Pangea informs and engages members in supporting the efforts of grassroots organizations in the developing world to solve social, economic and environmental issues, through financial assistance, on-going partnerships and site visits.
In the weeks following the attacks of September 11, 2001, a small group from Seattle began a series of conversations to try to understand what had happened. They wanted to know what they, as individuals, could do to promote more direct and positive international engagement at a community level. None of the charitable organizations they were supporting seemed right for this level of engagement, so over the next year, they developed an idea for a new and different kind of international organization.
From its founding, Pangea has been a community of like-minded individuals whose members learn together and pool their resources to reach out to people struggling to improve their lives in other parts of the world. Originally called World Venture Partners, we changed our name in 2005 to Pangea, to symbolize our desire to bring the world's peoples closer together. Pangea is the name given the supercontinent when all the world's land masses were unified.
Pangea started with five founding members and grew by word-of-mouth to its current membership of 55. Since 2003, we have partnered with 39 grassroots organizations in 9 countries and awarded grants totaling $728,461.