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For Immediate Release
July 25, 2011
Contact: Mauricio Vivero
206-724-5813 cell

Seattle International Foundation (SIF) reaches $5 million in grants
to local organizations working globally

Seattle – The Seattle International Foundation, a supporting organization of The Seattle Foundation, today announced new grants to local organizations working globally, and reached the important milestone of $5 million in grants.

“Washington has many dedicated people and institutions working to make the world a better place – supporting these local efforts not only strengthens our community, it also makes a real difference in lives all around the world,” explained SIF executive director Mauricio Vivero.

Founded by Bill and Paula Clapp, SIF is the only supporting organization in the U.S. created by a community foundation exclusively to support international philanthropy.

“The Clapps were visionary in their creation of Seattle International Foundation (SIF) and the organization's impact has grown exponentially since the doors first opened in 2008," said Norman B. Rice, president and CEO of The Seattle Foundation."SIF is a leader amongst the many global philanthropic organizations based here in Seattle and is an invaluable resource for donors who want to make impactful investments in international development.”

“SIF was created to be a resource for international philanthropy, and give donors a trusted partner to help identify, select and support high-impact organization working around the globe,” said SIF executive director Mauricio Vivero.

“Our most recent grants reflect that vision and represent the tremendous diversity and talent of organizations working in international development in the Seattle region. The work supported ranges from improving maternal health in Ghana, providing water supply and sanitary systems in Bangladesh, to education for disadvantaged girls in Brazil,” explained Mauricio Vivero.

SIF is proud to announce grants to the following organizations:

$15,000 for Amigos de Santa Cruz Foundation, to support the second phase of development for the CECAP vocational training center, focusing primarily on indigenous women in Santa Cruz, Guatemala.

$12,500 for Bahia Street, to fund a comprehensive education program and provide social development support for 60 impoverished girls, as well as family members and community members in Bahia, Brazil.

$9,800 for the Bainbridge-Ometepe Sister Islands Association, to fund six healthcare facilities to carry out infrastructure improvement projects and community-initiated health education projects on the island of Ometepe, Nicaragua.

$10,000 to the Burkitt's Lymphoma Kenya Fund, to provide chemotherapy drugs for approximately 200 patients and improve the treatment rate by covering transportation, additional costs for patients’ families and providing training for medical personnel.

$15,000 for EarthCorps, to provide 6 women leaders from around the world with environmental restoration, community building and volunteer management training through a six month program in the Puget Sound.

$12,500 for Engineers without Borders (Univ. of Washington), to install new stoves and replace thatch roofs in collaboration with residents and community members in Taconi, Bolivia.

$4,000 for Give2Cuba, a U.S. pooled giving fund, to support anti-poverty and development efforts in Cuba.

$12,500 for Global Visionaries, to invest in the organizational capacity of GV staff (particularly in Guatemala) in order to scale programs and train staff on best-practices and other management issues.

$10,000 for the Global Women’s Philanthropy Project (housed at the UW Evans School of Public Affairs), to support research, travel and events to facilitate dialogue with donors in China to support the creation of a Washington Women’s Foundation model for women philanthropists.

$30,000 for LINGOs, to identify, train, and support organizations in Central America to increase their effectiveness by improving the project management capacity of their staff and partners.

$12,500 for Literacy Bridge, to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health in western Ghana through a low-cost audio device designed to allow illiterate mothers to learn more effectively from local health experts and better adopt new maternal practices.

$50,000 for MED25 International, for general operating support to expand basic healthcare services to residents of Mbita, Kenya. This grant was made in partnership and with the financial support of McKinstry Co. based in Seattle, Washington.

$10,000 for the Mona Foundation, to provide support for the Digital Study Hall to improve education for disadvantaged children in rural and slum schools in India by building and testing a system to help teachers and students to use appropriate technology and local resources.

$10,000 for One Equal Heart Foundation, to support Tseltal Mayan women in Mexico and their children by providing nutritional supplements and anti-parasitics, as well as provide training and start-up resources for mothers to create home gardens.

$15,000 for Prosthetics Outreach Foundation, to provide orthopedic support to children and other people with disabilities in Vietnam, Bangladesh, Sierra Leone, as well as expand new programs in Liberia and Haiti.

$45,000 for TeenSmart International for general operating support to expand its programs serving at-risk youth in Nicaragua. This grant is made in partnership and with the financial support of the Strachan Foundation in Costa Rica.

$15,000 for the UW Cambodia Social Work Program, to establish and sustain the first university level social work program in Cambodia, to train individuals to become skilled professionals, addressing poverty and the consequences of genocide and civil war.

$15,000 for Water First, to construct an integrated water supply and sanitation system, and provide hygiene and sanitary education for approximately 200 individuals living in the targeted slum areas of Bangladesh.

SIF has screened and reviewed over 100 Washington state nonprofits working globally, and strives to identify and support high-impact organizations working internationally. Click here to access the general criteria for SIF’s Global Program.

Organizations can stay informed about the work of the Seattle International Foundation through its blog, Facebook, Twitter, and website,


The Seattle International Foundation is a supporting organization of The Seattle Foundation and exists to promote global giving in Seattle and to invest in initiatives for global development.

Established in 1946, The Seattle Foundation’s mission is to create a healthy community through engaged philanthropy, community knowledge and leadership. It is the oldest and largest community foundation in the region, with more than 1,200 family and individual funds and assets of $600 million. The Seattle Foundation awards more than $50 million in grants each year. Learn more about the Foundation at

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