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Independent Sector Releases Economic Data on Nonprofits in Greater Detroit

Through a partnership with IMPLAN, Independent Sector will be releasing economic data on nonprofits for each congressional district

Press Release – (DETROIT, October 26, 2017) – Today, Independent Sector released economic data on Detroit’s nonprofit community at Our Common Future, a joint conference co-hosted with the Michigan Nonprofit Association and the Council of Michigan Foundations.

According to the first-of-its-kind study, the 3,500 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in six congressional districts in the Detroit region have generated a total impact of more than 240,000 jobs that contribute nearly $18 billion in economic activity throughout the region.

The Detroit release offers the first glimpse of an unprecedented study on the economic impact of the nonprofit sector. The full set of economic impact data on the 435 congressional districts will be released in 2018. These reports will also include information about employee compensation, proprietor income, tax on production and imports, the sector’s impact on payroll tax revenue, and the value of volunteer time.

“This data is proof that charitable organizations make a powerful and substantial economic contribution to their communities,” said Daniel J. Cardinali, president and CEO of Independent Sector. “Understanding and using this economic data is absolutely critical to the social sector making its case to policymakers, donors, and the public. We are thrilled to be working in partnership with IMPLAN to pilot the release of this data in Detroit with the goal of providing all nonprofit organizations with this information next year.”

“We are excited to work with Independent Sector to bring this robust economic impact data to the charitable sector,” said William Ault, CEO of IMPLAN. “Nonprofit organizations are a bedrock of American society and this data will help educate people around the sector’s role in improving lives and communities across the country.”

“This data provided by Independent Sector confirms how important our nonprofit charitable organizations are as job providers in supporting the economic engine that drives Detroit and Southeast Michigan,” said Robert S. Collier, president and CEO of the Council on Michigan Foundations.

“This analysis is a valuable contribution in providing concrete numbers toward what we’ve always known: that Michigan nonprofit organizations have a critical place in the economic vitality of the state,” said Donna Murray-Brown, president and CEO of the Michigan Nonprofit Association.

Leaders from Independent Sector, IMPLAN, Strategy Arts, Americans for the Arts, and YMCA of the USA will be speaking in a session at Our Common Future at 10:30-noon today to discuss using this economic impact data to tell nonprofit organizations’ stories of impact. For media access, please contact Kristina Campbell at kristinac@independentsector.org or 240-994-8156.


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John Curtis To Receive Giant Purple “Y” From BYU Students And Faculty Concerned About Climate Change Days Before The Election.

John reportedly excited to take the Y home.

Press Release – PROVO, Utah – In a rare occurrence, BYU is hosting a national climate change organization, RepublicEn, on campus. At 12:15 PM at The Wall restaurant, BYU students and faculty will hear from the former congressman Bob Inglis of South Carolina who was voted out of office for his stance on our changing climate. Bob believes that both that climate change is real, and that conservatives can solve the issue more effectively than liberals.

In a separate event not hosted by BYU but still located at The Wall, Provo Mayor John Curtis will receive an award at 1:30 PM from BYU students for the work he’s done in Provo to clean up the air. It’s a cause that students and faculty concerned with climate change resonate with. The award isn’t your typical trophy. It’s a 6’ x 6’ x 1.5’ purple Y covered in blue handprints from everyday BYU students, and filled with thank you notes from both students and faculty for Curtis’ service as Mayor.

“Mayor Curtis has done a lot for the air in Provo” says Nicholas Huey, a senior at BYU and president of the Climate Campaign. “He’s established Provo’s Clean Air Toolkit, encouraged mass transit in the city, and made it possible for residents to buy renewable energy for cheap. All these things clean up our air, and they also help to mitigate climate change.”

The reception of a climate change initiative on BYU campus has been very warm. Students from BYU campus involved with the Climate Campaign outnumber students at the University of Utah by four to one, and the BYU Climate Change Club recently garnered over 140 student handprints asking for a renewable campus in 2 hours.

About The Climate Campaign: The Climate Campaign is a 501c4 student-led nonprofit dedicated to the depolitization of climate change. The Climate Campaign is made of all student volunteers who use donated funds to make cool things like giant purple Y fixtures and the like. The Climate Campaign is not associated with any university.


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George Clooney Donates $1 Million to Counter War Crimes and Corruption in Africa

The Clooney Foundation provides the lead gift in the “Making War Criminals Pay” fundraising campaign launched today for The Sentry – an expert team of policy analysts and financial forensic investigators. The campaign seeks to triple The Sentry’s capacity to “follow the money” and track down war profiteering networks in Africa.

Press Release – October 25, 2017 — Today George Clooney, through the Clooney Foundation for Justice, gave a $1 million gift to The Sentry to kick off its “Making War Criminals Pay” fundraising campaign. With increased investigative capacity, The Sentry – an initiative of the Enough Project and Not On Our Watch – will dramatically increase its production of dossiers focused on war criminals and their financial networks. The Sentry’s dossiers are being turned over to banks and governments in order to lay the foundation for serious action by regulatory and law enforcement authorities around the world, aimed at prosecuting or seizing the assets of those who finance and benefit from genocide or other war crimes.

In addition to George Clooney’s generous grant, The Sentry is pleased to announce leadership gifts from: Don Cheadle, Carl Allen, Ruben Vardanyan, the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative, and three major donors who wish to remain anonymous. Including the Clooney Foundation grant, these gifts total $3.45 million. To reach our campaign goal of $6 million, The Sentry will seek to raise an additional $2.55 million.

The Sentry is a team of policy analysts, regional experts, and financial forensic investigators that follows the money in order to create consequences for those funding and profiting from genocide or other mass atrocities in Africa, and to build leverage for peace.

Announcing his gift, George Clooney, co-founder of The Sentry, said: “Our focus is to make sure that war crimes don’t pay. We want to make it more difficult for those willing to kill en masse to secure their political and economic objectives. When we’re able to go after the warlords’ wallets and bankrupt those who choose the bullet over the ballot, suddenly the incentives are for peace, not war; transparency, not corruption.”

Sentry co-founder John Prendergast added: “The Sentry is pursuing a new strategy to counter mass atrocities that would utilize the tools of financial pressure normally reserved for countering terrorism, organized crime, and nuclear proliferation. We aim to undermine the pillars of the war economy and disrupt the financial flows that fuel conflict. Unless the links between conflict and corruption are confronted, peace will remain a distant dream.”

With the Clooney Foundation gift and additional campaign donations, The Sentry will also be able to increase its capacity for public reporting based on material from these dossiers. Over the coming year, reports will be published focusing on state looting and illicit financial flows out of the war-torn countries of South Sudan, Sudan, Congo, Somalia, and the Central African Republic.

As part of its efforts, The Sentry has also been an active partner in the #KeepThePromise (www.thepromisetoact.org) campaign aimed at countering genocide and educating the world about past atrocities such as the Armenian Genocide. The Sentry and its partners Enough and Not On Our Watch will expand its activities in that partnership over the coming year.

Recent investigative reports and video from The Sentry include:

About THE SENTRY

The Sentry is composed of best-in-class financial forensic investigators, policy analysts, and regional experts who follow the dirty money and build investigative cases focusing on the corrupt transnational networks most responsible for Africa’s deadliest conflicts. By creating a significant financial cost to these kleptocrats through network sanctions, anti-money laundering measures, prosecutions, and other tools, The Sentry aims to disrupt the profit incentives for mass atrocities and oppression, and creates new leverage in support of peace efforts and African frontline human rights defenders. The Sentry’s partner, the Enough Project, undertakes high-level advocacy with policy-makers around the world as well as wide-reaching education campaigns by mobilizing students, faith-based groups, celebrities, and others. Co-founded by George Clooney and John Prendergast, The Sentry is an initiative of Not On Our Watch (NOOW) and the Enough Project. The Sentry currently focuses its work in South Sudan, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, and the Central African Republic.

In less than two years, The Sentry has created hard-hitting reports and converted extensive research into a large volume of dossiers on individuals and entities connected to grand corruption, violence, or serious human rights abuses. The investigative team has turned those dossiers over to government regulatory and law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and around the world, as well as to compliance officers at the world’s largest banks.

Learn more at www.TheSentry.org.


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Projects Abroad Hosts Round Square Schools

Two days of community impact for Round Square International Conference

Round Square student and local South African boy paint a wall mural

Press Release – NEW YORK – October 25, 2017Projects Abroad partnered with the Tore’s Foundation to facilitate two successful community engagement days for students and staff attending the 2017 Round Square International Conference in Cape Town, South Africa.

On October 3rd and 4th, around 900 high school students from schools belonging to the global Round Square network, spread out around Cape Town to take part in various forms of community engagement at schools in disadvantaged local communities. Projects Abroad, an international organization that facilitates volunteering programs in 30 countries around the world including in South Africa, helped organize the two days of outreach, ensuring its success.

Through activities including debating, creative writing, gardening, painting, literacy workshops, sports, and more, Round Square students interacted with students from the local Cape Town schools, and were able to learn about vastly different educational experiences. The schools visited were appreciative of these interactions, and some benefitted from newly painted classroom murals, planted gardens, new friendships, and ultimately, memories of an inspiring two days that will linger for years to come.

One of the schools visited was Steenberg High School. Principle, Andre Kraak, believes the exchange would have instilled in his school’s students a greater sense of self-worth. “Through the visit by students from around the world, our students have learned to appreciate what they have here, and will look after our school with more respect and care,” he says.

Marlene Snell of the Tore’s Foundation, who partnered with Projects Abroad to make the two days possible, believes the outreach has incentivized all the students involved to increase their active citizenship. “I hope we’ve done enough to open the eyes of both sides of the children, the ones helping and the local children that have come, to aspire to be involved in their communities and countries.”

The Round Square International Conference was a once-off event in South Africa, but Projects Abroad’s continued impact in communities in South Africa through its ongoing volunteering programs ensures that community upliftment and cultural exchange remains ongoing where Projects Abroad is able to facilitate such interactions. This is in line with Projects Abroad’s mission and values, to help where help is needed, and foster global interactions to create a world with greater mutual respect and understanding.

About Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad was founded in 1992 by Dr. Peter Slowe, a geography professor, as a program for students to travel and work while on break from full-time study. The program had its genesis in post-USSR Romania, where students were given the chance to teach conversational English. After a few years just sending volunteers to Eastern Europe for teaching, the company expanded to sending volunteers of all ages around the world on a wide range of projects.

Projects Abroad is a global leader in short-term international volunteer programs with projects in 30 countries and recruitment offices in the UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Holland, Hong Kong, Norway, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden and the United States.

For details on volunteering abroad, visit Projects Abroad’s web site at www.projects-abroad.org.


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New York Junior League to Host 25th Annual Nonprofit Boards Clearinghouse

New York City Nonprofit Experts to Teach Participants how to Successfully Lead a Nonprofit Board

Press Release – October 23, 2017, NEW YORK, NY – The New York Junior League (NYJL) will host its Nonprofit Boards Clearinghouse (NPBC) accelerated course on Saturday, October 28, followed by a networking event for those interested in joining a nonprofit board the evening of Wednesday, November 1. The program, now in its 25th year, brings together nonprofit thought leaders from New York City’s diverse philanthropic community, including the National Down Syndrome Society, Estee Lauder Companies, and the Kaufman Music Center. Participants are provided the rare opportunity to gain direct access to these industry leaders as they share insight and strategies.

“New York City nonprofits face many challenges, including ensuring that its leaders are fully trained to fulfill their fiduciary duties,” said Suzanne E. Manning, president, New York Junior League. “The Nonprofit Boards Clearinghouse provides the training necessary to transform people into dynamic nonprofit board members.”

Through a structured placement process, the program introduces attendees to New York City nonprofits currently seeking new board members. This fall’s accelerated course begins with a training session on Saturday, October 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. during which key leaders from a variety of New York City nonprofits will present eight essential topics: Introduction to Nonprofits and Governance, Working with an Executive Director, Fundraising, Nonprofit Legal, Nonprofit Finance, Marketing, Strategic Planning, and Crisis Management. Using interactive and engaging case studies, lectures, group exercises, and panel discussions, participants will learn first-hand the skills that will enable them to effectively serve on a nonprofit board.

The program continues on Wednesday, November 1, with the Executive Director Panel and Networking Event with Nonprofits from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Participants will meet leaders of more than 20 New York City nonprofits, network with like-minded individuals seeking the skills to make a difference in their communities, and find local nonprofits seeking new board members.

“The Nonprofit Boards Clearinghouse is ideal for volunteers, legal professionals seeking CLE credit, and those interested in learning more about the roles and responsibilities of a nonprofit board member,” said Manning. “This course will teach people how to serve on a nonprofit board with competence and confidence. Alumni of this course have found the knowledge and skills they gained beneficial in both their philanthropic and professional work.”

Both sessions of this accelerated course will be held at The Astor House, located at 130 East 80th Street, New York, NY between Park and Lexington Avenues. The location is easily accessible from the 4, 5, 6, and Q trains. Registration is $375 for the general public. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit nyjl.org (https://www.nyjl.org/nonprofit-boards-clearinghouse/).

Since 1992, more than 1,000 men and women have completed the Nonprofit Boards Clearinghouse course and have gone on to hold leadership positions at many New York City nonprofits.

About the New York Junior League

The New York Junior League (NYJL) is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Since 1901, the NYJL has been a leader in identifying and responding to unmet community needs. Through direct service, collaborations with other community organizations and advocacy, the NYJL provides a positive force for change within the communities it serves.

Each year more than 2,800 trained volunteers donate more than 250,000 hours of their time to better the lives of women and children in New York City. The NYJL works with more than 50 community-based organizations and public agencies to deliver services and assistance directly to women and children in need.


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Young? Got Cancer? You’re Not Alone – The Stupid Cancer App Is A Digital Remedy For Social Isolation

Press Release – It may be surprising to learn more than 70,000 young adults – between the ages of 15 and 39 – are diagnosed with cancer every year in the U.S. alone. That’s one every eight minutes.

But it’s probably less surprising that, for young patients, cancer’s first casualties are relationships.

Friends of young adult cancer patients are rarely able to speak the post-surgery language of chemo, radiation, waiting rooms, lethargy, baldness and insurance obsession. On the other end of the spectrum are cancer support groups, filled with grey and wrinkled survivors, who can’t relate to younger patients as peers. The result is social isolation or clinical depression.

Enter The Stupid Cancer App.

Arriving for iPhone September, 28 2017, The Stupid Cancer App is free and will connect Millennial and Gen Z cancer survivors to peers globally for 1:1 support. Users will register as either patient or caregiver, and be matched by diagnosis, stage, age and location. (Users may also chat anonymously.) For broader discussion, the app features moderated group chats.

The mobile solution was created by startup GRYT Health, Inc. to offer young adult cancer patients an opportunity to seek advice from a survivor their age, or someone who was their age when diagnosed, about support services, treatment options and survival guidance.

Initially the app will be populated by an energetic young adult cancer community of three million-plus members – grown over a decade by its grassroots partner organization Stupid Cancer. Founded in 2007 as an online patient and advocacy resource, Stupid Cancer now also stages the foremost young adult cancer summit, CancerCon; produces a podcast with celebrity and other notable guests, The Stupid Cancer Show; hosts local meetups in all major U.S. cities; and moderates robust and frank social media channels that listen rather than speak to its engaged community.

In addition to Stupid Cancer, the app features a network of nearly 50 ancillary cancer groups users will be connected to for a vast range of age-appropriate resources.


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DNA Detective Work Sheds Light On Origin Of Iconic Deer Species

Scientists use antique museum specimens to trace heritage of extinct-in-the-wild Père David’s deer

Press Release – A team of wildlife super-sleuths from international conservation charity ZSL (Zoological Society of London) and the Natural History Museum have used ancient DNA analysis to reveal exciting new insights into one of the few contemporary mammal species currently classified as Extinct in the Wild – China’s enigmatic Père David’s deer (Elaphurus davidianus).

The study – published in the journal Royal Society Open Science – found that two unidentified deer skins dating from over 150 years ago, held in the Natural History Museum’s historical mammal collections, had actually originated from the last-recorded wild herd of Père David’s deer (Elaphurus davidianus). The insights gained from this analysis promise to inform future conservation efforts for the species, providing fresh insights for managing reintroduction to the wild.

The study has also confirmed that, contrary to previous theories and available archaeological records, the last stronghold for wild populations of this species was the southern Chinese island province of Hainan, and not northern mainland China as was previously believed.

Lead author Dr Samuel Turvey from ZSL’s Institute of Zoology, comments: “It seems fitting that ZSL was involved in this study, given our history with this iconic species. There was actually a meeting here at the Society back in 1904, where it was suggested that Père David’s deer persisted in the wild on Hainan Island. Sadly, without access to modern forensic DNA techniques, this idea quickly sank without trace. Now it turns out to have been remarkably prescient.

“Our study also provides a great example of how historical archives such as museum collections can inform contemporary approaches to wildlife conservation, while also furthering our understanding of the mechanics of extinction. Although it may be too late for other extinct mammals, including China’s recently extinct Yangtze River dolphin (Lipotes vexillifer), the fact that Père David’s deer still exist in zoological collections around the world – including ZSL Whipsnade Zoo – raises the tantalising prospect of one day returning these animals to their natural habitat on Hainan.”

Also known as milu (‘elk-deer’ in Chinese), Père David’s deer are referred to in Chinese mythology, with the ancient name ‘sibuxiang’ (meaning ‘the four unlikes’) showing how they were believed to be a combination of four other animals: cow, deer, donkey and horse (or camel). Recognisable by their unique, rearward-facing antlers, all animals alive today are descended from a captive herd that lived in the grounds of the Imperial Hunting Lodge outside Beijing during the 19th century, which was until now of unknown wild origin. After animals were sent from China to Europe in the 19th century, the original herd was killed by hunters who broke into the grounds of the Imperial Hunting Lodge during the Boxer Rebellion of 1900. Following the successful reintroduction of the scimitar-horned oryx (Oryx dammah) to the wild in Chad, Père David’s deer is currently the only mammal species that is Extinct in the Wild but surviving in captivity.

Co-author Dr Selina Brace, Researcher of Ancient DNA at the Natural History Museum, comments: “Having heard the fascinating tale of the Père David deer and its recovery from the brink of extinction, it was exciting to be asked years later to work on this project. I’m so pleased that we were able to shed more light onto this iconic species and story.”

Père Amand David (1826-1900), the first European to see the Imperial Hunting Lodge’s deer herd, was a Jesuit missionary who lived in China towards the end of the Qing Dynasty. Also an enthusiastic naturalist, he was the first Westerner to encounter the giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) and was responsible for popularising the keeping of gerbils as domestic pets in Europe. Today, his memory lives on in the scientific names of various charismatic animals he discovered, from the eponymous deer to the Critically Endangered Chinese giant salamander (Andrias davidianus).

ZSL has a long heritage of conservation work on Hainan, which also includes ongoing efforts to save the world’s rarest and most threatened mammal species, the Hainan gibbon (Nomascus hainanus). Read more about this project here: https://www.zsl.org/science/research/hainan-gibbon-conservation

Visitors to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo can also view one of the last surviving conservation herds of Père David’s deer in the Zoo’s Passage through Asia exhibit: https://www.zsl.org/zsl-whipsnade-zoo/exhibits/passage-through-asia


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International Business Leaders And 90 Future Agents Of Change Gather In Peace Palace The Hague For The Nudge Summit

Presentation first Nudge Global Impact Awards

Press Release – Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 25 October, 2017 – the 8th Nudge Global Impact Challenge starts tomorrow (26 – 28 October). 90 young talented professionals from all over the world participate in this life-changing leadership programme about sustainability and impact creation. They represent 30 global organisations such as Unilever, Heineken, Danone, Ferrero, Aegon, FrieslandCampina, Philips and ABN AMRO. The Nudge Global Impact Challenge creates a change in the leadership of the next generation of global business and society leaders, resulting in greater global impact on sustainability.

Nudge Global Impact Award

For the very first time this year, Nudge will hand out the Nudge Global Impact Award during the Nudge Summit, the highlight and second evening of the Nudge Global Impact Challenge. This prize celebrates the impact achieved by alumni that have participated in the past seven editions of the Challenge. In collaboration with the Department of Environmental Policy Analysis of the VU University Amsterdam, Nudge has assessed the impact made by alumni, of which six best in class were selected as finalists. During the Nudge Summit, these inspiring young leaders in sustainability will pitch their impact plans to a jury, consisting of prominent leaders in sustainability.

Jan van Betten, founder Nudge:

“Nudge focuses on impact. The Nudge Global Impact Challenge is the instrument for young professionals and their organisations to realise change and impact. Changing the lives of one billion people in a positive way and tackling global issues. Is it possible when you are 23 yrs? Yes, you can when you know how to mobilise your organisation towards doing business for good. Nudge realises the worldwide impact our alumni have created, it is about time to award them for that.”

Nudge Summit in the Peace Palace

At the Nudge Summit on 27 October over 200 CEOs, politicians, scientists and young future leaders in sustainability will connect and commit to make change happen. This year’s theme of the Challenge, ‘GDP or SDGs? Nudging young leaders towards sustainable economics.’ deserves a grand location, hence, the Summit will be held in the Peace Palace in The Hague (International City of Peace and Justice). Speakers include Blanca Juti (Chief Corporate Affairs, HEINEKEN Global) and Ezekiel Ole Katato (Maasai Elder, peacebuilder and founder and director of the Across Maasai Land Initiative).

Partners of the Nudge Global Impact Challenge are: ABN AMRO, AsianNGO, B Lab Europe, China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), Ferrero, Global Shapers, Goal Oriented Learners, LeaderScope, MasterPeace, Netvlies, Seedlink, Triodos Foundation, VU University Amsterdam, Wageningen University and Research and WakaWaka.

About Nudge

Founded in 2010, Nudge strives towards a sustainable society. Nudge is a social enterprise and B Corp based in The Netherlands. Nudge connects people and organisations with its online platform in order to achieve grassroots initiatives that bring a positive and long lasting change in our society. By facilitating bottom-up initiatives, Nudge offers perspectives for action that are accessible to everyone. Nudge invites everyone to take action and make a positive contribution to society. Over 60,000 people and 300 organisations in The Netherlands are members of the Nudge community and this number is increasing daily.

About the Nudge Global Impact Challenge

The Nudge Global Impact Challenge is a life-changing development programme and competition for the best young talents in the world who want to advance their leadership skills in sustainability and impact creation. More information can be found here.


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Introducing iguacu: A First-of-its-Kind Nonprofit Service for Effective and Easy Global Giving

Press Release – BOSTON, MA and LONDON, UK – October 24, 2017 – Do you ever feel powerless when thinking about the families caught up in the civil war in Syria or the starvation in South Sudan? Now, that no longer has to be the case. Enter iguacu—a new kind of nonprofit, independent giving service—that is launching today to empower effective, large-scale public action where it’s most needed around the world. Indeed, a survey conducted by DJS Research Ltd shows strong demand for a service that identifies effective charities in overseas crises, and simplifies international giving.

“The word iguacu means ‘big water’ and is the name of a great river and a huge and magnificent waterfall in South America,” said Katherine Davies, CEO and founder of iguacu. “If we think of each of us as a drop of water, consider the immense power we can have by coming together. We can make a greater impact on human suffering than we ever thought was possible.”

In the regions that iguacu covers—currently, Syria, South Sudan, Haiti, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, and Myanmar—charities often have extra barriers to surmount to help those in great need. For example, in many war-torn areas, there are no usable roads or stable governments. Yet, there are organizations that are overcoming these challenges and providing aid where it’s most needed.

How can people without the time or expertise discover these charities? iguacu, uniquely, has built extensive networks of experts close to each region. These experts—drawn from development agencies, private sector and community associations, and inter-governmental bodies—know and understand the local challenges and identify charities that are effective on the ground. From there, iguacu’s trained researchers conduct further analyses—assessing the financial need and charities’ accountability, transparency, governance and humanitarian principles. Each recommended charity must also have a restricted appeal to ensure that donors’ money goes right to the country in crisis, and not to their other operations.

Experience the joy of giving to these inspiring and impactful charities! Visit iguacu’s online platform, weareiguacu.org, to:

  • Understand and connect with the countries iguacu covers through compelling blogs, videos and stories.
  • Select the regions you want to help and make a donation (one-time or monthly).
  • Stay current on the conditions in these countries. Subscribe to iguacu’s monthly newsletter with the latest updates from the ground.
  • Deepen your involvement with iguacu, and engage with other community members through Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.
  • Monthly donors will also receive a regular impact report via email, tailored to their giving choices.

“iguacu identifies those charitable organizations who are doing the most effective relief and charitable work using a large on the ground based intelligence organization combined with data analytics. As a result, donors know that their donation is having the greatest impact. This is why I’m involved. They offer the key information regarding the places that can most benefit,” said James R. Doty, M.D., Professor of Neurosurgery at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Founder and Director of the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE). Dr. Doty is also a member of iguacu’s Panel of Senior Advisors.

Unleash your potential to help those who are suffering, and go to weareiguacu.org today.

About iguacu

iguacu (pronounced igwah-soo) is a nonprofit, independent giving service to empower the public to support effective charities in regions experiencing serious humanitarian crises. iguacu’s worldwide intelligence network identifies truly effective charities on the ground addressing the key humanitarian challenges so that the public can donate with confidence. Become part of iguacu’s community, and experience the joy of effective giving to those in great need.  weareiguacu.org


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Capacity Building Is An Important Value Add For Impact Investing

Press Release – NEW YORK, October 12, 2017 – A majority of impact investors provide capacity-building support (or technical assistance) to investees, yet the vital role of capacity building in impact investing has not been adequately explored, according to the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN). Beyond Investment: The Power of Capacity-Building Support, a report published today by the GIIN, focuses specifically on capacity building in the impact investing industry, highlighting common, effective practices and opportunities to enhance future practices.

Drawing on findings from interviews with practitioners from 31 organizations, the report offers key insights into the reasons that impact investors, service providers, and funders choose to provide capacity-building support. These include improving an investor’s level of competitiveness for impact investment transactions, enhancing financial performance, and improving or expanding the investees’ impact.

GIIN research has found that 73% of impact investors provide this kind of assistance to their portfolio companies. Capacity-building practices used by impact investors often resemble forms of nonfinancial support historically leveraged by conventional investors to strengthen an investees’ strategy or operations. But impact investors offer deeper engagement with their investees and frequently use capacity-building support to enhance and extend their impact. Impact investors reported helping investee companies better understand their social and environmental impact and refine and articulate their impact strategies and objectives, among others.

Capacity-building is a versatile, widely-applicable tool that offers multiple direct benefits to both investors and investees. The structure and delivery of capacity-building support is often highly customized to meet the needs and requirements of specific recipients. Despite the bespoke nature of the support, the report finds that there is benefit to investors in sharing lessons learned openly with others, in order to accelerate the growth of the market. Collaboration among the different stakeholders, including investors, portfolio companies, service providers, and funders, could facilitate wider and more efficient use of capacity-building support across the industry.

“Capacity-building support is one critical tool to accelerate and deepen the change investors seek,” said GIIN Research Director Abhilash Mudaliar. “Through capacity-building support, investors, service providers, and funders can strengthen the impact of impact investing, grow vibrant markets with thriving communities, conserve and enhance our environment, and improve the lives of the people who need it most.”

This project was funded in part by generous support from the DOEN Foundation.


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