Hari Ravichandran Donates $250,000 to Artists for Peace and Justice

Gift will underwrite building a Science laboratory at the Academy for Peace and Justice in Haiti

Hari Ravichandran attends the Artists For Peace And Justice Festival Gala 2018

Jackson Browne, Hari Ravichandran, Drew Scott, Linda Phan, Jonathan Scott and Natasha Koifman attend the Artists For Peace And Justice Festival Gala 2018 Presented By BOVET at Windsor Arms Hotel on September 8, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Ryan Emberley/Getty Images for Artists for Peace and Justice Canada)

Hari Ravichandran attends Artists for Peace and Justice Festival Gala 2018

Hari Ravichandran attends the Artists For Peace And Justice Festival Gala 2018 Presented By BOVET at Windsor Arms Hotel on September 8, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Ryan Emberley/Getty Images for Artists for Peace and Justice Canada)

BOSTON, MA (September 10, 2018) – Hari Ravichandran, the CEO and Founder of Jump Ventures, a scalability infusion firm, today announced the Ravichandran Foundation donation of $250,000 USD ($330,000 CAD) to benefit Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) and their mission to encourage peace and social justice, working to alleviate poverty around the world. The organization’s immediate efforts serve the poorest communities in Haiti with programs in education and training in creative industries, while expanding the reach globally by partnering with effective local organizations to give young women access to quality education.

The Ravichandran grant will directly fund the Science laboratory at the Academy for Peace and Justice, which was established after the devastating 2010 earthquake that affected Haiti. The Academy is the only middle and secondary school of its kind in Haiti, providing an education to the poorest and most deserving youth in the city of Port-au-Prince, most of whom can’t afford to attend school after the 5th grade. The 3,700 capacity Academy, where all students receive a scholarship, will have a state of the art science facility where students will be able to study biology, physics, chemistry and geology.

“This grant is an investment in the future leaders of Haiti,” said Hari Ravichandran. “It is my sincere hope that the ability to embrace education, particularly the study of science, will empower these students to achieve all their dreams and goals.”

Group photo with Natasha Koifman, Jackson Browne, Susan Sarandon, Ben Stiller, Hari Ravichandran, Jonathan Scott, Drew Scott and Linda Phan

Natasha Koifman, Jackson Browne, Susan Sarandon, Ben Stiller, Hari Ravichandran, Jonathan Scott, Drew Scott and Linda Phan attend the Artists For Peace And Justice Festival Gala 2018 Presented By BOVET at Windsor Arms Hotel on September 8, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Ryan Emberley/Getty Images for Artists for Peace and Justice Canada)

“This is an extraordinary gift from Hari and the Ravichandran Foundation that affords our students a real hands-on opportunity to really explore and dig and find their personal passion within science. We have budding doctors and engineers in our student body who will embrace this lab as their own private sanctuary and never want to leave,” said Artists for Peace and Justice CEO, Marchelle L. Sellers.

The Ravichandran gift was announced at the 2018 APJ Festival Gala held during the Toronto International Film Festival where individuals who are committed to making a difference in their own communities and abroad are recognized. A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Harry Belafonte via video conference for his lifetime of activism and commitment to peace and social justice around the world. Drew Scott and Jonathon Scott received the 2018 Peace and Justice Award for their global work.

About the Ravichandran Foundation

Based in Boston, Massachusetts, the Ravichandran Foundation is a philanthropic organization founded by Hari Ravichandran, a technology entrepreneur and the CEO and Founder of Jump Ventures, a scalability infusion firm. The foundation is committed to improving health, promoting education and empowering youth locally and globally. For more information visit: ravichandranfoundation.org.

About Artists for Peace and Justice

Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) is a non-profit organization that encourages peace and social justice and addresses issues of poverty around the world. APJ’s immediate goal is to serve the poorest communities in Haiti with programs in education, healthcare, and dignity through the arts. The organization is committed to long-term, sustainable development in direct partnership with the Haitian people. The model is simple: APJ believes in empowering local communities, fostering economic growth, and the power of education to change a nation. APJ is based in New York; Marchelle Sellers serves as its CEO. To learn more, visit www.apjnow.org or follow @artistsforpeace on Instagram and Twitter.

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Media Contacts:

Lark-Marie Antón                                                                  Marchelle L. Sellers
The Ravichandran Foundation                                           Artists for Peace and Justice
(781) 552-3259                                                                      (646) 398-7804
lark.anton@ravichandranfoundation.org                        marchelle@apjnow.org

Click to read PDF of APJ Ravichandran Foundation Press Release.

Hari Ravichandran Launches Foundation

Hari Ravichandran Launches Foundation With Inaugural Gift To Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE)

$150,000 Commitment in Support of 20th Annual Benefit and ‘Taking Flight’ Research Award

BOSTON, MA (August 16, 2018) – Hari Ravichandran, the CEO and Founder of Jump Ventures, a scalability infusion firm, today launched the Ravichandran Foundation by announcing its first financial commitment of $150,000 to benefit Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE) and their initiatives to find a cure for epilepsy.

For 20 years, CURE has been at the forefront of the dramatic shift in the epilepsy research community from simply treating seizures to enhancing understanding of underlying mechanisms and causes, so that cures and preventative strategies can be found. CURE’s research program is cutting-edge, dynamic and responsive to new scientific opportunities and directions through both investigator-initiated grants and unprecedented scientific programs and initiatives.

“The Ravichandran Foundation is dedicated to ensuring we make meaningful contributions that enable the communities where we live and work to thrive by improving health, promoting education and empowering youth locally and globally,” said Hari Ravichandran. “Our goal is to make contributions that also leave a legacy of positive social impact. I can’t think of a better way to do that, than by supporting the efforts of young researchers and their mission to find a cure for epilepsy.”

The Ravichandran gift will directly support CURE’s ‘Taking Flight’ research award which facilitates a promising epilepsy research project and promotes the career of a young epilepsy investigator, allowing them to develop a research focus independent of their mentor(s).

“As CURE prepares to recognize the advancements made by epilepsy researchers over the past 20 years, I’m reminded that many of them were initially recipients of a CURE Taking Flight Award. So, I’m very grateful to Hari for his generosity and foresight in funding a next generation researcher whose research could be groundbreaking. Funding young researchers inspires them to devote their careers to studying epilepsy and is crucial to our pipeline of emerging discoveries,” said CURE founder Susan Axelrod.

This contribution will also sponsor CURE’s 20th Annual Benefit, which will be held in Chicago on October 15, 2018 at Navy Pier. The CURE Benefit will showcase the organization’s 20 years of impact and emerging discoveries.

About the Ravichandran Family Foundation

Based in Boston, Massachusetts, the Ravichandran Foundation is a philanthropic organization founded by Hari Ravichandran, a technology entrepreneur and the CEO and Founder of Jump Ventures, a scalability infusion firm. The foundation is committed to improving health, promoting education and empowering youth locally and globally. For more information visit: www.ravichandranfoundation.org.

About CURE

The mission of Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE) is to find a cure for epilepsy, by promoting and funding patient-focused research.  Since its inception in 1998, CURE has raised over $50 million to advance its goal of no seizures and no side effects. To date, CURE has awarded more than 220 cutting-edge research projects in 15 countries around the world. CURE is the leading non-governmental agency fully committed to funding research in epilepsy. For information about CURE, please visit our website at: www.CUREepilepsy.org or contact us at: info@CUREepilepsy.org.

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Media Contacts:

Lark-Marie Anton
Ravichandran Foundation
(781) 552-3259
lark.anton@ravichandranfoundation.org


Michael Organ
CURE
(312) 255-1801
michael.organ@cureepilepsy.org

Click here to view PDF: Ravichandran Foundation CURE Press Release