Lift A Life Foundation Grant Application

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The Lift a Life Foundation's mission is to develop and fund innovative grants with strong community partners who significantly impact the following areas:

  • Hunger
  • Early childhood education
  • Leadership development
  • Juvenile diabetes
  • Military family support

The Lift a Life Foundation was established in 1999 by David and Wendy Novak. The mission of the Lift a Life Foundation is to lead the way with innovative programs that help people in need and develop future leaders. The Foundation focuses on creative partnerships that make a lasting impact in the primary areas of hunger relief, education, juvenile diabetes, youth issues and leadership development. Since the Lift a Life Foundation began, it has helped thousands of people in need through grants and programming support.

David Novak is Chairman and CEO of Yum! Brands, the world’s largest restaurant company with nearly 38,000 KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut restaurants in over 120 countries and territories, and author of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal best-selling book, TAKING PEOPLE WITH YOU: The Only Way to Make BIG Things Happen. He has been recognized as “2012 CEO of the Year” by Chief Executive magazine, one of the world’s “30 Best CEOs” by Barron’s for the past two years, one of the “Top People in Business” by FORTUNE and one of the “100 Best-Performing CEOs in the World” by Harvard Business Review. He is also the recipient of the national 2008 Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship and is on the board of directors of the Yum! Brands Foundation and World Food Program USA. Wendy Novak is a lifelong philanthropist and volunteer. She served on the board of Directors for the Kentucky Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Visit www.liftalifefoundation.org for more information.

For media inquiries, please contact:
Ashley Butler
502-290-3218
Email: info@liftalifefoundation.org

$100,000 Fellowship Announced for Innovator to End Food Insecurity -The Lift a Life Foundation and Community Foundation of Louisville Seek Hunger Innovation Fellow

Posted on October 9th, 2017

Louisvillle, KY – October 9, 2017 The Lift a Life Foundation and the Community Foundation of Louisville are seeking a Hunger Innovation Fellow to accelerate and elevate Louisville’s approach to addressing food insecurity.

The one-year, $100,000 fellowship is for an innovator who sees food access through a different lens.  By applying knowledge and best practices from other sectors, the foundation partners are looking for a candidate who can bring a fresh perspective to the challenge of food insecurity.

“In Louisville, Kentucky there are people who do not have easy access to quality, nutritious food, which we believe is a right,” said Susan Barry, President & CEO, Community Foundation of Louisville. “In many communities, including our own, nonprofits and their partners are making tremendous strides towards solutions, but we felt there was more to be done.”

The fellow must have a proven track record of identifying problems, designing solutions, mastering relationships and realizing ideas. A candidate’s past experiences must demonstrate the competence and ability to create change that counters a longstanding, large scale challenge while building trust, growing relationships and garnering commitment.

The foundations met with approximately 13 local organizations that shared their needs and concerns around efforts to confront food insecurity. Their collective feedback informed the decision to develop this one-year fellowship to study the environment, diagnose challenges, and devise likely solutions.

“The Hunger Innovation Fellowship will help identify opportunities with the potential to significantly accelerate and elevate the collective efforts of local organizations and their partners,” said Ashley Novak Butler, Executive Director of the Lift a Life Foundation. “Solutions may even inspire change for communities facing similar challenges.”

To learn more visit http://www.hungerinnovationfellowship.org/.  Applications accepted October 9 – November 6, 2017. The fellow will be selected by December 15th to begin work in early 2018.

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About Lift a Life Foundation

The Lift a Life Foundation was established in 1999 by David and Wendy Novak. The mission of the Lift a Life Foundation is to lead the way with innovative programs that help people in need and develop future leaders. The Foundation focuses on creative partnerships that make a lasting impact in the primary areas of hunger relief, early childhood education, juvenile diabetes, military family support and leadership development. Since Lift a Life Foundation began, it has helped thousands of people in need through grants and programming support.   David Novak is the Co-Founder, former CEO and Chairman of Yum! Brands, one of the world’s largest restaurant companies with nearly 43,500 KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut restaurants in more than 135 countries and territories.  A renowned expert on leadership and recognition culture, Novak is the author of three highly respected and critically acclaimed books, The Education of an Accidental CEO, the New York Times bestseller Taking People With You as well as his latest parable, O Great One! A Little Story About The Awesome Power of Recognition.  David has been recognized as “2012 CEO of the Year” by Chief Executive magazine, one of the world’s “30 Best CEOs” by Barron’s, one of the “Top People in Business” by FORTUNE and one of the “100 Best-Performing CEOs in the World” by Harvard Business Review. In April 2015, he received the prestigious 2015 Horatio Alger Award for his commitment to philanthropy and higher education and became a lifetime member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. He is the recipient of the 2012 UN World Food Program Leadership Award for Yum! Brands World Hunger Relief effort that raises awareness, volunteerism and funds to address this global problem. He received the national 2008 Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship. He also is the founder of the world’s first recognition brand, OGO, which stands for ‘O Great One’, a term coined by Novak to define influential people, such as family, friends or co-workers, who inspire and contribute to those around them. Wendy Novak is a lifelong philanthropist and volunteer. She serves on the advisory board for the Wendy Novak Diabetes Care Center.

 

 


David Novak, Co-Founder, Retired Chairman, CEO of Yum! Brands Gives $21.6 Million to MU School of Journalism

Posted on September 19th, 2017

COLUMBIA, Mo. – David and Wendy Novak have committed $21.6 million to the University of Missouri School of Journalism to establish the Novak Leadership Institute. The gift, which was announced today by MU Chancellor Alexander Cartwright, will support the institute named for David Novak, an advertising and marketing executive and renowned expert on leadership, who is the co-founder, retired chairman and CEO of Yum! Brands.

“Wendy, Ashley and I are honored and humbled to invest in leadership education at the School of Journalism,” Novak said. “I owe my success to my love of advertising and marketing that was discovered and nurtured here. There is a tremendous void in leadership education in our country and we must teach our students the skills needed to make them great leaders and equip them to work with others to get the very best results. We are confident that the institute we have envisioned will put Mizzou at the forefront of leadership education.”

David Novak’s vision for the Leadership Institute stems from his people-first approach to leadership education. Over his fifteen years as chairman and CEO of Yum! Brands, the world’s largest restaurant company, Novak shaped the strategic direction for Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut. He developed his trusted “Taking People with You” leadership program that he personally taught to thousands of managers around the world. Many of his ideas are rooted in the strategic principles of advertising and marketing, which laid the groundwork for his leadership career.

The Novak Leadership Institute (NLI) will be the world’s first center for communication and marketing- based leadership education. It combines the reputation and resources of the world’s first school of journalism with David Novak’s industry-tested principles of leadership. Courses and programs will integrate the School of Journalism’s famous Missouri Method of learning by doing, offering students hands-on experience in leadership development, organizational communication, entrepreneurship and service.

“One of our most esteemed graduates, David Novak rose through the advertising and marketing worlds to become one of the nation’s most respected business leaders,” said David Kurpius, dean of the School of Journalism. “We are honored that he and his family are making this investment in our students while creating a lasting legacy at Mizzou. With their partnership, and under the guidance of Professor Margaret Duffy, I am confident the Novak Leadership Institute will quickly become a transformative and unique resource for preparing tomorrow’s leaders.”

Margaret Duffy, a professor of strategic communication in the School of Journalism, will serve as the inaugural executive director of the institute. Duffy served as department chair for 13 years. She is an award-winning scholar whose research focuses on organizational communication, an expertise she will bring to the Novak Leadership Institute. Her research areas also include visual communication, narrative, digital media, news and persuasion ethics.

The institute will feature undergraduate and graduate courses; a lecture series and annual symposium; thought leadership and research, study abroad opportunities; service learning partnerships; a certificate program in leadership; on-campus and online seminars and workshops; industry partnerships for apprenticeships and mentoring; and scholarships. The mission is to prepare lifelong learners who make a positive and meaningful impact in their organizations and communities.

“Today we recognize Wendy and David Novak as true Mizzou tigers,” Cartwright said. “David is a marketing innovator whose love of leadership and hands-on mentorship will certainly encourage and inspire our students for decades to come. We’re thrilled with his support of this strategic program and we look forward to learning from his vision.”

David and Wendy Novak met as J-School students at the University of Missouri. David Novak began his career in advertising and became PepsiCo’s chief marketing officer. He went on to become executive vice president of marketing and sales there before becoming its chief operating officer. He helped spin off the restaurant business, co-creating Yum! Brands. He is the founder and CEO of OGO, the first inspiration and recognition brand for the amazing people in your life. He has been recognized as “2012 CEO of the Year” by Chief Executive magazine, one of the world’s “30 Best CEOs” by Barron’s and one of the “100 Best-Performing CEOs in the World” by Harvard Business Review. He is the author of “Taking People with You,” a number one New York Times bestseller as well as “O Great One,” and “The Education of an Accidental CEO.”

The Novaks’ gift supports the Mizzou: Our Time to Lead comprehensive campaign. With an overall fundraising goal of $1.3 billion, the campaign will secure the University of Missouri’s status among the nation’s elite public universities by focusing on three priorities:

  • Endowment:Building MU’s endowment will allow the university to strengthen its ability to attract and retain stellar students and faculty.
  • Signature centers and institutes:These centers and institutes will be the engine of research growth that will enhance MU’s AAU status and add to the university’s distinctiveness.
  • Campus renaissance: Spurred by new and renovated facilities, Mizzou will become global leaders in education and research, which will help attract and retain students and faculty.

The University of Missouri was founded in 1839 and is the first public university west of the Mississippi, built on land acquired as part of the Louisiana Purchase. We trace our educational roots to Jeffersonian ideals. Mizzou’s quality today is based on our comprehensive view of education. Missouri combines its research and land-grant efforts at one university.  Mizzou professors generate new knowledge through research and share that knowledge with students and with the public through one of the nation’s first extension programs.

Founded by Walter Williams in 1908, the Missouri School of Journalism is the world’s first school of journalism. The School educates students for careers in journalism, advertising and other media fields by combining a strong liberal arts education with hands-on training in professional news media and strategic communication agencies.

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About Lift a Life Foundation

The Lift a Life Foundation was established in 1999 by David and Wendy Novak. The mission of the Lift a Life Foundation is to lead the way with innovative programs that help people in need and develop future leaders. The Foundation focuses on creative partnerships that make a lasting impact in the primary areas of hunger relief, early childhood education, juvenile diabetes, military family support and leadership development. Since Lift a Life Foundation began, it has helped thousands of people in need through grants and programming support.   David Novak is the Co-Founder, former CEO and Chairman of Yum! Brands, one of the world’s largest restaurant companies with nearly 43,500 KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut restaurants in more than 135 countries and territories.  A renowned expert on leadership and recognition culture, Novak is the author of three highly respected and critically acclaimed books, The Education of an Accidental CEO, the New York Times bestseller Taking People With You as well as his latest parable, O Great One! A Little Story About The Awesome Power of Recognition.  David has been recognized as “2012 CEO of the Year” by Chief Executive magazine, one of the world’s “30 Best CEOs” by Barron’s, one of the “Top People in Business” by FORTUNE and one of the “100 Best-Performing CEOs in the World” by Harvard Business Review. In April 2015, he received the prestigious 2015 Horatio Alger Award for his commitment to philanthropy and higher education and became a lifetime member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. He is the recipient of the 2012 UN World Food Program Leadership Award for Yum! Brands World Hunger Relief effort that raises awareness, volunteerism and funds to address this global problem. He received the national 2008 Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship. He also is the founder of the world’s first recognition brand, OGO, which stands for ‘O Great One’, a term coined by Novak to define influential people, such as family, friends or co-workers, who inspire and contribute to those around them. Wendy Novak is a lifelong philanthropist and volunteer. She serves on the advisory board for the Wendy Novak Diabetes Care Center.

 


DARE TO CARE COMMUNITY KITCHEN SERVES MILLIONTH MEAL TO KIDS CAFES

Posted on August 29th, 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (August 29, 2017)— The Dare to Care Community Kitchen, in partnership with Lift a Life Foundation, has provided its One Millionth Meal served to youth at Kids Cafes after just four years of operation.  Opened in the summer of 2013, the Community Kitchen produces and delivers hot, balanced meals every weekday to over 35 afterschool sites in Kentuckiana.

Before the Community Kitchen opened in 2013, the Dare to Care Kids Cafe program operated by providing unprepared food to afterschool sites that then had to prepare the meals themselves.  This model required the recipient site to have a commercial kitchen, food storage space, and qualified staff.  This model was providing approximately 1,500 meals a week at one dozen afterschool programs.

 

Today, the Community Kitchen prepares the meals and then delivers them hot to Kids Cafe sites.  Using this model, the number of sites serving meals nearly tripled and the number of meals provided each week quadrupled.  

 

The importance of this service extends beyond provided much needed nutrition to children suffering from food hardship.  The meals are served in afterschool settings like Boys & Girls Clubs, Metro Parks Community Centers, and Neighborhood House, where children are provided a wide array of programs and services designed to strengthen their assets and give them the tools they need to succeed in life.

 

For a list of all the afterschool programs serving Kids Cafe meals prepared at the Dare to Care Community Kitchen, visit www.daretocare.org.  

 

Dare to Care Food Bank is an accredited charity of the Better Business Bureau and has been awarded a four-star rating by Charity Navigator. With a mission to lead the community to feed the hungry and conquer the cycle of need, Dare to Care partners with more than 250 local social service agencies, such as food pantries, shelters and emergency kitchens to distribute food to the community. In the past year, Dare to Care and its partners provided over 18 million meals to the Kentuckiana community.


UofL honors David Novak and family Names new pediatric facility Novak Center for Children’s Health

Posted on July 24th, 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – In recognition of their outstanding support to the University of Louisville Department of Pediatrics, the University of Louisville today honored David Novak, his family and the Lift-A-Life Foundation by naming its new pediatrics medical office building the Novak Center for Children’s Health.

 

The Novak Center for Children’s Health is scheduled to open to patients in July 2018. The eight-story, 176,000-square-foot building is the first new health care facility in the Louisville Medical Center in nearly a decade.

 

“David Novak and his family continually demonstrate their strong commitment to the well-being of the children of Kentucky and beyond,” said Gregory C. Postel, M.D., interim president of the University of Louisville. “It is not just symbolic, but appropriate that one of the area’s premiere pediatric health care centers be named in their honor.”

 

In addition to financial support toward the construction of the Novak Center for Children’s Health, the Novak Family and the Lift-A-Life Foundation have been instrumental in the creation and growth of the Wendy Novak Diabetes Center, which will have its outpatient services based in the new facility.

 

“At the University of Louisville, and through its primary children’s partner in Norton Healthcare, we have some of the premiere health care providers in the nation,” Novak said. “We now will have the world-class outpatient facility to match the level of care our children receive.”

 

One of the significant advantages of the new facility will be the ability for patients to see all their childhood health providers in a single location. Currently, patients and their caregivers oftentimes must travel to multiple buildings in the medical center to see providers.

 

The story of Noah Barone and his family demonstrates the significant change the new facility will make in the lives of patients and their families and caregivers. Since 2006, he has been fighting a rare brain disorder that has required him seeing providers in hematology, ophthalmology, neurology and more.

 

“Everyone person who has helped provide for Noah through the years has been exceptional,” said Geneva Barone, Noah’s mother. “At times, it has been inconvenient having to go to the varying locations to see everyone. To have everyone in a single location, and knowing that we will not have to travel throughout the medical center is wonderful. While everyone makes us feel like family, to have a single location to visit will be like having a medical home.”

 

“We are building the future of pediatric health care right here in Louisville,” said Charles Woods, M.D., interim chair of the UofL Department of Pediatrics. “This facility will enable us to transform how we deliver care by having our multidisciplinary teams located in one space so they can meet simultaneously with the patients and their families. This will eliminate substantial inconvenient delays and obstacles in our patients receiving the very best of care in the most time way possible.”

 

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About Lift a Life Foundation

The Lift a Life Foundation was established in 1999 by David and Wendy Novak. The mission of the Lift a Life Foundation is to lead the way with innovative programs that help people in need and develop future leaders. The Foundation focuses on creative partnerships that make a lasting impact in the primary areas of hunger relief, early childhood education, juvenile diabetes, military family support and leadership development. Since Lift a Life Foundation began, it has helped thousands of people in need through grants and programming support.   David Novak is the Co-Founder, former CEO and Chairman of Yum! Brands, one of the world’s largest restaurant companies with nearly 43,500 KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut restaurants in more than 135 countries and territories.  A renowned expert on leadership and recognition culture, Novak is the author of three highly respected and critically acclaimed books, The Education of an Accidental CEO, the New York Times bestseller Taking People With You as well as his latest parable, O Great One! A Little Story About The Awesome Power of Recognition.  David has been recognized as “2012 CEO of the Year” by Chief Executive magazine, one of the world’s “30 Best CEOs” by Barron’s, one of the “Top People in Business” by FORTUNE and one of the “100 Best-Performing CEOs in the World” by Harvard Business Review. In April 2015, he received the prestigious 2015 Horatio Alger Award for his commitment to philanthropy and higher education and became a lifetime member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. He is the recipient of the 2012 UN World Food Program Leadership Award for Yum! Brands World Hunger Relief effort that raises awareness, volunteerism and funds to address this global problem. He received the national 2008 Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship. He also is the founder of the world’s first recognition brand, OGO, which stands for ‘O Great One’, a term coined by Novak to define influential people, such as family, friends or co-workers, who inspire and contribute to those around them. Wendy Novak is a lifelong philanthropist and volunteer. She serves on the advisory board for the Wendy Novak Diabetes Care Center.


Lead2Feed Awards $420,000 for Student-Led Projects Supporting Community Needs

Posted on May 18th, 2017

NEWARK, DE, May 17, 2017 — Empowered to Lead. Inspired to Serve. Today, five student teams from middle and high schools across the country have won the fifth annual Lead2Feed Challenge and will be awarded $20,000 each for their school’s nonprofit of choice and $10,000 technology grants for their school. Since its inception five years ago, the Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program is the nation’s leading and fastest growing free student leadership program, attracting more than one million students from 5,000 schools and clubs across all 50 states.

Aligned to 21st century skills, Lead2Feed encourages students to develop leadership, literacy and teamwork skills by completing service learning projects addressing needs in their community. In a recent survey conducted by Lead2Feed, 91 percent of Americans believe that middle and high school students should learn leadership skills as part of their curriculum. The program is inspired by Co-Founder, former CEO and Chairman of Yum! Brands, and leadership expert, David Novak. The program was developed by the Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning, the Lift a Life Foundation and the Yum! Brands Foundation.

To win the Lead2Feed Challenge, students study leadership lessons, form teams and create programs to address a community need. From the student-led projects submitted, 50 total teams were selected based on the leadership, innovation and impact students demonstrated to address an important need in the community.

The five grand prize recipients are:

  • Bagdad School, Bagdad, AZ (Team Cottage Crafters): FCCLA and Skills USA students teamed up to apply their leadership skills to build a “sleeping cottage” for the homeless.  Students planned, built and delivered a complete tiny house to the Coalition for Compassion and Justice and the United Way in Prescott, AZ. “Our hope is that we will spark a movement!” said students.

 

  • The Phoenix School of Discovery, Louisville, KY (Team R.I.S.E Refugees in a Safe Environment): Team R.I.S.E. created a Bridge Building Day event to create cultural awareness and break down walls between cultures.  More than 500 students formed teams and helped more than a dozen charities in the community while learning about and valuing each other.

 

  • Winton Woods Middle School, Winton Woods, OH (Team Warriors for Change): Students set a goal to change the current culture and climate of the school so school leaders would see them as a resource for effective change.  The students led a variety of projects, including renovating the wait room, creating air-scrubbing indoor gardens and collecting for the FreeStore Food Bank.  As student Julian tells us, “At the beginning I thought I would fail this class, but now I feel confident in almost any situation.  The lessons taught me about being a leader and I feel better about myself.”

 

  • Eisenhower High School, Lawton, OK (Team Ike Ignition):  Eisenhower’s ninth grade class wanted to achieve and exceed the legacy of the school’s “All In” Lead2Feed award from last year.  They took their efforts to volunteer, fundraise and educate students as well as schools across Oklahoma to alleviate hunger in their communities.  The biggest takeaway for these students was learning communication, optimism and flexibility as necessary tools for leading a team.

 

  • Ogden High School, Ogden, UT (Team FCCLA C.A.N.): Students combined lessons of healthy eating, cooking and food collection to empower teens to make wise food and lifestyle choices.  Student Crystal said “I learned through Lead2Feed that an effective leader shares responsibilities and includes everyone.”  

The Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program is also awarding $10,000 charitable grants and $5,000 technology grants based on the outstanding works of the following teams:

  • Elizabethtown High School Service Club, Elizabeth, KY (Team We Scare Hunger)
  • Mercy Academy, Louisville, KY (Team E.N.D. Educating for Nonviolence Daily)
  • River Hill High School, Clarksville, MD (Team RHFBLA)
  • Grand Rapids Christian Middle School, Grand Rapids, MI (Team Global Diversity)
  • Raytown High School, Raytown, MO (Team Raytown High School Jay Crew)
  • Port Chester Middle School, Port Chester, NY (Team PCMS Rams Out ALD)
  • St. Francis Episcopal School, Houston, TX (Team Harris Souper Squad)
  • George H. Moody Middle School, Henrico, VA (Team YAPS)
  • Southampton High School FBLA, Southampton, VA (Team Southampton HS Dream Catchers)
  • Odessa High School, Odessa, WA (Team Future Business Leaders of America)

Additionally, $5,000 charitable grants and $2,000 technology grants will be awarded based on the outstanding work of the following teams:

  • Mohave High School, Bullhead City, AZ (Team Launching Leaders at NOW-MOM!)
  • Design and Architecture Senior High, Miami, FL (Team Happy Little Boxes)
  • JP Taravella High School DECA, Coral Springs, FL (Team JPT DECA Here 2 Help)
  • Stockbridge High School, Stockbridge, GA (Team SHS National Honor Society)
  • Seneca High School, Louisville, KY (Team Seneca Redhawk Rangers)
  • Atlanta High School, Atlanta, LA (Team #ShopWinn)
  • The Harbour School, Baltimore, MD (Team Harbouring Hope)
  • Churchill County High School, Fallon NV (Team Have a Heart)
  • St. Hilary School, Fairlawn, OH (Team Student Council)
  • Menchville High School, Newport News, VA (Team Food Lions)

For a full list of winners, please visit here.

“Now more than ever, we need to build leaders for the future.  Through the Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program, we are teaching students leadership skills they will use to find a need in their community and take action,” said David Novak. “Our recent survey found that 91 percent of Americans think teachers should integrate leadership skills in their schools’ existing curriculum. Lead2Feed helps support this by fostering the development of leadership in classrooms and beyond.”

“I am incredibly proud of our Lead2Feed students who have used this program to develop their leadership, project management and teamwork skills,” said Diane Barrett, Executive Director of the Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning, Inc. “The program is empowering students to make a difference in their communities and the skills learned will serve them now and in the future.”

Complete rules and details on the Lead2Feed Challenge are available at: http://www.lead2feed.org/how-to-participate/project-submission-rules/

To watch the action, get involved and learn more, follow Lead2Feed:
• Web: http://www.lead2feed.org
• Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Lead2Feed
• Twitter: https://twitter.com/LeadtoFeed
• Instagram: http://instagram.com/leadtofeed
• Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/leadtofeed/

About Lead2Feed

The Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program was created by the Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning and the Lift a Life Foundation, with assistance from the Yum! Brands Foundation, to encourage middle and high school students to hone leadership skills by completing a service project around a community need involving a public nonprofit 501c3.

About Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning

The Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning, a 501c3 organization, supports and builds alliances that enhance innovative, instructional programs and community outreach by providing the resources to promote new opportunities and participation. FILL is a supporting organization to the International Literacy Association. The foundation welcomes participation in efforts to engage, enlighten and inspire today’s students and educators by opening their classrooms to the real world. The Foundation seeks funding from other foundations, private companies and organizations to help provide educational programs for elementary and secondary schools, community colleges and/or programs in specific disciplines or curriculum areas. The Foundation works with interested parties to collaborate on the creation of an educational program that promotes literacy and learning.

About Lift a Life Foundation

The Lift a Life Foundation was established in 1999 by David and Wendy Novak. The mission of the Lift a Life Foundation is to lead the way with innovative programs that help people in need and develop future leaders. The Foundation focuses on creative partnerships that make a lasting impact in the primary areas of hunger relief, early childhood education, juvenile diabetes, military family support and leadership development. Since Lift a Life Foundation began, it has helped thousands of people in need through grants and programming support.   David Novak is the Co-Founder, former CEO and Chairman of Yum! Brands, one of the world’s largest restaurant companies with nearly 43,500 KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut restaurants in more than 135 countries and territories.  A renowned expert on leadership and recognition culture, Novak is the author of three highly respected and critically acclaimed books, The Education of an Accidental CEO, the New York Times bestseller Taking People With You as well as his latest parable, O Great One! A Little Story About The Awesome Power of Recognition.  David has been recognized as “2012 CEO of the Year” by Chief Executive magazine, one of the world’s “30 Best CEOs” by Barron’s, one of the “Top People in Business” by FORTUNE and one of the “100 Best-Performing CEOs in the World” by Harvard Business Review. In April 2015, he received the prestigious 2015 Horatio Alger Award for his commitment to philanthropy and higher education and became a lifetime member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. He is the recipient of the 2012 UN World Food Program Leadership Award for Yum! Brands World Hunger Relief effort that raises awareness, volunteerism and funds to address this global problem. He received the national 2008 Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship. He also is the founder of the world’s first recognition brand, OGO, which stands for ‘O Great One’, a term coined by Novak to define influential people, such as family, friends or co-workers, who inspire and contribute to those around them. Wendy Novak is a lifelong philanthropist and volunteer. She serves on the advisory board for the Wendy Novak Diabetes Care Center.

About Yum! Brands, Inc.

Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, has over 43,500 restaurants in more than 135 countries and territories and is one of the Aon Hewitt Top Companies for Leaders in North America.  In 2017, Yum! Brands was named among the top 100 Best Corporate Citizens by Corporate Responsibility Magazine. The company’s restaurant brands – KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell – are the global leaders of the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories.  Worldwide, the Yum! Brands system opens over six new restaurants per day on average, making it a leader in global retail development.
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Construction now underway at 707 W. Main Street; Campaign 93% to Goal

Posted on May 16th, 2017

Louisville, Kentucky (May 8, 2017) – The Leadership Louisville Center launched the Destination: LEADERSHIP campaign last fall with a $3 million fundraising goal to secure the purchase and renovations of approximately 10,000 square feet of office space for the Center’s new home at 707 West Main Street. This new community convening space will better promote an exchange of ideas and collaboration, as well as provide the Center with the classroom space and modern technology needed to further its mission. Renovations are now underway, managed by Miranda Construction, and the Center is expected to move in to the new space this summer. Hundreds of campaign donors have pledged $2.8 million, or 93% towards the $3 million goal. The focal point of the Center’s lobby facing Main Street will be a large art installation composed of illuminated prisms that each showcase the donors that made the new home possible. Donors have until May 12 to make a pledge towards the campaign and receive recognition on one of the prisms. View donor recognition opportunities at this link. Over $2.8 million has been pledged thanks to the generous support of leadership investors including: • James Graham Brown Foundation • Ed Glasscock • PNC Foundation • Sandra Frazier • Lift a Life Foundation • Brown-Forman Corporation • Humana Foundation • Lindy and Bill Street • Ina Brown Bond • Gheens Foundation • Norton Healthcare • D.D. Williamson & Co, Inc. “As an alumni of the Center, I’m a great believer of the mission and the impact programs can have on individuals and businesses,” said Ryan Miranda, Owner of Miranda Construction, LLC and graduate of the Ignite Louisville Class of 2014. “Our goal at Miranda Construction is to do the best projects with the best people, and this is one of those projects. This will be a marquee office space for Louisville and we’re excited to be a part.” For nearly four decades, the Leadership Louisville Center has been committed to growing the pillars of our community, and has established itself as a critical institution for cultivating business and civic leaders, creating a lifelong network of people who have a heart for our community. Over 7,000 individuals, many of our region’s most active and influential leaders, are alumni of the civic programs: Leadership Louisville, Focus Louisville, Bingham Fellows, Ignite Louisville and Encore Louisville. The Center is now calling on alumni and community friends to invest in having a worldclass Leadership Center. A Center that builds our region’s leaders, and also attracts others from across the country to attend leadership programs in Louisville. “We’re thankful for the generosity of the many organizations and individuals who share our vision for the future of the Leadership Louisville Center. They understand that everything we can do to bring more people together and improve their ability to lead comes back to us tenfold,” said Ed Glasscock, chair of the Destination: LEADERSHIP campaign. “We see the potential of this major community asset and look forward to our alumni and friends getting us to 100% of our campaign goal and making our bold vision a reality.” About 707 West Main Street: View pre-construction tour video at this link. “As the Leadership Louisville Center expands its offerings, its role as a community convener and regional leadership development provider is limited in our current space,” said Cynthia Knapek, president of the Leadership Louisville Center. “Our board is implementing a vision for a new home for the Leadership Louisville Center – a place to convene, to collaborate, to connect. A place that benefits the entire community. A place that will be a world-class destination for all those who believe leaders must truly be lifelong learners.” The Center’s search for a new location began in January 2016 with goals to have great visibility, easy access for members and open and collaborative meeting and classroom space for members and staff. After months of evaluation, 707 West Main Street, which is a two-story office condominium unit containing 10,000 square feet located in a historic building, was determined to be the best fit for the organization. It is a rare opportunity to find space on a prime corner of the downtown with street-level presence, windows on three sides with views of the Ohio River and Fort Nelson Park, access to green space for outdoor training sessions and close proximity to hotels and after-hours activities for out-of-town participants. The Center plans to move in to the new space in summer 2017.

About Lift a Life Foundation

The Lift a Life Foundation was established in 1999 by David and Wendy Novak. The mission of the Lift a Life Foundation is to lead the way with innovative programs that help people in need and develop future leaders. The Foundation focuses on creative partnerships that make a lasting impact in the primary areas of hunger relief, early childhood education, juvenile diabetes, military family support and leadership development. Since Lift a Life Foundation began, it has helped thousands of people in need through grants and programming support.  David Novak is the Co-Founder, former CEO and Chairman of Yum! Brands, one of the world’s largest restaurant companies with nearly 43,000 KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut restaurants in more than 130 countries and territories.  A renowned expert on leadership and recognition culture, Novak is the author of three highly respected and critically acclaimed books, The Education of an Accidental CEO, the New York Times bestseller Taking People With You as well as his latest parable, O Great One! A Little Story About The Awesome Power of Recognition. David has been recognized as “2012 CEO of the Year” by Chief Executive magazine, one of the world’s “30 Best CEOs” by Barron’s, one of the “Top People in Business” by FORTUNE and one of the “100 Best-Performing CEOs in the World” by Harvard Business Review. In April 2015, he received the prestigious 2015 Horatio Alger Award for his commitment to philanthropy and higher education and became a lifetime member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. He is the recipient of the 2012 UN World Food Program Leadership Award for Yum! Brands World Hunger Relief effort that raises awareness, volunteerism and funds to address this global problem. He received the national 2008 Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship. He also is the founder of the world’s first recognition brand, OGO, which stands for ‘O Great One’, a term coined by Novak to define influential people, such as family, friends or co-workers, who inspire and contribute to those around them. Wendy Novak is a lifelong philanthropist and volunteer. She serves on the advisory board for the Wendy Novak Diabetes Care Center.

About the Leadership Louisville Center

Created in 1979, the Leadership Louisville Center is the region’s most valuable resource for leadership development and civic engagement. Its mission is to grow and connect a diverse network of leaders who serve as catalysts for a worldclass community through dynamic programming and strong community connections. Over 7,000 community leaders have graduated from the Center’s programs that include Leadership Louisville, Focus Louisville, Ignite Louisville, Bingham Fellows, and Encore Louisville. The Leadership Green Room was launched in 2015 and serves as the training and talent development arm of the Center, expanding the resources available to the region’s business community and employee base. In 2011, the Leadership Louisville Center was recognized as one of the top seven community leadership programs in the U.S. in a benchmark study by the Center for Creative Leadership, the “gold standard” global provider of executive leadership education and research. Learn more at www.leadershiplouisville.org.

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Lead2Feed Finds Today’s Leaders are Born in the Classroom

Posted on May 16th, 2017

NEWARK, DE, April 4, 2017 — Building tomorrow’s leaders is more important than ever. A survey of U.S. adults by Lead2Feed, the nation’s leading and fastest growing free student leadership program, found that Americans see leadership skills as a vital aspect of students’ education with 91 percent saying that middle and high school students should learn leadership skills as part of their curriculum.

“The Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program is helping meet a need by providing students with the opportunity to learn leadership skills in the classroom and execute what they have learned in their local communities,” said Diane Barrett, Executive Director of the Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning, Inc. “Lead2Feed offers educators a free turnkey program aligned to 21st century skills that can be seamlessly integrated into an existing curriculum.”

Lead2Feed believes that middle and high school students today need more opportunities to practice the leadership skills they learn in school outside of the classroom, and 90 percent of Americans agree.

The Lead2Feed survey of more than 2,100 Americans analyzes insights related to Americans’ views about student leadership.

“With middle and high school being such a key time for students, developing leadership, literacy and teamwork skills will help propel students in the present and through college and their careers,” said Ashley Butler, Director of the Lift a Life Foundation. “The Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program empowers students to become leaders and make an impact in their communities and around the world.”

The Importance of Student Leadership

Findings include:

  • 94 percent of Americans say that leadership should involve teamwork.
  • 91 percent of Americans think teachers should integrate leadership skills in their schools’ existing curriculum.
  • 88 percent of Americans think students with leadership skills are more college and career ready.

 

The Benefits of Leadership Skills

Of those who think that middle and high school students should learn leadership skills as part of their curriculum (91 percent), increased skill sets and preparation for college and career remain the key benefits:

 

Skills

  • 81 percent say it would help build their confidence.
  • 76 percent say it would help improve communications skills.
  • 75 percent say it would help build teamwork skills.

 

College and Career Prep

  • 75 percent believe it would help prepare them for the workforce.
  • 66 percent say it would help with the advancement of their career later in life.
  • 57 percent say it would help prepare them for college.
  • 56 percent say it would make them more competitive in the workforce.

 

“Lead2Feed is a great way to teach leadership and civic engagement while developing common core aligned academic skills,” said Dr. Pamela Royster, Lead2Feed Advisor and College / Career Readiness Specialist with Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, K.Y. “It is a win-win!”

 

Since its inception five years ago, more than one million middle and high school students from 5,000 schools and clubs across all 50 states have participated in Lead2Feed. The program is inspired by Co-Founder, former CEO and Chairman of Yum! Brands, and leadership expert, David Novak. The program was developed by the Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning, the Lift a Life Foundation and the Yum! Brands Foundation.

Teachers and advisors can register their student teams for the Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program and enter the Lead2Feed Challenge online at www.lead2feed.org for the opportunity to win grants for their charity and technology products for their schools and clubs. Lead2Feed Challenge entries are accepted all year, with the deadline for each school year being the first Friday in April.

Complete rules and details on the Lead2Feed Challenge are available at: http://www.lead2feed.org/how-to-participate/project-submission-rules/

To watch the action, get involved and learn more, follow Lead2Feed:
• Web: http://www.lead2feed.org
• Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Lead2Feed
• Twitter: https://twitter.com/LeadtoFeed
• Instagram: http://instagram.com/leadtofeed
• Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/leadtofeed/

Methodology

This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of Lead2Feed from March 6-8, 2017 among 2,178 adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact Jessica Chen, jchen@cooperkatz.com.

About Lead2Feed

The Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program was created by the Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning and the Lift a Life Foundation, with assistance from the Yum! Brands Foundation, to encourage middle and high school students to hone leadership skills by completing a service project around a community need involving a public nonprofit 501c3.

About Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning

The Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning, a 501c3 organization, supports and builds alliances that enhance innovative, instructional programs and community outreach by providing the resources to promote new opportunities and participation. FILL is a supporting organization to the International Literacy Association. The foundation welcomes participation in efforts to engage, enlighten and inspire today’s students and educators by opening their classrooms to the real world. The Foundation seeks funding from other foundations, private companies and organizations to help provide educational programs for elementary and secondary schools, community colleges and/or programs in specific disciplines or curriculum areas. The Foundation works with interested parties to collaborate on the creation of an educational program that promotes literacy and learning.

About Lift a Life Foundation

The Lift a Life Foundation was established in 1999 by David and Wendy Novak. The mission of the Lift a Life Foundation is to lead the way with innovative programs that help people in need and develop future leaders. The Foundation focuses on creative partnerships that make a lasting impact in the primary areas of hunger relief, early childhood education, juvenile diabetes, military family support and leadership development. Since Lift a Life Foundation began, it has helped thousands of people in need through grants and programming support.  David Novak is the Co-Founder, former CEO and Chairman of Yum! Brands, one of the world’s largest restaurant companies with nearly 43,000 KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut restaurants in more than 130 countries and territories.  A renowned expert on leadership and recognition culture, Novak is the author of three highly respected and critically acclaimed books, The Education of an Accidental CEO, the New York Times bestseller Taking People With You as well as his latest parable, O Great One! A Little Story About The Awesome Power of Recognition. David has been recognized as “2012 CEO of the Year” by Chief Executive magazine, one of the world’s “30 Best CEOs” by Barron’s, one of the “Top People in Business” by FORTUNE and one of the “100 Best-Performing CEOs in the World” by Harvard Business Review. In April 2015, he received the prestigious 2015 Horatio Alger Award for his commitment to philanthropy and higher education and became a lifetime member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. He is the recipient of the 2012 UN World Food Program Leadership Award for Yum! Brands World Hunger Relief effort that raises awareness, volunteerism and funds to address this global problem. He received the national 2008 Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship. He also is the founder of the world’s first recognition brand, OGO, which stands for ‘O Great One’, a term coined by Novak to define influential people, such as family, friends or co-workers, who inspire and contribute to those around them. Wendy Novak is a lifelong philanthropist and volunteer. She serves on the advisory board for the Wendy Novak Diabetes Care Center.

About Yum! Brands, Inc.

Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, has nearly 43,000 restaurants in 135 countries and territories and is one of the Aon Hewitt Top Companies for Leaders in North America. The company’s restaurant brands – KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell – are the global leaders of the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories. Worldwide, the Yum! Brands system opens over six new restaurants per day on average, making it a leader in global retail development.

 

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Diabetes care and loving touch spurs $600,000 gift to Wendy Novak Diabetes Center

Posted on March 8th, 2017

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 2, 2017) – When the Price family suddenly found themselves at Norton Children’s Hospital and their then 4-year-old daughter, Norah, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, their world was turned upside down. Their experience with learning a new normal has spurred the Price Foundation to make a $600,000 gift to the Children’s Hospital Foundation in support of the Wendy Novak Diabetes Center and initiatives that will help other families like theirs.

The gift through the Children’s Hospital Foundation will fund two positions centered around education – both for families and caregivers: The Norah Price Diabetes Educator in the Wendy Novak Diabetes Center at Norton Children’s Hospital and the Norah Price Fellow in Pediatric Endocrinology through Norton Children’s Hospital and the University of Louisville School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics.

“We want to give back because we were truly touched by the diabetes educators and the tremendous value they provide,” said Charles Price, Norah’s father. “At the time of Norah’s diagnosis, we didn’t know what to do, but we felt the educators met us where we were and helped pick up the pieces.

“We also know that with more children needing care from an endocrinologist comes the need for additional specialists. We wanted to broaden their reach by adding a fellow.”

“When a child comes into the hospital and is diagnosed with diabetes, there are a lot of questions,” said Jaime Walker, MSN, R.N., CDE, the newly named Norah Price Diabetes Educator. “From how to measure blood sugars to how much insulin a child needs, the experience can be daunting. Education is what makes it possible for families to resume a normal life with Type 1 diabetes.”

“Some children who are newly diagnosed are so sick that they require care in the ‘Just for Kids’ Critical Care Center at Norton Children’s Hospital,” said Michael B. Foster, M.D., pediatric endocrinologist in the Wendy Novak Diabetes Center at Norton Children’s Hospital and the University of Louisville. “Luckily, Norah’s family knew something was wrong and sought answers before her condition got worse, and we were able to help them move forward to a life of managing her condition.”

“We didn’t know what to ask so we asked everything and anything,” Price said. “We want others to experience this. Education is huge – there is so much we didn’t know when faced with the initial diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes.”

Around 150 children are diagnosed with diabetes at the Wendy Novak Diabetes Center at Norton Children’s Hospital each year. Nearly 1,500 children are receiving ongoing care for their condition from Wendy Novak Diabetes Center specialists at the University of Louisville. 

“We’ve seen the number of children with Type 1 diabetes that we care for increase by more than 25 percent in just the past few years,” said Kupper A. Wintergerst, M.D., chief of Pediatric Endocrinology and director of the Wendy Novak Diabetes Center at Norton Children’s Hospital and the University of Louisville. “While some of this is due to the expertise available here, we know that the incidence of Type 1 diabetes is showing no sign of slowing here or across the world.”

Caring for children with diabetes, especially those who are newly diagnosed, requires a coordinated approach both in and out of the hospital. This starts with physicians, diabetes educators and caregivers in the hospital and continues with ongoing outpatient care by physicians, nurse practitioners, educators, nurses and care coordinators.

“This gift from the Price Foundation will help our caregivers in the Wendy Novak Diabetes Center expand the care children with diabetes in our community receive,” said Lynnie Meyer, Ed.D., R.N., CFRE, chief development officer, Norton Healthcare. “This will be through additional educators and physicians who can immediately help care for families in every stage of diabetes.”

Type 1 diabetes usually is diagnosed in children and young adults, and occurs when cells in the pancreas, damaged by the immune system, produce little or no insulin. Insulin is necessary for moving blood sugar into cells for storage and use as energy. When the body does not make enough insulin, the blood sugar builds up and cannot turn into energy. While no one knows the exact cause, this autoimmune disorder can be fatal if not properly treated. 

Type 1 diabetes differs from Type 2 diabetes, which is more commonly diagnosed in adults. In Type 2, the body becomes resistant to the insulin it produces, often due to weight gain, poor diet and lack of activity. Ultimately, this results in high blood sugar as well. People with Type 1 diabetes must test their blood sugar five or more times per day. Treatment includes taking multiple insulin injections or using an insulin pump every day, along with maintaining proper diet and exercise. There currently is no cure.

In 2013, a $5 million gift from the Lift a Life Foundation established the Wendy Novak Diabetes Center at Norton Children’s Hospital and the University of Louisville. Established in 1999 through a charitable trust by David and Wendy Novak, the Lift a Life Foundation provides innovative grants to nonprofit partners serving Kentucky. An additional $1 million gift in 2016 established the Christensen Family Diabetes Sports Medicine Program with the intent to provide individualized monitoring and education for child athletes with Type 1 diabetes, as well as conduct research into the management of diabetes in the young athlete. 

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About Norton Children’s Hospital

As Kentucky and Southern Indiana’s only full-service, free-standing pediatric hospital, Norton Children’s Hospital, along with its predecessor hospitals, have cared for children for more than a century without regard to their families’ ability to pay. The hospital also is an advocate for the health and well-being of all children. The 267-bed hospital is the region’s only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center and serves as the primary pediatric teaching facility for the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Specialists offer comprehensive pediatric care, including a full range of services for congenital and acquired heart disease, cancer care, neurosciences, spine and orthopaedic care, and neonatal care.

 

As part of a family of regional facilities that treat more than 170,000 children each year who seek care regardless of their families’ ability to pay, Norton Children’s Hospital and its sister locations rely on support from the community. The hospital’s foundation raises millions of dollars each year to advance world-class programs and services through workforce development, facility enhancement, equipment and research. More information is available at NortonChildrens.com.

About the Children’s Hospital Foundation

The Children’s Hospital Foundation raises millions of dollars for Norton Children’s Hospital, Kentucky’s only full-service, free-standing pediatric hospital; Norton Children’s Medical Center; and pediatric services at Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital in St. Matthews to support programs, equipment and facilities, research, advocacy and education. Thanks to donations from the community in 2015, the Children’s Hospital Foundation was able to provide nearly $12 million to drive innovation and support more than 170,000 children annually from throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana. For more information, visit HelpNortonChildrens.com or call (502) 629-8060.


Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program Awards Five Student Teams $5,000 Technology Grants

Posted on December 16th, 2016

NEWARK, Del.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Empowered to lead. Inspired to Serve. Today, the Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program awarded five middle and high schools from across the country with $5,000 technology grants as recipients of the Lead2Feed Challenge Early Entry Drawing. The winning teachers and students are participants in Lead2Feed, the nation’s leading and fastest growing free student leadership program. Aligned to standards and 21st century skills, Lead2Feed engages students to develop leadership, literacy and teamwork skills by completing service learning projects addressing needs in their community. The program is inspired by Co-Founder, former CEO and Chairman of Yum! Brands, and leadership expert, David Novak. The program was developed by the Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning, the Lift a Life Foundation and the Yum! Brands Foundation.

“The leadership training in Lead2Feed was invaluable. It breaks the process into easy to understand and apply steps. The team members are so empowered by the knowledge gained from this program. They will be our leaders in the future.”

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Winners from the Lead2Feed Challenge Early Entry Drawing were randomly selected from registered teams who completed and entered their Lead2Feed Challenge projects by December 9, 2016. These student-led projects, in partnership with a local non-profit 501c3, ranged from meeting needs for the hungry, the homeless and rescued animals to using the arts to connect with seniors in the community. The awarded technology grants include tablets and computers which will support educators and students in their efforts to create meaningful change in their communities.

The winning schools include:

  • DAR High School FCCLA – Grant, AL: Students focused on projects promoting breast cancer awareness with the Breast Cancer Research Fund of Alabama, stocking shelves with the Salvation Army, meeting needs of the Downtown Rescue Mission, caring for pets at the Wonder Pets Shelter, raising funds for Covenant House and reducing the issue of strays with God’s Feral Felines. Teacher Shelley Cantrell shared this sentiment from a student, “The most powerful lesson about becoming a leader in a group is to be responsible and able to overcome any obstacles that may come your way.”
  • Mercy Academy – Louisville, KY: Student teams identified and fulfilled needs identified by community charities including the Americana Community Center, Salvation Army, Family Scholar House, Center for Women and Families, Franciscan Kitchen and the Food Literacy Project. Educators Rick Blackwell and Kari Simms shared this student insight, “Lesson 6, The Change is Never Over, is most the powerful and important because when we learned how to most efficiently use our skills and communicate with our partners, we really began to see positive changes occurring within our community.”
  • Belmont After School Enrichment Collaborative – Belmont, MA: The sixth grade after school arts program paired with the Beech Street Center and Council on Aging to create photo journals about significant moments in seniors’ lives, including times of social justice. Teacher Danielle Green said, “The Lesson 1 Lifeline exercise was powerful. We don’t always take the time in our culture to reflect on where we come from, the good and bad things that have formed us and what we uniquely have to offer.”
  • Spring Lake Park High School FCCLA – Spring Lake Park, MN: Students used Lead2Feed lessons to prepare a one-week intensive food collection with the Community Emergency Assistance Program. Students said, “Teamwork is important for trusting in each other to organize and follow through on projects.”
  • Bridger High School FCCLA – Bridger, MT: Seventh through twelfth grade students participated in Bringing Unity to Our Community Day by working with nine area charities. Teacher Vicki Kaufman said, “The leadership training in Lead2Feed was invaluable. It breaks the process into easy to understand and apply steps. The team members are so empowered by the knowledge gained from this program. They will be our leaders in the future.”

Since its inception five years ago, more than one million middle and high school students from 5,000 schools and clubs across all 50 states have participated in Lead2Feed. The program offers a comprehensive curriculum aligned to 21st century skills, including lessons on project management and teamwork, among others. Teachers and advisors can register their student teams for the Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program and enter the Lead2Feed Challenge online at www.lead2feed.org for the opportunity to win over $275,000 in charitable grants and $170,000 in technology grants for schools and clubs. The final deadline to submit student-led projects is April 7, 2017.

“The Lead2Feed Challenge provides educators with a free turnkey service-learning experience that is integrated seamlessly into existing curriculum goals,” said Diane Barrett, Executive Director of the Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning, Inc. “The program empowers students to become leaders and make a difference in their communities and around the globe. These skills will serve them in the present and beyond, through college and into their careers.”

“The Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program propels the development of leadership capacity in communities across the country. We continue to be inspired by these future leaders and the change they are making for the greater good,” said Ashley Butler, Director of the Lift a Life Foundation.

To watch the action, get involved and learn more, follow Lead2Feed:
• Web: http://www.lead2feed.org
• Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Lead2Feed
• Twitter: https://twitter.com/LeadtoFeed
• Instagram: http://instagram.com/leadtofeed
• Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/leadtofeed/

Complete rules and details on the Lead2Feed Challenge are available at: http://www.lead2feed.org/how-to-participate/project-submission-rules/

About Lead2Feed

The Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program was created by the Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning and the Lift a Life Foundation, with assistance from the Yum! Brands Foundation, to encourage middle and high school students to hone leadership skills by completing a service project around a community need involving a public nonprofit 501c3.

About Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning

The Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning, a 501c3 organization, supports and builds alliances that enhance innovative, instructional programs and community outreach by providing the resources to promote new opportunities and participation. FILL is a supporting organization to the International Literacy Association. The foundation welcomes participation in efforts to engage, enlighten and inspire today’s students and educators by opening their classrooms to the real world. The Foundation seeks funding from other foundations, private companies and organizations to help provide educational programs for elementary and secondary schools, community colleges and/or programs in specific disciplines or curriculum areas. The Foundation works with interested parties to collaborate on the creation of an educational program that promotes literacy and learning.

About Lift a Life Foundation

The Lift a Life Foundation was established in 1999 by David and Wendy Novak. The mission of the Lift a Life Foundation is to lead the way with innovative programs that help people in need and develop future leaders. The Foundation focuses on creative partnerships that make a lasting impact in the primary areas of hunger relief, early childhood education, juvenile diabetes, military family support and leadership development. Since Lift a Life Foundation began, it has helped thousands of people in need through grants and programming support. David Novak is the Co-Founder, former CEO and Chairman of Yum! Brands, one of the world’s largest restaurant companies with nearly 43,000 KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut restaurants in more than 130 countries and territories. A renowned expert on leadership and recognition culture, Novak is the author of three highly respected and critically acclaimed books, The Education of an Accidental CEO, the New York Times bestseller Taking People With You as well as his latest parable, O Great One! A Little Story About The Awesome Power of Recognition. David has been recognized as “2012 CEO of the Year” by Chief Executive magazine, one of the world’s “30 Best CEOs” by Barron’s, one of the “Top People in Business” by FORTUNE and one of the “100 Best-Performing CEOs in the World” by Harvard Business Review. In April 2015, he received the prestigious 2015 Horatio Alger Award for his commitment to philanthropy and higher education and became a lifetime member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. He is the recipient of the 2012 UN World Food Program Leadership Award for Yum! Brands World Hunger Relief effort that raises awareness, volunteerism and funds to address this global problem. He received the national 2008 Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship. He also is the founder of the world’s first recognition brand, OGO, which stands for ‘O Great One’, a term coined by Novak to define influential people, such as family, friends or co-workers, who inspire and contribute to those around them. Wendy Novak is a lifelong philanthropist and volunteer. She serves on the advisory board for the Wendy L. Novak Diabetes Care Center.

About Yum! Brands, Inc.

Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, has nearly 43,000 restaurants in 135 countries and territories and is one of the Aon Hewitt Top Companies for Leaders in North America. The company’s restaurant brands – KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell – are the global leaders of the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories. Worldwide, the Yum! Brands system opens over six new restaurants per day on average, making it a leader in global retail development.


Gift to Kosair Children’s Hospital will help kids with diabetes excel on the playing field

Posted on April 28th, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 28, 2016) – The Children’s Hospital Foundation has received a $1 million pledge to establish the Christensen Family Diabetes Sports Medicine Program. The program will be part of the Wendy Novak Diabetes Care Center, which is a collaboration between Kosair Children’s Hospital, the University of Louisville and UofL Physicians.

Tony Christensen, president of Access Wealth Management, is making the pledge in honor of his son, Mason, who has Type 1 diabetes. 

“My family feels very fortunate to have a top facility like the Wendy Novak Diabetes Care Center in our community,” Christensen said. “Through this diabetes sports medicine program we will strive to provide children and young adults with Type 1 diabetes the same level of care and process that professional athletes with Type 1 diabetes receive.

“We want to get to a point where young athletes and their families can enjoy sporting events without worrying about dangerous drops in their blood sugar levels. It’s a huge need and we are happy to be a part of this exciting program.” 

“Our goal is for everyone with diabetes to be able to maximize their performance, whether just playing outside or competing in organized sports,” said Kupper A. Wintergerst, M.D., chief of pediatric endocrinology and director of the Wendy Novak Diabetes Care Center at Kosair Children’s Hospital and the University of Louisville School of Medicine. “We want to empower children and young adults with diabetes to be able to live long, healthy, active lives.”

The Christensen Family Diabetes Sports Medicine Program will provide individualized monitoring and education for children with Type 1 diabetes, both on and off the playing field. It also will conduct research into the management of diabetes in young athletes. 

“Children with Type 1 diabetes often experience drastic changes in their blood sugar levels when they are exercising, which influence their safety and performance,” Dr. Wintergerst said. “Different levels of exercise require different care. The more formal the play, the more refined and personalized the steps need to be to manage diabetes.”

“Thanks to the generosity of the Christensen family, we have a unique opportunity to help children excel in sports, or whatever activity they choose,” said Lynnie Meyer, Ed.D., R.N., CFRE, chief development officer, Norton Healthcare. “This is a one-of-a-kind program that we hope to see grow and expand with additional funding.”

More than 1,300 children and young adults are currently being treated for Type 1 diabetes by specialists at the University of Louisville and Kosair Children’s Hospital. Approximately 150 children in our area are diagnosed each year, all of whom receive their initial care and education in the inpatient unit of the Wendy Novak Diabetes Care Center at Kosair Children’s Hospital.

“We’ve seen a 20 percent increase in hospital admissions due to Type 1 diabetes since 2008,” Dr. Wintergerst said. “The incidence of Type 1 diabetes is showing no sign of slowing here or across the world.”

Type 1 diabetes usually is diagnosed in children and young adults, and occurs when cells in the pancreas, damaged by the immune system, produce little or no insulin. Insulin is necessary for moving blood sugar into cells for storage and use as energy. When the body does not make enough insulin, the blood sugar builds up and cannot turn into energy. While no one knows the exact cause, this autoimmune disorder can be fatal if not properly treated. 

Type 1 diabetes differs from Type 2 diabetes, which is more commonly diagnosed in adults. In Type 2, the body becomes resistant to the insulin it produces, often due to weight gain, poor diet and lack of activity. Ultimately, this results in high blood sugar as well. 

People with Type 1 diabetes must test their blood sugar five or more times per day. Treatment includes taking multiple insulin injections or using an insulin pump every day, along with maintaining proper diet and exercise. There is currently no cure.

In 2013, a $5 million gift to the Children’s Hospital Foundation from the Lift a Life Foundation established the Wendy Novak Diabetes Care Center at Kosair Children’s Hospital. Established in 1999 through a charitable trust by David and Wendy Novak, the Lift a Life Foundation provides innovative grants to nonprofit partners serving Kentucky. 

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About Lift a Life Foundation

The Lift a Life Foundation was established in 1999 by David and Wendy Novak. The mission of the Lift a Life Foundation is to lead the way with innovative programs that help people in need and develop future leaders.  The Foundation focuses on creative partnerships that make a lasting impact in the primary areas of hunger relief, early childhood education, juvenile diabetes, military family support and leadership development.  Since Lift a Life Foundation began, it has helped thousands of people in need through grants and programming support.  David Novak is Executive Chairman of Yum! Brands, one of the world’s largest restaurant companies with over 41,000 KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut restaurants in more than 125 countries and territories, and author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling book, TAKING PEOPLE WITH YOU: The Only Way to Make BIG Things Happen. He has been recognized as “2012 CEO of the Year” by Chief Executive magazine, one of the world’s “30 Best CEOs” by Barron’s, one of the “Top People in Business” by FORTUNE and one of the “100 Best-Performing CEOs in the World” by Harvard Business Review. In the spring, he will receive the prestigious 2015 Horatio Alger Award for his commitment to philanthropy and higher education and become a lifetime member of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. He is the recipient of the 2012 UN World Food Program Leadership Award for Yum! Brands World Hunger Relief effort that raises awareness, volunteerism and funds to address this global problem. He also received the national 2008 Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship. He is on the board of directors of the Yum! Brands Foundation and World Food Program USA. Wendy Novak is a lifelong philanthropist and volunteer. She served on the board of Directors for the Kentucky Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.