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.
Enhancing the lives of children and families.
The Radcliffe Foundation supports a wide variety of local initiatives aimed at educating young people and helping people who face disadvantages. These initiatives include the Boys Club Network in Vancouver (which offers at-risk youth face-to-face mentorship); Frank Giustra Business Scholarships (which assist deserving students enrolled in the Bachelor of Business program at Douglas College); the Sarah McLachlan School of Music (offering after-school music education at no cost to under-served kids in Vancouver); and Queen Elizabeth Scholars (supporting young entrepreneurs, public servants, community leaders, and academics).
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.