Bruce Levenson and the Do Good Institute Help Create Society’s Next Philanthropists

The work of non-profit organizations across the world are often invaluable sources of relief for untold numbers of people who are afflicted by the many disasters and crisis our world is prone to house. Whether it is providing clean drinking water to remote villages, shoes for disadvantaged youth, or simply making sure that food does not go wasted non-profit organizations are often responsible for many of the humanitarian efforts across the globe.

But as a new generation of philanthropists is born and the world of business is constantly changing, the next wave of leaders within the non-profit sector need a little more help than the previous generation to fix the world’s problems.

The Do Good Institute and Bruce Levenson

Bruce Levenson, the former owner of the NBA favorites, the Atlanta Hawks, turned philanthropists and non-profit investor, created the Do Good Institute in response to one of the major failings Levenson witnessed during his time within the non-profit sector.

Far too often, UCG chairman Bruce Levenson noticed that some wonderful people leading non-profit organizations with valid motives would watch their organization fall apart for various reasons due to a lack of real-world business skills.

So to better equip the next wave of leaders within the non-profit sector, Bruce Levenson, and the Do Good Institute are aiming to teach the students on the University of Maryland’s campus the necessary skill they will need to become successful leaders in the non-profit sector. The program by the Forbes billionaire is still very much in its early stages of creation has become a student favorite for its unique approach to teaching philanthropy and civics.

If you would like to read more about the work being accomplished by the Do Good Institute and Bruce Levenson please read Benzinga.com’s latest piece on the philanthropic efforts of the two.  https://www.benzinga.com/news/17/03/9165680/university-of-marylands-non-profit-initiative-is-changing-higher-education

Home Remodeling Trends of 2017

With every new year comes a catalog of exciting and inspiring trends for the home improvement industry. These trends are meant to make your home even better than before. We are three months into 2017, and new trends are endlessly popping up, with a big focus on sustainability and style. It pays to see what trends will emerge in the coming months so that you can capitalize on them immediately.

 

Here are some of the current trends that you should know about.

 

  1. Energy-Focused Improvements

 

Today, most homeowners are looking for ways to make their homes more energy efficient at the same time more comfortable and convenient. Most of the popular energy-focused trends involve making minor changes to the home. Good examples are:

 

  • Programmable smart thermostats
  • Smart light fixtures
  • High-efficiency HVAC
  • Caulking and weather stripping

 

Although you may not visibly notice these improvements, they will cut your utility bills and make your home more comfortable.

 

  1. Gravel Landscaping

 

With the desperate need to conserve water, more and more homeowners are becoming open to the idea of doing away with their high maintenance grass lawns and replacing them with gravel areas, driveways, pathways, patios and playground spots. Gravel landscaping is preferred over other types of landscaping because it has a natural feel, prevents erosion, saves water and requires no upkeep.

 

  1. Matte Finishes

 

This trend began in the beauty world but has finally found its way into our homes. Matte finishes make a warm and elegant statement in the kitchen. We expect to see a lot more of this trend in the coming months.

 

  1. Open plan kitchens

 

More and more property owners appreciate open plan kitchens. In fact, if you watch any renovation show on TV, you will notice that they extol the benefits of an open and spacious living area. Depending on your budget, creating an open plan kitchen can be as simple as eliminating clutter with innovative storage solutions, and trying out feature spaces such as woodwork, ceramic tiles, and hanging shelves. At the ‘high-end,’ the process can involve gutting an entire room to make space for new fittings.

 

These are just a few of the home remodeling trends that we have noticed so far in 2017. Keep an eye out for new trends these coming months.

Flavio Maluf Has Changed The Outlook Of Eucatex’s Future

Flávio Maluf is one of the most renowned business executives in Brazil with most of his time invested into the construction material manufacturer Eucatex. He also has a large stake in GrandFood, one of the largest pet food and animal feed groups in the country. His assets are estimated to be worth around $2 million. You may check out some of his business presentations on Slideshare. He is also a mentor of future entreprenuers and has even been highlighted in Abril Magazine.

Since studying for his mechanical engineering degree, he was invited to the family business at Eucatex. He started out in low level positions and eventually moved up to various positions in different departments. He was upgraded to the industrial sector of the company after recommendations from family members. After several years of experience, he was invited to be a part of the executive team.

Since Flavio had became president of the company, he swiftly made changes to modernize the management structure of the company. He had also made efforts to internationalize the company by offering products to distributors in 37 countries. His genious business tactics had signifcantly grown the market share of the company and expectantly increased overal revenue.

The Eucatex Group was started in 1951 as producers of contruction materials made from eucalyptis wood. The company has factories in multiple parts of the country, and has since expanded production to other products like furniture. Their main location of production is now in Botucatu. There is now a line of paint products being distributed throughout Brazil.

The company saw a major boost when they opened the new plant in Salto. This plant was dedicated to products high and medium density fiberboards. Since the ofering of the new fiberboards, they have filled a major niche in the Brazillian construction market. Paint and varnish products are also being produced at the Salto location.

A huge sector of their production now involves recycled wood products. Instead of letting wood residue go to waste, they produced a new line of recycled wood products to boost revenue and clean up the environment. Many of these recycled products have been approved to receive FSC® Certifications. http://eleicoesepolitica.com/vereador2016/vereador/MG/41114/43123/

Springtime is Perfect for Tackling Outdoor Repairs

The winter can be a harsh time for the exterior of your home. When the snow melts and the ice thaws, you’re likely to be left with filthy home siding, a broken roof and cracked asphalt in the driveway. The springtime is an important moment to tackle these repairs so that they are fixed before being able to get worse. For instance, if you notice that your driveway has a large crack in it from the winter freeze and you do nothing to fill in the space, it can get bigger and leave you with a destroyed driveway that will need to be fully replaced and cost you thousands of dollars.

 

First, you need to take a walk around the perimeter of your property and make notes of what needs to be done. Don’t forget to look all around the home and property to find damage. Your roof should have a thorough inspection for holes and pitting to prevent leaks and floods from occurring. If you don’t feel comfortable doing the inspection yourself, you can hire a local roofer to come in and do the work for you. There will be certain repairs that you simply cannot do on your own. It’s important to call pros in if you find you’re having issues repairing damage yourself. It’s better to pay someone to fix these problems for you as opposed to leaving them to get worse just to save money. They’ll cost you more in the long run if they’re allowed to worsen.

 

It’s hard to know what type of damage the winter will leave for your home and property, but it is crucial that you face facts and make notes of what needs to be repaired. Springtime is often looked at as a perfect time to do some cleaning inside and to get rid of clutter, but it’s also critical to repair the exterior of your home after dealing with a harsh blustery season. When you get everything cleaned up and fixed in the spring, you will have all summer to enjoy the hot weather with your family and friends.

 

The Newest and Best Ways to Freshen Up Your Bedroom

You may have been wanting to give your bedroom a quick freshening up, and if that’s the case, we have the tips that you need. The following list includes the top tips for making your bedroom a little nicer and a litter more welcoming.

 

Create symmetry

 

Symmetry can make you feel calmer and more organized. It also looks more serene in interior settings. If you’re bedroom is not symmetrical right now, consider making it so. Take your bed from away from the corner and place it in the middle of one wall, for example. You might consider putting the same bedside tables on either side of the bad and the same lamps on either side of the bed as well.

 

Put some art on your wall

 

Art on your walls can be calming and inviting. Choose something that speaks to you. Instead of small pieces of art that are only a maximum of 12 by 12 inches, choose large pieces that are several feet wide and long. This will take up more space on the wall and will look purposeful inside of haphazard.

 

Choose a pallet, and stick to it.

 

Many people think that adding lots of colors to their bedroom will make it more exciting, but this will only divert your eye and attention. It’s not especially calming or relaxing either. Instead, pick two to three colors for the color scheme of your bedroom, and stick to these colors as you decorate. If you need some inspiration, go online and look at pictures of bedrooms that you like, or flip through some magazines that center on home decorating.

 

Splurge on bedding.

 

One thing that you will do every day whether you like it or not is go to sleep. You’ll also sleep in the same spot, and that’s your bed. This means that your bed is somewhere where you should feel comfortable investing a substantial amount of money if possible. Splurge on nice sheets that have matching pillowcases, and get a comfortable and form fitting mattress. You might also consider getting a high quality, comfortable blanket or a comforter.

 

Try these tips for the nicest bedroom you’ve ever had!

 

Home Upgrades That Can Ensure a Quicker Sale

Listing a property only to have it sit on the market for weeks or even months can leave property owners in a very difficult position. With Plenty of project ideas, home improvement options and renovations that may beautify a home or improve its value, more homeowners are making efforts to boost the value of their property. Projects, like certain landscaping additions or the installation of energy-efficient appliances may also help to lower utility costs. Creating and maintaining a more attractive home is often essential for ensuring the sales process is able to be concluded quickly and successfully.

 

Enhancing Curb Appeal With Exterior Improvements

 

Projects like xeriscaping which may reduce or even eliminate the need to water exterior environments or planting planting trees and even shrubs in order to provide shade for a home can go a long way towards reducing the cost of monthly bills. Exterior landscaping projects are also ideal for improving curb appeal which may be a key factor in determining how quickly a buyer may be found once a property has been listed for sale. While interior upgrades and home-improvement efforts are often essential for those seeking to enhance the value of an older home, making an effort to improve exterior environments also has the potential to be beneficial. An attractive lawn or well-maintained landscape may allow homeowners to better protect themselves from fluctuations within the real-estate market that might negatively impact the price of a home.

 

Installations and Equipment Options for Creating More Sustainable Homes

 

Energy-efficiency is another concern, one that has the potential to impact utility costs as well as property values. Simple upgrades like the addition of solar screens or high-efficiency lighting can often have a much bigger impact than many homeowners may have anticipated. More ambitious installations, such as replacing an existing HVAC system or installing a home-solar setup that may be used to generate renewable power on-site can make an even more impressive difference. Creating a greener and more energy-efficient home can be a worthwhile undertaking, especially for those who are seeking ways to better protect the value of their property.

 

Lime Crime Comes out With Hot Unicorn Shades

Lime Crime has a strong reputation for creating hair-care products that are attractive, healthy and artistic. Founder, Doe Deere, made it her personal mission to create products that let the inner artist of each customer out to play. The unicorn hair dye products are semi-permanent items that are cool for people who love fantasy. The makers crafted them of Vegan ingredients and made them vibrant and strong enough to last many years. The products are certified by PETA and Leaping Bunny as products that the makers did not harm animals to create.

 

 

The unicorn line has been in the works for quite some time. Deere took her time with it to ensure that she developed items that were of the highest quality only. What she got was a smorgasbord of fun colors that could last the users up to 12 hair washes. Interested parties can buy any of the 13 shades if they want to feel like a unicorn. Some of the most popular shades that they can find are shades such as strawberry jam, chocolate cherry, jello, pony, anime and more.

 

 

Lime Crime offers fair pricing for all of its products, but this line has one of the nicest pricing options. Customers can get a bottle for only $16, and it can last that person anywhere from two weeks to a month. The time that the color lasts is dependent on some personal factors. One factor that makes a difference is the frequency of hair washes. Another factor that affects the coloring is the hair’s overall condition. The depth of the color can have an impact, as well.

 

 

One thing that is unique about Lime Crime that is different from other companies is that it provides potential customers with a real picture of how the color looks on certain people. Hair swatches, as the pictures are called, can let a person know whether the color is right for her or not. The swatches reveal some amazingly artistic colors and styles that users can try if they so desire. Additionally, a bold customer can try to create an entirely new trend. Interested parties can grab a bottle today.

Andrew Rolfe Paves New Way for the Next Generation of Non-Profits

The non-profit sector encounters many obstacles that are unique to the sector and not shared by their counterparts in the private sector. Restrictions set in place by government agencies to ensure a non-profit can maintain its non-profit tax status are one aspect not shared between the two separate sectors. Though the restrictions set in place by the government often pale in comparison to the restriction put on non-profits by their donors.

 

These restrictions often limit what a non-profit can spend grants on as well as often set stringent timelines ending with non-profits needing to consistently reapply for grants. All of this works towards limiting a non-profit’s ability to operate as well as grow. Though these restrictions are in no way created with the sole intention of limiting a non-profit’s ability to operate and are altruistic in nature and intent, they severely hamper non-profits ability to perform essential duties that any other business would be able to do freely.

 

Andrew Rolfe and the Ubuntu Fund

 

In response to the difficulties faced by non-profits and after a realization that more good could be done by non-profits, the Ubuntu fund, a non-profit organization that helps disadvantaged families living in South Africa, decided to revisit the way donors and non-profits interact. Andrew Rolfe and the rest of the board set out to cultivate relationships with donors that understood setting limits on non-profits, although well intended, does more harm than good.

 

The relationships between non-profits and their donors have always faced inherent obstacles as both parties have a vision, and often varying visions from the other, of what is the best course of action to ensure a non-profit can help those who need it. Though Andrew Rolfe and the Ubuntu Fund are helping smooth out the give and take that occurs between donors and charitable organizations. In turn, Andrew Rolfe and the Ubuntu Fund are paving the way for drastic changes within the non-profit sector.

 

If you would like to learn more about Andrew Rolfe, the Ubuntu Fund, and the ways the non-profit sector has begun to change, please visit the FT.com.

 

Home Improvements for the Security of Your Home

If you’ve ever watched a scary movie and instantly thought about how vulnerable your home is, you’ll want to make some home improvements that will secure the premises. It doesn’t take a huge budget to make your home secure either.

 

Motion Sensors for Lights

Thieves love the cover of darkness, so it’s important that you take that element away from them. Motion sensors attached to a floodlight will scare away most thieves at night. This is when you’re vulnerable to someone who might want to enter your home while you’re sleeping.

 

Reinforce Your Door

While floodlights are great for stopping burglars at night, most burglaries happen during the day when you’re at work or when you’re on vacation. The thieves will try to find the easiest access point, and most of the time, that comes from kicking in the front door. The door jamb is what will crack under the pressure of a kick, so reinforcing the frame is vital for the security of the home.

 

Keyless Entry

Almost everyone has keys to their home floating around. You’ve hidden one on the property or given one to a family member or friend. It’s not the best way to secure the home. Instead, install a keyless entry system. You won’t have to worry about hidden keys being found by burglars.

 

WiFi Security Cameras

When you’re at work during the day, that’s when your home is the most vulnerable. Thieves know that you’re likely at work, and they’ll brazenly kick in the door, rob you and get away within a few minutes. Security cameras can help you keep an eye on the home while you’re at work. It gives the police a head start on catching the criminals since you’ll be able to call the police immediately and give them a photo.

 

Many of these home improvement suggestions will only take a few minutes, and don’t require too much skill. You should be able to install them yourself in a couple of hours.

 

What’s Dirty In The Kitchen

When it comes to home improvement, there are a few things that you can do to clean the home before adding any more details. The kitchen is one of the rooms that you want to start with, and some of the dirtiest places are those that you would never imagine. One of the areas that you likely don’t look at is the blender. There is a small gasket that tends to catch the scraps and excess when you make everything from milkshakes to smoothies. It’s a small gasket that is made of rubber, but it can become very dirty and even become a home to mold and bacteria. Remove the gasket after using the blender to wash it in warm soapy water. Let the gasket air dry before placing it back on the blender.

 

Anther area of the kitchen that gets rather dirty and filled with bacteria, salmonella, listeria and mold is the vegetable crisper. If you can take the drawer out of the refrigerator, then this is the easiest way to clean it instead of leaving it in the appliance. Baking soda can be used to get rid of any odd smells. All the drawer needs is a quick wipe with disinfectant cloths, but you can wash it with soapy water if it’s very dirty.

 

Spatulas and other cooking utensils are among the dirtiest things in the kitchen. Let these items soak in hot water with a bit of dish detergent that has a bleach alternative. This will help to remove the bacteria on the utensils. The rubber seals on storage containers can also be a breeding ground for bacteria. When you add something new to the container, remove the seal so that it can be washed. These are only a few areas of the kitchen that you might not think about being dirty but that can harbor dangerous bacteria.