Surplus wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound to administer in his lifetime for the good of the community.What if the current economic situation could be resolved with the support of the community? What if, to get community support, there needed to be more investment in the community? I’ve thought for years that, besides conscious businesses, the best use of community investment is supporting community based non-profit organizations. That is, organizations whose mission is to improve the quality of life for residents.
~ Andrew Carnegie
By investing money, resources, and time into community based non-profit organizations, we stand to gain the best return on investment. By supporting the community stakeholders that understand the needs of the community things will improve.
Ironically, the community based non-profit organizations often lack the resources needed to implement the programs and services that will have the most significant impact. What I seek to do is to better understand the challenges that community based non-profit organizations face and develop a Community Investment Program (CIP). This CIP would provide the funds and resources to community based non-profit organizations whose mission is to provide education in the areas of financial literacy, entrepreneurship, business development, neighborhood connectedness, youth programs, elderly assistance, homeless services, job training, and employment services.
These are things I care about deeply. I will share more about the CIP in future posts. In the meantime, think about how a CIP could benefit the community where you live. Join in this discussion as we move forward.