The Forgotten International’s mission is to develop programs that alleviate poverty and the suffering associated with poverty both in the United States and worldwide, in particular, that experienced by women and children.
A future without anyone living in extreme poverty is a goal to strive for, and our primary target population is women and children, for they are always the most vulnerable. Our hope is that by supporting mothers and their children, the next generation will be one facing less hardship. Our approach, which we find allows us to create our largest possible impact, is to provide targeted support to community organizations. We focus on supporting the work at a grassroots level with these organizations directly working in the communities, for they have the greatest understanding of the problems that population faces and the resources and avenues available to solve them.
TFI was formally started in 2007, but our inception began in 1999. Our founder, Tom Nazario, was asked to go to India by the UN as a part of a legal team to report on human rights abuses against Tibetan children escaping China to live as refugee children. From his experiences there and his deep passion for improving the lives of impoverished children everywhere, he began to form what is today TFI.
The organizations we support are carefully chosen, usually recommended through local contacts, and visited by TFI staff or volunteers. We value our strong relationships with these organizations, their staff, and the community they serve. Many of the organizations we support have been connected with TFI since we first began. These direct relationships and regular site visits allow us to ensure that donor funds are used to support those in greatest need and provide feedback as to the impact as well as anticipated needs.
Our giving criteria
The organizations we support are carefully chosen, usually recommended through local contacts, and visited by TFI staff or volunteers. The grassroots organizations present us with their specific needs to fill programmatic gaps, and we work with donors to provide the funds, assisting in locally-driven poverty alleviation action.