Nov 122014

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.

May 022014

Yes, it can.   How?

By creating jobs, by expanding markets, by increasing sales.

There are many business people all over the world  who are making products that they sell to be able to support their family.   The more sales they make, the more likely it is that they can support their family.   The more likely that they can support their family, the more likely that their children won’t become poverty orphans.

So, what?

One of the things that I want to do with The Vulnerable Project is to create an online store.     The products sold in the online store could come from all over the world.   The requirements would be that they would:

  1. Come from a recognized organization that works with local business people to help them conduct business and grow their business.
  2. Employ staff who you could classify as vulnerable people – in other words, if they didn’t have this job opportunity, they’d run the risk of malnutrition, homelessness or worse.
  3. This would be a partnership that would be mutually beneficial.   In other words, not only do the increased sales need to help the people who make the goods, but a portion of the sales need to help fund the work of the Vulnerable Project so that we can in turn do more to help more kids.

I have my own list of possible partners, but I need your help.    I’m sure many of you know organizations that meet those requirements – some of you maybe even run organizations that do that.

If you know of or run an organization like that – whether it’s in Haiti, Uganda, Bangladesh, Vietnam or wherever, I’d like to hear from you.    Can you take 3 minutes and fill out the contact form below so I know who to get in touch with to have discussions about whether this would be an opportunity for both them and us to make a difference?

On behalf of the vulnerable children and families this may help, thank you,

Tom Vanderwell