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Amplifying Unheard Voices: Voice of Witness Turns 10 Years Old

Saturday, June 20th, 2015
Voice of Witness celebrates ten years of impact by releasing a volume of narratives from over the years, edited by cofounder Dave Eggers.

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Creating Abundance Through Education: JAAGO Foundation in Bangladesh

Sunday, June 7th, 2015
Visiting Bangladesh for the first time, we discovered a small but mighty nonprofit, JAAGO, that provides education for "street children" in Dhaka's city slums and the surrounding countryside. Powered mostly by volunteers, JAAGO has built physical schools and an online school that reaches 1,800 children.

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Learning by Teaching, Around the World

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015
Brienne Skees, one of our third-generation board members, has worked internationally in three different countries over the past few years. She shares the differences, but more notably, the commonalities students share around the world.

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Helping Indian Social Entrepreneurs Hone Skills Necessary for Investment

Saturday, May 16th, 2015
Upaya Social Ventures gathers input from leading Indian impact investors in order to strengthen the social entrepreneurship space.

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The Most Important Storytellers in the Country: Global Press Institute Covers the Earthquake in Nepal

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
In the aftermath of the powerful earthquake in Nepal earlier this week, our grantee partner, Global Press Institute, brings valuable stories reported by its Nepalese female correspondents, further demonstrating the importance of the GPI model to educate, empower and employ local women to report on news in their communities.

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From Scarcity to Possibility

Saturday, April 18th, 2015
Jibu supports entrepreneurs in East Africa to provide pure drinking water to their communities through a profitable franchise model. By providing equipment, training, financing, and “business in a box”, Jibu helps aspiring entrepreneurs like Alfred Edekasi reach goals that once seemed unattainable, making a profit and creating lasting social impact.

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No Quick Fixes in Humanitarian Work: Firsthand Lessons from the Field

Saturday, April 4th, 2015
At times our heart is in the right place but our methods of changing the world are flawed. The founder of the Hope for Honduran Children Foundation shares her thoughts on how to strengthen humanitarian help abroad.

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Technology in the Hands of Farmers: A Chat with Mary from Uganda

Saturday, March 21st, 2015
Grameen Foundation's Community Knowledge Worker (CKW) initiative brings useful knowledge to rural farming communities throughout Uganda. Today we feature an online chat with Esther, a local leader and dedicated volunteer CKW to 100 neighboring farmers, about her experience with the program.

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Skees Family Foundation Celebrates International Women's Day!

Saturday, March 7th, 2015
As the world celebrates International Women's Day tomorrow, we look to the great work our grantees are doing to further advance women's causes.

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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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