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Taylor Wilshire, CEO of the Wilshire Foundation receives ‘outstanding achievement’ praise from the United Nations

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- On March 3, 2020, the United Nations Economic and Social Council acknowledged the work that the Wilshire Foundation has done to support the UN's 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, a blueprint for addressing poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice.

Singled out for praise were the Wilshire Foundation's international microgrid communities that are aligned with the UN's sustainable development goals and also incorporate education, fair practices, health care, sanitation and micro businesses that transform struggling third world villages into thriving communities.

"We have a proud history of implementing policies and processes that support the tenets of the UN Global Compact in our microgrid projects around the world," said Taylor Wilshire, CEO of the Wilshire Foundation. "I am pleased to share our continued dedication to these important values with the public, and we look forward to making even more progress in the years to come alongside the United Nations and our fellow partners."

Recognizing that rural villages must develop and flourish without degrading the natural and cultural resources that sustain them, the Wilshire Foundation has worked for ten years to establish microgrid communities powered by a combination of traditional fossil fuels and wind, hydro, and solar power. This allows them to operate in tandem with central energy grids as well work independently and brings cost savings, lowered emissions, and increased reliability and resilience to underdeveloped areas.

But establishing sustainable energy sources is just one component of the Wilshire Foundation's international communities. Other initiatives include providing access to clean water, introducing organic farming practices and developing microbusiness.

CEO Taylor Wilshire recently commented on the mission of the Wilshire Foundation after being acknowledged by the UN's ECOSOC: "We create programs and invest in organizations that change the fabric of the planet by changing consciousness. Our microgrid communities are transformative and can lead us to uncover ways of addressing chronic environmental, social, and economic challenges."

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777 Partners Announces Acquisition of Uown Leasing

MIAMI, Fla. -- 777 Partners, a Miami based investment firm, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Uown Leasing ("Uown"), from Shepard Capital Partners. Uown, a lease-to-own company based in Tampa, was founded in 2008.

The company partners with retailers of durable consumer goods to offer a lease-to-own financing product as an alternative to traditional credit. Currently, Uown offers its product in over 450 locations across the United States, with a focus on retailers of furniture, bedding and appliances.

Under the terms of the acquisition, Uown Leasing will combine operations with Mollie Financial, 777 Partners' existing lease-to-own product, and operate solely under the Uown Leasing name going forward. Uown will utilize Mollie Financial's best-in-class technology, including its innovative merchant portal.

"We look forward to expanding Uown into a nationally recognized leader in the lease to own industry, and we think that 777 Partners and Mollie Financial are the ideal partners to fuel explosive growth," says Daniel Klein, the CEO of Uown.

"We are excited to add Uown to 777 Partners' portfolio of consumer finance companies. Daniel and team have a built a market leading platform and we look forward to contributing to the future growth of Uown," says Aaron Levy, Principal at 777 Partners.

About Uown Leasing

Uown Leasing operates lease purchase programs to select furniture and electronics retailers across the United States. The company was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in Tampa, Florida. Uown Leasing currently supports dealers operating in over 46 states. For more information, visit

About 777 Partners

777 Partners is a Miami-based investment firm focused on a broad spectrum of financial services businesses across insurance, lending, specialty finance, and financial technology. Operating in attractive markets and often times esoteric asset classes, 777 seeks to make control investments across the business life cycle in companies with scalable profiles and ambitious management teams. 777 Partners senior management team is composed of industry veterans with backgrounds in private equity, venture capital, investment banking, insurance, financial technology, actuarial science, asset management, structured-credit, ABS, risk, analytics, complex commercial litigation and computer science. For more information on 777 Partners, visit

About Shepard Capital Partners

Shepard Capital Partners is a Florida based private equity firm focused on investment opportunities in the Southeastern United States. The firm invests in cashflow positive businesses where the primary constraint to growth is access to capital, and commercial real estate transactions which meet defined return characteristics. For more information on Shepard Capital Partners, visit

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MPI REPORT: Wide Range of Private Market Fund Returns Could Explain Ivy Endowments’ Lackluster Fiscal 2019 Performance

SUMMIT, N.J. -- Markov Processes International (MPI), a leading provider of investment research, analysis and reporting solutions for the global wealth and asset management industry, today announced the publication of its annual Ivy League endowment performance analysis for the latest fiscal year, "Measuring the Ivy 2019: Decoding the Performance Gap."

The report shows that the average Ivy endowment return for FY 2019 was just 6.7%, significantly underperforming a reference 60-40 domestic portfolio. Between the best performing Brown at 12.4% and Columbia at 3.8%, Ivies also experienced the second widest dispersion of returns in the past decade and saw a shift in the historical positioning of performance leaders (e.g., Yale and Princeton) and laggards (e.g., Harvard and Brown).

MPI uses endowments' annual return data and returns-based techniques to decode what may have happened in FY 2019 and suggests endowments' private market investments were the likely root of the year's anomalous results. MPI points to the fact that in a typical year the range of potential outcomes of private market investments is two- to three-times greater on both the upside and the downside versus a universe of U.S. equity mutual funds. Such dispersion in private market returns could explain both the lackluster returns of most Ivies as well as the wide range of results in FY 2019.

Report co-author Megan Woods, CFA, Director of Quantitative Research at MPI, said, "Even in the absence of considerable allocations to U.S. public equities and bonds, both of which had a solid year, the seeming inability of elite endowments' large exposures to private markets to push portfolio returns beyond their middling figures in fiscal 2019 is noteworthy and tells of the challenges in getting PE and VC investing consistently right. The range of outcomes of PE funds makes it very difficult to underestimate the risk in private equity relative to just looking at average returns shown by an index. In many years, more than 25% of funds have negative returns, even though the index may register a positive return in the double digits. We hope our report helps the many investors who are seeking to evolve the measurement of the performance and risk of their private market investment portfolios."

Michael Markov, MPI CEO and report co-author, stated, "This report offers a cautionary tale. Investors, both institutional and retail, are seeking greater access to the private market opportunity set - however, even the most sophisticated investors with access to elite managers aren't immune from potential performance downturns and can suffer in a year that was, on average, good for private markets. At a time when the amount of dry powder waiting to invest in richly valued markets sits near historic levels, it could be wise for investors to scrutinize private markets deals, managers and portfolios with renewed diligence using the latest quantitative tools."

For more information about the report or MPI's solutions, please email or call +1 908 608 1558.

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CALNOC Announces the CALNOC Nightingale Research Fund: Raising Nursing’s Voice in Health Services Research

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- CALNOC is pleased to introduce The CALNOC Nightingale Research Fund, an innovative and opportune resource in health services research focused on and administrated by nursing. "We are excited to announce the Research Fund today in honor of Florence Nightingale and in celebration of the Year of the Nurse 2020. This fund will stimulate and support new research and clinical inquiry with emphasis on nursing's contribution," said Dr. Mary E. Foley PhD, RN, FAAN and Chairperson of CALNOC.

"This Fund will provide awards and matching funds to qualified individuals and non-profit institutions in support of clinical inquiry on nursing's contributions to improving clinical care of patients, population health management, staff engagement and satisfaction, and health care operations," added Tony Sung, Chief Executive Officer of CALNOC.

Each year CALNOC will commit substantial support to the fund and announce its research priorities for the current year. Individuals and non-profit institutions are encouraged to apply.

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Since 1996, CALNOC has been at the forefront of supporting inter professional, nursing focused patient care excellence, creating the first database registry of nursing sensitive quality indicators. As a health services research organization, CALNOC conducts and supports research and clinical inquiry with a focus on nursing's contribution to improving healthcare. Headquartered in Walnut Creek, California, CALNOC is a 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation.

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HexGn Study: Startup Investors Shun Asia in 2019 and Flock to Americas and Europe

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- HexGn released a study of the funding trends in the global startup ecosystem in 2019; the team analyzed over 60,000 deals and one million data points for the report. Globally, the total funding for technology Startups this year dipped by 22 percent to $293 billion from $375 billion in 2018, with a 27 percent drop in deals. Health & Medtech clocked the highest number of transactions, while Fintech scored in terms of numbers in 2019.

In North America, funding came down to $154 billion from $165 billion in 2018, with a 31 percent drop in deals. However, If there ever was a time in recent years that the US moved far ahead of others, it is 2019. The US attracted more startup funding than the next 30 countries combined, combing $100 billion more Startup funding than second-placed China. San Francisco Bay Area, on its own, drew 18 percent of the global Startup funding.

Asia bore the brunt with investments shrinking 47 percent to $83 billion from $157 billion last year, and the deals went down by 27 percent, primarily due to China Startup funding crashing from $117 billion to just $51 billion in 2019, a drop of 56 percent. However, India bucked the Asian mayhem, with investments surging to $14 billion, up 18 percent in 2019.

Despite being in the news for 'Brexit,' declining auto sales and banking sector woes, Europe Startup funding held steady. Investments went up by eight percent from $43 billion to $47 billion in 2019, with the number of deals dropping by 20 percent, due to the continued focus of European governments on startups.

In Africa, investments grew from $1.7 billion to $1.85 in 2019; deals fell by 16 percent. South America got $3.95 in 2019 over $3.45 billion last year, and the deals dipped by 15 percent. The investments in the Oceania region went down by six percent from $2.8 billion to $2.7 billion in 2019.

In the 2019 annual Startup report, HexGn announced the Top Ten Startup Cities for 2020. In the order of global ranking, they are, San Francisco Bay Area, New York, Beijing, London, Shanghai, Delhi NCR, Singapore, Los Angeles County, Hangzhou and Bengaluru. These top ten cities from five countries, the United States, the United Kingdom, China, India and Singapore, account for 58 percent of global funding, signifying its standing.

Big things start small, Bahrain, Croatia, and Romania find a mention in the HexGn 2019 Global startup report for growing their Startup funding by over twenty times in 2019, despite the slowdown.

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Lifting People with Disabilities Out of Poverty: JLA Pooled Trust Hits $5 million in Beneficiary Assets

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- In recognition of the highly impactful, life-changing work provided to people with disabilities in the region, the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles (The Foundation) has awarded Jewish Los Angeles Special Needs Trust & Services (JLA Trust) with a three-year, $250,000 Next Stage Grant.

"We're very proud that our Next Stage Grant will enable the long-term sustainability of JLA Trust and help it serve more individuals with disabilities and their families," said Marvin I. Schotland, president and CEO of The Foundation. "The Foundation provided seed-funding to JLA Trust in 2015 because we believe in its mission. JLA Trust provides guidance and resources to families as they navigate the daunting process of planning for the financial security of their loved ones with disabilities and secure the support they need to thrive. This much-needed service strengthens Jewish families across Los Angeles and our community as a whole."

The pooled trusts administered by JLA Trust help children and adults with a range of physical, mental, developmental and intellectual disabilities obtain a higher quality of life through affordable and professionally managed special needs trusts, which are a legal way to supplement means-tested government benefits. In less than 4 years of operations, JLA Trust recently crossed the $5 million mark in total beneficiary assets, and has already distributed $1.5 million for clients' expenses.


In order to receive essential government benefits such as SSI, Medi-Cal and In-Home Supported Services (IHSS), single persons with disabilities are limited to only $2,000 in assets at any one time. To legally supplement those benefits with their own funds, or with money from family members, the only choices are the new CalABLE accounts (limited to $15,000 in a calendar year) and special needs trusts, which are traditionally very expensive to create and manage.

For those with less assets, an excellent solution is a Pooled Special Needs Trust, created by Congress in 1993. Using a Master trust document written by an expert attorney, JLA Trust acts as an "umbrella" over individual trust accounts, which are carefully managed in order to support persons with disabilities for as long as possible. Each client has a sub-account, and funds are only pooled for investment and cash management purposes.

All accounts receive professional trustee oversight and wealth management, along with a restricted-use VISA card from True Link Financial Services that is customized to meet the complicated rules of government benefit programs as well as the unique needs of each beneficiary.

Under the leadership of founding board Chair Sandor Samuels, a former CEO of Bet Tzedek Legal Services, JLA Trust enrolled its first client in August 2016, and has grown to 85 enrolled clients, with combined assets of more than $5 million. "Our community-based, personalized services are a game-changer for persons with disabilities in Los Angeles County and the region. We are thankful to the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles for awarding us with a Next Stage Grant, which gives us the ability to hire a dedicated marketing and outreach professional who can help JLA Trust expand our services to help more people with disabilities."

Seed funding for the new nonprofit was provided by a 2015 three-year Cutting Edge Grant from The Foundation, along with planning and program grants from the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Funding has also been provided by the Diane P. and Guilford Glazer Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles.

JLA Trust & Services has strong roots in the Jewish community and is open to all persons of all faiths, types of disabilities, and gender/sexual identification. For more information, go to

About the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles

Established in 1954, the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles manages charitable assets of more than $1 billion entrusted to it by over 1,300 families. The Foundation partners with donors to shape meaningful philanthropic strategies, magnify the impact of giving, and build enduring charitable legacies. Over the past 15 years, it has distributed more than $1 billion to thousands of nonprofits across a diverse spectrum.

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Adam, 26 - A stroke left him with lifelong physical and intellectual disabilities. His family set up a Go Fund Me campaign to cover out of pocket medical costs and raised over $20,000. If the funds stayed in Adam's checking account, he would lose his vital Medi-Cal housing. His trust preserves his Medi-Cal benefits, plus the family uses trust funds for an aide and trips outside of the residential facility. "I am so grateful you exist," said his mother.

Janet, 48 - She has a genetic medical condition that causes great pain and seizures. Her father set up a 3rd party special needs trust for her with JLA Trust, and after his recent death, money from his life insurance policies are going directly into the trust, without jeopardizing her Medi-Cal. She said, "I am so grateful my Dad found JLA Trust and took care of everything ahead of time."

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Bank of Southern California, N.A. Completes Capital Offering and Plans to Form Holding Company

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Bank of Southern California, N.A. (OTC Pink: BCAL / OTCMKTS: BCAL), a community business bank headquartered in San Diego, announced today the successful completion of a capital raise of approximately $12 million through the issuance of common stock in a private placement to institutional and accredited individual investors at a price of $12.00 per share. The Bank also announced its plans to reorganize into a holding company, Southern California Bancorp, subject to shareholder and regulatory approval.

The new capital was raised in connection with the Bank's pending acquisition of CalWest Bancorp (OTCBB: CALW / OTCMKTS: CALW), the holding company for CalWest Bank, previously announced in October. Bank of Southern California entered into a definitive agreement with CalWest Bancorp on October 21, 2019, which is expected to close in the first half of 2020, subject to customary closing conditions. The Bank is forming a holding company, Southern California Bancorp, to facilitate the CalWest transaction and to support the Bank's future growth. In addition to helping facilitate the new holding company's funding of the all-cash acquisition, the capital raise will further support the Bank's successful strategy of driving both organic growth and increasing its geographic footprint throughout Southern California.

Nathan Rogge, President and CEO of Bank of Southern California stated that proceeds from the offering will be used to strengthen the Bank's balance sheet and further support its expansion in the Southern California market. "We are pleased with the capital raise effort and will begin 2020 with additional capital to execute our growth strategies," Rogge added. "The strong interest that we received from individual and institutional investors demonstrates the investment community's endorsement and confidence in Bank of Southern California's performance and future value."

The Bank was represented by MJC Partners, LLC, who served as the sole placement agent for the offering.

About Bank of Southern California

A growing community bank, established in 2001, Bank of Southern California, N.A., with headquarters in San Diego, CA, is locally owned and managed, and offers a range of financial products to individuals, professionals and small-to-medium sized businesses. The Bank's solution-driven, relationship-based approach to banking provides accessibility to decision makers and enhances value through strong partnerships with its clients. The Bank currently operates eleven branches in San Diego County, Los Angeles County, Orange County, and the Coachella Valley in Riverside County, as well as a production office in West Los Angeles. For more information, please visit or call (858) 847-4780.

About MJC Partners, LLC

MJC Partners, LLC is a leading Los Angeles-based boutique investment banking and advisory firm providing a full range of strategic, transactional, and valuation-related services to our clients across multiple industry groups. For more information about MJC Partners, visit

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Key Smith Wealth Advisors Clients Provide Seed Funding for TatumTek Factory Development in Lamesa, TX

AUSTIN, Texas -- Ron Smith, President and Founder of Smith Wealth Advisors, an independent wealth management firm located at 6836 Bee Caves Road, Suite 272 in Austin, Texas, announced today that a group of the firm's key clients have funded a land acquisition in Lamesa, Texas, which will serve as the future site for the TatumTek Modular Construction Assembly Plant.

The TatumTek plant will use highly advanced fabrication and assembly technologies to build and assemble large modular components for use in residential and commercial construction projects such as single-family homes, condominiums, townhomes, hotels and other commercial structures. The construction on the plant, which will be located on Highway 180 just west of the Lamesa city limits, is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2020.

"Here, in close proximity to the heart of the Permian Basin," explains Ron Smith, "the demand for new affordable residential housing will keep the TatumTek plant busy for a very long time. This land acquisition will help to expedite the plant construction which in turn will bring much needed residential development to Lamesa and the surrounding region. Our investors are not only investing in this one project, they are investing in ways to help diversify the economic future for Lamesa."

About Smith Wealth Advisors:

Smith Wealth Advisors is a full-service financial services and consulting firm offering its clients guidance and financial advisory services in retirement planning, investment research, Securities products, 401(k) management and access to global capital markets. Smith Wealth Advisors is a registered Member of FINRA and SIPC and is regulated by the office of the Texas Secretary of State. All Brokerage, investment and financial advisory services carry risk. Smith Wealth Advisors cannot guarantee future financial results. Smith Wealth Advisors may not provide tax or legal advice. Always consult a tax expert or attorney regarding specific legal and tax related matters.

For further information call: 512-330-9161 or visit today.

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TatumTek is an innovative, Dallas based modular construction firm headed by CEO Edwin Tatum, combining traditional modular building techniques with highly advanced automation and design elements.

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Conte Wealth Advisors Opens York Office Continuing Expansion

CAMP HILL, Pa. -- Camp Hill based Conte Wealth Advisors continues its considerable expansion efforts opening an office at 1423 E Market St in York and welcoming two seasoned advisors into the organization.

Brian Lauer and Patrick Barry each joined CWA on November 1, 2019 in order to offer expanded independent financial planning and wealth management services and benefits to their clients courtesy of the infrastructure and the team approach embraced by CWA, its staff, and its advisors. Lauer and Barry have brought their support staff to the new firm with them, bringing the team of staff across CWA up to 13 individuals.

"Moving to CWA will give me the ability to empower my clients to effect positive change in their lives through planning and investment guidance," Lauer says.

Barry believes that "It's really all about the client and their experience. The level of support at CWA, and the suite of products available to the team helps us to put our best foot forward in serving our clients."

The York office represents the seventh CWA office with the rest spread across Florida and Pennsylvania. Lauer and Barry round out the CWA team of advisors to 17 in total with six of those advisors having joined in 2019.

Conte Wealth Advisors continues to enjoy unprecedented growth and recognition from its broker/dealer, Cambridge Investment Research, where it falls within the top 6% of all producer groups which spans over three thousand advisors across all 50 states.

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The Whole Child Receives Bezos Day 1 Families Fund Grant to Help End Homelessness in Los Angeles County

WHITTIER, Calif. -- The Whole Child, a lead housing agency for families experiencing homelessness in Southeast Los Angeles County, announced that it has been selected to receive a $5 million grant from the Bezos Day One Families Fund.

"We are honored to be one of the recipients of this year's Bezos Day 1 Families Fund grant," says Constanza Pachon, CEO of The Whole Child. "This grant comes at a critical point in the fight against homelessness in Los Angeles County. It will enable us to serve many more families with children experiencing homelessness."

This one-time grant, awarded to organizations moving the needle on family homelessness, will allow The Whole Child to pilot various initiatives including employment and education/training services, longer term shallow subsidies to support housing retention for families and larger flex fund pools to remove barriers not usually contemplated on regular housing/rental assistance programs. It will also help build needed specialized shelter beds for families experiencing homelessness in the region.

The Whole Child is one of 32 nonprofits across the U.S. to receive the second annual Day 1 Families Fund grants see full list, as part of a broad investment to help solve family homelessness. The Day 1 Families Fund issued a total of $98.5 million in grants this year. The fund worked with an advisory board of homelessness advocates and experts who identified and invited organizations to submit grant proposals to support their efforts to address homelessness.

"With the help of The Whole Child, my family was able to find a place to call home after leaving a violent partner left us sleeping in motels," explains Melina Gomez, who was helped by The Whole Child Housing. "Having a safe home for me and my boys has provided the stability I needed to find a new job and pay off my student loan debt. For the first time this year, we will be hosting Thanksgiving at our place! The Whole Child helps so many families and children. I can't wait to see how much more they will be able to accomplish with this grant."

The Bezos Day One Fund was launched in 2018 with a commitment of $2 billion and a focus on two areas: funding existing nonprofits that help homeless families, and creating a network of new, nonprofit tier-one preschools in low-income communities. The Day 1 Families Fund issues annual leadership awards to organizations and civic groups doing compassionate, needle-moving work to provide shelter and hunger support to address the immediate needs of young families. The vision statement comes from the inspiring Mary's Place in Seattle: no child sleeps outside.

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About The Whole Child

The Whole Child is a 62-year-old nonprofit organization providing mental health, family housing, parent enrichment and nutrition education services to some of the most vulnerable families in Los Angeles County. Our mission is to help families raise emotionally and physically healthy children and have a place to call home.

We provide our array of multidisciplinary services across 11 locations in Los Angeles County to more than 4,600 families annually and a total of more than 12,500 people, including 7,000 children. 86 percent of our clients are low- to extremely low-income families with a single female head of household who is raising two to three children.

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