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

Feature September 2015
Turkey´s Koç Foundation provides global model for vocational education
Global Giving Matters looks at how the Koç Foundation is supporting vocational education in Turkey. Its approach goes beyond traditional philanthropy to include partnership with government, business (through the related Koç Group) and civil society. The involvement of business, including employees of Koç Group companies serving as mentors, has been vital to the success of the effort, which the United Nations Development Programme has held up as a model for other countries seeking to reduce unemployment and increase business competitiveness.
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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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Global philanthropists and community philanthropy organizations can increase impact by working together
Ford Foundation president calls for an era of institution building in supporting civil society
Influencing funding as path to large-scale change
Sean Parker: Philanthropy for hackers
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