In Support Of
Ocean Conservation, Music and Military/Veterans

Robert K. Wrede, Esq. (Bob to friends and Rob to family) was passionate about music, the ocean and veterans. He reveled in telling stories about attending the Metropolitan Opera as a boy and knew the libretto of every major work. He surfed, kayaked and dove the majority of his life and continued boogie boarding until his early 70s. Rob was committed to veterans’ causes. He was a Captain in the Army, 82nd Airborne, graduate of Valley Forge Military Academy and attended Cornell Law School as a veteran.

Rob had exceptional oratory skills and thrived in his chosen career as a trial attorney representing international corporations, professionals, actors and entertainment executives with zeal. His deep, robust voice and physique made him a force to reckon with in the courtroom.

Later in his career Rob shifted from “warrior” to “peacemaker.” He was awarded the first Master In Laws degree (L.L.M.) at the prestigious Strauss Institute of Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine Law School where he was an adjunct professor. As he grew older and wiser, he found he was extremely adept at resolving matters via mediation and reconciliation. It was not unusual for him to arrive home and report that the plaintiff and defendant were hugging one another at the end of the day.

Rob is survived by his wife Ranlyn Tilley Hill Wrede and their children Kendrick Randolph Wrede and Kendlyn Mercedes Wrede; and his adult children Christian Kendrick Wrede (Jason Szabo) and Suzanne Wrede, their mother Joan De Flumeri Wrede and his and Joan’s grandson Bastian Wrede. Rob believed each of his family members to be extraordinary. He was openly proud of them.

Robert Kendrick Wrede, aged 83, passed on June 24, 2023 as the sounds of classical music and opera hung suspended in the air.

Contributions will support Ocean Conservation, Music and Veterans in the places he lived, had friends, and returned to again and again. (Los Angeles/Santa Monica, Marin County, Ithaca and Sun Valley).

To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click on the button below. You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for the Robert K. Wrede Memorial Fund. Checks should be mailed to:

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Contributions to the California Community Foundation represent irrevocable gifts subject to the legal and fiduciary control of the foundation’s board of directors. This charge will appear on your credit card statement as a payment to “Calif Comm Fdn – CCF”. In addition, California Community Foundation incurs a third-party administrative fee of 2.7 percent for credit card contributions. The foundation will charge the fee directly to the individual fund.

Chado North America Program Fund

Chado – the Way of Tea is characterized as the very essence of Japanese culture encompassing various artistic disciplines including ceramics, architecture, garden design, and literature, as well as the spiritual practices that go into the formation of one’s character. This Japanese tradition, based on the principles of “harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility”, was established as an aesthetic and spiritual “path” originated more than 400 years ago by the tea master Sen no Rikyu.

The Chado North America Program Fund is dedicated to supporting programs that celebrate various aspects of this rich cultural tradition and to continuing the international mission begun in 1951 by Dr. Genshitsu Sen, fifteenth generation Grand Master of the Urasenke Chado Tradition of sharing the ideals of Chado with the people of the world.

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ABOUT CROENI FOUNDATION

Croeni Foundation was established in early 2015 by serial entrepreneur-turned-philanthropist Jan Croeni, after sales and IPO of his companies.

Our vision is a truly harmonic, compassionate and livable world, in which biodiversity is appreciated and protected, and in which all humans and animals enjoy well-being and health throughout their whole lives.

Impact is the single most important factor that stands at the heart of everything we do and how we measure success of our endeavors. Instead of financial impetus, we focus on results which matter to all humans and animals: healthy, active life years filled with well-being.

We support causes which address the major challenges of this millennium: giving, environment and health, specifically advancing efficient and high impact philanthropy, environmental protection and biodiversity conservation, as well as lifelong health and well-being. Since 2017, we also support initiatives tackling issues in society which are aligned with our main causes.

Our initiatives are designed to seed and grow evidence-based impact, incentivize solutions and recognize good deeds through prestigious awards and prizes.

They are carefully selected based on recommendations of our community of advisors, partners and grantees who represent the best organizations and exceptional individuals operating in sustainable, efficient and ethical ways. By developing mutual, thoughtful and lasting relationships, we aim to build on yesterday’s successes and together achieve more profound impact tomorrow.

We operate as a team made up of a worldwide network of volunteers, freelancers and other partners, connected by our principal. This distributed structure enables us to operate in a lean, flexible and efficient manner.

Structurally, our foundation is comprised of a group of organizations and entities, including a charitable trust in Liechtenstein, the Croeni Foundation Ltd. and a donor-advised-fund managed by the California Community Foundation.

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ABOUT JAN CROENI

Based in Singapore, the foundation’s founder and principal Jan Croeni is an active mentor, advisor and investor at various start-ups and incubators, with a special focus on cause-related ventures, social enterprises and for-impact companies.

In his early 30s, Jan co-founded and managed companies which raised USD10+ million, exited with USD50+ million, went IPO (ASX:IBY, market capitalization of USD100+ million, 12/2013), and employed 250+ staff reaching out to millions of customers in Southeast Asia, all within a period of a few years in diverse areas such as electric mobility, online shopping and food delivery.

After his success in business, he decided to dedicate his time and resources to creating a better world. He is now facing his biggest (and most interesting!) challenge yet—efficient giving back to society.

OUR IMPACT

Below are a few examples of the impact our initiatives have generated since our inception:

Conservation News

Mongabay operates a widely popular conservation news and environmental science website that focuses on issues related to forests, wildlife and oceans.

Croeni Foundation supported Mongabay with several grants aimed at raising awareness through high quality environmental news.

One of our Mongabay grants was used to develop the 2016 Almost Famous Asian Animal Series which consists of 20 published articles, to date. It introduces the readers to threatened species throughout Asia, including the Indian tropics and subtropics, the cold climes of the Himalayas and Russian steppe, China and Southeast Asia, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Key Impact Data:

  • 20 articles in the series, 16 of which were funded through our grant.
  • The series was written by 15 Mongabay contributors from around the world.
  • Each piece comes at around 2,000 words and often includes amazing photography directly from the scientists’ field research, published for the first time. The total word count for all the stories tops more than 40,000 words.
  • More than 50 animal species are covered, including 26 primates, 7 birds, 2 smaller cats, 3 large mammals, 1 amphibian, 2 reptiles, a variety of threatened Asian bats and 1 fish.
  • By the end of 2016, the articles were visited more than 72,000 times, reached 700,000 people on Facebook and accumulated over 25,000 likes and shares. They were also republished in Down To Earth, the Huffington Post and Scroll, and referenced in The Guardian, Mother Nature News and Vientiane Times.

Cat Ba Langur Conservation Project 

The Cat Ba Langur Conservation Project was founded in 2000 to halt the impending extinction of the Cat Ba Langur, a critically endangered leaf eating monkey endemic to Cat Ba Island off the shore of northern Vietnam.

We supported this initiative through a 2-year grant from 2015 to 2016. The grant was used to fund ranger allowances, fuel, food and other costs associated with keeping the patrols in the field and guarding the entirety of the Cat Ba Island. It also directly funded several months of anti-poaching work which led to:

  • 7 arrests made.
  • 68 people individually educated.
  • 67 people expelled from the national park.
  • 15 boats and 11 trucks checked for illegal cargo.
  • 1 floating house checked for contraband.
  • 1 hunting camp discovered and destroyed.
  • 21 string traps, 3 cage traps, 1 steel trap, 1 deadfall type net trap (a new trap type on the island intended to catch ground dwelling birds), 1 gecko snare and 1050 meters of bird net confiscated and destroyed.
  • 1 firearm confiscated (an old .22 caliber Russian made TOZ-8 dating from the 1930s or 1940s).
  • 1 bird released.

UNFRAMED

UNFRAMED—one of Singapore’s first  social accelerators—believes in the power of individuals to address the most prevailing social challenges, selects the most committed and promising social-impact entrepreneurs, and nurtures these changemakers with the community and the support of an ecosystem of outstanding partners. By enabling remarkable entrepreneurs to realize their full potential, UNFRAMED builds great startups with clear social impact.

We have supported UNFRAMED in different ways, including grants and guidance, since before its inception in 2014. Additionally, our principal, Jan Croeni, has volunteered as a mentor and adviser at UNFRAMED since 2015.

From 2015 to mid-2017, UNFRAMED:

  • Won financial support of USD370,000+ from prestigious project partners such as DBS Foundation, Singtel and NDC.
  • Trained 212 entrepreneurs in 45 workshops and 2 bootcamps. Assisted 73 social ventures.
  • Ran 4 accelerator programs (e.g. UNAGING, which targets aging-related challenges, Singtel Future Makers, or Enabling Change).
  • Facilitated support worth USD555,000. Hosted over 11 community events, bringing together 227 cross-sector organizations.

As of mid-2017, UNFRAMED is a pillar of Singapore’s social startup scene and a go-to accelerator which continuously grooms entrepreneurs for greater impact.

Looking towards the future, by mid-2019 UNFRAMED plans to scale their impact to 1,000 trained social entrepreneurs, 200 assisted social ventures, 100 workshops, 14 bootcamps, 4 accelerators, and USD1.85 million in facilitated support.

To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click on the button below. You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for the Croeni Foundation. Checks should be mailed to:

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The Noya Fields Family Fund The Noya Fields Family Fund provides grants and works to build partnerships with organizations to produce tangible results.

Established by Ken Fields and Nikki Noya Fields to compliment and support a wide range of philanthropic endeavors, the fund is focused, but by no means exclusively, around two of the most pressing issues of today, the environment and basic human civil liberties. While seemingly unrelated, we see both as inextricably entwined – we have one planet and we all need to live here.

THE ENVIRONMENT
The global population and our needs within society will only continue to grow and we need to develop a better way to live more harmoniously and sustainably within the limits of our natural resources. We believe very strongly in supporting and promoting the transition to 100% clean and renewable energy sources.

CIVIL LIBERTIES
Hand in hand with the environment, we still all inhabit the same planet. Basic human rights, the right to be equal among peers, to healthy living, to clean water, to free speech, to express ourselves, to decide what is best for ourselves are all inherent human rights.

Lofty ideals, but they provide a general framework for what we feel is important and act as a guide for our philanthropic endeavors.

To learn more about specific programs feel free to visit www.noyafieldsfamily.org

Nikki Noya is a southern California native from Newport Beach. She grew up playing volleyball, surfing and was a junior lifeguard. She is a nutritionist, a health and wellness coach and a media personality. – www.nikkinoya.com

Ken Fields was born and raised in New York City. Grew up loving the urban fabric and diversity of the city, bagels and order in Chinese food. He has worked in finance, real estate development and been an owner / investor in a number of small businesses. – www.kenfields.net

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Gibson InternationalAbout Gibson International Charitable Foundation

“The Gibson International Charitable Foundation strives to make the communities we serve into better places to live through active involvement and financial support for local organizations in need.” This is our mission statement and all of the agents at Gibson International have opened their hearts and embraced its message.

Throughout the year agents generously donate a portion of their commissions so that the Charitable Foundation can contribute to local organizations such as Heal the Bay, Dream Street Foundation, Venice Family Clinic, Guide Dogs of America, YWCA, Disabled American Veterans… and the list goes on and on.

In addition to the monetary donations, the agents at Gibson International also rally their efforts to donate household supplies to shelters, gather coats and blankets for the Mission Project downtown, make sandwiches for PATH (People Assisting the Homeless) and adopt Veteran Families during the Holidays. Giving back is part of who we are at Gibson International!!

Update for the Gibson International Charitable Foundation

Thanks to the generosity of the Gibson International agents, clients, family and friends, the Foundation was able to make grants to over 26 different local organizations to help people and animals in need.

During the Holiday Season the Gibson International Foundation continues to reach out to the community by adopting several veterans and their families and providing food and gifts to brighten their holidays, as well as donating coats and blankets to The Mission Project in downtown LA and collecting toys for children who might not otherwise receive a gift at the holidays.

For more information about Gibson International, please visit www.gibsonintl.com.

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Jason Mraz Foundation LogoThe Jason Mraz Foundation helps sustain organizations aligned with Jason’s pillars of service:

HUMAN EQUALITY 

Free The Slaves: Liberating slaves around the world, helping them rebuild their lives, and researching real world solutions to eradicate slavery forever.

True Colors Fund: Seeks to inspire and engage everyone, particularly the straight community, to become active participants in the advancement of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality.

ARTS AND EDUCATION

VH1 Save The Music Foundation: Developing long-term, sustainable instrumental music programs that provide children access to music, regardless of financial situation.

School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community (SPARC): Inspiring young people to reach their full potential through quality training in the performing arts.

Free the Children: Helping driven and passionate youth at home engage in social issues contributing to the developing world.

ENVIRONMENT PRESERVATION

Surfrider: Dedicated to protecting our world’s oceans, waves, and beaches.

NRDC: The Natural Resources Defense Council’s purpose is to safeguard the Earth: its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends.

RECOVERY & ASSISTANCE

Life Rolls On: Dedicated to improving the quality of life of young people affected by spinal cord injury and utilizing action sports as a platform to inspire infinite possibilities despite paralysis.

MusiCares®: Providing a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need.

 

Stay connected to Jason:

Official Site – www.jasonmraz.com

Facebook – www.facebook.com/jasonmraz

Twitter – www.twitter.com/jason_mraz

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Brenda Berman Family Foundation PhotoBrenda Berman was a mother, philanthropist and selfless friend to many around the world. Whether living in New Zealand, Australia, Silicon Valley or Southern California, her life was dedicated to helping others – no matter their age, creed or culture.

Mission

Brenda had several interests throughout her dynamic life:

  1. Her concern for the environmental protection of the land, water and air.
  2. As her two beautiful sons grew and eventually ventured out on their own, Brenda had a desire to support women seeking an education in an effort to re-start their lives.
  3. Finally, Brenda’s life ended prematurely as she waged a proactive and courageous battle against triple negative breast cancer. One of her final hopes was that a cure be found to eradicate this dastardly disease from the face of the planet.

The Brenda Berman Family Foundation fund has been established to honor Brenda’s memory and her commitment in support of these three specific causes.

To make a secure donation online, click on the link below. You may also send checks payable to the Brenda Berman Family Foundation.

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