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Have You Thought of Being Fearless? You Should!

The Case Foundation along with Microsoft and REI are looking for some of the brightest social innovators out there and are giving away $650,000 in grants to prove it. Want to know more? Read on!


As part of its Be Fearless initiative, the Case Foundation, in partnership with Microsoft and REI, is looking for the unsung individuals in communities across the country that have a successful track record of tackling social challenges because their approach is bold, uncommon, experimental and unconventional. The Case Foundation is Finding Fearless.

$650,000 in grants, software and technology prizes and outdoor adventures will be awarded to these fearless change makers.

After an open nomination process, a “Fearless Academy” of judges will award the top 10 submissions $10,000 grants and the next 10, $1,000 grants. All projects will receive a $25,000 software grant from Microsoft and a $100 REI gift card. The public will then have the opportunity to vote on their favorite fearless projects to determine which ones will receive an additional $10,000 grant, an REI Adventure Trip to Bryce Canyon and more.


The Case Foundation and their presenting partners, Microsoft and REI, are celebrating unsung social innovators that have a successful track record of tackling social challenges because their approach is bold, experimental, unconventional and fearless.



[Act] Support Everyone’s Basic Right to Adequate Shelter


If you have been to developing countries or have seen poverty housing in any developed nation  you know there are billions of people around the world who desperately need adequate housing. The first Monday of every October has been designated by the United Nations as World Habitat Day. It serves as a reminder to all of us that everyone deserves adequate shelter.

This year’s theme is Changing Cities, Building Opportunities because when cities prosper so do its residents.

Action: Habitat for Humanity is urging everyone to pledge their support for adequate shelter for all. You can sign Habitat’s Pledge to End Poverty Housing to call on key decision makers to:

  • Recognize the role of housing in communities
  • Make affordable, adequate housing a priority
  • Change the systems and policies that lead to poverty housing
Neighborhood of Habitat houses at South Lunzu | Blantyre, Malawi


Helping Those in Need of Food Assistance

The World Food Programme is the largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger on the planet. They do amazing things every day in every corner of the world that needs the greatest help.

The World Food Programme recently released their 2011 Year in Review. It is well worth a read if you have a chance. According to the report the World Food Programme’s 2011 food assistance reached nearly 100 million people in 75 countries around the world. The vast majority — nearly 83 million — were women and children. They also provided 3.6 million metric tons of food assistance to people in need.

It was also wonderful to read that in 2011 the World Food Programme raised $11.9 million from their online audience. In fact, you can give to the World Food Programme online now. The WFP is entirely funded by volunteer donations.

Hunger Crisis in the Sahel

UN Photo/Eric Kanalstein

Ugandan Women Craft for Economic Stability

Never underestimate the power of a woman who can earn her own money and provide for her family.

This statement is true everywhere in Africa and other parts of the developing world. One trait that is perpetually apparent when you travel abroad and visit areas in need is people want to work; they want to be able to buy food and pay for their children’s education and health needs. They want to take care of their home and put money away to save like everyone else. Sometimes this is difficult to achieve in developing nations because of rife poverty, war, and lack of economic opportunities. But there are social enterprise models that tap into the creativity, ingenuity, and work ethic of women who craft beautiful clothes, bags, and wares for purchase.

Mend, a program of the Invisible Children, is one of those social enterprise companies that is giving women a chance to earn money and pull themselves out of the cycle of poverty. Based in Gulu, Uganda most of the seamstresses are former child soldiers or wives of LRA rebel commanders in Uganda who were in power during the civil war.

“We believe our program is unique in its holistic approach to recovery and commitment to sustainable financial independence for our seamstresses, while creating quality, value-added products that people want to own.”

The seamstresses at Mend make beautiful totes made of printed canvas that are meticulously trimmed with leather. Each canvas bag retails for $75 and the blank canvas bag retails for $65. All proceeds from the sale of the basg goes back into the Mend program where women can work and expand their financial earnings and better earn a living for their families.

What is particularly fascinating about Mend is the women are able to earn money from their work and are benefited from the collective work of them all.  Be sure to visit the Mend blog to read more about Mend’s work.

Buy a Mend tote on the Invisible Children web site.