Global Special Initiatives
The Foundation's Special Initiatives include responses to catastrophes as well as learning grants, which are used to experiment with new areas of giving. Currently, the Foundation is exploring water, hygiene and sanitation as a new focus within Global Development.
- Indian Ocean Earthquake
- The foundation made total grant donations of US$3 million to various charities to help with the aid effort for victims of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. These charities include:
- CARE international
- International Rescue Committee
- Mercy Corps
- Save the Children
- World Vision
- Kashmir Earthquake
- The foundation made a donation of US$500,000 for the 2005 Kashmir earthquake.
- Water, Hygiene and Sanitation
- The Foundation is giving the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development US$1.2 million over three years to find new, sustainable ways to make water, sanitation and hygiene services safer and more affordable.
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