Gratitude for Mother’s in May – A Tribute to Nurse-Family Partnership and Mothers Everywhere

As April turns to May, some of us look forward to the weather heating up, others may eagerly await blooming flowers, and some may anticipate the baseball season entering its second month! One thing we all have in common, however, is the celebration of mothers on Mother’s Day.

When the sun is shining and flowers abound, what better time to show gratitude to the mothers in our lives?! Mothers arguably deserve more than just a day of appreciation, so we’re doing our best here at Global Grandmothers, to celebrate moms by showcasing a nonprofit we’re proud to support – Nurse-Family Partnership.

If you are unfamiliar, Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) is an evidence-based, community health program that serves low-income women pregnant with their first child. Each new mom is partnered with a registered nurse early in her pregnancy and receives ongoing nurse home visits. This support lasts throughout the first two years of the babies life. It is a life-transforming partnership, for the mom and her child.

Nurse-Family Partnership helps families — and the communities they live in — become stronger while saving money for state, local and federal governments. We at Global Grandmothers recognize that early investment in the life of a new mom and her baby can result in lifelong benefits in health, education, and quality of life.

Not only has NFP served over 280,000 families since its inception, but their results have proven that contributions bring a 5x return. By working proactively with at-risk mothers and their children, NFP provides invaluable assistance to young families and even helps save future public money and resources.

As part of our month-long tribute to mothers, NFP’s mission to assist mother’s across the nation in child-rearing practices fits perfectly.  The full details of their impressive progress and considerable impact can be seen at their website here.

We encourage you to read more about Nurse-Family Partnership so you can be as impressed as we are. If you feel inclined to support NFP, we encourage you to do so by donating to them through our site here. Not only do we fully endorse their mission, but the Center for High Impact Philanthropy recommends Nurse-Family Partnership as an exemplary program for donors who want to make a high-impact investment to give children a strong start.

If you prefer to take action to support their cause, you can find suggestions for how best to do so from NFP here as well.

Let’s celebrate the magical relationships of mothers and children throughout the month and remember…..every grandmother is also a mother!

Happy Spring!

 

A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats – “Black Panther” and Philanthropy

The success of the beautiful new film, Black Panther, has many storylines.

For one, it’s the most successful opening weekend for a movie directed by an African-American. It’s also the first superhero movie to feature a predominantly African-American cast.

It’s also both visually and narratively a beautiful multifaceted film. While it may be part of the Marvel Universe and at its most basic level, a “Superhero Movie”, thanks to its detailed storyline and complex characters, it’s certainly much more than that. It might seem bizarre to write a Global Grandmothers blog about a movie such as this but there is a nexus between the storyline and the Global Grandmothers’ mission.

One of the most intriguing plot points is the internal struggle the fictional nation of Wakanda (the Black Panther’s native country) faces on its position on foreign aid. Unbeknownst to the rest of the world, Wakanda is a very wealthy and technologically advanced nation due to its access to massive amounts of Vibranium (a fictional valuable natural resource). Over centuries, the Wakandans have maintained their luxurious way of life by avoiding any international entanglements.

T’Challa, AKA the Black Panther, played by Chadwick Boseman

Despite their national prosperity, there’s pressure bubbling up within Wakanda to support humanitarian causes around the world. But naturally, many oppose this reform, as it will lead to the secret of their riches to be revealed to the rest of the world, and, in turn, potentially affect their way of life.

Much of the movie revolves around the debate on this issue and the difficult decision that T’Challa (the King of Wakanda and the Black Panther) faces. What responsibility do fortunate citizens of one nation have to support those in another? Particularly, when those in other nations may be suffering humanitarian crises, conflict, and/or war.

Writer and Director Ryan Coogler wonderfully navigates the nuances of this prescient issue. This plotline can be seen as a commentary on global politics on one hand, but also appears to address the proper role of philanthropy among wealthier nations.

‘Black Panther’ Writer and Director, Ryan Coogler

We here at Global Grandmothers do our best to recognize how fortunate many of us are, and with this awareness, comes a responsibility to work with others around the world who are in need. This sentiment is why we support organizations like Save the Children, who work to ensure children all around the globe have a healthy start in life. Or Partners in Health, who are committed to providing healthcare to poor and marginalized communities around the globe.

Check out all the organizations we support here

The international community is only strengthened when the less fortunate around the globe are supported by those who can.  

While the phrase ‘A rising tide lifts all boats’ has often referred to domestic policies, it’s also an apt term for international development. As the world’s tide is lifted, so too are all the world’s boats.  It’s fantastic to see this powerful message showcased in a movie that so many young adults and families are bound to see.

#GivingTuesday is 11/28 – Double Your Impact!

#GivingTuesday is November 28th this year.  Facebook and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have generously offered to match up to $2 million of funds raised for US nonprofits through Facebook’s charitable giving tools. Donations will be matched up to $50,000 per nonprofit, with a max of $1,000 per donation, until the $2 million in matching funds run out.  Donate here by clicking on the blue ‘Donate’ button on our page.

Is the matching campaign time sensitive?

Somewhat! The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match up to $2 million across all of Facebook.  So, once this number is hit, the matching campaign will conclude. The campaign starts at 5 AM PST, 8 AM EST, 11/28 – so don’t sleep in too late!

What does this mean for you and Global Grandmothers?

If you donate $10, Global Grandmothers will receive $20.
If you donate $50, Global Grandmothers will receive $100…and so on.

How will my donation be used?

Global Grandmothers will allocate 100% of the donations it receives on #GivingTuesday to our recommended nonprofits.  All donations will be evenly divided among the 9 nonprofits we recommend, all who’ve passed our rigorous vetting process.

Are there any fees for the donation?

Nope! Facebook is generously covering all fees for donations on #GivingTuesday. Every dollar you give will be doubled and go directly to Global Grandmothers.



How do I donate through Facebook’s charitable giving tools?

It’s easy! Just head to our Facebook page and click the blue ‘Donate’ button on the top right of the page. Simply follow the prompt to complete the transaction and you’re done!

 

Happy Giving!