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Women's Empowerment:

Friends of the Poor
Founded in 1982, Friends of the Poor is a nondenominational service organization that works in partnership with relief workers in various parts of the world to provide necessary funds, material goods, medicines and food to aide in the alleviation of poverty and suffering. In 1998, Jean Colarusso (a Women's International Center Living Legacy), President of Friends of the Poor, began organizing the first of many missions in Africa. Because of the growing needs in Africa, Friends of Africa was established in 2006 as an additional focus to the mission of Friends of the Poor.The current project of Friends of the Poor-Africa is to provide funding to expand and run the Dr. William Kupiec Academy for Girls which opened September, 2009.

Women in Engineering - Standing Committee of World Federation of Engineering Organizations
Women in Engineering (WIE) is a Standing Committee of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations standing committees (WFEO) with the purpose of Empowering Women in Engineering and Technology. The mission of the WFEO-WIE is to promote the participation and leadership of professional women engineers in settings that require expertise. Some activities of our organization include strategizing on how to increase the number of women who enter and stay in the engineering profession, increasing the participation of women engineers within WFEO’s organizations and committees, and encouraging young females internationally to pursue careers in engineering.

Women For Women International
Since its creation, Women for Women International has given hope to more than 351,000 women survivors of war and conflict. We have helped them move toward economic self-sufficiency with our year-long program of direct aid, rights education, job skills training, and small business development. We have distributed $108 million in direct aid, microcredit loans, and other program services. Since 1993, Women for Women International has mobilized more than 300,000 women and men in 185 countries worldwide to reach out and support women survivors of war – one woman at a time. Sponsor a woman! Build a one-to-one relationship with a woman survivor of war in our program.

Women's Museum of California
From 1983 until 1997, Mary Mashcal assembled an extensive collection of memorabilia and aritifacts, filling virtually every room of her Golden Hill home with historic documents, banners, posters, and books. Mary and others also reached out into the community, offering lectures on women's history to school children, professional and social organizations, and community groups. In 2011, we changed our name to the Women’s Museum of California with the tag line “preserving the past…inspiring the future”. We are now located at the NTC at Liberty Station in Point Loma. Women's International Center Living Legacy Ashley Gardner is the dynamic Executive Director of the Women's Museum.

Run Women Run
Run Women Run was founded in 2008 by a group of forward-thinking women who demonstrated that individuals with a passion can change the status quo. The non-partisan, membership association seeks to bring rationality and accountability back to government by identifying, mentoring and supporting the election of progressive, pro-choice women to state and local government in San Diego County. Run Women Run's mission is to inspire, recruit, train, mentor and support pro-choice women for elected and appointed office in San Diego County.

Women's Media Center Amplifying women's voices, changing the conversation. The Women's Media Center works to make women and girls visible and powerful in the media through strategic programs that transform the media landscape, and that include media training, media monitoring and activism, media reports, media programs, an expert database and special initiatives. The Women’s Media Center also publishes Women’s Media Center Features that provide progressive women’s perspectives on both headline stories and timely events.

Voices of Women
VOW's mission is to produce and support local and global educational programs that uplift and empower women and children. Voices of Women, presents programs that raise awareness of global issues. These range from dramatic theater productions to panel discussions, informative speakers, and documentary films We believe that the more we communicate the more we learn. And through learning we can make a difference. Founded by Women's International Center Living Legacy Jenni Prisk.

UCSD Women's Center
The UCSD Women's Center is a space in which people work collaboratively to foster the educational, professional, and personal development of diverse groups of women. The Center provides education and support to all members of UCSD regarding gender issues, with the goal of promoting an inclusive and equitable campus community. The Women's Center was established in 1996 following the hard work and energy of so many who advocated for its creation.

San Diego State Women's Studies
SDSU established a department of Women's Studies in 1970, making it the oldest program in the United States. The Women's Studies Department has developed a national and international reputation for excellence in its curriculum and faculty. SDSU offers students a unique opportunity to pursue a coherent and independent course of study leading to a degree in Women's Studies.

See Jane: Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
Founded in 2004 by Academy Award®-winning actor and advocate Geena Davis, the Institute and its programming arm, See Jane, are at the forefront of changing female portrayals and gender stereotypes in children's media and entertainment. The Institute is uniquely positioned to spotlight gender inequalities at every media and entertainment company through cutting-edge research, education, training, strategic guidance and advocacy programs. Our mission is to work within the entertainment industry to dramatically alter how girls and women are reflected in media.

UltraViolet is a new and rapidly growing community of women and men across the U.S. mobilized to fight sexism and expand women’s rights, from politics and government to media and pop culture.UltraViolet works on a range of issues, including health care, economic security, violence, and reproductive rights. Sexism is ubiquitous. At UltraViolet, we combine innovative, cutting-edge organizing with grassroots, people-powered actions to fight for equality and progress.

Kofaviv - The Commission of Women Victims for Victims - Kmisyon Fanm Viktim Pou Viktim
KOFAVIV is a grassroots women's group based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti dedicated to providing services & ongoing support to victims of sexual violence. La KOFAVIV a pris naissance le 8 Mars 2004 par des femmes issues du milieu défavorisé qui ont été victimes de viol, d’agressions sexuelles et de mauvais traitements du régime militaire et des groupes paramilitaires (FADH/FRAPH dans le but de donner une meilleure réponse à la lutte active des militantes haïtiennes contre la violence.

We Advance
WIC Executive Director Bridget McDonald via the 2 Life 18 Foundation (renamed Coalition of Hope) has had the honor of working directly with Alison Thompson, honored by the Queen of England for her volunteer service in the wake of disasters. With 3 colleagues (Dr. Aleda Frishman, Barbara Guillaume, Maria Bello), she is a founder of We Advance - We Are Stronger Together Than We Are Alone Femmes Se Poto Mitan - in Haiti. WE ADVANCE is a movement to advance the health, safety, and well being of women throughout Haiti. We see, treat, and/or refer approximately 62,400 women a year. We work in some of the poorest slums in all of the western hemisphere – Wharf Jeremy and Cité Soleil – where security issues deter the work of most international NGOs. We start from the bottom because it’s where we are needed the most and, as co-founder and activist, Barbara Guillaume, says: “If we can change the worst of Haiti we can change all of Haiti.” WE ADVANCE models an inclusive grassroots approach with a movement that collaborates with both other organizations and women from every socio-economic class. WE ADVANCE is a rights- and community-based participatory program. We empower women’s minds, bodies and spirits and enable them to discover their own needs and priorities, benefiting the entire community. WE ADVANCE brings in volunteer experts to train local community leaders in the aspects of health, safety and education. WE ADVANCE’s goal is to, in the near future, leave our programs in the hands of Haitian women, the women who know best what they need and how to make it a reality. We oversee the management of the Cité Soleil Nap Vanse Womens Clinic: We have seen 600 patients and triaged about 1,000 patients in the clinic, cases range from worms, dehydration and hypertension to pregnancy.

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Children & Education

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Children's Hospice International
Children's Hospice International (CHI), a non-profit organization, was founded in 1983 to: Promote hospice support through pediatric care facilities, Encourage the inclusion of children in existing and developing hospice, palliative, and home care programs, Include the hospice perspectives in all areas of pediatric care, education, and the public arena. Through the efforts of CHI, most of the over 3,000 hospices in the U.S. will consider accepting children.

Kids Korps - Youth Volunteerism
Kids Korps USA engages young people, ages 5 through 25, in community service. Our mission is to instill in America’s youth the spirit of giving while providing valuable education in leadership and responsibility. Our vision is to develop leaders for life through youth volunteerism. The mission of Kids Korps has an indelible and unique impact beyond the many benefits of volunteerism: we shape young lives through exposure to, and direct involvement in community service. The daily benefit of improving ones community is tangible. The lifelong benefit to young volunteers is an increase in their level of maturity, empathy, and positive perspective on how THEY can make the world a better place.

Social Activism

Miss Representation is a non-profit social action campaign and media organization established to shift people’s consciousness, inspire individual and community action, and ultimately transform culture so everyone, regardless of gender, age or circumstance can fulfill their potential. Using social media, women and girls are speaking out, telling their stories and influencing change. Men and boys are standing up to sexism, countering hyper-masculinity and championing women as leaders. Schools are using the Miss Representation‘s Curriculum to educate youth around media literacy and to inspire and activate students to make change. Communities are hosting screenings and discussions to shift the cultural mindset around gender and end sexism. Consumers are using their power to celebrate positive media and advertising, and challenge negative media and advertising.

Alexia Foundation
The Alexia Foundation promotes the power of photojournalism to give voice to social injustice, to respect history lest we forget it and to understand cultural difference as our strength — not our weakness. Through grants and scholarships, The Alexia Foundation supports photographers as agents for change.
International Women's Partnership for Peace and Justice (based in Chiang Mai Thailand)

International Women`s Partnership for Peace and Justice

International Women`s Partnership for Peace and Justice (IWP) is a local, spiritual based feminist organization working to support grassroots women`s activism in Thailand and the Asian region. Founded in 2002, IWP leads workshops, retreats and training courses which share in common the integration of feminism, social action and spirituality for sustainability and transformation at the personal, community and society levels.
Building on freelance work we have done throughout Thailand and the region since 1997, our goal is to work systematically and strategically with grassroots groups over a sustained period of time, practicing a partnership culture that has spirituality as a core foundation of social activism. This is our effort to create alternatives to the hierarchical systems that dominate mainstream institutions and even progressive social movements. Currently, we work with women`s organizations, community peace groups, NGOs and grassroots activists in Thailand, Burma, India, and Sri Lanka.

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
WILPF's first International President was Jane Addams, founder of Hull House in Chicago and the first U.S. woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. For more information about Jane Addams, visit the official site of the Nobel Foundation.
It was the wisdom of our founding foremothers in 1915 that peace is not rooted only in treaties between great powers or a turning away of weapons alone, but can only flourish when it is also planted in the soil of justice, freedom, non-violence, opportunity and equality for all. They understood, and WILPF still organizes in the understanding, that all the problems that lead countries to domestic and international violence are all connected and all need to be solved in order to achieve sustainable peace.
This remarkable vision still guides us today as we face the challenges of the twenty-first century. In today's context this means
• the equality of all people in a world free of sexism, racism, classism, and homophobia,
• the guarantee of fundamental human rights including the right to sustainable development,
• an end to all forms of violence: rape, battering, exploitation, intervention and war,
• the transfer of world resources from military to human needs, leading to economic justice within and among nations, and
• world disarmament and peaceful resolution of international conflicts via the United Nations.

Clinton Foundation
The William J. Clinton Foundation is a foundation established by former President of the United States Bill Clinton with the stated mission to "strengthen the capacity of people throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence." Its vision: a nongovernmental organization that could leverage the unique capacities of governments, partner organizations, and other individuals to address rising inequalities and deliver tangible results that improve people’s lives.

Environmental Sustainability

Climate Reality Project
Climate change is not your fault for the car you drive, the lights you turn on, or the food you eat. The climate crisis is our problem. Real solutions, systemic solutions, innovative solutions, can only come when we address it together. That’s what The Climate Reality Project will do. Without doubt. Without delay. And with your help. The Climate Reality Project is bringing the facts about the climate crisis into the mainstream and engaging the public in conversation about how to solve it. We help citizens around the world reject the lies and take meaningful steps to bring about change. Founded and chaired by Al Gore, Nobel Laureate and former Vice President of the United States, The Climate Reality Project has more than 5 million members and supporters worldwide. It is guided by one simple truth: The climate crisis is real and we know how to solve it.

United Earth
In 1974, Claes Nobel drafted The Nobel Laureates Declaration on the Survival of Mankind, which was signed by 78 Nobel Laureates. This historic document recognizes the great achievements wrought by individuals working in technical disciplines, while also acknowledging that the application of some of those achievements has unintentionally contributed to current environmental problems. The declaration calls for Nobel Laureates to pledge their active support to conserve, protect and restore our environmental heritage. In 1985, Claes Nobel authored The Global Declaration of Earth Ethics, signed by thousands of individuals and organizations around the world as testament to their desire for — and willingness to work toward fostering— new standards of humanitarian excellence and environmental stewardship. It has become the United Earth credo.

Planet Footprint
Is the world's only full-service independent environmental scorekeeper.
Coordinates the capture of all your energy, water, greenhouse and other performance data (usually direct from the source, such as utilities). The frustration of data collection and management is removed when you work with Planet Footprint.
Continuously measures your organisation's energy, water and greenhouse performance - consumption, costs and emissions.
Presents your performance in eye-catching, independent reports which are updated continuously and made available to you online 24/7.
Compares and benchmarks your performance, nationally and internationally.
Helps you apply this information to improve your environmental and financial performance.

Other Worlds Are Possible
Throughout the world, solutions to some of the greatest challenges of the day are either nascent or fully thriving. Organized people's movements - sometimes with help from supportive government - are changing the structures which cause violence, poverty, inequality, and environmental destruction. At the same time, they are creating better quality of life in their communities. In other instances, people are preserving ancient cultures where individuals live in relative equity and harmony with other life and their communities, and without expectation of profit.

A French website encouraging carpooling. Drivers meet others online, like on a dating site, to find a good match to share a daily commute.

Sustainable Chocolate

Vosges Haut Chocolat Founded by Chocolatier Katrina Markoff
The purple house of Vosges Haut-Chocolat and the concept of Travel the World through Chocolate™ were inspired by the journeys of Chocolatier Katrina Markoff. Vosges Haut-Chocolat is a certified organic manufacturing facility that operates on 100% renewable energy. Under its Green Purchasing Oath, the chocolatier selects ingredients with sustainable merit and uses packaging made of 100% post-consumer recycled material for its chocolate bars and purple boxes. Vosges Haut-Chocolat sources chocolate from carefully selected suppliers, many of whom are organic and Rainforest Alliance Certified. Vosges Haut-Chocolat is thrilled to be certified as a women’s business enterprise through the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s largest third party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the U.S.

Writing and Education-Based Entrepreneurialism

Global Journal Project
Global Journal Project is a non-profit organization that enables school communities to share stories and form relationships across international and cultural boundaries by raising awareness of global issues through the perspectives of member communities. Private, public, and international schools collaborate in a student-run business to produce a print and online magazine with contents from partner-school communities. The profits earned by the chapters are reinvested in service through community-based educational events and member-selected philanthropic projects.


Healthline's Multiple Sclerosis Center
Healthline provides an overview of Multiple Sclerosis as a critical starting point for individuals and/or their loved ones. They offer an educational tutorial on understanding, diagnosing, and treatment for MS
including breaking news (ex. and in-depth, doctor-reviewed content.

When Corporations do the Right Thing: Verizon helps Mitigate Domestic Violence
Verizon is committed to helping the nearly one in four women, one in seven men and more than 3 million children in the United States affected by domestic violence. They are doing thier part to end this epidemic by collecting no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories and turning them into support for domestic violence organizations nationwide. Through HopeLine, they have donated hundreds of thousands of phones and awarded millions of dollars in cash grants to their partner agencies. Wireless phones and technology serve as a vital link for all of us. They are also an especially safe and reliable way for domestic violence victims and survivors to reach emergency or support services in times of crisis and stay connected with employers, family and friends. They have already collected over 10 million phones nationwide, while donating over $18 million dollars to domestic violence organizations: a win-win for both the environment and victims of domestic violence.

HealthyWomen (HW)
HealthyWomen is a non-profit independent organization that works as a reliable source of health information for women and their families. This organization aims to educate women and help them make responsible health decisions as well as answer their questions through their online and print publications that are reviewed by medical experts and backed by health research. HealthyWomen provides a variety of information such as health tips, news updates, brochures, articles and blogs on different topics through their website and network of clinics and women’s centers.

Office of Womens’s Health (OWH)
The Office of Women’s Health is part of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services and it is dedicated to educating the public on improving the health of all U.S women and girls. It provides many useful resources like publications, brochures and federal reports that inform women about relevant topics regarding optimal health maintenance.

Zia Yoga Founded by Ravenna
We are a Yoga based outreach program in San Diego, California, USA, that provides Yoga classes to at-risk and under-served populations and the service workers who care for them. Our foundation provides all of the funding, amazing certified/insured teachers, and all the necessary materials to teach Yoga and wellness classes to your demographic. Yoga is truly an amazing tool for rehabilitation, transformation, stress reduction, and overall health and well being.

Fair Trade

One World Projects
One World Projects is an organization that promotes fair trade and ethical practices that benefit primarily their artisan partners and their families. Its mission is “to create viable economic alternatives for artisans and their families, and to expand the reaches of ethical and fair trade to include compassionate trade™.” This organization helps many artisans by partnering with them and by importing their craft from 25 developing countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa.


Kashf - Financial Services for All
Inspired by the success of the Grameen Bank, Kashf Foundation (meaning miracle or revelation i.e. a process of self-discovery) began in 1996 as an action research program focusing, for the first two years, on determining and understanding key factors having an impact on the demand for microfinance services by poor women. In 1999 it introduced the first pro-women consumption loan in the sector, in 2001 it was the first Microfinance institution to offer micro-insurance services by collaborating with one of Pakistan’s oldest insurance companies, in 2003 it was the first Microfinance institution to become financially sustainable, in 2004 it was the first Microfinance institution to obtain an investable credit rating and in 2007 it has been able to close over $36 million in commercial deals with key local and international banks.

Kiva - Empowering People Around the World with a $25 Loan
Kiva works with microfinance institutions on five continents to provide loans to people without access to traditional banking systems. One hundred percent of your loan is sent to these microfinance institutions, which we call Field Partners, who administer the loans in the field. Kiva relies on a world wide network of over 450 volunteers who work with our Field Partners, edit and translate borrower stories, and ensure the smooth operation of countless other Kiva programs.100% of every dollar you lend on Kiva goes directly towards funding loans; Kiva does not take a cut. Furthermore, Kiva does not charge interest to our Field Partners, who administer the loans. Kiva is primarily funded through the support of lenders making optional donations. We also raise funds through grants, corporate sponsors, and foundations.

Hera Hub - Inspiring Coworking Space for Female Entrepreneurs
The Hera Hub community is comprised of more than 200 female entrepreneurs who support one another through collaboration, resources, referrals, feedback and mentoring. From our platform, new businesses have been spurred, funding secured and life-long friendships built. You are sure to find women in similar and related business situations that can assist you with the growth of your business. We serve women at all stages of business.

The World Bank
The World Bank was established in 1944 and it comprises two institutions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and International Development Association (IDA). Together, they aim at creating economic opportunities in developing countries. They provide financial assistance to developing countries by giving grants and low-interest loans to invest in important sectors such as education, health or infrastructure. They also help the community and partners with their “innovative knowledge sharing” practices in which they provide advice, research, analysis and technical assistance to create business opportunities that can help make these countries globally competitive.

Women, Business and the Law
Women, Business and the Law site by the World Bank Group is a website that aims to promote equality and eliminate discrimination in business practices in developing countries. It provides economic and historic data, reports and law information about how women can do business in developing countries. This site sheds special light on the extent to which women doing business are supported or constrained by the laws and customs of their particular countries and it shows positive recent changes in laws that address women in business.

Women’s Economic Security Campaign (WESC)
WESC is led by four foundations -- the Chicago Foundation for Women, The Washington Area Women's Foundation, the Women's Foundation of California and the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis -- which have invested millions of dollars over the last twenty years to promote opportunities to low-income women and their families. They work together to seek solutions to poverty and to increase economic sustainability for women. They work as advocates and public policy makers as well as supporters for organizations that strive to reduce poverty.

Women’s Foundation of California
We work toward a just and equitable California, in which all people and communities, in every region of the state, thrive. For over 30 years, the Foundation has been not just a grantmaker, but a relentless advocate for social change. As a publicly supported foundation, we raise every dollar that we use for strategic grantmaking, public policy, and bringing together innovative women leaders.We have built up a dynamic network comprised of dedicated donor activists, leaders and grassroots organizations working throughout the state.

Animals and Conservation

Friends of Bonobos
In 2002, Claudine André founded the only bonobo sanctuary in the world, just outside of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa. With a formidable team, Claudine’s reach extends beyond her sanctuary to the rest of Congo, tirelessly working to educate the Congolese of the preciousness of the endangered bonobo, and the danger and cruelty of eating bushmeat. Years later, Claudine was awarded the National Order of Merit by France and the Prince Laurent Prize of the Environment by Belgium. She frequently presents at conferences all over the world, raising awareness for bonobos and ensuring the protection of their future. Lola ya Bonobo is 100% run by volunteers who help keep rescued orphan bonobo babies fed with milk and bananas. Lola ya Bonobo mobilizes the inspectors of the Ministry of Environment for the Democratic Republic of Congo to seize orphan bonobos under the Convention International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and Congolese law on the detention of protected species. The Ministry confiscates the bonobo and sends it to Lola ya Bonobo for rehabilitation.