Finding a global partner in NetHope

Posted on June 18, 2012 by Nancy Henry, office manager for The Patterson Foundation

In the global realm of creating new realities, The Patterson Foundation has partnered with  NetHope  - an organization that shares so many of our values and one that intentionally works with others, creating impact that transcends what any one organization could ever do.

You may ask why we chose to partner with NetHope?

For starters, their tenets and vision parallel our own:

• A catalyst for collaboration and action with focus on thrivability (in our own words) and impact

• Leverage resources for the collective benefit of all

• Share best practices and learnings; what works, what doesn’t

• Use of innovative technology to create new realities

This unique collaborative’s focus is on solving technology-related challenges in developing worlds; collaborating with 36 leading international humanitarian organizations and multiple global technology companies through the smart use of technology for greater impact in the environmental, health, education and disaster sectors.

In The Patterson Foundation's work in the disaster space, we are a catalyst funder for NetHope’s Open Humanitarian Initiative, a project focused on improving disaster response through more open data-sharing and communication. With TPF’s support, this broad-ranging initiative will focus on two key areas – technology and capacity building – to improve information sharing and information management among humanitarian organizations, affected communities and governments in disaster-prone countries.

In building connective tissue, TPF’s Michael Corley and Bill Brindley, president and CEO of NetHope, attended the 2012 Global Philanthropy Forum in Washington, D.C., a community of donor and social investors committed to international causes. It proved to be an opportunity for NetHope to share the value of collaborative impact as a useful approach for meeting the demands of new philanthropy, or “outcome-oriented philanthropy” - where goals, long-term impact and strategic plans are the new expectations and demands of donors.

During another speaking engagement at the Clinton Global Initiative, NetHope's Bill Brindley describes the organization's work in Haitifollowing the 2010 earthquake. NetHope was instrumental in rebuilding Haiti’s communications infrastructure and sharing knowledge through training and education, replenishing the “brain drain” that so often follows a disaster. Through the NetHope Academy, a technology training bootcamp, hope and purpose is given back to so many who lost everything; a chance for a fruitful and sustainable livelihood in their community. So successful was this bootcamp that it will be replicated in other developing areas, such as sub-Saharan Africa.

NetHope is a perfect example of a nexus, connecting two completely different sectors – the for-profit and the non-profit…in which not only both benefit immensely, but the countries and communities they collaborate in – and the positive ripple effects it has on the lives of thousands. Results that certainly surpass just “doing good”.


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