In the words of founder Paul Farmer, the Partners in Health vision is both medical and moral; it is based on solidarity, rather than charity alone. When a person in Peru, or Siberia, or rural Haiti falls ill, PIH uses all of the means at its disposal to make them well—from pressuring drug manufacturers, to lobbying policy makers, to providing medical care and social services. PIH facilitates public/private partnership in Haiti, Peru, Siberia, Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, Mexico, Russia, the Navajo Nation, Burundi and Liberia. The Ansara’s Build Health International works closely with PIH to expand the healthcare infrastructure for the poor.
Photo Credit: Partners in Health, Boston, MA
Oxfam America is an international relief and development organization that creates lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice. Together with individuals and local groups in more than 90 countries, Oxfam saves lives, helps people overcome poverty, and fights for social justice through its strong advocacy programs. Oxfam America is one of the 17 affiliates in the international confederation, Oxfam. Karen has served on the Leadership Council since 2003.
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Since it’s founding to address the Ethiopian famine, Share Our Strength has supported anti-hunger programs around the world. Share Our Strength’s highest priority is to make sure that every child in America has access to the healthy, nutritious food he or she needs to thrive. Through its No Kid Hungry strategy, the organization works at the state and city level to forge alliances between policymakers and providers to ensure that all children eligible for meal programs are enrolled and served where they live, learn and play. Share Our Strength also devotes 10% of its budget to international anti-hunger initiatives.
SOS is mobilizing coalitions to deliver meals in the summer to children who qualify under Federal School Meals.
Photo Credit: Share Our Strength, Washington, DC
H2O for Life partners schools, youth groups, businesses, faith organizations, clubs and individuals with schools in developing nations in need of water, sanitation and hygiene education. Donor partners learn of the global water crisis through service-learning, outreach and other educational avenues while raising funds to sponsor a water project at their recipient partner school. Young students and adults creating innovative events like “Walks for Water” and “Water Video Contests” learn that they can make a difference in the lives of others while having fun at the same time. The Ansara Family Foundation is providing short term bridge loans to facilitate the building of school-based water and sanitation projects around the globe.
Photo Credit: H2O for Life, Minneapolis, MN
RefugePoint finds and helps to permanently relocate refugees in life-threatening situations to countries where they can rebuild their lives in safety and with dignity. Working in camps and cities across Africa, RefugePoint improves access to resettlement for refugees with no other options for survival. Partnering with UNHCR, NGOs, and governments to identify refugees in need of resettlement, RefugePoint also trains, provides technical guidance, and enables partner NGOs to begin or improve resettlement efforts as well. Additionally, its targeted advocacy for at-risk refugee groups has led to the resettlement of many refugees who would otherwise be overlooked and stuck in perilous and dead-end situations.
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dZi Foundation, through its Revitalize-a-Village programs in Nepal, is partnering with International Development Enterprises (IDE) to introduce a comprehensive package of agricultural technologies, market analysis, technical expertise, and microlending to four dZi target communties. The project will introduce multi-use water systems and establish farmer groups and cooperatives in order to develop local markets and support cash-crop cultivation. The goal is to create a program which can replicated in additional communities in the Khotang district.
Photo Credit: The dZi Foundation, Nepal
UNICEF is a driving force to build a world where the rights of every child are realized. Recognizing that proper care at the youngest age forms the strongest foundation for a person’s future, UNICEF works to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path. With the global authority to influence decision-makers, UNICEF works around the world with partners at the grassroots level to turn the most innovative ideas into reality. The Ansara Family Fund has supported UNICEF with general operating grants, primarily to underwrite events promoting their work.
Photo Credit: UNICEF, Pakistan
Prosperity Catalyst received a two million dollar grant from the US State Department to expand its work with war widows in Iraq. Together, Prosperity Catalyst and Prosperity Candle are employing an innovative and market-driven model holistically addressing the need for economic opportunity and market access for Iraqi women. The goal: a sustainable, Iraqi-owned candle-export enterprise that serves as a central hub for hundreds of women artisans, beekeepers, and candle-makers for years to come.
Photo Credit: Heber Vega
The mission of MCE Social Capital is to reduce poverty by mobilizing private investment capital in the form of loan guarantees. Though guarantees from high net worth individuals in the US and Europe MCE accesses capital to lend to qualified microfinance and other lending organizations in the developing world to finance the micro-businesses of poor mostly-rural families. MCE Social Capital gears its entrepreneurial results to produce jobs, sustain small businesses and improve human lives.
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Grassroots International works around the world to help small farmers, indigenous peoples, and women win their human rights to land, water, and food. The organization supports community-led initiatives and movements worldwide, with special focus in Brazil, Haiti, Mesoamerica and the Middle East. Partnering with global networks like the Via Campesina, which includes more than 250 million small farmers and farm workers organizing in 71 nations, Grassroots International advocates for justice and fairness, particularly as they impact trade, climate and food/agriculture policies.
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All Hands Volunteers provides hands-on assistance to disaster-afflicted communities around the world with maximum impact and minimum bureaucracy. The organization’s mission is to provide immediate, effective and sustainable support to communities in need by harnessing the energy and commitment of dedicated volunteers. All Hands’ goal is to be the most effective organization at providing committed volunteers the opportunity to give immediate and sustainable help to communities in need and to those suffering in the wake of natural disasters.
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Primary Source promotes history and humanities education by connecting educators to people and cultures throughout the world. In partnership with teachers, scholars, and the broader community, Primary Source provides learning opportunities and curriculum resources for K-12 educators. By introducing global content, Primary Source shapes the way teachers and students learn, so that their knowledge is deeper and their thinking is flexible and open to inquiry.
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Root Capital is a nonprofit social investment fund that grows rural prosperity in poor, environmentally vulnerable places in Africa and Latin America by lending capital, delivering financial training, and strengthening market connections for small and growing agricultural businesses. Root Capital clients are farmer associations and private businesses that help build sustainable livelihoods by aggregating thousands of rural producers in Africa and Latin America.
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Global Partnerships is a nonprofit impact investor working to expand opportunities for people living in poverty. The organization invests loan and grant capital to catalyze market-sustained solutions that address last mile challenges in order to improve lives. Focused on health, microentrepreneurship, green technology and rural livelihoods.
Global Partnerships believes these will have the greatest impact on helping people living in poverty improve their own lives.
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Grantees represent a sampling of those over five years.