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Nonprofit Overview

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

Mission: IDEX identifies, evaluates, and grows the best ideas from local leaders and organizations to alleviate poverty and injustice around the world. 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: Since its founding in 1985, IDEX has supported more than 500 grassroots, community-led projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Annually, IDEX’s partners serve approximately 1.2 million people in impoverished communities, including marginalized women, small farmers, indigenous communities, low-income urban residents, sexual and ethnic minorities, and youth. For more information, www.idex.org

Target demographics: Indigenous communities, predominantly women and youth, and the grassroots, locally led organizations that serve them in Asia, Africa and Latin America

Geographic areas served: International - Guatemala, India, Mexico, Nepal, South Africa, Zimbabwe

Programs: Women's Empowerment, Building Local Economies, Caring for the Environment

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I have known about IDEX's estimable work for many years but it is only in the last two years that I have become a donor. In addition to the organization's mission, values and track record, I was attracted by IDEX's capable staff, especially, the Executive Director, Rajasvini Bhansali. I am inspired by her commitment and drive and because of her leadership, I trust that my contributions to the organization are put to their best use. Moreover, I have been impressed with IDEX's donor stewardship. This year, soon after making a donation, I received a personal note from the Executive Director as well as a phone call from a staff member to thank me for my contribution, to discuss with me how it would be used and to ask if I had any questions. I regularly contribute to many nonprofits but I have never received this level of personal interaction with the staff. IDEX can definitely count on me for continued support.

Rajasvini B.

Board Member

Rating: 5

IDEX lives its values, walks its talk! IDEX is truly a learning, visionary organization that is deeply accountable to its partners on the frontlines of social change.

Review from Guidestar

Previous Stories

Board Member

Rating: 5

IDEX, its grassroots partners, its philanthropic partners, and all its ever growing community are amazing visionary leaders. I believe that IDEX is forging an important new movement for social justice and human rights by valuing the wisdom and leadership of grassroots organizations. I am so proud to be a part of this 27 year old organization that still manages to inspire thousands of people towards the right kind of development!

Ayesha B.

Board Member

Rating: 5

IDEX does not just rest of its solid 25-year history and laurels but under its dynamic ED and staff seeks to constantly push the frontier on how to make a difference in the world. I am continually amazed by the IDEX team’s drive, strong relationships with its grantee partners and innovative approach to grant making. This is a gem of an organization whose theory of change is embedded in local reality and need, which is why what they do really works.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was introduced to IDEX over a year ago and fell in love not only with the organizations mission and collaborative approach but with its people. The level of IDEX' commitment and passion for what they do is great. I am honored to be a part of such an organziation

Ken_21

Board Member

Rating: 5

What excites me most about IDEX is that, even after 25 years of successful impact to the most impoverished global places, they have the boldness to courage to continuously re-invent how they provide their valued service directly to the local communities. Through their support of local communities with local solutions, IDEX is helping to make a better world.

Board Member

Rating: 5

IDEX is an organization that is truly getting to the root of poverty issues and staying for the long haul. I am so proud to be part of an organization that is culturally in tune with the communities where they work and understands lasting impact.

Josh13

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

IDEX is a fantastic organization that is doing important work in areas where it is most needed. The organization is also helping other organizations and funders make informed dedcisions about where that money will do the most good,

Board Member

Rating: 5

Grassroots leaders and organizations in the global south have proven ideas for addressing issues of poverty, health, education and human rights in their local communities and in their countries. What makes IDEX different is assisting these people with their solutions and projects, not bringing in a program that is designed and run by people from the more developed world.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic non-profit which is dedicated to international work for 25 years. The San Francisco based staff is friendly and very engaged in their work. The long term grant recipients are doing phenomenal work throughout six continents. Every time I am meet an IDEX partner or IDEX staff I get re-energized to work for the cause IDEX is dedicated to: women's empowerment, environmental justice, local economic improvement and girls/women's education.