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Kenya's Running Brand

July 22nd, 2012  |  Source: IndieGoGo

Kourage Athletic's mission is to leverage the tradition of Kenyan runners to create authentically Kenyan running apparel.

Since launching last year, Kourage has sold garments to over 20-countries and has received fantastic product reviews.  In addition, Kourage has been featured on global media outlets including CNN's Inside Africa3/GO Triathlon Magazine,and Africa's Fashion Guide.

Kourage isn't just selling shirts. Our objective is to create jobs in Africa.  Kourage's supply chain is 100% sub-saharan African - from design through distribution.  This means when you purchase a Kourage shirt, you are investing in Africa's future.

Kourage Athletics is founded by a small team of entrepreneurs:

·       Douglas Wakiihuri, Kenyan, Olympic Silver Medalist

·       Chris Markl, American, Developmental Economist

·       Hussein Kurji, Kenyan, Graphic Designer

To compete with Nike and Adidas we need your help!  

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July 16th, 2012  |  Source: Spoiled Fashionz

SPOILED! has a partnership with charitable organization, Baby2Baby. 

An online platform consigning children's new and gently worn designer clothing, SPOILED! was created to meet the growing demand for consignment shops specializing in children's items, 

SPOILED! now will offer consignees the opportunity to donate products that are not sold after 90 days to With celebrity ambassadors like, Jessica Alba and Nicole Richie, Baby2Baby supplies families in need with essential baby gear and clothing for their children up to age 12. By distributing new and gently used items to over 40 non-profit organizations, Baby2Baby reaches over 50,000 children per year.

The Coffin-Maker Benchmark

July 8th, 2012  |  Source:

IF you worry that foreign aid is an utter waste, just chat with some mortality experts here in southern Africa — the coffin makers.
They’re miserable.
These coffin makers in the street markets are idle partly because American spending on programs to fight AIDS around the world means that vast numbers of people are no longer dying at a young age. So coffin makers sit dejectedly beside stacks of lumber, waiting for business.

Online Education for Boomers

July 4th, 2012  |  Source: WSJ


UCLA and Start-Up Teach New Skills as Retirement Becomes Elusive

A Silicon Valley entrepreneur and the University of California are combining ready-made software, rented Web services and Apple Inc.'s AAPL +1.16% iPad tablet computer in a high-tech effort to bring career training to baby boomers looking to upgrade their skills.

Empowered Careers last week began enrolling students in 10 certificate programs to be taught by instructors at the UCLA Extension, the continuing-education arm of the University of California, Los Angeles. The programs target areas—such as patient advocacy, health-care management and new media marketing—that are expected to generate job growth.

The effort is part of a recent rush of colleges, start-ups and nonprofits tapping a mix of Web services and software to open online educational ventures. Coursera in April raised $16 million to start Web-based classes for four top schools, including Princeton and Stanford Universities. A month later, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said they had committed a combined $60 million to create edX, a platform for teaching courses online. EdX courses are expected to start in the fall.

The trend is a boon to companies such as 15-year-old Blackboard Inc., which makes software used to organize courses, display test scores and provide transcripts. Four-year-old start-up 2tor Inc., with close to $100 million in funding, works with universities to bring live video classes over the Internet to graduate students. It has joined with four colleges, including the University of North Carolina and the University of Southern California, to deliver master's degree programs online.

Under Obamacare, Will States Refuse Medicaid Expansion?

July 2nd, 2012  |  Source: NPQ


Of critical concern to nonprofits in the Supreme Court’s decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was the part that didn’t go the Obama administration’s way. The Roberts court ruled that the federal government could not force states to expand Medicaid coverage by threatening to withhold the state’s federal Medicaid funding.

Twenty-six states had challenged the provision of the PPACA that would extend Medicaid coverage to non-elderly people with incomes of as much as 133 percent of the poverty level. This expansion of Medicaid coverage would help some 16 million people by 2019, according to ProPublica. The states that filed against the federal mandate account for approximately 8.5 million of the 16 million who would benefit from the expanded Medicaid coverage.

Why would states reject the expansion of Medicaid? For some, it might be that the expanded program means a larger chunk of funding that the state must provide to cover its share of Medicaid costs (Medicaid is only partially funded by the federal government; between 2014 and 2022, the federal government ends up paying for $931 billion and the states $73 billion toward the costs of the expanded Medicaid). For some others, we have to question a possible motivation that simply won’t countenance additional federal “welfare” to poor people—and believe you me, an income of 133 percent of the federal poverty level, roughly $30,700 for a family of four, is poverty no matter how you define it.  

$2.3 million grant from the GE Foundation aims to draw future health professionals into primary care

June 7th, 2012  |  Source: GE Foundation

The GE Foundation announced today a $2.3 million grant to National Medical Fellowships (NMF) for the creation of the GE-NMF Primary Care Leadership Program (PCLP), providing future healthcare professionals the opportunity to experience primary care practice in community health centers across the US. NMF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing minority representation in medicine and the health professions. 

The two-year grant from the GE Foundation aims to draw future health professionals into primary care while building the capacity of community health centers. The partnership with NMF builds on GE’s $50 million commitment to increase access to healthcare through its Developing HealthTM initiative -- currently in 74 community health centers in 20 US cities.

“With an alarming shortage of primary care professionals anticipated in the years to come, PCLP enlists talented and motivated students to be part of the solution. We hope to ignite these students’ passion for a future career in medically underserved communities,” said Bob Corcoran, Vice President, GE Corporate Citizenship, and President and Chair, GE Foundation.

eduPad partners with Two Degrees to help feed hungry children across the world

June 4th, 2012  |  Source:

eduPad’s mission is to provide a cross-platform solution that enables anyone with great educational content such as publishers, teachers and organizations to easily publish great e-learning apps without lengthy and expensive technology development.

eduPad is a French startup based in Paris created in 2010 by Jérôme Serre and Daniel Jasmin, entrepreneurs and senior innovation and strategy consultants. eduPad is funded by ExploLab Factory, a French Internet incubator that has invested 300K€ in eduPad. eduPad raised another 200K€ with a private investor in March 2011. 


Two Degrees Food

Mission: We fight childhood hunger.

Here at Two Degrees, we believe that everyday choices can make a big difference. Instead of grabbing just any snack, you can go for one that feeds your hunger and helps do the same for another.

That's the power of our one-for-one model: for every Two Degrees bar you buy, we donate a meal to a hungry child.

Our mission is to empower you, the consumer, to help feed 200 million hungry children through just Two Degrees of separation. After all, in today's world, none of us are that far away.

Dog Bless You

June 2nd, 2012  |  Source: Facebook

For every 1,000 "likes" to this page through July 4th, we will donate a service dog to a war veteran!


Dog Bless You: To Champion the Selfless Acts of Animals. 

A message from Charlie Annenberg, founder of and Dog Bless You: 

"The mission of is to champion the selfless acts of others, to create a portal into the soul of humanity and to inspire life long learning. What is the easiest way to do this? Through dogs - they see our souls like no other. That is why as we build Dog Bless You, I believe that its mission should be to champion the selfless acts of animals." 

Please feel free to share your stories about how your dog uplifts the human spirit. 

Dog Bless You. 

Charlie and Lucky

Multi-foundation effort generates $3.5 million for PBS NEWSHOUR

May 30th, 2012  |  Source: PBS

The participants in the initiative are Carnegie Corporation of New York, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

“For many television stations, advertisers are a lifeline.  But for PBS, viewers are the lifeline,” explained Vartan Gregorian, President of Carnegie Corporation of New York.  

“Today, as harsh economic realities continue to take a toll both on the quality and quantity of news sources, the NewsHour remains dedicated to the highest standards of journalism around both national and global issues and events.  Carnegie Corporation, which helped to create public television, is proud to continue its tradition of supporting excellence in the public realm by joining with other foundations in funding the invaluable and irreplaceable NewsHour.”

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One Million E-Books Headed to Africa With FC Barcelona’s Help

May 25th, 2012  |  Source: Mashable

Non-profit Worldreader kicked off a campaign Thursday aiming to put 1 million e-books in the hands of children across the planet, with a little help from players on one of the world’s most popular sports teams.

This may sound like a crazy goal, considering the widespread absence of books from African classrooms, but the organization is aleady well on its way.

So far, Worldreaderhas donated 100,000 books to 1,000 students in Ghana, Kenya and Uganda.

The non-profit now wants to expand its reach throughout sub-Saharan Africa and has enlisted some capable help — the world-renowned players on FC Barcelona (Barça).

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