Women's Philanthropy is a focus for empowering the lives of women and girls. Supporting non-profit programs that help women and girls through encouragement to build lives that maintain stability, the result is dynamic transformation and social change. This is a clearinghouse for sharing information and resources, as well as a forum for promoting dialogue, exchange and feedback about critical issues that affect women's lives.
"When a girl turns 12 and lives in poverty, her future is out of her control." But there are solutions. Simple, breathtakingly obvious interventions that can break the cycle of misery. This amazing video says it all.To help: girleffect.org/give. And be sure to share the video with your friends!
One of the elements that makes Trickle Up’s program unique is our grants-based approach: we provide small seed capital grants, ranging from $100-$250, which participants use to start or expand a microenterprise.
Because Trickle Up targets the extreme poor, those living on less than $1.25 a day, we provide seed capital grants rather than microloans. Microcredit can be an excellent tool for those who have enough stability and skills to manage and pay back small loans. But the ultra-poor cannot even take this risk because their incomes are too low and volatile due to irregular and infrequent wage labor, health emergencies, and other challenges that they often face. Additionally, most people living in extreme levels of poverty would not qualify for microloans.
The income-generating initiatives that Trickle Up helps foster are small businesses, such as rearing goats or ducks, or starting a catering business with enough capital to buy ingredients and a small stand in the marketplace. These livelihood activities often help supplement other work a participant is already doing to survive, such as daily—but generally unreliable—wage labor or seasonal work on a farm.
Trickle Up works to help the very poorest diversify their livelihoods and stabilize their income sources, which is what the Spark Grant helps participants do. When the poor are able to diversify, they are better able to increase and stabilize their income. This stability helps protect them against risks such as crop failure, rising food prices or illness. Importantly, they are building on a base of physical assets that can be drawn upon in times of hardship.
Having a source of income from a Trickle Up business not only helps participants increase income and build assets, it also reduces their vulnerability to shocks and better prepares them to weather the harder times.
P Women’s Philanthropy (WP) is a unique outlet for women of all ages to strengthen and shape their connection with the Jewish community and with each other. WP furthers CJP’s mission through various educational, philanthropic and social programming opportunities throughout the year. Led by President Ann Levin and Campaign Chair Penny Goodman, WP raises more than eight to ten percent of CJP’s Annual Campaign. WP honors its donors through three recognition societies: Lion of Judah, Pomegranate Society and Jaffa Society.
About Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) shares the vision of our founder and creator, Alexandra “Alex” Scott—a cure for all children with cancer.
When Alex, who was diagnosed with childhood cancer just before her first birthday, was four, she told her parents she wanted to set up a front-yard lemonade stand. Her plan: to give the money to doctors to help them find a cure. Her first “Alex’s Lemonade Stand” raised an astonishing $2,000 in one day. While bravely fighting her own cancer, Alex continued to set up lemonade stands every year. As news spread of the remarkable girl so dedicated to helping other sick children, people everywhere were inspired to start their own lemonade stands—donating the proceeds to her cause.
In 2004 when Alex passed away at the age of eight—her stand and inspiration had raised over $1 million towards finding a cure for the disease that took her life. Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation was started by her parents in 2005 to continue the work that Alex began. Our mission is simple: to raise money for and awareness of childhood cancer causes—especially research into new treatments and cures—and to encourage and educate others, especially children, to get involved and make a difference for children with cancer.
Since Alex set up her first lemonade stand in 2000—truly exemplifying the saying “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade”—we have raised more than $35 million, with more than $12 million of those dollars coming from lemonade stands. That money has helped to:
• Fund more than 150 cutting-edge research projects • Create a travel program to help support families of children receiving treatment • Develop resources to help people everywhere affected by childhood cancer
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is the living embodiment of Alex’s spirit of determination and hope. Like Alex, we believe that every person can make a difference. Together, we can bring about a cure. Please join us in “making lemonade” today!
To raise money and awareness of childhood cancer causes, primarily research into new treatments and cures.
To encourage and empower others, especially children, to raise money for childhood cancer by holding their own Alex's Lemonade Stands.