I am both a donor and a volunteer. I sit on the board of a family foundation that allows me to give annually to a nonprofit completely of my choice. The mission of the foundation is not only to give wealth but to also give work. Women Work Together is the first nonprofit I made the decision to support in both ways. I met the founders at the annual fundraiser in 2011. I was very impressed with the hands on, ground up, systemic change they are working toward in Guatemala and I hope to join them in field work there in the next year or two. It is a relatively new organization with a very flat structure and strong leadership. It's a perfect environment for motivated volunteers who like to "get things done." WWT is destined to do great things, mainly because of the amazing people involved.
WWT is an exciting group to work with who reach young girls and enable them with the power to change the future.
Led by a dedicated team of brilliant women, WWT works without a cumbersome hierarchical structure, so I know my funds make the maximum impact. Their grassroots efforts make a huge impact on girls' lives, but more important is how these efforts "trickle up" to benefit the communities as a whole.
I know the women who started this wonderful organization to empower girls and women in Guatemala. I am so impressed with their work and how much the accomplish with so little funding. Even though I'm very limited by the economy now, I gave to WWT because it is people-to-people work at its best. Empowering girls may be one of the most important actions we can take to save our species and our planet.
This is grassroots leadership training for women and girls in Guatemala.
I became involved when I met the mayor and his wife from the city that is the focus of the project. He saw a need for women to be self-sufficient and for girls to be educated and supported the project. When individuals with leadership training skills and local political entities come together, big things can happen--big changes. This is the kind of project I love to support because the money goes directly to the cause.