Views on the World

Why Should Girls Go To School?

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We’ve been asking, why should girls go to school to bring attention to the importance of girls’ education today on International Day of the Girl.  We’ve heard some amazing answers. An entire third grade class answered us and many Firelight friends have posted on Facebook and tweeted us. It’s sparked some great conversation in the office too… “Everyone should get to go to school, boys and girls.” Aili Langseth “Because it gives them the power to believe in themselves.” Heidi Lidtke “Girls should go to [...]

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Why We Support Operational Costs and You Should Too

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Yesterday, Julie Brandt wrote a piece in the Stanford Social Innovation Review “Overhead Costs: The Obsession Must Stop.” It’s a great article that’s worth your time. At Firelight, we prioritize funding operational costs of our grantee-partners. As Brandt explained, “The belief that nonprofits that minimize investments in overhead deliver higher-quality services or better results has deprived many organizations of the resources they need to serve their communities.” We invest in the operational structure, staff, and overhead of an organization because it leads [...]

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Eating Well and HIV

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Eating well is particularly important when living with HIV because the disease weakens the immune system and increases the risk of repeated infections. A healthy diet prevents malnutrition and improves the immune system to help people stay strong. HIV is most common in areas of extreme poverty, which makes regular access to healthy food difficult. Too often, families are already struggling to feed themselves on a steady basis. If a parent becomes ill, he or she may not be able to [...]

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Our Piece of Buffett’s Charitable-Industrial Complex

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I loved Peter Buffett’s bold piece in the New York Times. It resonated so much with me, I wished I had written it myself. If you haven’t read it yet, it is definitely worth a read: The Charitable-Industrial Complex. There has been so much critique and endorsement buzzing in the online groups I’m a part of that I debated whether or not I should add to the clatter. But there are pieces of this article I have not been able to [...]

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Happy 95th Mandela

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Today, July 18th, 2013, marks Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday and the 5th annual Nelson Mandela International Day. Unanimously adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2009, this day is a call to action to people across the globe to contribute to the global movement for good by effecting change within their communities. The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory put together this short video to encourage the international community to take part in the day. Click image to play

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