The HOPE Program Awarded Prestigious Fellowship Opportunity from Macquarie

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Fellowship Allows for Global-Scale Research on Best Practices in Social Innovation

New York, NY, November, 20, 2014– The HOPE Program (HOPE) has been awarded the first-ever David Clarke Social Innovation Fellowship bestowed by The Macquarie Group Foundation in the United States, the organizations announced today.  Valued at $20,000, the Fellowship encourages CEOs/Executive Directors of not-for-profit organizations to visit and research best-practice social innovation around the world.

Through the David Clarke Social Innovation Fellowship, HOPE will research innovative and successful global social enterprises focused on environmental workforce development, which strongly aligns with HOPE’s current mission and future plans here in New York City. Jennifer Mitchell, Executive Director of HOPE, who has been involved in the workforce development field for more than 15 years, will be representing the organization.

“The David Clarke Fellowship is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the world and figure out how best practices abroad can impact HOPE, the people we serve and the greater New York City community. I am so thrilled and I look forward to sharing my learning when I return,” says Mitchell, who holds an MPA in Social Welfare Policy from Columbia University and a BA in Sociology and Environmental Policy from SUNY Binghamton. 

Michael McLaughlin, US Country Head for Macquarie, said, “On behalf of the Macquarie Group Foundation, I’d like to congratulate Fellowship winner Jennifer Mitchell of HOPE and commend her for her long-standing commitment to delivering innovative programming to address poverty in New York City.  We look forward to hearing about her research upon her return.”     

The Macquarie Group Foundation established the Fellowship in 2012 as a tribute to its former chairman, the late David Clarke, AO, who was one of the pioneers of corporate philanthropy in Australia. The Macquarie David Clarke Social Innovation Fellowship builds on Macquarie Group Foundation’s long-standing commitment to social innovation.

HOPE's Fellowship application was informed by:

  • Revegetate, an emerging organization founded through a social enterprise competition through leading Australian nonprofit, The Big Issue to develop a business model to train out-of-work Australians to build vertical gardens;
  • Partners of Resource Recovery who have successfully established waste recycling operations while simultaneously generating training and job opportunities;
  • JobsFutures LTD, a membership organization with significant insights on workforce development across Australia and winner of a federal Green Army grant to partner on hundreds of greening projects across the country.
  • Futures Housing Group, a supportive housing organization in the UK that operates Futures Greenscape to provide six-month job placements to unemployed individuals, helping them develop new skills and re-enter the job market; and
  • Bryson Charitable Group, Northern Ireland's largest social enterprise with a recycling program which provides jobs to low-skilled men and women as curbside recyclers. 
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