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 News: B.C. businessman and philanthropist Frank Giustra has just returned from the hardest hit regions where Syrian refugees are camping out. Ted Chernecki explains how Giustra was trying to make a difference, and what he wants everyone to do.
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.
Statement by the Board of Trustees: The International Crisis Group asserts that there are actions that all member states of the United Nations, particularly its most powerful and affluent, can take to work in unison toward bringing this crisis under control.
Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative: Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative brings together privately sponsored refugees, sponsor groups, leaders from civil society and business, international organizations and government representatives interested in replicating Canada’s private sponsorship model
News Release: A pilot collaboration between the Greek government and the Radcliffe Foundation will compassionately house 800 refugees with the greatest need in Thessaloniki, Greece.
News Release: Vancouver-based businessman and philanthropist Frank Giustra will return to the region this month to continue the work of his non-profit organization, The Radcliffe Foundation, to help Syrian refugees. Giustra has inspired others to help, and joining him in Lesbos, Greece will be members of Vancouver Search and Rescue (VancouverSAR).
Georgia Straight: In response to the refugee crisis, Lionsgate Entertaiment founder and Radcliffe Foundation president Frank Giustra took action. At a news conference at the Vancouver International Film Centre on September 7, he explained that the organization, which he founded in 1997, is developing solutions “to address some of the issues in what is really the biggest crisis of our generation”.
Vancouver Sun: The three finalists in the Refugee Crisis short film competition were also announced Wednesday by Radcliffe Foundation founder Frank Giustra. The three films, selected by a jury that included Sophie Trudeau, Atom Egoyan and Sarah McLachlan, are: Show The World by Michele Hozer and Roxana Spicer; Humanity by Zeeshan Parwez; and Helpful Hand by Alexandru Nagy.
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: Frank Giustra, founder of the Radcliffe Foundation, was on hand at the VIFF press conference to announce the finalists in the Refugee Crisis short film competition, launched by the Radcliffe Foundation and VIFF in June. With over 120 submissions, the final three films were decided by a notable jury including Sophie Trudeau, Atom Egoyan, Sarah McLachlan, among others.
CTV Vancouver: Frank Giustra appeared on CTV Vancouver on April 6, 2016 to discuss why and how Canadians can get involved with helping refugees.
News Release: Art collector and gallerist Gary Nader is proud to announce the launch of The Crossing Point exhibit, an impactful photo series by Azerbaijani photographer Rena Effendi that raises awareness of the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis.
The Vancouver Province: On June 1, 200 members of the Boys Club Network walked to raise awareness and funds for families fleeing the war in Syria
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.
The Huffington Post: With refugee camps in Greece in dire conditions, advocates are looking to alternative and unconventional housing options. An abandoned 6,000-square-foot textile factory has recently been repurposed to serve as a housing and medical facility for refugees in Thessaloniki, Greece.
Video: Radcliffe Foundation founder, Frank Giustra discusses his work in aiding the Syrian Refugee Crisis through Radcliffe Foundation including Elpida Home and the Refugee Stories short film competition.
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.”