My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Foundation for Sustainable Development, Oakland, CA, USA
I first got introduced to FSD when I moved to San Francisco in 2009 and became friends with three people who participated in some of FSD’s programs in South America. I was struck by the degree to which the time my friend’s spent with FSD had been transformative to each of them, both personally and professionally. All three are now pursuing careers in development, in areas ranging from Education in Africa to Urban Planning in San Francisco.
Over time, I’ve gotten involved with FSD as a volunteer and now know the organization well. Aside from the impact that its programs have on participating students, FSD has a highly innovative approach to providing assistance to the communities it works in throughout the developing world. FSD efforts are managed by teams that are on-the-ground 24/7 in the communities that it works in.
This grassroots, bottoms-up approach to development is increasingly recognized as far more effective than many of the top-down models that exist. This is one of the reasons why FSD has grown significantly in size and scope over the last few years and why it is increasingly recognized as one of the most innovative non-profits within the development community.
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Seeing how it has changed the lives of participants in its programs and positively impact the communities it works in
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Figure out a way to increase FSD's exposure so that more people know about their work and the opportunities they provide!
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