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.
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: 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.
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.