Cradle Making in Santa Cruz
This February, The Cradle Project opened for the first time in California at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (MAH). The exhibit includes twenty-two cradles from the original 2008 installation, and new cradles made by Santa Cruz artists Wes Modes, Heidi Cramer, and Luke Wilson.
The MAH put their unique stamp on the exhibit with the interactivity and community participation they’re known and loved for in [...]
The Global Giving Storytelling Project
Evaluating impact is something we’re always interested in learning more about. When we heard about the Global Giving Storytelling Project, we were pretty excited about it because it includes talking directly with communities to find out what people say about the impact of community projects on their lives. We asked Marc Maxson to tell us more about the project and why it matters.
The Global Giving Storytelling Project By Marc Maxson
For the past few years, GlobalGiving has been working with organizations in [...]
Valentine Community Cupids
This Valentine’s Day I think we should have Community Cupids and show our love and support for our communities. So here’s my Valentine’s Day challenge for all of you. Between the chocolates, flowers and kisses, I want you to take a picture holding a paper heart with your favorite Community Cupid written on it. It can be the name of a person or an organization…anyone who is giving love to your community. Post your photo to the Firelight Facebook page [...]
Expanding the Ethics of Care In Philanthropy
As an undergraduate studying philosophy, my absolute least favorite class was Introduction to Ethics — a requirement, of course, to earn my degree. I am a bit ashamed to admit that I spent most of the class eye-rolling my way through all of the reading and discussions. Moral philosophy was never my thing.
So it has since struck me as a little funny that in the eight years that followed there has been one chapter, from one book, from that one [...]
We did it! Fund: Child Safety Success
Our first Fund closed two weeks earlier than expected and we couldn’t be happier.
The Fund: Child Safety opened on November 19th, 2013 and the response has been fantastic. We raised $25,000 to increase community efforts to keep children safe. The four partners involved in the fund now have more resources to strengthen their community efforts to keep children safe. We’re looking forward to keeping you informed of what they’re up to.
Since we launched Fund: Child Safety in November, our community [...]
The Cradle Project Opens in Santa Cruz
The Cradle Project opens at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History next week. It’s the first time this art installation will be shown in California and it’s going to be right here across the street from our office in Santa Cruz. We’re very excited to have the exhibit so close to home.
We’ve been working closely with the great staff of the Museum of Art and History to build a beautiful exhibit that inspires as well as informs. It [...]
Moms Helping Moms Around the World
“Talking with Nancy Alpert always leaves me inspired and with a new perspective. She is one of our most loyal and thoughtful supporters. She lives in the Bay Area with her daughter. A geriatric social worker for 20 years, she now writes and volunteers her time. I talked with Nancy recently about the Fund: Child Safety and explained how this Fund would make a big impact on the ground. How she responded was wonderful and so I asked her if she’d [...]
All Children Need Birth Certificates But Few Have Them
It may seem obvious that children should receive birth certificates when they are born. Here in the US, families are given all the documentation to complete for their child before they even leave the hospital. This is not the case in many other parts of the world.
For starters, only a small number of children are born in hospitals. When births take place outside of formal health facilities, the odds of children obtaining a birth certificate are slim to none.
Nearly 230 [...]
Networking Leads to More Children in School
In 2010, Firelight partner Chiedza Community Based Orphan Welfare Organization found that many children living in rural Zimbabwe did not have birth certificates. This meant they were unable to benefit from government programs. So Chiedza initiated a birth registration program in 15 villages.
They started by mobilizing the community. School administrators helped to identify children without birth certificates, whose families were invited to community meetings to learn how they could [...]
Protecting Every Child in Zimbabwe
Justice for Children Trust has a keen understanding of what levers create change for vast numbers of children in Zimbabwe.
A group of young law students saw that many children who had been abused had no one to help them through the legal system. The group decided they could change that by showing up at the courthouse and offering their help to children who have no one else to assist them in the courtroom. They did this informally at first, and [...]