We have been blessed in so many ways. Because of that, we feel we have a responsibility to give back. We do so with a glad heart. At D2P, we seek to serve organizations for which we feel a strong affinity, either for personal reasons, or because they somehow connect to our profession and business philosophies. We realize we cannot change the world for everyone, but each of us might be able to be the world for someone. We ask that you take a few minutes to get to know our featured charitable organizations. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to give a little, too.
American Indian College Fund
8333 Greenwood Blvd. Denver, CO 80221 1-800-776-3863
Why we give: Many of us take for granted the opportunity to attend college and determine our own future. American Indian youth deserve this same blessing: to be able to dream about what they can become, while maintaining their core identity.
Who they are: The American Indian College Fund’s motto is educating the mind and spirit. They achieve this by providing Native students with scholarships and providing financial support for the nation’s 34 accredited tribal colleges and universities, which incorporate American Indian culture and language into their curriculum to honor their students’ heritage and Native identity. Established in 1989, the American Indian College Fund is the nation’s largest and highest-rated American Indian scholarship organization. In 2012-13, the Fund distributed $5,374,942 in scholarships and program support, which directly translated into 6,158 scholarships for American Indian students, of which 1,549 students were first-generation college students. Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic success, financial need, community involvement, and commitment to their tribal communities. To learn more, go to www.collegefund.org.
One Union Square 600 University Street, Suite 1000 Seattle, WA 98101-4107 1-888-355-4321
Why we give: We love the idea that, just by expressing support for companies who care about the environment, anyone with access to a computer can make a difference.
Who they are: EcologyFund was created as a way to get new funds for critical habitat and wilderness preservation using the power of the Internet. The Fund lets you participate in efforts to preserve wilderness land, even if you can’t give a dollar or stuff a single envelope. All you do is visit the EcologyFund website, where advertising sponsors will give to a land-buying fund based on the number of clicks their ads and online promotions receive. Here’s how it works: A sponsor on the EcologyFund site picks a project and agrees to pay for each person who comes to the site, selects that project, and sees their ad. It’s a win-win. Visitors learn about, and do business with, companies whose affiliations they support. Sponsoring companies get the exposure they seek. And EcologyFund raises corporate donations to help save the rainforest, plant trees, and protect wilderness areas. Click here to learn more about this organization and how to support them.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis
1011 East 22nd Street Indianapolis, IN 46202 317-921-2121
Why we give: Our company creates high-quality office environments that make our clients’ work lives more productive and harmonious. We realize that not everyone is fortunate enough to live in their own safe, well-built homes. Through our local Habitat for Humanity, we can help build good homes that not only provide shelter, but replenish the spirit of volunteers and recipients alike.
Who they are: Habitat for Humanity helps local residents achieve self-sufficiency by providing opportunities for homeownership. The organization’s many programs work to create vibrant neighborhoods, where engaged homeowners participate in building safe and healthy communities. Local Habitat for Humanity activities include:
- Educating first-time, low-income homebuyers.
- Partnering with hired contractors, volunteers and future homeowners to build and re-hab homes.
- Providing no-profit, no-interest mortgage loans to families who qualify for their programs.
Families in the Habitat for Humanity home ownership program contribute a minimum of 450 hours of “sweat equity”. Future homeowners take an extensive set of preparation courses and volunteer on their own home and other Habitat home projects. Click here to learn more about this organization and how to support them. Kiva 875 Howard Street, Suite #340 San Francisco, CA 94103 1-828-479-5482 (voicemail only) Why we give: Launching any business endeavor is a huge undertaking. We are grateful for the support we received when we created D2P. In turn, we help sponsor other minority women around the world, as they pursue their passions. Who they are: Kiva is the world’s first person-to-person, micro-lending website. Through this site, individuals can lend directly to unique entrepreneurs in the developing world. The people you see on Kiva’s site are real individuals in need of funding. When you browse entrepreneurs’ profiles on the site, choose someone to lend to, and then submit a loan, you are helping a real person make great strides towards economic independence. Throughout the course of the loan (usually 6-12 months), you can receive email journal updates and track repayments. Amazingly, 99.7% of loans are repaid. When your Kiva loan is repaid, you can choose to withdraw your funds or re-loan to a new business. It’s simple, fast, easy and direct. 100% of the donation goes right to the person in need. Kiva’s administration costs are covered by separate donations. Kiva does not take a cut of the loans. Click here to learn more about this organization and how to support them. The Julian Center 2011 North Meridian Street Indianapolis, IN 46202 Phone: 317-941-2200 Shelter: 317-920-9320 Why we give: Domestic violence is the most underreported crime in this country. It is found in homes of every race, class, age and religion. In homes where domestic violence occurs, children are often neglected and physically abused. By donating to the Julian Center, we show victims a way out. We help give mothers and their children a safe place to live. Who they are: The Julian Center is a nonprofit agency providing counseling, safe shelter, and education for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other life crises. When a woman needs to get away from an abusive relationship, she can depend on The Julian Center’s 24-hour shelter for women and their children who are victims of domestic violence. The shelter provides a safe, supportive environment where women can begin making significant changes in their lives. Shelter residents of all ages can take advantage of the counseling, educational, and advocacy services available during their stay. Click here to learn more about this organization and how to support them.
814 N. Delaware Street, Suite A Indianapolis, IN 46204 317-955-7912
Why we give: Some say that every child has the same educational opportunities, but it just isn’t true. When a child lacks support at home, or has no role model, or for other reasons just doesn’t think a college education can happen for them, they can grow up without hope for the future. Sometimes they just need a little extra help in getting over the hump. Starfish provides that mentoring and motivation, and in the end, the sense of pride that acts as a catalyst to success.
Who they are: Starfish Initiative is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of at-risk and economically disadvantaged high school students. They help students of exceptional promise overcome the barriers of poverty and develop the skills needed to graduate from high school and college. The Starfish Initiative goal is to “fill empty caps and gowns” by improving graduation rates in Indianapolis. They do this by providing intensive one-on-one mentoring and coaching, offering leadership training, and showing low-income youth and parents that college is an option. Click here to learn more about this organization and how to support them
1 Washington Park 1 Washington Street, 14th Floor Newark, NJ 07102
Who they are: The NFL Alumni-Indy Chapter is a 501(c)(5) organization composed primarily of former professional football players guided in their volunteer efforts by the motto “Caring for Kids”. The NFL Alumni-Indy Chapter also serves as a passionate advocate for greater quality of life benefits for all former NFL players. The Association eagerly pursues greater benefits and the implementation of programmatic services devoted to enhancing the health and productive acuity of retired NFL players and their families. The Indy Chapter of NFL Alumni works to advance its mission of Caring For Kids by engaging in hands-on community service and working to raise funds for youth-oriented charitable causes.