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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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Rating: 4

Montage Initiative is a wonderful non profit organization that is helping women around the world. I had the privilidge of attending "The History of Women" art exhibit at Fairfield University and was introduced, and very impressed, by the Montage Initiative program. The fact that they are helping women earn a sustainable life and contribute to their families is an admirable way to decrease poverty. I'm hoping I can volunteer wih this very worth while cause!