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Causes: Civil Rights, Economic Development, International, International Economic Development, International Migration & Refugee Issues, Microfinance, Philanthropy, Private Independent Foundations, Women, Womens Rights

Mission: IDEX connects a passionate and engaged network of supporters to the visionary leaders and organizations creating lasting solutions to their communities' most pressing challenges.

Results: Over the past 30 years, IDEX has supported more than 500 grassroots, community-led projects led by women, youth and indigenous people in 35 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Annually, our partners serve approximately 2 million people, enabling farmers to be sustainable agricultural innovators, helping families build income, equipping community members to fight against human-made climate threats, empowering more women as leaders, and much more. With IDEX's support, several of our partners have been globally recognized for their game-changing models and solutions, for example: challenging Monsanto on the right to know what is in South Africa's food; pioneering a new model of joint community ownership of land in India; and empowering hundreds of rural women with new ways to build strong livelihoods in Mexico. More on IDEX's impact here: http://www.idex.org/impact/

Target demographics: Effective women-, youth-, and indigenous-led organizations that are working in food security, alternative economies, and climate justice.

Geographic areas served: Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Ethiopia, Senegal, India, Nepal, United States

Programs: Providing multi-year flexible grants for locally-led initiatives and grassroots organizations in the Global South. IDEX also works with its grantee partners to scale their successes by building their capacity and leadership; linking them to broader social change movements at the regional, national, and global levels; and amplifying their voices and victories.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been inspired by the work the IDEX team and community have done to help identify the best ideas for alleviating poverty and injustice. By building a community of impassioned supporters and connecting them to local leaders and organization, they are having an incredibly positive impact on the communities the organization serves. One of the most impressive aspects of the organization is its focus not on self-congratulatory branding campaigns, but focusing all attention on the mission and communities it serves.