A Glimmer of Hope Foundation

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The A Glimmer of Hope Foundation was founded by Texas-based philanthropists Philip Berber and Donna Berber to reduce extreme poverty in rural Ethiopia. In 2010, Philip and Donna were ranked #7 by Barron's in its list of '25 Best Givers' in the world,[1] and dubbed as "capitalist crusaders," by the New York Times Magazine.[2] From 2001 to 2010, the foundation had funded more than 4,000 projects throughout the country.[3] A Glimmer of Hope also runs a local program within Austin for at-risk youth and senior citizens.[4][5]


A Glimmer of Hope was founded by the Berbers in 2000 using $100 million in proceeds from the sale of online trading company CyBerCorp to Charles Schwab. The foundation uses a business-based model, with the goal of being a self-sustaining charity.[6] The foundation is headquartered in Austin, Texas, and runs a national office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.[7]


By 2007, A Glimmer of Hope had distributed just over $24 million for the construction of water wells, veterinary clinics, and schools in Ethiopia.[8] Additionally, A Glimmer of Hope allocated $5 million in 2003 for programs in Austin, Texas.[9] One of the foundation's most notable Austin programs is the annual "Camp Glimmer," a seven-week summer program for under-privileged youth.[10]


A Glimmer of Hope works with a number of partners in providing relief internationally. Among the foundation's supporters are:


  1. ^ Best 25 Givers, Barron's, December 04, 2010
  2. ^ Capitalist Crusaders, New York Times Magazine, December 5, 2010
  3. ^ Capitalist Crusaders, New York Times Magazine, December 5, 2010
  4. ^ "A Glimmer of Hope earmarks $5M for Austin". November 12, 2003. 
  5. ^ Dunn, Julie (August 27, 2000). "Venture Philanthropy For Africa, Out of Austin". New York Times. Retrieved October 13, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-05-28. Retrieved 2014-05-27. 
  7. ^ http://www.agoodcause.com/component/option,com_organisations/task,vieworganisation/cid,1483/Itemid,75/
  8. ^ a b c Lewis, Nicole (February 22, 2007). "The Audacity of Hope". The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Retrieved June 25, 2009. 
  9. ^ Austin Business Journal (November 12, 2003). "A Glimmer of Hope earmarks $5M for Austin". Austin Business Journal. Retrieved June 25, 2009. 
  10. ^ Ball, Andrea (May 11, 2008). "At Tennis Academy, Winning Also Means Helping the Needy". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved June 25, 2009. 
  11. ^ http://www.clintonglobalinitiative.org//Page.aspx?pid=2646&q=221871&n=x
  12. ^ http://www.one.org/c/us/partner/509/
  13. ^ http://www.msdf.org/Programs/Childhood_Health.aspx
  14. ^ http://www.charitywater.org/projects/projects.htm
  15. ^ http://www.h2oafrica.org/Our_Partners.html
  16. ^ http://www.wholeplanetfoundation.org/newsroom/newsletters/empower-the-poor-through-microcredit/
  17. ^ http://austintennisacademy.com/news/archives/ATA_WaterWellProjectUpdate.pdf
  18. ^ http://www.watertothrive.org/about-partners.html
  19. ^ http://www.fundacion-netri.org/en/proyecto.aspx?idp=34
  20. ^ http://www.fundacion-netri.org/en/proyecto.aspx?idp=40
  21. ^ http://www.fundacion-netri.org/en/proyecto.aspx?idp=36
  22. ^ http://www.iaff.ttu.edu/Home/OIA/TPNBio.pdf

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