Cops 4 Causes Works to Bring Enrichment to Foster Kids


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Cops 4 Causes

Darin Pastor leads Los Angeles-area holding company Capstone Financial Group, Inc., as its principal and CEO. He additionally works to make his Southern California community a better place through making contributions to worthy nonprofit organizations focused on education and social welfare. Among the groups Darin Pastor’s support has benefited over the years is Cops 4 Causes, dedicated to raising funds to support peace officers and their families in times of trouble, and to offer assistance to military families in need as well.

Cops 4 Causes provides police officers and their families with the opportunity to help not only their own, but also the greater community. The first nonprofit group to focus on the philanthropic contributions of local police forces, its multiple efforts include the Golden Ticket program, which brings joy and hope into the lives of foster children throughout the Los Angeles County area.

Cops 4 Causes maintains a partnership with Los Angeles County’s Department of Children and Family Services, as well as with agencies working with foster parents. Through this partnership, active first responder personnel provide protective chaperone services for children and teens in foster homes and certain group home settings.

The Golden Ticket enhances these relationships by offering the chance for foster youth and their families to join their hero first responders in attendance at sporting events, theater performances, and other educational and arts workshops in the area. Thanks to collaborations with the theater owners themselves and other sponsors, the program continues to enrich children’s lives.


Why Companies Announce Stock Splits and Reverse Splits

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In his decades of financial services experience, Darin Pastor has held executive positions in large corporations such as Chase Investment Services and Prudential Financial. Now the CEO of Capstone Affluent Strategies, Darin Pastor oversaw the company’s share split.

Companies announce stock splits and reverse splits to achieve certain goals. In a stock split, a company’s board decides to issue more shares to the public by increasing the number of outstanding shares. For example, a company that has one million outstanding shares trading at $500 each can split its shares by a ratio of 5-for-1. In the end, outstanding shares will rise to five million, stock price drops to $100, and market capitalization (the number of shares multiplied by the price) remains unchanged. Stock splits are usually performed to make a company’s shares more affordable to small investors.

In reverse splits, companies reduce their outstanding shares to improve respectability in the open market or prevent delisting once shares fall below a certain price. For example, a company with one million shares worth $2 each can reverse split in a ratio of 1-for-5 so that outstanding shares are reduced to 200,000, stock price increases to $10, and market capitalization remains unchanged.

Vitamin Angels’ Efforts to Provide Nutrients to Mothers and Children

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Vitamin Angels

Darin Pastor is a longstanding financial executive who directs Capstone Financial Group, Inc., and emphasizes an “operations-centric” approach to creating value in companies. Community focused, Darin Pastor supports a number of nonprofit organizations, including Vitamin Angels (VA).

Focused on reducing incidences of malnutrition among children across the globe, VA sponsors efforts in deworming, prenatal vitamins, Vitamin A supplements, and breastfeeding practices. In late 2016, VA-associated public health professionals presented at the second Micronutrient Forum Global Conference in Cancun. A focus was the unique distribution model it employs and how it can be deployed to reach at-risk women who live in remote rural areas across Mexico.

With national health services often not able to reach these vulnerable populations, VA fills in coverage gaps through a combination of technical assistance and commodities. These are tailored to the local culture and conditions, while maintaining standards associated with international best practices.

Developing capacities for a locally sustainable platform for services delivery is a complex process that requires both regional networks and the resources provided by worldwide contributors. In Mexico alone, VA Early Childhood Development services extend to 2,000 women and 50,000 children, and have required the training of 100 facilitators whose efforts span more than a thousand communities.

Three Important Benefits of Renewable Energy


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Renewable Energy

Darin Pastor, CEO of Capstone Affluent Strategies headquartered in East Amherst, New York, has more than 20 years of experience in business management and financial services. Expanding on that knowledge base, Darin Pastor has a vision of creating the first emission-free agricultural manufacturing facility, fueling a discussion about the benefits of renewable and clean alternative energy sources. The following are three benefits relating to our climate, health, and economy.

1. A lowered effect on global warming: Overall, renewable energy sources have very little impact on emissions, compared to electricity production, accounting for over one-third of United States global warming emissions. Wind and solar power can be stored in batteries, and used like any other electricity source without the waste.

2. It is better for public health: Using energy sources besides fossil fuels, such as solar and hydroelectric power, lowers the risk of breathing problems, heart attacks and cancer, which are conditions sometimes attributed to coal and natural gas. Wind and solar energy also have no impact on water sources.

3. It creates jobs and fuels the economy: Renewable energy is a labor-intensive industry, while fossil fuel is often mechanized. The Union of Concerned Scientists postulated that a 25 percent increase in renewable energy would create three times as many jobs as the fossil fuel industry, bringing the number to around 202,000 new jobs.