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.

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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.


Five Student Teams Nationwide Win $5,000 in Technology Products from the Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program

Posted on December 17th, 2015

Student-designed projects tackling local hunger and other community needs win tech products for schools and clubs across the country

Newark, DE, December 17, 2015 – Empowered to lead. Inspired to Serve. Today five middle and high schools from across the country were awarded $5,000 in technology products as recipients of the Lead2Feed Challenge Early Entry Drawing. These teachers and students are participants in Lead2Feed, the nation’s leading and fastest growing free student leadership program that engages students to develop leadership and teamwork skills by completing service learning projects addressing hunger or other community need. Lead2Feed is a Common Core-aligned program inspired by Executive Chairman of Yum! Brands and leadership expert, David Novak, and developed by the Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning, with support from the Lift a Life Foundation, and the Yum! Brands Foundation.

The winners were randomly selected from registered teachers who completed and entered their Lead2Feed Challenge projects by December 11, 2015. These student-led projects, in partnership with a local non-profit 501c3, ranged from cooking meals for veterans to increasing dog adoption. The technology grants will be used to obtain tablets and computers which will aid educators and students in their efforts to make meaningful change in their communities.

The winning schools include:

  • Johnson Traditional Middle School – Louisville, KYFilled 1,280 back packs and collected 2,814 cans to support community food pantry Dare to Care
  • Glasgow High School – Newark, DE: Collected food, toiletries and clothing for local shelter Sunday Breakfast Mission
  • Stockbridge High School– Stockbridge, GAEstablished an In-house food pantry for Stockbridge HS students, faculty and staff who found themselves in temporary need of food assistance; donated more than 500 items by offering incentives like homework passes and cookies
  • George Washington High School – Chicago, IL: Collected close to 700 pounds of food creating almost 560 meals for the Greater Chicago Food Depository by encouraging participation from National Honor Society applicants
  • Atlanta High School – Atlanta, LA: Held a variety of community service projects including a can drive and a haunted house to address hunger rand food insecurities in their community 

Since its inception three years ago, more than one million middle and high school students from 3,500 schools and clubs across all 50 states have participated in Lead2Feed. Teachers/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 charity grants and $170,000 in technology grants for schools and clubs. The deadline for the next Early Entry Awards Drawing is March 11, 2016. 

“The Lead2Feed Challenge provides educators with a free turnkey service-learning experience and empowers students to be leaders making a difference in their community and around the globe,” said Diane Barrett, Executive Director of the Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning, Inc. “The twice a year Lead2Feed Early Entry Drawings add value and provide another reason for educators and students to get involved.”

To watch the action, get involved, and learn more, follow Lead2Feed:

Complete rules and details on the Lead2Feed Challenge, including submission for the second Leadership Awards, 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! Foundation, to encourage middle and high school students to hone leadership skills by completing a service-learning project that solves hunger or other community needs involving a public non-profit (501c3).

About Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning 

The Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning, a 501(c)(3) organization, supports and builds alliances that enhance innovative, instructional programs and community outreach by providing the resources to promote new opportunities and participation.. 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, 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 meets the mission and goals for respective companies or organizations.

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 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 also received the national 2008 Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship. He is on the board of directors of the 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. 

About Yum! Brands, Inc.

Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, has over 41,000 restaurants in more than 125 countries and territories. Yum! is ranked #228 on the Fortune 500 List with revenues of more than $13 billion and in 2014 was named 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. Outside the United States, the Yum! Brands system opens over five new restaurants per day, making it a leader in international retail development. 


The USA TODAY Charitable Foundation Becomes Part Of The International Literacy Association

Posted on July 24th, 2015

NEWARK, Del.July 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The International Literacy Association (ILA) announced today that it will assume oversight and fiduciary responsibility for the USA TODAY Charitable Foundation (USATCF). The Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning — as the USATCF will now be called — will operate as a separate, supporting Foundation with its own Board under the ILA umbrella organization.

Working with other foundations, private companies and organizations, the Foundation has helped provide educational programs for elementary, secondary schools, community colleges, clubs and after-school activities and/or programs in specific disciplines or curriculum areas.

“By joining ILA, the Foundation provides yet one more engine in our pool of resources to support our work to advance literacy for all through our global network of more than 300,000 literacy practitioners in 75 countries,” said Marcie Craig Post, Executive Director, International Literacy Association. “We see this as an adoption of a like-minded, liked-missioned group that shares a similar commitment to literacy and education efforts.”

The USATCF Board sought out ILA as a potential partner that would enable the Foundation to continue doing their work supporting and building alliances that enhance innovative, instructional programs, and community outreach. Long affiliated with the USA TODAY newspaper and its parent company Gannett, a recent corporate reorganization prompted the Foundation’s search for a new supporting partner.

“The USA TODAY Charitable Foundation’s vision has been to engage, enlighten and inspire today’s students and educators by opening their classrooms to the real world,” said Diane Barrett, retired Vice President, USA TODAY/Gannett Publishing Services and USATCF’s former President and Board Chair. “Our donors represent global and national companies and not-for-profit organizations who have collaborated with us for over a decade to bring exceptional initiatives and resources to schools in the United States. We are eager to grow the reach of our work through our affiliation with ILA.”

The integration supports ILA’s work to advance and accelerate the organization’s renewed mission and purpose dedicated to advancing literacy for all. ILA believes in the transformative power of literacy to create more successful societies, healthy communities and prosperous economies.

There will be no change in ILA’s operations or structure. The Foundation will have its own board — and will bring a donor-base and resources to conduct projects and offset any overhead expenses. The Foundation’s independent Board of Directors will include previous members of the USATCF Board, including Akin Harrison, Senior Legal Counsel, Gannett, and Ross Schaufelberger, recently EVP and COO, USA TODAY Sports Media Group. Diane Barrett, retired Vice President, USA TODAY/Gannett Publishing Services and USATCF’s former President and Board Chair, will serve as the ex-officio voting Executive Director. ILA Executive Director Marcie Craig Post will serve as Chair of the Board. Additional Board members will also be recruited.

About the International Literacy Association 

The International Literacy Association (ILA) is a global advocacy and membership organization dedicated to advancing literacy for all through its network of more than 300,000 literacy educators, researchers and experts across 75 countries. With 60 years of experience in the field, ILA believes in the transformative power of literacy to create more successful societies, healthy communities and prosperous economies. ILA collaborates with partners across the world to develop, gather and disseminate high-quality resources, best practices and cutting-edge research to empower educators, inspire students and inform policymakers. The International Literacy Association publishes several peer-reviewed journals, including The Reading Teacher, Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy and Reading Research Quarterly. For more information, visit literacyworldwide.org.

About the Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning 

The Foundation for Impact on Literacy and Learning (formerly the USA TODAY Charitable Foundation) is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports and builds alliances that enhance innovative instructional programs and community outreach by providing the resources to promote opportunities and inspire all. The Foundation seeks funding from other foundations, private companies and organizations to help provide educational programs for elementary, secondary schools, community colleges and/or programs in specific disciplines or curriculum areas. Staff works with interested parties to collaborate on the creation of educational programs that meet the mission and goals for respective companies or organizations.

SOURCE International Literacy Association

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Lead2Feed World Hunger Leadership Program Mobilizes Nearly 600,000 Students Across America to Tackle Local Hunger

Posted on May 18th, 2015

MCLEAN, Va.May 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Five student teams from middle and high schools around the country have won the third annual Lead2Feed World Hunger Leadership Challenge and will be awarded $25,000 each for their schools’ nonprofit of choice engaged in hunger relief, and $20,000 in technology products for their school.  Lead2Feed is the nation’s leading and fastest growing free service learning program which aims to solve world hunger by teaching leadership skills to students. Since its inception in 2012, nearly a million students in 3,500 schools and clubs participated across all 50 states donating more than 22,000 volunteer hours and one million meals to hungry families. Lead2Feed was developed by the USA Today Charitable Foundation, with support from Lift a Life Foundation and Yum! Brands Foundation.

To win the Lead2Feed World Hunger Leadership Challenge, students formed teams and created programs to end local and global hunger. This year, more than 1,000 teachers nationwide registered as Lead2Feed members. From those educators who submitted student-led projects, five teams were selected based on the innovative and impactful programs they conducted to combat hunger.

The five grand prize recipients include:

  • Grassfield High School, Chesapeake, VAA team of students creatively collected over 1,100 pounds of food and raised hundreds of dollars to combat hunger in their community through events like Movie Night Food Drive with “Stacy Clause,” and a school-wide food drive. They also started the “Little Grizzlies” backpack program to supply food to elementary students
  • Doss High School, Louisville, KY: With a team of more than 50, these students created an international festival for their community, held a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, and hosted a Local Area Network party, while running a concession cart during all events. This group raised nearly $4,000 to ensure Syrian refugees had meals upon their arrival to Kentucky.
  • Design and Architecture Senior High, Miami, FL: A team of ninth graders collected 1,831 pounds of food equaling more than 3,000 weekend meals to students who are hunger insecure in the Miami-Dade area. These students not only support their school, but 15 local schools depend on these ninth graders for weekend meals as well.
  • Odessa High School FBLA, Odessa, WASeven local students raised more than $8,800 to sponsor 55 food kits over 35 weeks for students in need. Students also created a sustainable backpack initiative, made available on weekends when the majority of hunger agencies are closed, to ensure no community member is left hungry.
  • The Harbour School at Baltimore, Owing Mills, MD: This group of motivated students utilized 3D printing technology and social media to drive awareness around local hunger issues across Maryland and 10 other states. The school united with a local Middle School to raise over 200 pounds of food. This is the second year The Harbour School has won the Lead2Feed grand prize.

Additionally, Lead2Feed is awarding $10,000 charitable grants based on the outstanding work of these teams:

  • Johnson Traditional Middle School, Louisville, KY
  • Brawley High School HOSA, Brawley, CA
  • Seneca High SchoolLouisville, KY
  • North Sanpete Middle School FBLA, Moroni, UT
  • George Washington High SchoolChicago, IL
  • Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, Chicago, IL
  • Flagami Elementary Community Helpers, Miami, FL
  • Menchville High School, Newport News, VA
  • Malon D. Mimms Boys and Girls Club, Canton, GA
  • The Walter Damrosch School, Bronx, NY

And $5,000 charitable grants based on the outstanding work of these teams:

  • Baylor SchoolChattanooga, TN
  • Eisenhower High School Freshmen, Lawton, OK
  • McDowell Intermediate High School, Erie, PA
  • Bagdad High School FCCLA, Bagdad, AZ
  • South Seminole Middle School, Casselberry, FL
  • St. Francis Episcopal Day School, Houston, TX
  • Atlanta High School FBLA, Atlanta, LA
  • Providence Preparatory Academy, Rome, GA
  • Winton Woods Middle SchoolCincinnati, OH
  • Benson Polytechnic HOSA, Portland, OR

“Inspiration is one of the many words that come to mind when I think of the hundreds of thousands of students finding ways to combat and understand world hunger in their local communities,” said David Novak, executive chairman of Yum! Brands, Inc. “Lead2Feed provides the opportunity to teach the next generation of leaders how to lead the right way—with compassion and understanding—this program is making the world a better place for generations to come.”

The Lead2Feed curriculum incorporates leadership principles from Yum! Brands’ Executive Chairman David Novak’s book, TAKING PEOPLE WITH YOU: The Only Way to Make BIG Things Happen. Students get hands-on experience with Novak’s idea that the only way to make big things happen is to have other people on your side.

“We are very pleased to be awarding these students for the admirable work they have accomplished in their communities through the Lead2Feed Program this year,” said Diane Barrett, president of the USA TODAY Charitable Foundation. “After launching the Lead2Feed program only three years ago, we are amazed to see the experiences this service-learning program has brought to students each year. Not only are they actively learning but they are learning important skills such as collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity.”

For program updates and information, follow Lead2Feed:

Web: http://www.lead2feed.org

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Lead2Feed

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LeadtoFeed

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Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/leadtofeed/

Complete rules and details on the Leadership Awards are available at: http://lead2feed.com/the-challenge/project-submission-rules/

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 USAWendy Novak is a lifelong philanthropist and volunteer. She served on the board of Directors for the Kentucky Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

About Yum! Brands Foundation and Yum! Brands
Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, has over 41,000 restaurants in more than 125 countries and territories. Yum! is ranked #216 on the Fortune 500 List with revenues of over $13 billion. In 2014 Yum! was named among the top 100 Corporate Citizens by Corporate Responsibility Magazine and 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. Outside the United States, the Yum! Brands system opens over five new restaurants per day on average, making it a leader in international retail development.

About USA TODAY Charitable Foundation
The USA TODAY Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, supports and builds alliances that enhance innovative, instructional programs and community outreach by providing the resources to promote opportunities engagement. It 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, 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 meets the mission and goals for respective companies or organizations.

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Five Student Teams Win $5,000 in Technology Grants for Participation in Lead2Feed World Hunger Leadership Program

Posted on March 24th, 2015

MCLEAN, Va., March 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Five teachers at middle and high schools from around the country were selected as recipients of the Lead2Feed Leadership Awards and will be awarded $5,000 in technology products for their classrooms. These teachers and their classrooms are participants in Lead2Feed, the nation’s leading and fastest growing service learning program that challenges students to solve local hunger issues while building skills like leadership and teamwork. Free of cost, Lead2Feed is aligned to standards and 21st century skills. Lead2Feed was developed by the USA TODAY Charitable Foundation, with support from the Lift a Life Foundation, and the Yum! Brands Foundation.

Winners were randomly selected from classrooms that entered their Lead2Feed World Hunger Leadership Challenge projects by March 20, 2015.

The winning schools include:

Bagdad High School, Bagdad, Arizona: Educator Shaun Rose led team “Sultan Chefs” from the school’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) who planned, purchased, prepared and served food for 250 at the Center for Compassion and Justice.

Brawley Union High School, Brawley, California: Brawley’s local Future Health Professionals chapter (HOSA) completed several projects led by teacher Ines Estrada-Lovio: “The Van-Go’s” team held fundraisers to raise money for WhyHunger, including one on CrowdRise. Team “Give a Little, Love a Little” collected cans for a free food day at The House of Bread Ministries.

Brentsville District High School, Nokesville, Virginia: Educator Taryn Witt led team “Life Changers” from the school’s Future Business Leaders of America chapter (FBLA) who collected over 165 cans of food for local food pantry, SERVE, during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Doss High School, Louisville, Kentucky: Principal Ken Moeller led team “Deliverances from Hunger” who worked to feed over 400 people in one day at the Franciscan Kitchen.
Milam Youth Activity Center, Ft. Bliss, Texas: Educator Lori Reza led team “MYAC Kids” from the local Boys & Girls Club chapter on the base who went door to door collecting canned goods for their charity El Pasoans Fighting Hunger.

This is the second leadership awards drawing conducted on behalf of Lead2Feed this year. The technology grants are underwritten by the Yum! Brands Foundation and will be used to obtain tablets and computers to help educators and students make meaningful change in their communities.

The Lead2Feed curriculum incorporates leadership principles from Yum! Brands’ Executive Chairman David Novak’s book, TAKING PEOPLE WITH YOU: The Only Way to Make BIG Things Happen. Students get hands-on experience with Novak’s idea that the only way to make big things happen is to have other people on your side.

Nearly half a million middle and high school students at more than 2,500 schools and clubs in all 50 states have participated in the Lead2Feed World Hunger Leadership Challenge. All schools that submit Lead2Feed hunger relief projects by April 17, 2015 are eligible to win over $250,000 in prize money for their charitable partners and $100,000 in technology products.

“Lead2Feed provides educators with a turnkey service-learning experience for students that teaches collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity,” said Diane Barrett, president of the USA TODAY Charitable Foundation. “We are thrilled to award these participating schools with $5,000 in technology products to enrich the classroom experience and encourage their involvement in fighting hunger across the country.”

For program updates and information, 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 Leadership Awards are available at: http://lead2feed.com/the-challenge/project-submission-rules/

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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 Chairman of Yum! Brands, the world’s largest restaurant company with nearly 38,000KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut restaurants in over 120 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 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 serves on the advisory board for the Wendy L. Novak Diabetes Care Center. Visit www.liftalifefoundation.org for more information.

About Yum! Brands Foundation and Yum! Brands
Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, is one of the world’s largest restaurant companies with over 41,000 restaurants in more than 125 countries and territories. Yum! Brands is ranked #216 on the FORTUNE 500 List with revenues of over $13 billion and in 2014 was named among the top 100 Corporate Citizens by Corporate Responsibility Magazine and 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. Yum! Brands is a leader in international retail development, opening on average over five new restaurants per day outside the U.S. in 2013.

About USA TODAY Charitable Foundation
The USA TODAY Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, supports and builds alliances that enhance innovative, instructional programs and community outreach by providing the resources to promote opportunities engagement. It 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, 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 meets the mission and goals for respective companies or organizations.

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World Food Program USA And Lift A Life Announce Grant For Uganda School Meals

Posted on March 5th, 2015

Washington, D.C.—In celebration of International School Meals Day, World Food Program USA and the Lift a Life Foundation announced a groundbreaking $3 million grant over three years to support school meals in the Karamoja region of Uganda.

This grant—the largest international grant in the foundation’s history—will provide nourishing meals to more than 32,000 children in 161 schools through the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the largest provider of school meals on the planet.

“School meals can unlock the incredible potential of millions of boys and girls who would otherwise go hungry,” said Ashley Novak Butler, the Director of Lift A Life. “No child should go hungry and every child deserves the right to learn.”

For just 25 cents, WFP can deliver a nutritious meal for a child in need. By easing the burden of putting food on the table, school meals encourage parents to keep their children in the classroom. Studies have shown that school meals boost enrollment, attendance and graduation rates, especially among girls. In fact, WFP estimates that every dollar invested in school meals yields $3 in economic returns.

School meals also have the power to transform the lives of small-scale farmers. By using locally grown crops whenever possible to source its school meals, WFP offers a reliable market for small-scale farmers in Uganda. This approach, known as Homegrown School Meals, offers a sustainable solution that empowers and engages entire communities in the fight against childhood hunger.

Last year, WFP delivered vital nutrition to more than 18 million students in low-income countries like Uganda, which loses an estimated $899 million each year in lost productivity as a result of chronic malnutrition. Children are particularly vulnerable to hunger, especially those living in Uganda’s northeast region, where drought is common.

“With school meals, we have the power to break the cycle of poverty and hunger,” said Rick Leach, President and CEO of World Food Program USA. “By promoting education through good nutrition, we are building a world where all children—no matter where they’re from—can achieve their dreams.”

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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 Chairman of Yum! Brands, the world’s largest restaurant company with nearly 38,000KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut restaurants in over 120 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 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 serves on the advisory board for the Wendy L. Novak Diabetes Care Center. Visit www.liftalifefoundation.org for more information.

About World Food Program USA

Based in Washington, D.C., World Food Program USA works to solve global hunger by raising U.S. support for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in about 75 countries.

For more information, contact:

Lydia Wamala, WFP Communications Officer in Uganda, lydia.wamala@wfp.org, +256.312.242.408

M.J. Altman, WFP USA Communications in D.C., mjaltman@wfpusa.org, (202) 627-3932

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Five Schools Nationwide Win $5,000 in Technology Products through Participation in Lead2Feed

Posted on January 15th, 2015

The schools are completing innovative projects to end hunger in their communities

LOUISVILLE, KY, Jan. 13, 2015– Five teachers at middle and high schools from around the country were selected as recipients of the Lead2Feed Leadership Awards and awarded $5,000 in technology products for their classrooms.  The teachers and their classrooms are participants in Lead2Feed, a unique service-learning program that engages students in solving local hunger issues while building valuable skills like leadership and teamwork. Lead2Feed is a Common Core-aligned program developed by the USA TODAY Charitable Foundation, with support from the Lift a Life Foundation, and the Yum! Brands Foundation.

The winners were randomly selected from registered teachers who completed and entered their Lead2Feed World Hunger Challenge projects by December 2014. These student-led projects, in partnership with local hunger relief organizations, range from volunteering at a food pantry to authoring a children’s book about hunger to delivering care packages to families in need. Another drawing for $5,000 in technology products will be held in March. The technology grants are underwritten by the Yum! Brands Foundation and will be used to obtain tablets and computers which will aid educators and students in their efforts to make meaningful change in their communities.

The winning schools include:

  • Eisenhower High School – Lawton, Oklahoma
  • First Colonial High School – Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Harlan County High School Gifted Leadership Program – Harlan, Kentucky
  • McDowell Intermediate High School – Erie, Pennsylvania
  • The Baylor School – Chattanooga, Tennessee

Since 2012, nearly half a million middle and high school students at more than 2,500 schools and clubs have participated in the Lead2Feed World Hunger Leadership Challenge. Schools that complete hunger relief projects through the Program are eligible to win over $250,000 in prize money for their charitable partners.

The Program incorporates the Lead2Feed curriculum and the leadership principles from the book, TAKING PEOPLE WITH YOU: The Only Way to Make BIG Things Happen, by David Novak, Yum! Brands’ Executive Chairman, which teaches that you’ll never make big things happen until you get people on your side.

“Lead2Feed provides educators with a turnkey service-learning experience for students that teaches collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity,” said Diane Barrett, president of the USA TODAY Charitable Foundation. “We are thrilled to award these participating schools with $5,000 in technology products to enrich the classroom experience and encourage their involvement in fighting hunger across the country.”

For program updates and information, follow Lead2Feed:

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 Leadership Awards are available at: http://lead2feed.com/the-challenge/project-submission-rules/

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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.

About Yum! Brands Foundation and Yum! Brands

Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, is one of the world’s largest restaurant companies with over 41,000 restaurants in more than 125 countries and territories. Yum! Brands is ranked #216 on the FORTUNE 500 List with revenues of over $13 billion and in 2014 was named among the top 100 Corporate Citizens by Corporate Responsibility Magazine and 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. Yum! Brands is a leader in international retail development, opening on average over five new restaurants per day outside the U.S. in 2013.

About USA TODAY Charitable Foundation

The USA TODAY Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, supports and builds alliances that enhance innovative, instructional programs and community outreach by providing the resources to promote opportunities and inspire all. It 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, 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 meets the mission and goals for respective companies or organizations.

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Community Foundation of Louisville to Announce Nearly $300,000 
In 2015 Fund for Louisville Grants Dec. 16

Posted on December 16th, 2014

17 local nonprofits to receive much-needed funding for capacity building; total funding, 
up nearly $50,000 over the program’s first year

LOUISVILLE, KY — The Community Foundation of Louisville, in partnership with the Life a Life Foundation, today announced it is awarding nearly $300,000 in Fund for Louisville Grants to 17 local nonprofit organizations. These capacity-building grants are made possible by $198,122 from the Community Foundation, $50,000 from the Lift a Life Foundation, and an anonymous grant of $50,000 from a Community Foundation donor. This is an increase of nearly $50,000 over the program’s first year, when 11 nonprofits were selected.
Capacity-building grants are intended to increase the ability of Louisville nonprofits to achieve their mission, operate more effectively and build long-term sustainability. These grants can include: board assessment and development, marketing and communications, pilot/demonstration projects, evaluation, staff development and training, and technology. Grant recipients were selected through a competitive online application process.
Created by visionary philanthropists in response to a national trend suggesting an increased need for capacity-building investments in nonprofits, the Fund for Louisville allows the Community Foundation to respond to emerging needs in the Louisville area. With less government support available and growth in wealth disparity, organizations must focus more of their efforts on building capacity to meet increased needs for education and social services, but most public funding is available only for programming. The Fund for Louisville fills a gap by offering grants specifically targeted at capacity building. “We received 171 applications requesting a total of $2,987,735,” said Susan Barry, President & CEO of the Community Foundation of Louisville. “A real testament to the needs of our nonprofit community.”

Liz/Angie to provide me with some info on the review committee process.

The Fund for Louisville Grant Awards announcement and celebration will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 16, from 9-10 a.m. at the Community Foundation of Louisville’s offices, 325 W. Main St., Suite 1110. At the event, representatives from the 17 nonprofits will receive their grants, presented by Susan A. Barry, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Louisville, Marshall Bradley, Community Foundation Board Chair, and Ashley Butler, Executive Director of Lift a Life Foundation.

The 2015 Fund for Louisville Grantees are:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana, $19,200
: The grant will fund the organization’s BBBS 2020 project, which includes secure technology upgrades and enhancements that will improve donor record management, increase communications efficiency with customers and donors, and better safeguard participant data.

Bridgehaven Inc. $10,000: 
The grant will build capacity for mental health recovery and awareness through a redesign the organization’s website to reinforce Bridgehaven’s identity and underscore its vital role in the continuum of mental health services.

Cedar Lake Foundation, $20,000
: The grant will fund human resources capacity building by providing leadership training for staff members.

Colon Cancer Prevention Project, $20,000: The grant will help initiate a volunteer engagement program, including the design, development and implementation of a comprehensive volunteer engagement program to increase organizational education and outreach activities.

Dare to Care Food Bank, $15,000: The grant will fund a strategic planning initiative that will provide a five-year analysis of multiple site expansion options.

De Paul School, $17,500: The grant will fund alumni engagement, including the design and launch of an alumni program to increase financial and programmatic sustainability.

Down Syndrome of Louisville Inc., $20,000: The grant will fund capacity building through the design and installation of a data management system to better track members, share knowledge and manage volunteers and donors.

Friends School, $20,000: The grant will fund a project to build sustainable funding including the evaluation of existing marketing, fundraising, development and program growth plans and develop new approaches as needed.

Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana, $20,000: The grant will fund impact strategic sales management training, including communication and sales skills that will result in stronger troop leader recruitment outcomes.

GuardiaCare Services Inc., $20,000: The grant will fund upgraded computer equipment and software necessary to support the organization’s day-to-day operations.

Louisville Free Public Library Foundation Inc., $20,000: The grant will fund a feasibility study for a merged/collaborative model for two library-supporting organizations – the Library Foundation and the nonprofit organization “Friends of the Library.”

Louisville Grows Inc., $20,000: The grant will fund board and staff training and technology upgrades, including leadership training for board members and staff and secure upgraded technology to increase operational efficiencies.

Neighborhood House, $7,000: The grant will fund an upgraded, mobile-responsive website.

New Directions Housing Corp., $20,000: The grant will fund a systems synergy for participatory outcomes measurement by integrating multiple, existing data systems in order to better evaluate and communicate the organization’s impact on the community.

StageOne Family Theatre, $9,400: The grant will fund a website redesign and the purchase of potential donor and subscriber lists.

The Coalition for the Homeless, $20,000: The grant will fund improvements in data collection and improve the organization’s ability to evaluate the impact and outcomes of investments in services for the homeless in Louisville.

The YMCA of Greater Louisville – Safe Place Services, $20,000: The grant will fund improvements in data collection and evaluation in order to better respond to client needs.

For more information about the competitive grants program, contact Liz Alkire at 502.855-6965. For more information about making contributions to the Fund For Louisville, contact Mike Schultz at 502.855.6953.

ABOUT THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF LOUISVILLE
The Community Foundation of Louisville, founded in 1984, is the largest community foundation in Kentucky, with $434 million in assets and more than 1,300 charitable funds. Each fund has its own name and charitable purpose as defined by its donors. In 2013, these funds awarded more than 7,000 grants totaling $44 million to nonprofit organizations in the Louisville area and beyond. Over the past 30 years, the Community Foundation of Louisville has made more than $625 million in grants. For more information, visit www.cflouisville.org and follow us on Twitter at @cflouisville.

ABOUT LIFT A LIFE FOUNDATION
David and Wendy Novak originally established the Lift a Life Foundation through a charitable trust in 1999, in order to provide grants and scholarships specifically for the advancement of Christian education and programs. In 2011, the foundation was officially named the Lift a Life Foundation, and a new mission was developed to complement the organizations affiliated with it. In the same year, the Lift a Life Foundation came under the direction of Ashley Butler, whose mission it is to lead the foundation toward its goals of creating a lasting and positive impact on the lives of families and individuals in need and to develop leaders who make a difference. For more information, visit http://liftalifefoundation.org/.
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