Don’t Wait for the Headlines
For all of our progress as a species, recent events have demonstrated just how vulnerable we all are. It only takes one individual, a single catastrophic event, to shatter the lives of thousands. In these moments, the universal truths of our human condition reveal themselves. They require no words; they are self-evident. When disaster strikes, we cling in unison to the hope that is found in doing whatever is necessary to alleviate suffering.
There are countless individuals here in our community who endure unimaginable circumstances, siloed, in silence—suffering that rarely makes the headlines. Social enterprises don’t wait for the headlines. They seek out and strive to deliver relief to our most vulnerable populations. These entrepreneurs work tirelessly to fill the crevices of all too often fragmented human rights—the right to earn a fair wage, to have jurisdiction over our own bodies, to have access to shelter, and much more.
This year’s Big Give is particularly meaningful to us at SocialVentures, as we celebrate the more than 100 local social enterprises that have emerged—triumphant in their collective social impact—over the past three years. We encourage you to consider how you might help bring even more energy to the social enterprise movement, as we work to advance, mentor and invest in businesses that intentionally seek to humanize and provide hope and stability to those who are in the midst of their darkest days.
We invite you to visit our page on The Columbus Foundation’s Giving Store, where you can learn more about the work SocialVentures does, and make plans now to contribute to our cause during The Columbus Foundation’s Big Give on October 10 and 11.