Will Smith is bungee-jumping for the cause of Education Cannot Wait!


World renowned American actor Will Smith will be bungee-jumping on his 50th birthday to raise funds for the education of girls, boys and youth who live in conflicts and crises!

Will Smith is inviting his fans to donate funds to support his jump from a helicopter over the Grand Canyon for his anniversary on 25 September. Returns of the campaign will be allocated to the Education Cannot Wait (ECW) fund through Global Citizen who is partnering with the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation on this initiative.


Will Smith believes “every child should have access to the transformative power of an education, which provides the chance to thrive, live and succeed”. His dedication to empowering disadvantaged children and youth spans over two decades through the foundation he and his wife set up.  ECW is excited and extremely grateful for this opportunity to help extend Will Smith’s long-lasting commitment to education to the children and youth caught in some of the world’s worst crises.

“Will Smith’s bungee-jumping to campaign for our most critical contemporary cause: education in conflict and crisis countries, is a sheer demonstration of courage which should be an inspiration to all” says ECW Director, Yasmine Sherif.  “We need courage and bold action to set the course straight and close the education gap that leaves behind 75 million children and youth whose education is disrupted by crisis.”

ECW extends it gratitude to Global Citizen who has been a strong advocate for the Fund since its inception and has helped facilitate this fantastic opportunity!

To learn more about the Will Smith bungee-jumping campaign and participate, visit: https://www.omaze.com/experiences/will-smith-birthday-bungee

More information on Global Citizen’s advocacy for education is available at: https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/issue/education/

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Education Cannot Wait Resource Mobilization Challenge: Close to 200 Fundraising Ideas Received!

Resource_Mobilization_Challenge_logoOur call for bold innovative fundraising ideas to support education for children and youth in crisis settings yielded almost 200 submissions from all over the world! This is a very exciting outcome for Education Cannot Wait (ECW)’s first Resource Mobilization Challenge.

The variety and creativity of ideas we received are impressive. Submissions range from establishing new cryptocurrencies, to crowdfunding, voluntary consumer micropayments, partnerships with companies, Islamic finance, debt conversion, affinity credit cards, and many others.

A huge thanks to all of you who submitted ideas or who helped spread the word about the challenge!

We are now reviewing all submissions and we will soon publish highlights of the best ones.

Next steps

Over the next few weeks all submissions will be reviewed to identify the best ideas. This evaluation will be guided by various criteria such as the ideas’ innovative character, potential to mobilize resources, feasibility, implementation cost and associated risks.

Towards the end of September, all finalists will have an opportunity to present their ideas to the Resource Mobilization Challenge Jury who will select the three best ideas.

Winners will receive a $25,000 funding prize to turn their idea into a business plan. After that, ECW hopes to work with the winners towards implementing these plans to turn their ideas into concrete action. There are currently 75 million vulnerable children and youth left behind in emergency and protracted crisis situations. These resource mobilization ideas can make a real difference in generating the funding needed to ensure they have access to quality education.

Additional information on ECW’s Resource Mobilization Challenge is available here.