Business for Good welcomes new Chief Financial Officer

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Wadler St Jean joins the Business for Good team with a strategic vision for the philanthropic organization.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Wadler St Jean has been named Business for Good’s Chief Financial Officer, with an official start date of Monday, May 23. In previous roles, Wadler served as Chief Financial Officer for several Capital Region nonprofits, Senior Auditor for the New York State Department of Education and as an accountant for several accounting firms. Driven by a passion for learning and a strong work ethic, Wadler holds several college degrees, including two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree.

“I pride myself on overcoming challenges and realizing new opportunities,” said Wadler. “My mission is to offer Business for Good a positive perspective, a strategic vision, and expert problem-solving skills to further its mission. I am thrilled to be joining this renowned team.”

Business for Good CEO Jahkeen Hoke says Wadler’s high ethical standards, extensive financial experience, and detail-oriented approach will make him an asset to BFG.

“A forward-thinking leader, Mr. Wadler is dedicated to creating a better future for all,” said Hoke. “He thrives on helping improve the lives of others, promoting equality and giving back to the community. He will be an asset to the BFG team and be able to offer an informed, data-driven process for decision-making. We look forward to this new partnership.”

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About Business for Good™

With values rooted in equity, access, opportunity, and prosperity, Business for Good has advanced the model of traditional venture philanthropy to Do Good and Give Back to communities in the Greater Capital Region of Albany. Formed in 2020, BFG seeks to give back to move forward and is rooted in the core principle of “for good, not gain.” Its efforts were recognized on a national level with a 2022 Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Honorable Mention, which recognizes pioneering teams that are playing an important role in the betterment of the world through intentional philanthropy. Comprised of a mission-focused team, Business for Good™ believes no challenge is insurmountable through hard and thoughtful work. With a goal to provide businesses and organizations with sustained support, BFG invests in people for the long term and in every way. Business for Good: building better businesses, stronger communities, and a more equitable world. To learn more, visit www.bfg.org
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Business for Good’s Ed Mitzen travels to Tulsa, OK with $1 million donation for Tulsa Race Massacre survivors

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$1 million donation to benefit the three known, living survivors of the massacre

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Business for Good’s philanthropy scope knows no bounds, with its latest efforts focused on the Tulsa Race Massacre’s survivors. The massacre, which occurred in 1921, targeted the affluent African American community known as the Greenwood District. The Tulsa Historical Society states the massacre was one of the most significant events in Tulsa’s history.

On Wednesday, May 18, Business for Good’s Ed Mitzen and the team traveled to Tulsa Oklahoma to present the three known, remaining survivors with a $1 million check: 101-year-old Hughes Van Ellis (101 years old), Viola Fletcher (107 years old) and Lessie Benningfield Randle (107 years old.) Oklahoma State Legislator Regina Goodwin has been assisting BFG in coordinating the visit. Mitzen says the donation from BFG acknowledges the Tulsa Race Massacre survivors’ plight and hopefully encourages others to acknowledge the racial injustice that occurred in 1921.

“By uplifting the surviving victims, we carry the memory of those who were affected,” said BFG co-founder Ed Mitzen. “At the end of the day, we can’t write a check and undo what was done to these people or erase 100 years of struggle. All we’re trying to do is make their lives a little bit easier.”

The $1 million was donated to Tulsa S.T.E.P.S., a non-profit organization that was set up to help the surviving families. During their time in Tulsa, Mitzen and the BFG team met with the survivors’ families and took a tour of the Greenwood area, including the Ellis Walker Woods Memorial, the former site of Booker T. Washington High School, and the 1921 triage site for the Red Cross and Tulsa Race Massacre victims. CNN covered the donation presentation in Tulsa; click here for the link.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

About Business for Good™

With values rooted in equity, access, opportunity, and prosperity, Business for Good has advanced the model of traditional venture philanthropy to Do Good and Give Back to communities in the Greater Capital Region of Albany. Formed in 2020, BFG seeks to give back to move forward and is rooted in the core principle of “for good, not gain.” Its efforts were recognized on a national level with a 2022 Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Honorable Mention, which recognizes pioneering teams that are playing an important role in the betterment of the world through intentional philanthropy. Comprised of a mission-focused team, Business for Good™ believes no challenge is insurmountable through hard and thoughtful work. With a goal to provide businesses and organizations with sustained support, BFG invests in people for the long term and in every way. Business for Good: building better businesses, stronger communities, and a more equitable world. To learn more, visit www.bfg.org
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Three survivors of Tulsa Race Massacre receive $1 million donation

WASHINGTON POST — The last known living survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre received a $1 million donation Wednesday from a philanthropic organization — a substantial sum for the three centenarians more than 100 years after White mobs destroyed their community.

Business for Good’s Ed and Lisa Mitzen to travel to Tulsa, OK with $1 million donation for Tulsa Race Massacre survivors

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$1 million donation to benefit the three known, living survivors of the massacre

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Business for Good’s philanthropy scope knows no bounds, with its latest efforts focused on the Tulsa Race Massacre’s survivors. The massacre, which occurred in 1921, targeted the affluent African American community known as the Greenwood District. The Tulsa Historical Society states the massacre was one of the most significant events in Tulsa’s history. “Twenty-four hours after the violence erupted, it ceased. In its wake, 35 city blocks lay in charred ruins, more than 800 people were treated for injuries and contemporary reports of deaths began at 36. Historians now believe as many as 300 people may have died.” For decades, survivors have been involved in litigation seeking reparations. CNN has been covering this story (click here for a recent news article.)

On Wednesday, May 18, Business for Good’s Ed and Lisa Mitzen and the team will travel to Tulsa Oklahoma for a private meet and greet with the three known, remaining survivors: 101-year-old Hughes Van Ellis (101 years old), Viola Fletcher (107 years old) and Lessie Benningfield Randle (107 years old.) At 1:00 p.m. BFG will present a $1 million check to the survivors; Oklahoma State Legislator Regina Goodwin has been assisting BFG in coordinating the visit.

“One of Business for Good’s philanthropic principles is to combat social injustice,” said BFG co-founder Ed Mitzen. “This donation from BFG acknowledges the Tulsa Race Massacre survivors’ plight and will assist with the financial burdens of the survivors’ relatives. I am very proud to be traveling to Tulsa to deliver this donation in-person.”

“This is a moment that means a lot to BFG,” added co-founder Lisa Mitzen. “Impact giving is part of our mission. This donation has the means to be largely impactful for the survivors and their families for a long time to come. We are grateful to have this opportunity.”

Media details
• CNN will be in Tulsa for the check presentation this Wednesday.
• Albany media is welcome to contact affiliates in Tulsa if any plan to cover the event.
• A press release from BFG will be sent out following the check presentation accompanied by photos.

Wednesday, May 18:
• 12:25 p.m. Greenwood Cultural Center: Ed & Lisa Mitzen and the Business for Good staff attends a private meet and greet with survivors
• 1:00 – 1:45 p.m. Press Conference/Check Presentation by Business for Good (this will include a 15 min. Q&A)
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About Business for Good™

With values rooted in equity, access, opportunity, and prosperity, Business for Good has advanced the model of traditional venture philanthropy to Do Good and Give Back to communities in the Greater Capital Region of Albany. Formed in 2020, BFG seeks to give back to move forward and is rooted in the core principle of “for good, not gain.” Its efforts were recognized on a national level with a 2022 Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Honorable Mention, which recognizes pioneering teams that are playing an important role in the betterment of the world through intentional philanthropy. Comprised of a mission-focused team, Business for Good™ believes no challenge is insurmountable through hard and thoughtful work. With a goal to provide businesses and organizations with sustained support, BFG invests in people for the long term and in every way. Business for Good: building better businesses, stronger communities, and a more equitable world. To learn more, visit www.bfg.org
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NY Times Bestselling author Stephanie Land visits Saratoga Springs with inspiring story

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Land featured as the keynote speaker of a four-part conversation series hosted by Wellspring, aimed at helping end relationship abuse.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Attended by 300 people from the Capital Region and inspired by Stephanie Land’s NY Times Bestseller Maid, the poignant presentation held at Universal Presentation Hall in Saratoga Springs discussed why leaving an abusive relationship is not only difficult, but often dangerous.

Stephanie Land shared her story of resilience and the barriers she experienced firsthand while trying to leave an abusive relationship. Land is the inspiration for the global Netflix series Maid and was sought out by Wellspring and Business for Good to discuss examples from the book, show, and her life to serve as an example for others on how to overcome obstacles. Wellspring is one of many businesses assisted by Business for Good, a team that is committed to investing in people to build better businesses, stronger communities, and a more equitable world. Wellspring’s mission is to support survivors and engage the community to end relationship and sexual abuse. Each year, crisis intervention and survivor services support more than 1,000 clients, providing comprehensive, compassionate, non-judgmental, completely free support in the form of counseling, legal advocacy, and case management. An official workforce development program is on its way to being finalized within the next year.

 “Wellspring is a wonderful example of the heart of BFG’s mission,” said Business for Good’s Chief Brand Officer, Connie Frances Avila. “Stephanie Land’s message of strength was incredibly meaningful for our audience to hear.”

Hattie’s Restaurant, part of BFG’s family of companies, donated 100% of the day’s proceeds from their Saratoga Springs and Wilton locations to Wellspring.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

About Wellspring

Wellspring’s mission is to support survivors and engage the community to end relationship and sexual abuse. Each year, crisis intervention and survivor services support more than 1,000 clients, providing comprehensive, compassionate, non-judgmental, completely free support in the form of counseling, legal advocacy, and case management. Wellspring also provides safe housing to adults and children either fleeing or homeless because of domestic violence. In Saratoga County domestic violence is the number two violent crime (second only to drunk/drugged driving). While helping victims in need is a major focus of its mission, Wellspring believes that by increasing awareness there can be an end to intimate partner violence. Wellspring staff provide prevention and education programs to school-aged youth, as well as training and education programs for adults, faith-based congregations, businesses and professional organizations. Wellspring’s operations are funded by local, state, and federal grant funding as well as philanthropic contributions from the community. To support Wellspring’s mission, please visit the Wellspring website https://www.wellspringcares.org/donate

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About Business for Good™

With values rooted in equity, access, opportunity, and prosperity, Business for Good has advanced the model of traditional venture philanthropy to Do Good and Give Back to communities in the Greater Capital Region of Albany. Formed in 2020, BFG seeks to give back to move forward and is rooted in the core principle of “for good, not gain.” Its efforts were recognized on a national level with a 2022 Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Honorable Mention, which recognizes pioneering teams that are playing an important role in the betterment of the world through intentional philanthropy. Comprised of a mission-focused team, Business for Good™ believes no challenge is insurmountable through hard and thoughtful work. With a goal to provide businesses and organizations with sustained support, BFG invests in people for the long term and in every way. Business for Good: building better businesses, stronger communities, and a more equitable world. To learn more, visit www.bfg.org
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