Knight Foundation President Urges ‘Philanthropy at the Speed of News’ in First Address

Annual Knight Media Forum gathers hundreds of funders, calls for decisive action to support journalism and democracy as $500 million Press Forward initiative announces new chapters


The Knight Media Forum (KMF), hosted by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, convenes from February 20 to 22 in Miami amid mounting headwinds in the media industry. For 17 years, the annual event has brought together community foundations and philanthropists in an effort to galvanize investment in journalism. This year, that work has become more urgent with continuing announcements of layoffs and closures throughout the industry.

We dont have the luxury of more years of discussion, Maribel Prez Wadsworth will say in her first address as Knights new president and CEO. Worthy nonprofit [news] efforts are running out of funding. Major national outlets are facing devastating layoffs. Journalism the kind of local journalism necessary for the functioning of our democracy is in crisis. It is time, now, for philanthropy to move at the speed of news.

You can watch her open the forum at 9:00 AM ET on Wednesday, February 21 and tune in for sessions that feature the countrys top news innovators and address the core issues contributing to Americas news crisis and the importance of building sustainable news platforms.

Press Forward, an initiative thats raised $500 million to invest in revitalizing local news, will take center stage. Launched at last years Knight Media Forum, its gained great momentum adding a number of local chapters. MacArthur Foundation President John Palfrey will provide details on the national effort.

The full agenda can be found here. Registration for in-person attendance at Knight Media Forum 2024 is now closed. However, you can watch a live streaming of the event here. For more information about the event visit

About Knight Foundation:

We are social investors who support a more effective democracy by funding free expression and journalism, arts and culture in community, research in areas of media and democracy, and in the success of American cities and towns where the Knight brothers once published newspapers. Learn more at and follow @knightfdn.

Dream Foundation Sends Two Families to Super Bowl LVIII

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.Feb. 1, 2024PRLog — 44-year-old Caleb Geller from Las Vegas, Nev. and 63-year-old John Dean from Oak Hill, W. Va are off to the Super Bowl—thanks to a generous donation from the National Football League and Dream Foundation, the only national dream-granting organization for terminally-ill adults.

Caleb’s terminal diagnosis has weighed heavy on him, his partner and their four young sons. Thinking about the special moments and priceless memories that will never come has been heartbreaking.

Caleb is determined, however, to “use this moment to make a special memory for me and my boys. They all have different likes but the one thing we always bond on is sports.”

Caleb says, “For me the Super Bowl in an American pastime. I can only imagine the sound of the crowd, the smell of hotdogs, and stale beer, and being a part of something so amazing. For me it doesn’t matter who goes or who wins, as long as it’s a memory that will forever be held to those most important in my life.”

Lifelong writer John’s terminal diagnosis and life expectancy of six months has given him reason to reflect on his childhood, growing up at Watoga State Park, playing sports, and falling in love with football while watching Super Bowl III at the age of nine.

With a little penny pinching and a fire in his heart, John has attended an NBA Finals game, a World Series game, but never the Super Bowl, a Dream that has been lingering for 55 years.

“I still have people to meet, forests to explore, ways to give back, stories to pen, and yes, even deadlines that will be seen in a new light. Hopefully, the next story I write will be about how I attended Super Bowl LVIII on February 11, 2024, and what impact it has had on my journey to live long enough to attend this game – the trifecta of sporting events,” John says.

“The Super Bowl is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many but for those facing the end of life like Caleb and John, it is a Dream and a memory that will live with those they love forever,” says Dream Foundation’s CEO, Kisa Heyer. “We are so thankful to our friends at the National Football League who year after year help us bring these final Dreams to life. Their generous contribution and hospitality are a Dream come true for us all.”

Dream Foundation Contributing Partners American Airlines and Turo as well as South Point Hotel Casino & Spa will also support John’s final Dream to attend the Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas, Nev.

About Dream Foundation:

Dream Foundation, the only national dream-granting organization for terminally-ill adults, fulfills final Dreams that provide inspiration, comfort and closure at the end of life. With the support of a nationwide network of volunteers, hospices, health care organizations and committed donors, the organization has served more than 35,000 final Dreams over the last thirty years. Dream Foundation has Charity Navigator’s four-star rating—its highest—for sound and transparent fiscal management ensuring its donors and partners that their investment will be used wisely. Dream Foundation receives no state or federal funding, relying on individual and corporate donations. To support the mission please visit

PairedWorld Foundation Unveils Innovative Solution to Digital Addiction and Loneliness during World Economic Forum and Announces Key Additions to Its Board and Strategic Partnerships

As the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2024 has come to an end, a critical theme has resonated throughout the discussions: the deep and complex relationship between technology and modern society. Key topics, such as the escalating issues of digital addiction, loneliness, and isolation, sparked intense debates. Initiatives like Human Change, along with dialogues among the world’s tech leaders about technology’s potential to enhance humanity, have set the stage. Leading this charge, the PairedWorld Foundation unveiled its innovative approach, marking a significant milestone in harnessing emerging technology to foster genuine human connection and combat societal challenges.

Tackling Modern-Day Challenges with Innovative Technology

PairedWorld Foundation is a global alliance of top experts and academics in neuroscience, psychology, blockchain, and behavioural economics, along with prominent figures from both Web2 and Web3 communities worldwide.

PairedWorld marks the next chapter in SocialFi and DeSoc, bridging blockchain technology with real-world interactions to elevate the Web3 landscape.

At the heart of this movement is the world’s first In-Real-Life Human Connection Protocol’ – a pioneering technology that authenticates and rewards genuine, real-world engagement.

“We are committed to creating a world where technology enhances our collective well-being,” said Raluca Cherciu, Board President of the PairedWorld Foundation. “Though the digital revolution has ushered in an era of unparalleled global accessibility and knowledge exchange, it’s an ironic twist of fate that it has also contributed to heightened feelings of isolation among individuals. This paradox is what we aim to address at PairedWorld”.

Introducing w3meet: The Future of Social Interactions

After launching the world’s first In-Real-Life Human Connection Protocol, PairedWorld is unveiling its inaugural application, w3meet – a pioneering mobile dApp that sets a new standard in the industry. The dApp is the first of its kind to reward real-world connections with $PAIRED, the ecosystem’s token. w3meet offers a suite of features for users to initiate and fund gatherings, participate in curated events of all types, and engage in meaningful conversations with like-minded individuals. Currently available only for iOS, w3meet is poised to transform how we forge and nurture relationships in all stages of life. Download w3meet today and step into the future of social connectivity by joining the waitlist or securing a referral link from a current user. w3meet opens the door to a world of meaningful interactions, seamlessly blending technology with genuine human connection.

Distinguished Board Appointments and Strategic Partnerships

The PairedWorld Foundation proudly welcomes Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schwabe, the Co-Founder of the Blockchain Center at the University of Zurich, as a new member of its Board. Dr. Schwabe brings an unparalleled level of expertise in blockchain technology and governance, and his academic insights will be invaluable in guiding the Foundation’s direction.

Joining Dr. Schwabe on the Board is Mr. Ralf Glabischnig, a renowned serial entrepreneur and investor. He is recognised for his instrumental role in developing a global blockchain ecosystem, particularly focusing on the famous ‘Crypto Valley’ in Switzerland and Liechtenstein, as well as the ‘Crypto Oasis’ in the Middle East. He is also a founding member of the Crypto Valley Association and the Swiss Blockchain Federation.

In another exciting development, Inacta Ventures has come on board as a strategic partner, a move that is set to significantly boost the Foundation’s global outreach and enhance its strategic planning capabilities.

The Foundation has also announced its partnership with The Digital Commonwealth, a multifaceted platform that integrates news, media, education, events, and venture capital, with Founder & CEO James Bowater also joining PairedWorld advisory board. This collaboration brings together a diverse community from various digital sectors, including AI, Blockchain, Crypto Assets, Digital Assets, Tokenisation, and Web3, enriching the Foundation’s network and resources.

About Pairedworld

The PairedWorld Foundation is a collaborative initiative among leading experts and academics in the fields of Blockchain, Psychology, Neuroscience, Behavioral Economics, and Governance. Committed to creating a world where technology enhances our collective well-being, the Foundation introduces the world’s first Proof of IRL Human Connection Protocol. Aiming to leverage Blockchain as a catalyst for positive social change, the PairedWorld Foundation seeks to enrich the lives of individuals and global communities alike.Learn more at or follow us on Twitter @PairedWorld.

About Inacta Ventures

As a network enabler and execution company, Inacta Ventures is dedicated to connecting startups and corporations in the WEB3 space. With a strong and proven network of partners and advisors, Inacta Ventures offers a comprehensive range of services to help clients navigate the complex world of Blockchain and WEB3. Services include advisory, venture building, smart capital and community building and turning WEB3 ideas into reality.

About The Digital Commonwealth

The Digital Commonwealth is a community centric hybrid news, media, education, events and venture capital platform.

Its community is drawn from the wider digital industries including Ai, Blockchain, Crypto Assets, Digital Assets, Fintech, Frontier Technologies, Metaverse, Quantum, Real World Assets, Tokenisation and Web3. Its community is drawn from the wider digital industries including Ai, Blockchain, Crypto Assets, Digital Assets, Fintech, Frontier Technologies, Metaverse, Quantum, Real World Assets, Tokenisation and Web3.

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Urgent Care Foundation to Host Night of Impact at Stretch, Grow, Prosper Celebration

 Urgent Care Foundation to Host Night of Impact at Stretch, Grow, Prosper Celebration

The Urgent Care Foundation has announced its 2024 Celebration, “Stretch, Grow, Prosper,” the largest philanthropic event in the Urgent Care industry. The evening, taking place at the 2024 Urgent Care Convention, will provide an immersive experience that goes beyond the traditional fundraising event, offering attendees multiple ways to contribute to shaping the future of Urgent Care.

This annual event invites attendees to support the Foundation’s cause of propelling vital research, educational development and humanitarian healthcare efforts in Urgent Care.

An evening filled with excitement and entertainment, the event will feature LED dance performances, interactive brain wave art, a 360-degree video booth, and much more. Further details can be found on the Foundation’s event website.

The Urgent Care Foundation emphasizes the importance of support and attendance for the organization to achieve new milestones for the Urgent Care industry. By participating, individuals ensure the satisfaction of patients’ needs, support clinicians’ educational development and make strategic investments that will influence future research and endeavors.

Attendees are encouraged to secure their spot for this unforgettable night by reserving a seat, buying a table, sponsoring or underwriting an opportunity for the event. Cocktail attire is encouraged, and attendees are invited to incorporate floral or garden-inspired elements into their outfit.

When: Monday, April 15, 2024
Where: Caesars Forum, 3911 Koval Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89109

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Cocktail Reception
7:00 – 10:00 p.m. – Dinner, Awards and Program
10:00 p.m. – midnight – After Party and Chill Lounge

Ticket prices increase after January 31, 2024.
For those interested in event sponsorship, contact Cindy Simpson, Corporate Relations Manager, at (331) 472-3746 or For underwriting opportunities or table sponsorship, contact Christopher Tobin, Foundation Manager, at (331) 284-0104 or

For any additional questions, please contact Christopher Tobin at

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R.T. Weatherman Foundation Facilitates Meeting Between U.S. Veterans’ Families and Congress

Washington, DC, Jan 19, 2024 – (ACN Newswire) – In a powerful and unprecedented effort, the R.T. Weatherman Foundation has organized meetings in Washington, D.C., between the families of American military veterans who lost their lives in Ukraine and members of the United States Congress. This meeting is part of a broader effort to advocate for continued support for Ukraine in its struggle against Russian aggression.

Andrew Duncan, co-founder of the R.T. Weatherman Foundation, emphasized the importance of this meeting. “We are beyond honored and privileged to bring our fellow Americans to Washington, D.C. They have sacrificed their health and the families have paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of Ukraine and global democracy. Vladimir Putin is wounding and killing Americans. Putin must leave Ukraine now.”

The event highlights the personal stories and sacrifices of the veterans and their families. It underscores the urgency of the conflict in Ukraine and its impact on American lives. The families, sharing their experiences and the memories of their loved ones, aim to shed light on the real consequences of the war and the importance of continued support from the U.S.

The R.T. Weatherman Foundation, known for its commitment to supporting families affected by the conflict in Ukraine, believes this meeting is a crucial step in raising awareness and garnering further support for the cause. The Foundation will hold a press conference on Friday, Jan. 19, to discuss.

About the R.T. Weatherman Foundation:

The R.T. Weatherman Foundation is a nonprofit organization that stands in the center of turmoil, taking risks that others cannot. We are the last-mile convener. We uncover the gaps and bring together the skills and resources for precision delivery of lifesaving aid and the safe passage of children and families.

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SOURCE: R.T. Weatherman Foundation


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