Dear Friends, Supporters, and Champions of Lever Fund,
When I wrote to you last month, I updated you on Lever Fund’s new focus on pooling and investing donor funds for programs that propel 14- to 21-year-old youth from low-income families toward their first well-paying job. I explained that we decided to hone in on this particular area in the fight against poverty in the National Capital Region because it is so critically important in setting up young people for a life of success and greater financial security.
I know that our investment and the way in which we show up in support of our nonprofit partners’ efforts, their leadership, and their well being is contributing to a vibrant and caring community that helps propel our young people toward opportunities and experiences that change the trajectory of their lives toward a more prosperous future.
As you can see from the impact story we’ve shared, Lever Fund has often made an investment at just the right time in a local nonprofit's growth trajectory. We are grateful to have played such a pivotal role in getting Genesys Works NCR established in the region when they started.
For donors, we offer you the convenience and satisfaction of investing in a group of local, high-performing nonprofit organizations which we have vetted and assessed, and have gotten to know and trust their leadership teams. Through us, you can leverage your contribution by pooling it with other donors to make an even bigger impact.
Donors We Work With
We believe in collaborative philanthropy and seek donors who are humble and interested in the work of our nonprofit partners. We attract donors who appreciate that Lever bundles up their charitable contribution with other donors, and distributes these funds to specific nonprofit partners where these dollars make the biggest impact at a given moment in time. We help create a journey for our donors that offers real fulfillment that their generosity is making a difference locally. The size of our investments for each grantee are on the order of $10K to $25K, supporting several new and existing nonprofit partners annually.
Donors who wish to become more involved — offering assistance, mentorship, internships and other help to our nonprofit partners — are welcome to talk to us. We will connect you with the opportunities that work best for you. When you see the impact of your involvement, we believe the first word that will come to mind is joy. This is the emotion that donors have told us they feel when they hear of how a young person's life has changed because they took on an opportunity offered to them and learned that they can master the work and feel a sense of belonging in that environment.
You Can Make a Difference
So as the holidays and new year are approaching, we ask you to think about the work that Lever Fund does. We welcome like-minded, compassionate, and thoughtful leaders who will join us in our efforts to bring about sustainable change that breaks the cycle of intergenerational poverty in the National Capital Region.
We ask for your help in meeting our 2022 fundraising goal of $200,000 that will be used solely to invest in our nonprofit partners. We ask that you give what you can comfortably give and forward this letter to two of your friends who will join you in supporting Lever’s work. We know it’s more fun to bring our friends along.
Join Our Board
We are also actively recruiting new board members. Board members help cover our overhead costs. If you are looking for board experience, a new challenge, or just a feeling of satisfaction that you are part of an incredibly powerful solution, talk to us. If you know someone who may be interested, introduce us. We welcome those of you who are willing to share your good fortune, your network, your time, and your energy. And, besides, having fun while doing good is what makes us tick and we wish the same for you. Come see what we are all about.
We are excited to engage more of you even more deeply with us in this important work. We are a philanthropic nonprofit that delivers joy. Come join us on this journey. Together we can accomplish great things.