I first discovered BoldeReach when it chose a charity I volunteered for as its beneficiary. Together, the two organizations held a very successful fundraiser, that gave a great boost to the beneficiary's work of preventing and freeing children from sexual trafficking. I was so impressed by the quality, candor, intelligence, and hard work of the BoldeReach Board that I was honored to be invited to join them. Over five years, I watched these extraordinary women devote their time, talent, treasure, and unfailing good humor to learning about, promoting, and raising funds for several terrific Colorado-based international charities devoted to helping our global sisters and our global children lead healthier, safer lives through: --microcredit loans, --clean water and sanitation projects, --rapid response grants for urgent human rights issues, --education and leadership classes for orphans and low-income children, and this year --bicycles for healthcare providers and low-income families I left the Board ONLY because of a need to focus on other areas of my life, but I could not admire this group of women more. They are role models for how to behave in a world that cries out for help, justice, and love.
BoldeReach is unique as it offers a fresh approach to fundraising: There is no office or staff to pay. Over 90% of all monies raised annually goes directly to the organization selected to fund in any given year. It allows people with various skills to enter the organization easily. The educational component-from the intense vetting of an organization, to Conversations, a monthly program designed to enlighten people to the needs of women and children worldwide- is part of what makes this such a dynamic opportunity for people to volunteer their time and energy. And for an organization to be selected to receive funds from BoldeReach is an enormous boost to their bottom line and their ability to give to their constituents in that year.
I've been involved with BoldeReach for a short time but the energy and passion around helping women and children need around the world is extraordinary.
BoldeReach, a group of a dozen volunteers, has raised over $500,000 to benefit organizations helping women and children in dire need around the world. Our funding has brought water and sanitation to India, Malawi, Rwanda; education to Afghanistan and Kenya; microcredit loans to Guatemala; helped prevent child trafficking in Nepal and contributed to women's human rights projects around the world. We are hoping to expand our "reach" by helping others to replicate our successful model in other cities.