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National non-profit KaBOOM!, a leader in giving all kids the childhood they deserve by bringing play to those who need it most, is pleased to announce that Mike Albers has been named Vice President, Corporate Partnerships, effective December 2, 2013.
“Our corporate partners are critical to our success in ensuring all children get the play they need to thrive. Mike’s ability to build partnerships with influential corporations to deliver revenue growth and achieve strategic objectives will help us propel our mission forward,” says James Siegal, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of KaBOOM!.
Albers has led high-performance teams for Message Systems, Polycom, Lucent, Riverhead Networks, and 3Com, where he developed a strong customer base of such leading companies as AT&T, Verizon, Qwest, Global Crossing, BT, AOL, Disney, EA and Symantec. Most recently, he built new business for cloud storage company Panzura, securing partnerships with Amazon, Google, EMC, IBM and Cleversafe.
“Play is essential to the physical, cognitive, and social development of children. I’m excited to be part of a team that understands the important role of corporate partners in achieving the bold goal of ensuring all children play actively every day,” says Albers. “It’s a thrill to use my experience from the corporate sector for such an important cause.”
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to the bold goal of ensuring that all children, particularly the 16 million American children living in poverty, get the active play they need to become healthy and successful adults. KaBOOM! has been a powerful champion for play since its founding in 1996, working with partners to build, improve, and open more than 15,000 playgrounds, engage more than 1,000,000 volunteers and serve more than 6,600,000 children. KaBOOM! creates and catalyzes great places to play; inspires, empowers and leads play advocates; and elevates the societal conversation about the importance of play in children’s lives. For more information, visit kaboom.org/act.
Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas Dedicates Nearly $1 Million for Environmental Causes
At its annual meeting held on November 26, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas (MCFA) approved an aggregate of nearly $1 million in the form of new grants, continuing grants and a program-related investment.
The new grants include major funding for two projects in Canada: one involving freshwater biodiversity assessments across Canada by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and NatureServe; and the other, a wolf conservation research project initiated on behalf of the Wolf Lake First Nation, on Algonquin territory in Quebec and Ontario. The IUCN grant will expand and update information about some of Canada’s most imperiled species and habitats, and integrate this knowledge into the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool (IBAT), NatureServe Explorer and NatureServe Surveyor, which provide accurate and up-to-date biodiversity information to support better decision-making concerning land and water use in Canada and around the world. The wolf study will be conducted with the assistance of conservation ecologist, Dr. Jay R. Malcolm of the University of Toronto Faculty of Forestry, combining both Western science and indigenous knowledge to protect and conserve wolf and prey habitats within the traditional territory of the Wolf Lake First Nation, for whom wolves hold symbolic cultural value.
Other new grants include: a 3-year grant to Conservation International’s Conservation Stewards Program to engage communities in the protection of freshwater ecosystems in the Colombian Amazon; a 2-year grant to the Rainforest Alliance to develop sustainable tourism capacity among small and medium sized enterprises in Oaxaca, Mexico; funding for the Wildlife Conservation Society to promote Amazon river turtle conservation in the Yasuni National Park, and to support the conservation of coastal and marine wildlife of the Patagonian Sea; support for the Yosemite Leadership Program at UC Merced; seed funding to CurrentCast, a project of the Center for Transformative Action, based in Ithaca, New York, to develop and disseminate environmental education programming for public radio stations on the importance of water as a vital natural resource; and for a public relations campaign by the Yukon River Drainage Fisheries Association to improve the conservation of Yukon River Chinook salmon. The continuing grants support a variety of other environmental and sustainable development projects throughout the Americas.
In addition to approving new grants, the board authorized a program-related investment in the form of the renewal of a $300K interest-free loan to Root Capital for its financing activities in Latin America.
Editor's Note: A PDF version of this release is available for download here.
The Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas, based in New York City was established 1991 with funding from Mitsubishi Corporation of Japan, and its U.S.-based subsidiary, Mitsubishi International Corporation. Since its establishment, the Foundation has dedicated nearly $8 million to environmental causes throughout the Americas. For more information, please visit www.mcfamericas.org.
Contributions for Europe and Africa are made by the Mitsubishi Corporation Fund for Europe and Africa, a UK registered charity, established in 1992 to promote environmental conservation, education and research into the environment and poverty alleviation, through funding from Mitsubishi Corporation of Japan, and its U.K.-based subsidiary, Mitsubishi Corporation International (Europe) Plc. For more information, please visit www.mitsubishicorp.com/gb/en/csr/mcfea.html.
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Announcing MakeImpactNYC 2014: Do Good in Your ‘Hood the first-of-its kind “Five boroughs, one city, endless impact” event bringing together entrepreneurs and innovators from every part of New York City who are building a new social impact economy: New Yorkers who are improving the lives of their neighbors and communities through entrepreneurial solutions.
January 16, 2014, Good-B.com, NYC’s leading online news and new media platform supporting entrepreneurs for social good joins Fordham University’s Center for Humanistic Management and the city’s leading social impact entrepreneurs, innovators, incubators, coworking spaces, business leaders, educators, and social good-doers at the Gabelli School of Business near Lincoln Center to celebrate what makes New York great: innovation, community, entrepreneurship — and a commitment to make the city we call home a better place for everyone in it.
This is not your typical social good conference! MakeImpactNYC features social enterprises focused on solving critical local problems including job creation, access to healthcare, minority opportunities, youth education, economic and community development, affordable housing, and arts and cultural support. The conference celebrates NYC’s social entrepreneurship achievements, explores the city’s pressing issues, and builds community and collaboration across all 5 boroughs. The day is capped off with the first ever “Social Good Battle of the Boros” entrepreneur pitch competition, a “friendly” New York style “battle” where borough changemakers vie for the “Best of the Boros Social Impact Crown.” It’s all in good fun and for a good cause: celebrating what makes New York the new capital for social innovation.
Participants include Etsy, CBS/EcoMedia, Girls Who Code, Centre for Social Innovation, Pratt Institute, Fordham B-School, Good Business NY, Return on Change, ThatMattersLive, Locavesting, HelpChipIn, InfluencerCon, Silicon Harlem, Fundrise, Be Social Change, Staten Island Makers Space, The Kitchen, incubators, impact investors and local business leaders showcasing the NYC social entrepreneurship ecosystem across all five boroughs. After all, if we can make impact here, we can make impact anywhere!
Business leaders who attended last week’s three-day CSR Saudi Arabia 2013 Conference were encouraged to participate in a new multi-sector initiative that has been designed to improve employment prospects and promote civic engagement among Saudi youth. Saudi Youth@Work, a partnership between the King Khalid Foundation (KKF) and the International Youth Foundation (IYF) with additional support from Hilton Worldwide and the Saudi Ministry of Labor, was launched in 2012. Among the program’s core activities is to adapt and deliver IYF’s Passport to Success® life skills training for Saudi youth in order to prepare them for jobs in the hospitality and other sectors of the economy.
The conference attracted top business, government, and NGO leaders, in an effort to help participants increase the effectiveness and impact of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts, while also ensuring alignment with their core business strategies. Key themes of the conference included job creation, community-based initiatives, gender diversity, and growing a knowledge-based economy.
The keynote panel, entitled “Stakeholder Engagement: The importance of partnership in generating sustainable CSR,” focused on the Saudi Youth@Work program, which is currently providing entry-level employees in four Hilton hotels in Makkah, Madinah, Jeddah and Riyadh, with the skills and practical training needed to be successful as they begin their new careers. In addition to preparing Saudi youth for success in the workplace, the program helps strengthen the capacity of local youth-serving organizations to better serve the employment and civic engagement needs of the Kingdom’s younger generation.
IYF MENA Director, Dr. Mohammad AIMbaid, opened the discussion. “Youth unemployment is a global challenge, not just an Arab or Saudi one,” he said. “But no matter where you live, the growing numbers of young men and women who can’t find decent jobs is having an adverse impact on the economic, social, and political life of our countries.” Given the complexity and magnitude of the problem, Dr. AIMbaid added: “We must build innovative, inclusive alliances, as we are doing with our program, where the government, the private sector, civil society, and youth are coming together to improve young people’s employment prospects and support their aspirations for a better life.”
“We are pleased to be partners with the King Khalid Foundation and the International Youth Foundation here in Saudi Arabia to help young people prepare to enter the workforce,” said Ayman Madkour, Country Learning and Development Manager, KSA, Hilton Worldwide. Noting that 73 million new travel and tourism jobs will open up around the world by 2022, Mr. Madkour added: “Hilton is leading efforts, in KSA, to train young people for jobs in the service and hospitality sector. We hope that these multi-sector efforts not only expand employment opportunities but also contribute to the growth of our business and the industry.”
Hilton Worldwide recently commissioned a report, Creating Opportunities for Youth in Hospitality, to raise awareness around global youth unemployment and highlight solutions hospitality companies can participate in and support.
There has been a growing effort in Saudi Arabia to ensure the private sector has a well trained workforce to boost economic growth in the years ahead. Mohammed Mosly, Director of Strategic Partnerships Program at the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF), brought this perspective to the discussion.
“We are very interested in looking at public private partnerships as a crucial pathway toward expanding youth employment. The Ministry of Labor and HRDF are currently working on a number of such partnerships,” he said. “They include the nationalization through social investment project that supports the role of civil society organizations in youth employment efforts, and a CSR strategy for the Ministry of Labor to develop incentives for private sector companies engaging in CSR programs that serve the strategic objectives of the Ministry.”
Continuing the conversation around the role of multi-stakeholder initiatives in advancing economic and social progress, Huda Hakki, Programs and Projects Department Director of the King Khalid Foundation, said: “While Saudi Arabia ranks among the highest in the world in terms of philanthropy, we’ve found that developing partnerships helps ensure these resources are used effectively to build a vibrant civil society and flourishing business and entrepreneurial community.” Noting that over 65 percent of Saudi Arabia’s population is below the age of 25, Ms. Hakki confirmed that job creation and employment opportunities for youth “are top priorities for the country and the region.”