From: Eric Whyne, CEO, Data Machines Corp.

Subj: Data Machines Corp. 2017 Charitable Giving Overview and End of Year Review

This last year has been good for us and we are excited to announce that because of our successes we were able to pass along our good fortune and provide over $50,000 dollars in charitable donations to worthy causes. As a stakeholder, customer, mentor, or friend we value you and wanted to share information about the decisions we are making with our resources. Please take the time to read through the list and please feel free to offer feedback.

We're still a very young company and in the process of formalizing processes for how we approach the balance of (what we feel is) the necessity of generous giving and the responsible management and funding of our own strategic goals as a business. We hope that 2018 ends as well as 2017 did, but the list of successful startups is short and we know we'll have to work just as hard in 2018. Diligently and aggressively supporting our current projects remains our number one priority (as it should be and will always be). We know that the success of our current endeavors will continue to lead naturally to our own future successes. In addition, we are launching two separate strategic business initiatives in 2018 which we have been internally incubating. I can't reveal too much about them yet, but each bit of code and action does fit into a larger picture which we're very excited about. Stay tuned as the master plan comes together.

Thank you again for your trust, support, confidence, mentorship, and friendship in 2017. Here's looking forward to a good 2018.

Eric

"I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. In other words, if our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusements, etc., is up to the standard common of those with the same income as our own, we are probably giving away too little. If our charities do not at all pinch or hamper us, I should say they are too small. There ought to be things that we’d like to do but cannot do because our charitable expenditure excludes them." -C.S. Lewis

 

 

 

LuMind Research Down Syndrome Foundation, 225 Cedar Hill Street, Suite 200, Marlborough, MA 01752

The mission of the LuMind Research Down Syndrome Foundation is to stimulate biomedical research that will accelerate the development of treatments to significantly improve cognition, including memory, learning and speech, for individuals with Down syndrome. This will allow individuals with Down syndrome to participate more successfully in school, lead to more active and independent lives, as well as avoid the early onset Alzheimer's Disease. LuMind only supports research that focuses on understanding and improving cognition. Moreover, LuMind only supports researchers and institutions that are committed to seeing their basic research translated into effective treatments. In order to increase the likelihood of a breakthrough in the treatment of Down syndrome, LuMind supports multi-disciplinary research, and encourages frequent collaboration among scientists in different fields and at different research institutions.

 

Children’s National Health System, Children's National Heart Institute, 111 Michigan Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20010

Children's National's internationally recognized team of pediatric healthcare professionals care for more than 360,000 patients each year who come from throughout the region, nation and world. Serving as an advocate for all children, Children's is the largest non-governmental provider of pediatric care in the District of Columbia, providing more than $80 million in uncompensated care. In addition, Children's serves as the regional referral center for pediatric emergency, trauma, cancer, cardiac and critical care as well as neonatology, orthopedic surgery, neurology, and neurosurgery.

 

Doctors Without Borders, USA, P.O. Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741

Doctors Without Borders, USA (DWB-USA) was founded in 1990 in New York City to raise funds, create awareness, recruit field staff, and advocate with the United Nations and US government on humanitarian concerns. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization that provides aid in nearly 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters.

 

Direct Relief, 27 S. La Patera Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93117, USA

Direct Relief is a humanitarian aid organization, active in all 50 states and more than 80 countries, with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies.

Nongovernmental, nonsectarian, and not-for-profit, Direct Relief provides assistance to people and communities without regard to politics, religion, ethnic identities or ability to pay.

Direct Relief's assistance programs - which focus on emergency preparedness and disaster response and the prevention and treatment of disease - are tailored to the particular circumstances and needs of the world's most vulnerable and at-risk populations.

Direct Relief honors the generosity of its donors by following a firm policy of full transparency in all of its operations.

This tradition of transparent, direct and targeted assistance, provided in a manner that respects and involves the people served, has been a hallmark of the organization since its founding in 1948 by refugee war immigrants to the U.S.

 

Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 98204, Washington, DC 20090-8204

The Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free, multilingual content, and to providing the full content of these wiki-based projects to the public free of charge. The Foundation operates some of the largest collaboratively edited reference projects in the world, including Wikipedia, the fourth most visited website in the world. In collaboration with a network of chapters, the Foundation provides the essential infrastructure and an organizational framework for the support and development of multilingual wiki projects and other endeavors which serve this mission.

 

Heifer International, P.O. Box 8058, Little Rock, Arkansas 72203-8058

Founded in 1944, Heifer Project International is a sustainable development organization that works to end hunger and poverty and protect the earth. Through livestock, training and Passing on the Gift, Heifer has helped 30 million families in more than 125 countries improve their quality of life and move toward greater self-reliance. Heifer helps build strong communities because each project participant Passes on the Gift of their animal's first female offspring, training in its care and in sustainable agriculture to another family in need, multiplying the benefit.

 

Cure Alzheimer's Fund, 34 Washington St., Suite 200, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481

Cure Alzheimer's Fund was established to fund targeted research with the highest probability of slowing, stopping or reversing Alzheimer's disease through venture based philanthropy. All organizational expenses are paid for by the Founders and Board, allowing all other contributions to be applied directly to Alzheimer's Disease research. Our foundational research is focused on identifying all the genes and gene mutations that are linked to Alzheimer's Disease. We can then use this genetic information to reliably predict, early in life, those at greatest risk for the disease (with legal safeguards and genetic and psychological counseling). Our foundational research projects include: Alzheimer's Genome Project, Alzheimer's Genome Map, Alzheimer's Brain-Genetic Study, Alzheimer's Clinical-Genetic Study, Alzheimer's Gene Database, MicroRNA's and APP, and Alzheimer's Gene Discovery Project.

 

Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516

The mission of Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower wounded warriors. Our purpose is: to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women; to help severely injured service members aid and assist each other; and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of severely injured service members.

 

U.S. Fund for UNICEF, NGO Department, 125 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to put children first. UNICEF has helped save more children's lives than any other humanitarian organization, by providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. UNICEF USA supports UNICEF's work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. Together, we are working toward the day when no children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood.

 

APOPO US Inc, 1133 15th St NW SUITE 1200, Washington, D.C. 20005

APOPO is a Belgian NGO that has developed an innovative system deploying African giant pouched rats (nicknamed HeroRATs) to detect landmines or tuberculosis, using their extraordinary sense of smell. APOPO's scent detection technology has a massive potential to relieve human suffering and promote development when deployed in TB and landmine response, as well as in currently unexplored fields. APOPO has programs in Tanzania, Mozambique, Angola and Cambodia.

 
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Hope for Tomorrow, 6811 Needwood Road, Rockville, MD 20855

Hope For Tomorrow (HOPE) is a non-profit organization based in Rockville, MD. HOPE programs includes hosting dental and medical missions, building infrastructure for those in need, providing micro financing options, installing water wells and filtration systems, and working closely with local community leaders to address other issues.

 
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Pancreatic Cancer Action Network®, 1500 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Founded in 1999, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is a nationwide network of people dedicated to working together to advance research, support patients and create hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer. The charity, which is the national organization creating hope in a comprehensive way through research, patient support, community outreach and advocacy for a cure, raises money for direct private funding of research and advocates for more aggressive federal research funding of medical breakthroughs in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer. The organization is leading the way to increase the survival rate for the disease through a bold initiative-The Vision of Progress: Double the Pancreatic Cancer Survival Rate by 2020. We will achieve this goal by intensifying our efforts to heighten awareness, raise funds for comprehensive private research and advocate for more federal research funding to advance early diagnostics and better treatments.