ABS Community Research was founded in 2001, and to date has advocated for nonprofit beneficiaries across multiple sectors both domestically and abroad. ABS was originally established to support partnership development between justice, health and human services, education, and labor sectors. In 2009, ABS expanded to advocating for more nonprofit beneficiaries including agriculture, alternative energy, water, human rights, democracy, anti-corruption, anti-terrorism, and more. ABS has provided voluntary and charitable consulting assistance in public relations, finance, compliance, operations, strategic planning, fundraising, diplomacy, government relationships for NGOs in the U.S. and almost all continents.
In the nonprofit sector, there are literally millions more small groups than there are the few thousand larger institutions. ABS Community Research provides dedicated support to the smaller NGOs which do not have access to institutional level resources, by supporting advancement of those smaller groups through provision of administrative tools, resources, and partnerships. There is strength in numbers, and measurable exponential growth when relationships are sound and forward moving, in tandem and shared mission.
The millions of NGOs around the world have extraordinary talent, capability, relationships, and local impact. However, the need is always constant and great, far above and beyond what many of the few major institutions can achieve. ABS actualizes the extraordinary contributions that the local organizations make to positively impact their communities, and fosters a long-term and ongoing development cycle for continuing growth and stability. ABS objective is for the local NGO world to be empowered with institutional capabilities at smaller scales.
Velma Anne Ruth founded ABS Community Research in 2001 per the request of advisors to the U.S. Department of Justice, in response to needed advancements in community justice partnerships for increasing public safety and public welfare. This nonprofit was established based on Velma's Masters Degree thesis on criminal psychology, creative psychology, and the criminal justice system. Velma has a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, focused on Psychology and the Visual & Performing Arts for Creative Arts Therapies. Velma was an apprentice in Creativity & Intelligence under the late Dr. Morris I. Stein, Professor Emeritus, NYU who was internationally recognized for his research. Velma earned a Masters Degree of Education in Psychology with focus on Criminal Justice. Velma's work leading ABS Community Research has been primarily volunteer, involving multiple partners and collaborations over the years. ABS Community Research is a nonprofit 501c3 volunteer organization, funded through Velma's boutique consulting business, Independent Review Inc. Velma was awarded Ambassador for Peace status under UN Economic & Social Council in 2013 by UPF for her advocacy (image). In 2001, Velma was recognized and honored with lifetime status under Who's Who in America.
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