Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

Amizade, Ltd.

  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • www.amizade.org

Mission Statement

Amizade (pronounced ah-mee-za-jee) empowers individuals and communities through service and learning worldwide. Amizade offers alternative travel programs as well as courses for college credit that combine education, community service and recreation. Since 1994, Amizade has placed over 8,000 volunteers at service sites throughout the world.  Programs are rooted in Amizade's core values:  Community-Driven Service: Amizade works collaboratively with communities to identify issues, implement projects and evaluate outcomes. Deliberate Learning: We cooperate with community members and organizations to educate participants about local culture, local concerns, and local assets. Intercultural Immersion and Exchange: Amizade experiences ensure deep learning about cultural assumptions, worldviews, and the concerns and happiness that we all hold in common. Consideration of Global Citizenship: Amizade invites all participants to reflect on fundamental human equality and how we might each work to build a world where human life is treated more equally across traditional cleavages of ethnicity, nation, class, or gender. Reflective Inquiry: Amizade encourages reflective inquiry to encourage participants to stay connected to global civic engagement after a short-term experience.

Main Programs

  1. Volunteer Programs
  2. Service-Learning Programs
  3. The Global Switchboard

service areas

International

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ruling year

1995

chief executive

Brandon Blache-Cohen

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Keywords

Tanzania, Amizade, Amizage, Amizaje, Eric Hartman, Dan Weiss, Brandon Blache-Cohen, Brandon Cohen, water walk, volunteer, service-learning, study abroad, international, service, fair trade learning

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EIN

36-3974227

Also Known As

Amizade Global Service-Learning, Amizade, Amizade GSL

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Voluntarism Promotion (T40)

Promotion of International Understanding (Q20)

Management & Technical Assistance (S02)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

2013 was Amizade's most empowering year ever. From pioneering innovative education initiatives in Tanzania to renewing a community park in Trinidad, Amizade volunteers spent the year making the world a smaller, safer, and more equitable place. Amizade volunteers came in many forms; as students, faculty, activists, adventurers, philanthropists, and leaders. Young and old, volunteers set out in partnership with Amizade and the communities we work with to serve, explore, and understand.

Programs

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

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Program 1

Volunteer Programs

Amizade offers programs for individual volunteers and also customizes programs for groups (colleges, church groups, families, etc). Program sites include Brazil, Bolivia, Ghana, Tanzania, Northern Ireland, Germany, Poland, Jamaica, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, India and several regions of the United States (Washington, DC; Navajo Nation). Program lengths vary from one week to three months.  The service component is determined by the local community, and may include manual work (such as construction), tutoring, or cultural exchange. Past projects have included the construction of a health clinic in the Brazilian Amazon, tutoring children in the Navajo Nation, and supporting a women's nonprofit organization in Tanzania.

Category

Budget

Population Served

Adults

Program 2

Service-Learning Programs

Amizade offers courses for university credit at its sites in the U.S. and abroad.  Each course includes a service component where students deliver a service identified by their host community. Credit is awarded through West Virginia University.

Recent courses include:
History of the Holocaust - based in Germany and Poland
Indigenous Women's Literature - based in Cochabamba, Bolivia
Journeys with Indigenous Cultures - based in the Navajo Nation

Category

Education

Budget

Population Served

Adults

Program 3

The Global Switchboard

The Global Switchboard is a shared-space, community-oriented, work center for Pittsburgh’s globally engaged social-profit organizations and individuals. It is Pittsburgh’s home for global engagement, a way to bring new resources to the city, and a space to cultivate new and innovative global ideas.

Category

Cultural & Ethnic Awareness

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Population Served

None

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service areas

International

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AMIZADE LTD
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31

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Operations

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Amizade, Ltd.

Leadership

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Brandon Blache-Cohen

BIO

Cohen first began experimenting with social entrepreneurship and service-learning while an undergraduate at the University of Pittsburgh. After sailing on Semester at Sea in the fall of 2003, he combined his passions of travel and social justice by helping to create a student-initiated NGO, FORGE. As Associate Director of FORGE he worked in three refugee camps in Zambia and Botswana on a slew of small-scale development projects. Since then, Cohen has worked in development for the Tahirih Justice Center in Washington, DC, as a researcher and program assistant for aids2031 in Worcester, MA, and as a consultant for several other small nonprofits and foundations. From 2007 - 2009, he was a Social Change Fellow at Clark University, where he earned an MA in International Development and Social Change. To date, Cohen has worked, studied, or traveled in over 55 countries on five continents.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Chad Martin

KPMG

Term: May 2009 - Aug 2011

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?