SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 15, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, Give2Asia, a 501(c)3 social enterprise announces new sponsors and potential local project partners responding to Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Yolanda, which devastated the central Philippines last week.
- The Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund has announced a $100,000 gift for Give2Asia's Typhoon Yolanda Recovery Fund.
- Seagate Technology announced a $25,000 gift for Give2Asia's response efforts.
- The Cigna Foundation will respond with a $25,000 advised grant to Give2Asia's local partners.
These gifts are in addition to earlier contributions from Advent Software Inc., EMC Corporation, H.B. Fuller Company, the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, and the PepsiCo Foundation. US-based donors can support local responders through the Typhoon Yolanda Recovery Fund at give2asia.org/yolanda.
Give2Asia is focused on partnering with local responders. Give2Asia's team in the Philippines is working to stay on top of emerging needs and to identify local organizations well-placed to provide relief and perform recovery work in the coming months.
"The situation in the disaster zone is chaotic and constantly evolving," said Birger Stamperdahl, COO & VP of Program Development at Give2Asia . "Local organizations with knowledge and experience in the affected communities will be critical players in the immense task of rebuilding infrastructure, the economy and communities."
Give2Asia has identified several potential partners in the disaster area and is working collaboratively to develop short and long term response projects with these and other partners:
- Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is a local Filipino government agency quickly mobilizing to provide food to affected families. DSWD has provided approximately 300,000 family food packs to the disaster area so far and intends to send two million packs within the next two weeks.
- International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is a fiscal sponsor partner of Give2Asia based in the Philippines. IRRI is responding to the typhoon through the Philippine Department of Agriculture to assess damage in rice-farming areas and provide assistance for long-term recovery such as seeds of that are climate-change ready, including scuba rice.
- Jeepneed is a fiscal sponsor partner of Give2Asia that provides rural students with hands-on science lessons through mobile science labs. Jeepneed is working with local officials in Capiz, where 100 percent of property and farmland were damaged, according to local reports.
- Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) is a private, national and non-profit foundation established by the country's business leaders as an expression of their corporate social responsibility. PBSP is providing immediate relief assistance such as food, water, shelter and medical aid to affected areas. Its long-term strategy will focus on rebuilding infrastructure and the local economy.
About Give2Asia Disaster Response
Give2Asia has responded to nearly 40 natural disasters in the Asia Pacific region during the past 10 years, including five in the Philippines. The strategy is to support recovery by partnering with local groups based within affected communities and to engage in multi-year programs to support rebuilding, economic recovery, psychosocial programs and other needs that may arise following a disaster. Give2Asia reports back to donors on every dollar spent. Learn more about Give2Asia's disaster response strategy at give2asia.org/disaster.
Contributions to the Typhoon Yolanda Recovery Fund go to support immediate relief and long-term recovery efforts of affected communities. Organizations or individuals interested in supporting through advised grants to local charitable organizations should contact Give2Asia immediately by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Give2Asia makes international grant making safe, effective, and impactful. Since its founding in 2001, Give2Asia has raised $237 million in gifts and donations from corporate, foundation, and individual donors for community partners in Asia. Give2Asia has demonstrated its effectiveness in serving the needs of international philanthropy with its on-the-ground presence, knowledge of diverse social and economic conditions, and the expert matching of donor interests with innovative and effective grantees.
CONTACT: Matt Grager Director, Development & Communications Give2Asia email@example.com (415) 967-6331