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AT&T Aspire Accelerator Alumni: Where Are They Now? CommonLit's Story

By Michelle Brown, founder & CEO of CommonLit, 2016 AT&T Aspire Accelerator member
Blog

In the spring of 2016, CommonLit.org was a collection of about 100 individual PDF reading lessons that English teachers could download and use with their students. Despite its humble start, I had a big vision. 

I came to the AT&T Aspire team with a simple pitch: Create the best reading and writing program in America and make it available for free so that even the most vulnerable students could access it online.

Service Makes Good Business Sense

By: Jim Pisani, Global Brand President, Timberland
Article

It’s hard to believe over a year has passed since I joined Timberland as global brand president. When I think back on my first weeks in the role, I recall two things above all others: the excitement I felt at the challenge of leading a nearly $2 billion global lifestyle brand; and how moved I was by the passion and commitment of the Timberland community — not only for the brand itself, but also for doing good. This was clearly a special place I had landed.

Creating College Experiences That Build Students’ Character While Strengthening the Community

By: Jim Jenkins
Blog

Making a significant difference requires courage, commitment and drive. It is those same principles that are inspiring the next generation of students at University of Detroit Mercy, a Catholic university founded in the Mercy and Jesuit traditions of community service and social justice.

VolunteerMatch and Forward It On Partner to Bring Meaningful Volunteer Opportunities to Corporate Employees

Press Release

SAN FRANCISCO, January 16, 2018 /3BL Media/ – VolunteerMatch, the web’s largest volunteer engagement network, and Forward It On, a web-based corporate giving platform, announce today a partnership to engage companies and their employees to drive social change through volunteerism.

UN Global Compact Bulletin (January 2018)

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The UN Global Compact Bulletin is designed to keep participants up to date on news, actions you can take, resources and events. Participants are encouraged to look to this monthly communication for important information. Please note that actions and events are intended for Global Compact stakeholders, unless otherwise indicated. The Bulletin is published in English, French, Spanish and Chinese.

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The UN Global Compact Bulletin is designed to keep participants up to date on news, actions you can take, resources and events. Participants are encouraged to look to this monthly communication for important information. Please note that actions and events are intended for Global Compact stakeholders, unless otherwise indicated. The Bulletin is published in English, French, Spanish and Chinese.

Novartis Foundation and Ghana Health Service Announce Successful Integration and Scale-up of Telemedicine Program

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  • The Ghana telemedicine program, with the support of the Novartis Foundation, is now being scaled across the nation by Ghana Health Service.
  • Novartis Foundation and Ghana Health Service highlight the successful integration of the program in national health services as a model for multisector working.
  • National coverage of telemedicine services is expected to be possible by 2019.
  • Digital health learnings from the program can be used to expand quality healthcare in other areas.
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  • The Ghana telemedicine program, with the support of the Novartis Foundation, is now being scaled across the nation by Ghana Health Service.
  • Novartis Foundation and Ghana Health Service highlight the successful integration of the program in national health services as a model for multisector working.
  • National coverage of telemedicine services is expected to be possible by 2019.
  • Digital health learnings from the program can be used to expand quality healthcare in other areas.

Local Investing for Impact: A New Tool for Place-Focused Foundations

By Deb Markley Senior Vice President, LOCUS Impact Investing
Article

After decades of working at the intersection of community development, philanthropy and community economic development, we see a significant shift in how philanthropic assets are being used to build vibrant, prosperous communities. More and more place-focused foundations are seeking to complement their grant-making with local investments to create greater impact in their own communities.

MENTOR: Summit Sponsor Spotlight — AT&T

By The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR)
Blog

As part of its signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire, AT&T connects employees with students to provide mentoring and help students discover their potential. Since 2012, AT&T employees invested more than 1.6 million hours to impact students across the country. We asked one of these employees, Neal Backsman, to share his experience as a mentor and how it has changed him.

Sanofi Pasteur Community Engagement Team Building Benefits Local Head Start Students

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On January 11, 2018, members of Sanofi Pasteur’s Global Influenza Franchise Team delivered four outdoor cabinets to Pocono Services for Families and Children (PSFC), which oversees Monroe County (Pa.) Head Start. In total, more than 30 Sanofi Pasteur employees built and hand crafted the cabinets, which will be used to store various toys and supplies for outdoor play. Pictured (L-R), employees Kimberly Tutwiler, Vickie Landolfi, Kathy Kaas-Leach, Erik Marshall, and Rosalind Hollingsworth posing behind the hand-made structures.

The Bigger Picture: Is the Issue the Quality of STEM Education, or the Lack of Access to It?

To close the digital divide and provide equal access to quality education, we each must do our part
Blog
By Rose Kirk
 
Earlier this week, I received an email from a colleague with a subject line that startled me, but piqued my curiosity, “Survey: Americans unimpressed with STEM education in public schools.”
 
It was the headline of a Politico article unveiling a survey conducted by Pew Research Center. I clicked on the link, and the first sentence alone triggered both disappointment and an urgent desire to do more. It stated that nearly three-quarters of Americans rate STEM education in America as either “average” or “below average.”

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