Texas-based energy company Stream Energy recently made headlines for their involvement with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. The storm left many without homes and damaged various businesses, while most watched from afar, Stream Energy was ready and willing to get to work in order to bring basic necessities to the communities. The efforts made by Stream Energy to help those affected were considered a textbook example of how a corporation does philanthropy. Through their foundation “Stream Cares” and in conjunction with other organizations such as The American Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity, Stream Energy volunteers were amongst the first to provide aid and shelter to citizens.
The donations and volunteering although excellent for the community do also provide a few perks for Stream as well. The fact is that corporate philanthropy in any form provides those companies with the ability to increase their name brand. This name brand also provides a buffer zone when things don’t go exactly how a company wants or they are facing an internal scandal. Recently, many high-profile executives have sought out to emulate Stream Energy’s philanthropic model, however, Stream still has a leg up on all of them in one area of the field, their customer relationships.
When employees are brought aboard, Stream expects them to make sales through the art of networking with neighbors, friends of friends and the list goes on. This model has been seen to be very successful as not only are customers placed in a more confident and transparent transaction but employees feel a stronger sense of responsibility for their clients. This, of course, leads many employees to volunteer within their community or simply drop by a customer’s home and see how they are doing, all this combined continues to increase the brand value and loyalty of the Stream company.
As a native to the State of Israel, Adam Milstein took on cultural experiences throughout his childhood that ingrained him with the spirit to prevail against any negative force that sought to prohibit the natural freedoms of the Jewish people. When he was 19 years old, Milstein vowed to defend his nation by joining the Israeli Defense Forces whereby he fought in the Yom Kippur War and helped lead Israel to victory. But instinctively, Adam Milstein was aware that future generations of the Jewish population would have to encounter battles that would be much more mental than physical. Therefore, he decided to enroll in school to get an education to not only prevent him from being a victim of circumstance, but to also unlock opportunities for him to be of assistance in uplifting the Jewish community.
Upon earning a degree in Industrial and Business Management in 1978 when he was in Israel and getting his MBA from the University of Southern California in 1983, Adam Milstein worked within the real-estate industry as a managing partner for Hager Pacific Properties. Currently, Milstein’s duties as managing partner to the privately-owned investment firm entail overseeing all financial and disposition matters involving the company. Moreover, with his business endeavors having reached a level of fulfillment, Adam Milstein sought to pick up where he had left off earlier in life to become a committed humanitarian. In 2000, the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation was founded on his behalf to aid members of theIsraeli-American community with tools (education, occupational training, etc.) that would allow them to become successful leaders/role models to other young people within society. Nonetheless, as chairman in the Israel-American Council (one of the largest Jewish organizations in the nation), Adam Milstein sets goals that contribute to the spread of positivity, unity, and cultural appreciation within the Israeli-American population. Cultural ties between the United States and the State of Israel are upheld by the IAC as their primary objective whereby Milstein further contributes to the organization by fostering membership growth within the council across the nation.
There are many ways for people to succeed as entrepreneurs in the world of technology. Unfortunately, despite all of these paths to success, there are very few people who are actually cut out to navigate them capably. Jason Hope, the founder of Jawa, has become one of the faces of technological entrepreneurship. Hope originally made his mark in the realm of mobile communication before shifting into gear and getting involved in bioresearch and anti-aging technology. Now, Jason Hope is using his sizable influence and well-earned label of ‘futurist’ in order to try and push the focus of researchers toward anti-aging technology. Why has Hope decided to go in this direction? How is he implementing this process into his business?To start off with, Jason Hope is a graduate of Arizona State University. At ASU, Hope studied finance before earning his MBA.
Hope would immediately jump into the industry, working to implement mobile technology as the basis of the work that he was trying to accomplish. Early success with Jawa would lead Hope to branch out in order to work with other potential partnerships in order to craft new avenues toward success. As a futurist, Hope would constantly be looking toward the next big thing and this eventually led him to consider biotechnology.Hope would do a deep-dive into the field of biotechnology with his focusing on anti-aging technology. This line of research would naturally lead him to discovering the SENS Foundation, a non-profit that has made their mark in the industry thanks to the exciting work being done by Dr. Aubrey de Grey.
Hope calls his discovery of Dr. Grey one of the singularly most exciting moments in his career. In fact, Hope was so delighted by this discovery that he decided to put his money where his mouth is in order to donate $500,000 to the SENS Foundation to help with their research.Hope is particularly interested in anti-aging research that can lead toward cures for potential age-related illness. With the donation that Hope put into play, the SENS Foundation will be able to take a closer look at the prevention and curing of diseases like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. Hope believes that the future “relies on disease prevention” and that the SENS Foundation has an actual path to try and make a difference in this area. With any luck, Hope’s donation will lead to substantial progress in the field.