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Join us on the family trip of a lifetime

by Diane Ferguson

Ever struggled with how to pass along your philanthropic passion to your children? We know the life-changing impact that an Insight Trip can have on a family when it's experienced together as a family. If you're longing for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, then register today to travel with us to Colombia from July 20-26 on this carefully crafted trip that has been planned with your whole family in mind.  A colorful street in the \"walled city\" of Cartagena, Colombia. You will create lasting…

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What We All Can Learn from the 2020 Gates Letter

by Opportunity International

What We All Can Learn from the 2020 Gates Letter by Allison Kooser The Final Push is the Hardest | Every Challenge is Multifaceted | Giving Up Isn’t the Answer | Scale Isn’t One-Size-Fits-All | Some Problems Don’t Go Away by Themselves | Swing for the Fences   In their annual letter, Bill and Melinda Gates are swinging for the fences.  Spurred on by advice from Warren Buffet years ago, the Gates Foundation has long been a leader in risk-taking for the greater good. They have made big bets…

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Rosa Wang on the Ideagen Podcast

by Opportunity International

Rosa Wang, our Global Director of Digital Financial Services, was featured on the Ideagen Global podcast, hosted by Ideagen President George Sifakis, to discuss transformations and trends in digital finance.  From Opportunity's voice-based messaging system in mobile banking to digging deeper into how the finance world is changing microfinance around the globe, you won't want to miss Rosa's thought-provoking interview highlights. Listen below.

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Our Top 10 for 2019

by Opportunity International

We spent the first part of the year reflecting on 2019 and were struck by the momentum we have harnessed. The final numbers aren't even in yet and we already know our supporters helped us increase the number of parents who have a business loan, up to 7.4 million and counting. We doubled the number of children we are reaching through our education programs—now up to 3.5 million. Your collective impact is moving the needle on poverty! We am joyous for what each and every numeric achievement…

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January Book Club: Good Economics for Hard Times

by Opportunity International

  As you make your resolutions for the year ahead, we have a challenge for you. Set a reading goal! Maybe it’s a number of books you want to complete in 2020 (we’ve got 12 recommendations coming your way this year — so 12 would be an excellent goal!). Maybe you want to read about cultures and regions that are less familiar to you, or maybe you want to focus on underrepresented authors. Whatever your personal reading goal is, the Opportunity Book Club is here to help! We’re reading right…

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Read With Us: Our December Book Club Selection, Monstress

by Opportunity International

Winter makes us want to do one thing: curl up with a hot beverage, a cozy blanket, and a great book. Doesn’t that sound like the ideal day? Last month, we read Think Like a Freak by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. With detailed research and hilarious stories, Levitt and Dubner highlighted the benefits of thinking outside of the box—and challenged our assumptions about the world. Now we’re closing out the year with a collection of short stories by Filipino-American author Lysley Tenorio.…

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Congratulations to Muffy Macmillan, Outstanding Individual Philanthropist of the Year!

by Opportunity International

Opportunity International congratulates Muffy MacMillan, Opportunity Board Member and Global Ambassador for Women and Girls, on her Outstanding Individual Philanthropist Award presented on Friday, November 15, 2019, by the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Minnesota Chapter at the National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon in Minneapolis. Thank you, Muffy, for bringing opportunity to women and girls across the world as you work to help end extreme poverty. Your passion for life, love for people,…

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Women and Girls Opportunity Awards Highlight Partners’ Dedication to Gender Inclusion

by Lydia Baldridge Meier

Opportunity just concluded our second year of the Women and Girls Opportunity (WeGO) Awards. This award was launched in 2018 to celebrate and promote innovations in economic empowerment for women and girls as an essential part of ending extreme poverty. It honors staff and clients in Africa, Asia, and Latin America who work selflessly in challenging environments, and it calls attention to good work that deserves expansion and replication. A little background on the award process: we solicit applications…

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Read With Us: October Book Club Selection

by Opportunity International

Have you read something great recently? As a community of book enthusiasts, we love getting recommendations from all of you. Let us know if you have a new must-read book to add to our list!   Here at the Opportunity Book Club, we just finished reading The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. We became fans of Adichie while reading her books, Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists (add those to your reading list, too!), and we loved diving into her short story collection this…

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Taste of Home: What's on my plate

by Katie Morgan

Chicagoans are partial to their hot dogs and New Yorkers claim their pizza is the best. Food has always played a critical role in our communities. We gather with our families, friends, and neighbors over a meal for a multitude of reasons, and we spend countless hours thinking about what we want to eat next—but how often think about what dinner looks like for our global neighbors living in poverty?  Pull up a chair and join us as we share virtual meals around the world!   Less than $35 a month…

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