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APRIL 2018 | NEWSLETTER

Denise Dunning and Claudia Romeu (fifth and second from the right) pictured with Rise Up Mexican leaders.

A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON
CORPORATE PHILANTHROPY

Denise Raquel Dunning, Founder + Executive Director

In light of recent controversies at Facebook, Uber, Wells Fargo, United Airlines and many other companies, I’ve been thinking a lot about corporate responsibility lately. Specifically, what is the role of private companies in advancing social good? And what are the qualities of corporations that are effective drivers of social change?

I will admit that for most of my career, I’ve been skeptical about the motivations and social impact of corporations. I’ve seen few companies demonstrate a true commitment to investing in meaningful and sustainable change. In my experience, corporations too often support one-off projects that are good for PR, but fail to respond to the priorities of local communities or achieve sustainable impacts.

But one thing I’ve learned over the years is that life – and even corporations – can be full of surprises.

Rise Up recently launched a global partnership with Cummins Inc., and this new collaboration is giving me a new perspective on corporate philanthropy.

To read more about Denise Dunning's perspective on corporate philanthropy, click here or the button below.

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Photo Credit: Paula Bronstein/The Verbatim Agency/Getty Images

COLLECTIVE IMPACT LAUNCH IN INDIA

Laila Mehta, CIP Program Manager

Together as Collective Impact Partners (CIP), leading global gender equality organizations Rise Up, Global Fund for Women, How Women Lead, Public Health Institute (PHI) and World Pulse are launching a three-year innovative program in Maharashtra, India. Drawing on the expertise and experience of each organization, CIP will enable a cohort of 20 Maharashtra-based women leaders to advocate for and advance economic justice and empowerment for women and girls. CIP’s integrated program includes an Advocacy Module, a Leadership Module, ongoing coaching, grantmaking and digital literacy support, as well as access to an online platform to connect and expand their networks.

CIP just completed a Listening and Learning Tour as the first phase of the project, speaking with women leaders and organizations to understand the landscape and priorities for women’s economic empowerment in Maharashtra.  

We are excited for program activities to begin in July with CIP’s Leadership Module, followed by an Advocacy Module in August and regular coaching and technical assistance. Participants will have the opportunity to receive ongoing support to grow their leadership, implement advocacy initiatives, apply for grant funding, and utilize digital tools to grow their networks and scale their impact.

CIP is currently accepting applications for program participants until early May. Click here or on the button below for more information. To find application materials, please see the home page of Rise Up’s website.

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At the Leadership Accelerator launch in Nigeria, new Rise Up leaders gathered for a week of intensive learning, collaboration, and strategy for advancing their shared work.

LEADERSHIP ACCELERATOR
LAUNCH IN NIGERIA

Kailtin Chandler, Development and Partnerships Manager

In Nigeria, 20 leaders representing civil society organizations, communities, and companies across Lagos and Abuja, are tackling some of the toughest challenges women and girls face in their country. Often grappling with resource constraints and obstacles like corruption and ingrained gender stereotypes, they are doing the hard work because they have a vision for a more just and equitable Nigeria.

Launched with the support of Cummins, the Leadership Accelerator opened in Nigeria with an intensive first week. Between discussing complex issues and diving deep on advocacy, gender, and leadership, I witnessed leaders experience several “aha” moments to push their work forward.
 
Click here or the button below to read Kaitlin's report from the field on the Leadership Accelerator launch in Nigeria.
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NEWS + UPCOMING EVENTS

RISE UP LAUNCH FEATURED IN
THE GUARDIAN - NIGERIA

The Guardian - Nigeria spotlighted Rise Up in a piece covering the leadership workshop in Nigeria. "Rise Up has played a crucial role in health, education and equity by enabling girls, youth and women to transform their own lives, communities and countries."

Read the article »
YOUTH CHAMPION AT COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN 

The United Nations 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women took place March 12-23, 2018. Youth Champion Marta Tsehay attended to share her work as a young woman leader in Ethiopia and was a featured speaker at two coinciding events.      

Read about Marta's CSW experience »
UNITED STATE OF WOMEN SUMMIT

Rise Up is delighted to be a community partner for the United State of Women Summit. Held May 5-6 in Los Angeles, the summit will feature Michelle Obama, Jane Fonda, Ai-jen Poo, and dozens of inspiring girl and women leaders. A delegation from our Leadership Council will represent Rise Up at this powerful event. Follow all the action on social media #USOW2018.
COME WORK WITH US! 

We are seeking a creative and professional director / producer / videographer for the creation of a 3-5 minute promotional video that will tell the story of Rise Up’s mission, vision and program impacts. The ideal candidate has experience working in the global nonprofit sector.

Learn more and apply »
CUMMINS FOUNDATION VISITS CSA 

Cummins' Global Engagement Director Avril Schutte visited girl leaders at the Centre for the Study of Adolescence (CSA) in Kajiado, Kenya. With the support of Cummins, Rise Up has partnered with CSA to support Maasai girl leaders and their allies as they make positive changes in their communities. These girl leaders are learning to share their stories and raise their voices to create change.
Watch this powerful video of Lucy, a Maasai leader from Rise Up's Girls' Voices Initiative sending a personal message to the Governor of Kajiado County: "I want to remind H.E Ole Lenku, during your campaign you promised to empower girls like me. This is the time to stop FGM  [Female Genital Mutilation] and support girls education!"
Rise Up activates women and girls to transform their lives, families and communities through investment in local solutions, strengthening leadership, and building movements. Since 2009, Rise Up's powerful network of over 500 leaders has directly benefited 7 million girls, youth, and women, advocating for over 100 laws and policies impacting 115 million people in Africa, Latin America, South Asia, and the US. Rise Up is based at the Public Health Institute (PHI), a leader in global health and development for over 50 years.
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