Our Approach

We search the world to find inspiring organizations who are run sustainably and providing awesome programs, and then we support them to help in the implementation. Our goal isn't just to teach people once, but to make sure it continues year after year.

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Choosing a Location

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Our partners select locations based on geography and assessments of need. They also consider the potential for building strong relationships with local stakeholders, risk of overlap with the work of other organizations and availability of volunteers. Additionally, a community's willingness to participate is important, since strong programs require buy-in and participation to sustain programs over time.


Finding the Right Approach

Context drives which type of program is appropriate for an area. Physical factors (such as terrain) play a major part, but so do cultural factors (like a community’s comfort level with the approach and design). We utilize technology and at times, sports, to make it more culturally relevant. 

 
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Selecting a Partner

We select partners based on how well they support our mission to provide sustainable, awesome programs. We assess the quality of their programs, as well as things like resources used & indicators of sustainability. In order to ensure that the brand is used responsibly, we also look at their operational capacity and fiduciary responsibility. Every new or potential partner is subject to this vetting process.


Ensuring Sustainability

Each of our projects has a plan in place so that local stakeholders can make sure that the programs continue year after year if possible. We invest in forming strong committees, partnering with local government, and utilizing the "train the trainer" model.


Monitoring and Evaluating

Understanding when projects aren’t functioning helps us learn how to make them more successful. Our teams ensure that all of our projects are carefully monitored during and after implementation. We frequently check up on our work in the field and we bring in external advisors to independently assess our programs and projects


Proving It

In the end, we map every completed project on our website using Google Maps so supporters can see exactly where we work, the types of projects we support in each area and the number of people being helped.