2019 Annual Letter

Acquired Knowledge & Wisdom

There has never been a greater sense of urgency around the globe to solve daunting dilemmas. Never the less, we can find resolutions if we choose to unite more communities around a common goal. Since we started a few years ago, we have helped numerous teams across various areas of focus: preservation, education, and wellness. Each year we serendipitously focus on one area more so than others. In 2019, education became our most significant focus and acquiring wisdom from critical influencers and industry leaders.




Grants Awarded in 2019

2019 Grant Category Totals

$580,000 Cap
$580,000 Cap
$580,000 Cap

$700,000


$525,000


$350,000


$175,000


$475,000
$636,000
$100,000
Preservation
Education
Wellness

Grant Regions

Tennessee (6%)

Texas (48%)

Hawaii (6%)

Africa (1%)

New York (31%)

Washington D.C. (8%)


We learned that our current traditional one-size-fits-all educational model that was born during the industrial age is not meeting the needs of our new, rapidly evolving knowledge-based economy. The next generation deserves a personalized educational experience that better equips them with the skills, values, and knowledge they need to thrive in a new modern world. We sought to help this problem by partnering with the Portfolio School team, who are expanding their cutting edge project-based learning curriculum to more students and teachers across the country. 

As education approaches a monumental rehaul, our focus turned to teachers. Our stewards of knowledge must receive exceptional support to help future generations. Passionate, motivating, effective teachers are the foundation of quality education; and quality education opens the doors to a lifetime of opportunity. The team at Donorschoose.org was the perfect partner to help teachers and their classrooms directly. 

As the year progressed, our focus shifted to the headlines of other pressing needs. Historical storms ravaged communities, and countless people lost their homes to growing natural disasters. Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas as a Category 5 with wind gusts up to 220 miles per hour and powered a 20-foot  wall of water into the community. Parts of the island nation are still in ruins, and thousands remain displaced. Unsure were to start in the face of such destruction; we helped support the World Central Kitchen, who has to date served over 1.5 million meals to families affected by the hurricane. 


2020 Roadmap
Grant Categories

2020 Grant Categories

$1,000,000 Cap
$500,000 Cap
$250,000 Cap

$1,000,000


$750,000


$500,000


$250,000


Waste Management
Renewable Energy
Wildlife Conservation
Food Management
Transportation
Historical Preservation
21st Century Skills
Childhood Development
Teachers
Wellness
Disaster Relief
Preservation
Education
Wellness

2020 Grant
Commitments to Date

2020 Grant Categories

$1,000,000 Cap
$500,000 Cap
$250,000 Cap

$1,000,000


$750,000


$500,000


$250,000


Waste Management
Mental Health
Preservation
($750,000 Remaining)
Education
($500,000 Remaining)
Wellness
($50,000 Remaining)

As 2019 came to a close, we felt compelled by more climate change headlines and the urgency upon us to act now. We look to start the next decade with sharper focus and a greater emphasis on problems that will have resounding impacts on future generations. We will be looking for more community leaders and influencers who share our renewed passion for focussing on the growing climate issues. No matter the size of your organization or if you're a for-profit, non-profit, or budding social entrepreneur, we will be searching for you and how we can unify more communities to solve the most daunting challenges. 

We hope that you continue to follow and support us. Onward to new wondrous beginnings. 

May Good Fortune Follow You Forward,

Sean Couch

President & Co-Trustee

 

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