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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

8 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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is a standard bearer in the non profit world. We are VERY pleased to be a part of it.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I am very excitied to sponsor a child, this child make me feel so happy and very lively, every time that I send a letter to him or I recivied a letter from him I feel so very happy

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.