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Feeding Middlesex County Leverages CaringCrowd To Close Funding Gap - #1132
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July 17, 2019 06:00 AM PDT
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“Hunger is a year-round struggle,” Jane Leal, Vice-Chair for Feeding Middlesex County, says. She’s grateful for the fundraising help offered by Johnson & Johnson’s CaringCrowd crowdfunding site that helped raise much-needed flexible funding to help close gaps in the community’s effort to feed those who are food-insecure.

Jane helped raise almost $7,000 using CaringCrowd, nearly half of which was donated by J&J as a match.

CaringCrowd is a crowdfunding platform for nonprofits that serve public health needs; food is a public health need.

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How A Harrowing Experience Inspired This Woman To Help Girls Go To School - She's a Global Citizen - #1130
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July 12, 2019 06:00 AM PDT
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As a girl, while living in Jamaica, Davinia James once faced an extraordinary experience on her way home from school with her brother. Held at gunpoint, her brother faced the young gunman and yelled for his sister to run.

Frozen by fear, she didn’t move even as the gunman held his gun to her brother’s chest.

“Run,” he screamed. And she did.

Frantic, she screamed as she entered her home, “He’s dead! He’s dead!” Her mother “went into superwoman mode.”

Following her mother, they ran back to find her brother still with the barrel of a gun in his chest. Their mother pulled the gun away from his chest and placed it on hers, saying, “If you want him, you’re going to have to go through me.”

The gunman, shamed or afraid of the consequences of killing a woman, walked away.

This experience fixed in Davinia’s mind the importance of education to lift women, girls and communities out of the dual traps of poverty and violence.

She founded Pennies4Girls to fund education for girls.

That's why she is called a global citizen.

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New Social Venture Aims To Teach Kids Good Money Habits - #1131
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July 15, 2019 06:00 AM PDT
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Brian Meece, co-creator of WingaDoos, likes to say that WingaDoos is “Sesame Street for healthy money habit."

Research shows that our relationship to money is established long before we have to start making financial decisions for ourselves. By the time we’re about eight years old, our concept of money is pretty fixed. This means that teaching high schoolers good money habits can be difficult.

WingaDoos is built around the model that teaching good money habits must start when children are in pre-school and get serious in the early grades of elementary school. Of course, to teach concepts to children that young, a fun and entertaining model is required.

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Formerly Incarcerated Recovering Addict Says We Can Change Our Environment - #1129
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July 10, 2019 06:00 AM PDT
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Damon West started using drugs by age 12 and before his 30th birthday was sentenced to 65 years in prison. After serving seven years, he emerged from prison completely changed. The key lesson he learned in prison was that you can change your environment. Now, as a motivational speaker, he teaches others how to do the same.

Interview with Damon West, the of Damon West, LLC.

The following is the pre-interview with Damon West. Be sure to watch the recorded interview above.

How are you personally affected by overcoming adversity?

I am an addict and convicted felon, living a life in long-term recovery. I had to become the coffee bean to be where I am today.

What is your take on Positively changing your environment around you, like the coffee bean?

Each of us has the power to change the environment around us.

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App Utilizes AI To Help Everyone Assess and Improve Their Mental Health -#1128
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July 09, 2019 06:00 AM PDT
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Increasingly, we recognize that mental health is like physical health. It must be regularly assessed and treated. Still, we in the west often asssume that it is a problem only in the most developed countries.

In fact, not surprisingly, mental health issues plague every country from rich to poor without regard to income.

Sachin Chaudhry, an Ashoka Fellow, has developed an app using AI to help regularly assess mental health. The app can even be used to help people maintain a healthier mental outlook.

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California Quakes Highlight Potential Impact Of Novel Insurance Program - #1127
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July 06, 2019 01:22 PM PDT
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In the past 48 hours, there have been two major earthquakes in Southern California with an epicenter near the town of Ridgecrest. The quakes hit on July 4 and 5th, with the largest and most recent reaching a 7.1 on the Richter scale. In part due to the remote location, no deaths have been attributed to the quakes, but property damage across the region will ultimately be substantial.

Kate Stillwell, CEO of Jumpstart Insurance, a novel insurance company that provides coverage that pays out quickly following a quake, joined me for a conversation about the quake and the insurance her company provides.

Here in Salt Lake City, where I’m based, I felt the quake in my high-rise condominium and videotaped the lamps swinging as the wave rolled through our community—providing evidence of the power of the most recent quake. You can see a bit of that video with the video of the interview in the player at the top of the article. Note that I was a bit “discombobulated” by the quake, which is evident in the video. I can only imagine how devasting the quake was for people whose homes, businesses and personal property were damaged or destroyed.

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Using Biomimicry This Activist Is Turning Impact Investing Upside Down To Erase Racial Wealth Gaps - #1126
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July 05, 2019 06:00 AM PDT
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“Biomimicry is the practice of solving problems by learn asking the question, ‘What would nature do?” says Boston Impact Initiative Fund founder and President Deborah Frieze. Her answer to that question has her flipping conventional investing wisdom on its head to close the racial wealth divide in Boston.

While she hopes the fund will serve as a model for other communities, she notes that the wealth divide in Boston is on par with Atlanta for the worst in the country. “The median net worth for a white family in Boston is $247,000, which is way above the national. The median net worth for a black family in Boston is $8. It's not $8,000 it's not $800 it's $8.”

Even in the context of impact investing generally, she says, “We’re heading in the wrong direction where the wealth divide continues to get larger.”

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This Tragic Death From Depression Inspires A Mother’s Work To Save Others’ Children - #1125
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July 03, 2019 06:00 AM PDT
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Donnetta Johnson lost her son Jonah to depression in 2009. Her experience was as life-changing as it was heartbreaking. She founded the My Son, Your Daughter, The Jonah Johnson Youth Scholarship Fund to raise money to help parents prevent the needless deaths that depression causes.

Johnson says she thought she knew about depression and thought she and her family could “work through” the issues with her son. Now she knows different and is working to help other parents better understand the risks of depression and the need to treat it with a full family effort--in addition to help from medical professionals.

Johnson successfully raised $3,000 on CaringCrowd.org, to help prevent more suicides. CaringCrowd is operated by Johnson & Johnson, which typically matches individual donations of up to $250, effectively reducing the effort required to raise money.

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Intel Foundation Works To Make STEM Education Accessible To Disadvantaged Students - #1124
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July 02, 2019 06:00 AM PDT
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Pia Wilson-Body, president of Intel Foundation says the Intel Foundation is working to make STEM education more accessible to disadvantaged students, especially young women. “A zip code doesn’t determine brilliance but it does determine access,” she says.

The Intel Foundation, under her leadership, is working to break down barriers and create a bridge to equity. She hopes to create not just consumers but creators.

One example is a program called “She Will Connect,” specifically focusing on encouraging more female students to pursue STEM education.

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Rebranding At M·A·C Viva Glam Fund Explicitly Focuses On LGBTQ Equality To Boost HIV Fight - #1123
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June 28, 2019 06:00 AM PDT
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Due to improved treatments, the number of annual HIV infections in the U.S. declined steadily for years until about 2013, but the latest statistics at HIV.gov show no improvement since. About 39,000 people annually are infected.

One of the leading players in the fight to eradicate AIDS has been the M·A·C AIDS Fund, which recently rebranded as the M·A·C Viva Glam Fund, redoubling its efforts to fight AIDS by focusing more on LGBTQ equality. Over the past 25 years, the fund has raised and spent over $500 million. All the money comes from the sale of Viva Glam lipstick products where 100% of proceeds go directly to the fund to fight HIV/AIDS.

Nancy Mahon, Estée Lauder’s senior vice president of global corporate citizenship and global executive director for the M·A·C Viva Glam Fund, explains the strategy shift—the theory of change—that motivated the rebranding.

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