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The contemporary world is characterized by grand inequalities. In a recent research by Oxfam, 80 billionaires were said to be controlling most of the world’s wealth. The world should therefore act to urgently save the world’s majority poor from manipulation by the minority. This is precisely what Charles Koch and company aims at with Stand Together initiative that will be officially launched this week. Leaders of the non-profit initiative explain the initiative as one that will seek to address the deep-seated social ills in the American society. Towards the desired goal, efforts will be focused on reducing poverty levels and enhancing the quality of education.

Stand Together has been running for nearly a year on pilot basis but has never made public pronouncement about its existence. In a much publicized launch, the initiative will be popped into actual operations complete with a website launch. Its leaders will come out to broadly share its plans as an annual winter seminar as hundreds of Koch donors are due to open this Saturday near Palm Springs, Calif.
According to Evan Feinberg, the group’s executive director, the sole purpose of the organization is to make “real difference in real people’s lives by actually solving the problems they have.” Solving inherent problems in a real way means steering further from policy fights. Focus will instead be on partnerships with private entities that work to address social problems such as gang violence and high re-offending rates. The organization will for example team up with Bob Woodson in one of its first ventures, a prominent black conservative who engages in training of grass-roots leaders.
Stand Together aims to raise $15 million in 2016 according to its top officials. This will be engaged in venture philanthropy that will most importantly aim at strengthening the fabric of American society. Woodson envisions receiving grants and coaching help from the organization. Key in implementation of the plan will be Charles Koch.
Charles Koch, an American business mogul is passionate about societal well-being. The Charles Koch Foundation, he supports he research and educational programs focused on improving human well-being, especially for the least fortunate. He believes prosperity can only be attained in a system where people are free to speak, exchange and contract. Stand Together therefore lies squarely within his philanthropic perspective. Koch is unique to the organization to the extent that he remains the only person with money who does not dictate conditions.
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Philanthropist and education advocate Keith Mann of Dynamics Search Partners (DSP) has recently revealed a new scholarship they are calling “The Keith and Keely Mann Scholarship for Professional Achievement”. This new scholarship is designed to be an award recognizing the upcoming generation of innovation fueled business leaders. Keith and Keely Mann are partnering with Uncommon Schools, which is a not for profit charter management organization located in the city of New York, in order to implement this unique scholarship opportunity. The scholarship will be available to a single graduating senior every year at one of the Uncommon Schools’ Brooklyn-based high schools.

Joe Frick, a counselor at Uncommon Charter High School, had this to say about this new scholarship program, “We are grateful to Keith and Keely Mann for implementing this generous scholarship program at our school. This scholarship will help ensure that one of our students has the means to attend a four-year college.”

How does one qualify for the Keith and Keely Mann Scholarship? All serious applicants for the scholarship are instructed to write a 1,000 word essay on the topic of how acquiring a four year college degree will help enable them to achieve their goals and professional aspirations. Keith has long been a big advocate for education and a well known philanthropist. As the Founder of Dynamics Search Partners, Mann is committed to finding strong, solid leaders, and in turn pairing them with companies to help in cultivating their success. The scholarship is open to all graduating seniors who attend Uncommon Charter High School in Brooklyn, New York. Starting now, the application process will be open through February 29th, 2016. One lucky winner will be announced by the end of March 2016, and will receive a generous $5,000 scholarship to be applied towards their college tuition.

Bringing extensive knowledge obtained from working over 15 years in the executive search industry, Keith Mann is a seasoned hedge fund compensation expert, with a great deal of experience in hiring and staffing strategy. Keith Mann currently holds the title of founder and CEO of Dynamics Search Partners, and is in charge of the daily operations and management of the business. Dynamics Search Partners works in collaboration with firms all across the alternative investment industry in America, Asia and Europe, and works to fill in excess of 200 client mandates every year. Follow Keith on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on his philanthropic endeavors.

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