Past Philanthropy Recipients

 

The P&G Alumni Foundation is pleased to announce the 2012 winners of its monetary grants. Eight organizations will receive grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 as part of its efforts to further the Foundation’s mission toto improve the quality of life for societies and communities around the world and to recognize that our distinctive role and contribution to this goal be based on leveraging what we P&G Alumni know and do best, i.e., helping to build economic empowerment through economic development, business education, economic inclusion, entrepreneurship, and the encouragement of free enterprise in local economic systems.” These are the first grants to be made by the newly established Alumni Foundation.

 

The Foundation's Philanthropy Committee received 70 applications for review in 2012. The requests for funding from all applicants exceeded $900,000. This year's grants of $80,000 would bring the total amount made since the beginning of our philanthropy efforts in 2004 to $615,000.  This is something we can be proud of but the applications also re-enforce the tremendous need around the world for this kind of support. The Philanthropy Committee felt it could most effectively utilize the funds available by making grants to the following recipients and programs.


 

 

The 2012 Grant Recipients are:

 

1. Beyond Relief Foundation, Haiti-$15,000

 

Beyond Relief established a trade school in St. Louis du Nord, a small city in the northwest zone of Haiti.This area is the most impoverished in Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere. The school provides skills training in plumbing, electricity, and art; the school also offers students the opportunity to learn English (which can lead to employment as interpreters). Completion of the training program results in students being certified by the government in their field of study.  Beyond Relief will use a P&G Alumni Foundation grant to provide computer skills training to young adults to obtain work through use of those skills or to use those skills to manage their own businesses. Computer training classes will include basic business education, such as inventory management, to better enable business success.This program will work hand in hand with the other trade skill courses being offered so that students will have the skills to perform a trade and the computer skills to them manage a business. Grant funds will be used to purchase 25 laptop computers and Microsoft Office software. Once funding for these items is committed, Beyond Relief has individuals and organizations that are committed to provide funding for other necessary equipment, equipment set-up, and a professor's salary through in-kind and cash donations.  www.GoBeyondRelief.org


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2. Fundacion Cambio Creativo, Colon, Panama-$15,000

 

Cambio Creativo is a community center and grassroots educational platform that promotes economic development through critical thinking, leadership, communication, and professional skills training. Cambio Creativo facilitates workshops for youth in the marginalized community of Coco Solo, Colon Province, Panama. Cambio also facilitates daily study hall sessions to help youth with their homework and/or improve their reading and writing skills. More youth have access to educational opportunities and are building valuable skill-sets that will empower them individually and their community as a whole. Cambio is also establishing a program whereby Coco Solo's youth can learn communication and organization skills necessary to run their educational platform by themselves. The youth will gain valuable work experience and an income, through their involvement in the program as paid interns. Cambio Creativo will use a grant from the P&G Alumni Foundation to expand educational and job opportunities by establishing a computer lab and a Computer Literacy Program. Developing computer skills is as important as a high-school degree, if not more so, to secure employment in urban areas. In Panama's Colon Province where Coco Solo is located, there is an abundance of call centers and administrative employment opportunities due to the proximity of the Panama Canal, neighboring ports, and the Colon Free Trade Zone with job opportunities that require computer skills. The P&G Alumni Foundation grant will provide funding to renovate an available room into the computer lab, purchase the equipment, train the staff to get the lab started, and fund other start-up costs. The computer lab will offer free computer classes and have open lab hours with teachers available to provide computer classes, monthly workshops and help youth with homework. www.cambiocreativo.org

 

     

 


 

3. Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy, Goleta,California-$10,000

 

The Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy provides a four-year, project-based education to public high school students in science, technology, engineering, and math with the integration of art and design aesthetics. The Engineering Academy has developed a unique approach to involve all students in its business operations and to provide hands-on entrepreneurial experience. Its Art of Engineering curriculum is designed to engage students in solving real-world engineering problems. The approach is team-based and business-oriented, so that graduates are well prepared to achieve their goals of pursuing higher education and making significant contributions to the workplace and society. During their senior year, Engineering Academy students participate in the Capstone Project: designing and building a high-performance robot for the international FIRST Robotics Competition.  In six weeks, the students apply skills learned in the Academy to design, build, and program a robot from the ground up. The Engineering Academy operates like a small engineering business that is run by students. Most of the purchasing, marketing, accounting, presentation, grant writing, public relations, and information technology management responsibilities are handled by students. Students learn about various aspects of operating a small business and about leadership, teamwork, communication, and decision-making. Few high schools, or even universities, offer this type of opportunity for firsthand business and entrepreneurial experience. The Dos Pueblos Engineering grant will be used to help purchase the robotics parts and materials. http://www.dpeaf.dpengineering.org/

 

   


 

4. American University Bulgaria, Blagoevgrad Bulagaria-$10,000

 

The American University in Bulgaria (AUBG) is a private American-style liberal arts university located in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria. The University has assumed a unique and critical educational role in the dynamic region of Southeastern Europe through its emphasis on preparing students for leadership, community involvement, careers, and advanced study. AUBG is recognized as a premier Bulgarian and regional institution of higher education. The continued economic growth in Bulgaria, Eastern Europe and former Soviet states depends increasingly on entrepreneurs, small businesses and their ideas. Yet skills to take these ideas to the marketplace are not being widely taught at the university-level in the region. To respond to this need, the American University in Bulgaria (AUBG) and the Junior Achievement Program (JA) joined forces in 2011 to create the Enterprise Startup Program at AUBG with two main objectives: to raise the overall popularity of entrepreneurship among students and to give relevant skills and networking opportunities to a small number of students who are selected on the basis of their business ideas and commitment to them. The Enterprise Startup Program enables university undergraduate students to focus on their passion, to learn and develop formal entrepreneurial, business and managerial skills, to draw from real-life experience and practitioners, and to find out methods to bring their ideas to the market. At the conclusion of the nearly year-long program, students get a competitive opportunity to present their business plans to a panel comprising business leaders and entrepreneurs. The grant from the P&G Alumni Foundation will be used to directly fund program materials and activities. These activities currently target 20-25 students who participate in the program and create 5-7 student companies with minimum of 3 members per team. Funding from the P&G Philanthropy Program will allow AUBG to expand its activities and include more students, more real-world instructors/speakers and more training content.     www.aubg.bg

 

            

 

 

5. SCORE, Cincinnati,Ohio-$10,000

 

Greater Cincinnati SCORE has been dedicated to small business growth and development since its inception in 1964. The mission of Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky SCORE is to grow successful small businesses, creating jobs one business at a time. SCORE pursues it goals through economic development, business education and entrepreneurship. The hallmark of SCORE's services is free one-on-one counseling meetings where goals and objectives for a new start-up or existing business is worked on with a counselor/mentor. These meetings cover such topics as business plans, funding options, basic marketing plans and financial projections aimed at providing the client with the knowledge to make the right business decisions. Other programs and activities include a series of small business seminars, access to the SCORE resource library and access to email mentoring. To meet the need for more in depth training in Marketing, Business Plan Development/Implementation and use of Social Media, SCORE plans to offer a new seminar program for those in business whose objective is threefold: retain and grow business clients, create and increase job opportunities in the Greater Cincinnati area, and contribute to local economic development. The P&G Alumni Foundation grant will be used to fund production and implementation of the seminars, expand the seminar marketing campaign, and to develop a new Webinar series on advanced marketing topics. In addition, funds would be used to support seminars on social media and business planning.    www.scoreworks.org

 

                       


 

6. Elements Foundation, Haryana, India-$10,000

 

Elements mission is to bridge the gap between academic learning and the corporate world by making youth employable through employability training and mentoring. Elements provides employability training to underserved youth from urban and suburban areas in North and North Central India. Working with partner companies, Elements designs a customized course, then mobilizes and trains candidates. Included in the training are business skills, communications skills and human resources. Most jobs are in the starting salary range of INR 6000-8000 ($US 110-146) per month, with salaries typically doubling in 3 years. Generally, each of those employed, remit about 30% of their income back to their families - most of which is used for education and health of the remaining members of the family. 30-50% of beneficiaries are women who feel much more empowered after the course and the job. Elements commits to placing at least 75% of each trainee group, and tracks their employment for one year to ensure the trainees continue to work in one of the partner companies. The entire intervention is absolutely free of cost to the trainees. The P&G Alumni Foundation grant will allow Elements to enroll a dozen more companies as sponsors for trainee groups. Elements is already doing employability interventions in various cities and outskirts of cities under the aegis of World Bank and State Governments. Elements plans to take this intervention from sub-urban areas deeper into the villages, to more youths and their families. India has 638,365 villages where 60% of its population lives. The grant will also used to hire additional trainers, recruit and mobilize students and develop and make job placements.   www.elementsakademia.com

 

   


 

7. Charlotte Community Foundation, Charlotte County, Florida-$5,000

 

The Charlotte Community Foundation (CCF) has been a part of the community for more than 20 years. CCF is the only organization of its type focused exclusively on Charlotte County, Florida whose purpose is to encourage public and private philanthropy, enhance the capacity of the County's nonprofit organizations, support projects that offer unique solutions to area needs, and improve the quality of life for residents of Charlotte County. CCF engages the community in giving and through philanthropy, the organization protects community assets with responsible administrative, fund development and investment management. CCF's goal is to be the facilitator of philanthropy and the organization of choice for donors of Charlotte County. It has a wide reach because it is the only organization offering business education and training in collaborating, marketing, and fundraising. CCF developed the Nonprofit Network (NPN) to provide business education, skills and resources to nonprofits requiring support to build capacity so they operate more efficiently and effectively while improving quality of performance. CFF offers seminars and workshops, a resource library, and electronic resources to improve business knowledge and skills. The P&G Alumni Foundation awarded CFF a grant in 2011 that would help them expand their current programming including expansion of affinity groups to build relationships and awareness of options to reduce areas of overlap, create synergistic opportunities, and address unmet and under served area needs.

 

CFF has now approached the Alumni Foundation for additional funding focused on the role and work of four affinity groups initiated with our earlier funding: Employment, Education, Food and One-Stop which are designed to help non-profit organizations increase their capacity by improving access to services and support in delivering results. The additional funding will be focused on the Education Anytime project designed to increase knowledge, skills and build economic empowerment through website development, marketing and outreach materials and a volunteer coach to travel to schools, libraries and other relevant locations. This project will improve access to educational resources in science and math to public schools, after school programs, libraries and non-profit organizations. CCF will partner in particular with the nationally acclaimed Khan Academy which provides high quality videos and exercises for K-12 mathematics to bring these materials to the public schools. Education Anytime will increase the capacity of educational providers to deliver educational technology using seasoned coaches and creating access for young people and adults that have limited or no internet access.

www.charlottecommunityfoundation.org

 

        

 

8. Young Enterprise, United Kingdon-$5,000

 

Young Enterprise (YE) is the UK's largest business and enterprise education charity inspiring young people to learn and succeed through enterprise and entrepreneurship. YE offers a range of programs for young people aged 4-25, and all of their programs are based on the principle of "learning by doing." Some programs, such as the flagship Company Programme, offer students direct experience of business and entrepreneurship by enabling them to set up and run their own real-life company. The UK has the second highest level of youth unemployment in all of Europe with 925,000 young people aged 18-24 years unemployed. YE's project aims to grow participation in Surrey in its flagship Company Programme among the state/public school sector. Within the Company Programme, up to 25 students aged 15-19 years set up and run their own business for an academic year, supported by a volunteer business adviser recruited from the local business community. Students elect a board of directors, raise share capital, register with YE to insure their company, market and finance a real product or service of their own choice and sell it to the public. In Surrey, 40 out of 117 schools and colleges participated in the Company Programme in the academic year 2011/12, with over 900 students running 71 student companies supported by 70 volunteers. YE plans to establish the Company Programme in four new schools, and in particular, would seek to engage those serving the County's more deprived areas, and who have found participation in the program prohibitive due to cost. YE will use the P&G Alumni Foundation grant to: Help recruit four new state schools into the Programme, enabling each to run one company of between 6- 25 students; cover the cost of program materials, and enable student participation in additional activities such as trade fairs, workshops and competitions; train a link teacher/s at each participating school to support the Programme, and provide on-going support as required; and recruit, check, and train a minimum number of volunteers as business advisors. www.young-enterprise.org.uk

 

   

 

2011 Grant Recipients were awarded $75,000


1. Restavek Freedom Foundation, Haiti-$15,000 (http://www.restavekfreedom.org/)


The mission of Restavek Freedom Foundation (RFF) is to end child slavery in our lifetime.  Restavek refers to the 300,000 children of poor, rural Haitian families who are sent to stay with and work as unpaid domestic servants for less poor, urban families.  Parents send their child away with the hope that in return for the child’s labor, the host family will provide the child with food and shelter and send the child to school. RFF assumes that if poor Haitian families could improve their economic conditions, they would be less likely to send their children into Restavek. In partnership with Haitian Education and Relief (HEAR), RFF is building a Community Center in Port Salut to provide advancement opportunities through education and raise awareness on the dangers of sending children into Restavek.  Consistent with the P&G Alumni Network focus on economic empowerment, this Community Center in Port Salut will provide educational and job readiness programs that will equip poor, rural Haitians to participate in the formal economy. RFF expects to serve 600-1000 residents who will have an opportunity for advancement through the following programs: an agricultural program, English classes, hospitality training program, literacy (Creole/French) classes, and a computer education program.  Skills attained through this Community Center will allow residents of Port Salut to have a competitive edge to secure jobs that will move them towards financial stability. The Community Center in Port Salut will also provide workforce development programs while also engaging the community in dialogue that will reduce the risk of poor, rural children from being sent into the Restavek system.  RFF will use the grant funds to equip a Computer Lab in the Community Center in Port Salut and hire a Computer Education Instructor. There is limited access to computers in Port Salut and in some programs; twenty people reportedly share one computer.  RFF anticipates that this will be a highly desired program through which they can serve 600 students a year.

 

 

 


2.  Charlotte Community Foundation, Charlotte County, Florida-$10,000 (https://www.charlottecommunityfoundation.org/)

 

The Charlotte Community Foundation (CCF) has been a part of the community for more than 20 years. CCF is the only organization of its type focused exclusively on Charlotte County, Florida whose purpose is to encourage public and private philanthropy, enhance the capacity of the County's nonprofit organizations, support projects that offer unique solutions to area needs, and improve the quality of life for residents of Charlotte County. CCF engages the community in giving and through philanthropy; the organization protects community assets with responsible administrative, fund development and investment management.  CCF’s goal is to be the facilitator of philanthropy and the organization of choice for donors of Charlotte County.  It has a wide reach because it is the only organization offering business education and training in collaborating, marketing, and fundraising. CCF developed the Nonprofit Network (NPN) to provide business education, skills and resources to nonprofits requiring support to build capacity so they operate more efficiently and effectively while improving quality of performance. It offers seminars and workshops, a resource library, and electronic resources to improve business knowledge and skills. The grant will help CFF expand its current programs and capitalize upon and multiply local human resources in the community by recruiting skilled professionals into action and using their years of experience to support the nonprofit community helping them improve business skills through business education and accessing other grants. These resources will bring 1) best practices from the business world that emphasize successful application of practices to create success and avoid failures, 2) allow the seeds of the idea to be planted and results to be proven so other grants can be sought and achieved, and 3) establish a track record of successes.

 

               

 

 

 

 

3.   Greater Austin First Tee, Austin,Texas-$10,000 (http://www.thefirstteeaustin.org)

 

The mission of The First Tee is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values, and promote healthy choices through the Game of Golf.  An impressive 98% percent of the students who stay in The First Tee program for two years graduate from high school. The average 4-year graduation rate in Austin is 76%; the graduation rate is even lower in the economically disadvantaged schools The First Tee primarily serves.  The First Tee owns and operates the golf course facility that is home to its programs. First Tee proposes to use P&G Alumni Network grant to help expand its National School Program to reach additional economically disadvantaged students in three selected district middle schools.  The First Tee program teaches young people life skills that allow them to face challenges at home, school, and play in a constructive manner. The skills they learn include problem solving, goal setting, time management, controlling one's emotions, working well with others, and improving relationships with family and community. By helping kids develop an internal value system that supports positive decision- making, the National School Program helps students make and achieve their goals.  While First Tee hopes that the National School Program participants will develop a lifelong love of golf, the ultimate goal is to help them learn, grow, and develop into tomorrow’s productive citizens armed with the skills needed to face life’s everyday challenges. In the end, they are empowering themselves to create and seek positive opportunities, especially economic opportunities that may have once seemed out of reach. 

 

             

     

 

 

 

 

4.  Zimkids Orphan Trust, Zimbabwe-$10,000 (http://zimkids.com/)


Zimkids Orphan Trust (Zimkids) is among the most innovative and cost-effective programs developed to support children in sub-Saharan Africa orphaned by the AIDS epidemic, and to help them build viable futures.  Zimkids mission is to create a self-sustaining, neighborhood-based program that will provide artistic, recreational and educational opportunities as well as medical assistance for orphans and help provide them with the tools essential for self-reliance. It is a goal to not only provide a safety net for this group of neediest orphans in Africa, but to train them to move beyond dependency and build better futures for themselves and their community through skills and entrepreneurship development. Zimkids has spent almost two years analyzing the generally dim business environment in the city of Bulawayo and developed plans for three business projects: a market garden, a small egg and poultry business, and a community computer training center and internet café. All three are designed to simultaneously generate income for its activities, train the older children in basic business skills and provide them with solid, supervised experience. The infrastructure for all three projects is already in place since the City Council of Bulawayo donated 2.5 acres and they have built a multi-room resource center, with the labor provided largely by their Seniors (those from our group who have reached the age of 18) as part of a skills-development plan.

Zimkids will use its grant for an Internet Café and Computer Training Center, having already trained both its Seniors and our Elders (those between 15 and 19 years of age) in basic computer operations. This project will educate young people in entrepreneurship and provide them with marketable skills essential to convert that entrepreneurial spirit into sustainable business activities, while at the same time providing income for their Trust. In addition, it will be one step further in shaping Zimkids Orphan Trust into a sustainable, self-supporting entity.  Zimkids will use the grant money specifically to purchase computers and ancillary equipment, along with solar panels and batteries to power them.

 

 

 

 

 


5.   Aiducation International Schweiz, Kenya-$9,000 (http://www.aiducation.org/en/Content/Static/About_us/Our_Team/Kenyan-Chapter.html)


Aiducation International (AI) has a clear and transparent focus and is a unique player in today’s NGO market.  It only invests in education. AI believes education is the most effective strategy to realize potential, and each scholarship donated is invested into education only.  AI scholars are selected for their potential to positively impact their society at the economic social, and political level. As they contribute to building a better Kenyan society, they multiply the impact and shift it from an individual to a social (regional and even national)

 Level. Consequently, supporting high potential students has not only a short-term impact but also a mid- long-term impact. The short-term impact is the increase of high potential students financially able to complete high school. AI controls this through progress reports on the academic performance of each scholar and extracurricular activities and special achievements. The mid-long-term impact can only be seen several years after our scholars’ graduation from high school. Through mentorship academies AI is building a network for students that will allow it to follow their long-term development and contribution to the economic, social and political development of Kenya. While each scholar receives a secondary school scholarship, he or she also becomes part of an exclusive network. Yearly mentorship academies allow the students to meet and learn from high profile speakers, from young professionals and from their peers. Workshops and discussions sensitize the scholars to use their talent and potential to make Kenya a better place.  The Alumni Network grant will help fund provide three mentorship academies in 2012. Each academy will be attended by 100 bright and financially dependent Kenyan secondary school students, all scholars in merit-based scholarship program. Bringing those high-potentials together in their holidays creates an opportunity for them to get to know each other and to learn from experts in the field of economy, entrepreneurship, politics and social sciences. AI has held 4 academies since December 2009, the most recent financed in part with a previous grant from the P&G Alumni Network. The new grant will enable AI to pay for the accommodations, food and travel expenses of scholars and invited guest speakers. The support of the P&G Alumni Network will facilitate raising the other half of the required funds to implement the Mentorship Academies in 2012.

 

  

 

 

 

 

6. Center for Great Neighborhoods, Covington, KY-$7,000 (http://www.greatneighborhoods.org)


The Center for Great Neighborhoods of Covington (CGN) is a non-profit community-based organization serving Covington, Kentucky. The Center offers a number of innovative programs that foster healthy families, youth and neighborhoods, in the areas of: neighborhood and housing development, youth development and community arts.  The arts are a vital ingredient for a healthy community and a key component in our community building agenda. CGN developed Art by Covington’s Future Enterprises to serve as a microenterprise arts-based catalyst for economic and social development for youth in Covington in 2006.  Art by Covington’s Future Enterprises benefits the community by engaging at-risk youth in positive, skill-building arts activities during after-school hours, ultimately resulting in improved school performance, increased self-confidence and development of positive future and career goals. Youth create artwork with professional artists, seek markets to sell their work and receive a commission or service fee for their work.  Along the way, youth learn how to become entrepreneurs as they receive training in defining a business, creating a plan, and marketing a service and promoting a product. Students are involved in all aspects of the business. Each student team must create a business plan for the business they plan to create and promote. They receive on-the-job training in art technique and skills from professional artists. Local business professionals provide training to strengthen students’ workplace skills and help them develop business and marketing plans. Two years ago the program hired a professional photographer introduced the youth to event photography and through this business, they were contracted by the Covington Neighborhood Collaborative (CNC) to create the 2011 Historic Covington Calendar.  New ventures such as Photo Booths and videos, in addition to the current event photography and screen-printing businesses, are in the planning stages. The program demonstrates the positive economic development role the arts can play in the community. With Covington’s high dropout rate, CGN is engaging teens in entrepreneurial business ventures, paving the way to graduation, and college. The Center for Great neighborhoods will utilize its grant from Alumni Network to increase its capacity to serve more youth by purchasing additional digital media technology. This includes four Canon Rebel DSLR cameras with HD movie capacity, memory cards and Lavalier Wireless Microphones, Final Cut editing software and a MacBook Pro.

   

 

 


7. Sathi Heads Held High, India-$7,000 (http://www.head-held-high.org/)


Sathi started in 1992 in Raichur, Karnataka, India and runs two programs. The first and original program aims to rescue lost or orphan children living on train stations and unite them with their real or foster families. A second program called Head Heal High (HHH), started in 2010, trains illiterate to semi literate youth to become English-speaking call centre executives and gives them jobs in rural call centers. Sathi partnered with the Head Held High Foundation in 2010 to start the Head Held High program. The foundation aims to make a difference by enabling and empowering the rural youth through breakthrough training, imparting employable skills and ensuring livelihood.  In a nutshell, the goal is to enable rural youth to live with their ‘Head Held High’.  Inclusion for HHH is broad in its sense as it creates opportunities for women, bridges the digital divide that India today faces, creates a growth ladder by which up skilled opportunities are created (rural domestic and international BPO) and it creates job opportunities at the door step of the youth, not forcing them to migrate to cities, leading to other downstream effects including environmental sustainability, education, gender equality and economic well-being. The opportunities to create such wide scale growth are also spurring first generation entrepreneurship with the “Head Held High” foundation being such an example of social entrepreneurship.

 

Funds from a P&G Alumni Network grant will be used to train 50 extremely poor, illiterate/semi-literate adults over a period of 12 months to convert them into trained knowledge workers capable of specific marketable skills for BPO sector. Students will be chosen from what is the bottom of the bottom of pyramid as they are adult, unskilled labor earning barely INR 10-20  (USD 0.25-.50) per day. Since, on average, each student supports a family of 8 dependents, the program has potential to uplift 200 people out of poverty into relatively dignified life. The students pay back the training money over next one year and that money is recycled to train 25 more student.

    

 

 

 

 

8. Mercy Neighborhood Ministries, Cincinnati-$7,000 (http://www.mercyneighborhoodministries.org/)


Mercy Neighborhood Ministries (MNM) is a non-profit organization serving disadvantaged adults, youth and seniors in the near-eastern neighborhoods of Cincinnati.  It has an eighteen-year history of successfully transitioning women from dependency on welfare to self-sufficiency through work as home care aides.  It has developed a proven program of ongoing training in workplace and life skills, access to supportive services and mentoring that makeup the long term investment required for women of generational poverty to successfully enter and stay in the workforce.  MNM has been providing home care for vulnerable senior citizens since 1993 and the position of Home Care Aide is the fastest growing job in the market, with 1,952 new jobs expected in Cincinnati over the next five years.  MNM  has developed My Pathway to a Health Career to create economic empowerment in the lives of some of our community’s most disadvantaged members:  undereducated, unemployed mothers.  Through the Home Care Aide Training program, the women are not only trained and certified to become employable as home care aides; they are also challenged, in addition, to complete their basic educational requirements and pursue further technical training along the healthcare pathway.  In this way they can advance along the path of economic empowerment to attaining self-sufficiency for themselves and for their families. By increasing the number of competent and caring home care aides in the work force, our elderly neighbors will be able to “age in place” as desired. In My Pathway to a Health Career, low-income women seeking self-sufficiency for themselves and their families through meaningful employment are introduced into a progressive workforce training, employment and job retention support. MNM will use its Alumni Network grant for training equipment, supplies and materials it needs to grow this program.

 

          

 

 

 

 

Additional information on the Network’s philanthropy programs and on past grant recipients can be found on the Network website.

 

 

2010 Grant Recipients were awarded $50,000

 

 1. People’s Participation in Education (WATU) Tanzania- Award of $10,000

  • The mission of People’s Participation in Education known as WATU (WATU is the Kiswahili word for “people”) is to mobilize resources to improve the quality of pre-primary, primary and secondary education in disadvantaged rural and urban areas in northern Tanzania, and to strive to make that education accessible to as many students as possible.  WATU is building a learning and resource center at Shiri Mgungani, and plans to use the grant money to build that portion of the Resource Center that would house a computer/internet/library facility, which would also serve as classroom space.  The facility would represent a new dynamic and interactive approach to assisting the local teachers to be more effective in the classroom, especially providing them with access to resource materials over the internet and the ability to print them.
  • This facility would also be used as a re-education facility for adults who want to train as computer operators.  No such facility exists in the area and will generate considerable interest and use. The effects of the funds would be far reaching in that the facility will draw more teachers to the center reinforcing current teacher training programs.  Better trained teachers will have a more positive effect on the student population and as noted allow for some adult computer training. Previous efforts showed that renovations and building programs have led to examination success especially from the primary to secondary level and greatly improved school attendance as well as teacher training methodologies (www.e-watu.com).

 

 

2. Acción Emprendedora Chile- Award of $10,000

  • Acción Emprendedora (“AE”) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2002 with a mission to help microentrepreneurs overcome poverty through more effective business practices.  AE is dedicated to the development of the small business sector in areas of high social impact and pursues this goal by providing microentrepreneurs with business training, technical assistance, and support in obtaining financing.  AE’s primary program is a comprehensive microenterprise training course provided to Chilean microentreprenurs. This three-month course is comprised of business modules focusing on production, marketing, law, accounting, human resources, and general management.
  • Consistent with its mission and in response to the onset of easy and convenient digital marketing tools, AE seeks to incorporate digital expertise into its suite of business education products.  A Digital Marketing Course will be a new course offering for Accion Emprendedora. The focus of the course will be employing digital tools such as the Microsoft Office suite of products as well as digital marketing platforms such as blogs, Facebook, Twitter and Latin American online sales platforms such as Mercado Libre to fuel business growth.  AE has been on the forefront of modern digital platforms in the nonprofit segment through the use of its website, Facebook page, and regular Twitter streams to actively engage the Chilean community.  The majority of grants funds would be used to purchase laptop computers for the course. The remaining funding would be used to develop and print digital learning and marketing manuals for the classroom as well as to create professional classroom learning modules that will be posted on YouTube for widespread microentrepreneur access (www.accionemprendedora.org).

 
 
 

3. Freestore Foodbank Cincinnati: Award of $10,000

  • The Freestore Foodbank operates a regional distribution warehouse that distributes approximately 12 million pounds of food and product each year throughout southern Ohio, northern Kentucky, and southeastern Indiana. One of its key programs is Cincinnati COOKS!  which trains low-income, at-risk adults in commercial kitchen management and professional food preparation, along with skills needed to acquire and sustain employment.   Now into its ninth year, Cincinnati COOKS! which has placed almost 500 of its 650 graduates in food-related jobs, is poised for more growth. Cincinnati COOKS! creates stability and furthers self-reliance for people in crisis by training low-income, at-risk adults in commercial kitchen management and professional food preparation, along with skills needed to acquire and sustain employment.  Through this program, low-income adults with serious barriers to employment receive ten weeks of free training in commercial food preparation and kitchen management along with life skills and job-readiness coaching that prepares them for meaningful employment in the food service industry.
  • The P&G Alumni grant will be used for the continued operation of Cincinnati COOKS! and increase daily production from 900 meals at 15 Kids Cafe sites to 1,500 meals at 22 locations.  As part of their hands-on training, Cincinnati COOKS! students prepare hot nutritious meals that are  served free to children who attend the Freestore Foodbank’s Kids Cafe program in low-income neighborhoods of Cincinnati. Weekly meal production exceeds 4,500 meals that feed approximately 900 children in 15 locations. Since its inception, the program has consistently met or exceeded its goals of graduating 75 percent of those who enroll and finding employment for at least 50 percent of graduates within 60 days of graduation. One year later, 70 percent of them are still working (www.freestorefoodbank.org).
 
 
 
 

4. AIESEC  Argentina: Award of $10,000

  • AIESEC is a global, non-political, independent, not-for-profit organization run by university students and recent graduates. Founded in 1948 to promote international and cross-cultural understanding by creating opportunities for international internships, the organization has a 60 year history of internships, conferences, projects, and academic symposia.   AIESEC today includes more than 50,000 students in 1,700 universities in 107 countries around the world, creating more than 5,000 International Internships.  The NGO’s that are delivering critical services to at-risk youth are not achieving the desired impact, due to skill gaps in efficient operations, IT proficiency, and marketing & communications expertise. AIESEC has seen this skill gap first-hand as interns have worked with NGO’s on other specific projects. Bringing interns with marketing, budgeting, business operations, technology skills, and volunteer management experience will fill key gaps and establish new networks for collaboration.
  • The grant will support the Parempi Project to develop and professionalize NGOs. Specifically, the Parempi Project will utilize the group of international interns for five month focused projects in skill development and collaboration / integration of overlapping projects.  Interns will include business majors, IT specialists, government  relations students, etc, experiencing a new culture while collaborating on a high-impact social entrepreneurship project. 

 

 

 

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