Results tagged as "citi foundation"

  • Citi Celebrates Earth Day 2018

    By Val Smith, Director of Corporate Sustainability April 18, 2018 12:00 PM

    This Sunday, April 22, marks Earth Day, an annual celebration that brings together millions of people around the world to promote sustainability and environmental awareness through volunteerism and civic engagement. Each year, Citi is proud to join this celebration by engaging in sustainability initiatives in many of the communities where we live and work around the world.

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  • Citi’s Volunteer Africa program returns to Uganda in 2018

    By Raymond McGuire, Global Head of Corporate and Investment Banking, Tyler Dickson, Head of Global Capital Markets and Paco Ybarra, Global Head of Markets and Securities Services April 10, 2018 09:30 AM

    27 of Citi’s junior bankers have begun working with 18 Ugandan entrepreneurs as part of Citi’s Volunteer Africa program, in partnership with Balloon Ventures. This is now the third year of the programme and we are immensely excited about what will be achieved and the long term impact for both volunteers and entrepreneurs. We are particularly pleased that this year will see Analysts and Associates from across global CIB, CMO and EMEA Markets and Securities Services working together – a fantastic opportunity to build networks across businesses and geographies.

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  • Activating the Youth Entrepreneurial Mindset with a Charge to Change the World

    March 19, 2018 10:30 AM

    ​Each year, NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship) invites students to think of creative solutions to help meet the United Nations’ global goals. For the 2018 World Series of Innovation (WSI), as part of its Pathways to Progress program, the Citi Foundation launched the Decent Work Challenge, which tasked young entrepreneurs with designing a practical innovation that promotes access to decent work and safe working environments (Sustainable Development Goal 8). Citi employees volunteered to serve as judges in the selection of the WSI finalists. Below, the volunteer judges share their experiences of participating in the virtual challenge.

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  • On Opportunity, Success and International Women’s Day: A Conversation Between Citi Foundation’s Brandee McHale and Pathways to Progress Participant Spandana Singh

    By Spandana Singh, Millennial Public Policy Fellow, New America March 05, 2018 12:00 PM

    While I have always understood the mission of International Women’s Day (IWD) to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, I didn’t actually engage until I came across #InternationalWomensDay. Each year, millions of people on social media post about what the day means to them and the women who have inspired them. Before social media, this particular movement felt out of reach for most people to get involved. But as people around the world posted their own stories, it gave the movement a face. Since then, numerous hashtags have gained substantial traction and have succeeded in raising awareness of issues often touched upon by International Women’s Day leaders while also engaging people across generations to share their experiences and propose solutions.

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  • If You Want to Practice Inclusive Innovation, Start With Values

    By Jennifer Bradley, Director, Center for Urban Innovation at the Aspen Institute January 24, 2018 11:30 AM

    One of our first projects at the Center for Urban Innovation was to convene about 30 leaders of businesses and non-profits, government officials, and philanthropic grantmakers in a working group on the topic of inclusive innovation. Our goal was to learn more about how people implement inclusive innovation in their own organizations. Over the course of three convenings, the group identified four high-priority topics: values, tools, co-creation and civic engagement.

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  • A Transformational Approach to Grantmaking

    By Anne Evens, Chief Executive Officer of Elevate Energy December 19, 2017 11:30 AM

    For the first time since our founding in 2000, Elevate Energy – a Chicago-based community development agency that helps people do more with less energy – participated in a funding opportunity that enabled us to think transformationally about how we achieve our mission. By providing multi-year, unrestricted grant support, the Citi Foundation’s Community Progress Makers Fund helped our organization develop the evidence and business case to dramatically increase clean energy investments in low-income communities. But it’s more than that. The Fund is an innovative approach to grant-making that pushes organizations to transform the world by first transforming themselves.

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  • Sustainable Growth at Citi

    By Ed Skyler, Executive Vice President for Global Public Affairs, Citi November 14, 2017 09:00 AM

    As part of our continued support of the Paris Agreement and our own efforts to protect the environment, we’re making notable progress on our commitment to finance $100 billion in clean energy, infrastructure and technology projects that are helping to build a more sustainable economy.

    In our latest report, Sustainable Growth at Citi: Progress and Impacts of Citi’s $100 Billion Environmental Finance Goal, we share more about our progress to date, how we’re measuring our impact and what we’re learning in partnership with our clients.

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  • Impact, Pivot, Repeat: Community Progress Makers on Meaningful Support & Meeting Our Cities’ Toughest Challenges

    By Luis Granados, Executive Director, Mission Economic Development Agency; Emily Gresham, Assistant Vice President of Research, Florida International University and Co-Founder of StartUP FIU; Lisbeth Shepherd, Executive Director, Green City Force November 01, 2017 09:00 AM

    From creating jobs to expanding affordable housing, cities face economic challenges that grow increasingly complex as more people move to urban centers in search of economic opportunity. Variables including policy changes, budget cuts, and local crises constantly impact how (and how well) community-based organizations can respond. While we need all the help we can get, some philanthropic support can be prescriptive and overly restrictive about our approach and how we define success. To truly accelerate progress, nonprofits need support in a form that encourages us to adapt to external shifts and develop new ways of addressing long-standing issues. The Citi Foundation’s Community Progress Makers Fund helped us do just that. The $20 million, multi-year initiative provided unrestricted grant support to 40 nonprofits in six U.S. cities, enabling a variety of organizations to pilot innovative solutions, increase their ability to secure additional investment, build their organizational capacity and attract new community partners. The Citi Foundation is looking for the next 40 Community Progress Makers. Eligible organizations can apply here by December 18, 2017.

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  • The Places Thinking Like an Entrepreneur Will Take You: Reflections from a NFTE and Pathways to Progress Alum

    By Khaled Khalifa, NFTE Alum and NFTE Citi Foundation Entrepreneurship Fellow October 19, 2017 12:15 PM

    On Thursday, October 12, I had the opportunity to co-host the NFTE National Entrepreneurship Challenge, presented by the Citi Foundation, which brought together 41 NFTE students from across the country to share their business ideas and compete for a total of $35,000 in startup capital.

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  • A Conversation with Cities: Mayors on Closing Gaps in Infrastructure & Economic Opportunity

    By Ed Skyler, Executive Vice President for Global Public Affairs, Citi and Chairman of the Citi Foundation October 16, 2017 01:00 PM

    Citi estimates that $59 trillion will need to be spent on infrastructure globally over the next 15 years, a staggering figure that speaks to how much work needs to be done to shore up existing infrastructure and build additional capacity to keep up with urban growth. While the needs are immense, investment in infrastructure in the U.S. at the federal level has fallen to just 1.4% of GDP, and local governments are being challenged to meet the needs of their residents with increasingly limited resources.

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