NEWS: One year after it was formed and nine months after its official launch, the Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative (GRSI) is pleased to announce that it is working closely with the governments of Argentina, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Each of these countries has launched, or is in the process of developing, a community sponsorship program in support of refugee resettlement.
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NEWS: The Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative announced the launch of a global consultation process for a guidebook that will help governments and citizens develop community-based sponsorship programs to resettle refugees. The global refugee crisis is one of the world’s most pressing problems. The number of refugees today is higher than at any time since the Second World War. The scale and urgency of the situation requires innovative solutions.
NEWS: Elevate Social Businesses (“Elevate”), in partnership with the King Abdullah II Fund for Development (KAFD), announced its support for a new initiative Elevate Jordan, which will empower women in Jordan with training on entrepreneurship skills, supply essential products for sale in low-income Jordanian communities, and create a women’s network.
NEWS: Ascend, a new philanthropic initiative, was announced yesterday at the Concordia Europe Summit in Athens. Initial funding commitments include provision of humane shelter for displaced people with a focus on unaccompanied minors, community programming including provision of food, medical care, psycho-social services, and vocational training for refugees and Greeks struggling with the ongoing economic crisis.
H&L Magazine: Sitting in the most amicable of dragon’s dens with panoramic views of the snow-capped mountains and bustling harbour from the 31st floor of his Fiore Group of Companies in Vancouver, CEO Frank Giustra is as down-to-earth as he is resolute. The 59-year-old billionaire philanthropist and businessman made his fortune transforming Yorkton Securities into a major force in the world of international mining finance for which he became president and later CEO; founded Lions Gate Entertainment in 1997, and is a major shareholder in Thunderbird Films. Giustra is passionate, pragmatic and opinionated.
Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative: The Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative met in Ottawa this week for a three-day launch event that brought together 90 participants, including sponsorship groups, international delegates, partners and government officials interested in Canada’s private sponsorship model for refugees.
Crisis Group: A $1 million gift by Canadian philanthropist and Crisis Group Trustee Frank Giustra has enabled Crisis Group to grant two-year research fellowships to three young regional experts. The new Giustra Fellows will assist in our mission to prevent deadly conflict, with a focus on the plight of refugees and the displaced.
VIFF: Announced tonight at the Vancouver International Film Festival’s Opening Night Gala, Alex Nagy was awarded with the $20,000 grand prize from the Radcliffe Foundation for his short film Helpful Hand. The award is a result of a months-long short film competition aimed at encouraging Canadians to take action on the global refugee crisis.
PM Justin Trudeau’s Remarks at the United Nations: Canadians are not just engaged at home. Abroad, Canadian business leaders like Frank Giustra have done amazing work to make it easier for vulnerable migrants to find a place to live. Last November, Frank went to Lesbos in Greece and to help set up a reception centre to offer shelter for 1500 refugees arriving by sea. He went back just last March with members of Vancouver’s search and rescue team to help the local authorities save more lives
EJAF: On Wednesday, November 2, 2016, the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) will host its 15th annual An Enduring Vision gala at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. This year's honorees are United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and philanthropists Frank Giustra and Steve Tisch. Emmy award-winning producerAndy Cohen will host the event.
Video: Radcliffe Foundation founder, Frank Giustra discusses the refugee stories call-to-action film competition held in partnership with Vancouver International Film Festival on Global News Hour at 6.
News Release: Frank Giustra is among the 16 British Columbians recognized for this award: “an outstanding philanthropist, making an impact around the globe and especially in the humanitarian field.”
Video: Sarah McLachlan details the Refugee Crisis Film competition presented by The Radcliffe Foundation, in collaboration with the Vancouver International Film Festival. The competition will award a $20,000 prize for a short 'call-to-action' film that empowers us to take action on the global refugee crisis.
News Release: The Radcliffe Foundation, with the Vancouver International Film Festival, announces an inaugural award to encourage the creation of short-form videos that will educate and inspire Canadians to make a difference in the ongoing Refugee Crisis.
The Huffington Post: Most of us don't need to rely on a survey to know it is true that we are suffering a global leadership crisis. We can just feel it.
International Refugee Crisis: We had watched the dinghy from about a mile out, making its way slowly across the Aegean Sea to the island of Lesbos. The scene along this coastline has become familiar: a small corps of volunteers waiting on the shore, using hand gestures to caution the person steering the boat to slow down; the overcrowded dinghy full of anxious faces turned toward land tantalizingly close.
News Release: The Radcliffe Foundation is proud to support the emergency interventions implemented by GlobalMedic to provide essential items to evacuees fleeing the fire in Fort McMurray.
The Huffington Post: Sometimes you need to see tragedy up front, with your own eyes to realize our traditional institutions aren’t always the best way to solve a crisis. It is the moment, as an individual, you realize you can wield tremendous impact in the world around you.
The Huffington Post: It’s not always easy to tell the truth. We all fail at it in varying degrees. Perhaps not with outright lies, but by bending, coloring or otherwise shading the facts in order to avoid consequences, humiliation or even spare someone embarrassment.
The Vancouver Sun: Frank Giustra, the Vancouver mining magnate and philanthropist, is pitching in to help in Greece and Turkey. Last month, he was back on Lesbos to see the refugee welcome centre built with money that he and others had donated.
The Vancouver Sun: Frank Giustra has been consumed with the plight of Syrian refugees ever since last October, when an overcrowded boat of asylum seekers arrived on a Greek beach in the dark and someone handed him a child to pass up to another volunteer. “You can’t help but feel their pain,” Giustra said in an interview Friday.
The Huffington Post: Sometimes, I wonder if the world would be a better place if we took the time to think about our inevitable expiration more often. Steve Jobs nailed it when he said: “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon, is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered when making the big choices in life”…
The Globe and Mail: At first they’re just an orange speck on the horizon, the life jackets of another boatload of refugees coming into view on the grey Aegean Sea. Slowly, the rubber raft bobs closer to shore, its outboard motor barely functioning. The Syrians and Afghans aboard lean forward as though sheer desire might speed their craft’s arrival on the north shore of this Greek island…