Saturday, January 27, 2007

Mission Statements: Poverty Charities

A few months ago I posted an analysis of poverty charities based primarily on Charity Navigator rankings of a non-profit's efficiency. I'm assuming the rankings have changed somewhat based on new financial data, but I'm going to take a different approach and list the missions of all the organizations I analyzed numerically a few months back. The most efficient charity doesn't necessarily have the mission that connects best with you!

Nevertheless, for easier cross-referencing between this list and the others, I'll keep them listed in the same order, which is by efficiency, not by alphabet.

1. Operation USA
Operation USA helps communities alleviate the effects of disasters, disease and endemic poverty throughout the world by providing privately-funded relief, reconstruction and development aid. We provide material and financial assistance to grassroots organizations that promote sustainable development, leadership and capacity building, income generating activities, education and health services, and advocate on behalf of vulnerable people.

2. International Relief Teams
International Relief Teams is a non-profit, international relief organization dedicated to organizing volunteer teams to provide medical and construction assistance to the victims of disaster and profound poverty worldwide.

3. Childcare Worldwide
Our focus is upon meeting the needs of the poor, with emphasis on children, through a social, medical and spiritual ministry based upon the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

4. Children of The Americas
Making the world wonderful for children.

5. Alliance for Global Justice
It is the mission of the Alliance for Global Justice to achieve social change and economic justice by helping to build a stronger more unified grassroots movement. We recognize that the concentration of wealth and power is the root cause of oppression requiring us to work together across ideologies, issues and communities. The Alliance nurtures organizations seeking fundamental change in international and national conditions that disempower people, create disparities in access to wealth and power, poison the earth, and plunder its resources.

6. FAME
FAME exists to spread the fame of Jesus Christ to all nations through medical evangelism.

7. American Friends of Yad Eliezer
Our objective is to combat poverty at its root, through an array of programs that provide critical short-term relief, while facilitating long-term recovery.

8. CARE
CARE International’s mission is to serve individuals and families in the poorest communities in the world. Drawing strength from our global diversity, resources and experience, we promote innovative solutions and are advocates for global responsibility. We facilitate lasting change by:
• Strengthening capacity for self-help;
• Providing economic opportunity;
• Delivering relief in emergencies;
• Influencing policy decisions at all levels;
• Addressing discrimination in all its forms.

9. Concern Worldwide US
Our mission is to help people living in absolute poverty achieve major improvements in their lives that last and spread without ongoing support from Concern Worldwide.

10. Lutheran World Relief
Lutheran World Relief works with partners in 35 countries to help people grow food, improve health, strengthen communities, end conflict, build livelihoods and recover from disaster.

11. Christian Relief Fund
The Christian Relief Fund is dedicated to following Christ’s example of ministering to human needs: spiritually, physically, and emotionally, by feeding the hungry, healing disease and heartbreak, fighting ignorance and poverty through education and preaching the Gospel through word and deed.

12. Feed My Starving Children
Feed My Starving Children is committed to feeding God's starving children hungry in body and spirit.

13. Mercy Corps
Mobilizing individuals and communities (in participatory, accountable and peaceful ways) to build secure, just and productive societies.

14. Food for the Hungry
Food for the Hungry seeks to walk with churches, leaders and families in overcoming all forms of human poverty by living in healthy relationship with God and His creation.

15. American Jewish World Service
American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is an international development organization motivated by Judaism’s imperative to pursue justice. AJWS is dedicated to alleviating poverty, hunger and disease among the people of the developing world regardless of race, religion or nationality. Through grants to grassroots organizations, volunteer service, advocacy and education, AJWS fosters civil society, sustainable development and human rights for all people, while promoting the values and responsibilities of global citizenship within the Jewish community.

16. Global Partners for Development
Ending Poverty Through the Power of Partnership

17. Friends of the Orphans
Friends of the Orphans is dedicated to improving the lives of orphaned, abandoned and disadvantaged children through our support of the Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH) network of orphanages in Latin America and the Caribbean.

18. World Vision
World Vision is a Christian relief and development organization dedicated to helping children and their communities worldwide reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty.

19. FINCA International
FINCA International's mission is to provide financial services to the world's lowest-income entrepreneurs so they can create jobs, build assets and improve their standard of living.

20. Mission Without Borders
Mission Without Borders responds to the material and spiritual needs of people living in poverty or suffering persecution. By bringing Christian compassion and love to the poor and suffering in Eastern Europe and China, Mission Without Borders serves as a bridge of help and hope to those who need it most.

21. World Relief
The Mission of World Relief, as originated within the National Association of Evangelicals, is to work with, for and from the Church to relieve human suffering, poverty and hunger worldwide in the name of Jesus Christ.

22. Helen Keller International
The mission of Helen Keller International is to save the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. We combat the causes and consequences of blindness and malnutrition by establishing programs based on evidence and research in vision, health and nutrition.

23. The PRASAD Project
The mission of The PRASAD Project is to enhance opportunities for self-reliance for those in need.

24. Food For All
Food For All is a non-profit organization dedicated to building a hunger-free world. We support self-help, long-term solutions to end hunger that promote human dignity and cultivate pride and responsibility. Through our fundraising programs, we provide hungry neighbors with the resources needed to support themselves, their families, and their communities. It is our objective to unite the food industry and consumers in the belief that hunger is 100% curable.

25. EnterpriseWorks Worldwide
For over 40 years, EnterpriseWorks/VITA has worked diligently to fulfill its mission to combat poverty by helping entrepreneurs and small producers build sustainable businesses that create jobs and increase productivity, market opportunities and incomes. EWV achieves this by expanding access to appropriate technologies, technical assistance, knowledge and finance. EWV maintains a close-knit network of field and affiliate offices in Africa and Asia – enabling substantial knowledge sharing and collaboration across countries and regions.

26. Common Hope
Common Hope promotes hope and opportunity in Guatemala, partnering with children, families, and communities who want to participate in a process of development to improve their lives through education, health care, and housing.

27. Compassion International
In response to the Great Commission, Compassion International exists as an advocate for children, to release them from their spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enable them to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults.

28. TechnoServe
TechnoServe's mission is to help entrepreneurial men and women to build businesses that create jobs, income, and economic opportunity in poor rural areas. TechnoServe uses an integrated approach that focuses on identifying high-potential industries and high-value business opportunities. TechnoServe then works to create a successful and replicable business model, and then to create a "critical mass" of successful businesses within a strategic industry.

29. Trickle Up Program
Trickle Up's mission is to help the lowest income people worldwide take the first steps up out of poverty by providing conditional seed capital, business training, and relevant support services essential to the launch or expansion of a microenterprise. This proven social and economic empowerment model is implemented in partnership with local agencies.

30. Children International
Our mission is to help children living in dire poverty. This is accomplished through the generosity of our contributors, by providing children with program benefits and services that meet basic needs, enhance their self-esteem and raise their physical and educational levels in a meaningful, lasting way.

31. Enterprise Development International
Enterprise Development International demonstrates God's love by enabling the poor to free themselves from poverty. This mission is accomplished by:
• offering business training to low-income persons who have the potential and the desire to become self-supporting;
• providing small loans to poor entrepreneurs who have viable business ideas but need capital; and
• mentoring participants through ongoing personal and professional encouragement

32. Enterprise Mentors International
In developing countries, the mission of Enterprise Mentors International is to assist families that struggle for self-sufficiency to attain self-reliant livelihood through small enterprise activities and educational assistance by providing training, character development, counseling, mentoring and small loans.

In developed countries, EMI's mission is to provide those having the means and desire to assist the impoverished in a meaningful and lasting way with proven and practical methods of self-help to extend, not handouts, but a hand up.

33. ACCION International
The mission of ACCION International is to give people the tools they need to work their way out of poverty. By providing "micro" loans and business training to poor women and men who start their own businesses, ACCION's partner lending organizations help people work their own way up the economic ladder, with dignity and pride. With capital, people can grow their own businesses. They can earn enough to afford basics like running water, better food and schooling for their children.

34. SHARE Foundation
The SHARE Foundation provides assistance to communities that organize themselves, as well as to local and national organizations that are working in partnership with these communities that strive to take hold of their own futures. To this end, SHARE accompanies their efforts to create their own models for social and economic development and to find means to reclaim basic human rights, fundamental civil liberties, and degraded environments.

35. Friends of the Americas
Friends of the Americas provides assistance to children and other persons who are victims of war, natural disaster or economic distress in Latin America and the Caribbean. It provides medical care, medical supplies, clothing, relief supplies, disaster assistance, education and economic development, as well as operating hospitals, refugee centers, medical clinics, mobile clinics and various self-help projects. Friends of the Americas also brings children to the United States for life-saving surgery or other medical treatment that is not available in their home country. In addition, Friends of the Americas provides Christmas gift boxes to orphans, street children, refugee children, disaster victims, and poor children throughout the western hemisphere.

36. Children, Incorporated
Children, Incorporated is a non-profit international organization assisting children of all races and creeds, administering to their physical, emotional, and educational needs.

37. Opportunity International
Our mission is to provide opportunities for people in chronic poverty to transform their lives.

38. Women for Women International
Women for Women International provides women survivors of war, civil strife and other conflicts with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency, thereby promoting viable civil societies.

We envision a world where no one is abused, poor, illiterate or marginalized; where members of communities have full and equal participation in the processes that ensure their health, well-being and economic independence; and where everyone has the freedom to define the scope of their lives, their futures and to strive to achieve their full potential.

39. Choice Humanitarian
CHOICE Humanitarian offers solutions to the hardships of poverty in the rural villages of the world with simple technologies, self-help initiatives and public awareness.

40. Int'l Center for Research on Women
Our mission is to improve the lives of women in poverty, advance women’s equality and human rights, and contribute to broader economic and social well-being.

41. Bread for the World
Bread for the World is a nationwide Christian movement that seeks justice for the world's hungry people by lobbying our nation's decision makers. Bread for the World Institute seeks justice for hungry people by engaging in research and education on policies related to hunger and development.

42. NetAid
NetAid educates, inspires and empowers new generations of young people to fight global poverty throughout their lives. We are creating a movement of informed youth—tomorrow's leaders and voters—who understand the root causes of global poverty and are committed to ending it.

43. World Neighbors
World Neighbors inspires people and strengthens communities to find lasting solutions to hunger, poverty and disease and to promote a healthy environment.

World Neighbors (http://www.wn.org), is an international development organization that works with some of the most remote and marginalized communities in ecologically fragile areas of Asia, Africa and Latin America. We support the transformation of communities by helping people address hunger, poverty, disease and other challenges that undermine their livelihood, and by inspiring lasting leadership and collective action for change. Since 1951, we have helped more than 25 million people in 45 nations improve their lives and the communities where they live.

44. Grameen Foundation USA
Inspired by the work of Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, Grameen Foundation was created to help share the Grameen philosophy and accelerate the impact of microfinance on the world’s poorest people.

45. Freedom from Hunger
Freedom from Hunger brings innovative and sustainable self-help solutions to the fight against chronic hunger and poverty. Together with local partners, we equip families with resources they need to build futures of health, hope and dignity.

46. Heifer Project International
Heifer International’s mission is to end hunger and poverty and to care for the earth. Since 1944 Heifer has helped 7 million families move toward greater self-reliance through livestock, training and “Passing on the Gift.”

47. Metro Ministries
Our mission is to find and rescue inner city children in urban environments often plagued by poverty, violence, drugs, crime, and hopelessness. We offer programs designed to prevent children who are growing up in unfavorable settings from becoming mere products of their environments.

48. Oxfam America
Oxfam America seeks lasting solutions to hunger, poverty, and social injustice around the world. We know that poverty and hunger are preventable problems, and we work to eliminate the root causes of social and economic inequities. By directing expertise and resources to local organizations in poor communities, Oxfam builds on community strengths and promotes lasting change that will allow families and individuals to break the cycle of poverty. Oxfam America is also widely known and respected for its effective humanitarian responses to natural disasters and political crises. Through collaboration with the 10 other autonomous members of Oxfam International, we extend our reach and our effectiveness into more than 115 countries around the world.

49. InterAction
InterAction exists to enhance the effectiveness and professional capacities of its members engaged in international humanitarian efforts. InterAction seeks to foster partnership, collaboration and leadership among its members as they strive to achieve a world of self-reliance, justice and peace.

50. HOPE International
HOPE International is a global, faith-based, non-profit organization focused on poverty alleviation through microenterprise development.

51. East Meets West Foundation
The mission of the East Meets West Foundation is to partner with the people of Vietnam to build a peaceful and prosperous future.

52. Project Mercy
Project Mercy is dedicated to providing aid, comfort and support to Africans in need.

53. Synergos Institute
Synergos and its partners mobilize resources and bridge social and economic divides to reduce poverty and increase equity around the world.

54. World Villages for Children
World Villages for Children helps poor children break free from a life of poverty, suffering and despair.

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