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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415-824-8384
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Rating: 5 stars  

In the seven years that I've worked closely with IDEX, I've been continually inspired by its keenness to always learn from grassroots voices what is the most effective way to support social justice around the world. IDEX has a values-based approach in its grantmaking model that prioritizes the relationship between IDEX and its partners to challenge the power dynamics, to support and learn from each other, to strategize together how we can make this world a better place. Beyond mobilizing resources, IDEX facilitates connections and alliance-building between its partners and US allies to strengthen solidarity and foster exchanges of experiences and strategies. IDEX has a critical role to play to influence social justice philanthropy and amplify the experiences of grassroots organizations from the Global South. What an honour to be part of this family. And once you're in the IDEX family, you're there to stay!

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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 love IDEX! Vini Bhansali, the E.D., is an exciting, brilliant leader. Both entrepreneurial and prudent, she leads from a place of integrity. The staff and board are so very talented, and I'm a lucky person to get to work with them. I'm also a donor and a past Board member. From what they write to what they say to what they research to what they do globally, IDEX makes sure that marginalized communities and their people are respected, valued, and taken seriously. What do I want for our world? A civil society that replicates IDEX in its persistence for social justice.

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Very Well

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

Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

IDEX is one of the best non-profits I have been part of. As a recent graduate, finding a place to apply your gained skills and knowledge while staying true to your values and feeling that you can make a difference in the world is not easy. IDEX gave me the opportunity to do just that. With its values of supporting grassroots solutions free from external agendas, believing in local knowledge and leadership as important factors to create sustainable development at all levels, and having open communication and transparency with partners and community, I believe IDEX is revolutionizing the meaning of international aid, funding, and philanthropy, while supporting innovative community led solutions to problems we all have to confront today at different scales. This is something I only read in books as examples of scattered attempts to create sustainability around the world, and I was happy to find that IDEX is doing it in real life!

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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

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

IDEX is a great organization serving the cause of social justice. Their programs fight poverty, empower women and protect the environment in the places where it is most needed. IDEX does an amazing job of finding development orgs at the grassroots and supporting their growth. Highly recommended.

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Life-changing

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

IDEX is a storied organization that has quietly done groundbreaking, revolutionary work with community-based organizations in the Global South. Their model of flexible grantmaking and long-term partnership has the capacity to transform little-known, but eminently worthy, grassroots organizations into powerful engines of social change.

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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