Web resources on social entrepreneurship
Summary : In 1999, Jordan co-founded Scojo Vision LLC, a leading designer and distributor of high-end reading glasses and accessories in the United States, Europe, Canada and Japan. A year later, he and his partner designated 5% of the company's profits to fund the Scojo Foundation, a social enterprise that trains entrepreneurs in developing countries to give eye screenings and sell low-cost reading glasses in their communities. His innovative model allows thousands of people in developing countries the gift of sight so they can continue working and contributing to their communities. In turn, Scojo provides entrepreneurial opportunities for the people who distribute and sell the reading glasses in countries like India, Guatemala, and El Salvador.
Through an effective supply chain and economies of scale, Scojo Foundation provides high-quality reading glasses, previously unavailable in the communities where we work, at an affordable price. Scojo Foundation, because of its relationship to Scojo Vision, LLC., is able to source glasses at low cost and that low cost is passed onto the Scojo Vision Entrepreneurs. The Scojo Vision Entrepreneurs, in turn, sell the glasses to customers in their communities thereby enabling the women to earn a sustainable source of income. Our hope is to keep consumer prices low enough so that everyone, regardless of their socio-economic background, can afford clear near vision and access to advanced eye care services. They aim to provide reading glasses to 1.6 billion people across the globe. In El Salvador, Guatemala and India, Scojo Foundation identifies trains and supports community-based women entrepreneurs as "Vision Entrepreneurs" to sell reading glasses. They also partner with local organizations; they as partners help local organizations by providing them loans, funds, technical assistance, data collections, etc. and in return the local organizations help Scojo foundation by providing them with weekly data reports to Scojo on sales, identify local low income women to participate in the Scojo program.
This organization does not help anybody with money, instead helps social entrepreneurs with their recourses; they connect interested investors and social entrepreneurs through ICT. They have also connected with schools all around the world, which train social entrepreneurs for them. They conducts awards for social entrepreneur of the year, they also conduct various events for social entrepreneurs. They have many research papers and articles; they also have case studies on various social enterprises (including theirs). Their Objectives are 1.To be the foremost organization for identifying, selecting and highlighting accomplished social entrepreneurs at the regional and global levels, stimulating productive linkages between them. 2. To be a driving force that builds a global community of outstanding social entrepreneurs and others interested in promoting social entrepreneurship, leveraging successes of social entrepreneurs to achieve wider impact for the public good. 3. To be the preferred partner for companies and social investors seeking to support social entrepreneurs around the world. 4. To be a global standard bearer for excellence in social entrepreneurship and innovation for the public good.
They support nonprofit organizations by helping them economically. They inspire innovation, creative ideas and new solution to problems. It also gives awards for social entrepreneurship; it connects social entrepreneurs with key people and resources through many academic, business and community channels. The Skoll Foundation advances systemic change to benefit communities around the world by investing in, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs.
The Skoll grant includes funding for an endowed lectureship, a director for the Centre's activities, visiting fellows and five MBA Skoll Scholarships for students who want to apply entrepreneurial strategies to effect sustainable social change. Skoll Scholars develop a plan to positively impact a specific social problem and undertake a consultancy project in social entrepreneurship. In addition to developing an innovative teaching program, the Skoll Centre engages in a range of research activities, both discrete and collaborative. The aim is to produce work that engages with theory that is also valuable to practitioners in the field, so that the Centre is a useful knowledge resource for social entrepreneurs.
It is a program of skoll foundation. It partners with social entrepreneurs giving them financial help, expert advice, offers, opportunities and it gives details about recent big projects & big donations and recent trends in social entrepreneurship. They have displayed some social problems with their solutions; they also invite solution to their problems online.
Social Edge launched in June 2003 with the mission to:
â€¢ Connect social entrepreneurs, their partners and allies to discuss cutting-edge issues shaping the field
â€¢ Foster frank dialogue, mutual respect and a sense of community among all in the sector
â€¢ Promote learning from the best, promising and disastrous practices
Social Edge has become a site where social entrepreneurs, philanthropists and other practitioners of the social benefit sector connect to network, learn, inspire and share resources. The site strikes a balance between the visionary and the practical, with its spirited discussions and online workshops and features.
Building Financial Systems for the poor.
Microfinance: it is a financial institution which helps poor by giving them high interest rates on their savings, and low interest rates on the credit they give in time of crises and need. It provides detailed information of both donors and investors on net and demands for institutional funding.
CGAP has five core concentrations:
Developing and strengthening a wide range of institutions and means, both financial and non-financial, that deliver financial services to the poor.
Improving the quality and availability of information about institutional financial performance. Establishing supportive legal and regulatory frameworks. Improving aid effectiveness. Reaching poor and unserved clients and ensuring impact on their lives.
Vision - Ashoka envisions a world where everyone is a Changemaker : a world that responds quickly and effectively to social challenges, and where each individual has the freedom, confidence and societal support to address any social problem and drive change. Mission - Ashoka strives to shape a global, entrepreneurial, competitive citizen sector: one that allows social entrepreneurs to thrive and enables the world's citizens to think and act as changemakers. Ashoka works on three levels. First, we support individual social entrepreneurs (financially and professionally) throughout their life cycle. Second, we bring communities of social entrepreneurs together to help leverage their impact, scale their ideas, and capture and disseminate their best practices. Finally, we help build the infrastructure and financial systems needed to support the growth of the citizen sector and facilitate the spread of social innovation globally. Ashoka's three levels are mutually reinforcing; together they are bringing our vision of "Everyone a Changemaker" closer to reality.
Seva Mandir is a non-government voluntary organization working on rural and tribal development issues in and around Udaipur district, in the southern part of Rajasthan (western India).
Their major projects are:
Moving beyond education : In the early phase of Seva Mandir's work, the focus was on promoting adult literacy among poor peasants. Then organization extended the scope of its work to include developmental programmes that would benefit people in economic terms. Building village level groups: Seva Mandir tried to redress imbalances in the society by building village groups in the early eighties. The intention behind this was to enable villagers to demand accountability from their representatives in the village councils and to pressurize the government to expand the actual scope of people's entitlements. These groups were also encouraged to solve their (community) problems by co-operating among themselves Building a village cadre of paraworkers- The key idea was that rather than the poor having to depend only on the State to promote their development and provide services, there should be alternative institutional support for the poor to service their development needs. A cadre of village based professionals called paraworkers was slowly built up in the fields of health, education, forestry, childcare, community organization, etc. They were provided training in the requisite skills by Seva Mandir, and were given a small stipend. They also work in the areas of: Natural Resource management, Women and child development, Education, Health, Institutions. It has received ICT 'Innovation of the year award' in 2006, from Digital learning foundation for its Camera Experiment. They are supported by many institutions around the globe.
Youth Communication helps teenagers develop their skills in reading, writing, thinking, and reflection, so they can acquire the information they need to make thoughtful choices about their lives.
They do it by:
Training teens in journalism and related skills;
Publishing magazines, books and other materials written and illustrated by young people; Encouraging teens and the adults who work with them to use our publications to stimulate reading, writing, discussion, and reflection.New Youth Connections (or NYC) is a general interest teen magazine written by and for New York City youth. It began publication in May 1980, and is published seven times during the school year. Circulation is 65,000, and the magazine is distributed in every public high school in New York City, as well as to hundreds of libraries and community based organizations in New York and around the country. They have e-store where we can buy books, booklets and magazines written by youth and children. Major projects: Book for Educators and Child Welfare Staff , New Youth Connections, Represent, Rise. Minor Projects: Writing Workshops, Illustration Workshops, Lessons and Curricula, After School Literacy and Advisory Lessons, Foster Care Transition to Adult Life, Promoting Youth Voices, Gay Teens in Foster Care, Awards for Youth in Foster Care, Writing Teams, Technology Training, Presentations and Public Speaking, Alumni Services, Special Presentations and Parents' Writing Group.
Freelancers Union is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that represents the needs and concerns of America's growing independent workforce through advocacy, information and service. Independent workersâ€”freelancers, consultants, independent contractors, temps, part-timers, contingent employees and the self-employedâ€”currently make up about 30% of the nation's workforce. We exist because we believe that freelancers can help each other. Whether it's forming a group to get a lower rate on insurance, or answering each other's professional questions, everyone does better through cooperation. By coming together in Freelancers Union, independent workers also achieve visibility . The organization works to educate policymakers and the public about the needs of freelancers. We advocate for policy changes, and through our surveys, we do research on the independent workforce that no one else is doing.
Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates of all academic majors who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools and become leaders in the effort to expand educational opportunity. Our mission is to enlist our nation's most promising future leaders in the movement to eliminate educational inequality. Our corps members work to ensure that more students growing up today in our country's lowest-income communities are given the educational opportunities they deserve. In the long run, our alumni are a powerful force of leaders working from inside education and from every other sector to effect the fundamental changes needed to ensure that all children have an equal chance in life. Teach For America recently launched two initiatives to help address some of the most critical needs in education:Â· Early childhood education initiative: Given the power of early intervention through high quality pre-school programs and the applicability of Teach For America's approach at this age level, we are piloting an Early Childhood Initiative in Metro D.C. for children in pre-K programs. Math and science initiative: Recognizing the need for excellent math and science education in this country, we have launched a concerted campaign to bring increasing numbers of outstanding math and science teachers to our country's lowest-income communities. Through this initiative, we aim to more than double the number of math and science teachers from 800 to 2,000 by 2010 while increasing their short-term and long-term impact.
Mission - Global Green USA is a national environmental organization addressing three of the greatest challenges facing humanity: Stemming global climate change by creating green buildings and cities. Eliminating weapons of mass destruction that threaten lives and the environment. Providing clean, safe drinking water for the 2.4 billion people who lack access to clean water. Vision - President Gorbachev founded the organization in order to create a new approach to solving the world's most pressing environmental challenges by reconnecting humanity to the environment. Results - Global Green's unique approach merges innovative research, cutting-edge community based projects and targeted advocacy that: Educates hundreds of millions of people annually Leverages billions of dollars for environmental initiatives Implements ground-breaking environmental policy Global Green USA hosts two award ceremonies every year recognizing environmental vision and leadership in business, government, media and other fields.
Our approach to poverty alleviation is Sustainable Transformational Development beyond 'change with growth'. Our strategies focus on five areas of change at the community level. They do this by building the capacity of families and communities to ensure sustainable well-being of all girls and boys empowering children to be agents of change, restoring social harmony and building a culture of peace and participation, partnering with all local stakeholders in the development process Creating structures and systems that enable the communities to participate in building our nation. We work together with the communities, families and children in their journey towards development.World Vision programmes also access resources from the Government of India as well as other countries such as USA, Canada, UK, Japan, Finland and Ireland to mention a few.
Child Sponsorship is about partnering girls and boys in their pursuit of a new future with dignity, justice, peace and hope. Sponsors pledge a regular monthly amount to help needy children, their families and communities. Child sponsorship helps children get access to clean drinking water, sanitation, education, skills for future livelihood, nutrition, health care and participate in age-appropriate development processes. Programmes seek equitable, just, peaceful, productive and inclusive relationships within households and communities, responsible relationship with the environment, a culture of participation with families and whole communities empowered to influence and shape their situation through coalitions and networks addressing systemic issues towards ensuring access to basic needs in a sustainable manner.
ABLE's mission is to rid the world of its most devastating social ills-drugs, crime, illiteracy and immoralityâ€”through the social betterment methods and principles of author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard. Research has shown links between education failure, substance abuse, moral decay and crime. To address the interrelated nature of these social problems, ABLE and the organizations under its umbrella offer:
â€¢ Substance abuse treatment and prevention services
â€¢ Ex-offender re-entry and mentoring programs
â€¢ Character and common sense morals education
â€¢ Community and family literacy
â€¢ Teacher training and professional development
In cooperation with thousands of community leaders, volunteers, educators, and drug rehabilitation specialists, ABLE supports the efforts of four social betterment organizations
ABLE provides training, consultation and quality control services to four independent social betterment organizations, each of which has a worldwide network of organizations that directly aid people and communities in their efforts to overcome these social problems.
The George Foundation was established in January 1995 in Bangalore, India, as a not-for-profit organization under the Indian Trust Act. Our mission is to help alleviate poverty, promote health and a clean environment, and strengthen democratic institutions and values in developing countries. We strive to accomplish these objectives by implementing several innovative and bold solutions that would bring about long-term sustainable results.
We believe in integrated holistic approaches to solving most human problems. Accordingly, the combined goals of our projects are to: create economic opportunity for all, especially the needy, through planned development, provide good rural health education and rural healthcare in India, improve the quality of education generally, and promote exceptional talent, encourage arts and crafts, and offer opportunities for creative work, bring about social equality, fairness, and dignity of life, especially for women and deprived communities, assure the preservation of nature, use resources carefully, and protect the environment, support activities that satisfy the spiritual needs of the community, and increase public participation in the governance of the country.
It is a four-year-old online resource base that provides news, views, perspectives and debates on crucial issues of sustainable development and social justice in India and South Asia. It brings into sharp focus agents and avenues of change. They focus is Health, Population, Women, Children, Environment, Water resourses, Livelyhood, Poverty, IT & Development, Agriculture and food security, Corporate social responsiblity, Disasters, Human Rights, Ritht to information, Disablities, Governance, Micro-credit, Trade and development, Urban India, etc.
Kerala State Information Technology Mission (KSITM) is a Society registered under the Travancore Cochin Literary Scientific & Charitable Societies Registration Act (Act 12 of 1955). It is an autonomous nodal IT implementation agency for Department of Information Technology, Government of Kerala which provides managerial support to various initiatives of the Department.
KSITM's primary responsibilities are:
1. Interfacing between the Government and the industry
2. Interacting with potential investors
3. Strengthening the IT / ITES industry base
4. Holding promotional campaigns for hard selling the state.
5. ICT dissemination to bridge the digital divide
6. E- Governance
7. Developing Human Resources for IT & ITES
7. Advising the Government on policy matters
Akshaya is the flagship ICT for Development project by Kerala State IT Mission. Akshaya Project is piloted in Malappuram district by establishing more than 400 Akshaya e Centres connected through a wireless internet infrastructure. In the first phase of the project, nearly 6 lakhs people were trained in basic computer skills. Akshaya in now rolling out to seven other districts in Kerala as the second phase of state wide roll out. In the third phase Akshaya will be implemented in the remaining six more districts.
This website has two sections, one is 'welcome to Ontario', this section is for the new comers to Ontario city in Canada, it has description about community, recreation, consumer information, education, employment, health, housing, Immigrating and citizenship, etc. While the other part of the website is 'At work' this section is for the professionals who deal with newcomers to the city, they are professional and charge the newcomers reasonably. Thus this site builds contact between newcomers and the professionals there, and making work easy for both.
'At Work' is a portal to professional development information for frontline workers and managers of immigrant-serving organizations. Our goal is to help you do your job better. The resource is an attempt to describe the dimensions of settlement work and to provide tools that can be used to train workers to be effective settlement counselors. It is a training guide, not a source of answers to all the challenging questions related to settlement counseling. The emphasis is on processes that trainers can use to initiate introspection and animate group discussion on these issues. For many of the questions there are no final answers, because of the complex nature of the settlement process and the cultural dimension of every issue. The assumption is that participants in this type of training, given stimulating activities, will come up with important insights from their own collective experiences.
Our Mission - To help individuals achieve their full potential, regardless of background.
Our Strategy - We employ a two-pronged strategy to fulfill our mission:
To inspire, educate and nurture new entrepreneurs, we develop and fund not-for-profit programs and organizations that create entrepreneurial education, build networks, raise awareness, perform research and help develop a supportive policy environment.
In addition, certain sections of the population need extra support - individuals who due to physical and economic constraints often do not have the opportunity to explore, let alone reach, their full potential. We therefore fund not-for-profit efforts to empower the disadvantaged, with a focus on helping the disabled gain productive employment. They give rise to entrepreneurship. Their mission is to help individuals achieve their full potential, regardless of background. They have formed National Entrepreneurship Network, they also run Faculty development program. They have partnered with many colleges (including IIMA) and many organizations. They organize many competitions for students and professionals to give rise to entrepreneurship.
Social marketing is the use of commercial marketing concepts and tools in programs designed to influence individuals' behavior to improve their well being and that of society. They provide team based strategic guidance, carry out and disseminate research, train and educate today's practitioners and prepare the next generation, sponsor academic research, provide connections and leadership. They also organize conferences; they have kept their papers of research and past conferences on the net.
The Draper Richards Foundation provides selected social entrepreneurs with funding of $100,000 annually for three years. The funds are specifically and solely for entrepreneurs starting new non-profit organizations. The Draper Richards Fellowships are highly selective. We only award six fellowships per year so we can fully engage with our portfolio of grantee organizations.
CAN's Mission is to effect, through social entrepreneurs, major social change and to transform the lives of deprived communities in a tangible and measurable way. Our Vision is to work directly and with partners to develop a vibrant, exciting, robust, effective and sustainable social economy in the UK that improves prosperity, quality of life and well-being for all and in particular for disadvantaged communities in both urban and rural areas.
Our Strategy is to focus on supporting social entrepreneurs to achieve a greater impact on their communities/the social economy, and to compete on equal terms with the private and public sectors.
Our Purpose is to:
Support social entrepreneurs across the board to do their jobs more effectively, and remove the obstacles that stand in their way
Progress government, public and private sector thinking on the importance of this approach to social regeneration and sustainable economic growth
Demonstrate the added value of CAN support, and be recognised as 'best in class' at this
They have a database of nearly 4000 ideas online. Hundreds of ideas are submitted each month by people from all over the world, and over 160,000 visitors have voted on the site with a rating, which allows the best ideas to rise to the top democratically. It currently attracts a quarter of a million unique visitors annually.
The Global Ideas Bank aims to promote and disseminate good creative ideas to improve society. It further aims to encourage the public to generate these ideas, to participate in the problem-solving process.
These ideas we term social inventions: non-technological, non-product, non-gadget ideas for social change. These are a mix of existing projects, fledgling initiatives and new bright ideas.
In this way, the Global Ideas Bank is part-suggestions box, part-ideas network and part-democratic think-tank, giving the "ordinary" person a chance to have their creativity recognized, rewarded and even put into practice.
The Global Ideas Bank further aims to provide information and a community to help those individuals who wish to make their idea or project a reality in their own community. Here we can submit our ideas in the databank; we can also take the ideas form the website, and start a new enterprise through these ideas. Thus this website works as platform for idea exchange.
NESsT sees fundamental flaws with the current paradigm in which nonprofit, civil society organizations (CSOs) compete for a limited pie of existing philanthropic resources. This reality makes many CSOs heavily dependent on short-term, project-based funding and prevents them from focusing attention on the longer-term, strategic development of their organizations and missions. Many CSOs -- particularly those smaller organizations working for social change and development -- remain highly vulnerable, underfunded and unsustainable.
NESsT believes that the nonprofit capital market faces the following key limitations:
a strategic focus on philanthropic "fundraising" versus a wider, more holistic approach to organizational "financing"; a mentality that "one size (i.e., the grant) fits all" financing requirements of nonprofit organizations; a focus on diversifying sources of fundraising (e.g., individuals, foundations, corporations, governments, etc.), not on diversifying types of financing; a heavy emphasis on funding for start-up/innovation in the nonprofit sector (versus long-term sustainability of nonprofit organizations);
a primary focus on projects/programs, not organizational development;
an "equity gap" due to the non-profit, non-distribution constraint ( i.e., nonprofit organizations may not have shareholders or ownership as in the for-profit world);
"weak" balance sheets (i.e., nonprofit organizations have tremendous difficulty in acquiring hard assets or carrying over liquid assets from year to year due to terms and conditions of donor grants);
limited availability and application of comparable, standardized performance measurement metrics and systems.
While these limitations exist in the nonprofit capital market throughout the world, they are more acute in the "developing" and "emerging market" countries in Africa, Asia, Central/Eastern Europe and Latin America where poor economic conditions, political instability and/or different cultural traditions have hindered the development of a rich philanthropic sector.
The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) is a nonprofit organization focused on the development of comparative data to enable higher-performing foundations. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, CEP's mission is to provide management and governance tools to define, assess, and improve overall foundation performance.
About CEP: Mission
The mission of the Center for Effective Philanthropy is to provide management and governance tools to define, assess, and improve overall foundation performance.
CEP pursues its mission through data collection and research that fuel the creation of assessment tools, publications, and programming.
CEP has also developed new, widely used assessment tools such as the Grantee Perception ReportÂ® (GPR), which provides foundations comparative data on grantee perceptions of key elements of foundation performance, the Comparative Board Report ( CBR), which allows foundation boards to assess their own structures and effectiveness against comparative data, the Staff Perception Report (SPR), and the Operational Benchmarking Report (OBR). Nearly 150 foundations, most among the largest in the country, have used the CEP's assessment tools, and many have implemented significant changes on the basis of what they have learned.
They also conduct seminars and conferences. The Center for Effective Philanthropy offers programming for foundation trustees, CEOs, senior executives, and program staff. CEP's programming features our latest research and highlights exemplars in the field so colleagues can learn from one another. CEP hosts national seminars bi-annually.
MISSION - To highlight the best new thinking on a fairer globalization.
PHILOSOPHY - Building a fairer global economy starts with protecting fundamental freedoms, and moves toward maximizing human fulfillment, potential, and innovation. This process must be guided by an ethical framework: Innovations + ethics = better globalization.
CONTEXT - Several factors contribute to the timeliness of our mission: the growing criticism of the development policies promoted by the major international financial institutions; the inequitable representation of the Global South in international institutions such as the WTO; the effect of global supply chains and the Chinese economy on labor, business, and environmental standards; the hybridization of business, nonprofit, and public operational models, manifesting in movements such as social entrepreneurship; and the empowerment of global civil society through the Internet.
We develop and broadcast innovative ideas through: Daily publishing â€“ GPI publishes the critically acclaimed online magazine Policy Innovations, a companion blog, podcasts, video, and workshop summaries and analysis. Regular convening â€“ GPI convenes three levels of meetings: tactical meetings with partners on best practices in civil society; operational dialogues between businesses and NGOs on applied ethics; strategic workshops with scholars, ethicists, and practitioners on shaping the language and terms of the international debate on globalization. Occasional research â€“ GPI conducts occasional research projects on ethical issues in the global economy. Devin Stewart is currently conducting an interview-based survey with Carnegie Endowment scholar Josh Kurlantzick on the future of Asian economic integration and its effect on labor and environmental standards.
http://www.startupnation.com (it may not be considered as social entrepreneurship)
StartupNation is a free service founded by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. We created this site to be your one-stop shop for entrepreneurial success, and we're thrilled that StartupNation has grown to be the leading online content and community resource for entrepreneurs.
Inside this site, you'll find all the easy-to-follow, practical information you could ever need to start and grow your own successful business. All of this is provided at no charge. Instead, our revenue comes from advertisers. It's our way of keeping the barriers between you and success to a minimum.
StartupNation was created by two of the country's top entrepreneurial experts â€“ Rich and Jeff Sloan. You can hear the Sloan brothers as they co-host StartupNation's nationally-syndicated, call-in radio program. They share advice, humor, and inspiration on over 80 radio stations across the country every week.
StartupNation is a community of entrepreneurs who live the dream everyday â€“ and we welcome you to be a part of it!
The mission of America Abroad Media is to inform and educate the American people about international affairs and facilitate cross-cultural discussion about international issues and America's role in the world. America Abroad Media produces America Abroad, an international affairs public radio program distributed by Public Radio International (PRI) and National Public Radio (NPR) Worldwide, and YouthSPAN Television , which brings together students from the United States and around the world for discussions about key issues in international affairs.
Build Change builds earthquake-resistant houses in developing countries and changes construction practice so that homeowners and builders continue to build earthquake-resistant houses after Build Change's intervention is complete. Build Change uses detailed housing sub-sector studies to determine the most cost-effective ways of building earthquake-resistant houses using materials and skills that are available through the local private sector. The organization empowers homeowners to choose their own layout and materials and manage their own construction with our technical assistance. In addition, Build Change provides on-the-job training to local masons, carpenters and homeowners to incorporate disaster-resistant building techniques that are culturally accepted and easy to adopt with limited training and education.
Design that Matters is building a worldwide system that enables the citizen sector, university students, and businesses to jointly innovate for social change.
Design that Matters acts as bridge to bring problems identified by nongovernmental organizations and members of underserved communities into the classroom for university engineering and business students to tackle in their courses and research. Design that Matters works with NGOs, corporate partners and local entrepreneurs to ensure that promising student innovations result in products and services for communities in need.
Since its launch at MIT in 2000, Design that Matters has worked with hundreds of university engineering and business students on four continents to develop dozens of prototypes that promise to improve thousands of lives.
Education Pioneers exists to train, connect and inspire a new generation of education leaders dedicated to transforming the educational system so that all students receive a quality education. To develop the human capital necessary for large-scale education reform, Education Pioneers operates a leadership training program where talented graduate students in business, education, law, policy, and other disciplines intern with innovative education organizations and train under successful education leaders.
Education Pioneers piloted its Fellows Program in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2004, expanded to Boston in 2005 and New York City in 2006, and is poised to dramatically increase its national impact by expanding to two new sites in 2007 and three new sites in 2008. This growth will enable Education Pioneers to develop over 400 emerging education leaders through 2008 while supporting over 100 Partner organizations. By 2012, the Education Pioneers network will include over 1,000 alumni who will drive significant change as education leaders in urban centers across the nation.
Genocide Intervention Network's mission is to empower individuals and communities with the tools to prevent and stop genocide. Genocide Intervention Network will change the way the United States and the international community respond to the world's worst crime. The organization's aim is to recruit a committed and diverse group of individuals and communities to form an active network that realizes the "never" in "never again." Members of the Network educate their communities, lobby their elected officials and fundraise directly for civilian protection. Currently, the work is focused on ending the ongoing genocide in Darfur, Sudan, where more than 400,000 people have been killed and over 2.5 million have been displaced; providing material support for African Union peacekeepers in the region; and organizing political action campaigns for a more robust civilian protection force.
Girls For A Change is devoted to giving young urban women the skills, resources and support necessary to move from being spectators to being leaders. Girls For A Change brings together professional women to support urban middle and high school girls to become social change makers and innovators, by empowering them to design, lead, fund and implement social change projects that tackle problems they face in their neighborhoods.
Niko Clifford started her work with young urban women as a manager at Girl Scouts of Santa Clara County. Niko co-founded the Silicon Valley Girls Coalition and was one of the authors of the "Women and Girls 2000 & Beyond: Strategies for Success" report published in 2001 by the Office of Women's Advocacy. With several years of experience in media relations, Niko has directed marketing campaigns for organizations such as Nokia. In January 1999, she co-founded Young Women Social Entrepreneurs, a Bay Area organization that promotes women with socially conscious agendas to reach high positions of leadership in business, government, and not-for-profit work. She has spoken about social entrepreneurship at The Haas Business School, The Simmons School of Management and The National Women's Leadership Coalition.
Currently Girls For A Change serves urban girls in the San Francisco Bay Area and plans for national expansion in 2005.
The Global Heritage Fund's mission is to enable successful long-term preservation of mankind's most important and endangered world heritage sites in developing countries. GHF focuses their efforts on sites with strong potential for tourism development, but with acute pressures and without resources for preservation and planned development.
The Global Heritage Fund leads funding, planning, training and monitoring of critical preservation and restoration projects at Global Heritage sites selected by GHF's distinguished Advisory Board. Over 90% of GHF funding goes directly to on-site preservation and planned development projects backed by the long-term support of local communities.
A Home Within seeks to heal the trauma of chronic loss experienced by foster children and to improve the foster care system by building positive lasting relationships and continuous connections through direct services, professional training, public awareness, and advocacy.
A Home Within harnesses the power and experience of mental health practitioners in the private sector to offer high quality, lasting psychotherapy to children in foster care. Therapists volunteer to see one child in weekly psychotherapy until the treatment comes to a natural close; senior clinicians offer pro bono consultation groups to the therapists who provide direct services. Through the simple formula of "One child. One therapist. For as long as it takes," the network of clinicians in A Home Within offers a powerful bridge between the private and public sectors.