Montage Initiative

Rating: 4.89 stars   18 reviews

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Location: 955 Connecticut Avenue Suite 1208 Bridgeport CT 06607 USA

Mission: Montage Initiative connects trusted hearts, minds and hands across world markets and invests in the willingness to give, create, innovate and act. Through a combination of mentoring, microfinance and a Montage of support, we enable women at the heart of our programs to improve their living conditions while transforming the lives of their families, their communities and themselves.
Results: Montage Initiative has partnered with Fairfield University to enhance the university’s International Studies Program through engaging students in service learning related to non-governmental organizations. This project began in the 2011-2012 school year and will continue through the 2012-2013 year and beyond. Montage Initiative involves the students in its practical work and projects by granting them the opportunity to combine their studies with the real world experience in an NGO. Montage Initiative offers internships of varying durations and volunteer opportunities to the students. The goal of this project is to prepare students for work in the non-profit sector and follow their passions for helping others.
Target demographics: Women and girls of all ages in CT (USA), India and Africa.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 300
Geographic areas served: India, USA, United Kingdom
Programs: Montage Initiative’s current projects include: Women of India - enabling women from five villages in Vrindavan to extend their capabilities, finalizing ideas initially explored in better serving their needs; Toilets, Anyone? - supporting the basic human right for access to potable water and sanitation; Film Production - creating Mission-Driven Media, highlighting issues surrounding poverty and tradition while raising awareness to new audiences around the world; Traveling Art Gallery (TAG) - offering the use of space for the less fortunate around the globe to create and exhibit art in many different forms of mediums.

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Rating: 5 stars  

In the stresses of our day to day lives we many times think there are not enough hours in the day to take on one more thing. Over the years I have found a since of purpose, calmness and joy through my volunteer efforts with Montage Initiative. I have learned so much by listening to the stories of those whose lives have been transformed because of the support they have received from this organization. It is such an honor and humbling experience to work with such dedicated and passionate individuals for a greater purpose. Volunteering allows you to look at the “real world” outside of ourselves through the eyes of others. I have learned and received so much more by giving of my time, talent, and treasure than I ever have from any paying job. I encourage you to look at Montage Initiative as your charity of choice. I can assure you, that you too will receive much more than you give.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Figure out how to raise more money so that they can have an even greater impact than they currently do.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

If you want to support a great nonprofit who is on the cutting edge of innovation and creativity, then check out Montage Initiative @ www.montageinitiative.org I am so excited to be a part of this amazing organization designed to help marginalized women locally and around the world. It truly is an organization that captures the heart of all those involved. 2013 is off to an amazing start! We were so privileged to present at the parallel event in NYC in support of the United Nations 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women in March. Our Student Advisory Board spoke on adopting a model of youth empowerment for future leadership and ways to take action. Ambassador Carlos Enrique Garcia Gonzalez, Permanent Representative of El Salvador to the United Nations also spoke in support of this effort, along with Dr. Giri and others. We also had a screening and panel discussion about the film White Rainbow based on Dr. Giri’s life at Fairfield University. Being a volunteer for Montage has changed my life. It is a humbling experience when you hear the stories and see firsthand the struggles that women still endure today. What is inspiring and rewarding about contributing to Montage, is seeing your dollars truly make a difference in the lives of others. Please join me in giving a 5 star review to this well deserving nonprofit!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Volunteering requires a certain commitment not only of time, talent and treasure, but a commitment from the heart. That is why I love volunteering for Montage Initiative. It truly is a rewarding experience on so many levels. Knowing that my contribution has an immediate impact on those we serve means everything to me. You can see the difference and direct result in any one of our program initiatives. I especially enjoyed working with the interns from Fairfield University’s NGO class. The students were a refreshing burst of light and energy. I am so thankful for the opportunities that my volunteer work with Montage has afforded me. I can’t wait until our next project!!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Now more than ever people are looking for cause driven organization that are truly making a difference in the lives of others. I know I was, and that is what drew me to Montage Initiative. They are changing lives around the globe, simply by using compassion, hope, and heart. They are providing opportunities for women that will allow them to be self-sustainable. I have worked with a number of nonprofit organizations, and non-have left me feeling as fulfilled and grateful as this one. If you are looking for a place to invest your time, talent and treasure, I can assure you that you will receive much more than you give. I know my life has been changed for the better through my involvement as a volunteer and donor. I am most thankful for the opportunity to be a part of something that I believe in time is going to help change the world, and create a culture of peace.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen the footage from the trip to India, and how the efforts of Montage helped transform these women. You can see the hope in their eyes and since promise from their faces. Knowing that my involvement brings hope to another human being, is more rewarding than anything else I do. It is truly a gift from the heart for the heart.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

How can you make changes to something that is already changing the world and our ability to help from all levels. If I could change one thing, it would be that the need for such organizations no longer exists in our world. But until then, I am thankful for Montage.

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7 people found this review helpful

From time to time, we are fortunate enough, to be presented with opportunities to make a difference in the life of another human being. The most gratifying aspect of this is that in doing so, your own life is enriched. Heart Share International embraces the essence of the human spirit. The work that they are doing to bring awareness and support to the widows of India takes humanitarianism to the next level. The honest conversations they had with the women & widows of India have the power to open even the most heavily barricaded hearts. If you want to be a part of something truly rewarding beyond measure, please join me, and help support this amazing organization. You to, can make a difference and help change the injustices of the world by opening your heart.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My involvement with Heart Share has deepened my understanding and compassion for others. It has helped me realize not to take for granted the privileges and opportunities we have as women in this country. My life and heart have been forever changed by the promise of knowing that I can truly help give hope to even one other individual

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

You can't change a good thing! The only thing I would do, is to continue finding more funding to assure that the good works of Heart Share never have to stop.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The people and feeling of gratification knowing that you are making a difference in someone's life.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professional, compassionate, and people that I hope to emulate.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the world one person at a time, creating peace and equality for all.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to give..........

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding

One thing I'd also say is that...

If you want to look in the mirror and say I did something meaningful today.......support Heart Share!

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

The United Nations 57th Commission on the Status of Women included Montage Initiative in its parallel events because Montage Initiative is helping to change the status of women! Montage Initiative is propelled by dynamic women implementing programs that bring real results for women and girls. Support Montage Initiative and support the empowerment of women around the world, giving Voice to the voiceless and bringing the contributions of women to a world that desperately needs them.

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

Montage Initiative is a wonderful non profit organization that is helping women around the world. I had the privilidge of attending "The History of Women" art exhibit at Fairfield University and was introduced, and very impressed, by the Montage Initiative program. The fact that they are helping women earn a sustainable life and contribute to their families is an admirable way to decrease poverty. I'm hoping I can volunteer wih this very worth while cause!

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Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

Montage Initiative is not just another NGO, it is an invitation to help lift not only the women of India out of poverty and change their lives, but an opportunity to change your own. It is hugely humbling yet incredibly inspiring to sit and share not only food with the poorest of women but also their dreams. That's when you realise that the only difference between their situation and yours is geography. Women the world over want the same for their children, their families and their communities - the best. To feed, clothe and educate them. The reality, however, is that even the basics are hard enough to achieve in the developing world and the best is sadly a stretch to far for too many. Montage Initiative works to transform that, bringing those dreams closer, enabling and empowering women by providing training, education and access to markets and helping them to create sustainable livelihoods. The Montage team are a powerful, passionate group of dedicated professionals and volunteers who get things done. As Gandhi urged: they are being the change they want to see.



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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  


Montage Initiative is an organization that seeks to help give a voice to those who have not been given the opportunity and chance to speak out and be heard. The work it does in terms of empowering women and creating a sustainable living condition for them is something that shows they are not only concerned about helping women on their feet but also teaching them to make it on their own in the long run.

Having worked with Montage through a service learning class has given me a chance to step into the lives of the women they reach out to. Their mission to give women around the world expanded opportunities uses every thing it can from Media, Art, and Volunteering to help spread the world. It is often said that if you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a family and a nation. That is what Montage is doing with their vision. By helping the women to stand on their feet and also creating a sustainable future for them, Montage has not only educated a family, but also helped a nation back on their feet.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." -Anne Frank. This quote is something that has been instilled in my heart as a child and I have grown to act upon it. When I first heard about Montage Initiative and what they aim to do, I knew it was something special and that it was something that would change my life. It is great to see a non-profit focus on, not just providing aid to women, but to provide them with opportunities to earn a sustainable living. The passion and sincerity I saw in the eyes of the board members is the same look and emotion I have when I talk about the difference I want to make in the world which made me realize how genuine Montage Initiative is. Their motto "Montage Initiative will build peace, one woman at a time," shows exactly the drive they have towards making a difference around the world. I am excited to see their growth all over the world.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Montage Initiative's mission to empower women, expand minds and unleash potential is admirable. I've gained so much just by working on the recent initiatives through Montage in conjunction with Fairfield University. Our service learning project with the students of Fairfield brought us to the United Nations as we attended the conference on the Commission of Status of Women in early 2012.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

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i am honored to be on the board of Montage initiative. It's mission resonated with me immediately. I worked at the International Organization for Migration for 10 years in Geneva and then 11 years at Save the Children. After losing my first husband at a young age, I sought to find an organization that would help widows in the developing world. The pilot project of Montage Initiative to help destitute widows in India and its mission to empower women, especially, some of the most vulnerable - the widows, was an amazing opportunity for me to help other women who have not been as fortunate as I have been. i'm pleased to write this review to let others know about this amazing organization.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

It is a unique experience in these times to find an organization that is so well focused in its pursuance of their mission. I have been an active board member on many internationally known charities and this is my first foray in supporting a growing concern. Montage Initiative is worthy of your support.

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2012

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1 person found this review helpful

Montage Initiative is a dynamic and blossoming INGO destined to touch and improve the lives of many. My favorite story is when founders Joanne and Ingrid left on a trip to India, and they did not just instigate programs they believed the women of India needed--but instead Joanne and Ingrid lived with the women, gained their trust, and then asked--what do you need? Montage Initiative is born from trust and friendship. The group of individuals leading the INGO are always popping with novel ideas, purposeful and realistic planning, and unbelievably quick implementation. You could not go wrong contributing to this NGO--their hearts are right on their sleeves, they are incredibly transparent, and undoubtedly inspiring.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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