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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Alliances & Advocacy, Arts & Culture, Economic Development, International, International Economic Development, Microfinance, Philanthropy

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.

Target demographics: International communities achieve locally based goals and improve lives and communities.

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

Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Through FSD I was able to experience the technological challenges that villagers in Uganda face. FSD did 2 things very well. Firstly, they assigned me to a community that was excited about technology and found me a wonderful host family. Living among the community and working with them to provide useful sustainable businesses could not have happened with my organization alone. Secondly they advised me on how to best approach sustainable development. The keys rules are to ensure that any initiative you and the community spend time building, is one where all the correct incentives line up such that the initiative continues well past your time. This was important advice to ensuring that your time is not wasted on projects that fail. Instead, most FSD projects lead to some tangible benefit for the community because the community is the main driver. The interns learn a great deal and help where they can by offering their knowledge and experience in a very different part of the world. This is a passive but highly effective method of development.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I have heard a lot of good things about FSD, especially in working with international development organizations in the past decade. Their model of volunteer-based development work is more respectful of local wisdom than most other programs and promotes actually sustainable progress.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am honored to be working with Fsd interns, the guys are amazing and my Institution is greatly honored to be working with such young people. their ideas are amazing and our clients have greatly benefited from their various projects

BASHIR MUTEBI
MASAKA ELDERS SACCO LTD
MASAKA, UGANDA.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Is it just me or do these reviews seem to good to be true? I've read only one bad review, which seems to be honest, but the others seem generic. I say this because all of them don't give details, and for some reason, alway point to how great the staff was. I'm considering this program, but want to make sure I'm making the right investment. It is awfully expensive, considering how other non-profit organizations with oversees volunteer and internships placement are a lot cheaper. If anyone can give me an honest review, you can respond here or message me if you want my email. Thank you!

35

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is one of a kind with kind people who work hard to make a difference; the results speak for themselves. I witnessed my sister's nonprofit (Projects of Hope) flourish with the help of FSD.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Through the course of my own studies, it is always frustrating to read about environmental degradation in developing countries. Those types of projects are often supported because of the profits that people can reap from it now and the people have no thought to the consequences for the future. However, as I was doing some internet research, I ran across the Foundation for Sustainable Development, which definitely caught my eye and gave me a sense of hope that at least one organization like this is out there. From their website, their view of development coming from the people made so much sense to me and it surprises me how little it is actually done. Also, some of the projects listed on their website describe how they get input from the local community and combine it with environmentally conscious solutions to create something that is sustainable long after the interns are no longer there.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My view of this organization is from more of an outside perspective as it is my daughter who has interned at the San Francisco office for quite a while now. However, every time I talk to her about her internship, she always has good things to say about one project or another that is going on in either India, East Africa, or Latin America. I can tell that she loves the work she is doing and believes strongly in their mission.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The staff of FSD is awesome! They provided me with so much information in order to find the best place for me to intern. They were so attentive! I am so thankful for the experience and knowledge I gained.

22

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have a relative who is involved with FSD and was truly amazed by her experience. I have seen how someone can be so positively effected by the experiences FSD provides for students and young professionals. FSD allows those interested in sustainable development to participate in the field and get their hands dirty. FSD allows interns and volunteers to experience a true development experience.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I believe FSD is at the forefront of sustainable development! They have spent so many years focusing on where sustainable development stems from to realize how crucial the local community really is. As a result FSD has developed relationships with more than 200 local partners throughout Latin America, Africa, and Asia. I wish FSD every success in their continued efforts to spread sustainable development.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been inspired by the work carried out by the Foundation for Sustainable Development. The local communities are almost all too easily overlooked in more "traditional" methods of both charity and international development. FSD works 365 days a year to guarantee sustainable development stems from the ground up to provide effective, long-lasting change!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was so inspired by the Foundation for Sustainable Development's work in Kenya, I was moved to help a Kenya immigrant to find temporary housing. I have never gotten involved in direct help like this before, but the work that FSD does in Africa has great impact in a country that I've always been interested in. I so admire their mission to support activities which the population can then carry on on its own. This kind of activity has a tremendous, longlasting impact on the culture and the environment.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I recall meeting Erin Hersey, Alumni Relations for FSD, at a networking event. I was not aware of what FSD was and had never heard of the organization before. After a brief conversation, I was so excited to learn more about this organization and asked how I could help out. It's always exciting to talk to someone so knowledgeable and passionate about their work.