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Annenberg Foundation to Provide Free Leadership Training to 2013 CNN Top 10 Heroes

The Annenberg Foundation today announced plans to continue its partnership with CNN to provide free professional development and nonprofit training to the 2013 Top 10 CNN Heroes and a select number of CNN Heroes from past years through its Annenberg Alchemy program.

CNN Heroes honors individuals who are making extraordinary contributions to help improve the lives of others.  Since its inception, CNN Heroes has received over 50,000 submissions from more than 100 countries and profiled over 200 heroes.

As part of this year’s CNN Heroes prize package, the Annenberg Foundation will provide organizational training through a customized version of the Annenberg Alchemy programDesigned to help CNN Heroes strengthen their abilities to manage and build upon the opportunities and resources awarded to them by CNN, Annenberg Alchemy will offer the Heroes practical guidance on how to be competitive with fundraising, communicate effectively, build and keep a strong board of directors, manage volunteers and more.

Typically open only to nonprofits in Greater Los Angeles, Annenberg Alchemy will be adjusted to address the challenges faced by CNN Heroes.  However, its core philosophy will remain intact–that the effectiveness of a nonprofit stems directly from its leadership, in particular, from a strong and unified president and board chairperson.  Therefore, the unique requirement of Annenberg Alchemy remains mandatory for the CNN Heroes:  To participate, Heroes must attend all Annenberg Alchemy sessions with their board chair or organizational equivalent. The Annenberg Alchemy sessions will be held in Los Angeles from January 23-25, 2014.

The Annenberg Foundation’s support of CNN Heroes is a philanthropic expression of gratitude to these men and women who share a common mission with each other and the Foundation–to improve the community and overall public well-being.

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute will air on Sunday December 1 at 8:00pm ET, and will be simulcast on CNNI and CNN Espanol. Hosted by Anderson Cooper from the American Museum of Natural History.

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