The School Fund and the Future of Giving
Happy New Year! In 2012 The School Fund will celebrate its third birthday. As we prepare for the new year, we’ve spent these last couple of months reflecting on our progress and developing a strategic growth plan for the future.
In the last two and a half years we’ve connected over 170 students from 13 countries with more than 500 donors. These donors have funded more than 250 school years for children. Think of it this way: every additional year of school can increase average incomes of the very poorest citizens by as much as 6.5% per year, so the work we’ve done so far will add more than $650,000 to the earnings of TSF funded students over their lifetimes. That’s a lot of extra knowledge, and a lot of extra income. Because of their education, these students will live longer, healthier lives, and contribute to a more peaceful world.
We’ve come a long way in the last couple of years, but there’s still so much to be done. Every year more than 70 million children must cut their education short because they live in poverty.
Our Way Forward
As we move forward we are focusing on developing our work in four areas.
1. Access to Education
We want to create a world where every student, no matter where she is born, has the opportunity to attend school. Toward this end, in five years we will sponsor 10,000 students on www.theschoolfund.org.
2. Quality of Education
Every student deserves a high quality education that prepares them for meaningful work. We will continue to work with our students in Tanzania and our partners all around the world to support schools with resources and develop new programs that prepare students to compete in a technologically-oriented global economy.
The School Fund is not the first organization developed to connect donors to students in need, but it is our mission to be the best. We will continue to build features of the site that enhance our transparency and accountability, and promote idea exchange between our network of partners both online and on the ground. Together with our partners, we hope to create the future of giving.
The School Fund started because of a friendship between our founder, Matt Severson, and a boy named John Medo. We will continue to promote friendships across cultures through our online journals, and strive to make this communication more meaningful. We will also work with schools all over the US to connect students with their peers and deepen global education by combining awareness with action.
By developing our programs and tools in these four areas we hope to create a world where opportunity is not limited to the privileged, where students form friendships across continents, and where a generation of global citizens spread the word that a healthier, more peaceful world is in reach if we understand that our fates are all interconnected.
We hope you’ll join us in realizing this vision.