We discussed the MASTER PLAN OF ONE WORLD-----global corporations take our outsourced government agencies at national, state, and local level-----and global corporate NGOs take our government agencies tasked with societal structures in our US communities. Baltimore has been captured to these structures these few decades and now WE THE PEOPLE have absolutely no voice----just a bunch of corporate non-profits and most simply work for 1% GLOBAL WALL STREET. These are what I call Wall Street Baltimore Development Corporation's 'LABOR AND JUSTICE ORGANIZATIONS'=====they are not working for citizens---they are simply funded by the rich and hedge funds to install a ONE WORLD societal structure. We saw much of this NGO structure in Latin America as those nations were tied to global World Bank and IMF neo-liberal economies----tag team moving what is made an UNSTABLE local city or community structure having no functioning government agencies to these global NGOs. Now we see these few decades more and more showing in Africa because Africa is the coming ONE WORLD FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONE development-----AS IS OUR US CITIES DEEMED FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONES.
If you walk down any community street in Baltimore you will see nothing but NGOs-----whether global NGOs or outsourced local NGOs---those are usually the pay-to-play groups controlled by establishment political machines. The largest NGOs in Baltimore are Catholic and Jewish global corporate foundations funded by all the Wall Street fraud gained by the rich. Below we see the Lutheran global NGOs doing the same.
PARTNERING WITH GLOBAL 1% WALL STREET TO BRING US CITIZENS INTO THIRD WORLD POVERTY READY TO BE THAT CHARITY STRUCTURE 99% OF AMERICANS WILL NEED IN ONE WORLD FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONES-----NOT SO CHRISTIAN.
Of course not all these religious denominations are tied to extreme wealth and extreme poverty----it is that 5% to the 1% religious leaders filling our US cities with what they call SOCIAL SAFETY NETS. Forget our Federal social programs that did that---now it is developing world charity. These global charities with religious names are not our local churches, synagogues, or mosques. Those in leadership positions
KNOW WHAT THIS ONE WORLD TRANSFORMATION WILL LOOK LIKE WITH EXTREME WEALTH AND EXTREME POVERTY.
“They simply state that an International Steering Committee of officials from 25 cities around the world will “determine the strategic direction and thematic priorities of the Strong Cities Network.”
This global ONE WORLD is far-right authoritarian ---MOVING FORWARD to Marxism----but it has hold of both US major parties Republican and Democrat so we need US citizens to not allow these issues to create partisanship-----it is not terrorists---Muslims-----Tea Party radicals-----far-left commies----behind all this---it is simply the global 1% and their 2%.
Strong Cities Network: “The UN is coming and coming in the worst way possible for patriotic America!"
Forget the NGOs, the UN is coming!
By Judi McLeod —-- Bio and Archives October 14, 2015
A (hopefully) gentle chiding for Patrick Wood over at Technocracy.com for suggesting that the Strong Cities Network (SCN) coming to a city near you soon is in no way connected to the United Nations:
“First, it should be noted that Strong Cities Network is NOT a government body at all, but rather a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with no connection to any government, or even the United Nations! (Technocracy.com Oct. 12, 2015)
“They simply state that an International Steering Committee of officials from 25 cities around the world will “determine the strategic direction and thematic priorities of the Strong Cities Network.”
There is nothing simple about a group with obvious ties to the United Nations that seeks to supplant local police with blue helmeted UN personnel on the streets of anarchy endangered cities.
No connection between the Strong Cities Network initiative and the U.N.?
How can that be when Attorney Loretta Lynch’s speech launching SCN as the body handed “total globalist control over the streets and cities of the United States”, was given right at UN Manhattan headquarters on Sept. 29, 2015?
Wood also leaves the general impression that members of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) are not attached in any way to governments or the U.N.
NGOs are hatched, nourished and paid for by One World Order-driven U.N., and have been ever since U.N. Poster Boy, Canadian Maurice Strong, laid the pathway for them. NGOs hatched by the U.N. are reared to get out and do the U.N’s never ending bidding and move comfortably along to whatever is the next U.N. mission.
As many already know the Strong Cities Network is not the U.N’s first attempt to take over the Free West through the apathy-dogged civic/municipal level of government. The devious U.N. pushed its invasive Agenda 21—now Agenda 2030—through hundreds of towns and cities. at home and abroad.
We can see the clear and present danger of SCN in how the Wood-dubbed “top cop” Loretta Lynch described its vision when launching it at the U.N.:… “connecting those localities to one another – as the Strong Cities Network is doing – is not only a powerful way to lift up our communities worldwide. It also sends a message about who we are and what we aspire to be – as an alliance of nations and as a global community.”
Kudos to Wood for going onto the SCN webpage to determine who their members are:
...”The Strong Cities Network About page clearly states “The Strong Cities Network is run by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), a London-based ‘think-and-do’ tank with a long-standing track record of working to prevent violent extremism across all forms.” That is to say, the Strong Cities Network is a front group for the Institute of Strategic Dialogue.
“Who is the Institute for Strategic Dialogue? It is yet another NGO think-tank run by a fourteen-member Board of Trustees all of whom are directly connected to the global oligarchy. One member, Field Marshal The Lord Guthrie, is a member of the Trilateral Commission and a former Director of the global financial empire, N M Rothschild & Sons Limited. No less than ten other board members also have direct ties to the global financial world. The Board also contains two Baronesses and three Lords of the British monarchy.”
It is not two Baronesses and three Lords of the British monarchy breaking off from tea and crumpet time that we are fighting here, it is the United Nations at work with a mission to supplant local police with blue helmet personnel.
“One of ISD’s ideological positions should be of great concern to all Americans. A section of their web site details an initiative to fight against “Far-Right Extremism and Intolerance”, which states,
“The blurred relationship between violence from the extreme right and broader trends of Islamophobia and anti-immigration sentiment poses several challenges for policy makers seeking to address the increasing risk of violent right-wing extremism…In 2012, ISD launched a new programme of work to enhance understanding of the threat from the far right, and help policy makers to develop effective responses to these violent and non-violent movements.“ [Emphasis added]
“In America, such “far-right” groups are already defined by the FBI and Department of Homeland Security as Tea Party groups, Oath Keepers, Constitutionalists, defenders of the 2nd Amendment and all who oppose Islam, the United Nations, Sustainable development, Agenda 21, Common Core Education Standards, etc., Wood correctly points out.
But it’s not the ISD out to save the world from the “extreme right”, “broader trends of Islamophobia and anti-immigration sentiment” but the pervasive, well-funded United Nations.
In fairness, Wood did include constitutional lawyer/teacher KrisAnn Hall’s 14-minute compelling video in his column, and it is one that all lovers of Freedom and Liberty should watch.
Meanwhile, the latest batch of NGOs dispatched to help Barack Obama take down America are on the way.
Be a Paul and Paulette Revere and warn your neighbours: “The UN is coming and coming in the worst way possible for patriotic America!”
All of US cities deemed Foreign Economic Zones have been filling with these global NGOs-----sending these US cities into bankruptcy----as we have seen this past decade super-sizes that complete control of local city agencies------we see global corporate campus development partnered with these global NGOs many tied to United Nations and the IMF coming soon to the next round of US cities pushed into bankruptcy. That is what all that municipal and US Treasury bond debt has as a goal----all fraud being illegal use of our government funds since it kills our local economies, our rights as citizens to decide our community development, and ties all future tax revenue to only building those global corporate campuses and global factories----as today we have global UnderArmour as the next CORPORATE WELFARE QUEEN----REPLACING DOWNTOWN AND EAST BALTIMORE---global Johns Hopkins and its global financial corporate campuses.
Overseas in third world nations citizens are displaced by Wall Street initiated wars----as in Iraq and now with Obama all over the Middle East and Africa where global Foreign Economic Zones are being planned. They then find themselves in a system of shelters and refugee communities displaced for years and often now pushed into the global human capital labor pool sent to work building more global corporate campuses or being that global factory worker.
THIS IS WHAT IS HAPPENING IN BALTIMORE------FEED THE CITY/FUNNELING MORE AND MORE CITIZENS FALLING INTO HOMELESSNESS OUT OF OUR CITY----
WAKE UP------this is not about another group----it will come to yet another group and then yet another group. SHAKE THE RACE AND CLASS ISSUES AND COME TOGETHER AS A 99% VS THE 1%.
A Year-One Report Card for Obama’s Strong Cities, Strong Communities Initiative
By Ben Adler | April 29, 2013
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, pictured here with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, received support through the SC2 program. Credit: The White House
These are austere times in the nation’s capital. The House Republican majority is intent on reducing the deficit solely through cuts to domestic spending programs, and Congress is so gridlocked that only severely delayed flights could bestir them to address the destructive budget sequestration process — and then only to allow the Federal Aviation Administration budgetary flexibility to keep the planes flying.
This is no environment in which to launch new federal urban revitalization ventures. Yet on Friday the Obama administration released a report on the first year of the Strong Cities, Strong Communities program, launched in July 2011.
An administrative effort that doesn’t require congressional authorization or appropriation, SC2 is a manifestation of the Obama administration’s core urban policy commitments: A holistic, rather than siloed, approach to building sustainable communities and inter-agency cooperation in pursuit of that goal. It also shares the administration’s bottom-up philosophy of assisting cities when asked, rather than dictating master plans like the Interstate Highway System or the urban renewal and “slum clearance” policies of yore. SC2 is therefore similar in principle to the Obama administration’s signature urban policy initiative, the Partnership for Sustainable Communities.
But whereas Sustainable Communities mostly focuses on linking housing and transportation, SC2 addresses a wider range of urban issues. And while Sustainable Communities uses the traditional federal policy lever of grants, SC2 is experimenting with an innovative, surgical approach: It embeds teams of federal specialists in local city halls for year-long stints focusing on developing the city’s internal capacity to manage an acute problem.
As I reported in a Forefront story about Obama’s urban policy agenda last April:
The goal is to build capacity in local governments. Administration officials learned from their 2009 cities tour about the need to strengthen governmental capacity at the local level because budget cuts had forced cities to eliminate economic development departments or left them thinly staffed.
The strong cities initiative was designed to build that local capacity in three ways: Develop a comprehensive economic strategy; work with anchor institutions such as hospitals, charities and state and local government agencies; and embed federal employees directly in city halls to work with the local partners.
The first six cities — Cleveland, Detroit, Memphis, New Orleans, Chester, Pa. and Fresno, Calif. — received teams of federal officials through a pilot program launched in June 2011. Although the principles of integration and coordination are the same as Sustainable Communities, SC2 is not focused solely on land use. In some cases, such as Fresno, where the goal is downtown revitalization and the EPA is the lead agency, the program is quite similar. But in Detroit the focus is on public safety and the federal team lead hails from the Department of Justice.
Soon after the launch, the financially flailing city of Youngstown, Ohio joined the program, testifying to the program’s ambition to take on stubborn urban woes. The hope is that SC2 “fellows” — mid-career professionals — will stay in the city of their placement beyond the two-year project. As the White House report explains, “The program was designed in broad recognition that distressed cities need highly skilled professionals with technical expertise to help jump-start their local economies. These cities, however, often have difficulty attracting, recruiting, and retaining skilled employees given their local resource and capacity constraints.”
Last fall, another three cities — Greensboro, N.C., Hartford, Conn. and Las Vegas — received $1 million grants through a new collaboration between the SC2 program and the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration. Called the SC2 Economic Visioning Challenge, the grants supported the production of comprehensive economic development strategies for the winning cities.
One might reasonably wonder whether targeting such a small number of cities is a meaningful investment for the federal government. The White House report asserts that it will pay dividends throughout the country. “In addition to assisting specific pilot locations,” it reads, “the initiative seeks to identify and develop broader policy lessons that can improve federal program delivery and be disseminated to many other communities around the country.”
So what exactly has happened in those pilot locations? The tangible results touted by the White House usually sound quite modest. In Memphis, for example, the SC2 facilitated the purchases of a Mississippi Riverboat as part of an effort to bring economic activity to the city’s waterfront. Here are some of the report’s most impressive boasts:
“In New Orleans, through technical assistance from HUD, SC2 helped accelerate the launch of a $52 million homebuyer assistance and neighborhood redevelopment initiative. SC2’s assistance reduced a significant amount of red tape, and helped get the funding out into the community; to date, more than 220 first-time homebuyers have closed on homes through the initiative.
“In Fresno, SC2 is supporting the city’s goal to reconnect an 18-square-block street grid downtown near the proposed site of the high-speed rail station and the Fulton Pedestrian Mall—Fresno’s historic Main Street. SC2 provided technical assistance and is facilitating environmental review coordination between the city of Fresno and the California Transportation Department.
“In Youngstown, the SC2 team worked with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to establish a Diagnostic Center to improve public safety by using data to gauge the scope of community challenges, recognize trends, establish baselines, and determine data‐driven strategies to increase.”
The mayors of the affected cities, though, are quoted throughout the report singing its praises as a genuinely transformational endeavor. “SC2 is not a new program — it’s a new way,” says New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “SC2 has helped to break down stovepipes between federal agencies.”
What Landrieu is diplomatically saying is that the federal government sometimes needed SC2 to shake money loose from its own agencies. That may sound absurd, but integrating the different programs so that each could try to make sure cities have jobs, affordable housing and safe mobility was a new goal when the Obama administration took office and starting pursuing it. The report demonstrates that SC2 is working at its primary goal of helping a handful of cities with some discrete projects.
Whether those projects will also deliver stronger economic growth over the long term and spread best practices across the country remains to be seen. So far, the only tangible evidence that federal employees have learned useful skills from their SC2 placements is a survey showing they mostly enjoyed it more than their regular job.
Yet the modesty of SC2’s achievements may be more of a reflection of the budgetary constraints the administration is operating under than any programmatic flaw. “I think [HUD Secretary] Shaun Donovan has done an incredible job with a very small amount of money,” says Theodore Liebman, former chief of architecture for the New York State Urban Development Corporation. “The federal government should spend a lot more on housing and urban programs; not just housing, but the needs of neighborhoods. It could do a lot more for housing and urban development than it does today if it had more money.”
In the absence of increased federal funds, SC2 has leveraged investments from the private sector, other government programs and foundations. The fellowship program is funded with a $2.5 million donation from the Rockefeller Foundation and administered by a consortium led by the German Marshall Fund of the United States. [Disclosure: Both GMF and Rockefeller support the work of Next City.] Furthermore, the SC2 programs often work in conjunction with federal agency grants such as the Department of Transportation’s TIGER program, or even with private industries. In Cleveland, for instance, SC2 worked on capacity building in small manufacturing firms to help them boost the local economy. Applications for a similar number of SC2 team deployments will be requested later this year.
Derek Douglas, who helped found SC2 during his 2009-2011 tenure as Obama’s special assistant for urban affairs, says he is pleased with SC2’s progress. “Our vision was that [SC2] would increase the capacity of local governments and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the federal government in supporting cities,” Douglas writes in an email. “I am pleased to see that this first report offers evidence that the initiative is proving to be successful in accomplishing these goals.”
Ultimately, the SC2 report inadvertently suggests that Liebman is right: The Obama administration is doing more for cities with fewer resources. But bigger successes will require bigger investments.
Ben Adler is managing editor for digital content for Years of Living Dangerously, a documentary series about climate change on Showtime. He previously covered national politics and public policy as a reporter for Newsweek, The Nation and Politico. He was a 2008-2009 urban leaders fellow at Next City and served as federal policy correspondent in 2012.
The number one employment-------corporate NGOs. It's not just any job------please get rid of Wall Street global pols and rebuild each community with a REAL local, small business economy and build housing for citizens already here.
The List: The World’s Most Powerful Development NGOs
There are tens of thousands of international NGOs today, but not all are created equal. A small handful, while working in some of the most dangerous and impoverished places on earth, wield enormous influence—setting aid agendas, shaping policy, and changing the way the world does development.
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2007 budget: $480 million
Major operations: microcredit and poverty alleviation
Founded in 1972 to assist refugees after Bangladeshs war of liberation, BRAC, formerly the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee, is the worlds largest nongovernmental organization. It boasts a $4.6 billion portfolio in microloans, an army of healthcare volunteers providing care to 80 million Bangladeshis, and a network of 52,000 schools serving 1.5 million students. As one of Bangladeshs largest single employers, BRAC is often referred to as a minigovernment, responsible in part for many of the countrys economic and health gains. It is estimated that, coupled with a government immunization drive, the organizations antidiarrhea efforts in rural Bangladesh have helped cut child mortality for children under 5 from 25 to 7 percent over the past three decades. Its contraception drives and pioneering microlending have also been credited with lowering fertility rates and reducing poverty. Inspired by these results, BRAC recently extended its programs to sub-Saharan Africa and Afghanistan.
Bill Melinda Gates Foundation
Headquarters: Seattle, Wash.
2007 budget: Of the foundations $37 billion in assets, more than $2 billion in grants was given last year.
Employees: 540, but growing quickly
Major operations: improving global health, eradicating poverty, improving American education
The Gates Foundations work has been called venture philanthropy. It provides grants to innovative organizationswhether dedicated to creating new malaria vaccines, irrigation systems for poor African farmers, or scholarships for inner-city American kidsand pushes for results. The foundations deep pocketsby charter, it must give away at least $3 billion next yearhave allowed it to increasingly set the global-health agenda, with half of its annual outlays dedicated to eradicating diseases in the developing world. Not everyone is happy with the foundations influence, however; the World Health Organizations chief of malaria recently criticized the foundation for stifling dissenting views.
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Headquarters: Federal Way, Wash.
2007 revenues: $977 million
Major operations: food aid and emergency assistance
One of the worlds largest Christian charities, World Vision is the primary distributor for the U.N. World Food Program, last year delivering 147,000 metric tons of foodthe equivalent of 4,900 semitrucksto nearly three dozen countries. It is also one of the first organizations on the ground in humanitarian emergencies, assisting millions of survivors in more than 80 disasters around the world in 2007. World Vision has recently been at the forefront of efforts to reach victims of Cyclone Nargis in Burma and the devastating earthquake in Chinas Sichuan province. World Visions work with U.S. President George W. Bushs Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, however, has come under fire. The charity has received tens of millions of dollars since 2003 to promote abstinence and other HIV prevention methods in countries such as Haiti, South Africa, and Zambia.
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Headquarters: Oxford, England
2006-07 expenditures: $704 million
Employees: 6,200 field workers
Major operations: poverty alleviation and debt relief
Founded in 1942, Oxfam is today a confederation of 13 major organizations working in more than 100 countries to fight hunger, promote fair trade, relieve developing country debt, and provide emergency services during disasters. In particular, Oxfam is known for its highly effective public-relations campaignsfrom celebrities getting dumped with coffee and milk to protest unfair agricultural subsidies to its prime role in 2005s Make Poverty History campaign. With a widely recognized brand and a reputation for results, not to mention the organizations Rolodex of celebrities and world leaders, much of Oxfams influence can be felt not only on the ground in poor countries where people depend on its charity to survive, but in rich countries, where it helps drive the publics perception of development.
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Mdecins Sans Frontires/Doctors Without Borders
Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland
2006-07 expenditures: approximately $770 million
Major operations: establishing healthcare services in poor countries and providing emergency medical care
Doctors Without Borders might be called developments canary in the coal mine: Its volunteer health and aid workers serve in and bring attention to some of the poorest, roughest neighborhoods on Earth, providing lifesaving care when other development agencies cant justify the security concerns or dont want to get embroiled in messy political environments. Serving the sick, the wounded, and the malnourished in more than 90 countries since 1971, the group has come to be known for its independent streak, speaking out against injustice, government-sponsored violence, and development waste.
A Latin American foundation, Avina focuses on producing the large-scale changes necessary for sustainable development by fostering collaborative processes among leaders from different sectors. Its Sustainable Cities program seeks to transform cities into ones that foster social progress and equality while respecting the limits of nature. Avina believes in strengthening civic participation and citizen-led oversight in urban planning and management; contributing to the transformation and revitalization of public spaces as drivers for social cohesion, economic inclusion, and cultural expression; and promoting public and corporate policies that support urban resilience.
AVSI Foundation is an international not-for-profit NGO based in Milan, Italy. Its mission is to promote the dignity of the person through development cooperation activities according to the social teaching of the Catholic Church. AVSI played a leading role in pioneering integrated slum upgrading programmes in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, which have been replicated in Mozambique with support from Cities Alliance.
Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI)
Founded in 1976, HFHI is a non-profit organisation whose mission is to eliminate substandard housing and homelessness from the world and through education, make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. HFHI is a federated organisation that has operated in over 100 countries. HFHI joined the Cities Alliance in 2010.
Habitat for Humanity International
121 Habitat Street
Americus, Georgia 31709-3498 USA
Phone: (+1) 800 422 4828
Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI)
Founded in 1996, SDI is a transnational network of local slum dweller organisations that have come together at the city and national level to form federations of the urban poor. SDI has affiliates in Latin America, Asia and Africa. SDI joined the Cities Alliance in 2007.
Slum Dwellers International (SDI)
P.O. BOX 14038, Mowbray 7705
Cape Town, South Africa
Phone: (+27) 21 689 9408
Women In Employment: Globalising and Organising (WIEGO)
WIEGO is a global network focused on securing livelihoods for the working poor, especially women, in the informal economy. WIEGO joined the Cities Alliance in 2015.
79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: (+1) 617 496 7037
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NGOs in New York City
As the biggest and one of the wealthiest cities in the United States, New York City is going to attract its share of NGOs. Some will be organizations dedicated to aiding the citizens of New York City itself, while others seek to help people and communities in other countries. Similarly, New York’s NGOs represent a diverse array of concerns from women’s rights to protecting rainforests to helping the poor.
In addition, New York City has existed in one form or another since 1624, and some of the organizations that call it home will also be venerable. For example, the National Council of Women of the US, which was established in the 1880’s, was founded largely by women who had been part of the abolitionist movement.
List of NYC NGOs
Amnesty International USA (AI USA) is the largest country section of Amnesty International, an organization dedicated to protecting and promoting human rights. Since its inception in the 1960’s, Amnesty International has opposed torture and fought for the release of prisoners of conscience, men and women who have been imprisoned either because of their beliefs or their membership in a despised minority.
The New York Foundation supports advocacy and community organizing in New York City. It gives grant money to organizations, usually newly-formed, that seek to help disadvantaged neighborhoods and communities in New York City. The Foundation was established over 100 years ago.
Although the Rainforest Foundation US is headquartered in New York, it does most of its work in Central and South America. It seeks to protect both the rainforests and the indigenous people who live on them by clearly establishing the legal rights of the latter to ownership of the forests in which they live.
The National Council of Women of the US has existed for 125 years. It began as an organization dedicated to gaining women’s suffrage. It now works to gain human rights for all women throughout the world, especially those in poor communities or countries.
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) began life as the American branch of Europe’s International Relief Association. It was established in 1933 as per Albert Einstein’s recommendation to help refugees fleeing the Nazis. Ever since then, the IRC has helped refugees rebuild their lives.
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International NGO Directory
MINN’s International NGO Directory is a collection of nongovernmental organizations that work internationally and have a presence in Minnesota (or a neighboring state). Social enterprise initiatives, nonprofits, non-registered humanitarian organizations, church groups and other charitable groups doing work abroad are welcome to include information on their organization.
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Accion is the micro-finance pioneer who first discovered and developed the field of micro-lending and, later, commercial microfinance - going back to the mid-1960s.
Adventures in Giving
Adventures in Giving is a philanthropic advisory services firm that specializes in international grantmaking and related adventure travel for individuals and family foundations. For six years Adventures in Giving has worked closely with family foundations to create informed, targeted and effective international gifting programs that are powerful in impact as well as exciting and fulfilling for the families and individuals involved.
Africa Classroom Connection
Africa Classroom Connection holds a vision that every child in KwaZulu Natal has the opportunity for an excellent education. Our mission is providing resources to help build and improve schools in KwaZulu Natal. We work to get buildings built, help kids stay in school, and facilitate cultural exchanges/overseas travel.
Africa Solution Foundation
The mission of Africa Solution Foundation is to give people the knowledge, tools, and support they need to improve their health and economic sustainability for a better quality of life.
Alliance for Sustainability
The mission of the Alliance is to bring about personal, organizational & planetary sustainability through support of projects that are ecologically sound, economically viable, socially just and humane.
American Refugee Committee
Our Mission: ARC works with its partners and constituencies to provide opportunities and expertise to refugees, displaced people and host communities. We help people survive conflict and crisis and rebuild lives of dignity, health, security and self-sufficiency. ARC is committed to the delivery of programs that ensure measurable quality and lasting impact for the people we serve. Our Vision: Every person who participates in an ARC program or project will have a better chance to take control of their life and achieve self sufficiency. Location: 430 Oak Grove Street Suite 204 Minneapolis, MN, 55403
American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa (ARAHA)
ARAHA’s Mission: To strive to alleviate the suffering from hunger, illiteracy, diseases, and poverty in the horn of africa, as well as help the east African community in Minnesota.
Amigos de las Americas (Minnesota Chapter)
Founded in 1965 in Houston, Amigos de las Américas (AMIGOS) is an international, non-profit organization that provides unparalleled leadership and community service opportunities for young people while concurrently contributing to the well-being of hundreds of communities throughout the Americas. Supported by a strong network of Pan-American chapters, high school and college students from diverse backgrounds work successfully with host communities and partner agencies to address health and education priorities. AMIGOS Volunteers immerse themselves in the lives of their host communities and truly experience collaborative development work. During its 43-year history, more than 20,000 AMIGOS Volunteers have gained a life-long commitment to community service, while strengthening multicultural understanding and friendships in the Americas.
Arm In Arm In Africa
Our Mission “We come as a family to make a connection, person to person, arm in arm and along the way to share our lives. It is our honor to improve the conditions and create opportunities for changing the cycle of poverty and disease in South Africa.”
Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy
We believe it is in the long-term interest of AAPIs nationwide to build philanthropy within our own communities. By investing in the issues that matter most to us, building leaders and lifting our voices in social and policy debates, we are powering the change and the future we want to see for our community.
Atlas Corps is an international network of nonprofit leaders and organizations that promotes innovation, cooperation, and solutions to address the world’s 21st century challenges. Our mission is to address critical social issues by developing leaders, strengthening organizations, and promoting innovation through an overseas fellowship of skilled nonprofit professionals. Profiled as a “best practice” in international exchange, Atlas Corps engages leaders committed to the nonprofit sector in 6 to 18 month, professional fellowships at organizations (like Ashoka, Peace Corps, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure) to learn best practices, build organizational capacity, and return home to create a network of global changemakers. Our network of Fellows includes 200+ nonprofit leaders from 54 countries and 100+ Host Organizations.
Books for Africa
The mission of Books For Africa is to end the book famine in Africa. With your help, we will help create a culture of literacy and provide the tools of empowerment to the next generation of parents, teachers, and leaders in Africa. Books donated by publishers, schools, libraries, individuals, and organizations are sorted and packed by volunteers who carefully choose books that are age and subject appropriate. We send good books, enough books for a whole class to use. They are shipped in sea containers paid for by contributions from people like you. It costs about 50 cents to send a book from the United States to Africa. Since 1988, Books For Africa has shipped more than 22 million books to 45 African countries. They are on once-empty library shelves, in classrooms in rural schools, and in the hands of children who have never before held a book. Each book will be read over and over again. When the books arrive, they go to those who need them most: children who are hungry to read, hungry to learn, hungry to explore the world in ways that only books make possible.
Carmen Pampa Fund
Carmen Pampa Fund generates resources to assist the growth and development of the Unidad Académica Campesina - Carmen Pampa, a college serving the impoverished rural familes of Bolivia through education, research, and community projects.
Center for Victims of Torture
CVT International Services works in areas where conflict and torture has resulted in widespread devastation of the community. When political violence intentionally destroys a community, the society itself must heal before peace and democracy can flourish. Healing survivors of torture and war trauma is integral to the process or rebuilding. CVT International Services provides mental health services in an effective, efficient and sustainable manner so that survivors of torture and trauma can resume their life. CVT targets those communities with high numbers of survivors and few sources of help such as in post conflict or refugee camp situations. While working directly with survivors, CVT is also helping build the infrastructure to meet the mental health needs beyond the tenure of this project.
We are engaged in one of the poorest areas on earth, East Africa, primarily Tanzania. We have an innovative model to finance businesses in an investment range that is essentially unavailable in the developing world, from $5,000 to $500,000. This is the key investment size because it starts or grows the small businesses that hire people and drive the economy. Working jointly with local universities, we provide intensive businesstraining and mentoring. We’re looking for people who are social investors or want to engage to make change.
Child Protection International
Mission Statement: To end systematic child abductions and address its root causes. Our Vision: To become an internationally recognized advocacy and awareness organization that defends the rights of voiceless children around the world. Our strong commitment to the rights of children as recognized in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child guides us in our sense of urgency to act on behalf of the children in post-colonial and post-conflict nations. CPI History: Child Protection International (CPI) began in response to an abduction in a remote town of Southern Sudan. Two years after the signing of the CPA, in October 2007, University of Minnesota graduate student from Sudan, Gabriel Kou Solomon, learned that his two nieces, Yar and Ajak Mading were violently seized by armed men during a cattle raid on their town. Students with the Human Rights Program at the University of Minnesota joined together to advocate for the rescue of the two girls by launching the "Save Yar Campaign". Through advocacy, research, and fund raising we focus attention of and impel action on children caught in the intractable conflicts of Sudan in Southern Sudan. This campaign then developed into a organization striving to bring an end to child abduction on an international level.
Founded in 1969, Children’s HeartLink is a medical non-governmental organization working in partnership with health care centers in underserved regions of the world to promote sustainable cardiac care for children with congenital or acquired heart disease. Children’s HeartLink currently supports partner hospitals and programs in nine countries: Brazil, China, Ecuador, India, Kenya, Malaysia, South Africa, Ukraine and Vietnam.
Children's Surgery International
Children's Surgery International is a Minnesota-based, nonprofit volunteer organization that provides specialized medical and surgical services to underprivileged children around the world in a safe, compassionate and culturally sensitive manner and promotes in-country self-sufficiency through professional training and support. Children’s Surgery International travels to locations around the world where we have determined the need for our services to be great. Our volunteers have provided life-changing surgeries, in-country education and medical supplies for children, their families and medical professionals in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, Liberia, Mexico, Peru, and Vietnam.
The heart of Common Hope’s work in Guatemala is education. We provide the necessary resources for over 2,700 children to attend school each year in seventeen villages outside of Antigua and Guatemala City. We understand that education is about more than books and uniforms – a comprehensive approach is critical to help students and their families to reach their full potential. For this reason we also focus our efforts on health care, housing, and family development.
Compatible Technology International
CTI works to improve the lives of people in developing countries by designing food and water technologies that are sustainable and appropriate to local cultures, and by collaborating with in-country organizations to identify needs and to achieve widespread use of our technologies to relieve hunger and poverty.
Dare Women's Foundation
This organization works on empowering women in Tanzania through projects such as giving out small loans, providing cloth pads for safe feminine hygeine, and gardening projects. With each project, there are educators that help women learn. This foundation asks for volunteers to come from around the world to Tanzania to stay in home stays to help in these projects and have people learn from each other.
Diaspora African Women's Network (DAWN)
The mission of the Diaspora African Women's Network is to develop and support talented women and girls of the African diaspora focused on African affairs.
Dodoma Tanzania Health Development (DTHD)
Dodoma Tanzania Health Development (DTHD) is a non-profit charitable organization established in 2003 in order to help found and support Dodoma Tanzania Medical Center (DCMC).
Educate Tanzania partners with the most effective businesses, government, and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) in Minnesota, Africa, the U.S. and Europe in order to bring education, water and health to remote and needy areas in the developing world.
ELCA Southeastern Minnesota
The Southeastern Minnesota Synod is a faith community of 127,000 baptized people in 178 congregations and 4 Synodically Authorized Worshipping Communities as well as related institutions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Our current bishop is the Rev. Harold L. Usgaard, who was elected in 2001. The Southeastern Minnesota Synod is one of 65 synods which make up the ELCA. Its geographic area includes 15 counties in the southeastern corner of Minnesota.
EOS International's mission is to provide under-served communities with access to low-cost appropriate technologies that generate income, improve health, and preserve the environment. EOS empowers impoverished Nicaraguans by working with them as autonomous customers rather than charity recipients, and each beneficiary pays a share of the cost. Our team of engineers uses locally sourced materials to improve system designs that lower costs and improve efficiency for the average Nicaragua.
The mission of Ethiopia Reads is to collaborate with Ethiopian communities to build schools, plant libraries, teach teachers, boost literacy, put pencils and paintbrushes into the hands of thousands of children, and provide youth and families with the tools to improve their lives.
Faith Center Orphanage
Faith Center Orphanage cares for orphaned and abandoned children in the village of Totota, Liberia. We want to provide a stable, safe, healthy, and loving home for orphaned and abandoned children so they have opportunities to realize their inherent potential.
Feed My Starving Children
Feed My Starving Children is a Christian organization committed to "Feeding God's Starving Children Hungry in Body and Spirit."
Fifty Lanterns International
Fifty Lanterns International is a Minnesota-based nonprofit organization that partners with established humanitarian groups to provide communities in the developing world tools that provide safety and opportunity through renewable energy sources such as solar-power lights.
Fondation des Femmes Actives pour la Promotion de l'Éducation de la Femme et de l'Enfant (FAPEFE)
FAPEFE is a non-governmental non-profit organization established in 1990 and officially registered in May 2001. Its mission is to support disadvantaged and vulnerable populations by providing a high quality and inclusive education. Created in 1990 and officially registered in May 2001, FAPEFE provides an inclusive education through its Bilingual Primary and Nursery Noula, established in 1997 in Yaoundé, Cameroon, Africa.
Food For His Children
Food For His Children is a MN based Christian non-profit ministry, created in response to crisis conditions in Tanzania. We strive to provide micro-development opportunities leading the way to self-sufficiency for people of all faiths, anywhere that God leads us.
Freedom for North Korean Refugees of Minnesota
Freedom for North Korean Refugees Minnesota is a Minnesota based non-profit organization working toward the safe and humane resettlement of North Korean refugees in the United States. Freedom for North Korean Refugees Minnesota is pioneering an initiative to educate about the plight of North Korean refugees and to promote relationships and policies that provide for safe, welcoming, and expedite settlement in the United States.
Friends of Africa Education
Mission: Friends of Africa Education is a nonprofit organization providing access to education for children in sub Saharan Africa (Sponsor at risk children and build classrooms) Vision: We seek to inspire students and their families to reach their full potential by developing essential skills to attain social and economic independence Key Values that guide our work: • Student Success • Accountability to donors • Partnership with local communities in Africa • Sustainability (of FOAE and partner organizations)
Generation for Change and Growth
Generation for Change and Growth (GCG) is a non-profit organization operating under the Internal Revenue Code 501 (c)(3) of the IRS of United States of America. GCG is also registered with NGO council of Kenya as Non-governmental, Non-profit organization. The organization was founded in November of 2002.
GCG promotes Education, Technology and Health Care in regions of the world where these basic needs are primarily limited by poverty and disproportionate appropriation of resources. We are in a 21st Century where hundreds of thousands of poor Children still have no access to a very basic education and Health Care. Today, thousands of girls cannot access school even when there is opportunity due to cultural constraints and gender disparities. Many others die from immunizable illnesses. Kenyan children fit well into this category. In communities living in Northern Kenya and many other remote regions, there is a sense of resignation - a circumstance of fate and nature in which human intervention can do little. At GCG, we think different. Wth your partnership, we can make a massive change.
Give Us Wings
Give Us Wings works together with adults and children in Kenya and Uganda to eradicate poverty. Through person-to-person support, both financial and educational, people overcome poverty and become self-sufficient.
Global Citizens Network
Global Citizens Network recognizes the interdependence of people around the world. Social and economic injustice, racial and ethnic inequality, and ecological loss affect all people. But through cooperative effort, individuals of all cultures can enhance their ability to make a difference locally and globally.
By creating a network of people and organizations, Global Citizens Network seeks to enhance participants' impact on issues of local and global concern. Global Citizens Network sends teams of volunteers to communities in indigenous cultures throughout the world. Participants immerse themselves in the culture and daily life of the community. Each volunteer team partners with a local grassroots organization active in meeting local needs. Locally in Minneapolis, GCN offers socially-mindful and culturally-relevant Spanish classes from Beginner – Advanced levels as well as movie nights, speaker series, and conscientious conversations.
By providing participants the opportunity to learn about the society, knowledge, art and livelihood of other cultures, Global Citizens Network seeks to honor and help preserve those cultures. By providing volunteers and project grants to partner communities, Global Citizens Network fosters human and community development in those communities
From the 2nd grader to the CEO, Global Minnesota connects individuals, organizations, and communities to the world. Through a unique lineup of programs offered from the Twin Cities to Greater Minnesota, Global Minnesota takes relevant and timely information on international issues, foreign policy, and cultural topics, and provides the space and opportunity for Minnesotans to engage and discuss.
As a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, we are unparalleled in the ability to deliver programs that allow Minnesotans to connect and participate in the international sphere, and for Minnesota to extend its influence around the globe.
Global Mission Institute
The GMI serves as an important center for global awareness, hospitality, and networking. The GMI facilitates experiences for faculty and students that undergird and enhance Luther Seminary's global vision for apostolic witness.
Global Rights for Women
Global Rights for Women collaborates with partners around the world to promote women’s human rights to equality and freedom from violence through legal reform and systems change.
Global Volunteers is a private, non-profit, non-sectarian, non-governmental organization engaging short-term volunteers on micro-economic and human development programs in close partnership with local people worldwide. Working at the invitation and under the direction of local leaders, volunteers help create a foundation for world peace through mutual international understanding. Our purpose is to maintain a genuine, sustained service partnership with the host community and provide volunteers a genuine opportunity to serve.
Grace Centre is a Christian faith based organization that strengthens impoverished communities in Guatemala, partnering with local organizations to improve the quality of life among people through health initiatives. We support building projects and ongoing programs in response to the express needs of the communities.
Greenlife Africa (GLA) is a holistic agro-economic entity established to meet the agricultural needs of rural Liberia, empowering individuals and communities by maximizing agriculture proficiency and collective productivities.
H2O for Life
H20 for Life connects schools in the United States with schools in developing countries to complete WASH (WAter, Sanitation, and Hygiene) in Schools projects.
Haitian Neighbors Service / Service de Prochains Haitiens (SPH)
Haitian Neighbors Service / Service de Prochains Haitiens (SPH) is a registered nonprofit started in Minnesota in 1982. It works with community development groups, women associations, small farmers associations, domestic children, orphan children and children in difficult situations in Haiti in order to help people help themselves and become self-sufficient.
HealthPartners builds the capacity of rural stakeholders, especially women of reproductive age and the poor, enabling them to pool risk for access to care at an affordable cost through the health cooperative model as a form of health financing.
Heifer International envisions a world of communities living together in peace and equitably sharing the resources of a healthy planet. Our mission is to end hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth.
Holistic Ministry of Children of the Horn of Africa
Our mission is to build a faithful and stronger Horn of Africa through child sponsorships which benefit a whole family. Sponsored children must attend their local school, and they receive Saturday instruction in health, swise spending, gardening and animal husbandry, and Christian leadership. In addition, we respond to requests from the community for projects that benefit the wider area, and have just completed a pedestrian bridge over the Wadecha River that will save lives in the rainy season.
Honoring Women Worldwide
Honoring Women Worldwide is a nonprofit organization founded in 2007 with the purpose of inspiring and engaging women to choose language that honors and celebrates themselves and each other. By doing so, women will make a profound and positive impact on themselves, each other, their families, their workplace, their communities and the world.
Our mission is to mobilize, inspire and honor women and families from all cultures to lead and achieve personal success.
Honoring Women Worldwide’s focus is to honor and unite women to positively change and thrive in their world by teaching, promoting and demonstrating the importance of sponsoring, assisting, networking, mentoring and relying on one another to further women’s causes. Honoring Women Worldwide focuses on leveraging women’s untapped leadership capabilities, building community across cultures and creating a unique global education. We are multicultural, multigenerational and multifaceted.
Hope 2 Others
Hope 2 Others is a non-profit ministry dedicated to renewing hope of a better life to remote, impoverished and underserved communities, as God leads and empowers by His Spirit.
Hope Multipurpose, Inc.
"Hope Multipurpose sponsors a small orphanage in Kazo Parish, Uganda. A new dorm for 44 children, the Blue House, was built through the generosity of HMI donors. The orphans and vulnerable children, currently all girls, have safe housing, nutritious food, clothing, health care, mentoring, and support for education.
Human Systems Dynamics Institute
Human Systems Dynamics (HSD) is a collection of concepts and tools that help make sense of the patterns that emerge from chaos when people work and play together in groups, families, organizations, and communities.
Humanitarian Services for Children of Vietnam (HSCV)
Humanitarian Services for Children of Vietnam (HSCV) is dedicated to serving orphans, homeless children and other children in need in Vietnam. Assistance is provided in the areas of food, shelter, clothing, health and education. Services are provided directly to the children by HSCV or through local Vietnamese child-based organizations addressing these needs.
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy works locally and globally at the intersection of policy and practice to ensure fair and sustainable food, farm and trade systems.
International Institute of Minnesota
The International Institute of Minnesota welcomes New Americans (refugees and immigrants) to the Twin Cities and offers a continuum of services to promote their full integration into our community. The Institute’s programming includes job training and language classes as well as refugee resettlement, immigration, citizenship, and anti-human trafficking services. We are guided by the knowledge that a strong start to a new life enhances the ability of New Americans and their children to contribute fully as members of our community.
International Village Clinic
International Village Clinic (IVC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit, non-sectarian organization, dedicated to bringing health and medical services to the poor villages of India. IVC's goals include disease prevention and treatment, such as vaccinations, nutrition for children and health education.
Inventure offers workshops, keynote speaking, coaching and self-directed tools to help people discover purpose, values, vision and gifts.
Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project (IARP)
We support the rebuilding of relationships, cultural understanding and respect, and a country torn apart by decades of war, sanctions, and occupation. We focus on the arts, education, cultural and professional exchange, and water and sanitation projects.
We are Iraqis and Americans, veterans and refugees, peace activists and artists, students and professionals, and many others united by our work for reconciliation.
The Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project (IARP) was established in July of 2007 as grassroots, citizen-based support in the United States for the Muslim Peacemaker Teams (MPT) in Iraq. IARP and MPT operate as partner nonprofit organizations in the United States and Iraq, respectively.
Iringa Hope works in the rural regions of the Iringa District of Tanzania. We develop cooperative societies that provide micro finance and agricultural input, training, and marketing assistance to our members.
We currently are working in 41 locations and have over 3,600 members representing over 20,000 family members. Our typical member is a female head of household with 5-6 dependents. Her initial income averages $300/year. She is a smallholder (1-4 acres) farmer with a 5-6th grade education. After 1-2 years of working with Iringa Hope her income will rise to $800-$1,400/year. At this point she will eliminate malnutrition form her household, all of her children will go to school (many are sent on to trade school or college), and she will build a brick house.
All of our locations become self sustaining after 2 years or less. Our network is entirely owned and managed by our members - Iringa Hope maintains no ownership position. Our organization provides training, organization, legal assistance, seed capital, and management support to our locations. We are the largest network of cooperative societies in southern Tanzania and are still expanding.
Land O' Lakes Inc. International Development
Since 1981, Land O’Lakes International Development has applied an integrated approach to international economic development that capitalizes on our company’s 85+ years as a leading farm-to-market agribusiness. We use our practical experience and in-depth knowledge to facilitate market-driven business solutions that generate economic growth, improve health and nutrition, and alleviate poverty.
Legacy Center for Peace and Transparency
An independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit research organization dedicated to fighting corruption, building peace, and democratic society in Somalia. Our aim is to conduct high-quality and independent research, to provide innovative practical recommendations that advance three broad goals:
- Transparency and Accountability
- Peace and Equality
- Democratic and Prosperous Somalia
To create and strengthen a participatory social movement across all sectors of society to fight corruption and advance culture of peace and respect amongst Somalis
A corruption and hostility free democratic Somalia, where people and institutions in all spheres of society act with integrity, peace, and transparency in all their dealings.
Light of Hope Kenya
Light of Hope is a home and school that provides refuge, restoration, and redirection for the abandoned, impoverished, or abused girls in Kenya. We provide shelter, quality education, training, and counseling in a supportive Christian family environment in order to enable them to live independently and emerge as leaders to the community.
We are a Christian, non-denominational, non-profit health care center in Kiev, Ukraine. Our mission is to provide whole person care, caring for body, mind and spirit. We offer food and clothing to those in need, homeless shelter, alcohol rehabilitation, find resources for those in need, and assist families in crisis. We also provide nursing care, and collaborate with other organizations in Ukraine to protect the welfare of orphans and homeless children and teens.
We are currently home to 200 displaced people (refugees) from Eastern Ukraine. We have several partners which help with providing food and clothing to the refugees, and are assisting the men in finding jobs.
Lutheran Community Foundation
The Lutheran Community Foundation works nationally to help people act on their values. Through our flexible giving options, professional services and community connections, we create giving opportunities to meet your personal interests and financial circumstances.
Lutheran Partners in Global Ministry
The vision of Lutheran Partners in Global Ministry is to raise up generations who inspire hope by walking with and serving in the worldwide church.
LPGM advocates for global mission through congregations and connects people to global projects through giving, travel, presentations and volunteering. What makes LPGM unique is the personal connection to mission that surrounds each of our projects. LPGM has established a network of people and organizations to give maximum exposure to mission resources.
Lutheran Partners in Global Ministry has partnership relationships with more than a dozen mission agencies and organizations both in the United States and abroad.
Maestral International provides cutting-edge technical expertise to community, national, regional and global actors seeking to strengthen systems that care for and protect the welfare of children and families around the world.
Mano a Mano International
Our mission: to create partnerships with impoverished Bolivian communities to improve health and increase economic well-being.
Margaret A. Cargill Foundation
The Foundation, created upon Ms. Cargill’s death in 2006, will have programs reflecting her passions and priorities, including the environment; the arts; services to families, children and the elderly; disaster-related relief, relief and resilience; planned health; and animal welfare. The Foundation does not accept unsolicited requests for support.
Mary's PenceMary's Pence gives grants to small, local women's project, to projects that are creating models to increase women's economic status and improve their status in their community. We look for models that foster women working together, to learn from each other, support each other, and explore new ideas. We fund women in North, Central and South America.
MAST International is an international exchange program that combines a practical, hands-on, educational experience in agriculture with a classroom experience through the University of Minnesota.
Matter is a faith-inspired non-profit dedicated to changing the world through resourcefulness. Since 2000, Matter has repurposed valuable goods and distributed material resources to organizations serving those living in scarcity.
The Medtronic Foundation was created in 1978 and is charged as the primary channel for Medtronic's strategic giving, with the majority of grant programs thoughtfully aligning with the company's commitment to improve access to quality healthcare.
The Minneapolis Foundation has partnered with generous individuals and families, effective nonprofits, engaged civic leaders and other people just like you to strengthen our community through charitable giving.
Minnesota Evaluation Association
As an affiliate of the American Evaluation Association our goal is to provide Minnesota evaluators with information on local evaluation events, links to evaluation resources, jobs openings, and opportunities to connect with evaluators across the state.
At this site, you will learn all about our organizational structure, upcoming events and professional opportunities
Minnesota-Uruguay Partners of the Americas
For more than 40 years, Minnesota-Uruguay Partners of the Americas* has promoted friendship, cultural understanding and societal development in Uruguay and Minnesota.
*Conceived by John F. Kennedy, Partners of the Americas Inc. is a community-driven, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting economic and social development throughout the Western Hemisphere. It has emerged as one of the most influential forces building goodwill and private sector cooperation among the people of the Americas. Today, more than 15,000 people in 46 U.S. States and 28 Latin American and Caribbean nations are active in 60 Partnerships. In fact, two Uruguayans who have been involved with our Minnesota chapter are now on the national Partners of the Americas board of directors.
The purpose of MSAADA Architects, non-profit corporation, is to provide professional Architectural and Engineering (A/E) services in the planning, design and implementation of building projects for organizations dedicated to serving others. The services provided focus on assisting those with building projects dedicated to life-enhancing services such as education, medical services, and spiritual expression. Emphasis is given to activities in the Developing World, as the corporation was created in response to the need for such services. Priority is further given to providing these A/E services for organizations with a commitment to assist the Worldwide Church.
No Time For Poverty
No Time For Poverty is a St. Paul, MN 501c3 org. Working in Port Salut, Haiti.
We have been in Haiti since 2004 and are currently building a pediatric clinic and community health program.
For more information,see their website at www.notimeforpoverty.org, or email/call Sue Grundhoffer (email@example.com)
at 651-714-6346. Thank you!
Using proven strategies of unarmed civilian peacekeeping (UCP), NP provides for a non-partisan, paid civilian peacekeeping force that fosters dialogue among parties in conflict and provides a protective presence for threatened civilians.
With the headquarters in Brussels, and the North American office in Minneapolis, NP presently deploys peacekeeping teams in the Mindanao region of the Philippines, South Sudan, the South Caucasus, and Myanmar/Burma. Our peacekeepers include veterans of conflict zones, experienced peacekeepers, and those new to the field with the right combination of experience, skills, aptitude and attitude. All go through intensive training both before entering a country, and then again, in-country. Within every combat zone we are invited to enter, the NP teams live in the community along-side the local people, providing protection and training, while offering a safety zone for negotiations by all parties to take place.
NP wants to achieve three overarching goals:
• To train and deploy teams skilled in UCP, to learn from its field projects, and to build a body of expertise regarding large-scale nonviolent peacekeeping ;
• To demonstrate to decision makers, opinion leaders, public institutions and citizens the productive role and impact that nonviolent international presence makes in areas of conflict and
• To share its lessons learned with the international community to advance the theory and practice of UCP.
NPH USA transforms the lives of abandoned and disadvantaged children with homes, healthcare and educational programs, making a positive impact in Latin America and the Caribbean. NPH USA supports Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH, Spanish for "Our Little Brothers and Sisters"), which is raising more than 3,400 orphaned, abandoned, and disadvantaged children in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru.
OneVillage Partners works to effect holistic and sustainable economic development in rural Sierra Leone. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, we promote growth in income and quality of life through five mutually-reinforcing program areas: Agriculture, Education, Health, Income Generation, and Water/Sanitation.
Operation Bootstrap Africa
Operation Bootstrap Africa is a grass-roots non-profit that partners with communities in Tanzania and Madagascar to help educate their children. Grounded in a “self-help” philosophy, Bootstrap works in partnership with local groups, uses local resources and follows local priorities to improve the education of Africa’s children.
We empower young people in Cameroon with access to education to disrupt cycles of poverty and improve health outcomes. We also connect students in Minnesota with students in Cameroon for cross-cultural learning and real-life language labs.
Organic Health Response
The Organic Health Response seeks to activate social solidarity, information technology, and environmental sustainability on Mfangano Island to turn the tide against the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS. We support the people of Lake Victoria in cultivating a resilient, healthy, locally-directed future.
The word Pambazuka is used in Swahili to describe dawning of the first hint of light at sunrise. Pambazuka Africa is helping God’s precious children to see a future made brighter by the light of Christ. People with disabilities have special needs and need specialized help. Our mission is to provide financial, practical, and spiritual support in the areas of healthcare, rehabilitation, and education to people with disabilities in East Africa. Pambazuka Africa was founded as a non-profit organization in 2010 by Rebecca Busch and Alex Mnyangabe, after they spent time in the preceding years working with many people with disabilities in the Karatu area of Tanzania. Our organization benefits from the combination of Rebecca's skills and knowledge as a pediatric rehabilitation nurse, and Alex's cultural knowledge and leadership skills. We are also blessed to have Esther Ebae Muthoni, our Operations Manager living in Karatu to keep our projects moving forward. Pambazuka Africa's other board members also have experience with those with special needs.
Pathways To Children Foundation
Pathways To Children works to improve the lives of children in poverty in India and Africa. Specifically we partner with local NGOs in adopting and supporting schools, orphanages and medical facilities in these areas. We also create meaningful and measurable volunteer experiences for adults and student groups. We find these experiences "change the lives" of both the volunteer and the children they work with.
Peace House Africa
Peace House Africa is a US-based nonprofit organization working in Tanzania, East Africa. Our goal is to create a positive, sustainable future for AIDS orphans and their communities. Peace House Africa's comprehensive approach is designed to provide a quality, effective education for children who have lost parents to AIDS, and to generate sustainable economic growth in their communities through technology research and business development. Peace House Africa opened Peace House Secondary School, a tuition-free boarding school for orphans and vulnerable children, in 2007. Our goal for the students who graduate from Peace House Secondary School is that they become the future innovators and job creators of Tanzania--young people who can build a sustainable future for their country.
Powering Potential uses technology to enhance education and stimulate imaginations of students in Tanzania while respecting and incorporating values of the local culture -- especially cooperation over competition, community over the individual, modesty over pride, and spirituality over materiality.
Project Zawadi is a non-profit organization founded in December 2000. Our mission is to provide educational opportunities within a nurturing environment to orphaned and other vulnerable children in Tanzania so that they become self-reliant and active members of their communities.
Regional Tibetan Women's Association Minnesota
The Tibetan Women's Association of Minnesota is a member of the Tibetan Women's Association (TWA) Center based in Dharamsala, India. The Minnesota chapter was founded on July 15th 1998 with hard working and dedicated for the future Tibetan women's by Mrs. tenzin cheodon and Sonam Choedon. There are 10 executive members with 2 years term.
Resource Center for the Americas
The Resource Center of the Americas is a non-governmental 501(c)(3) organization, founded in 1983 in response to the wars in Central America and the growing realization that there was another side to the story promoted by our government and reported in the press. Working in solidarity with the people of Central America, the Resource Center, known at that time as the Central American Resource Center, began educating and organizing concerned citizens around another reality, relying on first-hand accounts from El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua, reports from delegations returning from Central America, and news stories that escaped the attention of mainstream media. In the early 1990s the organization broadened its mission and changed its name to the Resource Center of the Americas as new challenges began to present themselves in the form of globalization. Since that time our work has focused on the impact of corporate globalization on communities throughout the Americas: devastating local economies, eroding democratic processes and fueling an increase in the migration of economic refugees to the U.S. The Resource Center acts as a bridge-building organization, informing, educating and organizing to help people understand and address these issues. We build bridges between the peoples of the Americas and bridges to understanding a way of life that protects and respects the human rights of all people.
Rural Health Care Initiative
RHCI's mission is to improve health in rural Sierra Leone, with a focus on maternal and child health in the Tikonko Chiefdom.
Rural Integrated Development Program of Africa
The Rural Integrated Development Program of Africa (RIDPA) is a non-profit organization based in Minneapolis, MN. RIDPA employees and volunteers work together to help families and individuals dealing with extreme poverty and health issues in rural Africa. RIDPA is currently operating in Tanzania and East Congo, helping real people deal with real issues. RIDPA is working in partnership with Fifty Lanterns.
Saint Paul Area Synod
The Saint Paul Area Synod is one of 65 synods in the ELCA and the second largest in the number of baptized members. Comprising the eastern half of the metropolitan area of the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, it includes 109 congregations, five congregations under development, and two synodically authorized worshiping communities in Chisago, Dakota, Ramsey, and Washington counties and parts of Anoka, Scott, and Isanti counties in Minnesota.
Saint Paul Partners Tanzanian Water Development
Saint Paul Partners is a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides fresh water wells for communities in Tanzania. We pride ourselves on utilizing donations as effectively as possible. We are currently at an extremely high ratio of donated funds being used to build and service wells.
AIDs awareness training for teachers in Malawi. Online training for teachers who are modernizing the schools of Oman. These are just two examples from our diverse portfolio of international work. Our Goal? To provide culturally relevant, technologically appropriate education programs for teachers, students, and governments around the world.
Shoulder to Shoulder
Shoulder to Shoulder works both in Minnesota and in Tanzania to support and upgrade Lutheran medical facilities in the Iringa Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania.
Sierra Leone Foundation for New Democracy (SLFND)
Sierra Leone Foundation for New Democracy works in partnership with communities to build the foundation for citizens of all ages to deliberate and enact new, non-adversarial alternatives that nurture democratic relationships and decision-making within and among individuals, families, institutions, and the environment.
Tanzania Life Project
We specialize in getting clean water to the poor villages in central Tanzania - around the Dodoma area. We do complete water systems including 500 foot deep wells, and all the accompanying equipment, etc. We complete about one village per year at a cost of approximately $100K. We also manage an HIV/AIDS branch funded by Abbott Fund of Chicago.
The Advocates for Human Rights
The Advocates for Human Rights is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and protecting human rights. Through cutting-edge research, education, and advocacy, The Advocates saves lives, fights injustice, restores peace, and builds the human rights movement in the United States and around the world.
The Indika Alliance
The Indika Alliance is a U.S. nonprofit focused on advancing human rights for India's domestic workers and preventing the labor trafficking of children and young women. We work in partnership with the National Domestic Workers Movement across 17 states in India.
The McKnight Foundation
The McKnight Foundation, a Minnesota-based family foundation, seeks to improve the quality of life for present and future generations. Through grantmaking, collaboration, and encouragement of strategic policy reform, we use our resources to attend, unite, and empower those we serve.
Tumaini University Institute of Agriculture
The Institute of Agriculture was started in 2003 with the goal of increasing agricultural production in the Iringa Region, and especially to help small farmers. The region’s population is approximately one million with nearly 90% of the population involved with agriculture. Sub-Saharan Africa is one region of the world where local food production cannot meet the needs of the human population. Nutrient-depleted soils and sub-optimal management practices hinder a farmer’s ability to move beyond subsistence agriculture. The Institute of Agriculture’s goal is to increase food production to 120% of subsistence.
Ubuntu Community Partnership
Ubuntu means "I am because you are” and is the guiding philosophy of Ubuntu Community Partnership (UCP). UCP works hand-in-hand with its South African NGO counterpart, Youth Ambassadors Sports Program Outreach (YASPO), on community driven projects in the rural villages of Mpumalanga province. Together, UCP and YASPO empower youth with the skills needed to bring about positive change in their lives and communities.
Uniting Distant Stars, Inc.
Uniting Distant Stars, Inc. is a Minnesota registered non-profit serving youth in Liberia, West Africa. We have been providing educational support since 2011 with scholarships and distributing school supplies. We also offer innovative programming to cultivate future leaders.
University of Minnesota Human Rights Center
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I watched a video of a catholic food pantry in Tuscon where the staff at the food pantry lived, eat, and worked at that pantry for $10 a week. The staff called it a calling----but it mirrors global corporate campus wages and we know Wall Street NGOs like Catholic Charities are global corporations. Here in Baltimore as more and more grow poor ----Feed the City------citizens pushed into what are simply food pantry farms-----this is not community fresh food economy---it is global ONE WORLD EXTREME POVERTY food production.
When citizens are pushed to poverty they lose their rights the most. As US middle-class sit and watch a captured Federal, state, and local governance to rigged elections and Wall Street pols ---installing global public policy with no citizens' voice---now even the middle-class is silenced. WAKE UP-----EVERYONE IN AND NO ONE OUT OF GLOBAL CORPORATE HUMAN CAPITAL DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM----capital by the way means owned by corporations.
Don't worry say all of Baltimore's establishment Democratic primary candidates for Mayor of Baltimore-----GLOBAL HEDGE FUNDS WILL SEND MONEY TO FEED THE CITY AND REFUGEE HOUSING! That is Embry, Dixon, Warnock, PUGH, Stokes, Mosby----and farm team Gutteirez and Joshua Harris. CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA
As college student poverty grows, so do food pantries
College Park, MD -- Farhan Ahmed, 20, a sophomore majoring in computer science, lives off campus and started coming in the past two months to the University of Maryland Campus Pantry, where he can pick out ten food items per visit. A reusable tote bag is provided to carry the food. The Campus Pantry offers food staples to students, faculty and staff in need.
(Amy Davis / Baltimore Sun)
Carrie WellsContact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun
Colleges in Maryland are starting food banks for hungry students.Anya Welsh is today's starving college student.
The 31-year-old single mother from Ukraine lives paycheck-to-paycheck while juggling classes at Howard Community College to become an ultrasound technician, two part-time jobs and her daughter's dance class. Her parents still live in her native country and can't afford to help her.
So when her campus became the latest to open a food pantry last week, Welsh was there to pick up cereal, tuna fish and other items. "We come to school hungry, starving and exhausted. Having this is everything," she said.
Nationwide, more than 280 colleges and universities now have food pantries.
College administrators around the country say a growing number of students are struggling to pay for food and other essentials as tuition rates have risen, financial aid has fallen, and eligibility rules for college loans have tightened.
Local restaurants join Maryland Food Bank's 'Save a Seat' campaign At the same time, wages have stagnated and families hard-hit by the Great Recession continue to struggle financially. Many are unable to help their children pay for college.
In Maryland, community colleges in Anne Arundel, Carroll and Baltimore counties as well as the University of Maryland, College Park offer donated food for free to students at dedicated food pantries. The University of Baltimore plans to open a food pantry this fall, and Towson University and Baltimore City Community College are considering opening pantries.
The trend continues one seen in grade schools and high schools, which are increasingly offering food pantries or take-home meals to students.
Though older generations may recall getting by on ramen noodles in college, anti-hunger advocates say today's problem goes beyond the stereotypical image of poor college students happily surviving on cheap junk food.
"There are clearly preconceived notions. People say, 'When I was in college I did this,'" said Michael J. Wilson, the director of Maryland Hunger Solutions. "It's not the same as it was 30 or 40 years ago."
College student poverty reflects the lingering impact of the recession and the fact that more low-income students are attending college, said Barmak Nassirian, director of federal relations and policy analysis at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Also, more students are working full time, and many of them are parents.
"People come to us with complicated lives," he said.
Food pantries on campus are "a sign of the times, they're a sign of wage stagnation in this country and potentially unfair distribution of income," Nassirian said.
At Howard Community College, where almost half of those who enrolled in the fall will receive financial aid at some point in their college career, students can get up to 10 items per week from the food pantry. The small room with shelves and cabinets full of donated items had been on the drawing board for several years.
Some students may be just one flat tire away from losing their education, said Maura Dunnigan, a faculty member and part of an advisory group that helped organize the pantry.
"Where do they come up with the money? Say a tire blows out or they need to pay their car registration. There are students who are in school trying to make a stable living," said Dunnigan, who has been on the college's faculty for 12 years. "The needs get bigger every year."
By one measure, the number of struggling college students has increased in Maryland. More than one-quarter of freshmen received Pell Grants, a form of financial aid for low-income students, in 2012, the latest year for which data is available. That's up from one-fifth of freshmen in 2004.
College students are ineligible for the state food assistance program, formerly known as food stamps, unless they work at least 20 hours a week, have a child under 6 or meet certain other requirements. The state doesn't separate data on the number of college students getting food assistance.
The U.S. Census found that 71 percent of college undergraduates were working in 2011, and that one in five were working at least 35 hours a week year-round. The number of college students with children grew by 50 percent between 1995 and 2011, according to a 2014 study from the Institute for Women's Policy Research.
Elizabeth Paige, a graduate student at the University of Baltimore who spearheaded the effort to bring a food bank to campus, said that as an undergraduate she saw some of her classmates struggle to pay for food.
"It's not a superficial thing, where people are upset that they can't eat out every night, or ramen's not good enough for them," said Paige, 26. "If you go to class hungry, you have a hard time paying attention."
Paige said she had several friends who were working multiple jobs and eating pasta every day. Another friend received food stamps. The University of Baltimore does not have dorms or a traditional cafeteria, which compounds the problem, she said.
"There are a lot of community-based food pantries and soup kitchens, but when you're working three jobs, have a family, that can be one extra stop that you can't afford to make at the end of the day," Paige said.
The university's food pantry will open in October, likely in the student center, and will be available to faculty and staff.
Baltimore City Community College officials visited other community colleges in December to learn how their food banks are operated, spokesman William J. Fleming said. There is no firm date to open one at the city campus.
Carroll Community College has been running its food pantry since 2011, while Anne Arundel Community College has had one since 2010. College Park opened its food bank in October 2014 after the campus dietitian heard from students who couldn't afford food, said Allison Lilly, who runs the pantry. In its first year, the pantry served 160 people, she said.
One-half to three-quarters of the people who come in are faculty or staff, while most of the students who come in are juniors, seniors and graduate students, Lilly said. More than half only visit once or twice.
"We see a lot of people who come into the pantry who are nervous and say things like 'I'm not sure if I'm supposed to be here,'" Lilly said. "We're trying to reduce the barriers for people who need that support to come in and get it."
The pantry distributes mostly nonperishable items. Vegetables grown on the campus farm are distributed in season. The college holds food drives and receives donations from local companies and restaurants such as Nando's Peri-Peri.
Lilly said it is challenging to get a sense of the scope of the problem among college students.
"There's much more robust data on students when they're in [grade] school with free and reduced lunch," she said, referring to the program for low-income children. "There's no reason to believe that those people disappear or their financial problems are solved when they go to college."
Farhan Ahmed, a 20-year-old sophomore at College Park, got out of class recently and headed to the food pantry in the basement of the health center. He scanned the shelves and filled his reusable green grocery bag with vegetable and lentil soups, peanut butter and a can of sliced peaches.
The food will help Ahmed and his fiancee stretch out their meals for the week. They get by on a patchwork of financial aid and grants, and income from part-time jobs. Ahmed said he started relying on the food bank last semester.
"When you come here, you're realizing the truth of the situation," said Ahmed, who studies computer science. "Right now it's hard because I don't have my parents, so I don't have anybody to support me. We don't have anyone to back us up, but we're trying."
Ahmed said his parents live in Bangladesh and can't afford to support him. He said he started collecting food and bottled water handed out for free at campus events to donate to the food bank so he can help others in need.
"It's starting a habit of give and take," Ahmed said. "If I don't donate, then others will suffer, too."
As over 80% of Americans hover around poverty----as a 20% of baby boomers head to retirement with a SS Trust, pensions, 401Ks under threat---as next decade after this coming economic crash makes that percentage of US citizens IN DEEPEN POVERTY grow to 90% and higher----these are the societal structures being installed in US cities deemed Foreign Economic Zones. In Foreign Economic Zones overseas human capital who live, eat, work, and are schooled on global corporate campuses----GROW THEIR OWN FOOD JUST LIKE THIS.
This is to where all that Federal funding for community gardens is going----and it has nothing to do with building a local fresh food economy in our communities for CITIZENS LIVING IN A DEVELOPED NATION EARNING AMERICAN WAGES AND LIVING AN AMERICAN LIFE-STYLE.
There's a big difference between CHOOSING to grow and eat fresh food and being forced because you are living like a refugee.
Returning to POOR FARMS right when a Great Depression is slated to push 99% of Americans into poverty...................yes, you 5% to the 1% will join everyone!
Tucson Food Bank Helps The Needy Grow Their Own Food'
Food For Thought
Missouri Food Pantries Help Clients Grow Their Own Produce
June 26, 201512:02 PM ET Kristofor Husted
Bill McKelvey created Grow Well Missouri with a five-year grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health to help create more access to produce — and the health benefits that come with growing it yourself.
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The Salt For The Next Food Drive, Go For The Canned Tuna, Not The Saltines
Tucson Food Bank Helps The Needy Grow Their Own Food
In the U.S., 1 in 6 people struggles with hunger. Food pantries across the country pass out food to help these people put meals on the table. But what if they could help teach the pantry visitors how to grow their own food, too?
Grow Well Missouri, a program that travels to food pantries around central Missouri, is one of several food-aid groups trying to do just that, passing out seeds and starter plants to low-income locals.
On a recent wet spring morning, the group set up in Columbia, Mo. Four volunteers for Grow Well Missouri worked under a blue popup tent outside of Central Pantry, repotting about 50 starter tomato plants into larger containers. They had a steady stream of visitors stopping by, curious about what's going on.
Volunteer Marie Paisley packaged a tomato plant, a trowel and literature on how to successfully grow the plant all into a tote bag. Then she passed it to food pantry customers with some helpful tips on how to care for the plant.
"When you get it home, you need to water it through thoroughly, 'til the water runs out the bottom of the container," she says.
Bill McKelvey created Grow Well Missouri, now in its second year, in part to provide better access to healthful food.
"It's really probably the highest-quality food you could get, right?" he says. "You've grown it yourself, you pick it and you eat it."
When people visit food pantries, they don't always find the most healthful selection — though many food banks are working to change that. And fresh produce can be really hard to come by for people who rely on food banks.
"You know, a lot of what obviously is donated because it keeps longer is stuff that's canned," says Livia Marques, a food and health program officer with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. "So having that access to produce through different means, I think, is really critical. Clearly, giving people the opportunity to grow it themselves is optimal."
McKelvey says the program also tries to deliver more than just nutritious food.
"I think gardening provides people with a sense of satisfaction and a sense of self-sufficiency, and that's regardless of your income," he says.
Out of the 158 program participants surveyed last year, nearly 90 percent actually planted gardens. And more than 90 percent of the gardeners say they shared their produce with friends and family. McKelvey says connecting people to their food also helps connect them to each other.
Kate Markie (left) and Debra Blakely, volunteers for Grow Well Missouri, pass out seeds to food pantry shoppers at Central Pantry in Columbia, Mo., in hopes of encouraging them to start their own gardens.
Kristofor Husted/Harvest Public Media Coresa Colony, who snagged a tomato plant in Columbia, says she shares the experience with her son. They enjoy growing tomatoes and eating them, and she says a starter plant from Grow Well Missouri will allow them to integrate more fruits into their diets.
McKelvey says more than half of the people who pick up plants or seeds from the group have some form of gardening experience. Many of those gardeners start with seeds, which clients can also pick up inside the pantry.
Just past the bread shelf and halfway to the cooler, there are hundreds of seed packets set on the table along with instructions and tips on how to grow them. Pantry shoppers pick up seeds from volunteers like Debra Blakely for everything from carrots and spinach to cantaloupe and watermelon.
"When I did this a few weeks ago, we offered flower seeds", Blakely says. "I saw their faces light up, because they had already been by to pick up their vegetable seeds, but then they say, 'Oh, today you have flower seeds!' So yeah, they stop by again."
McKelvey says that ultimately, the goal is to have people return and try new fruits and vegetables every year. That can help food pantries develop a more sustainable relationship with their clients, and can help clients continue to access fresh food and the health benefits that come with it.
"A lot of the work we're doing now is really going to help us build a model for how other groups can do this project," McKelvey says.
At the end of the year, he says, Grow Well Missouri will start hosting workshops and training sessions for other Midwest groups interested in initiating their own version of the project. As we've previously reported, other food bank projects along these lines include a community garden in a low-income neighborhood in Tucson, Ariz., where clients can grow their own produce and raise chickens and bees.