Family Care Foundation (FCF) is an intermediary grant-making public charity that provides support and training for grassroots organizations in developing countries. We support a wide range of community-based initiatives, providing funding, training, technical assistance and coordination services. Grants are given to grassroots groups with well-organized local programs, where wisely placed funding can make a significant difference. To enhance the quality of life of a family, resources and opportunities must be available. While resources and opportunities are readily obtainable in developed nations, the same can be lacking in developing countries. By investing time, training, and funding in the grassroots groups that we identify, FCF is able to deploy these resources where they are most needed and have the biggest impact. As a result of this approach, our global relief and development network, the Mission Support and Humanitarian Services Program (MSHSP) now provides both emergency services and sustained development for communities, families and children in over 50 countries. We have found that the best solutions are developed locally, and the grassroots organizations themselves often have the best perspective on the solutions needed and appropriate means of evaluation. Such organizations can be especially effective where a well-organized local initiative, supported by appropriate funding and training, coupled with capable managers and willing volunteers can have a significant impact on the problem at hand. Furthermore, these organizations can help strengthen civil society in emerging democracies by engaging citizens in democratic processes that help protect public health and welfare at the local, regional and national level. We believe that developed nations have a special responsibility to address the problems of economic globalization and to enhance the quality of life for all families of the global community. The initial financial resources, necessary to make such positive change possible, must come primarily from concerned donors in developed nations. Family Care Foundation was established to enable private foundations, corporate, and individual donors to collaborate with us in support of grassroots organizations in developing countries. We make targeted, strategic grants in support of a wide variety of pre-selected budding organizations overseas that have little outside support, and that can make the most effective use of the resources invested in their work. Our grants are often the very first international funding ever received by our grantees. For such entities, grants for basic operational and training costs can build organizational capacity in important ways. The gifts also increase their confidence and enhance their credibility locally, which enables them to become more effective advocates for their causes and better able to obtain increased local support. Family Care Foundation strives to respond to all people in need regardless of race, religion, national origin or social position. We cooperate with people and organizations from all cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds in our efforts to bring relief and hope to those in need. The public foundation status of Family Care Foundation, our low administrative overhead, and the collaborative structure of FCF's MHSHP, enables private foundations, corporate, and individual donors to make international grants without struggling with the issues that often hinder effective international grant making: difficulty in identifying appropriate recipients, evaluating program effectiveness, and high costs and administrative burdens. Our program also gives donors the benefit of the unique insights of local activists who know the special needs of their community. Family Care Foundation welcomes new donor-partners who wish to join with us in making a difference internationally.