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Best practices and innovations in individual philanthropy and social investment around the world

Feature October 2014
Century-old global aid agency transforms to social enterprise
Earlier this year, the Dutch international aid agency Cordaid entered into a joint venture with a high-tech imaging company to introduce a product that is expected to help reduce infant mortality and maternal death, initially in Ghana and then in other African countries. The venture is a good example of the creative problem solving Cordaid employs to address seemingly intractable problems in some of the poorest, most fragile places in the world. It is one of more than 2,000 projects in 38 countries supported by the century-old organization founded as the Catholic Organization for Relief & Development Aid.
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Feature April 2014
Team Sager: “Eyeball-to-eyeball” philanthropy looks for big social impact
“My family and I have made a commitment to travel the world, and to live eyeball-to-eyeball with the people who we are trying to help. It takes critical listening and a willingness to engage to accurately understand the problem from their perspective and to address it accordingly,” said Bobby Sager. “That is why we travel to the places where we have initiatives, meet the people, eat their food, and even sleep on the ground in tents if necessary. Then we partner with an organization on the ground to not just implement the project but to develop it and eventually create it into a self-sustaining entity; it’s the business of making a difference.”
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Feature April 2014
Gordon V. and Helen C. Smith Foundation points to teacher support success story in East Africa
As the quality of education takes front seat in the international debate about development, and with teacher qualification ranking high in the list of priorities, the Gordon V. and Helen C. Smith Foundation points to the importance of studying success stories that could help create a list of best practices in the field. UNESCO’s 2014 EFA Global Monitoring Report emphasizes teacher training as one major area for improvement, stating that “education quality improves when teachers are supported.” The Smith Foundation – the philanthropic vehicle of Gordon and Helen Smith and their extended family – supports The School of St Jude in Tanzania. Over the past 12 years, this nonprofit school has created a working model to support its teachers, who don’t have access to adequate teachers colleges in their country. St Jude’s has put together a team of eight highly-experienced volunteer teacher mentors to work alongside the local teachers, and bring them some of the best ideas for teaching and learning from around the world.
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Feature December 2013
From a death, support for life: The Peter C. Alderman Foundation and mental health care in post-conflict countries
On September 11, 2001, Peter C. Alderman was killed in the terrorist attack on New York. His parents, Liz and Steve Alderman, responded to that act of violence by looking for ways to provide mental health care for survivors of unspeakable acts of violence. Today, the Peter C. Alderman Foundation is taking a public health approach to providing culturally appropriate care at relatively low cost and large scale helping to create healthy societies in places that have suffered from widespread conflict.
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