Local non-profit, Kasumisou Foundation, qualifies for matching funds on Giving Tuesday today

by Contributed Content on December 2, 2014

Menlo Park-based non-profit , Kasumisou Foundation, founded by residents Mark and Barbara Rosasco in 1998, qualifies for Microsoft’s YouthSpark Matching Funds Day on Giving Tuesday, which is happening today, Dec. 2.

Small charities like Kasumisou Foundation have a unique opportunity to use GlobalGiving’s funding platform to raise funds and receive a 100% matching grant on small donations up to a maximum $500 per project, per donor . This means one donor is limited to a match of $500 per project, but donors may contribute to more than one project.

Eager student, age 10Kasumisou Foundation has several projects in Cambodia which qualify for the Microsoft Youthspark 100% donor match. Microsoft will provide $350,000 in matching funds on a first come, first serve basis to registered Youthspark projects posted on GlobalGiving’s site beginning at 6:00 am today. This means your donation of $10 can become $ 20, or $100 becomes $ 200 and so on. The competition for these matching funds can be fierce, with matching funds running out quickly.

Here is a list of Kasumisou Foundation’s Youthspark projects on Global Giving, with project name hyperlinked to giving page.

Arts for Cambodian Children and Orphans – Project #3374

Champey Academy of Arts provides year round fun and education to at-risk children and orphans,building self esteem through classes in traditional Cambodian painting , drawing , dance and music. The academy serves dozens of neighborhood kids year round, who attend either a 3 hour morning or afternoon session 6 days per week.

Build Dreams! Send Cambodian Students to College – Project # 12004

Your donation of just $500 combined with a Youthspark matching grant could provide an entire year of college tuition for one of our students. Few Cambodian students go on to college. For years we have urged Kasumisou Foundation programs’ students to dream of college. We have 12 at-risk students from extremely poor families who have now actually made it into college, but the challenge now is how to fund 12 students.

Summer Arts Camp 2014 for Disadvantaged Youth – Project # 18412

Camp 2014 (pictured top) provided eight weeks of fun and friendship for children while learning traditional Cambodian painting,drawing, dance and music for over 100 campers including children from the Government Orphanage in Phnom Penh, kids from our AIDS Patient Family Support Program, and local children. Camp 2014 was underfunded, so now we must raise funds so that we can hoope continue this terrific program for 2015.

Jobs for Cambodian Youth – Project # 18413

Provides a job track for 9 teens/young adults with year round employment and creates an opportunity for them to continue their college studies and improve their team and work skills. Our college students come from extremely poor families who can’t afford to pay for food and board. We provide free housing and pay a modest salary for working at the Champey Arts camp/school.

Educate Cambodian Kids Impacted by AIDS 2015 – Project # 18414

Provides funds for education for the children in our AIDS Patient Family Support Program for whom we provide tutoring,school supplies and uniforms. We provide the small fees that students in public school must pay to the teacher for equal access to education. We have kids from this program who have now made it into college! Photo above right shows one eager student.

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