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Announcing Our New Book Project! MY JOB: Real People at Work Around the World

Saturday, February 21st, 2015
Our family and foundation team are thrilled to announce the launch of our book project. Here, we disclose the what, why, who, when, and how of MY JOB.

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Face-to-Face with Rekha from Assam

Saturday, February 7th, 2015
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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Finding Oneself through the Power of Storytelling

Saturday, January 24th, 2015



The founder of Resonate, an organization focused on catalyzing women’s leadership, describes how storytelling can be used as a powerful tool to help women build confidence, increase their sense of identity, and connect with other women.

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Scooping International News While Empowering Women: Global Press Institute

Saturday, January 10th, 2015
Once upon a time, a young American woman landed her dream job -- and then gave it to someone else. Ten years later, she's creating a sustainable new model for international journalism that provides jobs and empowers women all over the world.

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Our 2014 Annual Report: The Past, Present, and Future of Philanthropy

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015
Part II of our series on our new grantmaking strategy includes our 2014 annual report announcing our rockstar partners and their impact, changes we've seen in philanthropy over the years, and our vision for the future.

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On Closing Vittana

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014
Vittana's former COO shares the painful decision to close operations, and challenges social entrepreneurs to continue the important work of increasing access to higher education for young adults all over the world.

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What it Means to be a Girl in Malawi

Saturday, December 6th, 2014
An AGE Africa alumna who made it through school and into college for economics, shares her view on the gender power imbalance that prevails from birth in Malawi. This is Lessenia's first published piece.

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Palestine Speaks: Narratives of Life Under Occupation

Saturday, November 29th, 2014
Today we feature a powerful excerpt from Voice of Witness's new compilation of first person narratives from Palestine.

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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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