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Philanthropiece at Home in Boulder

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While we promote awareness and understanding, in Boulder our focus is on moving towards action; the community’s energy is contagious and we are constantly impressed by opportunities to partner for social change in our hometown. As we take a step closer to co-creating a resilient community locally, we strengthen our ability to do so globally. ...

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Philanthropiece’s Beginnings in the Ixil Region

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Insulated and isolated by gorgeous mountains and grueling terrain, the Ixil region of Guatemala is rich with Mayan culture. Women still wear brilliantly-colored, handwoven huipiles, cortes, and head wraps and spend their days operating back-strap looms, collecting firewood, and cooking over open fires to turn their masa into tortillas for their families. As is true ...

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Philanthropiece’s Arrival in Baja

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Our first introduction into Baja, Mexico was Laguna San Ignacio, a protected bay off the coast of Baja Sur.  A United Nations World Heritage Site, Laguna San Ignacio is a critical birthing ground for gray whales and is also home to green sea turtles, peregrine falcons and hundreds of thousands of migratory birds. In 2007, ...

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Pen Pals: Boulder to Baja

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  My name is Jackie Reed and I’m currently a sophomore at Fairview High School.  I’m the average  high school student.  I have been involved in swim team and theater ever since elementary school and strive to get good grades to sa tisfy my parent’s standards.  But I also love connecting with people, if it’s meeting new friends or even ...

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What was your Call 2 Action?

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As a Philanthropiece Advisory Board member, I was excited to attend a Call 2 Action film at BIFF this weekend.  A program inspired by the Philanthropiece ideal of “piecing together a better world,” Call 2 Action offers concrete ways for filmgoers to turn the energy and passion inspired by films into action. Through Philanthropiece, I have had the privilege of working with ...

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Granito: A Call To Action

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"In a subtly powerful moment towards the end of Granito, we are allowed to share an intimate moment with a Mayan compañero as he rests against a tree in his mountain stand post. He tells us why he is there, why he chose to join la lucha. We learn that “granito” is a Mayan concept in that each ...

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Fair Trade, Social Entrepreneurship, & YGL!

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As part of the plan for sustainability of the Youth Global Leadership program, Philanthropiece's crew of teen changemakers are engaged in meaningful entrepreneurship activity.  The YGLers spent six months developing an entrepreneurship activity that they felt was aligned with their vision, morals, and approach to community development.  They landed with a small business enterprise to sell fair-trade, hand-made ...

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Lighting up Chajul with Nokero

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Executive Directors, Libby and Joanie, along with Director of Programs, Katie Doyle Myers, recently traveled to Chajul, Guatemala to check in with our on the ground partner, Limitless Horizons Ixil.   They packed a lot of extras in their suitcases, including these amazing solar light bulbs from Nokero (the N200 to be exact).   The demand for solar ...

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Wheeling around Nicaragua

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One of our motto's here at Philanthropiece is "Be Passionate. Do Good Work. Have Fun."  This photo embodies all that and more. Back in February of 2009 the Advisory Board and Staff of Philanthropiece took a 10 day, educational trip to rural Nicaragua with the intention of learning about the efforts of different NGO’s working there. ...

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