International Development Exchange (IDEX)

Rating: 4.98 stars   46 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, International, Philanthropy, Women, Economic Development, Microfinance

Location: 333 Valencia Street, Suite 250 San Francisco CA 94103 USA

Mission: IDEX identifies, evaluates, and grows the best ideas from local leaders and organizations to alleviate poverty and injustice around the world. IDEX connects a passionate and engaged network of supporters to the visionary leaders and organizations creating lasting solutions to their communities’ most pressing challenges.
Results: Since its founding in 1985, IDEX has supported more than 500 grassroots, community-led projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Annually, IDEX’s partners serve approximately 1.2 million people in impoverished communities, including marginalized women, small farmers, indigenous communities, low-income urban residents, sexual and ethnic minorities, and youth. For more information, www.idex.org
Target demographics: Indigenous communities, predominantly women and youth, and the grassroots, locally led organizations that serve them in Asia, Africa and Latin America
Geographic areas served: International - Guatemala, India, Mexico, Nepal, South Africa, Zimbabwe
Programs: Women's Empowerment, Building Local Economies, Caring for the Environment
2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 77-0071852
415-824-8384
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Rating: 5 stars  

IDEX is a special organization because of its cause and model of philanthropy. I have been a part of the IDEX Young Professionals Group Leadership team since the beginning of this year, and working with the passionate folks at IDEX has been very fulfilling.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

IDEX is not just a grantmaking organization. It is the collective belief and passion of its exemplary staff, volunteers and supporters that makes it a movement. For nearly 30 years, IDEX has been transparently, respectfully, and steadfastly partnering with communities in the Global South and the numbers--more than a million lives reached--tell a strong tale.
I chose to volunteer my time at IDEX because I believe in its mission. Its story deserves to be told to a wider audience. Nobody here considers this just a job. And the difference shines through.

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

....shift it closer to my home! :) Presently, it is a 2-hour commute each way, but I choose to do it happily.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have known and volunteered with IDEX through the Young Professionals Group for about a year, and I continue to be impressed with the work that the organization does to alleviate poverty. The staff is all very passionate about the work that they do for local populations and it's been great to see the results that they've worked towards. I believe that IDEX has a strong model and effectively supports grassroots efforts that are so key in international development. IDEX has really stood out to me as one of the best organizations I've been involved with of all the nonprofits I've volunteered and worked with.

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

None!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

In the past many decades, humanitarian aid has saved many lives in a greater scale during emergencies caused by man made and natural disasters. Many good organizations, governments, and many individuals have dedicated their time and resources to assist communities with chronic problems. In these decades, we also witnessed social unrest, the severity of poverty, social and justice inequalities, environmental crises, the creation of urban slumps, population growth, many unjust wars, tribal conflicts, religious intolerance, border conflicts, and the expansion of HIV/AIDS, tropical diseases, frequent droughts, and natural disasters possibly caused by global warming. All can become worst if we continue neglecting the importance of empowering locals, and partnering with them shaping up their own destinies. IDEX seems to be in the right path providing basic solutions for bigger problems.

What made IDEX’s work very effective is the organization’s approach seeking local solutions through partnerships with grassroots organizations. I attended one of IDEX’s communities building initiative event in San Francisco, and I had a pleasure meeting, and discussing with community representatives from South Africa, Mali and Brazil. That evening, I went home knowing that there are organizations like IDEX genuinely caring with unweaving convictions to bring local solutions for sustainable development, and for social and economic justice. I would hope there methodology will be become infectious throughout the world. I believe every individual has a potential to contribute to the goodness of humanity. IDEX is bringing sustainable solutions one village at a time. I am extremely motivated by IDEX’s work and I feel very proud knowing that there are genuine organizations like IDEX.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

IDEX does not just rest of its solid 25-year history and laurels but under its dynamic ED and staff seeks to constantly push the frontier on how to make a difference in the world. I am continually amazed by the IDEX team’s drive, strong relationships with its grantee partners and innovative approach to grant making. This is a gem of an organization whose theory of change is embedded in local reality and need, which is why what they do really works.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

After being almost one year part of IDEX, I am very grateful to be surrounded by inspiring, engaged and enthusiastic colleagues! I am more than convinced of IDEX's model to address inequities. I hope to be with IDEX for as many years as possible!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I work in philanthropy because I want to make a difference in the world. IDEX is not only making a dramatic difference in the world, they are making a difference for the better in how philanthropy itself is done.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was introduced to IDEX over a year ago and fell in love not only with the organizations mission and collaborative approach but with its people. The level of IDEX' commitment and passion for what they do is great. I am honored to be a part of such an organziation

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

IDEX is doing such wonderful work to make the world a better place by partnering with effective organizations already in place.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I love IDEX. With strong leadership, a dedicated team and a great model, IDEX is all about disrupting the field of international aid. They are deeply committed to connecting people who want to support change to the local leaders and solutions that are delivering that change in their communities.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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