Common Causes

In response to suffering, we collaborate with charitable organizations that are first  vetted and found to be doing some of the most effective work in areas of particular concern to the Bruderhof:

  • Famine and natural resource depletion
  • Crises due to natural disasters
  • Crises due to war and violence
  • Education and literacy

Doing our best to live simply and frugally frees up financial resources we can contribute to worthy relief projects worldwide. When possible, the Bruderhof will also send members to volunteer at project sites from a couple weeks up to a year. It is in the spirit of support that we highlight several of our charitable partnerships. Please consider how you can help:


oxfam logo
Oxfam’s work addressing famine, particularly in Africa, caught our attention more than thirty years ago. Since then we’ve supported them on projects involving sustainable farming methods and clean water initiatives, such as digging wells in Sudan, Ethiopia, and Zimbabwe. In the United States, we’ve participated in crisis response. During the recent influx of unaccompanied minors from Central America into the United States, we sent Bruderhof members to assist the children in Oxfam-staffed FEMA centers along the US–Mexico border.
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heifer international logo
Our involvement with Heifer dates back to the World War II recovery. This hands-on group does an exceptional job lifting people out of poverty through livestock and sustainable agriculture. Today we have a fellowship program that has two Bruderhof members working on the Heifer ranch in Arkansas for a one -year term. We know that when people feel helpless, it can be debilitating. We assist Heifer in helping the poor regain their independence and livelihood, and with that a feeling of dignity and respect.
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doctors without borders logo
We appreciate that DWB is agnostic and will treat anyone, civilian or soldier, regardless of religious or political affiliation. And because it accepts no government funding that might affect others’ perception of its allegiance, the group has a sterling record of getting into areas where others cannot. The Bruderhof began its relationship with DWB during the Lebanon crisis in 2006. Currently we are working together to meet the medical needs of some nine million Syrians displaced by civil war.
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world vision logo
The Bruderhof values commitment – when World Vision is involved in a project, it remains on site to develop communities for a minimum of twenty years. We supported the group’s work in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. In Myanmar, we supported disaster relief after Cyclone Nargis and have tackled the persistent problem of child trafficking in the region. In 2015-, there is a fellowship being developed that would  send Bruderhof members to Africa to train farmers how to grow high-quality crops targeted to European markets.
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maryknoll lay missioners logo
The Bruderhof helps fund the missions and missioners of this Catholic organization, which has an appealingly low overhead and simple structure. The missioners are committed, serving three-year terms (sometimes as whole families) to compassionately care for the poor in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. We support missions focusing on education and farming.
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In systemic or acute crisis situations, it’s the children, and mothers, who are most vulnerable. Jesus says that what we do for the least of us, we do for him. Save the Children lets kids know that people care about them and they won’t be neglected in their time of need. The Bruderhof began our relationship by providing grants for the groups’ international efforts, as well as sponsoring a literacy/nutrition/obesity education program for Appalachian people living in poverty. Our participation intensified in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, as we helped to staff and furnish children’s and family spaces. The Bruderhof is concerned with finding ways to effectively respond, especially to children, during crises caused by the increase in extreme weather patterns.
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For Save the Children UK, we’ve funded international relief and child nutrition programs in the Republic of South Sudan and the Central African Republic. Within the UK, we’ve most recently supported Born to Read, a program designed to improve literacy and reading interest, especially among underprivileged children. Save the Children’s ethos matches up well with our community’s love and respect for children.
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anglican alliance logo
The issue of human slavery is a growing global crisis, with recent estimates of over 30 million people oppressed in slavery in almost every part of the world. The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Pope have jointly committed to tackle modern slavery, calling it ‘a crime against humanity’ and giving their blessing to an ecumenical and inter-faith initiative. The Bruderhof is supporting the Anglican Alliance research and map the current Anglican initiatives on trafficking and slavery around the world. These initiatives involve prevention, care and support for survivors, and advocacy work.
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tomorrow's people logo
The Bruderhof believes that employment is a social justice issue. Work makes you feel valued, helps you create relationships with other people, and gives you what you need to support yourself and your family. We also feel work in and of itself is a form of worship. Tomorrow’s People in the UK is an employment charity that aids people such as the long-term unemployed and those entering the workforce after prison. The Bruderhof has supported a program targeting intergenerational family worklessness, addressing the issues of various family members so they can support each other in all getting back to work.
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the hunger project logo

We like this group’s pragmatic approach to fighting poverty. They develop epicenters, building up whole, self-sustaining communities. While we provide funding that supports resourcing local communities, the Hunger Project also helps villagers organize and problem-solve for themselves. It’s a bottom-up approach that’s empowering.
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