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  

FSD is an exemplary nonprofit when it comes to sustainable development. Many organizations design "solutions" around "problems" without even involving the community; but when FSD or any grass-root partner trained by FSD is involved in a project, you can expect long term goals and direct community participation. Which from a donor's perspective, you know your donation is being invested wisely.

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How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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FSD's amazing "Projects of Hope" (projectsofhope.org) provides direct assistance to women and children in rural Kenya. Funds go directly to provide health care for the women and children and schooling for the children. Additional projects include microfinance loans for employment and building basic housing shelters. A worthy and exceptional cause.

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

Tremendously rewarding.

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

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Grass roots help that is achieving wonderful results in helping with basic life needs for widows affected by AIDS and their children.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

Impactful organization with funds going directly to the important work of helping impoverished women and children in rural Kenya.

What would you tell others about this organization?

Funds go to the mission, all fundraising is by volunteers.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

 
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35 people found this review helpful

High Quality Organization. I support FSD through the work of Projects of Hope (www.projectsofhope.org), an organization that assists rural Kenyans affected by AIDS/HIV, through anti-poverty initiatives, education, health care, housing and micro-finance. Very worthy organization.

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

Touching rural Kenyans lives; providing health care, education, a sense of dignity,self worth, and empowerment for women. Many of the people served have been stigmatized and out-cast, as a result of having been affected by AIDS/HIV.

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

Highly efficient use of funds. Dollars get to the people in need and make a tremendous difference in their lives. Confidence that funds make it to where they are intended.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

 
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33 people found this review helpful

Through the partnership programs FSD offers in developing communities, I have seen my monetary contribution manifest itself into successful programs with lifestyle-altering benefits.

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

communities around the World.

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

the staff who dedicate their lives to helping those less fortunate.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-2-01

 
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25 people found this review helpful

I am familiar wih FSD by my daughter's work with the Foundation. I know that FSD has many energetic, focused and commited people working towards creating solutions for todays pressing environmental and social problems. It is a nonprofit filled with people who deeply care about the world we live in and are doing something real about making it a better place. The staff and volunteers work in developing countries including Africa and South America to develop programs that promote such things as sustainable agriculture, reforestation, education, health, water management and renewable energy. FSD is a wonderful organization making a difference in our world.

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

hearing about so many of the terrific projects being planned and implemented throughout the world.

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

be overwhelmed.

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

seeing the interest in sustainable development bloom and grow among people involved with FSD, and seeing that interest spread among the people they touch.

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

approachable, intelligent, devoted and kind.

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

change the lives of a heck of a lot of people in the world.

Ways to make it better...

I had more to give.

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

keeping up with the growth of the organization.

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

this nonprofit is doing good work and should be supported.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

 
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26 people found this review helpful

FSD is a worthwhile and much needed organization that effectively brings education and support at a grassroots level to the most deserving and underdeveloped countries around the world. Instead of providing only financial support, they take a different approach and provide a dedicated and knowledgeable workforce of hands-on professionals who travel to remote locations and donate their time and talents to work alongside local residents to educate and promote projects that will bring an improved quality of life for them in the future.

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

They have a fresh, unique, and more productive approach to helping the world than many other organizations. It's direct, person to person, and very "hands-on". They get real results in changing and improving lives.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

 
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