Updated 8/22/13 with Huffington Post link.

Adnan Mahmud, Jolkona’s co-founder, gave an inspiring talk at Seattle Tech Meetup’s Tech For Good night yesterday, citing the five lessons he’s learned from our organization’s first five years. Check it out:

More than 300 people packed into HUB Seattle for this event, with others watching the livestream from elsewhere. Other speakers represented Survive the Streets, PathForce, MovingWorlds, ActivelyLearn, and Vittana.

For more on Adnan’s advice to young philanthropists — including his adorable baby girl — check back here for here’s the link to his Huffington Post Impact column. You can also chat with Adnan and other Jolkonans at our next Seattle event: Paint Together, #GiveTogether on Sept. 6 at Material Good’s studio. RSVP here.

We’ll be posting more stories related to Jolkona’s upcoming 5-year anniversary over the next few weeks, culminating in our Corks & Forks dinner, auction and celebration on Oct. 10 at Blue Ribbon Cooking & Culinary Center. Save the date — ticket info coming soon!

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Did you know that there are 115 million children around the world without primary education? And that 61.5 million of them are female?

In less developed countries, this translates to 1 out of every 3 children not attending school. Lower literacy rates are linked to higher poverty, HIV/AIDS, health issues, and great gender inequality, and more.

We’re excited to announce that Jolkona is partnering with Waggener Edstrom Worldwide on our first corporate-sponsored giving campaign called MatchED. From September 13th to October 13th, any donation you make through Jolkona towards one of our 17 education projects will be matched, dollar-for-dollar by Waggener Edstrom, up to $5,000.

For each donation you make, you will receive a proof of impact for your donation as well as the impact for the matched donation. So make an investment in education today and double your impact!

You can support the MatchED campaign, follow our progress and our total impact on our website, as well as on Facebook and Twitter (@Jolkona, #WEMatchED).

We’d like to thank Waggener Edstrom for their generosity and their leadership. Together, we can make a real global impact by investing in education this month!