The Ignite Excellence Foundation’s mission is Leadership, Advocacy and Education for women in the emerging countries. The vision is to Invest, Inspire and Develop women leaders by providing tertiary education so we create the women leaders of today for tomorrow.

This blog’s focus is to follow the investments made to the foundation. You will be informed of the donation, impact and ripple effect created by your generosity.

Please join us on the journey of co-creating a ripple effect through investing in leadership, advocacy and education. Suzanne F Stevens, Founder, Ignite Excellence Foundation

TSiBA Education and YouMeWe Foundation partner for education

October 21, 2016

After some long discussions and intensive research I’m very excited that the YouMeWe Foundation will be supporting tertiary education for women in South Africa thru TSiBA Education. I had the pleasure of interviewing one of their founders on and I was so impressed with their scholarship program and values, that the foundation wanted to create […]

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First Foundation Recipient Creates a Massive Ripple Effect!

November 17, 2014

When I returned to Kenya 2011, Mary Ogalo was heading up the Global Bag Project in Nairobi. Global Bag Project is a US based non-profit social enterprise that donates the proceeds from the sales of reusable shopping bags in the developed world to microcredit ventures in the emerging world. Mary was spending all her working […]

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Changing the lives of 26 African Women and their communities

July 31, 2014

  26 Scholarships Jul 31 14 – PDF Downlowad Investing in leadership today, for tomorrow   July 31, 2014—Through the generous spirit of donors and various fundraising initiatives, the Ignite Excellence Foundation has now assisted twenty-six women in achieving their dreams of tertiary education. Through the partnership of AIMs (African Inland Mission), twenty of those […]

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Cape Town to Cairo – Spin for Scholarships

June 23, 2014

  Sunday June 1, 2014 Where can you go on a Sunday afternoon, get fit, travel a continent, raise funds and contribute to the advancement of women, while elevate their families out of poverty? The Ignite Excellence Foundation ‘spin for scholarships’ fundraiser with special photo journey from Cape Town to Cairo –   raised enough money to […]

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TIAW honours Individuals who Make a Difference

June 21, 2014

TIAW press release Suzanne F Stevens 2014   for immediate release Suzanne F. Stevens Attends TIAW’s 2014 Global Forum with Leaders from Throughout the World   Suzanne F. Stevens, Founder of Ignite Excellence Inc. recently attended The International Alliance for Women’s (TIAW) Global Forum in Washington, D.C. Held March 26-28, the Forum brought together global […]

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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia – Africa Rising? Really?

June 18, 2014

We still wonder why educating girls in the developing world is such an important topic… well because not enough is being done about it! As put by one of two female Presidents in Africa- Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the president of Liberia and a Nobel Peace Prize winner. “It is unacceptable that in 2014 — […]

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TIAW World of Difference Awards – Washington March 2014

April 2, 2014

I just returned from the The International Alliance for Women (TIAW)Forum and World of Difference Award ceremony. I was honoured to receive an award for women economic empowerment in education. I was amongst 8 African Women pioneers who were present, along with new friends from 26 countries. One thing all of us women would agree […]

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It only takes one…

September 19, 2013

  The other day I receive a note from one of Ignite Excellence Foundation recipients. It is when I receive these messages of the impact one person can make, it re-energizes me. The running of a foundation, fund raising and finding the candidates that we believe will create a positive ripple effect takes time, energy […]

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Suzanne F Stevens speaks on African women Leadership

July 5, 2013

Suzanne F Stevens is an international speaker, entrepreneur, trainer, host, philanthropist and Chief Edge Optimizer for Ignite Excellence Inc. Group of Initiatives. Suzanne F Stevens cultivates conscious contributions and Influential communications. She inspires and challenges individuals and organizations to contribute NOW while creating a positive ripple effect from any situation to impact their Company, Community […]

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Johnny Walker. Keep Walking.

February 27, 2012

Somewhere down the new Thika Road Super Highway, a large billboard spills into the faces of traffic jammed motorists. The photograph is that of an apparently well known Jazz maestro. The contours on his face betray a passing of the years; too many late nights in back street clubs coaxing his saxophone to impress inebriated […]

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A Foundation Graduate invest in the poor & the environment

December 9, 2011

Mary Ogalo, a Ignite Excellence Foundation Recipient and now graduate invests in her community by taking a Management position with ‘Global Bag Project.’ An Ignite Foundation Special Presentation. An update on past Foundation Scholarship recipient Mary Ogalo, now Kenya Project Manager for Global Bag Project in Nairobi Kenya. The Global Bag Project is a US […]

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African Women will bring an Economic & Political Advantage

December 2, 2011

A great reference for Women to know how much they are needed economically in Africa!Africa needs to harness the power of its women to drive full economic growth and development, says  Ernst & Young

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Giving Responsibly:

November 15, 2011

Africa Internation University Graduation 2011

Responsible Giving is as Serious as making the income in the first place! This is my fourth trip to Africa, and my longest. Although my husband and I are working on many projects, one of the most challenging initiatives over our eight months in Africa has been dispersing the Ignite Excellence Foundation scholarships. We gleamed […]

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Giving to Get is Not Being Giving

November 1, 2011


We had just come back from hiked in Volcanoes National Park down the Virunga mountains after seeing a family of gorillas; a highly anticipated experience. My husband and my euphoric experience were short lived. The reality of being in a small town in Africa once again presented itself. A young boy was trying to sell […]

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Four years in 25 minutes!

October 10, 2011


Slightly under a year ago I flew to Cape Town in South Africa for a conference. I had the good luck of landing on a sunny cloudless sky. Now, if you’ve never been to Cape Town, imagine that when God created Africa he poured out all his artistic skill over the Cape tableau. Then came […]

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A New Lease on Life

September 4, 2011

pool pic

By Maggie Gitau (Ignite Excellence Foundation Recipient)  I grew up on an idyllic hill that was nestled between two rapid streams, each river less than a five minute skip and hop from our house. During high rains the streams could get so treacherous we learnt to treat them, any body of water for that matter, […]

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Ignite Excellence Awards 4 Scholarships!

August 15, 2011

Through the generousity of  donors, the Ignite Excellence Foundation is proud to inform you we provided  four scholarships to wonderfully diverse and committed women. Three of the four recipients will start their under or postgraduate education starting September 2011, the other is in her second year. Please list to the video as it will share […]

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Ripple Effect – Following the Donations

August 3, 2011


Welcome to the Ignite Excellence Foundation Blog! Since the inception of the foundation in April 2007 we have made some strides to develop the women leadership in Africa. We have sponsored two potential women leaders through post-graduate education through the sales of photography. We have donated the time and resources to train nearly 100 people […]

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