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Montage Initiative

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Nonprofit Management

Mission: Montage Initiative connects trusted hearts, minds and hands across world markets and invests in the willingness to give, create, innovate and act. Through a combination of mentoring, microfinance and a Montage of support, we enable women at the heart of our programs to improve their living conditions while transforming the lives of their families, their communities and themselves.

Results: Montage Initiative has partnered with Fairfield University to enhance the university’s International Studies Program through engaging students in service learning related to non-governmental organizations. This project began in the 2011-2012 school year and will continue through the 2012-2013 year and beyond. Montage Initiative involves the students in its practical work and projects by granting them the opportunity to combine their studies with the real world experience in an NGO. Montage Initiative offers internships of varying durations and volunteer opportunities to the students. The goal of this project is to prepare students for work in the non-profit sector and follow their passions for helping others.

Target demographics: Women and girls of all ages in CT (USA), India and Africa.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 300

Geographic areas served: India, USA, United Kingdom

Programs: Montage Initiative’s current projects include: Women of India - enabling women from five villages in Vrindavan to extend their capabilities, finalizing ideas initially explored in better serving their needs; Toilets, Anyone? - supporting the basic human right for access to potable water and sanitation; Film Production - creating Mission-Driven Media, highlighting issues surrounding poverty and tradition while raising awareness to new audiences around the world; Traveling Art Gallery (TAG) - offering the use of space for the less fortunate around the globe to create and exhibit art in many different forms of mediums.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In the stresses of our day to day lives we many times think there are not enough hours in the day to take on one more thing. Over the years I have found a since of purpose, calmness and joy through my volunteer efforts with Montage Initiative. I have learned so much by listening to the stories of those whose lives have been transformed because of the support they have received from this organization. It is such an honor and humbling experience to work with such dedicated and passionate individuals for a greater purpose. Volunteering allows you to look at the “real world” outside of ourselves through the eyes of others. I have learned and received so much more by giving of my time, talent, and treasure than I ever have from any paying job. I encourage you to look at Montage Initiative as your charity of choice. I can assure you, that you too will receive much more than you give.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

If you want to support a great nonprofit who is on the cutting edge of innovation and creativity, then check out Montage Initiative @ www.montageinitiative.org I am so excited to be a part of this amazing organization designed to help marginalized women locally and around the world. It truly is an organization that captures the heart of all those involved. 2013 is off to an amazing start! We were so privileged to present at the parallel event in NYC in support of the United Nations 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women in March. Our Student Advisory Board spoke on adopting a model of youth empowerment for future leadership and ways to take action. Ambassador Carlos Enrique Garcia Gonzalez, Permanent Representative of El Salvador to the United Nations also spoke in support of this effort, along with Dr. Giri and others. We also had a screening and panel discussion about the film White Rainbow based on Dr. Giri’s life at Fairfield University. Being a volunteer for Montage has changed my life. It is a humbling experience when you hear the stories and see firsthand the struggles that women still endure today. What is inspiring and rewarding about contributing to Montage, is seeing your dollars truly make a difference in the lives of others. Please join me in giving a 5 star review to this well deserving nonprofit!

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