Forbes Nonprofit Council Members Host Galas, Celebrate Anniversaries, Release New Products and More

Forbes Nonprofit Council members celebrated exciting news in the past few months, from hosting rooftop galas to launching international projects.

See below for six recent notable achievements.

Chicago Leadership Alliance Participated in Opening Ceremony of Special Olympics Chicago During Techweek Gives

Jeff Rosset. Photo courtesy of the individual member.

Jeff Rosset‘s organization, The Chicago Leadership Alliance (CLA), is an enterprise run by social entrepreneurs focused on making a positive impact on communities in Chicago. A few weeks ago, it joined many friends and partners in cheering on athletes in the Special Olympics Chicago, a competition featuring Olympics-like sports for children and adults with disabilities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and build relationships.

The event happened during Techweek Gives, an annual campaign that aims to raise $1 million over a 90-day period by involving Chicago’s technology community. The CLA was a proud partner this year, along with Facebook, uBack, Microsoft, Allstate and many others.

To read more about the progress of Chicago communities with the help of the CLA, click here, or learn more about Techweek Gives here.

Venture for America Announced New CEO, Amy Nelson

Amy Nelson. Photo courtesy of the individual member.

Venture for America (VFA) is a nonprofit with a goal to create 100,000 new U.S. jobs by 2025 and to train the next generation of entrepreneurs in cities like Detroit, New Orleans and Baltimore. Its current CEO Andrew Yang will step down September 1st, 2017 and Amy Nelson, VFA’s current managing director, will become the next CEO.

Yang has grown VFA since its inception in 2011 and will remain an active board member. Under Nelson’s leadership, VFA will focus on placing representatives in cities to bring it closer to its markets and will expand partnerships to be more diverse and inclusive.

Says Nelson: “I am looking forward to my new role at Venture for America. To follow in Andrew’s footsteps and benefit from his wise counsel during the transition period is an honor. Leading the organization as it continues to make a difference in the talent landscape of the country is a challenge in the best sense of the word, and one that I am confident we are ready to meet.”

Learn more about VFA and Amy Nelson’s background here.

FCancer Received a Points of Light Award, Founded by President George H. W. Bush Administration

Sal Lahoud. Photo courtesy of the individual member.

 Sal Lahoud‘s organization FCancer was recently awarded the prestigious Points of Light award, which was first established by the President George H. W. Bush administration to recognize individuals and organizations in addressing critical issues in the economy, education, environment and emergency preparedness.

FCancer is an online community to connect talented volunteers, who are ready to donate their time and skills, with cancer-related initiatives. The organization began when most of the founding team lost a loved one to cancer within the same year.

Its award was given by U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May. In a personal letter to Lahoud, she said, “Your innovative initiative makes it easy for people to volunteer their professional skills by letting them pledge the number of hours they are able to donate. As a result cancer charities are able to access valuable skills to improve their impact and thousands of volunteers are giving back in a more meaningful way. Your work is changing lives and is a wonderful tribute to your father’s memory.”

Says Lahoud: “We would like to thank the U.K. government and the [Prime Minister] for supporting our effort – these initiatives do wonders for morale and give us more visibility. Thank you for encouraging young people to pursue opportunities in non-profit sectors.”

Learn more about FCancer’s initiative here or about the Points of Light press release here.

109 World Partnered With dōTERRA Healing Hands Foundation to Launch Service Trip in Greece

Leticia Gonzales-Reyes. Photo courtesy of the individual member.

 Leticia Gonzales-Reyes‘s organization 109 World joined forces with dōTERRA Healing Hands Foundation to launch 109 World’s fifth service trip, 109 Greece, to ensure effective action is carried out in response to the need of improving living conditions and education access in the camps in Greece, particularly for children living at Oinofyta Refugee Camp.

109 Greece is focused on offering an opportunity for everyday people to fully grasp the occurring refugee crisis and learn about the work being done by impactful grassroots organizations active in the camps. Participants of 109 Greece will have the opportunity to connect with the people behind the headlines, learn about their stories, and witness the conditions they are living in. The service trip is for participants to experience and gain empathy for the crisis, spread awareness, and become advocates for the rights and protection of those living in refugee camps.

Visit 109 World here or learn more about its Greece experience here.

Special Citizens Futures Unlimited Launched Fidget-Ring-Like Accessory to Improve Concentration for People With Developmental Disabilities

Jessica Guberman. Photo courtesy of the individual member.

Jessica Guberman‘s organization Special Citizens Futures Unlimited partnered with Buildpl8, a 3D printing factory run by a software that can optimally schedule and run jobs for its customers.

Founder of Buildpl8, Gerry Libertelli, used the model of the famous Fidget Ring to produce the Calmring for Special Citizens Futures Unlimited.

Special Citizens Futures Unlimited helps adults and children with Autism attain independence, inclusion, individuality and productivity. With its new Calmring, which features a spinning shell to help improve concentration, it’ll help employ people with Autism spectrum disorders.

“Having the ability to pilot the Calmring has been very exciting for our organization,” says Guberman. “The fact that this pilot has resulted in employment opportunities for people we support is extraordinary, and we are so excited to expand the skill sets for each person so [he or she] may continue to move on to more competitive employment.”

To purchase a Calmring, please visit its Shopify. Or, learn more about the services Special Citizens provides to people with Autism at

Glasswing International to Celebrate its 10th Anniversary With a Benefit Gala in New York City

Meaghan Malloy. Photo courtesy of the individual member.

 Meaghan Malloy‘s organization Glasswing International is a nonprofit that empowers communities to address poverty and violence through public education and health programs in Latin America and the Caribbean. Since its formation, Glasswing International has impacted the lives of over 800,000 children, youths and their families in 14 countries.

On Thursday, May 18th, 2017, Glasswing International will celebrate its 10th anniversary at Tribeca Rooftop in New York City. The event will welcome nearly 300 guests including business leaders, fashion visionaries, sport and entertainment celebrities, government representatives and ambassadors from the U.S., Latin America and beyond. The Gala will also honor Fundación FEMSA for its notable work with the organization in Central America.

Learn more about Glasswing International’s work here or get ticket information for the gala here.

These are just a handful of Forbes Councils members’ recent exciting achievements. Read about what other members are working on here.

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