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ONEIDA INDIAN NATION DONATES $10 MILLION TO MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

This morning, Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter and other OIN leaders joined the leadership of The American Revolution Center in Washington, D.C. to announce a $10 million gift from the Oneidas to the Center in accordance with the Center’s $40 million Lenfest challenge announced last month.

The gift according to an OIN press release was “made in part to recognize the little known, but extraordinary role the Oneidas played in the Revolutionary War.” It also puts the center a quarter of the way to it’s goal to construct The Museum of the American Revolution.

During America’s War for Independence the hardships and lost lives the colonists endured was shared by the Oneidas who fought in support of them.

“The contributions and tremendous sacrifices of the Oneida people as America’s first ally in the Revolutionary War, resulted in an ongoing friendship and treaty relationship between the Oneida Nation and the United States for more than two centuries” Halbritter said at the presentation. “Our commitment to the American Revolution Center furthers that friendship and ensures that the resilience displayed together by America’s founding fathers and the Oneida people continue to serve as inspiration to everyone who wishes to understand the shared history of the Oneida Nation and America.”

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WHITE HOUSE CELEBRATES CORPORATE PRO BONO SERVICE WITH A BILLION + CHANGE

On June 27, the Case Foundation was pleased to join our fellow leadership committee members at the White House along with other corporate, government, and nonprofit leaders who are creating social change through skills-based volunteerism. We were part of a celebration and a challenge issued by A Billion + Change, a national campaign to mobilize billions of dollars of pro bono and skills-based volunteer services from the business community to nonprofits.

More than half of the 200 companies that have pledged to create or expand skills-based volunteering programs joined us to talk about how far corporations have come in the past 10 years or so in enabling their employees to donate their skills, and not just their time, to nonprofits. We talked about not only the benefits to companies’ nonprofit partners, but also to their employees and to their bottom line.

Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama and the Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, opened the forum and said that companies participating in A Billion + Change were a model for others driving positive social change around the world. Her comments were echoed later in the day by Gene Sperling, Director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, and by Billion + Change Honorary Chairman Senator Mark Warner, who said that at a time when nonprofits are facing decreased revenues and more work, pro bono from corporations is increasingly vital.

The sentiments from leaders in the public sector were matched by those in the private sector. Our CEO Jean Case led a panel with leaders from Deloitte, the Ritz-Carlton, Capital One, COTTON7, and Golin Harris to talk about the business benefits of supporting employee pro bono. Across the board, each of the panelists said that his employees and his company received at least as much value from nonprofit partners as was provided. Pro bono was characterized as a win-win-win proposition for companies, employees, and nonprofits.

We have come a long way since Jean Case helped to start A Billion + Change in 2008 when she was a member of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. So far, we are proud to announce that more than 200 companies have pledged over $1.8 billion and nearly 12 million hours worth of time and talent to nonprofits.

But, we still have a way to go to reach our goal. We are seeking a total of 500 companies willing to pledge their best business skills and talents to build the capacity of nonprofits at home and around the world. Together, we will inspire the largest commitment of corporate pro bono service in history so that one day, skills-based volunteering will be the ‘new normal’ in every workplace.

To join us in the pro bono movement, visit www.abillionpluschange.org and make a pledge.

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INSTITUTE OF LIVING AND HELEN & HARRY GRAY CANCER CENTER RECEIVE $4.9 MILLION

Two Hartford Healthcare units – the Institute of Living and the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center — have received major grants.

The Institute of Living at Hartford Hospital received a $4.4 million donation from an anonymous donor to help fund the Olmsted landscape rehabilitation project.

The donor was a patient at the Institute of Living during the 1940’s. She was treated at the Institute of Living with insulin shock treatment after suffering from a severe breakdown. Her family recalls her saying that the Institute of Living, “Gave her back her life.”

Some of the donation will be used to fund the Olmsted landscape rehabilitation project. Numerous trees on the grounds of The Institute of Living represent rare or unusually large species. Many of the trees on the grounds are thought to date back to the 1860’s. The funding will be used to replace damaged or deceased trees along the tree walk.

Frederick Law Olmsted, one of America’s famous landscape architects, designed the grounds of The Institute in 1861. The design was executed by Olmsted and his protégé, Jacob Weidenmann. Frederick Law Olmsted was a 19th century visionary and pioneer conservationist who founded the profession of landscape and architect in America. Some of his other designs include Central Park in New York City, the Boston Park System, and the U.S. Capitol Grounds in Washington, D.C.

At a recent tree planting ceremony, the last of the 17 new specimen trees was planted in an effort to restore the grounds of the Institute of Living to their historic magnificence. The Institute of Living was founded in 1822 and was one of the first mental health centers in the United States.

Meanwhile, Hartford Hospital’s Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center was again selected as part of network of community cancer centers under the umbrella of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health.

The Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center, a member of the NCI Community Cancer Centers Program since it began in 2007, has been awarded approximately $500,000 annually to fund participation in the network for the next two years. The Hartford center is the only facility in New England to be part of the national network.

The NCCCP is a collaborative network of community hospitals working to expand cancer research, enhance access to cancer care and improve the quality of care for cancer patients served by community hospitals with an emphasis on underserved populations.

Leadership Greater Hartford endowment

To mark its 35th anniversary, Leadership Greater Hartford has established an endowment fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

Grants from the fund will be used by Leadership Greater Hartford to support its mission to develop, connect and inspire diverse leaders to build strong and vibrant communities throughout Greater Hartford. This is accomplished through programs that provide experiential learning through workshops, tours and hands-on team projects. Leadership Greater Hartford brings together and trains a diverse array of community-minded individuals, representing all ages, socioeconomic levels, home towns, and occupations.

“The endowment fund will ensure that Leadership Greater Hartford is able to sustain our 35-year history of building leaders while building community” said Ted Carroll, president of Leadership Greater Hartford.

Nancy Bernstein of West Hartford is serving as the establishing donor of this new endowment. Bernstein has served on Leadership Greater Hartford’s Board of Directors, currently serves on its Legacy Advisors committee and is the president and CEO of Women’s Health Connecticut in Avon.

She said, “In 2002, when I was first introduced to Leadership Greater Hartford’s Quest program, I realized the positive impact it had on me as well as my company’s role in the community. To help secure its future is an honor for me and critically important for the Greater Hartford region.”

Founded in 1977 with support from the Hartford Foundation, Leadership Greater Hartford was originally developed by the Greater Hartford Chamber of Commerce as a year-long program to provide leaders and emerging leaders with skills and knowledge needed to be effective in a changing world.

HEDCO gets $10,000

The People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, has awarded a $10,000 grant to HEDCO Inc. in Hartford.

HEDCO helps to stimulate economic development by collaborating with public and private organizations to help start, finance, retain and recruit small businesses in all of Connecticut’s 169 cities and towns. The funding from People’s United Community Foundation will support the statewide expansion of HEDCO’s small business development services.

“The funding from People’s United Community Foundation will help us implement our new technology plan,” stated Samuel Hamilton, chief executive officer of HEDCO. “Our new, interactive web site will make HEDCO’s financial and technical assistance more accessible and convenient to small businesses across Connecticut.”

In brief

Mike D’Antoni, coach of the men’s Olympic basketball team and the New York Knicks, has donated over $20,000 worth of business suits and professional attire to the Save a Suit Foundation in Shelton. The nonprofit organization provides business suits and clothing to military veterans and soon-to-be college graduates… Cumberland Farms’ six-month-long Pediatric Care Campaign is nearing the finish line in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. Participating Cumberland Farms stores will donate five cents per cup from its Chill Zone sales throughout July to benefit Connecticut Children’s Medical Center… The TD Charitable Foundation is accepting nominations from homeless shelter and transitional housing programs. The foundation will select 25 programs across the bank’s East Coast footprint to receive $100,000 grants. The award of $2.5 million represents the foundation’s seventh annual “Housing for Everyone” grant competition.

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PITTSBURGH APPROVES UP TO $5.4 MILLION IN PILOT PAYMENTS

Pittsburgh City Council approved legislation Monday that sets up a new round of contributions from a few dozen nonprofit groups, but did so only after a flurry of last-minute questions and complaints that hung up the deal for a couple of hours.

Under the agreement, the Pittsburgh Public Service Fund — made up of about 40 nonprofits — collectively will contribute an estimated $5.2 million to $5.4 million over the next two years. The groups make the voluntary contributions because they don’t pay property taxes on their land and buildings.

Although some members said they wanted a lot more money than $5.4 million, council gave the agreement preliminary approval last week.

The final vote, scheduled for Monday morning, was delayed when Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak complained that she hadn’t received a list of nonprofits that contributed to the service fund in 2010 and 2011. In addition, Ms. Rudiak amended the bill to direct city Controller Michael Lamb to perform a study of the costs the city incurs providing police, fire and other services to tax-exempt groups.

By the time council took up the bill again at an afternoon meeting, the city finance department had provided the list of contributors from 2010 and 2011. Council praised some small nonprofits, such as the Allentown senior citizens, for giving money to the fund and criticized others for not giving enough.

“They understand the importance of being part of something greater than themselves,” Councilman Bruce Kraus said of the Allentown seniors.

Although University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has made a $100 million contribution to the Pittsburgh Promise scholarship fund, it does not contribute to the city — something that has repeatedly drawn council members’ ire.

The 40 or so nonprofits in the service fund are a small number of tax-exempt groups in the city. Another 10 to 20 nonprofits have negotiated separate payments in lieu of taxes that jointly will yield the city $450,000 to $500,000 this year.

Nonprofits “are good partners, but they could be better partners,” Councilman Ricky Burgess, the finance chairman, said.

The new agreement notwithstanding, council President Darlene Harris said she and other members will continue efforts to coax more money from nonprofits.

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GOODRICH FOUNDATION AWARDS GRANT TO WORKSHOPS FOR WARRIORS IN SAN DIEGO

Goodrich Foundation has awarded Workshop for Warriors (WfW) in San Diego, Calif. $100,000 to support its program that provides job training and skill certification to U.S. veterans at no cost to students. WfW provides training in welding, milling and machining for wounded, homeless veterans and service men and women about to transition out of active duty into civilian life. Thousands of veterans are expected to end their military careers over the next several months as the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down.

“One area of our giving focus at Goodrich is to honor the men and women who serve their country in the armed forces,” said Marc Duvall, president of Goodrich’s Aerostructures business. “Enabling Workshops for Warriors to provide much-needed job training to veterans one of the best ways that we as a company can tell our veterans, ‘Thank you for your service.'”

Many returning veterans will come through San Diego on their way back to their hometowns, making Workshops for Warriors ideally located to assist them with their career transitions. In addition to helping veterans establish careers in an extremely tight job market, the program also benefits the country.

“America is hungry for manufacturing employees; there are more than two million unfilled manufacturing jobs in the U.S. right now,” Hernan Luis y Prado, president Workshops for Warriors said. “Hiring our graduates is a win-win for this country and the people who served it. We want to be a major driver for retraining the world’s greatest fighting force into the world’s most modern manufacturing force.”

Last month, Luis y Prado was recognized as a “Champion of Change” for establishing Workshops for Warriors and his dedication to helping members of the armed forces.

The Goodrich Foundation grant will be used to hire additional instructors in order to increase the number of graduates from Workshops for Warriors. The organization currently has a 100 percent job placement rate for its students.

This is the second Goodrich Foundation grant for the organization. In late 2011, WfW received a $25,000 grant to help it establish its curriculum. In addition, Goodrich Aerostructures business in Chula Vista, Calif., has donated nearly $1 million in equipment and materials to help WfW build out its class offerings. Additional information on the Workshops for Warriors can be found at http://www.workshopsforwarriors.org/

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Goodrich Foundation is the charitable arm of Goodrich Corporation. The Foundation provides support to selected charitable institutions in Goodrich’s United States headquarters and plant communities.

Goodrich Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, is a global supplier of systems and services to the aerospace and defense industry. With one of the most strategically diversified portfolios of products in the industry, Goodrich serves a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and service facilities. For more information visit http://www.goodrich.com .

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HILTON WORLDWIDE & INTERNATIONAL YOUTH FOUNDATION LAUNCH GLOBAL INITIATIVE TO EXPAND OPPORTUNITIES

Hilton Worldwide announced a $3 million, three-year partnership today with the International Youth Foundation (IYF), a global organization that realizes the power and promise of young people and since its founding in 1990 has prepared nearly 16 million young people to learn, work and lead. Additionally, Hilton Worldwide’s President and CEO, Christopher J. Nassetta, is joining the IYF board.

Designed to connect Hilton Worldwide’s aggressive expansion with its commitment to growing its global workforce, the partnership with IYF expands Hilton Worldwide’s promise to Travel with Purpose – the company’s corporate responsibility strategy which creates opportunities for global youth by providing them with first-hand access to education, training and career paths within the hospitality industry.

“The hospitality industry is a great place for young people to learn new skills and build a lasting career,” said Mr. Nassetta. “There are countless stories of hospitality leaders like myself who first got a taste of the industry at a young age. During college, I worked in the engineering department of a hotel where I received on-the-job training in property operations. My experience, and the wonderful people I met along the way, inspired me to pursue a career in hospitality, and through our partnership with IYF we hope to pass this inspiration to future generations who will support the long-term success of our company and the industry.”

As an IYF board member, and through Hilton Worldwide brand and regional initiatives, Nassetta will contribute to efforts that address the economic challenges associated with the staggering growth in the youth population – referred to by experts as the “youth bulge.” In many countries, youth unemployment is two-to-three times that of the rate for adults, resulting in an estimated 100 million young people in need of work worldwide.

“The International Youth Foundation is thrilled to partner with Hilton Worldwide to help expand life and work opportunities for youth across the globe – transforming the ‘youth bulge’ into a ‘youth bonus,’” said William S. Reese, the IYF President and CEO. “We are particularly pleased that a global leader in the travel and tourism industry, the world’s largest provider of jobs, is tapping the expertise and dedication of its vast workforce to reach out to local youth and help them realize their fullest potential as engaged and productive citizens.”

Hilton Worldwide will leverage its expansive network of properties – more than 3,800 hotels across 91 countries – to further strengthen IYF’s reach. Working with IYF, Hilton Worldwide will develop numerous programs that tap youth into the “ladder of success” model that has already transformed the future for countless Hilton Worldwide team members and industry leaders alike. Together, the partners will draw on their deep involvement in communities around the world to provide opportunities for future employment and life skills training to youth in developing regions. Hilton Worldwide will join IYF’s global network of more than 200 partners in 68 countries. Through its partner organizations, IYF has directly invested more than US$178 million in youth initiatives.

In 2011, Hilton Worldwide launched Travel with Purpose, its commitment to providing shared value to its business and communities around the world. Travel with Purpose is built on four areas of focus – creating opportunities for individuals to reach their full potential; strengthening communities where we operate; celebrating cultures and the power of travel; and living sustainably through the measurement, analysis and improvement of our use of natural resources.

For more information about Hilton Worldwide’s partnership with the International Youth Foundation, please visit www.hiltonworldwide.com/corporate-responsibility/partnerships.

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BILLIONAIRES HOST PRIVATE MEETING TO DISCUSS GIVING IN INDIA

Forty-five of India’s richest were engaged for four hours in an intense discussion with Bill GatesAzim Premji and Ratan Tata not only on philanthropy but also on a critical question: “How do you figure how much you and the next generation need before deciding to give away your wealth to charitable causes”. The refrain was: cultivate a culture of giving.

Gates, who has pledged $26 billion to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, told the audience to “keep it for the need”, and give the rest away.

“You should not leave behind for your next generation more than what they require. Historically, such a thing has proven to be not good and, therefore, it is important to give things for charity.” He also said it is “important for all those who have succeeded in life to do philanthropy”.

The co-hosts of the event emphasized the need for partnering, and teaming up to help improve the quality of education, water, healthcare and sanitation.

The Bangalore billionaire contingent was in full attendance led by the Infosys brigade in Kris Gopalakrishnan and his wife Sudha, Infosys co-founder and chairman of Unique Identification Authority Nandan Nilekani and his wife Rohini, Biocon head Kiran Mazumdar Shaw and her husband John Shaw, Dr Devi Shetty of Narayana Hrudayalaya, V G Siddharth of the Cafe Coffee Day chain, and G Mallikarjun Rao, chairman of the GMR Group. Premji’s sons, Rishad and Tariq, were also present.

Mobile czar Sunil Mittal, industrialist and MP Navin Jindal, Hyderabad-based billionaire GVK Reddy, Ajay Pirmal, chairman, Piramal Group and Thermax director, Anu Aga, Rajashree Birla (mother of Aditya Birla group chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla), prominent investor Rakesh Jhunjunwala, Cyrus Poonawalla and his wife, flew down to Bangalore for the occasion.

The co-hosts, who spoke first, were peppered with questions. Later, the discussion was mainly on what can be done in healthcare, public sanitation, primary education and agriculture in India. Many spoke of their personal experiences in philanthropy. Rohini Nilekani spoke on agriculture, water management and sanitation. Ajay Piramal talked of how out of every 14 women in the 25-32 age group who walk into a Delhi hospital, one has cancer. Sunil Mittal said the schools started by the Bharti Foundation, now concentrated in the north, plans to go national. The event ended at 7.30pm and was followed by dinner.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation put out a statement saying: “This is a private discussion of philanthropy and social service in India. It is an opportunity for a great group of philanthropists to share ideas and experiences about giving with each other. Out of respect for their privacy, we will not be sharing the names of attendees.”

Azim Premji Foundation said the group noted “that India has its own significant tradition of philanthropy and social service; the group reaffirmed the view that there is vibrant thinking and action on philanthropy in India.” And that “the group expressed belief that philanthropy and social service are integral to the development of any society.”

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