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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Economic Development, International, International Economic Development, International Migration & Refugee Issues, Microfinance, Philanthropy, Private Independent Foundations, Women, Womens Rights

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

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I have known about IDEX's estimable work for many years but it is only in the last two years that I have become a donor. In addition to the organization's mission, values and track record, I was attracted by IDEX's capable staff, especially, the Executive Director, Rajasvini Bhansali. I am inspired by her commitment and drive and because of her leadership, I trust that my contributions to the organization are put to their best use. Moreover, I have been impressed with IDEX's donor stewardship. This year, soon after making a donation, I received a personal note from the Executive Director as well as a phone call from a staff member to thank me for my contribution, to discuss with me how it would be used and to ask if I had any questions. I regularly contribute to many nonprofits but I have never received this level of personal interaction with the staff. IDEX can definitely count on me for continued support.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

As a volunteer with IDEX on the leadership team for the Young Professionals Group, I have experience working with IDEX staff, board, and volunteers who operate in complete accordance with the mission, vision, and values of the organization. With each interaction and each event, conference, and month that passes, the organization continues to clearly implement well on their mission and draw more people to the social justice philanthropy movement that leads with grassroots community led solutions in developing countries. I am constantly impressed and proud to be associated with the International Development Exchange!

1 Yannic D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our world is full of suffering and injustice. As someone trying to do their part to make the world a more just, sustainable place I'm often riddled with doubts: Does anything we do actually make a difference? Aren't nonprofits on some level just perpetuating the status quo? What do I really have to offer to people in the Global South?

In light of this, working for IDEX has been equal parts enlightening, empowering, and inspiring.

Enlightening because IDEX made me realize that it's okay to not have all the answers, that no one does.
That we need to humbly listen.
And therein's lies the rub: IDEX listens - to its partners, to its volunteers, to the people on the ground most in need. And so it learns and grows the best practices for alleviating poverty. Because all change-work is exchange work, because we can't teach without learning, because we're all in this strange phenomenon called life on earth together and so we have to figure out together how to preserve it and how to make life worth living for all of us.

Empowering because IDEX is in the business of empowerment: Empowering women and local communities to help themselves, to not just give self-aggrandizing gestures of charity. And IDEX extends that same philosophy to its volunteers: I learned skills that will be useful wherever my path may take me.

In my personal life, my work at IDEX has inspired me to live a life where my passions, skills and desire to be a good person meet.
I don't have to choose between helping others and helping myself. Because how do I expect to help others if it's at the expense of my own well-being? Conversely, how do I expect to accomplish something greater than myself if all my actions are self-serving?

If you want to be a part of something honest and effective, something that actually affects people's lives in positive ways then get involved with IDEX. Do it right now.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I start joining the IDEX YPG this year and it is an organization dedicated to social change and human justice, with an emphasis in partnership with the grassroots organizations. I'm glad that I could be a part of the organization to help them with such a great cause.

Cait O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I think about organizations that are dedicated to social change and human justice, IDEX is on the top of my list. Their dedication to these grassroots organizations and the support they provide for them is exceptional. They are truly changing the world and I feel honored to be a part of it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been following IDEX's work for many years as both a donor and recently part of their young professionals group. I am always impressed by the organization's dedication to communities and local knowledge/solutions. They are all about partnerships that mean something rather than pouring money into solutions that are imposed externally or are untested.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently became more involved with IDEX after moving to the Bay Area earlier this year and have been continually impressed with the organization's passion, commitment to its mission of social justice, and especially its dedicated staff and volunteers. IDEX consistently provides great events and opportunities for those in the local community to become involved in international development issues while continuing to do fantastic work supporting grassroots organizations throughout the Global South. I am honored to be a volunteer for this brilliant organization and help to spread its impact both here and abroad!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Victoria N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

María64

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!