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Not For Sale Fund

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Alliances & Advocacy, Arts & Culture, Human Services, Human Trafficking

Mission: Not For Sale began by providing vital direct resources to trafficked people. We quickly realised that to create a world without slavery, we need change at a grassroots level – we need to stop trafficking long before it happens. We work with local experts to understand the causes of slavery. We investigate local economies to discover where we might break the cycle. We partner with local entrepreneurs to create projects that provide education, empowerment, income. Our mission is to create long-term, sustainable, scalable solutions that offer dignity, hope and a positive future.

Results: In thirteen years, we have supported over 200,000 people, in 12 countries, each one at risk of human trafficking.

Target demographics: end modern-day slavery

Direct beneficiaries per year: 9,709 people who are directly affected by exploitation and modern-day slavery

Geographic areas served: North America, South America, Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe

Programs: Not For Sale Thailand, Not For Sale Vietnam, Not For Sale Peru, Not For Sale Netherlands, Not For Sale Uganda and the DRC, Not For Sale South Africa and Mozambique

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough positive things about Not for Sale. Not only is their work so valuable, but the people that work there are committed, caring and maintain the highest level of integrity. I am constantly amazed at how they continue to make a difference.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love what NFS does, and love the people behind it. Truly care about their work and the people and communities they are working for!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

NFS is working hard in our very own communities to fight for simple human rights. They're saving people by pulling them out of terrible situations and helping them navigate back into the real world. Rehabbing them into a stable life.

Samantha R.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with Not For Sale has been nothing short of life changing. I was lucky enough to visit their first shelter in Northern Thailand, where I was able to experience the organization’s mission first hand. I spent four wholesome days, with 70 Thai children, ranging from infantry to late teens, working together to care for one another. Not For Sale provides these kids with education opportunities, shelter, and overall stability. Instead of living on the streets, these children learn lifelong skills such as agriculture and martial arts, that will prepare them for adulthood and professional endeavors. I am always looking for ways to support this organization. Those sweet smiling faces will never leave me!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Not for sale has a wonderful goal of eradicating trafficking. They use donations to go to people who need it most.

Elena F.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with Not For Sale at their Thailand project was an unforgettable experience that moved me beyond expectations. I met some real life super hero’s in the project leaders and NFS COO. Seeing the work they fearlessly take on for the community and the most vulnerable kids was eye opening but above all inspirational! These are ordinary people doing their best to make a difference, and they really do for the people that need them the most. I will always be a supporter of Not For Sale and you should be too! Every penny raised goes towards providing better standards of housing, education and allowing people to live free from exploitation with dignity. A cause worth fighting for and worthy of your donations.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known NFS for about 9 years. This organization has been very helpful for our work in Thailand. To end human traffic ing is not easy but with their support weknow we are not working alone. Thank you for all your love and support thru them. You help can change many children 's future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I highly recommend ‘Not For Sale’ if you are looking for non-profit organization to support. They can offer flexible help to people who really need one, while many organization are setting age/circumstance limit.

I was lucky enough to visit their Thailand shelter last year and saw kids living happily despite the difficult circumstances. I would like to keep supporting them

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Not for Sale has an incredible team of folks who are passionate about making the world a better place. Their global reach is remarkable and their money goes to very important, often forgotten causes.

Terra J.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Not For Sale is different - they stop exploitation by interrupting the cycle, before people are enslaved. And, 100% of every single individual donation goes straight to the people who need it most!!!!

1 Andrew Jernigan

Donor

Rating: 5

They do such great work! Highly recommended. Caring and innovative.

Review from Guidestar

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I've worked with so many non-profits over the last twenty years. Honestly? Some good. But many? Just okay. I have always worked for free. Always. Never asked for a dime, ever. Previously? Advertising guy. Fortunate career. Worked with good people. Worked with iconic brands. But nothing prepared me my for my introduction to Not For Sale. Their mission itself was almost too enormous to fully comprehend. I spoke with volunteers. Read years of financial statements and impact reports. Met survivors. Had intense meetings with staff. Asked difficult questions of the founders, perhaps even bordering on “impossible" to answer. Here’s what I learned. If there’s a flaw? It’s that these people are so dedicated and passionate and profoundly committed to ending modern slavery and human trafficking, yet are simply not staffed with enough people who can “talk” to the world about it. Why? Because they're all working night and day to “fix” the slavery and trafficking parts. Is this a flaw? Is not being able to respond to everyone who asks questions, a “flaw?” Well. In the modern world? Yes. Not For Sale is run like a lean, stealthy strike team with almost zero funding. It is not unusual for the founders to attempt to return calls personally. I watched as one of them took a moment to call a woman who has been donating $5 a month since their inception some 8 years ago. Apparently, they realized they may have sent her more than one email regarding her donation. He slipped out and called her, personally. If they could? They’d talk to every single human that reaches out to them. I know these people. It pains them that they aren’t big enough to focus more on personal communication. But the truth? They simply can’t. And now they’re at a crossroad. They’ve learned so much in the last eight years. Touched so many vulnerable lives. Become a force standing behind so many invisible victims. Another important thing I learned? They don’t just throw money at problems. 30 million people are affected by slavery and human trafficking today. More than any time in history. And not just in a few places. Everywhere. Lives are being stolen every minute. So years ago? These people decided to choose action, over hope. To convert their own personal outrage into a chance at freedom for a few individuals at a time. They couldn't save 30 million people at once. So they did something different. They created a circle. First? They rescue and protect victims, providing them with healthcare, safety and stability. Then? They offer education, life skills and job training. Lastly? They complete the circle by helping these people connect to lifelong, dignified employment. Like I said? Never seen anything like this. It’s a huge idea. And more often than not? It works. They’re helping more and more trapped, otherwise forgotten people, create their own amazing stories every day. A few hundred here. A few hundred there. But the cool thing? It’s actually “Scalable.” The more funds they bring in? The more people they can help. The model actually works. It just needs more support. And way more awareness. I can’t tell you what to think? All I can do is share with you the simple equation that hooked me. Amazing people, plus an amazing mission? Equals “How can I help?” Please know up front and with full disclosure? I’m a volunteer advisor to Not For Sale. I’m not trying to convince you of anything. I am the world’s biggest cynic. Trust does not come easy for me. And I’m growing more impressed by Not For Sale every day. One more thing? One of those “impossible” questions I asked the founders? “Would you ever consider helping an evil trafficker, if they came to you wanting to get out of the business?” Both answered simultaneously. “Absolutely. We already have. Problems don't go away by turning your back.” I was shocked. And I was in.

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

The mission of Not for Sale is one of great need in today's world. However, I would be very weary giving money to this organization. They are very closed and do not want to share information. I emailed several times looking for additional information. In the beginning I would get short replies and then they would not answer at all. I emailed the CEO to let him know the lack of information his staff was willing to share. He never replied. A few days later someone called and said I would get a response to my email shortly. Once again, the response never came. It should be noted, I was asking questions that anyone deciding where to give their money would ask. I was not asking for anything confidential. Be careful before you give your money to this organization. I'm not sure what they are hiding, but the don't want to give out information.

Review from Guidestar