WHAT YOU CAN DO

We in the Skees family are living proof that any old person can launch a foundation. We believe in intention—and in the trying, even if we’re not Oprah or Mother Theresa or Melinda and Bill Gates. If you haven’t the time or inclination to create an endeavor of your own, however, you can make a difference with a loan, a scholarship, a check, or an afternoon.

Care. We believe that you matter, and that every small act of care ripples out far beyond what you or we can see.

Investigate. One mission. Read about our dedicated programs run by tireless visionaries who work long days all year to change the world for good. Follow our links, or read beyond our programs into other causes that stir your own passion.

Broadcast. Take one nugget—a fact or story that touches you—and send it out to your contacts. Last year more than $2 billion was raised for social causes through social media, according to American Public Radio’s Marketplace. So, never underestimate your power to influence . . . or just to inform.

Volunteer. One hour. Michael’s choral group sings for a nursing home in California. Shelly and Ron sort donations at a food pantry in Kentucky. Jonah’s class collects toxic trash from the fragile Pacific coastline. Right where you live, someone needs your particular talent—and your most precious gift, your time.

Donate. One dollar. The counterintuitive truth is that governments and billionaire philanthropists give a fraction of what we little people add up to in charitable donations. According to Giving USA, 83% comes from individuals. Be the power at the grassroots. Collectively, we can do anything.

Our Grantees

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Freedom From Hunger

Enterprise

1644 Da Vinci Court
Davis California
United States

Description:

Freedom from Hunger works through microfinance to bring education and healthcare services to the ultra poor, helping to empower women and families in 24 developing countries. Their goal is to promote economic and social development through sustainable self-help initiatives: savings, healthcare, education, and youth services. Freedom from Hunger has reached 6 million families in developing countries worldwide. Using technology to reach the "last-mile" rural and peri-urban poor, Freedom from Hunger now incorporates youth- and adult-education and financial services into mobile telephony. Even as they grow in reach, they maintain a client-centered approach that's reflected through the vivid photographs and personal profiles on their website.

Mission Statement: Freedom from Hunger brings innovative and sustainable self-help solutions to the fight against chronic hunger and poverty. Together with local partners, they equip families with resources they need to build futures of health, hope, and dignity.

Our Connection:

Mission Grant. The Skees family has supported Freedom from Hunger since 1992 as a family. When we launched the Skees Family Foundation in 2004, they soon (2005) were our very first grantee partner. We've supported their general operations, because we know it takes far more than program support to sustain social change. We've also, when asked, been the first funder to back two new initiatives: "Reach 3 Million" (they've doubled that number) and "Microfinance and Health Protection/MAPH" curriculum and jobs-creation (to scale from 51,900 clients to 650,535). Our storytelling for Freedom from Hunger has produced hundreds of stories, from Mexico to Mali to India, on their program partners and courageous clients. Patience pays off: during our partnership of more than two decades on many levels--financial and in-kind--Freedom from Hunger has expanded its reach to over 6 million clients and has led the movement toward holistic microfinance client care.

Read why they were our first partner, and why we continue to support them today:

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FEATURED GRANTEE: Freedom from Hunger

Friday, March 11th, 2011
How Freedom from Hunger first motivated us to reach beyond our own small-town privileges to get into microfinance; why they were our first partner, and why we still support them today.

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V-Day: United States Headquarters

Peace

11 East 22nd St
New York NY
United States

Description:

V-Day is a global activist movement working to end violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), and sex slavery. They create global awareness and raise funds through a variety of media outlets, while collaborating with local women and grassroots organizations to help build anti-violence networks all over the world. V-Day has a variety of campaigns that they are constantly working on. V-Girls helps empower young women to ignite their voices and amplify their activism against violence, and V-Men allows men to voice their stories and opinions on violence against women. V-Day is promoting their City of Joy campaign, which concentrates on victims of violence and trauma in the Democratic Republic of Congo. V-Day offers women therapy and helps them build life skills while giving both love and a community. Additionally, V-Day gives scholarships and awards to dedicated people who are stopping violence and provide safe houses in several different countries for victims. Furthermore, each year V-Day promotes a Spotlight Campaign, used to raise awareness and funds for a specific group of women who are experiencing violence. Their previous campaigns have centered on women ranging from Afghanistan to New Orleans. Currently they are working on the One Billion Rising campaign, which is bringing people all over the world together on Valentine's Day to acknowledge the violence that takes place against women worldwide. They say, “V-Day dreams of a world in which women and girls will be free to thrive, rather than merely survive,” and they are on the path to making that vision a reality. They have raised over $90 million for their cause and work in over 140 countries.  

Our Connection:

Mission Grant. The Skees Family Foundation has been supporting V-Day since 2005. In 2006, we worked with V-Day to create V-Peace scholarships, a scholarship program designed to support survivors of domestic and military violence in high school, college, and vocational studies. The recipients of these scholarships are dedicated to stopping violence against women in their own community and globally. V-Peace scholarships have supported nearly 5,000 refugees and survivors in the U.S. and Canada, as well as 9 other countries in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

Check out why this growing group of visionary women and men inspired us to establish educational scholarships to really change the outcome for survivors of violence.

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FEATURED GRANTEE: V-Day's V-Peace Scholarships

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011
Why this growing group of visionary women and men inspired us to establish educational scholarships to really change the outcome for survivors of violence.

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Dayton International Peace Museum

Peace

208 West Monument Avenue
Dayton OH
United States

Description:

The Dayton International Peace Museum is a non-profit organization based in Dayton, Ohio and works to inspire a culture of peace on the local, national, and international levels. They use educational activities and events in order to raise awareness about current peace-building strategies and to gain support for peaceful initiatives going on all over the world. They have programs including permanent museum exhibits on war and peace and Nobel Prize winners, rotating exhibits on conflict-ridden areas, summer peace camps for children, speaker series, and monthly interfaith gatherings. The Dayton International Peace Museum works with both adults and children to encourage a lasting peace in their community, nation, and world.

Mission Statement: The Dayton International Peace Museum works to contribute to a local, national, and international culture of peace through exhibits, activities, and events that focus on nonviolent choices.

Our Connection:

Board Discretionary Grant. The Skees Family Foundation began supporting the Dayton International Peace Museum in 2009, and we have continued our grants ever since. However, we don't only support them financially. Two of our family members residing in Dayton have also given copious amounts of their time to this organization, whether it be through secretarial work, carpentry, baking, or advice-giving. We're pretty sure the rest of our issues won't get anywhere until we achieve peace.

Read why we've partnered with the only museum dedicated to peace in the U.S. to expand their reach, and why our family members are so connected to their cause.

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FEATURED GRANTEE: Dayton International Peace Museum

Sunday, March 6th, 2011
Across our family's divergent personalities and politics, we all agree that nothing else works unless we begin with peace. Read why our elders have donated years of sweat equity and grants to expand peace education in Ohio.

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Praise Laundromat Project via St. Joseph the Worker

Enterprise

16999 Ky Highway 80 E.
Elkhorn City KY
United States

Description:

Praise Laundromat is a microbusiness laundromat established to employ local residents, boost the economy, provide a community center and laundry facility in a depressed coal-mining town in Appalachia. They now serve over 12,500 residents and visitors and has become economically self-sufficient. They are doing so well, they are considering expanding their business to include refreshments and a gift shop for tourists.

Mission Statement: The mission of the Praise Laundromat microenterprise project is to create jobs for unemployed Kentucky residents while providing access to laundry services for townspeople, neighbors, and visitors.  

Our Connection:

Praise Laundromat was a project that developed through St. Joseph the Worker and one of our own family members. They saw a need in their community and provided a sustainable solution to not only fill that need but also contribute to the local economy. The Skees Family Foundation grants were directed toward start-up costs of the small laundromat, which is now economically self-sufficient. Read how we got connected with this small town feeling the effects of economic recession and coal-mining hazards, and whose idea it was to turn an abandoned building into a neighborhood hub.

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FEATURED GRANTEE: Appalachian Laundromat Microenterprise

Thursday, March 10th, 2011
How an abandoned Eastern Kentucky building was transformed into the area's only commercial laundromat, employing the locals and becoming a neighborhood hub--and whose idea it was to bring microfinance to coal country.

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The School Fund

Education

Palo Alto California
United States

Description:

The School Fund is dedicated to providing opportunity for impoverished students all over the world through educational scholarships. They created a person-to-person funding site which allows students in need to create personalized profiles and gives funders the opportunity to see to whom their money goes and for what exactly it is used. The site also allows direct communication between the funder and the recipient. In addition to helping individual students, The School Fund also works to provide under-funded schools with resources they need to promote a well-rounded, quality education. However, The School Fund doesn't work solely with financial contributions. They also create networks for defenders of global education, both individuals and organizations, to coordinate and work together, as well as learn from each other. Through the development of their multifaceted program, The School Fund has been able to raise thousands of dollars and support several hundred students in 14 different countries with the completion of their education, which was previously unattainable.

Mission Statement: The School Fund wants to help build a world where any student, no matter where they are born, has the opportunity to attend school and any school, no matter where it is built, has the opportunity to offer students a full range of engaging learning experiences.

Our Connection:

Mission Grant. Storytelling Grant. The Skees Family Foundation has been a partner of The School Fund since 2011. We have supported the communications work and provided high-level direction to the strategic planning of the organization. We have also contributed to the school fees of unsponsored students. in 2014, the Skees Family Foundation helped enable the School Fund to raise awareness for their mission by contributing to their documentary production.

Read what's so different about this online crowd-funder for education that they became our newest partner, just weeks after incorporating, and how they are continuously making a difference.

 

 

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FEATURED GRANTEE: The School Fund

Thursday, March 24th, 2011
Read what's so different about this online crowd-funder for education that they became our newest partner, just weeks after incorporating.

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Vittana

Education

617 Eastlake Ave, Suite 210
Seattle WA
United States

Description:

Vittana builds loan programs for tertiary students in over a dozen countries. They fundraise for each student on their vibrant website. Since their launch in 2009, Vittana has partnered with 29 microfinance and financial organizations to tailor-make programs for each particular geography. Their expertise is in vetting and monitoring in-country organizations, helping them build loan products for students, and proving the validity of student loans. So far, they've seen a 99.8% repayment rate by students, with the average graduate's income nearly tripling. Through their vision and hard work, Vittana has helped almost 15,000 students and has dispersed over $9 million in loans since 2012.

Mission Statement: Vittana envisions a world of opportunity, where educated minds and skillful hands work together to uplift the next generation, breaking the cycle of poverty.

Our Connection:

Impact Investment. In 2012, Vittana became the Skees Family Foundation's first social-impact investment. Originally it was a 2-year loan, but in 2014, we decided to renew the loan. Skees Family Foundation moved funds from traditional blue-chip investments into a low-interest loan that empowers Vittana and their local partner, ASKI, to fund more college loans than their student-by-student investors were able to support. Our portion of the Vittana-MicroCredit Enterprises debt fund helped create loans for 1,000 additional students in the Philippines in 2012 and we will work to help even more students through Vittana in the years to come.

Read about how through our social-impact investment in Vittana, we'll help give thousands more kids a shot at school, and read some success stories of those who have already made it.

 

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Happy Graduation to Our Family and the World

Thursday, May 24th, 2012
It's graduation season and we're happily celebrating two college grads in our family, Brienne and Elisabeth. We're even more excited that through our new social-impact investment in Vittana, we'll help give thousands more kids a shot at school, too.

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Upaya Social Ventures

Enterprise

2111 Third Street
Seattle WA
United States

Description:

Launched in summer 2011 in Seattle, Washington, Upaya Social Ventures' founders bring 18 combined years of research in ultrapoverty and work on 4 continents, and a deep desire to effect long-term change for the 1.4 billion people in the world living on less than $1.25 day. Upaya offers a 24-36 month social business accelerator program for early-stage, ultra poor-focused social enterprises. They combine hands-on technical advisory with tailored patient capital to build high potential businesses that benefit and employ the poorest and most marginalized people. Upaya has 5 local partners in India and has expanded to employ almost 1,200 men and women.

Mission Statement: Upaya is building the businesses that will create jobs and improve the quality of life for the ultra poor.

Local Partners:

Our Connection:

Mission Grant. Catalyst Grant. Having worked with Upaya's founders and board advisors through our former connection via Unitus, we remained in contact to continue cultivating great working relationships with trusted colleagues, then and now. When they launched Upaya, the founders called us for advice and pro-bono communications services. Working closely with Upaya as they launched, we saw firsthand that they walk their talk of "triple Ts": tenacity, transparency, and trust. Convinced of the impact they could have through training locally-led businesses and providing reliable employment for the ultra poor, and of their sound financial and social plan, we have continuously been supporting Upaya since 2011. Our grants have been directed toward establishing several jobs-creation partnerships throughout India, helping to employ the ultra poor.

Read stories about Upaya:

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Social Entrepreneur Creates Dairy Jobs Where No One Else Dares to Go

Friday, July 13th, 2012
Working in a region of India infamous for its dire poverty and corruption, Lokesh and his team studied dairy-business models and value-chain needs until they figured out a novel way to lift families out of poverty—while also building a profitable business.

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Advancing Girls Education (AGE) in Africa

Education

Malawi

Description:

AGE Africa works to help disadvantaged but academically gifted young girls to attend and finish secondary school in order to pursue opportunities beyond high school that they typically would not have. They use a three-pronged approach in order to provide a well-rounded program to the promising young girls. AGE Africa provides comprehensive scholarships that pay for tuition and other fees, create extracurricular programs that focus on life skills education, leadership development, self-advocacy and career guidance, and they help with post-secondary transitions into either promising careers or higher education. 88% of the girls in their program have completed all four years of secondary school and 74% of their alumnae are pursuing higher education, have wage-based employment, or are engaged in small businesses that put their income well above the poverty line. AGE Africa has provided training in life skills and career guidance to over 1,100 girls and have awarded over 350 scholarships since the beginning of their work in 2005. You can read some of their amazing success stories.

Mission Statement: Advancing Girls’ Education in Africa’s mission is to provide life-changing opportunities to young women in Malawi through targeted initiatives in education, mentoring, and leadership development.

Our Connection:

Seed Grant. The Skees Family Foundation admires AGE Africa's thorough approach to education development throughout Malawi. We chose to support their organization in 2014 in order to help provide scholarships and educational opportunities to brilliant young girls in need of helping hand in order to better their lives and communities. 

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Akilah Institute for Women

Education

Rwanda

Description:

The Akilah Institute works to educate young women in low-income, underdeveloped areas of East Africa, with campuses in Rwanda and Burundi. They focus on building private-sector partnerships and developing curricula hand-in-hand with business leaders and fast-growing sectors of the economy. Their curriculum emphasizes experiential learning, leadership development, and entrepreneurial skills in order to develop market-relevant skills to make job placement easier on graduates. The first class graduated from the Akilah Institute in 2012 and they had 100% job placement. By 2020, over 1,500 young women will have graduated from the Akilah Institute

Mission Statement: The Akilah Institute for Women, the only women's college in Rwanda and Burundi, connects young women to economic opportunity in East Africa. Their unique, market-relevant education model focuses on English fluency, critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership development, empowering young women to enter professional careers and transform their lives.

Our Connection:

Catalyst Grant. The Skees Family Foundation began supporting the Akilah Institute in 2014. We love that not only do they provide higher education, but they also help with job placement. They are truly dedicated to East African development and we wanted to be a part of their success. 

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Alfalit International Inc.

Education

United States

Description:

Alfalit International Inc. works to eliminate human suffering caused by illiteracy. They offer several programs in order to improve educational development in the poorest areas of Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Africa, Portugal, and the United States. Their programs include literacy, basic education, preschool, health, nutrition, microcredit, and community development. They use high-quality, cost-effective methods combined with compassion and respect in order to educate both children and adults. Alfalit operates in 24 countries and has reached over 7.5 million people.

Mission Statement: Alfalit works to imitate Jesus Christ by educating disadvantaged people to improve their lives and communities.

Our Connection:

Family Discretionary Grant. The Skees Family Foundation chose to support Alfalit International in 2006. We support their belief that the development of education is a requirement in establishing a better quality of life and therefore an improved, more peaceful global community.

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Artemis Center

Peace

310 West Monument Avenue
Dayton OH
United States

Description:

The Artemis Center helps victims of domestic violence by providing them with a safe place to stay, help and guidance with the legal system, information about domestic violence and its affect on children, and referrals to other helpful community services, along with much more. Through their support and educational services, the Artemis Center empowers victims to make decisions and choices that will lead to safety for themselves and their children. However, the Artemis Center doesn't only work directly with victims. In 1993, they joined forces with YMCA to form the Family Violence Collaborative. The Collaborative helps bring together law enforcement, criminal justice, child protection, and healthcare professionals in order to develop sustainable and efficient protocols of response. As a result of their programs and initiatives, the Artemis Center has been able to help over 85,000 victims of domestic violence and their children.

Mission Statement: The Artemis Center is leading the Community in its commitment to end domestic violence.

Our Connection:

Board Discretionary Grant. Because we have loved ones who have survived violence and know the difficulties and obstacles of recovery, the Skees Family Foundation wanted to honor this brave group that helps piece/peace families back together. We provided the Artemis Center with a grant in 2009 in order to help bring an end to domestic violence throughout Dayton.

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Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Lexington

Infrastructure

United States

Description:

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Lexington is an agency that works to help the residents of the Diocese of Lexington through empowerment and various forms of assistance. They offer many services to their community in order to accomplish their mission. Their Bridging the Gap program provides rent and utility assistance to low-income individuals and families. They offer a Clinical Counseling program to help with a variety of issues, including depression, personal growth, marriage, and grief. Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Lexington is also a licensed adoption agency and offer a variety of adoption services. They have established a Pregnancy Services program to help pregnant women prepare for the birth of their child, and help with either parenting or adoption, depending on what the mother chooses. Finally, their agency has developed financial literacy classes and job preparedness assistance.

Mission Statement: The agency's mission is to empower and assist the residents of the Diocese of Lexington to improve their quality of life.

Our Connection:

Board Discretionary Grant. In 2005, 2009, and 2010, the Skees Family Foundation contributed to the disaster relief program created by this organization for families affected by Louisiana hurricanes. This program reflected the faith-based approach of two Skees members who felt deeply empathic toward families debilitated by natural disasters. We chose a holistic approach that combined short-term counseling and food with long-term housing and life rebuilding.

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Catholic Committee of Appalachia

Education

United States

Description:

The Catholic Committee of Appalachia works to establish community and solidarity, Catholic social teaching, educational programs, spirituality, and participation in order to promote social, economic, and ecological justice in Appalachia. They have addressed many issues since their creation in 1970, including mountaintop removal, labor, private prison development, sustainable lifestyles and communities, poverty, health, clean water, racism, and climate change. Additionally, they run annual retreats and Cherokee spiritual seminars.

Mission Statement: CCA is a faith-based network of people raising a prophetic voice for Appalachia and her people.

Our Connection:

Board Discretionary Grant. The Skees Family Foundation began working with the Catholic Committee of Appalachia in 2013. Our grant was directed toward educational and spiritual programs throughout Appalachia. 

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Center for Community Transformation via endPoverty.org

Enterprise

Philippines

Description:

The Center for Community Transformation (CCT) is a Christian organization fighting poverty and injustice throughout the Philippines. In order to promote economic and social development in the poorest rural areas of the country, they offer a combination of well-rounded services with the aim of establishing this change through empowerment. They have developed Spiritual Development, Microfinance, Education, Health, Social Security, and Community Mobilization and Empowerment programs in order to accomplish their goals.

Mission Statement: As followers of Jesus Christ, the CCT joins the Holy Spirit in God's work of transforming lives and communities.

endPoverty.org is another faith-based organization who works with local partners (e.g. CCT) to provide microfinance services to life individuals and families out of poverty through empowerment. They provide small loans and training for businesses started by impoverished but dedicated men and women. This allows them to create their own economic independence and self-sufficiency.

Mission Statement: endPoverty.org provides hard-working men and women with economic and spiritual resources that unleash their capacities and liberate them from the entanglements of poverty.

Our Connection:

Family Discretionary Grant. In 2013, endPoverty.org partnered with the Center for Community Transformation to provide disaster relief in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan hit. They were working directly with the students the Skees Family Foundation supports through Vittana, so we decided to help this initiative by giving a grant directed toward rebuilding schools and communities where these students reside. 

Read a story about the work Vittana is doing with the Center for Community Transformation:

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Compass Family Services

Infrastructure

995 Market Street
San Francisco California
United States

Description:

Compass Family Services works in San Francisco with homeless families and families at risk for homelessness get back on their feet. Through a variety of programs, they help families secure and maintain permanent housing, provide them with tools necessary to become economically self-sufficient, and support the healthy physical, emotional, and social development of homeless children. Compass Family Services serves over 3,500 children and families throughout San Francisco each year.

Mission Statement: Compass Family Services aims to help homeless families and families at imminent risk for homelessness to achieve housing stability, family well-being, and self-sufficiency. 

Our Connection:

Family Discretionary Grant. The Skees Family Foundation distributed a grant to Compass Family Services in 2005. We agree that a solution to homelessness is more than just providing housing and we support their well-rounded initiative. We wanted to reach out to families in our neighborhood in Northern California.

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Cooperative for Education

Education

Guatemala

Description:

The Cooperative for Education works to break the cycle of poverty in Guatemala through education. They provide educational resources and opportunities to indigenous Mayan schoolchildren in Guatemala's Central and Western Highlands. They have created several programs through which they accomplish their mission. Their Textbook Program rents textbooks to children at a very low cost and provides teachers with direction on how to effectively use the books. They have created Computer Centers in 54 rural locations, establishing a program that gives Guatemalan children access to computers and technology. The Cooperative for Education has also developed a Culture of Reading Program, which addresses the illiteracy issue in rural areas of the country. They put together this sustainable program that trains teachers how to teach emphasizing comprehension and critical thinking rather than memorization. Lastly, they developed the Scholarship and Youth Development Program to distribute small scholarships to impoverished children and the Bridges Program to create awareness and knowledge on global challenges and build international relationships. Since the Cooperative for Education's establishment in 1996, they have helped almost 150,000 students all over Guatemala.

Mission Statement: The Cooperative for Education works to help Guatemalan schoolchildren break the cycle of poverty through eduction. 

Our Connection:

Board Discretionary Grant. The Skees Family Foundation began working with the Cooperative for Education in 2013. We directed our grant to a first, second, and third grade class at El Esfuerzo School in Santa Cruz Balanya. 

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Dayton Christian Center

Health

1352 West Riverview Avenue
Dayton OH
United States

Description:

The Dayton Christian Center works to provide families and individuals with essential and supportive services to better their lives. Their mission is to nurture youth, empower families, and promote their community. The Dayton Christian Center uses several different programs in order to complete their mission. Childcare is a program that offers year-round childcare services to children of all ages and uses a professionally trained staff and stimulating curriculum. Their Community Outreach program organizes community celebrations, collects Christmas gifts for the poor, and promotes volunteerism. The Good-to-Go Backpack program gives nutritious food for the weekend to those children who are on the free or reduced lunch program at school. This is similar to their Kids Café program, which partners with the national program, Feeding America. They continuously provide nutritious food to hungry children in safe environments. Lastly, they have their Vita program, which offers free tax help to low- to moderate- income families in order to prepare their tax returns. Through their hard work, focused vision, and dedication, the Dayton Christian Center has been able to help many individuals and families throughout the area and promote a safe and healthy community.

Mission Statement: The Dayton Christian Center works to nurture youth, empower families, and promote their community.

Our Connection:

Board Discretionary Grant. The Skees Family Foundation has supported the Dayton Christian Center in two projects since 2010. We co-funded a kitchen remodel to help provide nourishing meals for children in their daycare service. In 2013, we worked with the Dayton Christian Center again to fund a new class for low-income parents on how to affordably prepare and feed their children nutritious food. Read why we helped raise funds to enable Dayton's most vulnerable kids to go home healthy, not hungry.

Read stories about the Dayton Christian Center and our involvement with them:

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Destiny Foundation through Cents of Relief

Enterprise

India

Description:

The Destiny Foundation works to rescue young women from sex trafficking and/or sexual exploitation and provide them with training and employment opportunities. Their goal isn't just to pull them from a dangerous life, but to make sure they don't feel economically or socially compelled to go back. Since 2007, the Destiny Foundation has been able to work with and employ over 30 women from Kolkata, India.

Mission Statement: Their mission is to enable their employees to overcome their disadvantaged situation and become self-sufficient so that they never feel the compulsion to return to the sex trade.

Our Connection:

Seed Grant. The Skees Family Foundation began working with the Destiny Foundation in 2014. Not only do we think they do great work in jobs creation, but the fact that they work with sex trafficking victims is very admirable. We are funding them through Cents of Relief, who work to empower victims of human trafficking through healthcare and education.

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EHC Lifebuilders

Education

San José California
United States

Description:

EHC Lifebuilders works to to improve the quality of life in Santa Clara County and provide stability for people in need by providing housing, hope, and opportunity. They continuously accomplish their goals through a variety of programs aimed at the chronically homeless, families with children, veterans, and youth. As a result of their dedication and passion to end homelessness, over 5,600 people are served each year.

Mission Statement: EHC Lifebuilders confronts homelessness by cultivating people's potential to get housed and stay housed.

Our Connection:

Mission Grant. The Skees Family Foundation worked with this housing-assistance organization to customize educational scholarships for homeless teens: Those who earned their diploma or G.E.D. were awarded small grants toward college or vocational studies.

Read a little bit about how EHC Lifebuilders connects to our mission of promoting economic and social development, not only internationally, but also in our own communities:

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Feed the Children

Health

United States

Description:

Feed the Children fights hunger and poverty all over the world. They address four basic needs that millions of children do not have access to: food and nutrition, water and sanitation, education and health, and livelihood community development. Feed the Children is based in the United States and works there as well as in over 15 other countries. They have reached millions of children through both emergency response and sustainable development programs.

Mission Statement: Feed the Children provides hope and resources for those without life's essentials. 

Our Connection:

Family Discretionary Grant. The Skees Family Foundation chose to support Feed the Children in 2006. We feel that sustainable development can only start after basic human needs and requirements are met, and Feed the Children works to provide those needs worldwide.

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Food for the Poor

Infrastructure

6401 Lyons Road
Coconut Creek FL
United States

Description:

Food for the Poor provides direct relief assistance, helping the poor in 17 Caribbean and Latin American countries. Their various programs provide housing, healthcare, education, fresh water, emergency relief, and microenterprise assistance, in addition to feeding hundreds of thousands of people everyday.

Mission Statement: Their mission is to link the church of the First World with the church of the Third World in a manner that helps both the material poor and the poor in spirit. The materially poor are served by local churches, clergy and lay leaders who have been empowered and supplied with goods by Food for the Poor. The poor in spirit are renewed by their relationship with and service to the poor through our direct ministry of teaching, encouragement, and prayer. Ultimately they seek to bring both benefactors and recipients to a closer union with our Lord.

Our Connection:

Family Discretionary Grant. One of our third-generation youth felt strongly that, "First, you gotta eat." Knowing that we cannot solve food-security challenges just by treating the symptoms, still, we want some of our efforts to reach real people now.

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Freedom from Hunger: Benin

Enterprise

Benin

Description:

Freedom from Hunger works on three programs in Benin: Saving for Change, Credit with Education, and Microfinance with Health Protection. These programs were developed to provide education, healthcare, and microfinance services to women and families all over the country. They aim to work with numerous organizations within the country to reach over 150,000 clients.

Program Partners in Benin:

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Freedom from Hunger: Bolivia

Enterprise

Bolivia

Description:

Freedom from Hunger currently works with CRECER on two programs in Bolivia: Credit with Education and Microfinance and Health Protection. They are working to expand healthcare and microfinance services all throughout the country in order to alleviate poverty and diseases. Freedom from Hunger has been working in Bolivia since 1990 and continues to expand new initiatives for their cause.

Project Partners in Bolivia:

You can see photos of Freedom from Hunger's work in Bolivia here.

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Freedom from Hunger: Brazil

Enterprise

Brazil

Description:

Freedom from Hunger is currently working on their Saving for Change program in Brazil. They aim to provide safe and reliable ways for women in rural areas to save small amounts of money. They then help women come together to provide each other with loans in order to promote economic development without the use of microfinance services, which tend to be impractical in their various communities.

Program Partners in Brazil:

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Freedom from Hunger: Burkina Faso

Enterprise

Burkina Faso

Description:

Freedom from Hunger works on three programs in Burkina Faso: Saving for Change, Credit with Education, and Microfinance and Health Protection. They are working with several organizations helping to promote economic and social development throughout the country through education, health services, and microfinance. Over the next couple of years, they aim to reach nearly 300,000 poor women and their families.

Program Partners in Burkina Faso:

You can view photos of Freedom from Hunger's work in Burkina Faso here.

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Freedom from Hunger: Cambodia

Enterprise

Cambodia

Description:

Freedom from Hunger is working on two programs in Cambodia: Saving for Change and Microfinance and Health Protection. They are working with both local and international organizations to provide safe ways of saving for rural women and families, microfinance services in areas where they are generally unavailable, and health protection against diseases that are common throughout the country.

Program Partners in Cambodia:

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Freedom from Hunger: Colombia

Enterprise

Colombia

Description:

Freedom from Hunger is currently working on their Saving for Change program in Colombia. They help women safely save small amounts of money and come together with other women to provide each other with loans in order to promote economic development through empowerment from within their own communities.

Program Partners in Colombia:

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Freedom from Hunger: Ecuador

Enterprise

Ecuador

Description:

Freedom from Hunger is working on three of their programs throughout Ecuador: Credit with Education, Microfinance and Health Protection, and AIM Youth. These programs work to provide microfinance and healthcare services to the rural poor while combining them with education in order to promote economic and social development throughout the country. They are also focusing now on providing those services to the youth in order to prevent the poverty cycle from continuing. They work with 24 local and international organizations to provide these services and have reached over 245,000 families.

Program Partners in Ecuador:

Read our story about Freedom from Hunger's work in Ecuador:

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Freedom from Hunger: El Salvador

Enterprise

El Salvador

Description:

Freedom from Hunger is currently working on their Saving for Change program in El Salvador. They work with several partners to provide safe and reliable ways for women in rural areas to save small amounts of money. They then help women come together to provide each other with loans. This empowers the women by helping them create economic sustainability for themselves and their community.

Program Partners in El Salvador:

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Freedom from Hunger: Ghana

Enterprise

Ghana

Description:

Freedom from Hunger combined with a separate organization, Freedom from Hunger/Ghana, works on two programs in Ghana: Credit with Education and Microfinance and Health Protection. They work with many local banks and several grassroots organizations in order to provide microloans, education, and health services to poor families throughout the country. Freedom from Hunger/Ghana is currently serving over 20,000 women and families.

Program Partners in Ghana:

You can view photos of Freedom from Hunger's work in Ghana here.

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Freedom from Hunger: Guatemala

Enterprise

Guatemala

Description:

Freedom from Hunger is working on two of their programs in Guatemala: Saving for Change and Credit with Education. They are working with both local and international organizations to provide microfinance availability and health and business education to women living in rural poverty. They have already helped over 10,000 women and families and are pushing to reach even more.

Program Partners in Guatemala:

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Freedom from Hunger: Haiti

Enterprise

Haiti

Description:

Freedom from Hunger has been working ACLAM in Haiti since 1999 on the program Credit with Education. They are working to provide self-help services, including microfinance opportunities and dialogue-based education, in order to help create more sustainable living conditions for the rural poor.

Program Partners in Haiti:

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Freedom from Hunger: Honduras

Enterprise

Honduras

Description:

Freedom from Hunger works on two self-help programs in Honduras: Saving for Change and Credit with Education. They are working to promote economic and social development by providing safe ways to save small amounts of money, microfinance services where they are generally unavailable, and dialogue-based education.

Program Partners in Haiti:

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Freedom from Hunger: India

Enterprise

India

Description:

Freedom from Hunger works diligently in India on two programs: Microfinance and Health Protection and Credit with Education. They work with over 400,000 rural women and families and almost 30 international and local organizations to promote economic and social development throughout India. They provide microfinance services, education, and health protection against diseases prominent in the country.

Program Partners in India:

You can view photos of Freedom from Hunger's work in India here and read our stories about their work in India:

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Freedom from Hunger: Madagascar

Enterprise

Madagascar

Description:

Freedom from Hunger currently is working on the Credit with Education program in Madagascar. They are working with local organizations throughout the country to provide a combination of education and microfinance services for women and their families living in rural poverty. Freedom from Hunger has loaned over $3.5 million to more than 8,000 women.

Program Partners in Madagascar:

You can view photos of Freedom from Hunger's work in Madagascar here.

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Freedom from Hunger: Mali

Enterprise

Mali

Description:

Freedom from Hunger works on three programs throughout Mali: Saving for Change, Credit with Education, and AIM Youth. In Mali, Freedom from Hunger works to help women build up savings and gain access to microloans while also helping to educate their youth. They have hopes of expanding microfinance services to both impoverished women and young adults while also providing health protection and health education throughout the country. Mali currently works with more than ten local organizations and several international organizations and will soon reach over 400,000 clients.

Program Partners in Mali:

You can view photos of Freedom from Hunger's work in Mali here and read our story about their work in Mali:

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Freedom from Hunger: Mexico

Enterprise

Mexico

Description:

Freedom from Hunger is currently working on two programs in Mexico: Saving for Change and Credit with Education. They are working to provide safe and reliable ways of saving small amounts of money, microfinance services in areas where those services are generally unavailable, and dialogue-based education to impoverished women and their families. In the coming years, they also hope to integrate health protection into their work throughout Mexico. Currently Freedom from Hunger is working with both international and local organizations in order to reach over three million clients.

Program Partners in Mexico:

Read our story about Freedom from Hunger's work in Mexico:

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Freedom from Hunger: Niger

Enterprise

Niger

Description:

Freedom from Hunger is working with the Strømme Foundation on the Saving for Change program in Niger. This gives women living in rural poverty the ability to save safely and helps to set them up with microfinance services that are usually unavailable to those living in such remote areas. They are also working to provide business education as well as education on Malaria treatment and prevention in Niger.

Program Partners in Niger:

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Freedom from Hunger: Peru

Enterprise

Peru

Description:

Freedom from Hunger works on two programs in Peru: Credit with Education and Microfinance and Health Protection. They work with ten program partners to help alleviate poverty and malnutrition, promote education, and provide adequate healthcare. Within the upcoming years they hope to collaborate with over 30 institutions to reach more than 200,000 families across Peru.

Program Partners in Peru:

You can view photos of Freedom from Hunger's work in Peru here and read our stories about their work in Peru:

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Freedom from Hunger: Philippines

Enterprise

Philippines

Description:

Freedom from Hunger is working with CARD in the Philippines on two programs: Credit with Education and Microfinance and Health Protection. They provide not only medical attention, but also financing and supplies. Additionally, they are working to provide microfinance services and dialogue-based education to women and families living in rural poverty.

Program Partners in the Philippines:

You can see photos of Freedom from Hunger's work in the Philippines here.

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Freedom from Hunger: Senegal

Enterprise

Senegal

Description:

Freedom from Hunger currently works with several grassroots organizations on two programs in Senegal: Saving for Change, which began in 2007 and Credit with Education, which they implemented in 2011. These programs provide microfinance services, safe savings, and education to the rural poor throughout Senegal. Their programs are helping over 60,000 women and families all over the country.

Program Partners in Senegal:

You can view photos of Freedom from Hunger's work in Senegal here.

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Freedom from Hunger: South Africa

Enterprise

South Africa

Description:

Freedom from Hunger has been working in South Africa on their Credit with Education program. They are helping provide microloans combined with dialogue-based education to women and families to alleviate poverty in rural areas throughout the country.  

Program Partners in South Africa:

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Freedom from Hunger: Togo

Enterprise

Togo

Description:

Freedom from Hunger is working with their local partner, FUCEC, in Togo on Credit with Education program. They are helping to provide microloans and dialogue-based education to thousands of impoverished women. They have loaned over $14 million to over 8,500 women and families in rural areas of Togo.

Program Partners in TOGO:

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Freedom from Hunger: Vietnam

Enterprise

Viet Nam

Description:

Freedom from Hunger is working on two programs in Vietnam: Microfinance and Health Protection and Credit with Education. They are working to provide healthcare and microfinance services combined with dialogue-based education in order to help alleviate poverty and promote economic and social development throughout the country.

Program Partners in Vietnam:

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Gardens for Health International

Health

Rwanda

Description:

Gardens for Health International works to provide sustainable agricultural solutions for chronic childhood malnutrition throughout Rwanda. They target the caregivers of children under 5 who are malnourished and they teach them which foods to grow and how to grow them, creating an agricultural program that fits each particular family's needs and the resources available to them. GHI provides seeds, live-stock, and education to those families, along with emergency food aid for the malnourished children. 

Our Connection:

Storytelling Grant. The Skees Family Foundation began working with Gardens for Health in 2014. We provided funding to help enable GHI to tell stories of their success in order to receive more attention and raise funds to further their mission.

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Global Press Institute

Enterprise

United States

Description:

Global Press Institute uses journalism as a development tool to educate, employ and empower women in the developing world to produce professional news coverage that elevates global awareness and ignites social change. This allows the world to see unique, diversified coverage of issues that are often overlooked by mainstream media and leads not only to female empowerment, but community empowerment and development. Since 2006, GPI has trained and employed 135 women across 26 developing countries. Now, more than 5 million people in over 160 countries are reading GPI stories each month.

Mission Statement: Global Press Institute works to educate, employ, and empower women in the developing world.

Our Connection:

Storytelling Grant. The Skees Family Foundation started working with GPI in 2014. We feel their mission to train and employ women in some of the poorest countries in the world is a wonderful tool not only to help those women and their communities, but also to educate the rest of the world on issues that normally would not receive media attention.

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Good Shepherd Ministries

Peace

3105 E. 5th Street
Dayton OH
United States

Description:

Good Shepherd Ministries works to help reintegrate former addicts back into society. They provide material needs, such as clothes and food, spiritual guidance, job networking, counseling, and mentoring, along with other services.

Mission Statement: Good Shepherd Ministries restores the lives of people with histories of incarceration, drug, and alcohol abuse.

Our Connection:

Board Discretionary Grant. The Skees Family Foundation wanted to support men who wish to push past their past mistakes, build new lives of peace, and be present for their partners and children.

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Harvard Divinity Solutions to Poverty

Education

45 Francis Avenue
Cambridge MA
United States

Description:

The Solutions to Poverty Conference was held at Harvard Divinity School and was a one-day conference held in 2007 and 2008. The goal of the conference was to bring together university students and faculty and community government and private-sector workers in a collaborative learning and entrepreneurial workshop, developing grassroots projects for revitalizing urban communities throughout Boston.

Our Connection:

Mission Grant. Believing in the power of collaboration, the Skees Family Foundation wanted to bring together students and faculty, nonprofit and community leaders, to see what social problems they could tackle by combining their ideas and resources. We contributed to each conference with the hopes of encouraging local, collaborative solutions to local issues.

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JAAGO Foundation through the Jolkona Foundation

Education

Bangladesh

Description:

JAAGO Foundation aims to provide quality education to many of the millions of children who live below the poverty line. They help these children turn from a future of exploitation, drug abuse, and poverty to a future of health, education, and sustainability. JAAGO provides tuition-free education to students from the poorest families. Additionally, they battle malnutrition and improve their students’ living environments and social conditions through the provision of food, first aid and hygiene education. Since the beginning of their project in 2007, JAAGO has opened almost 10 schools and have educated over 1,200 students. 

Mission Statement: JAAGO Foundation is a Bangladesh based non-profit organization catering to the education needs of children from socially and economically disadvantaged background. Furthermore, the integration of numerous ‘Support Functions’ to the organization’s core schooling program ensures the sustainable growth of the financially insolvent communities the beneficiary groups come from.

Our Connection:

Seed Grant. The Skees Family Foundation decided to fund the JAAGO Foundation in 2014. We thought the progress they had made so far throughout Bangladesh was quite promising and we wanted to be a part of their future success. We are funding them through the Jolkona Foundation, who works to empower, educate, and engage new generations of philanthropists in order to guide them in sustainable, effective ways of giving.

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Kiretono Resource Centre through AID Tanzania

Education

Karatu
Tanzania, United Republic of

Description:

 

The Kiretono Resource Centre (KRC) is a young
women's residence center with educational and life
skills support for secondary students from Maasai
tribes in remote areas of Tanzania. KRC also helps
these women find local jobs through cottage industry
or seasonal employment.

Kiretono Resource Centre (KRC) provides a young women's residential program with educational and life skills support for PRIMARY school students from Maasai villages in the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. Established in 2014, this residential mentoring program represents a deepening commitment to supporting the education of Tanzanian children. Another pillar of KRC’s efforts is to assist Maasai women find local jobs through cottage industries or seasonal employment. KRC is a project of AID Tanzania

Mission Statement: Kiretono Resource Centre is a Tanzania-based nonprofit committed to improving the lives of Maasai from the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area.

Our Connection:

Seed Grant. The KRC is a brand new project that the Skees Family Foundation wanted to support. We have followed AID Tanzania's success and when we heard about this project, we wanted to jump on board. Together we wanted to help change the lives of several young Tanzanian women. 

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Life Community-Deduako

Education

Accra
Ghana

Description:

Xavier University is a Jesuit Catholic university with the goal of providing a well-rounded, liberal arts education to its students. They provide the opportunity to travel abroad on Service Learning semesters. This provides students the opportunity to integrate academic study with the experience of service.

Mission Statement: Xavier is a Jesuit Catholic university rooted in the liberal arts tradition. Their mission is to educate each student intellectually, morally, and spiritually. They create learning opportunities through rigorous academic and professional programs integrated with co-curricular engagement. In an inclusive environment of open and free inquiry, they prepare students for a world that is increasingly diverse, complex and interdependent. Driven by their commitment to the common good and to the education of the whole person, the Xavier community challenges and supports students as they cultivate lives of reflection, compassion and informed action. 

Our Connection:

Mission Grant. The Skees Family Foundation contributed a grant to the Ghana service learning trip in 2005. This year, the service focus of the program was working with developmentally disabled adults. While several Skeeses attended Xavier, we didn't have the chance to do service learning in college--but hope that every young person today who wants to give back while learning about other cultures will find a way to make it happen.

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Local 2 Global Grants

Peace

United States

Description:

The Local 2 Global Grants allow our family members to use volunteer hours to give back again! This program encourages our family to clock their volunteer hours in order to collect grant dollars. It then gives them the opportunity to distribute those small grants to non-profits of their choice, whether they be local, national, or international organizations. This program helps to engage family members in our philanthropic mission while also reinforcing volunteerism in their local communities and personal cause areas. Read about one of family member's Local 2 Global program.

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Lumana Village Ventures

Enterprise

Ghana

Description:

Lumana works in rural Ghana to find innovative solutions for overcoming the inherent difficulties of sustainably running a microfinance program. They have used a multi-pronged approach to create a solid foundation for community economic development. Lumana uses business education, savings, loans, and investments to develop a well-rounded program resulting in long-lasting business ventures and economic prosperity throughout Ghana. By leveraging technology and partnerships with local leaders, Lumana developed efficient processes and procedures which make the model scalable and sustainable. So far, Lumana has given almost $300,000 in loans, invested over $30,000 in local businesses, and has reached over a dozen villages throughout Ghana.

Mission Statement: Lumana works to empower community members at several levels of poverty to create better economies for all. They believe that everyone is connected and a holistic approach to fighting poverty is necessary to create real change.

Program Partners:

 

Our Connection:

Seed Grant. The Skees Family Foundation decided to fund Lumana Village Ventures in 2014. We believe their mission of economic prosperity is closely intertwined with our goal of global poverty alleviation through empowerment and we admire their holistic approach to development. 

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Malaria No More

Health

432 Park Ave. South
New York NY
United States

Description:

Malaria No More (MNM) works to make sure every family in Africa has timely access to the tools they need to prevent, diagnose, and treat malaria. They have provided 5.6 million people with mosquito nets in 11 different African countries. They also distribute rapid diagnostic tests and artemisnin-based combination treatments to reduce malaria deaths. Education is another part of their solution. They are promoting an initiative, Nightwatch, to provide health education to families. So far, their Nightwatch campaign has reached over 20 million Africans. However, MNM isn't only working on the ground in Africa. The Malaria Policy Center, a MNM project, is working with governments all over the world to keep the issue of malaria on the world's agenda. They also use technology, media, and pop culture to encourage the public to fight this issue.

Mission Statement: Malaria No More is determined to end malaria deaths. They're helping the world get it done by engaging leaders, rallying the public, and delivering life-saving tools and education to families across Africa.

Our Connection:

Family Discretionary Grant. A young boy in our family could not imagine how or why children in African countries should become gravely ill or even lose their lives over something as tiny as a mosquito--in today's world--when all they need is a simple net to protect the family while sleeping. The Skees Family Foundation chose to support Malaria No More in 2007 in order to help fight the continuous problem. We hope for a future where deaths from this preventable and treatable disease no longer exist.

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One Laptop Per Child

Education

Cambridge MA
United States

Description:

One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) aims to provide each child with a low-cost, highly durable laptop through which they can expand their education. They specially design hardware, content, and software to encourage collaborative, joyful, self-empowering learning. They believe that access to this educational tool, and education itself, is the basis for full human, social, economic, and democratic development. So far, OLPC has reached over 2.4 million children and teachers in 42 different countries.

Mission Statement: OLPC's mission is to empower the world's poorest children through education.

Our Connection:

Family Discretionary Grant. The Skees Family Foundation chose to support One Laptop Per Child in 2007. Because we have access to technology and information here in the U.S., we believe passionately that everyone else should too. Access to information leads to individual, community, and national freedom. We also agree with OLPC that education is one of the necessary factors in achieving economic and social development. If we have to, we'll get there just one laptop at a time. 

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Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation

Peace

5114 S. Elizabeth Street
Chicago Illinois
United States

Description:

Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation (PBMR) is a network of reconciliation ministries promoting restorative justice and peace throughout their community. They provide a safe place for youth living in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in South Chicago, named the "Back of the Yards." They offer youth a well-rounded curriculum focusing on educational, emotional, and spiritual growth and guidance through mentoring, tutoring, and job preparation. They also utilize "peacemaking circles" of conflict-resolution dialogue, offer support to families of offenders and victims, and conduct community trainings on ending violence. Even through the work PBMR is consistently doing, they do not feel it is enough. They are constantly expanding and adding programs to accomplish their mission of establishing an economically stable, peaceful, educated community. Currently they are initiating a two-part mentoring and skills-training workshops, Bridges Out of Poverty and Getting Ahead, that will help at-risk youth secure sustainable employment. 

Mission Statement: The PBMR is a network of reconciliation ministries inspired by a spirituality of the Precious Blood. Motivated by the belief that "those who were once far off have been brought near through the blood of Christ" (Eph. 2:13), they work as agents of reconciliation.

Our Connection:

Board Discretionary Grant. The Skees Family Foundation has a personal connection between first-generation Jasmine, a Skees Family Foundation board trustee, and program director Sister Donna, a lifelong advocate for peace who works closely with youth and runs a healing circle for their mothers in Chicago. Our first grant in 2012 was directed toward ensuring PBMR can retain a part-time therapist to assist their youth in healing themselves and recreating their lives. In 2013, we directed our contribution to their new training programs helping to secure sustainable employment for at-risk boys.

You can read about our connection to those programs and our stories about current gun regulations and how they are impacting PBMR:

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Save the Children

Infrastructure

United States

Description:

Save the Children works to help children in the United States and worldwide by providing them with basic needs and education. They have various programs, including Education, Emergency Response, Health and Nutrition, HIV and AIDS, Hunger and Livelihood, U.S. Disaster Response, and Protecting Children, which they use to accomplish their mission. Through these initiatives and their passion to promote healthy and sustainable growth for children, they have been able to reach over 125 million children in 120 different countries.

Mission Statement: Save the Children gives children in the United States and around the world what every child deserves--a healthy start, the opportunity to learn, and protection from harm. When disaster strikes, they put children's needs first. They advocate for and achieve large-scale change for children. They save children's lives.

Our Connection:

Family Discretionary Grant and Mission Grant. The Skees Family Foundation has supported Save the Children multiple times. When we think about the future of our world, we know that it will be built by the tiniest ones among us. We want to shelter, protect, and nourish children everywhere, so that--like our own kids--they have the chance to thrive.

Save the Children has been intertwined in many of our stories:

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The School Fund: Ecuador

Education

Ecuador

Description:

The School Fund works with their local Ecuadorian partners to support university students who are working to better their country using the education they receive. Many of the students choose career paths in engineering, business, nursing, or computer sciences.

Scholarship Partners:

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The School Fund: Ghana

Education

Ghana

Description:

The School Fund works with two local partners in Ghana to provide scholarships for students with high potential so they can get a quality education in spite of the financial and familial restrictions they have faced. The School Fund, together with their local partners, also distribute funds directly to underfunded schools for tuition fees, school uniforms, books, and more.

Scholarship Partners:

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The School Fund: Global

Education

455 Coleridge Ave
Palo Alto CA
United States

Description:

The School Fund is working with several international organizations in order to gain support for their mission. These organizations not help financially, but many of them provide knowledge and mentorship. They promote a connectivity and coordination with other organizations in similar fields that makes their work that much more effective and efficient. Because of the help from their partners, The School Fund is able to make a difference in developing countries all over the world.

Supporting Partners:

 

Resource Partners:

 

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The School Fund: Haiti

Education

Haiti

Description:

The School Fund collaborates with local partners in Haiti to provide scholarships to hardworking, passionate students. They are funding secondary school education to help prepare the younger generation for the task of rebuilding and reforming Haitian schools after the devastating earthquake in 2010.

Scholarship Partners:

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The School Fund: India

Education

India

Description:

The School Fund works with Milaan in India to fund a program for young girls who have dropped out of school for various reasons but want to reenter. The program helps prepare the girls so they can qualify for and pass their exams, allowing them to complete their education.

Scholarship Partners:

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The School Fund: Kenya

Education

Kenya

Description:

The School Fund works with several local and international organizations throughout Kenya to promote educational development. They fund secondary education for high-achieving children with the potential to make sustainable change in their communities and country. They also collaborate with their partners to provide financial assistance for schools and school supplies. The School Fund is helping Kenyans push their country to grow economically and socially. 

Scholarship Partners:

Resource Partners:

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The School Fund: Malawi

Education

Malawi

Description:

The School Fund works with other organizations in Malawi to help provide secondary education to the underprivileged, ultra-passionate students. Very few Malawian children have the opportunity to continue their secondary education. The School Fund, together with their partners, are working to promote secondary schooling in order to see positive growth in Malawi's economy and education availability. 

Scholarship Partners:

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The School Fund: Mozambique

Education

Mozambique

Description:

The School Fund works with Association Pour Les Enfants de Mozambique (ASEM) to award scholarships to marginalized children who are passionate about their education. They collaborate to find ways of improving the lives of and empowering the children of Mozambique to promote a better future for the individuals and the country.

Scholarship Partners:

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The School Fund: Nepal

Education

Nepal

Description:

The School Fund works with their local partner, Kids of Kathmandu, to provide scholarships for high-achieving students who show potential. These students are orphans in the New Youth Children's Development Society orphanage and would not have access to a decent education otherwise.

Scholarship Partners:

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The School Fund: Panama

Education

Panama

Description:

The School Fund works with local partners to grant scholarships to high-achieving students. Most recipients come from less developed areas throughout Panama and show potential for bettering their own lives and communities.

Scholarship Partners:

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The School Fund: Peru

Education

Peru

Description:

The School Fund works with Mosqoy in Peru, finding promising youth in the Peruvian Andes who need access to secondary education. They join together to provide education to those youth.

Scholarship Partners:

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The School Fund: Philippines

Education

Philippines

Description:

The School Fund collaborates with local organizations to promote quality education in schools throughout the country. They provide funds to schools for tuition, student meals, dormitory fees, examination fees, uniforms, and books.

Scholarship Partners:

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The School Fund: Sierra Leone

Education

Sierra Leone

Description:

The School Fund is working in Sierra Leone to find high-achieving students with potential to make change. The local organization they work with, Shine on Sierra Leone, creates sustainable programs to promote self-sufficient communities. They work together to find students with similar passions and visions. 

Scholarship Partners:

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The School Fund: Tanzania

Education

Tanzania, United Republic of

Description:

The School Fund was created resulting from a desire to help a passionate student in Tanzania who could not fulfill his potential due to financial restrictions. They have been working in Tanzania ever since. The School Fund collaborates with local organizations to find intelligent, dedicated students and award them with scholarships for their secondary schooling. Many of the children they select live in extreme poverty and are dedicated to bettering their lives through education. They also improve schools throughout the country by distributing both funds and materials.

Scholarship Partners:

Resource Partners:

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The School Fund: Uganda

Education

Uganda

Description:

The School Fund is working together with the Kathleen Education Center to provide financial support to secondary school students who show passion and high potential. 

Scholarship Partners:

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The School Fund: Zambia

Education

Zambia

Description:

The School Fund works with a couple of organizations in Zambia to promote secondary education to students throughout the country. They provide tuition fees, school supplies, food, and other expenses that the eligible students cannot afford. The School Fund joins with local organizations to yield transformative and lasting change through the empowerment of the youth via education.

Scholarship Partners:

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The School Fund: Zimbabwe

Education

Zimbabwe

Description:

The School Fund collaborates with CAST to find eligible young children who need help with educational support and the organizations unite to provide that support.

Scholarship Partners:

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The TERF Project via First Christian Church of Mt. Sterling KY

Education

United States

Description:

The TERF Project was designed to help at-risk youth in Montgomery County, KY achieve their dreams by supporting programs in various areas including education, recreation, academia, and personal development. These programs provide resources ranging from basic food security to emotional support. The TERF Project helps children overcome obstacles such as low self-esteem, poor personal health, difficult family situations, and poor school performance. Their goal is to give these children access to resources every child deserves in order to reach their full potential.

Mission Statement: The TERF Project aims to educate at-risk youth, offering them the expanded advantages and the same opportunities as anyone else. It's their goal to assist youth to develop a positive self image, set realistic goals, and benefit from first hand experiences in positive social relationships. 

Our Connection:

Family Discretionary Grant. The Skees Family Foundation chose to support the development of this program in 2013. In addition to having family in that area, we also feel that every child deserves the opportunity to succeed, and we want to help provide those opportunities when they aren't given naturally. 

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Unitus

Enterprise

220 W. Mercer St.
Seattle WA
United States

Description:

Unitus used a venture-capital approach to microfinance: provided capital, technical assistance, and management training to small- to mid-sized microfinance organizations in Africa, Asia, Latin and South America. Ceased operations in 2010--read why

Mission Statement: Unitus works to reduce global poverty through economic self-empowerment.

Our Connection:

Mission GrantRead why we supported the innovative efforts of Unitus to end poverty through industry--and check out their dynamic local partners, whom we still respect for their tireless outreach to working families. 

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Unitus: Argentina

Enterprise

Argentina

Description:

Unitus is working with FIS to provide microloans to the working poor in rural areas throughout Argentina. Their hope is to create economic sustainability through individuals and then through communities in order to promote development all over the country.

Organizational Partners:

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Unitus: Australia

Enterprise

Australia

Description:

Unitus collaborates with Barefoot Power to provide microfinance services and access to renewable energy to impoverished people in developing countries. Together they are able to reach individuals and families and provide them with the tools they need to become economically sustainable.

Organizational Partners:

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Unitus: Brazil

Enterprise

Brazil

Description:

Unitus works in Brazil with a local microfinance organization, Finsol Brasil, in order to bring microloan services to the ultra-poor throughout the country. They are working together to alleviate poverty through economic empowerment.

Organizational Partners:

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Unitus: Cambodia

Enterprise

Cambodia

Description:

Unitus works with AMK in Cambodia to provide microfinance services to those in need. Together they search for eligible candidates who aspire to create economic self-sustainability. 

Organizational Partners:

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Unitus: China

Enterprise

China

Description:

Unitus works together with MicroBenefits to provide factory workers with safe, reliable microcredit, appropriately priced life-insurance policies, and other benefits that are usually neglected in those work environments. 

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Unitus: Indonesia

Enterprise

Indonesia

Description:

Unitus collaborates with MBK Ventures and Ruma to provide microfinance and technological services to the rural poor throughout Indonesia. They promote economic empowerment and development of the working poor with the hope of economic sustainability. 

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Unitus: Kenya

Enterprise

Kenya

Description:

Unitus collaborates with a couple of local organizations in Kenya in order to bring microfinance and support services to rural economically and socially marginalized entrepreneurs. Their goal is to promote development through empowerment.

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Unitus: Mexico

Enterprise

Mexico

Description:

Unitus is working with Credex and Pro Mujer in Mexico to provide quality microfinance services to entrepreneurs who have limited access to funding. They help improve their financial standing as well as their quality of life.

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Unitus: Philippines

Enterprise

Philippines

Description:

Unitus works with two organizations in the Philippines to provide not only access to microfinance services, but also access to actual cash via installation of ATMs in remote villages throughout the Philippines. 

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Unitus: Tanzania

Enterprise

Tanzania, United Republic of

Description:

Unitus works with Tujijenge Tanzania to promote the development of microfinance throughout the country. They collaborate to provide microloans to the economically marginalized in rural areas in order to establish development and growth.

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V-Day: Afghanistan

Education

Afghanistan

Description:

V-Day gives V-Peace scholarships annually to women in Afghanistan who show passion and potential for stopping violence against women, but because of financial restrictions or familial obstacles, they were unable to obtain an education. Each of these recipients shows dedication to education and many are devoted to teaching and empowering other Afghan women in order to establish change throughout their country.

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V-Day: Canada

Education

Canada

Description:

V-Day works closely with the Sexual Assault Support Center of Ottawa to give V-Peace scholarships to young women who are victims of sexual violence and need help in furthering their education. They receive ESL (English as a Second Language) lessons and are able to attend college. Many of the recipients are refugees from conflict-ridden countries all over the world, including Afghanistan, Iran, and El Salvador.

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V-Day: Democratic Republic of Congo

Education

Congo, the Democratic Republic of the

Description:

V-Day is working consistently to bring about change in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Over the years, thousands of dollars from the V-Peace scholarship program have been designated to young women who want to help that movement. V-Day collaborates with local schools throughout the DRC as well as with the Georges Malaika Foundation in order to find the most outstanding candidates with the highest potential to bring this change. Not only do the scholarships help with tuition fees, but they also finance school supplies, clothing, and meals for these young girls who were abandoned or orphaned due to violence in the DRC.

Local Partners:

Read our story on the additional work V-Day is doing in the DRC:

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V-Day: India

Education

India

Description:

V-Day works with their local partner, Jagori, in India in order to provide V-Peace scholarships to young women from socially and economically marginalized communities. V-Peace scholarships are directed toward education and training in feminist activism. While these women are receiving this education, they are also working within their communities to create awareness and promote justice. V-Day also works with their local partners to send in “barefoot lawyers”, or advocates, to represent victims of sexual violence and bring perpetrators to justice.

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V-Day: Iraq

Education

Iraq

Description:

V-Day provides V-Peace scholarships that are used to help young women who are dedicated to their studies despite the ongoing conflict in their country and the financial obstacles within their typically broken families. V-Day works closely with KVRA to select students that fit these criteria and show potential for improving the living conditions of their country.

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V-Day: Kenya

Education

Kenya

Description:

V-Day gives V-Peace scholarships in Kenya to both individuals and schools in order to promote gender equality and female empowerment. V-Day contributes funding to local schools for school supplies, community activities, and empowerment programs. Additionally, they work closely with their local partner, Dolphin Anti-AIDS and Rape, in schools to train students in self-defense techniques. They also work with local partners to provide individual scholarships for young women who are dedicated to helping V-Day overcome the battle of violence against women and who show strong potential to make a difference.

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V-Day: Pakistan

Education

Pakistan

Description:

V-Day provides V-Peace scholarships for refugees in Pakistan who had to flee their countries due to violence and deep-rooted conflict. They witnessed atrocities including rape, brutal killings, and suicide. These recipients are activists against the violence occurring in their countries and are using the scholarships to empower themselves and other women.

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V-Day: South Africa

Education

South Africa

Description:

V-Day gives V-Peace scholarships in South Africa to young women who show a potential for leadership. These women have overcome hardships throughout their youthful lifetimes, ranging from alcoholic parents to dangerous living conditions. In spite of their circumstances, or perhaps because of them, the women have dedicated themselves to their education and their fight against gender discrimination and violence.

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V-Day: Sri Lanka

Education

Sri Lanka

Description:

V-Day provides V-Peace scholarships in Sri Lanka to young women who are survivors of the 2004 tsunami. Recipients are of various ethnicities and ages and come from several different religions. Teachers from previous awardees report that the scholarships are allowing the young women to become strong and independent while continuing their education.

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Read our story on the success of one of our V-Peace scholarships:

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V-Day: Sudan

Education

Sudan

Description:

V-Day worked with the “First High School for Girls” to provide young female refugees with an education that they normally would not receive at the refugee camp. Many of the young girls are victims of sexual exploitation and were forced into early childhood marriages. To many of these girls, an education seemed unattainable, but thanks to the development of this school, their futures seem to be more promising.

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V-Day: United States

Education

United States

Description:

V-Day works annually with GEMS to find women who are victims of sexual exploitation and want to work to end trafficking worldwide and provide them with V-Peace scholarships so they are able to obtain an education. V-Peace scholarships are also given to refugees now residing in the U.S. who show outstanding academic achievement in spite of their devastating childhood experiences and their current financial and emotional obstacles.

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Read our story on other work V-Day is doing in the United States:

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Village Bicycle Project

Infrastructure

United States

Description:

The Village Bicycle Project is working to alleviate poverty in Ghana and Sierra Leone, but they have taken an original approach. They feel bikes provide power and opportunity, allowing people to get to their destinations four times faster than the typical alternative: walking. They provide bikes, spare parts, and tools. They also train owners in bike maintenance so each owner can have full use of the bike for as long as possible. So far, they have distributed 75,000 bikes, provided 50,000 bike tools, and taught 13,500 students bicycle maintenance and repair techniques.

Mission Statement: The Village Bicycle Project aims to change lives in Africa through affordable and sustainable transportation.

Our Connection:

Family Discretionary Grant. The Skees Family Foundation chose to support the Village Bike Project in 2011 and 2012. We agree that poverty alleviation through empowerment can come in a variety of forms, including inexpensive, reliable forms of transportation. The Village Bicycle Project is developing that resource, and we wanted to help!

Read about why our family wanted to help Village Bicycle Project with its mission:

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Vittana: Bolivia

Education

Bolivia

Description:

Vittana has been working with local partners in Bolivia since 2010 to provide microloans to passionate students who wanted to continue their education but did not have the means to do so. In Bolivia, Vittana and their local partners have reached over 2,800 students and have provided over $2.5 million in microloans with only an average of 0.22% write-off rate.

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Vittana: Cambodia

Education

Cambodia

Description:

Vittana, who began working in Cambodia in only 2013, has collaborated with four local partners to fund hundreds of hard-working youths. Already Vittana has distributed over $200,000 to nearly 450 students.

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Vittana: Ghana

Education

Ghana

Description:

Vittana joined together with two local partners in Ghana to distribute microloans for education. Vittana began it's work in Ghana in 2011 and has reached almost 600 students and distributed over half a million dollars in small, low-interest loans with a less than 1% write-off rate.

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Vittana: Honduras

Education

Honduras

Description:

Vittana, together with Fundación CREHO, have selected over 300 dedicated but financially restricted students and provided them with almost $200,000 in microloans for their education. They began their partnership in 2011 when Vittana began working in Honduras.

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Vittana: Indonesia

Education

Indonesia

Description:

Vittana is working with local organizations throughout Indonesia to provide small, low-interest loans to students who wish to further their education, but due to financial restrictions are unable to do so. They began working in Indonesia in 2011 and since have reached over 300 students with almost $200,000 in microloans.

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Vittana: Jordan

Education

Jordan

Description:

Vittana began working in Jordan in 2011 and since has collaborated with two local organizations. Together, they have loaned over $1.5 million to almost 2,000 students with only a 0.28% write-off rate.

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Vittana: Kenya

Education

Kenya

Description:

Vittana began working with SMEP in Kenya in 2013. Since their start-up in Kenya, Vittana and SMEP have distributed over $30,000 in microloans to over 30 high-achieving, hard-working students who wanted to continue their education, but due to financial restrictions were previously unable to do so.

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Vittana: Mongolia

Education

Mongolia

Description:

Vittana has been working in Mongolia with Xac Bank since 2009. Together they have selected over 400 students and provided them with over $400,000 in microloans in order to enable them to continue their education. Over the years of working in Mongolia, they have an incredible 0% write-off rate.

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Vittana: Nicaragua

Education

Nicaragua

Description:

Vittana began working in Nicaragua in 2009. Together with their two local partners, they have distributed over $600,000 in microloans to almost 1,000 students throughout the country.

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Vittana: Paraguay

Education

Paraguay

Description:

Vittana collaborated with Fundación Paraguaya in 2009. Since then, together they have provided almost half a million dollars to almost 2,000 high-potential students. After many years of working in Paraguay, their write-off rate is still a mere 0.13%.

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Vittana: Peru

Education

Peru

Description:

Vittana only began working in Peru in 2012, but since has collaborated with two local organizations. They have distributed over $600,000 to almost 600 students in the short time they have been working in the country. 

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Vittana: Philippines

Education

Philippines

Description:

Vittana works with several local partners throughout the Philippines. They began their work in the Philippines in 2010. Since then, they have disbursed over $1.5 million to over 4,500 dedicated students who wanted to continue their education but due to various restrictions were unable to do so.

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Vittana: Rwanda

Education

Rwanda

Description:

Vittana entered Rwanda in 2011. They have since begun working with Urwego Opportunity Bank to promote education by providing almost $10,000 to over 50 hard-working, dedicated students with limited access to funds for education.

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Vittana: Vietnam

Education

Viet Nam

Description:

Vittana began working with SEDA in Vietnam in 2009. Since the beginning of their collaboration, they have distributed almost $80,000 to over 350 students in various areas of Vietnam. In the many years Vittana has been in Vietnam, it has incredibly accumulated a 0% write-off rate.

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