Change vs. Charity

Three Rivers Community Foundation is dedicated to funding Change, not charity(TM). Charity is not a bad thing. But social change can ultimately eradicate the need for most charity. Our grantees look at the roots of what is causing inequities in society. Our grantees are asking the tough questions, seeking <strong>systemic</strong> change rather than changing individuals’ lives.

Below are some ways you can tell if your project is more change, or more charity.

************************************************************************

More change: Youth create and manage a project to meet their needs.               

More charity: Adults create a project to meet the perceived needs of youth, with little to no youth input.

************************************************************************

More change: Educate the public about an issue, and engage those interested in ways they can help.       

More charity: Pass out leaflets about an issue, with no follow-up.

************************************************************************

More change: Establish a coalition to ensure affordable housing for all.

More charity: Build a shelter for homeless families.

************************************************************************

More change: Host a film festival with opportunities for the audience to discuss and act on the social change issues seen in the films.

More charity: Host a film festival with opportunities for the audience to learn about filmmaking.

************************************************************************

More change: Organize a group to clean up toxins in our environment and to pressure policy-makers to stop polluters.

More charity: Donate to cancer research.

************************************************************************

More change: Help students organize to ensure that higher education is affordable for everyone.

More charity: Create a scholarship program for students.

************************************************************************

More change: Partner with a group of people with disabilities pushing for elected officials to make public buildings accessible.

More charity: Assist one child to get a needed wheelchair.

************************************************************************

More change: Organize for a livable wage so parents can afford food and toys for their children.

More charity: Collect food or toys for charity drives.

************************************************************************

More change: Mobilize artists to protest state-level arts funding cuts.

More charity: Patronize a fine arts museum.

************************************************************************

More change: Campaigning to end cash bail and other unjust policies imposed on incarcerated individuals.

More charity: Providing bail money for persons one at a time.

************************************************************************