Foundation for Sustainable Development

Foundation for Sustainable Development

Founded in 1995, Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD) enhances the capacity of community organizations around the world to address local health, social, environmental, and economic issues. Our model incorporates four programs that support underserved communities in a collaborative and sustainable manner:

Capacity Building: On-site workshops led by FSD Field Staff train our community partners to create economically and environmentally sustainable programs through community assessments, grant proposal development, project design and management, financial management, and monitoring and evaluation. We also connect our partners to experts and other local resources. Our asset-based approach to project design and management leverages local resources before looking to external inputs, emphasizes potentials rather than problems, and favors skill building over large financial awards.

Grantmaking: FSD’s Grantmaking Program supports community-driven projects and capacity building initiatives for our NGO Partners in the sectors of Health, Gender Equality, Human Rights, Environmental Sustainability, Microenterprise, Microfinance, Youth and Education, and Applied Technology.

International Development Training Programs: Our Intern Abroad, Pro Corps Volunteering, and Service Learning Training Programs provide students and professionals with intensive training in grassroots sustainable development while also providing human resources and technical support to our partner organizations.

Giving Circles: Giving Circles expand the grant fund through promoting more engaged, longer-term philanthropy. Through a series of meetings, Giving Circle members learn about pressing issues and responsible grantmaking, and then decide collectively how they can make the greatest impact with their pooled funds.

The information above can be found on the official website of Foundation for Sustainable Development. For more details about the organization and to find out how you can volunteer, please visit their website:

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