Organizations in Activities:
ACT for Congo (Formerly HEAL Africa)
We envision a Democratic Republic of Congo with innovative locally led development organizations that create and support communities where justice, mercy, stewardship of the earth, and human dignity is lived out for all people.
African Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest
The overall vision of the African Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest is to increase trade and investment relationships between businesses in Africa and the Pacific Northwest of the United States. The African chamber of Commerce is applying for the Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP) grant to assist the following companies in expanding and increasing their business in Africa.
Alaska Air Group is committed to leading our industry in environmental stewardship. We are dedicated to honorable and responsible relationships with our customers, employees, investors, business partners and the communities where we fly.
At Amazon, we’re constantly looking for ways to further reduce our environmental impact.
Online shopping is inherently more environmentally friendly than traditional retailing. The efficiencies of online shopping result in a greener shopping experience than traditional retailing
Ashesi University Foundation
Ashesi’s mission is to educate a new generation of ethical and entrepreneurial leaders in Africa; to cultivate within our students the values of life-long learning, concern for others and the courage to think in a bold and enterprising way. Further, we aim to expand without losing focus on quality and, through strategic planning and fiscal discipline, to set the bar for educational standards on the African Continent.
Ayni Education International
Ayni Education International creates quality educational experiences in Afghanistan that empower and inspire children and their families to build peaceful, just and life affirming communities.
Big Water Consulting
Big Water Consulting is a consulting firm located in Seattle, Washington that specializes in assisting tribal, governmental, nonprofit and public interest-minded private clients in the fields of project management, data collection and utilization, policy development, technical network development and capacity building. Big Water focuses on infusing data in the analysis and discussion of equitable development issues impacting global health, education, the environment and sustainable economic development at large.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving peoples health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all peopleespecially those with the fewest resourceshave access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life.
Bo M. Karlsson Foundation (BMKF)
The Bo M. Karlsson Foundation (BMKF), is a non-profit organization which awards scholarships to universities and trade schools to underprivileged young women in Nepal.
Our Mission: Fund higher education for underprivileged Nepali women so that they may become self-reliant, confident, and productive citizens in their own country
Our Belief: The women we support awaken us to our global connectivity and the universal desire for peace and goodwill.
Our Vision: Lifting the barriers that prevent women worldwide from achieving their highest potential
The Borgen Project is the innovative, national campaign that is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy.
BOSIA (Bainbridge Ometepe Sister Island Association):
The Bainbridge Ometepe Sister Islands Association builds bridges of friendship between Bainbridge Island in Washington State and Ometepe island in Nicaragua.
Breakthrough Partners operates in strategic regions of Africa, Asia and Latin America to identify and build indigenous leaders who will lead an “Inside-Out” change process to pursue transformational, sustainable solutions to profound ruin, devastation and brokenness.
buildOn’s mission is to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education
Burkitt’s Lymphoma Kenya Fund
Funds programs designed to diagnose and treat BL patients in east Africa. In cooperation with US and African partners, BLFA also works to insure that patients and their families receive social, economic, and logistical support needed to help them complete treatment successfully.
Clear Path International
Clear Path International provides medical, socio-psychological and economic assistance to landmine accident survivors, their families and their communities in Asia.
Committee for Children
Committee for Children is a Seattle-based, internationally focused nonprofit organization whose vision is Safe children thriving in a peaceful world. The organization conducts research, develops educational materials, and trains educators in the use of evidence-based, teacher- and parent-friendly curricula for the prevention of child abuse and youth violence. The organization disseminates these toolkits to schools, districts, youth programs, parent educators, and other child-serving settings. Committee for Children programs are awarded the highest exemplary and model program ratings by the US Departments of Education, Health, and Justice, and given Select Program status by researchers at the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning. Committee for Children’s flagship program, Second Step: A Violence Prevention Curriculum, is taught to over 9 million children in North America and translated versions are presented to millions more children through program dissemination partners in countries around the world.
World Concern provides life, opportunity and hope to suffering people around the world, through disaster response and development programs. Motivated by our love of Christ, we bring hope and reconciliation to those we serve, so they may in turn share with others. World Concern will provide opportunities to the poor which focus on basic needs, sustainable livelihoods and family stability. We will serve through a worldwide staff of professionals who are committed to forging partnerships with the people and communities we serve, as well as local governments, churches, like-minded agencies and donors. Our work is an extension of our love of Christ, which we share in word and deed.
We are an all-volunteer organization based in Seattle, supporting a school and its surrounding community in Zambia. The Dwankhozi Basic School has grown to 600 students, many of whom are orphans. Our support has included buildings, supplies, clean water, sponsorship of Teachers to become certified, sponsorship of secondary school students, an agricultural program, installation of solar power, the first launch in Zambia of a Worldreader e-reader program, and economic development/literacy programs for adults. Future goals include the opening of a medical clinic to serve the larger community.
EarthCorps offers a 6-month service learning program in Seattle, Washington, USA that brings together emerging environmental leaders from around the world to learn the fundamentals of: Environmental Service, Community Building, Leadership.
East-west Management Institute
The East-West Management Institute works to strengthen democratic societies by bringing together government, civil society, and the private sector – to build accountable, capable and transparent institutions. Founded in 1988, as an independent not-for-profit organization, EWMI’s work began the year before the wall came down, with the challenge of crafting functioning democratic systems in transitioning post-soviet societies. We learned – in our initial work across central and eastern europe, and in the decades that followed around the world – that a collaborative approach involving civil society, government and the private sector is the key to ensuring that citizens exercise their rights, and institutions are accountable for protecting them. This leads to more just and prosperous societies.
Engineers Without Borders Puget Sound Professional Chapter
Engineers Without Borders – Puget Sound Professional Chapter is one of the largest and most active chapters of EWB-USA; a network of over 300 student and professional chapters.
Our vision is a world in which all communities have the capacity to meet their basic human needs. Our Mission is to support community-driven development programs worldwide through the design and implementation of sustainable engineering projects, while fostering responsible leadership.
EWB-PSPC is a volunteer-run professional organization.
Esperanza International Foundation
The mission of Esperanza International Foundation is to free children and their families from poverty through initiatives that generate income, education, and health; restoring self-worth and dignity to those who have lost hope. This is accomplished through a program that focuses on Microenterprise Development, Education and Training, Health Care and Health Education.
Gambia Health Education Liaison Project (Gambia HELP)
Global Brigades (GB) is an international health and sustainable development organization empowered by student volunteers. Since 2004, GB has mobilized over 36,000 participants for skill-based programs that work in partnership with community members to improve quality of life in remote rural communities located in Ghana, Panama, Nicaragua and Honduras. GB makes impact through week-long volunteer trips where participants engage in intensive hands-on projects that provide access to water, public health, medical, business, micro-finance and many other sustainable solutions. For every volunteer GB mobilizes, the quality of life for more than thirty people is improved in targeted communities. Over the past nine years, GB’s civic-engagement initiatives have impacted more than 1,000,000 community members in Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and Ghana.
Global Impact raises funds to meet critical humanitarian needs around the world. As a leader in international philanthropy for more than half a century, we work with a broad network of private and public sector partners to provide food, shelter, medical care, job skills and education to the people who need it most.
Global Visionaries is a Seattle-based, 501c3 non-profit organization that empowers young people to become active leaders in creating a just and sustainable future. The year-long Leadership Program provides local youth with a global perspective, empowering them to understand the intrinsic relationships between local, international, social and environmental justice issues while instilling a life-long ethic of service and philanthropy. Fifty percent of our students come from low-income families. A highlight of the program is the extraordinary educational trips to Guatemala involving language and cultural immersion, volunteer work and adventure. GV’s goal is to fundamentally transform the way in which youth approach the problems facing their generation by acting in partnership with youth through trainings, leadership guidance, and by providing the organizational infrastructure in which youth can become visionary leaders. Our programs challenge students to build relationships that extend beyond borders, stereotypes, and politics in order to inspire a new generation of global leaders in creating a just and sustainable future.
Global Women: Partners in Philanthropy
Global Women — Partners in Philanthropy was initiated as a research project at the Marc Lindenberg Center for Humanitarian Action, International Development and Global Citizenship in the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington in January 2010. The Lindenberg Center has an established history of partnering with foundations to pursue its mission. The focus of this project – women’s philanthropy – is a major means of promoting civil society and creating a more sustainable and humane world. The project benefited from the Center and the Evans School who provided the initial infrastructure – research assistants, support staff, university facilities and institutional knowledge – for a project that is global in scope. In January 2012 GWPP extended its collaboration to the Nancy Bell Evans Center on Non Profits and Philanthropy in the Evans School.
GWPP will continue to work cooperatively with the University and the Evans School on curricula and training to help build effective philanthropy infrastructure in China and around the globe.
Their mission is to enable the poor, especially the poorest, to create a world without poverty.
Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce
The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce is the largest and most diverse business association in the Puget Sound region. Founded in 1882 by local business leaders, the Chamber today is an independent organization representing 2,200 companies and a regional workforce of approximately 700,000.
Hands for Peacemaking
Hands For Peacemaking was established by Leeon Aller MD and his wife Virginia in 1985. Dr. Aller had traveled to the NW highland area of Guatemala and was struck by the wide spread medical challenges the villages faced such as TB. polio, malnutrition, starvation and the conflicts between the rich and poor.
Guatemala was engaged in a bitter Civil War that went on for 36 years and cost over 100,000 lives.
The focus of the organization is to offer opportunities for economic development, improved health conditions and access to education to promote self-sufficiency for the Guatemalan people.
Highline Community College
Highline is a comprehensive community college, providing open access to adults for education and training opportunities. The College has a strong emphasis on global/international activities, including serving a large number of international students, offering study abroad programs, faculty exchanges and development work. The College also houses the Center of Excellence for International Trade.
Infectious Disease Research Institute
IDRI is a nonprofit biotechnology research institute. IDRI’s mission is to identify early scientific leads for vaccines, diagnostics, and therapeutics and to develop these leads into products that can ultimately be produced at affordable prices for use in developing countries or among low-income populations in the developed world. The primary purpose of IDRI is to conduct research related to human health. IDRI primarily targest disease that place a high burden of disease upon individuals and countries in the developing world. Recently, IDRI has directed its research efforts towards the following diseases: leishmaniasis, tuberculosis, leprosy, Chagas disease, chlamydia, and Buruli ulcer. Together, these diseases kill more than six million people each year, primarily in the developing world. IDRI works closely with hospitals, industry, universities, and governments (both domestically and abroad), as well as with private foundations and the World Health Organization.
Initiative for Global Development
The Initiative for Global Development (IGD) is an alliance of business leaders working to end global poverty. IGD addresses poverty by promoting government policies that create an environment where private enterprise can thrive and by working with business leaders to increase growth and investment in developing countries.
Our core mission is to provide computers to underserved people and communities around the world. From our Seattle-based computer recycling and reuse programs to schools and organizations far and wide, we make a connection that makes a difference. We create opportunity through technology.
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
At JPMorgan Chase, we believe we have a unique and fundamental responsibility to help our clients and communities navigate a complex global economy and address their economic and social challenges. We use our strength, global reach, expertise, relationships, and our access to capital to make a positive impact in cities around the world. And every year, JPMorgan Chase and our employees donate significant amounts of time and money to help local charities.
Kids Without Borders
On the last day of the war, Son Michael Pham left Viet Nam as a refugee. He and his family started their lives in the U.S with nothing except the generosity and care of community and church members in Chicago. A natural volunteer, Son Michael served others in the refugee camp, and continued to serve others as he worked his way to become a successful business person. A proud member of Rotary International, Son Michael lives his life according to the organization’s motto – “Service Above Self.” So, for most of his life, Son Michael has tirelessly championed causes for children.
Long before Kids Without Borders was founded, Son Michael had a vision of an “all kids, one world” world one day. He inspires and encourages children to give of themselves through service to others in their communities and worldwide. He believes strongly that by involving children in helping other children, they will recognize more similarities than differences in each other.
Laird Norton Family Foundation
The mission of the Laird Norton Family Foundation is to fund programs that honor, support, and reflect the philanthropic values of the Laird Norton family. We do this through a number of fund advisory committees, each focused on a specific area of interest. Those areas currently are clean water and sanitation in developing countries; arts in education; climate change; watershed stewardship.
Mission: Grounded in the knowledge that having legal rights to land is a foundation for prosperity and opportunity, Landesa partners with governments and local organizations to ensure that the world’s poorest families have secure rights over the land they till. Founded as the Rural Development Institute in 1967, Landesa has helped more than 100 million poor families gain legal control over their land. With secure land rights, these families can eat better, earn more, educate their children, practice conservation, and achieve dignity for generations.
Vision: We envision a world free of poverty. We see a future in which all who depend on land for their well-being have secure land rights – one of the most basic, powerful resources for lifting oneself and one’s family out of poverty.
Lift Up Africa
Lift Up Africa (LUA) works to create community-led sustainable development projects that are intended to help bridge the gap between abundance and need. Our projects address problems such as disease, hunger, employment, and lack of education; use local labor and materials whenever possible; and concentrate on basic needs such as clean water, health care, reliable and sustainable food and energy sources, education, and employment.
Our mission is to empower children and adults with tools for knowledge sharing and literacy learning, as an effective means towards advancing education, health, economic development, democracy, and human rights.
Living Earth Institute
Empowering communities to protect their health and environment through the sustainable use of water resources.
The Living Earth Institute (LEI) is a Seattle-based non-profit 501(3)(c) organization founded in 1999 to aid international communities in developing sustainable water resources. Our primary focus is the development of water supply and sanitation projects; however, through experience, we know that in order to make these projects sustainable, we must take a holistic approach. This means that we work with the community to implement income generation training, micro-lending programs, literacy classes, hygiene education, and other programs to meet community-defined needs.
Mangrove Action Project
The Mangrove Action Project (MAP) is dedicated to reversing the degradation and loss of mangrove forest ecosystems worldwide. Its main goal is to promote the rights of traditional and indigenous coastal peoples, including fishers and farmers, to sustainably manage their coastal environs.Through its global network and offices in the U.S. (International Office), Thailand (Asia Regional Office), Indonesia, and Latin America, MAP is stimulating the exchange of ideas and information on the conservation and restoration of mangrove forests, while promoting sustainable livelihoods for coastal communities.
Marine Stewardship Council
Our vision is of the world’s oceans teeming with life, and seafood supplies safeguarded for this and future generations.
MED25 International was founded in 2006 to provide HIV care to a community in Ghana. In Ghana, MED25 International focused its work on an HIV/AIDS Care Center which included a clinic, nursery school, vocational school, and orphanage. After three years of involvement, the project was turned over to the local community and is still successfully operating today.
After this successful transition, MED25 International expanded its mission to provide health care to all individuals. While we continue to have a major concern for adequate treatment of HIV patients and children orphaned by AIDS, we realized care for these patients is best done in the context of comprehensive healthcare. Based on the needs of the communities we served, we expanded outside of HIV to fulfill a greater purpose of providing all individuals with access to affordable health care—a basic human right.
Mercy Corps exists to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. Mercy Corps helps people in the world’s toughest places turn the crises of natural disaster, poverty and conflict into opportunities for progress. Driven by local needs and market conditions, our programs provide communities with the tools and support they need to transform their own lives. Our worldwide team of 3,700 professionals is improving the lives of 16.7 million people in more than 40 countries.
Since 1979, Mercy Corps has provided $1.7 billion in assistance to people in 107 nations. Our global programs are supported by headquarters in North America and Europe and field offices in some of the world’s most troubled and challenging regions. Last year, we helped 16.7 million people in more than 40 countries turn crisis into opportunity.
As an industry leader and the world’s largest software company, Microsoft has a responsibility to act as a good corporate citizen all around the world. Whether it is complying with local laws and regulations, demonstrating ethical business standards, mitigating risks to the environment, or protecting human rights, Microsoft is committed to being a global leader in corporate social responsibility. Corporate citizenship is also core to the Microsoft business strategy and the way that we interact with customers, partners, governments, and employees. It is a way of doing business that recognizes the effect that Microsoft has on society and the effect that society has on our business. The Microsoft corporate citizenship mission is simple: to serve the public good through innovative technologies and partnerships and to deliver on our business responsibilities of growth and value to our customers, shareholders, and employees. This mission not only guides our work as a corporate citizen, but also provides a framework through which our business addresses new markets, technologies, and business models.
Ikoro and Ndudi Chuku were born and raised in the Ibo tribe of Eastern Nigeria and have a first hand experience of what inequity and poverty really means.
They relocated to the USA in 1996 and 2003 respectively and have since become citizens of the United States of America.
Mission Africa started as the Missions department of their church (International Living Word Ministries) in 2002 and was later separated and incorporated as a 501c3 in 2006. It was founded by Ikoro and Ndudi with a mission to give children in the remote villages of Africa the opportunity for better lives.
Mona Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports grassroots educational initiatives around the globe. Its main objectives are to provide quality education to all children, to raise the status of women and girls, and to build community capacity in areas where its partner projects are located. The Mona Foundation achieves these objectives by giving 100% of designated funds, and 97% of general funds, directly to its projects, to-date impacting the lives of more than 30,000 children, women and their families. The foundation provides logistical and material resources, as well as technical training and strategic consulting for its projects. Some of the projects supported include a school for children of immigrant farm workers in California, a secondary school in Tanzania that now provides a dormitory making it safe for girls to attend, a school in Haiti for street children, and a training institute in India that teaches women practical income-generating life skills. The Foundation is based in the Seattle area and was voted the “Best Favorite Local Charity of Western Washington‟ for 2010 by KING5 and Evening Magazine.
NPH USA, formerly Friends of the Orphans, transforms the lives of abandoned and disadvantaged children with homes, healthcare and educational programs, making a positive impact in Latin America and the Caribbean. We support Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH, Spanish for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters”), which is currently raising more than 3,200 boys and girls in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru. An additional 1,900 students who live outside the homes receive scholarships, meals and health care. NPH outreach programs served more than 113,000 people in 2013.
One By One
One By One was founded in 2005 with the singular mission of contributing to the elimination of fistula worldwide. We work to increase awareness and understanding of this deeply troubling condition that affects so many women. Additionally, we partner with in-country organizations to create programs and mobilize the resources needed to support both life-transforming treatment programs and essential prevention work.
One Equal Heart Foundation
One Equal Heart Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization that supports locally-led community-based programs in Chiapas, Mexico. One Equal Heart works with our Chiapas-based partners to help the Tseltal Maya create healthy families, healthy communities, and a healthy planet.
In Seattle, One Equal Heart raises funds and awareness for sustainable development programs that emerge from the wisdom and experience of the Tseltal Maya. One Equal Heart offers experiential and educational opportunities for the local community to explore the Tseltal indigenous vision as we work together to build a sustainable future.
Orphans to Ambassadors
We are a young nonprofit working with orphans and sustainable technology to create cleaner futures. Not only do the technology, education, and practices give children cleaner water and food, brighter and safer energy, and more free time to be kids, we’re also creating renewable foundations in developing countries where any growth means more technology: the cleaner now the better tomorrow.
Partnering for Progress
The mission of Partnering for Progress is to help provide access to health care, education, sanitation, and clean water to residents in developing countries.
Through a process of integration between Partnering for Progress volunteers and the leaders of the communities we serve, we are able to recruit, train, and support local involvement until our programs are self-sustaining.
The global need for access to health care, clean water and education is massive. Tackling this issue alone is unfathomable. Through meaningful collaboration with local, regional, and international individuals, organizations, and government agencies, Partnering for Progress is able to realize effective change.
Partnering for Progress operates with a passionate commitment to our cause, to the communities in which we work, and to our devoted volunteers.
Our donors trust us to make the most effective decisions that will ultimately lead to successful initiatives in third world countries. We take that trust very seriously. Partnering for Progress is dutifully earning a reputation for being a trusted, financially accountable, and effective organization by providing measured success and thoughtful analysis of programs.
Partnering for Progress aims to be a catalyst for change, rather than a crutch. Our goal is to enable communities to break the long-standing cycle of poverty and poor health. Through the advancement of local technology and implementing culturally relevant, locally supported projects, we aim to create a sustainable future for the people of each community we serve.
Partners Asia supports community initiatives to improve the lives of the most vulnerable among the people of Myanmar. Many of these people live in unstable areas within Myanmar and along its borders, where they are at risk of displacement and exploitation. At Partners Asia, we build relationships with innovative organizers in these communities and with international donors, bridging the gap between local leaders and global resources.
PATH is an international nonprofit organization that creates sustainable, culturally relevant solutions, enabling communities worldwide to break longstanding cycles of poor health. By collaborating with diverse public- and private-sector partners, PATH helps provide appropriate health technologies and vital strategies that change the way people think and act. PATH’s work improves global health and well-being.
PeaceTrees Vietnam is a Seattle-based humanitarian organization working in Central Vietnam to assist those whose lives and livelihoods are threatened by the explosive remnants of war.
We sponsor demining and mine risk education, survivor assistance,
community building projects, microcredit lending, and citizen
diplomacy tree planting trips in partnership with the people of Vietnam.
Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest
Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest (PPGNW) is a not-for-profit family planning agency that provides high-quality, affordable reproductive health care for women, men and teens. Many of our patients have no other health care available to them.
Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. We rely heavily on support from donors who help sustain responsible reproduction.
PPGNW has health centers in Alaska, Idaho, and western Washington.
Relief and Education for Afghan Children
We finance schools for girls in rural Afghanistan. We help the Villagers by providing funding and guidance on negotiating with the Afghan Ministry of Education to register the school as construction nears completion. Started by Afghan ex-patriots, the Board now has a predominance of Afghan ex-patriots, rounded out by US-born members (both Afghan and non-Afghan heritage).
To help these schools become “owned” by the Village, we require the villages to donate the land and at least 50% of the required labor. This makes the school truly theirs, and helps ensure continued operation of the school.
RenegAID Innovative Disaster Relief™
By producing innovative relief projects and programs, RenegAID(tm) is dedicated to improving people’s ability to reestablish themselves in catastrophic disaster.
Richter International Consulting
Dave Richter has been living and working in the international arena most of his life. He has lived as an expat in Africa and in Asia (on three occasions). He has managed 24-hour medical assistance operations in Asia and the Americas, and is fluent in Mandarin. This experience provides Richter International Consulting with the practical hands-on knowledge needed to solve the complex problems which are inherent to international assignments.
For more than 30 years, Russell has provided investment advice and management services to non-profit organizations. Our collaborative experience with clients gives us a solid understanding of, and appreciation for the challenges you face in balancing your public interest activities with the preservation and distribution of assets.
Rwanda Girls Initiative
To create a world where all children, regardless of country of origin, will be socially, emotionally and intellectually prepared to succeed in school, life and in their community.
To create long term systemic change and opportunity for all children and communities in developing countries through access to high quality education that creates lasting empowerment and sustained independence.
We believe access to education is the fundamental right for all and not just a privilege for those who can afford it. We aim to provide a high quality secondary school education for girls in Rwanda, supporting the ‘whole girl’ through a boarding school environment. We intend to develop a community of learners, which includes students, teachers and parents.
We support an environment of academic excellence, ensuring that graduates will become inspired young leaders filled with confidence, a love of learning and a sense of economic empowerment to strengthen their communities and foster Rwanda’s growth.
We will develop a new model for investing in the education of girls in Rwanda which will be rooted in connections to the local community, strengthened by national and international partnerships, and supported by diverse and sustainable sources of income.
School of Life Project
A Video Journal Kiosk that captures children’s views of themselves and their world annually as they grow, resulting in a time capsule of themselves growing up.
The School of Life Ambassador’s Film Project made up of 250 kids in ten countries across the world. Its aim is to develop media curriculum to let other kids know that they are not alone on the road to growing up.
Our Mission: The School of Life Project empowers kids to unleash the potential of their own stories into their own lives
Schools for Salone
Schools for Salone helps Sierra Leoneans rebuild rural schools destroyed during their country’s ten year civil war that ended in 2002. Because we believe self-initiated solutions are most effective, Schools for Salone seeks partnerships to build schools, to create healthy learning environments and to support students and teachers in Sierra Leone. We work to revitalize communities, empower children and ultimately improve socioeconomic conditions for families, communities, and future generations.
SE Asia Children’s Foundation
We help children — especially girls — break the intractable cycle of poverty into which they were born and from which they are not likely to escape without some outside assistance.
Seattle Biomedical Research Institute
Nearly 300 people strong, we’re an internationally renowned, non-profit research Institute striving every day to eliminate the world’s most devastating infectious diseases. – See more at: http://www.seattlebiomed.org/about-us#sthash.oaZ2yFco.dpuf
Seattle International Foundation
The Seattle International Foundation (SIF) supports worldwide poverty alleviation efforts through grant-making and other activities, with a strategic focus on Central America. SIF was founded as a supporting organization to The Seattle Foundation for the purpose of increasing and enhancing international philanthropy efforts from the Pacific Northwest.
Seattle University is a premier educational institution that offers students unique global opportunities in higher learning, including international academic and service programs that challenge students to test the theories and analytical approaches to understanding humanity in a dynamic intercultural setting.
SightLife transforms lives by unlocking life’s possiblities for corneal blind individuals around the globe.
Working with surgeons in over 30 countries, SightLife and our partner eye banks restore sight to more than 30 men, women, and children each day. This is accomplished through eye banking, which is the recovery and placement of eye tissue used in cornea transplants.
Sister Schools is dedicated to changing the lives of children around the world through education, personal involvement, and creative interaction.
Society for International Development – Seattle Puget Sound Chapter
The Seattle Puget Sound chapter of the Society for International Development is an organization dedicated to changing the global conversation about international development in Seattle, in the Puget Sound region, in Washington State and the world.
Trade Development Alliance
The Trade Development Alliance is Greater Seattle’s premiere international organization. We promote the Greater Seattle region internationally for business and trade, connect our companies and institutions with international opportunities and educate the public on topics related to the international economy.
Unitus Seed Fund
Unitus Seed Fund (USF) makes seed-stage venture investments in “BoP startups” that serve low-income populations. Our portfolio companies create opportunities for economic self-reliance, education, and obtaining basic necessities for millions of people living at the base of the economic pyramid (BoP). We accelerate the growth of these early-stage businesses by providing funding, support, and strategic connections.
Upaya Social Ventures
Upaya is a nonprofit organization that builds businesses to create jobs and improve the quality of life for the ultra poor.
Upaya provides business development support and investment capital to entrepreneurs with the potential to create or improve needed jobs.
Upaya has chosen to focus its efforts in India, which has over 400m households living in extreme poverty.
Viva North America
Viva is an international Christian development charity based in UK, US, Africa, Asia, & Latin America, with a focus on children at risk. Viva’s mission is enabling people to work together to keep children at risk safe and healthy, giving them opportunities to learn and allowing them to play an active part in shaping their own futures. Website: www.viva.org
Children at risk include street children, orphans, and those in danger because of poverty, war, human trafficking, abandonment, abuse, slavery and exploitation.
Since its founding in 1996, Viva has developed over 40 networks in 20 countries reaching more than 1 million children at risk.
The aims of Viva are to serve primarily the large grassroots, including faith-based, response to ‘children at risk’ through the creation and support of collaborative solutions, seeking to help them:
1. Improve quality
2. Increase action
3. Influence decision makers for ‘children at risk’ globally.
The objectives of Viva are:
1. To alleviate and mitigate child poverty worldwide by enabling Christians and others to work together effectively and appropriately
2. To improve quality of life for children at risk, through training and provision of quality services that enhance their protection, development, health, education, nutrition and welfare
3. To work with children at risk, enabling them to identify their talents, achieve their potential and participate in changing their communities for good.
Viva’s thematic programs in Asia, Africa and Latin America include: Education, Safety, Health and Advocacy.
Water 1st International
We envision a world free of extreme poverty. Providing people with safe water systems, latrines, and hygiene education is the first step to ending the cycle of poverty, illness, and inequality. The lack of access to safe drinking water and sanitary latrines is the top public health problem in the world and one of the primary killers of children in the world. Lack of access to clean water has a devastating effect on women and girls who are traditionally responsible for water collection.Our mission is to unite people to fight the global water crisis. We believe this worldwide, silent catastrophe will be solved when we build a community of concerned individuals and motivate and mobilize them to take simple, effective actions.Water 1st educates people about the water supply and sanitation crisis in developing countries and the need for sustainable solutions, and provides an opportunity to respond in a way that makes a lasting impact on peoples lives. The funds we raise help the poorest communities in the world implement sustainable, community-managed projects that integrate water supply, sanitation, and health education. Our international work is conducted through our network of highly qualified, locally-based, locally-staffed non-governmental partner organizations.People living in extreme poverty have many needs, but we believe water comes first. Water projects are the foundation on which strong communities are built. Through provision of sustainable water, sanitation, and health projects, our goal is to address the most fundamental issues of childhood death, poverty and gender equality.
Water for Humans
Water for Humans is a nonprofit social venture enterprise working to bring sanitation and clean water to communities in need through partnerships with local communities, NGOs, social entrepreneurs, universities and governments. These partnerships ensure clean drinking water, create local jobs and protect local water assets.
Over 884 million people in the world do not have access to potable water and over 2.5 billion lack proper sanitation. Potable water shortages and contaminated water sources are some of the leading causes of illness and death worldwide, resulting in waterborne diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, typhoid and parasite infections.
West African Vocational Schools
West African Vocational Schools is a Christian, Seattle-based nonprofit that teaches job skills to people in Guinea-Bissau, one of the smallest and poorest countries in the world.
World Bicycle Relief
World Bicycle Relief’s mission is to provide access to independence and livelihood through the power of bicycles.
Compared to walking, bicycles represent an enormous leap in productivity and access to healthcare, education and economic development opportunities. The simple, sustainable nature of bicycles empowers individuals, their families and their communities.
To accomplish our mission, we:
*Work with suppliers to improve bicycle design while ensuring all changes are culturally appropriate
*Enhance distribution with local sourcing, manufacturing and assembly as much as possible
*Partner with existing NGO, government and community based organizations
*Train mechanics in maintenance and repair while strengthening the existing supply of spare parts
*Measure and evaluate the impact of bicycles; communicate the results to improve programs and increase awareness
World Justice Project
The World Justice Project is an independent, multidisciplinary organization working to advance the rule of law around the world.