I am very pleased to bring you the latest edition of Perspectives in Philanthropy, our periodic journal featuring stories of generosity from valued clients, private philanthropists and nonprofit institutions. This issue's theme is "The Advancement of Women and Girls" and includes a broad range of articles that highlight the tremendous work both individuals and institutions are engaged in to empower women and girls all over the world.
One article highlights the incredible work of the International Justice Mission (IJM), a multinational human rights organization dedicated to protecting societies' most vulnerable individuals. So compelling is IJM's mission and work that one Morgan Stanley Financial Advisor has dedicated more than a decade to raising money and awareness for this remarkable organization and will continue to do so in a special way in 2015.
Another nonprofit organization tackling the often overlooked but increasingly significant issues of hygiene and sanitation is Sesame Workshop. From the organization that brought us BigBird and Elmo, Sesame Workshop has introduced parts of the world struggling most with this issue to a young Muppet named Raya who isn't afraid to get her hands dirty when talking aboutstaying clean.
We have also included several articles highlighting the efforts of three individual clients who arehelping to advance the causes of women and girls in three different and meaningful ways. This issue features Vanessa Briceño, Jane Comer and Deb Pulver.
The work of these institutions and individuals has had and will continue to have a profound effect upon women and girls both close to home and across the globe. In this journal, we celebrate their successes, their struggles, their achievements and their aspirations.