CGI has been excellent in helping us network for support of our projects in Africa. It's quite easy for nonprofit organizations to fall into competitiveness and territoriality. CGI does the opposite; this is quite encouraging and energizing!
It has be one of the most satisfying experiences of my life to be able to work with the committed volunteers that make CGI's work possible.
CGI performs an invaluable service by offering to provide it's professional expertise and funding resources to help jump-start health care initiatives world wide. And most significantlt it does so with minimal administerative costs so the monies raised go directly to needy organizations.
We have been working in Eastern Africa to improve health in under-served areas of Kenya through medical education using technology. Our recent introduction to Dr. Stout and his involvement through the Center for Global Initiatives and the Humanitarian Intervention Consortium website bring significant new opportunities for the collaborations that are critical to solving complex problems with limited resources.
I believe the Center for Global initiatives provides critical insights toward ending major global Healtg issues.
The Center for Global Initiatives does fantastic work and uses the highly skilled friends of Chris Stout's to expand the reach of the Center. I highly recommend supporting his work!
The Center for Global Initiatives is doing very innovative work. It has implemented and developed programs that have changed people's lives -- on several continents.
Solid organization. Creative approach. Broad reach. Spot on commitment where it is needed. I have known Dr Stout for over 30 years and this is his work and his life. Do not miss an opportunity to get involved where it will made a difference. My hat is off to you Chris.
I've known Chris for many years as a collegue and friend to many professionals who work in the field of mental health. A few years ago both of my parents passed and I was interested in donating a modest sum to a worthwhile cause in their name. CGI helped me to get in contact with a school/health clinic in Tanzania that was in dire need of medical supplies and services. Dozens of children benefited from the contribution...I was very appreciative knowing that my donation was going directly to people in need. Chris has made if possible for many people to connect directly with people helping people. A gentleman. A scholar... and a wonderful human being. Keep up the good work!
Chris Stout is a highly principled, driven man who has committed himself fully to CGI and its worthy cause. I have known Chris for almost 30 years and marvel at his resilience and ability to get things done. The world is a better place for all the work the Chris and CGI are doing.
I am Elke from tikondane community Centre in katete, Zambia, Africa.On my fund-raising tour I happened to be in Chicago at the time of the Global Activist Expo and had a chance to talk to Chris for a long time. Subsequently he sent us many bits of information, one of them about a course on Management of nonprofits, run by the University of Illinois.The course was to cost money, so this year I went there in person - outcome:we will run the course with our interns from October, at no cost, and hopefully with an American volunteer - given that there is chronic malnutrition here and now real fears about serious hunger, we can't say thank you enough for giving us hope for the further future - zikomo. Elke
Dr. Chris Stout truly merits the designation of a humanitarian in the full meaning of the word. Having co- chaired the America Psychological Associations Committee on International Relations with him in 2011 I heard about his different projects and the role he played in fund raising to underwrite these initiatives, in gathering others to volunteer to undertake work in underserved areas, always with a spirit of "can do" and "must do" and yet with a sense of great humility. He is a person in whom others quickly have confidence and trust and the Center for Global Initiatives is inspirted and motivated by his leadership.
My time spent with the Center for Global Initiatives exceeded my expectations as a graduate student in professional psychology. Dr. Chris Stout is a visionary. His dedication and compassion to alleviating global suffering inspires others to expand their work beyond the consulting room and to go into the streets. CGI has personally inspired me to continue my studies in liberation and depth psychology and to take a serious academic look at ecopsychology. This opened up a path to go and visit Chernobyl and soulfully listen to the narratives of the elderly who have returned to their homes there.
100% of The Center for Global Initiatives humanitarian projects have been accomplished by volunteers, which means that 100% of the donations they receive go to programs and operations. Speaking as a volunteer and board member of another small non-profit, I can say that this is no small feat. CGI is a shining example of an organization that is able to deliver a big results with modest resources. Dr. Stout: Thank you for your vision, your leadership, and commitment to making the world a better place.
It is an honor to be a part of the Center because of being able to work with amazing people around the world, doing amazing things.
I worked closely with Dr. Chris Stout at CGI as an intern. My experience was fulfilling and inspiring. Dr. Stout's model at CGI includes taking on small-scale projects for the betterment of the local populations, and applying each volunteer's strengths for the betterment of the projects; I was able to apply my skills and grow as a young professional while working with him. The organization is run to maximize on-the-ground impact, and all people working for the org do so on a 100% volunteer basis. The biggest barrier to CGI's success is lack of funding. Like many non-profits, CGI struggles for funding (an issue I worked on during my internship): with greater funds, comes the ability to implement more projects.
CGI does amazing work that is unique, flexible and targeted to populations that might otherwise not get attention. The organization also plays a big part in building the NGO community, fostering cooperation and sharing knowledge.
I fully support the mission and work of CGI. I appreciate the fact that 100% of donated money goes directly to helping others.
When considering a humaitarian mission myself I was able to get personal help from the website and the director to help me to utilize my time and expertise most effectively. Chris Stout, Ph.D arranged time with me by phone and talked about his experience and shared his expertise as well as a vast amount of resources with me. I feel much better prepared to take my own humanitarian experience.
CGI is providing great services and is doing an excellent job of reporting about ongoing initiatives.
Their website is a great resource for all Human Rights activists.
We fully support CGI’s mission and work! I've personally experienced the results of this organization in innumerable ways!
we fully support CGI’s mission and work having associated with its staff,volunteers and board members for a number of years. More initiatives of this sort should be happening world wide.
I can attest to the fact that Dr. Stout is very committed to the mission of CGI to help address health inequalities through the various projects that the organization has been involved with. For example, CGI is applying for a grant, that if funded would do amazing work in Benin to develop natural plants into potential medicines and be a model for self-sufficiency for the people of that country.
In addition to CGI, Dr. Stout is an invaluable resource by generously giving of his time and energy to others who have questions and concerns about their own efforts to enact change through nonprofit work. I saw this firsthand at the recent WBEZ Global Expo in Chicago which gathered hundreds of change agents together. I volunteered at CGI's table at this event.
The Center for Global Initiatives is a unique organization that assists in incubating and helping to generate health-related developments in needy areas around the globe. Importantly, this organization does not attempt to launch such programs on its own, but rather works in partnership with local health care professionals to create self-sustaining enteprises. It's reach is broad, and its impact is significant
The main goal of the Center for Global Initiatives is to ameliorate inequalities in human rights and health care around the world. The center develops sustainable projects specific to communities in need around the world. The programs are developed with the advice and input of local advocates in each region; this ensures that CGI is meeting the exact needs of the people while working with their local customs and traditions. This increases local support and makes their projects more likely to succeed. CGI is willing to attempt to solve any problem- from supplying school supplies to children to bringing needed medical supplies to hospitals. Outside of the projects that they develop and run, they act as a hub for organizations around the world, linking communities in need with organizations that can provide the needed relief. This organization is truly outstanding.