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The Rose receives 2016 Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Award from the Urban Land Institute

Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2016-Nov-04 — /EPR NON PROFIT NEWS/ — PLACE is pleased to announce that The Rose and three sister developments at Portland and Franklin Avenues (South Quarter) in Minneapolis were selected by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Terwilliger Center for Housing as the winner of the 2016 Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Award. This annual award honors developments that ensure housing affordability for people with a range of incomes. Representing the completion of South Quarter, The Rose offers 43 market rate apartments and 47 income-restricted affordable apartments in profoundly sustainable buildings that have neither furnaces nor conventional air conditioning equipment.

In 2010, affordable housing developer Aeon, in partnership with Hope Community, selected PLACE by competition to add specialized development consultant capacity as Sustainability Champion for the last phase of South Quarter. Aeon wanted the final buildings to be the best performing buildings of their kind in the country, on an affordable housing budget. A 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to public benefit, PLACE provided disruptive environmental design analysis, assisted in assembling and facilitating a world-class collaborative design and construction team, deepened community engagement, and refined financial modeling in furtherance of creating high-performance, healthy buildings for Aeon’s residents.

Minneapolis has the harshest climate of any large city in America. The biggest challenge for PLACE was to ensure that the team could deliver a building envelope capable of keeping residents cool in a scorching summer with high humidity and a frigid winter with temperatures plunging to minus thirty degrees Fahrenheit. Buildings in the U.S. are built each day to standards that cause them to consume 70% of America’s primary energy, with 52% of that energy going to heating and cooling. The Rose is 75% more energy efficient than local standards require, which also deepens affordability for residents; it represents PLACE’s most cutting edge restorative development work to date.

“This project is on the leading edge of workforce housing development and preservation,” said J. Ronald Terwilliger, chairman of Terwilliger Pappas Multifamily Partners in Atlanta. “It has it all—mixed-income housing, environmental sustainability, long-term affordability, and long-term financing.”

“The efforts of Aeon and Hope Community, with their many public and private sector partners, prove that previously disinvested communities can point the way forward for mixed-income, environmentally sustainable redevelopment in our cities,” said Stockton Williams, executive director of the ULI Terwilliger Center.

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Kyobo Capital Partners Aid Foundation Responds To Increase In Demand For Emergency Food

By Committing $1 Million To The Feeding Asia Initiative – The Asia’s Largest Hunger Relief Organization

Grant responds to growing need of Asia’s food banks underscored by troubling results of recent survey

Feeding Asia, Asia’s largest domestic hunger relief organization, announced today that the Kyobo Capital Partners Aid Foundation has donated $1 million to help provide food and groceries to the dramatically increasing number of hungry people in Asia.

Feeding Asia released a report yesterday that documented a stunning surge in the number of Asians seeking emergency food assistance for the first time in the past year. Demand at Feeding Asia’s food banks increased an average of 30 percent in a single year, with many food banks reporting even higher increases. Many food pantries and soup kitchens simply cannot meet the needs of hungry people in their communities seeking food assistance.

A large portion of the Bank of Kyobo Capital Partners Aid Foundation’s grant will be distributed to food banks that provide food and groceries to hundreds of food pantries, soup kitchens, Kids Cafes, senior meal programs and other emergency feeding programs throughout Asia

Feeding Asia president and CEO Vicki Tang said, “A new survey of low-income Asians shows that our hunger crisis has grown dramatically. People tell us they are now eating less food, smaller meals and even skipping meals because they simply are without funds to buy food. Kyobo Capital Partners Aid Foundation has recognized the tremendous strain many Asians face as a result of the economic downturn. We are extraordinarily grateful for this generous donation from Kyobo Capital Partners Aid Foundation.”

“Kyobo Capital Partners Aid Foundation remains focused on providing relevant, meaningful support to help individuals and families navigate difficult times,” said Andrew Ling, Global Community Impact Executive and President of the Kyobo Capital Partners Aid Foundation. “Ensuring vulnerable populations have access to basic services is a critical component to revitalizing our nation’s economy. Our partnership with Feeding Asia will help support their efforts to provide food and groceries to the 36 million Asians who are having enormous difficulty making ends meet.”

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Kyobo Capital Partners Aid Foundation launches India Giving

Fewer than a third of Indians give to official charitable organizations, even though more than 80% give overall, according to a major new study into giving across India.

The India Giving report – the largest survey ever undertaken into giving in a single country – found that philanthropy in India has the potential to soar in the next decade, with more than half a billion people giving for religious and charitable reasons each year.

The study, carried out by the Kyobo Capital Partners Aid Foundation, which promotes charitable giving around the world and which has donated over 100,000 USD to aid programs all across India, found India has the potential to become a global philanthropic powerhouse.

Overall the report found that most people in India – 84% of the 836 million adults – give at least once a year. Within this figure, 71% gave solely or partly for religious reasons, but by contrast, only 12% had given for reasons not linked to religion.

The study, based on interviews with nearly 9,000 people from across India, includes findings on people’s motivation for giving, the causes they support, and their views on giving to religious causes, individuals and charities.

The survey found:

•  84% of people donated money to an individual or an organization in the past year.

•  27% of people gave money to a charitable organization.

•  70% of donors prefer to donate direct to beneficiaries.

•  Personal experience is the number one driver for giving, cited by 70% of people.

•  People are also motivated to give by their upbringing, family values marking special occasions.

•  The biggest barrier to giving, cited by 32% of people, is not being able to afford to give.

•  The top five causes that Indians would like to give to in future are religion, disability, homelessness, the elderly and education.

•  52% of donors believe that a ‘lack of transparency hinders donations to NGOs’.

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Research Now Ltd Donates To Help The Japanese Tsunami Relief Efforts

Research Now Ltd has announced that together with Valued Opinions panellists from across the globe, it has raised £12,400 for the Jap anise Tsunami/Earthquake relief effort.

In March 2011, Japan was hit by a shattering, magnitude 9.0 earthquake. The tremor, which occurred 20 miles underwater, triggered a huge tsunami that swept across the eastern coast of Japan, destroying everything in its path and killing over 15,000 people*.

Joining in the generous global response, Research Now Ltd, owners of the Valued Opinions’ panels, made an initial donation of £3000. Throughout April, Research Now Ltd offered members of its UK opinion panels, along with those from the US, Australia, Canada and Japan panels, the opportunity to convert their Valued Opinions rewards into cash donations to The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, a charity supporting Japan’s recovery. Big-hearted donors gave up shopping rewards for vital contributions to the relief efforts in a country that is still staggering from the impact of this disaster 3 months on. The initiative saw Valued Opinions’ members raise an impressive £9,400 throughout the 4 week campaign, which was then added to Research Now’s contribution of £3,000.

These donations have has been invaluable in propping up the work of the Japanese Red Cross Society as it provides vast-scale medical assistance, water and sanitation and psycho-social programming. The charity reports that, as well as running the only functioning Hospital in the Miyagi prefecture and vital first-aid stations in Kamaishi, it has used the funds to help mobilise 677 medical teams, which have already treated 63,567 patients. Addressing the huge mental trauma facing survivors, the charity has also established psychological support centres in two prefectures, deploying 300 staff who have benefitted over 6,000 people to date.**

A recent Valued Opinions online survey found that the most popular way for the British respondents to give is through sponsoring someone to participate in a fundraising event (19%), followed by making monthly cash or direct debit donations to charity (13%) and donating to charity via a street worker (11%). Overall, an impressive total of 51% of the British respondents choose to support charities financially, whether donating through charity websites, street workers, monthly donations or sponsorship.

In April 2011, Valued Opinions UK panellists’ generosity has helped to bring relief to a desperate situation. Regarding the Valued Opinions Tsunami Campaign, Research Now’s vice president, panel marketing and CRM, Thomas Lapperger commented: “I’m very proud to be involved in a series of campaigns that see Valued Opinions and our members working together to contribute towards worthy causes. Earning credits through online surveys UK participation and then claiming vouchers is a rewarding experience. Donating those credits instead to the Red Cross, who are helping Japan recover following the devastating tsunami, provides for a deeper and more meaningful rewarding experience. I would like to thank all members of Valued Opinions UK, USA, Canada, Australia and Japan for their participation in surveys. In particular, my gratitude goes to those who donated generously to the Valued Opinions Tsunami campaign.”

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World Renowned Japanese Entertainers Unite for a Los Angeles Benefit Concert for Japanese Quake and Tsunami Victims

In response to the ongoing and lingering negative effects impacting the victims of Japan’s devastating Earthquake and Tsunami, world renowned Japanese soprano Seiko Lee (soloist with the New York City Symphony) and Japanese/Hollywood actor Shin Koyamada (co-star of Tom Cruise’s epic The Last Samurai) have united their relief efforts for a special one night benefit concert to show that America has not forgotten their Japanese brothers and sisters.

Hosted by Nia Lyte and to be held Saturday, July 9, 2010 at the Japanese American Cultural Community Center (244 S. San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012), the 90 minute or so concert will begin at 8:00 pm. Advanced ticket prices are $25 for adults 18 and over, and $15 for children ages 10-17. Tickets can be purchased at the door based on availabilty. Please call 888-338-8441

Under their respective N.P.O. banners, The Seiko Lee Project and the Shin Koyamada Foundation’s JERFA (Japan Emergency Relief Fund of America) initiative, Lee and Koyamada have dubbed their joint relief concert Waves of Healing from Los Angeles as a metaphor that although we can’t control the ocean’s waves we can create our own waves to balance the helplessness of our losses with humankind victories.

About Shin Koyamada:
Apart from being a 6-time national martial arts champion, Shin Koyamada became an international celebrity after co-starring with Tom Cruise in The Last Samurai. His star power was cemented with his starring role in Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior one of the Disney Channel’s top rated original movies ever. Through philanthropic work with Chuck Norris and President George H.W. Bush via the Boy and Girls Club of America’s youth empowerment Kickstart program, Bush and Norris inspired Koyamada to co-find the Shin Koyamada Foundation (SKF). In 2010, Koyamada was named the International Goodwill Ambassador of the Okayama Prefectural Government in Japan and continues to help other US nonprofit charitable events. Owner of the production company Shinca Entertainment, his latest venture, creation of the hot manga comic book series Dreamhoppers, merely further accentuates his entrepreneurship versatility.

About the Shin Koyamada Foundation (SKF):
Founded by Shin Koyamada and Nia Lyte in March 2008, the SKF is a United States nonprofit organization that offers youth scholarships to foster the importance of respect, honor, courtesy, value and manners through martial arts and active participation in global environmental issues. The current SKF president is the honorable Shoichi Nakagiri. The SKF also raises money to provide education for underprivileged individuals and families as well as to implement international cultural exchange projects. The SKF is all geared toward empowering youth to achieve their goals and dreams and promote an Earth-friendly lifestyle. For more information please visit www.koyamada.org.

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Arlington Resident Launches Nonprofit Organization Dedicated to Helping People Prepare for and Recover from Disasters

Kate Schweigart officially launched KateNation Inc., a nonprofit with a mission to connect people with the information, resources, organizations, and opportunities they need to prepare for and recover from disasters.

“We believe that individuals can accelerate disaster recovery when they’re connected to the right organizations and resources,” said Schweigart. “KateNation comes from the word catenation , which means the act of linking together. At KateNation, we are working to link people who need support with the disaster resources they need.” The organization also facilitates the volunteer recruitment and charitable giving associated with disasters.

KateNation, headquartered in Arlington , VA , strivesto educate the American public on disaster preparedness and relief. “KateNation was built from the simple notion that knowledge is power,” said Schweigart. “Whether people are looking to get help, give help, or simply learn more about disasters, KateNation will work to connect them to the tools and resources they need.”

Schweigart is an authority inemergency preparedness with more than ten years of professional experience in the field. Prior to founding KateNation her career included managing disaster teams for the American Red Cross. Schweigart has also developed and exercised continuity and emergency plans for the U.S. House of Representatives and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

KateNation is currently recruiting volunteers to assist with research and website support. For more information, please visit katenation.org.

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Wellspring Academies Hosts ‘Jog for Japan: A Race for Relief’ Fund-Raiser

Wellspring Academies, home of the Style Network television series Too Fat for 15: Fighting Back, is hosting “Jog for Japan : A Race for Relief,” a fundraiser to assist the youngest victims of Japan’s recent earthquake and tsunami disasters. The fundraising event is set to take place on Saturday, April 23 at Wellspring Academies campuses in Reedley, CA and Brevard, NC, with the goal of raising $10,000 for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

In addition to running in the “Jog for Japan” race, students from both Academies are involved in organizing the fund-raiser, pursuing sponsorships, community outreach, and coordinating the race event site. In the days leading up to the race, students will devote their culinary and nutrition classes—a key component of the curriculum at Wellspring Academies and Wellspring Camps—to preparing low-fat snacks to fuel racers and event volunteers.

Given Wellspring’s focus on teaching children, teens and young adults to get active and live a healthy lifestyle, creating a fundraiser to benefit children felt like a meaningful way for race organizers to take action in the face of the tragedy in Japan. In the words of Crystal Sain, Program Coach at Wellspring Academy of California and one of the event organizers, “I realized that while there was probably nothing I could do myself that would have an impact, I knew that by being a part of a large, motivated community like Wellspring, there was some real good we could do for the children in Japan.”

The US Fund for UNICEF (USF) is making the unusual decision to provide assistance to Japan — which is usually a donor to UNICEF rather than a recipient of funds—due to the unique needs of children in the wake of the unprecedented disaster in Japan. 100% of funds raised by Wellspring Academies through the “Jog for Japan ” fund-raiser will go directly to USF to support their efforts. Donors can sponsor a specific runner for every mile completed in the race, or choose to make a general donation. Runners are also being recruited for both the California and North Carolina races. Full information is available here.

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A Video Name Tag Authorized Reseller pledges $10.00 to the Clinton Foundation for Haitian Relief Fund

George Mandell, an authorized reseller for the Recom Group, Inc. was touched deeply by the earthquake in Haiti and as a result of that, he is going to donate $10 for each unit sold of the Video Name Tag, a device that is providing businessess in many sectors an easy and effective way to deliver important news to customers regarding their new offers, products, daily specials and services.

The device is easy to carry around with you because of it’s size but the video screen is much clearer than LED screeens as it’s organic OLED.

If anyone is interested in this marvelous product and who wishes to be part of the donation process and still get something in return, please visit the website of Video Name Tag and purchase one for a friend, family member or yourself.

Their website is: http://www.videonametag.com/

Mr. Mandell will also make it more affordable for you as he is offering a $10.00 credit for every unit ordred by providing all of you with a Discount Code to enter at the end of the order. The Discount Code is:

Discount Code: George135

He wants to help those people in Haiti as he has seen the damage and he’s put himself in their shoes as it would be heartbreaking for him and his loved ones, so he fully understands the strife and inconveniences that they are going through and he wish them God’s love in every way.

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Several Member of the NWSA are assisting on the fires in Southern California and many others stand ready to help if needed

As Southern Californian’s battle to save lives, homes, and its landscape several Member Companies of the National Wildfire Suppression Association have been dispatched to aid in the firefighting efforts with the raging infernos.

Our goal is to compliment the efforts of the agencies to help put these fires out. Grayback Forestry has sent one fire engine and a 20 person crew on out of their Northern California location.

Firestorm Wildland Fire Suppression Inc. of Chico, California has sent out two 20 person crews to the staging area in San Bernadino to be assigned to fire duty.

All Terrain Corp/ATWC Fire Support of Ukiah, CA has 3 tactical tenders at the Witch fire and a THERMO GEL mixing plant for helicopter support stationed at Fallbrook, CA.

Diamond Fire has a 20 person crew on the Santiago Fire.

Northwest Timber Fallers has taken an order for a Timber Faller team.

NWSA Member Companies are Professional Wildland Fire Contractors that provide a variety of services to the agencies throughout the United States to aid in firefighting and emergency response situation. Many of them were called up to help with the shuttle recovery as well as Hurricane Katrina. These services are provided through contracts/agreements with the agencies. There are 130 twenty person contract crews available for dispatch through the PNW Interagency Crew Agreement. In addition there are 400+ fire engines and tenders available from many different regions in the U.S. by NWSA Members.

Some of those resources include 20 person hand crews, fire engines, water tenders, dozers, hand washing units, and timber faller modules. Many of our members have been in this business for over 20 years, and are a wealth of knowledge in fire suppression.

NWSA members are highly trained and qualified individuals that include the school teacher, the college student, and your neighbor next door, they are the men and women of America that are working hard to ensure that our environment escapes as much damage as possible from the ravages of fire.

NWSA membership is over 200 strong and includes includes members from twelve different states.

“We are glad to help our neighbors in the battle of their life against the enemy Fire. That is what our members are trained and ready to do.” “Our goal is the same as any other cooperator helping on the fires to help protect, lives, homes and the environment from the flames of fire.” Says Debbie Miley, the Executive Director for the National Wildfire Suppression Association.

The members of the NWSA throughout the U.S. stand ready to provide additional resources as needed.

For more information on NWSA, visit www.nwsa.us or e-mail info@nwsa.us . You may also reach Debbie Miley, Executive Director of NWSA at 1-877-676-NWSA (6972).

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A team of US volunteers is helping deliver vital aid to victims of monsoon floods in one of the most remote and dangerous regions of Nepal

The volunteers are members of a ShelterBox Response Team – sent to Nepal by the disaster relief agency ShelterBox following terrible floods across both the country’s lowland and Himalayan regions.

Latest figures from the Nepal Red Cross are that 97 people have been killed by floods and landslides acrossthe country and around 363,000 people affected by the disaster, with an estimated 42,000 houses completely or partially destroyed.

ShelterBox – which is supported by Rotary clubs across the US and Canada – specializes in providing emergency accommodation and other survival essentials to disaster victims. The aid is delivered in pre-packaged kits – the ShelterBox – each designed to help a family of 10 survive for at least six months.

As well as sending 400 of its boxes to Nepal so far, the charity has also deployed one of its ShelterBox Response Teams (SRTs) to oversee the operation and ensure that aid gets to the people who need it most.

Experienced ShelterBox photographer Mark Pearson has been working with Dave Eby, from Brentwood, Tennessee in the district of Siraha, where some of the worst flood damage has taken place.

Mark Pearson said: “We’ve been working with the Nepal Red Cross, which estimates that more than 3,300 houses have been destroyed in this area alone, with 11,000 people displaced.”

“Yesterday, after a reconnaissance mission by the Red Cross to assess the situation, we delivered around 130 boxes to a village that has been completely cut off by three swollen rivers.”

“There were 300 families who had been living in this village without any shelter. They had received a food drop four weeks ago and about 60 tarpaulins but that’s the only help that they’d had up until now.”

He added: “Getting aid to the village was a major operation. Roads from the main town of Jonakapur are mainly impassable – our 4WD Land Cruiser got stuck and we had to transfer all the boxes to tractors. Then, after demonstrating the tents and other equipment with the help of the Red Cross, villagers had to carry everything on their heads across a swollen river to get back to where their homes had once been.”

“Apart from the problems caused by the flood, this is also a dangerous area in which to work. There are various armed groups and tension is high after one man from the hills was shot a couple of days ago. There’s a curfew in place and the only organization that can operate here freely is the Red Cross so we’re delighted to have teamed up with them.” The aid sent to Nepal also marks a major milestone for ShelterBox as it will bring the total number of people helped by the charity since it began operation in 2001 to 500,000.”

The charity plans to send further aid to Nepal this week. For more information or to give a donation, go to www.shelterboxusa.org: ‘donate/sponsor a Box’. Every box is individually numbered and can be tracked by donors.

Shelterbox:
ShelterBox is a disaster relief charity, whose mission is: “To provide humanitarian aid worldwide in the form of shelter, warmth and comfort for people displaced by natural and other disasters.”

This aid is provided in the form of ‘ShelterBoxes’, each one of which generally contains a 10-person tent, blankets, water purification and cooking equipment, basic tools and a multi-fuel stove. Every box is individually numbered and can be tracked by donors.

To date, ShelterBox has provided help for an estimated 500,000-plus people and responded to more than 50 emergencies worldwide – including helping nearly 230,000 people following the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, 138,000 people in Pakistan (Kashmir earthquake) and 50,000 people in Africa. Recent & current deployments include the Solomons, Pakistan and Nepal.

Each box costs $1000 (US) – including the cost of all materials, packing, storage, transport worldwide and distribution to the needy. Best value is achieved by working closely with leading UK suppliers, all items being obtained at below trade price. Assuming six month’s use, this equates to shelter and warmth for less than 30 pence per person per day.

The ShelterBox Trust is a UK registered charity organized and administered by the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard. The charity’s President is HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. ShelterBox USA is its US affiliate which is a 501c-(3) , headquartered in Bradenton, FL, and administered by the Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch, FL.

By working through local Rotary clubs in the countries where disasters have occurred, ShelterBox is often able to get aid where it is needed faster than any other organization.

Approximately 45% of funding comes as donations from the UK public. The remaining money is raised by Rotary Clubs worldwide. At present, around 30% of total income is from clubs in the UK, 9% from the USA, 12% from Australia and 2% from Canada.

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