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Jessica Peace-Urgelles is the Outreach Director for Miss A. She first and foremost, a mom to a very handsome and intelligent little boy and a frenchie named Escobar. She is addicted to social good and connecting people to charitable causes.

She grew up in the hills of southeastern Kentucky, and loves all things related to the Bluegrass State. They take pride in horses, basketball, and bourbon, but she likes porch swings and sweet tea too! She is torn between her love of cowboy boots and designer heels, and is always wearing at least one strand of pearls. Her heart is equally content enjoying a night out in the city or a weekend away getting dirty on the farm. She has a thick southern accent and is notorious for using it to her advantage. Her competing interests led her to write her blog, Blog of a Bluegrass Belle about growing up Southern, people dear to herheart, and herlove of various causes.

She is a member of the Bluegrass Junior Womans Club. BJWC is a non-profit whose focus is helping underprivileged women, children, and families in central Kentucky. Her work with BJWC led her to the United Nations Foundation Shot@Life campaign where she became a Champion and passionate advocate. She believes every child deserves a shot at a healthy life through global vaccine access.

Catapult Crowdfunding Platform Developed By Women Deliver To Help Women And Girls

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Michelle Byrd and Maz Kessler at Mom+Social
(Photo Credit: Jessica Urgelles)

Has concern about how much money a charity or project is actually getting from your contribution ever prevented you from making a donation? Maz Kessler and Jill Sheffield hoped to alleviate that concern when they created crowdfunding platform Catapult. The idea was developed by the non-profit organization Women Deliver to help fund projects focused on women and girls. The platform had a dual purpose, to streamline donations and to bridge the gap in gender equality.

Catapult requires no fees for their services but gladly accepts donations to help offset the costs of keeping the organization running. You can search projects by focus and by location.  Projects range from advocacy, prevention of child brides, food and water availability, maternal health, technology, issues of war and crisis, and other issues related to women and children.  It doesn’t matter if you want to fund a project in sub-Saharan Africa or the United States, there are projects available around the world.

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Beyonce Knowles-Carter Catapult Curator
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You can help fund birthing homes in places like Bolivia or Sierra Leone. There are funding options for girl leadership summits in the United States. You can fund a girl to have extracurricular educational opportunities in Gaza which include sports and the arts. There are children in Afghanistan and Pakistani refugee camps who are in needed of printed educational materials.

The projects are focused on a multitude of interests which makes it easier for you to donate to something which you feel a connection to. Melinda Gates, Beyonce Knowles-Carter, Frida Giannini the creator director of Gucci, and Selma Hayek Pinault are just a few of the famous Catapult “curators” who have donated both time and funds to projects on Catapult.

An educated and empowered girl will eventually become a woman. She will be better prepared to care for herself, her children and family. Women don’t just influence their family, they can influence a community. An extra year of education will produce a significant increase in annual income in many parts of the world.

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Salma Hayek Pinault
(Photo Credit: Catapult)

Educated girls are less likely to be involved in child marriages and have healthier pregnancies with access to proper medical care. It is very disheartening to know that the leading cause of death among teenage girls and young women world wide is complications arising from pregnancy and childbirth.

Investing in a girl can change her world, but it will also change the world around her. You can help launch a change for women and girls by investing in projects focused on empowerment and education.  There are so many worthwhile projects available on Catapult. Why not skip the takeout and donate to a project today?

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