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Mission Statement

The GVN Foundation is a non-profit organization inspiring learning, innovation and action to unlock the potential of vulnerable communities around the world. Founded Colin Salisbury and Courtney Montague in 2005, the GVN Foundation began with the goal of providing a platform for GVN change makers to continue their support for their project overseas. We believe that empowering communities is the key to changing the world. We do this by providing financial resources to grassroots organizations working with vulnerable women and children in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We use our collective experience in development, fundraising, advocacy, film-making and mentorship to equip individuals and communities around the world to advocate and fundraise for the projects we wholeheartedly believe in.


The GVN Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization in the United States and has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

There are many ways to support the work of the GVN Foundation, including:

1. Eat So They Can

Host a dinner party for a cause you care about. Visit www.eatsotheycan.org

2. Youth: Join our International Youth Ambassador Program

Apply to become a Global Youth Ambassador and learn how you can use your leadership skills and passion for change to make a difference in your community and the world. Visit and apply at http://youth.gvnfoundation.org/

3. Volunteer Abroad

Volunteer in one of GVN's projects around the world. http://www.globalvolunteernetwork.org/programs/





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Would you recommend Global Volunteer Network Foundation?

by Olessia P. (October 8, 2015)
On their website GVN claims that the overwhelming number of negative reviews they get come from those who never participated in their programs or were done by competing volunteer organizations. Well, I am a regular person, a registered nurse, who has travelled and participated in other volunteer projects in the developing countries. I volunteered in a medical program offered by GVN and managed by Maximo Nivel in Cusco, Peru in August 2015. And by far, it was the worst volunteer experience I've ever had, it lacked structure, involvement and supervision by GVN. The concerns reported by me and other volunteers were not addressed, GVN and Maximo Nivel took little to no responsibility for their failure to deliver what they signed people up for. The total cost of the program was $765 for a week. There are much cheaper volunteer programs out there... hell, there are free ones out there! During the orientation, they offered free t-shirts in exchange for positive reviews and "likes" o
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