About SHARE

The Vision

SHARE provides opportunities and resources to help people help themselves. Using the “Pass On” principle, those helped assist others, thus ensuring healthy communities where people can improve their life through their own efforts.

The Mission

SHARE enables impoverished agriculturally based communities to improve their quality of life by supporting projects that contribute to economic, social and environmental development and sustainability.

Core Values & Guiding Principles

We:

  • Ensure grass roots project funding is provided without colour, gender, religious or political bias.
  • Work with partners locally in countries where projects are supported.
  • Provide a hand-up rather than a hand-out.
  • Provide accountability to our donors and partners.
  • Keep administration costs to a minimum.
  • Work primarily through committed volunteers.

How We Work


We Partner
SHARE partners with like-minded rural organizations in developing countries where local governments are unable to offer support and services to impoverished rural communities. SHARE’s assistance is given to partners who can meet needs that they, not SHARE, identify in consultation with the beneficiaries. These local partnerships carry out SHARE’s work.

 

 

We Ask
Because we believe strongly in the skills and experiences of our trusted southern partners and the local farmers and communities we ask what they need and partner with them. Donations go to the people who need it.







We Expand Results Using the "Pass On" Principle
SHARE’s beneficiaries are required to pass on something concrete to others in need. The ‘pass on’ might be plant cuttings, seeds, skills, knowledge or community service. Women in Brazil who received funds to develop their chicken enterprise donated meat to the local school lunch program. SHARE scholarship students in Belize do community service in their village and schools.

This ‘pass on principle’ is working well in El Salvador. Some years ago, SHARE funded 80 cattle to campesinos newly settled on land in the agrarian reform process in 8 communities. The cattle provide milk, cheese and occasionally meat for each community chosen to participate in this project. The sale of one calf each year doubles the income of a poor rural family in these communities. Without additional funding the project keeps expanding and over 15 communities now have community cattle herds through ‘pass on’. The ‘pass on’ is managed by the southern partner who can expand results effectively into
other needy communities and monitored by SHARE project manager.

SHARE Organization

Board of Directors: Trish Murphy (President), Paul McLellan (Vice-President), Stephen Hood, Caitlin Armstrong, Trudy Blackburn, Hugh McLelland, Lynn Moore, Tiegan Armstrong

Secretary to the Board - Brian Cleave, Treasurer - Joe Gray, Assistant to the Treasurer - Ben Tasson

Committees: Communications Committee, Fundraising Committee, Finance Committee, Human Resources Committee

Project Managers: Les Frayne (Central America), Bob Thomas (South America)

SHARE benefits from the talents and expertise of many other volunteers. If you would like to arrange a presentation by a SHARE volunteer, be a SHARE volunteer, help on a committee or fund raise for SHARE please contact us at info@shareagfoundation.org.

Financial Information

SHARE’s work in Canada is done by dedicated volunteers who put in many hours of time working out of home offices and fundraising. This means that administration costs can be kept low and donations are used for our project work. Costs such as our newsletter expenses are covered by an annuity and investments designated by generous donors.

Through the years SHARE has applied for and received funding from the Canadian government (GAC, DFATD, and CIDA), private foundations, service clubs, organizations and churches expanding our results.







To view Financial Statements click here.

A Few Facts...

A community that benefits through a SHARE funded project must agree to the pass on principle. For example, if a farmer receives livestock, then the first female offspring will be passed on to another farmer.