OUR CURRENT PROJECTS
Ventures for Hope is currently working with several different nonprofits to help them develop and/or accelerate income earning social enterprises.
Growing the Fair Trade Market with Ten Thousand Villages and Other Existing Non Profit Retailers
Fair trade commerce is a longstanding vehicle for helping communities in need. Ten Thousand Villages, a 501c3, was a pioneer in this area and has been selling fair trade goods produced by those in need since 1947. Ventures for Hope is working with Ten Thousand Villages and other 501c3 fair trade retailers such as Nomi Network, Glory of Africa, etc. to grow the market for fair trade. While interest in this type of retail is growing, Ventures for Hope believes there remains a significant opportunity to accelerate the social impact from fair trade andcause based buying with increased marketing and advertising, distribution through new channels, and development of new customer focused products. Ventures for Hope is working with TTV and others to develop, test, fund and roll out successful growth initiatives.
Developing a Handcrafted Pottery Business for Mustard Seed Communities
Mustard Seed Communities (MSC) is a registered 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to caring for the most vulnerable populations in society. MSC began in 1978 as a home for abandoned and handicapped children on the outskirts of Kingston, Jamaica and now has similar homes in Nicaragua, Dominican Republic and Zimbabwe. Mustard Seed cares for children with serious physical and mental disabilities such as Down syndrome, hydrocephalus, cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy, children affected by HIV/AIDS, and teenage mothers and their babies.
Mustard Seed is committed to developing income streams to help support their work and operates a small pottery facility, a tilapia farm, and a breadfruit orchard in Jamaica among other endeavors. Ventures for Hope is working with Mustard Seed to build its income steam by helping to design products that can be sold in the US and to develop appropriate channels and markets for these products.
Helping Trees that Feed Expand Its Reach
Trees that Feed is a 501c3 whose mission is planting trees to feed people, create jobs and benefit the environment. They work to supply individuals and groups with quantities of the best varieties of fruit bearing trees, while being sensitive to the environment. Most of their work thus far has been planting breadfruit trees in Haiti and Jamaica.
They have an innovative model but need help in expanding their reach. VH is working to help them develop downstream businesses from their planting efforts (breadfruit flour, etc) and to create innovative ways of funding their tree planting (developing a leaf based jewelry line).
Supporting One Hen Product Expansion
One Hen is a 501c3 that empowers kids to become social entrepreneurs who make a difference for themselves and the world. They do this by equipping educators with educational resources to inspire kids to four values: financial responsibility, personal initiative, global awareness and giving back. Ventures for Hope is working with One Hen to develop and fund a new product/curriculum item that allows children in the US to start their own small business and donate the money raised to a number of worthy worldwide charities.