Over 1.8 million nonprofits and charities for donors, volunteers and funders

2019 Top-Rated Nonprofit

Outreach International

4,035 pageviews

Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Improvement & Capacity Building, Human Services, International, International Development, Leadership Development

Mission: Outreach International empowers communities to create lasting solutions to the issues they face. Our purpose is to help people overcome the effects of poverty and to develop the capacity to create a new future for themselves and their community. We provide responsible ways for people with charitable hearts to help the poor to a better life.

Results: Have assisted over 350,000 people in their fight against poverty since 1979, and impacted thousands more. During that time, we have facilitated over 9,000 community-led projects that helped people organize and communicate ideas to find lasting poverty solutions, saving lives and restoring dignity.

Target demographics: Empower communities to create lasting solutions to the issues they face. We are currently facilitating 447 community-led projects and issues in 159 field program locations within 10 countries throughout the world.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 60,966 beneficiaries

Geographic areas served: Bolivia, Cambodia, DR Congo, Haiti, India, Malawi, Nepal, Nicaragua, Philippines, Zambia

Programs: Human and community development programs including food, water, literacy, electricity, medical access, small business, reforestation and more in areas of extreme poverty in Haiti, Bolivia, Cambodia, Malawi, DR Congo, Zambia, India, Philippines, Nepal, and Nicaragua.

Community Stories

125 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 valgando

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hi! I am Val Gando. As an accountant I have devoted more than 31 years of my life working with poor communities in their struggles to improve their lives and I say we have been very lucky that through the years Outreach International has been here to support us. What I like most about Outreach International is its willingness to support ordinary people from the community who have taken the leadership to improve their lives and their community. Like in this picture that I am sharing which I took recently, Michelle, Jenny and Melissa (women in green shirts from left to right), ordinary women from Pulong Visaya community in the Philippines, who have learned the skills of facilitating group actions to resolve simple community issues through their experiences with the Participatory Human Development Program of Outreach International, are now helping the residents of nearby community of Balite by sharing their experiences of working together to resolve community issues. The three leaders have facilitated a meeting on October 11, 2019 where residents of Balite participated in their prioritization of issues and in planning the next steps. Soon, they will be mobilizing to resolve their issues of "Absence of sanitary latrines" and "Lack of access to safe drinking water", which have been affecting at least 61 families in Balite for a long time. Things like this happen because Outreach International, a great non-profit organization, provides support to ordinary people like Jenny, Melissa and Michelle, which enables them to facilitate improvement of their own lives and of their neighbors'. Thank you Outreach International!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I joined Outreach International in September 2016. This organization has been a blessing to my life. I am now a change agent, of my life first, and of countless lives in the community where I am assigned and beyond.
Now I can deny myself and embrace all that can add value to my life through the Process of Participatory Human Development. Humbling myself and forgetting my degrees and the honors of my previous career, I have developed a passion for the less privileged in society. I chose to be among and work with the poor (whom I don’t really consider poor because of their rich culture, native intelligence, civility and wisdom), and Outreach International gave me the venue.
Day by day I see how the Mapande community is changing and transforming from a community of illiterate people in their majority to a new community of people with formal education; people of all ages. Children, youth, adults and old people are happy to work hand in hand to overcome their illiteracy situation, and also to grow more vegetables and store enough food, access safe clean water, end child marriages, improve nutrition using indigenous crops, improve sanitation and hygiene, and become ‘visible’ to both customary and civil authorities.
Outreach International delivers sustainable, long lasting results for both the beneficiaries and the donors. I have been privileged to work for Outreach International for over 3 years now, facilitating and witnessing this kind of development. I can testify to it. I shall continue supporting this work wherever I will be. Thank you.

1 Pamela G.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been volunteering with Outreach International for over a year and a half. I wouldn’t want to volunteer anyplace else! The staff are friendly and caring. Their commitment to OI’s mission is commendable. OI has a unique mission, and I admire how they share their philosophy around the world. I like being part of that community.

Comments ( 1 )

profile

m.penrose 10/10/2019

Thank you, Pam! We love having you as part of our office and global community too!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Feeling very happy to work in PHD process supported by OI .Since 2010, I am working as a HDF to help the people who are unprivileged. Before I started working there were many issues in the communities. The community people were dependent to the political leaders or govt. agencies for resolution of their issues due to low level of consciousnes, insufficient skills and knowledge. But after my continue integration and ground working under PHDP, people improved their consciousness and interested to tackle the issues. They conducted meetings and negotiated with the agencies continue to resolve the issues. Through continue follow ups they resolved the issues. They not only resolved the issues but also improved their negotiation skills or capability, gained knowledge over the process on how to negotiate with the agency and provisions. To tackled the issues they became united. Now they are empowered, helping themshelves and helping others.
Community people are feeling happy and appreciating OI for it's support. Because through PHDP they changed their lives as: they are drinking pure water instead of canal water. Accessing electricity, led lights without using candles. Widows, handicaps and elders are accessing monthly assistance, old age people got their cataract operation, etc. Feeling happy for the changes of the community lives.
Iwould like to thank OI for giving me this opportunity for working as a HDF under its PHD process. Withen this 9 year I have not only helped the people but also improved my skills, knowledge,capability and live. I am enjoying my work and I am committed to continue work under OI to help the people to build sustainable communities and to abolish poverty.

Comments ( 1 )

profile

m.penrose 10/07/2019

Thank YOU, Mona, for your work in India to help empower residents to obtain the skills and confidence that continue to make these opportunities and improvements possible! Skilled facilitators like you make our work effective and sustainable!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been associated with Outreach International, over most of its 40 year history...as a board member, a congregational representative, a donor, and as a site visit participant. I support and appreciate this organization, because they do not just help the poor around the world...they teach the poor how to be involved in changing their own life situations for the better. They promote what they call "participatory human development." And this "PHD" leads to sustainable change and wonderful outcomes for the people who are involved. Outreach changes lives! Having been on site visits in both the Philippines and Malawi, I have seen for myself the poor living conditions of so many people around the world...small huts with dirt floors, no clean drinking water, few crops or animals for food, no means of livelihood. BUT, then, with the help of Outreach facilitators (who befriend and work with the poor where they live), the people learn to think through their situations and problem solve and prioritize...and, then begin to implement new ways to improve their living situations: their homes, their food and water, means for livelihood...and their lives change forever. The people have learned how to improve their lives...so the change becomes sustainable into the future!! Outreach International is truly a GREAT nonprofit!!

Comments ( 1 )

profile

m.penrose 09/04/2019

Thanks for your glowing review! You definitely captured the essence of our history and mission. More importantly, we thank YOU, for your decades of service & support of Outreach! It has been instrumental in laying the foundation for our work and continues to create sustainable outcomes for those living in poverty. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Previous Stories

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Outreach International, since their early years back in the early 1970s, as a board member, a donor, a volunteer - and I can say with great enthusiasm that they have gotten better and better at what they do over the years! They are committed to helping the poorest of the poor (now in 10 countries around the world) learn how to help themselves...by prioritizing their main needs and finding ways to meet those needs (from sources of livelihood, to clean drinking water, to schooling for their kids, to improved shelter/housing). Outreach International is more than a community development organization – it is an organization of hope for many people!

1 Laurie Hendry D.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have ridden a bicycle across WI to raise money; used Christmas money received to help build a wells in foreign countries; helped Jr. and Sr. High Sunday School classes raise money to buy pigs, goats, etc. for foreign communities. I only say this as a way of pointing out how much I believe in this organization. I know of no other nonprofit that has such a low overhead. They accomplish amazing things because they actually go into the communities to find out what the residents of the community think is most important. They then follow the old axim give a man a fish he lives for a day, teach a man to fish he lives for a lifetime. They teach, not do!

Comments ( 1 )

profile

m.penrose 07/31/2019

Thanks for being such a dedicated and active supporter, Laurie! We love your review - and you - for making it possible for us to help even more people become self-sufficient.

1 Ashden P.

Donor

Rating: 5

An amazing charity with results that directly impact and uplift those in poverty around the globe! Their partnership approach with impoverished communities is a unique and effective approach to solving world poverty.

Comments ( 1 )

profile

m.penrose 07/29/2019

Thanks for the kudos, Ashden - you made our Monday amazing!

Previous Stories
7

Donor

Rating: 5

Traveling with Outreach International on a site visit to Malawi, Aftica showed me how the money I contribute really impacts those in extreme poverty. Many charities can advertise their work well. But I got to have the experience of seeing Outreach's unique process truely work to eliminate poverty.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Outreach International is the foremost charity I support, because I deeply believe in their mission to create self-sustainable and empowered communities in the world. My relationship with Outreach began as I child, and I continue it with my children today. So thankful for the work they do!!!

Comments ( 1 )

profile

m.penrose 07/25/2019

Thank YOU, Katie, for embracing and supporting our mission, and for multiplying the good we can do by passing on your values to YOUR kids!

1 Greg M.3

Donor

Rating: 5

I support this charity because it teaches methods/practices to become self-sustained, along with providing immediate relief. This long-term thinking really moves the needle for communities and entire societies! Thank you Outreach International!

Comments ( 1 )

profile

m.penrose 07/03/2019

You get 5 stars from us as well, Greg! Thanks for standing alongside us in empowering individuals and families around the world!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Thank you to Outreach International for all the support and help they give to so many countries! Beyond impressed and proud of everything they do. OI is my favorite non-profit organization. Keep up the great work. Love your Facebook daily posts.

Comments ( 1 )

profile

m.penrose 06/25/2019

Thanks for the positive shout-out, Peg - you made our day! We couldn't make this great an impact without people like you!

1 scruffysaint

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been a supporter of Outreach International for many years now. I’ve also had the opportunity to visit some of the fields where they work and feel proud to be associated with them. They have a unique way to ending poverty, I have seen first hand how incredibly effective this approach is. I whole heartedly recommend them and will continue to be a supporter.

Previous Stories

Donor

Rating: 5

Over the years, I've had the opportunity of seeing several charities working in areas of poverty but none have impressed me as much as Outreach International. I truly believe that their approach is unique. Many organizations are happy to simply provide short-term handouts which I know from experience has few sustainable benefits. Outreach International on the other hand works very closely with the community, helping them identify their core issues and then works as a facilitator to assist them in overcoming these issues. I have seen with my own eyes how community members have become empowered to make permanent changes to their situation. The process takes a while but the long term benefits are astonishing. I am now an avid supporter of this charity and will continue to donate to this worthy cause in the future.

1 Nancy139

Donor

Rating: 5

I cannot speak more highly about the impact Outreach International has and continues to have on the lives of those our contributions touch. Through sustained support of through funding and education, lives are being changed. I am a proud supporter of this organization.

Previous Stories
2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sustained commitment and dedication are words that are accurate and true for Outreach International (OI). The programs initiated in countries and villages across the globe are created with long term sustainability and support from OI. Through this type of commitment and hands on training with the people directly affected by the programs, individuals lives are being enriched and enhanced in ways that were not possible before. Knowing that OI continues to support and sustain these needs is what sets OI apart for me. I've been a donor for years and plan to continue to support this wonderful nonprofit for as long as possible.

Read more
1 DSadler

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I first learned about Outreach International thru a children's education program called 'Caribbean Kids,' where the goal of helping others to help themselves was expressed so clearly, and was such a new idea, that I and the kids' group I directed, took to it right away. We loved the idea of villages, families, and individuals expressing their need, planning for it, teaming up to make it a success, and realizing their vision with Outreach's help. I volunteer there, I've worked there for some years, and I believe in their approach to making the world a better place. Yay for a great organization!

Previous Stories
2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was fortunate enough to work for Outreach for a few years, and was overwhelmed by how much good work so few employees accomplish around the world. It was amazing to watch their energy, dedication, and professional skill. During summer and winter terms, college students compete to intern at Outreach, to travel to places where they can learn about authentic participation, to teach the next generation about poverty that can be overcome, and to create new resources that appeal to all ages. Elderly volunteers are regular as clockwork, filling the back offices with laughter and long hours, preparing mailings and special products.

Since working at Outreach, I have used Outreach's children's program and catalog to teach large groups of kids from around the country about Outreach's message of making a difference by partnering with others to make sustainable change. Children are easily engaged in this message and purpose using Outreach's well-designed resources, Shop, and Catalog.

1 G Scott Lacy

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started my relationship with Outreach International 25 years ago. What I love most is their motto to help people help themselves. Teach them how to grow, build, create community. I’m my opinion, they are one of the greatest non profits ever created and I’m honored to continue my support of this extraordinary organization!

Previous Stories
3

Donor

Rating: 5

I have had a relationship with OUTREACH INTERNATIONAL since I was a teenager. I was given a $5 bill to take and multiply to help raise money for OI. I promptly took the $5 and put it in a drawer for about two years. Then something happened. I started really paying attention to what OI does as an organization. I decided the best way to raise money for OI was to perform. It's what I do. It's who I am. So, I organized a benefit concert. 20 years has past since that first concert and I am still in relationship with this AMAZING organization. Here is what impresses me most. They don't simply drop the things that people need to them. They go. They teach. They live. It's called SUSTAINABLE GOOD. They leave behind the tools that the people and communities need to succeed and continue long after OI's time there. They literally are changing the world and people's lives for the better. It's not just about being charitable. It's about giving and teaching and leaving HOPE for the people they touch. I have raised money for many charities during my professional career as a performer and musical director. NONE compare to the work and passion that is OUTREACH INTERNATIONAL. They are MY charity. They are MY HOPE for this world. They are SUSTAINABLE GOOD.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love my volunteer work and the wonderful people I work with, both employees and other volunteers, while volunteering at Outreach International. Probably my favorite thing about Outreach International is that this organization works to try to eliminate poverty in the world by helping others help themselves. The clients that Outreach helps have a sense of worth and accomplishment in whatever project they are working on, whether it be digging a new water well, or organizing a small business to be able to sell their homemade items. It's wonderful to volunteer for a world-class organization that is making a profound difference in our world. I whole hardheartedly support this organization by volunteering for them, as well as supporting them financially!

1 dmarieper

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for OI for many years. I believe in the work and vision of this non profit and will continue to support this organization in any way I can.


1 Anna Graybill B.

Donor

Rating: 5

We are so impressed with the consistent regard for people, in the activities initiated by Outreach International for relief of sanitation, health and poverty in the world. It is heart warming to participate with their efforts, by contributing to Outreach International as a tribute to loved ones instead of funeral flowers or at Christmas in memory of those we love, we are sure the money will be used to alleviate needs by worthwhile projects focused on people's needs.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with Outreach International since 2006 and have seen firsthand the significant change of Outrech International's work in people living in extreme poverty. I have seen the people living in poverty become empowered, I have heard the voice of the most deprived saying "I can change my situation with community organization".
I can assure that Outreach International uses a powerful tool called PDHP (Participatory Human Development Process) that becomes even more powerful when it is facilitated and implemented by the people of the communities themselves.

1 Elvies Gabrielle Abaya G.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Mabuhay Outreach International! (Long-live Outreach International!)
I am proud and humbled to be one of the Human Development Facilitators that Outreach International is supporting in the Philippines for 7 years now! Being a Human Development Facilitator is not an easy job. Aside from investing time much of my time with the community away from my family, it is also unavoidable not to be attached with the people I am working with, which I think is the hardest because reaching this stage means you value the welfare of the people more than your own. HDF is a one in a million job that really needs a heart to be successful. Over the years of working as HDF, I could say that I have developed my passion and genuine love for the poor people. I believe that this is not just me deciding to continue this job but it is God’s will.
I am thankful to Outreach International for giving me the opportunity to work with them and with poor communities in the Philippines. I am really honored to help many poor people unload their heavy baggage’s brought by poverty thru Participatory Human Development Process. Again, Mabuhay Outreach International!!!

Comments ( 1 )

profile

m.penrose 10/17/2018

You represent the heart and soul of our work, Elvis, and we are honored to work with you in in bringing hope and a better life to those in poverty. You make our work, work!

1 DanStifter

Board Member

Rating: 5

Outreach is expanding since our proven approach to alleviating chronic poverty works! We have added Nepal and Cambodia to our current 8 countries and now help thousands of people across 10 different countries. Outreach works!

Comments ( 1 )

profile

m.penrose 10/17/2018

Thanks, Dan! You play in important part in those efforts both at HQ and abroad as a Board member. Outreach works because you help make it work as well!

Previous Stories
1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Ghandi said "Poverty is the worst form of violence." Which means that billions of people are experiencing violence on a daily basis. Outreach has a proven methodology that eliminates poverty. We have solid, scientific data that clearly demonstrates the soundness of our approach. The approach takes time and diligence, but relatively few resources and provides a foundation for villages to become self sufficient, self directing, and self supportive. I know of no more powerful approach. Outreach deserves your support. Stop the violence.

Read more