The Community Impact Fund
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Castle Pines, CO 80108
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In 2018, Douglas County was ranked as the 5th wealthiest counties in America.
In fact, it is the ONLY county in the top 10 list that is not on the East Coast. https://bit.ly/2JDy0lC
And yet, there are currently over 45,000 families in Douglas, Arapahoe and Elbert counties alone that don’t earn enough to cover their bare minimum expenses and who are living in poverty and facing food insecurity. https://bit.ly/2ybFQgK
8,144 (12%) of our kids in Douglas County School District are struggling with hunger and are currently eligible for Free or Reduced Lunches. https://bit.ly/2JLJmjj
These families are forced to make monthly spending cuts that eliminate a basic necessity despite the fact that unemployment is below 4% for the first time in almost 20 years.
What’s even more concerning is that the majority of poverty is now in the suburbs. Suburban poverty is the fastest growing problem in America, it’s often hidden in plain sight, not discussed, without a solution and growing by 10% each year!
These are hard working American Families. They may own a home and a car and be above the poverty line. Yet, they face routine food insecurity without a viable solution. They don’t qualify for Government assistance programs and their dignity and pride often prevents them from utilizing local food banks.
We have to ask ourselves, how is this even possible?
To understand, we have to look at the existing model that is attempting to solve the problem. And when you look closely you will see that the current model, what we will call the “Agency Model” has fundamental challenges built into it that will prevent total hunger elimination no matter how much food is donated.
Let me explain.
The Agency Model is what we have today where various “Agencies” such as the Government, Non-Profits, NGO’s, Food Banks, Churches etc. have established programs to feed those in need.
It’s based on a “Hub and Spoke” distribution system, where food gets donated to a “Hub”... the Food Bank, and then distributed to the spokes, the local food pantries, shelters, Churches, etc. and this is where the people from the community are able to receive the food.
This is where the limitation comes in. You see, there is a large percentage of the total hungry population who refuses to participate in the Hub and Spoke model simply based on negative social pressures associated with the process. In other words, they have too much “Dignity” to show up and receive the help. They don’t like admitting failure, they don’t like asking for help, they don’t like receiving handouts, etc
As a result. A large percentage of the total needs never gets met.
And we never get to Zero Hunger.
We have to look at the problem from a different lens... one that attempts to solve the problem but with a "Dignity Mindset" that would allow 100% of those in need to participate.
We will call this the “Community Model”. It’s a new model in which every single person in the community (Individuals, Families, Businesses and Community Organizations such as Churches and Schools) have a role to play in solving for their own communities greatest needs. In other words, helping their neighbors.
It’s a model that completely eliminates the negative social pressures by meeting the needs of the community anonymously and directly.
This creates in a dignity mindset in which the recipient feels comfortable participating and results in the ability to help 100% of those in need and actually be able to realize Zero Hunger.
The Opportunity that we have before us is to combine both models, the Agency Model that is doing great work for those willing to participate, and the Community Model for the rest of those in need.
Introducing The Community Impact Fund and YouRaise mobile app!
YouRaise is a mobile app that allows a community to join together to solves its own basic needs by working together. Whether the needs are families in your neighborhood struggling with hunger, your kid's schools struggling to provide enough funding to keep critical programs, or its a high school senior struggling to figure out what to do after graduation and is worried that they will not be able to even afford what it takes to get a job.
Here’s how it works.
- Members of the community will hear about you raise from local community organizations that they support such as Churches, Schools, Non-Profits or from a local business or their employer.
- They simply sign up at YouRaise.app by downloading the free mobile app on iPhone, Android or Windows.
- They then see dozens of local businesses that are willing to give back to the community by offering immediate cash back rewards when the member's shops at that business with a debit or credit card.
- Within 3 to 5 seconds after using the debit card, their personal app will be credited with the agreed upon cash back.
- This is a charitable contribution on behalf of the business but gets to be directed by the individual who did the shopping.
- The individual then has the ability to "direct" those funds to local causes or needs that have been identified by the community at large.
- Those funds get deployed to the community and then the app will report back to the individual and the business the impact down to the exact items that were purchased or given to the families or organizations in need.
- Finally, we celebrate the impact by sharing these stores throughout the community and as a way to say thank you back to the business community to make the impact locally
And just like that. The community is empowered to support families and organizations who are struggling in their own neighborhood simply by shopping at their local businesses.
However, unlike some non-profit or community outreach programs where you contribute but don’t see the impact of your donation first hand. you raise will completely change the way you come to understand your families impact.
You see, this app is different. Built into the app is an automated feedback loop that measures your community impact score, your contributions down to an individual food item and even shares back to you powerful stories of how this food helped your neighbors at their greatest time of need.
These are real-life stories of how your loyal support has impacted their daily lives.
Finally, if you want to increase your impact, even more, we invite you to either round up each of your purchases to the nearest dollar into a tax-deductible contribution or set up a monthly recurring contribution to your impact account.
This additional contribution will only increase the local impact that you and your family can have.
To Get to Zero Hunger every member of the community must understand that they have a role to play and have a clear and easy call to action to follow.
We provide that opportunity to them.