Social responsibility is needed for so many reasons...
A government’s need for stability and security, a citizen’s need for effective and protective governance, a single-mother’s need for employment, a farmer’s need for famine relief, a criminal’s need for a second chance, a destitute man’s need to know someone cares, a child’s need for basic food, shelter and compassion.
Your answer can come from an emotional obligation or personally obscure connection, but all connections to our humanity excite and invite compassion.
We are all connected. We are all in need.
I believe we all want to make the world a better place.
- MARY M. PURCELL (YBeSR)
What causes someone to become a humanitarian or a philanthropist? Are selfless acts inherently selfish? Does it even matter why someone gives? The psychology of philanthropy is a fascinating look at what makes compassion tick.
Humanitarians are found to share one particular experience: “a transformative engagement with ‘the other.’” When recounting their initial motivation for becoming a humanitarian, they express that from an early age, they got to know someone different from them and came to the understanding that they were more alike than they thought. They also share interesting traits, including “an awareness of the complexity and interrelatedness of human problems; and an ability to turn anger, sorrow, and other negative emotions into a force for good.”
As a non-profit, we raise charitable donations that allow us to make patient long-term debt or equity investments in early-stage companies providing reliable and affordable access to agricultural inputs and markets, quality education, clean energy, healthcare services, formal housing, and safe drinking water to low-income customers.
On My Way… So excited! Water Collective Gala - NYC
Water Collective secures life-lasting clean water through robust solutions and economic empowerment for rural communities in West Africa. In 2012, our work secured clean water for 6,500 people and saved 360,000 hours (previously lost to water) for benefiting communities.
1. “Progress in the most impoverished parts of our world enriches us all.” -Barack Obama, President, United States of America
2. “On this International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, let us recognize that extreme poverty anywhere is a threat to human security everywhere. Let us recall that poverty is a denial of human rights. For the first time in history, in this age of unprecedented wealth and technical prowess, we have the power to save humanity from this shameful scourge. Let us summon the will to do it.” -Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General
3. “Because there is global insecurity, nations are engaged in a mad arms race, spending billions of dollars wastefully on instruments of destruction, when millions are starving. And yet, just a fraction of what is extended so obscenely on defense budgets would make a real difference in enabling God’s children to fill their stomachs, be educated, and be given the chance to lead fulfilled and happy lives.” -Desmond Tutu, South African social rights activist
4. “Poverty is the worst form of violence.” -Mahatma Gandhi, Indian independence activist