Welcome to the Legacy Collective

Posted by: on June 25, 2015

Just a few short years ago, Brandon and I didn’t really care about the poor. We didn’t even know any. I mean, sure, we felt bad when we saw commercials or heard a missionary at a conference, but we were way too busy blessing blessed people to worry with that.

Then God leveled our lives to the very ground, and we inherited a different problem:

We cared too much.

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We meant to only care a little, or just about one category at any rate, but the crazy thing about opening your eyes to the marginalized is that you can see them all. You meant to only see the abandoned children but you accidentally see their economically disadvantaged parents. You planned to just address the regular homeless guy on the corner but you soon crash headlong into the under-resourced mentally ill. We said yes to kids and then adopted their whole communities. We committed to local and fell in love with the whole world.

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As it turned out, everyone matters.

So we’ve spent the last 8 years banging the drum, taking trips, advocating for the poor, pushing for sponsorships, asking for donors, fundraising for new schools, hollering across all our networks for investors, contributors, givers, suppliers, backers, providers, and believers for children, mamas, parents, victims, local leaders, the hungry, the unemployed, the homeless, the sick, the abandoned, the abused.

And maybe, just a teeny bit, we wore everyone out.

Because we had to start from scratch every single time: here are the people, here is the community, here is the need, here is the deficit, here is the local leader, here is the organization, here is what we can do. Repeat, give everyone a breather, change the details, repeat.

So over a year ago, Brandon and I started dreaming about a different way to care, a way that built on momentum and community without pressing restart every single time. A way to mobilize good people around injustices without giving them compassion fatigue. We wondered if we could build a tribe that was constantly at Stage Eight instead of Stage One, where we were financially and socially mobilized at all times. What would it look like to form a collective of committed partners across various financial levels that would load an enormous giving gun together every month and take aim at the systemic social issues we care about?

Enter: The Legacy Collective.

The premise is simple: for as little as $10 a month, you join our giving community, and we pool all the monthly investments and transform a bunch of small individual streams into a mighty river of justice.

We start with three primary systemic issues:

  1. Orphan prevention and economic empowerment
  2. Sustainable housing and community for the homeless
  3. Child trafficking rescue and prevention

These initiatives are both domestic and international and include:

  • Fighting for first families
  • Poverty alleviation
  • Healthcare
  • Child & family sponsorships
  • Job training
  • Sustainable employment
  • Community development
  • Micro-homes for the disabled and chronically homeless
  • Teacher salaries at a school serving rescued trafficked victims
  • Financial support to high-capacity local leaders

Every partnering nonprofit, organization, leader, and initiative has been exhaustively vetted by the LC Advisory Board which includes us, Willie and Korie Robertson, Scott and Tracie Hamilton, John and Kari Sowers, and TJ and Lana Horlacher. Every LC project has strict requirements for sustainability, highly competent local leadership, and measurable effectiveness. We are crazy obsessed with helping and not hurting, adhering to community development best practices, and the highest standards for partnerships and accountability. We believe every dollar is a war against injustice, and we are committed to maximizing every last penny to the highest good.

It gets even better.

We have big dreams for the Legacy Collective. We are pioneering three phases, the first which includes building the financial base through our tribe of givers. That’s right now. That’s you. And it matters so much. Do you know how many smart, educated, innovators are already on the ground but simply lack funding? Dollars change lives when put in the right hands. We are not reinventing the wheel; we are funding proven wheels already off the production line.

Once established, our second phase includes developing a database of doers from within the tribe: filmmakers, architects, lawyers, doctors, business thinkers, creatives, teachers, artists, writers, contractors, musicians, lovers of people. Not only will we pool our financial resources but our talents and gifts, our passions and skills. Can you imagine? You have so much to offer. We start with our checkbooks but end up with our lives.

Our third phase focuses on influencers as you leverage your own platforms and invite new partners. This will include vision trips, connections with our local leaders, blog tours, summits, all kinds of awesome.

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The dreams go on. We envision not just a loose tribe of givers but a real community. We are planning toward regional leadership with gatherings and local meetups for project nominations. We are dreaming up LC dinners and affinity-based subcommunities. We are developing an entire giving branch for grants where folks can apply and our reach of hope can expand even further. Basically, we see this as a whole big thing.

And it really can be. Imagine if only 500 people joined at $20 a month. Already, we would load the giving gun with $10,000 a month. That is some hefty ammunition. The beauty is, the gun is automatically reloaded every single month. It replenishes without going through the Big Explanation and Big Ask every four weeks. Start of the month: BAM, we have tens of thousands of dollars to distribute. We’re going to make it rain hope and justice and sustainable empowerment.

Join the Legacy Collective

You can join as members for as little as $10 a month.

You can hop in as partners for $100 a month or more.

You will be considered an investor at $250 a month or more, which includes an annual Vision Dinner at our house with the Advisory Board.

To celebrate the launch of Legacy, we are throwing a party. At our house. Yes I am serious. It will look like this: We will randomly select 20 members to invite, the first 40 partners & a random 10 of the next 40 to sign up all get invitations, and every single investor is welcomed not only to the party but a private lunch with the board that day. It is August 22nd at the Hatmaker Farmhouse and it is going to be so epic, you don’t even know, man. The entire board will be here plus live music, sponsors, killer food, surprises. It will almost make up for the Texas heat.

We will throw this Legacy party every single year, because we honestly believe you’re going to change thousands of lives. Brandon and I see this as our life’s work and we are dreaming audacious, outrageous dreams. We are building on these beautiful words spoken by Robert Kennedy at the University of Cape Town in 1966:

“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

A monthly investment is just a tiny ripple, but may they cross each other from a million points of daring and turn into a mighty river of justice in our generation. May generosity, hope, and unity be our legacy.

The Legacy Collective: join us.

 

Join the Legacy Collective

 

66 responses to “Welcome to the Legacy Collective”

  1. Joy French says:

    This sounds amazing. It ignites my heart, and I would love to champion this brilliant mechanism for giving and shaping a movement, but is it international? I would love to get involved, but am aware that lots of the groups LC support may be US charities that will be lesser known in the UK, where I am from. I have followed lots of your visits/campaigns, but mostly it’s hard to get involved from Europe. I would love to see the momentum for something like this build over here – are there any plans? We are fairly well connected in the UK – if you wanted to develop an international network, we’d love to talk about that some more. God is stirring people with a heart to innovate for justice – this is a great plan.
    Joy

    • Barb says:

      Just out of curiosity, Joy, in which part of the UK do you live? I just listened to a podcast this morning from St. Peter’s church in Brighton and the vision they have for foster care and adoption. They have a lot of great things going on there.

    • Brandon Hatmaker says:

      Joy,

      One of our projects is in the US. One in Ethiopia. One in Haiti. This isn’t a US thing… it’s a global thing. Our prayer is that it only grows from there!

  2. Cheryl Ann Hill says:

    Amen Jen, Brandon and tribe! I am moved by your dreams and want to dream with you. Will be praying today and talking with my husband tonight about joining. Our funds are very limited, but hoping we can join. Your passion is a legacy I want to leave behind me.

  3. Katie Carlyle says:

    YES! YES! This is what we are meant to do – love people! Not just speak of Jesus, but be His hands & feet!

  4. Elizabeth Mayfield-Hart says:

    Holy smokes! This is incredible! What an amazingly fabulous idea. I can NOT imagine the brain time that this took to figure out, plan, and implement. You should go have a nap now! No, really, right now, a nap.
    I’ll be looking at my finances to see how I can be involved.

  5. Kelly says:

    Genius! I want IN. Thanks to you both for creating a way for all of us to participate… Work against injustice, save others and spread His love. Many blessings to you both.

  6. Shannon says:

    I have been praying for better ways to serve with my dollars and my time. This is a no-brainer and answers God’s charge to us in so many ways.

  7. Lisa Maynard says:

    I wish I had a jillion dollars to create a ginormous ripple effect. Dang y’all. I am so on board with this. Sign me up for a tiny ripple!! Woo hoo! I wanna be a part of something as INCREDIBLE as this. With all of our hearts, minds, hands, wallets & prayers joining up together, we can MOVE A FREAKING MOUNTAIN. Let’s do it!

  8. Bobbi says:

    This is real missionary work. Meeting people where they are and meeting their needs like Jesus.

  9. Kim Herbert says:

    My dream as well! I believe in the body of Christ banding together to rescue & meet the needs of others while offering the gospel. I have just completed 9 yrs of service at a local children’s home. I am praying for my next assignment. How can I learn more about your team in the Montgomery, Alabama area?

  10. Ashley says:

    I live in Chattanooga, TN and we have a large homeless population here. Are there any ideas of coming this way or putting peoe on the ground for this in our area? If so, I’d love to get something started up/help in some way. In the meantime, I will be donating!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Appreciate your passion (the world certainly needs it), but why not band together & invest in a global movement already addressing these issues with 150 years experience – The Salvation Army? 100% serious

    • Teresa says:

      This is a very interesting question, and one I wish I had seen earlier. Has anyone from Legacy Collective addressed this? It does appear to have common goals?

  12. Amy says:

    I love that you’ve included “Fighting for first families!” As an adoptive mama of three, I’m crazy passionate about adoption but I also know that in a redeemed, full-of-shalom world, there will be no need for adoption. I long for the day that there are no more orphans!

  13. Laura says:

    This seriously brought tears to my eyes. Praying about how much & hoping for opportunities to give of my time & talents – I do grant writing and evaluation of grant-funded programs so I know a little about asking for (and giving away) money. This is amazing!

  14. Pam says:

    Yea! Someone gets orphan prevention! Our family has been working to help families in Liberia for six years! Help families, through education and economic empowerment, and solve the orphan crisis! First families first! We dearly love our adopted son, and God used that process to open our eyes to orphan prevention, the real answer. Thank you and prayers for your legacy!

  15. Melanie says:

    Congratulations on following His calling! I realize you’re still in phase one, but am curious about how to become part of phase two? We are a doer organization with 40 years of experience helping our neighbors in need. We were one of the original housing-first providers in the country and have become a national model on ending homelessness. I look forward to learning more of how we can partner together to have a lasting impact for His legacy!

  16. Gretchen says:

    I find myself in an extremely uncomfortable position. You see normally i would be ALL over this as an investor, but sadly today I am suddenly the one in need. The homeless. The poor. After my husband suddenly entered the hospital in March he has not been able to return to work. We had a small emergency fund and it has run out. No home. Living with family who lives pay check to pay check and can not assist us financially. Its scary. Realizing that we have zero. How will we pay a car note? How will I pay for all of our monthly medications? and the list goes on. While I was able to quickly to secure food stamps, other government assistance I have applied for takes quite amount of time to process. So what does a person do in the interim? I was just wondering if LC has an area that helps Families in Crisis such as our described situation. And yes, as soon as my husband’s disability is approved (possibly up to 9 months from now) we will be contributing to LC because before March that is what we did. We loved helping those in need. I can’t believe I am now the needy.

    • Laura says:

      Gretchen,
      Sending hugs and prayers to you. My own mother has been in a similar position so my heart and prayers go out to you!

      • Gretchen says:

        your sweet hug brought tears to my eyes Laura! Thank you for taking time to even type what you did. I honestly can not believe this has happened ya know? We thought all was good. Even have private disability policies we have paid a couple of 100 dollars a month on for oh, maybe 19 years now??!! Would you believe my husband’s policy does not cover his illness? Just killed us! Anyway, I am keeping my eyes looking up, waiting to watch God show me His Glory as He carries us through this season. Thank you again for your compassion!

        • Roxanne says:

          Hi Gretchen,

          You are such a strong woman! Praying for you and your family, and all in similar situations! That is such an unfair and tough situation to be in! I can’t believe that the insurance company doesn’t cover that! Stay strong and know that I’m thinking of you and cheering you on all the way across the globe in Singapore!

    • Kelly Mc says:

      Gretchen-

      {{{HUGS}}} and prayers over your situation. May God bless you and come through for your family in amazing and surprising ways.

      A sister in Christ,
      Kelly

    • tina says:

      Gretchen, a little long read, but I believe there is an answer fir you in this crisis. I love your honesty and being real. After an illlness and several other challenges life threw at us, something I had helped start many years before came along beside me and my family. At the time they didnt know who I was, but I was so humbled that God would allow me to be a recipient of the same kind of help I had advocated for others for. Now as we come out the otherside of our challenges, I wish I had a ton of energy, but I have heart.more ideas and dreams and hearing your situation makes me wush my dreams and goals were in place to help you. But wow I can get behind this Legacy Collective, i can pray for you and I csn be an encourager to you. Be ricly blessed today, Gretchen and THE LEGACY COLLECTIVE. I CANT WAIT to see what God is going to do in all your lives and through you.

    • Debra says:

      Gretchen…I’m curious about an update from you regarding your situation. I see your situation as an opportunity for your local church community to meet a need of a fellow believer. Curious if your local congregation helped you and your family.

  17. Dana Bourland says:

    Jen – Thank you for this opportunity and so excited to be part. I forwarded to my husband and he immediately signed up to contribute. May God continue to bless your efforts and open our eyes to the marginalized around us and around His world!

  18. Ann Goade says:

    Great affirmation for what I’m already doing on a smaller scale. I started the year by asking my friends to give $10 a month for 10 months and we use it to me a need in our community. I love the idea of growing that idea on a larger scale.

  19. Robin Lee says:

    For those of us who read HALF THE SKY and didn’t know what to do next…this.

  20. Ruth De Bruyn says:

    Love everything about you guys and your mission, My husband is an attorney and I run a program for adults at a Christian College. I have this idea! We live in the suburb of Chicago near a mega shopping area. I feel called to open a retail store to promote the fair trade of the artist around the world. These items, whether jewelry, purses, clothing, stoneware, trinkets, etc would represent the livelihood of these global families. Proceeds could go back to the families and also promote your ministry.
    Any thoughts … I know of a store like this in MI that does very well.

    • Donna says:

      Love this idea! where in the Chicago area are you? Interested in this concept.

    • Martha says:

      Ruth,
      I do work in rural Kenya. I have brought back many items to sell. All the proceeds help families improve their livelihoods so they can send their children to secondary (high) school, which is not free in Kenya. If you are interested in working together, please let me know. tmkc.us@gmail.com

  21. Sue says:

    I love this!! My family loves to give generously, but carefully. What percentage will be taken out for salaries/administrative/other costs? I’m not doubting your integrity at all – it’s just good to know before we dive in. Thank you!!

    • Jordan says:

      Hey Sue!
      I had a similar question (I’m a college student who is in school full-time and only has time to pick up one shift a week of work, so I want to give, but my dollars must be spent wisely!), and I found my answer at this link. I hope it’s helpful.

      https://legacycollective.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/205886018-How-are-the-member-funds-used-

    • Heather says:

      Hi Sue,

      While I completely agree that funds must be used wisely and with accountability, I feel a duty as a non-profit staff member to remind everyone reading that great charity work requires great leadership. This doesn’t mean that administrative costs should be exorbitant, but I hope folks are aware that great leaders have a right to be compensated fairly. I’m not comfortable giving to a organization that pays its staff so little that they’re on food stamps themselves. Having read the “How are funds used” page, I appreciate how clearly they’ve laid out their intentions. Thank you, Jordan, for posting the link!

      Climbing off my soapbox now! 🙂

      • Barb says:

        This is why we like giving to The Global Orphan Project. The salaries are taken care of by other means so all of each dollar given goes to orphan care.

  22. Rachelle says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for listening to God’s tugs on your hearts and making the happen!!!

  23. Jamie says:

    I absolutely love this and can not wait to get involved. The financial contribution we can afford may be small, but if we ALL give together, what a difference we can make!! I will be praying over every dollar I give, that God will multiply it and use it to honor Him. Thank you Jen and Co. for not only fighting for those in true need, but helping others fight as well. God Bless!!

  24. Carrie says:

    I have had an idea like this burning in my soul for a year now! So excited to see it coming to fruition in such a public way!!

    I am hoping to start my little corner of this and focus a bit more locally on my surrounding areas but this is so awesome!!!

  25. Vicki Limes says:

    We’re in an we are excited!

  26. Laurie Deveaux says:

    Just wondering if you have a list of foundations that you will be contributing to.

  27. Amy Paulson says:

    Yes!!! LOVE this!! My husband is the executive director of a nonprofit in the Pacific NW that helps homeless families get into homes, jobs, etc. I’m a teacher and I am paid by a “high poverty” grant. We have at least 80 homeless kids in our one elementary! Like you, we care SO much. God has captured my heart through my students, and my husband through his clients. (Before this job he ran College Bound ~ helping low-income, first-generation students dream of, prepare for and pay for college.) We both weep over the dear ones God has honored us to serve. Praying about how/what to give!! ❤️ THANK YOU!!! For caring too much. For sharing. And for throwing an epic party!! (SO want to be there!!! )

    Thanks, AP

  28. Lisa says:

    How does a local organization tap into the resources you are gathering? My sister has a charity she started called “Take 5” in her hometown of ElDorado Arkansas. She helps homeless and underserved people there. It’s amazing what God has accomplished thru her but talk about a $ shortfall…
    My other sister has a similar ministry in Little rock. They both are huge Hatmaker “fans”. I look forward to hearing how they can receive help from the gifts given to Legacy Collective
    Grace to you…
    Lisa

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  30. Shannon Willis says:

    We are in!! And so excited!! I have such a desire to help orphans and homeless….but never know how to do “enough”. You guys have provided my answer!! My financial contribution may be small, but in the right hands I believe it can do amazing things for the kingdom!! I’m so excited to see where this goes!! And if I could be at that party???? I would DIE!!!

  31. This is awesome. The restart and the ask over and over again are the hardest parts! I founded a non profit in the Houston Texas area last year to help autism families in crisis. As an autism mom myself I want to connect the haves and have nots in my area to help with the huge therapy and medical bills a child with autism brings to a family. As you find families to help PLEASE direct them to Autism Rescue Angels if they are near our area and we can be part of the answer.
    I am very selective with our charity dollars but feel confident that being part of LC is a way to really make a difference so my family will be supporting this non profit as well.
    I know how much work this takes- great start!

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  34. Katie Blackburn says:

    Jen and Brandon- I read this and honest to goodness, a feeling of “this is what we’ve been waiting for” washed over me. We’re all in. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  35. Kristen Stewart says:

    My visionary brain is going nutso – do u envision there being Legacy Collectives in other states or countries or just this one? Would love to be able to connect my love of teaching kids to read or encourage reluctant, or differently abled struggling learners to believe in themselves as learners & realize their strengths. Also would love to eventually help safe homes/schools for those healing & recovering from sex trafficking trauma. So few safe houses in the U.S. alone.

  36. Tracy says:

    Can we sign up for one amount but change it in a few months?

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  38. Tricia says:

    Thank you all for your hearts for the needs of this world and for listening to God’s calling. May we all be listening and obeying God as He calls each of us in different ways. As witnesses for Christ we are called to love, may we reach out our hands with whatever we have available, nothing is too small for God to use!

  39. Jenny says:

    Praising God for this initiative. God has placed the right people in your paths over the years coupled with your willing hearts, passion for God and all of His people, and a willingness to go out and be God’s hands and feet where others may have been apprehensive to visit. We now follow your lead and trust your decisions to use what the good Lord has given us to bring honor and glory to his name. Y’all are down to earth, good hearted Christians who bring a unique blend of transparency and humility to the table and I think the time is right to draw those standing on the edge of faith into the loving hands of God and His people. My heart soars for the projects that you are embarking on and I just know that through you and these projects, many people’s lives will be changed for eternity. I’m all in just down the road in San Antonio!! (ya know just in case you have any last minute no shows for the party, I could be there in probably, say 45 minutes…just throwing that out there!!)

  40. Suzanne says:

    Did y’all already pick the winners to come to the party?

  41. Katie says:

    Has anyone heard anything about the kickoff party? I haven’t received any information on it yet but it says it is this Saturday?

  42. Mildred says:

    Hello, God awakened me and I met Jen for the first time on CBN. She ROCKED! Especially talking about being in that place of spirit freedom. I also fell in love with the Legacy Collective concept. Now this is Kingdom building for real. I’d like to talk further with you guys about something in particular if possible. Ok please tell me how, thanks

  43. Cassie says:

    This right here is something worth my dollars. Thanks for inspiring and giving us an opportunity to be involved. So good.

  44. This thrills me to pieces! I’ve been searching for the right organization to support monthly through my online store (scripture prints, mugs, cards, etc)…and this is it! So excited for all the catalytic energy and compassion that emerges from you two, Jen & Brandon!

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