Changing the world starts with changing your own community.
After over a year since our incorporation, and two events allowing athletes to choose any cause across the globe, I began to realize that while these donations were doing great things, they failed to make the tangible substantial impact we were seeking. Our team began to revisit how we were achieving our mission of empowering young athletes to make a difference, and realized that we weren't quite succeeding. Yes, our participants were connecting with charity through sports, and empowered to raise hundreds of dollars towards their self-selected cause. But were they seeing that money make an impact? What was that $100 towards UNICEF actually doing?
So we reevaluated our model. Our focus now is on bettering our own communities, so that those communities can contribute to the betterment of the world.
We are still allowing our competitors to pick the charities of their choice, keeping the representative element of our organization open. However, we connected with a nonprofit organization called Inner Visions of Cleveland, who showed us many local nonprofits making a visible difference in the community, and began to use those as our primary "suggestions". Take a look at our CharitySpike page, and scroll down to see the list of local nonprofits making a difference. $100 to one of these organizations will provide our participants with the opportunity to see exactly what kind of impact they are making, and hopefully empower them to continue making a difference.
Champions for Charity