NJOY, the world’s leading independent electronic cigarette company, today announced that it has completed another successful private fundraising round attracting more than $70 million in capital. The round was led by Brookside Capital along with Morgan Stanley Investment Management, investing on behalf of mutual funds and other pooled vehicles for which it acts as investment adviser, GAM Technology Strategy and other institutional investors. The financing will be used to fund the company’s marketing, international expansion and research and development initiatives, including clinical trials.
“As the only electronic cigarette brand whose corporate mission is to obsolete cigarettes, NJOY is dedicated to delivering the most satisfying products to our customers, advancing the science and expanding the brand globally without the inherent conflicts constraining competitors owned by tobacco companies,” said Craig Weiss, CEO of NJOY. “The addition of world-class institutional investors is a reflection of our performance to date, their confidence in NJOY and its growth prospects, and their belief in our mission. The e-cigarette category is robust and competitive, but NJOY’s approach to the market, strong product development pipeline, and thought leadership on key scientific and research issues distinguishes us as the leader they believe is best positioned to ultimately win.”
NJOY is known as an industry pioneer and leader for its product quality, responsible marketing and creative branding, and continues to attract unique strategic investors. In June 2013, the company announced a $75 million funding raise from a group of investors including Sean Parker and Douglas Teitelbaum.
Thomson, who joined the Arizona Humanities Council in 2010, has a background in executive management, fundraising, human resources, public speaking, community relations, and strategic planning. The Yale Law School graduate was director of The Center for Law Leadership and Management at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU and was executive director of the Maricopa County Bar Association.
Surprising fact: “When I went to college I dreamed of being a composer and songwriter. To this day I play the piano, write poems and songs, and most recently have written several children’s stories.”
Biggest challenge: “Achieving my goals in a world where African-American women attorneys and leaders are not often at the helm with decision-makers, and are frequently underestimated despite decades of accomplishments.”
Through fundraising efforts at local stores and events throughout the State of Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada, Circle K employees, customers and vendors generously helped raise over $5.3 million for UCP of Central and Southern Arizona, and Opportunity Village in Las Vegas, Nevada. The funds donated support the organizations’ mission to help children and adults with disabilities including Down syndrome, autism, developmental delays, learning disabilities, and cerebral palsy. Donations are collected every day when Circle K employees ask customers to donate their extra change at the register to benefit families and children with disabilities. And vendors participating in the Aces High and Desert Klassic golf tournaments result in additional funding for UCP of Central Arizona’s important mission.
UCP would like to acknowledge Circle K for its extraordinary efforts in supporting UCP and its families. “Circle K promotes a culture that is deeply rooted in corporate responsibility, giving back to the community and making a positive difference in the lives of others,” said Armando Contreras, CEO of United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona. “UCP has been working in collaboration with Circle K for over 30 years, and with their help, thousands of children, adults and families have received the essential services they desperately need. Because of the generosity from Circle K employees, customers and vendors, we have children and adults who were given the opportunity to speak their first words, take their first step, and give a loved one a hug for the first time,” he added.
“Our record contribution level this past year is testament to the caring and generous community spirit of everyone we have the great privilege to employ and serve,” said Paul Rodriguez, Vice President of the Arizona Division of Circle K. “Our 30 year partnership speaks not just to the sincerity of the effort but also to the good and important work being done by UCP. Breakthroughs happen every day at the Dozer Center that our employees have the honor to witness and participate in. It lends greater meaning and higher purpose to each and every workday at Circle K. Everyone benefits,” Rodriguez added.
Circle K will be honored at United Cerebral Palsy’s annual event, Champions in Life Night Gala, scheduled for the evening of November 15, 2013 at the Ritz Carlton-Phoenix. Circle K will be receiving the Laura Dozer Award, named after the daughter of Rich and Karie Dozer, who had cerebral palsy and passed in 2008.
Founded in 1952, the Central Arizona chapter of the nationally recognized agency has served as a private, non-profit health and human service organization for adults and children with disabilities and their families. UCP of Central Arizona’s programming is designed to help children and adults reach their full potential and improve the quality of life of their family members.
UCP is committed to creating possibilities and nurturing opportunities for children and adults with disabilities. To accomplish our vision, we’ve become a leader in providing therapies, independent living services, inclusive and integrated educational based programs, innovative social opportunities, and basic research. We also bring support to families as they face the daily challenges of raising a child with a disability and hope for a life without limits for their son or daughter.
Landfill Harmonic, a documentary produced by Scottsdale’s Alejandra Amarilla Nash that tells the moving story of The Recycled Orchestra exceeded its fundraising goal of $175,000 by nearly 23%. The Kickstarter campaign, which began March 29, raised a total of $214,129, to fund the completion of the film.
Backed by nearly 5,000 people and organizations, Landfill Harmonic surpassed its goal a week prior to its May 15 deadline. “I’m beyond thankful to everyone that has supported this project,” said founder and executive producer, Alejandra Amarilla Nash. “Because of those who donated the orchestra can now use their talents to inspire others on a bigger scale.”
Earlier this week Amarilla Nash and national 60 Minutes news team returned from a 10-day filming tour with the The Recycled Orchestra in Paraguay. The orchestra consists of a group of children from a shantytown called Cateura, in Paraguay, who play musical instruments made from trash. The Landfill Harmonic film crew remained in Paraguay to wrap-up filming. During the trip both teams got a closer look at the landfill in Cateura and had an opportunity to interview orchestra members.
“The strength and seeing the kids’ progression was amazing,” said Amarilla Nash. “I can’t wait to share with others their stories of resilience and triumph.”
The Landfill Harmonic project began in 2009 and has been led by a Phoenix-based team, which includes Amarilla Nash, producer Juliana Peñaranda-Loftus and executive producing partner Rodolfo Madero.
“Our primary goal now is to complete the film at the end of this year and share this movement with the world,” said Amarilla Nash. “We are one step closer to bringing music to underserved children and youth.”
Much like running a corporation, running for president is an expensive and time-consuming undertaking. Just like a corporation, a campaign involves employees, money management, public relations, advertising and the selling of a product or service. Which in this case is the person running for office. In this graphic, we take a look at just what all it takes to run for president, and how big of a business doing so has become.
Like all businesses, you have better success in some states than others. Below is a look at how effective each candidate has been state by state in fundraising.
Overall Fundraising: Obama has raised $556M and Romney $340M.
State-by-State Breakdown: A few examples…
NY: $11.2M Obama vs. $8.9M Romney
Ohio: $.8M Romney vs. $.6M Obama
CA: $68.3M Obama vs. $33.8M Romney
FL: $24.8M Romney vs. $16.9M Obama
Average Contribution: Romney has raised $170M from those contributing $2,000 or more vs. Obama who raised nearly half of that from larger donors at $92M. See the graph for the entire breakdown!
Rising Influence of Super PACs: RNC has raised $273M from Super PACs vs. DNC which raised $70M. This has dramatically impacted the race as they need no involvement from the candidates themselves.
Breakdown of how they spend their funds: Obama spent 51% on advertising vs. Romney 45%. See breakdown by payroll, travel, polling, etc.
History of Presidential Campaign Costs: Lincoln spent just $2.8M in 1860; Reagan and Carter spent approx. $300M, see breakdown of major campaigns from history.
Infographic Credits, courtesy of Best Degree Programs:
Solari Hospice Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides vital bereavement assistance to grieving children and families in the southwestern United States, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jamie Muth as its first executive director.
“We’re excited to have Jamie Muth at the helm of Solari Hospice Foundation as we strategically ramp up our educational and outreach efforts to help even more young people,” says Gary Polsky, founder of Solari Hospice Foundation, which is headquartered in Scottsdale. “Jamie brings an incredible passion, energy and enthusiasm to this newly-created position and we can’t wait to start implementing her ideas. Along with Jamie’s expertise in fundraising, public relations and special event planning, I’m confident that we will be able to significantly expand our programs for children and their families who are struggling to cope with the death of a close loved one.”
Prior to joining Solari Hospice Foundation, Muth was director of development for Word of Grace Ministries, where she helped develop and implement a two-year capital campaign that solicited more than $3 million in pledges. Muth also served as director of development for two years with the American Heart Association in Phoenix, Ariz., where she was in charge of fundraising, event planning, advertising, budgeting and relationship building. In addition, Muth has worked as experience coordinator for LivingSocial Adventures, sales and marketing coordinator for Golfland Entertainment Centers, Inc., and as fundraising consultant to Room for Joy.
“I feel like my background in charitable giving has led me to this point in my career and to Solari Hospice Foundation,” says Muth. “I am thrilled to be able to use my experience to help children at such a tender and pivotal time in their lives.”
Muth earned a bachelor of science degree in public relations from Northern Arizona University. She also completed the Professional Sales Skills training program through AchieveGlobal.
Solari Hospice Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 2002 to support children and families facing complex end-of-life issues. The Foundation provides education and bereavement support so young survivors can move forward with joy and hope, while continuing to honor the memories of those they have lost. For the past decade, the Foundation has realized this vision through an innovative bereavement camp, called Camp Solari, which provides professional grief counseling in a fun, relaxing and healing atmosphere.
Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, the largest not-for-profit membership-based financial institution in the state of Arizona, announced today that it has been selected by Toastmasters International and the organization’s District 3 Governor as the 2012 award recipient for community service and leadership for the state of Arizona.
This is the first time Desert Schools has been recognized by Toastmasters, a globally recognized, international nonprofit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve their communication, public speaking and leadership skills. The organization has more than 270,000 members and over 13,000 clubs in 116 countries.
Desert Schools will be presented with the Toastmasters International 2012 award for community service and leadership on Friday, May 18th. Cathy Graham, vice president of marketing at Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, will accept the award on the credit union’s behalf.
Desert Schools has built its foundation on a fundamental passion for lending a personal hand toward positive change throughout Valley communities and encourages its employees to get involved in the same philanthropic spirit on which the organization has prided itself since its founding.
The Desert Schools ‘CommuniTeam’ – a group made up of dedicated employee volunteers – is active throughout Valley communities and offers Desert Schools’ employees the opportunity to volunteer their time and philanthropic talents throughout the community. Participating in nearly 130 community projects in the Phoenix metropolitan area, 45% of Desert Schools’ employees got involved with or led community projects in 2011, volunteering 2,902 hours to support various causes.
Susan Frank, President and CEO of Desert Schools, said, “We couldn’t be more honored to accept this award from an outstanding organization like Toastmasters International. Giving back to our community has long been the cornerstone of Desert Schools’ business. The time that Desert Schools staff is able to spend year in and year out doing good throughout our Valley is something that we’re very proud of, and it means that much more to be recognized by such an extraordinary philanthropic organization.”
In 2011, the credit union coordinated fundraising efforts with employees, vendors and partners to give back more than $770,000 to the community. Desert Schools raised $360,285 for the Children’s Miracle Network, $224,178 for the United Way and $96,000 in community grants in 2011 alone.
The credit union also awarded $30,000 in community service scholarships to high school seniors and college freshmen for demonstrating dedication to their studies and continued education as well as their commitment to giving back to the community. Scholarships were awarded for Fall 2012 coursework.
For more information on Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, visit Desert Schools’ website at desertschools.org.
On Monday, May 21st from 5:30- 8:30pm hundreds of people who prefer beautiful views over dirt lots will gather for a fundraising event, Turning Brown Lots Green benefiting the Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation. The Roosevelt Row CDC is a mostly volunteer organization that works to beautify and promote downtown Phoenix’s Roosevelt Row neighborhood.
Phoenix City Councilman Tom Simplot says, “An area like Roosevelt Row makes a city unique. The Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation does a great deal to support the artists, businesses and residents of the area.”
Roosevelt Row is a walkable, creative district in the urban core of downtown Phoenix that is nationally known for its arts and cultural events, award-winning restaurants, galleries, boutiques and live music. The Roosevelt Row CDC is fostering an urban renewal with rehabilitated bungalows and new infill projects.
Councilman Simplot says, “The fundraising event, Turning Brown Lots Green, is one of my favorite events of the year! I can get involved and be part of an organization that does a lot to create a buzz about what’s unique and special about downtown Phoenix.”
All proceeds from Roosevelt Row’s annual fundraising event will support A.R.T.S (Adaptive Reuse of Temporary Space), Valley of the Sunflowers, and volunteer community art projects.
All are invited to attend Turning Brown Lots Green Monday, Monday, May 21st from 5:30pm-8:30pm at Bliss/Rebar – 901 N. 4th St., Phoenix, AZ 85004. Tickets are $30 in advance and include appetizers and two drinks.