Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking, General/Other News

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Crowdfunding Seen as an Economic Development Engine for Africa
Crowdfunding is seen as a fuel for economic development for people in Africa to fund their business ventures and creative projects. A bottom-up approach to funding, crowdfunding is especially...more



Pennsylvania Block-Granting Experiment Shows Promise in Improving Vulnerable Populations
Feather O' Connor Houstoun, a senior adviser to the Wyncote Foundation and Governing.com columnist, discusses about a block-granting experiment in Pennsylvania in the midst of budget...more

Red Dirt Provides Clean Water For Life
A Kansas City-based social business, Red Dirt, makes artist-inspired iPhone cases, where its sale proceeds go to Water.org to provide clean water around the most underserved parts of the world. To...more

Grand Island Volunteer Shifts Focus on Children
Grand Island volunteer Jody Backer has recently talked about her community involvements, including being a Heartland CASA and Project Everlast member, a member of the YMCA board, and her tremendous...more

Slack-Spined Social Venture Model of Philanthropy
With the budget cutbacks and austerity measures in place in Ireland, the government pushes forward to save face by working with philanthropic organizations in the reassembling of "Forum on...more

Oregon Food Bank Sees A Record Number of Volunteers on MLK Day
Grace Epstein, junior at the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, has consistently been volunteering at the Oregon Food Back for the last eight years. This year, she says she has noticed...more

Skoll World Forum For Social Entrepreneur 2013
In this Skoll World Forum For Social Entrepreneur 2013 Day Two Morning Plenary video, the Master of Ceremonies Pamela Hartigan, Director, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, opens with a...more

JTFN Awards $1,000 to Jewish Summer Camps to Develop Teen Philanthropy
The New York-based Jewish Teen Funders Network (JTFN) awards $1,000 each to 38 Jewish-based summer camps in North America. The funding will be used to develop teen philanthropy programs in each...more

What American Philanthropy Can Teach Europe
The author, Guy Sorman, observes that most of the cultural enterprises and educational institutions in America are funded by private donations, while in Europe they are constrained and open. A...more

Benefit Walk for Homeless Families
The second annual Benefit Walk for Homeless Families will be held on Fairgrounds Road, behind Riverside Church in Hamilton on May 3. The event's participants will be walking to benefit the...more






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UN Green Climate Funding Can Power the World’s Poor


UN Green Climate Funding Can Power the World’s Poor

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is setting up its new Green Climate Fund to “provide support to developing countries to limit or reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”




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