ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The GVN Foundation believes that empowering women and children is the key to changing the world.

Updated on February 15, 2015

The GVN Foundation is registered as a 501 c3 non-profit in the United States. Its purpose is to raise funds for the various projects funded by the Global Volunteer Network, also known as the GVN Charitable Trust. This organisation was founded in 2000 by Colin Salisbury, who currently serves as the CEO.

Salisbury, a long-time volunteer who has travelled all over the world to work with worthy causes, originally founded the Global Volunteer Network. This organisation works tirelessly to connect volunteers with a project that will suit their skills, personality, budget and time allotment. GVN has to date, placed over 19,000 volunteers in various projects around the globe ranging from mentoring children to serving meals to the homeless.

Money is the Key

As a fervent volunteer himself, Salisbury and close friend, Courtney Montague, believed that there were a few significant ways that their work could be even more effective. For one, over half the population of the U.S. say they would be more likely to volunteer in a foreign country if time and money permitted.[1] With finances being a big drawback for many people, it seemed very sensible to do something about that aspect of volunteering. Hence, the GVN Foundation was born.

The GVN Foundation was established to provide a platform that could be utilised by GVN volunteers and supporters. Its simple purpose is to raise money for various GVN projects around the world. The organisation has been so successful that in 2009, they were granted Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Each year of its existence, the organisation has been recognized for its diligent efforts and genuine commitment to help the needy.

GVN currently offers volunteer positions to Brazil, Kenya, Uganda, Costa Rica, Argentina, Ethiopia, Thailand, Panama, Guatemala, Peru, Ecuador, Fiji, Ghana, Nepal, Rwanda, Philippines, Vietnam, South Africa, Seychelles, and the USA.

An Award-Winning Agency

GVN holds a Silver Star status with the Guidestar Directory, an agency that provides reports on the transparency and due diligence of charitable organisations. GVN expects to soon achieve Gold status. In addition, they have received many favourable reviews by programme participants over the years, as well as other review websites.

Each year, the GVN Foundation raises thousands of dollars to support the work of partner organisations all over the world. They have developed various programmes which have become extremely popular with volunteers and supporters. One of the more popular is the fundraising trek to the Everest base camp, Machu Picchu, and Kilimanjaro. Donations are used to support the Eat So They Can Campaign.

Each year GVN, its sponsors and supporters create and organise a number of inspired fundraising drives from their freshly original Christmas campaigns to the Live Below the Line Campaign. GVN is the first to admit that their work is only possible because of committed and generous sponsors.

These funds provide grants to partner organizations to assist with healthcare, nutrition programmes, construction projects, and education. In recent years, they have increasingly provided grants to fund income-generating and sustainability projects. As with any reputable fundraising organisation, they are constantly at the vigil when tragedy strikes, providing monies for such disasters as the Philippines Emergency Relief Campaign.

Youth Ambassador Program

The Youth Ambassador Program was created for young people from ages 15 through 19 years old. It is designed to inspire and challenge these young people by showing them how their lives can make such a huge difference to someone on the other side of the world. Today, we find that many young people are adrift and feel as if their life has no purpose, but with the Youth Ambassador Program, teens can get involved and find their passion.

Though this program is certainly not designed for troubled teens or as a remedy for such, young people who get involved in volunteering are much more likely to avoid getting entangled with drugs and alcohol during their teen years. A recent study from the University of Missouri finds that teens who volunteer are more likely to adhere to moral codes and less likely to become involved in illegal or dangerous activities.[2]

The Youth Ambassador Program encourages and equips teens for volunteer work that matters. The program aims to evoke a strong ambition in young people to “become the change that they want to see”. In order to join, teens must only commit to that one tenet of becoming an agent of change in the world. This program has consistently been shown to unlock hidden talents and intensify the potential of its members.

GVN, along with the GVN Foundation take pride in every positive experience that volunteers have enjoyed in the past years of their existence and they look forward to a future where every need has been met throughout the world.


The Mission Statement of the GVN Foundation is as follows:

The GVN Foundation believes that empowering women and children is the key to changing the world. We achieve this by providing resources to locally-run grassroots organizations working with vulnerable women and children in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

[1]http://www.bls.gov/news.release/volun.nr0.htm (accessed on 1.19.2015)

[2] http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/247416/20111111/volunteering-helps-teens-moral-code.htm#.VLXunyvF9qU (accessed on 1.13.2015)

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)