Wednesday - October 18, 2017

News releases, reports, statements and associated documents from U.S. foundations.

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Ranking the States on Tax Competitiveness
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- The Tax Foundation issued the following news release:

Wyoming has the most competitive tax code in the nation while New Jersey's tax code fares the worst, according to the Tax Foundation's newly-released 2018 State Business Tax Climate Index (

This annual report measures how well each state's tax code is structured, analyzing over 100 tax variables in five different tax categories: corporate, individual income, sales, property, and unemployment insurance.

After Wyoming, South Dakota (2), Alaska (3), Florida (4), and Nevada (5) round out the top ... Show Full Article

Points of Light Announces 2017 Tribute Award Honorees
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Points of Light (formerly the Points of Light Institute) issued the following news release:

Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, NFL player Coty Sensabaugh and his wife Dominique, and wildlife advocates Jack and Suzi Hanna, will be honored for their service to others at Points of Light's 2017 Tribute Awards at the Embassy of France on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017.

Points of Light, a global nonprofit inspired by former President George H. W. Bush, is the world's leading volunteer service organization. The Tribute Awards, titled "Changing Lives Through Service," annually ... Show Full Article

Patterson Dental Supply Engages Dental Companies In Philanthropic Campaign Benefiting America's Toothfairy
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 17 -- The America's ToothFairy - National Children's Oral Health Foundation issued the following news release:

America's ToothFairy: National Children's Oral Health Foundation (NCOHF) received donations valued over $25,000 from Patterson Dental Supply, Inc. (Patterson) and participating manufacturers to expand oral health care and education for underserved children thanks to a cause marketing campaign in Sparkle. Sparkle is a pediatric-focused dental product catalog distributed to more than 167,000 dental practices across the U.S.

Participating companies including BeeSure, ... Show Full Article

JRF Issues Statement on New Office for National Statistics Figures
YORK, United Kingdom, Oct. 17 -- The Joseph Rowntree Foundation issued the following statement by Chief Economist Ashwin Kumar responding to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics:

"As inflation hits a five year high, families affected by the freeze to working-age benefits are under unprecedented pressure. Annual price growth now stands at 3 percent, compared to 0.3 percent when the freeze was brought in in April 2016.

"Since then typical household goods have increased by 3.9 percent - and the cost of essentials like heating the home have risen even faster.

"The benefit ... Show Full Article

Eastern Star Makes $10,000 Donation to OMRF Research
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oct. 17 -- The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation issued the following news:

The Grand Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star presented OMRF with a check totaling $10,175 at its annual conference on Sunday.

The donation will fund OMRF research on cancer and other diseases, such as lupus, heart disease and multiple sclerosis. With this donation, the Grand Chapter of the Eastern Star has now donated a total of $331,058 to OMRF research since 2002, when it selected OMRF as its charitable beneficiary.

The donation was presented at the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple in Guthrie.

Eastern ... Show Full Article

Charlotte Public Radio Station WFAE to Experiment With Mobile Innovation, Better Connection With Audiences With $100,000 From Knight Foundation
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 17 -- The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation issued the following news release:

WFAE, Charlotte's NPR station, today announced a plan to better connect with its audiences and develop fresh content using NPR One, a digital news application that blends NPR and member station news reporting into a personal, localized on-demand experience. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is investing $100,000 to support the plan and the sharing of lessons in audience engagement with other local newsrooms.

Charlotte is one of the country's fastest growing cities, with a rapidly ... Show Full Article

Benjamin Yerxa Named Foundation Fighting Blindness CEO
COLUMBIA, Md., Oct. 17 -- The Foundation Fighting Blindness issued the following news release:

The Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) today announced that it has selected Benjamin Yerxa, a biotechnology and drug development executive, as its Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.

The Foundation Fighting Blindness is the world's leading private funder and strategic champion of research on preventions, treatments and cures for inherited retinal diseases. It currently funds over 150 researchers at 61 locations worldwide.

"We are very excited to have Ben Yerxa as the Foundation's new CEO," ... Show Full Article