Association of Volunteers in International Service, USA Inc.

People for Development

aka AVSI-USA   |   Silver Spring, MD   |  www.avsi-usa.org

Mission

AVSI-USA works with individuals, communities, partners and donors to promote dignity and build resilience in the face of poverty and marginalization. AVSI-USA sustains long-term partnerships with local organizations, jointly designing projects, raising funds and implementing activities in the areas of education, early childhood and youth development, economic livelihoods, health and nutrition. AVSI-USA connects people across borders, creating opportunities for solidarity and friendship. AVSI-USA is a member of the AVSI Foundation, a network of 36 organizations worldwide which share the same vision and method. AVSI Foundation implements over 100 humanitarian and development projects in 30 countries in partnership with private donors, bilateral and international agencies.

Ruling year info

2001

President

Ezio Castelli

Managing Director

Jackie Aldrette

Main address

8730 Georgia Avenue Suite 209

Silver Spring, MD 20910 USA

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EIN

13-4147973

NTEE code info

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (Q05)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We work with individuals and communities to advance dignity and build resilience in the face of poverty and marginalization.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Crecemos

Born in 1993, CRECEMOS translated as "Growing Together", is a community based organization that has served the academic, nutritional and social needs of the community in the semi-urban and ​rural areas near the city of Oaxaca, Mexico with dedication, intelligence and hope.

Today, Crecemos serves roughly 500 children and their families every year with a wide range of programs and services. We, at AVSI-USA, are very committed to a long-term partnership with Crecemos' mission by supporting their capacity building efforts along the path toward greater financial sustainability and broadening ​the impact of their work.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

AVSI-USA sustains long-term partnerships with local organizations to enhance capacity and broaden impact in the areas of education, early childhood and youth development, economic livelihoods, health and nutrition. AVSI-USA connects people across borders, creating opportunities for solidarity and friendship that go beyond simple economic support towards enriching life experiences.

AVSI-USA follows a unique approach that follows five pillars. The first is focus on the Person. We cherish the human dignity of each person we encounter. We understand that the individual cannot be reduced to a social category or limitation such as poverty, disease, conflict or disability. The second is starting from the positive. Every person and community represents a potential resource for development, regardless of vulnerabilities. We look for local initiatives and solutions and find ways to build on and strengthen those. The third is working together. The approach to project planning and implementation starts from a relationship with people. Together we implement activities that empower the local community and lead to mutual growth. The fourth is development of civil society and subsidiarity. Key to sustainability is the capacity of civil society and individuals to respond to needs and opportunities. We recognize and support the creation of local institutions integrated in the social context and we transfer skills and knowledge to enhance local initiatives and delivery of basic services. The fifth pillar is partnership. The challenges of extreme poverty and marginalization are too great for anyone to confront alone. We forge partnerships with public, private, local and international partners in order to create synergies and optimize resources for lasting results.

AVSI- USA is comprised of expert staff in assisting successful project implementation through technical support and working on behalf of AVSI country offices and local partners to pursue grant funding from the USG and Foundations.

In addition, AVSI USA maintains close relationships with implementers, local partners and people on the ground in 14 countries to understand and assess the most immediate priorities and how to respond in an agile and impactful way.

In 2019, AVSI-USA obtained $326,500 in grant funding from U.S. based foundations for the implementation of projects with AVSI network members in 5 countries.

In addition, AVSI-USA leveraged support from the U.S. Government and international institutions for AVSI Foundation which amounted to 25% of AVSI Foundation’s consolidated revenue of $95,287,057 in 2019.

Furthermore AVSI-USA delivered technical assistance on these USG-funded projects amounting to $387,829 in 2019. AVSI-USA is making an important contribution to the diversification of the global funding portfolio of the AVSI Foundation.

AVSI USA runs 2 to 4 Annual Campaigns and Disaster Relief funds each year. In recent years, these campaigns have included Mexico Earthquake Relief, Lebanon Emergency Response, and supporting a Kindergarten in Qaraqosh, Iraq.

AVSI also supports long term partners such as Crecemos in Mexico, Sembrar in Ecuador, and Emmaus in Ukraine by raising monetarily funds to assist them in achieving their goals. Crecemos and Sembrar work with local families in providing child care, education and nutrition support. Emmaus works with youth with disabilities in providing vocational training and job opportunities.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, AVSI doubled its efforts by providing support through PPEs, food relief kits, mask production projects and responding to basic immediate needs in countries where present like Kenya, Rwanda, Ecuador, Lebanon, Brazil and Mexico.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Association of Volunteers in International Service, USA Inc.

Board of directors
as of 8/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Joseph Wiener

Joe Wiener

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/26/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/26/2021

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.