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NEWS: Today, All Hands and Hearts – Smart Response announced they will be entering Puerto Rico to begin rebuild efforts after the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The international disaster relief organization has initially committed to working in the area through at least 2019. The commitment to Puerto Rico is made possible by a donation of US $400,000 from The Radcliffe Foundation, led by international philanthropist Frank Giustra, who saw the needs first-hand while visiting Puerto Rico this week with All Hands and Hearts Co-Founder and Vice Chair, Petra Nemcova.

Five countries working on new refugee sponsorship programs, Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative (GRSI) Launches Guidebook to Share Best Practices

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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Global Initiative Brings Canada’s Refugee Sponsorship Model to the World

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. 

Radcliffe Foundation, IKEA Foundation, Libra Group and The Coca-Cola Company Announce €4 million in Seed Funding to Address Critical Needs of Refugees, and Disadvantaged Greeks

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.

Frank Giustra: Direct Impact Philanthropy

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.

PM Justin Trudeau's Remarks at the United Nations – recognizes Frank Giustra and the work of the Radcliffe Foundation

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

PSA – Refugee Crisis Film Competition

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.

On Lesbos, Much-Needed Transit Site Provides Crucial Services to Refugees

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.

Truth, Lies, and Why We Need More Gandhi

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.

Frank Giustra’s Grand Plan to Save Syrian Refugees

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.

Living Like You Are About to Die

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”…