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An Evening with Muhammad Yunus in Celebration of Global Philanthropy

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On Wednesday, October 11, together with Seattle Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Global Washington honored global philanthropists at a dinner with Bill and Paula Clapp, and the Clapps’ longtime friend and mentor, Nobel Laureate and founder of the Grameen Bank, Muhammad Yunus.

In his talk Professor Yunus shared his philosophy on charity, his views on the nature of poverty, and his new book, A World of Three Zeros: The New Economics of Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, and Zero Net Carbon Emissions.

David Wertheimer, director of community and civic engagement at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, welcomed the assembled philanthropists and other distinguished guests. Afterwards, Tony Mestres, President & CEO of Seattle Foundation, gave remarks about the importance of global giving to Seattle Foundation, including observing that in a recent report from Council on Foundations, the Seattle region ranked number two among its community foundation peers across the nation in terms of percentage of total international giving. “I think we should all aim for number one,” he said, drawing a round of applause.

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – Financial Services for the Poor

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Giggling community members have a bit of fun in line, as they wait to use their Last Mile Mobile Solutions cards to pick up their goods. They are part of a cash-for-work program implemented by World Vision following Typhoon Haiyan. Photo: World Vision

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s mission is to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives. One of the most powerful leverage points the foundation has found to increase opportunities for people in the developing world to lift themselves out of poverty is ensuring they have access to the right tools to manage their financial lives.

“Poor people like everyone else have complex financial lives,” said David Lubinski, a senior program officer at the foundation. With the right financial tools, people can securely put away small amounts of money over time to create a cushion for unexpected financial shocks and to invest in growing their income through money-making opportunities.

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Fundación MAPFRE Partnership Helps Develop Global Leaders

Fundación MAPFRE has made an extraordinary gift to support the future leaders of NPH.

September 14, 2017

The Institute’s Class of 2017 – 2018: Ever, Maria, Darich, Darlyn, Farid and Yomara. Credit: NPH

The Institute’s Class of 2017 – 2018: Ever, Maria, Darich, Darlyn, Farid and Yomara. Credit: NPH

Fundación MAPFRE is proud to announce an exciting partnership with NPH USA by providing more than $93,000 to support the Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH) Seattle Institute, which develops a future generation of leaders in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Now in its seventh year, NPH’s Seattle Institute offers promising young adults a deep and advanced leadership formation experience in the U.S. Each year six university-aged students from NPH are selected to spend ten months in Seattle, enrolling in a full-time English program and participating in a comprehensive leadership development program. The goal of the program is to train talented youth to maximize their own potential and to serve others in their local communities.

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