We truly are a grassroots program. We are not attached to a bigger “Empower Youth” network where we can make withdrawals like an ATM. Everything we do, we raise from organizations and individuals like you.
Although we pursue and accept grants where available, they make up less than 10% of our annual budget. That’s on-par with other non-profits, but clearly not enough to meet the needs we’re tackling.
Our Executive Director, Scott Conley, along with our board members, are responsible for fundraising. Every hour on the phone, in meetings, or making presentations are volunteered by this team, as we do not have dedicated paid staff.
Our executive director relentlessly writes letters, makes phone calls, and posts on social media. Our board of directors give personally, applies for grants, and work on projects to operate food drives and raise money.
How do we currently pay our bills? People write monthly checks. People donate monthly through paypal by pushing the donate button on facebook or on our donate webpage. And a handful of churches also provide regular support.
WE MAKE EVERY PENNY COUNT. But what’s amazing is that because of our partnerships with other non-profits, our donations of actual items like groceries and Christmas Elf gifts, our company sponsorships and donations, as well as the donated talent pool, we have produced a program worth over $250,000!
As quick as it comes in, it goes back out to meet the pressing needs around us. We spend what we have every month. At the end of the month, we carry over a balance of $1000- $1500. While we manage a healthy budget, we are constantly leveraging every dollar we can to resolve existing needs.
So why do we tell you this? Because you need to know that this community initiative makes it just like many of you do…. we aren’t working from abundance…yet every month we pay all our bills on time, and practice the same responsible stewardship we hope to instill in others.
Why? Because folks, businesses, churches are compelled to do big things through us!
So, would you like to be a part of this?! It’s always a work in progress, but I guarantee if you join up… you will have great stories to tell. You will watch lives change. And then…you will realize you’ve changed too…
We want to see youth be successful in life through:
• Healthy relationships
• Financial independence
• Spiritual soundness
• And the ability to contribute back to the community