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Jan 2, 2012

Matching Funds Remain for The Safer World Fund!

Thanks to everyone who has supported The Safer World Fund since our matching campaign began on the 10th Anniversary of September 11th.

As of January 2, 2012, a bit more than $14,000 remains in matching funds for The Safer World Fund! New donations of any size up to $2000 will be matched at 50 percent until those matching funds are gone. Now is a great time to support vocational training for women in Pakistan, expand and supply a school for Afghan girls, or invest in math education or reproductive health for women and girls in Afghanistan, to give a few examples. If it’s too difficult to choose just one project in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, your donation to The Safer World Fund will assist 7 different projects in that part of the world.

Because of its innovative, high-impact effects, The Safer World Fund was previously selected as the GlobalGiving Project of the Month. We work with terrific nonprofits to be sure that your dollars will be well spent. Nonprofits such as the Marshall Direct Fund, Ayni Education International, and the Afghan Institute of Learning work directly with local people to direct funds to the most effective uses. As the United States reduces its presence in the region, it’s even more important now to offer education, skills, and healthcare to the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Healthy people who can make informed decisions have the best shot at making their lives and their governments better. 

To help us make a bigger impact, share our cause on Facebook or Twitter to pass the word to your friends!


Dec 15, 2011

Don't forget to Join Diane Sawyer Tonight on ABC at 10pm ET!

Dear Million Moms Supporters,

The Million Moms Challenge is off to a great start!

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So far you have contributed a total of $45,414 to help provide transportation to carry pregnant women to a safe delivery, protect women and their children from neonatal tetanus, prevent mother to child HIV transmission, assist and train rural health workers and midwives, and so much more! Thank you so much for your support! We have sent most of your generous donations to our wonderful partners on the ground to help them continue the amazing work they’re doing.

This Friday at 10 PM ET, don’t forget to tune in to “Making Life: A Risky Proposition,” the eye-opening 20/20 Special with Diane Sawyer. Every 90 seconds, a woman dies during pregnancy or childbirth – yet experts say that more than 80% of these deaths are totally preventable if only the mothers-to-be received proper medical care. This Special will wrap up a year’s worth of programming – and giving – to address Global Health issues. Join us and learn more about the challenges faced by mothers in developing countries, as well as the low-cost, low-tech solutions your contributions are supporting that will help save millions of lives.

Million Moms T-Shirt Want to wear your support of the Million Moms Challenge? Donate $20 or more and receive a free t-shirt thank you gift!

If you haven’t yet taken the Million Moms Challenge Pledge, sign it here and then share it with a friend or two! Johnson & Johnson is donating $1 to the Million Moms Fund for every signature, up to the first 100,000!

Looking for even more ways to get involved? Check out the Million Moms Facebook page for updates and contests. Or follow @AMillionMoms on Twitter.

You don’t have to be a mom to help a mom. You just have to be one in a million.

Dec 8, 2011

13 Projects Completed, More Work Still To Be Done

The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust has now funded 13 initiatives, with more to be announced shortly. Funded projects include support to quake-hit businesses, video conferencing facilities for students, sports fields and playgrounds for children, and more. You can see a full list of the projects funded on our website (

The Trust’s focus is on large scale, multi-beneficiary projects that will have the widest possible benefit in Canterbury. There are many funders in New Zealand helping community groups, businesses and individuals to recover. Our role is to fill the gap and to fund projects that would not otherwise be possible

The Trustees have adopted a portfolio approach to the fund. The portfolio allocation has been made across the Trust’s seven funding categories. It provides a framework the Trustees will use to ensure there is a balance between the wishes of donors and the needs of the city.

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