Give2Asia, a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization established by the Asia Foundation to help advance U.S.-based philanthropy for Asia, has announced a $265,000 grant from the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund to increase the coordination and impact of international relief efforts in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Give2Asia will use the grant to support the Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief in Islamabad. ACBAR, an information and technical assistance clearinghouse for development organizations, will receive $200,000 to bolster its efforts in the region. In addition, Give2Asia will award a second grant of $55,000 to PARSA — a development organization that works in refugee camps in Pakistan and Afghanistan — to establish a new volunteer corps for Afghan Americans wishing to return to the region to provide services to refugees.
"The Consensus in the NGO community is that more coordination is necessary," said Julio Andrews, director of the Asia Foundation's Islamabad office. "This infusion of funds will allow ACBAR to ramp up its operations immediately. It will have both an immediate and long-term impact on the situation."