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‘Receiving a Letter’ for the Belvedere in Vienna

Dr. Edward T. Wilson turned to KBFUS ART to facilitate a gift of a painting by Eduard Charlemont, titled ‘Receiving a Letter’. After training in Vienna, Charlemont settled in Paris in the 1880s, where he became known for his genre scenes. The painting can now be admired at the Belvedere in Vienna, which houses the greatest collection of Austrian art, starting with the Middle Ages.


Buildher boosts Kenyan women’s careers in construction

Kenya’s construction industry faces an alarming lack of skilled professionals. With less than 6% of its workforce being women, Buildher sees an opportunity to change cultural attitudes around ‘gendered work’. It trains low income young women, equips them with accredited construction skills, and increases their chances for stable employment and greater financial prosperity. Support their efforts through the Friends of Buildher.


Providing protection to refugee children in Greece

HumanRights360 (Greece) protects and empowers the rights of all, with no discrimination but with special focus on the most disadvantaged and vulnerable populations. Its HumanRights360 US Fund at KBFUS disbursed $95,000 to provide legal aid and protection to refugee children, including unaccompanied minors, in the refugee Reception and Identification Centre (RIC) of Fylakio in Evros, Greece. 


Restoring women’s health and dignity in Ethiopia

Obstetric fistula is a devastating complication of childbirth. Left untreated, it can leave the mother incontinent – which often leads to these women become social outcasts in their own communities. Named after the pioneering surgeon, the Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation supports hospitals and midwifery clinics in Ethiopia. Join their efforts to eradicate fistula through a contribution to their American friends fund.


Innovative research on ‘vanishing white matter’

The American Friends of the VU Medical Center Foundation Amsterdam disbursed $104,800 to support research on ‘vanishing white matter’, a rare genetic and progressive disease which affects the brain and leads to deterioration, handicap and early death. Stichting VU medisch centrum Fonds (Netherlands), the recipient of the grant, is also at the forefront of research in Alzheimer’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis.


Suzana Erickson is our new Grants Manager

Suzana Erickson joined the KBFUS team. As our new Grants Manager, she is in charge of our growing portfolio of grantees. Suzana previously worked as a Program Coordinator at the University of Michigan Medical School. She is fluent in Serbo-Croatian, and has traveled extensively around the world. She earned her BA in Journalism from the University of Banja Luka. Meet our team.