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Philanthropy Spring 2012

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Notable New Yorkers Who Champion the City’s Charities


Selita Ebanks talks New Yorkers for children

Our Celebrity Issue: Featuring Some of New York’s Most Distinguished Humanitarians

Magnificent Gifts That Give Back

Plus! Charity Auctions: Susan Rockefeller on Charity Auctions

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Table of Contents

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benJaMin-ÉMile le hay


barbara ginsbUrg shapiro

4 Love, Sex, Money
Helen Gurley Brown supports the future of journalism and technology

art dirEctor
laUren draper

account ExEcutivE
Jonathan klein

Madlen bayer Zarah bUrstein krista carter danny herMan erica Martin ben weitZenkorn

and JournaLiSM

advErtising coordination
katherine despagni

production dirEctor
Mark stinson


inveSting More than Money

copy Editor
lesa andreasen

photo Editor
peter lettre


Model Selita Ebanks and New York Giants Star Justin Tuck tackle youth charities

Make-a-WiSh MakeS ModeLS

advErtising production
lisa Medchill

Mary Alice Stephenson and Nigel Barker make fashion dreams come true for Make-A-Wish kids

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publisher Jared kUshner editorial director eliZabeth spiers president christopher barnes executive V.p. barry lewis senior V.p., associate publisher JaMie forrest editorial Manager Michael woodsMall Marketing Manager Zarah bUrstein controller Mark pasqUerella audience development sydney sarachan accounts payable Manager tracy roberts accounts receivable ian MccorMick

going under the gaveL

Susan Rockefeller and Christies: The success of non-profits auctions and which ones to attend

Spring ForWard: obServer phiL anthropyS’ caLendar For the beSt beneFitS
From Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s ball to the to El Museo’s red carpet gala, save the date for spring 2012’s hottest humanitarian events

18 korS out Loud

Michael Kors speaks with Krista Carter about his leadership and involvement with AIDS initiatives.

20 StartupS: innovative giving
Benjamin Weitzenkorn tells us how the techies are doing their part

Notable New Yorkers Who Champion the City’s Charities


24 partieS partieS partieS

Selita Ebanks talks New Yorkers for children

selita banks at the new yorkers for children gala photograph: clint spaUlding/ patrickMcMUllan.coM

The New York Human Society and East Hampton’s Guild Hall raised funds with two big bashes!

32 induLgenceS that give back!
Our favorite charitable purchases


Our Celebrity Issue: Featuring Some of New York’s Most Distinguished Humanitarians

Magnificent Gifts That Give Back

Plus! Charity Auctions: Susan Rockefeller on Charity Auctions

Editor’s Note
Bronx Museum.

New Yorkers are passionate about charities. From addressing the prohibitive cost of housing to improving the environment, there are hundreds of causes to champion. In this issue of Observer Philanthropy, we speak with notable New Yorkers that stand alongside a wide range of philanthropic initiatives. We learn why these organizations are significant to them and how each one volunteers their time and wisdom to benefit the greater good. We start with former Cosmopolitan editor and women’s liberation pioneer, Helen Gurley Brown, whose recent $30 million donation to Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism and Stanford’s School of Engineering will greatly advance their graduate programs. See Madlen Bayer’s piece on page 4. Next, Danny Herman spoke with Victoria Secret supermodel Selita Ebanks and New York Giants star Justin Tuck to hear how these celebrities are championing youth causes in “Investing More than Money” (pg. 8). Who wouldn’t want to be a model on a photo shoot for a day? For young people battling cancer, the chance to turn their dreams into realty is unimaginable. Mary Alice Stephenson and Make-A-Wish do exactly that for four girls. Go behind the scene of their memorable and glamorous day in Erica Martin’s feature on page 10.

Charity Auctions have been a successful way for benefactors to support non-profit intuitions and organizations. Susan Rockefeller describes her involvement with Christie’s Green Auction to Danny Herman on page 14. On page 15, we list a collection of other charitable auctions that you should certainly consider adding you your calendar this spring. I think you’ll also enjoy Krista Carter’s exclusive with designer Michael Kors on his involvement with AIDs charities, namely the Human Rights Campaign, on page 18. For merriment that gives back, we’ve identified New York’s best spring humanitarian galas and benefits in our calendar, “Favorite Spring Flings,” on pages 16 The fun continues, on pages24, as Observer Philanthropy reports on a few recent events that raised funds for the Human Society and East Hampton’s Guild Hall. Finally, Observer Philanthropy presents a handful of luxury products and buys that benefit New York-based charities. Find your favorite item on page 32. We hope that after reading our spring issue, you have found new ways to give back to this fantastic city! Cheers, Benjamin-Émile Le Hay

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A one-night-only concert performance of The Sound of Music Featuring: Laura Osnes (Anything Goes), Tony Goldwyn (Promises, Promises), Brooke Shields (The Addams Family), Patrick Page (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark), Stephanie Blythe (Die Walküre), and Cotter Smith (NCIS)

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Cosmo Girl Helen Gurley Brown’s $30 Million Investment in the Future of Journalism
By Madlen Bayer
Helen Gurley Brown, tHe lonGtime editor of Cosmopolitan from 1965 through 1997, has become known as an old guard of gender equality, having inspired ladies with her 1964 classic, Sex and the Single Girl. She has been an outspoken advocate of women’s liberation and is known for her “love, sex and money” motto. During the four decades she spent at the magazine, Ms. Gurley Brown turned the publication into a standard bearer for the sexual revolution. But while Ms. Gurley Brown stood strong by her beliefs that women were just as capable as men of making their own way, there were still those who wrote her off, namely traditionalists who believed that women were defined by their devotion to husband and home. Irregardless of the uphill battle, she fought for her fellow woman and encouraged them to pursue dreams and careers, and, in doing so, revolutionized the way they perceived men, relationships and sex. Already a beacon of hope in so many communicties, she can now add aspiring journalists to her list of those she has empowered. She and her late husband, David Brown, producer of such films as The Sting and Jaws, have bequeathed an astonishing $30 million to Columbia University GradHelen Gurley Brown and left, with her late husband David.

‘Great content needs useable technology. Sharing a language is where the magic happens. It’s time for two great American institutions on the East and West Coasts to build a bridge.’
uate School of Journalism and Stanford School of Engineering. In an announcement, Ms. Gurley Brown stated, “David and I have long supported and encouraged bright young people to follow their passions and to create origi-

nal content. Great content needs useable technology. Sharing a language is where the magic happens. It’s time for two great American institutions on the East and West Coasts to build a bridge.” This gift has been used to create the David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation. From this donation, $24 million will be allocated to pay for the institute’s two directors and to fund the “magic grants” bestowed upon graduate and postgraduate fellows asked to become a part of the center. The remaining $6 million will be given to Columbia University to add new space to their journalism building, including the program’s first newsroom. Nicholas Lemann, Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism, described thegift as being “truly transformative for the school.” It will help two renowned institutions further strengthen an important connection between journalism and technology. This comes “at a critical point in the evolution of media,” as underscored by John Hennesy, Columbia University’s President. The endowment also honors Mr. Brown who passed away two years ago and was a graduate of both schools. Ms. Gurley Brown’s generous gift to Columbia and Stanford is yet another one of her many contributions and a monumental step towards enriching the strengths of these reputable graduate institutions.

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Justin Tuck and Selita Ebanks On How They Make a Difference
By Danny Herman
While some might point to an upWard trend of apathy in contemporary society, there are many who stand in stark contrast to general indifference. In the midst of bustling New York’s recent autumn/winter 2012 fashion week in February, Victoria’s Secret supermodel Selita Ebanks told Observer Philanthropy, “Instead of discussing heel height, we should be discussing poverty, real issues.” New York Giants star defensive end, Justin Tuck, emphasized the same sentiment one week after winning his second Super
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“I feel so blessed to be a part of NYFC,” Selita Ebanks confessed. The supermodel poses here at a New Yorker’s for Children event.

Bowl title. The two-time Pro-Bowler and All-Pro selection commented, “I could care less about what people on the outside think as far as why I do it, it’s not about the glitz and glamour—it rewards me to see the kids.” Both celebrities are referring to their extensive charity work, both in New York and elsewhere. Ms. Ebanks’ New York work centers around New Yorkers for Children (NYFC), a charity organization with the aim of providing foster care children with the tools needed to transition

into adulthood. In New York City alone, there are over 15,000 children in foster care. New Yorkers for Children is determined to aid these children and teenagers in discovering meaningful and rewarding experiences during, and after, their foster care. “I feel so blessed to be a part of NYFC,” Ms. Ebanks stated. “It’s an amazing program.” Mr. Tuck has also worked with New Yorkers for Children. With his wife Lauran, he began his own charity called Read, Understand, Succeed, and Hope for Liter-

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acy. The charity focuses on raising funds to purchase books and other literature in both the New York City area and central Alabama, Mr. Tuck’s home state. When asked why he chose to focus on literacy, Mr. Tuck explained to Observer Philanthropy that he believes “[l]iteracy is the number one stumbling block that kids go through ... if you can’t read or you don’t have access to books, it stumbles you from the beginning.” The Tuck family are strong believers in the powers of both charity and literacy. “Our parents raised us from a young age to be humble [and] to give back our time and our resources,” he explained. Ms. Ebanks and Mr. Tuck contribute to these causes not only with their wealth, but also generously with their time. Both are of similar minds when distinguishing between the two—time and money. Ms. Ebanks stressed to me that one of New Yorkers for Children’s strengths was that it is a charity “where you can physically donate your time, not just your money.” Mr. Tuck agreed, saying that “Your time is way more important than the money.” In speaking with notables who genuinely participate in charity work, you can learn and discover the motivation behind their actions, Hearing their stories, it is nearly impossible to not be equally mo-

‘One doesn’t have to be an athlete or movie star to be involved in charity work. There are all type of giving. There are so many ways to get involved.’
tivated as well. Regarding R.U.S.H., Mr. Tuck confessed to Observer Philanthropy that he would never want his organization “to be a program or a foundation where it’s just me putting my money into it; it’s something I’m embedded in and something that’s embedded in me.” He went on to say, “We as celebrities and athletes, get rewarded just as much as [the children] do, [we] get an opportunity to meet the kids and see the smiles on their faces.” Ms. Ebanks shared similar feelings. “When you hear their [stories], as to why this impacts their lives, you feel such— your heart is filled. I’ve changed this person’s life,” she said. Both stars also feel a sense of obligation that comes from their position in society,

an altruistic obligation not ubiquitous in celebrity culture. “If you’re given this platform, you should stand on it,” Ms. Ebanks stated. Mr. Tuck believes as well that “It is an obligation—I don’t think you should do it out of obligation [laughs]— but it should be a heartfelt thing that you’re doing.” One doesn’t have to be an athlete or movie star to be involved in charity work. There are “all types of giving,” Mr. Tuck highlighted. “There are so many ways to get involved.” For example, by visiting Mr. Tuck’s website, JustinTuck.com, you can donate effortlessly at the click of a button or view upcoming dates, galas, and events and schedule a time to volunteer. Ms. Ebanks reported that New Yorkers for Children’s site also has simple links to find out more information on how to lend a helping hand or to donate (NewYorkersforChildren.org). Perhaps most refreshingly, with celebrities such as Mr. Tuck and Ms. Ebanks, is that their philanthropic efforts are downto-earth and authentic. Rather than simply throwing cash at a cause and posing for the cameras, they commit many hours of hands-on time to help those in need. With more and more luminaries like these leading the way, a revitalized trend of selfless altruism could be on the rise.

“[We] get an opportunity to meet the kids and see the smiles on their faces,” commented Justin Tuck, seated here with foster kids.

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The final product is so en vogue!

Group hug! Ms. Stephenson and Nigel Barker get ready for their fashion spread.

Mary Alice Stephenson takes us inside her philanthropic photo shoot with three young girls battling cancer
By Erica Martin
“HERE’S JORDAN!” SHOUTED MARY ALICE Stephenson. She held out her arm to steady 14-year-old Jordan Stewart, who teetered in six-inch silver strappy heels, and guided her across the floor of Pier 59 Studios. Songs by Ke$ha, Rihanna, and Madonna thundered out of the speakers all morning. Dozens of dresses, colorful and sequin-drenched, hung on a rack in the center of the room. A long table was covered by magazines, gift bags from Covergirl and enough blue and silver star-shaped balloons to lift the table off the ground. Ms. Stephenson led Ms. Stewart— sheepishly giddy and awestricken— past all this commotion to the spotlights at the far end of the room, where she would soon pose for a photo shoot. Ms. Stephenson began working with Make-A-Wish Foundation over a decade ago. She serves as the National Fashion Ambassador to the organization and works with
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photographers, models and designers to grant fashion-related wishes. “I try to utilize all the tools I have from 20 plus years in the industry so that I can use my passion to help others,” said Ms. Stephenson. “I could never stay in the fashion business if I wasn’t using what gives me bliss to make someone else feel good. To me that makes it worth it.” On Friday March 14th, she granted a “model for a day” wish for Ms. Stewart and three other young ladies: Emma Miller, 17; Karleen Zetina, 16; and Gabrielle Hughes, 14. The “model for a day” wish has become explosively popular, thanks to shows like America’s Next Top Model. But Ms. Stephenson grants every sort of fashion-related wish, from accompanying a child to a

front row seat at a runway show to giving children the opportunity to meet fashion icons who mentor them on how to design clothes. Ms. Stewart, who has melanoma, explained why modeling is her one greatest wish. “I just love pretty clothes,” she explained, running her fingers over the flashy red one-shoulder dress she chose herself from the rack. “And I want to be a singer, so I figured modeling is a good way to get into that.” Make-A-Wish includes the whole family in the wish-granting event, and Ms. Stewart’s parents stood by admiring her during her shoot. Her mother, Sharon Stewart, bounces on her heels to the music, while her farther, Jeffery Stewart, rushes onto the set to give her a drink of water in between clicks of the camera. When asked what it’s like to see her daughter in the spotlight, Mrs. Stewart pauses for a few moments. “There [are] no words to describe it. I know; you need me to use words!” she laughed. “When she got in front of the camera she looked so comfortable and happy. She seemed nervous earlier… but when she was up there- it’s the same thing when

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business for women, but it can also do the opposite thing, it can be destructive,” she said. “[Make-A-Wish] balances out the stuff that is more superficial. Most real people out there have experienced tough things. I try to use fashion and beauty to help them. It’s a great equalizer.” Ms. Stephenson has worked with nearly every important fashion photographer for Make-A-Wish, including Nigel Barker for a shoot last August. Don Flood, who has worked with Make-A-Wish for eight years, shot the girls that eventful Friday. “It’s really my best day of work of the year,” he said, of his Make-A-Wish photo shoots. As the photographer, Mr. Flood plays an essential role in giving the girls a perfect day. When he shot Ms. Stewart, he laughed and joked with her, and complimented her on each new pose she struck. But the real hero of the MakeA-Wish event, according to Mr. Flood, is Ms. Stephenson. “Mary Alice is unbelievable at this, oh A camera crew captures the my God. What she puts model-for-a-day’s transformation. into this and what the her turn in front of the camera. girls take away: the experience “I want to get a job here. I want and the presents. She leaves no stone unturned.” to come back and live here.” Gabrielle Hughes was set to Ms. Stewart explained that she wants to see Chicago on take the stage after Ms. StewBroadway while in town. Her art. Her petite frame and long parents mention wanting to legs gave the impression of a visit Ellis Island, the Empire runway model in training, but State Building, and the World her jaw was clenched with nerTrade Center Memorial. Mrs. vousness and she had trouble Stewart commented on her walking in her towering redsurprise at how much she en- and-blue patterned wedges. joys the City, as well as what When Ms. Stephenson sat her down for the first shoot, a Covshe’s seen of the fashion world. “It’s crazy!” she confessed ergirl, Gabrielle doesn’t smile of the bustling scene in Pier 59. at the camera. Ms. Stephenson “But different … definitely dif- joked with her until she finally ferent than I expected … Ev- cracked a smile, and then lifted eryone’s so friendly! It doesn’t Ms. Hughes’ high-heeled feet up, plopping them on the makefeel stuffy.” Part of Ms. Stephenson’s up table. This was just the thing goal as a fashion wish-grant- to make her giggle and relax. er is to show these girls and Ms. Stephenson’s kindness and their families the positive as- bubbly personality, it seems, is pects of high fashion and New just as dear to these girls as designer clothes and having a day York glamour. “Fashion is an empowering in the spotlight. she sings. She’s comfortable onstage.” The families of all the children enjoy a whole weekend in New York that’s sponsored by Make-A-Wish. The opportunity to spend time in the City has almost as much appeal as the day of modeling itself. “I love it!” exclaimed Emma Miller about New York, as she waited in a white bathrobe for

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and the therapeutic effect of music (Striking a Chord), the fight against tuberculosis in Ethiopia (Making the Crooked Straight), and, most closely tied to Christie’s Green Auction, two films investigating the crisis of our oceans and our need to protect them (A Sea Change and Mission of Mermaids). Mrs. Rockefeller’s résumé of charity work is impressive in its sheer depth of philanthropic projects. When asked why she does it, or how she does it, she proclaims her love of our planet and the pleasure she receives in protecting it. “What gives me the most pleasure is being outdoors, in nature,” she said. And “when you love something, you’re more apt to protect and to save it.” She continued, “as a mother, most importantly, I want clean air, clean water; I want a future with plenty that’s healthy for my children—hopefully my grandchildren.” Where some people think of charity work as donations and endowments—and indeed, it is that—there is more to it than that. In Mrs. Rockefeller work, we can witness her hands-on and profound embrace of charity. She uses her time, brainpower, and work and not just her money. “Philanthropy doesn’t have to be just people with money, it’s about time and talent,” she explained to Observer Philanthropy. “[It’s about] volunteering, find a community that really is working towards change.” We’re all passionate about something— art, nature, medicine, politics, education. If we could all take Susan Rockefeller’s advice, her “prescription,” the things we love would not only be preserved, but would thrive.
Green cocktails at the Christie’s affair.

Maureen Case, Ted Danson, David Rockefeller Jr., Bettina WitteVeen, Susan Rockefeller and Joe Champa at the after party for Christie’s: The Green Auction.

Susan rockefeller and Christie’s Champion the Charity auction
By Danny Herman “I recommend phIlanthropy as a prescription for happiness,” Susan Rockefeller told Observer Philanthropy last month. Indeed, Mrs. Rockefeller takes her own advice, as Christie’s Auction House approaches their third annual Green Auction: Bid to Save the Earth, an event which she co-chairs. Held on April 11, this special auction is an event designed for individuals and companies to come together and unite for the protection of our environment. In the last two years alone, Bid to Save the Earth has raised over $5 million for its selected nonprofits and charities. This year, Christie’s has chosen to focus on the issue of water-conservation and will dedicate proceeds from the auction to the following four charities: Central Park Conservancy (CPC), Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Conservation Internal (CI), and Oceana. “It’s a celebration of water as a life source for our planet,” said Toby Usnik, International Head of Corporate Communications and Senior Vice
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President of Christie’s. “Water [is] a unifying theme,” Mr. Usnik continued. Mrs. Rockefeller commented that the auction’s charitable goal of water conservation, placed within the context of the wonder and beauty known to Christie’s, is the key element of the Bid to Save the Earth auction. “[It] brings it to the forefront of awareness, to the many people that are going to be in the room,” Mr. Usnik echoed, “[we are] on the verge of a water bankruptcy.” Mrs. Rockefeller is enthralled by the wonder and the mystery of nature. “I can’t imagine not doing it. It’s a great way to contribute and to have meaning,” she said. In addition to co-chairing the Green Auction, Mrs. Rockefeller is a chairwoman of both Oceana and the Natural Resources Defense Council and works as a documentary filmmaker. Her camera’s eye has been turned to investigating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder among soldiers and veterans

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March 27, 2012
Spring gala and art auction the Bronx museum of the arts 10 Desbrosses Street, new York

April 30, 2012
BoMB Magazine 31St anniverSary gala and Silent auction Honoring: richard Serra, moma pS1 curator klaus Biesenbach, laura linney and playwright romulus linney capitale 130 Bowery, new York

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proof: Media for Social JuStice’S 2nd annual Benefit auction lead by Swann president, nicholas D. lowry Splashlight Studios 75 Varick Street, new York

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March 29, 2012
Storefront for art and architecture Benefit and art auction Woolworth Building 233 Broadway, new York

April 11- April 22, 2012
BaMart auctionceleBrating BaM’S 150th anniverSary peter Jay Sharp Building 30 lafayette Street, Brooklyn, new York

May 4, 2012
the 71St Bal deS Berceaux
hosted by the French-American Aid For Children, Inc. Auction led by Nicholas D. Lowry

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new MuSeuM Spring gala cipriani Wall Street 55 Wall Street, new York
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Calendar of Events

Our favOrite charitable galas, benefits and events Of this seasOn

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By Benjamin-Émile Le Hay and Madlen Bayer

Frick Summer Soiree, 2011.

March 22
The Frick collecTion Young Fellows Ball
This annual must-attend soirée, co-sponsored by Donna Karan New York, will have a Belle Époque theme this year, concurrent with the museum’s “Renoir, Impressionism and Full-Length Painting” exhibition. Peruse the Frick’s exhibitions over a glass of bubbly at this event of the month—all while supporting the Frick Art Reference Library and the Frick’s education programming.
8.30 p.m., The Frick Collection, 212.547.0706, invite only, events@frick.org

March 31
nighT oF a ThousanD gowns
The Imperial Court of New York will host a lavish and outrageous event this year. Guests, decked out in their most fanciful formalwear, can expect to be wined and dined with fabulous musical and drag performances. The evening will culminate in appearances by the cast of My Big Fat Gay Wedding and the ladies of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
6.30 p.m., Marriott Marquis New York City, 866.533.4269, www.icny.org

April 10
new Yorkers For chilDren annual spring Dinner
Join other illustrious New Yorkers as they help raise funds for the City’s foster youth. Last year, guests were treated to a ravishing cocktail hour followed by a full-course dinner and hours of dancing. Karolína Kurková and Mamie Gummer were among last year’s attendees. The 2012 presenting sponsor is CD Greene. “It’s a great organization and I’m really happy to be the sponsor this season,” the designer commented. “The kids in foster care could use a lot of our help!” But act fast—rumor has it that the dinner has already sold out!
7.30 p.m., Mandarin Oriental, contact: Jennifer Houston, 212.867.1117, www.newyorkersforchildren.org

April 2
skaTing wiTh The sTars gala
Figure Skating in Harlem has made a name for itself through its unique events that unite Olympic skaters, celebrities and patrons for a magical evening of fun on the ice. This annual fundraiser will honor former competitive figure skater and legendary fashion designer, Vera Wang.
5.30 p.m., Wollman Ice Skating Rink, 212.222.8240, www. figureskatinginharlem.org The High Line

March 22
Design inDusTries FounDaTion FighTing aiDs’ Dining BY Design
A bevy of design notables will surely flock to Pier 94 for this AIDS benefit series. This is a great chance to mingle with an array of designers, as well as to get a unique first glance at the spectacular design installations. Featuring some of New York City’s top restaurants and gourmet food suppliers, Dining By Design never disappoints.
7 p.m., Pier 94, www.diffa.org

April 10
glimmeraTa! The glimmerglass FesTival spring gala
Support the company’s Young Artists and Summer internship programs while sipping a cocktail and noshing on some hors-d’œuvre. As the evening progresses, guests will enjoy a splendid dinner followed by musical performances from Dwayne Croft, David Daniels, Eric Owens (pictured next page) and many others. When dessert time arrives, the Peter Duchin Orchestra will serenade the patrons late into the night.
6.30 p.m., The Metropolitan Club, www.glimmerglass.org

New Yorkers for Children Spring Dinner, 2011.

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Calendar Celendar of Events

Wollmann Rink.

April 16
New York AcAdemY of Art’s tribecA bAll
Featuring a crowd of artists, celebrities (last year Mary Kate Olsen popped up) and coterie of stylish New Yorkers, this is one of the city’s most interactive and anticipated parties. This year, the annual ball will honor Robert DeNiro for his long support of the arts. Providing access to five floors of artwork from over 100 talented emerging artists, The TriBeCa Ball always includes copious amounts of Champagne and splendid live entertainment. A highlight is sure to be the dinner by Daniel Boulud at 8.30p.m. Van Cleef & Arpels is the lead sponsor.
6 p.m., New York Academy of Art at 111 Franklin Street, 212.842.5123, www.nyaa.edu

April 30
memoriAl sloANketteriNg cANcer ceNter’s fifth ANNuAl sPriNg bAll
The Cancer Center shakes up the social scene with its own charitable event at MoMA. From downtown power players to philanthropic matriarchs, expect a diverse sea of faces making merry over cocktails, dinner and on the dance floor. All proceeds will go toward patient care, research and cancer education. Co-Chairmen for 2012 are Muffie Potter Aston, Tory Burch, Jamie Tisch and Caryn Zucker.
7:00 p.m., Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, 212.639.2103, www.mskcc.convio.net

work to improve the lives of some .5 million hungry and homeless people in New York City and Washington, D.C. For its annual auction benefit, YSOP will have a wide range of items up for bid, as well as a dinner catered by Food & Finance High School.
6.30 p.m., The Great Hall at the Church of the Holy Apostles, www.ysop.org

ABT at Lincoln Center.

May 14
AmericAN bAllet theAtre’s ANNuAl sPriNg gAlA
Celebrating its 71st season, the American Ballet Theatre will dazzle benefactors with a preview of the upcoming season, as well as a blacktie dinner and dance. With Lady Michelle Obama as an honorary chairwoman, Observer Philanthropy expects this to be one of the most glamorous soirées on our calendar.
6.30 p.m., Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center, 212.477.3030, ext. 3239, www.abt.org

May 17
el museo’s 2012 gAlA
2011 saw the likes of Donatella Versace, Courtney Love, Anna Wintour, Josh Harnett and Kate Winslet sashay through Cipriani to toast fashion photographer Mario Testino. While that may be hard to surpass this season, cocktails, dinner and dancing at El Museo’s 2012 Gala will be in the name of honorees Yaz Hernandez and designer Narciso Rodriguez. Bacardi USA is underwriting this fiesta.
7 p.m., Cipriani 42nd Street, www.elmuseo.org

May 1
frieNds of the high liNe beNefit

We love to soak up the sun and enjoy the view from the High Line Park. Why not support the mainEric Owens. tenance of one of our favorite go-to places by attending this April 24 event? The benefit will honor Jeff Koons, Darren Walker and AN eveNiNg of Goldman Sachs & Co. Keep your PrActicAl mAgic eyes peeled for an appearance This event will pay tribute to by Diane von Furstenberg… those City Harvest supporters 6.30 p.m., Location and details who dedicate their time and to follow, 212.206.9922, efforts to tackle one of New www.thehighline.org York City’s biggest issues: hunger. With the help of Barclays, the City Harvest May 3 Board of Directors and coYsoP gAlA chairs, ticket sales will go directly toward on-going Since 1983, Youth Service efforts to fight hunger. Come Opportunities Project has out for cocktails, a silent helped to increase awareness auction and a magnificent array about issues relating to of notables sporting their finest hunger and homelessness spring couture. and to provide direct service opportunities for youth to 6.30 p.m., Cipriani 42nd Street, serve people in need. The 917.351.8725, www.cityharvest.org organization consistently draws over 4,600 volunteers annually who work in soup kitchens, food banks, homeless shelters and homelessness prevention programs. These volunteers

El Museo Gala, 2011.


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MK: The HRC dinner at the Waldorf was an amazing night in that it highlighted the diversity in the LGBT community and that the idea of equal rights for all people globally should be a given. In fact, we have a long road to travel… Philanthropy: Did you congratulate Anna Wintour on her award? MK: Anna has been an incredible friend to the LGBT community in both her incredible dedication to AIDS research and care and marriage equality. I told her the award could not have gone to a more deserving person. Philanthropy: In your opinion, have charity galas become too lavish and trendy? MK: At the end of the day whatever gets people to open up their wallets for a great cause is fine with me. Raising money is not easy so sometimes great decor and entertainment can help raise more money than a simple bare bones party. My only response to all galas is: keep it short and sweet. Philanthropy: What are some of the most successful fundraisers you’ve attended? What do you think contributed to their success? MK: The first Seventh on Sale fundraiser back in 1990 was the first time the entire fashion community came together from the smallest company to the largest corporation to raise money for AIDS research and care. People shopped with wild abandon balancing their love of fashion plus the need to give back. It was an incredible night. The mix of people involved in both the gala opening night and during the actual shopping made the event the great success it was. Philanthropy: Who do you admire most in the worlds of fashion and philanthropy? MK: I think about the trifecta of remarkable women—stylish, smart, talented and giving—who all in different areas knew early on that one person can make a huge impact. Elizabeth Taylor and her work with AIDS research and care, Evelyn Lauder with all her work for BCRF [Breast Cancer Research Foundation] and Bette Midler for proving that an empty garbage strewn lot could become a beautiful park. You can make a difference. Philanthropy: What was your favorite Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week moment? MK: I have never been a person that is good with surprises and I always seem to find out about them—so I was truly blown away when Bette Midler appeared backstage singing happy anniversary with her ukulele and a gigantic cake at my 30th anniversary fall show.

Michael Kors, Anna Wintour and Joe Solmonese.

And lastly, as a lifelong New Yorker I think it is important to deal with local quality of life issues. Within all of these categories I am always looking to see the work that different organizations do which helps me determine who needs my support [the] most. Philanthropy: Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the immense need for help? MK: I am an eternal optimist. So while it can be crippling to consider the amount of suffering in the world, I firmly believe that even small steps ultimately can make a difference in affecting change. Philanthropy: How did you feel when you found out you would be honored with The American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) Award of Courage at last year’s Inspiration Gala? MK: Humble. As I said, last year when I accepted the award, amfAR was there first, before AIDS was a global pandemic, before the world had a grip on what it really was. The work the organization has done is so monumental that I feel like I should have [given] them the award. Philanthropy: What did you think about the HRC Campaign Gala Dinner at the Waldorf? Why should people support the HRC?

Designer Michael Kors underlines the importance of supporting local quality of life By Krista Carter
Civil rights advoCates, politiCians and members of the LGBT community braved the cold, and made their way to the Waldorf Astoria on a particularly chilly February evening to attend the Human Rights Campaign Gala. The gala celebrated the impressive achievements of HRC, an organization dedicated to achieving equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. Among those in attendance was leading American fashion designer Michael Kors, who is a staunch supporter of several philanthropic causes. Observer Philanthropy had the opportunity to sit down with Mr. Kors and talk to him about how he incorporates philanthropy into his fashionably packed life. Philanthropy: How did you first get involved with your charity work? Michael Kors: I think that having compassion is one of the most essential qualities for a person to possess… Giving back to others is a necessity, not a luxury. Philanthropy: What charities are closest to your heart? How do you decide which causes to support? MK: I am a big believer in supporting charities that deal with human rights on all levels. AIDS research and care has always been a major priority for me. I am concerned by hunger, both here in the US and globally.
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How New Technology Is Making New York and the World a Better Place Ben Weitzenkorn
As we All know, philAnthropy goes beyond writing a check. The word comes from the Greek phila, meaning loving, and anthropos, which means humanity. With that in mind, we set out to find five New York based technology startups that have made their love of humanity a part of their businesses

According to KeyWifi cofounder Adam Black, 70 percent of the world is not online—and that’s a big problem. The digital divide (inequalities in access to information and communication technologies) makes it more difficult for students to do homework, lessens civic engagement and dampens individual productivity. But the guys at KeyWifi think they have the solution. Cofounder and product director, Tom Hughes, described KeyWifi as “a global Wi-Fi sharing cooperative.” Key20 spring 2012


Wifi wants to make it possible for everyone to share their internet with the people who live around them, with zero hardware, no contracts and in a more secure way than most people do already. Providers can choose to give their bandwidth away or rent it out. They can set a timer to turn sharing on and off and choose whether to make their connection public or private. Most of us and many businesses share our internet already. KeyWifi has a way for us to have control over how we do it. At press time, KeyWifi had plans to begin testing their new technology at the Queensbridge Houses, the largest public housing project in North America and home to over 6,000 people. “We imagine thousands of children all across the country will be able to do their homework online without buying coffee or going to public libraries,” Mr. Black said. KeyWifi is completely self-funded, so if you’re feeling philanthropic...

Online vintage-inspired frames retailer Warby Parker is on a mission with partner VisionSpring to give the gift of sight to the world. For every pair of hip frames they sell, Warby Parker gives funding or materials to VisionSpring so it can carry out its mission of supplying glasses to developing communities. VisionSpring trains low-income individuals to sell affordable eyewear in their communities. They are able to prescribe, fit and distribute specs on the same day. VIsionSpring uses precut lenses which saves having to make a second trip to get the glasses fitted. Clear vision increases productivity, makes education possible, restores dignity and improves overall quality of life in countless ways. VisionSpring has sold

VisionSpring and Warby Parker

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I was born in Israel to parents who arrived from Ethiopia in 1991. I am a graduate of the AMIT High School in Kiryat Malachi. When I first came to AMIT I was not focused on my studies; but with my teachers’ support I learned to trust myself and my abilities. AMIT opened up opportunities for me I never thought possible, and made me who I am today. I am now performing National Service, working with youth at risk in the community of Yavne. Next year I will return to AMIT Kiryat Malachi to continue my National Service. It is important to me to help the AMIT school that taught me so much and gave me the power and the motivation to succeed.

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WebThriftStore, another young NYC startup, has come up with a great way to help you clear out your closet and fund nonprofits at the same time. As the name implies, WebThriftStore lets any charity run an online thrift store without storage needs and financial risk. Donor’s need to do nothing more than snap a photo, set a price and list their item on their favorite nonprofit’s WebThriftStore page. Once the item is purchased, the donor delivers or sends the goods, the nonprofit gets the cash and the donor gets a receipt for their taxes. The basement has been cleared out and good people doing good work have the money to do it. Thanks Internet! According to NPD Research, Americans

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Our unused belongings take up space that we could put to better use and are missing from the lives of people who could really use them.
have $700 billion dollars worth of things they don’t want or need. Our unused belongings take up space that we could put to better use and are missing from the lives of people who could really use them. Solve both of these problems and make it profitable for a good cause? Yes, please!

We all care about our community. We want to make it a more beautiful and livable space. ioby is putting the power of real environmental change into the hands


of everyday people with a social crowdfunding platform that matches New Yorkers with the projects they care about. ioby’s platform allows anybody to browse through various community projects, pick one, fund it, pitch in and volunteer, or create a new one. People on ioby (that’s right, they don’t even capitalize their name) are doing everything from caring for the trees that line our streets to hosting youth cooking classes which encourage healthy eating. LEED certified buildings, art in public spaces and other large-scale projects are great high-profile ways for communities to show that they take environmental stewardship seriously. Too often these projects don’t reach down into the nooks and crannies of our communities that might not be quite as camera-ready as lower Manhattan. Luckily, ioby is here to bring funding, volunteers and real results to NYC’s spaces—big and small, famous and not so famous.

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galas that give

By Benjamin-Émile Le Hay • Photographs by Patrick McMullan

R. Couri Hay, Cornelia, Webster and Janna Bullock

Tim Valliere, Anne Marie Karish, Wilbur and Mark Smith Tiger and CeCe Cord

The 5th Smith Valliere Spring Fling
The Humane Society of New York celebrated its 5th Smith Valliere Spring Fling at District 36 on March 3. The annual charity event was founded by Mark Smith, an author and Manhattan attorney, after he adopted his dog, Peanut, and realized what a difference that animals could make. The Humane Society of New York teamed up with socialite CeCe Cord for the event this year, raising money to save abused or abandoned animals that need new homes in New York. There were plenty of four legged creatures running about—and a few even found new owners!

Designers Douglas Hannant and Maggie Norris with Captain and R. Couri Hay

Julie Hayek with Wilbur
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Guild Hall’s 2012 Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Awards
Guild Hall of East Hampton, the visual and performing arts center on eastern Long Island, hosted an elegant benefit dinner on Monday March 5 at the stunning St. Regis Hotel rooftop ballroom in New York City. The affair raised funds for the organization, as well as honoring the recipients of the Guild’s 27th Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Awards: Laurie Anderson for performing arts; Bruce Weber for visual arts; playwright Jon Robin Baitz for literary arts; and film icon Dina Merrill who accepted a special award. Screenwriter Marshall Brickman served as the master of ceremonies, alongside special guest presenters Lou Reed, model/muse China Machado, artist Eric Fischl and Ted Hartley. The gala was sponsored by 1stDibs.com and Allegra LaViola Gallery. “What began as an idea in 1985 to recognize the talent of those with ties to Eastern Long Island, has evolved into a long standing relationship yielding support from our world-class, local artistic community,” stated Ruth Appelhof, Guild Hall’s executive director. She reiterated the importance of the patrons’ support and dedication to making it “a place where the arts thrive.” The 2012 awardees join the ranks of past recipients and East Enders, including memorable talents such as: Steven Spielberg, Candice Bergen, Billy Joel, Elaine Stritch, Mel Brooks, Lauren Bacall, Alec Baldwin, Willem de Kooning, Roy Lichtenstein, Paul Simon, Chuck Close and Kurt Vonnegut. For more information on the Guild Hall’s year-round visual and performing arts visit: www.GuildHall.org bruce weber surrounded by friends

Lou Reed with wife Laurie Anderson

Dina Merrill

Jon Robin Baitz and David Tripp

Eric Fischl with Fern Mallis

Nan Bush and partner Bruce Weber

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We build Israel. One child at a time
AMIT nurtures and educates Israeli children to become productive, contributing members of society. Its 98 schools, youth villages, surrogate family residences, and other programs are located in 26 cities, development towns and communities throughout Israel, and provide a continuity of values-based, academic excellence from kindergarten through junior college. A majority of AMIT’s 25,000 and secular, Ashkenazi and Sephardi, Sabra and new immigrant. All students are welcome in AMIT’s educational environment, and tolerance, respect and the unity of the Jewish people are basic tenets of AMIT’s philosophy. We are proud that more than 95 per cent of our graduates serve in the Israel Defense Forces or perform National Service. With American headquarters in New York City and offices in Israel in Jerusalem and Petach Tikva, AMIT is supported by 50,000 families in the United States and hundreds of volunteers in Israel and Europe, working together on behalf of Israel’s most precious resource, its children. Join us as, together, we build Israel. One child at a time. AMIT 817 Broadway New York, NY 10003 Tel: (212) 477-4720 E-mail: info@amitchildren.org Web site: www.amitchildren.org

children come from families facing economic or other social challenges. Yet, AMIT students also reflect all Israel: religious

Israel…New York…The World
What started 100 years ago as a vision of a technical school in Haifa has become the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, one of the world’s elite science and technology universities, home to three Nobel Prize winners and a renowned medical school. Albert Einstein helped launch the American Technion Society in 1940 to secure this noble venture. After some 70 years and $1.6 billion of philanthropic support, the Technion is now an impressive 327-acre campus on the slope of the Carmel Mountains consisting of state-of-theart laboratories, classrooms and dormitories. The university’s world-class faculty and student body conduct groundbreaking research in water conservation, solar and wind energy, aerospace, nanotechnology, biomedicine, computer science, security and robotics. Today the Technion is also a magnet for venture capital and high-tech R&D, as well as the world-recognized partner

of Cornell University behind a new applied science campus envisioned to remake New York

City into an international leader in innovation and technology. It started from a vision a century ago. Since then, more than 70 percent of Technion graduates are employed in the high-tech sectors that drive Israel’s economy and 68 percent of Israeli companies on Nasdaq are founded or run by Technion graduates. The search for knowledge knows no borders. For more information on how to be involved with the inspired mission of the Technion, contact Jerry Kleinman at Jerry@ats.org or 212-407-6331.

Stay a while...
Bideawee, which means “stay awhile,” a Scottish phrase, is one of the country’s oldest and most respected animal welfare and pet adoption organizations. Founded in 1903 by Flora Kibbe, Bideawee has been providing shelter, care and compassion to homeless animals for more than 100 years with locations in Manhattan,
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pet memorial parks and bereavement counseling. Bideawee encourages pet lovers through their journey through life together by offering a comprehensive array of services that include: pet rescue animal people for people who love animals and adoption, stateof-the-art animal lovers to become a part of our hospitals, behavior and training community by calling 866-262classes, pet therapy and 8133, visiting Bideawee.org humane education programs, or joining the conversation on volunteer opportunities, Facebook.

Wantagh and Westhampton. For more than a century, generous pet lovers throughout the New York Metropolitan region have ensured that Bideawee remains dedicated to cultivating and supporting the life-long relationships between pets and the people who love them. Through these gifts Bideawee is able to accompany pets and pet


We are Bideawee, a community of caregivers, volunteers, and friends dedicated to helping animals and people build safe, loving and lasting relationships. Please give to all the dogs and cats who give so much back. TO DONATE . 1.866.262.8133 . bideawee.org

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Keeping The Children’s Aid Society Promise
Children’s Aid soCiety
No child should be born into poverty, but as we know all too well, millions are. In New York City, nearly one out of every three children is poor. It is our city’s highest rate of child poverty in three decades. Poverty is more complex than the lack of financial resources – our most vulnerable children often lack access to adequate food, shelter, family stability, quality education and healthcare. We owe these children more. They deserve a fair opportunity to take part in the American dream – the idea that where you end up in life should not be determined by where you started. At the Children’s Aid Society, that’s our promise to New York City’s children. In our country, a person’s lifelong income is directly correlated to his or her level of education. Graduating from college is the best guarantee of a permanent escape from poverty in addition to a

longer and healthier life. To help children fulfill their promise, we know that our commitment must start early in a child’s life, be longterm and comprehensive and provide fundamental support for families to succeed. And we also help prepare children for what we believe is the ultimate goal: a college education. Learn more at www. childrensaidsociety.org

For Nearly 100 Years, Catholic Charities Has Eased Nearly Every Human Need in New York
CAtholiC ChArities
In a city where restaurants are a hot topic, Catholic Charities New York provides more than 6 million meals each year to hungry New Yorkers. In a city where real estate rules, Catholic Charities shelters more than 1,500 homeless New Yorkers each night. Every year, Catholic Charities gives 27,000 New York children a year a safe place to play and nearly 5,000 a place to grow and learn. In these uncertain economic times, families who have never had to ask for help before—for rent or mortgage payments, for food or heat for their homes— come to Catholic Charities—and find help and hope for a better future and the strength to overcome hard times. Catholic Charities New York is never far from people in need. The agency has offices in Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island and throughout the Hudson Valley from Rockland and Westchester counties to Ulster and Dutchess. Day laborers in Yonkers find guidance through Catholic Charities. So do immigrant farm workers in Orange County. Catholic Community Services in Rockland feeds the hungry with food from its own community garden. Catholic Charities New York eases nearly every human need. And religion or lack of it does not enter into the equation for Catholic Charities. As Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Catholic Charities executive director says, “We serve people or all religions or no religion. Need is our only criterion.” Now, when the donor dollar is more precious than ever, Catholic Charities uses more of it – 88 cents of every dollar – to support direct services for New York’s needy. A former NYC mayor once said, “Catholic Charities – where would New York be without it?” It is a friend when a New Yorker is friendless, a guide when a New Yorker has lost the way, help when a New Yorker has nowhere else to turn, and a source of hope when life seems bleak. Catholic Charities provides help and creates hope while treating each person with dignity. Be a Part of It. For Help: 888-744-7900 To Help: 646-794-2051 www.CatholicCharitiesNY.org www.facebook.com/ CatholicCharities http://twitter.com/ CathCharitiesNY

Look for the Mark of Charity Excellence
Better Business BureAu
Generous givers are actively seeking worthy charities to support with their dollars and their time. How do you choose a great charity? To help donors connect with trustworthy charities, the Better Business Bureau reviews thousands of charities and publishes reports on the findings. National BBB charity reviews are available online any time at www.
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give.org. Visit www.newyork.bbb. org for access to 784+ Metro New York area charity reports as well as charity reviews from many other local BBBs. Over 10,000 national

and local BBB charity reviews are available. Reviewed charities voluntarily provide BBB with details about

their practices in these types of areas: • Effective governance • Strong financial management • How the charity spends its money • Self-assessment of charity impact • Truthful, accurate solicitations • Protection of donor privacy There are 20 BBB Standards for Charity Accountability, which capture information about charity performance in these areas, and which are used to develop BBB charity reports.

Often, the BBB will work with charity leaders to help them understand the Standards and to meet them. This process can benefit charities by helping organizations to review and enhance their practices. Only charities that have met all 20 BBB Standards are eligible to join its BBB Seal program and display the BBB Accredited Charity Seal as a mark of excellence. To view a searchable Donor’s Guide to all Metro New York BBB Charity Seal Holders, go to: www. newyork.bbb.org/charityguide.


Broaden Your Expertise in Fundraising and Grantmaking
NYU-SCPS GeorGe H. HeYmaN, Jr. CeNter for PHilaNtHroPY aNd fUNdraiSiNG
Fundraising and grantmaking are new professions for a new age. The nonprofit sector’s need for highly trained, creative professionals in these areas has never been greater. A contracting economy has tightened donors’ belts, and organizations must find new ways to fund their missions. As a result, these fields are expanding and job opportunities remain healthy, even in a down economy. In response, the George H. Heyman, Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising at NYU-SCPS has expanded its master’s degree or contemplating career change, enroll in the M.S. in Fundraising and Grantmaking to expand their credentials, or to gain new skills and launch their careers. Recent college graduates and career changers also can add a valuable credential to their résumés by enrolling in one of the Heyman Center’s noncredit certificate programs in Fundraising, Global Philanthropy, and Grantmaking and Foundations. Noncredit summer intensive programs deliver in-depth, concentrated learning experiences

program to offer advanced opportunities for professional growth and training in fundraising and grantmaking. Professionals already established in the industry, as well as those just starting out

to business professionals, careerchangers, and college students seeking an additional credential. This summer, the following intensives will be offered: Advanced MiniIntensive in Grantmaking, MiniIntensive for New Philanthropists and Grantmakers, and the Intensive Certificate in Fundraising. All classes are taught by industry professionals who offer information about the latest trends in these fields. For more information on the M.S. in Fundraising and Grantmaking, please visit scps.nyu.edu/msfr or call 212-998-7100. For more information on summer intensives and courses, please visit scps.nyu.edu/summer or call 212998-7150.

Sustainable Education Programs
ort ameriCa
ORT America (www. ORTamerica) is headquartered in New York City and serves as the largest fundraising arm of World ORT (www.ort.org). In the United States, ORT sustains training programs and colleges in Queens and Brooklyn, NY; Chicago, IL; Detroit, MI; and Los Angeles, CA. ORT is the world’s largest global, Jewish non-governmental education organization, and works in over 60 countries to educate and train more than 300,000 students annually. With a legacy over 130 years strong, ORT adapts to the competitive needs of global communities. From Israel to Argentina to the United States and beyond, ORT offers students a superb education in innovative fields such as robotics, biochemistry, telecommunications, renewable energy, medical reporting, and more. We are the one organization which has bridged the gap between good intentions and great results. ORT seeks to partner with communities and listen to their needs. Through these partnerships, students, teachers and educational professionals establish sustainable education that fosters ingenuity and greatness. In the U.S., ORT schools boast an 80% job placement rate for students after graduation. With a strong three-star rating from Charity Navigator (the largest independent charity evaluator in the


U.S.), ORT America is always looking for ambassadors who are passionate about education and its communal impact upon communities. Whether attending an event, participating in a mission to see our programs in action, or cultivating new ORT champions, we invite you to learn more. To find out how “ORT Works!” contact Georges Berges (National Director of Corporate, Foundation Relations & Special Projects) at 800-5192678, ext. 224, or email gberges@ ORTamerica.org

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Giving to Touro demonstrates your strong commitment to investing in the future.
Annual Giving Annual Giving provides ongoing support for the College. All gifts are directed to key priorities, notably scholarships, academic programs, faculty, facilities and student services. Alumni Giving Touro proudly celebrates the many achievements of over 74,000 alumni worldwide. New programs and services for alumni are in development and wide-ranging outreach is planned for the near future. Donations may be unrestricted or directed to any school, department or program. Planned Giving and Endowments Friends of Touro can now create a lasting legacy by making a planned gift. Gifts of cash, stock, art, property or real estate are gratefully accepted. Many planned giving arrangements offer a charitable tax deduction and/or income to the donor or beneficiaries. Donors can also provide a future gift to Touro by including a bequest provision in a will. A gift by will is the simplest way to make a significant contribution without impacting assets during your lifetime. Naming Opportunities An array of meaningful naming opportunities in premier locations throughout the College is available for your consideration. Through a naming gift, an educational program or physical facility is dedicated in honor, or in memory, of someone whom the donor wishes to recognize. Matching Gifts Many companies sponsor matching gift programs which allow donors to double the impact of their gifts. Consult your company or contact the Office of Institutional Advancement for more information. Corporate Giving, Foundation Support and Sponsorships Touro’s wide array of schools and programs offer corporations and foundations many opportunities to invest in the future through support of higher education. A range of capital and programmatic naming opportunities are available and can be tailored to match the goals of the corporation or foundation. In addition, there are many opportunities to sponsor special events, conferences, publications and programs.

Learn the essential tools of fundraising management
economy. As the number of nonprofit organizations seeking individual, corporate, and foundation philanthropy has multiplied, the demand for highly skilled nonprofit fundraising professionals has increased dramatically. Nonprofit institutions seek individuals with proficiencies in multiple areas, including a thorough understanding of the philanthropic marketplace, mastery of key fundraising techniques, and comprehensive management skills. Columbia’s part-time Fundraising Management master’s degree program prepares professionals to advance in careers

Giving@Touro Philanthropic support for Touro is an investment in the future. Donor support helps to empower students so they may achieve, succeed and give back to humanity. Your investment in Touro will make a powerful difference in the lives of our students and in the quality of life in our communities. Your gift will inspire the next generation of professional, business, academic, religious and community leaders. To give online and for further information on Giving opportunities visit http://www.touro.edu/giving or call 212-463-0400, ext. 5203. Touro College Office of Institutional Advancement 43 West 23rd Street New York, N.Y. 10010

The nonprofit sector is one of the fastest growing job sources in the country, outpacing both private business and government. Nationally, there are some 1.8 million nonprofit institutions, of which more than 800 thousand are classified as 501(c )(3) charities. In New York City alone, the nonprofit sector contributes more than $46 billion to the city’s

in institutional advancement and development as well as nonprofit management. It is a highly focused, rigorous course of study designed to educate students in the essential tools of fundraising management. The program is appropriate both for those already in the field who wish to broaden their skills in pursuit of professional

advancement as well as individuals who are planning to enter the nonprofit sector as fundraisers. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, after a period of budget tightening and uncertainty, the hiring of fundraisers is increasing, both for existing positions and new ones. Program Director Lucas Rubin points out that fundraisers are among the highest paid employees in the nonprofit field, and that this is an excellent time to enter the profession. http://ce.columbia.edu/ Fundraising-Management sce-fundraising@columbia.edu 212 854-9666

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NonCelebrities Guilty Who Care Pleasures

Indulgences THAT GIVE BACK!
By Benjamin-Émile Le Hay and Zarah Burstein
Delightful luxury items that benefit New York charities
Rachel Roy has launched a Kindness is Always Fashionable Ghana Clutch ($49) where 100% of the proceeds directly benefit OrphanAid Africa. “My trip to Ghana was inspiring and humbling; it was there I met orphans who were given a better way of life through OrphanAid Africa. [My] newest piece in the Kindness Is Always Fashionable collection benefits this life-changing organization.” Available at www.rachelroy. com, Neiman Marcus and www.nordstrom.com

The NYheartsPeace bracelet [$16-30] was created in 2011 for the 10th Year Anniversary of 9/11 and is the brainchild of born and raised New Yorker, Elizabeth Suda. peaceBOMB jewelry is all hand-cast from bomb shards discovered in Laos and then cast in sterling silver right here in New York City. The jewelry seeks to promote philanthropic initiatives. www. peace-bomb.com Savage Senses collaborates with artisans and entrepreneurs throughout the world to create natural, hand made body products. 10% of sales from a limited edition line will go towards environmental and social concerns, later this spring at: www. savagesenses.com

These Roger Vivier Gommette ballerina flats for children are a part of a new luxe line, Jeune Fille. A portion of each purchase (15%) will benefit the charity New Yorkers For Children. The Jeune Fille flats are available in sizes 24 to 34, exclusively at Roger Vivier boutiques and retails for $315.

Anthony Logistics for Men, a premier men’s skincare brand, is now offering a portion of proceeds from every product sold. Recently, proceeds were donated to the Aureon Protocol Study at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City for its prostate cancer research program. www.anthony.com

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Lincoln Center supports New York City.
Now your corporation can support Lincoln Center.

Lincoln Center generates more than $3.4 billion for New York City. With one gift to the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund, your company can contribute to 10 world-renowned arts organizations and play a part in supporting their artistic, educational, and community programming.
With gratitude, your company, employees, and clients will receive benefits that include: discount tickets for employees, access to backstage tours and rehearsals, exclusive concierge ticket service, company listing in all Lincoln Center Playbills, priority booking access for corporate events and more.

To learn more, contact: Arlene Graime, Director agraime@lincolncenter.org 212.875.5467 or visit our website: lccorporatefund.org

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