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North America & Caribbean

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 article comments 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 their Women’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. 

Alliance to End Slavery & Trafficking

The ATEST is a group founded by Humanity United, consisting of twelve member organizations. ATEST organizations vary in type, and include non-profits, activist groups, and other humanitarian organizations all working towards the common goal of ending human trafficking and modern-day slavery around the world.

Get Involved

One staggering fact greets you at the top of ATEST’s website: more people are enslaved today than have ever been before in human history. People are bought and sold through sex-trafficking networks worldwide and held in never-ending debt repayment and other forms of forced labor. The ATEST website offers some ideas on how to get involved and support anti-slavery and human trafficking-related policy.  

Impact

Keep up-to-date on ATEST news and activity. ATEST’s member organizations are making an impact against slavery and trafficking operations around the world.

 

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 Fund, Americans 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. 


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

Contribute through specialized funds, including their annual fund and Thailand Fund Relief: 2011donate 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 in North America

The Asia Foundation has an office in Washington, D.C., and is headquartered in San Francisco. 

 

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 a scholarship

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 other leadership programs, policy 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 in North America

BRAC has programs in Haiti.

 

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).

Catchafire in North America

While it appears that the Catchafire database includes organizations that have reach all over the world, the projects currently listed apparently focus on the Boston and New York metropolitan areas. 

Children of the Night
Children of the Night is a three-star rated, 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating children and young people who are victims of sex trafficking in America. The organization operates a shelter with educational and other opportunities for children seeking to escape prostitution. Working with law enforcement, Children of the Night makea efforts to rescue consenting children and provide transportation to remove them from the dangerous conditions they are living in.

Get Involved

The Children of the Night website offers a host of ways to get involved, including volunteer work, job opportunities, a wishlist of items the shelter desperately needs, and a vehicle donation service. Consider donating to Children of the Night, or joining the mailing list to keep informed. 

Impact

The Children of the Night organization operates a 24 hour hotline (1800.551.1300) for young adult and child victims of sex trafficking. In addition to rescue services and the shelter home, Children of the Night trains workers to interface with other institutions through their “With Out Walls” program. The WOW program is designed to supply trained staff, bringing with them their knowledge and experience, to advise and work with underfunded shelters. Read some of the statistics related to child sex trafficking, and about how Children of the Night is helping to stop it. 

Children of the Night in North America

The Children of the Night organization operates in the United States.  

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).

Deworm the World in North America

DtW has provided support to both Haiti and Honduras

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.

Doctors of the World in North America

Read about Doctors of the World’s emergency involvement and more in Haiti, as well as their work to provide accessible healthcare for female workers in Guatemala

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 North America

EGPAF supports programs, including public policy advocacy, in the US

Feeding America

Despite having the largest economy in the world and a $48, 100 GDP, 1 in 6 in the US are dealing with hunger. Feeding 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.

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-time donation, 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.  

The Gateways Program

The Jewish Child Care Association is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit that runs The Gateways Program, a residential program for girls who have been exploited as sex-trafficking victims. 

Get Involved

Donate to the JCCA’s programs. Volunteer to work with kids in one of the JCCA’s residential treatment facilities.  Another way to help is by offering a menial or assistant job/internship to one of the many JCCA teenagers and young adults looking for valuable work experience. For an even more involved way to contribute, consider becoming a foster parent.

Impact

The JCCA is able to include 14 girls in their Gateways program, helping to provide them with rehabilitation services, an education, and support from a full range of medical and therapeutic staff.

The Gateways in North America

The Gateways program is located at JCCA’s Westchester, NY campus. 

 

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/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, and under its expanded scope of last year, diabetes. Read about some of the many 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.  

GBCHealth in North America

The GBCHealth world headquarters are located in New York City

 

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.

Globe Aware in North America

Globe Aware has programs in Costa Rica, Cuba, Jamaica, and Mexico.

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.

GOAL in North America

GOAL currently has programs in Haiti, where they responded to the 2010 earthquake and continue to address the needs of the people affected, and Honduras where it has responded to natural disasters and currently operates community development programs. 

 

iLeap: the center for critical service

iLeap is headquartered in Seattle, Washington where they conduct a variety of social innovation workshops and fellowships. iLeap is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

Get Involved

Donate to iLeap directly. Together with Seattle International Foundation and Jolkona, iLeap brings you a campaign to support “global women’s leadership.” Every $500 collected, which is matched by SIF, goes directly towards one week of training for a woman leader. Contact stephanie@iLEAP.org to volunteer with iLeap.

Impact

Check out iLeap programs. They offer an international fellowship, a social innovation forum and iLeap Outbound

 

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 in North America & Caribbean

See where the IRC is active in the United States and in the Caribbean

Mary's Meals

Mary's Meals is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing a daily meal to disadvantaged and poor children all over the world, often through already established schools and education programs. This school-based approach to fighting hunger is very similar to the approach used by Deworm the World and other school-based programs. Aid workers recognize the powerful draw of education, and the incalculable good a daily meal can do to support a child's education.

Get Involved

The Mary's Meals website offers various ways to get involved with helping to feed, and in indirectly to help educate, children around the world. Consider fundraising for Mary's Meals,  volunteering with the organization, sponsoring a school, or making a donation.

Impact

According to the website, there are "… 300 million chronically hungry children in the world" with millions dying every year (marysmealsusa.org). The website also hosts a breakdown of who they are feeding where. According to this information page, Mary's Meals is currently supplying around 654,961 children in 16 countries around the world with a daily meal. The approach of providing a school-based meal is really about time allocation. Many, many children in the world must allocate their time towards survival activities, such as working for, or gathering food. There is a recognized correlation between food security and school attendance, particularly if available food is one more draw bringing children in each day. A daily meal ensures that school children are able to concentrate on their studies, dedicating themselves to activities beyond mere survival. In addition to Mary's Meals focus on school-based meal programs, the organization has also provided emergency relief around the world. Mary's Meals in North America

Provides meals to schools in Haiti

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 to Mercy 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. 

 

New York Asian Women’s Center

Although their services are oriented towards Asian immigrants, NYAWC is a non-profit resource center available for “… all survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking,” as well as their children.

Get Involved

Read more about the organization and its programs in the New York Nonprofit Press. Donate to support NYAWC’s “… multi-lingual support programs and shelter services.”  Check out job or volunteer opportunities.

Impact

A testament to the accessibility and power of the organization is their well-staffed, and truly multilingual, support line.  NYAWC offers support to victims and survivors of abuse 24 hours a day, seven days a week in English and fifteen Asian languages/dialects. According to the website, NYAWC assists over 600 abused women and their children a year (nyawc.org). The group also offers emergency shelter for women and children facing immediate danger. Read some of the organization’s success stories

 

Niños Estudiando El Salvador

NESES is a family project turned-grassroots non-profit organization working to help Salvadoran orphans and underprivileged children stay in school and complete their studies.

Get Involved         

Donate to support NESES education goals. Notable giving levels include the $500 mark, which will afford one Salvadoran student a year of high school, and $1500, which will support three years; a full high school education.

Impact

NESES offers Salvadoran students study tours, and has awarded 90 scholarships.

 

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 post on 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.

Nurse-Family Partnership in North America

There are Nurse-Family Partnership programs in variety of states in the US and Canada


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 services, business-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.

Pro Mujer in North America

Pro Mujer operates in Mexico and Nicaragua. 

Selfspiration

Selfspiration is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to support survivors of child sexual abuse. Founded by journalist and sexual assault survivor Jolene Loetscher, the organization runs a camp for survivors of child sexual abuse, while also advocating for tougher policy and stricter legislation.

Get Involved

Watch the TEDx talk in which Jolene shares her story and what brought to her to start Selfspiration. Also, consider donating to Selfspiration. The organization is also looking for a variety of different volunteer skills, roles, and ideas. If you are inspired by Jolene’s words and the mission of Selfspiration and would like to volunteer, send an email to believe@selfspiration.com.  

Impact

Selfspiration puts emphasis on creating a space and way for survivors to have a voice while also advocating for them in public arenas in matters of policy and legislation. The website cites the statistic that one in four girls will be abused, as will one in seven boys, before they reach the age of 18.

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. 

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. Consider donating 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.

Solar Household Energy, Inc. in North America

SHE has programs in Mexico and El Salvador

 

SWASH+

The SWASH+ program is a collaborative effort, combining the resources of CARE, Emory University’s Center for Global Safe Water, water.org, and the Kenya Water and Health Organisation, with funding provided the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Global Water Challenge. The program seeks to simultaneously improve water and sanitation systems at schools in Kenya and Central American countries while also researching the effectiveness of the implementation to improve cleanliness and availability of hygienic systems, and, hopefully, reduce absenteeism and school results.  

Get Involved

SWASH+ is funded by both the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Global Water Challenge. Consider donating to CARE or water.org in support of their work. Jobs are available with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, CARE, and water.org. Read up on the research being done by the SWASH+ program and their reports.

Impact

Combining research with implementation, allows for the effects of the program to be observed, recorded and improved upon. One goal of SWASH+ is to better understand how WASH programs (water, sanitation, and hygiene) affect the students whom are exposed to it, and what effects such programs can have on the greater communities within which they are implemented. Read more about the importance of research to the project. The full impact of WASH programs is still being assessed, and more research will lead to a better understanding of health-related behavioral habits and how to implement WASH programs to optimize impact. It is also a goal of SWASH+ to maintain sustainable WASH systems.

SWASH+ in North America

SWASH+ resources allocated to Central America are actively implemented in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua. SWASH+ partners also work to train teachers in healthy WASH practices. 

 

Two Together Tutoring

Catering to children showing signs of needing additional educational support, Two Together is another offering from the 501(c)(3) organization, the Jewish Child Care Association.

Get Involved

Donate to the Two Together program in support of education.  Two Together is also looking for volunteer tutors, with no previous teaching experience required.

Impact

The citywide program brings together 165 tutors to focus their attentions on 135 students, each of whom rely on this educational resource.

Two Together Tutoring in North America

There are two Together Tutoring sites, both located in New York City, with one in Queens and one in Manhattan. 


Vital Voices Global Partnership

Vital Voices is a 501(c)(3) non-governmental organization with a four star rating on charity navigator.  They have supplied some financial information for further confirmation. Vital Voices is built on a wide network of individuals, bringing together a multitude of professionals, leaders, and corporate executives who wish to nurture the potential of women worldwide. This partnership seeks to tease out and amplify those voices with the greatest leadership potential, and provide them with the tools they need to facilitate progress in their communities.

Get Involved

Besides donating to Vital Voices, you can register to join the Global Leadership Network directory and take a look at the Vital Voices Collection. The directory offers many social networking features, and allows you to connect with the powerful and energized women behind this Global Partnership. The collection is one way to support the Entrepreneurs in Handcrafts program (some of the money from which is reinvested into the program), where handcrafted goods are available through Bridge for Africa  or Umoja Women’s Shop. Those interested in volunteer opportunities should contact volunteer@vitalvoices.org. Internships and career paths are also available.

Impact

According to the Vital Voices website, they have “…trained and mentored more than 10,000 emerging women leaders from 127 countries…” who have proceeded to make a difference in their respective communities. Vital Voices is one of twelve organization members of the Alliance To End Slavery & Trafficking. They have also presented information gathered through their Cameroon Initiative to Combat Human Trafficking as a part of an INTERPOL Specialists Group meeting.

Vital Voices in North America

Vital Voices’ developments in North America include the Latin America and the Caribbean Businesswomen’s Network founded in Mexico City, Mexico, as well as regional chapters.

 

 

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.

Voolla in North America

The majority of non-profit organizations approved to benefit from Voolla-facilitated service transactions appear to be based in North America. 

 

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 justice, safety & security, health & reproductive rights, and political power

 

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