- What is the Veterans Education Challenge?
- The Veterans Education Challenge is dedicated to providing need-based scholarships to United States Military veterans that the GI Bill does not cover. This program includes a matching component, whereby every dollar raised by the general public will be matched up to $1 million.
- Who is matching the money raised through the Veterans Education Challenge?
- Bruce and Avis Richards have committed to matching up to $1 million raised by the general public. Mr. Richards is the Chief Executive Officer of Marathon Asset Management, a New York-based Hedge Fund, and Mrs. Richards is the founder of Birds Nest Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.
- Which universities will be eligible to receive grants to provide these scholarships?
- Accredited four year universities participating in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Yellow Ribbon Program (http://www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/yellow_ribbon.asp) are eligible beneficiaries of this program. A funding committee established by Birds Nest Foundation will select universities within the eligible universe.
- Can I designate a university of my choice?
- Donations of less than $5,000 will be disbursed to universities selected by the Birds Nest Foundation funding committee. If you are making a donation of $5,000 or greater, you may designate a specific university meeting the criteria described above.
- What qualifications must a veteran possess in order to become a beneficiary of this program?
- In order for veterans to be eligible beneficiaries of this program, he/she must have served at least 36 months of active duty in the U.S. Military from 9/11/01 onward; he/she must be in good standing with his/her respective branch of the U.S. Military; and he/she must be eligible for entitlement under the GI Bill (http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/)
- Who decides which eligible veterans receive benefits under the Veterans Education Challenge?
- Universities receiving funds through the Veterans Education Challenge have complete discretion as to the disbursement of funds among the university’s eligible student veteran population. If, for example, $5,000 is donated to a specific university, the university determines which students receive the donation and in what amount, based upon standards and criteria the university has put in place.
- When can I make a donation?
- Donations are being received now (https://www.crowdrise.com/veteranseducationchallenge) and the disbursement of funds to eligible universities will begin in early 2016.
- How much of my donation will go toward veteran scholarships?
- 100% of your donation will be applied toward veteran scholarships.
Our interns this summer visited the Smiling Hogshead Ranch located in Long Island City, Queens. This is a nonprofit organization that promotes environmental awareness. The ranch was once a train lot owned by the MTA, which was filled with trash till founder Gil Lopez cleaned the land and created a garden. Smiling Hogshead wants the community to participate and become educated on the importance of ecology.
When you enter the grounds you will see all the different types of vegetables, flowers and fruits growing on the property. They are also in the process of building a theater to attract artists and performers.
Smiling Hogshead consists of volunteers who help maintain the area and educate the community. Watch this video to know more.
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Errol Morris, best known for the Fog of the war (2003) & Tabloid (2010) created another heated documentary. In his latest film, The Unknown Known, Morris probes former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld trying to find the truth on why the United States invaded Iraq.
With our documentary TalkSmart! movie coming out soon, which is about how cellphones changed the lives of children and how they should use them more smartly, it seemed like the perfect time to hit the streets and hear people’s experiences with cell phones and social media invading social settings i.e. parties, dates, dinner parties, concerts, etc. Instead of focusing on children who have grown up being exposed to consistently using electronic devices and their constant presence, this piece focuses more on teenagers and young adults ranging from age of 17-21 simply because this is approximately the age group that is electronically adept, but can also remember a time when a lot of these current gadgets and outlets didn’t exist.
Beautiful islands are a paradise. Marshall Islands are known to be one of the best vacation spot in the world. Those peaceful, serene Marshall Islands are not a peaceful place anymore. Climate change has swept away the residents’ livelihood forcing them to relocate. The number of people leaving Marshall has increased and they have become “climate refugees.”
Pier 42 is located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Pier 42 was once a newspaper terminal, later turned into one of the largest shipping terminals in NYC. In 1987 it was shutdown, Pier 42 was no longer in use, all that stood on Pier 42 was an abandon warehouse.
( A customer buying fresh vegetables at a local farmers’ market)
There are people in the professional working world who wake up every morning to go to work and make a difference in the world. This is one of those ideals that every job seeker and career-getter aspire to have; that their work is influential in someone’s life. The dream that their efforts have made a change for the betterment of a community, a family or an individual. For some it may be becoming a professor or a doctor but there is no reward sweeter than writing “philanthropist” on a resume.
Food Fight, a company dedicated to equipping teachers with the knowledge and tools necessary to implement healthy lifestyle and eating into their students lives, hosted their annual event called E.A.T: Educating America’s Teachers to Lead the Fight Against Obesity last Wednesday.
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- New York, NY 10023 USA
- Tel: +1(646) 422 7224
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org