Friday - December 15, 2017

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

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United Nations Foundation Welcomes Peter Sands as Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- The United Nations Foundation issued the following news release:

United Nations Foundation President and CEO Kathy Calvin welcomed today the announcement of Peter Sands as the Executive Director of Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Mr. Sands previously led Standard Chartered Bank, where he championed gender equality, and is a research fellow in business and global health at Harvard University.

"On behalf of the United Nations Foundation, congratulations to Peter Sands on his new role as Executive Director of the Global Fund. He brings vital expertise, ... Show Full Article

OMRF Launches World's First Lupus Prevention Study
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, Dec. 14 -- The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation issued the following news:

OMRF has started the first-ever lupus prevention study.

The clinical trial, known as the SMILE trial, will seek to identify individuals at high risk for developing lupus and treat them with an immune-modifying medication before they ever transition into the disease. The goal is to delay the onset of lupus, lessen its symptoms and potentially prevent it altogether.

Lupus is caused when the immune system becomes unbalanced, leading to the development of antibodies and chronic inflammation that ... Show Full Article

New Report Tracks Global Progress Toward Universal Access to Clean Cooking
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- The United Nations Foundation issued the following news release:

A new report released today by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves highlights the continuing progress toward achieving universal adoption of clean cooking by 2030. The Alliance's 2017 Progress Report estimates that a total of 30.8 million clean and/or efficient cookstoves and fuels were distributed in 2016, bringing the total from 2010-2016 to more than 80 million.

"Just a few years ago, it would have been hard to imagine the tremendous progress being made across the clean cooking sector," said Alliance ... Show Full Article

Members of 2017 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class Lead Teams to Postseason Games
IRVING, Texas, Dec. 14 -- The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame issued the following news release:

The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Football Hall of Fame salutes the members of the 2017 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, presented by Fidelity Investments, that will wrap up their successful careers in an NCAA postseason game. Seven of the 13 members have guided their teams to an FBS bowl game this season.

Additionally, Jacksonville State center Justin Lea and South Dakota State wide receiver Jake Wieneke led their teams to the FCS Playoffs. Lea and the Gamecocks ... Show Full Article

In Search of the Most Community-Minded Companies in the Nation, Points of Light Launches Survey for the 2018 Civic 50
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 -- Points of Light (formerly the Points of Light Institute) issued the following news release:

This week, Points of Light opened the survey for the 2018 Civic 50, an annual initiative that recognizes the 50 most community-minded companies in the nation each year. Now in its sixth year, the Civic 50 provides a national standard for superior corporate citizenship and showcases how companies can use their time, skills and other resources to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business.

In today's changing times, research has shown 63 percent of consumers ... Show Full Article

Erie Community Foundation Invests $2.5 Million in Erie Fund
ERIE, Pennsylvania, Dec. 14 -- Erie Community Foundation issued the following news release:

The Erie Community Foundation has an unwritten rule when it comes it comes to investing in the community.

The rule, common to many charitable organizations, is that it invests the money it earns from the endowment, but not the endowment itself.

Trustees voted Tuesday to make an exception to that rule, using a portion of its endowment to make a $2.5 million investment in the Erie Downtown Development Corp.

There's no guarantee that investment will pay dividends, said Mike Batchelor, president of the Erie ... Show Full Article

ASHP Foundation Releases 2018 Pharmacy Forecast Report to Enhance Strategic Planning
BETHESDA, Maryland, Dec. 14 -- The ASHP Research and Education Foundation issued the following news release:

The ASHP Research and Education Foundation has released the 2018 trends report in its series Pharmacy Forecast 2018: Strategic Planning Advice for Pharmacy Departments in Hospitals and Health Systems.

The free report is accessible online at The report will be published in the January 15, 2018, issue of AJHP.

Pharmacy Forecast 2018 predicts important developments that are likely to challenge pharmacists over the next five years. The project is guided ... Show Full Article