Thank you for being an available resource for
questions, and for teaching others to use their
talents and resources to change the world, little
bits at a time. I have been reading your book, "Grassroots," for
a women's studies class I've been taking, and
I have been quite inspired.
I just graduated from college, and during my
time there, I started an organization called "Bound:
Students for Social Justice," in which we
did fundraising and promotion for various justice
organizations. We worked with a lot of human
rights issues, like orphan care and sex trafficking.
These issues are, in my opinion, paramount to
women, and relate quite differently to women
than they do to men. I was successful with the
group in college, but I want to do more now.
I took a job with Danita's Children (www.danitaschildren.org),
a nonprofit orphanage and school in Haiti when
I graduated. I work in the offices in Orlando.
I'm still involved with what BOUND does, but
I'm in another state and therefore somewhat disconnected.
I have thought about incorporating Bound, and
possibly planting chapters on other college campuses,
and expand the reach of the organization to include
more women's rights issues, and other global
problems such as equal wage rights and environmental
I'd like to act as a conduit between organizations
and the people – hosting events, etc. to
keep the organizations in the spotlights of people's
Do you know of any resources that could help
me to incorporate? Or any other similar organizations
where I might be able to find a helper or mentor
that would be willing to assist me in the process
or taking all my crazy ideas and making them
Thanks for being in touch and the work you are
doing is impressive —both the present work
in Haiti and the past/present work with Bound.
My first instinct was to think of groups that
perhaps already had that same function—but
I realized that most campus groups that I come
into contact with organize around a specific
issue (sweatshops, hunger, GLBTQ, etc.) or are
more specifically devoted to campus politics.
There are few organizations that take this umbrella
approach that you seem to be proposing. I think
a resource such as that could help groups coalesce
their resources — and thus potentially
maximizing everyone's group/issue.
My one concern
with campus groups is that they often put more
burdens on students who have to be accountable
both their own campus administrations and those
of the national organization. So perhaps there
is a way you can structure it that would make
more free-flowing — or actually allowing
them to be a campus group, which usually seems
the most financial lucrative. Also, you might
want to just try it out on 2-3 more campuses
and from there assess.
I think it sounds like a great idea — we
really need to have a clearinghouse of good/effective
ideas so we don't resort to doing the same old
things. And we need to have a place where we
can be inspired about solutions not just the