Partnership Golf Chicago
Date: Friday, July 22, 2011
88 golfers took a swing at ending global poverty by raising over $83,000 in the fifth annual Chicago Partnership Golf tournament at the Ruffled Feathers Golf Club in Lemont, Illinois. Golfers not only raised money for people in need but also participated in a variety of fun challenges including a golf ball canon, putting, longest drive and hole-in-one contests as well as a silent auction.
Special guests included Jesse White, Illinois Secretary of State; Robert (Bobby) Shilling, U.S. Representative, Illinois; Ron Sutter, Circuit Court Judge, DuPage County; and Alvin Bel, CEO of Big Pawn. Gaynor Hall, WGN-TV Reporter and CLTV Weekend Anchor, served as emcee for the luncheon program, and Joanne Trotter, Director of Programs for AKF USA was guest speaker.
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Presented by Hussein Rashid
Adjunct professor, Hofstra University; associate editor, Religion Dispatches
Up to thirty percent of the slaves brought to the United States from Africa were Muslim. They spoke and wrote Arabic, and carried a rich musical tradition. Centuries’ worth of Muslim instrumental and singing traditions were combined with those of other cultures encountered in the United States, eventually forming blues, jazz, rock, and hip-hop—uniquely American musical genres.
Billie Holiday’s wavy intonation has its roots in the muezzin’s call to prayer. The syncopated riffs and rhythms of blues guitar legend John Lee Hooker echo a traditional call-and-response, with painful lyrics about life, love, and faith. The be-bop and cool-jazz improvisations of John Coltrane are informed by numerous musical and meditative traditions, including those of Islam. Also indebted to this tradition are the folk rock of Steve Earle and the hip-hop of Mos Def. In this month’s Artful Thursday lecture, Hussein Rashid uses music to explore how the Muslim-American community has made a lasting cultural contribution to American music.
This Artful Thursday program is generously supported by His Highness Prince Aga Khan Shia Imami Ismaili Council for the Southwestern United States.
Artful Thursday programs receive generous funding from the Rockwell Fund. Promotional support is generously provided by Houston Public Radio—KUHF 88.7 FM & Classical 91.7 FM.
Admission is free and open to the public. A reception follows the program. Refreshments generously provided by the Buffalo Speedway Starbucks (corner of Buffalo Speedway and Westpark), Carla Everett, manager, and the Rice Village Starbucks, Jenna Ortiz, manager.
Partnership Walk San Francisco
Date: Sunday, October 9, 2011
Location: Central Park, Lake Elizabeth, Fremont, CA
Join over 800 participants for Partnership Walk at Central Park in Fremont and demonstrate your support for ending global poverty.
Distinguished guests and guest speakers include:
Dr. Ken Wilson, Executive Director, the Christensen Fund (Keynote Speaker)
Cassie Doyle, Consul General of Canada in Northern California (Guest Speaker
Representative from the office of U.S. Congressman Mike Honda
Andrae G. Macapinlac, Senior Field Representative from the office of California State Assemblyman Bob Weickowski
Ash Kalra, San Jose Council Member
Anu Natarajan, Fremont City Council member
Mayor Jose Esteves, Milpitas
Dennis Graham, Milpitas Police Chief
Brian Sturdivant, Milpitas Fire Chief
Come join us this year for another day of learning activities, fundraising and culturally diverse performances! Want to volunteer for this event? Sign up here.
Partnership Walk Memphis
Date: Sunday, October 9, 2011
Location: Tom Lee Park, Memphis TN
Join over 2,400 participants for this years Partnership Walk at Tom Lee Park in Memphis and demonstrate your support for ending global poverty.
Distinguished Guests include:
Partnership Walk in Fremont raises $200,000
Fremont Bulletin Staff
Posted: 10/13/2011 03:35:01 PM PDT
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More than 1,000 Bay Area residents walked to end global poverty in the annual Partnership Walk at Central Park in Fremont Sunday.
The San Francisco Partnership Walk is an initiative of Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A to raise awareness and funds that reduce poverty, hunger, illiteracy and poor health in Africa and Asia.
Sunday's walk raised more than $200,000, according to organizers, with 100 percent of the funds going directly to projects sponsored by the foundation.
Many special guests and civic leaders attended the walk, including Dr. Ken Wilson, executive director of the Christensen Fund, who gave the keynote speech during the opening ceremonies.
"Over the last 20 years I have had repeated opportunities to see the work that the Aga Khan Foundation and its sister organizations have been doing in Africa, in Central Asia and the Middle East," he said. "It is inspiring work.... It starts and ends with people. It starts with all the volunteers that we see today. It is work that is driven by the passion of people. It values the people themselves in the communities, valuing their knowledge, creativity, heritage and culture as assets and helps them build new institutions that start from their strength, passion and values."
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) Birmingham's 2011 Partnership walk raised $250,000 for the Aga Khan Foundation to support efforts in Asia and Africa, according to AKF USA volunteer Salima Mulji. It also featured cultural exhibitions and examples of how the charity changes lives in developing nations.
"This event is to raise funds and awareness for the projects that the Aga Khan Foundation has in third world countries, to raise the quality of life of people in the villages of Asia and Africa. For example: electricity, poverty, health, micro-financing, they build infrastructure so that people can help themselves," said Mulji.
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From Snellville, Georgia
First Posted: 10/20/2011 12:56:25 AM | Last Updated: 10/20/2011 12:46:56 PM
Over 7,000 are expected to walk to end global poverty in the 17th annual Partnership Walk at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. The Atlanta Partnership Walk is an initiative of Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A (AKF USA) to raise awareness and funds that reduce poverty, hunger, illiteracy and poor health in Africa and Asia.
Atlanta’s 2010 Walk raised over $1,300,000 and is expected to raise more this year. 100% of the funds raised at Partnership Walk go directly to projects sponsored by the Foundation; not a cent is spent on administration.
A forum designed to portray cultural links through symbols in Islamic art will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Every semester, the Art and Art History Department hosts a forum in collaboration with the Aga Khan Council for Northern Texas, a social governance structure for the Ismaili Muslim community. This semester, the forum will focus on symbols used by Islamic kings in the pre-modern era, a time period toward the end of the 20th century.
AKF joins in compilation of a report on community philanthropy
"There is a need for the development community to see local people as actors and donors rather than as beneficiaries, says a new report on community philanthropy.
Community philanthropy is not often heard of in international development. And in the report, ”The Value of Community Philanthropy: Results of a Consultation,” a joint effort by the Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, people wonder how different it is from the work of nongovernmental organizations."
Community Philanthropy: It’s Not Just for the Wealthy Anymore – NPQ – Nonprofit Quarterly
"In 2011, the Aga Khan Foundation and the C.S. Mott Foundation sponsored a series of roundtables or consultations in Washington, D.C. Johannesburg, and Dhaka. Philanthropic experts and community activists explored how to stimulate and develop community philanthropy, but the theme wasn’t the usual laser focus on simply amassing more money. As the report by CENTRIS consultant Barry Knight explains, the emphasis was on community philanthropy “as a means of contributing to the sustainability of civil society and supporting the effectiveness of development aid.” "
*Members of the global coalition include: Action for Children, ADEA, Aga Khan Foundation, AIR, AMANI, Bernard Van Leer, Brookings Institute, CARE, California Polytechnical State University, Catholic Relief Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Child Fund, CIFF, Consultative Group for Early Childhood Development, Covance, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, ELMA, Episcopal Relief and Development, FHI 360, Firelight Foundation, FXB, GBC Health, Georgia State University, Global Partnership for Education, Handicap International, Harvard Center for the Developing Child, Harvard University, Health and Human Services, Hesperian Foundation, ICF & Associates, John Snow International, Long Island University, Management Sciences for Health, Merck, Oak Foundation, Office of the Global AIDS Council, Pact, PATH, Peace Corps, Plan USA, Population Council, Public Law 10995 (US Government Secretariat for Orphans and Vulnerable Children), REPSSI,Royal Free University College of London, Salvation Army, Save the Children, Spark Center, UNC Frank Porter Graham Center, UNICEF, UNESCO, University Research Company, USAID, Winrock, World Bank and World Vision International.
AKF US a recipient of The Coca-Cola Foundation grant
The Coca-Cola Foundation Awards $26 Million to 85 Global Organizations During First Quarter 2012
Funding Supports Global Efforts To Create Sustainable Communities
Aga Khan Foundation USA, Economic Development And Education Opportunities For Youth In Kyrgyzstan And Afghanistan, benefiting more than 12,000 students, youth entrepreneurs, teachers and farmers through support of entrepreneurial and education programs, Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan, $200,000.
It is with great pleasure that I share our 2011 Annual Report, which offers a glimpse into lives touched by the Aga Khan Foundation’s work in Asia and Africa. In the past we have shown how the Aga Khan Foundation has inspired people to create a better future. This year we turn that around and share stories of our local partners who inspire us by their courage and willingness to invest in their communities.
You will find the story of a woman farmer in Mali who faced a hard choice and learned new skills that brought market opportunities to her village and better nutrition to her family. There is also the story of the young Afghan man who returned to help communities reduce their risk and vulnerability to natural disaster.
We take courage from the teacher in Kenya who recovered from the double blow of losing her husband and her job, and who found meaning by starting a school for disadvantaged children that Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. is happy to support. And we are moved by the mother in Pakistan who, after losing her daughter, became a champion for helping women and children. Their examples fortify us to pursue our shared goal of ending poverty through education, skills and self-reliance.
The Annual Report demonstrates the great strides that your generosity has made possible. We are so grateful for your support and engagement. I invite you to find additional inspiring stories on this website and www.akdn.org/usa.asp.
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