Women Helping Others Foundation Invites Grant Applications

Deadline: September 8, 2009

The WHO (Women Helping Others) Foundation
( http://www.whofoundation.org/ ) supports community-focused
charities that serve the overlooked needs of women, children,
and families in the United States and Puerto Rico.

Funding will be considered for tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charities
that have been incorporated for at least three years and that
have total organizational budgets of $3 million or less. Prefer-
ence will be given to organizations that are not dependent on
government grants and those with greater organizational program
costs than personnel costs. Organizations that have previously
received a WHO Foundation grant should wait three years before
applying again.

Grants are not provided to individuals, educational institutions,
religious institutions, or governmental agencies, or for endow-
ment campaigns, political causes, or capital campaigns.

Complete funding guidelines and eligibility restrictions are
available at the WHO Foundation Web site.

RFP Link:


National Geographic and Changemakers Announce Geotourism
        Innovation Competition
Deadline: May 20, 2009

National Geographic and Ashoka Changemakers
( http://www.changemakers.net/ ) have announced the second annual
global Geotourism Challenge. This year’s theme is Power of Place
— Sustaining the Future of Destinations.

This collaborative competition is designed to identify and show-
case innovators, both individuals and organizations, that direct-
ly or indirectly promote tourism that sustains or enhances the
geographical character of a place — its environment, culture,
aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents.

The competition is open to all types of organizations (charitable,
private, or public) from all countries. Entries must describe
how a program or activity is new and different. Projects must
be beyond the idea stage and able to prove success on the local,
regional, or global level. The innovation should demonstrate the
potential to be successfully replicated in other places and to
become self-sustaining.

Competition entries will be posted online and made available for
anyone to view and collaborate with by providing new ideas and
connections to new resources, and by asking insightful questions.
A panel of judges will select finalists from the entries, and
the Changemakers community will then vote online to select three
award winners. The three winners will each receive a cash prize
of $5,000.

Entries must be submitted in English or Spanish. Visit the
Changemakers Web site for complete competition information and
to nominate or enter a program.

RFP Link:

Reply to: apply@atlascorps.org
Date: 2009-02-20, 12:43PM EST

Atlas Service Corps seeks nonprofit leaders from around the world to apply for their 2009-2010 fellowship positions in Bogota, Colombia. All expenses are paid in this prestigious fellowship program, including a living stipend, health insurance, visa, travel, training, and a $2,500 end of service award. Applicants must have 3 or more years of experience in the nonprofit sector, a college degree, and fluency in Spanish. Candidates from the U.S. are placed at organizations in Bogota like Give to Colombia and Oxfam GB. In addition to volunteering full time at their host organizations, Fellows are enrolled in a management development training program and join a growing network of nonprofit leaders from around the world. For more details about eligibility requirements and the application process, please visit: www.atlascorps.org/apply.html. The deadline to apply is April 1, 2009.

Location: Bogota, Colombia

  • Compensation: All expenses paid plus end-of-service $2500 award

 Deadline: April 15, 2009

The ESA (Entertainment Software Association) Foundation ( http://www.theesa.com/foundation ) is dedicated to supporting positive programs and opportunities that make a difference in the quality of life, health, and welfare of America’s youth. The foundation seeks to harness the collective power of the interactive entertainment industry to create positive social impact in our communities. The foundation supports geographi- cally diverse projects and programs that benefit American youth of all races and denominations and both genders.

Applicant organizations must have tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status and must be seeking funding for a specific project or program that is or will be conducted in two or more states in the U.S. and serves youths between the ages of 7 and 18. Applicant organizations must provide youth programs in one or more of the following areas: skills and personal development, general health and welfare, risk behavior prevention, education, or multimedia arts/technology. For further information, visit the ESAF Web site. RFP Link: http://fconline.foundationcenter.org/pnd/15016984/theesa

 Call for nominations ends on Feb. 20, 2009.

Top 25 will be profiled by Business Week and voted on by the public. BusinessWeek is launching its inaugural search for the most promising social entrepreneurs in the U.S. We are looking for companies that aim to both turn a profit and solve social problems. To do so, we’re asking for your suggestions of for-profit companies based in the U.S. that are tackling social problems in new and innovative ways here or abroad. Concepts are great, but we insist that companies that warrant coverage have been in operation for at least one year.

What do we need from you? Send us your nominations using the form on this page and tell us why the particular company you have in mind stands out. Tell us what it does, what it has achieved so far, and explain what sets it apart. Our reporters and editors will also be scouring the field. When the call for nominations ends on Feb. 20, 2009, our staff and a few renowned members of the business and the social enterprise community will sift through the nominees and narrow the selection down to 25 finalists. Then we’ll profile each of them and have you vote for the company you think holds the most promise, from Apr. 3 to Apr. 26, 2009. On May 2, we’ll announce the five top vote-getters.

Deadline: March 6, 2009

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF ( http://www.unicefusa.org/ ) has
announced a call for entries for its annual Pier 1
( http://www.pier1.com/ ) greeting card contest, in which
a child’s winning design is turned into an official UNICEF
greeting card to be sold at Pier 1 Imports stores across the
United States during the 2009 holiday season. One hundred per-
cent of the proceeds from the sale of the card, as well as all
UNICEF cards sold at Pier 1, go to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to
help in its mission to reduce the number of preventable child-
hood deaths from 25,000 each day to zero.

The contest is open to children age 14 and under. All entries
must be hand-drawn. The children’s artwork will be judged on
artistic quality and creative interpretation of this year’s
theme, “Joy to the World.”

In addition to having their design turned into a greeting card,
the winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship, along with $500
worth of art supplies for his or her school. Visitors to the
Pier 1 Web site will also be invited to vote on their favorite
design from April 1 to 15, 2009. The “People’s Choice” winner
will receive $500 worth of art supplies.

Further information is available at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF
Web site.

RFP Link:

Recently, I wrote a blog on http://nosaracoconuttelegraph.wordpress.com/, “AIDS in Costa Rica?”: stating my disconcertment that in a country with legalized prostitution, where one (usually) has to BUY condoms at the farmacia, with a thriving tourist industry, home to many Gringo expats, as well as other Central Americans, with (some) churches that do not advocate the use of condoms, that I have yet to see a single AIDS poster, bill board, condom-dispenser at local night clubs and bars, or hear an HIV radio public service announcement since I arrived here almost 3 weeks ago.  And I have been all over San Jose, Quepos, Manuel Antonio, Jaco, all over Guanacaste, Montezuma, and my new home in Nosara.  I have not made it to the Caribbean coast yet.


I expected some inflamed responses because I was insinuating that someone is not doing their job.  Editors of well-known papers started sending me the national HIV/AIDS statistics, as reported on various sites, from the Costa Rican Ministerio de Salud to UNAIDS.  If you were to do an internet search yourself on “HIV/AIDS in Costa Rica”, you will see the wide variety of statistics.  Who is accurate? 


To me, which stats are accurate is not that important.  One has to keep in mind that the statistics are based on people who have had the courage, need, intelligence, or self-worth (or concern for their children’s health) to actually be tested.  The REAL question is how many Costa Ricans and Expats (and tourists!) have actually had an HIV test?!  Of course, the statistics will be low when only a microscopic fraction of the population is actually getting tested!  According to UNAIDS and WHO half of people spreading HIV do not know they are HIV, because they have not been regularly tested. (ref: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/resources/brochures/livingwithhiv.htm)


The important fact is that, regardless of the current (varied) statistics, the factors that lubricate the transmission of HIV are ripe in Costa Rica.  In other words, here in Costa Rica, without a comprehensive, unified HIV/AIDS/sexually-transmitted disease awareness, prevention, education, and HIV testing campaign, Costa Rica and its visitors are extremely vulnerable to be exposed to HIV, unknowingly.  The conditions I am referring to:


  • Legalized prostitution
  • Active tourism industry
  • Gringo and other Central American Expatriates living and working here
  • Substance abuse issues
  • Limited access to free condoms
  • Catholic Church does not advocate the use of condoms
  • Lack of sexual education in schools
  • Sexually active youth (average age 15) without sexual education
  • High level of teen pregnancies
  • International business
  • Migrant labor to the cities (from rural areas)
  • Inter-Central American transport systems
  • Mercenary ports on both coasts
  • Poor public (especially, health) infrastructure in some regions
  • Poor education systems in some regions
  • Discrimination of homosexuals
  • Social, political and economic stigma and discrimination of persons living with HIV/AIDS (and their loved ones)



These conditions are not special to Costa Rica.  These are the same conditions that fuelled the spread of HIV throughout Africa, India, Europe, and the United States.  All I am saying is that there needs to be a comprehensive, multi-sectoral, unified HIV/AIDS awareness and education campaign BEFORE the statistics become higher.  I am speaking of prevention.