screen-shot-2016-12-14-at-11-18-59-am“When we first started our nonprofit organization, emBOLDen Alliances, it was a bit of a lonely road that involved many an uphill climb and overcoming incredible obstacles.

We have been told more than once to redirect our mission or reshape our vision. We were advised that our approach just could not be accomplished without a large endowment or without being a funder to other organizations. And so on and so on.

But, given 65+ years of experience in International Development and Humanitarian Assistance, we knew there was a better way. We had witnessed firsthand the downfalls of the traditional “charity” approach of handouts, the common “one size fits all” model, and the insufficient tools, resources, and understanding for translating good intentions into meaningful action.

As many others at the Global Summit on Community Philanthropy also voiced, we too have witnessed the limitations of existing methods in the field for far too long. Programs are not completed, funding is difficult to obtain or misdirected, not tracked, and often wasted. Most importantly, community voice and locally-based solutions are far too often overlooked.”

This piece has been published in Alliance magazine. Click on the photo or here to read the full article.