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Cancer and Careers

Mission

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The Cancer and Careers organization’s goal is to empower and educate people who have cancer to flourish in their workplace, despite their diagnosis.

Headquarters

The Cancer and Careers headquarters is located in New York.

Region

Cancer and Careers operates across the United States but offers online resources available to people all around the world. The organization’s free publications and online resources are available in both English and Spanish.

Supported causes

Cancer and Careers supports people who have cancer and features a range of initiatives such as interactive online tools, educational events, a database filled with useful information, and expert advice.

The topics covered are:

  • Legal and financial
  • Returning to work
  • Co-workers
  • Employers and managers
  • Seeking employment

Main Criteria for Funding Projects

Cancer and Careers is focused on supporting projects that cater to people who have cancer and are working.

Foundation Contact Info

OFFICE ADDRESS

159 West 25th Street, 8th Fl.
New York, NY 10001

TELEPHONE NUMBER

646-929-8032

E-MAIL ADDRESS

cancerandcareers@cew.org

Funded Organizations/Projects

Some of the projects offered by Cancer and Careers are:

  • Networking to help with job hunts
  • A resume review service
  • Assistance with preparing for interviews
  • Advice from a career coach

Event-based projects offered by Cancer and Careers include educational events geared for healthcare professionals, webinars about balancing work and cancer, a Midwest conference, a West Coast conference, a national conference, in-service training events for healthcare professionals, and job-search intensives. Regular events open to the public include:

  • The Beauty of Giving Luncheon and Live Auction – An event held in New York every year that attracts some of the top decision-makers in the cosmetic industry as well as high-ranking executives in design, publishing, media, and advertising.
  • Beauty with Benefits – An annual broadcast in which 80% of the proceeds from sales on QVC and HSN go to benefit cancer patients and survivors.
  • Beauty Editor’s Closet Sale – Held since 2009, this event has raised over $700,000. It involves fashion sales through various sponsorships from industry leaders like Bustle, Beauty Inc., Glamour, OK!, InStyle, and New Beauty.

There is also a comprehensive range of educational videos and publications available on the organization’s website.

The Foundation’s History

Cancer and Careers was launched in 2001 as a program of the charity arm of Cosmetic Executive Women, the CEW Foundation. The idea was conceived when the company’s board of directors made the staggering realization that five of the 40 board members had been diagnosed with cancer. Some of them had mentioned it at work and others kept their diagnoses quiet. As all of them continued to go to work during and after treatment, they experienced similar problems, like how they would break the news to their bosses and colleagues or how they would balance work and treatment. The organization was founded because work doesn’t stop, even when you are diagnosed with cancer.

Burkina Health Foundation

Mission

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With a vision of a world in which everybody has access to quality healthcare, the Burkina Health Foundation’s mission is to harness community involvement to develop local skills and drive sustainability with a focus on long-term healthcare solutions for the people of Burkina Faso.

Headquarters

The Burkina Health Foundation headquarters are located in London, United Kingdom.

Region

The foundation operates in Burkina Faso in West Africa.

Supported causes

Burkina Health Foundation supports causes that aim to deliver long-term healthcare services that are sustainable. Focus is placed on developing local partnerships and supporting the community to run projects for the community. The foundation believes that the community is able to help itself and should be the agents of their own development.

Main Criteria for Funding Projects

Burkina Health Foundation funds projects that are in line with their supported causes in Burkina Faso and is mainly focused on healthcare delivery and training.

Foundation Contact Info

OFFICE ADDRESS

39 Radipole Road,
Fulham,
London, SW6 5DN

TELEPHONE NUMBER

07769 674466

E-MAIL ADDRESS

info@burkinahf.org

For online donations, you can go here.

Funded Organizations/Projects

  •  Healthcare Delivery – The Eureka Polyclinic located in Bobo Dioulasso is a second-level healthcare facility that offers consultations in areas like dentistry, cardiology, ophthalmology, radiology and general medical care. The facility also offers laboratory services and has a pharmacy for patients.
  • Training – The Burkina Health Foundation tackled the healthcare crisis in Burkina Faso by launching a scholarship program that identifies healthcare professionals and provides financial backing for them to specialise in their field. Scholarships typically last for four years and amount to between EUR25,000 and EUR30,000. Between 2013 and 2018 eight such scholarships were awarded.

The Foundation’s History

The Burkina Health Foundation’s history started in 1995 when Aidan de Brunner, one of the foundation’s trustees, met Eugene Kabore in Spain where he was studying. For the following 10 years, the two friends worked together on several informal, small-scale projects in Burkina Faso. De Brunner and Kabore hoped that their efforts would alleviate poverty in the country. It soon became clear that a more organised effort would be required and they founded dBB, the predecessor to the Burkina Health Foundation. The organisation was launched to develop a project that would help the Sequere village to fight poverty. Between 2006 and 2010, dBB worked on improving water and sanitation and healthcare in the village. One of the projects involved sinking a 100m borehole which would tap into aquifers and pump water by solar power to a reservoir.

Between 2011 and 2015, the organisation began focusing on healthcare. In 2011 a project with the goal of building a large-scale healthcare facility in Bobo Dioulasso was launched. In 2013 the name of the organisation changed to Burkina Health Foundation with the goal of establishing it as a partner alongside other health organisations and NGOs. During 2013 the first medical training scholarships were launched. In 2015 Burkina Health Foundation received a license to operate from the Ministry of Health. In the years that followed, the foundation concentrated on training local communities and establishing partnerships with the aim of establishing sustainable healthcare systems.

Taylor Swift – Musician and Philanthropist

Place of Birth

Taylor Swift was born in Reading, Pennsylvania on December 13, 1989.

Industry

Swift is a famous singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, and music-video director.

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Early Life and Career

Born to Scott and Andrea Swift in Pennsylvania, Taylor Swift attended Wyomissing Area School. She was interested in music from an early age and began performing in theater productions as well as taking vocal and acting lessons. After feeling inspired by a documentary about Faith Hill, the young Swift decided that she would one day relocate to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue a career in music. She traveled there with her mother when she was 11, but her demo tape was rejected.

Not deterred, Swift then began to learn how to play the guitar and wrote the song “Lucky You” before she started working with a music manager in New York. After achieving some success with the “Rising Stars” campaign, Swift’s family relocated to Hendersonville, Tennessee to help her launch her career in country music. There she attended Hendersonville High School and eventually graduating with the assistance of Aaron Academy, a facility that enables homeschooling.

Road to Success

In the coming years, Swift shot to international fame. She released several records and began touring around the world.

Philanthropy

Taylor Swift has not only become known for her musical talent, but also for her charitable activities. In 2011, Swift donated $70,000 in books to the Reading Public Library in her hometown. She also donated all the proceeds of her “Wildest Dreams” video to African Parks Foundation of America, an anti-poaching and nature conservation foundation, and donated $50,000 in proceeds of her song “Welcome to New York” to schools around New York City. In 2017, she helped victims of Hurricane Harvey with a sizable donation. In 2019, the generous musician donated $113,000 to the Tennessee Equality Project, an organization that actively fights anti-LGBT legislation.

Taking a Stand Against Sexual Abuse

In 2007, Swift teamed up with the governor of Tennessee to fight internet sex crimes and to help protect children from online predators. More recently, in 2017, Swift won a lawsuit against a DJ who groped her. She then made a generous donation to the Joyful Heart Foundation, which helps people who have suffered from sexual assault. In 2018, she made a substantial donation to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN).

Supporting Fellow Celebrities

In 2016, Swift helped her friend and fellow musician Kesha with $250,000 after she lost a court case. After actress Jaime King’s son was diagnosed with a heart disease called Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA) and was saved by a team of doctors, Swift gave a substantial donation to thank them.

Helping Fans

Swift not only generously supports her friends, but she also regularly helps her fans. She donated $15,500 to one of her fans whose mother was in a coma for three years. In 2015, the musician sent gifts to fans all over the world, including a $1,989 donation towards the student debt of one of them.

The Poetry Foundation – Committed to Strong Poetry

Mission

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The Poetry Foundation’s mission is to discover, celebrate, and promote poetry and to raise it to play a more influential as well as visible role in our culture. The foundation aims to lead the way in cultivating a receptive climate for poetry through various initiatives.

Headquarters

The Poetry Foundation is located in Chicago.

Region

The Poetry Foundation operates across the globe from a website and hosts various events in the United States.

Supported causes

The Poetry Foundation supports causes that shape a more receptive climate for poetry through initiatives that:

  • Develop new audiences interested in poetry
  • Encourage the development of new types of poetry
  • Create new avenues through which poetry may be delivered

Foundation Contact Info

OFFICE ADDRESS

61 West Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60654
United States

Donate to the Poetry Foundation here

Main Criteria for Funding Projects

The Poetry Foundation backs projects that encourage adults and children to explore and enjoy poetry.

Funded Organizations/Projects

  • Awards – With the goal of promoting poets, the foundation launched the Pegasus Awards through which under-recognized poets are given the opportunity to receive awards. The Young People’s Poet Laureate provides a two-year appointment to a children’s poetry author. The Ruth Lilly Prize is awarded to American poets for achievements, and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship is given to aspiring American poets to assist with studying and writing.
  • The Poetry Center – The organization funded the construction of the Poetry Center in Chicago, which was opened in 2011. The center is home to a public library and offers services like reading areas, editorial and office space for the foundation as well as Poetry Magazine, and tours for schools and other groups.
  • The Poetry Foundation Website – One of the most active projects by The Poetry Foundation is the organization’s website. The site features an archive that contains thousands of poems and information about poets. It also contains podcasts, articles, video and audio recordings, educational material, and information about events and poetry tours.
  • Harriet – The Poetry Foundation website is also home to “Harriet,” a project in the form of a blog that features monthly posts and poetry-related news features.
  • Events – Events such as readings and lectures, poetry performances, screenings, celebrations, workshops, and discussions are regularly held. The foundation also hosts Kids and Ya events. Aimed at children aged between two and five, these events involve a weekly “story time” held at the library.
  • Poetry Magazine – The oldest monthly magazine dedicated to poetry in English.

The Foundation’s History

The Poetry Foundation was originally known as the Modern Poetry Association, which also previously published Poetry Magazine. In 2003, the organization evolved and adopted its new name after philanthropist and poetry enthusiast Ruth Lilly made a substantial contribution of around $200 million. The foundation was initially managed by Joseph Parisi, who was the magazine’s editor for over 20 years. After a few months, Parisi resigned and published poet and former executive John Barr was recruited to head the foundation. In 2013, the respected poet Robert Polito succeeded Barr and in 2015, Henry S. Bienen, previously the president of Northwestern University took over.

The Hope Foundation – Healthcare for Impoverished in Bangladesh

Mission

The Hope Foundation’s mission is to provide lifesaving essential healthcare services to women and children in the rural areas of Bangladesh as well as to assist refugees. The foundation aims to serve anyone in need by setting up healthcare facilities such as hospitals and clinics that provide affordable hope foundation logo

 

 

 

healthcare to those in need and by providing emergency medical transportation.

Headquarters

The headquarters of the Hope Foundation is situated in Miami, Florida.

Region

The Hope Foundation operates in Bangladesh with a special focus on rural areas such as Ramu Upazila, Cox’s Bazar District where help is greatly needed.

Supported causes

The Hope Foundation supports maternal and child health, family planning, rural healthcare, access and right to healthcare, humanitarian responses, fistula repair and cleft surgery.

Foundation Contact Info

OFFICE ADDRESS
16401 NW 2nd Ave.,
Suite 202
Miami, FL 33169

Main Criteria for Funding Projects

The foundation funds projects that assist those who would otherwise suffer the consequences of poor healthcare. Projects fall under one or more of the following areas:
• Obstetric fistula
• Midwifery and nursing training
• Burn and cleft palate
• HOPE Hospital
• HOPE Field Hospital for Women
• Rural mothers clubs
• HOPE birthing centers
• Rural medical centers
• HOPE Maternity and Fistula Center

Funded Organizations/Projects

Some of the projects that have recently received funding from the Hope Foundation are:
• Give the Gift of Sight to Children in Bangladesh – A project that provides cataract surgeries to children with the hope of preventing blindness.
• Cleft Surgery for Poor Children in Bangladesh – A project that involved cleft surgeries performed on children in Bangladesh.
• Train Women to Become Birth Attendants – By training local women to become home birth attendants, the lives of women giving birth in rural villages can be saved.
• Rickets Treatment for Children in Bangladesh – This project tackles the severe vitamin D deficiency in children that causes rickets. The project teaches prevention measures, provides supplements, and helps with corrective surgery in advanced cases.
• Cervical Cancer Project in Rural Bangladesh – This project involves cervical cancer screening for individuals in rural communities in Bangladesh.

In addition to these successfully funded projects, the foundation is currently raising funds for projects that include:
• Healthcare services to Rohingya refugees
• Help for children suffering from severe burns
• Providing safe delivery for mothers in rural areas
• Supporting HOPE’s Mother’s Clubs in Bangladesh
• HOPE emergency response team

The Foundation’s History

The Hope Foundation was established in 1999 by Dr. Iftikher Mahmood, a Bangladeshi/American pediatrician. Dr Mahmood felt that there was unnecessary suffering endured in Bangladesh, particularly by the impoverished and by mothers and children. The child and infant mortality rate in Bangladesh is particularly high and he wanted to change this with several projects such as Hope medical centers and ambulance services. In the beginning of 2017, nearly a million refugees arrived in Cox’s Bazar, and the Hope Foundation began to respond to the needs of those who have suffered oppression in Myanmar. The foundation established the Hope Field Hospital for Women, which continues to remain one of the few inpatient facilities in the refugee camps. More than 300 patients are treated in the camps every day.

Zarakh Iliev

Zarakh Iliev is a thriving Russian businessman with an estimated net worth of around $5 billion

Place of Birth

Zarakh Bension Iliev was born in Quba, Azerbaijan in the Soviet Union on September 8, 1966.

Industry

Zarakh Iliev is a successful businessman in the commercial real estate development sector.

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Early Career

Zarakh Iliev learned the trade of shoemaking from his father. A self-starter from a young age, being a cobbler was not enough for the young man. Already business-minded, he soon developed his own series of products, which included manufacturing hats and tailoring services. Iliev took his wares to the city of Quba to sell. After several years of hard work, he relocated to Moscow in the early 1990s in order to seek out other business opportunities. Once Iliev settled in Moscow, he formed a partnership with another Azerbaijani, God Nisanov. The two businessmen entered the commercial real estate sector through launching a company called Kievskaya Ploshchad. They began to acquire and develop several large real estate projects including shopping malls, restaurants, food centers, hotels and more.

Business

Today, Zarakh Iliev’s company, Kievskaya Ploshchad, is in control of a wide range of assets across Russia and abroad. According to Forbes, it is one of the top 100 private companies in Russia.

Some of his most significant business ventures are shopping centers. The first center Iliev and his partner developed was the Elektronny Ray Center. It was opened in the late 1990s and focused on appliances and electronic goods. Panorama Shopping Center soon followed, after which the Grand Furniture Mall and the Moscow Automobile Shopping Center opened their doors for business. In 2006, Iliev and Nisanov developed what was to become one of the busiest shopping centers in Europe and Russia, the Evropeyskiy Shopping Mall.

Zarakh Iliev’s success in shopping centers extended to his efforts in hotels and other projects. After acquiring the Hotel Ukraine at an auction, Kievskaya Ploshchad completely revamped the building and relaunched it under the popular Radisson Royal brand. Other hotels in Iliev’s portfolio include the Radisson Slavyanskaya and he is also currently converting a historic building called The Book into a hotel, among other projects.

Philanthropy and Sponsorship

As a firm advocate of culture, Zarakh Iliev has been active in several initiatives aimed at keeping traditional practices alive. As part of one of these projects, Iliev provided financial backing to construct a museum that features the traditions, history, and culture of Azerbaijani Mountain Jews. It is the first of its kind in the world and will feature an exhibit of the so-called “slashed book.” Legend has it that this Torah scroll saved several lives when a military leader tried to kill a rabbi and his knife got stuck in the book instead, horrifying him and motivating him to leave the citizens of Sloboda alone.

Over the years, Iliev has also been greatly involved in a range of urban restoration projects across Russia. Projects include extensive renovations of the Miussky Tram Depot as well as a complete restoration of the Lesnoy Architectural Ensemble, which is highly regarded as a cultural heritage site.

God Nisanov

God Nisanov is a highly successful Russian businessman who has made billions through a variety of investments.

Place of Birth

God Semenovich Nisanov was born in Krasnaya, Sloboda, Azerbaijan in the Soviet Union on April 24, 1972.

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Industry

God Nisanov is a commercial property developer with vested interests in several large-scale developments.

Early Life and Career

At the start of God Nisanov’s career, he worked at a local cannery his father managed. Not satisfied with his options for business development locally, Nisanov decided to move to Moscow to explore future business prospects elsewhere. There, he joined forces with fellow Azerbaijani Zarakh Iliev and launched a company called Kievskaya Ploshchad. Through the company, Nisanov and Iliev began investing in local businesses. They made several acquisitions, mainly in the large-scale commercial property sector. Nisanov’s initial focus was on specialized shopping centers and eventually expanded to include ventures in hospitality, transport, agricultural centers, and the food sector.

Business

After making several lucrative investments, God Nisanov and his business partner and friend Zarakh Iliev became known for their expertise in developing purpose-built shopping centers. One of the first was the Elektronny Ray Shopping Center, which stocked electronic goods and household appliances. The Grand is a center focused on all aspects of furniture including sales, manufacturing, and even furniture workshops. The Automobile Shopping Center was developed purely with the intention of becoming an ideal destination for those interested in purchasing new or used vehicles. After achieving phenomenal success in this sector, Nisanov and Iliev decided to expand their business portfolio to include ventures in other fields.

Nisanov branched out into the hospitality industry when Kievskaya Ploshchad acquired Hotel Ukraina at an auction in 2005. It was eventually revamped and reopened as the Radisson Royal Moscow and continues to be a prime destination for visitors to the city. Significant business ventures Nisanov has in the food industry include the development of Food City, a large wholesale food distribution hub that stretches across 120 hectares, and Depot, a trendy food mall that used to be a tram park. Nisanov and his partner Iliev also have business interests in transportation with two international bus stations and the Radisson Royal Flotilla, a luxury river cruise company.

Philanthropy and Sponsorship

God Nisanov is highly supportive of numerous cultural projects and has received several honors and awards in recognition of his efforts. He made a generous contribution to the restoration of St Nicholas Kronstadt Marine Cathedral and backed the construction of Cheder Menachem Jewish School. Nisanov also renovated and updated the Gubinsky Cannery in Krasnaya Sloboda, which now employs over 200 individuals who are part of the Mountain Jewish community. Furthermore, he opened a Talmudic college, rebuilt a synagogue destroyed in Soviet times, and restored a culturally important tram station, the Miussky Depot. One of Nisanov’s most recent charitable projects is financing the world’s first museum dedicated to preserving the culture and history of the Mountain Jews of Azerbaijan. The museum will be located in Quba, Azerbaijan and will serve as a reminder of the Juhuri language as well as other traditions and religious practices of this unique group.

WE Foundation – Making Doing Good Doable

Mission

WE Charity’s mission is to empower communities around the globe to lift themselves out of poverty through sustainable, holistic development.

Headquarters

WE’s international headquarters for service-learning, community engagement and youth programs are loctaed at WE Global Learning Center, 339 Queen St E Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Region

WE Charity operates throughout the world. It places a specific emphasis on Kenya, India, Ecuador, rural China, Sierra Leone, Haiti, Nicaragua, Tanzania, and Ethiopia. The foundation also works with schools and groups in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

Supported causes

WE Charity supports a range of domestic and international programs that enables individuals and groups to help others. The foundation’s main programs include WE Villages, WE Schools, WE Day, WE Families, and WE Well-Being. Locally, WE Charity works with thousands of schools to arrange activities like food and clothing drives for homeless people as well as anti-bullying campaigns. The foundation also fund raises for causes such as children’s hospitals, water projects, and women’s shelters.

Foundation Contact Info

OFFICE ADDRESS

WE Charity International Office
339 Queen St E Toronto,
Ontario M5A 1S9 Canada

TELEPHONE NUMBER
1-416-925-5894

E-MAIL ADDRESSES
General Inquiries: info@we.org
Donations: donate@we.org

For online donations, you can go to:
https://forms.we.org/donation

Main Criteria for Funding Projects

WE Charity mainly funds projects that uplift communities and improve education, water, health, food, and economic opportunity.

Funded Organizations/Projects

WE Charity’s projects include:
• WE Schools—a project that makes free educational resources available to teachers and provides educational opportunities to students. The project is run in over 14,500 schools throughout North America and the United Kingdom.
• WE Families—a project with the goal of turning doing good deeds into a family habit. Initiatives include volunteerism vacations, environmental projects, and more.
• WE Well-Being—a project focused on prevention and promotion strategies to build understanding and awareness about youth mental-health issues.
• WE Villages—a project based on five pillars used as critical components for breaking communities’ cycle of poverty. The pillars are water, food, health, education, and opportunity.
• WE Day — a series of powerful, arena-sized events that bring schools together with top speakers and performers in order to celebrate and inspire positive change.

The Foundation’s History

WE Charity was founded in 1995 by Craig Kielburger when he was only 12 years old. Kielburger read about a 12-year old boy from Pakistan who was a factory worker murdered after speaking out against child labor. Kielburger recruited a few of his classmates to establish an organization called Free the Children in order to put an end to child labor around the world. Kielburger eventually launched a variety of initiatives and wrote several books about the cause together with his brother Marc. In 2016, Free the Children was rebranded as WE Charity.

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