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Changing Operations to Meet Coronavirus Demands

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With every day bringing new and more complex coronavirus challenges, we are all still determining the best way to move forward. And while there is no clear roadmap to successful navigation, there are things business can do now to help, when our community and the world need it most. Here, we’ve rounded up examples of how companies are changing their business operations to provide products and services to help during this growing crisis:

EVP Global Inclusion & Diversity Leader, Porter Novelli's Soon Mee Kim to Host ColorComm Office Hours on Coming Together in the Age of COVID-19: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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Soon Mee Kim, EVP Global Inclusion & Diversity Leader at Porter Novelli and member of the ColorComm Board of Advisors, will host this week's Office Hours on 'Coming Together in the Age of COVID-19'. Don't miss this candid discussion about her personal experiences and actions we can take during this difficult time.

Friday, April 3, 2020 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST.

Free for ColorComm Members.

$15 for Non-Members.

Novartis and the Novartis US Foundation Establish USD 5 Million US COVID-19 Community Response Fund

Funding and in-kind donations to support local initiatives and communities in the US impacted by the outbreak
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  • Funding and in-kind donations to support local initiatives and communities in the US impacted by the outbreak
  • First grants to focus on immediate need for digital tools and frontline medical organization needs:
    • USD 250,000 grant to the Commons Project for development of COVIDcheck, a free public digital health service under development with global, national, state and local public health authorities
    • USD 125,000 grants to each Americares and Direct Relief to support US safety net clinics
  • US COVID-19 Community Response Fund builds on other Novartis global initiatives to respond to the pandemic, including a USD 20 million Global Response Fund, commitment to donate up to 130 million doses of hydroxychloroquine globally, and participation in industry-wide R&D collaboration with, among others, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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  • Funding and in-kind donations to support local initiatives and communities in the US impacted by the outbreak
  • First grants to focus on immediate need for digital tools and frontline medical organization needs:
    • USD 250,000 grant to the Commons Project for development of COVIDcheck, a free public digital health service under development with global, national, state and local public health authorities
    • USD 125,000 grants to each Americares and Direct Relief to support US safety net clinics
  • US COVID-19 Community Response Fund builds on other Novartis global initiatives to respond to the pandemic, including a USD 20 million Global Response Fund, commitment to donate up to 130 million doses of hydroxychloroquine globally, and participation in industry-wide R&D collaboration with, among others, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Every Website Can Now Be a COVID-19 Volunteering Outpost

VolunteerMatch Connect Mobilizes Volunteers, Support Nonprofit Sector in Response to Unprecedented Levels of Volunteer Cancellations
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VolunteerMatch, the world’s largest volunteer engagement network, has launched VolunteerMatch Connect, a free product that enables everyone to turn their website into a volunteer action hub with a simple copy and paste code snippet. 

National Grid Appoints President of US Business and Managing Director of National Grid Ventures

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Badar Khan has been appointed President of the US Business, following the departure of Dean Seavers at the end of 2019.  Badar has been acting as interim President since November 2019.

Commenting on the appointment, John Pettigrew, Group Chief Executive said:

04/02 Update: The Biggest Names in Entertainment Are Helping the Smallest Names in Business

By: Kevin King and Katie Magnotta
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Verizon PayItForward LIVE connects big names to small businesses, offering streaming entertainment to those at home and financial support to those small businesses in need. Every Tuesday and Thursday, tune-in to Verizon PayitForwardLIVE on Verizon’s Twitter, Yahoo or Twitch pages to view that night’s performance.

A Role for Technology in Helping Find Missing Children

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The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) was founded in 1984, following several cases of child abduction that caught the nation’s attention. At the time, police could access a national database to track and record information on stolen cars, guns and even horses, but a comparable system didn’t exist for missing children. NCMEC was created to become a central hub for distributing information whenever a child is missing.

How ViacomCBS Is Connecting to Fans During the Coronavirus Crisis

‘Sonic The Hedgehog’ goes on-demand early and ‘The Daily Social Distancing Show with Trevor Noah’ moves from digital to linear.
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By Nicole Bitette

The coronavirus has caused a radical shift in how—and how much—content is consumed around the globe. With millions of people forgoing typical social activities, there’s been an increased demand for options that can offer on-demand information and entertainment. Behind the camera, news crews are working amid unprecedented conditions to deliver constant updates, and late night shows known for slick in-studio productions are now finding creative ways to give fans daily boosts.

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