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Announcing our 2015 Round 1 Employee Idea Grant Winners

Our Nonprofit Innovation Grants program, launched in 2013, awards $3,000 USD to employees looking to transform their families, their community, or their world. We are thrilled to announce our fifth round of 18 employee finalists.

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Announcing our 2015 Round 1 Employee Idea Grant Winners

  1. 1. EMPLOYEE IDEA GRANTS R O U N D 1 , 2 0 1 5
  2. 2. EMPLOYEE IDEA GRANTS HELP LINKEDIN EMPLOYEES ACT ON THEIR IDEAS TO TRANSFORM THEIR FAMILIES, THEIR COMMUNITIES, OR THEIR WORLD.
  3. 3. WE’RE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THE 18 EMPLOYEE IDEA GRANT SELECTIONS FOR ROUND 1, 2015…
  4. 4. John Rathna Kumar Bangalore, India John will be using this grant towards surgeries for his son’s cleft lip, so that he can have a normal and positive experience in life.
  5. 5. Stanford Rosenthal Mountain View, USA Stanford is partnering with SF organizations to provide the street community with portable phone chargers.
  6. 6. Charu Sharma San Francisco, USA Charu has brought together the most successful female entrepreneurs in her documentary film “Going Against the Flow” and her goal is to empower 1 million women by the end of 2016 to take the plunge at get their business off the ground.
  7. 7. Regina Lin Sunnyvale, USA Regina is furthering education of 300 students at Nget Pyaw Daw Monastic School in Burma by creating a curriculum in English and Burmese, as well as providing long-term aid (new uniforms and sleeping mats).
  8. 8. Radha Shreeniwas Bangalore, India Radha is redesigning Bangalore’s solution to the growing issue of waste disposal – she is educating residents about smarter ways of managing their waste.
  9. 9. Lachelle Rankins Omaha, USA Lachelle is working on helping build homes for families and for the larger community as a whole.
  10. 10. Lindsey Jessen Omaha, USA Lindsey will be traveling to Argentina to finish building a house with Habitat For Humanity.
  11. 11. Vijetha Archibald Bangalore, India Vijetha will be helping save a life of a person in a family – the main bread earner. He has been diagnosed with Chronic Renal Insufficiency (Kidney Failure) and has no proper resources to get treatment done.
  12. 12. Leonardo Garzon Sao Paolo, Brazil Leonardo will be helping TPP build a community where everyone can passionately pursue their own interests in the fields of arts and education.
  13. 13. Arif Khan & Ibrahim Musa Singapore Arif and Ibrahim are working on “Eat-an-Idea,” a not-for-profit platform to facilitate the exchange of ideas over a meal with another person from a different background, creed, race, income level or lifestyle.
  14. 14. Michela is working on providing free mammograms, wigs, prosthetic devices and other services to women who are either uninsured or whose insurance does not cover such support. Michela Bonadonna Chicago, USA
  15. 15. Diogo Oliveira Marra Sao Paolo, Brazil Diogo is working to treat or mitigate Autism, Asperger and other social impairment conditions through Role Playing Games and programs.
  16. 16. Shaliza Kassam Chicago, USA Shaliza is helping a young professional, Karim, who was abandoned by his family, achieve his dream of attaining his GED, becoming a police officer, and impacting the world.
  17. 17. Elizabeth DiCiurcio Chicago, USA Elizabeth is creating a mentor ring to provide support, encouragement, advice and inspiration for single mothers in college; one member will receive a scholarship in pursuit of higher ed.
  18. 18. Logu Venkatachalam Sunnyvale, USA Logu is launching “I Speak English” – a program to help rural Indian students develop conversational skills in English.
  19. 19. Stewart Lee Singapore On behalf of Stewart and the LSS leadership team, this grant will go into helping transform a team member’s family.
  20. 20. Lucia Peyrot Dublin, Ireland Lucia is working on promoting works of art from her grandfather with her mother.
  21. 21. Michael Espenschied Chicago, USA Michael is working on building water resources for orphanages in Kenya.

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