Haitian Educational Initiatives (HEI) founder Susan Whitcomb initially went to Jacmel, Haiti after the earthquake in 2010 expecting to teach English for a few weeks. She quickly learned that 50% of children had no access to school and that the few schools still standing were in desperate straits.
Initially, I took what amounted to a sabbatical. I refereed college soccer games and consulted for a number of non-profits while taking courses in fundraising. Ultimately I met the founders of HOPE worldwide, and I just was really drawn to the organization and its work with poverty relief.
In the early 1990s, Donna Davis Allen was at a crossroads. It wasn’t a full-fledged crisis, exactly, but an increasingly persistent inner voice urged her to let loose the security blanket of a conventional job and reach for something different.
“Good, but is it good enough?” That question kept coming up at the Project Redwood Annual Meeting this October. Project Redwood was created by MBA’s with high expectations so even though we are doing excellent work, the Board of Directors gave themselves this challenge: How do we get better?
Project Redwood’s latest round of grant reviews was a record breaker! We are supporting more projects, and distributed our highest funding level to date; $262,600. Additionally, we gave $10,000 to again support the efforts of Stanford’s Design for Extreme Affordability program (the d.school).
Those were the sobering first words in the warning letter I received from the U.S. State Department in March 2013, shortly after getting my visa to Burundi – and less than one month before my scheduled departure for Bujumbura, the capital city of Burundi.
My wife Joan and I signed on as charter partners of Project Redwood in 2005, and I even sponsored one of our early grantees, Nuru International. However, in the intervening years I became less active, simply making my minimum, annual contribution to remain a member.
Ready to answer some hard questions? Imagine you had $25,000 to donate to one of these causes. Which is the best use of your money?
Helping provide 50,000 people with clean water in Nicaragua
Training young Nigerians in entrepreneurship with the expected result being 30 new businesses and 150 jo