3.26.18 International Nonprofit News

News about grants, gifts

250 schools, 2,500 teachers, and 25,000 students with a total of 250,000 people in communities will be engaged in The Non-Violence Project Foundation educational project in Uganda, thanks to the financial support from the City and the Canton of Geneva in Switzerland. The 3-year project is an outreach to stem the escalation of youth violence in the country, which has increased partly due to lack of knowledge on how to solve conflicts peacefully and to the high rate of youth unemployment.

News about people, groups

Jewish Funders Network awarded the 2018 Shapiro Prize for Excellence in Philanthropic Collaboration to the Social Venture Fund for Jewish-Arab Equality and Shared Society on 13 March, in a ceremony at JFN’s annual conference in Tel Aviv. The honor recognizes the Social Venture Fund as a collaborative and structured partnership of more than twenty funders from the United States and Israel.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation, in association with the Airports Authority of India, conducted the Bhumi Puja for building its centralized kitchen in Mukundganj, Hazaribag. The facility will be serving nutritious and delicious mid-day meals to 1 lakh students in 565 primary and middle schools.

Since 2008, the African Paediatric Fellowship Programme has helped the University of Cape Town train 151 pediatricians, pediatric sub-specialists, and pediatric nurses from across Africa.

Jeff Roney, Forests Ontario‘s newest Green Leader, was nominated for his work with the government of Ontario’s 50 Million Tree Program. He and his wife, Samantha Campbell, a nurse practitioner, planted more than 2,000 trees through the program.

The BBVA Microfinance Foundation, together with the diplomatic delegates from Spain, Colombia and UN Women, gathered key international development players at the UN Headquarters in New York, to address the Sustainable Development Goals and Financial Inclusion, where a special focus has been set on Women and Innovation.

Mercy Corps is showing young Guatemalans how they can create change through participation in student government.

CHERR.IO, Slovenian start-up from Maribor has launched a new platform that offers blockchain solutions for all charitable and humanitarian organizations. They won FutureHack, the first ever hackathon that took place in Davos during the week of the World Economic Forum.

In recognition of World Water Day, March 22, the Hilton Prize Coalition Storytelling Program shined a spotlight on member Heifer International, interviewing Heifer International’s CEO Pierre Ferrari about the importance of clean water for livestock as well as for humans.

Representatives of religion, government and civic groups expressed their solidarity for the passage of an international peace law at the “2nd Annual Commemoration of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War, hosted bHeavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light

The 17-year old Israel-based NGO One Family Together appointed  David Pasternack as President and opened its first New York City office.

On November 4th, nine Norwegian employees from across Europe will participate in the NYC Marathon, running on behalf of UNICEF and raising money to support the organization’s effort worldwide. Each runner is committed to fundraise $4,000 to UNICEF USA, which will help save hundreds of children living in crisis areas around the world.

CFRE International has announced the most recent class of Certified Fund Raising Executives (CFREs). These individuals join over 6,100 professionals around the world who hold the CFRE credential and work to build the trust, respect, and accountability that forms the foundation for a healthy and effective philanthropic sector.

News about opportunities, initiatives
To mark the centennial of the US Migratory Bird Treaty Act, BirdLife International is declaring 2018 the “Year of the Bird”. As part of this, they join with National Geographic, the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to encourage nature lovers to take a small but important step every month to make the world a better place for birds. March’s Call to Action is to plant native plants.

The 2018 Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship will take place April 10th-13th in Oxford, England. This year’s theme is “The Power of Proximity”.

MAP International is joining with The Carter Center to provide neuropsychiatric medicines and supplies to the Liberian Ministry of Health.  The first shipment of medicine left MAP International’s Global Medicines Distribution Center February 22, arrived in Liberia February 25 and is being processed for distribution by the Ministry of Health.

Animal Defenders International, government authorities ATFFS Lima, the Regional Government of Madre de Dios, and organizations IRUPA, UPA, and Animal Voice launched a new initiative to return trafficked reptiles to the wild  with the successful release of 79 turtles and 10 tortoises in the Peruvian Amazon. The release is intended to be the first of many, ensuring the future survival of the species.

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