After 20 years of investing in health, though, one type of investment has surprised me—because, unlike investing in a new vaccine or technology, the success rate is very high. It’s what people in the global-health business call “financing and delivery.” Decades ago, these investments weren’t sure bets, but today, they almost always pay off in a big way.
Here are the most effective organizations fighting for clean water worldwide.
By refusing to invest in proven programs and focusing on divisive rhetoric, the president is undermining our nascent global health partnerships.
In an interview with Scientific American the philanthropist talks about the statistics that inspire him most.
At the moment, however, giving to international affairs makes up just 4 percent of the $358 billion in overall giving, 72 percent of which is from individuals, though a bit more may ultimately leave the United States after people give it to organizations in other categories. So why has his message failed to take root so far? And what might persuade people to give more to those whose lives we might actually be able to save or radically improve?
One of the lesser known success stories in global health is about the progress we have made over the past decade in controlling and eliminating neglected tropical diseases or NTDs. And yes, the term “neglected” is there for a reason: because these diseases affect the poorest of the poor and have endured largely due to indifference and neglect.
Cycle Technologies deals with the cycle of family planning for women in 60 countries and is committed to addressing the fertility and contraceptive choices of 214 million women around the world who have an “unmet need for contraception” according to the Guttmacher Institute.
GlobalGiving connects nonprofits, donors, and companies in nearly every country around the world. We help local nonprofits access the funding, tools, training, and support they need to become more effective.
Global Health Charities’ strategic focus is on maternal and child health, with two major initiatives aimed at reducing maternal and infant mortality:
Global Impact builds partnerships and resources for the world’s most vulnerable people.
Our mission is to empower any individual to make an impact in community and global health. We connect volunteers to health-related volunteering opportunities for free—anywhere, any time, and for any length of time. We aim to become the de-facto non-profit organization and website for health-related volunteers and workers anywhere in the world.
IntraHealth International is dedicated to providing health care workers around the globe with the training, support and infrastructure they need to solve their own communities' critical public health issues. We believe in a world where all people have an equal opportunity for health and well-being.
NetHope enables humanitarian organizations to better serve the developing world through smarter use of technology. We help our member organizations collaborate, innovate, and leverage the full potential of information and communications technology to support their causes.
The ONE Campaign seeks to raise public awareness about the issues of global poverty, hunger, disease and efforts to fight such problems in developing countries.
One Billion Rising is the beginning of the new world ignited by a new energy. It is not the end of a struggle but the escalation of it, so V-Day asks those who rose around the globe to take a simple pledge, to do one thing in the next year to end violence against women. It could be a simple action, or a monumental one; personal, or political; quiet or loud, but these actions — taken together — will create change.
The Institute for OneWorld Health will serve as a positive agent for change by saving lives, improving health, and fulfilling the promise of medicine for those most in need.
The Pachamama Alliance is based on the recognition that those of us in the modern world share a deep connection with the people who call the rainforest their home-each of us having a critical stake in the health and well being of this vital element in our global life support system.
Our mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. By establishing long-term relationships with sister organizations based in settings of poverty, Partners In Health strives to achieve two overarching goals: to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need of them and to serve as an antidote to despair.
PROJECT C.U.R.E. (Commission on Urgent Relief & Equipment) was founded in 1987 to help meet the need for medical supplies, equipment and services around the world. PROJECT C.U.R.E. builds sustainable healthcare infrastructure by providing the medical supplies and equipment that medical personnel need to deliver healthcare to their communities.
We are a nonprofit grassroots advocacy organization committed to creating the political will to end hunger and the worst aspects of poverty. RESULTS is committed to individuals exercising their personal and political power by lobbying elected officials.
Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in need in the United States and around the world. Recognized for our commitment to accountability, innovation and collaboration, our work takes us into the heart of communities, where we help children and families help themselves.
[email protected] educates, connects and empowers Americans to champion vaccines as one of the most cost-effective ways to save the lives of children in developing countries. A national call to action for a global cause, the campaign rallies the American public, members of Congress, and civil society partners around the fact that together, we can save a child’s life every 20 seconds by expanding access to vaccines. By encouraging Americans to learn about, advocate for, and donate to vaccines, [email protected] aims to decrease vaccine-preventable childhood deaths and give every child a shot at a healthy life.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria was created to dramatically increase resources to fight three of the world's most devastating diseases, and to direct those resources to areas of greatest need.
The HEAL Foundation is a non-profit charity that has operated in the slums of India since 2003. Our aim is to help individuals unite to overcome communal and personal challenges. HEAL promotes self-reliance by training destitute communities to solve their own local problems.
The Life You Can Save is a movement of people fighting extreme poverty. We hold that an ethical life involves using some of our wealth and resources to save and improve the lives of those less fortunate than us.
Created by Grammy award-winning artist John Legend, the Show Me Campaign is a nonprofit organization that fights poverty using proven solutions.
Believing that equal access to quality education is the civil rights issue of our time, the Show Me Campaign fights for education reform in the United States. In Africa, Show Me works with Millennium Promise to provide clean water, health care, education and other basic tools that break the cycle of poverty. Please join us!
Alleviating poverty around the globe in communities that supply Whole Foods Market stores with product.
YES! is a nonprofit organization that connects, inspires and collaborates with changemakers to join forces for thriving, just and sustainable ways of life for all. We work at the meeting point of internal, interpersonal, and systemic transformation.
350 is the red line for human beings, the most important number on the planet. The most recent science tells us that unless we can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million, we will cause huge and irreversible damage to the earth.
The Aeras Global TB Vaccine Foundation is a non-profit Product Development Partnership (PDP) dedicated to the development of effective TB vaccine regimens that will prevent tuberculosis in all age groups and will be affordable, available and adopted worldwide.
AmeriCares is a non-profit emergency response and global health organization. In times of epic disaster or daily struggle, we deliver medical and humanitarian aid to people in need worldwide.
AHD emphasizes quality care, dignified services, and self-sustainability. It is AHD''s believe that, as a component of social justice, all people have a right to access a certain standard of healthcare services.
AVERT has HIV and AIDS projects in countries where there is a particularly high rate of infection, such as South Africa, or where there is a rapidly increasing rate of infection such as in India.
BAN works to prevent the globalization of the toxic chemical crisis. We work in opposition to toxic trade in toxic wastes, toxic products and toxic technologies, that are exported from rich to poorer countries. Alternatively, we work to ensure national self-sufficiency in waste management through clean production and toxics use reductions.
Our work begins with Bill and Melinda Gates's belief that all lives have equal value. We think all people deserve the chance to have healthy, productive lives. We have been developing a process that helps us decide how to spend our time, effort, and money so we can accomplish that goal for as many people as possible.
The CDC Foundation helps CDC do more, faster, by forging effective partnerships between CDC and others to fight threats to health and safety.
Our mission is to improve access to essential drugs, basic healthcare, and prevention services for children and families in the developing world using business models that are scalable, maintain standards, and achieve economies of scale.
As an operating foundation, we work on issues directly or with strategic partners from the business, government, and nonprofit sectors to create economic opportunity, improve public health, and inspire civic engagement and service.
Comic Relief is a major charity based in the UK which strives to create a just world free from poverty — and we work 365 days a year to help that vision become a reality.
At Convoy of Hope our goals are to provide help and hope to people in need in the United States and around world through our children's feeding initiatives, community outreaches, disaster response and partner resourcing.
We’re a social impact technology company focused on women’s health. Our mission is to prevent unintended pregnancies and help people have the families they want when they are ready to have them.
Our mission is to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty, disaster, and civil unrest at home and around the world.
Earth Island Institute develops and supports projects that counteract threats to the biological and cultural diversity that sustain the environment. Through education and activism, these projects promote the conservation, preservation, and restoration of the Earth.
Find a wealth of information about our innovative and cost-effective programs for protecting some of the world's threatened and endangered species, including whales, dolphins, tigers, rhinos, and many others.
Earthjustice uses the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change.
Food & Water Watch works to ensure the food, water and fish we consume is safe, accessible and sustainably produced. So we can all enjoy and trust in what we eat and drink, we help people take charge of where their food comes from, keep clean, affordable, public tap water flowing freely to our homes...
"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death." Martin Luther King, Jr.
Freerice is a non-profit website that is owned by and supports the United Nations World Food Programme. Freerice has two goals: Provide education to everyone for free. Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.
Fresh Start Surgical Gifts provides free reconstructive plastic surgery and related medical services to disadvantaged children and young people with physical deformities.
Global Footprint Network is committed to fostering a world where all people have the opportunity to live satisfying lives within the means of Earth's ecological capacity.
The Global Health Council is the world's largest membership alliance dedicated to saving lives by improving health throughout the world.
The Global Health Progress initiative seeks to bring research-based biopharmaceutical companies and global health leaders together to improve health in the developing world.
We connect moms in the U.S. with their peers around the world by sharing our partners’ stories and information with our community in an accessible, inspirational, and most importantly, actionable way. Our community supports the United Nations’ Every Woman Every Child Initiative to help women and children around the world lead healthy lives.
The paramount GNIF mission is the betterment of neurological and mental health patient welfare, education, and research. With the development of novel free and open-access Therapeutic Recreational Centers, health promotion campaigns, and other charitable activities throughout the world, this organization can aid diagnosed individuals and their advocates.
Our goal is to raise public awareness, provide technical assistance, support knowledge sharing, support technical innovation and research and facilitate the provision of humanitarian aid throughout the developing world, with the ultimate goal of providing safe, healthy, drinking water and adequate sanitation in areas where it is not available or where accessibility and supply have been compromised.
Google.org aspires to use the power of information and technology to address the global challenges of our age: climate change, poverty and emerging disease.
Greenpeace exists because this fragile earth deserves a voice. It needs solutions. It needs change. It needs action.
The Groundwater Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and motivating people to care for and about groundwater
Healthy Child Healthy World is dedicated to protecting the health and well being of children from harmful environmental exposures. We educate parents, support protective policies, and engage communities to make responsible decisions.
Heifer has learned over the years that a holistic approach is necessary in order to build sustainable communities. So we''ve developed a set of global initiatives areas of emphasis that must be addressed if we're to meet our mission of ending world hunger and poverty and caring for the earth.
At InSTEDD we design and use open source technology tools to help partners enhance collaboration and improve information flow to better deliver critical services to vulnerable populations.
IAPB’s mission is to eliminate the main causes of avoidable blindness and visual impairment by bringing together governments and non-governmental agencies to facilitate the planning, development and implementation of sustainable national eye care programmes.
The aims pursued by the Association are exclusively humanitarian, scientific and social, with the commitment to provide health to all the peoples, social justice, peace, and human dignity. The Association is non-political, non-sectarian, non-discriminatory and non-profit-making.
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home.
The Jamie Oliver Food Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to inspiring a national movement to change the way America eats by educating and empowering people with the skills to change the way they eat in the pursuit of healthier foods.
Jhpiego provides the global health community with information, expertise and opportunities to support high quality health systems in limited-resource settings.
Malaria No More is determined to end malaria deaths. A non-profit, non-governmental organization, Malaria No More makes high-yield investments of time and capital to speed progress, unlock resources, mobilize new assets and spur the world toward reaching this goal.
NRDC is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of 1.2 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things.
Our goal is to help create a world where we eat delicious food and use amazing products that provide us with maximum benefit and have minimum impact on the planet.
Our purpose is to light up the world with meaningful change, starting close to home and moving around the globe. We want our work to fund field-changing research. To give first-time entrepreneurs the tools to rewrite their futures. To enable artists to make sense of the complexities of our world.
Working to eliminate the dangers of toxic pesticides, our exposure to them, and their presence in the environment where we live and work. Nationally and globally, PAN-UK promote safer alternatives, the production of healthy food, and sustainable farming.
The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior.
Seva Canada is a Vancouver-based charitable organization whose mission is to restore sight and prevent blindness in the developing world.
Working in nine countries in addition to the United States, Seva Foundation supports projects in the area of health and wellness, community development, environmental protection and cultural preservation.
Inspired by nature, we work together to protect our communities and the planet. The Club is America's oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization.
The Skoll Global Threats Fund’s mission is to confront global threats imperiling humanity by seeking solutions, strengthening alliances, and spurring actions needed to safeguard the future.
The Climate Reality Project is dedicated to unleashing a global cultural movement demanding action on the climate crisis.
By giving grants to organisations, championing charitable causes, advocacy, campaigning and awareness-raising, the Fund works to secure sustainable improvements in the lives of the most disadvantaged people in the UK and around the world.
The Ellison Medical Foundation supports basic biomedical research on aging relevant to understanding lifespan development processes and age-related diseases and disabilities. The Foundation particularly wishes to stimulate new, creative, research that might not be funded by traditional sources or that is often under-funded in the U.S.
The Gere Foundation awards grants to humanitarian organizations supporting victims of war and natural disasters, providing HIV/AIDS care and research and addressing human rights violations occurring around the world.
Founded by renowned primatologist Jane Goodall, JGI is a global nonprofit that empowers people to make a difference for all living things. We are creating healthy ecosystems, promoting sustainable livelihoods and nurturing new generations of committed, active citizens around the world.
Loka works to make science and technology more responsive to social and environmental concerns by expanding opportunities for grassroots, public-interest group, everyday citizen, and worker involvement in vital facets of science and technology practices and policies.
The Nature Conservancy's mission is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.
TRIO is an independent, not-for-profit, international organization committed to improving the quality of life of transplant candidates, recipients, their families and the families of organ and tissue donors.
Trust for America's Health is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority.
TBVI is an independent non-profit foundation that facilitates the development of new vaccines to protect future generations against tuberculosis.
It's our single most bountiful resource. Yet, water is a daily privilege millions take for granted. The little known truth is that lack of clean and accessible drinking water is the second largest worldwide killer of children under five.
To address this situation, a nationwide effort is launching during World Water Week called the Tap Project.....
Join the winning team that will beat malaria. We have the tools and the momentum. Now we need you.
The United Nations Foundation links the UN’s work with others around the world, mobilizing the energy and expertise of business and non-governmental organizations to help the UN tackle issues including climate change, global health, peace and security, women's empowerment, poverty eradication, energy access, and U.S.-UN relations.
UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is an international development agency that promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity.
Together with its members and supporters from around the world, and in partnership with the World Health Organisation (WHO), it runs the VISION 2020 global initiative. IAPB is a registered charity in the UK and works with its members to address and arrest avoidable blindness around the world. It also works to ensure that those with unavoidable vision loss live to their full potential.
Our mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth's environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.