Who We are

We are innovative social entrepreneurs who believe all human beings are worthwhile, significant, and deserving of healthy, happy, and productive lives.

We work to enhance human and economic development among vulnerable populations with innovative projects, strong partnerships, and by supporting social impact practitioners.

Our Journey

Our fight for social justice has been a journey, which has transformed the lives of many.

Our Values

Respect, tolerance, humility, compassion, integrity and faith have guided our work.

Our People

U4C’s board, staff, and advisors share a common vision and fundamental values.

U4C was born out of a commitment to social justice.  Today, we work with hundreds of women in especially vulnerable communities, creating sustainable positive change. We believe that when women are sufficiently literate, healthy and economically empowered they can break the cycle of extreme, multigenerational poverty and will then improve the lives of others around them.

Progress has been made in helping many people rise out of extreme poverty.  However, it is estimated that 2 billion people still live on $1.90/day (Source: World Bank) and women are disproportionately represented in this tragic statistic.  They are at elevated risk of abuse and exploitation. They are at elevated risk of abuse and exploitation, often enduring violence and discrimination with respect to education, economic, and other opportunities.

Millions of women and girls lack access to education, healthcare, livable wages and remain under-represented in political & economic decision-making.

“U4C is one of the most remarkable nonprofits I have ever known.  Its approach to addressing incredibly difficult and complex challenges to humanity, cultural awareness and respectfulness, innovative creativity, and rock solid leadership, make U4C stand out as a very special organization. U4C is genuinely making a positive difference in conditions and locations too few are willing to take on!”


Bob Reid, Ph.D.  Chief Executive Officer  |  JF Maddox Foundation