Landesa is a rural development institute that works to secure land rights for the world’s poorest people. It partners with governments of developing countries to design and implement laws, policies, and programs concerning land to spur economic growth and promote social justice. Landesa has partnered with governments in 54 countries to help provide secure land rights to more than 100 million families since 1967.
LifeNet International exists to transform African health clinics into centers providing quality, sustainable healthcare. In order to improve population health and quality of patient care, LifeNet provides its partners with monthly medical and management training, a pharmaceutical supply program, and a growth financing loan program. LifeNet is building in-country capacity and generating long-term impact in East African healthcare.
Living Goods operates Avon-like networks of entrepreneurs who go door-to-door selling affordable solutions to improve the health, wealth, and productivity of the poor. Products like anti-malaria treatments, clean-burning cook stoves, fortified foods, and solar lamps can dramatically improve the health and wealth of people who survive on just a few dollars a day, but these products do little good if they don’t reach the people who need them most.
Medic Mobile is a software toolkit that combines smart messaging, decision support, easy data gathering and management, and health system analytics. Medic Mobile's tools are free, open-source, and designed alongside people delivering care in the hardest-to-reach communities.
myAgro provides training in modern farming methods and sells agricultural inputs on layaway via a mobile phone platform and a network of local village vendors in West Africa. myAgro works to incent farmers to move beyond subsistence farming to grow for larger regional markets.
One Acre Fund was created to make farming significantly more productive and provides a complete set of services within walking distance of the farmers it serves: financing for farm inputs, distribution of seed and fertilizer, training on agricultural techniques, and market facilitation to maximize profits from harvest sales.
Each OneWorld Health medical center offers a full scope of healthcare services to the community, delivered by trained nationals and offered at a price point that is affordable to the overwhelming majority of the population. Patient fees offset the costs of running the clinic, eventually meeting or exceeding the total monthly operating costs.
Root Capital is a nonprofit social investment fund that grows rural prosperity in materially poor and environmentally vulnerable places in Africa and Latin America. They lend capital, deliver financial training, and strengthen market connections for small and growing agricultural businesses. Root Capital’s clients are farming cooperatives and private businesses that help build sustainable livelihoods by aggregating hundreds, or even thousands of rural producers in Africa and Latin America. Since 1999, Root Capital has disbursed more than $740 million in credit to over 530 businesses in Africa and Latin America.
WAVE trains African youth in marketable skills to reach their true potential and supports them in stable jobs. On average, WAVE alumni experience an income transformation of 3-4 times their baseline income (from $2/day to $6-8/day) through placements in frontline hospitality and retail jobs.
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As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 7 through 14, in communities across the country. They develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.
The Boy Scouts of America provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness. The Boy Scouts of America believes — and, through over a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society. The BSA Sam Houston Area Council serves nearly 60,000 youth in 16 counties in southeast Texas through dedicated service and leadership of over 20,000 adult volunteers.
Defy Ventures is an online program that blends entrepreneurship, employment, and character training for people with criminal histories. Defy serves entrepreneurs-in-training and connects them with business volunteer mentors in order to harness the natural talents of formerly incarcerated individuals toward the creation of profitable and legal business ventures. Defy offers intensive hands-on entrepreneurship training, character development, mentoring, business incubation, financing opportunities, and holistic personal development services. Defy is shattering the perceptions of one of American’s most stigmatized and overlooked populations.
The Positive Coaching Alliance exists to provide all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building youth sports experience. Since 1998, the Positive Coaching Alliance has impacted more than 7.5 million youth by delivering over 13,000 live workshops and partnering with 3,000 organizations.
Reasoning Mind develops effective and engaging blended learning math programs for elementary and middle school. With Reasoning Mind, students are engaged, teachers are empowered, and technology is leveraged to provide a first-rate math education.
The United Way of Greater Houston engages caring people to improve lives and build a stronger community. Its community investment process is volunteer-driven, backed by research and data, results-oriented, and comprehensive and is focused on organizations and programs that serve 418,000 children and youth, 942,000 family members, 91,000 seniors, and 962,000 individuals across the greater Houston area.
YES Prep has continuously redefined possible for students, families and the public education system at large. Today, with 16 schools in operation, serving 11,600 students throughout Houston, YES Prep is living proof that different outcomes are possible when students from low-income communities are given access to high-quality educational opportunities.
Christian International Partners
Alpha is an opportunity to explore life’s big questions in which everyone regardless of his background, age, or profession is invited to participate. Alpha exists in 169 countries and has delivered 66,000 courses to 22.5 million people in 122 languages. Alpha USA operates in a variety of contexts and targets young people, college campuses, prisons, culturally diverse areas, seniors, athletes, workplaces, military personnel, speakers of other languages learning English, and catholic churches. There are more than 13,000 courses registered in the USA.
Christian Camping International-Worldwide (CCI) promotes Christian camping throughout the world as a means of helping the Church fulfill the Great Commission of Jesus Christ. CCI connects Christian Camps in 22 countries for greater awareness, sharing and support.
Edify is dedicated to serving the poor, increasing access to Christ-centered education, and improving the quality and relevancy of what is taught in Christian schools. Edify works with privately-owned, affordably priced, Christian schools in the developing world. They focus on delivering key resources toward the expansion and improvement, providing capital in the form of loans, business training for school proprietors, and Christ-centered curricula.
Faith In Practice is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian organization that seeks to improve the physical, spiritual, and economic conditions of the poor in Guatemala through short-term surgical, medical and dental mission trips and health-related educational programs.
Forgotten Voices is innovating orphan care through the local church by catalyzing a sustainable, community based response to the orphan crisis. Instead of building and supporting institutional orphanages, Forgotten Voices equips trustworthy local churches and communities in Africa with the resources they need to provide life sustaining hope and independence.
HOPE International is a network of savings and credit associations and microfinance institutions operating in 17 countries across the world. HOPE seeks to empower men, women, and families to break cycles of physical and spiritual poverty through discipleship, biblical-based business training, savings services, and small loans. HOPE is effectively reaching over 575,000 entrepreneurs around the world with the love of Jesus Christ and the opportunity to start or expand a business.
International Care Ministries (ICM) works with the seven million Filipinos living on less than US $0.50 per day. Transform, ICM’s core program, is an integrated life-skills capacity building course impacting 175,000 people each year. The 16 week course i) establishes new networks of connectedness through the local church, ii) presents the Gospel message of hope found in Christ, iii) strengthens primary health knowledge and practices, iv) provides livelihood training for sustainable income, and v) facilitates on-going self-governed savings groups.
Living Water International exists to demonstrate the love of God by helping communities acquire desperately needed clean water, and to experience "living water,” the gospel of Jesus Christ. Living Water trains, consults, and equips local people in 21 countries to implement solutions in their own communities, and it has completed more than 15,000 water projects since 1990. Living Water leads hundreds of volunteers on mission trips each year to work with local leaders to implement water projects.
Village Schools International (VSI) partners with communities in Tanzania and Malawi to build secondary schools. Each community is required to make their own bricks and build their own structures and in exchange, VSI supplies metal roofing and cement. In addition, VSI sends English speaking missionary teachers to work alongside indigenous staff so that students and communities will know the love of Christ. VSI is comprised of dedicated staff who care deeply about their students and who bring medical care, community development, education, and the Gospel to the places they work. They have started 31 schools, helped educate over 8,900 students, currently partner with people in 239 villages, and boast a national exam passage rate of over 90%.
International Justice Mission (IJM) partners with local authorities throughout the developing world to protect the poor from violence. Through a team of lawyers, investigators, social workers, and community activists, IJM helps rescue victims, restore survivors, bring criminals to justice, and strengthen justice systems. Inspired by God's call to love all people and to seek justice for the oppressed, IJM protects the poor, without regard to race, religion or any other factor.
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Axis empowers the next generation to think clearly and critically about what they believe and to take ownership of their faith. They do this not by outsourcing parents, but by resourcing them to disciple and transfer legacy to their children as they face life’s questions and challenges. Axis also supports faith leaders in churches and schools by providing content and facilitators who effectively introduce and address life’s toughest topics.
Camp Aranzazu (pronounced Ah ran' zah zoo) is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults with chronic illnesses and special needs by providing unique camping, environmental studies, and retreat experiences to groups with special needs. We accomplish this mission based on an ecumenical understanding that as people of God, we are called to demonstrate love and compassion for others, and responsibility for our environment.
CAMP EAGLE is nestled in a beautiful and rugged environment that is perfect for the casual camper, outdoor adventurer, or extreme sport enthusiast. While beauty and adventure draw many to the camp, the experiences and relationships make the greatest impact. Activities are more than just fun, each one is geared to inspire and transform lives towards a deeper relationship with Christ.
Located in Huntsville, TX, Carolina Creek Christian Camp is committed to providing a variety of sports and activities in an exciting environment where youth and adults can experience and know the love of Jesus Christ. These camps exist to assist students in making positive life-changing decisions. Carolina Creek runs summer programs for kids in grades K-12; scholarships are available for children with financial need.
GLORIETA Nestled in the foothills of the Southern Rockies, Glorieta is a mountainous escape that is perfect for the casual camper, outdoor adventurer, or extreme sport enthusiast. While the climate and unbeatable activities draw many here, the experiences and relationships formed make the greatest impact.
Since 1926, Kanakuk has been showing kids the joy of a relationship with Christ through excellence in non-denominational sports training, camping adventures, and Christian mentoring. Kanakuk's summer camp program is dedicated to developing dynamic Christian leaders through life-changing experiences, Godly relationships, and spiritual training.
KSBJ is Contemporary Christian music radio station based in Humble,Texas, broadcasting on 89.3 MHz FM in the Greater Houston area. KSBJ is owned and operated by the KSBJ Educational Foundation.
First Liberty Institute defends religious freedom in churches, schools, the military, and the public arena through partnerships with clients, attorneys, and donors all across the United States. The First Liberty Institute is committed to protecting the free exercise of religion for Americans, not only in the present, but also for generations to come.
Lionheart is a non-profit Christian organization committed to excellence in early childhood education. We are passionate about equipping kids to be world changers, and supporting working parents who need quality, affordable care and education for their children.
By collaborating with local school districts and nonprofits, Loving Houston is mobilizing a workforce of hundreds of thousands of volunteers to serve in ways that make a proven positive impact. Loving Houston wants EVERY school in Greater Houston to be connected to a loving church partner to work alongside them for the good of our kids and our communities.
Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church (MDPC), is nestled in the heart of Memorial on the west side of Houston. Even as a large church (3500 members), MDPC is known for its warmth, generosity, and dedication in seeking to continue the ministry of Jesus Christ in the church, the community, and the world.
Praxis is a community and education-oriented venture group, structured as a non-profit. Their focus is on equipping and resourcing a growing portfolio of faith-motivated entrepreneurs who have committed their lives to cultural and social impact. Each year, Praxis welcomes 12 businesses and 12 nonprofits into two Accelerator programs, where they provide the top decision-makers in these organizations with the knowledge, network, and personal discipleship necessary to build sustainable, high-impact organizations.
Redeemer City to City is a leadership development organization founded by Timothy Keller and Redeemer Presbyterian Church. Redeemer City to City helps leaders build gospel movements in cities with a vision for a world-changing, city-renewing, gospel-centered global church.
Stoney Creek Ranch is a Christian camp dedicated to serving young people in ways that will allow them to come to know Christ. It has a special focus on working with organizations that serve young people from urban neighborhoods, those who rarely have the opportunity to experience the beauty of God’s creation through life-changing camping adventures in the great outdoors. Stoney Creek is located in New Ulm, Texas, just 60 miles west of Houston.
Young Life is an non-denominational Christian organization dedicated to sharing the truth of God’s love and the values of the Christian faith with youth. The Young Life Greater Houston Region serves kids in Galveston, Huntsville, Bellville and Beaumont counties in order to introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them to grow in their faith. It has programs specifically designed for middle-school and high school students, teenage mothers, college students, young adults with disabilities, and kids from under-resourced communities.