Through Their Eyes
Annual Report 2018
Advancing Women & Girls
Thank you to our donors
and Valerie Jacobs Hapke
Norm Hapke and Valerie Jacobs Hapke are strong believers in community-led development. Through their work at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, they’re empowering people in southeastern San Diego with the tools they need to make their neighborhood more vibrant and economically sustainable.
When Norm and Valerie were introduced to PCI in 2008, they knew they’d found a match for their values. Since then, they’ve been tireless advocates of the organization and have traveled to see PCI’s work on three continents. They’ve been generous supporters for over a decade, giving not only to PCI programs like Women Empowered, Casa Materna and polio eradication, but also investing in PCI’s mission and people by providing critical unrestricted support. Last year, they created the Halvorsen Global Breakthrough Innovation Prize. Named for the late Bettina Halvorsen, a longtime and cherished PCI staffer, the award catalyzes PCI’s culture of innovation by providing a budget for people in our country offices to implement winning plans for advancing PCI’s impact through innovation.
A former Marine Corps aviator and commercial pilot, Norm currently serves on PCI’s Board of Directors and chairs the Board Development Committee. He brings tremendous enthusiasm and intellectual curiosity to the organization and is a tireless champion of PCI staff. Valerie is the founder of Valerie Jacobs Consulting, a group dedicated to providing consultation support to individual philanthropists and family foundations. She is a nationally-known speaker and created a series of workshops on philanthropy for wealthy families. Valerie has also served on the boards of many philanthropic and nonprofit organizations. Together, Norm and Valerie have dedicated their lives to deepening philanthropy – in their family and community – to make the most impactful difference in the lives of people most in need. We are grateful for their support and so honored to have them as part of the PCI family.
LimeLife By Alcone
LimeLife by Alcone puts the “social” in social selling, as its network of sales professionals have the opportunity to empower women entrepreneurs to achieve their dreams around the world.
Launched in 1952, its parent company, Alcone, is the leader in professional makeup for the film and theater industries. LimeLife was created as an all-natural, high-quality makeup and luxury skincare line for women and men everywhere.
In 2017, LimeLife established the Brighter Together Foundation to foster the innate entrepreneurial spirit of women in the most impoverished societies around the world. To fulfill that mission, it joined forces with PCI’s Women Empowered (WE) initiative, an evidence-based social and economic empowerment platform that enables women to save money, develop financial literacy, invest in income-generating activities and become leaders in their families and communities. In its first year, the Brighter Together Foundation raised over $300,000 for WE. As a result, PCI will provide the foundation for over 42,000 women to embark on their path to social and economic empowerment in 2019 – thanks in part to the dedication of women entrepreneurs supporting other women entrepreneurs.
Last spring, LimeLife by Alcone co-founders Michele Gay and Madison Mallardi traveled to Guatemala to visit some of our WE groups and see the impact of their generosity. That generosity was inspired by Michele’s mother, who taught her family to always give back. In talking about Guatemala, Michele says, “What we saw was beyond amazing. The participants in the program face near-insurmountable obstacles every day, and yet they are able to build, save and lend in ways that I would have deemed totally impossible… They are quintessential entrepreneurs.”
LimeLife by Alcone’s Brighter Together Foundation and PCI are changing the game for women around the world and demonstrating the incredible potential of what empowered women can do when they support each other.
UBS Optimus Foundation
The UBS Optimus Foundation is taking a leading role in driving impactful philanthropy that delivers breakthrough solutions to pressing social issues. It takes smart risks on evidence-based, scalable solutions with diverse partners to improve health, education and child protection systems. PCI is honored to partner with UBS Optimus Foundation in the fight against human trafficking.
In 2018, the UBS Optimus Foundation became the catalyst for the San Diego Trafficking Prevention Collective – a comprehensive prevention education program PCI and major business partners are rolling out in San Diego schools over the next three years to combat human trafficking. Sadly, in San Diego, human trafficking is an $800 million industry. Endorsed by the San Diego District Attorney and the San Diego County Office of Education, the Collective provides resources and age-appropriate curricula to build the resilience of children to protect them from human trafficking. The program also creates a safety net by ensuring schools have effective, trauma-informed staff and protocols in place to help trafficking victims.
The UBS Optimus Foundation is truly invested in helping its clients and community-based partners like PCI achieve their goals. In addition to matching client donations to the Collective, the foundation is working closely with PCI to build a comprehensive program with real and lasting impact that can be replicated in other cities. It’s a unique and innovative approach, but UBS Optimus Foundation is no stranger to innovation. It’s blazing trails with new ways to fund solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.
In 2015, the foundation launched the first development impact bond in education. The bond – conceived as a funding vehicle for schooling in marginalized areas and seeded with capital by the UBS Optimus Foundation – was put towards the work of Educate Girls, a non-governmental organization active in rural Rajasthan, India. Returns were contingent on performance. And targets were ambitious, covering enrollment levels of girls in primary education and progress against learning gains for girls and boys in English, Hindi and mathematics. The results speak for themselves: The program outperformed its goals and helped build the evidence for using groundbreaking, performance-based financial structures to address development issues.
We consider it a privilege to be on the frontlines with innovative partners like the UBS Optimus Foundation as we work together to make the world a safer place for our children.
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