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The Northern Charitable Foundation (NCF)

Name

The Northern Charitable Foundation (NCF)

Mission

The Northern Charitable Foundation supports initiatives that improve people’s health and quality of life. Their mission is to assist and empower disadvantaged groups. Under the leadership of Rosa and Alex Dembitzer, the foundation forms and supports various programs in the realm of public health and deals with hereditary cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and stem cell transplants. The NCF is committed to forming partnerships with established organizations and creating new programs for local communities.

Headquarters

The Northern Charitable Foundation headquarters are in New York.

Operating Region

The foundation predominately operates in Israel and the United States.

Foundation Contact Info

Office: 425 East 52nd Street, Office Suite, New York NY 100222.
Phone: 212 888 6920

Supported Causes

  • Ezer Mizion – an Israeli health support organization that offers a wide range of social and medical services to sick, disabled, elderly and underprivileged populations. The NCF funded the construction of the Ezer Mizion Headquarters and supports several programs led by the organization.
  • Early detection of BRCA mutations – One in 40 Ashkenazi Jews are BRCA mutation carriers, and so at higher risk of breast and/or ovarian cancer. The Dembitzer family and the NCF have made it their mission to drastically reduce the risk of death among carriers by raising awareness and improving access to testing.
  • Alzheimer’s disease – raising awareness about the disease, and the challenges of caring for people who suffer from it.

Main Criteria for Funding Projects

Projects funded by the Northern Charitable Foundation must have the goal of improving the lives of adults and children who have major health issues or are in need of educational empowerment.

Funded Organizations / Projects

  • Jacob Fried Building – the Northern Charitable Foundation was the driving force behind the construction of the Ezer Mizion headquarters in Bnei Brak, Israel.
  • Ezer Mizion Bone Marrow Donor Registry–the Dembitzer family established a personalized donor pool within the Ezer Mizion Bone Marrow Donor Registry. The Ezer Mizion Registry has completed close to 2,500 donor-patient matches and over 2,200 stem cell transplants as in 2017.
  • Alzheimer Center Tzippora Fried– this project is sponsored by Mrs. Jackie Fried in memory of her late mother who suffered from Alzheimer’s. It consists of six centers all over Israel that support over 2000 patients and their families by providing information and guidance, counselling meetings and caregiver support groups.
  • Prevention GENEration– the program was started by Alex and Rosa Dembitzer after Rosa was diagnosed with breast cancer and ovarian cancer. As the disease was passed down through her father’s genes, and no one in her family had suffered from cancer before her, she did not know that she may be a carrier of the BRCA mutation. After a long and difficult battle against the disease, the Dembitzers decided to launch the program and start working with the Israel Cancer Foundation to help prevent others from suffering like this. As of 2017, over 40,000 people in Israel have taken its online questionnaire. Thanks to widely distributed brochures in Hebrew, English, Russian and Arabic the majority of the population has access to vital information about the importance of early-detection. The program operates in eight Israeli hospitals.
  • Israel Tennis Centers National Girls Teams– six teams of 60 girls from all over Israel. The goal of the project is to empower young female players and develop their leadership abilities as well as their tennis skills.
  • Independent Living Association
  • Aleh Foundation
  • Alyn Hospital Pediatric & Adolescent Rehabilitation Center
  • Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • Kenya Education Fund

Foundation’s History

The Northern Charitable Foundation was founded in 2007 by Alex Dembitzer, his wife Rosa Dembitzer and Jacqueline Fried.

4 Fabulous Fundraising Ideas That Actually Work!

Finding new fundraising ideas isn’t easy. Do you go ‘tried-and-trusted’, (but boring) or ‘weird-and-whacky) (might not work). Our 4 Fabulous Fundraisers are not only proven to work, but are creative and fun for everyone involved.

4 Ways To Put the FUN in Fundraising

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  1. Scavenger Hunt – Fun for the Whole Family

A scavenger hunt is a great way to raise funds for a school, or for a school to raise funds for a community cause. Family teams, teams of friends and even local businesses can take part in a scavenger hunt. With a little upfront planning, you’ll be able collect funds ahead of time because each team will pay an entry fee to be able to join in the fun. We suggest teams of up to five people maximum, especially if you’re going to have them drive to any of the locations on your hunt.

Once you’ve decided on your scavenger hunt route, you can decide on how many stopping points you’ll have and what tasks you will ask your participants to perform. If you’re raising money for a cause, you’ll be able to use each stop as a way to generate awareness about different facets of your organization. You’ll only need to source a small gift for the winning team, because the real prize in a scavenger hunt is taking part.

  1. A Form Foundation – Engraved Bricks

If you’re looking for a way to raise money for any building project then ‘Engraved Bricks’ is a phenomenal way to get things started. The upfront costs will include a brick engraver, as well as the bricks, of course! Each ‘brick’ is sold to an individual, family, or group, and for the cost of their donation, their names will be engraved on the brick that will either be on a wall of the new building or on a walkway outside. It’s a way for people leave their mark, literally, and to raise awareness for your building project. The best part is that this can be an ongoing project – it works especially well for schools and colleges when you get your alumni to purchase an engraved brick when they graduate.

  1. Raffle With No Prizes – 50/50

Need a way to boost your raffle idea? Host a 50/50 Raffle instead of one with traditional prizes. There is very little cost involved, apart from printing raffle tickets and the idea is simple: The raffle winner gets 50% of the total money raised! People get a kick out of donating and watching the funds increase, and the more money there is, the more people want to donate.

  1. Give It Up – Give Big

To really get your supporters involved in your cause, why not ask them to ‘give it up’ and donate the money to your organization. It’s a superb way to really engage with your community, plus you’re not asking them to take anything ‘extra’ out of their wallets, but only to give up a snack, a beverage, or even a small meal and donate the money to your organization instead. This idea will need a little bit of marketing to get it started, but is extremely effective for a longer, or ongoing fundraising idea.

Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

Mission

Established in 1998, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation was formed as a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of wildlife, threatened ecosystems and climate change issues.

Headquarters

LDF is headquartered in California

Operating Region

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation operates in over 46 countries, supporting over 128 distinct projects and working with over 65 partners.

Foundation Contact Info

Official Contact Form:
https://www.leonardodicaprio.org/contact

Facebook Page:
LeonardoDiCaprioFoundation

Main Areas of Support

Working through direct grantmaking programs, strategic partnerships, media and public campaigns, the foundation works in several distinct areas:
Wildlife and Wildlands Conservation: to prevent the extinction of an increasing number of species whose habitats are being destroyed. Specifically, the fight against poaching, illegal hunting and the expansion of natural habitat and reintroduction of endangered species. LDF also seeks to protect the world’s endangered forests and natural wildlands.

Marine Conservation: to ensure the protection of ocean habitats, stop overfishing and to provide support to expand marine protection areas.
Climate Change: Public advocacy and media initiatives highlight the severe results of climate change to the planet.
Innovative Solutions in Renewable Energy: To provide funding to ensure that the transition to renewable energy can be accelerated and solutions made available to people globally.
Indigenous Rights: to protect and preserve the rights of indigenous peoples in some of the world’s most vulnerable regions.

Grants/Award Programs

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has provided grants and funding to projects in excess of $61 million. The foundation does not accept unsolicited grant requests and all inquiries should be made through the California Community Foundation, of which LDF is a component fund.
Main criteria for funding projects
LDF works almost exclusively with partners and projects with a focus on environmental issues.

Funded Organizations/Projects

  • Working with the World Wildlife Fund to protect the wild tiger population in Nepal.
  • Funding for projects supported by the Wildlife Conservation Network. Over $9 million has been made available to WCN projects.
  • Providing funding for ‘The Solutions Project’ to ensure that renewable energy solutions are made available to people around the world.
  • Support to ‘ClearWater’ projects in the Amazon, working with indigenous tribes to help protect land, culture and access to water.
  • Funding for ‘Ocean 5’. LDF is a lead and founding partner in the projects that will help stop overfishing, and establish more protected marine reserves.

The Foundation provides grants and funding for the Pacific Remote Islands National Marine Monument.
Other grantees of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation include:

  • Inside Climate News
  • Global Fishing Watch
  • Lights on in the Amazon
  • The Elephant Crisis Fund

Other projects supported by LDF through partner programs:

  • Restoring degraded coastlines in Somalia
  • Identifying wildlife crime routes in Africa and Asia
  • Restoring the Atlantic coastline in Brazil
  • The Biomimicry Institute

Foundation History

Founded by actor and producer Leonardo DiCaprio in 1998. One of the first donations of the foundation was for $35,000, to the Los Feliz branch of the Los Angeles Public Library which was built on the site of his childhood home. The foundation is one of the largest environmental non-profit foundations focused entirely on environmental causes.

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio – Out to Save Planet Earth

Place of Birth

Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio was born in Los Angeles, California in 1974.

Industry

DiCaprio is a well-known actor, producer and longtime environmental activist.

Career and Environmental Activism Background

Leonardo DiCaprio started his career in the arts as a child, appearing in commercials and supporting roles in the daytime soap opera Santa Barbara and television sitcom Growing Pains. He started his film career in Critters 3, but quickly gained both commercial and critical acclaim for his roles in ‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’ and ‘The Basketball Diaries’. His breakout role, the one that garnered him international stardom, was ‘Titanic’ in 1997.

He is consistently praised by critics for his work in smaller, independent films, as well as his roles in epic blockbusters. He has won Golden Globes for acting for his roles in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ and “The Revenant’, the latter earned him his first Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Best Actor.
His commitment to environmental activism was cemented when at the age of 24 he established the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, a non-profit group that is devoted almost exclusively to promoting environmental awareness around the globe. His acceptance speech at the academy awards was vehement on the topic of climate change and the urgent threat facing planet earth.

Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio

Business

DiCaprio is the founder of a production company, Appian Way Productions. In 2009, he purchased an island off the coast of Belize where he intends on creating an eco-friendly resort. When he is not actively involved in the arts, DiCaprio devotes his time to environmental causes, using his fame to spearhead environmental projects and raise awareness. He is outspoken about the environment and renewable energy solutions and critical of governments that refuse to make significant changes in environmental matters. He has produced and appeared in several films and documentaries about the environment, including ‘The 11th Hour’, ‘Water Planet’ and ‘Global Warming’. In 2014, DiCaprio was appointed as a United Nations representative on climate change and in 2015, he produced the Netflix exclusive, ‘Cowspiracy’. In 2016, he produced and starred in ‘Before the Flood’, a documentary on global warming.

DiCaprio has served on the boards of several high profile environmental organizations including the World Wildlife Fund, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and Global Green USA.



Philanthropy and Sponsorship

Through the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, he has made several donations including a $35,000 donation to the Los Feliz branch of the Los Angeles Public Library which was built on the site of his childhood home. He has worked with orphans at the SOS Children’s Village in Maputo, Mozambique while filming ‘Blood Diamond’. In 2010, DiCaprio donated $1 million to the relief centers and efforts after the earthquake in Haiti and $1 million to the Wildlife Conservation Society at a tiger summit in Russia. In 2016, he donated $61,000 to Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAAD) as well as a massive $15,6 million to the various organizations that protect the rights of Native Americans and protect the environment.

Michael Saul Dell

Michael Saul Dell

Born Entrepreneur Michael Dell

Michael Dell was born in Houston, Texas. His mother was a stockbroker and father an orthodontist. Michael was ever anxious to enter the world of business and he took his GED, or high school equivalency exam at the age of eight. Throughout his teens, Michael worked several part-time jobs, investing his earnings in stocks. He was bitten by the technology bug early and despite his growing interest in business, he was fascinated by computers and how they worked. Dell is the Founder, CEO and Chairman of Dell Technologies.

An Early Start in the Computer Industry

Though Dell’s early start into the world of business netted him a good yearly salary, he started his college career as a pre-med student at the University of Texas. During his years at the university, he started a business, developing and then selling upgrade kits for his fellow student’s personal computers. He applied for a vendor license that allowed him to bid on state contracts for computer upgrades which was incredibly successful. Convinced that being able to sell computers directly to the public would be far more effective that the current reseller and indirect sales model, Dell started his first company in 1984: PC’s Limited. Focusing on computer upgrade kits, Dell incorporated the company in May 1984 as the Dell Computer Corporation.

Dell IncorporatedDell logo

By 1992, at the age of 27, Dell was the youngest CEO of a Fortune 500 company, and by 1996 the company started selling computers on the World Wide Web. The company had reported sales of $1 million per day and by 2001, had a reported global market share of 13% and the title of the World’s Largest PC Maker. In 1998 Dell founded MSD Capital L.P. which was a company that controlled the family investments and which currently employs over 80 people in the US and the UK. In 2004, Michael Dell stepped down as CEO but remained Chairman of the Board of Dell Inc. In 2016, Dell announced the acquisition of EMC Corporation for a record $67 billion, making it the largest tech-acquisition in history.

The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation

The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation (MSDF) was formed in 1999 with a focus on providing grants for urban education, family economic stability, and childhood health programs. In 2006, the foundation gave over $50 million to the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Advancement of Healthy Living, The Dell Children’s Medical Center, and the Dell Pediatric Research Institute, all based at the University of Texas. In 2013, a further $50 million was donated by the foundation to establish a medical school at the university. The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation is active in the United States, South Africa, and India. Since its inception, the foundation has donated over $1.23 billion to causes and programs. In 2014, Dell donated $1.8 million to the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces.
The Dell Scholar Program is a significant part of the foundation and is aimed at providing financial assistance to underprivileged youth to enable them to attend college. The foundation recently launched a subsidiary company called the Ed-Fi Alliance, which provides data on students to educators to help them provide a more rounded education to students.

Ansara Family Fund

The Ansara Family Fund

Mission

The mission of the Ansara Family Fund is to end global poverty so that no parent is compelled to give their child up for adoption. In fulfillment of its mission, the Fund seeks to build sustainable physical and social infrastructure within impoverished communities so that local populations can become empowered and access financial stability. While the Foundation does respond to immediate needs in the face of emergencies, the overriding goal is to support systemic change that will continue long after the crisis has been resolved. To this end, the Foundation focuses on funding community-based programs and collaborative partnerships that involve the impacted individuals themselves, giving opportunities for leadership and ownership over home-grown solutions.

Headquarters

The Ansara Family Fund is housed at The Boston Foundation in Massachusetts.

Region

The Ansara Family Fund operates internationally in pursuit of its mission to bring an end to global poverty. Its primary focus is on Haiti and Nepal, but it has also funded projects in Peru, Ecuador and Afghanistan.

Supported Causes
• Nutrition, Healthcare and Hygiene
• Shelter and Security
• Quality Education
• Natural Resources
• Equality and Political Power
• Sustainable Livelihoods
• Capital Markets

Foundation Contact Info

Email contact is preferred: ansarafamilyfund@tbf.org.

Inquiries about New England International Donors (NEID), a project of the Center for Global Philanthropy at The Philanthropic Initiative in Boston, may be directed to NEID@tpi.org.

Inquiries about the Haiti Development Institute may be directed to: SHackney@tpi.org.

Inquiries about Build Health International may be directed to: lroaen@buildhealthinternational.org.

Grants/Award Programs

The foundation provides direct support to organizations that work in their key areas of corporate social responsibility.

Funded Organizations/Projects

A brief look at funded organizations:

Prosperity Catalyst: An incubator and instigator of women-led businesses in Haiti and Iraq, focused on building platforms that empower women, creating pathways to economic stability. Prosperity Catalyst envisions a world where women are change agents, serving as catalysts to bring economic and social change to their communities and the world.

Partners in Health: Building sustainable healthcare infrastructure in Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Russia, Mexico, Malawi, Peru, Liberia, Sierra Leone and the Navajo Nation, Partners in Health pursues its mission of providing preferential healthcare services for the poor. Its goals are to bring the most cutting-edge, medically advanced healthcare technologies to the impoverished and thereby change despair to hope. Partners in Health draws upon an international cadre of physicians, scientists, researchers and others in the medical community to fulfill its mission around the globe.

Wellspring House: Wellspring House provides humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable and often-forgotten refugee populations that have been left out by major international humanitarian organizations: women, children and those living in urban centers. Their work is focused on communities and individuals who are in extreme danger and have no other resource. Wellspring House works across Africa, assisting those fleeing from persecution, war and civil unrest in their home countries.

Foundation’s History: The Ansara Family Fund was founded by Karen and Jim Ansara in 2005. From its humble beginning, operating out of their home, The Fund has grown to be an international philanthropy, funding organizations and partnerships around the world. It is now housed in the Boston Foundation, as a donor-advised fund.

Karen Ansara

Karen Keating Ansara -Co-Founder & Chair, New England International Donors

Industry

Public Policy and Community Counseling

Business

Karen Ansara received her B.A. in Political Science from Wellesley College and a Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School. She holds an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Salem State College and is trained in strategic philanthropy. Her husband, Jim Harvey, founded a successful construction business—Shawmut Design and Construction. Today it is a $1.2 billion national construction and management firm.

Karen Ansara

KarenAnsara
Co-Founder & Chair, New England International Donors

Philanthropy and Sponsorship

Karen Ansara and her husband Jim began their life together armed with a strong ethic of making the world a better place, a responsibility imbued in them from childhood by their respective families. Karen pursed her mission by volunteering for social organizations, such as Planned Parenthood. As she grew in her philanthropic work, Karen became acutely aware of the importance of building partnerships and strong organizational foundations in order to have sustainability in the mission. Her husband’s work in the community was hands-on, providing real assets to communities to empower and lift them up out of poverty.

Karen speaks often about the power of passion and how it has driven their philanthropic life. Perhaps the earliest seeds of passion were planted during a trip to Peru around 22 years ago. They had already adopted a child from Boston. While in Peru, Karen encountered two impoverished women who pleaded with her to take their children. The return trip was filled with grief for the fate of poor women throughout time who were forced to make the difficult choice of giving up their children in order to give them life. They subsequently adopted three young girls from the Andes, which brought them first-hand experience with the extreme impact poverty has on the physical, psychological and intellectual development of a child.

In 2005, Karen’s husband sold his construction company to his employees and from the proceeds they formalized their life’s work. Not wanting to apply Band-Aid solutions to endemic crises, Karen and her husband were determined to reach the root cause of poverty, believing that with the proper access to resources and civil rights the tragic symptoms of poverty can be erased from the world. To this end, Karen and her husband initiated the Ansara Family Fund at the Boston Foundation, a donor-advised fund. The Ansara Family Fund makes grants to build capacity and develop partnerships among international organizations, working in Nepal, Peru, Haiti, Ecuador, Afghanistan and the greater Boston area to support anti-poverty initiatives.

Karen and her husband became passionate about Haiti in early 2010, prior to the devastating earthquake that struck the country. Karen’s husband had taken on the assignment of building a hospital in Mirebalais in partnership with Partners in Health. That original structure has grown to become a 320 bed medical and teaching facility. After the earthquake Karen and her husband initiated the Haiti Fund, within the Boston Foundation, that would focus on reconstruction efforts and human rights initiatives. Two primary goals of the Haiti Fund are to build infrastructure capacity, especially in and around Port-Au-Prince and to ensure that the voices of local Haitians are heard, giving them leadership roles in the development efforts.

3 Ways to Attract Donors and Keep Them Donating

Donor acquisition is undoubtedly one of the most important, and difficult, aspects of managing a non-profit organization. There is no single reason that gets people giving, and no unique sweet spot that’ll make donors give more. Learning how to attract donors, and keep them donating is more experiment than science, though in recent years there has been a lot of research into what motivates people to give and how to get large donations on a regular basis.
While some donors will respond to emotional or inspirational stories, recent research suggests that public recognition may have a greater effect on donor acquisition, and retention. Here are some tips that can help you on your fundraising journey.

1. Let the World Know about Big-Name Donors and Celebrity Endorsement

If you have a big-name donor, organization or foundation supporting your work, let everyone know about it. Experiments conducted by Yale University showed that naming big-donors, celebrity endorsements and other well-known support can increase the chance of an individual donating by up to 22%. The reason: It’s increasingly difficult for individuals to choose a charity amid the hundreds of thousands on offer. A household name increases the chance that your charity will stand out, and acts as a seal of approval.

2. Reward Your Donors with Recognition Fundraising

Everyone wants to get a little praise and recognition for the work they do, whether by active hands-on assistance or by donating a significant sum of money to help a charity. The promise of public acknowledgement goes a long way in attracting potential donors, especially big-name donors. Never under-estimate the power of public recognition and use it when asking for donations. Joan Flanagan, who is considered a pioneer of grassroots fundraising, offers a simple philosophy: “All the knowledge about fundraising can be summed up in ten words: Ask ‘em, thank ‘em, ask ‘em again, thank ‘em again.”

3. Get Up Close and Personal

There’s a lot to be said for the personal approach. Asking for support and donations in person will always be more effective than any other way of advertising. This is particularly important when trying to get donors to keep giving. Set up face to face meetings with past donors, pay attention to what they’re saying. Ask them about their experience and why your charity is meaningful to them. The traditional thank you letter is an essential starting point, but the best way to keep donations rolling in is to personally recognize and reach out to donors.

Bonus Tip – Do the Research, Show You Care

A very small percentage of your fundraising effort will actually be spent on asking, the rest is preparing for ‘the ask’ with research into prospective benefactors, and how you treat your donors after their first donation. This type of effort should not only be limited to big-name donors. Making an effort to personalize the relationship you have with small and medium supporters is imperative.
In a world that is increasingly driven by fleeting soundbites, six-second videos and click bait headlines, taking the time to personally and actively engage donors is the best way to attract, retain and ensure that your charity remains successful and effective.

William “Bill” Ackman

Wlliam Ackman – Activist Investor and Philanthropist

Place of Birth

William Ackman Profile

forbes.com

William Ackman was born and raised in Chappaqua, New York.
His father was the chairman of the Ackman-Ziff Real Estate Group, based in New York.

Industry

A respected hedge fund manager, Ackman is the CEO and founder of Pershing Square Capital Management LP.

Education and Early Investments

William Ackman graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude in 1988. He completed his MBA at Harvard Business School in 1992. In the same year, he co-founded Gotham Partners with David P. Berkowitz. In 1995, the firm garnered interest when it partnered with Leucadia National, a real estate firm, to bid for Rockefeller Center. Though the bid was not successful, Gotham Partners grew the business to $550 million in assets under management, by 1998.

Business and Battling Unfair Markets

Despite allegations of Gotham Partners’ trading practices, a 2003 investigation by New York Attorney general found no-wrongdoing. Ackman has always described himself as an activist investor, though is considered a contrarian investor by many of his peers. He is unequivocally unapologetic for his positions and his challenges against many of the old school investment firms and ways of doing business. He was successful in his lawsuit against Carl Icahn over the proceeds of the shares of Hallwood Realty.

In 2004, Ackman founded Pershing Square Capital Management. He invested in Wendy’s International and worked with the company on the IPO of its Tim Hortons doughnut chain raising $670 million for Wendy’s investors. In 2007, Pershing Square owned 10% of Target Corporation and 38% of Borders Group. He is also a Director of the Canadian Pacific Railway.
Ackman is against the use of multi-level marketing schemes that operate as pyramid schemes, and in his challenge against international company, Herbalife, he committed to donating all profits from his trading against the company to charity.

Philanthropy and Sponsorship

The Pershing Square Foundation was founded by William Ackman and his wife Karen in 2006. The foundation gives to a wide range of organizations, individuals and groups. In 2011, the couple was listed as one of the “Philanthropy 50” list of generous donors.
Ackman made a $6, 8 million donation to the Center for Jewish History to help retire their mounting $30 million debts. Via the Pershing Square Foundation, Ackman has donated over $1 million to the Innocence Project in New York and to Centurion Ministries in New Jersey. Both groups provide investigative resources into cases of wrongful conviction.
The foundation donated $25 million to Signature Theater to fund the Signature Ticket Initiative as well as a $25 million grant to help improve the public-school system in New Jersey, the second largest donation after that of Mark Zuckerberg.
Internationally, the Pershing Square Foundation has made $6, 5 million in grants to the One Acre Fund which partners with USAID. The foundation has also made available a $10 million grant, over five years to Human Rights Watch to support efforts in the Women’s Rights and Africa divisions.

Bill and Karen have signed The Giving Pledge, committing to giving away at least 50% of his wealth in their lifetime.

Mesika Brothers Foundation

Mission

The Mesika Brothers Foundation is a non-profit organisation that provides support and assistance to disadvantaged children, youth and young people in Nigeria.

Headquarters

Abuja, Nigeria

Region

The Mesika Brothers Foundation supports two orphanages in the outskirts of Abuja, capital of Nigeria. The foundation also assists several programs for the empowerment and enrichment of local youth and young adults.

Supported causes

The two orphanages sponsored by the foundation – Rachel’s Home for Orphans and Vulnerable Children and Talitha Cumi – provide care for handicapped, disadvantaged and abandoned children and infants. The Foundation grants these important homes ongoing funding and assists with maintenance services and basic supplies.

In order to encourage and strengthen the young Generation of Nigeria the foundation has funded several youth initiatives in the region. These initiatives include entrepreneurship programs, management courses, technical training and educational programs for at-risk youth and underprivileged young people.

Grants/Award Programs

The foundation provides direct support to organizations that work in their key areas of corporate social responsibility.

Funded Organizations/Projects

The Mesika Brothers Foundation is proud to support the following Nigeria based organizations and programs:

Rachel’s Home for Orphans and Vulnerable Children:
The orphanage provides care for severely disadvantaged children, often those abandoned or orphaned. The home was founded in 1999 by Mrs. Rachel Alaje and relies on the Mesika Brothers Foundation for financial support to continue its work with the most vulnerable children in Abuja.

The Talitha Cumi Orphanage Home:
This orphanage provides a nurturing, safe and caring environment for infants and young children who have been abandoned or taken out of their home. The Mesika Brothers Foundation assists with direct financial support for the running of the orphanage, management services and procurement of basic necessities.

The Mesika Brothers Foundation Sponsors the Following Youth Development Programs:
Future Lab – A program developed by JCI-Nigeria and JCI-ASO. It is a 3-day leadership course for young adults between the ages of 18 and 25. The course teaches leadership skills through endurance tasks.

IT-Structure – A program that operates in secondary schools in the region. It introduces high school students to the world of IT and programming through free courses offered during the school day.

Foundation History

The foundation was founded in 2007 by entrepreneur and businessman Eyal Mesika and is supported by EMI Systems Limited.

Eyal Mesika was born in Israel and settled in Nigeria in 1991 following a visit to the continent after he completed his combative military service in the Israel Defense Forces. He is the founder, owner and CEO of EMI Systems Limited, a Nigerian security company that operates in Nigeria and neighboring Ghana. The company was founded in 1994 and provides advanced security services and solutions to high profile individuals and organizations in west Africa.

In addition to the philanthropic work of the foundation, Eyal Mesika and EMI Systems Limited also collaborate with the Nigeria Chabad House (a Jewish community support center) on projects that provide access to traditional Jewish facilities for the Nigerian Jewish community.

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