Foundation for Sustainable Development

Rating: 4.83 stars   143 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: 4 stars  

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.

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

There should be an interchange where people from the Global South can come and help Americans with our myriad problems. There is a lot we can learn from the grassroots-level of marginalized communities which are learning to overcome entrenched, complex challenges.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unsure

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

Some

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unlikely

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

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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!

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

Through their website, applying, going through Skype interview

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

Make it cheaper. The prices are ridiculous and relatively expensive.

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35 people found this review helpful

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.

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

I witnessed my sister's nonprofit (Projects of Hope) flourish with the help of FSD. She went from having very little support and money to having a nonprofit that makes a huge difference in the lives of many people. www.projectsofhope.org

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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25 people found this review helpful

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.

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

the various blogs and projects they have posted on their website.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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26 people found this review helpful

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.

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

truly make serious steps towards accomplishing its mission.

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2009-4-01

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22 people found this review helpful

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.

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

how it changed me forever!

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

Ways to make it better...

I stayed longer!

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

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

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2009-1-01

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22 people found this review helpful

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.

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

How motivating and direct change can be!

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

Ways to make it better...

be very proud.

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

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2009-1-01

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21 people found this review helpful

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.

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

the people involved. From the SF staff, to volunteers, interns abroad, and local communities around the world FSD has motivated and changed all the aforementioned parties for the better!

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

Ways to make it better...

Funding. I can see how the current economic situation may make it harder for organizations like FSD to expand their work.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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22 people found this review helpful

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!

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

Truly inspirational! The dedication held by the volunteers and staff of FSD is empowering.

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2009-1-01

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18 people found this review helpful

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.

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

the stories and testimonials I've read and heard regarding their focus and support for developing countries who need the power of literacy, ongoing health, stability to begin to take care of their own needs.

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

try to make a presentation to President Obama's team of advisors/staff to get even more visibility for FSD. The sustainability angle that FSD has fits perfectly with Obama's "Change" plans.

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

Although my experience is indirect, what I enjoy most is hearing about the positive difference FSD's work makes in the communities that it serves, especially in Africa. That positive difference is in great contrast to our current world of conflict and deviseness.

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

exceptional. I've never heard or spoken to so many dedicated people, well-educated, service-oriented, who want to make a difference in people's lives.

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

operate more sites in Africa, India, and Latin America to provide sustainable change for more people.

Ways to make it better...

My experience would have been better if the organization had more funding to do more of the excellent work they do so well. Once I started investigating what was needed and how powerful FSD's work was, I was frustrated regarding the limitations of their funding.

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

stable funding and continuing visibility.

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

The staff of FSD work incredibly hard for less pay or no pay. These people are tremendously dedicated to those with less or nothing at all. This is a tremendous gift that they are making of themselves at the cost of greater pay in the corporate world.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

19 people found this review helpful

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.

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

Knowledgeable, Passionate, Dedicated

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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