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Children's Global Alliance

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services

Mission: The mission of Children’s Global Alliance is to infuse the next generation with a sense of global responsibility, promote and foster character and integrity among teenagers, and provide relief and education in developing countries.

Target demographics: American teenagers connect with children living in poverty around the world.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 327

Geographic areas served: United states, Cambodia, Tanzania, Nicaragua

Programs: Service learning travel opportunities to an orphanage in Cambodia, a school for children with special needs in Nicaragua and a school and orphanage in Tanzania. We provide this experience for students ages 12-16 from the United States. We are based out of Vail, Colorado. We want to help create global-minded future leaders. We focus on promoting character and integrity among teenagers. Our students commit to a seven month long process where they study the language, history, politics, religion and traditions of each country. They commit to fundraising to offset the costs of their trip and must submit a fundraising plan upon applying to be considered. They must also commit to a behavioral contract and volunteer a set number of hours within their own communities.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

Children's Global Alliance has grown from a one-woman show to an organization that lives and breathes all on its own. The dedication that Lisa-Marie Howell has shown to this non-profit is astounding. Her community has rallied around her and shown that they care as much as she does. Year after year, the service trips grow in popularity with the Vail Valley school kids, and she just keeps adding mentors and more trips. Her energy as a founder and leader is infectious.



Rating: 5

I have had the honor of helping raise donated items for this outstanding organization and couldn't be more proud of how those items are being used. The passion for change that the founder of Children's Global Alliance (CGA) exudes in her selfless actions each day is what makes CGA the unstoppable organization that it is. CGA not only reaches out to children in other countries that need assistance, but they foster the lifelong learning experience that our local students ( future philanthropists) have inside of them and teaches each of them how to help others grow and learn. Each person that I know that has traveled with CGA as either a chaperon or a volunteer has told me the same thing. " it is a life changing experience." I look forward to years of continued growth with CGA and I am just so humbled to be able to be even a small part of such a magnificent organization.

1 Michele46


Rating: 5

Every year, our company chooses one organization to be our Corporate Giving Partner. We donate a portion of every membership to that organization throughout the year. This year, Unique Venues chose Children's Global Alliance (CGA) as our 2013 Giving Partner.

We are so proud of the work CGA has done and the difference they've made in the lives of the young adults who travel and work in Nicaragua, Cambodia and now Tanzania! Their program is unique, powerful and life changing.

The student volunteers, ages 12-16, raise their own money for their trips, research the countries they'll be traveling to, create lesson plans, understand the learning challenges of the children they'll be working with, etc. Once on site, they work long, grueling days to build houses, teach English, clean, cook, shop, play, etc.

We are proud to have CGA as our 2013 giving partner and we would encourage other companies, organizations and individuals to consider donating to Children's Global Alliance as well.

Michele Nichols
Unique Venues