Category Archives: Women in Business

Helen verDuin Palit Strives to Feed the Hungry with Innovative Altruistic Programs

Helen Verduin PalitHelen verDuin Palit is the Founder and President of America Harvest Inc., and she is also the Founder and President of Maple Leaf Harvest, both of these, beneficial and resourceful nonprofit organizations which serve the public in the most accommodating ways possible. It is through these organizations that Ms. Palit drives unused food toward a greater purpose—toward feeding the hungry. When Through Maple Leaf Harvest, Ms. Palit enables companies within different industries and governments the opportunity to donate their good un-served food that our professional Health Department certified truck drivers will pick up and within the hour, deliver free to the approved local soup kitchens, food pantries and banks, and emergency shelters to feed their hungry men, women, and children today. Her work with America Harvest Inc. enables her to develop a smart link between abundance to need with logistics and communications delivering the free donated food immediately to the soup kitchens and shelters for the hungry person’s next meal while reducing the waste of this good food.

Helen Verduin Palit receives Fourth Point of Light honors in Former President George H.W. Bush's Thousand Points of Light

Ms. Palit was honored in 1989 by Former President George H.W. Bush as the Fourth Point of Light in his Thousand Points of Light. She also received the prestigious Community Service Award with the mandate to replicate the program in other cities that need it. Upon reflecting on a rewarding career, Ms. Palit recently told Worldwide Branding Charities that what she loves most about her line of work is that she can have fun while helping others. As a former truck driver, she is fascinated by logistics; while working with food in one area and a truck in another area of the city, she is able to oversee logistics and have fun while doing it. She has also been afforded a few amazing opportunities over the years, such as meeting Former President Bush.

Ms. Palit’s charities are located across 1,317 cities around the world, and she also trains people without charge in an ongoing effort to feed the globe. Ms. Palit’s charities have served 8 billion meals and counting since 1981.

If you are interested in learning more about Helen verDuin Palit, please check out her LinkedIn page, or visit her Facebook page for more information about her charitable efforts through America Harvest Inc. and Maple Leaf Harvest.

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Janet Johnson Drives Donor and Child Sponsorship Initiatives in the Wake of Ebola Crisis

Janet JohnsonJanet Johnson currently oversees all channels of fundraising and meets regularly with key donors. Ms. Johnson, who has been working in this capacity for five years, has honed her expertise in leadership, human resources, sales, and marketing. “When the giving experience of our supporters and donors are delightful we see increased retention (donors renew their gift year after year),” she said in a recent statement. “We see increases in acquisition through referrals and positive word of mouth. Delighted sponsors and donors increase their giving commitment and we enjoy revenue growth, increased engagement and commitment from the giving community of time, talent and treasure ultimately results in increased yield to ministry for World Vision.”

From Worldvision.ca:

Your help is needed today to fight the rapid spread of Ebola in West Africa.

Ebola is a highly contagious, deadly virus to which there is currently no vaccine or cure. It is very important to stop the spread, before the virus rages out of control.

Health services are overwhelmed by the outbreak, with many health workers having been infected and a large number having died. Mothers and children are unable to access much-needed health services for treatment of malaria, diarrhea, or even childbirth. Markets have closed making it difficult to access food. A large humanitarian crisis is looming.

World Vision is working urgently to protect children and their families, by educating communities about how to stop the spread of the virus, as well as providing protective equipment. But with your help we can do more.

World Vision CanadaThrough World Vision Canada, Ms. Johnson initiates charitable causes that serve to stop the spread of disease at its core. Her work with the organization has changed many lives, and she continues to work towards serving as an agent of positive change in the lives of children and adults around the globe.

Click here to sponsor an underprivileged child for the Christmas holiday; your donation will triple in value!

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Sue Tierney Promotes the Advancement of Native Wildlife Protection with Ecotrap Pty Ltd.

Sue Tierney helps underprivileged children with Find a Penny Foundation Inc.Sue Tierney was inspired to establish Ecotrap, a humane animal trap for birds and small deer, by her innate belief that a charity should not be a business. The company’s aim is to provide a humane alternative to traditional trapping methods, and to provide its clients with the best service possible. Ms. Tierney also heads a charitable organization called Find a Penny Foundation Inc. The organization’s aim is to help with the simple things in life, food and clothing, for disadvantaged children.

It is Ms. Tierney’s conviction that all funds offered to the latter organization should be used to help the disadvantaged children who are living on or below the poverty line. Find a Penny will supply food, clothing and the things that other children have, directly to the child. She wants to give them hope.

Sue Tierney also heads Ecotrap Pty LtdMs. Tierney’s mission is to raise public awareness of local disadvantaged children, who are living at or below the poverty line. In her organization, 100-percent of the funds collected by Find a Penny go to help feed underprivileged, young children in their local area. The money collected goes directly to underprivileged children, helping them to obtain food and clothing, and to participate in other activities that are essential to their growth, in which other children in their community are able to engage. The motto is “If you’re hungry, let me feed you, if you’re tired, let me give you a chair.”

Ecotrap is supported by The RSPCA Victoria and The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Australia. These organizations champion the further development of the product, as it has been proven humane in the trapping of feral and domestic dogs and cats, birds, rabbits, bandicoots, wallabies and possums. The Ecotrap is ideal for use in urban as well as rural areas as it is more effective and safer than the traps and cages currently in general use.

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Worldwide Branding Member Theresa Magro, VP of the Michael Magro Foundation, to Hold An Evening of Tasting and Giving Tonight

Theresa MagroTheresa Magro, Vice President of Michael Magro Foundation, will be hosting an annual “Evening of Tasting and Giving” at The Carltun in Long Island’s breathtaking Eisenhower Park. The event is set to begin at 6:30pm EST.

From Long Island Magazine:

Some of Long Island’s best restaurants, bakeries and wineries will be available for tasting. At most recent count, 23 restaurants, five bakeries, and several wineries and breweries had signed on to feature their wares; there will also be a gelato station, as well as two martini bars.

Like any parent, when Ms. Magro’s 13 year old son was diagnosed with cancer, she felt helpless. It was 2005 and her son Michael, who was kind and had such a zest for life, was fighting for his life. Shortly after his diagnosis, Ms. Magro co-founded Michael Magro Foundation, to aid children suffering from cancer. A few short months later, Michael lost his battle with leukemia. In his memory, the foundation honors his life and continues to help other pediatric cancer patients.

Food will be served from the following restaurants:

An Evening of Giving FlyerAqua
Chris and Tony’s
Colombo’s
La Bottega
Park Sports Bar & Grill
Palm Court Restaurant at the Carltun
Spuntino Wino & Tapas
The Farmhouse Kitchen
West East
West End Cafe
A Mano
Cirella’s Restaurant
Ciro’s
Fat Fish Bistro
Sea Levels Restaurant
Jewel Restaurant
Legal Seafood
…and many more!

The annual event will be a celebration of compassion and giving, and baskets will be raffled off for charity. These include “A Girl’s Best Friend,” which encompass items from Michael Kors and Pandora; the “Everything Goes With Wine” basket includes a private wine tasting tour at Waters Crest Winery in Cutchogue, and a basket for those who love coffee—“A Jolt of Nespresso” featuring a Nespresso Pixie coffee maker.

An Evening of Giving Flyer2Event info:

Monday October 6th, 2014
6:30pm to 9:30pm
The Carltun
Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, NY 11554
Tickets are $75 per person, must be purchased in advance.

The Michael Magro Foundation is a 501 ©3 non-profit organization, which was established in January 2005 to honor the life of Michael Magro, a 13 year old who was diagnosed with leukemia, and passed away within months of his diagnosis. During his illness, Mike never gave up; his remarkable courage and strength were an inspiration to all who were blessed to know him. Michael never gave up; to watch Theresa Magro in action makes one realize where Michael gained his tenacity and strength.

For more information about the Michael Mangro Foundation, visit our Facebook page or http://www.michaelmagrofoundation.com

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Heather Laanbroek Supports BARK NZ, an Organization that Champions Safety of Children Around Dogs

Girl safely hugs a Golden RetrieverBARK is an acronym for Building Awareness aRound K9s, and Heather Laanbroek serves as the Director of operations at BARK Ltd. She has been at this post for a number of years, and she has forged new ground in the nonprofit business management sector. The innovative nonprofit business leader demonstrates a shining expertise in general management, and adeptly runs the company’s the daily operations, ensuring that BARK Ltd. offers solutions for educators that enable children to learn how to remain safe around dogs.

Heather Laanbroek champions the initiatives of BARK NZ, a nonprofit organisation that pushes for children's safety around dogs

Heather Laanbroek champions the initiatives of BARK NZ, a nonprofit organisation that pushes for children’s safety around dogs

Ms. Laanbroek attributes her success to her dedication to remaining current in her field. She became involved in her profession after volunteering for another organization and recognizing a need for a dog safety education business. She earned a Postgraduate Diploma from Massey University, and has remained abreast of trends and developments in the field as a member of numerous Animal Welfare Organizations. In the near future, Ms. Laanbroek would like BARK to become a national organization.

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Donna York: An Agent of Positive Change and ALS Awareness as President of HARK Inc.

Donna York Serves as an Agent of Positive Change as the President of HARK Inc.HARK Inc. was founded in 2012 with the focus on making educational and support services an abundant resource for families of people dealing with ALS. At the helm of the company is Donna York, who created the nonprofit after taking care of her father as he battled with ALS for a year and half. Chiefly amongst Ms. York’s many goals for the organization is that of her objective to educate others, raise awareness, and inspire others to hold on to their faith when facing ALS. Notably, Ms. York completed a documentary that was screened at NBC, which she hopes to use to raise more awareness for ALS.

In 2012, Ms. York was honored as the Somerset County Woman of the Year. She has also been the recipient of the Paul & Jean Krauss Award for Service to Youth. Most recently, Ms. York was honored by Worldwide Who’s Who for her contributions to those facing or caring for someone with ALS. Ms. York is pursuing certification in nonprofit management at Rutger’s University to further her knowledge of running a nonprofit. In the years to come, Ms. York intends to promote her film as much as possible, with the hope of gaining national recognition for her organization.

Watch the Hope on the Horizon Peak Dedication Video:

From https://www.hark-als.org:

A portion of the 48 peaks summited by the HOTH Expedition Team were dedicated either by donors to honor a loved one or a friend, or by the team to thank people they love, people that helped them when they needed it and others that supported them in their journey.


Please read more on worldwidewhoswhonews.com to learn where you can view the entire film at a screening near you.

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Marsha Goldford Demonstrates Human Resources Management Expertise while Helping Kids and Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Marsha GoldfordMarsha Goldford serves as the Director of Human Resources for the Developmental Disabilities Association. A certified human resources professional with 15 years of experience working with public sector and nonprofit organizations, Ms. Goldford has spent the past two years working with the nonprofit dedicated to providing community-based programs and services to children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. It is within this capacity, as well as her work as an independent consultant and community volunteer, that Ms. Goldford is able to employ her areas of expertise in human resources management and labor relations. As the director of human resources, Ms. Goldford provides advice and support for a range of human resources and labor relations activities including HR policy, recruitment, employee learning and development, organizational development, employee engagement, HR metrics, employee health, safety and wellness, benefits planning and records management.

Marsha Goldford helps children and adults with developmental disabilitiesThe success that Ms. Goldford has achieved throughout her professional endeavors is attributed to her ability to maintain strong relationships within her network of varied business contacts as well as her 12-plus years’ experience in line management roles in the social housing field. She is also a strong advocate for the use of technology as a means of offering affordable, accessible and innovative programs and services for organizations on a tight budget.

In order to prepare for her career, Ms. Goldford earned a master’s degree in public administration from Queens University in 1978. She also received certification in human resources and training design and facilitation. In recognition of her accomplishments, Ms. Goldford was recently inducted into Worldwide Branding. Additionally, she functions as a consultant for the BC Non-Profit Housing Association and its member agencies, as well as Shelter Net BC. She is an active volunteer mentor with Dress for Success Vancouver and a past-president and active board member for the Red Door Housing Society. In the coming years, Ms. Goldford plans to retire and expand her consulting work with nonprofit organizations locally and beyond both on a fee-for-service and pro bono basis.

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Susan A. Biggers Helps Low-Income Seniors Develop Skills and Find Jobs

Sarah Biggers. Photo Source: AARP Oregon

Sarah Biggers, CEO of Experience Works. Photo Source: AARP Oregon

Sarah A. Biggers has spent nearly a decade in her field, and she currently heads Experience Works, a community-based charity organization that provides training, employment and community services for the elderly with low incomes. Ms. Biggers specializes in strategic planning, and in implementing plans to leverage the various programs provided by the organization. She has also made a name for herself as an expert in performance management. She is responsible for coordinating with various departments, conducting advocacy and outreach, and speaking to legislative people to ensure funding. Ms. Biggers ensures that programs in place are meeting the needs of clients.

Experience Works provides training, employment and community services for the elderly with low incomes

Experience Works is a national, charitable, community-based organization. It was originally named Green Thumb and chartered in 1965 as a small, rural demonstration program. At the helm of the foundation, Ms. Biggers has recognized and accomplished many of her goals, and she attributes her success to understanding that all people have a purpose in life. She has determination and passion for helping the less fortunate. She became involved in her profession because she was influenced by the mission of Experience Works and was recruited to join the organization in 2008. She is a member of the American Society on Aging, and the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs. In future years, Ms. Biggers wants to grow her company and help as many people as possible.

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Samantha Hunter Pushes to Put Corruption to a Halt with Crime Stoppers Victoria

Samantha Hunter has more than two years of experience as the CEO of Crime Stoppers Victoria, an organization that serves to protect community members by passing on information to law enforcement officials to help them solve crimes. Over the years, Ms. Hunter has established herself as an expert in nonprofit management and leadership by serving at the helm of the organization and guiding community members toward safety and social justice. Each day, she manages the strategic direction of the association, as well as budgeting operations, and raises funds to keep the organization in operation. Ms. Hunter successfully built a marketing, public and community relations firm prior to taking on the role of CEO of Crime Stoppers Victoria and Director of Crime Stoppers Australia.

Samantha Hunter is passionate about helping the people of Victoria to build resilience and securing social justice for Looking back, Ms. Hunter attributes her success to hard work, perseverance and a passion for what she does. She worked in marketing for a long time and had served on the board of Crime Stoppers Australia. She was able to use her existing skill set to effectively market the goals of Crime Stoppers Victoria since she understood the business model from an insider’s perspective. Ms. Hunter is passionate about giving back to her community and helping citizens develop resilience.

Ms. Hunter received a Bachelor of Art in politics from La Trobe University, Australia. In looking forward to a bright future, she would like to serve another term in order to ensure that newly planned executive strategies are executed within the organization. She is grateful to be able to give the people of Victoria a chance to live fruitful lives without fear, and by serving Crime Stoppers Victoria, she can provide a safety net for the members of her community.

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Rhonda K. Bello Honored by Worldwide Who’s Who for her Commitment to Helping the Spiritual Community

Rhonda K. BelloRhonda K. Bello serves as the president of The Prayer and Salvation Organization. In the course of her duties, she is responsible for managing overall business operations, executive direction and vision, the board, strategic planning, financial fundraising, new business development, approval of any funding to religious organizations that will help advance members, the main sanctuary, international expansions and youth services, programs, leadership development, volunteers, and financial analysis and forecasting.

A true believer, Mrs. Bello decided to help the spiritual community by opening a nonprofit organization after she spent more than 24 years in the United States Armed Forces. She believes in international business and integration of diversity, and she currently heads different projects in Nigeria and India, as well as several other countries. She attributes her success to her faith in God, and great mentors throughout her military and spiritual career. She became involved in her profession because her daughter asked, “If God is so powerful and the everlasting healer, then why is there poverty and grief?” Mrs. Bello’s answer was that we are a family, and need to help each other. She realized then that it was her time to start a nonprofit to help churches and spiritual centers internationally with financial assistance.

Rhonda Bello CardMrs. Bello became a doctoral candidate through the University of Phoenix, having earned a Master of Science in accounting from the University of Phoenix in 2009 and a bachelor’s degree in business and accounting. She is a mentor of Joining Forces Mentoring Plus, and an alumna and events chair of the University of Phoenix in Washington. To benefit the less fortunate, she serves as an administrator of The Shadow of the Almighty Ministries. In years to come, Mrs. Bello hopes to complete a doctoral degree, build international awareness for her mission and complete a multitude of projects in worship centers worldwide.

The Prayer and Salvation Organization is based on the belief that its projects, which refurbish and assist the spiritual community, are of the utmost importance. The entire team is committed to meeting those needs, and as a result, they have a high percentage of donations that come from businesses around the world and repeat donors who are impressed by what a difference their donations can deliver.

For more information about The Prayer and Salvation Organization, visit http://www.prayerandsalvation.org.

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