As the American investor Warren Buffet said, "Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken."
At Children's Plaza Nonprofit Corp., we're honored to be part of the process of gently changing the trajectory of some really amazing young people by increasing the amount of philanthropic development into Ulaanbaatar and Mongolia. Starting with a very unique and emerging kind of fundraising, we then deploy those funds with proven implementation partners to see greater levels of health, education, opportunity, and general well-being.
Mongolia isn't the first place that North Americans and Western Europeans think about when they think about fascinating emerging societies, but there's a few reasons why it's a great place where small amounts of development can make a huge impact.
Mongolia is an incredibly young society right now; 36% of the population is under 18 years old. Landlocked between China and Russia, the country currently has the lowest population density in the world and is rapidly modernizing in the post-Communist era.
Given that there are so many young people coming of age right now, Mongolian society will be rapidly transformed over the coming decades, and even relatively small interventions into health and education can have an enromously positive cascading effects into creating new leaders, skilled engineers, and excellent members of civil society that lead to a stronger entire civilization and region.
And finally, personal affinity does play a role. CPNC's Executive Director, Sebastian Marshall, fell in love with Mongolian society when he was there. Mongolian people are hard-working, entrepreneurial, inventive, and have that rugged hospitality that has enchanted so many people when they've stepped into a frontier society.
The Future of Fundraising
CPNC is most noted for pioneering a new kind of fundraising that looks to have experts and companies donate their time, product, or service to be sold with all the proceeds going to philanthropic development. Pioneering this Give/Get/Win model, the companies and experts who donate their time get positive exposure for their company and brand and get to meet new contacts, friends, and future customers. The people who put down their hard-earned money for the nonprofit work receive an enjoyable class, book, or other training or learning experience. And meanwhile, we get to help some amazing young people.
As of the start of 2014, CPNC manages to run with a 100% volunteer team with no salaries, benefits, or convenience expenses -- showing the power of distributed communications and computing for collaboration. With an international team, CPNC has volunteers spread out through North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. Meeting and collaborating online using video chat, project management software, and collaborative tools, they work to effect change and do good while making lifelong relationships and having immense fun in the process.
We're thrilled to have your interest. We know that when well-meaning people get together, huge amounts of good can come out of small individual efforts grouped together. If you're interested in learning more or getting involved, please contact us below and we're honored and grateful for your support and to hear from you.