Fall 2020

INITIATIVE VOTING

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Voting Criteria

We have so many amazing organizations applying for grants this go around we wish we could fund them all.  For this Fall, we plan to award the top three (3) initiatives each with a $25,000 grant!

With that in mind, we have done extensive vetting based on how well they line up with Legacy Collective vision and goals.

1. Sustainability:  Is the grant going towards something that is sustainable or moving towards sustainability?

2. Prevention:  Is this grant addressing a systemic/root issue(s) and prevention of issue?

3. Innovation:  Is this grant going towards something innovative, new, or pioneering?

4. Collaboration:  Does this grant come with an ongoing partnership opportunity for Legacy Collective and/or partnership with other organizations?

5. Leadership:  Is the Initiative lead by indigenous or local leadership, empowered women, or leaders of color?

6. Specific to this round: Does this grant address racial justice & equity (or) does it address an area in need of Covid Relief funds?

Voting Instructions & Policies

Please select the top three (3) initiatives that you believe should receive funding.

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INITIATIVE SUMMARIES

BeLoved Atlanta: Resident Empowerment

Initiative Description:

Beloved Atlanta is a community of restoration for women who have been commercially sexually exploited. The organization began in June of 2012 and is the only two-year residential home in Atlanta for women over the age of 18 seeking freedom from trafficking, prostitution and addiction. Our staff offer a holistic approach to healing by crafting an individual treatment plan for each resident. The BeLoved program includes one-on-one professional counseling, group therapy, medical and legal assistance, financial planning, education and employment. We work with each individual woman to recognize her strengths and goals. Our team then partners with the residents to reach these goals. We believe God created every woman with value and incredible potential. It is our job to provide the resources and support for her to take responsibility for her own healing journey and reach her full potential.

BeLoved opened its first residential home in 2013 serving four residents. We took the next three years to ensure we were running a successful program and meeting all the needs of BeLoved residents. In 2017, we built a second residential home increasing our capacity to seven residents. In April of 2018, we opened our third residential home allowing BeLoved to serve ten residents at one time.

Our program consists of the following phases:

Restoration. Basic needs are met as each woman has the opportunity to heal from past trauma. This phase includes individual counseling, group therapy, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, case management, legal and medical needs.

Education. Educational goals are established and pursued with the assistance of one of our case managers. We believe a woman’s chance of success will increase if she is pursuing a career of her choice. Each resident must obtain their GED and then has the opportunity to pursue higher education, work readiness training, or an internship.

Employment. Employment is an essential part of the recovery process as a woman must become self-sufficient to experience long term success without relapse. BeLoved works with community partners to ensure each woman has a full-time, living wage job with three months of living expenses saved before graduating. We also offer a matching savings program up to $1,000.

Initiative Impact:

BeLoved is built around Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. We have always believed basic needs must be met before a woman is able to begin working through past trauma and addiction. In a world where COVID has been introduced this is even more true. By providing funding, Legacy Collective is creating the foundation for healing and forward movement. This funding will provide the additional basic needs required for each resident (currently 7 residents) including housing, food, transportation, and household items as their stays have been elongated due to the effects of Covid on their recovery journey timeline. Additionally, this grant supports solving the issues of systemic racism in regards to racism & commercial sexual exploitation, as the majority of our residents are Black females.

The anticipated outcome of this grant is creating an environment where each resident is able to fully step into who she was created to be. She is able to set her own goals, decide what she is passionate about, free herself from addiction, and show the world all she has to offer.

As BeLoved strives to continually strengthen our program, we work to evaluate the program through qualitative and quantitative data. Below are key data points BeLoved staff records and tracks:
– Resident goals
– Behavioral therapy skills
– Participation in program activities
– Sobriety

Residents also complete anonymous surveys to show what is working well and any gaps in the program. Over the last eight years, BeLoved has built a program we fully believe in and we are continuing to challenge ourselves to better the program but most importantly we listen to the voices of the residents. We believe they should have the loudest voice in their recovery; while we are here to assist, they are the experts.

Below is a paragraph written by a BeLoved resident on the importance of the long-term care provided through the Residential and Restoration programs at BeLoved Atlanta –

“Financial hardship is a primary factor in a woman’s decision to reenter the game. In my opinion it takes tremendous courage and faith to make the decision to exit “the game” and once that decision is made I believe it is critical for the individual to find support immediately. Because this journey is so difficult and the work is hard, it is easy to return to old ways. Not because you want to but because it is familiar and easy.

For this reason, formal services, including professional residential treatment, safe housing, and individual and group counseling are particularly important during the initial exit phase. I believe that the most crucial formal service that can be offered is a residential program. It is almost impossible to change your life and circumstances while still living in your current situation. I know that if I was still living in that situation I probably would have changed my mind.”

Initiative Sustainability:

Over the past 8 years, BeLoved has consistently grown the resources we offer to residents along with our board of directors, staff and community partners. BeLoved currently receives $12,000 each month through monthly donations. We are able to raise a large portion of our operational budget through a year-end campaign each year. We also have a revenue of 6 months operating costs set aside at all times. We continue to grow our donor and foundation base as we expand to serve additional women.

Location: Atlanta, GA, United States

Total Funding Requested: $25,000

Funding Date Requirement: 12/14/2020

Nonprofit Name: BeLoved Atlanta

Nonprofit Website: https://www.belovedatlanta.org/

Help One Now: Education Empowerment Program

Initiative Description:

The family unit plays a key role in the stability of local society – this is especially true in developing nations. Communities whose economies are struggling often see high levels of child abandonment, human trafficking, social and political injustice, and lack of education and opportunity, all contributing to a crippling cycle of poverty.

The Help One Now family empowerment strategy seeks to change this reality by keeping families together. Education is a key component to empowering families and creating social stability over time. Over the next 10 years, Help One Now plans to empower 50,000 students and their families through quality education. HON education programs consist of 10 schools in 6 countries. They serve a total of 4,000 students and employ 170 teachers along with hundreds of support staff.

Education is long term development work. Help One Now is investing in a generation and planting seeds that will transform communities over time. While HON education programs are empowering families in the long term, they are also playing a vital role in the stability of the community today. COVID-19 is a crisis that is profoundly impacting economic and political stability, threatening the health of communities around the globe. Families are suffering through loss of work, lack of safe childcare and lack of access to nutritious meals. Now more than ever, schools need to be open, healthy and thriving.

HON’s programs are leading the way in supporting communities who have been impacted by COVID-19. They are safely reopening and playing a key role in economic recovery by sustaining teacher salaries and enabling parents to return to work. Strategies to provide safe environments and training teaching staff to support the needs of students are being implemented.

As Help One Now schools reopen, it is essential to ensure there is adequate, qualified teaching staff in each program in order to meet the increased burden of student needs. Following an extended period of school closure, teaching staff will be on the front lines to identify inequalities among students with regard to academic status, psychosocial needs, and nutrition due to lack of access to food at home. Teachers will implement strategies to recover and maintain learning, while supporting students emotionally – fostering an environment in which students can restore health and thrive. Help One Now plans to add an additional 16 teachers to their primary and secondary schools in Haiti and Uganda.

Initiative Impact:

If granted this opportunity, HON will use the funds to hire 16 new teachers – 11 in Ferrier, Haiti and 5 in Mayuge, Uganda. This will create 16 new jobs in this time of crisis and provide quality education to over 1,100 students. That is a total of 1,116 families empowered through education and employment.

Initiative Sustainability:

Help One Now utilizes a family centered wrap around approach to community development, empowering families through education, entrepreneurship and restorative care. Their programs walk alongside families in key areas as they take proven steps toward independence and sustainability long term. As more and more families are empowered, the outlook of the entire community improves. The local economy strengthens, which leads to more opportunity for everyone.

Educating a child gives them the tools they need to solve problems and overcome challenges. It empowers future leaders and builds community resilience. Access to quality education also allows parents to work and have the space to pursue their dreams. Their Business Launch Program walks alongside families through a seven step process to achieve successful entrepreneurship. Parents gain the means to provide for their families financially, emotionally and physically — eventually educating their children without assistance and launching them into the community with the best possible chance to succeed. Their restorative care programs support children without parental care and empower vulnerable families – physically, emotionally and spiritually – allowing them to heal from past trauma and build resilience long term. These three components work together to combat chronic poverty, contributing to the growth and stability of the local economy and creating healthier communities over time.

Over the next 10 years, Help One Now will expand the capacity and reach of these three programs, empowering 100,000 families and impacting the lives of 3 million people. Over time these communities will experience sustained transformation, developing resources from within to support the overall health and resilience of the community, independent of external support.

Location: Ferrier, Haiti

Total Funding Requested: $25,000

Funding Date Requirement: 12/31/2020

Nonprofit Name: Help One Now

Nonprofit Website: https://helponenow.org/home/

Homefront: Community Pods

Initiative Description:

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and broader economic environment has had a huge impact on education, amplifying inequities, and threatening to widen the achievement gap. As students prepare to return to school, families, and communities are struggling to balance education and safety, with low-income families being hit the hardest.

Community Pods brings K-5 public schools, nonprofit organizations, and additional resources together to support the mental health and well-being of family units, and ensure all students have access to a safe and healthy place to learn in Central Texas. Because no parent should have to choose between going to work and ensuring the safety and education of their child.

Community Pods connects families with the resources they need, providing access to capital, social services, physical space, educational support, and volunteers, all dedicated to supporting the education and well-being of AISD families and students. We are working alongside AISD, local churches who have donated space, the Central Texas Food Bank to provide meals, numerous nonprofit organizations that provide services to K-5 students and GetCheckdIn to provide students a safe and contactless way to check into their Community Pod.

Community PODs has partnered with AISD in coordination with their virtual learning and support of these students & their continued education. The students have been identified via community outreach & working directly with staff at Barbara Jordan Elementary School. We have also partnered with Central Texas Food Bank that will provide meals for the students, and have hired Life Anew, who will offer counseling services, and will train our volunteers that manage the daily operations of each pod. We will also provide afternoon art classes and physical activities. This will be at no cost to the participating families.

It is estimated that by 2040, the impacts of COVID-19 on education will have caused losses of $173-271 billion to our U.S. GDP* (McKinsey & Company). 1 in 6 students in TX public schools don’t have access to high-speed internet. Only 10,000 students a week in Pflugerville ISD are being served lunch vs. 125,000 at this time last year, meaning over 90% may no longer be able to get access to lunches they need. Learning loss is disproportionately impacting students who are from low-income households & students of color.

We must take action. We must keep our students in school with access to food security, safety and learning.

Initiative Impact:

It is no secret that COVID-19 is causing economic inequities across our community, especially in black, brown and Lantinx communities. This is specifically true for our education system. In a recent Statesmen article 8/4/2020 {As Parents rush to form pandemic learning pods, some kids are left behind} “In Austin, nearly 43,000 students, or 53% of all district students, are classified as economically disadvantaged, and many of these students did not participate in online learning after the virus shuttered campuses in March. Some students were considered “lost,” meaning educators could not locate them at all. Statewide, more than 12% of Texas students who are low-income did little or no online schoolwork, or had no contact with their teachers, according to data from the Texas Education Agency. By comparison, less than 4% of their higher income peers fell into those categories.”

Our biggest goal is to provide vulnerable AISD students with the necessary resources they need to ensure that COVID-19 does not further the educational gap in our community . Children who are in economically disadvantaged homes and without access to reliable internet and/or proper nourishment are not learning as much as those who have access to both.

The El Shaddai church location can house 41 students. The cost to educate a student at Community PODS (food, school supplies, PPE, etc.) is just between $425-500 a month depending on the students specific needs. Each classroom has no more than 7 children in order to ensure the students’ safety. A $25K grant would ensure support for an entire classroom of students throughout the remainder of this year, as well as provide Community PODS with funding to spend towards continued increasing needs of our students such as transportation & new technology upgrades.

Initiative Sustainability:

Community PODS is currently sustained through partnerships with:
– Notley
– Austin Independent School District
– Life Anew
– Central Texas Food Bank
– Private donations
– Volunteers

Legacy Collective’s donation would allow us to increase our impact and help us towards our goal to open the doors to another PODs location so we can serve even more at-risk students. The initiative will be sustained through individual, foundation and major gift donations along with community participations from collaborative groups that share like-minded goals to serve our AISD students.

Community PODs is at its basis a Covid response initiative. We intend to operate and last as long as there is a need for safe environments for virtual learning and food scarcity in East Austin. Currently, we are certain we will operate through the end of the 2020-2021 school year.

Location: Austin, TX, United States

Total Funding Requested: $25,000

Funding Date Requirement: 12/31/2020

Nonprofit Name: The Notley Fund / Homefront: Community Pods

Nonprofit Website: https://communitypods.org/

Miracle Foundation: A Family for Every Child

Initiative Description:

Every child should be able to live in a family, either with their parents or in an attachment-based, family styled environment while experiencing a sense of belonging.

Our mission is supporting orphans to have a better quality of life while bringing about sustainable change that reduces the need for orphanages. Since its founding in 2000, Miracle Foundation has improved the lives of more than 15,000 children.

In late March 2020 on directive by the Indian government, thousands of children living in orphanages – who have family/kin to live with – were returned to their communities. The Child Welfare Committee did this with the intention of lessening the spread of COVID-19. The families (mostly single mothers) are daily wage earners, who already struggle to feed their family. Miracle Foundation (Miracle) took immediate action to provide food and basic health necessities to this disadvantaged population.

Then on September 26, The Indian National Commission of Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) officially stated that “You cannot take away the right to a family from a child because of poverty.” In light of this declaration, the NCPCR has directed the District Magistrates of the 8 states (representing 70% of the children currently living in orphanages) with an order of immediate repatriation and restoration of children into family care. The approximate number of children impacted is 200,000.

This is a moment for which Miracle Foundation is uniquely prepared. For years, we have been committed to seeing children living in families – not institutions. Miracle developed and has been implementing a reunification process for close to three years. Due to COVID-19, the process required a redesign. Miracle has redesigned each of its programs and trained its social workers to implement services remotely. In May, Miracle implemented its Expedited Case Management (ECM) process to ensure children are safely and effectively placed in family care. This process is unique and developed exclusively by Miracle Foundation to be shared and used by others in the child care domain.

The ECM major components include; comprehensive child and family assessments, child and family preparation, individual care plan, and post-placement support. We are focusing on post-placement support through monitoring and evaluation and learning. Miracle’s Home Thrive Scale™ methodology- used to measure the ECM- ensures that when children are sent home they remain safe and thriving by measuring the following five well-being domains; family and social relationships, household economy, education, physical and mental health, and living conditions.

Initiative Impact:

Miracle’s ECM process has been fully activated in Miracle supported orphanages following the best interest of the child. Miracle has incorporated this process in their training with government officials through its partnership with UNICEF and four India state governments. Miracle is partnering with eight other child protection organizations in India and meeting with the governments on getting children safely home. Miracle’s ECM is currently shared on Better Care Network and India Alternative Care Network sites. With the Indian government currently creating policy on Family Based Care and Miracle Foundation providing the know-how, systemic change can occur.

Miracle is in the process of developing training videos demonstrating ECM and the Home Thrive Scale™ methodology step by step. The videos will be animated in order to be easily translated and shared throughout India (and eventually globally). These resource tools will aid in training social workers, Child Welfare Committees (CWC), and other government workers as well as orphanage directors on Miracle’s proprietary ECM process.

Miracle will deploy this digital toolkit, which will provide the how-to and support in a consistent manner. One of Miracle’s core competencies is training and are known experts in the field. Miracle has extensive experience and success in a “training the trainer” model. This method enables ECM to be effectively expanded.

Anticipated outcomes include:

-Capacity building in the standards of family based / alternative care for government officials at the state and district level as well as the orphanages, delivered through a train the trainer cascade approach.

-Establishment of multi-sectoral linkages among the concerned departments within the sphere of child care and protection.

-Increase awareness of the issue through continued dialogues with key players in the domain. In addition, plans are in process for a global narrative change.

-Build the capacity of stakeholders to help them perform at scale.

-Nurture a culture of collective impact. This will continue to scale as funders, NGOs and governments work and grow together.

Priya’s story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESX1wGqm2as , Thrive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21UkluTMubY , https://thecsrjournal.in/csr-top-5-npos-working-towards-childcare/ , https://thecsrjournal.in/ngos-educating-children-remote-learning-india/ , https://thecsrjournal.in/covid-ngos-health-hygiene-underprivileged-families-children-india/ , https://swachhindia.ndtv.com/delhi-based-ngo-ensures-childrens-right-to-nutrition-during-coronavirus-lockdown-46405/ , https://www.thehansindia.com/telangana/hyderabad-miracle-foundation-resolving-education-disruptions-in-remote-areas-622625 , https://www.indiatvnews.com/news/india/here-s-how-ngos-are-doing-their-bit-in-fight-against-coronavirus-625714

Initiative Sustainability:

Miracle believes there are five major steps for sustainability. The first four steps are firm and in motion by key stakeholders. Funding is the key component for continued sustainability.

1.Vision: Partners that say “yes” to all children living in family care
2.Political Will: Strong partnerships with Governments, Policy makers, and UNICEF
3.Know How: Systematic, measurable approach led by Miracle Foundation
4.Capacity on the Ground: Strong, local workforce driven by Miracle Foundation
5.Funding: To help with finances and resources

Miracle has designed a Collective Impact Theory Of Change model. Key indicators include:

-Collaborators working on same agenda and goals
-NGOs , INGOs , governments, orphanages, community programs, children and families leading change together
-State and local policy maker support
-Alignment of the array of tools, data, resources, and programs
-Provide training and resources to state and local players in child protection domain
-Funder support in Miracle Foundation efforts, statewide systems building, and local adoption of best practices
-Leveraging data and evaluation to inform decision making
-Diversified and sustainable funding
-Aligned efforts, resources and data among partners
-High functioning governance structure

Miracle’s partnership with Legacy Collective will assist with sustainability through funding investment and awareness of the initiative. Additionally, Miracle is in dialogue with several national and international funding partners to invest in the initiative.

Location: Austin, TX, United States

Total Funding Requested: $25,000

Funding Date Requirement: 12/31/2020

Nonprofit Name: Miracle Foundation

Nonprofit Website: https://www.miraclefoundation.org/

Notley Fund: Ripple Reads

Initiative Description:

Ripple Reads was created in response to the need parents around the country have expressed to engage with their children on issues of race, racism, and racial justice in a way that is honest and meaningful, while still being age appropriate. Research has shown that discussing race with children creates more positive attitudes toward people of different races. Additionally, we know that colorblindness (teaching children to “not see race”) ignores the lived experiences of people of color. On the other hand, race-consciousness acknowledges the reality of racism and equips our children to challenge and change it. As parents, we won’t get it right every time. We might say the wrong thing or stumble in our response to difficult questions. But we do a disservice to our kids, and the world, when we pretend that race (and racism) doesn’t exist. Recognizing and challenging racism starts one honest, difficult conversation at a time. Through Ripple Reads, we are making those difficult conversations easier and we are preparing our community’s children to be effective allies along the path toward racial justice.

Our Approach:

Book & Magazine Club
Families that can talk about race are families that can challenge racism. Our expert-crafted discussion guides engage families and help parents answer questions children might have as they explore the books and activities. Every other month Ripple Reads members receive a curated book and a magazine. The magazine contains the family discussion guide (key themes for adults to familiarize themselves with before reading the book as well as discussion questions based on grade level to engage children to reflect on the story), an interview with that month’s cover star, an advice column penned by former school counselor who now has a private practice where she focuses on race and LGBTQ issues, activities you can do with your kids, and more great content targeted at parents.

Webinars
Presentation + Q&A events on the research, topic, and practical guidance to talk to kids about race, justice and current events. Designed for companies, community organizations, school districts, or parent-groups.

Research
Qualitative research support & study to offer context behind how children and families are encountering, engaging, and experiencing texts and conversations around racial justice.

Scholarship Fund
Through a collaboration with Friends of the Children, the fund provides underserved children with access to our books and content to help

Initiative Impact:

Our vision is a future where all children are educated and empowered to stand up for justice. Our goal with Ripple Reads is to help make this work more accessible and truly meaningful for parents and caregivers to actually feel confident diving into it with their kids.
Expected Outcome: By providing families and caregivers resources and meaningful, practical advice on how to have difficult and uncomfortable conversations with young kids on the topics of race, racism, systemic racism and injustice, Ripple Reads will be part of raising kids who know how to know how to recognize and call-out things like racial bias, inequities or bullying and who will grow up, and over time, change the systems, laws and structure that perpetuate injustice.

Metrics:
-Frequency of conversations in members homes about race, empathy and injustice prior to joining Ripple Reads and after joining Ripple Reads. Likelihood of referring friends and family to Ripple Reads.
-Qualitative research study with the Center for Innovation in Race, Teaching, and Curriculum at the University of Texas’ College of Education behind how children/families are encountering, engaging, experiencing and utilizing the texts and resources from Ripple Reads.
# of Direct Benefices: Forecasted reach of Ripple Reads in 2021 is 6,000+ families. This includes recurring subscribers of Ripple Reads book and magazine club, digital product offering, event or webinar attendees through school districts, company employee webinars, and our social media community.
# of Students:
10,000+ elementary age students to be exposed to Ripple Reads content, 6,000 families exposed to RR in some capacity throughout 2021, Avg 500 families exposed to RR per month in 2021

Additionally, Ripple Reads has chosen to partner with Friends of the Children, a nationwide organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of generational poverty. Together, we will identify underserved families nationwide and ensure that these families receive the same life-changing and life-affirming resources that paying Ripple Reads subscribers receive. The Ripple Reads Scholarship Fund will get age-appropriate books and discussion guides into the hands of children living at or below the poverty line to ensure that families of all backgrounds are engaging in ongoing conversations around race. In addition to education, each month will also include ways recipients can get involved as a family to take action for racial justice. Our first partner is Kendra Scott.

Initiative Sustainability:

Ripple Reads will be supported through gracious donations by individuals, corporations and foundations, as well as supported through our earned revenue model via the book subscription. At Notley, we invest in and accelerate innovative, scalable organizations and ideas. From fundraising and event production, to marketing and bookkeeping, we provide the resources needed for organizations to tackle our communities’ biggest problems. Ripple Reads is Notley’s newest nonprofit initiative, and our team is committed to scaling a sustainable business model that will help Ripple Reads reach our vision of a future where all children are educated and empowered to stand up for justice.

Including physical subscription and donations, we will also find revenue and sustainability through the following sources:
-Digital download of Magazine
-Off the shelf kits (nonrecurring)
-Gifting partnerships
-Ad Revenue (2021-2022)
-Swag/Merch (2021-2022)
-Pro-bono or low-bono services from support organizations

With a gift from Legacy Collective, we will be able to accomplish future sustainable goals to:
-create programming and curriculum developed for teachers and school districts.
-Foster an engaged online community to bridge the lived experiences and conversations between caregivers and families of different races.
-Foster peer to peer / kid to kid connections that offer valuable exposure benefits. Possibly through pen pal product/service.

Location: Austin, TX, United States

Total Funding Requested: $25,000

Funding Date Requirement: 12/31/2020

Nonprofit Name: Notley Fund / Ripple Reads

Nonprofit Website: https://www.ripplereads.com/

Puente Community Development: Santiago Program Expansion & WASH Projects

Initiative Description:

In the Dominican Republic (DR), many families lack basic health infrastructure: neighborhoods are not connected to reliable water lines, families lack access to adequate bathrooms, and houses are built directly on the ground. During the COVID-19 crisis, these families are particularly vulnerable to infection. Simply put, their homes lack the foundation needed to prevent any disease, much less the novel coronavirus.

Puente is part of the solution: we are a nonprofit organization that uses data to pinpoint families’ greatest environmental health needs and create culturally appropriate solutions. We’ve built a mobile data collection application to survey households and understand their specific needs. We train community residents to use our app and design projects to meet their communities’ unique needs. Through our training program and data collection platform, we give residents the power to drive lasting change in their communities.

In 2018, we launched Puente in Constanza, a remote Dominican town where we have completed 24 community projects impacting a total of 1,850+ people. To increase our impact, we recently expanded to Santiago (the second largest city in the DR), leveraging the same model we validated in Constanza. We have trained three local volunteers who have surveyed 284 households. Our initial data collection already shows that the need in certain pockets of Santiago is great: 92% of households report no access to running water and 58 people live on dirt floors.

As our Santiago volunteer network grows, we will continue to survey households in order to understand where the greatest need lies. Once we obtain community diagnostic responses from 80% of residents, we will meet with local stakeholders to prioritize needs. The community selects key issues, and we work together to design and implement solutions. Due to the novel coronavirus, Puente will focus heavily on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) projects , such as:
• Structural water supply projects in neighborhoods without water access
• High-quality bathrooms in homes without a sanitary toilet
• Cement floors in houses built directly on the ground
• Handwashing stations for families who lack reliable water access

We are seeking $25,000 to scale our community development programming in Santiago and support four WASH projects so that families can prevent diseases, including COVID-19.

Initiative Impact:

Our WASH projects turn small investments into big impacts; high-quality bathrooms, cement floors, handwashing stations and water supply projects each improve health outcomes of recipients, as well as provide them with a better quality of life. Research shows the following outcomes associated with each of our WASH projects:
• The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the absence of a proper bathroom facility increases the spread of many diseases. Studies estimate that improved sanitation facilities would decrease global diarrheal deaths by 1/3.
• Marginalized families in the DR live in homes with dirt floors. Parasitic and respiratory illnesses spread easily in these homes due to the difficulty of cleaning. The World Bank found that replacing dirt floors with cement significantly reduces parasitic infestations and diarrhea.
• Without running water handwashing becomes virtually impossible: according to the CDC, handwashing with soap prevents about 30% of diarrhea-related illnesses and 20% of respiratory illnesses.
• The World Health Organization found that unsafe drinking water is responsible for millions of global deaths. Providing households with running water could prevent 1.4 million child deaths from diarrhea and 860,000 child deaths from malnutrition.

We plan to establish an office presence in Santiago by February 2021 in order to better support our Santiago volunteers and programming and to execute the above WASH projects. By December 2021, we will meet the following outcomes:
• 2,294 lives impacted
o Handwashing station project (500 households)
o Bathroom project (20 households)
o Cement floor project (50 households)
o Water access project (50+ households)
• 20 trained volunteers
• 6,000 households surveyed
• 90% of project recipients report improved quality of life

We collect baseline, midpoint and endpoint data using our app to compare actual results with intended outcomes. Baseline data provides contextual information and informs the design of the solution. Midpoint data is collected 4-6 weeks after project completion; it is an early indicator for project success and is used to improve internal processes. The ultimate goal of our projects is life-improving outcomes, which are often not fully understood until our 6-12 month endpoint data collection. Monitoring projects over time is critical to ensure desired outcomes are met, and we will hold ourselves accountable for project success throughout our Santiago expansion.

Initiative Sustainability:

Puente’s projects are highly sustainable for a few key reasons. First, the beneficiaries contribute 25%+ of the project cost and provide labor. They are heavily invested in sustaining the project and know how to maintain and repair the infrastructure. Second, all project materials are purchased and procured locally to ensure that all parts are easy to replace when needed. Finally, we provide education to each project beneficiary and conduct monitoring and evaluation surveys in order to ensure our project meets intended outcomes. Data from our completed projects has shown that 97% of our past projects remain in perfect condition today.

At Puente, we design our projects to center community voices. Our volunteer network of local community leaders play an integral role in each step of our process: they collect surveys, conduct community meetings, educate project recipients on health, and monitor outcomes over time. Because we know this is hard work, we compensate our volunteers with a small financial stipend.

Beyond our volunteer network, our WASH projects are designed to be sustainable. With proper maintenance, our bathrooms and floors will last decades and our handwashing stations will last between 5-10 years. Furthermore, we require that recipients contribute at least 25% of the overall project cost to ensure they are invested in the project and can sustain routine maintenance during the project’s lifetime.

From a financial standpoint, Puente sustains its impact by working directly with partners (local and foreign) who have the desire to financially support initiatives. In Constanza, Puente typically covers less than one-third of our total project costs thanks to contributions from partner NGOs and beneficiaries. We expect to employ a similar model in Santiago by leveraging our extensive in-country network to partner with organizations who align with our mission and goals.

Sustainability lies at the heart of Puente’s mission and vision. Our volunteer network has been trained on sustainable development practices, our communities buy into the process, and our financial model is built around collaboration. With your help we will be able to improve the living conditions for thousands of residents in Santiago during the COVID pandemic and for decades to come.

Location: Constanza, Dominican Republic

Total Funding Requested: $25,000

Funding Date Requirement: 12/31/2020

Nonprofit Name: Puente Desarrollo Internacional

Nonprofit Website: https://www.puente-dr.org/

Texas Civil Rights Project: Criminal Injustice Reform

Initiative Description:

TCRP’s Criminal Injustice Reform Program (CIR) strives to remedy the injustices of Texas’s criminal legal system for people suffering inside and outside of jails and prisons. To dismantle the drivers of mass incarceration and mass entanglement with the criminal system, TCRP challenges the entire pipeline of disparate criminalization: unfair policing, prosecution and judicial process, probation and parole, and for-profit practices. Their approach to law, order, public safety and punishment is grounded in civil rights and intersectionality. Together with TCRP’s partners, they hold stakeholders accountable to Texas communities in and out of the courtroom. Recent and current initiatives include litigation to reform the state’s use of solitary confinement, challenging the racially disparate enforcement of juvenile curfew ordinances, and advocating and litigating for bail reform.

Their CIR Program’s legal and advocacy support recently contributed to the finalization of a historic misdemeanor bail reform agreement for Harris County (which encompasses the City of Houston), setting in place new protections for people accused of minor offenses in the country’s third largest criminal legal system. TCRP, alongside their coalition partners, contributed to a 2019 court victory that resulted in most misdemeanor arrestees automatically qualifying for release without paying cash bail, reversing the years-long practice of detaining 40% of them throughout the duration of their cases simply because they were poor.

Now, TCRP is engaging in similar litigation and advocacy to reform Harris county’s felony bail system, which has devastating consequences for impoverished arrestees and their families, and frequently coerces guilty pleas. They aim to ensure that felony arrestees are afforded their due Constitutional protection against wrongful deprivation of the right to bodily liberty—the most important right protected by the Constitution, other than the right to life itself. This reform project will impact the nearly 30,000 people—who are disproportionately Black and brown, and enduring financial hardship—locked up pre-trial on felony charges each year in the county, as well as their loved ones who also endure the damaging consequences.

Initiative Impact:

Recent Impacts include:
85% of the roughly 50,000 individuals charged with misdemeanors in Harris County annually now qualify for pre-trial release without paying cash bail.
-$450 – Decrease in fines from $500 to $50 for juveniles cited for nighttime curfew violations in Houston and Dallas. The cities also eliminated daytime juvenile curfew ordinances.
198 individuals surveyed for our investigation into the State’s torturous use of solitary confinement.

Initiative Sustainability:

Over the course of the last four years, the team at the Texas Civil Rights Project has faced great challenges and great opportunities, from their efforts to defend equal access to the ballot box in the face of increased efforts to suppress voting; to their frontline work to reunite immigrant families torn apart at our southern border and push back against current efforts to dismantle the legal right to seek asylum; to their ongoing, consistent advocacy to demand a criminal legal system that treats all Texans fairly and equitably. In the face of the turbulent landscape of the last few years, TCRP has thoughtfully scaled each of their programs to ensure long-term sustainability — at times temporarily bringing on additional staff to meet unique demands, while at the same time keeping their eye on increasing capacity and financial viability for the long term. Now, in the face of renewed energy and awareness about the racial injustice within our criminal legal system, and under the leadership of TCRP’s new Criminal Injustice Reform Director, Liyah Brown, they are eager to thoughtfully grow their Criminal Injustice Program. To that end, they are currently positioned to grow their CIR team to include a new Criminal Injustice Reform Outreach Coordinator and Staff Attorney — these hires will significantly expand their capacity to further serve the movement for racial justice within the criminal legal system across our state and we would deeply appreciate the Legacy Collective’s partnership in this work.

Location: Austin, TX, United States

Total Funding Requested: $25,000

Funding Date Requirement: 12/31/2020

Nonprofit Name: Texas Civil Rights Project

Nonprofit Website: https://txcivilrights.org/

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