The following organizations are hosts in 2015-16. Check back soon for updates on the 2016-17 Partners.
The Arts and Science Council (ASC) is the community's chief advocate for arts, science, history and heritage. Through its work it serves as a gatherer and steward of public and private community resources, an investor of those resources in the cultural sector and community, and as the strategic planner for the community's cultural sector and the public art agent for the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Its mission is to build appreciation, participation and support for the arts, science, history, and heritage in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
The Barium Springs mission is to provide a safe, healing journey for hurting children and families-creating home now and in the future. A vast majority of those served are children and families that have experienced abuse and other traumatic experiences and focus on stopping that cycle of abuse benefiting those served and the community. Services are provided in residential, educational and community based settings. This position will be responsible for developing and implementing a project plan to have the TASK Program identified as an evidenced based practice.
Catawba Lands Conservancy (CLC) is a land trust and a nonprofit, community-based conservation organization that permanently conserves and manages land for public benefit in the Southern Piedmont of North Carolina. CLC is dedicated to saving land and connecting lives to nature. CLC currently conserves a total of 162 properties and 12,453 acres of land. That land includes farmland, ecologically rich lands to protect wildlife habitat and local drinking water, and land to provide the public with a direct connection to explore the natural world around them.
Communities in Schools (CIS) is part of the national Communities in Schools network, which is the leading dropout prevention organization in the country, and the only such organization that is proven to decrease the dropout rate and increase on-time graduation rates. Communities in Schools works to surround students identified as being at risk (at risk of falling through the cracks or falling behind their peers, or even dropping out of school altogether) with a community of support. They do this by matching student need with existing supports and resources in the community at the site of the school-where students can access them with greatest ease. Schools alone, can't keep students on track and in school, but together, communities can; and that's the work of CIS: to bring students and families what they need through partnerships with agencies, both public and private to assist in the services and resources so desperately needed by those we serve. CIS works in 44 schools and two jail facilities across Charlotte-Mecklenburg, providing a host of case management services to Pre-k-12 grade students.
Seeing over 14,000 patients a year, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University is Georgia's only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center and serves as the coordinating center for cancer research, education and care throughout Emory University. Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University offers a one year paid full time Ethics Fellowship to recent college graduates who wish to be immersed in ethics research in an active cancer center before beginning training for a healthcare profession. Winship has fostered an active and vibrant research ethics program with the mission of supporting ethical research in the Cancer Center and including ethics companion studies in major grant submissions. This approach achieves multiple goals: (1) clinical trials are designed with ethics specifically in mind, (2) human subjects are respected, and (3) pressing research ethics questions are answered.
The Georgia Justice Project (GJP) defends people accused of crimes, and win or lose, stands with them while they rebuild their lives by offering free legal services coupled with a full range of social and employment services. Their efforts include direct service to those accused of crimes, strengthening partnerships with other organizations involved in the community, communications, and supporting the organization's policy efforts at the state and regional level. With over 25 years of experience, GJP has developed a comprehensive suite of services, coupling holistic legal defense and social services with advocacy support, to address the barriers to economic stability faced by the criminally accused.
The Greater Houston Partnership is the leading business organization for 11 counties in the Houston region (Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Waller, and Walker). Their membership includes Houston-based Fortune 500 companies as well as over 1,200 small and mid-size businesses. The partnership serves Houston through two core functions: public policy and economic development (domestic and international). In addition, the partnership's leadership identifies strategic priorities for community engagement consistent with its core functions. At the Partnership, they work across functions to have an exponential impact. Leaders from across Houston's business community have identified one of the region's most pressing issues that is critical to our long-term regional competitiveness and continued success: workforce development. To address the "skills gap", the partnership launched UpSkill Houston in 2014, the nation's first business-led, community-wide, integrated workforce effort. UpSkill Houston aims to significantly increase the number of Houstonians trained for critical technical skilled jobs and professions—those requiring some post-high school training or certificate, but less than a four-year degree.
Habitat's vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live, and this concept resonates throughout every program, country, and family touched by its efforts. It is known as an international non-profit leader in providing housing solutions, whether building homes in areas affected by disasters in Thailand, working with local communities to develop microsaving programs for home improvement in the Philippines, or piloting solar cookers in Central America. To date, Habitat has helped to build or repair more than 800,000 decent, affordable houses, serving more than four million people worldwide. This work could not be accomplished without an excited, dedicated, and driven base of employees, volunteers, and partner families that make up the global "Habitat family." Habitat for Humanity International will host two Davidson Impact Fellows positions in 2015-16. Habitat will offer two positions, one in the internal audit division (Atlanta) as well as the international shelter initiatives (Washington).
The mission of Higher Ground Sun Valley (HG) is to enhance quality of life through inclusive therapeutic recreation and education for people of all abilities. As a positive and visible fixture in the adaptive recreation industry, their programs give individuals with disabilities the opportunity to experience competition and the outdoors without limitations. Designed and executed by our staff of certified therapists and dedicated professionals, each program helps our participants build physical and social skills they can use for a lifetime. The Community Outreach Fellow will work directly under the executive director and provide support to Higher Ground's core programmatic and administrative functions.
The Mountain Area Health Education Center, Inc. (MAHEC) provides quality, compassionate health care as a foundation for training top physicians, dentists and health professionals. Established in 1974, MAHEC's mission is to train the next generation of health care professionals for western North Carolina through quality health care, innovative education, and best practice models that can be replicated nationally.
The OrthoCarolina Foundation seeks to support educational programs that improve the quality of health care at multiple levels. It currently supports several ongoing educational programs: an international training fellowship, orthopedic nurse certification, an allied health scholarship, an orthopedic sports trainer education program as well as numerous community health and education initiatives. While the initial projects have been related to musculoskeletal care, the foundation invites innovative proposals from all areas of health care education that improve the quality of health in our community and beyond.
Salzburg Global Seminar is a non-governmental organization with offices in Salzburg, Austria and Washington, D.C. whose mission is to challenge present and future leaders to solve issues of global concern. To do this, Salzburg Global designs, facilitates and hosts international strategic convening and multi-year programs in the areas of imagination, sustainability and justice to tackle systems challenges, drive social change and build knowledge and networks. The programs bridge cultural, ideological and geographic divides, support institutional transformations, and shape innovative policies. Salzburg has identified many thousands of promising young people as they reach inflection points in their careers, building a Fellowship Network of over 25,000 people across 160 countries and lasting bonds between existing and future leaders.
The Touch Foundation is a not-for-profit organization working to improve the health of the Tanzanian people by strengthening the health system across the different levels of care. They further expand their impact across Tanzania and beyond by disseminating the acquired knowledge to the local and international public health community. Touch develops innovative solutions that are sustainable in the long run and can be replicated across Sub-Saharan Africa. They base their approach on developing extensive collaborations with local partner organizations and enabling them to play a central role in program implementation, creating cost-effective sustainable solutions embedded within the existing health system.