This past September, CFL3 Foundation was honored to be an integral part of the international community converging in New York City for the United Nations' General Assembly.  As a VIP attendee of the 8th Annual Social Good Summit, held at the 92nd Street Y on Sept 17, 2017, CFL3 Foundation Director, Cara Familet, met with corporate social responsibility executives over a high-level breakfast roundtable, hosted by Futerra and attended by companies with admirable sustainability initiatives such Mars, Inc. and Target.  Several of our discussions related to children, education and health, topics at the heart of CFL3 Foundation's mission.

Additionally, the Summit hosted panels on how technology, such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Big Data can be instrumental in furthering solutions.   CFL3 Foundation is a long-time supporter of FasterCures, a Milken Institute Initiative and makes venture investments in precisely these technology areas in to bolster that philanthropy.  One such investment is Analytics Ventures, an AI venture formation fund based in San Diego, CA. 

On the data side, Kareem Elbayar from the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, described how his office uses technology and data to help improve the lives of people who are affected by conflict, natural disasters, and other emergencies. In the next weeks, this topic became even more relevant to CFL3 Foundation as an historic hurricane season beset Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico and much of the Caribbean.  We also drew upon the wisdom of Petra Nemcova, who personally visited CFL3 Foundation in West Palm Beach, FL to lend us her advice on emergency assistance giving.  Nemcova is the former supermodel who survived the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and who subsequently founded her own relief organization, HAPPY HEARTS FUND, an effort to rebuild safe, resilient schools in areas impacted by natural disasters. For more on Happy Hearts Funds, go to

Pictured here: Petra Nemcova, Czech supermodel, Tsunami Survivor, and Founder of Happy Hearts Fund, a disaster relief organization. Ms. Nemcova visited The Chauncey F. Lufkin III Foundation in Florida in the wake of an historic hurricane season. 

Between sessions, CFL3 Foundation shared our initiatives with several high level UN representatives to find common denominators.  Rick Parnell, the departing Chief Operating Officer of the United Nations Foundation (shown here), relayed to us the advance news that he will be translating his UN experience into consulting with the philanthropic and private sector on public/private partnerships.  Such collaborations, known as "P3s" in industry parlance, are of great interest to CFL3 Foundation, as we actively seek co-donors and partners to support initiatives within the scope of our mission. 

Pictured here: Richard S. Parnell, departing Chief Operating Officer of the UN Foundation, speaking at The Social Good Summit 2017.

Finally, a personal highlight was meeting Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, shown here with UNDP Administrator, Achim Steiner.  The legendary musician was appointed UNDP's newest Goodwill Ambassador for climate action, a recent CFL3 Foundation focus, given our recent, concentrated human capital support of The Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center.  Weir will raise awareness for "projects that promote renewable energy, preserve coastlines, combat deforestation and ensure a healthy planet" urging that “we need to fight to make the planet a better one for the generations that follow us.” 

Pictured here: Legendary musician and co-founder of the Grateful Dead, Bob Weir with UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner. Weir was appointed UN Goodwill Ambassador for climate action in a ceremony at the Social God Summit 2017.

To learn more about the Social Good Summit, go to

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