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A lot to Be Thankful for: Gardens for Health Celebrates Thanksgiving in Rwanda

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014
Gardens for Health International brings together families from their community for a bountiful Thanksgiving celebration.

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From Lago Aitilan to Lac Kivu: Global Press Institute Expands

Saturday, November 15th, 2014
What started as a journalism job for Cristi Hengranes in Nepal turned into a mission to educate, employ, and empower women journalists in developing media markets all over the world.

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Culture and Poverty in India: Reflections from the Field

Saturday, November 8th, 2014
Today we travel back to India with Laurel of Upaya Social Ventures, and discover her top five takeaways.

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Bringing Silicon Valley Innovation to a 68-Year-Old Nonprofit

Saturday, November 1st, 2014
From Cisco to West Africa, an engineer shares his passion to bring technological advances to the ultra poor--now via the nonprofit field. Bill Souders guest writes from Freedom from Hunger.

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Closing the Gender Gap in East Africa’s Fastest Growing Sectors

Saturday, October 25th, 2014
Nadine Niyitegeka, Akilah’s newest team member and alumna, shares how education through Rwanda’s only all-women college gave her the confidence and professional opportunities to change women’s lives across East Africa.

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The Next Generation of Philanthropists: Strategies for Engaging Millennials

Saturday, October 18th, 2014
A Millennial illuminates strategies that bring meaningful philanthropy within the reach of her generation.

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7 Techniques on How to Tell Real Stories That Will Make People Connect With Your Mission

Saturday, October 11th, 2014
Want to make an impact with your storytelling? Director Suzanne Skees gives you her top seven tips for crafting the perfect story!

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Transforming Trauma into Teaching: Young Mother and Former Patient Becomes Field Educator

Saturday, October 4th, 2014
A former Gardens for Health International client and HIV+ single mom, Naomi shares her journey to becoming a role model in her rural community, and a leader in the fight to end poverty.

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Pay-It-Forward Leadership Training Program Transforms Youth into Visionaries

Saturday, September 27th, 2014
Students in Asante Africa's Leadership and Entrepreneurship Incubator (LEI) program are turning challenges into opportunities, using a pay-it-forward model to create a meaningful ripple effect in their communities. Guest post by Erna Grasz.

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Waste at Work: Indian Entrepreneurs Turn Dung into Dollars

Saturday, September 20th, 2014
A quiet movement by young social entrepreneurs across north and east India finds ways to turn waste from plants and animals into jobs for the ultra poor.

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The Rise of Gender Capitalism

Saturday, September 13th, 2014
Investing with a gender lens can create financial and social impact for everyone, by increasing women’s access to capital, promoting workplace equity, and creating products and services that improve the lives of women and girls. Guest post from Stanford Social Innovation Review.

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Mobile Midwifery Delivers Health to Ghanaian Moms

Saturday, September 6th, 2014
One mobile phone app delivers time-sensitive text messages or voicemails to pregnant women and new mothers; the other is for nurses. Together they are doing wonders for maternal and pregnancy health care and raising community awareness at the same time.

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Hard Truths In Nonprofit Storytelling

Saturday, August 30th, 2014
On her first trip abroad as The School Fund's new CEO, Drika Weller finds herself at gunpoint in Kenya. She bravely shares her honest feelings about the experience and how it will inform her work going forward.

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Investing in Haiti's Homeless Youth

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
Too many teenagers live in the streets of Port-au-Prince, the capital city of Haiti. They came here to make money to support their families, but their real dream is to go to school.

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Turning Philanthropy on Its Head in Haiti

Saturday, August 16th, 2014
Every citizen of and ex-pat from Haiti has a story: where they were on the day of the January 2010 earthquake. Many Americans also recall how the horror of that day brought Haiti into the forefront of the world's attention. . . briefly. Guest post by Karen Ansara, whose family launched a fund to support grassroots rebuilding by Haitians, for Haitians, long after the disaster.

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Giving Birth in a Graveyard

Saturday, August 9th, 2014
Skees Family Foundation Director Suzanne Skees traveled to Africa with The Grameen Foundation to gather stories of their efforts to end poverty through technology. The story of Leticia, a pregnant mother in Ghana, shows how even the poorest families can change their future when given half a chance.

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Face to Face with Tanjit from Assam

Saturday, July 19th, 2014
Earlier this year, Director Suzanne Skees visited the field with Upaya Social Ventures. She gathered stories and saw firsthand the wonderful work our grantee partner is doing on the ground in India. As part of our foundation's commitment to provide storytelling support to our partners, Suzanne has written several Face to Face profiles highlighting the amazing individuals that are changing their own lives and the future of their communities.

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Inverting the Power Imbalance: Testing a New Grantmaking Program that Enables Nonprofits to Do Their Jobs

Saturday, June 28th, 2014
It sounds ludicrous—and it is: Often we donors throw roadblocks in front of the very programs we seek to support. Requiring reams of application pages, hours of preliminary meetings, and acrobatics of performance if and when we fund, is crazy-making for the social entrepreneurs and nonprofits we supposedly trust to solve our most entrenched environmental, financial, educational, and social problems.

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Lucas: "I Want To Be a Pilot. I Just Love It from My Heart."

Saturday, June 21st, 2014
Lucas can recall many times when his family went to bed hungry. Now that he's back in high school with his fees supported by our partners, The School Fund, he dreams of becoming a pilot. "Education is always the light," Lucas says. "No education will lead to a life full of darkness."

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First-Time Visitor to the U.S.: An African Writer Reflects on Culture and Food

Saturday, June 14th, 2014
26-year-old fiction writer and healthcare educator Caroline visits the U.S. for the first time on a fundraising tour with our partner, Gardens for Health International. Feeling at once warmly welcomed and culture shocked, she looks for common ground between our two countries.

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Girlbosses: Six Women in Our Family Step Up to Lead Our Social-Change Work

Saturday, June 7th, 2014
Today we look inward to write about some exciting changes happening within the Skees Family Foundation. This year, we’ve expanded our board of directors, welcoming new family members across three generations. Listen in as they speak about how they landed in their leadership roles—and how they intend to wield their collaborative power.

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Saving for Change: Finding Financial Inspiration from Women in Benin

Saturday, May 31st, 2014
Guest post by Eden Rock from Freedom from Hunger explains how her organization supports grassroots growth of savings groups, where Africa's poorest women show remarkable discipline by setting aside savings from their subsistence earnings of $1-2 per day.

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Philanthro-Fads: Trends in Philanthropy That Do—and Don’t—Work

Saturday, May 24th, 2014
Earlier this week, our director wrote a frank article discussing lessons learned through our foundation's philanthropic efforts. Today we feature it for our Seeds of Hope readers!

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The Dirt on Seed-Funding Social Change

Saturday, May 17th, 2014
Skees Family Foundation intends to help end poverty worldwide. How? By investing in the smartest leaders of the most innovative programs that provide a self-help path to a life of choice and prosperity. Director Suzanne Skees explains in this piece for Stanford Social Innovation Review.

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Celebrating Mothers' Role in Building a Healthier Future for Families and Communities

Saturday, May 10th, 2014
Gardens for Health International (GHI) works in East Africa to end childhood malnutrition through food aid, education, and empowerment. Meet Naomi, a former GHI client and HIV+ single mom who's become a role model to impoverished women in her rural community, and a leader in the fight to end poverty.

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