Our letter

Dear Friends,

We are Terry Rockstad and Mariana Marques, and, just like you, we are passionate about social and environmental issues.
We believe that we are all connected — humankind, nature, environment — and that to protect and preserve this planet we call home, we need to restore its balance and improve the welfare of all its living beings. This is why we created Azimuth World Foundation, a US charitable organization, as described in the Internal Revenue Code, section 501(c)(3), dedicated to supporting meaningful solutions that impact the world.
Azimuth World Foundation partners with quality organizations around the world and carefully selects the projects to support. For each project, we raise and secure funds, and create and promote awareness, because we want the world to know, care, and help. Azimuth World Foundation supports local, international, and global projects that deal with three specific issues:

Public Health because diseases can be prevented or treated with timely access to appropriate and affordable medication, vaccines, and other health services;

Access to Safe Water because access to clean and safe water is essential to achieve health, education, and income growth, particularly for women and children;

Humankind and Nature because we need to build on successful conservation efforts and help local communities find ways to thrive alongside nature and wildlife.

With your help, we can change the world and shape the future locally, internationally and globally. Together with you, we can make a difference.

Join us! Watch the impact you are making.

Mariana Marques

Terry Rockstad

Mariana Marques

Terry Rockstad

Our work

Mission & Vision

We give voice and raise funds to support solutions that change the world in a positive way.

“We, Azimuth World Foundation, believe that we are all connected and that together we can change and transform the world and have a positive impact so that Humankind and Nature thrive in harmony.”

Mariana Marques and Terry Rockstad

What We Do

We, Azimuth World Foundation, raise funds to support local, international and global projects that we personally and carefully select that improve Public Health, create access to Safe Water and promote the balance between Humankind and Nature.

How We Do It

We work in transparency.
We want you to witness the impact you're making.

To select an organization and a project to support, we thoroughly assess its credibility, work, and employment of donated funds. We look for organizations of integrity that show structural results with positive impact. For us, positive impact does not translate as a superficial and temporary fix but rather as a concrete and lasting solution.

We, Azimuth World Foundation, create awareness by developing campaigns. We amplify the voice of selected organizations that develop the projects we support. We stimulate debate and conversations by sharing our stories and news on issues concerning Public Health, access to Safe Water, and the balance between Humankind and Nature. Our purpose is to create a movement with you.

Together we can make our voices heard and lead the conversation about issues that call for debate and solutions that merit support.

The Pillars

For a better
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Because it's vital.

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saves lives?

For a better
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& NATURE thrive
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Our team

Team & Board Members

Azimuth World Foundation's Team. We want you to know who we are and what we do.

Azimuth’s team is an interesting group of people passionate about humanitarian and environmental issues who have solid professional experience in different areas, from management to health, biology and law, to the financial area.

  • Mariana Marques is a conservation biologist and passionate traveler.
    She was born in Portugal, a small country in Europe’s most western point.
    Her love for Nature and all living beings developed during childhood and is now part of her DNA. She has worked in Animal Behaviour, Welfare & Conservation, as a Nature Guide, and in Communications and PR. She always dreamed of someday being able to contribute to a better world where nature and humankind thrive.

  • Terry Rockstad was born in North Dakota and has devoted over 40 years to build a very successful retail business. He’s been actively involved in humanitarian and environmental causes for a long time — currently on the board of directors of the International Peace Garden, a board member of The Great Plains Food Bank, a former president of The North Dakota Historical Society, a former member of Twin Cities YPO and a long-serving supporter and partner of Save the Children. In 2015, he created the Rockstad Foundation, a charity that inspires and supports human kindness and leadership development.
    Azimuth World Foundation is Terry’s latest and most rewarding chapter in life.

  • Cody Two Bears is best known for his work as an activist. He is a Standing Rock leader and a former elected member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council. He is the founder and executive director of Indigenized Energy — a non-profit that focuses on encouraging young Standing Rock Sioux tribal members to continue traditional ways of tending to the Earth. He is the driving force behind North Dakota's first solar farm and has helped coordinate North Dakota's first-ever solar training event.
    When the pandemic hit, Two Bears led an initiative to provide students with new laptops to ensure they had the proper resources to continue their studies online.

  • David Field has been practicing family medicine for 37 years. He is skilled in providing preventive health care, as well as chronic disease management. In 2018, he was named Family Physician of the Year in North Dakota. He has served on the Sanford Hospital board on several different occasions. He is currently the Medical Director for Custer District Health that serves 7 counties in North Dakota.

  • David Gotlieb is a trusted business adviser and lawyer to some of the largest closely-held businesses in the Upper Midwest. David Gotlieb’s expertise spans a broad range of industries, including hedge funds, banks, manufacturers, recycling companies, insurance companies, retail chains and consumer goods companies. He is a partner and serves as chair of the Corporate Department at Barnes & Thornburg LLP, leading a team of more than 100 professionals.

  • Gary Shaye has worked worldwide in the Dominican Republic, Nepal, Bhutan, Bolivia, and Haiti. He has wide international experience overseeing health and education development projects and humanitarian responses. For more than 45 years, he has served in various roles with Save the Children. In Haiti, he was the Country Director following the devastating 2010 earthquake. In 2017 and 2018, he was responsible for the hurricane response in Hurricane Irma's aftermath in Florida and Maria's in Puerto Rico. In 2019, when he was in Colombia, he supported the response to the Venezuelan crisis. He currently serves as Senior Director for Save the Children.

  • Jim Ramstad has more than 40 years of experience in various roles, from controller, COO, and CFO, to CEO and director of business development. He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration from Minnesota State University Moorhead.
    A retired business advisor with Eide Bailly LLP, Jim enters the second half of life with a mission to be a person of significance, an instrument who inspires, influences and empowers others to live victoriously to their full potential.

  • Raquel completed her degree in veterinary medicine in 2005 and a post-graduate degree in surgery in 2009. She began her career with externships in internationally renowned zoos, like Sydney’s Taronga Zoo and Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo, and has since been working at Maia Zoo (Portugal) as an ultrasound technician and marine animals consultant. Raquel is now entirely dedicated to ultrasound imaging, working primarily with dogs and cats but also with reptiles, ferrets, hamsters, and other species. Along with two other colleagues, she’s about to open a top medical imaging center that will pioneer a new kind of veterinary service in Portugal.

  • Rowan Martin is a biologist and conservationist with a passion for connecting people and nature to protect threatened ecosystems. He has a Ph.D. in the behavioral ecology of threatened parrots. He is currently the Director of the World Parrot Trust’s Africa Conservation Programme, where he oversees a diverse program of activities.
    Rowan has worked in several countries in Africa and Latin America, conducting research and implementing conservation projects to protect threatened wildlife. He has published over 30 peer-reviewed publications.

  • Thea Bechshøft is a marine biologist with a Ph.D. in polar bear ecology/physiology. Her passion for nature, particularly for the raw Arctic regions, steered her commitment to this ecosystem and its protection. She has spent 15+ years studying polar bears, publishing peer-reviewed scientific papers, and conducting fieldwork in Greenland and Canada. Thea has also guided polar voyages in Svalbard and Russia and is currently working as a researcher with Polar Bears International. She is the creator and host of the popular Facebook page Polar Bear Questions.

    Azimuth World Foundation is recognized under section 501(c)(3)
    of the Internal Revenue Code and in full compliance.
    Located in North Dakota, USA.

    Our Handout

    For a better world, with Public Health, access to Safe Water, where Humankind and Nature thrive.

    Want to know who we are and what we do? Download Azimuth World Foundation’s handout.