CONFERENCE: Unite for Sight Int’l Health Conference

Posted on 27 November 2007. Filed under: Announcements, Blind, Events and Conferences, Health | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Unite For Sight 5th Annual International Health Conference: Building Global Health For Today & Tomorrow

This conference, to be held April 12 & 13, 2008, at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA, is targeted at people interested in in public health, medicine, social entrepreneurship, nonprofits, philanthropy, anthropology, eye care, and international development. Other interested individuals may include students, doctors, nurses, Peace Corps volunteers, public health, business and nonprofit professionals, anthropologists, policy makers, philanthropists, educators, and others.

There will be 150 expert speakers in international health and development, public health, eye care, medicine, social entrepreneurship, nonprofits, philanthropy, microfinance, human righs, anthropology, health policy, advocacy, public service, environmental health, and education. These will include keynote addresses by Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Dr. Sonia Sachs, Dr. Susan Blumenthal, and Dr. Jim Yong Kim.

Registration for the conferences ranges from $65 to $150 depending on how promptly you register (the earlier, the cheaper) and on whether you are a student (in which case, it is cheaper). Several hotels are located near the conference, but a special rate has been arranged at the Courtyard by Marriot for $129 per night. I could not locate information on the Unite for Sight website regarding whether there is any assistance for lodging, travel, or other expenses for participants traveling from developing nations.

For more information, including how to register, follow the link to the conference website.

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FUNDING for Small Community Foundations or Support Organizations

Posted on 19 November 2007. Filed under: Announcements, Funding, Opportunities, Resources | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The Worldwide Initiative for Grantmaker Support (WINGS) Global Fund for Community Foundations makes grants of up to $50,000 USD to emerging and developing community foundations or support organizations in developing countries. Most grants are between $5,000 and $30,000. Grants are usually meant to develop the capacity of community foundations or other local philanthropic institutions that are grantmakers and that raise funds from local sources. The WINGS Global Fund focuses on developing countries.

WINGS Global Fund for Community Foundations indicates on their web site that, “The Fund recognizes that communities need not always be geographically defined” and lists women’s organizations and environmental groups as two examples of the types of grant-making foundations they would be willing to support. Although they do not list local disability-oriented grant-making foundations as an example, their concept of “community” seems to be defined in such a way that these, too, could be considered under their criteria.

The WINGS Global Fund for Community Foundations has three deadlines for funding applications each year. The last of these deadlines for 2007 has passed. The deadlines for 2008 will be February 29, June 13, and October 25.

See their web site to find out if your community foundation or support organization might be eligible for funding support. Review their “overview and eligibility“; descriptions of what they fund; instructions for “how to apply“; their “selection criteria“; “frequently asked questions“; and their list of “eligible regions and countries“, all accessible from their left-hand navigation bar.

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