No matter your faith, and there are many faiths in project management around the world. Every year, we look for great charities to recommend.
Project managers are a charitable lot. They not only work for charities to help make projects go well, but they also give of their money and gifts to help make the world a better place.
There are a number of great charities that help in the US and around the world. Here are a few to consider:
PMI Educational Foundation
Yes, PMI<sup>®</sup> has a charity that project managers can use to boost their profession and help the industry as a whole.
This is from the PMIEF page:
“Throughout 2018, PMIEF has been able to:
- Work with nonprofits to help some of our most vulnerable youth
- Supply project management scholarships and awards
- Bring PM education to communities around the world
- Work with nonprofits to support people with disabilities
- Engage with organizations supporting women’s efforts to provide better lives for their families and communities
As you can see, we have been able to change lives by using project management for social good®. I am asking you to support PMIEF with a renewed donation to help us continue inspiring, growing and training youth and communities around the globe.” – https://pmief.org/campaigns/2018-giving-tuesday
PMIEF is a great way to promote the project management industry to the whole world. It’s an opportunity for this vast, international community to come together to make the world a better place by sharing our gifts.
In the wake of World War II, there was a need for a charity that could help the children of the world. The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has provided for children around the globe ever since 1946.
Wherever there is conflict, UNICEF goes in. In fact, they are often there years before the rest of the international community has the nerve to show up.
“UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, to defend their rights, and to help them fulfill their potential, from early childhood through adolescence. And we never give up.” – https://www.unicef.org/
Many charities can feel political, but UNICEF is rarely embroiled in politics. Their only mission is to make sure that the children of the world get care as quickly as possible.
UNICEF is working in so many nations that they have an alphabetical listing on their website: https://www.unicef.org/where-we-work.
No one anywhere in the world, no matter what their beliefs or issues with anyone else, feels that children should be left unprotected. UNICEF can help us to protect those children that are in places we can reach.
International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent
No matter where you live, the sight of a red cross or red crescent on the side of a truck means that help has arrived.
Often people think of RC vehicles arriving in a war zone, healing the injured, and caring for everyone. They are, in reality, so much more. They arrive after hurricanes, tornadoes, monsoons, and much more.
“The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is the world’s largest humanitarian network and is guided by seven Fundamental Principles: Humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, universality, and unity.” – https://media.ifrc.org/ifrc/
The IFRC works in every nation of the world delivering food and aid to people in need regardless of race, creed, religion, or political affiliation. IFRC projects are particularly needed in places where systemic poverty of both the people and the nations make impossible to survive without assistance. Their volunteers and resources are often left behind in war zones for years to help the populace rebuild.
As with many international charities, you can donate to the organization as a whole or to just one region or project.
Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors without Borders
In the global community, there are few organizations that have a strong reputation for being willing to put themselves in harm’s way to help the innocent of every major conflict and tragedy.
“In May 1968, a group of young doctors decided to go and help victims of wars and major disasters. This new brand of humanitarianism would reinvent the concept of emergency aid. They were to become Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), known internationally in English as Doctors Without Borders.” – https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org
As their website explains, MSF was influenced by the horrifying images that were suddenly being beamed directly into their living rooms through the power of television. From the late 1960s to today, these images inspire action.
Today, MSF volunteers operate in over 70 countries, offering free medical assistance to those who need it most. Their efforts are rarely rewarded or even acknowledged. MSF volunteers are often themselves in the midst of tragedies that the world has already forgotten – from famines to natural disasters to wars.
Direct Relief is a medical organization that supplies doctors and nurses with equipment and medicines for every need.
They operate in all 50 US states and 80+ countries.
“Direct Relief is a humanitarian aid organization, active in all 50 states and more than 80 countries, with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies – without regard to politics, religion, or ability to pay.” – https://www.directrelief.org
Unlike many of the other charities on the list, Direct Relief works with people in poverty, regardless of whether they’ve been affected a tragedy or not.
Health is the greatest asset that anyone can have. In fact, without health, there is little or no chance of succeeding in any other part of life.
With the help of Direct Relief, people are able to find their way to health and that can set them free to improve their lives.
“Oxfam is a global organization working to end the injustice of poverty. We help people build better futures for themselves, hold the powerful accountable, and save lives in disasters. Our mission is to tackle the root causes of poverty and create lasting solutions.
“Our vision: A just world without poverty.
“Our mission: To create lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and social injustice.” – https://www.oxfamamerica.org/explore/about-oxfam/
Around the world, Oxfam delivers more than just food and water; they provide the means to escape poverty. In some regions, this might mean a goat, in others, an education. No matter what Oxfam delivers, everything is designed to make a lifetime of impact, as opposed to a single meal or just short-term help. They follow the idea of “Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime.”
The Year of Charity
Each year, we look for ways to share our good fortune with others. These organizations and thousands of others are perfect vehicles to help us share the wealth and goodness of our lives when don’t have time to volunteer ourselves.
Yada is not just the leader of the Project Management Training Institute (PMTI). He helped to write significant portions of the project management standards worldwide. He is helping PMI right now in reviewing, directing, and leading the development of the 7th edition of the PMBOK(r) Guide to incorporate the most monumental changes to project management standards in 35 years. He shares his wisdom with readers via the PMTI blog.