Organizations in Environment:

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.

Clear Path International

Clear Path International provides medical, socio-psychological and economic assistance to landmine accident survivors, their families and their communities in Asia.

CRISTA Ministries

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.

Dwankhozi Hope

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

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.

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.

Gambia Health Education Liaison Project (Gambia HELP)

Global Brigades

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.

Grameen Foundation

Their mission is to enable the poor, especially the poorest, to create a world without poverty.

InterConnection

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.

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.

Landesa

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.

Literacy Bridge

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

Mission

Empowering communities to protect their health and environment through the sustainable use of water resources.

Overview

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.

Mercy Corps

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.

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.

PeaceTrees Vietnam

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.

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.

Rwanda Girls Initiative

Vision:
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.

Mission:

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.

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.

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

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.

Sister Schools

Sister Schools is dedicated to changing the lives of children around the world through education, personal involvement, and creative interaction.

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.

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