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Firelight welcomes new Executive Director, Nina Blackwell

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Nina Blackwell, Firelight’s Executive Director   We are excited to announce that the Firelight Foundation has appointed Nina Blackwell as our new Executive Director. Nina takes over the role from Peter Laugharn who was recently appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. With a long career facilitating social change and leading teams at the highest levels, Nina brings an important mix of passion, experience and leadership to our organization.  We are thrilled to have Nina come on [...]

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Local is Global is a Success!

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We wrapped up our Local is Global campaign on Monday, May 25 with great success. Local is Global was a student-led fundraiser for Africa’s grassroots. We worked with students and local community members to raise awareness about issues that community organizations in Africa are addressing. The idea behind this campaign was that people everywhere can play a role in creating global change. After a full weekend of tabling on the UCSC campus and downtown Santa Cruz and a great fundraiser at [...]

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Students are Making a Global Impact

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We kicked off our Local is Global campaign this month to involve our community in efforts to support African grassroots organizations supporting children and families living with HIV. This past weekend we tabled on the UCSC campus and downtown Santa Cruz to spread the word! Our student interns and campaign leaders, Kathryn Kemper and Karen Cortez, worked with a team of more than 30 UCSC student volunteers to create some great projects including a fact wheel about the effects of HIV, [...]

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