A problem, a possible solution and advice on next steps from reliable sources.The Problem:The multi-sided civil war in Syria has evolved into a grotesque entanglement of complex humanitarian and political issues.Vladimir Putin’s brazen escalation of the conflict has eroded America’s standing in the Middle East. Leveling the geo-political scorecard will in part require America providing dramatic humanitarian assistance to Syrians, and that starts with children.We have all seen the photo of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi, lying dead on a Turkish beach. The photo so shocked me that I started weeping at a San Francisco car wash.In a September press release, the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, reported that “more than 4 million Syrians – half of them children – have fled the country since the conflict started nearly 5 years ago.” Back in 2014 — an eon ago, considering the intensifying violence there — the agency reported that 8,000 children had fled Syria without their parents.
Recently I gave a webinar for a jam-packed cyberhouse on early childhood education funding—where to find grant money for your ECE nonprofit. One big question I wanted to help answer for my audience was where the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is going with its early childhood education funding strategy. Since Gates is such a looming presence in philanthropy, and because ECE nonprofits in general are fierce hunters for grant dollars, this seemed like an important area to make sure I had covered.
Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) provides grants and educational tools for children to develop financial skills with its Earn Your Future program.
A small program attached to an equally small liberal arts college has been providing thought leadership and a legion of boots on the ground for reproductive justice since the 1980s. Where do they get their money, and how has this operation been sustainable?The Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program (CLPP) at Hampshire College was founded in 1981, and since that time, it has helped to fuel both movement-building leadership and activist strategy for the cause of reproductive justice. Marlene Gerber Fried, Faculty Director of CLPP and Professor of Philosophy, and Mia Sullivan, Director of CLPP, took some time to discuss their work with Inside Philanthropy recently, so we could learn more about how this organization was formed and stays funded.
On Sunday evenings in Winnetka, Illinois, the McKenna family gathers with McKenna Foundation Junior Board members to engage in a process that seldom involves youth: grant making.
The Junior Board, comprised of 19 young adults ages 13 to 18, discusses the pros and cons of different potential grantees, based on agreed-upon criteria. Next in the process, the group schedules a presentation meeting where the candidates for grants present to the board.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation has real-life origins that explain its deeply child-focused approach. Jim Casey, who made his fortune starting UPS, named the foundation for his mother, Annie E. Casey, a single parent who struggled to raise him and his three siblings.
For decades, Casey has been one of the largest philanthropic grant makers in the area of youth services. Among its specific ventures: a child welfare strategy arm that consults on local reform initiatives, and the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, a long-running effort to help states lower reliance on pre-trial juvenile detention.
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