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Posted By Social Edge
On 29 June 2015 - 3:55pm

I was born in a slum in Singapore in 1957. Except for the British, almost everyone else was poor. My father worked in a grocery shop and his salary as a shop assistant could hardly feed his family – three kids, our mother, and our grandmother.

By necessity, my mother Tan Siam Kheng had to think up new ways to raise the income level of our household, as her kids were growing and needed to go to school.

At first, she tried cooking pancakes, hoping to piggy-back on our neighbor who peddled fresh fruit from a pushcart.

But the attempt failed, as our neighbor did not promote the pancakes and instead returned all the unsold products in the evening. My mother gave up her first start-up enterprise after three nights of distributing ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 29 June 2015 - 12:45pm

The recent attention given to fundraising has acted as a wake up call for us to sort out the best possible standards for what we do in asking for money from the public.
I have been spending time consulting my CEO members about how we tackle the issues raised in parts of the media about fundraising practices. ACEVO convened a particularly good breakfast  round table at the Charities Aid Foundation with senior CEOs which helped clarify the actions we need to take. Of course not all my members do public fundraising, many do small amounts, and some of our bigger best loved charities like the Red Cross, BHF, Macmillan and  cancer research charities for example do a lot.
A general consensus has emerged that, while this is not a crisis, we must treat this seriously. As David McCullough of RVS commented , the age of deference is over and people/media are more happy to have a go at institutions of all sorts. It is also clear that there has been no impact in terms of giving and ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 26 June 2015 - 5:12pm

Not many people walk around an orphanage in Africa and say, “Hey, that kid would be a great factory worker some day!”

But not many people go nuts – literally. Four years ago I was a high-flying executive, but then I sold it all and moved to Mozambique. I had worked at a number of food companies, including Hershey’s Chocolate.

It was through a cocoa purchasing trip that I made my first visit to Africa. While surveying cocoa yields in Ghana I was confronted with striking poverty. Children were walking miles for water, living in huts, and unable to attend school. Amidst what seems like unresolvable poverty, there seemed to be tremendous agricultural potential.

A few years later in Tanzania I was asked by the government to come help them. I did it for free. The fields and local ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 26 June 2015 - 2:32pm

One of the great accomplishments of medicine is to treat not only that which is external, but also that which is internal. This is the purpose of surgery: treating that which cannot be resolved with changes in nutrition, exercise, drug therapies, vaccinations or rehabilitation. Access to quality surgical care can have broad ramifications for a country, both social and economic.

Surgical conditions represent approximately 30 percent of the global burden of disease. Surgical care is needed throughout life, across all levels of care, and is used to treat a broad range of diseases. Surgery has proven to be a cost-effective intervention, while failure to treat surgical conditions threatens the productivity of ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 26 June 2015 - 2:00pm

Before we met Ana Veronica Ojeda Quispe in the state of Puno, Peru, she was a single mother struggling to provide for her five children through small, part-time jobs. She ran away from home when she was just 11 years old to escape abuse and was living without the support of her family.

Ana Veronica’s story is not unlike those of the many women who live in rural and peri-urban communities in Peru. They can’t find good jobs and they become trapped in a cycle of poverty. Their communities, which are often far from city centers, have minimal access to essential products such as shampoo and fortified food for children, which contribute to a good quality of life. At the same time, many multinational and ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 26 June 2015 - 12:14am

"Go out there and be a passionate amateur,” said Ashley Wile, the founder of Sole Girls, at the recent Toronto Boot Camp.


There, American Express and Ashoka welcomed 20 of the brightest young social entrepreneurs from around Canada to Toronto for an intensive leadership journey, the second of five being held around the world this summer.



Each of the Toronto Emerging Innovators received advice from established innovators, one-on-one guidance from some of the best minds in business, and picked up how-tos in funding, scaling, communicating, mentoring, and networking. The idea is to provide them with the training and guidance to allow ...more

On 25 June 2015 - 6:38pm

Thomas Edison one said, “the three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.” This week’s team member of the week is the personification of these three essentials. Morgan DeLuce is not only a hard worker; she exemplifies perseverance and persistence gracefully with her common sense. Morgan, thank you for your hard work and dedication. We appreciate you for always taking the time to get the job done. Congratulations!

Name: Morgan DeLuce
Hometown: Lafayette, CA
Business Unit/JOB TITLE: Operations and Recruiting Coordinator
Favorite Hobby: Traveling
Favorite UniversalGiving Giving Opportunity: Children’s Emergency Medical Fund

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