Organizations in Products & Services:

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.

Breakthrough Partners

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lumana

Lumana provides financial services to rural Africans living in poverty with the mission of helping them reach their personal and financial goals.

Lumana partners with rural African women to create microfinance, business education and leadership development opportunities in their communities. Our program is run by a small staff and dozens of committed volunteers from all over the world to create better financial products(including savings opportunities) for rural African families.

Our organization was founded by a group of young leaders who had graduated from the UW business school and decided to use their skills to create world changing programs in the places that needed it most. In the past 2 1/2 years we have sent over 21 volunteers to Ghana to work for several months on projects to benefit our microfinance clients and through this program we have opened the door to many young people interested in experiencing Africa in a meaningful and productive way.

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.

Microsoft Corporation

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.

PATH

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

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.

SeaChar.Org

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 :

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:
• 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

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

CLIMATE, ENVIRONMENT, AGRICULTURE:
• 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

EDUCATION:
• 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.

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.

Washington Global Health Alliance

WGHA’s mission is to strengthen the community of like-minded public and private organizations in Washington committed to developing a dynamic, diverse, global health workforce through research, education, training, mentoring, and developing and delivering cutting-edge global health solutions.

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