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Robert and Holly Miller become Champlain College’s top lifetime benefactors

first_imgRobert and Holly Miller become Champlain Colleges top lifetime benefactorsBURLINGTON, Vt.–Champlain College officials announced today that Robert and Holly Miller have become the leading lifetime benefactors of the College. This week, the Burlington couple increased their Power of Three capital campaign pledge to $2.2 million to add their support to the Colleges first endowed chair, a $1 million academic fund created to honor retiring President Roger H. Perry. Over the past dozen years, the Millers have donated $3.75 million to the private, career-oriented college.We support Champlain College to help it move to ever higher levels of excellence and innovation, said Holly Miller, who has served on Champlains board of trustees for 12 years. We also wanted to honor Roger Perrys extraordinary leadership by contributing to the endowed chair. As young people, Holly and I never had the means to get an education, said Robert Miller, owner of REM Development Company. Both of the Millers grew up in Rutland, Vermont. We were originally attracted to Champlain College because of its no-nonsense, career-focused education. The campus and programs have changed, but Holly and I have continued to support Champlain because it never loses sight of its mission.Holly Miller said she appreciates the personal touch thats central to the Champlain College experience. Champlain faculty and staff are willing to go beyond the call of duty to support, teach and inspire each student, she said. Its very personal and translates into the message that Champlain cares about the student as a person as well as caring about the students education.President Roger Perry, who has presided over the College for nearly 13 years, praised the Millers commitment to the institution. Bob and Holly Millers gifts of time, energy and resources mean so much to this college, he said. Theyve been an integral part of the Champlain College community, serving countless hours on trustee committees to ensure that Champlain is able to offer current, effective and market-driven educational programs.Holly Miller has served on the Board of Trustees since 1992 and was chair of the board from 2001 to 2003. As co-chair of the current Presidential Search Committee, she noted, Selecting Champlain Colleges next president is one of the most important decisions trustees will make.The Millers have served on campaign committees and have contributed to Champlains Support-a-Student Scholarship Fund and the Annual Fund. They were lead donors seven years ago in the Uncommon Ground capital campaign that built Champlains high-tech library, which the College named the Robert E. and Holly D. Miller Information Commons to honor the couples generosity.The current Power of Three campaign creates three new facilities on the Champlain campus, including the S.D. Ireland Family Center for Global Business & Technology and The Main Street Suites & Conference Center. The third of the three new buildings–the Student Life Complex–is currently under construction. These facilities will enhance the academic and student life experiences at the four-year college. They will also advance Champlains partnerships with Vermont businesses and increase the Colleges already significant impact on the Vermont economy.Champlain College is not the only organization blessed by the Millers generosity, Perry said. When it comes to community service, Bob and Holly Miller truly are local heroes.The Millers have been lead supporters–as volunteers and as benefactors–of many Vermont organizations, including the Visiting Nurse Association, Vermont Respite House, Champlain Valley Exposition and King Street Youth Center. They also support Flynn Arts scholarships for area children at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, and they offer college scholarships for students at H.O. Wheeler Elementary School.Champlain College trustees have announced that the Power of Three campaign has raised $15 million to date, exceeding its $12 million goal a full year before the official close of the campaign. The campaign, the most ambitious fund-raising effort in the Colleges 126-year history, included the goal of growing endowment by at least $2 million.As Champlain College prepares for its future and the futures of our graduates, we are deeply grateful for the support weve been receiving from the community, Perry said.# # #last_img read more


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Amartha books 44% increase in financing disbursement in first half of 2020

first_imgHe also credited Amartha’s expansion to Sumatra and Sulawesi as the main driver of the company’s recent growth.To practice prudent financing during the pandemic, the company applied a policy that identifies debtors based on their regions and business types. It also applied a stricter credit approval and disbursement system based on areas most affected by the pandemic.This means that the company could reject financing proposals for businesses located in red zones and only allow funding for partners in green zones. It also blacklisted businesses that rely heavily on conditions before the pandemic from receiving financing during the pandemic.Amartha is aiming to disburse financing to more than 150,000 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the second half of this year, without disclosing a specific monetary figure. Andi said the company would target micro business players in the informal sectors that sell staple foods and food vendors.“This sector has proven to be resilient amid the COVID-19 pandemic as they sell primary items in small-reaching areas such as villages,” he said in the statement.Amartha pledges to continue to disburse financing during the pandemic to help MSMEs recover, adapt and grow.  Financial technology (fintech) lending start-up Amartha booked an almost 44 percent increase in financing disbursement in the first half of this year after expanding to Sumatra and Sulawesi in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.The peer-to-peer lender’s financing disbursement grew by 43.87 percent to Rp 645 billion (US$43.63 million) in the first half of this year compared to the year before. The funds were disbursed to 168,125 micro business players in the country, Amartha said in a statement on Thursday.“We saw a decrease in financing by up to 60 percent in April to May due to the pandemic but it had since increased significantly by June and continues to rise to this day,” Andi Taufan Garuda Putra, Amartha founder and chief executive officer, said in the statement.center_img Topics :last_img read more


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Iowa Democrats rebrand fundraiser as Liberty & Justice Celebration

first_imgDES MOINES — The Iowa Democratic Party’s annual fall fundraiser has a new name.The event will be held November 1, 2019. It will attract international attention, as it has in the past, due to all the Democratic presidential candidates who’ll speak. It’s been re-branded as the Liberty and Justice Celebration.For decades, the annual event was named for Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson, who are considered the founders of the Democratic Party. A few years ago Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinners in Iowa and other states were renamed after critics pointed out Jackson’s policies towards Native Americans and that Jefferson owned slaves.The Iowa Democratic Party renamed its annual J-J Dinner “The Fall Gala” in 2015.The Iowa Democratic Party has rented Wells Fargo Arena — the largest venue in Des Moines — for their 2019 Liberty and Justice Celebration. The party’s chairman says it will give Democrats a chance to highlight the party’s strength heading into the 2020 election.last_img read more