Opportunity International

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Opportunity International "was founded in 1971 by two visionary leaders who were moved by the hunger and poverty of people in developing countries. Al Whittaker, former president of Bristol Myers International Corporation in America, and Australian entrepreneur David Bussau sought a solution that would transform people's lives without creating dependency.

"Opportunity was one of the first nonprofit organizations to recognize the benefits of providing microloans as capital to those working their way out of poverty. When clients build businesses with Opportunity loans, they often set into motion monumental changes. Family income rises. Children are well fed and go to school. Homes are improved. Women gain status. For clients around the globe, these transformations take place every day – beginning with loans as small as $60. " [1]

Strategic Partners

Helping to build Opportunity's microfinance institutions around the world. [2]

Leadership Team

Accessed July 2010: [3]

  • Bill Morgenstern, Chief Executive Officer
  • Rick John, Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer
  • Dennis Ripley, Senior Vice President, International Business Development
  • Mark Lutz, Senior Vice President, Global Philanthropy
  • David Knibbe, Senior Vice President, Resource Development
  • Connie Stryjak, Senior Vice President, Human Resources


Accessed July 2010: [4]

Advisory Board

Accessed July 2010: [5]


URL: http://www.opportunity.org

Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch


  1. History, Opportunity International, accessed July 3, 2010.
  2. Strategic Partners, Opportunity International, accessed July 3, 2010.
  3. Leadership Team, Opportunity International, accessed July 3, 2010.
  4. Directors, Opportunity International, accessed July 3, 2010.
  5. Advisory Board, Opportunity International, accessed July 3, 2010.