Whether you love golf or just love the idea of being surrounded by celebrities, the American Century Golf Tournament at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course started yesterday on Tuesday, July 19th and will continue until Sunday the 24th. As one of the most prestigious golf events, the American Century raises money for local and national charities. Tickets start at $20 a day and allow spectators to roam around the perimeter of the course and to enjoy food vendors and a great atmosphere.
Appearances are supposed to include comedian Larry the Cable Guy, ex-49er Jerry Rice, Green Bay Packer Aaron Rodgers and Justin Timberlake. The event will take place at the Edgewood Tahoe Gold Course at 100 Lake Parkway.
Science is exciting and can be quite profitable. That’s the important message that Dow CEO Andrew Liveris is spreading to children. Many kids, as Liveris explains, turn their backs on math and science in elementary school or middle school because they find it too challenging. What they don’t realize, however, is the potential to do really creative and exciting work if they would stick to their science classes.
Andrew Liveris is trying to get this message across to today’s youth by entering schools and showing some of the amazing results of their scientific and mathematical backgrounds. For instance, the leader of Dow and his employees have brought new running shoes into schools to show the kids how they discovered a new molecule that the major shoe manufacturers are now using to create lighter shoes.
During the recent Forbes Reinventing America summit in Detroit, Andrew Liveris Philanthropy explained about science and math that, “It’s a sexy industry. It’s really cool to be a nerd and to be an engineer. I’m sorry. I get a little excited about this.”
Michigan Governor Rich Snyder chimed in at the summit as he said, “Dow is a great model of doing it the right way. We’ll make talent the centerpiece of everything we’re trying to do.”
It is certainly refreshing, and important, to see how Dow Chemical and Andrew Liveris Philanthropy have made education a priority – and how they are putting their money where their hearts are. Many of their partnerships and charitable works focus on what Dow has described as “building the workforce of tomorrow” and these include STEM education with job training, teacher training and an emphasis on science in education.
A few of their philanthropic programs include working with Delta College the Midland, MI to create training programs for displaced workers. They have hosted a symposium to introduce “African American, Hispanic, Native American U.S. doctoral and postdoctoral scientists to…careers in industrial research.” Dow has partnered with Change for Equation which focuses on improving STEM education. Dow supports the 100kin10, an initiative to train 100,000 new STEM teachers by 2025.
Dow has a philanthropic Dow’s Matching Gifts program which matches Dow employees dollar for dollar for up to $10,000 per person or $100,000 per institution each year.
These are a few examples of the many ways that Dow and Andrew Liveris are working to emphasize education including science and math education in particular. Let’s hope that other companies will follow suit.
This is certainly a fascinating find. American are more interested in giving charity than they are in voting. During the last presidential election, 53.6% of American voted according to the Pew Research Center. During the same year, 59.7% gave to a charity of their choice, according to the Philanthropy Panel Study.
Last year saw Americans giving more than they ever have before, with a total donation of $373.25 billion. Voting rates have remained tightly within a 9% point range since the 1980s, however.
The US is actually quite low when compared to its peers in voter turnout. We came in at 31st out of 34 countries. Interestingly however, we outpace most countries when it comes to giving. In the private giving category, American give twice as much as do those in England and Canada. And America is as much as 20 times more charitable than are residents of other developed countries, according to numbers from the Philanthropy Roundtable.
Nashville country-rocker Tim Montana has partnered, for a second year, with Gibson Brands to raise money for the Chris Kyle Memorial Benefit and Auction. He is contributing a one-of-a-kind guitar that is inspired by the military service of Chris Kyle, the “American Sniper.” The guitar was handmade in the Gibson custom shop and has a shell casing from a round that Kyle fired during a firefight in Iraq. There is also a portrait on Chris on the guitar.
Last year, Montana and Gibson raise a whopping $121,000 with their first “American Sniper” – inspired guitar. The proceeds this year will benefit Spirit of a Hero, a nonprofit that is focused on veterans and vetted by the Kyle family.
The guitar will go up for auction at 3pm on Thursday at www.charitybuzz.com/chriskyleguitar. The annual Chris Kyle Benefit will then take place on Friday and Saturday in Texas.
As Henry Juszkiewicz, chairman and CEO of Gibson Brands, said “It is a pleasure to collaborate with Tim Montana again to support the men and women who have so admirably served our country. It is a truly special one-of-a-kind guitar that pays tribute to Chris Kyle while also supporting the amazing work of the Chris Kyle Memorial Benefit.”
If you love to shop, then this might be the event for you. From May 27 to 30th, Lord & Taylor is offering a Memorial Day weekend charitable shopping event. The event will benefit the USO, a nonprofit that helps America’s service people and their families.
As Liz Rodbell, the president of Hudson’s Bay and Lord & Taylor said, “Lord & Taylor and our customers have proudly supported our nation’s service members and their families throughout the years. In fact, since 1980 we begin each day in our stores by demonstrating our patriotism through the playing of the National Anthem. This Memorial Day weekend, we continue that tradition in our first partnership with the USO.”
The way that it will work is as follows. With the purchase of a $5 ticket, customers will receive one 25% off storewide savings pass that can be used from May 27-30 (with some exclusions). Tickets can be purchased at all Lord & Taylor stores. The entire $5 purchase will go to the USO. And those who have a valid military ID, service members and their families will have the chance to enjoy the sale without spending the $5.
Now, if you love to shop online, don’t despair. Online shoppers can use the code “GIVE” to receive 25% off of purchases if they spend $200 or more. They can get 20% off of purchases that are under $200.
Shop, save and help your military all at the same time!
Beyonce is about to start a new world tour and is combining her efforts with her #BeyGOOD Charitable Foundation. #BeyGOOD is joining forces with the United Way to offer aid to people who have been adversely affected by the Flint Water Crisis. The funds that are raised will address the immediate needs of thousands of people who have been affected by lead-polluted water.
Beyonce’s initiative will also connect with the Community Foundation of Greater Flint and together they will establish a fund to address the long-term needs of children who were affected by this crisis as well.
People who love Beyonce can join the #BeyGOOD initiative by supporting their local United Way Charity.
And, if you’re lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Beyonce, she’ll be coming through Detroit with her World Tour on May 29.
A new bangle by ALEX AND ANI is being rolled out benefiting the American Stroke Association. It will be available on April 20th. The new bangle will be called Wings of Change and every bracelet will donate 20% of the purchase price with a minimum donation of $25,000 to the American Stroke Association between April and December, 2016.
As Mary Ann Bauman, M.D. and chair of the American Stroke Association Advisory Committee said, “One in six of us will have a stroke in our lifetime. This generous gift will help us educate our communities and equip our healthcare professionals so fewer lives are negatively impacted by this disease.”
ALEX AND ANI is known for its amazing corporate responsibility as much as it is for its jewelry. This new charm bangle is the company’s first that directly supports the American Stroke Association. To date, however, ALEX AND ANI have raised almost $3 million for the American Heart Association since 2012.
As Nicki Maher, the senior vice president of ALEX AND ANI, CHARITY BY DESIGN said, “Having witnessed the effects of stroke first hand, we are honored to support the much needed awareness surrounding the doctors, patients, and family members who rely on funding to create life-saving changes in stroke and heart health. Through the Wings of Change bangle, ALEX AND ANI hopes to remind supporters of the resiliency that can be found in life’s beautiful transformations.”
We all know that life is short. But the people who probably know it the most are seniors in our society. They seem to have a window into the world and living life to the fullest that many of us somehow lose along the way. The younger generation is often so caught up in the humdrum of everyday life that it becomes hard to not appreciate the moments, the way seniors are often able to do.
Of course, life sometimes gets in the way for the elderly as well. Ailing health issues or disabilities are more common with the older generation. But they can be managed. And in America today there are so many great facilities that really focus on helping this demographic live life to the full. Take the Dry Harbor Nursing Home in New York or the Maple Healthcare Center in Los Angeles as just two examples of seniors making the most of their lives. Set in a stunning environment, featuring a wide variety of recreational activities, modern facilities for rehabilitation and “care with a smile,” places like these make the perfect choice for men and women to make the most of their golden years.
While finding the right environment is crucial, developing a positive attitude is likewise extremely important. The Tiny Buddha – aka Lori Deschene – gives some great tips for how to practically achieve this. She lists 30 simple, easy-to-follow concepts taken from philosophers, theorists, writers and other persons who inspire, to help people really make the most out of their lives. Simple but so often forgotten they include: Diego Felipe Villa Serna’s “Do the thing you love,” Z. r. Hill’s “Find calm in making art,” and Tanner Christensen’s “Live in the moment. Forget the past and don’t concern yourself with the future,” to name but a few.
Furthermore, as experts on health and aging, Joanna Saisan, M.S.W., Melinda Smith, M.A., Jeanne Segal, Ph.D., and Monika White, Ph.D. noted, so much of aging can be a choice. They said that: “How we handle and grow from these changes is the key to staying healthy. These tips can help you maintain your physical and emotional health and live life to the fullest, whatever your age.” Making an effort to live life to the fullest is often half the battle.
The seventh annual All American Air Table Tennis Classic took place on Saturday at the River House in St. Augustine, Florida. It was hosted by the All American Air Charitable Foundation, the community out-reach arm of Steve Chapman’s All American Air business. They announced that they managed to raise $80,000 to benefit their charities. They had almost 400 guests, over 40 sponsors and 72 players.
As Christine Chapman, the foundation’s board president said, “We are grateful for the trust our community has placed in us by helping us raise over $300,000 during the past seven years, which we have donated to more than 70 charities in our area. After [Saturday’s] event, we are proud to say we have raised $80,000 more to distribute to worthy causes in St. Augustine this year. We love giving back and we want to do more!”
There were five tables with simultaneous table tennis play in three divisions. There was a silent auction, cocktails, dinner and a live band.
As Chapman said, “Seven years ago when Steve and I discussed having the first AAATTC with Derek [May], we assumed it would be a one-time event, but the community loves it, and we are continually committed to making it better, this year adding the Youth Championship as part of the weekend’s festivities.”
In June of 2015, University of Cincinnati President Santa Ono made huge waves when he rejected his annual bonus, and asked that the money be given to charities and scholarships. Since becoming president in 2012, Ono has not accepted the yearly bonus. For 2015, the bonus was divided among 15 organizations and scholarships. He also gave $10,000 from the bonus money to the family of Sonny Kim, a police officer who was killed in a shootout. He has also offered full tuition to his university for the three sons of the fallen officer.
Certainly, this is refreshing news in the face of what so many others do. Another example of a university that is walking the charity walk is San Francisco’s Academy of Art University. Their president, Dr. Elisa Stephens, has been named one of the Haute 100 most influential Bay Area residents by Haute Living magazine. She was named a top “Commander” in their January/February 2015 San Francisco issue in the education sphere. She has received a “Community Hero” award from the San Francisco Firefighters Local 798 for her contributions to their SF Firefighters Toy Program.
A recent article in The Atlantic showed that the wealthiest American only donate 1.3% of their income to charitable endeavors, while the poorest donate 3.2%. It is refreshing to see examples like the University of Cincinnati President Santa Ono and the Academy of Art University President Dr. Elisa Stephens. We can only hope that others will follow suit.