The previous two years have been a whirlwind full of trials and tribulations that have tested humanity's resiliency. The conflicts we've endured during the pandemic have altered our perceptions of the world and taught me how interconnected we are despite the distance. The pandemic has also been a catalyst for change and provided a silver lining that has taught us how to evolve and overcome insurmountable odds to tackle other extraordinary problems
After enduring another year of the pandemic fallout, it has been remarkable to see nonprofit organizations help communities impacted the hardest and bring attention to other systematic issues that need to be resolved. For example, The Farmlink Project started during shutdowns with college kids cold-calling farmers to get surplus food to community food banks in need. They soon discovered how broken the food supply chain is and that it's responsible for wasting billions of pounds of food. Now evolved into a nonprofit organization, solving this problem has become their team's mission to prevent more communities from going hungry.
In our brief five-year history, we have learned that charitable giving comes in all shapes and sizes. We have an opportunity to help communities with an arsenal of resources and a network of like-minded professionals who are passionate about solving the same complex problems. We have to do more than collaborate but create a collective impact for lasting, large-scale change. Reflecting on the fantastic teams we helped in 2021 gives us a preview of our future as a private foundation and how we can use different charitable programs to further many more noble causes.
Grants Awarded in 2021
Washington D.C. (4%)
New York (13%)
Over the last year, we tried to use more creative power and marketing skills to help non-profit teams. With the help of Tectonic, a film studio specializing in producing world-class non-profit videos, we created compelling content that furthered some remarkable charitable missions. Our first project was a collaboration for the benefit of the Farmlink Project. Their videos helped their good work get national recognition with thousands of views and were featured on nationally broadcast television.
We continue to learn and evolve as time passes. Each year we learn from our successes and failures. We aim to share this wisdom however we can and inspire more into action. Creating videos was a remarkable learning experience. Below is one of our favorite podcasts from our Giving Stories series that we encourage everyone to check out.
In 2021 we learned that lasting charitable action could come from the most unexpected places. As we move into 2022, we look forward to seeing what fateful cards are dealt to us and how we can help more communities.
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