#CharityTuesday – Kutoa Foundation

We’re taking a different appraoch to #CharityTuesday in the weeks to come by focusing on a vital part of the charitable sector – foundations.

Recently, Imagine Canada and the Philanthropic Foundations Canada published a report entitled, “Assets and Giving Trends of Canada’s Grantmaking Foundations” which documents the impact foundations have the nonprofit and charitable sectors – an impact valued at $966 million annually.

Specifically on this #CharityTuesday we’re happy to introduce you to the foundation Kutoa.

Kutoa refers to its foundation as a movement – a means to mobilize people to do two very small yet significant things: 1) donate; and 2) vote on the project you wish to see funded.

The foundation, itself, was birthed out of the thought that wondered, “What if every person gave just $1 to this cause? What kind of impact would that make?” This “power of one” thought process is at the core of what Kutoa does for global charitable causes.

For example, according to its website:

When a lot of people are willing to give a little, a lot will get done. We’ve all heard of globalization, right? Kutoa is the globalization of hope.

It’s a movement that joins us all together, to help people from around the world. We are all connected by the desire to see that those who need it, get what they need. Kutoa does this by funding sustainable solutions. It provides the opportunity and obligation to contribute towards those in need.

Regardless of one’s age or ethnicity, political bent or theological slant, Kutoa believes that every person is of equal value and has an equal voice. Our goal is to foster an environment of awareness, increase generosity between people around the world, and fund organizations that do great work to help people. Our vision is to generate the largest donor base in the world; not for bragging rights, just because the more donors we have, the more people will be helped.

What we especially like about Kutoa is that is it allows anyone and everyone to participate, no matter the size of one’s donation. With this in mind, you don’t need to have the philanthropic wealth of Bill and Melinda Gates or Warren Buffet to make a real, tangible difference in the lives of other human beings through Kutoa.

Instead, you only need to embrace the “power of one” – one person with one dollar believing that “small change can produce big change” (Kutoa, 2014).

 

About #CharityTuesday: Each week, we’ll use the popular CharityTuesday hashtag and Twitter recognition to highlight our Tuesday blog post on Canadian charities that are close to our hearts!

#CharityTuesday – Breakfast for Learning

I made the joke in a Facebook status update last week that all three of my children went back to school on Tuesday.

Why is that funny?

Well, for starters, I only have two children. The third was a lovingly, playful reference about my wife, who is one of those life-long learners, and thus, also started a new semester as both teacher and student.

As soon as the academic year starts, all summer leisure is completely lost, and routines rebound back into our lives as if they never really took an eight week break.

One such routine attempts to get a fourteen year old daughter out the door, on time, with her “nails done, hair done, everything did”, and her school supplies strapped to her back, all while trying to ensure she eats something for breakfast.

We’ve settled on a fried egg – to go – that she eats in the car on the way to school. While it’s not much, it’s something, and better something in her tummy, than nothing.

With all of this in mind, let’s introduce today’s #CharityTuesday blog post focus; the charity Breakfast for Learning.

I love the Mission Statement for this charity:

“Breakfast for Learning is a national charity that educates, and empowers communities to deliver school based nutrition programs, helping children and youth realize their full potential in life.”

Clever, isn’t it?! “…their full potential in life.”

Seemingly, eating a nutritious breakfast every morning makes a dramatic difference in the lives of students not only from a physically “full” perspective, but also emotionally, socially, mentally, and academically.

According to the charity’s YouTube channel,

“31% of elementary students and 62% of secondary school students do not eat a nutritious breakfast before school? Research has shown that when children participate in a nutrition program their attendance, behaviour, attitude and mood improves.”

Consider the important work that Breakfast for Learning does in schools across Canada, and the overwhelming need that still exists to fund Breakfast for Learning programs in many other schools by watching this moving video.


How might you, your business, your social circle, or your neighbourhood collectively work together to support a worthy charity like Breakfast for Learning?

 

About #CharityTuesday: Each week, we’ll use the popular CharityTuesday hashtag and Twitter recognition to highlight our Tuesday blog post on Canadian charities that are close to our hearts!