Due diligence is central to effective philanthropy. We devote a great deal of effort to evaluating nonprofit organizations based on their fiscal efficiency and their programs' effectiveness. We research independent charity evaluation websites such as Charity Navigator, GuideStar, CharityWatch, and Better Business Bureau. We review charities' IRS forms 990. When possible, we ask people on the ground which organizations are making the biggest difference.
Central to our philanthropic activities is the belief that we're all in this together: rich and poor, developed and developing, all races, creeds, and cultures. We live in a country with staggering wealth, and we have the ability to achieve stunning results.
Some organizations really "get" the Mundito model and have a good fit with us. They are able to identify a project that we can take on as our own -- a project that's specific, efficient, and changing lives. Others listed below are just fantastic organizations that deserve consideration when you're feeling philanthropic.
Nonprofits we love:
Plan International USA (Plan) -- Fall 2006, 2007, 2009, 2013, 2015, and 2018 campaigns
Plan's grassroots, self-help programs assist more than ten million children and their families in poor communities around the world. In 2006, Mundito's predecessor organization funded the construction of a health center in Izabal, Guatemala. In 2007, we established a youth center for ragpickers in Delhi. In 2009, Mundito worked with Plan to improve education and school facilities in San Pedro de Lovago, Nicaragua. In 2013 we provided secondary-school scholarships to girls in Burkina Faso. In 2015 we helped rebuild a school that was destroyed in the Nepal earthquake.
Midtown Assistance Center -- Spring 2018 campaign
Midtown Assistance Center (MAC) provides timely assistance to the working poor to avoid families' descent into homelessness. Mundito worked with MAC to provide connectivity to 150 low-income households in metro Atlanta.
WINGS Guatemala -- Fall 2010 and 2017 campaigns
WINGS provides educational talks and information, financial resources, and access to reproductive health services for low-income, rural and/or indigenous Guatemalans. Through this they have the opportunity to make informed choices about their reproductive health and quality of life. In 2010, Mundito enabled WINGS to provide five years' birth control to 567 indigent women. In 2017, we helped WINGS expand the coverage of their mobile units to serve more rural communities.
Year Up Greater Atlanta -- Spring 2017 campaign
Year Up empowers low-income young adults to go from poverty to professional careers in a single year. Mundito partnered with Year Up Greater Atlanta to provide an intensive training program to two ambitious Mundito Scholars.
Action Against Hunger -- Fall 2016 campaign
Recognized worldwide as a leader in the fight against hunger, Action Against Hunger (ACF) specializes in emergency situations of war, conflict, and natural disasters and longer-term assistance to people in distress. Their ultimate goal is to help vulnerable populations regain their self-sufficiency for long term sustainability. Mundito worked with ACF to provide emergency nutritional assistance to 2,500 people in dire need in South Sudan.
Community Advanced Practice Nurses -- Spring 2016 campaign
Community Advanced Practice Nurses (CAPN) provide free-of-charge health care services to Atlanta’s homeless and economically disadvantaged population. Mundito worked with CAPN to develop workshops to teach coping skills to professionals who work with the homeless.
Jeannette Rankin Foundation-- Spring 2015 campaign
Jeannette Rankin Foundation (JRF), aka Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund) provides college scholarships to low-income women age 35+. Mundito's campaign with JRF provided seventeen scholarships. We love their efficiency as much as we love their mission.
Ashoka -- Innovators for the Public -- Fall 2014 campaign
Ashoka searches globally for social entrepreneurs who are working to develop self-sustaining programs for the public good. Mundito worked with Ashoka to develop a social benefits program in Mumbai based on cell-phone banking.
International Rescue Committee -- Spring 2014 campaign
International Rescue Committee (IRC) has, since World War II, helped victims of oppression worldwide start a new life in another country. Atlanta’s IRC mainstreams refugees who’ve been resettled in greater Atlanta. Mundito worked with IRC to develop a pilot program to help get refugee students into college.
Atlanta Children's Shelter (ACS) -- Spring 2013 campaign
Atlanta Children's Shelter provides free, quality day care, emotional support, an educational curriculum for homeless children, and focused social services for their families. Mundito provided a seed grant that allowed ACS to add enrichment activities to its preschool curriculum.
Free the Slaves (FTS) -- Fall 2008 and Fall 2012 campaigns
There are 27 million slaves in the world today, more than any time in history. FTS believes that ending slavery worldwide is an ambitious–and realizable–goal that requires a solid commitment to specific guiding principles as well as multiple, holistic approaches. Mundito has worked with FTS to liberate children from slavery in Ghana and to end slavery in Nepal.
Odyssey Family Counseling Center -- Spring 2012 campaign
Odyssey's mission is to provide high quality, professional mental health and substance abuse counseling and prevention services that are accessible to everyone. Together we're helping veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq to rejoin and reintegrate with their families.
MedShare -- Fall 2011 campaign
MedShare is dedicated to improving the environment and healthcare through the efficient recovery and redistribution of surplus medical supplies and equipment to underserved healthcare facilities in developing countries. Mundito shipped a container of medical supplies to Hospitalito Atitlan in Guatemala.
youthSpark (formerly Juvenile Justice Fund) -- Spring 2011 campaign
The Juvenile Justice Fund works in partnership with the Fulton County Juvenile Court (the largest juvenile court in the Southeast) to identify and address the myriad of complex needs of the youth and families under the court's jurisdiction. All children always matter. Together we're helping girls avoid the trap of sex trafficking.
Sojourn (formerly The Rainbow Center) -- Spring 2011 campaign
The Rainbow Center, a division of Atlanta's Jewish Family & Career Services, serves the needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons in the Atlanta area. Together we helped rural gay youth avoid isolation and despair.
Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières
Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an independent international medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural or man-made disasters, or exclusion from health care in more than 70 countries.
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