True charity is most effective when local organizations are working together, as seamlessly as possible, to ensure that we are not unknowingly fostering a dependency model of care. The True Charity Initiative’s Connection Team works to recruit, train and encourage local organizations to serve the poor with an empowerment model that incorporate the following two tools:
JoplinResources.Net – Proper referral of people between organizations is essential for true charity. Organizations may change services, hours, or qualifying criteria to have needs met. These changes make it difficult for organizations to refer a person in need who then ends up expending valuable resources bouncing from one organization to another in hopes of locating one that can truly help. We designed JoplinResources.Net to empower organizations to manage their own list of services, hours, and qualifying criteria.
Joplin.CharityTracker.Net – Charity Tracker, originally designed by Simon Solutions, grew out of a demand to improve resource distribution and eliminate duplication of services. Charity Tracker is a user-friendly database that empowers organizations to make notes, set goals, run reports and communicate with other organizations concerning the help rendered to individuals and families. Charity Tracker is a private, members only web application. To learn more about the product, visit CharityTracker.Net.
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We are advocates for smart policy change that will empower people to free themselves from poverty. The end goal of the True Charity Initiative is to slowly, carefully and conscientiously replace government welfare programs with local community cooperation. As a community becomes more connected and educated, it sets the stage for that community to become what we call a “Charity Zone.” Toward this end, we have developed the Charity Zone Plan.
- The Crisis
The federal debt exceeds 17 trillion dollars and is expected to surpass 22 trillion in 5 years. Two thirds of the annual expenditure is to care for the sick, hungry, elderly and poor. Yet, poverty continues to affect one in six Americans.
- Mutual Vision
Many serving in both the public and private sectors carry a vision of resolving poverty in the lives of the poor. However, legislators are often caught in a tension between the desire to realize a balanced budget and ensuring the poor in America are cared for. Similarly, church members and charity workers in cities across the nation give sacrificially to care for the poor in their communities and also share the vision of national fiscal soundness.
- Mutual Benefit
Shifting more responsibility of caring for the poor to local private means benefits both the public and private sectors. The shift would reduce welfare expenditure and increase effectiveness as localized help is more accurately and efficiently delivered to the poor in a community. More so, many of the poor would be encouraged and empowered to escape the grip of poverty.