Sustainable Generosity

After three and a half years working full time doing fundraising for an orphanage in Haiti, I want to do things differently.

I don’t want the Vulnerable Project to be a 501©3 organization.  That means that we’re a charity and we depend on the good will of others.    We depend on others to donate their goods or their funds in order to keep operating.

I don’t want to do that.

Why?   A couple of reasons:

  • I believe a business model that works towards sustainability and generating income does more good and for a longer period of time than an organization funded solely by donations.
  • Especially if you can create a business model that generates jobs in the underprivileged areas, you are doing twice as much good.

So, am I expecting The Vulnerable Project to be self sustaining and profitable immediately?   Ha!   I wish but I know things don’t happen that fast.   It’s going to take time, it’s also going to take the help and generosity of others who care about vulnerable children to get this truly off the ground.

How can you help?    Three ways:

  1. Organizations that already work to employ people in poverty stricken areas – I’d love to discuss the possibility of selling your goods on The Vulnerable Project’s website.    Let’s talk about whether we can set up a mutually beneficial arrangement.   Good for your workers, good for your organization and good for The Vulnerable Project?
  2. If you work for a company (or you “are” a company) that has a product that is marketable online and want to help vulnerable children and their families, I’d love to talk about how we could do that in a way that would be good for you, for The Vulnerable Project and for vulnerable children and their families.
  3. Make a donation – yeah, I know that it wouldn’t be tax deductible, but if you have anything that has value that could be sold online, donate it to The Vulnerable Project, we’ll sell it and use the funds to help jumpstart the organization.    Talk to me if that’s a possibility.

Tomorrow I’m going to lay out again what our goals and plans are, so that you can see a bit more in detail what we’re hoping to accomplish.  In the mean time, if you know anyone who can help with any of these, let me know.


Tom Vanderwell

Apparent Project

P.S. The Apparent Project is run by friends of mine and employs a large number of vulnerable parents in Haiti who can then keep their kids out of orphanages.

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