Organizations in Environment:

A.C.E. – Associates in Cultural Exchange

Associates in Cultural Exchange (A.C.E.), founded as American Cultural Exchange, is a not-for-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation headquartered in Seattle, Washington and established in 1973.

Since its founding, Associates in Cultural Exchange has been working to make the world your community by helping people and organizations around the world create new connections and build interpersonal networks with those of other language and cultural backgrounds.

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.

Construction for Change

Construction for Change partners with rural communities to build schools, medical facilities and other critical infrastructure where it is needed most. By providing infrastructure, we empower local non-profit organizations to create opportunity and break the cycle of poverty in their communities.

We provide the following services for our non-profit partners: 1. Construction financing grants up to $50,000; 2. Design concepts and blueprints; 3. Volunteer project management to oversee the construction phase; and 4. Capacity building among local residents in construction-related trades and skills.

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 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.

Facing the Future

Facing the Future engages students in learning by making academics relevant to their lives. We empower students to think critically, develop a global perspective, and participate in positive solutions for a sustainable future. We do this by providing curriculum resources and professional development for educators to integrate global issues and sustainability into their classrooms. We serve tens of thousands of K-16 educators in all 50 US states and in 135 countries and nearly 2 million school children per year. Facing the Future is growing and seeks to reach over 12.5 million students each year by 2020.

Gambia Health Education Liaison Project (Gambia HELP)

Global Visionaries

It is Global Visionaries’ mission to educate and empower youth to become active community leaders and global citizens who promote social and environmental justice through community service at home and abroad. This is accomplished through local high school student participation in the yearlong Global Visionaries Youth Leadership Program. The program engages youth of diverse socio-economic backgrounds, 40% of current participants are students of color, in cross-cultural understanding workshops, anti-oppression training, local service-learning work teams, and an international cultural immersion and service-learning trip to Guatemala.

Grameen Foundation

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

Institute for Self-Reliant Agriculture


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.


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


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


MEDRIX is saving lives and improving the quality of life for countless children and families in Southeast Asia by providing Medical Resources, Health, Hygiene, and Medical Education, English Language Education, and Safe Water Development.

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.

Office of the Superindent of Public Instruction (OSPI)

The Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) International Education Office seeks to integrate global perspectives in a variety of academic disciplines that include Social Studies (civics, history, geography, and economics) Environmental and Sustainability Education and World Languages. The International Education Office also coordinates multiple exchange and visiting teacher programs and provides resources and information for student exchange.

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.

Peace Winds America

Peace Winds America is a disaster preparedness, response and recovery organization. Peace Winds America (PWA) advocates for increased collaboration between governments, militaries, NGOs, and the private sector to prepare for and respond to natural disasters in the Asia-Pacific, with the Japan – U.S. relationship as the cornerstone of humanitarian assistance in the region. While Japanese and U.S. government agencies, militaries, NGOs, and businesses all possess strong humanitarian capabilities, improved collaboration is necessary to provide effective natural disaster readiness, relief, and recovery in the region. Supported by an outstanding board of directors from the political, academic, military, NGO, and business communities in the U.S. and Japan, PWA is a catalyst that combines these elements into a well-coordinated team that is up to the challenge posed by the disaster-prone Pacific “Ring of Fire.”

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

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.

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.


SeaChar.Org is working to research, educate and promote the use of biochar and clean biochar production. Biochar has great potential to favorably impact climate change, soil productivity, food security and the production of carbon negative sustainable biomass energy. Our technology development is producing clean burning fuel efficient alternatives to open fire burning of wood or charcoal for cooking and commercial scale charcoal production. We prioritize crop and forestry waste products as new energy input sources. As such our work and the resource we represent supports all of the following areas :

• creation of new entrepreneurial fuel cycles
• decreased cost of cooking and heating inputs
• decreased cost of agricultural inputs
• creation of in country manufacturing
• potential carbon credit (offset and sequestration) funding
• increased agricultural productivity
• creation of clean energy and value added products sector, from green waste

• improved indoor air quality
• improved food security
• improved water quality
• improved green and animal waste handling

• improved soil tilth, water handling, nutrient cycling and productivity
• reduced fertilizer leaching
• reduced methane and NO2 emissions from ag. activities
• biochar is a long lasting carbon sink for carbon taken from the CO2 cycle, thus it is a major “wedge” strategy for the reduction of atmoshperic CO2 levels
• reduced deforestation, due to redirected and/or more efficient fuel cycles
• reduced desertification, through (anthropogenic) soil building
• brown field soil remediation

• biochar/stove program development support
• biochar plot testing
• training trainers on the use and potential of gassification
technology (stoves to village energy production)

With the support of the Global Washington community, we will work to make SeaChar.Org a resource for experienced partners seeking to build positive, sustainable infrastructure world wide. SeaChar is currently working with Agros International to evaluate the requirements for a successful biochar development project in rural Central America.

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.

Solar Nexus International

Solar Nexus International is a value-adding distributor of solar electric systems and equipment to international markets. Our primary market focus is on small scale off-grid systems for institutional facilities such as schools, clinics and ICT centers in rural areas of the developing world.

Terra GIS Ltd

Terra GIS provides expertise in Geographical Information Systems, consulting for social and environmental issues, and subjects related to sustainable development. Services include environmental research, field work and reporting, spatial analysis, cartography, implementation of web mapping and information systems, and the creation of specialized tools related to conservation, natural resources management, and public and social engagement issues.

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.

Uplift International

Uplift International’s mission is to improve the well being of the worlds most vulnerable populations by promoting the universal human right to health through education, advocacy, and humanitarian efforts. Uplift International views health through a human rights lens and human rights through a health lens. All people, regardless of economic or social status, have the right to access health information and services to improve their individual, family, and community health. All people have the right to be free from the inequality, discrimination, or inadvertent neglect that adversely impacts health. Local implementation of international human rights norms promotes social justice Uplift International improves health and health equity through rights-based advocacy. We build relationships with professional associations, universities, and with health, law, and business professionals. Our work is carried out through collaborative partnerships that build bridges among diverse groups to respect, protect, and fulfill the right to health for vulnerable populations.

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.

Woodland Park Zoo

Woodland Park Zoo saves animals and habitats through conservation leadership and engaging experiences, inspiring people to learn, care
and act.

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