A not-for-profit food and nutrition program providing services throughout Massachusetts to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses. They provide their clients, their dependent families, and caregivers appealing, nutritious meals, and send the message to those in greatest need that someone cares.
ABCD programs serve individuals and families at every stage of their lives. Programs include: Head Start, education, elder services, fuel assistance, health services, housing, immigration services, job training, money management, nutrition and food, youth programs, and numerous other programs.
Prosperity Candle's mission is to empower women to rebuild their lives through candle making, one gift at a time. Their vision is bold: thousands of women business-owners across the world, empowered to invest in the lives of their families. The organization partners with thousands of women, providing them with a unique business opportunity through candle-making. Prosperity Candle's shared business model considers the women they work with to be key partners in the business and enables the organiz
Better World Books sells new and used books. It funds (50% of sales) a variety of literacy groups as a means of breaking the poverty cycle. Its business model specifically addresses carbon offsets and landfill reduction. It also donates a book for every book sold
“Taproot is a nonprofit organization that makes business talent available to organizations working to improve society. We engage the nation’s millions of business professionals in pro bono services both through our award-winning programs and by partnering with companies to develop their pro bono programs.”
Habitat for Humanity builds all over the world. It is an ecumenical Christian non-profit that creates affordable housing. An interesting feature of HfH is that it combines large-scale philanthropic donations with very small-scale volunteer labor groups (churches).
PRIDE AFRICA is a research and development organization that has operated in Africa since 1988. PRIDE’s core belief is that socially-minded business can mainstream Africa’s poor and spur employment across the continent. Consequently, our focus is on the design and incubation of commercial franchises that utilize uniform processes, extensive training and proprietary software. Franchises are scaled in Africa through local entrepreneurs, indigenous investment and the tailored use of ICTs.
Reborn Kyoto is a non profit organization working to nurture the economic independence of young and old women in developing countries. Using donated Japanese kimonos, Reborn Kyoto teaches dressmaking and textile skills and creates a market for the items that are produced.
“BRAC is a development organisation dedicated to alleviating poverty by empowering the poor to bring about change in their own lives. We started out in Bangladesh in 1972, and over the course of our evolution, we have established ourselves as a pioneer in recognising and tackling the many different realities of poverty.”
First Book provides new books to children in need, addressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy – access to books. An innovative leader in social enterprise, First Book has distributed more than 85 million free and low cost books in thousands of communities.
As a leader in U.S. microfinance, ACCION USA is committed to bringing affordable small business loans to microentrepreneurs. ACCION USA has provided over $119 million in over 19,000 microloans since inception in 1991, helping to grow small businesses and strengthen the communities they serve.
The America India Foundation supports a cadre of programs in India that directly address the quality of life of deeply impoverished women and their families. It generally works with NGOs for implementation. Its goal is to catalize social and economic change across India.
Global Giving connects donors with specific programs of interest. Dollar amounts suggest what donations will provide. Many areas, including women and poverty, are served worldwide. [contrast this type of org. with peer-to-peers, like Zidisha - mjd]
The Global Philanthropists Circle is a unique opportunity for philanthropists seeking to make lasting change in the lives of poor and marginalized people. Synergos is working to create a more just and equitable global society in which all individuals, families and communities have a meaningful opportunity to improve the quality of their lives for themselves and future generations. This is a good site to identify grant makers.
Global Philanthropy Group works with individuals, foundations and corporations to design and implement strategies informed by our rigorous approach and breadth of experience. This site is useful for identifying grant makers.
Grameen Bank (GB) has reversed conventional banking practice by removing the need for collateral and created a banking system based on mutual trust, accountability, participation and creativity. GB provides credit to the poorest of the poor in rural Bangladesh, without any collateral. At GB, credit is a cost effective weapon to fight poverty and it serves as a catalyst in the over all development of socio-economic conditions of the poor who have been kept outside the banking orbit on the ground
Kickstarter is a funding platform focused on a broad spectrum of creative projects including projects from the creative fields of Art, Comics, Dance, Design, Fashion, Film, Food, Games, Music, Photography, Publishing, Technology, and Theater.
A non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.
ProFounder offers free tools to fund and grow your business with the help of your community including a step-by-step checklist to start a business, creative ways to get funding and ways to engage your community.
Root Capital is a nonprofit social investment fund that is pioneering finance for grassroots businesses in rural areas of developing countries. We provide capital, deliver financial training, and strengthen market connections for small and growing businesses that build sustainable livelihoods and transform rural communities in poor, environmentally vulnerable places.
“Our Mission is to develop programs that will alleviate poverty and the suffering associated with poverty both in the United States and worldwide, in particular, that experienced by women and children. We provide those with means a way to contribute globally and encourage compassion.”
“Zidisha is the first peer-to-peer microlending service to offer direct interaction between lenders and borrowers across the international wealth divide. We eliminate the middleman, ensuring that entrepreneurs' profits stay right where they belong – in their communities.” This differs from Accion because it is peer-to-peer.
B Corporations use a different corporate model to ensure decisions good for society and the environment, not just shareholders. They range from teen-age beekeepers to Patagonia. Several other companies in this list are members.
ES is primarily concerned with the quality of its products, the working and social conditions of our producers and the sustainability and biodiversity of our environment. ES’s efforts give the local producers the opportunity to commercialize their prime resources, and the chance to access to an educational system.
“Our mission is to steward and restore 200,000 acres of South American Atlantic rainforest and create over 1,000 living wage jobs by 2020 by leveraging our Market Driven Restoration business model. Our market-driven-restoration business model directly links our customer’s purchases to our partner farming communities in the South American Atlantic Rainforests. Our partners sustainably harvest organic yerba mate from rainforest grown cultivations and reforestation projects, generating a renewa
Paul Newman was committed to helping make the world a better place. To carry on his philanthropic legacy, Newman’s Own Foundation turns all net [after tax] profits and royalties from the sale of Newman’s Own products into charitable donations.
“Through the sale of our premium bottled water, NIKA hopes to bring a voice to the world’s poor who suffer without the basic right to clean water and simple sanitation. And by donating 100% of our profits to support clean water projects in impoverished countries, NIKA will provide the basic tools and critical assistance to help thousands of families improve their lives in a meaningful way and end the cycle of poverty. Our goal is to create awareness and knowledge to serve as a catalyst for t
Toms Shoes/Eyeglasses gives away one pair of shoes (or eyeglasses) for every pair sold. The company also sponsors a “Day without Shoes” to promote discussion of the need for footwear for impoverished children. [pretty nice shoes, too - mjd]
Whole Planet Foundation, established by Whole Foods Market, provides grants to micro-finance institutions in Latin America, Africa and Asia who in turn develop and offer micro-enterprise loan programs, training and other financial services to the self-employed poor. Whole Planet Foundation is authorized to work in developing countries where Whole Foods Market sources products.
Yad LaKashish: Lifeline for the Old is a non-profit organization empowering and supporting over 300 elderly and disabled Jerusalem residents on a daily basis. It provides a creative work environment and invaluable support services, giving the elderly a sense of purpose and community as well as financial assistance.
The Boston Housing Authority is a public agency that provides subsidized housing to low and moderate income individuals and families. In addition to conventional public housing within the City of Boston, the Authority administers several rental assistance programs such as the Section 8 program. The Authority receives both federal and state assistance.
The Department of Mental Health, as the State Mental Health Authority, assures and provides access to services and supports to meet the mental health needs of individuals of all ages, enabling them to live, work and participate in their communities.
The Massachusetts Head Start Association, Inc., a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) membership organization, works in collaboration with other stakeholders to meet the needs of low-income families and achieve successful outcomes for children in order to prepare them for future success in learning.
Section 8 housing is a federal assistance program that helps low-income Massachusetts residents pay for their housing. This website provides links to the various programs: rental vouchers to help pay rent; Section 8 homeownership assistance to help pay mortgage loans; and project-based Section 8 subsidies to help keep rents low in specific private housing developments.
SNAP benefits are provided by the federal government and administered by the Department of Transitional Assistance. Residents of MA who participate in SNAP are families with children, elders and disabled. Many are the working poor with limited income or those who are temporarily unemployed.
MassHealth is a public health insurance program for eligible low and medium-income residents of Massachusetts. MassHealth is the name used in Massachusetts for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), combined in one program.
The CGAP-Ford Foundation Graduation Program is a global effort to understand how safety nets, livelihoods, and microfinance can be sequenced to create pathways for the poorest to graduate out of extreme poverty, adapting a methodology used by BRAC in Bangladesh. The CGAP-Ford Foundation Graduation Program is helping to implement ten Graduation Pilots in eight countries, in partnership with local organizations.
Europa, the central website of the European Union, holds a plethora of material on women and poverty-related issues. It is wise to have an idea of what you’re looking for in mind before you start searching. You can easily lose much time wandering about aimlessly.
“We support efforts by Latin America and the Caribbean countries to reduce poverty and inequality. We aim to bring about development in a sustainable, climate-friendly way. While we are a regular bank in many ways, we are also unique in some key respects. Besides loans, we also provide grants, technical assistance and do research. Our shareholders are 48 member countries, including 26 Latin American and Caribbean borrowing members”
The International Poverty Reduction Center in China (IPRCC), based in Beijing, was jointly initiated and established by the Chinese government, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and other international organizations in December 2004. The IPRCC is designed to provide a platform for knowledge sharing, information exchange and international collaboration in the areas of poverty reduction and development. Specifically, the Centre’ work is mainly focused on four key areas: research, e
“we provide low-interest loans, interest-free credits and grants to developing countries for a wide array of purposes that include investments in education, health, public administration, infrastructure, financial and private sector development, agriculture and environmental and natural resource management.”
Description for: United Nations Development Programme The United Nations Development Programme addresses the UN Millennium Development Goals in general. This website focuses on Goal #1 – the eradication of poverty and hunger. 1 Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger 2 Achieve universal primary education 3 Promote gender equality and empower women 4 Reduce child mortality 5 Improve maternal health 6 Combat HIV / AIDS, malaria and other diseases 7 Ensure envi
Hudson Institute is a nonpartisan policy research organization dedicated to innovative research and analysis that promotes global security, prosperity, and freedom. This site has interesting ideas on attacking roots of poverty.
The Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness (ICPH) is an independent nonprofit research and development organization based in New York City. Drawing on the talent of an experienced, professional research staff, the Institute produces action-oriented research designed to illuminate the complex issue of family homelessness, and inform and enhance public policy related to homeless families.
These are resources that have been found by World Challenge participants.