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that discussed a remarkable GIS project conducted by the IRC to plan for the location of school sites in Ethiopia. Every day, millions of rural children in Ethiopia do not attend school. The IRC Ethiopia program therefore had to build its geographic database from the ground up. Behar Hussein, the IRC Ethiopia GIS coordinator, trained eight people in the use of Garmin eTrex Vista GPS units to aid in the survey of 491 villages.

Good News! Starbucks Signed an Agreement with Ethiopia

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Oxfam announced yesterday that Starbucks signed an agreement with Ethiopian farmers: "Starbucks and Ethiopia have finalized an agreement that ends their trademark dispute and brings both sides together in partnership to help Ethiopian farmers. ethiopia starbucks oxfam starbucks holdthehormonesGuess what? Your advocacy made a difference.


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Daily DoGooder: A Glimmer of Hope to Fight Poverty


Glimmer of Hope to Fight Poverty | 3:00 A Glimmer of Hope A beautifully produced video by A Glimmer of Hope, a non-profit organization that helps lift women and children out of extreme poverty in rural Ethiopia, with 100% of all donations directly funding projects. Change the world, one video at a time.A

The 2016 - 2017 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


Ethiopia / $50. Ethiopia. Thousands of nonprofit pros rely on our annual Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar to discover skill-building, strategy-slaying, network-enhancing nonprofit events. Today, we're excited to announce the all-new list for 2017! Bookmark it, share it, love it, and download it for Google or Outlook. We've scoured the nonprofit-sphere for high-quality conferences, both large and small, broad and specialized, here in the U.S.

10 Powerful Nonprofit Videos to Inspire You


At the end of the video, charity: water cuts to their goal of raising $2M, which can provide clean water to more than 70K people in Ethiopia and Kenya.

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Measurement Takes Center Stage in Bill Gates' 2013 Letter


The primary components of the message, which discusses the areas of innovation and work that the Gates Foundation invests in, can be summarized as: Setting clear goals Measuring Looking at the data / getting feedback Improving the process Repeat This general framework has been applied to polio eradication in Nigeria, improved health services in Ethiopia, and education improvement here in the U.S. Ethiopia could have ignored this conflict and reported the most favorable data.

Geoff Livingston Guest Post: Follow @childfund and Help Feed Children

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These efforts will directly benefit children in Gambia, Zambia, Kenya and Ethiopia. Vegetable seeds in Ethiopia. ChildFund International just rebranded from the Christian Children’s Fund last week as an effort to demonstrate a singular commitment to children’s welfare today and tomorrow (image: Faith Smiling by ChildFund, NZ ). Along with the new brand are new Twitter (@ childfund ), Facebook , blogging and YouTube efforts.

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Microsoft cloud computing gets down to earth | Philly | 07/15/2009

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Ethiopia is rolling out 250,000 laptops to its schoolteachers nationwide, all running on Microsoft's cloud platform, called Azure.The laptops will allow teachers to download Microsoft cloud computing gets down to earth | Philly | 07/15/2009: "As U.S. companies start exploring doing some of this computing this year, a school system on the other side of the globe has already leapt into the cloud.

Generating Activist Impact: Political & Advocacy Call-To-Actions

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In the below example, Amnesty International joined other NGOs and diaspora organizations to advocate for humanitarian access to the Tigray region of Ethiopia. Digital Advocacy: How to Generate Activist Impact with Political Calls-to-Action.

Measurement Wisdom for Nonprofits from Bill Gates

Beth Kanter

Like Marion Conway, I was struck by this photo of him pointing to data handwritten on the walls = tracking immunization records from a rural health clinic in Ethiopia. A decade ago, there was no official record of a child’s birth or death in rural Ethiopia. Ethiopia’s recent effort to monitor the progress of its immunization program is a good example of learning from data and—the hardest part—using data to improve delivery of the right solutions.

Oxfam Uses Flickr To Advocate for Ethiopian Coffee Famers

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from the Director's Statement, Black Gold Oxfam America has joined the movement to give Ethiopian coffee growers a greater percentage of coffee profits: "Oxfam is calling on coffee industry leaders to sign agreements that recognize Ethiopia’s right to control the use of its coffee ’brand names.’ For more information about Ethiopia's efforts to trademark its coffee names, check out Green LA Girl's posts about Ethiopia vs. Starbucks.

October Community Builder Chat – Connecting On and Offline Communities #commbuild

Amy Sample Ward

You can look at #sfaddis to see what they did recently from Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. Today’s Community Builder chat focused on examples and best practices for connecting on and offline community activities, events, and organizing. It was a really rich discussion – thank you to all those who joined in, shared, asked questions, and contributed! Recap: October. Get the October Chat archive.

I Love My Hair: Have Fun, Do Good Friday Video

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According to NPR's story about the song's origins, 'I Love My Hair': A Father's Tribute to His Daughter , Joey Mazzarino wrote the song for his 5-year-old daughter, who he and his wife adopted from Ethiopia, when they noticed, "She wanted to have long blond hair and straight hair, and she wanted to be able to bounce it around." This week's Have Fun, Do Good Friday Video is the I Love My Hair song from Sesame Street.

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Vote for Your CNN Hero: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Impact

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Yohannes Gebregeorgis "Moved by the lack of children's books and literacy in his native Ethiopia, Yohannes Gebregeorgis established Ethiopia Reads , bringing free public libraries and literacy programs to thousands of Ethiopian children." Today, her 10,000 Girls program is helping girls succeed in school and learn business skills." ** Related blog posts • Vote for Ethiopia Reads' Yohannes Gebregeorgis as CNN's hero of the year from The Latest Word.

My Birthday Cause: Free Geek!

Amy Sample Ward

Whether you want to raise money for clean water in Ethiopia, vaccinations for children in Haiti, or a safe home for a puppy in Mississipi, with a Birthday Cause your friends can give in honor of your special day. I have a birthday coming up and over the weekend I received an email from Causes, the social change application in Facebook. Here’s what it said: Happy (Almost) Birthday! Thanks to Facebook, in two weeks all of your friends will see that it’s your birthday.

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Know Where Your Coffee Comes From

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Black Gold tells the story of Tadesse Meskela, the manager of the Oromia Coffee Farmers Co-operative Union in Ethiopia. 67% of Ethiopia's export income is from coffee, so Meskela's story is the story of many Ethiopian farmers. Through just one cup of coffee, we are inextricably connected to the livelihoods of millions of people around the world who are struggling to survive.

Buy a Song, Support a Cause

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Profits from the record raised money for famine relief in Ethiopia. Remember during Christmas 1984 when everyone got the 45, "Do They Know It's Christmas?" recorded by Band Aid? The single was quickly followed by the American version, "We Are The World," in the spring of 1985. It also raised money for famine relief in Africa. Below are some recent examples I found of proceeds from songs, or CDs benefiting a cause or nonprofit. I'd love to hear your examples too.

Social Media, Networking, and African Women’s Leadership Training in Rwanda

Beth Kanter

The project is under the visionary leadership of Cheryl Francisconi who is the director of IIE’s office in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia and has vast expertise in developing, designing, and implementing transformative leadership programs for several decades. For the past ten days, I’ve been in Rwanda, Africa.

TechSoup joins the #ALSIceBucketChallenge

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Before the age of computers and social media, the broadcasting of live imagery from Ethiopia culminated in Live Aid, one of the most successful charity events at that time. TechSoup joined the viral phenomenon that's been making waves in the past couple of weeks on the Internet.

Storymakers 2014 Winners — A Global Success

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Mark Karnes" by Soddo Christian Hospital (Ethiopia). The world is changing. The landscape of communication is evolving at an exponential rate, and digital media creation is riding at the head of the wave. In the past few years, we've seen the transformation from long to extremely short-form digital content like that on Vine and Instagram, and we've experienced the rise and fall of numerous storytelling apps never to be seen or heard of again.

Go Holiday Shopping with Your Global Girlfriend

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The creators of Global Girlfriend's merchandise come from all over the world: Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Nicaragua, South Africa, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam. According to a recent article in Muncie, Indiana's Star Press , "the National Retail Federation expects the average consumer to spend $791.10 this holiday season, up from $738.11 last year." If you're going to spend that kind of cash, why not give a gift that gives back?

Clouds of international development information

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Owen is based in Ethiopia; his wife works for an NGO that builds clinics. I got a vivid image of new possibilities for mashing up data a few weeks ago at Forum One's Online Community Summit in Sonoma. For me the highlight of the event (though there were many highlights) was a talk given by Owen Barder of AidInfo. He spoke of his vision for a "cloud of aid information".

Rwanda and Twitter

Beth Kanter

The participating NGOs include Women’s Leadership NGOs from Ethiopia I’ll be co-training with Kalyani Menon-Sen, a feminist activist, researcher and adult educator based in Delhi, India to deliver sessions on the Networked NGO, networks, and networking with social media. @ Rubsfido @ jfclearywisc social media ia a great platform for learning. Agnes Binagwaho (@agnesbinagwaho) April 30, 2012.

A Geek's Reflections on Personal Fundraising Via Blog, Twitter, and Facebook

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They asked everyone born in September to give up birthday presents and ask their friends and family for donations to build water wells in Ethiopia instead. On September 3, I blogged and tweeted about a story about two interesting social media fundraising opportunities in Africa. One of them was charity: water , a non-profit bringing safe, clean drinking water to people in developing nations that had launched a September Birthday campaign. Hat tip Brett Meyer at NTEN ).

The Power of Thank You Letters

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In case you're wondering, Charity Water "invested (my) money with local partners, Relief Society of Tigray (REST) and Action Against Hunger (ACF) in Ethiopia and Pump Aid in Malawi, to build and rehabilitate freshwater wells and spring protections for people in need." Author: Jonathan Weldon. There have been a number of posts recently about the power and importance of donor thank you letters.

Nonprofits in the Autonomous World: Will the Bots Take Over?

Beth Kanter

When you send a message to this Facebook Messenger bot named Yeshi, she tells her story about how her daily walk for clean water in Ethiopia. . Click to Check Out Beth Bot. What is the “autonomous world?” As Jeremiah Owyang , founder of Crowd Companies , describes it as drones, robots, chat bots, and AI. He should know, having tracked and observed the disruption caused by online technology over the past decade.

Women Empowered: Inspiring Change in the Emerging World

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I was particularly moved by the story of Abay from Awash Fontale, Ethiopia who ended female circumcision in her village. As part of CARE's campaign to empower women, photographer Phil Borges created a compelling collection of photographs and stories of women leaders who brought change to their communities in Women Empowered: Inspiring Change in the Emerging World.

The Bots are Here: Leading With Our Humanity in the Age of Automation

Beth Kanter

Yeshi , is a Facebook Messenger bot created by charity:water to simulate the experience of many young girls in Ethiopia who walk six hours a day to get clean water. The Bots are Here: Leading With Our Humanity in the Age of Automation by Allison Fine and Beth Kanter. What nonprofits need to do to make sure that they are in charge of the bots, not the other way around.

More Groovy Service Acts at Service Nation Summit: Senator Chris Dodd's Semester of Service and Encore Service Act

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Senator Paul Tsongas, who served in Ethiopia, was the second. "It is time to establish our collective responsibility," --Senator Chris Dodd. During his speech this afternoon at the Service Nation Summit , Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT) described being inspired to serve after hearing John F. Kennedy's inaugural address on January 20, 1961 when he said, "ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country."

Tech Across Your Org: Program and Fundraising Innovation Sprung from an Internal Technology Project


In the early years, we were working in China, Nepal, Cambodia, and Ethiopia, where we now purify water for over 200,000 kids daily. [Editor's note: The following is an article from the March 2012 issue of NTEN:Change. Read the rest of the issue when you subscribe to the journal for free! ] By Peter Drury, a child's right a child's right either had a problem or an opportunity—the distinction hinged only on our perspective. First things first: we clean water for kids.

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Twitter’s Claire Williams Shares Why Literacy Is Her Cause

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Depending on the community the children come from (and excluding Ethiopia as a separate historical case of Christianity sans missionaries), the children are much more likely to be Christian by the time they are young adults (if they were not already Christian when they entered). Note from Beth: As a supporter of the work that the Sharing Foundation does for children in Cambodia, I’ve seen first hand the value of literacy programs in developing countries.

Underwear for Africa and Reclaiming A September 11th Birthday

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million and build 333 wells in Ethiopia. Some of the best grassroots fundraising for projects in developing countries take the form of clothing donation campaigns. Last summer, as part of a campaign I did to support the Cambodian bloggers summit, I got many donations of technology t-shirts.

[VIDEO] 5 Must-Do’s of Year-End Fundraising Success


Paul to teach them a bit about what goes on in Ethiopia, or Uganda, or wherever their camps are. Lori L. Jacobwith will show you five powerful and simple “must do’s” to cut through year-end fundraising noise, help increase your Giving Tuesday success, and increase donor retention.

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An Interview With Paull Young from Charity:Water

Beth Kanter

In 2008, even more people joined and raised over $1 million for clean water projects in Ethiopia. I first came across @paullyoung in September, 2008 when he implemented a birthday campaign as part of charity:water’s September campaign. Fast forward a couple of years, and Paull is following his passion for clean water around the world and is the director of digital for charity:water. charity:water continues to be an innovator in the area of online fundraising.

UNIFEM, Women-Owned Businesses & Rwanda Knits

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Photo credit: Ethiopia 3 by babasteve unifem women social entrepreneurI have to admit that I had never heard of UNIFEM (United Nations Developing Fund for Women) until I read an article about Nicole Kidman in Ladies Home Journal while on jury duty--she is one of their Goodwill Ambassadors. For those of you who haven't heard of UNIFEM either, it is the women's fund at the United Nations. Their four goals are: 1. to reduce feminized poverty 2. to end violence against women 3.

Amanda Rose, Twestival Leader, Reflects on Twestival

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Scott Harrison, founder of charity: water was enroute to Ethiopia when we discussed Twestival. charity: water have invited Amanda to visit Ethiopia with them at the start of April (costs paid by private donors, not fundraising). Amanda Rose at the London Twestival Photo was taken by @mikebutcher The Twestival combined online twitter fundraising with a groundswell of offline self organized events in 202 cities around the world on February 12th.

MCON13 Live Blog: Connecting with Millennials (Mike Del Ponte, Soma)


Went to Ethiopia with Charity:Water to understand water issues and what NGOs are doing. Throughout the day, we''ll be live blogging sessions from MCON13 , a virtual conference to help leaders engage the Millennial generation. Here are my notes from the second session, a talk by Mike Del Ponte with a brief Q&A at the end. Find Mike Del Ponte at @mikedelponte on Twitter. Mike is the co-founder of Soma: He also founded the nonprofit Sparkseed.


Twitter As Charitable Giving Spreader: A Meta Analysis

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The Well That Twitter Built: On September 18th, Mashable's Twitter followers donated $3,536 to Charity:Water, an initative to build wells in Ethiopia. Last August, I saw the impact of Twitter's velocity first-hand with a fundraising experiment. I was able to raise $2,500 in 90 minutes at Gnomedex. I wondered whether or not those results would be replicable ?

Kids and Philanthropy: Teaching Your Children To Be Charitable

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Virginia DeBolt pointed me to this very inspiring story about a third grader in Albuquerque who raised $6000 to build a library in Ethiopia. When I was a kid, Lucy the Elephant , was in a state of disrepair. A community group worked hard to get her placed on the historic register and raise money to restore her to her mid-century glory. Bake sales organized by my third grade teacher, Josephine Harron or was known as "Cupcake." I baked a lot of cupcakes with my mom for those bake sales.

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Convio Innovator Awards - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop


Oxfam America won the “Advocacy Campaign” prize for their campaign to persuade Starbucks to let Ethiopia use the trademarked phrase “Ethiopian Coffee” in selling their own coffee. The campaign attracted 96,000 participants, and Starbucks did eventually change their policy, thereby benefiting poor farmers in Ethiopia.

Instagram for Nonprofits: A Beginner’s Guide


Ecosia, a nonprofit search engine which uses its revenue to plant trees , is currently planting trees in Ethiopia. Archives. by Zoe Allen. Find out how you can leverage one of the fastest growing social media platforms to reach a huge new audience. Inspire potential supporters with compelling images on Instagram. Instagram is a unique visual content sharing social media platform with a fast-growing audience.

The Networked NGO in India

Beth Kanter

I learned this technique from Cheryl Francisconi, director of the IIE Addis-Ababa Office in Ethiopia, last month in Rwanda ,who uses a stone that has been held by many people. This year a lot of my work as Visiting Scholar at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation is working with grantees outside of the US. I’ve just returned from leading a training for Population and Reproductive Health grantees from India.

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Dancefloor and Balcony: What I learned about emergent online collaboration from Eugene Eric Kim

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There are now 990 actively engaged Fellows— across the five focal countries of Ethiopia, Nigeria, India, Pakistan, and the Philippines—regularly participating in the Leadership Development for Mobilizing Reproductive Health network activities. . Yesterday at the Packard Foundation, as part of a series of "deeper dives" to learn about networks and social media, Eugene Eric Kim of Blue Oxen Associates gave a talk about "Networks in an International Context." .