Posts tagged ‘philanthropy’

Be the Change: Promise Rings from Tumbleweed Bead Co. @shoptumbleweed #hwhtw

Jewelry makers Tumbleweed Bead Co. have launched The Promise Project to donate a portion of proceeds from their promise rings to charities that empower women.  $1 from each ring sold (they start at $10!) goes to Women Thrive Worldwide and YWCA Wenatchee Valley.  But why promise rings?

“Inspiration for our Promise Rings came from a fabulous friend. She bought herself a ring, made herself a promise, and wore the ring as a constant reminder to keep that promise to herself! ”

Read more and buy your ring here:

August 6, 2012 at 11:48 am Leave a comment

Be the Change: “12 Days of Giving to Support Women and Girls Globally” @StephenieFoster @CIPE @VitalVoices #hwhtw

Start 21012 off right: Stephenie Foster’s HuffPost article identifies 12 fabulous women-friendly charities worthy of support.  Some notable entries:

For the fourth day (“colly birds – or is it calling birds?’): The Women in Public Service Project was launched in early December at the U.S. Department of State by Sec. Clinton. Founded by a partnership between the Department of State and the Seven Sisters women’s colleges, it will create training, mentoring and networking opportunities for emerging women leaders from across the globe.

For the sixth day (“geese a laying’): the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) [hosts of this year’s Democracy that Delivers for Women Conference – see:]

For the twelfth (“drummers drumming”): Vital Voices Global Partnership [an HWHTW favorite! – see:]

See the full list:

January 9, 2012 at 12:55 pm 1 comment

Be the Change: The Firefox Challenge @everymomcounts @CTurlington #hwhtw

Mozilla has partnered with some civic-minded celebrities to raise money for charity this holiday season!  In the Firefox Challenge, Mozilla started off with a $5,000 donation to each celebrity charity, and will give $25,000 more to the charity that raises the most funds by January 11.

One of the celebrities in the Challenge is supermodel and maternal health activist (and HWHTW heroine) Christy Turlington Burns.  Her nonprofit, Every Mother Counts, is currently raising funds to build a much-needed new maternal health clinic in Indonesia.  Click here to make a donation – and if you give at least $16, you’ll be entered to win an Every Mother Counts t-shirt autographed by Christy herself!

Learn more or donate:

December 21, 2011 at 12:34 pm Leave a comment

State of the World’s Mothers 2011

According to the Foundation Center’s Philanthropy News Digest, a new report outlines how global maternal health supports U.S. national security:

“The 2011 Mother’s Index from Save the Children ranks the United States thirty-first among 164 countries in the well-being of mothers and children, as measured by health, education, and economic status. According to State of the World’s Mothers 2011 (42 pages, PDF), Norway, Australia, and Iceland are the three “best places to be a mother,” while eight of the ten “worst” countries to be a mother are in sub-Saharan Africa. Ranked at the very bottom is Afghanistan, where a woman typically has fewer than five years of education and the mortality rate for children under the age of five is 20 percent. The report features essays from former business and military leaders, politicians, academics, and religious leaders, including members of Save the Children’s board, that highlight the effectiveness of low-cost, low-tech strategies designed to improve access to basic health care and which suggest that women’s empowerment is not only a moral imperative, but in the economic, environmental, and national security interest of the United States. ”

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May 17, 2011 at 12:33 pm Leave a comment

UN Women USNC 2011 National Conference: “UNITE for PEACE”

“Join us on June 11th, 2011 in Raleigh, NC for the UN Women USNC 2011 National Conference ‘UNITE for PEACE – in our home, in our community, and in our world.’  The United States National Committee for United Nations Women presents this conference with a focus on building collaborations to end violence against women – locally and globally.
“Local and global leaders, subject matter experts, and other interested parties will convene to address the following topics: the state of women’s rights and gender equality, advocacy, coalition building, philanthropy, perspectives from generation Next, overcoming violence, and new South.   They will convene to learn, network, and collaborate to make a difference.  
“Speakers include Carol Poteat Buchanan, Charlotte O’Neal, Elaine Marshall, Jill Dinwiddie, Rick Copeland, Crystal Lander, Beth Froehling, Derreck Kayongo, MaryBeth Loucks-Sorrell, Aurelia Sands-Belle, Miranda Davis, Vimala Rajendran, Kit Gruelle, Dana Mangum, Sheila Smith McKoy, Juliana Nfah-Abbenyi, Kathleen Griffin, Maryanne Kamau, Lisa Seepaul, Joanne Hershfield, Mary Cantando, Tana Greene, Lisa Pineiro, Nancy Soward, Frances Battle and Beth Briggs.   North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue and UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women Michelle Bachelet also have been invited. 
“You can register online or at mail in your registration.   Early registration is $75 per person if you register early, $50 for the current members of UN Women USNC, $25 for the students.   Onsite registration the day of the conference is $95 per person.  Seats will be reserved on first-come-first-serve basis.”

Visit for more information.

March 31, 2011 at 12:03 pm Leave a comment

Inside Women for Women International

I’m halfway through a 2-week assignment at Women for Women International, helping process their participant evaluation forms.  What an eye-opener!  The most striking lesson so far is that the overwhelming majority of the women participants are running a business (and a household) without any ability to read or write.  It has really underscored to me the importance of getting and keeping women and girls in good quality schools.

Read more about Women for Women International:

January 15, 2011 at 11:31 am 2 comments

1,000 Days: Change a Life, Change the Future

On September 22, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nicholas Clegg, Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, and Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will announce a five-year public-private global alliance to contribute to the goal of reducing the unmet need for family planning by 100 million women, expand skilled birth attendance and facility-based deliveries, and increase the number of women and newborns receiving quality post-natal care by 2015.”

Secretary Clinton says: “We also know enough about the science of nutrition to know these interventions have the biggest impact when they occur during the first 1,000 days of a child’s existence. That begins with pregnancy and continues through a child’s second birthday. Interventions after that second birthday make a difference, but often cannot undo the damage that was done because of the undernutrition during the first 1,000 days. So we can be very targeted with our investments to save and improve the greatest number of lives.”

Read more:

Secretary Clinton’s speech:

1,000 Days: Change a Life, Change the Future website:

September 22, 2010 at 9:03 pm Leave a comment

Zainab Salbi: “It’s No Longer About Policy”

zainab salbi photoThis morning I had the privilege of hearing one of my personal heroes, Zainab Salbi, speak on “U.S. Foreign Policy Addressing Violence in Global Hot Spots”. Zainab, the founder of Women for Women International, urged the need for action, not just words. “Now is the time to push.”

She outlined 4 key issues of focus for U.S. Foreign Policy:

1. Inconsistency. How can we require Sudan to include women in its peace negotiating team when the U.S. team is not 50% women?

2. Being more conservative than the cultures where we work. Under Saddam, Iraqi women could go to a store and receive rations like any other citizen; the U.S. distributes food rations from mosques, where women do not have equal standing.

3. Walking the walk. We are now talking the talk, but we need measurement of results so we can hold our own government accountable.

4. Public awareness. We have many resolutions and policies on women’s rights, but no one outside the activist community knows what they are. An awareness campaign is needed to reach all men and women.

Her closing thought: “It’s no longer about policy.” Now is the time for action.

June 12, 2010 at 11:35 am Leave a comment

Helping Women Helps the World.

Lots of us want to help make the world a better place.  But how?  The evidence is telling us that the way to change the world for the better – for everyone – is to start with women.

From microloans to education to entrepreneurial assistance, organizations all over the world are finding that the assistance they provide to women results in greater good for their entire communities. 

This blog will study and discuss the evidence for women-centric development efforts, as well as ways you can get involved.  So whether you’re a guy or a girl, add us to your weekly reading list and help change the world!

March 21, 2010 at 2:23 pm Leave a comment

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