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International Fund for Economic Development Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Economic Development, Education, Environment, Environmental Beautification, International, International Economic Development, Microfinance, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

Mission: We assist individuals and rural communities in evaluating their existing resources and skills and work with them to develop project plans and attain funding to purchase the tools needed to execute their plans.

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been in awe of the service provided by this organization. Not only do they thoroughly vet organizations which request funding, but rather than providing money, they hand deliver the goods that the organization needs. From suitcases full of books and school supplies to crates full of chalk boards, to computerized chess programs, to full libraries, to expandable children's shoes, IFED delivers these materials in person, develops relationships with the organization's principals, and then follows up to assure the materials are being used appropriately. Seldom can charities report that 100% of donations are used to fund the materials they provide. It is wonderful to see, in this day and age, that the people who donate their time to IFED also donate their travel expenses. They have used all manner of vehicles and animals to deliver their goods to the most remote areas of the world. We are so privileged to personally know two of these individuals. I know all the funds I donate to IFED go to fund great causes.

1 Cynthia Ann S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

While employed as the executive director (now board member) of a Peruvian non-profit, I met Pat Sullivan, IFED's founder and president, about 7 years go. Our group, called CONAPAC, focuses on environmental conservation, clean water and literacy. We work partner in over 50 rural communities along the Amazon and Napo rivers in eastern Peru. Pat and her board have been enthusiastic supporters of our CONAPAC Amazon Library, an entity located deep in the rainforest along the Amazon River. The library provides 1000's of book titles and after school reading support, plus other resources for local students like computers, music lessons, resource material and special workshops, particularly in science-based themes. IFED has faithfully provided small but regular donations to a variety of special projects. IFED is particularly good at oversight by always confirming that its donations are being properly used as approved. Over my 10 years leading CONAPAC, I worked with many other small non-profits who helped fund our programs, but IFED stands out as having the most thorough due diligence and on the ground oversight, even as our needs were being met.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Recently I traveled to Lima, Peru, and Iquitos, Peru, in order to help fund and provide aid and materials to developing libraries and school communities in the city and Amazon Jungle area. While working alongside high-ranking members of IFED, I was given incredible insight into just how much they value the work that they do, and I was taken aback at the care, dedication, and overall thought they put into each sliver of effort they dedicate throughout their company. IFED reaches far beyond a nonprofit, but they have managed to form an international family working together to better the community we live in, one place at a time.
Every day I spend working with them is another day in which I am proud for having been able to not only help my community, but knowing that my local and short-term contributions can effortlessly ripple into much more significant and much larger effects that will touch the hearts and minds of countless individuals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with IFED many times over the years and it has always been amazing to see the results of the wonderful work that they do. They bring much-needed school supplies to remote locations where it is hard to get the resources to educate the next generation. The students always have a thirst for knowledge and learning so by bringing the school supplies, IFED provides a ladder for the students to grow up well-educated, get high-paying jobs, and further advance the economy away from poverty. IFED provides the stable base to a child's education and growing mind in locations around the world where a higher education is not always present. IFED does amazing, honorable work that spreads a positive ripple of change through communities in need.

1 Vane M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

IFED is creating many meaningful ripples with different educational projects around the globe. Patricia Sullivan and Nadeen Green are TWO GREAT WOMEN THAT ARE MAKING A CHANGE HERE AND RIGHT NOW empowering learning and environmental projects that positively impact on many children in different languages and different cultures.
Pat and Nadeen are a continuous inspiration for me and many other women in the world.
Their last acknowledgment letter for just one currently IFED's work as a donor is from May 20, 2018 - "Thank you for your donation to CONAPAC (Conservación de la Naturaleza Amazónica del Perú, A.C.) programs. Your contribution through the Detroit Zoological Society will be used to support the communities of nearly 4,000 schoolchildren and their families along the Amazon and Napo Rivers in the rainforest of Peru. "
I am honored to be an IFED volunteer for the last 16 years.
Vanenka Mosqueira

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Last year, I traveled to Belize with members of the IFED organization. Belize, surrounded in nature, was plagued with poverty which was present throughout their schooling system. Children were denied a good education because of their lack of resources, trapping them into a cycle of poverty. As I walked through an isolated village, the school building had little textbooks, very few pencils, and very little resources that suggested "economic development" to remove these good people out of this ruthless cycle of poverty. However, IFED brought about good change in these people's lives. Showing up to that school, located next to a river and a jungle, we were able to provide them with textbooks and a grant that would maintain a healthy flow of the necessary resources to pull this area out of poverty. Things as small as pencils, paper, coloring books, and textbooks are so important in educating the youth, their ticket out of poverty. IFED provides a lifeline to these rural communities in need of resources to educate and teach. Education provides these students with a basic knowledge to get them more sophisticated, higher-paying jobs as well as gives them a passion for learning. This passion sparks their future path, where they can pursue higher education and get better jobs. IFED's job in the world is perfect as they provide the basic resources and building blocks to develop a child's mind. I believe that IFED is one of the most important organizations because they engage students, provide resources, and spark a passion for learning in every student they come across in order to pull people out of a cycle of poverty.

1 Will S.2

Board Member

Rating: 5

There has been no greater pleasure than to have served on the IFED board these past 10 years. During this time, we have visited impoverished areas in places like Thailand, the Amazon and Peru. We have helped build local and sustainable economic engines that better the lives of these areas. The IFED model is truly a proven and a successful one. The old saying with an IFED twist goes something like..."give a man the right fishing pole and hook to fit his culture with the type of fish he wants to catch and these people will never go hungry again!" IFED provides just the right "fishing pole and hook" to uniquely serve each community. It works and I'm so proud to have been a small part of making ripples of positive change in these communities of need!

1 Arnold B.

Donor

Rating: 5

Involved with IFED over 10 years and have seen real passion in making a difference especially in areas of education for children. i was lucky to get a chance to see a live project in action recently in Morocco in a remote village.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the great opportunity to be a part of International Fund for Economic Development for many years. I have been able to help supply materials, assist in purchasing and organizing supplies, provide the materials to the villages, schools, and individuals around the world. This has been an enlightening and incredible experience to see how IFED helps ‘create ripples’ from start to finish, and make such an inspiring impact on the world.
Donating to charities can be very difficult, as you never really know how much of your donation goes directly into the hands of those you intend them for. IFED is the only non-profit organization that I KNOW puts 100% if it’s donations (of supplies and of money) directly to the recipients it is intended for. Not a dime is spent on administrative fees, dining, accommodations, travel expenses, or anything else.
They are an incredible organization, and I am so proud to help them in their mission to help educate those that need it the most, as well as provide knowledge so that the most worthy of people can have a life and care for themselves, their families, and their communities.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with IFED for many years in many different places including Peru, Thailand, Cambodia, Dominican Republic, Tanzania, and Zanzibar. IFED is filled with great people who care a lot about others. They devote their time and effort to help people in need, and to help schools better educate their students.
I have visited dozens of schools around the world with IFED President, Patricia. These have all been life changing experiences.
IFED provides impoverished schools with the the tools they need to help the students learn to the best of their ability. It has been an honor to see the first hand!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

IFED is an amazing partner organization. I work with a small Paraguayan NGO and IFED has provided consistent and competent assistance since the beginning. They have donated a huge number of books to multiple libraries and schools across the country. Their help has facilitated the growth of our Eco-Leadership program which is now establishing itself as a groundbreaking program in the country. Beyond their amazing fund-raising ability, IFED also serves to mentor young institutions towards a brighter future. We have loved every minute of working with them and look forward to future collaborations soon!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I work as a teacher in Primary School in Croatia. Struggling with recesion, education is least investerd branch in our country. There is never enough understanding for teachers and schools here. IFED came and hepl us establish English Corner in our school library. They also helped us with books for required reading, with maps for our history and geography classrooms, balls for our gym. They showed us that there is still hope.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I work in a childrens library in Varaždin, Croatia. IFED helped us establish an English corner for toddlers. This section of our library soon bacame most visited section of library so our founder realised how important and needed English language is. Soon we started with english workshops for jungest and now we teach more than 60 kids weekly. IFED also sponsored our summer art classes. 8 workshops where kids learned about art dealing with ecologicaly friendly materials. Patricia Sullivan and IFED bacame our angels and very good friends. Her energy, spirit and faith in education, people, is truly inspiring. Thank you!

1 Fernando Saavedra O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As the librarian in charge of a remote, rural library in the Peruvian Amazon, my greatest challenge is helping our young users and their families discover the enormous potential that is offered by education. An ally in such a task is not only essential, but also morally supportive and encouraging in a way that helps us persevere towards our initiatives. This is the sort that the CONAPAC Amazon Library has received from IFED over the last five years.

Thanks to IFED, our library has a computer laboratory powered by solar energy, providing young people their first approach to modern technology and training in commonly used software like MS Office. In 2017, IFED added sponsorship of a chess workshop as well, in which Amazon children and youngsters open their minds to logical and abstract thinking.

We have graciously received this support with a note of warmth, trust, and friendship. The great personal concern that the IFED board members show to the people living along the rivers in the Amazon rainforest has been motivating and has evolved our library activities. Pat Sullivan in particular has shown tremendous encouragement, and has offered us a true gift of friendship, and has opened to share life experiences during her visits. Fernando Saavedra (CONAPAC Amazon Library).

2 Diana P.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

IFED helped fund one of our projects to provide a better learning environment to students. Over the past few years chalkboards have deteriorated. Classrooms and teachers do not have the ease to demonstrate and instruct without a chalkboard/white board or on defective chalkboards. The desired goal was to provide a better avenue for educating to the children that live in the mountains and attend a rural school. These children do not have the access or ability to commute to the main schools in the neighboring village. With their help, we were able to provide white boards to 15 classrooms and 125 personal white boards for kinder kinds to learn to read and write.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

My wife, Barbara, and I frequently have been disappointed about how nonprofits have used the contributions we made. We've seen funds wasted on incessant additional fund-raising solicitations, excessive salaries for administrators, and lavish events. Then we met Patricia Sullivan and discovered IFED. It is so refreshing to see all contributions go toward worthy community programs in developing countries around the word. IFED's projects are superbly conceived and expertly executed, thereby producing the maximum beneficial impact. IFED is the model of what an effective nonprofit organization should be.

Ted Galen Carpenter

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Client Served

Rating: 5

IFED came to support us for the first time this year, and we were very impressed with what they do from start to finish. Initial email communication helped us to organize what we needed and they brought us everything we asked for. In a remote location, where access to resources is difficult, this was an amazing feat and wonderful surprise! Throughout their visit IFED had a profound effect on our staff and our project and we hope our relationship will continue long into the future.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Carlotta Centre is very grateful to IFED having purchased for them the bookshelves, books for the library. The library is being used by children and adult as well. To share knowledge and educate people to go upward, higher and higher, there can not be any option that work for education. Recently we opened a day care for the children of working mother in the slum. 30 mothers can work now keeping their children aged 6 months to 6 years. If you want to donate some furnitures and children books we would appreciate a lot.

With gratitude and prayers,

Sister Gloria


Carlotta Centre House-121, Road-6 Block-B,Bashundhara Dhaka-1229. Phone-019 4296 5372, 016 8651 8839

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Two years running IFED has bought essential textbooks for the School of Hope, a charity school in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Not only has IFED provided funds for the textbooks, but also ensured correct and transparent purchasing by accompanying the school principle to buy the books. We from the School of Hope Board are extremely grateful to IFED for the generous donation of essential supplies and for the manner in which the donation was provided. Wilhelmina Van Beers

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have known Patricia Sullivan for last 10 years and am amazed at her vision to help improve the world. For the last few years, I have volunteered to help with nurtrition and education projects from behind the scene, the results have astounded me. It is so nice to work with an organization that is visonary and produces such good results. I would highly recomend learning about IFED and their projects. Get involved. Marcia Landau.