Taking it Global: 10 International Organizations to Keep on Your Nonprofit Radar By Emma Heemskerk

Sick of your local job hunt? Feel like making a broader impact, literally? Look no further.

Here’s 10 of the most interesting and innovative international nonprofit organizations that are worthy of more than just your Facebook “like.”

1. Ashoka
An innovative four star charity of social entrepreneurs on 6 continents. Don’t miss their page on Ashoka Fellows.
http://www.ashoka.org/fellows

2. Pennies for Peace
An international service-learning program focused on educating youth in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
http://www.penniesforpeace.org/

3. Care
An established humanitarian organization working to end global poverty.
http://www.care.org/

4. International Justice Mission
A human rights organization committed to justice for victims of violence.
http://www.ijm.org/

5. Engender Health
A reproductive health organization working in 25 of the poorest nations in the world.
http://www.engenderhealth.org/index-main.php

6. BRAC
A development nonprofit based in Bangladesh working to alleviate poverty and injustice.
http://www.brac.net/

7. Global Giving
Global Giving provides a marketplace to connect you and your ideas with the right funding and vice versa.
http://www.globalgiving.org/

8. Green Belt Movement”
Founded by Nobel Peace Prize winner, Wangari Maathai, this environmental organization was formed in Kenya to mobilize and empower communities through tree planting.
http://greenbeltmovement.org

9. Heifer International
Through livestock and training this organization empowers impoverished families to create sustainable income.
http://www.heifer.org/site/c.edJRKQNiFiG/b.183217/?msource=kwga5

10. Pro Mujer
A microfinance and job training nonprofit helping women in Latin America.
https://promujer.org/

Don’t see your favorite listed? Add yours in the comments below!

Emma serves as the technology co-chair of the YNPN Chicago executive board. Formerly of Grand Rapids, MI, she has lived and worked in Chicago for over four years in nonprofit organizations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art and women’s studies, and has particular interest in community and economic development, public policy, and women’s health.

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3 Responses to Taking it Global: 10 International Organizations to Keep on Your Nonprofit Radar By Emma Heemskerk

  1. Sabine says:

    You need look no further than the Chicagoland area for NGOs focused on international development and affairs –

    Rotary International (based in Evanston)
    Rotary International is the world’s first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.
    http://www.rotary.org/en/AboutUs/RotaryInternational/Pages/ridefault.aspx

    Lions Club International (based in Oak Brook)
    Lions meet the needs of local communities and the world. The 1.35 million members of our volunteer organization in 206 countries and geographic areas are different in many ways, but share a core belief – community is what we make it.
    http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/index.php

    Zonta International (based in Oak Brook)
    Zonta International is a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. With more than 31,000 members belonging to more than 1,200 Zonta Clubs in 65 countries and geographic areas, Zontians all over the world volunteer their time, talents and support to local and international service projects, as well as scholarship programs aimed at fulfilling Zonta’s mission and objectives.
    http://www.zonta.org/

    World Chicago (based in Chicago)
    WorldChicago helps Chicago’s Citizen Diplomats become internationally active one handshake at a time to enhance our city’s and country’s image by hosting visitors, emerging leaders and professional counterparts from around the globe.
    http://worldchicago.org

    Chicago Council on Global Affairs (based in Chicago)
    The Council is one of the oldest and most prominent international affairs organizations in the United States. Independent and nonpartisan, The Chicago Council is committed to influencing the discourse on global issues through contributions to opinion and policy formation, leadership dialogue, and public learning.
    http://www.thechicagocouncil.org

  2. Colleen Campbell says:

    One more to add to the list of Chicago based international organizations:

    The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) supports existing food bank networks around the world and works collaboratively to build new food bank operations.

    http://www.foodbanking.org

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