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Dec 1, 2011

Project of the Month Club Update: December 2011

Increase Food Security in Oregon
Increase Food Security in Oregon

Dear Project of the Month Club,

Last month, the Project of the Month Club raised $3,124 from 98 donors to Increase Food Security in Oregonraising the supply of nutrient-rich foods for over 923 relief agencies throughout the Oregon Food Bank Network.

Your november donations supplied 7,200 meals to low-income individuals - freeing up scarce resources to cover more of life's basic necessities. The USDA ranks Oregon third in the nation for "very low food security"—the term used to describe those households that skipped meals or reduced their food intake to make ends meet.  We hope you are proud to know that your donations are helping men and women improve their living conditions for themselves and their families.

When the Oregon Food Bank Network’s Corporate Gifts Developer, Sarah, heard about your support, she said,

“It is an honor to be supported by GlobalGiving and its donors.  We are so grateful for support in our effort to help those in Oregon and Clark County, Wash.  The holidays are extremely busy for the Oregon Food Bank Network and the additional funds will allow us to distribute an additional 7,200 meals to those in need.” 

This December, your donations will go to Education for Children in Ningxia Province, China. The Children of Ningxia organization provides scholarships to 95 children who would otherwise not have the money to attend school. Ningxia is an impoverished rural province in Northwest China with the 3rd smallest GDP in China (thanks Wikipedia). Many girls are illiterate and married off early, and both boys and girls drop out of school because their families cannot afford it. Even though primary and middle school are free in China, the associated costs—accommodation, food, school supplies etc.—end up costing families a large portion of their annual income. A donation of only $35 keeps a child in school for a month—a month without worrying about where the money for lunches or textbooks will come from.

Again, thank you for being part of the Project of the Month Club, we are so grateful for your regular contributions. It’s not too late to give the Project of the Month club as a present this holiday season. (Don't forget that a new subscription comes with a $25 GlobalGiving gift card!) 2011 is coming to a close, and your monthly support has unleashed a world of good for so many projects. We can’t wait to see the impact of your donations in 2012!

We hope that you feel gratified seeing the impact of your giving on a regular basis. Thank you again, and we look forward to updating you on the amazing project that you will support next month!

Warm regards,

Mari and the GlobalGiving Team

Education for children in Ningxia province, China
Education for children in Ningxia province, China
Nov 9, 2011

Project of the Month Update: November 2011

Microfinance for marginalized communities, Mexico
Microfinance for marginalized communities, Mexico

Dear Project of the Month Club,

Last month, the Project of the Month Club raised $2,529 from 100 donors to go toward Microfinance For Marginalized Communities, Mexico, a project sponsored by IMIFAP. In addition to funding microloans of $50 each to 25 entrepreneurs, your generous donations will also provide these individuals with necessary equipment for their microenterprises. When IMIFAP’s project leader Claire heard about your contribution, she said,

"We are so grateful to have been chosen as the project of the month for October. The additional funds that our microfinance programs will receive will allow us to purchase much needed equipment for microenterprises in rural Mexico. The funds may be used to purchase a dehydrator for fruits and vegetables, computers for internet cafes, tables and chairs for party rental businesses, sewing machines for sewing clothing and uniforms, or other equipment participants in our Yo quiero, yo puedo programs need for their microenterprises. Again, we express our deepest gratitude for this additional support."

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, your November donations will go to Increase Food Security in Oregon, raising the supply of nutrient-rich foods for over 923 relief agencies throughout the Oregon Food Bank Network. According to the USDA, Oregon is ranked third in the nation for "very low food security"—the term used to describe those households that skipped meals or reduced their food intake to make ends meet.

The funds you raise this month will supply 7,200 meals to low-income individuals - freeing up scarce resources to cover more of life's basic necessities. We hope you are proud to know that your donations are helping men and women improve their living conditions for themselves and their families.

Thank you for being part of the Project of the Month Club, we are so grateful for your regular contributions. There are now 100 Club members – yay! – and collectively we can improve this season of thanksgiving for numerous needy families in Oregon. You can also give the Project of the Month club as a present this holiday season.

We hope that you feel gratified seeing the impact of your giving on a regular basis. Thank you again, and we look forward to updating you on the amazing project that you will support next month!

Warm regards,
Mari and the GlobalGiving Team

Increase Food Security in Oregon
Increase Food Security in Oregon
Nov 4, 2011

GlobalGiving makes first Turkey relief disbursement

All of us at GlobalGiving were saddened to wake up on October 23 to the news that an earthquake had hit Turkey’s Van province, causing extensive damage and injury.  Over the past two weeks, we have been heartened to see the generosity of over 2,000 individuals who have given their time and money to support GlobalGiving’s earthquake relief fund in Turkey.  We are committed to letting you know how your donations are being spent and the impact those funds are having on families in the affected area.

On Wednesday, November 2, ten days after an earthquake that killed close to 600 people and injured and displaced thousands more, GlobalGiving made its first disbursement of $72,000 to organizations working on the relief efforts in the affected areas.  You can see the exact allocation and how the funds will be used below.

Turkish Philanthropy Funds - $36,000: 100% of these funds will be used to support AKUT and Kizilay in their immediate relief efforts:

  • AKUT: AKUT supports search and rescue efforts in the immediate days after an earthquake or other disaster.  Your support will help to provide long-term investments in equipment so that AKUT can respond quickly in future disasters.
  • Kizilay: These funds are going to support building of container homes in Van as a longer-term solution to tents, where many survivors are currently housed.  These homes cost 8500TL (about $4500) each.

Save the Children - $18,000: These funds will help deliver thousands of winterized family tents, transitional shelter units, blankets, sleeping bags and other essential items to individuals in the earthquake-affected area.

Fuel Relief Fund - $18,000: This earthquake has left survivors without electricity or heating.  These funds will go entirely to provide free fuel for distribution to non-profits working in the area and families that must endure cold temperatures.

We will continue to send updates on how these funds are being used and how they are helping survivors in Turkey to rebuild their lives.  We welcome any comments and questions and thank you again for your support.

 

Kind wishes,

Britt and the GlobalGiving team

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