Our Purpose: To inspire people all over the world to compassionate, courageous, and selfless acts of rescue.

Economic Development

A Fund For Women

AFFW is an organization created to raise and disperse funds specifically for local causes and projects related to women and the issues that affect them. The organization is affiliated with the 501(c)(3) non-profit the Madison Community Foundation, and works to “… improve the lives of girls and women in the local community” (womensfundingnetwork.org). Specifically, AFFW provides grants that “… enhance education, employment, and self-esteem” (affw.org). A Fund for Women is one of many groups falling into the increasing trend of philanthropic efforts made by generous women donors and/or to projects specifically dedicated to benefitting women. A recent articlecomments on both the frequency of donations made by women philanthropists, as well as the propensity women donors have for pooling their resources to raise money in groups, often at a great scale. AFFW’s inclusion in this trend is particularly evident considering its affiliation with the Women’s Funding Network. The AFFW mission statement, found on theirWomen’s Funding Network profile, summarizes this aspect of the fund: “We encourage women to develop as philanthropists. We provide grants to women and girls in our community that enhance education, employment, and self-esteem. We build the permanent endowment that makes grantmaking possible.”

Get Involved

AFFW hosts an annual informational and fundraising event. Other ways to support AFFW include donating and/or volunteering. Additional important information includes the wide variety of AFFW grants and women’s issues news. For a social way to give with others, check out the AFFW Giving Circles.

Impact

According to the organization summary given on the Women’s Funding Network, AFFW focuses on four main areas: supporting elderly and disabled women, providing resources for victims of domestic abuse, economic sustainability for women, and reducing homelessness amongst girls and women. You can learn more by looking at specific grants, which have funded projects and organizations helping young mothers, education initiatives, and more. According to their website, AFFW has dispersed over $800,000 in grants to 90 projects over their 16 year history. 

The Asia Foundation

The Asia Foundation is a four-star rated, 501(c)(3) non-profit. Addressing issues at regional and national levels, the organization works on peace building efforts, development projects, and women’s empowerment solutions.

Get Involved

Specialized funds, including their annual fund and Thailand Fund Relief: 2011. Donate now or see how else you can help. Employment opportunities are also available.

Impact

“In 2012, the Foundation provided more than $98 million in program support and distributed nearly on million books and journals valued at over $42 million.” Read their annual report for 2010. 

The Asia Foundation: Economic Development

Explore The Asia Foundation’s economic development initiatives

Beyond the 11th

Beyond the 11th is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization empowering widows in Afghanistan. The organization was founded by two American women left widowed on September 11thwho wanted to reach across the world in support of Afghan widows. The group operates programs that provide ways for women to become self-sufficient.

Get Involved

A related documentary is available, chronicling the journey taken by the Beyond the 11thfounders to visit the Afghan widows they have worked to help. Ways to get involved include scheduling a speaking engagement or donating to the organization. The website also offers a host of other ideas to become involved with Beyond the 11th.

Impact

Beyond the 11th brings awareness about and funding to the often-desperate situations faced by many Afghan widows. According to sources cited on the website, approximately 94% of Afghan widows are illiterate, and many have children that rely on them for support. 

BRAC

Started in Bangladesh in 1972, BRAC is a development organization working to meet the needs of the very poor. BRAC operates programs to give those living in poverty the tools they need to rise above their situation. The organization has a strong focus on women. 

Get Involved

BRAC offers volunteer and internship opportunities. Also, visit, donate, or work with BRAC.

Impact

BRAC works in a wide variety of fields, including economic development, food security, education, gender equality, and others. In some cases, they provide specific services, including legal, awareness, and microfinance operations.  

BRAC economic development

Read about BRAC’s economic development programs.

Calvert Foundation

The Calvert Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit impact investment organization. The term impact investment implies both a potential financial and social gain. The Foundation brings together investors to put money into projects and organizations that have a positive effect on community development as a way to address poverty. Typically, the Foundation invests in areas that do not usually have access to traditional means of acquiring capital.

Get Involved

Donate, invest (investment opportunities are available at a variety of different levels), or otherwise become involved in impact investment through the Calvert Foundation. Look into current career opportunities with the Calvert Foundation. Donate or invest, again at varying levels, in the WIN-WIN initiative.

Impact

The Calvert Foundation is focusing on investing in women with their recent WIN-WIN (Women Investing In Women Initiative) program. The Foundation routinely invests in projects and organizations that develop affordable housing, job creation, small businesses, microfinance opportunities, and other projects with a social impact. Statistics from the website explain that the Calvert Foundation has brought together over 6,000 investors to benefit organizations worldwide with over $200 million dollars (calvertfoundation.org).

Cambodian Children’s Fund

CCF is a four-star rated501(c)3 non-profit organization working to better the lives of hundreds of children and their communities in Cambodia. In providing for the children’s immediate needs, as well as training and education, the organization hopes to assist them in taking control of their own futures: “… providing healthcare, education, job training and leadership development, we’re placing the responsibility of capacity building into the hands of the children in our care” (cambodianchildrensfund.org). The organization began as a way to save children living in garbage heaps and now serves many more children and their families.

Get Involved

Ways to get involved, and help hundreds of Cambodian children and their families find a better life, include: donatingsponsoring a child, running your own fundraising, or look intojobs and internships with the CCF.

Impact

The organization has grown dramatically since its inception in 2004: “Today we care for more than 1,200 children and extend our services to provide for their families and communities in crisis” (cambodianchildrensfund.org). The CCF operates an impressive array of programs, including in the areas of educationchildcarehealthcare, and has even been able to branch out with community outreach and vocational training programs  The organization’s founder, Scott Neeson left a successful career as a film executive and a life of luxury in LA to start the Cambodian Children’s Fund after directly witnessing the squalor in which so many Cambodian children were living. Read about him in a Christian Science Monitor article. For his work in Cambodia, Neeson was recognized as the inaugural winner of the Q Prize, given by the Harvard School of Public Health and the Quincy Jones Foundation (an organization working to “raise awareness and financial resources that support global children’s issues…”). The award “… recognizes extraordinary leadership by public figures and social entrepreneurs who are championing the needs of children” (qjfoundation.org). Through his efforts, Neeson has helped to rescue children from a variety of situations, including abuse and trafficking. The article linked above gives a good idea of the extent of Neeson’s work: “Neeson maintains four residential homes around town for more than 500 other deprived children and is building another. He operates after-school programs and vocational training centers. He's built day cares and nurseries" (csmonitor.com).


CARE

CARE runs an action network addressing global poverty by pooling resources and pulling individuals together to make a differences working as a community. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has a three-star rating on Charity Navigator, and is recommended by journalist Nicholas Kristof in his blog post on do-it-yourself aid.

Get Involved

The CARE website offers a host of resources and ways to get involved. Government policies have a major effect on world poverty. Prewritten action letters, which can be personally customized, are available on a variety of important issues for you to print and send to legislators. CARE is about spreading awareness and causing action to address important issues of global poverty. Other ways to join CARE’s work include joining Partners for Change, making a donation, or applying for an internship or career with CARE. The CARE website also offers a software tool to put together your own care package, allowing you to choose specific items to donate to an individual or community in need.

Impact

CARE works to address many of the underlying causes, related issues, and effects of poverty in 87 countries. CARE claims its programs reach more than 82 million people. 91% of expenditures go directly to Program activities. For further information, the CARE project database makes it very easy to lookup individual CARE projects. 

Catchafire

*It should be noted that Catchafire appears to be a for-profit business. Non-profits and social institutions that are listed with Catchafire pay a fee based on a sliding scale*

Catchafire provides a matchmaking service to facilitate collaboration between talented professionals and non-profits or social institutions seeking quality pro bono services.

Get Involved

Catchafire may be one promising way to contribute your talents where they are needed most. The Catchafire company is also currently hiring. The company is looking for professionals who are “…hungry to change the world” (catchafire.org). By looking through projects and non-profits listed with Catchafire, you might find an area of interest in which to contribute your services. Projects can be filtered by professional field; simply make sure to check off each of your areas of expertise. Upload a resume to their database in order to be considered by non-profits and other organizations. If you represent a non-profit or socially oriented organization, you can search for qualified professionals from a range of fields through Catchafire for a sliding scale-based fee.

Impact

According to the Christian Science Monitor, the number of professionals volunteering their services through Catchafire is about 10,000, while there are around 2,500 organizations seeking professional volunteers (csmonitor.com).  According to the Catchafire website, “Catchafire pro bono professionals have donated thousands of hours to provide over 3 million dollars in services to NYC social good organizations” (catchafire.org).

Centre for Science and Environment

Originally founded and directed by Anil Kumar Agarwal, the CSE is a major environmentalist organization in India, where pollution, waste management, and other environmental considerations have a profound and direct impact on the increasing urban populations. The New Delhi-based organization conducts research and acts as a public-interest advocate and lobby.  

Get Involved

The CSE website offers a bounty of information. See how CSE suggests you can "be the change," subscribe to their newsletter, look into jobs or internships with CSE, or consider shopping in the CSE store or donating to the organization to support their important monitoring, research, and advocacy work. The CSE is currently directed by Sunita Narain, who was the subject of a recent in-depth Christian Science Monitor article about her work in India.

Impact

The Centre’s website describes their work as falling under five main categories:communicationsresearch and advocacyeducation and trainingknowledge, and pollution monitoring.  Environmental issues that CSE programs deal with include air pollutionwater managementindustry & environmentfood safety and toxins, and climate change. The CSE has successfully battled against major corporations in support of sustainable and sound environmental policy. 

Cents of Relief

CoR is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working at “Empowering Victims of Trafficking Through Health and Education.” They do this by providing access to healthcare to vulnerable populations and working to prevent human trafficking.

Get Involved

Consider donating to Cents of Relief. Also consider volunteering with CoR or doing an internship.

Impact

Cents of Relief programs include providing surgery for burn victims, a comic book linedesigned specifically to teach children to read, an online mentorship program, providinghealthcare kits to women, and helping women to become selfsufficient through knitting and sewing projects. 

eBay Giving Works

While eBay itself is not a non-profit organization, it does offer a few phenomenal easy ways to benefit non-profits through their Giving Works program. Since 2003, eBay Giving Works has been used as a way for the eBay market and community to donate to non-profit causes.

Get Involved

The Giving Works program offers a few different ways to contribute. For starters, you can purchase from a wide variety of eBay sellers and shops, all of which are donating a percentage of their profit to a non-profit organization. If you have items you would like tosell on eBay, you can donate up to a hundred percent of what you make to a non-profit through Giving Works. Additionally, eBay allows you to simply donate directly to a non-profit of your choice through their website. Non-profits who are not listed with eBay may register with MissionFish in order to raise money through Giving Works.

Impact

So far, over 267 million dollars have been donated to non-profits through the Giving Works platform. Read about the success stories and impact that Giving Works has had on specific organizations and individuals.

Fonkoze

Fonkoze is a union of three organizations (two of which are not-for-profit): Fonkoze,Fonkoze Financial Services, and Fonkoze USA. Together these organizations work as “… Haiti’s alternative bank for the organized poor.” According to the website, Fonkoze is an acronym for the Haitian Creole phrase Fondasyon Kole Zepòl which translates to “Shoulder-to-Shoulder Foundation.” The organization’s slogan is “Building the Economic Foundations for Democracy in Haiti.” Fonkoze USA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Get Involved

The Fonkoze website lists a variety of different ways to get involved. Make a one-timedonation, or make a continual impact as a Fonkoze Pledge Partner. For an amazing experience and up close look at the impact Fonkoze is having in Haiti, consider joining one of their biyearly delegations. Consider volunteering or working as an intern with Fonkoze.

Impact

According to the website, Fonkoze has over 55,000 loan clients and over 255,000 savers.  Fonkoze operates 46 branch offices all over Haiti. Fonkoze offers a variety of savings and loan programs for poor women and families all over Haiti. In addition to offering different levels of group and small business microfinance options, as well as options for the “ultra-poor,” Fonkoze is one of the supporting organizations behind MiCRO, a microinsurance organization that has recently helped many female entrepreneurs affected by Tropical Storm Isaac.  

 

Globe Aware

Globe Aware is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that facilitates international short-term volunteer programs. These programs operate under the “volunteer vacation” or “voluntourism” approach: volunteers pay a fee for accommodations, meals, and logistical support. This makes some projects more accessible to the average person. Globe Aware projects are specifically focused on exchanging cultural awareness and developing sustainability.

Get Involved

Although potentially an expensive endeavor, the Globe Aware experience can be a great way to combine travel abroad with working to make a difference. Register now for an opportunity to take a one-week volunteer vacation. Consider donating to Globe Aware.

Impact

Globe Aware trips are highly focused short-term experiences (one week). There is time for both some leisure and sight seeing while working on one of many projects in a developing country. Programs include educational support, community outreach, and other projects that focus on basic necessities.

GOAL

GOAL is an Ireland-based non-governmental agency. From the website: “GOAL is an international humanitarian agency dedicated to alleviating the suffering of the poorest of the poor” (goal.ie). Their international scope and variety of successful programs makes GOAL a powerful player when it comes to significant development  poor and disenfranchised communities.

Get Involved

Read about how you can get involved with GOAL. Explore more about the GOAL Brick Kilns Programme, recently featured in a CSM article. GOAL is currently seeking to hire professionals from a wide variety of fields. Consider working with GOAL.   Donate to support the development work GOAL is implementing around the world.

Impact

GOAL operates a wide variety of development programs in thirteen countries across the globe. GOAL responds to natural disasters, as it did with the 2010 earthquake in Haiti; facilitates healthcare and nutrition programs; brings clean water, sanitation, and hygiene to communities through its WASH programs, as it has in many of the countries where it operates; runs HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs; and also operates specialized programs, such as the Brick Kilns Programme in India, which was recently mentioned in a Chrisitian Science Monitor article

International Rescue Committee

The IRC is a four-star rated 501(c)(3) non-profit that responds to humanitarian crises and refugee needs. The organization responds to emergencies all over the world and works to create deep solutions to a multitude of problems.

Get Involved

Donate, volunteer, or find out how else to help.

Impact

In times of emergency, the IRC is committed to arriving within 72 hours, bringing necessary support and supplies. The IRC follows through on its work, by providing post-crisis support, helping refugees adapt to their new lives. 92% of IRC’s funding goes directly to program expenses. The IRC has provided 1.7 million people with access to clean drinking water and vaccinated over 500,000 children. Read more statistics about the impact that the IRC is making.

International Rescue Committee: economic development

Read about IRC’s economic development work. 

Islamic Relief Worldwide

Islamic Relief Worldwide is a “relief and development charity” focusing on poor communities all over the world. Islamic Relief USA is a registered 501(c) 3 non-profitorganization, while other local partners are registered in their respective countries. Islamic Relief USA is rated four stars on charity navigator. IRW operates development, disaster response, environmental impact, health, education, and child welfare programs. 

Get Involved

Consider donating to Islamic Relief Worldwide or one of its local partners. If you wish to get involved with an international NGO at a more in depth level, consider applying for one of the many open job positions at Islamic Relief Worldwide. The IR USA donation page allows you to select where you would like to direct your donated funds. Options include “where it is needed most,” orphan supportemergencies, food for Ramadan, or humanitarian assistance. Also, consider looking through IRW’s plethora of research and analysisresources.

Impact

Islamic Relief Worldwide’s comprehensive work includes programs focusing on sustainable livelihoods, including micro credit programs, vocational and agricultural training, among other opportunities; education, including early childhood education, literacy training, technology exposure, and other services; Health and Nutrition, including eyesight, food security, clinics, and other health services programs; orphans and child welfare, including orphan sponsorship, education opportunities for orphans, and other programs; water and sanitation, including well digging initiatives and other water security-related programs; andemergency relief & disaster preparedness programs. Currently, Islamic Relief USA isfocusing on the East and West African food crises, as well as humanitarian relief for those affected by conflict in Syria.

Microinsurance Catastrophe Risk Organisation

MiCRO is a microinsurance organization formed by both Mercy Corps and Fonkoze, the largest microfinance organization in Haiti. The group is a for-profit business with beneficial social implications. Marketed towards the “organized poor” who own or run their own “micro” businesses, the program is an affordable way for Haitian entrepreneurs to protect their businesses from the ravages of natural disaster.  In the event of certain weather or disaster “triggers,” MiCRO clients receive a sum of money in payout to ensure they are able to keep their businesses and homes up and running. 

Get Involved

Please remember that MiCRO is a for-profit venture. To get involved, consider donating toMercy Corps, MiCRO’s non-profit backer, or to Fonkoze, “Haiti’s Alternative Bank for the Organized Poor.” For a summary of ways to get involved with Fonkoze, visit their SWI profile.

Impact

According to a Christian Science Monitor article, MiCRO disbursed $1.64 million to almost 6,800 customers in its first year. The Wall Street Journal has also run an article on the MiCRO organization and its policies, calling it an “… innovative insurance program.” Read more about MiCRO and the impact it has had in Haiti in a Mercy Corps press release. MiCRO and its backing organizations offer another example of for-profit ventures with strong social benefits, reminding us that not all moneymaking enterprises need to thrive on greed alone. 

Omidyar Network

The Omidyar network is a philanthropic investment firm dedicated to funding and expanding non-profits and innovative social and economic programs. Founded by the creator of eBay, Pierre Omidyar, and his wife, Pam Omidyar, the organization is working to scale up programs that fall across a variety of sectors to increase quality of life.

Get Involved

If you would like to be involved in the funding aspect of groundbreaking socially innovative projects, consider applying for one of the Omidyar Network’s many open job positions. Other ways to get involved include utilizing Omidyar supported initiatives, companies, and programs. Explore their vast portfolio by looking through there various initiatives. Omidyar recently pledged to match $2 million in donations made to Kiva. Consider donating to Kiva to make use of Omidyar’s generous offer.

Impact

The Omidyar network has funded a great deal of important projects. Exploire their growing portfolio. They are also responsible for the largest donation given to non-profit lending platform Kiva, allowing for major technological scaling and expansion of operations. Omidyar funds projects through five major initiative categories, consumer internet & mobile (with a heavy emphasis on social platfroms), entrepreneurship, financial inclusion through microfinance initiatives, government transparency, and property rights.  Notable organizations that Omidyar has invested in include GlobalGiving, Guidestar, DonorsChoose, and BRAC, among others.

Omidyar works to make use of the power of both individual and collective efforts through economic market-based influence.

Own Your Own Boda

OYOB is an exciting for-profit company making an impact in the economic development of Uganda. In Uganda, many people rely on rental motorcycles to run their own boda, or motorcycle taxi, business. Unfortunately, most of these entrepreneurs can only afford to rent their bikes, and long-term rental can be very expensive, meaning a much lower gross income. This is where the “young enterprise” Own Your Own Boda comes in. Instead of continually draining money through rental services, boda entrepreneurs can opt to pay a slightly higher monthly amount; with the benefit that the money they pay goes towards complete ownership of the vehicle.

Get Involved

Stormwarriors should be aware that OYOB is a for-profit enterprise, serving the motorcycle taxi industry in Uganda. The profits are used to sustain and expand the company. We still feel this is an enterprise worthy of exploration due to the potential positive impact it could have on the boda industry and Ugandan economy. Knowing this, if you would like to contribute to this economic development opportunity, OYOB has a donate button on its main page.

Impact

Boda ownership leads to a severe increase in monthly gross revenue: boda riders who own their own bike make around $100 extra per month, according to OYOB co-founder Michael Wilkerson, (via csmonitor.com). According to the article, “Drivers have used that extra income to buy homes, start new businesses, and pay school fees for their children” (csmonitor.com). OYOB is poised to make a significant impact on the boda industry, with thousands of people relying on motorcycles for their livelihood and transportation in Uganda. The article states that the company has loaned about 70 motorbikes so far. Read in depth about the exciting success of this program, showing that for-profit ventures can work hand-in-hand with social enterprises.  


Pro Mujer

Focused on women in Latin America, Pro Mujer is a 501(c)(3) non-profit international development organization. Pro Mujer’s operations can be split into three distinct sections: financial servicesbusiness-related education, and healthcare

Get Involved

Give in a variety of different ways, including straight donation, or volunteering or working for Pro Mujer.

Impact

Some statistics from the Pro Mujer website:

-       $298 in loans were disbursed in 2011

-       Pro Mujer currently has over 250,000 clients

-       Disbursed over $1 billion in loans

Read more about Pro Mujer’s impact, or look into their reports.

Global Health Strategies Initiatives

GHSi is an international non-profit “…advocating for improved access to health care in low-resource countries.” GHSi conducts important research related to global health policy and programs. GHSi is affiliated with the consulting firm Global health Strategies

Get Involved

Watch the recent report on the changing landscape of international aid: “How the BRICS are reshaping Global Health and Development”.

Impact

On March 26. 2012, GHSi broadcast the BRICS report live. The important discussion on the increasing influence of BRICS nations in the international aid arena can be viewed here. Read the report on this global paradigm shift here.

Socialvest

If you choose to use Socialvest, please be aware that it is a for-profit organization. Socialvest is one of a few new programs out there seeking to integrate the online consumer experience with social awareness and charitable giving.

Get Involved

Using Socialvest is simple: after signing up through the website, shop online through the site. For every purchase you make, a percentage is rebated into your Socialvest account to go towards a charity of your choice.

Impact

The fun of Socialvest is that the impact is both 1) passively accruing and 2) can be directed to any organization you want. You earn money without doing anything, except the shopping you were already planning on. The money that is saved in your Socialvest account can be given to any 501(c)(3), meaning your purchases make an impact wherever you choose. 

Shakti Vahini

Shakti Vahini is a non-profit, Indian organization dedicated to combatting social problems and fighting disparity and inequality.

Get Involved

Internships working towards promoting human rights in India are available with Shakti Vahini.

Impact

Shakti Vahini works for the poor and the disadvantaged in a variety of ways. Shakti Vahini operates the Centre for Legal Research & Training (CLRT) and the National Network of Lawyers for Rights and Justice, among other human rights Initiatives. Read through some of their publications for more information on the specific work they are doing. The organization was also mentioned in a New York Times article article about child labor in India due to their anti-trafficking work and expertise. 

Sustainable Health Enterprises

SHE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving life in developing countries. Much of their work is addressing the needs of women in impoverished regions who lack access to basic sanitary pads.

Get Involved

Donate to SHE or download their volunteer form to get involved.

Impact

In some parts of the world, women lack access to proper sanitary materials. Women around the world are forced to use rags, bark, or even mud as an insufficient hygiene option. SHE claims that many girls can miss up to 50 days of school or work a year simply because they do not have access to affordable sanitary options. The group operates the SHE 28 campaign to encourage awareness and giving in support of women-led and operated businesses in the work of creating and distributing sanitary pads, and the positive effects those business have on local individuals and economies. 

Solar Sister

Solar Sister is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that brings business training and startup kits to women in Africa. By investing in women entrepreneurs, Solar Sister is able to approach a variety of issues, including poverty, female empowerment, economic development, and the lack of electric light in many homes. The women benefit by learning to run a sustainable business and their communities benefit from the affordable solar light technology that these entrepreneurs distribute.

Get Involved

Solar Sister operates in three countries and is able to affect thousands through their network of women entrepreneurs. Donate to invest in the program, or look intoemployment opportunities.

Impact

100% of all money given will be directly invested in the program. Donation amounts span a range, and go towards training, marketing, and other efforts required for each solar lamp business. They have cleverly packaged everything needed to start: “$500 is all it takes to give a Solar Sister a ‘business in a bag,’ a complete set of tools including inventory, training and marketing to start her sustainable solar business” (solarsister.org).

 

The Tony Elumelu Foundation

TEF is an African non-profit working to develop Africa’s private sector through business leadership and entrepreneurship programs.  Founded by businessman and philanthropist Tony Elumelu, TEF works to support investment in African businesses. 

Get Involved

Read more about TEF’s work, keep up-to-date on the movement with the Africapitalist Newsletter, explore a variety of related academic and media resources, or apply to one of the Foundation’s available jobs and internships.

Impact

TEF works in three distinct areas in its quest to develop Africa: “impact investing,” leadership development, and within the realm of public policy. TEF is pioneering a new investment model; “impact investing” directs for-profit investments towards social and environmental issues. Working with strategic partners and organizations, TEF develops African business leaders through their work as a member of the Aspen Network to support small and growing businesses, as well as their African Markets Internship Programme. Finally, TEF works with governmental organizations, as well as a wide variety of groups and individuals, advocating public policy in support of the African private sector.

Voolla

Voolla is a new, non-profit web service working with a threefold goal: to simultaneously provide money to charities in need, services of many kinds to those who need them, and an outlet for people looking to volunteer their skills and time.

Get Involved

Are you a talented professional or skilled amateur looking to donate your time? Post aprofile on Voolla and search for a way to volunteer your talents – whatever they may be (any type of work or service can be donated). Individuals or organizations looking for volunteered work can search profiles listed on Voolla for volunteered work. They then pay the fee to a charitable cause rather than the volunteer providing the service. Voolla is also one of the non-profit services listed with Catchafire, a very similar, albeit slightly different (and for profit), program matching up volunteer professionals with organizations in need. Consider putting your talents to use for work on Voolla itself.

Impact

Through the Voolla giving process, a charity is helped, the person looking for a service finds the help they need at a price that benefits a good cause, and the person providing the service knows that their volunteer work has made a difference to two groups.

We Advance

We Advance is a grassroots, 501(c)(3) non-profit women’s rights organization working in the western hemisphere. As described on the site, it’s “… a movement to advance the health, safety, and well being of women throughout Haiti” (weadvance.org). They do this by bringing in volunteers to teach and train in health, safety, and education. We Advance, and their involvement with the Women Donors Network, is one of many examples falling into a recently increasing trend of philanthropic efforts made by generous women donors and/or for the benefit of women. A recent article comments on both on the frequency of donations made by women philanthropists, as well as the propensity women donors have for pooling their resources to raise money in groups, often at a great scale.

Get Involved

Sign up for the We Advance newsletter. Donate to We Advance in support of the work they are doing to better the lives of women and their communities.

Impact

We Advance programs seek to protect and support women, and cover a range of important needs, including medical & health services. One major project is the Nap Vanse Family Clinic, run by both a dedicated medical team and international volunteers. Other projects run by We Advance include education and community outreach projects, advocacy support, and micro finance resources in collaboration with the Women’s Donor Network.  Read more about past successes, including their very busy health clinic (seeing 60-70 patients a day), adult English classes preparing people for their first jobs, and more. 

 

Women’s Foundation of Minnesota

The WFMN is a 501(c)3 non-profit working to fund socially innovative programs that support equality for women and girls in the state of Minnesota.

Get Involved

Donate to the Women’s Foundation in support of the programs they fund on behalf of women and girls. Look into volunteer and career opportunities.

Impact

WFMN divides their programs into five categories: economic justicesafety & security,health & reproductive rights, and political power

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