Dear Friends of SIF,
As we enter into 2018, we would love to share a few highlights with you of our work over the past year:
Promoting Philanthropy to Central America
The 7th annual Central America Donors Forum was a success! In partnership with our co-hosts Sumarse and Unidos en Red, SIF convened high level, multi-sector leaders in Panama City to “Reimagine Partnerships” that address a range of challenges facing Central America. Over 300 participants from 18 different countries took part in the three-day forum that featured panels and workshops on more than 20 different topics.
Highlights include a presentation on the World Justice Project’s Rule of Law Index Panama Report, the Panama launch of the UN Women’s Economic Empowerment Principles (WEPs), the launch of the 2nd edition of the Central America Philanthropy Guide, a tour of social impact projects in Casco Viejo, and three lively networking receptions.
If you missed it this year (or want to relive it!) click to check out the full agenda, participant list and photos.
SIF announced a new concept, tentatively called Central America 2030, which will frame our work in years to come. This work will be an evolution from the once annual Central America Donors Forum, into a year round, multi-stakeholder platform to drive collective action across the region. Central America 2030 will be a foundation where the work discussed at the Forum is built upon through continued conversations. All of us who invest in the region will have a designated space to talk together about the goals we would like to accomplish in the future. Central America 2030 aims to harness input from committed business, government, civil society, and philanthropic leaders to chart the course for a common, regional agenda.
We will be communicating more about this idea early next year, and inviting others to join us around the design table to refine the concept. Click here to learn more about Central America 2030.
CAMY Fund leads the way on a regional child marriage initiative. With initial support from the Ford Foundation, NoVo Foundation, and The Summit Foundation, the Central America & Mexico Youth (CAMY) Fund is spearheading the new Latin American and Caribbean initiative to prevent and address early unions in adolescents and girls, while keeping these same adolescents and girls at the center of the process. This initiative includes field research, grantmaking to local organizations, convening stakeholders, and ensuring that public policies protect and defend the rights of girls and adolescents from a young person’s perspective.
SIF supported the creation of an innovative tool from the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) to monitor and measure the impact of U.S. assistance to the region. As U.S. assistance to Central America has increased, the Central America Monitor will evaluate in-country progress of efforts to address violence, poor governance, and lack of opportunities driving migration from the region.
Promoting International Philanthropy at home in Seattle
SIF works with partners Seattle Foundation and Global Washington to support Seattle-area philanthropists, NGOs, and businesses committed to giving globally.
Hot off the press! The 2018 edition of the Global Philanthropy Guide. This year’s Guide has been designed to connect philanthropists with high-impact, nonprofit organizations based in Washington State that are responding to urgent humanitarian crises in the developing world.
SIF worked with Seattle Foundation Corporate Fundholders Expedia, Tableau and Starbucks to advise on and execute their international philanthropy.
This year, SIF supported Expedia in the design of their global grant making strategy, which aligned the company’s mission to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Additionally, SIF partnered to curate the Expedia Global Ambassador Program, which Expedia calls their “coolest field trip ever.” Expedia Global Ambassadors traveled to Rwanda to learn about key issues facing the country and how philanthropy can address them. As part of the trip, Expedia funded projects supporting local development, gorilla conservation, and girls’ education.
Wishing you a peaceful and happy holiday season.
Seattle International Foundation team
Thanks to our 2017 Partners!