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AKA  CCS
New Rochelle, NY
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CROSS-CULTURAL SOLUTIONS Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 11/17/2014: CROSS-CULTURAL SOLUTIONS

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 11/10/2014: CROSS-CULTURAL SOLUTIONS

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Also Known As: CCS
Physical Address: New Rochelle, NY 10801 
EIN: 93-1189960
Web URL: www.crossculturalsolutions.org 
Blog URL: www.crossculturalsolutions.org/blog 
Video URL(s): Why Volunteer Abroad?
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NTEE Category: A Arts, Culture, and Humanities
A23 Cultural, Ethnic Awareness
Q International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security
Q21 International Cultural Exchange
T Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking
T99 Other Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking Foundations N.E.C.
Year Founded: 1995 
Ruling Year: 1996 
How This Organization Is Funded: Volunteer contributions - $7,874,986
Program Service Revenue - $6,185,928
Investment Income - $4,098


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Mission Statement

Our mission is to operate volunteer programs around the world in partnership with sustainable community initiatives, bringing people together to work side-by-side while sharing perspectives, and fostering cultural understanding. We are an international non-for-profit organization with no political or religious affiliations.

Legitimacy Information

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Fiscal Year Starting: January 1, 2013
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2013

Total Revenue $14,065,599
Total Expenses $15,077,557

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Mr. Steven Rosenthal

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Steven Rosenthal, Executive Director, is a leading catalyst for social development in urban and rural communities worldwide. Mr. Rosenthal founded Cross-Cultural Solutions in 1995 with its first volunteer program in India. Over the years, Cross-Cultural Solutions has expanded into Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Morocco Peru, Russia, South Africa, Tanzania, and Thailand. Under Mr. Rosenthal's leadership, Cross-Cultural Solutions has entered the world arena as a leading non-profit agency that empowers local communities, fosters cultural sensitivity and understanding, and contributes grassroots solutions to the global challenges of providing sustainable community development. Mr. Rosenthal is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Volunteer Programs Association. He is also the Development Chief for the traditional area of Ziavi, Ghana, West Africa, the only non-African to be given this honor. In addition, Mr. Rosenthal is on the board of several Indian and Ghanaian non-governmental organizations, a consultant and a frequent lecturer to the international development community. He is also the Chairman of the Building Bridges Coalition, a project of the Brookings Institution's Initiative on International Volunteering and Service.

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Budget:
$10,071,935
Category:
Arts, Culture & Humanities
Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

Volunteer Abroad is Cross-Cultural Solutions' most popular program, year after year. CCS offers this exciting program in every program site, with start dates available year-round. Volunteer Abroad is the perfect short-term international volunteer experience, designed with flexibility and individual attention in mind so we can meet your needs and interests.

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Budget:
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Program Description:

High School Volunteer Abroad is a program specially designed for teenage volunteers (ages 15-17) who wish to travel independently on a Cross-Cultural Solutions volunteer program(http://www.crossculturalsolutions.org/discover-what-you-can-do/high-school-volunteer-abroad) . In summer 2014, high school volunteers may choose from Costa Rica, Guatemala, India, Tanzania, Peru, and Ghana. The CCS Experience is nearly identical for teen volunteers, but parents will appreciate the additional safety measures and 24-hour supervision offered. Teens will enjoy an action-packed 1 to 4 week program, working side-by-side with local people at a CCS volunteer work assignment in the community, enjoying Cultural & Learning and other supervised trips to local markets and other sites of interest. During this program, only teenage volunteers stay in the CCS Home-Base . 24-hour supervision is provided by English-speaking CCS in-country staff members trained to support teenagers living and volunteering in another culture.

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At CCS, we take this work very seriously, and we commit to ensuring that our impact on the community remains positive. Our volunteers rely on us to know that their efforts are valued and appreciated, and they are truly making a contribution. Our partners rely on us to provide hands-on support to achieve their mission. We believe that the communities where we work, and the volunteers that make it all possible, deserve nothing less than our best effort. CCS monitors the impact of our volunteer work through annual surveys, and publishes our the results in an Impact Assessment.
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