13D Research is committed to giving back. Among some of the key organizations we support:
In 2009, Kiril pledged $5 million over a period of five years to enable the University of the Virgin Islands to establish and endow two initiatives: the Kiril Sokoloff Distinguished Professorship in Entrepreneurship in the School of Business, and the 13D Entrepreneurship Student Competition.
The Kiril Sokoloff Distinguished Professorship is the first endowed chair at the University of the Virgin Islands. The 13D Entrepreneurship Competition is a year-long educational experience designed to encourage UVI undergraduate and graduate students to explore and develop their ideas and business plans, to focus their energies to contribute to the production of tomorrow’s leading companies, and to help strengthen and diversify the economy of the islands. Large cash awards and business start-up support are provided to several top teams each year. Local secondary school students also learn about entrepreneurship by competing in the high school division. Students utilize the cash awards as seed money to start new businesses and to support their continuing education. To learn more, visit: www.uvi.edu
NATIONAL CENTER FOR ARTS & TECHNOLOGY
The National Center for Arts & Technology’s goal is to elevate impoverished communities and inspire hope and achievement in youth and adults. NCAT helps communities to build Centers for Arts and Technology based on Bill Strickland’s highly-successful Pittsburgh-based Manchester Bidwell educational model. Through NCAT, communities develop studio-arts-based education programs for middle- and high-school-age youth and career training programs for adults as well as social enterprise ventures to support operations. Most importantly, every Center for Arts and Technology helps to replicate Manchester Bidwell’s core philosophies: 1) environment shapes lives; 2) people are assets, not liabilities; and 3) creativity fuels enterprise. To learn more: manchesterbidwell.org/
THE ART OF LEARNING PROJECT
The mission of The Art of Learning Project is to reinvigorate the world’s belief in the power of education by supporting parents, educators, and coaches in igniting a life-long love of learning in children and young adults. While the current educational model has long provided attention to basic academic areas such as reading, writing, and arithmetic, it often neglects a core foundational element: the art of learning itself. Schools offer tools for mastering individual subjects but often fail to help students develop introspection and awareness of themselves in a broader sense. By giving young-people a framework for quality, the Project is helping them to develop a creative, resilient passion for learning and improved performance that will be a life-long catalyst for success. To learn more: theartoflearningproject.org/
The Marion Institute was founded in 1993 by a small group of individuals seeking novel solutions to some of the most pressing environmental and social issues facing society today.
The Institute works with individuals, schools and communities to inspire change in a variety of areas, key among them, health and healing, sustainability, environmental education and spirituality. To learn more: www.marioninstitute.org/
HEART FOR INDIA FOUNDATION
Created in 2005 by the Princess Françoise Sturdza, the Heart For India Foundation is a non-political, non-governmental and non-religious organization. The main goal of HFI is to cut the cycle of poverty across India by helping underprivileged children access education and training young women to gain professional skills. To learn more: www.heartforindia.org/
END ABUSE 4 GOOD
EndAbuse4Good, formerly known as Beauty Cares, is a non-profit organization dedicated to ending domestic abuse against women, teens and children. The approach is two-fold: preventing abuse before it begins and helping survivors break free from the cycle. EndAbuse4Good’s campaigns and programs are based upon its Education = Prevention model. To learn more: www.endabuse4good.org/
TEACH FOR CHINA
In China today, where you are born determines your educational prospects and life opportunities. As Chinese cities such as Beijing and Shanghai rapidly develop, millions of people living in China’s rural and inland communities are being left behind. Two thirds of China’s young people are growing up without access to quality education: children as young as 10 are dropping out to farm or work in factories. If education is the key to escaping poverty, then there are 200 million children in China facing daunting, if not impossible odds.
Teach For China believes that this problem can and must be solved and that every single child matters.
They are enlisting the most promising young leaders from China and the United States to ensure that one day, every child enjoys access to a quality education–that every child will have the opportunity to dream and the skills to achieve those dreams–no matter where they are born. To learn more: www.tfchina.org/en/