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4 Easy, But Impactful Ways to Celebrate International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is today which means a lot of of chats, discussions, events (both online and offline) will be going on simultaneously around the world in honor of women.

International Women’s Day celebrations have already taken place and many more will certainly ring on throughout next week to honor women and girls around the world and call for more ways to empower and uplift them. In large part International Women’s Day is a global celebration of the giant strides women have accomplished even while realizing there is still a long way to go towards gender equality. Now that International Women’s Day is directly upon us you might wonder what you can do to celebrate simply, yet make an impact. Here are some ideas.

  1. Honor a Woman Making a Difference: Oxfam America is accepting 200 – 300 word essays about women in your life who are making a difference. By sharing your personal story about a phenomenal woman who is lighting the way for others you will bring attention to the ways in which women are changing the world for the better. Share your story and read others at www.oxfamamerica.org/IWD.
  2. Share Catapult’s “Cover Story” Campaign: We read and see glossies every day and that’s what has made Catapult’s Cover Story campaign that more powerful. Using the airbrushed aesthetics of a traditional magazine to tell the raw stories about child brides, human trafficking, and sexual exploitation of girls, Catapult’s Women’s Day campaign has effectively made people sit up and take notice about issues that often fail to move the mainstream. Buzzfeed called the campaign “jarring” and Design Taxi called it “visually arresting.” This International Women’s Day, you can share the campaign from Catapult’s Cover Story microsite and help open a few eyes about these worldwide issues that affect women and girls. www.catapult.org/coverstories.
  3. Shine a Light on Women’s Success Stories: So often we talk about how far women and girls still have to go to gain an equal footing with men and boys that we forget to stop and celebrate success stories. Thankfully Pathfinder has taken the time to highlight success stories of women who live in middle and low-income countries. In their “Women Who Dare” campaign Pathfinder has shared success stories like Dorothy’s, a woman who lives in rural Ugandan and has five children yet she is only 22.  She now uses family planning and couldn’t be happier. Read all of the stories at www.pathfinder.org/stories/index.html. And while you’re there be sure to take Pathfindder’s pledge to stand up for women and girls.
  4. Watch a Film in Honor of Women: For the entire month of March you can take part in the #SheDocs film festival where 12 extraordinary films about women and their accomplishments can be streamed online for free. Watch and share these documentaries widely. Check out all 12 documentaries at http://itvs.org/women-and-girls-lead/shedocs including the first documentary: Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth.

As lofty as this may sound the future of women and girls rests on our ability to continue talking about and educating others about gender-based inequality. Happy International Women’s Day.

Photo Courtesy of Plan International

Push the Envelope for International Youth Day

To celebrate International Youth Day today, join Catapult.org, the leading crowdfunding site for girls’ and women’s issues, and fund a program that will specifically help girls in developing countries. Projects can be funded quickly and simply on Catapult.

  •  OXFAM: Provide education for 6,000 girls in Pakistan’s flooded regions by flood-proofing 30 schools and campaigning for the right of girls in education: http://shorefi.re/1exHyDd

  • Global Fund for Children: Help 42 girls living with HIV/AIDS in Dominican Republic with medical care, tutoring and psychological workshops: http://shorefi.re/136f83u

  • Seed Global Health: Train 200 nurses in Uganda to prevent newborn asphyxiation: http://shorefi.re/19nFssP

UN Photo/Evan Schneider: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) visits a girls’ education project.

Four Sites That Allow You to Crowdfund Healthcare

You might not realize the power of collective action for the common good, but we see it all around us every day. In this new era of social media for social good and the democratizing of the web people in need everywhere are getting needed services from ordinary people all over the world. Crowdfunding platforms are making it much easier for concerned and passionate do-gooders to reach into their pocket and fund ideas, loans, programs for women and girls, and, yes, even health care. Four crowdfunding sites have recently been created that specifically provide crowdfunded health care for women, girls, and children.

Each of these sites are completely transparent about where the money goes and 100% of all donated dollars fund surgeries and programs and not to overhead, although each site provides options to fund overhead should you desire. All of the following sites allow donations as low as $5 with the exception of Kangu where the lowest donation option is $10.

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www.catapult.org | Launched in 2012, Catapult is the leader in crowdfunding programs for women and girls. A project of Women Deliver and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, users of the site can join teams and provide much-needed micro-funding to programs ranging from advocacy to technology. You can also fund health projects like providing surgeries for fistula repair or funding maternal health in Cambodia as examples.
 watsi www.watsi.org | For as low as $5 you can donate money to operations that will greatly increase people’s standard of living. For example, you can fund a pregnant woman who needs prenatal care, a hospital delivery and post birth check-up. Or, you can fund an operation for a child with serious burns. In honor of Women’s Day Watsi launched a maternal health program to provide safe births to women around the world.
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www.kangu.org | Launched last week Kangu is a crowdfunding site that allows people to specifically and uniquely fund pregnant women and newborn babies. With profiles of women from India, Uganda, and Birundi, you can ensure that profiled women are guaranteed a safe birth. Founded by Casey Santiago, an early staff member of Kiva and advisor to global health organizations Kangu is poised to become a leader in providing safe births to women throughout the developing world.
samahope www.samahope.org | Founded by Leila Janah, also the founder of the award-winning nonprofit Samasource, Samahope provides crowdsourced funds to pay for life-changing surgeries like fistula operations, cleft palette repair and burn injuries. Launched last year several operations have already been funded and several more are in the pipeline waiting for much-needed donations,

On the surface these four crowdfunding sites don’t seem that different, but they vary greatly in the depth of programs offered, partnerships, as well as the different countries they work in. The one major differentiating factor among them is Catapult allows you to form and join teams in order to make a larger impact on its programs. Kangu, Watsi, and Samahope, however, allow you to connect virtually with individuals in need. Donations to Catapult, Samahope, and Watsi are currently tax deductible. Kangu has filed for nonprofit status from the IRS. All donations will be retroactively tax deductible.

UN Photo/Mark Garten

A Promising Trend for Data,Transparency

The more information and transparency we have the more we will see marked improvements towards the world’s most pressing issues. Last week we saw two new developments in transparency that are worth noting.

Catapult: Catapult is a new crowdfunding platform by Women Deliver that is specifically targeted to programs for women and girls. What is compelling about Catapult is every dollar donated goes directly to programs, not to organizational overhead. That is why I believe Catapult and the programs that run their programs on the site will do quite well.

What’s more, after a program has been funded, the organizations are required to provide a 90 day and one-year look through photos and video about how the funds were used directly for women and girls.

Women Deliver says it will raise $45 million for women’s and girls’ programs. That should not be a problem with such a smart outlook at the outset.

Glass Pockets: Launched in 2010 Glass Pockets is a web site and database created by the Foundation Center that effectively allows everyone – media, researchers, developers, the public – to see the grants foundations have made to nonprofits and global NGOs.

What Glass Pockets has done is opened up grant data for the world to see. The reasons are many: transparency in giving, transparency in communications, transparency in the types of programs funded.

Last week, Glass Pockets released the Reporting Commitment, a robust database of the grants made by the world’s largest foundations including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, the Annenberg Foundation and others. The foundations have agreed to release this data quarterly in an effort to keep data current and transparency effective.

Based on the data you can see overall grants made by geographic location. You can also see a full daily grants list by foundation.

Photo: iStockPhoto

Catapult: A Game Changer in Crowdfunding

There are a lot of crowdfunding platforms on the Net, but we’re seeing more and more of them become increasingly targeted to niche communities and specific causes. Catapult, a crowdfunding platform for women and girls’ projects, is one of these new, hyper-targeted crowdfunding platforms.

A digital project of Women Deliver and funded by the Gates Foundation, Catapult will provide funding opportunities for NGOs that work to better the lives for women and girls’.

“We know that when we invest in girls and women, everyone wins,” said Jill W. Sheffield, President of Women Deliver. “Catapult is a new opportunity to deliver millions of dollars over the next decade to organizations that are making real progress for girls and women.”

One hundred percent of all donations will fund projects rather than organizational overhead. This is immensely important as it builds goodwill for those who fundraise for causes and for those who donate. Through Catapult’s transparency requirements there will be no question about where your dollars go. NGOs are responsible for providing detailed follow-up at the 90 day mark and one year mark after full funding has been reached. These follow-ups will typically be in the form of photos and videos.

Catapult will officially launch this Thursday on International Day of the Girl. To  get a better idea of Catapult watch this video that explains it all.

On the Net: catapult.org.

Correction: The original text stated that the Gates Foundation, the United Nations Population Fund, and the Global Fund for Women among others fund Catapult. The United Nations Population Fund and the Global Fund for Women are partners of Catapult, but have not funded the site.