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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Nonprofit Management

Mission: Montage Initiative connects trusted hearts, minds and hands across world markets and invests in the willingness to give, create, innovate and act. Through a combination of mentoring, microfinance and a Montage of support, we enable women at the heart of our programs to improve their living conditions while transforming the lives of their families, their communities and themselves.

Results: Montage Initiative has partnered with Fairfield University to enhance the university’s International Studies Program through engaging students in service learning related to non-governmental organizations. This project began in the 2011-2012 school year and will continue through the 2012-2013 year and beyond. Montage Initiative involves the students in its practical work and projects by granting them the opportunity to combine their studies with the real world experience in an NGO. Montage Initiative offers internships of varying durations and volunteer opportunities to the students. The goal of this project is to prepare students for work in the non-profit sector and follow their passions for helping others.

Target demographics: Women and girls of all ages in CT (USA), India and Africa.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 300

Geographic areas served: India, USA, United Kingdom

Programs: Montage Initiative’s current projects include: Women of India - enabling women from five villages in Vrindavan to extend their capabilities, finalizing ideas initially explored in better serving their needs; Toilets, Anyone? - supporting the basic human right for access to potable water and sanitation; Film Production - creating Mission-Driven Media, highlighting issues surrounding poverty and tradition while raising awareness to new audiences around the world; Traveling Art Gallery (TAG) - offering the use of space for the less fortunate around the globe to create and exhibit art in many different forms of mediums.

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In the stresses of our day to day lives we many times think there are not enough hours in the day to take on one more thing. Over the years I have found a since of purpose, calmness and joy through my volunteer efforts with Montage Initiative. I have learned so much by listening to the stories of those whose lives have been transformed because of the support they have received from this organization. It is such an honor and humbling experience to work with such dedicated and passionate individuals for a greater purpose. Volunteering allows you to look at the “real world” outside of ourselves through the eyes of others. I have learned and received so much more by giving of my time, talent, and treasure than I ever have from any paying job. I encourage you to look at Montage Initiative as your charity of choice. I can assure you, that you too will receive much more than you give.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

If you want to support a great nonprofit who is on the cutting edge of innovation and creativity, then check out Montage Initiative @ www.montageinitiative.org I am so excited to be a part of this amazing organization designed to help marginalized women locally and around the world. It truly is an organization that captures the heart of all those involved. 2013 is off to an amazing start! We were so privileged to present at the parallel event in NYC in support of the United Nations 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women in March. Our Student Advisory Board spoke on adopting a model of youth empowerment for future leadership and ways to take action. Ambassador Carlos Enrique Garcia Gonzalez, Permanent Representative of El Salvador to the United Nations also spoke in support of this effort, along with Dr. Giri and others. We also had a screening and panel discussion about the film White Rainbow based on Dr. Giri’s life at Fairfield University. Being a volunteer for Montage has changed my life. It is a humbling experience when you hear the stories and see firsthand the struggles that women still endure today. What is inspiring and rewarding about contributing to Montage, is seeing your dollars truly make a difference in the lives of others. Please join me in giving a 5 star review to this well deserving nonprofit!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The United Nations 57th Commission on the Status of Women included Montage Initiative in its parallel events because Montage Initiative is helping to change the status of women! Montage Initiative is propelled by dynamic women implementing programs that bring real results for women and girls. Support Montage Initiative and support the empowerment of women around the world, giving Voice to the voiceless and bringing the contributions of women to a world that desperately needs them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5


Montage Initiative is an organization that seeks to help give a voice to those who have not been given the opportunity and chance to speak out and be heard. The work it does in terms of empowering women and creating a sustainable living condition for them is something that shows they are not only concerned about helping women on their feet but also teaching them to make it on their own in the long run.

Having worked with Montage through a service learning class has given me a chance to step into the lives of the women they reach out to. Their mission to give women around the world expanded opportunities uses every thing it can from Media, Art, and Volunteering to help spread the world. It is often said that if you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a family and a nation. That is what Montage is doing with their vision. By helping the women to stand on their feet and also creating a sustainable future for them, Montage has not only educated a family, but also helped a nation back on their feet.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." -Anne Frank. This quote is something that has been instilled in my heart as a child and I have grown to act upon it. When I first heard about Montage Initiative and what they aim to do, I knew it was something special and that it was something that would change my life. It is great to see a non-profit focus on, not just providing aid to women, but to provide them with opportunities to earn a sustainable living. The passion and sincerity I saw in the eyes of the board members is the same look and emotion I have when I talk about the difference I want to make in the world which made me realize how genuine Montage Initiative is. Their motto "Montage Initiative will build peace, one woman at a time," shows exactly the drive they have towards making a difference around the world. I am excited to see their growth all over the world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Montage Initiative is a dynamic and blossoming INGO destined to touch and improve the lives of many. My favorite story is when founders Joanne and Ingrid left on a trip to India, and they did not just instigate programs they believed the women of India needed--but instead Joanne and Ingrid lived with the women, gained their trust, and then asked--what do you need? Montage Initiative is born from trust and friendship. The group of individuals leading the INGO are always popping with novel ideas, purposeful and realistic planning, and unbelievably quick implementation. You could not go wrong contributing to this NGO--their hearts are right on their sleeves, they are incredibly transparent, and undoubtedly inspiring.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Montage Initiative is a unique non-profit organization with powerful leadership, vision, keen awareness of art, and strong drive to help people. Only a few years old, it has already grown so much and touched the lives of many, especially by helping to improve the quality of life of widows in India. As I found out, one major way in which Montage Initiative does this is through its feature film project, stunning photography, film footage and videos, and artistic designs for fundraising events.

I was fortunate to become involved with Montage Initiative through service learning at Fairfield University because I have learned so much, gained great experience, and met wonderful people, all the while helping to make a difference through the various projects of Montage Initiative. I have enjoyed working with projects like the Travelling Art Gallery and service learning because they have given me the opportunity to really expand what I can do and truly become involved, things which I didn’t really have much confidence in myself about before Montage.

The CEO and leadership of Montage Initiative do a fantastic job at educating all the volunteers on tasks, events, and more. With the leadership’s attention to detail, care for all their volunteers, and dedication to teaching us and making us part of the family, Montage Initiative has succeeded in building a strong team of supporters. It struck me how the heads of Montage Initiative are always working tirelessly with Montage participants and partners to make sure that events and projects turn out the best possible. Montage translates this same attitude of care towards all with whom it engages: the leadership, volunteers, partners, and of course the people whose lives it works to improve.