Resources for International Giving & Doing


NEID Book Discussions

Since 2008, NEID has sponsored book discussions to help educate New England area donors about international development and giving. Please see the link above to view the latest books and discussions. NEID is a project of the Center for Global Philanthropy at The Philanthropic Initiative in Boston.

The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty

Author and ethicist Peter Singer asks, “How much would you give to save a child’s life?” Inspired by his book, thousands are taking a pledge to increase the percentage of their income devoted to ending extreme global poverty.

However Long the Night

Aimee Molloy tells the unlikely and inspiring story of Molly Melching, an American woman whose experience as an exchange student in Senegal led her to found Tostan and dedicate almost four decades of her life to the girls and women of Africa.

The Responsible Company, by Yvon Chouinard, founder and owner of Patagonia, and Vincent Stanley, co-editor of its Footprint Chronicles, recount how Patagonia and its culture gained the confidence, by step and misstep, to make its work progressively more responsible, and to ultimately share its discoveries with companies as large as Wal-Mart or as small as the corner bakery.

InThe Last Hunger Season , Award-winning author and world hunger activist Roger Thurow, illuminates the profound challenges of four Kenyan women farmers and their families, and follows them through the seasons to see whether, with a little bit of help from a new social enterprise organization called One Acre Fund, they might transcend lives of dire poverty and hunger.

Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War chronicles how the passionate and charismatic Gbowee helped organize and then led the Liberian Mass Action for Peace, a coalition of Christian and Muslim women who sat in public protest, confronting Liberia’s ruthless president and rebel warlords, and even held a sex strike. With an army of women, Gbowee helped lead her nation to peace—in the process emerging as an international leader who changed history. Her story will touch all who dream of a better world.

Portfolios of the Poor tackles the fundamental question of how the poor make ends meet. Over 250 families in Bangladesh, India, and South Africa participated in this unprecedented study of the financial practices of the world’s poor.

Half the Sky, by Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, is “a passionate call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world.” The authors recount stories of women who have faced sex slavery, fistula, maternal mortality, rape, and social exclusion, and yet have found a path to recovery and strength.

The Blue Sweater is the inspiring personal memoir of a woman who has spent her life on a quest to understand global poverty and to find powerful new ways of tackling it. From her first stumbling efforts as a young idealist venturing forth in Africa to the creation of the trailblazing organization she runs today, Jacqueline Novogratz brings us a series of insightful stories and unforgettable characters — from women dancing in a Nairobi slum, to unwed mothers starting a bakery, to courageous survivors of the Rwandan genocide, to entrepreneurs building services for the poor against impossible odds.

Branded! explores the ability of NGOs to affect corporate markets. It shows how the development of certification systems for corporate social and environmental practices has created some intriguing questions, such as, “Why are retail giants paying premiums for ethically produced products . . . and not overcharging their customers? How have NGOs gained such power and credibility? What are the challenges of these new modes of corporate accountability for both NGOs and corporations? What are the unexpected opportunities for newly accountable corporations?”

Between Two Worlds

Zainab Salbi was eleven years old when her father was chosen to serve as Saddam Hussein’s personal pilot and her family was often forced to spend weekends with Saddam where he watched their every move. As a palace insider, Zainab offers a singular glimpse of what it is like to come of age under a dictator and provides an intimate portrait of the man she was taught to call “uncle.”

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is the inspiring true account of an enterprising African teenager who constructed a windmill from scraps to create electricity for his entire community. William Kamkwamba shares the remarkable story of his youth in Malawi, Africa—a nation crippled by intense poverty, famine, and the AIDS plague—and how, with tenacity and imagination, he built a better life for himself, his family, and his village.

In Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail

How can one-acre farmers living on $1 a day feed their families and climb out of poverty with just a hand up rather than a handout? Founder of International Development Enterprises, Paul Polak, describes how low-cost irrigation and agricultural tools and links to markets can lift the rural poor.

Mountains Beyond Mountains: Healing the World: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder tells the story of the genesis of Partners In Health, now dedicated to the serving the medical care and public health needs of the poor in eight countries.

Engage with other international donors and funders through regional donor networks including New England International Donors and Pangea: Giving for Global Change, based in Seattle.

Opportunity Collaboration is a four-day problem-solving, strategic retreat for international nonprofit leaders, for-profit social entrepreneurs, grantmakers and social investors engaged in poverty alleviation and economic justice enterprises.

Benefit from the experiences of international development experts by joining Boston Network for International Development.


Build expertise in the art and science of strategic, high-impact philanthropy by enrolling in a training program via The Philanthropy Workshop.

Every year the Global Philanthropy Forum convenes a community of donors and social investors committed to international causes to inform, enable and enhance the strategic nature of their work.


WorldBoston is a nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging the public in international affairs and opportunities via over 30 programs annually. World Boston hosts hundreds of current and emerging leaders from around the world — in government, business, the media, education, science, the arts, and other key fields — and connects them with local professionals in Massachusetts to exchange ideas and best practices.

The United Nations Association of Greater Boston (UNA-GB) serves as a resource for the citizens of the Greater Boston area to explore critical global issues addressed by the United Nations and its agencies.

Discuss cutting-edge thinking on world affairs in an informal atmosphere with young professionals, graduate students, influential thinkers, and world leaders by joining Boston International.

Edge Funders Alliance is a diverse community of donors, foundation officers and advisors across the international philanthropic landscape sharing knowledge, tools and approaches, with differing priorities and strategies but a shared commitment to global social change.

The International Human Rights Funders Group is a global network of donors and grantmakers committed to advancing human rights around the world through effective philanthropy.

The Boston Foundation was founded in 1915 with a simple, but profound mission—to receive gifts from generous donors and use those resources to make grants to the nonprofit organizations that serve the Greater Boston community.

Dollar A Day is a simple new way to discover and support amazing nonprofits. They scour the world to find innovative and high impact nonprofits with responsible track records and feature one great organization every day. Everyone who is signed up automatically donates $1.

Devote a week to working alongside Nicaraguan villagers and El Porvenir to bring clean water, sanitation, and reforestation projects to rural communities.

Increase the impact of your philanthropy with expert advising and staff services from The Philanthropic Initiative that run the spectrum from strategic planning, to program design, to training and evaluation.

Mobilize your college community to achieve lasting solutions to poverty, hunger and injustice via Oxfam America’s Change Leaders program.

Introduce American schools to global giving and service learning by partnering with H2O for Life in bringing water and sanitation facilities to schools in impoverished communities.

Introduce others to an on-line marketplace of community-based projects via Global Giving.

Motivate young people to think beyond our borders by supporting FACE AIDS, a national student organization raising awareness about and fighting AIDS in Africa.

Ignite your passion to contribute and explore your own giving potential by experiencing stories and videos of international donors, and utilizing philanthropy tools available on the Bolder Giving in Extraordinary Times website.

The Millennium Campus Network makes campus organizations across the nation more effective and sustainable in their efforts to reduce extreme poverty and advance the UN Millennium Development Goals..