Memorial Elementary students go on a safari

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November 20, 2016

OLD BRIDGE – Memorial Elementary students got to visit a safari courtesy of an award-winning author from Palm Beach, Florida.

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Lorretta Neff, founder of the EW Foundation, presented the kindergarten through fifth grade students with her book, “Tame Your Manners,” on Nov. 17.

sub ob neffThe journey took the students through the different animals of K.A.M.P Safari (Kids’ Animals & Manners Program) to teach them how to be the best selves they can be, according to a statement prepared by the school. Using defined traits of the animals – such as the poise and confidence of giraffes, knowledge and obedience of monkeys, and patience and understanding of rhinos – the children learned qualities of themselves that they possess and can use every day. The 11 animals presented had the children realize manners, which ties in with the school’s use of Pillars of Character, while dancing to music and singing to songs they were familiar with.sub ob staff

Neff donated her time by traveling from her home specifically to speak to the students at Memorial. She became familiar with Memorial after meeting Principal Raymond Payton while receiving an award for Promising Practices in Washington D.C., according to the statement.

Each student received the book “Tame Your Manners,” encouraging reading at home and sharing with their family and friends.

 

 

Memorial Elementary students go on a safari

PROMOTING GOOD CHARACTER IN CHILDREN, EW FOUNDATION COLLABORATES WITH A NATIONAL SCHOOL OF CHARACTER

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More than 400 students attend interactive story time with author of award winning children’s book.

“Memorial Elementary is a wonderful example of how parents and teachers can work together to enrich the community with character education programs.”

— Loretta Neff

WEST PALM BEACH, FL, UNITED STATES, November 29, 2016 /EINPresswire.com/ — West Palm Beach, Florida – The gymnasium at Memorial Elementary School set the stage for more than 400 students and 48 teachers and staff who participated in a safari-themed story time by author Loretta Neff, founder of the EW Foundation (EWF), a Florida-based national nonprofit organization, held on Nov. 17.

The youngsters listened intently as safari guide, Neff, took them on an exciting journey through the jungle to meet wild animal characters and learn character traits, core values, and basic social skills, some of which underscore anti-bullying and special needs themes.

Following story time, Neff held a Q&A session with the children that revealed a high retention rate of important facts from the book. To top off the adventure, the students joined in a sing-along of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and danced to the spirited “Happy” song.

“Memorial Elementary is a wonderful example of how parents and teachers can work together to enrich the community with character education programs. As a Title I school, Memorial Elementary is a powerful testament for schools trying to create a positive school environment for learning,” said Neff. “We wish to thank Principal Raymond Payton for his inspiring leadership and his enthusiastic, dedicated staff of teaching professionals, for the gracious invitation and hospitality, and for the opportunity to meet and interact with their students.”

According to the US Department of Education, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act ensures Title I schools, both elementary and secondary schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families, meet challenging state academic standards.

“We are a youth development organization, and Memorial School is a National School of Character and at the same time I learned it was a Title I school,” said Neff, adding her organization’s goal is to reach 10,000 students across the country by the end of the year. And, she said, the group is on target to meet that goal.

In keeping with EWF’s mission to impact children nationally, especially children from Title I schools, EWF donated more than 400 signed books to Memorial Elementary, which was generously underwritten by EWF Founder’s Society donor, Arthur E. Benjamin, an educator, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and animal rights advocate (http://www.arthurebenjamin.com/).

Tame Your Manners is an award-winning book offered by EW Foundation and the first in a series of character education picture books for children ages 5-12. The second book, Sip Tea with Mad Hatter, is expected to be released after the holidays, and like the first, is designed as a teaching tool for parents and teachers and a fundraising enhancement for charities, missions and schools.

Since 2014, EWF has supported more than 33 nonprofit groups through donations and/or sponsorships and benefited more than 7,000 children with their award-winning books and programs, which includes 17 academies and schools and 14 charities.

About Memorial Elementary

Memorial Elementary is a K-5 public Title I school located in the Laurence Harbor section of Old Bridge, NJ and a 2016 recipient of a Promising Practice award by Character.org for demonstrating effective strategies that develop good character in youngsters. Memorial Elementary has been recognized as a NJ State School of Character, National School of Character, and National PTA School of Excellence.

About EW Foundation

EW Foundation (EWF) is an educational nonprofit provider of award winning character and etiquette education books and programs for children and youth and fundraising enhancements to charities, missions and schools.

The EWF believes that every child and young adult should receive an education that includes a strong social foundation. Through philanthropy, which plays a meaningful role in our organization, we hope to greatly enrich the lives of others with our care, commitment and resources.

Contact Us

Loretta A. Neff, Founder and Executive Director

EW Foundation

205 Worth Avenue, Ste. 201

Palm Beach, Florida 33480

T. (561) 833-0131

www.EWFcares.org

www.BooksBellinisandBelCanto.com

Loretta A. Neff, Founder and Executive Director

EW Foundation

561-833-0131

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“EWF donated more than 400 signed books to Memorial Elementary, which was generously underwritten by EWF Founder’s Society donor, Arthur E. Benjamin.”

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“Sing-along to “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” with Memorial Elementary students”

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“Morning welcome by Memorial Elementary Principal Raymond Payton and Assistant Superintendent Kathleen Hoeker”

 

 

Palm Beacher the driving force behind Literacy Days at Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens

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Photo Courtesy Capehart: Cynthia Sulzberger and Nancy Jones

By Gregory Cox
Daily News Staff Writer

Elementary school students learned all about reading Monday but in a very different setting: the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens.
About 350 students from three Title I schools, or schools with a high percentage of children from low-income families, visited for the eighth annual Literacy Days, going from more than a dozen stations to engage with various authors, illustrators, librarians, law enforcement officials and artists.
“It’s another way to get kids excited about reading,” said resident Cynthia Sulzberger, a trustee with the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens and underwriter for the event.
This is her seventh year with the event and reading is her business. Her father, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger was the publisher of The New York Times before her brother succeeded him. Now, she gives at-risk students a chance to learn with a view. “To be in this environment and spend a day in a garden is a different opportunity for these kids.”

The garden setting wasn’t the only thing different about the event. Many of the speakers used an atypical approach to engage students.

“You have to educate and entertain,” said Abasi Hanif, a hand percussionist who was part of the program. “I try to utilize the drum as art.”

As students rotated between the booths, a group of third graders came in. Hanif told them, “I don’t like to perform for people. I like to perform with people.” He started to bang on the drum, mimicking a heartbeat and asked students to join him and sing along.

On the other side of the gardens, in what was once used as Ann Norton’s studio, Palm Beach resident Loretta Neff read her book, Tame Your Manners to a dozen second-grade students, relating animals to polite behaviour.
“A giraffe stands tall and greets people with poise, posture and confidence,” she told the class. “Who wants to volunteer to be our giraffes?” she asks, and 12 small hands shot up.

She is also the founder of EW Foundation, a non-profit organization to promote strong social skills and proper etiquette, and $10 from every book sale goes toward community outreach programs.
“We want children to have these skills,” she said, adding that she doesn’t really like the word “etiquette.” “I’m really more about character education.”
Nancy Jones, education coordinator for the garden, called Literacy Days “a perfect event to turn struggling students on to literature,” she said. “Hopefully, they’ll get excited and make their own literacy magic.”

EW FOUNDATION Has Reached the GuideStar Platinum Level Profile as a Demonstration of Its Commitment to Transparency

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For Immediate Release

EW FOUNDATION Has Reached the GuideStar Platinum Level Profile as a

Demonstration of Its Commitment to Transparency

PALM BEACH, Florida – EW Foundation announced today that it had achieved the Platinum GuideStar Nonprofit Profile level. GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information about nonprofit organizations and a leader in advancing transparency in the nonprofit sector. This level demonstrates EW Foundation’s deep commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability.

“We have worked hard to showcase our progress toward our mission, and our long-held belief in being transparent about our work, to our constituents,” said Loretta Neff, founder and executive director. “As a GuideStar Platinum participant, we use their platform to share a wealth of up-to-date information about our work to our supporters and to GuideStar’s immense online audience of nonprofits, grantmakers, individual donors, and the media.”

In order to be awarded the GuideStar logo, EW Foundation had to fill out all required fields of our nonprofit profile page on www.guidestar.org.

About GuideStar Nonprofit Profiles

The GuideStar database contains a profile for every tax-exempt nonprofit registered with the IRS. GuideStar invites nonprofits to update their profiles at no cost to the organizations. Updating allows nonprofits to share a wealth of up-to-date information with the millions of people who visit GuideStar to learn more about nonprofit organizations and the more than 120 sites and applications that use GuideStar data. To earn a logo, an organization needs to complete all required fields for that participation level. The GuideStar logos, acknowledged as symbols of transparency in the nonprofit sector, are displayed on all updated participants’ profiles in the GuideStar database.

 About EW Foundation

The EW Foundation has been de­veloping character and promoting strong social skills since 1994. The EWF is an educational nonprofit providing award-winning character and etiquette educational resources for children and youth and fundraising opportunities for charities, missions and schools. With an emphasis on good character and core values, EWF’s educational books and programs provide pathways for success for all children, especially for those in low-income communities.

News Contact:

EW Foundation

Loretta Neff, Executive Director
205 Worth Avenue, Ste. 201
Palm Beach, FL 33480

(561) 833.0131
info@EWFcares.org

www.EWFcares.org

 

EW Foundation Awarded Promising Practices in Character Education for 2016

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Hundreds of effective strategies that develop good character in young people are recognized May 12, 2016 Washington, DC –Character.org has awarded over 300 Promising Practices to schools, districts, and youth-serving organizations from across the United States — as well as from Canada, China, India, Mexico, Colombia, and the United Kingdom. “These great ideas really highlight the creative efforts of outstanding teachers across the world,” said Dr. Dave Keller, Program Director. “It’s great to recognize what’s going well in the classroom. These practices represent practical, effective ways to develop empathy, conflict resolution skills, and good citizenship.” This year’s winning practices include unique anti-bullying programs, creative ways to integrate character and academic subjects, effective strategies for developing student leadership, and activities that build community – within the school and beyond.

Character.org sponsors the annual program to showcase innovative best practices that are having an impact across the nation and abroad. Character.org encourages educators with similar needs to learn from and even replicate these successful initiatives. Character.org will honor the 2016 recipients at the 23rd National Forum on Character Education, to be held in Washington, DC, October 14-15, 2016.

EW Foundation’s Musical Brunch Hit All The Right Notes with Educational Supporters

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Books, Bellinis & Bel Canto benefiting EW Foundation held at Cafe Boulud. Photos by CAPEHART

EWF Demonstrates Strength as a Nonprofit and a Harbinger of Things to Come

Palm Beach, Florida – EW Foundation, an educational nonprofit for children and youth, celebrated another year’s success with an enchanting musical brunch, BOOKS, BELLINIS & BEL CANTO, held on Sunday, February 7, 2016 at Café Boulud in Palm Beach, Florida.

Nearly a hundred supporters attended EWF’s fundraiser sponsored by Arthur E. Benjamin Foundation, Laurie A. Rumbaugh Family Foundation, BMO Private Bank, Daniella Ortiz, Gregory D. Albert, MD, BreakThru Beverage Group, Josephine Linder du Pont Bayard, Provident Jewelry, La Casa Hermosa, Irene Lummertz, MindiCorp, MontBlanc, Roberta Roller Rabbit and others.

Honorary Chair Gail Worth, Chair India Paul Hancock and Founder Loretta Neff hosted the Italian-themed event replete with a bellini reception on the terrazza followed by a seated Mediterranean style brunch. Vosges Haut-Chocolat Piemonte hazelnut truffles and signed copies of Great Get Togethers authored by Guest of Honor Lizzie Post, the great-great granddaughter of Emily Post, made a sweet ending to a book-driven event. Classically trained EWF Ambassadors, Anne-Marie Campbell and Summer Foley, performed famous arias of POPera and gave stellar performances.

Designed to reach the most vulnerable children and provide pathways for their success, the event specifically raised funds for outreach programs and book provision to low-income communities. A unique opportunity for donors to directly underwrite a book, class, grade, or primary school—with the option to facilitate the story time and book signing—replaced a traditional silent auction.

In the first year, EWF benefitted 3,000 children with their award winning character education programs and provided author visits and signed copies of their first book, Tame Your Manners, to seven (7) academies and schools and nine (9) charities. Having almost doubled their metrics to date, EWF is well on track to reach their goal to benefit 10,000 children in 2015-16.

Ms. Neff frequently highlights the importance of character education in early childhood development by citing compelling data from Journals of Character Education and Public Health, Dr. Michele Borba, Robert John Wood Foundation and her personal favorite, Paul Tough’s NY Times bestselling book, HOW CHILDREN SUCCEED, which suggests, “Character rather than cognition is central to a child’s future success.”

EWF’s book programs serve a dual purpose in these schools (where the unfortunate ratio of available books is nearly 1 for every 300 children), first by providing access to books needed to develop a love of reading, and second, by providing tools to develop valuable social skills to create a very powerful combination for a lifetime.

Rounding out the brunch, Ms. Neff shared a dialogue held between an elementary student and NY Times Children’s Author Mac Barnett during story time at a Title 1 School, in which a boy surprises Mr. Barnett in asking if he could keep the copy of his book. The student was accustomed to having use of books in the classroom, but not one to call his own and take home.

The heartfelt story provided a powerful message about the value books can provide to children and families in underserved communities. Ms. Neff emphasized that most of us own numerous books, even extensive libraries, but for many children in our society, the luxury of having a book of their own is a mere wish—granting wishes for book provision is central to EWF’s mission.

Summer Foley, a musical theatre major at Boston Conservatory, closed the event with a bubbly performance of Judy Garland’s “Somewhere over the Rainbow”, illustrating the “edutainment” style EWF has successfully incorporated into its KAMP curriculum and community outreach.

Ms. Neff’s first book, TAME YOUR MANNERS: at KAMP® Safari (Kids’ Animals & Manners Program) Safari, released late March 2014, received coveted reviews and continues to charm the hearts of critics and readers alike.

SIP TEA WITH MAD HATTER at KAMP® (Kids’ Arts & Manners Program), Ms. Neff’s second book, will release this fall and be another delightful concept for introducing children to core values and tea manners. The book will challenge kids to “Think outside the rabbit hole.” An adventure you don’t want to miss!

EWF gives all net proceeds from its books and programs back to its collaborative partners and the community, and has set its 2015-16 goal to reach more than 10,000 youth with its care, commitment, and resources.

To underwrite our books and champion character education and literacy in your school or organization, please contact us at info@EWFcares.org or 561.833.0131.

EW Foundation’s musical brunch draws nearly 100

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By Shannon Donnelly – Daily News Society Editor

The accent was decidedly Italian at a musical brunch hosted by the EW Foundation.

The event, Books, Bellinis & Bel Canto, took place Feb. 7 at Café Boulud.

» Shiny Shots: EW Foundation brunch at Cafe Boulud

India Paull Hancock was chairwoman for the afternoon, which included a Bellini reception on the terrazza, a seated Mediterranean-style brunch, a performance of “POPera” arias by Anne-Marie Campbell and Summer Foley, and remarks from guest of honor Lizzie Post, the great-great-granddaughter of etiquette expert Emily Post.

The opportunity for donors to directly underwrite a book, class, grade or primary school — with the option to facilitate a storytime and book signing — replaced a traditional silent auction.

Gail Worth was honorary chairwoman.

Nearly 100 people attended.

Proceeds will benefit the EW Foundation’s efforts to put character-building books in low-income schools. The programs provide access needed to develop a love of reading, as well as tools to develop valuable social skills for a lifetime.

Loretta Neff is founder.

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Kids Were Rockin’ Around The Teepee During Story Time At Robert Roller Rabbit Boutique in Palm Beach

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Parents and their kids braved wind and rain to journey on safari with author, Loretta Neff, for an interactive story time of the award winning children’s book – Tame Your Manners.

Palm Beach, FL – The kiddos were ready for an exciting safari adventure as they gathered “campfire style” on blankets and pillows around a kids teepee with safari guide, author Loretta Neff, at a holiday story time event held on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at the Roberta Roller Rabbit boutique in Palm Beach.

Wearing safari hats and binoculars, local children listened intently as their guide took them on a fun and adventurous journey through the jungle to meet animal characters and learn interesting facts and basic social skills.

Hosted by Roberta Roller Rabbit, Ashley Bell and India Paul Hancock, the holiday inspired story time helped raise funds for the EW Foundation, a provider of award winning character and etiquette education for children and youth, with emphasis on those in low-income communities. As a sponsor of the EW Foundation’s upcoming musical brunch, Books, Bellinis, and Bel Canto, to be held on Sunday, February 7, 2016 at Café Boulud in Palm Beach, Roberta Roller Rabbit generously donated 20% of all sales from the event to EW Foundation.

“The event was nothing but spirited! Story time with the little ones and some holiday shopping for a cause were a perfect way to start a Saturday! Robert Roller Rabbit’s classic prints of elephants and monkeys were a fun fit for the safari-themed event. We couldn’t be more pleased.” stated India Paul Hancock, director of development for the EW Foundation.

Tame Your Manners is an award-winning book offered by the EW Foundation and the first in a series of character education picture books for children ages 5-12. The second book, Sip Tea with Mad Hatter, will release in early 2016, and like the first, is based on EWF’s award winning KAMP curriculum and designed as teaching tools for parents and teachers.

“I wrote the book as a fun, meaningful and most important, memorable way for a child to learn manners, noted Author Loretta Neff. The illustrations and correlations of animal characteristics to the manners advice really connect with children (and adults), and phrases like Lions Don’t Need to Roar, Don’t Be a Whino Rhino, and Stand Tall like a Giraffe are easy-to-grasp concepts for children.”

Following story time, Ms. Neff held a Q&A session revealing the level of engagement as children remembered facts from the book. In addition, the kids joined in a sing-along of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” with the beautiful vocals of the Safari Queen, followed by a basic box-step lesson, paired to the “Happy” song by Pharrell Williams, showing kids how to put their best foot forward with the agility and grace of a gazelle.

“We want to thank the community for their support, Marcella Moeller and Roberta Roller Rabbit for being such gracious hosts, and Capehart Photography for capturing every precious moment! I hope everyone had as much fun as we did,” stated Ashley Bell.

About Books, Bellinis, and Bel Canto

Books, Bellinis, and Bel Canto is a musical brunch fundraiser benefiting the EW Foundation and its beneficiaries. Let the music consume you! Guests will enjoy a Mediterranean-style brunch, a Bellini courtyard reception, arias of POPera, luxurious raffle prizes, and book signings. Guest of honor will be Lizzie Post, author and spokesperson for The Emily Post Institute, joined by Gail Worth, honorary chair, and India Paull Hancock, event chair, and title sponsor Arthur E. Benjamin.

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Internationally Recognized Educator and Philanthropist Arthur E. Benjamin Donates $10,000 to the EW Foundation to Lead Official Donor Campaign and Help Support Outreach Programs to Children in Low-Income Communities

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EW Foundation is a provider of award winning character and etiquette education for children and youth and fundraising opportunities for charities, missions and schools.

Palm Beach, FL — EW Foundation announced today that Arthur E. Benjamin, educator, philanthropist, and founder of American Dog Rescue, has donated $10,000 as the title sponsor of EW Foundation’s 2nd annual musical brunch, Books, Bellinis, and Bel Canto to be held on Sunday, February 7, 2016 at Café Boulud, Palm Beach.

“Arthur Benjamin’s generous gift is just one more example of his leadership and devotion to education and the humanities”, said founder and executive director Loretta Neff. “We are profoundly grateful for his contribution to help support our outreach programs to children in low-income communities and to provide valuable life-changing skills.”

EWF’s character and etiquette education books and programs are designed as teaching tools for parents and teachers, as well as fundraising enhancements for charities, missions, and schools.

Research by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and published in the July 2015 issue of the American Journal of Public Health, suggests children who are more inclined to exhibit “social competence” traits—such as sharing, cooperating, helping other kids—may be more likely to attain higher education and well-paying jobs.

Loretta Neff further commented, “As an EWF Founders Society donor, Mr. Benjamin leads a list of other well-recognized sponsors, including, BMO Private Bank, Café Boulud, Daniella Ortiz, Josephine Linder duPont Bayard, La Casa Hermosa of Wellington, Provident Jewelry, Roberta Roller Rabbit, and Gail Worth. We are very pleased to be the recipient of such supportive individuals and organizations.”

With the official EWF Donor Campaign kick-off scheduled to begin on #GivingTuesday, December 1, 2015, the $10,000 gift sets a very generous tone as we head into the spirited holiday season of giving.

About Arthur E. Benjamin

Arthur E. Benjamin invests his time, energy and finances into companies and projects that make a difference in the lives of people and their pets—including education and animal rights activism—for the past three decades. Serving on the boards of several of the nation’s leading career education colleges and associations, his educational activities impact career education throughout the United States. Meanwhile, as an advocate for the humane treatment of animals, Arthur’s philanthropy has had an equally significant impact on the lives of hundreds of thousands of animals, both domesticated and living in the wild. And in investments, he has led deals with stellar returns to his partners, a number of them exceeding 10x ROI.

About Books, Bellinis and Bel Canto

Books, Bellinis and Bel Canto is a musical brunch annual fundraiser benefiting the EW Foundation and its beneficiaries. Let the music consume you! Guests will enjoy a Mediterranean-style brunch, a Bellini courtyard reception, arias of POPera, luxurious raffle prizes, and books giveaways. Guest of honor will be Lizzie Post, author and spokesperson for The Emily Post Institute, joined by our honorary chair, Gail Worth, and event chair, India Paull Hancock.

www.BooksBellinisandBelCanto.com

EW FOUNDATION Has Reached the GuideStar Gold Level Profile as a Demonstration of Its Commitment to Transparency

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Release date: November 10, 2015

PALM BEACH, Florida – EW Foundation announced today that it had achieved the Gold GuideStar Nonprofit Profile level. GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information about nonprofit organizations and a leader in advancing transparency in the nonprofit sector. This level demonstrates EW Foundation’s deep commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability.

“We have worked hard to showcase our progress toward our mission, and our long-held belief in being transparent about our work, to our constituents,” said Loretta Neff, founder and executive director. “As a GuideStar Gold participant, we use their platform to share a wealth of up-to-date information about our work to our supporters and to GuideStar’s immense online audience of nonprofits, grantmakers, individual donors, and the media.”

In order to be awarded the GuideStar logo, EW Foundation had to fill out all required fields of our nonprofit profile page on www.guidestar.org.

 About GuideStar Nonprofit Profiles

The GuideStar database contains a profile for every tax-exempt nonprofit registered with the IRS. GuideStar invites nonprofits to update their profiles at no cost to the organizations. Updating allows nonprofits to share a wealth of up-to-date information with the millions of people who visit GuideStar to learn more about nonprofit organizations and the more than 120 sites and applications that use GuideStar data. To earn a logo, an organization needs to complete all required fields for that participation level. The GuideStar logos, acknowledged as symbols of transparency in the nonprofit sector, are displayed on all updated participants’ profiles in the GuideStar database.

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