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85% of America’s economy is sustained by small and mid-size businesses. Their owners and employees serve critical roles within our local communities. Ascend Capital Group places a strong emphasis on supporting our client base and organizations that make a difference. Thus, a percentage of each completed ACG transaction is donated to a select charity. Below is a sampling of charities we’ve contributed to over the years.

charity: water logo photo of child with dirty water Charity: Water is a non profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of all sickness and disease, and kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Children are especially vulnerable to the consequences of unsafe water. Of the 42,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and a lack of basic sanitation, 90% are children under 5 years old. 100% of the money raised go directly to project costs, funding sustainable clean water solutions in areas of greatest need. Just $20 can give one person in a developing nation clean water for 20 years.

horses nuzzling each otherEquine Outreach logoEquine Outreach facilitates the rescue, rehabilitation, adoption, and permanent placement of abused, neglected and unwanted horses in Deschutes County and throughout central Oregon. Their goal is to promote equine awareness and to foster community compassion for responsible horse guardianship.

American Cancer logo ACS support photo The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service. With more than two million volunteers nationwide, the American Cancer Society is one of the oldest and largest voluntary health agencies in the United States. The American Cancer Society’s international mission concentrates on capacity building in developing cancer societies and on collaboration with other cancer-related organizations throughout the world in carrying out shared strategic directions.

AHA walking photoAmerican Heart Assn logoThe American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is: "Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke." A pioneering group of physicians and social workers formed the first Association for the Prevention and Relief of Heart Disease in New York City in 1915. They were concerned about the lack of heart disease information. At that time, heart disease patients were considered doomed, limited to complete bed rest. So these physicians conducted studies in New York City and Boston to find out whether heart disease patients could safely return to work. The association's impact goal is to reduce coronary heart disease, stroke and risk by 25 percent by 2010.

Amnesty International logo Metal barracks in Romania Amnesty International (AI) is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights to be respected and protected for everyone. It has more than 2.2 million members and subscribers in more than 150 countries and regions and it coordinates this support to act for justice on a wide range of issues. AI believes human rights abuses anywhere are the concern of people everywhere. So, outraged by human rights abuses but inspired by hope for a better world, AI works to improve people’s lives through campaigning and international solidarity. Its mission is to conduct research and generate action to prevent and end grave abuses of human rights and to demand justice for those whose rights have been violated.

Greenpeace boat photo Greenpeace (GP) is the leading independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful direct action and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and to promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future. Its core values are reflected in its environmental campaign work: GP 'bears witness' to environmental destruction in a peaceful, non-violent manner and use non-violent confrontation to raise the level and quality of public debate. Greenpeacelogo In exposing threats to the environment and finding solutions GP have no permanent allies or adversaries which ensure its financial independence from political or commercial interests.

Habitat for Humanity logo Habitat home photo Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) has built more than 300,000 houses around the world, providing more than 1.5 million people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter. HFHI was founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller along with his wife, Linda. Habitat is a worldwide, grassroots movement. Habitat has a presence in more than 90 countries, including all 50 states of the United States, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. Habitat for Humanity’s work is accomplished at the community level by affiliates—independent, locally run, nonprofit organizations. Each affiliate coordinates all aspects of Habitat home building in its local area—fund raising, building site selection, partner family selection and support, house construction, and mortgage servicing. HFHI is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need.

Habitat home photo Hospice logoHospice is a concept of caring derived from medieval times, symbolizing a place where travelers, pilgrims and the sick, wounded or dying could find rest and comfort. The contemporary hospice offers a comprehensive program of care to patients and families facing a life threatening illness. Those involved in the process of dying have a variety of physical, spiritual, emotional and social needs. The nature of dying is so unique that the goal of the hospice team is to be sensitive and responsive to the special requirements of each individual and family. Hospice care is provided to patients who have a limited life expectancy and although most hospice patients are cancer patients, hospices accept anyone regardless of age or type of illness.

Molly's Angels logo Molly's Angels visitation photoMolly’s Angels is a non-profit volunteer based, charitable organization based in Napa, California?their mission is to provide emergency assistance to those in Napa County who are not able to obtain assistance through any other charity.

Red Cross assistance photoSince its founding in 1881 by visionary leader Clara Barton, the American Red Cross has been the nation's premier emergency response organization. As part of a worldwide movement that offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war, the American Red Cross distinguishes itself by also aiding victims of devastating natural disasters. American Red Cross logo It is the largest organization that is dedicated to the collection, processing and distribution of lifesaving blood and blood products; educational programs that promote health and safety; and international relief and development programs.

East West football players photo Shriners International is a fraternity based on fun, fellowship and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief and truth. There are approximately 375,000 members from 191 temples (chapters) in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Republic of Panama. Shriners International support Shriners Hospitals for Children, a one-of-a-kind international health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing specialty pediatric care, innovative research and outstanding teaching programs. Since 1922, Shriners Hospitals for Children have significantly improved the lives of more than 865,000 children.

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Sierra Club photo Sierra Club logo John Muir (1838-1914) was America’s most famous and influential naturalist and conservationist. His words and deeds helped inspire President Theodore Roosevelt’s innovative conservation programs, including establishing the first National Monuments by Presidential Proclamation, and Yosemite National Park by congressional action. In 1892, John Muir and other supporters formed the Sierra Club “to make the mountains glad.” John Muir was the Club’s first president, an office he held until his death in 1914. Muir’s Sierra Club has gone on to help establish a series of new National Parks and a National Wilderness Preservation System. The roots of the Sierra Club are embedded in land preservation, and nowadays that puts its focus on finding a solution to climate change; “if we don't fix that problem, there will be no land to preserve, and no future generations to preserve it for.” In April of 2009 President Obama signed the most extensive lands protection bill in 20 years, a bill that includes all of the Clinton/Babbitt-era national monuments, wilderness study areas, and other sites, totaling 26 million acres.

Susan G. Komen logoSusan G. Komen fought breast cancer with her heart, body and soul. Throughout her diagnosis, treatments, and endless days in the hospital, she spent her time thinking of ways to make life better for other women battling breast cancer instead of worrying about her own situation. Moved by Susan’s compassion for others and committed to making a difference, Nancy G. Brinker promised her sister that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. That promise is now Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the global leader of the breast cancer movement, having invested more than $1 billion since inception in 1982. Race for the cure photo As the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists, they are working together to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®, and generous contributions from its partners, sponsors and fellow supporters, it has become the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.

WWF photoWorld Wildlife Foundation (WWF) — For more than 45 years, WWF has been protecting the future of nature. The largest multinational conservation organization in the world, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by 1.2 million members in the United States and close to 5 million globally. World Wildlife Foundation logo WWF's unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature. It seeks to instill in people everywhere a discriminating, yet unabashed, reverence for nature and to balance that reverence with a profound belief in human possibilities. The foundation seeks to be the voice for those creatures that have no voice. They speak for their future. They seek to apply the wealth of their talents, knowledge, and passion to making the world wealthier in life, in spirit, and in living wonder of nature.



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