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2011

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The Case Foundation is fortunate to be able to work with so many great organizations, and as you make your holiday giving plans this year, we are proud to recommend a few to you! As you may know, the Case Foundation operates differently than many foundations. Beyond traditional grantmaking, we seek solutions to social challenges by teaming up with world-class partners to develop innovative approaches that mobilize citizens and caring institutions to take action.  

The partners we select are often nonprofit, but in almost all cases we seek to amplify and strengthen our work by tapping corporate and government partners as well. The nonprofits you see on the list below all excel in the areas we find to be fundamental traits of effective organizations—they embrace entrepreneurial models, they value collaboration, they are guided by effective leaders, and they are driven by impact, not activity.

The organizations below collectively serve millions of people in the United States and abroad, and your donations will enable them to continue their great work in 2012.

International Development and Peace Building

Water For People: Water For People assists communities in emerging markets to improve quality of life by supporting the development of locally sustainable drinking water resources, sanitation facilities, and hygiene education programs. The Case Foundation is particularly proud of FLOW—Field Level Operations Watch, which is a game-changing technology solution thatbroadcasts instant reports about whether Water For People’s water and sanitation projects are working or failing. DONATE NOW

Malaria No More: Malaria No More's mission is to end deaths due to malaria. Malaria No More works to raise the profile of the disease among the public, policymakers, and businesses, while engaging the private sector to provide life-saving mosquito nets and other critical interventions to families in Africa. The Foundation supports Net Guarantee, an innovative finance mechanism designed to accelerate delivery of life-saving mosquito nets to families in Africa through loan guarantees. DONATE NOW

Aspen Institute’s Middle East Programs: Focused on a comprehensive approach towards the region, Aspen’s Middle East Programs include strategic public-private partnerships like Partners for a New Beginning (PNB) and the US-Palestinian Partnership (UPP). The partnerships, as well as discussion series, writings and other initiatives include prominent American and Middle Eastern business and political leaders dedicated to economic and educational development and a lasting peace throughout the Middle East. The Foundation’s CEO, Jean Case, is on the Steering Committee of PNB and a founding co-chair of UPP. DONATE NOW

 

Entrepreneurship

Startup America: The Startup America Partnership is based on a simple premise: young companies that grow create jobs. Startup America provides valuable resources and connections to help young companies grow, supports regional startup ecosystems throughout the country, and recognizes startups as the drivers of our economy and their founders as American heroes. The Case Foundation is a founding partner and sponsor, and our chairman Steve Case is also the Chairman of the Startup America Partnership. GET INVOLVED

NFTE:The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship's mission is to provide programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, to recognize business opportunities, and to plan for successful futures. DONATE NOW Health and Disease Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure: Founded by the late Dan Case together with his brother (and the Foundation’s Chairman) Steve Case, and their families, Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure partners with leading entrepreneurs, scientists and researchers to find a cure for brain cancer. DONATE NOW

Global Health Corps: Global Health Corps aims to mobilize a global community of emerging leaders to build the movement for health equity. GHC provides opportunities for young professionals from diverse backgrounds to work on the frontlines of the fight for global health equity in year-long fellowships, and it is creating a pipeline of young leaders for the global health equity movement. We are also excited to have Jonny Dorsey, a co-founder of Global Health Corps, represented as one of our Social Citizens Ambassadors. DONATE NOW

Veterans

The Mission Continues: The Mission Continues works to build an America where every returning veteran can serve again as a citizen leader, and where together communities can honor the fallen by living their values through service.The Case Foundation worked with The Mission Continues on the 10-year anniversary of September 11 this year to raise awareness about the need of today’s veterans and to prepare care packages for US troops serving in Iraq. DONATE NOW Give An Hour: Give an Hour’s mission is to develop national networks of volunteers capable of responding to both acute and chronic conditions that arise within our society. Give an Hour delivers free mental health services to U.S. military personnel and their families. DONATE NOW

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America: Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is the nation's first and largest group dedicated to the troops and veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the civilian supporters of those troops and veterans. DONATE NOW

Education

First Book: A recognized leader in social enterprise, First Book has pioneered groundbreaking channels to provide new books and educational resources at deeply reduced prices—and for free—to schools and programs serving children in need. First Book was also the winner of the Foundation’s “Give Back While Going Back to School” sweepstakes this year. DONATE NOW

College Summit: College Summit is a national nonprofit that partners with schools, educators, and students to shape a stronger college-going culture and shift the focus from high school graduation to college success. DONATE NOW

Civic Engagement and Community Development

City Year: City Year unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service, giving them skills and opportunities to change the world. In addition to championing City Year's groundbreaking Whole School, Whole Child education initiative, which shows that volunteering can seriously impact major national issues like the dropout crisis and performance gaps, the Case Foundation also sponsors City Year DC’s team serving Simon Elementary School. Working within the school, the team members provide academic assistance to students, lead after-school programming, and help create a positive school climate. DONATE NOW

Public Allies: Public Allies advances new leadership to strengthen communities, nonprofits, and civic participation. Public Allies is changing the face and practice of leadership in communities across the country by demonstrating that everyone can lead, and that lasting social change results when citizens of all backgrounds step up, take responsibility, and work together. DONATE NOW

America’s Promise: America’s Promise ensures that all young Americans have access to the support they need to be successful. It works tirelessly to ensure that all young people graduate from high school ready for college, work, and life. DONATE NOW

Bipartisan Policy Center: The Bipartisan Policy Center drives principled solutions through rigorous analysis, reasoned negotiation, and respectful dialogue among all parties in the political system.  Its policy solutions are the product of informed deliberations by former elected and appointed officials, business and labor leaders, and academics and advocates who represent both ends of the political spectrum. DONATE NOW

Boys & Girls Clubs of America: For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America has helped kids "Be Great," providing hope and opportunity for those who need it most. Today, more than 4,300 clubs serve some 4.5 million young people through membership and community outreach. DONATE NOW

Buxton Initiative: The Buxton Initiative, housed in the Case Foundation’s offices in Washington, DC, builds understanding among people of different faiths and worldviews through candid dialogue and authentic relationships. It is an organization of Muslims, Christians and Jews from a variety of backgrounds and professions who are dedicated to building understanding and dialogue among their respective communities. DONATE NOW

Mobilize.org: Mobilize.org is a network dedicated to educating, empowering, and energizing young people to increase our civic engagement and political participation. DONATE NOW

National Conference on Citizenship: The National Conference on Citizenship is a leader in promoting the nation’s civic life. They track, measure and promote civic participation and engagement in partnership with other organizations on a bipartisan, collaborative basis. The Case Foundation was happy to be able to support NCOC’s annual Civic Innovators Forum in Philadelphia this year, where Jean Case and Steve Case received the Citizen of the Year Award. DONATE NOW

CEOs for Cities and Change By Us: CEOs for Cities is a civic lab of today's urban leaders catalyzing a movement to advance the next generation of great American cities. CEOs for Cities also manages Change By Us, a platform that helps individuals and communities to share ideas, find resources, and create projects that make their cities better places to live. DONATE NOW

Sparking Inspiration and Big Ideas

The National Geographic Society: The National Geographic Society is one of the world's largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. Founded in 1888 to increase and diffuse geographic knowledge, the Society's mission is to inspire people to care about the planet. Our CEO Jean Case serves on the boards of the National Geographic Society and National Geographic Ventures. DONATE NOW

The Sapling Foundation and TED: The Sapling Foundation runs the incredibly impactful TED Talks brand, which fostersthe spread of great ideas. It aims to provide a platform for the world's smartest thinkers, greatest visionaries and most-inspiring teachers, so that millions of people can gain a better understanding of the biggest issues faced by the world, and a desire to help create a better future. The Case Foundation supports the TED Fellows program, which brings outstanding individuals into the TED community, and hosts a weekly “TED Fellows Friday” Q&A. DONATE NOW

Good Giving and Volunteering

The Taproot Foundation: Taproot is a nonprofit organization that makes business talent available to organizations working to improve society. Taproot engages the nation’s millions of business professionals in pro bono services through its award-winning programs and by partnering with companies to develop their pro bono programs. DONATE NOW

Venture Philanthropy Partners: Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP) is a philanthropic investment organization that helps great leaders build strong, high-performing nonprofit institutions focused on children and families in greater Washington, DC. DONATE NOW

Points of Light/Hands On Network: Points of Light Institute inspires, equips and mobilizes people to take action that changes the world. The Institute has a global focus to redefine volunteerism and civic engagement for the 21st century, putting people at the center of community problem solving. Points of Light also houses A Billion + Change, an innovative initiative supported by the Case Foundation that aims to mobilize billions of dollars of pro bono service from corporations to nonprofits. DONATE NOW

Still Looking for Inspiration for Your Giving Plans? Check Out These Sites:

Causes: Causes isthe world’s largest platform for activism and philanthropy. It empowers individuals to create grassroots communities that can take action on behalf of a specific issue or nonprofit organization. Take some time at Causes to find an initiative to support or to start one yourself. VISIT CAUSES

GlobalGiving: GlobalGiving is a charity fundraising website that gives social entrepreneurs and non-profits from anywhere in the world a chance to raise the money that they need to improve their communities. You can also purchase Global Giving gift cards to give to friends and family, so they too can find and support great nonprofits. VISIT GLOBAL GIVING

Network for Good: Network for Good makes it as easy to donate and volunteer online as it is to shop online, and they make it simple and affordable for nonprofits to recruit donors and volunteers via the Internet. Donors can choose to fund one of 1.2 million charities or volunteer with one of thousands of nonprofits through the site. VISIT NETWORK FOR GOOD

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