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Women and Children

Afghan Women’s Mission

Initially created as a response to desperate need for hospital facilities in Afghan refugee camps located in Pakistan, AWM is an all volunteer run “… project of social and environmental entrepreneurs” working to support women’s rights in Afghanistan through health care, education, and awareness initiatives. The organization is an affiliate of the 501(c)3 non-profit parent organization Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs.

Get Involved

Help others become educated on the issues, request a speaker from the Afghan Women’s Mission to give an educational talk. To become more intimately involved with AWM, consider donating your time or services as a volunteer. Make a donation to contribute to the Afghan Women’s Mission.

Impact

The Afghan Women’s Mission funds projects in refugee camps, including health care (supporting a clinic), education programs, economic self-sufficiency initiatives, emergency relief, and operating orphanages

African Women’s Development Fund

The AWDF “… is a fund-raising and grant-making initiative, which aims to support the work of the African Women’s movement” (womensfundingnetwork.org). The AWDF is a part of the Women’s Funding Network, and as such represents one example of the increasing trend of philanthropic efforts made by generous women donors and/or to programs benefitting women and girls. 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

If you would like to support the AWSF, the organization sas a donation button on their main page. Read more about the grant-making process. Are you a part of a regional African women’s organization? Consider applying for a grant from the Fund.

Impact

From their website, “… AWDF has provided $17 million in grants to 800 women’s organizations in 42 African countries.” These grants fall under the following categories: Women’s rights; economic empowerment; governance, peace, and security; health and reproductive rights; HIV/AIDS; and arts, culture, and sports. This important focus on bettering the conditions for millions of girls throughout the world is a part of the growing "Girl Effect" movement, an investment strategy that embraces the fact that a society that gives equal rights and opportunities to women and girls has a lot more to gain for everyone. 

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. 

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. 

 

Apne Aap Women Worldwide

Apne Aap began as a united group of twenty-two women from the red light district of Mumbai, India who sought to use their collective agency to change their lives. These women were originally the subjects of journalist Ruchira Gupta’s, Apne Aap Founder and Executive Director, Emmy Award-winning film, The Selling of Innocents. Now the efforts of Apne Aap have an impact on over 10,000 women. The Apne Aap mission is very straightforward: The “Mission is to increase choices for at-risk girls and women in order to ensure access to their rights, and to deter the purchase of sex through policy and social change” (apneaap.org). The organization is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

Get Involved

Apne Aap has an established internship program for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as job opportunities. Apne Aap is also looking for people to take up the cause of their current “Cool Men Don’t Buy Sex Campaign”. Learn more about the campaign here. Consider donating to Apne Aap. You can also sign their current petition against police corruption and harassment.

Impact

In early 2012, Storm Warriors International made a personal visit to multiple Apne Aap organizational locations in India, and can personally vouch for the work being done there. Apne Aap fights sex trafficking by acknowledging both the supply side and the demand side causes and effects of the industry. The organization feels it is important to both increase choices for women and also fight for legislation and enforcement against pimps, traffickers, and johns. Apne Aap enables women to help themselves by providing a networking experience, basic educational skills, as well as basic business or vocational training. Read about how Apne Aap helps women establish an independent livelihood, as well as their policy work


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: Women and Children

Read about The Asia Foundation’s Women’s Empowerment Program, which includes a multitude of different projects, all with the goal of empowering women. 

The Aurat Public and Information Service Foundation

The Aurat Foundation is a “… civil society organisation working for women’s empowerment and citizens’ rights…” (af.org.pk).

Get Involved

Consider applying for a job with the Aurat, or donating to one of the Aurat Foundation’sfunding partnersOxfam GBUNICEFTROCAIRE, or UN Women.

Impact

Focuses their resources on information gathering, capacity building, and advocacy. Within these three guiding forces, they focus specifically on three main programs: the Information Programme for Grassroots Organization and Action by Women, the Programme for Strengthening Citizens’ for Advocacy and Action for Women, and the Programme for Affirmative Legislation and policies for Women.  Read about the Aurat Foundation’sprograms

Bedari

The Bedari organization is one group in Pakistan “Working for protection and promotion of Women’s and girls’ human rights” (bedari.org.pk). They are able to provide a variety of services and referrals to vulnerable populations.

Get Involved

The Bedari website offers a variety of ways to get involved with these important issues in Pakistan. From spreading the word, to volunteering, to donating, you can step up and join Bedari’s cause of equality in Pakistan.

Impact

Their Crisis Intervention Program is able to help protect women and girls through workshops and crisis centers. They also operate an Advocacy Program to help women navigate some of the institutional oppression and discrimination that exists in Pakistan. Through this work, Bedari was able to help get two sexual harassment laws passed. Other areas that Bedari focuses on include a Capacity Building and Training Program, Girls’ Education, HIV & AIDS, and governance related issues. Explore some of the specific projects that Bedari has been working on within these general areas.

 

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. 

 

The BlinkNow Foundation

The BlinkNow Foundation raises awareness and funds for its projects: the Kopila Valley Children’s Home and School in Surkhet, Nepal. The organization was started to address the needs of the many displaced children and orphans living in Nepal.

Get Involved

Read the BlinkNow journal, or donate to the organization in support of their anti-poverty and child support goals.

Impact

40 children now live at the home, and the school serves over 300 local children. In addition to the Kopila Valley projects, the organization seeks to raise awareness stateside, and is working to address poverty in the developing world. 


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 women and/or children

Read about BRAC’s gender justice & diversity programs. 

 

Breaking Free

Breaking Free is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping girls and women escape from sex trafficking give them the support they need to prosper.

Get Involved

Donate to Breaking Free. Look into volunteer and internship opportunities. Consider working with Breaking Free.  

Impact

Breaking Free operates a number of programs, including housing and health services for survivors of sex trafficking. 

 

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).


Camfed USA 

Camfed is an organization dedicated to the education of the 24 million girls who cannot afford school in Africa. Camfed is committed to both making school an accessible goal, as well as following through on this initial investment and supporting girls and women at various levels of education. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and has an uncommonly high four-star rating on Charity Navigator.

Get Involved

Camfed offers creative and interesting ways to get involved in your own fundraising efforts, including film screenings, athletic events, celebrations, and memorial giving. Donate to specific projects or help to provide specific necessities, such as shoes and school supplies, to female students through the Camfed shop. Check out Camfed’s website for more ways to keep connected.

Impact

Supporting the education of girls and women is simply a potent investment, one that will have a ripple effect on their family and their greater community. Camfed’s operations are based on the incredible statistical correlations between education and healthy communities: educated girls are “… three times less likely to become HIV-positive” and are more likely to have a smaller, healthier families. This proven positive effect, and its potential to have an even greater, amplified effect on the surrounding society starts with an investment in solid education. According to the website, Camfed has improved the education of 1,451,600 children since 1993. Through Camfed’s work, you can help reduce drop-out rates and keep enrollment levels high.

 

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 line designed specifically to teach children to read, an online mentorship program, providing healthcare kits to women, and helping women to become selfsufficient through knitting and sewing projects. 

Championing Community Children

Championing Community Children is a charitable organization founded by Filipino 13 year-old Kesz Valdez, a former street child. The organization works to improve the lives of street kids through education and other forms of support. He was recently written about by NBC News.

Get Involved

Unfortunately, this organization does not appear to have a website. However, Valdez maintains a Facebook page, which is actively updated with news of his work and a great deal of photos. Perhaps an ambitious storm warrior might be inspired to make contact, and to see if there is any easy way for other ambitious storm warriors to donate, volunteer, or otherwise become involved with Valdez’s valiant community efforts.

Impact

For his work, Valdez has been acknowledged with the 2012 International Children’s Peace Prize, presented by the KidsRights organization. For many street kids, basic hygiene education can go a long way, and is something they don’t always have easy access to, if any at all. Organizations like Championing Community Children are making a difference in these kids’ lives by supporting them and helping to develop the skills they need to lead healthy lives.

 

Chicago Foundation for Women

CFW is a 501(c)3 non-profit fundraising and grant making organization acting as a resource for programs that benefit girls and women in the greater Chicago area. CFW is one of many groups falling into a recently increasing trend of philanthropic efforts made by generous women donors or for women’s programs. 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 such as the Foundation, often at a great scale. CFW is a member of the Women’s Funding Network.

Get Involved

The Chicago Foundation for Women occasionally hires. Volunteer your time or otherwise get involved. Working on a project or for a non-profit to benefit women in the Chicago area? Apply for a grant from CFW. Consider donating to the Chicago Foundation for Women in support of non-profits working for women and girls in the greater Chicago area. Giving through a group can be a powerful and inspirational way to make more of a difference than you ever might be able to on your own.

Impact

CFW focuses on these areas: expanding economic security, ensuring freedom from violence, and enhancing access to health services and information. According to their website, they have given over 2,900 grants valued at almost $19 million total in support of women and girls (cfw.org). The organization also provides free resources for its grantees to better prepare them for the work they are accomplishing. For a better idea of the impact CFW is having on their community, explore what non-profit organizations they have been able to fund. CFW also operates the Catalyst Fund, “… a national initiative to bring new funding to women of color-led reproductive justice work” (cfw.org). This important focus on bettering the conditions for millions of girls throughout the world is a part of the growing "Girl Effect" movement, an investment strategy that embraces the fact that a society that gives equal rights and opportunities to women and girls has a lot more to gain for everyone. 

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. 

The Citizens Foundation

TCF is a non-profit organization working to create a better education environment in Pakistan. Their main page features a rotating banner declaring facts related to education in Pakistan. One of the ones that may greet you is the statistic that 7 million children are out of school in Pakistan. TCF is working to change that, and to promote equality in the process: “The vision of TCF is to remove barriers of class and privilege and to make the citizens of Pakistan Agents of Positive Change” (tcf.org.pk).

Get Involved

Consider donating to TCF or volunteering your time to support education in Pakistan. Explore TCF through their publications. TCF also has a variety of career and internship opportunities.

Impact

TCF establishes schools as positive learning environments for students. They also run programs to thoroughly train their teachers. Their website describes some of the major impact that TCF has had on the education scene in Pakistan: “As of 2012, TCF has established 830 purpose-built school units nationwide with an enrollment of 115,000 students” (tcf.org.pk).

Developments in Literacy

DIL is an educational organization that works to serve underprivileged students, with a focus on girls, by operating schools in Pakistan. The organization has branches in both Pakistan and in the US. It is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit.

Get Involved

The DIL website offers some great ways to get involved, including through a volunteer position or internship, or donating to the organization.  

Impact

Check out the many schools that DIL operates and where they are located. According to their website, over 17,000 children are enrolled in DIL schools. 

 

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 to sell 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

 

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.

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. 

 

 

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.  

GBCHealth Women and Children

GBCHealth facilitates a major strategic relationship, as a part of the Healthy Women, Healthy Economies program, between government entities and corporations to empower women and bring increased access to education for women and girls and increase economic involvement.  

 

GlobalGiving

 

As another repository of potential beneficiaries, the GlobalGiving website operates within a similar core framework to that of Kiva or Vittana. The extensive database of organizations, groups, individuals, and projects seeking funds offers an incredible amount of choice for potential Storm Warriors; the range of causes available allows donors to hone in on specific profiles that they identify with. The GlobalGiving Foundation is confirmed as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization by the IRS, has a three-star rating on Charity Navigator, and is recommended by journalist Nicholas Kristof in his blog post on do-it-yourself aid. Learn about the history of GlobalGiving, watch the TEDxYSE talk.

 

Mission Statement

 

“Build an efficient, open, thriving marketplace that connects people who have community and world-changing ideas with people who can support them.” Via GlobalGiving website.

 

Why it’s Important

 

Rather than focusing on a single issue, GlobalGiving offers an entire marketplace of aid-related projects and causes to support. Causes that may not have found a voice otherwise are able to gain visibility and float to the top thanks to the efforts of passionate donors. Like Kiva or Vittana, this offers a highly accessible giving experience. There are a great deal of choices available, and many different options by which to filter profile results.

 

Connecting with donors though the GlobalGiving platform also means less work for those in the field, allowing causes to focus on their work, and not on the often-laborious efforts of raising money.

 

How it Works

 

The causes on GlobalGiving are all vetted, providing reassurance that your money will go to the cause described. GlobalGiving works with a variety of partner organizations to ensure that each cause meets a range of criteria. GlobalGiving lists four main criteria that each project must meet on its due diligence page; projects and leaders must be reliable, eligible to receive donations, make a social impact, and must not be listed in any terrorist databases. Projects can be filtered by popularity rank, country, theme, funding percentage, when added, recently updated, organization, and sponsor. There is also a donation wizard to match you to a project if you’re unsure of where to start.

 

Impact

 

Donors will receive email updates on their supported projects to provide a level of transparency, and detailed progress reports are available online. GlobalGiving connects you to a variety of grassroots projects in over 100 countries and has facilitated the donation of over $58.8 million over 5,200 projects since 2002.

 

Get Involved

 

Search for a project and donate now, or add your own project. For donations, make sure to cover the 15% fee that goes towards GlobalGiving operation costs with every donation to ensure that most of the funds go to the grassroots project. Jobs, internships, and volunteer positions are all available, along with plenty of other opportunities.

GlobalGiving Women and Children

View a list of GlobalGiving projects for women and girls, or the projects related to children.

Global Fund for Women

The Global Fund for Women is 501(c)3 non-profit and three-star grant-making institution working to augment and support women’s groups the world over. GFW brings together institutions in need of funding with donors in order to fight against violence and discrimination, while working in support of “… civil, cultural, economic, political, and social” rights (globalfundforwomen.org). The GFW was also mentioned in Nicholas Kristof’s “How to Change the World” blog entry.

Get Involved

If you wish to be at the forefront of the fundraising and grant making efforts for important organizations supporting women’s rights, consider applying for an internship or job with the Global Fund for Women. Explore publications released by the GFW, or simply donate to make a contribution towards GFW’s efforts. If you’re ambitious, consider applying for a grant from the Global Fund for Women to fund your initiative.

Impact

According to their website, the Global Fund for Women has “… granted over $95 million to more than 4450 women’s groups in 172 countries” (globalfundforwomen.org). Read more about the worldwide impact GFW has made.

 

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

The GVN Foundation

The GVN Foundation is a non-profit fundraising organization working to support grassroots projects focusing on empowering women and children around the world.

The GVN Foundation is closely associated with the Global Volunteer Network, a New Zealand-registered charity that connects volunteers with projects and communities in need.

Get Involved

Consider donating to the Foundation. Also, look into sponsorship or other projects to get involved with.

Impact

According to the Foundation website, the organization has raised over $1.6 million through a variety of fundraising projects, which has gone to support grassroots programs around the world. Major fundraising efforts include the “Eat So They Can” campaign and “Hike for a Cause” opportunities. 

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.

 

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.

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. 

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. 

 

 

Narayantala Mass Communication Society

Narayantala Mass Communication Society is an NGO working locally in West Bengal, India. It is one of the NGOs working closely with Irish non-profit GOAL.

Get Involved

Look here for contact information for Narayantala Mass Communication Society. While SWI cannot point you towards a concrete donation system via the internet at this time, we suggest you consider looking into Irish non-profit GOAL, an organization that works alongside Narayantala Mass Communication Society.

Impact

According to the Christian Science Monitor, Narayantala Mass Communications works alongside GOAL to educate the children of India’s brickmaking workforce, composed largely of poor, low-caste or migrant workers, their rights, reading, and arithmetic. Read about the associated Brick Kilns Programme

 

New York Asian Women’s Center

Although their services are oriented towards Asian immigrants, NYAWC is a non-profitresource 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

 

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.

Organization for the Advancement of Afghan Women

OAAW is a non-profit organization founded by a group of Afghan women professionals in 2002. The volunteer-run organization is dedicated to making education possible for all Afghan women and children. The organization works on both healthcare and education needs.

Get Involved

Consider donating to OAAW in support of their work promoting education and health in regions of Afghanistan that sorely need it.

Impact

OAAW projects have a major impact on tens-of-thousands of women and children. In order to address the duel concerns of education and health, OAAW sponsors both a much-needed clinic as well as building a vital new school in 2007. 

 

Pratham

Pratham is a major Indian non-profit organization focused on providing and supporting accessible education. The group operates a variety of programs that address early learning, illiteracy, access to books, and other education-related issues. The organization also has a US branch: Pratham USA, a four-star501(c)(3) non-profit, which is supported by major philanthropic organizations including, among others, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, GE Foundtion, and the Omidyar Network. One of Pratham’s successful programs includes the non-profit publisher Pratham Books. The Christian Science Monitorran a fantastic profile on Rohini Nilekani, an Indian philanthropist and the founder and chairperson of Pratham Books. She is quoted in the article as saying that her mission is to “… put a book in every child’s hand” (csmonitor.com).

Get Involved

Get involved with Pratham by donating, volunteering, or even visiting a Pratham organization location, which would allow you to see first hand the work they are accomplishing. If you were interested in Rohini Nilekani and the work Pratham Books is doing, consider volunteering your time or artistic talents to Pratham Books, donating, or otherwise helping to fund the organization and put books in the hands of kids who need them.

Impact

Check out the impact Pratham is having. Pratham works hard to address the multiplicity of education issues in India by publishing affordable and accessible reading material throughPratham Books, operating preschool programs and Pratham Open Schools, advocating for education reform, and maintaining a variety of other successful programs. Read about case examples of children who have benefited from educational opportunities through Pratham. Pratham is able to make a difference and reach over 2.4 million children in rural India through their Pratham’s Read India program alone (prathamusa.org). The Pratham USA website emphasizes the extent of illiteracy in India, the site cites that almost half of all Indian children (the site says there are about 210 million children in India) are illiterate (prathamusa.org). 

 

Project: AK-47

 

Project: AK-47 is a project run by 501(c) 3 non-profit organization Just Projects International. For further confirmation on their charitable status, check out their GuideStar profile. Unlike most other organizations dealing with children affected by conflict, Project: AK-47 deals directly with the groups using child soldiers to demobilize children from military use. It is not simply a rehabilitation program. This appears to make the program unique as a direct way through which to rescue a child from life among armed conflict.  

 

Get Involved

 

Consider donating to assist the project in transforming the lives of children in war-torn areas. Investing in education and community are an essential part of providing a future path for these children.

 

Impact

 

Using the symbol of the ubiquitous AK-47, a favorite firearm of the many resistance armies and drug cartels that coerce children into soldiery, Project AK-47 works to save these children from life as a soldier. The work of Project: AK-47 is not limited to advocacy and awareness. They are able to engineer the release of children from militant organizations by cultivating a diplomatic relationship with the groups that use child soldiers, often negotiating with community investment incentives as a bargaining tool. Apparently, many of these militant organizations can recognize the value of education in their communities, and voluntarily release children when they see what investment from Project: AK-47 can do. After the demobilization process, Project:AK-47 is able to provide the children with everything they need to begin their new lives, including healthcare, shelter, and k-12 education. 

 

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.

 


 

 



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: women and children

Read about the IRC Child & Youth Protection and Development Programs and their work with Women.

 

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).

 

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. 

 

The Quincy Jones Foundation

The Quincy Jones Foundation is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to benefit children around the world. From the website, “Through his personal foundation, the Quincy Jones Foundation, Jones raises awareness and financial resources for initiatives that support global children’s issues in areas of conflict, malaria eradication, clean water and efforts to restore the Gulf Coast (post-Katrina)” (qjfoundation.org). From the mission statement, “The Quincy Jones Foundation supports and promotes initiatives around the world that contribute to the health, well-being and dignity of children. Its mission is to give young people a voice to inspire and empower them to live to their fullest potential” (qjfoundation.org).

Get Involved

Check out the website for more info on what projects the Foundation is currently supporting through the Q Prize and other endeavors. Past support and recognition has been given the Cambodian Children’s Fund (donate now).

Impact

The Foundation awards the Q Prize, given as a part of a joint effort with the Harvard School of Public health to support projects benefitting children. The first Q Prize, given in 2007 went to Scott Neeson, executive director of the Cambodian Children’s Fund

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. 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.

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).

Somaly Mam Foundation

The Somaly Mam Foundation is an organization that envisions “… a world where women and children are safe from slavery” (somaly.org). SMF is a non-profit organization working towards ending sex slavery. The organization works in Southeast Asia where human trafficking is a major problem. SMF works to raise awareness about sex slavery and human trafficking while also supporting and empowering survivors. Somaly Mam, the woman for whom the foundation was named, was also honored as a CNN Hero.

Get Involved

Consider donating to the Somaly Mam Foundation, or otherwise getting involved through one of the other ways listed on their website, including through volunteer work, or by simply spreading the word.

Impact

According to the Somaly Mam website, the Asia Pacific region has the highest rates of forced labor. The statistic that the site quotes says that 11.7 million people are currently forced labor victims, 55% of which are estimated to be women and girls (somaly.org). SMF works to support survivors of human trafficking and sex slavery, while also working towards ending sex slavery, through grassroots programs and supporting survivors. 


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. 

SWASH+

The SWASH+ program is a collaborative effort, combining the resources of CARE, Emory University’s Center for Global Safe Waterwater.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 FoundationCARE, and water.org. Read up on theresearch 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 fullimpact 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.

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.

 

The Ted Simon Foundation

The Ted Simon Foundation is a non-profit organization, named after motorcyclist and journalist Ted Simon, which seeks to encourage and support international good will and intercultural understanding through their Jupiter’s Traveller’s program by assisting chosen motorcyclists with both travelling around the world and in sharing their story upon their return. The organization largely focuses on distilling a shareable version of the cyclist’s experience: “The purpose of the Foundation is to encourage and assist travellers in making an extra effort to develop their observations and insights into something of value for the rest of the world to share, whatever their medium of expression might be” (jupiterstravellers.org).

Get Involved

Ways to get involved with the Ted Simon Foundation include reading up on the past adventures of Jupiter’s Travellers, especially the exceptional work done recognized by the Jupiter awards. If you believe you would make a good ambassador to other cultures, you are welcome to apply for the Jupiter’s Travellers program. Companies or organizations are invited to make a donation.

Impact

Jupiter’s Travellers’ are meant to share their experiences with the world as a way to encourage and increase international awareness and understanding. Some Jupiter’s Travellers choose to raise funds along their journey for specific causes, allowing them to not only the experience of learning about peoples and cultures firsthand, and then retelling their stories upon return, but also raising awareness and funds for specific causes. Storm Warriors International has contributed to such efforts being conducted by one woman, Eliza Massey riding out of Hope, Maine, raising money for Women for Women, an organization profiled here on the SWI website. 

Touch A Life Foundation

Touch A Life is a 501(c)(3) non-profit working to provide long-term support for children all over the world through their care centers. They offer their services to “…vulnerable and exploited children in Southeast Asia and West Africa,” many of whom have been trafficked or forced into labor.

Get Involved

Donate, sponsor a child, volunteer domestically or abroad, become a partner, or read more about human trafficking.

Impact

The Touch A Life Foundation began its humble origins as a small apartment offering refuge to 15 of Vietnam’s many street children. Now the organization supports hundreds of children across three different countries (touchalifekids.org).

 

Trust Women Conference

Convened by the Thomas Reuters Foundation and the International Herald Tribune, the Trust Women Conference, brings together bright minds from the forefront of their respective fields to discuss issues affecting the rights of women worldwide. Men and women from the “legal, financial, government, corporate and non-profit sectors” will meet to discuss issues of violence and discrimination facing women around the world (trustwomenconf.com). The conference takes place this year on December 4th and 5th in London.

Get Involved

This conference is a fantastic opportunity for an intelligent, driven person with an interest in women’s rights to become actively involved in both better understanding the reality of these issues, and in helping provide their voice in addressing them. Consider registering for the conference, or see if your non-profit organization will elect for you to attend. Read about the agenda and speakers.

Impact

The subtitle to the conference emphasizes that the true purpose of the meeting is to ensure that women’s rights are built into, and protected by, the world’s legal systems and governmental policies: “putting the rule of law behind women’s rights” (trustwomenconf.com). The conference will begin with a portion dedicated to identifying and educating on the obstacles to women’s rights facing millions everyday. Then, the 350 delegates will work to brainstorm innovative solutions addressing those problems. Some of the critical issues that will be addressed include child marriage, female genital mutilation, acid attacks, and honor killings. Some of the discussion will consider the goal of augmenting current NGOs and non-profits in an effort to increase their influence and ability to assist in helping women to access their rights. 

 

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.

 

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 a profile 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.

 

 

War Child International

War Child is a network of independent organizations working to protect and support children affected by war. The network is made up of local organizations in the USA, the UK, Ireland, Canada, Holland, and Australia. As War Child supports the direct needs of children they simultaneously work to raise awareness and advocate for sustainable solutions at varying levels. For long-term solutions, the organization works to train social workers, working to build schools, and develop other sustainable answers to the problems affecting children. They are very clear that they work ensure children are not dependent on their organization: “Our aim is to strengthen the capacity of the families, communities and authorities to look after their children” (warchild.org.uk). War Child works to help communities help themselves, making it a primary concern to ask the children and communities they work with what they need.

Get Involved

Signup to receive the War Child newsletter, or consider applying to one of the job opportunities offered within the organization. Consider donating to War Child International, or to one of its local affiliates.

Impact

War Child UK is currently raising money to help keep Syrian children out of harms way during the ongoing civil conflict. Donate to help protect Syrian children. War Child projects fall under these categories: child protection, education, justice, livelihoods, and psychosocial. 

 

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 Donors Network

WDN is a network of progressive giving groups “… building powerful connections with each other and our allies, WDN leverages more than $150 million a year toward solutions that address the root causes of injustice and inequality” (womendonors.org). The organization is one of many groups falling into a recently increasing trend of philanthropic efforts made by generous women donors. A recent article comments both on the frequency of donations made by women philanthropists, as well as on the propensity women donors have for pooling their resources to raise money in groups, often at a great scale.

Get Involved

Find out more information on the WDN community and how to join. Giving through a group can be a powerful and inspirational way to make more of a difference than you ever might be able to on your own.

Impact

The organization offers a platform through which donors learn to identify and understand issues, and then leverage resources to make a difference. Donors are able to focus on specific issues through their wide variety of donor-led giving circles

Women for Women International

Women for Women International helps women survivors of conflict transition to new, self-sufficient lives. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and has an uncommonly high four-star rating on Charity Navigator.

Get Involved

Donate to help women survivors of war, or take part in WfWI’s sponsorship program. Find a Run for Congo Women fundraising run/walk event to participate in, or start your own event. You can also commit to one year’s work as an ambassador, or become otherwise active in fundraising for the cause.

Impact

Women for Women International offers a one-year program to provide women with the skills and training they need to make their own way and support themselves. The four-step program is based on ensuring participants can gain and sustain their own income and have the skills and knowledge that they need to make sound decisions to protect the well-being of themselves and their families.

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

 

Women’s Funding Network

WFN is a broad collection of over 160 organizations that fund women’s organizations around the world. WFN is one of many groups falling into the recently increasing trend of philanthropic efforts made by generous women donors or for women’s funds. 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

Look into what it takes to become a member of the Women’s Funding Network. Become educated on economic security. Consider donating to the network to further their work to “… dismantle poverty, end violence, bolster human rights, enhance education, and increase access to healthcare” (womensfundingnetwork.com). Explore other ways to become involved. Look into job opportunities with WFN.

Impact

According to their website, WFN members invest $65 million every year into programs for women and girls all over the world. Read more about what sort of impact investing in women can have on the world. This important focus on bettering the conditions for millions of women and girls throughout the world is a part of the growing "Girl Effect" movement, an investment strategy that embraces the fact that a society that gives equal rights and opportunities to women and girls has a lot more to gain for everyone. 

 

Women Moving Millions

WMM is a giving group of men and women with strict requirements to join that is “… seeking to significantly increase the amount of funding and new gifts that support the advancement of women and girls around the world” (womenmovingmillions.org). WMM is one of many groups falling into a recently increasing trend of philanthropic efforts made by generous women donors. 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

In order to join, WMM requires a one million dollar minimum equivalent donation to a group or project that will work for the advancement of women and girls, among other requirements. Giving through a group can be a powerful and inspirational way to make more of a difference than you ever might be able to on your own.

Impact

WMM has “… raised over $200 million for women and girls and currently has over 150 members” (womenmovingmillions.org). This important focus on bettering the conditions for millions of girls throughout the world is a part of the growing "Girl Effect" movement, an investment strategy that embraces the fact that a society that gives equal rights and opportunities to women and girls has a lot more to gain for everyone. WMM also seeks to work strategically with other organizations. 

 

Women’s Economic Security Campaign

WESC is a collaboration of a variety of US women’s funds, including the Chicago Foundation for Women, The Washington Area Women’s Foundation, the Women’s Foundation of California, and the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis. WESC is also affiliated with the Women’s Funding Network. WESC seeks to act as a resource for initiatives that help to ensure economic security for women. WESC is one of the many groups falling into a recently increasing trend of philanthropic efforts made by generous women donors or for women’s programs. 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, such as WESC, often at a great scale.

Get Involved

Look into becoming a member of the Women’s Economic Security Campaign. Explore their issues and programs. Read more about WESC’s members. Look into other ways to get involved. Giving and working through a group or network can be a powerful and inspirational way to make more of a difference than you ever might be able to on your own.

Impact

WESC focuses on these areas: increasing awareness, creating and protecting policies that support economic security for women, and to provide examples of the valuable impact women’s funds can have in the reduction of poverty (womensfundingnetwork.org). This important focus on women’s funds and bettering the conditions for millions of girls throughout the world is a part of the growing "Girl Effect" movement, an investment strategy that embraces the fact that a society that gives equal rights and opportunities to women and girls has a lot more to gain for everyone. 

Women’s Foundation of California

The WFC is a grant maker working towards a “… just and equitable California, in which all people and communities, in every region of the state, thrive” (womensfoundca.org). The WFC is one of many groups falling into a recently increasing trend of philanthropic efforts made by generous women donors or to programs specifically benefitting 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.

Getting Involved

Check out some of the related news and research through the WFC. Look to see if your organization is eligible for funding through a grant from the WFC. Consider donating to the WFC itself.

Impact

The WFC collaborates with other organizations on specific projects.  The WFC also operates a training program through the Women’s Policy Institute to teach women activists and grassroots organizations. The Women’s Foundation of California is proud of the legislative impact it has made through the Women’s Policy Institute. This important focus on bettering the conditions for millions of girls and women throughout the world is a part of the growing "Girl Effect" movement, an investment strategy that embraces the fact that a society that gives equal rights and opportunities to women and girls has a lot more to gain for everyone. WMM also seeks to work strategically with other organizations. 

Women’s Refugee Commission

The WRC is a research and advocacy organization focused on improving conditions for internally displaced and refugee women and children. The Women’s Refugee Commission is affiliated with the International Rescue Committee. WRC bases their advocacy on their research.

Get Involved

Women’s Refugee Commission provides updates on current situations facing immigrants and refugees, and urges people to take action. Donate or look at job opportunities to get involved.

Impact

80% of 42 million refugees or internally displaced persons in the world are women, children, and young people. WRC works to identify the issues that affect these people and work to ease their situation. Information about the issues they are closest to is available in a host of reports published by WRC. 


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.

Worldwide Impact Now

WIN is a 501(c)3 non-profit humanitarian organization working to help the less fortunate in locations around the world.

 

Get Involved

 

Consider donating towards their causes in Myanmar, Kenya, and Mexico.

 

Impact

 

Worldwide Impact Now operates a variety of programs. They support orphanages in multiple locations around the world, often for children who have lost their parents in armed conflict. The organizations also supports the living needs of landmine victims, as well as fundraising for some some emergency response equipment needed for refugees of conflict. WIN also works to support community endeavors, such as youth leadership programs, schools, and other projects. 



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