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State of the Art Hospital for Rural Kenya Announced by California Foundation
Date:7/7/2010

The Tiba Foundation Announced Today Construction of a State-of-the-Art Hospital in Rural Kenya. Founded by a Kaiser Permanente Oncologist, the Organization Counts Sarah Obama, the U.S. President's Grandmother, as a Patient. The Foundation's Investment Management Approach to African Philanthropy is a Departure from Traditional Grant-making.

(PRWEB) July 7, 2010 -- The Tiba Foundation, founded by a Kaiser Permanente oncologist, announced today that construction on a community hospital in rural Kenya will begin this summer.

The project showcases the Foundation's unique approach to philanthropy.

"Not many non-profits grow past the grassroots phase," said founder Gail Wagner, MD, whose 2003 trip to the Nyanza Province of Kenya provided the spark to create a community health care system in the severely under-served region. "We knew that if we wanted to grow our efforts and build something that would eventually sustain itself, we would need to break the traditional philanthropy model and really professionalize our management practices."

In late 2009 Tiba retained management consulting firm, Schaffer & Combs, of San Francisco, and tasked it with figuring out how to manage risk, to measure results, and to create effective partnerships with local organizations in Kenya.

"It was a bold move on Tiba's part," said Arthur Combs, PhD, partner at Schaffer & Combs. "There's this traditional wall between the management knowledge base in the for-profit world, and what people believe can be accomplished in developing world philanthropy. Tiba's willingness to apply good investment and managemen
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