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Posts Tagged ‘Saudi Arabia’

“The Activists” Lyme Warrior Bruce Alan Fries

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

The Activists – Lyme Warrior, Bruce Alan Fries from The Georgia Pictures Company on Vimeo.

Bruce Alan Fries is a Washingtonian who has focused on bringing the need for better Lyme Treatment to the United States Congress.


Foundation Road: The Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation, Saudi Arabia

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

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We keep saying Saudi Arabia is changing…maybe not fast enough for a lot of folks…but it is changing….here is a look at the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation in Saudi Arabia. This foundation works on Community Development Women’s  empowerment and Disaster Recovery. Man, would we love learn more.Alwaleed_bin_Talal_Charitable_Foundation


Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation was established to formalize the philanthropic activities of His Royal Highness Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal in his home country. Prince Alwaleed has a long history of giving to the needy in Saudi Arabia. The Foundation’s strategy is built on the Prince’s belief that philanthropy is a humanitarian obligation, with an emphasis on extending need-based help to the community.

In Saudi Arabia, the Foundation’s Focus Areas are Community Development, Women’s Empowerment and Disaster Recovery. Additionally, the Foundation supports Special Projects that are based on community needs. The Foundation has built homes for Saudi Arabia’s homeless, lighted up remote villages that are outside the national power grid and continues to conceive and sustain numerous programs to support women. Under Special Projects, the Foundation offers healthcare and other types of social assistance to the people.

Prince Alwaleed, who founded and nurtured the Kingdom Holding Company, established the Kingdom Foundation in 1996 to manage the varied philanthropic activities he has supported since the early 1980s. It was renamed Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation in 2009. In addition to the Saudi philanthropic organization, the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundations encompasses two other Foundations – one dedicated to the needs of Lebanon and the other supporting projects the world over.

The Foundation strictly adheres to international best practices in governing the grant application and grant allocation processes (see Grants).


The Hadaya Toy Basket Project: Mission Accomplished

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Hadaya Toy Basket Co-Founder Jennifer Macdonald in Beirut with a few soccer balls donated mainly by the Asheville, North Carolina Community, all of which were distributed to Syrian Refuges Camps in Lebanon on June 22. These camps are actually getting less donor action at the moment…and the basic reality of involvement in them is that it helps forge a positive bridge between the Arab world and the west…and that bridge needs to really be strengthened…as extremism must be rolled back the keys to a better future in our view are very strong positive connections, projects and collaborations between the Arabian world and the west and the rest of the world….though particularly…the west.

June 22 2015, Beirut, Lebanon The Hadaya Toy Basket Project successfully distributed 200 packages packed with toys for Syrian Refugee kids in Camps In Lebanon today.
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We woke up early to haul the 200 toy bags down 6 flights of stairs, badly underestimating the amount of time and strength it would take! Friend and neighbor, Simon, eventually stepped in to help and we finally got all 200 down to the waiting bus.

Distribution Day

We arrived at the first camp, Musaab al Tuliani to a waiting crowd of mostly women (dressed in their finest) and children who had been told to expect something special today. Despite the number of people and the anticipation, distribution went pretty seamlessly.

The kids were thrilled beyond words to be getting an unexpected and special bag of treats…. within fifteen minutes this was happening:


Donna Shalala to head Clinton Foundation

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

The Clinton Foundation will get new leadership in the form of longtime Clinton ally and former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala as it continues to face ongoing questions about its foreign fundraising practices, former President Bill Clinton announced in Coral Gables, Florida on Friday.

The news of Shalala’s new role comes as the foundation has caused all-but-certain 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton some political trouble in the final weeks before her expected campaign roll-out. Republicans have latched onto reports that the foundation resumed accepting money from foreign governments after Clinton left the State Department in 2013 — a policy which the organization said it would review if Clinton pursues the White House — and to her use of a personal email address as Secretary of State.

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And the foundation has also come under scrutiny with the swift departure of CEO Eric Braverman, a close ally of Chelsea Clinton.

Additionally, it was discovered that the foundation had accepted donations from companies that were simultaneously lobbying the U.S. government while Clinton was working as secretary of state.

Braverman left in January after clashing with members of former President Bill Clinton’s circle. Hillary Clinton confidante Maura Pally has been serving as CEO in an interim capacity since Braverman’s departure.

Shalala, 74, announced in September that she would resign from her position as president of the University of Miami at the end of the school year after 14 years leading the university. She reportedly will move to New York to lead the nonprofit, which is officially named the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.

Shalala served as HHS secretary for all eight years of Bill Clinton’s presidency, and she joins the Clintons in Miami over the weekend as her school hosts a foundation event. By leaving the foundation in her hands as Hillary Clinton prepares to run for president, the family hands off their $2 billion global philanthropic enterprise to a long-standing friend with fundraising experience of her own.

The former cabinet secretary has raised nearly $3 billion during her tenure in Miami, garnering a reputation as a skilled financial operator. The foundation will likely need such leadership over at least the next two years, as Clinton will not be able to directly raise money for it while tapping donors to fund her own presidential ambitions.

She joined her husband and daughter at the helm of the organization after leaving the State Department in 2013, and headlined on Wednesday what is likely to be the foundation’s last major fundraising event before her campaign.

In choosing Shalala, the Clintons tapped an official with significant management experience — she also served in top roles at Hunter College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison — and a reputation for not being a rubber-stamp after opposing Bill Clinton’s welfare law when he was president.

But she has also been helpful for Hillary Clinton, hosting her at a friendly appearance in Coral Gables in February 2014 as Clinton was gaining momentum as a presidential hopeful.?

Hillary Clinton and Shalala, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2008 by President George W. Bush, served on the board of the Children’s Defense Fund for years together.

Correction: This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Pally’s name.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/03/donna-shalala-clinton-foundation-115838.html#ixzz3TiplPAxT