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  

The team at IDEX is not only strong and committed, they are passionate about what they do and good at it. As a development practitioner I have learned from the organization's model and management and am better at my work for it. They are a great asset to the grassroots movement and a key player in the Bay Area and internationally!

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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?

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  

What excites me most about IDEX is that, even after 25 years of successful impact to the most impoverished global places, they have the boldness to courage to continuously re-invent how they provide their valued service directly to the local communities. Through their support of local communities with local solutions, IDEX is helping to make a better world.

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

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

IDEX is doing great work investing in local organizations working in their own communities. They have a strong track record of making a difference in areas of the world where it is needed most.

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Definitely

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

Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

IDEX is an organization that is truly getting to the root of poverty issues and staying for the long haul. I am so proud to be part of an organization that is culturally in tune with the communities where they work and understands lasting impact.

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

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been inspired by the work the IDEX team and community have done to help identify the best ideas for alleviating poverty and injustice. By building a community of impassioned supporters and connecting them to local leaders and organization, they are having an incredibly positive impact on the communities the organization serves. One of the most impressive aspects of the organization is its focus not on self-congratulatory branding campaigns, but focusing all attention on the mission and communities it serves.

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

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

IDEX is a fantastic organization that is doing important work in areas where it is most needed. The organization is also helping other organizations and funders make informed dedcisions about where that money will do the most good,

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

Likely

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

A lot

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

IDEX is doing great work at the grassroots level to improve the quality of life globally.

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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  

Grassroots leaders and organizations in the global south have proven ideas for addressing issues of poverty, health, education and human rights in their local communities and in their countries. What makes IDEX different is assisting these people with their solutions and projects, not bringing in a program that is designed and run by people from the more developed world.

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

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

What I appreciate about IDEX is the respectful and trusting relationship staff develop with partner groups over the long term. As someone who has worked in this sector for 25 years, I know this is rare as most international aid is administered in a top-down fashion and solutions are brought from the outside. IDEX's partners develop grassroots solutions that are locally-led and determined. It's the right approach!

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  

IDEX is an amazing organization doing life-changing work. IDEX works directly with grassroots organizations in the Global South, creating partnerships not seen at other international organizations.

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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