The Mona Foundation was founded in 1999 by a small group of people in Seattle committed to empowering communities to act as their own agents of change for their local social and economic development. Their fundamental belief is that “everyone, irrespective of race, religion, social classes, or economic systems deserves an education” and that “education is one of the main means of alleviating poverty and raising the status of women”.
The foundation seeks out existing development initiatives that have a history of success and are managed locally to partner with. They then provide financial assistance, along with other types of support, to build local recognition and help people lead themselves to success. To date, the Mona Foundation has supported over 25 projects in more than 15 different countries. In 2011, the foundation touched over 40,000 children, women and their families around the world.
Marc Atwood, an all-star project manager, nominated Mona Foundation for this month’s charity because of his beliefs in “equality of women and men and the universal education for all people, especially girls and young women who have been systemically denied educational opportunities throughout time”. Additionally, Marc shared that “the wonderful thing about the Mona Foundation is that they don’t swoop into a country impose their solution, instead they support the grassroots effort that already exists and boosts their efforts”.
To learn more and get involved, visit the Mona Foundation website.