6.29.15 International Nonprofit News

News about grants, gifts

Tuesday, June 23rd A Leg To Stand On held a concert to benefit children in Nepal and the anticipated influx of need for orthopedic care in the country. Concertgoers’ $20 cover will be donated directly to providing free medical care to children in Nepal.

The Board of Directors of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation announced its decision to proceed with another emergency grant program supporting nonprofit organizations in Greece. The program, totaling €100 million, will last one year and aims to provide additional support for all those who have been affected the most by the extended socioeconomic crisis in Greece.

START, a charity which organizes workshops for refugees, orphans and special needs children across the Middle East and India, collaborated with a series of international and local artists for World Refugee Day on June 20. In partnership with online auction house Paddle8, an exclusive auction will raise awareness for the refugee crisis across the Middle East while highlighting START’s efforts to support vulnerable children through the medium of art.

A Direct Relief-chartered airlift was sent to Kathmandu with 55 tons of essential medications and emergency supplies to help people affected by last month’s devastating earthquakes.

Jacob Lief, Founder and CEO and Hugh Masekela at Ubuntu Education Fund’s 8th annual charity gala at Roundhouse, London on June 4, 2015
Jacob Lief, Founder and CEO, and Hugh Masekela at Ubuntu Education Fund’s 8th annual charity gala

Ubuntu Education Fund, a non-profit organization that transforms the lives of more than 2,000 South African children and their families in Port Elizabeth’s townships, hosted its 8th annual London charity gala – 1 Million to One: Changing the Odds at the iconic Roundhouse on Thursday, June 4, 2015.

Uganda and the Global Fund today signaled a new phase of partnership by signing five new grants for US$226 million to fight HIV and tuberculosis as well as to build resilient and sustainable systems for health in the country.

News about people, groups

As part of the WASH in Schools initiative, FACE Africa is rolling out its network of safe water points and latrines to more schools across Rivercess County in Liberia and expanding its hygiene training program for students, teachers, school administrators and PTA members.

The Innovation: Africa team just returned from Senegal where they installed solar powered water pumps and drip irrigation systems in six remote villages.

An international panel will conduct a Science Integrity Review of three-year Joint Canada-Alberta Oil Sands Monitoring plan.  An expert panel has been established by the Alberta Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation, and Reporting Agency and Environment Canada to conduct an external peer review.

International Paper recently released its 2014 Sustainability Report sharing progress against its voluntary sustainability goals, a new sustainability strategy and highlighting collaborations that advance sustainability throughout the life cycle of its products. The 2014 report features stories from around the world that collectively capture some of International Paper’s key sustainability efforts and impacts.

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center – under construction in Athens, Greece – starts Its public programming with “Light Up The Night.” The events highlight the public engagement that will come with the cultural center’s scheduled opening in 2017.

European Venture Philanthropy Association presents a unique piece of research: ‘Corporate Social Impact Strategies – New Paths for Collaborative Growth’ charting the increased activities of corporations and corporate foundations in investment oriented approaches to deliver social impact. Highlighting the huge potential of corporations in catalysing positive change, the report shows the what strategies corporations and corporate foundations such as Danone, Novartis, C&A Foundation and Shell Foundation are using to source social innovations that can benefit society and business, and highlights the compelling reasons why – innovation, talent retention, cost efficiencies- corporate players are getting involved.

Sage has launched the Sage Foundation which sets the standard for Corporate Compassionate Capitalism around the world. Each of Sage’s 14,000 employees will be able to contribute five days per year in work time to volunteer with any non-profit organization they elect to support. The Sage Foundation will also give grants to create entrepreneurial opportunities for the young and disadvantaged within communities, as well as grants to match employee charitable donations and fundraising.

News about opportunities, initiatives

Partners in global health, including civil society, nongovernmental organizations and public health experts, are participating in the Global Fund’s Partnership Forum in order to develop new strategies to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics and build resilient and sustainable systems for health. The Forum will focus closely on building resilient and sustainable systems for health, working in challenging environments and the human rights dimension of the epidemics.

Projects Abroad, a leading international volunteer organization, will celebrate the 5th anniversary of its innovative Global Gap program this year. The program is popular with high school graduates who choose to defer their college careers for a year so they can travel, experience cultural exchange, and contribute to service projects in developing countries.

Pearl S. Buck International partnered with the Pearl S. Buck Museum in Zhenjiang, China to give eight high school students from Souderton Area High School, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania and ten high school students from Zhenjiang, Jiangsu, China the resources, support and training needed to work collaboratively to explore cultural stereotypes in the media and popular culture.

Trek 1Outdoor e-commerce company, The Clymb, and Nepal’s Ace the Himalaya seek trekkers to volunteer in the Gorkha region. This 13-day program – beginning late September – will rebuild villages in the hard-hit Gorkha region at the epicenter of Nepal’s devastation, including a nine-day trek and four days of labor.

New technology turns mobile phone into mobile wallet in Ghana. Advance II promotes mobile money as convenient, safe financial option for farmers. USAID/ADVANCE II is increasing the use of the mobile money. In the last five months, more than 1,000 smallholder farmers have been reached with the new technology.

IBC2015 has opened registration. IBC is the epicenter of global electronic media and entertainment. Everyone from CEOs to entrepreneurs can meet with established tech players and individuals hungry to get their foot on the later. The conference will take place September 10th through the 15th, with the exhibition to follow from September 11th to the 15th in Amsterdam.

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