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Global Leadership Demands We Break the Silence

Renewing Global Leadership is the theme of Global Washington’s upcoming conference. We are very excited to have extremely accomplished global leaders as our speakers for the conference, ranging from corporate, non-profit, academic, foundations and development agencies. As we talked about at last year’s conference, we are going through some interesting times politically, and we have seen major shifts in attitudes around America’s role as a world leader. Read More

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Organization Profile: Grameen Foundation

Digital-based loans give females farmers like Anne Ndungu the safe, reliable financing they need to build strong agribusinesses in Kenya.

Digital-based loans give female farmers like Anne Ndungu the safe, reliable financing they need to build strong agribusinesses in Kenya. (Photo: Riccardo Gangale/ Grameen Foundation)

The Grameen Foundation is on a mission to “enable the poor, especially women, to create a world without hunger and poverty.”

To do this, it engages with a network of community partners in countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America to implement solutions in three main areas: financial services for women, digital innovations in agriculture, and health care financing and access. Though they appear to be distinct areas of work, there is actually a great deal of overlap. Read More

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Q&A: Global Impact Chief on How and Where US Workers Give to Charity

By Gregory Scruggs

Scott Jackson

Scott Jackson, president and chief executive officer of Global Impact.

SEATTLE — On November 28, millions of people in the United States opened their wallets to make charitable donations because of a six-year-old initiative called Giving Tuesday, which piggybacks on the proliferation of consumer-driven branded days such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday that follow the Thanksgiving holiday.

This year’s figures are not yet available, but trend lines show an annual increase in charitable giving since the idea was invented in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y with support from the United Nations Foundation. Last year generated $168 million in donations, a 44 percent increase over 2015. This year, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation matched up to $2 million in donations made on Facebook.

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