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If you are privately educated in the UK, you have a 64% chance of attending a highly-selective university like @oxford_uni or  @cambridgeuniversity . But if you study in a nonselective state school, that figure drops to 19%. To fill that gap, Epic organization  @thebrilliantclub  recruits, trains and places doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in nonselective state schools across the United Kingdom where they help small groups of pupils develop the knowledge, skills and ambition that will help them secure places at highly-selective universities. It works. It's innovative, and it's needed to give every student a chance. So it's worth supporting.

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Sports can achieve a lot. With Epic Portfolio organization @sportdanslaville, Sports promote social and professional integration of young people from disadvantaged neighborhoods. With Team @BeazleyGroup, Sports can help raise money for them. With the support of their colleagues, Maxime Hayes and Christophe Paulin ran the "foulées de l'assurance" semi-marathon of Paris. One reached the finish line in 1:46:27 and the other 2:00:33. Well done #TeamBeazley and thank you for your support!

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Today is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. In New York City, the average age that LGBTQ+ youth become homeless is 14.4 years old, and 70% of them mention family rejection as a major factor. At any given moment, Epic portfolio organization @aliforneycenter has an Emergency Housing waitlist of 300 young people. Life gets better if we fight on their behalf.

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1 in 3 children in the streets of Phnom Penh are aged 6-10. Most of these children work a variety of street jobs including scavenging or porting. They work more than 6 hours daily and earn no more than $3 a day Child abuse, sickness, drug abuse, marginalization, exclusion from education and training, child labor, poverty and separation from family... ....the lists of challenges vulnerable children are facing in Thailand and Cambodia is hard to hear, but we can do something to supports them. @friends_intl helps these children in the streets from basic care to strengthening their capacity to reintegrate a stable family, education and employment, including entrepreneurship. "Friends" was selected to join the Epic portfolio and we have supported them since 2015. Their work makes a difference, so does your support.

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In social good, results take time to materialize, and many companies naturally tend to seek a demonstrated outcome before they feel they can talk about their engagement for purpose. Yet the millennial generation yearns for radical honesty, so you can show the steps you're taking to make our world a better place even if the task is not complete. It may not be perfect, but it's a step. Your step.

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Voici des pâtes qui sortent de l'ordinaire. Sur le menu on les appelle "girelle ricotta alla cacciatora", mais au-delà de nous donner envie de manger notre écran, elles viennent avec la promesse d'impact social, parce que chez cette perle de la cuisine italienne de #Londres , @Gloria-Trattoria, chaque addition ajoute un don de 1£ pour soutenir les enfants défavorisés dans la communauté locale. En intégrant l'opportunité de donner dans leur modèle économique, @BIGMAMMAGROUP montre le chemin du sens dans la restauration. Un exemple à suivre ! This is no ordinary pasta. Known on the menu as Girelle Ricotta Alla Cacciatora, this mouth-watering dish comes with the promise of social impact, because at #London's latest #Italian gem Gloria Trattoria, every check has a £1 donation included to support disadvantaged children in the local community. By embedding the opportunity to give in their economic model, BIG MAMMA are showing the way in purpose. Tag your favorite restaurant so they could do the same! Photo: Joann Pai

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Meet Frédéric Simonart and Matthieu Le Grelle, social entrepreneurs and co-founders of @duoforajob , an Epic organization which supports immigrant youth seeking employment in Belgium through intergenerational mentoring by experienced professionals in early retirement. It is because people like them try new ideas that social innovation can emerge to address systemic challenges. Last week DUO won a grant competition against over 40 other nonprofit organizations. They demonstrated that their project was innovative and sustainable and could scale to maximize the positive impact on job creation. As a result, they will receive a 1 million euro grant. Well done!

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It's never a bad time to talk to a friend about their mental health. In fact, 1 out of 5 American youth has a mental health condition, and almost half of them do not receive treatment or counseling. That's why nonprofits like @jedfoundation develop specific programs and resources for suicide prevention on campus. We stand behind them. #EpicOrganization

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So many messages flash on our screens. Signals and noise. It's hard sometimes to think about long-term impact. To take a step back, and contemplate our legacy. The world that we received, and the one we prepare for others. Today is Earth Day: let us take that moment to ponder what little things we could change to better protect our planet. (Photo: Deworm the World / an Epic organization)

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GIVING, by @alexandremars9, Epic Founder & CEO, takes an in-depth look at the origins of Epic, why what we do matters, and what we are trying to achieve in philanthropy.

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Epic portfolio org @CommonLit works to solve the educational resource disparity and ensure that more low income students graduate high school, using a high-quality digital curriculum, analytic dashboards, and support for struggling students.

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GIVING, by @alexandremars9, Epic Founder & CEO, takes an in-depth look at the origins of Epic, why what we do matters, and what we are trying to achieve in philanthropy.

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@carolinaforkibera , an organization of the Epic Portfolio, helps to develop local leaders, catalyze positive change, and alleviate poverty in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya.

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GIVING, by @alexandremars9, Epic Founder & CEO, takes an in-depth look at the origins of Epic, why what we do matters, and what we are trying to achieve in philanthropy.

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Epic portfolio organization @Apnalayango empowers some of the most disadvantaged populations living in the slums of Mumbai to gain awareness of their basic rights and access opportunities leading to a better life.

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@preranaantihumantrafficking, an organization of the Epic portfolio, is actively involved in advocacy work for trafficked women and children-- Their strategy was proven effective through their contribution to the 2000 UN Optional Protocol on Trafficking, and their work continues to make an impact on thousands of the most vulnerable women and girls in the slums of Mumbai. #HumanTraffickingDay

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GIVING, by @alexandremars9, Epic Founder & CEO, takes an in-depth look at the origins of Epic, why what we do matters, and what we are trying to achieve in philanthropy.

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@aliforneycenter , an organization of the Epic Portfolio, helps protect and support New York’s LGBTQ youth from the harm of homelessness, and to support them in becoming safe and independent as they move from adolescence to adulthood.

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Studies show that 90% of children who cannot read at 12 were already in serious difficulty at 6. That’s why Epic portfolio organization Agir pour l'Ecole focuses their efforts on early action inside the classroom.

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Happy New Year from all of us at Team Epic. Thank you to all of those who have donated, attended our events, volunteered your time, or done anything to make your world a little better. We can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store.

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It’s been a brilliant year for Epic portfolio organization @carolinaforkibera How will you make an impact on your community in 2019?

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By 2019, Epic portfolio organization @StreetLeagueUK hopes to bring that number to 2,300 per year, making headway in the fight against chronic youth unemployment in the UK.

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ThinkForward, an organization of the Epic portfolio, provides long-term coaching and support to at-risk students in the UK, ensuring successful transitions to sustainable careers.

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Purpose is the new currency that brands must invest in. Consumers are increasingly sensitive to it, but how to you know if they truly place social purpose at the heart of their activities?

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Increasingly, people doing their holiday shopping seem to evaluate the social aspect of the brands they purchase. Did that influence your choice of gifts this year?

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#TBT to Epic’s monitoring trip to Kalagala, Uganda. In May 2017 we visited Living Goods, an Epic portfolio organization since 2016. Since its inception, Living Goods has helped millions of children and youth gain access to much-needed goods and services, saving lives throughout Uganda and Kenya. Photo Credit: @TG504

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The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals were created with the hope of building a better future for our children. It’s no surprise that Epic selects organizations that are working to tackle UN SDG’s such as No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Good Health & Well-Being, Gender Equality, and Quality Education for all. #UNday

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24,000 children live on the streets of Cambodia. Friends-International, an organization of the Epic portfolio, works to provide a continuum of care for children to encourage reintegration into stable familial and financial circumstances. #EndPoverty

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In the UK, 808k youth are not in education, employment, or training. Epic Portfolio Organization, Think Forward works with schools to identify the most at-risk youth and commits to supporting through their transition from high to employment or college.

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#FlashBackFriday to last year’s monitoring visit with Epic portfolio organization Street League UK. Since 2003, Street League has helped thousands of young adults secure steady employment with 1-on-1 mentoring, and training programs, all rooted in the universal lessons of sport. Photo credit: @TG504

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With the help of ScriptEd, an organization of the Epic portfolio, students from underprivileged schools in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area are able to gain an education in computer science, and have gone on to secure internships at companies including @Adobe and @JPmorgan.

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Would you like to work in the rapidly growing field of social innovation? To collaborate with some of the top philanthropists in the US and Europe to combat injustice on a global scale? Epic is looking to fill several intern and full time staff positions in London, Paris, and San Francisco. For a full list of openings: http://bit.ly/2MYDjZx

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REACH is an Epic organization that provides vocational training to disadvantaged Vietnamese youth. At the end of August, Senior Microsoft staff members from different Microsoft Thailand offices in Asia came to REACH to deliver a training session to the REACH staff about office 365, Microsoft Thailand TEAMs, and Microsoft Thailand share point. Microsoft staff members also provided training to REACH students on child online safety & basic Office 365 and Job orientation consultancy. Later in the afternoon, some members of the Microsoft Thailand team joined REACH students to learn how to make delicious cocktails. More on REACH at: http://reach.org.vn/

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Access to healthcare remains a challenge in Uganda and Kenya. An organization selected in the Epic portfolio, Living Goods leverages a network of Community Health Promoters to bring healthcare products and services directly to the homes of poor communities. Living Goods strives to reduce childhood deaths through four low-cost high-impact focuses: simple treatments for common diseases, nutrition, family planning and healthy pregnancy, and money-saving household products. Discover this outstanding organization at http://ow.ly/F1nx30lXsQm

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Giving can be everywhere, including in the Arts. Earlier tonight London gallery owner India Dickinson, designer Haley McLane and Fred Destin hosted an event with 30 artists benefitting charities including Epic. Adding a social-impact dimension to everything we do, that's #Epic!

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At Epic we aim to make giving a normal part of everyday life by multiplying the opportunities to give painlessly. For instance when you go to Etcetera Wine Bar in SF, you can round up your bill to the next dollar and the difference will support Epic organizations in the Bay Area.

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This week part of our Programs team is in the Bay Area on the last week of our Selection 2018. We are meeting with outstanding social organizations looking to join our portfolio.

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On the street market of Jinja, in the outskirts of Kampala, Uganda, a woman is having her hair styled, dressed in a gown of flags. Her stylist's apron has Garfield patterns contrasting with the bold lines of her dress. This photo is part of a series of field portraits taken by Epic Ambassador @tg504 during last year's Epic Selection trip. Site visits are perhaps the most intense way to experience your philanthropic impact because donors can see not only the outcome of their donations but also the context in which that impact unfolds. That's one of the ways Epic strives to connect donors with their impact.

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Giving can be part of everything we do, and offering a truly outstanding gift can also support social innovation and the fight against injustices. The men and women of Baby Dior understand that so this week @babydior_official launched a limited edition of their Stardust backpack whose sale will support organizations in the Epic portfolio. It's one of the initiatives with Epic that @dior supports in their engagement towards social good, and we are thankful for this commitment. #looksAmazing #eleganceInDoingGood #BeEpic

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This week our selection team was in Mumbai to meet social organizations who seek to join our portfolio, and some already in it, like Apnalaya. You can recognize Nicola Crosta, Epic's EVP in the center. Those visits are always a very intense experience for our team because we interact with truly outstanding social workers who change lives and fight against injustices. That's why we are here. #BeEpic

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Today Flammarion Versilio is releasing "La Révolution du Partage" by Alexandre Mars, Epic's Founder & CEO. He describes what we do, highlights inspiring stories from the outstanding organizations in the portfolio, and a lot more. A great read. Congratulations Alex! English translation this Fall. #LaRevolutionDuPartage

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Tim Bergling, better known as @Avicii , was reportedly very generous and gave meaningfully to social organizations. He said he did it because it was obvious to him. An example to follow. #grateful #inspiration #startToday #respect

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Strategic donors and social purpose organizations recognize the benefit of an impact-centric approach to philanthropy, and know that it is powered by effective monitoring and evaluation (M&E). More on this in the Special Chapter of Outlook 2018 (link in bio)

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Epic Outlook 2018 is our annual analysis of the trends, challenges and innovations in philanthropy, as identified through our review of 3500 NGOs and social enterprises supporting children and youth globally. Check it out! (link in bio)