In 2017 Charity Navigator produced a report that indicated that giving was on the rise. Over 400 billion dollars were given to charity in that year alone. However, most people are unaware that most charitable donations in the US goes toward places of worship. While such giving is admirable, perhaps funds might be better spent toward helping people who are in need of charity become self-sufficient. We have so much information now, that we know where the need is.
How does this happen? While many places of worship do offer training, education and job placement there isn’t a substantial number doing the critical work. The critical work in communities across the USA and the world comes in the form of providing opportunities for the next generation and empowering the current generation to sustain those opportunities and build on them. The information age has put statistics on education and economics at our fingertips. We simply must act on the data.
However, its key that we take a critical solutions-based approach to giving. Giving to a food pantry is great, but ensuring that the mom or dad actually has the means to feed their own child is even better. Providing a job is great, but a business that employees more than one person is much more vital. We make these critical mistakes in our giving, not because we don’t have altruistic motives, but rather, we haven’t stopped to think about how our giving can cause a chain reaction of growth.
Have you ever considered sustainable giving? Giving to causes that empower people rather than just maintain people. Imagine if you knew your donation would not just feed a child for 7 days, but employ his/her parent to be able to feed them for years to come. This is sustainable giving–the kind that keeps growing and has wider reaching positive implications.
It is in this spirit that the InvestAfrica and the Urban Youth Home School Project was envisioned. In all of my work as a contractor and entrepreneur I have always believed in doing well while doing good. This includes making opperotunities for others. But as I have matured in my giving and volunteerism, now I seek to create lasting change that has far-reaching positive benefits and effects.
For that reason, support the Urban Youth Home School Tutor Project. It envisions a network of educators and tutors providing top quality personalized education in small groups around the nation. Snatching some of our most vulnerable populations out of the deadly preschool to prison pipeline. I believe together we can change the narrative. We have to believe in the power of what we can do.
Additionally, your support for the AfricaInvest project is of great importance as well. Many entrepreneurs and businesses in African states across the continent need capitalization. They are often locked out by infrastructural, monetary and access barriers that make growth slow. The lack of small and medium enterprises in these kinds of economies results in the mass unemployment and massive migrations we see today. It is estimated that over 50 percent of African youth are unemployed. And those who are employed, likely make less than 200 USD/month,
We could raise money to help people buy food, immigrate or learn a new skill for an industry that has not yet matured in their country–or we could empower entrepreneurs to create and sustain businesses that will employ the youth. This is solution-based sustainable giving. I encourage you to support.