carbon emitting energy of the generation portfolio increased to 13.7% and 24.9%, respectively.

To help enhance transparency, CLP advanced its disclosure in accordance with the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures so that stakeholders can better understand how CLP manages climate-related risks and opportunities. Climate scenario analysis was also initiated to assess the ongoing impact of climate change on the business.

CLP also continued to enhance reporting of its greenhouse gas profile along the value chain. For the first time, CLP started to report all of its scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions on an equity basis in 2019 according to the Greenhouse Gas Protocol to provide a more comprehensive overview of its carbon footprint.

Learn more about CLP's performance and outlook:

Stakeholder who send feedback to CLP on its reports on or before 30 June 2020 will receive four CLP Carbon Credits. Share your views on the Sustainability Report here.

MetLife Foundation Donates $100,000 to Rhode Island Community Food Bank to Help Those Impacted by Coronavirus

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 2:16pm

MetLife Foundation announced today that it is donating $100,000 to Rhode Island Community Food Bank to help deal with increased demand for their services as a result of coronavirus.

Food banks face the challenge of getting shelf-stable food into people’s homes as quickly as possible, especially now that vulnerable populations such as the elderly have been advised to practice social distancing. In addition, food banks face greater need from families with children who no longer have access to meals at schools.

“We want to help those impacted by coronavirus,” said Mike Zarcone, head of Corporate Affairs for MetLife and Chairman of MetLife Foundation. “That includes the communities in Rhode Island where we work and live. We know that children out of school and seniors face food insecurity as a result of COVID-19, and we are committed to help.”

Rhode Island Community Food Bank serves communities statewide that have been affected by the outbreak.

“We’re so thankful to MetLife Foundation for stepping up to support the Food Bank,” said Rhode Island Community Food Bank CEO Andrew Schiff. “These funds will help us acquire and distribute healthy, nutritious food for our neighbors in need affected by the COVID-19 public health crisis, especially vulnerable populations like children and seniors.”


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About MetLife Foundation
At MetLife Foundation, we believe financial health belongs to everyone. We bring together bold solutions, deep financial expertise and meaningful grants to build financial health for people and communities that are underserved and aspire for more. We partner with organizations around the world to create financial health solutions and build stronger communities, engaging MetLife employee volunteers to help drive impact. MetLife Foundation was created in 1976 to continue MetLife’s long tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. Since its founding through the end of 2019, MetLife Foundation provided more than $860 million in grants and $85 million in program-related investments to make a positive impact in the communities where MetLife operates. To date, our financial health work has reached 9.9 million low-income individuals in 42 countries. To learn more about MetLife Foundation, visit www.metlife.org.

About MetLife
MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET), through its subsidiaries and affiliates (“MetLife”), is one of the world’s leading financial services companies, providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management to help its individual and institutional customers navigate their changing world. Founded in 1868, MetLife has operations in more than 40 markets globally and holds leading positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, visit www.metlife.com.

#SERESResponsables, A More Human Enterprise

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 2:16pm

As originally posted on the CECP Insights blog

A health emergency such as the one we are experiencing will surely leave us with a different world from the one we know, which will strip away what is accessory (as crises usually do) and offer us an environment with new opportunities to innovate, improve and work to impact society in a positive way. Uncertainty reigns, but I have no doubt that companies are the agents best prepared to face change, assume leadership and provide solutions to social challenge,- which are not-and will not be-few.

At SERES, we have seen how companies have taken a step forward in this global crisis of COVID-19. Fast, fierce and with an impact on the entire global village and especially on our country of Spain, one of the red zones in Europe. We have seen how this movement of shared value between society and business, which we have been defending together for over a decade, is becoming more necessary and crucial than ever.

SERES, as a transformative movement of companies, understands this moment as the opportunity for real collaboration, to implement new work processes, greater efficiency and sustainability in the results. Although it is not an easy task, many of them are already working to ensure the development of creativity, collaboration and interpersonal dynamics, as well as skills related to specialized sales, human resources, care and education roles. In short, to create opportunities for people's future.

Read the full post on the CECP Insights blog: https://cecp.me/2R8LOWG

Boeing and Discovery Education Launch ecoAction Virtual Field Trip Diving into Earth-Friendly Engineering

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 2:16pm

In preparation for Earth Day, Boeing and Discovery Education—the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms—present the ecoAction Virtual Field Trip, premiering on April 15, 2020.

This no-cost virtual field trip offers students in grades 6-12 across the United States the opportunity to dive into Boeing’s cutting-edge research on sustainable solutions. From the comfort of their homes, students will tour Seattle and discover the ways STEM professionals develop and test innovative aviation technologies, re-imagine biofuels, restore waterways, and radically improve energy usage. Along with an exclusive view into technologies, participants will also enjoy unique access to the scientists, engineers, and other STEM experts improving sustainability and raising environmental awareness. Students and families can access the field trip on-demand here.

“Environmental action and community health are the responsibility of us all. Boeing is consistently committed to supporting the students of today become the leaders of tomorrow by providing innovative educational materials in partnership with Discovery Education,” said Vice President of Boeing Global Engagement Cheri Carter. “We believe in the power of virtual learning resources to help students develop the problem-solving skills that shape the world and advance innovation.”

“The ecoAction Virtual Field Trip showcases the power of communication, creativity, and collaboration to tackle some of the world’s largest problems,” said Lori McFarling, President of Corporate Education Partnerships at Discovery Education. “We’re proud to partner with Boeing to introduce this dynamic virtual learning experience for students at home, as it builds their understanding of the tenants of sustainability and showcases the careers that power environmental innovation.”

The Boeing ecoAction Virtual Field Trip builds upon the suite of no-cost virtual learning resources offered from the Boeing and Discovery Education educational program, Boeing FUTURE U. Through Boeing FUTURE U., students in grades 6-12 and their caregivers receive access to hands-on, experiential learning experiences that ignite excitement and inspire students with the knowledge to become tomorrow’s innovators.

Boeing FUTURE U. resources are available at boeingfutureu.com and through Discovery Education Experience’s Corporate Education Partnerships channel and the Virtual Field Trips channel. In response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, Discovery Education is offering schools and school systems not currently using the company’s digital services free access to Discovery Education Experience. Schools accepting this offer will have access to Discovery Education’s dynamic K-12 learning platform and its ready-to-use digital lesson plans, activities, and standards-aligned resources through the remainder of the school year. In addition, Discovery Education is offering a suite of no cost resources for parents and caregivers called Daily DE that can be used at home. For more information, visit Discovery Education’s comprehensive Virtual Learning resource center dedicated to helping educators adapt their instruction to meet today’s needs.

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital resources and professional learning services, visit DiscoveryEducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.


About Boeing

Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial airplanes, defense, space and security systems. As the top U.S. exporter, the company supports commercial and government customers in more than 150 countries. Boeing employs more than 150,000 people worldwide and leverages the talents of a global supplier base. Building on a legacy of aerospace leadership, Boeing continues to lead in technology and innovation, deliver for its customers and invest in its people and future growth.

About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning, creating immersive STEM experiences, and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education currently serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 140 countries and territories. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

PayPal Takes Action to Assist Small Businesses Affected by Coronavirus

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 2:16pm

 PayPal Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: PYPL) announced a set of relief measures to help its more than 24 million merchants around the world impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19). The company is waiving certain fees and will be deferring repayments on business loans for some of its most affected small business customers.

"Small businesses are the lifeblood of our national and global economies, creating jobs and helping local communities and families thrive. When they succeed, we all succeed. We are taking immediate steps to help our small business customers who are most impacted by the coronavirus pandemic to help them navigate these challenging times," said Dan Schulman, president and CEO, PayPal. "This is just the beginning. We all need to step up to support our small businesses. We are actively working with governments and private sector partners to help support businesses in this time of need."

PayPal's efforts to assist its business customers impacted by the coronavirus include:

  • Business loans and cash advances: Customers can request to defer repayment, with no additional cost.
  • Chargeback fees: PayPal is waiving chargeback fees for merchants if their customer files a dispute with a credit card issuer through at least April 30, 2020.
  • Instant funds transfer: PayPal is waiving fees to instantly withdraw money from a PayPal business account to a bank account, Mastercard Debit or Visa Debit card through at least April 30, 2020.
  • Customer disputes: PayPal is extending the window in which merchants must respond to a customer dispute from 10 to 20 days through at least April 30, 2020.
  • PayPal Business Debit Mastercard: In partnership with Mastercard, PayPal is doubling the instant cash back reward on all purchases beginning April 1 through at least April 30, 2020.

PayPal continues to focus on providing access to the tools, products and financing on which its small business customers rely.

For the latest information about PayPal's response to the coronavirus, please visit the company's newsroom.

About PayPal
PayPal has remained at the forefront of the digital payment revolution for more than 20 years. By leveraging technology to make financial services and commerce more convenient, affordable, and secure, the PayPal platform is empowering more than 300 million consumer and merchant accounts in more than 200 markets to join and thrive in the global economy. For more information, visit paypal.com.


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Blackbaud’s Social Good Customers Share Stories of Resilience During COVID-19

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 2:16pm

 Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB), the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, is rallying behind its customers and empowering them with the technology needed to make quick shifts and take critical action during the global COVID-19 crisis.

In the weeks since the crisis came to the forefront, Blackbaud customers have creatively pivoted to switch in-person events to virtual fundraisers, established virtual volunteering options for employees, galvanized lobbying efforts for legislation to protect at-risk patient populations and created an array of COVID-19 funds and grant opportunities. K–12 schools are swiftly moving classes online as they’ve been forced to shut their doors. Religious organizations are providing online resources while coordinating support given the increased need for offerings. Zoos, aquariums and other cultural organizations which have lost revenue from in-person attendance, have graciously provided content for all to enjoy online, while reminding them of ways to donate toward their continued operating costs.

“Our customers have always inspired us, but the levels they are rising to during this pandemic are truly extraordinary,” said Blackbaud President and CEO Mike Gianoni. “In the face of adversity and the incredible challenges brought on by COVID-19, they are creating innovative solutions and using technology in new ways to contribute to the ecosystem of good™. We are proud to stand with our customers and support them with critical technology so they can continue focusing on their missions during this time of global crisis.” 

The isolating nature of the pandemic means many organizations are relying even more on virtual and online solutions for fundraising, relationship management, payment services and grantmaking as well as other platforms tailored to their sectors. Blackbaud solutions are purpose-built for the unique needs of arts and cultural organizations, nonprofits, companies, higher education, faith communities, healthcare organizations, K–12 schools and foundations.


The rare-disease Alpha-1 Foundation used Blackbaud tools to successfully advocate for emergency federal legislation that is a matter of life and death for Alpha-1 patients. A primary victory will temporarily allow treatments for the Alpha-1 disease at home, rather than forcing "Alphas," many of whom have compromised lungs, to get those treatments at medical facilities where they might be exposed to COVID-19. One of the Blackbaud tools that has proven especially helpful is Blackbaud Luminate Online®, which allows the foundation to strategically mobilize Alpha-1 advocates in lobbying legislators. "We are able to leverage our Blackbaud systems to find constituents in key districts in order to be able to have their story and issue heard. As time is not on our side, to have the ability to pull this information quickly is extremely helpful,” said Director of Development Linda Rodriguez.


Committed to the welfare of the Aurora community, the Dunham Fund in Illinois worked with four local funding partners to pool resources and address the most urgent needs in quality healthcare, human services and educational opportunities. “As money starts to filter to states and communities, and we learn how federal and state dollars will be allocated, we are also discovering how we can fill that gap,” said President and CEO Vicki Morcos. "In recognition of nonprofits' resources being strained, we effortlessly modified our grant application so that it is easier and quicker for them to submit. This allows the Dunham Fund to respond more swiftly to their needs for general operating support and funding for services related to COVID-19." With Blackbaud Grantmaking™, the Dunham Fund's staff made those changes so seamlessly, according to Morcos, it felt like “business as usual” despite the extraordinary circumstances.


Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) transitioned upcoming PurpleStride fundraising walks through the end of May into virtual events to protect the health and safety of their vulnerable population of pancreatic cancer patients, as well as supporters, volunteers and staff. “Because PanCAN utilizes Blackbaud Luminate Online for all peer-to-peer fundraising and digital marketing, we were able to quickly and efficiently pivot our in-person PurpleStride walks to a virtual fundraising campaign,” said Lori Stevens, Chief Development and Community Engagement Officer, PanCAN. The nonprofit is providing “virtual striders” tips and tricks on online fundraising and other DIY opportunities, and some are doing their walks solo. “Even in these challenging times, our mission to improve outcomes for pancreatic cancer patients does not slow down or stop. Our fundraising goals have not changed,” Stevens said. “While we may not be able to come together physically, we can come together virtually to fight this disease.”

Arts & Cultural 

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, which typically welcomes 1.8 million guests per year, has opened its virtual doors to tens of millions of viewers in the span of a few short weeks through its Home Safari. The daily live and on-demand videos feature a zookeeper and an animal, plus an at-home activity for viewers. With Blackbaud as a partner for fundraising and marketing, Cincinnati Zoo quickly set up a donation program to support its operations while the attraction remains closed. In that time, the zoo has experienced a 487% increase in donors, while active views for Home Safari stretch to nearly 20 million. “It’s been so successful, and it really speaks to the opportunity to creatively fulfill our mission while meeting a need for the community right now,” said Director of Donor Engagement Krista Powers. “We believe in hope. We want to provide a little seed of joy and brightness in people’s lives, and this is allowing us to do that.”

Corporate Social Responsibility

With Blackbaud’s YourCause corporate social responsibility solution, Umpqua Bank in the Pacific Northwest selected charity organizations to meet the most urgent needs, providing a three-to-one match on employee gifts. The bank focused first on COVID-19 response funds, has transitioned to food access organizations, and will shift to small business support, culturally specific organizations and then employee resource groups in the coming weeks. Umpqua Bank also set up virtual volunteering through YourCause, connecting its employees with nonprofits that previously received funding from the bank. Partner organizations have surfaced 25 virtual volunteering opportunities in the first two weeks alone, and Umpqua associates are sewing medical masks, doing data entry, reading to children, and more. “We’re working to fill urgent needs first,” said Operations Manager Jordan Bowen. “We had our program ready to go in the YourCause platform before we even had funding approval from our foundation. The platform has been so responsive, and really helped advance our ability to help our people and communities during this challenging time.”

Higher Education

Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) immediately moved to establish an online emergency response fund for students, faculty and staff impacted by COVID-19. By March’s end, alumni and friends contributed more than $130,000 to the online fund, which staff could easily manage while working remotely, thanks to Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge NXT® and Blackbaud Financial Edge NXT®. The public research university’s adoption of the cloud-based solutions in 2019 “couldn’t have happened at a better time, given the circumstances we are now in,” said Heather Andring, director of advancement services at the university, which enrolls more than 10,000 students.

K-12 Schools

Based outside of Seattle, International Baccalaureate World School Annie Wright Schools, which includes day and boarding options, began preparing for COVID-19 months ago and put technology plans in place to maintain education from a distance. Annie Wright has relied on Blackbaud’s total school solution as its communication partner leveraging the platform to provide weekly newsletters and regular updates to parents, teachers and faculty as the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved. Being able to communicate quickly and effectively to the entire school has been crucial for Annie Wright during these times. Additionally, Annie Wright has been using key features of Blackbaud’s Student Management System, such as gradebook and attendance platforms, which has provided much-needed consistency with the in-person classroom experience. “It has been seamless in this entire transition,” said Jen Willey, communications director, Annie Wright Schools. 

Faith Communities

With Blackbaud Online Express™, the Catholic Community Foundation of the Diocese of Richmond spun up an online donation portal for more than 140 individual parishes. Within the first day, more than 170 people donated, and one-third of donors made their gifts recurring. With the approach of Easter season—a critical giving time for the diocese—Catholic Community Foundation continues to drive awareness about the digital offertory and drive parishioners to engage and support online. “Everything but e-giving stopped when the churches closed,” said Executive Director Margaret Keightley. “Without money, we cannot provide ministry—and so many people are in need. If we can’t stay open, we can’t assist the poor.”

Through it all, Blackbaud customer support, customer success, professional services and managed services teams have been on call to assist customers, helping more than 10,000 customers in one week as the month of March came to a close. “The intersection of technology and social good has never been more important than it is today,” said Walter Loiselle, senior vice president of customer operations, Blackbaud. “We’re committed to supporting all our customers as quickly and creatively as possible, while helping new customers achieve the time to value and time to ROI they need during this unprecedented time.”

About Blackbaud

Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) is the world's leading cloud software company powering social good. Serving the entire social good community—nonprofits, higher education institutions, K–12 schools, healthcare organizations, faith communities, arts and cultural organizations, foundations, companies and individual change agents—Blackbaud connects and empowers organizations to increase their impact through cloud software, services, expertise and data intelligence. The Blackbaud portfolio is tailored to the unique needs of vertical markets, with solutions for fundraising and CRM, marketing, advocacy, peer-to-peer fundraising, corporate social responsibility, school management, ticketing, grantmaking, financial management, payment processing and analytics. Serving the industry for more than three decades, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, and has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada, Costa Rica and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.blackbaud.com or follow us on TwitterLinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.

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Event: Corporate and Education Leaders to Discuss the Impact of COVID-19 on Education During Virtual Convening Hosted by Discovery Education

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 2:16pm

Stakeholders Invited to Join Leaders from Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Microsoft, and the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation on April 9th at 1:30pm ET for Open Conversation About Continuity of Learning

SILVER SPRING, Md., Apr. 06 /CSRwire/ - On April 9 at 1:30pm ET, Discovery Education will convene a virtual discussion between corporate and education leaders on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the US education system. A full agenda and registration information can be found here.

This unique conversation will be moderated by US Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Senior Vice President Marc DeCourcey and will include Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho, Microsoft’s General Manager of Education Dan Ayoub, and Discovery Education’s Chief Product Officer Pete Weir. Among the topics this panel will cover are:

  • How K-12 schools are meeting the challenge of these unprecedented circumstances

  • How the Miami-Dade County Public Schools built a world-class virtual learning program

  • The move from traditional in-person teaching to virtual learning

  • The unique opportunities for corporate America to step up and support schools during this rapidly evolving crisis

  • Examples of meaningful corporate responses that are building long-term, substantive solutions supporting education beyond this health crisis

“As a global company serving 45 million students across 140 countries , we, like many of our partners have heard firsthand the array of challenges COVID-19 has placed in the way of educators, families, and communities alike,” said Lori McFarling, President of Corporate Education Partnerships at Discovery Education. “The unnatural disaster of this pandemic highlights the importance of collaboration and partnerships. We look forward to this industry convening, as we believe it will be the catalyst to grow the network of resources, support systems, and communication channels needed to effectively serve the millions of students and educators  impacted by COVID-19.”

Attendees are invited to submit their questions to the panel as part of the registration process.

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, Discovery Education is offering schools and school systems not currently using the company’s digital services free access to Discovery Education Experience. Schools accepting this offer will have access to Discovery Education’s dynamic K-12 learning platform and its ready-to-use digital lesson plans, activities, and standards-aligned resources through the remainder of the school year. In addition, Discovery Education is offering a suite of no cost resources for parents and caregivers called Daily DE that can be used at home. For more information, visit Discovery Education’s comprehensive Virtual Learning resource website dedicated to helping educators adapt their instruction to meet today’s needs.


About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning, creating immersive STEM experiences, and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education currently serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 140 countries and territories. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.