Month: January 2013

Disney and Investing in Children

The recent announcement that blockbuster director JJ Abrams would be directing the next Star Wars movie for new owner Disney is a reminder of the titanic size of our investment, so to speak, in our children. But Star Wars is just one small spot of light in the Disney universe. Across all of its myriad…
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What is the Value of a Human Life?

 So, what value would you place on a year of human life? $50,000? Or maybe it’s $129,000?  An article in Time, citing research from Stanford Business School, used data on the health care industry to come up with these estimates. By observing which expensive medical procedures are covered and which are not, and collecting data…
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Pneumonia: the leading and forgotten child killer

Did you know that… Pneumonia kills more children under five worldwide than AIDS, malaria and measles combined? Pneumonia is an acute respiratory infection that affects the lungs. It can be caused by a virus, bacteria or fungi. The greatest concentration of children affected live in poverty-stricken, developing regions where access to interventions is a major barrier. Pneumonia is considered…
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Neonatal Mortality Facts: Every year nearly 40% of all under-5 child deaths are among newborn infants

Did you know…? Every year nearly 40% of all under-5 child deaths are among newborn infants. Do you work in preventing neonatal mortality and have an idea that you’d like to implement to save newborn lives? Then, the $1 million Children’s Prize may be an opportunity worth your time! The neonatal period of infant development…
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What happens when you click Apply Now for the Children’s Prize?

Does seeing the big Apply Now button seem daunting? Don’t worry…Applying to the Children’s Prize is easy and simple! Step 1: You start the process by clicking the Apply Now button on our website, as shown below. Step 2: You’ll be directed to the page below where you’ll be encouraged to review the Guidelines and Privacy Policy.  We also…
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Foreign aid and private philanthropy

American foreign aid can be divided into government assistance and private philanthropy. In the United States, individual citizens give away almost as much money to impoverished regions of the world as our government does. According to the OECD,  foreign aid from the US government in 2011 totaled $31 billion. Private philanthropy is not precisely measured,…
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Philanthropy and Charities

According to Reuters, Americans give around $300 billion to charity each year. The vast majority of this total is spent on domestic causes; less than 10% is for foreign aid, according to Wikipedia. Philanthropy has become a major industry, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy reports that there are well over one million charities in the…
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A Year in Review

What does it cost to save the lives of Children?  Children around the world faced incredible challenges in 2012 as a result of natural disasters and violent conflict. These situations leave already vulnerable children in an even more vulnerable predicament, threatening their protection and survival. In the video below, UNICEF shares their collective effort to…
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Child Mortality & The Children’s Prize

The Children’s Prize is rooted in the fundamental belief that all children are equally deserving of life. “There are two sides to most issues, but there are not two sides to child mortality.  We can all agree that every little child deserves to live,” says prize creator Ted Caplow. Following the Millennium Summit in 2000, the…
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How does the Children’s Prize contest work?

It’s simple! The Children’s Prize is an Internet-based, global contest made up of two rounds. In the 1st round, called the Entry Form round, the contest is open to the public all over the world. That’s right! Anyone at all – whether an individual, a non-profit, a government entity or a commercial company – can…
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