ICV brings visibility to sustainable organizations and introduces them to philanthropists who care for our future and can advance corporate responsibility, capitalize businesses at significant levels, and influence systemic change in the world.
We’re mobilizing trillions of dollars to find solutions to the Sustainable Development Goals.
"Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary."
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
When you support AIM2Flourish, you are joining the biggest movement on earth shining a light on positive business innovations that are solving society's greatest challenges. AIM2Flourish is the world's first global learning platform where business students worldwide use positive interviews with business leaders and the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to search out and report on world-changing innovations. AIM2Flourish celebrates the best-of-the-best business innovation stories with the Flourish Prizes.
Supporting AIM2Flourish means you will be an inspirational early-adopter champion for the “World's To-Do List” — the 17 goals that must be achieved by 2030. You will be recognized by our global network of higher education institutions, professors, business leaders, and most importantly, by students – the talented business leaders of tomorrow.
AIM2Flourish is housed at the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management. Demonstrating global reach, scalability, and impact potential, AIM2Flourish's partners reach more than 2,100 management schools worldwide and the global Business for Good community.
The mission of Americans for Cures is to advocate for stem cell research and therapy development; and, ultimately, to improve the lives of patients and their families suffering from chronic disease and injury.
It is critical that the public is aware of the breakthroughs in stem cell research and therapy developments that have resulted from the passage of Proposition 71: the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative. We at the Americans for Cures Foundation believe it is our responsibility to report back to the 7 million Californians—including 70+ patient advocacy organizations, 30+ Nobel Laureates, 150+ elected officials, 30+ Chambers of Commerce, business and labor groups, and many other key opinion leaders—who voted in support of Proposition 71.
To accomplish this goal, Americans for Cures is driving a patient advocate-led "Report Back to the Public" communications program to empower patient advocates, and to increase public awareness of breakthroughs in stem cell research and therapy development. As part of this Report Back to the Public, Americans for Cures develops accurate, educational content—all of which is vetted by its Scientific Advisory Board, which is comprised of 25 of California’s leading scientists and physician-scientists—and then disseminates that content to the public through a variety of platforms, including social media, online blogs, paid and earned media, patient advocacy organization networks and more.
Americans for Cures provides information and tools to advocates for stem cell research, to empower them and assist with their efforts to:
Today, for the first time in history, stem cell research offers real hope to those whose suffering has previously been considered incurable. The road is long and challenging, but scientists and physician-scientists, empowered by the people of California, have accomplished much. The path to success is within our grasp, if we can sustain the advances of the scientists dedicated to stem cell therapies.
The Center for Earth Ethics is a program of Union Theological Seminary, a non-profit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The Center for Earth Ethics envisions a world where value is measured according to the sustained well-being of all people and our planet.
The Center for Earth Ethics works to cultivate the public consciousness needed to make changes in policy and culture that will establish a new value system that is based on this vision of the world.
The organization advance its mission through four core programs that complement and connect to each other in all its public programs, academics and movement-building.
The Chaeli Foundation was established in July 2017 through the collaboration of like-minded community and business leaders whose common goal is to grow more inclusive and empowered communities, especially through the inclusion of children, youth and adults with disabilities. The Chaeli Foundation is inspired by the work of The Chaeli Campaign and works in partnership with the Campaign on a local, national and global level to advocate for communities that grow capacity, empower and provide opportunities for children, youth and adults with disabilities to implement meaningful societal change.
Since its founding in 2014 as a grass roots organization, The Chaeli Campaign has attracted the trust and support of international organizations like the KidsRights Foundation, World of Children Awards, King Baudouin Africa Fund and the Turner Prize with total grant funding amounting to nearly $3 million. Through this generous support, The Chaeli Campaign has positively impacted the lives of more than 44,000 children in need in the Sub-Saharan African region by providing 400 assistive devices, establishing a youth leadership program for 800 children from 120 schools, and raising ability awareness through Chaeli's participation as a speaker at nearly a dozen international conferences. More than 18,000 people are now aware of the importance of being ability-focused and the right to inclusion through the four professional theatre pieces created through the inspiring work of the The Chaeli Campaign and the brave families impacted through these projects.
All children have the right to live a full life; where they know that they belong; where their talents and skills are affirmed so that they may take a rightful place in their family, community and society; where they know that they belong, they are valued and they can make a meaningful contribution to their community.
Childhood Cancer Kids, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, seeks to increase childhood cancer awareness and to provide resources to and elevate the spirits of children with cancer.
The organization was founded by Sierra Preveza, a survivor of kidney cancer who was diagnosed at the age of 6. A Wilms’ tumor stage 2, the size of a grapefruit, grew rapidly inside of Sierra. She was very fortunate; she underwent surgery at Boston Children's Hospital and the tumor was removed.
A year after her experience and strong recovery, Sierra decided she wanted to give to other kids with cancer and founded Childhood Cancer Kids. She has three missions: to fundraise for places that support childhood cancer, to provide yoga relaxation techniques for kids going through and recovering from cancer, and to raise the level of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September.
The Today Show named Sierra the Kindest Kid in America and she is the Sprout Network's Chief Kindness Officer.
Since 1851, the mission of The Children's Village was founded in 1851, and today, its mission remains very much the same: to work in partnership with families to help society’s most vulnerable children so that they become educationally proficient, economically productive, and social responsible members of their communities.
The Children's Village believes that there are three keys to a child’s success: education, work, and lifelong relationships. To that end, the organization is passionate about education and has high expectations for its students. The Children's Village helps youth develop the attitudes and skills needed to enter the workforce successfully. And the organization believes that one strong adult relationship is a game changer for a child, particularly one in foster care. The Children's Village helps children to develop and nurture life-long relationships with family, friends, and mentors.
Every five minutes, a child dies as a result of violence. An estimated 120 million girls and 73 million boys have been victims of sexual violence, and almost one billion children are subjected to physical punishment on a regular basis.
As part of Agenda 2030, the world’s governments have set ambitious targets to end violence by 2030, in order to deliver the vision of a world where all children – girls and boys alike – grow up free from violence and exploitation.
The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children will support the efforts of those seeking to prevent violence, protect childhood, and help make societies safe for children.
We need to change the way that policymakers, campaigners and the public think about ending violence, winning the argument that we should – and can – make societies safer for children.
End Violence is bringing together stakeholders from across the world to end all forms of violence against children, turning the belief that no violence against children is justifiable and all violence is preventable into a compelling agenda for action.
The Fund to End Violence Against Children is independent of, but associated with, the Partnership. It will provide catalytic finance to support the delivery of the partnership’s strategy.
Enduring Hearts' mission is to fund important and innovative research to increase the longevity of pediatric heart transplants, and improve the quality of life for transplant recipients.
Enduring Hearts works toward its mission through the following programs:
Enduring Hearts gives priority to clinical research projects and new emerging technologies that focus on understanding the cause, development and prevention of human transplantation diseases, including organ injury and rejection, viral infection and late graft deterioration.
Launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Summit in September 2010, Every Women Every Child is an unprecedented global movement that mobilizes and intensifies international and national action by governments, multilaterals, the private sector and civil society to address the major health challenges facing women, children and adolescents around the world. The movement puts into action the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, which presents a roadmap to ending all preventable deaths of women, children and adolescents within a generation and ensuring their well-being.
Why Does This Matter?
Every Woman Every Child provides an opportunity to improve the health of women, children and adolescents everywhere, and in so doing, to improve the lives of all people. The health of women, children and adolescents is critically important to almost every area of human development and progress, and directly impacts our success in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by world leaders in September 2015.
Research has conclusively demonstrated that the health of women and children is the cornerstone of public health and adolescents are central to everything we want to achieve, and to the overall success of the 2030 Agenda. Healthy women and children create healthy societies and by helping adolescents realize their rights to health, well-being, education and full and equal participation in society, we are equipping them to attain their full potential as adults.
Healthy societies, in turn, are the foundation upon which nations build successful economies and create prosperity for their people. And prosperity, as we know, is essential to political stability and social harmony.
What Can Be Done?
Every Woman Every Child recognizes that all actors have an important role to play in improving women’s and children’s health. More than $40 billion was pledged at the 2010 launch, and numerous partners have made additional, and critical, financial, policy and service delivery commitments, but more help is needed. The Secretary-General is asking the international community for the additional commitments necessary to take Every Woman Every Child past the tipping point. This would mean saving the lives of 16 million women and children, preventing 33 million unwanted pregnancies, ending stunting in 88 million children, and protecting 120 million children from pneumonia by 2015.
This is an enormous and unprecedented undertaking. The stakes are high, and the cost of failure is great. But the rewards of success are greater still. They include a better life for all of us, and a healthy future for women and children everywhere.
Please explore these pages with the desire to ensure that every woman and every child have the same opportunities for health and life and ask yourself what you can do.
World Land Trust is an international conservation charity, which protects the world’s most biologically important and threatened habitats acre by acre. Since its foundation in 1989, WLT has funded partner organisations around the world to create reserves, and give permanent protection to habitats and wildlife.
World Land Trust's mission is:
The World Land Trust is working with the Wildlife Trust of India in an urgent bid to save Indian Elephants from extinction by safeguarding their traditional migration routes.
The Elephant Corridor Appeal aims to raise £750,000 to extend and protect Mudahalli Corridor, where the Eastern and Western Ghats meet in southern India.
The Gbowee Peace Foundation USA supports, builds awareness of, and promotes and facilitates engagement with the vision and work of Leymah Gbowee and organizations working in Liberia, West Africa and globally in the areas of:
Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate
2011 Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist, trained social worker, public speaker, and women’s rights advocate. She is founder and current President of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa. She also founded the Liberia Reconciliation Initiative and is co-Founder and former Executive Director of Women Peace and Security Network Africa (WIPSEN-A). She is also a founding member and former Liberia Coordinator of Women in Peacebuilding Network/West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WIPNET/WANEP). Leymah currently serves as a member of the High-Level Task Force for the International Conference on Population and Development. She is a board member of the Federation of Liberian Youth. Leymah’s leadership of the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace – which brought together Christian and Muslim women in a nonviolent movement that played a pivotal role in ending Liberia’s civil war in 2003 – is chronicled in her memoir, Mighty Be Our Powers, and in the documentary, Pray the Devil Back to Hell.
She serves on the Board of Directors of the Nobel Women’s Initiative, Gbowee Peace Foundation and the PeaceJam Foundation, and she is a member of the African Women Leaders Network for Reproductive Health and Family Planning. She holds a M.A. in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, VA). She also received a Doctor of Laws (LLD) honoris causa from Rhodes University in South Africa and the University of Alberta in Canada, and a Doctor Honoris Causa in Specialty Management and Conflict Resolution from Polytechnic University in Mozambique. After receiving the Barnard College Medal of Distinction, she was named a Distinguished Fellow in Social Justice, a Visiting Transnational Fellow at the Center for Research on Women and Fellow in Residence at the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College for the 2013/2014 academic year. Leymah is the proud mother of six children.
Global Citizen is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization that is an advocacy organization working to bring about change through public awareness and activism and/or changes to public policy, public practice, or the law. Since 2012, millions of Global Citizens around the world have taken over six million actions to solve the world's biggest challenges.
The Global Security Institute (GSI) is dedicated to strengthening international cooperation and security based on the rule of law, with a particular focus on nuclear arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament. GSI was founded by Senator Alan Cranston whose insight that nuclear weapons are impractical, unacceptably risky, and unworthy of civilization continues to inspire GSI’s efforts to contribute to a safer world. GSI has developed an exceptional team that includes former heads of state and government, distinguished diplomats, effective politicians, committed celebrities, religious leaders, Nobel Peace Laureates, disarmament and legal experts, and concerned citizens.
The Global Virus Network (GVN) is an essential and critical defense against viral disease. It is a coalition comprised of leading virologists spanning more than 20 countries worldwide, all working to advance knowledge about how viruses make us sick and to develop drugs and vaccines to prevent illness and death. No single institution in the world has expertise in all viral areas. GVN brings the best medical virologists together to leverage individual strengths and to focus global teams of scientists on key scientific problems. The power of GVN lies in its global reach, the depth of its science, and its commitment to solving viral challenges facing the human population. No other entity exists like the GVN.
Dr. Jane Goodall went into the forest to study the remarkable lives of chimpanzees—and she came out of the forest to save them. When she discovered that the survival of their species was threatened by habitat destruction and illegal trafficking, she developed a breakthrough approach to species conservation that improves the lives of people, animals and the environment by honoring their connectedness to each other. In 1977, she founded the Jane Goodall Institute to ensure that her vision and life’s work continue to mobilize the collective power of individual action to save the natural world we all share. Your support helps us advance Jane’s vision and work around the world as a force of compassion for all living things.
The Jane Goodall Institute promotes understanding and protection of great apes and their habitat and builds on the legacy of Dr. Jane Goodall, the organization’s founder, to inspire individual action by young people of all ages to help animals, other people and to protect the world we all share.
The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) advances the vision and work of Dr. Jane Goodall to lead a movement of conservation for the common good—one that builds on our connections to each other, our fellow species, and the natural world we all share. Following in the trailblazing footsteps of Jane Goodall, the JGI inspires hope through action, encouraging individuals around the world to participate in taking care of the planet we call home. Whether the JGI is restoring chimpanzee habitat, improving women’s health in a nearby village, or working with its Roots & Shoots youth groups in nearly 100 countries, the JGI finds practical ways to make the greatest lasting impact for people, animals and the environment.
With your support, The Jane Goodall Institute can protect chimpanzees, conserve critical habitat while strengthening surrounding communities, and empower the next generation of conservation leaders.
Jefferson is redefining what’s humanly possible each day in classrooms, clinics, and laboratories, inspiring the support of generous donors looking for the highest possible return on their philanthropic investments.
The purpose of the Jefferson Office of Institutional Advancement is to seek, acquire, and manage charitable contributions from individuals, organizations, corporations, and foundations to advance Jefferson's mission of clinical care, education, and discovery by:
The New American Academy Charter School (TNAACS) opened in September 2013. TNAACS serves students in kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade and fourth grade most of whom live in the school’s district of residence, Community School District 18.
TNAACS is based upon The New American Academy model. Developed at Harvard’s Urban Superintendents Program (USP) by a cohort of six high-achieving principals (our lead applicant among them) the TNAA model draws upon research-based best practices from across the globe, and has been implemented with great success at P.S. 770, P.S. 274, and TNAACS.
The TNAA model is predicated upon the idea that student achievement is directly tied to the quality of teacher instruction. It is only by attracting, developing, and retaining skilled and talent teachers that significant educational progress can be made. As described by a recent McKinsey (2010) study:
The quality of an education system cannot exceed the quality of its teachers. Research has shown that of all the controllable factors in an education system, the most important by far is the effectiveness of the classroom teacher. The world’s best-performing school systems make great teaching their “north star.” They have strategic and systematic approaches to attract, develop, retain, and ensure the efficacy of the most talented educators—and they make sure great teachers serve students of all socio-economic backgrounds.
The New Era World Model has been formed to demonstrate practical ways of helping communities from across the globe to transform into economically empowered, socially responsible and environmentally sustainable entities that are enabled to maintain their cultural and natural identity while upgrading the human welfare aspect. The organization enables groundwork that incorporates the Sustainable Development Goals and disseminates successful roadmaps created. The NEW Model works for the advancement and fostering of Sustainable Development as concept, practice and a way of life through direct community engagement and intellectual engagements at world forums. The ultimate goal of NEW Model is to trigger a trend of a community oriented human welfare practice that bests the integrity of social service and dignity of the beneficiary communities and its members.
The best thing about any art form (some of our greatest artists are scientists) is that it provides an outlet to get your thoughts and ideas into the open, and make them real. But the rewards of art don’t stop with the creative process, for art is an expression of love that has a lasting effect.
Since 1980, the O Museum in The Mansion has been providing a place where individuals can renew, create and grow. From Civil Rights Activist Mrs. Rosa Parks to homeless Vietnam War Veteran Cordell the O Museum in The Mansion provides an inspiring, safe place for heroes and artists alike. O Museum in The Mansion’s unique collections, organic tours, intimate music programs, songwriter workshops, exhibits without walls and literary offerings build hope and invite others to explore their own creativity. Together — and with your help — the O Museum in The Mansion can achieve things beyond what we know.
Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND) is a non-partisan forum for parliamentarians nationally and internationally to share resources and information, develop cooperative strategies and engage in nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament issues, initiatives and arenas.
What does the network provide?
The Permanent Secretariat to the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, was created in 2006, and is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization, with its own board, based in Rome and operates on a permanent basis.
The major activity of the Permanent Secretariat is organizing the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates internationally recognized as among the most important annual events in the field of peacemaking, attracting Nobel Peace Laureates, high-profile leaders, organizations, students and professors from around the globe since 1999.
The Permanent Secretariat organizes the Summit in different locations across the globe with the support of a number of Nobel Peace Laureates’ foundations and organizations, and in partnership with hosting municipalities and prominent local foundations.
Vadim V. Zagladin, who was also the founder of the Permanent Secretariat, conceived the Summits, which were promoted by President Mikhail Gorbachev and the former Mayor of Rome Walter Veltroni.
The Permanent Secretariat is supported by a staff of volunteers, linked with its own representatives in Italy, France, Germany, Russia, United Sates, Asia and Africa, working together to explore new opportunities in the pursue of our association goals.
Robert F. Kennedy’s career in public service was distinguished by his willingness to join local activists in demanding change. Whether aiding the Freedom Riders in Alabama, encouraging anti-Apartheid students in South Africa, or breaking bread with Cesar Chavez in California, Robert Kennedy believed in standing with those who stood against oppression.
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights continues his legacy of joining the brave women and men on the front lines of the struggle for justice. From lawsuits to lesson plans, our programs are designed to empower activists working for change from the ground up.
Shot@Life, a campaign of the United Nations Foundation, aims to ensure that children around the world have access to life-saving vaccines. Through education, advocacy, and fundraising we strive to decrease vaccine-preventable childhood deaths and give every child a shot at a healthy life no matter where they live.
The Sonoma Ecology Center addresses challenges related to water supply and quality, open space, rural character, biodiversity, energy, climate change, and quality of life.
The mission of Sonoma Ecology Center is to work with our community to enhance and sustain ecological health in Sonoma Valley. Since 1990, we've worked to increase appreciation and stewardship of Sonoma Valley's natural heritage and create measurable benefits in areas of land, water, climate change, and biodiversity.
St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters is established to alleviate the physical and emotional hunger of the poor and needy in a dignified and supportive manner. The St. Francis Food Pantries & Shelters takes a comprehensive approach in providing and supporting services that eradicate not only hunger, but the structural causes of hunger.
The St. Francis Food Pantries & Shelters supports a network of charitable programs that provide a broad range of services for those in need, including the provision of food, clothing, shelter, and related social services for the poor.
The St. Francis Food Pantries & Shelters also fights hunger through special events for those in need. Each location has customized its program according to the needs of the local community.
Working together with the staff and volunteers at various locations to promote emotional and physical well-being through programs sponsored by banks, hospitals, social service providers, and the corporate community, the St. Francis Food Pantries & Shelters raises awareness of the needs within the community and forges new relationships.
In addition to feeding the hungry, the St. Francis Food Pantries & Shelters works to eliminate hunger and its underlying causes by providing literacy programs, counseling for persons with addictions, support for victims of domestic violence, and training for those who help eradicate the various structural causes of hunger.
Stand For Education, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization registered in the state of New York that is dedicated to providing access to educational resources; Clothing, Shoes, Backpacks, Books, Uniform, Workshops on personal hygiene and use of hygiene products, Seminars on self-esteem, awareness through public events, such as concerts, fashion shows, art exhibitions or children’s programs. Stand For Education strives to identify sustainable empowerment and educational opportunities for the underserved children in war ravaged Countries who reside in US and abroad, with a special focus on girls in South Sudan and environs. The goal of the organization is to assist these underprivileged girls from the age of five to eighteen years of age to improve their lives, wellbeing and that of their families, thus their communities. Stand For Education will work within local cultures to inspire awareness, collaboration, and empowerment in these underprivileged communities.
Stand For Education believes the power of awareness and education can lead to improved living and sustainable growth. For this reason, the organization is creating a worldwide structure wherein every child and woman living in poverty is able to access education and economic opportunities to build a peaceful, prosperous, and empowered life.
Formed in the aftermath of Tuesday, September 11, 2001, Tuesday’s Children provides a lifetime of healing for those whose lives have been forever changed by terrorism and traumatic loss.
Through a time-tested, long-term approach, Tuesday’s Children keeps the promise to support all those impacted by 9/11; serves and supports our nation’s Military Families of the Fallen; and builds resilience and common bonds in communities recovering from tragedies.
In partnership with experts from around the world and in collaboration with renowned facilitators and mental health professionals, Tuesday’s Children serves communities altered by an act of violence.
Tawakkol Karman International Foundation (TKIF) is a non-profit organization working in all development fields and support the ideas, policies, activities and projects that participate in leading communities to democracy and development. TKIF also works in spreading peace, establishing human goodwillvalues, violence, poverty and ignorance resistance and all forms of racism.
TKIF believes in freedom, solidarity and peace concepts and considers democracy, sovereignty of law and fair development a way to achieve a positive and sustainable change in life of members and communities. TKIF with partnership with its local and international partners aims achieving concepts that guarantee the saving freedoms, rights and human dignity and mitigation of armed conflicts and resolute them and open a door to build peace and stabilization and achieve a decent life.
Toward a peaceful world, which Human dignity is protected and prosperity and harmony are prevailed.
TKIF seeks to be one of the pioneer global foundation in building peace and development and spreading the concepts of democracy and human rights by different available civic means with respect to the culture of each community and with cooperation with all governments and populations to serve human and save his/ her dignity wherever s/he is.
UN Women is the United Nations organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.
UN Women supports UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality, and works with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programmes and services needed to ensure that the standards are effectively implemented and truly benefit women and girls worldwide. It works globally to make the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals a reality for women and girls and stands behind women’s equal participation in all aspects of life, focusing on five priority areas:
UN Women also coordinates and promotes the UN system’s work in advancing gender equality, and in all deliberations and agreements linked to the 2030 Agenda. The entity works to position gender equality as fundamental to the Sustainable Development Goals, and a more inclusive world.
Urban Utopia Wildlife Rehabilitation is a not-for-profit organization with tax-exempt status, run entirely by volunteer work. The organization is working hard on building a network of support and guidance from both the wildlife rehabilitation community and the general public, as well as working with wildlife professionals and New York City Parks Department officials to improve information, working protocols, and growth.
The ultimate goal of Urban Utopia Wildlife Rehabilitation is to open a fully functional rehabilitation center in New York City, including providing licensed care to Rabies Vector Species (RVS). In doing so, the organization would be the first of any such center to open in the five boroughs. As the organization matures, it hopes to be able to provide career opportunities for wildlife and veterinary professionals, and training for future rehabbers. Urban Utopia Wildlife Rehabilitation also plans to grow its educational programming for schools, community groups and the general public.
Writers Without Margins, Inc. is a 501(c)3 charitable organization created to form relationships between the rich academic and literary world of Greater Boston and surrounding communities which are struggling more than ever in an age of increasing wealth disparity. What distinguishes Writers Without Margins, Inc. from other community literacy programs which focus on specific niche groups such as at-risk youth, prison writing programs or paid academic or personal development courses is that the organization provides what a traditional academic program offers, for free, to the combined populations found in homeless shelters, community health centers, and lower income neighborhoods. Furthermore, Writers Without Margins, Inc. is able to connect with many individuals who defy simpler categorization based on the intersectional nature of the organizations we partner with. By reaching adults who have likely fallen outside of the traditional, secondary education systems and aligning with the human services universe, the organization is able to reach disadvantaged individuals who are more often confronting the challenges of addiction recovery, mental illness, a history of incarceration, disability, sickness, poverty and trauma, and facing the larger, related issues of institutional racism, employment discrimination, unaffordable housing, foster care, domestic violence, and global conflict, with few resources and little support.
Through literature, Writers Without Margins, Inc. works with its writers to build sustainable practices. By offering the relationship to a larger world that comes from reading, discussing literature, writing, and revision the organization also provides its accompanying tools for insight, clarity and communication. Writers Without Margins, Inc. models its classroom discussions and syllabi after a typical graduate school format, however the organization recognizes that the lasting benefit of what occurs in a humanities course often transcends the academic exercise or evaluation. In addition to offering broader knowledge with the study of multiple cultures and voices through classic and contemporary literature, Writers Without Margins, Inc. is cognizant of the profound impact this can make in terms of “bibliotherapy,” a term first used in 1916 referring to the practice of reading to achieve healthier consciousness.