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

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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. 

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is “…the nation’s premier emergency response organization.” The Red Cross collects blood donations, responds to disasters and emergencies, and offers a variety of humanitarian services. The American Red Cross is a four-star rated charity. 

Get Involved

Get involved with the American Red Cross by giving bloodvolunteering, or exploring career opportunities. Prepare for emergencies by taking a class in CPR, first aid, lifeguarding, and more.

Impact

A single pint of blood can save three lives. The American Red Cross is the primary processor and supplier of blood to hospitals in the United States. 


Americans for UNFPA

Working in support of the United Nations Population FundAmericans for UNFPA is a three-star charity that promotes human rights. Americans for UNFPA is largely focused on women’s health and rights.

Get Involved

Donate to one of the Americans for UNFPA programs, or get involved otherwise, including employment and internship opportunities.

Impact

Woman around the world are facing serious societal and health issues. Americans for UNFPA aims to address violence against women, access to education, and sex trafficking. Another focus of UNFPA is the Campaign to End Fistula, a pregnancy complication that is a major problem in the developing world. 

 

APOPO

Belgian NGO APOPO is headquartered at their Tanzania facility, where they train rats (called HeroRATS) to detect hazards such as landmines and tuberculosis using their finely nuanced sense of smell.

Mission

“To develop detection rats technology to provide solutions for global problems and inspire positive social change.” Read more about APOPO’s vision and core values.

Why it’s Important

According to the APOPO website, 66 countries and 7 territories in the world are scattered with the remnants of war in the form of hazardous materials. While many countries may be actively engaged in disarming and disposing of leftover landmines, the process is often an expensive and complicated one. HeroRATS are a relatively inexpensive and efficient way to seek out armed explosives. In addition to mine detection work, APOPO also breeds and trains rats for Tuberculosis diagnosis and remote scent tracing (further research on scent detection applications). According to APOPO, 1.7 million people die from tuberculosis each year. HeroRATS are incredibly efficient and reliable at diagnosing TB in human sputum samples; correctly identifying 5-15 new TB cases a week, allowing for those cases to be identified for treatment when they may not have been otherwise.  

How it Works

Using an organic agent for landmine detection offers advantages. Where metal detectors can only react to the presence of metal landmines, rats can sniff out both metal and plastic-cased landmines. HeroRATS are bred and trained in Tanzania for work in the field. For TB detection, the rats sniff at isolated samples, scratching at the hole they believe contains a TB-positive sample. If the rat successfully identifies a TB infection, they are rewarded with food.

Impact

APOPO’s HeroRAT program has helped increase the successful detection of TB cases in their partner hospitals by 43%. In Mozambique, APOPO’s mine action work has helped clear and demine 2.8 million square meters of land, finding and destroying “over 1,860 landmines, 776 items of Unexploded Ordnance (UXOs) and 12,817 Small Arms and Ammunitions (SAA).”

Get Involved

APOPO offers numerous fantastic ways to get involved; you can even adopt your very own HeroRAT with a monthly or annual contribution, receiving updates along the way. You can donate directly to APOPO, but be sure to go through one of their partner organizations to make a tax-exempt donation. APOPO also offers a corporate sponsorship program: help see a HeroRAT through the entire training process; you even get to name the rat! Jobs with APOPO are also available.

Apopo in Africa

Apopo currently has mine detection programs in Mozambique and Thailand, and works to identify TB patients in Tanzania.

The Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute is a non-governmental organization, focused on education, policy, and leadership. According to the website, “The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C.” The organization works on the understanding that communication is the foundation for progress. The Institute’s values are encapsulated in their mission statement.

Get Involved

Consider donating to The Aspen Institute in support of their goals regarding leadership and communication. Also, consider working with the group, or contributing support through ascholarship

Impact

According to their website, the Aspen Institute develops policy and leadership responses to critical issues in four primary ways: through seminars, young-leader fellowships and otherleadership programspolicy programs to discuss issues in a non-partisan light, and public conferences. One particularly important project that the organization works on is the Agent Orange in Vietnam Program, an initiative aimed at promoting dialogue and collaboration between the two countries on the often-contentious issues surrounding US responsibilities and culpability regarding the current effects of past Agent Orange use. Effects of Agent Orange currently felt include environmental pollution, as well as major health effects including birth defects and sickness, experienced by both US veterans and Vietnamese decades after its initial deployment in Vietnam. An article in the New York Times mentions the efforts of the Aspen Institute in brokering communication between the two countries.

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 health

Read about BRAC’s health programs. 

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).


The Carter Center

In November 2011, President Jimmy Carter reached out to SWI Chairman and Executive Director Jon Nappa and to Storm Warriors International with a call for your help. President Carter writes that he and his wife Rosalynn created The Carter Center in 1982, after leaving office, in response to their desire to address “…two issues of paramount importance: advancing peace and preventing human suffering.”

Mission Statement

According to the website, The Carter Center, in partnership with Emory University, is guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering; it seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health.” The Carter Center also works by five guiding principles, and collaborates with a variety of other organizations in pursuit of its mission.

Why it’s Important

In his letter to Storm Warriors International, President Carter outlines three major ways to think about helping the world and staving off storms: “Waging peace, fighting disease, and building hope.” The Carter Center’s efforts are oriented to address these three core methods through direct involvement in spreading and maintaining peace and health throughout the world.

How it Works

Waging Peace means engaging in diplomatic conversations and mediating between parties to resolve conflicts peaceably as an independent third party. In its promotion of democracy, The Carter Center also observes elections to ensure fair voting practices. In the fight against disease, they work to make preventable measures, such as water filtration and medicine, known and available to those at risk.

Effect

As an organization that truly knows the meaning of action, The Carter Center has an impressive list of accomplishments. In his letter, President Carter highlights the organization’s peace and health work. Examples include: diplomatic work with North Korea that led to communication between the United States and North Korea, the first talks in 40 years, as well as election oversight in Nigeria and Indonesia with similarly successful results. The Carter Center has been a driving force behind reducing the “… known cases of Guinea worm disease by more than 99.9 % in 25 years.” These examples are just a few of many areas in which The Carter Center has accomplished amazing results. The website also hosts in-depth individual stories of these successes.

Get Involved

Help spread the word, watch Conversations at the Carter Center, apply for an internship or assistantship, volunteer, or explore career opportunities.

Donate

There are a variety of different levels at which you can contribute.

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).

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. 

Church World Service

The CWS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and three-star charity working “…to eradicate hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice.” In addition to their Charity Navigator rating, CWS also hosts a comprehensive outline of their accountability and standards practices. They cite both the humanitarian guidelines and standards of the International Committee of the Red Cross and The Sphere Project as being among those they consider in their work. Read more about their organization accountability.

Get Involved

Donations can be made to the CWS to cover a variety of projects, including emergency needs, food, water, refugee support, and education. Also, check out the Blankets+ and Church World Service Kits programs, which work to bring a variety of necessities to those in need. CWS supporters also organizes CROP Hunger Walk events. There are many other ways to volunteer your time as well.

Impact

At the bottom of the CWS website is a an informative and accessible breakdown of both the type of work they do, and where their funds are generally allocated. A more detailed breakdown of CWS impact is also available.  CWS works worldwide to respond to emergencies, assist refugees, and to bring food and water to communities that need it.

Deworm the World

DtW Is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization promoting important deworming programs all over the world in order to keep children healthy and free of all parasites. DtW embraces school-based deworming as one effective way to address the effects of parasitic worm infections in schoolchildren. Children can become infected with parasitic worms via the skin or through ingestion. This is a major problem in areas where the soil and water are contaminated. According to the DtW website, worm infection symptoms can include "...stomache pain, coughing, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, swollen belly, blood in stools or urine, fatigue and listlessness" (dewormtheworld.org). 

Get Involved

The DtW website offers a variety of ways to get involved. Read deworming-related news, look into DtW’s many partner organizations, or donate to help give children around the world relief from parasitic infections.

Impact

In the developing world, parasitic worms are a major health issue, and can cause a variety of malevolent symptoms. In many cases this health issue goes on to affect education, absenteeism and cognitive functions. Recognizing the linked nature of these effects, Deworm the World supports deworming as the most cost effective way to increase school attendance. According to the DtW website, the organization has reached “… 37 million children across 27 countries” (dewormtheworld.org).

Doctors of the World/Médecins du Monde

“Doctors of the World is an international humanitarian organization providing medical care to vulnerable populations affected by war, natural disasters, disease, famine, poverty, or exclusion” (doctorsoftheworld.org). The organization’s backbone consists of an army of volunteer doctors and medical professionals who work to bring medical relief where it is needed.

Get Involved

Donate now in support of Doctors of the World. Their website also encourages interested parties to apply for an international job or volunteer role with Doctors of the World. The site also lists a few other ways to get involved.

Impact

On their “At a Glance” informational page, Doctors of the World provides the following impact statistic: “In 2010, Doctors of the World’s global network used $152 million to run 365 programs that provided medical care for more than 1.6 million individuals in 78 countries.” The organization has an international presence, growing from its original base in France to its current 15 operational locations throughout the world. The organization focuses its work and resources in four major areas: Conflict & Crisis, conducting emergency medical response, and often staying after the immediate danger has dissipated; Affected Populations, supporting refugees abroad and in their country of origin;HIV/AIDS & Infectious Diseases, fighting deadly diseases around the world; and Women & Children’s Health, providing pre-natal and pediatric care among other related services.

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.

 

Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

EGPAF is a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing and ending pediatric HIV/AIDS and has history as a pioneering force in advocacy, fundraising, and awareness in the fight against pediatric HIV/AIDS.

Get Involved

Check out the website, which offers a few different ways to get involved or donate to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

Impact

The technology for preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS with a high ratio of success is available. EGPAF seeks to bring the proper technologies and medicines to those in need. According to the website, EGPAF claims as many as “… one in five HIV-positive mothers worldwide receives lifesaving medications through EGPAF-supported clinics” (pedaids.org). EGPAF continues to support HIV/AIDS research, implement and expand programs fighting pediatric AIDS, as well as advocating for public policy that supports “women, children, and families with HIV/AIDS” (pedaids.org). 

Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation in Africa

EGPAF support programs in 13 African countries

Feeding America

Despite having the largest economy in the world and a $48, 100 GDP1 in 6 in the US are dealing with hungerFeeding America is a domestic hunger-relief charity, working to feed those who are going hungry in America through its network of food banks. The organization is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is a BBB Accredited charity, and offers some of its financial data as further information.

Get Involved

Donate to join in the work of Feeding America. As with many other charitable organizations, Feeding America offers both volunteer and career opportunities. People in need of food can seek free assistance through Feeding America programs. Feeding America also suggests you support your local food bank, which can likely be found through the site’s Food Bank Locator.

Impact

Reaching over 37 million Americans a year, Feeding America operates programs to specifically address child hunger, a mobile pantry program, disaster relief responses, supports public policy that addresses the issue of hunger in America, and working amongst a network of food banks to address hunger at both the national and local levels.

The Fistula Foundation

The Fistula Foundation is a four-star rated charity that seeks to support and help facilitate treatment for women experiencing obstetric fistula, a very serious complication that can arise during childbirth, often leading to the death of the child. The foundation also works to prevent the condition through educational programs. For the sake of accountability, the foundation addresses its financial methods in a financial FAQ.

Get Involved

The cost of the surgery required for fistula repair only costs about $450. Fistula is most likely to occur in poor regions, where women often give birth without medical assistance, and do not have the funds necessary to pay for the reparation procedure. Donate to The Fistula Foundation, or donate to their Love-A-Sister program and cover the cost of fistula repair surgery for one woman in need.

Impact

As many as 100,000 women a year experience this traumatizing condition according to the foundation website. The Fistula Foundation increased its grantees in 2011 while continuing to support past grantees. The foundation website also offers a history of the organization, which allows you to see many of their grantees, and where it has been active.


GBCHealth

GBCHealth serves as a hub for private sector engagement on the world’s most pressing global health issues” (GBCHealth.org). GBCHealth is a coalition of many different companies and organizations, all working towards creating a healthier world by bringing their own special skills, resources, and assets to the table. While GBCHealth does not appear to be a non-profit organization, nor does it work with NPO’s, it does make its annual financial reports available. GBCHealth works to facilitate the corporate world’s impact in making the world healthier.

Get Involved

Browse job and internship opportunities. Read about the work of GBCHealth. GBCHealth also has a major library of related resources. 

Impact

GBCHealth focuses on the world’s major health problems, including HIV/AIDSmalaria,tuberculosis, and under its expanded scope of last year, diabetes. Read about some of themany ways that GBCHealth is able to bring together organizations in pursuit of common health goals. Some programs include HIV-Free Generation/Kenya and the Healthy Women, Healthy Economies initiative.  

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.

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



Habitat for Humanity International

Founded in 1976, Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization and nondenominational Christian ministry with a three-star rating on Charity Navigator. Local Habitat affiliates complete due diligence by accepting and reviewing applications for housing from low-income families meeting specific requirements. The houses are built from donated funds and volunteered labor. Habitat offers manageable no-profit, no-interest mortgage loans to allowing families in need to purchase the newly built home.  

Get Involved

Donate to join Habitat for Humanity’s efforts in bringing affordable housing to the low-income families that need it. Habitat for Humanity offers a variety of different ways to volunteer, including traveling abroad via their Global Village volunteer program. Global Village trips include destinations such as Nepal, Vietnam, Fiji, Honduras, and Mozambique.

Impact

Volunteers and homeowners work together under supervised guidance to build and repair affordable housing. Habitat for Humanity has facilitated the construction or repair of over 500,000 houses since the organization was founded.


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: health

Read about IRC’s health-related work

 

International Women’s Health Coalition

The IWHC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports women’s health around the world by working with a network of governments, UN agencies, and local agents to affect both policy and grassroots work. 

Get Involved

IWHC has a phenomenal trove of resources and information readily available concerning the important issues that women face around the world when it comes to their bodies. Take time to look at some of the articles, facts, and a wide variety of other informational resources available, and understand why the group dedicates its resources to the issues it does. The IWHC also summarizes its work in annual reportsDonate to the International Women’s Coalition. There are also job offerings available, if you would like to get involved with the organization’s work.

Impact

The IWHC works to empower individuals in addressing the issues women face: “Since 1984, we have provided over $16.5 million in grants to women and youth advocates” (iwhc.org). Primary concerns of the organization include the connections between the health and reproductive rights of women and youth across the globe. The IWHC seeks to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic, lack of reproductive knowledge and education, access to safe abortion, sexual rights, and gender equality. Overall, the IWHC “… promotes and protects the sexual and reproductive rights and health (SRRH) of all women and young people…” (iwhc.org).

Mai Tam House of Hope

The Mai Tam House of Hope is a non-profit organization in Ho Chi Minh City housing and feeding children who either have HIV/AIDS or have been affected by the disease. Through its various programs, the center supports orphans whose parents died from HIV/AIDS, children with HIV/AIDS, mothers, and widows.

Get Involved

Stormwarriors International has personally visited and spoken with Mai Tam founder and director Father John Toai, and can attest to the compassionate nature of the effective work being done in their facilities. Beginning in July 2012, Stormwarriors International will be making a monthly contribution of $300 to ensure that 10 children will receive the HIV/AIDS medication they need. Consider donating to the Mai Tam House of Hope in support of all they do. Funding for Mai Tam arrives via individual or group donations, grants, and other sources.

Impact

According the website, the center is now able to support over 500 women and children in need (maitamhouseofhope.com). Besides offering food, shelter, and medication for children with or affected by HIV/AIDS, Mai Tam now operates a variety of effective programs. They offer medical services (including prevention of mother-to-child transmission), an independent living house for the children that grow to reach adolescence, opportunities for residents to make some income through a workshop program, education opportunities for children who may not have them otherwise (either helping to place children in schools, or through their own in-house classrooms), a walk-in clinic, housing for widowed mothers and their HIV/AIDS children, a flower shop to generate income in support of Mai Tam, and a hospice for terminally ill AIDS patients. 

Nurse-Family Partnership

The NFP program is a non-profit serving low-income, first time mothers. Women with newborns or children up to two years old can rely on home visits from knowledgeable and competent registered nurses. Nurses are available to ensure that women experience a healthy pregnancy, and have the proper knowledge and support needed to care for their child. Independent agents implement the NFP program on a community basis. The Nurse-Family Partnership National Service Office works with the Invest in Kids organization to support these community-based NFP programs. Outside of the US, NFP programs are supported by the Nurse-Family Partnership International Program.  The NFP is rated four-stars on Charity Navigator.

Get Involved

Read the Fixes article to get a sense of the program’s operations and success, as well as important political news regarding the future of similar programs. Donate to the Nurse-Family partnership to support the trusting relationship between Nurse practitioners and vulnerable mothers.

Impact

The NFP has been consistently studied and evaluated during its operational period. A poston the blog Fixes talks about some of the evaluated success of the program. According to the article, which cites a variety of studies, the program has been studied for decades and has assisted 151,000 families.

The United States President’s Plan for AIDS Relief

PEPFAR is the US government effort to address the global HIV/AIDS crisis.

Get Involved

Consider applying to work for the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator to help with the implementation of PEPFAR.

Impact

One piece of legislation authorized the provision of $48 billion to go towards combatting HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, according to the PEPFAR website.  

According to an NPR article, PEPFAR was one organization able to provide countries like Botswana with the capital needed fight HIV/AIDS until they have more recently been able to take over much of the spending on their own. 

 

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.


Solar Household Energy, Inc.

SHE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to provide access to solar cooking, often the versatile HotPot solar oven, to those who need it most.

Get Involved

The SHE website offers ways to get involved in the solar cooker movement. Considerdonating to SHE in support of their work promoting solar cooking.

Impact

A solar cooking oven is an affordable way to prepare food and saves on the need for potentially hazardous cooking fuel. This is particularly important for those who do not have easy access to the necessary fuels, but instead must travel or scavenge for basic cooking fuel. SHE works to help provide solar cookers and conducts training in their use.

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. 

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. 

Syrian American Women’s Charitable Association

According to their website, “… SAWA, is a non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to…” helping humanitarian, charitable organizations in Syria. They also write on their website, “SAWA strives to help anyone in need across Syria, and occasionally in the United States” (sawa.org).

Get involved

Consider joining the organization as a member, volunteering, or donating to SAWA.

Impact

According to their website, “… SAWA has donated over half a million dollars to many worthy causes” (sawa.org). A list of some of the organizations that have received funds through SAWA is included on their website, making it clear that this organization has made an impact in Syria. From simply skimming the list, organizations that have benefited from SAWA include: Mosaic foundation, Syrian Cancer Society, and Al Raja School for disabled children. Unfortunately SWI is unable to further verify these organizations at this time.


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

 

WorldServe International

WorldServe International is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to brining water and other basic needs to rural communities in Africa. Through their hard work, thousands of children now have access to safe and clean drinking water.

Get Involved

The WorldServe website has a variety of different ways to get involved, including the Kilimanjaro Climb, World Water Day, the Cup of Water program, and by becoming an advocate. Consider donating to one of the WorldServe programs.

Impact

On their website, WorldServe cites the statistic that “Every 15 seconds a child dies due to unsafe drinking water”(worldserveintl.org). WorldServe was the distributing organization for a massive fundraiser started by kids at the R.H. Smith School in Syracuse, N.Y. and Rotary International. Thanks to this fundraiser, which quickly gained nationwide support, WorldServe was able to distribute 10,000 “LifeStraw” devices (personal water filtration systems) to children in rural parts of Africa who are often without easy access to safe drinking water. Through the Cup of Water initiative, your single donation of $20 can provide a lifetime’s supply of safe and clean drinking water to one individual. WorldServe also develops “Life Centers” in East Africa to meet the basic needs of people living in extreme poverty, including water and sanitation, healthcare, education, electrical power, and more.  Check out where some of their projects are located.

 

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