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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

9 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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

IDEX is an incredible organization. It is useful to think about this organization as a university: it raises political consciousness, self-awareness, teaches you empathy and solidarity, exposes you to new ideas, and along the way fights the good fight for social justice and poverty alleviation. It is also a truly democratic and egalitarian organization, privileging the solutions, victories and voices of people and organizations in the Global South who are on the frontlines of change and have experienced injustice. I am privileged to have crossed paths with IDEX and I also thank IDEX for welcoming me to its community.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

International Development Exchange is just that -- a global learning exchange that promotes democratic partnerships between organizations in the Global North and Global South. IDEX has been rated very highly by its partners in a recently completed external evaluation, which is a testament to its incredible work in addressing inequity and injustice worldwide. Our global community needs more IDEXs!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've worked in non-profits for over 10 years, many in international development, and IDEX is truly a thought leader that follows up great ideas with purposeful action. I admire IDEX's commitment to grassroots solutions to international development issues that put people in the Global South at the forefront of defining the approaches that will work for their own communities.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.