The Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Maryland was started three years ago with a grant for startup money donated by Bruce and Karen Levenson. More donations totaling $5.6 million soon followed, all from the Levensons, said a press release from PR Newswire. Innovative courses and programs are offered by the Center. This includes several classes per semester that pay out $10,000 gifts to worthy nonprofits. A program just completed by the Center sent twelve graduate students to India to work at three nongovernmental organizations. One focused on the disabled, one focused on wildlife preservation, and the last was a youth outreach program. For the fourth year in a row, the Center has sponsored the Do Good Challenge. Thousands of students at the University of Maryland will compete in a challenge to make the greatest social impact on their favorite causes. Winners receive $20,000 in prize money to further their causes. Karen Levenson, an alumnus of University of Maryland, calls it leveraged philanthropy at its best. She also feels that the Center has the potential to make a profound impact in terms of worthy causes. Bruce Levenson of UCG feels that the Center has a dual purpose. First students are being taught the skills needed to work in the nonprofit sector. At the same time, the Center ensures that graduates of the University of Maryland will be informed philanthropists when they graduate.
The managing director of PSI Pay, Phil Davies, recently gave a personal perspective on the differences between American and European payment models. Since the dawn of time when bartering was replaced by the exchange of goods for currency wallets or purses have been used. This was because they offered a convenient method of carrying the currency that you needed to use in exchange for goods or services. As we entered the digital age, the wallet is now transforming from a physical object to more of an electronic concept. While the methods are different, the result is the same.
Phil Davies has described the difference between the American model and the European model of electronic wallets in regards to how his company PSI Pay functions within the financial technology marketplace. In the American model, it is based primarily on the fact that someone wishes to buy goods over the internet. In the American, business involves the trade of one class of goods for the same class of good. There are no elements of stored value. Sales are usually entirely based payment cards which lends to the possibility of chargebacks. In the model used in America when a customer goes to a merchant and decides to pay they are typically presented with various payment options. When one chooses the E-Wallet option it is generally linked to a card. This allows the easy specification of the receiver of funds and the transaction is in coded in an appropriate way, and the funds are then passed through to the end of the sale.
PSI Pay the financial technology company which is the leading payment processor in Europe has a different method of payment processing which Phil Davies has deemed the European model. In this model, there is catering to the various payment cultures across Europe in which only one of the options may be cards. One significant difference in this model is the incorporation of a stored value element which includes a multicurrency capability typically. In this model, the electronic wallet works almost identically to the way a bank account works. The critical difference is that the electronic wallets are not able to offer credit, so an overdraft cannot occur. This also disallows interest to accrue on account balances. While banks are typically guaranteed under European Union deposit protection laws up to a certain amount, the money which is in electronic wallets are safeguarded with no financial limits. With these wallets, funds must be deposited beforehand in order for a customer to conduct any type of transaction. Phil Davies hopes to have his company PSI Pay fit the second model so that they are able to offer a digital wallet with full transparency and accuracy.
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The names Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey are synonymous with fighting against injustice. They were the first media executives to openly challenge Arizona’s ultra-conservative views and win. Since the early 70s, Lacey and Larkin have owned one of the most respected investigative newspapers in the country.
Phoenix New Times, founded in the early 70s, began on the Arizona State University’s campus. Lacey, recently moved from New Jersey, wanted to give Arizona natives a news source that wasn’t steeped in conservative overtones. As New Times grew in popularity, Larkin joined the team and handled advertising and marketing.
Over the decades, they built a multimillion-dollar conglomerate, Village Voice Media, made up of 17 like-minded newspapers. As their success blossomed, they never forgot the importance of investigative reporting. That’s how Phoenix New Times got into a heated personal and legal battle with former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
If that name sounds familiar, it’s because it’s synonymous with racism and corruption. It’s no secret that Arizona’s had its problems dealing with diversity and equality. What might be surprising is the patriarchal role Joe Arpaio played in fostering much of the fear-mongering. He’s since become one of the worst sheriffs to ever wear a badge.
Their battle with Arpaio was one of the biggest stories in the nation at one time. Now, people just think about Arpaio being back on the streets. He’s no longer wearing a badge, but that’s not even remotely the point. He viciously abused his power and hundreds of Latinos over the years he served. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/relevant-links/ and http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/new-times-founders-helping-fund-latino-program-at-asu-journalism-school-6661821
When Lacey and Larkin brought him down, they hoped it would send a message to all those like Arpaio. After repeatedly reporting on Arpaio’s activities, Arpaio finally had them arrested. The arrest was in no way legal or lawful, but that wasn’t his focus.
He wanted to shut Lacey, Larkin, and their paper up. He used forged grand jury subpoenas to try to force them into telling him the names of their readers. He wanted all of their workers’ personal information and any notes pertaining to his activities.
Obviously, he got none of those things, and he was stripped of his badge. He also faced criminal charges and was convicted. Before his sentencing, President Trump pardoned him. All of Lacey and Larkin’s hard work flushed down the drain by an idiot. If though they won the battle, Trump screwed everything up.
Talking about what Nihiwatu Resort looks like really doesn’t do it justice; you really have to see it in order to believe it. This resort recently hit number one in Travel & Leisure Magazine for the best vacation destination. Check businessinsider.com. Its appeal is to the romantic getaway crowd due to the beach vacation homes it has and the surrounding scenery of lush plants, usually clear blue water, nature spots and places both outdoor and indoor where you can relax and be attended to. But this remote Indonesia island also is where you’ll find entrepreneur Chris Burch’s house, the man who holds most of the controlling shares of this resort, and this home is nothing short of spectacular especially with its outdoor pool that has an overlook and almost gives you the feeling that you’re both swimming and flying. Burch poured $30 million into this island when undertaking its current development.
Burch is both an entrepreneur and a mentor whose investment holdings company, Burch Creative Capital has a philosophy of combining creativity and productivity. It’s been said before that these two ideas can be at odds with each other, but Burch mentions that you can spend time brainstorming certain ideas while also dividing them up into time that you put them into action. He believes having an atmosphere conducive to creativity is important so that you’re not simply being drawn into the mundane repetitive tasks that may limit your company’s production capabilities.
Burch is a model of creativity and productivity in his own right because he started out with a part-time sweater sales gig that turned into a million-dollar sales company branched out across the nation. That company was Eagle Eye Apparel which he and his brother were partner owners of for many years and then sold off in 1998 (bjtonline.com). Burch used profits from business sales to undertake other ventures such as investing into young internet-based companies, becoming a partner in the Guggenheim Partners private equity firm and also helping his then wife Tory Burch launch a big fashion brand and a similar brand launch for TV personality Ellen DeGeneres.
To read more of his creative vision and output, check burchcreativecapital.com.
Chris Burch started becoming serious about investing in hotels when he became part of the co-op board of the Pierre Hotel, and he also helped fund the development of the Faena Hotel + Universe in Argentina. Burch bought the Nihiwatu Resort property in 2013, and he’s also bought several magnificent homes in New York and Florida. Burch’s philanthropy has included supporting an orthopedic studies institute and a private elementary boarding school.
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President Donald Trump recently pardoned Joe Arpaio for involvement in a criminal case of racism against Latin American people. This move has been vehemently opposed by the public and media alike. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey have been voicing their dissent against Joe Arpaio for many years, and this shameful pardon is no exception.
Joe Arpaio has a notorious reputation for brutality, discrimination, and torture. Jail inmates were subjected to inhuman living conditions, and several deaths and injuries were reported at the time Arpaio served as jailor. His hostility towards minority communities, especially the Hispanic community, was common knowledge. Jao Arpaio took pride in his extreme and unconstitutional opinions and branded himself the toughest sheriff of the United States in a self-congratulatory context. Learn more about James Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/jim-larkin/ and http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427427/Jim_Larkin
Joe Arpaio was involved in a series of corrupt transactions as well related to real estate and money laundering. Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey had long been exposing these unscrupulous dealings through articles in the New Times.
Joe Arpaio’s launched his vendetta against these reporters by ordering their arrest for alleged breach of confidential grand jury details. Larkin and Lacey were arrested at night and spent a day in jail. Under pressure from the public and media, the two men were later released and freed of charges.
Jim and Michael proceeded to pin legal charges against Dennis Wilenchik, the attorney who ordered their arrest. They were successful in winning the case and were conferred the sum of 3.75 million in damages. Larkin and Lacey have also contributed to the cause of human rights and donated this money to the creation of the Frontera Fund.
This society works towards Hispanic rights and justice for minority groups. The Frontera Fund also lens assistance to other institutions working for a free and fair world. These include the Arizona Justice Project, Aliento, Justice for Immigrants and Families Project and many others.
Michael Lacey began his career as a news journalist through the creation of the New Times, published in the year 1970. His early education in journalism came by reading newspapers in childhood and campus reporting of demonstrations against the Vietnam war in college. Jim Larkin joined Lacey’s team in 1970.
Jim Larkin’s vision and passion for honest reporting matched Michael Lacey’s, and soon the news publication achieved new heights in the coming years. In the defeatist atmosphere in which several Phoenix newspapers ceased publication, the Phoenix-based New Times led by Larkin and Lacey survived by its commitment to print accurate news.
Once such incident revolved around the killing of Don Bolles, a reporter. Phoenix newspapers were unwilling to give broad coverage to this alleged murder. The New Times reported this news for many weeks and established itself as an independent newspaper with fearless journalism.
Have you ever heard about an amazing guy named Dr. Clay Siegall? Do you have any interest in cancer research? Well, have you ever dealt with cancer on a first-hand basis? Despite the previous questions, Dr. Clay Siegall is very important to cancer research. He is one of the most celebrated individuals in this exclusive field. His educational background is legendary thanks to having a B.S. in Zoology as well as having a Ph.D in Genetics. These two degrees came from the University of Maryland and from George Washington University. Siegall has been the winner of numerous industry-related awards such as the Pacific Northwest Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year as well as the University of Maryland Alumnus of the Year for Computer, Math & Science.
“Hard work has made me successful,” said Siegall. This man consistently quotes the affluent Charles Darwin on a regular basis. “Man doesn’t significantly differ on intellect, and IQ is secondary,” said Siegall. Rigorous Research, drug development and scientific innovation are three of his firm principles. These principles are what his company is built upon. This company just so happens to be Seattle Genetics, and it has set the precedent in cancer research. Since it specializes in developing and commercializing cancer fighting medications, it generates enormous amounts of wealth on an annual basis. The company’s top drug, ADCETRIS, has earned well-over $350 million, and the medication has only been on the market since 2011. ADCETRIS is being distributed on a worldwide scale of up to 70 countries. That’s right! These advanced medications are benefiting people thousands of miles away and that’s a great thing.
Though this company is already experiencing great success, it will definitely continue to push for more developments in the future. The future seems to be in good hands and Dr. Clay Siegall is one of the main solutions for such success.
Jed McCaleb is a cryptocurrency blockchain expert and a well-known American programmer that has been recognized for his work with the creation of Mt. Gox, which was the first bitcoin exchange. He also was a part of eDonkey, which was one of the original peer-to-peer file sharing networks that was decentralized. Jed McCaleb is now working on his latest venture, Stellar, which began in 2014 when he partnered with Joyce Kim as a co-founder. The company is is a financial network that serves the public by encouraging people to become a part of making the global economy better. McCaleb works in a technical role where he writes code and takes care of other technical tasks needed to run the company.
Jed McCaleb came up with the idea for Stellar after he discovered that Bitcoin had a slew of potential problems associated with it. What he did was use the technology behind bitcoin to put together a open source network where financial institutions can connect. One of the main purposes of Stellar is to help people who don’t have bank accounts to have access to them. The reason this is needed is because many financial institutions cannot work with low-income people because it would be a money losing proposition. What Jed McCaleb and Stellar are doing is cutting down dramatically on the costs of maintaining a way of connecting institutions together so that money transfers are much cheaper.
Jed McCaleb is also interested in artificial intelligence and believes that it can solve many issues that the world is currently facing. He feels that AI can do a lot more than blockchain and has been working with the Machine Intelligence Research Institute (MIRI), which is a nonprofit that works to make AI software safe to use. He has expressed his opinion that it is vital to have a business plan and/or strategy in place before you get started with a project. He also has learned to hone in on what is most important in his day to day life and has gotten very good at not being distracted. Jed McCaleb welcomes challenges instead of shying away from him, and this has been a large part of the key to his success.
Joel Friant is no stranger to innovation. As a serial entrepreneur he has created numerous products, most famous among them The Habanero Shaker. But there is a lot more to the free market devotee than a successful real estate business, and the moniker of “foodpreneur”. Friant is also avid about helping others find success. He hosts online seminars, publishes articles, and shares his perceptions with all who listen. All he wants is for others to surpass potentials in their lives and occupations. Much like Joel surpassed his.
Before his success with the Habanero Shaker, Friant was known as the “The Thai Guy”. In 1995, he left real estate sales and fashioned the first fast food Thai restaurant. That same year he developed and marketed the Habanero Shaker. Observing how much consumers at his Thai restaurant enjoyed the hot but ultimately flavorful pepper, and how many Habanero shakers lacked actual Habanero flakes, Friant came up with a revolutionary idea. Using real Habanero flakes from the finest peppers, the Habanero Shaker has no additives or salts. It is gluten free making it available to those on a vegan diet and contains just the right mixture of heat and flavor. The shaker was first introduced the same year as his Thai restaurant, and soon found its place on the shelves of some big grocery store chains.
Joel returned to real estate in 2003, building a successful mortgage lending firm. In the wake of 2008’s financial crises Friant began developing revolutionary business concepts, among them the “Income Thermostat”. Lately he has been finding success in online sales, embracing the digital world fully. 2012 saw the return of his famous Habanero Shaker on online markets, Friant also assist with the selling of other products as well. Friant was also one of the early pioneers to invest in Bitcoin. However, despite all these successes, Friant will always be the Habanero guy.
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Forex and CFD trading has never been a smooth ride for beginners. An investor must pass through a massive learning curve, analyze the market to get handy information about various foreign currencies as well as forecast potential risks. All these can quickly scare away a beginner. However, that’s not the case when financial professional and forex experts come together like the case of AvaTrade. Their platform is specially designed to provide the best online forex and CFD trading experience to novices and experts alike. They’ve set out core values, and customer relationship has been well defined. Therefore, every trader understands what to pay for and expect from the market. With over $60 billion monthly investor trading, AvaTrade has proven to be a legitimate site for all. It guides beginners through various trading times, time zones and currencies. Their solutions are tailor-made to suit the needs of all regardless of whether one has experience or not.
AvaTrade is an online broker dealing with forex and CFD trading. It is based in Dublin, Ireland and is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland. The company was established in 2006 with the name AvaFX. It has various offices in different countries and cities including Nigeria, Shanghai, Paris, Sydney, Milan, and Mongolia. They also have authorizations and licensing from multiple jurisdictions including British Virgin Islands, Japan, Australia and South Africa. It specializes in providing over 250 trading instruments including commodities, equities, bitcoin, bonds, forex, Exchange Traded Funds, and market indices. The company had expanded immensely and currently serves over 200,000 accounts from around the globe. The company targets the needs of clients and enjoys a solid financial backing.
What sets AvaTrade apart is their reliable 24-hour customer support which is available in 12 different languages. Traders enjoy numerous trading platforms including Meta Trader for mobile trading, floating spreads, Mac, web trading, automated trading, proprietary AvaTrade Act platform, and MetaTrader 4. Traders can securely deposit or withdraw using debit or credit cards or bank wire transfers. For withdrawals, one has to fill a form then the transaction is processed in five days. New account holders also stand a chance to enjoy welcome bonuses and promotions after signing up. A minimum deposit of 100 euros is required for an investor to begin trading. It is not a scam as anyone can invest and trade in CFDs and forex.
Oxford Club is the subsidiary of the Agora Inc and has over two decades of experience being an independent financial publisher. As a network of entrepreneurs and investors, Oxford Club aims to provide financial insight to its subscribers that are based on facts and statistical analysis. The name of the Oxford Club was earlier Passport Club but was later renamed to signify the representation of old world values and new age sensibilities and technology. The primary aim of Oxford Club is to help its members invest smartly and maximize their returns while limiting the risks to a great extent.
The investment strategies at Oxford Club are based on four main principles, which is to ensure that the investment portfolio is diversified by sectors as well as the risks. It would help anchor the investments in case the market crumbles or any particular industry gets mishit. Oxford Club also suggests that investors always have an exit strategy while investing as it is what would help in ensuring that the investors know when to pull out. If the investors don’t have an exit strategy, the profits may never be booked.
Oxford Club advises it’s over 80,000 members never to invest based on their emotions and not have a favorite when it comes to investment. It can be disastrous for the members as well as their financial portfolio because putting more money than you can afford to lose on one stock you love can be dangerous in case that share happens to decline rapidly overnight. Make sure to do position sizing by the market trend and financial analysis. The Oxford Club also helps its members to understand how they can cut down the investment costs and minimize the amount to be taxed through various legal formats and techniques. It can increase your investments by a considerable margin.
Many people would say that their kitchen is the focal point of their home. A kitchen is a place for family and friends to cook, congregate and simply feel at home. Kitchens are where memories are made, so your personality and taste should reflect that in how this space is designed.
Not only should your kitchen cabinetry look great, it should also be functional without taking up too much space. Siteline Cabinetry is a highly reputable company that can offer you stylish cabinets at an affordable price. They use modern techniques that can also pay attention to traditional detail. Siteline Cabinetry’s goal is to offer premium solutions and maximum storage without compromising style. They can transform your home, office, garage or laundry room cabinets to fit anyone’s budget.
Siteline Cabinetry will work with you every step of the way from start to finish. They understand that storage space is important including the integration of the latest accessories. You can have the cabinets of your dreams with extra storage for your utensils, cell phones and tablets.
Every cabinet that Siteline Cabinetry makes are made to order. They cannot be made until the designs have been submitted which results in less lead time. Your cabinets are created by only highly skilled cabinet makers trained to go beyond industry standards. The technology that they use can tremendously improve shaker style cabinets which are still popular today. With our world becoming technology driven, cabinets have also evolved with the times. Siteline Cabinetry can provide multipurpose high-tech cabinets to meet your daily requirements.
When you meet with your Siteline Cabinetry consultant, you can go over the variety of finishes they offer. These include, thermally fused laminate finishes, wood stains, polyester wrap finishes, thermo foil, decorative veneers and glazes. They will make sure that your individual design is crafted exactly to your standards.