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Announcing our 2014 Round 2 Nonprofit Innovation Grant Winners

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Our Nonprofit Innovation Grants program, launched in 2013, awards $10,000 USD to employee-championed organizations looking to launch or scale new, unique programs. We're thrilled to announce our fourth round of 25 finalist organizations and their employee champions.

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Announcing our 2014 Round 2 Nonprofit Innovation Grant Winners

  1. 1. NONPROFIT INNOVATION GRANTS R O U N D 2 , 2 0 1 4
  2. 2. ENABLING LINKEDIN EMPLOYEES TO CHAMPION ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE TESTING NEW, INNOVATIVE IDEAS FOR SOCIAL IMPACT.
  3. 3. WE’RE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THE 25 NONPROFIT INNOVATION GRANT SELECTIONS AND THEIR EMPLOYEE CHAMPIONS FOR ROUND 2, 2014.
  4. 4. T E A M K E N Y A “ B Y I M P R O V I N G A G I R L ’ S L I F E , S H E C A N B R E A K T H E C Y C L E O F P O V E R T Y , A N D T E A M K E N Y A I S G I V I N G H E R T H E T O O L S T O D O I T . ” – N A T A S H A G O W A N S , E M P L O Y E E C H A M P I O N Taking practical action to allow women in Ndhiwa, Kenya, to fulfill their potential
  5. 5. M E N S T R U P E D I A “ M E N S T R U A L H E A L T H A D V E R S E L Y I M P A C T S M I L L I O N S O F L I V E S . M E N S T R U P E D I A W I L L E N A B L E P A R E N T S A T S C A L E T O T E A C H T H E I R D A U G H T E R S A B O U T T H I S T O P I C I N A W A Y T H A T W O U L D O T H E R W I S E B E T A B O O . ” – G U N J A N J U Y A L , E M P L O Y E E C H A M P I O N Empowering parents and teachers to educate young girls about menstruation at the right time and in a fun and entertaining way
  6. 6. T H E C H O R D O M A F O U N D A T I O N E V E R Y L I F E M A T T E R S A N D E V E R Y D I S E A S E D E S E R V E S A T T E N T I O N . – A L I S O N D O R S E Y , E M P L O Y E E C H A M P I O N Improving the lives of those affected by Chordoma and leading the search for a cure
  7. 7. T H E G L O B A L N O M A D S G R O U P T H E G L O B A L N O M A D S G R O U P C R E A T E S U N F O R G E T T A B L E E X P E R I E N C E S F O R T H E W O R L D ’ S Y O U T H T H A T I S R E D E F I N I N G W H A T I T M E A N S T O B E A G L O B A L C I T I Z E N . – J E S S I C A L A U , E M P L O Y E E C H A M P I O N Fostering dialogue and understanding among youth by creating exchange programs that promote empathy, peace and 21st century workforce skills
  8. 8. S P R I N G W A T E R M E D I A “ T E C H N O L O G Y F O R C H I L D R E N W I T H M O T O R D I F F I C U L T I E S U S U A L L Y F O C U S O N M I T I G A T I N G T H E I R D I S A B I L I T Y I N A V E R Y F U N C T I O N A L W A Y . E Y E C A N T O U C H I S P L A Y F U L , C R E A T I V E , A N D A L L O W S D I S A B L E D C H I L D R E N T O E X P R E S S T H E M S E L V E S L I K E A N Y O T H E R K I D . " – L A U R E N C E B R E T - S T E R N , E M P L O Y E E C H A M P I O N Providing opportunity for social interaction and self expression to children with severe neurological challenges
  9. 9. E C O - S F “ B E F O R E V O L U N T E E R I N G , A N Y T H I N G I A T E W A S F R O M A G R O C E R Y S T O R E O R R E S T A U R A N T . W E ’ L L E N A B L E S T U D E N T S T O H A V E A B E T T E R U N D E R S T A N D I N G O F H O W T H E F O O D T H E Y E A T C O N T R I B U T E S T O T H E I R H E A L T H A N D W E L L N E S S . " – M A R C U S W O N G , E M P L O Y E E C H A M P I O N Demonstrating sustainable living skills such as urban farming, natural building, rain catchment and soap making to students
  10. 10. W A V E H O S P I T A L I T Y “ I ’ M P A S S I O N A T E A B O U T W A V E B E C A U S E T H E I R M I S S I O N A L I G N S C L O S E L Y W I T H L I N K E D I N ’ S A N D T H E I R D E E P U N D E R S T A N D I N G O F W E S T A F R I C A N Y O U T H . ” – L I Z L I , E M P L O Y E E C H A M P I O N Building a job-matching app for talented underserved West African youth in high growth entry level jobs
  11. 11. “ G R O W I N G U P W A T C H I N G M Y C O U S I N B A T T L E C Y S T I C F I B R O S I S , A S W E L L S E E I N G A T E E N A G E G I R L F R I E N D D I E F R O M T H E D I S E A S E A T 2 4 , M O T I V A T E D M E T O A P P L Y . " – P H I L W A T S O N , E M P L O Y E E C H A M P I O N C Y S T I C F I B R O S I S I R E L A N D Creating inspirational videos meant to support those living with Cystic Fibrosis
  12. 12. B R I C O L A G E A C A D E M Y “ E V E R Y D A Y A T B R I C O L A G E S T U D E N T S Q U E S T I O N , D I S C O V E R , C O L L A B O R A T E , C R E A T E , T A K E R I S K S , F A I L A N D I T E R A T E . W E A R E S C A L I N G T H I S I N N O V A T I V E F O R M O F L E A R N I N G T O T H E B R O A D E R N E W O R L E A N S C O M M U N I T Y . " – H I L L A R Y D E N S E N , E M P L O Y E E C H A M P I O N Advancing educational equity by preparing students to be innovators who change the world
  13. 13. A P E X R E H A B I L I T A T I O N C E N T R E “ S I S T E R M A J O R I E , M Y K I N D E R G A R T E N P R I N C I P L E , I S L E A D I N G A P R O G R A M T O I N S T I L L A S E N S E O F B E L O N G I N G , P R I D E A N D P U R P O S E B A C K I N T O T H E E L D E R L Y . " – S E A N Y E O , E M P L O Y E E C H A M P I O N Providing day care rehabilitation to the frail and disabled elderly and enhancing their quality of life
  14. 14. B A Y E S I M P A C T “ B A Y E S I M P A C T I S H E L P I N G C I V I C A N D N O N P R O F I T O R G A N I Z A T I O N S M A K E D A T A D R I V E N D E C I S I O N S I N A S C A L A B L E A N D H I G H L Y I M P A C T F U L W A Y . " – N I C K V A N W A G N E R , E M P L O Y E E C H A M P I O N Optimizing the placement of ambulances throughout San Francisco
  15. 15. I R I S H N A T I O N A L S I G H T L O S S A G E N C Y “ T H E N C B I H A S H A D S U C H A H U G E I M P A C T C H A N G I N G T H E L I V E S O F T H E V I S U A L L Y I M P A I R E D . ” – M I C H E L L E H Y L A N D , E M P L O Y E E C H A M P I O N Starting a loan program to enable more visually impaired individuals get the equipment they need to gain independence
  16. 16. G I F T O F L I F E “ H A V I N G T H E O P P O R T U N I T Y T O S A V E A S T R A N G E R ' S L I F E H A S H A D A N E T E R N A L E F F E C T O N M Y O W N . " – L I S A D E A V E R & S A M M O R O V A T I , E M P L O Y E E C H A M P I O N S Creating a student ambassador program to help children and adults find bone marrow transplants
  17. 17. S K A T E I S T A N “ I T ’ S I N C R E D I B L E H O W T H E S I M P L E S P O R T O F S K A T E B O A R D I N G C A N H A V E S U C H A W I D E R E A C H I N G I M P A C T . " – C H R I S J O N E S , E M P L O Y E E C H A M P I O N Building educational skateparks to advance educational outcomes in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa
  18. 18. M A K I R A F O R E S T B U S H M E A T I N I T I A T I V E “ H U M A N , A N I M A L A N D E N V I R O N M E N T A L H E A L T H A R E I N T E R C O N N E C T E D . T O G E T H E R W E C A N C R E A T E C A S C A D I N G E F F E C T S O N T H E H E A L T H O F A N E N T I R E C O M M U N I T Y . " – D O N N A M A C D O N A L D , E M P L O Y E E C H A M P I O N Improving child nutrition, human livelihood and endemic wildlife populations
  19. 19. F E E D I N G M O U T H S F I L L I N G M I N D S “ C U L T I V A T I N G S U S T A I N A B L E F O O D S O U R C E S I N L O C A L C O M M U N I T I E S H A S A D I R E C T I M P A C T O N H E A L T H , E D U C A T I O N A N D E C O N O M I C S . " – A N D R E W S E I D L , E M P L O Y E E C H A M P I O N Ending childhood hunger by building self sustaining food supplies for schools, orphanages and communities around the world
  20. 20. T H E I M A G I N E B U S P R O J E C T “ I M A G I N E B U S H A S B E E N A B L E T O S U C C E S S F U L L Y U S E A R T T O H E L P Y O U T H T R A N S F O R M T H E M S E L V E S A N D T H E I R C O M M U N I T I E S , C H A N G E T H E I R P E R S P E C T I V E A N D R E A C H T H E I R F U L L P O T E N T I A L . " – L A R R Y O G R O D N E K , E M P L O Y E E C H A M P I O N Enabling incarcerated youth to successfully re-enter their communities
  21. 21. I S L A N D C R E E K O Y S T E R F O U N D A T I O N “ T H R O U G H T H E L E N S O F L I N K E D I N ’ S V I S I O N , I B E L I E V E T H E I C O F W I L L P R O V I D E E M P O W E R I N G E C O N O M I C O P P O R T U N I T I E S T O W O R K E R S A C R O S S T H E G L O B E . " – B R A D R O S E , E M P L O Y E E C H A M P I O N Enabling global workers to start sustainable tilapia farms as a solution to the global issue of food production
  22. 22. F A M E A F R I C A “ F A M E ’ S M I S S I O N A N D S O L E A G E N D A I S T O A D V A N C E P A T I E N T - C E N T E R E D C A R E , A N D T H E Y A I M T O D R A M A T I C A L L Y C H A N G E T H E L I V E S O F P E O P L E S U F F E R I N G F R O M E P I L E P S Y I N A N A R E A W I T H A L M O S T N O K N O W L E D G E O F T H E D I S E A S E . ” – C H R I S P R U E T T , E M P L O Y E E C H A M P I O N Committed to creating healthier communities in rural Tanzania
  23. 23. S I R U M “ R E D I S T R I B U T I N G M E D I C A T I O N G O E S B E Y O N D T H E C O S T S A V I N G S . I T ’ S A B O U T G I V I N G P E O P L E I N N E E D A N D T H E I R L O V E D O N E S M O R E Q U A L I T Y T I M E W I T H O N E A N O T H E R . " – S E B A S T I A N L O B O , E M P L O Y E E C H A M P I O N Saving lives by connecting unopened, unexpired medication to patients in need
  24. 24. W E L L P L E D G E “ I ’ M E X C I T E D A B O U T W E L L P L E D G E ’ S V I S I O N T O I M P R O V E T H E L I V E S O F P E O P L E A N D F A M I L I E S W I T H C H R O N I C H E A L T H C O N D I T I O N S . ” – R O B E R T W O Z N I A K , E M P L O Y E E C H A M P I O N Improving chronic health conditions while driving charitable giving
  25. 25. O R G A N I Z A T I O N F O R F R I E N D S H I P I N D I V E R S I T Y “ O F G W I L L L A U N C H A P R O G R A M W I T H T H E A I M O F S U P P O R T I N G T H E I N T E G R A T I O N O F I M M I G R A N T C H I L D R E N I N T O E U R O P E A N C O U N T R I E S S U P P O R T E D B Y P I C T U R E S O F R E A L L I V E S . ” – F R A N C E S C O C O S T A N Z O , E M P L O Y E E C H A M P I O N Building relationships amidst diversity to combat racism and stereotypes
  26. 26. R I S I N G I N T E R N A T I O N A L “ G I V I N G S O M E O N E T H E G I F T O F E D U C A T I O N A N D S E E I N G W H A T T H E Y C A N A C C O M P L I S H I S O N E O F T H E M O S T S A T I S F Y I N G E X P E R I E N C E S I ’ V E E V E R H A D . ” – L A U R E N H I P S C H M A N , E M P L O Y E E C H A M P I O N Empowering women to rise out of extreme poverty
  27. 27. V T S E V A “ I H A V E J O I N E D H A N D S W I T H T H O U S A N D S O F V O L U N T E E R S W H O H A V E M A D E A M A T E R I A L D I F F E R E N C E I N T H E L I V E S O F B L I N D C H I L D R E N , E D U C A T I N G T H E R U R A L P O O R A N D P R O V I D I N G M E D I C A L T R E A T M E N T T O T H E U N D E R P R I V I L E G E D . ” – R A J E S H B I N D U , E M P L O Y E E C H A M P I O N Volunteering together in service of the underprivileged

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