FFW Founder Deborah Lindholm and Board Member Janie Davis attended and networked with an international audience of women change-makers around a variety of critical issues. TEDWomen is a three-day conference about the power of women and girls to be creators and change-makers. The program of speakers, workshops, events — and daring discussions — has sparked some of TED's most iconic moments yet. TEDWomen brings together a global community of people interested in exploring how change begins: with innovative thinkers who catalyze ideas toward action. Read on for highlights!
Letters from Liberia: World Bank Funding has arrived and FFW Liberia Honored at Liberian Government MSME Launch!
At 6am this morning, I had a conversation with our FFW Liberia COO David Beyan with tremendous news. After working with the World Bank and the Central Bank of Liberia forever it seems, yesterday funding to expand our microcredit portfolio was deposited into our account. Today there was a special program in recognition of this post-Ebola support and Foundation for Women Liberia was the star!!
Thanksgiving is my favorite time of the year. I strive to focus on my gratitude list always. That is the reason I authored the book GRATITUDE Always a few years ago. November is, however, a special time to focus on gratitude as the year is coming to an end. Here are some of my gratitude moments:
None of this would be possible without YOU - so many of you who over the last 20 years have shared your time, treasury, and talent with the Foundation for Women. Thank you!
A very special thank you to Dana, Janie, George, Jennifer, Barbara, and Barbara for joining with me to lead the Foundation for Women.
A tremendous thank you to Cory who keeps everything together always - cannot imagine life without Cory!
To friend Aldis at MISSIONLINES who has shared so many links to help support our work: www.ONLYLOVEisbest.com and www.ONLYHOPEisbest.com and www.MakeEducationFun.com and others!
To Sector 9, the Tony Hawk Foundation, Awesome Beyond Borders Foundation, and so many others for helping us bring skateboarding to Liberia!
And to friend Leena Patidar who has brought COIN UP to us! Here's what COIN UP is:
What if you could simply donate your spare change from everyday purchases to support the Foundation for Women (FFW)? Well now you can, there's an app for that! FFW has partnered with a revolutionary mobile donation app called COIN UP. You can make a monthly impact through COIN UP in 3 Easy Steps:
Please make this your year end gift to the Foundation for Women.
With great gratitude,
A donation of $60 brings another child into the Elwa Academy Skateboarding Club. Help us spread the word about bringing joy to kids who have grown up in the context of poverty, war and even Ebola. This program is incentivizing education for nearly 100 kids now. Help us reach our goal of 500!
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Tony Hawk Foundation, MissionLine, Harnish Foundation and More Supporting Skateboard Liberia Project
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The Foundation for Women is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit and registered non-government organization working to end poverty through microcredit programs and education.
FOUNDATION FOR WOMEN - Making Education Fun
Thanks to Sector 9 Skateboards, The Tony Hawk Foundation, Awesome Without Borders, Missionlines and individual donors like you, skateboarding has come to Liberia for the first time! Join us in a quick visit to Elwa Academy Skateboard Club to see the kids in their first few days.
We are thrilled to announce that we are the winners of a grant from Awesome Without Borders. The funds are bringing much needed joy to Liberian children - many of whom have known nothing but warfare and Ebola.
From Awesome Without Borders:
With not much more than a board and four wheels, this nonprofit is skating into Liberia.
On a recent trip to Liberia, Foundation for Women Founder and CEO Deborah Lindholm happened to bring a couple of skateboards along. Lindholm’s foundation is dedicated to supporting women in poverty, and she’s always on the lookout for unexpected, entrepreneurial ideas — and soon enough, she was on a roll with skateboards. Lindholm’s skateboards brought smiles to everyone she encountered. And in a nation devastated by a recent Ebola outbreak and brutal civil war, smiles are sometimes in short supply. Thrilled at the unexpected popularity of the skateboards, Lindholm made it her mission to bring some new fun to Liberia with the simplicity of a board and four wheels.
PLEASE SPONSOR ONE SKATEBOARD - The Foundation for Women is introducing skateboarding to Liberia, a totally new concept to this country.
Deborah is returning next week and we are looking for 35 people to each sponsor one skateboard at the cost of $60.00. The skateboards need to be on the plane with Deborah on November 3rd. Watch for amazing updates and video from Liberia soon. Donate now.
We dreamed BIG for our first fundraising campaign! While we didn't hit our goal we learned a lot and are as excited as ever about sharing our message and bring assistance directly to the people who need it. We raised $4791 towards the post production of "Hope: Resilience in the face of war, poverty and Ebola" and are continuing our fundraising efforts. This film will help raise awareness and funds for our Liberian assistance programs. We invite you to donate or choose from several great gifts including handmade bracelets, Premium Microloan Blend Coffee and more. You can help by shopping right now. Check out our Shop.
La Jolla, CA - FFW Founder & CEO Deborah Lindholm is headed to Liberia with school supplies and more to meet with Foundation for Women Liberia leaders about the microcredit and education programs currently active. "The purpose of this trip is to strengthen our partnership with Edify and to welcome Dean Paula Cordeiro from SOLES, School of Leadership and Education Sciences, at USD and her colleague. This is the fifth trip for SOLES to Liberia to train our school partners in the very best education practices." explains Lindholm from her home near the ocean.
About the Author
Deborah Lindhom is the Founder and CEO of the Foundation for Women. For over 20 years she has lived and worked in Africa, India and the United States on issues of poverty, education and microcredit.
"Just a quick note to say how we appreciate all that you are doing in Liberia and wish we could do more to help. We enjoy reading your newsletters which are always so well written.
All the best!" ~ Ian and Julie Allen, Africa and Beyond Art Gallery