Monthly Archives: February 2015

Aiding Tanzania’s most vulnerable by investing in their advocate.


Photo credit: UNICEF

Argue with your husband, burn his food, neglect his children, say “no” to sex, or leave the house without his permission: 50 percent of Tanzania’s adolescent and young adult male population (13-24 years) believe that it is appropriate for a man to beat his wife under these circumstances. Even worse, of the female population in the same age range – the victims themselves – it’s 60 percent who believe this. Continue reading


Alzheimer’s Society

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William Utermohlen – Self Portrait

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William Utermohlen – Self Portrait

Alzheimer’s society is a membership organisation made up of over 20,000 members. They are working to improve the quality of life of people that are affected by dementia in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Many of their members have personal experience of dementia, either as carers, people with dementia themselves and health professionals. This allows for a wide spectrum of insight and expertise that is channelled into making progress in all aspects of improving the lives of people that are affected by this degenerative disease, as well as supporting the families along through the various stages.

The word dementia refers to a set of symptoms that include memory loss and difficulties thinking, problem solving or language. Dementia is caused by certain diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease or occasionally a series of strokes. Alzheimer’s society staff provide local services including day care and home care for people suffering from dementia in the community. The support that the family members and partners receive is invaluable in order for them to cope with the increasing demands of becoming a carer.

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Mary’s Place

Mary’s Place was established in 1999 in Seattle, WA in response to homeless women’s need for a complete resource center. These women were previously spending their days bouncing from center to center, trying to get their physical needs met. With the help of a small community grant, and the support of a Board of Directors from a local church, Mary’s Place was born. Several planning sessions with homeless women were held where women were asked what they needed to rise out of homelessness. In this way, they instituted the structure of the organization that remains today.

Mary’s Place is one of the few places that offer crisis response night shelters and day center services for homeless families with children. It is unique in that it empowers women to take control of their lives by first providing for basic needs, and then by giving them access to tools, information, support groups and resources to find employment, housing, medical and/or financial services that improve their quality of life in the long-run.

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Modern-Day Slavery

by Jessica Balko

In December of 1865, the United States of America abolished slavery with the addition of the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. In 2007, Mauritania made slavery illegal. Free the Slaves provides an overview of slavery in history dating back to 6800BC. To date, slavery is illegal in every country; however, practices similar to slavery still exist today including domestic servants, sex trafficking, forced labor, bonded labor, and child labor. According to End Slavery Now, it is estimated that 28 million people are experiencing a modern-day form of slavery.

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Stop FGM


Hi guys, Natalie here.

I’m ready to talk about an issue that people sometimes shy away from: Female genital mutilation. Commonly referred to as FGM, I first learned about this gruesome, inhuman procedure by reading “Infidel,” a memoir by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, where she vividly describes her clitoris being cut. It hurts just to type it.  I was shocked that this could exist – that this could be justified by a façade of religious beliefs. And yet, it does. It is estimated that 30 million girls are at risk of genital mutilation before their fifteenth birthday (Unicef).

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HEALTHY HAPPY AND WOMAN (crowdfunding for women in Kenya)




Week 5: Homework

Beginners Guide to Community-Based Arts: pp. 101-150

Review: All previous readings to date for Midterm. You will receive a study guide next week for the Midterm on Tues, March 10, 2015. Continue reading

Let’s Crowdfund PoP

By: Kasey Wilcox


Of the many important philanthropic causes I find an interest in, I value childhood education as one of the most important. Not because fighting cancer or childhood obesity is any less a priority, but because I know that I would be not be the same without it. An alarming number of 250 million children around the world of primary age lack basic reading, writing, and math skills (Pencils of Promise, 2008). Thus, I have developed a deep connection and care for Pencils of Promise, a non-profit organization that sends children to school with trained teachers with $250 scholarships.

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Week 5: Funding Sources and Web/Interactive Projects

Funding Sources: More sources are at The Fund Raising Glossary

Endowments – a gift, grant, or bequest made to a nonprofit. Can also refer to a fund that is made up of gifts and bequests that are subject to a requirement that the principal be maintained intact and invested to create a source of income for an organization. Donors may set up an endowment to fund a specific interest, or a nonprofit’s governing body may set up an endowment. For either scenario, such an endowment requires that the principal remain intact in perpetuity, for a defined period of time, or until sufficient assets have been accumulated to achieve a designated purpose.

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Week 4: Homework

Readings: (Due Monday, Feb. 25, 2013)
Book: Beginner’s Guide to Community-Based Arts pp. 59-100
Handouts: How to Write a Public Service Announcement

Online Course:
Please enroll in Prof. Palana’s course about online crowdfunding using this free link for AUR students here.
View Lectures 1, 4, 8, 9, 10OR all lectures up to the end of Section 3 (some are optional).

Blog Post: (Due online Thurs., Feb. 26, 2015 at 10:30PM.)
1. Come up with at least one idea for a person, family, community, cause, project, or charity that you would like to see our class do an online fundraising campaign for. Continue reading