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Issue no. 3 - 2014 Governor Community Connection

CEO Corner

By Opportunity International

I hope you had a great summer and found time to rest and relax with family and friends.

It's been a productive and exciting few months at Opportunity International. I attended the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C., which brought together heads of state, legislators, philanthropists, and others interested in creating stronger ties between the U.S. and Africa. In conjunction with the summit, the Caterpillar Foundation, which is a longtime partner of Opportunity International, committed $1 million to the African Women's Entrepreneurship Program, a trade and investment initiative to advance female economic empowerment.

Another of our partners, The Mastercard Foundation, is also investing in the future of Africa's women leaders through its scholar's program, which will enroll 15,000 students in high schools and colleges by December 2014. This and the Caterpillar Foundation commitment are great examples of the power of our partnerships to improve lives.

Looking ahead, I hope you plan to join us October 2-4 in Chicago, for the Opportunity International 2014 National Summit. The event will bring together hundreds of supporters from around the world, including leaders of major philanthropic corporate and nonprofit foundations, individual donors, entrepreneurs, business executives and your fellow Governors. This promises to be an enjoyable, thought-provoking and motivating few days where we can share ideas for how we can help even more people work their way out of poverty. Please visit opportunity.org/summit for more information and to register today.

We're also launching our "Invest in One Child" campaign this fall. From September through early October, we'll be highlighting our education programs and innovations that, thanks to your support, are changing the lives of children and families around the world. We're expanding our work and reach in the area of education and hope you'll join us by supporting these efforts. Please keep an eye out for more details later this month.

Another way you can directly impact our work and change lives is by hosting an event in your community to raise awareness and funds. Please visit the Governors Resource Center for more information on how easy it is to plan a fundraising event in your school, church, civic club or other venue in your community.

Thank you for your support. Together, we're answering Christ's call to love and serve the poor.

Best regards,

Vicki Escarra
Chief Executive Officer
Opportunity International

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