Foundation For Sustainable Development

Rating: 4.83 stars   145 reviews

Issues: International, Economic Development, Microfinance

Location: 1000 Brannan Street Suite 207 San Francisco CA 94103 USA

Mission: FSD supports the efforts of grassroots development organizations in Africa, Asia and Latin America that are working to better their communities, environments, and the economic opportunities around them. We believe economic development begins with community development and is only sustainable if it comes from and is supported by the members of these communities. Also, through our programs, we aim to raise international awareness of the economic challenges in developing countries and support cross-cultural communities in finding more effective solutions to development issues.
Geographic areas served: Latin America, Africa, Asia
Programs: Capacity building in community-based development programs; training in community development for student and professional volunteers who work with our partners; grantmaking to community partners; engaged phlianthropy through giving circles
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

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I had the opportunity to facilitate two Global Service Trips with the Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD) in Ciudad Sandino, Nicaragua and Kakamega, Kenya.

FSD's commitment to achieving community-driven goals through asset-based development and international exchange in Africa, Asia, and Latin America was seen throughout my experience at these program sites. As a facilitator, I saw a huge transformation in the participants, members of the community partner organizations we worked with, and the beneficiaries. The reciprocal process FSD aims to achieve was accomplished on both trips.

The main differentiator of FSD's programs is that their sites teams are on the ground, ensuring the outcomes of the support have a long-lasting benefit for the partner organizations (NGOs and nonprofits).

I highly recommend FSD for anyone who wants to be the change they want to see in the world and seeks an opportunity to provide sustainable impact on international communities!

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I am working with FSD since last five years. Being in development sector for over a 15 years now i think FSD is an real example of what you can say is working with grassroot community. FSD does not compramises with its original vision and mission while working with communities and have set up examples for other Non Profits here in western Rajasthan,

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Having known both interns and other participants in FSD's programs, I am constantly impressed and inspired by the work of the organization. FSD is at the forefront of grassroots sustainable development. I am glad FSD does what it does and I hope to maintain a relationship with this ground-breaking yet grounded organization.

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

University relations, service learning trips in collaboration with the Presidio Graduate School

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About every month

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20 people found this review helpful

Incredible organization. They give great opportunities for college students to get started in the humanitarian and environmental field. They also accomplish many many practical projects to combat poverty and environmental degradation. They sponsored my budding humanitarian program until I was ready to go own on my own.I have been associated with them for 5 years.

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

Knowledgeable and competent staff. Organized and friendly and they have excellent international contacts and experience.

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By partnering with locals in the areas they service to find out what the high priority needs are FSD affects environmental practices in the most sustainable way - the way people will actually use. Other methods and groups mught be more sustainable per project by partnering and knowing what works on the ground and in the field means FSD projects have a better chance of uptake by local populations. Something can be 100% green and 100% sustainable in theory but 0% in practice if no one adopts it or uses it. FSD should be winning this award for using methods that work in the field.

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

their promotional materials and it is astounding.

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

expand to other countries in South and Latin America as I love that part of the world. Purely selfish.

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

the deep level of dedication their entire team has and the work they do hand in hand with the communities they service.

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

friendly, smart and engaging.

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

reach out to many more deserving areas.

Ways to make it better...

I had the time to participate too, its that good.

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

time, money and other resources.

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

they are working on improving their technology and organization so that they can be more efficient in the future.

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