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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

Singapore

Industry

Non-Profit

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Place of Birth

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

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.

The Girls Foundation of Tanzania

Mission

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The Girls Foundation of Tanzania’s mission is to educate girls in Tanzania to become informed and empowered leaders in their local communities. The Foundation hopes to help provide access to high-quality educational opportunities to young girls who are passionate about bringing meaningful changes to their lives and also hope to help affect positive change in the lives of others.

Headquarters

The Girls Foundation of Tanzania’s head office is located in Portland, Maine in the United States.

Region

The Foundation’s activities are based in Tanzania, Africa.

Supported causes

The Girls Foundation of Tanzania offers support to smart young women who have the abilities but not the means to continue their education beyond primary school. The Foundation’s support covers areas that help each girl achieve her educational goals and eventually reach her full potential. This includes learning opportunities outside the classroom, scholarships, internships, career guidance, and access to medical assistance.

Foundation Contact Info

OFFICE ADDRESS

PO Box 11224,
Portland, Maine, 04104

TELEPHONE NUMBER

(207) 775-7200

E-MAIL ADDRESS

office@girlsfoundationoftanzania.org

Visit our website for online donations.

Main Criteria for Funding Projects

All projects funded by The Girls Foundation of Tanzania are focused on the educational need of young girls in Tanzania.

Funded Organizations/Projects

The Foundation is mainly engaged in the following programs:

  • The Enrichment Program – A three-week program conducted at The Girls Center twice a year, in June and December during school vacations. The program is designed to nurture a love for learning and to improve creativity and critical thinking skills, which is typically underdeveloped. The Enrichment Program is the Foundation’s core project.
  • Leadership Workshops – During every Enrichment Program, the students participate in a Leadership Workshop. The workshop runs over five intensive days during which students engage in activities like brainstorming, speaking up in groups, role-playing, future mapping, and debating. Presenters at the workshops give talks on topics like financial literacy, public speaking, climate change, the environment, and reproductive health.
  • Gap Year Program – Throughout secondary and high school, there are periods of time when students don’t attend school. This downtime causes a major loss of learning as girls would typically help with cleaning, cooking, and caring for younger children around the house. The Gap Year Program offers girls the option to stay at The Girls Center where they study, partake in volunteer work, or do internships. The program includes a computer course.
  • The Little Library – This project involves providing girls who are in 1st to 7th grade with an after-school program free of charge. This gives them a quiet place to study away from crowded classrooms. The Little Library has a collection of books and is overseen by a Montessori teacher.

The Foundation’s History

The Girls Foundation of Tanzania was founded in 2010 with the goal of partnering with female students from secondary school all the way through to university to strengthen their academic success and ensure they achieve their full potential. The Foundation’s principal officer is Nano Chatfield.

Mahershala Ali – Actor and Musician Known for Charity Work

Mahershala Ali – Actor, Musician, and Philanthropist

Place of Birth

Mahershala Ali was born in Hayward, California, on 16 February 1974.

Industry

Mahershala Ali is a well-known actor and rapper.

Mahershala Ali Toronto International Film Festival 2016

Early Life and Career

Known as Mahershala Ali professionally, Ali was born as Mahershalalhashbaz Gilmore to a Baptist minister mother and a Broadway actor father. Ali received a scholarship for his skills in basketball and graduated with a degree in mass communication in 1996. He played for the SMC Gaels using the name Hershal Gilmore but soon became disenchanted by the sports industry and instead shifted his focus to acting. Ali accepted an apprenticeship at the California Shakespeare Theatre and spent a year working for a radio trade publication called Gavin Report. He then enrolled in a graduate acting program at the New York University and earned a master’s degree in 2000. He converted to Islam that year and took on the surname Ali.

Road to Success

Between 2001 and 2010, Mahershala Ali was known by his full name, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali. He then began using the abbreviated version, claiming that his entire name was simply too long for Hollywood.

Over the years, Ali became known for several television and movie roles, including as Remy Danton in House of Cards, Colonel Boggs in The Hunger Games, and Tizzy Weathers in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. In 2016, Ali played the role of Juan, a drug dealer and mentor, in the film Moonlight. For this part, he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor as well as the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor and the SAG Award. This made Ali the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar.

Branching into Music

Besides being a multiple-award-winning actor, Mahershala Ali is also a talented rapper. He was signed by Hieroglyphics Imperium, a Bay Area recording label, and began recording music as Prince Ali. In 2017, he released an album called Curb Side Service but decided to focus on his career in acting instead of promoting the album.

Philanthropy

Mahershala Ali is a known benefactor of charities like City Year, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the Entertainment Industry Foundation, Stand Up to Cancer, UNICEF, and Vital Voices.

Scholarships

After Ali won an Oscar for Moonlight, St. Mary’s College of California created the Moonlight Scholarship, and Ali made a considerable donation to the cause. The fund makes partial scholarships available to students of color and to those who would be the first in their family to attend college. Mahershala Ali was one of these students when he attended St. Mary’s by means of a basketball scholarship. His time at the school was what helped him launch his acting career.

Charitable Events

As a performer at WE Day, Mahershala Ali is an international activist for lasting social change in the United States. WE Day is a series of stadium-sized annual events held across the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and the United Kingdom. The events bring together acclaimed international speakers, A-list performers, and young people who have proven that they have made a positive impact on the world.

The Agnes and Beny Steinmetz Foundation

Mission

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The mission of the Agnes & Beny Steinmetz Foundation is to strengthen Israel’s social fabric by creating a better future for the children and youth of the country. The organization’s main focus is to support and improve services related to early childhood. The foundation hopes to help children develop the skills and confidence required to grow and develop into responsible citizens who make valuable contributions to the community.

Headquarters

The Agnes & Beny Steinmetz Foundation headquarters are located in Herzliya, Israel.

Region

The foundation is involved in several initiatives around Israel.

Supported causes

With a goal of creating a more positive future for Israeli young people, the Agnes & Beny Steinmetz Foundation supports several educational programs and organizations. The foundation is also involved in a range of education, welfare, health, and culture programs.

Main Criteria for Funding Projects

Projects funded by the foundation must be in line with the foundation’s mission of improving the lives of children and young people across Israel. The foundation works with children in need, youth at risk, and children who do not have the means of furthering their education. The Agnes & Beny Steinmetz Foundation also supports a variety of organizations that promote culture and health.

Foundation Contact Info

OFFICE ADDRESS

85 Medinat HaYehudim Street
Herzliya Pituach
Israel
46140

TELEPHONE NUMBER

+972-9-9710755

EMAIL ADDRESS

iris@bsg-investments.com
Email for Youth at Risk: shelly@bsg-investments.com

Funded Organizations/Projects

The Agnes & Beny Steinmetz Foundation is mainly involved in projects in the following spheres:

  • Early Childhood – The foundation collaborates with local municipalities to establish services aimed at improving early childhood.
  • At-Risk Youth – By working on projects using outdoor training, the foundation strives to find innovative ways to work with at-risk youth. The organization facilitates activities such as dancing, therapeutic riding, sailing, filmmaking, and drama.
  • Higher Education – The Agnes & Beny Steinmetz Foundation grants 125 scholarships every year to students through the Netanya Academic College. Students who are eligible for the scholarship volunteer to help children in a variety of roles.
  • Afterschool Centers – Through the foundation’s support, seven afterschool centers throughout the city of Netanya provide young people with hot meals, assistance with homework, and a variety of enrichment activities.
  • Health and Culture – Deeply committed to Israel, the foundation supports a range of organizations that promote health and culture, such as Ezra Vetikva and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

The Foundation’s History

The Agnes and Beny Steinmetz Foundation was launched in 2007 with the goal of creating a better future for the children of Israel. Before the foundation was established, Agnes and Beny Steinmetz were actively involved with several charitable initiatives in Israel and around the world, mainly focused on children, youth, health, and culture. The couple started the foundation after deciding to streamline their philanthropic activities and to operate more professionally and strategically. Since its establishment, the foundation has made a positive impact on the lives of 24,000 children, 2,200 parents, and 2,000 professionals.

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