10.26.15 International Nonprofit News

Oct 26, 2015 | News, Philanthropy Journal

Norwegian Air’s passengers have donated more than $200,000 to UNICEF, Landesa helps 53 women in Kalahandi receive land titles to their own land, Takaful Fifth Annual Conference will be held at Abu Dhabi University November 4th and 5th, and more.

News about grants, gifts

’s passengers have donated more than $200,000 to UNICEF’s work for children all over the world since the launch of the donation programme in June. In October, all donations were used to fill an airplane from Norwegian Air with school supplies and emergency aid to Syrian refugee children.

Swedish Orphan Biovitrum and the World Federation of Hemophilia have partnered to enable a sustained humanitarian supply of hemophilia treatment to Senegal and other developing countries.

News about people, groups

The Schwab Foundation has announced the finalists for the India Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In an effort to recognize excellence in social entrepreneurship, the Schwab Foundation along with Jubilant Bhartia Foundation organizes The India Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award to provide unique opportunities for social entrepreneurs to connect with corporate, political, academic, media and other leaders.

The Carter Center, Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization, and the Mectizan Donation Program of Merck & Co., Inc. have partnered together to form a coalition of organizations helping countries in the Americas fight river blindness.

The Board of Trustees of The Resource Alliance has appointed Kyla Shawyer to the position of permanent chief executive. She has been interim chief since June 2014.

Last month, 53 single women from six villages in the Kalahandi district received pattas (land titles) to their own plots of land. The patta distribution is being carried out by the government of Odisha, in partnership with Landesa‘s Women’s Support Center program.

Susan A. “Sue” Petrisin became the first female to lead a top international service organization, Kiwanis International, on October 1st. As president, Petrisin will guide more than 630,000 members who make a difference in the lives of children in their communities and around the world.

The BBC World Service Group and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have partnered to highlight the issue of female empowerment across Africa. The partnership means the foundation will support content across the whole BBC World Service Group, beginning October 14th with an eight-part weekly video, text and audio series called “Women of Africa” highlighting the role played by unsung female heroes across the continent.

Nienke van der Malen-van der Horst will be the new director at The Hague Convention Bureau as of November 1st. Under her leadership, The Hague Convention Bureau will focus on acquiring more international conferences and business events in the coming years.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation announces that they have been declared the Best NGO at the 14th Mother Teresa Awards for 2014.

Habitat for Humanity International announces Tjada D’Oyen McKenna as the new global housing ministry’s chief operating officer. McKenna will begin her new role with the organization November 2nd.

Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada is expanding their reach to grant more wishes to children with serious neurological and genetic diagnoses, like severe cerebral palsy.

Yum! Brands announced it has adopted a community in Jinotega, Nicaragua, as part of its new “Feed the World Ambassador Program.” The new employee fundraising program is part of Yum! Brands’ global World Hunger Relief effort that raises awareness, volunteerism and donations for the United Nations World Food Programme.

In concert with the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations, Global Impact has launched a multi-pronged initiative to advance the goals in several sectors. The 17 goals seek to end poverty, ensure food security, protect the environment, and much more.

News about opportunities, initiatives

The European Venture Philanthropy Association‘s will hold a training workshop titled “Gender lens due diligence – How to include a gender lens in your investment strategy” in Berlin October 29th and 30th. The training will be hosted by BMW Foundation and lead by social investor and gender expert Suzanne Biegel.

The International Association of Advisers in Philanthropy has opened its call for speakers for the Conference on Philanthropy 2016. The Conference on Philanthropy draws approximately 300 members and guests who are dedicated to philanthropy worldwide.

Takaful Fifth Annual Conference will be hosted by the Gerhart Center at Abu Dhabi University November 4th and 5th. The conference brings together a diverse audience of practitioners, scholars, foundations, civil society, private sector and government from within and outside the Arab region to share good practices and innovative solutions in the field of strategic philanthropy, corporate sustainability, and civic engagement.

Applications for the 2016 Conservation Leadership Programme Conservation Team Awards are now open. The Programme aims to advance biodiversity conservation globally by building the leadership capabilities of early-career conservation professionals working in high-priority places with limited capacity to address conservation issues. This partnership initiative includes BirdLife International, Fauna & Flora International and the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Christopher Purdy, CEO of DKT International, is presenting on the topic of “The Main Institutional Obstacles Facing Family Planning Organizations Today”  at the 2015 International Family Planning Conference in Bali November 9th12th.

mothers2mothers Mentor Mother and Spokeswoman Khanyisile Mavimbela traveled to the Global Women’s Leadership Network hosted by the Bush Center, where she met with former First Lady Laura Bush. She also spoke at several events at United Nations General Assembly week in New York.


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