Make a difference! November 1, 2009
Last year Metro Parent staff and readers started a holiday tradition. We banded together to make a difference in the lives of local families with our Home for the Holidays campaign. Partnering with JOIN, a local nonprofit that helps get homeless families and individuals off the streets and into permanent housing, we were able to raise enough money ($6,300 total!) to move two families into stable environments – and keep them there. (See “How Our 2008 Holiday Giving Campaign Made a Difference” on page 26 of the November issue at this link.)
Aid group taps book clubs to help raise money, awareness October 29, 2009
On the fourth Monday of each month, Rufi Natarajan gathers with friends at a Houston cafe for a book club meeting. The conversations begin at 6:30 and typically last for two hours — but last month’s discussion will continue well beyond that. Ms. Natarajan’s book group is one of more than 430 that have signed on to a project by Mercy Corps, the international aid charity, centered around a new book by the journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn.
Withdrawal brings logistical, security holes for aid groups October 24, 2009
Against the totality of the problems his organization faces in Iraq, Fareed Betros' latest headache is but a dull twinge. Ever since January, when the Iraqi government took over control of Baghdad's International Zone, it's been more difficult to get trucks loaded with humanitarian supplies out of the special security district.
The latest online gaming winners? Worthy charities October 22, 2009
It's amazing someone hadn't thought of this before: Raising money for worthy charities by...playing video games. And if your boss sees you gaming at work, now you can tell him you're not goofing off, you're raising money for a good cause. Good luck with that. (Even though you're telling the truth). A fast-growing web site, GamesThatGive.net, couldn't have come along at a better time.
United States: Tsunami disaster is personal for Mercy Corps’ Mitchell October 20, 2009
When Steve Mitchell heard that Samoa had been devastated by a tsunami, he was shocked. “I wanted to cry,” said the Lake Oswego man. “I was really upset. The Samoan people are the most beautiful, kind and loving people on earth. I know because I’ve traveled most of this planet.” Mitchell’s travels took him to Samoa for two years as a missionary in the mid 1970s. Now, as chief financial officer for Mercy Corps, he is used to dealing with natural disasters. But the two earthquakes and tsunami that hit the Asia-Pacific region on Sept. 30 really hit home.
United States: After ouster, water bureau official builds new world October 18, 2009
For 26 years, Mort Anoushiravani took care of your water. He kept it clean and kept it flowing, first as an engineer and, eventually, as the boss at the Portland Water Bureau. Then one day, a new mayor came along and did what new mayors do. Suddenly, at the pinnacle of his career, Anoushiravani was 52 years old and unemployed. His four kids were grown, and he was divorced. So he jumped when Mercy Corps called to offer him a job taking care of the water – and the electricity, sewers and roads – in places such as Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Indonesia and Kosovo.
United States: Book club activists unite! October 16, 2009
Linda Mason is the Chair of the Board for Mercy Corps and Chair and Founder of Bright Horizons Family Solutions. Many Americans know about the inspiring book clubs of female media celebrities like Arianna Huffington and Oprah Winfrey. Most have not heard about unsung book club heroes like Rufi Natarajan.
United States: Vacancy at helm of U.S. aid agency spurs concerns October 15, 2009
The Obama administration has been reviewing U.S. aid programs around the world. A memo leaked recently suggests that it may bypass contractors and nongovernmental organizations and give aid directly to countries like Afghanistan and Pakistan. That has many in the nonprofit aid community concerned — especially because the agency still has no appointed leadership. RENEE MONTAGNE, host: This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne. Good morning. STEVE INSKEEP, host: I'm Steve Inskeep.
United States: A healthy argument for smart power October 15, 2009
Nancy Lindborg is the President of Mercy Corps and Bill Lane is the Washington Director of Caterpillar. They are co-Presidents of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. As hyper-partisanship continues to dominate the health care debate in the nation's capital, it might be easy to overlook that a bipartisan consensus has quietly but unmistakably emerged for a smart power approach to foreign policy.
United States: Opportunity in disaster October 14, 2009
Last year ITT formalized a philanthropy program, ITT Watermark, with a $3 million kitty. ITT donates money, along with water and wastewater treatment systems made by one of ITT's units, to help out during disasters. To get the systems up and running quickly, ITT works with non-profits -- mostly Oregon-based Mercy Corps and Denver-based Water for People. ITT, with $11 billion in sales, has quickly found that its largesse during disaster relief can lead to real business opportunities during the long-term rehabilitation process of a city or region.