Heifer International has received an $8.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for project work on the East Africa Dairy Development (EADD) project.  The grant will support existing projects in Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda and explore possibilities for expansion in Ethiopia and Tanzania between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013.

“We are excited for the opportunity to continue serving dairy farming families and grateful to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for their support,” said Elizabeth Bintliff, vice president of Heifer International’s Africa area program.

EADD began in 2008 as a four-year, $42.8 million project funded by the Gates Foundation to help about 179,000 smallholder dairy farmer families to double their household income, create, connect and expand dairy market infrastructure, and sustainably increase dairy productivity and efficiency.  Currently in its final year of the pilot phase, EADD has grown to be one of the leading market-oriented agro-livestock development initiatives in East Africa, earning the farming families more than $35 million.

The project, implemented by Heifer International, is in partnership with TechnoServe, The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), World Agroforestry Research Institute and Africa Breeders Services.


About Heifer International:
Heifer’s mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. Since 1944, Heifer International has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income. Heifer is currently working in 40 countries, including the United States, to help families and communities become more self-reliant. For more information, visit www.heifer.org or call  (800) 696-1918.

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The Texas Instruments (TI) Foundation recently approved grants of $1.5 million to 12 North Texas arts and culture organizations, continuing its commitment to help enrich the quality of life in TI’s headquarters community.

This year’s arts grant recipients include the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico ($15,000), Turtle Creek Chorale ($15,000), Chamberlain Performing Arts ($25,000), Dallas Black Dance Theatre ($100,000), Dallas Children’s Theater ($200,000), Dallas Museum of Art ($200,000), Dallas Opera ($250,000), Dallas Summer Musicals ($25,000), Dallas Symphony Orchestra($700,000), Nasher Sculpture Center ($20,000), Richardson Symphony Orchestra ($20,000) and Shakespeare Dallas ($25,000).

“It’s both an exciting and challenging time for the arts in Dallas,” said Ann Pomykal, executive director of the TI Foundation. “We believe that an entire community benefits when its arts thrive.  So by helping the arts in North Texas reach and sustain a high level of operational and artistic excellence, we can positively impact our community’s economy and quality of life.”

The TI Foundation has long supported arts and culture in Dallas and during recent challenging economic times has provided direct support of operations to many valued nonprofit arts organizations.

“The TI Foundation is leading the charge in business support for arts and culture in North Texas, and we hope this level of commitment serves as a clarion call to others,” Katherine Wagner, chief executive officer of the Business Council for the Arts, said.

From the perspective of a grant recipient, Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny explained, “Texas Instruments has been a stalwart supporter of The Dallas Opera for more than 50 years.  For the second consecutive season, the Texas Instruments Foundation is providing an unprecedented level of financial support.  As we strive to reflect the highest artistic and technical standards for this art form, the Texas Instruments Foundation must be credited for its starring role as a partner in the success of this company.  It’s a role for which all of us at The Dallas Opera are deeply grateful.”

“The commitment of Texas Instruments and the TI Foundation to the arts is extraordinary and outstanding,” added Michael Jenkins, president and managing director of the Dallas Summer Musicals. “Because of the economy, the TI Foundation grants have been invaluable in continuing the quality of the arts in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. We’re better today than ever because of the TI Foundation’s commitment.”

“While the TI Foundation board has to make the difficult choices of where to contribute and can’t respond to all funding requests, we believe that these arts partners are community assets that need continuing support to stay viable and excellent.  We encourage others to join us in supporting all of the arts in North Texas,” Pomykal added.


About Texas Instruments Foundation

The Texas Instruments Foundation, founded in 1964, is a non-profit organization providing philanthropic support for educational and charitable purposes primarily in the communities where Texas Instruments operates. While its primary focus is on providing knowledge, skills and programs to improve science, technology, engineering and math education, the Texas Instruments Foundation also invests in arts and culture and in health and human services programs that meet the greatest community needs.

About Texas Instruments

Texas Instruments semiconductor innovations help 90,000 customers unlock the possibilities of the world as it could be – smarter, safer, greener, healthier and more fun.  Our commitment to building a better future is ingrained in everything we do – from the responsible manufacturing of our semiconductors, to caring for our employees, to giving back inside our communities.  This is just the beginning of our story.  Learn more at www.ti.com.

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Northwestern Mutual, through its Foundation, announced today a two-year commitment to the American Red Cross’ Disaster Responder Program, which funds immediate response and long-term recovery efforts following major disasters. The foundation’s contribution to the fund is $500,000 over the course of two years and can be immediately dispersed during disaster efforts.

In addition, as part of the agreement with the American Red Cross, Northwestern Mutual can activate a microsite to enable its 5,000 employees and 16,000 field force members to pledge personal donations to major disasters. A microsite is being launched to designate support to those affected by the wildfires in Colorado, including some Northwestern Mutual clients and financial representatives living in the Colorado Springs area.

“Northwestern Mutual is honored to partner with the American Red Cross, which has supported people through unexpected life circumstances for more than 100 years,” said John Kordsmeier, president, Northwestern Mutual Foundation. “And, that’s what makes this a great partnership — for more than 155 years Northwestern Mutual has been protecting families from unexpected financial risks and getting them through times of recovery.”

“I am thrilled that Northwestern Mutual is partnering with the American Red Cross as a Disaster Responder member,” said Patty Flowers, Regional CEO of the American Red Cross of Eastern Wisconsin. “Their partnership ensures that we are there immediately following a disaster and using our resources most efficiently to help anyone in need.”


About the Northwestern Mutual Foundation The mission of the Northwestern Mutual Foundation – the largest corporate foundation in the state of Wisconsin – is to build strong, vibrant communities that serve as a legacy to future generations. The Foundation’s giving is designed to create an impact on the communities where the company’s employees and financial representatives live and work. In fiscal year 2012, the Foundation will contribute $16.7 million to nonprofit organizations across the country.

About Northwestern Mutual The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company – Milwaukee, WI (Northwestern Mutual) – among the “World’s Most Admired” life insurance companies in 2012 according to FORTUNE® magazine – has helped clients achieve financial security for more than 155 years. As a mutual company with $1.2 trillion of life insurance protection in force, Northwestern Mutual has no shareholders. The company focuses solely and directly on its clients and seeks to deliver consistent and dependable value to them over time.  Northwestern Mutual and its subsidiaries offer a holistic approach to financial security solutions including: life insurancelong-term care insurancedisability insuranceannuitiesinvestment products, and advisory products and services. Subsidiaries include Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC, broker-dealer, registered investment adviser, member FINRA and SIPC; the Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company, limited purpose federal savings bank; and Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company; and Russell Investments.

About the American Red Cross The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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Goodrich Foundation has awarded Workshop for Warriors (WfW) in San Diego, Calif. $100,000 to support its program that provides job training and skill certification to U.S. veterans at no cost to students. WfW provides training in welding, milling and machining for wounded, homeless veterans and service men and women about to transition out of active duty into civilian life. Thousands of veterans are expected to end their military careers over the next several months as the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down.

“One area of our giving focus at Goodrich is to honor the men and women who serve their country in the armed forces,” said Marc Duvall, president of Goodrich’s Aerostructures business. “Enabling Workshops for Warriors to provide much-needed job training to veterans one of the best ways that we as a company can tell our veterans, ‘Thank you for your service.'”

Many returning veterans will come through San Diego on their way back to their hometowns, making Workshops for Warriors ideally located to assist them with their career transitions. In addition to helping veterans establish careers in an extremely tight job market, the program also benefits the country.

“America is hungry for manufacturing employees; there are more than two million unfilled manufacturing jobs in the U.S. right now,” Hernan Luis y Prado, president Workshops for Warriors said. “Hiring our graduates is a win-win for this country and the people who served it. We want to be a major driver for retraining the world’s greatest fighting force into the world’s most modern manufacturing force.”

Last month, Luis y Prado was recognized as a “Champion of Change” for establishing Workshops for Warriors and his dedication to helping members of the armed forces.

The Goodrich Foundation grant will be used to hire additional instructors in order to increase the number of graduates from Workshops for Warriors. The organization currently has a 100 percent job placement rate for its students.

This is the second Goodrich Foundation grant for the organization. In late 2011, WfW received a $25,000 grant to help it establish its curriculum. In addition, Goodrich Aerostructures business in Chula Vista, Calif., has donated nearly $1 million in equipment and materials to help WfW build out its class offerings. Additional information on the Workshops for Warriors can be found at http://www.workshopsforwarriors.org/


Goodrich Foundation is the charitable arm of Goodrich Corporation. The Foundation provides support to selected charitable institutions in Goodrich’s United States headquarters and plant communities.

Goodrich Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, is a global supplier of systems and services to the aerospace and defense industry. With one of the most strategically diversified portfolios of products in the industry, Goodrich serves a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and service facilities. For more information visit http://www.goodrich.com .

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*NOTE: This is a post by Dr. Peter Long, the president and CEO of Blue Shield of California Foundation from the RE:Philanthropy blog.

A lot can happen in a year. Twelve months ago, Osama bin Laden was the most wanted man in the world and “occupy” was just a word, not a movement.  During the next year, one million men and women will leave the active duty military service and return to civilian life with their family and friends across America.  They will become part of the two million men and women who have served the nation over the past decade of war.

Earlier this month, the Council on Foundations convened a small group of our foundation colleagues, federal officials, and nonprofit leaders to discuss how philanthropy can help those individuals rejoin their communities.

The good news is that a number of key elements for success are already in place. Most Americans have good will for military families and a strong desire to provide support. Through Joining Forces, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden have attempted to bridge the gap between an all-volunteer military and the civilian population. The Veteran’s Administration, Department of Defense, and Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are aware of the looming challenges and committed to adapting to meet the unique needs of this generation of warriors. An impressive array of national and local nonprofits has also developed blueprints and toolkits at the community, family, and individual levels. To date, a handful of foundations have invested in military families, but it is not enough given the tremendous sacrifices they’ve made and the significant levels of unmet need and untapped potential that remain.

Despite the growing interest in offering help, there is a sense that we are not meeting veterans’ needs or unlocking their full potential.  Promising efforts are limited because they are siloed, and responses are colored by different perspectives on the problem and target population.  Who should serve military families: the federal government or the communities where they live? Where should services focus: on service member’s physical and mental health, or on tapping the exquisite training and civic engagement of these families as community leaders?

Foundations can play an important role in supporting this emerging and vital national conversation. To do that, we need national leadership in the philanthropic sector to reconcile these different perspectives into a coherent framework, convene key stakeholders, and share promising practices and useful tools within the field.  Once that framework is in place, nearly every foundation can identify concrete ways to support military families while maintaining their organizational mission and priorities. We look forward to continuing the dialogue with our foundation colleagues, federal officials, the private sector, and civil society about how to support service members and their families who have served our nation over the past decade so that they—and we—achieve our full potential.

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Hilton Worldwide announced a $3 million, three-year partnership today with the International Youth Foundation (IYF), a global organization that realizes the power and promise of young people and since its founding in 1990 has prepared nearly 16 million young people to learn, work and lead. Additionally, Hilton Worldwide’s President and CEO, Christopher J. Nassetta, is joining the IYF board.

Designed to connect Hilton Worldwide’s aggressive expansion with its commitment to growing its global workforce, the partnership with IYF expands Hilton Worldwide’s promise to Travel with Purpose – the company’s corporate responsibility strategy which creates opportunities for global youth by providing them with first-hand access to education, training and career paths within the hospitality industry.

“The hospitality industry is a great place for young people to learn new skills and build a lasting career,” said Mr. Nassetta. “There are countless stories of hospitality leaders like myself who first got a taste of the industry at a young age. During college, I worked in the engineering department of a hotel where I received on-the-job training in property operations. My experience, and the wonderful people I met along the way, inspired me to pursue a career in hospitality, and through our partnership with IYF we hope to pass this inspiration to future generations who will support the long-term success of our company and the industry.”

As an IYF board member, and through Hilton Worldwide brand and regional initiatives, Nassetta will contribute to efforts that address the economic challenges associated with the staggering growth in the youth population – referred to by experts as the “youth bulge.” In many countries, youth unemployment is two-to-three times that of the rate for adults, resulting in an estimated 100 million young people in need of work worldwide.

“The International Youth Foundation is thrilled to partner with Hilton Worldwide to help expand life and work opportunities for youth across the globe – transforming the ‘youth bulge’ into a ‘youth bonus,’” said William S. Reese, the IYF President and CEO. “We are particularly pleased that a global leader in the travel and tourism industry, the world’s largest provider of jobs, is tapping the expertise and dedication of its vast workforce to reach out to local youth and help them realize their fullest potential as engaged and productive citizens.”

Hilton Worldwide will leverage its expansive network of properties – more than 3,800 hotels across 91 countries – to further strengthen IYF’s reach. Working with IYF, Hilton Worldwide will develop numerous programs that tap youth into the “ladder of success” model that has already transformed the future for countless Hilton Worldwide team members and industry leaders alike. Together, the partners will draw on their deep involvement in communities around the world to provide opportunities for future employment and life skills training to youth in developing regions. Hilton Worldwide will join IYF’s global network of more than 200 partners in 68 countries. Through its partner organizations, IYF has directly invested more than US$178 million in youth initiatives.

In 2011, Hilton Worldwide launched Travel with Purpose, its commitment to providing shared value to its business and communities around the world. Travel with Purpose is built on four areas of focus – creating opportunities for individuals to reach their full potential; strengthening communities where we operate; celebrating cultures and the power of travel; and living sustainably through the measurement, analysis and improvement of our use of natural resources.

For more information about Hilton Worldwide’s partnership with the International Youth Foundation, please visit www.hiltonworldwide.com/corporate-responsibility/partnerships.

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Forty-five of India’s richest were engaged for four hours in an intense discussion with Bill GatesAzim Premji and Ratan Tata not only on philanthropy but also on a critical question: “How do you figure how much you and the next generation need before deciding to give away your wealth to charitable causes”. The refrain was: cultivate a culture of giving.

Gates, who has pledged $26 billion to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, told the audience to “keep it for the need”, and give the rest away.

“You should not leave behind for your next generation more than what they require. Historically, such a thing has proven to be not good and, therefore, it is important to give things for charity.” He also said it is “important for all those who have succeeded in life to do philanthropy”.

The co-hosts of the event emphasized the need for partnering, and teaming up to help improve the quality of education, water, healthcare and sanitation.

The Bangalore billionaire contingent was in full attendance led by the Infosys brigade in Kris Gopalakrishnan and his wife Sudha, Infosys co-founder and chairman of Unique Identification Authority Nandan Nilekani and his wife Rohini, Biocon head Kiran Mazumdar Shaw and her husband John Shaw, Dr Devi Shetty of Narayana Hrudayalaya, V G Siddharth of the Cafe Coffee Day chain, and G Mallikarjun Rao, chairman of the GMR Group. Premji’s sons, Rishad and Tariq, were also present.

Mobile czar Sunil Mittal, industrialist and MP Navin Jindal, Hyderabad-based billionaire GVK Reddy, Ajay Pirmal, chairman, Piramal Group and Thermax director, Anu Aga, Rajashree Birla (mother of Aditya Birla group chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla), prominent investor Rakesh Jhunjunwala, Cyrus Poonawalla and his wife, flew down to Bangalore for the occasion.

The co-hosts, who spoke first, were peppered with questions. Later, the discussion was mainly on what can be done in healthcare, public sanitation, primary education and agriculture in India. Many spoke of their personal experiences in philanthropy. Rohini Nilekani spoke on agriculture, water management and sanitation. Ajay Piramal talked of how out of every 14 women in the 25-32 age group who walk into a Delhi hospital, one has cancer. Sunil Mittal said the schools started by the Bharti Foundation, now concentrated in the north, plans to go national. The event ended at 7.30pm and was followed by dinner.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation put out a statement saying: “This is a private discussion of philanthropy and social service in India. It is an opportunity for a great group of philanthropists to share ideas and experiences about giving with each other. Out of respect for their privacy, we will not be sharing the names of attendees.”

Azim Premji Foundation said the group noted “that India has its own significant tradition of philanthropy and social service; the group reaffirmed the view that there is vibrant thinking and action on philanthropy in India.” And that “the group expressed belief that philanthropy and social service are integral to the development of any society.”

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