Burden Us, Please!
When people give money lots of things happen. Often, the giver feels good. She feels a part of something- she feels like he has done something of note. Some people like to give money because it gives them a sense of control. Sometimes this translates into an approximation of the phrase, “Don't waste my money!"
Something else that happens when people give money is that their money becomes a burden. But don’t read burden as a bad thing. This type of burden is often life giving; the person who receives the money often feels a responsibility to use it wisely, to make it count. Charity can inspire in this way, get the drug addict out of the drug den. Charity can connect the lonely orphan to a larger community and give him hope. It can quench the thirst of a drought victim, giving him life and driving him to serve others. Charity can even awaken the manic director of a charitable foundation to the profound love and mercy of his donors. Giving creates all kinds of rather interesting spiritual angles; the act of charity is a great and awful thing.
And so with this in mind we give you three very clear reasons to burden FTF:
Invest in human capital!
The seed money you plant at FTF goes to grow human capital. It pays for relationships on the ground. These relationships bear fruit because the roots are strong, and have been given time to grow.
Invest in efficient aid programs!
When you give money to FTF you invest in long term change done efficiently. Giving should be effective, not just nice. FTF sends problem solvers who identify local problem solvers. We give our lives and ask others to do the same. This is the most efficient of all charity models.
Invest in teachers of orphans, now!
The dollars you give today will go directly to provide teachers and mentors to two orphanages. One is an orphanage in Sierra Leone for kids who have lost their families to Ebola. The other is an orphanage in Guatemala, a place that scoops up the poorest of the poor, kids often devastated by the wicked narcotics trade in Central America. We call our work in these orphanages our “immersionship”; a period of 10-12 months in which we serve others while immersing deep in the culture, learning the local language and meeting local entrepreneurs. This immersionship puts us to work while giving us a chance to see clearly and chart a course for great, sustainable, entrepreneurial projects during our second year at site.
Two years. Serious people. Seriously efficient programs. Seriously dedicated teachers.
Burden us with the task of aiding the least and most vulnerable among us. Join us for our 20 for 20 campaign! 20 dollars a month. It's easy peasy. And, well, it matters. Click here to give to First Things Foundation.