Global Communities


Our Vision

We envision a world where everyone has the freedom, means and ability to live and prosper with dignity.


Our Mission

Our mission is to create long-lasting, positive and community-led change that improves the lives and livelihoods of vulnerable people across the globe.


Our Values

Our values are four commitments that we use to define our work, our approach and who we are. We use these to guide our work and our behavior as partners for good. They are: Genuine, Committed, Connected and Purposeful.

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Who Is Global Communities?

Global Communities is a global development organization committed to working in partnership with communities worldwide to bring about sustainable, impactful changes that improve the lives and livelihoods of the vulnerable.


Development is not something we do for people; it is something we do with them. We believe that the people who understand their needs best are the people of the community itself.


We make a difference by engaging with communities, governments, the private sector and NGOs as partners for good – bringing together complementary strengths and shared responsibilities to work toward common goals.


Global Communities has existed since 1952. Until 2012, we were known as CHF International and, before that, the Cooperative Housing Foundation. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


What Distinguishes Our Work?

The power of what we do lies in our ability to develop relationships that put the people of the community at the forefront of their own development. Enriched by the ability to build trust and understanding, it is our heartfelt focus on community and partnership that distinguishes our work.


What Is Vitas Group?


We don’t tell the community what to do, they tell us.

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Where We Work

From October 1, 2015 to March 30, 2017

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Our Impact in 2016

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Awards and Distinctions for Our People and Our Partnerships

2017 – Global Communities was awarded “Non-Profit of the Year” by the Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Illinois, USA, for community leadership and outstanding contributions to the Hispanic community.


2016 – Global Communities’ vital work in ending the Ebola crisis in Liberia continues to be internationally recognized. In 2016 we received the Golden Image Award from the Government of Liberia for contributions made during the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa.

Watch Video: Former Administrator of USAID, Dr. Rajiv Shah, speaks about Global Communites' role in the response to Ebola in Liberia at an event led by CSIS called "Enriching the Policy Ecosystem: Broadening the Talent Base."

Key factors that facilitated KTU’s success were: an emphasis on community ownership/empowerment; being inclusive and non-partisan; outstanding leadership; strong partnerships; and a degree of flexibility/adaptability. Through persistence and expert knowledge of the operating environment, KTU effectively managed most of its internal and external challenges. KTU made progress in meeting all four of its objectives.”


—Excerpt from Kenya Tuna Uwezo: Final Performance Evaluation, USAID/Kenya and East Africa Office of Democracy, Governance and Conflict, September 2016. Global Communities’ Kenya Tuna Uwezo program was focused on preventing ethnic and religious violence in the informal settlements of Kenya, from 2012 to 2016.




Photo: Selline Korir, Project Director of Kenya Tuna Uwezo, and program participants Juma Salim Juma,

Shukri Abdullahi Ahmed and Zelpha Ingasaiah Vukono visited policy-makers on Capitol Hill

in 2016 to describe their role in preventing violent extremism in Kenya’s informal settlements.

Our Work in 2016

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Volunteers Profile: Elena Gillis, Muhammad Malik, Samad Sadri, Alison Salisbury

Are cooperatives making a difference in communities in which they are located? To answer this, Global Communities partnered with a team of four master’s degree graduates from the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. Over the course of spring semester, 2016, the team worked with Global Communities’ cooperative development team to review related literature and design and implement a field survey. In March 2016 the team went to Rwanda to collect the data.


Interviews revealed that 77 percent of respondents agreed that local cooperatives help to decrease the inequality gap within their community. Benefits were both economic and social, from higher crop yields to greater trust and community cohesion.



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Executive Officers

Board of Trustees

Trustees Emeritus

Senior Management

David A. Weiss

President and CEO


Michel Holsten

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer


Robert A. Mosbacher, Jr.


Chairman, Mosbacher Energy Company; Former President and CEO, OPIC


David A. Weiss

President and CEO

Global Communities


Lauri Fitz-Pegado

Vice Chair

Partner, The Livingston Group


Governor Richard F. Celeste


Former Director of The Peace Corps; Governor of Ohio; US Ambassador to India


Caroline Blakely


President and CEO, Rebuilding Together

William C. Lane


President Emeritus, US Global Leadership Coalition


Ambassador Wendy J. Chamberlin


President, Middle East Institute


Peter L. Woicke


Former Managing Director of The World Bank; President of the International Finance Corporation


William Stacy Rhodes


Former Chief of Staff of The Peace Corps; senior USAID official


Nancy E. Roman


President and CEO,

Capital Area Food Bank

Samuel E. Bunker

President, Philippine American Foundation


Don H. McCreary

President and CEO (retired), California Community Housing Management Services


Gordon Cavanaugh, Esq.


Gordon E. Lindquist

President and CEO (retired), Mutual Service Insurance Companies


Abhishek Bhasin

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer


Guillermo A. Birmingham

Senior Vice President, Management and Administration


David Humphries

Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs


Elissa McCarter-LaBorde

Vice President, Development Finance


Robyn McGuckin

Vice President, International Operations


Ann Nicocelli-Bailey

Vice President, Strategic Partnerships


Eric O’Neill

General Counsel and Chief Ethics Officer

Our Partners for Good

African Aurora Business Network LLC

African Evangelist Enterprise

American Red Cross


Artisans Association of Ghana

Associacon Nacional de Personas Viviendo con VIH/SIDA en Honduras



Bluefields Indian Caribbean University

Build Change


Casa Allianza

Catholic Relief Services

Centro de Promocion en Salud y Asistencia Familiar



Diakonía de la Paz

Diocesis de Montelibano



Kenya Girl Guides Association


Lebanese Microfinance Association

Liga de la Lactancia Materna de Honduras

Maram Foundation


The Microfinance Centre Network


MIX Market

National Democratic Institute


Opportunities Industrialization Centre Ghana

Overseas Cooperative Development Council

Pan-American Development Foundation

Partners in Health

Pastoral Social de Montelibano




Plan International

Sanabel Microfinance Network

Save the Children

SEEP Network

Sharakeh- Palestinian Microfinance Network


Social Boost

St. John’s Community Centre



Ukraine Crisis Media Center

West University Timisoara

Youth Advocacy and Development Network



Eastern Africa Grain Council

Enterprise Public de Promotion de Logements Sociaux


Foundation in Support of Local Democracy

Fundación Amanecer

Fundación Cerro Matoso


FXB Rwanda

George Washington University

Ghiras Al-Nadha

Habitat for Humanity

Handicap International

Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals

Instituto de Estudios Estrategicos y Politicas Publicas

International Rescue Committee

Iraq Microfinance Network

Jordan River Foundation


Partner Organizations

Al Etihad Bank

Al Quds Bank

Al Rafah Microfinance Bank

Al Watanay Bank, Egypt

Amazon Smile

Arab Bank, Jordan

AYCO Charitable Foundation

Bamboo Financial Inclusion Fund

Bank of Palestine

Benevity Community Impact Fund

BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities

BiB Essen

Cairo Amman Bank

Calvert Foundation

Capital Bank of Jordan

Cardno Emerging Markets Group

Cash united s.a.l.

Caterpillar Foundation

Charles Schwab

Christian Brothers of the Midwest


Corporations & Foundations

Goldman Sachs Foundation

Hapke Family Foundation

Housing Bank for Trade and Finance


Jammal Trust Bank

Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta

John Deere Foundation

Johnson & Johnson Matching Gifts Program

Jordan Ahli Bank

Jordan Kuwait Bank


Kresses Company

Lebanon Cash United

Liban Post

Making All Voices Count

The Manoff Group

The MasterCard Foundation

The mGive Foundation

Microsoft Corporation


Network for Good


Raiffeisen Bank

ResponsAbility Finance

Rotary International

Said and Wadad Khoury Foundation


Sanders Family Philanthropic Foundation

The San Francisco Foundation

Schwab Charitable Fund

Share Your Share

Société Générale Banque de Jordanie

Swiss Capacity Building Fund

Tetra Tech ARD


Unilever Ghana Foundation

VMware Foundation

Walmart Foundation

The Woicke Family Fund

The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation

Combined Federal Campaign (CFCNCA)

Commercial International Bank

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta


Credit Libanais s.a.l.

Cummins Foundation

Deere & Co.

Digicel Group

Egyptian Arab Land Bank

European Fund for Southeast Europe

European Investment Fund

Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund

Fransabank s.a.l.



Global Environment & Technology Foundation

Global Giving

Global Microfinance Fund

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

European Commission

European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO)

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria


Government and Multilateral

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

US Department of Agriculture

US Department of State

World Bank

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

United Nations World Food Programme

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

International Finance Corporation

Internatonal Organization for Migration

Overseas Private Investment Corporation

UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs



Global Communities takes pride in being responsible and effective stewards of our donors’ funds. We have among the tightest financial controls in the NGO community and undergo regular thorough external reviews. We have been a low risk auditee for the past seven years and have received an unqualified/unmodified audit opinion during that period. Furthermore, we annually engage with an external audit firm to conduct an independent review or audit for all our international locations to ensure that our field offices are in compliance with our policies and procedures.

Combined Statement of Activities and Changes in Net Assets for the year ended September 30, 2016

Income Statement
Grants and Contributions 115,570,155
Contracts 15,414,601
Other income 23,786,665
TOTAL REVENUES 154,771,421
Direct Program Implementation 131,383,348
General and Administrative 20,116,892
Fundraising and Business Development 1,438,153
TOTAL EXPENSES 152,938,393
Balance Sheet
Assets 331,084,436
Liabilities 173,110,533
Net Assets
Temporary Restricted 42,489,255
Unrestricted 115,494,648