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Personal Account of Internally Displaced Persons in Nigeria – Viewpoint Gwoza!

Visiting with Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Gwoza, North East Nigeria She was sitting on a half built concrete wall gazing into the distance. Although there were women and children milling around. She seemed lost to the world. Unaffected by the noise and beehive of activity around her. She couldn’t have been more than 8 or 9 years old but something about the way she sat pensive, back hunched, chin in palm reminded me of a wizened old woman. Perhaps she felt my gaze upon her for she looked up at that moment and our eyes met. I found myself drawn into the whirlpool of sadness in her large white […]

The New Ireland

A New Ireland

A new Ireland Welcome to the New Ireland. The time of Celtic Tiger Ireland is long gone, and the recession-stagnated Ireland is coming to an end. We are ushering in a New Ireland, an Ireland 2.0, one where immigrant communities can, and should, play a pivotal role in restoring Ireland’s rightful place on the global stage. Entrepreneurship is consistently a distinguishing characteristic of immigrant communities around the world. Research demonstrates that immigrants are generally 30% more likely to start a business compared to local counterparts (Brookings study). 1 in 2 first generation immigrants are able to identify business opportunities that have significant positive implications through job creation, attraction of investment, […]

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Geoff Frederick: A Century of Doing Good to Mankind  

One hundred years ago, in 1914, Cleveland lawyer and banker Frederick H. Geoff established the first community foundation, giving rise to a new philanthropy, a new way of participating in community and a new vision for the future. Today, there are some 1,750 community foundations globally, managing over €40 billion in assets. What makes a community foundation special? Long term perspective: by building a perpetual endowed fund, community foundations can tackle long –term community challenges, as well as meet immediate needs; Wise steward: attracts and pools resources for the public good — for today and in perpetuity — and distributes those resources openly and transparently; Local grant-maker: accumulates financial resources […]

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