Thriive

Rating: 5 stars   17 reviews

Issues: Human Services, International, Economic Development, Microfinance

Location: PO Box 5339 Ketchum ID 83340 USA

Mission: Building prosperity and local philanthropy in developing countries.
Results: Thriive impacts global communities in 3 ways: 1) with charitable donations of job training, products, and services by Thriive businesses to vulnerable community members; 2) by helping Thriive businesses create new jobs, providing the best way out of poverty; and 3) by creating a culture of business-led community philanthropy. In 2011-2012, 101 small businesses in the Thriive family across our 5 global programs served over 77,000 of the most vulnerable in their communities with donations of job training, products, and services; created 618 new full and part-time jobs, and saw over 52% of fully repaid Thriive businesses voluntarily continue with community charity.
Target demographics: Small businesses, typically with less than 12 employees, in challenged global communities.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 77,000 impoverished recipients received business donations of goods, services, and/or job training over the last 2 years. 101 currently active Thriive small businesses created 501 new full and part-time jobs over the same time period.
Geographic areas served: Vietnam, Kenya, Palestine, and Nicaragua
Programs: At Thriive we inspire a culture of philanthropy in challanged global communities and offer a sustainable way out of poverty by helping to create new jobs. As we help small businesses grow with needed capital, they pay forward this assistance by donating products, services, and job training to the most vulnerable in their communities. The majority of entrepreneurs are so inspired by the impact their gifts have on others that they continue to give, transforming themselves from someone in need to someone whose donations help fortify their community.
2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

A unique aspect of this development model is the "doubling effect" of my contribution. A traditional grant to a micro- or small-enterprise project leads to increased employment and incomes for the poor beneficiaries. In this model, my funds not only increase employment and incomes in developing economies, they also deliver charitable goods and services to the under-served in the entrepreneurs' communities. The Thriive model promotes free enterprise, and at the same time, develops a local, business-culture of philanthropy.

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Given its current size and scale, there is nothing that I would change.

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I worked as a consultant with Thriive on two past projects, and recently became a Thriive donor through 3rd Creek Foundation. In 2008, I conducted the first external evaluation of the Thriive program (then SMI) in Palestine and Vietnam. I was highly impressed observing the program model, which uses market-based solutions to improve communities and promote strong local cultures of philanthropic giving. Since that time, Thriive has expanded into two additional countries, Kenya and Nicaragua, and continues to progress in achieving scale and expanding impact. Thriive has established excellent partnerships with outstanding local organizations in each country of operation, which is also key to the program's success.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Bring the model to scale regionally.

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Rating: 5 stars  

We have recently returned from visiting several businesses which THRIIVE supports in the Palestinian territories. THRIIVE works with the Small Enterprise Center in Ramallah to identify viable businesses and then to offer consulting services as well as funds. Emphasis is on promoting entrepreneurship among women and providing training, internships and job growth. The money is not repaid to THRIIVE, but goods and services are "paid forward" to needy nonprofits. We witnessed the smiles on the faces of orphans as they received delicious yogurt and baked goods from two THRIIVE supported businesses. The most promising part of the program is that this philanthropy continues after the loan is repaid. THRIIVE is building a culture of philanthropy where little existed before. We visited a greenhouse where organic produce is grown, a sewing business producing piecework and an olive oil soap business producing impressive herbal varieties of soap. All had created jobs and were owned by women.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have known the directors of this foundation for many years and have traveled with Erik and Linn to the Occupied Territories in Isreal to see their projects. They have local managers who monitor the work and impact on the local communities. Their "pay-it-forward" approach encourages empathy and generosity in a very unique and meaningful way.

Because I am the director of a private foundation, I have many years experience visiting and evaluating projects worldwide and feel confident in the choices and policies of Thriive.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Thriive is an innovative, professionally managed, and committed social entrepenneurial organization to fund and work with. Their creatiive concept of "pay-it-forward" loans is relatively unique in my experience of grantmaking and micro-credit loans. By finding organizations and companies that will produce a service or product that can be useful to the local community, they help to enhance the concept of localized, direct, small scale philanthropy where it most counts- right at the neighborhood, village, or regional level. Grant dollars are therefore leveraged multiple times, and most important, the decision-making is in-country by local people. By focusing on capital loans they are able to make the transaction accountable to its intention, which is to "pay forward" the principal and intrest into the community. I believe that they have worked hard to monitor the loans and ensure that the goods and services do get released into the community.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a Thriive donor for over three years and I continue to be impressed by the organization and its impact throughout the globe. They are creating powerful change in the developing world by helping local people develop strong businesses that in turn give back to their communities. I have had the pleasure of seeing their work first hand in Kenya and was touched to see the impact that is being made on the ground. The various entrepreneurs I met were building thriving businesses that employed more people and provided social resources for their communities and this creates a powerful ripple effect in every region Thriive operates.

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