Impact Stories

The Gaia Foundation: Reweaving the Diversity of Life and a Respectful Relationship with the Earth

Contributed by Fiona Wilton, Programme Coordinator, the Gaia Foundation

Like strands woven together into a basket, life on Earth is made possible through a dynamic interaction of relationships weaving together.  No one part can be understood by separating it from the whole, and the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Slow Food International: Champion for Good, Clean, and Fair Food

Food consumption and production have long been understood to be a key threat to the environment and climate. But the depth and impact of the unsustainable practices that are often involved are widely underreported and underestimated. For example, the modern food chain is a major producer of carbon emissions. The carbon footprint of food waste alone is estimated to be equivalent to 3.3 gigatons of carbon dioxide, making unconsumed food the third greatest CO2 emitter after the U.S. and China. Major changes in the current food system must take place, and this is no easy feat.

International Detention Coalition: Developing and Promoting Alternatives to Immigration Detention

The International Detention Coalition (IDC) is an Australia-based global network of over 400 civil society organizations and individuals in more than 90 countries that advocate for, research, and provide direct services to refugees, asylum-seekers, and migrants affected by immigration detention. IDC’s global efforts to reduce and eliminate the official and unofficial mistreatment of refugees and migrants is particularly resonant among recent headlines in the U.S. and elsewhere.

Rehabilitating Survivors of Child Trafficking: La Conscience 5 Years Later

La Conscience was one of the first NGOs to undergo the equivalency determination (ED) process with NGOsource in 2013 and was featured in our first ever impact story. The NGOsource team was recently lucky enough to get a chance to sit down with Kodjo Djissenou, La Conscience’s executive director and founder, and look back on La Conscience’s amazing work and growth over these five years.

UK Citizens Online Democracy: Empowering Civic Engagement through Technology

In an era when newspapers are filled with headlines about crackdowns on civil society, UK Citizens Online Democracy is working aggressively to open up and strengthen these spaces. Since 2003, the organization has run mySociety, a project that builds democratic and civic websites and apps in order to empower people to change their communities.

Hivos: Implementing Creative Solutions to Persistent Global Problems

For Hivos, humanist values come first. When the Netherlands-based organization came to life in 1968, its founders were inspired by the concepts of individual freedom, self-determination, and personal responsibility. These values are very much a part of Hivos' work 50 years later. It partners with activists, civil society organizations, and artists in 33 countries across the globe to implement creative solutions to persistent global problems.

Information Group on Reproductive Choice: Demanding Reproductive Justice in Mexico

Twenty-six years ago, five women in Mexico identified reproductive rights as a public health and social justice problem that needed to be addressed through bioethical, social, and legal advocacy. So they decided to do something about it and founded the Information Group on Reproductive Choice (GIRE). Since then, GIRE has grown into a leading reproductive rights organization with a staff of 40 specialists in different disciplines, all committed to the defense of women's human rights.

Villgro: Sparking Sustainable Social Change in India

Rithiksha's mother Divya noticed that her newborn child's Bempu bracelet, a low-cost infant temperature monitoring device, continued to beep through the night. Divya called the Bempu helpline and was advised to take Rithiksha to the hospital. There the baby made a full recovery after receiving complete care.

Hypothermia and infections serve as a major cause of infant mortality in India. Bempu's bracelet empowers mothers and other caretakers to prevent illness and death by better managing their newborns' temperatures.

Mama Cash: Oldest International Women's Fund Supports Feminist Activism Across the World

Founded in 1983 by a group of Dutch feminist activists, Mama Cash is the oldest international women's fund. Thirty four years after its founding, Mama Cash has awarded more than US$58 million in grant funding to over 6,000 groups of women's, girls', and trans* people's rights activists in countries all over the world.