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Samasource Gala Raises $700,000

BY Damion Matthews - December 18, 2012


Dick Costolo, Xochi Birch, Leila Janah, Michael Birch

Dick Costolo, Xochi Birch, Leila Janah, Michael Birch

Four billion people worldwide live on less than $3 a day and have no access to formal work. That disturbing fact has weighed heavily on the minds of Samasource’s founder and supporters since the organization was founded in 2008 to provide free, specialized technology training and work opportunities throughout the world.

At the recent Samasource fundraiser in San Francisco, influential business leaders, tech entrepreneurs, and philanthropists joined to raise $700,000 to help the organization reach its goal of providing life-changing work to over 4,000 women and youth globally this year.

Samasource Gala Raises $700,000, The recent Samasource fundraiser in San Francisco raised $700,000 to help the organization reach its goal of providing life-changing work to over 4,000 women and youth globally this year.
Samasource Gala Raises $700,000, The recent Samasource fundraiser in San Francisco raised $700,000 to help the organization reach its goal of providing life-changing work to over 4,000 women and youth globally this year.

Chris Cox and DJ Atish Mehta – Darren Bechtel, Samantha Duvall

“The core idea behind Samasource,” according to Leila Janah, the charismatic young founder and CEO, is “that poor people want the same things that everyone does — a decent job that pays a living wage and offers some stability. Giving people work instead of, or as a complement to, aid is appealing to pretty much everyone.”

So far, Samasource has connected women and youth across 9 countries to over $2.3 million in living wages. generally the participants are able to earn a living wage within two weeks of entering the program.

Samasource Gala Raises $700,000, The recent Samasource fundraiser in San Francisco raised $700,000 to help the organization reach its goal of providing life-changing work to over 4,000 women and youth globally this year.
Samasource Gala Raises $700,000, The recent Samasource fundraiser in San Francisco raised $700,000 to help the organization reach its goal of providing life-changing work to over 4,000 women and youth globally this year.

Rafael Davis, Orkut Buyukkokten, Derek Holbrook – Charlie Cheever, Nicole Lundblad

There is a tremendous amount of support for Samasource in San Francisco, as evidenced by the gala’s host committee made up of prominent figures such as Mark Pincus and Alison Pincus, Darren Bechtel, Matthew Mullenweg, and Emmanuel Perrin, and guests including Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, Path co-founder & CEO Dave Morin and Brit Morin, John Battelle, Michael Birch and Xochi Birch, Facebook’s Chris Cox, Quora co-founder Charlie Cheever, Minted founder Mariam Naficy, Eventbrite founder’s Julia Hartz and Kevin Hartz, Michael Stoppelman, and others.

Minal Jethmal, Afsaneh Akhtari, Joel Goodrich, Samantha Duvall, Tanya Powell

Minal Jethmal, Afsaneh Akhtari, Joel Goodrich, Samantha Duvall, Tanya Powell

Samasource Gala Raises $700,000, The recent Samasource fundraiser in San Francisco raised $700,000 to help the organization reach its goal of providing life-changing work to over 4,000 women and youth globally this year.
Samasource Gala Raises $700,000, The recent Samasource fundraiser in San Francisco raised $700,000 to help the organization reach its goal of providing life-changing work to over 4,000 women and youth globally this year.

John Battelle, Bill Unger – Sarah Somberg, Brad Somberg

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Samasource Gala Raises $700,000, The recent Samasource fundraiser in San Francisco raised $700,000 to help the organization reach its goal of providing life-changing work to over 4,000 women and youth globally this year.
Samasource Gala Raises $700,000, The recent Samasource fundraiser in San Francisco raised $700,000 to help the organization reach its goal of providing life-changing work to over 4,000 women and youth globally this year.

Michael Horowitz, Cameron Phleger, Cathryn Lyman, David Lyman – Baratunde Thurston

Samasource Gala Raises $700,000, The recent Samasource fundraiser in San Francisco raised $700,000 to help the organization reach its goal of providing life-changing work to over 4,000 women and youth globally this year.
Samasource Gala Raises $700,000, The recent Samasource fundraiser in San Francisco raised $700,000 to help the organization reach its goal of providing life-changing work to over 4,000 women and youth globally this year.

Anna Yuan, Herbert Wei, Sue Wei – Silvia Console Battilana, Robin Farmanfarmaian

This year’s event was emceed by Baratunde Thurston, author of “How To Be Black,” and the former director of digital at The Onion. Grammy Award winner Estelle provided an outstanding musical performance. Gala Partners for the evening included Cartier, Google, Robert W. Baird & Co., among others.

And there were some exciting auction packages donated, including trips to Kenya, Maui and Paris, and local experiences such as a private tour of Trevor Traina’s photography collection, a Lake Tahoe ski excursion, a SF 49ers game day package, and a day on the Bay during the America’s Cup 2013.

Laura Pincus Hartman, Ali PIncus, Allison Speer

Laura Pincus Hartman, Alison Pincus, Allison Speer

Samasource Gala Raises $700,000, The recent Samasource fundraiser in San Francisco raised $700,000 to help the organization reach its goal of providing life-changing work to over 4,000 women and youth globally this year.
Samasource Gala Raises $700,000, The recent Samasource fundraiser in San Francisco raised $700,000 to help the organization reach its goal of providing life-changing work to over 4,000 women and youth globally this year.

Mark Pincus, Alison Pincus – Dave Morin, Brit Morin, Ormont Jordan, Leila Janah, Alison Pincus, Mark Pincus

Dave Morin, Leila Janah, Katie Zacarian, Brit Morin

Dave Morin, Leila Janah, Katie Zacarian, Brit Morin

Samasource Gala Raises $700,000, The recent Samasource fundraiser in San Francisco raised $700,000 to help the organization reach its goal of providing life-changing work to over 4,000 women and youth globally this year.
Samasource Gala Raises $700,000, The recent Samasource fundraiser in San Francisco raised $700,000 to help the organization reach its goal of providing life-changing work to over 4,000 women and youth globally this year.

Leila Janah, Darren Bechtel, Samantha Duvall – Brit Morin, Dave Morin

Mariam Naficy, Julia Hartz, Kevin Hartz, Leila Janah

Mariam Naficy, Julia Hartz, Kevin Hartz, Leila Janah

Ligaya Tichy, Michael Stoppelman, Leila Janah

Ligaya Tichy, Michael Stoppelman, Leila Janah



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