What is the Aga Khan Foundation and what does it do?
Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. is a nonprofit, non-denominational international development organization that is committed to alleviating poverty, hunger, disease and illiteracy, primarily in Asia and Africa. It works with communities at the grassroots level to strengthen their capacity to solve local problems.
The Foundation’s mission is to help communities transform their lives from a situation of poverty to an environment of opportunity and choice. Its programs extend to people irrespective of gender, origin or religion. The Foundation is geographically focused on selected countries in South and Central Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The Foundation undertakes projects in five key areas:
- Rural development
- Civil society
What does the Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. do in the United States?
The Foundation manages international development programs and operations from its Washington, DC office. It works closely with other agencies, such as the US government agencies like the US Agency for International Development, US Department of Agriculture, the State Department and other development organizations, corporations and private foundations, such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Ford Foundation and Johnson & Johnson.
What is PartnershipsInAction?
PartnershipsInAction is an initiative of the Foundation and its network of volunteers across the U.S. to raise awareness and funds for innovative programs that create hope and opportunity for disadvantaged communities in the developing world. PartnershipsInAction unite Americans as global citizens with communities in Africa and Asia to build bridges of hope and create a more secure, peaceful and prosperous future for people around the world. Participants, sponsors, partners and volunteers are part of a worldwide movement, mobilizing around the universal Millennium Development Goals to cut global poverty in half by 2015.
Why does Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. sponsor PartnershipsInAction?
PartnershipsInAction initiatives complement the Foundation’s mission of helping people in developing countries create long-term solutions to reduce poverty. At PartnershipsInAction events, Americans learn how we can dramatically improve the quality of life for people in some of the poorest areas of Asia and Africa.
What are the Partnership Walk and Partnership Golf?
Partnership Walk and Partnership Golf are public events to raise awareness and show how people can make a difference in ending global poverty. Each promotes partnerships among Americans and people in the developing world and raises funds for innovative, cost-effective projects that improve the quality of life of the most vulnerable – especially women and children– in some of the poorest areas of Asia and Africa.
Partnership Walk brings together families, leaders in government, business, media and the arts as well as teams from corporations, schools, clubs and community groups for a day of learning, entertainment and fundraising. Partnership Walk features a two-to-three mile long walk along with interactive activities, exhibits and performances for all ages. Village in Action activities showcases the innovative solutions that the Foundation supports in Asia and Africa. The first U.S. Walk began in Los Angeles in 1995. 100% of the funds raised at Partnership Walk go directly to projects supported by the Foundation. Partnership Walks are also held in Canada and Europe.
Partnership Golf offers Americans an opportunity to create awareness about international development while enjoying a day out on the green with friends and colleagues. Since its inaugural year in 2007, Partnership Golf has brought together thousands of golfers and sponsors in tournaments across the country. It continues to expand to more cities where people are eager to take a swing at ending global poverty. All net proceeds raised at Partnership Golf go directly to projects supported by the Foundation.
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Is there a fee to register?
There are NO registration fees. When you register, you are making a commitment to the people of the world that you will walk side-by-side with others in partnership to be part of the solution to end global poverty.
What impact do the Partnership Walk and Partnership Golf have?
Since 1995, 64 walks and 23 golf tournaments have been held in cities throughout the U.S.A. More than 300,000 people have participated and raised over $42 million. 100% of the funds raised at Partnership Walk go directly to projects supported by the Foundation. Thanks to the generousity of thousands in the U.S., millions of people in Asia and Africa have benefited directly from programs supported by the Foundation.
Why should I support and contribute to programs in developing countries?
We all want to leave the world a better place for our children and for future generations. To do that, we must protect our global environment, working with other countries and communities around the world to find long-term solutions for security and prosperity. The less suffering and strife there is in the world, the better off we ALL are. We’ve made big strides in this country on important issues, but no country can go it alone in our global environment. It takes teamwork.
If we commit ourselves to helping people become self-sufficient, we can expect to see progress and change that will reap benefits in years to come. In the 21st century the world will continue to grow more interconnected, not less. Every American can be part of the solution to end global poverty. We can work as teams across borders to help end poor health conditions, preventable diseases, illiteracy, and poverty. We can share our expertise and resources with communities that are trying to improve their conditions.
The Foundation sponsors PartnershipsInAction in U.S. communities to inform Americans about the impact of the Foundation's work around the world. The Foundation hosts educational activities to help Americans as global citizens better understand the causes of global poverty, proven solutions for reducing it and their role through practical solutions.
The Foundation supports youth development by offering professional internships and externships.
How can I get more involved?
Your tax-deductible contribution goes to help poor communities help themselves. 100% of the funds raised at Partnership Walk and all net proceeds from Partnership Golf tournaments go directly to projects supported by the Foundation, such as health, education and rural development.
Every initiative undertaken by the Foundation must be cost-effective, effectively managed, sustainable on a long-term basis, and community-based. Often initiated and always supported by the communities they serve, the Foundation’s projects aim to be self-sustaining. The Foundation is especially interested in innovative approaches that can serve as replicable models in other parts of the world.
The Foundation leverages every dollar received through matching grants from leading donor agencies, including the U.S. government (U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of State and other private foundations), to create a multiplier effect that stretches resources and amplifies the impact of every donation.
What percentage of my contribution is used for administration costs?
Not one penny. 100% of the funds raised at the Partnership Walk and all net proceeds at PartnershipsInAction initiatives go directly to the projects supported by the Foundation. No contributions are used for administrative costs. Administrative expenses are covered by the Foundation’s benefactor, His Highness the Aga Khan.