Friends & Partners
We Care Solar initiatives would never be possible without the incredible generosity of our funders and in-kind supporters. We are grateful to the individuals, foundations, educational institutions and corporations that have contributed their resources, expertise, and services.
If you would like to make a donation to support our Solar Suitcase Donation and Education programs, please contact us or click on the “Donate Now” button on the right of this page.
The MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. The MacArthur Foundation has generously provided essential funding for our research and development efforts, including our redesign of a second generation of Solar Suitcase for maternity centers, and field testing these units in Nigeria.
The Blum Center for Developing Economies (at UC Berkeley) links world-class faculty, inspiring new curriculum, and innovative technologies, services and business models to create real-world solutions for developing economies. It educates students, builds partnerships, and rigorously evaluates its innovations in order to create scalable and sustainable contributions toward the alleviation of poverty. WE CARE is grateful to have received seed funding and ongoing support from the Blum Center.
STARR International Foundation
The Starr International Foundation is a Swiss charitable foundation that is registered in the Canton of Zug. The Foundation is named after Cornelius Vander Starr, an American businessman who, in 1919, founded C.V. Starr & Co., and in 1943 Starr International Company (SICO), and subsequently other companies, some of which were later combined to form American International Group, Inc (AIG). Under the leadership of Mr. Starr’s successor, Maurice R. Greenberg, AIG grew to be one of the largest insurance and financial services companies in the world. The Starr International Foundation has received substantial contributions from the Starr International Charitable Trust, which was established by SICO. The Foundation supports a broad range of educational, environmental, artistic, cultural, medical, humanitarian and other charitable institutions in Switzerland and around the world, and began supporting We Care Solar in 2012.
Global Health Foundation Global Health Foundation (GHF) envisions a world where all people have access to comprehensive healthcare services delivered by highly trained and compassionate medical professionals in well-equipped healthcare facilities. To achieve this vision, GHF supports innovative solutions to improve the health and livelihoods of people living in underserved communities around the world. GHF is supporting our work in Tanzania.
The Bixby Center for Population, Health, and Sustainability, located at UC Berkeley, is a collaboration of students, faculty, researchers, and staff working to address the critical impact of population on global public health and the environment. The Center is dedicated to developing innovations in reproductive health for resource-poor settings, including reliable health information systems and local access to essential technologies to help guide policy makers in prioritizing interventions to maximize health impact. The Bixby Center supported the original maternal health field research that identified the barriers to maternity care imposed by unreliable electricity.
The Wells Fargo Environmental Grant program invests resources into communities – with a particular focus on projects that positively impact our environment. We are grateful that this program became a generous supporter of We Care Solar in 2012.
Clif Bar Family Foundation
Clif Bar Family Foundation supports innovative small and mid-sized groups working to strengthen our food system and our communities, enhance public health, and safeguard our environment and natural resources. Since 2012, Clif Bar Family Foundation has supported our Women’s Solar Ambassador Program.
The Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association CFEBA engages in a variety of energy-related and general charitable activities, and began supporting We Care Solar in 2013.
The Osprey Foundation The Osprey Foundation strives to empower individuals and communities through education, health, economic opportunity and human rights in a sustainable way. They provided capacity building support in 2013 and 2014.
Solar Energy International (SEI) was founded in 1991 as a non-profit educational organization with the following mission: to empower people around the world through the education of sustainable practices. SEI has been a source of inspiration, and in the last two years has partnered with us to teach students and educators how to make our popular Solar Suitcase. SEI has also partnered with us to launch the We Care Solar Women’s Ambassador Program, providing training for women from around the world to lead trainings on the installation and maintenance of solar suitcases.
Good Gifts Catalogue
Good Gifts has an innovative gift catalogue, and collects funds to support our Solar Suitcase deployments in several countries in Africa and Asia.
Applied Materials, Inc. is a global leader in providing innovative equipment, services and software to enable the manufacture of advanced semiconductor, flat panel display and solar photovoltaic products, and supported We Care Solar’s Sierra Leone program in early 2012 and our We Share Solar educational program.
Princeton Tec is a world renown maker of high quality lighting products and has generously supported We Care Solar with headlamps for our Solar Suitcase program.
Onset is the world’s leading supplier of data loggers. Our HOBO® data logger and weather station products are used around the world in a broad range of monitoring applications, from verifying the performance of green buildings and renewable energy systems to agricultural and coastal research.