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NONPROFIT
INNOVATION GRANTS
R O U N D 1 , 2 0 1 5
ENABLING LINKEDIN
EMPLOYEES TO CHAMPION
INITIATIVES THAT ARE READY
FOR DEVELOPMENT OR TEST
NEW, INNOVATIVE IDEAS FOR
SOCIA...
TODAY, WE’RE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE
THE 24 NONPROFIT INNOVATION GRANT
SELECTIONS AND THEIR EMPLOYEE
CHAMPIONS FOR ROUND 1, 20...
S A I L F U T U R E
“ I n m y y o u t h , t h o u g h m y f a m i l y ’ s l i m i t e d m e a n s
p r o v i d e d f e w o ...
H A M I L T O N
F A M I L Y C E N T E R
“ I a m p a s s i o n a t e a b o u t p u b l i c s c h o o l s a n d I f e l t
i ...
WORLDREADER
“I personally believe
that the possibility
of leading a
productive, fulfilling
life is rooted in
education. Fo...
S W I P E S F O R T H E
H O M E L E S S D . B . A
S W I P E O U T H U N G E R
“I foresee Swipe Out Hunger
becoming a promi...
IREDESCENT
“ I r e d e s c e n t ’ s c u r r i c u l u m s u p p o r t s t e a m s o f y o u n g
w o m e n f r o m a r o u...
J O B T R A I N
“ A s a g i r l , I f e l t l i k e I w a s l a c k i n g t h e e n c o u r a g e m e n t
a n d g u i d a ...
“ My belief in the success of fADA lies in the
fact that they believe in ’members first’; they
are transforming the medica...
W A R C H I L D U K
“ When I read the real stories of kids they helped and when I
talked with the organization, I saw how ...
F O U N D A T I O N F O R
L E A R N I N G E Q U A L I T Y ( F L E )
“Learning equality builds an open -source
software pla...
D N T N D A Y N G H E N G H E
N G H E N H A N V I E T – V I E T
A R T I S A N S
“ W e h a v e b e e n o p e r a t i v e f ...
UNITY CARE
GROUP
“The arts have the power to help heal kids
who have been hurt by painful experiences in
their young lives...
P E A C E P L A Y E R S
I N T E R N A T I O N A L
“ P e a c e P l a y e r s i n t e r n a t i o n a l u s e s a y e a r r ...
R O B O T I C S L E A R N I N G
( M ) S D N B H D
“ T h e v i s i o n o f r o b o t i c s l e a r n e r i s t o
e n a b l ...
I N T E R A C T I O N D E S I G N
A S S O C I A T I O N
“The devotion and passion emanates
throughout the IxDA community, ...
S U P P L I E S F O R
D R E A M S
“Through my involvement with the
young professional’s board, I know
that with proper fun...
B O Y S & G I R L S C L U B
O F T H E P E N I N S U L A
“We’re thrilled to introduce BGCP
students to the concept of desig...
C A R E E R V I L L A G E
“ G r o w i n g u p i n S F w a s h a r d , s o I u n d e r s t a n d t h e s t r u g g l e s
i ...
S U A S E D U C A T I O N A L
D E V E L O P M E N T
“ I a m p a s s i o n a t e a b o u t S u a s
b e c a u s e t h e y f ...
A U S T R A L I A N I N D I G E N O U S
M E N T O R I N G E X P E R I E N C E
C O R P O R A T I O N
“They truly care about...
S E L F H E L P
A F R I C A
“Self Help Africa is disrupting
trading cycles for farming produce
in Africa, by ensuring that...
T R A N S L A T O R S W I T H O U T
B O R D E R S ( T W B )
“ T W B t r a i n s t r a n s l a t o r s w h e r e t h e n e ...
L A B O R A T O R I A
“I cannot think of two individuals more capable to drive a
big dream like this into reality. They ar...
F O U N D A T I O N F O R
P R A D E R - W I L L I
R E S E A R C H
“As my daughter grows, her
needs and development
issues ...
T H E P O S S E
F O U N D A T I O N
“ P o s s e e n s u r e s s t u d e n t s a r e
s u p p o r t e d a n d p r e p a r e ...
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Announcing our 2015 Round 1 Nonprofit Grant Winners

Our Nonprofit Innovation Grants program launched in 2013, awards $10,000 USD to employee-championed organizations looking to launch or scale new, unique programs. We are thrilled to announce our fifth round of 24 finalist organizations and their employee champions.

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Announcing our 2015 Round 1 Nonprofit Grant Winners

  1. 1. NONPROFIT INNOVATION GRANTS R O U N D 1 , 2 0 1 5
  2. 2. ENABLING LINKEDIN EMPLOYEES TO CHAMPION INITIATIVES THAT ARE READY FOR DEVELOPMENT OR TEST NEW, INNOVATIVE IDEAS FOR SOCIAL IMPACT.
  3. 3. TODAY, WE’RE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THE 24 NONPROFIT INNOVATION GRANT SELECTIONS AND THEIR EMPLOYEE CHAMPIONS FOR ROUND 1, 2015. INTRODUCING…
  4. 4. S A I L F U T U R E “ I n m y y o u t h , t h o u g h m y f a m i l y ’ s l i m i t e d m e a n s p r o v i d e d f e w o p p o r t u n i t i e s t o s a i l , t h e i d e a o f s a i l i n g r e p r e s e n t e d f r e e d o m f r o m t h o s e l i m i t s . ” - J O N A T H A N K A R P F E N , E M P L O Y E E C H A M P I O N Empowering youth to make transformative life changes through innovative juvenile justice programs that challenge the status quo.
  5. 5. H A M I L T O N F A M I L Y C E N T E R “ I a m p a s s i o n a t e a b o u t p u b l i c s c h o o l s a n d I f e l t i n s p i r e d t o g e t i n v o l v e d t o h e l p r a i s e t h e l e v e l o f e d u c a t i o n n o t o n l y f o r t h e s e f a m i l i e s , b u t f o r a l l c h i l d r e n i n p u b l i c s c h o o l s . ” - J E R E M Y S T O V E R , E M P L O Y E E C H A M P I O N Ending family homelessness in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  6. 6. WORLDREADER “I personally believe that the possibility of leading a productive, fulfilling life is rooted in education. For me, being able to see the impact and have it create a ripple effect in other places is very important, and I think Worldreader is doing exactly that.” - C H R I S M E U N I E R , E M P L O Y E E C H A M P I O N Providing free digital books for education, literacy, and technology in developing countries.
  7. 7. S W I P E S F O R T H E H O M E L E S S D . B . A S W I P E O U T H U N G E R “I foresee Swipe Out Hunger becoming a prominent student charity at hundreds of schools worldwide. It would provide college campuses the opportunity to become champions of change.” – J E R E M Y R E Y N A R D , E M P L O Y E E C H A M P I O N Providing University students the opportunity to donate their unused meal points towards ending hunger in their community.
  8. 8. IREDESCENT “ I r e d e s c e n t ’ s c u r r i c u l u m s u p p o r t s t e a m s o f y o u n g w o m e n f r o m a r o u n d t h e w o r l d t o d e v e l o p a m o b i l e a p p a n d b u s i n e s s p l a n t o a d d r e s s a n e e d w i t h i n t h e i r c o m m u n i t y . ” – S A R A H C L A T T E R B U C K , E M P L O Y E E C H A M P I O N Inspiring and educating girls and women to solve real world problems using technology.
  9. 9. J O B T R A I N “ A s a g i r l , I f e l t l i k e I w a s l a c k i n g t h e e n c o u r a g e m e n t a n d g u i d a n c e t o p u r s u e a c a r e e r i n c o m p u t e r s c i e n c e . I s t r o n g l y s u p p o r t J o b T r a i n ’ s e f f o r t t o r e a c h o u t t o w o m e n a n d p r o v i d e t h e n e c e s s a r y t o o l s t o m a k e t h i s p r o g r a m f e a s i b l e f o r a l l . ” - A K A N S H A A G R A W A L , E M P L O Y E E C H A M P I O N Improving the lives of people in our community through assessment, attitude and job skills training.
  10. 10. “ My belief in the success of fADA lies in the fact that they believe in ’members first’; they are transforming the medical industry . ” – W E S L E Y H E N D R I K S , E M P L O Y E E C H A M P I O N F O N D A T I O N A I D E D E N T A I R E A F R I Q U E Promoting dental care in Africa with an emphasis in Rwanda.
  11. 11. W A R C H I L D U K “ When I read the real stories of kids they helped and when I talked with the organization, I saw how passionate they are, so I believe in War Child.” – N A Z L I O G U Z , E M P L O Y E E C H A M P I O N Supporting children affected by war through programs that mitigate psychological impact of conflict to provide a sense of stability, structure and hope for the future.
  12. 12. F O U N D A T I O N F O R L E A R N I N G E Q U A L I T Y ( F L E ) “Learning equality builds an open -source software platform, KA lite, that’s low cost and easy to install where no- or low-bandwidth connections are educational barriers.” – A L E X S A N D R A M C M A H A N , E M P L O Y E E C H A M P I O N Enabling every person in the world to achieve a quality basic education through open educational resources.
  13. 13. D N T N D A Y N G H E N G H E N G H E N H A N V I E T – V I E T A R T I S A N S “ W e h a v e b e e n o p e r a t i v e f o r 3 y e a r s a n d f a c e d s o m a n y c h a l l e n g e s . Y e t , w e s t a y c o m m i t t e d a n d o v e r c a m e t h e s e d i f f i c u l t i e s . ” – L I L Y P H A N , E M P L O Y E E C H A M P I O N Promoting the talent pool of Vietnamese designers and sharing the richness of Vietnamese culture and heritage.
  14. 14. UNITY CARE GROUP “The arts have the power to help heal kids who have been hurt by painful experiences in their young lives . ” - T I M M U I N D I , E M P L O Y E E C H A M P I O N Creating quality youth and family programs for the purpose of creating healthier communities through lifelong partnerships.
  15. 15. P E A C E P L A Y E R S I N T E R N A T I O N A L “ P e a c e P l a y e r s i n t e r n a t i o n a l u s e s a y e a r r o u n d l i f e - s k i l l s a n d b a s k e t b a l l c u r r i c u l u m t o u n i t e , e d u c a t e a n d i n s p i r e y o u n g p e o p l e i n d i v i d e d c o m m u n i t i e s b a s e d o n t h e s i m p l e p r e m i s e t h a t ‘ c h i l d r e n w h o p l a y t o g e t h e r c a n l e a r n t o l i v e t o g e t h e r . ’ ” – J E F F L A N T Z , E M P L O Y E E C H A M P I O N Uniting, educating and inspiring young people in divided communities through basketball.
  16. 16. R O B O T I C S L E A R N I N G ( M ) S D N B H D “ T h e v i s i o n o f r o b o t i c s l e a r n e r i s t o e n a b l e a l l y o u n g p e o p l e , f r o m a l l p a r t s o f t h e c o u n t r y , t o h a v e a c c e s s t o t h e w o r l d ’ s l e a d i n g a n d m o s t r e l e v a n t e d u c a t i o n e x p e r i e n c e s . ” - J E A N O ’ B R I E N , E M P L O Y E E C H A M P I O N Providing and supporting students and teachers in Malaysia with the world’s leading educational robots and educational solutions.
  17. 17. I N T E R A C T I O N D E S I G N A S S O C I A T I O N “The devotion and passion emanates throughout the IxDA community, with the core strength coming from the most dedicated volunteers, our board, and leaders .” – K I M L E N O X , E M P L O Y E E C H A M P I O N Improving the human condition by advancing the discipline of Interaction design – individual initiative, contribution, sharing and self-organization.
  18. 18. S U P P L I E S F O R D R E A M S “Through my involvement with the young professional’s board, I know that with proper funding these young professionals can lift this idea off the ground and make it into reality.” – M I C H E L L E Z H A N G , E M P L O Y E E C H A M P I O N Providing Chicago Public Schools students with critical resources and extra-curricular opportunities.
  19. 19. B O Y S & G I R L S C L U B O F T H E P E N I N S U L A “We’re thrilled to introduce BGCP students to the concept of designing for social purpose, through the use of 3D printing technology. ” – B R I A N R U M A O , E M P L O Y E E C H A M P I O N Providing low-income youth of our community the opportunities that enable them to graduate ready to succeed in college and career.
  20. 20. C A R E E R V I L L A G E “ G r o w i n g u p i n S F w a s h a r d , s o I u n d e r s t a n d t h e s t r u g g l e s i n n e r - c i t y y o u t h a n d l o w - i n c o m e s t u d e n t s h a v e . C a r e e r V i l l a g e h a s b e e n a n a m a z i n g a v e n u e f o r m e t o s h a r e m y c o l l e g e s t r u g g l e s a n d m y c a r e e r s u c c e s s e s . S p e n d i n g a f e w m i n u t e s a n s w e r i n g a q u e s t i o n , c a n c h a n g e t h e c o u r s e o f o n e s t u d e n t ’ s l i f e a n d t h a t i s t h e m o s t r e w a r d i n g f e e l i n g i n t h e w o r l d . ” – V I V I A N U R A T A , E M P L O Y E E C H A M P I O N Democratizing access to the career advice and guidance underserved youth need to create professional and personal goals.
  21. 21. S U A S E D U C A T I O N A L D E V E L O P M E N T “ I a m p a s s i o n a t e a b o u t S u a s b e c a u s e t h e y f o c u s o n s u p p o r t i n g e d u c a t i o n f o c u s o n s u p p o r t i n g e d u c a t i o n f o r t h e m o s t d i s a d v a n t a g e d g r o u p s a n d c h a m p i o n i n g h i g h q u a l i t y e d u c a t i o n . ” – L I N U S W E L L E N , E M P L O Y E E C H A M P I O N Supporting children and young people in disadvantaged settings to realize their rights and achieve their full potential through education.
  22. 22. A U S T R A L I A N I N D I G E N O U S M E N T O R I N G E X P E R I E N C E C O R P O R A T I O N “They truly care about the education and wellbeing of each student involved. I am confident that this team’s proven, consistent, and passionate leadership will make this new initiative a resounding success.” – K A S E Y M C D O N A L D , E M P L O Y E E C H A M P I O N Seeing every Indigenous high school student finish school and transition to further education and employment.
  23. 23. S E L F H E L P A F R I C A “Self Help Africa is disrupting trading cycles for farming produce in Africa, by ensuring that more of the value of a crop goes to the smallholder farmer who produced it.” - C O N O R D O Y L E , E M P L O Y E E C H A M P I O N Ending hunger and poverty in rural sub-Saharan Africa using economic empowerment.
  24. 24. T R A N S L A T O R S W I T H O U T B O R D E R S ( T W B ) “ T W B t r a i n s t r a n s l a t o r s w h e r e t h e n e e d i s g r e a t e s t – t h e y t r a n s l a t e c r i t i c a l i n f o r m a t i o n t h a t c a n l i t e r a l l y s a v e l i v e s . ” – E L I Z A B E T H L I E B E R , E M P L O Y E E C H A M P I O N Increasing access to knowledge using language.
  25. 25. L A B O R A T O R I A “I cannot think of two individuals more capable to drive a big dream like this into reality. They are capable, hardworking, and have a strong passion to help young people achieve their dreams through education and technology.” – R O B E R T O A N D R A D E , E M P L O Y E E C H A M P I O N Training underserved women to code and connecting them with companies in need of their talent.
  26. 26. F O U N D A T I O N F O R P R A D E R - W I L L I R E S E A R C H “As my daughter grows, her needs and development issues grow more complex and the foundation provides tools and resources for families like mine that want to help their children live a normal childhood .” – W E N D Y K O S M A K , E M P L O Y E E C H A M P I O N Eliminating the challenges of Prader-Willi syndrome through the advancement of research.
  27. 27. T H E P O S S E F O U N D A T I O N “ P o s s e e n s u r e s s t u d e n t s a r e s u p p o r t e d a n d p r e p a r e d t o b e l e a d e r s o n c a m p u s a n d b e y o n d . ” – J A S M I N E T A Y L O R , E M P L O Y E E C H A M P I O N Posse identifies, recruits and trains incredible young leaders and sends them in supportive, multicultural teams – Posses – to top colleges and universities across the country.

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