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 works for the human rights of indigenous communities around the world - and they have an amazing track record doing so. What sets them apart from most corporatist, market-based international development organizations is IDEX's tremendous amount of respect for local communities self-determination, agency, wisdom and power. They are not trying to make the developing world into the capitalist vision of the world, they are trying to let developing countries create their own vision of the world.

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2012

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IDEX is one of the few international development organizations that forms real partnerships with grassroots organizations in the Global South. They are not simply grantmakers, but true advocates for community-led projects that respect the wisdom and knowledge of women and indigenous peoples. Other organizations should follow IDEX's lead to help create lasting change and support social justice globally.

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IDEX is a great local organization in SF with a global mission. IDEX understands that the global challenges we face need local, home grown solutions and that the relationships with the developing world should be partnerships, not giver/recipient dichotomies. They also do a great job of promoting awareness and fostering discourse in the Bay area.

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Life-changing

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Quite well

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2012

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I lived and worked in the Mexican state where IDEX has a program helping women and, by extension, their families and communities. It's remarkable how much more impact a thoughtful well-run program has than one that's concerned with boosting numbers and reaching goals that look good to administrators back home. IDEX has superb administration and operation, at all levels, and it shows in the quality and impact of its programs.

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2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Index fuels dreams!!! Additionally, staff work to provide its community the "know how" and essential resources to support each client/partners project toward success.

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2009

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IDEX solves problems through targeting complex problems with solutions grown locally from the ground level. It is this kind of development that promotes the organic growth of regions and builds an economy and social structure that is owned by those who belong to it. Cheers to IDEX!

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is a fantastic non-profit which is dedicated to international work for 25 years. The San Francisco based staff is friendly and very engaged in their work. The long term grant recipients are doing phenomenal work throughout six continents. Every time I am meet an IDEX partner or IDEX staff I get re-energized to work for the cause IDEX is dedicated to: women's empowerment, environmental justice, local economic improvement and girls/women's education.

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Life-changing

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

IDEX is an amazing organization that inspires me to do more, but in a way that is conscious and sustainable.

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

A lot

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Very Well

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

IDEX, its grassroots partners, its philanthropic partners, and all its ever growing community are amazing visionary leaders. I believe that IDEX is forging an important new movement for social justice and human rights by valuing the wisdom and leadership of grassroots organizations. I am so proud to be a part of this 27 year old organization that still manages to inspire thousands of people towards the right kind of development!

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Life-changing

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

A great organization doing amazing things! Great leadership and mission. IDEX rocks:-)

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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

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2012

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