Diamonds Do Good Announces 2024 Grant Recipients
The nonprofit also released its annual Impact Report.
DDG awarded more than $365,000 in grants to recipients spanning diamond mining and manufacturing communities across three continents.
The grants will support girls’ education, entrepreneurship, youth empowerment, and higher education opportunities in Africa and India.
The company has also expanded its support this year to the Northwest Territories of Canada, which is the world’s third-largest producer of natural diamonds.
In Africa, grants are being given to support girl’s education in Tanzania via the Flaviana Matata Foundation; to empower youth with and affected by HIV via British-founded charity Sentebale in Botswana; to support science programming for high schoolers in South Africa; and to support entrepreneurs in diamond-producing areas across the continent.
In India, DDG supports entrepreneur programs countrywide as well as higher education via nonprofit Veerayatan, based in western Gujurat.
Diamonds Do Good was inspired in 2006 by Nelson Mandela to tell the world about the positive impact of diamonds in Southern Africa. Its focus today is to create meaningful change in diamond communities across the world and to tell their stories.
Anna Martin, executive committee member and immediate past president, added, “Our ability to create meaningful change through our grants and to share this impact with consumers is due to the industry’s support of Diamonds Do Good and their understanding that doing good is good business.”
DDG has also released its 2023 Impact Report, which details its impact over the last year and its support to partner programs.
“The 2023 Impact Report is a testament to the unique role Diamonds Do Good serves in the industry as the only grant-giving organization solely representing natural diamond communities and telling these real stories of real impact to consumers,” said Diamonds Do Good President Kathy Corey, who stepped into the role this year, the report said.
The report also acknowledges the nonprofit’s Real People | Real Impact campaign, a film showcasing various DDG initiatives in Botswana, Tanzania, and South Africa. The campaign, which touches on the positive impact of its programs, and the diamond trade in general, on communities in diamond-producing regions, was funded through the JCK Industry Fund Grant.
“The 2023 Impact Report details the success the Real People | Real Impact campaign is having on reaching consumers with positive stories behind natural diamonds,” said Nancy Orem Lyman, Diamonds Do Good’s executive director.
“We hope to expand our granting programs in 2024 and continue connecting this impact with consumers.”
Diamonds Do Good will host its fundraising event, the 2024 GOOD Awards, on May 30 from 6-9 p.m. at the San Polo Ballroom, Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas.
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