We link partners for holistic development in the Balkans
DEVELOPMENT STARTS WITH: "WHAT DO WE ALREADY HAVE?"
We believe that local partners should first ask the question: “What assets do we already have, and how can we tackle this problem on a local level?” rather than “What do we need, and who from the outside can meet those needs?”
Therefore, on some of our projects we simply link existing local partners together around a shared development goal. With other projects, we link local partners with global ones, who bring additional value.
In all our work we seek to address development challenges in a holistic manner, recognizing, for example, that poverty is more than just the absence of money and health is more than just the absence of disease.
We collaborate with a variety of partners to accomplish our mission, including public institutions, aid agencies, embassies, businesses, non-profits, faith communities, and individual volunteers and donors.
We want to see lives being transformed
GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER
We believe that development challenges must be addressed at a values-level that gets to the “heart” of the matter; otherwise, solutions will be superficial and short-lived.
Businesses, healthcare services, and community initiatives that are consistently led by positive, life-giving values will result in transformed lives and greater flourishing of society.
We recognize that change at this heart or values-level comes slowly, which is why we build long-term relationships with our partners and the communities we serve.
We seek to live out the following values in our work
Following Christ’s example of service to humanity and leading by example
Serving with our partners in a spirit of mutual cooperation and respect around a shared vision
Serving with honesty, transparency, and consistency
Serving in ways that add value and benefit communities physically, socially, and spiritually
Serving with professional, cultural, and linguistic excellence
Wisely managing the resources that are entrusted to us
Our organization is committed to basic Christian principles and beliefs. This informs and inspires our desire to serve all people in the Balkans regardless of their background.
Meet the Partners
Meet the Board of Directors
Mary Jo Wohlers
Registered Nurse, Fairfax County Health Department, Virginia
Mary Jo Wohlers is a registered nurse and is the wife of Paul D. Wohlers, U.S. Ambassador to Macedonia from 2011 to 2015. During her 6 years in Macedonia, Mary Jo was actively involved with various nonprofit and humanitarian endeavors, including LinkAcross’ work at the Children’s Hospital in Skopje and playgrounds around Macedonia.
MD, MPH, FAAFP, FACHE, FAAPL
Donald M. Bradshaw is a senior Physician Advisor with Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. – a global advisory organization. Bradshaw earned his BS from Wheaton (Illinois), his MPH from University of Washington (Washington) and his MD from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (Maryland).
Co-founder / Managing Partner of LinkAcross
Before relocating to Macedonia in 2007, Jonathan worked as a professionally licensed mechanical engineer in California and Oregon for nine years. He is passionate about bringing economic and social transformation to Macedonia through the development of ethical enterprises.