‘Little Sun’ illuminates those who lack electricity
The Little Sun Foundation (Germany) was founded by artist Olafur Eliasson to give access to clean solar energy to people affected by disasters, war and extreme poverty. The beautiful Little Suns are portable, solar-powered lights that allow people living without electricity to study, cook and socialize after dark. Empower those who need it most through the Little Sun Foundation US Fund.
Meyer and Norma Ragir Fund supports the arts in Europe
The Meyer J. and Norma L. Ragir Fund, a donor-advised fund at KBFUS, supports the arts and theater in Europe. Teatro Actores Alidos Societa Cooperativa (IT) received $23k to support children’s theater. A second grant of $5k was made to the Association Compagnie Mélodrames (FR) to support the theatre company’s newest play to be shown at the Avignon Festival in 2017.
University of KwaZulu Natal reaches out to U.S. friends
The University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa) brings together the rich histories of the former University of Durban-Westville and the University of Natal. With nearly 40,000 students, UKZN is one of the top academic institutions on the African continent, with more than a century of excellence in innovation, teaching and community engagement. The University of KwaZulu-Natal American Friends Fund is now open.
New fund brings fresh powder to Bosnian skiers
New York residents Eddy Offermann and Maja Serdarevic opened a donor-advised fund at KBFUS to help prepare the next generation of competitive skiers in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Working in close collaboration with the country’s ski federation, the Nova Mladost Fund will support intensive training camps in Switzerland, in an effort to boost the junior team’s talents and bring Bosnian skiing back onto the world scene.
MSSI trains new class of African medical professionals
Medical and Surgical Skills Institute (MSSI), an independent health training center based in Ghana, provides medical training in surgery, nursing and other medical disciplines to doctors from across the African continent. Thanks to a $129k grant from the Johnson & Johnson International Health Fund, a donor-advised fund at KBFUS, MSSI will train an additional 3,500 West African doctors in 2017.
Abbey of Tongerlo (Belgium) preserves Father Fimmers’ works
The Abbey of Tongerlo (Belgium) was established in 1128 and belongs to the ‘Order of Regular Canons of Prémontré’, founded by Saint Norbert. The Guillaume Bastiaens Family Fund, a donor-advised fund at KBFUS, made a $29,500 grant for the renovation of its Heritage House, which houses the abbey’s historical archives, and for the conservation of paintings and drawings by Father Kallist Fimmers.