SOS Children’s Villages
As the founder and CEO of Hatch Canada, Peter Kuperman says his greatest happiness comes from seeing students learn computer code through an engaging mastery-based curriculum. Outside of his work with Hatch Canada, Peter Kuperman supports SOS Children’s Villages, an international charity dedicated to providing housing for children who have been orphaned or abandoned in over 130 countries worldwide.
As the charity’s name suggests, SOS Children’s Villages runs more than 550 “children’s villages,” where children can experience a warm family and loving home. This helps to ensure that each child’s health, food, and shelter needs are met. One of the many ways people can support SOS Children’s Villages is by sponsoring one of their many villages.
For a monthly recurring donation of $25, donors help SOS Children’s Villages cover the costs of their villages. These costs include staff salaries, home maintenance, and the new acquisition of household items like furniture and appliances. Regarding donations, 80.5 percent of each contribution goes to the designated village, while 19.5 percent helps pay for promotions, communications, and other villages run by SOS Children’s Villages.
Upon becoming a village sponsor, individuals receive a welcome letter along with information regarding the country where the sponsored village is located. Also included is a description and photo of the specific village being sponsored.
Full Circle Fund
About the author: Peter Kuperman, founder of QED Benchmark Management, LLC, has participated in Full Circle Fund since 2008.
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Full Circle Fund takes charitable giving to another level. Its members donate money, time, connections, and skills to create partnerships among public and private organizations, with the goal of creating beneficial change for communities.
Full Circle Fund accepts both enterprises and individuals for membership. Members offer discounted or pro bono services or donate goods in support of various causes. Members work in direct collaboration with nonprofits, focusing on raising funds in the areas of education, the environment, and global economic opportunity.
Full Circle Fund also encourages investments and donations from larger corporations and fellow nonprofits. Companies may sponsor specific events or grants. Some companies choose to support individual employees in joining the fund to enhance their leadership development.
Full Circle Fund
A philanthropic organization located in San Francisco, Full Circle Fund focuses on transforming young people into future leaders committed to social change. Full Circle Fund membership comprises successful professionals, entrepreneurs, and executives with careers in the business, venture capital, government, and nonprofit sectors. Members are divided into three categories, depending on their interests: education, environment, or global economic opportunity. Within each group, members concentrate on four functions: strategic planning for social change, grant making, member education, and nonprofit capacity building.
Since its founding in 2000, Full Circle Fund has effected positive business and policy changes in all three categories. Additionally, the group has raised millions of dollars in support of its mission and helped its youth members contribute more than 75,000 volunteer hours to the community.
About Peter Kuperman: In addition to supporting Full Circle Fund, Peter Kuperman contributes his time to the Penn Club of Northern California and serves as an Outreach Coordinator for the Khan Academy. Professionally, he is the Managing Member of QED Benchmark.
Peter Kuperman and his wife consider themselves secular humanists and are both committed to doing whatever they can to make the world a better place. Peter Kuperman offers his support to a number of charities and is particularly passionate about Plan International and the nonprofit Because I Am a Girl campaign.
The campaign focuses on four key priorities that empower young women around the world, particularly in places where they may not have access to many opportunities.
These four priorities are:
Learn – All girls have the right to safe and quality learning environments. They should also have access to lifelong learning opportunities.
Lead – All girls should have the right to take equal part in the politics of their communities and countries.
Decide – All girls should have the right to decide if and when they start families or marry, and with whom.
Thrive – All girls have the right to live their lives free of violence, discrimination, and intimidation. They should also have access to equal economic opportunities.
By following these key priorities, Plan International hopes to change the lives of millions of girls around the world.
Hatch Canada founder and CEO Peter Kuperman invests in the next wave of technology leaders by teaching children how to code through his organization. Apart from his career, Peter Kuperman is a longtime supporter of humanitarian aid organizations and has recently focused his efforts on finding ways to help Syrian refugees.
Organizations such as UNICEF and The Red Cross are among the more well-known groups aiding Syrian refugees, but other groups that are not as high-profile are also doing important work. Hand in Hand for Syria provides direct support within Syria. Rather than provide help to people who are leaving the country, this organization is focused on supporting those who are choosing to stay. Supporting their efforts through justgiving.com helps to provide food and other necessities to Syrians who are either unwilling or unable to flee.
In addition, The International Medical Corps is a group providing medical relief to Syrian refugees who are escaping to nearby countries such as Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq. They have one such station set up in Gaziantep, which is close to the war-torn Aleppo area that has seen mass casualties during the conflict.