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.
It all starts with empowering lives.
The Radcliffe Foundation focuses on programs aimed at addressing and replacing the effects of poverty, such as homelessness, unemployment, and other associated conditions that create great human suffering, with sustainable economic and personal self-sufficiency.
In Vancouver, the Radcliffe Foundation was an inaugural supporter of Streetohome, the first successful initiative to bring together stakeholders from business, nonprofit organizations, and governments with citizens in order to collaboratively address the needs of the most marginalized people in the community: those living on the streets. Streetohome, in collaboration with all the stakeholders, was able to prompt a long-term plan to address homelessness, as well as create thousands of housing units for people without a home.
Through supporting the creation of the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, Radcliffe has also sought to address chronic poverty in the developing world by creating sustainable social enterprises in agricultural supply chains, forging distribution chains for women entrepreneurs, and providing market-based skills training. People from disadvantaged communities who obtain gainful employment do not merely lift themselves out of poverty in a dignified way; they elevate entire communities.
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.