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As 2017 comes to an end, we would like to thank all of our supporters who have donated to programs, attended our events or just cheered us on! 2017 was a huge year of growth for Empowers Africa. We granted more money than ever before, won various awards, expanded our fiscal sponsorship program, brought on new Board Members and attended important global conferences. Having all of you along for the ride has been so important to us and we look forward to what 2018 will bring!

ANNOUNCING: The Empowers Africa 2018 Annual Event 

We are delighted to announce this year’s Empowers Africa Annual Event, On the Front Lines, will honor three organizations dedicated to fighting wildlife crime: African Parks, Niassa Wilderness Trust and PAMS Foundation. The event will be held on April 19th, 2018 at The Explorers Club in New York City. We are also thrilled to announce Town & Country Magazine as our media sponsor. 


The On the Front Lines event will have a cocktail reception at 6PM for 150 guests followed by a seated dinner at 8:00PM for 110 guests. As part of this event, we will feature silent and live auctions consisting of safaris and other luxury travel experiences on the online auction platform Charitybuzz.

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African Parks rehabilitates and manages national parks in partnership with governments and local communities. They currently manage 12 national parks and protected areas in eight countries covering seven million hectares. 
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PAMS Foundation has achieved unprecedented success in mitigating the elephant poaching crisis in Tanzania. Their efforts to combat the illegal wildlife trade have been a game changer and resulted in major arrests and stiff prison sentences for offenders. 
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Niassa Wilderness Trust supports the Niassa Reserve, a nature reserve covering over 42,000 square kilometers which has been hit hard by the ivory poaching crisis. In response to the crisis, the organization concentrates its efforts on anti-poaching and law enforcement in order to preserve this sacred place.
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Charity Travel 

Charity Travel is a travel referral business that works with tour operators who have agreed to split a significant portion of their commission to charitable programs in sub-Saharan Africa.  With no additional costs to the traveler, the net proceeds are donated to Empowers Africa. Through its portfolio of vetted travel companies, Charity Travel connects travelers to the ideal agent to book anything from a long weekend in Paris to an African safari to an immersive trip to Japan or to see the northern lights. Each company has been hand-picked to ensure that they have both a proven record of providing transformative travel experiences as well as commitment to sustainability.


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Empowers Africa congratulates the team from Rhino Ride 2017 who raised over $150,000 for rhino support in Africa. In March 2017 Matt Meyer started his ride from Blaine, WA to San Diego, CA pulling a life-sized fiberglass rhino behind him. The awareness this campaign created for the plight of rhinos is remarkable. The funds were divided and granted among three organizations: Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary; Save the Rhino Trust; and Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

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Empowers Africa has funded seven short documentaries (3 to 5 minutes) by Black Bean Productions over the last 18 months. We are thrilled that De-horning a Rhino in The Wild was the recipient of Best Documentary Short at the 2017 London Independent Film Awards. In addition, three of these films are featured on National Geographic’s Short Film Showcase:
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NEW FISCAL SPONSOR: Natural Resource Conservation Network 

Natural Resource Conservation Network (NRCN) is a network of professionals who, in private public partnership arrangement with the Government of the Republic of Uganda, conduct investigation, prosecution and reporting of wildlife crime. The goal of this important work is to ultimately reduce incidences of commercial wildlife trafficking and promote wildlife conservation in Uganda.

Empowers Africa has partnered with NRCN in order to provide a cost-effective solution to fundraising in the United States by acting as their fiscal sponsor. As an established 501(c)(3), we are able to accept donations from U.S. donors and grant funds directly to their projects.

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Kim Charlton

After a recent trip to Africa, Kim was inspired to increase her philanthropic efforts on behalf of wildlife and joined the Board of Empowers Africa. Her passion for animals is evident in her involvement with the SPCA of Westchester County, a no-kill animal shelter where she created the “Critter Credit”, a financial incentive to help people adopt pets with disadvantages. She and her husband are the honorees of the SPCA’s 2017 gala. 

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Julie Thompson

Julie attended Wittenberg University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. When Julie retired from the pharmaceutical industry, she began taking advantage of more opportunities to travel. Having amassed over 300 nights in the bush, Julie made the seemingly natural decision to launch Eyes On You Safaris in 2015 to help others experience the awe of a customized African safari.  While in between careers, she also volunteered and participated in fundraising events for the Georgia chapter of the March of Dimes.

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