Recommended Social Initiatives October 2011

Here at In The Twenty First Century we spend a lot of time researching social policy, looking for research proven initiatives that we believe can help improve the lives of others.

All of the charities and social policies that we highlight here have been shown to produce real, measurable results by independent auditors using rigorous methodologies*.

We have provided links to their findings, and our reasons for recommending them to you. As more data becomes available, we will update our recommendations.

Third World Poverty

At this time we believe that helping the poor in the developing world can be accomplished by tackling three problems — helping children survive early childhood disease, helping them have access to higher quality education and giving adults greater access to capital. Three charities stand out:

1. Village Reach (Research) (Website)

VillageReach improves access to healthcare for remote, underserved communities around the world. We partner with governments, businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations to improve the performance and reliability of health systems in the most inaccessible and isolated last mile communities.

2. Pratham (Research) (Website)

Pratham is the largest non governmental organisation working to provide quality education to the underprivileged children of India. Pratham was established in 1994 to provide education to the children in the slums of Mumbai city. Since then, the organization has grown both in scope and geographical coverage.

3. Village Enterprise Fund (Research) (Website)

Hard-working people struggling to care for their families. Children lacking food, education, health care, and hope. Women using meager resources to provide meals for their families. These are the people of rural East Africa. They live in the most impoverished region of the world, beyond the reach of most poverty reduction and micro-financing initiatives.

For over two decades, Village Enterprise has dedicated our efforts to equipping these people with the resources to create sustainable businesses.

Below is additional research supporting the philanthropy types described above.

U.S. Poverty

At this time, we believe that the most impactful ways to help the poor in the United States are by tackling four problems — helping provide prenatal and early childhood care, providing robust early educational interventions, vocational training for the underemployed and workforce placement for the unemployed.

1. Nurse-Family Partnership (Research) (Website)

Nurse-Family Partnership helps transform the lives of vulnerable first-time moms and their babies. Through ongoing home visits from registered nurses, low-income, first-time moms receive the care and support they need to have a healthy pregnancy, provide responsible and competent care for their children, and become more economically self-sufficient. From pregnancy until the child turns two years old, Nurse-Family Partnership Nurse Home Visitors form a much-needed, trusting relationship with the first-time moms, instilling confidence and empowering them to achieve a better life for their children – and themselves.

2. Knowledge Is Power Program (Research) (Website)

KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program, is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life. There are currently 109 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia serving more than 32,000 students.

3. National Academy Foundation (Research) (Website)

The National Academy Foundation (NAF) is a leader in the movement to prepare young people for college and career success. For nearly 30 years, NAF has refined a proven educational model which includes industry-focused curricula, work-based learning experiences, and business partner expertise from our four themes: Finance, Hospitality & Tourism, Information Technology, and Engineering. Employees of more than 2,500 companies volunteer in classrooms, act as mentors, engage NAF students in paid internships and serve on local Advisory Boards.

4. HOPE Program (Research) (Website)

The HOPE Program helps New Yorkers transcend poverty and prepares them to find, keep, and grow careers. By blending vocational, educational, and social services with a lifelong commitment to a person’s growth, HOPE demonstrates that poor New Yorkers can create better lives for themselves and their families.

Our mission is two-fold: to help individuals living in extreme poverty achieve economic self-sufficiency and to inform practices by sharing our research and solutions.

Below is additional research supporting the philanthropy types described above.

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*No research is ever perfect, while we do our best to provide the most up to date information that we can, we always suggest you do your own investigation as well.