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New Non-Profit Institution LINKS Foundation: Leading Innovation & Knowledge For Society

TORINO, Italy, 15-Feb-2017 — /EPR NON PROFIT NEWS/ — LINKS Foundation is a non-profit Institution operating at a national and international level carrying out applied research in the sectors of engineering and architecture, thus focusing both on information and telecommunication technologies and on territorial and environmental sciences.

The mission of LINKS is to activate the potential of technology to a transformation of the future of people and businesses, and it will became:

•  lighthouse for the territory in the field of technology transfer: it will lead cities and businesses through the digital evolution aimed at dealing with the new challenges of the society;
•  bridge between knowledge, expertise and society: it will activate the interaction between universities and their departments dedicated to scientific research, public and private companies operating in the area, public administration and civil society;
•  workshop where multiplying the opportunities of development for businesses and citizens: it will enhance the technological skills for the territory also through the attraction of talents and expertises and it will create a system enabling successful synergies.

The founding values of LINKS are the PEOPLE, which make up the fundamental backbone, together with the COURAGE to accept the new challenges of the SOCIETY.

The objective of the Foundation is therefore to strengthen partnerships with actors ranging from universities to the Investment Funds, from public bodies to companies. LINKS also aims to promote, lead and step up, the processes of innovation and research projects impacting on our society, merging the fundamental research typical of universities and the transversal and multidisciplinary internal competences to create both socio and economical added value on the territory. This includes the desire to attract talent and expertise from around the world, creating a focal point for applied research and for the development of scientific expertise.

“Rootedness, ambition and entrepreneurial energy are our keywords, the spirit that is moving us to create something new, something that does not exist yet. We understand what companies need to innovate and we are here to help them do their journey to an innovation of product and process that will allow them to compete globally”.

These are the first words of Andrea Alunni, Chairman of the Foundation, which underline a clear philosophy: to be competitive you need to innovate, and innovation should be an ongoing process that is not only of product implementation, new or significantly improved, but – even – the study of new approaches, new production methods or usability for end users.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Popular Online Charity Contest Wins More Nomination Time for Nonprofits

Response to a popular online contest has been so enthusiastic that the company behind the promotion has decided to extend the nomination period by two weeks to give more charities and nonprofits the opportunity to be nominated and win a chance to share $30,000 in prize money.

Popular Online Charity Contest Wins More Nomination Time for Nonprofits

Snack Alliance Inc., the maker of riceworks® Gourmet Brown Rice Crisps, announced today to extend the nomination period until February 28, 2010 for “Show Us Your Goodness,” a social campaign that invites consumers to nominate and vote online for the charitable program they believe has gone the extra mile to “serve the greater good.”

“Overwhelming response and traction in the social media at a rate of one nomination per hour made us decide to lengthen the nomination period to highlight more charity organizations,” says Tricia Ryan, Director of Marketing for riceworks®. “The challenges in Haiti, for example, brought requests for donations and we’re trying to adjust the program by responding to real life situations.”

Nominate and Vote For A Charity That Inspires
In just over seven weeks, more than 700 nominations for inspiring charitable projects have been received. Submissions are now due by February 28, 2010, at which time a panel of judges will select three finalists to be considered for $30,000 in support funds during the final round of voting.

One charity that has been nominated and highlighted on the “Show Us Your Goodness” website is AboutFace, a Toronto-based nonprofit organization that helps people with facial disfigurements.

“This online program gives lesser-known charities like ours a great way to gain media attention for our services,” says Elysabeth Fischer, Manager Corporate Partnerships for AboutFace. “With more than 10,000 Canadian children born with facial disfigurements each year, we must thank riceworks® for giving us the opportunity to spread the word, tell our story and help us make a difference for those children and their families who need our support.”

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The next generation of Native American nonprofit sector leaders will receive a significant boost from a leadership training program organized by First Nations Development Institute

The next generation of Native American nonprofit sector leaders will receive a significant boost from a leadership training program organized by First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) and funded by a consortium of private foundations as well as contributions from individual supporters.

Grants of $300,000 over three years from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, $400,000 over two years from the Ford Foundation and $25,000 from American Express will support the Leadership and Entrepreneurial Apprenticeship Development (LEAD) program for up-and-coming, nonprofit executives serving Native American communities in Oregon, Washington and Colorado. In all, 60 Native American nonprofit professionals will be trained during the three-year grant period.

LEAD will develop a new pool of nonprofit leaders to meet the needs of the growing Native American nonprofit sector. LEAD Fellows are employed by a nonprofit organization or planning a career in the nonprofit sector, are committed to a career working in Native communities, and are affiliated with a tribe. In fall 2008, LEAD graduated 12 Fellows. For information about the 2007 – 2008 LEAD graduates and the 2008 – 2009 class of LEAD Fellows, visit www.firstnations.org.

In Oregon, Washington and Colorado, respectively, partner organizations – the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA), the Potlatch Fund and NVision– will organize and host the training sessions for the Fellows with facilitation and support fromFirst Nations.

“We are so pleased to expand this program that builds the capacity of Native nonprofit organizations,” said First Nations’ President, Michael E. Roberts. “By concentrating resources on our communities’ most important asset – our people – we can build strong communities and tribal institutions.”

The one-year mentorship program will train participants in areas critical to successful nonprofit leaders, including financial management, factors affecting Native or reservation-based nonprofit organizations, fundraising, program evaluation and service leadership.

About First Nations Development Institute
Through a three-pronged strategy of Educating Grassroots Practitioners, Advocating for Systemic Change, and Capitalizing Indian Communities, First Nations Development Institute is working to restore Native control and culturally-compatible stewardship of the assets they own – be they land, human potential, cultural heritage, or natural resources – and to establish new assets for ensuring the long-term vitality of Native communities. First Nations Development Institute is a national, nonprofit, Native American-led organization.

For more information about this program, contact Sarah Vermillion, Vice President of First Nations Development Institute, at 303-774-7836 / svermillion@firstnations.org.

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